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Month XX, 2012 • STILLORGAN DUNDRUM • CHURCHTOWN • NUTGROVE • RATHFARNHAM • BALLINTEER • SANDYFORD • LEOPARDSTOWN • TERENURE

INSIDE: Local students through to the national finals of Young Social Innovators of the Year 2013 Page 6

PACKING A PUNCH: Boxing supplement with exclusive Egan interview Pages 17-24

April’s star nominees are announced

Move to tackle N11/M11 flooding

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Hurling:

Olaf hold Round Tower to draw in championship Page 39

Sport Awards:

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INVESTIGATIONS into flooding around the N11/M11 area are under way and will be completed soon, according to the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar. Wicklow TD Andrew Doyle (FG) addressed the Minister about the matter, telling him that a meeting had taken place among several stakeholders, including Dun Laoghaire-Rath-

down and Wicklow county councils. Deputy Doyle said: “The emphasis must be on preventative measures to ensure that solutions are sought for long-term drainage relief in this area of ‘no-man’s land’ between the two local authorities,” said Deputy Doyle. Minister Varadkar said: “Once we know what the problem is, the matter can be dealt with and whatever necessary works can be carried out.” Full Story on Page 3

Red-dy to go: Anniversary ball celebrates hockey club’s 120th JESS Tremayne and Sophie

McCloud were red-dy to party at the Hilton Hotel in the city centre, where the Old Alexandra Hockey Club was celebrating its 120th anniversary ball recently. Located in Milltown in Alexan-

dra College, the prestigious club is one of Leinster’s largest ladies hockey clubs. The ball had lots of current and former players, and supporters, turning out to celebrate the milestone event. See Gallery Next Week


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Mount Carmel Hospital: “[We have] provided dedicated maternity and specialist care for more than 60 years”

Obstetrician found guilty of misconduct AN OBSTETRICIAN working in Mount Carmel private hospital on Braemor Road in Churchtown has been found guilty of professional misconduct by a Medical Council Inquiry. Dr Gerry Rafferty was found to have been negligent in the case of two female patients in his care in 2007 and 2008. From June 4 until 6, 2008, Dr Rafferty failed to send Michelle Howe for a laparoscopy procedure to deal with an ectopic pregnancy, which is a potentially fatal condition where the embryo develops outside of the womb. Ms Howe had to have her fallopian tube removed as a result of Dr Rafferty’s failure to refer her for the laparoscopy. The Medical Council Inquiry’s Findings of the Fitness to Practise

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committee report found that Dr Patrick (Gerry) Rafferty: “Fell seriously short of the standards of conduct expected among consultantant obstetricians in relation to the care afforded [to Michelle Howe].” In relation to Dr Rafferty’s evidence concerning the non-referral of Ms Howe for a laparoscopy: “The committee found [it] inconsistent and lacking in credibility in significant respects.” The other patient in the case, Cathy Coyle, had not been referred to a urologist by Dr Rafferty when she developed

irregularities in her kidney function following a hysterectomy carried out by him in 2007. Ms Coyle subsequently lost the use of one of her kidneys. In her case, the report outlined the inquiry’s judgement that Dr Rafferty had failed to refer Ms Coyle for a urological opinion following her surgery. However, the Fitness to Practise Committee did not find for professional misconduct in this instance, as Dr Rafferty admitted this as fact. Mount Carmel Hospital came under the Medical Council Inquiry’s scrutiny as testimonial evidence from Dr Rafferty revealed that there was not enough assistance given during surgical procedures. The Fitness to Practise Committee expressed

its “wishes to record its concern about Dr Rafferty’s evidence relating to the absence of another trained assistant during surgery at the relevant time in Mount Carmel, and the attendant danger to patient safety of its possible continuance”. Of the Medical Council’s perceived lack of assistance for doctors performing surgery at Mount Carmel Private Hospital, a spokesperson for the hospital said: “It is hospital protocol that at each procedure, a consultant surgeon, a consultant anaesthetist, four trained theatre nurses and a minimum one theatre assistant are present. “Mount Carmel Hospital has provided dedicated maternity and specialist care for more than 60 years. In 2012, more than 1,300 babies were born in our hospital, and almost

40,000 patients treated. “Our dedicated team of 550 medical and other professionals are highlyqualified, highly-committed people. The hospital is fully accredited to international patient care and safety standards. “The hospital’s clinical director has written to the chairman of the inquiry committee, Dr Danny O’Hare, and to the Medical Council informing them of these protocolsrelated factual matters,” said the spokesperson. The board of the Medical Council will decide next on what sanctions Dr Rafferty should face. Mount Carmel Hospital’s website still contains details of Dr Rafferty, where he is cited as a consultant member of staff in the area of “difficulty in conceiving and maintaining pregnancy” in the Women’s Clinic.


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survey Councils called upon to ‘solve problem’

Investigations into N11/M11 floods ongoing  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

INVESTIGATIONS into flooding around the N11/ M11 are under way and will be completed soon, according to the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar. Ways to avoid future flooding in the area were discussed in the Dail last week when a Wicklow TD, Andrew Doyle (FG), addressed the minister about the matter. Deputy Doyle told Minister Varadkar that a meeting to discuss the

flooding of the N11 area took place among several stakeholders, including Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC). Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “I met last weekwith Richard Shakespeare [director of environment, DLRCC] and [DLRCC’s] road maintenance [department] to discuss the most recent flooding of the N11/M11, and flooding of houses at Old Connaught. “Shakespeare confirmed that consultants

have been appointed and are presently carrying out a catchment survey on the Crinken catchment area of streams, rivers, culverts and water drainage and flows,” said Cllr O’Callaghan. Cllr Jim O’Dea (FG) said: “Ultimately, this is a problem which must be solved by the two councils – Wicklow and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. “A survey is to be carried out into the cause of the flooding. We cannot tolerate a situation whereby the N11, M11 or

A survey is to be carried out in a bid to prevent flooding along the N11/M11 area

M50 gets seriously flooded, causing traffic chaos. “If remedial action is required to prevent future chaos as a result of flooding, then the relevant council(s) will have to find that money.”

A DLRCC spokesperson said: “The council has done some remedial works, and a consultant has been appointed by the National Roads Authority to assess and draw up proposals to prevent any

flooding in the future.” Minister Varadkar said: “Once we know what the problem is, the matter can be dealt with and whatever necessary works can be programmed and carried out.”

theatre Mill’s new schedule unveiled THE Mill Theatre Dundrum has two new shows. T h e S h a ke n N o t Stirred Theatre Company presents NewYork Stories from Tuesday, April 30 until Saturday, May 4 at 8pm; a selection of quirky, comic plays reflecting life in the Big Apple. Mass Appeal will take place from Thursday, May 9 to Saturday, May 11 at 8.15pm, and focuses on the friendship and courage of two people who struggle with various issues. Tickets for both shows are priced €12. For further information, see www. milltheatre.ie.


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community An Taisce’s National Spring Clean under way arts: fourth film fest

Residents invited to spruce up Knocklyon  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

AN TAISCE’S National Spring Clean campaign is going strong, and this week there will be a clean-up drive in Knocklyon. The National Spring

Clean campaign, which is Ireland’s largest antilitter initiative, is organised by heritage body An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment. Housing estates Beverly, Orlagh and Knockfield in Knocklyon will

be having their annual clean-up on Saturday, April 27. If you are interested in helping out on the day, you can contact local residents’ association member Linda White at 085 845 0949. All volunteers regis-

tering for the national spring clean campaign are issued with a free clean-up kit, which contains information, posters and colour-coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials. An Taisce will also liaise with local authori-

ties to ensure that all materials collected will be picked up without charge. If you would like to take part and help Knocklyon to look its best, you should see the website at www.nationalspringclean.org.

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Indian cinema to spice up summer  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Discover how Intellectual Property affects your business! Knowing the details about intellectual property can assist you to avoid costly pitfalls and you can use the knowledge to secure and protect what you have and inspire you to greater achievements. IN a ½ day seminar, learn what you need to know about branding, name creation, trademarks, copyright, design registration and patents – both nationally and internationally. Most of these issues impact on your business and this is a unique opportunity for you to learn how to understand and use intellectual property (IP) to create, improve, protect and market your business or concept. If you are a potential inventor, or want to launch a new product/service or refresh an existing business, you should attend to get practical advice, guidance and examples from an expert who has been there and has done that himself. You will learn how to use IP to create innovative initiatives that make your business a more dynamic, profitable and protected one, and how to secure your most valuable business assets. It is vital that you are familiar with the steps you need to take to protect what you have and prudently assist your expansion. If you don’t your business may be badly affected. In this seminar, all of these issues are explained and illustrated in an easy to understand way. Real life examples are used throughout and they will cover all business sectors. A workshop format is used so that groups of attendees can put into practice the various aspects of IP that they have learned. This ½ day seminar is taking place in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, on Tuesday, April 30th 2013 from 9am-1pm (registration is at 8.30am). The cost is €25 per person. Places are limited so book early to ensure a place. For further information or to book your place, please visit www.dlrceb.ie/training.

Accounting for knowledge: Locals in final of Junior Cert business contest STUDENTS Nebojsa Cvetkovic, Niall Alsafi, Daniels Kurilovs and Jason Cosgrove, from High School, Rathfarnham took part in a prestigious school business quiz in Thurles recently. Theirs was one of 122 schools competing for a place in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)/Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI) Schools Junior Cert Business Quiz final, which was held at LIT Ttipperary. Pictured congratulating the Junior Cert lads on their business skills and knowledge are their teacher, Eoghan Keegan; Jennie Harrington, president, BSTAI and Niall Hennessy, CIMA.

THE fourth annual Indian Film Festival of Ireland will take place this June at Movies@Dundrum cinema and various other venues throughout Dublin. This is the second year that the festival is based in Dundrum, and the special guest will be Oscar-nominated Indian actor Victor Banerjee, of A Passage to India fame. The Gazette spoke to the festival’s director and film producer, Siraj Szaidi, about the upcoming event. He said: “Since we began four years ago, the festival is gradually increasing in popularity. Interest is growing [here] in Indian cinema, and it has developed into a mini boutique festival. “We are now finding our feet in Ireland, and include a lot of really cutting-edge Indian films.” For instance, the festival’s opening film is Vishwaroopam, which means “map of the world”, and which explores themes of terrorism and the Taliban, and was shot in America. A lot of the films were shot in various locations throughout the world, not just in India. One based in New York, Meherjaan, is about the Bangladesh War of 1971. Szaidi said: “We have a share of Bollywood musicals, too, but have made sure to include some unusual, quirky films. “There is also a political film entitled Shanghai, which is a take on India versus China’s recent

growth, which comes down on the side of India to win out in terms of development. “This year, we have taken a new departure in that we are having screenings of the films in several suburban locations around Dublin that have the facilities to do it. “This is a great advantage for elderly people, or for those who would find it difficult to travel. “It’s worked out well for us, as cinemas are so expensive to hire, and it’s nice to get Indian films into small arthouse places like Red Rua in Tallaght,” he said. However, the festival is not only about watching films – it also has an awards gala to celebrate, and a masterclass on film production will be held in The Hub in Trinity College. Szaidi added: “The masterclass presents filmmakers and those wanting to get involved in film with an opportunity to meet established directors, and it is supported by Fas Screen Ireland.” The festival will be launched on May 21 in the Mansion House with a live Bollywood performance attended by the Indian ambassador, His Excellency Debashish Chakravarti, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O Muiri (FG). The Indian Film Festival of Ireland will run from Friday, June 7 until Monday, June 10, and the full festival programme will be up online soon at www.indianfilmfestivalofireland.ie.


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FF representative is named A NEW Fianna Fail representative has been chosen for the Glencullen/Sandyford area. Of his new post, John C Byrne said: “I am delighted with my appointment by the Fianna Fail party as local area representative. “I worked hard and campaigned against the closure of Stepaside Garda Station in recent months, but despite our best efforts the station was closed.” A former councillor, John is a Stepaside resident and chairperson on the Board of Management at St Mary’s National School, Lambscross. He is also a member on the board of directors at Balally Family Resource Centre. He also writes a monthly column for community magazine, The Three Rock Panorama.

Boys win national test final THE national final of the Credit Union Schools Quiz has been won by a team of students from St Joseph’s Boys Primary School in Terenure. The boys, who were representing Rathfarnham and District Credit Union, had been consistently high performers in the competition, and won in the under-11 age category, held on April 7 in the RDS. Ballyroan Boy’s National School represented Rathfarnham and District Credit Union in the 11-13 age category, but did not make it through to the final. The quizmaster on the day was RTE broadcaster, Marty Whelan. The annual event attracts more than 25,000 participants in more than 300 venues.

schools Locals through to finals of national contest

Social innovators impress  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

STUDENTS from Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Alexandra College in Milltown and Blackrock College have made it through to the finals of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) of the Year, 2013. Sixty projects out of 300 submitted from schools and Youthreach centres across the country have been shortlisted for the YSI showcase and awards. More than 300 social action projects were completed by young people across the country. The projects addressed a range of social issues of concern to young people, including cyber bullying, farm safety, mental health, youth literacy, facilities for children with disabilities and a braille programme

for restaurant menus. Oatlands College’s project focused on creating an interactive focal point for neighbourhoods and communities. Alexandra College addressed the problem of many places not being wheelchair-friendly, whilst Blackrock College’s project was about ending homelessness in Ireland. The YSI Social Innovation programme is now in its twelfth year, and is open annually to all 15- to 18-year-olds from schools and youth organisations nationwide. The competition was set up to provide young people with the skills and know-how necessary to bring about change in their communities and, subsequently, in the wider society. Announcing the shortlist, Rachel Collier, chief executive, YSI, said: “This

Students from Alexandra College are through to the finals of this year’s Young Social Innovatos of the Year awards, with their project based on wheelchairs

year’s projects serve to highlight the very real issues being faced by young people in Ireland at present. “It is vitally important that we listen to them and engage with them in addressing their concerns. “The sense of social justice and inclusion, and

the innovation evident in their responses to some very serious issues, are inspiring. “Social innovation can be a real force to bring about change in Ireland – it uses people’s creativity for the good of society, and it builds real social capital. “YSI promotes educa-

tion for social innovation, giving young people the ways and means to positively shape society for social good”, said Collier. The awards will be announced at the Young Social Innovators Showcase and Awards, supported by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, at Citywest Hotel on May 8.

Strictly a great night dancing  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE Strictly Come Dancing Experience, organised by Kilmacud Crokes Ladies Football Club, is to be held this month in aid of the club and the Baby Max Wings of Love fund. The competition will see 18 couples take to the floor, including footballers (male and female), camogie players, and Gaelic4Mothers members. Singer Stevie Hudson, who recently appeared on RTE’s The Voice, will provide the entertainment on the night. Among the judges will be model Roz Purcell and TV presenter Emma O’Driscoll. The Strictly Come Dancing Experience starts at 7.30pm in The Pavilion, Leopardstown

Racecourse on Saturday, April 27, and a limited number of tickets are available at €20 each from the club’s office and shop. For those who wish to attend, there will also be an after-party in Club 92, with free admission for all those coming from the Strictly Come Dancing event. Darina Ni Chuinneagain and Declan Donnelly founded the Baby Max Wings of Love Fund following the death of their son, Max, 10 years ago to meningitis B and meningicoccal septicaemia. Their current project is to raise the funds for vital medical equipment for the new national paediatric cardiac unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, which is due to open soon.


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Working on the doubloon ... This pirate helped the day sail along for owner Robert Prestage and his wife, Aoife. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

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business: SHOWROOMS’ OFFICIAL OPENING A HIT

Bathroom launch goes swimmingly B

ATHROOM Boutique celebrated the opening of its new showrooms in Churchtown with a family event recently. A colourful pirate was on hand to help keep things shipshape on the day, which moved along swimmingly. Featuring hand-picked wares from more than 40 suppliers and manufacturers, backed up by the renovation fitting expertise of Prestage Renovators and Plumbers, the contemporary showroom settings were a hit with customers, who praised the great range of wares and expert advice from staff. A number of designers were also on hand to help ensure that the launch at Earlscourt Industrial Estate was a great success.

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ERARD Barrett’s debut film Pilgrim Hill was recently given a special screening at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The 24-year-old director from Kerry wrote and directed the film, and has won the Rising Star Award at

the Irish Film and Television Awards 2013. Pilgrim Hill tells the story of a bachelor farmer Jimmy Walsh who lives in rural Ireland, and parts of the film are shot in a documentary style in which Jimmy speaks about

his life, thoughts and feelings to the cameraman. It is a moving story that echoes the theme of being alone and lonely throughout, and the long days spent with the cattle are portrayed in long scenes of Jimmy carrying out the same farming tasks everyday.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan (FG) with director of Pilgrim Hill Gerard Barrett. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary


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SPORT: supporting kids in the developing world

Calling all schools – rise to Goal’s fitness challenge GOAL is calling on schools from all over Dublin to take part in their newly-launched sports challenge next month. The event is set to provide all school-goers from junior infants right up to Leaving Certificate level – with the opportunity to compete against each other in a wide range of popular games and activities. The fundraiser aims to boost fitness levels

amongst children and teenagers, as well as raising money and awareness for some of GOAL’s programmes for vulnerable children throughout the developing world. This challenge is being supported by the Active School Flag Initiative, a Department of Education and Skills initiative that encourages schools to keep students fit and healthy, and it is one of the suggested activities for

this year’s Active School Week. Already Harold Boys NS in Dalkey, Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun and St Conleth’s in Ballsbridge are taking part, and GOAL is hopeful that many more teachers and students across the county will recognise the benefits of the challenge and sign up in the coming weeks. The event can be staged anytime during the month

of May and kids can “take on the teachers” in ball games and tug o’ war, or compete against each other in running races, relays, skipping, jumping, football, long kick and many other activities. Schools can run their challenge at any stage before the end of the school term. For schools interested in signing up, email schools@goal.ie, or contact Alan Vard at GOAL on 01-2809 779.

Leinster’s Ian Madigan with Conor O’Neill (left) and Adam Klug. Picture: Andres Poveda


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Famous 1980s brat packer Andrew McCarthy is coming to Dun Laoghaire’s Pavilion Theatre in May. The former actor turned travel writer will recount in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, his life during the brat pack hey day when John Hughes films such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink were the coolest things around. Andrew was a household name in the 1980s along with co-stars such as Molly R ingwald, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy thanks to Hughes’ popular teen and young adult coming of age movies. Andrew married

an Irish woman who inspired him to write The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. T h e c o nve r s a t i o n evening is a no-holdsbarred, ver y honest account of life in the Holly wood spotlight and his quiet family life today. Andrew McCarthy in Conversation with Sinead Gleeson is on Pavilion Theatre on May 3 at 8pm and tickets cost €10 or €8 for concessions.

gathering CONCERTS Choirs from the Nice region of France are set to perform in County Meath this weekend as

The fair will feature plenty of rare books, silver, porcelain and antique watches

part of the Gathering Initiative. The French Choir of the Coteaux d’Azur will perform in Navan along with the Meath County

Choir on Friday, April 26, and will follow with a performance with the Dunboyne Consort, a local chamber choir, and other guests in

Dunboyne on Saturday, April 27. The Dunboyne concert will see the French choir join with the Consort and the Pentatetra

String Quartet along with other guests in St Peter’s GAA Club House on Saturday night. It will be the French choir’s first visit to Ireland and the event will begin at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 (€5 concession) and are available from Vincent’s charity shop in Dunboyne and on the door on the night of the event. All proceeds from the concert will go to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

antique FAIR An antiques fair will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire this month. The fair will feature a

collection of decorative antiques and curios. Several of the traders at the Antiques and More Fair will be keeping the old world theme alive by donning vintage fashion and accessories. A total of 40 traders will be exhibiting, with stands featuring furniture from Donegal Antiques, Loughgall Antiques and A&E Antiques and Restoration. There will also be plenty of rare books, silver, porcelain, antique watches and mid-century memorabilia on offer. Opening times for the Antiques and More Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel are from 11am to 6pm on April 28.


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schoolLife Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Dublin 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 all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next generation of journalists and snappers 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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Sion Hill teams reach finals  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Two teams of third-year students from Sion Hill Dominican College in Blackrock have reached the finals of the 2013 National Dairy Council (NDC) Milk It Advertising Awards. The students set up their own advertising agency to promote milk drinking among young people and will both represent Sion Hill in the national finals due to take place on May 1. OMG Agency was created by students Aoife Cullen, Sarah Donohue, Laoise Keys, Roisin O’Hara, Prapti Setty and Georgina Francies under the guidance of their teacher Carol Ann O’Gorman.

The second team is called Bazinga Agency and is made up of Shauna McMahon, Kerri Pugh, Rachel Hickey, Emily Durnin, Erica Dent, Tara Redmond along with the same teacher. The teams, who worked in groups of up to six students, had to set up their own advertising agency and work within a brief to encourage their peers to meet the recommended daily intake of dairy products. Altogether 95 students and 20 secondary school teams in both the senior and junior categories have reached the national finals of the 2013 NDC Milk It Advertising Awards. The teams will exhibit their work and pitch their

Students from Sion Hill Dominican College in Blackrock have reached the finals of the 2013 National Dairy Council (NDC) Milk It Advertising Awards

project ideas to a panel of specialist national judges. The master of ceremonies for this year’s awards ceremony will be television and radio presenter, Eoghan McDermott who is currently a presenter on RTE’s The Voice of

Ireland. This is the third year for the programme, which was open to secondary school students throughout the country. Sion Hill teacher Carol Ann O’Gorman was an intrinsic part of the programme which utilises a

variety of school subjects such as media studies, English, art, business studies and home economics. Team members in the overall winners of the NDC Milk It Awards will be awarded a €350 One4all gift voucher.


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Raft race supports water safety unit  PAUL HOSFORD

A group of Dublin volunteers are calling on members of the public to raft across the Grand Canal basin next month. The Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (IUSRU), which “provides highly qualified search and recovery divers to search for missing persons underwater nationwide within our rivers, canals, lakes and off our coasts”, will hold their first annual raft race on May 19. Communications officer for the IUSRU

Andrew McGowan said that the charity, which is solely funded by donations, helps families in need across the country. “We were set up in December 2011 because a lot of searches in water were not being finished because of money. “With ever-increasing callouts, we decided that we would come in. Because we’re a specialised unit, we can focus on what we do. “Since we set up, we’ve got buckets of calls. Mostly, they wouldn’t be on an emergency basis. After everything has been exhausted, that’s

where we come in and we can search for weeks on end until funds run out to find the person.” “So far, the unit has searched for bodies in Dublin, Wexford, Waterford and Cork, but we are finding funding increasingly difficult to come by. “The funding solely comes from fundraising. We have no support from the Government because there just isn’t anything there.” All of the divers are trained to advanced open water level with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors

(PADI) or with another agency to an equivalent level. “We then train our members in search and recovery techniques and using equipment which is needed to work in environments that we find ourselves searching in. Our members train at minimum twice a month to further their training and to keep their skills fresh. “Because of what we do, it does cost a lot. All of our members are divers and they provide the equipment. Other equipment, like boats, are raised through raf-

The Irish Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (IUSRU) will hold their first annual raft race on May 19

fles or the likes of our raft race in May. “We do what we can to get our name out there, but our biggest issue is that because we are a specialised unit, not many people know much

about us, until they need us.” To fund their hugely impor tant work, the unit will hold a charity raft race in the Grand Canal basin on Saturday, May 19.

Pre-built raf ts are available, or groups can build their own. A group of four will cost €100. For more on the IUSRU, visit www.iusru. ie or contact info@ iusru.ie


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‘Legislate for abortion now’ The conclusion last week of the inquest into the tragic death of Savita Halapanavar can leave us in no doubt about the urgent need to introduce legislation for abortion. The evidence presented at the inquiry clearly showed that the absence of clear legislation leaves doctors unsure how to act. Eminent obstetrician Dr Peter Boylan stated, that Ms Halappanavar would probably be alive today if she had been given a termination when she asked for it. The declaration that legislation will be enacted this summer to allow

for abortion in Ireland where the life of a woman is in danger, including from suicide, is essential and must not be delayed or made inoperable. That it comes after 20 years of foot dragging is a shocking indictment of the lack of seriousness in dealing with women’s health and human rights. Savita’s death and inquest shows there must be no more delay. I will be at the protest at the EU conference on Gender Equality on Monday April 29, at 6pm in the plaza by City Hall on Dame St, calling for immediate legislation to allow abortion if pregnancy puts a woman’s

life at risk. The only reason more women have not died as a result of this inaction is because of our proximity to Britain. Very sick women have been exported to England for decades to avail of this medical treatment at enormous financial and emotional costs to themselves and their families. Against the backdrop of continuing austerity, the option of finding a minimum of €1000 to make the trip will not be an option, endangering the lives and well-being of many women. The frenzied response of the anti-abortion lobby and elements of the

Catholic Church, to the government’s proposed legislation, talking about “mass murder”, “opening the floodgates”, “abortion on demand”, apart from being a gross insult to women and the medical profession, is completely at odds with the reality of the government’s proposal. Their stance reflects the fact that they realise that they have lost the battle for the hearts and minds of the silent majority of people in this country who understand that Irish abortion exists; it just does not take place in Ireland. What does it say about our society when the Minister for Justice can stand up in the Dail and explain that our constitution means that we live in “a republic in which we proclaim the equality of all citizens...that some citizens are more equal than others”? He further outlined that there are no barriers for men to look for and get medical treatment to, not only protect their lives, but also their health and quality of life, but that for women, that right is qualified. Where

Deputy Clare Daly: “Absence of clear legislation leaves doctors unsure how to act”

rape victims and women whose foetus develops an abnormality, where as a certainty it will not survive, or women whose health could be so damaged as to be permanently incapacitated cannot access an abortion in

their own country. This injustice and oppressive inequality is acknowledged by the government, and then shrugged off, as they do not propose to do anything about it. This is not good enough. It is an abject betrayal of women in this country and it cannot be allowed to continue. The root of this legal “second class citizenry” is the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which equates the life of the unborn with that of the woman. This clause must be removed in order to enable legislation or regulation to be brought in to allow women to access their basic health and human rights for the many other circumstances where a woman needs to have an abortion, beyond the circumstances where her life is at risk. Recent opinion polls

have revealed that the overwhelming majority of people agree with abortion in a range of different circumstances, over 30% agreeing in all circumstances. The very vocal, highly organised and heavily financed “pro-life” groups are attempting to respond and apply a counter pressure on Fine Gael backbenchers and Enda Kenny to stem the tide. They will not succeed. A new generation of Irish people will not sit back and wait another 20 years for further progress. If nothing else has been learned over the past six months it is that we will be waiting a long time before the political establishment delivers social change – best to get out and fight for it ourselves.

Deputy Clare Daly United Left Alliance


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A classic Celtic clash:

APRIL 2013

Kenny Egan

EXCLUSIVE: The boxing legend on life after retirement

RUMBLE IN MANHATTAN Esker ABC in the Big Apple

St Mary’s Boxing Club Tallaght, welcome Cwmbran and Torfaen Warriors Boxing Clubs


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Dowling tops when it comes to coaching MICK Dowling is one of Ireland’s most respected boxing coaches. Having served as a member of the National Coaching Committee for 10 years his knowledge of the sport is second to none. He is currently senior coach of the Mount Tallant Boxing Club. Mick’s competitive record is outstanding. He boxed 50 times in the green vest of Ireland competing at both the 1968 Mexico and 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Mick Dowling, a record eight times national senior bantam champion, now runs a sports shop as well as being a respected RTE boxing analyst. He is the holder of two bronze medal successes in Euro-

pean Championships. His first outing in Mexico 68 was against Bernd Juterzenka, and the Kilkenny man made a fantastic Olympic debut, dropping the East German twice before the ref saw enough and called a halt to proceedings in the first. Dowling then beat John Rakowski, who was also left occupying a large area of floor space after being felled by a thudding right from the Irish bantamweight in the second round. The Australian was then disqualified in the third for using his head. That win left Dowling just one positive verdict away from winning at least bronze, but the

Congratulations! 50 years for the Keoghs KO MONTHLY would like to congratulate Mr Paddy Keogh and Mrs Olive Keogh on their 50th wedding anniversary celebrated in Parnell’s GAA Club with friends and family. Paddy and Olive have been involved in boxing for over 50 years and are current members of the Dublin County Board. They run a very successful boxing club, Dublin Docklands in Sheriff Street, which has produced many national champions over the years.

Irish champion lost 4-1 to Japan’s Eiji Morioka, two warnings tipping the balance in favour of the Asian from a very close contest. Morioka was beaten in the last-four by Valerian Sokolov of the USSR, who beat (TKO 2) Eridadi Mukwanga of Uganda in the final to finish on top of the 54kg podium. In Munich, in 1972, Dowling fought his way to a quarter-final decider with Cuba’s Orlando Martinez. Dowling was agonisingly only three rounds away from bronze, but, after nine minutes of cracking boxing, Martinez got a split decision and Dowling’s Olympic dream was over. Mick has boxed and

Mick Dowling is one of Ireland’s most respected boxing coaches

coached at international level and he is still as enthusiastic about Irish boxing as he was in his fighting days. He is an excellent ambassador for Irish boxing worldwide and remains a well respected figure in Irish boxing. Mick also dedicates a lot of his time to charity work, most notably for Down Syndrome Ireland. KO Monthly would like to take this opportu-

nity to wish Mick every success in his personal ventures and for Mount Tallant Boxing Club. He is also the proud owner of two European bronze medals and still holds the record for eight national titles in the same weight division. More recently Mick trained the Leinster rugby squad in the art of boxing conditioning and is well known as an RTE boxing commentator and fight analyst.

Mick Dowling Born: Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny 17th December 1946 Clubs: • Arbour Hill Boxing Club • British Rail


25 April 2013 GAZETTE III

Still passionate after over 40 years in the game Round 1

KO: Phil thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with us. Firstly, what are your ambitions this year for Crumlin Boxing Club? PS: First of all, to keep Crumlin Boxing Club going for the next 500 years. I know I won’t be here, but to keep it going and to make it that little bit stronger. We have a great group of coaches and a great committee flying the Crumlin colours, that they flew back in the 1930s, where they had senior champion after senior champion. We have won championships here for the past 20 years since and I have been involved at all levels. Also, to keep young children motivated to stay off the drink, the drugs and everything that is so bad out there at the moment. KO: What is your ambition for your professional fighters? PS: We are doing very well at the professional game. We had Willie Casey, who was a slugger from Limerick. We put a bit of technique on him, he had the will, he had the strength, we had good tactics and he went on to win Prizefighter and then he went on to win the European Title. We got stuck against Rigondeux in CityWest for a World Title. That Rigondeux is something special. Unfortunately, Willie is no longer boxing for me, he is in a good gym up the north, he is back in form and I wish him all the best. Now, I have my own son boxing for me, who is making his debut on

March 9 in Dundalk, and I have Anthony Fitzgerald who pushed Andy Lee all the way in a 10-round thriller and is a very well respected fighter. I want to produce world champions in the professional game – simple as that.

Round 2 KO: With you being involved in both amateur and professional boxing, what do you see as the main difference between the two disciplines? PS: There is not much difference in dedication in a top pro and a top amateur. The pros train for longer rounds. There is very little money for the professional fighters, unless they’re very special. With top amateurs, they’re on the High Performance Programme, and they have now got the WSB (World Series of Boxing) where they wear no headgear or vests and they fight for five threeminute rounds. The WSB has millionaires supporting them, so the boxers are getting a nice little wage for boxing. A boxer only has a certain amount of time in boxing, so if they can get a nice little house for themselves, they’re doing well.

Round 3 KO: What advice would you give an amateur looking to turn professional? PS: Get a good coach, good manager, someone to support you and train hard. Go for your goals, nothing comes easy as a top amateur or a top professional. KO: After all your years

PHIL SUTCLIFFE

For over 40 years PHIL SUTCLIFFE has dedicated his life to boxing. His desire and enthusiasm are second to none and are still unquenchable, despite achieving huge goals both as a boxer and as a coach, most notably two Olympic Games, numerous National and European Honours and steering Willy Casey to European glory as a coach KO MONTHLY caught up with the well-renowned coach and now professional promoter, down at his beloved CRUMLIN BOXING CLUB, to talk to him about his ambitions for his club, and also for his new stable of professional fighters involved in boxing, what keeps you so passionate about the sport? PS: Seeing the kids’ faces, seeing that we are not wasting our time. A few do go through the net, a lot of them have gone on to become plumbers, carpenters and most have gone on to do good things, and to know we have tried to point them in the right direction in life.

AgAiNsT ThE RoPeS … KO: Favourite boxer of all time? PS: Sugar Ray Leonard

KO: Favourite boxing movie? PS: Rocky

KO: Old scoring or computer scoring? PS: Old scoring

KO: Favourite Irish fighter of all time? PS: There are two, Gerry Hamill and Hugie Russell

KO: Amateur or Professional? PS: Amateur

KO: Is there enough funding for boxing clubs, yes or no? PS: No

KO: Favourite fight of all time? PS: Thrilla in Manila

KO: Head guards in or out? PS: Out

KO: Dream fight of all time? PS: Stecca and myself (Phil boxed Maurizio Stecca in the Quarter Finals of the 1984 Olympics. Stecca went on to win the Gold Medal)

wItH PhIlIp SuTcLiFfE


KO M O N T H L Y Catching up with Kenny Egan – an Irish boxing legend

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Kenny Egan brought us, the boxing fans, some very memorable moments. Throughout his amateur career, winning 10 senior titles, numerous international titles, but most notably his silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Last February, the curtain came down on his illustrious career KO Monthly caught up with the Dubliner down at Neilstown Boxing Club, Clondalkin where it all began for the Irish legend, to discuss his career, life after boxing and that emotional standing ovation KO: You have dedicated your life to boxing so far so how do you plan to spend your days now you have retired? Ken: That’s a good question. Well, I’ll still be training, it’s not as if I’ve stopped boxing altogether. I’ll be training here at the club three times a week if I can, and do a bit with the kids. I want to do my best to put a bit back into the sport from a training point of view. KO: You have been very successful as a boxer, winning an Olympic silver medal in Beijing 2008, 10 senior national titles and numerous international medals, inspiring lots of young boxers. Do you feel you could inspire young boxers as a coach? Ken: A lot of good amateurs don’t necessarily go on to be good

coaches, so that’s a bit of a challenge in itself, but it’s a challenge I’m definitely up for. I’ve been around top coaches for the last 22 years and I’ve seen how they operate, especially the likes of Billy Walsh and Zaur Anita on the High Performance Programme and also my own coaches here, Gerry Fleming, Hughie Smith and the rest of the lads, so I’ve a good idea what’s involved and needed to become a top coach. At the moment I’m taking part in a Pursuit of Excellence Programme which is going on over in the Sports Institute. It involves various different coaches from various sports who come together to perform different tasks. My task at the moment is basically how to get a first-time athlete to the Olympic Games under the coaching of a

first-time coach. I have obviously plenty of experience as an athlete but I’m learning from all the other coaches there, and it’s going very well for me at the moment. KO: You were given an incredible send off at the National Senior Finals, were you expecting that type of ovation by the boxing fans? Ken: Well, there’s maybe two groups of people who came to the stadium to support me in the National finals, going all the way back to when I won my first title in 2001, so it was sweet to have the same people there in 2013. They, along with my coaches and family, have been with me right throughout my journey to here and now. I wasn’t expecting the standing ovation I got. I had made my mind

up in early January that I was going to retire. Noone knew about it, not my family, or even my coaches. I’d had a long road and I had achieved everything I had set out to do, so the time was definitely right. I don’t regret retiring at all. The ovation was amazing especially seeing the kids there, some of who weren’t even born when I won my first senior title, so it was good to know I had given some joy to the Irish people over the years. KO: You have reached the highs of boxing and you have seen the lows of the game. What is your best memory from your career and what was your lowest? Ken: Well, the obvious high would be the Olympic silver medal. It was an amazing two weeks for me, everything went

perfect, even the training camp out in Russia prior to the Games. I was high in confidence and was boxing brilliantly, so that’s the obvious choice. But to win my first senior title was also very special, more so because I was the underdog going into the fight and I was only 19 years of age. The lowest was being beaten in 2011, when I was going for my eleventh title. I was so used to being a winner as I hadn’t been beaten in this country since 1998 after winning titles at all levels, not just my Senior Titles. So getting beaten by Joe Ward gave me a kick up the ass! That was definitely the lowest. KO: In regards to boxing, do you have any regrets about your career? Ken: I don’t really have

Kenny Egan has had a stellar career in the ring, including winning an Olympic silver medal in Beijing in 2008, but all good things must come to an end: “I’d had a long road and I had achieved everything I had set out to do.”

any regrets, no. It was a great privilege to put on the Irish vest and be an ambassador for Ireland. I’ve travelled the world representing my country and bringing home medals to Ireland. KO: Boxing is Ireland’s Number 1 sport in regards to winning medals worldwide, do you think the sport gets the recognition it deserves? Ken: The only problem with amateur boxing in this country is it’s not recognised. It’s actually a disgrace. It’s not sold right, published or advertised correctly because it’s a great sport

that shows its face every four years at the Olympic Games. I think it needs to change, the whole set up. We have a great opportunity to generate money for the IABA by using our Olympians to advertise boxing and to sell out the stadium with top home internationals. KO: What advice would you give to an up and coming fighter who has dreams of following you and going to the Olympic Games? Ken: Have an open mind and be willing to learn. Soak it all up and, most importantly, enjoy it.


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VI GAZETTE 25 April 2013

CROWNED

They are the champions! THIS years National Boy 1, 2, and 3 Champions were crowned earlier this month at the National Stadium, Dublin. All champions are listed below, including a total of six Dublin boxers. The successful competitors are all aged between 11 and 14-years-old. So read closely, as you might see some stars of the future!

Boy 1 Winners 2013 27kg: Ian Hehir (St Colmans) 29kg: Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) 31kg: Oisin Treanor (Emyvale) 33kg: Brandon McCarthy (St Michaels Athy) 36kg: Jack McGivern (St George’s) 39kg: Jake Tucker (St John Bosco Newry) 42kg: Declan McDonagh (Claremorris) 44kg: David McDonagh (Spartacus) 46kg: Michael Myers (Crumlin) 48kg: Bradley McDonagh (Ennis) 50kg: Shane Gillespie (Bundoran) 52kg: Michael McDonald (Darndale) 54kg: Peter Keenan (Darndale) 57kg: John Casey (O.L.O.L.) 60kg: Ben Bannon (Holy Family) 63kg: Rory Brennan (St Anne’s) 66kg: Cathall Meaghar (Spartacus) 70kg: Martin McDonagh (Dealgan) 75kg: Aaron Byrne (Baldoyle) 86kg: Mark Donnelly (St Colman’s)

Boy 2 Winners 29kg: Terry Donoghue (St Michael’s Athy) 31kg: Davy Oliver Joyce (St Seachnall’s) 33kg: Reece Parchment (Tramore) 36kg: Barry McReynolds (St Paul’s) 39kg: Connor Renaghan (Keady) 42kg: James Crean (Wexford CBS)

44kg: Pierce O Leary (Dublin Docklands) 46kg: Lee Harkin (Illies GG) 48kg: Anthony Barrett (Titans) 50kg: Sean Dempsey (Gorey) 52kg: Kane Tucker (St John Bosco) 54kg: Oisin O’Dowd (Gilford) 57kg: Brian Stokes (St Seachnall’s) 60kg: Tori Lee Nicholas (2 Castles) 63kg: Andrew Stokes (O’Hanlon Park) 66kg: Michael Walsh (Holy Family) 70kg: Jordan Joyce (St Francis) 75kg: Tom Gavin (Edenmore) 80kg: Ciaran Corcoran (Cloghan)

Boy 3 Winners 31kg: Liam Glennon (St Joseph’s) 33kg: Davan Duggan (Dungarvan) 36kg: Tom Stokes (Oakleaf) 42kg: Eamon Sweeney (Illies GG) 44kg: Patrick Donovan (OLOL) 46kg: Aaron McKenna (Old School) 48kg: Callum Bradley (Sacred Heart) 50kg: Jason Harty (Rathkeale) 52kg: Aaron Gethius (Ballinacarrow) 54kg: Paul Ryan (Bay City) 57kg: Brian McNamee (Convoy) 60kg: Jordan Myers (Innisfree) 63kg: Leon Gallagher (Finn Valley) 66kg: Kacper Bura (St Anne’s) 70kg: Bert Zalewski (St Anne’s) 75kg: Hugh Doyle (Cloghan) 80kg: Blaine O’Brien (Clonmel) 86kg: Connor Gleeson (Old School) 91kg: Ben McNamara (Ballinacollig)

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Last month, Lucan’s Esker ABC travelled to New York to face the New York Athletic Club

Boxing bliss in the Big Apple for Esker LUCAN-BASED Esker Amateur Boxing Club was formed in April 2012 by Ed Griffin and Martin O’Connell. Five years previously, Ed was also a founder member of Lucan Boxing Club, and served as secretary and coach with that club. Ed decided to set up Esker to cater for the demands of young people in the Lucan area for a sporting outlet. Having got initial funding from club president Eddie Butler, Esker ABC was on its way. Since its inception, Esker has gained over 40 permanent senior and junior members ranging all the way from underage to intermediate and senior standard. T he club has had approximately seven shows since its inception which have attracted clubs from all over the country, and current Irish heavyweight champion and former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion

Tyson Fury attended one of its shows. E d i s a l s o h e avily involved in setting up Dublin youth teams. Club members Aaron McGrane, Claudiu Munteanu and Adrian Dolan all represented Ireland in Manchester in November, and the club is travelling to England for the Senior Haringey Cup competition in June, followed by a junior trip to Blackpool that month also. Last month, EskerABC travelled to New York to face the New York Athletic Club. Nine bouts were decided with close calls in most of them. Aaron McGrane was in against the three-times New York Golden Gloves champion, Brian Ceballo, who had missed out on the London Olympics by one bout. Both men gave it their all and McGrane was unlucky to come out on the end of a majority decision. Adrian Dolan was robbed of a decision against a Tajik boxer who

is on the verge of turning professional. Dolan had him on the canvas twice, but the decision did not go his way. R o b F l y n n , Ev a n Walker, Peter McCabe, Joe Farrell, Dylan Ward, Peter Tully all boxed

acknowledged by the 1,000 strong partisan crowd in attendance. There was absolutely fantastic corner work by Esker coaches Martin O’Connell, Daithi Mc Cabe and Mick Kelly on the night.

to NYPD detective Terry McGee, an old friend of the club for setting it all up with the New York Athletic Club. On March16, Esker ABC marched at the front of the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York

Aaron McGrane was in against the three-times New York Golden Gloves champion, Brian Ceballo, who had missed out on the London Olympics by one bout well on the night. St Michael’s Athy boxer, Tommy Sheehan, boxed Tommy Kehoe of the NYAC on the night and was unlucky not to take the decision, a fact

The night would not have been possible without the help of Superquinn Lucan, club president Eddie Butler and O’Neills Bar, Lucan. A huge mention must go

as guests of the NYPD and it was a fantastic experience for all. Esker return to New York next year, and will host the NYAC in Ireland in September 2014.


25 April 2013 Gazette VII

The Cyclone CLASSIC CLASH: June 8, 1985 WBA World Featherweight title Loftus Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London

Every so often in life there is a fight that lifts a nation, and the night the Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan fought Panama’s legendary all time great world champion Eusebio Pedroza for the WBA version of the world featherweight title was one of them. Contests like this don’t come any bigger and even now it sends shivers down the spine of even the hardest boxing fans. It is only with the passage of time and the benefit of hindsight that we now realise just how important and special that night was, not just for boxing but for sport in general. In Eusebio Pedroza, the world had a true great of the featherweight division. He was 32 years old at the time of the defence against McGuigan. He had up till then made 19 successful defences of his title, that is how good he was. He had not lost a fight since 1976 and since becoming world champion in 1978 fought and beat off a variety of world class contenders. To say it was a daunting task for McGuigan is an understatement. McGuigan in the mid 1980s was the biggest name in British and Irish boxing. He was a superstar when the epithet really meant something. By the time of the world title fight the 24-year-old was a household name. Such was McGuigan’s crossover appeal that he could name schoolchil-

dren, men, women and even old grannies among his many fans. More importantly in his own back yard of Clones, just outside of the border with Northern Ireland, he enjoyed support from both Catholics and Protestants. No one sporting or political person had managed to bring two warring factions together like McGuigan had. If Pedroza was the f lashy matador then McGuigan was the aggressive bull. On the night there was an amazing atmosphere nearly rivalling those at the King’s Hall, as 26,000 fans packed the arena on that warm June evening. At least three quarters of those fans would be Irish or of Irish descent. The opening bell could just about be heard over the roar of the crowd. Pedroza was still on one knee crossing himself and McGuigan showed true sportsmanship and class by allowing the champion to finish this ritual before going on the attack. This was a key moment as there had been fears that with all the hype, needle and gamesmanship, as well as Pedroza’s reputation as a sometimes dirty fighter and McGuigan’s body shots sometimes straying below the belt, that this contest could degenerate into an untidy, foul-filled maul. With one simple, patient gesture all of that had been defused and thankfully the contest would be a spirited but clean affair.

For the first few rounds all McGuigan could do was try to work his way in, slipping the jab and unsettle the champ’s rhythm. He kept storming forward, but Pedroza looked so dangerous as he landed several jabs, right uppercuts and a cracking body shot that landed right on McGuigan’s heart. Barry amazingly walked through it all, but there were plenty of anxious moments earlier on. Slowly though McGuigan’s aggression and non-stop pressure began to tell. He managed to get in a few meaty hooks of his own and the champion was frowning in deep concentration as he tried to keep the terrier that was McGuigan at bay. After six action-packed rounds which had flown by most observers had them both level. The seventh round fol-

Clones Cyclone Barry McGuigan fought Panama’s legendary all time great world champion Eusebio Pedroza

lowed, the familiar pattern of Pedroza circling and countering effectively and McGuigan pursuing, looking to unload. Pedroza retreated to the ropes, dropped his left slightly as he jabbed and then McGuigan fired a beautifully timed right hand that landed right on the button sending Pedroza sideways to the canvas. The legendary champ was given a count by the South African referee and the whole of Ireland stopped breathing. McGuigan was on fire now and he pressed forward both fists flying

while Pedroza employed all of his 12 year’s experience as a professional to slip, clutch, clinch and maul his way to the safety of the bell. It was yet more gamesmanship from the Panamanian’s camp, but they were fooling nobody. Amazingly in the eighth, Pedroza showed just why he had been champion so long by taking the round thanks to some excellent boxing on his toes. He was enjoying a good spell in the ninth too until another big right smashed home sending the crowd wild and the

champion’s legs wobbly. There was a palpable feeling in the air that the title really could be about to change hands. McGuigan was remorseless and although Pedroza won a round here and there he was soon back into survival mode. In the 13th a McGuigan attack had Pedroza reeling and staggering around the ring. The bell saved him but he must have realised that the title was slipping from his grasp. McGuigan would just not be denied. The 14th and 15th

Barry McGuigan with son Shane, left, and the newly crowned European champion, Carl Frampton

rounds went by in a wonderful blur, with the crowd singing their hero home to victory and the magnificent champion showing courage, pride and tenacity to survive to the final bell. When it was finally over Pedroza showed true class when he walked over to McGuigan and threw his arms around him saying: “You will be a great champion.” Not long after that McGuigan was hoisted on to the shoulders of his cornermen and held aloft, he modestly kept his head down as he raised his gloves in triumph. Barry McGuigan was the new WBA world featherweight champion! It had been an unforgettable evening and occasion and in those 45 minutes of unrelenting action, McGuigan sealed his place in the Parthenon of great boxers. What a night and what a fight. It will not be forgotten for a long, long time and I hope you enjoy reminiscing about a fight that changed Irish boxing forever.


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tournament: ireland vs wales

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n March 8, St Mary’s Boxing Club Tallaght welcomed Cwmbran and Torfaen Warriors Boxing Clubs travelling all the way from Wales to box a club show in St Anne’s GAA Hall, Bohernabreena. This was a return show as St Mary’s travelled over to Cwmbran in November for a boxing tournament with the same clubs. This show would not be possible at all if it was not for the efforts of Mr Noel Burke

Snr and the late Mr John Riordan, who forged a friendship with Mr Keith Jeffries from Cwmbran way back in the mid-1980s. We have had some very enjoyable tournaments both in Wales and Ireland over the last 30 years, with the boxing always of a very high standard. The tournament on March 8 was no different than the previous ones, with some excellent contests taking place.

Ryan Taite and Noel Burke Sr of St Mary’s

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The musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King, is a spectacular spectacle with actors taking on the roles of the animals

musical spectacular: The Lion King comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Nicholas is ready to roar  PAUL HOSFORD

It has thrilled audiences across the globe, selling out nearly nightly on Broadway, in the West End and Las Vegas and this month, The Lion King comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The musical adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated film is a spectacular spectacle, with actors taking on the roles of the animals roaming the Serengeti. Leading the stampede into Dublin is Nicholas Nkuna, who will take on the role of adult Simba, the Right King of Pride Rock. Nicholas is building an impressive CV, already gaining the distinction of being the youngest actor ever to play the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

However, taking on the role of a lion is a unique challenge. “It takes preparation,” says Nicholas “We had a number of weeks rehearsals in Bristol to get down into the character. “All the brilliant ideas put out by Julie Taymor had to be pinned down, but it is hammered down now. “I am the lion,” the multi-talented South African laughs. Nicholas, who has never done the show before, says that his mind was opened by his preparation. “I think rehearsal opened up my mind about what the show was about. I’d obviously seen how people had done it, but when it was explained to me, it was really interesting.” Taking on a role in such a massive show doesn’t weigh down Nicholas,

such is his experience and he says that the show has been a universal success because of its appeal to every member of the audience. “I think it’s a universal story. Everyone from little kids to adults can take something away from the show. It’s a simple story, but it’s still amazing and I think that’s what grabs people. “For Simba to take on his responsibility as a king, I think people can relate to that in some way.” Nicholas says that he did watch the animated version to get inspiration, but says that the live show has “so much more”, in terms of spectacle. For someone who has achieved so much success at a relatively young age, the Johannesburg man is remarkably humble and says merely that he is

“blessed” to have been handed the roles of Phantom of the Opera and King of the Jungle before he has reached his quarter century. “I consider myself blessed and I always say that it is every actor’s dream to play these two roles. I thank God every day for me being allowed wake up and do my job.” Beyond The Lion King, Nicholas says that he would love to take part in the French revolution. “I would love to be in Les Mis or Brooklyn and I would love to be in The Colour Purple. “But for now, I can’t wait to get to Dublin, though I’m not sure about the rain!” The Lion King runs from April 27 to June 22.

THE Gazette Newspaper Group has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the week is Betty, a beautiful two-yearold female collie cross. This little lady is looking for an extra special forever home. Shortly after arriving at Dogs Trust her carers noticed that she was almost deaf. This doesn’t mean this clever collie can’t do almost all of the things a hearing dog can do but sometimes even more! Betty is very quick to learn and really wants to impress you. She will need a patient, dedicated and experienced owner who can continue with her training and development in a home with big kids 14+. She would be happy to share her new forever home with a canine pal if required. If you think you could give Betty or any of the other wonderful dogs at the centre the loving home they deserve, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. 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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Last year’s catwalk event (above) was a big success but this year promises to be bigger and better! Picture: 1st Option/

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Spring/summer ’s biggest trends will be brought to life at Blanc h a r d s t ow n C e n t r e this weekend with their U-Style event that sees fashionista’s dreams become a reality. Imagine catwalk shows, make-up workshops, hair demonstrations, advice from personal stylists, a realm of all things style and beauty at your fingertips – well this is exactly what people can expect to see at the Blanchardstown Centre for two days, April 27 and 28. Blanchardstown Centre and U-magazine have joined forces to educate Dublin about all things fashion and beauty. Speaking to The G a z e t t e , m a r ke t i n g e xe c u t i ve w i t h t h e Blanchardstown Centre, Ciara Daly, said the

event is bigger and better and bright and bold is our robe for summer.” than ever before. final trend. The team from U mag“It’s been fantastic, “We will have four azine will be there each and because it’s been so shows on the hour, start- day and after each fashion successful we’ve made it ing at 1pm with the last at show there will be a maseven bigger and better. It 4pm, and they will show- ter class. Shirley Lane, the is going to be a fantastic case each of these trends Blanchardstown Centre’s shopping weekend for from a range of different personal stylist, is up first everyone that comes stores around the shop- each day. “She is excelalong, not only for fash- ping centre. All items lent. She knows the cenionista’s but there will be tre inside out and she will discounts across a wide show her style picks range of stores for spring sumBecome a U covergirl including some mer. and WIN A of our beauty “There €500 SHOPPING SPREE brands as are also Blanchardstown Centre will be searchwell. master ing for the Ultimate U Covergirl so According classes strike a pose for their photographer to Ciara, this for makeand you could be in with a chance of event is a great up from winning a €500 shopping spree from way for people Inglot and Blanchardstown Centre and a chance to feature in U Magazine. to get to know for hair from what to wear. Peter Mark. “They “Top industry experts will show you how to will give the best advice do these looks at home.” on all the different trends the models will be wearOn Saturday, April that are out there at the ing will be available to 27, Jules Fallon from moment. The key trends purchase on the day and 1st Option will give a that we will showcase the majority of stores will master class on Sweet in each show are floral, have discounts too, so it Jeans, a sneak preview of monochrome, stripe, will be a great weekend another event the centre denim and accessories, to get all the key looks to has coming up in May holiday and swimwear brighten up your ward- (Thursday-Sunday May


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wit h U-Style

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More catwalk glamour. Picture: 1st Option/ Paul Sherwood

2-5 and May 9 -12). “Jules will be on site taking private consultations for two weeks only. She will be choosing denim and jeans from a number of different retailers in the shopping centre and giving you the best style advice and again there will be discounts over those weekends too. “It is all free and you book your appointment at the information desk

occasionand you have a private, wear from half-hour consultaDon’t miss the Beauty Pods BT2. “This will tion in a style lounge all around Blanchardstown really inform with Jules Fallon. Centre. Your favourite beauty brands will be offering people about This shows what complimentary treatments the amazing jeans fit what shape, from 1pm-4pm on range BT2 have and to get people Saturday & Sunday to offer – great for trying something new occasions like wed– like trying skinnies for dings and parties.” the first time, flares, or In addition to all of boot-cut jeans. send us a message on “ We a r e t a k i n g Facebook,” Ciara added. this, there will be beauty appointments now, so At the U-Style event pods all over the centre, either call the informa- on Sunday, April 28, with all the top beauty tion desk or pop up to Annmarie O’Connor brands offering minithem - you can even will also be showing makeovers and they will give advice on skincare, makeup techniques etc. “We really want people to be able to take things home with them. Saturday April 27: This will show the range 1pm Fashion Show and Style Makeover with Shirley Lane of amazing brands we 2pm Fashion Show and Hair and Beauty Master class with have at the Blanchard Peter Mark and Inglot stown Centre,” she con3pm Fashion Show and Sweet Jeans Masterclass tinued. 4pm Fashion Show and Covergirl Finalists. To get all the latest Sunday April 28: news on the event check 1pm Fashion Show and Style Makeover with Shirley Lane out the Blanchardstown 2pm Fashion Show and Hair and Beauty Master class with Centre’s Facebook and Peter Mark and Inglot Twitter pages or logon 3pm Fashion Show and Occasion wear master class with BT2 to www.blanchardstown4pm Fashion Show and Covergirl Winner announced centre.com

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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Factory Girls

THE Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co Donegal. The women characters are five strong and independent women who take on the boss and the union. May 1 and 2, tickets €20/€16.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Oliver Reed Wild Thing

IN this blistering solo show, join legendary hellraiser Oliver Reed as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story. From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success of Oliver, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances – this was a life well lived. Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant evening of entertainment. May 1, tickets €18/€16.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 New York Stories

NEW York stories is a selection of quirky, comic plays reflecting life in the Big Apple and features a cast of characters that could only live in that metropolis. Zany, funny and even a little bit sad, come and visit New York and hear our stories. Jason Milligan’s many plays have been staged across Europe, Canada and the United States. April 30-May 4 tickets €12.

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Joe Mullins and Keith Byrne take the lead in Irish rural drama Pilgrim Hill

review: a tale of rural isolation and loneliness

A hill conquered SOMETIMES, silence speaks louder than words, and no better phrase can describe the effects of Pilgrim Hill. From the opening scenes the film moves at an extremely slow pace. We watch the forty-something farmer Jimmy Walsh (Mullins) at work in the fields; fixing the fences, milking the cows, painting the house and carrying out everyday farming jobs. He is out in the fields alone all day, and only has the cows as company. He even often manages not to meet anyone for a few days in a row. The film is shot in parts like a documentary, with Jimmy speaking to the cameraman about his everyday life, his various jobs on the farm, how he cares for his father who survived a stroke, how his mother committed suicide while

Film of the Week: Pilgrim Hill h h h h h (15) 103 mins Director: Gerard Barrett Starring: Joe Mullins, Muiris Crowley, Keith Byrne, Corina Gough, Kevin McCormack

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he was a child, and how he feels about working on the farm and living as a bachelor.

Regrets He speaks of his regret for not standing up to his father to stay with the woman that he loved, and how he would love to just get away from it all but feels that he has no other job prospects because he has no qualifications and farming is all that he knows. These scenes are extremely engaging as we hear of Jimmy’s life story, his thoughts – which sometimes are of him thinking aloud to

His lack of hope for what lies ahead of him comes across in his tone of voice and through his eyes.

OUR VERDICT:

UNHURRIED, cautious and overall quite beautiful, this is simultaneously as Irish and un-Irish a film as you are likely to see. In a film that is about as flashy as a rained out week in Ballybunion, Gerard Barrett manages to announce himself as a vital new talent in the Irish cinematic landscape. It is a truly outstanding achievement and hopefully there’s more to come.

himself, and his feelings about his life. They also make Jimmy seem like a real-life person, and we develop a feeling of sympathy and understanding for what he is going through. The slow pace helps to convey how long and lonely each day may seem to a farmer working out in the fields alone, with rare social contact. In fact, the highlight of his weeks are a trip to the local pub for a pint of Guinness. The setting portrays a story which is a very real representation of

a sad, lonely and single farmer, and highlights how rural isolation is a reality for some in Ireland. From the start it emphasises the theme of being along, and it is echoed throughout. Things go from bad to worse for Jimmy as various situations in both his personal life and work life take a turn.

Problems L i ke m a ny o f u s experience, some problems seem to crop up all at once, and it gets a bit overwhelming for Jimmy.

Moving Pilgrim Hill is a moving story, and by the end of its 85 minutes, it is sure to take your breath away. T he film has won director Gerard Barrett the IF TA’s Irish Film Board Rising Star Award. Barrett succeeds in showing the long and l o n e l y d ay s e x p e r i enced by Jimmy, how he is finding life tough, and how various happenings can make it even harder to cope with – especially as he is alone. Take our advice and don’t miss this film. It may seem long, but that’s the powerful tool for the story, and it helps to make it real and relatable.


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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Farewell, godfather of great album art Martin Green, Aidan O’Rourke and Kris Drever of Lau are preparing for an international tour in the next two months

interview: best kept secret in folk music comes to Dublin

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The next in an ongoing series of the best band you’ve never heard of takes us to Scotland, where, from out of the sunshine on Leith comes Lau. In the folk scene, they are simply immense. Winners of the best band at the BBC Folk Awards for the last four years out of five, they come from a traditional background but their sound is anything but. Playing guitar, fiddle and accordion might at first glance seem utterly trad, but the music Lau create, with live loops and synth bass, has the hallmarks of audio innovators like Brian Eno. Cinematic and evocative, Lau on record is one thing, but their live incarnation is in another galaxy. Martin Green (accordion), Kris Drever (guitar and vocals) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) combine to incredible effect on stage, and that alchemy is on its way to Dublin, with the group set to hit Whelans on June 1. Gazette Music spoke to Martin as the band were

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preparing for their latest tour, and we started by talking about their unique music and how it came to be. “We are all rooted in folk music of one sort or another, and we all come from musical families. This traditional music is still the basis of the music we make in Lau, but we all have interests in other sorts of music, and these influences slip in. “One of our shared fascination is with sound, sounds possible from acoustic instruments, sounds we can enhance or embellish with effects, areas where we can use electronic sounds. “We spend a lot of time with our sound engineer Tim Matthew, working on the live sound and trying to make the show sonically interesting.” Their latest release,

Race The Loser, is a distinct evolution in their sound, an achievement that Martin attributes in part to the influence of producer Tucker Martine, who has previously worked with REM and My Morning Jacket. “Working with Tucker was like working with a musical Gandalf with a Nashville accent. He encouraged a real spirit of exploration and experimentation, and was happy to try out any idea we proposed.” From their acoustic roots, Lau have added electronic elements and effects to their sound in studio and on stage. “For us, the increasing technology has been a very slow burn. It has

always been something that we have embraced, and Martin has always made bedroom electronica, but it wasn’t clear for a long time how to combine that with the acoustic sound of Lau. “Tucker is so knowledgeable about so many sorts of music that he was able to help us find a place for more of those electronic elements to come forward. We have been looping ourselves live for a few years now, and always tried to keep it reasonably subtle, I think now we are confident to make more of that. There are more complex bits of laptop use on stage now, and some heavy Moog bass action. “We are lucky to have

an engineer so involved in rehearsals. Tim and Tucker are friends and have a shared sonic sensibility, so the live gig sounds surprisingly like the album.” As well as recording and touring, Lau curated their own mini-festival, Lau-Land, something they are definitely considering repeating. “We plan to do at least three more in the next two years. All events will involve local acts as well as international acts. We will encourage as much collaboration and crossfertilisation of bands as possible, which is one of the main motivations behind these festivals.” Lau play Whelans on June1. For more, see www. whelanslive.com

Another rock legend has joined that Great Gig in the Sky. Although you probably don’t know what Storm Thorgerson looks like, and it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard him play an instrument or sing, you definitely are familiar with his work in the world of music. The English graphic designer, who passed away last week at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer, is responsible for many famous album covers, including Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. The record, released in 1973 is one of the world’s best-selling albums and its cover is so powerful, it doesn’t even contain its title or the band’s name. The iconic image, of a triangle on a black background acting as a prism to create a rainbow of colour, is just one of dozens of famous sleeves created by Thorgerson for dozens of huge names. He also created album artwork for Led Zeppelin, The Cranberries and Muse to name but a few. Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was childhood friends with the designer and in a statement on www.pinkfloyd.com following his death said: “We would gather at...a spot by the river in Cambridge and Storm would always be there...making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed,” adding that Thorgerson’s artwork was “an inseparable part of our work”. Thorgerson’s death is particularly poignant as it came on the year of the Dark Side album’s 40th anniversary. In this world of digital downloads, I wonder how many people now buy albums on record or CD just for the cover? Storm, take a bow. Dee Woods presents Nova Nights on Radio Nova Mon-Fri 7pm-12am & Sundays 12-2pm. Follow her on Twitter @radeeoh


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northern ireland: fascinating jewel of belfast’s heritage is surprisingly accessible

A Titanic trip that’s certain to delight you  dave phillips

BE L FA ST’S Ti tani c Experience is a worldclass attraction that’s just a short trip away if you’re looking for a simple and stress-free break from Dublin. What’s better is that you can forget all about directions, parking, and even accommodation as you can easily get there and back by public transport in a day. The Enterprise train service takes two hours to make its way from Dublin’s Connolly station to Belfast Central [train station], and splurging a little extra on a first-class ticket can help set the pace for the day. In Belfast, your train ticket will also get you passage on buses to the city centre, where you can pick up maps and information on other attractions from the tourist office. Since its launch in March 2012, the Titanic exhibition has become an instant must-see part of Belfast and, to date, has clocked up more than 700,000 visitors. The numbers haven’t shown signs of slowing, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance. The iconic building that houses the exhibition

has become an incredible part of the cityscape, and is located just a 10-minute walk from the city centre in a rejuvenated dockland area that feels similar to Dublin’s IFSC district. The exhibition puts a lot of stock on bringing history to life, and it shows what an impact the RMS Titanic had on the city. Just to ready the dry dock – which enabled workers to build Titanic and other Olympic-class liners – took almost two years. The exhibition also highlights the connection between the Titanic and the Working Class citizens of Belfast. So much of the ship was hand-built by an army of labourers, and the sheer scale of work involved can be difficult to grasp. Utilising unique audiovisual installations, interactive displays – and even an electronic ride to explore the world of Titanic – you can get a real feel for the different aspects of the ship, from her construction and the experience aboard, to the disaster and its aftermath. The exhibition seamlessly moves from personal to group stories, and shows how the building and sinking of Titanic affected the Belfast com-

munity. There’s a lot to see, and it is presented in a way that children and adults alike should find fascinating. You could easily pass several hours here. Walking back toward the city centre, you can pass through another of Belfast’s redeveloped areas, the Cathedral Quarter. Based around St Anne’s Cathedral, this area is a hive of warmly-lit, winding streets and laneways, where you’ll find plenty of boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. Just opposite the cathedral, in St Anne’s Square, you’ll find Chopin Grand Cafe, which is the perfect place to stop for a coffee. If you have time, you could easily spend another few hours exploring and going for dinner before taking the train back to Dublin. You’ll find plenty of free gallery attractions in the Cathedral Quarter. R ight across from the cafe is the MAC –

a newly-opened arts venue that is displaying an Andy Warhol collection through April. If you visit Belfast on Saturday, make time to stop by St George’s Food Market, close to the train station, where you can try a great range of food and pick up some unique gifts. For many people, time to get away is getting less and less as our working hours and commitments change, but it’s great to know you can still go somewhere completely different and be back in your own bed by the evening. Tickets for Titanic Belfast cost approximately €16.50 for adults, or around €8 for children if booked online. Trains run regularly from Dublin to Belfast, and ticket costs can vary depending on time. See translink.co.uk to book Enterprise tickets. For further information, see www.titanicbelfast. com.

The centre has a striking, contemporary setting in one of Belfast’s rejuvenated areas

The RMS Titanic’s grand central staircase has been expertly recreated at Titanic Experience, bringing the grandeur of a lost era to beautiful life


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space: A superb design from ford

Be impressed by the B-Max n Cormac Curtis

THERE was a time when families were just happy to get loads of space in a safe car – not any more. Car manufacturers are crawling over each other for as big a piece of the family car market as they can capture, and one of the leaders of the pack is Ford. The main attraction with their B-Max range is the unbelievable access to acres of interior room.

Measuring just over 4m long and barely 1.6m high, this is not what you would call a big car, but that’s what makes it so attractive. By making the ample interior space so incredibly versatile through an innovative door configuration, Ford have produced a car that punches well above its weight. You get the feeling you’re driving a far more substantial car than you’re sitting in, but it is

more than happy being powered by some exceptionally thrifty engines, including the 1.5-litre TDCI motor, and incredible 1-litre ecoboost petrol version. I drove both versions in recent weeks, and was seriously impressed with both. The ecoboost engine packs far more punch than any 1-litre petrol engine has any business packing, and compares favourably to the diesel

While the Ford B-Max has a list of great features as long as your arm, a seriously impressive selling point is its clever design and use of doors, which give a notable feeling of space, as well as terrific ease of access

in terms of fuel consumption. The diesel is rated at about 4.8 L/100km, while the ecoboost version comes in at a respectable 6.6 L/100km – on top of that, there was only about ₏500 in the difference between the two versions I drove.

The B-MAX comes with a maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating; the B-MAX’s Ford Easy Access Door System provides unobstructed entry and exit with hinged front doors and sliding rear doors integrating the central body pillars. When both front and

rear doors are open, there is outstanding access to the interior, with a huge, clear aperture more than 1.5m wide. The new B-MAX is also the first European Ford to offer the company’s acclaimed SYNC system. SYNC is an advanced

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We, Sean & Arlene Stenson intend to apply for planning permission for development at 24 St Endas Park Rathfarnham Dublin 14. The development will consist of the removal of the existing to side & shed construction of a new 2 storey extension to the side with single storey extension to rear and front new attic room with dormer & roof lights internal alterations, drainage and ancillary works. This application can be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the South dublin County Council during its public opening hours of 9am - 4pm Mon - Fri and a submission or observation may be made to S.D.C.C in writing and on payment of a fee(20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of the receipt by South Dublin County Council 18099


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Lucan Educate Together National School We are seeking to recruit an Analyst Programmer for a 12 month contract. The role involves support and development of existing and new system processes. Duties & Responsibilities: • Design of system changes • Development of systems to specification using structured techniques • System and integration testing • Support and maintenance of live systems • Providing support to users Essential Skills Required: • Oracle 10g Developer Suite - Forms & Reports • SQL • PL/SQL • Oracle Application Express • VB and .NET • Pro*C • Crystal Reports • Pre-formatted File extraction and loading using PL/SQL • Experience on some Source control system. (VSS etc) Skills & Attributes: • Minimum 5 Years+ Oracle Developer Suite Experience • Capability of experience of producing clear and concise documentation • Knowledge and working experience of relational database design • Analysis and problem solving skills • Customer focused with excellent interpersonal skills • Communicate effectively with management, users and other IT team members • Work to tight deadlines whilst meeting customer expectations • A relevant third level qualification is desirable.

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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community

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FastSport Seminar on new Garda vetting rules:

Rathfarnham-based driver, Nicole Coffey, is making waves in the world of karting domestically and internationally

motor racing: LOCAL Karting sensation has big aspirations for her career

Coffey driving for the heights of future Formula 1 success Rathfarnham’s Nicole Coffey is quickly establishing herself as one of the most promising young talents in motor racing in Ireland, if not the world. Loreto College student Nicole won several titles in the world of karting in 2012 and was selected by Motorsport Ireland to take part in the 2012 CIK / FIA Karting Academy Trophy, the world championship for 13- to 15-year-olds in Bahrain. One of only two girls competing in a field of 60 of the world’s most tal-

ented young karting drivers, Nicole secured sixth place overall. Nicole has a busy schedule ahead in 2013, and will be competing both at home in the domestic championship, as well as in international competitions against the world’s best karters. Speaking about her aspirations and ambitions within the world of motor sport, Nicole said: “I love motorsport and want to drive in F1 for Red Bull or Ferrari, and to be the first girl to win in Formula 1. I am well used

to competing in a male-dominated sport and was the only girl racing in the cadets when I started. It was hard in the beginning, but I was a quick driver so everyone got used to it. “The last 15 Formula 1 world championships have been won by former karters. Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel were all karters and they credit it as the foundation of their career success. I am inspired by my fellow track heroes and Katie Taylor, who has achieved so much.”

Speaking about the young star’s future, John Baker of Nicole’s management team, BSMG Sports Management, said: “It’s a fantastic time for Irish women in sport with the recent success of the Irish women’s rugby team and the exceptionally talented Katie Taylor winning medal after medal “Nicole is an outstanding Irish talent, and we want the public to get behind her and support her on her journey to becoming Ireland’s first female F1 star”.

Fingal County Council Sports Office in association with Dublin City Sports Network and the Irish Sports Council are organising an information evening for sporting clubs in the area to help them understand the new regulations regarding Garda vetting for sports clubs. This seminar, which takes place at Wood Quay on Wednesday, May 1 from 6.30 to 8.30pm, will set out to answer questions such as these that many sport clubs have. Admission to this seminar is free, but places are limited and you must pre-register. Further information is available from Fingal County Council Sports Office at 01 890 6256, or pauline. gilsenan@fingalcoco. ie

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh rheigh@gazettegroup.com

For more information or to send in news and photos: sport@gazettegroup.com Phone: 01 651 6205


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New fitness centre launched at K Club  sport@gazettegroup.com

Grandson of legendary horse trainer Dr Vincent O’Brien, Jamie Myerscough, has recently opened a new brach of his training franchise, Educogym, at The K Club. Jacqueline O’Brien, Jamie’s grandmother, officially opened the gym by cutting a measuring tape rather than a ribbon. Jamie is the CEO of Educogym, The first

Educogym opened in 2008 and since that time has proved popular its locations in Naas, Docklands, Dundrum and Blackrock. The Educogym method takes a holistic approach to health and fitness and focuses on regular exercise combined with nutrition. The system teaches people how to focus, train and nourish their bodies through one training programme. “Lots of people go to

gyms and run forever on a treadmill, lift weights that are not suitable for achieving their own fitness and body tone objectives and ultimately get no results”, said Jamie. “The Educogym training method only takes 20 minutes a day, a few times a week so it is much easier to stay focused.” For more information, log on to www.educogym.com or call Educogym on 1850 737 737 or (01) 6278679.

DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards april nominees

H STARof the MONTH

rob barrable

conor mcgregor

paul mannion

SWORDS rally racer Barrable is beginning to deliver on his considerable promise evident in recent years, with a second place finish in the WRC 2 category at the Rally de Portugal last weekend. He finished ahead of world rally championship leader, Sepp Weigand, and looks set to capitalise on his strong background in the sport

LUCAN man McGregor brought his A-game to the hexagon in Stockholm in April when he lined up against American MMA star, Marcus Brimmage. Only 67 seconds into the bout, Brimmage was counted out, and the local fighter had made a big name for himself in the UFC, which will see him elevated in the ranks of contenders

THE Kilmacud Crokes man had an impeccable league campaign in his first season in the Dublin senior football panel, culminating in a dramatic equalising point to relegate All-Ireland champions, Donegal. He followed up with a 1-4 salvo in the semi-final over Mayo, making him a contender for a starting championship spot

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Doireann Shaffrey’s sublime extra-time free ultimately proved the difference for Foxrock Cabinteely when they retained the Emma Jones Memorial Cup in Lawless Memorial Park on the final day of the EVERBuild Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Feile for 2013 after a tight and toughly contested final against Ballinteer.

SHAUNA Kelly’s pair of booming first-half goals saw St Brigid’s make the best use of the strong wind coming from the clubhouse end at Lawless Memorial Park in April to withstand an epic Scoil Ui Chonaill fightback and claim the girls’ football Feile Division 2 title after a set of assured and confident performances.

Fingal’s hurling heroes finally secured promotion to National Hurling League Division 2B with an assured performance against Donegal in Breffni Park in April, that saw Fingallians Peter Daly fire home the decisive goal, and John-Matthew Sheridan’s scoring throughout the campaign continue into the final

TEAMof the MONTH H

IS THAT something like summer just outside the window? Then it must be time to strike up the band and acclaim the nominees for the April Dublin Sport Awards. It was a month that saw success in a huge range of sports. Driving, MMA and football provide this month’s individual nominees, with three young men who have proven their potential in their respective sports, while fledgling sides in hurling and football claimed deserved titles and promotions.


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Paralympic legend Malone honoured

DAVID MALONE has been at the forefront of swimming in this country for over 20 years, both in and out of the pool. Last week, he was inducted into Swim Ireland’s Hall Of Fame Swim Ireland’s 2013 annual award ceremony honoured the great achievements of the Irish swimming fraternity over the last 12 months at the Galway Bay Hotel, and in the process recognised one of the great sportsmen to come out of the sport over the last quarter of a century. The Hall of Fame award was presented to Paralympic gold medallist and head of Paralympic swimming in Ireland, David Malone. Malone, a verteran of four Paralympic games throughout the years, has also established himself as a formidable coach over the years at the National Aquatic Centre, with the culmination of that reputation so far coming at the London Paralympic games, with two medallists and nine finalists in the Irish team.

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Speaking to Gazette Sport last week, Malone reflected on what his achievement meant to him. “When I was told I was the recipient of the Hall of Fame award, I didn’t know what to say, I was speechless. It was a great honour to be selected, and to be presented with the award. “ It means a lot to me, and it’s not just a great honour for me, but also for my parents, my teammates down through the years. It’s a fitting tribute to everyone who has contributed to my success so far.”

It has been a long road to this point for Malone, and he spoke about his journey to his current position in the national set up. “I started my coaching career alongside my swimming career at Terenure College, and I was lucky to get an introduction into coaching back in the early 90s. I moved to the NAC in 2004, where I have been head coach since. “I have seen that club grow and flourish. I’ve been lucky enough to work with hundreds of athletes over that time, national champions, agegroup champions, junior international swimmers, and coached a number of Paralympians to finals at world and Paralympic level, James Scully being one of those. “I took over as head of Paralympic swimming in

David Malone receives his Hall of Fame award at the 2013 Swim Ireland ceremony from Kevin Williamson, who coached Malone to Paralympic glory

2009, and in that time, I’ve seen the team transition from a really young team to a team who brought home two gold medals and nine final place in London.” That coaching experience has garnered an array of national and international successes,

letes and spectators of the London Games last year felt unlike any previous year, and Malone thinks that public perception of the entire field of Paralympic sports has changed as a result. “In Sydney, I swam in front of 17,000 people at 8am, which was unlike

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something that Malone feels is down to the people who have coached and influenced him throughout his career. “I am lucky to coach a broad spectrum of athletes. In the Paralympic team, being able to share my experiences as an elite athlete, winning medals, and not just going to take part but to compete for medals is a bonus. “From that perspective, it’s putting in place a pathway for swimmers, and where they fit into the performance path to, first of all, go and qualify for these meets, and then to go and make finals and have podium success. I guess, with my career, spanning back so long and the people I have worked with, I’ve been able to take pieces from all of that, and try and bring it together.” The experience for ath-

anything I ever experienced before, and we haven’t seen anything like it since then, until the London event. The games last year were just spectacular. “When I was competing, I was training 20 plus hours a week and putting in the hard graft, we never got the recognition back then. “It’s only now that people are starting to understand the magnitude of the games - how hard athletes work. Most athletes who compete at the Paralympics have overcome some form of adversity in their lives, and then transformed themselves into paralympic athletes. It is all about abilty and sporting excellence. From that perspective, it is now developing into the public consciousness how good these athetes are and how hard they work.”

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Dublin Gazette salutes the Great Ireland Run local winners for 2013 DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers is delighted to announce the local winners of the 2013 SPAR Great Ireland Run. The Great Ireland Run was another huge success last week, which saw approximately 10,000 people take to the windswept roads of Phoenix Park to take on the 10k challenge. Recognising the fastest runners in each of our papers’ local areas, we salute your achievements! We will be in touch shortly to advise about your prizes. Swords Gazette Christopher Muldoon (34:40) and Suzanne Sheehy (41:53) Malahide Gazette Philip O’Doherty (36:46) and Roisin Bennett (49:26) Blanch Gazette Sean MacSeoin (36:16) and Aine Hackett (44:17) Castleknock Gazette John Dunne (34:36) and Eimear O’Leary (39:14) Lucan Gazette Robert Scanlon (36:46) and Bernie Stapleton (48:10) Clondalkin Gazette Stephen Moore (33:44) and Deirdre Daly (46:56) Dundrum Gazette Garrett Banahan (38:18) and Emma Flynn (46:42) Dun Laoghaire Gazette Billy Byrne (43:44) and Lindsay McMillan (47:42)


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FastSport Beaufort side claim last gasp draw: LORETO’S stunning late comeback to draw 3-3 with Pegasus keeps them in pole position to progress from the women’s Irish Hockey League Pool A. Cathy McKean’s goal gave them an early lead but they ended up 3-1 down with eight minutes to go and looking set for a first loss of the campaign. But Loreto kept pushing forward and Niamh Small’s fifth goal in seven days got them back in it and two minutes from the end, Nikki Keegan hit the roof of the net and earned the draw.

soccer: diabetes ireland set to profit from huge fundraising match

Premier League champs come to Rosemount  sport@gazettegroup.com

ROSEMOUNT legends will take on a glittering array of Manchester United legends this Saturday in TEK United’s Stradbrook home at 3pm as part of a huge fundraiser for Diabetes Ireland. R ay W i l k i n s , L e e Martin, Arthur Albiston, David May, Clayton Blackmore, Andy Richie, Dion Dublin, Frank Stapleton and

Bryan Robson have all been confirmed to take part in the special occasion. T h e e ve n t i s t h e b r a i n c h i l d o f To ny Brow ne and he has helped gather together some of the club’s most famous faces including Joe Roche, John Bennett, Anto, Eddie and Stephen Doyle and Alan Bennett. It comes at the perfect time for Browne, coming just a couple

of days after United claimed their 20th top tier title in England. He had offers in the past of r unning an event in this manner with other clubs but, as a Manchester United fan, he was keen to wait for their legends 11 to come available. Both sides will be led out by 22 diabetic children as mascots. They will also play a game as part of the half-time entertainment for what

Rosemount are set to host an array of Manchester United legends

promises to be a fun day out for United fans and those associated with Rosemount alike. Entr y is €10 and parking on the day is available at Baker ’s Corner pub or at Blackrock RFC on the Stradbrook road. The game will be pre-

ceded by a lunch and there is a post-game dinner where some much coveted prizes will be up for grabs including jersies of Robin van Persie, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona along with Wayne Rooney’s boots For tickets to the

game, you can contact Brow ne on 087 631 8148 or Willie on 087 637 6074, while tickets for the lunch and the dinner can be obtained from Alex on 086 889 0695. More information is available on www.diabetes.ie.


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O’Carroll targets Ballyboden in SHC mix   sport@gazettegroup.com

ROSS O’Carroll says that despite his Kilmacud Crokes side’s senior hurling championship victor y last autumn, Ballyboden St Enda’s are very much the side to beat as the 2013 edition of the competition gets under way this week.

O’Carroll captained the club to their first success in the competition in 27 years with a sweet 2-10 to 0-9 victory over local rivals Cuala last term. But he sees the path to back-to-back titles as replete with pitfalls as they drew a particularly tough group, starting with St Brigid’s next

Wednesday night in Parnell Park (8.15pm). S t J u d e ’s a n d N a Fianna are no pushovers, especially after the usual intermittent buildup to the competition with league games cancelled and inter-county involvement delaying the start of the SHC. “It is frustrating but it’s nothing new and I

don’t think it’s going to change,” he said. “You have to adapt and get on with it and not complain about it; if you do, you won’t get anywhere. “A few club games have been called off but we’re looking forward to it now and hoping to give it a good lash and see where it takes us.”

hurling: naomh miss out on win by last-gasp scores

Club Noticeboard ballyboden st enda’s There was no winner of this week’s

ing chairman Terry O’Neill for all the

lotto which means next week’s

work he has provided in the club the

jackpot is €2,500. Match first three

last few years.

winners were Carmel Howard, Tem-

Hard luck to our club players who

pleroan, Knocklyon, Breda Ward, The

lost out against Tipperary in the

Drive, Boden Park and Tommy Brown,

National Hurling League semi-final:

Woodstown Vale, Knocklyon. Seamus

Onwards and upwards to both them

Vaughan, Monalea Grove, Firhouse

and the management team for the

won the weekly subscriber’s draw.

2013 hurling championship.

Cong r atul ation s to Br e nda n

Club member Paudie O’ Neill is head

Moran who was nominated as Bal-

coach with the Tipperary hurling

lyboden St Enda’s new chairperson

team, and we wish him best of luck in

and a big thank-you to our outgo-

the National League final.

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

tainment.

lotto draw of €8,600. Next week’s

Annual family fun day in Marlay

draw will be for €8,800. Tickets are

Park on Saturday, May 4, and all

available online at www.ballinteer-

are welcome. Followed by May fes-

stjohns.com or from the usual out-

tival gathering in the club house at

lets.

9.30pm, with music, song and dance.

Wednesday night is a great night of traditional music, no cover

Tickets are €5 from team mentors or festival committee.

charge. Why not come up and join in

The club fundraising gala fashion

or enjoy a night of music and craic.

show takes place in clubhouse on

Spread the word to your friends,

May 11 featuring some of Ballinteer’s

family and neighbours.

next top models!.Tickets are €10 and

Bingo every Monday in the club-

available from the social committee,

house. It starts at 8pm and all are

team mentors and behind the bar.

welcome for a great night’s enter-

All support welcome.

naomh olaf Naomh Olaf were within three minutes of victory against Round Tower at their new Monastery Road venue

Olaf pipped to punch by Tower’s late show

SENIOR b c’ship Round Tower 2-14 Naomh Olaf 1-17  sport@gazettegroup.com

EOIN Ryan’s late goal and an even later Alex Darby point saw Round Tower’s toast their new Monastery Road home with a draw with Naomh Olaf that had looked unlikely with three minutes to go. Ryan thrashed home a 21m free before Darby landed a super score to salvage something on their return to senior B hurling in front of a large crowd at their sparkling new premises.

For Olaf’s, it was a frustrating finale after they forged their way clear, finally finding some fluidity midway through the second half with Simon Hickey’s goal pushing them three points clear. And that lead fluctuated around that mark until the very late stages before the Clondalkin side’s late salvo. Early on, Tower’s got off to a flyer, leading 1-4 to 0-1 on the quarter-hour as Eric Finn made all the running before Ryan hockeyed his lay-off from the ground to the net. Olaf’s, though, were drawing a series of fouls

that, while stunting their pacy attacks left them with a plethora of frees in position for James Murphy to clear the bar. He scored all of his side’s first half points, clipping six frees and shooting a penalty over the bar when Robert Quinn was dragged down. Shane Byrne’s goal-line intervention kept it that way as Tower’s led by 1-7 to 0-7 but the Sandyford side were level, despite playing into the breeze, with Murphy scoring three more frees. Fergal Mairtin finally weighed in to share the scoring load with Olaf’s

first point from play in the 38th minute and Hickey nabbed what looked to be the critical goal. He followed up a ball dropping deep into Tower’s square and accepted the break with glee. From there, his side kept chipping away while Finn did likewise for Tower’s, scoring 0-4 in the second half alone. But when Peter Gordon landed a lovely point with four minutes left, it looked like Naomh Olaf had done enough only for the hosts to produce a stellar finish down the stretch and grasp a point.

The senior and junior hurlers started

side in their opener to the champi-

their championship campaigns off

onship. Olaf’s struggled to find their

last weekend. Our seniors were away

rhythm and Jude’s ran out comfort-

against Round Tower, Clondalkin, in

able winners in the end.

their opener to the senior B champi-

Attentions are now turned to the

onship. Round Tower started the bet-

two sides’ next championship games

ter and opened their account early

which are in the coming weeks.

with a goal inside the first 15 minutes.

Club membership is now overdue.

However Olaf’s never stopped bat-

You can now pay for your member-

tling and saw them come right back

ship online through a link on the web-

into the game. The second half saw

site: Just go to naomholaf.ie and click

Olaf’s continue with some terrific

the link for myclubfinance.com and

fighting spirit being shown by all and

follow the simple steps or by filling out

clawed their way to a four-point lead.

the membership forms that can be

Unfortunately, Olaf’s couldn’t hold

found behind the bar on the website

out to the immense pressure Tower’s

or from team mentors. Please return

put on them and managed to level the

membership as soon as possible.

game. Final score was Olaf’s 1-17 to 2-14. The juniors faced a tough St Jude’s

There was no winner of the Joker’s Wild. Next week’s jackpot is up to €1,950.

wanderers All players and members reminded

and for the second team, please con-

to ensure they are fully paid up asap

tact Mark on 087 673 2628 or Damian on

as they are neither insured nor eligible

086 863 2565. Training occurs weekly

to play after April 30. Contact John for

on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.15pm

details on 087 905 8568.

in Frank Kelly Park. Ladies training

Adult men’s football training contin-

takes place each Wednesday in Frank

ues throughout the week. All new play-

Kelly Park at 7.30pm. All new players

ers welcome. For the first team, please

welcome. For further details, please

contact John for details on 086 811 8372

contact Louise on 086 833 3587.


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