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JULY 19, 2012
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INSIDE: AIB Dundrum host a well-attended business networking morning P2
Football: Honours even between John’s and Anne’s Page 31
Golf: Castle pair win Father and Son All-Ireland Page 30
ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 BUSINESS .....................18 MOTORS ....................... 20 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ......... 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26
THANKS, CATHAL: Croagh Patrick climb raises €4,000 for orphans P4
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LAST week’s announcement that 150 jobs are being created in Sandyford by new health insurer, GloHealth, has been hailed as a boost for the area. The company, a new entrant to the Irish health insurance market, have already filled 45 roles and are recruiting for the other employment opportunities. Local councillors and An
Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce (FG), greeted the announcement with enthusiasm. He said: “It’s a great vote of confidence in the county that we can attract these employment numbers.” Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is great news. It’s a great boost to Sandyford, which has really turned a corner in recent times and drawn back business to the area.” Full Story on Page 3
A Hamley’s hit: Summer camps panda-er to what children like BEN and Katie Callan couldn’t bear
to put away some new-found friends when they visited Hamley’s in Dundrum Town Centre recently, where they had lots of fun at the busy toy store’s summer camp. For two months, Hamley’s camps provide lots
of fun-filled activities, with campside tales and tunes, workshops, challenges, scavenger hunts, sports days and much more. With so much to do, it’s no wonder that Ben and Katie, and many other local children, were extra happy to visit Hamley’s.
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COUNCIL: PRE-EVENT MEETINGS WITH MCD ARE SCHEDULED
ENTERPRISE Networking breakfast for local companies
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DEPUTY Alex White (Lab) has called on MCD Promotions to make sure that Marlay Park and its many residential estates are fully protected ahead of the concerts scheduled to take place next month after the violence and public order offences that marred the recent Swedish House Mafia gig in the Phoenix Park. Deputy White does not want to see a repeat of the events in the Phoenix Park, where nine people were stabbed and two drug-related deaths, when Marlay Park hosts a series of concerts in late August. Commenting on the current plans for Marlay Park, Deputy White said: “I appreciate that each concert will attract its own following. However, given last weekend’s events, I have deep concerns about these concerts in August, especially if they were to attract a similar profile.” He went on to say that those in charge have been contacted ahead of time. “I have today written to MCD and the area Garda superintendent at Blackrock to outline my concerns, as well as to Owen Keegan, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county manager. “The council has been to the fore in facilitating many events over the
summer throughout the county, and I really would be disappointed if all that good work was potentially tarnished by one poorly planned event. “Given the tragic circumstances of last Saturday night, we must ensure that everyone is on the one page with regard to the needs of the residents and the security of the area.” Speaking to The Gazette last week, a spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown and the manager’s office said: “The council is confident that all necessary arrangements will be in place for this year’s series of concerts, as has been the case for concerts in Marlay since 2001.” The council also confirmed that it will be holding “pre-event meetings concerning the concerts with all relevant statutory stakeholders and MCD, as has been the case since 2001”. When contacted by The Gazette, a spokesman for MCD stated: “MCD has and will continue to work closely with the gardai and DLRCC as has been the case over many years of running successful events at Marlay Park.” A fter the Swedish House Mafia gig in the Phoenix Park, MCD’s Denis Desmond said he was “100%” satisfied with the security provided at that gig.
Susan Kennedy, Lensmen Photographic Agency; Alan Gallagher, Connect Ireland and Tom Dalton, Chem Dry
Angela Tynan, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board
John Keogan with the manager of the Dundrum branch of AIB, Deirdre Cleary. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
Businessman and Dragon’s Den figure, Bobby Kerr; Deputy Peter Mathews (FG) and Donal Fingleton, solicitor and chairman of The event was very well attended and received
Churchtown Business Association
IB DUNDRUM, in partnership with Venture Business Network, hosted a business networking showcase morning promoting local businesses in and around the Dublin 14 area recently. Deirdre Cleary, manager of AIB Dundrum, and one of the main organisers of the event, said she was delighted with the attendance at the breakfast meeting. Many local companies showcased their business
and there was an interesting line-up of guest speakers. Dragon’s Den’s Bobby Kerr started the event, followed by a talk from Alan Gallagher, business development manager of Connect Ireland. Declan Coyne, Leadership and Motivation, spoke next, followed by Gerard Tannen, of Islandbridge Brand Development. Each guest speaker presented for 30 minutes, followed by a 30-minute break to allow attendees network and visit the various stands.
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ENTERPRISE GloHealth announcement welcomed
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GLOHEALTH, a new health insurance company based in Sandyford which launched last week, has announced that it will create 150 jobs in the area during the next three to four years. The announcement of the new employment opportunities by the company, which has already filled 45 positions, was welcomed by local representatives, who hailed it as a boost for the area. An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce (FG) said: “This is great news for Sandyford and for the county in gen-
eral. It’s a great vote of confidence in the county that we can attract these employment numbers.” Councillor Neale Richmond (FG) welcomed the news, saying: “This is great news. Obviously, I’m delighted to hear of these jobs coming to the Sandyford area. “It’s a great boost to Sandyford, which has really turned a corner in recent times and drawn back business to the area.” Cllr Richmond also stated that he hoped the new jobs would help to ameliorate some of the job losses in the finance and insurance sector in recent times.
“I’m very happy [the jobs announcement has come from] an insurance company. Not only is it good for customers across Ireland, but it is good for those in the finance industry who have lost their jobs. “I’m thinking particularly of former Aviva employees, many of whom live in the area. “Their position was very uncertain and now, hopefully, their skills will be put into use in this new company. “The fact, too that so many insurance heavyhitters are involved with GloHealth means it has a stable foundation and will, hopefully, last a long
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GloHealth’s Jim Dowdall, chief executive officer, and Stephen Loughman, chief financial officer, promoting GloHealth.ie. Having filled 45 positions, the company says it plans to create 150 jobs in the area during the next three to four years.
time into the future,” said Cllr Richmond. T he company has entered the market as the fourth health insurance provider in Ireland. GloHealth was established by three former Aviva executives and a former VHI chief executive, Oliver Tattan, and has backing from Irish
Life. The company’s chief executive, Jim Dowdall, is promising to provide cheaper insurance cover for the Irish market, which saw an increase in premiums during the year. He said: “Health insurance customers are crying out for a new approach,
and hard-pressed families are looking for better value, better cover and better choice. “Up to now, hardpressed families have been faced with having to consider dropping out of the market. From today, these customers have a great alternative,” said Dowdall.
DUNDRUM Town Centre is offering a free makeover for one lucky girl and her best friend for their debs ball. The centre is looking for two eager debutantes from the area to be made over by their Style Counsel Stylist. The centre, in conjunction with Irish Tatler magazine, promises the ultimate debs look for the lucky pair. Winners will also be invited to walk in the Dundrum Town Centre autumn/winter catwalk show on Saturday, September 1, previewing hot new fashions. The makeover and shoot will take place on July 25, so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning the full makeover, go to Dundrum Town Centre’s Facebook page to apply.
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RETAIL: JEWELLERY SHOP SCORES 99% IN TEST
CHARITY Croagh Patrick walker
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DUNDRUM Shopping Centre is celebrating the inclusion of one of its stores, Pandora, in the Top 100 Retail Excellence Awards 2012. Pandora is a Danish global jewellery brand which opened in Dundrum Shopping Centre in November 2011. The store provides employment for eight staff and offers the full range of Pandora’s jewellery. In order to make the Top 100 list, the Pandora Store went through a rigorous assessment process to ensure an objective measurement of all the stores’ performance. The store was assessed by mystery customers who visited and reported on customer service and presentation. The Pandora store received an impressive score of 99% on a mystery shopping exercise carried out by Retail Excellence Ireland. Muireann Paul, manager of Pandora Dundrum, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for these Retail Excellence Awards. We are committed to pro-
viding top-class customer service and a superior shopping experience to all our customers and for this to be recognised gives the staff at Pandora Dundrum a great boost. “As such a recently opened store, it is fantastic to be shortlisted and recognised for our high standards. Pandora really focus on customer service and we feel that all customers should be given the full experience when shopping in the store, especially when you’re talking with people about a lasting keepsake for their unforgettable moments. “Pandora is ideally suited to Dundrum Town Centre and we have had amazing support from the centre management since opening last November.” The selection process to find Ireland’s top retail excellence store progresses on from the Top 100 until it’s whittled down to the Top 50 and then the Top 30. Last year The Pandora Store made the top 30 Retail Excellence list and this year they are hoping to achieve at least the same level of success.
Debbie Deegan, founder, To Russia With Love, congratulates Stillorgan’s Cathal Lyons on his fundraising ascent of Croagh Patrick
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A STILLORGAN amputee climbed Croagh Patrick in Mayo last week and, in turn, raised €4,000 for orphans in Russia. The mountain has been a site of pilgrimage for
hundreds of years. However, this time, a walker’s trek was made to benefit neglected children in Russian orphanages. Cathal Lyons lost half of his foot and his shoulder in a head-on motorbike collision in Moscow six years ago. He was hit by a car which was driving on the wrong side of a motorway. To date, the incident meant he has undertaken six operations; he is due to have a seventh one soon. After the accident, Cathal wrote a letter of appeal to the judge trying the case, pleading with him not to send the man responsible for his injuries to jail. He now lives with ongoing chronic pain and had
to abandon his former career as an executive with Ernst and Young. Cathal now spends his time helping the charity, To Russia With Love, and taking care of his threeyear-old daughter, Megan, with whom he still lives in Moscow. During the climb, Cathal fought through the pain to complete the ascent. However, he is a believer in mind over matter, and he pushed all thoughts of personal pain out of his mind as he made his way to the top. He said: “It was really a tough climb, and I have to say it was a big challenge for me with a prosthetic foot and half a shoulder. “However, every step of the way, I thought about
the orphans who might benefit from me doing this, and it kept me going. “While living in Moscow, I became ver y involved with this Irishrun charity, To Russia With Love. “[The charity’s founder] Debbie Deegan and her team are simply amazing people, and the work that they do for the orphaned children in Russia is phenomenal. “I will never learn to cope with seeing a child being dropped off at an orphanage by their parent. “But, when I see the welcome that they get from the team, it is heartwarming, as it would have been an entirely different story 14 years
ago,” said Cathal. To Russia with Love is a charity that helps Russian orphans in a number of regions across the Russian Federation, including the Bryansk region in Western Russia. The charity began in 1998 with Debbie Deegan’s promise to an orphan that she would come back to hug and kiss them. It has since grown into a successful charity over the years, and undertakes life-changing work with thousands of orphaned and abandoned children. Success so far including rebuilding, developing care and education programmes and hiring specialist staff to look after the children.
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EDUCATION: GLENCULLEN, SANDYFORD EDUCATE TOGETHER START IN AUTUMN
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T WO n e w p r i m a r y schools announced last year by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, for the GlencullenSandyford area are to go ahead this September and will open in prefabs until their permanent buildings are constructed. Announcing the move, Councillor Neale Richmond (FG) said: “Last year, the Minister for Education announced that two new primary schools would open in the greater Ballinteer and Stepaside areas to cater for the increased population. “It was later decided that these two schools would come under the patronage of Educate Together. Both these schools will open in temporary accommodation
this September.” The school in Ballinteer will be housed in St Tiernan’s Community School in Parkvale, and will be entirely self-contained and separate from the existing school. It will have a separate entrance and play area. The second school, in Stepaside, will be on the grounds of De La Salle Palmerston Rugby Club in Kilternan. This site was previously home to Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille before they moved to Belarmine. In September, the two new schools will open and new boards of management will be elected for their running. Speaking to The Gazette, Cllr Richmond discussed the reason for opening the new schools early in temporar y accommodation.
He said: “The prefabs are there already. It’s a temporary measure to get them open before the permanent buildings are built, which will happen soon. “There’s no point, however, in opening the new schools with just junior infants in them. It’s better to move a more established group in. “I welcome the rapid progress of the opening of these two schools, and look forward to further announcements about permanent sites for these schools, as well as the new secondary school due to open in 2017.” Cllr Richmond added: “Credit must go to the team of volunteers and parents from the South Dublin Educate Together group who have worked tireless to bring this idea to fruition.”
Having a blast: French ambassador enjoys cannonfire at Martello tower THE French ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency, Mme Emmanuelle d’Achon, and An Cathaoirleach, Councillor Tom Joyce (FG), enjoyed a cannonfire salute at the newly-restored Seapoint Martello Tower when they met to launch The Martello Towers of Dublin book in County Hall, Dun Laoghaire. A joint publication between Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council, and published with the support of the Heritage Council, the book tells the story of the enigmatic towers that were constructed between Bray and Balbriggan in 1804/05 to stop a threatened French invasion. Mme d’Achon joined Cllr Joyce in highly-commending the book, which features a great amount of new material about the towers’ histories.
R ATHFARNHAM DSPCA is calling on locals to help to continue to raise money for the charity in a recycling campaign called Together We Can, supported by pet food manufacturer, Purina. The initiative has so far raised €12,000 for the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by encouraging pet owners to recycle their steel pet food cans. P urina pledged to donate money to its charity partners when the number of steel pet food cans donated to the campaign reached 75,000. Pet owners can continue to pledge to recycle their steel pet food cans at www.purina.ie/recycle until the end of the year.
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BLOOMFEST Flowers go on show DUN Laoghaire County Hall will be blooming when the 85th annual summer flower show is held next month. The South Dublin Horticultural Society and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is hosting the event, which will display a stylish selection of colourful flowers of many varieties to please plant lovers. If you like the idea of spending a few hours among herbaceous perennials, pot plants, Alpine, cacti, succulents and floral art, then you should go along to County Hall on Sunday, August 11. Doors will open from 2pm until 5.30pm. There will be plants available for sale on the day, and admission is free.
FASHION: FROCKNFABULOUS CATERS FOR WOMEN ACCUSTOMED TO ELITE BRANDS
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What a sweet picture: Fun clowning around at the dentists’ fundraiser KEELIN and Emma McCarthy were left giggling by the antics of Janey Mac at Dundrum Dental Surgery on Main Street recently, where the clown was helping husband and wife, Dr Sarah Jane Dunne and Dr Ray Barrett, with a fundraiser. To celebrate 10 years in business, and to give something back to the community, they held a fun fundraising day. Janey Mac helped entertain at a free children’s dental check and hygiene visit at the Healthy Smile Club, in return for donations for The Children’s Sunshine Home and LauraLynn House. See Full Gallery Next Week
DESIGNER dress hire company, FrocknFabulous, whose online offering has proven a huge success, have recently opened a new showroom in Dundrum to give their loyal shoppers a real world experience. “We started online but I realised that Ireland is a small country and people like to come in and see the collections in person rather than view catalogues online. It’s also more personal for them,” said owner of the company, Kara Maher. Maher started the business after she identified a gap in the market to provide designer wear to former Celtic Tiger boomers who had developed a taste for designer wear. She says that it is the
familiar experience of many women in Dundrum, who had plenty of disposable cash during the Celtic Tiger and now have to cut back on luxuries they previously enjoyed. “These women have had 10 good years during the boom and now, with the economy as it is, they can still have their taste for the finer things, even though they mightn’t have the money. They see women at the Galway races wearing Fiona Mangan or Halle Berry in a Valentino gown and want to wear them. With FrocknFabulous, they can still do that.” Prices for the designer dress hire start at €90 and there is a “try on service” a 50% deposit is taken at the booking stage and the remaining half is taken before delivery of dress.
All dresses are either brand new or in new like condition. Dresses on offer read like a who’s who of high fashion: Valentino, Cavalli, Zampatti and award-winning Irish designer, Jennifer Rothwell. “I open the showroom on Thursday and Friday evenings and this is to coincide with late night shopping and for those women who work. They can also spend some time deciding without feeling rushed. Because of this, Thursdays and Fridays are the most popular days at the showroom.” T he show room is located on Main Street, Dundrum, (above the Dundrum house) and is open for viewings on Thursday and Friday evenings between 5 and 9pm and Saturdays between 12 noon and 5pm.
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LAW Deputy questions delays in family law cases
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SERIOUS backlogs and delays in family law cases are putting unacceptable pressure on many women and children in Ireland, claimed Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) in a Dail debate last week. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor questioned the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, on the issue, drawing particular attention to the experience of many of her own constituents and others nationwide in family court hearings. She said that these
delays were putting undue pressure on women and children in relation to maintenance applications, some of which have been outstanding for more than a year. “The situation for those who are faced with family law proceedings is that, even when dates are given for family law case hearings, particularly maintenance applications on behalf of women and children, they are repeatedly being adjourned. “On June 27, 175 cases were adjourned from the Family Court,” she said. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor lays the blame for such delays at the door of the present legal
system. “The picture that is being painted by the people who have been in contact with me is of a system in complete disarray, with many women and children living on the edge.” She went on to say that priority is not given to family law cases, saying other, more high-profile court cases get the most attention. “ R e c e n t l y, i t w a s brought to my attention that a judge was taken from the family law Circuit Court at Phoenix House to hear a high-profile case involving a millionaire and his personal assistant.”
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Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG)
She said she intends to inform the minister of future cases where people are experiencing long delays in having their family law cases heard until the present legal system is overhauled by new legislation. “Minister Shatter said he was not aware of a backlog of family law cases that were awaiting hearing or of a delay in the provision of emergency maintenance funds.
“He went on to say that procedures are available for interim maintenance orders, and that cases that are experiencing delays should be brought to his attention, which I plan to do.” In a statement from Minister Shatter’s office, he responded to Deputy Mitchell O’Connor’s claims, saying: “At a time of limited resources, I am conscious that it will be difficult to provide
for the support services required. “However, I can inform the Deputy that the Government is committed to the establishment of Family Courts and to the holding of the Referendum necessary to facilitate their establishment. “Preliminary work has already been undertaken in this area and I expect to be making a detailed announcement shortly,” said the statement.
RESIDENTS in the Dundrum area have received a letter from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council regarding the impact of ongoing works on Dundrum’s Main Street to replace old water mains. From Monday, July 16, Main Street became a “stop and go” location for the duration of the works, which are to take six to eight weeks, and any disturbance will occur between the hours of 8am to 6pm. In the letter, the council warns that some parking areas will be suspended. “To enable us to carry out our work safely, there will be a suspension of parking areas. “The suspended area will be clearly signed and we ask you to avoid parking in these areas.”
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COMMUNITY Lots of fun at the 29th Dundrum Festival, as
Dancers from the Nuala Dunne School of Irish Dance
Lords of Strut’s Seamus and Sean (Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally). Pictures: Geraldine Woods
Dancing delights at a great festival HE 29th Dundrum Festival saw lots of locals come along to Main Street, which had been pedestrianised for the event and filled with a wide range of fun activities. At one end, a stage featured music and dancing by the Nuala Dunne School of Irish Dance, The Suzuki Violin School and Miss Ali Stage School. The street featured a bungee run, children’s activity centre inflatables, carnival
stalls, a climbing tower, a circus workshop, stilt walkers, face painting and much, much more. Sponsored by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Dundrum Town Centre, Fanagan’s Funeral Funeral directors, Dundrum Post Office, Leisureplex Stillorgan, Cow and Gate, Dundrum Library, Dundrum Stationery and the traders of Dundrum, the day was another great success.
Dublin Folk Dance Group members Jackie Kiernan, Monica Clifford, Jean Browne Marie Cullen
and Sarah Browne
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rain showers fail to dampen the great range of activities
Students from Ms Ali Stage School Katie Magee
Master musician, Donal Kelly, of the Dublin Folk Dance Group, takes a break
Dancers from the Nuala Dunne School of Irish Dance
Jennifer Healy and friend Lots of stalls provided fun for everyone
This student from the Suzuki Violin Students from Ms Ali Stage School
A girl braves the climbing tower
Lots of parents were standing by during music shows
School demonstrates his skill
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ENTERTAINMENT Busy man Keith Barry
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KEITH Barry is a busy man these days. Not only has he a new show at the Olympia theatre, he is also writing a book, helping people to overcome their phobias on television, motivating some of the Irish Olympic squad and has just finished consultancy work as chief mentalist on the set of a new Hollywood film. Keith returned to the Olympia this month with his new show, 8 Deadly Sins, which goes on throughout July. “T he show really makes people laugh. Fifty people end up on the stage by the end of it. I do this lottery thing to highlight greed and various other parts of the act are about the other deadly sins. It’s hilarious and different every night. Damage
Keith Barry has returned to the Olympia this month with his new show 8 Deadly Sins, which continues on throughout July
“I also show how psychics do damage and how easy it is to con people. Most people don’t realise the damage psychics have done throughout history, Hitler and Stalin used them and they changed the course of history. Even nowadays, they are used: – the Bush administration used psychics, too.” The main thrust of the show, however is to re-introduce a sense of wonder and magic into people’s lives. “We need makebelieve and wonder in life, and I try to bring that back for people. My shows allow them to escape from their lives and all their stresses and worries.” Keith’s magical journey began in Waterford where he was born and raised, and has been performing magic for around 30 years now. “I’d been doing magic
since the age of six and began gigging not long after that at parties.” He moved to Dublin to study chemistry at 18 and met his wife who was reading psychology. That’s where the idea of mixing mesmerism and science took hold. After graduating with distinction, Keith worked as a scientist for a cosmetic company in Dublin for a number of years. Journey
“I was making women’s make-up, but I got fed up with science in general after working at it for two-and-a-half years. I wouldn’t have changed the journey I went on, though. A lot of young magicians don’t go to college or have day jobs, and I think they miss out because of that.” The moniker of chief mentalist is not one most mortals get to enjoy, but Keith had this strange title for his consultancy work on the upcoming heist film, Now You See Me, which comes out in January next year. “The film is about mentalists who use their skills to pull off a huge heist. It’s like Ocean’s 12 but instead of guns, these guys use their minds. It was a great experience. I spent two weeks working with screenwriter Ed Solomon, assisting him as he rewrote the script. We worked for 12 hours a day.” The stars of the film, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg, also availed of Keith’s expertise. “I was kept on particularly to help Woody Harrelson. First, we Skyped and then I went to Los Angeles and New Orleans with him and the film crew to help him make his mentalist character believable. He really learned it
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on books, Hollywood movies and taking the stage
and makebelieve in that back’ well, he’s a true method actor.” Keith was rewarded with a cameo in the film as a French tourist, and even had a line of dialogue. “They’ll probably dub over me,” he laughed. He is in the preparatory stages of writing a book about probing the subconscious mind and “restructuring or programming your mind to achieve anything. I wanted to headline at Vegas and I achieved that ambition through a system I came up with. It’s scientific and anyone can use it.” He is looking for a ghost-writer to assist with the book as he admits
he’s no writer himself. Yet, he insists that every word in it will come from his mind. “It will take a lot of time and energy to create as there’s so much information to go into it, so it won’t be available too soon.” Healer
More recently, Keith has been appearing as a healer of sorts as he helps people to overcome their phobias and fears on TV3’s Ireland AM show. He said this side of his work is not new. “I’ve been doing it quietly for years for no charge, just for friends. Nobody knew about it until recently, so it was a
surprise for people. I’ve always loved anything to do with psychology and I get great satisfaction from helping people. I do intend to open a consultancy clinic next year, but won’t work in it every day as that would be too draining.” Since curing many volunteers’ phobias on the morning TV show, Keith has been inundated with interest from professional psychotherapists. Unorthodox
“I’ve had so many emails about it from hypnotherapists, asking what my methods are. But it’s a very personal thing and my style
is quite unorthodox. ox. I can’t explain it except cept to say that you need d to have serious confidence nce in your ability to do o it. You have to know it’s going to work, it’s t’s kind of like a placebo bo effect.” Keith would like to o meet with the profes-sionals and exchangee ideas at some stage. “I don’t even know if there is a hypnotherapy organisation of Ireland but I would be interested in that kind d of setting and we could ould meet.” A s K e i t h d o e s n ’t carry out private consultations he will give a short talk from the
stage at the end of each night at The Olympia. Tickets for 8 Deadly Sins are priced at €29.50 and €30.50 including booking fee.
T h e s h o w continues on at the Olympia throughout July and you can buy tickets online at www.ticketmaster.ie
SECURITY Debate in Dail over concerts THE recent violence and tragic deaths ensuing from a cconcert in the Phoenix Park last week sparked a Pa debate on security for d such events in the Dail. su Fine Gael Dublin Mid West representative M Derek Keating TD called De for airport-style security checks to be introduced ch at large concerts. “The trouble that broke out at last Saturday’s conou cert in the Phoenix Park ce must never be allowed mu to happen again. Widespread public order, sp extreme violence and disex turbing levels of drinking tur and drug-taking cannot an be tolerated,” said Deputy Keating. Ke He went on to suggest that new security measth ures be compulsory for ur all “high-risk” concerts. “If, following a risk assess“If ment, there are concerns me that there may be an th increased risk of violence, then airport-style security checks should be mandatory.”
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Hollywood starlet Mischa Barton with iconic TV soap star Anne Charleston for the Irish stage version of Steel Magnolias
Mischa takes the stage at the Gaiety HOLLYWOOD starlet Mischa Barton is making her Irish stage debut as she joins forces with iconic TV soap star Anne Charleston for the Irish stage version of Steel Magnolias. Anne, who is better known as Madge in Neighbours, was in Dublin with Mischa for the launch of the show in the Gaiety Theatre, which will tour countrywide, from September 2012. The show is based on the 1989 film with Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, and Julia Roberts. It tells the story of pretty young Shelby Eatenton, to be played here by Mischa Barton – a diabetic, who, following her fairytale wedding, risks pregnancy and her life by having a baby. Twenty-six-year old Mischa who was born in London to an Irish mum, Nuala Quinn, is delighted to be performing on stage in Ireland for the first time in her career. Tickets are priced from €20 and will be available from Ticketmaster and www.steelmagnolias.ie
A chance to release your inner thespian THE National Theatre School of Ireland is giving you the chance to release your inner
DIARY thespian in the coming weeks then they host a series of film, TV and radio workshops at the Gaiety School of Acting on Essex Street West in the old quarter of Temple Bar. The school will host a radio presentation workshop on July 21, a TV presentation workshop on July 28 and a casting and audition workshop on August 11. These courses are to be taught by experts in each relevant field, including well-known TV and radio personalities, Bill Hughes and Chris Donoghue, and renowned casting directors Maureen Hughes and Gillian Reynolds. These workshops will be specially tailored to people looking to enhance their skills in these specific areas, but beginners are also welcome. Patrick Sutton, director of the Gaiety School of Acting said: “We are delighted to have acquired the amazing talents of Bill, Chris, Gillian and Maureen to help deliver these interesting new workshops.” See www.gaietyschool.com for more information.
Brussels sprouting green over launch BRUSSELS was sprouting green last week when Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar addressed members of the Irish diaspora at the launch of The Gathering. At the launch, the Minister invited the thousands of Irish people living and working throughout Europe to get involved in The Gathering Ireland 2013, a year-long festival celebrating the Irish diaspora next year. Get involved
Minister Varadkar called on expatriates to get involved and organise their own Gathering events within Ireland next year. Speaking to the assembled expatriates, he said: “Next year, we will celebrate everything that is best about Ireland, right across the country, and we want the world to join in. “I am asking everyone to get involved in The Gathering and do something unique and positive for our country. As well as visiting Ireland, I would ask you to plan your own Gatherings of family, friends or colleagues.”
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FAMILY Snowflakes Autism Support launch
Get healthy meals right to your door
Charity targets families hit by autism I PAUL HOSFORD
A NEW charity aimed at helping families affected by autism in the Fingal area was launched with great fanfare this week. Snowflakes Autism Support was officially launched at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, and the new Mayor of Fingal, Cian O’Callaghan (Lab). Popular TV presenter Martin King was named as the group’s patron. The TV3 weatherman was in fine form as he announced his support for this worthy cause. Snowflakes Autism Support was set up in January of this year by a group of parents for families affected by autism in the north Dublin and Fingal areas. The group has grown over the months and what started off as just a handful of families, has grown into a support group with over 120 families from all over Dublin. Their aim is to organise events for children
with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their parents and their siblings. They will also be looking to provide whatever support they can to parents, preand post-diagnosis. The name Snowflakes was chosen for the group because “children with autism are like snowflakes – they are beautiful, each one is uniquely different and they are liable to meltdown at any time,” say the group. S n ow f l a ke s h ave attracted approximately 120 members, and the number is growing daily. One of the key facets of the group is support. From swapping stories and sharing an understanding of the needs of children with autism, members have gained an abundance of support and comfort from being involved with the organisation. Events enjoyed by the whole family, such as visits to the zoo or to a bowling alley, have also been a huge success. The feedback from parents
SERVICE: COST-FRIENDLY MEALS-ON-WHEELS
I LAURA WEBB
Snowflakes Autism Support chairman Robert Brown and Jo Jordan from Dublin Housewives
A SOUTH Dublin-based company is offering the greater Dublin area a high-quality, nutritious and cost-friendly mealson-wheels service that comes frozen, direct to your door, so clients can eat whenever it suits them. Chef Direct, the trading name of Healthcare Food Solutions, is becoming a household name among residents in need of a meals-onwheels service. With fully trained chefs among their workforce, the Nutgrovebased company uses the finest ingredients which are quality assured by Bord Bia and the vegetables sourced from Irish farmers. Quality
Health Minister Dr James Reilly, Fingal Mayor Cian O’Callaghan (Lab), Eithne Brown and Martin King, TV3 weatherman
from these events has been very positive, and more outings are planned throughout the year. Snowflakes also run practical workshops for parents to assist them in their child’s development, the first of which was a presentation of the Grace app for Autism by software developer, Lisa Domican.
The Grace App for Autism for iPhone and iPad helps autistic and other special needs children to communicate effectively, by building semantic sequences from relevant images to form sentences. The app can be easily customised by using picture and photo vocabulary of your choice.
These workshops will continue over the coming months. The launch served as confirmation that, in their short existence, the group has brought much needed hope and positivity into the lives of families affected by autism. For more information, visit www.snowflakes.ie or call 01 5241544.
The company says the quality of its food makes it different from similar services: “Our meals are delivered frozen, which is the safest way. Others deliver tepid food and if you don’t answer the door, it could be left outside. “We have a telesales team in place to ring you – if you are not there, we don’t deliver until you are. If your daughter, son or carer is there, we can give it to them and it goes straight into your freezer. When you want to eat it, you take it
out of the freezer, pop it into your microwave for 12 minutes – the food is safe and tastes good,” Chef Direct CEO Paul Kavanagh said. “All our meals carry full nutritional values, calorie counts and protein. We deliver seven days a week, unlike some services who are delivering three, four or five days,” he continued. Standard
According to Paul, there is no standard cost for meal services in hospitals, with reports that some pay almost €41 per meal, while others say it is just €2 per meal, which he says needs to change. “There is a huge imbalance there. If you have a €2 meal, obviously, there is no nutrition in it, whereas we have full nutritional on all our produce. I am shocked how much it is costing the HSE. The solution is sitting right under their nose – we cost €5.50 per meal. “Volume is not a problem. Our plant is 18,000sq ft, so we could look after the whole of Dublin if they asked. We would like to provide the meals-on-wheels service for these people,” said Paul. Contact Chef Direct on 01 491 6262 for further information, or log on to www.chefdirect.ie.
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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods DAVE Grohl’s CV just keeps getting longer. He’s the drummer who kept Nirvana’s beat for four years, and following Kurt Cobain’s passing in 1994, he didn’t let the rock die, founding the Foo Fighters that same year. The Foos have gone on to record seven hit albums and win numerous awards, including five Grammys this year alone. Their latest album, Wasting Light, earned them Album of the Year and Best Rock Album at the iconic American industry awards last February. Well-deserved when you consider the album was recorded in Grohl’s garage on real analog tapes because he feels music is meant to be made by musicians, not computers. And if you think shunning computers to get work done wouldn’t take up enough time, Grohl’s also been involved in other rock groups like Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of the Stone Age, as well as cropping up as a session musician on albums by the likes of Slash, Tom Petty and Nine Inch Nails. Does this guy sleep? NME called him a god-like genius but he comes across as the salt of the earth in interviews and a guy who really is just all about the music. Last year he stopped a Foos’ concert in London, mid-song, to kick out a fan who was causing trouble in the crowd, telling him “you don’t come to my show and fight you come to my show and...dance!”. Little wonder really that they’re queuing up to honour Dave Grohl. And he can now add giant artwork and a street named in his honour to his list of accolades. His hometown of Warren, Ohio will soon be home to a 400kg sculpture of two massive drumsticks on Dave Grohl Alley. You know you’ve made it when you’ve inspired a giant piece of artwork in your home town. I’m expecting a giant sofa in Portmarnock any day now...
Dave Grohl was saluted by his hometown
Light it up: Local band HyperGiants release new single BLANCHARDSTOWN threepiece, HyperGiants, whose first single Lost Souls soared to the top of the iTunes rock charts, release their much-anticipated follow-up, Halogen, in The Grand Social on July 20. The band, Laura Walsh, John Lynch and Jonathon Savino, have been hard at work on their debut album and the performance of Lost Souls has whet the appetite of the public for this exciting band.
REVIEW: AN ALBUM THAT SINGLEHANDEDLY REINVENTS SOUL
An Ocean apart as Frank plots the future I ROB HEIGH
THERE must be something in the water - does not compute. The summer continues to limp on through the downpour. and, simultaneously, the rain of fantastic new releases continues ubabated. The latest, and possibly best and most enduring of the albums that have landed lately, is Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, which was released on digital download a week ahead of schedule to combat what was expected to be a slew of piracy. If I were of that persuasion, I would have my eyepatch on and parrot on my shoulder, as this release from the Odd Future alumni is easily one of the finest R&B releases this century so far. Ocean, whose name sounds like he should be headlining the Sands with the Rat Pack, has a smooth and silky flow and a lyrical mastery that already has the pedigree of contributing and cowriting two of the standout tracks on Watch The Throne, No Church In The Wild and Made In
Frank Ocean’s first album proper maintains the high standard set by his Nostalgia Ultra mixtape
America. T here is a vision and empathy that goes beyond the usual tired and lame R&B mores, both lyrically and musically, that puts Ocean on a pedestal in a different galaxy to his peers. It’s not every R&B act who paints a picture of decay and sadness associated with crack addiction, while simultaneously holding a mirror up to his peers who exist as Super Rich Kids, and sees the inherent vacuousness and waste of both existences.
Ocean has been fighting a legal battle with The Eagles after “co-opting” some aspects - well, actually, the entire melody of Hotel California on his highly acclaimed mixtape earlier in 2011, Nostalgia Ultra, but here, his plundering of pop culture for the foundations of his sound and style are more subtle, and their integration into the musical tapestry of this record show an innate understanding of everything that makes the genre influential and important. The Stevie Wonder
rolling, stoned melodies of Sweet Life, the nod to Elton John on the aforementioned Super Rich Kids, and the multifaceted Prince homage in Pyramids - flipping through a suite of styles, from pre-Purple Rain era electro-funk all the way to an expressive guitar solo show Ocean’s knowledge and assimilation of the best aspects of the culture’s touchstones. But in the lyrical content, Ocean draws on Marvin Gaye’s finest moments, showing him to be a young artist able to
look into the milieu and skewer the issues of the day with his own unique vision and wordplay. There is such a level of imagination, as well as the integration of so many genres and ideas in the 50 minutes Channel Ultra takes to play out, it may be that Frank Ocean will be responsible for the reinvention of soul music for the 21st century. There is set to be an unholy battle for the top five releases of the year. Part of that future will undoubtedly be Ocean’s Orange.
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Getting organic with natural cosmetics from Dr Haushka THE brand is known for its amazing skin care range but now Dr Hauschka has launched its latest line of organic and natural cosmetics. Foundations, lipsticks, powders, eyeliners and eye shadows are some of the new range available by the skin care experts. For anyone used to using the skin care range, you will be happy to know the cosmetic range has that great scent of its skin care range. The make-up range is made from mineral pigments and organic extracts that help to provide long-lasting colour and deliver a healthy-
looking radiant glow. These mineral cosmetics are suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Foundations, tinted moisturisers and bronzers help create a flawless complexion. Beneficial
The organic lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners are lead-free, petroleumfree and are made only with natural ingredients containing beneficial plant nutrients that help soften and hydrate lips while adding great colour. International make-up artist for Dr Hauschka
Skin Care, Karim Sattar said the great make-up range is entirely based on natural formulations and is “incredibly easy to apply”. “They literally become like a soft veil, or better, a second skin and blend fantastically into one’s skin tone and texture. Dr Hauschka is also a natural step in both my professional and personal development. I am delighted that the company wants to have me on board and I hope to contribute my expertise in many different ways,” he said. Karim recently joined Dr Hauschka’s crea-
A little bit of pampering
Inner Glow - Limited Edition Lipstick (top), Eyeshadow Palette Stone Colour (left) Collection and Eyeshadow Solo 02 from Dr Haushka
tive team of decorative cosmetics experts. He is involved in developing new decorative looks for the natural and organic cosmetics brand, and is set to hold make-up training sessions worldwide. Dr Hauschka’s cosmetic range has gained serious attention from make-
up artists and Hollywood’s blockbusters and TV shows. The products have been used on the set of Twilight’s Breaking Dawn, Black Swan, Wall Street 2, Something Borrowed, The Devil Wears Prada and The Women and shows such as Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, Sex and the City and
Desperate Housewives. Dr Hauschka Decorative Range is priced at €15-€35 and is stocked in selected health stores pharmacies, all Life Pharmacies, McCabes@ Clery’s Avoca and Harvey Nichols.For details of a nearest stockist, log onto: w w w. drhauschkaireland.ie
PAMPER yourself or someone else this summer with Carton House’s summer spa day specials. The luxury resort in Maynooth launched their Summer Spa Day Specials this week, which has some great packages for two summer treatments for just €100, Monday to Friday. Here are just two of the many special offer treatments available: Caribbean Body Scrub one hour – normal price €90 which includes a foot massage, body scrub and body massage. Elemental Customised Facial one hour – normal price €90. For more information, email at thespa@ cartonhouse.com or phone 01-6517744.
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Interview: John Clifton, general manager, Ballsbridge Hotel BACK TO SCHOOL Q – I dread the start of the school year and find it increasingly difficult to cope financially. The books get more expensive each year, plus there is the uniform, sports gear and the rest. Could I be entitled to any government subsidies ? Patricia – Rathmines A - I really empathise with you and the thousands of families similarly affected. Families are spending on average €400 per child for returning to school, according to research carried out by the Irish League of Credit Unions last summer. The average cost for secondary school children was found to be €470, with primary school costs coming in at €320. The report also showed that uniforms were the most expensive items, coming in at €229, followed by books at €182. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA) helps meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for children going to school for those eligible to claim. 2012 SCHEME In 2012, the Department of Social Protection will pay the allowance automatically to a large number of qualified people. This means that many families do not have to apply for the payment. If you received this payment last year and your circumstances have not changed, you should have received a letter by June 20, 2012 stating when and how your allowance will be paid. If you haven’t received a notification letter by June 20 and are eligible for the allowance, you should make an application. Application forms are available in all social welfare offices or online at www. welfare.ie . You can also request a form by texting FORM BTSCFA followed by your address to 51909 (normal sms rates apply). If you do not receive an automatic payment, you must apply for the allowance. Applications must be received before the end of September. You may qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance if you are: • Getting a social welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement) or a Health Service Executive payment, or • Taking part in an approved employment scheme (back to work scheme) including JobBridge, or • Taking part in a recognised education or training course, or • Involved in an Area Partnership Scheme, or • Attending a Fás, Failte Ireland or LES training scheme You may also qualify for the BTSCFA if you are: • Getting a social welfare payment (including Family Income Supplement) or a Health Service Executive payment, or • Taking part in an approved employment scheme (back to work scheme) including JobBridge, or • Taking part in a recognised education or training course, or • Involved in an Area Partnership Scheme, or • Attending a FÁS, Fáilte Ireland or LES training scheme Your child must be aged between four to 22 on or before September 30. If they are aged between 18 to 22, they must be in full-time education in a recognised school or college. Subject to means testing : - The allowance paid for each eligible child aged four to 11 on or before September 30, 2012 is €150. - The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 12 to 22 on or before 30 September 2012 is €250. Best of luck next September
Location is key at Ballsbridge Hotel JOHN Clifton is general manager of Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jury’s Hotel) in Dublin 4. Ballsbridge Hotel has 392 guest rooms and is located next to Aviva Stadium and the RDS, making it a popular accommodation choice for sporting events and concerts. John says it’s the hotel’s close proximity to the city centre, O2 arena and Bord Gais Energy Theatre that also contributes to its popularity. “Our location really is the key to our success. We’re close to everything, yet removed enough to give guests peace and quiet when they want it. Ballsbridge is also a very pretty area and very safe.” John has been working in the hotel industry for over 30 years – with 20 years’ experience in general manager positions. A native of Blackrock, John attended Willow Park School and Blackrock College before training in hotel management at the Doyle Burlington Hotel and went on to study in Lucerne Hotel School, Switzerland. Ballsbridge Hotel is now operating as part of the Dalata Hotel Group and John says the hotel is continuing its refurbishment plans after revamping the lobby and conference centre earlier this year.
John Clifton, general manager of the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin 4
Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A pilot. Q: What was your first job? A: Trainee hotel manager. Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £5 a week. Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Gardening bob a job… Q: When did you start your present job? A: I started the beginning of this year.
Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Interacting with people. Q: What part of your working day do you delegate? A: All of it! Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: I worked on a charity building project in South
Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: Paper! Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: No comment. Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Eating too many biscuits! Q: What sport do you follow? A: I am interested in all sports really – depending on time of year… Rugby, tennis, golf, GAA.
Q: What sport can you play? A: I love fly-fishing, skiing, motorbike touring, walking, swimming and rowing.
Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: I sometimes listen to my teenage daughter Ella’s music collection!
Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: David Norris.
Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Travel… If I could spend it frivolously!
Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: Pictures of an Antarctica
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Five to six pairs.
trip I did two years ago, stunning place.
Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: I lost my passport in
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: I’m one of the few not on social media.
Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to? A: My next holiday! Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Grilled collar bacon, creamed potatoes and peas.
Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny would be interesting.
Canada and missed my flight.
Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Skiing in Canada or motor biking across France, Spain and Portugal.
Q: What would be your dream job? A: Flying a sea plane in Alaska.
Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Live near the sea and watch the sun go down with my wife and daughter.
Contact John with your money questions at jlowe@
moneydoctor.ie 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 It’s a rainbow: B&Q brighten up summer gardens
THE SUN may not be shining but that’s no reason not to put a splash of colour into your life as B&Q invite you to live life in multicolour, where there is a rainbow to drive the clouds away. The variety of vivid items on offer include the Sunlounger (€24.85) and the Janeiro Armchair (€31.00), pictured here, as well as a glorious green Bucket Charcoal Barbecue (€12.40) and multicolour raphia lanterns for €14.25. For more, see www.diy.com.
NEW BUILD AND RENOVATIONS: MANAGE EXPENSE FROM THE OUTSET
Love me tender to keep on top of costs
IF YOU are planning a new build or a renovation, you need to get to grips with the ins and outs of the tendering process if you want to make sure you are on top of your costings. The tendering process or a ‘Request for Tender’ (RFT) is a structured invitation where you, the home owner, invite building companies to give you a detailed quotation or cost estimate for a building job based on your plans and requirements which you have previously drawn up. It is imperative that before you enter into the RFT process that you are decided and happy with your plans as all costings will be based on your plans and design requirements. The plan is the crucial part and it is vitally important that your budget is defined up front and that you match your design to your budget. Bearing this in mind, there are three key steps to a successful plan.
Design the area K now your access points, be aware of
where you may need to relocate services and plumbing as that will have an impact on cost.
Planning Get plan drawn up by a professional. This should be well drafted, legible and logical, realistic in its design and matching your budget. Specifics Your plan needs to be specified; the required materials from glazing, to kitchen cabinets, to light switches and sockets need to be defined up front and in detail. Once your specifications are complete, you will send it out to the builders you have selected, who will then price as per your specifications. You will be getting quotations from several sources so it’s important that all involved have the same information. Quality specification is crucial if you want an accurate tender. Make sure you are 100% satisfied that what you need is on the costings the builders bring you back and that it
Making your house a home with renovations needs close management
matches your specifications. If the documentation doesn’t match, you may find yourself in a situation where an element of the build may be removed from the project (as it wasn’t on the list the builder brought back) or, it could be added in later at an extra cost. Once prices come in, you must then meet your builder. You could be entering into a three-
of four-month project and the building team will be onsite daily. You must be able to communicate with them. Once you are close to making a decision, you need to go and look at prior work and talk to old customers. But don’t let positive feedback sway you into making a decision. The quality of previous work will hopefully speak for itself. When you come to the
contracts stage (don’t attempt any work without contracts) ensure the fees for the Certificate of Compliance are included as part of the costings, as you will need this to sign off the completed build. To get in touch with HSLC visit us online at www.hslc.ie or call Gerhard on Ph: 087 7749470 email: info@ hslc.ie
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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs Dublin comes sixth in congested list MOBILE navigation giants TomTom have launched the first quarterly congestion index that accurately identifies and analyses traffic congestion in major cities across Europe. The report, initially covering 31 cities, finds Warsaw to be the most congested city in Europe with a 42% congestion level. Our own fair city of Dublin was found to be sixth. On average, journey times in Dublin are 30% longer than when traffic in the city is flowing freely and 70% longer during morning rush hour. This is a significant rise in traffic congestion in Dublin from last year when Dublin was the 24th most congested city with a 24.2% congestion level. The TomTom Congestion Index, including individual city reports, can be found at www.tomtom.com/ congestionindex. The TomTom Congestion Index is the world’s most accurate barometer of congestion in urban areas. The index is uniquely based on real travel time data captured by vehicles driving the entire road network. TomTom’s traffic database contains over five trillion data measurements and is growing by five billion measurements every day. The overall congestion level for all the cities analysed in Europe is 24% - meaning journey times take 24% longer than when traffic is flowing freely. The top 10 most congested cities, ranked by overall congestion level, between January and March 2012 were: 1. Warsaw, 42% congestion level. 2. Marseille, 41%. 3. Rome, 34%. 4. Brussels, 34%. 5. Paris, 32%. 6. Dublin, 30%. 7. Bradford – Leeds, 28%. 8. London, 27%. 9. Stockholm, 27%. 10. Hamburg, 27%.
VW offers €500 to new customers VOLKSWAGEN Ireland cannot guarantee sunshine this summer, but it can guarantee savings, providing every newVolkswagen customer with a welcome cheque for €500. This could be described as the perfect antidote to the poor Irish summer weather, customers who purchase a newVolkswagen will not only receive €500, they will also get free car insurance and road tax for 12 months. With Volkswagen’s innovative financial packages provided by Volkswagen Bank, customers can avail of some of the cheapest ways into a new car in the Irish market. Examples of this include the ever-popular Polo for just €149 per month, the Golf or Jetta from just €199 per month and the Passat from just €299 per month. So don’t hang about! Get down to your local Volkswagen retailer, log on to www.volkswagen. ie or check out our Facebook page on www. facebook.com/VolkswagenIRL.
The offer for Citigo includes three years of servicing
Skoda enters small car market with flair THE increasingly popular car manufacturer, Skoda, has launched a brand new entrant to the small car market. Retailing from just €9,995, the Citigo is available for test drive at Skoda dealerships nationwide. Having attended the official European launch earlier this year, the Gazette will be featuring a full Irish road test in the coming weeks. The Citigo is available in three and five-door alternatives with two petrol engine options including 1.0-litre 60bhp and 75bhp power units with fuel economy from 4.5l/100km. VRT and road tax falls into Band-A thanks to emissions of just 105g/ km. With ESP (electronic stability program) and side head thorax airbags fitted as standard the new Citigo is one of the safest cars in its class achieving a five-star rating from the EuroNCAP.
Marking Skoda’s entry into the small car market, Skoda Ireland has created an attractive finance option for Citigo called PCP Solutions. This package provides customers with an attractive 1.99% APR over three years which also includes three years servicing, warranty and roadside assist from €99 per month. Manual transmissions are the norm in this segment. However Skoda are confident they can grow sales with their new automatic transmission. For just €750, customers can avail of their new ASG five-speed automatic transmission that also has the benefit of sequential gear changing. Satellite navigation is also rare in this segment but all Citigo models come equipped with a mobile-sat-nav docking station as standard to which Skoda’s optional mobile navigation system (€349) can connect. This system also pro-
vides BlueTooth hands free and mp3 play back functionality for increased safety and comfort. Commenting on the launch, Raymond Leddy, head of marketing, Skoda Ireland, said: “The Citigo has already won several motoring awards across Europe and is really going to shake up the small car market here in Ireland. “From a financial perspective the Citigo ticks all the boxes. Customers can avail of our PCP Solutions plan with an incredibly low APR combined with monthly repayments of €99 inclusive of servicing over three years. For
further peace of mind we have three years warranty and roadside assist.” Leddy expanded: “The Citigo will appeal to a wide range of motorists from the family looking for a viable second car to the more mature motorist seeking a small car with comfort and efficiency to the first-time buyer who is looking for new car technology at an affordable price. We are also forecasting demand with Ireland’s lowest priced automatic car - the Citigo 1.0MPI 60bhp ASG from just €10,745.” The offer for Citigo includes three years’ serv-
icing in the €99 monthly cost. Based on Citigo 1.0MPI Active model RRP including delivery is €10,595. The customer pays deposit/part exchange of €3,245,23, followed by 36 monthly instalments of €99 (€88.01 Solutions PCP payment and €10.99 for the interest free provision of three years’ servicing), an optional final payment (GMFV) of €4,197.90 is at the end of the contract and may be dealt with using one of the three options below. The minimum deposit / part exchange for Citigo PCP Solutions is 10%.
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RoadSigns Road Signs Fiat 500 – wake up and smell the coffee
The car clearly follows Kia’s latest design direction, but it stands out with a bold, athletic and sporty appeal
Kia hits the spot with sporty Optima CORMAC CURTIS
KIA motors certainly enjoyed a good start to 2012 when the Kia Rio scooped the Irish Continental Car of the Year award, as voted by the Irish Motoring Writers Association. The company are certainly not resting on their laurels, as the new Optima has been launched to the Irish market in recent weeks, and it is already grabbing attention. The design team, headed up by Kia’s chief design officer, Peter Schreyer, have clearly been given a clear vision, and some artistic latitude, to come up with this new look. The car clearly follows Kia’s latest design direction, but it stands out with a bold, athletic and sporty appeal. Kia claim to have been striving for a “unique exterior with a driver-oriented interior”, and, from my point of view, they have hit the nail firmly on the head. The Optima is longer, lower and wider with an extended wheelbase com-
SPECS: KIA OPTIMA 1.7-LITRE / 136 PS DIESEL
Type speed: DOHC, four-cylinder in line, 16-valve with single VGT Capacity: 1.7-litres, 1,685 cc Max power: 136 ps (100 kW) @ 4,000 rpm PMax torque: 325 Nm (33.1 kg.m) @ 2,000 rpm
pared to previous D-segment offerings from Kia, all of which contribute to its sporty appeal. From the front, the swept-back approach to the design of the lighting clusters and grille give the car that desirable “moving while standing still” appearance - it really does stand out. The new model is available with a 1.7-litre turbo diesel, which is expected to account for the majority of sales in Europe. The other option is a 2.0-litre 170 ps petrol engine. The diesel unit offered is a new 1.7-litre version of Kia’s popular U2 engine. It produces 136 ps and 325 Nm of torque
at 2,000 rpm for excellent driveability, and delivers best-in-class performance for an engine of its displacement. A number of measures designed to enhance engine efficiency, including fitting an overrunning alternator decoupler and an innovative battery management system, also mean that Kia Optima will have low tailpipe emissions – producing just 133 g/km CO2. Drivers keen to reduce the environmental impact of their car even further can select Kia’s optional EcoDynamics pack, with an ISG start/stop system that automatically switches off and restarts the engine in heavy traffic conditions. Fitted with EcoDynamics, Kia Optima is able to deliver a remarkable CO2 output of just 128 g/km, placing it among the lower vehicle tax bands in most European countries. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is an all-new unit. Called ‘Nu’, the 1,999 cc all-aluminium lightweight engine will also offer best-
in-class performance and competitive fuel economy. The Kia Optima will be offered to buyers with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions – whatever the engine customers specify – providing greater refinement and efficiency while cruising at higher speeds. The automatic model I tested was a joy, I can’t recommend automatic transmissions highly enough, even for fans of sporty driving, don’t be put off. One of my favourite features of the car was the reversing camera. In the Optima, the reverse view appears in the rear-view mirror when the reverse gear is selected, leaving the dashboard and centre console free of any large screens – a big plus in my opinion. The Kia Optima is fitted with generous levels of specification as standard, and buyers will also be offered a number of optional high-tech features typically found on vehicles from more
e x p e n s i ve p r e m i u m brands, including LED daytime running lights and dual-zone automatic climate control air-conditioning. Standard on middlegrade trim models are heated front seats, with cooling (air ventilation) for the driver’s seat. The new Optima features an all-new body shell incorporating a large percentage of ultra high-tensile steel and advanced structural engineering techniques that have proven their safety performance in numerous Kia models – enabling them to achieve a five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash tests. Every Optima comes with a four-wheel disc braking system supported by ABS (anti-lock braking), ESC (electronic stability control) and VSM (vehicle stability management) systems as standard. This senses when the driver is making an emergency stop and flashes with brake lights to warn following drivers.
AFTER five years and 800,000 sales, the FIAT 500 has welcomed a new sibling: The FIAT 500L! Combining the iconic style of the FIAT 500 with the functionality of an MPV, the new FIAT 500L occupies its own unique niche combining the best attributes of the B and C segments in a funky and innovative package. Yes, this car has bucket loads of useful space; yes, this car has more gadgets than a PC World catalogue; yes, this car has a bewildering level of safety equipment and choice of engines, but what really sets it apart is the coffee machine! You heard me right. The new Fiat 500L boasts an exclusive collaboration with legendary coffee machine producers Lavazza that will make it the first production car in the world to offer a fullyintegrated espresso machine. Make sure to spring for a leather interior, those coffee stains can be murder to get out of fabric!
The new Fiat 500L is loaded with gadgets
OPEL ASTRA GTC GETS A RED DOT: A FEW months back, the Gazette fell head over heels in love with the sexy new Opel Astra GTC, a car that was a lot closer to the concept drawings than most. It would seem we’re not alone in our affections for this classy motor, as the car has been given the prestigious “red dot design award” by a panel of international judges in this year’s product design category. The compact coupe is widely recognised for being sporty, efficient and packed full of innovative technologies with captivating design. The 30 judges on the red dot award
panel praised the Astra GTC for “scoring points with its striking and sporty design”. The judges also remarked that the “panoramic windscreen that stretches all the way to the middle of the roof without a transverse spar ensures that all passengers benefit from maximum driving fun”. According to Mark Adams, vice president of Opel/ Vauxhall Design: “We are very proud to have won this award. This is further proof that our Opel design philosophy of ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ has enormous potential.
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Thomas Cook invites you to stay at an award-winning three-star hotel in sun-kissed Lanzarote PUERTO del Carmen has long been a hot spot for sun-seekers venturing from Ireland to Lanzarote, with the Montana Club a mainstay for visitors returning to the sun-kissed island. With the three-star hotel recently picking up a prestigious award from TripAdvisor, based on a host of positive feedback from guests, Thomas Cook Ireland is celebrating by offering some special summer packages departing from both Dublin and Shannon. Situated in well-kept grounds in a quiet street away from, but within easy reach of, the hustle and bustle of the resort town centre, the Montana Club was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2012. Thomas Cook Ireland is offering seven nights’ self-catering from €505 per person based on two adults sharing, with flights from Dublin or Shannon departing on Saturday, August 25. For further information, call the Thomas Cook Ireland team at 01 514 0328, visit your local travel agent, or see www.thomascook.ie.
JOINING some friends for a weekend break, I set off for Copenhagen recently with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS, www. flysas.ie) – the perfect choice to head not just to Denmark, but Scandinavia, and beyond. Settling into my business-class seat, and under the attentive care of the crew, I noted that the perfectly smooth flight to Copenhagen was a snip at under two hours – Copenhagen is a lot closer than I’d thought. Once there, a refreshing stop at the SAS lounge was a great way to momentarily adjust, count the kroner in our pockets, and set off for the hotel via the quick, driverless metro. A short walk from the city centre station, the historic Admiral Hotel (www.admiralhotel.dk) is ideally located by the water, with Tall Ships bobbing about below the rear rooms’ balconies. A vast structure with plenty of history, the Admiral was full of hallways, wood, marble and Armani models masquerading as helpful receptionists, making it a pleasant and comfortable base within strolling distance of the city’s key tourist spots. From there, a canal
cruise (www.canaltours. com) proved a leisurely way to see several key parts of the city centre, helped by our friendly guide who pointed out one fascinating structure after another in several striking neighbourhoods. That evening, exquisite dining awaited in the trendy meatpacking district, with starters at striking Fiskebaren (www. fiskebaren.dk), followed by a main course across
at home, with a pale horizon even at 3am – and we retired to Ruby (http:// rby.dk/#/0), an upmarket yet welcoming cocktail bar, and which really was a gem of a place ... Next morning, a hearty hotel breakfast was followed by my very first kayaking excursion (www.kajakole.dk). Displaying the patience of Job, our good-natured instructor guided us on what turned out to be a
‘The world-famous Tivoli Gardens awaited, with its mix of restaurants, bars, theatres, fairground rides and so much more – no wonder thousands filled its welcoming grounds’ --------------------------------------------------------
the plaza at Nose2Tail (http://nose2tail.dk), followed by nipping back to Fiskebaren for dessert. Whether dining below mesmerising luminous jellyfish swirling around a glass pillar before us at Fiskebaren, or listening to a meat-loving chef’s philosophy by candlelight at Nose2Tail, we loved the restaurants’ unpretentious staff and owners – and, of course their delicious food and wine. A nightcap was called for – even though, in Copenhagen, night doesn’t truly fall as it does
lengthy trip down several canals, bays, and waterways, giving us a different perspective yet again of the lovely city. A traditional Danish lunch followed at Peder Oxe (www.pederoxe.dk), which saw local specialities presented in a novel multi-sandwich process, and served, yet again, by one of Copenhagen’s notably friendly waitresses. Walking off my delicious dessert, I strolled up The Round Tower (www.rundetaarn.dk) – an observatory tower in
the city centre built for, I heard, a fat king who didn’t want to take any any stairs on his way to look at the stars. Its fine city views took in Stroget, Europe’s longest pedestrian street, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and which is full of leading Danish and international stores – including, I noted, brands that even London doesn’t have – making it a shopper’s delight. T he world-famous Tivoli Gardens awaited (www.tivoli.dk), with its vast, sprawling mix of restaurants, bars, theatres, fairground rides, performance spaces and so much more – no wonder thousands of Danes, and tourists, filled its welcoming grounds, even late at night. T he lights, sights and sounds of the truly enchanting gardens were set aside – briefly – for some six-star dining at NIMB Terasse (www. nimb.dk). As the sun set, the immaculate staff whirled like clockwork around us, while the food, and presentation, was as sumptuous as one could hope for. The Tivoli Gardens transform once darkness falls, as thousands of lights convert the park into a night-time wonderland – no wonder the
A lovely city-centre view city that’s full of history,
gardens stayed so full of families, even as midnight approached. Our relaxed mood lingered… a feeling which lasted all the way back to the hotel, where stars twinkled down at one tired but happy tourist at the end of his day’s busy kayaking, dining, sightseeing, shopping and singing adventures ... Next morning, we assembled for a bike tour (www.copenhagentours. dk) and, despite it being my first time on a bike in almost 20 years, it proved as easy as, well, riding a bike! So it was that, after flying in, sailing along, walking around and splashing by, my party and I were completing our exploration of Copenhagen on two wheels, past impressive castles and courtyards, through sleepy laneways and across bustling bridges, through
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TravelBriefs With waterways greatly defining Copenhagen’s character and layout, a canal cruise is a perfect way to take in the wonderful city. Pictures: Shane Dillon
Lisbon’s beaches are just a step away from the Experienced and novice kayakers alike can enjoy an
city, and offer both beautiful sands and luxurious
easygoing waterline view of Copenhagen
hotels, such as the five-star Palacio, in Estoril
Concorde Travel Lisbon invites you to step over to Lisbon’s soft beaches and relaxing resorts
from The Round Tower, taking in some of the centre’s key spires and turrets, in a
Cocktails at Ruby are a great way to round off a day,
yet also has exemplary contemporary architecture and design throughout
in a city full of welcoming bars with terrific service
A delicious Danish dessert, courtesy of
Already spectacular by day, the historic
Part of the lovely waterside view from the
NIMB Terasse – one of a number of exquisite
Tivoli Gardens transform at night into a
perfectly-located Admiral Hotel
luxurious wonderland for all ages to enjoy
a mud-splattered hippy kingdom – don’t ask – and on to the smart, upmarket Torvehallerne Food Market (www.torvehallernekbh.dk), providing the highest quality fare from a wide range of produce providers.
With that, we set off, back to the busy airport, back to another very welcome respite in the comfortable SAS lounge, and another wonderfully smooth, relaxing flight back to Dublin with SAS.
Ultimately, how can I sum up Copenhagen? I’d heard of great Danes before – yet how inadequate that term is, when I think of that marvellous city and her wonderful people. Now that I know first-
hand how truly charming Copenhagen is, how genuinely friendly and warm her people are, and how easily accessible Copenhagen is with SAS (not to mention affordable, with all-in SAS economy return flights from Dublin
being surprisingly cheap), I will definitely return to that elegant, welcoming city – and soon, I hope. For further information on Copenhagen’s many attractions, as well as on Denmark, see www.visitdenmark.com.
WHETHER it is pure leisure, business, golf, sun, sea or water sports that you’re seeking this summer, the sandy beaches and trendy resorts of the lovely Lisbon coast have it all. Just a step away from the beautiful cosmopolitan city of Lisbon, the popular resorts of Estoril and Cascais enjoy the generous privileges of both the sun-kissed Riviera and the nearby white, soft, sandy beaches. Estoril’s history features World War II memories of international spies, royal exiles and celebrities of all kinds, while Cascais, the trendier of the two resorts, boasts an active cultural scene. To help get you there this summer, Concorde Travel are offering some great deals on holidays to Lisbon, starting at €549 per person (PP). Departing on July 26, spend seven nights on a B&B basis at the three-star SANA Estoril for €599 PP; the four-star Vila Gale, in Estoril, for €599PP; the four-star Vila Gale, in Cascais, for €649PP; the four-star Pestana, in Cascais, for €699PP; the five-star Quinta Da Marinha Hotel, in Cascais, for €799PP or the five-star Palacio, in Estoril, for €899PP. Departing on August 14, spend seven nights on a B&B basis at the three-star SANA Estoril for €549 PP; the four-star Vila Gale, in Estoril, for €649PP; the four-star Vila Gale, in Cascais, for €699PP; the five-star Quinta Da Marinha Hotel, in Cascais, for €749PP, or the five-star Palacio, in Estoril, for €899 PP. Prices include direct flights from Dublin to Lisbon, return airport transfers, luggage allowance, the assistance of a local representative, seven nights’ accommodation at your chosen hotel on a B&B basis, and all taxes and charges. To book your holiday at Lisbon’s coast, or for further information, see www.concordetravel.ie; email email@example.com, or telephone 01 775 9300 to speak with one of Concorde Travel’s representatives.
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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Altan
“...SIMPLY the most captivating, resonant and beautiful music...” says Mojo magazine. The Boston Globe has described them as “The hottest group in the Celtic realm!” With that kind of buzz, it is no wonder that Altan have toured all over the USA and Europe. No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. For one very special show only on July 17 at 8.30pm, Altan will play Dun Laoghaire. Tickets are priced at €22/20.
MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Auditions, Zoe’s Auditions AN HILARIOUSLY touching tale of lovable Zoe, an aspiring actress who dreams of landing an acting job. Her over-thehill agent sends her on an assortment of auditions ranging from Hamlet to being shot out of a cannon for a touring circus. Wildly enthusiastic and eager to please, Zoe is prone to a series of mishaps and misadventures that lead casting directors to shout “NEXT!!” Just as she is ready to give up, Zoe falls asleep at her job working backstage on a production of “A Christmas Carol”. She is visited by three audacious ghosts with startling wisdom for her. July 26-28 at 8pm. Admission: €18/15.
CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Much Ado About Nothing AFTER the success of last year’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, AC Productions return with another one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies, transposed to 1960’s Italy where wit is as sharp as the fashion. Cupid has his work cut out for him as reluctant lovers, Beatrice and Benedict, exchange words. In the Bard’s tale of barbed words and sparkling wit, the path of true love certainly doesn’t run smoothly. The show runs for two nights, on August 10 and 11 at 8.15pm. Admission €10.
DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 The Connect Club 2012 THIS July, Draíocht is delighted to be back working with the Daughters of Charity’s Summer Camp, The Connect Club in Laurel Lodge. The summer camp is filled with social and recreational activities catering for young people with varying degrees of intellectual disability, with the aim of providing an outlet that is fun and focused on the individual’s likes and interests. For more, see www.draiocht.ie
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While Jason (Adam Scott) and Julie (Jennifer Westfeldt) glide through parenthood, Leslie (Maya Rudolph) and Alex (Chris O’Dowd) struggle.
How to make friends Good looking, rich people have problems too, you know. They’re just a little different from yours or mine... I PAUL HOSFORD
PARENTHOOD is a tricky subject to broach in film these days. What with the breastfeedexperts, the bre ing debates and the difficulty pitching a film about kids to people can be a with kids, it ca minefield. Think back over the o the last decade and a standout movie in the Knocked Up, genre is Knock which focused more on the journey to having a kid than the effects of the birth. Step forward Friends With Kids , the new movie from Jennifer Westfeldt. Unless you particularly remember 2001’s Kissing Jessica Stein, Westfeldt is recognisable only from a number of stints on TV shows such as 24 and Grey’s Anatomy. Oh, she also happens to be the long-term girl-
FILM OF THE WEEK: Friends with Kids ### (15) 107 mins Director: Jennifer Westfeldt Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Ed Burns, Kristen Wiig, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd, Jon Hamm
OUR VERDICT: A decent look at what parenthood can do to a relationship, but it can border on smug as the know-it-all lead characters settle into their routine. Soon, however, we see that they are as clueless as the rest of us. For everything it does well, though, it squanders a great cast, leaving Wiig, Hamm, O’Dowd and Rudolph too little to do.
friend of Jon Hamm. So, if Don Draper is your type, she is the lady standing between you and a life of happiness with the most chauvinist man on Madison Avenue. Hamm is cast in this look at three couples and brings with him three of his Bridesmaids co-stars; Kristen Wiig, M ay a R u d o l p h a n d Roscommon’s favourite son, Chris O’Dowd. In the midst of their thirties, and with time ticking, best friends Julie (Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott) decide to have a child
together. The premise being that having kids has sucked the romance and happiness from their closest friends’ relationships (Wiig and Hamm, Rudolph and O’Dowd). To get the kid, they agree to sleep together and raise the child with split custody, leaving them free to pursue “The One” without any stress. Of course, this is where the complications begin. While the pair take to their odd arrangement swimmingly, much to
the chagrin of their friends, (particularly Hamm, doing a fine line in world weary married man) the quest to find love is filled with more challenges than changing dirty nappies. When Jason meets the prototype babe in Megan Fox, his life appears to be taking an upward trajectory without Julie, who discovers long-held feelings for her best friend. Of course, when Jason doesn’t feel the same, she stumbles into the arms of the utterly, implausibly perfect Ed Burns. From there, the two have to navigate their feelings for each other as well as their new beaus. The film settles, a r o u n d h a l f w ay i n , into just being another straight rom-com about upper West-side New Yorkers, who have a fairly specific set of
problems. School in Manhattan is expensive, Brooklyn is difficult to get to, Megan Fox and Ed Burns aren’t up to my standards and so on. It is essentially, the whitest movie ever made and the emotional problems just aren’t complex enough to stop the lead characters coming off as horribly smug, such as slipping in pontifications on religion when it hasn’t been mentioned anywhere previously. T he film sparkles under the group dynamic, however, with a set of six or eight talented actors and a sharp script allowing them room to shine. Unfor tunately, the Bridesmaids carriovers are left idle for too long, with even the characters remarking that they haven’t been seen in a long time. When even the script notices, that’s a problem.
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In a near-future world where the lines between commerce, governance and policing are being shattered, who will Hollywood pick to play the complex, cybernetically-enhanced antihero of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, now that a movie adaptation is on the way?
A potential revolution I SHANE DILLON
REMEMBER the film of Super Mario Brothers, starring Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper? What about Street Fighter, starring Jean Claude Van Damme? Tomb Raider? And, of course, the ongoing Resident Evil films? I could continue down a long list of such titles but the point is, almost without exception, when Hollywood tries to make a film based on a popular computer game, or franchise, the results are
almost always ... well, dreadful. Perhaps the main problem is that the source material is generally poor, as active player interaction with a game is an entirely different experience to the passive viewer observation of a film. In short, if there isn’t an interesting story, there won’t be a good film. This leads to the latest Hollywood deal that’s been struck over a game – in this case, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
cybernetic limbs to be faster, stronger, “better”, it doesn’t take long for such augmented people, and society, to fall into standard rich versus poor camps. Those that manufacture such augments, such as Sarif Technologies, see their power as biotechnology firms making them stronger than governments. In this brave new world of humanity fracturing into “augmented” and “natural” humans, lines of battle are being drawn
CBS Films has struck a deal to adapt the 2011 title, working closely with its developer, Eidos Montreal, to develop it, says Variety. This could turn out to be a great success – or something that wouldn’t even work on the small screen. Human Revolution is set in the near future, with major cybernetic augmentation splitting dividing societies around the world. After all, in a world where people can get
The Skyrim’s the limit for great computer game music sic AS A random aside, I’d like to point people towards the Skyrim soundtrack, which is available to buy from a variety of online sources (and which can be heard on YouTube playlists). I could fill half The Gazette with computer game soundtrack reviews and features, as I’ve been following this type of music for almost 20 years, much
of which can be superb (and much, dross, in common with TV and cinema scores). There are lots of extremely skilled composers, orchestras and musicans working away in this genre, which regularly attracts all manner of Oscar- and Grammy-winning composers and artists, yet which few music-lovers, or reviewers, have any
great interest in, Skyrim sees the player wandering a vast pseudomedieval land, not unlike the Lord of the Rings setting, but with a stronger Nordic influence, while a dramatic storyline plays out. As such, the soundtrack encompasses many themes, with the subtle use choirs adding to a richly orchestral, sweeping score.
So, for those looking to explore some of gaming’s ancillary offshoots, why not take a look at – or, rather, listen to – Jeremy Soule’s excellent soundtrack?
up, with governments, corporations and terrorists all blurring the lines of power, and between what’s right and wrong. And it’s this noir-ish, cyberpunk world that the player, as Adam Jensen, is plunged into, following conspiracies within conspiracies, trying to uncover truths that may not be for humanity’s best … Clive Owen? Mark Wahlberg? Hell, Eddie Murphy? Who do you think will eventually turn out as the best (or chosen) actor to encapsulate this game’s complex antihero, not to mention the world of cyberterrorism, corrupted ethics, globalisation and absolute corruption? Well, if the filmmakers can successfully pull it off – and, don’t forget, such futuristic high-tech films never go out of vogue, as the imminent Total Recall remake shows – it could be great. A truly great film, based on a computer game? Now that would be a revolution ...
THIS service has dropped into my inbox with perfect timing, as I’ve just moved into a subdivided house that’s not very parcel-delivery-friendly or secure – so, this sounds like a great idea! This will feel like an instantly familiar scenario for many – you’ve just bought something online, but aren’t sure where to have your parcel sent for delivery, as it may not be convenient for you to collect at work or at home (while for some, like me, living in a subdivided house may make postal security a worry). The Parcel Motel could be a perfect solution to this problem. By setting up an account with www.parcelmotel.com (and, yes, there’s a cost for the service) users , shoppers – can then direct their parcel’s delivery to their own nearby Parcel Motel unit for collection. A text message containing a unique code is then sent to the user, who then simply heads to their chosen unit, enters their code, and retrieves their parcel. Run by Nightline, which has 20 year’s experience in parcel delivery, another neat aspect is that online purchases from Britain – which are normally free, there, but incur delivery charges, here – can be sent to Nightline’s Belfast address, and then redirected on to units, here. This sounds like one motel that many readers could want to check into ...
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COMPETITION: WIN A PLACE AT THE DUBLIN LADIES GAELIC ‘GIRLS ONLY’ SUMMER CAMP
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DUBLIN Ladies Gaelic Football Association are offering a unique new form of summer camp as they are set to host two weeks of girls’ only camps. Coaching will be carried out by, among others, AllIreland winners Colleen Barrett, Lyndsay Peat, Sinead Goldrick, Sinead Deegan and Cliodhna O’Connor while there will also be a number of coaches from the Dublin
B side which recently won the Aisling McGing Cup. The camps will run for two weeks (Monday to Friday 10am-2pm) and take place in Clannna Gael GAA Club in Ringsend. The first gets underway on July 30 while week two starts on August 20. For eight to 12-year-olds, the price is €60 while for 13 to 16-year-olds, it is €70. And Cliodhna O’Connor, urban programme officer for ladies’ football, says it offers
something new for girls. “The idea is that some girls prefer to play in this kind of environment. The 13 to 16-year-old age group is especially a key group as it is when girls tend not to play with boys. They can fall out of sport and there are not a lot of camps available to them.” The camps are available to all age groups and will provide specific skills for ladies gaelic football. They will also offer education on lifestyle to encourage players to have the con-
The latest ladies football initiative offers girls from across the city a new summer camp option Picture: GAApics.com
fidence to get out and try playing all types of sport. All 20 camp coaches were together in Clann na Gael Club only last week to prepare for the two weeks in August. Their priority is to provide qual-
ity football coaching and education about how to live a healthier life style all when letting the young ladies footballers of Dublin have a bit of fun. And the DLGFA, in association with Gazette-
Sport, is offering you the chance to win two places at the camp of your choice. Answer this simple question: In what year did the Dublin ladies most
recently win the AllIreland senior football championship? Email your answer and contact details to dublinladiessummercamps@ gmail.com.
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RUGBY: YOUNG GUN HUNGRY AFTER HEINEKEN CUP FINAL CAMEO
Olympian Jennings launches local 5k THIS year’s Rathfarnham 5k Run in aid of St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar was launched recently in Bushy Park by Olympic-bound Caitriona Jennings and the Rathfarnham Ladies team. Club member Jennings, pictured, has been selected for the marathon at the London Games on August 5 and has been a regular entrant in the race in the past. Entries are now open at www.athleticsrathfarnham.ie. The race is on Sunday, September 23 around the streets of Rathfarnham and Terenure and is being sponsored by Energie Fitness Gym in Rathfarnham. More than 1,000 people are expected for this run and fun runners and walkers are welcome. The first 800 finishers will receive a high quality technical training top and there will be a goody bag for all. All this for just €20, so enter today and set your 5k personal best time at Rathfarnham. The club’s coaching manager Adam Jones has devised an 11-week training programme for this year’s run. Following the programme will ensure participants get the most out of the experience and are in the best possible shape at the start line. The schedules are divided into three phases of training: conditioning/preparation, consolidation and tapering/finishing. The first four-week phase, focusing on preparation and conditioning, is now available in the Rathfarnham AC website. Meanwhile, the club produced a number of good results at the recent Woodies national senior track and field championships, Paul Stephenson ran 33.09 to come 12th in the 10,000m final, while Johnathan Hughes ran 35.29. Louis McCarthy and Paul Fleming ran in the second heat of the 1,500m. On day two, Kevin Donagher ran 16.38 in the 5,000m.
Former De La Salle Palmerston player John Cooney signs autographs at Coolmine RFC this week Picture: Ian Fleming
Cooney eyes ‘big year’ STEPHEN FINDLATER firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN Cooney is lining up “a big year” in blue this season as Leinster start their initial preparations for the 2012/13 season, with a memorable close to the last season fresh in the mind. He was the unlikely recipient of a Heineken Cup medal a couple of months ago in Twickenham, coming into the match day squad just an hour before the final got under way and making his debut with six minutes left on the clock. During that time, the 22-year-old scrum-half had enough time to play his part in Heineke van der Mer we’s tr y and offer a glimpse of what he can offer next term. His entry to the game was a surprise to many,
not just to his friends but to the player himself. “A few of my mates were at the game and they saw me warm-up and were wondering ‘what’s going on there?’ It was pretty special,” he told GazetteSport at Coolmine RFC where he was meeting some of the stars of the future at a Leinster Rugby summer camp. Despite waiting on tenterhooks for much of the week, Cooney said he was confident he could do a job if called upon. “It was a mad week in general. I started running on the wing with the second team on the Monday. “Both scrum halves got niggles so I had to do all the first team trainings for the week.
Isaac Boss said he felt alright on the Saturday but I was told if he couldn’t kick properly, I’d be in [for the final]. “It was only five minutes before the proper warm-up, I was told I was in. That was about an hour or 50 minutes before the game. I had been prepared anyway. I was lucky that I’d prepared the moves so I felt quite confident. I was told to be ready.
Nerves “I was more nervous before the game but, when I came on, we were 20 points up. I was happy to be involved in making a try. I got a few nice touches and was nearly in another time but [Gordon] D’Arcy dropped the ball but that happens.” Despite reported
interest from Scotland, the former De La Salle Palmerston youth player and Irish U-20s regular agreed an extension to his contract in early May, prior to the final, with the province. T hose suggestions came as a result of his father’s heritage as a Blantyre man but he says Leinster and Ireland will always come first. “I can play for Scotland if I wanted to but I want to see how things go here first. It’s always a good fall-back option but definitely not at the moment. “This will hopefully be a big year [with Leinster]. With the experience of Isaac Boss and Eoin Reddan, you always pick up a good few pointers off them. They’re real-
ly approachable and always helpful.” His emotional ties also stay close to his heart, currently with Lansdowne, but also with DLSP. “I started there at U-16s in fourth year because I wasn’t playing senior cup so I’d go down on Saturdays and Sundays. We did pretty well; I think we finished second in our league and I enjoyed it. “My brother Francis played up there. He’s finished up now but he plays the odd time at J1 and says he runs the show. With him, I put one of my U-20 jerseys up there recently. “It’s nice to still have that connection. It’s a good club and a lot of young Gonzaga [his alma mater] guys going up there now.”
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Rheinisch battles white water ride Salmon Leap paddler Eoin Rheinisch fought back from three shoulder surgeries to make it to the Olympics, writes STEPHEN FINDLATER RELIEF was the overriding emotion. For Eoin Rheinisch, three and a half years worth of sacrifice, riddled by injury and illness, was all riding on the final Olympic qualifier in Augsburg, Germany in May. Only two tickets to London remained with over 30 competitors in the mix for the K1 canoe slalom, an event which the Salmon Leap man had agonisingly finished fourth in Beijing in 2008. It meant an immense pressure was on, as he explained to GazetteSport this week in his home club. “The thought of not qualifying… there was
almost more pressure on the qualifier than there will be at the Olympics in a way because the thought of not qualifying after three-and-a-half years of work would be
‘The thought of not qualifying after three-and-a-half years’ work would be like falling off a cliff for me’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
like falling off the edge of a cliff for me. “In 2010 and 2011, with illness and injury, surgeries and things like that; it was dark times for me. “You start to wonder, did I make the right
Eoin Rheinisch produced a stunning comeback from injury and illness to take one of the last two Olympic places on offer to London
decision after Beijing? To qualify in May, there were only two spots left so it was an incredible relief.” The upshot of his success in May means he
goes to London as the highest finisher to qualify directly of the contenders from Beijing. Therein shows the measure of challenge ahead of Rheinisch to compete. Over the past three years, he has been forced to spend well over 200 days abroad to pursue his dream. Ireland is the only country in Europe without an artificial white-water slalom course. Contrast with France where there are 66 courses, it shows the miraculous nature of what the Leixlip man has produced. “France and Germany are like machines with a conveyor-belt of talent - similar to what we have here with boxing. They just produce class act after class act, always with someone who is a medal prospect. “[Ireland not having a course] really is a shame. Before me, we had Ian Wiley finish fifth in Atlanta and a European
champion. To not have had a course built means we don’t have access like the French. “Ever y club there doesn’t have to move away from home and that’s why I have to be on the road over 200 days a year.” In qualifying, he continues Salmon Leap’s incredible record of 40 continuous years of Olympic qualifiers, dating back to 1972 – an event which coincidentally also took place in Augsburg – when Howard Watkins and Gerr y Collins were among the first team. The likes of Ian Pringle, Alan Carey, Peter Connors, Gary Mawer, Conor Maloney and Andrew Boland took up the baton before Rheinisch qualified for his first Games in 2004 in Athens. In 2008, a medal came tantalisingly close. Lying tenth after the semi-final, his second run on the Shunyi course catapulted him up the rankings as his rivals, one by one, failed to match his dual time. It left him still in a provisional gold medal position with four entrants still to go. While that dream was beaten by Germany’s Alexander Grimm, a medal was still in the offing until the very last paddler crossed the line, Togo’s Benjamin Boukepti edging Rheinisch out
by three seconds. The roller-coaster of emotion, becoming Ireland’s best ever finisher in canoe sports but missing out on the medal, left him unsure how to proceed. “After Beijing, I didn’t know if I was going to continue or not and see if I wanted to put all my efforts in. It is quite a large part of your life so it took until that Christmas to go again. I had my doubts in 2010 and 2011 but I’m glad I did it.” Those doubts centred on three shoulder surgeries which left him shy of fitness and made it nigh on impossible to qualify from last September’s world championships. “I just didn’t have it in me physically having missed six months from the surgery. That was a big blow because I knew it was going to come down to the wire. There were 31 people going for two spots [in Augsburg in the qualifiers]. “With the help of the Institute of Sport and the Irish Sports Council, they put a really good team around me – physios, strength and conditioning, doctors – who all talked together and it made such a difference. No injuries or illness to keep me on track. “To have a full year without any interruption allowed me to have consistent blocks of training and has made the difference to getting me back to full fitness.”
Carberry swaps horse for Galway pedal power CHAMPION jockey Nina Carberry swapped horsepower for pedal power to join the Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the launch of the new Paddy Power Race to the Races 200km cycle challenge in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation starting on July 29. A keen cyclist, An Taoiseach was on hand to encourage participants to join the Dublin to Galway Races event for a one-day or two-day cycle by signing up to www.irishheart.ie/race2theraces . Also joining him was bookmaker Paddy Power and activity events co-ordinator with the Irish Heart Foundation Grainne Kennedy. Brand new on the Irish Heart Foundation calendar, the unique 200km cycle challenge takes place next week with the option of a one-day cycle on July 30 or two-day cycle starting on July 29 with an overnight stay in Athlone. Both options include a fully supported cycle organised by 2Wheels, baggage and bike transfers, massage on arrival and race ticket entry to the Galway Races. Fundraising targets start from €290 and money raised goes to provide vital patient information and support to thousands of heart and stroke patients nationwide. Sign up now on www. irishheart.ie/race2theraces or call Grainne on 01-6685001.
Golf course for visually impaired FINGAL County Council’s sports unit will provide a limited number of places for visually impaired persons on an eight-week course of golf lessons. Limited to six places offered on a first-come, first-served basis, the lessons are free and will take place at Dry-
nam Park Golf Range, Feltrim Road, Swords from Wednesday, August 22 between 8-9pm. Barry Power, resident golf professional at Drynam Park Golf Range will tutor, and the lessons are open for all levels. Clubs will be available at the driving range, and the course includes hiring 100 balls per night. Contact Stephen McGinn on 087 986 4611 for more info.
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GOLF: CASTLE PAIRING FIGHT BACK TO WIN NATIONAL TITLE
Crokes photos reach over one million views KILMACUD Crokes are this week celebrating the fact that the hurling section’s photo hosting site - www.pix.ie/kchurling - has scaled new heights. Since its launch, in time for the 2009 All Ireland Hurling Sevens competition, club stalwart, videographer and photographer, Diarmuid O’Gallchobhair (with a little help from family and friends) has posted almost 7,000 photographs to the site. This has included more than 300 individual galleries, including matches at all levels and ages, social occasions and other club events. Amazingly, these photographs have now attracted over one million views in that time (just under three years). This is an exceptional accomplishment and testimony to the dedication and skill of the various contributors and a reflection of the speed at which these pictorial records are uploaded to the site. Hurling section chairman Peter Walsh commented “What we’ve achieved here is really quite remarkable. To reach a million views in such a short space of time is fantastic. Barely a week goes by without at least one or two new galleries added. This has helped maintain an ongoing online interest in our activities. Clearly we have something here which is of keen interest, not only to our community, but also to the wider hurling fraternity and beyond. We have built something which will be a great historic record in the future and that we will continue to add to.” To celebrate this unique milestone, Kilmacud Crokes Hurling Committee is holding a special competition, inviting people to select their favourite photograph on the site. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, July 24 and will receive a dinner voucher for two worth €80, courtesy of O’Dwyer’s of the Lower Kilmacud Road. For more details about the competition, and to peruse the various photo galleries, go to the club’s website at www.kilmacudcrokes-hurling.com
Castle golf club’s Gerry and Robert Moran came out on top of a field of over 500 golfers to win the All-Ireland Father and Son tournament
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OVER 500 golfers representing more than 100 different golf clubs participated in the qualifying rounds of the annual All-Ireland Father and Son tournament, hosted by the Castle golf club. On the first qualifying weekend, the Whelans of Baltinglass led the qualifiers with a net score of 65.5 with the O’Briens being the leading Castle pair also on 65.5. The leading gross score of the qualifiers was 72 by the Pierces of nearby Grange golf club. Sixty-four pairs qualified for the matchplay
stages of the event, which commenced on Monday and ran every evening last week. The field was whittled down to eight pairs by Friday with that night’s results guaranteeing a Castle and a visiting pair would go on to contest this year’s final. In the lead match, the Colemans were always in control on the way to beating Gerard and Peter Kennedy (Newlands) who fought all the way to the end. It set up an all Castle semi-final as the other quarter final saw two of the home pairs battle it out, with Gerry and
Hoop dreams: Basketball Ireland net new sponsor METEORS’ Fiona Meany, pictured right, was
on hand to help launch Moran and Bewley’s Hotel Group’s new three year sponsorship of Basketball Ireland, the national governing body for basketball on the island of Ireland. She is pictured with Matt Hall (Eagles), Tracey Moran of Moran and Bewley’s, Bernard O’Byrne of Basketball Ireland. As part of the agreement, Basketball Ireland teams, officials and supporters will receive a preferential rate in any of the Moran and Bewley’s Hotels when booked through the Basketball Ireland website.
Robert Moran outlasting Eamon and Paul O’Doherty, finally winning 3&2. In match three, thoughts of an all-Moran final were dashed when Gerry’s brother Jim and his son Fergal were beaten narrowly on the 18th green by Brendan and Andrew Mays of Corballis. In the final match, the leading qualifiers Tom and Garreth Whelan (Baltinglass) saw off a strong Castle pair in John and Conor Bourke 2&1. Saturday saw another enthralling day’s play with both semi-final matches very competi-
tive but played in a fantastic spirit. In the all Castle match, the Moran’s beat Donal and Paul Coleman on the 17th green. Paul Coleman made the Morans sweat, however, when he almost holed out from 80 yards on the 17th. The second semi final went the distance when the Whelans of Baltinglass came back from three down to pip Brendan and Andrew May of Corballis on the 18th green. In the final, held on Sunday the sun shone, the golf was fantastic and the crowds came out
in huge numbers. The Whelan’s, who had come back from three down in their semi final, found themselves three down with three holes to play against the Moran’s. Displaying great fighting spirit they forced the match up 19 where the Morans finally prevailed. Tom Whelan said afterwards that he had a great week at Castle and would take many, many happy memories home. Robert Moran, aged just 12, was delighted with this very important win and he will surely go on to great things in the game after this.
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FOOTBALL: ST ANNE’S PEG BACK BALLINTEER
CLUB NOTICEBOARD BALLINTEER ST JOHN’S THERE was no winner of the Thurs-
family and neighbours. Sing-a-long
day, June 12 lotto draw of €1,000.
in the bar on Tuesdays, singers and
Next week’s draw will be for €1,200.
Tickets are available online at
Great wins for all our adult foot-
w w w. b a l l i n t e e r s t jo h n s . c o m o r
ballers this weekend. The seniors
from the usual outlets.
beat St Mark’s, the junior As beat
Wednesday night will be a great
St Anne’s, the junior Bs beat Wild
night of traditional music, no cover
Geese and the junior Cs beat St
Why not come up and join in or
Sympathies to Father Colm McG-
enjoy a night of music and craic.
lynn and the McGlynn family on
Spread the word to your friends,
their recent loss.
NAOMH OLAF OUR intermediate footballers had
If you are in a position to carry out
a convincing win over Naomh Fion-
this very important role, please con-
nbarra on Saturday on a very
tact chairman Liam Kavanagh (087-
impressive scoreline of 3-16 to 2-6
25135500), Eileen Hickey, secretary
but went down to Whitehall Colum-
(086-8534313), Conor Foley, treas-
cilles midweek in their AFL3 game by
urer (087-9837657) or any member of
1-11 to 1-7.
the executive. It might suit a retired
Our junior footballers toppled the Ballinteer St John’s Glenn Whelan is denied the ball by a trio of St Anne’s players ; Ciaran McCabe, below, tackles
St John’s denied at death by St Anne’s AFL DIVISION TWO Ballinteer St John’s 1-9 St Anne’s 1-9 I STEPHEN FINDLATER firstname.lastname@example.org
SCOTT Fulham’s late pair denied a makeshift Ballinteer St John’s the spoils from a topsy-turvy, error-strewn tie in Marlay Park last week. At different times in the second half, both sides held three-point leads but Johnny McNally’s side looked well in control going into the final quarter only to come unstuck. Former Dublin forward McNally, himself, lined out in goals as part of the enforced switches and he initially looked like he might have a quiet night as Ballinteer got off to a flyer. The speed of Jack Gillick and Fergal Duffy’s trickery combined for a string of early scoring chances, three of which were converted inside the first ten minutes. But St Anne’s first attack in earnest drew a
penalty as Trevor Connolly was dragged down and he duly sent McNally the wrong way to level matters. Duffy’s free did restore the lead but a string of seven wayward efforts left a frustrated air. Anne’s, meanwhile, were causing havoc with a direct style down the hill. It almost yielded a second goal when Daniel Watson drilled low but McNally saved well, diving to his left. Scores from Craig McKeown, though, and one from Sean Stewart without response put the visitors 1-4 to 0-4 up as they got their big men in the right positions to nullify Ballinteer’s wide threat. A half-time reshuffle did see the Marlay men respond brilliantly while the height of Peter McGlynn up top added a different dimension to their play. After Duffy and Connolly exchanged scores, John Hickey finished off
an excellent goal with a cracking drive. Gillick was the instigator, storming forward 40 metres with the ball to the heart of the Anne’s square before laying off quickly. Hickey almost created another goal moments later as his cross fell sharply to Shane McCann who could not turn home first time. Ballinteer were buzzing at this stage, winning ball in the middle while Glenn Whelan picked some nice passes down the channels. Points from an overlapping Nicky Devereaux, McNally’s 45, Padraic O’Connor and McGlynn created a three-point lead by the 46th minute.
But their fluidity was stunted, unable to score again as the match turned grimy with four late yellow cards. Brian Connolly’s rugby-tackle on Duffy was one particular low point while Ballinteer took some wrong options going forward to cough up good positions and possession. Stewart got Anne’s first score in 19 minutes while Fulham’s beautifully struck effort with the outside of his left boot made it a one-point game. It was almost curtains from Watson’s dangerous free but for Ciaran McCabe’s brilliant block. Fulham’s artful left peg tied up the game.
much fancied Portobello with a fine
The executive is pleased to advise
AFL8 victory on Sunday evening. The
you that former Olaf’s senior player
home side held on to win by the nar-
Paul Curran underwent his opera-
rowest of margins on a scoreline of
tion in London last week and is
0-10 to 0-9.
reported to be doing very well.
Naomh Olaf requires a volunteer
He expressed thanks to all club
willing to give two/three hours per
members and those from Ballyboden
week to co-ordinate the booking of
for their support.
time-slots in the sports hall.
Sympathy is expressed to the
The role requires interaction with
family of members John and Pauline
the users of the hall both within the
Coleman on the sad death in England
club and externally.
of Pauline’s mother Dorothy Paton.
Moderate IT skills would be an
Lotto number were 5, 10 and 30.
advantage but training will be pro-
There was no jackpot winner. Prize
vided as required.
next week is €1,700.
STARS OF ERIN THE summer camp is on all this week
There was no winner of the weekly
in Glencullen. The adult men’s foot-
lotto; numbers drawn were 10, 12
ball team were beaten by Robert
Emmet’s in Glencullen on Sunday morning. Thanks to all the lads that turned up for the game. Some players came straight from work. Disappointing result but the 15 lads that played did their best.
The three bonus prize winners were, first: Peter Dignan; second: J Dermody; third: Carl Davidson. Next week’s jackpot is €600. A massive thank you to all the club members who put the effort in each week to sell the lotto tickets.
BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S A VERY good week on the football
presentation of prizes. Please con-
front with league wins for senior,
tact Paul Magahran on 087 2252346.
junior A and junior B teams.
Congratulations to Kevin Walsh
The Cruinn Diagnostics summer
(U-16 football mentor) and Annmarie
camp continues this week - more
Madden who were married in Bally-
information on bodensummercamp.
com. The Colaiste Eanna Past Pupil’s Annual Golf Classic has been refixed for Friday, July 20 in Grange golf club. There are still available times from 10am to 11.30am. Price of €65 includes golf, finger food and
Well done to Dublin senior and junior camogie teams on excellent championship results. Best of luck to Michael Darragh Macauley on Sunday. Updated injury claim form posted to website.
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Ballyboden St Enda’s stars Joanne O’Sullivan, Natalya Hyland, Rachel and Ciara Ruddy, Grainne O’Malley and Gemma Fay. Picture: GAApics.com
Jackies’ four star Leinster success Boden contingent propel panel to fourth provincial title in five years with Leinster victory over Meath PETER CARROLL
BALLYBODEN St Enda’s Gemma Fay led Dublin to a fourth Leinster senior title in five years last Sunday, overcoming Meath at Dr Cullen Park. On an impressive day for the Firhouse Road club, she was one of six club mates in the Dublin panel, joined by Grainne O’Malley, Joanne O’Sullivan, Rachel Ruddy, Ciara Ruddy and Natalya Hyland They did it in impressive fashion. Meath had drawn first blood when Mary Sheridan found Jenny Rispin in space before she tucked the ball away. Dublin didn’t let the Royals’ early surge get to them, however, and within a minute they were back on terms when Sinead Goldrick sent a long rangy pass up the field to Sinead Aherne, who collected it and beat her marker before she tucked it away from close range. Meath, with a player sin-binned, did well to keep the Dublin forwards at bay during the first
half, but in the dying embers of the first instalment, a harmless looking free dropped short of the post. But it found its way to Amy Ring, who made no mistake about bagging a second goal for the Jackies. This gave the Dubs the lead heading into the break, 2-3 to 1-4, and they could have been up by more had they capitalised on the space left to them by the absent sin-binned player for their Leinster rivals. The Jackies looked solid at the back throughout the second half, and they tagged on scores adding to the gulf between the two sides, showing real dominance in the second period. The nail in the coffin came when Sinead Aherne found substitute Natalya Hyland, who insured captain Gemma Fay would be lifting the championship with a well-taken goal. Gemma Fay, who had suffered a loss in last year’s final, spoke of her delight and how the ladies will look to grow from the performance when they go on to face All Ireland opposition.
“We could’ve done more in the first half, they had a player sin-binned and we could’ve pushed on and added more scores to the board before the second period. “We probably should’ve taken a bigger advantage of the extra player, but we’ll watch the video and learn from our mistakes. We’ll move on from the performance. “It’s brilliant to be Leinster champions again. It was two years of hard work that led up to this victory, but we showed great character to win the game and we’ll look to push on in the championship after this,” said Fay. Fay also complimented the younger girls who played at the half-time break. “It’s great for the girls to come out and play on such a big day for the ladies, they’re doing great things in Dublin as far as the underage game is concerned.” “They look up to us in the senior set-up so it was nice to able to celebrate with them, it’s great to see such passion in the underage game,” said Fay.
Published on Jul 18, 2012