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Delight on plan for new all-Irish college Q NATALIE BURKE

PLANS for a new Gaelcholaiste in the Dublin South area have been warmly welcomed this week. It has been proposed that the new Gaelcholaiste will be established at the existing VEC premises on Sydenham Road, Dundrum, with Fine Gael TD, Olivia Mitchell, welcoming the news. “I am delighted that the Department has responded to

the growing demand for Irish language schools in the Dublin South area by identifying a need for a Gaelcholaiste in the Ballinteer and Stepaside area,” said Mitchell, following a public meeting held by Co. Dublin VEC and Gaelcholaiste Dheisceart Atha Cliath. Mitchell went on to say that the site makes “perfect sense from a financial and efficiency point of view”. Full Story on Page 4

Insight: 300 years of Mount Merrion and its people THERE was a huge turnout for the

official launch by local historian James McGuire of the Mount Merrion Committee’s new book, Mount Merrion 300. Many people, including Nollaig Downing and Alice Smyth

(above) turned up to Monk Gibbon Hall and eagerly looked through the book for photos of themselves or family, or their properties in the glossy, full-colour hardback. Full Gallery on Pages 8-9

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EVENT Lidl comes to Stillorgan in style just in time for the Christmas season

Micheal Von Lueder

Irene Duncan

James Ryan, Store Manager, John Gamble, Sales Operation Manager and Cathaoirleach Cllr John Bailey. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Official opening of new store IDL, one of Ireland’s Number 1 discount retailers and “Ireland’s Cheapest Supermarket” according to the National Consumer Agency, opened its latest store in Stillorgan, beside the cinema recently. Cathaoirleach Cllr John Bailey, along with John Gamble, sales operation manager and James Ryan, store manager, officially cut the ribbon and opened the new store. James Ryan said: “I am really looking forward to welcoming all of the Stillorgan


locals to our new store. Lidl are delighted to be opening another store in Dublin just before Christmas. We have a great location in Stillorgan that we hope will be a great asset to the locality. We have so many exciting activities planned for the opening, there really is something for everyone and it promises to be a great local event for all the families and anyone who wants to come and join the fun”.

Claudia Marsh and Anna Dobrikow




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EVENT Cancer Society Research Awards

Local ladies get grants at awards’ show Q DAWN LOVE

T WO south Dublin natives were amongst those who received new cancer research grants for their work at the annual Irish Cancer Society Research Awards Ceremony that took place last week. Claire Fergus, from Rathfarnham, who is based at Trinity College Dublin, and Irish Cancer Society Research Fellow Mary Clare Cathcart, from Mount Merrion, received the grants as part of a major €3.1 million investment in cancer research. The grants were presented by Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy. A total of eight Irish Cancer Society Research Scholars, four Research Fellows and four Prostate Cancer Researchers were announced at the ceremony that will ensure new research projects are commenced in breast, colorectal, ovarian, leukaemia, oesophageal, lung, prostate and metastatic cancers. Fergus’ research is focusing on why breast cancer cells have such a sweet tooth as she aims to

find out why breast cancer cells need more sugar than normal cells. She hopes that by cutting off the sugar supply to breast cancer cells, it will make them easier to kill through anti-cancer drugs. Meanwhile, Mary Clare Cathcart, is carrying out her work in St James’s Hospital, and was awarded the grant for research examining alternative --------------------------

‘The standard of research proposals was exceptionally high’ --------------------------

treatments for advanced bowel cancer as current treatments are not effective in a large number of patients. The Irish Cancer Society’s vision for cancer research centres on achieving world-class discoveries to improve outcomes for patients throughout Ireland. Over the past 30 years, cancer research funded by the Irish Cancer Society has led to major advances in cancer research and more than 650 important

research findings have been discovered. The 16 research awards span a wide range of areas that will investigate a number of potentially important discoveries. Each year, there are over 30,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed as well as over 8,700 deaths in Ireland. Cancer rates are expected to rise and it is estimated that by 2020, 40,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Ireland each year. Speaking at the ceremony, Professor John Fitzpatrick, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society said: “We are so proud to be announcing our next round of cancer researchers who we will now be supporting. The standard of research proposals was exceptionally high and, after a rigorous review process, we are confident that the research that we are funding will contribute towards making significant advances in cancer research.” For further information on the Irish Cancer Society’s Research Programme or to make a donation, visit or contact 1800 200 700.

Ray Darcy with Mary Clare Cathcart


Newbridge silverware CHRISTMAS shoppers paying a visit to Dundrum Town Centre this weekend will have the chance to meet Irish Rugby legend Ronan O’Gara, along with the 2011 Rose of Tralee, Tara Talbot as they launch the grand opening of the Newbridge Silverware Room at House of Fraser. The popular sports star will be on hand on

December 11, to celebrate the official opening of the Newbridge Silverware Room on Level 3, House of Fraser, in what promises to be a sparkling occasion. Ronan will be signing autographs for shoppers and fans from 3pm until 5pm. For more information contact House of Fraser on 01 2991400 or see in-store.

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TAKEAWAY Macari’s Funky new business THE MACARI family have just opened a funky new takeaway in a traditional fish and chip shop in Churchtown. The family established their first business in 1966 in Harold’s Cross. Antonio Macari is from the chip shop side of the family and Aldo Fusciardi, whose background is in Italian Restaurants, have teamed up to offer something a little bit different to their new clients on the Braemor Road. They want to cook as much FRESH food as possible, so they will cook fresh fish while you wait, prepare fresh home- cooked gourmet beef burgers while bringing Italy into Macari 66 with Home-made penne spaghetti pasta dishes, plus many more. Macari 66 are open seven days a week and deliver from 4pm onwards Tel. 01 2988200.

Mitchell welcome for Gaelcholaiste plan for Dundrum Q NATALIE BURKE

Festive theatre: Great shows at Dundrum all over the Christmas THE Mill Theatre in Dundrum Town Centre launched their Christmas Season with festive shows this week, the Save us Mave’us panto; Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol; the childrens’ show, The Rainbow’s End and the Christmas Crooners. Pictured at the launch is Lisa Walsh, who plays Sally, a turkey and an evil henchman

in Save’us Mave’us. For ticket information go to or the box office at 01 296 9340, Located in the heart of Dundrum Town Centre, since opening in May 2006, the Mill Theatre has staged the best in theatre, visual art, comedy, music, kids stuff and much, much more.

FINE GAEL TD for Dublin South, Olivia Mitchell, has welcomed plans to establish a new gaelcholaiste in the Dublin South area. It has been proposed that the new gaelcholaiste will be established at the existing VEC premises on Sydenham Road, Dundrum. “I am delighted that the Department has responded to the growing demand for Irish language schools in the Dublin South area, identifying a need for a gaelcholaiste in the Ballinteer and Stepaside area,” said Mitchell, following a public meeting held by Co. Dublin VEC and Gael-

cholaiste Dheisceart Átha Cliath. According to Mitchell, the large attendance at the public meeting held last week, underlined the huge demand for the school in the area. Delighted

She was delighted that so many parents from the local community came along to support the plans for the school. “The VEC has been campaigning with Gaelcholaiste Dheisceart Átha Cliath over the last six years for establishment of this school. The department has identified the old VEC school in Sydenham Road as the most

appropriate premises,” she said. “The Departm e n t i s n ow s e e king applications from potential patrons for the school, which is expected to open by 2014.” The VEC’s proposal to accommodate the new school at its existing premises at Sydenham Road makes “perfect sense,” a financial and efficiency point of view, according to Mitchell, and it will minimise costs and ensure the school will be able to open at an early date. “The prospect of a gaelcholaiste will be very welcome news for parents of pupils currently attending the Gaelscoileanna in the area,” Mitchell said.

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New GP service A new GP service has opened at the Beacon Court in Sandyford offering unlimited GP care for its members. According to the Irish Private Medical Centres, GP Now’s aim is to become the “leading provider of private GP care in Ireland and beyond. Membership for an individual is €15 per month, €30 for families (based on two adults and three children) and, for over 55s it’s €10 per month. For more information call 0818 30 15 10 or visit


EVENT Dun Laoghaire’s inaugural Christmas bash

Over 200,000 expected for new festival Q DAWN LOVE

The Christmas Festival will be the perfect destination for people of all ages

OVER 200,000 people are expected to descend on Dun Laoghaire for the town’s inaugural Christmas Festival, which gets underway this weekend with a spectacular fireworks display. Organised by the Dun Laoghaire Business Association and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the festival is a collaborative effort and expects to attract more than 4,500 visitors for the opening fireworks display on Harbour Plaza, which will take place this Saturday, December 10. From Christmas markets, an ice rink and a live crib to a festival town train, a carousel and family entertainment, organisers are hoping the festival will be the perfect destination for families

and people of all ages, offering a magical retail and leisure experience. For the first time, wooden chalets will line the streets creating a Christmas Market weaving from the Pavilion plaza and recently refurbished Metals area, and contin-

to browse and be treated to a wide range of artisan food, including seasonal stews, gourmet crepes and bratwurst BBQs. Meanwhile, visitors can also take in the Live Crib outside St Michael’s Church and hop on the festive Santa train, which


‘Food enthusiasts will be able to browse and be treated to a wide range of artisan food, including seasonal stews, gourmet crepes and bratwurst BBQs’ --------------------------------------------------------

uing along Marine Road to George’s Street, bringing to life a continentalstyle traditional market complete with quirky Christmas gifts, handmade crafts, accessories, decorations and a range of Christmas trees. Food enthusiasts will be able

will run every 20 minutes, providing comfortable transport all over the town centre and enable visitors to see all areas of the festival. The Winter Wonderland at the Metals area, a new civic space which represents a €2.5million investment by the County Council, will offer an entertaining and energetic experience to people of all ages with a carousel, a mini-rollercoaster and Santa’s workshop, where children can interact and assist the elves who will be busy at work. Next door, at New Moran’s Park Plaza facing onto the Harbour, a fullsized, covered ice-skating rink, plus a kiddies’ rink will make for a fun experience where all the family can get involved. And, of course, a Christmas Festival is not complete without Santa, who will make his grand entrance to Dun Laoghaire on his Harley Davidson, just in time to watch the fireworks display on Harbour Plaza, at 6.15pm on Saturday, December 10. For more information, details of parking promotions in Dun Laoghaire and admission charges (for the Ice Rinks and Santa Train only) log onto

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EVENT Official launch of new book that gives an insight into

Ursula and Paul Cafftrey

Meriel Armstrong, Rev Gillian Wharton and Ken Wilson. Pictures: Geraldine Woods


50+ Start Your Own Business programme ARE you over 50? Ever thought of starting your own business? This may be the right time and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board is promoting a training course focussed particularly on specific issues and challenges relating to budding entrepreneurs in this target group. The training will be held over 10 evenings (1 x per week) in the Enterprise Board’s offices in Nutgrove Enterprise Park, starting on Thursday, January 19th 2011, at 7pm. Topics covered will include The Challenges of Starting a Business, Marketing for 21st century businesses, Finance, Sales and Recession Proofing. Networking and Mentoring opportunities will form an intrinsic part of the programme and guest speakers will talk about their own experiences of starting a business in the local area. The cost for the 10-week course is €150, which includes all course material. An information morning giving more detail about this exciting new course, is taking place in Nutgrove Enterprise Park on Thursday, December 8th at 11am. If you are interested coming along, please email Even if you can’t make it on the morning, and have a business idea and are interested in joining the programme, and would like to receive more detail, please contact the Enterprise Board – (01) 494 8400 or

Sister Joan Hutchinson

Tineke Klaasen

Cllr Gerry Horkin with Des Smyth, chairperson of the

Lucie Gaffney Kenny and

Mairead Launders, Paula O’Reagan and Olwen


Elizabeth Petcu


Local area and people celebrating 300 years HERE was a huge turnout for the official launch by local historian James McGuire of the Mount Merrion Committee’s new book, Mount Merrion 300. Many locals turned up to Monk Gibbon Hall and eagerly looked through the book for photos of themselves or family,


Nollaig Downing and Alice Smyth

or their properties in the glossy, full colour hardback. The book is full of memories, photographs, biographies, stories, history, portraits and pictures of modern and historic Mount Merrion. If you were a member of any club, youth organisation or association, if you danced in the Barn or the Sports-

man, if you collected for the New Church or lived in the first Kennybuilt houses, if you went to school in the “Old House” or remember when Thornhill Road was a green field, then this book is for you. It also comes with a DVD of old footage and is available in local shops for €20.

Sean Fegus and Brendan McManus, committee members

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300 years of Mount Merrrion and the people who live there

Barbara Fogarty, Wendy Ryder and Jackie Perry

Evelyn Murphy with her dad, Don Cockburn

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Mary Saul with her son, Cllr Barry Saul

Kathleen Kinch and Rita Kinch

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FASHION Test your colouring skills to win a €100 voucher!

Don’t miss out on a special Geox event THIS weekend will see an actionpacked children’s event at Arnotts in Dublin’s city centre. Captain Geox himself will be in attendance, ready to meet his young fans! Captain Geox will be encouraging kids to take part in an exciting colouring competition, the winner of which will take home a €100 prize. There will be face-painting and

watches with every purchase of children’s shoes and clothing on the day. Printed on this page is an outline of a Geox kid for aspiring young urban artists to colour in and enter into the Geox competition. On the day of the event, Geox helpers will have copies of the outline to hand out. The closing date will be this Saturday, December 10, 2011 and

the winner will be notified by telephone or email. The 1st prize will be a voucher €100 to spend in the Geox Children’s Department in Arnotts’ Department Store on shoes or clothes. The voucher must be redeemed by the December 24, 2011 and excludes sales or promotion. There will also be 10 runner-up prizes of a Geox watch.

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INITIATIVE FreeYour Business Day clinics THE Science Gallery, on Pearse Street in the city centre, will become an enterprise hub for the day on December 9 for Your Business Day 2011. A day-long programme of free business seminars, business mentoring clinics and exhibition displays, in addition to expert advice and information, is on offer at the Science Gallery that day, from 9am to 5pm. The enterprise initiative, which is the brainchild of Dublin City Enterprise Board, is aimed at anyone thinking of setting up a business in Dublin, those already running their own business and anyone considering a move from unemployment into selfemployment in the city. Enterprise Ireland, Plato, The Small Firms Association and New Communities Partnership are just a few organisations exhibiting on the day.

THEATRE Sister Act comes to the Grand Canal

Get ready to dance your socks off Q LAURA WEBB

GET ready to stand up and dance your socks of with the cast of Broadway’s Sister Act when they take centre stage this Christmas at the Grand Canal Theatre. The hit film, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, has been transformed into a lively and funny production for theatre-goers and, after a hit run in Britain, is coming to Dublin this December. The story of disco diva Deloris Van Cartier (played by rising new star Cynthia Erivo) turned nun in hiding has been brilliantly adapted. The show, produced by

Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment, has played to over a million people at the London Palladium during its West End run and is currently a huge hit on Broadway. Playing Mother Superior, who helps to keep Deloris in hiding at the nunnery after she witnesses a murder, is Denise Black. Best known for her role as siren hairdresser, Denise Osbourne, in Coronation Street, Denise is having a ball at the show. “The film is fantastic, but I have to see we do it proud, and I think we do it even better,” she laughs. “What people might not expect is that for the musical it has all new

songs. The music is written by Alan Menken [eight-time Oscar winner], he is Mr Broadway, he has won loads of Tony Awards, the lyrics are absolutely brilliant and the songs are a mixed bag, with ones that just get up and dancing in your seats, very funny songs and wonderful dancing – it’s just brilliant.” The cast have been touring Britain for the past number of weeks and are well in tune with their characters at this stage: “Dublin is our fifth city, so we are well rehearsed,” says Denise. Denise is relishing her role as Sr Clarence, saying: “The Broadway director

A scene from Sister Act

reworked the book very much to the better, better plot driven and also - for my pleasure - built up the Mother Superior part. I have brilliant songs to sing and wonderful funny one-liners. I really enjoy playing this character. I have always enjoyed making people laugh and it’s even better now I get to sing and dance.” A lady of many hats, Denise performs across Britain with her band, The

Loose Screw, and says she will be bringing her guitarist and co-writer with her to Dublin. “For the first week in Dublin he will be playing in the pit. We have 12 musicians in the pit, all the horns, trombones, trumpets, saxophones, guitars, bassists – I just love that. They make a huge noise, it adds so much to the show. “I absolutely love Dublin you have the best audi-

ences, and I am so looking forward to spending Christmas and the New Year here. I am importing my entire family over from England for it. My husband loves the show and I know Dublin will too,” Denise said. Sister Act is at the Grand Canal Theatre from December 20 until January 7. Tickets from €20 are on sale now, for more see

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Keeping your pets during Christmas

Keep your pet safe and happy during the holiday period

THE CHRISTMAS countdown commenced last weekend when poor hubby was sent to the attic crawl space to retrieve tangled giant sparkly, glittery fairy lights. And yep, I’m listening to Christmas FM as I write and I wish I had a mug of marshmallow laden, hot chocolate sitting on my desk also. You got it, I love Christmas. So, if, like me you’re busy decking the halls for the run-up to festivities-and let’s face it we need all the glad tidings we can get nowadays-

Then read on, because I’m going to give you a few helpful tips for making sure your pets also benefit from Santa’s visit by staying safe and happy during the holiday period. Warning Signs

Keep an eye on the Christmas tree; dogs don’t differentiate, so a tree in your living room looks the same as a tree in the park. Familiarise him first. If you have a real tree, sweep up fallen needles as these can get stuck in your pet’s paws or throat. If possible, fence off the

tree from your pet. Presents

Dogs love colourful boxes, so don’t put gifts of food or treats under the tree until it’s time to open them. Pets can’t read gift tags but they can smell a box of chocolates, (highly toxic to them), at 20 paces and may decide to open that interesting, treat and have their own, private, but potentially, deadly party. Decorations

Christmas decorations: We all enjoy looking at beautiful lights and

adorning trees, fire places, and so do our pets; Only they see them as chew toys. Stray cables and wires may be tempting for your pet to nibble on also. To remove the risk of electrocution, ensure all cables are out of reach of pets. Cats love knocking baubles from the tree so try to use unbreakable decorations. Tinsel, ribbon, cling film and tinfoil should be avoided, or at least confined to the higher branches. Toxic treats

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safe time you’ll need eyes in the back of your head when it comes to guarding the leftovers. Don’t leave the turkey or ham on top of the worktops; instead put them into the fridge. Many a pet parent has spent a fortune on a vet’s out-of -hours emergency visits to their home following the dog’s midnight feast of turkey bones. Pets can choke and/ or experience internal damage from snacking on bones, even cooked ones can prove fatal. Pets and guests

When you have guests, secure your pet in a safe place. The more people you add to the equation, the more you place your pet in danger. Small breeds like Yorkies are often accidentally stood on; especially if you get distracted by company and lose track of your pet’s whereabouts. When it comes to visiting my home, I make sure my guests know my house rules. My pets are not to be treated as novelty toys and are kept out of harm’s way-no exceptions! Never leave cups/glasses where pets can drink from them, especially if they contain alcohol.

Toys Don’t forget about the little toys you get in Christmas crackers! They’re choking hazards, mistletoe causes vomiting, laboured breathing, shock, and even death from cardiovascular collapse if ingested. Seek immediate veterinary treatment if you think your pet may have ingested parts of any of these plants. For more info log onto or email me at miriam.kerins@

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Dee sees key to the super Nova success Q ROB HEIGH

Portmarnock’s Dee Woods is thrilled at the reception Radio Nova has received

PORTMARNOCK native Dee Woods has found out in the last year that everywhere Radio Nova reaches, the people want to rock. The station has been on air for over 12 months now, and their listenership is increasing every week, exceeding their own expectations and bringing a new and under-represented niche to Irish radio. Dee covers the evening slot and Radio Nova has become her permanent home after having cut her teeth in stations around the city.

“I did journalism at DIT, and always had loved music. It was always around the house; my parents were into Sinatra and classical music, and my sisters were into everything from U2 to Michael Jackson. But I never really thought it could pay the bills. In my last year, we had a radio course, and I caught the bug — radio was where I wanted to be.” From East Coast Radio in Bray to 98FM, Dee has had quite a progression through the ranks, eventually ending up on a Friday night talk and music show, Friday Night Live,

which was where she found her voice. “I had great experience in the newsrooms, but I found that I was most comfortable when I was in music presentation.” After returning from a year in Australia, Dee heard about Radio Nova, and it was an opportunity she jumped at. “It was great to be somewhere from the beginning and watch it grow — and still growing! — and it’s special to be a part of because we’re playing music people want to hear, that noone else is playing. People are delighted to hear

their kind of music on the radio. “We’re not tied down to playlists, and there is more room for personality. Music is the key at the end of the day, and we’re playing what people want to hear.” One of the highlights for Dee was the recent oneyear anniversary party that saw fans and presenters mingle and share their enthusiasm for the station, as well as celebrating the great listenership figures the station has attained since its launch. “People are really loving what we are doing at the moment, and it was great to talk to people and get their feedback in person. People are sick of bad news, and we are proving a kind of switch-off from their problems, reminding them of better times. “The music we play has so much more meaning for people, it goes beyond the music and the lyrics.” Dee is finding that being a part of Nova is also developing her tastes and knowledge of music, especially being in the enviable position of playing a classic album from start to finish every weeknight on Radio Nova. “Having the opportunity to be able to play a full album, it’s something you don’t get a chance to do anywhere else. It’s a chance to go a bit deeper, Listeners contact us to say they will be going out to buy that record the next day, and appreciating how good it sounds. “Nova can do that, and, hopefully, we will be growing more and more every year - people keep asking if we are going to go national, but it’s baby steps and keep on going in the direction we’re going. We have a lot of people listening around the country and the world, and it can only increase.”

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS Ford opens in Rathfarnham THIS week marks the opening of Rathfarnham Ford on Whitechurch Road, which sees the return of the blue oval to the Rathfarnham area, and brings with it employment for 20 people. The outlet is being headed up by Aidan Kane, a well-known figure to Ford customers in the locality, with almost 20 years of car retailing under his belt. Rathfarnham Ford is located on the site of the previous South Dublin Ford Centre on Whitechurch Road. With a modern showroom and dedicated service area, the full-service dealership will cater for new

and used car and commercial vehicle sales, as well as providing a complete service offering and a full range of parts for Ford and other makes. Rathfarnham Ford is part of the Fort Motor Group, which celebrated 50 years in business in 2009. “The greater Rathfarnham area has long been a strong one for Ford and I’m sure the local customers will welcome the return of a dealership in their area,” said Paul Molloy, of the Fort Motor Group. “With more than half a century of experience behind us in the Group, these customers can be assured of the

very best of service from the team on Whitechurch Road.” Alan Nolan, chief executive of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, said: “It goes without saying that news of a new dealership opening is especially welcome in the current climate, not least for the jobs it promises. I want to wish the team at Rathfarnham Ford every success in the New Year market and beyond.” The opening coincides with Ford’s Open Event promotion, which offers a range of special packages for customers who order their 2012 Ford within a limited period.

Aidan Kane of Rathfarnham Ford

These include free extended warranty, servicing and roadside assistance for up to 4-years in the case of the Mondeo, C-MAX, S-MAX and Galaxy, or an ultra-low

2.9 per cent APR loan rate for prospective Fiesta and Focus customers. The 2.9 per cent rate is currently the lowest APR rate of the top four car brands on the Irish

market and is provided by Ford’s own finance house, FordCredit. The sale and service teams at Rathfarnham Ford can be contacted at (01) 495 4445.

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Ten new mercs on the way OVER the next four years, Mercedes-Benz is to undertake an ambitious new model development programme, the aim being to broaden its appeal and extend its reach into segments of the market in which it is not currently represented. A total of 10 completely new models are being introduced, none of which will have any direct predecessor. Mercedes-Benz groups them under five broad headings – compact, mid-sized, full-sized, large-sized and large SUV. In the compact segment, the most significant development will see the introduction of a completely newA-Class - a completely new model which, other than name, will bear no resemblance whatsoever to the outgoing model.

The Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class Coupe

Described as a “the pulse of a new generation”, it will be built on an entirely new platform with front-wheeldrive and a new range of engines. The new A-Class is aggressively sporty in its design and interior appointments with features that echo some of

its senior stable-mates in the Mercedes-Benz range. It will go into production in the latter half of 2012 with first models scheduled to arrive here in early 2013. Derived from the new A-Class will be two additional new models, both constructed on the same

platform. Carrying the model designation BLS, the first of these will be a four-door coupe with body styling inspired by the larger CLS version. The third new model based on the A-Class platform will be a 4-wheel drive premium compact SUV version expected in 2014.

In the mid-size category, two new models are planned, while, in the full-size segment, one new model will be introduced alongside the popular E-Class range. Three additional models will take their place alongside the S-Class within the large-size segment while one additional model will join the M-Class in the large SUV segment. Taken as a whole, this new model offensive is seen by Mercedes-Benz as underlining their plan to grow market share and broaden their appeal beyond their traditional customer base. As one insider commented, Mercedes-Benz is “taking the stiffeners out of their collar” by designing cars that will attract a more youthful clientele.

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SEAT AND SHAMROCK ROVERS ARE GOING PLACES WITH NEW DEAL: SEAT Ireland and Shamrock Rovers FC have announce that SEAT will be the title sponsor of the club for the 2012 season. The deal reflects the brand’s global soccer platform and SEAT, who already work with Shamrock Rovers’ midfielder Stephen Rice as a brand ambassador, are delighted to extend its support to the full squad. Woodies DIY will continue its support of the club and will work together with Shamrock Rovers and SEAT to ensure the club’s continued success.

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Room to extend at Lindenvale home

The features of the Belarmine apartments


Time for last release at Belarmine Castlethorn Construction is releasing the final apartments at “close-out” prices at Belarmine Hall, Stepaside. This phase comprises one-, two- and three-bed apartments that offer good value for money. One-bedroom apartments are priced from €119,950, (approx. 452 – 502 sq ft), two-bedroom apartments from €159,000 (636 – 700 sq ft) and three-bedroom apartments from €189,000 to €199,000 (775 – 968 sq ft). All units are completed and ready for occupation. Over 650 homes are already occupied in Belarmine, creating a thriving community with a number of on-site facilities. Belarmine Plaza has a retail centre which includes a pharmacy, dry cleaners, a cafe and The Market convenience store with in-house bakery, butcher, fishmonger and off-licence. Giraffe Childcare runs the on-site creche. A new primary school, Gaelscoil Thaobh Na Coille, opened in September 2009. There are approx. ten acres of parkland with mature trees at the front of the development fronting Enniskerry Road. Located at the foothills of the Dublin mountains Belarmine has easy access to all the major transport links, including the M50 and the N11. Locally Stepaside has become a well established village with a choice of pubs, restaurants, shops, golf courses and football grounds. Leopardstown racecourse and Dundrum Shopping Centre are also close by. For more information, contact Geraldine Ruane of Sherry Fitzgerald Ballsbridge on 01 6671888 or email: geraldine.ruane@sherryfitz. ie.

DNG in are bringing No. 5 Lindenvale, a detached family home off Proby Square in the heart of Blackrock, to the market for and asking price of €725,000. Offering beautifully maintained accommodation of c153 sq m, this home offers a fine location coupled with an exclusive address. The accommodation comprises entrance hall with timber floors and stairs to the first floor. There is a front-facing reception room and a large, open plan living area and dining room overlooking the front garden with French doors leading to the rear garden. This area also benefits from solid timber floors and a marble fireplace. The kitchen and breakfast room features tongue-and-groove timber floors and recessed

lighting, with a selection of floor- and eye-level fitted units, tiled splashback and a door leading to the utility room, which has provisions for a washing machine and dryer. Upstairs, the property has a spacious landing with hotpress and storage cupboards. Access to the attic is via a pull-down ladder. There are four double bedrooms, the master of which is en suite, with a power-shower and WC and WHB. Most feature fitted wardrobes. The main bathroom, which was recently upgraded, has a jacuzzi bath with shower connection over, WC and WHB, fully tiled walls and floors and a storage with a vanity unit with recessed lighting and a heated towel rail. The garden, which surrounds this home, is larger than most others in the

Number 5, Lindenvale is on the market for €725,000

neighbourhood due to its location in the corner of this small enclave, enjoying privacy and seclusion. The front garden has a long driveway which is bound by sculptured hedging and provides parking for three or more cars. A gated entrance on either side of the property leads to a rear garden which is mostly lawns and

has a raised deck, a paved patio area and a storage shed. The extra benefit this home has to offer is the scope that comes from its large rear garden. Full planning permission has been granted (Ref: D07B/1020) for an extension of almost 50 sq m to comprise a large kitchen / family area extension

to the rear at ground floor level, a living room extension, along with an extension to the rear double bedroom at first floor level, extending the accommodation to c 198 sq m. To arrange a viewing of this property, contact Brian Dempsey at DNG on 01 283 2700, or email


Magnificent offer at Mt Andrew

MCDONALD Brothers in Lucan are bringing No. 3 Mount Andrew Close, Lucan, an excellent 4-bedroom family house extending to almost 1,600sq ft in an attractive cul-de-sac location, to the market with a guide price of €325,000 The property, located in a popular residential estate within St. Mary’s Parish, convenient to the N4 and M50 roads, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, and Lucan Village, has double glazed uPVC windows throughout and an attractive open-plan layout. It benefits from a new boiler system which was recently installed and under-floor heating

Number 3, Mount Andrew Close, Lucan is on the market for €325,000

in its sun room. The accommodation comprises entrance hall with uPVC hall door, stairs and an under-stairs store as well as a tiled floor. The living room features a solid wooden f loor, bay window, a

cast-iron open fireplace, and an open arch to the dining room, which also has a wooden floor and access to the rear of the property. The kitchen has a tile-effect laminate floor, fitted units, and

timber-panel ceiling with sunken spotlights. There is a Velux window, a Whirlpool Americanstyle fridge/freezer, and a Belling double oven and gas hob. The property also benefits from a family room

and a sun room, which features a tiled floor and French doors to the rear. Up s t a i r s a r e f o u r bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, of which the master bedroom is en suite, with a tiled floor, WC, WHB and a shower cubicle. The main bathroom has a jacuzzi bath and a Triton electric shower. Outside, the rear garden has a large decking area, and there is a concrete shed for storage. Viewing can be arranged by appointment with Barry McDonald of McDonald Brothers Real Estate Alliance at The Mall, Lucan, on 01 6280625.

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Supported by AIB

Interview: David Swaine of Property Partners, O’Brien Swaine

Knowledge of the property market Gerry Murphy, CEO, National Transport Authority and Alan Kelly TD, Public Transport Minister

One step closer to integrated ticketing Paul O’Brien and David Swaine, of Property Partners, O’Brien Swaine

PAUL O’Brien and David Swaine have over 19 years experience between them at the highest level in the Dublin property market, and have both successfully managed offices for some of Dublin’s leading auctioneering firms before opening Property Partners, O’Brien Swaine, in 2008. Talking about the firm’s approach to customers, David says: “Our proven track record, experience and knowledge of the

market will ensure that our clients receive the very highest levels of customer service and care whether buying, selling or letting your property. “We pride ourselves on offering a professional service to vendors, purchasers, landlords and tenants alike. Our reputation as one of Dublin’s leading estate agents - IAVI (Irish Auctioneers and Valuers Institute) has been earned over many years by our

results. “We offer an all-round property service which includes residential sales, residential lettings, property management, professional valuations and free and independent mortgage advice. “If you are considering selling or letting your property, then call an agent who will be entirely focused on your move, allowing you a stress-free transaction.”

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A businessman like my father

Q: What was your first job? A: Working in my dads garage.

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Not very much Q: When did you start your present job? A: I started auctioneering in 2002, but I’ve been here with Property Partners since 2008

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: The joy on your owner’s face when you’ve just sold his house and seeing buyers come in to pick up the keys

to their new homes

A: Bruce Springsteen

A: I don’t really, to be honest

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: I like to get in early,

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Property Partners, OBrien

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Four or five

Swaine on facebook

Q: What was your worst holiday experience?

around 8.30am, and get a lot of those little jobs done before the phone starts ringing

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Rugby and football Q: What sport can you play? A: Rugby Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: Coronation street Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward (hee hee hee) Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad?

Q: What was your last Tweet/status update? A: We offered anybody who recommended a friend to us that had a property to rent €50 cash and €100 cash if they have a house to sell

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Steak and chips Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously?

A: When we were kids we went to Wales in the middle of Hurricane Charlie

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: My honeymoon in South Africa

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Coach to the Leinster Rugby Team

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Relax and spend time with my family

PUBLIC Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has announced a major step forward to integrated transport ticketing for the people of Dublin. The National Transport Authority has enlisted the support of over 500 customers to use the system – which will be known as Leap Card – in advance of full public launch. The customers signed up to take part in the test on a dedicated website, www.integratedticketing. ie earlier in November. They are currently using their Leap Card to pay for travel on Dublin Bus, Luas, DART and Commuter Rail services. The Leap Card is going to make paying for travelling around Dublin much easier for commuters, as well as less frequent users of public transport. Customers will top up their Leap Card with travel credit at shops, Luas stops, or online. Then, their card can then be used to pay for travel by holding it against an electronic reader. The readers are located on board buses, on Luas platforms, and in DART

and commuter rail stations in Dublin’s short hop zone. The card will be durable and reusable so customers will be able to repeat the cycle of topping up and using as often as they like. --------------------------

The full-scale roll-out will take place on a phased basis --------------------------

The full-scale rollout will take place on a phased basis. The first stage is scheduled to take place later this month, once the final phase of customer testing is complete. It will allow customers to pay-as-you-go on the participating transport operators. Once the system is up and running, additional complementary services will be made available during 2012. These include the capacity to top up the Leap Card with integrated period tickets, as well as a facility that can automatically top up a user’s card when it starts to run low on travel credit.

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GazetteTTRAVEL WinterTravel Stunning seafood from the culinary capital See what Scotland has to offer for the perfect action-packed winter getaway destination

IF you’re looking for a snowy break that won’t break the bank, then look no further than Scotland. Offering great value and surprises around every corner, Scotland is the perfect destination for an action-packed winter getaway. Thanks to its close proximity to Ireland, Scotland is ideal for a weekend break. For a longer holiday there is an array of surprising winter sports available from snowshoeing in the Western Highlands to whizzing through the Cairngorms in a dog sled. Here are some of the best things to do in Scotland this winter. Grab a gondola at Nevis Range

Offering a mix of runs for expert and novice skiers, the breathtaking Nevis Range ski area near Fort William offers something for everyone. Visitors can grab a gondola up to the north face of Aonach Mor, the eighth highest mountain in Britain where they can enjoy spectacular views of the Highlands. As well as skiing there is a host of exciting and novel activities, including snowshoeing which involves wearing special snowshoes and trekking through the Scottish wilderness. Enjoy a husky ride through the Highlands. Many might think that dog-sledding is something that only takes place in distant winter destinations but the Cairngorm Sled dog Centre is home to 30 sled dogs from all over the world. For those looking for an adventure in the snow, a visit here is a must. Visitors can experience the awesome thrill of being led through a Highland landscape by a pack of world-class sled dogs currently in training for European events and mountain expeditions. The centre allows participants to interact with the dogs before sitting in comfort on a sled-dog buggy and enjoying unrivalled views of the Cairngorms. For something really

unusual visitors can travel at night by floodlight, possibly spotting herds of red deer roaming in the wild.

Eat at Scotland’s highest restaurant

As Scotland’s most renowned ski destination, Cairngorm Mountain ski area offers surprises around every corner. With more than 30km of ski runs, a snowboard park, a sledging park and cross-country ski, it also features acres of alpine scenery that will appeal to avid walkers and families keen on outdoor pursuits. Visitors can scale the heights of Cairngorm Mountain without too much exertion, as it features Scotland’s only funicular railway. This relaxing traverse up the mountain transports passengers to The Ptarmigan, Britain’s highest restaurant. From here unprecedented views of the mountains can be enjoyed whilst receiving some Highland hospitality.

Take a magic carpet ride in The Lecht

Sitting high in the eastern Cairngorms some 2,000ft above sea level is the Lecht ski area. Although it is the smallest and most compact of the Scottish ski centres, surprisingly it offers some of the most consistent snow in Scotland. Here you will find five beautiful green-graded runs, including the Magic Carpet, a conveyer-belt style lift which is ideal for stepping out onto the snow for the first time. Beginners can also try out the unusual sport of snow tubing, which involves sliding down purpose-built slopes on an inflatable tyre tube. Travelling from Ireland to Scotland:

There are some excellent discounts to be had on ferries from Belfast and flights throughout Ireland, making Scotland even more accessible. Keep your eyes peeled for deals coming your way on

MIMI MURRAY enjoys a

trip to the south-west

WEST Cork is constantly in the headlines, and for good reason. It is up there as the culinary capital of Ireland, with several stunning restaurants and bars as well as some amazing scenery. East Cork is often seen as the poor relation and one of the main towns, Youghal, is one of those places that is definitely in need of a bit of a revival. The beach is lovely but the town is showing signs of faded grandeur and the building of a Tesco store just outside of it has affected local businesses. Unfortunately, this is the case country-wide and it is such a shame because some of the classical old buildings and shop fronts are stunning and, with a lick of paint, an instant facelift could be given. There is plenty to do and see close by and if you cross the border into Waterford, don’t tell the locals. We did, and went on a visit to Lismore Heritage village with its

stunning castle. We also stopped off in Dungarvan, another pretty little town with a lovely marina. Another option would be the short trip west, further into county Cork to Middleton, and the home of Jameson. We stayed in Aherne’s in Youghal, a lovely little

with lots of lovely little nooks and crannies. We were given a great table away from a large party celebrating a 70th birthday, which added to the atmosphere of the place, but, not in an intrusive way. We did not realise the fish fest we were about


‘Again, it was one of the freshest pieces of fish and was so delicate and light that I am still dreaming about it’ --------------------------------------------------------

townhouse with a fish restaurant and bar underneath. The owner said that on a visit to Padstow years ago and seeing what Rick Stein had done with his place, he decided he had to add bedrooms above the restaurant. Our room had lots of old-world charm and, after a long day sightseeing, we decided to read and take a little nap. The restaurant itself is very nice and cavernous

to embark on but, being on the coast, you would expect the seafood to be good and we were not disappointed. I started with the tastiest, freshest prawns in a delicious garlic butter whilst my husband had Galway Bay Oysters served naturally with just a squeeze of lemon and Tabasco. Yum. For my main I went for the Black Sole which, again, was cooked the best way - simply- on the bone with lemon, oil and

Aherne’s in Youghal was

butter. Again, it was one of the freshest pieces of fish and was so delicate and light that I am still dreaming about it. Brian had a trio of fish, prawns, scallops and monkfish cooked in a moreish sauce made from the scallop roe. Heavenly. For dessert I had a coffee meringue, which wasn’t to my taste but my husband liked it, and finished off most of that as well as his own rhubarb parfait. The meal was a triumph and I will definitely return to east Cork for Aherne’s fish alone. Breakfast was also a winner with more fish on the menu. Brian had panfried cod and had to ask the chef for the recipe, it was so good. I went for scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Lots of juice and coffee set us up for the long drive home. See their website at

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TravelBriefs Lanzarote is proving as popular as ever with Irish holidaymakers

Banish the post-festive January blues with a selection of winter sun destinations FOR those looking to get away from the post-festive gloom in January, Direct Holidays have a selection of winter sun offers, with prices starting at €359. Proving their enduring popularity with the Irish holidaymakers this year are the destinations of Lanzarote, Egypt and Gran Canaria, each with average temperatures reaching 20 degrees during the winter months. With year round sunshine, the island of Lanzarote promises clear blue skies and long, wide beaches to relax on. Stay at the two-star Los Hibiscos in Puerto Del Carmen on a self-catering basis for seven nights from €409 based on two sharing, or from €359 for three sharing, departing January 15. Upgrade to the fourstar Hotel San Antonio, in Puerto Del Carmen on a half-board basis for seven nights from €589 per person

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sharing, departing January 22. Direct Holidays are also featuring deals in Egypt, where seven nights in the four-star Joleville Maritim, in the popular resort of Naama Bay, is available from €559 per person departing January 5 on a bed and breakfast basis. The three-star St George Resort in Hadaba is available for €539 per person all inclusive, departing January 12. A seven-night stay in Gran Canaria at the three-star IFA Interclub in the relaxed resort of San Agustin starts from €599 per person on an all inclusive basis, for January 21 departure, or for three sharing from €569. To book, or for more details on any of the discounts on offer call (01) 514 03 41 or log on to www. Offers subject to availability, prices correct at time of issue.

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The Nutcracker Suite and The Snow Queen THIRTY-SEVEN of Ireland’s most talented young dancers will perform this Season in Celebration of its 15th Anniversary. They will delight and dazzle everyone from the youngest to the most seasoned theatergoers. Snowflakes, flowers and sweets, Snow Queen, Ice Maidens and Doves all wrapped up in Tchaikovsky’s and Stravinsky’s glorious music scores. Catch the show at 8pm on December 9, and 3pm and 8pm on December 10.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 A Christmas Carol

DIRECTED by Geoffrey O’Keeffe, this is a heartwarming tale of transformation and joy. It is one of the best loved and most quoted stories of the “Man who invented Christmas” English writer Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since. The show opens with the townspeople milling about, singing Christmas carols and enjoying each other’s company. This show runs until December 20 at 7.30pm. Admission:€18/€15 Family of 5:€55

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Scheherazade and 1001 Arabian Nights BETRAYED by his former wife, King Shahriyar vows to marry, love and then behead a new bride each night, never to be betrayed again. Having murdered thousands of women, he encounters the beautiful and wise Scheherazade, who pleads to tell a story before her impending execution. For 1001 nights, he postpones her execution enthralled, as he awaits her next tale of love, lust, hilarity or sorrow. Catch the show on Saturday, December 10 at 8pm. Tickets €20/€15 conc/€12 (under 16s)

Lonely Parisian orphan, Hugo (Butterfield) and his new friend, Isabelle (Moretz) are keen to uncover what his late father’s automaton may reveal, once all its parts are restored and replaced – but will it be the write mystery that he’s looking to have answered?

Hugo’ll and see it This film for children has much to offer older viewers, as it’s also almost a loving tribute to the beauty of cinema Q KATE CROWLEY

SPEAKING of horrors – well, I was, in last week’s review, which is a lazy way to link something together, but I’m sure I can rely on my dear and loyal readers (yes, both of you), not to let the cat out of the bag – even a hardened reviewer like, ahem, myself hasn’t quite the stomach for the recently released Happy Feet Two. You see, the thought of seeing even more singin’, dancin’, wisecrackin’ CG penguins is a little upsettin’ to yours truly. I mean, of course I love penguins, but I couldn’t eat a whole one – or, rather, I just can’t quite stomach this CG sequel to the not-exactly-brilliant earlier film. And so, splashing away from that okay-ish children’s film, I’m making a beeline straight towards, um, another children’s film instead, which doesn’t smell quite as

FILM OF THE WEEK: Hugo +++/++++ (PG) 125 mins Director: Martin Scorcese Starring: Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Frances de la Tour

OUR VERDICT: BASED on a best-selling book, Hugo is a visual delight from a director back on top of his game – despite this being his first children’s film. Perhaps it may be a little too thoughtful for children to fully warm to – Parisian orphan boy versus the appeal of singing chipmunks, anyone? – but it’s also a richly-detailed tribute to the power and emotion of cinema, making it also a film about film ...

fishy. (Ah ha! See what I did there?) In an interesting career move, Martin Scorcese has made his first children’s film, Hugo, and created it with his typically masterful style. His train of thought appears to have taken him right back to the very roots of cinema, and to many themes that have endured throughout cinema for the past century. Hugo (Butterfield) is a lonely orphan, living in a vast Parisian railway station at the start of the 1930s, where he ekes out a living amongst its great

clocks, surrounded by the station’s oddball characters. (As a random aside, I quietly thrill to any film starring the legendary 287-year-old Christopher Lee, who seems to be about twice the age of Mr Crowley, yet twice as awesome. But I digress.) Hugo’s clock-winding ways are partly to do with his obsession – an old curio belonged to his late father (Law); one of those curious writing automatons that Le Rich People used to amuse themselves with, once upon a time. However, the automa-

ton (which Hugo is convinced can reveal some secret of his late father’s) doesn’t work. Alas! In fact, through Hugo’s, ahem, “liberation” of clockwork parts from around the station (to the chagrin of its shopkeepers and oddball characters), the automaton has been fully restored – all save the final part that’s needed to make it work, and to reveal whatever secret it may “know”: a heart-shaped key. N ow, y o u d o n ’t suppose that Isabelle (Moretz), the daughter of a fed-up toy shop owner, might be able to help Hugo find this key, do you, and thus reveal what it may, or may not, be programmed to reveal from dear old dad? Hugo isn’t the kind of routine children’s film that we’re used to, and that’s because it’s almost like two films jostling for attention, which makes me magnaminously

bestow upon it a twograde system, depending on who’s going to see it. (And good luck to the production boys back at Gazette Towers on working out how to show what I mean.) As a children’s film, it’s more thoughtful, and not quite as “commercial”, as most children’s films are these days, as it’s definitely more intellectually loaded than most. This can make it a little ... slow, I suspect; undoubtedly entertaining for kids, but not always rivetting. However, many adults will probably be thrilled at this homage to cinema itself, as Hugo is jammed with all kinds of nods at cinema itself, with the film absolutely packed in visual symbolism that mirror a lot of cinema’s “greatest hits”. An okay film for kids, Hugo is a visual delight for any cinema fan, making it a film well worth making tracks for.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING When visionaries look to move on ... SHANE DILLON

AT THE time of going to press, ripples were spreading out across the gaming press at the news surrounding a littleknown (to the greater gaming public) but greatly-respected (to the gaming press and critics) figure, and the news of his reported decision to leave Sony, where he’s been responsible for some outstanding titles. Fumito Ueda is one of a number of Japanese games figures who has had a big impact – with critics, and devoted fans – despite only leading his team to create a meagre body of work. But what work! The Japanese games’ developer has overseen a small canon of titles, but such was the unique vision and high quality of his previous games – the legendary PlayStation 2 titles, Ico, and Shadow of the Colossus (both available in a HD-remastered compilation for the PS3,


‘Quieter’ titles in stores are just as important as all of the triple-A titles that get all the biggest headlines --------------------------

as I’ve written about previously) – that his latest, long-delayed project for the PlayStation 3 has kept an awful lot of people around the world maintaining a determined vigil. However, his delayed current project, The Last Guardian, has missed one release deadline after another, and keeps slipping back in terms of when it may be released – 2012 is still a likely date, but, as fans know with an Euda-san title, that’s not guaranteed. With his reputation as a focused visionary, and

as something of an auteur, it’s not quite a huge surprise that there would be great speculation about how long he would stay making games for Sony, or, indeed, how long Sony might want to continue that partnership. After all, where some key titles can come out every year or 18 months, Ueda-san’s games can take three, four or five years to appear, and, while they’ve been lauded by critics, and raved about by some gamers, they’ve not exactly set the sales counters on fire. Why should the news of a Japanese games’ designer’s purported – yet, at the time of going to press, not fully authenticated – decision to leave Sony matter to Dublin gamers, even if he is, apparently, to continue to bring this latest project to fruition in a freelance capacity? It matters because, despite all the razzmatazz that surrounds all the major games titles and series on all the plat-

forms, “maverick” designers creating singularly unique titles are just as important, doing much to craft the art, passion and thoughtfulness that gaming can feature at its very best. Away from all of the fast cars and big guns that dominate much, if not most, of the gaming coverage in almost every mainstream paper, titles such as those that Uedasan has been responsible for have done much to add to the critical kudos of the platform they appear on. For all of the blockbuster titles that all gaming platforms promote – and should, perfectly understandably – the “quieter” titles that don’t sell anywhere near as many copies at retail, but which impress critics more than the triple-A titles, as well as making a lasting impression on fans, are just as important, and generally bring a memorable quality to their titles that their big-

budget brothers often lack. For example, I’d struggle to recall and describe a single Call of Duty mission from just two years ago, but I could ramble on for hours about Ryo Hazuki’s wanderings around Yokosuka Harbour in Shenmue, which came out on Sega’s fondly-recalled Dreamcast back in 1999. Of course, even if Uedasan does leave Sony, I’ve no doubt that his (potential) swansong title will be something really unique for the PS3, and if he remains, but moves to another division, that he’ll continue to strengthen the console’s appeal. For now, it seems that the speculation will continue to mount as to whether or not The Last Guardian will be a last work of gaming genius from an almost obscure (but highly-influential) gaming guru, or just the next step to something even greater for Sony, and for cool titles.

Get Kinect-ed to this great competition prize HERE at The Gazette Group, we’ve teamed up with XBox to offer readers a great prize. Following on from the recent launch of Kinect Sports 2 for Kinect for Xbox 360, five lucky readers can be in with a chance to win a copy of the games, Kinect Sports 1 and Kinect Sports 2. Kinect Sports 2 expands on the Kinect Sports experience, using the Kinect sensor for the XBox 360, and its rare and big park games include six of the most popular and exciting sports: tennis, baseball, darts, golf, football and skiing. To be in with a chance to win your copies, simply email The Gazette with the answer

to the following question: Which of the following sports can you play on Kinect Sports 2? A. Darts B. Rugby C. Water Polo Email your answer to, with the subject line “Kinect”, before Friday, December 16. All correct entries will be entered into a draw, and five winners will be selected at random to win one of the prizes, which will be posted out. For more information on Kinect Sports, see

Five readers can win a copy of Kinect Sports 2, for the XBox 360

While fans and industry figures wait to see what Fumito Ueda may move on to next – if he indeed moves on from Sony – in the meantime, the wait continues for his next PS3 title, The Last Guardian (inset)


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Local vocals fire the Choir for charity sessions

THE vocal talents of members of several clubs from Gazette country have been gracing the screens of TG4 in recent weeks, and will shortly be available to buy just ahead of Christmas in aid of good causes. T he Pitch Per fect choir, selected from local GAA clubs and parishes all over Ireland, were followed by the documentary crew

as they came together to realise their dream of performing at Croke Park, singing in front of a crowd of over 82,000 people on the day of the All-Ireland football final on September 3 this year. The choiristers come from all over the country, and include the local talents of Gemma Moody from Clondalkin’s Round Towers, Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh

clubman Terry Bushe, Kilamcud Crokes stalwart Matt Cahill, Sheila Pollock from Lucan Sarsfields, Kieran Kilbride and Eibhlís Organ from Churchtown. Two mentors, international soprano Niamh Murray and composer and former musical director with R iverdance, Colm O’Foghlu, weeded out their selection of altos, sopranos, basses and tenors and trained the 30 voices

The members of TG4’s Pitch Perfect choir

over an eight-week period and moulded them into a choir representing clubs from all corners of Ireland. Pitch Per fect also provides an insight into how top county teams

work and train to reach their ultimate footballing stage, Croke Park, with the GAA backdrop being offered by the voices of such notable former GA A playing stars as Coman Goggins

of Dublin. Filming took place at locations from Maynooth College to the Gaiety Theatre to the National Concert Hall. The recording of some of the songs from

the programme, Songs of Shelter, are being released next week, and proceeds from the sale of the record will go to the charity, Focus. For more information, see

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All-Ireland goal hero Kevin McManamon and Darren Brennan

Ciaran Mahon and Shay get in on the action

Cliona, Cian and Aislinn Cosgrave

Sam On Tour ’11

All-Ireland arrives at Glenside HE Glenside Pub was the latest venue across the capital to play host to the venerated Sam Maguire trophy as it makes it way across Dublin to celebrate the senior footballer’s great achievement in winning the All Ireland trophy this year.


Paul Mangan and Willy Devitt

Staff members of the Glenside Pub with the Sam Maguire trophy. Pictures:

Tom Mangan, Paul Mangan Snr, Eoghan Mangan and Paul Mangan Jnr

Bren Byrne, Darren Brennan, Noel Brennan and Brendan Fitz

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FastSport Sailing duo start at disadvantage in Perth

Phoenix members Barry Dunne, Isabel Collins, Adam Lynch, Anne McAdam, Bernard O’Sullivan and John Fortune

Phoenix chilling ahead of Riga trip

MEMBERS of the Phoenix Swim Club in Clondalkin will be travelling to Riga, Latvia, to swim in the World Winter Swimming Championships in January. The nine members of the team are in for quite a challenge as they will be swimming in a 25-metre outdoor pool cut into the ice on a frozen lake, and they will take part in the 25m breaststroke and front crawl, 50m breaststroke and front crawl, and a 450-metre endurance swim. In preparation for this, they are swimming at the

40ft in Sandycove every Sunday morning. The club, formed in 1999, has over 50 members and they normally train in the Clondalkin Leisure Centre. It boasts several members who hold and have held national record holders in Masters competitions, travelling to Casablanca Morocco, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, as well as in national competitions. Phoenix Swimming Club compete each year in the Leinster Open Sea Races along the coast of Dublin. The two most prestigious races in the summer are the Dublin

City Liffey Swim and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim. Valerie Spollen won the Liffey Swim, while John Fortune, Anne McAdam and Anne Marie Kendrick have won the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race. Phoenix has a tradition of going to the sea at least once a week, summer or winter. Hardy swimmers are known to walk across snow or ice to take their weekly plunge, and in January 2012, nine of these swimmers are planning to go to Riga, Latvia and participate in the World Winter Championships. The competition will take place where the river

and the Baltic Sea meet, where the air temperature can be below -20 degrees. The pool is cut out of thick ice with a chainsaw. A motor keeps the water moving in order to stop it from freezing over. The first race involves swimming 25m breaststroke with head up, diving is not permitted nor is tumble turning. The swimmer is permitted to wear a swim cap or, if they wish, a woolly hat and a normal swimsuit. No wetsuits are allowed. After that, swimmers can compete in a 450m swim. For more information, contact AnneMarie Kendrick on 087 282 1175.

Leaping for to see UCD in friendlies Win tickets charity: Eamon launches Mile

Villarreal finished UCD AFC have announced recently that fourth in last seasons La they will host two friend- Liga and so are qualifiers next season’s Chamly METRO matches St at the Belfield Brigi’d legendfor Eamonn pions Bowl against Scotland’s Coghlan prepares to hurdle a League. As well as this, they have a wide Stfence Johnstone FC on July raceat Leopardstown range 10,course, and Spain’s Villarreal the new venue for this of talented footballers CF on July 16. year’s flagship GOAL Mile. Theat their disposal with Barcelona target St Johnstone finished Mile will be held at Leopardstown and former eighth in the SLP last on Christmas morning from 10am Manchester United player, Giuseppe season, and have a long to 12 noon. More than 100 GOAL Rossi, on tradition in Scottish miles will be held throughout Ire-the top of the list. Visit football. Former playersperiod. land over the festive GazetteSpor t and include Sir Alex Ferguson for more details. UCD are giving lucky and Ally McCoist.

readers the chance to win pairs of tickets to these matches. Simply answer the following question: Where was Villarreal striker Guiseppe Rossi born? Send your answer, together with your name, address and mobile phone number, to sport@, with “UCD Friendlies” in the subject line of the mail.

UCD’s Robbie Benson

MALAHIDE’S Scott Flanigan and Booterstown’s Ger Owens’ beginning to their Olympic 470 sailing qualifying campaign got off to a tough start as the pair’s rigging, ropes and spares were lost en route to Perth. They are currently in Australia aiming to secure a place inside the top 20 nations at the world championships to hand Ireland a berth at the London Olympics. Flanigan, the youngest member of the Irish team at the competition carried the flag at last Friday’s opening ceremony while Owens is aiming to create a bit of unique history by becoming the first Irish 470 sailor to compete in the three Games. Rathfarnham’s Annalise Murphy claimed victory in her second race of the laser radial regatta to get off to a superb start. Competition continues for the next week.

Ireland trio make the team of World Cup ’11 LEINSTER ‘S Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell were the Ireland players who made the official Rugby World Cup dream team, voted for by international fans of the New Zealand celebration of the sport’s Facebook page. Ireland captain O’Driscoll took nearly 50% of the votes to make the Dream Team. A

consistent performer for Ireland, O’Driscoll added to his impressive tally of international tries with a well-taken try in the pool match against Italy. Based on suggestions from the online community, a shortlist of names per position was created each day and put to the vote, with over 160,000 votes being cast along the way. The other players in the XV were made up of players from the semi-finalists, Wales, New Zealand and France.

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Local sides suffer FAI Inter Cup losses

LOCAL soccer sides Wayside Celtic and Mount Merrion both bowed out of the FAI Intermediate Cup last weekend at the third round stage, missing out on a place in the FAI Senior Cup in the process. LSL champions Wayside were undone by Killester United, in what is their first run at the event since switching from junior football in the AUL to the higher level. Killester ran up a stunning

4-1 win to send a few reverberations around the domestic football scene, as Michael Keogh was on the mark twice with David Fitzsimons and Ian Graham also weighing in with goals as they used their pace to full effect to cause havoc for the Jackson Park club. It repeated the 2006 Senior Cup result in which Killester stunned Wayside, but this new departure was still a surprise, and has now seen Killester installed as third favourites for the inter title. For Merrion, Gary Crowley

had levelled when his shot deflected past Keith Gallagher in the Cherry Orchard goal to leave the game in the balance at 1-1. But Ian McNeill found a winner to take the dual bonus of a fourth round spot in the FAI Inter Cup and a place in the Senior Cup first round draw for a delighted Cherry Orchard side. The sub struck from the edge of the box late in the game at Ringsend Park to deny Merrion a second chance of making it through.

Crumlin were another side from South Dublin to move on in the competition when they got the better of near rivals Ballyfermot United with a 3-0 away win on the Coldcut Road. Crumlin are going for a third win in four seasons, and they had far too much for Ballyfermot, who reside three divisions lower than their opponents in the league register. Ger Rowe, Martin Cramer’s penalty and a second half goal from Darren Forsyth completed a comfortable win.

Corinthian effort sees them close to IHL slot RUGBY: SEAPOINT BESTED AS WESLEY WORK CORINTHIAN put Clontarf to the sword last Saturday to maintain their push for an Irish Hockey League place as they ran up a 6-2 victory at Whitechurch Park. Player-coach Lucas Piccioli’s treble punished the Bulls who never got to the pace of the game. There was four in the gap before James Gurbiel got his second goal of the campaign while Andrew Butler’s tidy deflection completed the scoring. Prior to that, the Reds over-ran Clontarf with a series of close range goals as with regular overloads in the Bulls’ circle, they were able to play their way around the Clontarf defence with ease. Davy Carson netted his tenth of the season while there was a first strike for Kiwi import, Lloyd McLoughlin. For Marlay neighbours, Three Rock Rovers, their IHL ambitions were dented further by a 1-0 loss to Railway Union. Eoin MacArthur’s contested corner rebound 20 minutes from time proved the sole divider between the sides, a far closer affair than the two prior hammerings the Park Avenue hosts inflicted on Rovers. The goal came from a scrappy penalty corner which saw the injection miscued, leading to a slap-shot which bounced around the circle before MacArthur bundled into the goal, Rovers claiming it hit his body en route. It was an even tie in the first half but Railway bossed the second period in a bitty game of few clear-cut chances. Rob Abbott and Karl Chapple could have increased the lead while Rovers were denied a leveller when Gavin Bourke’s effort was ruled out as he flipped a ball into the air and volleyed into the goal, danger cited as the reason for disallowing it. There were better fortunes in the Irish Junior Cup, though, as Eoin Buttanshaw’s golden goal deflection to Roly Budd’s pass saw Three Rock advance 3-2 in South Antrim. Jonny Dalrymple had give Three Rock an early lead but the Ulster side were in front when Paul Maguire and Mark Gray netted. Andy Macken forced extra-time before 16-year-old Buttanshaw won the game three minutes into extra-time.

Old Wesley took the hours when they visited Kilbogget Park for their first UBL match against Seapoint

Old Wesley win local derby ULSTER BANK DIVISION 2A Seapoint Old Wesley

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OLD Wesley produced yet another big secondhalf comeback when they score 20 unanswered points at Kilbogget Park to get the better of Seapoint in their first-ever Ulster Bank League encounter. The newcomers to the division had risen into promotion contention and looked well set to continue that charge when they led 17-3 at the break. But Wesley, inspired

by skipper Tristan Goodbody, stormed back into the game to run up a win that keeps them third in the division and two points off leaders DLSP. The visitors kicked off into the stiff breeze but did take the lead 10 minutes in when Barry McLaughlin opened the scoring with a well str uck penalty kick, keeping it low and hard into the wind. Chris O’Brien, taking over kicking duties from Brian Keegan, responded with a similar threepointer to level matters. Wesley seemed to be forging the initiative up front and were held

up from one particular drive from the pack. But Seapoint hit back five minutes before the break with two tries in as many minutes as Mark O’Connor and Stephen Boucher both crossed the whitewash. They found the right gear when some indecision in the Wesley defence allowed them cross for the first try. Just three minutes later the hosts struck again when they struck out wide with O’Connor breaking from his own half. It left an imposing margin between the sides at the break but within two minutes of

the change of ends, Wesley brought play into the opposition 22, allowing the pack to drive over the line for a try by Wesley’s Goodbody. T he visiting pack grew in stature and were causing major problems for Seapoint and, in turn, keeping play in the opposition half. Stephen Harvey looked to be over for a second try but play was called back for a forward pass. A McLaughlin penalty brought the score to 17-13 with 20 minutes remaining. Then ten minutes later, a high kick put the Seapoint defence under pressure

bringing play deep into their 22. David O’Connor showed good hands with a pick-up and pass to substitute John Carroll for Wesley’s second try. McLaughlin again nailed the conversion giving Wesley a 20-17 lead. With five minutes to go, McLaughlin struck again with an excellent penalty kick from the half-way line, achieving a highly skilful five out of five with the boot. Seapoint did make a late rally bringing play into the Wesley 22 but the defence stood firm before the referee blew for full time.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S CONGRATULATIONS to the minor ladies football team on completing league and championship double. Well done to the U-21B footballers on their championship win. General Meetings : Camogie AGM on December 8; Football AGM on

Browne 086 223 0739. Player’s Christmas night is on Saturday in the Members’ Lounge. Chris tma s r af f le ticket s now available behind the bar. Draw takes place in clubhouse on Saturday, December 17.

December 12; Hurling section AGM

Many thanks to Ellis Pharmacy

on Thursday, December 15. Further

Woodstown, sponsors of the U-21

details on the website.

and junior hurlers.

Santa Claus will visit the club on Saturday from 3 to 5.30 pm

Condolence s to the family of former Dublin hurler, Liam Walsh.

the senior citizens Christmas

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 8,

par t y is nex t Sunda y. Cont act

22, 15 and 24. The Jackpot of €8,000

Tommy Clinton 086 253 3704 or Dan

wasn’t won.

WANDERERS SINCERE ST sy m p at h i e s t o D e s

information contact Niall on 086 885

Hopkins on the recent pa ssing


of his mother, Anne Hopkins. The

Ladies’ training is on Mondays

thoughts and prayers of all at the

and Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Con-

club are with Des and his family at

tact Darren on 087 664 7205.

this time. Kilmacud Crokes claimed victory in the AFL1 final against Crumlin courtesy of ten-points from Kevin O’Loughlin

Ar dheis De go r aibh a anam

There was no winner of this week’s Lotto jackpot.

uasail. The club AGM will take place

Numbers drawn were 11, 21 and 30;

Crokes’ hurlers at peak of their power

on Thursday, December 8 at 8pm

€25 goes to Bess and girls, Deirdre

sharp in the clubhouse.

Hughes, Alice Corry, Pat Tierney.


prizes including Hampers from 1st

All content, feedback or sugges-

to 10th prize. Please support this

tions should be emailed to pro@

important fund raiser for the club.

Kilmacud Crokes Crumlin

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KEVIN O’Loughlin’s ten-point haul brought the AHL1 title to Glenalby n as K ilmacud Crokes withstood Crumlin’s late charge to add to their recent run of hurling titles. The intermediate side claimed a league and championship double while the Minor A side took home their championship, all within the past week to make it a famous fortnight for the club. At O’Toole Park last Sunday, they were well clear for much of the tie but were forced to endure a ner v y end when Sean Stafford nabbed a late goal to put the game back in the balance. But a couple of heroic blocks from the likes of Ross O’Carroll and Adrian Grogan

ensured they ended the tie deservedly on top, capping a season which saw the side top the regular season. O’Loughlin’s freetaking was something to behold as he accrued seven frees as well as a ’65 and a sideline cut in his tally. He opened his account in putting his side three points clear inside the opening ten minutes after former Dublin U-21 star Conor Clinton and James B u r ke h a d a l r e a d y weighed in before Crumlin could get on the board. Naomhan O’Riordan, though, responded in kind and helped build the lead to four before O’Loughlin and Adam McGreal began a direct battle of wills from frees. It was one which the Crokes’ man won by four points to three with his superb sideline cut the pick of them

to make it a five-point game at interval. O’Loughlin tacked on another just after the break but Crumlin were not about to lie down and McGreal – en route to 0-5 – cleared the bar once more and the big move came when Shane Martin latched onto the sliotar with a deft piece of skill and comprehensively finished. K ilmacud, though, kept their nerve and momentum to keep the points rolling along. Clinton and O’Riordran each added their second score.

O’Riordan was forced to take an early shower along with Crumlin’s Shane Ryan in the closing ten minutes. But O’Loughlin continued serenely on his way, clearing the bar at each turn to move the lead out to five points before Stafford netted Crumlin’s second goal with time virtually up. It proved to give the endgame a little extra bite but Kilmacud stayed ahead to take home the silver ware and continue the gold rush for the Stillorgan flyers.

Adult mens’ junior As and Bs

Jackpot next week is €900.

should contact their managers

Wanderer s’ club car sticker s

regarding training plans for next

available to purchase this week,


contact any committee member

Christmas raffle tickets on sale now at €2 each from all Committee members and players. Great

All members and players are asked to sell as many as possible.

for details, €3 each. The new club website is now live at

If you would like a notice mentioned in the club notes please

Under-15 boys’ training is on Tues-

contact Stephen on 0879789843

day nights at 7.30pm and Under-15

or no later

girls’ training on Wednesdays at

than 10am Monday morning each

6.30pm at Frank Kelly Park.


All new players welcome. For more

BALLINTEER ST JOHN’S THERE was no winner of last week’s

Bingo continues every Monday in

Lotto draw. Numbers drawn were 7,

the clubhouse at 8pm. All members,

12, 18 and 22.

friends, family and neighbours are

Nex t week’s dr aw will be for


€4,400. Tickets are available online

The func tion r oom is fr ee on

at www.ballinteerst or

December 10. Contact Dermot for

from the usual outlets.


The AGM was well attended on

Well done to Under-21 footballers

Frida y night. Thanks to all who

for reaching the quarter-final of


the championship.

The Parish Cup is being organised

For more information on the club

for December 17. Strict residence

and events, log on to www.balint-

rules will apply.

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NAOMH Olaf will celebrate their 30th anniversary this Saturday in the company of GAA President, Christy Cooney, who will attend the launch of Treasured Memories, a complete anthology of the Sandyford club’s history. The book was put together by Brendan McGlynn, one of the club’s founder members back in 1981, who has since gone on to serve for 21 years in various capacities on the committee. Initially serving the Ballyogan, Balally and Sandyford catchment areas, the club extended into Dundrum and Churchtown in 1999, with McGlynn part of the organizational structure. During that time, he says he did his “best work” as the club PRO during which he compiled, either himself or via mentors, reports from all of the club’s big matches, as well as amassing a wealth of photos. Many of these made their way into the Three Rock Panorama newspaper while such skills saw McGlynn put

together a souvenir programme for the opening of the clubhouse in Pairc ui Bhriain back in 1994. McGlynn told the Gazette this week that he followed many of the same principles that guided that programme, but says this publicaton is on a much larger scale. It follows the highs and lows on the field of play in football, hurling, ladies’ football and camogie, outlines the funding and building of the club premises, details the off-field activities including Scor, the thriving Golf Society, the Club’s annual golf classic and corporate lunches in Croke Park. As such, the book is pitched as “a vital piece of kit for any Naomh Olaf GAA club member or former member”. It is a project that McGlynn says has brought him even closer to the club that he has been involved in since its very inception. “It has renewed a lot of memories and has made a connection with the younger population of the club which wouldn’t have been as well-known to me.

Naomh Olaf’s Fearghal Purcell and Shane Whyte celebrate an AIB Cup success

“I was priviliged when asked by the committee two years ago to compile a history of the club for the 30th anniversary. This hasn’t been a one-man show but an effort by a number of members that enjoyed a leading role. “Naomh Olaf played an important part in my life. It has given me the

opportunity to meet, work and socialise with so many wonderful people over the years, people I would never have had the opportunity of meeting were it not for the club.” The event to launch the book gets underway at 7pm on Saturday evening in the clubhouse.


Olafs celebrate 30th birthday


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