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January nu ua y 12, 2012

INSIDE: Mary Coughlan on making us happy HEALTH & WELL-BEING: How to with the Blues P3 feel your best in 2012 Pages 19-21

Fun pottering about: Taking in a local craft fair WITH Margo de Ris dispensing

Soccer: Bambrick adds to new Mount Merrion signings Page 30

her expert advice on hand-made pottery, Mary and Sean O’Connor, and Sandy Williamsom, were able to make an informed decision when they were browsing wares at the Marlay Crafts Fair, held in Marlay House. The fair featured the wares of 60 exhibitors, with a diverse range of crafts ranging from seasonal Christmas gifts and cards to perennial favourites, including silk painting, toys, glasswork, ceramics, jewellery, woodcrafts and more. Full Gallery on Page 8

Football: Macauley starts O’Byrne Cup in superb style Page 31

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 BUSINESS .................... 18 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 23 MOTORS ....................... 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

Mathews steps in on clamping row ‘Disgraceful past tactics must not be repeated’

Q PAUL HOSFORD

FINE Gael TD for Dublin South, Peter Mathews, has warned that clampers must not repeat past behaviour at the car park in Braemor Road, Churchtown. The previous owners of the car park terminated its

contract with a clamping company in September, 2009, after a public outcry over its “disgraceful” tactics, but the owners of the SuperValu store have told Deputy Mathews that this won’t be repeated. “Following concerns raised by my constituents about previous tactics used by a clamp-

ing company in this car park, I have spoken to the management in SuperValu to ask them that these tactics not be repeated. SuperValu management has assured me that the disgraceful tactics of the past will not be repeated,” said Deputy Mathews. Full Story on Page 2


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BANKING Prizes presented for AIB colouring contest

PARKING: CONCERNS RAISED BY RESIDENTS

Warning against clamping behaviour

Q PAUL HOSFORD

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Daniel Jackman, and his sister, Rebecca

Drawing winners together IB Cornelscourt branch manager Sandy Doyle had her hands full when announcing the winners of the recent colouring competition at the branch, which saw a flood of entries from local children, all keen to share their vision of what the perfect magic moment at Christmas meant to them. However, despite the challenge of choosing winners from the 400 works submitted, a number of winners were eventually selected, with prizes presented courtesy of AIB and Smyths Toys in Carrickmines. Daniel Jackman received a Ninteno Wii, while Mike Donnelly, the overall winner, received a new bicycle. The colouring initiative was the latest move by the branch in engaging with the community, at all ages, and followed on from the range of local SME showcases held at the branch throughout the year.

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Overall winner, Mike Donnelly, is presented with a new bicycle by Sandy Doyle, branch manager, AIB Corneslcourt

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FINE Gael TD for Dublin South, Peter Mathews, has warned that clampers must not repeat past behaviour at the car park in Braemor Road, Churchtown. The previous owners of the car park terminated its contract with a clamping company in September 2009, after a public outcry over its “disgraceful” tactics, but the owners of the Supervalu store have told Deputy Mathews that this won’t be repeated. “Supervalu management has assured me that the disgraceful tactics of the past will not be repeated. They have assured me that clamping will only take place if cars are parking all day long in the car park, preventing its customers from acquiring a parking space. “Following concerns raised by my constituents about previous tactics used by a clamping company in this car park, I have spoken to the management in Supervalu to ask them that these tactics must not be repeated.

Complaints “Previously reported complaints included no grace period given by the clampers before clamping cars, and cars being clamped when the ticket had blown off the dashboard onto the driver’s seat, to name but a few,” said the Fine Gael Deputy. Mathews also claimed that the erection of signs at the site was in contravention of a planning permission. “Operating a clamping system in this car park is also in breach of planning permission. I have

a copy of the planning permission, which clearly states that no signage or structures of any kind may be erected in the car park. The signs and pay machines are clearly in breach of this. “If local businesses or constituents inform me of incidents of clamping that are blatantly unfair, I will be requesting that Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council enforce the conditions attached to the planning permission and remove the clamping operation from the car park.

Banned “Clamping by private companies has been banned in the UK, and the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, plans to introduce legislation regulating private clampers here in Ireland. I will be asking him to ensure that, where feasible, clamping be replaced by an automatic barrier at the entrance and exit to the car park, along with a ticketing system, so that motorists are only charged for the duration of their stay and are not charged €120 for being a few minutes late,” said Deputy Mathews. However, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council refuted the allegation that the development had contravened planning permission. A spokesperson for the council stated: “Both of these conditions [in the planning permission] refer to ‘advertising sign or structure,’ and do not say ‘of any kind’,” before adding: “Information/ parking signs and ticket machines/meters are not considered development and are exempt from requirements for planning permission.”


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MUSIC The Gazette catches up with an Irish legend

Happy that Mary’s still got the Blues Q LAURA WEBB

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LEGENDARY Irish Blues singer, Mary Coughlan, is set to take centre-stage at Dundrum’s Mill Theatre this weekend, and the mother-of-five says she can’t wait to be back at the southside venue. She is perhaps bestknown for her influential album, Tired and Emotional, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, and which became Ireland’s best-selling album that year, going seven-times platinum. On what people can expect at her upcoming gig, Coughlan laughs and

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‘It’s been about two years since we have been in Dundrum, and I really like the Mill Theatre’

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says: “Ah, the usual great stuff”– something that many of her fans would have no trouble agreeing with. Coughlan will perform some of her greatest hits, along with material from her latest album at the gig on Saturday, January 14.

“I am really looking forward to it. We did a great gig in Wexford recently, but it’s been about two years since we have been in Dundrum, and I really like the Mill Theatre,” says Coughlan. It’s been a hectic time for the singer who, along with her band, has recently been touring Britain, Croatia and Slovenia, to name but a few destinations. However, following her gig in the Mill Theatre, she plans to get stuck into recording her next album in a new studio that she has set up at her home on the Little Sugar Loaf. “I am working on an

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Irish blues legend, Mary Coughlan, who stars at The Mill Theatre this weekend

album now. Erik [her long-term producer] is coming over next week to work on it. “I have written a lot of the songs on this album, about eight songs so far. We are hoping to start work on that next week. “We are setting up a studio in my house. I have

a very big open space up there,” she says. “We worked on the last album for three years. I was 25 years in the business last year, and I was thinking about putting together a collection of live recordings and bestof singles from the past 25 years, just before the new

album comes out. “That’s what we do at the gigs – half and half – half old stuff, half new stuff,” says Coughlan. T i c ke t s f o r M a r y Coughlan live at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum are on sale now. For further information, see www. milltheatre.ie.

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IBAL league results DUN Laoghaire has come fifth overall in this year’s Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey finals. T h e r e s u l t s we r e announced at a special ceremony in Dublin earlier this week, with Trim scooping the top award as cleanest town in Ireland. Local authority representatives from around the country at the ceremony heard from Prof Dr Elke Arendt, of University City College, Cork, of advancements made in degradable chewing gum, which, unlike conventional gum, decomposes when deposited on pavements. IBAL chairman, Dr Tom Cavanagh, spoke of such a breakthrough as “a potentially critical milestone in urban litter prevention, and one that needs to be accelerated by a favourable tax policy”.


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TRAFFIC Some highlights of AA Roadwatch’s year in 2011

What links a lost goose, a queen and a president? “A GOOSE on the Red Cow” has been named as one of the AA’s top traffic moments of 2011. Looking back on some of the funniest traffic moments last year, Aoife Carragher, head of AA Roadwatch, said that without a doubt the day Gertie The Goose took to the interchange certainly stands out. “Ah, yes, Gertie caused quite the flap that day,” she

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said. “We never did find out where she came from.” Topping the team from AA Roadwatch’s list of highlights were the two unforgettable State visits, with the first being the historic arrival of Queen Elizabeth II in May, which resulted in unprecedented security measures and massive road closures across Dublin. Carragher said: “Never before has Dublin city or,

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‘Topping AA Roadwatch’s list of 2011 traffic highlights were the two State visits’ -------------------------------

indeed, Ireland seen such a total lock-down. “Visits to our website, and our number of Twitter follow-

ers, went through the roof that week as we fed travel updates to the public.” Then, President Obama’s visit later the same month also led to major traffic disruptions. Carragher said: “Thousands of extra motorists descended on Dublin and Moneygall at the time, and we were hot on the heels of [the American president’s cavalcade], keeping motorists up to date on

the movements of the president”. Taking the final slot in the team’s most stand out traffic incidents of 2011 were the flash floods of October, which brought many of the main arteries in and out of the capital to a standstill. “October 24 really stands out as one of the most severe and impactful weather events of 2011. “We even had reports of a

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few canoeists paddling their way down the N3,” said Carragher. The flash floods also saw a barrage of calls for AA patrols, both during and in the days following the floods. AA Rescue reports that their average daily workload on October 25 in Dublin was 143% higher than the October daily average, as a result of varying degrees of waterdamaged engines.

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Backflips, fire cannons and much more will add to the adrenaline-fuelled excitement of the upcoming Masters of Dirt show

All set for a wheely entertaining show DUBLIN fans of adrenaline-fuelled stunts on two wheels will be doing backflips with news that The Masters of Dirt are back in town, hitting Citywest Event Centre from March 23 to 25. The event promises exhilarating aerial stunts, on awesome extreme machines, and all fused with stunning lighting, astounding sound, and red-hot flame cannons. The world-class Freestyle Motocross (FMX) stunt spectacular, fuelled by Lucan-based energy drink, Monster Energy, returns to Dublin with a new show at Citywest. The world’s top freestyle motocross, quad, 50cc mini bike, mountain bike, bmx, and even s n ow m o b i l e r i d e r s , perform death-defying

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whips, back flips, and jaw-dropping stunts, live and up-close, in a totally unique new show. Featuring spectacular extreme sports, in a breath-taking, highoctane performance, Masters of Dirt will see world-famous riders from Europe, Asia and America present deathdefying stunts in an

action-packed two-anda-half hour arena show. Masters of Dirt tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster, priced from €39, for the three adrenaline-filled Dublin shows on the 2012 world tour. The 2010 Dublin dates were a complete sell-out, with more than 15,000 fans; so, Masters of Dirt 2012 will feature two

evening shows, as well as a Sunday matinee, for a weekend of exhilarating FMX fun for all the family. International FMX riders, including Edgar Torronteras from Spain, and France’s Remi Bizouard, are among the fearless Masters of Dirt riders who will take to “Irish airspace” next March. According to Masters of Dirt founder, Georgie Fechter: “We can’t wait to come back to Dublin with our rock-out aerial production. “The bike shows are incredible and, combined with the astounding sound and lighting, alongside the flame cannons and the fire-breathing antics of the Fuel Girls, this ultra-intense show really goes-off.”


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Let Your Business Spring Forward – New Training Programmes announced! DUN LAOGHAIRE Rathdown County Enterprise Board has just announced its Spring season of training programmes for people who are thinking about starting their own business or who are already in business and wish to upskill. All of these courses are aimed specifically at people working in small businesses and are based in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. In January, we have two Start Your Own Business courses commencing. The first starts on January 19th and is aimed at people in the 50+ age bracket and in addition to the key topics on general business start-up, will also include relevant issues like succession planning. The second is aimed at all those considering starting a business and will commence on January 31st. Both are taking place in the Enterprise Board offices in Nutgrove Enterprise Park. On February 2nd, in Blackrock, a course on Online Marketing & Social Media for Business starts and will cover everything needed to maximise the use of new media in promoting your own small business, and on February 22nd, in Rathfarnham, a course in Small Business Accounting will take place. All of these courses will be complemented by workshops and seminars throughout the year. Further details on all of these courses, and the other supports open to small businesses locally, are on the Enterprise Board’s website – www. dlrceb.ie – and you can enrol and pay online.

OPINION Tackling the question of who In the wake of a Government proposal to force companies to fund a portion of employees’ sick leave, we look at two very different opinions on the move

Managing the cost of illness benefit Q JOAN BURTON TD

Minister for Social Protection

TOO many workers leave the labour market due to health problems and too few people with reduced work capacity are working. This is a social and economic tragedy. It is a social tragedy, because it leaves people stranded on benefit payments when they might otherwise be working; and it is an economic tragedy because it is costing a fortune to deliver poor outcomes. Illness Benefit is a payment for insured people who cannot work due to illness. The cost of Illness Benefit alone has risen from €330 million to €900 million over the last 10 years. This is one of reasons that the Social Insurance Fund had a hole of €1.9 billion at the end of last year. There are three main

ways to fill that hole. First, we can raise the amount that employers and employees pay in to the fund through their PRSI contributions. Second, we can reduce the benefits we pay out to people who make claims. Third, we can reform the system. One way to reform the system is to introduce a statutory sick pay scheme under which the employer funds sick pay for a period of time before the Social Insurance Fund steps in. In Ireland, Illness Benefit is usually payable by the Social Insurance Fund after the third day of illness. Instead, I would like to see employers in the public and the private sectors step in after the third day and pay for sick pay for an initial period of a few weeks. This would help plug the hole in the Social Insurance Fund and

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD

reduce levels of absenteeism in both the public and private sectors with consequent savings for all. Most other European

countries oblige employers to pay some sick pay costs. In the Netherlands, employers pay for the first two years, in the UK they pay for 28 weeks and in Germany they pay for six weeks. The example of the Netherlands is an inspiring one. Sickness related absentee rates in the Netherlands fell from 10% to 4% following the introduction of statutory sick pay there. Employers in Ireland are in the enviable position of making both very low PRSI contributions and no contribution to sick pay absence costs. The OECD, in its annual review of taxation (Taxing Wages 2010), calculated that the average employer insurance contribution in Ireland was 9.7%. There are only six countries out of 34 countries surveyed that

have a lower social insurance contribution from employers. The OECD also recommended introducing a mandatory period of employer-provided sick pay in Ireland. I h ave m e t w i t h employer representative groups, both large and small. I am acutely aware of the particular difficulties being faced by many companies, especially smaller ones, during these tough economic times. That is why I will be holding a consultation with employers, OECD representatives, public health professionals, trade unions and other experts next month to see if we can establish common ground on ways to manage sick absences and plug the hole in the Social Insurance Fund. I will be listening very carefully to all their views.


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pays sick workers, their employers or the State?

‘This demonstrates a profound ignorance of human nature and a lack of understanding’ Q MARK FIELDING CEO, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association

Mark Fielding, CEO ISME

THE “sick” pay proposal by Minister Joan Burton, to transfer responsibility for paying the first month of illness from the State to individual employers, demonstrates a book-keeping rather than economic approach, a profound ignorance of human nature and a lack of understanding of the SME sector, being illconceived, irrational and will add to company costs and to the numbers joining the dole queues. The Minister has stated that forcing companies to pay for sick pay (which is not mandatory in most instances), will somehow reduce absenteeism in the workplace, indicates that she is either extremely naïve, which I don’t believe, or is attempting to get businesses to pick up the tab for the excesses of the public sector. The reality is that, once

you make it easier to claim “sick pay”, the frequency of “feigned illness” will increase and absenteeism will rise. According to the most recent ISME survey (Dec 2011), the typical number of days lost per annum due to absenteeism in SMEs is 3 days and well policed, contrary to the Minister’s assertion. This compares to a massive inefficient 12 days in the public sector, where the employer (the State) pays sick pay. We know that civil and public servants are not more susceptible to illness than private sector employees, therefore logic dictates that the massive differential is a result of the “sick pay scheme”. The easier the system the “sicker” you get! In the main the SME private sector already has the additional cost of employing a replacement when someone is out sick, whereas the public sector just defers the work. In addition employers

and employees already make substantial contributions through PRSI to support the provision of sick pay by Social Protection. If the Minister imposes her proposals, without a reduction in PRSI, it will result in an additional tax cost to employers, which will act as a disincentive to businesses to create and maintain employment. It will, unfortunately, lead to many companies reassessing their requirement for labour and the individuals that they may employ. Put simply, Minister Burton’s “sick” pay proposal will cause job losses. It becomes obvious therefore that introducing mandatory sick pay on top of the additional state-controlled cost increases in transport, energy and local charges, is going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in many instances. If these proposals are introduced it will cause untold damage to

smaller businesses, resulting in closures and significant job losses. The Minister would be better off tackling the absenteeism, wastage and inefficiencies in the public sector, instead of attempting to stymie and undermine the business sector, the main vehicle for economic and employment growth. The schizophrenic tendency of the Government is extremely worrying with job creation being drum-rolled as a priority on the one hand and this outlandish “sick” jobkilling proposal on the other. In summary – we already pay PRS Insurance to cover sick pay, we pay for a replacement and now we will have to pay sick pay, which logic dictates will increase absenteeism, thereby increasing the cost further. Common sense, or any sense at all, needs to be applied and this ludicrous proposal needs to be dumped once and for all.


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ARTS Browsing the beautiful wares and bargains at a fair

Joanne Collins, Emma Conroy and Laurina Thompson

Crafting lasting support HE tenth Marlay Craft Fair proved as popular as ever recently, with throngs of craft-loving locals and visitors browsing the fares of the 60 exhibitors at the historic Marlay House setting. Featuring goods either made in Ireland or created by Irish craft workers, and officially opened by the Crafts Council of Ireland, the fair saw a diverse range of goods on offer, ranging from seasonal Christmas gifts and cards to perennial favourites, including silk painting, toys, glasswork, ceramics, jewellery, woodcrafts and much more. Live music added to the fair’s pleasant atmosphere, which underscored both Marlay House’s role in the community, and the local enthusiasm and passion to help support the work of Irish artisans and craftspeople.

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Rynagh McCann with Connor, Liz Curtin, Eamonn McCann, nice

Kathleen McLellian, Noinin Conlin and Brian Dempsey, all having a

time at the Fifi Loves Jewellery stand

Anne Collins at the Fighting Blindness stand, manned by June Colgan

Berni Philbin and Maya

Audrey Shallow, on the Create Wish Angel stand

Stallholders and visitors alike admired the lovely surroundings

Colm O’Meachair


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HEALTH Walk aims to encourage residents to put resolutions into practise

Get fit with a free walking event in Marlay Park Q STAFF REPORTER

A FREE walking event that will help you kick-start those New Year’s resolutions will take place in the picturesque grounds of Marlay Park this January. As part of Dun LaoghaireRathdown Sports Partnerships’ aim to encourage residents of the county to get active, the free event will be held on the morning of Saturday, January 14.

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‘Meeting at 10.45am beside the new playground at the College Road entrance to Marlay Park, the 4km route will be around the picturesque park, and is suitable for all levels of walker’ -----------------------------------------------------------------

Held in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, and RTE’s Operation Transformation programme, every county in Ireland will be holding a

similar walking event to cater for all levels of fitness, but, in particular, for those looking to start exercising again. Meeting at 10.45am beside

the new playground at the College Road entrance to Marlay Park, the 4km route will be around the picturesque park, based on pathways, and is suitable for all levels of walker. Supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, this event will provide the perfect chance to put those New Year’s resolutions into action. Speaking in advance of the event, Shane McArdle, coor-

dinator with the Sports Partnership said: “Getting active makes such a big difference to your health, helping to reduce stress, ease back pain and reduce the risk of heart disease. “For heart health, adults need at least 30 minutes of physical activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week. “By taking part in these types of events, local people can become more aware of the excellent parks available

in the county, and how walking can be made social and fun,” he said. Trained walking leaders will be present on the day for a helping hand and information on the history of the park. All are very welcome and encouraged to attend. For further information on this event, and to register, contact Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership at 01 271 9502, or email sportspartnership@dlrcoco.ie.


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IT’S YOUR SHOT Marking memorable events in Stillorgan

Members of Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce pose for a group photo on their recent visit to Dail Eireann

Celebrating a ‘first’ local Christmas tree TILLORGAN Chamber of Commerce members didn’t let Christmas slow down their activities – rather, it spurred them into ever greater action to support the community and engage in mutually beneficial networking opportunities to help strengthen local business ties.

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While the Chamber’s visit to Dail Eireann was a highlight of the business year for members, they were equally delighted to arrange for a Christmas tree to be installed for the first time in the centre of Stillorgan village. Chamber members joined locals for the official switching-on ceremony

for the magnificent tree, where they were joined by Dublin footballers Rory O’Carroll, Ross O’Carroll and David Nestor. Adding to the sense of fun and excitement, pupils from Oatlands Primary School sang a selection of Christmas carols, rounding off the year in style for everyone in Stillorgan.

The magnificent, towering inaugural Stillorgan tree

A large crowd was in attendance for the event

Dublin footballers Rory O’Carroll, Ross O’Carroll and David Nestor joined the Chamber for the ceremony

Oatlands Primary School pupils delighted everyone with their choral selections

Frank Murphy, president, Stillorgan Chamber


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GazetteNUTRITION NUTRITION Spice up your life for the new year

Spices are recognised as having disease-preventing and health-promoting qualities

LEILA JOHARI

MANY centuries ago European explorers brought herbs and spices to our shores from far distant lands. These herbs and spices not only tasted amazing, but were found to have more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Reasons to spice up your life

In ancient times, herbs and spices were recognised as having diseasepreventing and healthpromoting qualities. They contain plant-derived chemical compounds that have carminative, anti-inflammatory and anti-flatulent properties. Spices have been found to make digestion more powerful by increasing gastro-intestinal secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract. The components in spices have been found to have anti-clotting action, preventing clogging of platelets in the blood vessels, thus helping ease blood flow, preventing stroke and coronary heart disease. They are composed of an impressive list of phyto-nutrients, essential oils, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals such as potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium. Potassium is a vital

component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Spices are often used to treat colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation. In addition to this, the essential oils found in herbs and spices are used in aromatherapy helping us to relax.

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10 herbs and spices to include in your diet

Garlic: Destroys cancer cells and disrupts the metabolism of tumour cells. Garlic is a popular herb that is used in most cooking. It can also be eaten raw but keep in mind the effect it has on your breath… don’t go eating it before a hot date. Paprika: Contains capasaicin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It is also found in cayenne and red chilli peppers. Set your taste buds alight with a chilli chicken salad. Just coat one chicken fillet with olive oil, cayenne and paprika, bake in the oven for approximately half an hour and serve with a fresh green salad. Ginger: Can decrease motion sickness and nausea. It may relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Ginger can

Cinnamon: Can lower blood sugar, triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol. Try adding cinnamon to a cup of hot milk for a bedtime treat. Turmeric: Contains curcumin which can inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Turmeric is used when cooking rice in India – simply add to water when cooking. It also gives the rice a distinctive yellow colour which looks very impressive and sets the taste buds tingling. Rosemary: Is said to enhance memory and help mild depression, headaches and migraine. It helps prevent damage to blood vessels that may raise the risk of heart attack. Rosemary gives a tasty twist to herbal bread.

‘Spices are often used to treat colds, influenza, mild fevers, indigestion, stomach upsets and painful menstruation’

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be used in savoury dishes and teas. If you fancy something a little sweet it is delicious used in baking such as ginger-nut biscuits and sticky ginger pudding. Oregano: Oregano has the highest anti-oxidant activity of 27 fresh culinary herbs so, next time your request extra toppings on your pizza, be sure to include oregano on your list. Parsley: This little herb was popular with Romans and is still as popular today. It is rich in iron, carotenoids and vitamin C. It is a diuretic and helps stimulate the liver. Parsley is known to be a breath freshener so if you have eaten garlic, perhaps it would be a good idea to have some parsley after. Thyme: Is a powerful antiseptic and helps conditions such as thrush and asthma. Thyme is used widely in meat cooking, stuffing and soups. Mint: Mint contains methanol, used widely as an indigestion remedy and for clearing congestion in colds and chest infections. It also helps purify the breath, an infusion applied to the skin can help relieve pain and, an oil infusion can be used as a massage balm. No need to feel guilty about having that after dinner mint.


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GazettePROPERTY PROPERTY INTERIORS: A TOUCH OF THE STYLISH

M&S bring designer flourish to new range MARKS & Spencer are launching their new interiors collection for 2012 next week; with an array of stylish items, from clean and crisp bedding to fun pops of colour in the kitchen and classic funiture pieces, there is something to suit every taste and budget. The new ranges include exclusive items from Conran, bringing their contemporary design and impeccable attention to detail into the bedroom and dining room. Meanwhile, the trend for mid-century design influences and nostalgic design pieces continues to gather pace in 2012, with new furniture styles appearing as functional talking points.

CO MEATH: FIVE-BEDROOM LUXURY NEAR ATHBOY

Fine find at Fosterfields CARTY Property Advisors are bringing Fosterfields, Athboy, Co Meath, a detached dormer-style bungalow standing on a large site, to the market, for the asking price of â‚Ź359,950. This luxurious designer home extends to c260 sq m of well-proportioned living space, an abundance of natural light with superb attention to quality and detail. The accommodation comprises entrance hall with a tiled floor, a spacious lounge which sports a feature fireplace and pine coving, and which is carpeted. The kitchen/dining room has a range of pinefitted wall and floor press units, together with parttiled walls and tiled floor, and has double doors to

Fosterfields in Athboy, Co Meath is on the market for â‚Ź395,950

the conservatory. There is also an utility room, as well as a guest WC downstairs. This is in addition to a bedroom currently used as a family room, and an en suite bedroom, which has a solid wood floor, built-in wardrobes and window overlooking rear garden. Upstairs there are three

additional bedrooms, one of which is en suite, as well as the family bathroom, which includes a corner bath, separate shower unit, WC and WHB, with fully tiled walls and floor. The property stands on a large site with gated access, and has a tarmac driveway to the front and rear, with decking to the

rear, and a free-standing garage with roller door. There is also a football pitch to the rear. Fosterfields is in walkin condition throughout and viewing is recommended. Appointments can be arranged by contacting Marie Carty at Carty Property Advisors on 046 94 86860.

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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

ONES TO WATCH: A FEW OF THE FACES WHO WILL MAKE 2012

Fresh feel for the new year with new talent Q ROB HEIGH

IF MUSIC be the food of love, it wasn’t enough for some rockers-turned-restaurateurs in 2011. We saw Jon Bon Jovi keep the faith in New Jersey with Soul Kitchen, a restaurant where diners pay what they can. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd literally put his name to a New Zealand restaurant: Phil’s Place promises a “whole dining experience”, where it looks like prices are nonnegotiable. And now Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan’s going about as rock and roll as it gets...with high tea. The singer wants to open a 1930s-style Chinese tea-house in the Highland Park area of Chicago. Can’t imagine there’ll be the smashing of anything there, though there might be if he brings in some of the fighters from his WWF franchise! Listen to Dee Woods from Radio Nova every weeknight from 7pm to 12am on 100.3FM

ANOTHER year, and the hopes are high for an incredibly special 2012. It’s tough to make your way through the up-andcoming tips for the top lists, but it’s my humble duty to pick three of the many that will undoubtedly still be around at the end of the year and be on constant rotation on your iPod playlists. The first is perhaps the most obvious, but it’s hard to argue with such unique talent. Michael K iwanuka’s star has been on the rise since he appeared on Later With

Jools Holland last year, and with a growing list of plaudits and acclaim, I initially wondered if there was a just a bit too much hype and not a whole lot of substance. How wrong I was. K iwanuka’s songs are full of soul and feeling, threading back their influences to soul legends like Sam Cooke and Bill Withers, imbibed with an easy, langorous cool underpinned by some fine melodies. With his debut album, Home Again, set to appear in March, Kiwunaka will be one of the top-selling artists of the year, easily. He also plays at The Sugar Club on February 11 and joining him there will be my second pick, the equally understated but equally gobsmackingly good three-piece, The Staves. Nor th Londoners Emily, Jessica and Camilla have a strong pedigree as far as their influences are concerned - among them Fleet Foxes, Simon and Garfunkel and Buffalo Springfield - but their unique harmonies and melding of bright English folk and sublime

Bright hopes: Michael Kinuwaka, The Staves and Morning Parade

West Coast pop is something to mark them out as ones to watch. Their Mexico EP contains some of the most haunting and memorable music you’ll hear this side of Laura Marling, and the fact their debut

album features the production work of Glyn and Ethan Johns (whose credits include The Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams and the aforementioned Marling) means you ought to be seeking them out immediately. Find out more on their Facebook page or at www.thestaves.com. Last of my early season picks are Morning Parade, picking up the pace and making a case for the indie anthem crown. With hints of Radiohead and the criminally under-appreciated Puressence, and the ability to switch the tempo and attack up and down at will, Morning Parade’s debut EPs have showcased their skills in the studio, but it is live where they are set apart, with energetic performances that have seen them build up a fanatical live following.

Those are three, but honourable mentions must go to Lana Del Rey, Azealia Banks, Flux Pavillion, To Kill A King, Spector, Howler and Lianne La Havas as those most likely to provide some thrilling pop moments throughout the year as well. In the absence of a mega-festival to cater for all tastes, the calendar is already full of live experiences that should not be missed. Already lined up are shows from the legendary Stone Roses and Bruce Springsteen, as well as certain-to-be-epic visits from Florence And The Machine, Deadmau5 and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and some smaller-scale lessons in magnificence from Lambchop, Lisa Hannigan and The Magnetic Fields. A very happy new year in store, indeed.


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GazettePETS PETS

Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: WITH THE NEW YEAR, TAKE A NEW APPROACH TO LOOKING AFTER FIDO

Resolve for better pet care in 2012 ONE of the best traditions of ringing in the New Year is “the resolution”. So, readers, have you managed to keep yours, or have you broken them yet? I’ll bet you have. I know, I know – like me, two seconds into 2012 you resolved to eat less and move more and yet, here we are, two weeks into the New Year, and the old backside is still sitting on the sofa. So, I’d ask all you pet parents to forget about your own resolutions, and to ask yourselves: “What were the top five things I wanted to do for my dog in 2011 and, have I managed to do them?” If you have, then well done, you, and give yourself a big pat on the back.

If you haven’t, don’t beat yourself up about it; sure, I make lots of plans for my pets, and hardly ever see them through. For example, I said no more dogs in 2012 … err, weeks into the New Year, and I’m fostering another one. Okay, it’s only a foster, but it’s going to be long-term, (so don’t tell hubby)! However, I’m lucky – I can provide for my animals, and they are all microchipped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. So, if like me, you’ve failed to get rolling with those New Year pet plans, then take a look at my top suggestions for 2012, and see if you can at least stick to three of them. I know I’m going to try

Everyone wants their pet to look and feel this healthy so, for 2012, keep resolutions to care for your pet

very hard this year. Possible resolutions

• Check it out: Regular check-ups give your vet the chance of picking up on any developing illnesses, and the opportunity to

take care of them immediately. For example, a New Year’s examination of the heart, lungs and teeth, etc will prove less costly in the long run, rather than waiting for that problem

to develop. • Get the look: It’s 2012, and those long nails and a matted coat are soooo last year, so take Fido to the poodle parlour for a bit of pampering. After all, who wants to cuddle a sticky pooch? If your groomer can’t resolve coat problems, then it’s back to the vet for advice in order to rule out any suspected underlying medical problems. • Watch the weight: Read the feeding guidelines on your pet’s food and follow them carefully. Overweight animals face a number of health risks. Lay off the scraps and too many treats and, if your pet is not already on a well-balanced, topquality dried pet food diet, now is the time to

consider one. However, never change your dog’s diet overnight, especially if he’s a puppy. Do it gradually, in order to avoid tummy upsets. Ask your vet for advice if unsure. • Poison-proof your home: Are there dangerous toxins lurking in your cupboards? The home can be a minefield for dogs and cats. Lock those poisons away today, get rid of any toxic plants and create a safe environment for your animals. • ID: Microchip your pets and get them a new collar and ID tag. Make sure your information is accurate and, if it changes – such as you get a new mobile phone number or move house –

update it now. • Basic training: Teach your dog basic commands and good manners, such as Sit, Stay and Heel, and always reward him for good behaviour. • Pet phobias: Have you noticed your dog/cat sometimes gets scared? If so, investigate. Find out what causes their fears and help them cope. A good dog trainer can be very helpful here. • Pet boarding: Booked the family holiday yet? Then check out boarding facilities or pet sitters now before the best ones are booked. Happy 2012! For more information, log on to www.dspca.ie or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS

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Interview: Donna Mitchell Murphy, owner Zumba Fitness Blanchardstown

Bitten by the dancing bug DONNA Mitchell Murphy teaches at Zumba Fitness Blanchardstown. She grew up in north Dublin and danced in various shows and competitions around Ireland. She always wanted to become a professional dancer and always loved music. While at school, Donna worked part-time in a pharmacy. She studied at evening college, receiving her diplomas. She heard about Zumba Fitness, and knew instantly she would love being back at what she always wanted to do. She set herself a challenge to train with a ZES (Zumba Education Specialist) Hermann Melo. Hermann trained Donna in a programme that was going to take her into a whirlwind of changes. The Zumba® workout provides

long-term fitness benefits through exhilarating, high calorie-burning fitness classes. “I get to share this enjoyment with everyone that walks through the door and I absolutely love it,” she says. “I also run Zumba events. The next one open to the public is for www. babymax.ie on January 27, 2012 at Wanderers’ Rugby new clubhouse; €10 minimum donation to enter with 100% of donations going to the charity. ZES Hermann Melo will be our guest. “I really hope to see you at one of my classes; I promise you will feel the benefits of the workout.” For more information, call Donna on 0873221120 or email her ar fitstudio15@gmail.com.

Zumba instructor, Donna Mitchell Murphy

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year’s Wedding Journal Show, which takes place in the Citywest Complex from the January 13-15. Everyone who buys a ticket online or at the show will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a dream wedding package worth a staggering €25k. The prize includes a wedding reception from Ballymagarvey Village, a luxury honeymoon with Sunway Holidays and Cyprus Tourism Organisation, wedding dress and Two Birds bridesmaid dresses from Frilly Frocks, room dressing from Frog Prince, photography by Laura Faherty and wedding rings from The Wedding Ring Shop. Brides attending the show will be spoilt for choice, with the Irish Independent Style Stage hosted by Sinead Desmond, an internationally renowned bridal catwalk show, dedicated Irish Designer Zone, a Champagne Bar and much, much more. Visit www.weddingjournalonline.com for details.

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Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: I’d like to say a glass of

ways wanted to listen to Top of the Pops but my family wanted to watch football. I always won because I was a whinger.

champagne, but it’s an ice-cold bottle of Perroni and a slice of Dominos

Q: What was your first job? A: I’ve always worked in pharmacy for the same owner, Fergus Hoban. I actually only left Touchstone Pharmacy, Mulhuddart Village, recently. I still gate-crash their Christmas parties though!

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Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: I’m actually a shy person. But, when I teach, I am not shy. There is something in the music that makes me go crazy

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Like many women, I have no

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Yes, I tried Beauty and I

choice but to follow football. At home they are fanatics, so I just go with the flow

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Q: What sport can you play? A: I cycle, run and swim quite

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I build new friendships with everyone that comes through my door. They laugh their heads off as they leave my class all covered in sweat. This makes my job very enjoyable

Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull of? A: Yes, I planned a wedding in Italy for a great couple. I thought I was going to die (I’m super dramatic)

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: I’m independent, so I have

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Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: I wanted to be a dancer. I al-

no one to delegate too. I ask my students to open the door if the mirrors are steaming up, that would be it

often. I’d love to surf but, knowing me, I’d drown first time

Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: I get really nervous over silly things. I also pick at things when I’m uncomfortable. I’ve just been told by my orthodontist that I have a dislocated jaw, might be from talking too much

Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to? A: I am going to the very first Zumba Fitness Convention in London in February, where I will be one of the first instructors in the world to be trained in the new Zumba SENTAO programme

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

A: Zumba Zumba Zumba! I love Erasure, love the 80’s music and classical music. I try stay “with it” so I enjoy Rihanna, Danza Kuduro and David Guetta. For movies, for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days I roll around laughing, my eyes water everytime. On TV, Desperate Housewives and Boardwalk Empire

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland –David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward all the way. They’re so happy, we should try to be more happy like those pair

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: Pictures of my family at Christmas; I’ve not uploaded them yet. Music, about 3,000 Zumba Classics.

Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: And it’s done. First Zumba Fitness class of 2012 happened at Dance Addiction Dublin and it was FANTASTIC. Thank you to all, old and new students, it was really great to see you all there. Roll on MONDAY!

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Chinese food from Wongs,

would be afraid to speak to Enda Kenny as it would end up in a massive argument

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Ha! Did my mam tell you to ask me this? I own about 60 pairs of shoes, BUT only 20 are really good ones that live in their actual boxes and have their own shelf

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Oh, has to be losing my luggage when I was six months pregnant. We were in a very “skimpy” part of the world and their bikini’s left very little to the imagination.

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: My dream holiday is Florida. I’ve been before many times and I absolutely love it. I get to go on the HULK and Dueling Dragons with the kids. I’d go back year after year with the boys. You’re never too young or old for Florida

Q: What would be your dream job? A: I’m doing it. My dream was to be a dancer and it’s here with me now

or a huge Steak from The Chop House. I love good food

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Travel the world. I want to

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Oh God, Dame Edna. I

visit North Africa first and help some areas there. Then, I’m on planes, trains and automobiles… best get saving so!


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Listen to your heart: Not your head

Go ahead and get slimmer this year

WESTLIFE’S Nicky Byrne is set to return this January as the encouraging voice on the Irish Heart Foundation heart attack awareness campaign, which urges Irish men to call 999 if they think they are having a heart attack. The Listen to your heart, not your head TV and radio campaign sponsored by AstraZeneca was inspired by the singer’s personal loss of his loving father, Nikki Byrne Senior, in November 2009. Together he and his family – mother Yvonne, sister Gillian and brother Adam – raised vital funding for the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke, to dispel the myth of the Hollywood heart attack and help save more lives by urging men to call 999 before it’s too late. This January, the third and final instalment will appear on Irish TV screens from January 16, featuring the antics of unforgettable animated characters “heart” and “head” created by Rothco. The Irish Heart Foundation’s free booklet, A man’s guide to heart health supported by the HSE, is also available, call 01-6685001or at www.irish heart.ie. Pictured here are Michael O’Shea, chief executive, Irish Heart Foundation, Nicky Byrne, Westlife and Johnny O’Toole, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Ireland.

Educogym can help with the ‘battle of the bulge’ WITH more sedentary lifestyles here to stay, two-thirds of Irish people currently overweight and the excesses of Christmas sitting firmly on waists, innovative ways to tackle fitness and nutrition are needed in our ongoing “battle of the bulge”. On average, people gain 5 lbs (2 kg) in the fourweek Christmas period. The average turkey dinner contains more calories than the average adult needs in an entire day (for many, it’s almost double the daily amount). It can also contain the amount of fat grammes required for an entire week. The Christmas meal is not the biggest problem. To put on 1lb of body fat, you need to eat an extra 3,500 calories – not that hard to achieve on Christmas Day. Remember, it takes the stomach about 15-20

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minutes to signal the brain that it is full. By then, we’ve usually overeaten, especially during the holidays. But, this one day of excess is not the real issue, it’s the weeks before and after lead-

ing into New Year that pushes up that dress size and makes those trouser waists strain over that bulging tum! “We’re getting fatter and fatter, although more of us are joining gyms and trying new diets,

than ever before,” says Jamie Myerscough, of health and fitness group, educogym. So, should the answer be, after Christmas, to go on a low-calorie diet and take up aerobic exercise? Not necessarily. “Traditional low-calorie diets and aerobic exercise cause you to lose muscle, and the loss of muscle slows down your metabolic rate, which is the rate at which you burn food and body fat for energy. Once you stop the low-calorie diet and exercising, you quickly gain the fat you lost, plus more,” he says.

“The problem gets worse as we age”, says Jamie. “As we start to lose muscle from our 30s onwards, leading to a slower metabolism, lower energy levels and increasing weight. However, with the right approach, people of all ages can recover lost muscle, stay in shape and improve their organ function.

De-motivated “Industry figures show that 90% of members in a typical ‘warehouse’ gym stop going after three months. They become de-motivated, and waste a lot of time using equip-

ment incorrectly.” As it turns out, a careful combination of 20-minute exercise sessions that will burn fat and build muscle, complemented with a balanced nutritional eating plan is an effective weapon against the expanding waistline. educogym is offering free consultations for the month of January. People concerned about their ever-increasing waistline can get advice on their weight, lifestyle, body fat, muscle, diet and achievable goals. Contact educogym on 1850 737 737, email Dundrum@educogym.com or log onto www.facebook. com/myeducogym Free waist measurements consultations are available at educogym Dundrum Town Centre, Blackrock, Dublin Docklands and Naas.

HEALTHIER biscuit brand, go ahead!, are now teaming up with Unislim, the Irish-owned health and slimming company, to offer customers a great saving of €20 on a six-week Unislim membership. Kicking off the New Year with a good start couldn’t be easier with these three simple steps: 1. Purchase any go ahead! pack 2. Take your till receipt to any of the 180 Unislim classes nationwide 3. Then save €20 on six weeks membership! (Joining fee and six classes RRP €70, for the price of €50) We all know how difficult it can be to find great tasting snacks that can be enjoyed as part of a healthier lifestyle. go ahead! have carefully selected the perfect balance of ingredients to create their delicious on-the-go range for the perfect healthy alternative for snacking. Along with reduced saturated fat, the go ahead! range also contains a selection of vitamins including: calcium, iron, niacin, riboflavin (B2), vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin B6 and thiamin (B1)). Go ahead Fruit Bakes are now equivalent to one portion of your daily fruit and vegetable requirements. The range also encompasses a variety of snacks and flavours from Ireland’s favourite Forest Fruit Yogurt Breaks, Orange & Sultanta Crispy Fruit Slices and also delicious Apple Bakes.


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FITNESS: WORKOUT ESSENTIALS

Kelly Home Fitness range from Tesco AS the New Year begins and resolutions are made, many will be aiming to lose a couple of pounds following the festive season, and Tesco is on hand to help with some fantastic savings now available on the exclusive Kelly Holmes Fitness range. Kettle Bell

Loose fit vest, €16.50

Perfect

Dame Kelly Holmes, the double Olympic Gold winner, has collaborated with Tesco to design a range of quality sports clothing and equipment, which includes exercise essentials that are perfect for those keen to work out at home. The equipment range includes the popular Kelly Holmes Weighted Gym Ball now just €13.33 (normally €20)

and the Kelly Holmes Exercise Mat, €14.67 (normally €22). The versatile Kelly Holmes Adjustable Kettle Bell now just €23.33 (normally €35) will provide you with a total body workout and, for those hoping to achieve a washboard stomach, the Kelly Holmes Balance Board at just €18.33 (normally €27.50) is another workout essential.

The fitness range also includes some stylish workout wardrobe stables, including a loose-fit vest top or a black tank top just €16.50 each and comfortable yoga pants at just €18.50. The Kelly Holmes Fitness range is available in selected Tesco stores nationwide. For details on your nearest Tesco store, and to check availability, log onto www.tesco.ie

Sibutramine was withdrawn from use as a medicine in Ireland and across the entire EU U in early 2010

Hidden dangers of taking Sibutramine THE Irish Medicines Board has issued a strong precautionary message for consumers on the health dangers of taking any slimming products containing Sibutramine. The IMB stated that Sibutramine was withdrawn from use as a medicine in Ireland and across the entire EU in early 2010, due to the increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Warning Specifically, the IMB is warning consumers not to purchase particular slimming products which may be available illegally online, as packs of those products have been found to contain Sibutramine (often fraudulently not declared in the ingredients listed on the pack). It is advising consumers to dispose of any of the products that they have listed on their web-

site (www.imb.ie) that they may have, and, if they are feeling any illeffects after taking any of these products, to contact their doctor immediately. The IMB has seen an incremental and progressive rise in its detentions of illegal Sibutramine containing products in recent times, in cooperation with Revenue Customs. Between 2009 and 2011 there has been a 600% increase in the number of these types of products detained. According to John Lynch, director of compliance at the IMB, people should avoid buying these products as they have been found to contain Sibutramine and are illegal medicines. “We are identifying Sibutramine-containing products that, in some cases, are labelled as containing only natural ingredients. In addition,

the packaging is often quite sophisticated and is intended to convince purchasers they are buying legal and safe products. The products are often presented as natural slimming aids but many do not refer to Sibutramine in their packaging and are deliberately misleading consumers. “Some of these medicines have been shown to contain too little or too much of the active ingredient while others contain the wrong active ingredient altogether or contain an additional active ingredient not listed on the packaging,” he said. Safe disposal

Anyone who wishes to safely dispose of any of these products can contact the IMB in confidence on 01-6343436. In the meantime, the products should be stored

safely out of the sight and reach of others. For further information consumers are urged to access the IMB leaflet, Dangers of Buying Medicines Online, which is available on the IMB’s website at http://www. imb.ie. The IMB has consistently stressed the dangers of buying medicines online and urges consumers not to risk their health by using illegal medicines. There can be no guarantees as to the safety, quality or effectiveness of these products. The supply of prescription only medicines via the internet is illegal and no online pharmacy is authorised to operate in Ireland. Consumers are additionally advised that they risk losing their money and credit card details when they buy from rogue websites.


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Hands-only CPR to save lives THE Irish Heart Foundation has backed the latest UK TV campaign featuring Hollywood actor, Vinnie Jones, promoting hands-only CPR to help save lives from sudden cardiac arrest. In the new TV advert, which airs on Irish screens this month, tough man Jones urges untrained bystanders to “give the kiss a miss” during CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and concentrate on giving just chest compressions to the beat of the Bee Gee’s pop classic,

Stayin’ Alive. Ireland’s national charity fighting heart disease and stroke has welcomed the campaign created by their counter par ts in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to tackle the barriers to the public performing CPR in an emergency. A poll by the BHF showed nearly half of people were put off helping because of a lack of knowledge about CPR and a fifth of respondents worried specifically about the

thought of the kiss of life or catching an infectious disease. According to Irish Heart Foundation resuscitation expert Brigid Sinnott, the same barriers exist here. She said: “Here in Ireland we know that as little as a third of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR. Many people are afraid to give CPR in an emergency because of their lack of knowledge and many more are put off by the thought of having to give the kiss of life. The new British Heart

Foundation advert has hit the nail on the head – regardless if you have been trained or not, if someone collapses unconscious in front of you, call 999 and start giving strong chest compressions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive to keep a good tempo. The reality is that about 60% of collapses occur in front of family or friends, which is why we need to encourage everyone to give hands CPR a try. It really can mean the difference between life and death.”

The new TV advert, showing throughout January, will reveal a compassionate side to Vinnie Jones as he performs hands-only CPR to Stayin’ Alive in a deserted warehouse, flanked by two dancing henchmen. To watch the BHF TV ad, see www.irishheart.ie Chest compressions with rescue breaths will continue to be part of gold standard CPR and taught during formal training, including on the Irish Heart Foundation courses.

SUPPORT: PREMIUM HOME HEALTH SERVICE

A healthbased approach to local home care In 2010, Dublin nurses Alice Lucey and Caitriona O’Donovan decided to open Be Independent Home Care in response to reports regarding substandard home care providers. Alice and Catriona are both registered general nurses and are passionate believers that every person has the right to remain in their own home by accessing quality care and support. To do this, they have carefully recruited and trained a dedicated team of qualified home care assistants who provide one-on-one, assistance, support and care to clients in their own home, helping them retain their

independence. All care assistants are fully trained and undergo a thorough security vetting process. Once assigned to a client case the care team are closely supervised by nurse managers. This premium home care and home help ser vice is provided throughout Dublin and surrounds, it is a flexible service and is available from a few hours a day up to 24 hours. As health care professionals, Caitriona and Alice are keen to assist in keeping people healthy, fit and safe, and have been busy throughout the winter months hosting free seminars to advise

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older people how to stay healthy. Caitriona says: “Our objective at Be Independent Home Care is to help assist individuals to remain healthy and independent and so presenting on subjects such as exercise, diet and stress management within the communities that we operate in is an impor-

tant part of what we aim to achieve.” In addition to hosting free Wellness seminars throughout Dublin, Be Independent Home Care believe in building relationships with their multidisciplinary colleagues in the communities that they operate in as this ensures the best possible service to clients. To this

end Be Independent Home Care has recently teamed up with McCabes Pharmacy to help their clients access top quality pharmacy advice and services. For further information, please contact Be Independent Home Care on (01) 8283030 or www. beindependenthomecare.ie


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FastTravel Treat yourselves, and your pooch, to Tankardstown House ESCAPE to Tankardstown House, just outside Slane, for a winter break with your partner and pooch. Amble through the estate woodlands and fields and return to a pamper facial for the humans in the therapy room, whilst, outside, the hotel’s professional groomer gives your pooch the full shampoo and set, pedicure and blow dry. Accommodation is in one of their beautifully appointed courtyard cottages, and dinner is in their a la carte Restaurant, Brabazon, and breakfast the following morning is included, all for two guests. Doggy Breakfast can be arranged at no extra cost. The rate is €350 subject to availability. Visit www.tankardstown.ie for details.

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STANBUL is a beautiful city with lots to offer. Situated on either side of the Bosporus Strait that separates Europe from Asia, the city straddles two continents making it truly unique, where east really does meet west. Take a guided half-day city tour, which includes the Saint Sophia Museum, Ancient Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisks and the Blue Mosque. Puff contentedly on a nargile (water pipe) in the shadow of an Ottoman mosque, hop on a ferry across to Asia to take in an opera, admire the latest in contemporary art at the Istanbul Modern or wonder at the stunning Byzantine mosaics in the Church of St Saviour in Chora. Dance the night away

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at a Bosphorus-front club, chill over a cocktail and admire the panoramic views from a chic rooftop bar, haggle for a sumptuous Turkish carpet in a centuries-old bazaar or gaze at the exquisitely tiled interior of the Blue Mosque. Food is exotic and you can enjoy an outdoor meal at a Bosphorus-front fish restaurant, or Turkish coffee at a pavement cafe.

There are a number of hotels to choose from in the Old Town or Taksim Square. Stay at the 4-star Time Hotel, that offers free WI-FI and affordable accommodation in the heart of Istanbul, close to the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi P alace. It costs €175. The 4-star Amethyst Hotel is located at the heart of historical penin-

sula and the shopping centre of Istanbul and lies within walking distance to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern. This hotel costs €195. The 4-star Konak Hotel is located at the centre of the Taksim area, which offers shopping, nightlife, restaurants, bars, clubs, convention centres, museums and historical

places, all within walking distance. Konak costs €210 for the duration of your stay. The 4-star Larespark Hotel is set at the heart of the lively and famous Taksim Square, close to the Akmerkez Shopping Centre, Saint-Sophia, Maiden’s Tower, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and many more. This hotel costs €210 for the stay. Flights to Istanbul non-stop cost from €351. For more details on this deal, go to www.gohop. ie.


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GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Singing Nina WITH 2012 moving along, The Pavilion is already treating music fans to an eclectic range of shows. 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.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Mary Coghlan - The House of ill repute THE Mill Theatre is another Dublin landmark with a great performance lined up for the start of 2012, 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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“All right, all right, we admit it – it’s a bad film ...” Some of the cast from The Darkest Hour, which sees a group of plucky youngsters in Moscow banding together to survive a full-scale alien invasion. Unfortunately, the film they star in is simply dim, dim, dim ...

A one-star blunder

You won’t be Russian out to see this Moscow-set mix of sci-fi, horror, action, suspense – and lashings of silliness Q KATE CROWLEY

WHO, when facing into the year that the Mayans thought spelt the end of the world, wouldn’t want to see a film about the end of the world? Actually, scratch that – only lazy scaremongers bother bleating about 2012 being the ancient Mayan’s year of death (unfortunately, I can’t write that with the requisite number of words in capital letters and superfluous exclamation marks, owing to something the backroom boys at Gazette Towers call “house style”), seeing as it doesn’t actually, technically mean the end of the world. Why, if I dug up Ye Olde Mayane right now, blew the dust off his head, and had a rather unpleasant chat about human sacrifices and the trouble of feeding a growing population with ever-failing crops, he’d almost certainly eventually say that

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Darkest Hour + (15A) 88 mins Director: Chris Gorak Starring: Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor, glowy killer invisible blobby things

OUR VERDICT: NATURALLY wary of films that can’t even crawl to the meagre 90-minute mark, it’s hard not to feel that The Darkest Hour is a little – wait for it – light in the bright idea department, coming on like a fusion of, well, take your pick. Still, top marks for being another one of those films that help train the mind on reading, going for a walk, calling home, doing laundry – anything other than sitting through this.

the end of the world is nothing to do with Mayans, beautiful Miss Crowley, but can probably be pinned on aliens instead. Thanks for that top tip, Mr Mayan. And, now that you mention it, in a notso-shocking twist, here’s a film about that very topic! The Darkest Hour sees a couple of Bright Young Americans (or BoYAs, as I’ll call ’em) – don’t bother wondering who, folks, as they’re unlikely to be clutching an Oscar any time soon – naturally hitting it off in Moscow with pretty girls.

Hurrah! Because what audience doesn’t automatically root for pampered young Americans living it up abroad? [Note to The Gazette subs: Do try to inject extra wryness there, do, with the suggestion of a raised eyebrow, a la Roger Moore. Thanks, boys.] Unfor tunately, the BoYAs have chosen just the wrong moment to hit Moscow for a holiday, owing to the sudden and complete loss of all electrical power, followed by the unexpected arrival of glowing-but-mostly-invisible balls of pure energy.

Hungry energy. All lifeform-consuming energy. Planet conquering-energy. Yup, they’re aliens. Yikes. If there’s one thing that’s even less welcome on your holiday abroad than the minibar bill, it’s the sight – or unsight? – of invading aliens. Of course, I know that, in real life, a bare-chested Vladimir Putin would (probably) be riding a bear around Red Square, shaking a tree at the sky and growling. Here, however, the only shaking to be done is that of knees, as the BoYAs, and friends and frienemies, collectively run, hide, die horribly ... you know, the usual. Luckily, and without straining credibility any more than the rest of the film – brain, get back here, now, now I said, now – it’s not so long before the BoYAs have wound up with some heavily-armed survivors.

In the now deserted city, and armed to the teeth with the obligatory just-happened-to-belying-around heavy weaponry that they soon end up with – and I so expect to wield Molotovs in Moscow, too – the BoYAs have to somehow fight to survive, while the eerily empty city is destroyed all around them. It’s time to take it to the streets. To the max! It’s onnnnnn! I have absolutely no real idea what these things mean, but they’re the kind of things my dear Crowleyetta would say at this film’s climax. The Darkest Hour. Humph. The lights may have been on, but noone was home when they were bashing this nonsense out. I love dumb invasion flicks as much as anyone – remember my stupidly kind score for Skyline, folks? – but this one is definitely a mission to miss-cow...

STILL delighting audiences at Draiocht, Coolmine Panto Group’s Christmas pantomime has been a real hit, and, this year, sees the talented group tackling 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 www.draiocht.ie.


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Ford claims the top spot for 2011

ACCORDING to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), the Ford Focus retained its title as Ireland’s top-selling car in 2011. The Focus joined Ford’s Fiesta, C-MAX, Galaxy and Transit as top sellers in their respective segments. Focus sold a total of 4,209 units during the year to top the sales chart, placing the nameplate 242 units ahead of its nearest competitor, the VW Golf. The Fiesta also retained its place as one of Ireland’s favourites by selling 2,938 units, a level of sales that guaranteed it a top 10 spot at sixth place and ensured it was the top seller in the small car segment. Eddie Murphy, chairman and managing director of Ford Ireland, said: “We are thrilled that new Focus is, again, Ireland’s favourite car. With the new model arriving late in the first quarter, outside of the normally brisk sales period at the start of the year, there was a danger that the model would be playing catch-up, but, thanks to the outstanding market reaction to the new model, that has not been the case,” he said.

The Skoda Superb Combi 4x4 inspires comfort for both driver and passengers, with unparalleled legroom in the back seats

The Skoda Superb is simply exceptional CORMAC CURTIS Motoring correspondent

OK, so we didn’t get the deluge of snow that we

were all living in fear of this winter, and, no doubt, that is going to put a dent in the sales of 4x4 SUVs, for now. But, it is still worth taking a look at a few of the all-wheel drive cars that are available – if you feel you might need a little more grunt in your regular motor. I must admit, one of the very few 4x4s I have driven recently was the Skoda Superb Combi, so I can’t make too many direct comparisons. I’m not afraid to say that I am a shameless fan of Skoda, and have yet to meet a model I don’t enjoy driving – but what they have done with the estate version of the popular, if not oddly-named, Superb, is nothing short of extraordinary. Without fear of contradiction, I can say that there has never been an example of an estate car that I prefer above its saloon equivalent, until now. It’s practically a motor industry commandment – thou shalt not outshine your executive four-door stable-mate! But the Superb Combi is a stag-

SPECS: SKODA SUPERB COMBI 2.0TDI 4X4 Top speed: 219km/h 0 – 100km/hr: 9.0 sec Economy: 6.2 l/100km combined Emissions: 163 g/km Test car Price: €38,295

geringly attractive car. The longer, stretched back door that opens up into the cavernous rear seats and boot simply fits the overall proportion of the estate far better than the saloon model – where it just looks a bit too long and makes the boot appear a little stubby. The front end has been beautifully designed, and features Bi-Xenon headlamps with AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System) that are not only visually attractive, they also provide exceptional visibility when negotiating difficult corners. For my money, though, it’s the side profile of the Suberp Combi that leaves its competitors in the shade. The simple contours, highlighted with chrome accents, follow a grad-

ual dip towards the rear of the car that simply draws your eyes across an incredibly appealing body shape. This is a handsome car that easily stands sideby-side with any other premium German saloon – and, yes, that includes the BMW 5 Series. In fact, if I was spending my own money on a premium estate car – it would be the Superb over the 5 Series any day of the week. Putting the car’s looks to one side for a moment, the interior too deserves to have credit heaped upon it. The model I drove made me feel positively cocooned, with its leather upholstery, understated dashboard, dual-zone climate control, heated seats and elegant walnut trim. Everything about the inside of the car inspired comfort – and the legroom in the rear would make some businessclass airlines blush with embarrassment. The amount of luggage space, as well as the various combinations of folding seats, would make

transporting even the most unusually shaped luggage a simple affair Another feature that elevates this car into the premium range of estates, is the parallel parking assistant. This was the first time I got to try this feature in any car, and it really didn’t disappoint. The system operates by using its parking sensors to measure the distance between it and the cars next to and behind it. It is a most unusual sensation to let go of the steering wheel and control the speed as the car takes care of manoeuvring itself precisely into the space. It almost feels redundant mentioning the exceptional sound system, Columbus SatNav equipment and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, but the Superb Combi does boast an embarrassment of these features. Simply put – a car like this priced at €38,295 represents exceptional value, and, for someone with an eye for quality over branding, the Skoda Superb Combi is unbeatable.


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BLUES FOR O’BYRNE:

Dublin start with a staccato win over Carlow in cup opener: Page 31

Four wheels good, two wheels better

JAMIE MASTERSON came late to the motor racing game when he was 17, but has progressed to the top Meteors continue good run levels of the sport in Ireland, thanks to dedication of form in SuperLeague METEORS secured their fourth consecutive women’s SuperLeague win after they inflicted further woes on the Oblate Dynamos with a 55-49 success to continue their good form despite the Christmas break. Ahead of the game, the Dublin side had a fifty percent record in the league, and their win has allowed them to tip their win-loss record in the right direction. “It was a very scrappy game, very defensive”, said Meteors’ head coach, Hugh Kilbride. “We are delighted to get our fourth consecutive win, and are confident as we look forward to the next three games.” Rebecca Nagle top-scored with 11 points, while Sarah Doyle and Fiona Meaney added nine each. DCU Mercy, meanwhile, eased past Liffey Celtics, who remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague table following six straight defeats in the league. DCU Mercy continued their excellent league record while maintaining third place in the league standings, winning out 77-34. “We are happy with the win,” said DCU head coach, Mark Ingle. “Everyone played well, and we had a good spread of scoring with five of our players in double figures.”

Get walking into the new year with FCC FINGAL County Council are holding a three-kilometre walk at Newbridge Demense, Donabate, on Saturday, January 14, to help kickstart a healthy 2012. Fingal residents are encouraged to come along to the walk, which will begin from the front of Newbridge House at

JAMIE Masterson, from Laurel Lodge, Dublin 15, runs a small racing team, Jamie Masterson Racing (JMR), who have been competing at the top level in Irish motorsports for the past ten years, and is an prime example of what you can achieve when your dedication to your sport takes you in new and unexpected directions. Jamie, who is now 27 years old, was a relatively late starter in the world of motorsport when, at the ripe old age 17, he started racing karts in the Rotax Max national championships in 2002. In a very competitive class, it wasn’t long before Jamie got his first race win under his belt with a win at the home of Irish motor racing,

Mondello Park in that same season. Building on that success allowed Jamie to move up to the saloon car class, in which he made his debut in the Fiat Uno Championship

and wins in Britain and Ireland, which helped him to eventually win the 2005 Irish Championship. Then, 2006 saw another big step. “I jumped into the

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in the 2003/4 season, with several podium finishes that year. An obvious natural and developing confidence behind the wheel, Jamie and his team dominated the class with consistant podium finishes

Fiat Punto Championship, taking another step up, and come the end of that year, I was crowned champion in my first year in the series. “Most memorably, I took the JMR-prepared Punto to double victories

11am on the day. For more information, see Fingal County Council’s Sports Office’s Facebook page. An added incentive to take part is that the Council Sports Office are giving away a Nintendo Wii to a lucky Facebook follower who likes their Facebook page., www.facebook. com/FingalSports, with the winner to be announced on Saturday. Jamie Masterson in action on his Suzuki superbike last year

in the prestigious Phoenix Park motor races which, being a local lad, is my home race.” After a two-year break, Jamie came back to motor sport with a new focus in mind - motorcycle racing. “I first started just doing track days on an old GSXR600 racebike to see if I had what it took to be a motorcycle racer. The opportunity was there and I just thought I would try it out. “It didn’t take long for my motorcycle abilities to come through as I quickly got to terms with such a different style of racing.” For 2010, Jamie purchased an ex-world Supersport Yamaha R6 on which he would contest the 2011 Supersport 600 championship. He undertook an intensive round of pre-season testing to try get to terms with the competition who were more used to the full-blown race bikes before the season got into full swing. “One of the most imprtant things in motor sport is getting noticed, and, I was lucky enough to start getting some attention after I claimed some podium finishes, and after a while, I was standing on the top step with a handful of wins under my belt.” On top of this growing success over the years, Jamie has taken the deci-

sion, along with his team, to purchase a new bike for the 2012 season, the top spec 2008 Suzuki GSXR1000 super bike. “Very little on this bike is standard, and we are hoping it will bring us to victory in 2012,” said Jamie. “I got one race on the new bike in October when we entered in the final televised round of the Mondello Masters championship, when the team made our first TV appearance on a motorcycle. “I found myself really gelling with the bike from the word go, and managed to get JMR on the front row of the grid in fourth position - Not bad considering that I had never sat on the seat of the bike before, let alone ridden in the wet conditions.” Now, 2012 looks likely to be even more promising. “I’m in full race mode now, with off-season training in the gym and plenty of motocross riding to get my fitness up to help me not only win a superbike race next year but take me to my goal for 2012, to be Irish clubman superbike champion, and the testing for that starts in January for the championship kickoff in March.” We will be keeping an eye on his progress throughout what promises to be an exciting year for JMR.


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SOCCER: AWAY WIN OPENS UP CHASE FOR LEAGUE SURVIVAL

Merrion add to roster with Bambrick signing MOUNT Merrion have secured the signing of Gerry Bambrick to add to their former Bluebell United contingent. He follows manager James Keddy and his brother Glen, along with playmaker Ciaran Quinn, from the side that won the LSL Sunday Senior last May. Bambrick previously also won the title with Crumlin United but moved over the Christmas break with the immediate task of lifting the club from the bottom of the table. The side began 2012 with a ninth successive loss, falling 4-3 to Glebe North in Ringsend, and have seven points to make up if they are to escape the drop.

Ballinteer call on new camogie players BALLINTEER St John’s camogie team are now recruiting new players for the 2012 season. If you would like to play, or know someone who does, please contact the BSJ Clubhouse (014061373) or email the club secretary (secretary.ballinteerstjohns.dublin@gaa. ie) leaving a contact number.

Three Rock keep up hot streak in cup THREE Rock Rovers completed the group stages of the National Indoor Hockey Trophy with

a perfect record last weekend with three victories to go with their pre-Christmas successes. They trounced potential play-off rivals Glenanne (5-0) and Corinthian (8-1) before ending the pool with five wins from five with a 3-1 success against Fingal. Garry Ringwood, Jody Hosking and Ross Canning all scored in all three games to see the side advance in good shape going into next Saturday’s play-offs in Gormanstown. There, they face Clontarf and Co Tyrone side Cookstown for a place in Sunday’s semi-finals, which will take place in the National Basketball Arena as they seek a fourth title in five years.

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DEREK Roche’s bullet header could prove crucial in the final shake-up when he snatched victory for St Mochta’s at Tivoli Terrace last Sunday, denting St Joseph’s Boys promotion push in the process. Roche was an unlikely source, but the full-back was switched to the forward line with 18 minutes to go, and he ghosted in at the back post to nod home Benny McLoughlin’s free-kick and lift the Porterstown club out of

the relegation zone. It completed the comeback after Joey’s had taken an early lead though Jamie Duff’s neatly-taken effort from the edge of the box from the first clear opening of the match, one laden with tricky conditions with a swirling wind coming in from Dun Laoghaire harbour. Sam Keeting had burst into the box, but his initial effort was smothered by McLoughlin as far as Duff, who took the bouncing ball first time and stroked right-footed into the top corner for an 18th-minute lead. And, for much of the half, Joey’s looked decent

Aoifes’ awards: Ballyboden girls’ camogie crowns AOIFE Barnes and Aoife O’Brien from

Ballyboden St Enda’s were among the players honoured at the Dublin Camogie juvenile presentation that took place last week at Lucan Sarsfields. Dublin senior hurlers, Johnny McCaffrey and Peter Kelly, attended the event and presented the cups and medals. The players won the Player of the Year awards at Under-14 Division 3 and Under-16 Division 1 levels respectively.

value for the lead, with Phil Knight and Luke McWilliams causing plenty of problems down the left flank. But they could not push on, and only held the lead for 12 minutes as Mochta’s first sight of goal was superbly finished by Warren Keogh. The buildup was innocuous, Ryan O’Connor’s goal-kick returned with interest by Roche, who headed to Stephen Jones. Putting his foot on the ball, he provided a quality ball through to Keogh who finished with aplomb; one-on-one with O’Connor, he drifted around the keeper and

his shot from a tight angle escaped the boots of the covering defenders. It was a bitty first half on a bumpy surface – typical of this time of year – which made momentum tough to come by. The hosts, though, pushed on in the first half, with Anto McDonald and Eoin Kenefick showing neat touches down the right, but German playmaker Kevin Thuer wachter twice cleared the bar with the final shot. Jones’ speculative shot grazed the top of the home netting, but Joey’s looked the more threatening as Knight and Keeting also had shots closed out,

with McLoughlin a particularly solid wall in the centre of defence. Keogh, though, remained a threat for Mochta’s, enjoying a tough battle with Andy Forde, and pulling the strings down the inside right channel. Down that route, sub Martin O’Neill was felled to set up the crucial freekick, and McLoughlin laid up the ball inivitingly for Roche to attack, and he powered home high into the net. Joey’s tried to level matters but their path was blocked and Mochta’s had the three points to move above Skerries Town.


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M IC H A E L D a r r a g h Macauley produced a lively stint for Dublin last Sunday in Dr Cullen Park when the AllIreland champions got their competitive start to 2012 up and running with a fitful performance to overcome a feisty and determined Carlow who at one stage looked capable of pulling off a serious upset. The Ballyboden St Enda’s man played a typically dynamic role in midfield for the Dubs, while he was joined in the starting line-up by Cian O’Sullivan — back after missing the Dubs’ Stars — and Cuala’s Mick Fitzsimons. They helped the Dubs belatedly show a clean pair of heels to Carlow, with a run of eight points that transformed a cagey, 0-9 stalemate

with a quarter of an hour to go into a more comfortable final result after Mossie Quinn was introduced to blistering effect. It sets up a quarterfinal date with UCD next Saturday evening in Parnell Park (7.45pm), with Pat Gilroy able to shuffle his deck, with just 13 players from the 32 who earned Celtic Crosses last September available to him for this opening tie of the O’Byrne Cup. Micheal McCar thy was among a series of new faces to impress as he dovetailed with Diarmuid Connolly in the forward line to kick four points. Davey Byrne looking strong at wing-back while his Ballymun club mate Karl Connolly showed similar battling qualities to those he exhibited in last week’s Dubs’ Stars tie. Castleknock man Ror y Corcoran was

also introduced for a debut from the bench nine minutes from time and kicked a point, too, in the late run as the Dubs transformed their fortunes. Earlier, with Diarmuid Connolly and Michael Darragh Macauley joining McCarthy as the star attractions in front of a healthy crowd on a good pitch given the time of year, the SkyB l u e s m ove d t h r e e points after 14 minutes. The regular gremlins for this time of year were in the legs, though, and eight first-half wides did have an impact as Carlow showed a serious hunger and work-rate, with Brendan Murphy powering them forward. The lead was 0-6 to 0-4 at the break, while Carlow outscored Dublin in the opening phases of the second half to tie the game up at 0-9 each and looked like they had the momen-

night of traditional music, no cover

Christmas break. Jackpot is €5,000.

charge.

Tickets are available online at www.

Why not come up and join in or

ballinteerstjohns.com or from the

enjoy a night of music and craic?

usual outlets.

Spread the word to your friends,

Bingo continues on Monday nights.

Locals help Dublin to O’Byrne victory O’BYRNE CUP

LOTTO returns this week after the

tum to record a famous scalp. But the depth of Dublin’s panel — despite absentees due to injury, college commitment and holidays — saw Quinn run riot late on, kicking five points in 23 minutes, while Eamon Fennell was another to make an impact from the bench in a 15 minute cameo. And it was that depth which Pat Gilroy pointed too in his post-match summation “We introduced some fresh legs for the last 20 minutes and they made a difference,” he said. “We had traded point for point for the first 15 minutes of the second half but after that we seemed to pull away. “Carlow had put in a great effort and they showed what they can do with some great points. So that was a good run-out for us, for the first real game of the new year,” said Gilroy.

All members, family, friends and neighbours are welcome. Wednesday nights host a great

family and neighbours. We would like to wish all our member and their families a very happy and prosperous new year.

WANDERERS SAM is coming home on Friday, Jan-

Jackpot next week is €1,300. Note

uary 13: Sam Maguire is coming to

you can now choose numbers from

Wanderers GAA club.

1 to 36.

There is a free kids party at 7pm

New club gear is now available.

in Frank Kelly Park with crisps

Polos, hoodies, jackets, etc. Con-

and minerals, then onwards to a

tact Niall on 086 885 7303.

Wanderers’ function at The Merry Ploughboy pub for 9pm. The All-Ireland final match will be played back and Sam Maguire will be there for photos. Music and finger food on the night also €5 entry. All welcome. Adult men’s junior A and B play-

Wa nderer s club car s ticke r s available to purchase this week, contact any committee member for details, €3 each. Club website at www.wanderersgaa.ie. All content or requests should be emailed to pro@wanderersgaa.ie.

ers should contact their managers

If you would like a notice men-

regarding training which resumes

tioned in the club notes please

this week.

contact Stephen on 087 978 9843

There was no winner of this week’s

or pro@wanderersgaa.ie no later

lotto. Numbers drawn 4, 21 and 32;

than 10am Monday morning each

€25 goes to Mark Molloy, The Healy

week.

Brothers, Zak Harding, Joe Griffin.

www.wanderersgaa.ie.

STARS OF ERIN Adult mens’ training starts back

Please remember that member-

every Monday in Glencullen from

ship for 2012 is now open. Please

7.30pm.

contact Peter Keane or John Can-

Ladies team training continues

non for further information. There

every Tuesday at 7pm in Glencullen.

was no winner of the weekly lotto.

Players of all levels men and women

Numbers drawn were 10, 19 and 24.

are very welcome. Juvenile training

The 3 no winner jackpot prizes were

is on every Saturday in Glencullen

1st: Isabelle Roe, 2nd: Fiona Keane,

from 12. Juvenile mentors will be in

3rd: Donna Delaney. Jackpot on

touch with players parents to noti-

January 15 will be €800. For further

fy them of what week night the dif-

club information please visit www.

ferent age groups will be training.

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Daly boost as duo commit to cause Local pair of O’Carroll and Treacy determined to feature in hurling panel in 2012 as season looms STEPHEN FINDLATER dundrumsport@gazettegroup.com

THE Dublin hurlers received a double-boost this week with the news Kilmacud Crokes’ Ross O’Carroll has re-committed to the cause, while Cuala man David Treacy is also hopeful of making a return to Anthony Daly’s panel during the National League. O’Carroll comes back to the panel he left after the 2010 campaign having attempted to break into the Dublin football set-up, a task hampered by a recurring back strain. It left him with just one outing in the NFL last season. He is still on the comeback trail, but adds to the options available to Daly, bringing another option to the forward line. Treacy, meanwhile, was one of a number of Dubs to succumb to serious injury in 2011, enduring two hamstring setbacks, the second of

which occurred in the build-up to the All-Ireland semi-final with Tipperary. But the former Clonkeen student has been back running since October and said this week that his recovery has been on track thus far “Hopefully, I’ll be able for the tough graft in the training this month. Everything has gone very well so far and, hopefully, I won’t have any setbacks in future,” he said. The hope is that the likes of Tomas Brady, Conal Keaney and Stephen Hiney can play a part – however limited – in Dublin’s national league campaign or in the early stages of the championship to continue the county’s progression in this code. To that end, Crokes’ man Ryan O’Dwyer has previewed the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup by saying it is no time for the Dubs to rest on their laurels and they must look to push on this year. “If somebody had told us at this time last

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Kilmacud Crokes’ Rory O’Carroll, right, has committed to the Dublin hurling cause for this season after a year in the football set-up

year that we’d win the National League, get to the Leinster final and we’d lose narrowly in the All-Ireland semi-final, we would have taken it. Definitely,” said O’Dywer. “But when we lost to Tipp (All-Ireland SHC semi-final) we were so bitterly disappointed. We wanted more. “We wanted to win the All-Ireland. We are not going to say we were happy with what we had. And we believe we can achieve more. “We made progress last season, but as far as I am concerned, 2011 is over now. We have to get our heads down and work even harder. We have to prove ourselves. We need to kick on. We need to train even harder than we did.” Their competitive start to the year has been pushed back a couple of weeks due to the reduced National League programme. They face the winner of the Walsh Cup clash of Laois v DIT in the quarter-final on January 29.


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