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On the ball: Rugby stars meet fans Football:

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O’Connell and Charlie O’Connell met Leinster Rugby players Rhys Ruddock, Fergus McFadden and Jimmy Gopperth, who recently dropped in to Life Style Sports in Dundrum Town Centre. The stars came to meet their local fans and to mark a successful first season of the retail partnership between Life Style Sports and Leinster Rugby.

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Kilmacud come back to defeat St Pat’s in SHC Page 29

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Water survey refused at Dundrum TC in 2005 Councillor outrage as report outlines contractors denied access to centre

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Dublin City Council contractors were refused entry to Dundrum Town Centre in order to conduct a flood survey in 2005/2006, five

years before the catastrophic water damage that afflicted the centre in 2011. Cllr Jim O’Dea (FG) spoke to the Gazette in the wake of revelations contained in the Dodder Catchment Flood

Risk Assessment, that said that five years before the flooding in 2011, DCC contractors were refused entry to the centre to conduct a flood survey. O’Dea said it “beggared

belief” that centre owners had any hand in “denying access to any State or council examination or analysis of the floods and their consequences.” Full Story on Page 9

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policing Review is sought over closure

Renewed calls to reopen Stepaside Garda Station FOLLOWING the dramatic resignation last week of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, local politicians in the Glencullen/Sandyford area are now calling on the new Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to review the decision to close Stepaside Garda Station. Politicians from Labour and Sinn Fein are now using the opportunity of the personnel change by appealing to the new minister to revisit the locally unpopular decision to close the Garda Station. The closure of the station was resisted vigorously by local people who launched a campaign to keep it open and held rallies in February 2012.

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Some 34 gardai from Stepaside were transf erred to Dundr um Garda Station and since then, the Stepaside area has been policed by community gardai on patrol. The fate of the empty OPW owned garda station remains unclear. Cllr Lettie Mc Carthy (Lab) sent a letter to Minister Fitzgerald this week demanding that she now reverse the decision made, just over a year ago, to close the station. “There is now a win-

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With the appointment of a new Minister for Justice, locals have renewed their calls to reverse the closure of Stepaside Garda Station. Picture: Google Earth

dow of opportunity to re-evaluate the policing needs of the people of Stepaside. The people who were responsible for making this very bad decision are no longer at the helm,� she said. “I have requested an urgent meeting with

Minister Fitzgerald on behalf of this community and hopefully common sense will win the day. “Paying for two separate venues weekly to hold Garda clinics and paying a Management Company to maintain the former Station is



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hardly the best use of State money. “I fully accept, there will be a need for a new station to serve this area as development continues but in the meantime, let’s stop wasting money and put our Guards back where they belong and where they can best serve this community and do their job to the best of their abilities.�

‘Possibility’ Local election candidate Chris Curran (SF) said: “The appointment of Francis Fitzgerald as Justice Minister, along with a new interim Garda Commissioner, opens up the possibility of a review of the closure of Stepaside Garda station. “Since the closure of the station the area has seen an increase in both petty and serious crime. “The overwhelming will of the people of this constituency is to have the station reopened and I am calling on the new Minister Francis Fitzgerald to review the position in relation to this.� Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald had not responded at the time of going to print.

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schools Bord Bia initiative raises €330

nutgrove: former boardS replaced in bid to support job creation

Local Enterprise Office to launch A NEW Local Enterprise Office which replaces the old Dun LaoghgaireRathdown County Enterprise Board will officially be opened on Monday, May 19 in Nutgrove. On the day, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will launch the new LEO at Nutgrove Enterprise Park at noon . According to the Government, the LEOs, which replaced the enterprise boards last month are part of the Action Plan for Jobs to support job creation across every region of the country. The restructure promises to be of particular advantage to small businesses as it offers a one-stop-shop for advice, training and funding. Tanaiste Gilmore said:

“We must now build on and accelerate that, and this year we are putting in place a range of measures including the transfer of the functions of the former County and City Enterprise Boards to Enterprise Ireland and the delivery of these functions at local level through a new network of LEOs. T he LEOs, which merge the functions of the CEBs with the Local Authority Business Support Unit services, will deliver more services and better services to the startups and small businesses across the country that we rely on to create the jobs we need. The network of 31 LEOs will deliver an improved system of local enterprise supports to

start-ups and small businesses across the country – with more staff, more funding, and more services being provided.” An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab) and Michael Johnson, head of local enterprise offices in DLR will also attend the launch. The new office brings to two the number of LEOs in the county; the other office, serving the more easterly side of the county, is located on Harbour Square in Dun Laoghaire. Some of the initiatives to help start or grow businesses in DLR include advice clinics, mentoring, and EU project supports. For further information, you can contact www.

Splash: Local kids get colourful to launch Irish Cancer Society’s walk stepaside kids Douglas and Alexandra Kelly, and Galway lady Sarah Collins splash out coloured paint as they launched the Irish Cancer Society’s Colour Dash, in association with Crown Paints. The 5km walk and run takes place at the Phoenix Park on Saturday, July 26, and all funds raised from this powder paint run will go towards the charity. The five colours of the paint represent various aspects of cancer; purple for cancer survivorship, yellow for lung cancer, green for bowel cancer, pink for breast cancer and blue for prostate cancer. To register visit Picture: Andres Poveda

STUDENTS from Alexandra College in Milltown recently took part in a Bord Bia initiative called The Future is Food in which transition year students formed companies and sold their products, raising €330. The students set up enterprises based on fresh food from local artisans and innovative recipes of their own making for a food market held on Saturday, May 10 at Alexandra College. The students, through a charity set up by the school last year called Paraplay, used the market day as an opportunity to raise funds to increase the numbers of wheelchair accessible swings and other wheelchair friendly equipment available to children in need.

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election Local candidates talk to The Gazette about what Glencullen/Sandyford local election candidates

Simon Gillespie Sinn Fein Deirdre Donnelly Non-Party

Nicola Curry People Before

Dundrum local election candidates


Catherine Martin Green Party

Peter O’Brien Labour

Madeline Spiers Fine Gael

John C Byrne Fianna Fail

Brian Murphy Fine Gael

Chris Curran Sinn Fein

Pat Hand Fine Gael

Tom Murphy Fianna Fail

Anne Colgan Non-Party

Kevin Daly Non-Party

Donal Fingleton Non-Party

Lynsey McGovern Non-Party

John O’Dowd People Before

Lettie McCarthy Labour Tom Kivlehan Greens


Stillorgan local election candidates

Peter Leonard Labour

John Kennedy Fine Gael

Tony Fox Non-Party

Barry Saul Fine Gael

Sorcha Nic Cormaic Sinn Fein

Miriam Hennessy Greens

Seamas O’Neill Non-Party

Caitriona Lawlor Non-Party

Sarah Ryan Fianna Fail

Richard Humphreys Labour

Jim O’Dea Fine Gael

Josepha Madigan Fine Gael

Grace Tallon Labour

Gerry Horkan Fianna Fail

Shay Brennan Fianna Fail

Liam Dockery Fianna Fail

Stephen O’Shea Non-Party

Tony Kelly Fianna Fail Terence Corish Non-Party

Contenders Help local services set out their stalls in a bid for your vote seamAs o’neill: independent candidate for dundrum

WITH the local elections just over one week away, The Gazette joined local election candidates on the campaign trail for election 2014,or spoke to them about their intentions if they are successfully voted in. The campaign has been a tough one for this slew of candidates, with Government party con-

tenders having to explain themselves on water charges and property tax, as well as homelessness which is an issue to the forefront of many voters’ minds. There have also been changes to the electoral boundaries, and many areas are gaining a number of council seats. For those voters who

still haven’t made up their minds, Bairbre Ni Bhraonain is continuing to examine the local election candidates running in your area. This week and next, the election hopefuls are continuing to let you know what they stand for and, hopefully, will help you to make your decision.

SEAMAS O’Neill is an independent local election candidate running with the backing of another independent politician, Deputy Shane Ross. “He said: “I’m canvassing every day now and dodging the rain showers! This is my third time running for the council, and I’ve been running as an Independent since 2004. “I think people are favouring the Independents now. They are disgusted that Fine Gael has let them down so much, and they still haven’t forgiven Fianna Fail. “For local issues, there’s a major issue

with parking around the [Dundrum] shopping centre; the overflow parking into housing estates is a major problem. We need an overall parking plan, as when one estate gets sorted, the problem just moves onto the next one.” O’Neill says one of his main issues is to stop the closure of local services. He is also supporting Deputy Ross in his campaign to reopen Stepaside Garda Station.

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they stand for, and key issues sarah ryan: fianna fail candidate for dundrum

josepha madigan: fine gael candidate for stillorgan

Dundrum is dying People relate to me SARAH Ryan decided to become a Fianna Fail candidate after returning home from abroad where she had worked for a number of years. She said: “Dundrum is dying and there seems to be no plan or vision about how to support small businesses locally by the council. “In other countries, there’s more of an alignment between how successful a business is and the rates paid, meaning that the council would have skin in the game in terms of actually making them successful.” She added: “What I’m hearing on the doorsteps is there’s a huge frustration with property tax planning Notice DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN COUNTY COUNCIL

Permission is sought for proposed use of St. Thomas Estate for sports and recreation use, Change of use of St. Thomas House (a Protected Structure) formerly a residential house to a Sports Club House, provision of surface carparking for a total of 62 no. cars in two locations within the boundaries of the Estate, for construction of two new vehicular gateways internally within the estate boundaries, widening of the existing vehicular entrance from Tibradden Road located at St. Thomas Estate, Tibradden Road, Whitechurch, Dublin 16 by Dundrum South Dublin Athletic Club Ltd. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority. 20847


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and with water [charge] When I was living abroad, water utilities were my speciality.” She said that in other countries such projects were tendered to contractors with time stipulations sewn into their contracts, ensuring the work was completed by a certain date or they would not get paid. In Ireland, however, there was no such contractual obligation over deadlines or payment, she said.

A RECENT winner of the Irish Law Awards Family Lawyer of the Year 2014, Fine Gael candidate Josepha Madigan discussed responses at the doorsteps of Stillorgan. “The feedback I’m getting on the door is good. We have no female local representative in the Stillorgan ward at all, and I think people want a change. “I’m a solicitor and a working mum, and people relate to that and know how difficult it is for women to do that. “My overarching wish would be to make sure that we don’t waste taxpayers’ money – that the council is a responsible

local government and that we do our best to support the average person out there, who is working hard. “National issues have been the usual – taxes, and things like that. I do think that although it’s an austerity time, people appreciate the good work the Government are trying to do. “There’s still an awful lot to do and we’re only just tipping the iceberg, as far as I can see.”

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courts Accused charged with assault leading to death under bus bloom

Man accused of role in city centre fatality A MAN has gone on trial for killing another by causing him to fall under a bus two years ago. Edward Connors (30), of no fixed abode and formerly of Bearna Park, Sandyford, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawfully killing Eoghan Dudley (28) on Dawson Street on December 6, 2012.

Tom O’Connell SC, prosecuting, opened the case before a jury, telling it that this is a case of “assault manslaughter”, and that the prosecution say there is no element of self-defence. Mr Connors is deafmute, and will require the use of sign language interpretartors throughout the trial. Speaking very slowly to

accommodate the interpretors, Mr O’Connell briefly outlined the prosecution’s case. He said that at around 5.30pm that evening on Dawson Street, Mr Connors punched Mr Dudley, either to the head or to the chest, causing him to fall backwards and underneath a bus which was travelling into the city centre.

The left rear wheel went over Mr Dudley’s head, neck and chest area, killing him instantly. Mr O’Connell said that the accused did not intend to kill Mr Dudley, but that he would still be alive if he Mr Connors had not punched him. He said that both the accused and the deceased were heroin

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The trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court is expected to run into three weeks

users, and that traces of heroin, methadone and cannabis were found in Mr Dudley’s blood during a post-mortem examination. Counsel also said that a friend of Mr Connors will tell the jury that he and the accused were

using methadone and heroin that day. The trial continues before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury of six men and six women. There are more than 120 witnesses listed, with the trial set to run into three weeks.

A Dun Laoghaire-based garden designer who trained in the College of Further Education in Dundrum, has entered a garden inspired by Cape Cod in this year’s Bloom garden competition, which takes place over the June bank holiday weekend, May 29 to June 2. Joan Mallon also has a background in theatre, and brought all her skills as gardener, producer and manager to bear when creating her New Englandstyle garden, called Cape Cod Escape. Her entry in the medium-sized category comprises a facade of a typical Cape Cod beach shack with cultivated garden blending to the shoreline and the water’s edge. The tree planting of the perimeter provides the shelter of the “cultivated” traditional garden. For further information on Bloom, see www. planning Notice DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN COUNTY COUNCIL

We, Frank and Breda McCabe intend to apply for permission for development at 13 Kilteragh Pines, Westminster Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18. The proposed development will consist of a single storey extension to the television room on the northern side of the existing house. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the office of Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown County Council, Planning Department, Marine Road, Dun-Laoghaire, County Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application. 12345

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report Contractors had been unable to assess Slang’s flow

Centre’s role in 2011 floods questioned  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A LOCAL politician has said it “beggars belief” that Dublin City Council contractors were not allowed into the Dundrum Town Centre to conduct a survey on the possible effects of flooding in the centre, in light of the subsequent damage done to the centre during a large flood in 2011. According to the newly released Dodder Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Plan for Dun LaoghaireRathdown, Dublin City Council contractors were refused access by Dundrum Town Centre’s owners to do a study

on what would happen inside the centre if the underlying River Slang flooded. Gerard O’Connell, engineer-in-charge of Dublin City Council, told The Gazette: “It was 2005/2006 when the surveys were done, and our contractors weren’t allowed into the centre at that time. “I’m told we would be allowed in now, and we’re going to revisit the River Slang to see if we can get a few [analysis] schemes on that. “We sort of knew the size of the culvert, but we didn’t know the route and we didn’t know what would happen internally

[within the centre, if the river flooded]. “ We were fairly happy with upstream and downstream [flows] because all the water would come back together, but we didn’t know what would happen internally in Dundrum Town Centre because we didn’t survey it properly, and could only do a very rough calculation of what would happen. “Then, of course, it flooded years later, which was on television and went all over the world,” he said. “At that time, we needed the permission of the owners, and now the Office of Public Works

have a new statutory instrument, and they have the power [to compel access for such a survey], and we as their agents can send people in and carry out a survey, whereas we didn’t at that time. “I’m told the new owners will let us in, but if not, we have statutory [powers] to go in if there’s a risk of flooding,” said O’Connell. The flood assessment and risk report states: “Not being allowed access to the Slang in Dundrum Town Centre did cause problems in flow and level estimation at this location.” Cllr Jim O’Dea (FG) said, “At the time of the

A new flood assessment and risk report shows that contractors working for Dublin City Council had been refused access by Dundrum Town Centre’s owners to carry out a survey on the underlying River Slang. Its exact flow was unknown, with uncertainty over how a flood could impact the centre – as happened in 2011.

flood, and since then, NAMA had a significant interest in Dundrum Town Centre and it beggars belief that they could have a hand, act or part in denying access to any State or council examination or analysis of the

floods and their consequences. “I would like to see NAMA, even at this late stage, invite the people doing the study back, so that they can have a full understanding of the problems and take pre-

ventive action [against] future flooding.” When contacted about Cllr O’Dea’s comments, a spokesperson for NAMA said: “NAMA is not, nor has it been, either a full owner or a part owner of this centre.”

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The high-vis jackets were a hit with Ali and friends

Principal Kathleen Byrne with Sarah Fitzsimon

Garda Donnellan with first class pupils Craig Doyle, Ali Gill and Matthew Fitzpatrick. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Fun safety lessons


UPILS at St Patrick’s National School in Glencullen had an enjoyable and informative day recently when they were treated to some lessons on safety. A special Road Safety Authority initiative, staged in conjunction with An Garda Siochana and Dublin Fire Brigade, involved safety

experts calling to the school to give a presentation under the Be Safe road safety programme. In addition to listening to the experts, the pupils were able to don high-vis tabards and engage in some exercises to help reinforce the key messages of being seen, being alert and being safe by our roads.

Gerry Smullen and Richard Shannon

Isobel O’Malley

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Lotti Brady cheers on the cyclists

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Cyclists race through the final stage of the

Giro d’Italia on Lombard Street in Dublin.

Pictures: Conor McCabe

Elliot and Isabel Warnock

Jon Jerromes

Giro in the pink


HE 97th Giro d’Italia cycle race rolled into the streets of Dublin on Sunday, May 11. The race from Belfast to Dublin attracted

thousands of people who lined the streets dressed in pink, the official colour of the race, and these pictures show spectators at the final stage on Lombard Street. planning Notice DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN COUNTY COUNCIL

Karena O’Sullivan & Trevor Twamley wish to apply for planning permission to alter and extend the dwelling at 134 the Maples, Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14., this development will consists of ). A first floor extension to the side & a single storey extension to the rear, All at 134 the Maples, Bird Avenue, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/ observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority. 20842

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a day in the life: andrea horan on finding time to work and play


It’s a busy Tropical Popical life  laura webb

MANY sleeping beauties out there have made a friend of the alarm clock’s snooze button and for Tropical Popical owner Andrea Horan, that button is starting to be her new BFF (best friend forever). Running a busy nail bar in the heart of the city centre on South William Street means Andrea tries to find her zzz’s early in the morning. Speaking to The Gazette about her busy life it seems every day brings something different for her to do. “I would usually put the alarm clock on for about 7am, then 7.15am, 7.30am, 8am and usually fall back asleep and don’t end up get up until 9am.

“When I do get up, I would usually wait to eat. I have a supply of lemon and hot water that is the winner for me. “If I am working from home, I will make something later but if I am going into Trop Pop I would usually grab a yoghurt on the way in, grab a coffee and usually remember to eat later in the afternoon – only when I am in there because it is usually hectic. “You really don’t get a minute, so it’s more when you have a chance to eat rather than when you want to eat. “The day is so busy in Trop Pop. I was in there yesterday and we had a wedding party in getting their nails done, so there was champagne, strawberries and all that hap-

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pens. Then it was backto-back appointments and by the time I looked around it was 5pm – so the day really flies in,” she said. At home

If she is at home, Andrea takes time out to go to a cafe down the road from where she lives. Working late nights at Tropical Popical means meeting friends after work is usually how she spends her evenings, but two nights a week she dedicates her time to special clubs – which is really just an excuse to meet up with some buddies. “I have a group of friends called the Cinema Club so we go to the cinema once a week and another group of friends call the Concert Club


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Andrea Horan, owner of Tropical Popical Nail Bar

so we go to a gig every week. “We are mad for the clubs so that takes up two weekdays. I can be busy – I suppose that is why I can’t get up in the morning. “I tr y to do some

activities during the day too. I was hoping to go on an open top tour bus of Dublin yesterday but it was raining, but I would try to do things like that or I would stroll into town with my dog. My days vary so much

that I really don’t have a typical day. It’s great because I get bored fast so it is good that I have lots to do.” For further details on Tropical Popical, see www.tropicalpopical. com.

SINGER Imelda May is rocking up support for the Down Syndrome Centre’s Buy My Dress campaign, which is taking place in the RDS this month. Six-year-old Ava Leahy was with Imelda this week to help her let people know about the event, which takes place on Sunday, May 25. Now in its sixth year, Buy My Dress invites women of all ages to dig out onceloved and lightly worn dresses from their wardrobes and donate to the oneday, pop-up sales taking place around the country – including in the RDS – in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre. For further information, and to find the centre closet to you, see


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theatre: add your favourite memory

Help mark the Abbey’s 110th year

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IN CELEBRATION of the 110th anniversary of our national theatre, The Abbey has launched a novel digital micro-site on which patrons over the years can recount their memories of the theatre. The site aims to capture 110 funny, historical or poignant moments of Abbey life. Launched on May 7, the interactive site allows people to add their own memories and share their personal experiences of the theatre. The site is intended to become an archival treasure-trove of information, from the foundation of the national theatre in 1904 right up to today. Organisers are encouraging people to go online at w w w.abbey theatre. ie/110moments, where a new user-submitted moment will be added every month until the

Abbey Theatre’s birthday on December 27. Speaking about the initiative, Fiach Mac Conghail, director of the Abbey Theatre, said: “This is an opportune time for us to delve into our rich archive to remember the major moments that make the Abbey Theatre what it is today. “T his is another way to experience the spirit of the theatre and its role in Irish life. I would love people to share their Abbey Theatre moments with us to mark our 110th anniversary.” T he theatre was founded by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory in 1904 to “bring upon the stage the deeper thoughts and emotions of Ireland”. Over the years, the Abbey has nurtured and premiered work of major playwrights such as JM Synge and Sean O’Casey, as well as contemporary classics from Brian Friel, Frank Mc Guinness, Thomas Kilroy and

The Abbey Theatre was founded in 1904 to show the best of Ireland’s theatre

Lilly Kapele daintily takes a closer look at some of the vibrant flowers that can be seen at the upcoming Bloom 2014 festival. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

phoenix park: annual event gearing up to be even better

Flower festival will be Bloom-ing great  ian begley

BLOOM, the much anticipated anual gardening, food and family festival, is returning this summer with a strong programme of activities on offer. Ireland’s largest garden and food festival runs for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park, running from May 29 until June 2. Now in its eighth year, Bloom continues to attract a nationwide audience, with last year’s festival attracting more than 110,000 people, who wandered around soaking up the atmosphere. Bloom 2014 will showcase 30 exquisite show gardens from the very best of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers.

This year’s bespoke garden creations will include the Crumlin Children’s Hospital Garden, Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Garden, and a 10ft-high Mr Tayto, which will overlook the Tayto Garden. Visitors to Bloom will also see what can be achieved with a limited budget, and gardens which reflect new trends affecting and influencing garden design today, such as new approaches to horticulture, ecology and sustainability in garden design. For the second year, Bloom will also host a number of “postcard” gardens designed and constructed by some of the country’s most passionate amateur gardeners. T hese provide an opportunity for garden

clubs and societies to demonstrate their abilities and to inspire other nonprofessional gardeners to experience the joys and benefits of gardening. A team of expert judges from the world of horticulture will once again preside over this year’s event, including Andrew Wilson, award-winning garden designer, lecturer and writer; Mark Gregory, winner of 55 Chelsea Flower Show medals; Karen Foley, landscape architect and educator; and Paul Maher, curator of the National Botanic Gardens, Drumcondra. They will be joined by guest judge, award-winning landscape architect and garden designer, Feargus McGarvey. Food enthusiasts will also be delighted to hear that Bloom’s food village

will be making a return with an even greater choice of tasty treats and culinary delights to savour. A wide range of dining options will be available at Bloom, from Bistro (Bloom’s restaurant, cafe and seafood bar) to the all-new Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour. A host of other options will be available in the picnic and outdoor entertainment area, along with numerous pit-stops for coffee and delectable nibbles, showcasing the very best of Irish artisan food. Lovers of Irish cheese will also enjoy the Irish Cheese Awards 2014, which will be taking place at Bloom to display Ireland’s renowned farmhouse cheese producers. Guests are also invited to try some of Ireland’s

craft beers and spirits in the Bloom Inn. In addition, the Quality Kitchen stage – a firm favourite with Bloom regulars – is sure to once again be a major attraction in the food village Some of Ireland’s most loved chefs, including Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Donal Skehan and Catherine Fulvio, will host a number of daily demonstrations showcasing a range of new recipes made from Bord Bia Quality Assured products, and the best of local ingredients. Tickets for Bloom 2014 are on sale now at www. For further information, see www.facebook. com/bloominthepark, or join the conversation on Twitter using the tag @Bloominthepark.

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feature escape the mayhem: from russia with love founder debbie deegan

Happy to be Russian off to a quiet Cork house IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, Debbie Deegan, the founder of the charity To Russia with Love, talks about how she gets away from the busy life she is currently used to as she helps children in orphanages in Russia S PE A K I N G t o T h e Gazette just before heading off to Ballyconneely, Debbie was in high spirits, thinking about her quiet weekend away with just her thoughts and two dogs – an escape that got us asking if we could join. “It is literally out in the

middle of nowhere! Out on the bog, I don’t talk to anybody, I don’t talk to my neighbours – I just absolutely listen to silence. It is the only time in my life that I do that. “I go maybe five or six times a year. My husband bought it [the house] about 15 years ago, in the hope that it would cut me off from the rest of the world – there was no email and there was no landline. “When I went down, initially my hands were shaking and I thought: ‘My God – I have no

phone, no coverage and I have no email!’ “I absolutely detested it, but as Russia got more and more manic, I was travelling so much spending so much time in airports and orphanages it became sort of a mystical place for me. “I would be in an airport, thinking: ‘God, I could be on a beach in Ballyconneely now!’ “I don’t care if it is lashing rain, thunder or lightning there – I just light the fire, open a bottle of wine, and it is my only time in the world that I get down-

time. “It is just lakes, the smell of heather, with sandy beaches and no people – I love it,” said Debbie. To Russia With Love has just launched a short animation with the help of Brown Bag Films to highlight the work of the charity. It is available to see at, and charts 20 years in the life of Anya, a Russian orphan. To donate €4 to support the work of To Russia With Love, text HUG to 50300.

To Russia with Love founder Debbie Deegan


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Going gold to support fight against cancer Mairead Farrell and Des Bishop have cosied up on a sofa – but all for a good cause, as Ballygowan goes gold in a fundraising drive. They have paired up to help support a new campaign to raise much-needed funds and awareness on vital cancer support services. Speaking at the campaign launch, Des said: “Both my family and I

know only too well how tough this fight can be. For this very reason, the campaign from the Irish Cancer Society and Ballygowan really struck a chord with me. “It allows everyone to play their part in the fight against cancer, both through raising awareness and most importantly, raising money to fund vital nursing services.” From now until Sep-

tember, Ballygowan Gold bottles will bear a specially designed label promoting the Irish Cancer Society’s National Cancer Helpline. A donation will be made to the charity for every Gold bottle sold.

Malaria Museum creates a buzz DUBLIN now has it own Malaria museum, based on the top floor of Tropical Medical Bureau’s Grafton

Street headquarters. The non-profit museum aims to highlight the vital work of organisations which continue to advocate and educate the public on the dangers of the mosquito-borne illness. Combining scientific information with a visual style, the facility aims to educate and entertain visitors in the life cycle of the parasite, the history and medications

used to combat it, and the ground-breaking innovations promising a malaria vaccine with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. Admission to the museum is free and it is open to the general public from 11am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

colin’s piling on the pounds Since coming home to Ireland a month ago to shoot his new film, The Lobster, Colin Farrell has been piling on the pounds to transform himself into a pudgy, moustachioed and bespectacled man. Farrell was spotted on set in Dublin last week, looking nothing like his usual glamorous self as he and co-star Rachel Weisz

Colin Farrell offers a handshake from a distance

began shooting scenes. The film is a romance set in a dystopian future where single people are arrested and ordered to find a mate within 45 days or they will be turned into an animal and set free to roam the forests. Dublin 15 resident Rachel Banks snapped

this picture of Farrell from a distance in Blanchardstown Centre as security did not allow people take pictures with him while he was in character. “He thanked everyone and apologised, and then gave a thumbs up for a pic. He was dead sound,” she said.

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dublinlife business Upbeat Ilac Centre nears full capacity retail: national economic lift reflected at key shopping hub

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networking breakfast

An on-the-ball leadership talk from rugby ace Ronan O’Gara  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A FREE business networking breakfast, complete with a talk on leadership and management by none other than Irish rugby ace Ronan O’Gara, is being held at the Aviva Stadium on May 21. Lincoln Recruitment Specialists is organising the event, during which attendees will have the opportunity to question the sports star on the strategies he has used to achieve success both on and off the playing field. O’Gara sets great store by maintaining a unique focus and dedication to hard work – a philosophy that has made him one of the most significant and admired icons that rugby has known. Lincoln Recruitment is inviting business people to attend the complimentary breakfast presentation with O’Gara as he re-lives the glory of the drop goal that clinched Ire-

land’s first Grand Slam title for 61 years. He will detail the successful techniques he learned from rugby colleagues such as John Langford, Jim Williams and Rua Tipoki, and how they changed his attitude to training, leadership, management, performing and winning. O’Gara will also share his thoughts on his experience with Munster and Ireland, and talk about his relationship with Brian O’Driscoll over the years.

Booking To attend the discussion and breakfast on May 21 in the Havelock Suite of the Aviva Stadium, interested attendees are advised to book a place by contacting the organisers at Registration for the breakfast is from 7.30am, with the talk beginning at 7.50am and continuing until 9am.

THE extent of businesses taking up retail space at the Ilac Centre means the well-known shopping district is now almost operating at full capacity. Pharmacy chain Boots recently reopened in a new spot, while TK Maxx – set to open in June – will become a flagship store, following in the footsteps of Dunnes Stores and Debenhams. “We very rarely have empty units,” says the centre’s marketing manager, Ann Sheehy. “TK Maxx [located at the Moore Street entrance] is the first phase of some wonder ful plans we have to transform this entrance.” A walk through the centre shows that there seems to be pretty much something for everyone, from unusual gift shops to home-stores, fitness and health supplement outlets to PC repair areas.

Several international brands are found within the bright Ilac Centre, adding to the districts’s shopping allure

It isn’t just a repository for the fashion outlets, and there are also about 13 eateries scattered around the centre, which means taking a break from shopping is easy to do. According to Sheehy, the Ilac’s footfall aver-

ages a weekly 350,000 people, thanks to its many entrances – at Parnell Street, Moore Street, Mary Street and Coles Lane – along with ample car parking spaces. Familiar brands remain loyal to the centre, with Catch – a

young fashion retail outlet; Gerard – for the older shopper; Unique menswear, and jewellers Thomas Gear all longterm residents, to name but a few. Sheehy said: “Stores often move from premises to upgrade, but they

seldom move out of the centre. There is very little we don’t have here.” With the Henry Street area set to be re-branded as a prime shopping destination, the Ilac Centre certainly seems to hit the right spot with shoppers. urges taxpayers to file early and avoid fines ANY Irish taxpayer who falls into the self-assessed tax return category is obliged to file a tax return before the October 31 deadline. That may seem like a long way off but global tax specialists is encouraging taxpayers to file now to avoid a last-minute panic later in the year. Many people may not realise they are obliged to file a tax return and think it’s only selfemployed people or contractors who need to do this. However, if you receive any additional

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How about a loving home for Hubble

The carefully groomed cast of Beatlemania go through the classic Beatles repertoire, which fans are sure to love in their upcoming show at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre

music: beatlemania star discusses his key role ahead of bord gais gig

‘Easy to be Paul McCartney’  laura webb

BEATLEMANIA is coming this way with renowned musical Let It Be taking centre stage later this summer. Showcasing the music of the world’s most successful rock ’n’ roll band, The Beatles, the show goes through the Fab Four’s legendary back catalogue, from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club through to the height of Beatlemania and their studio masterpieces. John Lennon and George Harrison may have passed on, but Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still rocking on. Playing the role of McCartney is singer/songwriter James Fox. The Cardiff man got his first national break on

BBC’s Fame Academy in 2003, coming fifth, and went on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 before signing to Sony Music with a solo career. Ahead of his Dublin arrival, Fox told The Gazette that his audition had a modern twist. “This audition was slightly different to a normal audition, in that I sent a video, so I didn’t actually meet anyone before being offered the part. “It was very strange – I literally sat in my room, filmed myself singing a few Beatle records, sent it on and I got offered the part – it was all done over the internet.” Playing McCartney was an easy enough task – he’d been a fan of the superstar for years, and could play the

same instruments. “I can play [the piano and guitar] so that was okay, and I found it easy enough learn the music. With many acting parts, you can put your own stamp on things, but with this role it is more of an impression really.

‘Mannerisms’ “It is an endless study to get the talking voice right, the singing voice, his mannerisms – even his eyebrows, you could never stop studying to be like someone.” When he is not starring in the show, he works on his own music. “You do miss playing your own music when you are doing someone else’s. “I try to balance it out. I took four months off from the show last year to

do my own music, and then I went back on tour. I hope to go back to do my tour in July, but it is a lot of fun being in the band,” he said. According to James, this show has wide appeal with many different generations coming to see it and singing along to the 44 songs squeezed into the performance. “It’s like a pop concert. It is like The Beatles concert that never happened. Within five minutes the audience are on their feet really getting into it. “We put everything into it but you get it back from the crowd which is great,” he said. Let It Be rings out at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre from June 16-18. For further information and ticket prices, see

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Hubble, a one-year-old female crossbreed. Hubble is a recent arrival at Dogs Trust and she’s finding life a little overwhelming. She will need an active home, which can commit 100% to her training and who will understand that her fears are very real to her, and that she will need time to settle in. Hubble would love if there were another confident dog already in the home. If you think you can give Hubble all the cuddles and love she deserves then why not give the Dogs Trust reception a call on 01-879 1000 or pop in to their rehoming centre based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www.<http://www.>. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland<http:// dogstrustireland> or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Harmony of Creamy Goat’s Cheese

Dishing the news on a delicious starter One of the appetisers which feature on Uisce’s new and exciting menu is Harmony of Creamy Goat’s Cheese. Here executive chef Jason Banyon shares his recipe for this delicious dish. Serves 4

Ingredients Panna Cotta 142ml whole milk 142ml double cream 100g goat’s cheese (crumbled) Thee gelatine leaves Fondant 225g double cream 120g goats cheese (crumbled) One lemon zest Candied Walnuts 100g walnuts 100g caster sugar

Bon Bon 50g goat’s cheese 1 medium egg Breadcrumbs 30g plain flour Beetroot Puree and Carpaccio 2 medium beetroots Lemon juice Garnish Chicory and pea shoots

Preparation Panna Cotta • Warm the milk and cream in a pan. Soak the gelatine in cold water for approximately five minutes. Bring the milk and cream mixture to about 90C then pull off the heat. Add the crumbled goat’s cheese and leave the mixture for a couple of minutes to infuse. Whisk until smooth and silky. Season then pass through a fine strainer. Mix in the lemon zest and set in the fridge for two to three hours. Candied Walnuts • Soak the walnuts in some warm water for approximately 30 minutes. Drain and toss them in the sugar. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes and turn frequently. Crush with knife when cooled. Bon Bon • Blitz the goat’s cheese in a food processor. Roll into balls the size of a cherry tomato. Place into fridge to set. Arrange three containers; one with beaten egg, one with seasoned flour and another with the crumbs. Take out the set goat’s cheese balls. Use one hand to pass them through the egg mix, then the four, then finally using your clean hand to roll through the crumbs. Repeat this process a second time as this double coating will prevent the bon bon from bursting. Deep fry at 180C then season with rock salt. Beetroot Puree And Carpaccio • Wash the beetroot then simmer in seasoned hot water for two hours. Slice the cooled beetroot into thin slices and then use a cutter to get a perfect round. Puree all the trimmings in a processor with seasoning and lemon juice. Pass through a fine strainer and season.

Uisce Restaurant at The Hilton Dublin is just a short distance from St Stephen’s Green and overlooks the Grand Canal

Testing the waters  hiromi mooney

If you’re looking for a memorable fine dining experience, look no further than Uisce Restaurant at The Hilton Dublin in Charlemont Place. Just two Luas stops away from St Stephen’s Green and overlooking the Grand Canal, the hotel’s restaurant boasts a new and exciting menu by their executive chef Jason Banyon. The Wimbledon man joined Uisce Restaurant in October and carries 23 years of culinary experience, of which he spent 10 years working at sea on celebrity cruises where he served thousands of people every day. Now that he’s back on land, he has revamped Uisce Restaurant’s menu and has many ambitious plans, which he has shared with the Gazette. Can you name some of the most famous people you have ever cooked

for? I’ve actually worked alongside some top chefs; I’ve worked next to french chef Hubert Keller. We did have a few celebrities coming in. In the past I’ve worked in a lot of hotels where, in New Zealand for instance, I’ve cooked for President George W Bush and singer songwriter Anastasia. What was it like working on celebrit y cruises? They call it celebrity cruises because of the standard that they wanted to implement. We looked at ourselves as a five-star luxury cruise line where we provided top quality food. You’ ve cooked for around 3,000 people a day when you were working on celebrit y cruises. Did you feel much pressure cooking for that many people? I’ve never looked at kitchens as pressure to

be honest. I have a good motto, and I say “Happy cooks is happy food, and happy food is a happy guest.” So whenever my cooks have cooked - be it having 160 cooks on the ship or having 12 cooks here at The Hilton, I’ve always tried to make sure that they work happy, and I believe that way that if they work happy, they’re going to really put a lot of passion into the food they make. So I never really looked at pressure. W hat makes this restaurant different to other restaurants? With Uisce, for the food I want to put out, I need a good plate. For instance, some people have a black plate or a white plate, some people have a long plate or a square plate, some people had a different bowl to the other bowls. So I wanted to change the food to make it more fun and more home-

Executive chef Jason Banyon

cooking with a little twist to it, so that was really important to me. I’m trying to bring a lot more traditional dishes with a lot more creativity towards it and a lot more fun. What would you say to encourage people to dine at Uisce Restaurant? At the end of the day, if you want to tantalise your taste buds, then come along to The Hilton Dublin because Uisce is a restaurant which is changing.

This hotel, when it comes to food, is changing. I’m working to try and bring a completely different experience to the culinary side and the service side. We ’r e l o o k i n g t o bring some cooking classes here; hands-on cooking classes and things like that, so it’s something for the future we’re looking at. So come here to enjoy the food, enjoy your time. There’s a nice buzz here, and that’s what we need to bring here. It’s a fantastic restaurant.

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TRAVEL westmeath: wineport lodge is a hit in athlone

A lakeside retreat to soothe and relax you  dave phillips

A RECENT visit to the Wineport Lodge and a day trip around its surrounding area served as a reminder as to why Co Westmeath is a must-see for lovers of the Irish scenery – especially when you don’t want a long drive to be part of your weekend. The Wineport Lodge, resting quietly on the shores of Lough Ree just outside Athlone, is reason enough to make the trip. Less than an hour from

Dublin and surrounded by an array of walks in the wilderness, a stay here will appeal to both the active and the more easygoing guest alike. The cedar-clad, log cabin-style exterior follows along the curve of the lake, allowing the rooms to take in the view through wide windows and balconies. A small reception area leads into a network of cosy connected communal spaces – curling up with a book and a drink

seemed to be the order of the day when we visited, and there are more than enough nooks and cushioned corners to make yourself at home. The bedrooms are spacious and gorgeously designed, with some great touches – our suite had a Sono music player installed, which streamed songs through the living area and bathroom; a nice treat if you fancy a soak in the bath. However, a bath isn’t the only treat you can

have at Wineport. Before dinner, we decided to try out the outdoor hot tubs, these are in a warm, sheltered area and look out onto the lake. Watching dusk settle from the comfort of a hot tub is a rare treat, and added a nice touch of glamour to the stay. An evening meal at the restaurant is definitely recommended. Head chef Cathal Moran has curated a menu that is laid back, yet has very definite touches of a fine

Wineport Lodge has a fabulous lake view across lovely Lough Ree

dining experience. The atmosphere is very enjoyable and the service was both professional and homely at the same time. Talking to other diners, we found it is also one of the most sought after Saturday night restaurant bookings in Athlone; something that came as no surprise to learn.

After dinner, we settled into the nooks. Lakeside seats are also an option, and there’s a ready supply of blankets and chiminea for the evenings. Another special touch at Wineport is that breakfast can be delivered to your bedroom at no extra cost. There’s no better way to gear up for a day

of walking. For those looking to take a one- or two-night break without heading too far from home, Wineport is an incredible option. Beautiful, modern, and unfussy – everything has been designed with relaxation in mind, making it the perfect spot for couples to get away.


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songs for amy

Hits a few dud notes THE latest in a streak of Irish films hitting the cinema this season, Songs For Amy tells the story of Sean (ex-Eastender Sean Maguire), a struggling Galwegian musician who is due to tie the knot with the love of his life when disaster strikes. A stag night gone wrong sees Sean and his crew missing the wedding, so Amy flees to America and hooks up with a bona-fide rock star. Sean is forced to record an album of songs – for her ears only – in an attempt to win her back. If you’re thinking it sounds like a mash-up of The Hangover and Once, you’re not far off. Director Konrad Begg has an eye for detail; the Rizla and Buckfast are offset by gorgeous softfocused shots and hazy harbour-side vistas that capture a more tender side to Galway.

Outrageous However, efforts to tastefully capture the heartbreak and romance are scuppered by the film’s more outrageous comedy elements. It ends up as a bit of a Jeckyl and Hyde situation, with an earthy love story trying to unfold within a booze-filled caper. Maintaining the balance is a difficult task to set and, unfortunately, not one that the film manages to achieve. It’s the more outlandish high jinks that work the best, with Sean’s bandmates forming a good supporting cast – you can’t help but wonder whether a much better film could have been made by ditching some of the sentimentality. A flawed film that showcases encouraging work, Songs For Amy never quite hits the right notes, but may leave you holding out hope for the second album.

Verdict: 5/10

It’s very much a case of mayhem in the middle for Bryan Cranston, continuing his unlikely but brilliant transformation from a top comedic actor into a leading man on the small and big screen alike. Here, his slightly unhinged but likeable character adds some humanity to the updated version using Godzilla lore.

godzilla: CONTEMPORARY TALE Crushes the 1998 film into the dirt

Set to be a roaring success in 2010, Hollywood sat up and took notice when Gareth Edwards’ lowbudget film, Monsters, delivered a long-overdue overhaul to the monsterfilm genre. Edwards was quickly snapped up as director of Godzilla – a reboot of the familiar city-wrecking story, this time with a fittingly goliath budget. Monsters focused on the human relationship amid an alien invasion, and a passable attempt is made at that again in Godzilla. The story takes place 15 years after a nuclear disaster in Japan, which leaves a massive area offlimits due to radiation. Joe Brody (Br yan Cranston), a plant engineer at the time of the

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accident, isn’t buying the official line that seismic activity caused the meltdown. A newspaper-clipping collecting obsessive, string-linking incidents together, he sets out to discover what the government is hiding in the evacuated area, along with his son, an all-American hero, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Fans of Monsters expecting the teased-out, nuanced style of storytelling that Edwards

showcased in his 2010 film will be immediately disappointed. W hether Edwards was bullied into it by the studio, or whether he is wilfully embracing the spirit of previous Godzilla films, will remain a mystery for now – but it becomes instantly apparent that we are dealing with stock characters in stock situations. It is a bit of a let-down, considering the level of talent on board – Ken Watanabe and Sally Watkins play a pair of gormless researchers in charge of the Godzilla project, adding to a line-up of great actors in incredibly restrictive roles. Thankfully, the quibbles are quashed once the real star of the show

makes his appearance. Godzilla is a film that demands to be seen in the cinema. There is a real terror triggered by the sheer scale of destruction accompanied by the blasting horns of the soundtrack. Edwards masterfully crafts the action. Our first MUTO (massive unidentified terrestrial object) meeting comes through the foggedu p f i r s tperson lens of a gas mask. From here, a n d throughout

the film, we are treated to incredible, chaotic scenes – from tsunamis roaring down streets, to jet fighters plummeting from the skies – in shots that capture the perspective of the onlooker. W h e t h e r l o o king through windows, through binocul a r s , through wind-

screens, Edwards constantly makes us aware of the potent theatrical spectacle he has concocted. Those going to see Godzilla and expecting a gripping story, or a new level of depth, will be disappointed by this latest version. However, once you embrace the fact that you are going to see a film about giant monsters thumping one another, you’ll have one of the best cinema experiences of the year.

Verdict: 8/10 Inquisitive scientists are both heroes and villains alike in this slightly darkhearted reboot

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Stackstown golf club’s Padraig Harrington who hopes the newly formed Confederation of Golf in Ireland will build the sport in the coming years

golf: three time major winner padraig harrington gets behind initiative

New confederation sets out to shape golf’s development THREE-time major winner Padraig Harrington has lent his support to the development plan of the recently launched Confederation of Golf in Ireland. The Stackstown man said of the initiative: “Promoting the game of golf in Ireland at every level is hugely important, from the beginner to the keen amateur, as well as those players who are looking to turn professional.” The Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), the new body set up to support, promote and develop the game on the

island of Ireland, presented its plan which outlines the organisation’s strategic vision for the game’s future here. The CGI was created last year by the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golfing Union and the Professional Golfers Association to complement the work of the three associations in advancing the sport. The aim is for the CGI to work in partnership with Irish golf clubs to help them broaden their membership base by offering services, training, education and promotional programmes designed

to create and drive participation in the sport at every level. Speaking at the launch, Harrington added: “Accessing the right level of support structures is essential for players at all levels and it’s great to know that the CGI will be on hand to make this process as easy as possible in the coming years. “There really is no doubt that golf has a very bright future in Ireland and I wish the CGI the very best of luck in its endeavours.” The development plan includes the

roll-out of a range of service programmes for golf clubs which will enhance the day-to-day activities of the club, support existing members and encourage new participants to the sport. It aims to provide support and a “spiritual home” for aspiring Irish tournament professionals and develop a high performance programme for early stage professional golfers The CGI will also act as a single port of call for the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland as well as the Olympic Council of Ireland.

RUGBY star Ian Madigan along with Irish soccer international Stephanie Roche are calling on schools from all over Dublin to compete with each other (and their teachers) in a race or a penalty shoot-out for charity. The fundraiser hopes to boost fitness levels among children and teenagers, and also raise money for some of Goal’s programmes for vulnerable children. Schools can run their Goal Sports Challenge at any stage before the end of the school term. For schools interested in signing up, please email, contact Alan Vard at Goal on 01-2809 779 or visit

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FastSport russia never lose their grip in irish game: The Republic of Ireland women’s senior team suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Russia in their FIFA World Cup qualifier at Tallaght Stadium. Two early goals from Ekaterina Sochneva and Ekaterina Pantyukhina put the Russians firmly in control and, although Fiona O’Sullivan pulled a goal back after 35 minutes, the visitors regained their grip on the game with a third goal just before half-time when Pantyukhina got her second of the night. The introduction of Stephanie Roche midway through the first half certainly lifted the Irish performance and the Peamount United striker almost got them back into the game during the second period when her long-range effort came crashing off the crossbar. The result consolidates Russia’s position in second place in Group 1, five points ahead of Ireland.

rugby: kearney, toner and jennings win big at annual irupa awards

Leinster stars top of class 

THE Hibernia College IRUPA Rugby Players’ Awards for 2014 took place last week with an array of Dublin and Leinster rugby stars saluted for their achieve-

ments in the season just ended at the Double Tree by Hilton on Burlington Road. The event is Ireland’s only national awards ceremony for the sport and celebrates the best in Irish rugby and the

achievements of the professional players both on and off of the field. Among the local players hailed for their 2013-14 performances were Rob Kearney, who won the VW Try of the Year for his intercept try

Mike Ross, Supporters’ Player of the Year Devin Toner and Kevin McLaughlin

Brian O’Driscoll, Rob Kearney and Dr Sean Rowland with Omar Hassanein, IRUPA

against New Zealand during Ireland’s heartbreaking defeat to the world champions in the Autumn International series. Devin Toner was presented with the Newstalk 106-108fm Supporters’ Player of the Year as chosen by listeners of Off the Ball. Additionally, Leinster’s Shane Jennings was awarded the Hibernia College Medal for Excellence, which rewards on field effort combined with off field commitment to the game. Nominees were voted by their peers but were also judged on their contribution to the sport through community involvement, education, work and charitable initiatives.

The inaugural BNY Mellon Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2014 as voted by members of the Sevens squad was presented to Nicole Cronin. She won for her consistent performances during the qualification tournaments for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. In a season of standout performances and memories, members of the public voted Ireland’s 6 Nations title win as the Powerscourt Hotel Rugby Moment of the Year via Twitter. The award was collected by Gordon D’Arcy and Ireland team manager Michael Kearney. Omar Hassanein, c h i e f e xe c u t i ve o f IRUPA, said: “Winning an IRUPA award is the

highest honour a player can receive in this country, and all the winners and nominees should be congratulated for the high recognition they have received amongst their peers.” Dr Sean Rowland, president and founder of Hibernia College, said: “It has been an excellent year for Irish rugby and Hibernia College students Andrew Trimble, Michael Swift, TJ Anderson and Tommy Bowe. “Andrew’s success at the awards highlights the continuing need to design and provide flexible graduate and postgraduate programmes to meet the ever-changing needs of these individuals and their demanding lifestyles.”

O’Neill on hand to launch Etihad’s memorabilia box 

Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill with Lisa O’Leary, Etihad lounge manager

ETIHAD Airways added some GAA history to the first and business class lounge in Terminal 2, Dublin Airport recently and Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill was on hand to launch the first GAA Museum memorabilia box in the world. President O Neill said “This novel innovation has now placed Gaelic games and some of our treasured memorabilia in the middle of Dublin Airport, which is not exactly the first

place that springs to mind on mention of such items. “Etihad Airways have helped us to raise the profile of hurling in particular overseas. “And I hope many of their passengers will take the opportunity to view what are important GA A historical items before setting out on their journeys.” Guests travelling now admire the historical objects dating back to the early 20th century. The features include official match programmes and admission tickets from the 1961 and

1962 All-Ireland Hurling Finals. 1961 was the last time Dublin appeared in an All-Ireland hurling final when they were beaten by Tipperary. An antique hurley from the early 20th century which was used in New York stands proudly beside sliotars from the 1940s and from the 2002 All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park. Another hurley displayed in the GAA Museum box is signed by members from the 2001 and 2002 All-Star teams. GAA fans will remember the 2002 All-Ireland hurling final

which saw Kilkenny beating Clare and the legendary DJ Carey scoring 1-6. The most recent items in the GAA Museum box which will go down in history, are official match programmes and admission tickets from the 2010 AllIreland Hurling Final. Beatrice Cosgrove, Etihad Airways’ general manager Ireland, said: “We hope our guests will enjoy viewing the latest addition of historical GAA hurling memorabilia to the Etihad first and business class lounge”.

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FastSport Good signed up by Belgian club: FORMER Wesley College student Kyle Good has been signed up by Belgian club Dragons to play hockey on a semi-professional basis in the 2014-15 season. Good has helped Monkstown win the past two Irish Hockey Leagues while he has also established himself in the Irish senior international team and joins a Belgian club who are one of the top sides in Europe. They have earned a medal in each of the past three seasons in the Euro Hockey League.

soccer: avondale complete four in-a-row in intermediate cup

UCD taught lesson by Cork kingpins FAI intermediate final Avondale UCD 

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UCD found FAI Intermediate kingpins Avondale too hot to handle in Turner’s Cross last Sunday, becoming the second side to win four titles in a row, becoming the first side since Dublin team Distillery completed their run in 1942. Goals from Ian Stapleton, a penalty from Graham McCarthy and a final effort in the 90th minute by Danny Long ultimately decided a high-

ly entertaining affair. UCD’s goalkeeper Sean Coffey was equal to the challenges thrown his way and he was very much the reason why his side were on level terms. Coffey’s defences were eventually breached a minute into added-time by Stapleton. Eoghan Lougheed floated in a gorgeous cross for Kenny Murphy to cushion a header into Stapleton’s path and the striker gently guided the ball past the advancing Coffey. It was no more than Avondale deserved as they had comfortably

enjoyed the better of the first half. The defending champions continued to set the pace in the second half and only spectacular aerial acrobatics from Coffey denied Lougheed’s header from a Michael Mulconry cross nine minutes after the restart. Two minutes later Avondale were again unlucky not to score w h e n D a n ny L o n g skipped past three defenders before poking the ball under the advancing Coffey. The ball came back off the post and into Coffey’s

Avondale’s David Kiely and UCD AFC’s James Timmons prior to the final

grateful arms. UCD’s first shot of the half came on 69 minutes when substitute Michael Arnold played in Michael Whelan but the winger blasted over. The Students did rally and Whelan had another effort that was saved by Daniel O’Leary midway through the half but

the game was decided beyond doubt in the 80th minute when Steve Dillon pulled down Avondale’s man-of-the-match Danny Long. The striker fell inside the box and in a double whammy Dillon was sent-off after being shown a second yellow card and a penalty kick.

McCarthy made no mistake as he tucked the ball low to the left corner. Fittingly man-of-thematch Long had the final say of the game when he was on the end of a Brian Murphy cross to steer the ball home for the third goal to round off a fantastic afternoon for the Cork side.





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Ruddy stars but Cork prevail in NFL final  

B A L LY B O D E N S t Enda’s Rachel Ruddy was part of the Dublin side that came up just short against Cork 1-9 to 2-4 in the Tesco Homegrown National Football League Division 1 final in Parnell Park last Saturday. The Rebelettes scored

six points in a row to turn the game on its head, with Dublin failing to score for 21 minutes. Indeed, Dublin hit six wides after the break while Cork, appearing in their seventh league final in a row, used all their experience to run the clock down and drew the free which Geraldine O’Reilly expertly converted with 10 seconds

remaining. In the first half, Lindsay Peat netted twice before Cork responded with a goal from Orlagh Farmer three minutes later with a low snapshot which flew past Cliodhna O’Connor. Peat’s second goal, though, made it 2-1 to 1-2 at half-time and Dublin opened up with two

points in three minutes from Davey and Sinead Aherne to stretch their lead to four. Cork replied, though, as three Valerie Mulcahy frees as well as points from Geraldine O’Flynn, Doireann O’Sullivan and substitute Deirdre O’Reilly from a narrow angle saw them turn the game around.

hurling: sending off turns tide for kilmacud

Club Noticeboard naomh olaf CONGRATS to Clara O’Sullivan and

Well done to our junior hurlers who

the Dublin Under-16 ladies who beat

earned a hard fought draw with

Meath in the Leinster final in Athy on

Whitehall on Sunday and also to our


minor footballers who kept their

Strictly Come Olaf’s DVD launch

unbeaten start to the season up with

night takes place on May 24 in the

an impressive win over Sean Heuston



Hard luck to our senior hurlers who

The annual golf classic takes place

were beaten by Kilmacud Crokes in

on Friday, June 13 this year and is

the championship on Saturday.

worth noting the date for your diary.

ballyboden st enda’s THERE was no winner of the jackpot

Dublin team on their loss against

this week which means that this

Cork in the national league final.

weeks lotto is € 2,000.

hurlers who won their champion-

were Colette Walsh, Whiteclif f,

ship clash againt Erin Isle with a

Rathfarnham; Thomas Smithers,

scoreline of 2-19 to 7 points.

Orlagh Park and Brian Cummins, Woodlands, Dunleer. The winner of the weekly subscribers draw is Kennedy Lowe/ Sherry Fitzgerald, Orchardstown Park. Hard luck to Rachel Ruddy and the

Kilmacud Crokes in action in their championship tie against St Pat’s Palmerstown. Picture: Diarmuid O Gallchobhair

Crokes close in on SHC quarter-finals dublin shc a group 2 Kilmacud Crokes 2-17 St Pat’s Palmerstown 1-15 

K ILMACUD Crokes made it two wins out of two in Group 2, joining Ballyboden St Enda’s at the top of the table, following a comeback win over St Pat’s Palmerstown last Friday night. The dismissal of Kevin Ward in the second half proved to be the undoing of St Pat’s. Prior to his second yellow, St Pat’s had shown their mettle, keeping pace with Crokes at every step and establishing a five-point lead. But that ebbed away

as the man advantage played its part in the final outcome while Ryan O’Dwyer’s 1-7 inspired Crokes to their comeback victory. His goal in the first half left the sides level at half-time, making it 1-5 to 0-8 before St Pat’s established a strong fivepoint advantage with 15 minutes to go. Stapleton, David O’Hanlon and a Garbhan Gallagher goal helped establish that lead but Ward’s exit saw Crokes see the daylight they needed to press for victory, assisted by a swift set of points from Ryan O’Dwyer. The gate was closed on

Pat’s when Barry O’Rorke rounded off the Crokes comeback with a late goal. Early on, after O’Dwyer’s early goal, created by the lively Sean McGrath, they found themselves pegged back by Stapleton’s unerring accurary. McGrath’s pair of scores from play kept Crokes’ noses in front only for Stapleton to bring it back level with a 45m free. And another couple of scores from Stapleton – who ended with 0-12 – allied to Gallagher’s goal, off the back of David O’Hanlon’s pass, had the

Glenauline Park club flying. But with light fading, Ward was deemed to have tripped O’Dwyer and saw his second yellow and departed. With Oisin O’Rorke and Niall Corcoran entering the fray, Crokes were rejuvenated. O’Dwyer clipped three points while Jack Dougan also chipped in with an inspirational score. Despite Stapleton’s free, the game was decided when Barry O’Rorke got to the ball ahead of Damien Gallgher in the last minute to put five between the sides and secure their second win of the group.

Congratulations to the senior B

Our match first three winners

A lot of games will be taking place this week within the club - for all fixtures log onto www.bodengaa. ie. For all sports fans, come down to Ballyboden St Enda’s for the official opening of the Ball Wall.

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Ballyboden hoping for good start  aron hegarty

Ballyboden St Enda’s coach Andy McEntee says his team must be on their toes if they are to reach the 2014 Dublin senior football championship final. His Ballyboden side will take on Trinity Gaels this Thursday in Finglas (kick-off 7.15pm). The two-time winners of the competition, in 1995 and more recently in 2009, are hot favourites to progress through to the last eight. They also have history on their side, having won both previous first round encounters between the

teams in 2007 and 2010. However, McEntee says neither he nor his side will be taking anything for granted against any team they face. “Anything can happen in the championship,” said McEntee. “And if we don’t perform, we will get found out. “We’ll be the side most people fancy and expect to go through, but upsets at this stage of the competition are possible and we have to be on our toes. “Trinity Gaels played our intermediate team recently and they beat them quite comfortably, so we are expecting a close battle.” Ballyboden are aiming to go at

least one better than last season. The South Dublin club reached the semi-finals of the competition before losing out to eventual winners, St Vincent’s. This time around, their focus will be on making a potential fourth senior championship final in their history. Despite a mixed start to their league campaign – with three wins and two losses from their opening five league games to date, Boden has a near full squad to choose from. “We’ve been a bit up and down so far,” said Bowden of Boden’s start to the season. “We are a big club and we are

expected to perform and do well both in the league and Championship. “The only injury casualty for Thursday (versus Trinity Gaels) is Ryan Basquel, who broke a bone in his hand. He has been out for four weeks and is still another two weeks away from coming back.” Trinity Gaels, meanwhile, have already improved on their performance in the championship from last year. The Donaghmede side, established in 1971, were knocked out by Thomas Davis in Round One. But this year, the Gaelic club from Dublin 16 are in the last 16 and hoping they they can be third time lucky against Boden.

Ballyboden face Trinity Gaels in the first round of the SFC this week