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Reunited: Sion Hill students get together FORMER students of Dominican College Sion Hill took a welcome trip down memory lane recently when they met up for a big reunion. Elaine Mooney, Lucia Smyth, Kim Bowen, Laura Burke and Nicola Wallace were among the 300 former students of the school who attended the special alumni event, where they were treated to a tour of St Thomas’s building, and also updated on the school’s activities and future plans.

Dun Laoghaire is one of the cleanest towns Latest Irish Business Against Litter survey sees town take 17th place nationwide

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DUN Laoghaire remains among the cleanest towns not only in Ireland but also in Europe, reaching number 17 in the latest Irish Business

Against Litter survey. The news was warmly welcomed by local politicians from the area, including An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth, (Lab) who said: “This is really an acknowledge-

ment of the huge amount of work that the council’s staff, residents and businesses carry out.” An Taisce said the town’s high ranking was due to seven of the 10 sites surveyed

reaching the top litter grade. Dun Laoghaire was among 18 of the 42 surveyed Irish towns to achieve the top classification of Cleaner than European Norms. Full Story on Page 6

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Stillorgan reservoir will get a state-of-the-art ultraviolet facility to help treat water. Picture: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Stillorgan reservoir to get UV treatment plant

THE decision to go ahead with the construction of an electricity sub-station at Stillorgan Reservoir on Brewery Road that will supply a state-of-the-art ultraviolet (UV) water treatment plant, was made at a recent Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting. The council’s director of planning and enterprise, Gerry Hayden, spoke to council members in late December, outlining the revised proposal for the construction of the sub-station. He said: “The proposal is for the construction of an electricity sub-station on the Stillorgan Reservoir site, to the rear of the boundary wall and north of the main entrance, along Brewery Road. “A n c i l l a r y wo r k s [include] an 8m access road to the front of the sub-station, a 1.2m-wide footpath, and a 1.2m

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retaining wall to the west of the site. “The proposal relates to the installation of a state-of-the-art UV treatment [facility], maximising safety of water quality within the water supply area. “Dublin City Council has been instructed to carry out these works by the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]. When the project is complete, any public health risk would be reduced. “It is recommended that a decision be made by the elected members of the council to proceed with the development,” he said.

The quality of the water in Stillorgan Reservoir came under the spotlight at a Dundrum Area Committee meeting in September when it was revealed that the reservoir, which serves 200,000 people – or 44% of the inhabitants of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown region – was found to contain the pathogen, cryptosporidium. Ten such detections were made in 2012, and the EPA recommended, as a matter of urgency, that the reservoir water be further treated to eradicate this. The new UV system will be a secondary disinfectant after chlorine and will kill 99.99% of cryptosporidium pathogens with its light as the water leaves the reservoir to go to homes in the county. The proposal necessitates an on-site electricity sub-station to power the

new UV reactors, which would be housed in an on-site manifold building. Angela Ryan, senior executive engineer, Dublin City Council, said: “Dublin City Council will award the contract in the last week in January or the first week in February, and the facility will take six months to install. “It will cost €2.4m, and the Department of the Environment will pay 100% of the cost.” At the December council meeting, Cllr Barry Saul (FG) wanted clarification from the manager as to what the additional expense of the current proposal to build the electricity sub-station would be, considering that the initial proposal estimated the cost at €300,000. In response, the manager said that this would depend on the tenders employed, but the new

proposal would be more expensive as it required the building of retaining walls. However, the manager said that the cost would fall to Irish Water this year, 2014. Cllr Gerry Horkan (FF) said: “This is about water quality, not just for the inhabitants of DLR but for the Dublin region.” The manager’s proposal was then passed by councillors. A spokesperson for the council said: “The Department of Environment, Health and Local Government are to fully fund it; this may now devolve to Irish Water. “This is a Dublin City Council project. Our understanding is that procurement for construction is proceeding, and that construction of the sub-station and UV plant will then be undertaken.”

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business Call for cheaper parking

welcome 2014: Local politicians send along their best wishes

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Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (Lab)

New year’s messages have been pouring into The Gazette from politicians in Dun LaoghaireRathdown.

“I would like to wish the readers of the Dun Laoghaire Gazette the very best for the year ahead.”

Cllr Denis O’Callaghan

Deputy Shane Ross (Ind)

“I hope Ireland continues to recover its economic sovereignty, that those who recklessly destroyed our country are brought to account.”

“Locally, I want to see the Government reopen Stepaside Garda Station before it is too late. I want to see…[the] motor taxation office back in the Nutgrove Centre. And I want to see the campaign to save the Glenalbyn swimming pool in Stillorgan succeed in 2014.”

Councillor Hugh Lewis (PBP) “I hope 2014 will bring radical change, and that people united can force the positive change that is necessary for a more equal and just society for all.”

Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) “In 2014, I am going to

make a renewed effort to get more fresh air and exercise, walking on the hill and along the pier. “I hope to ensure that all our children reach their potential and will be working to make sure that children with special needs get the resources they need.”

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter (FG) “I would like to thank the people of Dublin South for your ongoing support and encouragement. It is a great privilege to represent you in Dail Eireann and to serve this State as Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.”

Inspiration information: Christmas lunch food for thought for business inspiration was the key theme to the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber president’s Christmas lunch last month, providing a launch pad for an inspiring new year. An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab, left) attended the lunch along with other members and guests. The lunch was compered by Alan Shortt and hosted by the DLR Chamber of Commerce president, Dr Josephine Browne. The DLR chamber has more than 500 members, and is Ireland’s largest member-based organisation representing business.

Politicians in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are calling on the council to reduce pay and display parking prices in the county in 2014. Cllr John Bailey (FG) told The Gazette that he is tabling a motion for an upcoming DLRCC Budget meeting. He said he is “demanding that parking charges be reduced as we need to take the initiative by encouraging people into the town to help businesses. The current parking rate is €2 per hour and I would like it to be cut to €1 or €1.50”. Joining the call for cheaper parking charges is Sinn Fein representative Jeanette Kavanagh who has spearheaded a campaign to reduce parking charges that has received the support of nearly 600 local people to date.

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competition British pub chain looking for a fitting name

Win a chance to christen new Wetherspoon’s  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

British pub chain Wetherspoon’s are offering local readers from Blackrock and the surrounding area the opportunity to christen the first Wetherspoon’s pub in

Ireland. The new pub, due to open this April, will be located at 1Temple Road. This location has been a bar site for many years. To honour this tradition, the new owners have decided to poll readers


to find the most popular of four shortlisted names that have been chosen for the new pub by the management. All four potential names are steeped in Blackrock history. The first option is Cary’s Fort. The corner of Carysfort Avenue held The Cary’s Fort Bar in the 1980s. The avenue leads to Carysfort Park, the thoroughfare of which was once the Stillorgan estate now long gone as is Stillorgan House. All that now remains is an obelisk and grotto near the top of Carysfort Avenue. The second name is

Tim Martin, Wetherspoon chairman

The Cross of the Rock; a nod to the small stone cross that marked the jurisdictional limit of the Lord Mayor of Dublin in medieval times. The Cross of the Rock has a face carved on one


Do you need a friend to help you start or grow your Business? THE word Mentor, originally Greek, means “trusted advisor, friend and confidant”. Everyone running a small business encounters issues – specific or general – where another view would help, especially if this is coming from someone experienced who is able to take a detached view. For this reason, the Enterprise Board has a panel of Mentors who are appointed to small businesses for a series of meetings on a one-to-one basis, to help the entrepreneur through what ever issues are of concern. The Mentor assigned to the company has a clear objective – to help the owner manager grow and develop skills to enable them to overcome barriers which are impeding the business’ development. The Mentor is able to give the business the benefit of a vast amount of experience, together with an objective view of the issues which it is facing. The Mentor’s role is to guide and advise on the course of action to be taken in a given situation. The Mentor doesn’t become actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business, nor do they take on a role of an executive of a company. Typically, an assignment is of six months duration and during this period, the business owner will meet the Mentors five times. Further details on the Mentor Programme, and an application form are available on the Board’s website: or please call (01) 494 8400

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side and is thought to date back centuries to pre-Christian times. The Sign of the Ship is the third potential name for the new pub. This eponymous title honours a former 18th century vil-


lage inn which provided the best clarets and spirits to the Anglo-Irish aristocracy of Blackrock. Finally, the last name choice is The Three Tun Tavern. It relates to the tavern which stood in the last half of the 18th century. A tun is a large beer cask or barrel. The original Three Tun Tavern’s owner was called Bishop and the tavern survived until quite recently. Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: “We are looking forward to opening our first pub in the Republic of Ireland, in Blackrock itself. “We choose our pub names very carefully to

reflect the area itself and have selected four for consideration. “We are keen for Gazette readers to take part in the process of choosing the name that will adorn the Wetherspoon pub in their area.” Watford-based company JD Wetherspoon purchased the Tonic Bar in Temple Road, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock for €1.5m and will now invest a further €1.5m developing the site before it opens for business in April. You can email The Gazette to vote for your preferred name at competitions@gazettegroup. com.

litter: ibal results rate dun laoghaire

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DUN Laoghaire is among the cleanest towns in Ireland, according to the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) report, which measures litter standards in Ireland. Dun Laoghaire was ranked 17th in the report, as Cleaner than European Norms. Some 42 towns were monitored by IBAL, with Kilkenny taking the top position as cleanest city. While Dun Laoghaire performed well in the latest anti-litter league report, other Dublin areas, such as Tallaght, and the area around Dublin Airport, slipped in the table and were relegated to the moderately littered classification. According to An Taisce, Dun Laoghaire’s ranking proved to be “another excellent result for Dun Laoghaire. “Seven out of the 10 sites surveyed in Dun Laoghaire got the top lit-

ter grade – some of the particularly good ones included Eden Park recycle facility, Dun Laoghaire Community Training College Ltd and George’s Street, Upper.” Of the results, An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth (Lab), said: “I am delighted that Dun Laoghaire has maintained its position as Cleaner than European Norms. “This is really an acknowledgement of the huge amount of work that the council’s staff, residents and businesses carry out in their area to ensure Dun Laoghaire is kept litter-free.” Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “Dun Laoghaire town has moved dramatically from last year’s listing. It’s a great improvement on previous years, and shows how the town’s representatives and community groups have obviously worked very hard to tackle the litter issue. I look forward to this continuing in the future.”

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renovation: going to the extreme

Makeover show needs volunteers  Bairbre Ni BhrAOnAIn

Volu n t e e r s a r e being sought to take part in a renovation project for charity along the lines of American TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Organisers at Richmond Cheshire House in Monkstown are going to renovate and redecorate two rooms in the facility which houses 19 adults with varying disabilities. Two rooms in the house, the dining and day room, are in need of attention as they lack warmth and colour and are a little dated, according to organiser Brigitte Cullen. “We would like to make it a little more invit-

ing and to create a more homely atmosphere. “The day room is a spacious area that could be utilised a lot more for activities and games. However it is not an inviting room and the residents feel it too could be improved,” said Brigitte. Brigitte and the staff at the Richmond are organising a renovation day on February 12 for volunteers to come together and help out in making the rooms a brighter space for the inhabitants. The renovation day promises to be a fun-filled event where many hands make light work in a spirit of coming together for a good cause. Nine interior design students from Dun Laoghaire College are

also getting involved in the design layout and colour scheme for the two rooms and there will be a plaque erected to mark the project when the makeover is finished. “The renovation day is a good way to attract people into the Cheshire and maybe they will become regular volunteers later on. People sometimes need a little push to come through the doors initially although they may have had intentions of working with disabled people in the community for years.” If you would like to volunteer for the Extreme Makeover day on February 12, you can contact Brigitte at 087 9269322 or email her at


Panto continues with Recycling your tree Snow White in Glenageary This month sees panto season continue with a special production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs performed by St Paul’s Theatre Group in St Paul’s Church Hall in Glenageary. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens on Saturday, January 11 with another three performances on January 16, 17 and 18. Tickets for the show cost €8 for children and €12 for adults and can be booked by calling 086 0571961.

For those who have yet to get rid of their Christmas trees, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are still offering a recycling service for trees at several locations in the county, up until Sunday, January 12. From 9.30am until 3.30pm, people can bring their Christmas trees along to locations including Blackrock Park, Cabinteely Car Park, Killiney Hill Car Park, Marlay Park, Mount Anville Parks Depot, Shanganagh Recycling Centre and more. Ballyogan Recycling Park will also recycle one Christmas tree per vehicle free of charge during January 2014.

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A large crowd gathered to watch the fireworks in Dun Laoghaire to ring in the New Year. Pictures: Clodagh Kilcoyne



HOUSANDS of people gathered at Dun Laoghaire Pier to watch the midnight fireworks display as they rang in the new year. Dublin Bay was lit up colourfully with the spectacular fireworks, which were fired from both the east and west piers. The event was organised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

Graham Kavanagh, Emer Brady and Jonathan Kavanagh with Santa Claus. Pictures: Margaret Brown


Festive fun for local residents

Lauren Mealia


Laura and Lucy Collins

Ava and Emily Keogh, and Lexie Cummins

LMOST 200 mouths were fed at the 27th annual Dun Laoghaire Christmas Day Lunch at Blackrock College Rugby Club. The five-course Christmas lunch was served for people living alone, and a further

A couple watch the fireworks to ring in 2014

35 full dinners were delivered to the homeless at Crosscare’s Bentley House and the Travelling community in Dun Laoghaire. Live music and entertainment were provided by William Byrne, and Santa Claus made a special appearance.

Volunteers Jonathan, Graham and Noel Kavanagh hand out bags of Mary Lawlor and Pamela Byrne

food to guests as they leave after the lunch

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Chef Rickey Maher enjoys a joke with Emer Brady and Kay Morley

Margaret Brown, Tony Doody and John O’Shea

George Ferguson

Ged Walsh cleans up after the dinner

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Jessica Silva and Bruno Costa from Brazil

Suggs from Madness

Brigid Keegan and her children Erika and Eamon from Skerries. Pictures: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

Madness reigns as Dublin rings in 2014


T was out with the old and in with the new, as the New Year was warmly welcomed by a large crowd of revellers who gathered for the 3 NYE Dublin festival. To mark the close of The Gathering 2013, The People’s Procession of Light was held in St Stephen’s Green with theatrical street performers, and the

Countdown Concert at College Green. The concert was hosted by TV presenter Laura Whitmore, and featured performances by Madness, Ryan Sheridan, MKS, The Strypes and Seo Linn. Trinity College was illuminated with 3D projections for the countdown to midnight.

This acrobat was happy to hang around for the show

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Ex-Dublin footballer Gerry Collins is the face of a HSE campaign for 2014 to encourage smokers to give up their habit

campaign: grim warning from ex-footballer with terminal lung cancer

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A FORMER smoker, who is now suffering from terminal lung cancer, has become the face of HSE’s QUIT smoking campaign for 2014. Ex-Dublin footballer Gerry Collins from Greystones will feature in a series of TV adverts to encourage smokers to give up the dreaded weed this year. Gerry and his family have volunteered to be part of this new phase of the HSE and Irish Cancer Society’s QUIT campaign, in the hope that their

story will inspire and encourage other smokers to quit. His involvement in the campaign began in 2011, when he was featured in TV adverts, telling of his recovery from tobacco-related throat cancer. However, this summer, Gerry contacted the HSE again to let them know that he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. While attending the advert campaign’s preview event, Gerry said: “There were three reasons I decided I wanted to do this.

“Firstly, it was for myself – a positive thing for me to invest my energy in while dealing with my cancer. Secondly, I thought it would be good for my family, creating something powerful and meaningful for my kids to look back on.

“Worth it” “And, finally, if even one person stops smoking because of what we’ve done, then it will all be worth it, for me.” Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, national director of health and wellbeing, the

HSE, said: ‘By working with us to create new, hard-hitting TV commercials, and by discussing his smoking, his illness, his expected death and the anticipated loss to his family, Gerry hopes to inspire other people to quit smoking.” John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We are very grateful to Gerry Collins, who has shown extreme bravery and generosity.” The new adverts are now being broadcast on TV and radio and online at YouTube.

X-FACTOR fanatics will be in a state of blissful elation at finding out that the X-Factor Live Tour is coming to Dublin’s The O2. Fans have witnessed their favourite and not-so-favourite acts battle through their first audition, seen them struggle tirelessly through boot camp, excel at the judges’ houses, and finally contest against each other at the live television shows.

Acclaimed Now, they have the opportunity to see some of the most critically acclaimed acts in the entire competition perform live when they come to Dublin’s The O2 on February 17. The top eight acts that will take to the stage in this year’s live tour are Abi Alton, Sam Bailey, Hannah Barrett, Sam Callahan, Rough Copy, Tamera Foster, Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald. Tickets for the show are priced from €57.75 and can be purchased now at


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a day in the life: The Gazette speaks to calendar cover model

‘No such thing as an average day’

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This week, The Gazette got to speak to a real-life pin up with a difference in the hunky form of farmer Gareth Alcorn. Gareth became the cover model for an unusual charity calendar featuring real Irish farmers when he was dropping off animals for a photo shoot.

Farm Calendar was the brainchild of Ciara Ryan, a Dundrum native and all proceeds from its sale will go to Bothar, the Irish charity that helps to combat poverty abroad. Gareth Alcorn, who runs a pet farm called Nore Valley Park in Kilkenny, took The Gazette through an average day in his very busy life.

“Well, there’s no such thing as an average day for me but I get up at around 7.30am every morning, seven days a week and go around feeding the animals. “We have a wide range of animals on the farm so there are lots of different buckets of feed to organise. We have ducks, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits,

Farmer Gareth Alcorn is the cover model for the charity calendar

deer and ostriches so it takes me about an hour and a half to go around them all and collect all the eggs. “At the moment we’re closed for the winter so we’re also doing a lot of maintenance work such

as mending fences and rebuilding stone walls. In the summer, though, we have a lot of school tours which come in around 10. “I meet them and there can be around 100 children involved so I organise all the other tour guides with their groups and I take a group too. “I lead them around and tell them stories of the animals. Like when they visit the deer, they have to be very quiet and I tell them they are Santa’s deer so they must be good or he’ll tell Santa on them. “After the children have held baby ducks and rabbits and seen eggs hatch, I take them on the tractor and trailer for a drive around the farm. I finish

this at around 2pm with tea for the teachers. “After that we get the day visitors, the general public whom I meet and greet and give a small bag of food and a map around the farm. “They drive around in pedal go-cars and go into a 3D maze that has 10 different permutations so they can progress to harder and harder levels. “From May to October I’m constantly bottle feeding lambs, goats and then deer and I’m on duty in case a sheep is lambing or a goat is having her kids. The last feed I give the animals is at 10pm so I’m pretty tired and in bed by 10.30pm. “I unwind by going up to Dublin to see my girlfriend at the weekends

and going around museums or for walks in the park, though girlfriends also need a lot of attention. I go to church on Sunday and am involved in a church group which is another way I unwind. “I’m not one for staying up late normally but if something comes up late at night, like a sheep lambing or an animal escaping, I have to deal with it. There’s also a caravan park here in the summer so I often have to get up to deal with security issues and fix burst pipes or whatever. I’m extremely busy all the time but I love it. It’s really a lifestyle more than a job.” Gareth appears on the cover of the calendar for 2014, available at www.

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As if their big day wasn’t already memorable enough, Killiney newlyweds Sinead O’Sullivan and David O’Connor found Bono adding a little popstar magic to their wedding photos at Dalkey when he chanced upon the scene. Picture: Carol Ryan


From ‘I do’ to U2 – Bono jumps in to newlywed shots THE wedding album of Killiney newlyweds Sinead O’Sullivan and David O’Connor will feature an unexpected rock star gatecrasher, in the form of Bono. The bride and groom were posing for their wedding snaps in Dalkey on December 28 when who should suddenly appear but the sunglassed one himself? The U2 front man happened by when out for a stroll, and got involved in several of the couple’s photos, even kissing the bride’s hand gallantly in one. The newlyweds, both teachers at Our Lady of Good Counsel Girl’s National School in Johnstown, Killiney were stunned and delighted by Bono’s willingness to appear in the wedding pictures. Their photographer, Carol Ryan, who had just finished photographing the happy couple at picturesque Coliemore Harbour in Dalkey, asked Bono if he would step into one or two of the snaps and he readily agreed. Bono had previously been seen busking on Grafton Street with Glen Hansard over the Christmas period.

work at taking all your leave IT SEEMS that Irish people would much rather be in work than at home, after a recent survey has shown that at least two-thirds of us are

working way too hard. The survey, which was carried out by Hotels. com, revealed that 65% of Irish people fail to take the annual leave that they’re entitled to every year. The main reason for not taking holidays is that they’re just too busy, and 37% of us resent not taking all our days off. While 22% of people are “too busy” to take their allotted leave, 20% admit they just don’t get around to taking them, while 15% make the effort to save their days but don’t find the time to take them before the festive season. Luckily, almost twothirds (63%) of workers are allowed to carry their holidays over to the following year. So, set one New Year’s resolution for 2014 that you’re bound to keep and take some time off!

Along with a picture of Ronan posing happily alongside the restaurant’s chef, Ronan said Storm’s favourite dish is butter chicken, while his favourite is lamp chops. (We think he meant lamb!)

celebs look ahead to 2014 TWITTER was alight with messages of good will for the New Year with some local celebrities wishing their followers the best for what’s to come. This week, The Diary takes a look at what some of our Dublin celeb’s were saying. The Voice presenter and former Westlife singer, Nicky Byrne, tweeted: “Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. ‘Go Get Em’ this year folks.” Before the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Eve, mentalist Keith Barry

thanked “anyone” who is following him, and said: “Hope you all have a great night tonight and attack the New Year with passion/positivity/dedication.” Xpose presenter Lisa Cannon was out and about celebrating the New Year, and to all her followers said: “Happy New Year!!! May 2014 bring you all the joy, happiness, love, lust and life you deserve and wish for! Beauty, brilliance and buckets of fun.” Meanwhile, Jedward – AKA John and Edward Grimes – ended 2013 with some of their fans while performing their show Beauty and the Beast at the Olympia. For those that could not be there with them, they posted a small video of the countdown and wrote: “Happy New Year! Ringing in the New Year with awesome fans.”

keating’s keen on local indian IN A brand-new Twitter account devoted to all things foodie, Ronan Keating has given a plug to a local Indian eatery in Malahide. Ronan set up the joint Twitter account with his girlfriend, Storm Uechtritz, in December, with the aim of talking about all things food, drink and travel related. In a tweet posted last week, the pair praised the local Kajjal restaurant in Malahide as being the “best Indian restaurant in Ireland”.

In typical Jedward form, the twins paid tribute to their fans in their New Year message

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feature community: helpline advice for older people

Seek help if you need it, seniors are urged

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SENIOR Help Line, the phone service for older people, has issued advice for the older members of the community to help with the ever-changing and extreme winter weather conditions that Ireland has experienced in recent weeks. The helpline, which is operated by Third Age, was set up 15 years ago in an effort to tackle isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people. Speaking about the




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winter advice initiative, Senior Help Line chief executive Aine Brady said that winter, with its short days and cold nights, can be a difficult time for many. She said: “Older people tend to go into a kind of hibernation, staying indoors as much as possible while waiting for spring to make an appearance once again. “If you live on your own and have few social outlets – as is the case with many older people – being cut off can increase your sense of isolation


‘The helpline also advices older people to stay connected’ --------------------------

and loneliness. Added to this, people have the extra stress of meeting their ever-increasing energy bills.” Speaking on behalf of Third Age, head of communications Anne Dempsey told The Gazette why the helpline is such a unique service. She said: “When it was

first established, many older people had a phone but had nobody to talk to. It has expanded hugely in the past 15 years and it is older people listening to older people. It’s what makes it unique: it’s a peer-to-peer service.” As part of its winter initiative, the help line is encouraging older people to dress for winter and wear plenty of layers. It advises: “Fill a hot water bottle and have it on your lap during the day. “We lose a lot of heat through the head, so if it’s

Senior Help Line offers a Lo-Call service to help tackle isolation and loneliness

a really cold night, wear a night-cap in bed.” T he helpline also advices older people to stay connected. “When the weather is dry and not too cold, try to get outside and meet people. Don’t forget to wear a hat, gloves and scarf and nonslip boots on icy days.” T he helpline also advises older people to

keep active. If it’s too cold and windy to get outside, keep active indoors. “Don’t sit for hours at a time. Stand up and move around the house at least once an hour. Try some chair-based exercises – wiggle your toes, shake your hands, move your head side to side and move your arms up and down.”

One of the most important tips is to ask for help if you need it. Whether it’s a lift to the church or the local shop, reach out. The Senior Help Line is open every day from 10am until 10pm at 1850 440 444, and is a Lo-Call service, meaning that no call costs more than 30 cent.


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Margaret Ward of ClearInk, Dublin, with Paula Fitzsimons, director, Going for Growth, and Eithne Brenner, The Brenner Clinic, Waterford

women: entrepreneurs sought for 2014 programme

Grow your business with expert advice  laura webb

AN IRISH programme helping ambitious women to develop their business is seeking female entrepreneurs for the new cycle of Going for Growth. The programme is calling on business women in Dublin to apply for the 2014 programme. Going for Growth is a business development initiative that matches e s t a b l i s h e d wo m e n entrepreneurs and experienced senior executives, who have had success in growing a small company, with female owner-managers of existing firms who are determined to strengthen and grow their businesses. The “lead entrepreneurs” act as role models for selected participants,

sharing their knowledge and experience on a voluntary basis. This will be the sixth Going for Growth programme since it was first piloted in 2008. The scheme has helped more than 300 women from all across the country, and engages with a diverse range of businesses. Paula Fitzsimons, national director and founder of Going for Growth, said: “Ireland needs all the entrepreneurial talent available to it, and Irish women have a major role to play in delivering the economic benefits and job creation opportunities that successful entrepreneurship can bring. “Going for Growth is designed to support women to fully exploit

their entrepreneurial talent and to achieve growth in sales, employment and profitability. “The fifth cycle of Going for Growth saw two of every three participants grow their turnover by an average of 17%, as well as 750 jobs being sustained, 50 new jobs created, and six of the participants exporting for the first time. “I believe that, in 2014, we can exceed these positive results. We’re encouraging women entrepreneurs in Dublin to apply for the 2014 programme and to become part of this success,” she said. Previous participants from the Dublin region have included Anne Heraty from CPL Resources PLC (lead entrepreneur), Ann McGee from McGee

Pharma International, Bevin Mahon from Dentaltech Ltd, Breda Brown from Unique Media and Carol Walsh form The Green Gecko Ltd. CPL’s Anne Heraty, an ambassador for the initiative, said: “Going for Growth is an excellent initiative that gives real value to those who participate in it. “It works best when the participants are open with each other and a circle of trust develops around the table. “I have seen definite progress among the participants in my group in clarifying and taking steps to achieve their growth goals. “I have been delighted to share my experiences with the other women entrepreneurs as I have also developed new

insights from the focused discussions,” she said. Carol Walsh, another ambassador for the initiative, said: “After more than 20 years in business my business was making a small profit, and I felt I had reached a plateau; however, I found it difficult to take the next step upwards. “Since commencing Going for Growth, not only have I met helpful and inspirational women directors, I have also learned new skills and put a business plan in place.” There are 60 fullyfunded places available in the new programme. For further information, or to register, see www. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is January 24.

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A film festival that is worth poring over  ian begley

THE Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is set to mark its 13th year in the capital, showcasing more than 140 films from the four corners of the globe from February 13–23. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland. This year’s much anticipated gala event will see John Michael’s Calvary, staring Brendan Gleeson, start the festival in The Savoy cinema on February 13, which will be followed by a reception. In the film, Gleeson plays the role of Father James – a priest who has a week to put his affairs in order after being told that there is a “hit” due on him


‘On the opening night there’s always a real sense of celebration. Usually, everyone who comes along lets their hair down.’


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during a confession. Grainne Humphreys, the festival’s director, said there is a huge buildup to the festival this year, and she is excited to see Calvary make its official debut there. Speaking to The

Gazette, she said: “It’s a really smart and elegant film, in the fact that there’s so many great Irish actors and really powerful scenes [in it]. There is so much humour and black humour in it, too. “On the opening night there’s always a real sense of celebration. Usually, everyone who comes along lets their hair down. There’s always a great sense of fun and energy.” Humphreys said that the thing she always finds great about the film festival is that “it’s 10 days of continuous celebration, because everyone is so excited to show their film off. “We got pretty much 140 films confirmed, and we’re now trying to coordinate their owners, directors and actors, and trying to put them in individual slots across the 10 days of the festival,” she said.


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Grainne Humphreys, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival’s director, singled out Brendan Gleeson’s new film, Cavalry, as a personal favourite, with the film launching the festival’s gala opening on February 13

Since its launch in 2003, the Jameson Film Festival has offered those who attend a unique f o r u m o f e xc h a n g e between the public and the filmmaking community through hosting a whole range of events that allow interaction in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. The Jameson Film Fes-

tival is a city-wide event that showcases films in all of the Dublin city centre cinemas, including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and the Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield. Since the festival’s inauguration, a large array of internationallyrenowned film stars have joined in with the celebration, including Dan-

iel Day Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson – all of whom have graced the festival’s red carpet. For the latest information on this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, and to purchase tickets, see www.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Shanell, a gorgeous elderly husky/malamute cross. This seven-year-old female malamute cross is a beautiful, older and much wiser dog looking for a peaceful home where she can enjoy her own space and time. Shanell arrived to us quite recently with some manageable medical issues, including poor eyesight. This gorgeous animal deserves the very best love and attention in her new home, and would suit children aged 14+. If you think you can offer Shanell a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. We are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on www. You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE

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Exploring third-level education

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Exciting changes in store for students SENIOR College Dun Laoghaire will become Blackrock Further Education Institute when it moves to its new state-ofthe-art premises in June. It’s a new year and a new start for students at Senior College Dun Laoghaire, who will commence their study in September as students of Blackrock Further Education Institute. They will benefit from learning in one of the finest further education institutes in Ireland. This vibrant and mod-

ern building will offer state-of-the-art facilities, which include computer laboratories, design studios, beauty/media makeup salons, an ICT (information communications technology) learning centre and a library. These new facilities will benefit school leavers, and adults returning to education in the locality and from the greater Dublin area. A student canteen and a dedicated social area will also greatly enhance students’ college experience.

The institute will be offering a variety of Level 5 and 6 courses in business, applied psychology, emergency and health care, interior and landscape/ garden design, computer science, creative multimedia with app development, computer maintenance and technical support, CISCO networking, beauty therapy, theatrical and media make-up and complementary therapies (including remedial and sports massage). Flexible entry is provided to school leavers who

want to gain professional qualifications or alternative pathways to degree courses outside the CAO points system. The college has progression arrangements with a number of colleges and universities. For example, Senior College Dun Laoghaire offers a highly-attractive two-year Higher National Diploma in business studies, which leads to the unique option of one further year’s study for an honours business degree. Second-chance oppor-

Graphic highlighting the impending change for Senior College Dun Laoghaire


‘Flexible entry is provided to school leavers who want to gain professional qualifications’


tunities are also offered to those without the Leaving Certificate and those looking to up-skill and

retrain for a new career and a fresh start. New courses planned for September include arts with business management (FETAC Level 6), and cloud computer technologies (FETAC Level 6). There are also a number of courses timetabled for mornings only to cater for parents and part-time workers. This year, the accounting technician, CISCO networking, graduate

diploma in creative multimedia, interior design and the jewellery design courses are timetabled for mornings only. An open day will be held in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, January 29 from 10am to 4pm, and prospective students are invited to come along, or to see, to find out more about the courses on offer for September, as well as to learn about the new college in Blackrock.

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An established, leading facility IF ONE of your New Year’s resolutions involves making 2014 the year to learn and up-skill, then make sure you take a look at the options available at Rathmines College. This centrally-located and long-established Dublin college effectively matches student skills with employer needs by offering a range of one-, two- and three-year study options. Courses on offer are in the key skills areas of business, journalism, media, marketing, accounting, access to arts and many

more. Rathmines College provides cer tificate, advanced certificate, diploma and professional courses, awarded by the relevant educational bodies (FETAC and BTEC), and professional bodies (PRII, ACCA, and IATI). The college also offers a repeat Leaving Certificate programme, with high results leading to students achieving entry to thirdlevel education. The college is holding its annual open day on Thursday, January 30 from 2pm to 6pm. At the

open day, teaching staff and guidance counsellors will be available to inform and advise on a suitable path to study, including progression links between Rathmines College and a range of university degree programmes. As a college of further education, Rathmines College courses are all State-funded, and so minimum charges apply. Rathmines College is a constituent college of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB). Ciara Courtney, of RTE

At Rathmines College, students are assured of a leading pathway to a wide range of courses catering for diverse educational and professional qualifications in a wide range of fields

Radio, who studied journalism and public relations at Rathmines College for three years, says she would “highly recommend” the college. She said: “I always

found my lecturers very approachable and extremely helpful. “The practical writing and radio skills I learned during my time in Rathmines helped me greatly

in securing my first job in journalism as a news reporter on Northern Sound Radio. “Today, I can be heard on Lyric fm and RTE 2fm as part of the AA Road-

watch team.” For further details on the open day, and a full list of courses, contact Rathmines College at 01 497 5334, or see www.

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DIT offers personal growth for all

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Pushing cultural boundaries for lasting success THE Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT), located in Dun Laoghaire, is the only Institute in Ireland with a specific mission to lead and inform the creative and cultural industries through teaching and research in the arts, design, and media, the application of digital technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. IADT has two faculties,

with a total of 2,240 students between enterprise and humanities, and film, art and creative technologies, and is also host to the new National Film School building. The faculty of enterprise and humanities offers a range of innovative degrees in entrepreneurship, business in arts management and English, media and cultural studies. These innovative pro-

grammes in entrepreneurship and humanities provide graduates with transferable skills and a passport to a wide range of career options, including self-employment. Feedback from IADT graduates is positive and is proof that the institute’s programmes meet employer expectations and the requisite skill for the workplace, while simultaneously providing intellectual challenge

President Michael D Higgins joined IADT president Dr Annie Doona to examine students’ work at a recent visit to the campus

and rigour. The faculty of film, art and creative technologies offers a rich portfolio of inter-related programmes in a vibrant atmosphere of research, creativity, technology and production. The programmes push discipline boundaries

through creative collaboration and interaction. T he faculty offers degrees in media technology, multimedia systems and programming, creative music production, applied psychology, animation, photography, film and television production, visual communi-

cation design, visual arts practice, model making, design and digital effects, and design for stage and screen. IADT students say: “By the time we leave IADT we have a competency that can help us achieve our goals and get employment.”

WITH a highly-respected reputation both nationally and internationally, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is an exciting place to study. Students can choose from a wide range of unde r g r a dua t e pr o grammes that are careerfocused and equip learners with the knowledge and abilities they need for the real world. As well as having an academic focus, DIT is a place where students will make new connections, get involved in different societies, sports and activities, and develop as a person. While DIT is one of the largest third-level institutes in Ireland, students work in small teams and quickly get to know one another and members of the academic and support staff. In 2014, DIT is beginning its move to its new city-centre campus at Grangegorman. In September, more than 1,200 students from art, design, printing, photography and social sciences will be on campus and setting out to make history. Grangegorman will continue to grow with staff and students joining the new campus in phases over the next four years. DIT has two new programmes for CAO 2014, offering a BSc in computer science (international), and languages and international tourism (Chinese). For more on DIT, see or find the college on Facebook and Twitter. The admissions team can be contacted at 01 402 3445, or by emailing

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New Grand C4 is ready to test drive GAZETTE motoring recently featured a review of Citroen’s impressive new Grand C4 Picasso. The good news is that it is now available to test drive in Citroen dealerships across the capital. Drivers interested in booking a 24-hour test drive of this seven-seater modern family car should visit or ask about the test drive at a local Citroen dealer. The car, starting from €299 per month with Citroen’s Elect 3 PCP finance, comes with three years’ free servicing for all models registered by January 31, 2014. For details log onto www.

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Taking practicality to an even higher level  CORMAC CURTIS

SCHIFFER IS GERMAN FACE OF OPEL IN EUROPE: WHAT have the Germans done for us, eh? Well, for starters they gave the world Claudia Schiffer – and she has been revealed as the German face of Opel in Europe, and she is taking centre stage in Opel’s new campaign “It’s a German”. In small, fine and very emotional stories, Claudia charmingly illustrates Opel’s Made in Germany concept. The uniqueness of Opel’s models, imbued with the German art of engineering and with clever door concepts such as that demonstrated by the Meriva, and well-honed, allwheel drive technology as presented in the Mokka, is a significant theme of the TV adver-

tising. Claudia is full of enthusiasm for her first working days as Opel brand ambassador: “We filmed the first commercial in midDecember. The new Opel models stand for great German engineering as well as innovation and practicality. “The Meriva with its rear-hinged rear doors is unique and a first for Opel. It is fantastic for families like mine.”

LAST year Skoda were kind enough to give one of their most reliable and popular cars in Ireland – the Octavia - the modern makeover it so thoroughly deserved. Having gained a welldeserved reputation as one of the most reliable cars on the road, even the Octavia’s most diehard fans would have agreed that the model was beginning to look a little stale. So, it got a serious cosmetic face-lift inside and out, with some enhanced new features thrown in for good measure. T h i s y e a r S ko d a are maintaining their momentum in two dramatic ways. Firstly, the Octavia is now available as an estate or “Combi” derivative, offering drivers an impressive 610 litres of boot space and contin-

uing the successful tradition of the previous two generations, which made customers realise that even a small family car can be better at handling the loads they need to transport than most cars belonging to the class above or even some larger SUVs. Secondly, Skoda are offering the car in a 4x4 option with a 2.0-litre TDi engine generating 150bhp. Not only that, but this is a far better-looking car than the saloon model. It’s like breaking the first commandment of car design “Thou shalt not be prettier than your executive saloon stable mate”. But just as they did with the Superb Combi, Skoda have given the Octavia a stretched-out, muscular design that oozes presence. In short, Skoda are owning the estate mar-

ket right now. From a technical point of view, the third-generation Octavia Combi is based on the Octavia liftback, as a result these cars share most of the same technical solutions and equipment. The differences are limited to the rear section and the luggage compartment. But all this practicality and usability shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the Octavia, in all its guises, offers so much car for the money. I am a big fan of Skoda, and what this car offers is pretty much the ideal car in my humble opinion. It just feels so good to sit in and drive. Are there faster cars? Yes. Are there betterlooking cars? Of course. Are there cheaper cars? Naturally. But the Octavia Combi 4X4 is an incredibly well-built, extremely

comfortable, balanced, quick and attractive car with plenty of standard equipment including their Bolero sound system with bluetooth, ve r y h a n d s o m e 17 ” alloy wheels, cr uise control, seven airbags, Climatronic air conditioning with electronic regulation and rear parking sensors. Not only that – but for anyone with a few kids, it carries ever ything you need for holidays; for anyone who needs to carry loads, with the rear seats folded down you can move serious amounts of cargo; and considering how healthy everyone is getting these day, the roof bars are ready to carry bikes, kayaks, sailboards or any other kind of outdoor gear you need to bring along. Without wanting to list out yards of standard features in the car, I

think some of the standout bits and pieces are worth a mention. For a car like this, that is more than likely going to do some longer journeys, the included front armrest with its “jumbo box” for storage is a useful one – it would really annoy me to pay extra for that! The four-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel for radio and phone control makes so much sense and is clearly as important for safety as it is for convenience – and it doesn’t half feel good. For €32,195 this is a car that will last and last and provide an extremely low cost of ownership. Mark my words, you’ll find it lurking in the background of every “selfie” taken at the family picnic or weekend trip to the beach for catching some waves with the lads.

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book review: scumbags and handbags, by sinead hamill

A generally feel-good lark, despite its flaws  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

SELF-published author Sinead Hamill’s first novel, Scumbags and Handbags, has been deemed a cross between Love/Hate and Celebrity Bainisteoir, but is much more reminiscent of early work by Roddy Doyle. The novel traces the journey of a group of women who get involved in a new EU initiative to encourage unlikely people to engage in sports. The local Dublin GAA club, desirous of the EU funding, comes up with the idea of creating a Gaelic for Mothers team, which draws all manner of outsized, unfit and generally gone to seed middle-aged women. Needless to say, hilarious high-jinks ensue. The plot is pacy and enjoyable, and Hamill has a special talent for painting with raw colours the innuendo-fuelled bawdy interaction of bored housewives, which is entertaining and funny ... up to a point. Her style is very conversational, and this sweeps the plot along very swiftly and naturally. However, as the story develops, the author inserts more and more vulgarity and ridiculous situations into the plot, which become forced and undermines the integrity of the tale. But, for a first novel,



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Spectacular presents Cinderella! THE performing arts group have come up with a toetapping show to delight audiences, as its young but highly-skilled dancers have prepared a lively version of Cinderella. Their diverse range of skills will be to the fore in the show, which runs at 8pm from December 9 to 12. Admission priced €15 adults; €10 children.

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Self-published author Sinead Hamill and her debut book, Scumbags and Handbags

Scumbags and Handbags is a very encouraging start and Hamill will certainly have her fans in the future. She is particularly adept at realism, which she unfortunately sacrifices for cheap laughs at times. Her strongest character, Robbie King, is a young man who has found himself in an impossible situation as he gets deeper and deeper into an underworld of which he wants no part. Robbie’s helplessness is depicted very realistically by Hamill, and the reader feels a great sense of familiarity with the

character, who could be any young lad in over his head. The character’s helplessness and need for secrecy, even towards his girlfriend – all par for the course for a character in such a terrible position – are finely drawn by Hamill. Robbie has been sucked into a predator’s web and cannot extricate himself without either being killed himself, or endangering the lives of those he loves. His persecutor, Hawk, presents us with a fascinating glimpse into a Dublin underworld figure

who is not all bad – until he needs to be. We see Robbie interacting with Hawk in a very friendly way, joking and messing about with him one minute, and being in fear of him the next.

Unnerving The unpredictability and unnerving charm of Hawk’s character disturbs the reader, who is likely to be conflicted and saddened that Hawk has allowed his darker propensities to hold sway. In general, the female characters are not as well-rounded, and are either too jubilant or too

depressed. Overall, the book is a feel-good lark, and will engage the reader right up until the end. Yet, there is a lot more to this writer than mere zany antics and bawdy humour. Hamill’s undeveloped talent is based very securely in realism, and as the story is told, the reader effortlessly slips into a film version of it in his/her mind’s eye. As for the author, Hamill is a first-time author and mother living in Stillorgan. While starting to write the book in 2012, she discovered she had a leak in one of her heart

valves, and had to have a procedure called “cardio version” to shock her heart back into a normal rhythm. She then had two strokes while driving her daughters to school but, luckily, suffered no long-term damage. Her ill health determined her to finish her novel. Scumbags and Handbags is available in paperback with a RRP of €10.60 at Dubray Books, Stillorgan Shopping Centre, the Village Cafe in Glenalbyn GAA Club in Stillorgan, and is also available from Amazon. com.

FOR one night only, come along and celebrate four decades of hits by The Bee Gees, as Jive Talkin’ present a great showcase of the top hits of the international band. From disco classics to acoustic numbers, hits for the Bee Gees and the artists they wrote for, it promises to be a superb show at 8pm on January 11, with tickets €20/€17 conc.

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Cinderella The Panto FOR those looking for the last bit of festive cheer – until next December, of course – Coolmine Panto Group’s Cinderella will delight kids of all ages, as it heads towards the latter part of its run. With Ugly Sisters to boo, a Prince Charming to cheer, and Cinders’s story to follow, a great panto awaits, priced €20/€16 conc. For the full details of show times and dates, see

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Ireland’s senior cricketers will hope to continue their successful run of form after the T20 world cup in March

cricket: clontarf to host visit of top international side

AFTER a year of disappointment due to his absence through injury from the Dublin senior side who claimed the All-Ireland title, Brogan got his hands on silverware when he starred for St Oliver Plunkett’s in the Senior B championship final.

Sri Lanka to test the mettle of TEAMof the MONTH Ireland’s boys in green in May H IRELAND’S massive success throughout 2013 has been rewarded with a significant test of their progress when it was announced that they will play two one-day international matches against one of the world’s best sides, Sri Lanka, at Clontarf on May 6 and 8. The cricketers, who ended the year on a high when they won the Intercontinental Cup against Afghanistan in Dubai, will use these matches as preparation for their participation in the 2015 World Cup

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: “Ireland need as many matches as possible against full member sides. It’s how we measure ourselves now in terms of our cricketing progress. “2013 couldn’t have gone much better in terms of the fact that we won three trophies and continued our domination against our fellow associates,” said Simmons, who conicidentally recently flew to Sri Lanka with the Ireland A team for a two-week tour. “[The one-day internationals

are] a fantastic opportunity for our squad to face players of the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and of course Lasith Malinga. They’re going to be tough opposition but Irish conditions in May will be to our advantage.” It will be only the second visit of a Sri Lankan side to Irish shores - the previous occasion was at Eglinton in 1979 when Ivan Anderson’s century helped Ireland secure a draw in the firstclass match.

In more recent times, Ireland lost their only ODI encounter by eight wickets in the 2007 World Cup, a game which marked the end of Adi Birrell’s tenure as Ireland coach. The teams met again in a thrilling game at Lord’s during the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, when Ireland lost by just nine runs to the eventual finalists. Ireland are in action later this month when they tour the West Indies before they take part in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

lucan sarsfields camogie LUCAN’S camogie section continued their stellar 2013 wihen they annexed the Leinster senior Division 1 title this month following an emphatic and stylish victory over Camross in Ballykelly, after wins over St Ibar’s and AllIreland intermediate champions Myshall.


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FastSport ras na mban to grace screens this month on setanta: The An Post Ras na mBan will be the subject of a special highlights programme to be broadcast on Setanta Sports on January 14 at 6pm. The event, raced over five days in County Clare last September, was the biggest and most successful in the 28year history of international women’s bike racing in Ireland featuring riders from 13 countries representing teams from 10 different nations. Event organiser Valerie Considine said: “It is nice to pause and reflect on the success of last September’s edition [of the Ras]. It’s a lovely film which really captures the challenge and beauty of the event and the truly epic scenery it travels through.” The programme will be repeated by Setanta Sport on January 16, 18 and 19.

powerlifting: local duo lead way in sport with world success

Lifting your way to a new horizon 

With the new year just having arrived, people are looking for that miracle panacea to shed weight and get active. While no such magic wand exists to get us fit, two local women have led the way in bringing attention to a new sporting activity that has become increasingly popular in Ireland in recent years. Powerlifting has been the route to international

success for Arlette Bomahou and Linh Nguyen, and their successes at the powerlifting world championship in Glasgow in November last year has attracted a large number of women to join the national body for the sport, the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association, doubling their female membership in the process. The sport of powerlifting comprises three lifts: the back squat, bench

Arlette Bomahou and trainer Adrian Quinn

press and deadlift. Competitions may comprise one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines. A t h l e t e s a r e c a tegorized by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins. For the past few years in Ireland an increasing number of women has been practising weight training and powerlifting. Arlette, whose mother is from Togo, competes in the 90kg+ category and won her first world title in the 90kg+ category in Glasgow. “I have been doing weight training for the past 10 years in order to

World champion and world record holder Linh Nguyen in powerlifting action

get into better shape and live a healthier life style. My personal trainer, Adrian Quinn, saw potential in me I was not aware of. He suggested that I should compete in powerlifting. In August, I turned 38 years old and I decided I needed to achieve something for myself before I turned 40. So I jumped in at the deep end by participating in my first competition in Cork in the Mardyke Stadium. Since then, I have fallen in love with this sport.” Nguyen, from Vietnam, has been living in Ireland for 12 years, competes in the under 55kg category. She represented Ireland in Glasgow and not only did she win the world

champion title, she also broke the world record in the squat in her weight category. She explained why she went into powerlifting and tells about the benefits she gained from it. ’’At the beginning, I was exercising with the purpose of losing weight. The more I got into working out, the more I felt better about myself. One thing led to another, and one of my friends told me to try out powerlifting. I then went to watch the single lift event back in January 2013 in Cork and it started from there.” Both women point to the positive benfits the sport has had on their lives, in terms of the fit-

ness aspects of weight training, leading to stronger, healthier and fitter lifestyles as much as the sense of confidence and empowerment. “Getting my first world champion title after competing for only three months is the biggest achievement in my life. “All those years of hard work in the gym have paid off. Each competition feels like a family reunion, I feel like I have made new friends,” said Arlette. You can follow Arlette on Twitter @ArletteBomahou, and for more information on the sport, log on to the association’s homepage at www.idfpa. net.

Monte Carlo marks start of rally year for Barrable 

Swords rally driving sensation Robert Barrable has made a late entry and will contest the opening round of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship, the Rallye Monte Carlo in his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 next weekend. This will be the first time Barrable has contested one of rallying’s oldest and most prestigious events, although he assisted co-driver Stuart Loudon with course notes in the 2013 vintage of the race, which allowed Loudon to finish 44th out

of 113 drivers with Japanese driver Ryozo Saito. Barrable’s main rivals in the WRC-2 category are likely to be Yurii Protasov (Ukraine), Armin Kremer (Germany), Julien Maurin (France) and Lorenzo Bertelli (Italy) – all driving similar Ford Fiestas. Whilst all have vastly more Rallye Monte Carlo experience, Barrable aims to challenge for a podium place and start the 2014 season off with a strong pointsscoring finish. “When an opportunity came up to contest the Monte Carlo Rally, I wasn’t going to turn it down,” said

Barrable. “It’s an exciting event and my main aim is to go and enjoy the experience of contesting one of the sport’s most historic rallies. Without doubt, it’s going to be the biggest challenge of my career. “The sheer size of the rally makes me a little nervous, but I drove the stages last year, I’ve got a feel for the terrain and I know what Stuart and I will need to do to make good pace notes. “We’ve got high-hopes of scoring a good WRC-2 result, but most of all we hope the New Year brings us a little more luck and we’ll start 2014 with a good trouble-free run.”

Swords’ Robert Barrable and co-driver Stuart Loudon will take their experience from 2013 into the first race of the year in Monte Carlo

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Stars shine under lights at Tower’s


The annual end-of-season match between the best in senior football and hurling was held this year at Monastery Road, and Waters makes move from proved a huge success, a fitting end to a great year for the club Wanderers to Rovers The annual Dubs Stars matches were held on New Year’s Eve at Round Tower’s under their impressive floodlights and the matches once again proved that Dublin hurling and football is in fine fettle ahead of their 2014 campaigns. The evening proved a memorable way to top off what has been a stellar year for the club. Well over 3,000 people from across Dublin turned out to watch the footballers and the hurlers in their last action of 2013 and kick-starting the 2014 season, once again with all eyes on the big prizes in inter-county competition. There was great feedback from Dublin suppor ters in terms of the arrangements and organisation of the day, with Alan Milton from the GAA as MC, and a strong line up for the four sides who lined out to represent the best in Dublin GAA. The Dubs Stars matches were an occa-

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sion to top off what has already been a great year for Round Tower, with the opening of their new floodlit pitch as well as the All-Ireland victory of the Dubin senior footballers led by their very own Jim Gavin galvanising the spirit in the GAA community in Clondalkin and all over the city. Homegrow n players Gary Cleary and James Kelly also appeared on opposite sides in the football match up, while three Round Tower players played for the Dubs Stars in the form of Eoin Moran, Gary Quinlivan and Alex Darbey in the hurling showdown. The pitch and the crowds both held up well to the less-thanideal weather conditions, with the rain leaving the ground soft but the

The Dublin senior footballers at Monastery Road

enthusiasm unbound for the games to come. The hurling match was a very close and competitive encounter, with only two points between the sides at half-time, with Dublin just ahead. But it was a strong Dubs Stars team mentored by Sean McCaffrey from Lucan Sarsfields that transformed the outcome of the match with two goals midway through the second half. They were so good that Anthony Daly described them as the best Dubs Stars team he had seen since taking the manager’s chair with Dublin, and was grateful for the

The Dubs Stars hurlers who upset expectations to win their encounter

work-out the match had given his side at this time of year. The football match between Dublin and the Dubs Stars was quite a different affair, with the Dubs Stars being deprived of a number of their players by virtue of call-offs due to injury and other commitments, particularly some potentially game-changing players such as county players James McCarthy, Dean Rock, Kevin McManaman and Diarmud Connolly. The match was a formality in terms of the eventual outcome, particularly after Kilmacud Crokes’ Paul Mannion scored two goals in four minutes, and showed the Dublin team’s strength in depth, with an array of familiar names also not present to don the Sky Blue. Speaking to Gazette Sport after the matches, Round Tower’s chairman Tony Delaney was thrilled with the way that things had gone.

“It was a great event, with great attendance, in spite of it being a bitterly cold night. It was great to see families turn out to watch the matches. “The standard was excellent. The hurling was a particularly good game, very competitive and the Dubs Stars winning, which doesn’t happen very often. “It has been a hugely busy year for us. We opened the grounds in April with our celebration weekend that saw Dublin and Galway’s senior footballers play a challenge game. The success of the hurlers in Leinster and the footballers winning the All-Ireland, which saw Jim [Gavin] bring Sam [Magure trophy] and the team to the village the weekend after the win at Croker was a huge thing for us as well. But to close the year off so wonderfully with these matches was a great cap to 2013, and to start off the new year in style, has been marvellous for Round Tower’s.”

Shamrock Rovers started the new year with a new signing when midfielder,Kieran Marty Waters joined the club from Bray Wanderers. Waters had spent six years with the Bray club, coming through the youth programme to join the Premier division side. Speaking after completing talks with Rovers’ boss Trevor Croly, Waters said: “I am absolutely delighted to have signed for Shamrock Rovers; it’s the biggest club in the country. “There has been interest in me from the manager for a while now, but it had to be the right time for me to make this move and I feel that it is now. I’ve been a Shamrock Rovers fan since I was a child and so I am intent on working hard and giving my all for this club. “I would like to thank everyone at Bray Wanderers for all the support they have given me over the last six years. I really enjoyed my time at the club and wish them the best. I’d especially like to thank Pat Devlin for all his support. I’m just looking forward to getting going now and to kicking a football again,” said Waters.

Swim a mile challenge set for NAC in April Swim Ireland have announced that they will be holding the Dublin leg of its Swim for a Mile Challenge 2014 at the National Aquatic Centre on Friday, April 4. The project challenges members of the public to compete in a national event to swim for a mile. Swim Ireland will provide a free training programme at the NAC, including support, advice and motiva-

tion for all those wanting to take on the test. The challenge is being made possible through the CocaCola Thank You Fund and the Irish Sports Council’s Women in Sport Programme. Last month, Swim Ireland won the top award in Coca-Cola Thank You Fund of €25,000 which has helped to make the Swim for a Mile Challenge 2014 a reality. For more information about taking part in the Swim for a Mile Challenge, log on to www.swimforamile. com.


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hockey: booterstown club set up ucd battle royale

Seapoint land second Leinster Cup victory SEAPOINT RFC picked up their second win of Leinster Senior Division 2A/2B cup with a great team performance last Saturday against Bective Rangers at Donnybrook, picking up a 23-16 victory. Brian Keegan, pictured, had given them an early lead from a penalty before Bective bounced back with an unconverted try and penalty to move into an 8-3 lead. Seapoint, though, retook the lead by halftime when Rory Conway crossed the whitewash off the back of a great break by Martin Kerr. Keegan duly added the extras to make it 10-8 to the visitors at half-time. Keegan’s penalty extended the margin but Bective took advantage of a couple of yellow cards for Seapoint as Steve Carroll and Brian Lyons both spent time in the bin, reducing their numbers to 13. Keegan, though, re-established the lead with his third penalty and they were well in the clear when Ken Casey intercepted just outside his own 22 and tore his way to the try-line. Keegan converted to make it 23-13 and while Bective got a penalty back, they could not deny Seapoint the win to go with their 52-10 win over Boyne in late December.

Six Meteors in Ireland squad METEORS basketball club’s Alison McGrath, Kate O’Flaherty and Aoife Whelan have all been named in the Irish Under-18 girls’ international panel while the club’s Aisling Kindle, Rachel Leavy and Lizzie McGonnell are all included in the Under-16 selection. The Under-18s have been placed in a European championship group with

Latvia, Germany and Estonia for a competition set to be held in Romania that gets underway on July 17. The Under-16 side, meanwhile, will play Poland, Finland and Romania in their group stages which are being held in Estonia, with their first game taking place on July 31. Ireland’s Under-18 boys’ team will head to Ukraine for their equivalent competition while the Under16s are bounds for Macedonia in August.

Aine Connery, second from right, celebrates her second goal against Glenanne last Saturday. Picture: Adrian Boehm

Connery double fires Hermes 

HERMES moved back into second place in Leinster hockey’s women’s Division 1 with a reasonably comfortable 4-1 win over Glenanne at Booterstown last Saturday. Most of the damage was done in the first half. Aine Connery had a couple of sighters on goal – drawing one immaculate save from Rachel Lambe – before opening the deadlock in the fourth minute with a pearler, picking out the top corner from a 45 degree angle.

The Glens went close in those opening phases too when Aoife Dalton played in Marie Goulding but she could not get a clean enough contact to redirect it goalward. But, for the most part, Hermes were well in control. They went 2-0 up from a scrappy penalty corner, one which Audrey O’Flynn appeared to be aiming for Sara Twomey at the right post but it took a defensive foot and bobbled in just ahead of a melee of sticks and goalkeeper. It was 3-0 in the 23rd minute when Amanda Haslam’s powerful run

sailing to success Murphy’s Sportswoman honour for May gold national Yacht Club member Annalise

Murphy has been honoured at The Irish Times and Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year Awards. The 23-year-old, who was a gold medallist in the European Championships and is currently ranked number two in the world, received her honour from Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Kieran Mulvey, chairperson of the Irish Sports Council, and Kevin O’Sullivan, editor of The Irish Times at a gala ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.

down the right popped up off a defensive stick and while there were cries of danger from both sides, the ball spun the way of Sarah Patton who volleyed home from three yards. Glenanne got one back before the interval when Kate O’Connor’s crashed free was turned in by Goulding but Connery restored the threegoal wedge early in the second half with a tap-in at the right post from a left wing cross. The Glens had a couple of decent openings in the second half but did not draw a significant save

of note while Hermes were also frustrated with Eimear Horan and Sinead McCarthy both picking up cards for dissent. It reduced the hosts to nine players for a short while but they emerged unscathed. For Hermes, next weekend looks set to be a huge tie as they meet top of the table UCD, hoping to reel in some of the six point gap to the leaders. The game has added intrigue as the students will be without six full internationals who are on Ireland duty in Spain. Hermes will be without goalkeeper Emma Gray,

Sara Twomey and Audrey O’Flynn. For Twomey, it is a first international call-up despite her still being in school at Mount Anville in Goatstown. She impressed at the underage interprovincial championships in the autumn as well as in the Under-18 European championships in Dublin to force her way into consideration by Irish head coach Darren Smith. They play Spain four times during their tour as the build-up to April’s Champions Challenge I in Glasgow.

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football: senior footballers squeeze past lake

Club Noticeboard cuala Happy New Year to all our members

county referees Noel O’Donoghue

and friends.

and Tomas Quigley.

Most of our adult and juvenile

Registration within each of the

te a m s a r e now back in tr a in -

sections will be taking place for

ing after a break over Christmas.

2014 over the coming weeks. Watch

Please check in with your team

out for dates of specific registra-

mentors if you are unsure about

tion days when you can get every-

locations and times.

thing done at once.

Our grass pitches were closed at

Great to see Mick Fitzsimons,

the weekend and the weather this

back in action with the Dublin sen-

week does not look great. Details

ior panel over the weekend.

will be on the club and the Dun

Well done to the old, battered and

Laoghaire Rathdown Council web-

worn players on the married team

site about availability this coming

that beat the singles (with a little


help from friendly referee John

The coaching section hosted a

Sheanon) in the annual Life’s Too

presentation on black cards and

Short Cup at the club over Christ-

Ballyboden player Declan O’Mahony passes to teammate Darragh Nelson in Dublin’s O’Byrne Cup match

other new rules for the season

mas. The team will now take a break

Dublin pip Westmeath in O’Byrne Cup opener

ahead this week in the club bar. All

before gathering again in about

teams from U-13 up will be affected

11-and-a-half month’s time.

o’byrne cup group d Westmeath 0-11 Dublin 0-12 

CUALA’S Mick Fitzsimons and K ilmacud Crokes’ Kevin Nolan both started for Dublin as they edged to their first win of 2014, squeaking home by a point with an experimental side lining out against Westmeath in Mullingar last Sunday. For much of the closing phases, it looked possible that the Lake County were going to overhaul Jim Gavin’s

side but their winning habit of 2013 saw them nudge over the line. Westmeath led three times in the closing quarter but Ciaran Kilkenny – one of just two players along with Stephen Cluxton to have lined out in the All-Ireland final – fired a late point to salvage the day. That pair were joined in the starting line-up by 2011 All-Ireland starters Mick Fitzsimons and Kevin Nolan but, otherwise, there were plenty of new faces on display and looking to make an early impres-

Action from the match in Mullingar. Pictures: Fergus McNally

sion as Gavin assesses his options. Darren Daly impressed throughout as a late call-up, replacing Bryan Cullen who was initially named in the starting side, in what was a tight tussle for the duration. The hosts grabbed the first two scores of the game before Dublin broke their duck in the eighth minute with Kilkenny scoring the other of his tally of 0-2 that bookended the tie. Westmeath held sway for much of the half with David Duffy putting in a strong stint in the centre exchanges but his side were not able to make that advantage tell on the scoreboard. Indeed, Paul Hudson put the Dubs up from a free 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval as they made the most of their chances. It was his third point of the half, adding to a couple from Jason Whelan. It had been level three times in the first and the second period proved equally close. An Eoin Fanning point put two

in the difference for the first time and Conor Walsh followed up for an 0-8 to 0-5 lead. B u t We s t m e a t h bounced back with four unanswered scores to lead in the 51st minute. They edged ahead two further times but Harry Dawson and then Eric Lowndes equalised to make it 0-11 each with seven minutes left. Kilkenny duly popped up with the winning score in the 67th minute to round off the win. Next on the agenda is a date with Louth in Parnell Park before they face DCU next Sunday at the same venue. The students saw off Louth 1-15 to 0-9 in Sunday’s other game. Dublin: S Cluxton; D Nelson, S George, M Fitzsimmons; E Lowndes(0-1), D Daly, K Nolan; D O’Mahony, S Carthy; C Walsh (0-1), H Dawson(0-1), J Whelan(0-2); P Hudson(0-4, 3f), C Kilkenny (0-2) P Ryan. Subs: E Fanning (0-1) for Ryan; J Cooper for George; C Guckian for Nolan; C Mullins for O’Mahony.

by the new rules. 17 Black Cards

Elver y’s in Dun L aog ha ir e is

were issued in inter-county games

stocking Cuala gear now in case

over the weekend and it will have

you need something to spend any

an impact. If you are prepared you

Christmas vouchers on. A share of

will know what to expect. The pres-

what you spend comes back to the

entation was delivered by Cuala

club just as is the case with the club

coaching staff and former inter-

shop itself.

ballyboden st enda’s Ballyboden Operation Transfor-

10am to 2pm. Contact 087 931 2851

mation is here and is starting this

for more information. All proceeds


go towards the juvenile develop-

The weigh-in will be in complete privacy and only you will know your starting weight. Weigh-in will take place each

ment section. Following an excellent response to our call for dancers last week, as of this week, the list is closed.

Monday at 7.30pm followed by a

If you are still interested in par-

walk. For more details contact Anne

ticipating, you can put your name

Devlin at or

on a standby list by contacting any

on mobile 086 859 4508.

of the names below.

The club would like to announce Andy McEntee as our new senior

A big thank you to all who volunteered so readily.

football manager. We wish him and

For further information please

his team every success in the com-

contact Ken Giles, Grainne Nolan,

ing year.

J o h n S m a l l , P e t e r Wa l l , M a r y

Christmas tree collection service this Saturday, January 11 from

Hyland, Mary Cleary, Bernie Kinsella or Gemma Fay.

st jude’s Our Strictly Come Dancing event

remained the same as 2013 and we

will be taking place on March 7 in the

would encourage all members to

Citywest Hotel, details of the event,

pay their fees promptly. There is an

the dancers, sponsorship opportu-

online facility on our website and

nities will be published across all our

membership forms will be available

social media platforms and on our

from behind the bar.

website in the coming weeks. Well done to the Dublin senior football team and Chris Guckian who got 2014 off to a winning start in Mullingar on Sunday when they defeated Westmeath in the O’Byrne Cup. Member ship for 2 0 14 is now due, the membership rates have

Completed forms shoud be inserted into the new box in the bar along with appropriate payment. No payment should be paid over the bar. Lotto numbers drawn were 13, 21, 28 and 30. No player matched three or four numbers and the jackpot is now €3,100.

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