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A CITY UNDER WATER: Send your flood pictures, to

Hurling: Boden’s Maguire claims his AllStar honour Page 32

Sports Awards: October nominees are announced Page 29

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ....................10 MOTORS ........................18 BUSINESS .................... 21 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

SPOOKTASTIC FUN: Your guide to Dublin’s creepiest ‘haunts’ See P4

Tributes paid to heroic Garda Jones Q DAWN LOVE and MICHAEL


TRIBUTES have been paid to the heroic Stepaside Garda who tragically lost his life on Monday night after his body was swept into the Liffey near his home after he attempted to warn fellow motorists not to cross a bridge. Justice MinisterAlan Shatter described Garda Ciaran Jones (25) as a “dedicated member of the Stepaside Garda Station”,

adding that his “courageous actions were in the finest tradition of the Garda Siochana”. Fellow Dublin South Fine Gael TD, Olivia Mitchell, said: “It is simply tragic that Garda Jones, only starting out on his career, has been taken away from us in such a way. “He has died in the most heroic way, although at this time this is little comfort for his grieving family, who are foremost in my thoughts.” Dundrum flooding, Page 8

Engaging smiles: At an event to encourage public involvement THERE were big smiles from Isabelle

Blanco and Martha Haering at a fundraising discussion forum with a motivational edge held recently at the Irish Management Institute. With several experts – AKA The Pink Tank

– on hand to encourage people from all kinds of backgrounds to become more involved in public life, there was a high turnout for the event, from business to social entrepreneurship. See Gallery on Page 10

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WORKS Council’s pipes replacement project set to hit milestone this month

Water mains contractors to reach 100km mark Q DAWN LOVE

THE mammoth task of replacing the antiquated watermains system in Dublin and its surrounding areas will reach the 100km mark this month. T here are more than 9,000km of watermains in Dublin and, since the rehabilitation project started in 2007, 100km of old mains have been replaced, and 11 million litres of water per day that was leaking through the old water mains has been saved.

Since work commenced in 2007, the Dublin Region Watermains Rehabilitation Programme has replaced corroded and leaking pipes across Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, including Blackrock, Mount Merrion, Deansgrange and Monkstown. The mainly Victorian watermains have been replaced with new heavy-duty polyethylene pipes. An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor John Bailey, said: “The Dublin Region

Watermains Rehabilitation Project is making tangible progress to reduce Dublin’s water leakage, and saving the 11 million litres of water per day that were previously leaking through the old watermains is equivalent to the water needed to supply 27,000 homes. “The 100km of leaking watermains that have so far been replaced across Dublin is the equivalent of the width of the Irish Sea from Dublin to Holyhead. “This is a great achieve-


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ment, and I thank motorists, residents and business people for their co-operation during these vital works,” he said. Every day, Dubliners use 510 million litres of clean drinking water – that’s equivalent to 204 Olympic swimming pools. Alongside continuous maintenance and repairs

work by the local authorities in the Dublin region, there will always be a need to replace watermains, due to their age and wear and tear. Dublin City Council, who manage the project on behalf of the local authorities, says that even if it continued to replace 60km of watermains

per annum indefinitely (which is the minimum level required to continue to reduce leakage), based on current population levels and economic activity, rehabilitation alone is not enough to ensure a sustainable future water supply for the Dublin region, and an alternative water source is required. This project is managed by Dublin City Council on behalf of the local authorities in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Bray.

Models Georgia Salpa and Rosanna Davison help Emer O’Connor tee-off at Rainforest Adventure Golf


‘Ancient’ mini-golf is centre’s newest hit Q DAWN LOVE

A tram to remember: Celebrate the area’s rich literary heritage FAIR City actress, Margaret Twomey (left), donned period costume to help promote the upcoming Meet the Writers – All Aboard the Dalkey Tram literary event. WB Yeats and Maeve Binchy are just two of the writers set to be featured in the event, which will take place at 8pm in Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre on Saturday, October 29; Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31. Selections from the writers’ work will be woven together by “Tim, the Dalkey Tram driver”, who – allegedly – knew all of these writers as he travelled back and forth from Dalkey to Dublin, and all stops in between. Meanwhile, live musicians will feature through the live theatre performances, while a duet of dancers from Damhsa Dance Company will complete the show. Meet the Writers will give you a taste of the broad sweep of the work of the award-winning writers, which led to Dublin securing the prestigious designation of UNESCO City of Literature. Admission costs €15.

A STATE-of-the-ar t mini-golf-themed indoor venue opened its doors at Dundrum Town Centre last weekend. At more than 16,000 sq ft, Rainforest Adventure Golf is a purpose-built, high-tech facility that will be the only themed indoor mini-golf venue of its kind on such a scale in Ireland. The new facility will house two 18-hole South American-themed mini golf courses in a rainforest setting; one “Aztec” and the other “Mayan”. Both courses weave through lush tropical

foliage, authentic Mayan/ Aztec carvings, and animatronic special effects. Meanwhile, the Canopy Cafe will stock icecream from Ben & Jerry’s, and will offer organic Fair Trade coffees, speciality teas, snacks, and souvenirs. The cafe will cater for birthday parties, corporate events and all types of get-togethers, from casual to black tie. WiFi will allow visitors to stay in touch with the outside world. T he new, indoorthemed venue is the brainchild of businessman, Ross Ivers, who said it was on a wet Irish holiday with little to do

for the kids that he felt something like the Rainforest Adventure Golf would work in Ireland. “Similar leisure concepts are very popular in America and in Britain, but there is no themed indoor venue like this in Ireland.

Got idea on holiday “It was on yet another wet Irish holiday, with little to do for the kids, that I thought something like this would really work here. “ T h e r e a r e m a ny indoor play venues around for younger children, but it’s baffling that, for such a wet country as Ireland is, there is still

so little variety in indoor venues which also cater to older children, teens and adults. “Rainforest Adventure Golf is somewhere that all age groups can spend time having fun together, no matter what the weather is like outside,” he said. The venue is located at Dundr um South, Level 3 and opposite the entrance to the Tesco car park. It can be accessed from the main shopping centre on Level 3, through the main doors beside Tesco. Rainforest Adventure Golf will be open seven days a week, from 9.45am to 11pm.

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SPORT White Flag celebrates high standards

Awards for centres Q DAWN LOVE

FOUR leisure centres run by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leisure Services (DLRLS) have scooped the ILAM White Flag Award for 2011. Glenalbyn, Loughlinstown, Meadowbrook and Monkstown received the top award last week following an external audit. Meadowbrook was also was awarded the White Flag of Excellence, a new award that reflects the

Ceremony: InterTradeIreland’s Acumen and Fusion graduate programme SEVEN GRADUATES from Dublin were among 63 participants of

InterTradeIreland’s Acumen and Fusion graduate programmes being honoured at the 2011 graduation ceremony which took place in the UCD Memorial Hall in Dublin recently. At the graduation, InterTradeIreland announced that of the 2011 class, 44 graduates had been offered permanent positions by their host SME companies. Through InterTradeIreland’s Fusion programme, Michael O’Shea (above) from Glenageary undertook an innovation project with J&P Best Farms and Gavin Galligan (inset) from Foxrock worked with James Hackett Ltd (Fusion).

Aldi opens a new store in Sandyford Q DAWN LOVE

SUPERMARKET chain Aldi opened its latest store in Sandyford last week, creating 15 new jobs. The new store is situated at The Boulevard at Rockbrook in Sandyford and brings the total number of Aldi stores in Ireland to 85. Speaking at the opening, Rod Harte, manager of Aldi Sandyford said: “Each Aldi store we have opened so far has been a fantastic success and we are looking forward to serving the local Sandy-

ford community.” The company said it was committed to growing its Irish supply base and increasing the number of Irish products available throughout its Irish stores. Almost 50% of all grocery sales at Aldi are generated on products bought from Irish suppliers, producers and manufacturers. Meanwhile, Aldi’s fresh meats, fresh poultry, eggs, bread, flour, and many of its teas, coffees, soft drinks, waters and snacks come from leading Irish

suppliers. Aldi’s Irish suppliers won more titles than the suppliers of any other retailer in Ireland at both the 2010 and 2011 Blas na hÉireann National Irish Food Awards, netting a total of 28 awards. And to top it all off, the company said its Irish suppliers also performed strongly at the prestigious Great Taste Awards in London this year, picking up 21 titles, while three of Aldi’s Irish cheeses received awards at the 2011 Irish Cheese Awards.

centre meeting a higher standard of excellence. Speaking to the Gazette, Tom Mowlds, CEO of DLRLS said he was “especially proud of the standard and awards our centres achieve when audited by external organisations”. Opportunities

“The audit covered all areas of the centre operations, and reflects the work centre managers and staff do on a daily basis to provide quality,

affordable leisure sport and healthy living opportunities to the community we serve,” he said. “The Gold Standard award for disability provision – and the first award in this category for Loughlinstown – highlights our commitment to all members of our community,” he said. Meanwhile, Meadowbrook, Loughlinstown and Monkstown were awarded Disability Provision awards, with Meadowbrook and Monks-

town reaching the gold standard, and Loughlinstown receiving a bronze award. DLRLS were also awarded the Staff Training Ethos Award. Commitment

Launched in 2001, the ILAM White Flag Award is the quality mark that all leisure facilities must strive to achieve, and highlights the leisure centres’ commitment to achieving the highest standards of quality in the leisure industry.

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SCARY STUFF A Gazette guide to Halloween fun around Dublin

GHOULISHFUN Join in Airfield’s annual Halloween celebration IN Dundrum there will be a Halloween Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 29, between 12-4pm at Airfield. Join in Airfield’s annual Halloween celebration for all the family, an unmissable day of fun and seasonal activities to celebrate the festival of ghosts and ghoulies. There’s lots to enjoy, including a special Halloween trail, the chance to make a miniature ghost and a live ceili. For the past two years, Airfield has asked people to come along and help build scarecrows at Hallowe’en. Now Airfield wants you to take their place! They would like you to come along dressed as a scarecrow, with families of scarecrows particularly welcome. You can come along as any type – the more weird and wonderful the better! There will be spot prizes for the most imaginative costume in different age categories. Price included in entry fee to the walk. Season ticket holders come free.

ENTERPRISENEWS Join the one of the Enterprise Board’s Business Networks and move your business forward! In addition to being a very cost-effective way to market your business, networking is a proven way to extend your business reach and build professional relationships. By learning to introduce yourself and what you do succinctly in a business environment you will perfect your sales pitch and open up opportunities to do business. Self Employed? Want to meet new business contacts? Want to receive expert advice on developing your business? Your local Enterprise Board runs three business networks to help and support businesses . Guests are welcome at any of these networks free of charge for first visit and they are run in the evenings 7pm to 9pm in the Stillorgan and Killiney areas. START will bring together new or early stage businesses for structured learning and networking and give you the opportunity to promote your business and expand your network of contacts in a supportive environment. If you are starting up or in the early development stages this is the network for you. Enterprising Women is for female-run businesses across all sectors. Each meeting features a speaker or workshop on relevant business challenges in the current environment. This network will help you to exchange ideas, build linkages and share experiences with other female entrepreneurs. Trading Post is a B2B network for owner managers of all types of businesses and will introduce you to a wider group of business contacts while helping you overcome business challenges with practical talks and workshops. Each network has its own members-only social networking site which provides an additional opportunity to build contacts and win business online. For more information visit the Enterprise Board’s website: or Contact Angela Tynan, / 01 4948400

Haunted Forest this Halloween at Marlay Park ON Sunday, October 30, Marlay Park will be a FREE fright-fest of spooky thrills and chills for Samhain hosted by DLR Events. Families flock to Marlay Park in their Halloween costumes every year for a spooky walk through the haunted forest with ghosts and ghouls and frightful sights! The haunted woods are not for the faint-hearted and, in 2011, are longer and bigger with spooky characters, scary noises and eerie fog! The Haunted Woods will be open between 4pm and 9pm. Entry is FREE. The walk is approx 1.5km long and is on a path suitable for buggies/wheelchairs. Halloween costumes are recommended, but this is an outdoor event so warm clothing is recommended.

A Trip to The Hellfire Club GUIDED Trip to The Hellfire Club Monday, October 31. Bus Leaves from the Square Luas Stop at 5pm SHARP. Age 12+ Advance Booking Essential and is €3 per person. Contact Alison 0868516669 / Paula 0868292443

Local legend believes the Devil’s Mill, known at Shackleton’s Mill today, is where Luttrell wagered the devil that he couldn’t build the mill in a day

A look at the area’s most haunted sites Q LAURA WEBB

AS the nights get longer ghosts and ghouls from around the world get ready for another frightful night this Halloween, so the Gazette has gathered together some local scary stories to get readers ready for October 31. The holiday that celebrates the dead has a number of different traditions associated with it, including trick or treating, bonfires and costume parties, but one thing that everyone loves about it is ghostly stories of haunted houses or places near and far. Here are some frightfully good stories from places more close to home across Dublin. In Dublin West, the Strawberry Beds has many a story of ghosts but there is only one true villain and that is Henry Luttrell. He is said to have sold his soul to the devil, and was a member of Dublin’s most known paranormal club – The Hellfire Club.

Luttrell was a supporter of King James I of England. Once hailed a hero after fighting in the Battle of the Boyne, his life soon spiralled downwards following a wave of deceit and treachery. After his death, there were many street ballads about his string of mistresses and

build the mill in a day. To his anger, the devil placed the last stone on one of the tallest mills in Liffey Valley. Years later, the Devil collected his debt at The Hellfire’s Club, but Luttrell – devious in his ways – tricked the Devil by pretending his shadow, cast


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his out-of-wedlock offspring. Doubts over his allegiance to Ireland were confirmed after he was court marshalled for treachery after given vital information about a ford on the Shannon during the Siege of Limerick. But, connections with Patrick Sarsfield saved him. Local legend believes the Devil’s Mill, known at Shackleton’s Mill today, is where Luttrell wagered the devil that he couldn’t

from candlelight, was the real Henry Luttrell. As the Devil grasped the shadow, Luttrell escaped. In 1717, he was shot dead. Noone was ever convicted, as there were too many people with a motive to assassinate him. Nearer to the coast, Malahide Castle has its fair share of mysterious sightings. One such story is of the White Lady. For years, the portrait of a beautiful, unidentified lady hung in the Great Hall of the Castle. The

artist is also unknown. Wearing a white, flowing dress, legend has it that she would leave the painting to wander the castle on quiet nights. She has been spotted by a number of people over the years and is now known as the White Lady. Meanwhile, Cabinteely House in South Dublin was built in 1769, by Robert Nugent, Earl Clare. The 18th-century house has been associated with some strange happenings. It has been said that staff in the house have, over the years, encountered some ghostly experiences, with footsteps coming up a long corridor toward a room where staff were working. The footsteps stop outside the door, and when the door was opened, no one was to be seen. No one is sure who it might be, but it’s thought it may be the gardener [of Robert Nugent], Postule who was arrested in 1798 and tortured and hanged.

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FLOODS Council is accused of failing to help local residents

Chaos in Dundrum after deluge Q DAWN LOVE and MICHAEL HANNAN

PARTS of Dundrum came to a standstill after the east coast was swamped by 80ml of rainfall on Monday afternoon. The rainfall caused huge hardship for local residents, some of whose homes flooded. Parts of the M50 were closed, and extensive flooding on roads in the Dundrum and surrounding areas caused massive traffic tailbacks for commuters on Monday evening and the following Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, management at Dundrum Town Centre were forced to close the exclusive

southside shopping mall after 10cm of floodwater come through the store’s entrances and windows. The flooding of the centre made international headlines after video footage of it was posted on YouTube. Met Eireann confirmed that the rainfall set a new record for a single 24-hour period during the month of October. A helpline provided by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) failed for approximately one hour on Monday evening, due to what the council said was the sheer volume of incoming calls. Labour councillor Grace Tallon accused the council of failing to help

and support Dundrum residents. She said: “I was walking around in knee-deep flooding, and we knew before close of business that this was coming. “I appreciate that they [the council] had everybody out, but people whose houses were getting flooded couldn’t get through to anybody on the council helpline.” She highlighted the problem of blocked drains as being possibly a major contributing factor to the flooding. “There’s a massive problem, in that it’s not just a case of fallen leaves, but the drains are blocked and it needs to be sorted. “This has been going on for years, and nothing’s

For many in south Dublin, like these Leopardstown Inn staff, there was nothing for it but to grab brushes and do their best to beat back the water. Picture: Geraldine Woods

been done, and it’s come to a point where it’s just not good enough,” said Cllr Tallon. When contacted by The Gazette, Frank Austin, director of Water Services at DLRCC, said that, following unprecedented levels of rainfall, the council’s engineers were analysing the full extent of the deluge, area by area, across the county.

He said that reports sent in by the public had been “absolutely critical in gaining an overall understanding of the impact” of Monday’s events, and said the “drainage intrastructure in the county found it difficult to cope with such levels of water”. In anticipation of Monday’s rainfall, he said that crews had been deployed since the previous week-

end to clear drains and gutters in any identified hot-spots. “Additional crews were also brought in from across a number of service areas to work with the Emergency Services on Monday night, and to assist with the huge number of reported incidents,” he said. Cllr Tallon said she believed there was a “lack

of manpower” on the council’s side to deal with a situation such as this. “At least if residents can feel that they’re getting through to somebody, and that they know what’s going on, that’s alright, but people weren’t answering the phones. “I appreciate that the council had as many people out as they could, but I just don’t think that things were put in place early enough during the day to make the situation better for people whose houses were getting flooded. “I feel that they could have put some sandbags in place earlier on in the day and, then, long-term they need to sort out the drains,” said Cllr Tallon.

PLANNING NOTICE DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN COUNTY COUNCIL I Benn Handley of Pizza Express intend to apply for planning permission to display advertisements for development at Milano, Civic Square, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 14, for the following a) 2 x face illuminated built up roundals and b) 3 x reverse applied frosted vinyl decals.The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission / observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the Planning Authority. 13871

PLANNING NOTICE DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN COUNTY COUNCIL Retention Permission sought for 2 no. side by side projecting solar panels located on top of existing flat roof dormer window (incorporating alterations to elevations) and ancillary works to dormer residence at No 9 Embassy Lawn, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 by Mr Arthur W. S. Cater. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of the Planning Authority, Dún LaoghaireRathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin during its public opening hours 10am to 4pm Monday - Friday excluding public holidays. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Signed:- Flynn Marron Architectural Services, 41 Bridge Street, Cootehill, Co Cavan (049) 555 2766 13910

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ENTERPRISE Hand-made wares at DLR Pop-Up shop

Avoca all set for outlet’s opening

Showing the skills of local artisans Q STAFF REPORTER

SOME of the finest handmade holiday gifts will be available to purchase at Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLRCC) Pop-up shop, just in time for Christmas. For the next month, three local artists will be based at the Pop-Up store – Studio 3 – with an array of unique Christmas gifts on display. Printmaker, Fan Regan; milliner, Laura Cassidy, and jeweller, Christina Goldston will be at the shop until Sunday, November 27. The Pop-Up shop, a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council initiative, is situated opposite the People’s Park on George’s Street, and has been showcasing local talent since last April. Laura Cassidy completed a master’s degree in millinery at The Royal College of Art in London, and gained experience working with a diversity of hat designers, such

as Philip Treacy, Misa Harada and Fred Bare. Laura established Laura Cassidy Design in her home town of Dublin, and set up her website, www.lauracassidydesign. com. Her millinery collection consists of a range of eye-catching hair accessories and fascinators. The range of daywear hats combine traditional shapes and fabrics with new design ideas, and contemporary materials. Presented alongside the millinery collection is a line of contemporary hand-made jewellery. Laura makes each piece using a combination of Swarovski crystals, pearls, semi-precious stones, sterling silver and other beads and findings, resulting in a rich and varied collection of delicate and feminine pieces. A bespoke service is available for exclusive items, which can be custom-designed and made to order. Meanwhile, native New Yorker and gemolo-


THE Avoca chain will open their tenth outlet in Ireland when they will launch a new Food Market and Salt Cafe in Monkstown in early November. The new outlet will have two areas – the Salt Cafe and a Food Market. The Salt Cafe will serve seasonal dishes, with largely indigenouslysourced ingredients.

Above and below, right: This model displays some delicate and striking ChristinaBelle Jewellery pieces

gist, Christina Goldston’s passion for jewellery has taken her on a 20-year journey, from working with her family in their Brooklyn Fine jewellery business, to grading diamonds at Tiffany & Co, New York, and working with Appleby’s and Boodles here in Dublin. She now travels the world, sourcing inspiration and materials to create her ChristinaBelle Jewellery Designs (with her website available at w w w.christina-belle. com). Featuring semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, crystals and metals such as sterling silver, oxidised silver, and gold vermeil, the collec-

tion offers something for every woman – from classic, vintage-looking pieces to cutting-edge design. Finally, The Printing Rooms (whose online site is www.theprintingrooms. com) love print, from the design, to the creation of the print, through to the finished product. Throughout the month, hand-printed linen canvases and cushions by Fan Regan, creator of The Printing Rooms, will also be available to purchase at the pop-up store. For more information about Studio 3 and its artists, visit it at; follow Studio3.popup on Facebook, or follow @studio3popup on Twitter.

New experiences Besides the familiar Avoca food hall, deli and salad bar, the Food Market will offer a whole range of new food experiences under one roof, including fresh fruit and vegetables, its own specialist craft butcher and a French-style rotisserie. Partners include Artisan Foods, who will be looking after fresh produce, and Poulet de Bonne Femme, with a chicken and duck rotisserie in-store. The Salt Cafe’s head chef, Mark Macgillicuddy, has previously worked with Dylan McGrath at Mint. The menu will include plenty of salads and lighter lunch dishes. Dinner will be served on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will feature steaks from the in-store craft butcher’s own farm; fresh whole fish done on the char-grill and rotisserie duck.

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TRANSORT Almost 400 cyclists a day using inbound track

100,000 cyclists pass N11 cycle counter Q DAWN LOVE

IT ONLY got under way last January, but already 100,000 cyclists have passed the cycle counter on the inbound track on the N11. The operation commenced last January. It is the first cycle counter of its kind introduced in Ireland, and was funded by the National Transport Authority. Over the nine-month period, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

County Council said there was a daily average of almost 400 cyclists using the cycle route. Almost 90% of all weekly trips take place Monday to Friday, with 57% of these trips between 8am and 10am, mainly consisting of commuters and students. The highest recorded days since the counter was installed occurred towards the end of September, with 833 cyclists recorded on September 27, and

876 cyclists recorded on September 28. The council said Tuesday is the busiest day for cyclists on the cycle route. The data is obtained by detector loops, located on the cycle lanes, and then passed on to the counters. The cycle numbers and trends can be monitored over the longer term via the internet. Speaking to the Gazette, Fianna Fail councillor Cllr Gerry Horkan said: “I welcome the

high numbers of cyclists using the N11 route on a daily basis, as indicated by the cycle counter. “Overall, it shows the great work being carried out by the council to promote cycling and to improve cycle facilities throughout the county, in particular the cycle track upgrades along the N11.” It is planned to introduce further cycle counters in the county in 2012.

Talking it out: Impressive words at a debate THE recent Belvedere Junior College Mace debating competition, organised by Belvedere College and sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice, saw the speakers deliberating over a number of fascinating topics. Participants included students from Wesley College in Ballinteer and St Mary’s College in Rathmines, with the overall winner coming from Castleknock Community College. RTE’s Brian Dobson chaired the event,

and complimented the teams on their engaging debates, which were delivered with thoughtful points. Pictured are Belvedere Conveners, Barry Maguire and Cian Henry; Turlough Galvin, partner, Matheson Ormsby Prentice (competition sponsors); Nadia Armstrong and Alex De Valera, Wesley College; Brian Dobson, RTE, debate chairman and Belvedere Conveners, Rian Hayes and Conor Browne.


Call for bonfires not to be used to dispose waste Q DAWN LOVE

WITH just days to go before the Halloween celebrations get under way, local residents and businesses in Dun LaoghaireRathdown (DLR) have been urged not to use bonfires to dispose of household or hazardous waste. The warning from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) comes after a major public awareness

campaign was launched by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council about the dangers associated with bonfires. Fines

With many people now collecting materials for use in bonfires, the EPA said that only someone with a waste collection permit is allowed to stockpile waste. The agency said that breaches of waste regula-

tions can lead to fines of up to €3,000. Gerard O’Leary of the EPA said: “Halloween is a fun time of year for everyone but should not be used as an excuse to burn waste. The EPA wants everyone to enjoy a safe and happy Halloween, so it is unfortunate when some people use this festive time to dispose of waste illegally. “We want to remind people that Halloween

should not be used as an excuse to burn waste. Burning waste in this way contributes to over half of all dioxin emissions in the country. “It is important that people in DLR know the dangers of burning materials such as tyres. Burning these and other waste materials causes the release of dioxins. This creates a real hazard for people’s health. “In addition, it’s illegal,

and can result in prosecution by your local authority. People need to remember that burning household waste in your back garden, fireplace or a waste burner can lead to a fine of up to €3,000,” he said. Backyard burning, and unauthorised bonfires, can be reported to the local authority or to the national lo-call “Dump the Dumpers” phone line at 1850 365 121.

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ENTERPRISE Experts’ advice on community involvement

Olivia Scanlon

Joining in The Pink Tank for motivation

Isabelle Blanco and Martha Haering. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

USINESS people, entrepreneurs and community-minded citizens were encouraged to “think pink” and join in with a fundraising discussion forum with a motivational edge at the Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford recently. Held in aid of the Rosemont School


Orla Higgens

Development Fund, the evening saw Nicola Byrne, Orlaith Carmody, Theresa Lowe and Linda O’Shea-Farren – aka The Pink Tank – come to the IMI to help encourage men and women of all backgrounds to engage more in public life, such as in the community, in business, in media or in social

entrepreneurship. Drawing upon their notable experience in broadcasting, journalism, media, politics and business, The Pink Tank experts shared their insight and advice, underlining some serious points with humour and wit, and helping to foster an upbeat, highly-focused feeling to the event.

Nicola Byrne, Theresa Lowe, Orlaith Carmody and Linda O’Shea-Farren

Geraldine Whelan

Elizabeth Mulvin and Margaret Kelly

Carol Hanna

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TRICK or treat, what to eat? There is something scarier than witches and ghouls this Halloween. It is the amount of sweets and chocolate that we eat. It’s not only children who aren’t afraid to overindulge in candies and chocolate, ninety percent of parents admit to occasionally dipping into their kiddies’ stash. Maybe this fact should scare us more than the ghosts. Do not fear. There are ways to banish those sugar demons and have

a healthy Halloween. Pumpkin, nuts and kale are all traditional Halloween foods that are nutritious and provide a healthy alternative at this time of feasting. Pumpkin contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is a rich source of dietary fibre, monounsaturated fatty acids and anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of the skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin

for vision not to mention an excellent source of poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds like alpha and beta carotenes. The B-complex group of vitamin-folates, niacin, pyridoxine, thiamine and pantothenic acid are also in this Halloween staple. Pumpkin is a rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack rich in zinc, which nourishes the brain. They also contain magnesium, which helps muscle, nerve, heart and bone function and help

As well as making a great Halloween decoration, pumpkin is a very healthy food

the body generate protein and absorb energy from food. Peanuts are rich in energy and contain many health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, anti-oxidants and vitamins that are essential to optimum health. They are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help to lower LDL or bad choles-

terol and increase HDL or good cholesterol. These nuts are a good source of dietary proteins with amino acids that are vital for growth and repair of body cells. They contain high quantities of minerals, such as copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Just a handful of peanuts a day provides the recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and protein. A word of warning though – honeyroasted and sugar-coated should be avoided, choose whole and raw instead. Finally, Kale is a dark

green leafy vegetable that is a traditional part of the Irish Halloween feast. It is used in a potato dish known as colcannon. Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K and a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C while being low in sodium. If you really can’t fly away on your broomstick and crave something sweet, the traditional Irish Halloween fruit cake, known as Bairin Breac, is a nutritious and delicious alternative. For a healthy, happy Halloween why not try this spicy pumpkin dip? Served with warm pitta.

Spicy Pumpkin Dip 1½ cups canned pumpkin puree 1½ cups canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons tahini, sesame paste 1 clove garlic 1 teaspoon cayenne 1 teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt and pepper In a food processor, blend pumpkin and chickpeas until fairly smooth. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth, season to taste.

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GazettePETS PETS Dealing with those pesky parasites Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


S an animal welfare education officer, I’m asked a variety of questions regarding all sorts of health queries concerning dogs, but the most popular one seems to be: “Do I need to de-worm my puppy/dog and how do I do it?” So, with that in mind, I thought I’d focus this week’s column on worms - one of the most common health problems affecting dogs and why it’s important to try to eliminate the risk of your pet being infected by them. Before we start, please bear in mind that parasites or worms are very common in pets; especially those who live closely with other animals or who roam freely, ie. hunting dogs, as this makes them more susceptible. Remember many internal parasites have intermediate hosts; animals or insects that ingest or harbour the early stages of development and then pass the parasite onto your own family pet. For example, tapeworms are carried by fleas and heartworms are carried by mosquitoes. So, below, are your FAQs and my attempts to answer them. I hope they prove helpful.


It’s very important to try to eliminate the risk of your pet dog becoming infected with worms

Is it important to de-worm? Absolutely. What about puppies? No matter how healthy mom is, her puppies are highly likely

to have worms. This is normal and treatment – under veterinary advice – should be carried out from as early as two to three weeks, depending on the health status of the animal and the product being used. --------------------------

‘The most important thing to remember is to do the followup treatments’ --------------------------

Always, always, check with your vet and follow his/her advice and instructions to the letter. When the puppy has reached three months, he should be wormed every four weeks until he reaches six months and then he can be treated as an adult. Again, it depends on the product and health status of the animal and I recommend you seek the advice of your vet and don’t purchase so-called over-the-counter medications as they are never strong enough to eliminate all parasites.

How often do I deworm an adult dog? Again this depends on the risk factor and status of the dog. If, for example, you have a nice little house dog who hardly ever goes outside to play or dig and is only ever walked on a lead and never mixes with other dogs; then the risk is low and my advice would be to de-worm this animal

every three months, but, again, check with your vet. If, however, you’ve right little rascals like mine who are forever foraging, digging, running through the woods and getting up to all sorts of activities, then prevention is better than cure and, depending on the time of year and their activities, I usually de-worm my babies once a month but never allow it go any longer than three months. You see, every dog is different, but the most impor tant thing to remember is to do the follow-up treatments because the first dose kills the worms that are living, the second kills the ones that have developed since the previous treatment.

How do I know if my dog has worms? Well, in order to be certain of an infestation and type, a fecal examination needs to be performed. If you feel unable to do this yourself, then visit your vet with a fresh sample of your dog’s poo. However, here are some guidelines. • Bloated stomach – often visible in puppies that’ve been infected from their mother. • Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger, weight loss – all signs the parasites are stealing your pet’s vital nutrition. • Diarrhoea – containing blood • Worms visible in vomit • Worms visible in dog’s poo • Worms visible in dog’s

fur or around his ear area – tapeworms can appear as moving segments which can dry out and resemble grains of rice.

What types of worms are likely to affect my dog? Round Worms: The most common type of parasite. They can be life-threatening but are usually not considered as dangerous as hook worms, which can cause bloody diarrhoea and dehydration. Very common in warm, moist weather. Both round and hook are transmitted through poo, so it’s important to keep kennels and gardens clean. Tape Worms: Can be transmitted through the infestation of a flea. Effective treatment is available from your vet. Heartworms: Carried by mosquitoes. These are an insidious insult to the circulatory system, heart, lungs and kidneys of the poor infected animal. If your dog has an active case of heartworm, I recommend an immediate visit to your vet for treatment and he/she will most likely prescribe annual blood tests. Remember, my advice is only a guideline and is not a substitute for professional veterinary care. If you have a concern about an animal in your care, contact your vet. For more information, log on to our website at or email me at Miriam.kerins@

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Coldplay shine in the light of reflection Q ROB HEIGH

THERE are some bands that everyone loves. There are some bands everyone hates. And then there’s Coldplay. Having divided music fans since 2000, Chris Martin’s band of brothers tend to fall into the Marmite hinterland for bands. But anyone paying attention at this year’s Glastonbury festival on the Friday and Saturday would have seen something quite remarkable and that should give an indication of how far Coldplay have come, 50 million record sales not-

withstanding. On the Friday, the palapable sense of expectation around U2s’ set, delayed a year after Bono’s back problems forced them to pull out, fizzled out pretty quickly when the first half-hour of their set turned into a blatant advert for the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby (coming to a record shop near you in all formats, music lovers!) As Bono ad-libbed lyrics straight from his teleprompter, the deflation felt immense. A career-defining moment to bookend the period from their appearance at Live Aid went AWOL. Saturday saw the other

“biggest act in the world” take to the stage and, frankly, Coldplay smashed it. Ninety glorious minutes saw a confident band play their biggest hit second in the setlist, and included an unfamiliar selection of songs from an album that would not see the racks until four months later among their singalong classics. U2 should consider their time with the torch over. And at last, those four months have rolled around, and Xylo Myloto arrives with as much fanfare as vitriol poured upon it’s graffiti-adorned sleeve. Five albums in and they

are still doing what they do better than almost anyone else, reaching the parts few other acts can in this day and age. The first six complete songs (the record features interludes and motifs that introduce and preface tracks) are those that anyone who saw Coldplay over the summer at one of the many festivals that they appeared at across the world will recognise. The euphoric Hurts Like Heaven and Every Teardrop, the songs that opened and closed those performances are pop classics, while Charlie Brown and Major Minus are stand-outs in their

Coldplay have produced another collection of engaging pop classics

own right, alongside the new single, Paradise. As for the newer songs, the one that will get the most attention will undoubtedly be the collaboration with Rihanna, which is a huge grower. To the haters, get over yourselves. No one else does Big Music this well.

Yes, there’s not much substance in the lyrics; yes, it’s unashamedly poppy; yes, it is populist and connects with huge numbers of people. So what? People enjoy what they do and while the record is a step forward, it’s not a massive one - but when it’s not broke, why fix it?

If I had one criticism, it’s the fact that the huge sound the band create live, and especially the piledriver drumming of Will Champion, is a little diminished in the mix. They are a revelation in a live setting, and here’s hoping they make a return to the O2 soon.

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY A special edition of the popular YSL Touche Eclat IT’S THE multitalented highlighter that hides a multitude of sins and, for this season only, the legendary Touche Eclat is to don a velvet strip in a special edition that celebrates the history and beauty of the YSL tuxedo look. With its unique formula, Touche Eclat sculpts the features and banishes shadows in a stroke. With just a few sweeps of the brush, the face lights up with radiance. Launched in 1992, Touche Eclat has never fallen from its pedestal, with one sold worldwide 20 seconds. And if you fancy discovering new ways to apply this magical pen, why not check out the Touche Eclat website, Available at YSL counters nationwide whilst stocks last. Recommended Retail Price: €35.

Give dry, irritated skin the heave-ho and go organic I’VE always been conscious of ingredients in cosmetics and skincare ranges, probably ever since I read beauty journalist Josephine Fairley’s book, Organic Beauty. Since I’ve become a mum, I’ve become even more conscious of what I put on my skin and my family’s. Now, one of my favourite ranges, Burt’s Bees has launched a new Sensitive Skin Care Line. It’s an ideal range for people who tend to react to various ingredients or products, or whose skin feels tight and sensitive or, indeed, can be dry and irritated.

Burt’s Bees has launched a new Sensitive Skin Care Line

Packed full of gentle, skin-friendly and distinctly formulated with cotton extract, rice extract and aloe, the new range includes a Soap Free Facial Cleanser (€12.95) that has been clinically

proven to moisturise sensitive skin, while gently cleansing away dirt, oil and make-up without drying or causing redness or irritation. Meanwhile, the Daily Moisturiser (€17.95) has

also been designed to leave your complexion nourished and protected. Other products include a lightweight Eye Cream (€17.95) and Night Cream (€17.95).

All products from the sensitive range are soapfree and fragrance-free. Burt’s Bees new Sensitive Skin Care Line is available from pharmacies and health stores nationwide.

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Edited by Dawn Love

Let your complexion glow this winter with Karora THE days of slathering yourself in primitive fake tanning creams are long gone and, thankfully, many of the products now on the market leave you with a healthy, glowing complexion rather than the tangerine shade of old. Natural

One of the latest creams to come on the market is Irish brand Karora’s organic Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser with Barrier Cream. Combining leading-edge skincare with advanced tanning ingredients, this delicious new cream will leave you with a natural golden radiance, while protecting your face

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against the cold and windy Irish winter. Formulated for all skin types, Karora’s Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser has an array of special ingredients, including jojoba oil to guard and protect the skin against environmental stress and it is rich in natural nutrients. Meanwhile, Karora’s signature ingredient, argan oil, has a naturally high concentration of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which alleviate dry skin and rough patches. Argan is rapidly absorbed by the skin and provides a high-level of balanced moisturisation to help keep your skin

protected, energised and glowing. With advanced organic tanning ingredients, it develops over one to two applications per week. Verdict

My verdict? Well, as a mum of a 17-monthold toddler who had a bad dose of teething last week, I looked like I had a month’s sleep after just one application. Definitely one for the Christmas stocking this year! Karora is available at Unicare, McCabes, Sam McCauleys and Independent Pharmacies nationwide, or you can shop online at

One of the latest creams to come on the market is Irish brand Karora’s organic Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser with Barrier Cream

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs IN RECESSION, SUPER RICH BUY A ROLLS: SUPER rich people across the world are investing in Rolls-Royce cars as a means of beating a possible global recession caused by currency fluctuations. The BMW-owned luxury British car brand has reported full order books. The company is operating three production shifts to meet demand, according to the company CEO Torsten MuellerOetvoes, in an interview with Automotive News Europe. “The Rolls-Royce brand holds its value. We represent a valuable long-term asset, particularly in times of uncertain investment opportunities,” Mueller-Oetvoes said.

Peugeot’s 508 brings MICHAEL MORONEY

gives his view on the new, spacious Peugeot 508 SW EUGEOT’S new 508 is a spacious and solid looking car. The car has been designed as a purpose-built estate, and that gives it a presence and standing on the road that’s volumes ahead of the previous 407 model. The comfort levels are good and there’s plenty of space on board, from the large boot to the rear seats. The car has a solid, functional feel to it that was made special by the

P The new estate version of the Peugeot 508 called the SW has great looks, good economy and reasonable pulling towing power, with an entry price of €30,600

extra features included in the test car. The inside is made feel more airy with the panoramic sunroof that runs the length of the car, well almost. This is a standard feature as the car is available with the Active specification as the entry level. This has an electrically operated curtain on the inside if the high light gets too much for you. That’s not likely to happen between now and

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style in SW format next May, so I opted to keep it open for much of the test drive. Sometimes it’s the little things that attract me to a car. The bits that you take for granted include good comfort, economy and road-holding where you never feel nervous and they are a feature of this Peugeot 508 SW. Then there are the extras and, for me, a coffee cup holder is a must, as I do a lot of driving each week. And there are two on the dash of the Peugeot 508, which fold out of the way when not in use. And they are mounted high enough that you are not bending down to find that cup. Peugeot offers two engine choices for the car. I had the bigger 2.0litre turbo-diesel version

SPECS: PEUGEOT 508 SW 2.0 TDI Top speed: 210 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 10.1 sec Economy: 20 km/litre (5.0 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 125g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Euro NCAP Rating: 5 Stars (2011) Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €30,600

on the road for a recent test drive. There is a difference in power and pace from the bigger engine version, which adds about a little less than €2,000 extra to the price. Opting for the bigger engine gives significantly more power and torque without much loss in fuel economy. Both cars are within

Band B for annual road tax purposes, so equally competitive to run. That’s why the 2.0-litre version had to be my choice. This is a big car, weighing in at 1.6 tonnes before the load, so the extra engine power allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100km/hr in just 10.3 seconds. That’s over 10% faster than the small 1.6litre engine version. It’s also heavier than the 2.0-litre Ford Mondeo estate and the Toyota Avensis estate and it’s faster and more economical than both. The economy figure for this big car is 20 km/litre (5.0 l/100km). The Peugeot 508 SW has a 72-litre capacity fuel tank and should give well over 1,200km on a full tank. That’s what we have now come to expect as

fuel economy barriers are shattered with each new model in a range. I didn’t get the rated economy figures – I came in somewhere closer to 15% more, but the car still had the capacity to cover 1,200km before a re-fill. Volkswagen’s Passat presents a different challenge and it’s the one that Peugeot was aiming at. With its BlueMotion technology the Passat 2.0 TDi is heavier, more economical and faster than the equivalent engine Peugeot 508 estate. There will be a difference in price, even if the entry-level Passat looks attractive. The Peugeot deal is better with the entry-level 508 packed with features for an entry price of €30,600, before delivery charges.

The kit on the car is impressive. It includes rear parking aid, automatic wipers and headlamps and new-style electric child locks. The Bluetooth connection was easy and very effective. The car comes with decent size, 17-inch alloy wheels and there’s even a full-size spare, which in the case of the 508 seems to have no detrimental impact on the car’s weight and CO2 rating. The hillassist system is easy to use and effective, without being too obvious or a challenge. The car has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating this year and that’s due to the driver, passenger, side and curtain airbags fitted. It also comes with stability control, traction control,

emergency brake assist and an electronic brake force distribution system for good road handling in difficult situations. In the estate form, this car is particularly impressive and different. My personal preference is that the rear-end design of the estate is better matched to the front end, giving an overall better looking car than in saloon format. The Peugeot 508 is not on the road long enough to judge its reliability performance. The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine has lots of road experience to be as reliable as it is economical. The 508 SW is a solid and good-looking car, where the small things are as important as the impressive overall package.

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Good-priced living at Castlelawns

Number 36, Wilson Road, Mount Merrion is on the market for €540,000


A Merrion mansion in Wilson Road HASSETT & Fitzsimons are bringing number 36, Wilson Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin 4, a spacious four-bedroom bungalow, to the market for the asking price of €540,000. Set in a sought-after residential area close to Belfield University, the property comprises three reception rooms, sitting and living rooms, kitchen, four bedrooms and a garage. The accommodation comprises a porch with coloured leaded lights, which leads to an inner and outer hell with modern white wood panelling. The sitting room features a white marble gas fireplace, and has sliding doors which lead to an open-plan dining room and kitchen. The kitchen is well-appointed and contains an electric oven and gas hob, an extractor fan, dishwasher and fridge. The utility room contains a washing machine, dryer and freezer. The living room contains double doors to raised decking in the rear garden. The buildings contain built-in units, and two are contained in the attic conversion in the property which is accessed by a staircase. Number 36, Wilson Road has a mature landscaped front garden with parking for up to five cars. The property also has a garage, and has a side entrance to the rear garden. The rear garden features a garden shed, a raised decking area, a sizable area of rear decking and an equally large lawned area. Viewing is strictly by appointment with Hassett & Fitzsimons. For more information, see or e-mail

CARTY Estate Agents in Trip are bringing 4B Castlelawns in Athboy, County Meath, a modern red-brick-fronted detached dormer bungalow with detached garage to the market for the attractive price of €180,000. Situated in a small residential development, which is within walking distance of the town of Athboy, number 4B, Castlelawns, was constructed to a very high standard and has been maintained in e xc e l l e n t c o n d i t i o n throughout and would make an ideal family home. The accommodation comprises entrance

hall, a lounge with open-plan dining area, a kitchen with dining area, four bedrooms, of which the master is en suite, and two bathrooms, situated on each level of the property. T he proper ty also benefits from a detached garage with utility area. Particular features of 4B Castlelawns include PVC double-glazed windows, oil-fired radiator central heating, as well as not being overlooked to the rear. The property is approached by a tarmac driveway with lawns to the front and rear. There is also a patio area to the rear. The property also features a large, detached garage

Number 4B, Castlelawns, is on the market for €180,000

plumbed for washing machine. Athboy has an excellent range of amenities and services. For the commuter there is easy access to the new M3 motorway and a regu-

lar daily bus service to Dublin City Centre. Number 4B, Castlelawns, would provide a perfect family home which is ready for immediate occupation and viewing is strictly

by appointment only. To arrange a viewing, contact Carty Estate Agents on 046-9486860, or email For more information, see


Home on the range high on Texas Lane PROPERTY Team Noel Kelly Auctioneers are bringing number 2, Texas Lane, Chalfont in Malahide, a four-bedroom semi-detached family home offering bright generously proportioned and a flexible layout, to the market for €495,000. The property, which extends to c 1,650 sq ft, has been extended throughout and is situated in a much soughtafter location. The accommodation comprises an entrance hall, a guest WC with ceramic tiled floor, mirror, understairs storage, accessories, WC and WHB. The property features a garden conversion wth timber f looring. There are two reception rooms which are conjoined by double doors, and the larger

is an extended dining room or tv room, featuring sliding doors to rear garden, and recessed lights. There is an extended kitchen and breakfast area, which contain fitted wall and floor units, and all electrical appliances are included. The utility room also has all electrical appliances included. The landing at the top of the stairwell allows access to the attic and has a hot press. The four bedrooms in the proper ty are upstairs, all of which feature timber floors, and the main bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The master bathroom has a ceramic tiled floor, tiled walls, w.c, w.h.b, Triton T90i shower, accessories. The front of the prop-

erty has a cobblelock drive for three cars, and a side entrance to the rear garden. The garden features a deck area, a timber garden shed, and is fully walled.

The property is within walking distance of all amenities, including Malahide village and DART station, and is located byside Malahide estuary.

Viewing is by appointment, which can be arranged with Property Team Noel Kelly Auctioneers’ representative, Darren Kelly on 01 8462752.

Number 2, Texas lane, Chalfont, Malahide is on the market for €495,000

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Sonja Ewen, Organiser of Marlay Craft Fair

Crafting very high standards for fair THIS year, the Marlay Craft Fair is celebrating its 10th birthday. Originally the brainchild of Valerie McGurdy, one of the Marlay Craft Courtyard’s chief go-doers, organiser Sonja Ewen tells the Gazette a little about the history of the event. “To start out with, it was a very small affair, where the Craft Courtyard studios invited their regular customers to view their works before Christmas. They would have served up mulled wine and mince pies to add to the festive cheer. This kind of snowballed when it was decided to bring in a range of other craftspeople that were not based in the courtyard. “When I moved to the Courtyard as a full-time jeweller in about 2003, I was keen to help out with the fair, actually I think it was a given, I just had to help out. It was all hands on deck,” she says. “Times have changed; there are fewer of us still surviving on craft alone; Marlay Ceramics and I have both had to find other sources of income with this new economic climate in Ireland. “But, true to my heart is to keep Marlay Craft Fair running as a makers’ craft fair. “What is fantastic about the fair is that it now has a reputation of being a ‘high-standard craft-makers’ fair. Every year we take on a new charity, we ask for a small entrance fee of €2.50 and this enables us to support the charity.” For more information, contact Sonja on 087 675 33 58 or visit the website Marlay Craft Fair November 25-27, 2011.

ily, so I think I always had an idea to work as a crafts person of some sort.

Q: What was your first job? A: My first job as a student was

ounce during the last weeks. I was told over four years ago to buy the yellow metal then – what is your view in 2011 ? Pauline - Templeogue A - James Goldsmith once quipped “When you see a bandwagon, it’s too late” – but the statistics about gold are both startling and alarming. In 1980, gold reached an all-time high price of $850 per troy ounce (slightly lighter than our own avoirdupois ounce) BUT it took 27 years to return to this high of € 850 only four years ago in 2007. Add inflation to the 1980 price, and you are looking at a more realistic value of over $2,500. At the current price - an increase of over 107% in those four years since 2007 - 2 lbs of gold will cost you just short of €40,000 ... a lot of money for a small amount of metal. JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch, however, came out in recent weeks to predict gold WILL reach the $2,500 price before the year end. But more important than price is tradability. The reason why gold prices are surging ahead is the market volatility. Only when governments, banking, stockmarkets and property regain confidence will we see a normalisation in gold prices. Originally, all Bank of England notes for instance were backed by gold bullion in their mint –

tive easing i.e. printing your own money, among other things put paid to that.

Marlay Craft Fair at about the same time.

Jedward? A: Oh jeepers, poor David

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: What’s good about organis-

hasn’t had the best time of it recently with the presidential saga, and thinking back to Jedward and the last Eurovision just makes me laugh – have you ever seen such unreleased energy just busting to get out…

ing the Marlay Craft Fair is being able to keep it as a proper craft fair.

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: I need to be able to delegate

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: I can’t remember, but I

in the running of the fair. This year, Des Keaney is my righthand man and there are things that he can do much better than I can, and vice versa. so I don’t have any issues just handing stuff over to him

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Yes, I worked as a secretary for a while and hated it.

Q: When did you start your present job? A: I moved into the Marlay Craft Courtyard in approximately 2003, and was roped into assisting Valerie McGurdy to organise the running of


promise to pay the bearer the sum of…” Quanta-

Sonja Ewen, Organiser of Marlay Craft Fair

in McCullough’s Department Store of Dun Laoghaire, the old-fashioned style shop.

saved like mad to buy a canoe. There used to be a little sports shop in Blackrock called Venture Sports, I think it was. I managed to scrape enough money for that boat. I loved it.

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD…. OR IS IT ? Q – Gold prices reached over $1,760 per troy

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: I come from a creative fam-


Q: What sport can you play? A: I’m a sea kayaker, so playing in the waves is my game.

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: I love all sorts of music, so play lots of varied sorts. We don’t have a TV, but love to watch the odd replay on the computer.

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: iPod/iPad “món” if I were so lucky, haven’t made it to that plateau yet, I’m working on it though!!

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: I like to keep tabs on the Whale and Dolphin society. They get continuous listings of sightings of whales and dolphins around the coast of Ireland – fascinating stuff.

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: I do have a secret shoe fettish. I could always buy shoes, needed or not, in fact, suitable or not, it never really matters.

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Ha! That’s not fair! Maybe I

Peter Schiff is a major precious metals analyst in New York (regularly on CNBC TV) and has predicted the price will go to $5,000 per troy ounce.

should have read all the questions first!!

Not sure that I agree with him, but I do think that

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Well the dream job would

have about 10% exposure to this commodity. The

have to be the one that would have lots of time off and that would pay well enough, so that when it was time off, you’d have enough money to be able to go and do something.

(exchange traded funds – the cheapest way on

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: I like the idea of pootling

cate programme ? With this latter option, your

around in a camper van with no fixed agenda and no time restraints and there would have to be nice places to go and eat out and good scenery. I’ll send you a postcard when I find out where it is.

government (the only government to give such a

if you have a fairly sizeable portfolio, you should decision though to make is what form you buy the precious metal – mine shares, Gold funds the stock market) krugerrand – the world’s first one ounce gold bullion coin, brought to market in 1967 and costing up to $ 2,000 each currently – and similar style coins like gold sovereigns etc, or through the innovative Perth Mint Gold Certifigold bullion is stored in the Perth Mint in Australia, guaranteed by the AAA-rated Western Australian guarantee) and you receive a certificate that you can redeem at any time rather than hold the bullion, saving security problems. Email me for details of this or any gold issues you may have.

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Well, maybe that’ll be when or visit his website at

I’ll go off pootling in that camper van.

Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing

Contact John with your money questions at John Lowe, Fellow of the director of Money Doctor

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare

Take in the wonder of the Cliffs of Moher and explore the West ONE of our very own tourist hot spots is on the shortlist as one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature competition. The Cliffs of Moher are in the final 28, which is hardly surprising given the magnificence of this landscape in County Clare. The Cliffs are 320 million years old and are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction, with almost 100 million visitors every year. The reasons for the popularity are manifold, some visitors flock to see a Special Protected Area for seabirds, as the Cliffs are home to over 30,000 nesting pairs each year, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, and kittiwakes and makes for a bird watcher’s paradise. However, for most, it is the striking scenery where nature, history and geology merge. To vote for the Cliffs inclusion, log onto www. or Text MOHER 53131 (€0.30C) to vote for their inclusion in the New 7 Wonders of Nature. For more information on inspirational places to visit and great value holidays check out

D4 Berkeley offers a variety of special offers for theatre, sport and concert goers


Enjoying the city you’re living in LAURA WEBB

IT HAD been a few months since my partner and I had taken a city break to let loose and leave the responsibilities of parenthood behind with the grandparents. When thinking about where to go, we decided we wanted to do something different and enjoy a city we both love – Dublin. Even though we live in the suburbs and going out usually only means a taxi into town, it can often be an expensive round trip, so we thought we would stay in a city hotel, as there are some amazing deals around at the moment.


‘Although we weren’t far from home it was still a great mini-break and it actually made us appreciate what Dublin has on offer’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I had tickets to Mamma Mia at the Grand Canal Theatre and we thought we could stay at the D4 Berkeley. Stylish

Our room was both spacious and stylish, and with a couple of hours to spare before dinner time, we headed out to see what the hotel’s location had to offer. Just a five minute walk from the RDS and located just minutes from the Aviva

stadium, the hotel is ideal for anyone going to watch a match, concert, exhibition or show. We walked back just in time for dinner and were greeted by the lovely restaurant manager, Oscar, and the waiting staff in Berkeley Brasserie were just as friendly. The live piano added to the relaxed atmosphere of the contemporary restaurant. For starters, I ordered crispy calamari with a

tomato and chilli sauce. Johnny went for soupof-the-day and for his main, Irish grilled fillet steak, served with home cut chips, onion rings and peppercorn sauce. I chose the chicken supreme with wilted spinach, sundried tomato and orzo pasta. Describing his meal Johnny said it ticked all the boxes for flavour, portion size and affordability, as did mine. We headed off to the Grand Canal Theatre

to see the show and enjoy the many smashhit songs from Abba. Even though he’s not a fan, Johnny reluctantly agreed he enjoyed it. The next morning. we headed to the Berkeley Brasserie, which was also delicious. Although we weren’t far from home, it was still a great a mini-break and it actually made us appreciate what Dublin has on offer. D4 Berkeley offers a variety of special deals for theatre, sport and concert goers, which are available to see online at or by phoning the reservation team at 01- 4373444.

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Travel B ri e fs Go ghost hunting in

haunting Scotland FANS of ghouls and ghosts should make their way to Scotland this Halloween. With haunted castles, churches and streets, there are few countries with a more fascinating or spookier history than Scotland. Fans of the Da Vinci Code will be captivated by Rosslyn Chapel, the church built for the Sinclair Family in the 15th century. Ghostly flames apparently flicker in the burial vault when one of the Sinclairs is about to die and an apparition of the apprentice who carved the famous Apprentice Pillar and was murdered by his teachers, can sometimes be seen or heard. With a long and bloody history, Edinburgh Castle is said to be home to many spirits, including that of a headless drummer boy. Rumour has it, that the appearance of

Rosslyn Chapel

the ghostly drummer boy is a warning that the castle is about to be besieged and was first seen in 1650, before Oliver Cromwell and his English army attacked. Believed to be the most haunted place in Edinburgh, The Royal Mile as it is known, is the street leading from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of

Holyroodhouse. Taking a stroll down this street you may be in for a few surprises as No.1 Mary Kings’s Close, which was bricked up during an outbreak of the plague, is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl. Cruden Bay, located on the Aberdeenshire coast, may seem like a pleasant looking fishing village,

but you may be surprised to know that, in the 19th century, it was the holiday haunt of Bram Stoker. The ruins of Slains Castle, which drape down from the headland inspired Stoker’s vision of Count Dracula’s Castle. The Kilmarnock Arms Inn, where Stoker stayed in 1895, is still there for those brave enough to pay a visit. On the west coast of Scotland, close to the town of Oban, lies Dunstaffnage Castle. The castle is said to be haunted by a lady dressed in green, who walks the ramparts when events are about to unfold for the castle owners. When she is smiling it said that good fortune awaits but if she is weeping, trouble lies ahead. The castle is open daily, but visiting hours are restricted in the winter. For more details www. visitscotland/surprise

Travelling Far and Away FOR anyone considering a long-haul trip, Thomas Cook Ireland’s newly launched Far and Away brochure is a must. The range covers traditional package holidays, escorted tours to exotic destinations and far-flung cruises. Customers can also tailor their holidays to suit their preferences and schedules.

Though January may be months away, Irish Ferries has already welcomed in the New Year with the announcement that their reservations system has been opened for 2012 bookings on their services to France. To get bookings off to a quick start and encourage those anxious to secure preferred sailing dates and choice of cabin accommodation, the company is offering a three-tiered incentives package, beginning with an early booking discount of 10% off all fares booked before December 15. The second offer is the chance to secure one’s booking on payment of a low €100 non-refundable deposit with the balance payable six weeks before departure – one that contrasts with others who seek payment in full or a more significant deposit at time of booking. Finally, repeated again, next year is the offer of a free trip to Britain for a car plus two passengers for all motorist return bookings to France during June, July and August. For bookings and information, visit or call 0818 300 400.

Scandinavian Airlines offering bargain fares to Bangkok and all this exotic city has to offer SCANDINAVIAN Airlines have some bargain fares to Bangkok at the moment. Bangkok is fantastic for shopping, nightlife, restaurants and culture and is a great place to stop off before heading to the luxury of the tourist resorts. SAS can offer quick connections through Copenhagen airport where you only need 45 minutes to connect. For Irish travellers travelling to Bangkok, it is normally only a 15-metre walk from gate to gate to change plane in Copenhagen Airport. Fly from Dublin to Bangkok from as little as €799 return, including all taxes and charges. Book before November 1, 2011 to secure this special fare. Go to www. for more details.

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Irish Ferries is welcoming the New Year with great offers, so book your 2012 reservation early

A Mexican beach and (inset) Old Havana in Cuba

and comprehensive pricing. Eleven nights in the four-star Laico Atlantic in Banjul Beach in Gambia next March is available

all-inclusive from just €849, while 14 nights over Christmas and New Year in Goa in the threestar Colonia Santa Maria

at Baga Beach, also all inclusive, is on offer for €1,789, departing December 20. (Prices are from UK airports).

ARGUABLY one of the nicest European capitals, Lisbon is a city that captures the imagination of the visitor with its magnificent architecture, reminiscent of a glorious maritime past as well as the majestic Tagus River and the dominant Castelo de San Jorge. Exploring the city on foot is a delight – there is something around every corner that will surprise you. Lisbon is a lively city boasting bars, clubs and cafes, where you can simply relax and enjoy a powerful Portuguese-style coffee or party all night long in some of the trendiest clubs. Concorde Travel is offering great deals to the Portuguese capital this winter from only €349. Stay three nights on a B&B basis at the three-star Hotel Evidência Tejo, from €349, four-star Tivoli Jardim, from €419, and five-star Tivoli Lisboa, from €499. Visit to book your city break to Lisbon today.

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GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Snow Play CHILDREN aged from three to seven will be delighted with this show, which tells of how snow-hating Mr Green returns from his Christmas holidays only to find that Mr White has moved in, and covered everything with snow! Children will help to make a giant snowman, have a snowball fight and more in this highly-interactive production. Snow Play takes place on at 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, October 29, and at 2pm on Sunday, October 30, with tickets priced at €8 for children, and €10 for adults.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 One Act Festival THEATRE lovers are in for a treat, thanks to the Mill Theatre’s quick-moving festival that will present eight plays across two nights. Actors, directors and drama enthusiasts from all across the country will be found at the theatre, as an eclectic range of productions whirl through their paces. Following the plays’ productions, adjudicator Tom Byrne will provide an engaging analysis. For full details of the plays, which take place from 7pm on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, see

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 My Way GARVAN Gallagher’s commendable exhibition examines the “invisible” status of older citizens, with a diverse range of work examing the status and self-image of our elders. Whether personal texts, short films, or even fashion shoots replacing younger models with more mature citizens, My Way is an excellent, diverse project underlining how valuable our “invisible” citizens are. My Way runs at Driaocht’s ground floor gallery until Saturday, November 5.

Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon) can’t quite take in the news from a doctor that his healthy wife, Beth (Gwynneth Paltrow) has suddenly died from a mysterious new virus, with a mass outbreak killing thousands of people around the world in this week’s film, Contagion

Germinating ideas What if ... a new, deadly virus sprang up all around the world? The prognosis is poor in this interesting new film Q KATE CROWLEY

NOW is the winter of our discontent most keenly felt ... largely through red noses, hoarse throats and a thousand rasping coughs, it would seem, as the emaciated Flu crow has slowly but surely flapped its way back to Ireland’s shores for its annual winter sojourn. Thanks to this unwanted visitor, all around the Crowley household, a hundred flu sufferers seem to be blearily making their way through the streets, while Mr Crowley has a touch of Man Flu, which, he tells me, is “a thousand times worse than ordinary flu” (yet which doesn’t seem to stop him from eating chocolate biscuits and watching football). However, as unpleasant as the flu is for those battling it – such as yours truly, still croaking her way through a lingering two-week chest infection

FILM OF THE WEEK: Contagion +++ (12A) 106 mins Director: Steven Soderbergh Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne

OUR VERDICT: LOTS of stars with lots of storylines, yet one overall plot ... While the world seems to have mostly forgotten the perils and fears over Swine Flu and Bird Flu, here comes a film to play on the fears of those recent pandemics. Slow-moving, and perhaps constrained by being a film about, well, deadly germs, it’s still an interesting tale that director Soderbergh helms well enough ...

– for most, it’s not the end of the world. No, the end of the world is, instead, the underlying theme of this week’s film, which takes the flu theme and runs with it to a much more frightening, logical outcome. In Contagion, several plotlines converge as a business exec (Paltrow) returns from a business trip to Hong Kong with a bad dose of jet lag. That’s “jet lag” as in “she’ll be dead within two days of a mysterious new virus, folks” jet lag, of the kind that most travellers would rather avoid.

Exit Paltrow, leaving bemused hubby (Damon) to soldier on, despite the fact that their family isn’t quite through the worst of the horror just yet ... Of course, his wife’s death is just one of many deaths, as it’s obvious that a deadly pandemic is spreading across the world at frightning speed, with equally frightening mortality rates. Although, as with any virus and contagion, there are plenty of people who are immune – such as Damon’s character – most people aren’t, and, without an antidote, it looks

like goodnight, Seattle, for most of humanity. For those readers shouting at my review: “Science will save us!”, that sounds like an appropriate time to send in the clow- err, scientists, in the forms of Winslet and Fishburne. That almost sounds like a double act, but there’s nothing amusing about their characters as, working in different ways, they’re on a race against time to trace the virus back to Patient X – the first recorded victim – and then, with a bit of luck, figure out where the infection came from, and thus possibly come up with an antidote. However, all of this takes time, and, as every passing day exponentially increases the pandemic’s infection – and consequent sudden mortality – rates around the world, there’s a desperate race against time to get ahead of the virus’ deadly infec-

tion, and stop the global contagion. Unfortunately, quite apart from the dangers of the virus itself, the characters are also faced with problems posed by people, whether that’s nefarious journalists (Law) or the bureaucracies of various political and medical systems. With social order rapidly collapsing all over the world, and with governments resorting to desperate measures to quarantine people, the race is on to find a cure ... As usual, director Soderbergh has created an unconventional tale, with lots of Hollywood stars and stalwarts fighting for screen time in an occasionally busy story. Not a film for the germwary, it’s a thoughtful tale that shows that, maybe, just maybe, there are worse things than the flu to worry about. Now, Man Flu, that’s a thousand times worse, I hear ...

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GazetteGAMING GAMING More Final Fantasy XIII-2 facts emerge SHANE DILLON

THE hit Playstation (and, more latterly, also available on the XBox 360) Final Fantasy franchise is set for another stab at the previous cross-platform title in the series, Final Fantasy XIII. In a similar manner to the last major title I reviewed, last week (Dead Rising 2: Off The Record), Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a largely similar, but rejigged, version of its predecessor title, FFXIII. However, much as twins may appear to be quite similar at first sight – and I say that as a twin, myself – there are several notable differences between the two, making XIII-2 similar, but yet quite different to, its predessor, XIII. The Final Fantasy series of games have had a long and illustrious past on a number of platforms, yet, arguably, found their greatest success on Sony’s PlayStation 2 – at least here in the West – while the franchise has remained a key part of Sony’s PlayStation brand. Here, “Final” is something of a misnomer, as the series has been spun out through many titles that far exceed the numerical titles in the series, with characters from the franchise popping up in everything from farming games to dance titles, beat-em-ups to platformers, and more. However, at heart, the Final Fantasy series remains a fundamentally structured role-playing game, typically created with strong undercurrents of Japanese culture, gaming memes, and ideas that seem unique to the series, with regular recurring themes of personal

Bytesandpieces It’s a case of so four-za, so good IN ONE of the most predictable gaming events of the year, Forza Motorsport 4 – or Forza 4, for short – recently roared straight to the top of the charts, with racing and motoring fans driving the XBox 360-exclusive title straight to the top. For those who like exquisitely-modelled cars, stunning landscapes, top-notch graphics, a Top Gear association (with Clarkson on voiceover duties) and an awfully big game to play around with – and that’s an awful lot of gamers – it’s hard to see any other racers appearing in the rear mirror in the near future, with Forza 4 set to hold pole position in the racing genre for quite some time.

Forza 4 certainly sets a noticeably-high benchmark in graphics on current platforms

A typically exotic and stylish branding design for Final Fantasy XIII-2, with strong artwork helping shape the series

strife, responsibility, duty and honour appealing to a global audience. With its superb designs, always evolving gameplay and game mechanics, striking music and a generally strong direction, it’s been no surprise that, today, the “Final” franchise is a key PlayStation brand, with Microsof t also coming on board for the release of previous title in the series, Final Fantasy XIII. Curiously, despite

being a game that was specifically developed for, and aimed at engaging Western audiences, rather than, debatably, a core Japanese and cult American fanbase, FFXIII was largely greeted with a lukewarm critical reception, and not especially notable sales figures. Still, early next year, a “remodelled” version of FFXIII – neatly called FFXIII-2 – will be released, set in the same world as its pred-

ecessor, and with many of the same characters, yet with a new storyline, new characters, and new gameplay mechanics – all with the hope for the developer, Squaresoft, to create greater respect for (and higher sales figures) for an experimental title that was, perhaps, a little overlooked once released. Collectors’s edition packs will include all of the usual items, ranging from CDs of the game music, to t-shirts, art

books, special cases and more, creating releases to take up plenty of space on gamers’ shelves – and leave plenty of corresponding space in their wallets, too. It’s an interesting development, seeing game companies take a “Take Two” attitude towards titles that didn’t quite hit expectations on release, but which were perfectly decent. If this sequel, of sorts, does well, perhaps it won’t be the final case of such rejigged releases.

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Cluskey makes fifth final out of six competitions

JAMES Cluskey continued his superb recent run of form last week on the ITF Futures tour as he reached the final of the doubles at the Le RocheSur-Yon F19 event in France. It was his fifth final in his last six outings since mid-September – the other seeing him make the semi-final – marking one of the his best runs on the circuit.

On Sunday, playing with South African Jean Anderson, he was denied the title in a super-set by home-town pair Jeremy Blandin and Gleb Sakharov. It was a tight game, losing the first set on a tiebreak before bouncing back to claim the second 6-3. But the super-set was lost ten points to seven, leaving the Swords’ man to have to be content with a third runners-up medal in October.

In the other competition played this month, though, Cluskey and Andersen claimed the F16 Futures title in Forbach, beating Germany’s Sebastian Fitz and Russia’s Vitaliy Kachanovskiy. Again, the final was decided on a super-set as the Irishman was part of a superb comeback having fallen a set down, 7-5. He and Andersen snagged the second in comprehensive fashion with a 6-1 success before

Tennis ace James Cluskey maintained his fine run of form, reaching another final last week in France

closing out the deciding game 10-3. It continues a brilliant run of form on the hard court and carpets of France, taking in an F18 Futures final in St Dizier, Mulhouse and Nevers as

well as that semi-final in Brusoporto, Italy. It is a superb return to form following a summer in which Cluskey was part of the Irish Davis Cup side, and also reached the final of the Irish Open.

In the wake of that competition, the Swords LTC man has been quiet in August and September, but this sustained period abroad has been a very fruitful one. Elsewhere, former St

Andrew’s student Amy Bowtell earned a place in the women’s singles main draw at the AEGON GB Pro Series Glasgow after defeating number three seeded Michaela Honcova (SVK) in Scotland.

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Football All-Stars Bernard Brogan, Paul Flynn, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Kevin Nolan, Stephen Cluxton and Alan Brogan, front right, with Hurlers of the Year, Gary Maguire and Liam Rushe

Kilmacud’s Michael Darragh MacAuley

Paul Flynn and Bernard Brogan on the red carpet

All-Stars 2011 Super Stars saluted at gala night HE immense achievements of the Dublin senior football and hurling teams in 2011 was recognised at the National Convention Centre when a total of eight players collected their GAA GPA All-Star awards last weekend. Footballers Bernard Brogan, Paul Flynn, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Kevin Nolan, Stephen Cluxton and Alan Brogan, and hurlers Liam Rushe and Gary Maguire received their plaudits in front of a packed audience, with Alan Brogan being named Player of the Year.

Fingallians’ Paul Flynn makes his way to the National Convention Centre stage to collect his All-Star football award. Pictures: SPORTSFILE


Bernard Brogan Snr, Lydia Brogan, Footballer of the Year Alan Dublin hurlers Liam Rushe and Gary Maguire

Brogan, Bernard Brogan and Marie Brogan

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Masters meet at NAC a massive swim success JAKE CARROLL



A YOUNG man who has graduated through the ranks of local soccer to attain the heights of a place in the League of Ireland firmament, Carroll was instrumental in helping St Parts to the Leinster Senior Cup title.

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s Paul Ryan has been at the forefront of his club’s drive for five, thumping 2-6 against Lucan Sarsfields in the Dublin SHC semi-final including 1-4 of his side’s opening 1-5.

THE “other” Brogan brother’s immense contribution to Dublin’s AllIreland campaign in this and every other championship run he has been a part of was rewarded with a hugely deserved Player of the Year award.

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THE first Celtic Open Masters Short Course swim meet was held at the National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown last week. The meet, jointly organised by Aer Lingus Masters and NAC Masters swimming clubs, attracted 285 entries from the length and breadth of Ireland, ranging in ages from 20 to 80. The competitors represented no fewer than 43 Masters clubs, including six overseas clubs from Britain and Spain, all competing in a packed gala programme. It is envisaged that the Celtic Open Masters could go on to become a regular event, adding to the existing Masters Swim Meet calendar in Ireland.

Fingal futsal competition a local success





THE South Dublin Swans, featuring a number of the players who annexed the International Cup title in Melbourne earlier in the year won the Irish Aussie Rules Premiership title this month, defeating Leeside Lions in Laois

LUCAN Golf CLub’s ladies players claimed the Miele All-Ireland Fourball title this month in a nail-biting finale to the national competition at Kilkenny GC, defeating Faithlegg on the fifth play-off hole.

SALMON Leap Canoe CLub members Peter Egan and Neil Fleming took the Liffey Descent title to add to their huge achievements in claiming the Irish and British canoeing championships in 2011.

WELCOME to the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, as we mark our local sportsmen and women’s October sporting achievements across the capital and, indeed, across the nation. We’re delighted to once again be able to celebrate the finest achievements in Dub-

lin sport, with some huge efforts at local levels coming to our attention in a variety of well-known, and some, less prominent, sports. Ever y form of sporting achievement, at any level and in any sport, is valuable and gives an indication of the diversity of sporting commit-

ment there is around our fair city at all times of the year.

Let us know! Let us know about your achievements in sport, so that the Gazette can tell the rest of Dublin — and give you, or your team, a chance of being one of our monthly stars.

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ST FINIAN’S Community College, Swords, played host to the FAI co-ordinated AllIreland Secondary School Futsal competition for first year boys. The tournament was a great success with three schools from Swords — St Finian’s, Fingal Community College and Colaiste Choilm — and Donabate Community College competing for the title and the opportunity to represent their area at the Dublin finals. The title went to Donabate Community College with a 3-1 win over

Fingal Community College in a competitive final. Next up is the girls’ competition in St. Finian’s on October 26, with teams representing Balbriggan, Donabate, Rush and Swords all taking part. The winners of these North Dublin Sections will progress to the Dublin Finals, which take place in Corduff, Blanchardstown, on November 16. For further information on the FAI/Fingal Secondary Schools Futsal Competition contact Paul Keogh, Football in the Community Development Officer at 086-0444435 or email paul.keogh@

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Captain’s day: Club celebrate their 10th anniversary A COLLECTION of captains were on

hand to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dublin City Golf Club’s affiliation to the GUI. Patrick McMahon, Des Dignam, Tony Carton, Bob Ockenden, Paddy O’Brien and Ray Colgan converged at the Ballinascorney club to raise a toast to its continued success. For more information, see or email

Ballinteer claim the U-14C championship


BALLINTEER St John’s claimed the Under14 C camogie championship title when they edged home by the narrowest possible margin. They won out 2-4 to 3-0 against Ballyboden St Enda’s at the 12th Lock last weekend to take home the trophy. Aoife Kelly was named Player of the Match for her contribution in the game. It was a historic day for host club, Lucan Sarsfields, meanwhile, when they annexed the U-16, 15, 14 and 13 A titles. Meanwhile, this weekend Boden take on Oulart-the-Ballagh in the Leinster senior camogie final.

Summerfest set for next weekend THE 2011 Tesco mobile SARI Summerfest, the largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland, is set to take part this year at the Garda and Camogie Sports Grounds, in Phoenix Park on September 10 and 11 from 11am to 5pm each day. The Summerfest will also coinciude with the CONCERN kitefest, where kite flyers from around the world will display their kites and give kite workshops for children. The two-day festival also includes a wide array of entertainment for all the family.

For more information, see www. Ireland’s Under-17s finished second in the qualifying group in Almaty, Kazakhstan with contributions from Sam Byrne and Dylan Hayes

Castleknock Celtic seeking ladies talent CASTLEKNOCK Celtic FC’s ladies and girls section are recruiting new talent to the cllub for the soccer season starting later this month. If you were born in 1996 or earlier, visit the club’s website at, and pass on your name and contact details in the How To Join section provided on the site. The club are also looking to recruit girls born in 2001/2002 to play soccer in the DubliGirls Soccer League.

Joey’s duo aid Ireland

FORMER St Joseph’s Boys duo Sam Byrne and Dylan Hayes played key roles as the Republic of Ireland pipped Kazakhstan to second place in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifying round Group 4 in a section dominated by the Czech Republic. Going into the last day in Almaty, hosts Kazakhstan were three points behind Ireland with a goal difference deficit of ten; the home side overcame Liechtenstein 8-0, but it proved one short as John Morling’s side went down only 1-0 to the Czechs.

Byrne was the key man for Ireland on matchday one with a hat-trick in the 8-0 defeat of Liechtenstein and the margin of victory proved critical. Ireland got the breakthrough on 11 minutes through defender Ryan O’Reilly, and they remained in command. Ireland’s first-half dominance yielded four more goals in the lead-up to the break. Wolves’ attacker O’Neill made no mistake on 21 minutes when put clear on goal while striker Byrne headed home a Jack Grealish cross another seven minutes. Jonathan Leddy was clinical from the penalty

spot on 32 minutes when Grealish won the spotkick and Kyle McFadden headed in the fourth four minutes after. Four minutes after the break, Aston Villa winger Grealish grabbed a deserved goal by nodding home O’Neill’s delivery. Ireland continued to produced openings and Byrne rattled the net with a penalty on the hour, following a trip on O’Neill inside the area. Seven became eight in stoppage time as Byrne notched his third from close-range to complete the scoring. T he following tie against the hosts was

always going to be tighter but victory would have been deserved given the side’s dominance. Ireland enjoyed the vast majority of possession and scoring chances without showing the required clinical edge. The host nation led at the break through Ivan Antipov’s 14th-minute opener. Incessant pressure from Ireland finally yielded an equaliser three minutes from time when Grealish struck home from the edge of the box. The results put Ireland in second place of the group on four points after two games, two behind leaders Czech Republic

who beat Liechtenstein 6-0 in the other game in the pool contest. Ireland could only be edged out for the second qualifying berth into the elite phase on goal difference should the Czech Republic defeat Ireland in Tuesday’s concluding fixture. It proved a tight-run affair in the end as the home side overcame Liechtenstein 8-0 but it proved one short as John Morling’s side went down only 1-0 to the Czechs. Earlier in the week, the club’s Liam Traynor represented Ireland’s U-16s in their friendly win over Latvia.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD BALLINTEER ST JOHN’S Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 8, 21

ing final, beating Ballyboden by the

and 23. There was no winner.

narrowest of margins.

Nex t week’s dr aw will be for €3,200. Tickets are available online at w w w.ballinteer st, or from the usual outlets. Congratulations to the Under-14 camogie team and mentors Phil-

This completes a fantastic year for the team, who also won the Dublin Feile. The minor B footballers qualified for the championship semi-final with a victory over Ballyboden St Enda’s.

lip Browne, Breda Kelly and David

Table quiz in the clubhouse on

Gardiner on winning the Under-14

Thursday next at 8pm. A table of

Camogie Championship in a thrill-

four costs €40 for entry.

NAOMH OLAF HUGE congratulations to our minor

include the minor hurlers in action

footballers and their mentors on

in the MHC D on Sunday, October 30

their great away victory (0-10 to

away to Naomh Peregines with an

2-07) over Naomh Fionnbarra in the

11am throw-in, and our U-13 hurlers

MFC C last Sunday. They are now in

play on Saturday away to Kevin’s in

the semi-finals of the championship

League Division 3, with a 2pm throw-

– full details in due course.


It was also a good weekend for our juveniles in the games that went Ballyboden outpaced and outplayed Lucan Sarsfields in their senior hurling championship semi-final

St Enda’s reach final with ruthless display DUBLIN SHC SEMI-FINAL Ballyboden St Enda’s 6-10 Lucan Sarsfields 1-8 Q STEPHEN FINDLATER

B A L LY B O D E N S t Enda’s semi-final hoodoo over Lucan Sarsfields continued last Wednesday night in Parnell Park as the Firhouse Road club eased into the final with a comprehensive showing. Indeed, had Emmett Carroll or Paul Ryan shown even more ruthlessness in the first half, the scoreline could have been even more chastening than the 2-7 to 0-2 half-time tally. Lucan just never got any momentum together, falling to Boden for the fourth time in five seasons while it is now also four semi-final defeats in five. Indeed, it was a miserable night for the 12th Lock side, compounded by Padraig O’Driscoll’s stretchering off with barely a quarter gone due to a dislocated knee-cap.

By then – despite the absence of talismen Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney – Boden had already exerted their influence with Mal Travers and Stephen Nolan bossing the half-back line while Ryan was getting busy on his own personal account – he ended with 2-6. It took him scarcely 20 seconds to get that going as Conor McCormack dropped one in from the throw-in and Ryan nipped in around the square to clip home a soft goal. Their speed of control, and the availability of runners at close range, made it easy for them to shift play quickly and Lucan were penned in their own 40 for much of the first phases. Carroll was blocked out at the near post by a scampering Cronan Dooley at the last while David O’Connor was denied by a fine Darragh Cunningham save from two giltedged goal chances. It was not the most

accurate of nights for Boden but they still managed to tack on more scores from Ryan with just Kevin O’Reilly’s free in response. David Curtin, though, picked out McCormack for what felt like the game-breaker just before half-time and the lead was extended further when Ryan completed the third goal from Dean Curran’s pass. Lucan rallied with a couple more O’Reilly scores and further efforts from Robert Lambert and Trevor Lee, and they had the boon of minor skipper

Chris Crummy’s major ten minutes from the end. It reduced the margin to seven points briefly but Boden awoke from their low-key spell to crack home three more goals in the closing stages as McCormack nabbed his second as O’Connor and the influential Tim Sweeney also weighed in. O’Tooles are the final opponents, seeking their first title since 2002, while Boden go in search of a first five in-a-row from any club in this competition in over 80 years, dating back to Garda who completed their run in 1929.

A reminder that the AGM will be held on November 10 in the Club.

ahead. Our U-13 footballers had a fine

This Friday at 7.30pm, we are hold-

win over Ballymun Kickhams in Divi-

ing our annual fancy dress family quiz

sion 2. Our U-13B footballers followed

in the bar. Tickets are €20 per family/

that when they secured runners-up

per table and there will be prizes for

spot in league Division 8 with an away

the quiz winners, best-dressed boy,

victory over Whitehall Colmcilles,

best-dressed girl and best-dressed

while our U-11 hurlers continued the


run with a victory over Erin Go Bragh in league Division 4. Impor tant fixtures this week

Tickets at €40 for the 30th anniversary dinner dance on November 26 are on sale now.


brothers who scooped our lotto

ing and football All-Stars from all at

jackpot of €1,600. Numbers drawn

the club, in particular young hurler

were 2, 7 and 13. Jackpot next week

of the year Liam Rushe and foot-

is €500.

baller of the year, Alan Brogan. Well deserved.

Wanderers’Halloween Parties will be held on Sunday, October 30. Kids

Congratulations also to the 16 new

party from 2pm to 5pm, free entry.

football and hurling coaches who

Adults party from 8pm to late and

successfully completed their train-

tickets are €10 each. Fancy dress

ing last weekend in the club. Good

prizes on the night. See club website

luck with your teams in the seasons

and Facebook for more information,

ahead. Thanks to Niall for organising

or contact Gabby on 087 244 4444.

the sessions.

Club quiz night will be held on Fri-

U-15 boys’ training is on Tuesday

day, November 4, and the end of

nights at 7.30pm and U-15 girls’

season party and dinner dance will

training is on Wednesdays at 6.30pm

be held on Saturday, November 26,

at Frank Kelly Park. All new players

both in the Merry Ploughboy.

welcome. For more information contact Niall on 086 885 7303. Ladies training is on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Contact Darren on 0876647205. Congratulations to the Healy

Wanderers club car stickers available to purchase this week, contact any committee member for details, €3 each. The new club website is now live at

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Dublin hurlers Liam Rushe, left, and Gary Maguire with their GAA GPA All-Star Hurling awards at the GAA GPA All-Star Awards 2011

OCTOBER 27, 2011

Five-in-a-row gets an extra Star rating

Ballyboden’s ambitions for a quintet of titles is underlined with All-Star award for Gary Maguire STEPHEN FINDLATER

THE drive for five remains very much on track as Ballyboden St Enda’s aim to take down O’Toole’s next Sunday in Parnell Park in the seniorA hurling championship decider. They do so with the impetus of an additional boon — Gary Maguire’s All-Star recognition last Friday night at the National Convention Centre. And selector John Kirwan was quick to sing Gary’s praises following an outstanding year in the Dublin jersey which yielded the National Hurling League and an All-Ireland semi-final. “He’s an excellent leader apart from being an excellent goalkeeper,” Kirwan told the Gazette. “He’s been playing from U-11 with the club and, certainly in his juvenile days, he was good enough to play a year ahead of his age. We weren’t surprised he ended up with an All-Star even though that position is very strong, with Brendan Cum-

mins and David Herity just two examples of fellas he had to beat. It is a reflection of the form of Dublin during the year, which is great to see them improving.” A former captain with his club side, those leadership qualities have been a big boost in a year when talisman like Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and David Sweeney have been out injured. Cillian Moffat is another to miss much of the season but Boden appear to be hitting form at just the right time following their 6-10 to 1-8 thumping of Lucan Sarsfields in last week’s semi-final. “We were very pleased. Maybe Lucan hit a bad day but we controlled the game from start to finish. We were expecting a bigger challenge but it didn’t manifest itself.” Asked whether he would have preferred a bigger test to fine tune the side ahead of the final, Kirwan added: “it’s always a difficult question. It’s a semifinal and you want to win through to the final. “How you get there, you’re not too worried

about it. Certainly, our fellas performed very well regardless of the challenge. You could say it was partly because of the hunger of our fellas that militated against Lucan producing their best form on the day.” As for the challenge of O’Toole’s, he envisages a cracking encounter after they eliminated St Brigid’s: “We’ve had some good battles with them, a very strong team. We’re certainly expecting a huge challenge.” It could prove an historic day for the Firhouse Road club, with victory yielding a first five in-a-row success since Garda completed their run in 1929. Asked whether the build-up week gets any easier, Kirwan says that tunnel-vision comes firmly into play to limit any sense of the occasion overwhelming the players: “Just like a player, you always get nervous before a match. Stakes are high; you always want to just win the next championship. It’s just the fact that it’s five in-a-row but otherwise we wouldn’t be mentioning it.”


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