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Hospital staff ‘got news on Twitter’  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

MANAGEMENT and staff at Mount Carmel Hospital found out about the hospital’s closure through Twitter, an employee has told The Gazette. A protest and four-day sit-in followed the formal announcement of the hospital’s closure last week, and the loss of around 320 jobs. Siobhan Collins, personal assistant to John O’Brien, chief executive of Mount Carmel, said: “The first

time we heard of it closing was on Twitter. Management knew nothing of if before then, and were really upset.” The Mount Carmel Support Group said staff will now have to wait six months to receive redundancy payments. Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said he hoped the facility would be fully operational again “in the not too distant future”. Full Story on Page 2

Hello, world: Meet the last baby born at Mount Carmel Hospital AS THE staff and community expe-

rienced sadness at the closure of Mount Carmel Hospital, there was also much joy, as babies continued to be delivered. Proud parents Martina Ryan and Thomas Lambe were delighted to introduce their daughter,

Leona Lambe, to the media after she was delivered last Friday, January 31. Leona was the last baby to be delivered at the hospital, where almost 78,000 births have been recorded across the years. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland


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Staff at Mount Carmel Hospital waving to supporters during their sit-in protest at the hospital, following the news that it will close. Picture: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Hospital staff ‘learned of closure via Twitter’ MOUNT Carmel staff found out that the hospital would close via Twitter, a staff employee has told The Gazette. There were scenes of great emotion and defiance last week as staff at the hospital staged a protest outside against its closure and the loss of more than 320 jobs, which ended on Tuesday. The staff also staged a four-day occupation in the hospital, which ended over the weekend. The Gazette spoke to Siobhan Collins, personal assistant to the hospital’s chief executive, John O’Brien, about the atmosphere in the hospital since announcement of the closure. She said: “Everyone is in shock. I really thought it was going to be bought and the management is devastated. “The first time we heard of it closing was on Twit-

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ter. Management knew nothing of it before then, and were really upset as they thought it would be sold. “All staff are now in a panic, getting their CVs out. The liquidator has given us a lot of support – they brought in counsellors to talk to us. There is also a jobs board set up now. “John [O’Brien] is totally devastated. He was nearly in tears as he was totally flummoxed [by the news] and felt blindsided,” said Collins. A protest followed a number of meetings held last week between liquidators from RSM Farrell

Grant Sparks and trade union SIPTU, where it emerged that staff would be made redundant. A Mount Carmel supporters group has now been set up and it is calling on the Government to keep the hospital open and save the jobs which are on the line. In a statement issued by the group, a spokesperson predicted a dramatic reduction in the number of beds in the health system, which could place “significant additional pressures on already overstretched maternity services”. The statement continued: “Contrary to public perceptions, only 15% of Mount Carmel business came from maternity services. Other services ranged from general surgery to orthopaedics. “It is inconceivable that a solution could not be found to ensure the

sale of Mount Carmel as a going concern. Up until Thursday, January 23 [the day before liquidators were appointed] there were two bids on the table. “One of those bids was only €2 million less than that sought by NAMA, yet the cost to the Department of Social Protection of the staff redundancy payments is estimated to be in the region of €6 million. “In addition, NAMA will be obliged to cover the cost of 24-hour security for the site until it is disposed of. “Staff have been offered no more than statutory redundancy payments, despite years of dedicated service, and are set to wait six months to receive even that,” said the statement. Following talks with the liquidators last week, SIPTU health division

organiser Paul Bell said: “Every effort must be made to assist these highly-skilled workers to find employment within the health service.” SIPTU organiser Kevin Figgis said: “In respect of their [staff’s] loyal service, we are calling upon the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, to ensure they receive their outstanding redundancy payments as promptly as possible.” Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, who met staff at the hospital last week, said: “It is my sincere hope that staff at the hospital quickly find alternative employment. “It is my hope that the excellent facility of the hospital will again in the not too distant future be fully operational in the provision of medical care, and that this important facility is not totally lost.”


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Gamers compute how to have fun  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A VIDEO game project to unite game enthusiasts all across the globe to create video games over the course of a weekend was held recently at the Microsoft offices in Sandyford, attracting gamers from all over Ireland. The global Games Jam was organised by the computer giant in partnership with the Games Craft Foundation. Also involved was Griffith College’s computer faculty members. This year’s event drew in the project’s largest attendance since its launch in 2009, with the Irish participants working in parallel to global participants in the event.

The Gazette spoke to Game Jam organiser and Griffith College computer programme and gaming lecturer Eoin Farrell about this year’s event. He said: “It is open to anyone over 18, whether they are gaming students, industry professionals, hobbyists or utter beginners. We had a good mix of seasoned game developers who brought their expertise, and students doing games courses. “The idea is that people gather at locations all across the world during one weekend and create games in that time period. We had 87 people who registered for the event here in Ireland, and there were about 20,000 people participating globally in

73 countries, with a total of 4,292 games created over the two days,” said Farrell. “The standard was very good, but of course you’re not going to create a triple-A title in such a short time! This year’s theme was, We don’t see things as they are – we see them as we are, so it was very open and the ideas were very interesting and innovative. “Some of the games concentrated on gamers with disabilities, with customised controllers for the visually-impaired,” he said. On Game Jam’s success, he said: “It’s fantastic for the gaming industry and the promotion of games development in Ireland.”

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Imagine that! A big competition for little story-makers is launched rte presenter Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, playwright and author Maeve Ingoldsby and publishers’ agent Conor Hackett helped launch Imaginosity’s What’s the Story? A Big Competition for Little Story-Makers recently at the children’s museum in Sandyford, where they were joined by senior infant pupils of Queen of Angels National School. The competition is calling on children aged between three and eight years old to use a lot of imagination and create their own fun, adventure story through a written story, painting, drawing, poem, script or a comic strip. The competition is open until Friday, February 28. For further information, see www.imaginosity.ie.

TO CELEBRATE its 70th anniversary, Edmonstown Golf Club has launched a new book, entitled Portrait of a Golf Club Edmondstow n GC 1944-2014 by David W hite and Howard Jacobs. The club has roots stemming from a time in Ireland when it was the norm among Dublin golf clubs not to admit Jewish members. This led to the establishment of Dublin’s Jewish community’s Maccabean Golfing Society in 1933 – a group that played golf, and then went on to establish Edmondstown Golf Club. The book is available from Edmondstown Golf Club; telephone 01 493 1082.


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Enterprisenews Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills: “The first-come, first-served system is not fair to all”

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Bill aims to end school places ‘competition’ WE ALL want the best education possible for our children. Often, as parents, this involves us trying to decide what is the “best” school in our area and applying to that primary or secondary school for our child. . For the vast majority of children and parents, enrolling in schools is a simple and straightforward process. But, with one in five schools over-subscribed, for some parents getting your child admitted to school can be a frustrating or anxious time. Most schools in Ireland are inclusive and welcome all children, but I believe that parents are entitled to feel confident that there is consistency in the way schools admit pupils and that it is a fair, open and transparent process. That is why I am introducing a new admissions or enrolment law for all schools, which will level the playing field in terms of applications for school places and make sure that all parents know exactly what criteria a school uses in those 20% of

cases where there is oversubscription. I hope that the Admission to Schools Bill will be made law before the summer. It will pave the way for a more transparent, parent-friendly school admissions process across all of our 4,000 primary and post-primary schools. In a sense, the new legislation introduces good house-keeping measures that will apply to all schools everywhere. For example, schools will no longer be allowed to charge parents simply to apply for a place in a school. There will be no more open-ended waiting lists. While on the face of it, a first-come, first served system (where children’s names are put down for school places – in some cases, from the day they were born), may seem fair, it actually is not. For example, what about families who have had to move from one part of Dublin to another? Or those who have moved from other counties to the capital? Or those who are returning from overseas with young families? Or

for the “new Irish”, who have decided to make Ireland their home? The first-come, firstserved system is not fair to all. The new legislation means that schools can only accept applications for admission from October 1 of the year before a child is due to start school. There will be no more waiting lists in oversubscribed schools. The new measures also mean that schools will not be able to conduct interviews with parents and children ahead of enrolment, or to make 12-year-old children sit “admissions” exams or competence tests.

Appeals The draft Bill also introduces a simpler appeals process, ending what can be lengthy and often costly legal disputes between parents and schools. Appeals will now be dealt with at a local level. This new legislation will require that all schools state clearly in their admission policies that they are welcoming of all students, whatever their ability or background.

This will help put an end to the “soft barriers” which are sometimes used to discourage applications from parents of children with special needs and other minority groupings. Many of us will have heard stories about how a school might have told a parent that their child “would be better off” in the school down the road – that will not be tolerated any more. Teachers, school management bodies, patrons and parents have all been consulted in the drawing up of this legislation. I expect a report shortly from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection, who have held public discussions on the legislation. This will then pave the way for the drafting of the legislation. On a related matter, I know that in certain pockets of heavily populated Dublin – for example, in Dublin 2, 4 and 6 – where demand for primary school places is high, parents face an anxious time when waiting to see what school their child will get a place in.

The Department of Education and Skills is working hard to find solutions to problems of oversubscription in such areas, including examining if we can increase the capacity of existing schools or if new schools are needed. I want to assure parents that there will be a school place for their child this September. Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that it will be in their “first choice” of school. Again, the new Admissions to Schools Bill will ensure that parents in such circumstances can be assured that the enrolment process in all schools will be fair and transparent. As I mentioned at the beginning, most of our schools already operate a welcoming policy providing for smooth enrolments of children and young people. These schools have nothing to fear from the Bill, while parents and their children have much to gain from the new law.  ruairi quinn Minister for Education & Skills


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business Local blow is part of overall 950 jobs cull

Sandyford loses 78 posts at Ulster Bank  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE loss of around 78 jobs at Ulster Bank’s mortgage arrears office in Sandyford, as the bank gets ready to relocate its operations to Edinburgh, was met with disappointment by politicians both locally and nationally. The job losses are part of an overall cut of 950 jobs announced by the bank in 2012. Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) said: “This is obviously very disappointing for those affected and it is

a blow to the local area. “However, I hope that some of those affected will be re-employed in some of the 32 new field agents roles at the bank.” Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) said: “It is just awful for anyone to lose their job, which can create all sorts of traumas for a single person or within a family trying to make ends meet. “This Government is getting great results creating new jobs, but I want to see them putting as much energy into maintaining

existing jobs.” Deputy Joe Higgins TD (SP) issued a statement about the bank’s decision to close down their Sandyford operations. In it, he said: “Cynically, Ulster Bank told workers that the outsourcing was due to the low standard of their work. “This is a rotten attempt to reduce morale, sow division and distract from the crimes of senior management. “When it comes to employers like Ulster Bank, weakness invites

debate Ready to toast their success  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

On news of the job losses, Cllr Neale Richmond (FG): “This is obviously very disappointing for those affected and it is a blow to the local area”

aggression.” Larry Broderick, general secretary of the Irish Bank Officials Association (IBOA), said: “IBOA is aware that RBS Group is conducting a major review of Ulster Bank’s operations. “We have asked Ulster Bank management to defer any decision on the

mortgage arrears unit until RBS completes its review. “Ulster Bank’s rejection of our request reinforces our concern that further significant job losses and further reductions in services to customers may be on the cards.” A spokesperson for Ulster Bank said: “The fig-

ures all relate to the 2012 programme – ie, are not new redundancies – and includes 78 job losses and 32 new jobs. “Ulster Bank continues to implement the agreed changes to our operating model and has communicated some changes to our staff in the retail problem debt management unit.”

A THIRD-year anniversary celebration by Dublin South Toastmasters is being held in Bewley’s Hotel in Leopardstown on February 18, and potential new members are invited to come along and join up. Dublin South Toastmasters offer workshops in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a stress-free environment. There is no instructor and members evaluate one another’s presentations. There are more than 100 Toastmasters’ clubs in Ireland, with about 3,000 members. For further information, see www.dublinsouthtoastmasters.com.


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council ‘Guidance will come as a relief to many’ FastNews

Report aims to reduce risk of local flooding  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE threat of flooding in Dun LaoghaireRathdown could be significantly reduced in the future following a report compiled by council engineers recommending improvements to combat flooding in areas most prone to it. The Progress Report on Current Flood Alleviation Projects, which came out on January 27, was undertaken to provide guidance on floodrisk management under the auspices of the Office of Public Work.

Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) welcomed the report, saying the flood projects outlined would come as a relief to many people in the county. He said: “Real progress had been made by council engineers in identifying the complex issues that contributed to the flooding of many homes over the past few years. “I commend our staff for systematically indentifying solutions and implementing alleviation measures. This progress report is very welcome.” The research identifies and map the areas of sig-

nificant flood risk, with a plan of prioritised measures to manage that risk. The council said that its primary role concerning fluvial flooding is to maintain the water courses, remove any obstacles that have the potential to cause flooding and keep the culvert/bridge screens free of debris. In 2011, 124mm in rainfall was recorded at the recording station in Marlay Park and Sandyford in a 32-hour period. This intense rainfall resulted in drainage systems being overwhelmed in the county.

Specsavers creates six jobs at centre

In common with the rest of the country, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown has faced heavy rainfall issues in recent weeks, with a new report by council engineers detailing areas and specific works to help tackle the risk of flooding

The subsequent report to monitor and assess the needs of potential flooding areas found that the Stradbrook stream in Alma Park in Monkstown needs a culvert upgrade. The culvert at Monkstown Parish Centre was found to require a screen upgrade, due to current

blockage due to debris. A design was completed by Punch Consulting Engineers, and the replacement screen is currently nearing completion. At Monkstown Cheshire Home, another culvert upgrade was recommended in the report to “increase the capacity of

the culvert and/or divert high flows overland to downstream sections of the stream”. Other areas highlighted for flood relief measures include Clonkeen Park, Little Meadow (Deansgrange stream) and bank stabilisation measures around St Helier’s Copse in Blackrock.

SIX jobs have been created with the opening of a new Specsavers in Stillorgan Shopping Centre. The new store marks the 45th Specsavers to open in Ireland since 1991. It is situated within Stillorgan Shopping Centre, and houses three dedicated testing rooms. Dispensing optician Krista Brown said: “Our new store at Stillorgan Shopping Centre is fully equipped to deliver the best in eye-testing technology to our customers. “We look forward to welcoming everyone into the store to see for themselves the great range of glasses available, as well as availing of the on-site eye testing facilities.”

Eat your way to a healthier, better you A SPECIAL evening focusing on wheat-, dairy- and sugar-free foods is to be held at Itsa cafe at Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Town Centre this month. Food writers Susan Jane White and Domini Kemp will give an informative talk on how to eat better and healthier so that people can improve their general well-being. Taking place on Thursday, February 27, tickets for the nutritional evening cost €29. A three-course feast will feature dishes taken from recipes contained in Susan Jane’s forthcoming cookbook, The Extra Virgin Kitchen, which will be available to purchase on the night for €28.


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Community No plan for Kill O’The Grange Garda station – OPW

Methadone clinic fears downplayed  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE former Kill O’The Grange Garda station has not yet been offered to any State body, including the HSE, hence no decision has been taken on any possible future use for it. This is according to the Office of Public Works (OPW), in response to comments made by Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) to The Gazette this week. Cllr Boyhan said: “Residents have contacted my office in recent weeks expressing serious concern about rumours circulating locally that the former Garda station

has been identified for a methadone clinic. “This location is totally unsuitable for such a project and will be strongly opposed to by the local community.” He has written to Brian Hayes, Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the OPW, asking for a confirmation or denial of the rumours. Writing to Minister Hayes, Cllr Boyhan said: “In recent weeks, rumours have started to circulate that the HSE is considering the former Garda station as a methadone centre. This suggestion has caused wide concern amongst the residential

community in the area. “The general view is the old station should be made available for community use. Indeed, I made representations to your office on behalf of the scouts and, to date, they have not had a favourable response. “I would be grateful if you would confirm what is your Department’s intention in relation to this former station.” Speaking about the local concerns about a methadone clinic, Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “I haven’t heard any rumours to this effect; neither have I heard from the HSE Dublin-Mid

Leinster [section] that they have any plans [for the station].” A spokesperson from the OPW said: “The stated policy for closed Garda stations is to identify if other State bodies, including Government Departments and the wider public sector, has a use for the property. “If no State requirement is identified, or if a decision is taken not to dispose of a particular property, the OPW will consider community involvement, subject to the receipt of an appropriate business case that would indicate that the community/voluntary

The former Kill O’The Grange Garda station has not been offered to any State body for use, say the Office of Public Works

group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property. “The property in question is actively being considered for suitability for disposal on the open market.” Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) said: “I can state categorically

that there has never been a proposal for the purposes of putting a methadone clinic at Kill O’The Grange or any other [Garda] station. “There has been no request made for a methadone clinic ever from anyone, including the HSE.” In relation to a use for

the former Garda station in Stepaside that was closed last year despite local opposition, Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) said: “The station is owned by the OPW, and its future use is under review. “I am hopeful that it will be made available for use by the community.”


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Stuart McLaughlin, chief executive, Business2Arts and Dr Aoibheann Gibbons, UCD. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

ENTERPRISE: local luminaries attend arts forum

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NUMBER of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown businesses and political figures attended the inaugural Chamber of Arts, Heritage and Culture (Ireland) forum held recently in Dublin Castle, which focused on the topic, Harnessing the Cultural Sector as an Economic Resource – An Unparalleled Opportunity and Project of its Time. The Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, was guest of honour and keynote speaker at the prestigious event, which was moderated by top economist David McWilliams, and which was also supported by several ambassadors and senior figures from national and international bodies. Given the area’s rich and diverse range of cultural bodies and treasures, there was great interest from the region’s representatives at the forum, who paid great attention to the many talking points.

Economist David McWilliams emphasised his point to brand designer Cllr Marie Baker (FG)

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The assembled protestors outside Irish Water’s headquarters at Talbot Street. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

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SMALL but highly vocal protest was staged outside the city centre headquarters of Irish Water recently, in which a number of protesters made their opposition to the upcoming charge clear. With Irish Water very much in

the public and political spotlight in recent weeks, the protesters drew upon a number of issues to make their point, now that the company is engaged in the national roll-out of its meters. Engaging in conversation with pas-

sers-by, the loud but peaceful protest passed off without incident, with the protesters, under the umbrella banner of the Anti Austerity Alliance, happy to have exercised their right to make their opposition known and to raise awareness regarding the State project.

Colm Halpin was among the protesters, who carried placards to get their message across and inform passing citizens of why they were demonstrating


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Neil Delamere and his panel guests will do their best to, err ... guesstimate what the coming week’s news will be in the comedian’s new show, Next Week’s News

comedy: neil delamere’s panel ponders what might be ahead

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WOULDN’T it be great to know the news before it happened? Well, Neil Delamere is testing this out with a new show that takes a comedic look at what could happen next week. Next Week’s News is a new panel show headed by comedian Bernard O’Shea with Neil and PJ Gallagher as head panellists. Although the show is headed by Bernard, it is the brainchild of Neil and a friend. So, why not headline the show, The

Gazette asked Neil. He said: “I like to be the playful and unruly schoolboy rather than the headmaster. There is much more freedom being the person on the side. “It is a slightly different way of looking at the news. Obviously, you can’t predict what is going to happen, so it really looks at this week’s news and is kind of – nominally – throwing us forward to see what could happen next week. “It allows us talk about this week and kind of come up with some hare-brained theories of what might happen,” he said.

“We have three different regulars on it who know each other reasonably well, but who haven’t worked together before in this sort of environment. “So, there is a nice bit of chemistry beginning to develop now over the last few episodes. “The good thing about a panel show is that if you have two regulars, there are two chairs open to bring people through and introduce people to it. I would really hope that we would develop some Irish comics; a platform to develop young talent like that would be great.

“You get to work with a lot of people that you normally wouldn’t [in this kind of show],” he said. If he is not in the studio predicting the news, Delamere is touring the country with his latest stand-up show Smartbomb. “It is busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Smartbomb’s tour will land at Vicar Street on March 21 and 22. For further tour details, see www. neildelamere.com. Next Week’s News airs on RTE Two on Monday nights at 9.30pm.

THE Dublin Chinese New Year Festival started in style in the capital when the Lord Mayor, Oisin Quinn (Lab), helped launch the festival on January 30, with the Chinese New Year ushering in the Year of the Horse on February 1, deposing last year’s snake. The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival features a great selection of events around Dublin throughout February. The Westbury Hotel are playing host to an evening of conversation on the role of the horse in Irish culture, on February 11, featuring Tracy Piggott and other equestrian experts, while storytellers will regale children with Chinese tales of dragons until February 9 in Chester Beatty Library at Dublin Castle. For full details of these and many other Chinese New Year celebrations, see www.cny.ie.


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Rebecca’s ready to storm the stage ...  ian begley

OVER the past 30 years Rebecca Storm has established herself as one of the most popular leading ladies in musical theatre, playing some of the most demanding roles there are. She has graced theatres around the world portraying such characters as Eva Peron in Evita, Fantine in Les Miserables, Florence in Chess, Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers and, most recently, Miss Hannigan in Annie.

O n F e b r u a r y 16 , Rebecca will be appearing once again at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for a one-night-only performance. Speaking to The Gazette, Rebecca said she has a lot of new songs and surprises in store for the night, along with a mixture of her distinguished tunes that so many people have grown to love. She said: “We had such a great time the last time we performed there two years ago. It’s such an important place for

me, and I just want [the night] to be a bit different for the people that are sweet enough to see me sing. “I do quite a bit of rehearsing. My husband – who is the director – and I spend quite a bit of time arranging how we’re going to do the songs. “We have a studio at home and I usually record them and literally practise them over and over again just to make sure I don’t forget the words!” Even though Rebecca has been involved in the

world of musical theatre for more than 30 years, she still admits that she gets nervous before she goes on stage. She said: “I think I get more nervous as I get older. You just want it to go well because you’re standing there in front of 2,000 people and if you do something bad, you just feel embarrassed. “Two years ago, when I opened with the song, Defining Gravity for [the musical] Wicked, the nerves just hit me. “I walked out to all these people and I sang

From Blood Brothers to Wicked, Rebecca Storm has been delighting audiences around the world with her singing for more than 30 years

the wrong words, but I got through it and nobody in the audience actually noticed.” Although Rebecca is very charismatic on both stage and in public, she said that she is actually quite a shy person. She said: “I’m very shy at home and I’m actually a very basic person.

I pretty much like doing what everyone else likes doing. “I have a husband and a dog, and a beautiful home. We have a place out in Kildare, but we’re sort of backwards and forwards from here and the UK.” W hen asked what the future may hold for

Rebecca, she said she will continue to carry on singing “as long as people will listen”. She said: “I’m going to carry on touring as much as I possibly can, because it’s great fun seeing the rest of the world. “I’m just very grateful that I’m still here.”


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The (graffiti) writing’s on the wall Keating. Graffiti has appeared in front of the bus stop in the heart of Lucan village.

expression: ‘I am blown away’ with the range of research.” Perhaps the TD is now attracting a younger, cooler following around his home town? Or could he be attempting a bit of guerrilla marketing? One thing’s for sure – Enda won’t be breaking a sweat any time soon!

LIGHTS! CAMERA! APPLICATION! IF YOU fancy being the next Kathryn Thomas, now might be the perfect time to get practising. The Irish Academy’s TV Presenter course is set to start once again this month, with a two-day course starting on February 15 in the Photography Studio, Harold’s

Cross. The popular course has seen its graduates working in national and online TV stations, and course tutors include TV3’s Olive Geoghegan and Paul Harney, who works with IrishTV. Each course is small in size and big on interaction. Students will also receive advice about make-up and suitable wardrobe choices before recording their own highquality show-reels Whether their heart is set on presenting on MTV or the nightly news, the reel highlights each student’s talents. The cost of the weekend course is €495. For further information or to book a place, see www.

i r i s h a c a d e m y. c o m / TVCourse, or call 01 278 0802.

STUDENTS URGED TO COMPETE FOR INTERNET AWARD EIRCOM has officially launched the 2014 Junior Spider Awards, which are open to entries from primary and post-primary schools across Ireland. Now in their fifth year, the awards were established to highlight how such students embrace the internet and to mark the innovative ways they use it both in school and in their daily lives. The awards are divided into three categories – the Mega Spiders (primary level) and the Giga and Tera Spiders (post-

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THE writing is on the wall for Fine Gael’s Derek Keating – or at least, on the gable wall of a charity shop in Lucan village. Commuters alighting from Dublin buses last week were met with a tantalising piece of grafitti – Derek Keating 4 Taoiseach. The message mysteriously appeared overnight last week, and it is not known who the artist (or culprit) was. When Deputy Keating, who is a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills, attended the BT Young Scientists’ Exhibition in January, he got down with the kids by saying: “To use a young person’s

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primary level). The Giga Spiders are open to first- to third-year students, and the Tera Spiders are for fourth- to sixth-year students. Each award category has a Grand Prix award. For further information and details on how to enter the 2014 Junior Spider Awards, see www. juniorspiders.ie. The closing date for entries is Friday, March 7.

well-being course for all PE OPL E a r e b e i n g encouraged to take better care of their well-being with a series of free talks and workshops this February run by Dublin City Libraries. T h e M i n d Yo u r-

self programme was designed to help us take time for ourselves, perhaps try something new and achieve a deeper sense of self. Topics covered include mindfulness, meditation, nutrition, health, massage and yoga and all events, while free of charge, must be booked at the relevant library. During the programme, libraries will be highlighting books from their stock which encourage well-being. A talk by John Doherty will be given on The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. Paticipating libraries include the Central Library in the ILAC Centre, libraries in Finglas,

Rathmines, Terenure and more. Mind Yourself was launched on January 27 and continues until February 12. For further information, see www.dublinc i t y. i e / R e c r e a t i o n andCulture/libraries/ library.

colin’s days as a country king (linedancing) WITH Dublin going mad for all things country – due to the upcoming Garth Brooks concerts this summer – The Gazette dug up a little treat for all of our readers. Castleknock native Colin Farrell may be more inclined to wear Hugo Boss these days,

but back in the 1990s he sported a Stetson and cowboy boots – and who knew Colin had a few country moves under his belt? Before the days of Miami Vice, Colin was donning cut-off denim shorts, wide-buckled belts and Garth Brooks’ cast-off hats while linedancing his way around the country. He spent a brief stint as a line-dancing instructor before hitting the big time in Hollywood. Luckily, he had some friends in low places to help him up the fame ladder, and we can’t really hold this picture against him – we’ve all had a few cringeworthy moments in our time!

Colin Farrell – line dancer extraordinaire, back in the day

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The Pier Health Club and Sansana Spa have been in Operation since 2007 when the hotel was reopened after extensive renovations.

What makes your business successful?

OLGA KUBACKA, sansana spa manager

A master of relaxation

OLGA Kubacka, health club and Sansana Spa manager in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, was born in Poznan, Poland. Her passions have always been travel and swimming and, as a result, she chose to study for a masters degree in sports and hospitality management.

On graduating in 2009, Olga moved to Ireland to pursue a career in hospitality, with roles including as a fitness instructor (and eventual leisure centre manager) in the Dunraven Arms Hotel and Leisure Centre in Adare, Co Limerick, and as club manager of the Merrill Leisure Club at the Royal Hotel, Bray, Co Wicklow.

We feel our success is born out of the holistic experience we offer to all our visitors, as we pride ourselves on being a daily retreat for both body and mind in a busy world. The Sansana Spa, with its highly-trained and professional staff, offers an extensive range of luxurious spa treatments and products, such as the awardwinning organic range of Voya skincare products, and full body massages to loosen up and refresh tired muscles. The health club and its motivated fitness instructors are ready to tailor any programme to client needs, and offers a fully equipped gym, pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi to give every visitor the option to reinvigorate both body and mind.

How do you use social media, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn etc, to help your business?

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is a key component in our customer engagement and interaction plan. Our Facebook page provides our customers with up-to-date information, along with the latest offers and expert health and beauty tips. What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

Sansana Spa is renowned as one of the best in Ireland. It was recently accredited the title of Dublin’s Comprehensive Spa by Failte Ireland, and acknowledged as a runner-up for the Best Body Treatment at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards. We offer the latest in spa treatment facilities, such as a thermal suite, dry flotation, mud chamber, water bed relaxation, rock sauna and an aroma room. Finally, we also offer the Sansana Spa signature treatment,

Shirodhara – an amazingly relaxing therapy that gently removes stress and tension from the mind and body. Our health club offers a fully equipped modern gym, with access to full pool facilities along with pilates, yoga and kettle-bell classes, allowing our guests and members to re-energise both body and mind under one roof. What is your ambition for the business?

It is our aim to continue to develop the business while maintaining the current standards of excellence by putting in place a strategic plan to drive the business forward.

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

Hard work is your single biggest competitive advantage.

What living person do you most admire?

My parents, for being the driving force behind my family and for nurturing my love of travel from a young age.

What is your most treasured possession?

My photo albums with pictures of all my family and friends, documenting our greatest moments together.


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Make your Valentine melt with Lindt chocolate VALENTINE’S Day and chocolate easily go hand in hand and once again the chocolatiers at Lindt have managed to create something to tend to every type of craving this February. For the season of love, the popular chocolate makers have created a special collection of treats to help you spoil your loved one. Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate is inspired by a secret recipe and is filled with smooth, melting milk choco late, each wrapped in red foil wrapping, but for chocolate with a

A little bit of luxury: Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan and (inset) a spacious bedroom at Barberstown Castle in Co Kildare

A perfect place to get all loved up  NATALIE BURKE WHETHER it’s a candlelit dinner in a romantic castle, or a glass of champagne in a country house, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to whisking your better half away this Valentine’s Day. For a romantic weekend with a difference, visit Kilkenny’s only luxury fourstar boutique hotel, the Pembroke Hotel, which has launched a special Cupid Concierge service to celebrate the month of love. Couples who choose the Pembroke Hotel will be assigned their own Cupid Concierge who will be on hand to order flowers, arrange romantic surprises and cater to all whims. Couples can get loved up on a two-night getaway which includes chocolates and champagne on arrival, a room adorned

with rose petals, breakfast on both mornings and dinner on the evening of their choice. If that’s not enough, lovebirds can also enjoy a post dinner his and hers cocktail. Prices start from €155 per person. Visit www. pembrokekilkenny.com or call 056 7783500. Collection

Alternatively, Ireland’s Blue Book features a collection of Irish country house hotels, manor houses and castles, many of which have put out all the stops to ensure you have a romantic break this year. So if your idea of romance is relaxing at an old manor house, visit Dunbrody House in Co Wexford and make the most of their Love Is Valentine’s special. A midweek visit throughout the month of February in

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one of Dunbrody’s luxury rooms or suites, including a five-course dinner, pre-dinner canapes and cocktails, costs just €165 per person sharing. The Valentine’s package also includes a romantic Serail mud/steam treatment for two and breakfast the following morning. For more information, visit www.irelandsbluebook.com or contact Dunbrody directly on 051 389600. Or why not enjoy a candlelit Valentine’s dinner and a glass of bubbly at Castle Leslie in Co Monaghan. The Roses & Romance package includes two nights’ accommodation, with dinner on an evening of your choice, as well as a full Irish breakfast served each morning. The Valentine’s special also includes chocolates and a single red rose awaiting your

arrival in your room and costs from just €209 per person. For more information, visit www.irelandsbluebook.com or contact Castle Leslie directly on 047 88100. Closer to Dublin, whisk your loved one away for a romantic castle break in Barberstown Castle in Co Kildare. Enjoy one night’s accommodation at the castle including a full Irish breakfast and dinner in the Barton Room Restaurant. As a little Valentine’s extra, guests will have a half bottle of champagne and chocolates delivered to their room. The Special Memories package is available for just €134 per person sharing. For more information, visit www.irelandsbluebook.com or contact Barberstown directly on 01-6288157.

little twist, the chocolatiers have created limited edition strawberries and cream truffles, combining Lindt’s white chocolate and strawberries. For a special Valentine’s gift, pick up a Lindt Heart Box filled with heart-shaped Lindor truffles, ideal for all the hopeless romantics waiting to spoil their valentines. See selected retailers nationwide.


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Plump up, smooth out, party all night

VALENTINE’S DAY is just around the corner ladies and McCabes pharmacy, one of Ireland’s own healthcare and wellbeing stores, has just what you need to make your special day memorable. Its new gift guide of beauty products and offers will be just the thing to get you ready for your Valentine’s Day plans – whether you’re hitting the clubs, eating out or staying in. Dining over a candlelit dinner? Smooth away those workday under-eye

bags, circles and wrinkles with Freezeframe Revital EYES. At €49 looking flawless has never been easier. Plump up those power pouts with the Freezeframe Lip Injection €45.50 – a nifty little product that is clinically proven to puff out those smiles and stretch out those wrinkles. Freezeframe is one of the best needle-free innovations on the market. And what about those luscious locks you’ve been dying to try? Tame your hair with follicle-

friendly Babyliss ProPerfect Curl for €159.00. This hassle free curling iron will leave your longlasting curls bouncing all night when you hit the dancefloor with your beau on the day. And if that’s not all – McCabes has branched out in the cosmetics world and now sells professional make-up brand Make-Up Studio. Glam yourself up with BlusherIn-A-Box at €14.95. Add a dash of colour to your lips with 18-hour ColourProof Durable Lip Colour at €19.95.

So take the stress out of your Valentine’s Day and shop local – buy for yourself or buy for your friends. Make shopping a little more fun with treats and products to suit

No! No! Hair Kit €237

Make-up Studio Pink Blush-in-aBox €14.95

Babyliss Pro Perfect Curl Secret €159.99

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Valentine’s Day is only a week away and as the dinner dates get booked and singletons get ready to hit the town with friends, nailing down the perfect make-up look is high on the to-do list.

The Makeup Crew Pro team are on hand with insider tips on getting it right VALENTINE’S Day is only a week away and as the dinner dates get booked and singletons get ready to hit the town with friends, nailing down the perfect makeup look is high on the to-do list. To help with perfecting this year’s Valentine’s look The Makeup Crew Pro team are on hand with insider tips

ensuring a good base for foundation. Exfoliate lightly and gently on the skin so as not to aggravated or cause redness the lighter the touch the better. Exfoliates can range from some homemade olive oil and brown sugar made into a little paste to a brands own range to a Clairsonic (a hand held devise avail-

flaky on the skin thereby rejuvenating the top layers of your skin making it more glowy, healthy and radiant. Next apply your chosen foundation. Favourite foundations by the team are MUD Foundation Compacts available from the Makeup Crew or FLAIR Supplies, then use a duo fibre brush with the Makeup Crew

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on getting it right. According to Annie Keogh Pro, Artist with The Makeup Crew, perfecting your skin is the first step to acquiring a perfect makeup look,

able from Lancome) on the more expensive end of the scale all. They all work towards the same goal of removing any surface dead skin cells that can look

r e c o m m e n d i n g a ny MAC DuoFibre. This is a brush that has both natural and synthetic hair and can be used on liquids and powders alike. Annie

recommends the 130 or Real Techniques by the team’s favourite bloggers PIXIWOO. These are available from Boots or a standard foundation brush will work just as good as opposed to your fingers as we can sometimes be a little too rough with ourselves and rub the product completely off instead of on. Using a powder to absorb any excess oils that are on the skin will lock in moisture sealing your foundation keeping it staying put until the wee hours just in case you have a late night. For more information and to book an appointment for that special occasion please contact THE MAKE UP CREW www.themakeupcrew.ie 32-36 Wolfetonw Street, Dublin 1 Alternatively Ph. 086 8178213 or 085 7359222

But what is Valentines without the perfect lip colour so here is Annie’s top tips for red lips- to get the perfect pout! •Start out with a nude base use a foundation or concealers to dull out your natural lip line •Use a red lip liner our favourite is a Cherry or Brick red to line the lips and fill in the whole lips then after doing the outline this will ensure a base for the following product to adhere to keeping the colour locked in! •Use a lip brush before you apply any following lip product to blend and smooth in the liner first, this will allow for a more polished lip – applying bright/deep/more noticeable lip colours should always have a sharp crisp edge as they look much better and this will reduce the risk of the colour bleeding out. •Apply your chosen colour the ultimate in the red family is defiantly Russian Red by MAC, a blue undertone red that will also make your teeth look whiter. Using a concealer or powder with an angled brush to sharpen around the edges and tallyho your good to go!


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Chocolate inspired weekend for your sweetie Looking to feast on luxurious chocolate with your other half this Valentine’s Day? Four-star Brooks Hotel is creating a lover’s dream with its Chocolate Desires Valentine’s Day package. The hotel, located in the center of Dublin city, is pulling out all the stops when it comes to celebrating the most romantic night of the year. Marking the occasion, the team at Brooks Hotel has devised a delightful chocolate inspired package which includes a fourcourse meal, a screening of Johnny Depp’s Chocolat and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s deluxe boutique styled rooms. Romantic couples across Ireland can wine and dine on the hotel’s special Valentine’s menu, which has a

host of chocolate inspired dishes. Try the traditional pumpkin seed salad with a twist; its seeds are coated with chilli chocolate for the adventurous of couples. Menu

Main courses include roast loin of venison with butternut squash and chilli mole with, you guessed it, bitter chocolate. Indulge in luxurious desserts by ordering the white chocolate and woodruff panacotta or the hot bittersweet chocolate mousse – either one is the perfect way to end a meal. Then consider the ambient Jasmine Bar where you can order an intoxicating chocolate martini. These features and more make Brooks Hotel a magnificent Valentine’s Day break away.

The hotel’s award-winning Francesca’s Restaurant is run by top chef Pat McLarnon, who has recently been called “a chef who cares” by a prominent food critic of the Irish Times, and judging by his full gluten-free menu it’s true. So if you’re looking to get away this Valentine’s Day think no further than this oasis in the heart of the city. Sign up for the package, pack your bags and put your feet up with a complimentary glass of prosecco. Dine on this luxurious special menu and package on February 14-15 at €260. It also includes a full Irish breakfast and a late checkout time. If you fancy only dining out this Valentine’s Day Brooks Hotel’s Wild About Chocolate menu is just €39.95 per person.

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Former Munster and Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan said: “Supporting our local rugby clubs is crucial for the development of Irish rugby”

rugby: funding initiative enters fourth year for clubs

FORMER Barnhall and Castleknock College rugby star Martin Moore was looking forward last month to potentially making his Irish international debut in this year’s 6 Nations campaign, and made his first appearance against Scotland from the bench.

Quinlan gives backing to Ulster TEAMof the MONTH H Bank RugbyForce competition Ulster Bank RugbyForce, an initiative which provides rugby clubs with the opportunity to win support packages to renovate their club and upgrade their facilities, is now open for entries. The 2013-2014 rugby season marks the fourth year of the initiative, which will see over €30,000 being awarded to clubs across Ireland. One rugby club will receive a top prize of €10,000, as well as a special training session with an IRFU coach and two Irish rugby stars. Four additional rugby

clubs, one from each province, will each receive €5,000. All entrants will receive merchandise for their clubs to the value of €100. Since its inception in 2010, the initiative has provided over €100,000 in funding to over 160 rugby clubs around the country. Speaking about the initiative, Alan Quinlan, former Ireland rugby star and Ulster Bank rugby ambassador, said: “Supporting our local rugby clubs is crucial for the development of Irish rugby. Every week, tal-

ented young stars are lining out for their clubs – stars which have the potential to progress to the professional game. “We saw that recently with Craig Ronaldson moving from Lansdowne FC to Connacht and Darragh Fanning being plucked by Leinster from St Mary’s. “Ulster Bank RugbyForce is about aiding development and providing clubs with the necessary resources to grow.” Last year, Ulster Bank RugbyForce received entries from over 135 clubs across the country.

Four rugby clubs – Birr RFC in Offaly, Midleton RFC in Cork, Westport RFC in Mayo and Newry RFC in Down – were selected as winners of €5,000 each. A fifth club, Richmond RFC in Limerick, was also awarded €5,000 after 16 entries were shortlisted and put to a public vote. All rugby clubs are invited to enter the initiative via Ulster Bank’s dedicated rugby website, www.ulsterbank.com/rugby. The closing date for registrations is Friday, April 11.

castleknock CC basketball Castleknock Community College the winners of the Under-19 B Girls’ All-Ireland Cup when they beat Cross & Passion of Kilcullen at the National Basketball Arena this month with an impressive team performance that showed their prowess on court.


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FastSport applications for basketball camp now open: Applications are being welcomed for the 2014 Macron Kits Basketball Ireland National Camp at Gormanston which will take place over two weeks from July 6. The camp is the longest-running basketball camp in Ireland and has seen some of the country’s best ever players come through its ranks. Campers also get the opportunity to work with players from the men and women’s premier leagues and receive coaching from national and international coaches. This coming summer will mark its 42nd year with the best coaches from home and abroad attending to divulge their knowledge to hundreds of young hoopsters. The first 50 campers to submit a completed application form along with their deposit get a GM Molten Basketball free. Log on to www. basketballireland.ie to download an application form.

skiing: olympic hopeful trains in the gym in rathgar before games

Lyne sets his sights on Sochi  sport@gazettegroup.com

Ahead of flying out to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, 20-year-old Conor Lyne, who will compete for Ireland in the grand slalom event, took time out to train at The Gym

in Rathgar and work on his strength and conditioning. The young skier, who will take to the slopes against the best in the world in the coming weeks, took time out of his training programme to speak to Gazette

Sport, and began by explaining his life in the sport to date. “My family moved to the US when I was young, and we moved to Utah, which is a big skiing area. “As a family, we went skiing at the weekend,

Conor Lyne signs the flag of champions at The Gym which features the signatures of Olympians and world championship athletes who have trained there

Olympic hopeful Conor Lyne with The Gym manager Colin Gaffney last week

which was a big thing to do in the area. Then I started to graduate up and joined the racing club at age 11, when I realised that I wanted to race,” said Lyne. “I continued down that route, and then applied to represent Ireland, and since then, my main goal has been to compete at the Olympics.” Lyne has spent the last two years training in Europe where the best and most varied alpine conditions exist for those taking part in the winter sport at the highest level. He has competed in both of the most recent world championships

in Schladming, Austria in 2013 and Garmisch in Germany in 2011. “2011 in Germany that was really about learning what life was like on the international stage. “I discovered I had to work even harder to bring my level up. “In 2013 I qualified for the second run, I had enough to be part of the top 60 [racers] who got to run again. I got 52nd overall, which was great for me.” With the challenge of Sochi on the horizon, Lyne worked hard to attain the Olympic qualif ying standard, and is expecting to use the Games as a measure

of his progress in the sport. “I will just give my best and see what the result is afterward. I’m looking forward to the experience and matching myself against the best in the world.” He also says that the future for the sport in Ireland is bright, in spite of the nation not exactly being the natural home for alpine competitors. “There are a lot of young lads coming up, a lot of whom are from Dublin, who are aspiring to the same level, and in the next couple of years, we will have a much stronger team than we do now.”

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Dublin’s minor ladies footballers narrowly missed out on All-Ireland glory last year

Dublin minor manager Conor Barry and his fellow selectors have confirmed their panel for the forthcoming Leinster championship campaign and it features players from a total of 11 Gazette country sides. Eighteen clubs have representatives in the 29-name panel with reigning Dublin club minor championship winners Kilmacud Crokes, leading the way with seven players - Aisling Whitely, Aoife Kane, Eabha Rutledge, Holly Greer, Kim Garth, Lauren

Magee and Orla McDonald. The southside is further represented by Doireann Mullany and Katie Murphy from Ballyboden St Enda’s, Hannah Hegarty and Katie Mahon from St Jude’s and Ciara Crotty of Foxrock Cabinteely. Dublin 15 celebrate the inclusion of Ann-Marie Troy, Katie Nyhan and Niamh O’Neill from St Brigid’s, and Leah Mullins from Castleknock. The north county sees Rachael Brogan from Fingallians, Emma Colgan and Muireann Ni Scanaill from St Margaret’s and

Louise Ryan from St Sylvester’s in the 29, while west Dublin see Amy Conroy from Round Tower and Rebecca McDonnell from Westmanstown take their places for 2014. Barry has chosen an experienced panel with all players bar two having previously represented Dublin previously at intercounty level. The panel also includes 11 members of last year’s minor squad who endured injury-time heartbreak at the hands of Galway in the All-Ireland minor final replay.

Barry has also included 10 members of last year’s Under-16 Leinster championship winning panel. Dublin’s Leinster championship campaign commences on February 15 with a home tie against Offaly, followed by a second home fixture on February 22 versus near neighbours, Wicklow. Dublin will travel to face Kildare on March 8, with the Leinster semi-finals pencilled in for the weekend of April 12 and 13, followed by the provincial decider on May 5.


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Draw no distraction for camogie starlet A daunting group for Dublin’s ladies’ code holds no fear for Lucan Sarsfields player Ali Twomey, who is relishing the challenge of the 2014 national league LUCAN Sarsfields’ Ali Twomey is hopeful the underdog tag will serve Dublin well in the National Camogie League in 2014 after the county was given a particularly daunting draw. They have been placed in an initial group with 2013 All-Ireland winners Galway, 2012 champs Wexford along with Cork who have won the league for the past two years. Draws do not come much tougher but the Lucan Sarsfields’ starlet is anticipating that this offers a real test of character that will stand to the Sky Blues. Speaking at Dublin sponsors AIG’s launch of the 2014 league campaigns across the codes,

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Twomey told GazetteSport that while they can feel hard done by, there is plenty that can be learned from this draw. “Obviously, people will look at it and think we aren’t going to do well because they are three of the top teams in the country and we haven’t won many matches in the last two years. But it is sometimes good to be the underdog and they won’t be expecting us. We will

just train hard, that’s all we can do. “It will be a good test of character for us and will drive us on. Playing them in the league, we will know the standard we have to work to be at for the championship.” Twomey is one of Lucan Sarsfields’ 2008 vintage that claimed the club’s first of two All-Ireland Feile titles in quick succession as part of a glittering underage career. Indeed, she says that 2013 was the first in her playing days that she did take home a club title – something she says “won’t happen again”. Her involvement with the Dublin senior team meant she was precluded

Camogie star Ali Twomey and ladies footballer Sinead Goldrick at the launch of Dublin’s 2014 GAA season in Parnell Park

from playing for the club in their groundbreaking Leinster League success in December. The development of their youth system at the 12th Lock is quickly beginning to pay dividends at adult level, something that Twomey hopes can be replicated

pushed off the ball. That’s one of the things we worked on all winter - and getting our strength up. “Experience as well would be a big thing because the oldest player in the side would be 27; next after that is 22 and then there are all the players like me who are 19 or

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at county level. “Liam Ryan was the main man, starting the teams and would have been working with our age in the Feile teams in 2007 and 2008 and we just kept on going. It carried on into the younger teams as well and they have now won loads of championships and four minor titles in-a-row. “We went down to see the Leinster league final and we were thinking ‘we are going to be lucky to get our places back in that team’. The younger girls coming up are so good and we don’t know where we will fit back in.” The skill level is all apparent but getting the physical aspect is one that needs to be negotiated to formally make the next step, firstly at club level. “One of our problems last year was the team was so small and we would get

18 down to 16. That’s the main chunk of the team.” It is something that can be replicated at Dublin level in her eyes once they are eased into the expanded training panel. “The younger Dublin teams have had quite a bit of success at underage level, the Under-16s winning the All-Ireland and the minors winning in Leinster. There is a great bunch of younger players coming up and hopefully they will strengthen the team. “Some might be afraid, thinking they are not good enough to step up. But they don’t realise they are. If minor players are introduced into a few training sessions, to get to realise and see that it’s not that scary. When I was going up, I remember saying ‘I’m too scared’. If we can train with those minors, it will be good for them.”

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Local villages to host start and end of Ras 2014 Dunboyne and Skerries will see the start and finish of the 2014 An Post Ras this year when the 2104 edition of the all-Ireland cycling tour begins on Sunday, May 18 this year. The race, launched last week at the GPO, will feature a balance between flat fast roads, undulating sections and tough climbs, with a total of five category one mountains and five category two ascents set to shake up the peloton. Race organiser Tony Campbell believes a good balance has been struck and that one group of riders will not be favoured over another. “There are climbs, but there are also a lot of fast roads where plenty of aggressive racing will be done,” said Campbell. “I think it is more or less one for a good, hard strong rider, a guy who can push up over the hills and who is also good when the speed is on.” As a bonus for the county riders, An Post is running a C-Factor competition, looking for the cyclist who best exemplifies the spirit of the An Post Ras between today’s launch and the final day of the race on May 25. The winner will earn the “chapeau”, or respect, of his fellow riders and Ras watchers through his performance in this year’s event. He will be marked as one to watch for the future, not just through his An Post Ras results but also through his use of media and social media in particular. County riders must use the hashtag #ras2014 @ anpostras, with further details on how to participate on www.anpostras.ie.

Roche to remain in training camp to fix injury Nicolas Roche will remain at the TinkoffSaxo team’s training camp in Gran Canaria in order to fully rehabilitate from a knee injury. The Dundrum cyclist has been

forced to stay off his bike by the injury and there had been fears that he would be sidelined for a longer time. However, he says that the knee is now “almost 100%” and will recuperate in the Canaries until he returns to the saddle competitively for the Tour of Oman from February 18 to 22.


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soccer: five-goal rout puts school in ALl-ireland final

DSD runners shine on track in Athlone Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Club were celebrating recently after their runners put in a series of impressive performances on the track at the Athlone Institute of Technology Arena in Westmeath over the course of the last two weekends. At the Woodie’s DIY Junior and Under-23 championships of Ireland held at the venue the week before last, club stalwart Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (above) put in an impressive showing to win the 800m junior title in a fast time of 2.06.29. Also winning gold in the Under-20 women’s 400m was Jade Leahy, who clocked 57.88, beating the fancied Alanna Lally from Galway City Harriers. Dundrum South Dublin’s Mark Kavanagh and Curtis Woods from North Down AC fought it out in the Under-23 men’s 200m, with Kavanagh coming out victorious in 22.16. Brian Masterson, Aengus Meldon and Mollie O’Reilly also featured well in the Under-20 championships and Meghan Ryan performed well in the Under-23 1,500m. On the same weekend, the Masters Indoor track and field event took place at the same venue and top performers for DSD were Shane Sheridan, with a double victory in the 100m and 200m, and Sheelagh Jones, who won the 800m and 1,500m. Club members Kevin Byrne, John McCarrick and Peadar McGing also featured with positive results. Last weekend saw the Athlone Institute of Technology Arena host the Woodie’s DIY AAI Open Indoor Games, which was graced by Sinead Denny, who set a new stadium record when winning the women’s 400m, in a time of 54.52, while fellow DSD runner Jade Leahy finished just outside the medals in fourth, in 58.56. Kavanagh ran 7.22 for the men’s 60m and 22.26 for the 200m, while Andrew Kidd registered 7.54 in the 60m and 52.20 for the 400m.

St Tiernan’s continued their winning ways with a five-goal victory in the Umbro FAI Schools John Murphy Cup semi-final in Mullingar

Mwale strikes for Tiernan’s john murphy cup s/f St Tiernan’s St Mogue’s College  sport@gazettegroup.com

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ST TIERNAN’S Ernest Mwale produced a fourstar performance as his side ran riot in the closing stages of their Umbro FAI Schools John Murphy Cup All Ireland semi final last week in Mullingar. A goal in the first half and a second half hat trick from the lively Mwale along with a 20-yard screamer from the productive Paddy Hennessy was more than enough to seal their

school’s ticket to an AllIreland final. T hough the score line suggests otherwise, it was St Mogue’s who dominated in midfield for long periods of the first half but just couldn’t find that killer final ball. But the Balally school always looked the more likely to score first and they did just that with a tidy finish into the bottom corner by their star striker Mwale after 15 minutes. Some quick counter attacking football ensured the ball fell to the feet of the lively

scott back in town Badminton’s Evans renews sponsorship dundrum badminton star Scott Evans

returned to Ireland last week and in spite of not being able to defend his Irish badminton title, was all smiles when he dropped into Hegarty Financial Management in Rathmines who were delighted to continue their sponsorship of Evans for 2014. He is pictured here with Frank Lynch and Jim Hegarty of the business when he visited their offices last week.

striker who made no mistake deceiving Liam English in the Cavan side’s goal. Ryan Kelly came close to equalising moments later with an acrobatic effort that crept over the bar as St Mogue’s picked themselves up and had some good possession and a number of efforts on target before the half ended 1-0. The Ulster men again started the second half brightly but their work did not pay off and Tiernan’s duly struck again on the counter attack on the hour mark. A neat through ball

from midfielder Adam Shalroki sent Mwale through on goal for him to finish. Goal number three came in the 71st minute and was a momentous effort as Mwale rounded a defender to slot past the keeper at his near post. In the 80th minute youngster Mwale hit the target for his fourth of the afternoon. The Leinster lads were now in full control of the match and dominated possession in the final period which lead to their final goal which arguably could be the best of the day by

centre half Hennessy. A powerful right footed strike from outside the area which rifled through a crowded goalmouth hit the top corner in the final minute of the game, wrapping up the win and more importantly sending St Tiernan’s through to the John Murphy All-Ireland cup final. Leon Ryan played a captain’s role in the win and will be looking forward to leading out the team on February 12. The Balally crew will play Balla Secondary School, Castlebar in the final.


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Local players feature in Under-16 panel   sport@gazettegroup.com

FIVE Kilmacud Crokes and Foxrock Cabinteely players apiece have been included in Ken Nyhan’s Dublin Under16 ladies football panel of 30 players for the 2 014 c h a m p i o n s h i p following a series of trials over the past few months,

K i l m a c u d ’s K a t i e Ronan, Mia Jennings, Muireann O’Gorman, Rachel Fleming and Robyn Kos are joined by Foxrock’s Ellen Curran, Hannah Foster Ryan, Hannah O’Neill, Tarah O’Sullivan and Megan Duffy in the squad. Adding to the sizeable local contingent, Eleanor Ahern from Ballinteer

St John’s, Naomh Olaf’s Clara O’Sullivan and Ballyboden St Enda’s Emily Flanagan are also all included. As part of their ongoing preparations for the championship, the Dublin Under-16s will play in mid-week against DIT in St Margaret’s. At Under-14 level, there is a similarly

large local involvement. Ballyboden St Enda’s Laura Smithers, Aoife Dwyer, Bronagh Lynn and Ellen Dunleavy all lined out for the county, as have Foxrock’s Laura O’Gray, Christina Hamill, Roisin McGovern and Siofra O’Brien, along with Naomh Olaf’s Ciara Donnelly, in recent times.

football: local players provide bench marks

Club Noticeboard ballyboden st enda’s There was no winner of the lotto jack-

search for a title sponsor continues

pot. The numbers drawn were 5, 22, 6

and we would welcome any interested

and 7. The match first three winners

party. For further information, con-

were Conor O’Brien, Fred Johnson,

tact Peter Wall at 087 133 2308.

Paul Jennings and Liam French. John

Paul Waters will be running a spe-

Fay won the weekly subscriber’s draw.

cialist goalkeeper training session for

Next week’s jackpot will be for € 2,000.

U-15 to U-21 teams in Sancta Maria on

2014 memberships are now due for

Thursday. Team managers are also

payment. The registration committee

welcome to come along.

would be very grateful if those who

Congratulations to Kevin and

are paying by cheque through the

Annmarie Walsh on the birth of their

envelopes ensure that all details on

baby girl Laoise; Paddy and Ciara

the envelope are completed.

Healy on their new baby boy Aodhan;

Ballyboden St Enda’s had nine play-

and senior football star Andrew Kerin

ers representing Dublin on Saturday

and Lynn on their new bundle of joy

in Croke Park. Congratulations to the

Tom.

footballers on their league win over

Congratulations again to the Bal-

Kerry and hard luck to the hurlers who

lyboden Operation Transforma-

were beaten by Kilkenny in the Walsh

tion group who continue to shed the

Cup final.

pounds.

Strictly Come Dancing preparations

Paddy Brown will be singing in the

are in full swing. Tickets and couple

bar on Saturday, February 8 from

sponsorships are now available. The

10pm. All welcome.

naomh olaf THE club shop will remain closed on Tuesdays until further notice. It will be open on Saturday mornings from 10am to 12 noon.

Dublin came from behind to register a debut win in the National Football League against Kerry

Dubs’ subs make the difference nfl round 1

Dublin 2-8 Kerry 1-10  sport@gazettegroup.com

B A L LY B O D E N S t Enda’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Kilmacud Crokes’ Paul Mannion and Kevin Nolan emerged from the bench to good effect as the Dubs struck late to start their National League campaign with a narrow win over Kerry on Saturday night in Croke Park. Jack McCaffrey came off the bench, too, to score the late winning point when he latched onto a clever crossfield

pass from Ciaran Kilkenny to slot the winner. Dublin’s subs bench again played a key role in this victory as the Dubs finished the game with 14 men after Sean George was red-carded ten minutes into the second half. Alan Brogan also made a very welcome return to the jersey having missed out entirely in 2013 and he improved as the game went on and will get a huge lift out of the 70 minutes. In the opening half Kerry played most of the better football with James O’Donoghue in very dangerous form, including a

superb 17th minute goal. However, Dublin struck for two goals through Kevin McManamon and Eoghan O’Gara to leave the minimum in it at the interval, 1-7 to 2-3. McManamon’s goal arrived in the ninth minute when league debutant Cormac Costello brilliantly turned his marker before accelerating through on goal and unselfishly off-loading to the St Jude’s man to apply the finish. O’Gara’s 20th minute goal pushed Dublin 2-3 to 1-5 in front when Kilkenny won a Kerry kickout before and long ball

from Ciaran Reddin was won by O’Gara whose angled shot found the net. Points from O’Donoghue and Stephen O’Brien opened Kerry’s account to the second half before Costello converted a free after the Whitehall Colmcille’s man had been fouled. Then came one of the talking/turning points for the game — George’s red card — after which Dublin really upped their game and combined with the introduction of subs helped Dublin to victory with McCaffrey’s point the last word.

awards. Strictly Come Olaf’s takes place on Saturday, March 22. Club membership is now due,

A successful awards night was held

membership can be paid online or by

in the club on Friday night, well done

completing a membership form and

to all players and teams who won

returning it to the bar.

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come for a great night’s entertain-

January 30 lotto draw for €11,000.

ment.

There was also no winner of the second

Please book that special function

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in 2014 in your clubhouse now to avoid

online at www.ballinteerstjohns.com

disappointment.

or from the usual outlets. Bingo every Monday night in the clubhouse – starts at 8pm and all wel-

Sympathies to the Desmond family on the passing of Diarmuid’s brother Patrick.

wanderers Huge prizes available to win in the

day and Sunday. Contact Mark on

National GAA Prize Draw including

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trips to Australia, USA and €1,000s

2565.

of euros worth of vouchers. Tickets

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to Wanderers so please support.

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Contact Stephen for more information on 086 048 9379. There was no lotto jackpot win-

This year’s Dublin Yearbook again sees the club featured, available in Eason’s.

ner. 17, 18 and 36. €25 to Ken Boyne,

Club gear available from the

Alan Donovan, Jackie and Aaron

shop, contact Niall for details on086

Walsh, The Van Fund. Next week’s

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jackpot is €3,600.

Ladies team invite all new players

Adult men’s pre-season training

to join the club, for further details

has commenced and will continue

please contact Louise on 086 833

each Monda y, Wednesda y, Fri-

3587.


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NATIONAL HEROES: St Tiernan’s reach final of FAI Schools John Murphy Cup after semi-final rout P30

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THE CAMOGIE CHALLENGE: Twomey hails Dubs spirit ahead of league campaign P29

Aisling Naughton, seen here in action for Ireland’s hockey team and inset in her new green uniform as part of the Women’s Rugby Sevens team, is hoping for World Series success

Switching for Sevens Former hockey international Aisling Naughton flying out to Atlanta as part of women’s Rugby Sevens side seeking Olympic qualification  sport@gazettegroup.com

GOATSTOWN native Aisling Naughton is hoping she can earn a place at the 2016 Olympics Games as part of the Irish women’s Rugby Sevens team via one of the more unique routes. The Knocknashee resident previously represented Ireland at the Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 as part of the Irish Under-17 hockey team. But she is now starting on the route to Rio de Janeiro following her selection to the Ireland’s Rugby Sevens squad which will travel to Atlanta next week as Ireland’s women team. The 20-year-old, a first year sports and exercise management student in UCD, is one of 12

Irish girls taking part in the Rugby Sevens World Series, which moves on to Sao Paulo in February. From there, the Irish side travel to Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, France and finally Moscow in June. Naughton is one of three new players who have been identified as part of the IRFU’s ongoing talent identification programme. The programme is open to the wider athletic and team sport community and offers elite athletes the opportunity to join an Olympic programme in a new international female sport. Ahead of her trip to Atlanta, Naughton said: “It is so exciting and such a privilege to represent your county and country and I hope that we can

bring some national pride to Goatstown. “Taking part in the World Series is daunting but we know that by working together and working hard that we can take on anyone. “The ultimate dream is to qualify for the Olympics in 2016, and I hope that our journey can encourage more girls to get involved in team sports, particularly rugby as it one of the most inclusive sports with a position and role for everyone.” Head coach Jon Skurr, meanwhile, says that Ireland’s involvement in the World Series is an exciting new development for the sport. “A lot of hard work has gone in to get us to this point so far,” he said. “It’s a big year for Irish women’s rugby, there’s a lot going on and one of

our jobs is to extend the player base that we’ve got, so that we’ve got more people competing, which is why our talent identification process is so important. “We’ve got a number of new caps going. It’s going to be tough, but I feel we’re really going to progress as the season goes on as these players develop their ability to play international rugby at the top level.” Previously, Naughton went on from the Youth Olympics to represent Irish hockey’s Under-21s in their successful 2012 European championships C division performance. She comes from a strong sporting pedigree and is the grand-niece of former Irish champion jockey John Roe.


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