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Serving success: Local eaterie up for top award ELLEN, Ray and Sweetie were

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ready to welcome customers to Eddie Rocket’s in Dundrum Town Centre when the popular eaterie was nominated for a prestigious Franchisee of the Year Award by the Irish Franchise Association, earlier this year. Our gallery on this event is just one of a number of local Dundrum galleries available online at Log on to see these, and many other local events, at our photo website. See galleries on Pages 8-9

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Public liabilities bill soars past €6.44m DLRCC’s total cost of three-year period revealed



ALMOST €6.5 million was paid out in the last three years by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in public liability claims. Figures obtained by The Gazette reveal that, from 2008

until 2010, the council paid out approximately €6,440,138 in claim payments. In 2008, €2,079,494 was paid out in claims. Between 2009 and 2010, there was a massive drop in payments, with the figures falling from €2,678,946 to €1,681,698. The figures are significantly

higher than those paid out by Fingal County Council during the same period, which show that, between 2008 and 2010, Fingal paid out €4.1 million, while South Dublin County Council paid out €5.9 million in respect of public liability figures. Full Story on Page 4

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Pleads guilty to jewellery shop raid ON THE fifth day of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, a man has admitted to carrying out a €1.2 million jewellery heist at Dundrum shopping centre. Ian Maloney (24) of Cashel Road, in Crumlin, had pleaded not guilty to robbery, possession of a 12-gauge Farasqueta CIA shotgun and possession of a sawn-off shotgun at Paul Sheeran Jewellers in Dundrum Town Centre on September 3, 2008. He pleaded guilty to the robbery charge before the jury of seven women and five men, following a number of days of legal argument. Mr James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, told Judge Gerard Griffin, that the State is entering a nolle prosequi on the two remaining charges.

Charges Judge Griffin told the jury that, since the State was dropping the remaining two charges against Maloney, the trial had come to an end. He thanked the members for their service and excused them from jury duty for five years. Judge Griffin adjourned the case to later this month for sentence and ordered a victim impact report for that date. He remanded Maloney in custody. A member of staff gave evidence that she was the

keyholder on the evening when two men entered dressed as builders. Ms Candice McCutcheon told Mr Dwyer that she thought they were customers and went to greet them when one of them raised a gun and pointed it at her. She said it was a “sawn-off” and “old and rusty looking”. The armed raider told her to get back, before ordering all the customers and staff to get against a wall. Ms McCutcheon said the other man had a crowbar he used to open a jewellery cabinet before realising it wasn’t the one with “the expensive jewellery” in it. She said he opened another cabinet and started filling a black bin bag with jewellery. During the raid, one of the men said: “Don’t worry guys, nobody’s going to get hurt.” She said the men fled and she went to the shopping centre’s help desk to alert security. Mr Dwyer told the jury in his opening speech that they would hear evidence that the raiders escaped in a red Subaru car later found abandoned with a gun in it. He said there would also be evidence of an identification procedure during which Mr Maloney was identified by several people in the shop as the man carrying the gun.

Economically speaking: Power at business breakfast ECONOMIST, Jim Power, was guest speaker at the DLR

Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast last week. Speaking at the event, Power said that, while the Irish economy as a whole was struggling to emerge from the most difficult recession it has ever experienced, the challenges facing the Small and Medium Enterprise sector were particularly acute. The leading economist said that the lack of credit availability remained a huge issue for the sector. However, he

said that some progress was being made in relation to the cost environment. According to Power, commercial rates now represent the biggest burden facing small businesses, a burden which, he said, was increasingly forcing many of them out of existence altogether. Speaking at the business breakfast, he said the commercial rate system needed to be amended to recognise business realities and local authority funding needed to be put on a sustainable footing.


Calls for a permanent building for Holy Trinity Q HIROMI MOONEY

PLANS to create three new schools in Dublin South should have included the development of a permanent building for the existing Holy Trinity National School in Leopardstown. That’s according to Fine Gael TD for Dublin South, Peter Mathews, who said that, while he welcomed the Government’s announcement to build a new primary school in Ballinteer and a new primary and secondary school in Stepaside, Holy Trinity should also have been considered in the new schools’ plan. “While I am delighted that new schools are to be built in Ballinteer and Stepaside, I will be

asking the Minister for Education to consider including the Holy Trinity National School in Leopardstown in these plans, as the school only has the capacity to educate 161 children from the area and is made of prefab buildings, which cost over €150,000 a year to rent,” he said. “With the explosion of new homes built in this area over the last number of years, this prefab structure cannot cope with the number of children living in the vicinity of the school. More than one-in-four of the population here is of primary school age and, in 2010, approximately 470 children needed a primary school place in this area. “It is imperative that this situation is resolved

and that families living in and around the Holy Trinity National School can send their children to school here.” Reviewed

Holy Trinity National School opened its doors in September 2005, with 24 junior and senior infants pupils. The school’s building project is currently at an early stage of architectural planning. The stage 2(a) submission was recently received from the design team and is being reviewed by the department’s technical staff. When the review is complete and the submission has been approved, the depar tment will discuss progressing the project with the school’s Board of Management. Former Cathaoirleach

of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Labour councillor Lettie McCarthy, also welcomed the Government’s announcement last week to create several new schools, but said Holy Trinity should not be ignored in the process. “I would like to see the Minister giving that priority over before new schools are started,” she said. “That’s not saying the new schools aren’t needed, but it’s just something that’s half-way there, look after it and still continue the work, you know. I think they could make the commitment now for the Holy Trinity, for example, and work could be still progressing on the other new schools that have been announced. So, it could be happening in tandem. “But I just feel with

every prefab that’s been put on to cater for the growing number of children that are going to that school, that’s taking up playing space. That, I believe, is just as important as the academic side of education. “So, I would rather see us, you know, looking at this and saying, ‘ok, this doesn’t make sense. Let’s start, let’s progress this Holy Trinity School.’ It is already there, it’s on site, the children are there. Now is the time they need it – not in 20 years’ time when the demographics have changed and these kids have grown up and moved away or the families have matured. “So, I certainly will be continuing to push to get a commitment and get a start date for the Holy Trinity School.”

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A free show in St Enda’s

Enterprise hub a ‘top priority’


NEWLY co-opted Fine Gael Councillor AnneMarie Dermody has said the establishment of an enterprise centre in South Dublin will be a top priority for her. Dermody was co-opted onto South Dublin County Council this week to fill the seat left vacant by Senator Cait Keane. She said she was deeply honoured to be co-opted onto the Council to represent the Rathfarnham ward saying: “I’ve had an interest in local politics for some time. “In addition to my legal practice, I have other business interests and hold directorships in a number of companies,” she said. “One of my ambitions is to establish an enterprise centre in South Dublin. “This project would offer incubated support

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to any potential entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business but just need that break to make it happen. “I look forward to working with my Fine --------------------------

‘I look forward to working with my Fine Gael colleagues to playing our part in providing valuable services to the people of South Dublin’ --------------------------

Gael colleagues to playing our part in providing valuable services to the people of South Dublin,” she said. Outside politics

Dermody is the manag-

ing partner of Lyons Dermody, a practice based in Parnell Square. Her firm employs 17 people. She has lived on Butterfield Avenue for the past 11 years with her family. Councillor Dermody’s husband, Eamonn Connolly, is originally from Ballyroan Heights in Rathfarnham, and their three young boys all attend Ballyroan Boys’ National School. Since joining Fine Gael two years ago, Councillor Dermody has acted as constituency secretary and vice-chairperson of the Rathfarnham branch. She is involved in a number of residents’ groups in her local area and is also the parish representative on the Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Pádraig. In her spare time she also enjoys running and gardening.

Music: Entertainment just comes flying into Dundrum’s Airfield THIS is How We Fly will play at Dundrum’s Airfield next Wednes-

day, July 20. This unique contemporary folk band initially came together through a commission from the 2010 Dublin Fringe Festival (as Four on the Fringe of Folk) to play a one-off show and received an unexpectedly rapturous response. Individually, each member has carved out a reputation for mastering and redefining their chosen fields with Caoimhin O Raghallaigh on fiddle and hardanger fiddle, Sean Mac Erlaine on bass clarinet, saxophone and live electronics, Petter Berndalen on drums and percussion and Nic Gareiss on percussive dance – his sole prop a handful of dust used for additional percussive impact as he shimmies his way across floorboards. This remarkable group pulls on strands of innovative Irish music, improvised jazz and electronics, Swedish fiddle music and traditional dance vocabulary to create an infectious performance engaging both the feet and the mind.

A HOST of popular classics and big band marches will feature when the Dublin Concert Band plays a free concert for members of the public this Sunday, July 17. The concert will take place at St Enda’s Park, in Rathfarnham, at 3pm and has been organised in conjunction with the Office of Public Works who have a programme of musical entertainment scheduled throughout the summer months at St. Enda’s. For further updates on the band’s summer schedule, please visit The Dublin Concert Band has been entertaining audiences since their formation in 1958. Renowned for musical excellence, the band recently picked up first place at the National Band Championships in April 2011. In the past, the Dublin Concert Band has performed at notable venues such as the National Concert Hall, Ulster Hall and Wembley Arena.

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COUNCIL Additional information on DLR County Council councillors’ expenses LAST week, The Gazette published details of expenses and payments made to Councillors in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown during 2010. Several names on a second sheet detailing the payments made were mistakenly omitted. The Gazette Group is happy to publish the additional names in this week’s publication. Richmond Neale Leas Chathaoirleach June ’10 - July ’11 (Paid from 14th June - 31st Dec 2010)

Saul Barry Smyth Carrie Ward Barry

Total Mobile Phone Bill for 2010 per Councillor

Amount of Mobile Phone Bill paid by Council for 2010

Balance of Phone Bill paid by Councillor for 2010

Travel & Subsistence for attendance at Meetings for 2010 - as per Circular LG 33/06

Salary 2010 (Gross Amount) - as per Circular LG 26/09

Cathaoirleach/Leas Cathaoirleach & County Development Board Chair 2010 (Gross Amount)

Travel & Subsistence for Conferences for 2010 as per Circular LG 33/06 and LG 02/10

Conference Fees - as per Circular LG 02/10

Education & Training Allowance

Broadband Expenses (Allowed up to a max of €29.99 per month)


€509.30 €305.36 €298.38 €1,317.23

€254.68 €152.69 €149.10 €517.42

€254.62 €152.67 €149.28 €799.81

€6,119.48 €6,298.20 €6,356.63 €6,428.27

€16,724.04 €16,724.04 €16,724.04 €16,724.04

€3,994.76 -

€0.00 €2,785.52 €545.13 €0.00

€0.00 €1,659.00 €400.00 €0.00


€0.00 €0.00 €359.88 €264.00

€27,092.96 €27,619.45 €24,534.78 €34,018.73

(Cllr's broadband bills are €22 per month) (Masters in Economic Policy Studies)


Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council


Council pays out €6.4m in public liability claims Q DAWN LOVE, PAUL


ALMOST €6.5 million was paid out in the past three years by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) in public liability claims. Figures obtained by The Gazette have revealed that, from 2008 until 2010, the local authority paid out approximately €6,440,138 in claim payments. In 2008, €2,079,494 was paid out in claims. However, between 2009 and 2010, there was a massive drop in payments, with the figures falling from €2,678,946 to €1,681,698. The council said it was not in a position to supply the data on a geographical basis, because

this information was not available. The figures are significantly higher than those paid out by Fingal County Council (FCC) during the same period, which show that, between 2008 and 2010, FCC paid out €4.1 million in respect of public liability claims. According to FCC, they paid out €1.35 million in 2008, €1.9 million in 2009 and €0.85 million in 2010. Again, FCC said that specific details of the regions where claims are made are not available. Meanwhile, figures also obtained by The Gazette show that SDCC paid €5.9 million in respect of public liability claims in the three-year period from 2008 to 2010. The figure for 2010 mirrored that of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown,


‘The [drop in public liabilities] figures illustrate the effectiveness of the council’s policies in the management of claims’ --------------------------------------------------------

DLRCC finance department spokesman


showing a significant drop in the amount paid out, compared to 2009. According to SDCC, in 2009 they paid out €2.2 million, while in 2010 this had fallen to €1.66 million. A DLRCC spokesman said that they engaged in risk management, whereby potential risks are identified and corrective action is scheduled. “The figures illustrate the effectiveness of the council’s policies in the management of claims, and is verified by the ongoing reduction in

claim numbers in the three years,” he said. “It is hoped that this proactive approach will reduce the number of claims made against the council. “The council has also implemented a number of initiatives, with regard to footpaths, by way of the footpath restoration scheme. “The council has also brought in an updated claims management database, which it hopes will be capable of providing a greater level of detail in the future to aid in the

prevention of alleged incidents,” said the DLRCC spokesman. The total paid out over the three-year period is slightly down on the previous three years, as revealed by The Gazette in 2007. In 2007, we revealed that the total amount paid out in public liability claims and personal injury claims amounted to some €6,945,000. The figures were based on the period between 2004 and 2006. During that period, the figures showed that the average payout almost doubled. In 2004, the average payout amounted to €6,500, rising to €8,800 in 2005. But, by 2006, the average payout was €12,600. Meanwhile, the largest payout in 2004 was €82,300.

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COURTS Young footballer gets suspended sentence

Smashed vodka glass into man’s face in nightclub fied that Mulvey was unlikely to come before the courts again and asked was it “absolutely necessary in this case to imprison him for what he has done?” Garda Patrick Murray told prosecutor Tara Burns that Moore approached a girl in the nightclub, tapping her on the shoulder, because he thought he knew her. When he realised the girl was a stranger, he exchanged “some pleasantries” with her before another man, not Mulvey, tapped him on the shoulder, shook his hand and introduced himself. Introduction

G d a Mu r r ay s a i d Moore was aware this “introduction” was due to the fact that he had been talking to this girl. He then received two blows to the back of the head. Moore walked away from the man, because he did not want the incident to escalate, and returned to his group of friends. One of his friends knew Moore’s attacker so he alerted the security to the situation and the man was taken out of the club. Mu l ve y, w h o w a s with this other man, approached Moore and

attempts were made “to settle” the incident. Gda Murray said the next thing Moore knew he was on the f loor bleeding profusely. One of the victim’s friends recognised Mulvey as the attacker and followed him in an attempt to identify him to the gardai, but he had left the premises. Moore was taken to hospital by ambulance where he was treated for the lacerations to his face. Gda Murray agreed with Isobel Kennedy that her client told gardai in the interview that he had “consumed an enormous amount of alcohol” that night, more than he normally would drink. He accepted that he was “an avid and very talented footballer” who had expressed a high level of remorse. Mulvey told gardai: “I feel there is nothing I can say. I can’t imagine how he feels. If there was anything I could do for him I would.” Gda Murray agreed with Ms Kennedy that the assault was “out of character” for Mulvey, that he accepted total responsibility and had given gardai a letter he had written for Mr Moore.

Census shows rise in local populace


GLENCULLEN has been ranked third for the most increased populated area in the country. Preliminary results from Census 2011 show that Glencullen had a 28.3% population increase since the last census in 2006, with the population rising from 13,925 to 17,864. The population in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown has also increased by 6.7% with a 12,957 increase since the last

census. An Cathaoirleach of Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC), John Bailey, described Dun Laoghaire as a “growth area.” “There’s been a massive (surge of) young families now settling down now in Dun Laoghaire. There has been lots of growth in the population, and it will increase even further,” he said. The overall populace of Ireland has increased by 1.6% to over 4.58 million – since the 2006 census.


An avid and very talented footballer, who smashed a vodka glass in a man’s face after the victim mistook a girl in a nightclub for someone he knew, has been given a suspended sentence. Lee Moore (24) was left with multiple cuts to his face, which included a severed artery around his jawline, after Neil Mulvey (21) struck him with the glass. Mulvey, of Shamrock Lodge, Glencullen, Co. Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing serious harm at Rodeo Joe’s, in Churchtown, on November 3, 2010. He had no previous convictions. Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Mulvey to three years at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which he suspended in full on the condition that he pays €17,000 as a token of his remorse to the victim in the next 18 months. The court heard that Mulvey already had €10,000 for Moore, €7,500 of which he had saved himself. His siblings loaned him the balance. Judge Nolan described the case as “grim”, but accepted that Mulvey was a disciplined sportsman who met the case as best as he could. He said he was satis-

Best of BMW: Taking the top down on the BMW 118d

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court


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SHOP LOCALLY Opening: A local taxi man is congratulated on business launch LOCAL TAXI man Tommy Gaughan is seen here being congratulat-


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ed by local councillor Pat Hand at the Dundrum taxi rank on the launch of his new business, TaxiWeb. Gaughan says: “What we are supplying taxi men with is a small HOTSHOT device that creates a WiFi zone in the taxi so that they can offer free internet use to their clients as an added value and service to their business. We are getting a fantastic response and will be rolling it out to other businesses very soon.” For more information visit

Man changes plea to guilty for robbery A MAN has admitted to carrying out a €1.2 million jewellery heist at Dundrum shopping centre on the fifth day of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Ian Maloney (24), of Cashel Road, in Crumlin, had pleaded not guilty to possession of a 12-gauge Farasqueta CIA shotgun, possession of a sawn-off shotgun and robbery at Paul Sheeran Jewellers in Dundrum Town Centre when he was brought to court. On Monday, July 11, Mr Maloney changed his plea to the robbery charge before the jury of seven women and five men, following a number of days of legal argument. P r o s e c u t o r, J a m e s Dwyer, told the judge that the State was dropping the remaining two charges against Maloney. This led Judge Gerard Griffin to tell the jury that the trial had come to an end, thanking them and excusing them from duty for five years. Judge Griffin adjourned the case to later this month for

sentence and ordered a victim impact report for that date. The judge also placed Maloney in continuing custody. Evidence

Evidence from the trial was given as a member of staff, Candice McCutcheon, told --------------------------

‘Mr Maloney changed his plea to the robbery charge before the jury of seven women and five men, following a number of days of legal argument ’ --------------------------

the judge that she was the keyholder on the evening when the two men entered dressed as builders. Ms McCutcheon said she went to greet them, thinking they were customers, when one of them raised a gun and pointed it at her.

Ms McCutcheon described the gun as “sawn-off” and “old and rusty looking”, and how the armed raider told her to get back before ordering all customers and staff to get up against the wall. she said the other man had a crowbar which he used to open the jewellery cabinet before realising it was not the one with “the expensive jewellery” in it. Escape

She also told how one of the men, during the raid, said: “Don’t worry guys, nobody’s going to get hurt.” As the men fled she said she went to the shopping centre’s help desk to alert security. Judge Dw yer told the jury in his opening speech that they would hear evidence that the raiders escaped in a red Subaru car, which was later found abandoned with a gun in it. He also said there would be evidence of an identification procedure during which Mr Maloney was identified by several people in the shop as the man carrying the gun.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

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COMPETITION Rathfarnham woman wins €30,000 prize RACE: EVENT FOR KEEN TRAIL RUNNERS

Lindsay’s creative wedding plan is pure gold Q HIROMI MOONEY

A R ATHFARNHAM woman has won a €30,000 gold bar from for designing and planning a creative, original theme for a wedding. Twenty-five-year-old Lindsay Moynagh won the competition by creating and planning an Old Style Carnival wedding concept. She will see her plan come to life on September 10, for the wedding of Grainne Howley, from Kilkenny, and Matthew Donnellan, from Dublin, who, in May, won the Gold Wedding worth €30,000 competition. The Old Style Carnival concept is a fusion of festival fun and vintage glamour, and will be organised by professional wedding planner, Tara Fay. Suppliers listed on goldenpages. ie will be used. Lindsay said that she is delighted and shocked she won the competition. “I’ve always loved weddings and I’ve a few friends getting married this year, which is kind of a first for me, and I suppose my interest was just tweaked,” she said.

“I always thought a lot of Irish weddings kind of run the same way. So, they had asked for something original and creative, and I just thought that it was a good opportunity to put something a little bit playful across, and I really had fun with it. So, to be honest, I never, ever dreamed I’d be in with the chance of winning. “I was so happy that I had got into the final three in the first place, so I was absolutely shocked. I thought my knees were going to go in front of me. “I’m a musician, and I’d like to work around music and maybe set up my own small thing. I teach at the moment a good bit and I’d like to set up a music school, or something like that, but I’m definitely going to use the money for something quite productive and, maybe, set a career path for myself going forward.” Lindsay was inspired to create the Old Style Carnival concept as she knew that the date of the wedding is close to the Electric Picnic music festival. She knew that the couple have two young daughters – Arwen and


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Mountain views for a half marathon THE second Dublin Mountains’ half marathon event takes place on Sunday, July 17, at 10am. The event hosted by the Irish Mountain Running Association and the Dublin Mountains Partnership, and sponsored by Basecamp, is primarily through forests and along trails in the scenic Dublin Mountains. The ‘Gold Wedding’ wedding planner winner, Lindsay Moynagh, now has €30,000 to


plan the wedding of Grainne Howley, of Kilkenny, and Matthew Donnellan, from Dublin

The event starts and finishes in beautiful Marlay Park and winds its way up through the nature trail of Massy’s Estate, before joining a newly created section of the Dublin Mountains Way through Cruagh Wood and ascending the spectacular Tibradden ridge trail and joining the Wicklow Way back

Alex, so she thought that it would be nice to organise an enjoyable, familyfriendly wedding. Lindsay also had to decide the transport, venue and catering, souvenirs, photography, entertainment, and the honeymoon. She chose a red, retro Volkswagen Campervan for transport, as she said that it is spacious and it would be fun for the family. She chose the 16th-century Lisnavagh House and Gardens, in Co Carlow, as the venue, and said that there will be a marquee in the garden with gourmet finger food, and there would be a sit-down fine dining in the evening. She chose many forms of entertainment, including stilt walkers, contortionists and an accordion player, as well as a puppet show for the children. She also proposes to have old-style candyfloss and popcorn carts and an ice-cream van in the gardens. She also selected South Africa with a safari, and also Mauritius as the honey-

moon destinations. The couple’s daughter, Alex was born with spina bifida, which involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord. Taking this into account, Lindsay proposes to make a donation to the Spina Bifida Association with wrist bands to give each of the guests. Lindsay met the couple for the first time last week after being interviewed by two Truvo representatives – the parent company of “They were just so nice and I’m just so pleased that they loved the plan as well, and I really am so happy with it,” she said. “I have had the most incredible couple of weeks putting this plan together, and, without a shadow of a doubt if I ever get married, my wedding would be something just like this.” Grainne and Matthew first met in college in 2003 and got engaged in 2007. Their wedding had been put on hold, so they are delighted to have their

wedding date finalised. “Matt really is my best friend, my soul mate and my rock,” said Grainne. “I know I can count on him for anything, and vice- versa, and we are over the moon to have won the Gold Wedding competition.”

to Marlay Park. This route has 820m of climb, and covers a variety of terrain. It is an event for enthusiastic trail runners and participants will be treated to a tour of some of Dublin’s most popular trails. Prizes

Prizes will be sponsored by Basecamp. The entry fee is €20 for IMRA members and €30 for non-IMRA members, and a good quality technical t-shirt is available this year for an additional €7.50. All proceeds from the race will go towards trail maintenance in the Dublin Mountains. See plod/ for more information.

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PICTURES is packed full of local pictures;

BABY, I’M WAITING RICHARD Boyd Barrett was happy to meet Julie Jacob and Leon Stewart at the Loughlinstown Count Centre, where he was waiting for the results in the General Election, which saw him elected as a These girls knew where to go to have fun with friends

People Before Profit deputy. Picture: Geraldine Woods

Jamie Gillen and Siobhan Swaysland and Liane McCarthy

Ben Broderick

Blian and Siobhan Kavanagh

Ellen, Ray and Sweetie were all ready to look after customers’ every need. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Rocketing to the top DDIE Rocket’s in Dundrum Town Centre was shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Franchisee of the Year award by The Irish Franchise Association, with The Gazette happy to tuck into some delicious foods there.


Karl Donohoe, and his daughter, Edith, were delighted with the news, which celebrated the attention to detail at the venue, both front of house for the customers, and behind the scenes in catering. The local Eddie Rocket’s opened

in March, 2007, and, last year, opened The Shake Shop, next door – a walk-up, counter-assisted service, where patrons can create their own delicious concoctions, with the bright, colourful outlet proving another hit with local foodies.

www.gazette All of your latest local news, sport, features and pictures are now just a click away

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QUEUE formed at the bakery counter in Superquinn, Ballinteer, where the staff produced delicious, traditional pancakes – a timeless classic, with the addi-

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tion of sugar and lemon juice for flavourings. But there were also chocolate-flavoured pancakes, a popular delicacy with the Superquinn shoppers.

Baker is flat out at work 1. Ava Walker 2. Barbara Tully and Lisa Lynch 3, 4 Baker Derek Phillips gets to work on preparing pancakes 5. Tom Buckley


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OPENING Refurbished library turned into a community hall

The exterior of the newly-refurbished building

Women from the Glencullen active Retirement group look at some of the local knitting on display during the re-opening

A new chapter for Glencullen facility

S ONE of her final duties as then Cathaoirleach of the county, Councillor Lettie McCarthy was delighted to attend the former Carnegie Library in Glencullen, which was rededicated as Glencullen Community Hall recently, following the completion of an 18-month-long refurbishment project, led by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Cllr McCarthy praised the facilities at the new centre, which took into account the community’s views throughout the refurbishment process. The then Cathaoirleach highlighted a number of


improvements at the hall, including the introduction of accessible toilets, a new accessible path and entrance, baby-changing facilities, and minor decorative improvements, as well as praising the volunteer-led library service, which is open on Thursday afternoons, with hopes to extend in the near future. A programme of community-based activities to be based in the hall is currently being developed, while an active retirement group already meets in the hall each week, with a youth group in the process of being established.

Fiona Keane reads a story to her son, Ciaran

Cllr Lettie McCarthy, with left, FG Cllr Jim O’ Dea, FF Cllr Gerry

Cllr Lettie McCarthy with Georgia Swan, Eilis Keane, Sile

Discussing a new chapter in the building’s life ... Jenny Conlon, librarian

Horkan, FG Cllr Neale Richmond and FF Cllr Tom Murphy

Mahon and Aoife Mc Carthy

with Cllr Lettie Mc Carthy

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ADVICE Taking steps to dealing with credit problems on your own terms

Roadmap to recovery: The safe journey This week, Tara O’Grady brings the third and final part of her Roadmap to Recovery from Debt Despair. TO WRAP up our process of recovery from debt despair, the focus is on the “Life” file, the “Courage under Fire” file and the “Action Plan” file. The matters contained within these files need to be dealt with in a practical and deliberate manner. Start the process as follows:


Don’t make the mistake of ignoring demand letters.


If phone calls are distressing or harassing, you are entitled to change your number and to write to the banks to say that all communication needs to be in writing. Request an email address if you do not have one, to save postage funds.


Write to all unsecured creditors

(with or without the help of a Debt Management Organisation), explaining your situation, based on your income and expenditure form. Once you have established your exact financial position, if there are no funds available after basic living means are met, then these unsecured creditors cannot be paid (until and unless you become in a position to be able to do so).


In the case of your Secured Creditors, suggest every conceivable option to allow you to pay the minimum amount possible, based on your income and expenditure.

Over the coming months, a variety of participants of the Phoenix Process will bring further advice and information on


If there are NO funds available for a certain amount of time, inform them.


Ask them to temporarily freeze the interest and late repayment charges.


Ask them not to issue any legal proceedings until every available option is looked into.


Request that all correspondence is sent by email so that you have records. If this is not possible, keep a copy and a record of every letter sent and received.


Remember to enter each event into the “Life after Debt” diary.


Be supported or support when

post is being opened.


Inform your family GP of your mood, sleep patterns etc. If the stress has reached the point of despair, or suicidal thoughts, ask this GP to make an appointment with a specialist to help with this. If there are no funds for

dealing with the problems of modern life and also tips on activities that can help us all enjoy life a little more.

this help, a GP can make an appointment with a HSEfunded service. Remain focused on positives; keep strong supports in place and remember to put things in perspective. Those in debt need to remember that debt is a massive national problem that has sadly manifested

itself in people’s lives in a highly-distressful way.

Correspondence No one individual is to blame, and to be in debt is not a criminal act, contrary to what is repeatedly intimated on legal correspondence that may be received. For the moment, our

court process is limited. However, as stated above, this is a legal issue, and not a criminal issue. The paperwork process outlined above in a court situation would be more than enough in a case of inability to pay, which now means, in fact, that the worst-case scenario has already been dealt with.

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Brought to you by Derry Temple personal trainer and pilates instructor


How to lose those few extra pounds by using the right kind of workout OST gymgoers spend endless hours performing steady state cardio and have probably been doing the same sort of exercise for years without ever achieving the results they are looking for. There is a common misconception that, in order to lose fat, you must spend hours pounding on the treadmill when, in fact, the opposite is true. Aerobic means “with oxygen”, and refers to the use of oxygen in the body’s metabolic or energy–generating process. By definition aerobic exercise is performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time. Long-duration aerobic work has a host of valuable health benefits, including increasing blood flow, making the heart stronger, decreasing the resting heart rate and improving energy production. However, there is a downside to steady-state aerobic work, in that it is easy for your body to recover from and adapt to. Also when you train


The use of anaerobic exercise is more suitable to help you lose the extra pounds


aerobically you may burn calories, but this ends shortly after you finish your workout. How can you shift bodyweight without spending hours in the gym? The answer is through a combination of Resistance Training and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

more calories for up to 72 hours after training. The other great news is that you can increase the intensity of this training in a number of ways as your body begins to adapt. HIIT training can be any form of aerobic training that is performed at high intensity


‘There is a common misconception that in order to lose fat you must spend hours pounding on the treadmill when in fact the opposite is true’ --------------------------------------------------------

Both these anaerobic forms of training (anaerobic meaning without oxygen) create shifts in your metabolism causing you to burn more calories even after you have finished training. “The optimal approach to fat loss is Resistance and H.I.I.T. training.”

With anaerobic exercise, you do not only raise your metabolism, burning calories while you train, but you also burn

followed by a period of rest or low activity. HIIT causes increased excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) keeping your metabolism high for up to 72 hours after training. Ageing causes a drop in muscle mass, and so a lowering of the metabolism. The optimal approach to address this metabolic drop is resistance training – for every pound of muscle you gain, you burn an

extra 50 calories per day. Your goal should be to make your body more anabolic (to promote muscle growth) to help you burn fat. The other benefits of resistance training are plentiful and include improved posture and appearance, reduced body fat, increased strength, power, endurance, metabolism and bone density. Before embarking on any training programme, you should ensure you have guidance and help from a qualified fitness professional. Derry Temple runs DT Fitness in Artane, Dublin 5, and specialises in helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. He is holding a free presentation on Training and Eating For Fat Loss on Saturday, July 23. Places are limited so to confirm your attendance please e-mail Derry Temple at derry@ Make sure to mention the Gazette Newspaper in the title to receive your free EBook on Training and Eating For Fat Loss.


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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC Welch delivers a harvest full of earthy delights Q ROB HEIGH

GILLIAN Welch is renowned for two things — being one of the best singer-songwriters in music, and not being nearly prolific enough. Eight years since their last release, Soul Journey, which had the Bob Dylan-esque audacity to feature an electric guitar in their previously all-acoustic sound, comes The Harrow and The Harvest, a return to Welch and David Rawlings’ darker, melodic roots. As the title suggests, there’s a pastoral gothic at work here, and the instruments used, that include banjo, hands and feet show they have stripped the music back to it’s almost barest bones. There is an indescribable familiarity about Gillian Welch’s music. It’s like nothing you’ve heard before, and everything you know. Rooted in bluegrass and Appalachian styles, there is something fascinating and beguiling about The Harrow and The Harvest. It’s shot through with a folk memory of songs long forgotten but that are still in your ears, and their shapes come into focus quickly after only a few bars. It’s not even country music, it’s something more than that. It’s soul music, in the purest sense of that phrase. The songs speak of scarlet and daggers, and, within the shadows of the music, there’s the feeling that there is something ready to reap what has been sown in the lives and loves of the characters in the songs. This isn’t a great record, it’s an essential one. There’s the essential force of life and death within, and there’s very few records you can say that about.

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

The One: Prince set to be crowned at the Castle THE time is nigh. Prince, still the best live act in the world, comes to Malahide Castle on July 30. Fresh from the stage of the Hop Farm festival in Kent, where he stole the weekend with a hitpacked and super funky two-hourplus set, Prince will hit the stage at the Castle to enthral his Irish fans for the first time since 2002, when he owned the Point, and went on to an awesome aftershow at Spirit. Tickets from €89.50 are available at


Cars Love Girls love their new direction Q ROB HEIGH

CARS Love GIrls sounds like the blueprint for every great song of the last few decades, but it’s also the name of the new band from former Republic of Loose members Cormac and Orla Breslin. The band came about when the brother and sister duo, who had always talked about working together, were looking for the next stage to their musical careers after leaving the Loose around two years ago. “I had a good few songs left over that I had written for the band,” said Bres. “Usually, I would bring along an instrumentals and we would then put lyrics and vocals to them. So, I was left wondering what I would do next with them, and so I decided to finish them myself. “Orla and I always said we would do something together, and the timing was right, so it happened pretty naturally.” That natural progression has seen the band put together an album, Skip School, which con-

Bres and Orla of Cars Love GIrls, who play at Crawdaddy on July 20

tains ten highly polished and accomplished songs that stand out from the current crop of sounds emerging from the capital city. Imagine the chromeplated production sound of Steely Dan, the loose funk of early Prince and the warm embrace of Prefab Sprout, and you’re getting close to the sound of Cars Love Girls. “I’m not really affiliated with the Irish music scene, I’ve been in one band since college, and I don’t play with anyone

else. The scene wasn’t an inf luence, what influenced it was me going back to my record collection and thinking about the artists that I loved and what did I want us to sound like. “Things like Prince and Prefab Sprout, b a n d s t h a t I n e ve r stopped listening to, something that had a groove, and was really polished. It’s almost easy listening - clean, well-produced stuff. “That was what we were going for and, hopefully, I’ve ended up

somewhere in that ballpark.” The band will play their first official gig at Crawdaddy on July 20, and their live sound is something that Bres and Orla have been working hard on perfecting. “We’re looking forward to the first show, we’ve been rehearsing for the last couple of months, and it’s sounding good. It’s pretty much exactly the same as the record. “It’ll take time to grow, and settle down on stage. We have a sup-

port slot in September; we’re planning on doing the Hard Working Class Heroes and EuroSonic festivals, as well as the IMRO showcase tour. “We’re starting from scratch, really doing everything we can. I can’t wait to get the album out there, so we’re looking at the best way of doing that.” When the album drops, don’t expect Cars Love Girls to remain in the shadows for long. It sounds like the first step on the road to international success.

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Smoothtastic, summer legs F you want to get smoothtastic pins, but you’re fed up with shaving and waxing, then why not follow the celebrities’ lead and epilate your way to smoother skin this summer. Lifes2good’s latest Wet and Dry Emjoi Dolphin Epilator has been specifically designed to remove even the shortest of hair, its 18 sets of tweezeraction discs ensures rapid, non-irritating and virtually pain-free hair removal - literally! Its special water-resistant design enables it to remove even the shortest of hair on the legs, bikini line and under arms, with perfect precision giving results which last up to six weeks! And to help you along the way, Emjoi has come up with its five top tips to achieving those perfectly


sleek pins using your epilator.

hours after hair removal.

Tip 1

Tip 4

Have a nice hot bath or shower before removing unwanted hair. This will open up your pores, making epilating quick and more comfortable! And you can use the Wet and Dry Dolphin Epilator whilst in the bath!

Maintain silky-smooth legs by exfoliating and moisturising at least three times a week. Exfoliation prevents unsightly ingrow n hairs by removing dead skin, ensuring new hair can surface. Moisturising will also help to sooth your skin.

Tip 2

Ensure your skin is clean and dry before epilating. Hold the skin in the surrounding area taut, then gently glide your epilator along your skin in the direction of hair growth.

Tip 5

Keep it up! One of the great benefits of removing hair from the roots is that regrowth becomes far finer and sparser over time.

The latest Wet and Dry Emjoi Dolphin Epilator has been specifically designed to remove even the shortest of hair


Prevent skin irritation and ingrown hairs after epilating by avoiding exfoliating and wearing tight clothes for 24

The Wet and Dry Dolphin Epilator by Lifes2Good is priced €39.95 and is available at leading pharmacies and

health stores nationwide or by visiting www.lifes

Ahhhh ... Aveeno is here THEY’VE achieved a cult following in the US, and now the new Aveeno Positively Radiant range is available for the first time in Ireland! The skincare range utilises the benefits of soy, a new naturally active ingredient for the Aveeno brand in Ireland, and has been clinically proven to even out skin tone and texture to boost skin’s natural radiance. Included in the range is the Positively Radiant Daily Skin-Brightening Moisturiser SPF 15, which contains SPF 15 to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, while its light diffusers will instantly boost your skin’s natural radiance. Shea Butter, squalane and glycerine help to ensure skin is left

hydrated and smooth. Meanwhile, the Positively Radiant Triple Boost Serum contains a blend of vitamins and antioxidants, which are known to help fight free radicals and help keep skin looking younger. The unique formula reveals the skin’s natural radiance and visibly diminishes the appearance of skin discoloration and brown spots. And for those dark circles and lines around the eyes, Positively Radiant Eye Brightening Cream is sure to be a hit. This eye-brightening cream, with naturally active soy, is fast-absorbing with a light texture and is clinically proven to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

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Light diffusers instantly boost skin’s natural radiance and revitalise the area around the eyes.

The new Aveeno Positively Radiant range is available from July in pharmacies nationwide.




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SNAPSHOT Some fun stories of the week around the capital

On your bike! RTE’s Jacqui Hurley launches the annual Tomas Mulligan Cycle in aid of Pieta House, the suicide crisis centre, along with Dublin footballers Éamon Fennell and Eoghan O’Gara. The fun cycle, which is in its fourth year, is held in memory of Dublin footballer Tomas Mulligan who died by suicide in 2007. The cycle, organised by the Mulligan family, takes place on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday 14, and this year’s destination is Athlone. The cycle aims to raise awareness of the work carried out by Pieta House and to celebrate the lives of those lost to suicide.

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Mingin? Dail’s fashion sense just might be... “IF I HAD a handbag, I’d have clobbered him with it.” So said Mar y Mitchell O’Connor, showing that the schoolyard whispers of Deputies Wallace, Flanagan and Ross had not dampened her sense of humour. But if she did have a handbag, what would have been in it? A driver’s licence? A spare “garish” outfit? A brick heavy enough to knock the pink off Wallace’s shirt? The Diary was heartened to see that such taunts exist in other workplaces, not just our own newsroom, but we are not being paid 90 grand a year to represent thousands of people. Aside from the rights and the wrongs of the incident, one is forced to question how three deputies such as Wallace, a man so woefully dressed that legis-

lation will soon be passed to correct him, “Ming” Flanagan, whose namesake was feared for his sinister looks as much as his ability to torture Flash Gordon (and don’t even get me started on the beard!) and Ross, he of the strange tuft of hair, just sitting limp atop his head, can, with sincerity, question the sartorial choices of another?

DIARY One-hundred invited Muggles of all ages will dress up and gather in the party room from 3 to 5pm to learn wizardry tricks and play Harry Potter-themed games. Frangos World Cuisine will also have a full Harry Potter-themed menu with lots of mouth-watering treats to choose from. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is released in cinemas this Friday, July 15.

Hamleys cast Photography a spell showcase HAMLEYS in Dundrum Town Centre will be cast under a spell this Saturday. The store’s party room on the third floor will be bursting with magic as it is transformed into a School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in aid of Unicef.

A GROUP of recent photography graduates of Griffith College have come together to form a photography collective, entitled Arcadia, and will host their debut exhibition as a group, entitled Grey Area, in Gallery

53, Capel Street, Dublin 1 until July 30. The exhibition, which is part of the PhotoIreland Festival 2011, seeks to examine some of life’s grey areas and is an exploration and personal interpretation by the diverse group of photographers. Sinead Murphy, Head of Photography at Griffith College, said: “I am delighted to see these talented photographers showcasing their work and commend them for the formation of the Arcadia group. “I would like to wish them the best of luck with their debut show.” Students of Griffith College Dublin, both past and present, have also had their photography work selected for the Four Floors exhibition in the Mad Art Gallery on 56, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, and will run until July 30. For more information on Griffith College photography courses go to

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Our popular finned friends OLDFISH are one of the most popular household pets in Ireland. It’s very simple to take care of one, and, although they don’t require that much space, as beautiful, living creatures, they certainly require love, care, attention and a healthy living environment. This week I want to make my readers aware of the specific needs of the goldfish because, last week, I was forced to intervene when I witnessed a group of teens at a jumble fair kicking around a clear plastic bag containing a small amount of water and a goldfish they said they’d “just won at a stall”. I also want to take this


opportunity to remind stall-holders/fair-organisers that they have a duty of care to any animal in their possession, and should not give them out as prizes. Let me state quite clearly for the record that it is a crime to intentionally abuse, injure, illtreat or cause unnecessary suffering to an animal and those who do so may be prosecuted. That said, goldfish are wonderful, educational, finned friends to introduce their owners to the responsibilities of caring for a living creature and, if taken care of properly, can live for ten years or more. Some have been documented to live up to 30 years. It’s worth remembering that every

Goldfish might be the right pet for you

goldfish, just like every human, is an individual and can possess its own characteristics. For example, did you know that a pet goldfish will actually recognise its owner and will rise to the surface to be hand fed by them? If you’re reading this and thinking about giving a goldfish a home, here’s a

few tips to help you out. First of all, there are two categories of goldfish, single-tailed and twin-tailed. An example of singletailed gold fish would be the Comets: This variety has an exceptionally long tail fin; in fact often the fin is the length of the fish’s body, allowing him to swim pretty fast. You’ll

need a large tank for this variety, which are usually yellow but sometimes have a white body with red on their backs. An example of twintailed is the Black Moor: This variety has telescopic eyes that appear to stick out from the fish’s head. As the name suggests, they are always black in colour. Goldfish should be kept with their own kind, i.e. twin-tailed with twintailed, single-tailed with single-tailed and not mixed together. So, you’ve decided on the variety, now how do you choose your supplier? W hen visiting the aquarium/pet-store, take a look at the condition of

the fish in the tank. Is the tank over-crowded? Are there any dead fish in the tank? Is the water clear or cloudy? Do the fish have fungal growths on their scales? Are the fins erect and moving (but not moving too quickly, as this could be a sign of a lack of oxygen). Healthy fish should swim effortlessly through water, with long-finned ones swimming a bit slower than the others. There are many factors to consider when buying the fish tank and, while a fish aquarium can make a unique decorative addition to any room, placement is a key issue. The tank must be placed against an inside wall, away from direct sunlight,

open windows and doors. Remember, the warmer the room, the less oxygen there will be for the fish so keep this in mind and don’t over-crowd the tank. Fish grow, so do your research on your particular variety to find out how large your pet will get before you buy your tank. There’s a lot to consider before you join the fishkeeping fraternity, including who will look after Nemo and friends. But it is a therapeutic experience – did you know that gazing into a fish tank can slow down your heart rate and calm your nerves? For a more information, visit, or email miriam.kerins@

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The BMW 1 Series convertible is the car for summer driving. This car blends sports styling with practical driving economics, even if the buy-in price is relatively high at €36,450 for the diesel powered entry model.

Converted by BMW’s 1 Series MICHAEL MORONEY took the top down on the BMW 118d

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and loved every moment of its thrilling performance ONVERTIBLE time is summer time and that’s when ownership of a car like the BMW 118d convertible comes into its own. This is a car in which to plan a trip to a big event like the Galway Races. So get ready for the road in car that makes a statement while being thrifty on the road. The BMW 118d convertible mixes bling with brains in a car that’s super in terms of style and performance and even better when it comes to efficiency. If you are one for motoring style, this is a car that makes a modest statement. Modest in terms of running costs while a shade bling in terms of the message that it gives to all others on the road. Just roll down the roof and see the reaction. I covered the roads in the BMW 118d and it is


SPECS: BMW 118D CONVERTIBLE Top speed: 208 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 9.5 secs Economy: 20.8 km/litre (4.8 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 127g/ km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Euro NCAP Rating: 5 Star (2004) Warranty: 3 years Entry Price: €36,450

impressive. There’s plenty of power from the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine that has all of the BMW EfficientDynamics systems included. This latest edition car differs from the previous versions as it has a new front bumper with redesigned fog lights and redesigned halogen headlights with an “eyebrow” element. If you specify the optional Xenon head-

lights, this “eyebrow” element features an LEDilluminated light bar. The rear lights and the headlights have also been changed and now give a new, and more detailed, appearance. The biggest change for the BMW 1 Series is that the cars now come fitted with what BMW calls an Aero Curtain. This new feature channels the airflow around the front of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag, with the aim of further improving efficiency. BMW engineers have lots of convertible experience and they say that wheel arches are one of the main areas of aerodynamic drag. They believe that the newAero Curtain is the solution to reduce this inefficiency. The system is developed from racing car technology. The air is routed into

two ducts in the front of the car, which then flows out of a narrow opening at high speed in the wheel arch. BMW claims that this jet of air effectively covers the side of the front wheels like a curtain and reduces turbulence. The good news from this bit of engineering is that the CO2 emissions have been lowered throughout the range. The test BMW 118d I drove is now rated at only 118g/ km, while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2 emissions of 154g/km or below. The six-speed manual gearbox car came with an optimum shift indicator to let you know when to change up or down the gears. I don’t tend to use this feature in many of the cars that I drive, I find that it’s always more interesting if you listen to how the engine performs and keep

a weather eye on the rev counter. Like other BMW models, the 1 Series coupé and convertible also come with other EfficientDynamics measures. The test car 118d model was fitted with Auto Start-Stop, a diesel particulate filter for a cleaner exhaust, brake energy regeneration that lowers the drag on the engine. It also has what BMW call “intelligent alternator control” for more efficient electricity generation in the car for a multiple of functions The car has a responsive electric-power steering that was a dream to use. It corners with a positive feel and has good road feedback, making the car a treat to drive. The test car was an M Sport version, that’s a little special, but with a special price to match. All M

Sport models come with 17-inch light doublespoke-style alloy wheels, door sill finishers with M designation, chrome front exterior trim, highgloss Shadowline window surrounds, M aerodynamic bodystyling, M Sport suspension, runflat tyres, Sport seats and M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel. The shock is that this M Sport is about €4,000 more than the entry model and I am just not sure about the value of that. The look is enhanced, the features make for a more comfortable drive, but then the basic car basically only has smaller wheels and less opulence when it comes to chrome trims. I’m not sure if I would need those extras in what is a super compact sports car, to make a bold summer statement.

Volkswagen’s planned takeover of MAN suffers setback Volkswagen Group suffered a setback in its efforts to create Europe’s biggest truck maker as a European regulator pushed it to drop plans to take control of MAN trucks. Volkswagen has made a €13.8 billion takeover offer for MAN. The move

is part of a Volkswagen Group plan to create Europe’s biggest truck maker by combining MAN and Sweden’s Scania to take on world market leader Mercedes Benz and its next biggest rival, Volvo Trucks. The European Commission said

Volkswagen’s overly hasty grasp for control would breach merger rules. The Commission told Europe’s biggest carmaker to wait for regulatory approval of closer cooperation of VW, MAN and Scania. Volkswagen Group aims to over-

take Toyota as the world’s biggest car maker by 2018. It has been trying to incorporate sports car maker Porsche into its business as a tenth brand, and its chairman has publicly said that he has also set his sights on taking over Alfa Romeo.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS Fifty years a Mercedez-Benz man RoadSigns Road Signs NEW PLASTICS FOR MOTORING: SCIENTISTS in Brazil have developed a way to use nano-fibres from lemons and other fruit plants for a new generation of car plastics. Scientists have demonstrated that superstrong fibres can be harvested from delicate fruits, including pineapples and bananas. These nanocellulose fibres – also known as micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) – are comprised of 5-20 nanometre fibrils, and are nearly as stiff as Kevlar, found in armour and bulletproof vests. One day, these new plastics may be used in car manufacturing – not just to replace current plastics, but to replace the steel parts, too.

ONNIE Moloney, co-founder and managing director of TR Motors, this year celebrates his 50-year career in Mercedes-Benz service. His company, which is situated in the Dublin suburb of Harold’s Cross, is a main authorised service dealer for Mercedes-Benz. From Clonmel, Ronnie began working at the age of 16, taking up an apprenticeship with the then local Mercedes-Benz main dealer in Tipperary, King Keating. From King Keating, he emigrated to Canada, where he worked for the German-owned Mercedes-Benz of North America organisation. Returning to Dublin, he continued to work


with Mercedes-Benz through their Modern Motors, Rialto and B a l l s b r i d g e Mo t o r s dealerships. In 1975, Ronnie cofounded TR Motors Limited, since when the dealership has operated as an exclusive service outlet for MercedesBenz passenger cars.

Prominent location Situated in a prominent location on Harold’s Cross Road, next to the greyhound stadium, TR Motors has enjoyed a distinguished histor y, listing many prominent MercedesBenz owners amongst its client base, including numerous foreign diplomats and embassies. In 1992, the company suffered a major setback when fire destroyed their original premises.

Heartened by the support of all concerned, the company undertook a complete redevelopment to create the modern showrooms and extensive workshop and spare parts facility from which it now operates. Today, Ronnie is supported in the business by his daughter, Louise, son, Gavin, and a staff of 14. Commenting on the milestone and the c o m p a ny ’s a c h i e ve ments over the five decades being celebrated, Mercedes-Benz chief executive in Ireland, Stephen Byrne, praised Ronnie and his team at TR Motors for their “immense technical knowledge, expertise and skill that they bring to the service of Mercedes-Benz customers in Dublin city”.

Ronnie Moloney is celebrating 50 years of service to Mercedes-Benz

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Interview: Edno Cooley, owner of a successful healthcare equipment company

Started his own company at 25 EDNO Cooley, from Cooley Healthcare Ltd, grew up in Wexford and moved to Dublin to go to Dublin City University where he studied biotechnology. He then went into the brewing business, working for a short time for Guinness and then for one of the pioneering microbrewing companies making lager. He now lives in Palmerstown and runs a successful healthcare equipment company in Lucan, supplying equipment to hospitals, nursing homes and private customers. Edno started his own company at the age of 25 in 2000, when, as he says himself “it was easy”. He recently started a new business, Cooley Healthcare Ltd, when it wasn’t quite so easy. Edno says: “It has been really difficult, but we have concentrated on the end users’ needs and found that, by really caring for the patient or client, we earn the respect and trust of the professionals and families involved. “Our business slogan is Quality, Reliability and Care. I believe that this simple traditional code has a very important role in our business and, indeed, in all aspects of life. We treat all of our customers as if they were our own families. We see this as what makes us different.” Cooley Healthcare is a modern, vibrant, caring and professional Irish-owned company that provides a wide range of products. Edno says: “We are trying be as positive as is possible in this difficult time; we just launched a new website, and invested substantially in our branding and advertising. I always compare starting a new business to lifting yourself up by your shoe laces; it seems like an impossible feat, but it can be done. “The Irish Healthcare market is expanding simply because people are living a lot longer, although it is now fiercely competitive. Entering into a new business area at a competitive time has it’s advantages – overheads are lower and customers are more open to changing supplier in search of better deals.”

to buy my own place . I don’t know much about loans etc, so I need your help. I’d love to buy an apartment in the city, but don’t know a lot about how the loans work. Do I just pay back the loan in full or do I have to pay extra for getting it? Any help greatly appreciated. Mark – Dublin 9. A - All lending is based on the ability to repay. Whether you are looking for a car loan, a mortgage to buy a home or even a credit union loan, you have to prove that you can pay back what you borrow. The “extra” is the interest you pay to the lender and their reward for giving you the loan and their interest rate can vary. Home loans are the cheapest type of loan available and, inversely, short-term “unsecured” loans - i.e. no underlying asset that the lender can repossess in the event you fail to pay back - carry a higher rate of interest and, therefore, greater monthly repayments. Buying property has a whole set of rules and regulations, from the method lenders use to calculate your repayment ability; there are two methods – 4.5 times your annual income or the total of all your monthly financial commitments, including the proposed mortgage repayment should not exceed 35% of your net disposable Income – or what you have left in your pay packet after all the taxes, universal social charges and other deductions are made. Remember also, virtually ALL lenders are members of the Irish Credit Bureau and their

Q: What was your first job? A: Farm labourer at 10-yearsold.

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £5. I used to iron my money and keep it in a small suitcase.

Q: When did you start your present job? A: 1999. Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I enjoy the risk and return aspect of running my own business. When it goes wrong, it’s terrible, but when it goes right, it’s fantastic.

Q: What part of your work-

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have little chance of progressing. So, once you have passed this first test – being

ing day do you ‘delegate’? A: Everyone has their strengths, so I do the bits I’m good at and delegate everything else to people who will do it better.

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Football, hurling and rugby. Q: What sport can you play? A: Football and hurling. Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: Pirates of the Caribbean. Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Hopefully David Norris. I love Jedward but...

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eligible to borrow – you will also need life cover

A: Not a lot. I have two companies, a wife, two kids and I’m involved in everything around me.

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously?

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook?

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ing, you should first complete a FULL budget

A: Friends. Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Staying up too late watching television.

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A: On my family.

days. When you are under pressure through business, a wet week in a tent in Longford is fantastic.

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kids on a sunny day down the country.

Mediterranean for a month.

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna?

Q: What would be your dream job? A: I have it.

A: Enda Kenny. He has a big

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job on his hands and I think he might benefit from my advice.

A: I don’t want to retire.

on that mortgage (compulsory on home loans) and at least buildings insurance on the property in case of fire, etc. With apartments, this is norcharge. Before you finally go down the road of buyof expected and estimated costs in buying the property. These include stamp duty (1% of the purchase price under € 1m) and your solicitor’s legal costs (c. 0.5% of the purchase price plus VAT and outlay) not to mention basic furniture, etc. You should also do an annual household budget, so work out the ongoing costs of maintaining a property and living. Good luck. Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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The Maldives offers a holiday close to nature with white beaches and clear blue seas FAMED for its fragile beauty, the Maldives has long been a top destination for those wanting to get closer to nature, offering sugar-white beaches and clear blue seas. However, this tiny cluster of stunning atolls and islands is also one of the most delicate environmentally. Located in South Nilandhe Atoll, Vilu Reef Beach and Spa Resort is a green and fertile resort, which actively protects the local environment through tending to its underwater ecosystem, using locally-grown produce in its restaurants and regularly planting palm trees – promising guests the ultimate in idyllic natural beauty. Vilu Reef is known locally as the “Garden Of Eden” for its lush tropical vegetation and countless coconut palms. In fact, honeymooners staying at this small island retreat are invited to plant a tree during their stay, leaving a small legacy of their stay. As well as boasting over 800 palm trees, one side of this 122-room resort boasts a protected lagoon and the other has a beautiful reef, with a greater variety of corals and reef fish than in any other atoll. Even the accommodation at Vilu Reef is inspired by nature, offering understated laid-back luxury and traditional thatched roofs. As 99% of the Maldives’ low-lying coral islands are covered by sea water, climate change and rising sea levels are of great concern for its people. Vilu Reef’s sister resort, Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort, has, therefore, set up a number of initiatives to protect its abundant coral reefs and wealth of endangered sea creatures – from manta rays to turtles. To stay in this stunning eco-friendly resort, Trailfinders is offering seven nights at Vilu Reef Beach and Spa Resort from €1,619 per person (saving over €140 per person), based on two sharing. Available for selected departures in October, the price includes return flights from Dublin, Cork or Shannon via Heathrow and Doha with Qatar Airways, accommodation in a garden villa on a full-board basis, resort seaplane transfers, taxes and surcharges. For more details go to / 01 677 7888 / 021 464 8800.

A little slice of designer heaven waits for you in Galway city ANITA WARD

SINCE it opened, the g Hotel in Galway has received a fairly healthy list of awards to its name, everything from topping hot lists, receiving design awards, to their best chef and prestigious top Irish destination awards – fair enough, but I was hoping this didn’t mean they thought they didn’t have to try anymore. That certainly wasn’t the case. To say the g doesn’t disappoint is an understatement; the large neon sign in the black marble reception area that reads, “This must be the place” rings true. I couldn’t wait to see the famous decor by Philip Treacy – oh, the glamour! I even brought three pairs of shoes for one night to make sure I was keeping up with the style. Taking your city break in Ireland affords that convenience of hopping in the car, filling the boot with your wardrobe and hitting the motorway and in no time you are at your destination. Galway is only a mere two hours from Kildare, motorway all the way, and the g Hotel just lies on the edge of Galway city. Just a few short miles, but right beside the Lough Atalia, giving you a wonderful sense of being away from it all. Our room was breath-

taking, with one whole seems to have lost over contemporary fine-dining portion sizes and side entirely of glass that the years. We headed back to hoped he wasn’t going overlooks the stunning lake. Luxury oozes from the g to relax in one to leave hungry which ever ything, even the of the many reception in turn, means grumpy. Luckily, there was a bedside lamps resemble rooms – cue a change of delicious sounding fila Philip Treacy glamor- shoes. There are three vary- let of beef dish with a ous hat creation. The decadent style of ing styles of room to duck ravioli which he this place doesn’t com- choose from – the ambi- instantly eyed up, and promise on comfort, the ent gold Grand Salon, he also chose a smoked room just embraces you the quirky Pink Room or t u n a s t a r t e r w h i c h in every way and the the eclectic Blue Room. comes with an almond bathroom, with its free- I made myself comfort- quiche. I also chose a standing Villeroy and able in the Pink Room fish starter of sea trout Boch bath, just calls to much to OH’s joy. The with a fennel broth and you to relax and enjoy atmosphere is great, a chicken main with with people enjoying a gratin of apple and yourself. While I was oohing pre-going out cocktails potatoes. I love that each dish and ahhing at the decor, and it seems to be the comes with a recomthe other half (OH) was place to be seen. A f ter some lovely mendation of wine and impressed with the flatscreen ambient light TV spiked (alcoholic) cof- I opted for the wine and the fact there was a fees, we headed back that accompanied my flatscreen TV intergrat- to the room for another main. OH ordered a ed into the wall in the change of shoes, and pint of Bulmers – pure --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

‘The decadent style of this place doesn’t compromise on comfort, the room just embraces you in every way and the bathroom, with its free-standing Villeroy and Boch bath, just calls to you to relax and enjoy yourself’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------bathroom – he was one happy man. We headed into Galway city, which was just buzzing; it really felt like it has survived the recession – and was in fact having a party to celebrate. The streets are filled with independent shops, busy with customers and tourists, while the big name high-street brands are still there, Galway seems to have retained a sense of self that Dublin

outfit this time, and strolled down to the Matz Restaurant for dinner. The restaurant was also buzzing; there were families celebrating alongside groups of Itgirls sipping champagne in the latest fashions, and couples enjoying an intimate date. The compact menu has a great variety of choice – OH is a purely meat-andtwo-veg man and I worryingly thought about

fine dining darling, the staff didn’t bat an eyelid and it was brought straight away, ice cold – they were in his good books. T he star ters were light and packed with f lavour, the fish was cooked to perfection and, best of all, the food came out piping hot, nothing worse than warm-going-cold fish. The presentation of the food was like the hotel itself, every last detail was

The g hotel offers the

accounted for and created an impact. The beef came perfectly cooked to a request of medium rare, and, I was told, melted in the mouth. My chicken was succulent and juicy, the potato and apple gratin was complemented with a sprinkling of creamy goat’s cheese – divine. The wine was light and fresh like the dish and I was told the Bulmers hit the spot as well. Desserts are equally impressive; I was also treated to a sample of a new dessert wine to accompany my star anise dessert and OH stuck to the Bulmers while he demolished a stunning chocolate fondant creation. OH announced he was actually stuffed – result, fine dining doesn’t have to mean mini-food on a giant plate. We retired to the Pink Room again for some bespoke g

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TravelBriefs Royal wedding fever hits Edinburgh as Zara Philips to wed rugby player, Mark Tindall ROYAL wedding fever is set to start all over again when Zara Philips, daughter of Princess Anne, marries rugby player Mike Tindall in Edinburgh on July 30. Edinburgh might seem like a surprising location for a royal couple to tie the knot, but the low-key princess is actually following in her mum’s footsteps when she married her second husband Cmdr Timothy JH Laurence, a British naval officer in the Scottish capital in 1992. While the wedding won’t have the pomp and pageantry that accompanied Kate and William’s big day in April, the majestic surroundings of Scotland’s royal city are sure to provide a dramatic and romantic setting for the couple’s big day. To celebrate the first royal wedding in Scotland for nearly two decades, VisitScotland has put together its top royal hot spots across the city. Log on to for further information and the best value deals on accommodation and visitor attractions in Scotland this summer.

Visit Orlando – The perfect fun family destination HOME to the world’s top amusement parks and attractions, Orlando, in Florida, is the perfect destination for a family. Explore what Orlando has to offer and enjoy everything from Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios Orlando to SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland Florida. GoHop has some great family offers at the moment. Stay for seven nights at the three-star Champions World resort from €2,589, or at the three-star + Radisson International Drive from €2,729. Alternatively, stay at the four-star Doubletree by Hilton from €2,789 The package includes return flights from Dublin, airline taxes, accommodation for seven nights based on two adults and two children (under 12). Offers are based on two adults and two children and are valid for travel August 2011. Visit for information on the ideal holiday for you and your family.

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TRABOLGAN Holiday Village in Cork has welcomed the latest edition to their Holiday Park, “Fudge” the beautiful new baby Tawny Owl. Fudge is now six weeks old and can be seen by the public at the Birds of Prey Educational Centre, located in the main centre at Trabolgan. Fudge will join a host of other birds at Trabolgan this season, including Brendan, the native peregrine falcon, Sundari, the stunning Black Shakeen; Morgan, the native kestrel, and Oscar, the European Eagle Owl. The new Birds of Prey Educational Centre opened at Trabolgan earlier in the season and offers families the chance to learn about birds of prey and to raise awareness of the indigenous species and environmental issues involved in their protection and conservation. The Birds of Prey Centre is open daily to resident guests and day visitors. Visitors also have the opportunity to “Fly Your Own Hawk” during the visit.

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GoingOUT GoingOUT MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Port Authority Leading Irish dramatist, Conor McPherson, brings his hit play Port Authority to the Mill Theatre for two nights on July 15 and July 16, directed by Peter Reid. First staged in 2001, Port Authority became a resounding success with its story of three interwoven lives and the challenge of relationships in modern day Ireland. Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 at 8pm. Admission: €18/€15

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Plaza Suite Rough Magic Theatre Company Theatre’s Plaza Suite is one of Neil Simon’s most poular and celebrated plays. The play focuses on the misadventures of three very different couples as they face important moments in their lives, all in the same hotel room in the world famous Plaza Hotel. Laughter is guaranteed with this witty, funny and clever play. Wednesday July 13 - Saturday July 30 [excl. Sundays], please note that Thursday, July 14 is a preview preformance. Mon-Fri: 8pm and Sat: 3 pm and 8pm. Admission: €17.60/€18/€20/€22/€25.00

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 The blonde, brunette and the vengeful redhead Seen as a cross between Desperate Housewives and CSI Miami the play – set in Anytown, Ireland – tells the story of Rhonda Russell. After a call from her husband for 20 years telling her that he’s leaving her, the story unfolds in a quiet suburban neighbourhood where friends and strangers are drawn together and relationships fall apart. Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at 8.30pm. Admission: €16/€14

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Desmond Kenny - Past and Present Dublin 15 based artist Desmond Kenny is showing both old and new work at Draiocht this summer as he is welcomed to both the ground floor and first floor. The artist has had an active relationship with the centre for the 10 years it has been open, holding a solo show there in June 2001. This will be the first big exhibition of Kenny’s new venture into abstract painting. Kenny’s new work tries to tap into the childlike creativity that breaks free from art history by removing all figuration from the work. His earlier figurative work will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery at the same time. Until Saturday August 27. Admission: Free

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 Ballet Workshop - The Jays on Treasure Island Ballet Ireland’s Annual Summer School launches a new voyage of excitement and discovery embarking on their 11th expedition, The Jays on Treasure Island. It promises a fun-filled week with workshops which will develop into the highlight of the week; a performance held onstage for family and friends. Monday, July 18 – Friday July 23. Admission: €165 per child or €300 for 2 children from the same family.

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 John Spillane John Spillane, twice winner of the Meteor Award in the Best Folk/Trad category, will be playing at the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre. His music spreads joy with entertaining stories, poetic tunes and melodic lyrics. With several albums under his belt, his platinum-selling album ‘Irish Songs we Learned at school’ being just one of many, and another to be released later this year, John seems to embody the meaning of real, traditional Irish music. John Spillane promises to bring you along on a journey with his emotive songs and make it an evening to remember. Friday, July 15 at 7.30 pm. Admission: €18.

Mr O’Brien (Bradd Pitt) tries to impress upon his sons the importance of being civilised, upstanding citizens, as well as being dutiful and obedient sons, in The Tree of Life. However, tragedy, and the struggles of family life, are themes that will return to haunt his adult son’s life.

Full of leafy, lofty ideas No, we don’t mean our reviewer, Kate, who is back from her holidays without a tan, but with a review of The Tree of Life Q KATE CROWLEY

READERS! I’m back! Back from my early summer sojourn, which was largely spent watching a red-faced Mr Crowley enthusiastically attempting to erect a familysized tent in one rainsoaked spot after another, while Crowleyetta and I checked into any nearby B&B instead for some TLC (and a change into warm, dry clothes away from awash Wicklow campsites). Did you miss me, dear readers? Well, I missed you both, too, almost as much as I missed my official review and/or family trips to the cinema or screenings, all in a bid to tell you what’s on. And, as I’m still in a holiday mood, with a few grains from the golden sands of Fundoran still caught between my dainty toes, here’s a quick aside on an interesting cinema trend.

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Tree of Life ++++ (12A) 138 mins Director: Terrence Malick Starring: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Sean Penn, and lots of strikingly memorable shots

OUR VERDICT: MAVERICK director, Terrence Malick has returned with another rare, and rarefied, film, which has received boos from some audiences, and standing ovations from others. On one hand, the film is about a decent family growing up in a long-gone 1950s’ Americana setting; on the other, it muses on the meaning and evolution of life itself. Many superb shots certainly make it a film to remember, says Kate.

Has anyone been to see 3D films recently? Anyone? It seems that Hollywood big-wigs are beginning to question the financial returns on this fad, with audiences beginning to fall away, following an initially enthusiastic takeup of this new tech. Heavens knows why. After all, who doesn’t enjoy paying up to a fiver – or more – extra per 3D cinema ticket to wear uncomfortable glasses for upwards of two hours, staring at a darkened, slightly-defocused image in the hopes of possibly,

maybe, perhaps seeing one or two shots that seem ever-so-slightly three-dimensional? Oh. Hmmm. I seem to have answered my own rhetorical question there. And, judging by the halfdeserted 3D films I’ve watched recently, it’s possible that The Gazette won’t be featuring many more in issues to come. And now, my review. (Some may be expecting it to be on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but a scheduling malfunction in the postholiday Crowley household is seeing my review

kicked back to next week instead, folks.) This week, in my shortest ever review, I’m recommending a slightly artsy film, and – Wait! Come back! The Tree of Life is not exactly a popcorn-pusher, seeing as it’s a film that asks lots of questions, poses some interesting points for the viewer, and then, umm ... well, that’s about it. Unconventional points are raised, and cinematic questions are posed, but, like a hazily-remembered dream, a clear reality is never quite to hand. It’s a hard film to sum up, being one that, at its heart, follows an ordinary family growing up in a long-lost 1950s’ Americana; as alien a landscape to modern audiences as, well, some of the other desolate landscapes that are visited in this film. At its simplest, The Tree of Life tells of a stern father, Mr O’Brien (Brad

Pitt), who is doing his best to raise three children, with Mrs O’Brien (Jessica Chastain) adding a softer touch to his upright, uptight parenting. In later life, a son, Jack (Sean Penn) seeks some familial reconciliation and a personal understanding of his almost idyllic, yet edgy, childhood, seeking to understand himself, his father, and the O’Brien family’s place in the universe. However, The Tree of Life also jumps far beyond its 1950s and modern-day settings – in fact, it also jumps back millions of years, interested in not just the highly personal tale of a family’s evolution but – perhaps – in the evolution of life itself. Full of outstanding cinematography, yet coupled with subject matter that is likely to confound, confuse, irritate and delight in equal measures, The Tree of Life could be a real grower for many ...

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Google steps up battle with Facebook ADAM MAGUIRE

OVER the last few years Google has been trying everything to out-fox Facebook. It created the confusing Google Wave, the uninspiring Google Buzz and is even rumoured to have tried to simply buy out the massively popular social network. N ow G o o g l e h a s unveiled its latest - and arguably most significant - step against Facebook. Google+ is a social network that marks a massive change in the way the search giant works. If it succeeds it will restore Google as the king of everything online; if it fails it could ultimately drag the whole company down with it. So, here is everything

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you need to know about it before you dive in.

How it works Any user of Facebook will see a lot of similarities when they log onto Google+ first (which might be hard to do for now as it is invite-only at the moment). You can link up with friends, post status updates and pictures and share things in an instant. How it differs from Facebook Google seems to have spotted a lot of the things that are wrong with Face-

book and put their solutions at the heart of the Google+ design. For example it allows you to differentiate between people you connect to, so rather than tagging them all as friends you can put them into “Circles” according to your relationship. So you can have one person as a friend and another as an acquaintance. You can also put people in multiple groups if they happen to be, say, a friend and a work colleague. From that you can easily decide what circle you share what piece of information with. So your rant about your job can be seen by your family but not your boss. Users can also video chat easier with people they connect to, some-

thing Facebook does not yet offer, and is more transparent when it comes to privacy.

Why it might succeed Google has put a lot of effort in to getting this right. They have clearly learned from past mistakes and some of the features of Google+ are really compelling. While the company is absent from social networking it still has a lot of clout generally and, if anyone is going to take on Facebook, they certainly have the resources and skills to do so. Why it might fail The best-designed social network is only as good as its user-base. Google has millions of people logging on every day but there is no guarantee that they

will jump to Google+. The one thing people will ask is: “Why join this when I’m already on Facebook?” and they need a good answer to that. Likewise, the last thing they want is someone signing up, finding no one to interact with and leaving straight away.

avoiding the mistakes of the far-too-small-to-use netbooks of the past and giving the user plenty of screen and keyboard real estate while still being portable. T h a t said it is still very

Samsung NF210 netbook

NETBOOKS have been somewhat overshadowed by tablets lately but Samsung’s NF210 does its best to catch the user’s eye once more. With a striking curved shape and a striking gloss body (in this case a bright white), the Samsung NF210 certainly looks the part. It is a nice size too,

much a netbook, for better or for worse. It has no CD/DVD drive and is relatively low-powered. Indeed, it still has much the same specification as the netbooks that were around a few years ago, bar perhaps the Windows 7 install. It is still a nice, wall e t- f r i e n d l y c h o i c e ,

especially for students and young users, however. It does the trick for most basic tasks like checking e-mail and typing documents, while its near 11-hour battery will keep users online for more than enough time. It is a bit of a shame that netbooks have not advanced all that much in the last two years. However, it is questionable whether they need to. The NF210 does a good job of arguing that they do not. The Samsung NF210 is available from €330 before P&P Visit for the latest tech news, reviews and views.


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Young hockey representatives claim victories

IRELAND’S young hockey stars enjoyed a fine week last week when the U-18 girls and both U-16 groups had successful international series against Celtic rivals. The U-16 boys claimed an intense three-nation series in Paris, playing four games in quick succession against France and Wales, eventually taking the laurels on goal difference. They began the compe-

tition with back-to-back wins over Wales, starting off with a 3-1 success, one which could have been won by a greater margin. That was proved in the second tie as they stormed past Wales on day two by a half-dozen scores, in which there were first international goals for Mark Loughrey, Lee Cole, and Jack Ryan, all from St Andrew’s. That win came on day two of their trip, giving them just a few hours to

rest before playing against the tournament hosts, France. The strain of two games in a day proved too much for the lads but there was enough in their 3-2 loss in a more physical match to suggest they could turn the tide on day three. Luke Madeley of Three Rock Rovers and Wesley were on the mark. With the tournament decider again against France, Ireland saved their best for last, with an

The Ireland underage hockey sides were victorious against French and Welsh opposition

emphatic 7-2 victory. The U-16 girls, meanwhile, hosted Wales and notched up three consecutive wins. Thirteen year-old Kathryn Edgar, Elaine Carey and Alex’s Millie O’Donnell were to the fore, with a couple of goals over the course of

the Belfield games, which provided valuable match practise for the young side as they make tentative steps toward the 2012 Europeans. The Irish U-18s ran up three big wins over France in Belfield. In game one, they came from a goal

down to win the first of their three games with France. Emily Beatty from Old Alex made the game level in the first half before an excellent Rebecca Barry touch gave the girls in green the lead. Joanne Orr and Katie

Mullan also weighed in to secure a 4-0 success, all the goals coming from open play. And the series ended as it had started, a 5-1 success with Leinster youngsters Beatty, Erika Hinkson and Lisa McCarthy scoring four of the goals.

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Happy camper, Lennon Gill

Stars of Erin Success at Cul Camp week of fun

Everyone’s a star... All the participants who took part in the week-long camp

HE recent Stars of Erin Cul GAA Football Camp was a huge success with nearly 50 kids attending this year. The week-long camp was enjoyed by all the kids, which included the camp’s youngest ever attendee, Jesse Duffy, who is only turning four in August and showed some of the older team mates a thing or two. The camp was run by David Gill, the camp co-ordinator along with coaches, Erin McDonnell, Eamonn Roe and Stephen Davis. Cul Camp will hold another week-long camp, running from August 2 to 5.


Coaches and participants all smiles as the camp begins

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Students get an education in LoI


Martin Russell, manager of League of Ireland side UCD, is giving back to his young stars the lessons of his footballing life, ROB HEIGH discovers Grange pair take 2011 A LOT of players travel a long way in their soccer careers, and eventually return to their roots when it comes to the next phase of their careers when their playing days come to an end. Someone who did just that, and who is making a difference to the culture and results at UCD is Lucan resident, Martin Russell, the former Manchester United apprentice who has worked, at various times, under the stewardship of Ron Atkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, David Pleat and reknowned Irish coach, Noel O’Reilly. “Most footballers who go through their playing career and end up on the coaching side of things will take things on board that they’ve experienced.

At all the clubs, I’ve tried to take on board everything I’ve found useful, and I’m trying to implement them now at UCD. “From grassroots up, from having Noel O’Reilly, to Eric Harrison at Manchester United, and learning from the likes of David Pleat and Ryan Hamilton at Leicester, all gave me lots of good teachings and good philosophies on the game.” From those esteemed guardians, Russell has learned a great deal and brings that wealth of experience to the young players at UCD, where he started coaching in 2005, before being offered the manager’s role in 2009. That first season proved a baptism of fire for the former Belvedere player,

UCD in action against St Johnstone

as the side had just been relegated from the top flight of the league of Ireland, but he performed what many considered was a miracle when the

ers as a back-up plan if their soccer career doesn’t work out, which is vital.” That grounding for young players is coming earlier and earlier, by vir-


‘UCD is different. Players get an education, as well as first-team experience. I think that’s an ideal vehicle for their future career.’ --------------------------------------------------------

team bounced back up immediately, and have remained in the top flight since then. “In 2009, we had a very young squad, and they were not expected to come back up, and it was great to achieve that. To go on and stay in the top flight last, and this season, is great credit to the group of players we have.” UCD have a quite unique ethos in League of Ireland soccer, as their player base is made up of players involved in its highly-regarded scholarship scheme, which gives players the chance to combine senior football with the opportunity to earn a college degree. “UCD is such a good club for young players. When I went to Manchester, at the time, there were very few full-time set-ups in Ireland. “What we’ve tried to establish at UCD is a fulltime outfit, and providing an education for the play-

tue of the fact the team needed to field an Under19 team last season. “What’s happening at the moment, we have players on scholarship, who come in when they’ve done their Leaving Cert. But, this season, with the need to put together an Under-19 team, we needed to be signing players who were still in school, and creating pre-scholarship agreements for the Under-19 squad. “For the players who sign at that young age, they have access to the high-performance unit, for strength and conditioning, and they get to see what life at the club is like. “The UCD structure means that we don’t pay players, the remuneration is the scholarship. After that, we would like to keep some of the good players to help the younger players as they come in. “When we got the team up from the first division

and stayed up, they all acquitted themselves well, and the really good ones were offered contracts elsewhere. “We lost a lot of players last year, and we would like to be able to produce some strength and depth at the club, keeping players involved.” With that in mind, Russell is clear about the team’s short-term goals and the benefits of forthcoming matches against top-flight opposition. “Our whole goal is to remain in the premier league next year, and the friendlies against St Johnstone and Villarreal are great experiences for the players, lining out against seasoned professionals from these clubs.” UCD, for Russell, is a great place for new players to develop their future careers, as he did, under the watchful eye of a seasoned professional. “There are so man strengths in Dublin football that I see when I go around the city and look at players. However, as Dublin is filled with only so many clubs, teams will go after the same players. “What we think is that we at UCD are different. UCD can fulfil a player’s needs, that they get an education, as well as firstteam experience. “For the young player, I think that’s the ideal vehicle for their future career,” said Russell.

Father & Son title at Castle Golf Club

MICHAEL and Michael Cronin, from Grange Golf Club, were the victorious familial pairing who won the 2011 All Ireland Father and Son classic at Castle Golf Club last week. Over 500 golfers, representing more than 100 different golf clubs, participated in the qualifying rounds of the tournament, the biggest open event on the Irish golfing calendar. Sixty-four pairs qualified for the matchplay stages of the event, which commenced last Monday and ran every evening during the week. In the final, held on Sunday, the Michaels defeated Brian and Gavin Whittaker, of Elm Park/Milltown on the 18th green.

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Seven titles for DSDAC at juvenile All-Irelands DSDAC claimed seven medals last weekend, with a massive half dozen coming on Sunday alone, at the Juvenile All-Ireland championships, held in perfect conditions in Tullamore. First up was Joe Halwax, who won the U-15 250m hurdles in 34.06 seconds. He was followed by Marcus Martensen who was first in the U-17 400m in 50.64. Multi-award winning Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner won the U-17 800m in 2:13.27 and Megan Ryan won the girls U-18 3000m in 10:59.35. Another regular medallist Joe Dowling got the silver medal in the U-19 400m in 49.12 seconds, while Ella Fennelly won bronze in the U-16 800m in 2:21.89. On Saturday, medals proved harder to come by with standards sky-high. DSD’s only medal winner was Joanne Healy, who won silver in the U-18 2000m steeplechase in a time of 9:16.56. There were near misses for Niamh Gowing in the girls’ U-13 80m hurdles, (10.46, -0.2) and Jade Leahy in the girls U-17 100m (12.62, -0.2). Elsewhere, plenty of records tumbled. Fellan McGuigan continued a fine family tradition of throwing with an excellent win in the U-16 hammer. He showed his form in the very first round with a throw of 69.35m, well over the record 67.78m of Ian McLoughlin in 1992. He improved his best to 70.13m in the second round and had his best throw of the day, 70.74m in the third round. He followed up with throws of 69.77m and 70.74m to round off a great day for the London based youth. Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) produced another fine performance to win the U-18 400m hurdles, over four seconds clear of his nearest rival. His time of 53.2(h) improved on the record set by Padraic Grealey of 53.7 in 1985. Kiely followed up with a win in the 400m in a time of 50.81. Kiely’s Ferrybank clubmate Ciara Giles Doran was equally impressive in winning the girls U-17 300m hurdles in a time of 41.84, to smash the record of another Ferrybank athlete, Megan Kiely, who clocked 43.59 in 2010. Another record fell by the wayside in the girls U-18 300m hurdles where Claire Murphy (St. Laurence O’Toole AC) won in a time of 43.35, inside the 43.9 time of Suzanne Cummins set in 1994.


Wayside Celtic proved once again how tight the LSL Senior Division is when they won the title by one point

Wayside go all the way

WAYSIDE Celtic are celebrating a double success after picking up their fifth LSL Senior Division title, as well as retaining the Noel Ryan Cup in the 2010/11 season. It is an excellent achievement for the senior side, and one which manager Peter Lennon is rightly proud. “Overall, it’s been a great year,” he told GazetteSport. “To win the league was everyone’s goal at the start of the season so, obviously, we were delighted to achieve that.” The competition at

this level is always stiff and this season was no different. “We won it by one point. It’s our fifth league title and we’ve won all of them on the last day. “That’s how tight the league generally is, it’s very competitive. At the end of the day, it can only be a result either way.” Success has been built on a tradition of good community spirit and willingness to chip in. “We have a cohort of people who work all the time and have done so for years. Some of us are here nearly 40 years, since we were schoolboys. “I have to say the community is very good;

Golden Eimear claims US medal: Paralympic star BALLINTEER’S Eimear Breathnach

was one of four Irish paralympians who travelled to Milwaukee for the US Open table tennis event last week. Eimear won the gold medal in the Women’s Class One/Two event, and played well in the team event. Ireland brought home five medals in total, with another gold for Philip Quinlan, as well as silver medals for Rena McCarron Rooney and Ronan Rooney, who also claimed a silver with Quinlan in a men’s team event.

when we need people to row in on an occasion they do that. “There are always people who will come in to help out.” There are also big plans for the future: “We’re keeping the fundraising going for the new ground. “We have an all-weather surface opening on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. That’s the next stage done then. “We have lights on the main pitches and the two all-weather surfaces which give us the option of playing midweek games and rotating between Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”

It’s not the only place where the future looks bright; the club is also thriving at under-age levels. “The younger teams won three or four leagues and two or three cups as well. We have some good players coming through.” Again, the schoolboy structure has very much a community focus. “We want to stay local; there are enough local kids to make up teams,” maintains Lennon. “If you’re taking kids from other areas you’re taking them from other teams. This thing of poaching players at schoolboy level is wrong. “You could have a very good side with local kids

and if one or two better players are poached the whole thing could collapse. I wouldn’t be a supporter of that. “There is tremendous work being done by people and an awful lot of it goes unrecognised because they’re not winning things all the time. There must be 300-400 kids there.” Lennon is looking forward to trying to continue the success: “The aim has to be retain; you have to be looking to win trophies. “New players come in every year who have never won anything. So they want to fulfil that ambition too.”

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD NAOMH OLAF Dates for Summer camps: July 18 to

tember 2, and the cost is €1,000 per

22, Gaelic football/hurling; August

table of ten. The event will be hosted

8 to 12, multi-spor ts camps. All

by Marty Morrissey and the theme

camps are open for boys and girls

is Celebrating Dublin Hurling.

from senior infants to 6th Class.

The record of Club members who

Times 9:30am to 2pm, Monday to

have played for Dublin, football,

Friday. Cost €50 per camp.

hurling or camogie teams since

A school of excellence for boys and

1981, is on display in the clubhouse

girls born 1996 to 1999 (inclusive)

until July 30. Members are asked to

will be held August 15 to 19, from

inspect the record to ensure that it

10am to 1.30pm. Please note that

is accurate, before it is published in

this is a training camp, and not a

a history of the club.

Summer Camp. Training will be con-

Congratulations to Philip and

ducted by inter-county players and

Cathy Byrne, Marley Court, on the

coaches. The cost is €50 and partic-

birth of a baby boy, Ronan. A first

ipants will receive Naomh Olaf gear

child for the couple and a grand-

unique to the School of Excellence.

child for Liam and Maureen Byrne,

Details are posted on the club web-

Kingston, Ballinteer.

site where a registration form may be downloaded. The annual corporate lunch will be held in Croke Park on Friday, Sep-

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 15, 18 and 29. Next week’s jackpot is worth €1,600.

Round Towers’ experience took them into the final after a tense encounter with Crokes. Picture:

Experience key as Towers reach final DUBLIN LADIES S/F Kilmacud Crokes Round Towers

0-4 0-8

ROUND Towers reached the last stages of the Dublin intermediate ladies’ football final after a frantic final ten-minutes saw them go clear of Kilmacud Crokes at Silverpark. T his low-scoring encounter proved far more interesting than the scoreline would suggest, as there was total commitment by both sides from start to finish with the visitors securing victory in the last ten minutes. Round Towers found it easier to make space early on but the forwards were off target, missing six good opportunities in the first half. An early sin-binning saw Towers given an early opportunity, but they only registered a single point in that time, when Dublin senior B player, Natalie Behan, struck on eight minutes.

The numerical advantage switched after 15 minutes when Towers lost a player, and a pointed free by Martha Mullins levelled matters after fifteen minutes, but that was as good as it got for Crokes in the first half. Four well-worked chances were put wide towards the end of the half. At the other end, Emily Hamill was proving a handful for full back Philippa Greene, and after 17 minutes, shrugged her challenger off and shot over the bar when a goal looked a certainty. On 24 minutes came the score of the match when right half-back, A n d r e a B owe we n t on a solo run from her own half and tidily dispatched the ball between the posts.

Dominating All-Ireland medal winner, Maria Kavanagh, and Suzanne Murray, were dominating defensively, while at the

same time pushing forward in attack at every opportunity. Likewise, Ciara McGowan and Bronwen Keirnan for Crokes were overlapping regularly, but all to no avail. Deep into injury time, Hamill found a half yard, turned sharply and, from close-range, popped the ball high and over the bar when a goal chance beckoned. At half time, Towers led by 0-4 to 0-1. Into the second half, and Crokes upped the ante. A point after four minutes by Aoife Gallagher reduced the deficit to two, and five minutes later it was down to the bare minimum when good combination play between sub Ciara Williams and Martha Mullins saw the latter bisect the uprights. Again reduced after a yellow, Towers scored two quick points from Hamill and Catherine Roche. With ten minutes left, Crokes finally got

behind Towers’ defence and, when full forward Therese Casey looked like getting an all-important goal that would level matters, she went for a point, having been put off by an attempted foot block by goalkeeper, Caitriona McGrath. But the referee pointed to the penalty spot and McGrath handed over her goalkeeper’s jersey to centre forward, Hannah Tyrell. Up stepped Louise Byrne and struck the ball to the left of Tyrell but the sub keeper anticipated correctly and saved comfortably. The opportunity was gone and it was Towers who finished the stronger and wrapped up the game with late points from Ruth Collins and Catherine Roche. A late, pointed free by Aoife Gallagher improved the look of the scoreboard for Crokes. The team with the more experienced players had battled though to a final meeting with Clontarf.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S WELL done to Robbie McDaid (cap-

teams through to league finals.

tain) and Aran Waters, part of Dub-

Senior A, B and junior A and B hurl-

lin’s minor football championship

ing teams all had good wins. Senior

win - a Leinster double.

footballers also had good win over

Appreciation to the Boden Walk-

St Jude’s.

ers for their contributions to Our

The application forms for the

Lady`s Hospice, Harolds Cross. The

School of E xcellence cour se in

final total of €1,440 was raised over

August for players on teams from

a very busy walking week.

Under 12, 13, 14 and 15 in all four

Well done to Senior B camogie team on capturing OZO Summer Cup

codes are now, as are Summer camp details.

with a fine win over holders Porto-

The annual golf classic will take

bello. Well done to management,

place on Friday, September 16 in

Jimmy Galavan, Trish Cantwell and

Edmondstown Golf Club.

Dolores Greene. Congratulations to the senior A ladies’ football team on reaching another county final where they will play Na Fianna. Well done to both minor hurling

Club lotto due to re-star t on Monday, July 18. See website for details. There is a special Summer camp website this year-

STARS OF ERIN JUNIOR As won the Conlon Cup on

Tuesday last for the third time in 12

Well done to Wanderers’ Under-12

years. Congratulations to the man-

players Anne Whelan and Jordan

agement team and captain Darren

Harding who represented Dublin in

Delaney, and all involved.

the mini-game at half-time during

Both junior teams in Champion-

Dublin’s Leinster senior football

ship action at Frank Kelly Park this

final on Sunday last at Croke Park.


Ann did brilliantly outfield while

Junior Bs are in championship action at Frank Kelly Park this week

Jordan pulled off a string of great saves in goal.

v St Enda’s on Thursday, throw-in

There was no winner of the lotto

at 7.30pm and all support welcome.

jackpot. Numbers drawn were 11, 13

Due to unprecedented demand, a

and 17.

second Summer camp will be held

€25 goes to Joan Teeling, Paul Cul-

between August 15 and 19. Contact

len, Catherine McBride, Martin Gal-

Niall for more details and applica-


tion forms on 086 885 7303 or juve-

Next week’s jackpot is €1,600.


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The King speaks of Davis Cup win


Barry King won the vital match at last weekend’s Davis Cup tie against Tunisia in what was the most pressurised game of his career

Local star enjoys ‘dream weekend’ as he helps Irish tennis maintain Group Two status in tournament STEPHEN FINDLATER

BARRY King described his Davis Cup success last Sunday as “a dream weekend” after he defeated Tunisia’s Anis Ghorbel in straight sets in dramatic fashion at Riverview to secure Ireland’s place in Euro/Africa Group Two. It was a memorable night for Irish tennis as, with Conor Niland leading the charge, they recovered from a 2-1 deficit, with Knocklyon’s King eventually sealing the deal. And, speaking to the Gazette in the aftermath, King admitted it was one of his biggest days in his career to date. “I played college tennis in Notre Dame and on the circuit but nothing like this with everything on the line. In front of the home crowd and the expectation. I’m elated, still absolutely buzzing.” King was a late call-up to play in the singles

having originally been called into the Ireland squad to play in Saturday’s doubles tie. James McGee, though, picked up a bug while playing in Morocco and was ruled out just two days before Friday’s first leg. King was also laid low with a hip injury but was cleared to play and stepped into the single’s breach. Initially, playing in that tie was a tough introduction but it improved dramatically after a chastening 6-1, 6-1, 7-5 setback to the world number 293. “I was struggling and wasn’t very good on Friday, getting hammered but it ended as a dream weekend “It came down to 2-2 and I was pretty nervous but I played the match of my life. As you can imagine, it was an unbelievable feeling and great celebration. “If we lost, it would have been a disaster, going down to group three of the Davis Cup, which is full of weak teams, and would have destroyed all

the good work done by Conor Niland, getting Irish tennis out there at Wimbledon.” Having seen Niland move into a strong position in his tie, King says that he did become nervous knowing that his tie would be decisive. It made for a fascinating, if slightly gut-wrenching first set, from the crowd’s perspective, “I was really emotional when Conor went up two sets and knew the pressure would be on me, so I had to get my head together and stay calm. “I got really nervous and the first set was crucial. There were some unbelievable points in the tie-break but once I got it, I used the crowd and the other guy’s spirit was broken. I kept going and going and eventually got the win, which was unreal. “If I lost the first set, the other guy’s confidence would have gone up. He was a real momentum player, it would have been tough going. I’m just delighted I got the first set, and the rest is history.”


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