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PERTH woman Joan Crawford-Murray stepped off a flight from Australia and into the waiting arms of her younger sister, Lesley Fagan, at Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning. While there’s nothing unusual about emotional airport meetings, this one was truly remarkable – it was the first time they had ever met each other, after Joan was given up for adoption as a baby more than 60 years ago. Lesley had spent almost 30 years looking in vain for her big sister, who knew nothing of her Irish sibling. Luckily, Lesley’s plea on social media went from our small island to the other side of the planet, and a big surprise for Joan ... Full Story on Pages 24-25

Shane’s planes and automobiles gig EXCLUSIVE: Transport Minister talks to The Gazette about water, garda stations & Enda

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“IT DOESN’T mean I’m a fan of Fine Gael,” Shane Ross (Independent Alliance) told The Gazette in his first interview since striking a deal with Fine Gael and gaining the title of Minister

for Transport. “We hammered out the best possible deal. I regard this as a vote for our programme and this was the only way to get it implemented.” The outspoken politician and journalist was the first

TD to be elected in General Election 2016 and made no qualms about his opinion of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who he famously called a “political corpse”. Now that they’re Cabinet colleagues, however, Minister Ross has “accepted” the

Taoiseach’s leadership. He revealed to The Gazette that there is going to be a pilot scheme put in place which should “in the very near future” see six garda stations, including Stepaside, reopened. Continued on Page 2

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exclusive | ‘it doesn’t mean i’m a fan of fine gael’

Minister Ross defiant despite a Cabinet role  emma nolan


“IT DOESN’T mean I’m a fan of Fine Gael,” Shane Ross, of the Independent Alliance (IA), told The Gazette in his first inter view since striking a deal with Fine Gael and gaining the title of Minister for Transport. T he new minister spoke to The Gazette about his new role, and his relationship with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. He said: “We hammered out the best possible deal. I regard this as a vote for our programme and this was the

only way to get it implemented.” The outspoken politician and journalist was the first TD to be elected in the 2016 General Election, and made no qualms about his opinion of the Taoiseach, who he famously called a “political corpse”. N ow t h a t t h e y ’r e Cabinet colleagues, however, Minister Ross has “accepted” the Taoiseach’s leadership. Laughing as he considered his response to his “political corpse” quip, he said: “Enda Kenny is still the leader of his party, and I accept that he is the leader of

the country as a result of that. “Fine Gael was the only vehicle offering a road to radical progress who had agreed to radical changes in the programme for government, and I would have been voting against those changes if I’d walked away from that deal. “We were faced with a choice – either vote Enda Kenny and FG back into office, or be faced with another general election and no government. “We decided that we would have to take our responsibilities seriously, not do what all the other


Try a free ‘taster’ session at Glenalbyn Lawn Tennis Club HAVE you ever wanted to try your hand at tennis? Glenalbyn Lawn Tennis Club are offering the public an opportunity to try tennis in a free “taster session” on May 21, from 10am to 1pm in their club in Stillorgan. Tennis racquets will be provided and all ages from six years up are welcome. For absolute beginners, some coaching tips will be shared. Glenalbyn Lawn Tennis Club was founded in 1965 in Stillorgan village on the grounds of Kilmacud Crokes GAA club, and has six outdoor all-weather courts. For further information, contact info@glenalbyntennis.com.

Golden feeling for graduate and her jewellery expertise A RATHFARNHAM woman is among the first to graduate as a jewellery expert in Ireland. Lisa Connaughton was presented with a cerNew Minister for Transport Shane Ross (IA)

tificate from the Retail Jewellers of Ireland and the Company of Goldsmiths for a staff training

small groups had done, which was to walk away from government.” The new minister told The Gazette that he was interested in the Transport portfolio prior to being assigned it. “It’s a challenge and it was certainly in my top three or four [ministries],” he said, while acknowledging his relief at not being assigned the dreaded Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht ministry. “I have virtually no Irish at all – it would have been a cruel blow! I’d have to go off to learn Irish for 12 months, like poor Joe McHugh did.” He maintained that it would have been an “unlikely and inappropriate” appointment and said that he thinks the other appointments are “pretty good”. Speaking on his fellow IA Cabinet colleagues, he said it’s “tremendous that all five of us will be office holders”. “T he Independent Alliance is very different from Fine Gael, so I suspect we will have a somewhat disproportionate influence.” When asked if the current situation was his ideal outcome, Minister Ross said that he is really happy with the “parts of

programme for government which we put in”. In particular, he is pleased with the possibility for the reopening of garda stations, especially his local one of Stepaside, which he has campaigned to be reopened along with locals since its closure in 2013. Minister Ross revealed to The Gazette that there is going to be a pilot scheme put in place which will “in the very near future” see six stations across the country reopened. He is confident that Stepaside will be one of them. “We had to fight really long and hard for that,” he said. When asked if the IA would end up being accused of “propping up” Fine Gael as Labour were, Minister Ross was adamant that will not be the case for them and that he and his IA colleagues see the coalition as a “road to reform”. During Deputy’s Ross’ campaign trail, T he Gazette accompanied him door to door where he faced many questions from his constituents regarding Irish Water, which he says is now “unlikely to resurrect”. “Its suspension looks to me like it’s a way of giving Irish Water a decent burial.”

and education programme which was designed to train staff who are new to the jewellery business. Speaking at the graduation in Dublin Castle last week, assay master Ana Izquierdo said that the initiative “brings together the expertise needed to sell jewellery”. “These graduates are the industry’s way of cancelling out bad practice. The consumer will benefit most from this programme.”


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charity | girl with arthritis waiting for surgery in the uk

Fundraiser for Zoe raises €7k for family

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A FUNDRAISER in support of a South Dublin family as they prepare for their four-year-old daughter to receive lifechanging surgery in the UK has raised €7,000. Zoe Lonergan suffers from Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and is in chronic pain. She is set to travel to Newcastle to undergo treatment which will “either cure her or kill her”. Her mother, Natalie, said that they are expecting the call to go to Newcastle any day now. “They could ring tomorrow or next week; we have to be ready to go when they call. It’s a waiting game, now.” A professor in New-

castle who specialises in Zoe’s condition has suggested that her younger sister, Ali, who has just turned two, donate bone marrow from her spine for a stem cell transplant. Natalie said: “There’s a one-in-four chance that Ali will be a match, but she’s so young that there may be complications. It’s a horrible decision, because I don’t want to have two sick children.” Once they arrive in

Newcastle, Zoe is to have eight days of chemotherapy to break down her immune system, before introducing the stem cells. “Then it’s a waiting game of seeing how her body reacts. The most dangerous thing is the graft versus host, where the stem cells could attack her immune system instead of repairing it. “T here’s no other option, and this will either cure her or kill her.” The funds raised at the familiy’s fundraiser in The Goat pub in March will go towards their living costs in Newcastle and travel costs for her parents, who are staying in Dublin, to visit Zoe and Natalie while they’re away.

six fire units sent to ticknock blaze  emma nolan A GORSE blaze broke out on Three Rock Mountain in Ticknock late last week, with a number of homes being evacuated. While there were no injuries, six units of Dublin Fire Brigade had to be dispatched to fight the blaze, which saw many residents calling emergency services as it spread. A barman at the local Blue Light pub in Barnacullia said that the fire spread to just within “a few hundred yards” of the bar. A local source told The Gazette that gorse fires break out in the area every two years or so if the conditions are right. Heavy winds and dry warm weather can create the perfect conditions for such fires, which can be triggered by a piece of glass, a cigarette butt or a motorbike driving nearby.

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arts | booterstown native delighted with prestigious literary win

Hennessy award winner banks on his talent  emma nolan

WINNER of the 45th Hennessy Literary Awards in the Emerging Poetry category Chris Connolly spoke to The Gazette about his winning story, Right Or Good. The 32-year-old Booters-

town native, who is now living in Clonskeagh, said that the feeling of “nailing it” when writing is what inspires him to keep going. “I’d liken it to a runner’s high. It’s that kind of feeling – though whether you have actually nailed it later, when you go

back and read what you’ve written, is another question. Chris became interested in writing when he was 18 and ended up working on a bank for a few years after studying journalism. Working in a bank “broke [his] soul a little,” so he left to write full-time.

“I decided I wanted to be a writer in my early twenties, and called myself a writer for several years without really writing all that much, always waiting for some great idea to inspire me. “Then I realised that that’s not how it works, and so I

started taking it seriously then, which is when I quit the bank.” Right or Good is about loss, loneliness, and deception and how far a person might go just to avoid being alone. “The chances of ever making a living from writing are pretty slim, and I’m nowhere near

that yet, but winning such a prestigious award – and seeing all the names of people who’ve won, or been nominated in the past – is a really nice moment, and massively encouraging.” Visit chrisconnollywriter. com to keep up with Chris’ work.

Hard work serves up a global award for McDonald’s Carrickmines boss  emma nolan

THE manager of McDonald’s Carrickmines has been recognised globally for his hard work. Dominik Grygielewicz has won a Ray Kroc Award (named after the corporate founder of McDonald’s) – an accolade that recognises the topperforming McDonald’s managers globally. Dominik was one of just 340 McDonald’s restaurant managers chosen to receive the honour from more than 36,000 restaurants worldwide. He began his career at McDonald’s

in his home country of Poland, where he worked for five years before moving to Ireland, where he was promoted to business manager. He managed restaurants in both the Ilac Centre and Stillorgan before getting involved in the opening of the Temple Bar and Carrickmines restaurants in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Accepting his award, Dominik said: “It’s an honour to be recognised in this way and I would like to thank the whole team at McDonald’s Carrickmines who work hard to always provide our customers with a friendly atmosphere and the best possible experience.”

Despite heavy rain, hundreds gathered for the anti-racism rally in Nutgrove on Tuesday night. Inset: anti-racism activist Memet Uludag addresses the crowd.

attack | local shock, anger as child, youths assaulted by men in rathfarnham

Community rallies for Afghan family  emma nolan AN ANTI-racism protest was held in Nutgrove on Tuesday in support of the Afhgan family who suffered a racially-fuelled attack in Rathfarnham last week. Abdul Ahmadzai (13) and two of his uncles, Naquib (18) and Fazal (20), were attacked as they cycled along Nutgrove way by five men who drove alongside them, before blocking them with the car and attacking them. Abdul, a first-year student at De La Salle Sec-

ondary School in Rathfarnham, has been living in Ireland for four years and is an Irish citizen. He said his uncles, who spent two nights in hospital, have been in the country for just four months. Abdul was str uck across the face with a metal bar, while his uncle Naqib suffered a broken cheekbone. The family say that none of the six children living in the house will be attending school for the rest of the term, with their parents talking about returning to A fghanistan because

of threats they’ve received. “They said that this was only a warning and that next time they will kill us,” Abdul said. “I can’t sleep after [the attack]. Last night I was dreaming that those men came into my house and tried to kill my family, and when I woke up I couldn’t sleep again.” While they initially refused to leave the family home after the attack, the family attended the anti-racism rally, which was organised by antiracism activist Memet Uludag. About 200 people

gathered in the car park of Nutgrove Shopping Centre to show their support for the family, with a number of local political representatives in attendance. Anti-racism activist John Flanagan spoke about how newcomers to Ireland play an integral role in our society. He said: “If we told everyone who wasn’t born in this country to take the day off work tomorrow, the hospitals would come to a stand-still, not to mention other healthcare centres and transport infrastructures etc.”

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appeal | Ibrahim Halawa has spent years imprisoned without trial

TDs in desperate plea for release of man from Cairo jail  emma nolan enolan@gazettegroup.com

Five Dublin South West TDs have called for the release of young Dundrum man Ibrahim Halawa who has spent three years imprisoned in Cairo without trial. Ibrahim (20) , who is the son of the Imam of Clonskeagh mosque, was arrested for taking part in a banned protest against the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 when he was 17 years old. He is being tried as part of a mass trial of

almost 500 people and his case has now been adjourned 13 times. In a joint statement issued by deputies Colm Brophy (FG) , Sean Crowe (SF), John Lahart (FF), Paul Murphy (AAA) and Katherine Zappone (Ind), they called on the Eg y ptian authorities for the “immediate and unconditional release” of the Irish citizen. They also called on their colleagues in the Dail to support Ibrahim’s plight. “We also call on all Dail deputies to support

Ibrahim and to ensure that his release is a priority for the next government and we ask the Dail to follow the example of the European Parliament and to pass a cross-party motion of support for Ibrahim and to seek his release as a matter of urgency.” They said that Ibrahim is “just one person among some 40,000 people who have been arrested in Egypt in the last number of years as part of a major clampdown by the current regime on any opposition or democratic pro-

test. “This is a major concern for us.” T he deputies said that, as TDs of the Halawa family’s constituency, they are especially concerned for the Dubliner’s well-being and basic human rights. Organisations that have come out in support of Ibrahim include Amnesty International who have declared him a “prisoner of inno cence” and the Law Society of Ireland have described his case as a “clear case of arbitrary detention”.

Rising art to be officially unveiled THE Meadowbrook Residents Association in Dundrum have commissioned a community sculpture to commemorate the 1916 Rising. The sculpture will be officially unveiled at a community day this Saturday, May 14 at Willow Road. It is made from polished Irish granite and is the shape of a four foot-high harp on a circular base. It is inscribed with the phrase: “I ndil cuimhne laochra na h-Eireann”, which translates as: “Cherishing all the children of the Nation equally”. Created by hand by sculptor Philip O’Neill from Kilternan, the piece is erected on Willow Gate Green near the Meadow Grove/Willow Road junction. Member of the residents association, Donal Donnelly said that the Harp is “a magnificent piece of art”.

Ibrahim was arrested for taking part in a banned protest

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| enjoying Flormar Beauty’s first birthday bash

Rachel O’Connor and Laura O’Gorman Paul Mooney and Joanne Larby

Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon. Pictures: Brian McEvoy Photography

Stars step out in style to celebrate


HE beauty world were out in force recently to celebrate international beauty brand Flormar’s first birthday in Ireland. Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon flew in to perform an exclusive set and mingle with the crowd, who included top blogger Joanne Larby,

beauty expert Triona McCarthy, snapchat star James Patrice and radio presenter Daniella Moyles. Guests arrived at the ‘Flower-Tales Wonderland’ in The Crypt Christ Church, to a show stopping, handmade, seven-foot flower wall, fire throwers and zamba drummers.

Dawn Kelly and Carla Foran

Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick

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at the crypt in the basement in Christ church cathedral

Claudia Gocoul and Tatum Rooney

Judy Gilroy

Model Paloma Feijoo

Norma Gill and Lynda O’Gorman

Jessica Banaghan

Karl Bowe

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Model, author and

| The annual Peter Mark VIP Style Awards

Model Sarah Morrissey

blogger Rosanna Davison

Personal trainer Leanne Moore Model Roz Purcell

Conor McGregor and partner Dee Devlin, who was awarded the prize of most stylish newcomer, Vogue Williams and model Louise O’Reilly. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Theresa Mannion, Darren Kennedy and Jodi Albert

Fashionistas flock to a night of glitz I

Sean Musnanje and Storm and Missie Keating

Chris Doyle

Grace Mongey

reland’s most glamorous grown-ups came out to play recently for the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards. As usual the red carpet was filled with stylish celebs for the celebration of Irish style. Vogue Williams took home the coveted Most Stylish Woman of the Year award. Conor McGregor arrived back in Dublin to support girlfriend Dee Devlin, who won out in the Most Stylish Newcomer category. Blogger and social media influencer Rosie Connolly picked up the Most Stylish Social Influencer award. In the Most Stylish Male category, Eurovision hopeful Nicky Byrne came out on top ahead of Baz Ashmawy, Brian McFadden, Leo Varadker and Nathan Carter among others.


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Chicago: it would be a crime to miss this musical

Get set to have a razzle dazzle time  ian begley

Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…” T he international award-winning musical Chicago is taking to the stage in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this week and it would be a crime a to miss it. Starring John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart and Sam Bailey as Mama Morton, this production is based on the 2002 Oscar winning movie. Set in the roaring 20s,

nightclub, sensation Velma murders her philandering husband, and slick Chicago lawyer Billy Flynn is set to defend her. But when Roxie also winds up in prison, Billy takes on her case as well – turning her into a media circus of headlines. Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity. John Partridge is probably best known for playing the role of Christian Clarke in EastEnders. His many musical theatre credits include Rum Tum

Tugger in Cats in the West End, on tour and the official film of the show, John in Miss Saigon on the first UK national tour and most recently Zach in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. John was also a judge on BBC1’s Over the Rainbow, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search to find a Dorothy for the musical The Wizard of Oz. Hayley Tamaddon has just finished playing Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street. She also played Del Dingle in Emmerdale. Her

numerous theatre credits include The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show. Sam Bailey worked as a prison officer for three years until 2013. At the end of that year Sam won the tenth series of the X-Factor receiving more than a million votes over the course of the final weekend. Following her win, her debut single Skyscraper was released and achieved the Christmas Number One. Created by the musical theatre talents of John

Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, John Partridge as Billy Flynn and Sam Bailey as Mama Morton

Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics) and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. The musical originally opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London in November 1997 to rave

reviews, winning the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for “Outstanding Musical Production” as well as the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for Best Musical, and immediately became a sell-out hit running for 15 years. It is currently playing in

New York where it holds the record as the longest running musical revival and also the second longest running musical in Broadway history. Running until May 21, tickets are available at bordgaisenerygtheatre. ie.


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Can you take a shot worth €1,000? IRELAND Alive has been announced as the theme for this year’s Top Oil Amateur Photo Competition. Top Oil are calling on Dublin’s talented amateur photographers to grab their cameras and capture what they believe represents the life and soul of Ireland through the theme. For the 2016 competition, Ireland Alive encourages Dublin’s amateur photographers to capture Ireland in all its glory, full of life and bursting with spirit. From the indigenous flora and fauna found from The Burren to Dublin Bay, to the spectacular coastal views on offer along The Wild Atlantic

Way, snap and send it in. The overall winner of the Top Oil Amateur Photography Competition will feature on the coveted calendar cover, as well as winning a €1,000 voucher. The 11 runner-up winners will each receive a €200 voucher. To keep up to date with the competition, see Top Oil’s Facebook page www.facebook/topoilfuelingireland. The closing date is May 31.

win one of 20,000 holidays abroad THIS summer, Walkers is giving crisp and sunshine lovers alike the chance to win one of 20,000 holidays. With 26 worldwide

destinations up for grabs, Walkers will be sending winners and three friends on a 4-star, seven-night holiday. To enter, find a code inside every promotional pack of Walkers Crisps and just enter it online at www.walkers.co.uk/ spellandgo to unveil a letter. Keep collecting letters to spell one of 26 destinations and win a holiday to that destination. To i n c r e a s e y o u r chances, get family and friends to register online and swap letters to bag a dream trip. Walkers are also currently hosting one of the biggest letter hunts that Dublin has ever seen. Each day, Walkers

are asking the people of Dublin to hunt for one giant letter in the city centre in a different location – but hurry to the hunt, as it ends this Friday, May 13. For further information, see www.walkers. co.uk/spellandgo.

no codding – it’s fish and chips day The 131-year tradition of fish and chips in Ireland will be celebrated later this month with half-price fish and chips at participating eateries. Organised by The Irish Traditional Italian Chippers Association (ITICA), National Fish And Chips Day takes place on Wednesday, May 25. Established in Decem-

ber, 2009, and now with more than 180 members throughout the country, ITICA was created to promote and build on the traditional values and ethos of the Irish-Italian chipper community. In their first six months, I T ICA s u c c e s s f u l l y launched the national day to celebrate the tradition of fish and chips. The Irish-Italian chipper culture was started by members of the IrishItalian community who arrived in Ireland in the 1880s. All members of this community come from the villages in Val Di Comino in Southern Italy. To find out what chippers will be taking part, see itica.ie.

Brooke Briscoe was happy to help launch this year’s Top Oil Amateur Photo Competition. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

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Entertainment broadcaster Colum McCormack Crowe: “With live radio, you just do not know what’s going to happen”

a day in the life: Colum McCormack CROWE

Happy to face the random nature of live radio work  ian begley

CORK native Colum McCormack Crowe is a rising star when it comes to entertainment news. Presenting as an entertainment presenter on Dublin’s Classic Hits 4FM on the Niall Boylan Show, and also as a freelance journalist, every day for the media all-rounder is very different. Colum said that there is no such thing as an average day for him. He said: “I usually get up around 6.30am and sit on the sofa for a while, then head out for a walk before I start working. “Because I’m a freelance journalist, I never know what the next day might throw at me. “One day I could be doing nothing but drinking coffee, but the next could have me bogged dow n with multiple assignments. “I have also a barbershop and a hairdresser in Cork, but on Fridays when I’m doing the Niall

Boylan Show I have to travel three and a half hours from Cork to Dublin by bus. “I would consider the bus as my office, because I have the opportunity to get a lot of my research done for the show while travelling to Dublin. “I actually love taking the bus because it’s certainly a lot more relaxing and easier than driving.” Colum added that up until recently he ran his own magazine in Cork, but decided to “lay it to rest” due to the stress and undivided commitment involved. “I much prefer working for someone else because when you’re running your own publication you have no time at all to do anything else. “It was literally a 24 hour a day job, and didn’t offer any variation. I prefer freelancing a whole lot more because of the versatility involved. “If you’re in the media industry, it’s very important to enjoy your job

and all the variations that come with it.” Asked if anything out of the ordinary every happened while live on air, Colum said: “All the time. With live radio, you just do not know what’s going to happen. Only two weeks ago when we were just about to go on air my computer just crashed. “I went completely blank because I didn’t have my notes in front of me, but luckily Niall had a couple of his notes on his computer so he just turned it around so I could have an idea what I was supposed to talk about, which was gas! “After the show, and after the long journey home to Cork, I would usually get in the door around 7.40pm. From then on I get into something more comfortable, maybe order a Chinese and just chill out. “I’m not as young as I used to be, and usually find myself getting tired by 10,” said the 39-yearold.




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tie-in: imma connection announced

Art partnership at Dean Hotel  emma nolan

ULTR A-trendy hotel Dean Dublin say they are thrilled to announce that they are IMMA’s major hotel partner for 2016. Since first opening its doors in 2014, Dean Dublin say they have strived to create a fun and vibrant space for their guests, right in the heart of the city. T he Dean Dublin IMMA partnership begins with the opening of a new work by Simon Fujiwara, opening at IMMA on Friday, May 20.

Entitled The Humanizer, this new commission is an imagined Hollywood biopic of Roger Casement, with contributions from scriptwriter Michael Lesslie (Macbeth, 2015; Assassin’s Creed, 2016) and Oscarwinning designer Annie Atkins (Grand Budapest Hotel, 2013). This partnership will also allow Dean Dublin to offer their guests the unique opportunity to engage with IMMA’s creative and experimental programmes, while it

enables IMMA to invite some of the most influential figures in the Irish and international art world. IMMA director Sarah Glennie said: “IMMA’s partnership with Dean Dublin is one of our most important and significant relationships for 2016. “A major factor in the delivery of our ambitious programme is the ability to offer hospitality to our artists, enabling us to host some of the most influential figures in the Irish and International art world here in Dublin.”

Optimism returning to businesses – survey SOME 81% of Irish employees are looking to change jobs within the next two years, according to a new salary survey by Hays, Ireland’s recruitment specialist. The Hays Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide 2016 found that less than half (47%) of all employees were satisfied with their salaries, but almost two-thirds (62%) expect to receive a pay rise in the next 12 months.

The report, which surveyed 1,300 employers and employees, suggests that Irish businesses are increasingly optimistic about the future. It noted that 79% of organisations expect increased business activity in 2016, and 86% plan to recruit in the coming 12 months. This positive outlook is particularly apparent across sectors such as IT, construction, life sciences, financial services and insurance.

awards: prestigious aib win for dublin 12 firm

Nasal Medical founder knows a good product

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MARTIN O’Connell, founder of Dublin 12-based company Nasal Medical, was celebrating this week after being named the winner of the 2016 AIB Start-up Academy. O’Connell will receive a prize valued at €250,000, which includes a cash injection of €20,000, an advertising and marketing package, as well as business development support and PR training. The final, which was held in front of a packed crowd in Dublin’s Sugar Club, saw 11 start-ups deliver a five-minute business pitch to an expert judging panel. T he AIB Star t-up Academy, which is run in conjunction with The Irish Times, invited entre-

preneurs from all across Ireland to apply for an intensive eight-week training programme. From the start-ups, eleven were selected to take part in the Academy, the search culminated with a final pitch. The finalists, drawn from varying sectors, all delivered outstanding pitches which left the judging panel with the unenviable task of selecting a winner. O’Connell, a native of Kerry, has developed a medical device which e n c o u r a g e s h e a l t hy breathing and helps people who suffer from snoring or sleep apnoea. The unique device fits inside the nasal cavity and is both comfortable and discreet. His pitch displayed a depth of knowledge of the medical device industry, an

Martin O’Connell celebrates after being named as the winner of the 2016 AIB Start-up Academy

understanding of his target market, and a strong desire to develop his product and business. Speaking after his win, O’Connell said: “I really can’t believe it! The last few weeks with the AIB Start-up Academy have been an invaluable experience and I would recommend any start-up to apply for it. “A lot of hard work

has gone into this company and I’m delighted that the judging panel believes in its potential.” Brian Keating, group brands director of AIB, and a member of the judging panel, said: “The standard of the presentations was incredible. We heard from some brilliant companies who are absolutely passionate about their products.”

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memories: commemorating 60 years of great work

Write your chapter in the story of hospital


Crumlin Hospital have started a campaign that invites the nation to share any stories of their time in the hospital since it first opened 60 years ago. Crumlin’s Big Book of Memories is an initiative that aims to commemorate all of the great work Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin has done through their virtual memory book – crumlinmemories.ie. This designated web-

site will enable members of the public to share and read the touching stories which illustrate the hospital’s 60-year existence. From past patients and their loved ones to hospital workers and donors - anyone with a memory of the hospital can get involved, share their memories and help to shape the hospital’s future by donating online. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to make urgent renovations to the outpatients depar tment

which was built in the 1960s to accommodate 500 patients per week. Today, three times that amount (1,500 children) pass through its doors every week, leading to considerable overcrowding and insufficient resources. Another area of focus for campaign donations will be the refurbishment of The Nazareth Ward which treats the hospital’s youngest and sickest babies, many of whom have never left the hospital since birth. A portion of the funds

will also cover a range of equipment wor th over €2 million which is urgently required by the hospital, including cancer detection equipment, CF detection equipment and cardiac echo machines. Crumlin ambassador and Irish rugby player Rob Kearney said: “Having the opportunity to visit CMRF Crumlin has opened my eyes to the fantastic care that Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin provides the 150,000 children who pass through its doors every year.




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CMRF Crumlin ambassador and Irish Rugby player Rob Kearney joined Ollie O’Connell

“The hospital and its staff have touched so many lives over the past 60 years so Crumlin’s

Big Book of Memories is a fantastic way for those people to honour the work of the hospital

and contribute positively to its future by sharing their own stories and donating online.”

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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week


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Draiocht is delighted to announce the return of Vladimir Jablokov’s warmly received classical show, One Night In Vienna, to their main stage on Thursday, May 26 at 8pm. Join Vladimir as he plays some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era of the Strauss family. Expect to hear The Blue Danube, The Voices of Spring, the Merry Widow Waltz and many more favourites you know and love. As well as being a showcase for Vladimir’s virtuoso violin skills, One Night in Vienna also features an ensemble of hand-picked musicians, including Vladimir’s sister, Olga, and his father, Alexander. With a growing reputation, Vladimir has now played some of Ireland’s most prestigious venues, including The Mansion House, The Gaiety Theatre, The Olympia Theatre, Marlay Park, Cork Opera House, Limerick University Concert Hall and Wexford Opera House. He has headlined the National Concert Hall on seven separate occasions. He said: “I am in Ireland for nearly 12 years now. Starting from busking in Grafton Street and progressing to playing the National Concert Hall in Dublin, I want to thank all my fans and supporters. The Irish people have been really good to me, and so welcoming. “So this show, One Night in Vienna, takes me back to my early days in Dublin 12 years ago, and is a way for me to thank all my fans. Myself and my brother, Anton, have now signed with United Talent Agency in London and will soon begin touring in the UK. “I owe my extended Irish family, friends and Irish fans a huge thankyou – without their support I could still be busking on Grafton Street!” Tickets are €25/€23 conc and can be booked from Draiocht’s Box Office at 01 8852622, or online at www. draiocht.ie.

this foxy lady would love a home with company most of the time

However you catch him performing, Vladimir Jablokov’s skill as a violinist is terrific, as his upcoming Draiocht show will show

win win win A pair of tickets to Vladimir Jablokov’s spectacular show at Draiocht, as well as a CD To win, just “like” and “share” our Facebook Vladimir post. That’s it! Winner announced on Friday, May 20 on our Facebook page! Ready steady SHARE!

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Foxy, a five-year-old female Labrador cross. She is a very affectionate dog and has lived with young children, is housetrained and loves to play. Foxy would love a home where she will have company for most of the day as she can find being alone quite overwhelming. If you think you could offer Foxy a loving home please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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florence foster By Jenkins, it’s fun

WHILE not exactly a name that rolls off the tongue, Florence Foster Jenkins (Cert PG, 110 mins) sees Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant star in a kindly film about the one and only Jenkins. With her place in history secured as being, quite possibly, the world’s worst singer, the New York heiress and would-be star from the early days of the 20th century gets an affectionate film treatment.

i saw the lIght Hanks, but no thanks

STAYING with the bigscreen biopic theme, and Hank Williams gets a film about him in I Saw The Light (Cert 15A, 124 mins). Unfortunately, it’s a dull tale with even more flat notes than the one about Florence Foster Jenkins, above. Tom Hiddleston takes a decent stab at playing the early country music legend, but the film never rises above madefor-television mediocrity.


The story falls apart HERE comes another film with an only-in-Hollywood premise. In Demoliltion, (Cert 15A, 101 mins) Jake Gyllenhaal’s life falls apart after the tragic loss of his wife. However, he learns to rebuild himself – largely be tearing down (literally) plenty of ties to his old life, and past. Gyllenhaal’s as good as always, but the central premise of the story is just way too flimsy to build a solid film on.

While set in 1980, the timeless themes of bromance and jock obsessions make Everybody Wants Some!! just as relatable today as it will be to those who lived in the era

everybody wants some!! linklater’s latest is another affectionate tale

A juvenile film with heart

IT’S hard to believe that Richard Linklater’s coming of age classic, Dazed And Confused, is 23 years old this year. Laden with low-brow humour and some very high philosophy, Linklater’s seminal film foggily explored that frontier between adolescence and adulthood. What made it such a success was that it captured so poignantly a rich and vibrant stage of life. Adolescence is a time that is full of existential musing, trying out roles and beliefs, testing boundaries, and learning about where we might fit into the world. In a way, it is a shame that coming of age films like Dazed And Confused, that were watched by many of us as a rite of

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passage in our teenage years, tend to become synonymous with that time and stay mentally relegated to a shelf that we’re unlikely to visit very often. Evidently (and thankfully), that adolescent part of Linklater is alive and well – and after the much deeper masterpiece that was Boyhood, he is returning to some wilder and more familiar ground with Everybody Wants Some!! (Cert 15A, 116 mins). W hile Dazed And Confused focused on the

last day of high school, Everybody Wants Some!! chronicles the weekend before class begins in college for a group of freshman students in Texas in 1980. Linklater may have a tendency to focus on the freak and geek fringes, but this time around we are thrust into the alphamale world of college baseball. Despite the more macho surrounds, we still maintain the outsider’s perspective through Jake (Glee’s Blake Jenner), who is new to the team and must find his footing amid his ultracompetitive housemates, who are concerned above all else with three things: training hard, partying, and hooking up with women. The hours pass by in

the weekend, and we follow Jake through night clubs, house parties, baseball practice and eventually into class. At each step we are meeting the motley crew that makes up the social scene in college. There’s a throwaway love interest for Jake, some necessary boundary setting among the housemates, and a couple of moments for him to prove himself. But like most of Linklater’s work, this is a film that is thin on plot points, where the beauty is to be found in the casual interactions and conversations between characters. While the bulk of the story follows Jake, there is time given to each member of the team – who each in their own distinctive way develops

a solution to the perennial problem of trying to get laid. If you’re expecting a more refined portrayal of women (or men) to develop as the film moves on, you’ll be disappointed. Eve r y b o d y Wa n t s Some!! is unrepentantly a film about the singlemindedness of people at a certain age. Linklater is content to let the juvenile, testosteronefuelled environment play out with little nuance and without any moral rebuke. That will inevitably be a stumbling block for viewers, but if you can embrace the laddish nature, you’ll find some pearls of wisdom amid the jockstraps and sweat socks. Think of this as an

incredibly well-written sport comedy with some heart and insight, and you’ll be close to the mark. The comedy is helped along by a tight cast, and by characters who may never develop, but who seem oddly perfect and instantly relatable. Eve r y b o d y Wa n t s Some!! is Linklater laying aside the deeper issues explored in films such as Boyhood, and Before Midnight, and instead embracing the gleeful freedom of youth – with all the stupidity and wonder that it entails. Sitting through a screening is like taking a journey back to simpler times, and for that reason it’s a highly recommended watch. Verdict: 8/10

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Beat the heat!

Windows provide our home with light, warmth and ventilation but they can also have a massive impact on your homes energy efficiency. We spend thousands of euro every year to try and keep our houses warm. The high price of electricity, gas and other home heating sources means that consumers are now looking into other effective methods of temperature control. That is why it is so important to understand the impact that healthy windows can have on our homes energy efficiency. There are a few very obvious signs that a window is broken down and needs to be either replaced or repaired. These signs include; condensation or fogging between glass panes, difficulty opening or closing the windows, black mould forming on the frame and chipping or rotting of the frame. You can reduce energy costs and the above problems by installing energy efficient windows in your home. Budget

If your budget is tight you may be able to make repairs to the existing windows. Windows let in light and let people see out but they also interact with the environment around them. Windows react with the outside temperatures, sunlight and wind and also react with indoor temperature and occupant use. One of the best ways to measure the efficiency of a window is through its thermal efficiency or U-Value. The U-Value refers to the units of heat transferred through a product and is measured in watt per metre squared per kelvin (W m-2 K-1). The lower the U-Value the more thermally efficient the product is. Triple glazed units can give you a U-Value as low as 0.7 W m-2 K-1*, while double glazed units will give a U-value between 1.2 W m-2 K-1 and 1.3 W m-2 K-1. U-Values take into account the airflow around the window and the solar emissivity of the glass into account. Emissivity is the ability of a product to absorb energy and radiate the same energy through itself and out into the room. A single pane of glass contains high emissivity and therefore will transfer approximately 84% of the heat in a room to outside. This is why is is important to minimise heat loss by adding panes to become either double or triple glazed units, thereby lowering the U-Value. The technology and engineering for windows and doors has advanced dramatically over the last 15 years. Glass units typically come either double glazed or triple glazed, if you’re trying to achieve a more energy efficient home. In addition glass units are argon filled and have a low-e coating on them. Argon is a gas that is denser then the atmosphere. It is a colourless, odourless and non-toxic gas that fills the space between the panes. Argon gas prevents frost forming at the bottom of the glass as well as adding extra insula-

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Game of Thrones: visit some key locations from top tv show

The thatched restroom is nestled in the stunning 1,000-acre County Cork forest park

Cork bog voted No 1 for number twos If the magnificent scenery of Gougane Barra in Cork doesn’t appeal to you then maybe you would be more impressed with visiting one of the world’s top 100 toilets at the site. Travel bible Lonely Planet has singled out the thatched restroom, nestled in the stunning 1,000-acre County Cork forest park, as one of the planet’s most “stunning lavatories” in its new publication, Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide. The book highlights the most memorable outdoor public lavatories in the world, including a remote toilet island in Belize, a waterfall washroom in Taiwan, and an Arctic outhouse in Lapland. The book’s introduction states: “As any experienced traveller knows, you can tell a whole lot about a place by its bathrooms. Whatever you prefer to call them — lavatory, loo, bog, khasi, thunderbox, dunny, washroom, or water closet — toilets are a window into the soul of a destination.” When describing Gourgane Barra’s eye-

catching restroom, which is the only Irish toilet to make it in the coveted list, Lonely Planet’s writers say: “Gougane Barra in Cork has been a retreat from the cruel world and a spot for quiet contemplation — since St Finbarr established an island monastery on the lake during the sixth century. These thatched toilets, tucked away in the forest park, continue that tradition.” Lonely Planet adds: “The lavatory is a great leveller.” Other global recommendations over where to spend a penny include the lobster loos in Wellington, New Zealand, a prototype space toilet, the Tardis in Warmley in Gloucestershire, a hi-tech interactive loo in Tokyo, and a remote jungle toilet in Laos. Globe-trotting toilet enthusiasts are also urged to check out an ultra-remote outhouse in British Columbia, which “features an automatic flush, powered by the moon, which washes away all waste twice a day”.

The intertwining beech trees of the Dark Hedges date back to the 18th century. Inset: The famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Go North for an epic tour  Ian Begley

Travel Editor

If you’re from Ireland and also a massive Game of Thrones fan there is no excuse for not travelling to the North of Ireland this summer and taking part in the official Game of Thrones tour. T hanks to HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s epic tale, Northern Ireland’s stunning mountains, forests, lakes and countryside are now familiar to millions of people around the world, having helped create the magical backdrop that much of the show’s action is filmed against. Below is a list of destinations you can visit which have helped create some of the most noteworthy and remarkable scenes from the show.

County Down From the home of Ned Stark to the formidable Haunted Forest, what better place to start your Game of Thrones adventure than in County Down with its ancient gothic forests and historic ruins.

The Haunted Forest Tollymore Forest Park holds the honour of being host to the first ever Game of Thrones scene aired in 2011 when some Night Watchmen deserters were killed by a White Walker in the snow. Other famous scenes filmed in the forest include Ramsey Snow’s chase and recapture of Theon Greyjoy as well as many forest scenes North of Winterfell. The Riverlands Close by you’ll find the historic ruins of Inch Abbey, dating from 1193. The abbey provided the backdrop to the Twins, two identical castles joined by a bridge which are the seat of House Frey. It is here that Catelyn Stark crosses the bridge to agree a treaty with Walder Frey which resulted in an arranged marriage proposal between Robb Stark and one of his daughters. Causeway Coastal Route Hailed as one of the world’s most spectacular road journeys, this stretch

of coastline plays host to some of the most dramatic scenery seen in Game of Thrones due to its rugged cliffs and sweeping valleys.

Iron Islands This quaint coastal nook was used in the show to depict Lordsport Harbour in the Iron Islands – home to the Greyjoys. Stormlands The headlands leading down to the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge are better known in the show as The Stormlands – Renly Baratheon’s camp. This is where we are first introduced to Brienne of Tarth. King’s Road Although only in the show for a few seconds, the Dark Hedges has become one of the most recognisable Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland. This intertwining beech tree lined avenue dating back to the 18th century features as King’s Road where Arya Stark makes her escape from King’s

Landing with Gendry.

Dragonstone One of Northern Ireland’s most stunning beaches, Downhill Beach in Derry is the spot where Melissandre burned the seven old golds as a sacrifice to The Lord of the Light and prompted Stannis Baratheon to draw a sword from the flames at Dragonstone. Dothraki Camp Set against Slemish Mountain in County Antrim and with its green grassy hills, Shillanavogy Valley provided the perfect camp for Daenerys Targaryen, Ser Jorah Mormont and the Dorthraki horsemen to pitch camp on their journey to Vaes Dothrak. Beric Dondarrion’s Hideout You may recognise Pollnagollum Cave, found in the picturesque Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, from series three of the hit TV show. The waterfall cave was used by Beric Dondarrion’s Brotherhood Without Banners as their secret

hideout where Arya Stark discovers Beric’s resurrecting powers. For more information on the official Game of Thrones tour and to book, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/ gameofthrones.

Robb’s Camp Found within the grounds of Castle Ward Estate, beside Strangford Lough, you may recognise Audley’s Field and Castle as the backdrop to Robb Stark’s camp where he first met his future wife, Talisa. It was here that Robb caught and imprisoned Jamie Lannister. Winterfell Overlooking Strangford Lough, the grounds of Castle Ward were used as the backdrop of Winterfell, affectionately known as the home to House Stark. Surrounded by acres of forest, one of the most memorable scenes filmed within the walled courtyard is when Rob Stark and Jon Snow taught a young Brandon Stark how to shoot a bow and arrow.

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STYLE interview: designer Conaill O’Dwyer on his vision for a wardrobe staple

Updating some classic style to suit his identity

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Style Editor

COMING of age, masculinity and gay identity are the themes behind one young designer’s collection ahead of his graduation from NCAD this month. The Gazette spoke to Dublin designer Conaill O’Dwyer about his degree collection, Default Man, which was showcased at the NCAD graduate fashion show this week. “My menswear collection is inspired by my own coming of age and coming out story,” he says. Using the traditional tailored suit as a catalyst, Conaill’s aim was to create a “new masculine identity” using the ultimate symbol of masculinity – the suit – to represent a different kind of masculinity. Originally from Firhouse, Conaill’s fam-

ily moved to Enniscorthy when he was seven, but the 24-year-old has been back living in Dublin for the last six years. “I used to wear loads of suits so I did the collection in a way that within this ‘Default Man’, there can be a gay identity as well. “Growing up, any ideas of a gay man I had were always quite feminine, so with this collection I’m moving away from that and saying, just because you’re a gay man doesn’t mean you have to be a certain way.” Conaill’s collection consists of three different suits. “I looked at how to use the suit and looked at different fabrication methods and patterns. “All the suits are quite big and oversized; the first one consists of bonded wool and I used printing and dying methods to get the desired look.”

Traditional tailoring methods and menswear staples underpin the collection, yet Conaill has reinvented them and added a sense of freedom to the rigid perception of the suit. Texture is a key element of his work, and the unusual use of materials are typical of his style, including his use of handknitted plastic bags to create jumpers. “It’s amazing how many different types of plastic bags there are,” he joked. “It takes the suit one step further, and provides a new layered language of masculinity and the gay identity.” Having previously interned with Irish designers Sean Byrne and Zoe Carroll, Conaill plan to eventually take his skill further and hopes to work in London in the coming years.

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Part of the Default Man collection showcased by designer Conaill O’Dwyer (inset) at the recent NCAD graduate fashion show


IRELAND’S rich design heritage was celebrated last week at Trinity College. The Lexus Irish Fashion Collective brought together collections from Ireland’s leading designers, including Philip Treacy, Simone Rocha, Orla Kiely, Deborah Veale and Sharon Hoey. The collective also includ-

ed designers such as Mariad Whisker, Umit Kutluk, Helen Steele, Aideen Bodkin and Mary Donoghue for Ireland’s Eye Knitwear, and Roisin Linnane featuring Melissa Curry Jewellery. Each designer showcased their seasonal collections, with the support of Lexus, to raise funds towards the vision of creating Ireland’s first dementia village at Saint

Joseph’s Shankill. Speaking at the event, designer Deborah Veale said: “I am very happy that some of Ireland’s most talented designers have generously agreed to show at this amazing event. “Saint Joseph’s Shankill is an amazing facility and myself and my family are very grateful for the loving care my father receives [there].”

Milliner Philip Treacy puts the finishing touch to model Sarah Morrissey’s look at Trinity College. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

LEAVING Cert students looking to pursue a career in the beauty industry have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship with one of Ireland’s leading beauty schools. The Galligan College of Hair and Beauty have launched a scholarship for school leavers to create the next generation of top Irish beauty professionals. The scholarship offers a coveted place on the CIDESCO Beauty Diploma course, ensuring graduates are among the elite of their profession. The college combines in class curricula with an on-site commercial salon with spa on Grafton Street, so students can gain essential first-hand and practical experience. Commenting on the scholarship Launch, Careena Galligan said that a qualification in beauty is a “passport to a lifetime career and gives a wide choice of potential professional pathways”. The scholarship will pay the private fees for CIDESCO Beauty Diploma course, which would usually cost €5,800, plus €1,270 in exam fees. Entrants must submit a video application. For further information, see The Galligan College of Hair and Beauty Facebook page.


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The Nissan Qashqai offers a very comfortable road position, with an interior designed to put you at ease as you take in a number of its refined features

Nissan: the compact crossover builds on the popular model’s strengths

Updated Qashqai adds even more to an impressive range

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THE Nissan Qashqai is a trend-setter, effectively popularising the compact crossover movement with its introduction to roads in 2007. But not only did it spark a demand, it has managed to keep up with the pack, remaining one of the best-selling cars of recent years. This second generation of the car beefs out the exterior, making the Qashqai sit well alongside Nissan’s larger X-Trail. The new generation brought along a wider range of engines too, with 1.2- and 1.6-litre options in petrol, and 1.5- and 1.6-litre options in diesel. With lower emissions and fuel costs, it is no surprise that the diesel con-

figurations have turned out being so popular, with the 1.5-litre model promising the best fuel economy across the range – so that was the model we took out for a test (with the SV Premium trim, it retails from €32,470, but with the standard trim this starts at €27,520). The first thing to notice from the car is the incredibly comfortable road position. From the moment you sit in it, the Qashqai instantly makes you feel at ease. The interior, fitted out with sturdy soft plastic and leather, is unfussy and you can tell it has been designed with function in mind. As well as feeling clean and simple, the Qashqai also feels safe – part of the upgraded trim includes a

camera pack and parking sensors that provides an easy-to-read, top-down display. If there’s one niggle, design-wise, it is the thick pillars at the rear – while they don’t make much difference to your driving, they can be an impediment when reversing in tight spots, so the cameras can really come into play here. Storage-wise, the Qashqai’s got a decent amount of room. There’s a slightly smaller boot than rivals such as the Sportage, but there’s a greater amount of versatility. A false floor in the boot opens up extra storage configurations, and the back row is easily dropped down. Seating in the back row

While offering a little less storage than rivals, the Qashqai offers plenty of versatility to meet your needs

is simple and comfortable – while the Qashqai offers ample head and leg space, the back row seems a little basic. The lack of little features such as rear climate control, or extra charging points for the back seats,

seems out of sorts, given the higher-spec trim. Any quibbles with the set-up tend to fade away once you get the Qashqai out on the road, where the diesel engine, combined with a well-insulated cabin, give one of the

quietest rides in the class. Nissan have hit a fine balance with this engine, with an unhurried, wellpaced feel. Motorway cruising is relaxed, while the Qashqai feels great on tighter country roads where the superb for-

ward visibility and solid handling combine perfectly. There’s a reason so many people have invested in the Qashqai, and the newest generation cements an already solid legacy.

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EXCLUSIVE: the gazette

Cloud Lesley TWO sisters from other sides of the planet ended a lifelong search for each other with an emotional first meeting at Dublin Airport. Ian Begley reports on their unforgettable reunion, ending more than 60 years of being apart after one was given up for adoption soon after being born.

Tears of joy ... Sisters Joan Crawford-Murray and Lesley Fagan, moments after meeting each other for the first time at Dublin Airport

DUBLIN Airport was bursting with emotion this week after two sisters from opposite ends of the earth finally met each other for the first time after a 28-year search. Lesley Fagan (64) arrived in Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning with her husband, Steve, to meet her older sister, Joan Crawford-Murray (67), who was put up for adoption shortly after she was born. Joan, who had travelled all the way from Perth to meet her sister, who lives in Enniskillen, never even knew she had a sibling until Lesley tracked her down using social media. Speaking exclusively to The Gazette, Lesley described the fascinating story about her extensive search. “In 1989, whilst still living in Warrington, my mum said that she had something to tell me. She said I have a half-sister which she had to give up for adoption in 1948. “Although my mum was not a teenager at the time, she belonged to a very

devout Catholic family of six daughters. One of her sisters put my mum under a lot of pressure, saying that if her dad was to find out about her pregnancy, it would bring great shame upon the family. “She then decided to hide the pregnancy and put the child into a Catholic Mother and Babies home in Prestwich, Manchester,” said Lesley.

Documents “She stayed with her baby for six weeks, which must have been awful, knowing that she would have to give her up. When the day finally came, she had to sign some documents to authorise the adoption. “At this point, the nun left the room and mum saw on the desk the name and address of the prospective parents. She never forgot this information. Mum was able to recite exactly both parent’s names and their address, which was unbelievable, after 50 years. “With this information, I immediately began

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is on hand for an extra-special reunion at dublin airport

nine delight as finds her sister

FROM nervous anticipation to tearful delight, here are the moments around when Lesley and Joan finally met.

From the continent of Australia to the island of Ireland - Joan crossed the planet to meet Lesley


‘In 2015, Lesley read a story about how Chinese twins separated at birth found each other via Facebook. This inspired her to publish an online appeal with the hopes that someone would lead her in the right direction.’


Lesley Fagan and her husband, Steve. Pictures and video: Ian Begley

my search, starting with The Salvation Army, but unfortunately they were unable to help me track her down. “I eventually started searching every adoption facility to find my sister, and upon checking the electoral records, I discovered that the family disappeared off the electoral roll in 1958. “In hindsight, I probably should have known that they emigrated, but at the time I didn’t follow it up because I was so busy with my career and raising a family,” she said. In October, 2015, Lesley, who has two daugh-

of a lady who looked like myself, but also the model of our mother. “With the help of Terri O’Neill, I was talking to her on the telephone by the end of that very week. “My sister always wondered about her natural family in England, and her husband, Les, had been recently badgering her to start the search. Now, she doesn’t have to! “Steve and I are blessed with two wonderful daughters, and an 11-yearold grandchild, Emily. “Jo has two children from her first marriage, and two granddaughters that I’m very much look-

ters and a granddaughter, read a story about how Chinese twins separated at birth found each other via Facebook. This inspired her to continue her search and publish an online appeal on the social networking site with the hopes that someone would lead her in the right direction. Eventually, two genealogists – Jill Harrington, in the UK, and Terri O’Neill, in Perth – managed to track her sister down in just one week. “The search was difficult and complicated, but eventually I found myself staring at a photograph

ing forward to getting to know,” said Lesley. Despite her jetlag, Joan was delighted to talk to The Gazette about meeting Lesley. She said: “It was just such an incredible feeling, meeting Lesley for the very first time. “The moment I walked through the departure gates I immediately recognised her and started to cry with tears of joy. “Embracing her at last after all this time was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I felt an immediate connection to her and her husband, who I’ve been dying to meet. “The build-up over the

past couple of weeks has been just so emotional and surreal. I never even realised that I even had a sister until Lesley managed to contact me on Facebook. “They actually messaged my daughter, who then broke the news to me that I have a sister! “We’re now staying with Lesley and her family for 20 days, which will give us plenty of time to catch up and learn all about each other. “It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I know both of our families will have a wonderful relationship into the future.”



For our exclusive video of their meeting, see the Dublin Gazette Newspapers Facebook page.

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FastSport Coolmine to host first ever long pass bid: COOLMINE rugby club are hosting the world’s first longest pass competition at their Ashbrook home, an event that is being run for players of all levels from Under-6s right the way up to senior. It takes place on Sunday, May 15 with the action getting under way at 12pm. The competition coincides with the club’s end of season party featuring awards, music, food and fun activities for all the family. There will be prizes for all levels and a cup to the player with the overall longest pass. All welcome to join in on the day. You can register in advance online or register on the day. Pass must be completed and between two players and it cannot be “a throw. That’s NFL!” For full details and registration go to www.coolminerugby.com or email coolmineinfo@ gmail.com.

rugby: coach andy wood hails high skill level in ubl final victory

Tarf Bulls’ first half rampage ubl division 1a final Clontarf Cork Constitution  sport@dublingazette.com

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CLONTARF survived a second half onslaught to claim their second Ulster Bank League title in three years, ultimately prevailing 28-25 in a cracking final at the Aviva Stadium last Sunday. The Bulls raced into a 21-3 half-time lead with player of the match Joey Carbery landing 11 points before the break to go with tries from Matt D’Arcy and Tony Ryan in a helter-skelter run up to the break. But 10 quick points from Cork Con in the second half suddenly closed the gap. Mick

McGrath, the league’s top try scorer, raced through for a classy try to re-establish Tarf’s control but further tries from Rob Jermyn and Darren Sweetnam made for a nervy last 20 minutes. The north Dubliners held on, however, and claimed the top flight crown to add to their 2013/14 success by virtue of finishing at the top of the Division 1A table. While acknowledging that it has been a long time for the club to win via the play-off route, Tarf head coach Andy Wood was delighted that his side were able to get over the line. “It’s been a long time coming to win it through the play-offs. It’s very satisfying, in fairness. If

you sum up the game, the fact that we continued to play stood to us in the end. Regardless of the situation and the match points we backed our skills, and took one very important chance in the second half just after they’d scored,” he Wood. “We knew Con would come back after halftime. We knew they’d get close. I didn’t quite expect them to get that close, if I’m 100% honest. They went after our breakdown on the first two phases and really messed up our momentum on two or three occasions, which got them back into the game. “Some of the skills on display from both teams,

Joseph Carbery, Clontarf, being presented with the Man of the Match award by Gary Prior from Ulster Bank, Malahide. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

particularly in our backline, came to the fore. That is literally what got us the result in the end. Some really good work in the first half and then being able to punch it 10 minutes into the second half. Very, very pleasing.” This was the second year in succession that ‘Ta r f were contes ting the Ulster Bank League decider, and

although many would have seen their defeat to Lansdowne in that game 12 months ago as a motivational factor, Wood revealed that there was not much reference to it in the build-up to last Sunday’s encounter. “There wasn’t a lot of reference to last year’s game because you don’t want to dwell on negatives. Again, we had a lead in that one which

didn’t come to a good finish. We must like doing it because Con almost caught up with us. “It would be easier on the heart if we managed to extend our lead and left the ground running at the start of the second half. “Look, that’s rugby. Con are an excellent side with super young talents themselves.”

Castle’s Gleeson breaks top ten at Royal Dublin  sport@dublingazette.com

Castle GC’s Alex Gleeson on the eighth hole at Royal Dublin last weekend. Picture: Pat Cashman

CASTLE Golf Club’s Alex Gleeson on five under par, ended the week inside the top 10 thanks to a final round 71, at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open Championship at Royal Dublin last Sunday. He was among a number of fine finishers. His club mate, Daniel Holland, posted a final round 72 to finish in a tie for 31st on one over. Edmondstown’s Barry Daly was in contention after an opening round 69 but he failed to make the cut after rounds of 78 and 76.

Indeed, there was an Irish one-two as Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell edged out Walker Cup star Jack Hume. A final round 70 left Campbell on 16 under for the tournament, a record winning total at Royal Dublin, yet he had just one shot to spare. Hume, the world number 10, mounted a back-nine charge to push Campbell all the way but not even a 60-foot birdie at the last could deny the Ulsterman. “It was a very, very hard fought victory I can tell you,” said Campbell, who was six shots clear after

just five holes of the final round. Hume’s back-nine charge featured birdies at 13, 14 and 16 but Campbell sank a crucial birdie putt on 17 to restore a two-shot cushion heading down the 18th. Hume produced a stunning birdie at the last, holing from 60 feet, but Campbell made two putts for victory. “I knew Jack was going to come hard at me on the back nine. I stayed patient, kept trying to make good swings and picked good targets,” said 29-year-old Campbell. “It shows I’m heading in the right direction. If you

can hold guys like Jack off, who’s a phenomenal player and a guy that I really respect, who knows what can happen in the near future.” This was Campbell’s second major victory, having won the East of Ireland in 2014 when he beat Paul Dunne to the title. “It’s good to get another win under the belt. “It’s been two years nearly and you sort or always doubt yourself that will you ever get another championship because they’re so hard to come by,” said Campbell.

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FootGolf Open for all for second edition FootGolf’s Irish Open going from strength to strength with the Highfield golf course welcoming all-comers for the second edition of the innovative and developing sport THE second ever Irish FootGolf Open will take place this weekend, May 13-15, at the Highfield Golf Course, Co Kildare. FootGolf, a game that brings together the sports of football and golf, has been on the rise since it was first introduced into Ireland back in 2013. Since then, the popularity of the sport has grown massively with a further 18 FootGolf courses opening throughout the country. Now, after the success of the inaugural 2015 Irish Open which was won by Nick Iron from Britain, the 2016 tournament, sponsored by Carzone.ie, will take

place with over one hundred players from 17 countries already registered. This year the event will be staged at an upgraded Highfield Golf Course that has invested in new championship tees and redesigned holes that have incorporated challenging new water hazards and a unique first tee off from the roof of the clubhouse which will provide a real test to participants. President of the Irish FootGolf Association Ronan Cunningham was the first to introduce the game to Irish shores back in 2013 when he opened the Footee course in Tal-

laght, and he has seen it grow at an impressive rate ever since. Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event, Cunningham said: “The game has been growing at a great rate nationally. “Last year we had 16 registered players for the National League and this season we have increased that to 58. We play twice a month on the Irish tour and we are increasing the numbers all the time.” Cunningham is looking forward to a successful tournament with an increased level of participants from around the world. “Last year was the first ever Irish Open

The Irish FootGolf team that will form a large part of the field at next weekend’s Irish Open in Kildare.

and we staged the event at Footee in Tallaght with 68 players from eight countries. “This year we already have close to double the amount of players and we will have 17 countries represented. This year’s event will be totally different with an

“Anyone of all ages and ability can enter the Irish Open but they should also be aware that they will be mixing it with some of the best in the business including Irish champion Gary Mullin who recently came 14th in the world, and European cham-


‘FootGolf can be seen as a bit of craic but there is also a competitive side to the game’ - Ronan Cunningham --------------------------------------------------------

increased level of Irish players too.” In regular golf, players who par ticipate in an Irish Open are always at an elite level but, at the Irish FootGolf Open, any level of player can enter and play alongside the top stars. “FootGolf can be seen as a bit of craic and a kick about for a lot of people but there is also a different, competitive side to the game. “We don’t want to move away from the craic side of the game but we also want people to know that they can compete at a higher level in the game. “This tournament is part of the European FootGolf Tour so there will be really good players on show.

pion Lionel Jacot.” This weekend’s tournament will be staged ove r t wo d ay s a n d Cunningham is hopeful of getting more participants involved, and more spectators to attend the fun filled days out. “We are still accepting entries for players up until Friday at 6pm and it costs just €50 for an Irish player. “We are hoping for some good weather so hopefully we will see good numbers out to watch the action and suppor t the players as they go around the course. “Our sponsors Carzone have been brilliant and have helped us put on what we hope will be a brilliant two days of FootGolf.”


Gillick continuing to roll back years in Belfast DAVID Gillick continued to roll back the years with a big season’s best at the Belfast International for a second place finish on Saturday, May 7. The Dundrum South Dublin AC man has been adopting a “one race at a time” approach to his comeback and posted an impressive 47.24 behind England’s Theo Campbell in 46.24. In Belfast, Clonliffe Harriers’ Timmy Crowe rounded out the top three with a 47.37 second clocking. For Gillick, the Beijing Olympian retired from athletics back in July 2012 but returned to competitive action in the past few weeks and could have an outside chance of running at his second games as part of the 4x400m Irish relay team in Rio de Janeiro. The 32-year-old began his comeback in Pavia, Italy, running 48.05 to finish fifth in the 400m. Gillick’s 47.24 improved significantly on his this opener in damp and inclement conditions at the Mary Peters Track. There were a number of good performances in Belfast despite the less than favourable track weather. John Travers (Donore Harriers) coasted to victory in the men’s 3,000m in 8:03.69 but led home three World junior qualifying times. Pierre Murchan (DCH), Jack O’Leary and James Edgar all clocked world junior B qualifiers for the 5,000m – a 3,000m time is taken for qualification. Murchan finished third overall in 8.11.77, O’Leary was fifth in 8.14.13 and Edgar was a place behind in 8:14.55. Ciara Mageean (UCD) was first woman home in the mixed 3,000m in 9.07.47. Laura Crowe (An Riocht) was just pipped for second in the women’s 800m by Scotland’s Katy Brown – Crowe running 2.04.21 to Brown’s 2.04.05. Carla Sweeney (WSAF) clocked her second world junior B qualifier which should seal her selection – she finished 10th in 2.08.47 with Rose Finnegan (Bohermeen) running her first B qualifying time with a personal best of 2.08.93.


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soccer: gleeson hoping rest to stand in side’s favour for final

Broadford denied by Verona and the post BROADFORD Rovers were denied the Redmond Cup title as Tom Donnelly’s single goal gave Verona the title from an extremely close game at the AUL last weekend. Rovers hit the crossbar in the first half from a rocket of a shot from Conor Saunders as the sides went in at the break scoreless. They also hit the post from an inswinging cross that bounced off the metalwork as they made some great openings but could not find the net. Verona’s winner came in the 58th minute, shooting in off the right post to claim the laurels.

O’Donoghue’s Belgian fire with Dragons’ team SHANEO’Donoghue claimed the Belgian Audi Hockey League title for the second successive year, playing a key role in KHC Dragons final victory over Racing Club de Bruxelles. The Templeogue man opened the scoring in Sunday’s second leg of the final – Dragons won the first leg 4-3 – en route to a thrilling 3-3 result that saw the Antwerp side get over the line. O’Donoghue – a nominee for world hockey’s Rising Star award in 2015 – rippped home a dragflick before compatriot Conor Harte levelled the game at 1-1 early on. Racing took a 3-2 lead into the closing stages but Arthur van

Doren’s goal to tie the game eventually was enough for Dragons to win the tie 7-6 on aggregate. O’Donoghue now links up with the Irish men’s national team as they step up their preparations for the Olympic Games, starting with a trio of games against the reigning champions Germany next weekend in Hamburg. He is one of a number of local players with former Wesley College students Mitch Darling, Kirk Shimmins and Kyle Good in the panel. Oatlands College graduate Mark Ingram is another who is involved, stepping into the breach for goalkeeper David Harte who is in European club action over the coming weekend in Barcelona. Ireland will play over 15 international matches in the next two months.

The UCD Waves prior to a tie with Kilkenny in March. Picture: David Maher/Sportsfile

Waves to wash over Shels league cup preview  derek mckenna sport@dublingazette.com

UCD Waves will aim to claim the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup for first time in their history on Sunday, May 15 when they take on Shelbourne Ladies FC at Richmond Park. Waves have not yet featured in the final of this competition but they have big game experience following their appearance in the 2014 Continental FAI Women’s Senior Cup final. Shelbourne on the

other hand, due to an amalgamation with Raheny United at the start of the season will have a host of players in their squad who won this competition last season. The Eileen Gleeson managed Waves finished up their National League campaign last week with a six-goal victory over Kilkenny United WFC, a result which saw them claim a respectable third place finish on the table. Their opponents on Sunday are still in contention for the league title and face a tough and potentially draining title decider against

father and son Castle secure third year of Cpl Resource support for the third year running, Castle Golf

Club will receive support from Cpl Resources as sponsors of the All-Ireland Father and Son Foursomes competition which will be held at the club in July. Qualifying will take place on an 18-holes strokes format on July 2 and 3 and the cost of entry is €70 per pair. It is the 56th year of the event and it is expected that this year’s event will once again attract over 500 hopefuls. For more info, go to www.castlegc.ie.

champions Wexford Youths WFC on Wednesday night, just four days before the cup final. Speaking to the Gazette ahead of Sunday’s decider, Waves manager Gleeson said she believes that Shelb o u r n e ’s g a m e o n Wednesday could help her side’s chances. “They have an extra game to play on Wednesday and I’m sure that will have a physical impact on them. “We have had a tough run-in in the league with consecutive game weekends and midweek so it has been a heavy load

and finishing up over a week ago gives us a welcome break ahead of Sunday. “We are definitely happier to not have a game this week.” The sides have met twice on league duty this season with the teams drawing 1-1 back in February, but at the start of this month Shelbourne claimed a 0-2 victory, a result that effectively ended the Waves’ title challenge and a scoreline they will be looking to avenge come Sunday. Gleeson is happy with how the preparation has gone ahead of Sunday

and expects a tight and edgy affair at Richmond Park. “The girls have had a couple of days off but are back in training now and it’s all going very well, we have a full squad to choose from. “We have played each other twice this season and the players know each other well. “In the previous two games it was very tight and there weren’t many chances for either side. Our loss to them was decided by two set pieces so I would expect a really close and tight game in the final.”

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New Dublin captain

Lamb to lead Under-21s in new look competition

Club Noticeboard naomh olaf

dublin senior panellist Molly Lamb has

been announced as the Dublin Under-21 captain for 2016. The 21-year-old midfielder from Kilmacud Crokes who has been part of the senior panel since 2014 has played an instrumental role in Dublin capturing the last two Under-21 All-Ireland titles. Their championship will run on June 4 and 5 in Naomh Mearnog.

IT’S countdown time to the Naomh

The minor footballers were out

Olaf GAA KUBE on Saturday, May 14

this weekend. The A team defeated

at the Leopardstown Pavilion; 36

St Brigid’s 5-14 to 2-6. Fingal Ravens

contestants all set and ready to go.

came out on top at Roles town

The last few tickets are available on

against the B team 3-12 to 1-8.

086 1789368 and behind the bar.

against Whitehall Colmcilles on Sat-

ing course for Health and Wellbe-

urday in the A championship semi-

ing Of f icers on Monda y, Ma y 16

final but unfortunately it was not to

at 7.30pm. All clubs welcome to

be, 5-8 to 1-8.


hurling: st enda’s accuracy a crucial factor

The U-16 footballers fought hard

Naomh Olaf will host a train-

The Naomh Olaf U-12 camogie

The senior hurlers put in a strong

squad participated in the Camogie

performance on Saturday night

Caman to Leinster in Adamstown on

in their championship campaign


against Parnell’s, final score Naomh Olaf 0-19 Parnells 3-12. Good win on Wednesday night for

The girls put on an excellent display in all three matches, definitely a squad for the future.

the Naomh Olaf senior ladies foot-

The annual golf classic will take

ballers at home over a strong Par-

place in Edmondstown Golf Club on

nell’s side. Goals by Chloe Ni Cheal-

Friday, June 10.

laigh and Clara O’Sullivan and great

Details can be seen on notice-

defensive work by Niamh Donnelly

boards in the club and, for further

making the difference on the night,

information, contact any of mem-

2-5 to 1-7.

ber of the Golf Society Committee.

kilmacud crokes

The Ballyboden St Enda’s side ahead of their game with Faughs

Hawk-eyed Boden shoot down Faughs

dublin shc group

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-28 Faughs 2-14  james hendicott sport@dublingazette.com

B A L LY B O D E N S T ENDA’s confirmed their place in the Dublin senior hurling championship second round with a comfortable win over Faughs on Thursday as free-scoring Boden racked up almost a point every two-minutes to run out 0-28 to 2-14 winners. Consistent accuracy was at the heart of their play with Faughs coming too O’Toole’s Park with the clear intent of smash-

ing goals to stay in touch. Boden countered by limiting wides to an impressive minimum and taking their chances. Faughs were very much in the game at half time, though, and had led early on through a seventh minute goal from Conor O’Shea, with Chris Bennett looking prolific over the bar. T h e p a i r we r e n ’t enough to compete with St Enda’s efficiency, however, with Paul Doherty in particular finding form for the home side and overcoming the early concession of a goal well before half time to go in

leading by 0-16 to 1-9. Faughs struck again straight after the break, closing the gap to the narrowest of margins, before Shane Durkin took control from midfield and Boden tightened up their back line to pull away once again. Were Faughs to win, it was never going to be in a battle of the points, so with their goals tally complete, Boden simply stretched away, and look a force to be reckoned with over the coming months. While Dublin man Bennett was a key asset for Faughs and drove the

team on at times, his side couldn’t stay in touch with the consistent work of Niall McMorrow, who hit a sequence of impressive frees, while Doherty and Durkin kept Boden’s distance as they flowed forward. The match marked a minor moment for Dublin county GAA: the first use of hawk-eye at O’Toole Park. For the home side, though, putting to bed their Group 2 challenge early gives them plenty of breathing room for later in the year. They won by an eightpoint margin.

THE senior B hurlers drew with Bal-

against Jude’s – winning 9-13 to 1-7.

lyboden on the weekend, 0-10 to 1-7,

Our U-14 Div 4 ladies footballers

in their second championship game

beat Na Fianna 6-4 to 3-7.

of the group. Congratulations to

Our U-13A camogie players lost

the junior A hurlers who beat St

out to Skerries Harps but our U-13D

Finian’s 2-12 to 0-14 in their game.

Camogie team beat Na Fianna.

The junior C hurlers had a very

Room to Improve’s Dermot Ban-

good 3-14 to 3-8 championship vic-

non came to Kilmacud Crokes on

tory over St Sylvester’s. Hard luck

May 4 for a Bank of Ireland mort-

to the junior F hurlers who were

gage event. All who attended had

well beaten by Na Gaeil Oga. Hard

an enjoyable and informative night.

luck to the minor A and B football-

We would like to thank BOI for their

ers who lost to Clontarf and Na

continued support.

Fianna respectfully.

The club AGM will be held on

The minor C footballers had a

Thursday, May 26 at 8.30pm in the

strong win over St Catherine’s. The

function room. Check out the club

U-15A footballers had a big win in

website for latest Play The Whistle

their opening championship game


ballyboden st enda’s CONGRATULATIONS to our senior

Well to our U-15 A and B lads; both

hurlers who overcame neighbours

teams were successful in the U-15

Faughs in Round 2 of the champi-

championship opening round. The A

onship with a scoreline of 0-28 to

team saw off Ballinteer St John in


Cherryfield in the A championship.

Our senior Bs pla yed a draw

Our B team competed in C cham-

game against Kilmacud Crokes with

pionship are were away to Craobh

a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-10.

Chiaran in Clonshaugh where they

Well done to the U-16 footballers

had a great win.

through to third in a row A county

The U-15 championship will be

football championship final after

t aking an exam break and will

beating Ballinteer St John in the

resume again in September later

semi-final with a scoreline of 1-13

this year.

to 3-5.

Well done to all involved in this

The boys will face Whitehall Col-

year’s Darkness into Light fund-

mcille, 2015 U-15 Dublin A champi-

raiser including Na Siultori Buadain

onship winners, in the final which is

who were out in force in Marlay

scheduled for Saturday, May 21.


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