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Council passes €9.3m pool plan  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

PLANS to build a new €9.3m pool in Glenalbyn, Stillorgan got the goahead at a recent Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council meeting. Residents were left without a pool when the old Glenalbyn facility was closed last month over safety concerns. Cllr Richard Humphreys (Lab), who proposed the motion, said: “The members, at my suggestion, have now requested the county man-

ager to explore funding options in the capital budget for a new build at Glenalbyn.” The council will demolish the old pool and construct a new two-storey building containing an adult pool and many other features, as well as improvements to the access road into the facility. The authority will also engage with neighbouring Kilmacud Crokes GAA club to guarantee access and car parking rights. Full Story on Page 3

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gave Chloe Nolan the thumbsup for her skiing skills at the Ski Centre in Stillorgan Industrial Park, where the duo were among a number of snow-loving locals celebrating World Snow Day

recently. The top-notch ski facility had some cool ideas to celebrate the event, with discount lessons and expert coaching making it a fun day well worth sloping off for. See Gallery on Page 8-9

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Vote passed for new €9.3m Glenalbyn pool

COUNCILLORS in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have passed a motion to develop a new pool at Glenalbyn in Stillorgan at an approximate cost of €9.3m, following the closure of the old pool last month due to safety concerns. The motion, proposed by Cllr Richard Humphreys (Lab), was for the council to look into finding possible funding for the rebuilding of the pool. Cllr Humphreys said: “The passing by the council of the motion which I drafted, and which two of the other local councillors jointly proposed, is a crucial step towards reopening Glenalbyn Pool. “The pool closed suddenly late last year due to safety concerns in relation to the state of the roof. Since then, there has been understandable local concern as to the long-term fate of the facility.

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“The members, at my suggestion, have now requested the county manager to explore funding options in the capital budget for a new build at Glenalbyn, as the most sustainable option, and to report to the March meeting of the council. “In addition, the council has requested the manager to pursue the issue of securing sustainable access to the site and requested all interested parties, including Kilmacud Crokes, to work towards ensuring sustainable access to the Glenalbyn facility, going forward. “It is essential that key stakeholders, such as Kilmacud Crokes, be seen to

play their part in ensuring that the new build is viable. Kilmacud Crokes and the council have a draft agreement regarding access to the facility, and this needs to be finalised as soon as possible,” he said. A council spokesperson said: “At the council meeting held on Monday, January 13, the elected members of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council unanimously voted in favour of redeveloping the recently closed Glenalbyn Swimming Pool. “Having considered a report from Richard Shakespeare, director of services [with the council], that outlined the reasons for the closure of the existing pool and the various redevelopment options available, the members passed a motion requesting that the necessary funding be made available through the capital budget to pro-

ceed with the redevelopment.” The council agreed to demolish the existing pool building and construct a new two-story building to house a 25mx10m adult pool, a children’s pool, a children’s play room, changing rooms, a steam room and sauna, a hoist track for disabled access, upgrade to the access road and more. T he spokesperson said: “The members also requested that the council continue in their discussions with Kilmacud Crokes regarding guaranteed access and car parking rights. A progress report on the matter will be presented to the members at the March council meeting.” Cllr Patricia Stewart (FG) called the passing of the motion good news for Glenalbyn, and said: “I am delighted that the consensus amongst all the councillors was to go for Plan B – the total

rebuilding of the pool from scratch. “This is great news for all the many users of the pool who have seen it decline over recent times. “[Richard] Shakespeare will come back to the February or March meeting when he has studied the financial aspects, and we are very hopeful that the funds can be found to help keep this well used facility in Stillorgan. “The new pool is estimated to cost in the region of €9.3m to build, excluding design and external site finishing,” she said. Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) welcomed the council’s decision to invest in a new swimming facility at Glenalbyn. He said: “I would appeal to all interested groups to work closely with [Richard] Shakespeare so that we can get the construction of a new swimming pool at Glenalbyn under way.”

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education Still no building, location set for imminent school

Questions mount on gaelcholaiste site  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A NEW gaelcholaiste, due to open in September to cater for the greater Dundrum area, still has no school building, and has also not received any information from the Department of Education as to where the school will be located. A statement issued by the board of the proposed new school, Gaelcholaiste an Phiarsaigh, says that although the school is officially to open on September 1, it still has no premises. The statement goes on to say that more than 200 pupils have already registered for the school, 46 of

whom are due to start in September. Lorcan Mac Gabhann, chairperson of the school board, said that while the board has been working hard over the past year, there has been little meaningful engagement with the Department of Education regarding a location for the school. He went on to say that: “While the Department [of Education] made a decision to open a gaelcholaiste for the greater Dundrum area more than two years ago, parents, or the board, were never consulted as to where the school should be located so as to best suit their needs.”

Donal Duibhginn, a parent of one pupil due to start at the new school in September, said: “There is no other provision for Irish medium education available for our son in the area, and Gaelcholaiste an Phiarsaigh is our last hope to provide the type of education we wish [to have] for our children.”

‘Uncertainty’ Another parent, Sarah Flynn, said: “This uncertainty is placing a huge strain on the children.” The board of management of the school is now demanding a meeting with the Minister of Education, Ruairi Quinn,

to discuss the lack of consultation and dialogue with parents and the board over the future location of the school. Local election candidate and Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin expressed shock that the gaelcholaiste still has no school building or site. She echoed the school board’s call for Minister Quinn to engage with the relevant parties. She said: “It is simply not good enough that neither the parents nor the school’s board of management have been consulted on the best possible location for this school.

Calls have been made for the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, to meet the Gaelcholaiste an Phiarsaigh’s board of management

“It is grossly unfair to burden the school with this fundamental issue concerning the uncertainty of the actual location of the school.” A spokesperson for the Department of Education told The Gazette: “The Depar tment is

working with the patron of Gaelcholaiste an Phiarsaigh to identify and secure suitable accommodation for the school’s start-up in 2014. “In relation to the permanent location of the gaelcholaiste, a number of options have been

identified and are being progressed. “Negotiations are ongoing and therefore, given the sensitivities associated with land acquisitions, the Department is not in a position to comment further at this time.”

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Emer Costello, MEP called on Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn to rescind the apprentice fees

CA L L S f r o m l o c a l politicians and TEEU (Technical, Electrical and Engineering Union) representative Brian Nolan to scrap the new student fees for apprentices, introduced by the Government in the last budget, have fallen on deaf ears as the new fees will remain, according to an email by the Minister for Training and Skills, Ciaran Cannon. Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) wrote to the Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, about the matter and received an email back containing a statement w ritten by Minister Cannon which said no changes to the new apprentice fees would be made. In the email, Minister Cannon said: “Apprentices will pay the same contribution as students, appor tioned for the time they spend in the institutes. For a typical apprenticeship phase, this amounts to €833. “This allowance is equivalent to the wages they receive from their employers for the job phases, and is unaffected by the budgetary changes. “T he decision has been taken against a difficult budgetary background and there is no scope to revisit it.” Ta l k i n g t o T h e Gazette, Nolan said: “It’s more disappointing than anything. We met with apprentices across Ireland and launched the Axe the Tax campaign against the fees with the full support of the Union of Students of

Ireland. “Minister Cannon’s statement is not entirely a shock, as Minister [for Education Ruairi] Quinn told us he wouldn’t meet the union on this. “We’ll continue with the fight and intensify the campaign. This is serious, and apprentices can’t afford to pay this charge.” Cllr Pat Hand (FG) said: “There are apprentices getting very low pay and when they go to Solas Fas they could be located in certain parts of the country and they would have to pay for travel and accommodation. “First-year apprentices are only getting €3.40, an hour and they find it very difficult to live on this.” In the same week, Emer Costello MEP (Lab) issued a statement also calling on Minister Quinn to rescind the apprentice fees. Costello supports the new TEEU campaign against the imposition of student services charge on apprentices, that was launched on January 10. She said: “I believe that the new fee structure for apprenticeships is a retrograde step at a time when high-quality apprenticeships can offer a viable solution to ending the scourge of youth unemployment. “T he Government should examine the possibility of using EU funds. I have made representations to Minister Ruairi Quinn in this regard and will hope to see progress on this over the coming weeks.”

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montrose Renovation of former hotel commences

New student residence set for September  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Construction has begun this week to convert the former Montrose Hotel on the Stillorgan Road into student accommodation for 192 residents. The new Montrose Student Residence accommodation will be ready for students to move in this September 2014. The €22.5 million project is the first Irish development by Ziggurat Student Living, which plans to create over 1,000 student bed spaces in

Dublin city over the next five years. Montrose Student Residence comprises a total of 192 en-suite bedroom units, arranged in a choice of five to eight bedroom cluster flats each with communal living, kitchen and dining areas. The residence will also offer 24/7 security and a call out service, on site laundry and car and bicycle parking spaces. Utilities, broadband internet and contents insurance are all included in the room rental, which is projected

currently to start from €175 per week, based on a 42-week term. Ziggurat was founded in 2009 by Jim Pike and Matthew McAdden who came together to create quality investment opportunities in the student accommodation sector. “Our intention is to rapidly expand the availability of safe, secure, quality residences for students in both the UK and Ireland,” said Matthew McAdden. “We’re now firmly focused on the Irish market, and our plan

The former Montrose Hotel will provide accomodation for 192 students

is to create over 1,000 new bed spaces over the next five years.” The Montrose Hotel was bought by a consortium of property developers for more than €40m in 2007 and has been closed since 2010. Its conversion into student dwellings will be ideal for students due to its proximity to UCD. The new residential

development will help meet the annual accommodation needs of students attending UCD. Each year, the call goes out to local homeowners to rent rooms to students. UCD currently has a non-commercial housing advice centre, for students and staff at its university campus. Ziggurat and sister

company Fawleybridge are managed by asset management company, Atelier Property Asset Management Ltd. Ziggurat is currently progressing further projects in Edinburgh and Newcastle with an end value of £65m (€79m), and is working on securing a second scheme in Dublin.

doll house New shop offering unique toys A br and new store dedicated to selling very special dolls has opened in Dundrum Town Centre. Treasured Dolls is an emerging Irish company offering a selection of 11 unusual dolls, each with her own skin tone, hair and eye colour and facial detail. The store specialises in giving children the choice of colouring and complexion whether they prefer rosy cheeked dolls or ones with freckles. Sara O’Connor of Treasured Doll Team Ireland said: “Once your little girl has chosen her favourite or better yet the Treasured Doll which looks most like her, she can dress her [in] one of our beautiful and understated handmade Irish designed dresses.”

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opinion Minister Frances Fitzgerald on new child agency

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: “It is my goal to work towards ... making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to raise a family, and to be a child”

A step to support families

THE recent launch of the new Child and Family Agency was one of the most significant developments ever in the history of child protection in Ireland, and delivered on one of my key priorities as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. However, this is not just a child protection agency – it very deliberately has “family” in its name and it will equally focus on supporting families. As I’ve often said, protecting children and supporting families are simply two sides of the same coin. So, why was an integrated new agency needed? Since 1980, we have had 29 major inquiries and reviews on child protection failings in Ireland. This shameful

legacy of child abuse and neglect is now well known, but learning from this legacy is a different matter. Until recently, the State still wasn’t responding as it should have been. In 2012, I published the Independent Child Deaths report, which highlighted shocking failures in child protection services in the years 2000-10, including at the height of the Celtic Tiger period. We s aw d y s f u n ction and inconsistency within services, and we also saw duplication and fragmentation between services. In many cases, we saw how at-risk children were failed by the State – not because the State didn’t intervene, but because the interventions were uncoordinated and ineffective. In one harrowing


‘The [new] agency brings together existing child protection services, family support services and educational welfare services’ --------------------------------------------------------

case, referred to in the child deaths reports, 14 different agencies and professional bodies had intervened with a very troubled teen, but they didn’t work together, and that young person was let down. We can no longer let vulnerable children fall through the gaps between disparate services. Working together must be the way forward. This agency will help to make this happen. The agency brings together existing child protection services, family support services and educational welfare services, which were current-

ly spread between the HSE and other bodies. So, for the first time, we will have child and family social workers, family support workers and education welfare officers all working together on the same team, under the same roof. During my long career as a social worker, I developed a deep personal awareness of the vital importance that child protection has for every family and community, and I saw first-hand the areas where change was so urgently needed. As Minister, I have tried to use this experience to develop bet-

ter services across the board for children and families. That is why I asked the people to approve the Children’s Referendum in 2012 – and that is why the new agency came into being. In addition to child protection, family suppor t and education welfare, the new Child and Family Agency has responsibility for a national pre-school inspectorate, and a new system of pre-school registration which I have introduced as part of my efforts to improve standards in pre-school services. In total, the agency will have more than 4,000 staff, and a budget of some €609m in 2014, making its establishment one of the biggest reforms having been undertaken by this Government. In Budget 2014, I

secured an additional €6.7m to recruit more staff as part of the ongoing reform and development of child protection services. Other important reforms being undertaken by the new agency include the development of new models for the timely management and allocation of child welfare and protection referrals. In 2012 and 2013, there were more than 40,000 referrals to child welfare and protection services. The agency is also overseeing a major programme of expansion and improvements in special care service for some of Ireland’s most troubled teens. From a local viewpoint, I particularly welcome the recent findings by HIQA relating to significant improvements

in the management and operation of the special care facility at Ballydowd, in Lucan, which proves the success of the policies I have pursued as Minister. Setting up this new agency was itself a major task, but one that has been successfully delivered. It is my goal as the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to work with my Government partners towards the goal of making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to raise a family, and to be a child. Giving children and families their own dedicated agency is an important milestone on that journey.  frances fitzgerald Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

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medication: cross-border pricing


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Pharmacist and Healthwave chief executive Shane O’Sullivan

Pharmacy set to dispense major savings in Dublin  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A NEW pharmacy which recently opened on the Sandyford Road in Dundrum is causing a stir due to its promise to match cross-border prices on generic medications. Cork pharmacist Shane O’Sullivan, who now lives in Leopardstown, is the founder and chief executive of Healthwave – a new type of pharmacy that provides all medication at a huge saving when customers sign up to HealthPass, he says. HealthPass is a subscription-based service with an annual fee of €25, and which guarantees consumers the best medication pricing in Ireland, with savings of up to 50% and more. The scheme is the first of its kind in Ireland, and is modelled on systems currently in place in pharmacies across the United States. Talking to The Gazette, O’Sullivan said: “This last week since we opened has been unbelievable, due to the media coverage we got. People from Cork, Kerry and Donegal came to the pharmacy to

collect six months’ worth of medication. “I spent most of last year researching different models, and thought the US one was very good. We can charge low prices because the medicine is mainly generic, and so is cheaper for us to buy; therefore, we put very little mark-up on it. “The cost of medication in Ireland has been multiples of those seen in other European countries, most notably across the border in Northern Ireland. “The premise of Healthwave is to provide transparent pricing and universal access to affordable medication in Ireland,” he said. “Pharmacies in Northern Ireland have been experiencing higher sales in recent years due to the number of customers travelling from the Republic to fulfil prescriptions in the North at a fraction of the cost. “Healthwave will save customers money, and not just in terms of petrol charges but with real savings on medicines,” said O’Sullivan. According to Healthwave, pharmacists

are now obliged to substitute prescribed medicine for a generic alternative for those on medical cards due to recent Government policy. Therefore, widespread generic substitution is taking place in pharmacies but the mark-up on generics in the Republic is often three or four times higher than in other countries. Selling predominantly generic medication, the Healthwave f lagship store now open in Dundrum has a full pharmacy and also stocks health foods and wellness products, as well as providing a health screening area for customers. Jim Curran, of the Irish Pharmacy Union, said: “Pharmacists are exploring new business models and pricing models. “[The HealthPass] announcement is further evidence of the highly competitive nature of the Irish pharmacy market. “This upfront membership fee model has also recently been seen in a couple of GP and dental practices. It remains to be seen whether this model will be successful.”


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HERE was a great attendance at the Step Inn, Stepaside for a Christmas coffee morning held in aid of The Carers Association, which saw lots of locals turn up for a cuppa and a chat as they gave their support for the fundraiser. Cllr Lettie McCarthy praised the event, referring to the vital work that carers provide to their communities. Her words were echoed by members of the Carers’ Association, along with local community gardai, with the upbeat morning proving to be a great way to highlight the work of the association and the nation’s carers.

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Rachel Rogers, Mark Kenna and June Keogh

Jude McCann Grace Mulvey with her grandchildren,

June Keogh, Carers’ Association,

Addison Cleary and Aiden Mooney

family carer support officer

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ski-related facilities for beginner and experienced skiiers alike, with everything from specialist equipment to a diverse gym and, of course, a dry slope. Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) called by

to check out the facilities, and to share in the fun of World Snow Day, putting her skiing skills to the test on the dry slope. The Gazette particularly enjoyed its visit to one of the coolest facilities that Dublin has to offer.

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competition: Almost 1,165 students showcase their talent

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udding young scientists showed off their talents at the 50th BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition recently. The overall winner of the competition was fifth year student Paul Clarke from St Paul’s College in Raheny with his project, Contributions to Cyclic Graph

Theory. Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skillsm commented: “The talent, creativity and enthusiasm expressed by our young students here this week offers a positive insight into the future of this country. “We need to nurture this young

talent, show them the opportunities available here in our world-class universities and encourage them to be a part of Ireland’s bright future.” In all, almost 1,165 students from 32 counties competed. Between them, they covered 550 projects and came from 210 schools nationwide.

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Aidan Fitzgerald’s My New Hair service at his Blackrock salon works with clients suffering from hair loss for a variety of reasons

women: salon helps to restore confidence of most vulnerable clients

Easing the trauma of experiencing hair loss  laura webb

A DUBLIN salon is helping to restore confidence and identity for those suffering from hair loss following cancer treatment or medical conditions such as alopecia. Aidan Fitzgerald’s My New Hair service works with individuals to provide “new hair” for women going through the traumatic experience of hair loss. The service was founded by international hair care expert Trevor Sorbie MBE following his sister’s cancer diag-

nosis. It was designed to give hair professionals the definitive training and education needed to deal with the most vulnerable clients. The most important thing for Aidan is that the wig – or new hair, as he prefers to describe it – closely resembles the client’s real hair. To ensure this, he studies the client’s “before” photographs ahead of an initial consultation, giving him a sense of her personality through the selection, fitting, cutting, styling of the wig and aftercare service, which is carried out at in a private wig boutique in

his Blackrock salon. He says: “The hardest thing after getting news they will be getting treatment for cancer is that the client is going to lose their identity [because] they are going to lose their hair – will they be recognised? “My advice is, in advance, to do a little preparation in pursuing a wig supplier or hairdresser. “Get fitted, know your guidelines, be comfortable with what you have, and have it styled to what you normally look like. Make sure it is manageable. “The whole thing is like buying a suit

– do you want a tailor-made one, or just one off the rack? You want it to suit your shape and look,” he says. By looking at the photo, Aidan will make sure to have the nearest fit and style to what the client had before, and offers them a range of wigs so they can find what suits them. He says that losing hair is an emotional journey for many women, so new hair helps them to regain their confidence. For further information, see, or call the salon at 01 288 6479.

A SPECIAL night of comedy in aid of Action Zambia Volunteer Trip 2014 is being held in The Laughter Lounge on Eden Quay on January 30. Participating comedians on the night will perform free of charge so that all money raised at the door will go directly to aid communities in Zambia. The special charity show has a great line-up of comedy favourites, including Karl Spain, Ian Coppinger, Josh Howie and more.

Volunteers The Action Zambia Volunteer Trip 2014 helps the people of Zambia by providing building work and other services and, this year, volunteers will be based in the village of Kalomo. Tickets to The Laughter Lounge’s charity night cost €25, and are available at the door from 7pm until the show starts at 8.30pm. For further information about the show, phone 087 270 8568.


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evita: Marti Pellow on narrating lloyd webber classic

Wet Wet Wet star is feeling the love  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Love is all around for 80s pop sensation Marti Pellow, lead singer with Wet Wet Wet. This February he takes to the stage at Bord Gais Energy Theatre in the role of the narrator in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, Evita. The Gazette spoke to Marti ahead of his upcoming appearance in Dublin. “I seem to be getting a lot of these type of characters, the roles of narra-

tor. I had a similar role in Blood Brothers the musical too where I engage with the audience and walk them through the journey of what is happening onstage,” Marti rattled off in his high-speed Glaswegian accent. “I first heard songs like High Flying, Adored sung by David Essex in pubs and didn’t know they were from musicals. They are very accessible and they are all unashamedly pop songs and are wee multi-faceted diamonds.”

Marti has inhabited many musical theatre roles but his current incarnation as Che in Evita, demands some historical acknowledgement since Tim Rice had Guevera in mind as the character’s role model. “When you don the hat and khakis, you get into character and that image is one of the most powerful images of the 20th century. Che is a catalyst in the story as he was in life. He represents the Argentinian people and is the common man.”

No inter view with Marti Pellow would be complete without asking him about his most iconic hit of the early 90s - Love Is All Around which was the anthem for the hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral and was number one in the British charts for 15 weeks. So how does he feel about the song today and does he ever tire of singing it? “We lost Reg Presley [who wrote the song in the 60s] last year so the song now means something different to me.

Marti Pellow: “I walk the audience through the journey happening onstage”

“Reg had told me he loved what we’d done with his song. I still think it’s a beautiful pop song.” The transition from pop star to musical theatre star was not a natural one for Marti, who had some reluctance to make the move at the beginning.

“I never did musical theatre and even though Roger Daltrey asked me to do Tommy, I turned him down as I thought it wasn’t for me. “Then I was approached about doing musical theatre by Broadway producers who were in the audience of a charity gig I did.

That’s how I got started and I think it was fear more than anything that stopped me before, to be honest.” Evita runs at Bord Gais Energy Theatre from February 10 to 15 and tickets, priced from €18 to €55, are available from Ticketmaster.

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The humble abode of Ronan Keating and his ex-wife, Yvonne, which has gone on sale in Malahide – a snip at €2.45 million


Keatings sell up THE house of Ronan and Yvonne Keating is on the market. The former Boyzone star and his ex-wife are selling their luxury sixbedroom home at the Abington estate in Malahide for a whopping €2.45 million. The recently divorced couple bought the house for €3.17 million in 2010, their second home in the area since development at the estate began in 2000. Shortly after the home was purchased, the

marriage ended. They divorced in 2012. Yvonne said: “The kids want to stay in Malahide, and the other priority is a fresh start.” They were the first of many high-profile celebrities to settle in the affluent residential area. Former neighbours of the split couple include Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and his wife, Georgina Ahern, and the former chief of Anglo Irish Bank, David Drumm. Homes at the Geor-

gian- and Victorian-styled estate continue to sell in the post-crash climate, with new tenants Robbie Keane and wife Claudine Palmer moving in last year.

no ordinary win for u2’s song THE award season is in full swing and its proving to be a good start for Irish talent, with Dalkey native Bono taking home a Golden Globe for U2’s song, Ordinary Love. The U2 frontman was joined by band members, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen as they picked up the gong for Best Original Song, which was penned in honour of the late Nelson Mandela for the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. On accepting the award, Bono described it as being “personal” for the band, saying: “[Mandela] turned our life upside down, right side up; [he was] a man who refused to hate, but he thought love would do a better job. “We wrote a love song because it’s kind of what’s extraordinary about the film – it’s a dysfunctional love story.”

Career zoo soon to return

DU BL I N ’ S p o p u l a r recruitment event Career Zoo returns this February to the National Convention Centre. The event brings together thousands of employers and educational providers under one roof, all of whom are eager to recruit staff or students. The yearly event, which runs over the course of a day, presents an ideal opportunity for jobseekers, people thinking of making a career change or anyone browsing to see what the current job market has on offer, in a bid to gauge their employment prospects. Career Zoo has several interesting career workshops lined up, as well as science galleries and tech hubs which visitors can try out. Employers with job opportunities and educationalists are encouraged to get involved in the event, which is expected to attract more than 10,000 professionals and graduates. Career Zoo will be held in the National Convention Centre at Spencer Dock on Saturday, February 15.

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Jim Toal, founder of Fairco Windows and Doors

Window expert speaks of his clear vision for the company FAIRCO Windows and Doors managing director Jim Toal is a Raheny lad through and through. Born and reared in the north Dublin suburb, he set up his first sales agency business as a youngster of just 18. Back in the day when schoolboys had Saturday jobs, Jim set about learning his trade, cleaning windows and gutters for people in his neighbourhood. As a teenager, he progressed to Dublin’s famous Dandelion Market in Stephen’s Green, where he spent his Saturdays selling second-hand jeans and coats to the fashionistas of the 1980s. Jim believes the Dandelion was where he learned to talk to customers and do a deal. After finishing school at St Nessan’s, Baldoyle, he got his first job

as a door-to-door salesperson selling replacement windows and doors. It wasn’t long before he decided to strike out on his own. Determined to have his own successful company by the age of 30, he started off on the road to achieving that dream in 1998 when he established Fairco Windows and Doors. Now, the company he founded employs 32 people and has offices in Kilbarrack, Santry (where they have built Ireland’s largest indoor showhouse) and Terenure. Jim works out of the Kilbarrack office and lives in Raheny with his wife, Suzanne, and their three children. A former runner with Raheny Shamrocks, he enjoys a game of golf at the St Anne’s Golf Club, and says he lives his whole life within three miles of Raheny.

How long have you been in business?

won’t turn customers’ home into building sites. Whatever work we start in a day will be finished that day. We won’t leave until the windows are finished, the curtains re-hung and everything is left spic and span. Not only does Fairco provide a top-quality product at the most competitive prices, we treat people’s homes with respect. The results speak for themselves, as 65% of our business comes from customer recommendations.

I set up my first window business at 18. About 15 years ago, I formed the Fairco Windows and Doors company. I have been in the business all my working life, so you could say I know all there is to know about windows.

What is your favourite thing about working in your local area?

Well, first of all, I love my neighbours. We have Ireland’s largest indoor showhouse in Santry, which is a great place to do business. We are surrounded by successful companies; our nextdoor neighbours are Glen Dimplex and Annesley Williams Motors. It’s an ideal location with easy access to the M1 and we have a great quality workforce available on our doorstep.

What makes Fairco different from its competitors?

The recession has made consumers more discerning, which is a great thing. In the past, customers would get three or four quotes but now they look for prices from nine or 10 companies. This works in our favour, as more and more people discover that Fairco provides outstanding quality for the price they are willing to pay.

What makes your business successful?

It’s our attention to detail. Fairco specialises in installing replacement windows and doors, but we

How has the recession affected your business?

We have expanded; instead of letting staff go we have employed more people, moved to a bigger showroom – modelled on the Hamptons style [of housing] – and increased our market share. You could say Fairco is having a very good recession! During the Celtic Tiger years, when most of our competitors were on building sites, we stuck to what we were good at. And, because we are experts at replacing windows and doors to the home/domestic market, our customer base has increased.

What is your ambition for the business?

To continue to grow the business, employ more people and expand our timber and interiors brands. I want Fairco to be the brand people think of when they want to carry out home improvements.

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business milestone: celebrations at tc matthews

Marking 100 years of flooring success –

TC MATTHEWS is celebrating a stand-out anniversary this month, when the carpet and flooring company celebrates its 100th year in business. The Irish-owned store had its first year in business in Dunleer in Co Louth in 1914, and has opened its newest store in Drogheda. Now boasting seven stores,TC Matthews stores are located across Dublin, Louth and Meath. Speaking about the chain’s long-standing success, owner Brendan Cumiskey said: “TC Matthews only works with tried and tested manufacturers within the global market, which we feel is why we remain the longest and largest independent Irish-owned flooring company in Ireland.” According to Cumiskey, with the store’s long-term existence in sales, the key to its success is its “ability to change with the times”. He said: “While sales have – remained stable since the company’s beginning, within the past 30 years

Brendan Cumiskey

thousands more varieties of world-class flooring products have become available in the market.” Now selling more than carpets, the company offers exotic wood floors, laminate and vinyl floors to its customers. The company’s motto – It’s not finished til it’s fitted – has triumphed over time, with the store

being able to boast about its returning clientele and growing business. Cumiskey said: “Home to more than 45 experienced staff, with one employee there for more than 60 years, the business shows no sign of slowing down. “We expect the industry’s global market to con-

tinue to grow, and we will continue to grow with the help of our customers.” To mark the milestone, the store is offering free underlay – normally priced €8 per metre – to all customers who purchase stock carpet from their store this January and February. Much of the stock carpet in the chain also has up to 70% off in the New Year sales.

Win for pharma company  ian begley

LEADING pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Ireland in Carrickmines has recently been awarded Best Pharma Company by the editor of In Business magazine and Chambers Ireland. The company received the awards in recognition of its ongoing commitment to the research and development of medical products in Ireland while helping the

medical profession deliver world-class healthcare to patients. Boehringer had demonstrated a very high standard of excellence in terms of the number and potential impact of initiatives sponsored by it, as well as the proactive way it communicates with the wider healthcare community. These national awards are now in their second year and are aimed at recognising and rewarding exceptional business

achievement and innovation and celebrating the resilience of Irish business during turbulent times. Boehringer Ingelheim is a global group of companies – one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical corporations. They provide effective products for the treatment of respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, thromboembolic disease, cerebrovascular

disease and depression. The company currently employs 51 staff who work in sales, marketing, medical, and administrative teams. In 2008, Boehringer Ingelheim had sales of €11.6bn nationally which showed a 6% increase on 2007. It re-invested €2.1bn in research and development, which corresponded to a research and development quota of 22% of net sales in Prescription Medicines.

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Bride Groom Let the Gazette help you create a wedding to remember with our special 11-page supplement

| One-stop-shop for saying ‘I Do’ |

The Big Day Weddings will never go out of style and here at The Gazette, we have put together a one-stop shop of ideas and offers to make your wedding dreams come true. The following pages are full of the practical concerns needed to create that special day, such as booking a venue, choosing a wedding dress, getting in shape and lots more. You won’t find any signs of stress or whiff of bridezillas in our easy-tofollow wedding supplement because, together

with our featured advertisers, we have taken the all the pain out of organising the most important day of your life. Bespoke

Modern weddings today have changed and are now bespoke affairs and a reflection of a couple’s lifestyle, taste and interpretations of what marriage is. Though traditional weddings still endure, the trend is growing for couples to take charge of their wedding’s style in a very

meaningful and personal way. Contained within these pages, you will find a plethora of wedding options and styles open to your own unique slant. There are a host of different wedding types out there, from civil ceremonies and partnerships to old-style marriage and humanist ceremonies too. The most important part of it all, however, is creating the perfect backdrop for you and your soon-to-be other half to say “I do”.

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| to cap it all |

A vision in lace, pearls and handcrafted roses Most brides-to-be have to face the inevitable question of whether or not to wear a veil on the big day, and if so, how long or short it should be and how full or neat. Veils are usually designed in a very traditional style without much innovation to choose from. However, this is certainly not the case for Niamh Ni Rourke’s veils which draw on many classic and avantgarde fashion templates throughout history. Because she also trained as a hairdresser, Niamh’s

expertise as a milliner is further enhanced by her understanding of a veil’s inter-dependence on the bride’s hairstyle. It was while working as a hairdresser for one of Dublin’s most renowned hair salons that Niamh’s initial interest in hat couture was piqued. She noticed there was a distinct lack of stylish headware for special occasions and weddings for Irish women. She therefore resolved to bridge this gap herself and is now a full time and very sought after milliner.

For her new collection, Niamh chose the finest and most luxurious fabrics for her designs. She uses a characteristic blend of these unique materials for her gorgeous creations. Her veils are made of a dreamy combination of silks, velvets and peach bloom felt embellished with Chantilly and jacquard laces, Swarovski elements, fresh water pearls and hand-crafted silk roses. She also uses fine vintage veiling for her designs to lend an air of antique glamour to the whole

effect. Bespoke millinery and bridal design have now expanded into a thriving business for Niamh who has branched out into designing bespoke jewellery, garters, sashes, wristcuffs and lace gloves as well. Each of her uniquely designed and crafted head pieces and veils is individually tailored to meet the specific needs of her clients. “I am extremely conscious of every client’s desire for individuality, during the private consultations we tease out

Niamh Ni Rourke’s veils are inspired by classic and avant-garde fashion templates throughout history

the most detailed descriptions of exactly what they have envisaged and then I marry their ideas with my creative vision and expertise”. The result is an exclusively designed, hand-

made creation which will exist nowhere else in Ireland and complement the bride’s entire trousseau beautifully. Niamh Ni Rourke’s millinery store is located at 30 Adelaide Square,

Whitefriar Street in Dublin 8. Booking is by private appointment and this can be set up by calling Niamh on 086 8907173 or emailing her at

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| cutting edge style|

Lookin good

Brides-to-be looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding dress can find wonderful, stylish wedding dresses at Starla boutique on South William Street in Dublin 2. Yet weddings are not just about the bride and groom looking good – the guests have to cut a stylish dash too as it is well known that many future couples meet up at a friend’s wedding. With this in mind, Starla has come onboard with a number of alternative stylish suggestions for women attending weddings this year. When it comes to what colours will be on the cutting edge this season, the combination of black and white is still strong, while icy pastels, hints of pink and oranges are

also getting into the mix. This spring/summer season’s crop of fabulous frocks at Starla feature sheer fabrics and lace which make perfect wedding attire. Starla has also introduced a new designer, Alex Perry, into the shop on 27 South William Street this year and his stunning gowns can be hired for three days with prices ranging from €100 to €200. In addition to the rental, Starla is also launching its own label of dresses soon which will be available to buy. The boutique also has a number of chic diamante clutch bags for €65 and crystal bangles from €5 to €50 which are sure to add that touch of glamour to any wedding

outfit. For bridesmaids struggling to find a suitable yet sexy dress, Starla has a wide range of dresses to rent which could be the answer to a bridesmaid’s prayer. Renting the bridesmaids’ dresses also allows you to select a few different styles of dresses in the same colour range and have the bridesmaids looking like they stepped off a catwalk. For bridesmaids, lighter pastel colours always work well and complement the bride’s wedding dress perfectly. If you would like to see Starla’s complete collection of dresses, you can check out their website at or drop into the shop on 27 South William Street.

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| battle of the bulge|

Shape up for the happiest day ever The wedding date has finally been set. You’ve got your eye on a beautiful dress. But then that sinking feeling arrives you’d look a lot better in it if you lost a couple of pounds! Well, never fear because here at The Gazette we have some expert advice for you from those clever trainers at Irish Strength Institute Personal Training that will have you in great shape for your special day. According to personal trainer Eoin Lacey: “In order for you to realistically hit your target or desired weight, a weight loss of around one to two pounds a week is both a sustainable and healthy amount to aim for. For example, whether you have two stone or 28lbs to lose, please give yourself 14 to 28 weeks to achieve it. “I know that might sound like a long time but this gradual and constant weight loss will be less stressful on your body during what will be a very busy period. “Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your new life. If you have gone through hell with a military overthe-top bootcamp or the newest celebrity rapid weight loss diet, chances are your body and mind will not be in a fit state to enjoy your day and the forthcoming honeymoon. “Not to mention the huge damaging effect on your health. By achieving your target in a realistic timezone and also listening to what your body responds to exercise and

Setting a realistic target will help you succeed in losing weight for your wedding

nutrition wise. Not only will you be glowing as you walk up the aisle, but you will feel great and now you will have the secrets to sustaining your new-found sexy body. Guidance

“T here is never a straight line from where you are to where you want to be and if you fail to hit your weekly target of 2lbs or so, you should mix it up a bit by simply adopting a different dietary approach, exercise

regime or failing that you could seek the guidance of a professional. Any serious personal trainer should be 100% able to get you into shape within a 14-week timeframe.” More advice from the experts at ISI includes using pictures of yourself in a bikini to motivate you or having your eye on a pair of skinny jeans you want to get into. “In my experience, the weighing scale does not reflect how well you look or how great you feel in

your own clothes. Muscle weighs more than fat, so some ladies if they train correctly may add a little muscle tone and this could be overlooked on the scales. Interval training and circuit weight training are the ideal recipe to achieve a leaner, more toned and slender you,” said Eoin. To contact ISI Personal Training to get in great shape for your wedding day, contact to make an appointment.


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| the getaway |

Lights, camera, action to capture the moment

A honeymoon? Y viva Espana... Probably the nicest part of the whole wedding experience and the reward for working so hard to get everything just right on the day is the honeymoon afterwards. But what if you could merge the two and have your wedding abroad? This year, Sunset Beach Club Weddings is offering a dream wedding package in Costa del Sol, Spain, for all couples dreaming of a romantic wedding in the sun combined with a holiday among extended family and friends. You can get married

in southern Spain in any one of a number of ways. A traditional church wedding, civil ceremonies and seafront blessings are all possible with all the paperwork arranged through a local wedding planner. Malaga is well serviced by low-cost airlines from Ireland and great value accommodation is available, thereby making it a very attractive option for your wedding guests too. Whatever type of wedding you are looking for, the popular four star Sunset Beach Club Hotel in

Benalmadena Costa may be the ideal choice for your celebration, set as it is in a stunning seafront location. The wedding team assist the bride and groom every step of the way, and their complete wedding packages provide a simple solution for Irish brides. These include a personal wedding planner, ceremony/paperwork, bridal hair and make-up, bouquets, flowers, photographer, DJ, welcome reception with drinks and canapes, three-course wedding banquet with free-flowing

Destination weddings: Sunset Beach Club Weddings is offering a dream wedding package in Costa del Sol, Spain

wine, the wedding cake and many more lovely extra touches. Getting married abroad can be a daunting task, which is one of the reasons why the Sunset Beach Club wedding planners regularly visit Ireland to meet brides in person at wedding shows, and for private appoint-

ments. These meetings are free of charge, and provide the perfect opportunity for you to ask any general questions you may have about getting married in Spain, as well as finding out more about weddings at Sunset Beach Club in particular. If you would like to

receive further information and sample menus, or get a personalised quote, you can contact wedding coordinator Claire Mitchell at More comprehensive information can also be found within the wedding pages of

Most people spend a lot of money, effort and worry to create their ideal wedding day and therefore opt to capture the day on DVD forever. Ronan Quinn, a wedding videographer from Kinsealy, promises to make your wedding video one which you will enjoy watching for years to come by keeping all the humour and heartfelt emotion of the day. “The emotion of the first dance as newlyweds, the music, the people who mean so much to you, all come alive again in Your Wedding Story,” says Ronan. Memories

Quinn Video offers a bespoke and professional approach to capturing your wedding and Ronan works hard to provide beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. With an appropriate amount of time given to the small details, Ronan’s primary focus is always on the interactions between people; old friends reuniting and all of the emotions from laughter to tears that go hand-in-hand with every wedding experience. To find out more about Ronan’s work, you can go to www. and to contact him you can call 0867734687 or email him at info@

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| Something old, something new |

A dress to suit individual taste The beautiful bridal dresses in Irish designer Tamem Michael’s latest spring 2014 collection are sure to suit any bride’s most elegant vision of her big day. Ta m e m M i c h a e l ’s designs incor porate both traditional and contemporary styling with a strong emphasis on individuality. The designer uses a selection of the best laces, silks satins and brocades for his dresses. The bride can also play a part in how much

or little extra detail can go on her dress and orders can be customised to include special sizes, changes to neckline shapes, beaded details and many other specifics. Ta m e m s a i d : “ We p r i d e o u r s e l ve s o n p u t t i n g t h e cl i e n t s ’ requirements first. “We listen to what the bride wants and aim to deliver. We also stock in many other beautiful labels such as Franc Sarabia, La Sposa, Kenneth Winston, San Patrick and others.

These all support and complement the stunning TM Couture range which is our own Irish designed label and made in house.” The collection is complemented by a full range of bridesmaid dresses, veils and accessories and the fashion house has just announced the opening of The Sale Suite which is a room dedicated to stock sale dresses that retail from €300 to €1,000. There is a great selection of different styles

The store has a great selection of different styles and sizes available

and sizes available, and alterations can be done by Tamem Michael’s expert team in their studio which is located at Ballymount in Dublin

24. If you would like to make an appointment, you can do so by calling Jenny, Siobhan or Paula on 01 4295053.

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From timeless elegance to design with a twist, Sarah Foy’s beautiful one-off dresses will delight any bride

| gorgeous gowns|

That dress SARAH FOY is passionate about wedding dresses. The designer loves nothing more than to pick out the fabrics, draw the sketches and, above all, make that magical one-off bridal creation for a bride. Sarah Foy Design offers brides the chance to make their special day even more unique by taking part in the design process for their own bespoke wedding dress. At Sarah’s cosy Clontarf studio, every design is conceived and then pieced together following an intimate meeting with the bride-to-be on what her ideal dress will look like. According to Sarah: “We take time to sit down with clients to

discuss their ideas and inspiration, and this – mixed with our knowledge and experience – helps us to guide them to their dream gown.” At Sarah Foy Design, staff provide a made-tomeasure service to make absolutely sure that the wedding dress will fit like a glove and be incredibly comfortable on the big day. Sarah uses design influences that inspired her during her travels around the world, giving her exposure to all manner of cultural style templates, and she marries these influences with her experience in the fashion industry. She has been in the bridal wear business for eight years and is now

an award-winning bridal designer specialising in making one-off gowns. Her philosophy is that every bride should have the unique experience of a couture dress and this should go handin-hand with consultation between client and designer as part of the designer’s personal service. Sarah has the ability to sculpt a dress onto any figure and to tailor it to enhance every body shape to its maximum, flattering all of its best features.

She also adds delicate, hand-crafted detailing to every wedding dress she makes, which is one of the many meticulous touches that have earned her the reputation as one of Ireland’s top designers in her field. For further information on her work, see If you would like to contact Sarah to discuss ideas about your wedding dress, you can do so by emailing her at, or by phoning 086 178 0220.

Photos of the Sarah Foy dresses were taken in the grounds of elegant Wells House & Gardens in Gorey, Co Wexford. This hotel offers an archery facility on the grounds, elegant walks and a courtyard. For further details on Wells House & Gardens, please see or telephone 053 918 6737.

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| pretty as a picture |

Fresh face OKAY – so you have the perfect dress, shoes, hairstyle and veil, but what kind of make-up should you use on the big day? The answer is sure to be found from talented make-up artists Jennifer and Ciara, who together make up the formidable duo that is From Matte to Metallic. With more than 10 years in the cosmetic and beauty industry, these two make-up artists know exactly which make-up will compliment any bride-to-be, and they have the expertise to create any beauty look.

Ciara says: “With experience of working on top make-up counters and teaching backgrounds in some of Ireland’s top make-up academies, such as Vanity X, we have provided our services across Ireland, and have been fortunate enough to be involved with TV3. “We provide a professional and enjoyable service with plenty of fabulous offers for clients to choose from. “We also do tanning, waxing and a range of beauty treatments, and always use the best of products and take pride in every look we create.”

So, if you would like to have superbly chic makeup done professionally by experts, contact the girls at From Matte to Metallic by emailing them at

Consultation LIDA Hertel is another professional make-up artist, hailing from Kinsealy, and she is currently offering a free consultation when you ring her at 087 964 7293, or email Lida calls herself a perfectionist with an eye for detail, and she attributes

this to her work standing out from the crowd. She says: “Ever since I was a little girl back home in the Czech Republic, I remember sitting and watching my mum doing her makeup. “I began my career as a professional makeup artist in 2003 after qualifying in beauty, high fashion, bridal, editorial and special effects ITEC in Portobello College and on its Make-up Forever course. “Since then, I have worked for leading houses such as Bobbi Brown, MAC and Laura Mercier.”

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Choosing where Having difficulty choosing the place to party with your family and friends on the Big Day? Never fear - The Gazette is here to help. Whether you want rustic country or sleek cosmopolitan, we have selected a range of hotels for you to consider

The Angler’s Rest

Lir Suite at the Mullingar Park Hotel in Westmeath

The Angler’s Rest on the banks of the Liffey at the Strawberry Beds

The Angler’s Rest is an intimate country style option becoming increasingly popular as a wedding party venue with a capacity for 100 guests. Situated on the banks of the River Liffey at the Strawberry Beds, the venue boasts a beautiful Phoenix Room which is ideal for a wedding party and is also available for humanist ceremonies. To find out more about weddings at the Angler’s Rest, you can call Mary on 01 8204351 or visit www. Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa

For a larger event, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa situated in the rolling grasslands of Meath offers acres of stunning landscaped grounds. The award-winning Bridal Suite features a romantic four-poster bed coupled with the deep soaker bath tub. Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is hosting its wedding fair on Sunday, March 2 from 1pm to 5pm. For additional information, you can call Dunboyne Castle hotel on 01 8013500 or email Ardboyne Hotel

Also in the Royal

county of Meath, the Ardboyne Hotel may be the perfect choice for your wedding day. At present the Ardboyne Hotel is offering the choice of a complimentary chauffeur driven luxury car for wedding bookings over the coming months. The Ardboyne Hotel wedding open day takes place on Sunday, February 2 from 2pm to 5pm and is also offering a 10% discount on all of their remaining available wedding dates for 2014. You can contact staff at the Ardboyne Hotel to learn more on 046 9023119 or by emailing Royal Marine Hotel

For a more sea-inspired wedding, The Royal Marine Hotel is the ideal. Set on four acres of gardens with direct access to Dun Laoghaire promenade and pier, the hotel has 15 duites to choose from, a large banqueting hall and a large Victorian staircase ideal for wedding photos. The Royal Marine Hotel is holding a wedding evening on Thursday, January 30 from 6pm to 9pm in the Carlisle Banqueting Suite of the hotel. If you have any wed-

ding queries, you can call Alma on 01 271 2514 or email The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club

The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co Offaly, is located less than 90 minutes from Dublin and could be the answer to every one of your wedding needs. The hotel’s dedicated wedding team have over 40 years of wedding experience while the stunning Secret Garden at the hotel and a staircase designed to exactly replicate the famous staircase in the film Titanic will make for great photos. For more information, contact the Bridge House Hotel on 057 932 5600.

The AA Hotel of the Year 2013-14. Castleknock Hotel and Country Club is now considered by many to be among the best hotels in Ireland and a premier wedding venue in Dublin. You can check out its Pick a Perk Package for 2014, 2015 and 2016 weddings, which include a unique offer allowing you to create your own perfect wedding package tailored to your individual taste. You can make an appointment with Sinead by calling 01 640 6300 or emailing events@chcc. ie .

Mullingar Park Hotel

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

The four-star Mullingar Park Hotel in Westmeath is set amidst truly magnificent landscaped gardens and it is the perfect backdrop for your special day. The Mullingar Park Hotel offers weddings, civil ceremonies and civil partnerships and use of the Aoife Suite for civil ceremonies is complimentary with its wedding package For a copy of the wedding brochure, you can call 044 9337500 or email

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney is holding its upcoming wedding showcase evening on Thursday, January 30. The hotel was recently awarded the Best Castle Venue Award 2013 from Irish website Wedding Dates. Attendees will enjoy prosecco and food tastings at the event while taking in the splendour of the hotel’s stunning ballroom which will be dressed for your dream day.

The Bridge House Hotel

Civil ceremony suite at The Bridge House Hotel in

Senior College Dun Laoghaire has a wide range of

Tullamore, Co Offaly

options for students

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to party is a piece of cake To contact Fitzpatrick Hotel, you can contact Sarah or any member of the wedding team on 01 2305400. Celbridge Manor Hotel

Celbridge Manor Hotel’s inaugural wedding fair is on Sunday, February 16. Guests will be greeted with a glass of bubbly and canapes. Exhibitors on the day have been carefully selected and there will be a fashion show of bridal style, with guest MC TV3’s Alan Hughes. Couples who book their wedding at the wedding fair will receive a 10% discount and will be entered into a draw to win a €500 voucher.

If you would like to find out more about Celbridge Manor Hotel’s wedding fair, you can call 01 6013700 or visit www. wedding-fair. The Silver Springs Moran Hotel and Red Cow Moran Hotel

Two hotels in the Moran group, The Silver Springs Moran Hotel in Cork and the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin, are hosting wedding events over the coming weeks. Silver Springs Moran Hotel is having a wedding consultation Evening on Thursday, January 30 from 5.30pm to 8pm where every element of

organising the perfect wedding will be covered. Couples are encouraged to go along with their family and friends to see the hotel’s Regency Suite which will be set out as it would on the day for their wedding reception. Couples will also be given a tour of the bridal suite and if you book your wedding reception on the day for October to November or January to April you will get a discount of €2 per person off inclusive packages. There is a special offer for couples who book their wedding reception during the consultation evening. To contact the wedding team you can call 021 450 7533 or email

cwhite@moranhotels. com. Red Cow Moran Hotel’s wedding event is to be held on February 2 from 1pm to 4pm where the ballroom will be on show to couples and complimentary champagne and canapes will be served. We d d i n g e x p e r t Blaithin O’Reilly Murphy will be on hand to answer any queries on the day. If you book your wedding on the day you will get €1,000 worth of extras to make your day truly special. To reserve your place at the wedding event you can visit or call 01 459 3650. The Celbridge Manor Hotel


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the armstrong lie: a fascinating insight

Make tracks to see it I REMEMBER clearly watching Channel 4’s coverage of the Tour De France and the superhuman endeavour that would push men to compete more than 2,200 miles in three weeks across a huge country and over some of the most challenging mountains and climbs in the world of sport – efforts that help make Alex Gibney’s new documentary, The Armstrong Lie, such a compelling tale.

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Granted unprecedented access to the Lance Armstrong team – Astana – in 2009 (the year that Armstrong decided to return to competition after having retired following his record-

breaking seventh Tour De France win), Gibney set out to capture what the subject himself was determined to prove was a “clean” performance. The movie effectively came to a halt after the revelations of the extent of Armstrong’s involvement in performance enhancement, and as the facade he created and forcefully maintained to protect his carefullyconstructed public image crumbled.

However, the film began again after Lance came clean in January 2013, was stripped of all of his titles and achievements, and then banned from competition for life. Opening and closing with his confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, the film builds a compelling story of Armstrong’s ride to power and his determination to keep it at all costs, facing his opponents, including life-threat-

Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall from grace is to the fore in The Armstrong Lie – a documentary that captures the storm around the disgraced drug cheat

ening cancer, and the critics who questioned his miraculous performances, with unflinching ferocity. Drawing on fascinating interviews with former friends and teammates, journalists and writers, The Armstrong Lie is interspersed with archive footage from throughout

the cyclist’s career, culminating in captivating and beautifully-filmed footage from the 2009 tour to which Gibney was allowed all-access privileges, which one watches intently today with the foreknowledge of the subterfuge afoot. A hugely compelling story, The Armstrong Lie

is a thorough and detailed insight into one of the most fascinating sporting stories of all time, and an insight into a competitor whose fierce desire to dominate his sport came to dominate his entire life and led to his eventual downfall.

Verdict: 8/10

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Mondello Park’s Premium Track Days Dublin drivers of high value exotic and sports cars will have their own premium Track Day Club in 2014 for the first time, with the introduction by Mondello Park of the Platinum Track Club. Aimed squarely at drivers of high value performance cars, the club will offer its members the chance to fully experience their cars and learn how to really drive them on track. Applications are now being taken from drivers with suitable cars who wish to sample more of what their vehicles are capable of, in a controlled environment, behind closed doors. Club membership costs €100 and is available to drivers with or without previous track experience. Drivers wishing to become members of the new Club should contact Ian Beatty at Mondello Park on 045-860200 or

Volkswagen Amarok: Big, economical and very capable

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Sometimes you get to drive a car that is so completely inappropriate and unfit for purpose that you fall head-over-heels in love with it. Take myself and my latest ‘car crush’ for example. I am someone who lives in the suburbs, works in a leafy area of Dublin 4, and has very few occasions to transport anything that would exceed the capacity of a good-sized saloon

– but the only vehicle I want to own right now is the Volkswagen Amarok. And I love this truck for all the wrong reasons, or, more accurately, I don’t love this truck for any of the right reasons. It is unbelievably capable off the road, where I would almost certainly never take it if I owned one. It has incredible ground clearance, which I would never need as I would mount little more than the kerb. It has a rock-solid tail gate that

folds down and remains secure enough for serious weight (this comes in handy when the kids want to play in the cargo hold to be fair). There is a powerful four-wheel-drive setting, I’d never need it; there is an enormous amount of cargo space, the biggest cargo I will ever carry is a Christmas tree; it can handle extreme approach and departure angles as well as a wading depth in water of 500mm for driving through rivers… quite

frankly, in water I prefer boats to cars – but it’s nice to know the Amarok is more than capable of carrying my kayak or windsurfer! And if an 18-wheel articulated truck breaks down and causes the longest tailback in the history of the state – well, who ya gonna call? That’s right, me and my Amarok, that’s who! For one glorious week I was lucky enough to navigate this behemoth around Dublin, sitting

higher off the road than in any other vehicle I have tested. I was like a little boy playing with the ultimate Tonka toy, and I loved every second. And I was in good company, as the kids couldn’t get enough of it either. We brought the Amarok to Dollymount Strand on a cold but gloriously bright Saturday afternoon earlier this month. We cooked sausages in the boot and made hot chocolate in between

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Renault: 8% market share secured in first 10 days of 2014 Lynne Boucher, marketing manager Renault Group Ireland (left) and Paddy Magee, Country Operations

manager, Renault Group with Renault’s ambassadors - mentalist Keith Barry, Paralympic medallist Mark The Volkswagen Amarok has a powerful four-wheel drive setting and plenty of

Rohan, Ian Dempsey and Lorraine Keane at the Gibson Hotel in to collect the keys to their 141 Renault cars.

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walks up and down the beach and jumping in puddles – the Amarok was just the perfect companion and base station for the job, providing a ready-made, open shelter in the boot where we stuck some garden furniture cushions and blankets to keep five excitable




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kids warm and cosy. So, maybe I did get filthy looks as I clogged up the narrow streets of Clontarf, maybe I’ll never carry anything bigger than a flat-packed chest of drawers from IKEA, and maybe the chances of me having to navigate a river in a truck are slim…

but that doesn’t mean a vehicle like the Volkswagen Amarok can’t find its place for a suburban Dublin family. And who knows? During the summer it might even be used for carrying all that outdoor sports gear the family got for Christmas!

Audi’s A3 Cabriolet available to order If you’re already dreaming of the long summer evenings, and maybe even a repeat of the stunning summer weather we enjoyed last year, then you might just be interested in knowing that Audi’s A3 Cabriolet is already avail-

able to order. The open-top four-seater also impresses technically – with systematic lightweight design, highly efficient engines and highperformance assistance systems. In time for summer

2014, the new A3 Cabriolet range is now open for orders. Priced from €36,710 OTR, the latest soft-top A3 is based on the A3 Saloon Platform meaning enhanced levels of comfort and noise insulation in addition to

greater boot and luggage space. A c o m p r e h e n s i ve choice of engines and an array of technological innovations adopted from the larger Audi models also transfers from the four-door A3.

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Ireland Under-20s David Busby, Sean O’Brien, captain Dan Leavy, Jack O’Donoghue and Peter Dooley at the PwC Ireland squad announcement last week

rugby: lansdowne, UCD, terenure provide mix of players in 28-man panel

Strong local contingent in squad for U-20s 6 Nations A 28-man Ireland Under-20 squad featuring an array of players from the Leinster province has been named by the team’s head coach Mike Ruddock for the 2014 RBS Under-20 6 Nations championship. Two of those Leinster players, Peter Dooley from Lansdowne and Peadar Timmins of UCD, are retained from last year’s squad with most of the players looking forward to making their Under20 6 Nations debuts. UCD flanker Dan Leavy has been installed as squad captain. Leavy played

four times for Ireland in last year’s IRB Junior World Championship and is another player who is set to make his Under-20 6 Nations bow this spring. Seven of Leavy’s UCD colleagues are also in the squad - Ross Byrne, Adam Byrne, Billy Dardis, Nick McCarthy, Ross Molony, Gary Ringrose and Timmins. Lansdowne also have seven players named in the squad - Shane Delahunt, Dooley, Ian Fitzpatrick, Stephen Gardiner, Oisin Heffernan, Cian Kelleher and Conor McKeon.

Harrison Brewer from Terenure College, the son of 32-times capped All Black player Mike Brewer, has also been named in the championship panel. In 2013, the Ireland Under-20s finished in third place in the 6 Nations with two wins and a draw. This year, the Under-20s are set to face Scotland in their opening tie at Dubarry Park on January 31 before the visit of the Welsh on February 7. The Ireland team travel to Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton to face England on February 22, and once more

line out at home against Italy on March 7 before the long trip a week later to Stade Maurice Trélut in Tarbes where they will be welcomed France. Ireland Under-20s head coach Mike Ruddock commented: “We have a very competitive group this year with a number of players gathering invaluable experience with provincial A sides and in the Ulster Bank League. “We have a good record at Dubarry Park and we will be looking to build on strong home form ahead of two difficult away fixtures.”

SARAH McCarthy landed the junior women’s category at the Woodie’s DIY National Combined Events Championships last week at the AIT International Arena. The Mid-Sutton athlete won out in a close run battle with Belgooly’s Grace McKenzie as both returned to combined events after a long period out. McCarthy recorded a time of 9.13 seconds in the hurdles and jumped 5.73m in the long jump to seal overall victory with a score of 3,572. McKenzie cleared 1.70m in the high jump and produced consistent results across all five events to finish in second place with a score of 3,372 points.

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FastSport spainish training trip a success - O’gorman: Peamount United and Republic of Ireland winger Aine O’Gorman returned from the women’s national team’s winter training camp at La Manga in Spain declaring the trip a worthwhile success. “It was a great way to start the year,” said O’Gorman. “We still have players out of season and some of them hadn’t kicked a ball since last year. It was great we could come away from the cold and the rain and while it wasn’t really warm we were able to a lot of work on the training pitch and didn’t have to worry about wading through mud. “There were loads of other teams here during the week, men’s and women’s, and we went to watch England’s 1-1 draw with Norway on Friday afternoon. There was a great atmosphere around the place and all the girls really enjoyed meeting up again as a squad.”

cricket: a team produce clean sweep on their visit to sri lanka

Ireland’s island tour a sweet trip 

Ireland A made it a clean sweep of victories on their short tour of Sri Lanka this months after winning their four contests against Sri Lankan Police XI, Kalutara and BRC in Colombo. The tour of the south seas island opened with a comprehensive 132run win against a Sri

Lankan Police XI side in a match which saw Chris Dougherty score a match-winning century, including 12 fours and one six as Ireland stormed to 274 for 4 in their 50 overs. He shared an opening stand of 72 with Middlesex’s Andrew Balbirnie, before the latter was caught and bowled by Abernathna.

The Ireland A squad in Sri Lanka

James Shannon made 19 before being trapped lbw by Jayawardena, having added a further 55 with Dougherty. In their second outing against Kalutara again in Colombo, Ireland once again saw an imperious century, this time from Balbirnie, help them on the way to a 10-wicket win. Balbirnie shared

Ireland’s cricketers are preparing for their World Cup campaigns

an unbroken opening stand of 185 with Dougherty who scored 69, as Ireland reached their target with more than half of their overs to spare. The Middlesex player was in imperious form striking five sixes, the last of which took him to his hundred. He also struck 11 fours, taking just 81 deliveries for his 108. In their final pair of Twenty20 matches against BRC, Ireland once again hit their stride with Balbirnie and James Shannon both scoring half centuries as Ireland racked up an impressive 202 for 3 in the first match in their allocated overs. Balbirnie top scored with 63 from 42 balls, featuring five fours and three sixes, sharing an

opening stand of 132 with Shannon, who made 58 from 43 deliveries (4 fours, 3 sixes). BRC were out for just 98 in 15.3 overs with the athletic Irish fielding to the fore, hitting the stumps direct to get three run outs. There were two wickets apiece for Andy McBrine, Eddie Richardson, and James Cameron-Dow in the impressive 105 run win. The second match saw Ireland rejig their batting order with Chris Dougherty at the top of the order top scoring with 32 from 21 balls. Andrew Poynter, Shannon and Andy McBrine all chipped in as Ireland finished on 144 for 8, and the wickjets fell with ease as Ireland cruised to a 50-run victory against their gra-

cious hosts. “We played really well in all the formats and deserved the wins,” said Ireland A captain Andrew Poynter. “From afar it might look as if the opposition wasn’t challenging, but we played excellent cricket and didn’t allow teams to settle at any stage. “The squad has really put the hard yards in this past two weeks and reaped the benefits from it. There’s the obvious motivation of two World Cups and a West Indies tour for all the squad, and everyone wants to be on the plane. “I think this tour has shown that’s there’s genuine quality and depth to Irish cricket which is encouraging for everyone.”

Ryan continued preparation for world championships 

Local cycling star Caroline Ryan showed strong form at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup event in Guadalajara, Mexico, last week as she continued her preparation for this year’s world cycling championships from February 26 to March 2 in the Cali Velodrome in Colombia. Ryan won her qualifying heat in the scratch race, and finished 16th overall. Gold medal winner Xiao Juan Diao (HKG) and silver medallist Jannie Salcedo (COL) lapped the field, and Russian rider Evgeni-

ya Romanyuta won bronze. Ryan, who is ranked number two in the World Rankings for Individual Pursuit, won a bronze medal in that category at the World Cup in Agualascientes, Mexico, in December. A strong performance in the heat of the scratch race saw her qualify for the final with the fastest time, and a brave move in the closing laps of the finals almost worked out for the Garda club rider. Speaking from the Velodrome in Mexico, head coach Brian Nugent said: “Caroline was very active in

the final, and made a great attack with five laps to go, only getting caught with 125m to go. We’re very pleased with her form ahead of the world championships.” Ryan spoke to Gazette Sport last year and expressed her desire to remain as the world number one individual pursuit rider in the International Cycling Union (UCI) rankings. “I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the track season. “I feel really good in terms of my fitness, I have a solid base, and although we are training, it doesn’t feel like that to me.”

Garda cyclist Caroline Ryan in action at the World Cup in Mexico

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Gillick focused on enjoying sporting life A new maturity and realignment of priorities have given Dundrum athlete David Gillick a more positive outlook as he seeks to see his plans for 2014 become a reality on and off the track THROUGHOUT a 20-minute interview, David Gillick’s constant refrain is an emphasis on getting back to “enjoying” his sport. A f ter 18 fr ustrating months out injured through 2012 and 2013, the Dundrum South Dublin AC man could have been forgiven for a dark outlook. But he is positive and ebullient, enjoying being back in regular training while finding fulfilment in life around it. Recently engaged, he is in a happy place, content to take the pressure of time targets off the table, laying the preparations for a fulfilled life. Gillick’s previous New Year resolutions came with the bold aims of run-

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ning in the low 44-second bracket. This time around, his simple statement of intent says that if he just keeps to his plans, “the outcomes will look after themselves”. It is part of a formative process for the two-time European indoor champion and 2004 bronze medallist. Now 30, the passing from youthful exuberance to mature runner in, perhaps, the “twilight” of his career, is something that

David Gillick at the Aviva stadium where he helped to launch the Aviva Health Schools Fitness Challenge

he is preparing for. “I’ve had 10 years running as a professional with very clear goals of what I want to achieve. But that was when I was young and wasn’t getting injured. “Before, I would have been very much looking down the line, looking at the long-term rather than the short. But it’s important to just enjoy what you are doing day to day. “As you get older, you realise your body is not the same and have to re-evaluate your goals. I can’t do the things I did when I was 24 or 25. If I can enjoy what I am doing and focus on the process, the summer will come around and, hopefully, I will be where I want to be.” To this end, he regularly speaks to Derval O’Rourke, another great of Irish athletics currently assessing her future on a year-by-year basis. “We would have a lot of conversations about what we are going to do next. Unfortunately, we are not designed to run fast forever. It is an athlete’s and a sportsperson’s worry. You have a shelf-life. “I’ve spoken to plenty of athletes and in the wider sporting arena; when you are in your twilight years, there is an element of ‘what will I do?’, ‘who am I?’ “A lot of athletes get very stressed at this transitional point. Results do equate to funding and

other things like that and it can just add to the stress, but [for me] now it’s about using this time to enjoy it and not get bogged down in results.” Through the dark days of his injury, however, he found out a lot about himself. Celebrity Masterchef came calling and his victory in that competition has helped open up a number of new opportunities. Last week, as an ambassador for New Balance, he spoke with upand-coming runners in Carlow about motivation and goal-setting. More notably, he launched Aviva Health’s Schools Fitness Challenge, something he is particularly motivated by. The challenge seeks to address alarming recent research that says almost 90% of Irish children insufficiently active with serious implications for the country’s future fitness. The Challenge sets schools the target of improving the fitness of the students with the carrot of winning cash to pay for sports equipment in their school. Gillick is passionate about getting more children involved in sport and says more needs to be done to encourage them to do so. Success in promoting sport in this manner, he says, will not only have health benefits but also provide many psychological bonuses.

“As a sportsperson, it is important I give something back and we have to encourage our next generation to take more interest in sport and a healthy lifestyle. “There’s a lot more pulling at you to sit in front of a screen, but school is somewhere we can still help kids, give them the ideas to learn that sport can have a long-term impact on your life and well-being. “I was fortunate enough to have a talent and had to do the hard work to get to a certain level. Sport opened so many doors for me, not only from a career perspective but I learned a lot about myself. “If we have a clear plan for an academic year for the teachers in maths and English, then hopefully the whole class would begin to enjoy PE, not just your sporty people. “My passion is to get more people into athletics. Yes, I’m still training but I am trying to get involved in other things that I get enjoyment out of. “Before, all my eggs were in one basket and so, when I was injured, it was very frustrating. You don’t feel you are moving forward in any other aspect of your life. It’s important to be able to switch off and get fulfilment from other parts of your life.” For information on the Aviva Health Schools Fitness Challenge, log on to fitnesschallenge.


Mondello success for Nova presenter in charity race Radio Nova’s Conor Irwin is now officially the fastest broadcaster in Ireland having come out on top against broadcasters from all over the country in the SEAT Leon Mondello Challenge that took place last week at Mondello Park. Broadcasters from all across the country, including representatives from 98FM, FM104, Today FM and RTE, had the opportunity to race against each other on the famous track in aid of a charity of their choice. Radio Nova’s Conor won the coveted prize of €1,000 for his chosen charity, the ISPCC, in a lap time of 1.15.47.

The physics of martial arts on tour at DCU Dr Robert Howard from the Dublin Institute of Technology, a physics lecturer who is also a seventh degree master in taekwondo, is bringing his leture tour on the physics of martial arts to DCU on January 30. Dr Howard will explain about the energy, forces and equations involved in breaking timber with taekwon-do punches and kicks, and will then demonstrate his theories by smashing blocks of timber and tiles with nothing more than his own feet and hands. Accompanying Robert on this lecture series is his

father, the wellknown martial artist, Grandmaster Robert J Howard. GM Howard is Europe’s first Grandmaster and is the highest ranked taekwon-do instructor in the country. He first brought taekwondo to Ireland in the 1970s and is held in very high regard throughout the world. Students will also get the rare opportunity to see a Grandmaster in action as the 75-year-old proves he still has the power in his hands to break roof tiles with only the sides of his hands. The lecture is completely free for secondary students aged 15 to 18 years old and for more information about the sport, log on to


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soccer: last-gasp goal ends breathless derby thriller

Three Rock close in on double after wins THREE Rock Rovers advanced their Leinster hockey double aspirations with comprehensive wins in Division 1 and the Mills Cup semi-final last weekend. On Saturday, Rovers brought their unbeaten run to 14 games in the league with a 7-1 win over Fingal. Jonny Bruton opened the scoring in the first minute with a low reverse and Alan White nabbed his first of the season soon after. Shane Dempsey got one back from a straight drag-flick as Fingal had a decent amount of the ball in the second quarter but Rovers replied quickly as Jody Hosking bravely volleyed home on his backhand ahead of Craig Ellis’ attempted block. Ben McCrea then picked a delicious pass to find Garry Ringwood at the head of the circle and he thumped home for a 4-1 halftime lead. Mick Maguire, Mitch Darling and Bruton’s second closed out the result to stay top by two points overnight. On Sunday, they became the first side to reach the final of the Leinster Senior Mills Cup as they ran up a string of late goals for a flattering 8-1 scoreline against Rathgar. Indeed, Rathagar went in front in the 11th minute when Dan Needham pummelled home the opening goal. That lead lasted just a minute, however, as Jonny McCormack scrambled home from close range and Rovers were 3-1 up at halftime. Huub de With located Bruton mid-circle and his early shot deceived Dan Gribben before Peter Blakeney’s low drag-flick found a way in. Rovers, though, were put under a lot of pressure early in the second half before bouncing back to score five goals in the closing quarter. McCormack and Dylan Shirley worked the opening for Ali Haughton to sweep home from the top of the circle. Shirley finished off a Hosking cross, Mick Maguire completed a corner rebound and Hosking thumped home after a forceful run before Maguire knocked home his second, all in the last 15 minutes as Rathgar ran out of legs.

Glenmore Dundrum will be looking to capitalise on this good result as they attempt to go clear of the relegation zone in LSL Sunday Senior 1B

Glenmore claim vital win lsl Sunday senior 1B CYM Terenure Glenmore Dundrum 

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An 89th-minute winner from Gavin Merrigan saw Glenmore Dundrum claim the bragging rights in a fiercely contested local derby against CYM Terenure in the LSL Sunday Senior 1B league last weekend. Both teams were eager to ensure that they took home all three points in their relegation battle which meant that the match proved a tense affair. Terenure had the

advantage of shooting down the hill in the first half and with the low afternoon sun in the Glenmore defence’s eyes, Del Crowley snuck in after only two minutes to shoot high over the goal from the angle of the box. Glenmore responded in kind with a 25-yard drive from ex-Terenure man Tony Breslin firing straight at Dan Henderson in the Terenure goal. The first half thereafter was an end-to-end affair, with chances coming on the break for both sides as their respective for-

blue for the blues Leinster go through on top in Heineken Cup leinster supporter Paul O’Driscoll, from Goatstown took his love of the Blues to new levels last weekend when they lined out at the RDS against the Ospreys in the final pool game of the 2014 Heineken Cup. Leinster romped to a 36-3 victory that gives them a tie against Toulon in the quarter-final of the European cup competition. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

ward lines pressed the opposing defences to create an opportunity to open the scoring. Te r e n u r e ’ s M a r k Simpson and Crowley were both denied good chances as the home side sought a goal, including a goal-line clearance by Paul Dignam. Having managed to weather the Terenure onslaught, Glenmore looked to finish the half on the front foot when David Owens played in David Wallace, whose tussle with the Terenure keeper led to him being substituted before half time.

Glenmore came out of the blocks at pace at the start of the second half, with the advantage of the slope. This time, Henderson was the busier of the two goalkeepers first saving from a Craigie 25-yard drive and then tipping round the post a Whiriskey effort from the edge of the box. W i t h 15 m i n u t e s remaining Glenmore replaced Owens with Gavin Merrigan up front, and he was immediately involved in the action. With time running out for both sides the game was stretched from end

to end with both sides guilty of lacking the killer pass to engineer any clear cut chances. The winning goal of the game came from a well-delivered set play. Terenure lost possession in their own half and substitute Gavin Kelly gave away a free kick on the left hand side trying to remedy the situation. Glenmore sensed this could be their final chance and sent everyone forward. Dignam delivered a quality free kick to the back post where Merrigan managed to head home from six yards.

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football: defeat for ucd and dcu in semi-finals

Club Noticeboard ballyboden st enda’s For all parents, there will be a GAA

from local and some not so local

Tackling Bullying meeting onWednes-


day, January 22 at 7.30 pm in the clubhouse. 2014 memberships are now due for payment. You can pay online via the

Special mention to organising committee: Kieran Rudden, Rob Lambert, Mary Hyland, Ted Dalton, Des Nolan, Gerry White and James Murray.

club website. Many thanks to those

Ballyboden St Enda’s Operation

members who have already paid their

Transformation is in full swing with


the RTE cameras following our walk-

A big thank you to everybody who

ers around Corkagh Park. For photos

supported the club’s Christmas tree

and more information on Ballyboden

collection on Saturday. On a beautiful

St Enda’s Operation Transforma-

day, a small army of club volunteers

tion walks contact Nuala Dundon on

loaded vans and trailers with trees

ballinteer st john’s Kilmacud Crokes’ Paul Mannion was one of the players who lined out for UCD last weekend

Student sides bow out of O’Byrne Cup 

DUBLIN’S student sides DCU’s and UCD’s footballers both bowed out of the O’Byrne Cup at the semi-final stage, falling to Meath and holders Kildare in last Sunday’s semi-finals For both, they endured tough days out against their intercounty opposition with UCD losing 5-17 to 2-11 despite the efforts of Kilmacud Crokes’ Paul Mannion and Ballyboden St Enda’s Ryan Basquel who were both on the scoresheet. But the Belfielders succumbed to a Podge Fogarty-inspired Lilywhites side who scored a stunning 4-3 salvo in Newbridge to turn the tie. Fogarty scored two goals in either half for Jason Ryan’s side who had established a 1-7 to 1-1 lead inside the first quarter of an hour with Cathal McNally raising their first green flag. UCD battled back before Fogarty struck twice in the closing stages of the first half to give the Lilywhites a 3-8 to 2-7

interval advantage. Meath joined them in that final as Cillian O’Sullivan bagged 2-2 as Meath thumped Dublin’s conquerors DCU by 4-18 to 3-6 at Pairc Tailteann. Both of O’Sullivan’s goals came in the first half, while midfielder Andrew Tormey also converted a penalty to give them a 3-8 to 1-3 lead at the break. David Bray added a fourth goal 13 minutes from the end to complete the rout, with Wicklow’s Conor McGraynor and Cavan’s Jack Brady managing late consolation goals for the shellshocked students. DCU featured a couple of potential Dublin players for 2014 with St Sylvester’s man Michael McCarthy in the fullforward line while Craig Dunleavy was in the backs. Earlier in the competition, he was praised by DCU manager Niall Moyna for his performances, suggesting he has potential to play a bigger role in Jim Gavin’s plans this year. “Dublin have got to be

looking very seriously at him. I think he made a huge difference [against Wicklow] because we were able to win primary possession.” On the hurling front, the DIT senior hurlers were knocked out of the Walsh Cup at the first stage as they fell to Kilkenny 5-23 to 1-9 in Freshford. It was a tough day out for a student side that featured Boden’s Finn McGarry and Niall McMorrow as well as St

Pat’s Palmerstown star Liam Rushe in their lineup. McMorrow clipped four points but it did little to quell the Cats’ tide. He scored the only point in reply to 1-6 from Kilkenny while they advanced to 2-7 to 0-4 at half-time. McMorrow did reply with another point to start the second half while Anthony Ryan scored a goal late in the day for DIT but they were never really in the hunt on a chastening day.

There was no winner of Thursday,

Bingo every Monday night in the

January 16’s lotto draw for €11,000.

clubhouse – starts at 8pm and all

There was also no winner of the

welcome for a great night’s enter-

second jackpot of €4,600. Tickets


are available online at www.ballint-

Please book that special func- or from the usual

tion in 2014 in your clubhouse now to


avoid disappointment.

naomh olaf Our senior footballers resume train-

Club membership is now due. Mem-

ing this week. Training will take place

bership can be paid online at www.

on Tuesdays from 8 to 9pm in Stepa-

side and Thurdays at 7pm in the club.

asp or by completing a membership

All are welcome to attend.

form and dropping it with payment to

Strictly Come Olaf’s will take place

the club bar.

on Saturday, March 22, in the club-

To help people cover the cost the

house. This will be an important fund-

club offers an early payment discount

raiser for the club so be sure to pencil

up to the January 31 and instalment

it in to the diary. Male dancers are still

options for payment, via the online

required for the event, paticularly


from the juvenie section of the club. If

Members are encouraged to pay by

interested, call Feargal Mairtin on 087

this date to avail of this special early

954 8298.

payment discount of 5%.

stars of erin New players are welcome for all

car park - please support.

teams training for men’s adult team

There was no winner of this week’s

on Tuesday and Thursday in the box-

lotto. Numbers drawn were 23, 25 and

ing club in Ballybrack; Sunday in Glen-

29. €20 winners were Victor Cahill, Isa-


bella Rapple, Caraloin Elbert.

Juvenile training is on Thursday in Stepaside from 7 to 8pm. There is a clothes bank in the Stars

Next week’s jackpot is €900, and tickets can be bought in Centra store, Stepaside.

st jude’s

Ballyboden’s Ryan Basquel also lined out for UCD

2014 MEMBERSHIP Fees are now due.

be a registration morning on Satur-

The rates have remained the same

day, January 25 in the hall from 10am

as 2013 and we would encourage all

to 12 noon.

members to pay their fees promptly.

The newly refurbished Lakeside

There is an online facility and mem-

Lounge is now available for functions.

bership forms will also be available

Call Bobby Gaynor on 086 081 7836 to

from behind the bar. Completed forms

discuss your individual requirements

should be inserted into the new box in

The St Jude’s Strictly Come Dancing

the bar along with appropriate pay-

event will be taking place in the City-

ment. No payment should be paid to

west Hotel on March 7 and tickets will

members of the bar staff. There will

be priced at €25.

40 dundrum gazette 23 January 2014