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Shatter denies crime is on rise  NATALIE BURKE

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MINISTER for Justice Alan Shatter has this week hit back at claims made recently by Independent TD Shane Ross, who said that criminals have been having a “field day” since the closure of Stepaside Garda Station eight months ago. He said crime figures have actually dropped in the area, since the station closed. Burglaries have fallen by 31% this year in the period from

March, when the station closed to the end of October, as compared to the same period last year. Road and traffic offences have fallen by 72%, dangerous driving offences by 54% and controlled drug offences by 22%. He said that a spike in theft and damage to property related to the targeting by thieves of cars in Ticknock Forest and this problem is being addressed by gardai. Full Story on Page 3

Blooming great! Pat has a cuppa to celebrate cafe’s first birthday BROADCASTER Pat Kenny was on

hand to help the Alzheimer Cafe for South County Dublin celebrate its first birthday recently. Pat came along to the cafe at Bloomfield Hospital in Rathfarnham to have a cuppa and a chat with

the partygoers and guests, and to learn first-hand about the role the cafe plays. Helping Pat celebrate the special milestone are Mai Dillon and Carmel Murphy. Picture:Geraldine Woods

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Burglaries fell 31 % since station closed – Shatter Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has this week hit back at claims made recently by Independent TD Shane Ross, who said that criminals have been having a “field day” since the closure of Stepaside Garda Station eight months ago. Minister Shatter has said the local area has seen a drop in the number of burglaries since the closure, as well as seeing an increase in gardai on patrol in the area. He says the number of burglaries in the locality fell by 31% this year in the period from March – when Stepaside Garda Station closed – to the end of October, as compared to the same period in 2012. The minister said that road and traffic offences have fallen by 72%, dangerous driving offences

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by 54% and controlled drug offences by 22%. He said a spike in the number of theft and related offences and damage to property is related to the targeting by thieves of cars in Ticknock Forest and this problem is being specifically addressed by the gardai. Speaking to the Gazette, chairperson of the Fernleigh Residents Association Vincent Keaveny claimed that an article carried in this newspaper recently contained “sensational rhetoric”. “At no stage have there

been any violent attacks on residents or children in the estate. There has however been one incident of a non grievous nature but of concern to local residents,” he said. Minister Shatter said he was very aware of the genuine concerns expressed by people locally in relation to the closure of Stepaside Garda Station. He added: “I hope that the reductions in most types of crime and, in particular, the very significant 31% drop in the number of burglaries in the area since the closure will help to allay those concerns,” he said. “I am informed by An Garda Siochana that closing Stepaside Garda Station has resulted in more gardai on patrol in the area, engaged in frontline policing instead

o f wo r k i n g b e h i n d desks.” Minister Shatter says “great credit” is due to the Garda for their success in targeting crime, not only in Dundrum, but also nationally. He also stated that despite the substantial reduction in burglaries and other offences, there are some people in the local constituency who have been the victim of a burglary or a crime of some nature. “It is sadly a fact that, no matter how great the professionalism of the gardai, there will always be bad people who do bad things and we will never bring an end to all crime. However, I regard it as unfortunate that there are some individuals who, for their own personal political advantage, choose to ignore the gardai’s successes result-

ing from the strategy they have adopted and who have a vested interest in spreading fear and worry for their own electoral benefit. “I have always followed the simple principle, throughout my engagement in politics, never to mislead people and to honestly present the real facts, whether it is to my political benefit or detriment. I would urge others to do likewise in their engagement with the people of South Dublin.” Meanwhile, Fernleigh Residents Association has set up a sub-committee to monitor further incidents and open a communication network for all residents to access any incidents reported to local gardai. The Gazette contacted Deputy Shane Ross who declined to comment.

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council: fewer bonfires thanks to a public awareness campaign

Fire fighters enjoy quieter Halloween  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Halloween passed off without too much trouble in Dun LaoghaireRathdown this year and there were fewer bonfires thanks to a public awareness campaign in the runup to Halloween, according to the council. In the weeks before Halloween, the council placed advertisements in local papers outlining the dangers of bonfires and the effects they have on public health and the environment. A spokesperson for the council said: “We also worked closely with local gardai to co-ordinate our approach in dealing with the problems associated with Halloween.

“The council’s waste enforcement unit and litter wardens concentrated their patrols in problem areas in the lead up to Halloween. Relevant businesses, such as tyre retailers, were inspected and advised to ensure that waste materials were securely locked away. Members of the public were advised to contact the council’s litter-free phone number (1800 403 503), to report any stockpiling of bonfire material or indeed any litter or dumping problems. “The parks and cleansing sections of the council were very proactive in the weeks leading up to Halloween in collecting stockpiled bonfire material.

“There was a reduction in the number of bonfires and associated problems this year. However, significant damage was still caused to green spaces where the majority of bonfires occurred.” Dublin Fire Brigade, however, experienced some disturbances in other parts of the overall county. A spokesperson said: “The Brigade processed approximately 503 calls between the hours of 4pm on October 31 to 8am on November 1 in the Leinster region. There was a small number of incidents in which crews and appliances were stoned and one appliance windscreen was shattered. “No fire fighters were injured.”

A magical tale: Imaginations set loose in books at Festival of Stories 2FM DJ Rick O’Shea reads a story to cousins Annabelle and Luciana Buckley as part of Imaginosity’s Festival of Stories. Now in its third year, the festival took place over nine days and celebrated children’s stories, story-telling and reading, with an emphasis on creating family time for reading. Some meaningful and exciting literary experiences were provided for children aged eight and under, through interactive workshops, drama performances, illustration and many more activities. Those involved with the festival included illustrators and authors Steve McCarthy, Tatyana Feeney, Deirdre Sullivan and David Maybury, as well as TV3’s Lucy Kennedy, 98FM’s Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore, and writer and producer Maia Dunphy.

Popular DJ and radio broadcaster Ray Foley was helping put basketball players through their paces in Templeogue recently. Laya Healthcare’s Big Screen campaign was set up to test the health of Templeogue Basketball Club members’ hearts. Players underwent vital and potentially life-saving heart screenings as part of The Big Screen initiative. Forty-five members of the club attended the screening over the course of a weekend at the Presentation College gym in Terenure. 98FM DJ Ray Foley dropped in to lend his support and while he was there he proved he had game by taking part in a three-pointer challenge.

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HSE Change ‘secures the future for Columcille’s hospital’

Loss of Loughlinstown A&E an ‘utter disgrace’  laura webb

ST Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown will lose its emergency department at the end of the month. The HSE confirmed the A&E service will close

on November 27 and emergency services for people in Dublin South and Wicklow will transfer to St Vincent’s University Hospital, as part of the re-organisation of acute services in the area. On the same date, St


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Columcille’s will open a local injury unit and a medical assessment unit, operating seven days a week from 8am to 6pm. The re-organisation is in line with the HSE national clinical programmes for emergency medicine, acute medicine and surgery, HIQA’s recommendations for St Columcille’s Hospital and the Department of Health’s policy on the future role of small hospitals. Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett slammed the move saying it was “an utter disgrace”. “Loughlinstown serves a huge catchment area…

those people will have to travel further and will be landed in on top of St Vincent’s hospital, which is already unable to cope with the volume of cases. “This is the chickens coming home to roost of the budget cuts we saw and it is going to cause more suffering and hardship.” Meanwhile, David Walsh, HSE regional director of performance and integration, said the change “secures the future for the hospital” and guarantees its “sustainable, central role in healthcare delivery for the region”. “The services that will

A protest is planned at Loughlinstown Hospital on Saturday, November 23 ahead of the A&E unit’s closure on November 27. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

be provided at St Columcille’s are appropriate for the hospital and for the local population, delivering non-complex care as close as possible to patients’ homes.”

Deputy Barrett argued: “I think we are facing a major crisis in the public health system as a result of the cuts and we are seeing one manifestation of that in Loughlinstown,

affecting us locally. We don’t feel it’s a done deal yet. We are going to fight it and there is a protest at Loughlinstown Hospital on Saturday November 23 at 2pm,” he said.

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ROADS Residents fear being stranded during snow

Three areas removed from gritting plan  LAURA WEBB

A RESIDENT living beside one of the steepest hills in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is concerned for the winter months as the council removes the area from its routine gritting programme. Kilmashogue Lane, which resident Anne Kelly describes as one of the steepest hills in Dublin, will now not be routinely gritted by the council. A council leaflet was distributed to residents in the area, as well as residents in Ticknock and Tibradden, outlining changes to the gritting programme. The leaflet said: “Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council gritted the Roads in the County last winter 87 times. This is unsustainable and it has been decided to

exclude part of Tibradden Lane, Kilmashogue Lane and Ticknock Road from the gritting programme.” The leaflet said five salt boxes will be provided in each cul-de-sac and that the council will “continue with the same level of service if there is a snowfall and in cases of emergencies”.

Worried Speaking to The Gazette, Anne said she is worried for the winter months and said not having this lane routinely gritted is “extremely dangerous” and is an “accident waiting to happen”. “Not only is this lane steep, it also has loads of bends on it so you are going down a steep hill on a bend, in the ice, with no grip, what more need I say. “Not to grit up here is extremely danger-

ous… We are snowed in up here, maybe two or three days of the year, but if they are not going to grit the roads we will be stuck up here a lot more than that,” she said. The council is exluding part of Tibradden Lane, Kilmashogue Lane and Ticknock

Confident Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab)brought up the issue at a recent area committee meeting and is confident that resident will “not be stranded” as a result of this decision. “A l t h o u g h , t h e s e areas are removed from the routine gritting programme they will receive normal services during snow and emergencies. The Ticknock Road is an extremely busy road and ver y popular with cyclists so it is crucial that safety is maintained at all times and I am confident this will be the case,” she said.






Road from the gritting programme this year. Picture: Photocall Ireland

MUSIC Tune into the blues THE inaugural session of the Churchtown Blues Initiative will be held on Wednesday, November 20 in the Glenside Bar Churchtown. This is a local initiative started by some of the many musicians and music industry professionals that hail from this south Dublin suburb. There is no entrance fee and the premise is that local musicians can see each other at work and possibly join in too. The night kicks off at 9pm and for more information go to facebook. com.churchtownbluesinitiative.

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opinion ‘Connectivity comes with a price’ – Fitzgerald

Helping to keep our kids safe on the Net

Parents and teachers need to educate themselves and their children to make the right choices online and an increasing range of tools is becoming available to help them, writes the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald. A recent study estimates that a fifth of Irish teenagers have accessed inappropriate content online that disturbed them. Even more alarmingly, the same study indicates that up to 10% of teenagers may have met up with someone they met online. These worrying trends–

along with the well-documented increase in cyberbullying in Ireland – place new and ever greater pressures on parents and educators. Today’s teenagers have grown up in a world of unprecedented technological advancement and connectivity. Indeed, they have been online almost from the age they could walk. In many cases, their technological know-how matches or outstrips that of their parents, meaning mothers and fathers may be ill-equipped to provide guidance and boundaries for online behaviour. Connectivity comes with

a price. Besides the more sinister dangers of cyberbullying and online predators, there are other less obvious dangers. A teenager may not be aware of their huge online footprint until the day they discover they have a huge online footprint. Each time your child posts a picture on Facebook or details their activities on social media, it might have negative consequences for future school, work or other life options. However, it is vital for parents and educators to realise that a growing number of options are available to them to

tackle these very serious risks. There needs to be a change in attitude, whereby parents don’t only ask their children “how did you get on in school today”, but discuss with them “how did you get on online today”. We need to teach our kids about what it means to be responsible online. This Government has committed to giving Ireland’s children the best possible opportunities from the earliest possible age, and that includes from an online point of view. This week, along with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, I attended the launch of online security company McAfee’s Online Safety for Kids programme in Ireland.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald

In response to the findings from its Irish Digital Divide Study – which highlights how teens increasingly keep their parents in the dark about their activities online – McAfee is rolling out a number of pilot programmes, which An Taoiseach and I are enthusiastically supporting. To date, 80 McAfee volunteers in Cork have

taught at more than 30 schools and community centres, reaching more than 3,000 young people, parents and teachers. To take the programme to a national level, McAfee will leverage the power of Intel, Ireland’s largest employer, to join forces on volunteer efforts. In 2014, it is hoped that more than 10,000 kids in Ireland will come into

contact with the McAfee Online Safety for Kids programme. McA fee is also creating a youth ambassador programme that will leverage youth in their transition years to teach online safety for kids in local primary and secondary schools. McAfee aims to leverage the youth in the nonformal education sector via its partnership with Foroige. Sean Campbell, chief executive, Foroige, says: “As an organisation that works with close to 60,000 young people across the country, we know how fundamentally important this initiative is. Foroige is committed to empowering young people to use technology to make the world a better place, but this can only happen if we fortify our young people with the knowledge and skills to navigate the online world safely.” There are a number of other simple steps parents can take to engage with their children about their online activity. First, oneto-one communication is vital – take time to understand how your children use the internet, and only then assess whether further intervention may be necessary. As parents, we must challenge ourselves to keep up to speed with technological changes, so that we can do the best for our children both on- and offline.

Frances Fitzgerald Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

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PROGRAMME Partnership happy with fourth event

Enterprise Day is the business for 50 women  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN


FIFTY women from the business community in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown gathered to celebrate Southside Partnership’s fourth annual National Women in Enterprise Day recently. The event took place in the Royal Marine in Dun Laoghaire. This year also saw the introduction of Steps to Success programme which was funded by the Community Impact Fund and Ulster Bank, and

facilitated by Southside Patnership DLR for women business owners. Twenty-five women took part in the inaugural programme which offered training, networking and mentoring to the participants. Participants in the Steps to Success programme included solicitors, charity workers, hairdressers and more. Participant Lisa Byrne from Juice 2 Go said: “I own and run a wonderful business and I’m not just a juicer and

driver.” She went on to thank the organisers for opportunity to be on the course. Marie Carroll, manager of Southside Partnership, said: “Southside Partnership is delighted to host this annual Women in Business event, coinciding with National Women in Business Day. “This is our fourth annual event, and it has gone from strength to strength attracting more and more women who have been supported by the partnership to set

Southside Partnership’s annual National Women in Enterprise Day was recently celebrated at the Royal Marine Hotel

up their own businesses. We are very pleased to announce that in 2012 Southside Partnership supported 346 new business start-ups including 108 women, the highest number of new start-ups by any Partnership company in the country.

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“This year so far, we have already supported 284, including 91 women, and we anticipate that we will surpass last year’s figures. “T he suppor ts we provide include information provision, training, one-to-one mentoring and networking.

We are committed to enhancing our supports for Women in Business and are currently facilitating the Steps to Success Women in Business Programme, an intensive development programme for 25 women in Business [which is], funded by Ulster Bank.”

EVENT Musical spectacle A MUSICAL extravaganza featuring a variety of musical genres will be staged in Taney Church this month with all proceeds going towards the maintenance of Taney parish. The event will comprise a choral performance and several solo performances. Solo performers and singers include Anthony Norton, one of the Three Irish Tenors, who has given concerts worldwide and Drajen Derek, who regularly performs with Cafe Orchestra and the Chieftains. Among the choirs performing on the night will be the Microsoft Choir and Wesley College choir. The show takes place on November 22 at 8pm in Taney Church, Dundrum. Tickets cost €10 and are available on 01 2985491.

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Denise Cooney, Enable Ireland, with Jason O’Reilly, Enable Ireland Sandyford Art group teacher Jackie Bates (middle, rear) with members Madeline Cotter and Fiona Walsh, and (front) Deirdre Timmons, Mary Gaul, Martin Keegan and Margaret O’Meara, all showing their selected calendar paintings. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Jessica Brennan with Padhraig and Paddy Dhormer

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EMBERS at Enable Ireland Sandyford held a party recently to launch their 2014 calendar, featuring a wide range of colourful paintings created by its members. Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) was on hand to get an early preview of the useful and pretty new publication, which is on sale now at Enable Ireland shops, priced €5. Cllr McCarthy was full of praise for the works, with the artists keen to discuss their paintings. A raffle, some speeches, live music and refreshments added to the occasion, while an announcement was also made about the music group’s upcoming upbeat single release on iTunes, Here Comes The Weekend, out now.

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John McKibbin, Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh and Jonothan Sultan. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary

Help for Moldova


HE Shelbourne Hotel recently played host to a glittering gathering in aid of the Irish charity, Outreach Moldova, which works extensively with orphaned, abandoned and abused children with special needs, as well as children with terminal illnesses, in the Republic of Moldova.

Fashion, fine dining and live entertainment were the order of the fundraising evening, with a number of well-known faces both addressing the audience, as well as attending. The evening was a great success, helping to raise vitallyneeded funds, as well as raising awareness of the children’s dire needs in Moldova.

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A true cultural icon since his RTE heyday in the early 1980s, Bosco’s using his star power to help highlight a recycling initiative that will also help LauraLynn Hospice

a day in the life: national treasure helps Lauralynn Spread a little sunshine

Bosco loves his jim-jams and a sausage sandwich  NATALIE BURKE

For anyone growing up in the 1980s, chances are you were a big fan of that friendly red-headed fellow from RTE. With an afternoon slot each weekday afternoon, Bosco was eager to be pals with everyone, loved the colour green, always got a kick out of washing cars and called a brightly-coloured wooden box his home. That box is still his favourite place.

He’s got a ladder that goes down, shelves for all his books, a little wardrobe for his clothes and a green stripey duvet on his bed. The magic door was always Bosco’s outside, taking him on trips to the zoo, and while he makes fewer appearances on TV these days, the popular puppet still makes the most of his days out – one of which took him to Cork City recently. “I got up at half seven and I had

my porridge,” he said. “Then I made a sausage sandwich to bring with me for my lunch. Then I got into a big van and went on a big long drive to Cork.” Bosco was making an appearance at the Everyman Theatre in Cork, as part of a Lambert Puppet Theatre show. “It was a very long drive but I love looking out the window at the cows and the sheep. I’m always excited about meeting all the boys and girls!” When a tired Bosco got home, he had

scrambled eggs and tomatoes on toast for his tea. “Then I put my jim-jams on, got a blanket and a hot water bottle and watched a bit of telly before I went to bed. I love Thomas the Tank Engine and Winnie the Pooh!” Bosco is raising awareness of Lauralynn’s Spread a Little Sunshine campaign encouraging all the “boys and girls” of Dublin to recycle their batteries with WEEE Ireland this month. www.

Actress and playwright Elizabeth Moynihan will showcase her latest play, Marvel, at the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. The story of Marvel takes place in a hotel room in Dublin on the night of September 28, 2008. The play examines the relationship between Marvel, a young girl trafficked from Liberia, working as an escort, and Dion, a married trader in financial futures and hedge funds. Exploring the dynamics of sexual and economic power, the play burns with their particular passions, but also serves as a devastating commentary on the cycle of boom and bust – and the effect it has on its human victims. Marvel will be officially released at the Project Arts Centre on November 13 at 8.15pm, and will continue until Saturday, November 23. For more information on Moynihan’s latest play email or phone 01-8819613.


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Author Cecilia Ahern celebrated the completion of her latest novel, How to Fall in Love, with some champagne in at Gibney’s in Malahide

PS I toast me, says A SUCCESSFUL Dublin writer has bigged-up her local boozer this week, after revealing it’s her first port of call after she puts the final touches to her highly-acclaimed books. Cecilia Ahern gave Gibney’s of Malahide a complimentary plug as she chatted to Ryan Tu b r i d y d u r i n g h e r appearance on a recent episode of RTE’s Late Late Show. The author was promoting the release of her latest – and tenth – novel, How to Fall in Love. When Ryan asked her about her post-book treat to herself, Cecilia said she likes to celebrate with a glass of champagne in her local. “It doesn’t matter what time of day it is. I go in and I think Barry Gibney knows at this stage that,

if I’m on my own, having a glass of champagne, I’ve finished a book and we celebrate.” So, next time she’s due to finish a book, pop down to Gibney’s and you might get to join her in a glass of bubbly as she toasts her latest work!

Bosco takes up new residence WE were wondering where this little redheaded fellow had gone, but this week The Diary heard that Bosco – the childhood friend of anyone who grew up in the 1980s – has been busy moving house. Ireland’s favourite puppet took up residence in his new home last week in order to raise awareness for LauraLy nn Hospice’s Spread a Little Sunshine campaign.

His aim is to encourage all the “boys and girls” of Dublin to recycle their batteries, with every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland going towards a fund for the hospice for children. His new home was created out of a special WEEE Ireland blue battery box, which are on display in retailers across Ireland and are the easiest way for people to recycle their batteries for free. Speaking about the campaign, Bosco said: “My new house is made from a WEEE Ireland blue battery box and I hope that this will raise awareness of just how easy it is to recycle your waste batteries by popping them into the blue battery boxes in retailers around Ireland.”

nadia launches her calendar IT SEEMS that calendar season is well under way once again this year, but long gone are the days of choosing between the latest pop band and baby animals and, instead, a calendar girl from our very own turf has arrived. Dubliner and model Nadia Forde has launched her very own 2014 calendar – meaning that Christmas shopping for the men in our lives is pretty much sorted. After her acting debut in RTE’s The Republic of Telly, and a brief singing stint performing the Irish National Anthem at the Aviva stadium for the recent World Cup qualifier, it was only a matter of time before her next project came to light.

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Cecilia after completion of 10th book Shot on location in Los Angeles, the calendar features the model in an array of sultry poses, and promises to “get the pulses of men here in Ireland racing”. We’ll let you be the judge of that! The Nadia Forde Official 2014 Calendar is available to buy now for €10.99; see or

borat gives you good scare yes! A DUBLIN politician was scared witless this past Halloween, after a frightening sight met his eyes around Swords’ Main Street. Speaking to The Gazette, the north Dub-

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lin councillor said it had been a relatively quiet Halloween night around Swords – until Borat’s doppelganger went trickor-treating in the busy area. “The scariest thing I saw on Halloween night was a guy in a mankini making his way up Main Street,” the local representative said, still appearing quite shaken from the eerie episode, referring to the ... distinctive type of sling swimsuit worn by brave men. It seems members of the local Garda also narrowly escaped a run-in with the scarcely dressed man. “He was walking past Swords Garda Station

and his mates were joking, telling him to go in, but he was having none of it,” said the councillor.

join in on the reindeer run CHILDREN will be keeping their eyes skywards over the coming weeks, in anticipation of the annual RNLI Reindeer Run and its return to Dublin. Santa’s faithful friends will be returning once again next month in an effort to help Dublin raise funds for the charity’s work in saving lives at sea. The annual event has become a firm favourite with families, runners and walkers since it first

began four years ago, many of whom don their best antlers to join in the fun. The event is being held on Sunday, December 1 in Marlay Park, with a 5km and 10km walk or run, and a special 1km Santa Saunter for children. The lifeboat crew from Howth RNLI helped to launch the Reindeer Run recently and were joined by Rookie the RNLI Reindeer and lifeboat dog, Laika. Registration is now open and costs €10 for the saunter, €21 for the 5km and €23 for the 10km. Further information is available at www.rnli. org/reindeer.

Howth RNLI volunteer crewman Joss Walsh joined Rookie the Reinder and Laika, the lifeboat dog, to launch this year’s upcoming Reindeer Run


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special delivery: local entrepreneur brings welcome succour to the masses

Making mornings-after bearable A unique enterprise that provides Dublin’s night-owls with a hangover delivery service is becoming increasingly popular, with over 32,000 likes on Facebook. The Dublin Hangover Service (DHS), set up by Dundrum local James Bull, first launched in June with the aim of delivering any type of comfort food to hangover sufferers during the weekend. DHS presently delivers to nine different residential areas in Dublin during the weekend, providing those who

had one too many with a selection of hangover remedies, such as fast foods, cold drinks, breakfast rolls, chocolate bars, etc. Speaking to the Gazette, James who studies computer science in Griffith College, believes his service is of great benefit to those who don’t feel like going shopping after a night out on the town. “Our website acts like a shopping list. If you want a can of Coke, a Big Mac from McDonalds, a breakfast roll or whatever, you simply tick select the item on our menu, type in your

address and credit card details, and we’ll deliver it straight to your door.” When delivering the food wish-list for his customers he said some people come up to the door with not a care in the world, dressed in dressing gowns, no make-up on and messy bed hair. They are the people that just don’t want to “step out their front door”. James decided to set up DHS during his summer break from college, and, with the support of friends, his business rapidly started to attract attention. “At the start of my

James Bull, who set up the unique Dublin Hangover Service

summer break, I came up with the idea to start a hangover delivery business. I thought it was something that would do really well in Dublin, especially among stu-

dents,” said James. “I’ve always been a creative person and when the DHS Facebook page took off like wildfire I knew it had the potential to be some-

thing big. “My friends are also helping me out a lot as well, which I really appreciate. We’re in the process of developing an iPhone app that will be

available to download shortly.” Following the immense popularity of his business, James had been asked to talk about the DHS on several media outlets including TV3,, and DHS operates between 10am and 3pm on Saturday and Sundays in Dundrum, Rathfarnham, Churchtown, Ballinteer, Clonskeagh, Goatstown, Terenure, Milltown and Tallaght. For more information on the Dublin Hangover Service visit www.thedublinhangoverservice. ie.

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Let our advertisers tell you why:

Dlr Leisure Services has been using Dublin Gazette Newspapers for a number of years to communicate with our customers on our programmes. We find the service we received excellent and they always offer us good value for money. The personal touch of having an account manager makes our life so much easier. The Dundrum & Dún Laoghaire Gazette covers the areas in which our centres are located. Dlr Leisure Services would have no hesitation recommending the Gazette to others to promote their company.

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features fundRAISING: making a difference to heart charity

Every day is a thank-you in special children’s calendar  ian begley

Dublin parents Aoife and John O’Driscoll have organised a calendar to raise funds for Heart Children Ireland, an organisation which supported their daughter, Saoirse, who was born with a complex heart defect (CHD) in 2010. Lucan residents Aoife and husband John organised the first Heart Children Ireland calendar, which features pictures of children with the condition in some of Ireland’s most pictur-

esque settings. Aoife told the Gazette: “We’re trying to help Heart Children Ireland raise much-needed funds through our calendar because they’ve given us so much support with our daughter, Saoirse. “Our daughter had numerous procedures performed on her heart and an operation on her lung. Heart Children Ireland has been great in helping us to understand her condition and deal with everything a lot better.” The calendars have

been put together at no cost to Heart Children Ireland, and were compiled through voluntary work and donations from various companies and suppliers who gave up their time to be part of this campaign. Heart Children Ireland intend using 50% of the money raised to purchase equipment needed for the new cardiac unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and the other half will fund their family support and counselling service. Aoife and her hus-

band managed to obtain a sponsor to cover the print cost of the calendar and were also successful in getting Chill Insurance on board. Speaking at the launch, head of marketing for Chill Insurance Fergal Lynch said: “The calendar is a testament to all the volunteers at the charity who worked tirelessly to make this happen and will help raise much-needed funds for the charity to continue to support the parents and families of those affected by CHD.”

Love Hate actor Mark Dunne helps launch Heart Children Ireland’s charity calendar along with three -year-old Saoirse O’ Driscoll from Lucan

Also speaking at the launch, Margaret Rogers, chief executive of Heart Children Ireland, said: “As a charity in a recession, we rely even more on the goodness of people and their generous donations to help children who are born with CHD,” said Margaret.

Love/Hate star Mark Dunne and several members of Dublin GAA also showed their support by making an appearance at the launch. Among the others who helped out were calendar designer Naoise Clarke and Molly’s Cupcakes which provided all the

calendar participants and sponsors with cupcakes. Calendars can be bought at €10 through or from Healthcare Express pharmacies nationwide. They also are available from the calendar club in Liffey Valley.


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More ways to save money THIS week, the Money Doctor continues his series on saving cash. With more than 100 top tips to dip into, he’s sure to have plenty of ideas you haven’t thought of. However, if you have any cash-saving suggestions of your own that you’d like to share, please send them to

58. Walk Good for the body, pocket and your dependency on cars.

grace mcaleese, the wright venue

Wright on track to be the biggest in clubland Grace McAleese is known to her colleagues at the Wright Venue offices as The Oracle. Grace is a familiar face around the Dublin entertainment industry. A frequent traveller to gain inspiration from clubs and venues around the world, Grace has visited Hong Kong, Bali and Ibiza this year to

name but a few. After training as a dog groomer in LA, Grace decided it wasn’t for her and wanted to try her hand at entertainament and events. After working on the opening of the Wright Venue, she knew she had made the right decision and has never looked back.

How long have you been in business?

What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?

I have worked for The Wright Venue for four-and-a-half years, I started a month before it opened.

What makes your business successful?

The Wright Venue is the biggest nightclub in Ireland, constantly adapting to new ideas. The brand is really creative and we are at the forefront of the Irish clubbing scene, showcasing international music stars. We’ve just booked Boney M for Christmas. What other nightclub would you see that in? What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

We are a global clubbing experience. We bring elements from all over the world to bring people the best night out. As we say, it’s not the years that count but the nights you’ve spent partying with us. The Wright Venue strives to bring the best DJs and entertainment to Ireland. Rapper 50 Cent was so impressed by the club when he visited that he offered to buy it.

How has the recession impacted your business?

We find people are only going out one night at the weekend rather than two nights like they used to so we therefore have to work harder at repeat business, new business and generating exciting packages to attract customers.

In order to compete in the increasingly competitive market, we have hugely invested in our product offering. We have just opened Baroque, our new club on the third floor of the Wright Venue which caters to a more mature audience. We are also getting set to launch Hogs and Heifers, an exciting addition to the Dublin dining scene that is open to all, welcoming families, parties and pre-clubbers.

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, etc) to help your business?

Current lywe have 64k Facebook fans and nearly 15k Twitter fans. I manage a team of about 25 ambassadors that utilise social media to promote our club and this in turn gives us a bigger reach and network of clubbers.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Never answer a question yes or no without fully understanding the outcome.

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

Because it’s local, all businesses want to help each other to do well. There is great team spirit in the area and we have a lot of symbiotic relationships with the local businesses, both large and small.

to switch off the heating when away – even for weekends, and especially at the onset of summer.

59. Use public transport It’s great and actually much more economical than maintaining your own car.

63. Boiler If your boiler is more than 10 years old, you could consider replacing it with a new condenser boiler – this has more efficient use of energy and should repay installation costs within two years.

60. Home heating oil Shop around through the various home heating companies looking for economies. Paying upfront for the year’s oil requirements may reap dividends.

64. Investigate grant options Avail of the energy grants for improving the efficiency of your home – there are a number available, check out

61. Insulate your house and pipes You will save hundreds of euro through saving your heat loss.

More great advice on lifestyle and miscellaneous cutting of costs in my next set of tips ...

62. Home heating Turn your thermostat down just 1% and you can save as much as 10% of the actual cost. Remember

 Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

technology: a new range of products on offer

Next-gen tablets and tellies at Harvey Norman Harvey Norman, Ireland’s largest electrical retailer, continues to bring the best in technology to its Irish stores and in the run up to Christmas it has added some interesting products to its range. For those turning to the tablet, leaving the PC and Laptop behind, Harvey Norman stocks the highly awaited LG G Pad 8.3 tablet. The popular brand re-enters the Irish and UK tablet market with this impressive tablet. This is the first of its size to offer full HD display and is the latest ground-breaking addition to LG’s G Series line-up of premium mobile devices. Har vey Norman exclusively brought the device in the Irish mar-

ket at the end of October through its retail and online stores. This forms part of the global roll-out of the G Pad 8.3, which will also go on sale in over 30 other key markets by the end of 2013. “T he introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 is another great step in design and technology from LG and shows that the G Series is going from strength to strength,” said Andy Coughlin, head of mobile for LG UK. “Just like the LG G2, the G Pad 8.3 delivers cutting-edge technology in a slim and sleek form, and is just the product for our re-entry into the UK tablet market.” Meanwhile, for those looking to splash out this year Harvey Nor-

The new LG tablet on offer at Harvey Norman

man has the new LG C u r ve d O L E D T V, another exclusive for the retail giant. The new LG Curved OLED TV is available online to order and customers can view and purchase the product in selected stores now. Customers will be able to visit Har vey Norman Dublin at Car-

rickmines and Swords to see LG’s latest TV revolution. The stunning curved design ensures your eyes are equal distance from all parts of the screen, providing an entirely natural viewing experience. S e e w w w. h a r ve y for further details.

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help derry find a home as your new family pet

Aoife Cogan with her Bernese mountain dog Wilson and vet Pete Wedderburn with golden retreiver Ben at the start of the Pedigree Dental Care Month. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

pet care: tv vet’s advice for owners to care for animal’s dental health

Pete’s plan for healthy pets  natalie burke

Respected vet Pete Wedderburn, or Pete the Vet as many Irish TV viewers know him, is helping dogs this month with their oral health. Pete, who owns his own practice in Co Wicklow, is best known for his appearances as Pete the Vet on Irish TV, talking pet-owners nationwide through dealing with everyday pet problems. He can usually be spotted with dog treats in one hand and a happy puppy in the other. With the popular vet helping to promote a free oral health campaign for dogs this month, Pete took time out from his hectic schedule to chat to the Gazette about his latest project.

It’s estimated that 80% of Irish dogs suffer from gum disease and the latest oral health campaign, which was launched by Pete, along with Pedigree DentaStix and model Aoife Cogan, is running throughout the month of November. The campaign aims to educate dog owners of the critical importance of good dental care for dogs, as the problem is compounded by a lack of awareness of the issue, with 90% of dog owners believing their dogs have healthy teeth and gums. It is also estimated that 4 out of 5 dogs suffer from Periodontal (gum) disease making it one of the biggest issues facing Irish dogs. Throughout November, participating vets across the country are donat-

ing their time to provide free checks for their customers. “A lot of people haven’t a clue what’s going on in their pets’ mouths whereas they pay a great attention to make sure their pets’ coats are nice, clean and shiny,” explained Pete. The campaign hopes to get people looking at their pets’ gums. While some people may think that their dogs have always been fine without a toothbrush, Pete says that with the constant development of science surrounding pet health, it has emerged that pets with healthy mouths live longer than pets with diseased mouths. “When an animal chews, the bacteria in their mouth go into the bloodstream, into their hearts and kidneys and they’re more likely to develop kid-

ney or heart diseases, which are common problems in older dogs.” The three signs to spot for gum disease in your dog are behaviour, bad breath and bleeding gums, says Pete. “Once identified, the next step in maintaining good canine oral health care is a dental check-up. During dental care month 2013, we are helping dog owners to get into the habit of making their dog’s oral health a priority by offering a free dental care check-up so that any issues can be identified, treated and a regular dental care regime, including tooth brushing can be started at home.” For a list of participating vets in Ireland, check out the Pedigree Ireland Facebook page at

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Derry, a one-year-old whippet cross. Derry arrived at Dogs Trust in very poor condition from the pound but is now definitely on the mend. She is partially sighted but this does not hinder her in any way. She has made lots and lots of friends here, both human and canine, and loves nothing more than to play all day long! She would do well in a home with another doggie and with a family who will enjoy teaching her new things! If you think you can offer Derry a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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Special gift guide

SANTA IS coming to town, and he’s not the only one with a list to check off. To help all you shoppers out there, The Gazette is bringing its first Christmas Gift Guide to you this week From kids toys to curlers, the latest in techonolgy to the old reliable book, there is something for all the family. There is also a number of household items to help get homes spruced up and ready for the festive season.

The Longest Road €14.99

Grooming Set €39

Garmin Golf Watch €169

Wireless Speaker €199

For him…

Dubarry Quilted Jacket €400

Tiger Bear Slippers €7




to help make it easier to check off items on that ever growing list.


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Lindor gets festive for the chocoholics

BaByliss Curl Secret €159

Declan Killen Silver Pendant €142

YSL Blush Collector €49

Nature Therapy Gift Hamper €29.50

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick €30

For her…

Aubergine Hand Painted Bag €145 Red Herringbone Bag €135

Lancome In Love Cubes €46

EASTER may be the time of year to gorge on chocolate, but actually Christmas is just as good a time as any and with so many chocolate makers adding festive cheer it is hard not to want more. The best gift you could give someone this Christmas is yummy, scrummy chocolate. Who doesn’t like a little treat at Christmas? As a gift to yourself or others, check out the Lindt Chocolate Christmas Range. For many years, Lindt chocolate has played an important part in the giving of gifts and treats at Christmas. And this Christmas will be no exception. Along with all the Christmas classic favourites such as Lindt Santa’s, Lindt Reindeers as well as the much loved Lindt Bear and the classic Lindt Lindor range, Lindt will once again have a wide range of delectable chocolate creations and edible tree decorations to enhance the Christmas experience throughout the country. Lindt Lindor will help you make a statement this Christmas and is available in all good retailers nationwide. Look out for special promotional prices of in all leading retailers this Christmas.


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Tuck into fine festive fare without breaking the bank

Littlewoods Ireland, Furby Boom €67

CHRISTMAS dinner doesn’t have to break the bank this season, thanks to Lidl and its finest mouthwatering Deluxe products available over the festive months. Due to popular demand all the favourites have been brought into play with the addition of a few little extras. From sumptuous starters to traditional turkey, delectable desserts to classic cheeses, all accompanied by an array of tasted and rated wines, you need look no further for the finest fes-

Mattel Monster High 13 Wishes Party Doll Assortment €28rrp

tive fare.

Heatons One Direction chocolate bar and ceramic mug €7

Recipe cards containing brand ambassador Paul Flynn’s Christmas recipes will be available in

stores from mid November so you can try out his

dishes, specially designed for Lidl, with all products available in stores throughout the festive season. Recipes include roast duck with orange whiskey

glaze, roast turkey and Belotta ham served with

brussel sprout mash and christmas ice cream cake with nougat and sticky plums.

Choose from Lidl’s luxurious range of start-

ers: from smooth Belgian pate (€2.49) and Scottish

smoked salmon (€9.99, 900g) to wild crab meat and

crab claws (both €3.29) and west Cork garlic breaded mussels (€2.69), guests will not be disappointed. Check out your nearest store for details.

Harvey Norman iGuy cover €39.95

Magic Forest Toys available at Swoop €45

Mattel Hot Wheels Triple Track Twister Trackset €60rrp


Peter Pauper Ready Steady Draw… Christmas, Kilkenny €13.95

Wood Puzzle Man available at M&S €11


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For the home…

Debenhams Reindeer pillow €43.50

Accessorize Tree Ornament €4.90

Harvey Norman Kitchen Aid €539 Harvey Norman LG 55” Curved OLED TV €8,999

Heatons Standing Penguin decoration €16




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Funky Christmas Jumper - Bling Santa €39.99 Funky Christmas Jumper - Extreme Santa €39.99 Deadly Christmas Jumper - Are We There Yet €39.95

You can’t go wrong with a gift card for this giving season GIFTS come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes the smallest are the most treasured, so why not give a gift card this Christmas? What will I buy them? It’s a problem for many shoppers trying to get the best present for an aunt, brother, granny or any other fussy relative or friend. So to make things easier, retailers, outlets and shopping centres have the answer – a gift card. Who doesn’t like going to the cinema? So an Odeon Cinema gift card is definitely one that is going to be used. It’s a perfect stocking filler for everyone in the family. These gift cards can be used to buy tickets in Odeon cinemas and online at and to buy food, drink and most other retail items sold in participating Odeon cinemas in Ireland. Dundrum Town Centre also has the Dundrum Gift Card another perfect gift solution for Christmas. Whether wrapped up under the tree or sitting snuggly in Christmas stockings, this card will suit everyone’s Christmas wishes. Available in any amount from €10 the Dundrum Town Centre Gift card is redeemable at over 148 outlets throughout the centre. The Dundrum Town Centre Gift Card is a preloaded debit card and works off the MasterCard platform. The card is available to purchase at Gift Card Desk at Dundrum Town Centre – on The Gallery, adjacent to Monsoon. For more information or to purchase a Dundrum Town Centre Gift card online, go to Meanwhile, if you’re heading to Tayto Park’s over the festive season why get an annual membership for someone or a daily family gift cards, which give beneficiaries a great outdoor gift packed with fun and thrilling attractions. Family passes start from just €40 and annual passes from €120, they are the perfect gifts this Christmas for any family. See www. for further information.

Looking festive… Funky Christmas Jumper - HB Jesus €39.99

GR ANNIES’ knitted woollies are becoming even more on trend than the LBD with Christmas jumpers making a massive comeback over the past few years. If you don’t have a creative granny to make one, pop-up shops and online outlets are all making waves to have the most unique and stylish woollies this Christmas. The Christmas jumper would be an ideal Christmas present for the whole family. Here are a couple of outlets to give you an idea of what’s out there.

Deadly Christmas Jumper - Bleedin Deadly €39.95

Deadly Christmas Jumpers, created by brothers Dave and Fergal Madden, is back and ready to spread humour, seasonal style and warmth with its new Christmas collection of Deadly Christmas Jumpers, chuckle worthy T-shirts, humorous hats and mirth inducing mugs. This is the third year it has supplied themed garments. It has a large selection of handmade woollen jumpers (from €29.95) and cardigans (from €39.95) for adults

and kids, Deadly Christmas Tees (from €15.95) and woolly hats (from €11.95) as well as fun mugs (from €8) will once again be available to buy in store. The new Deadly Christmas Jumpers Dublin City Centre premises location is Top Secret for the moment, and opens sometime this month. Purchases can also be made at the online store Meanwhile, Funky Christmas Jumpers also went live recently and its store was launched last

Funky Christmas Jumper - Santa and Rudolf €39.99

week at 60 South William Street, Dublin 2. The Irish-owned company run by Fabio Molle and Donal McSharry opened with its biggest collection of jumpers to date. Founded six years ago, the business has gone from strength to strength and now ships worldwide. New jumper designs this year include Bling Santa, Happy Birthday Jesus and Tangled Penguin. Having trouble deciding? Opt for the Funky Secret Santa – a jumper chosen specially by the Funky

Christmas Elf along with a surprise present for just €39.99. For further information, see www. funkychristmasjumpers. com. Heatons also have their own affordable range for kids and adults alike who are hoping to spread the Christmas word in a different way this year. Their range is available in all Heatons stores across Dublin including Blanchardstown and Carrickmines, or online at www.heatonsstores. com.

The perfect country escape near the best of city shopping OFFERING a range of Christmas gift offers, the four-star Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa provides a luxurious country escape while close to all the attractions and shopping thrills of Dublin city. Choose from a range of gift vouchers to enjoy all Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa has

to offer. From an exceptional dining experience in The Ivy restaurant or the relaxing and rejuvenating treatments available from the expert spa team at Seoid Spa. Set over three floors, Seoid Spa is one of Ireland’s most extensive thermal treatment facilities. To really impress, why not

treat your loved one to a variety of exclusive events from an intimate night of laughter and memories in An Evening with Gay Byrne on January 23, a special presentation of expert gardening tips from Ireland’s best-loved gardening personality Dermot O’Neill on March 13 or a delicious cookery dem-

onstration from TV chef Neven Maguire on May 7. Tickets

Tickets for the exclusive range of events are €20 with a special early-bird dining menu available in The Ivy at €25 per person. Enjoy luxury overnight rates from only €79 pps.


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Shane O’Sullivan with Georgia Salpa and (below) Vanessa fromThe Saturdays

Longchamp bag €325

Oooh la la ... Longchamp arrives with bags of style The first Easilocks has opened in Blanchardstown which offers a high quality hair extension system that is affordable

The easy way to long locks  LAURA WEBB

EASILOCKS is fast become a household name within the celebrity circuit, but now, thanks to founder Shane O’Sullivan, hair extensions are easy to come by for all beauty buffs. The first Easilocks kiosk opened in Blanchardstown last month and there has been a great reaction to it. According to a spokesperson for the brand, there is a really big demand for a high quality hair extension system that is affordable. “Our staff are fully qualified hair stylists and

have extensive training and knowledge in the Easilocks and hair extension system. The kiosk is the first of its kind in this country that specialises in hair extension application.” Easilocks offers a human hair extension system which is safe and easy to apply to natural hair. There is no bonding, glue or braiding involved. Short hair can become long and lustrous overnight, while thin hair can also benefit from the extensions which provide more thickness. The store also carries an extensive range of hair accessories and clip

• DO secure the hair with one hand while detangling. • Always brush the ends first and work upwards. • Easilocks recommend you brush the scalp at least twice a day to keep your extensions clean at the root area. • Brush you hair extensions before you wash or have a chemical service (ie color etc). • When shampooing your hair, work vertically not horizontally or in a circular motion, this will

in extensions made from both Japanese fibres and human hair. It offers walk-in free consultations and the price for a full head of extensions start at €74.99. Straightening

The new kiosk also offers a dry styling service with GHD and Cloud Nine straightening and curling from €15 to €35, depending on the length and volume of the client’s hair. The sister salon, Ebano, is located in Dublin’s Stores Street. Shane O’Sullivan established the Easilocks

create fewer tangles. • Only condition the hair from the ponytail down and avoid the root area and where the locks are. However, you can be quite generous with conditioner on the extension hair. • Always use leave-in conditioner on the ends to keep extensions looking silky. • Gather hair in a loose side ponytail or loose braid whilst sleeping to avoid tangling at night.

brand in 2011 and the famil-owned Irish business is the fastest growing hair extension brand in the UK and Ireland. Born in Dublin, Shane recently moved to London, to be near his many celebrity friends who use the product on a regular basis, including Katie Price, Rochelle and Vanessa from The Saturdays, Georgia Salpa and Alex Gerrard. His hair journey started at a young age working alongside his father, John. He went on to be honoured by Vidal Sassoon as colourist of the year at the age of just 18. He

then earned his scissors as a l’Oreal professional colour specialist receiving his degree. Over the last five years he has spent the last five years searching for the perfect hair extension solution worldwide. A number of other stores throughout the country stock Easilocks and a full list of locations are available on their website www.easlilocks. com For those lucky enough to have used the Easilocks hair extensions or who are thinking about it, here are some Do’s and Don’ts you will need to know...

Do’s and Don’ts • DON’T go to bed with wet hair

• Don’t condition the scalp area with conditioner • Don’t wash upside down and avoid circular motions when shampooing • Don’t attempt to maintain your extensions yourself. Any issues? Leave it to the professionals. • Don’t leave your hair wet for long periods of time without

untangling it, as the extensions may become matted.

• Don’t leave your Easilocks in for longer than three months or 10 weeks if the natural hair is fine. If they are left in longer than the recommended time, some damage may occur. • Don’t use ANY hot tools on your extensions without protecting the hair with heat protection oil.

FRENCH luxury Longchamp has arrived at Harvey Nichols Dublin with a range of classic pliage bags, leather statement bags and a selection of leather luggage. Longchamp’s luggage and handbags have a worldwide reputation for craftsmanship and quality. The international brand has maintained momentum and energy across the decades. It epitomises French flair, fresh and inspiring creativity, as well as sharing the active lives of women across the world who enjoy a touch of luxury every day. Refreshing advertising campaigns and exciting collaborations with artists underline the contemporary and sometimes playful spirit of Longchamp. Longchamp is available at Harvey Nichols Dublin now and prices start at €48. Harvey Nichols is located at Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16.

Moustaches a la Moda IT’S Movember, and this year fashion retailer Vero Moda will be raising money for the cause and also awareness. The goal of Movember is to change the face of men’s health by raising money, and most importantly awareness for prostate cancer and other male cancers. This month Vero Moda will not only bring fashionable choices for fashion loving women on to the high street, but is having some fun by placing moustaches in the dressing rooms of all their stores during November. The customer can snap a picture of herself wearing a moustache and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #veromodamo. Each shared photo will generate a donation of 10 cents to the Movember organisation.


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The Signature Tastes range features more than 200 top-tier own-brand products

Signature flavours from a Super range SUPERVALU’S new Signature Tastes range has been launched, with more than 200 top-tier ownbrand products that are keeping many Dubliners happy in their bellies and their pockets. The affordable luxury range includes some of its most popular products from previous SuperValu Supreme and Superquinn SQ ranges. According to the supermarket giant, the real heroes of this range are the suppliers, with 80% of them being Irish. Dunn’s Seafare, O’Brien’s Fine Foods, Cooleeney Cheese and Carty Meats are just some of the many suppliers creating the unique selection of products available in all 225 SuperValu and Superquinn stores nationwide. On tasting some of the range, including its mango chutney relish, Thai chilli and red pepper hand-cooked crisps, duck and Belgian biscuits – it is clear that this range is going to be a hit with shoppers. Commenting on the launch, Martin Kelleher, managing director, SuperValu said: “The top end of the own-brand market is growing because consumers want to enjoy great food at home, but at a good price. “We have tested every single product [we have] versus the best equivalent, and we believe we have developed a range that will excite and delight consumers. “Additionally, as we promised when we announced the Superquinn name change, we have amalgamated the best-selling products from the SuperValu and SQ tier ranges into the SuperValu Signature Tastes collection.” For further information on SuperValu Signature Tastes and SuperValu local suppliers, see or drop into your local SuperValu.

Laura Webb and her son, Dylan, are delighted to share some cooking time, with help from top chef Neven Maguire

classes: top chef has great family-friendly recipes to try

Neven knows best for kids  laura webb

CELEBRITY chef Neven Maguire took time out of his busy schedule to showcase some easy recipes that can be cooked at home with the whole family. The restaurateur recently hosted a cooking demonstration at DIT’s culinary arts and food technology school at Cathal Brugha Street as part of his ambassador role with Ben’s Beginners, an initiative by Uncle Ben’s Ireland. I headed over to the cooking demonstration with my son, Dylan, to see how Neven planned to bring cooking back to the home kitchen. According to Neven, teaching kids about food at a young age is an important factor in their lives and getting them involved in preparing their daily meals is a key element to getting them interested in food. He said: “I developed my love of food cook-

ing with my mother in the kitchen at home. It is something special we shared together, that the whole family benefited from, and it is a passion that I, in turn, actively nurture with my family in the kitchen at home. “I passionately believe that good food leads to good outcomes for a family’s health and general wellbeing. What’s more, great-tasting, healthy meals do not take long to prepare and are fun to make together with your children,” he said. On the day, Neven, with help from his sous chef at MacNean House and Restaurant, Olivia, cooked two dishes – sweet and sour pork with fruit salsa and pilau rice, and a delicious apple tart. Each recipe was easy to put together and didn’t take too long to make, making it a perfect dish for busy families. The end result was tasty, but the most interesting part

A child-friendly recipe that’s easy to make is sweet and sour pork with fruit salsa

was seeing the kids enjoy what they made and they were more willing to test it than if it had just been presented to them. T he culinar y ar ts school, which has more than 2,000 students, was a perfect setting for the demonstration and gave kids a sneak preview of how a professional kitchen works. The kids took a big interest in the demonstration and showed off their knowledge of food when

Neven asked what fruit was used in the fruit salsa, and what spices were used in the sweet and sour sauce. In a real classroom setting, the kids put up their hands and shouted out – mango and ginger – much to the delight of their chef. The Ben’s Beginners programme calls on children to get cooking. The programme seeks to encourage mums and dads to get cooking with their children, and move

from setting the table to cooking together. As part of its programme, Ben’s Beginners asked families across Ireland to showcase their signature dish by uploading a video, with a winner chosen by the public. This got a lot of attention, with hundreds of families showing their interest in cooking at home. You can follow the programme online at w w UncleBensIreland.

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book review: Award-winning journalist tells of woman’s life and death

The disgrace of Savita, the shame of a nation

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Last month marked the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in Galway University Hospital in Galway in October 2012, after intense suffering over three days. Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation, by Irish Times journalist of the year Kitty Holland, focuses on an Indian dentist whose dream of making a life in Ireland ended in an intensive care unit with organ failure and a team of medical experts delivering CPR. Savita was admitted to the hospital when 17 weeks pregnant with her first child with husband Praveen. She was miscarrying but was told to wait for the miscarriage to take its course as doctors and midwives could not perform a medical termination due to Irish law and the presence of a foetal heartbeat. Twenty years previously, the situation of a 14-yearold pregnant rape victim who was not allowed an abortion under Irish law, finally won the right to travel to England to

Kitty Holland’s account of Savita Halappanavar’s death is told

terminate her pregnancy through a Supreme Court ruling. This case, commonly known as the X case, should have been legislated on to determine precisely when a doctor was permitted to intervene and perform a medical termination to save a mother’s life. But

at the time of Savita’s admittance, the legislation was still outstanding and doctors still lacked legal certainy. Hence Savita’s miscarriage took its course without medical intervention. Kitty Holland, who broke the story of Savita, has now written a com-

greater clarity for doctors handling such cases. The new legislation resulted in five Fine Gael TDs and a minister losing their positions as conscientious objectors to abortion in the case of suicide. Throughout the whole ordeal, the shin-

prehensive account of how the tragedy unfolded in blow-by-blow detail, and the political conflagration and subsequent passing in the Dail of the Protection Of Life During Pregnancy Bill in July this year.

the doctors failed to act to save Savita’s life. The inquest into her death, conducted by Dr Ciaran McLoughlin in Galway, was the longest in the State’s history. Several doctors and midwives on duty in the lead up to her death were



Despite the coverage of Savita’s case at the time it happened and the investigations and inquest into her death, Holland’s book is still a shocking read as it details the abysmal neglect uncovered at the Galway hospital which led to Savita being left to lie on a bed after her membranes had ruptured with a slowly dying foetus inside her and sepsis taking hold. Harrowing is not the word. Yet the book evokes anger most of all. While reading of the inadequacies rampant at that hospital and the lack of communication between doctors and midwives as they changed shift, lost blood samples and failed to monitor Savita’s vital functions, it is impossible not to wonder why

‘If the Irish law on abortion is changed, I would think my daughter has been sacrificed for a good cause’


Savita Halappanavar’s father


called to give evidence. It was here that Praveen’s allegation that he and his wife were told a medical termination would not be possible because Ireland was a Catholic country was verified by the midwife who said it. This statement caused international consternation and disbelief that Ireland could make such a call when the life of a pregnant woman was hanging in the balance. Global news agencies took up the debate which eventually came full circle back to Ireland, forcing the government into legislating for

ing light was Praveen, Savita’s husband. He carried himself with immense dignity, never stopping in his quest for justice for his wife. Praveen said that maybe Savita had been born to change things in Ireland; a sentiment echoed by Savita’s father, Andanappa Yalagi: “If the Irish law on abortion is changed, I would think my daughter has been sacrificed for a good cause.” Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation by Kitty Holland is published by Transworld Ireland and costs €15.99.




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Planning Permission sought to change the use of existing two storey annex building (Granted permission under D99A/0529) from B&B accommodation to a separate, self-contained detached dwelling. Alterations to include a first floor window to north-east elevation, alteration to ground floor layout and a pitched roof canopy to the front elevation, new vehicular access to the site, parking and associated works at Pinehill, Sandyford Village, Dublin 18, for Mr. Henry Martini. 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, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission or 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.

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We, Dermot & Margo McArdle, are applying to the above for permission to (1) make internal alterations to room layouts (2) make external alterations to all elevations consisting of alterations to existing windows and incorporating new windows and doors layout and design (3) erect a new pitched roof in place of existing flat roof over existing garage (4) permission for change of use from existing 23.2 sqM garage under roof to living accommodation (5) permission to demolish existing 47 sqM extension to rear of dwelling and erect in its place a new 58.7 sqM extension (6) permission to close existing vehicular entrance and relocate vehicular entrance to north-east corner of site and all associated site works at Pine Trees, Kilgobbin Road, Stepaside, Dublin 18. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee €20 within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date the application is received by the authority. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission. Signed on behalf of the applicant by Arthur O’Leary & Associates Ltd, Architectural & Planning Consultants, 81 Main Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford Tel: 053 9422216.


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FastSport Dunphy comes to blanch and liffey valley to sign new book:

Luke Byrne (right) and Shamrock Rovers’ manager Trevor Croly as he signed the agreement to join the club last week

soccer: howth native byrne second signing in closed season for croly

Rising star of north county moves to Shamrock Rovers Shamrock Rovers last week confirmed the signing of 20-year-old defender, Luke Byrne, who spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons playing in the Airtricity League, Premier Division for Bohemians. Byrne started playing with Howth Celtic from the age of six until 11, when he transferred to St Kevin’s for his first taste of competitive 11-a-side. He was with Kevin’s for four years before going to Home Farm for three years. At the end of his last season with Home Farm, Byrne went into the under-

age set-up at Bohemians, becoming part of the Under-19 squad. He was quickly brought into the reserve set-up, and got his senior debut in the Leinster Senior Cup final against St Pat’s Athletic in October 2011, only two months after joining the club. Although he moved back into the Under-19 set up at the end of that season, Byrne was back in the first team by the turn of the new year, only missing two games in the season, becoming the youngest-ever league captain for Bohemians.

A graduate of the FAS FAI Youth Soccer Training Course, Byrne has also represented Ireland at Under-19 level. In spite of interest from the English Championship and League One, Byrne decided to stay in Ireland to keep playing his first-team football for Rovers. The player is manager Trevor Croly’s second signing ahead of the 2014 season after the club announced that Simon Madden has also signed a deal with Shamrock Rovers. Speaking about his signing, Byrne said: “I’m really excited to be here, I’m

looking forward to playing with great players at a great stadium and under a great manager and I’m looking forward to winning things at Shamrock Rovers. “I didn’t know the manager before I spoke to him, but I had heard that he is a really good coach and when we spoke, I liked the sound of how things are done at Shamrock Rovers and I think it will be a really good place for me to be. “I might still be quite young, but I have played a lot of league games for someone my age and I’m keen to keep pushing myself to get better and better.”

soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy is coming to Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley this weekend to sign copies of his autobiography, The Rocky Road. The book tells of Dunphy’s journey from joining Manchester United when he was only 15 years old, his years as a journeyman player and his return to Ireland as a journalist of uncompromising viewpoints on politics and especially on soccer. Dunphy will be signing copies of his book in Eason Blanchardstown on Saturday, November 16 at 11.30am and in Eason Liffey Valley at 2pm.

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SPORT Sky is the limit for Autumn


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Dubliners Josh Dillon and Kevin Gannon recently represented Ireland at an international Powerchair soccer tournament in Paris against teams from the US, Finland, Austria and France. The EPFA International Trophy is a fourday friendly tournament and Ireland sent two teams, with Josh part of the Under-16 team and Kevin in the Under-18 team. Josh from Raheny and Kevin from Bluebell are on the same Fingal Flyers Powerchair team, and train together every Saturday in Corduff Sports Centre in Blanchardstown. As they are on separate Irish international teams, they will be playing against each other. The tournament gave them an opportunity to advance their skills playing against other countries. On their return they will receive an international cap from the FAI for their participation in international sport.


Autumn Collins got a taste of the professional life recently when she was selected to ride for Team Sky’s Future Stars team at the Revolution series at Manchester Velodrome at the end of

October. Collins lined up alongside Grace Garner on Team Sky in the starstudded event, which featured British Olympians Laura Trott and Jason Kenny in front of a capacity crowd. Autumn has been

Autumn with other riders from Team Sky’s Future Stars in Manchester recently

competing for Adamstown Cycling Team on the UK track circuit this season, and the national medallist was delighted when the opportunity arose to ride alongside world class athletes. The Revolution series is significant in that it not only showcases the Oly mpic and World champions, but also provides a platform for emerging talent through the Future Stars series. This event showcases the top 20 Under-16 cyclists that have competed on the British circuit this summer. Gazette Sport spoke to Autumn’s coach, Liam Collins, who explained how the Future Stars series works. “The riders are put in the team environment

Autumn Collins in Adamstown colours

where they are working with other riders in front of the size of crowd and TV cameras to get them used to the environment they would experience in the future should they graduate to the next level in the sport.”

Planning Liam explained that Autumn’s rise in the sport has been carefully planned. “We have a view that you really do not start putting any effort into formal coaching until 15 or 16. I have seen far too many burn outs when kids have been coached at 12, 13 or 14, and suddenly they fall apart at 15 or 16. Autumn has been exposed to this

level from June of this year, and it has been a rocket ship to a higher level straight away. “We brought her to England to expose her to the level she needs to get to, and if she liked it, she would be aware of the level she needs to get to. It’s a good exposure to the sport and a good time to get that exposure.” Autumn’s selection by Team Sky was accompanied by other plaudits at the event. “She was singled out by one of the coaches in Manchester who said she was a natural. The team (Sky) came back and said they were very happy with her attitude and application to the tasks. They gave her

some training tips, and they are looking to bring her back for the January round in Glasgow.” Certainly a prospect for the future, Autumn and her coach are aware of what she needs to do to reach the next level in the sport. “Autumn has all the technical skills, and now she needs to apply herself to the fitness side of things. She can ride in a bunch, but the hard part is the physical training. But that is what Sky picked out when they spoke to her - she ticks a lot of boxes, but needs to get fitter now. She has taken that on board, and is keen to apply herself to take part. It won’t come without hard work and effort.”

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Girls sevens rugby at Railway Union recently

ST LOUIS and Newpark claimed the senior and junior trophies respectively at the Railway Girls schools sevens last week. Having been beaten in the final last April, St Louis were determined to go one better this time around. They accounted for a strong Muckross side in the semi-final. Muckross, who were ably led by Aoibhin Dwan, made all of the early running with Claire Cashman, Rachel Sparrow and Sophie Farnan dominating

the early exchanges. However, the loss of star player Aisling McCann in the group stages turned the tide against them and, with such a high level of competition, this loss proved catastrophic. The final kicked off under floodlights in front of a large crowd, which included Irish coach Stan McDowell. Stacey Flood, who played a captain’s part all day, claimed two early tries to help St Louis race into a 10-0 lead. With Eve Higgins pulling the strings at halfback, St Mac Dara’s continued to probe

and strong carries from Katie McGowan, Jojo Clune, Roisin Tisdall and Caoimhe Guerin kept asking questions of the St Louis defence, before the excellent Lisa Callan broke numerous tackles to put the score to 10-5 and set up a grandstand finish. St Mac Dara’s piled on the pressure and were only kept at bay by a huge defensive effort, with Hannah Hegarty, Emma Young and Eleanor Burke, in particular, to the fore. Despite being kept in their own half for most of the second half, St Louis held out to erase memo-

ries of their previous final loss to claim the title in what was a highly entertaining and nailbiting final. The Junior Competition was extremely competitive, with no little skill on show. St Louis and debutants Newpark emerged from the pack to face each other in the final. Newpark, for whom Darerca Lockhart-Keogh, Ciara Young, Katie Somers and Sophie Phelan stood out, raced into a lead which they never gave up to claim victory in their first schools sevens tournament.

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Harrington hails O’Driscoll influence Gazette Sport caught up with the Stackstown Golf Club man and double major winner at the Convention Centre last week as he came to salute the career of the Ireland rugby legend  paul healy

No str anger to glittering success on the world stage himself, Rathfarnham’s Padraig Harrington was just one of the array of sporting legends that took to the Green Carpet of the Convention Centre at the beginning of November for The Brian O’Driscoll Testimonial event. Speaking exclusively to Gazette Sport immediately before the tribute night for the Clontarfborn rugby icon, the two-time Open championship winner and 2008 PGA champion outlined why he held O’Driscoll in such great esteem. “Brian’s career has been unbelievable. I look at his commitment

throughout his career the way he’s played with passion. Obviously he’s a very exciting player and obviously he’s a very talented player but there have been plenty of those in sport so I would tend to look through that and see his undivided commitment through the years to the game [of rugby]. “How he’s changed as a player as well and adapted his skills to play a slightly different game than he would have played as a younger man.” The six-time Ryder Cup European team member went on to expound on the theme of how professional sportsmen - himself including - have to adapt their game over time and with

age, and why he rated the record breaking 125times capped former Irish rugby captain as remarkable in that sense. “I would learn lessons from all sports people, including Brian. I would be looking at other sports people with a slightly different eye [as a professional golfer] than most people, and I would see how Brian has adapted his career, he has changed his strengths. “He’s gone from being an incredibly talented, skilful player to a captain - someone who leads by example on the pitch, and that’s an interesting change for somebody who comes from the talented side. Very rarely do you see that. “Talented players tend to do their own thing and

Padraig Harrington and wife Caroline at the Brian O’Driscoll testimonial last week

be exceptional on the field, but it’s very few of them actually cross the line to being a leader on the pitch and somebody that everyone else can look up to, and Brian did it. “Towards the later part of his career, he did change the way he

wouldn’t realise is that I can go down to South Africa and I can have a young guy caddying who’s come from a township and I say I’m from Ireland… he doesn’t know where Ireland is. He doesn’t know anything about Ireland but, with a little thinking,


‘When you travel the world and you talk about rugby, people will always talk about Brian O’Driscoll’ - Padraig Harrington


played. He’d be known for his tackling now as much as anything else, which is an incredible thing.” Even given his own instantly recognisable profile as one of the world’s leading golfers, the former Stackstown Golf Club player also highlighted just how well known Brian O‘Driscoll is on that same global sporting stage. “Probably the most startling fact with Brian is when you travel the world and you talk about rugby, people will always name Brian O’Driscoll in their greatest team ever, which is quite impressive when you’re talking to an Australian or a New Zealander or South African. They’ll all pull Brian’s name out of the hat. “Another thing that people here in Ireland

he says ‘Oh yeah, Brian O’Driscoll’, and that’s how he knows Ireland.” Harrington - whose old secondary school in Rathfarnham, Colaiste Eanna, has the unique distinction of having produced two Ryder Cup golfers with Paul McGinley a former pupil also - concluded by reiterating how the rugby star’s ability to adjust was such a huge sporting feat. “He’s still able to do the spectacular but he’s doing the spectacular now based on experience rather than just raw talent. Most talented players go by the wayside very quickly once age comes on or there’s always somebody younger who is a little quicker than them but Brian really did adapt which could be his greatest achievement overall.”


Dublin legends help launch Giro in Ireland in 2014 Cycling legends Nicolas and Stephen Roche joined Fiona Cunningham from Clontarf who heads up the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) Dublin office at the recent Cycling Ireland Annual Awards which were held in the O’Callaghan Alexandra Hotel in Dublin. NITB were promoting the 2014 Giro d’Italia cycle race which will see more than 200 of the world’s best cyclists from over 30 countries arriving in Northern Ireland for what’s known as the Grande Partenza (Big Start) in Belfast on Friday, May 9 next year. Racing will continue on Saturday, May 10 in the Greater Belfast area and takes in the scenic North Antrim Coast before concluding on Sunday, May 11, with a road stage from Armagh to Dublin. Anyone wanting to attend the Giro d’Italia Grand Partenza should contact the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on Callsave 1850 230 230 or by clicking on

RLI announce new deck of coaching aids Rugby League Ireland, in partnership with Elevate Sports Solutions, have developed a unique coaching aid that should interest coaches from novice to senior level. Based on a pack of playing cards, the innovative product has been all the talk ahead of the rugby league World Cup, currently taking place in England, Wales

and Ireland, and was officially launched at the Rugby League International Federation AGM on the eve of the World Cup. In a handy pocketsized pack of cards, there are 52 coaching drills that cover the four skill categories of decision-making and kicking, passing and handling, agility drills and support plays, and shielding and regaining possession. Packs retail for €16.99 and can be ordered by emailing and stating the number of packs required.


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soccer: annual awards sees successful sides rewarded

Rovers retain top spot in Leinster Division 1 THREE Rock Rovers remain top of Leinster hockey’s men’s Division 1 following a comfortable 6-2 win over Rathgar at Grange Road, building a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before the pace noticeably dropped off in the remainder of the tie. Jody Hosking’s (pictured) fortuitous effort started the run as his cross was turned in by a defensive stick. A Shane Madeley drag and an Ali Haughton goal from a corner extended the margin and that was the way it stayed until half-time. Johnny Walker got two back for Rathgar, one in spectacular fashion from a very tight angle, in the second half but they never threatened a comeback as Mitch Darling and Jonny Bruton extended the lead to 5-1 while Freddie Morris closed out the scoring. Across Marlay Park in St Columba’s, Corinthian were unable to do their neighbours a favour as Monkstown ran up a 6-4 win to stay three points off the pace. The result was beyond doubt, though, long before the final whistle as the reds struck twice in the closing minutes. Richard Sykes’ drag in the second minute got the sky-blues off to a flyer, but Corinthian were back on terms when Matt Brown did likewise from a set piece. Davy Carson’s reverse-stick screamer made it 2-1 before Sykes repeated the trick in the 16th minute. A slick move between Gavin O’Halloran and Lee Cole opened the door for Andy Ewington to deflect in for a 4-1 half-time lead. Ian Stewart got one back before Keith Kenning got a rare goal, sliding in at the back post after Lee Cole again did well. A huge Sykes overhead created their sixth with Carson running onto the ball and slipping past Gowan Jones. Corinthian finished strongly, Brown whizzing home his second corner and then Alan Blennerhassett scored from the penalty spot. On the women’s side, Loreto moved within two points of top spot as they beat Corinthian 4-1 in a local derby.

Paul McGrath presents the DDSL Fair Play trophy to Leicester Celtic secretary Gerry Geraghty at Taylor’s Three Rock recently

McGrath honours Leicester  rob heigh

L eicester C e l t i c recently celebrated their annual awards ceremony at the Taylor’s Three Rock, with some 500 people in attendance as Republic of Ireland soccer legend Paul McGrath presented the awards to the successful players and sides with the club. The club have some 26 teams playing at various levels in Dublin soccer, the majority in the DDSL, and senior teams in the Leinster Senior League, a girls’ team and two sides in the SDFL.

The gathering at Taylor’s was the club’s own celebration of the successes they achieved throughout the season, with a total of 10 teams claiming top honours in their various competitions. Gazette Sport spoke to club chairman Paul Miley, who was delighted with the event. “There were about 500 people present, it was packed, and which was in recognition of the fact we had 10 different teams who won something last year, from under-9 to Under-19s. “The Under-9s won their league, and the

line out on line Ireland’s finest launch 02 rugby application PAUL O’Connell, Brian O’Driscoll and

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Under-19s won the prestigious Leinster FA Under19 Cup, when they beat St Pat’s Athletic in the final at Richmond Park.” The club have a strong ethos of building a base of players from a very young age, Miley explained. “We want to get people involved in the club as young as possible. To make that happen, we have an academy for young kids which takes place every Saturday morning, which is the first introduction for a lot of players. After a couple of years in the academy, they progress on to club teams. We have about 60 teams

learning skills in the academy every week, creating the next generation of players at the club.” There is also a strong ethos of inclusion at the club, which sees people staying with Leicester for the long haul. “We have also adopted the approach that there is soccer for everyone who wants to play, no matter the standard they are at. There is nothing elitist about it. We are not cherry-picking the best players around. “We have teams playing at every level, from the lowest league to the highest, ensuring there is

soccer there for children who want to play. “The Under-19 side who won the LFA Cup all came through the academy structure, we are proud to say. They have now progressed on to our senior teams and will play in the LSL with the club.” Miley was also delighted to have brought Ireland soccer hero McGrath to the club for the event. “It was a wonderful honour for the club for him to present the awards. He was a gentleman, giving time to everybody for photographs and autographs, he was extremely generous.”

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all-ireland all star

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Macauley honoured for season’s successes

ballyboden st enda’s

ballyboden st enda’s Michael Darragh

Macauley was named as the player of the year at the 2013 GAA GPA All-Star award, sponsored by Opel, which were presented in Croke Park last week. Alongside Macauley, Bernard Brogan, Stephen Cluxton, Rory O’Carroll, Cian O’Sullivan and Paul Flynn were all honoured. Picture: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

hurling: st enda’s edge final despite dismissal

Best of luck to our minor and senior

Crokes by beating them with a score-

A hurlers and management who play

line of 3-9 to 17 points. Congratula-

in the Dublin minor and senior county

tions to all the minor team and their

final . Support is needed.


Hard luck to our minor A football-

If the minor success wasn’t

ers who were defeated against Cuala

enough, our senior hurlers battled it

in the minor county semi-final with a

out against Lucan Sarsfields and won

scoreline of 1-8 to 0-9 to Cuala. Com-

their sixth county hurling champion-

miserations to our minor C football-

ship in seven years by beating Lucan

ers who also bowed out of their cham-

Sarsfields with a scoreline of 13 points

pionship against Raheny.

to 10 points. Congratulations to the

What a weekend for Ballyboden St

lads and all the management team.

Enda’s - Michael Darragh Macauley

The senior hurlers will now play

voted the GAA/GPA Player of the Year

Mount Leinster Rangers from Carlow

and our minor and senior hurlers

next Sunday.

complete the double by winning the Dublin county hurling finals. Last weekend started with Michael Darragh Macauley winning an All Star

Congratulations to our U-21 footballers who overcame Kilmacud Crokes in the championship. Best of luck to them in the next round.

after a successful season for Dublin

Our theatre group are perform-

and topped off the night by winning

ing The Plough and the Stars from

the GAA/GPA Player of the Year Award

November 13 to 16 at 8pm in the club

voted by fellow GAA players. The weekend continued with success with our Minor hurlers putting up a massive display against Kilmacud

hall. Tickets are €10. For tickets, call Ger 086 851 6387 or Carol 086 407 0015. Friday night cards is back in the club at 9pm. All welcome

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

Ballyboden St Enda’s Conal Keaney in action for Ballyboden at Parnell Park in the Dublin final

Keaney crucial as Boden secure title dublin shc final

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-13 Lucan Sarsfields 0-10  stephen findlater

COMETH the hour, cometh Conal Keaney. With Maurice Nagle sent off and Lucan Sarsfields proving far more resolute than their pre-match billing with the bookies – some offering 6/1 to win – the last 13 minutes could have proven the losing of the Dublin SHC final at Parnell Park last Sunday. His earlier point to make it 0-10 to 0-8 had punctured a Lucan spell in the ascendancy while

his muscular presence earned a string of key frees down the closing stretch to see his Ballyboden St Enda’s side close out a three-point win. They were key moments in an engaging though not overly high quality affair on a heavy surface. A virtuoso performance from Kevin O’Reilly threatened at times to give maiden finalists Lucan a run at the title. But Boden had the wealth of experience and raw physical strength to see off their more callow opponents and claim a sixth county title in seven years, adding to the Minor

A crown won by the club earlier in the day. Lucan snuck ahead a couple of times in the opening half, O’Reilly clipping four points, the pick of which came from some swashbuckling Johnny McCaffrey midfield work. Boden, however, closed the half the stronger, grinding out three points in succession with the impressive Niall McMorrow augmenting a series of Paul Ryan scores to make it 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. And that was the margin that would remain at the end though Lucan were within a point

when O’Reilly landed a monster point in the 41st minute. The reply though was instant as Keaney picked the puck-out and got enough space to clip over a key point in the flow of the game. Nagle was sent off for a swing at Rob Lambert – his second yellow – soon after but Lucan could not take advantage as Gary Maguire mopped up everything that came his way. They continued to hold their nerve as Keaney set up David Curtin for another critical score and keep Lucan at arm’s length.


lotto draw for €11,000. There was

The function room is available on

also no winner of the second jackpot

Saturday, December 14 for a night-

of €2,600.

time function. Please book that spe-

Tickets are available online at or from the usual outlets.

cial function in 2014 in your clubhouse now to avoid disappointment. Our U-21 footballers had a great

Bingo every Monday night in the

win over Thomas Davis on Saturday

clubhouse starts at 8pm and all are

in the first round of the champion-

welcome for a great night’s enter-


wanderers Sincerest sympathies to Gabby

All players and members remind-

Harding and family on the death of his

ed to ensure they are fully paid up

mother from everyone at the club. Ar

ASAP, contact John for details on 087

dheis De go raibh a hanam.

905 8568.

There was no winner of the lotto

Adult men’s football training con-

jackpot. Numbers drawn were 18, 21

tinues throughout the week. All new

and 35. Jackpot next week is €2,600.

players welcome. For first team,

Very important Mens Junior A

please contact John for details on

league play-off on Sunday, November

086 811 8372 and for second team

17 away from home, details on club

please contact Mark on 087 673 2628

website from this week. All support

or Damian on 086 863 2565.


Training occurs weekly as fol-

The club race night will take place

lows. Tuesday and Thursday, 7.15pm

on Friday, November 22 at the Merry

in Frank Kelly Park. Ladies training

Ploughboy. Contact Stephen on 086

is each Monday and Wednesday in

048 9379 for information on spon-

Frank Kelly Park at 7.30pm. All new

soring horses.

players welcome, for further details

Set dancing classes resume this Wednesday at 8.30pm in the club, all standards welcome.

please contact Louise on 086 833 3587. Juvenile U-11 and U-13 teams are

Fitness classes for all continue in

looking for new players and all new

the clubhouse each Tuesday night,

comers are welcome. Contact Gabby

see club website for details.

on 087 244 4444.

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Boden Dublin champs once more  stephen findlater

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s boss Jonny Kenny said that his side’s 0-13 to 0-10 victory over Lucan Sarsfields in the Dublin senior hurling championship “means everything” after a lifelong link with the Firhouse Road club. It was an incredible sixth title in seven years but the concession of the title in 2012 after a five-year reign at the group stages heightened the hunger to get back in the winning enclosure this year, a factor referenced by Conal Keaney in his trophy acceptance speech. Kenny said afterwards that the

strength of the local community was to the fore on a day when the club’s minors won their A hurling title too as the curtain-raiser to the main event. “It means everything to the club, and to me,” said Kenny. “I’ve been one of their home-grown players all my life, and to win a Dublin championship with these players, who have come through the club, is just an unbelievable feeling.” He was especially pleased with how his side reacted after going a man down after Maurice Nagle was sent off with 12 minutes remaining. Conal Keaney made some key interventions while the likes of Gary Maguire, Niall McMorrow

and Stephen Hiney put in huge stints to negotiate what could have been a sticky closing salvo from a Lucan side that had made life difficult throughout. Indeed, Kevin O’Reilly’s sharpshooting had Boden on the back foot a couple of times in the first half but Kenny was immensely pleased with how his side stuck to the task at hand. “The lads seemed to step it up an extra gear and we saw out the last 10 minutes. They knew how to dig it out and get the crucial scores at the crucial times. “We didn’t think a three-point lead would be enough and the wind seemed to have picked up a little

bit. We were struggling in some key positions in the forwards. “We thought we’d need a goal to see it out, but obviously it didn’t turn out that way. It was a dog-eatdog battle out there in the middle of the field.” Next on the bill for Ballyboden is a trip to Dr Cullen Park in Carlow to play Mount Leinster Rangers in the semi-final of the Leinster senior club championship (2.30pm, Sunday). The Carlow champions got the better of Westmeath’s finest Castletown Geoghegan in the first round of the provincial competition. Either Offaly’s Kilcormac/Killoughey or Wexford’s Oulart the Ballagh await in the final.

Ballyboden St Enda’s Peter Buckeridge celebrates the victory over Lucan