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Snow-ho-ho: Having fun on a walk to school THESE Whitechurch National

Hurling: Dublin manager set for 2012 challenges Page 32

School pupils were delighted to be in the right place at the right time – just about – for some fun with a very light (and very brief) snowfall as they walked to their Rathfarnham school on a chilly morning recently. They were taking part in a COW day, choosing the healthy and encironmentallyfriendly option to Cycle Or Walk to school, rather than avail of car journeys, and with the unexpected snow providing an ice surprise. Picture: Geraldine Woods

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Outrage as council fails to cut rates

Manager blames ‘flawed process’ for the decision


A DECISION not to cut commercial rates in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown at a special council budget meeting has outraged already hardpressed local businesses. County Manger, Owen Keegan, blamed a “flawed

revaluation” process for the fact that no reduction would be made in rates this year. The decision not to make a cut came in spite of a call from Neil Keenan, president of the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Chamber, to reduce rates. In a letter sent to councillors in December, Mr Keenan

said: “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has the highest rates of any of the Dublin area local authorities. “If the proposed council budget is adopted, the gap will worsen, because the other local authorities in Dublin are reducing their rates for 2012.” Full Story on Page 4

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HEALTH Clients, carers and staff from Dublin celebrate

Phelim and Ursula Brady

Sharing all the joys of Christmas

Failte day centre manager, Mary Bardin, paid tribute to the care, administrative and transport staff who, along with the centre’s clients and

HE spirit of the season was very much to be found at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Failte Day Centre’s Christmas party recently when The Gazette called to help its clients, carers, staff and friends of the centre celebrate Christmas. Operating out of the FOLD Housing with Care Complex in Hartstown, Clonsilla, the day centre has up to 17 clients attending its service daily, with staff striving to offer the best support, assistance and care to its clients with dementia and their carers. To enquire about referring a loved one to Failte Day Centre, you can phone the manager at 01 640 9302, or 086 043 8238, or call into the centre, which endeavours to support both clients with dementia and their carers.


Joan and Karen Nolan

John Toal and Oxana Khilmski. Pictures: Paddy Barrett

Christi, Debbie and Jasmine Cummins

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at the Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s Failte day centre

Eddie and Donal O’Mahoney

Frank Jacob

carers, did so much for the centre in 2011

Thomas Golden and Tim and Mary Canavan

Teresa Caffrey

Ann, Annmarie and Fiona Barnes

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Winners with Woodie’s DIY: Christmas race day fun

€5,000 funding boost for hospice services

WOODIE’S DIY Christmas Hurdle attracted race fans from across the city and beyond to Leopardstown, where an exciting event was enjoyed by all. The winner of Woodie’s DIY Christmas Hurdle was Voler Le Vedette. Pictured making the presentation was Ray Colman, CEO, Woodie’s DIY and his wife, Dolores, with Margaret Brophy (owner), Conor Murphy (trainer) and Andrew Lynch (jockey. Meanwhile, Pam and Noel Askins (lower-left), from Knocklyon, and Miriam and Diarmuid Healy (lower-right), from Glenageary, won a silver service day at the races, courtesy of Woodie’s DIY.

THE Blackrock Hospice got an early Christmas present in December when it was presented with a cheque for €5,000 by staff at Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The cheque will go towards the purchase of specialist equipment to support the hospice’s vital work in the community. Specialist palliative care in the home is a significant element of its service, with as many as 80% of their patients actually being cared for in their homes.

Dramatic increase In recent years, the hospice says it has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for its home care services. Staff of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recently established a new staff charity initiative, named HUG (Hope U Give). The concept is simple – council staff members make voluntary contributions into the HUG fund, which is then redistributed by way of donations to charitable causes. Dave Lawless, chairperson of the HUG committee, said: “This is a fantastic project to be involved in.


Donations “I am very proud of the fact that 100% of all the money raised by the HUG members is given out in donations; not one cent on administration.” He said that the HUG fund recognises that charities are responding to an increased demand for their services while struggling with reduced funding. Lawless added that staff of the council had been delighted to play a positive part in supporting the excellent work of Blackrock Hospice.

A DECISION not to cut commercial rates in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown at a special budget meeting has outraged already hard-pressed local businesses. Many had been hopeful that Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC) would follow the lead of local authorities such as Fingal County Council, which made the decision on Tuesday, December 20 to cut rates by 2%. County Manger, Owen Keegan, blamed a “flawed revaluation” process for the fact that no reduction

Decision not to cut rates outrages local businesses Q DAWN LOVE

would be made in rates. The decision not to make a cut came despite widespread calls from leading members of the business community, such as Neil Keenan, president of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber, for a reduction. In a letter sent to councillors in December, Keenan appealed for a reduction, saying: “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has the highest rates of any of the Dublin area local authorities. “If the proposed council budget is adopted, the gap will worsen, because the other local authorities in Dublin are reducing

their rates for 2012. “We believe this is the wrong message to send to existing and prospective business people in the county,” he said. “SMEs are struggling right now, and rates are one of the few costs that they have not been able to reduce in line with their revenues. “The people who own and work in our SMEs generally live here, are committed to local causes, and personally support the community to a greater extent than virtually any other type of business. If, or when they are lost, a key pillar of the community is lost.

“The retail sector has been particularly affected, having experienced the greatest increases under the rates revaluation process, while being most exposed to a contracting domestic economy. “The increasing numbers of vacant retail premises are direct evidence of this, and I am concerned that there will be more closures early in the new year,” he said. However, in a statement by DLRCC, the council said a “deeply flawed” revaluation process was the reason that no cut was being made in commercial rates for 2012. County Manager, Owen

Keegan, expressed disappointment that it was not possible to reduce commercial rates in 2012 following a 2% reduction in both 2011 and 2010. He said that this was due to the need to make a provision of €2.2m in 2012 against expected losses as a consequence of revaluation appeals. This is in addition to the provision of €3.5m made in 2011. Overall, DLRCC said it is expected that the revaluation, which was intended to be “revenue neutral” to the council, will end up costing the council and benefiting commercial ratepayers in

the region of €5.7m annually – equivalent to a 6.6% reduction in the council’s ARV in 2012. Keggan said: “Overall, the revaluation process has resulted in a gain to the commercial sector to the tune of approximately €5.7 million.” However, he added that “whilst some businesses have gained in this process, there is no doubt that there are other businesses who have lost, primarily in the retail sector, and that, unfortunately, the council has also lost out in a major source of revenue that has not been compensated for by any other source”.

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27 new jobs to be created A TOTAL of 27new jobs are to be created in Dublin South, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, R ichard Bruton, has announced The jobs will be created over the next three years in two high-potential start-up companies, SIM Local in Sandyford and Cab Call Communications in Stillorgan. The announcement has been welcomed by local politicians, including Labour TD Alex White, who said: “If we are to rebuild the economy and get jobs growing again, we must create an indigenous engine of growth. “While foreign direct investment must and will remain an important part of our economic strategy, indigenous businesses will be the key to achieving the levels of growth and employment that we need.”

MUSIC Show celebrates new ‘Best Of’ album

Brit Floyd get their Foot in the Door at the O2 this May Q PAUL HOSFORD

THE music of one of the world’s greatest bands will take centre stage at Dublin’s 02 this May when Pink Floyd tribute band, Brit Floyd, come to town. The band performed to over 50,000 fans in the UK in 2011 and will play Dublin for one night only on Friday, May 4, to perform their brand new show, A Foot In The Door. Especially created by Brit Floyd musical director Damian Darlington, to celebrate the release of the brand new official Pink Floyd ‘Best Of’ album A Foot In the Door, the performance will include all of Pink

Floyd’s best work, in its entirety – track by track – and as selected, personally, by the Pink Floyd band members themselves. As an extra bonus, and back by popular demand, Brit Floyd’s new show will also include a full, 23-minute show-stopping rendition of Echoes, taken from Pink Floyd’s classic 1971 album, Meddle. Darlington is an old hand at this, having spent 17 years in the Australian Pink Floyd show, which is seen as the definitive Floyd tribute, regularly selling out huge venues across the world. “From the age of 15, I was performing round pubs and clubs all around the North West of England with various

Pink Floyd tribute band, Brit Floyd, is coming to Dublin’s O2 this May to perform their new show

bands playing all sorts of music. “Around about the same time as this, I studied music on a number of different courses and at different colleges for four years, finishing up at Salford University in 1991 before spending a month playing a six-nights-aweek residency with an acoustic guitar trio in the Naima Jazz club in Istanbul. “I joined the Australian Pink Floyd Show at the beginning of 1994 and, over a period of almost 17 years, I went on to play close to 1,300 shows all over the world in theatres, halls and arenas such as The Albert Hall, Wembley and O2 arenas in London, the Bell Centre in Montreal and the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, to name a few.” Having played on Comfortably Numb at

Dave Gilmour’s 50th birthday alongside Rick Wright, Darlington’s status amongst the Floyd community is sufficiently high that, when his interests in video and lighting came to the fore, he was able to put them into practise. “Over the last 10 years, I’ve become increasingly

interested in the visual production aspects of staging a rock concert, and working with Bryan Kolupski have helped produce and direct all the video content for TAPFS shows. Working with my brother, Gareth Darlington, I also directed all the soundscape programming for the

Aussie show. I acted as director for both TAPFS DVD releases and, in 2007, I had the privilege of directing John Martyn’s Live at the Round House DVD.” But, it is not all Floyd, as Darlington has plans for other work, that is not all influenced by Gilmour, Waters and Co.

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SCHOOLS Whitechurch National School pupils take part in a

The children were delighted with the sight of the snow,

There was snow way Josh, Ben, Jessica and Stephen Will-Morris were missing out on the day’s fun. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

What an ice way to be health-conscious LTHOUGH it was a blink-andyou’d-miss-it moment, a fleeting flurry of snow added a perfect visual accompaniment for the students of Whitechurch National School, Rathfarnham when they held a special walk just before Christmas. Setting off across the light carpet of


Ruby McGuinness

snow that had fallen in the area overnight, the children were taking part in a COW day – something that moo-ved the pupils, staff and parents to Cycle Or Walk (COW) to school on the day, rather than taking the car. Although everyone would have been delighted just to milk the event for its

Simon and Oscar Comerford with Emily McCarthy

David McGuinness

health- and environmentally-friendly purposes, the day was given an extra boost of fun with the brief snowfall, which gave all concerned an ice surprise as they walked, cycled and slid to school. It was a great way to have a COW day, and a fun day for everyone to really get into the Christmas spirit.

Rachel Low

Bill Needham

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snowy COW (Cycle Or Walk to school) initiative

Luka Batrina-Milligan

which sprinkled some seasonal fun into the day

Keelan Bradley-Brady

Rebecca Coxon and Rachel Webster

Shona McFayden and Hannah McGrane

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COMMUNITY Enjoying a 25th annual Christmas Day lunch

David Murphy and his memorable Christmas jumper

An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Councillor John Bailey, with Marie Carroll. Pictures: Margaret Brown

Sharing the joys of Christmas Day RGANISED by local woman, Margaret Brown (who shares her name with this gallery’s photographer), the 25th annual Dun Laoghaire Christmas Day Lunch was held in Blackrock Rugby Club, providing festive cheer for people who would have otherwise been alone, or unable to get


Warren Fisher

home to loved ones. Joined by other civic-minded citizens, politicians, and An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Councillor John Bailey – not to mention the Christmas diners – the lunch was a cheerful affair, with live music and the appearance of Santa Claus

Barry Dobson, Sean Greene, Gerry Fell and Kieran Brown

Cllr Bailey with Rosie Mooney and Christmas Day lunch organiser, Margaret Brown

bearing gifts adding to the fun, upbeat mood of the day. In excess of 200 guests enjoyed the day, and the delicious five-course meal, while 30 dinners were also delivered to the homeless at Bentley House Hostel, spreading Christmas cheer, comfort and kindness across the area.

James Prior

Mary Lawlor also worse a colourful Christmas outfit

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No VAT increase at Harvey Norman RETAILER Harvey Norman will not be passing along the VAT increase to its customers in January 2012. However, the company will reconsider changes from February onwards. “Consumer confidence is very low, and the last thing our customers need or want is price rises. Affordability is already a major issue for most households, and that is why we have decided not to pass on any increase in prices,” said John Hollings, general manager for the company’s electrical division. According to Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman Ireland: “The Government needs to do more to restore health to the ailing retail sector, including concrete steps to reduce distorted boom time rents. The issue of rents will not go away.”

FESTIVE FUN Radio Nova kick it at Cafe en Seine

Michael Sayers with Carol and Olivia

Olivia Hogan, Kevin Branigan and Carol Doyle

Gordon Sheridan, Pat McManus and Paul Falloon

Aiste and Arune Keturakyte

Rockin’ around the Christmas party season!

HERE was no shortage of festive cheer when the staff of Radio Nova let their hair down at their recent Christmas party at Dublin’s Cafe en Seine. After a successful year of entertaining Dublin’s rock fans, it was only right and proper that they were treated to some festive cheer to celebrate their continuing success.

T Melissa Mardelli, Ciara Baker and

Seamus McGiff, Danielle Hand and Jason

Niamh McDonald


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12 months that show music is still kicking Q ROB HEIGH

AS John Lennon once said, another year over, a new one just begun. But I don’t think even one of the pioneers of rock n’roll could have predicted by 2012 his fans would be downloading his music from cyberspace onto a computer, iPod or phone. And this new year is bringing faster ways to do just that. 2012 is promising better smartphones and faster broadband speed. Think 3G is fast? 4G is on the way! All well and good for the download community, but I think I’ll still be giving business to the record stores. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not so much a technophobe as allergic to advances in technology. While I rely on online banking, sat navs and digital tv, I don’t think I fully belong in this Planet of the Apps in which we’re now living. I’ll still be buying my albums on CD and vinyl, just to be able to hold them, enjoy the cover and actually know what the tracks are called and what order they’re in. Happy New Year!

2011 certainly produced some special moments, but choosing just a few to illustrate the year has proven very difficult. There are bound to be about a hundred more permutations, but here are some of the enduring memories from the year just passed that you should catch up with, or go back and discover all over again.

Single of the year: Lana Del Rey - Video Games Say what you like about how contrived and manufactured her rise to prominence may be, Lana Del Rey blew ever yone out of the water last year with this beautiful and haunting debut single. She sounds less like the “gangster Nancy Sinatra” her press releases tout her to be and more like the natural sucessor to kinds of music that David Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti was making with Julee Cruise in the Nineties. The perfect balance of song and lyric, with a video that captured all of her fractured innocence and innate style in a four-minute clip. The debut album drops this month, and should be a revelation. Album of the year (1): Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow In the absence of a serious winter like the one we endured last year, it is still comforting to be able to wrap yourself in this warm blanket of perfect sound and feeling. Blessed with two albums, one reimagined, one brand new, from the constant muse last year, 50 Words con-

FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

The records that shaped a majestic 2011

tains some of the most involving and enveloping music committed to record last year, showing all of the maturity and free-formed class of all of her best work.

Album of the year (2): Bon Iver - Bon Iver Another elemental record, Justin Vernon took everything that was special about his debut and raised his standard incredibly high. This was a journey of a record, each track representing a place, real or imagined, that the listener is transported to throughout. Like Kate’s album, it’s unclassifiable, the only label that you can put on it would possibly be: timeless. Album of the year (3): The Horrors Skying How The Horrors got here from their debut, Strange House, I don’t entirely know, but it’s a huge addition to the range of great music released in 2011. Skying is another immersive experience, it’s dronegrooves recalling the

best of My Bloody Valentine and Spiritualised, while Faris Badwan’s vocal emerges out of the musical fog to guide you through some weird and wonderful places. Epic and brave, a brilliant album.

Gig of the year: Caribou, Newcastle The Evolution festival was a small but perfectly formed weekend away in the north of England that served up an array of treats, if you knew where to look, and that mostly meant away from the main stage. With sets from the likes of an exu-

berant and lively Katy B and a perfect serving of dubstep mania from Sub Focus and MC ID, there were major acts in small settings that were perfect for the connoisseur. None more so than the best hour of music from math-dance rockers, Dan Snaith’s Caribou, who built an irresistible momentum from the first note, that saw the crowd go from toe-tapping interest to full-on wig-out by the roaredfor encore. A display of understated genius and subtlety. Here’s to an equally majestic 2012!

Caribou live at the Evolution Festival

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Advice on feeding wildlife in winter THIS week I’ve had a few calls asking for advice regarding feeding wildlife during the cold weather – you know, birds and foxes, etc. These are the type of calls I love to take because it shows there are humane, compassionate people out there who care about our Irish wildlife and worry they may not be able to survive without human help. It’s great that you have a desire to look after them…so, well done to every, single one of you. However, (you knew there’d be a however, didn’t you), the truth is, the wild animals that live in Ireland have already adapted to our temperatures and sometimes – although well intentioned

it may be – feeding them could have a negative impact on their digestive system, health and well being. So, with that in mind, here are a few tips that may stand you in good stead if you come across some wild animals living in your garden and feel they may need an extra food source.

or meat trimmings make tasty treats. Fat is nutritious for birds as is grated cheese, dried fruits and oatmeal (porridge). • Leave out fresh tap water and check regularly in case it freezes.

Birds: What to feed them

• Use high energy foods like nuts (peanuts), wild bird seed and sunflower seed, etc., available and inexpensive from most supermarkets. • Soaked bread (white or brown) – avoid dry bread; it swells in their tummies. • Leftovers, e.g. cake,

Foxes are beautiful creatures but they are also scavengers who will eat anything

pastries, cooked rice, etc., are fine, but nothing spicy or salty, so that means no food that’s been ordered from the take-away, and no food that’s spoiled or gone off. • Apples, cut in half and

put on a feeder table or on top of a wheelie bin are great for blackbirds and robins. • If you’ve any suet left over from the Christmas pudding, you could hang it up or strips of bacon

• Monitor the amount of food and reduce if it’s taking more than a few days to be eaten. • Discard any food that becomes mouldy – this can prove toxic for birds.

When feeding the birds

Foxes: What to feed them

• Wear rubber gloves. • If using feeders, clean weekly with a household disinfectant. Rinse and dry thoroughly before restocking. • Make sure the location of feeders is raised and away from any area where a cat, dog or fox can reach and eat from them. Their contents could prove toxic to dogs, cats and foxes; also birds are in danger of becoming a target to other animals when trying to feed.

Foxes are beautiful creatures but they are also scavengers who will eat anything and, as there are many food sources already available to them,s they are not exactly dependent on us to take care them. However, if a fox is living near your garden it probably means he’s found a good food supply locally, and if you’re someone who leaves the wheelie bins open, well, Basil Brush has possibly

sussed it, helping himself to anything edible contained inside, but this could cause him some health issues. Therefore, if you choose to feed a fox then secure that dustbin lid and follow these simple guidelines. Leave out dog food, cheese, boiled potatoes, and cooked meat – without salt or other additives on it – bread, cooked vegetables or fat scraps. It’s important to leave this food out at dusk when the fox is most likely to call around. However, only leave enough for one meal as leftovers that go off can cause him to become ill. For more information, log on to or email me at

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Berit Anderson, crisis pregnancy councillor, Here2Help, Nutgrove

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HAVE A PREPAID CARD DO YOU worry about bills coming through your letter box? Are you disciplined when it comes to spending? Have you completed an annual household budget and are you able to keep to it? Part of the mix in controlling your financial affairs is your personal credit card management. Prepaid cards - you can only spend what you lodge into them – are becoming more popular by the month, and tie in with the Money Doctor philosophy of better money management. Here are 10 reasons for that popularity.

1. Enforced discipline – by using a prepaid card, you deny yourself a credit facility that you may be tempted to use. Your flexible friend does not have to worry about the repayment of your spending – you do. 2. Greater control of your spending – because it is YOUR money, you take greater care in the spending of it, being aware of, and ensuring you receive best value at all times. 3. Manage your money hassle-free – you will know

Marian, Fiona and Berit from crisis pregnancy counselling and support service, Here2Help

precisely how much money you have and can budget accordingly. 4. Government charge is only €5 on prepaid cards (€30 on credit cards) – payable on December 31 each year... also no late payment fees, surcharges or “minimum payments” to meet every month. 5. Pay bills and shop online – avail of special discounts and reward programmes. e.g. save the €12 booking fee on all Ryanair flights. 6. Worldwide ATM access – MasterCard and Visa card universally accepted with better availability and access than debit card outlets. 7. Companion card – control your son or daughter’s personal spending even when they are abroad. Lodgments can be made directly into companion cards. You MUST be over 18 to own a prepaid card, hence the companion card is ideal for the young teenager (age 13 to 18 ). 8. No credit application form to complete – all applicants will be accepted, guaranteed approval unless cardholder information cannot be validated. 9. Better and safer than cash – no more carrying large amounts especially when you are away. Prepaid cards are ideal for holiday spending. 10. You don’t need a bank account to have a prepaid card - with most prepaid cards, you can use

For a positive option - talk to Here2Help HERE2HELP provides crisis pregnancy counselling services to the South Dublin community. It is one of the Positive Options agencies funded by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme. The group has existed for many years, but, within the last couple of years, they have moved from Rathmines to Nutgrove, and most recently have relaunched their service with a new name, logo, and profile. Here2Help is exactly that – here to help anyone affected by a crisis pregnancy, whether past or present, and always on their

own terms. Their services include both face-to-face counselling and support, and a telephone helpline. Sometimes all that is needed is one session; others may choose to come back for regular counselling over a period of time. Speaking to someone who is completely outside of the situation can sometimes help a person gain some sense of clarity and perspective. Sometimes people go to the agency with their minds made up, and other times they may be feeling very uncertain of what to do.

Here2Help will provide counselling and support as well as any relevant practical information that the person is looking for, without expressing opinions or any kind of judgment. Their services extend to include women, men, family members and friends. So, for anyone who has been affected by an unplanned pregnancy, they don’t have to go it alone. Contact Here2Help through their Lo-Call Helpline 1850 67 3333 or email Website They are also very happy to receive referrals from other professionals.

Payzone, PayPoint or bank transfers to lodge to your prepaid card. With a very simple application process, initial cost of a typical prepaid card is €9.99 and takes about 10 days for card delivery. Depending on usage, you can opt for a low monthly fee (if you envisage high usage) or pay on a per-transaction basis. To celebrate the launch of the Money Doctor prepaid MasterCard - the first financial services advisory company in Ireland to offer such a card – there is a special offer to the first five Gazette readers who take out a card and bring their Money Doctor prepaid MasterCard with them for the consultation. They will receive: 1. A 20-minute one-to-one Money Doctor consultation either by telephone or face-to-face for only €50 (23% discount on the normal fee of €65) 2. With the consultation, a complimentary signed copy of the #1 best seller Money Doctor Finance Annual 2012 (RRP €10.99) To apply for a Money Doctor prepaid MasterCard, go to For enquiries, contact Stephanie Cahill, Administration Manager at Dublin 278 5555 or Visit John’s website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A cowboy

day do you ‘delegate’? A: I’ll delegate this question to

Q: What was your first job? A: A gardener

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: A computer technician, his

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: €50 Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Kitchen assistant Q: When did you start your present job? A: Three years ago Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: The people I work with

you, Fiona

laptop and his tools trying to connect me to the www

Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: No Q: What sport do you follow? A: Rugby Q: What sport can you play? A: Basketball, soccer, athletics

Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull of? A: Yes, completing this Q&A

Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Chocolate eating (although I

form by the deadline

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure?

Q: What part of your working

cycle to make it up)

A: Supernanny and wife swap Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: A mix of both Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: Oh God, where will I start? Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: We don’t Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: Can’t remember, as it would be at least six months ago

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Indian Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Have I no other choice?

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: A bookshop Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: 20, but my black boots are my favourite

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: We don’t have any Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Backpacking around the world for a year

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Gardener, if I had to choose something else

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Oh God, haven’t thought that far yet



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KidStuff A new and easy way to take temperature WHEN a child gets a temperature, his or her mood hits rock bottom. They become tired and weak, get grouchy and don’t feel up to much. Taking their temperature by inserting a thermometer in the ear, mouth or, even worse, bottom makes everything even worse. This is why there is now a thermometer, which can be placed like a ring on the parent’s hand. It is called Mother’s Touch and is available exclusively at DocMorris pharmacies. The clue is in the name: by touching the child’s forehead, parents can determine whether he or she has a fever. This new thermometer is every bit as accurate as the more invasive models: after only six to eight seconds, the Mother’s Touch will reliably show the child’s body temperature. Taking a temperature is so easy and unobtrusive with this innovative device that young patients hardly notice it. It is operated simply and conveniently via just one button and a large display. An audible fever alarm gives parents additional certainty, and the previous measurement is also stored automatically so that users can see whether the child’s temperature has risen or fallen. Mother’s Touch is a practical alternative to invasive thermometers and is not just ideal for new parents. Teachers can also use it to quickly determine whether a child in their care has a fever. The thermometer costs €17.99.


Being mindful of baby blues at a joyous time ALTHOUGH the arrival of a new baby is usually a joyous time, it can also be a period of huge adjustment and stress as new parents are faced with major changes to their lifestyle, finances and their relationship. Many new mothers can feel overwhelmed in the initial days after giving birth, which is normal and to be expected. However, some feelings can continue and progress resulting in post natal depression.

What to expect post-birth According to Dr Abbie Lane, consultant psychiatrist, Saint John of God Hospital, Co Dublin, it is perfectly normal for new mothers to go through a transitional period postbirth, where they feel highly emotional, weepy, stressed and vulnerable. “About 80% of women will experience these emotions during the first few days, normally between the third and tenth day post-birth. This is the period commonly known as The Baby Blues,” Dr Lane says. “This period should subside after a number of days, but, for some, the feelings can continue and develop into post natal depression. Post Natal Depression “Post natal depression is very common and about 15% of all mothers will experience it,” explains Dr Lane. “The most common features are feelings of anxiety, inability to cope, loss of enjoyment and motivation, tearfulness, sometimes irritation, worry about your child and a feeling of despondency and the inability to look forward to anything. Sometimes women can feel worse at

a particular time of the day – for example, first thing in the morning or in the evening time. Many women feel confused and anxious and worry that they are unable to enjoy their baby or the experience and that they are not ‘good enough’ as mother’s and this can lead to feelings of shame and worry.” Mothers may not recognise that their mood is low and that they are depressed even though post-natal depression is the commonest health problem associated with pregnancy.”

Anxiety New mothers can also feel a heightened sense of anxiety and worry about the health of her baby, often not wanting to be left alone with the baby for fear of him/ her coming to harm. Mother’s might worry that the baby will stop breathing, or choke or that she might drop him or her. This anxiety and fear can become more intense when a husband/ partner has to go back to work and the mother is left alone all day with her baby. Sleep can be disturbed and many mothers describe tiredness and exhaustion over and above what would generally be expected with a new baby in the house These symptoms can come on immediately after giving birth or develop gradually in the weeks and months after. Symptoms According to Dr Lane, a support network makes a huge difference and this can come from friends and family, or from community nurses or the medical team. While a lot of this is covered in ante-natal classes and there is good informa-

tion available on what to expect when pregnant, or after delivery, it helps if all mothers and partners know that post-natal depression is a common illness after giving birth so that they can be alert to the tell-tale signs: O Anxiety and seeking reas-

surance O Depression O Irritability O Tiredness and exhaustion O Fearful – not wanting to

be left alone with the baby, overly concerned about the baby’s health O Sleeplessness O Appetite Disturbance – over- or under-eating O Loss of enjoyment O Tearfulness O Feelings of guilt O Loss of memory and concentration O Loss of confidence and self esteem

Thoughts of self-harm, dying or suicide are very important and need urgent medical review. Consultant psychiatrist at St John of God Hospital, Dr Abbie Lane

Where to get help Doctors and the general public are very aware of postpartum depression today so there is no need to suffer in silence. Public health nurses are often a great source of support for women suffering from PND as are local GPs who may recommend counselling or a course of medication such as anti-depressants which are non-addictive. PND support groups are also a great help to many women also. Being aware of the symptoms and identifying the depression early can both help with a speedy recovery.


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O Accept help from friends

and family – learn to say ‘yes’ O Consider attending a support group, or becoming a member of an online support group O Exercise each day – a quick walk each day will help O Try and keep stress to a minimum O Be sure to maintain a healthy diet, especially important if breastfeeding O Try and get some time on

Tips for new mums O Talk to someone about your

your own also on a regular basis

worries – do not keep feelings bottled up inside O Try and sleep when the baby is sleeping

Advice for Partners Often a mother is unaware that she is suffering

from PND and puts her feelings down to the new change in lifestyle. Many women do not share their thoughts and feelings for fear of being seen as a “bad mother” or unable to cope. “Support, both physically and emotional from friends and family, is so important,” says Dr Lane. “They are often the first ones to notice a change and address the problem.” Dr Lane offers partners the following advice: O Try to help out so that there

is ample opportunity for both mother and baby to catch up on much needed sleep O Try to keep up ‘couple time’ – go for a walk, get a babysitter, make use of offers from family and friends to mind the baby, do housework or cooking O Encourage attendance at GP or local community group O Be patient O Seek out information on PND to try to best understand what is going on O If you have children, explain to them what is happening

Dr Abbie Lane is a consultant psychiatrist at the Saint John of God Hospital, a leading provider of mental health services and treatments in Ireland. See w w for further information.

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Let your baby’s hands do the talking BASED on a concept that originated in the US in 1986 with Dr Joseph Garcia, baby sign language has become an international phenomenon, allowing parents to communicate with their infants at a whole new level, before the little ones have even learned to talk. Already extremely popular in the US and across Europe, baby sign language is beginning to take off in Ireland. At the forefront of this move is SuperHands, who have just published Ireland’s first illustrated baby sign dictionary. This bright and colourful board book introduces parents and their little ones to the first 40 signs they will need to communicate with each other. From food and

drink to fun toy and animal signs, this book will get the mums and dads of Ireland communicating with their infants before they can even talk. Using simple gestures, babies and their parents embark on an entirely new journey of interaction with each other, and, more importantly, have fun together. T hanks to SuperHands’ baby sign language dictionary, parents and babies can learn to sign with each other from the comfort of their own homes while using ISL, Irish Sign Language, the language of our local deaf community. Baby sign language can reduce baby’s frustration, enhance confidence, increase parent/ child bond, accelerate speech and reduce tem-

Irish company, SuperHands, has released an illustrated sign book for parents and babies

per tantrums. Above all, however, it’s about spending enjoyable, quality time with your baby. Having begun in the West of Ireland in 2009, hundreds of parents and babies have taken part in SuperHands classes and learned this new method of communicating with their babies. Miriam Devitt, founder of SuperHands, says the new book

is a welcome addition to her company. “This is a very exciting time for infant communication in Ireland. The feedback from my classes in Clare and Limerick has been so great that I was keen to expand as quickly as possible. Now parents all over the country can experience the joys of signing with their babies.” Gemma, mum to Hazel,

14 months, has really enjoyed learning sign with SuperHands: “Hazel is now able to sign milk, drink, eat, apple, tired, tree, bath and nappy. Sign language has made communicating with her so much easier. She is able to tell me exactly what she needs which leads to less frustration for her and for me. Brilliant!”

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Irish Ferries have extended their New Year offer period IRISH Ferries has extended the New Year well into January with the announcement that their 10 percent early booking discount offer will apply to all fares booked before January 11. A second offer that remains in place is the chance to secure a booking on payment of a low €100 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 in 2012, 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 – an offer unmatched by any rival. Throughout 2012, Irish Ferries’ cruise ferry, OscarWilde, will operate its traditional three sailings per week in each direction service between Rosslare and the French ports of Roscoff and Cherbourg. For bookings and information visit or call 0818 300 400.

Experience the magic and mystery of the Northern Lights IF YOU are searching for a magical and unforgettable trip, then witnessing the Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis, as they are also known, could be just what you are looking for. Seeing them up close and personal is a jawdropping and mystical moment you will always remember. The best time to see this marvel is from now until March and one of the best places to spot them is Tromsø, in Norway. In order to get full value from the show you should avo i d t h e f u l l moon and places with a lot of light as they make the experience considerably paler. Also, remember to wrap up warmly as the polar nights can be quite cool. If you plan on setting off in search of the lights on your own then remember that the lights can be quite unpredictable so make sure you set aside an entire evening to spot them. Organised tours are also advisable if you prefer to have someone who knows what to look for with you. This miracle of nature has often been described as a “rainbow at night”. They will often appear as three green bands across the night sky or come as flickering curtains or rolling smoke. If you would like to experience this light show first-hand then SAS, Europe’s most punctual airline, can get you there from as little as €155 one-way, including all taxes and charges. So don’t miss out on this unforgettable trip, book your flight today. SAS fly from Dublin to Tromsø from as little as €155 one-way, including all taxes and charges. To find out more about the Northern Lights, visit

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Heavenly deals on dreamy holidays OOKING for a great value, allinclusive holiday with your partner or family for 2012? Then look no more. Save up to 30% on a trip to one of the Secrets & Dreams resorts in the Caribbean or Mexico with these great offers from Travelmood. Secrets & Dreams are located in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Offering a 5-star all-inclusive service with luxuriously elegant rooms and suites as well as endless day and evening activities that are suitable for all ages. Be sure to book early to avail of this fantastic discount. Stay in the Dreams Tulum, Mexico from € 9 75 p p ( i n c l t a x €1,294pp). P a c k a g e i n cl u d e s return flights from Dublin, airport taxes and


transfers and seven nights accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Located along the famed Riviera Maya, the glorious colours of the classic colonial hacienda and contemporary architecture are set against a brilliantly white beach, deeply azure sea and multihued greens of tall palms. Travel June, 2012, seven nights. Ref No: 188352 Stay at the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun from €1,135pp (incl tax €1,456pp) P a c k a g e i n cl u d e s return flights from Dublin, airport taxes and transfers and seven nights accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Combining traditional hospitality, luxury accommodation and worldclass service, guests will enjoy the highest stand-

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WITH the New Year here, The Pavilion has lined up lots of great shows to start 2012 in style. One such show to look out for is Singing Nina, which sees Chicago jazz queen Karen Underwood and her band bring the music of Nina Simone to life on Friday, January 20. Mixing Nina’s music with her life story, music and jazz fans will be delighted with the show, which celebrates Nina’s music in wonderful style. See Singing Nina at 8pm, with tickets priced €16/€18.

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Mary Coghlan - The House of ill repute THE Mill Theatre is another Dublin landmark starting 2012 with a great performance, courtesy of Irish singer/ songwriter, Mary Coghlan. With such a diverse body of work to choose from, as well as her new album, The House of Ill Repute, as well as her engaging and honest engagement with fans, they will be in for a treat when she takes to the stage on Saturday, January 14. Her concert will start at 8pm, with tickets priced €18.

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Returning with the first review(s) of the New Year, two very different political leaders – one from the past, and one from the present – are to the fore, with both Meryl Streep impressing as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (left), and Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi, in The Lady

Ladies who launch Whether launching political careers, or The Gazette’s new films for 2012, these ladies are a great start for the year Q KATE CROWLEY

READERS! I’m back! Did you miss me, over Christmas? Well, I missed you both, too! And “too” – or two – is very much on my mind at the moment, as there are two films out now that are broadly similar, both in title and tale alike. But first, a quick confession to lead into these reviews ... You see, yours truly likes other women that know their mind, and are tough, resourceful, sensible and driven – I immediately think of a grand dowager aunt from when I was a slip of a girl; all furs, handbags and saucepans, and who was as resolute, immovable and tough as Everest – and I admire any woman who has such strength of character as my dear old battleax– sorry, aunt. All this leads in to my two biopics for this review, and to the two central

FILMS OF THE WEEK: The Lady +++ (12A) 132 mins, The Iron Lady +++++ (12A) 104 mins Directors: Luc Besson; Phyllida Lloyd Starring: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett; Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Head

OUR VERDICTS: TWO very different women, and their political styles, star in two glossy biopics. They’re both great films, for very different reasons, but, as one has the benefit of a concluded political story behind it, affording it a more conclusive story to delve into, the other is weaker, given the subject’s continuing story. Still, it’s a great pair of films to open the year with, starting 2012 off in style.

characters in each tale, both of whom certainly made a mark with their inner strength. (True, this review will be somewhat short for each one, in what some could say is an unfairly curtailed review – then again, some of my reviews are occasionally claimed to be “unfair” to begin with – particularly those concerning angsty vampires, singing chipmunks, or Clive Owen films.) In The Lady, Michelle Yeoh steps forward as Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Burmese oppo-

sition leader. Transformed on screen into the titular populist character, Yeo brings the understated dignity to the role that’s required for Suu Kyi, bringing her extraordinary political and personal journey to the screen, while director, Besson, also focuses on her relationship with her academic English husband, Michael Aris (Thewliss), and their family life. It’s a remarkable adaptation of Suu Kyi’s tale – which is far from finished, of course, as she continues her steadfast work in

Burma/Myanmar (from where Yeoh was deported by Burma’s leaders, earlier this year). However, although it’s an engrossing film, it’s somewhat ... flat, as, perhaps given the continuing dramas surrounding Suu Yyi’s life, it was difficult for Besson – as it would be for most directors – to craft the very best tale about someone whose life story is still continuing to be remarkable. So, moving right along from The Lady to The Iron Lady, and what can one say, except Streep IS Thatcher? Now that dear old Margaret, AKA The Iron Lady, has drifted into the haze of time (or, as my dear Crowleyetta, and many teenagers today might say: “Who?”), it’s a good time for Lloyd to bring out her brilliant biopic. I remember only too well some of the (cough) controversial aspects of Thatcher’s iron rule over

Britain, way back when, many aspects of which are covered in this terrific film, which charts Thatcher’s rise and iron rule as leader. But first, dear readers, a note of caution – The Iron Lady also humanises Thatcher, showing much of her personal battles, during her rise and reign. This won’t be very popular with many in Britain, Ireland and beyond, who, many years after her reign, still fly into a rage over aspects of her rule, but, politics aside, it’s a remarkable film. Streep, well ... what can one say ... I hope Meryl has space in her loft extension for another Oscar or two, as she’ll need them. This film is what cinema is all about, while the role sees another bravura performance from Streep. And there you go. That’s this broad’s broad overview of two films about, err, broads abroad. Not a bad start to 2012, folks ...

NOT to be outdone, Coolmine Panto Group bring their notable experience to bear on their Christmas pantomime, which, this year, sees the group tackle Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Famillies will love the talented group’s work, as they bring the classic tale to viviid life. The show runs until Sunday, January 15, with tickets priced €20. Fur full details of the upcoming shows, see Draiocht’s website at

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THE much anticipated 9th generation Clean Dynamic Honda Civic made its first appearance at Clonskeagh Motors last month. Already acclaimed by the international motoring press, the new Civic builds on the successes of the previous model while addressing the criticisms, and will continue Honda’s progression towards modern premium. ----------------------

‘The result is revolutionary evolution in the car’s styling’ ----------------------

According to Honda, the result is a revolutionary evolution in the car’s modern styling, excellent performance and advanced technologies that makes it eco-friendly and even more cost-efficient to run. Developed over four years, nearly all components are new to the Civic. It is available as a 5-door model and there are 11 models from which to choose between petrol and diesel; four different grades and three different engines. Prices start from €20,995 for the i.4 SE petrol and from €23,995 for the SE diesel models. Honda has sold over 42,000 Civics since the launch of Honda in Ireland in 1985. The new Civic was exclusively developed for the demanding European motoring environment.

The Range Rover Evoque has been collecting awards since before its release, most recently from Britain’s 4x4 Magazine, which named it as the 4x4 of the year

53rd gong for Evoque Prizes from across the globe boost Range Rover’s honours collection, including 4x4 Magazine’s 4x4 of the Year title. CORMAC CURTIS reports. HE Range Rover Evoque has added more awards to its portfolio, taking the total to 53 since its launch in September. Recent honours bestowed on the Evoque came from Britain’s 4x4 Magazine, which proclaimed the Evoque its 4x4 of the Year, and this was swiftly followed by the Car of the Year title from the Czech Republic, and Best SUV from the Brazilian automotive news agency Auto Press, taking to 15 the


number of different countries to recognise the smallest, lightest and most efficient Range Rover ever produced. Here in Ireland, the Range Rover Evoque was recently crowned Continental Irish Executive/Luxury Car of the Year 2012 by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. Evoque’s half-century tally also includes notable titles such as Car of the Year in the UK Auto Express New Car Honours, Scottish Car of

the Year, US Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year, BBC Top Gear’s Car of the Year, Car and Driver Spain Car of the Year, the Design Trophy from l’Automobile in France and a host of honours from Chinese organisations and publications. For Land Rover global brand director John Edwards, keeping up with the awards is proving a welcome headache: “The speed with which the honours are being collected

by the Evoque is breathtaking, as is their global nature. It is a fantastic achievement for all connected with the Evoque project and a great endorsement for the product. “In addition to these formal titles, the Evoque is daily emerging on top in motoring magazine group tests around the globe, and is winning thousands of admiring new owners. We have now received in excess of 40,000 orders for Evoque, and what is particu-

larly heartening is that many of those have come from customers new to the brand.” The most recent British honour comes from 4x4 Magazine, whose editor Nigel Fryatt said that there was universal agreement among the judges “that the new Evoque points the way to what future 4x4s will be like, and in some respects that alone makes it a worthy winner.” 4x4 Magazine also awarded Evoque top honours in its Premium Plus class.

William Ford nominated to the Irish America Hall of fame WILLIAM Clay Ford, Jr, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, was recently inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame and received a Certificate of Irish Heritage from Ireland’s Consul General in the US, Noel Kilkenny. The ceremony took place at a gala lunch hosted by Irish America magazine at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The Irish America Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Emigration History Centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford. As part of the ceremony, Mr Ford was presented with an Irish crystal plate marking his induction into the Hall of Fame by Sean Reidy, director of the Dunbrody Emigration History Centre.

Speaking of the Ford family’s Irish heritage, William said: “It’s something our family has been very proud of, and something we’re acutely aware of.” William is the great grandson of Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford. Henry’s father William, emigrated with his family to America from Ballinascarty in Co Cork during the Famine in 1847. They settled in Michigan and Henry was born in 1863. Henry Ford established the Ford Motor Company in 1903 and, in 1917, he returned to his ancestral home of Cork to establish Henry Ford & Son Limited. Several of Henry Ford’s descendants have paid visits to the family

homestead in Ballinascarty in the past decades. This year, William Clay Ford Jr and his family visited Ballinascarty for the first time and unveiled a plaque commemorating the Ford family’s connection with the village. The Ford Motor Company now employs 163,000 people and sells over five million vehicles annually across the globe. The Irish operation is the only Ford business in the world to bear the name of the company’s founder. William joins a group of famous people who have already been inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame including Bill Clinton, Maureen O’Hara, Jean Kennedy Smith and Michael Flatley.

William Clay Ford Jr, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, and Sean Reidy, director of the Dunbrody Emigration History Centre

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DUB STARS SHINE: Annual season opener sees football and hurling in fine fettle: Page 31




BARRY MURPHY THE Swords swimmer claimed eight national titles in one weekend in December and broke two national records in the 100m butterfly and the 50m butterfly at the Irish national short course championships at Lisburn.

Railway Union celebrate Karl Chapple’s key goal in the Neville Cup final at Serpentine Avenue last week

Carroll captains Union to Neville Cup NEVILLE CUP FINAL

TEAMof theMONTH + ST BRIGID’S THE Russell Park side exceeded expectations and came within seconds of a heroic comeback in the Leinster final against Garrycastle, but were denied a deserved win by a free late on in the match.

ANOTHER year over and a new one just begun... won’t stop us from looking back at the best of sporting excellence in December, and looking forward to celebrating Dublin’s finest at our third annual awards ceremony at the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley at the start of February - and you are all invited! However, before we get to that, we should look at the December winners of the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards stars of the month. Barry Murphy has been a star on the rise for several years now and his stunning successes at the national short-course championships in December further underscored his talent going into his Olympic year.

St Brigid’s senior footballers missed out on the ultimate prize when they were denied the Leinster title by Garrycastle, but their heroic passage through the Dublin and provincial competitions showed their ongoing strength and depth as a footballing force to be reckoned with.

Come to the Awards Night Join us at the biggest night in local sport on February 3 when we salute the stars of 2011. Tickets for the awards ceremony, which is being filmed this year by Setanta Sports, are available from the Clarion Hotel. Contact Edel O’Reilly on 01 625 8006 for more information.

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FORMER Oatlands’ College pupil Kenny Carroll finally picked up a senior outdoor hockey trophy after over a decade of waiting when Railway Union claimed the Neville Cup on St Stephen’s Day. The dual hockey and cricket international captained the Park Avenue club to their first senior title in 30 years in their first final since 2000 when they annexed the Neville Cup.

Former Wesley student and Avoca club man, Karl Chapple, got the key strike as they showed a more assured touch against a student side playing in their first ever senior final of any description. Carroll was instrumental as Railway forged a 2-0 lead through Fiachra Maher and Rob Abbott’s close-range touches. Cork native Nick Burns made up for an earlier sin-binning by converting from the penalty spot in the third quarter to give the students hope, but they missed guile up front to get back on terms.

Egan’s honour: Lucan paddler collects prize SALMON LEAP canoeist Jenny Egan

was honoured for claiming a welldeserved silver medal in the World Cup 5,000m event in Rachice, Czech Republic, last May when she was awarded The Irish Times Sportswoman of the Month award for May. She received her award last week from Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Irish Times editor, Kevin O’ Sullivan and ISC chairman, Kieran Mulvey.

Plenty of goal openings presented themselves but the students failed to strike and were finished off by a soft effort. A timidly-conceded long corner fell invitingly to Chapple to cross. He swept straight for goal and saw his effort bounce off goalkeeper Rob Fitzgerald for the winner. Throughout, midfield interchanges between Fergal Keaveney and Jeremy Duncan were pulling UCD out of position, and creating plenty of ball down the channels for the forwards to gobble up. It paved the way for

both of their early goals. The first was neat enough, Maher ghosting in at the back post after Carroll’s slap was deflected his way at the top of the circle to snatch the lead. The second was a beauty. Mark English – well marshalled for the most part – picked out a sublime diagonal pass from the right, half-way line to Richie Forrest, overlapping from the full-backs to the left edge of the circle. He controlled and had time to pick out the diving stick of Abbott who got a neat touch for his 15th goal of the season.

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DLSP call for refereeing recruits DLSP are encouraging club members keen to take up refereeing to head along on Saturday, January 8 at 10.30am to St Mary’s Rugby Club for an open day being run for new referees. Currently, the club provide a number of referees, including Martin Nunnan, Paul Dormer and Martin Farrelly, to the Leinster Branch Referees Association. Also club stalwart Phil Smyth has been heavily involved in this area over a long number of years. As one of only four senior clubs in the country that currently fields from 1st XV to J5, at U-21 and U-19 levels, along with over 400 playing members at Mini/Youths, the club is keen to push the importance of the club providing as many referees as possible each year, and what an important part they play in the development of the game. If you are interested in becoming a referee and would like to find out more, e-mail

Naomh Olaf chairman Liam Kavanagh presents GAA President Christy Cooney with a gift at the book launch

Olaf’s treasure trove

GAA President Christy Cooney was on hand in Pairc Ui Bhriain recently to launches Treasures Memories, a 30-year history of Naomh Olaf GAA Club in Sandyford, compiled by founding member Brendan McGlynn. The 400-page tome, that features hundreds of colour photographs, mostly of teams and key club events over the club’s history, was put together over the course of two years, and charts the club’s progress from its humble origins, operating from a simple container with only juvenile teams, to its current posi-

tion where it now runs 37 teams, including 25 juvenile teams. Club chairman, Liam K av a n a g h , t h a n ke d Brendan at the launch, describing the huge task that Brendan had undertaken and the huge volume of documents he accumulated, as well as thanking former chairman, Harry O’Crowley, and the 2009 executive committee for their decision to have the book compiled. Brendan McGlynn then thanked the many contributors and designers, and many others too numerous to mention, for the help and cooperation he received, as well as the

teamwork of all involved, without whom, the book could not have been produced. President Cooney congratulated Brendan on the quality of the book and on his remarkable ability to get so many people to contribute, reflecting on the importance of capturing memories. “A club’s history and memories tells us about where we have come from. It reminds us of what has been achieved and helps inform where we should go next. Club memories help us draw the road map that inspires future vision,” he said. He also said Naomh

Olaf should be extremely proud of the contribution it makes to social cohesion in the local area and to the character development of young players. He also picked out Mick Brown as being one of the key visionaries behind the decision to set up the club thirty years ago. He stated that a lot had been achieved by Naomh Olaf to date and he predicted that the club would double the number of teams it manages over the next ten to 20 years. Copies of Treasured Memories can be bought from Eileen Hickey at 086 8534313 or

Travelling team: Win tickets to see UCD in friendlies Supporters see Leinster succeed

Villarreal finished UCD AFC have announced recently that fourth in last seasons La they will host two friend- Liga and so are qualifiers for next season’s Chamly LEINSTER matches atsupporters, the Belfield from left, Cian pions League. As well Bowl against Scotland’s O’Riordan, James McGreale, and as this, they have a wide StEoghan Johnstone FC on July O’Riordan, all from Leoprange of talented foot10,ardstown, and Spain’s Villarreal travelled to the Sportsballers at their disposal CF on July 16. ground in Galway to see Leinster target St Johnstone finished with squeeze past Connacht 15-13Barcelona in the and former Manchester eighth in the SLP last Rabo Pro 12 League. The win keeps player, Giuseppe season, andsix have a long Leinster points clear United at the top Rossi, on tradition in Scottish of the divsion after 12 rounds of the top of the list. kicking football. Formerasplayers competition Isa Nacewa’s GazetteSpor t and include Sir Alex Ferguson proved the difference in the tie. 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

5 January 2012 DUNDRUM GAZETTE 31

in association with



CLUB NOTICEBOARD BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S A total of 172,671 visitors, drawn

Kerin/Noel Sheridan if you are

from 117 countries, logged on to the

interested in getting involved.

website in 2011.

Anyone in ter e s ted in pla ying

Copies of a specially commis-

cards on Frida y nigh t s should

sioned five-in-a-row picture board

come along next Friday at 9pm to

featuring team pictures of all five

the lounge. It’s great fun and a good

teams are now on sale from Tom

social night out. Newcomers espe-

Collins, C Sign and Print, price €20.

cially welcome.

Contact csignandprint@eircom.

Check out January schedule of

net; Tom Collins on 087 253 0459;

walks with Na Siultoiri Buadain on

Danny Griffin or Ned Slattery.

the club website.

Refresher courses for Heartsav-

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 28,

er AED/Defib will be held in Janu-

2, 25 and 24. The Jackpot of €10,000

ary. Course one will be a refresher,

wasn’t won.

while the second course will be for new beginners. Email to Donie

Happy New Year to all members and friends.

NAOMH OLAF THERE has been a good reaction to

bers drawn were 10, 16 and 20. Next

the new book, Treasured Memo-

week’s jackpot will be €1,900.

ries, the 30-year club history of the Naomh Olaf GAA Club, with sales in the first two weeks exceeding all Ballyboden St Enda’s Darragh Spain takes on Ryan O’Dwyer in action at Kiltipper Park in the Dubs Stars game

expectations. The book may be ordered from

by standing order. Contact Mick Brown at 087 258 7243 and enter

from Brendan McGlynn at 295 6139,

every draw at a discounted rate.



CUALA wishes all it’s members,

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FOLLOWING their five in-a-row heroics in 2011, Ballyboden St Enda’s hurlers were out in force on the nearby Kiltipper Road on New Year’s Day when six of the club’s players started for the Dubs’ Stars. With Ballinteer St John’s duo Joey Maher and James Gilligan also lining out, and ’Boden club-mates Finn McGarry and Simon Lambert wearing the sky-blue of Anthony Daly’s NHL-winning side, it lent a strong local contingent to the annual curtain-raiser to the new season. That Dublin eventually ran out comfortable winners with a second half blitz, mainly courtesy of Kilmacud Crokes’ star Ryan O’Dwyer and goals from Peadar Carton and Shane Ryan, will be of only fleeting concern to

manager Anthony Daly. It was a lively tie to shake off the cobwebs before Tuesday’s first training session of the year and served up lively entertainment for those that braved the blistering wind rolling in off the Dublin mountains. Nip and tuck for much of the first half, Danny Sutcliffe, along with Conor Clinton and Ronan Walsh, were among those to push their claims the most of the young charges hoping to serve notice of their intent. Daire Plunkett’s first half goal helped Dublin into a narrow 1-11 to 2-7 lead at the break with the Stars keeping pace – it was level five times in the first half – with majors from Conor McCormack and Liam Ryan. O’Dwyer, though, was showing serious hunger from centre-forward and piled on nine points, aided by some sharp Lambert points from close in. Shane Stapleton led

the Stars resistance with a half-dozen points of his own while Ger O’Meara’s celebrated solo goal kept them interested before being blown away in the closing quarter.


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MICHAEL Dara Macauley’s virtuoso goal from midfield provided one of the highlights of Dublin football’s annual New Year’s festival as he skipped through the Dubs Stars’ defence in typically dynamic fashion. It handed the Dubs an imposing early lead as player of the year Alan Brogan’s similarly spectacular effort set the base before the season began as last year had ended, Kevin McManamon striking late on to put Dublin in winning position. He netted six minutes before the end of a bitterly cold second half

with sleeting rain making for a chastening close to a wide open game. Macauley was one of two Boden club men to line out for Pat Gilroy’s Dubs with Darragh Nelson while Ballinteer St John’s Nicky Devereux also came off the bench to play his part. Both Brogan and Macauley’s goals came from far out as they drove at the heart of the makeshift opposition defence. The former took the direct approach to lash home following a run which had its roots 50-metres out. The Boden man used a one-two on the edge of the square to gild his path but the Stars got back into the tie as Ken Darcy flashed home a spectacular left-footed effort. It helped them get within a point at the break at 2-6 to 2-5 before a tight second half saw the Stars level once more but McManamon’s goal carried the day.

You may also ensure your numbers are in every week if you pay

Eileen Hickey at 086 853 4313 or

Dublin celebrates a Blue day at Davis Dublin Dubs’ Stars

The lotto may now be played on line at

to purchase in person or by post. The was no winner of last week’s lotto jackpot of €1,800. The num-

players and supporters a happy and healthy 2012.

The executive committee would like to wish all club members a happy and peaceful new year.

of honour. Watch out for details on the Cuala website of a special visit from Sam

The annual coaching conference

this weekend, and an equally spe-

takes place this Saturday, Janu-

cial recognition of Cuala’s own Mick

ary 7 with Paudie Butler our guest


Michael Dara McCauley takes on Alan Hubbard

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Ballyboden’s Darragh Spain, surrounded by Kevin O’Reilly and Ryan O’Dwyer, was one of the rising stars who played in the annual season opener

Daly planning for a long campaign Hurling supremo calls for patience ahead of 2012 as key players battle back from injuries to claim places STEPHEN FINDLATER

ANTHONY Daly has called for patience from Dublin hurling fans when he says that Ballyboden St Enda’s duo Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney will not be rushed back from injury. Cruciate injuries ruled them out for large swathes of the 2011 season but, while they are both back in training, Daly says it is a slow process and he is not taking any risks over potentially key players. “Stephen [Hiney] is still a bit behind the other two [Conal Keaney and Tomas Brady],” he said after last Sunday’s Dubs’ Stars game on the Kiltipper Road. “They’re making good progress but, realistically, you’re looking at the championship rather than the league for them to return. We just don’t want a setback at this stage. They’ve gone from

static jumping to straight-line running and then they will go into the twisting and turning; if you get set back then it puts you back months. Touch wood, they’ll be closing in on playing by the end of the league. So far, so good. They are working hard and that’s all you can ask for. “But a cruciate is a cruciate and you have to respect it. You look at what Henry Shefflin did last year to time his run to get back for the Leinster semi-final. If we could get them back for then, that would be fantastic and that’s the way we have to look at it.” His selection got back into gear with a lively 3-23 to 3-13 victory over the Dubs’ Stars – the top performers in the club championship – and Daly says that the panel could shape up to be one which pushes on from last year’s NHL triumph and SHC semi-final appearance. To that end, Kilmacud Crokes’ duo Ronan Walsh and Conor Clinton were picked out as a

couple who may push for a place in his plans. “You see a few lads like Danny Sutcliffe there, Clinton and Walsh looking sharp and mad for it so we’ll give them their head in the Walsh Cup and see who shows up against decent opposition. That’s the plan, anyway. “You do need two or three young lads every year pushing every year. I think we have the makings of that so we’re looking forward to seeing them in real, competitive stuff. “But we are mainly using the panel of last year. First of all, we have to consolidate that with division one now changing to six teams, every game is crucial. “Early on last year, we set the tone in the league. We have a good squad and, if we can get everyone back off the treatment table and available, then it would be a hard team to pick. That’s the scenario we wanted from day one when we started off.”


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