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

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Cabinteely FC host their mini World Cup Page 30

Sport Awards: Nominees for June are announced Page 28

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mayday: RNLI to the rescue as trimaran overturns in Dublin Bay See Page 3

Walkway hold-up angers council  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE appointment of an environmental consultant that will examine constraints imposed by the Department of the Environment and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) cycle and walkway route was met with anger from councillors at a recent meeting of Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council.

Councillors across the chamber said the appointment of a consultant did not go far enough to get the original coastal cycle route back on track. The NPWS altered the project due to the area’s conservational designation, disallowing the route to be located along the coast from Blackrock to Booterstown. Full Story on Page 6

Kept buzz-y: Tubridy’s praise for local boy in spelling bee test BLACKROCK lad Niall Meagher

was kept very buzz-y at the Leinster final of the Eason Spelling Bee contest recently, where he faced some challenging words on his way to claiming first prize in the provincial final.

Niall had the honour of representing the region in the allIreland final at RTE studios and, although he lost to Galway’s Emma Gilmore, RTE’s Ryan Tubridy waxed lyrical about Niall’s, and his fellow bees’, spelling abilities.



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The Oratory of the Sacred Heart in Dun Laoghaire is full of Celtic revival art

Take a tour of our national treasures THIS summer, an abundance of creative and cultural activities and literary events will be running throughout Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The Summer of Heritage is now under way with plenty on offer for locals and visitors to do and see, thanks to a programme of interesting tours and talks set up by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The Summer of Heritage is designed to show all the county’s cultural and natural treasures off to advantage. Over its five-year history, organisers of the Summer of Heritage say that over 20,000 visitors have attended the many free tours available over the four month cultural festival. Tim Carey, the coun-


cil’s heritage officer, said: “The idea of Summer of Heritage is to open people’s eyes to what is on their doorstep. “These are heritage sites that people may frequently pass as they go about their daily business but be completely unaware of their significance or their story. With 15 different attractions Summer of Heritage is bigger and better than ever.” Some of the features lined up for this year include a tour of Martello Tower at Seapoint, a restored early 19th cen-

tury tower which was originally built to defend Dublin from possible Napoleonic invasion. The site also gives access onto the roof where an 18-pound cannon sits at the ready. There is also an interesting tour of Cabinteely House with its 45 hectare park. The architectural style of this great house is 18th century English landscape and the tour will bring you through the house while relating the life story of its owner, Robert Nugent. Cabinteely Park has a n a d ve n t u r e p l ay ground too with special age appropriate zones ranging from the under fives up to teens with a fruiting maze, willow tunnels, a sand pit with two diggers and a water

feature. The park is also an ideal spot for a family picnic. Another architectural delight is the Oratory of the Sacred Heart in Dun Laoghaire which is full of Celtic revival art. It houses 20th century artwork done by Sister Concepta Lynch of the Dominican convent in Dun Laoghaire. The oratory was built by the sisters and the people of Dun Laoghaire in 1919 in thanksgiving for peace after WW1 and Sister Concepta decorated it. The Metals tour will take you along the route that brought stone from the local quarries to the harbour works at Dun Laoghaire. As well as this, there are numerous other tours this summer which

take in local churches, cemeteries and obelisks all over the county and there is also an historic glance back at Dundrum starting at the castle and ending at St Nahi’s. A new addition to this year’s Summer of Heritage, is the Dun L a o g h a i r e L o c ko u t Tour which is being run to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. This is a walking tour that tells the tale of Dun Laoghaire’s involvement in the famous union dispute. So, if you would like to grab a bit of culture with your family or friends this summer, you can avail of any of these free tours around the county right up until the end of the Summer of Heritage on September 1.

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writing Two youngsters nail short story competition

Winning words at Dalkey Book Festival THE two young winners of the Dalkey Book Festival short story competition, being run as part of the recent festival, have been announced last week. Aran Keating from

Baldoyle, Dublin won, in the nine-and-under age group, while Ellie Yulin O’Donoghue from The Glen of Aherlow, Co Tipperary, scooped top prize in the 10- to 13-year-old category.

Entrants were asked to submit stories of under 440 words and each of the winners was presented with a selection of prizes. The Dalkey Book Festival short story competition was supported by

KBC Bank Ireland. KBC Bank’s head of distribution Pat Watt said on the day of the announcement: “KBC is delighted to support this wonderful competition.

“Special congratulations go to Aran Keating and Ellie Yulin O’Donoghue who won today. “I’m sure we’ll all be reading lots from them in the years to come.”

This spectacular shot shows the trimaran yackt, Spindrift, mid-capsizing. Picture: Michael Chester

mayday: french crewman seriously injured in race

RNLI rescues sailors as trimaran capsizes  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A FRENCH crew member, Jacques Guichard, who was rescued by the RNLI lifeboat near Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier, sustained a fractured pelvis when the 70ft racing trimaran yacht he was on capsized on June 22. The Dun Laoghaire In Port Race – a section of the international Routes des Princes race – had just begun when the accident occurred and the race was cancelled. All 10 members of the crew were thrown from the trimaran Spindrift

into the sea, including the skipper, Yann Guichard, who is Jacques’s brother. Race support boats and their personnel, including rescue divers and medical staff, went to assist the sailors by the capsized Spindrift. The RNLI lifeboat was called at 3pm to provide Jacques with a spinal board, and he was then taken to Tallaght General Hospital by the Irish Coast Guard helicopter, R116. The lifeboat remained on the scene to coordinate the recovery of Spindrift, and it was slowly towed to shore at

Dun Laoghaire harbour where a crane helped the crew to right the vessel. An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smy th (Lab) , said: “I would like to thank all the emergency services for responding so quickly.

Injured “Luckily, there were no fatalities; however, one person was seriously injured and was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital,” said Cllr Smyth. Six races were due to take part in Dun Laoghaire and were all cancelled due to ensuing high winds.

The race participants then went on to Plymouth to compete in six more races in the Routes des Princes race. Also on Saturday, the RNLI inshore lifeboat began a search on Killiney Bay after a windsurfer sail was spotted drifting south of Dalkey Island by a passing yacht. Seven boats and the returned helicopter searched but, after two hours, all units had to stand down. A call later came through to the RNLI station that a sail had been blown out to sea.

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Have you an Outdoor Tourism Business? Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in association with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board, has developed an Outdoor Tourism Management Development Programme, specifically designed to meet the needs of small businesses in the sector. The aim is to develop a group of world class, highly competent enterprises operating in this space in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown catchment area. It has been specifically designed with the needs of small business owner-managers operating in the in-bound tourism sector. Starting in Autumn 2013, and taking place over a 6-9 month period, topics covered include Planning for Business Growth, Making Money, Building a Robust Sales Strategy and Online Marketing and Social Media. The course will be held in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area, and the all-inclusive cost for the 8-module course is €175, including refreshments and materials. Each participating business will also be assigned a Mentor, who will work with the business on a one-to-one basis and will assist in developing practical solutions designed to help effective business management. The Management Development Programme is part of the Outdoor Tourism project which is partfunded by the Ireland-Wales Programme 2007-2013. It brings together six organisations – three from Wales: Conwy Borough Council, Gwynned Council and the Outdoor Partnership; and three from Ireland: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Kildare County Council and the Leadership Partnership. Full details can be found on If you would like to take part in this exciting new programme, you can register your interest on www. or phone Georgina Sweetnam – (01) 494 8400.

education Anger at move to Tallaght

VEC staff blast ‘futile’ money-saving transfer  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE closure of the local information and administrative office for the Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) in Dun Laoghaire has been met with anger by VEC staff, who are due to be transferred to Tallaght. VEC staff told The Gazette they feel “very aggrieved at what we consider to be a futile moneysaving exercise”. The news comes on

foot of an announcement in May at the AGM of AONTAS (National Adult Learning Organisation) that the 33 existing VECs in Ireland are to be replaced by 16 new education and training boards. The amalgamation of VECs into these boards follows the recent passing of the Education and Training Boards Bill. According to AONTAS, the priority of the new boards will be to provide

Co Dublin VEC head office in Tallaght. Picture: Google Maps

education and training which will be most effective in getting people back into the workforce. The new education and training authority, Solas, will allocate Government funding across all 16 boards. Niamh Farren, of AONTAS, said: “The [boards] will be formally established on July 1 and, as far as I’m aware, those currently employed in VECs will not lose their jobs, as they are public service workers.” However, staff at Dun Laoghaire VEC said: “The long-serving and hard-working staff at Dun Laoghaire VEC that prided themselves in serving the local community feel that, once again, the Government have forgotten the human side to their decision-making. “For example, the students applying under the VTOS scheme will no longer have a local office to guide them in the right direction. They will now have no option but to

travel to the head office in Tallaght. “Once again, the lowerpaid public servants will be faced with increased travel/childcare costs. One would wonder where the savings will be made, [given] the cost of rebranding the VEC countrywide with signage, stationery, computers etc.”

‘Disgrace’ Paddy Doyle, SIPTU representative for Dun Laoghaire VEC, said: “It’s an absolute disgrace that there will be no administrative office in the county. Though all the colleges and courses are to remain, we still need a sub office to obtain information. “Everything is being put online, but most people coming to do these courses in computers, for instance, wouldn’t be very comfortable with online access. “They are also coming off the Live Register, and will have to go out

to Tallaght now to get information on courses in the Dun LaoghaireRathdown area.” However, Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said: “Streaming the VEC sector had been on the cards for a long time. As well as amalgamated offices at Tallaght, the Senior College is soon to be welcomed to a wonderfullyrefurbished building in Blackrock.” Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “It makes absolute sense to merge Dun Laoghaire and South Dublin VEC under one overall management structure. “However, I am calling for the VEC to maintain a sub-office in Dun Laoghaire to provide easy access to education training.” Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) said: “Considering that there are three VECs in Dun Laoghaire, there is a strong case to be made for leaving it [administrative office] there.”

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community Churchtown gets set for third festival

There’s plenty of family fun at a summer fest  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

This year’s Summer Fest in Churchtown will be held on July 6, it has been announced by organisers, the Churchtown Business Association (CBA). The festival is now in its third year and will be located in the grounds of De La Salle College, Churchtown. The Radio Nova Street Team will be on hand to provide plenty of tunes for the festival, and they will be bringing their

Harley Davidsons and a Hummer to add a splash of style to proceedings. Also in attendance will be Dejaboo, who are hailed as Ireland’s premier party band. The band, with front woman, Niamh Collins, will perform a broad range of musical styles aimed at providing something to chime with everyone’s musical taste. This year, CBA organisers are promising a great festival atmosphere with plenty of face painting, bouncy castles, vintage

cars and even a visit from the fire brigade over the course of the festivities. There will be a great selection of bouncy castles on offer at the Summer Fest, and children of all ages will be catered for in the Bouncy Village, which include bouncy castles for smaller children as well as the more adventurous ones, with the Bungy Runs, the Gladiator and Obstacle providing bouncy entertainment for bigger children. There will be plenty of

The timeless delight of Irish dancing is set to entertain at Summer Fest

market stalls for people to browse, as well as all manner of local produce and food for sampling. As well as being an enjoyable day out for the whole family, the festival also presents a great opportunity for local businesses to exhibit their products and services to a large audience

in an entertaining festival atmosphere. The price of admission is €2 for adults, and small children get in for free. The CBA was established in 2010 by a number of local business people in the area to promote local trade, both big and small, in Churchtown.

Their ethos is the importance of strengthening bonds between local business and local communities, and their motto is Think Local, Shop Local and Think Churchtown. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is supporting the CBA’s Summer Fest.

Festival Fun in the sun with ukuleles This year’s Ukulele Hooley by the Sea will be held in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire over two days in August. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is hosting and funding the hooley, which is expected to attract ukulele players from all over Europe. This outdoor musical event, with Dublin Bay as a backdrop, will be a treat for the eyes and the ears. Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said of the free event: “I am delighted that the Ukulele Hooley is going to be centre stage in the magnificent Peoples Park in Dun Laoghaire this summer.” The Ukulele Hooley by the Sea takes place on August 24 and 25.

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entertainment: Over Five weeks of overview Consultant appointed music, comedy and more for Bray

Free festival takes place this summer The Br ay Summerfest line up has been announced and it looks set to be a scorcher, with Bressie due to perform on July 12, Sharon Shannon on July 19, Big September on July 20 and many more top musical acts. T he fes t iva l t a kes place from July 6 until

Au g u s t 5, over f ive weekends a nd t here will be over 60 events including: comedy nights, an air spectacular, a family fiesta and the Wicklow and Garden Festival all taking place i n t he sea side town. Everyone is invited to go along to the Bray

Summerfest which is Ireland’s largest free summer festival and was officially launched this month by model Rozanna Purcell. Council offices in Dun Laoghaire

Information For more information on the festival fun, visit www.braysummerfest. com/

Walkway project stumbles along  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Emotions ran very high recently at a meeting of Dun LaoghaireRathdow n County Council when the county manager informed councillors that he would be appointing a consultant to look at the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) objections to the proposed cycle and walkway, known as the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) route. Councillors agreed that appointing an environmental consultant to review the environmental constraints relating to the original project did not go far enough or reflect the objections of councillors to the Department of the Environment and NPWS’ refusal to allow the S2S to run along the coast between Blackrock and Booterstown, due to environmental issues around sand dunes and local birds. The S2S would involve

three local authorities, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council constructing a 22km cycleway running from Sutton on the north side of Dublin all the way to Sandycove on the south side. Blackrock councillor Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab), who favours the S2S going ahead, told The Gazette: “The Department of the Environment is the lead department responsible for overseeing our adherence to EU directives. “Once the bay was designated a conservation area new standards for protecting natural habitats came into force. Birds are winning hands down in Dun Laoghaire. Of course a full environmental impact assessment should be commissioned and a balance established.” At a council meeting on June 10, another Black-

rock councillor, Marie Baker (FG), said: “Looking at the Blackrock Local Area Plan we notice that the S2S has fallen off the page and given that we’ve a considerable amount of coastline in Blackrock, this is worrying to all. Is it that birds win over the people?” Cllr Barry Ward (FG) spoke of the negativity he found among council officials in relation to driving the S2S project ahead: “Don’t let it [original S2S project] fall because of bureaucracy. “Bringing the S2S inland at Blackrock Park is not a solution and defeats the idea of this promenade.” County manager Owen Keegan replied that: “Nobody is more disappointed at the failure to advance this project than I am. “I find it distasteful that councillors are blaming officials for designations made by two state agencies. That is very unfair.”

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Stars and Stripes to the fore for special guests

Little Emma Eglington waited to see the guests arrive

A local business welcomes the First Family

Local residents cheered as the US cavalcade arrived at Dalkey village

Ashley and Lyra-Mae O’Farrell nailed the American theme

U2 frontman Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, arrived in Dalkey with their two sons. Pictures: Geraldine Woods


Dalkey lives an American dream T

HE US First Lady, Michelle Obama, and her two daughters Malia and Sasha were given a warm welcome from Dalkey residents as they visited the town for lunch with U2’s frontman Bono, recently. Gardai and Secret Service agents lined

the streets as onlookers waved US flags and waited patiently with their cameras to get a photograph of the guests. Michelle Obama made headlines around the world as she enjoyed Irish pub grub at Finnegan’s pub on Sorrento Road.

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Holly Faulkner and Karen O’Conner

PJ Gibbons and Alexandra McKeever

Mark and Kate Brennan Pictures: Patrick O’Leary

Marker launches


HE Marker Hotel has recently celebrated its official launch in style. Since the hotel first opened its doors at Grand Canal Square in April, it has welcomed almost 9,000 guests, and they believe that they have attracted over 2,000 visitors

to its rooftop terrace since it opened two weeks ago. An Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially launched the new hotel, while former Boyzone star Keith Duffy acted as MC on the night.

Karen Finnerty and Sarah Williams

Paul Suy and Roisin O’Sullivan

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Let Dublin Gazette Newspapers take you on a tour of the news and events taking place across the city and county this week, as well as the latest from our schools

tech: 52% of Leinster own a smartphone

Stephen’s social media savvy makes him a star  Laura Webb

Social media has got us hooked online with figures showing Leinster smartphone users are using 1.6 million hours of data every day. One such social media addict is Vlogger (video blogger) and RTE 2 tube presenter Stephen Byrne (23). According to Three Ireland’s research, 52% of the population of Leinster

now owns a smartphone with national ownership increasing by a massive 53% in just one year revealing just how much data is getting used. Being so social media savvy, a smartphone with unlimited data is a must have for Stephen, who was chosen as one of Three’s top social stars. “We went through my data and it was 8GB for a month, and that is when I was away and hadn’t even

used it that much. Ten years ago people would ask - How much internet do you use? When you didn’t have a smartphone, it was like, I go home, I’m on the computer for two hours – but now you don’t know because you are always connected… It is so beneficial, including careers – simply out of marketing themselves. I never went to college or university – I got into RTE because of social media.

Being a Vlogger, the Dun Laoghaire native uses a lot of data for his social media activities. “My whole life is social media. There is nothing that hasn’t been influenced by it, it’s scary and weird but very 21st century. “My life would be in no way the same if social media didn’t exist.” For info on Three’s All You Can Eat offer see

Video blogger and RTE 2 tube presenter Stephen Byrne


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Celebrities support hunt for missing dog Holly wood actor Chris O’Dowd is the latest celebrity to lend his support on Twitter to a nationwide appeal for the safe return of stolen dog Erin. The appeal was made this week in order to help find stolen lurcher rescue dog Erin, following the successful return of her canine counterpart Jodie, who was also taken. A reward of €1,000 is now being offered for Erin’s safe return. Erin and Jodie, two lurcher dogs, disappeared from a dog boarding kennels in Sallins, Co Kildare at 12.30am on May 27. Since then, famous faces including Kathr y n T homas, Sinead Desmond, Sile Seoige

and PJ Gallagher have been calling on their Twitter fans to appeal for the safe return of both dogs. Erin is a brow n striped female Lurcher with a very distinctive “hanging” lower lip. If you see a stray female lurcher matching Erin’s description, or have any information, call or text 086 3218132 or 0870987064.

dust off those dancing shoes If you’ve ever wanted to break a world record and learn how to Riverdance while you’re at it, then perhaps this weekend will be just the time to dust off those dancing shoes and do it. R i ve r d a n c e - T h e

Gathering, are planning a world record attempt next month, which will see the First Lady of Riverdance, Jean Butler, joining over 2,000 people along the banks of the River Liffey for an attempt at the longest Riverdance line. In preparation, Riverdance – The Gathering are equipping the public with all the tools to take part with special pop-up dance classes on Saturday, June 29 on Dublin’s South King Street. From 12–2pm Riverdancers will be teaching you some easy Irish dancing steps. Whether you’re the next Jean Butler, or simply want to learn a few of the iconic steps, stop by and get

some tips for helping to break the world’s longest Riverdance line on Sunday, July 21. For more information, see w w w.riverdance. com/the-gathering

getting a buzz out of books A collective library initiative was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) earlier this month to encourage children to use their local libraries. The Summer Reading Buzz Campaign is now running in libraries in Fingal, Dun LaoghaireRathdown and other locations, until early September. Children can get a Summer Reading Buzz Membership Card from

A reward of €1,000 is now being offered for Erin’s safe return

their local library and for ever y book they read, they get a bee

stamp from the librarian on their card. There are other incen-

tives for the children to read as many books throughout the summer as they can pick up plenty of prizes in the form of bright, colourful bookmarks, stickers, Summer Buzz pencils and after reading 10 books, they get a Summer Buzz wristband and a certificate. When the children’s Summer Buzz membership cards are full of bee stamps, they are posted into a special post box hive in each library and a draw will take place for some excellent prizes in September.

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Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage you to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.


Back to nature: eco-friendly camps for city children

Kids, walk on the wild side with hedgehog houses and bug safaris  Natalie Burke

Children from around Dublin are looking forward to kicking off their summer holidays this week and thanks to a specially organised nature-themed summer camp, they now have an even bigger reason to celebrate the close of school doors.

The ECO-UNESCO weekly ECO-Explorers summer camps are back once again this July and August with a wealth of fun-filled eco-activities in store that will see kids really get to grips with nature in the heart of the city centre. Whether it’s a bug safari, an outdoor adventure or building a hedgehog house, children can discover a whole new side to trees, animals and insects as well as getting inventive at the Creative Recycling Station. The eco-friendly camp caters for children aged five to 12 and is ideal for those hoping to get in touch with nature and make new friends. They will have the chance to learn some skills, build confidence and take home some ecofriendly ideas that will keep them occupied. This year’s camps will mark the third year of the popular camp which also runs during Halloween and Easter holidays. The camps are deliv-

Kids can discover a whole new world of nature

ered by ECO-UNESCO in their headquarters “the Greenhouse”, which is located in Dublin 2 and in wildlife areas in Dublin city centre such as Merrion Square and the Iveagh Gardens. The camps take place July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, July 22 – 26, July 29 – August 2, August 12 – 16 and August 19 – 23. They take place daily from 10am until 2.30pm and costs €100. An early bird rate is available at

€90 and discounts are available for families. For information visit, email or phone 01 662 5491.

book review a young Malahide resident and Gazette

reader very kindly sent us a kid’s book review. Heather has reviewed Daisy and the Trouble with Coconuts by Kes Gray for us. Heather said: “Your newspaper is full of fantastic stories of Malahide and other interesting articles. However, I think it is missing something - A Kid’s Book Review.” Here are Heather’s thoughts:

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feature folk festival: brand new music initiative

Shaking things up a little bit for the Spirit of Folk Awards  Laura Webb

Organisers of the annual Spirit of Folk festival have shaken things up for Irish folk music by turning the successful three-day festival into two exciting events. Since its inaugural outing in 2011, Spirit of Folk has provided a platform for Irish folk music, growing each year from just 500 people to 1,200 in 2012. This year, they are being more creative in promoting and supporting Irish folk music and arts making it into

two events: the Spirit of Folk Awards and a Feastival Final. The awards will see top Irish folk acts battle it out in a semi-final on August 31, held in Whelan’s on Camden St. T his all-day event will not only have great music but there will also be storytelling and delicious food. Then the Feastival in Dunderry Park, Co Meath takes place on September 21. Three of the top Irish folk artists will battle it out for the Spirit of Folk Award, which will include a €1,000 cash

bursary, recording time with Darklands Studios, and a creative writing week at Dunderry Park. The winner will be chosen by a panel of high profile judges on the day. The overall festival will also be a great event with falconry, living history, shamanic drumming and astronomy; a medieval feast is also included in the ticket price, hence the name Feastival. Festival coordinator Emily Duffy said: “While the three-day event was not possible this year, due to allowing

the grounds to recover properly from our sold out festival in 2012, we were determined to find a creative way to fulfil our mandate of promoting Irish up and coming folk acts as well as educating people on our own fascinating heritage.” According to festival director Martin Duffy, the event in Whelan’s on August 31will bring all the energy and vibrancy of Spirit of Folk to the city centre venue. “We’ll have grea t folk and trad music, storytelling, traditional games, delicious

The Feastival will take place in Dunderry Park, Co Meath

food and arts and craft vendors upstairs in Whelan’s. We’re really excited to transform the place into a mini folk festival.” Interested folk or trad artists should contact

with a short description of why your act should be included along with your top three tracks. Tickets for Whelan’s are €10 and available from or at the door Tickets for the final

Feastival in Dunderry Park are €50, including a three-course feast, and go on sale from www. enter on July 3. For further details on the event see


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lisa madden, ice ireland

An ICE way to arrange currency exchanges AS COUNTRY manager for ICE Ireland, Lisa Madden has put her many years of experience to good use at Dublin Airport to meet the currency exchange needs of visitors and travellers to the busy economic hub. Lisa lives in Dublin, with her husband, Colm, and their children and pet Boxer dog. She enjoys walking,

reading, and watching drama. International Currency Exchange (ICE) has 35 years of experience in providing retail foreign exchange services, and has more than 300 locations worldwide. With more than 65 international airport partners, ICE has Irish outlets at Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports.

How long have you been in business?

How has the recession impacted your business?

We opened our first branch [in Ireland] at Dublin International Airport in 2001.

What makes your business successful?

We’re an established name in the industry, and have had a strong presence in Ireland for over a decade now, at three of the major airports. We always aim to offer the very best exchange rates we can, understand the culture of the countries we work out of, and, most of all, understand what our customers want from us.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

I feel we offer a wide range of products and services to help travellers with their foreign exchange needs. We offer great exchange rates, in particular online where the service we offer enables us to offer highly-competitive rates on our most popular currencies. Our click and collect service is very popular, where you reserve your money online and have it ready to collect at the airport on the day of your departure, only paying when you collect. We have also just brought in our online price match guarantee, which means we will beat any cheaper price you find elsewhere online.

As a business, I think [the recession] has given us more understanding of what customers want, and has shown us that loyalty is only earned through consistently delivering on your promises. This is why we never shirk in our duty to pass on the very best rates we can to our customers, and are always looking at new ways in which we can save them money and make things easier. This is shown by our click and collect service; easy to use, can be done at the last minute, and has usability on smartphones and tablets.

How do you use social media to help your business?

We’re very active on social media, with central Facebook and Twitter pages to both inform customers of new offers and daily exchange rates, and to answer any queries. We’re in the process of setting up a dedicated Facebook page for Irish customers, so be sure to watch this space!

What is your ambition for the business?

To continue to grow in Ireland and around the world, and to be the preferred choice for the majority of people flying out of our brilliant Irish airports.

business What values matter to you the most? ARE you thinking of a career change? In today’s economic climate, people are understandably slower to make the leap than they have been in previous years, and yet many are staying in careers or jobs in which they are clearly unhappy. Occupational psychologists are in agreement that if you choose a job or career that is aligned with your values, interests, personality and skills (VIPS), then you are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled. Now, if you have a number of years’ work experience, the chances are that you are aware of your skills and interests. Values and personality are more complex. There is a lot of talk in the media about “values”, in particular, these days. Work and personal values are not always the same, but if you are in a job or career that compromises your values, sooner or later it will become a source of stress. So, how do you clarify what your work values are? Draw up a list of 12 values that are important to you in terms of career. Consider things such as money, recognition, independence, work/life balance, learning and development, work relationships, support, morality, status, autonomy, etc. Consider each value individually and then reduce your list to six. Now, ask yourself: “Which four of these are absolutely non-negotiable for me?” This is the point at which you will really challenge yourself to clarify what it is you want.

The thing is, that with values, there is no right or wrong, only difference. For example, if recognition and status are what truly motivate you, the chances of you being happy in a career or job that champions the collective effort over individual achievement are extremely slim, irrespective of how much of a team player you think you are. Similarly, if “work relationships” is in your top three and you are considering a handsomely paying career that involves a minimum of human interaction, you may need a re-think. Unfortunately, these days, many people are compromising their work values due to financial circumstances. If you are in a position where you can make a career change, do yourself a favour and clarify your non-negotiables. If you want to make a thorough inventory of your VIPS before you make any decision, contact a qualified career professional and ask for an in-depth career suitability assessment.  Rachael Kilgallon is a qualified career coach and founder of

The Career Hub. Contact Rachael at or visit

award: motoring school’s expansion is a winner

D15 start-up company drives its way to success  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

YOUNG Irish start-up company Pass My Test picked up a prestigious award at the Startup Awards held in the Royal Academy Gallery on June 13. Pass My Test is based in Station Court Park, Blanchardstown, and manager Damien Deehan was at the award ceremony to receive the 2013 Franchisee Startup of the Year Award from Dragons’ Den celebrity and owner of Insomnia Coffee businessman Bobby Kerr. Deehan’s company, the Pass My Test Driving School, won the silver prize in the same category last year, so receiving the top award this year is a big step up. The Startup Awards

competition is now in its second year and was established to recognise the best in Irish start-ups from all over Ireland. A total prize fund package with a value of €50,000 was on offer for all the winners. Prizes included media coverage, legal services, accounting services and more. According to the organisers, winning a Startup award will raise any company’s profile on a national level, help to grow the business, and act as a platform to showcase how successful a new company can be by applying a vigorous, entrepreneurial spirit. This year, Pass My Test was recognised for its national expansion. The company now serves the vast majority of the coun-

Businessman Bobby Kerr congratulates Damien Deehan of Pass My Test, Blanchardstown

try by emphasising affordability. The win for Deehan and his team points the way for further expansion. The company is currently looking for more instructors to come on board. He said: “Pass My Test is a keen employer and is looking for new instructors to join their

ever-expanding team of instructors, so if there are any approved driving instructors looking for a great company to join, then Pass My Test offers it all. “Also, if you’re thinking of a new career as a driving instructor, then Pass My Test offers instructor training,” said Deehan.

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




Marion Tait will be perfroming in the classic ballet, Giselle


Love of dance keeps Tait on her toes


IT’S down to her pure love for dance that former professional ballerina, Marion Tait, is set to take to the stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre next week. Now the assistant director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet company, London-born Marion will be playing the mother of the principal ballerina in the classic ballet, Giselle. Approaching the age of 63, Marion has already had the opportunity to dance the principal role of Giselle, alongside many other leading roles at the height of her dancing career, but retiring to a life after ballet is something that is still a long way off. “I always used to think that most of

the principal ballerinas would hang their shoes up in their mid-thirties but in my case, I danced my first Juliet role at the age of 42. “It was a young person’s role, but it’s amazing what you can do with make-up,” she said. Dancing her final principal role at the age of 45, Marion says she still acts in ballets and has a particular fondness for playing wicked women. “Instead of doing Giselle, I’m now Giselle’s mother. It’s more acting and moving than dancing but I love playing wicked women, like the step mother in Cinderella. It’s much easier to play someone as obvious as that. They all have their slight subtle differences but it’s lovely to still be part of it.”

The seed for Marion’s love of dance was planted at her first ballet class, which her mother took her to just before her third birthday. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School before joining the Royal Ballet’s touring company (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) two years later. With her days as an active ballerina behind her, Marion has fond memories of her dancing days, saying it took a lot of time and commitment. “Whenever I was interviewed when I was dancing all the time, they said it must be such a dedicated life you lead. But as far as I was concerned, if it’s something you love and something that keeps you fit, you don’t have to be that dedicated, you just

enjoy what you’re doing.” Performing in Giselle in a character role, Marion says the performance is one of the “purist” of classical ballets. “At the heart of it is a very tragic tale,” she says. “It’s a wonderful story to tell and very easy to understand and you will get totally gripped in the drama. It is beautifully designed with lovely costumes and there’s something for everyone who sees it.” The Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Giselle at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from Thursday, July 1 to Saturday, July 6. Tickets are priced from €25. For more information, visit or call 01 677 7999.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week’ is Coco. She is a three-year-old crossbreed. Coco is a big girl, with very handsome features. She is finding life in kennels quite stressful, so really needs an understanding, committed and experienced owner who can help her out with basic training and general doggie skills. She is a strong, bouncey girl but, with time, she will make a fantastic addition to the right family. If you are an experienced dog owner, looking to add to your family – pop up to the centre and ask about Coco. Please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE


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Kiehl’s Energising Moisture Treatment, 75ml for €35.50; Facial Fuel Energising Scrub, 100ml for €20.50

Kiehl’s skin care for dads  laura webb

WHO said Father’s Day was the only day to give dad gifts? So, if you feel like spoiling him, why not introduce him to the great shaving and skincare range from Kiehl’s? First up is the Facial Fuel Energising Face Wash. This is a vitamin-enriched, energising gel cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, surface oil and impurities without any over-drying. A 250ml bottle costs €20.50. T he Facial Fuel Energising Scrub buffs away dead surface skin cells. This scrub

is rich in Vitamin E and contains a blend of caffeine, menthol and citrus extracts for an energising effect on skin. It’s an ideal preshave treatment as it helps to alleviate roughness for a closer, more comfor table shave. A 100ml bottle costs €20.50. The range’s Energising Moisture Treatment is also a must for uplifting dull skin. A 75ml bottle costs €35.50. Kiehl’s is available at its store on Number 35, Wicklow Street, as well as at Dundrum Town Centre, and Arnotts, or online at www.kiehls.

The Aero Minerale Makeup Mist foundation range brings your your perfect base – in a can!

Tin-k this is a great idea  laura webb

FOUNDATION in a can – now that is something you don’t see every day, so when Gazette Style got the chance to test it out, we didn’t hesitate to get our spray on! The Aero Minerale Makeup Mist range combines the benefits of a mineral foundation with the ease of aerobrushing. It claims to be lightweight and long-lasting,

with an oil-free formula containing a unique blend of minerals and botanicals, including the star ingredient, aloe vera. This ingredient helps to hydrate skin, while softening fine lines and wrinkles without clogging pores. Celebrity and movie make-up artist Yolanda Halston created Aero Minerale, which has a huge celebrity following, including Angelina

Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Britney Spears, to name but a few. There are 10 different shades to chose from. Once you choose a shade, it’s time to get spraying. Shake the can before use. Cover head to hairline. Hold the can 6-8 inches away from the face, close your eyes and evenly mist Aero Minerale down the centre in a small zig-zag for evenlooking coverage.

This is great for a “no make-up” look. However, for a more customised coverage, spray Aero Minerale to the palm of your hand and use a foundation brush to apply, or spray directly onto a makeup sponge. The Aero Minerale primer works the same way and is used under foundation to help illuminate skin and prep face, lashes, lips and skin.

Gazette Style Verdict: Well, it does exactly what it says on the can! Personally, I prefer to spray on my hand and use with a foundation brush, but if you’re in a hurry or in the back of a taxi and need to reapply, a quick spray and you’re back in business. The coverage is great and does feel lightweight on the skin. It is also quick-drying, so blend soon after spraying.

Something to smile about GET a brighter, whiter smile with laser teeth whitening at Dublin Vitality Center in Blanchardstown village. There is nothing as unhealthy or unattractive as nicotine-stained teeth, teeth which are yellow in colour, or those which are just unhealthy. Frances Ann Flannery, owner, Dublin Vitality Center, says: “What many people do

not realise is that modern laser teeth-whitening treatments offer excellent teeth-whitening results in one hour, and use products which do not contain peroxide. “This means that there is no damage to enamel, and that the client feels no sensitivity at all. “Laser teeth-whitening does nothing but remove the

stains accumulated from the use of dark foods, nicotine and red wine. “So, make the most of the smile you have, and go for a non-peroxide whitening treatment to begin showing off your natural, God-given gift. Smile more, and you will not only spread happiness, but you yourself will feel happier and more attractive, too,” says Flannery.

For further information on laser teeth-whitening options, please see

This laser teeth-whitening treatment is performed by a fully-qualified dental professional, and ensures

that no sensitivity is experienced. It is therefore suitable even for those who have sensitive teeth.

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Being this good ain’t Yeezy K a n y e We s t h a s always been famous for a number of traits other artists wish they had, and many they are happy to lack. Among the former, the ability to create amazing soundscapes and productions, a natural f low with rhymes and an uncanny understanding of how to market himself. The latter, an ego the size of a planet and a knack for an utter absence of understatement or selfawareness. It’s those kinds of contradictions that make him such a divisive character. His latest release, the modestly titles Yeezus, is another expres-

sion from Casa Kanye that will invoke ire as much as it is adored. Creating a massive buzz off the back of his performances of Black Skinhead and New Slaves on US TV stalwart Saturday Night Live, the anticipation for Yeezus has been loaded with barrels of approbrium and of excitement. The unveiling of those new tracks gave a delicious taster of what is now here - dark, visceral and sonically charged, Yeezus could realistically never have been created by anyone else in the business. As angry as he has ever sounded on record,

West comes hard out of the gates with the triple hit of On Sight, Black Skinhead and I Am A God. Although pro duced by Guy-Manuel and Thomas of Daft Punk, these are as far away from Get Lucky as you could possibly get. Angry, outrageous, brilliant, hilarious, they set the tone for everything that follows But as much as this may initially seem like unfiltered rantings and unhinged productions, there is an intelligence and carefully crafted editing process at work here. Yeezus clocks in at barely more than 40


review: sixth official release from chicago’s finest


See the best of Dublin and beyond at YouBloom Over 100 acts, including local band Elevation Falls, below, are set to grace the streets and stages of Dublin this weekend as part of the YouBloom festival, a brand new music event and conference. The festival will be taking place in seven of Dublin’s top venues – The Workman’s Club, Twisted Pepper, The Grand Social, Speakeasy, Odessa, The Mercantile and The Stag’s Head - from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, and the conference aspect at the College of Surgeons on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th. Gig tickets are priced from €15 for a night ticket, €35 for weekend. Delegate passes are €40 for a day pass and €75 for a weekend pass. Tickets on sale now from

Kanye West returns with another modest release

minutes, which in these days of an hour-plus for hip-hop releases, is notable, as much as it is a clear indication that it

has been minutely crafted and honed to have maximum impact in a powerful, incendiary package.


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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Paperbelle

PAPERBELLE’S world is black and white and she likes it that way. She’s heard of colour; but would prefer things to stay as they are. The colours, on the other hand, want to play games and they want Paperbelle to join in. Paperbelle’s world is changing – will she try to stop it or might she find it’s not as bad as it first seemed…? July 6, tickets €10/8.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aidan Bishop

NATIVE New Yorker Aidan Bishop began his comedy career in his hometown and since moving to Dublin he has become one of the top comics working today, best known as resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin for the past 10 years. July 6, tickets €12/€10.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Ferguson & Barwick

KATHY Barwick is a household name in folk and bluegrass music circles in Northern California. An acclaimed master of guitar, banjo, mandolin bass, and dobro she currently performs with The Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band and The Mike Justis Band. For this tour she teams up with singer songwriter Gary Ferguson who hails from Baltimore, USA. July 16, tickets €12.


review: World war z

Lacking in brains, tasty brains GIVEN that the source material is written by Max Brooks (son of Mel), it is no surprise that World War Z has made it to the screen. Family pedigree aside, the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel is one of the most highly-regarded novels of the last decade and one of the most eminently filmable. Its scope, its scale and the convenient presence of zombies (the undead are so hot right now) means that it was always going to find a home on the big screen. In production since 2009, the film has changed writers a number of times, but is now a $200 million juggernaut that is looking to derail the Man of Steel and boasting a certain Mr Pitt. Having Pitt on board is both a blessing and a curse for this film. In one way, he is the perfect embodiement of a family man fighting against an impending apocalypse, earnest, brave and put-upon. However, when you have Babe Ruth on your team, he plays right field, no matter who else is on your team. And so here, the sweeping nature, the global outbreak and the

 Paul hosford

Brad Pitt is coming for you, zombies (above) and (below) Zombie Bundle!

commentary on American isolationism, survivalism and the diminishing scale of the world are all cast aside. So, basically, everything that made the book such a success is taken away so that Brad Pitt can be brooding and heroic. It’s not to say that Pitt doesn’t fill the boots of his role, it’s just that the boots are too small. From a rampant opening which keeps the gore to a minimum but ratchets up the tension, Forster loses the sure hand as the film starts to evolve into less of a survival thriller and more of a global hunt. This wouldn’t necessarily be so bad if the characters weren’t so shallowly drawn. Pitt’s Gerry is a likeable character and while you don’t actively hope that his family get torn apart by a horde of flesh hungry zombies, it would definitely improve the film. Instead, he’s a UN

Film of the Week: World War Z hhh (15) 110 mins Director: Marc Forster Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, David Morse


A FAIRLY poor adaptation of an excellent book. By stripping out everything that made the book interesting; the geo-politics, the different perspectives and the tension, this becomes another bogstandard zombie shooter that tries to be genre-ambiguous. It’s ok, but a missed opportunity.

survival expert who just happens to do stupid things like leaving his phone on when traversing infected areas. In the end, the film just feels too generic, too bland and not a patch on the excellent source material at the filmmakers disposal. By trying to focus on

one man’s story, Forster fails to deliver any semblance of a war, which is odd given the title of the movie. Additionally, these aren’t garden-variety zombies. They’re full-on leaping, bouncing, climbing, team working nightmares.

They work more like something from Jurassic Park than any thing Romero ever committed to celluloid, which makes the fact that they only get the chance to swarm once utterly baffling. This is the summer, people expect action, they expect a crash here, a bang there and even a wallop thrown in. In the end, by focusing narrowly here, Forster has done himself and the material a disservice. Though the door is open for a sequel, without the actual war, what’s the point?

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Nintendo need to hit harder WHILE Sony and Microsoft continue to trade blows over their upcoming consoles, Nintendo has been left sidelined, despite being the first major player to step up to the next-gen ring. However, while the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One have been generating acres of media space in the past couple of weeks – albeit for mostly negative reasons, for one of the consoles – as their parent companies slug it out, the Wii U has been ignored, left to quietly


shadowbox by itself in a quiet corner of the ring. It’s a situation that was recently addressed by Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s chief executive, who was discussing the Wii U’s weak sales with CNBC. Iwata-san said: “We are to blame. We relaxed

our [marketing] efforts, so the consumers today still cannot understand what’s so good and unique about the Wii U. “As long as people have hands-on [experience], they can appreciate the value of the Wii U, but because there’s not software that’s [as] simple and obvious for people as Wii Sports for the Wii [was], potential consumers do not feel like trying the Wii U.” Backing this up, while cinemagoers and TV viewers regularly see ads

Unpopular XBox One system features abandoned

While Sony’s PlayStation 4 takes the lead – for now – over Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo’s Wii U is still sparring by itself on the sidelines. Illustration: Shane Dillon

for Sony or Microsoft’s titles, Nintendo is often noticeable by its absence, with the Wii U seemingly left to fend by itself in the ring without any solid support from coach. Still, despite its timid track record so far, the Wii

U isn’t about to throw in the towel any time soon. While there’s something of an overly-familiar line-up of Wii U titles ready to come out swinging, there’s no doubt that Nintendo are training some formidable new

games to step forward in the near future. However, Iwata-san, and his crew, would be well advised to hurry up and win some bouts, before its rival challengers notch up one too many gaming wins ...

JUST as this page has to head to the printers, Microsoft have performed what’s been described as a spectacular about-face regarding its upcoming Xbox One console. After the company listened to what company big-wig Don Mattrick described as “candid feedback” (surely a contender for understatement of the year), it has abandoned several of the highlyunpopular features of its upcoming Xbox One console, including the truly bizarre requirement for the console to sign in once a day in order to function. Given the surge of irate gamers sent fleeing into the arms of Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft may have shut the gate after the horse has bolted, but let’s see. More next week ...

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Volkswagen’s offers for the 132 model year

VW lovers take note! Volkswagen Ireland is celebrating the arrival of the new 132 Model Year and a new registration plate with a host of specification improvements to its range, the arrival of two new high-performance versions of the Golf and a new finance offer. The new arrivals to the Volkswagen range are the high-performance versions of the Golf, the petrol-powered GTI and the diesel-powered GTD. The 220bhp GTI comes with a starting price of €33,820, while the GTD has a starting price of €35,740. There are also changes to the specification of some of Volkswagen’s most popular models. The up! gets 15” Waffle alloy wheels on the Move up! The Beetle now gets Bluetooth as standard fitting in Design and Sport grades and also comes with the RCD 510 touch-screen audio system. There are significant changes to the Tiguan range. The Passat BlueMotion gains a leather multi-function steering wheel as standard while the Comfortline gets Park Distance Control. All of these new cars will be available from July 1 with a variety of finance and purchase options available.

The Octavia starts at a mere €18,995, making it one of the best value cars in its class

skoda: The latest incarnation of the octavia impresses

More space, sharper looks and five-star NCAP safety n Cormac Curtis

If there’s one car on Irish roads that deserves a facelift – it’s the Skoda Octavia. And, lo and behold, it’s had just that, and not a moment too soon. I believe Skoda offer some of the best value for money cars in Ireland, with a combination of build quality, design, looks, performance, price and efficiency that is difficult to beat. For those not in the know, the Octavia is probably the most overlooked of their offerings. From the well-publicised CitiGo, that captured many headlines upon its recent release, to the near-perfect Superb saloons and estates, Skoda have impressive models at either end of the range. Even the rally circuit has embraced the nimble Fabia. But it’s the middle child, in the shape of the Octavia that is the real recession-busting workhorse. I’ll be the first to admit, it has never been much

of a looker; but that has changed with the latest incarnation. What has been seen as one of the most reliable and cost-efficient cars on the market, now has a brand new design, so add eye-catching to its list of boxes ticked. Gone are the square angles and symmetrical lines, the Octavia has been given the stretched and sleek treatment, and beefed up on either side too. This new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm enabling the Octavia to move a head and shoulders above the competition in terms of spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 590 litres. Speaking of the boot – it deserves a review of its own. My kids had a blast climbing in and out of the cavernous entity that is

the Octavia’s boot – the thing is massive. The new model seems to offer even more space, as well as practical clips for cargo nets, making the space useful, not just vast. Be careful when folding down the back seats – there’s a chance you’ll be hit for more property tax given how much area it opens up! As mentioned, we are talking about a handsome and sleek car on the outside – but the interior still does everything you would expect of Skoda. Everything feels like it should cost just a little more than it does, such is the build quality and understated style of the interior. The touch-screen interfaces are attractive and functional, not at all gimmicky like some of their competitors, with very straightforward Bluetooth setup and excellent connection to iPhone for music streaming. The start/stop technology employed in the Octavia is quick to respond and didn’t lead to a single stall, which can often hap-

pen in lesser cars. Safety is another area where this car scores well – a five-star NCAP rating to be precise, with more airbags than ever. Emissions are down thanks to fuel-efficient e n g i n e s , a n d , e ve n though the car is larger than its predecessor, it has shed 100kg in weight – giving the 1.6 TFI version a fuel consumption figure of just 3.8 litres per 100km travelled; and impressive figure in anyone’s books. The Octavia starts at a mere €18,995, making it one of the best value cars in its class, and even putting significant pressure on some executive saloons, considering the comfort and space on offer in this model. Given that we are entering the 132 phase of the year, car brands are crawling over each other with 132-themed special offers. I would suggest keeping an eye on Skoda to see what they come up with, but it will be hard to beat the value on offer with the latest Octavia. Terrific car.

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TRAVEL Escape to the sun in Lisbon  NATALIE BURKE

WHETHER you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in a seaside resort, a golf escape or a combination of a city and sea break, Concorde Travel have a host of last-minute offers to the trendy Lisbon Coast this July. Departing on July 4, spend seven nights at the four-star Vila Gale Estoril on a B&B basis for just €699 per person (pp). The five-star Palacio Estoril is also on offer for a sevennight stay on a B&B basis for €999pp. A l t e r n a t i ve l y, travel on July 18 and spend seven nights at the four-star Vila Gale Cascais, also on a B&B basis for €817pp. You could spend seven nights at the five-star Quinta da Marinha in Cascais (B&B basis) for €799. Package prices include return flights from Dublin, airport transfers, the assistance of a local representative, seven nights’ accommodation as stated and all taxes and charges. For further information, or to book, see www.concordetravel. ie or phone 01 775 9300.





An unrushed stay near the chimes of Big Ben  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

ALTHOUGH a good bit outside central London, the Southend Airport – Aer Lingus Regional’s newest London destination – is quiet and unrushed and presents a calmer alternative to the craziness of the more regularly chosen Heathrow or Gatwick. After a quick flight from Dublin’s Terminal 2, it was just a train journey into Liverpool Street and a quick trip on the Tube to Westminster, the location of my hotel for a recent overnight trip. Aer Lingus Regional celebrated its one-year anniversary of the Dublin to London Southend route recently and marked the occasion by flying its new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its newest London location in an effort to boost service over the coming months. The service, which is operated by Aer Arann, was launched last May and has flown more than 55,000 passengers to London’s newest hub in the past year. Now operating three times daily, Aer Lingus

Regional has adjusted the flights to offer a day trip return service for business travellers. While it’s a cheaper alternative for those flying to London, it makes a day-trip and an overnight pop across --------------------------

‘The Park Plaza Westminster, is located just 500m from The London Eye, London Waterloo tube station and the Houses of Parliament’


the pond that much more accessible. The Westminster Plaza Hotel is the ideal location for a stay at the very heart of London and is a venue that was used for some of the scenes in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall. The Westminster Park Hotel is so centrally situated that you can use Big Ben as your timepiece

during your stay. The magnificence of the Houses of Parliament greeted me as I ascended the steps of the underground and made my way a short distance over the bridge to the hotel. The decor in the hotel is really modern and the colour scheme a seductive palette of reds, blacks and mirrors. It is a very large hotel with friendly staff, and the suite was the epitome of style and comfort. There was a sitting area with a soft leather sofa and widescreen TV and a pristine, elegantly white bathroom. The suite or studio apartment we stayed in averages at around €250 a night, depending on what dates you are staying. At the lowest end of the scale are the superior bedrooms for €198 a night, while at the highest, the two-bedroom apartments start at €516 per night. The price reflects the centrality of the Park Plaza Westminster, which is located just 500m from The London Eye, London Waterloo tube station and the Houses of Parliament.

The conveniently located Westminster Plaza Hotel affords striking views of key landmarks; (inset) the hustle and bustle of Browns Restaurant in Covent Garden

The hotel’s contemporary yet elegant design was a delight to relax in

Going out for dinner, we decided to head into Soho, so we jumped into one of the many black cabs available outside and were at Browns restaurant in Covent Garden in no time. This eatery is a stylish pub and restaurant with a very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The menu was very reasonably priced, with two courses for £25 (€30), and a very good selection of wines. I had charred trout in a teriyaki sauce with bok-choy, while my companion opted for the steak which, by her

account, was top dollar. While I wasn’t in the mood for dessert, I did have a mysterious craving for cheese. This caprice was more than satisfied by the restaurant staff, who presented me with a selection of cheeses which included very good Roquefort and dainty crackers which I dispatched swiftly. Travelling back home the next day was the same route in reverse, and we boarded Aer Lingus Regional’s newest plane and were back in Dublin within the hour. For details on the new-

est Dublin to London route, see www.aerarann. com. Aer Lingus Regional operates three daily return services between Dublin and London Southend. London Southend also offers a direct rail link and speedy and frequent train services into London Liverpool Street, with a service that takes 53 minutes to the heart of London. For further details, see w w w.brow covent-garden/, and also london-hotel-gb-se1-7ut/ gbwestmi.


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Senior Accountant. The successful candidate will work as part of the Dublin Shared services Finance team and report to the Accounting Manager. The successful candidate must be highly organised with excellent attention to detail and capable of working in a fast paced environment. Responsibilities: •Responsible for all month-end accounting and reporting tasks, including preparation and review of journal entries, reconciliations and financial reports. •Coordinate with Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and Operations teams to ensure timely and accurate reporting and reconciliation •Prepare yearly budget •Prepare ad hoc financial analysis •Prepare and review control documentation for all applicable company processes •Suggest, design and implement technology solutions to improve efficiency •Liaise with outside auditors and other consultants •Manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines with strong attention to detail and accuracy Requirements: •5+post qualified experience ACA/ACCA •3+ years multinational experience ideally in a shared service department •Experience in preparing consolidated accounts would be advantageous •Online experience would be beneficial but not a requirement •Managerial experience (1year+) Please Apply with CV to martin@IFSCFUND.COM

Staff Nurse DUBLIN-MALAHIDE-Drumcondra 12 MONTH CONTRACT We are currently recruiting Full Time nurse for a Northside Dublin Nursing Home. Candidate must be highly motivated and genuinely interested in working in Care of the Elderly. All successful candidates will ensure that the highest standards of nursing care are delivered. Main Duties and Responsibilities: • To plan and deliver a high standard of individualised care. • To work effectively and efficiently in terms of time management, personal organisation and adherence to organisational policies and work procedures. • To lead and manage performance of a multidisciplinary team. • To cultivate positive relationships with residents and facilitate autonomy. • To participate in quality development and audit. • Practice professional and responsible health care. The ideal Candidate: • Previous Experience of employment in the sector • Must be registered with An Bord Altranais • Must have Garda Clearance • Must be able to provide 3 written references • Good knowledge of HIQA standards. • Must be familiar with Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) and regulations • Must have fluent level of English both written and oral An attractive remuneration package is available for the right candidate. Please forward your CV for consideration in the strictest confidence to NO Agencies please

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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport ireland women secure draw with Austria:

Competitors in the first-ever national currach league championship race held in Dublin on the Tolka Estuary last week

boating: lord mayor opens premiere league contest held on tolka estuary

Dublin hosts first national championship currach event The inaugural Dublin currach regatta took place last weekend at the East Wall sports centre, Tolka Estuary in the heart of the city. Sponsored by Dublin Port Company, this was the first time that the east coast had the privilege of playing host to a currach regatta, which was included as one of the qualifying races in the national currach league. Fifteen of the top teams in the country came to Dublin to compete in the championship fixture, including racing teams from Donegal, Kerry, West Clare, Limerick, The Aran Islands, Connema-

ra and East Galway. As this was the first time a Dublin regatta was included as one of the qualifying races in the national currach league, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri (FG) joined the event and officiated the start of the men’s final race. What turned out to be the perfect conditions for a rowing regatta with a light wind and clear blue skies, the teams attacked the course with unrestrained fervour. There was a hard fought competition between the crews of Rosses of Donegal and Ardmore of Conamara but the Rosses snatched the

lead from the Conamara men on the final approach to the finish line and won the Senior Men’s final title, Doire Fhearta of Galway took third place in the final. Father and son combination of Paul McGonnagal and James McGonnagal and Oscar Duffy were the winning crew. The woman’s racing was equally as nerve-wracking with crews from East Wall, Rosmuc in Conamara, Camp and Clarecastle in West Kerry and The Rosses in Donegal all competing to secure a place in the ladies senior final. In the end, a combined team from Car-

raroe/Clare beat the crew from Camp and Clarecastle into second and third respectively. Leah Sullivan, Annie Lee and Shile Ni Dhorgan were the winning crew. The Fear Agus Bean racing had nine teams whittled down to three in the fina,l and it was a hard-fought race on retreating tides that saw two teams from Clarecastle pitted against Doonbeg. In the end the herculean efforts of Claire Neylan and Mantas Syzoskoskis formerly of Lithuania and currently of Clarecastle were the champions in the final race.

THE Republic of Ireland ladies soccer team, which featured local stars including Arsenal’s Emma Byrne, as well as Julie Ann Russell and Dora Gorman from Peamount United, were held to a 2-2 draw in their friendly match against Austria at Tallagh Stadium last week. Two second half strikes from SC Freiburg’s Fiona O’Sullivan capped the comeback for the girls in green, after falling behind to goals from Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Laura Feiersinger. Ireland are now set to focus on their World Cup fixtures, which commence with a home tie against Slovakia in September.

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh

For more information or to send in news and photos: Phone: 01 651 6205


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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards june nominees

It was there for a few moments at the start of the month, but the sun shone far and wide this month across Dublin, picking out some exemplary performances that were worthy of note from the judging panel for the Dublin Sports Awards. International success on the soccer field and the jiu jitsu mat were the source of success for Dean Carpenter and Chris Bowe respectively, while flying form in Tullamore saw Harry Purcell claim a pair of All-Ireland medals. Meanwhile, at different ends of the GAA spectrum, Ballyboden and Holy Family NS showed that there are always titles to strive for, whether you are at the pinnacle or at the start of your career in sport, and the DDSL soccer stars drawn from across the city secured once again the Kennedy Cup title in Limerick.


dean carpenter

chris bowe

harry purcell

Collinstown FC player Carpenter has had an impressive month, with his club side achieving a double after securing the Myles O’Neill Cup, and capped it with a call-up and appearance for the Ireland amateur side against Northern Ireland

Dundrum resident Chris Bowe left the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships in California with a pair of medals, taking silver in the super heavy weight division, while also claiming bronze in the open weight division

ANOTHER double medal winner this month was Castleknock College’s Harry Purcell, who took gold in the 400m and bronze in the 800m in Tullamore at the Aviva All-Ireland schools track and field championships

ballyboden st enda’s

holy family national school

ddsl kennedy cup team

Ballyboden’s march on in the small ball code continued this month when the senior side claimed the Leinster League Division One title against Coolderry at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, with the senior Bs securing the Division Three title

THE St Finian’s feeder school side have had a fine year, with eight teams representing the school, six of whom reached finals, and four of those sides taking title honours in boys and girls GAA codes, including the Cumann na mBunscol crown

THE DDSL side once again secured the SFAI Umbro Kennedy Cup after a 2-0 victory over 2011 champions, NDSL, at the University of Limerick, with contributions from players representing a number of Gazette country sides


Local stars on women’s World Cup Sevens panel 

The Ireland women’s sevens players will face a stern test when they take to the pitch in Moscow

Blackrock College’s Shannon Houston and Amy Davis and Old Belvedere’s Jenny Murphy are among the 12-strong squad picked by coach Jon Skurr to represent Ireland at the women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this weekend. The girls in green’s appearance at the World Cup is the culmination of 12 months of preparation and the achievement of the primary goal for the squad, which was qualification for the championship.

The squad features a number of the inf luential players who helped deliver Ireland’s first-ever grand slam and 6 Nations championship earlier this year, including Ireland’s most-capped player Lynne Cantwell. The side will be buoyed by their performance in last week’s European sevens series event, the Marbella Sevens, which drew to a close with Skurr’s side placing fifth out of the nations competing at the end of the series. The ranking points gained at

the series events in Brive and Marbella were added together to decide the European champions Ireland’s plate success and fifth-place ranking in Brive coupled with their fourthplace finish in Marbella gave them 12 points and 14 points respectively. Their 26-point tally puts them fifth overall in Europe, behind Spain (30), France (32), last year’s winners England (32) and new champions Russia (38). Coach Skurr said that he has

confidence in the players when they line out in what will be a hard group stage in Moscow, with two of their opponents being southern hemispheree giants, South Africa and Australia. “When we started the Sevens programme last year we set the Rugby World Cup as our goal. We achieved it and since then these girls have worked very hard to improve their Sevens skills,” he said. “We have picked up some notable wins but this is the biggest test of all.”

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A true Irish heroine making sports history Dundum’s Nikki Symmons recorded her 200th international cap last week, an achievment unparalleled in any other sport. She spoke to Gazette Sport about her career and hockey future

 stephen findlater

Nikki Symmons became the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps this week when the national hockey team took on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships. T h e 3 0 - y e a r- o l d Dundrum native – who is also a senior cricket international – was named in the Irish panel to line out at Belfield, marking another huge stepping stone in a remarkable stint. It is a career that dates back to 2001 when she was brought off the

bench for a 15-minute stint as a teenager against Wales. She says, however, having already celebrated her 100th and 150th caps, she was not planning on making a big deal out of the occasion. “To be honest, I sometimes forget how much I have done,” she said. “It is amazing and I am completely honoured by every cap I get. This one just adds to it and it is amazing to be the first Irish female athlete to do it. She is part of a 27-player panel for the summer as plans for the Rio Olympics in 2016 get under way with a number of teenagers added to this extended squad, one filled with newcomers. “It is a very different squad but there is a lot

of young talent coming up and that’s really exciting even being the oldest one there. These players will hopefully go on to help Ireland qualify for the Olympics. “I suppose we had to change things and while it was really tough – and hard for him as well – for the players, there’s definitely some really good talent there. “It’s exciting with [former St Andrew’s student] Gillian Pinder coming back in and being a bit more available now after her year in the US. “Emily Beatty [from Alexandra College] is going to be a really good player, she is really quick and has to learn her trade a little bit but that will come in time.” Twelve seasons in green have seen Symmons take on numer-

Nikki Symmons receives a commemorative picture from IHA vice president Richard Kendrick prior to Ireland’s game against Canada last weekend

ous different roles in the side. In more recent times, she has become very much a go-to voice for hockey as well as women’s sport in general, regularly featuring in radio and television interviews. Most recently, she was part of a panel of four top sports people – along with Republic

companies like Liber ty Insurance, who are sponsoring camogie. They know this takes time and so are in for five years to reap rewards of being on camogie’s books as such. But they’re happy to do that and know that it takes time. That is the key thing for business.


‘I am completely honoured by every cap I get. It’s amazing to be the first Irish female athlete to get 200 caps in any sport’ Nikki Symmons


of Ireland women’s soccer manager Sue Ronan, Irish women’s rugby team manager Gemma Crowley and camogie’s Mary O’Connor – to take part in the Sport For Business Women in Sport conference. “T here were a lot of issues being talked about from how to get women more involved in sport to getting sponsors on board. There were a lot of big companies here so hopefully we can persuade some of them to get involved and support women in sport. “It’s about trying to get people to understand how getting wo m e n i nvo l ve d i n sport can really help a company and use it both to grow the sport and grow their product. “It was great to see

“The other par t is about relationships with people. It’s about building that like the Irish women have with Electric Ireland. “ While Symmons is happy to take the lead on hockey’s behalf, she says her leadership role in the current international set-up is solely down to her on-pitch performance. “My role isn’t about being the oldest or most capped player. My leadership role is about playing; it’s about training hard and playing well. “We’re trying to make it more about the team and getting everyone i nvo l ve d , b e c o m i n g leaders themselves rather than calling them the oldest or most capped and I think that’s the way it should be.”


Ireland miss out on play-off place in Vannes Ireland’s Under-20s were unable to capitalise on the fine form they displayed in the group stages of the Junior World Cup in France last week and fell to a single point defeat by the host nation in the fifth/eighth place play-off match. Despite scoring the only try of the match courtesy of Ryan Murphy, three penalties from the French scrum-half, Baptise Serin, were enough to secure victory in this tight and toughcontested encounter. France’s ability to convert their chances proved the difference between the sides. Speaking afterwards, Ireland head coach Mike Ruddock said: “We are disappointed to lose, we want to congratulate France on winning. But we are disappointed because we scored the only try of the game and we had the opportunity to kick our goals and win the game comfortably. “Unfortunately, we didn’t kick our goals on the night but the second half totally belonged to Ireland, we played more rugby.”

Dublin fans called on for theatre event GAA supporters in Dublin are being called on to demonstrate their love of the game in a theatrical setting. The organisers of the Dublin Fringe Festival are looking for Dublin GAA fans, volunteers and sports fans to get involved in a project about Dublin GAA and the legendary Hill 16 which will take place as part of the fringe festival this September. Belgian theatre

company Campo Het Kip have previously created a theatre event about local football fans in a number of locations across Europe and are coming to Dublin to make a local version of the show which will be all about Dublin GAA fans and their experiences. The piece has a large ensemble cast and the production team is hoping to get genuine fans on board with the project. If you are interested in getting involved, email projects@ or call 01 670 6106.


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soccer: mini-world cup event attracts thousands

Foxrock hole-in-one makes McCourt Boss FOXROCK golfer Edward McCourt, 72, scored a hole-in-one at the 160-yard, parthree fifth hole at his home club and the 14-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece. BOSS has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-inone recorded during a club competition between April 15 and October 31 this year. And, with nearly 4,000 holes-in-one recorded annually, BOSS Watches could feasibly be giving away €1 million worth in 2013. The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo - a free-to-use, webbased social network for golfers - and anybody playing in official club competitions will be eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website. In addition to the limited-edition watch, McCourt is also awarded membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club which offers its members access to exclusive benefits and merchandise. No extra registration is required to participate in the BOSS Watches promotion as all official club competitions are recorded on the HowDidiDo system, so holes-in-one will be noted and automatically ratified by the golfer’s club.

Lakelands to hold trials for 2013-14 season LAKELANDS FC will host trials for new players in Leopardstown Park from Monday, July 1 to Wednesday, July 3. Boys born in 2006 (6.15pm) and 2004 (7.15pm) will be on the Monday, 2005 boys will have trials

from 6.15pm on the Tuesday while girls born in 2004, 2005 and 2006 will be on at 7.15pm on the same night. Finally, boys born in 1999 (6.15pm) and 2000 (7.15pm) will have their trials on Wednesday, July 3. For further information, contact 087 851 0350, go to www. or email

Belgium, winners of Group D, with players drawn from five clubs, Cabinteely FC, Cuala GAA, Park Celtic FC, St Joseph’s Boys FC and Ballybrack FC

Cabinteely FC’s World class 

Cabinteely FC once again celebrated the end of a successful Mini World Cup at Kilbogget Park recently that saw its culmination on finals day with a remarkable 1,012 players and many more supporters in attendance. With the day full of play-offs, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals and where every single participant had something to play for on the final day even after two weeks of competition, there was a sense of excitement and genuine competition,

epitomised by the success of the teams representing Morocco and Belgium who came through from the next-to-last places in their group stages to win the competition outright on the day. Most teams had the opportunity to win the main cup, shield and plate titles in their groups, and the final day saw some 304 goals, to add to the 1,985 scored in total throughout the event, 10 sets of extra time and seven penalty shoot-outs. A large crowd was present throughout the day and for the majority of the closing ceremony,

carrie gets active 8’ed

Get on your bike for fitness in Shanganagh an cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab), seen here with Graham O’Dwyer, Rhysh Maloney and Callum Maloney, was among the participants in last week’s Active 8 free cycling event in Shanganagh Park, organised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council as part of National Bike Week. The idea behind Active 8 is to build a habit of regular exercise in a safe environment for children. For more information, log on to www.

which saw RTE presenter Tony O’Donoghue and Ciaran Marty Waters of Bray Wanderers FC, Cabinteely’s partner from the Airtricity Premier League. The special MWC Daniel Kinsella Fair Play award was presented by

club chairman Oisin Ledwidge to Mick Smith. A spokesperson for the club hailed his contribution, saying: “In his actions and helpfulness throughout the event and throughout the season in general, Mick embodied the spirit of the tourna-

ment and is a testimony to the overall engagement and support of the MWC organisers, volunteers and helpers.” For more information, photographs and group tables and results, log on to mwc.

Cabinteely’s director of coaching Eddie Gormley, Tony O’Donoghue, director of football Pat Finnerty, Ciaran Marty Waters, and MWC organiser Dermot O’Connor

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mind your buddies Pieta House programme

Club Noticeboard ballyboden st enda’s

Pieta House, the suicide prevention charity, are holding a series of information evenings for Dublin GAA clubs in the coming weeks to promote their Mind Ur Buddy campaign, which aims to provide free suicide prevention training for club members. The evenings take place at Naomh Mearnog on Thursday, June 27, Thomas Davis on July 2 and Kilmacud Crokes on July 3, all at 7.30pm. For more information, log on to

There was no winner of last week’s

The planned Skills Wall launch on

Ballyboden St Enda’s lotto draw

June 30 has been postponed until

which means the lotto jackpot is

further notice.

€400. Match first three winners were

hurling: senior championship win for kilmacud

For fixtures and results log onto

Jim O’Connell, Firhouse; Dominic

We are looking for people to help

Keogan, Rathfarnham; Bill Doherty,

out in our communications section

Rathfarnham; and Sean Basquille;

of Ballyboden St Enda’s – check

and the Weekly Subscriber’s Draw

out our new promotional video by

winner was Gearoid Brady, City-

searching Ballyboden St Enda’s


Fun on Youtube or copying this

Congratulations to Ballyboden

link: http: //w w /

St Enda’s hurlers that represented

watch?v=FQLptVHoRL8 - thanks to

Dublin in the Leinster hurling cham-

everyone involved.

pionship against Kilkenny which

For any Ballyboden news or infor-

resulted in the draw. Best of luck in

mation, check out www.bodengaa.

next weekend’s game.


ballinteer st john’s THERE was no winner of last week’s

great league win over St Kevin’s. Jun-

lotto draw for €10,200. Next week’s

ior A’s also had a fantastic win.

draw will be for €10,400. Tickets are available online at www. or from the usual outlets. Bingo every Monday night in the

Thanks to all who helped make ladies football bingo night a huge suc-

welcome for a great night’s enter-


sHC B Kilmacud Crokes 0-16 St Sylvester’s 1-7 

K ILMACUD Crokes topped their senior B hurling group following their fourth win from five outings last week when they saw off St Sylvester’s in Silverpark. In a physical affair played out in sunny conditions, Crokes came away deserving winners by six points as Syl’s were unable to build any momentum despite an early goal. Good defensive play by the Crokes back

line laid the foundation for the victor y, while Emmett Doherty and Niall Lillis were solid throughout. Eddie O’Byrne and Barry Mulligan were very lively in midfield, while up front Donal McGovern, Caolan Conway and Barra O’Leidhin were the pick. They picked off their points in a crisper fashion to top the group B table and advance to the quarter-finals of the competition where they will meet Naomh Mearnog. Sylvesters’ cause was not helped when they

were reduced to 14 following a red card but they have retained their place in senior B hurling at the first time of asking having gained promotion from the inter ranks last year. Despite the loss, they stay in the championship by virtue of their head-to-head win over Naomh Barrog who lost late to Kevin’s last week. They go on to meet local rivals Naomh Olaf in the quarter-final. T hey followed up with an AHL3 success against Round Tower, Clondalkin on Saturday evening at the same

venue with plenty to spare, winning out 1-19 to 0-11. It made for a great weekend for the club’s hurlers as their senior A side as they moved up to fifth place in AHL division one with Oisin O’Rorke’s goal helping them to a 1-20 to 1-13 victory over St Vincent’s. They went in at half-time six points to the good and duly maintained that position of strength. The club’s junior A side, however, fell to Raheny 0-15 to 1-11 in St Anne’s Park on Sunday morning despite Kevin Coakley’s first half goal.

D e e p e s t sy m p a t h i e s t o t h e

Golf classic fundraiser on July 19 in

O’Donnell family on the recent pass-

the K Club. See website for more info.

ing of Gerry’s brother, Paddy, in Lon-

Well done to the senior hurlers on a

Crokes go top after Sylvester’s success

Well done to ladies senior footballers on a great league win also.

clubhouse – starts at 8pm and all tainment.

Kilmacud Crokes set up a platform for success against St Sylvester’s. Picture: Diarmuid O’Gallchobhair

Minor A footballers also had great win over St Brigid’s.


naomh olaf The intermediate footballers play

lin U-13 development squad along

two vital home league fixtures this

with fellow club member Ciara Don-

week: on Wednesda y, they pla y

nelly, who attends Gaelscoil Thaobh

Castleknock at 7.30pm, and then

na Coille.

on Saturday, they play Whitehall at

Cong r atulations to Eoin and

6.30pm. All support would be greatly

Yvonne Ryan on the birth of their


third child, Sean, a future hurler no

Well done to all those on the sen-


ior hurling panel and mentors after

There was no winner of the Jok-

a great win last week in the champi-

er’s Wild. Reminder tickets can be

onship see them top their group.

bought at any stage during the week.

Congratulations to Julie Grimes and Ciara Murphy from St Olaf’s NS

So make sure you buy your ticket to be in with a chance to win.

who were selected to play for Dublin

There wa s no winner of this

Schools Camogie v Belfast in Case-

week’s lotto. The numbers drawn

ment Park on Friday, June 14.

were 2, 9 and 22. Next week’s jack-

Ciara is also a member of the Dub-

pot is €2,000.

stars of erin THE men’s adult team played Garda

place in Glencullen from July 1 to 5

in the semi-final of the Parson Cup

for boys and girls. For more infor-

but lost to a very strong team

mation, contact David Gill.

The adult men’s team pla y in

There was no winner of the lotto

Glencullen in their championship

jackpot; numbers drawn were 11,

game this week, and appreciate

19 and 29. €20 winners were Tommy

your support.

Kinsella, Orla Byrne, Nicola and

The U-14s pla y this Thursda y evening in Glencullen at 7pm. The club summer camp takes

Doc. Next week’s jackpot will be €700. Thanks for all your support.

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