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Sweet music: Singing for Debra Ireland the Holycross Parish Young People’s Family Mass Choir has raised over €500 for Debra Ireland by performing some Christmas songs at the Dundrum Town Centre. The group, led by Brendan Conroy (centre), performed at the shopping centre last Sunday, December 8. Debra Ireland supports families living with epidermolysis bullosa, a distressing genetic skin condition which currently has no cure. Picture: Paul McGovern

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M&S pensions move a scandal, says Boyhan ‘Boycott should be considered if staff grievances are not addressed’

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Shoppers should boycott Marks & Spencer stores in Dundrum and Blackrock if the company does not engage with workers over pension stoppages and other

cuts, a local politician has said. CllrVictor Boyhan (Ind) called the closure of workers’ defined pensions on October 31 a “scandal” and said if employees’ grievances are not addressed: “Customers should consider boycotting

their [M&S] stores.” Six M&S stores across Dublin downed tools for the day on December 7 in the first in a series of one-day stoppages to highlight the cuts which SIPTU said were imposed “without discus-

sion or agreement with the union”. An M&S spokesperson said the company: “Does not have to consult the unions with regards to changes to the pension scheme.” Full Story on Page 2


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labour Boycott may be urged – Boyhan

M&S workers strike in pensions, cuts row A LOCAL politician is calling for people in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to boycott Marks and Spencer (M&S) stores in the county if the company refuses to engage with workers over a stop to pensions and cuts to holiday pay. One-day strikes at M&S stores in Blackrock and Dundrum went ahead this week in protest against the closure of workers’ defined pensions by the company. SIPTU and Mandate workers at six Dublin M&S stores, including those in the DLR region, downed tools for the day on Saturday, December 7, to express their opposition to the pension’s closure, which has seen all contributions to the scheme stopped and other benefits cut by the company since October 31. Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said: “Speaking to local M&S employees, it’s clear they feel abandoned by the company, which traditionally was an excellent and supportive employer. “If the company does not address fairly the

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grievances of employees, I would advocate that customers should consider boycotting their stores. “It is an absolute scandal that employers can plead inability to fund workers’ pensions and, at the same time, boost up their own senior executives’ private pension schemes, funded from profits of the same company.” SIPTU organiser Neil McGowan said: “SIPTU represents approximately 140 workers employed in M&S stores across the Dublin area. “The workers are disgusted at the decision of the management of M&S to close their defined benefit pension scheme on October 31 without discussion or agreement with the union.” SIPTU members in M&S voted for industrial action last month, voting

Striking workers at the picket line at the M&S Dundrum outlet

for a series of one-day stoppages on December 7, 12 and 20. On the strike action, Cllr John Bailey (FG) said: “I encourage them [M&S workers] to use arbitration where possible and only use strike action as a last resort.” Cllr Donna Pierce (Lab) said: “There is a need for open and active engagement by both sides and, if necessary, to take any assistance they can from the Labour Relations Commission. I do not underestimate the importance of this matter for the staff, and I hope it

can be resolved soon.” Keith Pollard, Mandate organiser of the Dundrum M&S strike, said: “The fact that 94% [of the M&S staff] voted for industrial action is a very clear-cut statement. “Nobody wants to be in this position, and the members have been forced into this action. On the day, 99% of the 230 workers in Dundrum M&S came out [on strike]. “We want meaningful engagement with the company, whether it’s face-to-face or by way of the Labour Relations

Commission to discuss all of the cuts, including pensions, holidays and Sunday premiums and the Christmas bonus. “The company has also hired their casual staff for Christmas, but we don’t want to see them used as strike-breakers. They have a three-week contract, and have been told they have to turn in.” According to Mandate, the M&S pension fund is €17m in surplus. A spokesperson for M&S said: “M&S does not have to consult the unions with regards to changes to the pension scheme, as decisions are undertaken by the Pension Trustees. Two-thirds of employees are completely unaffected by the closure of the scheme. “The unions requested an independent financial audit of the scheme. Deloitte’s independent review of the scheme confirmed that, as of March 2013, the scheme was actually showing a €12.6m deficit. “The €17.5m is based on a minimum funding standard which is unrealistic for a scheme with so few retired members.”


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business: ‘commitment to creating jobs in local communities’

Man dies after gun stand-off

Stillorgan salon creates 10 jobs

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TEN jobs are being created as beauty salon chain Anna Schu opens its second Irish store in Stillorgan. The store specialises in beauty therapies and products including special pedicure spas imported from California. The first Anna Schu store opened in Bray in August 2010, and founder Anna Schulmeistrat said: “Since we launched, the demand for our services has been exceptional. “We are delighted to have expanded to County Dublin to open our second salon in Stillorgan village. “There has been a particular demand for our

services and premium ranges in the Dublin area, with clients commuting from the city centre to Bray, and even from Wexford and Galway for our pedicures.” Anna spent six years abroad and lived in California and Dubai, where she worked for Emirates airline, and also on a private Lear jet. She said: “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to creating jobs in local communities. We have already filled some of the positions, but we are recruiting four more immediately. “When we opened in 2010, it was a risk, but an investor believed in me and helped me fulfil my dream. Thankfully, the

demand has been there and grown primarily by word of mouth and satisfied clientele. “Going forward, I want to develop the brand and I have already begun work on an original Anna Schu product range. “We make a huge effort to treat people with honour, and create a life-giving environment, where people feel at ease and are comfortable. “Staff training and input are important, and my girls are regularly updated on new training techniques and standards,” said Schulmeistrat. The new store in Stillorgan village now needs full and part-time beauty therapists and nail technicians.

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Tree-mendous work: Emma wins for for making best recycled decoration emma Babos, of St Mary’s Woodside National School in Sandy-

ford, was crowned the winner of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s 2013 Recycled Christmas Decoration competition recently. Emma won for making the best Christmas decoration, using everyday household items and recyclable materials. This is the 11th year that the competition has taken place. Picture: Jason Clarke

A MAN in his 40s, who was involved in an armed stand-off with gardai on Wednesday, December 4 outside a house in Farrenboley Park, Windy Arbour in Dundrum, died following a self-inflicted shot to the head. On arrival at the scene at 3.30pm, gardai found a man with a legally-held shotgun sitting in a car outside a house. Events came to a conclusion and the armed siege ended when the man shot himself at 5.20pm. He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance, but later died from his injuries. Gardai told The Gazette they would not be issuing further details.


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Commercial Feature

The SuperValu on Braemor Road has been serving the people of Churchtown for over 25 years

shopping: a look into how supervalu in churchtown supports the community

26 years of super values T went y-six years is a long time in business but that’s how long Jim Treacy’s SuperValu on Braemor Road has been serving the people of Churchtown. The Gazette spoke to general managing Jim about his career to date and how SuperValu has grown over the years. “ S u p e r Va l u o n Braemor Road used to be the old H Williams store which began trading in 1962. I came here to Churchtown in 1987 and took over the store with the support of SuperValu and Musgraves. Back then it was a different time and there were only 20 to 25 people on the

staff; 10 or 12 of whom are still working in the store today. Unfortunately, one of those, our longstanding butcher, Trevor Baker, died this year. It was very untimely and he’ll be fondly remembered. “Over the years the store has built up a good service as we always focus on the customer and with the support of SuperValu as a brand, we’ve become the number three SuperValu shop in Ireland. “We did major refurbishment work on the store in 2009 and have always tried to advance the surrounding area too by attracting other businesses such as the chem-

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‘Over the years the store has built up a good service as we always focus on the customer and with the support of SuperValu as a brand, we’ve become the number three SuperValu shop in Ireland’

serving the community. The last three or four years have been difficult and challenging. Yet this area is attracting more people who wish to move into it.

Jim Treacy, general manager of SuperValu in Churchtown

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ist, Howard’s Way [restaurant], a garage and a hardware store. In this way, this stretch of Braemor Road became a neighbourhood shopping area and nowadays SuperValu serves 24,000 customers on a weekly basis. “When we get customers into the store we make sure to give them a good experience and our long-standing staff

pass on that ethos of customer care to the younger staff members. We have a very good relationship with local people and all of our staff live locally in the Churchtown area. Trends

“I notice shopping trends changing as people have less time nowadays. We see a lot of shopping done by workers a

few times a week when they are on their way into work and on their way home from work. They would rather shop this way than do one big shop at the end of the week.” Jim has high hopes for the area and for SuperValu’s part in the community. “My hopes for the future would be to continue trading well and

“Today, houses in Churchtown that are put up for sale are sold within two weeks, which is a good sign. Braemor Road has also had an upgrade and we’re now trying to find a long-term solution for the old County Club site across the road. It used to be the Braemor Rooms which we all frequented years ago. “It’s a big building and a shame that its been

idle for five years now. We want to improve the whole area in a general way as this increases productivity and creates jobs. SuperValu employs 162 people and I’d say on this stretch of road alone there are around 300 people employed by the local, home-grown shops. “I’m 40 years in retailing now and have seen a lot of changes over the years. We have a lot to contend with as there are three Tescos nearby, an Aldi and two Lidls. We always try to offer the best service to customers and encourage people to support homegrown business this Christmas.”


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opinion Phil Hogan on the Local Government Reform Bill

Abolishing outdated institutions is right for the country THE Local Government Bill 2013, which is currently before the Dail, implements the reforms in the Action Programme for Effective Local Government, Putting People First, which outlined the rationale for reform and a vision for local government to be utilised as effectively as possible as the primary vehicle for governance and public service locally (as seen at www.environ.ie/en/ publications/local government/administration). The Bill addresses fundamental weaknesses and brings renewal across the entire local government system; structures, functions, funding, governance and operational arrangements. This short piece concentrates on structural reform, which has gained much media attention due partly to a campaign by some local politicians to save their seats in the guise of defending local democracy and services. The hollowness of the “democracy” slogan is exposed by the fact that the 744 town councillors, who comprise 46% of all councillors, represent only 14% of the population – an imbalance that

is aggravated by the fact that ‘the 14%’ have double votes and two sets of councillors. As regards local services, the 80 town councils, which comprise more than 70% of local authorities, account for less than 7% of local authority activity measured by expenditure. No wonder the ‘save our seats’ campaign garnered little, if any, support during its passage at Dail Second Stage [voting].

Questions We tend to be changeaverse in relation to public institutions, but in considering the status quo in local government, we need to reflect on a range of questions, such as: • Does it serve the people well that we have a town council for 15 towns with a population of fewer than 2,000 people, while a number with more than 10,000 do not? • Why do residents living inside a boundary line have a town council, while those in the suburbs of the same town, but outside an outdated boundary, must deal with the county council? • Does it make sense that town councils operate like ‘islands’, separate from their wider hinter-

lands? • Does it serve a useful purpose that some town councils, which owe their existence to 160-year-old legislation, have virtually no functions? • Would it make sense to try to rectify anomalies by transferring territory and resources from the county councils to the towns, thereby weakening the former; or by creating new town councils and extra councillors? The current multiplicity of authorities involves massive duplication, which must be eradicated not expanded. More significant than the reduction of nearly 700 council seats is the fact that the Bill will result in 83 fewer local authority structures – that’s 83 fewer annual budgets, annual reports, annual audits, corporate plans, development plans, elections, and various other processes. The ‘83’ figure only counts local authorities, and does not capture the full extent of administrative and political streamlining. More than 190 separate organisations are being dissolved, including 34 City and County Development Boards, 35 County Enterprise

Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Picture: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

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‘The 80 town councils will be replaced by a more coherent system of municipal districts, integrated with the county structure, unlike the duplicative, stand-alone town councils’

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Boards, eight regional authorities and more than 30 other local bodies dealing with matters such as burials, drainage, libraries and harbours. This excludes some other subsidiary local bodies, committees and sub-committees. It is an unprecedented elimination of unnecessary duplication, unproductive bureaucratic structures and process, and administrative overheads. The administrative staff released [by this elimination process] will be put to more productive use in advancing sustainable social, economic and environmental development, ensuring the best possible local services, and working to enhance the quality of life of local communities. However, the reform

programme is not primarily about dissolutions. The merging of six city/ county councils into unified authorities in Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford is well advanced, and bearing fruit. The 80 town councils will be replaced by a more coherent and comprehensive system of municipal districts, integrated with the county structure, unlike the duplicative, stand-alone town councils. Whether you live in Ashbourne orTrim, Claremorris or Castlebar, in the town centre, the suburbs, or the rural hinterland, you will be represented by municipal district members who will decide, and be accountable for, a range of important matters in the local area. With nearly 70 statu-

tory functions listed in the Bill for municipal district level, county council decisions on local matters will be brought closer to local communities, freeing plenary meetings of local issues and enhancing subsidiarity. This is recognised in a recent Council of Europe report which, contrary to some misleading comments, specifically endorsed the changes at sub-county level and, far from criticising the Bill – as some have tried to imply – welcomed the overall Action Programme. As well as modernising structures, the Bill will strengthen local government functions, especially in economic and community development, reversing a decades-long trend of marginalisation, and repositioning local government away from some traditional functions which require greater scale, resources or expertise. Local government will be more financially stable, self-reliant and responsible, with the restoration of independent revenue-

raising powers. There will be more r o b u s t g ove r n a n c e , including a National Oversight and Audit Commission, working within existing resources to oversee performance, value for money and best practice, stronger local audit provisions, and stronger council oversight of the executive, which will be headed by a ‘chief executive’, and having additional obligations with respect to the elected council. Outdated structures and practices have not served local government well. The Reform Bill opens a new future for local government, increasing its capacity to play a wider role, with public confidence in its ability to be the primary vehicle of public service at local level and a major force in enhancing the quality of life of all our communities.  phil hogan Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government


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council Initiative to boost local shopping

One hour free parking for Christmas  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

AN OFFER of one hour’s free parking in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown means only one thing – Christmas is here. The council is offering shoppers free parking in several commercial hubs within the county as part of its holiday parking promotion, which began

on December 10 and is assisting county shoppers and visitors with one hour’s free parking after they pay for the first hour, until the season is over on December 31. Drivers who go into shopping areas where pay and display systems normally apply in Dun Laoghaire, Blackrock, Monkstown, Cabinteely,

Guard your phone: Warning for Christmas GARDAI in Dundrum are reminding us all to take precautions with our mobile phones this Christmas. To coincide with Crime Prevention Day on December 2, a picture of a garda holding a wad of €50 notes like an expensive smartphone was issued, underlining the phones’ typical worth and the care users should take when using them. Some such tips include registering your phone with your service provider, taking note of your IMEI number (which can be found by dialling *#06#), never taking your phone out in public, downloading a phone location finder app, enabling the pin security feature and never leaving your phone in an unattended vehicle.

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Glasthule/Sandycove, Dalkey, Stillorgan and Dundrum will not have to pay for the second hour of on-street parking. A council statement said: “Motorists who pay for a minimum 60 minutes’ parking will be given 60 minutes’ free parking time in addition to the 15-minute grace period already available

throughout the county.” Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) said: “If we want to maintain our towns and villages to the standard that we currently enjoy, it is up to each and every one of us to ensure that we place a firm focus on shopping locally. “This initiative will help to make that goal a reality, at least for three weeks.”


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Barbara Sheridan, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), Deirdre Smith and Frances Cushion. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

community: relaunched library starts a new chapter in its life

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UN Laoghaire-Rathdown’s busiest library was relaunched recently following an extensive refurbishment, with many people coming along to wish Deansgrange Library well. An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth, was delighted to relaunch the library, joining with a large number of local councillors and community figures to congratulate the library staff on the wonderful works that had transformed the facility, while some of the library’s many young and old book fans got on with browsing the shelves, using the IT facilities, and checking out the library’s changes.

Kerryman, GAA star, AIB Youth Ambassador and The Gooch ... Colm Cooper meets fans. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

There was a great turnout

Felicity Fleming, Dairne O’Sullivan and Marian Keyes, senior executive librarian with the council

Kate Byrne, a 92-year-old library user, with An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth

Ben, Thea and Lucas Devenport The young GAA players at St Tiernan’s Community School, Parkvale, Dundrum, had plenty of questions for Colm


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Colm put some of his skills to the test (right), but he was much more interested in checking out the students’ form, giving them some great coaching and tips

PE teacher Agata Siszczynska

SCHOOLS: COLM ‘GOOCH’ COOPER VISITS ST TIERNAN’S

On the ball in both GAA and banking C

OLM “Gooch” Cooper was delighted to call to St Tiernan’s Community School recently to check out some of the up and coming GAA talents there. In his role as Youth Ambassador for AIB, The Gooch held a coaching and advice session with the students, giving some great advice as he put the students through their paces on the pitch. He was also there to learn more about the school’s participation in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge, which sees Transition Year students using a diverse range of skills to run a successful school bank. Whether on the pitch or juggling balance sheets, St Tiernan’s students were equally on the ball.

Some fast-moving games put the students through their paces

Colm with coaches Colin Deane and Alan McHugh


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Genevieve Holmes with Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Sean Munsanje and Nadia Forde were amongst those who attended the Strictly Come Dancing event. Pictures: Richie Stokes

Dublin’s gliteratti in their dancing shoes B

OBBY Kerr and Mary Buckley were recently crowned the winners of Strictly Against Breast Cancer in the National Convention Centre. Many well-known faces were seen paired with volunteer supporters of Breast Cancer Ireland on

Nora Casey

Karen and Mark Colgan

the dance floor to raise funds for the charity, including Nick Munier, Professor Arnie Hill, Triona McCarthy, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), Sean Munsanje and Siobhan O’Connor. The competition was judged by publisher Norah

Casey, tailor Louis Copeland and rugby commentator Brent Pope, while the MCs of the night were Aidan Power and Jenny Buckley . Siobhan O’Connor and Mark Cahill came in second place, while Emma Hannigan and Damien Gallagher came in third place.

Aisling Hurley and Ciara Holmes


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Peugeot 2008 wins top writers’ award

An early look at the new Mercedes-Benz GLA class, set to be launched on Irish roads in February/March next

Motors: upgraded classics and new models on the way

Mercedes-Benz set for exciting new looks  cormac curtis

MERCEDES -BENZ have been surprising the motoring public in recent years with new and exciting models, as well as unexpected facelifts on some old favourites. There are more surprises in store for 2014, and, here, we profile the pick of the bunch.

Edition C From Januar y, the C-Class saloon comes under the new moniker, Edition. Equipped with a range of AMG enhancements, it carries a range of extras worth some €4,500

– but which will come at no extra cost – including AMG body styling in front and rear aprons, and side sill panels on Avantgarde models. Other features include, 17-inch light alloy wheels – highlighted in highgloss black, dark-tinted headlamps and chromed exhaust pipe ends. Interior changes include new sports seats covered in Artico leather upholstery, with fibre inlays and contrasting top stitching, matching door panels and gear selector. Other features include a luxury nappa leather four-spoke steering wheel

with 12-function buttons, dark aluminium trim, a multifunction colour infotainment display set within the instrument cluster, black fabric headlining, velour floor mats with contrasting topstitching and split folding rear seats.

S-class From the new year, it is expected that demand for the new S-class will continue to exceed the volumes allocated to the Irish market, due to worldwide demand for the new S-class running in excess of production capacity.

GLA class February/March will see the launch here of the all-new GLA class. Built on the same A-class and CLA-class platform, the compact SUV will take its place alongside its more established off-road siblings. Things to watch for will be its rugged appearance, set off by a power domed bonnet, dropping roofline and towering 20in wheels (optional). As with the A-class and CLA before it, the GLA will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with transmission that includes the

Mercedes-Benz 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Mid-late 2014 Looking ahead, and the all-new C-class range will make its first appearance on Irish roads in summer, while in or around the third quarter will see the arrival here of the new S-Coupe. With all these new models, the full prices, specifications levels, arrival sequencing and final model line-ups will be announced at the time of their launch, making 2014 another year of note for Mercedes-Benz.

THE newly launched Peugeot 2008 compact crossover was recently awarded the Continental Irish Small Car of the Year 2014 award by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. Des Cannon, managing director, Gowan Distributors, said: “The Peugeot 2008 is a terrific car. It’s stylish, it’s roomy and of course it’s economical. We are truly delighted with the Irish Small Car of the Year 2014 award, and I wish to thank the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association for recognising the unique qualities of the new Peugeot 2008.” He was joined by Amanda Brunker, Peugeot Brand Ambassador, to help celebrate the top award for the Peugeot 2008, which retails from €18,595 plus dealer delivery-related charges.

asdfeasfasd Des Cannon, managing director, Gowan Distributors with Amanda Brunker, Peugeot Brand Ambassador

volkswagen donate caddy maxi to help cancer charity: THE Marie Keating Foundation has agreed a new sponsorship deal with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and picked up the keys to a Caddy Maxi van to help with its cancer support and information services. Niall Philips, head of sales and marketing,

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “We are delighted to support the foundation as we recognise the vital work that they carry out every day around the country. “We wish them well in the year ahead and we hope that by providing the Caddy Maxi, we can contribute to the work they carry out and provide support to those who need it.”


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&ABOUT OUT fast TRAVEL Co-founders Debbie Flynn and Tom Kennedy, with some of their team

Stay in a real home away from home ... WHEN it comes to travelling and seeing the world, the more seasoned of us like to soak up as much culture as possible. With the introduction of Homestay.com, a brand-new travel experience and global travel website, tourists have the opportunity to stay in a homestay, rather than an empty hotel room or apartment. The guest can stay with locals, often with shared interests, which helps to make their travel experience authentic in every way. It aims to create a local travel experience for all forms of travellers, including students, professionals and families. Homestay.com was founded in Dublin by Hostelworld.com cofounder Tom Kennedy and Debbie Flynn, director and founder of Irish Education Partners, and launched in July, offering worldwide accommodation options. Homestay.com are on the look out for new hosts in Dublin – making it a great way for people to make extra cash from a spare bedroom. For further information, visit www. homestay.com.

trail: world heritage sites highlight lovely settings and friendly people

Celebrating Spain’s rich historical treasures  hiromi mooney

THERE are three things I love to do on my travels: see breathtaking sights, learn about local history and immerse myself into the local culture. A recent trip to visit three of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Spain ticked all of these boxes for me, but what really amazed me was seeing how the old buildings and modern lifestyle were in harmony in these cities. My journey began in the rustic city of Alcala de Henares, just 15km away from Madrid-Barajas Airport. The city was the world’s first planned university city, and was considered to be “the City of God”, due to it being recognised as the city of knowledge. Here, the University of Alcala was founded in 1499 by the Franciscan, Cardinal Cisneros, and was the first modern-age university. The city thus became a model for other education centres across Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. The city is also famous

for being the birthplace of one of Spain’s most celebrated writers, Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), whose work includes his novel, Don Quixote. The house where he was born is now a museum and, while it has mostly been reconstructed, it still boasts its original 16th century basement. Cer vantes is still remembered in the city, as the Spanish king Juan Carlos I has been presenting the annual Cervantes Prize at the university to recognise contributions made to Spanish literature. The ceremony is held every year in April to coincide with the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, and prize winners’ names are displayed on a university wall. A visit to The Universes of Cervantes visitor centre helps to understand the importance of Cervantes. The centre opened in 2005 in the former Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, in which Cervantes was baptised, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote’s first part-edition.

It features an exhibition hall, the baptismal font of Cervantes, and the 19th century Santa Maria Tower offering a panoramic view of the city – but first, you have to climb more than 100 steps to see it. The next stop, almost 150km away, was the beautiful walled city of Avila – the highest city in Spain. The old city is surrounded by a high defensive wall 1.5 miles long, which has 88 solid towers and nine official gates, each with a different function. I also discovered that the Avila Cathedral apse serves as a turret for the wall. Behind the walls hides an enclosed city with narrow side-streets and many mansions and churches, creating the illusion that you’ve travelled back in time. Looking a little deeper, however, you’ll find bustling food markets, cafes and restaurants. My tour guide informed me that the wall was built in the 11th century to defend Avila and protect its people from invaders. She added that two sec-

The classically Spanish colours of brown, gold and sepia are beautifully offset by

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tions on top of the walls are open to the public, being 1.5km and 300m in length, so of course, I wanted to test them out. We walked alongside the walls on the cobblestone pavements at night, and trekked the route on top of the walls the next morning. Both walks had breathtaking views, but the difference in lighting created completely different atmospheres. Avila is also famous for the 16th century saint, Santa Teresa, who reformed the Carmelite

Order. Best known for her writings and teachings, her relics are preserved to this day, making the city popular with pilgrims. It’s no wonder that Avila’s deep historical background helped it to be declared a World Heritage site in 1985. When we stopped for lunch, we shared the restaurant with a group of elderly men, who turned out to be professional cyclists enjoying an annual reunion. We couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered

that amongst them was Julio Jimenez, who finished in second place in the 1967 Tour de France. He kindly posed for some photos and happily shared a picture from when he competed in 1965. After we parted with the cyclists, we ventured to the final port of call, Salamanca. This university city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, and is today bustling with students. The University of Salamanca is one of the most important buildings in the city. It’s the oldest university in Spain, having been founded in 1218, and houses the oldest library in Europe, containing 60,000 books; 500 of which are first-editions. Salamanca is also famous for housing two adjacent cathedrals – one


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TRAVEL

The legacy of acclaimed Spanish writer, Miguel de

Beatriz, a worker in a ham shop, echoed locals’ enthusiasm for the dizzying variety

Cervantes, looms large over Alcala de Henares

of meats for which Salamanca is renowned

the lush grass around the historic walls of Avila city

Romanesque, and one Gothic. A short stroll from the cathedrals led us to the beautiful, tranquil garden, Huerto de Calixto y Melibea. The name translates as “the Orchard of Calisto and Melibea” – two characters in the old Spanish novel, La Celestina, which has a similar storyline to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Because of this, the garden well has many signed padlocks locked on to it, left there by couples who sealed their love with them. Salamanca also boasts the 18th century main square, Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the city. Over time, it has been used for many purposes, including for markets, bull fighting and concerts. Today, it’s a popular meeting spot, and the

buildings are mainly used as student accommodation. An interesting place to visit in Salamanca is the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum in Casa Lis. Once a private palace with elaborate stained glass windows, this museum now exhibits 19 collections of almost 2,500 pieces of decorative art from the late 19th and early 20th century. The trip proved to me that there’s a lot more to Spain than sunshine and beaches. The inland cities of Alcala de Henares, Avila and Salamanca all retain their historic buildings, and yet modern life continues within them. Their historical and cultural contributions to Spain have truly made them the country’s treasures, and are well worth a visit.

Part of Cervantes Square, in Alcala de Henares

Part of the lovely and ornate exterior of Salamanca Cathedral

GETTING THERE: REACHING SPAIN’S HERITAGE TREASURES Hiromi flew with Iberia Express from Dublin to Madrid Barajas Airport. For flight details,

in use and to keep them maintained. As each Parador has been converted into

see www.iberiaexpress.com.

different old buildings, you are guaranteed a

To plan your own rustic experience in Spain,

unique experience as no two Paradors are

see www.spainheritagecities.com.

the same.

Where to stay

de Henares was a converted convent, once

To fully immerse yourself into rustic Spain,

known as the Santo Tomas de Aquino

and to truly appreciate the interconnection

Church, while the Paradors that she stayed

of old buildings and modern life, try staying at

in at Avila and Salamanca were converted

a Parador hotel.

“palacios”, or mansions.

The Parador that Hiromi stayed in Alcala

Parador is a chain of luxury hotels set up

For further information on the Parador

by the Spanish government in 1928, which

hotels, see www.parador.es, or see the site

A random encounter saw Spanish warmth and

uses refurbished old buildings, such as cas-

for the official Irish agents for Parador, Map

courtesy to the fore when Julio Jimenez, who finished

tles, palaces and monasteries, to keep them

Travel, at www.maptravel.ie.

in second place in the 1967 Tour de France, kindly presented the writer with an autographed photo


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FastSport lawrie unable to build on epic end to 2013:

Alan Brogan and Eamon Coghlan at the launch of last year’s GOAL mile with the help of and five year-old Rebecca Keenan from Cabinteely

athletics: A bit of pre-turkey exercise in aid of global development and aid

Put on your trainers for a mile for charity on Dec 25 Local sporting legends Leo Cullen, Alan Brogan and Eamon Coghlan have joined with Goal to help promote this year’s annual GOAL Mile events on Christmas Day. Athletics legend Sonia O’ Sullivan has also signed up to be part of this year’s GOAL Mile campaign as the event goes global. O’Sullivan, a longstanding GOAL patron has even agreed to lead the first ever mile in Melbourne, Australia. This is the first ever time in the 32-year history of the event that it will

be held in the southern hemisphere. Miles will also be held this year in New York and London and in more than 100 locations across Ireland. Among those locations is an array of locations across Dublin, which include meets at Skerries, Malahide Castle, and Morton Stadium in Santry. Carton House in Maynooth will host a Mile, as will Lucan Harriers athletics club, and Corkagh Park in Clondalkin is expecting to see valiant athletes out on December 25. Phoenix Park runners will meet at the

Papal Cross, while further south, runs will take place at Stradbrook Rugby Club and Kilbogget Park in Killiney. The GOAL Mile gives friends, family and neighbours the chance to simply run or walk a mile, and make a donation to GOAL. The popular fundraiser has grown and grown over the years, and is now an integral part of the Christmas period for thousands of people. Last year, GOAL Miles took place in 100 locations around Ireland and raised in excess of €158,000 for GOAL’s

programmes in the developing world. GOAL could not have done this without those who took part in and, in particular, those who organised Miles up and down the country. Your continued support is hugely appreciated as it helps GOAL to make a real difference in the 13 countries where we work. A full list of the locations where GOAL Miles are taking place, as well as more information about how to get involved, appears at www.goal.ie/ Goal_Mile/731 and at www.facebook. com/events/547697598645102/

HAVING just about secured his playing card for the 2014 European Tour season, Castleknock’s Peter Lawrie’s tough start to the year continued as he missed a third successive cut last weekend. Rounds of 77 and 70 saw him miss out at the Hong Kong Open while a week earlier he missed out at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It meant he was unable to build on his epic tie for 18th place at the Perth International when the pressure was on. That result meant he ended the 2013 season in 110th on the Road to Dubai and inside the cut off point for a card for the 2014 season, avoiding a trip to qualifying school.

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FastSport applications welcomed for gaelic4girls: Gaelic4girls, a nationwide programme offered by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to girls aged between 8 and 12 to get involved in the game, is now receiving applications for the 2014 initiative. The camps offer an opportunity for clubs to attract vital new members to help secure their future. As an extra incentive, clubs that take part will have a chance of playing in Croke Park at a national blitz day next summer. Participating clubs will receive free training for coaches and co-ordinators and will receive marketing resources to ensure that they appeal to the maximum amount of players possible. Application forms to host a Gaelic4Girls camp are available to download from www. ladiesgaelic.ie, and must be returned to Leinster’s provincial development officer, Aisling Hubbard at gdo@leinstergaelic.ie by January 31.

nominations: rte lists show depth of quality and talent in local sport

Dublin stars to the fore in award list  sport@gazettegroup.com

An array of Dublin sporting talent from across Gazette Country and beyond have been nominated in the shortlist for the RTE Sports Awards, which were announced last week, and which will be presented on Saturday, December 21. There is also a wide range of sports rep-

r e s e n t e d t h i s y e a r, reflecting the variety of achievement of Irish spor ts people on a plethora of platforms. The Dublin senior football team, containing a large Gazette representation, are nominated for the team of the year after their national league, Leinster and AllIreland achievements, alongside Round Tower Clondalkin hero and

Round Tower’s Jim Gavin at Croke Park

Dublin manager Jim Gavin for the manager of the year award. At the same time, Ballyboden St Enda’s star Michael Darragh Macauley has been nominated as one of the sportspeople of the year. Macauley is not the only local hero to get a nod in the spor tsperson shortlist, with north county resident Martyn Irvine among the potential winners following his gold and silver success at the World Track Championship in Minsk, the first Irishman to medal in the elite cycling event for over 100 years. Also nominated is champion sailor Annalise Murphy for h e r a c h i ve m e n t s a t the European sailing championships, taking gold to make up for her disappointment in the

Martyn Irvine on his return to Ireland from his victorious world championships

London 2012 Olympics. Jonathan Sexton is another of the sportspeople nominated, his part in bringing Leinster the Pro 12 title and the Amlim Challenge Cup, as well as appearing for the national team and the British and Irish Lions on their tour of Australia earning him the place among the year’s best. As well as the all-conquering Dubs, were the Ireland women’s rugby team, who achieved the holy grail of northern hemisphere rugby, the 6 Nations Grand Slam, for the first time this year, the Leinster rugby team, and the Irish paralympic swimming team, which fea-

tured a number of local stars including Ellen Keane and James Scully, and were guided by NAC’s James Malone, who were the winners of a record eight IPC World Championship medals Also appearing amid the nominees for the manager of the year are former Sporting Fingal and current St Pat’s Athletic manager Liam

Buckley for his guidance of the club to the Airtricity League title for the first time in 14 years. The winners will be revealed and presented with their awards at The RTÉ Sports Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, Saturday 21 December at 9.45pm.

The grand slam winning Irish women rugby team

Heroes in abundance in new sport photography book  sport@gazettegroup.com

The Dublin team before their match against Mayo in 2012 is one of the dramatic images in Heroes. Picture: ©INPHO/James Crombie

ONE oF Ireland’s leading sports photography agencies, Inpho Photography, has launched a new book celebrating 25 years of sports photography. The book, created in association with camera manufacturer Canon, is entitled Heroes and is a visual insight into some of the most memorable sporting moments both at home and abroad. The book is the brainchild of Inpho photographer Billy

Stickland who along with his team has taken some of the most famous sports photography in Ireland using Canon cameras. From Packie Bonner ’s memorable save against Romania at Italia ’90, to Clare hurler Shane O’Donnell’s hat trick at this year’s All Ireland hurling final, Heroes is a whistle-stop tour of some the great sporting moments of our time and also includes many stunning feature pictures of well know sports personalities.

Commenting on the book, Billy Stickland, managing director, Inpho Photography said: “Over the past 25 years we have had the privilege to photograph some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Heroes is an opportunity for us to show our most creative work in one place and also share these wonderful sporting memories with sports fans around Ireland.” Jonothan Sultan, marketing manager at Canon, said: “We are delighted to work

with Billy and all the team at Inpho on this fantastic book celebrating a quarter of a century of sports photography at Inpho. “At Canon, we are passionate about the power of the image and this book really brings this ethos to life. Every image evokes a wonderful sporting memory and captures a moment in time which is the essence of great photography.” Heroes is available from www.inpho.ie/book and is priced at €29.99.


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Focus on the future a gameplan for success Dundrum’s Scott Evans hit the heights nationally this time last year, but his tough year on the circuit has refined his career direction and hopes for European glory next year in Russia A year after attaining one of his first major honours in the sport at Irish Open this time last year, Dundrum’s Scott Evans has endured a tough year in the sport, but is hoping that a fresh approach and new focus will help him scale further up the heights of world badminton. Last December’s win at Baldoyle was achieved without losing a set, and was the first victory for a home player in the competition for almost forty years, but this year’s tournament has gone up a level in terms of the prize money on offer and in turn the level and quality of players taking part. This, together with the experiences of the last 12 months, will make things harder for Evans to reclaim the top honours in the open tournament. After that historic win last year, Evans went on

to success in the Cyprus Invitational, but that was his last big win on the tough international circuit, the cause being something that Evans has clearly identified and is addressing in his current planning for the future of his career. “I played a lot of tournaments and was travelling a lot in the early part of the year, so I did not have a lot of time for training and, after so much travelling, my performances started to go down. “Then I was unlucky in June when I got injured in Asia. I was meant to be there for three weeks for three tournaments and I had to pull out when I tore a muscle two days before the first tournament. “I had to travel home, and I had five weeks of rehab, so not a lot badminton, just a lot of work to get the injury better.” The fact this coincided

Scott Evans in action at the London 2012 Olympic games

with his decision to leave the Team GB camp in Milton Keynes where he had been training two weeks before the start of the world championships would give the impression that this has been a year of hardship for Evans, but the decision to return to his adopted home in Denmark proved fortuitious. “I moved back just as Peter Gade [a five-time European champion and world silver medalist in 2011] retired, and when there was a chance to start working with him, I jumped at it. “It is amazing to be able to work with someone like him , who has experienced everything in the sport. “Peter has been trying to change a couple of things in my game, and it has been harder than I expected, which is maybe why my performances have not been so good, but I believe what Peter

is teaching me. It’s clear I need to learn these new things in order to move on to the next level, and it will take time.” Evans spoke to Gazette Sport just before he was due to fly back to Ireland for the open, where he is seeded number four this year - the players above

“I need to get in a long period of training. I have not had that for a long time. That will be my main focus, and I won’t play as many tournaments as I normally would. I would prefer to do it differently this time around, give myself a really good shot of getting a medal,

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him are Finland’s Ville Lang, Malaysia’s Misbun Ramdan Mohmed Misbun and Denmark’s Joachim Persson. Evans has previously played and beaten both Lang and Persson, but he knows that he will need to bring his A game in the coming days. “I have an okay draw, but I need to play well and be focused. It is so tough these days. It’s not like before when there was an easy couple of opening rounds. It is who is at their best on the day who will go through. “You meet very good players in the first round these days, and if you don’t stick to your plan, you’ll be going home.” Evans has a clear game plan in place for the next few months leading up to the European championships in Russia in April.

no matter who I am up against. If I am in my best shape and I have a lot of training time in the bag, I know that is possible.” As far as the game at home is concerned, Evans is clear about what is going on here although he is based a long way from home. “The game in Ireland is moving in the right direction — they now have the national centre and there are people training full time. “I said around seven years ago that that would be necessary if badminton in Ireland is going to get more players to a better level more often, rather than every 30 or 40 years. “The people at Badminton Ireland are doing a great job with the resources they have, and are really helping the sport at home,” said Evans.

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O’Brien and Joyce named in ICC associate awards Ireland’s cricket stars Kevin O’Brien (above, Picture: IDI/Getty Images) and Ed Joyce have been named as two of the four nominees for the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year at the 2013 LG ICC Awards. O’Brien and Joyce were included in the lists after their successes in the green whites this season, both of their contributions driving Ireland toward this level of recognition at the associate level in the sport. Joyce’s performances with the bat were top notch. He scored 100 against Pakistan in May and helped the side home during the world cup qualifiers in July which saw Ireland stake their place in the 2015 competition with victory against the Netherlands, his unbeaten 96 giving Ireland the impetus in Amstelveen. O’Brien, meanwhile, has been recognised for his form with both bat and ball this year, in what has been the most consistent of his career so far. The ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC full members. O’Brien and Joyce are joined on the shortlist for the award by fellow nominees Kyle Coetzer of Scotland and Nawroz Mangal of Afghanistan. Speaking to Gazette Sport, Andrew Leonard of Cricket Ireland said: “It is fantastic to have the lads named in these awards, and gives an indication of our dominance in associate cricket, but are also indicative of our great team performances. “We are at the top of the game, winning the world cup qualifiers this summer and just coming back from having won the T20 world championships. With the intercontinental cup final against Afganistan next week, there is a chance that we can do the treble of trophies at all three formats of the sport.” The team took the field at the global cricket academy in Dubai in the intecontinental cup final on Tuesday, and will finish this weekend, and the event is streaming live on cricketireland.com. Speaking ahead of the tournament. manager Phil Simmons said: “This team continues to improve and grow and their appetite for trophies and world cups shows no sign of waning.”


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soccer: meadowbrook club’s gathering celebrations

DLR’s Kilkelly heroics come up just short DLR Waves goalkeeper Avril Kilkelly was the star of the show but her performance was ultimately in vain as Castlebar Celtic nicked a 1-0 win at Wayside Celtic in the Women’s National League last weekend. Emma Hansberry eventually beat the inform ‘keeper with a second-half strike from the edge of the box to earn Celtic a 1-0 win. Kilkelly was on hand to keep out shots from Aileen Gilroy, Emma Mullin and Hansberry, but the latter managed to find the net shortly after the restart to put the cherry on top of some great team play.

Johnston named 2013’s future Fast Bowler RATHFARNHAM Parish national school’s Charlie Johnston has won cricket’s 2013 Find a Fast Bowler award following several excellent performances with the ball when playing for the Leinster U-11s last summer. The award goes to promising fast bowlers in the Leinster region and is in its eighth year in existence. It looks to identify young fast bowlers so club and provincial coaches can work with and offer them advice in order for them to achieve their full potential. The 10-year-old plays with the YMCA club in Sandymount and started playing

when he was fiveyears-old. At that age, he was a member of the U-11 C Railway Union team that won the Stockton Cup in 2009 with his big sister also on the team. Currently, he is a member of both the Leinster U-11 and U-13 training squads and also plays with Dapto CC in Wollongong, Australia when on holidays there. His best bowling performances came with a 5-16 haul for the South against the North’s U-11s in Armagh in August while he also garnered 5-19 for his school against St John Bosco’s NS in the Leprechaun Cup final this summer. He also plays rugby with Old Belvedere, hockey with Corinthian hockey club and competes in athletics for Crusaders AC.

The many successes of Dundrum Football Club will be on display in and around the club this Saturday

Dundrum toast 40th year  sport@gazettegroup.com

DUNDRUM Football club will celebrate a significant milestone in their club history as they host a 40th anniversary Christmas Gathering next Saturday. Founded in 1973, under the banner of Churchtown Boys, the club has undergone some name changes over the inter vening years. With the opening of the Dundrum Family Recreation Centre in the early 1970s, the club went for many years

under the banner of DFRC Boys Club, and later under Dundrum Athletic FC, and finally in 2006 into Dundrum Football Club. The celebrations will be divided into two parts with the club’s sizeable youth section kicking off events. In the morning, the club will be holding a football competition for their Kindergarten up to Under-10 teams. According to Alan Duggan, club spokesman, the club is putting a special request out to all former players, man-

agers, coaches, committee people and parents to come to join them up and around the clubhouse for at least part of Saturday. “This will be a day of thanks and celebration, to anyone connected with our club, with guaranteed fun and games in and around the clubhouse and Astro pitches from 11am that day. “Santa Claus will also be there for the players and family members connected with the club. “ We h a v e m a n y former players and their

families who are coming home for Christmas a few days earlier to make the night,” said Duggan. Saturday night will see the “Second half of the Gathering” switch to the nearby Willows. Old photographs have been specially digitised for the night and the club also have the only video recording of a unique parade of sports clubs which took place in the area in 1968. A very proud chairm a n , R ay B e n n e t t , thanked the Gathering

Committee Team which has co-ordinated the whole event. “We will have special football friends of the club present on the night who have not met in over 25 years, many of whom have travelled in from abroad,” Bennett said. T he club currently competes in the South Dublin Football Leagues, the Dublin and District Schoolboy leagues and the Leinster Senior League. For more details, go to club’s website www. dundrumfc.ie

Meteors bow out of national cup quarter-finals  sport@gazettegroup.com

METEORS fell 78-53 to Team Montenotte Hotel at the quarter-final stage of the Women’s SuperLeague National Cup quarter finals. The Cork side confidently overcame the Dublin girls as they now take one step closer to reaching National Cup glory. Kate O’Flaherty landed 14 points while Karen Meany scored 10 and Kate McDaid

eight points but they were always struggling against the Cork side, falling 46-20 at the halfway stage. Paul Kelleher, head coach of Team Montenotte Hotel, said: “We stepped it up a notch for this National Cup game and for the first time this season managed to marry both ends of the court together. “Both our offensive play and defensive work clicked. “I’m more than happy with the team performance and can

see our identity starting to form as the girls gain more composure with each game we play. “We have a great rotation at the moment especially with our younger girls breaking through onto the squad and making an impact. “January will be a tough month for us so we need to manage our squad correctly if we are to maintain a high level of basketball for the four weeks.” Meteors’ Senior Women’s

National Cup team also bowed out last weekend as they fell 74-41 to Tralee Imperials. There was better news, however, for the club’s U-18 side who won through to the next round of their national cup with a 57-45 win over near neighbours Templeogue having previously seen off St Anthony’s and Moycullen. They will face Singleton Supervalu Brunell in the next round of the competition after they beat DCU Mercy.


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Basquel hat trick powers Boden to final  sport@gazettegroup.com

B A L LY B O D E N S t Enda’s saw off Ballinteer St John’s to reach the Under-21 championship football final with a 4-13 to 1-4 success last Saturday. They produced a superb per formance full of skill, speed and determination. Ryan

Basquel helped himself to three goals but it was an excellent overall team performance from the backs right through to the forwards. They started on a high with the first five points of the game before Fearghal Duffy pegged one back for Ballinteer but Basquel netted his first goal soon after

to diminish hopes of a comeback. He ended the first half with 1-6 en route to a 1-8 to 0-2 lead with Duffy tacking on his side’s second point. Aodhan Clabby got another point back for Ballinteer but two more Boden goals in quick succession extended the lead out to 3-8 to

0-3 and while the Marlay Park hosts did net a penalty, they could not contain Basquel. Boden go on to meet Na Fianna in the final of the competition after they had too much in the tank for St Sylvester’s on a 2-13 to 0-12 scoreline in Broomfield last Saturday af ternoon.



Club Noticeboard ballinteer st john’s THERE was no winner of Thursday,

urday, December 14 for a night time

December 5 lotto draw for €11,000.

function. Please book that special

There was also no winner of the second jackpot of €3,600. Tickets are available online at www.ballinteerstjohns.com or from the usual outlets. Bingo every Monday night in the clubhouse – starts at 8pm and all welcome for a great night’s entertainment. Function room available on Sat-

football: sandyford side denied leinster title

function in 2014 in your clubhouse now to avoid disappointment. Congratulations to our Under 21 footballers on their very successful season, reaching the A championship semi-final. Deepest sympathies to the McCormack family on the passing of Jim’s father James.

ballyboden st enda’s HARD luck to the junior A hurlers who

year. Are you interested in getting fit

were beaten by a goal in the AHL4

for the New Year - why not join Boden

promotion final by Fingallians. Con-

Operation Transformation?

grats to the U-21 footballers who beat Ballinteer 4-13 to 1-4 in championship semi-final. Just a few short weeks to transform your life. Come on, this is the

More information on www.bodengaa.ie Congratulations to St Vincent’s on their win against Portlaoise in the Leinster club final.

naomh olaf HARD luck to our intermediate foot-

their tickets to the clubhouse and

ballers who were beaten by four

tickets are still available to pur-

points by Geraldines of Louth in the

chase.

Leinster final.

Treasured Memories is still available

this Saturday at 8pm with live music

from the clubhouse; members who

on the night.

haven’t bought a copy are asked to

All members are asked to return The Naomh Olaf side that won the Dublin intermediate county title fell just short in the Leinster final

Olaf’s epic season ended by Geraldines leinster ifc final Geraldines 0-13 Naomh Olaf 0-9  sport@gazettegroup.com

IT WAS second time unlucky for Naomh Olaf at Parnell Park last Sunday as this year’s Dublin intermediate football champions crashed to a four-point defeat in the replay of the AIB Leinster Club IFC final. Seven days earlier, the Sandyford side had led deep into injury time and then extra time during the first meeting of the sides in Drogheda only to be pinned back on both occasions by late levellers

from Louth county panellist Jim McEneaney. And it was McEneaney who pulled the strings for Geraldines this time too - with his personal contribution of two frees and two 45s also proving crucial to the winner’s eventual provincial success. Naomh Olaf faced a stiff breeze in the first-half and, despite Brian Begley opening the game’s scoring with a second minute Olaf’s free, the Louth side controlled the game’s opening quarter to race to an 0-6 to 0-2 lead by the 15th minute. A second Begley free and a Fearghal Purcell

point helped Olaf’s keep in touch and an 0-8 to 0-4 deficit didn’t look insurmountable given the post-interval wind. Olaf’s began the second-half strongly - with Begley’s 36th minute free and Purcell’s point a minute later signalling their intent – and by the end of the game’s third quarter they had reduced the gap to two points. Begley almost grabbed what would have been a crucial Naomh Olaf goal on 51 minutes – strong collective Geraldines defending averting the danger – but Eoin Kinsella kept Olaf’s in real

contention with his 55th minute point reducing the gap to the bare minimum at 0-10 to 0-9. Yet the Louth side hit back immediately through Dara Hamill and, even more unfortunately from a Sandyford viewpoint, half-back Bernard Gaughran was dismissed on a secondyellow card in the dying minutes. Geraldines took full advantage of their late numerical advantage, furthermore, with points from Josh Arrowsmith and man-of-the-match McEneaney sealing a somewhat flattering win.

A limited number of copies of

The Christmas draw takes place

do so before they sell out.

kilmacud crokes CONGRATULATIONS to Gerry McGrath

evening in the club. There was a great

and the AHL3 on their great win over

crowd and a lot of money was raised

Naomh Barrog on Sunday on a score-

for a great cause.

line of 2-17 to 0-8. The win promotes

The annual benevolent fund pitch

the team back up to AHL2 for next

and putt competition will take place

year.

on Saturday, December 21 in Glencul-

The club are delighted to announce

len. All members who wish to take

Ollie Baker as the new senior hurling

part should contact Gerry Greene to

manager. Ollie has a wealth of expe-

put their names on the timesheet.

rience, winning two All-Irelands with Clare and a club All-Ireland with Doo-

The U-21 hurlers play St Jude’s in Tymon Park at 2.15pm on Saturday.

ra-Barefield. Ollie was the manager

Emmet Ryan’s new book, Victory

of the Offaly senior hurling team for

Loves Preparation, is now available in

the last few years and we wish him

the club shop. The book is a sequel to

well in the club.

Emmet’s last book, Tactics Not Pas-

The hurling section AGM will take place this Sunday in the function room at 8pm. Well done to all involved with the benevolent fund draw on Saturday

sion. Christmas trees will be available from the club on Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds go back into the club and trees are reasonably priced.

cuala CONGRATULATIONS to our second

Congratulations to Declan Murray

adult footballers who capped a great

who takes over as chairman, Emma

season by winning promotion to Divi-

Schutte as vice chair and Adrian

sion 5 with a 3-7 to 1-5 win over Civil

Dunne in the role of secretary, as

Service on Sunday morning.

well as to all those who have stepped

Thanks to all those who attended last Thursday’s AGM of the club.

forward for roles on next year’s Coiste.


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Kilmacud Crokes’ captain Ross O’Carroll will be part of a panel looking to win back the Dublin senior hurling championship title in 2014

Baker Crokes’ new boss Kilmacud’s senior hurlers have secured a marquee name in the form of All-Ireland winner Ollie Baker to manage their side next season  paul healy

Ollie Baker’s appointment as Kilmacud Crokes’ senior hurling manager for 2014 last week clearly signals the Stillorgan club’s intention to recapture the Dublin hurling crown they relinquished at the quarter-final stage to eventual winners, Ballyboden St Enda’s, in October. The former Clare legend has a wealth of experience both on and off the field as a double All-Ireland winner with his county, and club All-Ireland winner with his native St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield, as well as managing Offaly for the past two seasons until standing down from that position in

August. Speaking exclusively to Gazette Sport on Tuesday, Peter Walsh, chairman of Kilmacud Crokes hurling, outlined the background to Baker’s appointment and the reasoning behind it. “We’ve a very able and ambitious young group of players. They were very well served and developed by our previous management team under Gearoid O’Riain but Gearoid indicated before the end of our participation in this year’s [Dublin] championship that he wouldn’t be able to go again next year due to family and work commitments.” Walsh explained the process that led to Baker’s appointment.

“Once we were beaten by Ballyboden, we got down to looking for a new manager in earnest and looked both internally within the club and externally. We looked for somebody whose ambition and experience would accord with the criteria we set out as a club. “Initially, we knew we wanted somebody who would work well with our [senior] players and push them on that bit further. We said to ourselves we wanted someone who had won All-Irelands on the field at club and county level and then we said let’s look at someone who has got a good track record at the highest level in management.” “Having drawn up a shortlist and talked

to a number of people, we were very, very impressed by Ollie and his ambition and his understanding of how a club should work and his enthusiasm to work with everyone in the club. There was a real meeting of minds there and we were delighted that he had the interest and the ambition that he could see being fulfilled with Crokes.” “Once he [Baker, a Tullamore based Garda] satisfied himself as to journey times and timelines, his place of work wasn’t a barrier to him taking up the post.” The Crokes hurling chairman concluded: “We now have to work hard as a club to win it back [Dublin senior hurling title] but we’re ambitious to do so.”

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