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HUNDREDS of jobs are to be axed at computer giant Hewlett Packard’s (HP) customer service unit in Sandyford in what has been described as “devastating news for employees”. The company will be making 220 employees redundant, with 60 contractors also being let go, following a review by one of its clients of its pan-
European operating model. Local councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) said he was “extremely disappointed” with Barclaycard’s decision to end its contractual service arrangements with HP, and that “it would lead to devastation for local families”. HP said they will work closely with employees on the transition and redeployment opportunities available to help minimise the impact of the cuts. Full Story on Page 2
An ace event: Young players take in a tennis club’s open day COACH Jenny Claffey was delighted
to welcome young tennis players to an open day at St Mary’s Lawn Tennis Club in Donnybrook recently, where Dundrum girl Lucy Lalor joined Ava O’Donnell, from Donnybrook, and Lara Ryan, from
Rathmines, for a look around. Claffey recently represented Ireland in the Fed Cup, so was a great guide at the busy open day, which featured competitions, spot prizes, face painting and refreshing afternoon tea for everyone.
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HUNDREDS of jobs are to be axed at computer giant Hewlett Packard’s (HP) customer service unit in Sandyford in what has been described as “devastating news for employees”. Locally-based computer company HP has announced that it is to shed 280 jobs at its offices in Sandyford. The company will be making 220 employees redundant, with 60 contractors also being let go, following a review by one of its clients of its pan-European operating model. The customer-service unit had been set up to deal with Barclaycard clients in Italy and Portugal. The job losses come after Barclaycard’s decision was made to move the company’s services closer to its customers in Italy and Portugal. This means that HP’s multilingual support services at its unit in Sandyford will no longer be required, and will come to a close at the end of next March.
Tech giant HP announced the decision to let 220 staff and 60 contractors go following the removal of a major contract, which will cause its multilingual support service to move closer to customers in Italy and Portugal
In a statement, HP has confirmed that employees were informed of the decision at a meeting on Thursday, June 27. “HP confirms that following a review by one of its clients of their pan-European operating model, and a decision to move services closer to their customers in Portugal and Italy, multilingual support services provided
by HP on behalf of the client will end on March 31, 2014. “HP is fully committed to its operations in Ireland and will work closely with its employees on the transition and redeployment opportunities to help minimise any impact and ensure high standards of customer delivery quality are maintained,” said the statement.
HP has further stated that it continues to hire in Ireland, in line with recent announcements, and is on schedule to build a new state-of-the-art facility at its site in Ballybrit in Galway. In Ireland, HP currently employs almost 4,000 staff, with approximately 3,000 employed in Leixlip, Co Kildare, and 800 in Galway. Responding to the news, Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said he was “extremely disappointed” with Barclaycard’s decision to end its contractual service arrangements with HP, and that “it would lead to devastation for local families”. Speaking to The Gazette, he said: “The axe has now fallen on 280 jobs. This is bad news for the county, and is devastating news for employees, their families and their incomes. “I understand from officials at HP that they have major plans for expansion in Galway, and I would appeal to the company to assist in the retraining of
its employees at Sandyford with a view to retaining its facility.” Local area representative for the area John C Byrne (FF) also expressed his concern at the recent announcement. He said: “This is a huge blow to the area. Many of the workforce at this facility live in our community with their families and play a vital role in the local economy. “Between now and next March, I would ask the government to do everything it can to attract new business to the Sandyford area that can employ the highly-skilled workforce that will be made redundant.” The news made national headlines on July 3 – the same date that Ulster Bank announced its plan to close up to 39 branches in Ireland, in an effort to return the group to profit by 2016. This will see more than 1,000 job losses, with a workforce reduction from approximately 5,800 to between 4,000 and 4,500 staff.
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training: wide variety of related topics covered in meetings
Glory for nursing homes
Free workshops on starting a business laura webb
THE Enterprise and Employment Team in Southside Partnership DLR will continue their monthly Self-Employment Information Workshops for 2013, with another one to be held on July 19. The two-hour information workshops cover topics including information on Department of Social Protection enterpriserelated payments such as Back to Work/short-term Enterprise Allowance schemes, and Southside Partnership DLR supports to the self-employed. The workshops also cover how to register a new business, how to register for tax, and explain
the importance of having a business plan for a new business. The free workshops are suited to anyone who is currently unemployed, living in the Dun LaoghaireRathdown area, and who is in receipt of a social protection payment. Those participating in Community Employment or TUS work placement programmes are also welcome to attend. Finn Mc Guirk, enterprise and employment manager, said: “In 2012, Southside Partnership staff met with 421 people who were unemployed and interested in becoming self-employed. “Of these, 349 went on to set up in business with the support of either the
Back to Work or ShortTerm Enterprise Allowance payments from the Department of Social Protection.” The free information workshops run for two hours from 10am to 12 noon in Southside Partnership DLR offices, The Old Post Office, 7 Rock Hill, Main St, Blackrock. The workshops scheduled for the coming months will take place on Friday, July 19; Monday, August 26 and Monday, September 30, and will be ongoing through until November. To book a place on one of these free sessions, contact Esther McGearty at 01 706 0100, or email email@example.com.
Treasured island: Funlovers discover sandy spot at the centre of Hamleys MAX and Jake O’Neill (centre) were delighted to meet Eli Caldwell, Jessica Pritzel, the Hamleys bear and Kara Stokes at Hamleys toy shop in Dundrum Town Centre recently, where the colourful piratethemed characters were marking the “discovery” of an artificial beach. Comprising a tonne of sand, the beach has been installed to help mark the store’s pirate-themed summer celebrations, with children invited to dig in with a bucket and spade, while a pirate cove, pirate storytime, treasure trail and 10,000 gold coins to give away – made of chocolate, me hearties – add to the fun.
COMMUNITIES across South Dublin are being called upon to honour “outstanding care” in their local nursing homes. The Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Care Awards 2013 are asking local people to make nominations before the deadline of Friday, July 19. The NHI Care Awards, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies, will host their fourth annual awards in November. Last year, Terry Tiernan of Ashford House Nursing Home in Dun Laoghaire, won the Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award, while Annabeg Nursing Home, Ballybrack, was a finalist in three categories. For further information on the awards, see www. nhicareawards.ie.
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people Rathfarnham woman takes a Wonderful look at life, love and family
Second book for local author natalie burke
A SOUTH Dublin writer and actress – Caroline Grace-Cassidy, who hails from Rathfarnham – has recently celebrated the launch of her second novel.
The Other Side of Wonderful was launched by TV3’s Midday presenter, Elaine Crowley, at an event held in Dubray Books on Grafton Street. The publication is Caroline’s second book and is a contemporary
Need advice on how to get going? Are you thinking of starting a business or are you already in business and looking towards expanding? The County Enterprise Board can help you! Every week we hold Business Advice sessions where you can meet an experienced Business Advisor who will be able to give you information about all of the services the Enterprise Board can provide and will be able to point you in the right direction so that you can avail of the supports which are available to you. The Enterprise Board has four key support areas – Training, Mentoring, Networking and – in qualifying cases – Funding. These are available to all small businesses in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area. The Business Advice sessions are the best way to learn about how best you can be helped in your business. The Enterprise Boards are funded by the Dept. of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and there is no cost to anyone attending these meetings. So how to get involved? It’s easy – all you have to do is call us on (01) 494 8400 or email: info@ dlrceb.ie . You can also find out about all of our activities and current courses and network activity on our website – www.dlrceb.ie . The Enterprise Board has a number of publications which might be helpful to you – Business Start Up, Social Media for Business, Business Marketing, Managing Business Finances and Your Business & the Law. If you would like a copy of all or any of these – free of charge – please contact us on the above phone number or email address.
novel that tells the story of two 30-something women. The story centres around two characters, Cara and Sandra, whose lives have not turned out as they may have hoped. Through these characters, Caroline explores the topic of IVF and focuses on the message that “it is never too late to find your heart’s desire of love and family”. As well as being a twotime novelist, Caroline is
also an actress, scriptwriter and a creative director of a film company. Beginning her career on BBC and RTE’s children’s programme, Custer’s Last Stand Up, as Mary Mull, Caroline has gone on to appear in various television productions and is a regular panellist for Midday on TV3. She is a co-founder and creative director of Smart Blondes – a new production company that is cur-
rently in development on its second short film. Caroline also recently co-wrote her first script, entitled Princess Rehab, which was made into a short film, in which she also stars, and which will premiere at the 25th Galway Film Fleadh. The Other Side of Wonderful is published by Poolbeg Press, retails for approximately €14.99, and is available from all good book stores now.
Caroline Grace-Cassidy is joined by TV3’s Elaine Crowley, Midday presenter, for the launch of Caroline’s new book, The Other Side of Wonderful
Pirates ahoy in centre visit TO CELEBRATE Dublin’s first Comic Convention, which is set to come to Dublin this August 10 and 11, some familiar faces will be arriving at Hamleys in Dundrum this weekend. Captain Jack Sparrow will be joining the Hamleys Pirates on Saturday, July 13 for an actionpacked day in Dundrum, along with a selection of other familiar faces, from your favourite Star Wars characters to Iron Man. The colourful characters will be in store from 12 to 4pm, and you will have the chance to have your picture taken with them or even to join them in their activities. As part of Hamleys’ Summer Pirate Invasion, you can join the team for storytime at 11am, treasure hunts at 1pm and 4pm, and eyespy at 3pm. For further information on all events at Hamleys this summer, see www.hamleys.com. For information on the Dublin Comic Convention, see www.dublincomiccon.com.
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council Crying shame no DLR event – Richmond
Call to host a St Patrick’s Day parade laura webb
THE county of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown should have its own parade or concert to celebrate Ireland’s national day, St Patrick’s Day. That’s according to Cllr Neale Richmond (FG), who is raising the issue as a motion with council management and representatives at an upcoming county council meeting. “I intend to pursue this. I think it is a crying shame that we are the only local authority in Dublin that
has absolutely no parade or concert or civic event to mark our national day. “There is a parade in Tallaght, Swords, and the massive one in Dublin city, which is brilliant – I just think it is a shame that there isn’t one either in Dun Laoghaire or Dundrum – this could do a lot to revitalise commerce in the area. “We make so much money from concerts at Marlay Park. The money is ring-fenced, and it has to be spent back in community issues. St Patrick’s
Day is the most obvious one [event] we should celebrate,” he said. According to Cllr Richmond, it’s an “easy way” to showcase the amount of voluntary organisations and businesses in the area. He went on to say the council department responsible for events was “really good” at hosting unique events, such as the ukulele hooley, the teddy bears’ picnic, and the outdoor cinema. “There are loads of things going on [that the council organises]... I
Revellers celebrating our national day in the city centre. However, in response to a call for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to host its own celebration, the council has said there is no finance available
think we should, as a local authority, have something for St Patrick’s Day as a celebration. Let’s bring communities together; it doesn’t have to be huge,” he said. In response, Richard Shakespeare, director of services, Dun LaoghaireRathdow n County Council, said there was
no finance available and other St Patrick’s Day celebrations were run by committees. “St Patrick’s Day committees are set up all across the country. Nothing of that sort has been put to me. We can consider it, but in these times they are expensive little items to do.
“We do an awful lot of events that other local authorities wouldn’t do. “If there is interest from anybody wanting to host a St Patrick’s Day parade, we will be coming out with a whole new grant booklet in September which will include events, community grants, and business support grants.”
standards Stores up for Mace awards THREE South Dublin Mace stores have been honoured for achieving exceptional standards in retailing at the annual Mace Excellence Awards. Harnett’s Mace Balally, Kumar and Singh’s Maxol Mace Sandymount, and Smith’s Maxol Mace BallinteerAvenue were among the nationwide stores to receive an award. The stores were rigorously monitored throughout the year in areas including shop presentation, food safety and legal compliance, and surprise audits were carried out. Mace sales directorAlex Banahan said: “I would like to congratulate our retailers in south Dublin who continue to develop, expand, and improve their offering, year on year.”
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opinion 40 years of campaigning for women’s equality
Working as a catalyst for change in an unequal world
Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
This year marks 40 years of women and women’s organisations coming together in the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to campaign for women’s equality. In Dublin 40 years ago when a group of feminists chaired by Hilda Tweedy from the Irish Housewives Association, got together, NWCI was born. Ireland was a very different place
for women. Younger readers will not remember the Marriage Bar, when women working in the public and civil service as well as in many other companies had to leave work when they married. The sale and distribution of contraception was banned and women could not legally refuse sex with their husband. Only three women were members of the Dail. The mother of a friend
remembers having to get her husband’s signature in order to buy furniture. At a recent conference in Dublin, Brid Horan, the Deputy CEO of ESB, said that when she began work at 18 in Irish Life, because she was a woman, her father had to sign her contract. Forty years on women in Ireland can be proud of what we have achieved. Key milestones on the path for greater equal-
ity were the end of the Marriage Bar in 1973, the complete liberalisation of contraception in 1991 and the introduction of divorce in 1995. Accessing the European Union 40 years ago has been very good for women as it boosted women’s rights in relation to equality and employment legislation. Today, 57 per cent of third-level graduates are women and over 55 per cent of women are in paid employment. And women in paid employment have access to 26 weeks’ maternity benefit. The 40th anniversary year for NWCI has come at a pivotal time for women’s rights in Ireland. Events over the last months have shone a spotlight on the historic discrimination and misogyny that exists and persists in Irish society, but also of the potential and possibility of a more equal and just future. Leadership in Irish society is bereft of women. Only 16 per cent of TDs are women and only 9 per cent of women sit on the boards of our top private companies. Fewer than one in four voices on our news and current affairs radio belong to a woman. And even with legislation for the X case, Ireland will still have one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in the world. A significant number of women remain dependant on their husbands for their income and beyond child benefit have no access to money in their own right. Despite the increase of women’s participation in the labour market there is an absence of state support for affordable childcare in Ireland with costs amongst the highest in the EU. While progress in the
past 40 years has been slow, in recent times there has been more cause for optimism. Quotas for encouraging more women into political leadership are very welcome, as are the changes signalled by our Constitutional Convention on changing the place of women in Irish society and the progress towards marriage equality. NWCI is particularly heartened by the resurgence of an interest in feminism. NWCI recently opened up its membership to a broader range of organisations and individuals. And many young women and men have joined in NWCI’s youth Initiative, the Y Factor project, which is empowering and supporting young people to become leaders for women’s equality. NWCI with its more than 160 member organisations works to be the main catalyst for change in the achievement of equality between women and men in Ireland. In times of austerity, it is paramount that the needs and aspirations of women are clearly articulated and that women are seen as part of the recovery. If we want Ireland to be a different place for women - and men - in the next 40 years we must all take a proactive role in these challenging times to ensure that the attainment of women’s rights and equality is at the centre of change in our society. For further information and if you would like to join NWCI please see www.nwci.ie or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Orla O’Connor Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
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Katie Long has her blood pressure checked by Dr David Monks. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
Gathering for fun
LENCULLEN residents had lots to take in during the recent Gathering events in the area, which saw a multitude of activities taking place at a number of local landmarks, including the community hall, St Patrick’s church, Johnnie Fox’s pub, and more. An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab) offi-
cially launched the festivities, which saw many local representatives and community leaders come along to join in the fun, with everything from face painting to a coffee morning, a meetand-greet with the Garda horses, vintage car show, stalls and children’s entertainment, and much more, creating a great day for all.
Stephen Hudson, Nicole Beattie and Anna Beattie from ZIPIT Forest Adventures
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health Volunteers welcome at St John Ambulance division
A ‘life-long way’ to help people in need
FORMED more than 20 years ago, the St John Ambulance Dundrum Division continues to be a vital artery of the community by training and providing first aid. The volunteer group have one simple vision – that everyone should have immediate access to first aid, no matter where they are or what they are doing at the onset of injury or illness.
During a recent Gathering event in Glencullen, members of the group were on hand to promote their division, while also offering their life-saving service. This event is just one of the many local events the group attend. Their life saving services are also used at major sporting events in venues such as the Aviva stadium, while they have also covered concerts by stars such as Rihanna, and Robbie
Williams, to name but a few. Speaking to The Gazette, member Julie McGinn said vital lifesaving medical training is provided, and the group are always looking for new members – whether seniors or cadets. “We welcome new members and we look for bright and enthusiastic people to join us. No prior experience is required. We have members from all walks of
life and we provide a full range of internal courses to all our members, up to and including emergency medical technician – that is the highest standard outside of a paramedic that you can train to. “Once a member completes a basic first aid course, when they are confident and gain experience they can then go on duty with more experienced members to local events, as well as the major events.” Not only will a member get life-saving training, but there is also a social aspect. “It is a life-long experience, and you get to meet great people. If you stick with the organisation, there is opportunity to progress through the ranks –
St John Ambulance members Julie McGinn, Niall Coffey, Dr David Monks and Sean O’Keefe were ready with their skills at a Gathering event in Glencullen recently
lance corporal, corporal, then sergeant – all the way up. Depending on what service you want to put in, it can be a lifelong commitment,” she said. The St John Ambu-
lance is reliant on the generosity of the community for donations through fundraising events. The Dundrum division meet every Wednesday from 8.30 to 10.30pm
at the Ballinteer Health Centre, Ballinteer. Cadets are aged 11-17, while adult members are aged 18-plus. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or find them on Facebook.
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weight-loss: District of the Year 2013 accolade
Biggest losers are winners at prestigious awards ceremony A recent weight-loss award highlighting the successful accomplishments of Irish women losing weight has been awarded to a national slimming group. Slimming World clubs across the country have been awarded for their efforts in helping more than 21,237 people in the Republic of Ireland to lose weight. The clubs lost a total of 65,152 stone in 2012. The district of Ireland,
which includes 152 consultants, was named Slimming World District of the Year 2013, an accolade presented at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Birmingham, England, last month. Manager of the district Gretchen Mone said she was “over the moon” to see her teams succeed. “ O u r t e a m s h ave worked extremely hard over the past year to ensure that every single group across the district
is providing an excellent service to our members to ensure their weight loss success.” The best part of the accomplishment, according to Gretchen, was the team effort put in by the whole country. “Every single one of our consultants and local managers agree that we have the best job in the world. We’re passionate about helping people to change their lives by losing weight and seeing
them succeed is the most important thing to us, but winning this award is a wonderful bonus.” Slimming World is set to open new groups across Ireland, and are currently looking to recruit. Career opportunity events will be held soon in the Hilton Hotel, Malahide Road on Saturday, July 20, and Saturday, August 10 at 11am. For more information, visit www.slimmingworld. com, or call 01 656 9696.
Slimming World were awarded for their efforts in helping people lose weight
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Make-A-Wish ambassador TV3’s Martin King with colleague Sybil Mulcahy join special guest Wilbur the bear at the announcement of Debenhams Ireland partnership with children’s charity Make-A-Wish Ireland. Picture: Robbie Reynolds
Debenhams are helping to make wishes come true The official charity partner for Debenhams Ireland has been named as Make-A-Wish Ireland. The retail giant hope to raise €10,000 by the end of the summer for the charity that grants wishes to children aged three to 17 who have life-threatening medical conditions with the simple aim of giving them some joy and enrich their lives. Throughout July and August, staff at all 11 Debenhams stores in Ireland will participate in a number of fundraising activities, as well as inviting customers to make a donation with their purchases. Staff at Debenhams Blanchardstown are busy getting ready for a number of activities including internal cake sales, a pub quiz and football tournament, a fashion show and pamper day, as well as a book and DVD sale in the staff canteen. There will be collection canisters at the tills in store also, encouraging customers to donate a euro or two to the worthy cause.
To be in with a chance of winning, prize entrants must book and complete a Wedding Show Around at the Waterside House Hotel, before taking part in the Bridal Mile together, a fun run which takes place on July 24 at 7pm on Donabate Beach. This race will bring out each individual couples’ relay team skills whilst battling through some wedding-themed obstacles along the way. For more information and to enter, visit www.facebook.com/ watersidehousehotel.
youth advocate programmes to hold bag pack The Youth Advocate Programmes (YAP) Dublin have organised a fundraising bag pack in St Stephen’s Green on July 12. YAP Dublin will be in the St Stephen’s Green shopping cen-
tre to raise funds for its service, which provides intensive support programmes for young people and families. It uses a strengths-based, family focused approach to deliver a one-to-one service for up to 15 hours per week over six months to young people with complex needs. Speaking in advance of the fundraiser, Jenny Nulty, service manager for YAP Dublin and the North East said: “We are very excited about organising this event which will provide additional funding for our service and create more awareness of the work of the organisation. Although the charity is funded by the HSE, fundraising is an essential part of adding value for the local programme. We hope that the public in Dublin will show us their support on the day.” For more information, see www. yapireland.ie
go the extra mile and win a dream wedding package With just one week left to enter, Dublin brides-to-be are being called on to compete in The Bridal Mile to be in with a chance of winning a dream wedding and honeymoon. Launched in April and running until July 18, the Waterside House Hotel in Donabate is looking for engaged couples to enter their competition to win a full wedding package and a five-star honeymoon to the Gran Atlantis Bahia Real in Fuerteventura.
The Waterside House Hotel in Donabate is looking for engaged couples to enter their competition to win a full wedding package and a five-star honeymoon in Fuerteventura
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Accidents prompt call for more safety
Darren Kenny’s photo, Dun Laoghaire, was shortlisted in 2012
Celebrating our coast LAURA WEBB
IRELAND’S beautiful coastlines are being put in the spotlight by a national competition that is calling on amateur photographers to submit their snaps and showcase their local coast line. T he Clean Coasts annual photography competition is organised by An Taisce. Amateur photographers across the country are being asked to enter the competition with their photos of their coastline to be in with a chance of winning a slice of the €4,000 total prize fund. The theme of this year’s competition is Treasure Our Coast, and entries are invited under four categories: Coastal Heritage; Coastal Landscape; People and the Coast; and Wildlife and the Coast. There will be three prize winners within each category, with first prize receiving €500, second prize €300 and
third prize €200. T h i s p h o t o g r a p hy competition is a key part of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme, which encourages communities to conserve, enhance and celebrate some of the 3,000 miles of Irish coastline. Last year over 3,000 entries were received and this year, as An Taisce marks the tenth birthday of its Clean Coasts programme, it is thought even more budding photographers will get involved. Pat Oliver, director of An Taisce’s environmental education unit, said: “All amateur photographers are invited to submit their photos of the coastline to the Clean Coasts photography competition. “Ireland is fortunate to have some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. “T his competition encourages people to look anew at the beaches and coastal landscapes
we can sometimes take for granted. “The overall mission of the Clean Coasts programme is to celebrate and preserve Ireland’s spectacular coast, and this competition is central to that effort as it gives people a chance to show their local coastline at its best.” The Clean Coasts programme is operated by the environmental education unit of An Taisce, and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community
and Local Government, as well as Coca-Cola. The 2013 competition was launched on Thursday, May 16, as part of Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2013. This amateur photography competition has proven itself to be a great way of showcasing Ireland’s diverse and unique beauty and heritage, and has captured the pride and imagination of both photographers and the public. An exhibition of pho-
tos from entrants is currently travelling around the Irish coastline. See the CleanCoasts Facebook page to find out where they will be appearing next. If you would like to get involved in, or learn more about An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Programme, log on to www.cleancoasts. org. Amateur photographers should submit their photos of their coastline online at the same web address by August 16.
Corkwing Wrasse by Graham Pimlott was shortlisted in 2012
A SURVEY by the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons (IAPS) which revealed that four children have lost limbs in lawnmower accidents in the last six weeks has prompted calls for gardeners to be more safety conscious. Dr Patricia Eadie, president of the IAPS, said that those planning on cutting the grass should ensure that their children are securely in the house. “Lock up your children. That should be the first thing anyone does before starting the lawnmower, or have a second adult to supervise them. “In the last six weeks I, and colleagues, have seen two children with horrific foot injuries where their feet went under a powered lawnmower at their homes. “This resulted in both patients losing most of their toes and a lot of their foot. We also had two other children with severe hand injuries, one who lost all the digits on one hand and the second, the majority of all their digits,” said Dr Eadie. Dr Eadie went on to say that while most of the damage can be repaired, the scars of such incidents remain. “Fortunately, in all cases our members have been able to repair some of the damage but this will still undoubtedly leave these children scarred physically and mentally for life. “Our members noted that, of these four recent cases, three of them were injuries sustained from being near ride-on mowers. Whereas a parent would never allow children to drive a car for whatever reason, they don’t exercise the same vigilance with what is a motorised blade. This just makes no sense to us.” For anyone who does happen to suffer injuries, the advice is simple. “Our advice to anyone unfortunate enough to lose digits in this way is to place any severed digits into a plastic bag, place the bag into a container of ice, and get the patient to an emergency room.”
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ideas: promoting mental well-being
Young people Think Big at health workshop natalie burke
Young people from across Dublin have attended a workshop designed to help make a difference to mental health in Ireland. The young people joined groups from across the country to attend the Think Big workshop in the 02 headquarters in Dublin. Think Big is a programme designed by
O2 and Headstrong, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, which aims to inspire young people around the country to promote positive mental health in their local communities. The young people attending the recent workshop were each awarded a place on the national Think Big programme after successfully submitting an idea for a project in their communi-
ty. Think Big has granted initial funding of €300 to help get each project off the ground, along with a mobile phone with €50 top-up and a Think Big start-up pack. Carmel O’Reilly and Evelyn McGrillen from Clondalkin worked on furthering the development of Knockmitten Youth Cafe. The youth cafe will give young people a place where they can socialise in a positive
Knockmitten Youth Cafe’s Carmel O’Reilly and Evelyn McGrillen
environment without the influence of drugs and alcohol. Avril Clarke from Stoneybatter focused on her website project, Betterthannoodles.com. The aim is to make the site the number one student cooking website in
Ireland. It will include video recipes, which will refer to nutritional values, and the site will work to promote the association between a good diet and a healthy mind. Simply Positive Performing was developed by Megan O’Loughlin
from Artane in Dublin North, which will promote dance to boost the mood of the locality. Megan has studied the performing arts and knows first-hand how movement and music can improve one’s outlook on life.
Corporate responsibility manager at O2 Jill Johnston congratulated those who took part: “The variety and high calibre of projects that young people across the country have submitted has really impressed us.”
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FEATURE safety: pre-holiday checklist
Protecting your home this summer
Gearing up for the summer holidays, the check-list in place with the priority probably being your passport, but have you checked to see if your house is secure? This week, The Gazette is bringing you some tips for securing your home this holiday season. According to An Garda Siochana, there are three simple steps that people need to adhere when leaving the house, even if it’s just for an hour: 1. Put the alarm on, 2. Lock all doors and windows and 3. Leave a light on when leaving your home empty. It is also a good idea to set timer switches to turn lamps and radios on and
off. Residents who remember these simple steps every time they leave their property are making it less attractive for burglars to target your home. Thieves are also known opportunists so, even when at home, doors and windows should also be locked because it takes just seconds for thieves to enter a property and steal items. When going on holidays, inform a trusted neighbour, give them a key so they can bring in post and switch on and off lights if you don’t have a timer switch. Remember to ask neighbours to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to local garda, no matter how small they
think it is. Meanwhile, security expert Aaron Mooney from Action Security, has compiled a checklist that can make sure your house is safe and sound, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy your time away. Avoid tell-tale signs that no one is home: Empty bins and rubbish not going out on bin day are strong indicators no one is home. Ask a neighbour to use your bins or put them out for collection. Ask a trusted key holder to take in your milk, newspaper or post deliveries. Turning off and on lights and also opening and closing blinds are ALL essential security measures.
It takes just seconds for thieves to enter a property and steal items
Don’t invite them in: Large bushes or foliage around your house are a great hiding place – don’t give a potential burglar an easy entry/escape route. Whatever you do, don’t leave a key under a mat or in a plant pot – a favourite in rural Ireland. Don’t put up on social media that you are going away. If you have previously ‘checked in’ at home then it is easy for a burglar to find out where you live. Don’t leave valuables on display. The Securikey Digital Safe from Action Security will ensure that
your valuables are secure while you are away. But above all LOCK UP. Once you have taken
time out to make sure your house is secure, you can sail, or fly, into the sunset that little more relaxed.
For further tips and advice on security, visit Action Security online on www.actionsecurity.ie
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david maich, director, spur uk
Cooking up new ways to satisfy customers AS DIRECTOR of Spur UK, the British-based head of Spur steak restaurants, David Maich, has been kept busy overseeing the company’s expansion, with its Irish division opening Rapid River Spur at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in West Dublin. David has now been in the hospitality sector for more than 21 years, and
has been with Spur since April, 2010. He was appointed the director of Spur UK in January, 2011. David lives with his wife and young family in Rochester, and regularly visits Ireland to oversee the Rapid River Spur restaurant in Dublin, and the Nevada Spur restaurant in Belfast, at Victoria Square.
How long have you been in business?
entertainment, and specifically what they think about the restaurants. Then we dissect that, and decide how our restaurants should evolve. Innovation is also one of the cornerstones of the company.
Spur Steak Ranches opened its first restaurant in 1967 in Cape Town, and now has almost 500 restaurants globally across its multitude of brands.
What makes your business successful?
Our people are what make our business successful. We have appointed staff that are passionate about driving the success of our business and delivering the Spur experience within a family-orientated, value-for-money restaurant. Our restaurant managers are absolutely crucial to our success. Their leadership is extremely important; they have a great respect and understanding of the Spur brand, and they surround themselves with happy people who can integrate with our customers and make them feel happy.
What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?
Great food, a great environment and a great atmosphere are non-negotiable if you want to run a successful restaurant, and they are a given at Spur. We spend a considerable amount of money on market research, keeping up to date with changing tastes and trends in family eating and
How has the recession impacted your business?
At a time when many restaurants are experiencing great pain from the recession and restaurants are feeling the effects of shrinking disposable income, we are thankful that our footfall is increasing and we are still retaining a strong market share.
How do you use social media to help your business?
I believe that social media is crucial to any business that wants to stay current. We have recently appointed a company to manage our social media on both Facebook and Twitter, and we encourage our restaurants to provide up-to-date action – we want our customers to talk to us, provide feedback and share their Spur memories with us.
What is your ambition for the business?
We are constantly receiving requests from our loyal customer base to expand our brand in different areas in the UK and Ireland. We have a five-year plan to expand our brand [there].
A generic CV will do you no favours HEAD of PayPal Ireland Louise Phelan recently said that many graduate applicants weren’t being taken seriously as they were submitting generic cover letters and generic CVs for positions in the company. Rule number one when applying for a specific job is to tailor your CV to that job. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the employer wants to know at a glance if you have the specific skills and experience that they are looking for. Secondly – and just as importantly in today’s market – it demonstrates that you are sufficiently interested in the job to read the spec properly and spend time on your application. This is as relevant for seasoned professionals as it is for graduates. For example, if you have years of high-level experience and you now want a less stressful part-time job, wowing a potential employer with your impressive corporate achievements will be futile unless they are directly related to the job in question. When tailoring a CV, your first point of reference should be the job spec and your previous CVs. Ideally, you should have a “master” CV that you amend according to the position you are applying for. You need to clearly match your work history and achievements to the specification. You may need to “juggle” bullet-points and move those more pertinent to the job to the top of the list. The absolute best way to tailor your CV is to repeat
the words that are used in the spec; however, you do need to use your common sense. Just because the spec calls for a “creative self-starter with acute attention to detail and the ability to multitask” does not mean that you should use this sentence to describe yourself in your CV (or cover letter, for that matter). The more honest and effective way to show the links between the position and your application is to weave the qualities and words mentioned in the spec throughout your CV. Take a highlighter and go through the spec highlighting the keywords that the employer uses. Consider which of these phrases apply to you and your experience, and alter your CV to incorporate them – but make sure you can stand over what you say. It is a little time-consuming, but what does it matter if it gets you an interview? And, if you do get called for interview, you have half the preparation done. Rachael Kilgallon is a qualified career coach and founder of The Career Hub. Contact Rachael at email@example.com or visit www.thecareerhub.ie.
launch: softener for ‘hard’ mineral traces
D15 company’s product to improve water quality natalie burke
A WATER softener company in Blanchardstown has celebrated the launch of a product that is set to help Irish homes affected by poor water quality. E W Te c h n o l o g i e s (EWT) Europe is an Irish water softening company with its European headquarters located in Blanchardstown. T he company has launched a brand-new water softener in recent weeks that will help tackle the water problems suffered by numerous homes across the country. According to EWT, an increasing number of Irish homes are affected by poor water quality, especially “hard” water, which contains dissolved chalk, lime and other minerals.
The company says that the gradual build-up of hard water can prove to be a costly problem. With the most recent launch of its Gold Range softener, EWT has developed “one of the most efficient” softeners in the market today, it says. According to Oliver Ginty of EWT, the company first began developing the product more than two years ago. “The main reasons for doing so was to develop a highly-efficient water softener suitable for Irish homes as, before, all softeners were large softeners mainly designed in America where they have the incoming water mains in their basement. “These old-type units are still sold in Ireland, but the problem is they’re
EW Technologies fitters regularly see the problems that a hard water supply can create, over time
installed outside and can be damaged by frost in winter and, with water metering on the way, these units can be inefficient on water usage.” EWT was established in 2002 and has become Ireland’s largest water softener and cooler company. Today, it is the country’s leading provider of water
softerers for homes, office water coolers for businesses, and water filtration systems for large-scale industrial and commercial establishments across Ireland. For further information on EWT’s Gold Range, phone 1850 392 837 or see www.ewtechnologies.ie.
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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week
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Hectic schedule: Radio host Ray Shah will compere the annual Miss Ireland competition for the third time and continues to DJ and run his sports nutrition store
interview: 4fm’s Ray shaw teams up with tv3’s elaine crowley
Keeping up with Ray natalie burke
Radio host Ray Shah has one hectic schedule to keep up with these days. When he’s not filling the waves on weeknights on 4FM, he can be spotted DJing in some of Dublin’s busiest nightclubs and managing his own sports nutrition store. In fact, it’s surprising that he can make time to do anything else, but this year will be the third time for the popular personality to host the annual Miss Ireland competition. Now in its 66th year, the competition will be taking place in Dublin’s Ballsbridge Hotel on July 20. Ray will be teaming up for the first
time with co-host, TV3’s Midday presenter Elaine Crowley, and says he is already looking forward to it. “I’ll miss hosting with Sinead Desmond, we got on like a house on fire, but I know Elaine really well and I know we will get on great. You really have to be able to have chemistry on stage to make it work,” he told the Gazette. With this year being the third time Ray will host the event, he says it is one job he isn’t ready to hand over just yet. “It’s actually a job that I had wanted for many years. When my chance came up three years ago to host the final, I jumped at it. It’s a really fun event and I love doing it.” Last year’s Miss Ireland sparked
controversy when the original winner was stripped of her title after she was revealed as being over the age limit to compete. Although Ray says it was a “very tense” time, he believes it will raise even more interest for this year’s event. “Any publicity is good publicity, especially for an event such as this. But it’s going to make this year’s event more interesting because of it.” With Ray sharing his love of DJing with an interest in health and fitness, the Raheny resident opened Bodyfirst Nutrition in Clontarf in December last year. “I’ve been really into health and fitness for years and I realised that during the recession, people were still spending
on health and fitness. Plus, the supplement industry was getting bigger and bigger. I decided that I would give it a shot and it’s going really well,” he said. With such a hectic lifestyle, Ray says it’s sometimes difficult to balance work and life. “I’m balancing three jobs; DJ, radio and the shop as well, and then spending time with my girlfriend. I make sure I devote time to my relationship. I want to keep her happy too!” Tune into Ray on Classic Hits 4FM weeknights from 7pm, or catch him spinning the decks at Copper Face Jacks on Thursday nights, Buck Whaleys on Fridays and Solar, Navan on Saturday nights.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Toby, a three-year-old male Lurcher. Toby is a bouncy, happy, playful chap! He is very shy at first but once you take it slow, he will make a great friend. He likes lots of exercise but also loves his down time where he can relax in a comfy bed. Toby is a bit of a superhero in the centre as he donated blood to save another dog’s life! He deserves a super special home, so if you think that you could offer him that, get in touch with the centre on 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.
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Initiative to help guide people with preferences at end-of-life Think Ahead is an initiative to guide members of the public in discussing and recording their preferences around end-of-life. Think Ahead was developed by the Forum on End of Life in Ireland – an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) – following a yearlong public consultation process on issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement. The project involves people thinking about and recording their preferences in the event of an emergency, serious illness or death, when they may be unable to speak for themselves. Think Ahead will
engage all members of the public – young and old, those who are healthy and those living with illness. Ideally, this is something that we would do while healthy and then go on with living our lives, revisiting our preferences over the years to make sure that they continue to express our current wishes. The Think Ahead form will also allow people to record the location of key legal and financial documents and approve the donation of their organs and a hospital post-mortem in the event of their death. For more information, log on to www.thinkahead.ie or contact Sarah Murphy on 01 679 3188.
| arthritis ireland courses |
Helping to change the perception of arthritis Anne Marie Gannon
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 17 years ago, I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I had been feeling a lot of pain and fatigue, and I found that I wasn’t able to use my hands properly. I went to my doctor and initially they told me that it was most likely due to depression, but I kept getting worse to the point that I couldn’t even walk up or down the stairs. At one point the inflammation was so severe that
the tendons in my thumb snapped. I was in unbearable pain. The pain and inflammation spread from my fingers and hands to my knees and shoulders. I felt like I was walking on nails at times and I thought to myself that there was no way that this could just be due to feeling down or depressed. Eventually my GP referred me to a rheumatologist and following tests, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. By that time my shoulder was giving me a lot of trouble
and x-rays showed that the RA had practically destroyed the entire joint, boiling it up and breaking it down, and it had to be replaced. Impact
As well as the physical effects it also had a major impact on me mentally and emotionally. I stopped socialising with friends and my mood was very low. I didn’t know where to turn and found that nobody really understood what I was going through, not even family. It was at that point that
I saw an ad for Arthritis Ireland and decided to give them a call. I spoke to a woman on the phone who was very reassuring. It was a great comfort to me to discover that I wasn’t alone. From that phone call I signed up to take a Living Well With Arthritis self-management course with Arthritis Ireland. There I learned not only about the impact arthritis has on every part of your life, but also the things that you can do to manage it, such as pain management techniques,
Anne Marie Gannon was
creating weekly plans and other problem solving skills. More and more people are being diagnosed
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Protect your hearing this summer Summer conjures up images of long sunny evenings, splashing around at the beach and music festivals. However, many summertime activities pose a threat to hearing health. Digital Hearing have put together some hearing health tips to protect your ears during the sunny season: Weed out bad habits in the garden
Gardening is a popular activity at this time of year and power tools are one of the most prevalent devices. They’re also hazwas diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 17 years ago
with arthritis all the time and feeling, like I did, alone and helpless. These Arthritis Ireland courses change that perception
and people begin to realise that there is something that they can do. For more information about Arthritis Ireland’s
support in your community or to make a donation, visit www.arthritisireland.ie or call 1890 252 846.
ardous to hearing health. Whether you’re using a lawn mower or a power saw be sure to wear proper ear protection. Music matters
Summer music festivals means sweet sounds but also stress to the ears. Take precautions such as carrying earplugs and noise-dampening headphones, as well as avoiding standing next to the loud speakers at the side of the stage. The plane truth
Many airline passengers suffer from throbbing
pain in the middle ear, a dullness of hearing, or a feeling of fullness in the ear canal on takeoff or landing due to changes in cabin pressure. For a comfortable trip suck on a sweet, yawn to keep your Eustachian tube open, stay hydrated and avoid falling asleep. Don’t let swimmer’s ear dampen your summer fun
Swimmer’s ear is a common but painful summertime ailment. Before taking the plunge remember these simple steps: wear a swimming hat to
cover your ears and make sure ear canals are clear of water after swimming, bathing and showering by drying your ears with a towel or tilting your head to each side to allow water to escape. Be proactive about hearing health
The first step to better hearing is a free hearing test. Hearing tests can be carried out in any of Digital Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. For more information, freephone 1800 303 392 or log on to www.digitalhearing.ie.
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Country retreat THE Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa located just outside of Dublin is offering a special Golden Years package for €60 per person sharing for dinner, bed and breakfast. This country retreat offers acres of picturesque tree-lined grounds and gardens and the historic architecture of the original Dunboyne House. A relaxing coffee, lunch or afternoon tea can also be enjoyed in the hotel’s light-filled Terrace Lounge, which overlooks the stunning grounds. For more information, see www.dunboynecastlehotel.com or call 01 801 3500.
| LOCAL COMPANY MAKES HEALTHY EATING EASY |
Fresh food, right to your doorstep DO you find cooking difficult? Preparing single meals every day? Having to do food shopping every week for your main meal? A new company, ChefDirect.ie delivers meals on time, freshly frozen, and directly to you each week. The company brings over 1,500 ready prepared meals directly to their customers each week, including students, business professionals, and retired or elderly people, and are already selling well within the senior citizen community in the greater Dublin area having teamed up with Age Action Ireland and Bluebird Care.
“Our service is very simple. ChefDirect.ie has a range of ready-prepared frozen Irish meals including dishes such as the roast loin of pork and apple sauce,” says Keith McGovern, who along with his partner, Paul Kavanagh, set up the business recently. ChefDirect.ie uses traditional cooking methods to give a hearty Irish flavour to the whole range. Meals contain fresh ingredients, with meats quality assured by Bord Bia and vegetables purchased from local farmers. “We are very proud of the fact that we use only 100% Irish produce in all of our meals support-
ing Irish jobs,” says Paul Kavanagh. Chefdirect.ie guarantees their food to be free of MSG, hydrogenated fats and all of their dishes are low in salt. Once cooked, all meals are freshly frozen, then
ChefDirect.ie has a range of ready prepared frozen Irish meals like the chicken fillet meal and lasagne
delivered to customers’ door steps and are ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes from a microwave, or under 30 minutes
from an oven without the need to defrost. Costing only €5.50 per meal, with delivery free of charge, this service is light on the
pocket. “Customers can either ring 01 4916262 or go to www.chefdirect.ie to register their details,
select their meals and make payment. Then sit back and relax knowing that their free delivery of meals is on its way.”
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TRAVEL Stay in pretty villages
Concorde Travel has great value for Croatia natalie burke
IT’S a country full of tourist-friendly cities that are rich in culture, and it’s fast becoming one of the more popular destinations for Irish holidaymakers abroad. On July 1, Croatia officially became the 28th member of the European Union. So, to celebrate, Concorde Travel has extended its summer holiday sale. Special offers include a seven-night stay at the three-star Old Town Antuninska Apartments in Dubrovnik on a self-catering basis, for just €599pp. Alternatively, stay at the three-star Hotel Odisej on the island of Mljet (half-board basis) for just €659pp. Stay at the four-star Hotel Grand Park & Villas in Dubrovnik on a B&B basis from €749pp, or at the five-star Croatia Hotel in Cavtat, on a B&B basis from €799pp. For further Croatia travel dates, offers and information, see www.concordetravel.ie or phone 01 775 9300.
denmark: fly off to copenhagen for a fascinating and fun weekend break
Roskilde’s Viking past makes a big splash shane dillon
IT’S not often that you get to fly to Copenhagen with the King of Denmark. Mind you, that title was claimed by one of my travelling companions in reference to his role in a play when he was four or five, I think he said. (Or was it 14 or 15?) It was a fine start to my return visit to Copenhagen and Denmark – not only one of the coolest cities around, but also one of the friendliest lands, and peoples, I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. I was winging my way over to Denmark with some new-found friends via SAS Scandinavian airlines; a friendly and efficient – and surprisingly affordable – airline that whisks you to Copenhagen in
just under two hours. It’s a very appropriate time to set sail – err, so to speak – for Denmark, given the ties between our countries, particularly regarding our Viking past, and the role they played in contributing to Ireland’s culture and heritage. With 2014 marking the 1,000-year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf here in Dublin, we can all expect to see many examinations of the legacy of the Vikings in Ireland, as well as a reaching-out to our ... cousins over on “the mainland”.
Appreciation So, now is an excellent time to visit Denmark, which has developed a fine appreciation of its Viking past, and the role its most famous peoples have had on the development of the Danes, and her neighbours, across the centuries. First stop: Copenhagen, which remains a comparatively littlevisited city, despite having some of the richest history, friendliest people, best restaurants and hip-
pest nightclubs within a thousand miles. With just an evening’s visit in Copenhagen, my companions and I whisked ourselves around using the handy Metro, checking in at the extremely comfortable Hotel Kong Arthur, set within easy walking distance of some of the city’s most interesting spots. From there, we set off for the National Museum; a rich treasure-trove of Danish and international artefacts, but of particular interest for its superb temporary Viking exhibition (until mid-November), which even features several Irish artefacts, with these spoils of war taken back to Denmark. However, the centrepiece of the exhibition are the remains of the longest Viking ship in the world, which, at 37 metres, is a very impressive sight. The carefully-presented remains were found in Roskilde, our destination for day two, but, alas, despite the fascinating long boat, we had another boat to study – a canal and waterways tour boat,
For three weeks every summer (until July 14, this year), Jesper Wittenburg and many other locals bring the Viking world to life at the meticulously curated Frederikssund Vikings theatre and festival (www.vikingespil.dk), creating a great community event
Roskilde’s Viking Ship Museum (main) features the remains of several ancient long prows’ shapes echoed elsewhere in the region. For example, the temporary Viking the remains of the longest Viking ship in the world (inset, right), while various local
which took us past many of the city’s main sights and lovely landmarks. That evening, a delicious meal near our hotel awaited us at Host, featuring some ultra-modern Danish fare. I’d love to tell you all what my tastebuds were saying, but, in all honesty, they were drowned out by loud cries from my companions of: “This is gorrrrrrgeous” (and, less poetically, “Yummy!”) as my friends and I laid waste to the expertly-prepared meal. From there, Copenhagen’s busy nightlife awaited, and – well, at that point my notes stop making sense, but we had a fun night out, courtesy of the friendly locals. Next morning, we set off by train for nearby Roskilde, the region’s heart of the Viking legacy, scattered with important sites and finds.
After checking in at historic Hotel Prinsden, we took a great look around beautiful Roskilde Cathedral, where many Danish kings and queens of old reside, and where the modern Danish monarchy will also rest, in time.
Heritage The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site, on account of its being the first Gothic cathedral to be built of brick, and as it has been expanded and adjusted since being built 800 or so years ago, it features wildly different chapels and styles, today. From the historic cathedral, a relaxing stroll takes you down to Snekken restaurant by the edge of the fjord, where master chefs present food cooked using ingredients they think the Vikings would have used. Ve r y t a k e n b y
Snekken’s imaginative fare, we strolled next door to the superb Viking Ship Museum, where a friendly guide gave us a great insight into how the iconic long ships were built, and, indeed, also had much to say on mutual Irish-Danish interests. The museum features the preserved ruins of several Viking long boats found in the middle of the nearby fjord, creating a tangible link between past and present. Seeing their skeletal remains in the wonderfully-presented museum was quite a sight, and we happily discussed the uniquely Danish sights as we tucked into yet another delicious meal that night, this time back at nearby Hotel Prinsdsen. Our next, and last, morning featured two real treats – first up was our visit to Land of Leg-
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Local travel tip: When enjoying Host’s delicious fare (left) in Copenhagen, ask for a bottle of cherry wine. Roskilde’s Snekken, and Hotel Prinsden restaurants (centre, right) also present outstanding Danish meals, such as a combination of perfectly-cooked meat and fish mains served with delicately flavoured sides.
Embark on a European walking trail
Set off on a Camino style walk NATALIE BURKE
Copenhagen’s Nyhavn district is a laid-back, welcoming area
An elevated view over central Roskilde, where the sounds of a brass band playing
ships found in the waters of the nearby fjord, with the exhibition at Copenhagen’s National Museum features sites have the same shape (above). Pictures: Shane Dillon
ends, where everything from the Viking past to the Iron Age in Denmark is celebrated, often by using “living archaeology” to explore the lives of our ancestors (and where I proved that my archery skills make me a menace to fields of grass everywhere, but actual archery targets needn’t worry). Our second treat was a visit to Frederikssund Vikings: a three-week long festival that uses actors and locals to celebrate and explore the lives
of the vikings. With its mixture of the very old and the ultramodern, Denmark is a delight to visit at the best of times, but its fascinating Viking past (and present echoes) make its capital, and Roskilde, a definite m u s t- g o holiday destination for all.
My thoroughly relaxing room at Hotel Kong Arthur, Copenhagen
Beatles songs drifted up from below
For further information on Copenhagen, Roskilde ... HOTELS Copenhagen’s conveniently-located and thoroughly comfortable Hotel Kong Arthur can be found at www.kongarthur.dk; enjoy a five-star welcome in Roskilde at Hotel Prindsden; see the site at www.hotelprindsen.dk/prindsen/PRINDSEN/FRONTPAGE_UK.html. DINING Enjoy some of the New Nordic wave of fine food at Copenhagen’s Host (http:// cofoco.dk/hoest.php); dine on delicious Viking-inspired fare at Roskilde’s Snekken (Danish-only website at http://snekken. dk/), or savour some top-notch hotel dining at Hotel Prinsden (see link above).
ATTRACTIONS Copenhagen’s superb Viking exhibition (until November 17) is an absolute must (http://natmus.dk/nc/en/). Water leisurely way to see Copenhagen, courtesy of www.canaltours.com. Another must-see is Roskilde’s wonderful Viking Ship Museum (http://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/en/). Step back in time at Land of Legends (www.sagnlandet.dk/English.425.0.html). TRAVEL SAS Scandinavian Airlines fly twice daily to Copenhagen from just €69pp one-way, including a free 23kg baggage allowance, free online check-in, and many other great flight features. For flights and fares, see www.flysas.ie.
A NEW CaminoWays. com sister brand – FrancigenaWays.com – specialises in cycling and walking holidays along the Via Francigena, Italy’s Camino. To celebrate the launch of FrancigenaWays.com, it is offering 10% off when you book your Via Francigena walking holiday this month. The Via Francigena is an ancient pilgrim trail starting at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent and finishing in Rome, passing through some of Europe’s most spectacular landscapes. Book by July 31 and receive 10% off the base price. The price excludes flights and includes accommodation, half-board meals and holiday packs. For further information, or to request a free quote, see www.francigenaways.com or call 01 525 2886.
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FullSet ready for their return to Dublin stage Having travelled around the world and played to audiences across Europe and the US over the last year, acclaimed folk act, FullSet are returing to Dublin to launch their new album, Notes After Dark, at Whelan’s on July 17. It’s a kind of homecoming for the band whose members hail from Phibsborough, Kingswood and Kimmage, and will see them perform tracks from their latest release as well as their debut, Notes At Liberty. Tickets cost €10 and can be obtained by visiting www.whelanslive.com, and doors open at 8pm.
Hothouse Flowers will play the Bulmers Live At Leopardstown event on July 18 - for more, log on to www.bulmersliveatleopardstown.com
interview: fiachna o braonain from hothouse flowers
Blooming at the races There is seldom anything better than a good venue and a cooking band to create a memorable summer night. Bulmers Live At Leopardstown are bringing one of the nation’s treasures, Hothouse Flowers, to the stage at the southside racecourse on July 18, and Gazette Music caught up with the band’s guitarist and founding member Fiachna O Braonain. We began by asking him about the unusual venue for the show. “The shows at racetracks seems to have caught on and become fairly popular in recent years. We played at Cheltenham on St Patrick’s Day last year, and that was a different sort of a show, but a lot of fun.” Although it is almost
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a decade since their last album, Into Your Heart, was released, the band have been anything but idle in the meantime. “We haven’t put anything out since 2004, and it’s hard to believe it’s going to be 10 years ago next year. We were never the most frequent record releasers, as for most of the time, we were off on stage somewhere. “In recent years, we’ve all branched off and done different things Liam focusing on his solo career, and I was off doing my own things,
working with Michelle Shocked and radio production too, as well as making a record with Cait O’Riordan from the Pogues and Dave Clarke from the Flowers in 2007 which we toured here and in America. “But all the while, the phone keeps ringing and people want the Flowers to play, and that’s what we do.” “I think the fact that we play and enjoyed playing over the years, the fact we thrive live on stage, people remember that, and they want to come back.” The Flowers bloomed after years of germination while street performing and playing live, and their soul-inflected traditional rock hit a chord with music lovers at home and abroad. Their burgeoning
popularity led to them getting international exposure via the Eurovision half-time show in 1988, and the songs from that time became ubiquitous on Irish radio and in the charts. “We were really lucky in that those records People, Home and Songs From The Rain - were well received. We were on a big record label and it was a time when there was big promotion in the record industry, and the world got to see our band, and we were pretty good!” Time flying by hasn’t hindered or diminished their power live, as the Flowers have proved at their recent live shows earlier this year - the joy of performing still gushes from the stage and involves the audi-
ence as much as it ever did, something that means that fans flocking to Leopardstown for the shows will be a part of. Fiachna says that fans going to the show can expect “everything and anything”. “We rarely write a setlist any more, we react to the vibe from the crowd. They are very much a part of a gig at a Hothouse Flowers show. “We’ll work out what we open with, and maybe the second song, and then improvise from there. There are some cornerstones, some traditional Irish things, and maybe a wee hit or too as well. “We want to make music that makes people want to dance, and has been something that we’ve always done”
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FastSport Take your place at jackies’ summer camps:
Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce were on hand at Lord’s cricket ground to launch the RSA Challenge match between Ireland and England at Malahide in September
Cricket: england the adversary in september one-day international
Joyce and Stirling invite fans to Fortress Malahide encounter The two-month countdown is on to one of the biggest days in Irish cricket this year when the RSA Challenge match comes to Malahide on September 3, which will see Ireland face off against the perennial adversary, England. Ireland stars Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling were on hand at the home of English cricket, the Lord’s ground in London, to launch the match and invite Irish cricket fans to get on the Malahide bandwagon and support the boys in green, with momentum behind the Ireland side after two impressive one day international (ODI) performances against Pakistan earlier this year.
Joyce, who has been in superb form for both Ireland and Sussex this season, is relishing the opportunity to take on England as Ireland attempt to claim yet another famous scalp. “Irish cricket’s big game in 2013 is against England and, after a couple of near misses against Pakistan in May, the whole squad is keen to make amends against England in September. “I can’t wait to play against England in front of what is set to be the biggest crowd ever seen at a cricket match in Ireland at our new ODI venue in Malahide. There’s talk of Malahide becoming a fortress for Irish cricket, and we’re
looking forward to the first visitors to Fortress Malahide being England.” “It should be a magnificent occasion and it’d be a great achievement if we can get another famous victory against one of the world’s best teams.” The match is on course to be a sellout and Paul Stirling, who is currently ranked an Irish record 8th in the world in the Reliance ICC Batting Rankings, urged fans not to miss out on the chance to see some of the top stars in world cricket in action. “It’s fantastic that there’s been so much interest already in the fixture, and it’s bound to be a really special atmos-
phere. Games between Ireland and England in any sport have that extra edge.” Ireland are currently in action in Holland in the InterContinental Cup final, with the winner securing one of the two automatic places at the 2015 event in Australia and New Zealand. The game at Malahide looks certain to be the highest ever attendance at a match in Ireland, and with the RSA Challenge being an official Gathering event. Tickets for the match can be purchased online via www.ticketmaster.ie. For more information, log on to cricketireland.ie
The Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association is hosting two summer camps and are inviting prospective future Jackies stars to take part in coaching that will be run by some of the Dublin ladies team. Week one will be held in St Margaret’s GAA Club in north County Dublin from July 29 to August 2, while week two will be held in St Peregrine’s GAA club in Dublin 15 from August 12 to 16. The camp is for girls aged from nine to 13 years and costs €55. They run each day from 10am to 3pm. For registration information contact email@example.com or log on www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie to download the application form.
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FastSport legends take the tour of croke park: The 2013 GAA Legends Tour Series will commence this weekend at Croke Park when former Dublin star Ciaran Whelan takes the first tour of the summer of HQ for fans of the game and its history. These special tours, first introduced in 2008, provide fans with an opportunity to hear memories and anecdotes at first hand from their GAA heroes. The line-up for the 2013 tour series includes Whelan, former Dublin senior football team manager Pat Gilroy, Steven McDonnell, Ken McGrath, Noel Skehan, Seanie McMahon and Tommy Dunne. The tours take place on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons throughout July and August. Log on to www. crokepark.ie/gaamuseum for more details and booking information.
baseball: international tournament to grace corkagh park
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This weekend will see the American game come to Clondalkin’s
Corkagh Park when the Peter O’Malley Invitational Tournament takes place. The event runs from
Baseball was represented at launch of the Gathering
July 12 to 14 in honour of Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Peter O’Malley, with teams representing the US Navy and the British Baseball League taking on the best baseball players in Ireland and an international team of all-stars in the tournament. A national youth baseball competition will also be held on Saturday, July 13. Tournament organiser Mike Kindle explained Peter O’Malley’s influence on baseball in Ireland. “Peter O’Malley’s family used to own a team called the Los Angeles Dodgers. We got to know him in the early 90s when we were setting up the Irish Baseball League. He wanted
Team Ireland’s Dan Barry will be in action at Corkagh Park
to help the development of baseball in Ireland as he is a really proud Irish guy. When he heard about us developing the sport and that we played our matches on rugby and football pitches, he said, ‘that’s enough!’ “He donated about $140,000 (€109,000) for us to build the facility out in Corkagh Park. He’s a really lovely guy. He stays in constant contact with us with regard to keeping things going.” The tournament will add an international element to Baseball Ireland’s traditional midsummer classic, which usually consists of
games against a single touring side. It will see two nonIrish teams - US Naval Team the Rota Blue Devils and British Baseball League champions Liverpool Trojans - playing baseball in Dublin for the first time since 1946, when two American teams returning from service in Britain in WWII played an exhibition game in Croke Park. Kindle is hopeful the game’s appeal can grow in Ireland. “Baseball is the second most widely played field sport on the planet, behind soccer, and there are approximately 120 countries
that are affiliated with the International Baseball Federation. “We’re hoping people will see it being played for the first time and get involved, or get their kids playing Little League. “South Dublin County is the home of Irish baseball,” said Kindle, “and thanks to South Dublin County Council, our main sponsors SoftCo and all the Irish companies who are supporting the tournament, it’s going to be home to a festival of sport and fun for all the family.” For more information, log on to baseballireland.com
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Players from the project Futsal Hub, Ballymun, Lee Meehan and Michelle Watson at the official launch of Project Futsal Hub
Unemployed soccer lovers in south Dublin are being called upon to get involved in an initiative set up by the FAI, South Dublin County Council and the Dublin VEC which begins in September. Project Futsal is a unique opportunity for people who are unemployed and out of formal education to get involved in an innovative project to help them back into the workforce. The project is a joint initiative between the FAI and the
Welsh Football Trust (WFT) with the aim of using soccer as a social inclusion tool to facilitate community regeneration, and will roll out in seven communities across the country. Each hub will comprise a programme that will provide an academic year of adult education, personal development, football coach education and work/volunteer placements. The overall aim of the project is to provide education and work opportunities for young people in the SDCC area and to influence and assist commu-
nity regeneration via employment and volunteerism. The main objectives are to increase participant’s employability and/or enhance their prospects of going onto further education. It is hoped that the extensive programme of football activity on each course will incentivise people to participate in the project. FAI development officer Robbie Hoey said: “To date, I’m informed that 65% of people completing the course have gained employment while another 20% have gone on to
higher-level education. “The added bonus of football being included in the programme should be attractive given its popularity in the SDCC area and will also bring positive health benefits for participants. “With the extra qualifications and work experience gathered on the course, it should provide a real boost to a person’s CV when looking for a job or to progress their education.” For more information, log on to www.projectfutsal.ie
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Brennan hopes for a Sky Blue heaven
St Vincent’s man and Dublin centre-back Ger Brennan sees the same attributes in the Metros as were present in the side which claimed All-Ireland glory in 2011
WHILE much has been made of the Dublin senior footballers extravagant style of play so far in 2013, Ger Brennan says that the principles guiding the side are not too far removed from those that saw the sky blues win the All-Ireland in 2011. The St Vincent’s man provided one of the images of the Dubs semi-final win over Kildare, bursting forward from centre-back to pop up for a score as furthest man up and land a point. Similarly, the effervescent half-back Jack McCaffrey regularly worked goal opportunities. So far, this approach has yielded a bumper
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25-326 in 16 games with players given more freedom to roam than under Pat Gilroy’s more compact approach. But Brennan says that while the tactics employed are evolving under Jim Gavin, the underlying motives remain the same from both managers. “I suppose the thing about humanity is that we are all very different and unique,” he told GazetteSport at the launch of
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the new Seat Leon at Michael Barrable Motors in Swords this week. “Jim has his ow n approach [to the game] but there are many similarities to Pat. They are both very professional and very thorough. “Both are very transparent in what they want to do and what they ask of you. I find Jim very clear and concise in transferring his message to the squad. “The ultimate goal is to do the best in a Dublin shirt no matter who is in charge. That certainly was the drive of Pat Gilroy and it goes for Jim Gavin as well. Maybe it just boils down to the way people in general are different.” He adds, though, that while Dublin are currently playing an expansive style, it may not always be the case as the summer progresses. “We are probably playing more open football at present but we are constantly working on different systems of play and nothing is set in stone just yet. We still have a lot of work to do on our offensive and defensive play and there are opportunities where you might be able to get up the pitch as a defender and support the forwards. “But ultimately, the forwards job is to score and the defenders job is to defend but we do play the game as we see it.” The Dubs face Meath
at Croke Park on Sunday at 2pm aiming for an eighth Leinster title in the past nine years and their performances have very much put them in the favourite’s bracket not just for this crown but the All-Ireland title. Because of that bigger picture, some commen-
win. “There’s always a great tradition against Meath. I try not to dwell on past experiences and just focus on the present. “We have limited opportunity to view them so far this year because they haven’t been on the radar.
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tators have dismissed the importance of the provincial title. But it is a competition which holds plenty of relevance for Brennan. He cites his point in the 2007 final against Laois – his first in a Dublin jersey – as one of his favourite memories. Indeed, he has only been on the losing side once in the competition. The opposition? Meath in a harrowing 5-9 to 0-13 pasting in 2010. As such, this next date is very much the focus. “If you start looking too far to the future, you lose sight of the present. That’s when you can fail. We’re not looking beyond the Leinster final. “The provinicial championships are personally very important to me; any player wants to win it. You hear some people denouncing the value of the provincial system but it is something I strive to
“But you can already see some of the hallmarks of Meath football, lifting the ball in long. They have some very tough guys and traditionally they never give up. They will lift their game against us which is what they have always done.” Beyond that, Brennan says that there’s not much more to it, adopting a refreshingly simple outlook on performing at this elite level. “Just to be playing is great. I’m enjoying it as much as previous seasons and again I am always grateful just to be in the first 15 and part of the squad. “I try to enjoy every day and I’m a positive person in life and just want to make the most of my gifts and talents. I try to be a kind and caring person and do my best and enjoy each day as it comes and extra blessings that come along.”
Leinster stars attend rugby summer camp Leinster Rugby’s Andrew Goodman and Jimmy Gopperth joined in on the fun and tough training at the Leinster Rugby Summer Camp in Railway Union RFC last week. The Leinster players were on hand to help aspiring rugby stars of tomorrow improve their fitness, fine tune their rugby kills, such as passing, tackling, evasion and kicking, and of course to join in on the fun. The camps are open to boys and girls aged six to 12 and are run by fully accredited IRFU coaches. They will take place in 19 venues throughout Leinster in July and August, including a large number of Gazette Country locations, and will run from Monday through to Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm each week. The venues and dates are as follows: July 15 to 19: Seapoint RFC, South Dublin and Greystones RFC, Wicklow July 29 to August 2: Donnybrook, Dublin 4 August 12 to 16: DSLP FC, South Dublin and Garda/Westmanstown, Dublin 15 August 19 to 23: Clontarf FC, North Dublin As well as learning new skills, meeting Leinster players, making new friends - each camp attendee will receive an official Canterbury of New Zealand Leinster Pack which includes a T-shirt, ball, boot bag and water bottle. For more information, log on to www.leinsterrugby.ie/camps
Gaelforce event for BCI in July Dublin’s women athletes are being called on to go west on July 27 to take part in Ireland’s first ever Women’s Adventure Race, organised by Gaelforce Events with their chosen charity, Breast Cancer Ireland. The challenge runs over the distance of
23km and involves a 7km run/walk, a 15km cycle and a 0.5km kayak paddle through the scenery of Leenane and Killary Fjord. If you are coming late to the event, there are training plans available from Elverys blog at www.elverysblog.com. For more information, log on to www. womensadventurerace. com.
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feile: st enda’s hurlers claim national title in limerick
Astra claim national honours in league Astra Handball Club recently added national glory to their successes of the 2012/13 season when they claimed the Irish title in the final of the IOHA Senior Men’s League. Going into the tie against Dublin International HC, Astra were underdogs against the side who had won the previous four league titles as well as being undefeated in the round-robin phase of the competition and the Irish Cup 2013 winner. The match was a very close affair with both teams exchanging the lead throughout. After the 60 minutes of regulation time the scores were tied, 27 apiece. After the first period of extra time Astra had a slender lead, 31-29, which they extended to close out the match with a final score of 35-31. By virtue of winning the Irish title, Astra will represent Irish handball in the European Handball Federation competition due to take place in October 2013. This event will represent a big challenge for the Astra players and it is a major step in the club’s development. Astra now becomes the first Irish club to have both their men’s and women’s teams competing in an EHF competitions. Astra HC started 2013 by being awarded the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sport Partnership Volunteer Club award in appreciation of their commitment to develop the sport of handball, the development of players and continuous education of coaches and sport administrators. Astra’s women’s senior handball team shared top slot in the Irish Cup competition, but were denied the title on a single goal difference. Astra HC is in a position to be able to field two teams in the Women’s Irish league next season. Astra Handball Club is always open to recruit members of any level and experience and volunteers. Full details of club activities, training times, policies and projects are available at the club’s website, www.astrahandball.com, and on their Facebook page.
The Ballyboden St Enda’s hurlers who claimed the All-Ireland crown against Douglas in the final last weekend
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Ballyboden St Enda’s captured the All-Ireland Division 1 Feile title in Limerick last weekend for the second time in their history and the first since 1992 when a storming second-half performance saw them claim a 10-point victory over Douglas from Cork. With the temperature in the high 20s at pitch side, both sides started the game at a frenetic pace. Boden opened the scoring in the second minute when a Luke McDwyer shot found its way to the net for an early
goal, but Douglas stormed back with two quick-fire points. Boden’s Karl Reddy, Tom Glynn and man of the match James Madden shackled the Douglas half forwards. Anything that did get through was swept up by the full back line of Kevin Lalor, Ronan Wallace and Cathal Creed. Ben Kelly added a point from a free after Shane Kennedy was fouled before Douglas narrowed the gap to the minimum. The first half had a frantic end, with Conor O’Donoghue in the Boden goal making a double save to deny Douglas a
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goal. The Boden mentors freshened the team up at halftime, with Eoin Dennehy coming in at the back for Lalor and Luke Basquel and Rob Donohoe replacing Kevin Desmond and Jamie Dooney up front. The switches paid immediate dividends with Donohoe having a hand in all three second-half goals, the first being forced to the net by captain Ross McCormack after the initial shot caused problems in the Douglas goalmouth. McCormack grabbed his second after McDwyer
and Donohoe combined to play him in, before Donohoe set McDwyer through for the fourth and decisive goal. A long range free was Douglas’ sole reward in the second period but this was cancelled out by another Kelly free. Daniel Nugent, Mark McNamee, Jack Basquel, Mark Normile and Conor Fallon all joined the fray late on as the Boden bench showed their value. All 23 players celebrated a famous victory at the final whistle with their large band of supporters and their mentors
Paul Kelly, Joe Lalor, John Ryan and Pat Normile. A large crowd welcomed the squad back to the club on Sunday night with the Christy Ring trophy to complete a memorable weekend for this great group of boys. In the group stages, the boys had big wins over Limerick sides Ahane and Monaleen and came through a tough final game against Clare champions Inagh-Kilnamona to set up a semi-final with Waterford champions Abbeyside from Dungarvan, where they recorded a 2-12 to 0-4 victory.
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PAUL Ryan’s stunning contribution of 2-7 – including 2-3 from play – Conal Keaney’s battling display and Gary Maguire’s pair of outstanding saves were among many highlights for the Dublin’s senior hurlers as they ended the county’s 52-year wait for
the Bob O’Keeffe Cup. In beating Galway 2-25 to 2-13 last Sunday in Croke Park, Anthony Daly’s side completed one of the most remarkable runs in the Leinster senior hurling championship, beating each winner of the competition since 1996 – Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway –with an emphatic flourish.
Ryan’s decision to strike early for goal rather than take a point surprised James Skehill and gave Dublin an early ascendancy they never relinquished, building a 1-12 to 0-7 half-time lead. His brilliant second, turning his man from Keaney’s mis-hit effort to thrash home bolstered the advantage further. Gal-
way rallied but Maguire put in two superb blocks, notably from Joe Canning, to keep at least six between the sides. The trio were part of a group of eight Ballyboden St Enda’s players involved, joined by Stephen Hiney, Simon Lambert, Shane Durkin, Conor McCormack and Niall McMorrow.
Club Noticeboard ballinteer st john’s THERE was no winner of the Thurs-
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Next week’s draw will be for €11,000.
ior hurlers against Naomh Mearnog
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A SECOND-half Ballinteer St John’s blitz saw the Marlay Park hosts boost their promotion hopes, meaning Naomh Mearnog’s winless season continues in AHL Division 2. Seven consecutive points early from the 36th to 52nd minute saw Ballinteer blow apart a strong Mearnog’s first half effort despite the best efforts of free-taker Aidan Kenny. He ended with 0-9 but once his opportunities
number of frees with Kenny adding five before the interval but Ballinteer went back in front when Duffy fired home an excellent goal, wriggling away from his marker and firing home from a narrow angle. In conjunction with a trio of James Gilligan points, it edged them 1-7 to 1-6 in front before Aodan Clabby and Kenny traded scores to leave just one in it at half-time. But the second period was no contest as Ballinteer tightened up on the frees and had the luxury of hitting nine second half wides as they ran riot.
Congratulations to Glenn Whelan and the Dublin senior hurling panel on their Leinster final victory on Sunday over Galway.
their amazing win over Galway in the
pot is €5,000 next week.
Leinster hurling final.
Match First Three winners were
Well done to Boden girls Jane
Finbar Hurley, Monalea Wood, Fir-
Edwards, Rebeka Kamvar, Grace
house, Aidan Dermody, Knocklyon
Walsh, Zenouska Murphy and Danielle
Ave, and the weekly subscriber’s
White who were on the Dublin U-16
draw winner was Pat Lambert, Kila-
camogie panel who beat Offaly in the
Camogie U-16 All-Ireland championship .
en St Enda’s: Firstly, congratulations
The Ballyboden St Enda’s summer
to our Feile hurling team who won the
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Douglas. They won with a scoreline
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ping over nice scores. But the visitors replied with a fortunate goal as Gary Deloughrey’s long range effort was missed by two sticks in front of Louis O’Flaherty and, unsighted, he fumbled the dropping ball over the line. Cillian O’Driscoll should have added a second goal when he was put clean through but O’Flaherty atoned with a brilliant full length save. He did likewise from Kenny’s one-handed effort as Naomh Mearnog created a number of goal opportunities going down the hill. They also forced a
lyboden St Enda’s representives on
senior Dublin hurlers and all our Bal-
were limited by Keith Nolan’s superb performance at centre-back and Frank O’Donoghue in the full-back line and the players further up the field began to make hay. It transformed a tight tie that was locked at 1-9 a piece prior to that rush of points which at times threatened to boil over. But Ballinteer kept their cool and ran up some delightful scores from the likes of Gilligan brothers James and Jack and the Clabby boys Aodan and Fionan. They had made a decent start with Fearghal Duffy and Sean Lane clip-
Ireland Feile final in Limerick over
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last Friday in the league.
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gratulations to the Dublin senior
ed and who have not yet obtained
hurling team on their historic vic-
a copy, or a sufficient number of
tory against Galway in the Leinster
copies for members of their fami-
lies, are advised to do so now so as
Hopefully, the footballers can match the achievement when they play Meath on Sunday, July 14. Our intermediate footballers pla y Naomh Fionnbarra on Saturday night; all support greatly appreciated. The club is pleased to report that over 800 copies of the club’s history book Treasured Memories have now been sold. A limited number of books are still available.
to avoid disappointment. The book is available in the clubhouse, or from Eileen Hickey on 086 853 4313, or Brendan McGlynn on 295 6139. There was no winner of the Joker’s Wild. Remember, tickets can be bought at any stage during the week. There was no winner of the Lotto. Numbers drawn were 2, 9 and 19. This weeks Lotto jackpot will be €2,100.
stars of erin The Under-14s had a good win against Joseph O’Connell Boys. The ladies team travel to Donabate to play St Pat’s in an important league match.
There is a fundraising clothes bank in the car park: please support Lotto: the jackpot was not won. €20 winners were Casey Sharpe,
The summer camp was a great
Holly Fleming and Orla McDonnell.
success; on Friday, they had a visit
Numbers drawn were 9, 20, 29. Next
from Paul Mannion
week’s jackpot is €900.
32 DUNDRUM Gazette 11 July 2013