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INSIDE: Dundrum’s Andrew Scott awarded a BAFTA for his TV role as Moriarty P6
TENANT RIGHTS: TD Patrick Nulty (Lab) on protecting deposits Page 15
A super idea: Gathering to promote a fete Hurling: Dublin’s Daly hoping for end to injury blight Page 32
Soccer: St James United claim league and cup double Page 30
ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 BUSINESS .................... 19 MOTORS ........................21 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26
JOINED by the Hamley’s Bear, these children, and friend, put on their best “amazed” faces at the appearance of a distinctivelydressed superhero. The bear, superhero and children were all helping to promote the upcoming Taney Parish Fete, which takes place on Saturday, June 9, and which has the theme, “super heroes”. Hailed as the largest garden fete in Ireland, last year’s event raised €30,000, and organisers promise a super(hero) event again, this year. For further information, see www.taneyparish.ie.
Council policy on use of lawyers queried More transparent system needed – Cllr Humphreys
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A LOCAL politician has questioned Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council’s methods for procuring the services of legal counsel, which incurred costs of €1.78 million in the past five years. Councillor Richard Hum-
phreys (Lab) claims that the council has shown no evidence that it has advertised for legal services with any transparency in that time period. The council has been using barristers from a panel of legal experts. Cllr Humphreys says two of these experts received most of the council briefs.
In a statement, the council says many specialist concerns determine which counsel is chosen to cover specific briefs. However, Cllr Humphreys said: “A more transparent system would enable a more balanced system of briefing to be put in place.” Full Story on Page 6
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COMMUNITY Cathaoirleach awards recognise leaders
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Councillor Lettie McCarthy (Lab) had a sweet task – Jo Butler and Tony McCarthy stepped out in style for the tea dance at the awards
giving Ellen Peare her raffle prize: chocolates
An Cathaoirleach, Cllr John Bailey (FG), presents an award to Dan Hurst, who is involved with the Message in a Bottle and Industrial Heritage Association projects
Fine Gael councillors Maria Bailey, Marie Baker and John Bailey
Monsignor Dan O’Connor
Anne Murphy, and friend
TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG)
A range of entertainment was laid on for the guests
Thanking DLR’s selfless citizens H UNDREDS of people attended The Cathaoirleach’s Awards at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney recently, where An Cathaoirleach, Councillor John Bailey (FG) paid tribute to a wide range of community leaders and volunteers across the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown region. Paying tribute to what he called “the generous spirit of volunteering across Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown”, Cllr Bailey presented five awards to community leaders from across the county. More than 20 senior citizen and community groups
were represented at the event, with Cllr Bailey paying tribute to the work of so many for their communities across the entire region, saying: “The example set by these individuals needs to be recognised for what it is – a keen generosity of spirit, and a desire to contribute to the betterment of society and the strengthening of social networks.” Several local politicians were also in attendance, with the presentation of specially commissioned water colour prints of local scenes to the award winners a particular highlight of the fun-filled evening.
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SPORT Gillian Garrett to carry torch in Irish leg
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A DALKEY hockey coach and former pupil of Alexandra College will be among the chosen few to carry the Olympic torch through Dublin next month on its way back to London for the games in July. Gillian Garrett has been selected from hundreds of applicants in a Vodafone/Samsung coordinated competition to carry the torch in the relay of the decade. She said: “I work for Vodafone, and Samsung are big suppliers to us. They were running a competition for each Vodafone shop to nominate two people to carry the torch. I got down to the last five, due to my little story of hockey.” Her story started in Alexandra College, where she played hockey and then coached it for 15 years. She counts her love of the game as the overriding reason she was chosen from all of the other Vodafone applicants in Ireland. The game means so much to her, and she has many personal memories
associated with playing it at home and abroad. Her husband is heavily involved in men’s hockey, too. Gillian played for Ireland internationally at under-21 level, and has been to Europe twice with hockey clubs. She has played the game since she was seven years old, and her lifelong passion manifested in her setting up a club in Dalkey. ---------------------------
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At the start, she had 50 girls in the club, but now there are 150. “Parents are beginning to understand that, in order to succeed in a sport, it’s not enough for the children to play at school. They have to join a club and practise more,” said Gillian. The profile and popularity of hockey have increased dramatically in recent years. “There used to be a huge waiting list in Alex-
andra College, as there was nothing else around. Now, however, there are massive clubs, such as Stillorgan Hockey Club, nearby,” said Gillian. She went on to say that her club has been fortunate enough get involved in the first year of a new under-13 development programme in Leinster organised by Una McCarthy, head coach of Ireland’s under-16s. She added: “There’s great enthusiasm for the sport out there now.” Gillian and the other torch bearers will each carry the torch for a distance of 200m when it arrives in Clonliffe and ends up at the Mansion House, where the lighting of a commemorative Olympic cauldron will be executed at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green. Other torch bearers include Eurovision entrants, Jedward; Irish Olympic gold medallists Ronnie Delany and Michael Carruth; Dublin footballer, Bernard Brogan and many others. T he torch arrived in Cornwall last week from Greece, and thousands turned out to see the transfer of the flame along the route.
Run along to a novel Bloomsday reading A RELAY event of the reading of Ulysses is being organised by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council writer-inresidence, Chris Binchy, this Bloomsday, June 16. Readers are being sought to take part in the relay reading, which is being filmed in different locations on the day from Sandycove to Dalkey to Dun Laoghaire. Members of the public will be filmed reading short sections from Ulysses, and they will be immediately uploaded to a website.
Public performances of Ulysses were significantly restricted in the past, and this is the first year that the novel can be presented in public with freedom. The Ulysses relay promises to be an artistic tour de force and, according to Binchy: “Ulysses is deeply rooted in the character and voices of Dublin, and this is a fitting and personal way for people to engage with Joyce’s work level in the place where the book begins.” If you’d like to take part in this event, contact Binchy at DLRWriter@gmail. com.
Whether on or off the pitch, Dalkey woman Gillian Garrett (left), and her outstanding hockey skills and dedication, earned her the right to bear the Olympic Torch in Dublin
Call for help with clean-up STILLORGAN Chamber of Commerce has organised a clean-up week for the area, and is in need of volunteers. The week was launched on Saturday, May 26 at Stillorgan Shopping Centre by the Chamber and by guest of honour, Deputy Shane Ross (Ind). The clean-up of Stillorgan began immediately following the launch, and volunteers got stuck in with gloves and bags provided by the Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce. All future volunteers should apply by going online to www.stillorganchamber.ie. Everyone is welcome to help, and helpers are encouraged to bring their friends, too. The clean up week comes to an end on Saturday, June 2.
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DLRCC Cllr Humphreys queries council’s procedures
Monster success for duo’s debut EP DUBLIN duo, Cry Monster Cry, released their debut EP, The Fallen, last week, and it has already entered the iTunes Charts at Number 2. The Fallen, was recorded over the space of two months, often in marathon night sessions in a studio in the seaside town of Malahide. The songs on this debut act as both a signal of intent and a taste of things to come from Cry Monster Cry. Their song, This New Country, which features on the digital version of the EP, was chosen to feature in Tourism Ireland’s new online campaign, Jump Into Ireland, is sure to have everyone singing along very soon. The Fallen EP iTunes link here: http://itunes. apple.com/ie/album/the-fallen-ep/id524268963 Cllr Richard Humphreys (Lab): “I am calling on the council to introduce a formal advertising process to enable a wider range of counsel”
Rathfarnham school’s joy at 21st birthday RATHFARNHAM Educate together National School celebrated its 21st anniversary last week with a host of activities at the school. Pupils, teachers and family members celebrated the multicultural ethos at the core of the school’s vision. The week’s festivities ended with an event held in the school grounds on Loreto Avenue on Sunday, May 27. Sunday’s event marked the end of a full week of intercultural-based activity which went on
at the school. Seven specialised stalls were at the Sunday celebration, representing the 35 different countries currently attending the school. The stalls presented the histories, sights, sounds and tastes of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the Americas and West Indies, Australia, the island of Ireland, Western and Northern Europe, and Central and Eastern Europe. There was also a strong focus on different cuisine from around the world with music, crafts, dress, maps and personal histories also adding to the intercultural day, which saw almost 100 volunteers on duty.
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DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) is being called to account for hiring legal counsel without advertising for the procurement of such services. The council spent €1.78 million on legal counsel in the past five years, and Councillor Richard Humphreys (Lab) questioned the recruitment process and high costs. He said: “Greater competition might also assist in keeping the cost of legal services down. I appreciate that the volume of work that the council engages in means that no matter what system is in place, there will be sig-
nificant cost incurred for legal services, but steps should be taken to ensure that the cost is kept down and that expenditure is incurred in an open and balanced manner.” Cllr Humphreys raised the issue of the council’s need for transparency in recruiting legal services. “I submitted questions over a number of council meetings in recent months to establish what procedure the council has adopted to advertise for the selection of barristers to act on its behalf. “In the reply that was furnished to me, it is clear that there has not been any formal advertising process,” he said. Cllr Humphreys would prefer a more visible proc-
ess of recruitment for such services to become the council’s modus operandi in future. He said: “I am calling on the council to introduce a formal advertising process to enable a wider range of counsel.” Among a panel of legal experts used by DLRCC, the number of briefs two barristers were given over their five-year tenure exceeds all others. These are Carol O’Farrell (51 briefs) and Michael Hourican (35 briefs). The highest-paid counsel on DLRCC’s books was Stephen Dodd (€301,470, since 2007). When contacted, Michael Hourican said he could not comment on clients, but acted only in receipt of instructions
from DLRCC. He said: “I have no idea if I got more briefs than most and, if so, no idea why. It could be that certain counsels practise in one area or another.” Neither Mr Dodd nor Ms O’Farrell were available for comment when contacted by The Gazette. Cllr Humphreys said: “It is also clear that there is a certain amount of imbalance even within the panel that the council has at the moment. “The top two barristers were briefed in 86 matters between them since 2007, which is more than most of the rest of the panel put together. A more transparent system would enable a more balanced system
of briefing to be put in place.” DLRCC’s legal department said the selection of counsel is based on: “The degree of specialist knowledge that the counsel brings to the particular facts and circumstances arising and which require legal advice and/or direction and/or representation in court; the degree of complexity of the issues involved; the fee proposal; statutory and regulatory requirements to be complied with; availability of counsel, including having regard to the nature and urgency of the case, and related concerns of the council itself and the need to avoid potential, actual or perceived conflicts of interest.”
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THE University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) Beacon Hospital in Sandyford has just launched a free mobile app, in tandem with the announcement that the hospital is to be the official healthcare partner of the Irish Tag Rugby Association (ITRA). Via the official ITRA website, UPMC Beacon Hospital physiotherapists will provide weekly
injury prevention and management tips in a bid to counter minor bumps and bruises that might occur whilst players are tearing around the pitch. The summer season of tag rugby got under way on Tuesday, May 8, in venues around the country, and more than 15,000 people took part in the ITRA summer leagues last year. The new, free ITRA app is available on IOS- and Androiddriven devices, and will provide members with special discounts
for the hospital’s physiotherapy and hand therapy services. It also allows the user to access useful information on the latest match fixtures and results, news and photos, and keeps them upto-date on the tag rugby competition.
Download The free app can be downloaded from http://www.tagrugby.ie/app/. Peadar Niland, managing director, ITRA said: “We’re
delighted that UPMC Beacon Hospital have chosen to sponsor this year’s tag rugby leagues, and that they will be sharing their expertise with our members. “Ready access to advice on how to deal with minor injuries via our website and app will, no doubt, prove very valuable to players and enable them to get back on the pitch in no time.” Individuals and teams interested in signing up for the summer can do so online at www.tagrugby.ie.
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Man still missing A FRESH appeal has been made by gardai for the public to assist in the disappearance of Rathfarnham man, Dean Reynolds, who has been missing since May 19. He was last sighted in Ballycullen, Rathfarnham at 7.40am that morning, and is 6ft in height, has blond hair, blue eyes and is of medium build. Anyone with information should call Rathfarnham Garda Station at 01 666 6500.
CULTURE Prestigious win for role in TV’s Sherlock
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Dundrum native, Andrew Scott, who shone as Moriarty in Sherlock
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D U N DR U M n a t i ve Andrew Scott shone at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last week, winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sherlock. The Irish won across the boards at the BAFTA awards in London on May 27, with Brendan O’Carroll and Graham Norton joining Scott in the winners’ circle, along with countless nominees. Scott’s portrayal of Sherlock’s arch enemy Moriarty in the series was highly-acclaimed, and the actor said he had to meet his own dark side in order to play the role authentically. Scott grew up in Dundrum, and was the only boy in a family of girls. His father, Jim, worked in an employment agency, and his mother, Nora, taught art at a secondary school. At 17, he was chosen for a starring role in his first film, Korea, directed by Cathal Black. He went to Gonzaga College in Dublin before embarking on a drama degree in Trinity College, which he dropped out of
to join the Abbey Theatre, where he went on to perform in six plays. At the moment, Scott has just finished filming The Scapegoat, with Matthew Rhys and Eileen Atkins, as well as The Fuse, with Christopher Eccleston for the BBC. In an interview before the BAFTAs, he said that the key to his grasp of the Moriarty character lay in the writing. --------------------------
‘I was very grateful to be asked to play the part, and I’m thrilled’
Andrew Scott, actor
Of the show’s writers, he said: “I bow to their superior knowledge.” Steven Moffat, writer of Sherlock, won a special BAFTA award on the night. Moffat said that Scott was now a star because he is “an extraordinarily good actor”, and went on to say that Scott was one of the nicest people around, and nothing like the character of Moriarty. Scott was up against fel-
low Sherlock actor, Martin Freeman, who played Watson in the series. In his acceptance speech, Scott praised Freeman and all the Sherlock cast, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as Sherlock. Also in the Best Supporting Actor category was Northern Ireland actor, Stephen Rea, for his role in The Shadow Line. Scott thanked his family for their support and mentioned his parents and sisters Hannah and Sarah on the podium when he collected his award. “Wow! Thank you, BAFTA,” he said. “I was very grateful to be asked to play the part, and I’m totally thrilled. It was an incredible series.” Councillor Jim O’Dea (FG) of Dundrum reacted to the news by saying: “The people of Dundrum are more than happy to claim him as one of their own. I’m delighted for him and his family. “These things don’t happen overnight – it takes years of training and experience to become an accomplished actor, and I hope this leads onto bigger and better things for him.”
International award for Clonskeagh firm CLONSKEAGH-based company OmniPay has won a total of four awards at the global payments processing awards, the Card Not Present (CNP) awards, in Florida, last week. Included in the four awards was the top industry award, and the customer choice for best processor. OmniPay won twice as many awards as any of its international peers, and had previously won the Best Processor award in Berlin in February at the Merchant Payments Ecosystem awards. The 2012 CNP Expo was held in Orlando, Florida, and recognises out-
standing success achieved by payment processors throughout the world. OmniPay won the four awards by virtue of its unique ability to provide a single global platform and service supporting the multi-currency processing requirements of many of the world’s leading merchant acquiring banks, payment processors and ecommerce merchants. The company processes €55 billionworth of transactions for 5.4 million merchants in 73 countries, and 158 currencies, all from its Irish headquarters in Clonskeagh.
Now, more than ever, tenants need to be protected from unfairly losing their rental deposits, with moves under way to examine safeguarding such monies, says Deputy Patrick Nulty (Lab)
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PRIMARY: SUCCESS FOR 11 LOCAL SCHOOLS
Science, maths studies lead to awards
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Breaktime: Students attend a UN-related event staged by co-ops at Croke Park RATHFARNHAM students from Colaiste Eanna were among those attending the Irish national conference marking the UN International Year of Co-operatives held at Croke Park recently. Ben Griffin, Niall Kieran, Sean Kehoe, Alex Crdas, Sean McManus and Fionn Maguire were among the
many students, organisations and bodies attending and represented at the event, which was organised by the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society, the Irish League of Credit Unions and the National Association of Building Co-operatives, and which was addressed by President Michael D Higgins.
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THE National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) announced its intention, last week, to invest €10 million into the Beacon South Quarter development, Sandyford. NAMA took over the loans on the development at the end of 2010. The complex was previously being developed by Paddy Shovlin and brothers, Anthony and Patrick Fitzpatrick, of Landmark Developments.
In 2010, the Beacon South Quarter, which was being built by Landmark, was placed in receivership. That October, NAMA was granted orders in the Commercial Court against Shovlin and the Fitzpatrick brothers for €280 million in loans they had received for the development from Bank of Ireland. The court granted an order of €38.5 million against Shovlin, and orders of €22 million each against the Fitzpatricks. In June, 2011, NAMA
sold 58 apartments in the complex to Cluid Housing, for €10.3 million. There is a tower and an apartment block in the Beacon South Quarter, while a tented area was left undeveloped, and this will avail of the new €10 million NAMA investment to finish it, in order to make the complex a viable concern, to make it easier for NAMA to sell it on eventually. The receiver to the assets, Simon Coyle of Mazars, submitted a planning application to Dun
Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) to make alterations to the scheme. DLRCC will make a decision on the planning application to alter the complex within eight weeks of May 18, when the planning application was received. The planning application is for a change of use of the first floor of the development and part of the second floor from the permitted creche, community and ancillary restaurant/cafe to residen-
tial use, comprising eight apartments. Another alteration applied for is a change of use of four retail units to creche use, including an outdoor play area; to turn two retail units into space for community use, and to create eight more apartments, in lieu of permitted office space. DLRCC said it cannot comment on individual planning applications, and that the planning reference number for the Beacon South Quarter is D12A/0194.
ELEVEN schools in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area were among the 77 Dublin primary schools to receive a significant award for science and maths, last week. On May 22, Discover Science and Engineering (DSE) announced that 77 primary schools across Dublin received an award of Science and Maths Excellence, as part of the Discover Primary Science and Maths programme. The awards recognise the achievements of primary school children and teachers in the application of science and maths in the classroom. This is the eighth year for the programme, and it has more than 6,000 teachers registered on the programme. T he schools were required to keep a log of five steps relating to science and maths throughout the academic year. Credits were also awarded for completing activities related to the Science Week 2011 theme: The Chemistry of Life. The winning schools across Dun LaoghaireRathdown were Notre Dame Junior School, Upper Chruchtown Road; Queen of Angels, Wedge-
wood, Dundrum; Booterstown National School, Cross Avenue, Blackrock; Jesus and Mary, Goatstown Road; Guardian Angels, Blackrock; Castle Park School, Dalkey; St Attracta’s, Meadowbrook, Dundrum; Kiltiernan Church of Ireland National School; Harold’s Boys’ National School, Dalkey; St Mary’s National School, Lamb’s Cross, Sandyford and Scoil Mhuire, in Shankill.
Uptake Dr Graham Love, director, Discover Science and Engineering, said: “Primary school students are the key to Ireland’s future uptake in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. It is important that children interact with these subjects in a fun and engaging way from an early age. “On behalf of Discover Science and Engineering, I would like to congratulate all of the schools, teachers, children and parents who took part in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Awards. “It is obvious from the entries we received that interest and engagement in science and maths is alive and well amongst the primary students and teachers of Ireland,” he said.
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ANNIVERSARY President Higgins visits Our Lady’s National
President Michael D Higgins meets Kevin Wu and Charlie Murphy
ENTERPRISENEWS Part of the welcoming guard of honour at the school that greeted President Higgins
Senior Enterprise Residential Workshop coming up!
FOLLOWING a very successful couple of days in Portlaoise at the beginning of May, the County & City Enterprise Boards nationally, in collaboration with Senior Enterprise, are holding another Residential Workshop for Senior Entrepreneurs at the end of June, again in Portlaoise, in the Killeshin Hotel. The proposed dates are Thursday and Friday, June 28th-29th, 2012. The focus of the two days is Business Planning, so if you are in the 50+ age category, and if you are interested in starting up a business, or developing and expanding an existing business, this workshop could be the answer. As well as the general topics involved in Business Planning, it is focussed particularly on specific issues and challenges relating to budding entrepreneurs in this target group. In addition to theory, presentations will be made by experienced entrepreneurs in the age bracket who are happy to share their own experiences. At the end of the Workshop, each participant will have the makings of a Business Plan relating to their own idea, and – as importantly – will have had the chance to meet and network with fellow 50+ entrepreneurs from all over the country. The cost of this 2-day Residential Workshop is €75, inclusive of all training, course material, meals and overnight accommodation. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Georgina Sweetnam on (01) 494 8400 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Places are limited so early booking is essential.
President Higgins with members of the board of management
Wed Osman discussed the
Michael D’s main attraction at school RESIDENT Michael D Higgins was a very special guest at Our Lady’s National School, Clonskeagh recently, where he was in attendance to help the school celebrate its 55th anniversary. Welcomed by a flag-waving guard of honour, Michael D was welcomed to the school by its principal, Gearoid O hEanachain, along with his staff; the
board of management, and many of the school’s pupils. After such a warm-hearted welcome, the President made an enjoyable tour of the school, meeting pupils and looking at some of their work, and special projects that they had been working on. Following this, he enjoyed a recital by the school band, followed by Irish dancing, with assembled parents
joining the president to applaud the pupils’ skills. The President was presented with a lovely quilt made by the children and teachers, along with a bouquet of flowers for Mrs Higgins, who was unable to attend. He thanked everyone at Our Lady’s NS for the great welcome, fascinating tour and the school’s continued contribution to the community.
Katie Fleming, chairman, board of management; President Higgins and Gearoid O Sophie McNulty
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School, Clonskeagh, to help celebrate the facilityâ€™s 55th year
President Higgins thanked Rebecca and Jack for the lovely hand-made quilt, and flowers, they presented to him
Any initial nerves were soon forgotten for Jeanne and Luca once they met the friendly President
lovely knitted cushionâ€™s design with President Higgins. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
The president unveiled a special commemorative plaque
The school choir played wonderfully
Many parents were in attendance to welcome the President
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FUNDRAISER Models strut their stuff in support of Kasey
Kelly Donegan and Aoibheann McCaul
Brian Kennedy poses with Audrey Whelan on the dance floor Pictures: Una Williams
Celebrity fashion show Kares4Kasey CELEBRITY fashion show was the latest fund raising event held for the Kare4Kasey trust fund. Hosted in the Vanilla Nightclub of Hampton Hotel on Friday of May 18, the night was attended by many well-known faces. The trust fund looks to raise money in support of Kasey Kelly, a girl born in December 2010. At 10 months Kasey was diagnosed with a malig-
nant brain tumour known as atypical teratoid/ rhabdoid or ATRT, which is very aggressive and extremely rare. Currently living in Boston awaiting treatment for Kasey, the Kelly family has already raised €200,000 from kind donations. To donate to Kasey’s trust fund, please visit www.mycharity.ie/charity/kare4kasey or for more information, www.kare4kasey.com.
Yomyko Chen and Sarah Morrissey
Co-hosts Kirsteen O’Sullivan and Edward Smith
Niamh Kavanagh and Adam Costello Doherty and Judi Costello
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PEOPLE TV3 figure talks to The Gazette on being a busy mum
Lucia Wright, Peter McGowan and Juno Treanor joined Sybil Mulcahy at the Radisson Blu hotel to help launch CaldeSpray, a new product in the Caldesene range to help prevent nappy rash
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NEW mother, and Monkstown resident, Sybil Mulcahy of TV3’s The Morning Show, may only have given birth six weeks ago, but she has bounced back into shape and looked fit, healthy and well-rested at the launch of a new treatment for nappy rash, CaldeSpray. Sybil launched the new product, of which she is ambassador, in the Radisson Blu Hotel on May 21, and she had her six-weekold son, Michael, there, too. She is enjoying her new baby son, but said three children were a lot more work than two, and added: “I think Michael has reflux. He’s up every two hours, so I’m up about three times a night, but it’s not too bad.”
Although six-week-old Michael may have reflux, at present, Sybil says “it’s not too bad”
In a frank interview with The Gazette, she said that while she wanted a third child “at some stage”, Michael was “an accident”, but they were certain they would have a third child in the future. “I’m just in the first few weeks so I’m watching a lot of late night TV and even infomercials,” she said. Sybil now plans to take part in the mini-mara-
thon this June, but will walk it instead of running it. “I’ll be walking – sure, I can barely run down the stairs! I’m not very fit, and have never been to the gym. I did it last year too, and for the same charity, called, Third Age, and it’s like a Childline for the elderly. “It’s really for elderly people living in remote areas or all alone, and
they often just ring up to say goodnight, not having spoken to a soul all day. So I’m walking it for them,” said Sybil. With three children to mind, which she describes as “chaos”, Sybil was thankful that she has a childminder to help out. “I couldn’t cope, otherwise,” she said. “Fair play to anyone doing it all on their own, though. It’s a
thankless job, but it’s a lot easier if they’re sleeping at night. When you get no sleep, every problem becomes a mountain.” She intends to enjoy her six months’ maternity leave to the fullest, and is also trying to buy a house in Monkstown or the surrounding areas. “You don’t get a chance to do these things when you’re working. We’re in the process of getting
mortgage approval, and are looking at houses now. “It takes a good chunk of time, so until I go back to work in October, I’m concentrating on finding my house. If anyone out there knows of a nice five-bedroom, let me know!” Whilst on maternity leave previously, Sybil cut it short as her colleague on Ireland AM, Sinead Desmond was unwell and Sybil filled in. However, as for her current leave, she said: “This time, I’m enjoying it.” When asked how the other two children were adjusting to the new baby, she said: “Sure, they’re killing each other. I caught my daughter trying to carry the baby down the stairs the other morning.
“She gets jealous if I give the baby attention; the other fellow is not too bad, but I suppose it’ll take a while for things to settle.” She is due back on The Morning Show in October, and is also looking forward to returning. “The ratings are up, and it’s a show that’s become a part of people’s morning routine. I’m also looking forward to working with Martin [King] again.” Speaking about the product that she is ambassador for, Sybil said: “It’s a great product, and Caldesene has been on the market for 40 years. “They had no brand ambassador before, and I’m happy to do it. The spray is an updated version [of the existing product].”
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SCHOOLS National search for Teacher of the Year
Your chance to name the top educator BHRAONAIN
RORY Kavanagh, Donegal GAA footballer and teacher at Scoil Colmcille National School in Letterkenny, launched the Teacher of the Year Awards last week. Students from all across Dublin are being given the opportunity to celebrate their best teachers, and they can give top marks to their favourite teacher by entering her or him into a national awards competition to find the best teacher in the country. The Teacher of the Year awards are being organised by www.abcbooks.ie, and will allow students, colleagues and family members to nominate a teacher with vision, expertise, passion and creativity for the accolade. The competition is open to students from all schools around Ireland, both national and secondary, and each nominating student will get a free consultation for fixed braces with David McConville Orthodontists. At the launch, Mark Bundschu, of abcbooks. ie, said: “We deal with teachers daily and have
great respect for the job they do. “When we realised there wasn’t a national awards programme to honour the great work of our primary and secondary school teachers, we decided to take on the mantle.” If you would like to nominate a teacher, all you have to do is write a piece all about them in 500 words or less. --------------------------
‘The Teacher of the Year judging panel will apply tough criteria in their selection process’ --------------------------
You need to convince the judging panel of why your teacher deserves to be crowned Teacher of the Year 2012, and you can include additional primary evidence of their merit, such as photos, videos, or stories. Speaking to The Gazette, Kavanagh said that he was pleased to support any initiative that promotes the work done by teachers. “It’s a great opportunity for parents and stu-
dents to nominate their teacher. “T he nominations come at the end of term, in order to give students the chance to work closely with that teacher throughout the year. “This is a great chance to promote teaching, and all of the good work done behind closed doors,” he said. When asked about his own likelihood of nomination at Scoil Colmcille, Kavanagh said: “I wish!”, and went on to say: “As a teacher, you work with these fellows for years, and don’t realise the impact you have on them. “It’s only when they come back to you years later when they’re in secondary school and talk to you and thank you that you realise it, and it’s very rewarding.” The judging panel will apply tough criteria in their selection process, which include ability to teach and explain a difficult topic, commitment, creativity, innovation, rapport with students and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Nominations can be made online at www.abcbooks.ie.
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Emma Bundschu and Filip Blazejczak help their teacher (and Donegal GAA footballer) Rory Kavanagh launch the Teacher of the Year 2012 awards search
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MUSIC Ireland’s newest festival celebrates all things folk
Spirit of Folk 2012 will see musicians and storytellers from all over Ireland and the UK come together for a weekend of music, arts and craft
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SPIRIT of Folk, Ireland’s newest festival “celebrating all things folk”, has announced a stellar lineup and the addition of an extra night for this year’s festival, once again taking place in the idyllic surroundings of Dunderry Park, Co Meath. Returning this year from September 21 to 23, Spirit of Folk 2012 will see musicians and storytellers from all over Ireland and the UK come together for a weekend of music, arts, craft, spirituality, philosophy and folklore. This year’s family-friendly festival line up boasts an impressive mix of traditional Irish music, folk, bluegrass and country; from established Irish singer songwriters to emerging acts, the beautiful and bespoke three-day event will truly embody the spirit of all things folk. This year’s Spirit of Folk festival line up features: Irish singer/songwriter and twice winner of the Meteor award for Best Folk/Trad, John Spillane; The Lost Brothers, an Irish duo hailing from Omagh and Navan, as seen on RTE’s Other Voices; Lisa O’Neill, rapidly emerging as one of the
truest contemporary Irish folk voices and recently returned from touring with Welsh singer David Gray; I Draw Slow, a fivepiece outfit comprising alt-country, folk, roots, old-time Americana; Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Irish folk rock band delving into the realms of psych, prog and post rock and Cry Monster Cry, who have just launched their new EP. F e s t i v a l d i r e c t o r, Natasha Duffy, commented: “We are delighted and proud to announce the fantastic line up we have planned for this year’s Spirit of Folk festival. In our sophomore year, we aim to truly celebrate Irish folk in a relaxed family-friendly setting with great music and events for everyone to enjoy – a magical way to bid farewell to summer and finish the festival season in style!” Other acts featuring at this year’s festival include: Tucan; The Hot Sprockets; Mossy Nolan; The Henry Girls; The Young Folk; Tir na nOg; Aoife Scott; Jig away the Donkey; Pete Cummins; The Bonny Men; Traz; The Man Whom, Gypsy Rebble Rabble; Bunoscionn;
Trad side of the moon; Wookalilly; Alpaca Jamboree; Miriam Donohue; Joy Booth; TAC; Twin Headed Wolf; The Eskies; Hidden Highways and JP Trio and Niamh. To accompany this feast of musical acts, there will be an abundance of alternative events for all to enjoy, including storytelling and poetry reading by Pat Speight, Eddie Lenihan, Tim Evans, Jack Sheehan and Stephen James Smith; as well as talks and workshops on ancient druidism and shamanism; Tibetan Mandala making and singing bowls; Native American pipe ceremonies; dreams analysis; and ancient astronomy and permaculture. A limited supply of Early Bird weekend tickets for €65 and day tickets for €35 will be available until May 31 only. From June onwards, weekend tickets will cost €85 and day tickets will cost €45. To purchase your Spirit of Folk 2012 tickets go to www.tickets.ie. For more information, check out www.spiritoffolk.com or follow us on Twitter (@ Spirit_of_Folk) or like us on Facebook.com/spiritoffolkfestival.
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RENT Landlords can keep deposits in ways inconsistent with law
Tilting balance of fairness back in favour of tenants P N TD on a bill to reduce the number ATRICK
of times tenants unfairly lose their deposits BEFORE I was elected a TD, I was employed as a policy analyst with Focus Ireland, who work on housing issues affecting those on the front line of our housing crisis. That is those who have lost their homes, or are at risk of becoming homeless. Almost one in seven of those currently accessing Focus Ireland homeless services are children. But no statistic can describe the pain of those experiencing life without a home. And yet, the facts and figures of our housing crisis need to be understood. • 300,000 homes in Ireland are currently unoccupied. • 100,000 households are currently on the housing list. • One in 10 mortgages are now in arrears. Our housing system is dysfunctional and in crisis. Individuals and families want security, whether they are renting their homes or paying mortgages. In particular, issues of security frequently arise in the private rented sector with regard to deposits. Tenants are required to come up with at least one month’s rent as a deposit. For many, the deposit is a form of saving. They rely on the deposit to use for their next home; if and when they move out of their current accommodation. There are approximately one quarter of a million tenancies registered in the country with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB). Illegal deposit retention is one of the most common problems experienced by tenants in the private rented sector. The Residential Tenancies Act 2004, sets how a
deposit can be retained by the landlord in very specific instances such as rent arrears, damage beyond normal wear and tear or outstanding utility bills. The Threshold Annual Report for 2011 shows that some landlords are withholding deposits in a way which is totally inconsistent with the law. Tenants are at risk of becoming homeless when a landlord unfairly withholds their deposit. In 2010, Threshold dealt with 3,224 deposit queries. In 79% of these cases, they were successful in ensuring a full or partial refund of the deposit for the tenant. Many of these cases have to be referred back to the PRTB and some reach the courts. This has been a time consuming process, and a burden for those who need the deposit for a new home. Last week, I sought leave to introduce a bill which, if passed by the Dail and Seanad, will bring in a deposit retention scheme for those renting in the private rented sector. The bill, if passed, will allow for rental deposits to be held by an independent third party. This bill will now be debated in Dail private members’ time within the next few months. I hope the Government will accept the bill as a review of potential deposit retention schemes is already underway within the Department of the Environment. This bill (if passed) would ensure that deposits are returned promptly, unless a landlord has valid claims for damage, withheld rent or unpaid bills. There are examples of such models in Britain and Australia. According to Threshold,
these schemes have greatly reduced the number of times tenants unfairly lose their deposits. The deposits can be managed by the National Treasury Management Agency. Any surplus or interest generated could be used to regulate and improve standards in the private rented sector. A recent PrimeTime programme (May 10) estimated that in 2010 local authorities only inspected 7% of private rented dwellings.
This is unacceptable. There is widespread recognition that a deposit retention scheme makes sense. In November of last year, the then Minister for Housing Willie Penrose said: “I have asked the PRTB to research potential schemes and to provide me with a sound evidential base on which I can make a decision in this regard and I intend to make recommendations to Government on this topic in 2012. A deposit retention
scheme was also included in the Labour Party manifesto for the 2011 General Election. I am very hopeful that the Dail and Seanad will accept the proposal and a deposit retention scheme will be established. It would be a first step in tilting the balance of fairness back in favour of tenants.
Patrick Nulty TD Labour Party TD for Dublin West and Swords
Patrick Nulty TD (Lab): “No statistic can describe the pain of those experiencing life without a home.”
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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Facts about treating angina ALMOST 1-in-25 Irish adults have had an angina or heart attack, according to a recent report. Angina is a message from your heart telling you that it is suffering from a lack of blood-carrying oxygen. There is an important balance between the amount of blood your heart muscle demands and the ability of the coronary arteries to supply that blood. The heart demands are increased by infections, and high blood pressure. The blood supply is reduced by narrowed arteries, or a low blood count. Correcting this balanced is achieved through lifestyle changes and use of anti-anginal drugs. The other important aspect of treating angina is to prevent the disease in the arteries getting worse through modifying risk factors, such as cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking, weight and inactivity. Speak to your GP or pharmacist for information about angina and its risk factors. With thanks to the staff at Lucan Village Pharmacy
Edited by Laura Webb
Getting fit is a ‘Sure’ thing at Zumba class T claims to be “unapologetically strong” offering women “maximum protection”, so when Gazette Style got the chance to trial out Sure’s new deodorant, we were ready to put it to the test. What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than getting in a little gentle exercise, or so we thought. The Zumba class, organised by Sure for Women, turned out to be an energetic hour that definitely tests endurance and sweat glands. The instructor putting us through our paces was Zumba guru, Larissa Atkinson. Before starting, the group of about 20 women (and a few men) lathered the cream-like deodorant under arms before testing it during the class. Starting off, it seemed like a walk in the park, a bit of Latin dancing moves here and there. Then, as if someone had changed the record to fast forward, the moves
got faster and a bit more intense and it was then we knew we were in for a good workout. After each song, we were given a short water break, but that didn’t last long and we were back into the swing of it before we could say agua. Zumba offers a really good cardio workout, but at the same time, it is a lot of fun. After a good hour of jumping, salsa, bellydancing and squatting it was time to check how Sure’s Maximum Protection deodorant worked out. Lifting arms it was clear to see that this deodorant does exactly what it says on the bottle – it keeps you dry in any situation. Even talking to the instructor, Larissa, she was pleasantly surprised by it and said she would be recommending it to her class participants. Aches and pains throughout the body days after the session showed us that Zumba works well as a workout.
A good hour of jumping, salsa and bellydancing at a Zumba class was no match for Sure Maximum Protection
So, here comes the science, how does the deodorant work? According to Sure, this product is two times stronger than the leading antiperspirant and is designed to keep you protected whatever the situation. Sure Maximum Protection has a TRIsolid formula made
up of three components. Firstly, it has extra strength dryness protection. While you sleep it forms a level of protection, giving you unbeatable wetness protection for the day ahead. The second component is its patented fragrance technology containing
odour-protecting microcapsules. The microcapsules dissolve when you sweat, so you keep smelling fresh throughout the day and, thirdly, it has skin conditioning ingredients that help to protect the skin from irritation. Use Sure Maximum
Protection in Confidence for an extra boost in a stressful situation. For delicate skin, try Sensitive to keep dry without compromising the skin and for an everyday clean feeling use the classic Clean Fresh Scent. The RRP for Sure Maximum Protection is €6.87
‘Unleash your upper East Side girl’ this summer at Forever 21
Beige skirt, ¤19.90
Light pink dress, ¤28.90
Turquoise jeans, ¤21.90
THIS summer, why not become a lady what lunches and use stylish restaurants and bistros as your very own catwalk with a little help from clothing giant Forever 21. This season Forever 21 is urging Dubliners to “unleash your upper East Side girl” with a fabulous collection of muted pastels and gorgeous neutrals – a must have this spring/summer and great for when out lunching. Key pieces from the collection can transform a wardrobe and create numerous different styles that suit every day of the week, or even help transition from day to night wear.
This collection has delicate lace and textured knits that pair with fitted skirts or fab block colour skinnies – great for those dull days that see bursts of sun come through making you unsure about what to wear. Don’t be too quick to put the cardi at the back of the wardrobe, as they are good to keep at arm’s length, just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. What’s even better about this collection, is that not only is it right on trend in terms of colour and style, it has very affordable price tags that won’t see you dipping in to your holiday savings. Looking through
some of the items, there is a chic cami for just €12.90 and a stunning dress that would make even Sienna Miller green with envy, as it is priced at a very affordable €28.90. The collection also has a number of different delicate blouses with a Peter Pan collar, which sits well on most necklines. Block colours, another must have, can be brought to life with some great skinnies at €21.90. Cozy cardigans and jumpers are also available at prices that make it hard to leave them sitting on the rails. Forever 21 is located in Jervis Street shopping centre.
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Edited by Rob Heigh
FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods REMEMBER when you were in the awkward adolescent phase of hating everyone who was good to you (i.e. your parents) while spending your days vying for the attention of people who didn’t like you at all (i.e. the cool gang in school)? A rite of passage for many an agsty-teenager I thought, so since when did rock cleanse away the embarrassing-dad sydrome experienced by most of us during our younger days? Steven Tyler has spent the past season of American Idol making eyes and inappropriate comments at many female auditionees; Tom Jones has been deemed “down with the kids” enough to be given a judge’s seat on The Voice UK, while Rod Stewart will no doubt have to be introduced to Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos when he sits in as temporary judge for the next season of The X Factor. I’m in two minds whether to shout “over the hill!” or “still got it” at my TV screen.
The Walls and, inset, Jape, two of the acts who will be taking to the stage at Leopardstown Live this summer
FESTIVAL: A DAY AT THE RACES WITH ADDED ROCK
Leaping live at Leopardstown I ELLEN COONEY
M U S IC l ove r s w i l l have the chance to be up close and personal with Dublin talent this summer when Live At Leopardstown launches for a series of concerts that run from June 8 to August 16. There will be nine gigs spaced out over nine evenings, and Live at Leopardstown has managed to pack ten of Dublin’s brightest bands into their programme to play alongside other Irish greats. As if this ratio wasn’t impressive enough, eight out of the nine nights have a Dublin-based headliner. T he only night missing a Metropolitan monster of rock is the last night when a true national treasure, the Saw Doctors will take to the stage. Not only is the line-
up completely homegrown, but it’s prestigious to boot. Bipolar Empire will headline first on June 8, followed over the proceeding weeks with sets from The Original Rudeboys, The Walls, Kila, Jape, Royseven, The Minutes and Ryan Sheridan. These Dublin acts have shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest legends of rock, including U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faithless and The Flaming Lips, and have performed at festivals such as Oxegen, Glastonbury and Electric Picnic. This is a lineup which is as eclectic as it is impressive, and will surely cater for the tastes of anyone wishing to attend. From Jape’s electronic rock to Ryan Sheridan’s acoustic sounds, there’s definitely something for
everyone. The support acts are also sure to draw in a crowd, with Cavan’s The Would Be’s stirring up some nostalgia and Cork’s Dead School throwing some post punk into the mix.
Horsing around Leopardstown will also be hosting its horse races alongside these music events, making sure that everyone is in for a fun-filled evening, combining the atmosphere of a boutique music festival with the thrill of a night at the races. In what is a somewhat precipitous move, the racecourse has decided to hold each of the live gigs in a weatherproofed Big Top, ensuring that the attendees can be certain of a warm and more importantly dry evening of entertain-
ment with the possibility of a true Irish summer always on the horizon. Ciaran Conroy, commercial manager of Leopardstow n said: “Now in its fourth year, we’re proud that Live at Leopardstown has enabled many people to experience racing for the first time. “We are delighted to enhance the customer experience by hosting all our concerts under canvas in the Leopardstown Big Top. “ F o r 2 01 2 , we ’ ve added top-class support acts to further enhance the music element of the festival.” Racing will go to post between 5.30pm and 6.00pm and finishes up in time for the live music to commence between 8.30pm and 9.00pm. To find out more, go online to www.liveatleopardstown.com.
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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA
THE FACTS: A NUMBER OF GARDEN HAZARDS COULD PUT YOUR ANIMAL AT RISK
Keep your pet safe for summer UMMER has arrived at last and, as usual, our thoughts turn to the garden. However, this is also a time when the pet parent in me switches to “cautious” mode as I make a quick inventory of all the possible summer garden hazards that could place my doggies at risk. And no, I don’t mean weeds, I mean the following: And do bear in mind, these are only guidelines, I don’t have the full list, nor am I able to give information regarding the lethal dosage so if you are concerned, contact your vet.
Fertilizer T he fer tilizer that feeds your plants could
be the very thing that upsets your dog, especially if it contains ammonium nitrate which is toxic to animals.
Common plants Rhododendron and azalea, daffodil, hyacinth, tulip, hydrangea and foxglove to name but a few. Insecticides Insecticide baits, sprays, granules and herbicides are great for your garden but are not friendly to your dog, especially if they include ingredients like snail bait with metaldehyde and fly bait with methomyl. A tip! Don’t wear gardening shoes in the house; (those who
From garden tools to fertilizers, your garden could feature a number of threats for doggies
live chez moi already know the dangers of wearing muddy shoes in the house), they bring extra pesticides and dirt indoors, further exposing my pets when they lick their paws.
Coco mulch Ver y popular with the landscape gardener, but, as it’s a by-product
of chocolate it attracts dogs with its sweet aroma. Depending on the amount ingested, this can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity and even seizures. Consider using shredded pine or cedar instead?
Compost As an eco friendly kinda gal I understand the whole Mother Earth thing and composting is definitely the right way to go, but as an animal lover, I have to say, you’re posing a huge risk to your pets if you don’t do it properly and responsibly. We see a lot of incidents where dogs are being poisoned due to what is often referred to as “garbage gut”. Yo u s e e , t h e f e rmentation of certain items such as meat and dairy products means they produce clostridial toxins; these toxins languish in compost heaps, get raided by nosy canines who may then experience severe
symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea, resulting in you having to rush them to the family vet for urgent attention.
Tools of the Trade Keep an eye on rakes, hoes and trowels etc, they can prove dangerous to your pet’s nose, paws and other parts of his body, especially if they puncture his skin. If the tools are rusty or mucky, there is a danger of your dog getting tetanus. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date and lock your gardening tools in the shed. Allergies Yep, pets have allergies just like you and
me and, if the reaction is severe it can cause anaphylactic shock. If you’re concerned or suspect your pet suffers from an allergy, have your vet give him the once over and he/she will best advise regarding medications and course of action to take. P l e a s e r e m e m b e r, the above information is only a guideline and is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If you are concerned about your pet, contact your family vet. For more information, log onto w w w. dspca.ie or contact your vet or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Taking account of real concerns
Supported by AIB
Interview: Kevin Kelly from TaxAssist Accountants in Dun Laoghaire
A NEW walk-in tax and accountancy advice service, TaxAssist Accountants, servicing small businesses and the self employed in the Dun Laoghaire area opened last year. The new business was launched by Kevin Kelly, an accountant with over 10 years’ experience. Having worked in various accounting roles throughout his career, Kevin decided to fulfil his ambition of opening his own business. The new practice aims to simplify the accounts and tax process and offer real value to clients. Clients can avail of a range of services such as tax returns, payroll, endof-year accounts and book-keeping all on a fixed fee basis. TaxAssist Accountants operates from a bright, open shop front on Patrick Street. The idea of the shop front is that clients can simply call in off the street to discuss their accountancy and tax matters without an appointment. Kevin said: “Traditionally, the accountants office is hidden away upstairs. I wanted to take away any of the formalities and make a trip to the accountants a more comfortable experience.” “Clients want a good, proactive service from their accountant without the expensive hourly rates that usually brings. We offer a free one hour consultation, and we always work on a fixed fee basis so there are no hidden fees and no shocks,” he concluded.
SAFETY OF DEPOSIT TAKER Q – I have €90,000 to invest and see that KBC Bank are doing an awful lot of advertising lately. How safe are they? Mark – Mount Merrion
Kevin Kelly of TaxAssist Accountants: “I want to make a trip to the accountants a more comfortable experience”
Q: What sport do you follow? A: I follow hurling, football
Q: What was your last Tweet/status update? A: Few comments on a re-
Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Ring of Kerry when we
Q: What was your first job? A: Helping out in my fa-
cent networking event.
Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: Bad action movies.
Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Starter: Smoked Salmon.
were young – it rained and we all got food poisoning. Been back a few times since and it was very enjoyable.
Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward – double person-
Main (depends): Chicken rogan josh or steak and chips or penne arrabiata. Dessert: Chocolate and coffee.
Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Family holiday by the sea
Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny.
Q: What would be your dream job? A: As the bass player in a
York for a summer during college.
Q: When did you start your present job? A: In January 2011. Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I enjoy helping and advising a mix of businesses and individuals.
Q: What part of your working day do you “delegate”? A: Filing.
A – The easy answer to this is simply write to AIB and ask them to cancel the PPI element of your monthly payment. PPI gave some people peace of mind should they fall sick, have an accident or be made redundant. Your payments were paid up to 12 months until you recovered on any of the three fronts. Unfortunately, you will not be able to claim a refund, as you enjoyed the protection insurance during this period (a little like asking for refunds on life cover while you were covered all along). However, it was also massively missold because certain categories were unable to claim and should have been told at the outset by the sellers. Those NOT covered included:
If you are in any of these categories, email me for further details.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A Limerick hurler.
Q: And your first pay cheque? A: As a doorman in New
Q – I have had PPI on my AIB Visa card for years. How do I get rid of it and am I entitled to any refund of premiums ? Carmel – Blanchardstown
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ther’s accountancy practice.
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ality with a short attention span and annoyingly entertaining.
Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: Alternative and electronic music, wedding photos, comedy films.
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Local businesses, music, sport and current affairs.
Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: On holidays. Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Five pairs of shoes and five pairs of trainers.
and close to a town, with lots of good food.
well-respected and not too famous band.
Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: More family time, gigs, sporting events and travel.
A – As it happens, KBC Bank currently have the best interest rates both in the demand (fully accessible day to day – 3.25%) and 12-month fixed (4.15%) categories. They also bask in the comfort of the Deposit Protection Scheme guaranteeing up to €100,000 per person (underwritten ultimately by the Irish taxpayer) like all the Irish deposit takers in Ireland. The bigger picture is also reassuring, in that they have been in Ireland over 35 years with centres in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Limerick, Cork and Galway, employing over 450 people. They are part of the Belgian KBC Group – KBC Bank NV based in Brussels and enjoy an A rating. So, with €90,000, you are safe as houses as the saying goes to deposit with them. You could go to any of their formally appointed agents and transact through them at no cost to you. Email me for details. Contact John with your money questions at
email@example.com or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor
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GazettePROPERTY PROPERTY New design is a Knott classic IRELAND’S best known interior designer, Neville Knott, travelled to Rathfarnham for next week’s edition of Neville’s Doorstep Challenge on TV3, and the show sees him pay a visit to homeowner Mary in her apartment in Rathfarnham as she’s desperate to stop her home looking like a characterless rental. Talking about his design, Neville said: “Mary wanted a space she would be proud to have photos taken in on the day of her wedding. I created a strong focal point in the room by painting thick stripes in mink and soft grey which gave the room great width and a definite personality which it lacked before.” As well as being a famous face on TV, Neville is also colour consultant to Crown Paints and head of interior design at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Neville’s Door Step Challenge, in association with Crown Paints and Woodies DIY is on TV3 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. To find out how Neville achieved the look, see www.facebook.com/crownpaints.
A beautiful extension might increase the value of your property, but understanding the costs of renovation is important, too
EXTENSIONS: TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ALL OF THE POSSIBLE COSTS
Understanding the costs of renovation When you are planning on extending your home, one question will occupy you more than any other: How much will the extension cost? There are a variety of answers, depending on the set of variables that makes up your building project. Each project is unique and each will have its own set of costs. When planning your project it’s very helpful to have an understanding of the items and factors that can affect costings. In this article we’ll cover the more common items, so when you look at a set of plans, you will be more knowledgeable about how costings are drawn up.
Your Site Access No matter what type of build you are planning, there will be some digging involved. The
access to the site can have a cost impact in a very simple way. If the build is happening at the rear of your house, can a digger gain access? Foundations can be excavated very quickly and efficiently with a digger. If there is no vehicular rear access, there may be no choice but for the foundations to be dug the old fashioned way, by hand, which will be more expensive in terms of time and money. Soil conditions: If there a massive depth of soil beneath your house, your builder may need to double to ensure solid foundations.
Drainage and pipes If there is a large manhole in your garden this is more than likely an access point to the community sewerage scheme which your local authority need to
have access to on a permanent basis. Perhaps the shape of the foundations will have to be altered or adjusted to take the manhole into account. Design changes above standard layouts will be more costly.
The new structure A standard, off the shelf design is more cost effective to build then a complex, once off, unique, project. All that aside, this is your home you are dealing with so as long as you are aware that complexity equals additional expense, you are going into the project with your eyes open. Materials, finishes You would be amazed at the impact seemingly insignificant decisions can have on the bottom line cost of a building project. Bear items on
this list in mind when you are putting your budget together. Insulation - standard or future proof? It may be cheaper up front to just go for a standard insulation, but more high quality products may have a future saving in terms of running costs of the finished property. Inside finishes – kitchen/tiles/layout/electrical points/plumbing/ electrical points. More than likely you will be buying a new kitchen as part of your build. The quality and costs of kitchen units can vary widely, so shop around before you buy. If you put your new kitchen in the same position as your old kitchen there will be a lower building cost as pipes/electrics may not
have to be moved. If you swap your kitchen and your dining room around, there will be a big cost in new pipework. Do you really need those marble tiles in the hall? And what about those brushed chrome light switches, gorgeous to look at, but standard white plastic one do the exact same job at a much lower cost. Hopefully after reading this article, you will have a better idea of the costs involved in building your dream home and when you go to put your project out to tender, you will be able to digest the different quotes with a bit more understanding. To get in touch with HSLC, find them online at www.hslc.ie or call Gerhard on 087 774 9470 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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RoadSigns Road Signs NEW FOCUS LIMITED EDITION:
All in all, the new Mercedes B-Class is a seriously attractive car
Taking it to a new level CORMAC CURTIS
MERCEDES Benz have not been sitting on their laurels in recent times. Even a cursory glance at the striking and imaginative marketing and advertising campaigns they have been rolling out will tell you that the German brand have their sights firmly on younger drivers. This is new territory for the marque, who have more traditionally appealed to an older, more executive level of driver. But this new direction shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. It was as far back as 2005 when the company first broke ranks by introducing the family-friendly B-Class. What is both encouraging and reassuring is that, despite all the attention and resources being devoted to some new models in the line-up, cars such as the B-Class are being revamped and improved to a staggering extent. For 2012, not only has
SPECS: MERCEDES BENZ B-CLASS Top speed: 0 – 100km/hr: 10.9 secs Economy: 4.4 – 4.6 l/100km Combined CO2 emissions: 114 – 121 g/km Entry Price: €29,330
the B-Class been given an incredibly sexy new look, it brings the compact class to an entirely new level as it is the first model change in the company’s history to have so many new features introduced at one time. It also comes on the market with an entry-level price that Mercedes-Benz says is 11% lower than the model it replaces. Putting the new features and sticker price to one side, when it comes to a car like the B-Class, to put it through its paces requires a few passengers, as well as some distance to travel. So, the timing of the B-Class road test couldn’t have been better – the May Bank Holiday week-
end was coming up, so, I made preparations to take the family south to West Cork for a few days. En route, we had to stop for a night in Kinsale, the Kinsale Rugby Sevens event was on, so we had to swing by to soak up some of the atmosphere. Kinsale may have a reputation for excellent seafood, but what they don’t tell you in the tourist brochure is that the town is like a maze, with some exceptionally narrow little alleys to navigate. After taking one wrong turn on the way to our rented holiday home, I was seriously impressed with the tight turning circle of the B-Class – one hard lock of the steering wheel and we pulled off a perfect U-turn. That’s skipping ahead a little – let’s get back to the start. Mercedes have managed to fit an enormous amount of space in to the B-Class. They tell us that the seats are more upright and set lower to the road, resulting in improved headroom. Rear-seat passengers
have bundles of space, and there is serious load capacity in the boot, 486-1,545 litres in fact. There is even an optional feature that allows the rear seats to be adjusted forwards/ backwards to facilitate bulkier items. All this passenger and storage space has not translated into a bulky, gas-guzzling machine – far from it. Outstanding aerodynamics help to deliver low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, while a standard item on all B-Class models is an ECO start/stop function. I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of this particular start/stop system, but it’s one of those features that you do get used to, and it does make life easier on the wallet! The car comes with a number of engine options, in Ireland, the model likely to account for the bulk of sales is the 109bhp entry level B180 CDI, which comes on the market at €29,330, with annual road tax of €160. A second diesel is
a 2.0-litre/136bhp unit, the price of which will be announced later. In petrol form, the first version to go on sale is the 122bhp B180BlueEFFICIENCY selling at €29,890 with annual road tax of €225. A 2.0-litre/156bhp BlueEFFICIENCY version will be added to the range at a later date. There is a completely new six-speed manual transmission, boasting easy gear change and low shift forces, although my biggest gripe with this car is the reverse gear – I just couldn’t get used to the unusual position, the upper left, as well as the push/pull mechanism to get the gear lever through the gate. Most of the time, the only occasion for a reviewer to see emergency stopping features in effect is at demonstrations laid on by the manufacturer, but in this case I got a taste of just how good the Mercedes safety kit is. While driving through North Strand in heavy traffic, my attention was not what it should have
been, and I was driving a little quickly towards a stopped car. The new radar-based collision prevention warning system kicked in and an alarm sounded. Thankfully, I braked in time and avoided any kind of contact – much to the relief of Mercedes I’m sure. Other safety features on board the new B-Class include items imported from larger MercedesBenz such as adaptive headlamp, blind spot, lane keeping and speed limit assist systems along with parking assist, hill hold brake function, reversing camera and distance control. All in all, this is a seriously attractive car. The interior is pure Mercedes, with some nice, subtle nods to a more modern look and feel. The quality is everything you would expect, and the performance, safety, and economy have all taken large steps forward, and all for a seriously competitive price. This is a car that will fit the bill for any family on the move.
THE Ford Focus, has seen its range extended with the announcement of a new Focus Limited Edition Series. The new models are badged as Focus Zetec S and Titanium X. The Zetec S combines a strong visual appeal with a sporty image and relies on Ford’s fuel efficient 1.6-TDCi diesel engine with the option of 95PS or 115PS outputs (5-door only). The Titanium X is available in 4- and 5-door models and is powered by the same 1.6-TDCi diesel engine. The spec includes the following features: 17” titanium alloys; deflation detection system; active park assist; visibility pack; Bluetooth Voice Control and USB connectivity; and full size spare wheel. Prices start at €24,927 ex–works.
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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Joe Walsh tours is offering escorted tours to explore Italy and Portugal in style THE days of the sun lounger may be numbered as Irish tourists search for alternative ways to see Europe. Ireland’s longest running tour operator, Joe Walsh Tours, currently has four fabulous escorted tours on offer for those wanting a different kind of holiday this summer. These group tours will allow you to explore the culture and history of Italy or the beauty and heritage of Portugal. Whether you want to soak up the sun while relaxing on the Lisbon Coast, exploring the winding streets of Venice, taking an evening stroll to the Trevi fountain or simply discovering the beauty of Rome, Joe Walsh tours will let you do it in comfort. You will travel on a luxury coach to each of your destinations, and spend each night in a four-star hotel. Each tour differs from the others, and covers a vast amount of sightseeing, relaxation and fun, ensuring that there is something for everyone. Each tour is accompanied by an experienced Joe Walsh Tours representative, so you can be certain you will see the most wonderful regions of each country, and the gems of each city. All four tours are seven nights in length and range in price from €774 to €975. Each tour is an all-inclusive package and includes your return flights (including taxes and charges), airport transfers, hotel accommodation, tours and excursions on a luxury coach and the assistance of a Joe Walsh representative. As the longest established tour operator in Ireland, with over 50 years’ experience, Joe Walsh Tours will make sure that your holiday is definitely one to remember. For further information on these tours or to book, visit www.joewalshtours.ie, call 012410800 or email email@example.com
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PORT OF CALL: LET AMERICAN HOLIDAYS SHOW YOU THE SITES
Getting the best from the US SUMMER can be a busy time for some people, making it difficult to avail of standard package holidays. American Holidays are now offering beautiful autumn cruises throughout the months of October and November. There are three different cruises to choose from, covering six of the United State’s most popular and influential cities, and also providing a number of nights to sail the seas in luxury. The cruises range in price from €1,695pp to €1,829pp. The first of these trips begins in Orlando, Florida, where you will stay for five nights in The Rosen Inn, just a stone’s throw away from all of Orlando’s attractions.
Enjoy some southern hospitality in Nashville, Tennessee
Next on the agenda is four nights aboard Royal Caribbean’s Monarch of the Seas. On your fifth day aboard, you will dock in Nashville, Tennessee to enjoy some southern hospitality and comfort food at the Doubletree Hotel.
If you’re looking for a taste of politics, culture art and music, why not choose a trip which starts with a luxury hotel stay in Washington DC and includes a cruise covering New England and Canada.
Your trip will be rounded off with eight nights aboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas, where you will have the chance to visit five different ports of call including Portland, Maine and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
For a little glamour with your sun, why not try the Eastern Caribbean cruise. Starting at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa Hotel, you will relax in the tropical surroundings complete with a semi-private beach. After resting up, you will spend seven nights aboard the Norwegian Cruise line ship, Norwegian Epic, before arriving in Las Vegas for four nights. Here you can take in the sights, avail of the attractions on the Las Vegas Strip. For more information or to make a booking, call American Holidays on 01 6733800, or call into 18-19 Duke Street, Dublin 2 to speak with their expert staff.
CITY BREAK: POLISH CITY HAS BECOME A HUB OF ACTIVITY
Poznan preparing for a world of fans I ELLEN COONEY
HE city on everyone’s lips this summer is Poznan, host to UEFA EURO 2012. Previously, a relatively unknown city among the Irish, Poznan has been busy in preparation to offer our fans a spectacular welcome. Despite being one of the oldest cities in Poland, Poznan is home to some incredible and modern architecture. Its new railway station with its smooth curves, glass walls and geometric garden areas is the perfect welcome to this ever developing city. These sleek developments offer a perfect contrast to the city’s picturesque recreation areas which include four lakes, 40 parks and 100 green areas.
There is no shortage of entertainment in the city which thrives on the energy of the new European countries while meeting with the culture of Western civilisation. For beer lovers there are beer tasting events and free tours of the Lech brewery, and Poznan has one of the largest numbers of pubs in Poland. There is also a variety of shopping options and an all-year-round ski slope for those seeking something a little different. This bustling city has recently become a big player in the world of sporting events. The stadium which will hold this year’s UEFA EURO 2012 was finished in September 2010 and has since hosted four Europa League matches and the Red Bull X Fighters. The
Poznan is host to UEFA EURO 2012
city is also a popular destination for canoe teams and the Lake of Malta has been deemed one of the finest rowing venues in the world. Especially for UEFA EURO 2012 the city will designate a specialised FanZone, which will
hold around 30,000 and will be a hive of activity for fans during the final tournament. There will be events every day from June 8 until July 1, including live music acts. There are also two Fan Camps planned in Poznan with 10,000
places. Attendants can rent student dormitories, flats and houses. With thousands of fans destined for this stunning city in the coming months, Poznan will surely become a popular destination for global travellers in the future.
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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Travesties
FOLLOWING the hugely successful and popular Plaza Suite, Rough Magic are back at the Pavilion Theatre with the delicious comedy Travesties by Tom Stoppard. Best-known as the author of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love and the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia, Stoppard is at his best in this absurdly funny masterpiece featuring James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Dadaist Tristan Tzara. Running from June 7 to 23, tickets are priced from €18 to €25.
MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Bloomsday Celebration THE Mill Theatre and Roly Saul’s present a special Bloomsday Celebration Brunch to mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses. Join the team in Roly Saul’s restaurant for a buffet brunch with fare inspired by Leopold Bloom’s breakfast, including a glass of burgundy! Brunch will be accompanied by theatrical readings from Ulysses and music and song from the Joyce era. The celebration takes place on Saturday, June 16 from 11.30am. Tickets are priced at €15.
CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Ardal O’Hanlon AWARD winning comedian, actor, writer - and star of Father Ted (C4), My Hero (BBC 1), Val Falvey (RTE) and Leagues Apart (RTE), Ardal O’Hanlon brings his unique brand of stand up comedy back to Ireland. A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured to sell out audiences internationally and has released two Top 10 stand up DVDs. He continues to be one of the most sought after comedians working with regular sell out solo tours in the UK, USA and Australia. Catch him on June 6 at 8pm, tickets are €20.
DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Niamh Kavanagh and her band NIAMH’S back with her brilliant blend of rock, soul, r&b, Eurovision hits, tracks from her successful albums and her own favourites with that amazing voice Commitments’ director Alan Parker ‘‘had to have’’. Described as the ‘‘Rolls Royce’’ of Irish singers, Niamh Kavanagh represented Ireland at the Eurovision twice, collecting maximum points from the Irish vote, and is the voice behind three of the biggest hits from the Commitments ever. Catch her on June 30 with tickets €20/€16.
There are fights in apartment rooms, in the corridors, through the floors, out the windows... Basically there are a lot of fights.
Films still fighting fit A Welsh man has made the newest non stop, adrenalin pumping, action classic... In Indonesia. Are you sure? I NIALL BERMINGHAM
THE BRAINCHILD of Welsh writer/director, Gareth Evans, and a completely Indonesian cast and crew, The Raid is without doubt one of the best action films to come along since the heyday of action. Garnering huge interest for itself with tremendously successful festival showings (winning both the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Film and Audience Award at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival), it lives up to the hype and some. The film has been made to showcase the traditional Indonesian martial art Pencak Silat, which lends itself very well to film. It is a hard hitting, high kicking, and bone crunching style of martial arts that has no qualms about integrating weapons when the need is there.
FILM OF THE WEEK: The Raid ##### (18) 101 mins Director: Gareth Evans Starring: Iko Uwais, Donny Alamsyah, Joe Taslim, Ray Sahetapy, Yayan Ruhian, Tegar Satrya
Better than any recent action film produced in Hollywood, or anywhere for that matter, The Raid will tick all the boxes for action fans of any age. The eastern insanity works brilliantly with director Evans’ western sensibilities. It’s probably not one for an evening of romance, but for a straight up, balls-to-the-wall action experience, this is as good as it gets.
Perhaps not for the faint of heart, The Raid does not shy away from visceral action; however that is not the only thing on show. Scenes of extreme tension and genuine comedy are also offered up by Evans. T he stor y follows a SWAT team as they try to overthrow drug lord, Tama Riyadi (Ray Sahetapy) from within his base of operations in a multi-storey apartment block in the centre of the Jakarta slums. The team has everything you’d expect, new guys, tough guys, old guys, and a level headed
and well respected leader. They all have their place in the film and each one fits fabulously. The lead is played by Iko Uwais (who along with Yayan Ruhlan mapped out all the action), a new member to the SWAT team, who has personal reasons for entering the apartment block. As the team work their way up floor by floor, not everything goes to plan (if it had, it wouldn’t have been much of a film) and soon all hell breaks loose. The team are left fighting for their lives with their weapons
and soon their fists and then just about whatever they can find (the most novel being a fridge). Meanwhile we see drug lord Tama as he reacts to the police invasion and seeing as he is a paranoid mob boss his decisions are not the most rational. He calls on wave after wave of his henchmen to attack the quickly diminishing SWAT force. When he finds that there are still some police left he unleashes his two right hand men to personally take care of it. Here, we are introduced to the two most interesting characters of the film. Andi (Donny Alamsyah) and “Mad Dog” (Yayan Ruhlan) have two different roles in the movie. “Mad Dog” is the main antagonist, engaging in prolonged fight scenes with some of the remaining SWAT team, whereas Andi operates from the shadows,
scheming and brooding. With tremendous variety separating all the set pieces, you will spend all evening recounting your favourite punch, or the kick that made you grimace the most. My favourite scene involved a fire escape and a three storey fall. It all culminates for a fantastic ending leaving you wanting more and, thankfully, Evans has something up his sleeve to offer. Plans to turn this film into a trilogy began as early as script development so of course there is a wide open ending, and as this is an Asian film that has performed well internationally, there are talks of an American remake. Now af ter all the gushing I’ll just say that if you like action, you’ll love this, and if not, then there’s always the new American Pie...
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GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces Arise, Sir iconic Apple designer ...
Clementine’s parents are missing now that zombies have overrun America, and possibly the world – but, luckily, she can rely on Lee to look out for her, when they cross paths in the surprisingly strong character-driven first chapter of the cross-platform title, The Walking Dead
Dead entertaining SHANE DILLON
I’M NOT quite sure why, but the zombie genre has risen again in popular media, and is shuffling forward once more, relentlessly making tracks into popular culture. While the world and his dog awaits the Brad Pittstarring World War Z at cinemas at the end of the year, the small screen has been well served with the surprise hit, The Walking Dead, based on the popular, long-running graphic novels of the same name. In a canny move, and in a pretty shrewd marrying of adventure gaming with
survival horror, developer Telltale Games rolled out its version of The Walking Dead recently which, for some – and apologies here – will be dead entertaining, while other gamers may not see it as a very lively title. Telltale has made a name for itself with its adventure titles, which range from decent hits to dreadful misses, as with any other developer out there. However, The Walking Dead – and the major intellectual property that the title represents, these days – gave the developer the chance to step
away from conventional adventure gaming scenarios and puzzles into darker territory. Set in the by now familiar setting of a post-apocalyptic America, courtesy of the long-promised zombie armageddon, in The Walking Dead: A New Day, the player takes control of Lee Everett, a man with a murky past, who starts off in the back of a patrol car, on his way to jail. One unexpected crash later, and Lee comes to – only to find that there are Walkers – zombies – everywhere, and the world’s falling to pieces.
Anotherweebyte... Questions over Facebook’s tumbling shares ... AS EXPECTED, there was enormous interest over the inevitable initial public offering (IPO) of Facebook, which went public very recently with a barely comprehensible value of $104 billion. However, market analysts almost immediately started asking questions about the subsequent tumble in the company’s share values, with negative shifts reported in a short period – three days after floating on Nasdaq, shares were trading at 18% below the $38 offer price, seeing billions (at the time of writing) written down from the company’s value – not what many expected, though, no doubt, shares will bounce back. Also at the time of writing, a number of American lawsuits querying how the company had been valued emerged, focusing on how the company had been valued, and who has acccess to such valuations. Regardless of how such developments pan out, it’s interesting to see such unexpected stories centred around the normally unassailable social media giant ...
From there on, it’s down to the player to steer Lee down a linear route in this, the first downloadable chapter of a series, as he meets other survivors, tries to stay alive, and begins to work out what’s going on. However, as it’s a Telltale game, this means lots of looking around screens/the environment for items to use, collect or activate, with occasional bursts of Quick Time Event (QTE) action breaking up events. After all, checking out the kitchen of a seemingly deserted house – only for a Walker to
suddenly jump out of the shadows – practically demands a QTE event, for Lee to frantically try and escape. Interestingly, while such action set pieces aren’t very common, there’s a lot of character interaction, as Lee meets other survivors and the things he says affect how they treat him. With this divertingly interesting first instalment, which is available on a number of gaming platforms (bar IOS), here’s hoping that Telltale can continue with the quality it’s established in this chapter.
Gaming star treks off to a movie role CONTINUING to name significant people that many readers may not know of, one of Gaming’s most prolific and well-known (yet littleknown to non-gamers) stars, Nolan North, has made another addition to his already colossal CV. While it’s very common for cinema stars to do voiceover work for games, Nolan – “the” voice of gaming, for many, given the staggering range of characters he has voiced – has reversed the trend, and has been given a role on the upcoming blockbuster, Star Trek 2, thanks to his impressive voiceover skills. No doubt the news that he’s joining Kirk and co has left him beaming with happiness ...
WHILE I couldn’t throw an iPad out the window without probably hitting someone who immediately piped up with “Steve Jobs” if I asked him or her who had created it, that’s not strictly true. In fact, British designer Jonathan Ives is the man behind many of Apple’s iconic products’ designs over the past two decades, with the 45-year-old responsible for the 1993 iMac G3’s design, and, from there, other such iconic Apple products as the iPod, iPhone and iPad. While you’d have to search long and hard up and down streets all around the world to find people who’d be able to pull Ives out of a line-up, such general anonymity doesn’t bother the designer, with, perhaps, such design achievements under his belt to comfort him – not to mention a significant amassed fortune from his work, innumerable awards, and such titles as Commander of the British Empire, which he was awarded in 2005. Last week, the latest honour for Ives was being knighted by Princess Anne. (Now) Sir Ives continues to prove that visionary designers are still very much a core component of Apple’s success ...
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Permission is sought for a 80 sq. metre extensions to righthand side and rear of property consisting of dining room, study, living room and bedroom in attic area of roof space. Proposed ridge line to be approxamatly 975 mm above existing ridge height. at Number 23A Glenamuck Cottages, Rockville Drive, Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines Dublin 18 By Mr and Mrs. H O’Sullivan The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation may be made on payment of a fee of €20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by Planning Authority
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GAELIC GAMES: OPEL ANNOUNCE 2012 INITIATIVE TO HELP LOCAL CLUBS KIT UP
Rushe on points for clubs seeking new equipment email@example.com
ST PAT’S Palmerstown and Dublin senior hurling star Liam Rushe was on hand last week when the Opel Ireland 2012 Kit For Clubs initiative was launched at Croke Park, with all sports fans across the city called upon to support their local GAA clubs. Dublin GAA fans can collect points to earn free sports kit and equipment for their local GAA club
through the initiative. For every car service (10 points), test drive (10 points), or Opel purchase (200 points) made through the Opel Dealer Network, the club you support is awarded points which can be built up and redeemed against highquality kit. GAA clubs can choose from an extensive range of kit which includes everything from sliotars (5 points) to footballs (10 points) and from
goal posts (100 points) to tackle bags (100 points). New to the programme this year is the addition of juvenile club jerseys (800 points) and senior club jerseys (1,000 points), provided by Masita, official supplier of the GAA. The Kit for Clubs initiative is about supporting local Dublin GAA clubs across the county. Liam Ware from Mallow GAA Club, outlines how his club has benefited from the initiative: “Since
Liam Rushe, Colm Cooper and Jackie Tyrrell with Derry and Christian Finlay at the launch of Kit For Clubs
this scheme started, Mallow GAA club have been able to obtain both playing kit and training equipment, otherwise, we probably would not have been able to get this gear due to limited resources.”
Paraic Duffy, the GAA’s director general said: “The advantages of being involved in a scheme such as this are obvious and the provision of training and playing gear is a welcome payback to our members
and clubs who look to Opel for their motoring needs. It is also encouraging to see some of our top players supporting this scheme and lending their profile to help raise awareness about what is
an excellent initiative.” Log onto www.opelkitforclubs.com, on Facebook or visit your local Opel dealer to register your club and start building your GAA club’s points.
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GazetteSport Sport FastSport
Crokes claim U-16D championship crown IN A fitting reward to cap ten years of playing together, Kilmacud Crokes’ Under-16 D side claimed their championship final last weekend after defeating Naomh Barrog 1-9 to 1-7 at Parnell Park. Winning the toss, Kilmacud elected to play with the wind and dominated the opening exchanges, playing a stylish brand of football and establishing a five-point lead at half-time. For the first 15 minutes of the second half, Crokes took the game to Barrog, but could only stretch the lead to six points before the inevitable fightback from Barrog began. It was backs-to-the-wall stuff at the end, and Crokes tackled and blocked impressively to ensure their advantage, with one covering runand-tackle by left-half back Fintan Jordan saving a certain goal. But a determined and focused Crokes side held on to record a deserved two-point victory on the day. Goal-keeper Robert Cahill was awarded manof-the-match for his save of both a penalty and the follow-up shot, but there were stand-out performers all over the field. John McDonald at left-corner gave an exhibition of marking and high fetching. Right-half back Ruairi Geraghty capped his day with an inspiring point. Centre-back Liam Lundon mopped up countless times. Donal Gaughran at mid-field caught great ball especially from cornerback Sean Ryan’s long kickouts. Ronan Kennedy chipped in with two fine ponts, as did fellow left-footers, Gavin McDermott and Shane Vallom. Centreforward Ben Mahon scored two points, and captain Barney Sultan weaved past three defenders to score Crokes’ first-half goal.
HOCKEY: A SEASON OF SUCCESS, A NEW VISTA ON HORIZON
Loreto Hockey Club’s first team celebrate their victory in the Irish Hockey League
Loreto on the rise I firstname.lastname@example.org
LORETO hockey club is celebrating in the sunshine after it recently finished one of the best ever hockey seasons in its history. With six of its seven teams finishing their seasons in the top four of the Leinster leagues that they play in, the club has a lot to shout about, especially with their second XI. Having won the fourth tier of European hockey in Lille in June 2011, the platform was set for further success this season. Commenting on the great season for the Hockey Club, Club President Bronwyn O’Donnell said: “The first XI’s success recently in reaching the finals of both the Irish Hockey League and the Irish Senior Cup stands to show how well the side
have progressed, and the club are very proud of them.” More silverware was amassed when Loreto’s second XI won both the Leinster League and the Irish Junior Cup titles. “This was a fabulous achievement and it was the first time in the club’s history that our second XI have won the double,” said O’Donnell. Further success was achieved when the club’s fifth XI and their seventh XI won promotion from their respective leagues, with the sevenths also going on to win their cup final against Avoca. The last of the silverware for the season was won when the club’s Veterans team, who were unbeaten all year, won their league title. Over the past two years, Loreto has seen all of its
teams, from the thirds through to the sevenths get promoted to higher divisions, which is an achievement recognised by their president: “This success is down to the hard work and the dedication of all the coaches, managers and players in Loreto,” said O’Donnell. These are also very exciting times off the pitch for the Beaufort club. In June, the club intend to start building a new
two-storey clubhouse, complete with viewing balcony. O’Donnell said: “A lot of hard work has been done by the clubhouse committee and the finance committee over the past few months, and it is great that the development of the clubhouse is progressing at such a steady pace. “The club would especially like to thank Sr Noelle of the Loreto Order and Margaret
O’Donoghue, Principal of Loreto Beaufort, for all their fantastic assistance and support on our building project. “As this is the club’s 85th season in existence, it is very fitting to be building this new clubhouse which, along with the current fantastic playing facilities in Beaufort, will make Loreto Hockey Club one of the best and most progressive hockey clubs in Ireland.”
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ATHLETICS: GREAT DAY OUT ON SANDYMOUNT
2012 DUBLIN SPORTS AWARDS MAY WINNERS
STARof theMONTH LEO CULLEN BLACKROCK College man Leo Cullen further enshrined his name in Heineken Cup folklore this month when he led Leinster to a third success in four years in the competition against Ulster. It confirmed the current Blues’ crop as the greatest team in the competition’s history, becoming the first side to go through a season unbeaten.
TEAMof theMONTH ST BRIGID’S U-14S
ST BRIGID’S Under-14 hurlers and footballers celebrated a unique success this month when they claimed their respective Division 1 Feile titles at Parnell Park. Two weeks after the footballers captured their Feile title with a superb win over St Sylvester’s, the hurling side completed the double thanks to a memorable victory over Na Fianna. SUMMERTIME has officially arrived and while that unfamiliar orb hangs in the sky, let’s celebrate the achievements of the stars of Dublin sport for the month of May. Leo Cullen once again proved that he is the epitome of captainhood after he helped steer Leinster through the vagaries of the Heineken Cup unbeaten and unbowed, to claim their third title in the course of four years.
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague starts the race horn at Camara’s Sandymount 10K
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LAST Saturday morning saw the sun come out for the many dedicated runners who lined out for Camara’s 10K along the scenic backdrop of Sandymount strand. Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Andrew Montague, sounded the starter’s horn to a high-spirited crowd as everyone soaked up the atmosphere to help raise vital funds for eLearning opportunities in Irish schools.
Camara Education, a charity and social enterprise, works to deliver eLearning opportunities to schools in disadvantaged communities in Ireland, Africa and Jamaica through the reuse of technology. The annual 10K run, now in its third year, was a huge success as over €6,000 was raised on the day for Camara’s I r i s h S c h o o l ’s P r o gramme. T he proceeds will go to supply 55 Irish schools in need of
affordable IT with 1,100 computers and to train 300 school teachers in ICT in 2012. Commencing on the Promenade, Strand Road, the course stretched around Sean Moore Park and the Irishtown Nature Reser ve providing beautiful scenic views o f D u b l i n B ay f o r entrants. Lord Mayor Montague said: “I have been a long-time supporter of Camara. Having worked with them as a volunteer
Captains in Canada: All-Star ladies in Toronto St Brigid’s, in turn, showed the experience of youth in registering a unique double success in claiming the Dublin hurling and footballing Feile titles at Parnell Park, an achievement last recorded in the city by Ballyboden St Enda’s. Let us know about your achievements in sport, so that the Gazette can tell the rest of Dublin. Contact us on 01 601 0240 or firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us all about your successes.
MEETING on an unfamiliar field last weekend were team captains Juliet Murphy, left, of Cork and the 2011 All Stars, and Denise Masterson, of Dublin and the 2010 All Stars, in the company of referee Keith Delahunty. The picture was taken before the game between the 2010 All Stars and 2011 All Stars in Centennial Park, Toronto, Canada, an exhibition game which took place as part of the 2012 TG4/O’Neills Ladies All-Star Tour.
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in Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania, I am aware of the excellent work they do with children in Africa, Jamaica and Ireland to develop computer skills.” The first place prize on the morning went to Hugh Hunt who came in at 36:17. Accepting his first place trophy and medal, he said: “Today has been a fantastic day, great atmosphere and a beautiful course along the Strand on a sunny morning and all for a great cause.”
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Three-in-a-row for Nutgrove Celtic stars NUTGROVE Celtic will next season dine out at the top table of AUL Saturday football after yet another brilliant season for the Rathfarnham club. This time round, they claimed ultimate glory in the AUL Saturday Division 1A, making it a third successive league title for manager John Grant and his side. Indeed, it has been a meteoric rise, moving up from Division 2 in jig-time. Their potential to push on was very much in evidence last season when they produced a brilliant run in the Nivea for Men Cup – the highest level of AUL cup competition – when they knocked out Premier A side WFTA en route to the semi-final. Indeed, their run was only halted by the giants of Killester United in the final four. This term, the side started off the league with confident wins against O’Devaney Dunard and Corduff but a series of injuries, including to key players like Patrick Clark, who was out of action for six weeks. During this phase of the season, the Celts drew four times as they scrambled to cover for those coming back from injury. But once they were back in situ, the club went on a brilliant run, fighting tooth and nail with Butterkrust and Nutgrove eventually just nicked the 20-game season by a single point. Christopher Clarke’s incredible tally of 30 goals this term provided much of the fireworks up top while Joseph Blake and midfield rock, Patrick Clarke, were outstanding throughout. Tyson Wall and Neil Grimes provided the brick wall in the centre halves and the side were especially grateful to the likes of Garry McConnell and Stephen Carrick who came out of retirement to help salvage the perilous mid-season situation with a steely will to win. Behind the scenes, the club has been indebted to Patrick Doyle secretary of the club 2007, Mark O’Grady and John Bennett, the coaching team, chairman Raymond O’Kelly, John Masterson and Anthony McConnell. Last Friday, they received their third successive league crown with John Giles on hand to give them the silverware. Next season, they will play their soccer in the Senior Saturday division.
SOCCER: JAMES UNITED ANNEX SDFL BLESSINGTON U-14 CUP
A comprehensive 4-0 win saw St James United add cup success to their already earned SDFL crown at Frank Cox Park last Sunday
Double delight for James BLESSINGTON CUP FINAL St James United Beechwood
ST JAMES United were among the big winners at Frank Cox Park as they completed their brilliant season with the Blessington Cup title to go with the SDFL U-14 Premier crown they had already annexed. They had too much in the tank for a game Beechwood side as they never looked back after Lee Keegan put them in front just before halftime. A further effort from Dylan Cogan and his
second killed off the tie late on before Mark Cooney capped a fine individual per formance with the crowning fourth goal in the closing phases. It was a fine close to an exceptional season as they turned a relatively even first half into a comfortable final scoreline. Beechwood did have their chances with Michael Kennedy when Myles Carey played him in but his header went just over when the game was at 2-0. It was one of the most impressive showings on Cup final day.
Jude’s Feile star: Eva gets award ahead of festival EVA Roantree from St Jude’s GAA Club, was presented with her prize by Uachtaran CLG, Liam O’Neill, and President of the Camogie Association, Aileen Lawlor, at the launch of Dublin Feile na nGael last week at Parnell Park. Dublin will be hosting this year’s Feile finals from July 5 to 7, with the finals of the tournament being played at Croke Park. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
On the adjacent pitch, late efforts from Tadhg Quinn and Owen Murphy gave Cabinteely hope of an amazing comeback as they recovered from 3-0 down but came up just short against Ardmore Rovers in a cracking SDFL U-12 Pat White Cup final. Conor Mulvanney was a constant thorn in leading his side to a big lead before Cabinteely bounced back with real gusto late on. Despite facing up the hill in the first half, Cabo started well, Daragh McAdam and Comerford caused a series of problems.
But Adrmore nabbed the opener in confusing fashion as Liam Murphy appeared to save Ryan Keane-O’Callaghan’s shot comfortably only for the linesman to signal the ball had crossed the line. A quick bout of confusion ensued but the goal stood and Ardmore pressed home their advantage when Andrew Knight found Mulvanney racing clear and he finished superbly. And Cabo’s luck was again faulty in the second half as Murphy saved brilliantly from an Alex Griffin shot but his strong palm at full
stretch could only push the ball onto the bar. From there, the ricochet bounced invitingly for the lurking Sean Dempsey-Reid to nod home from close range. Cabo showed huge heart to fight back as the lively Niall Comerford’s corner fell to Owen Murphy to fire home from close range and, with ten minutes left, Stephen Dunster nodded down to where Quinn was waiting to clean up a second effort. But they could not force a late equaliser in extra-time, and Ardmore took home the title.
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HURLING: BODEN’S SENIOR SUPREMACY ENDS
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ST JUDE’S CONGRATULATIONS to George Frisby
Despite having just a short break
and the junior B hurlers who beat
the girls put up a gallant perform-
Naomh Barrog in the league; special
ance against Ballyboden in the
mention to Diarmuid McLoughlin and
semi-final, fighting back in the lat-
Paddy Dunne who made their adult
ter stages of the match to lose by
only a few scores.
The senior hurling team were beaten by St Vincent’s yesterday.
Well done to all as they prepare for the national Feile on July 5.
Congratulations to the camogie
A special mention to Alan Connolly
Feile team on Saturday who did
and Sean Wynne, two of our juvenile
Cuala powered to an impressive lead that they held throughout the match against Ballyboden
themselves and the club proud in
members who were part of the All-
End of an era as Enda’s edged out
the sunshine at Russell Park.
Ireland winning Dublin 2km cross-
DUBLIN SHC GROUP A Cuala Ballyboden St Enda’s
THE REIGN is over. After five years of cracking memories, Ballyboden St Enda’s run came to an end in Parnell Park last Wednesday as Cuala punished a dysfunctional per formance. Not just a momentous result. It secured a quarter-final berth as the Dalkey side closed out the stronger in a roller-coasting battle of wits. B a r r y C o n n o l l y ’s accuracy was a key factor, Mark Schutte was an immense presence in the corner and David Treacy plucked some breath-taking catches from the clear blue sky. But most of all, it was a ferocious, disciplined defensive workrate which managed to limit the damage done by the likes of Paul
Ryan, Conal Keaney and a frustrated Conor McCormack. For Boden, there was a sense of deja-vu from their last outing when they shipped the first nine points as the red and whites notched the first three scores. It ratcheted up the tempo and Boden were able to effect many key blocks and steals by virtue of their chasing game, hunting in packs. A virtuoso pass from Keaney to Simon Lambert – utilising space c r e a t e d b y M c C o rmack’s run away from goal – cracked home a first goal for the champs and all seemed back on track. But Cuala had other ideas and they kept coming away from each confrontation with either referee’s whistle or possession in their favour. They scored seven before Ryan could respond with his first
free in scoring range in the 27th minute – a mark of the clean living of the Cuala back six – as the half ended 0-11 to 1-3. Boden gobbled up most of that lead within three minutes of the restart as three half-time substitutions added impetus, though Dean Curran’s absence due to a hand injury robbed them of one of their brighter performers. Keaney profited when Shane Durkin’s long ball dropped kindly when uncleared by Fintan O’Brien to reduce the gap to one point with a second major. Another spurt from the Hyde Road club was capped by Connolly’s excellent goal as Treacy raced onto a diagonal ball, the preferred method of attack, and out-stripped a man before hand-passing to the midfielder to whip home.
Once again, Boden fought back from six down to move one up with 15 minutes to go as Ryan roofed a free from 21 metres after David O’Connor effected a great interception, 3-9 to 1-14. But they did not score again as Cian Waldron tied matters and it stayed that way for several minutes, locked level, before Schutte popped up with a score drifting away to his right as Boden claimed Rory Cole had fouled. Two more points followed before an extratime rally saw Emmett Carroll blocked while a close range free was cleared. It meant the Dalkey men went through to the quarter-finals with Lucan Sarsfields – who laid the foundation for Boden’s end with victory in the prior series of games – as St Vincent’s tumbled out, too, from an incredible group A.
The girls gave a tremendous performance in the quarter-final to
country relay team in the Community Games finals in Athlone.
beat a strong Vincent’s team to go
Thanks to all who availed of the
through to a semi-final against Bal-
free clothes collection point in the
club over the weekend.
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S Team of the week is the U-14A camogie team that won the Dublin Feile after a gap of ten years. Mentors were Catherine Nagle, Edel Tevlin, Denise O’Neill, Gerry White and Terry O’Neill. Sincere sympathy to Denise O’Neill and family on the recent death of her aunt. Hard luck to the senior A hurlers but well done on five magnificent years. Well done on bouncing back to win their league game against Naomh Mearnog. This game was sponsored
by The Landscape Depot. Commiserations also to the senior A ladies’ football team. Hard luck to the U-16 football team which went down to Na Fianna in the championship final. Many thanks to Rathfarnham Credit Union for sponsorship of the senior B camogie team. Minor football table quiz on Thursday night at 8.30pm. Many thanks to Niall Sudway on his cheque presentation of €1,000.
NAOMH OLAF THE following are the summer camp
three of Olaf’s games.
dates for 2012: July 9 to 13 - Kelloggs’
While we didn’t qualify, this did not
Cul Camp; July 16 to 20 - Gaelic Foot-
detract from a wonderful sporting
ball/Hurling Camp; August 13 to 17 -
Gaelic Football/Hurling Camp; August 20 to 24 - School of Excellence.
Well done to Cuala on doing a fine organisation job.
Our Under-14 girls put in a great
There were two winners of last
performance in the camogie Feile
week’s jackpot: Rose Dowling c/o
hosted by Cuala on Saturday last.
John, and Pauline O’Shea c/o Ciara
The large group of parents and supporters who attended were treated to a feast of excellent camogie in all
O’Shea. The numbers drawn were 6, 9 and 19. Jackpot next week will be €1,000.
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END OF AN ERA: Ballyboden St Enda’s bow out of SHC after defeat by Cuala P31
KINGS OF DUBLIN: Leo and St Brigid’s teams are Dublin Stars P29
Ballyboden St Enda’s Conal Keaney made an impressive return for his club, and is in line for a Dublin start for the hurlers
MAY 31, 2012
Injury merry-goround begins again Daly’s Dubs see two in, three out as Hiney and Keaney come back only to see O’Carroll, Dwyer and Quilty out email@example.com
THE injury blight that has afflicted Anthony Daly’s Dublin hurlers in recent times continues unabated, despite the return to action of Ballyboden St Enda’s duo Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney. The pair were both victims of the “curse of the cruciate” but, after lengthy spells on the sidelines, have recently made their return from the sidelines to push for starting places. Former skipper Hiney looked especially powerful for Boden against Cuala, albeit in an ultimately doomed club championship campaign as their attempt at a sixth successive title fell foul in the group stages. Hiney and Keaney look set to play some part in the opening round of the Leinster SHC quarter-final against Laois in Tullamore next Sunday, but Ross O’Carroll, from near neighbours Kilmacud Crokes, is a major doubt. He returned to the hurling panel after two years with the footballers, but suffered a thigh
injury in a recent challenge match against Waterford. O’Carroll subsequently did not line out for his club last Friday against Ballinteer St John’s, and Daly confirmed the worst fears. “They’re saying he’s definitely out for the Laois match,” Daly said. “If we got over that, they reckon he should be okay. He looks like he’s out. At the minute, that’s the way it is. He’s doing his best. He’s constantly in physio and he’s doing his damnedest to get back.” Talismanic Crokes’ club-mate Ryan O’Dwyer is already a definite absentee as his red card in the league relegation tussle with Galway sees him serve a suspension, while Martin Quilty — a recent cruciate injury victim — is also a nonstarter.
Football journey begins On the football side, Dublin begin their road to what they hope will be a potential All-Ireland retention bid with a Leinster SFC quarter-final date against Louth in Croke Park.
And manager Pat Gilroy could well freshen up his deck after a mixed league campaign, especially after the Dublin U-21s claimed their All-Ireland crown last month: “We always have to make sure that we keep that foundation there, that the intensity is in our game, and it’s a key part of what we do. If we are not doing it, we are not really any good,” Gilroy said this week. “It’s a new year and different things happen. You have to see what’s in front of you and keep objective on it. Loyalty can be misguided sometimes. “Last year is gone now and it’s all about 2012. Definitely, some people have pushed themselves forward who didn’t play last year. “We want to have 32 or 33 guys that really have a chance of playing. It’s hard to get to that, but we are moving towards that kind of luxury at the moment. “In some of those league games, we were trying to do things that we didn’t do before and they didn’t work out.”