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INSIDE: Horse-riding fans neigh where to see some of the very best equestrian skills in the country P10
health: Older community members are sought for new choirs P7
Crokes claim points in Sylvester’s tie
Park’s aerial course gets nod
St Jude’s star has eyes on the Leinster prize Page 32
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THINGS are looking up for Cabinteely Park after it got the thumbs-up from local representatives to construct a high-rope adventure course. Councillors voted in favour of the project following a lengthy discussion about the proposed development, which was outlined by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council management at a recent meeting.
The site comprises 4.7 hectares of land in a wooded area behind Cabinteely House, which is a protected structure. The proposed development consists of the installation of four overlapping tracks through the trees. A number of councillors outlined their concerns about parking and traffic implications in the area, including Cllr Gerry Horkan (FF), but the plan was approved. Full Story on Page 2
Going for gold: Derek snaps up a tasty prize at Holy Cross NS RTE presenter Derek Mooney had
an exciting moment when he lifted a golden box in the air at Holy Cross National School recently, where he was helping to celebrate the school’s raising of its second Green Flag, and the receiving of
its fourth consecutive science and maths award. Derek took time out to celebrate his “prize” – delicious food from a local bakery – before returning to his official guest duties. See Gallery on Page 8
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Council management outlined plans for the high-rope adventure course, to be set in 4.7 hectares of wooded land behind Cabinteely House
Cabinteely Park set to get a high-rope course LOCAL representatives have voted in favour of a high-rope adventure course in Cabinteely Park. During a county council meeting on Monday, July 1, the proposed development was outlined by Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council management. The report came following a period of consultation, which received 189 submissions from the public. The site comprises 4.7 hectares of land in a wooded area behind Cabinteely House, which is a protected structure. The proposed development consists of the installation of four overlapping tracks through the trees. There will be two centrally located service platforms to access the network of tracks, and essential tree surgery will be carried out to allow the installation of the
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facility. A proposed service hut is also on the plans to cater for the commercial operation of the adventure course, such as for bookings and training. The installation cost of the course is estimated at €100,000. It is proposed that opening times for the summer months through to August be confined to the hours of 8am to 9.30pm. Plans for an extension to the existing car park, within the adjacent yard area, were also approved to provide for an additional 65 car spaces, two of which are disabled spaces.
The cost of this is estimated at €150,000. Speaking during the meeting, Dun LaoghaireRathdown official Rory O’Sullivan said the Cabinteely site seemed “entirely appropriate” because it already has facilities such as football pitches and a pond, and was identified as an area to provide recreation for young adults and adolescents. He added that Marlay Park and Killiney were also considered, but the installations are best installed in a “wooded environment”. “Cabinteely seemed best because [of] its central [location], near a bus corridor, and we will be developing cycle tracks. “There will be different heights and different levels of difficulties. It is a small facility, and it is [felt that it is] appropriate for Cabinteely Park.” O’Sullivan went on to
identify a number of concerns raised in the submissions, which included increased traffic into the area. In response, he said that most games would have to be booked online, so there is a “limited capacity” and “no long queues”. He later gave an outline cost for use of the facility, proposed to be €18 per person. A number of councillors also outlined their concerns about parking and traffic implications in the area, including Cllr Gerry Horkan (FF), but the plan was approved. Dundrum councillor Pat Hand (FG) said it would be a “great facility on our doorstep” and said traffic comes with most facilities, but the council would do their best to “iron these situations out”. Glencullen/Sandyford Cllr Neale Richmond
(FG) raised concerns about pricing. Speaking to The Gazette, he said: “A lot of legitimate concerns were raised during the meeting in relation to traffic management. Another thing raised, which I also raised, was the cost. “The indicative price guidelines given out were a bit excessive, to be honest, but if the council can look at working with local youth groups and generally looking at [making] pricing a bit more realistic [that would be desired]. “I have been to these types of courses; they are great. Cabinteely Park, in my mind, is grossly underused. Marlay [Park] has lots going on, there is lots going on in the county that we should be happy with. “This is something different that might bring something extra into the county,” he said.
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ballinteer Survey deadline is fast approaching
Parents urged for views on new school’s patronage paul hosford
PARENTS of schoolaged children in Ballinteer are being reminded to express their interest in the patronage of a new second-level school in the area. The deadline for parents to express interest in their patron of choice for new schools, including the new school in Ballinteer, is fast approaching, with Tuesday, July 9 marking the last date for submissions. The survey is being carried out by the Department of Education. Educate Together, the non-denominational patronage board, is interested in taking over the school and is looking for support from the community. The board are urging all parents interested in their patronage to complete the online form on its website – www.educatetogether.ie/ballinteer-2016 – before July 9. E d u c a t e To g e t h e r chief executive Paul Rowe said: “The survey
‘The survey process is a critical part of the ongoing patronage debate. It gives us a more complete picture of what parents are looking for in Irish primary education.’
Paul Rowe, chief executive, Educate Together
process is a critical part of the ongoing patronage debate. It gives us a more complete picture of what parents are looking for in Irish primary education.” Regional development officer for South Leinster, Amy Mulvihill, says that while the input received from parents would not be the
only factor taken into account, it would not be a large component in the final decision. She said: “The Department of Education and Skills have included local parental preference as a key element in all new school applications. “Now that Educate Together is actively opening second-level schools, parents have a genuine choice between differing educational models for their local schools. “It is very important that every parent in Ballinteer exercises this right and registers their child with the patron of their choice – they may not get this chance again.” Educate Together has been running primary schools in Ireland for 35 years. Its first three second-level schools open next September in Dublin and Louth and Mulvihill said the new model is much soughtafter. She said the new schools “will use the latest teaching and
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Educate Together chief executive Paul Rowe
learning techniques to progress student learning on from the widely discredited ‘teaching to the test’ approach”. Ann Ryan, Educate Together’s second-level education officer, feels Educate Together can offer something special to parents in Ballinteer. She said: “Our secondlevel schools draw upon our huge experience of managing co-educational schools with active parental involvement. “An Educate Together second-level school is
a welcoming, vibrant community to which all students feel a sense of belonging, and where they are enabled to achieve their best, both academically and in important life skills. “The educational innovations Educate Together is implementing will become the norm in Irish secondlevel education. Children in Ballinteer could be amongst the first to benefit, if we get patronage.” The Catholic School’s
Partnership, which are not actively campaigning for more second-level schools, say that any changes in patronage should be carried out with the support of the community. A spokesperson for the partnership encouraged parents to fill out the patronage survey. “It is imperative to reassure local communities that no change will be implemented without widespread support in the area,” said the spokesperson.
A FLASH-MOB event took place recently at lunchtime in Stillorgan Village Shopping Village and was arranged to coincide with another one happening at exactly the same time on the South Bank in London to promote a healthy body image campaign. Body Gossip has taught self-esteem and body confidence classes to more than 20,000 14to18-year-olds throughout Britain since 2008. Local organiser Hester Rugg, who has two daughters, said: “I’m keen to join in with this campaign as it is the first year it has been staged by Body Gossip but it could become [an] annual [campaign].” People turned up at Shankill Village Shopping Centre and held up a heart-shaped piece of paper with something that they love about their body written on it for three minutes, and had their photo taken. Rugg will send on the photo to Body Gossip in London as “they are making a film of the event”. She added the organisation was “delighted to have a flash-mob happening in Dublin”. The aim of the flashmob was to inspire the public to write to the campaign with their body stories, some of which will then be performed by actors and celebrities in theatres.
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people Aim to help people return for special occasions
Local woman sets up site to help emigrants A NEW website to help people raise money to get their relatives and loved ones home this year of The Gathering has been launched by a Dundrum woman. Ciara Ryan came up
with the idea of Flythemhome when she realised that there are lots of newly-emigrated people unable to afford to come home to Ireland for special occasions.
The site acts as an aid to get emigrants home by asking people to donate some money towards the price of their flight. On the website, you can set up a flight fund
page which you can then advertise online through Facebook or other social network sites to raise money for your loved one’s passage home for that special event.
All the money donated then goes into a Flythemhome account, and then into your nominated bank account. For further information, see www.flythemhome.com.
United: In support of refugees MARIE Carroll, chief execu-
New Food Production Units now available to rent in Rathfarnham Two high specification food production units have been developed at Nutgrove Enterprise Park and are now ready for occupation.
Each unit is 640 sq ft (60 sq m) comprising mini office, bin store, staff toilets and changing area and is finished to the highest standards meeting all the HACCP regulations for food production. The units each have ground floor access with ample car parking, 24/7 access and cctv and our state of the art meeting rooms are available for client meetings. Nutgrove Enterprise Park (beside Nutgrove Shopping Centre) provides small enterprises with professional incubation space at an affordable price. Within easy reach of the M50, Dundrum Town Centre and Dublin City Centre it is the perfect home for a growing business. The Nutgrove Enterprise Park is home to 20 businesses from a range of sectors with the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board and FAS Local Employment Service as anchor tenants. A small number of office units also available (from 222sq ft to 786sq/ft) are designed to meet contemporary business needs. Tenants sign a flexible four year licence agreement which can be terminated with one month’s notice. The licence fee is based on the size of the unit and there are supplementary charges for rates, utilities, insurance and VAT. Tenants have access to state of the art conference rooms, together with reception facilities and a shared kitchen. Fully kitted out office share facilities are also available. For more information, please visit our newly launched website www.nutgrove-enterprisepark.ie or to arrange a viewing, please call Lisa Brown on 01 4948400 or email email@example.com.
tive, Southside Partnership joined An Cathoirleach, Cllr Carrie Smyth and Dr Annie Doona, president, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) at IADT recently for World Refugee Day celebrations. IADT played host to music and storytelling for the event focusing on refugee lives and experiences, which was organised by Southside Partnership, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, IADT and Dun Laoghaire Refugee Project.
courts: land rezoning trial hears denials of corruption
Five men plead not guilty to payments FIVE men, including sitting Dundrum councillor Tony Fox (Ind), have gone on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on charges of giving or receiving corrupt payments in relation to the rezoning of land in south County Dublin. The accused include three former councillors and a sitting councillor, who are accused of receiving payments for voting to rezone lands at Jackson Way, Carrickmines. The fifth accused, James Kennedy (66), is charged with making the corrupt payments to politicians at a number of locations in Dublin city centre, including Conway’s Pub,
Buswell’s Hotel, the Davenport Hotel and the offices of Frank Dunlop. Kennedy, of Cormorant Way, Queens Quay, Gibraltar, pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of making corrupt payments between June 1992 and October 1997 to members of Dublin County Council to rezone land at Carrickmines as industrial. Tony Fox (72), of Mountain View Park, Churchtown pleaded not guilty to five counts of corruptly receiving money on dates between June 1992 and October 1997. Colm McGrath (56), of Swiftwood, Saggart pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money on a date between June
12 and 29, 1992 in favour of voting for the rezoning of the same land. Donal Lydon (74), of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue, pleaded not guilty to receiving a sum of money at St John of God’s on May 4, 1992 for voting to rezone the land. Liam Cosgrave (57) of Merrion Park, Blackrock pleaded not guilty to five counts of corruptly receiving money on dates between June 1992 and December 1997. Judge Patricia Ryan told the jury that the property central to the indictment concerns 108 acres of land beside the M50, between Carrickmines and Bray, known as Jackson Way.
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sport Discussions at ‘early stage’ for proposal
Marlay Park BMX track ‘a long way off’ A BMX track proposed by Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) for Marlay Park looks a long way off as negotiations between Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s parks department and BMX Ireland have only just begun.
The new BMX track would replace one that was removed during improvements made at Marlay Park in 2012. The council told The Gazette: “The parks department is conscious that as part of recent improvements to recreational facilities in Marlay Park, an existing BMX
track at that location was taken out of commission. “In the circumstances, the department has recently contacted BMX Ireland to discuss the feasibility and suitability of restoring a modest BMX facility at Marlay. “Discussions are at a very preliminary stage – site visits are yet to be arranged, no design has been agreed and, consequently, no projections of the likely costs [have been completed].” Responding to this news, Cllr McCarthy said: “I believe a BMX facility in Marlay Park could be delivered very quickly.
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BMX fans could hone their skills in Marlay Park – if a suitable track is restored
This will be a modest track, so I see no reason why it can’t be delivered very soon. “A park of this size must try and cater for the needs of a very wide cross-section of people, and we must keep teenagers and their needs as a priority, keeping in mind that many teenagers prefer informal rather than planned activity. “We have wonderful
clubs in the area that do an excellent job keeping our youth active and involved, but we must also provide for the youths that just like to get on their bike. “This would provide them with the opportunity to increase their bike skills and prepare them for the advanced tracks that we are so lucky to have beside us in the Dublin Mountains,” said
Cllr McCarthy. The council also commented on the purpose of the delay in constructing another BMX track, which has the council’s full approval, in Jamestown Park, which is a former landfill dump. A spokesperson said: “For technical reasons, constraints imposed by gas extraction, these facilities will not be developed for a number of years.”
THE sea front at Dun Laoghaire will be filled with the strains of Irish music, song and dance for a Gathering event on July 6, entitled Dancing at the Crossroads. A ceili mor will be held on Queen’s Road at 8pm, and organisers are promising it will be a Gathering of epic proportions for the local community and visitors to enjoy and let their hair down at.
Showcase Dancing at the Crossroads is a free event that will be open to everyone, showcasing some local trad skills. So, if you feel like attending an old-fashioned ceili with great live music from two traditional Irish bands, go along and bring your family and friends, too.
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health Older people sought for new groups
Choir may be a help for those with dementia Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
DUN Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s (DLRCC) arts office is calling on local people to get involved in the creation of two choirs exclusively comprising older people and especially welcoming to those affected by dementia in Stillorgan and Blackrock. The pioneering initiative is being run by DLRCC/HSE Health Partnership and Living Well with Dementia. DLR/HSE Health Partnership comprises the council’s arts office and the Health Promotion Service of the HSE. Organisers believe the project will be the first of its kind in the country, particularly in relation to its welcoming approach to people affected by dementia. The arts and health par tnership aims to make creativity intrinsic to life, according to the initiative’s leaders, such
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‘The community of Stillorgan/ Blackrock has the highest national urban level of dementia’ --------------------------
as council assistant arts officer Maire Davy. She said: “This is a call-out for people living in the community and we are delighted to be involved with the project. We feel the arts should be a part of everyone’s daily life, and is very valuable for people living in the community affected by dementia. “Research has shown that those with dementia find it easier to remember songs and lyrics than other things. There is a link there between singing and dementia which means those people can connect with music.
“There are initiatives in New York, Britain and elsewhere that are similar to the choir, and because it has never been done in Ireland, we feel it is a very exciting departure for the DLRCC arts office.” The other group involved in the project is Living Well with Dementia, which is a three-year communitybased project that seeks to raise awareness about dementia, reduce its stigma, promote early diagnosis and provide support for people living with dementia in Stillorgan and Blackrock. L i v i n g We l l w i t h Dementia is jointly funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the HSE, and is supported by another philanthropic funding organisation, Genio Trust. The groups will be led by a choral director and supported by a team of volunteers. Members do not have to be able
The move to create a choir comprising older members of the community follows on from the highly-successful creation of an orchestra for the same group of people (above). Formed earlier this year, and supported by the DLR/HSE Arts and Health Partnership, The Orchestra for Older People meets in Newpark Music Centre in Blackrock on a weekly basis.
to sing to join. There is no element of competition or performance. The choirs may participate in a local musical performance but this will be optional. The choirs will be held on two different days – one mid-week and one at weekend. There is no charge, but a small contribution towards refreshments is welcome. Anyone interested in participating can contact, Living Well with Dementia, StillorganBlackrock at 01 706 0100, or DLRCC’s arts office at 01 271 9528.
Family fun for all RESIDENTS are being reminded that the annual summer festival in Churchtown will be held this weekend. Now in its third year, the festival will be held in the grounds of De La Salle College in Churchtown. The Radio Nova Street Team will be on hand to provide plenty of tunes, and there will be a number of main attractions for all the family, including party band Dejaboo, face painting, bouncy castles and much, more. The event will be held on Saturday, July 6 from 1pm. Admission is €2 for adults, and small children go free.
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DUNDRUM: DOUBLE CELEBRATIONS AT HOLY CROSS NS
OLY Cross National School celebrated the raising of its second Green Flag and receiving its fourth consecutive science and maths
award recently. The school was joined on the day by special guest RTE presenter Derek Mooney who distributed various awards.
Great fun was had by all, with several scientific demonstrations by pupils. The ceremony was followed with a barbecue and an ice-cream party.
RTEâ€™s Derek Mooney was delighted to help pupils at Holy Cross NS celebrate both the raising of their second Green Flag and receiving their fourth consecutive science and maths award. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
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Canter on over to 2013 horse show
HE 140th Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show had its dates announced recently. The announcement event, hosted by the Royal Dublin Society, was held at The Champagne Bar in the RDS overlooking ring 2 where an incredible side saddle show jumping demonstration by Susan Oakes took place, as well as pony rides for children who attended. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is the largest summer event in Dublin, attracting tens of thousands of people and 1,500 horses and ponies to the RDS annually.
Etain Boyd and Romy Carroll
Norma Sheahan with Capall the Horse and her children Isabelle, Jessica and Jodi
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centenary: shedding light on the 1913 Lockout
Exhibition puts day-to-day tenement living in spotlight n e w ly- e l e c t e d Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn (Lab) last week launched a new look at the 1913 Lockout. The innovative Dublin Tenement Experience: Living the Lockout is a performance and interpretation-based exhibition on the 1913 Lockout. Living the Lockout will be the first in a series of activities to mark the centenary of the historic
1913 Lockout and is part of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. D u b l i n Te n e m e n t Experience: Living the Lockout will make use of the ground floor of a former tenement house – 14 Henrietta Street – to tell the story of the Lockout as well as portraying what day-to-day life was like in Dublin’s tenements 100 years ago. The exhibition will tell the story of the times through the use
of drama, audio-visual presentation and exhibition materials including archival records, photographs and personal testimonies. As well as the formal launch by the Lord Mayor, the event included a ten-minute excerpt from the Living the Lockout’s drama, a tour of 14 Henrietta Street’s groundfloor and short presentations from each of the partners in the project.
This unique project – which is a joint initiative of Dublin City Council, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Heritage Trust – will be open to the public for two months only from July 4 to August 31, 2013, six days per week and it will be closed on Wednesdays. Tickets are priced at €5.50 and can be bought for any admission from 10am to 5pm.
Some scenes from the Dublin Tenement Experience: Living the Lockout which opens this week
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Avoid mugging by staying alert - and using Krav Maga Natalie Burke
A lot of people have a tendency to be distracted when out and about, either because they are looking at their phones while walking or listening to music. But it’s this distraction that can result in you becoming a victim of mugging, according to Matt Comerford, an Israeli-trained instructor with the International Krav Maga Federation. Matt, who teaches Krav Maga, a form of selfdefence, in Celbridge, Co Kildare, says that when it
comes to muggers choosing their opportunities, it is believed they will choose a target who is distracted and likely to be surprised. W hen it comes to being prepared for any situation, Matt says prevention is the best medicine. “Being able to prevent an attack/mugging is preferable to being able to physically deal with it. If we can successfully prevent an attack, then we have exposed ourselves to considerably less risk, even if you are trained in what to
do, prevention is always best!” he said. To prevent a potential attack, Matt says people need to be more aware of their surroundings, take in what is going on around them, and stay alert. Having practised Krav Maga for over six years, Matt has more than 10 years of experience participating in physical training and fitness. In 2012, he travelled to Israel for intensive training with some of the top Krav Maga experts from around the world. Phoenix Krav Maga
is running self-defence classes in Celbridge using Krav Maga; one of the world’s most renowned self-defence systems. It is used by military and police units globally because of its effectiveness and simplicity. In classes, par ticipants learn to deal with a wide range of confrontations, either by de-escalating and avoiding potential attacks completely, or by disabling the attacker if necessary. For further info, visit www.phoenixkravmaga. ie, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Comerford Phoenix Krav Maga Instructor
awards Women in business Network Dublin, an organisation for women in business, hosted its annual Businesswomen of the Year awards. The luncheon took place at the Dylan Hotel recently, presented by AIB, to a crowd of high achieving businesswomen, and a few men too. President of Network Dublin, Kate Fox, said a record number of nominations were made this year and she was delighted at the high level of interest. Winners of the three categories for the 2013 awards were: Ruth Savill - Paris Bakery and Pastry Ltd - Businesswoman of the Year (self employed), Kate Mullahy – Ormsby & Rhodes - Businesswoman of the Year (employee) and Aileen Rogers – Ready Girls - New Business of the Year.
Ruth Savill, Kate Fox, Network president Dublin and Aileen Rogers
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Promoting our city for Italians BUZZ-Y SPELLING BEE CHALLENGE A STILLORGAN boy was crowned the best speller in Leinster recently, taking the title of Eason’s Leinster Spelling Bee winner . Niall Meagher, from St Laurence’s BNS, went on to represent the province at the Eason Spelling Bee All-Ireland Final in RTE. Niall started his Spelling Bee journey in January and soared through the Dublin County Bee. The Eason Spelling Bee, in association with RTE 2FM’s Tubridy, is now in its third year
All aboard The Gathering bus at Dublin Airport ... Calogero Urruso, Roberto Rambaldelli, Valentina Salaris (of Tourism Ireland), Giovanni Carlo Rossi Barilli, Ivan Pertusi and Paolo Giovanni Bianco
and is Ireland’s ultimate spelling contest, with all four provincial finals and the All-Ireland Final broadcast live on 2FM’s Tubridy. Although Niall lost on the day to a Galway girl, his spelling success was deservedly congratulated by Tubridy at the event.
CELEBRATING THE ICONIC HILL 16 DUBLIN Fringe Festival is calling on all GAA fans, actors, volunteers and sports fans to get involved in a project about Dublin GAA and the iconic Hill 16 stand, which will take place as part of the festival in
September. The project is being put together in association with Belgian theatre company CAMPO/hetKIP, which previously created a piece about local football fans in Ghent in Belgium. This September, their local version of the
show will be all about Dublin’s GAA fans and Hill 16. With a large ensemble cast, the production team is hoping to get fans on board with the project. To find out more, or to get involved, email email@example.com or call 01 670 6106.
Bar, their action-packed itinerary included traditional “iconic” attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and Dublin Castle, as well as some of the city’s clubs and bars, including The George, The Dragon Bar and PantiBar. Designed by Failte Ireland, their itinerary also included visits to St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Hugh Lane Gallery, while they enjoyed some of our world-class cuisine at Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, as well as visiting the Winding Stair on Ormond Quay.
MORE than two million Italians will be reading about Dublin in the coming weeks, after a group of journalists set their sights on Dublin for the gay travel market in Italy. The Italian journalists, who write for a variety of print and online publications, arrived in Dublin recently on a three-day fact-finding visit here to check out some of the many things to see and do around the city, as well as visiting some of the city’s gay-friendly venues. While staying at The Morgan Hotel in Temple
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FEATURE EQUALITY: GENDER RIGHTS IN THE EU
Homeward bound for O’Sullivan
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A R ATHFARNHAM woman recently got the chance of a lifetime when she was one of the lucky ones chosen to work on gender and equality issues in Brussels, during the six months of Ireland’s EU Presidency. Fiona O’Sullivan is packing her bags to leave the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 30 as Ireland’s presidential tenure expires and Lithuania prepares to take up the position until the end of the year. Department of Justice and Equality attache Fiona spoke to The Gazette about her time spent in Brussels working on gender and equality issues.
“I have been here in Brussels as part of the Irish Presidency dealing with equality issues relating to a few different legislative proposals on gender balance on company boards and such. “The Commission is trying to get 40% women on non-executive corporate boards but there is a lot of controversy over it from member states. “A lot of them think the matter should be a national issue and should be achieved through voluntary approaches. “We had working groups set up last year on the gender balance proposal and since then the proposal has been redrafted for the council. “We have just finished the first reading of it to all
the member states. The Lithuanian Presidency will continue to work with it from [this month] on, when they take over.” “It’s difficult to progress the proposal when lots of the Member-States are against it. Gender balance is an important goal. We have made progress though; and on a national level in Ireland, for instance, the female quota for the election of a political candidate is now 30% or else the parties will not get State funding. On State bodies the targets are also 30% in Ireland. “We are concentrating now on the private sector and companies listed on the stock exchange in Europe; so these are big companies. “Ireland opened the
Fiona O’Sullivan, Department of Justice and Equality: “The whole Irish Presidency has been seen as a great
negotiations on this in the [European] council and now the report on it is due.” Fiona, who comes from Rathfarnham, started off doing a business and politics degree in Trinity College. It is not the first time she has made Brussels, the base of the EU Parliament, her home. As an undergraduate, she discovered that she had a greater interest in the EU side of her degree, so she went on to read European studies for her MA before going to Brussels as an intern after her graduation. “After that internship I spent six years working in
Ireland as a civil servant but I always said I’d love to go back to Brussels. “This presidency has been great for me and was a way of putting forward Ireland’s position in Europe. I’ve chaired many meetings here because we had all the power due to the presidency. There is a lot of behind the scenes work here too and I’ve worked with many NGOs and lobbyists too over my term here. “Some of the most popular gender and equality issues I came across here were to do with
equal treatment, maternity rights and the free movement of immigrant workers. Women in the media is a big issue too as, although there are a lot of women working in this field, they are not in decision-making roles and the percentages of women at the top level are much lower. Although they are not binding, we (as part of the Irish Presidency), made recommendations on all of this.” Although she is looking forward to coming home to Ireland, Fiona is also wistful about leaving
Brussels. “I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. The whole Irish Presidency has been seen as a great success and we’ve achieved a lot during the six months. “Personally, it’s been a great opportunity and is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because there are a lot more states in the EU, with the number reaching 28 as of July 1, it now takes 14 years for your turn at the presidency to come around. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back then but we’ll see.”
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More ways to save money THIS week, the money doctor continues his series on saving cash. With more than 100 top tips to dip into, he’s sure to have plenty of ideas you haven’t thought of. However, if you have any cash-saving suggestions of your own that you’d like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neill Callan, Harvey Norman
Plugged in to provide the best shopping experience Neill Callan has worked with one of Ireland’s leading retailers for over nine years. Neill began working in Harvey Norman, Dundalk, while in college, before moving to the Tralee store for three years. He is now the manager of the electrical department in Harvey Norman’s flagship store in Blanchardstown Retail Park, at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. He says: “Harvey Norman has made a sizeable investment into revamping the Blanchardstown store. “The focus of the renovation was
to heighten the customer’s shopping experience within the store. Customer interaction and technology are at the forefront of the design. We have introduced a lot of new live demonstration areas so customers can experience new technologies from laptops to cameras, from TVs to docking stations and from ovens to vacuum cleaners. We have almost everything plugged in so you can try before you buy; our technology showroom is now easily the most innovative showroom in Ireland”.
How long have you been in business?
our competitors who often try to compete on price alone.
Harvey Norman has been trading in Ireland since 2003. The Blanchardstown store opened in 2006 when we took over the old ESB unit. In November 2012 we expanded the store into the old Reids and Clerys units to create one big Harvey Norman superstore.
What makes your business successful?
There are many factors that contribute to the success of the Harvey Norman Blanchardstown store. We only stock the best quality brands, our prices are always competitive, our staff are highly trained and we aim to be first to the market with new technology. All of which has helped us to build up a fantastic loyal customer base.
What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?
Our biggest asset is our staff. We invest heavily in training our staff to become specialists in their relevant departments. Our staff focus on passing the relevant information on to our customers, allowing the customer to make an informed decision. We aim to find the best product to suit the customer’s needs at the best price; this differentiates us from
How has the recession affected your business?
The recession has, in a way, been a good thing for Harvey Norman. It has made us refocus on the core values of our business. Customer service is king. We have introduced initiatives to heighten every customer’s before and after sales experience. As stated previously, investing in our staff continues to be at the core of our success and combined with a customer orientated marketing strategy is driving more people through our doors, growing our sales and increasing our market share.
What is your ambition for the business?
For the Blanchardstown store to be the number one store in the Harvey Norman group and the number one retail destination for customers looking for electrical, computers, furniture or bedding. With our newly renovated store, I believe that we can achieve this.
What was the worst job you’ve had?
I worked for my uncle for the summer when I was 15 in his sawmill dipping boards to make garden sheds… never work for family!
4. Check your mortgage and loan interest rates Sometimes we go to great lengths at the initial stages of obtaining a mortgage or loan trying to ensure we get the most competitive interest rate at the time. Once taken out, there is a tendency to overlook the maintenance of that loan. You could very easily find out that your lender’s original rate, or current advertised interest rate, bears no resemblance to your own. This is also a time to check if currently on a variable rate and your lender is uncompetitive, to see whether you should switch to another lender. 5. Avail of your annual capital gains tax (CGT) exemptions The first €1,270 of chargeable gains to an individual arising from the disposal of a capital asset (eg shares) is exempt. This is allowable for each tax year, but is not transferable between spouses. The rate payable on capi-
tal gains tax is 33% over the threshold. For capital acquisition taxes (CAT), remember the threshold from parent to child (Group A of three groups) is currently €225,000 for each child. The tax rate for CAT is also 33% over the thresholds.
6. Check your life and health cover You could be over insured. Do a review on all your insurances. Are you getting the best value ? What happens if you or your spouse die or become permanently incapacitated? If you took out life cover ( with home mortgages it is mandatory ) you may have been a smoker at the time. Once you are smoke free for 12 months, you could save yourself over 50% of the annual premiums. Worth checking out. Contact John with your money questions at email@example.com or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor
funding: boost for start-up business
Government announces new €21m commercialisation fund Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
FUNDING worth €21 million is to be made available for start-up business in Ireland, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton (FG) announced recently. The new funding will be delivered through Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation fund and will be targeted to make innovative, new products by technology start-ups commercially viable. Commercialisation fund projects must fill a gap or market need and include developing innovations which will be ready to be launched as start-up companies in two to five years. Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “Over the past decade, Ireland has built a system of research and innovation that ranks
extremely well internationally – the challenge now at a time of jobs crisis is to put in place measures that will turn these achievements into economic growth and jobs. “Through the Action Plan for Jobs we have implemented a range of changes aimed at turning good ideas into good jobs, including the research prioritisation exercise, the creation of a central technology transfer office, a onestop-shop for commercialising research out of universities, and the establishment of new technology centres.” So far this year, Enterprise Ireland has funded 24 commercialisation projects which have been valued at €5.3 million in a wide range of areas including ICT (information computer technology), lifesciences, food, manufacturing, engineer-
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ing and energy. Director of ICT commercialisation Gearoid Mooney said: “The [current] commercialisation fund is making a real difference in terms of business growth and competitiveness in Ireland. “The breadth of projects targeting new market opportunities is remarkable. Projects funded so far this year
range from a vaccine to protect against harmful bacteria commonly affecting cystic fibrosis patients to the development of a fuel cell power module which will turn hydrogen into electricity in a more cost effective and efficient way.” Enterprise Ireland is seeking applications for the new funding and the closing date is August 28.
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Frances has been busy splitting her time between a number of musical performances across the country and the work of the charity she set up in 2008
INTERVIEW: SINGER FRANCES BLACK ON HER NEW ALBUM AND HER CHARITY, RISE
Big heart, stronger voice
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IT has been over four years since wellknown singer Frances Black set up the Rise Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping families understand the nature of addiction. With her time split between her dedication to a cause so close to her heart, and furthering her career as one of Ireland’s most well-loved singers, Frances is feeling “stronger” than ever. And it’s no coincidence that her recently released album has been named just that. Stronger, a compilation of cover songs, was released just two months ago. “It is an album of cover version songs
that I have a very strong connection with. They are all songs that mean something special to me and it was just one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had. So far we have got great reviews and a great reaction,” she said. Following the release of her album, Frances has been busy splitting her time between a number of musical performances across the country and the work of the charity she set up in 2008. “I’m constantly working and constantly gigging. I’m hoping to go to America at the end of the year, so it’s very busy. It’s hard sometimes to manage both, but you just get through the days, you get through the hours. It keeps me going, that’s for sure.” Frances has previously dealt with
alcoholism and now in recovery, has dedicated her time to helping the families of those who have yet to take the same route. The charity is so close to her heart, she went back to study as an addiction counsellor and says it helps when it comes to battling her own demons. “Giving back is a very important part of my life. So I certainly feel very happy around the work that I do. I love working with the families and it’s very rewarding and very fulfilling, particularly when you see family members getting the support and the help that they need.” The RISE (Recovery In a Safe Environment) foundation runs 10-week family programmes to help educate families about addiction.
With funding an ongoing problem for the charity, Frances will be taking part in a family fun day, in Baldoyle, in aid of the charity this weekend. “I want to raise awareness about the work that we do but also to help raise much-needed funds.” The family fun day and sale of work will take place on Sunday, July 7 at Baldoyle Community Hall on Main Street, Baldoyle. The event will see face-painting, balloon making, angel card reading and a wheel of fortune, as well as an appearance by Frances herself, who will be saying a few words about the important foundation. The event will be held from 11am until 5pm. For more information about the charity, visit www. therisefoundation.ie.
THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week is Adele. She is a threeyear-old old Rottweiler. With her super sweet adorable nature, Adele has really captured the hearts of her canine carers, and just wants cuddles at every available opportunity! She is an incredibly sociable lady who loves meeting new people, playing and chasing her toys. She would really enjoy some basic training as she is just so eager to please. If you think you could give beautiful Adele the home she so badly needs, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.
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tech review: a microspeaker with a loud punch
A little speaker that whips up a big e-Storm Britain’s Bitmore have been earning a reputation over the last few years of being manufacturers of genuinely solid state technology, and Gazette Music were intrigued when we heard about their new e-Storm Superbass Speaker. Having been awarded the RedDot design award in 2012, the reviews and word of mouth about this speaker stopped us in our tracks. But that was the last time the tracks stopped since our
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e-Storm arrived, as it has been wall-to-wall music as we tested its capabilities with everything we could think to throw at it. From its Apple-esque unboxing experience, the e-Storm surprises and
delights. It is a deliciously compact and surprising piece of bluetooth audio tech. At a teeny six by six by five cm in size, its silver and black frame packs a surprising weight which gives a vivid hint that it packs a punch well above its division. Having purchased a similarly-sized speaker as a birthday present recently, the e-Storm knocked it out clean, with its crisp clarity and deep bass capability.
Simply and quickly connected via Bluetooth and charged via USB connection, the e-Storm was up and running in seconds. It also has an SD slot for cards up to 8GB, and a headphone jack connection if bluetooth is not available. But how does the speaker perform under laboratory conditions? Well, last week’s immense, complex Kanye West album Yeezus was first up to the plate, and the e-Storm
Easily sync’d with your device, the e-Storm speaker is the ideal microspeaker
more than coped with its complexities and low frequencies. More nuanced works like Bon Iver and The Blue Nile hold all of their gentle majesty. Being a podcast afficionado, Gazette Music’s shower listening tends to
mean taking tech into the bathroom, which has its own dangers. This makes the e-Storm a waterproof joy, as no longer do we need to worry about condensation damaging built-in speakers. This is genuinely an alloccasions microspeaker.
It makes no sense that such a small speaker at its very affordable price point could be this good, but it is, and that makes it a solid recommendation for music lovers. The e-Storm is available from bitmore.co.uk for £49.99 plus shipping.
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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Paperbelle
PAPERBELLE’S world is black and white and she likes it that way. She’s heard of colour; but would prefer things to stay as they are. The colours, on the other hand, want to play games and they want Paperbelle to join in. Paperbelle’s world is changing – will she try to stop it or might she find it’s not as bad as it first seemed…? July 6, tickets €10/8.
Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aidan Bishop
NATIVE New Yorker Aidan Bishop began his comedy career in his hometown and since moving to Dublin he has become one of the top comics working today, best known as resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin for the past 10 years. July 6, tickets €12/€10.
Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Ferguson & Barwick
KATHY Barwick is a household name in folk and bluegrass music circles in Northern California. An acclaimed master of guitar, banjo, mandolin bass, and dobro she currently performs with The Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band and The Mike Justis Band. For this tour she teams up with singer songwriter Gary Ferguson who hails from Baltimore, USA. July 16, tickets €12.
review: Gru is back
Your minions will love this one THE discussion about the pantheon of animated films is usually along the lines of “best non-Pixar movie”. Such is Lu xo Jr ’s dominance of the field, others can barely get a look in, which at times just feels unfair. At Dreamworks, they produced the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar franchises, as well as the excellent Croods among others. Un i ve r s a l S t u d i o s have had their own successes, most notably a few years ago when a super-villain adopted three kids to live with him and his little yellow minions. Given the success of its predecessor, it was to be expected that Despicable Me 2 wasn’t far away. T h e o r i g i n a l g ave Universal the animation franchise it craved, a veritable money printing machine with its quotable leads (“It’s so f luffy!”) and toy-bait minions. Indeed, the film joined the bona-fide Universal cash cows last year when it got its own ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, joining such luminaries as Twister and The Mummy. O k ay, s o m ay b e
Things have really loosened up at Gru’s place (above and below)
that isn’t the ringing endorsement I made it sound like, but the ride is excellent and is proving to be one of the most popular in the park (for the record, The Mummy ride is excellent, too. The movies were not). So, with the sequel and blockbuster season well under way, comes the first big animated feature of the summer. With Pixar having sent Mike and Sully back to University last weekend in the States, opening on an incredible $82 million, the bar has been set pretty high. This time around, the script is f lipped and Gru is looking to get out of the super-villain game altogether, turning his one-time weapons of mass destruction into food processing machines and taking care of the three sisters he adopted first time around. It is a difficult transition for Gru, with the girls growing up and
Film of the Week: Despicable Me 2 hhh (U) 98 mins Directors: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin Starring: Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Benjamin Bratt
SOME tremendously funny bits, some great visual gags and the presence of minions willl make this a thoroughly worthwhile trip to the cinema. Kids will love the slapstick provided by the minions, while Gru is a phenomenal character for adults. It’s just a shame the plot is a bit all over the place.
beginning to date. All in all, it is a rough transition for the onetime super-villain. That is until a shadowy organisation called the Anti Villain League ask for his help in recovering an entire lab that is making a serum that can turn people into monsters.
So, yes, the storyline is weak, but when a man in lycra is dominating the box office, is too much to ask for a bit of suspension of disbelief for a kids’ film? In fact, the film doesn’t necessarily suffer that much from a lack of storyline, it suffers because it tries to
shoehorn a storyline in. I would have been h a p py e n o u g h w i t h some kind of retread of the last film with new jokes, so winsome are the characters. Kristen Wiig’s addit i o n a s G r u ’s l ove interest is particularly pleasing, but isn’t Wiig always great? The neglect of two of the three daughters leaves the youngest, Agnes, to shine once more and the minions, who are set to get a spin-off film, get plenty of screen time, which is excellent. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable and funny 90 minutes.
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GAMING REVIEW: COMPANY OF HEROES 2
A challenging game to master
IT’S been ages since I featured any PC games – apologies for that, as PC games (and gamers) are often overlooked for console games instead. As, err, I prove about 97.3% of the time ... Of course, PC gamers continue to enjoy terrific games in many genres, with the platform proving perfect for a tactical title like Company of Heroes 2, the long-awaited sequel to the hit 2006 game that’s out now. Simply put, it’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game, based on the particularly bloody conflict along the Eastern Front around 1945. History records how the Communists eventually crushed the Nazis with a brutal war machine from the East – under your control, however, things could go very dif-
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ferently. CoH2’s meaty singleplayer campaign takes in a significant chunk of the period, from the chaotic siege of Stalingrad through to the final march on Berlin, with you directing your troops on the field through a number of historically accurate theatres of war. At first glance, Relic’s title looks pretty similar to a hundred similar strategy games beforehand – albeit a very pretty and detailed one, at that – but a number of interesting management options,
coupled with challenging line-of-sight rules that affect what you see (and what the enemy sees), can quickly seize defeat from the jaws of victory – or vice versa. Throw in some quirky, but slightly gimmicky, weather conditions that can affect the flow of battle, and it’s another memorable touch to have added on the sequel. Ultima tely, CoH2 hasn’t tinkered with the winning RTS formula of its predecessor too much – but then, when you’ve crafted such an enjoyable, challenging title, why would you? And all that is before you even try multiplayer matches to really test your armchair general skills ... Company of Heroes 2 is available now; prices vary at retail.
The intricately-designed troops and machinery in the Eastern Front-based environments in Call of Heroes 2 will push your tactical skills to the limit
Photo-sharing app adds video capability JUST in case you missed the recent news (or haven’t been updating your apps), Instagram, the popular photo-sharing and editing application, can now also shoot (up to) 15 seconds of video clips, too. While most users will just use Instagram to take photos, there’s no doubt millions will shoot video clips to share. So, if you have any great clips from your area, feel free to let me know by emailing its link to: sdillon@ gazettegroup.com, for possible inclusion in a future best-of gallery for readers. Happy shooting!
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Enjoy 20% off a great weekend retreat NATALIE BURKE
A SPECIALIST for luxury self-catering breaks and holidays, Natural Retreats is offering 20% off on all stays until July 19 to guests visiting its Irish and British properties. This is a saving of up to €340. This exclusive offer applies to the last remaining holidays in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, and The Heritage, Co Laois, as well as Natural Retreats locations across Britain – John O’Groats and West Highlands in Scotland, the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, Trewhiddle and Fistral Beach in Cornwall, and the Yorkshire Dales. Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper filled with local produce such as bread, cheese and wine, and are granted full access to the five-star hotel facilities, including spa, restaurants and championship golf courses. The Natural Retreats concierge team can discuss available dates with you, as well as offering further information. For further information, call 01 685 3013. Terms and conditions apply, and offers are subject to availability.
The Spa Salveo at the four-star Knockranny House Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo, offers a range of indulgent treatments to leave you feeling refreshed
WESTPORT: ENJOY FINE DINING OR SPA TREATMENT IN SIGHT OF CROAGH PATRICK
West is best for a break NATALIE BURKE
THERE are plenty of reasons why we are all so tempted to flock to the west of Ireland when we get the opportunity to take a few days off. For some of us, it’s the scenery. For others, the adventure sports on offer along the west coast. More often, it’s the ideal destination for avid golfers, surfers and anglers. But, when it comes to treating yourself to a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway, it seems that the west of Ireland is just the place to make your escape. Knockranny House Hotel and Spa is a fourstar hotel in Westport, Co Mayo. Perched on the outskirts of the bustling town, the hotel is located just far enough away to feel secluded, but close enough to walk into town. With bedroom views facing the magnificent
Croagh Patrick, it was tempting to leave the mountain trekking to the more adventurous and instead soak up the intimate and cosy atmosphere of the hotel. A handsome Victorianstyle manor, Knockranny is vast with numerous rooms, yet still manages to feel intimate and capture a warm atmosphere, which was well-promoted by the friendly staff. The log fires, vintagestyle furniture and oldfashioned charm add to the hotel’s general sense of a traditional Irish welcome.
Comforts And it was the extra comforts that helped the huge bedrooms feel like a home away from home – the choice of old paperbacks on the book shelf in the bedroom, the reading chair in the corner, and the wide windows with mountain views. However, it was the Spa Salveo that I was mak-
ing a beeline for; in my books, the most essential ingredient to any “relaxing” weekend away. The award-winning spa encompasses a vitality pool with hydrotherapy stations, an expansive thermal spa suite, various relaxation areas and 12 spacious treatment rooms. With a range of spa treatments offered, Spa Salveo has a huge array of tempting treats to choose from, with everything from facials and body wraps to manicures and massages. I opted for the spa’s newest signature treatment – the Wellness and Radiance Ritual, which incorporates a two-hour treatment using luxury products from the Kerstin Florian range. The ritual includes a deluxe foot soak and destressing foot massage, a full-body salt scrub, a wellness back massage and a pro-radiance facial.
Knockranny House Hotel: ideal for a romantic getaway or a weekend with the girls
To say that I felt rejuvenated afterwards would be a slight understatement. And, since no pampering weekend is complete without feeding the soul, it was imperative that we made the most of the culinary wonders that were offered by the hotel’s impressive La Fougere restaurant. With chef Seamus Commons – twice named Best Chef in Connacht by the Food & Wine Maga-
zine Awards – the restaurant itself has earned the title Best Restaurant in Connaught 2011, along with two AA Rosettes, making it worth the road trip purely for the food itself. Starters ranged from goat cheese parfait to beef carpaccio, while mains included pan-fried seabass, baked Atlantic cod and parmesan gnocchi. Grapefruit parfait, bitter chocolate tart and Carrowholly cheeses
were just some of the desserts to top it all off. Ideal for a romantic weekend away or a getaway with the girls, Knockranny House Hotel and Spa offer a range of deals for your next ramble to the west. The two-hour Wellness and Radiance Ritual costs €105 per person, and includes a light lunch. For further information, see www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie or call 098 28600.
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MAYO: ENJOY A PERFECT FAMILY BREAK
Lots to see, and so much more to do MIMI MURRAY
DRIVING past Castlebar with Croagh Patrick looming in the distance, we knew we had almost reached our destination – the pretty town of Westport. It’s a hotspot for hen and stag parties, but also a place filled with outdoorsy things to do and lots to keep young folk entertained. We stayed in the heart of the town, in the Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel. We were per fectly positioned for all the activities we intended to partake in that weekend. Westport Plaza is a friendly, family-run hotel that has a courtyard linking it to the Castlecourt Hotel. Rooms are extremely spacious, and ours had plenty of room for our inquisitive 11-month-old to roam around in. Beds are big and bathrooms feature sleek, black marble. One of the big draws
to the Westport region is the Great Western Greenway – a traffic-free cycling and walking trail that follows the route of the old Westport to Achill railway. At 42km, this is the longest offroad walking and cycling trail in Ireland. After conferring with the very friendly and knowledgeable people --------------------------
‘Westport Plaza is a friendly, family-run hotel. Rooms are extremely spacious’ --------------------------
at Clew Bay bike hire, and deciding not to have the stamina for the full trip, my husband started his journey at the second leg, from the picturesque town of Newport, and on to Mulranny. The journey is probably the most scenic leg of the trail, taking in the spectacular views of the
rugged Nephin mountain range on one side, and Clew Bay on the other. This trail will really appeal to the leisurely cyclist as the gradient is pretty flat. There is also plenty of wildlife to see, including the odd stag and hen. With a headwind coming in from the Atlantic, the journey to Mulranny offered a bit of a challenge in places; however, there are plenty of viewing platforms for a wellearned rest and most bike hire companies will pick you up at different points on the trail. Myself, my mum and my little boy headed for Westport House, which is an amazing place for children, with lots to do including zorbing, archery, bouncy castles, playgrounds, a mini train ride and swan boats on a very pretty lake. My 11-month-old was too young for many of the things on offer, but his eyes lit up, after a little trepidation, at the
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If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel (right, below), there are many activities to see and enjoy around Westport, including the 42km Great Western Greenway (main)
sight of the soft ball and activity area. He climbed and tumbled and had a fantastic time playing, making sure mammy was always a short distance away. The train ride, which circumnavigates the lake, extracted squeals of delight. Before we took our leave, we toured the magnificent house, which hosts the Westport Festival. Westport is also a great food destination. On our first night we ate in the hotel, and our meal was prepared to a really high standard. My husband went for sea trout, whilst I went for sirloin steak – something I never usually order, but which was a delicious cut of meat.
My mum loved her salmon starter, which was infused with lots of coriander. On the second night, we ate in an exceptional restaurant – An Port Mor. Our starters of crab cake and scallops were devoured with gusto, and mains included hake, blue sea trout and crab tagliatelle. Desserts were summer y and light, and included a marshmal-
low-textured raspberry meringue. To top it all off, we had delicious homemade limoncello, which was on the house and extremely potent! After a hearty breakfast the following morning, we packed our bags and departed for home, with a promise to return to the West for further adventures. For details on Westport Plaza, see www. westportplazahotel.ie.
FOR a bite of the Big Apple, experience New York City Restaurant Week this summer with American Holidays. Visitors can enjoy more than 20 days of dining deals, from July 22 to August 16, with three-course lunches for $25 ($19) and dinners for $38 (plus tip and tax) at more than 300 restaurants. American Holidays is offering a special NYC package of a threenight stay at the threestar Wellington Hotel from just €1,059pp. Alternatively, you could upgrade to the four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, Times Square from only €1,075pp. The price includes return flights from Shannon (prices from Dublin are available). For further information, call American Holidays at 01 673 3804, or see www.americanholidays.com.
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The Citroen DS range is touring the country
Citroen roadshow to highlight the DS range LAST year, I was nothing short of bowing before the Citroen DS5, such was my love for the unique design of the car. Thankfully, Citroen is taking the DS range on a tour of Ireland to let potential buyers get up close and personal with the award-winning models from the distinctively-styled DS line – DS3, DS4, DS5 and the new DS3 Cabrio. The DS Tour launched in Drogheda in May and will travel the country until August, visiting most major cities and towns. Those interested in checking it out should visit their nearest DS Discovery Tour location over the coming weeks, and get behind the wheel of one of Citroen’s most exclusive and stylish cars. For further information, you can see www.facebook.com/citroen.ireland.
Weathered logos can be replaced, free
Ford owners can avail of a logo replacement OVER time, the iconic blue oval on all Ford vehicles can become faded or damaged, but Ford Ireland has just announced a free replacement programme for the logo at participating Ford dealerships. The replacement offer is open to anyone with a Ford vehicle that is up to 10 years old. First introduced on the 1928 Model A car, the Ford blue oval was devised by Ford’s first chief engineer and designer, Childe Harold Wills. Today, it is one of the most recognisable brands in the world. Like any part of a motor vehicle, it is liable to corrosion and accidental damage. Ford drivers can get more information on the blue oval replacement programme at www. ford.ie, or by contacting their local Ford dealer.
The V40-R Design: unbelievable presence, with a visual personality that is so understated it is almost sinister
V40 R-design: volvo deliver an impressive piece of kit
Hats off to the surprising motor that oozes coolness n Cormac Curtis
PRETTY much every car company out there is trying their best to appeal to new buyers – the kind of buyer that wouldn’t have necessarily been attracted to them in the past. Some of the larger, premium brands are making some big noises about their new models, fresh designs and outside-thebox thinking – but along comes Volvo. They’re a conservative bunch, and they tend not to get involved in extravagant fanfare – they just do things right. So, when it came to the new V40, I nearly fell out of my cot when I saw it. If there is one car that has taken me by complete surprise in 2013, then this is it. In a shade that Volvo calls Rebel Blue, this little rocket looked unlike any Volvo I had ever seen. Unlike so many cars in this segment, it’s so much more than a boy racer’s fantasy hot hatch.
It has unbelievable presence, with a visual personality that is so understated that it is almost sinister – think Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, and you’ll get the picture. It has a low stance, without any dramatic, over-the-top or aggressive lines, and features a purposeful front end, without resorting to wildly-angled headlights or a massive front grille. The look is determined, purposeful, strong, and really attractive.
Highlights The lines of the car flow nicely toward the rear, with some very pleasing chrome highlights drawing the eye across the body, tapering toward the boot – and the rear end doesn’t disappoint, either. The rear lights are a beautifully-designed, boomerang shape, and they dictate the unusual shape of the boot. I was expecting a bit of
a sheep in wolf’s clothing, to be honest, but the V40 R design does even more on the inside than it does on the outside. The V40 R-Design that I tested was priced at €30,865 – about €3,000 over the entry-level price, but for that you get an impressive list of kit. In terms of visual appeal, I can’t compare it to the ES or SE specs, but this a very special car on the inside. At this level, the interior is treated to sports floor mats, aluminium sports pedals, sports upholstery with R-design logo, aluminium trim and an incredibly cool active TFT screen with blue instrument dials. There is a leather sports steering wheel, with a shape unlike any other I have driven, that is a delight to touch. Front sports seats with side support were incredibly comfortable under all the conditions I drove it – including some of the nastiest speed bumps in
Unlike so many cars in its segment, this V40 is so much more than a boy racer’s fantasy hot hatch
north County Dublin – striking 17” IXON-alloy wheels, and lots of special R-Design silver pieces, including lower front nose and grille, matt grille with logo, twin exhaust pipes, an ironstone rear diffuser and the all-important lowered chassis for rear sports performance. The controls were pretty intuitive, if not the greatest I’ve ever used, but within a day or two I could control all the important stuff without looking – which is a plus! Despite being completely blind-sided by this car, it was truly reassur-
ing to see that Volvo were at pains to point out the extensive safety features at the top of the standard features specifications list for this car. The first 13 features mentioned were airbag and safety features to protect both occupants and pedestrians. Simply put – my hat is off to Volvo for the V40 R-Design. It oozes coolness, it drives and handles like a proper driver’s car – and even the guys who run the car park next to my office stopped me to talk about it for a good 10 minutes, so it’s got to be good!
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Ireland Under-18 internationals Jessica McGirr and Hannah Grieve, Sean Walsh, Electric Ireland and Ireland senior international Nikki Symmons at the launch
hockey: gathering event set to bring cream of european sport to UCD
International championship graces Dublin later in month THE Irish Hockey Association launched the Electric Ireland U-18 Women’s EuroHockey Championships this week, starting the countdown for the event which will take place in UCD from July 29 to August 4. The tournament, running as part of The Gathering, will feature the cream of European underage hockey with Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Russia, France and Wales joining the hosts for six days of competition. Having finished fourth two summers ago in Utrecht, Ireland have good pedi-
gree at this age group and will be hopeful in a group that features Celtic rivals France and Wales. The Dutch, however, are an imposing force at underage level and they make up the other component of the initial four-team group with the top two teams going on to play in the semi-finals and the other sides contesting the relegation battle. Irish Under-18 players Jessica McGirr – a Loreto Beaufort student – and Hannah Grieve were on hand to launch the event in Dublin along with senior inter-
national Nikki Symmons. Symmons spoke of her pride in playing underage hockey for Ireland and the spur it gave her to push for the senior setup: “I know how special it is to pull on the green shirt for Ireland having just received my 200th cap for the senior team last weekend and these girls will be bursting with pride when they get to do this in front of our home support at UCD in a major tournament. “There is a great opportunity for the Irish public to see the future stars of Irish hockey in action up close and many of
these players will be knocking down the door of the senior team in the very near future. I’m looking forward to getting out and supporting them myself.” The IHA have launched an early bird season ticket offer for the tournament to allow fans to watch the six full days of action including the finals day at a fraction of the cost of individual tickets for the tournament. Supporters can avail of the early bird six-day ticket for €30 up until Friday, July 19. Early bird tickets will be available on www.hockey.ie
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athletics: stadium will greet internationals
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Action from last year’s thrilling Morton Games
dean carpenter Collinstown FC player Carpenter has had an impressive month, with his club side achieving a double after securing the Myles O’Neill Cup, and capped it with a call-up and appearance for the Ireland amateur side against Northern Ireland
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TEAMof the MONTH H holy family national school THE St Finian’s feeder school side have had a fine year, with eight teams representing the school, six of whom reached finals, and four of those sides taking title honours in boys and girls GAA codes, including the Cumann na mBunscol crown
FastSport Ipswich Town continue Shels’ Festival of Football Mick McCarthy’s Championship representatives Ipswich Town are the latest side to take part in the Macron Festival Of Football running through July at Shelbourne’s Tolka Park. The second match in the four game series takes place this Saturday, July 6 at 5pm, to be followed later in the month with games against SPL side Aberdeen on Saturday, July 20 at 3pm and a Leeds United XI on Monday, July 29 at 7.45pm. Tickets for each game cost €10 for adults, €7 for students and €5 for children and OAPs, and are available from tickets.ie or from Tolka Park on 01 837 5536.-
Athletics fans from all over the city will be converging on Morton Stadium in Santry on Wednesday, July 17 for the 2013 Morton Games, which promises to be a cavalcade of international track and field, and include the classic Morton Mile and a Ladies Mile in a total of 26 events. Fifteen London 2012 Olympians participated in last year’s event, and this year’s event will be another celebration of the sport.
Last year, the 2012 Morton Mile was won by the USA’s Will Leer in 3.56.39. A total of 10 athletes broke the fourminute barrier in a thrilling finish which had the crowd on their feet and was too close for the TV commentators to call. The ladies’ mile saw Nicole Schappert of the USA set a new stadium record for the distance, coming home first in a time of 4.30.69. Confirmed for the 2013 Morton Mile are regular visitors to Santry, Americans Jack Bolas and Craig
Bringing big smiles Graeme McDowell chips in at Our Lady’s Crumlin golf star Graeme McDowell took time
out before the Irish Open to make children feel way above par when he visited the Cardiac Unit at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, where he met Holly and Carol Gorey. His recent visit allowed him to see the building changes that will transform children’s time in hospital if the urgent Fix Crumlin Appeal reaches its fundraising goal. McDowell’s G-Mac Foundation donated a further $200,000 to the rebuild campaign.
Miller will be appearing in their fourth Morton Mile. They will be joined by Paul Robinson (St Coca’s) and recently confirmed Riley Master (USA). Ireland’s two-time European Cross Country Champion and European 3000m indoor bronze medallist in the ladies event, confirmed for the Mile, is Fionnuala Britton. She will lead a strong home charge against Laura Crowe and Kerry Harty while Scot Lennie Waite will look to take the title though US athletes Brie Felnagle and Debo-
rah Maier will have a say in matters. Brian Gregan, fresh from victory in the European Team Championship 1st League 400m with Irish team mates Ailis McSweeney, Amy Foster, Shauna Cannon, Kelly Proper, Jason Harvey, Anto Lieghio and Eoin Everard will all be in action for the build up to the main event, The Morton Mile. The event website www.mortongames.ie will provide regular news updates and tickets for the 2013 Morton Games.
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Creating ability and strengthening ties
St Peregrine’s GAA club’s athletic development programme St Matthew’s movie now aims to set up players with a base ability that will last them a lifetime, according to games promotions officer Gordon Ward available to view online
A windy and grey afternoon at St Peregrine’s GA A club saw their Under-16s go through an extensive training programme. To the untrained eye, it may look like a fairly routine process, but underlining the session is a strong commitment to the ongoing athletic development of their young players, a commitment that starts at a very young age level at the club. The session is being run by St Peregrine’s games promotions officer Gordon Ward, whose background and study of physical fitness and development at Setanta College have informed a programme at the club that has positive implications for their young
players, and the club as a whole. “The two big things we concentrate on in Peregrine’s is retaining players in the club and their ongoing improvement in fitness. With athletic development, the children do not tend to get injured as much, and the skills they are being asked to perform in the sport, if their physical literacy is fluent, are not going to result in injuries. “Athletic development begins at a young age with children at the club, so they have history with it when they come to a stage, around 14 or 15, when they can begin strength work in the gym,” said Gordon. “It’s something that is ongoing, starting with children in the nursery, from four years of age, right up to 16 years old. It’s
a progressive programme that has been running for around four years now.” Gordon says that the programmes that he has helped to introduce are part of an ethos that runs through the sport in the capital. “The Dublin County Board would be very encouraging in terms of physical conditioning and for GPOs to start programmes in their various clubs. As part of my studies, I’ve had to develop programmes, and encouraged the club to adopt those programmes. “I could definitely see other clubs picking up on this type of programme. If a parent sees their child getting this kind of care and attention, it is only going to encourage more children into sport, not only the club.” There is also a wider
thinking behind the athletic development programme. “At a younger age, children are not as active as they used to be. PE programmes in schools are limited. A child lunging or squatting or having lateral movement is not a given any more, and those
there was some opposition, but with some education and presentation to the parents and players, they bought into the idea, and they love it. “It definitely improves the players’ performance - I’m not saying that they will play for Dublin, but they will enjoy their sport
‘They may not play for Dublin, but they will enjoy their sport more’ - Gordon Ward
movements and skills need to be taught before they can get out on the pitch to play a game. “ The athletic development programme was not immediately accepted at the club, but Gordon has seen a buy-in to his way of thinking, which has beneficial effects. “Definitely at the start
The St Peregrine’s players in action in their training session, and, inset, GPO Gordon Ward
more because they will not pick up so many injuries. The kind of injuries that occur, like hamstring and groin injuries, can cost up to €500 to deal with, and most players will end up paying for that themselves.” There is also a positive impact beyond the GAA, according to Gordon. “There is a big crossover here. The kind of skills we teach in athletic development are generic - so if you play rugby or basketball or tennis, the skills are applicable there, too. Though we would love them to stay in GAA! “If you can get a child active at four or five, that makes a difference, and the chances of them staying involved in the club remain very high. As they get older, those starting the sport are few and far between. There is a level here for everyone, and for everyone to remain involved.”
After proving a knockout with a packed audience at the Fingal Film Festival earlier this year, Boxing Clever, a documentary about St Matthews boxing club has now been released to pay per view, with the proceeds going toward the building of a ladies’ changing room at the club. The club is currently restricted from offering membership to the growing number of women interested in the sport as they have no facilities for them. The documentary shows the positive impact the club has had on Ballyfermot since it opened its doors in 1979 and how the club continues to prove an asset to the local and wider community. Steven Murray, the award winning screen writer and director of the documentary, believes the story of the men behind the boxing club, past and present, is inspirational, and the film was described by Dave Byrne of the Fingal Film Festival as: “A great watch, insightful, funny and compelling.” The film can be seen if you go to the club website www.stmatthewsboxingclub.com and click the Boxing Clever documentary link.
Dun Laoghaire set to host 2013 regatta event Watersports lovers from all over Dublin are gearing up to attend the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta which runs this year on Dublin Bay from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14. 350 boats, including 112 visiting boats, across 25 classes and 2,500 sailors will compete in the biennial regatta event that is a celebration of sailing in the city and internationally.
In addition to the events on the water, the organisers and Dun Laoghaire town’s waterfront yacht clubs have put together an on shore programme combining the excitement of world class sailing, great food, and entertainment for all sailors, visiting and local, their families and friends and members, which can be downloaded from dlregatta.org/sandbox/ DownLoads/414.pdf For more information, log on to www. dlregatta.org/2013 and www.facebook. com/dlregatta
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football: flying performance sees jackies into final
Castle GC to host Mother and Daughter competition The Castle Golf Club is st to once again host its All Ireland Mother & Daughter Open event, sponsored by Ciaran Nevin Hair and Beauty, on August 19, in what is the centenary year for the club. Last year’s winners were Pauline and Rachel Duddy of Malahide Golf Club. The 2012 event was a huge success with competitors being drawn from all over Ireland to the club to take part in the event. For more information, visit the club website at www.castlegc.ie. Entries can be made through this website from 8th July or by calling Castle Golf Club on (01) 4904207.
Hibernia Trophy sees top teams come to Ireland The Hibernia Trophy 2013 is set to see an impressive range of international teams taking part in this tenth anniversary tournament, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Villarreal, Stade Rennais (France), Linfield, Leicester City and Celtic. This tournament,
which this year will run between August 16 and 18, has become the starting point of many international players to wear the green jersey under the stewardship of Irish underage manager Niall Harrison. Last year saw crowds of more than 15,000 over the weekend and for the final, which saw Celtic beat Liverpool in a thrilling final. Fixtures have now been announced with full details on www. hiberniatrophy.com.
Ballyboden St Enda’s Natalia Hyland in action for Dublin against Kildare in the Leinster semi-final at Portmarnock. Picture: GAApics.com
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The Ballyboden St Enda’s quartet of Rachel Ruddy, Natalia Hyland, Ciara Ruddy, Sarah O’Brien were key parts of the Dublin ladies football set up last weekend when the Jackies eased into the Leinster final with a comfor table victor y against K ildare at Naomh Mearnog’s ground at Por tmarnock. T he ma tch saw a quick start from the home side with a point from Fingallians’ Amy
McGuinness that gave Dublin the opening score within the first 30 seconds. This was quickly followed up by another point from Aherne at full forward. In a close opening quarter, scores were levelled again before D u b l i n a g a i n we n t ahead with a brace from Ly ndsey Davey and one score from Noelle Healy. Dublin then secured a further beachhead when Sinead Goldrick scoring the first goal of the day after a strong midfield performance from the home side kept the pos-
maria’s on the march DSDAC athlete claims five-mile crown in Park dundrum South Dublin AC’s Maria
McCambridge claimed first place in the women’s race of the Irish Runner 5 Mile in the first event of the Airtricity Dublin Race Series in the Phoenix Park last Sunday. The event is the first in a build-up toward the annual Dublin marathon on October 28 with the Fingal 10k the next race on the agenda. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
session high, and Davey wasted no time in bringing up Dublin’s second goal straight after, further widening the gap between the two sides before half-time. In spite of Kildare claiming a goal just before the break, at half time, the score stood at 2-10 to 1-5. Kildare came back strongly at the start of the second half with the wind at their backs, but were repelled by a strong Dublin back line and the efforts of keeper O’Connor, who combined to keep the comeback at bay.
During the second half there were a number of substitutions that saw Dublin spring Leah Caffrey, Elaine Kelly, Orlagh Egan and Siobhan Wood from the bench to good effect. A barrage of points from the Dublin forwards propelled the home side closer to victory, but the closer came when a goal from Hyland extended the lead beyond Kildare, and the final score of 3-17 to 1-12 reflected Dublin’s dominance in the match. Speaking after the game, Dublin manager
Paul Gilheaney said: “We are absolutely very happy to have scored 3-17, but there’s still some work to be done. [Kildare] came back ver y strongly at the start of the second half, so there’s definitely still some work to do, but it is great to win. “To be honest, we are going to have to improve [ahead of the Leinster final]. It’ll be a tougher team that we play against, but we are looking forward to it. It’s a Leinster final and you always look forward to big games like these.”
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Ballyboden reach All-Ireland feile semi firstname.lastname@example.org
B A L LY B O D E N S t Enda’s reached the semi-finals of the AllIreland Feile last weekend in Derry following an impressive showing throughout the competition. Having won the Dublin title in the spring, they advanced to the
national stage and started off in great fettle last Friday with a 4-6 to 0-6 win over local side Kilrea Pearses who were their hosts for the weekend. T hey followed up with a 6-4 to 1-6 win over Coleraine on Saturday before seeing off yet another Ulster side – this time Tyrone’s Dro-
more – on a 4-9 to 13 scoreline. It saw them qualify for the semi-final of the competition but they came unstuck in a high quality encounter against soon-to-be -crowned All-Ireland champions Claregalway. A large majority of the panel, though, will
have another crack at national Feile glory this coming weekend with the hurling equivalent set for Limerick for the weekend. Ballyboden picked up this title with a strong win over Lucan Sarsfields at the Dublin decider in Parnell Park and will look to carry that form through.
football: kilmacud share lead with d15 sides
Club Noticeboard ballyboden st enda’s There was no winner of this week’s
weekend in the ladies football and
Ballyboden St Enda’s lotto draw
men’s hurling and football.
which means the lotto jackpot is
Hard luck to the Feile footballers
€5,000. Match first three winners
who lost out in the All-Ireland Feile
were Pat Lambert, Kilakee, Gearoid
semifinals against Claregalway. A
Brady, Belfry Grove, Citywest and
great weekend was had by all and
Donal Naessens, Knocklyon Court,
they did Ballyboden St Enda’s proud.
Ballyboden St Enda’s summer
The Weekly Subscriber winner was
camps commence on July 8. Dis-
Albert Cooney, Westbourne Lodge,
counts are available. Contact the
Knocklyon, and the Monthly Sub-
club for more details.
scribers’ Draw was Sean Hanafin, Templeroan Close, Knocklyon. Congratulations to all our members who represented Dublin this
For fixtures and results on all or games, please log on to www.bodengaa.ie, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @Bodengaa.
ballinteer st john’s T HERE w a s n o w i n n e r o f t h e Thursday, June 27, Lotto draw for €10,400. Nex t week’s draw will be for €10,600. Tickets are available online at www.ballinteerstjohns.com or from the usual outlets.
tainment. There is a golf classic fundraiser on July 19 in the K Club. See website for more information. There were great wins for the junior As and Bs over Ballyboden Wanderers and Garda in the league. The clubhouse car park is closed
Bingo every Monday night in the
until this Saturday, please make
clubhouse starts at 8pm and all
alternative parking arrangements
welcome for a great night’s enter-
if you are coming to the club.
naomh olaf Our senior footballers had a mixed
to avoid parking in the new Merrion
week. After a great victory on Wednes-
Fleet car park.
Crokes go top with Sylvester’s success
day night over Castleknock, they then
Naomh Olaf summer camps take
played Whitehall on Saturday evening
place on the weeks of July 8 and 15, and
where they were beaten.
August 12. Forms are available from
afl division 1
Kilmacud Crokes Pat Burke in action at Broomfield against St Sylvester’s
St Sylvester’s 1-10 Kilmacud Crokes 2-8 stephen findlater email@example.com
K ILMACUD Crokes moved into a share of the lead at the top of AFL1 last Monday night as they picked off a narrow 2-8 to 1-10 victory over playoff rivals St Sylvester’s in Broomfield. They managed the result by virtue of a robust defensive effort in the second half, dropping extra men deep to deny a speedy Syl’s forward line while they expertly picked off their points
when raiding forward. Shane Horan ultimately provided the killer point five minutes from time, capping a good evening for the half-forward in a game in which both teams had to make a number of changes to their ideal line-up. The Malahide club had got off to a flyer as Conor Daly’s excellent tenth minute goal helped them build a 1-3 to 0-1 lead, outstripping his marker before lashing home with the outside of his boot from the right of goal. Despite some immense Pat Duggan catches in midfield, Gary Sweeney
and Ciaran McArdle were running the show during this stage as Crokes were living off scraps. But Horan did pounce on a rebound off the post to net in the 11th minute to rein in the gap. Syl’s once again built up a four-point lead only for Crokes to make it a one-point game at the break – 1-8 to 2-4 – when David Higgins clever inside ball was turned into the net by Stephen Williams. The second half was much less free-flowing with a spate of niggly fouls. It took a while but Crokes eventually pre-
vailed as they squeezed the life out of the hosts hand-passing game, often seeing them move the ball sideways and leading to plenty of altercations and much frustration with the referee The Malahide men were limited to just two second half points which came 23 minutes apart. At the other end, Mark Higgins and Declan Kelleher tacked on points before Horan won the game with a fine score with five minutes to go and see Crokes join St Brigid’s and St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh on 14 points.
The ladies football team continues its unbeaten streak with a victory last
the club’s website, or from Darren at 087 708 5913.
week bringing their total to nine games
The lotto results can be found on
without a defeat. They now play Clan-
the club website. You can also sign up
nagael Fontenoy B on July 10.
to play the lotto online.
A reminder for those who drive to the club. We would ask our member’s
There was no winner of the Joker’s Wild jackpot. The jackpot is not €900.
Congratulations to the Dublin sen-
and members reminded to ensure
ior hurlers and footballers on reach-
they are fully paid up ASAP as they
ing both Leinster Finals in historic
are neither insured nor eligible to play
after April 30, contact John for details
All roads this week lead to the Iveagh
on 087 9058568.
Grounds for our junior Bs cup final v St
Adult men’s football training contin-
James Gaels on Thursday, July 4, for a
ues throughout the week. All new play-
7.30pm throw in. All support welcome.
ers welcome. For first team, please
There was no winner of the club
contact John for details on 086 811 8372
lotto. Numbers drawn were 2, 15 and
and for second team, please contact
33. €25 to Angie Carrol, Deirdre Hugh-
Mark on 087 673 2628 or Damian on 086
es, Angela Mooney, Zelda. Jackpot next
week will be €700.
Training occurs weekly as follows:
Our juvenile summer camps are on
Tuesday and Thursday 7.15pm at Frank
from July 8 to 12 and August 19 to 23,
Kelly Park. Ladies training each Mon-
they are both the Kellogg’s Cul Camps.
day and Wednesday at Frank Kelly Park
Contact Niall for details on 086 885
at 7.30pm. All new players welcome, for
further details please contact Louise
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Danny Sutcliffe, pictured at the launch of the Under-21 hurling championship at Croke Park, is well aware that the challenge remains to lift the Leinster trophy. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Sutcliffe targets title St Jude’s man fires crucial goal against Kilkenny to record historic hurling victory, but is well aware that the real prize is Leinster crown
DANNY Sutcliffe says the job is only half-finished for the Dublin hurlers after their heroic Leinster senior championship semi-final victory over Kilkenny, their first win against the Cats since 1942. Sutcliffe fired a crucial goal in a 1-16 to 0-16 victory in Portlaoise to give Dublin a shot at provincial glory against Galway next weekend, and was accompanied by a large local contingent of players in the sky blues’ panel on the day. The St Jude’s man was joined in the starting side by Ballyboden St Enda’s Gary Maguire,
Stephen Hiney, Conal Keaney and Paul Ryan, while clubmates Shane Durkin and Simon Lambert came off the bench. Kilmacud Crokes’ Niall Corcoran and Ryan O’Dwyer also started the match which saw the Dubs pull off a famous victory, but Sutcliffe is ambitious that the result does not end in vain and that a Leinster championship title can finally return to the capital for the first time since the 1960s. “It’s great to win [against Kilkenny] but, then again, there is no point getting too excited because we’ve won nothing,” he said. “We know we have won nothing and are just trying to get another good performance out next week and hope for the best.”
Reflecting on the victory, though, he described his side’s performance as relentless to see off the cats, their first replay defeat since 1985. “We didn’t die off or have a lull, we matched them as much as we could and thank God we came out the right side because many a night we have gone home on that bus after a bad beating. “We knew we needed to stay with them for as long as we could and see how it went. Other times we have played them we have been two or three goals down at half time so that was important to stay with them for as long as we could.” As for his own performance, he was par-
ticularly pleased to have scored and to have made headway against one of the modern greats of the game. “Look, you want to test yourself against the best and Tommy Walsh is pretty much one of the best of all time; any day you can get anything out of him is a plus for me so I was delighted, yeah. “I don’t know how the goal went in with all the bodies in the way and they were all shouting at me to put it over the bar but I said I’d chance my arm and hit it low and thank God it went in.” Sunday’s Leinster senior hurling championship final against Galway throws in at Croke Park at 4pm.