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Month XX, 2012 • Stillorgan Dundrum • Churchtown • Nutgrove • Rathfarnham • Ballinteer • Sandyford • Leopardstown

INSIDE: Stepaside’s great and good join forces at gardai’s community policing initiative at the Step Inn P8

stepping it up: Churchtown gets ready for third annual Summer Fest Page 5

Simple addition: Hard work adds up to success Hurling:

Ballinteer sides secure league successes Page 31

Sport Awards: Nominees for June are announced Page 28

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES....................... 8 DUBLIN LIFE....................11 OUT&ABOUT...................17 CLASSIFIEDS.................25 SPORT............................27

LAURA Higgins joined fifth year stu-

dents at Holy Cross National School to celebrate the school’s raising of its fourth Green Flag. In addition, pupils David Naessens, Dara Byrne, Suzanne Brady and Liviia Haraszti were also helping to celebrate their school receiving its fourth consecutive Award of Science and Maths Excellence, thanks to its endeavours on the nationwide Discover Primary Science and Maths programme.

Parents want BMX track at Marlay Park Council agrees to meet experts to consider possibility of children’s amenity

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NEGOTIATIONS could soon be under way between Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s parks department and BMX track specialists to see about

installing a BMX track in Marlay Park, a local councillor has said. Local parents in Ballinteer have approached Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) about the possibility of securing a bike track for the area as there is

nowhere for their children to ride their bikes. Cllr McCarthy proposed a motion to the council on May 30 to build a BMX track in Marlay Park, and the council agreed to have its parks department meet

BMX track experts to investigate the possibility. She said the BMX track “would be great for all of the children in the various estates around Marlay Park”. Full Story on Page 6


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650 staff to move to energy firm’s new HQ LEOPARDSTOWN has been chosen as the site for the new Irish headquarters of energy provider, SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy). Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte came to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to officially launch the move recently. This summer will see up to 650 of SSE’s 1,500 Irish staff transfer to the new corporate headquarters, called Red Oak – a five-storey, 8,500 sq m building at South County Business Park in Leopardstown. The old headquarters was located in Sandyford Industrial Estate. According to a spokesperson for SSE, the vast majority of the 650 staff being transferred to the new Leopardstown premises live within 15 to 20km of the new Red

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Oak HQ. Minister Rabbitte visited Red Oak to celebrate the acquisition of the new corporate headquarters, and to recognise SSE’s economic investment in Ireland since their arrival five years ago. Speaking at the launch, he said: “I am pleased to be here today to celebrate the acquisition of SSE’s new corporate headquarters in Ireland. “ I wo u l d l i ke t o acknowledge the company’s continued commitment to and confidence in the Irish economy. “I welcome the fact that SSE now has more than 1,500 people in employ-

ment on the island [of Ireland].” Since SSE first moved into the Irish market, it has bought up several Irish energy companies, including Airtricity in January 2008. Other subsidiary companies which also make up part of the SSE family are SSE Renewables and SSE Generation. Last year, the company purchased several power stations around Ireland from a Spanish company called Endesa, for €361 million. Since then, SSE has gone from being the third-largest energy provider in Ireland to the second-largest, after the ESB, with Airtricity now supplying gas and electricity to more than 830,000 customers nationwide. SSE has brought a total investment of more than €2 billion to Ireland

in the past five years, according to company management. At the launch, Ian Marchant, chief executive, SSE said: “From small beginnings in 2008, when we acquired the renewable energy business, Airtricity, SSE’s activities in Ireland have expanded rapidly to offer our customers a broad range of high-quality customer services. “Five years on, our growth translates to €2 billion invested in Ireland – or just over €1 million every day since 2008. “From just 160 employees in 2008, SSE now employs more than 1,500 people in Ireland across its range of energy businesses, including energy generation, supply and services, thermal and renewable development, and public lighting and electrical contracting. “SSE is also construct-

ing Ireland’s newest 460MW gas-fired electricity generation unit, at Great Island, Co Wexford, [which is] due to be commissioned in spring, 2014.” SSE’s latest investment, the Great Island Combination Cycle Gas Turbine, is costing €137 million and is currently under construction in Wexford with 400 on-site construction workers. Although no new jobs are coming to Leopardstown with the move to the new headquarters, a spokesperson for SSE told The Gazette that there will be plenty of new opportunities as SSE’s expansion continues, and the company is constantly recruiting. Local people in the DLR region are being encouraged to keep a close eye on the careers page of the SSE website for upcoming jobs.


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vision Glasses collected to help sight of people in Africa

Specsavers customers see a way to help others  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

OLD and unused glasses were collected recently by Specsavers in Dundrum to help the work being done by Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) in Africa.

Over the past eight years, since the opticians opened, Specsavers Dundrum, along with their customers, have donated thousands of unused glasses for VAO’s use. VAO’s mission is to

help people who suffer from vision-related disabilities in under-served areas, such as countries like Ghana and Zambia. Specsavers Dundrum store director Catherina McGleenon said: “The

main aim of VAO is to help visually-impaired people reach their fullest potential. “Lots of people have old [and unused] glasses lying around at home. These glasses can be used

by those in need. “I would like to extend my gratitude to staff and customers of Specsavers Dundrum who have shown their support for this worthy charity over the years.”

Made-up: Paws for thought LEOPARDSTOWN girls

Ella Dockery, Zara Berstock and Cara Dockery spotted a great way to help support Dogs Trust Finglas when they attended the facility’s supporters’ day event recently. Without paws-ing too long, the girls soon had some colourful new looks, thanks to a skilled face-painter, with their contributions on the day going some way to help support Dogs Trust Finglas and its work with a wide range of animals.

heritage: Activities delve into the region’s diverse past

Take a tour of our national treasures THIS summer, an abundance of creative and cultural activities and literary events will be running throughout Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. The Summer of Heritage is now under way with plenty on offer for locals and visitors to do and see, thanks to a programme of interesting tours and talks set up by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Over its five-year history, organisers of the Summer of Heritage say that over 20,000 visitors have attended the many free tours available over the four month cultural festival. Tim Carey, the coun-

cil’s heritage officer, said: “The idea of Summer of Heritage is to open people’s eyes to what is on their doorstep. “These are heritage sites that people may pass as they go about their daily business but be completely unaware of their significance or their story. With 15 different attractions Summer of Heritage is bigger and better than ever.” Some of the features lined up for this year include a tour of Martello Tower at Seapoint, a restored early 19th century tower which was originally built to defend Dublin from possible Napoleonic invasion.

The site also gives access onto the roof where an 18-pound cannon sits at the ready. There is also an interesting tour of Cabinteely House with its 45 hectare park. The tour will bring you through the house while relating the life story of its owner, Robert Nugent. Cabinteely Park has an a dventure playground too with special age appropriate zones ranging from the under fives up to teens with a fruiting maze, willow tunnels, a sand pit with two diggers and a water feature. The park is also an ideal spot for a family picnic.

Another architectural delight is the Oratory of the Sacred Heart in Dun Laoghaire which is full of Celtic revival art. It houses 20th century artwork done by Sister Concepta Lynch of the Dominican convent in Dun Laoghaire. The Metals tour will take you along the route that brought stone from the local quarries to the harbour works at Dun Laoghaire. As well as this, there are numerous other tours this summer which take in local churches, cemeteries and obelisks all over the county and there is also an historic glance back at Dundrum

starting at the castle and ending at St Nahi’s. A new addition to this year’s Summer of Heritage, is the Dun Laoghaire Lockout Tour which is being run to commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout. This is a walking tour that tells the tale of Dun Laoghaire’s involvement in the famous union dispute. So, if you would like to grab a bit of culture with your family or friends this summer, you can avail of any of these free tours around the county right up until the end of the Summer of Heritage on September 1.


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Loneliness prompts bulk of calls from older people  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Enterprisenews

Have you an Outdoor Tourism Business? Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in association with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board, has developed an Outdoor Tourism Management Development Programme, specifically designed to meet the needs of small businesses in the sector. The aim is to develop a group of world class, highly competent enterprises operating in this space in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown catchment area. It has been specifically designed with the needs of small business owner-managers operating in the in-bound tourism sector. Starting in Autumn 2013, and taking place over a 6-9 month period, topics covered include Planning for Business Growth, Making Money, Building a Robust Sales Strategy and Online Marketing and Social Media. The course will be held in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area, and the all-inclusive cost for the 8-module course is €175, including refreshments and materials. Each participating business will also be assigned a Mentor, who will work with the business on a one-to-one basis and will assist in developing practical solutions designed to help effective business management. The Management Development Programme is part of the Outdoor Tourism project which is partfunded by the Ireland-Wales Programme 2007-2013. It brings together six organisations – three from Wales: Conwy Borough Council, Gwynned Council and the Outdoor Partnership; and three from Ireland: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Kildare County Council and the Leadership Partnership. Full details can be found on www.outdoortourism.org. If you would like to take part in this exciting new programme, you can register your interest on www. dlrceb.ie or phone Georgina Sweetnam – (01) 494 8400.

Seniors are urged to call Senior Help Line if they have particular worries

VOLUNTEERS at a senior helpline have revealed that the main reason why older people call the Leopardstown line is due to loneliness. The Third Age Senior Help Line has released findings drawn from the Leopardstown call centre over the final quarter of 2012. According to Third Age, the voluntary organisation that runs the help line, loneliness is beginning to take its toll on Ireland’s older people. The statistics reveal that on average, 55% of calls related to loneliness and rural isolation, with a minimal level of social contact and interaction being experienced by older people locally. Founder Mary Nally spoke about what the recently compiled data is saying about older people living in Leopardstown and surrounding areas. She said: “Many callers to our office in Leopardstown are older people living alone. Some callers can go for days without contact from other people. “That kind of isolation can be terribly cruel, and can have a detrimental effect on a person’s wellbeing. “In November, more than half of calls to the centre were because of loneliness. “Some 34% of calls in the final quarter of 2012 were related to health concerns. This includes physical, mental well-being and stress,” she said. Third Age volunteer Anne Dempsey told The Gazette how the organisation got started. She said: “Mary Nally founded Third Age and set up the call lines 15 years ago. The organisation was established

by Mary to promote the value of older people and, today, we have 1,200 older volunteers around the country and 325 manning the call centres. “Mary got the idea of the call lines when she attended a conference in Europe and heard of schemes involving older people befriending other older people. “She immediately recognised the importance of this peer aspect, and knew there was nothing like it in Ireland. So, when she returned to Ireland, she set up the call line and other initiatives. “Nationally, we have 17 call centres and our callers are predominantly in their mid-60s and mid-70s, and living alone due to widowhood or because they never married.

Protocols “Topics they talk about range from concerns over their health to bereavement, and even reports of elder abuse. We, therefore, have a whole protocol of how to deal with every situation,” said Depmsey. The purpose of the service is for older people to receive an empathetic response on a variety of issues. The service is confidential; however, Senior Help Line have identified particular trends in the calls that they received in the last quarter of last year. Nally said: “We urge any older person who is worried about issues concerning health, family, loneliness or any other matter to call us on 1850 440 444. “Calls cost no more than a one-minute call from a mobile or landline.”


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community Churchtown gets set for third festival

There’s plenty of family fun at a summer fest  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

This year’s Summer Fest in Churchtown will be held on July 6, it has been announced by organisers, the Churchtown Business Association (CBA). The festival is now in its third year and will be located in the grounds of De La Salle College, Churchtown. The Radio Nova Street Team will be on hand to provide plenty of tunes for the festival, and they will be bringing their

Harley Davidsons and a Hummer to add a splash of style to proceedings. Also in attendance will be Dejaboo, who are hailed as Ireland’s premier party band. The band, with front woman, Niamh Collins, will perform a broad range of musical styles aimed at providing something to chime with everyone’s musical taste. This year, CBA organisers are promising a great festival atmosphere with plenty of face painting, bouncy castles, vintage

cars and even a visit from the fire brigade over the course of the festivities. There will be a great selection of bouncy castles on offer at the Summer Fest, and children of all ages will be catered for in the Bouncy Village, which include bouncy castles for smaller children as well as the more adventurous ones, with the Bungy Runs, the Gladiator and Obstacle providing bouncy entertainment for bigger children. There will be plenty of

The timeless delight of Irish dancing is set to entertain at Summer Fest

market stalls for people to browse, as well as all manner of local produce and food for sampling. As well as being an enjoyable day out for the whole family, the festival also presents a great opportunity for local businesses to exhibit their products and services to a large audience

in an entertaining festival atmosphere. The price of admission is €2 for adults, and small children get in for free. The CBA was established in 2010 by a number of local business people in the area to promote local trade, both big and small, in Churchtown.

Their ethos is the importance of strengthening bonds between local business and local communities, and their motto is Think Local, Shop Local and Think Churchtown. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is supporting the CBA’s Summer Fest.

politics SF elect Curran as new rep SINN Fein’s new representative for the Glencullen/Sandyford area is Chris Curran. On his appointment, he said: “I am delighted and honoured to take up the position of Sinn Fein public representative for the Glencullen/Sandyford area. “I will be holding sitting politicians to account when they take decisions that impact negatively on low- and middle-income earners. “My priorities will be to support measures that are designed to ease the burden on those struggling in the current economic crisis, to promote equality and diversity, and support strong public services, economic growth and jobs,” said Curran.


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festival Lots of activities ahead at popular centre

Nutgrove gets ready for summer shopping fun  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

FESTIVAL fun continues in the county as the Nutgrove Shopping Centre gets into the swing of things with its own Summer Shopping Festival

this month, and next. The festival starts off this Friday, June 28, in the Nutgrove Shopping Centre, and runs for 10 days up until July 7. All of the fun will take place in the East Mall of

the shopping centre from 1.30pm until 4.30pm daily. Highlights of the festival include the FM104 Road Hog, which will do an outdoor broadcast; and a live reptile show,

complete with snakes, tarantulas and baby lizards that children can get to see up close. An unusual inclusion this year is a Silent Disco, which will see children don headsets playing dif-

ferent music as they all dance together, moving to different beats. On the final day of the festival, Q102 will broadcast from the centre and a €1,000 shopping voucher will be up for grabs.

Congrats: A first at the Mill MILL Theatre recently

played host to its very first wedding reception, with all of the excitement and fun that such a grand production entails. Musician Cormac Breatnach, who has previously performed at the Mill, married Ger Daly, with the happy couple bringing 180 guests (some pictured) to the theatre for a great reception that was quoted by some as one of the best, happiest “shows” staged at the popular theatre yet.

sport: council considering request

BMX track hopes rise in Marlay Park  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

PARENTS in Ballinteer may soon have a BMX track installed in Marlay Park, following an appeal they made to a local councillor. According to Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab), Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s parks department is now in talks with BMX track specialists to look into putting a BMX track into Marlay Park. This follows a request made by parents who said their children had no safe place to ride their bikes in the area. Cllr McCarthy said: “This would be on a small scale, but it would be great for all of the children in the various estates around

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Marlay Park. “There are lots of teens here who are not interested in sports such as football, but who would like to ride their bikes. “The hope, following on from this, would be that because we’re so close to the mountains, the children might continue to engage in good, healthy activities up there in time, too. “At a recent council meeting, I proposed the

motion to create such a BMX facility for local teens and children in Marlay Park, and the council agreed to engage in negotiations about it with the BMX people.” This is not the first time Cllr McCarthy has been involved in trying to secure a BMX track for people in the Dundrum area. During her tenure as Cathaoirleach in 2010, Cllr McCarthy was approached by Sandyford Youth Club about securing them a BMX track. She was then instrumental in securing this track from the council, and the parks department chose Jamestown Regional Park as the most suitable site for it. However, the track has yet to be built.


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Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) with Sergeant Patrick McDonald (third-right) and Gardai Patrick Cullen, Catherine Murray, Emma Woodlock, Ian Abbey and Mandy Holloway

Inspector Derek Dillon talks with Mrs Rose Traynor

Garda Ian Abbey New “recruits� Cian and Ciara Scully with Des Kennedy, Sergeant Pat McConald, Garda Anne Marie Higgins, Sergeant Ivan Howlin, Superintendent John Hand and Garda Emma Woodlock. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

POLICING: MEET AND GREET A HIT IN STEPASIDE

Locals cop on to a Garda initiative

S Betty Kane, Mary Mahon and Liz Swan

TEPASIDE residents were happy to meet many gardai at a recent coffee morning meet and greet initiative at The Step Inn, which was hailed as a great way for the community to engage with the police on a range of local issues, and vice versa. Local business people joined residents and community figures to share a cuppa and a chat, with the informal setting proving helpful to address a number of issues. Organised by Gardai Mandy Holloway and Patrick Cullen, Holloway took to the floor to discuss weekly clinics at Lambs Cross Community Centre and the Carnegie Library in Glencullen, now that Stepaside Garda Station is closed.


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tech: 52% of Leinster own a smartphone

Stephen’s social media savvy makes him a star  Laura Webb

Social media has got us hooked online with figures showing Leinster smartphone users are using 1.6 million hours of data every day. One such social media addict is Vlogger (video blogger) and RTE 2 tube presenter Stephen Byrne (23). According to Three Ireland’s research, 52% of the population of Leinster

now owns a smartphone with national ownership increasing by a massive 53% in just one year revealing just how much data is getting used. Being so social media savvy, a smartphone with unlimited data is a must have for Stephen, who was chosen as one of Three’s top social stars. “We went through my data and it was 8GB for a month, and that is when I was away and hadn’t even

used it that much. Ten years ago people would ask - How much internet do you use? When you didn’t have a smartphone, it was like, I go home, I’m on the computer for two hours – but now you don’t know because you are always connected… It is so beneficial, including careers – simply out of marketing themselves. I never went to college or university – I got into RTE because of social media.

Being a Vlogger, the Dun Laoghaire native uses a lot of data for his social media activities. “My whole life is social media. There is nothing that hasn’t been influenced by it, it’s scary and weird but very 21st century. “My life would be in no way the same if social media didn’t exist.” For info on Three’s All You Can Eat offer see www.three.ie

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Celebrities support hunt for missing dog Holly wood actor Chris O’Dowd is the latest celebrity to lend his support on Twitter to a nationwide appeal for the safe return of stolen dog Erin. The appeal was made this week in order to help find stolen lurcher rescue dog Erin, following the successful return of her canine counterpart Jodie, who was also taken. A reward of €1,000 is now being offered for Erin’s safe return. Erin and Jodie, two lurcher dogs, disappeared from a dog boarding kennels in Sallins, Co Kildare at 12.30am on May 27. Since then, famous faces including Kathr y n T homas, Sinead Desmond, Sile Seoige

and PJ Gallagher have been calling on their Twitter fans to appeal for the safe return of both dogs. Erin is a brow n striped female Lurcher with a very distinctive “hanging” lower lip. If you see a stray female lurcher matching Erin’s description, or have any information, call or text 086 3218132 or 0870987064.

dust off those dancing shoes If you’ve ever wanted to break a world record and learn how to Riverdance while you’re at it, then perhaps this weekend will be just the time to dust off those dancing shoes and do it. R i ve r d a n c e - T h e

Gathering, are planning a world record attempt next month, which will see the First Lady of Riverdance, Jean Butler, joining over 2,000 people along the banks of the River Liffey for an attempt at the longest Riverdance line. In preparation, Riverdance – The Gathering are equipping the public with all the tools to take part with special pop-up dance classes on Saturday, June 29 on Dublin’s South King Street. From 12–2pm Riverdancers will be teaching you some easy Irish dancing steps. Whether you’re the next Jean Butler, or simply want to learn a few of the iconic steps, stop by and get

some tips for helping to break the world’s longest Riverdance line on Sunday, July 21. For more information, see w w w.riverdance. com/the-gathering

getting a buzz out of books A collective library initiative was launched by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald (FG) earlier this month to encourage children to use their local libraries. The Summer Reading Buzz Campaign is now running in libraries in Fingal, Dun LaoghaireRathdown and other locations, until early September. Children can get a Summer Reading Buzz Membership Card from

A reward of €1,000 is now being offered for Erin’s safe return

their local library and for ever y book they read, they get a bee

stamp from the librarian on their card. There are other incen-

tives for the children to read as many books throughout the summer as they can pick up plenty of prizes in the form of bright, colourful bookmarks, stickers, Summer Buzz pencils and after reading 10 books, they get a Summer Buzz wristband and a certificate. When the children’s Summer Buzz membership cards are full of bee stamps, they are posted into a special post box hive in each library and a draw will take place for some excellent prizes in September.


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Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage you to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact rheigh@gazettegroup.com or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.

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Back to nature: eco-friendly camps for city children

Kids, walk on the wild side with hedgehog houses and bug safaris  Natalie Burke

Children from around Dublin are looking forward to kicking off their summer holidays this week and thanks to a specially organised nature-themed summer camp, they now have an even bigger reason to celebrate the close of school doors.

The ECO-UNESCO weekly ECO-Explorers summer camps are back once again this July and August with a wealth of fun-filled eco-activities in store that will see kids really get to grips with nature in the heart of the city centre. Whether it’s a bug safari, an outdoor adventure or building a hedgehog house, children can discover a whole new side to trees, animals and insects as well as getting inventive at the Creative Recycling Station. The eco-friendly camp caters for children aged five to 12 and is ideal for those hoping to get in touch with nature and make new friends. They will have the chance to learn some skills, build confidence and take home some ecofriendly ideas that will keep them occupied. This year’s camps will mark the third year of the popular camp which also runs during Halloween and Easter holidays. The camps are deliv-

Kids can discover a whole new world of nature

ered by ECO-UNESCO in their headquarters “the Greenhouse”, which is located in Dublin 2 and in wildlife areas in Dublin city centre such as Merrion Square and the Iveagh Gardens. The camps take place July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, July 22 – 26, July 29 – August 2, August 12 – 16 and August 19 – 23. They take place daily from 10am until 2.30pm and costs €100. An early bird rate is available at

€90 and discounts are available for families. For information visit

www.ecounesco.ie, email youth@ecounesco.ie or phone 01 662 5491.

book review a young Malahide resident and Gazette

reader very kindly sent us a kid’s book review. Heather has reviewed Daisy and the Trouble with Coconuts by Kes Gray for us. Heather said: “Your newspaper is full of fantastic stories of Malahide and other interesting articles. However, I think it is missing something - A Kid’s Book Review.” Here are Heather’s thoughts:


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feature folk festival: brand new music initiative

Shaking things up a little bit for the Spirit of Folk Awards  Laura Webb

Organisers of the annual Spirit of Folk festival have shaken things up for Irish folk music by turning the successful three-day festival into two exciting events. Since its inaugural outing in 2011, Spirit of Folk has provided a platform for Irish folk music, growing each year from just 500 people to 1,200 in 2012. This year, they are being more creative in promoting and supporting Irish folk music and arts making it into

two events: the Spirit of Folk Awards and a Feastival Final. The awards will see top Irish folk acts battle it out in a semi-final on August 31, held in Whelan’s on Camden St. T his all-day event will not only have great music but there will also be storytelling and delicious food. Then the Feastival in Dunderry Park, Co Meath takes place on September 21. Three of the top Irish folk artists will battle it out for the Spirit of Folk Award, which will include a €1,000 cash

bursary, recording time with Darklands Studios, and a creative writing week at Dunderry Park. The winner will be chosen by a panel of high profile judges on the day. The overall festival will also be a great event with falconry, living history, shamanic drumming and astronomy; a medieval feast is also included in the ticket price, hence the name Feastival. Festival coordinator Emily Duffy said: “While the three-day event was not possible this year, due to allowing

the grounds to recover properly from our sold out festival in 2012, we were determined to find a creative way to fulfil our mandate of promoting Irish up and coming folk acts as well as educating people on our own fascinating heritage.” According to festival director Martin Duffy, the event in Whelan’s on August 31will bring all the energy and vibrancy of Spirit of Folk to the city centre venue. “We’ll have grea t folk and trad music, storytelling, traditional games, delicious

The Feastival will take place in Dunderry Park, Co Meath

food and arts and craft vendors upstairs in Whelan’s. We’re really excited to transform the place into a mini folk festival.” Interested folk or trad artists should contact hello@spiritoffolk.com

with a short description of why your act should be included along with your top three tracks. Tickets for Whelan’s are €10 and available from www.entertainment.ie or at the door Tickets for the final

Feastival in Dunderry Park are €50, including a three-course feast, and go on sale from www. enter tainment.ie on July 3. For further details on the event see www.spiritoffolk.com


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Q&A

lisa madden, ice ireland

An ICE way to arrange currency exchanges AS COUNTRY manager for ICE Ireland, Lisa Madden has put her many years of experience to good use at Dublin Airport to meet the currency exchange needs of visitors and travellers to the busy economic hub. Lisa lives in Dublin, with her husband, Colm, and their children and pet Boxer dog. She enjoys walking,

reading, and watching drama. International Currency Exchange (ICE) has 35 years of experience in providing retail foreign exchange services, and has more than 300 locations worldwide. With more than 65 international airport partners, ICE has Irish outlets at Dublin, Shannon and Knock airports.

How long have you been in business?

How has the recession impacted your business?

We opened our first branch [in Ireland] at Dublin International Airport in 2001.

What makes your business successful?

We’re an established name in the industry, and have had a strong presence in Ireland for over a decade now, at three of the major airports. We always aim to offer the very best exchange rates we can, understand the culture of the countries we work out of, and, most of all, understand what our customers want from us.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

I feel we offer a wide range of products and services to help travellers with their foreign exchange needs. We offer great exchange rates, in particular online where the service we offer enables us to offer highly-competitive rates on our most popular currencies. Our click and collect service is very popular, where you reserve your money online and have it ready to collect at the airport on the day of your departure, only paying when you collect. We have also just brought in our online price match guarantee, which means we will beat any cheaper price you find elsewhere online.

As a business, I think [the recession] has given us more understanding of what customers want, and has shown us that loyalty is only earned through consistently delivering on your promises. This is why we never shirk in our duty to pass on the very best rates we can to our customers, and are always looking at new ways in which we can save them money and make things easier. This is shown by our click and collect service; easy to use, can be done at the last minute, and has usability on smartphones and tablets.

How do you use social media to help your business?

We’re very active on social media, with central Facebook and Twitter pages to both inform customers of new offers and daily exchange rates, and to answer any queries. We’re in the process of setting up a dedicated Facebook page for Irish customers, so be sure to watch this space!

What is your ambition for the business?

To continue to grow in Ireland and around the world, and to be the preferred choice for the majority of people flying out of our brilliant Irish airports.

business What values matter to you the most? ARE you thinking of a career change? In today’s economic climate, people are understandably slower to make the leap than they have been in previous years, and yet many are staying in careers or jobs in which they are clearly unhappy. Occupational psychologists are in agreement that if you choose a job or career that is aligned with your values, interests, personality and skills (VIPS), then you are more likely to feel happy and fulfilled. Now, if you have a number of years’ work experience, the chances are that you are aware of your skills and interests. Values and personality are more complex. There is a lot of talk in the media about “values”, in particular, these days. Work and personal values are not always the same, but if you are in a job or career that compromises your values, sooner or later it will become a source of stress. So, how do you clarify what your work values are? Draw up a list of 12 values that are important to you in terms of career. Consider things such as money, recognition, independence, work/life balance, learning and development, work relationships, support, morality, status, autonomy, etc. Consider each value individually and then reduce your list to six. Now, ask yourself: “Which four of these are absolutely non-negotiable for me?” This is the point at which you will really challenge yourself to clarify what it is you want.

The thing is, that with values, there is no right or wrong, only difference. For example, if recognition and status are what truly motivate you, the chances of you being happy in a career or job that champions the collective effort over individual achievement are extremely slim, irrespective of how much of a team player you think you are. Similarly, if “work relationships” is in your top three and you are considering a handsomely paying career that involves a minimum of human interaction, you may need a re-think. Unfortunately, these days, many people are compromising their work values due to financial circumstances. If you are in a position where you can make a career change, do yourself a favour and clarify your non-negotiables. If you want to make a thorough inventory of your VIPS before you make any decision, contact a qualified career professional and ask for an in-depth career suitability assessment.  Rachael Kilgallon is a qualified career coach and founder of

The Career Hub. Contact Rachael at hello@thecareerhub.ie or visit www.thecareerhub.ie.

award: motoring school’s expansion is a winner

D15 start-up company drives its way to success  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

YOUNG Irish start-up company Pass My Test picked up a prestigious award at the Startup Awards held in the Royal Academy Gallery on June 13. Pass My Test is based in Station Court Park, Blanchardstown, and manager Damien Deehan was at the award ceremony to receive the 2013 Franchisee Startup of the Year Award from Dragons’ Den celebrity and owner of Insomnia Coffee businessman Bobby Kerr. Deehan’s company, the Pass My Test Driving School, won the silver prize in the same category last year, so receiving the top award this year is a big step up. The Startup Awards

competition is now in its second year and was established to recognise the best in Irish start-ups from all over Ireland. A total prize fund package with a value of €50,000 was on offer for all the winners. Prizes included media coverage, legal services, accounting services and more. According to the organisers, winning a Startup award will raise any company’s profile on a national level, help to grow the business, and act as a platform to showcase how successful a new company can be by applying a vigorous, entrepreneurial spirit. This year, Pass My Test was recognised for its national expansion. The company now serves the vast majority of the coun-

Businessman Bobby Kerr congratulates Damien Deehan of Pass My Test, Blanchardstown

try by emphasising affordability. The win for Deehan and his team points the way for further expansion. The company is currently looking for more instructors to come on board. He said: “Pass My Test is a keen employer and is looking for new instructors to join their

ever-expanding team of instructors, so if there are any approved driving instructors looking for a great company to join, then Pass My Test offers it all. “Also, if you’re thinking of a new career as a driving instructor, then Pass My Test offers instructor training,” said Deehan.


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Marion Tait will be perfroming in the classic ballet, Giselle

INTERVIEW: DANCER WITH A FONDNESS FOR PLAYING WICKED WOMEN

Love of dance keeps Tait on her toes

 NATALIE BURKE nburke@gazettegroup.com

IT’S down to her pure love for dance that former professional ballerina, Marion Tait, is set to take to the stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre next week. Now the assistant director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet company, London-born Marion will be playing the mother of the principal ballerina in the classic ballet, Giselle. Approaching the age of 63, Marion has already had the opportunity to dance the principal role of Giselle, alongside many other leading roles at the height of her dancing career, but retiring to a life after ballet is something that is still a long way off. “I always used to think that most of

the principal ballerinas would hang their shoes up in their mid-thirties but in my case, I danced my first Juliet role at the age of 42. “It was a young person’s role, but it’s amazing what you can do with make-up,” she said. Dancing her final principal role at the age of 45, Marion says she still acts in ballets and has a particular fondness for playing wicked women. “Instead of doing Giselle, I’m now Giselle’s mother. It’s more acting and moving than dancing but I love playing wicked women, like the step mother in Cinderella. It’s much easier to play someone as obvious as that. They all have their slight subtle differences but it’s lovely to still be part of it.”

The seed for Marion’s love of dance was planted at her first ballet class, which her mother took her to just before her third birthday. At the age of 15, she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School before joining the Royal Ballet’s touring company (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) two years later. With her days as an active ballerina behind her, Marion has fond memories of her dancing days, saying it took a lot of time and commitment. “Whenever I was interviewed when I was dancing all the time, they said it must be such a dedicated life you lead. But as far as I was concerned, if it’s something you love and something that keeps you fit, you don’t have to be that dedicated, you just

enjoy what you’re doing.” Performing in Giselle in a character role, Marion says the performance is one of the “purist” of classical ballets. “At the heart of it is a very tragic tale,” she says. “It’s a wonderful story to tell and very easy to understand and you will get totally gripped in the drama. It is beautifully designed with lovely costumes and there’s something for everyone who sees it.” The Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Giselle at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from Thursday, July 1 to Saturday, July 6. Tickets are priced from €25. For more information, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie or call 01 677 7999.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week’ is Coco. She is a three-year-old crossbreed. Coco is a big girl, with very handsome features. She is finding life in kennels quite stressful, so really needs an understanding, committed and experienced owner who can help her out with basic training and general doggie skills. She is a strong, bouncey girl but, with time, she will make a fantastic addition to the right family. If you are an experienced dog owner, looking to add to your family – pop up to the centre and ask about Coco. Please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE


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OUT&ABOUT

BEAUTY

Kiehl’s Energising Moisture Treatment, 75ml for €35.50; Facial Fuel Energising Scrub, 100ml for €20.50

Kiehl’s skin care for dads  laura webb

WHO said Father’s Day was the only day to give dad gifts? So, if you feel like spoiling him, why not introduce him to the great shaving and skincare range from Kiehl’s? First up is the Facial Fuel Energising Face Wash. This is a vitamin-enriched, energising gel cleanser that thoroughly removes dirt, surface oil and impurities without any over-drying. A 250ml bottle costs €20.50. T he Facial Fuel Energising Scrub buffs away dead surface skin cells. This scrub

is rich in Vitamin E and contains a blend of caffeine, menthol and citrus extracts for an energising effect on skin. It’s an ideal preshave treatment as it helps to alleviate roughness for a closer, more comfor table shave. A 100ml bottle costs €20.50. The range’s Energising Moisture Treatment is also a must for uplifting dull skin. A 75ml bottle costs €35.50. Kiehl’s is available at its store on Number 35, Wicklow Street, as well as at Dundrum Town Centre, and Arnotts, or online at www.kiehls. co.uk.

The Aero Minerale Makeup Mist foundation range brings your your perfect base – in a can!

Tin-k this is a great idea  laura webb

FOUNDATION in a can – now that is something you don’t see every day, so when Gazette Style got the chance to test it out, we didn’t hesitate to get our spray on! The Aero Minerale Makeup Mist range combines the benefits of a mineral foundation with the ease of aerobrushing. It claims to be lightweight and long-lasting,

with an oil-free formula containing a unique blend of minerals and botanicals, including the star ingredient, aloe vera. This ingredient helps to hydrate skin, while softening fine lines and wrinkles without clogging pores. Celebrity and movie make-up artist Yolanda Halston created Aero Minerale, which has a huge celebrity following, including Angelina

Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Britney Spears, to name but a few. There are 10 different shades to chose from. Once you choose a shade, it’s time to get spraying. Shake the can before use. Cover head to hairline. Hold the can 6-8 inches away from the face, close your eyes and evenly mist Aero Minerale down the centre in a small zig-zag for evenlooking coverage.

This is great for a “no make-up” look. However, for a more customised coverage, spray Aero Minerale to the palm of your hand and use a foundation brush to apply, or spray directly onto a makeup sponge. The Aero Minerale primer works the same way and is used under foundation to help illuminate skin and prep face, lashes, lips and skin.

Gazette Style Verdict: Well, it does exactly what it says on the can! Personally, I prefer to spray on my hand and use with a foundation brush, but if you’re in a hurry or in the back of a taxi and need to reapply, a quick spray and you’re back in business. The coverage is great and does feel lightweight on the skin. It is also quick-drying, so blend soon after spraying.

Something to smile about GET a brighter, whiter smile with laser teeth whitening at Dublin Vitality Center in Blanchardstown village. There is nothing as unhealthy or unattractive as nicotine-stained teeth, teeth which are yellow in colour, or those which are just unhealthy. Frances Ann Flannery, owner, Dublin Vitality Center, says: “What many people do

not realise is that modern laser teeth-whitening treatments offer excellent teeth-whitening results in one hour, and use products which do not contain peroxide. “This means that there is no damage to enamel, and that the client feels no sensitivity at all. “Laser teeth-whitening does nothing but remove the

stains accumulated from the use of dark foods, nicotine and red wine. “So, make the most of the smile you have, and go for a non-peroxide whitening treatment to begin showing off your natural, God-given gift. Smile more, and you will not only spread happiness, but you yourself will feel happier and more attractive, too,” says Flannery.

For further information on laser teeth-whitening options, please see www.laserteethwhiteningdublin.com.

This laser teeth-whitening treatment is performed by a fully-qualified dental professional, and ensures

that no sensitivity is experienced. It is therefore suitable even for those who have sensitive teeth.


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Being this good ain’t Yeezy K a n y e We s t h a s always been famous for a number of traits other artists wish they had, and many they are happy to lack. Among the former, the ability to create amazing soundscapes and productions, a natural f low with rhymes and an uncanny understanding of how to market himself. The latter, an ego the size of a planet and a knack for an utter absence of understatement or selfawareness. It’s those kinds of contradictions that make him such a divisive character. His latest release, the modestly titles Yeezus, is another expres-

sion from Casa Kanye that will invoke ire as much as it is adored. Creating a massive buzz off the back of his performances of Black Skinhead and New Slaves on US TV stalwart Saturday Night Live, the anticipation for Yeezus has been loaded with barrels of approbrium and of excitement. The unveiling of those new tracks gave a delicious taster of what is now here - dark, visceral and sonically charged, Yeezus could realistically never have been created by anyone else in the business. As angry as he has ever sounded on record,

West comes hard out of the gates with the triple hit of On Sight, Black Skinhead and I Am A God. Although pro duced by Guy-Manuel and Thomas of Daft Punk, these are as far away from Get Lucky as you could possibly get. Angry, outrageous, brilliant, hilarious, they set the tone for everything that follows But as much as this may initially seem like unfiltered rantings and unhinged productions, there is an intelligence and carefully crafted editing process at work here. Yeezus clocks in at barely more than 40

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MUSIC FASTtunes

See the best of Dublin and beyond at YouBloom Over 100 acts, including local band Elevation Falls, below, are set to grace the streets and stages of Dublin this weekend as part of the YouBloom festival, a brand new music event and conference. The festival will be taking place in seven of Dublin’s top venues – The Workman’s Club, Twisted Pepper, The Grand Social, Speakeasy, Odessa, The Mercantile and The Stag’s Head - from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, and the conference aspect at the College of Surgeons on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th. Gig tickets are priced from €15 for a night ticket, €35 for weekend. Delegate passes are €40 for a day pass and €75 for a weekend pass. Tickets on sale now from www.entertainment.ie/youbloom.

Kanye West returns with another modest release

minutes, which in these days of an hour-plus for hip-hop releases, is notable, as much as it is a clear indication that it

has been minutely crafted and honed to have maximum impact in a powerful, incendiary package.


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OUT&ABOUT

Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Paperbelle

PAPERBELLE’S world is black and white and she likes it that way. She’s heard of colour; but would prefer things to stay as they are. The colours, on the other hand, want to play games and they want Paperbelle to join in. Paperbelle’s world is changing – will she try to stop it or might she find it’s not as bad as it first seemed…? July 6, tickets €10/8.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aidan Bishop

NATIVE New Yorker Aidan Bishop began his comedy career in his hometown and since moving to Dublin he has become one of the top comics working today, best known as resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin for the past 10 years. July 6, tickets €12/€10.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Ferguson & Barwick

KATHY Barwick is a household name in folk and bluegrass music circles in Northern California. An acclaimed master of guitar, banjo, mandolin bass, and dobro she currently performs with The Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band and The Mike Justis Band. For this tour she teams up with singer songwriter Gary Ferguson who hails from Baltimore, USA. July 16, tickets €12.

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review: World war z

Lacking in brains, tasty brains GIVEN that the source material is written by Max Brooks (son of Mel), it is no surprise that World War Z has made it to the screen. Family pedigree aside, the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel is one of the most highly-regarded novels of the last decade and one of the most eminently filmable. Its scope, its scale and the convenient presence of zombies (the undead are so hot right now) means that it was always going to find a home on the big screen. In production since 2009, the film has changed writers a number of times, but is now a $200 million juggernaut that is looking to derail the Man of Steel and boasting a certain Mr Pitt. Having Pitt on board is both a blessing and a curse for this film. In one way, he is the perfect embodiement of a family man fighting against an impending apocalypse, earnest, brave and put-upon. However, when you have Babe Ruth on your team, he plays right field, no matter who else is on your team. And so here, the sweeping nature, the global outbreak and the

 Paul hosford

Brad Pitt is coming for you, zombies (above) and (below) Zombie Bundle!

commentary on American isolationism, survivalism and the diminishing scale of the world are all cast aside. So, basically, everything that made the book such a success is taken away so that Brad Pitt can be brooding and heroic. It’s not to say that Pitt doesn’t fill the boots of his role, it’s just that the boots are too small. From a rampant opening which keeps the gore to a minimum but ratchets up the tension, Forster loses the sure hand as the film starts to evolve into less of a survival thriller and more of a global hunt. This wouldn’t necessarily be so bad if the characters weren’t so shallowly drawn. Pitt’s Gerry is a likeable character and while you don’t actively hope that his family get torn apart by a horde of flesh hungry zombies, it would definitely improve the film. Instead, he’s a UN

Film of the Week: World War Z hhh (15) 110 mins Director: Marc Forster Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Daniella Kertesz, Matthew Fox, David Morse

OUR VERDICT:

A FAIRLY poor adaptation of an excellent book. By stripping out everything that made the book interesting; the geo-politics, the different perspectives and the tension, this becomes another bogstandard zombie shooter that tries to be genre-ambiguous. It’s ok, but a missed opportunity.

survival expert who just happens to do stupid things like leaving his phone on when traversing infected areas. In the end, the film just feels too generic, too bland and not a patch on the excellent source material at the filmmakers disposal. By trying to focus on

one man’s story, Forster fails to deliver any semblance of a war, which is odd given the title of the movie. Additionally, these aren’t garden-variety zombies. They’re full-on leaping, bouncing, climbing, team working nightmares.

They work more like something from Jurassic Park than any thing Romero ever committed to celluloid, which makes the fact that they only get the chance to swarm once utterly baffling. This is the summer, people expect action, they expect a crash here, a bang there and even a wallop thrown in. In the end, by focusing narrowly here, Forster has done himself and the material a disservice. Though the door is open for a sequel, without the actual war, what’s the point?


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GAMING ANALYSIS: HEAVYWEIGHT FALTERS

Nintendo need to hit harder WHILE Sony and Microsoft continue to trade blows over their upcoming consoles, Nintendo has been left sidelined, despite being the first major player to step up to the next-gen ring. However, while the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One have been generating acres of media space in the past couple of weeks – albeit for mostly negative reasons, for one of the consoles – as their parent companies slug it out, the Wii U has been ignored, left to quietly

 SHANE DILLON sdillon@gazettegroup.com

shadowbox by itself in a quiet corner of the ring. It’s a situation that was recently addressed by Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s chief executive, who was discussing the Wii U’s weak sales with CNBC. Iwata-san said: “We are to blame. We relaxed

our [marketing] efforts, so the consumers today still cannot understand what’s so good and unique about the Wii U. “As long as people have hands-on [experience], they can appreciate the value of the Wii U, but because there’s not software that’s [as] simple and obvious for people as Wii Sports for the Wii [was], potential consumers do not feel like trying the Wii U.” Backing this up, while cinemagoers and TV viewers regularly see ads

Unpopular XBox One system features abandoned

While Sony’s PlayStation 4 takes the lead – for now – over Microsoft’s Xbox One, Nintendo’s Wii U is still sparring by itself on the sidelines. Illustration: Shane Dillon

for Sony or Microsoft’s titles, Nintendo is often noticeable by its absence, with the Wii U seemingly left to fend by itself in the ring without any solid support from coach. Still, despite its timid track record so far, the Wii

U isn’t about to throw in the towel any time soon. While there’s something of an overly-familiar line-up of Wii U titles ready to come out swinging, there’s no doubt that Nintendo are training some formidable new

games to step forward in the near future. However, Iwata-san, and his crew, would be well advised to hurry up and win some bouts, before its rival challengers notch up one too many gaming wins ...

JUST as this page has to head to the printers, Microsoft have performed what’s been described as a spectacular about-face regarding its upcoming Xbox One console. After the company listened to what company big-wig Don Mattrick described as “candid feedback” (surely a contender for understatement of the year), it has abandoned several of the highlyunpopular features of its upcoming Xbox One console, including the truly bizarre requirement for the console to sign in once a day in order to function. Given the surge of irate gamers sent fleeing into the arms of Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft may have shut the gate after the horse has bolted, but let’s see. More next week ...


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MOTORS

NOISE

Volkswagen’s offers for the 132 model year

VW lovers take note! Volkswagen Ireland is celebrating the arrival of the new 132 Model Year and a new registration plate with a host of specification improvements to its range, the arrival of two new high-performance versions of the Golf and a new finance offer. The new arrivals to the Volkswagen range are the high-performance versions of the Golf, the petrol-powered GTI and the diesel-powered GTD. The 220bhp GTI comes with a starting price of €33,820, while the GTD has a starting price of €35,740. There are also changes to the specification of some of Volkswagen’s most popular models. The up! gets 15” Waffle alloy wheels on the Move up! The Beetle now gets Bluetooth as standard fitting in Design and Sport grades and also comes with the RCD 510 touch-screen audio system. There are significant changes to the Tiguan range. The Passat BlueMotion gains a leather multi-function steering wheel as standard while the Comfortline gets Park Distance Control. All of these new cars will be available from July 1 with a variety of finance and purchase options available.

The Octavia starts at a mere €18,995, making it one of the best value cars in its class

skoda: The latest incarnation of the octavia impresses

More space, sharper looks and five-star NCAP safety n Cormac Curtis

If there’s one car on Irish roads that deserves a facelift – it’s the Skoda Octavia. And, lo and behold, it’s had just that, and not a moment too soon. I believe Skoda offer some of the best value for money cars in Ireland, with a combination of build quality, design, looks, performance, price and efficiency that is difficult to beat. For those not in the know, the Octavia is probably the most overlooked of their offerings. From the well-publicised CitiGo, that captured many headlines upon its recent release, to the near-perfect Superb saloons and estates, Skoda have impressive models at either end of the range. Even the rally circuit has embraced the nimble Fabia. But it’s the middle child, in the shape of the Octavia that is the real recession-busting workhorse. I’ll be the first to admit, it has never been much

of a looker; but that has changed with the latest incarnation. What has been seen as one of the most reliable and cost-efficient cars on the market, now has a brand new design, so add eye-catching to its list of boxes ticked. Gone are the square angles and symmetrical lines, the Octavia has been given the stretched and sleek treatment, and beefed up on either side too. This new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm enabling the Octavia to move a head and shoulders above the competition in terms of spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 590 litres. Speaking of the boot – it deserves a review of its own. My kids had a blast climbing in and out of the cavernous entity that is

the Octavia’s boot – the thing is massive. The new model seems to offer even more space, as well as practical clips for cargo nets, making the space useful, not just vast. Be careful when folding down the back seats – there’s a chance you’ll be hit for more property tax given how much area it opens up! As mentioned, we are talking about a handsome and sleek car on the outside – but the interior still does everything you would expect of Skoda. Everything feels like it should cost just a little more than it does, such is the build quality and understated style of the interior. The touch-screen interfaces are attractive and functional, not at all gimmicky like some of their competitors, with very straightforward Bluetooth setup and excellent connection to iPhone for music streaming. The start/stop technology employed in the Octavia is quick to respond and didn’t lead to a single stall, which can often hap-

pen in lesser cars. Safety is another area where this car scores well – a five-star NCAP rating to be precise, with more airbags than ever. Emissions are down thanks to fuel-efficient e n g i n e s , a n d , e ve n though the car is larger than its predecessor, it has shed 100kg in weight – giving the 1.6 TFI version a fuel consumption figure of just 3.8 litres per 100km travelled; and impressive figure in anyone’s books. The Octavia starts at a mere €18,995, making it one of the best value cars in its class, and even putting significant pressure on some executive saloons, considering the comfort and space on offer in this model. Given that we are entering the 132 phase of the year, car brands are crawling over each other with 132-themed special offers. I would suggest keeping an eye on Skoda to see what they come up with, but it will be hard to beat the value on offer with the latest Octavia. Terrific car.


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TRAVEL Escape to the sun in Lisbon  NATALIE BURKE

WHETHER you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in a seaside resort, a golf escape or a combination of a city and sea break, Concorde Travel have a host of last-minute offers to the trendy Lisbon Coast this July. Departing on July 4, spend seven nights at the four-star Vila Gale Estoril on a B&B basis for just €699 per person (pp). The five-star Palacio Estoril is also on offer for a sevennight stay on a B&B basis for €999pp. A l t e r n a t i ve l y, travel on July 18 and spend seven nights at the four-star Vila Gale Cascais, also on a B&B basis for €817pp. You could spend seven nights at the five-star Quinta da Marinha in Cascais (B&B basis) for €799. Package prices include return flights from Dublin, airport transfers, the assistance of a local representative, seven nights’ accommodation as stated and all taxes and charges. For further information, or to book, see www.concordetravel. ie or phone 01 775 9300.

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LONDON: CENTRAL LONDON HOTEL PROVES A GREAT SPOT TO SEE THE SIGHTS

An unrushed stay near the chimes of Big Ben  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

ALTHOUGH a good bit outside central London, the Southend Airport – Aer Lingus Regional’s newest London destination – is quiet and unrushed and presents a calmer alternative to the craziness of the more regularly chosen Heathrow or Gatwick. After a quick flight from Dublin’s Terminal 2, it was just a train journey into Liverpool Street and a quick trip on the Tube to Westminster, the location of my hotel for a recent overnight trip. Aer Lingus Regional celebrated its one-year anniversary of the Dublin to London Southend route recently and marked the occasion by flying its new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its newest London location in an effort to boost service over the coming months. The service, which is operated by Aer Arann, was launched last May and has flown more than 55,000 passengers to London’s newest hub in the past year. Now operating three times daily, Aer Lingus

Regional has adjusted the flights to offer a day trip return service for business travellers. While it’s a cheaper alternative for those flying to London, it makes a day-trip and an overnight pop across --------------------------

‘The Park Plaza Westminster, is located just 500m from The London Eye, London Waterloo tube station and the Houses of Parliament’

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the pond that much more accessible. The Westminster Plaza Hotel is the ideal location for a stay at the very heart of London and is a venue that was used for some of the scenes in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall. The Westminster Park Hotel is so centrally situated that you can use Big Ben as your timepiece

during your stay. The magnificence of the Houses of Parliament greeted me as I ascended the steps of the underground and made my way a short distance over the bridge to the hotel. The decor in the hotel is really modern and the colour scheme a seductive palette of reds, blacks and mirrors. It is a very large hotel with friendly staff, and the suite was the epitome of style and comfort. There was a sitting area with a soft leather sofa and widescreen TV and a pristine, elegantly white bathroom. The suite or studio apartment we stayed in averages at around €250 a night, depending on what dates you are staying. At the lowest end of the scale are the superior bedrooms for €198 a night, while at the highest, the two-bedroom apartments start at €516 per night. The price reflects the centrality of the Park Plaza Westminster, which is located just 500m from The London Eye, London Waterloo tube station and the Houses of Parliament.

The conveniently located Westminster Plaza Hotel affords striking views of key landmarks; (inset) the hustle and bustle of Browns Restaurant in Covent Garden

The hotel’s contemporary yet elegant design was a delight to relax in

Going out for dinner, we decided to head into Soho, so we jumped into one of the many black cabs available outside and were at Browns restaurant in Covent Garden in no time. This eatery is a stylish pub and restaurant with a very welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. The menu was very reasonably priced, with two courses for £25 (€30), and a very good selection of wines. I had charred trout in a teriyaki sauce with bok-choy, while my companion opted for the steak which, by her

account, was top dollar. While I wasn’t in the mood for dessert, I did have a mysterious craving for cheese. This caprice was more than satisfied by the restaurant staff, who presented me with a selection of cheeses which included very good Roquefort and dainty crackers which I dispatched swiftly. Travelling back home the next day was the same route in reverse, and we boarded Aer Lingus Regional’s newest plane and were back in Dublin within the hour. For details on the new-

est Dublin to London route, see www.aerarann. com. Aer Lingus Regional operates three daily return services between Dublin and London Southend. London Southend also offers a direct rail link and speedy and frequent train services into London Liverpool Street, with a service that takes 53 minutes to the heart of London. For further details, see w w w.brow ns-restaurants.co.uk/locations/ covent-garden/, and also www.parkplaza.com/ london-hotel-gb-se1-7ut/ gbwestmi.


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Competitors in the first-ever national currach league championship race held in Dublin on the Tolka Estuary last week

boating: lord mayor opens premiere league contest held on tolka estuary

Dublin hosts first national championship currach event The inaugural Dublin currach regatta took place last weekend at the East Wall sports centre, Tolka Estuary in the heart of the city. Sponsored by Dublin Port Company, this was the first time that the east coast had the privilege of playing host to a currach regatta, which was included as one of the qualifying races in the national currach league. Fifteen of the top teams in the country came to Dublin to compete in the championship fixture, including racing teams from Donegal, Kerry, West Clare, Limerick, The Aran Islands, Connema-

ra and East Galway. As this was the first time a Dublin regatta was included as one of the qualifying races in the national currach league, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri (FG) joined the event and officiated the start of the men’s final race. What turned out to be the perfect conditions for a rowing regatta with a light wind and clear blue skies, the teams attacked the course with unrestrained fervour. There was a hard fought competition between the crews of Rosses of Donegal and Ardmore of Conamara but the Rosses snatched the

lead from the Conamara men on the final approach to the finish line and won the Senior Men’s final title, Doire Fhearta of Galway took third place in the final. Father and son combination of Paul McGonnagal and James McGonnagal and Oscar Duffy were the winning crew. The woman’s racing was equally as nerve-wracking with crews from East Wall, Rosmuc in Conamara, Camp and Clarecastle in West Kerry and The Rosses in Donegal all competing to secure a place in the ladies senior final. In the end, a combined team from Car-

raroe/Clare beat the crew from Camp and Clarecastle into second and third respectively. Leah Sullivan, Annie Lee and Shile Ni Dhorgan were the winning crew. The Fear Agus Bean racing had nine teams whittled down to three in the fina,l and it was a hard-fought race on retreating tides that saw two teams from Clarecastle pitted against Doonbeg. In the end the herculean efforts of Claire Neylan and Mantas Syzoskoskis formerly of Lithuania and currently of Clarecastle were the champions in the final race.

THE Republic of Ireland ladies soccer team, which featured local stars including Arsenal’s Emma Byrne, as well as Julie Ann Russell and Dora Gorman from Peamount United, were held to a 2-2 draw in their friendly match against Austria at Tallagh Stadium last week. Two second half strikes from SC Freiburg’s Fiona O’Sullivan capped the comeback for the girls in green, after falling behind to goals from Viktoria Schnaderbeck and Laura Feiersinger. Ireland are now set to focus on their World Cup fixtures, which commence with a home tie against Slovakia in September.

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It was there for a few moments at the start of the month, but the sun shone far and wide this month across Dublin, picking out some exemplary performances that were worthy of note from the judging panel for the Dublin Sports Awards. International success on the soccer field and the jiu jitsu mat were the source of success for Dean Carpenter and Chris Bowe respectively, while flying form in Tullamore saw Harry Purcell claim a pair of All-Ireland medals. Meanwhile, at different ends of the GAA spectrum, Ballyboden and Holy Family NS showed that there are always titles to strive for, whether you are at the pinnacle or at the start of your career in sport, and the DDSL soccer stars drawn from across the city secured once again the Kennedy Cup title in Limerick.

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dean carpenter

chris bowe

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Collinstown FC player Carpenter has had an impressive month, with his club side achieving a double after securing the Myles O’Neill Cup, and capped it with a call-up and appearance for the Ireland amateur side against Northern Ireland

Dundrum resident Chris Bowe left the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championships in California with a pair of medals, taking silver in the super heavy weight division, while also claiming bronze in the open weight division

ANOTHER double medal winner this month was Castleknock College’s Harry Purcell, who took gold in the 400m and bronze in the 800m in Tullamore at the Aviva All-Ireland schools track and field championships

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Ballyboden’s march on in the small ball code continued this month when the senior side claimed the Leinster League Division One title against Coolderry at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, with the senior Bs securing the Division Three title

THE St Finian’s feeder school side have had a fine year, with eight teams representing the school, six of whom reached finals, and four of those sides taking title honours in boys and girls GAA codes, including the Cumann na mBunscol crown

THE DDSL side once again secured the SFAI Umbro Kennedy Cup after a 2-0 victory over 2011 champions, NDSL, at the University of Limerick, with contributions from players representing a number of Gazette country sides

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Local stars on women’s World Cup Sevens panel  sport@gazettegroup.com

The Ireland women’s sevens players will face a stern test when they take to the pitch in Moscow

Blackrock College’s Shannon Houston and Amy Davis and Old Belvedere’s Jenny Murphy are among the 12-strong squad picked by coach Jon Skurr to represent Ireland at the women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow this weekend. The girls in green’s appearance at the World Cup is the culmination of 12 months of preparation and the achievement of the primary goal for the squad, which was qualification for the championship.

The squad features a number of the inf luential players who helped deliver Ireland’s first-ever grand slam and 6 Nations championship earlier this year, including Ireland’s most-capped player Lynne Cantwell. The side will be buoyed by their performance in last week’s European sevens series event, the Marbella Sevens, which drew to a close with Skurr’s side placing fifth out of the nations competing at the end of the series. The ranking points gained at

the series events in Brive and Marbella were added together to decide the European champions Ireland’s plate success and fifth-place ranking in Brive coupled with their fourthplace finish in Marbella gave them 12 points and 14 points respectively. Their 26-point tally puts them fifth overall in Europe, behind Spain (30), France (32), last year’s winners England (32) and new champions Russia (38). Coach Skurr said that he has

confidence in the players when they line out in what will be a hard group stage in Moscow, with two of their opponents being southern hemispheree giants, South Africa and Australia. “When we started the Sevens programme last year we set the Rugby World Cup as our goal. We achieved it and since then these girls have worked very hard to improve their Sevens skills,” he said. “We have picked up some notable wins but this is the biggest test of all.”


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A true Irish heroine making sports history Dundum’s Nikki Symmons recorded her 200th international cap last week, an achievment unparalleled in any other sport. She spoke to Gazette Sport about her career and hockey future

 stephen findlater sport@gazettegroup.com

Nikki Symmons became the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps this week when the national hockey team took on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships. T h e 3 0 - y e a r- o l d Dundrum native – who is also a senior cricket international – was named in the Irish panel to line out at Belfield, marking another huge stepping stone in a remarkable stint. It is a career that dates back to 2001 when she was brought off the

bench for a 15-minute stint as a teenager against Wales. She says, however, having already celebrated her 100th and 150th caps, she was not planning on making a big deal out of the occasion. “To be honest, I sometimes forget how much I have done,” she said. “It is amazing and I am completely honoured by every cap I get. This one just adds to it and it is amazing to be the first Irish female athlete to do it. She is part of a 27-player panel for the summer as plans for the Rio Olympics in 2016 get under way with a number of teenagers added to this extended squad, one filled with newcomers. “It is a very different squad but there is a lot

of young talent coming up and that’s really exciting even being the oldest one there. These players will hopefully go on to help Ireland qualify for the Olympics. “I suppose we had to change things and while it was really tough – and hard for him as well – for the players, there’s definitely some really good talent there. “It’s exciting with [former St Andrew’s student] Gillian Pinder coming back in and being a bit more available now after her year in the US. “Emily Beatty [from Alexandra College] is going to be a really good player, she is really quick and has to learn her trade a little bit but that will come in time.” Twelve seasons in green have seen Symmons take on numer-

Nikki Symmons receives a commemorative picture from IHA vice president Richard Kendrick prior to Ireland’s game against Canada last weekend

ous different roles in the side. In more recent times, she has become very much a go-to voice for hockey as well as women’s sport in general, regularly featuring in radio and television interviews. Most recently, she was part of a panel of four top sports people – along with Republic

companies like Liber ty Insurance, who are sponsoring camogie. They know this takes time and so are in for five years to reap rewards of being on camogie’s books as such. But they’re happy to do that and know that it takes time. That is the key thing for business.

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of Ireland women’s soccer manager Sue Ronan, Irish women’s rugby team manager Gemma Crowley and camogie’s Mary O’Connor – to take part in the Sport For Business Women in Sport conference. “T here were a lot of issues being talked about from how to get women more involved in sport to getting sponsors on board. There were a lot of big companies here so hopefully we can persuade some of them to get involved and support women in sport. “It’s about trying to get people to understand how getting wo m e n i nvo l ve d i n sport can really help a company and use it both to grow the sport and grow their product. “It was great to see

“The other par t is about relationships with people. It’s about building that like the Irish women have with Electric Ireland. “ While Symmons is happy to take the lead on hockey’s behalf, she says her leadership role in the current international set-up is solely down to her on-pitch performance. “My role isn’t about being the oldest or most capped player. My leadership role is about playing; it’s about training hard and playing well. “We’re trying to make it more about the team and getting everyone i nvo l ve d , b e c o m i n g leaders themselves rather than calling them the oldest or most capped and I think that’s the way it should be.”

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Ireland miss out on play-off place in Vannes Ireland’s Under-20s were unable to capitalise on the fine form they displayed in the group stages of the Junior World Cup in France last week and fell to a single point defeat by the host nation in the fifth/eighth place play-off match. Despite scoring the only try of the match courtesy of Ryan Murphy, three penalties from the French scrum-half, Baptise Serin, were enough to secure victory in this tight and toughcontested encounter. France’s ability to convert their chances proved the difference between the sides. Speaking afterwards, Ireland head coach Mike Ruddock said: “We are disappointed to lose, we want to congratulate France on winning. But we are disappointed because we scored the only try of the game and we had the opportunity to kick our goals and win the game comfortably. “Unfortunately, we didn’t kick our goals on the night but the second half totally belonged to Ireland, we played more rugby.”

Dublin fans called on for theatre event GAA supporters in Dublin are being called on to demonstrate their love of the game in a theatrical setting. The organisers of the Dublin Fringe Festival are looking for Dublin GAA fans, volunteers and sports fans to get involved in a project about Dublin GAA and the legendary Hill 16 which will take place as part of the fringe festival this September. Belgian theatre

company Campo Het Kip have previously created a theatre event about local football fans in a number of locations across Europe and are coming to Dublin to make a local version of the show which will be all about Dublin GAA fans and their experiences. The piece has a large ensemble cast and the production team is hoping to get genuine fans on board with the project. If you are interested in getting involved, email projects@ fringefest.com or call 01 670 6106.


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Rangers cast net for new players for 2013/4 Bushy Park-based soccer side Rangers AFC are looking to recruit players and coaches in all age groups for the coming season. This will be the club’s 51st season in Dublin schoolboy soccer and they will be fielding two or three teams in each age group from Under-8 to Under-18 in the DDSL and SDFL. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact 085 780 1060, 086 866 8098 or 087 9132802, or log on to www.rangersafc.ie. Above are pictured the Rangers AFC DDSL Under-11 team who won both the C1 league and Paddy Brennan Cup.

DUNDRUM South Dublin AC’s Sinead Denny and Jennifer Carey played their part for the Irish women’s 4x400m team as they won their heat at the European team championships held in Morton Stadium. It helped the Irish team finish in their best position ever in the competition as they ended seventh place overall in the combined men’s and women’s championships, outdoing their eighth place in 2010. The Irish team amassed a total of 242 points to finish in seventh place behind league winners Czech Republic who scored a total of 351.5.

The relays provided a thrilling conclusion to the two days of action, much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd. The women’s team of Denny, Carey, Shauna Cannon (Brothers Pearse AC) and Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) won their heat in a time of 3.38.43 to secure 10 points for the Irish team. Barr, acknowledging the home crowd support, said: “It was brilliant. It’s a completely brand new team so we had no idea what we were all going to do together and the crowd really got behind us. For a new team we did really really well and we can only build on that”. The men’s relay team of Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), Dara

Kervick (Carrick on Suir AC), Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) and Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) sent the crowd into hysteria when they won their heat in a time of 3.08.12. The manner of victory was superb with all four athletes upping their level and efforts in the pursuit of the full 12 times. Their efforts were rewarded when the times were combined over the two heats and the Irish time of 3.08.12 put them over two seconds clear of Belgium in second place 3.10.25. Commenting afterwards Morrissey said: “I just tried to add to what the two boys ahead of me had already built up. Tried to maintain it and obviously give

Brian a little gap and he’ll be away. I think we did really well, I’m pleased with our efforts.”

Sinead Denny in action at Morton Stadium last weekend


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mind your buddies Pieta House programme

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Pieta House, the suicide prevention charity, are holding a series of information evenings for Dublin GAA clubs in the coming weeks to promote their Mind Ur Buddy campaign, which aims to provide free suicide prevention training for club members. The evenings take place at Naomh Mearnog on Thursday, June 27, Thomas Davis on July 2 and Kilmacud Crokes on July 3, all at 7.30pm. For more information, log on to www.pieta.ie.

There was no winner of last week’s

The planned Skills Wall launch on

Ballyboden St Enda’s lotto draw

June 30 has been postponed until

which means the lotto jackpot is

further notice.

€400. Match first three winners were

hurling: success for junior and senior sides

For fixtures and results log onto www.bodengaa.ie.

Jim O’Connell, Firhouse; Dominic

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Keogan, Rathfarnham; Bill Doherty,

out in our communications section

Rathfarnham; and Sean Basquille;

of Ballyboden St Enda’s – check

and the Weekly Subscriber’s Draw

out our new promotional video by

winner was Gearoid Brady, City-

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Dublin in the Leinster hurling cham-

everyone involved.

pionship against Kilkenny which

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resulted in the draw. Best of luck in

mation, check out www.bodengaa.

next weekend’s game.

ie.

ballinteer st john’s THERE was no winner of last week’s

great league win over St Kevin’s. Jun-

lotto draw for €10,200. Next week’s

ior A’s also had a fantastic win.

draw will be for €10,400. Tickets are available online at www. ballinteerstjohns.com or from the usual outlets. Bingo every Monday night in the

Thanks to all who helped make ladies football bingo night a huge suc-

welcome for a great night’s enter-

cess.

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Ballinteer St John’s hurlers registered a pair of wins last weekend in both the senior and junior hurling leagues. The senior hurlers travelled to Dolphin Park to take on Kevin’s on a blustery evening, and secured a comfortable nine-point win, 2-19 to 2-10. Ballinteer got off to a bright start when Jack Gilligan picked up a loose ball in the half forward line and took off on a solo run, splitting the defence and finishing in the bottom corner to

put St John’s three ahead after eight minutes. In tricky conditions, Aodhan Clabby showed his accuracy from frees, scoring three for three in the opening half. Ciaran Lane and Ferghal Duffy tagged on a few points from play, but when Gilligan pounced on a loose ball in front of goal, Ballinteer were 10 points clear at half time. Ballinteer started the second half the same way they finished the first, scoring three points in the first five minutes. Kevin’s battled back with a goal and three points, and another goal

in injury time, but Ballinteer were always in control. The junior 1 league tie between Ballinteer and Raheny provided more success for the club in similar conditions. Denis Flanagan opened the scoring for Ballinteer with a fine point from the wing. The next 10 minutes saw both teams exchange scores before a long ball in from Oisin Power was controlled and taken around the Raheny goalkeeper by Shane Corley, who finished into the open net. Further scores from Eamon McKeown and

Cormac Fenton meant Ballinteer went in at the break with a 1-7 to 0-4 lead. Raheny’s three unanswered points after the turn gave them some hope of a revival, but Ballinteer were strong in defence, with Sean Smith producing three outstanding saves in the second half. Colm O’Riain twice caught high balls at centre back and stuck them straight over the bar. Barry Judge finished the day’s scoring for Ballinteer with a point over his shoulder from the right wing.

D e e p e s t sy m p a t h i e s t o t h e

Golf classic fundraiser on July 19 in

O’Donnell family on the recent pass-

the K Club. See website for more info.

ing of Gerry’s brother, Paddy, in Lon-

Well done to the senior hurlers on a

Ballinteer hurlers hit heights in league

Well done to ladies senior footballers on a great league win also.

clubhouse – starts at 8pm and all tainment.

Ballinteer St John’s senior hurlers captured a solid victory over Kevin’s in the league

Minor A footballers also had great win over St Brigid’s.

don.

naomh olaf The intermediate footballers play

lin U-13 development squad along

two vital home league fixtures this

with fellow club member Ciara Don-

week: on Wednesda y, they pla y

nelly, who attends Gaelscoil Thaobh

Castleknock at 7.30pm, and then

na Coille.

on Saturday, they play Whitehall at

Cong r atulations to Eoin and

6.30pm. All support would be greatly

Yvonne Ryan on the birth of their

appreciated.

third child, Sean, a future hurler no

Well done to all those on the sen-

doubt.

ior hurling panel and mentors after

There was no winner of the Jok-

a great win last week in the champi-

er’s Wild. Reminder tickets can be

onship see them top their group.

bought at any stage during the week.

Congratulations to Julie Grimes and Ciara Murphy from St Olaf’s NS

So make sure you buy your ticket to be in with a chance to win.

who were selected to play for Dublin

There wa s no winner of this

Schools Camogie v Belfast in Case-

week’s lotto. The numbers drawn

ment Park on Friday, June 14.

were 2, 9 and 22. Next week’s jack-

Ciara is also a member of the Dub-

pot is €2,000.

stars of erin THE men’s adult team played Garda

place in Glencullen from July 1 to 5

in the semi-final of the Parson Cup

for boys and girls. For more infor-

but lost to a very strong team

mation, contact David Gill.

The adult men’s team pla y in

There was no winner of the lotto

Glencullen in their championship

jackpot; numbers drawn were 11,

game this week, and appreciate

19 and 29. €20 winners were Tommy

your support.

Kinsella, Orla Byrne, Nicola and

The U-14s pla y this Thursda y evening in Glencullen at 7pm. The club summer camp takes

Doc. Next week’s jackpot will be €700. Thanks for all your support.


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