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December 1 - 7, 2016

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Big-hearted St Benildus boys raise €70k for charity Stillorgan students have collected more than €500k for good causes in just 15yrs

 AENGUS O’HANLON A LOCAL secondary school has raised over €70k for charity in just three months – and they’re not even finished counting the funds! The boys of St Benildus College in Stillorgan have

collected the cash through a unique charity push that involves parents, students and staff at the school pulling together to raise money for a host of charities. Amongst the activities arranged by the college as part of Run For Life 2016

were sponsored sports events, carol singing, a monster raffle and two days of roadside collections. The big-hearted youngsters even braved a BLIZZARD in their bid to raise money for a host of good causes, ranging from The Peter McVerry Trust

to Amnesty International. St Benildus College principal Martin Johnson told The Gazette: “We’re delighted with the response. There are a wide range of charities that will benefit.” Continued on Page 10


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FASTNews Niall Cull, Barry Walsh

Council unveils energy saving Kilternan homes  EMMA NOLAN

and Brendan Quinn

White flags for TWO dlr leisure clubs DLR Leisure Ballyogan and dlr Leisure Loughlinstown have been awarded White Flag National Quality Standard Awards. The ceremony saw several leisure facilities feted for their remarkable standards in areas of safety, hygiene, customer service and human resources. Ireland Active’s Barry Walsh presented Niall Cull with the Fitness Facility of the Year award for dlr Leisure Ballyogan while Brendan Quinn picked up the Accessibility Award for dlr Leisure Loughlinstown.

FIFTEEN new council houses were unveiled in Kilternan this week. The Cromleach Close development consists of nine two-bed and six one-bed units in a mix of energy efficient houses and apartments. Most of the new development’s residents have already moved in, with 13 of the units going to people

next in line on the housing list. One resident is a downsizer who is returning a three-bed house to the Council for reallocation, another was moved in as a medical priority. Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Develin was on hand to launch the new homes last week alongside Housing Minister Simon Coveney and local TD Josepha Madigan. Cllr Devlin said: “This significant

ramping up of the Council’s housing delivery demonstrates its commitment to achieving its targets as set out in its programme 2015 to 2017.” There are a number of other housing developments in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown in the pipeline for 2017, including 124 units at Abbott Court in Glenageary, 50 units at Fitzgerald Park in Mountown and 44 units in Rosemount in Dundrum.

Lillian’s the belle of the footballer

DUBLIN All-Star footballer and Beaumont physiotherapist Brian Fenton is joined by neurosurgical patient Lilian Tobin, 7, from Sandyford, to launch the Silver Bells Christmas Appeal in aid of Beaumont Hospital Foundation. The Irish-designed bells make a great gift to friends living away to remind them you are thinking of them at Christmas time. All proceeds go towards improving in the care available to patients at Beaumont which treats over 420,000 patients annually.

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The event brought health awareness to the fore

Ballyogan Resource Centre’s Free To Be Me event hailed a great success by the kids FREE To Be Me – the health awareness event held by the Ballyogan Resource Centre late last month – has been hailed as a great success by the youth of the area. The ‘Free To Be Me’ brand was developed by young people and the event aimed to empower them to be the wonderful young people they are without taking any perceived need to take alcohol for confidence. The event included a variety of talks and workshops including health awareness (making healthy snacks etc), graffiti art wall, a first aid workshop with a paramedic (alcohol focus), moving debate (exploring attitudes to alcohol) and gym tasters. In addition to the workshops there was information about community services in the DLR area and opportunities for schools and other agencies to make links with services that youth with alcohol and drug issues.


SWEET Carolina DUBLINERS | STUNNING 20-YEAR-OLD STUDENT SET FOR TOP MODEL CAREER

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 AISLING KENNEDY A GORGEOUS 20-year-old Dubliner has been selected from 4,500 applicants for the final of the prestigious international Top Model competition. Tallaght I.T. student Carolina Aznar has told how she recently found out that she was one of 50 girls selected for the Irish finals later this month. The pocket-sized stunner from Shankill said that she had tried out modelling before, but had been told she was too small to make it on the catwalk. She told The Gazette: “I tried modelling before but I found it hard because of my height. I was told I was too small because I’m 5”3. Height “They’re happy with my height in this competition though so I’m delighted. I’ll to give it my best shot.” For the next part of the competition, Carolina will take part in two separate catwalk events at the Temple Bar Arts Studio on December 10. If Carolina is a winner on the day, the prizes include professional photography shoots for the cover of Irish Fashion and Glamour Magazine – and she’ll represent Ireland in the Worldwide Grand Final in London which will include opportunities at London Fashion Week. Best of luck Carolina – not that you’ll need it!


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EDUCATION | FRUSTRATION BITES OVER NOTRE DAME’S CLOSURE

Dozens of families in frantic school hunt UP TO 40 sets of parents have no place for their children to attend school next year following the closure of Notre Dame Junior School. Last week, The Gazette reported that many parents were “relieved” that Ballinteer Educate Together National School (BETNS) would be moved to the Notre Dame Junior School premises. However, this is not the case, as this relocation does not ensure automatic transferral for Notre Dame pupils. BETNS already has students enrolled, a large waiting list and only teaches up until third class. James and Julie Manning have two daughters aged eight and 10 currently enrolled in Notre Dame Junior School who have no place in a school

 EMMA NOLAN enolan@dublingazette.com

for September 2017. James said: “We never had any indication that the school was going to close down. “The day it happened, we actually either phoned or visited 14 schools looking for a place for the girls and we still haven’t found a place for them. “We’ve tried so many schools, from Firhouse to Rathmines, and for most of them, there isn’t a hope of getting in, with their long waiting lists. We’re being laughed out of schools.” The couple are hope-

ful that the girls will be offered a place in Loreto Primary School in Rathfarnham, near where they live, but are worried that they will have to travel father to find a place. Sending the girls to separate schools may also have to become a reality. A nearby school, Alexandra College, may be able to offer places to misplaced Notre Dame pupils, but this is not an option for James and Julie, and the school’s fees are “nearly double the price” of what they were paying for Notre Dame. James added: “We have accepted cutbacks to send our kids to Notre Dame – we wanted to invest in the best school for them.” Local Green TD and former teacher Catherine Martin said that the current situation for many parents facing no place in

a school for their daughters next year was made worse by the way it was communicated. She said: “There was no consultative process with parents of students or teachers in Notre Dame Junior School before the decision was taken to close the school in 2017. “Parents in Notre Dame should not have been advised that they could find places for their children in BETNS, as that school has a large waiting list and although they welcome anyone who wishes to pre-enrol a child on their website, they simply wouldn’t be able to accommodate all the children who have been displaced due to the closure of Notre Dame Junior School in 2017. “BETNS were never formally approached to do this.” The Green Party TD

Santa and friends do some light work for LauraLynn ALTHOUGH he’s very busy with Christmas just around the corner, Santa Claus took time out from his busy schedule to help support LauraLynn, Ireland’s children’s hospice. He officially switched on the hospice’s Christmas lights, with help from Leinster player Isa Nacwea, TV presenter Jennifer Zamparelli, and Finn and Aoife Curran, siblings of Erin Curran, who was cared for by LauraLynn before she passed away in 2014. Santa, grown-ups and children alike were all only too happy to shed some light on LauraLynn’s support and services, with the hospice making an extra-special effort to bring some joy and cheer to the lives of the children and families it supports. Shane O’Neill Photography.

also said that BETNS learned of their temporary relocation to the Notre Dame site through social media.

‘Scant respect’ She added: “The parents in both schools have been treated with scant respect. They shouldn’t have to learn about the fate of their children’s school on social media or print media.” The principal of BETNS, Mari Gordon, told The Gazette that she feels sorry for the parents who can’t find a place for their daughters next year. She said: “As Notre Dame is a private school, the Department of Education are under no obligation to make provisions for them, so they were just thrown out and now they have to find places in other schools.”

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Little Olan is on the ball at showing his rugby skills PICTURED at the ALDI Play Rugby area at the Aviva Stadium was Olan O’Connor (7) from Dundrum. The talented lad was one of the many thousands of participants taking part in Aldi Play Rugby, an IRFU initiative aimed at assisting teachers, coaches and parents involved in rugby at mini and primary school level. The initiative is aiming to ultimately have 100,000 participants, or even more, culminating in a national annual festival to be held in the Aviva Stadium.

Call for the baccalaureate to be an option in schools SENATOR Neale Richmond (FG) has called on the Minister for Education to examine the possibility of introducing the international baccalaureate as an examination option for second level students. Speaking in the Seanad, the Dundrum senator said: “In this post-Brexit era, we are looking to attract international jobs and investment to Ireland, particularly in the areas of financial services, pharmaceuticals and the digital sector. “These opportunities will attract highskilled workers from across Europe and around the world. As it stands, there is only one secondary school – which is a private school – offering the international baccalaureate diploma course in Ireland. “While I welcome the discussions about possibly opening an additional international school, or two, in Dublin, I think we need to look beyond this. “I’m calling on Minister [Richard] Bruton to investigate the feasibility of introducing the international baccalaureate as an option for second-level students,” he said.


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A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF SKATING SKILLS

Gillian Fitzpatrick, Felix Ward, James Ward and Giulia Ward. Pictures: Brian McEvoy Tomas Quinn, Fiona Quinn and Tom Quinn

A very cool evening

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Damien Lynch, Ethan Lynch, Euwan Lynch and Clodagh Lenehan

ESCO Mobile Ireland and Dundrum on Ice hosted an exclusive VIP evening at the purpose-built seasonal rink last week. Families flocked to the event for a chance to show off their skating skills on

the night. Guests were treated to an array of festive treats including Tesco mince pies and seasonal mulled wine while the kids tucked into some Belgian chocolate biscuits and hot chocolate after their efforts on the ice.

Siobhan Hearne and Cait Maguire

Niamh Ballantine and Aoife Ballantine


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AND ENJOY A FAMILY FILLED EVENING AT DUNDRUM ON ICE VIP EVENT

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Caitriona O’Connor and Niamh Ryan

Siobhan Monerawela and Emma Murphy

Andrew Yaxley with Conor Yaxley and Tom Yaxley


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STILLORGAN | FUNDRAISING TALLY STILL RISING AS MONIES KEEP ROLLING IN

School thrilled as boys’ efforts pay off – by €70k Continued from Page 1

The principal added: “Each class nominates a charity of their choice. The older lads – the fifth and sixth years – tend to nominate mental health charities such as AWARE and Pieta House, while the first year students tend to elect children’s charities such as the Jack & Jill Foundation and Bardnardos.” St Benildus’ Run For Life initiative is now in its

fifteenth year and, amazingly, the school has raised more than half a million euro for charities in that time. Last year’s push raised more than €70,000 for 66 charities, including both Crumlin and Temple Street hospitals, Focus Ireland and Medicins San Frontieres and SDVP. Deputy principal Oisin MacEoin added: “The undoubted highlight of this year’s campaign was

Run For Life Day itself on Thursday, November 17. “This sponsored sports event was a veritable festival of fun, and not even the severest weather of the year to date could dampen the Benildus boys’ spirits. “They looked resplendent decked out in their 2016 Run For Life bright green t-shirts as they ran, played football and danced like never before! “As always, the girls from St Raphaela’s joined

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‘It is clear that the current crop of Benildus boys have gone to extraordinary lengths with the help of parents, friends and neighbours, to try to help those in need’

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their neighbours on the morning, adding an extra dash of colour and excitement to the morning’s proceedings! “After all the activities and all the wind, rain and snow – yes, SNOW – the healthy bowl of chili served up by Run For Life ambassador and past pupil David Gillick, and sponsored by Dublin city centre restaurant Counter Culture, went down a treat. “Very well done and thank-you to all those involved, students, teach-

ers, and parents and past pupils. It is clear that the current crop of Benildus boys have gone to extraordinary lengths with the help of parents, friends and neighbours, to try to help those in need.” He added: “Our students and teachers launch themselves into the Run For Life campaign every year. They work incredibly hard and we are always so proud of their efforts. Run For Life is deeply rooted in our Lasallian tradition and ethos. “This initiative is now in

its fifteenth year, and it is firmly established as one of our annual highlights. “Over €500,000 has been collected for a wide range of local, national and international charities during that time, but the total amount collected is not nearly as important as the experience gained by the entire St Benildus community.” St Benildus College, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, will mark the event with a dinner at the Radisson Blue hotel in Stillorgan tomorrow night. The dinner will be attended by many famous former pupils, including international athlete and master chef David Gillick, footballer and broadcaster Richard Sadlier, and Dublin GAA legends David Byrne, Paul Mannion and Ray Cosgrove.

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All welcome at Quaker bazaar A CHRISTMAS Bazaar will take place in Rathfarnham Quaker Meeting House at 62 Crannagh Road on Saturday, December 3 from noon to 3pm, with all welcome. Stalls will include Christmas gifts, antiques and collectables, cakes and savouries, fruit and vegetables, potted plants, books, DVDs, CDs and children’s toys and books. A fun zone for kids will include facepainting, magic shows and gingerbread people decorating. There will also be a cafe where tea, coffee, soup and home-made treats will be served. The entrance for adults is €2.50, and for children, 50c, with all proceeds going to Irish Quaker Faith in Action, which supports a variety of projects, including food relief in Zimbabwe, a maternity centre in Nicaragua and the Peter McVerry Trust.

Health guru visits school

Dubliners come together to show they care about CARI

A HOST of familiar faces rubbed shoulders with people from all across the city at the CARI fundraising charity Christmas lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel recently. A number of Dundrum locals made the trip into town for the lunch, joining everyone in their shared will to support CARI’s work in providing therapy and support for children affected by child sexual abuse. Sarah Jane Murray, Nadine Wai O’Flynn and Ceire O’Rourke were just three of the many stylishly-dressed CARI supporters gathered for the very worthwhile cause at the prestigious hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

INTERNATIONAL runner and healthy eating guru David Gillick visited Holy Cross School in Dundrum last week. David was invited by the school to present the children with a new set of athletics vests, and gave them some great insight into sports and healthy eating, to their delight. Although retired from competitive athletics, David’s participation in local GAA club, Ballinteer St John’s, was a cause of much interest for the school’s footballers and hurlers. The school thanked David for his wise words, with the children determined to use his insight in their sporting activities.


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Scholarships awarded to Dublin students TWELVE Dublin students have been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward their third-level education. The awards ceremony took place on November 19 at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, presented the awards. Special guest at this year’s awards ceremony was Rugby Legend, Paul O’Connell. This is the ninth year of the Scholarships, which are sponsored by JP McManus. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were

presented with a third level scholarship certificate. The scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate in 2016. JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.

FAIRCHAIN | NATIONAL CRAFTS AND DESIGN FAIR AT THE RDS

Radically good coffee with a radical impact  IAN BEGLEY

TWO self-confessed social upstarts whose ambition to change the world led to the foundation of the first Fairchain coffee company in Ireland were showcased at the National Crafts and Design Fair at the RDS this week. Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount both had many years of travel experience through poverty-ravaged coffee growing communi-

ties in Africa and South America, when they met at the UCD Innovation Academy. While researching how their ideals could challenge global inequality, they came across the innovative social enterprise Moyee Coffee. “Less than 15% of coffee value goes to coffeegrowing countries and 99% of coffee is exported from the country of origin and roasted and packaged in the west,” said Shane. “ We c a m e a c r o s s Dutch entrepreneur Guido Van Staveren who set up a coffee social enterprise in Ethiopia with a staff of 48 to both source and roast coffee at point of origin. “We became partners and have started the Fairchain revolution in Ireland with Moyee Coffee Ireland, which is a premium high-end coffee. “Fairchain supports five times as many jobs as Fair Trade and as the chain is unbroken at source, it is radically good coffee with radical

Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount

impact.” Organiser Patrick O’Sullivan said:“This annual fair is vital to the industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors busy for at least four months of the year. “Everything from arti-

san foods to fashion and jewellery are on display and because the goods are handmade, they have the added distinction of being unique. “ We ’ r e a l s o v e r y proud of the fact that the Fair has grown and has added annually to the local economy, with

footfall consistently growing by 10% per annum over the past five years. With so much diversity under one roof, and prices star ting from as little as €5, the Fair offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience.

Safe skincare that works for sensitive skin ONE in five children and one in 12 adults in Ireland will develop eczema at some stage in their lives, according to the Irish Skin Foundation. Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy and inflamed. Known irritants include animal hair, pollen and common preservatives found in skincare products such as MI, sulfates and perfumes, as they strip the skin of its natural oils. Elave skincare is all about creating safe skincare that works for sensitive skin.

The range is produced by thirdgeneration family business Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, the first manufacturing chemist in Ireland to prepare traditional apothecary for sensitive skin conditions. “We know through research that harsh chemicals and known irritants are found in the most common skincare products including shampoos, bath products and cleansers,” said Joanna Gardiner, CEO Elave Skincare. “This is very frustrating as there have been serious breakthroughs in skincare treatments over the past 30 years.

“At Elave, we have been committed to removing all unnecessary chemicals from our ranges, as we believe it’s time to treat skin right,” she added. Using only purified water, all Elave formulations are safety tested to the highest standards. Elave Sensitive Intensive Cream is a medical device that will alleviate symptoms and reduce flare up of eczema and dermatitis-prone skin. To purchase Elave skincare products visit your local pharmacy or online at www.elaveskincare. com


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DIARY DUBLINLIFE Get set for a wondeful knight as the King of Waltz returns THE King of Waltz, Andre Rieu, returns to Dublin with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for a fantastic show with a jam-packed programme filled with film and opera music, romantic melodies, joyful waltzes, folk songs and lots more. As one of the world’s most successful violinists, the Dutch maestro invites you to come along for an evening of singing and dancing for all ages on December 8. Tickets are priced from €49 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ie.

SUPPORT CHILDLINE THIS CHRISTMAS

The stars of The Helix panto Aladdin arrived to put a smile on the face of young patients, including Darcy Molloy, in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital yesterday. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

LAST Christmas day, Childline received 1,176 calls from children in distress. Children scared, neglected, sad, or lonely. Every year, the incredible Childline volunteers give up their Christmas. This year, the ISPCC has a number of different ways you can support and donate. They will have holly pins on sale across the country, while Christmas baubles are the perfect way to donate to the ISPCC in lieu of gifts. The online shop will also have Christmas cards and Santa letters available.

Visit www.ispcc.ie for more information.

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO MIND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH Mental Health Ireland’s annual Secondary School Art and Photography Competition have extended its deadline to December 16. The theme for this year is ‘Mind Your Mental Health’ and students are being encouraged with their teachers and classmates, to explore what minding their mental health means to them and then getting creative about it. The winning entries in Art and Photography receive a €250 All4One voucher with provincial winners receiving €50 All4One vouchers in both categories. And All winning entries will feature in our MHI Calendar which we produce each year.

PANTO PUBLIC’S SUPPORT SOUGHT BY HOSPITAL DUBLIN’S panto public have the chance to create magic of their own for the children of Temple Street Hospital by raising €10,000 through a special charity performance of The Helix pantomime Aladdin. Magic was in the air when the stars of Aladdin arrived to put a

smile on the face of young patients, families and staff in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital this week. And pantogoers are being given the chance to help raise funds for sick children at Temple Street by buying tickets at a special price of €20 per seat to the charity performance on Thursday, December 1. Tickets for the special charity show are priced at a special price of €20 per seat. Booking details from www.thehelix.ie.

CHARITY ALONE LAUNCH CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmas time. ALONE say that there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas some of these are; calling by an older person’s house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping. For more information about ALONE call (01) 679 1032 or visit www.alone.ie.

Pictured is retired RTE newsreader Anne Doyle with Brendan Crean and Eithne McGrane at the launch of the ALONE Christmas Campaign. Picture Jason Clark.. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography


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For the BIG kid in us all

Jay McGuiness leads an all-star cast  IAN BEGLEY

BIG The Musical is making its European debut at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this December. Irish audiences will be the first to have the opportunity to witness this spectacular musical before it opens in London’s West End next year. Opening on December 7 until January 7 the show will certainly bring to life the magic of one of the best-loved movies of all time, Big. Based on the classic 80s film starring Tom Hanks, this heart-warming and hilarious Broadway show transports theatre-goers back in time to their own childhoods with all the wonder, innocence and charm that it entails. A simply spectacular production, Big The Musical tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who’s keen to grow up. One evening at the local carnival, the ever-mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his greatest wish - to be big. Trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s very much all work and no play. Surrounded by people obsessed with the trappings of the sophisticated adult life, endearing Josh just can’t help being himself. So charming is this youngster in the grown-up’s shoes, he even manages to

teach the real adults a thing or two. Leading an all-star cast, Jay McGuiness (singer with group The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing champion) will be joined by West End stars Denise Van Outen as Mrs Baskin, Diana Vickers as Susan Lawrence and Gary Wilmot as George MacMillan, with The Hoosiers star Irwin Sparkes as Paul. Featuring incredible songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby and with electrifying direction and choreography from Morgan Young, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s audience are in for a big dose of brilliance. Weidman’s adaptation illuminates the contradictions and evokes the mythology of being a child, daring to transport us to the realm of an impossible love between a boy who looks like a man and a woman who doesn’t know he is just a boy. By the time he works up the nerve to tell her he is all of 13. The musical was first staged in 1996, with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, and book by John Wiedman. It was nominated for five Tonys, and although the original Broadway production lost money, a substantially revised version had a successful and well reviewed US national tour. Tickets are priced from €15 - €65 and can be purchased by visiting www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.


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Keep cosy during the winter months FEELING the chill? This season, Regatta Great Outdoors have new and improved technical pieces with soft-touch insulation to keep us warm during the winter months. Head to toe warmth is taken care of with new base layer sets and three levels of insulation - premium duck down, Alpaca and Down Touch Warmloft. Sporty hybrid stretch jackets, classic country quilted styles and stylish parkas are all available in store. Available online and at the Pavilions Centre in Swords.

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Regatta Great Outdoors Navy Sleet €20

A STYLE revolution is sweeping the country and it’s all about vital statics!! Vintage fashions may be old, but they’re the new style kid on the block. And while we all can’t emulate Marilyn Monroe with her incredible figure – a 35 inch bust, tiny 22 inch waist and minuscule 35 inch hips, we can all rock retro in our own way. Indeed the average Irish woman, a bootiful size 16, is 25lbs heavier than her 1950s sister and wouldn’t have a hope of fitting into one of Ms Monroe’s gorgeous frocks. Marilyn may not have been the average dame – her waist measured four inches less than most of her 1960s screen sisters – but we can all steal a tip or two from her on how to rock a frock. First is go fitted. No matter your size, aim to nip and tuck your clothing, not your figure! Having a decent dressmaker is a lot less costly than a good plastic surgeon. Most women with a fuller figure think hiding it under loose fitting clothing is the best option.. But Joanne Galvin, who coowns ‘Aria’ Vintage and Interiors Boutique in Celbridge and also runs ‘Vintage Goddess’ in Dublin’s Blackrock Market, says: “This is a definite no, no. “Take a tip from Marilyn. Pick your best asset and show it off, whether it’s your bust, waist, legs, shoulders – even your ankles! “Marilyn had a great bust and all the designers she favoured made dresses to showcase that. “And while she was lucky to have a tiny waist, there are lots of ways to trick the eye of the beholder into thinking you have one too! A high-waisted skirt or trousers will define the waist, as will a colour-contrasting belt or a beautiful 1950s fit-and-flare dress.” Joanne, 49, who has been collecting vintage fashions for 30 years, says: “If you want beautifully cut clothing then go vintage. “It is perfect for us women with a bit of a belly. The skirts and dresses of the 1950s and

Quality never goes

out of style 60s tend to have a higher waist band, which hits the smallest part of the torso, giving you an hour glass shape. It is the most flattering silhouette and copied by most modern designers. “But fit is everything. Buy a bigger size if necessary and get a good dressmaker to take it in. If you wear too small a size it will ride up your torso and pucker across the bust and upper arms. “Squeezing yourself into a smaller dress will only make you look larger.” “And don’t be afraid of colour and prints. Floral prints for example can look very flattering on a fuller figure. And vertical stripes are

every woman’s friend. They make the body look leaner and taller.” Joanne, below, adds: “I just adore vintage clothing. It is so unique on so many levels. “For a start if you wear vintage to a wedding, a ball or the races, you will never meet anyone else wearing the same outfit. “The high quality of the fabric – silks, velvets, satins and brocades and the attention to detail – pinked seams, hand sewn hems and beautiful tucking – is why these clothes still live on in our wardrobes 70 years later. “I particularly love collecting clothing by Marilyn’s favourite designers, who include Ceil Chap-

man, William Travilla and Adele Simpson. I have some beautiful dresses by these designers both in Aria in Celbridge and Vintage Goddess in Blackrock. “Lots of Irish women are learning that vintage fashion is unique and elegant. My customers include writers like Cathy Kelly, TV stars like Lorraine Keane, as well as actresses and musicians. “Both I love dressing ordinary women like me. You feel like a silver screen movie star when you put on a beautifully cut wiggle dress or evening gown. “And because authentic vintage clothing tends to be on the small side, I also stock an amazing range of mid-century jewellery, handbags, shoes and hats. Everyone can find something to love.”


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Get some help to battle all of your dry skin woes DRY skin is common at this time of year – from chapped lips to itchy hands and dry cheeks. Eucerin’s Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm is the all-in-one wonder product for the winter season. Available in pharmacies for €10, the balm will help you fight back against winter’s sustained cold temperatures and answer all of your dry skin woes. Loved by The Kardashian and model Emily Ratajkowski, the skin balm is formulated with only seven ingredients, free of fragrances, colourants and preservatives, and clinical studies proved that it is gentle enough to be used on irritated skin as well as on babies.

1960s rare Balenciaga hat at Aria

Chanel vintage silk and chiffon dress at Aria

1950s gold and black, brocade dress

ARIA Vintage and Interiors Boutique, Roseville House, Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Christmas Shopping Event with Bubbles and Special Offers:Friday December 9th from 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Tue to Sat, 11am to 6pm. Facebook: Aria Celbridge

Vintage William Travilla gown

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Brexit fuels Merc decision to cut 10% off new car prices MERCEDES-BENZ in Ireland is reducing new car prices by 10% across all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars with immediate effect. The reduction, which will apply for a limited period, will be implemented evenly across all models and all model segments, free of any terms and conditions. Mercedes-Benz claims that the intention behind the price reduction is twofold. One is to maintain market impetus as the industry faces into a new sales year. The second is to give support to their dealer organisation in its efforts to combat the effects on new car sales here following the movement in currency values from the recent Brexit result. Mercedes-Benz claims that its passenger car sales in Ireland have increased by 44% compared to last year. Stressing that the initiative is being taken to counteract what may turn out to be a short-term situation, MercedesBenz in Ireland said that ‘this new pricing arrangement will extend for a limited period only and in that regard motorists who may wish to avail of it are advised to contact their authorised dealer and make appropriate arrangements as

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The new Volkswagen Tiguan comes with new styling, improved space and comfort with small improvements in fuel economy. Entry prices for the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version start from €33,765.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan is one of the more popular mid-range SUVs and now the German brand has sharpened the Tiguan lines to give it a more stylish and comfortable drive. The extra bonus is better economy as good as Michael Moroney found during his recent test drive. VOLKSWAGEN’S new Tiguan is all about style with sharper lines to the design to give the midrange SUV a more modern look. For Volkswagen the design change is obvious and it does enhance the Tiguan look significantly in what is a very competitive sector of the Irish car market. In the upgrade process Volkswagen has sneaked a little bit of extra length into the SUV. Other less obvious changes include the fact that the wheelbase has been stretched a little and this gives that new Tiguan a good level of driving comfort without compromising the turning ability. After even a short drive you will appreciate the solid driving feel for which Volkswagen is renowned and I quickly felt good driving this latest Tiguan. The inside is noticeably more modern with new generation digital instruments that are clear to

view and easy to use. I liked the tactile feel to the steering wheel which was very comfortable to use, not too big either with full controls included. The seat position was good but it took a little time to get to my comfort zone. There is good rear legroom and the high positions for all seats are appreciated with good headroom. The Tiguan is available as an entry model with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine while I had the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version on the road. This engine has undergone some improvements in emissions (are we surprised after a year of investigations) while the engine power and torque remain virtually the same. The Tiguan is a good match for the competition in terms of fuel economy but I was a little surprised that there is only a small improvement over the previous one. The emphasis has been on emissions

and that’s now a marginally lower figure giving lower road tax costs. This new Tiguan matches the economy performance of the similar engine size Toyota RAV4, which is cheaper to buy and own. Volkswagen has put a smaller fuel tank into the new Tiguan, dropping its capacity by 6 litres to 58 litres. The official economy figure is rated at 21km/ litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) and I found that across a range of driving conditions I was about 15% off that figure. Overall, that’s still a good result in practical driving, and it’s also useful to remember that the Tiguan that I drove was a two-wheeldrive version. I found the diesel powered Tiguan to be economical. The good engine torque rated at 340Nm, allowed for steady driving using all six gears available making it was possible to drive under the 2000rpm

figure on the engine for most of the time. That’s the magic spot when it comes to fuel economy and I found that a 1,000km range was well possible on this smaller fuel tank with sensible driving. The Tiguan comes with an electric handbrake as standard along with auto hold hill start assist for hill starts. The useful Park Assist system is standard on the more expensive Highline versions. The towing ability of the new Tiguan is rated at two tonnes for the base model. If you intend pulling caravans or boats then you need to add the 4Motion 4x4 system and the DSG automatic gearbox to the deal to get it up to 2.5 tonnes. By way of comparison, most SUV’s in this segment of the market have a 2 tonne towing figure. One of the benefits of the new longer wheelbase is more boot space. This new Tiguan has a noticea-

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TD

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine 2.0 litre Engine power 150hp 0 – 100km/hr 9.3 seconds Economy 21km/litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) Fuel Tank Capacity 58 litre CO2 emissions 125g/km Road Tax Band B1 €270 Main Service 20,000km/12 months Euro NCAP Rating 5 Star 2016 Warranty 3 years (100,000km) Entry Price €33,765

bly bigger boot, bigger than all of the competition, while it is still a five seat vehicle. And the bonus that I found was that there is a spare wheel included, even if it’s a space saver version. This new Tiguan has good safety credentials following a recent five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. This SUV comes with plenty of safety kit included and includes

the Iso-Fix kit in the rear. The rear seat adjustment is flexible and easy to fold. This is when the size of the boot or load area comes into its own. There is a large screen for radio and infotainment controls that was easy to set up and use. Connecting my phone with Bluetooth was quick and easy. The test Tiguan did not come with sat-nav included but it is possible to use your


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MOTORING Stay trouble-free Honda scoops two awards for winter driving WINTER driving presents new challenges in terms of car comfort and more importantly car safety. THERE are some simple and useful tips for

good road holding (the legal minimum is

The improved 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the

drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys

1.6mm). A deeper tyre thread depth will

Volkswagen Tiguan is marginally more economical and

this winter, if the cold and dark weather

disperse much more water from the road

delivers lower CO2 emission levels.

has caught you by surprise.

and will minimise your risk of skidding and

Prevention is always better than cure, so take some time to carry out some basic winter maintenance so that you don’t get stranded over the weeks ahead.

losing control. • Get the battery and charging system checked to ensure best performance. A large number of winter calls to breakdown services are due to flat bat-

Giving some attention now to batter-

teries. Cold weather puts a lot of strain

ies, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and

on tired batteries, so if is showing signs

other vehicle essentials is the best way of

of weakness consider changing it now to

ensuring reliability in the months to come.

avoid a breakdown.

Here are five simple steps for reduc-

• Ensure your car’s cooling system has

ing the chance of a car breakdown this

the correct levels of anti-freeze; this is

winter:

vital to prevent the water in your engine’s

• Make sure all the lights on your car, inside and out, are working properly. Clean them regularly to ensure they are free of dirt, so that you can see, and others can see you. • Check tyre tread depth and pressure weekly through the winter. Good tyres will ensure the safety systems on your car

cooling system from freezing. Get your local dealer or a qualified mechanic to ensure this is done correctly. • Do you need new windscreen wipers at front and rear? Check for efficient working and use cold weather washer fluid. Do not use the windscreen wipers to

are as effective as possible. You should

clear ice, as this will very quickly lead to

have a minimum tread depth of 3mm for

damage.

HONDA is confirmed as a big hit with female drivers after scooping two category wins at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, are the only global car honours voted for exclusively by female automotive journalists. The Honda Civic was crowned the winner of the ‘family car category’ while Jazz also took away an accolade on the night, after last year’s overall win. The Japanese brand was the only manufacturer to take multiple category titles. The voting process for Women’s Car of the Year awards is rigorous. Each member of the global judging panel submits their personal nominations. This year’s awards saw 294 cars nominated by 17 judges from 14 different countries. The nominated cars are then reduced to a shortlist of 32 cars in six different categories. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished female automotive journalists, who vote by secret ballot. Judges then vote by awarding points under five criteria - engineering, appearance, comfort, storage and value for money. On the announcements of the awards, Jennifer Moran from Universal Honda Ireland said, “Winning two categories at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards demonstrates again how Honda’s exciting range of cars continues to match the expectations of female drivers and customers around the world. What is particularly encouraging is the endorsement this gives to Civic ahead of the launch of the all new Civic hatchback here in Ireland early in 2017.”

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot space at 615 litres before the seats are folded is the best in the segment and the boot opens high for good headroom.

phone to connect with Google maps rather than opt for the more expensive factory sat nav system. I looked at the Tiguan running costs and found that relative to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, it was marginally more expensive to buy and to own, due to higher depreciation resulting from higher entry prices. The diesel entry price starts at €33,765. That’s more expensive than the RAV4 and also the new competition from Volkswagen’s own stable in the shape of the Seat Ateca that’s just now appearing on Dublin roads. Skoda will soon have a similar offer with their new Kodiaq, so this will test Volkswagen with the higher price for the Tiguan. The new Tiguan is an SUV that you come away from feeling content, not

just with the driving performance, but also with the improved driving feel and modern good looks. That solid Volkswagen feel is evident in almost every aspect of the new Tiguan, but don’t expect to be surprised with a big lift in fuel economy, remember emissions has been the issue at Volkswagen for the past year and the new Tiguan delivers lower figures. The Tiguan will battle it out in what is a price sensitive market. There are good Volkswagen offers including their own bank, that will entice you towards the Tiguan, so check out the best ownership deal, rather than strictly the buying price and that might include a competitive Volkswagen PCP deal if you’re a low mileage driver.

Nissan to offer bigger engine for X-Trail

NISSAN will be launching a new larger-capacity diesel engine for its flagship X-Trail crossover in 2017. This new 2.0 litre diesel engine has an output of 177bhp, with 380Nm of torque to give enhanced pulling power throughout the rev range. It is a significant step up in power from the existing 1.6-litre 130bhp diesel. Nissan will also offer a new Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox, linked to a four-wheel drive transmission. This adds to the options of a six-speed manual and two-wheel drive for the seven-seat SUV. Nissan claims that the new 2.0 litre diesel engine will be more refined and give a more comfortable driving experience. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions standards, and three versions will be including a six-speed manual in 4WD and 2WD and 4WD versions with the CVT automatic gearbox. Other than the new engine option the design of the Nissan X-Trail remains unchanged. The second row splits and folds 60/40 for additional luggage space, reclines for passenger comfort and slides forward for access to the optional third row. The third row of seats splits 50/50 and folds completely flat to create extra load space. Nissan’s optional All-Mode 4x4-i system provides the four-wheel-drive. When fitted, drivers can select from full-time 2WD for maximum efficiency; Auto Mode, which constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the balance of torque between the front and rear wheels for the best traction; and 4WD Lock Mode for the most challenging conditions.


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The 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct of Segovia is a sight to behold

A beautiful side street in Leon leads to the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria

A statue of the famous artist faces Gaudi’s Palace in in the medieval town of Leon

WHEN thinking of Spain most of us automatically picture the beaches and seaside resorts of the Mediterranean. But thanks to some wonderful advice from the Spanish tourism office on Westmoreland St, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the spellbinding beauty of the Castilla y Leon region – the hidden Spain. With daily flights available year round from Dublin to Madrid it is always the perfect time to experience the true essence of Spain. While bus and train travel options are available from the capital I’d recommend hiring a car from the airport to truly discover the treasures of this magical, unspoiled region. My first stop, just an hour north of Madrid, was the UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia, an ancient walled city where I stayed at the Hotel San Antonio El Real, a short walk to the city’s landmark, a magnificent Roman Aqueduct dating back to the first century. Segovia is a romantic city, perched on a rocky hilltop. The historic walled town boasts stunning views and magnificent monuments. The majority of Segovia’s plethora of attractions are found in the old town, where you can spend hours exploring the winding streets, artisan boutiques and cafes and restaurants. The aqueduct, which rises in all its splendour to a height of 29 meters, has more than 160 arches impressively held together with no mortar, and makes is an imposing site as you enter the old town. Fairytale Around the next corner is the spectacular late gothic Cathedral de Segovia which stands at the highest point of the old town. The cathedral’s 18 chapels are filled with art works, sculptures and decorative alters. The cathedral is on the Plaza Mayor, a hub of activity crammed with cafes and surrounded by a maze of winding streets which eventually lead to the Alcazar, a fairytale castle said to be the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty Visitors can tour all the rooms of the Alcazar which are exquisitely decorated in period style with tapestries, arms and armour. The throne room is particularly impressive with its gilded ceiling, as is the hall of arched windows. A must for any visitor to Segovia is dinner at Meson de Candido where the region’s and house speciality is roasted suckling pig. The Suckling pig is presented to the restaurant in a ritual dating back centuries, Candido himself reads a royal decree before theatrically quartering the pig with a plate, which he then shatters on the floor. It was an impressive performance and an experience not to be missed. The restaurant was filled with tourists and locals alike, enjoying the feast. My next port of call was Burgos, a city with a long tradition of hospitality that has been welcoming pilgrims and travellers since the Middle Ages. Today, it’s a popular stop for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago trail, and you’ll find both brass and ceramic shells embedded into the

EXPLORING THE MAGNIFICENT, ANCIENT TOWNS OF BEAUTIFUL CASTILLA Y LEON Leon Burgos

Segovia MADRID

The beautiful Castilla y Leon region of Spain

footpath leading the way. Staying at the Hotel Meson del Cid in the heart of the old town was a perfect spot from which to explore. Pilgrims passed by our front door daily and directly opposite stood the famous gothic Cathedral of Burgos. Also a UNESCO world heritage site, the cathedral contains the tomb of the legendary El Cid, the region’s most famous and fearless warrior. With parts of it dating to the first half of the 13th century it is one of the foremost examples of gothic art in Europe. The diversity of gastronomic delights on offer in Burgos will be sure to keep everyone content. The speciality of Burgos is suckling Lamb so tender it falls off the bone – and as with all towns in the region Burgos has its own take on the Castilla y Leon speciality of Morcilla, a dish very similar to black pudding but

The Alcazar in Segovia is like something from a fairytale


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The view of the old, walled city of Segovia from the Alcazar

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made with rice and quite spicy. Not being a big a big fan of black pudding, I was surprised to quite like it! Overlooking the city of Burgos the site of the old castle offers a place to enjoy sweeping views of the city and to relax in the adjoining park. Worth a visit is the Cartuja de Miraflores, a 15th century monastery that can be found on the outskirts of town where the air is filled with the scent of rose oil – just one of the many items the monks produce. Burgos exudes life, compelling you to explore. Along with the historical monuments you will not be disappointed by the many fine local boutiques and high-street shops on offer.

Next up on our adventure of the hidden Spain is Leon. In the middle of this now sprawling city, the entrance to the old town can be found within the remaining ancient Roman walls. The old town is a step back in time with winding streets dotted by small shops, cafes and tapas bars. Pilgrims Leon also played a key role in the route of the Camino de Santiago and again I noticed many brass shells leading the pilgrims’ way. The city’s two jewels are at either end of the old town: the Cathedral and the Basilica of San Isidoro. The gothic Cathedral Santa Maria de Leon is

Above, the gothic cathedral of Segovia, while

also referred to as the House of light due to its 1,800 metres of original stained glass windows from the 13th to 15th century. The Basilica of San Isidoro contains what is said to be the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the Spanish Romanesque style – a series of frescoes from the 12th century which decorate the underground crypt of the Royal Panthenon. The museum housed in its cloisters, filled with medieval art and artefacts is steeped in history and is said to be home to the Holy Grail, yes, the real one … you can make up your own mind! A visit to Leon would not be complete without seeing the stunning Hostel de San Marcos, one of the most historic hotels on the old continent.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon

below, a pair if festive statues in Burgos

Some local treats

The Cathedral of Burgos is a wonderful example of Spanish gothic flair

Marcos pours us a glass

It was commissioned in the 16th century as a military base by King Ferdinand, and has taken on many roles since but now operates as the city’s Parador, offering travellers the opportunity to stay in an exceptional historic building. On the outskirts of town the modern and colourful Museum of contemporary Art, MUSAC can be found. It is considered to be one of Spains most dynamic art spaces and is definitely worth a stroll around. As we headed south from Leon and back to Madrid for our flight home we stopped at the Bodegas Grupo Yllera Estate in the Rueda region, which is famous for its outstanding wines. History With six generations of winemakers in the Yllera family we were taken on a tour of their winery and then treated to a wine-tasting with Marcos Yllera and his father. While walking through the labyrinth of underground tunnels and corridors we were treated to a rich history of winemaking and a few legends of Greek mythology mixed in with it – namely that of the minotaur. And finally, what better way to top off a visit to this exceptional estate but with an impressive lunch in their renowned restaurant. The hosts could not have been more entertaining and a stop at their cellar door is a must before heading back on the road to Madrid and home to Dublin just in time for a wet Christmas. And as we move into what they call the magical time of the year, a thought struck me – if you haven’t been to Castilla y Leon yet, you have never experienced magic. I can’t wait to go back.


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SULLY: PLANE’S REAL-LIFE LANDING IN A NEW YORK RIVER GIVES HANKS A SOLID BIOPIC ROLE

Makes a bit of a splash CLINT Eastwood’s Sully (Cert 12A, 95 mins) is a sincere and thoughtfully crafted tribute to that most American of heroes – the everyday working Joe. This biopic, led with another impossibly endearing performance from Tom Hanks, is admittedly by the book

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and rarely surprising. Still, clocking in at just over an hour and a half,

Sully is a thankfully succinct and often affecting testament to Eastwood’s recent favourite subject – the human spirit. However, based on the events surrounding the miraculous crashlanding of US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, Sully fails to wholeheart-

edly elevate itself above the realm of the skilful reconstruction. There’s plenty of emotion here, and a healthy dose of suspicion to liven up the post-crash investigation. Unfortunately, there’s never any real question about who the hero is and, consequently, Eastwood for-

sakes genuine narrative tension. Hanks plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, while leaving LaGuardia Airport, Sully’s Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese and both engines were immediately disabled. Despite air traffic control advising him that a safe landing at one of the nearby airports was possible, the film shows how Sully trusted his career-honed instincts and, along with co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), decided to land the plane in the Hudson river, fearing a crash due to lack of altitude. Sully was right to trust his gut and was hailed as a hero by the press and public alike. Despite this, the pilot has to face a rigorous investigation, which stated that one of the engines may still have been running. This is the focus of Eastwood’s film, not the crash itself. While the events that followed the landing are undeniably dramatic,

they’re not all that interesting to watch. Cleverly, Eastwood holds our attention by peppering the events of the crash throughout the film, instead of presenting the ordeal as a continuous narrative. T he main event is drip-fed to us in a number of flashbacks – some of which trick us with a nightmarish dose of PTSD. Sully is haunted by the event and often envisions himself flying the plane into a New York skyscraper. These segments carry t h e f i l m ’s d r a m a t i c weight, anchoring the often-perfunctory investigation narrative. For all the administrative cynicism that follows the events, it’s hard not to be touched by the myriad acts of everyday heroism in the wake of the crash. As with most of Eastwood’s directorial output since 2008’s Gran Torino, the drama in Sully is buried under several rubbery slices of American cheese.

While there was something notably offputting about that same a p p r o a c h i n 2 014 ’s American Sniper, here it is both affecting and infectious. Although this story about uncomplicated heroes may be a muchneeded dose of optimism in the morally divided wasteland of contemporary America, Sully’s unambiguous emotional focus makes for a somewhat less than compelling narrative. Still, for all its deliberate melodrama, Sully has the power to move and inspire. Fighting his case, Sully often decries the removal of the “human factor” from the simulations used to assess the disaster. Eastwood makes sure that the human factor – the human spirit – is the focus of his story. Accordingly, for all its formula-driven drama, Sully treats us to a little bit more faith in humanity.

Verdict: 7/10

As captain and co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart deliver typically likeable everyman roles, in a film which explores the aftermath


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Nespresso opens pop up boutique at Arnotts  EMMA NOLAN

A NEW Nespresso Pop Up boutique in Arnotts has just opened in time for the festive season. The Pop Up forms part of the brand’s v i s i o n t o p r ov i d e increased access to its high-quality coffee for Ireland’s Nespresso customers. The new boutique will complement the wide range of Nespresso machines and bespoke accessories available at Arnotts and will give coffee connoisseurs the

opportunity to experience the Nespresso Grands Crus in a relaxing and engaging setting. Francisco Nogueira, Nespresso UK & Ireland managing director, said: “We’re excited to be hosting this new boutique in Arnotts. We have seen fantastic growth across Ireland and we receive almost daily requests for more boutiques to open. “The new boutique will help customers get their favourite Grands Crus in time for the festive season.”

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FOOD BATES SEAFOOD CHOWDER RECIPE Ingredients 2 small onions, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 50g butter 1 tbsp flour 500ml fish stock Splash of pastis 250ml cream 2 bay leaves 200g salmon, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 200g sea bass, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 20 mussels, scrawled & de-bearded Salt & pepper 4 king prawns, to serve 2 tbsp chives, chopped Instructions

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat & fry the onions, celery & bay leaves until vegetables are soft but not brown. Add the flour & cook for a minute. Stir in the pot fish stock, add a splash of pastis & simmer for two minutes. Stir in the salmon & sea bass & cook until the fish is opaque. Add mussels & prawns during the last 2 minutes of the fish’s cooking time. Stir through the cream & season well with salt & pepper. To serve, ladle the chowder into warmed serving bowls, add lemon juice, sprinkle juice over the chives & serve with plenty of crusty bread.


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FastSport MONKSTOWN GO TOP OF MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE: MONKSTOWN took advantage of Banbridge and Cork C of I’s postponement to move up two places into top spot in the men’s EY Hockey League thanks to a 3-1 win over UCD. Top two prior to the weekend, Bann and C of I were due to meet on Saturday but, with the threat of frost in Co Down, the decision was taken on Friday evening to err on the side of caution and avoid the potential for a lengthy wasted journey. As such, Town took their chance to move top as they came from a goal behind to beat UCD. Jazze Henry’s classy opening goal was quickly countered by a Lee Cole drag-flick before Davy Carson added a double before half-time to complete the scoring. At the bottom, Sandymount’s Railway Union and Glenanne both picked up crucial wins. For the former, they saw off bottom side Instonians, cutting the Belfast side five points adrift in a 4-3 defeat.

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Raheny and DSDAC star at nationals

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SHONA Heaslip surprised even herself while Mark Christie rolled back the years as they took the senior Irish Life Health national cross country titles at an atmospheric Abbotstown last weekend. It came on a super day for Dundrum South Dublin AC as they won a series

of titles across the team and youth disciplines, earning a series of international call-ups. T he pur pose-build Sport Ireland national cross country course provided the perfect spectacle in ideal racing conditions. While it may have been cold for spectators, it was anything but on the course from Under-12 level right

up to the seniors. Heaslip’s shock victory in the senior women’s 8,000m came in a time of 28.13 with Kerry O’Flaherty pipping prerace favourite Ciara Mageean, from UCD, at the finish by one second in 28.23 for second place. “Driving up, I was hoping to be the first Under-23 athlete,” said the delighted

Sophie Murphy takes a picture of her medal with her mother Mary Rutledge. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Raheny celebrate their senior men’s title. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Heaslip afterwards. She had shown little form coming into the race but the last month she managed to change things around focusing solely on her running. “I felt good in the race but I had to check myself running alongside the other girls who I had watched on television in the summer,” referring to Rio Olympians O’Flaherty and Mageean. As a result, Bethanie Murray (DSD) won the Under-23 race with Amy O’Donoghue second and Elizabeth Carr third. Mark Christie rolled back the years to win the senior men’s 10,000m title in 30.41 ahead of Raheny Shamrocks’ Mick Clohisey second in 30.53 and Mark Hanrahan third in 30:57. Clohisey was aiming for

four straight wins but had the consolation of guiding Raheny Shamrock to the club’s first senior men’s team title in their history. They had finished second eight times in the last 11 years, making the victory all the sweeter. Dundrum South Dublin were equally dominant winning the senior women’s team race. DSD’s Sophie Murphy was a strong winner of the junior women’s 4,000m in 14:18 ahead of Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell and Rathfarnham WSAF’s Carla Sweeney. Athletes that caught the eye in the underage races were Sarah Healy (Blackrock) and Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) who had too much for their counterparts in the U-16 girls and U-16 boys.

The performances from local athletes means there will be a strong contingent in the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on December 11. Clohisey and his club mate Kevin Dooney will be in the senior men’s selection of six athletes for the marquee event. Rathfarnham’s Mitchell Byrne forms part of the two-man U-23 contingent while Bethanie Murray is joined in the U-23 women’s crew by Emerald’s Amy O’Dononghue. The junior girls selection features DSD’s Sophie Murphy and Jodie McCann, Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell, WSAF’s Carla Sweeney along with Emma O’Brien, from Inbhear Dee/Sli Cualann, and Aisling Joyce from Claremorris AC.

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Sue Ronan receives a guard of honour following her final game as manager. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

SUE Ronan signed off on her sixyear tenure as Republic of Ireland Women’s national team head coach with an impressive 2-1 win over the Basque Country. Player of the match Leanne Kiernan, who scored a hat-trick for Shelbourne Ladies in the women’s senior cup final at the Aviva Stadium, scored her first international goal to win the game for the Girls in Green. Ireland were impressive throughout and it was Shankill native Stephanie Roche who

opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Kiernan was fouled just outside the box after a mazy run and Roche picked out the top corner with a sublime free-kick to put the hosts ahead. Basque Country found a response before the break with an excellent strike. Yulema Corres found space on the edge of the area and fired home past Arsenal stopper Emma Byrne to level the tie. Ireland came out stronger in the second-half and Kiernan got the goal she deserved in the 52nd minute. UCD Waves forward Aine

O’Gorman chipped the ball over the Basque defence and Kiernan used her pace to race clear and coolly slot home to give the Irish the win. Sue Ronan was delighted with the performance and admitted the occasion was an emotional sendoff after six years in charge of the WNT, receiving a guard of honour from her players. Ronan said: “It was the perfect end with the perfect performance. There was a lot of things going on before the game but the players were focused and delivered a great performance.

“It was a great goal from Stephanie Roche but maybe we didn’t refocus well enough to let them back in the game. The second-half was immense though. “Leanne Kiernan was fantastic and she took her goal really well, and there were a lot of great performances across the pitch. “It’s been a great six years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to a finals but I couldn’t have any more from the players over the period. “It was a lovely end, I’ve been humbled by the tributes from clubs, supporters and former players from across the country.”


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Warrior John shows skills at Takeover 8

World famous coach John Kavanagh joins Dun Laoghaire gym in honouring teenager with Down syndrome for training ethic; coach Cian Cowley talks to GazetteSport about his star pupil  KARL GRAHAM

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WHILE not for everyone, Cian Cowley’s ‘Warriors Thai Boxing Gym’ are showing that there is a place for inclusivity as Sallynoggin native John Mooney took centre stage in their Takeover 8 event last weekend. Warriors trainer Cowley is an established Muay Thai fighter turned MMA hopeful. As such, he is fully aware of the reputation combat sports holds in some quarters, but he also knows that if anybody walked into his gym, there needs to be a welcoming family atmosphere for all to experience. At the heart of this atmosphere is Mooney. He has Down syndrome but has quickly become one of the gym’s most active members and does not let anything hold him

back from getting involved in the sport he loves. “You talk to anybody who trains here and they will tell you it’s different than any other gym,” Cowley told Gazette Sport. “Serious work gets done but, at the same time, there is such a good family atmosphere. There is always such a good buzz in the gym and John is training every day.” It is has led to the introduction of a new club belt with Mooney showcasing his skills in a safe and structured way at a number of the gym’s Takeover events. The belt was presented to him by John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s world renowned coach. “Other people on the outside probably look at it and think maybe it’s a bit of a hindrance having somebody with a disability, as if it’s going to slow

John Mooney, centre, with Cian Cowley and John Kavanagh

us down,” Cowley added. “But John comes into the class and does what he’s told. When other lads see that, it gives them a drive and it shows you the atmosphere we have.” His participation in the gym opens up a new perception of the sport, providing a sporting outlet for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Cowley continues: “I have gotten a lot more respect off people. [Some] people look down on us because we fight and class us as scumbags. I don’t see it like that and seeing the way we are with John down here makes other people look on us differently. “When we had him on the show, a lot of people there didn’t know how it was going to go. But I knew it was going to be cool because it felt like a normal day for me, with

him being in the gym every day.” The fact that somebody like Kavanagh has taken such notice of a Muay Thai gym shows the impact that Cowley, his gym, and Mooney can make on the combat sport in Ireland. “[John Kavanagh] is always asking me about John so when I told him he was fighting, he came

company but they know all about the little gym in a seaside town on the other side of the world. This is largely down to the waves Cowley has been making since he made the decision to switch his focus from Muay Thai to MMA. “They have had an eye on me for a while so they signed me up as a sponsored athlete. But

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down. Conor [McGregor] was supposed to come as well because he’s also aware who he is but he couldn’t make it that night. It brings everyone together and lets them know that we are all the same.” The gym itself is starting to put itself on the map thanks to Cowley and their new sponsorship with a world renowned company. Fightlab may be a Thai

one thing led to another and they liked what I was doing with the gym so they offered to come onboard. “The gym is not a profit organisation so it was always hard for me to get new gear. Now, they have come in and completely revamping the whole thing for me. It is like the equivalent of a sprinter being sponsored by Nike so I can’t thank them enough for what they have done.”

Cowley’s gym received a big boost from Fightlab

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Orchard progress in FAI inter and Noel Ryan Cups CHERRY Orchard’s Sunday side put three past Malahide United for the second time this season as the LSL Sunday senior title-challengers put a bad run of league form behind them to progress in the FAI Intermediate Cup. Newly promoted Orchard had taken just one point from the last three league games as their form dipped in the Sunday senior following a spectacular start to the season, with holders Bluebell United and Mochta’s drawing alongside them at the summit of Leinster football’s highest tier. The side on display in the cup had more in common with the team that came from two down to defeat Malahide in Ballyfermot on the first day of the season, however, with Ryan Coombes taking charge of proceedings with a first half hat-trick to swat aside struggling United at Elmdale. Orchard secured their place in the last-16 draw largely thanks to what’s become their main strength this season, impressive wing play, though Coombes spectacular third strike showed the more nuanced quality this fast-rising side have to offer. The ex-St Patrick’s Athletic man scored two tap ins to give the home side control, the first with his head and the second his foot, both from those trade-mark crosses. Having put away the easy ones, Coombes then showed he can do it the hard way, too, taking on what felt like half of the Malahide defence with some direct running as he reached his personal milestone and effectively put the game to bed before half time. Malahide did pull a goal back in a less inspiring second half, but Orchard continue their progress towards the Aviva in relative comfort, despite facing top-division opposition. The club also progressed in the Noel Ryan Cup over the weekend, with a hard-fought win over Terenure College. It was Jack O’Connor who did the business in a tightly-contested battle, scoring a penalty and sliding home a swift move in a 2-0 win. Terenure felt hard done by, having had a goal disallowed and also taken issue with what they felt was a soft penalty, but couldn’t make their way back into the game.


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RUGBY: MCLAUGHLIN LANDS HIS PENALTIES AS SHANNON SPURN THEIRS

Meteors shoot to key win over Liffey Celtics METEORS finally recorded their first win since the opening day of the season as they held on to a 56-53 victory over second placed Courtyard Liffey Celtics in the Women’s Super League at Colaiste Iosagain. They started the season well with a narrow victory over DCU Mercy but the Stillorgan club struggled to build on it. The weekend saw a relatively low scoring game with the majority of Meteors’ points coming at the hands of two players – Eimear Martin and Monet Neal scoring 21 and 20 points respectively. Meteors actually trailed by six points at half-time but they responded excellently in the second half and showed great nerve to hold onto their lead as the Celtics came at them. Head Coach Greg Petrovic was delighted with the win and expects to see a lot more of the same during the second half of the season. “I think this game shows how well we can play,” he said of the win. “We played with our homegrown talent and it was great to see all of the support here. “We made things a bit difficult for ourselves at the end but we finished it out. I’m delighted for the players – they work hard and deserved the win.” The win moves Meteors into third from bottom after Pyrobel Killester defeated the NUIG Mystics and they will be hoping to end the year on a high with a trip to Cork in two weeks time to take on bottom of the table Singleton Supervalu Brunell, before enjoying a five week break over the Christmas period. “We hope to learn something from this and I said before that this team is going to play well after Christmas because it is a new team. “Generally, when you have 12 new players who have never played together before it is going to take them time to learn and get used to me. “I am a new coach as well so it can be a very difficult transition for a club to make but I hope they get their reward in the end,” Petrovic concluded.

Old Wesley’s players look to secure a loose ball during their tie with Shannon last weekend

Wes kick their way to draw UBL DIVISION 1B

Shannon24 Old Wesley 24  sport@dublingazette.com

OLD WESLEY came away from Shannon with a 24-all draw but will count themselves lucky it was not worse as the hosts missed a couple of kickable chances to take the tie. Wesley looked the stronger in the opening exchanges and were rewarded with a try after three minutes by James Burton, which was converted by Barry McLaughlin. But Shannon responded soon with a try of their own by Ronan McKenna to get back into range for

the league’s basement side. The Dubliners moved further in front, however, on the 20 minute mark when Wesley took a penalty quickly, ignoring the option of a penalty goal or a kick to touch with a speculative cross kick by Tim Clifford. It paid off as it found McLaughlin in open territory on the right wing, where he collected the kick and grounded for a try. He converted once again and Wesley seemed to be firmly in the driving seat but they were pegged back for persistent infringement and Davy Henshaw was shown a yellow card.

THE DUFFER Leicester Celtic legend honours stars of future LEICESTER Celtic welcomed their most

famous son Damien Duff last week as he presented the prizes at the local club’s annual awards ceremony. In addition to handing out the gongs to the stars of the future, the Republic of Ireland legend also took part in a question and answer session. He also posed for numerous photos with his many fans at the event in Taylor’s Three Rock on the day. Picture: Paul Lundy

Shannon started the second half the sharper and, with the hill and breeze advantage, had Old Wesley on the back foot. Ty Chan’s try from a line-out and maul move reduced arears to 14-10 though the conversion was off course for a second time. Wesley needed to score next to stem the flow of an opposition deluge, which they did. A break by Ger Finucane took play into the Shannon half. He kicked ahead and substitute winger Paul Harte did well to collect and cross for try number three with McLaughlin on target to make it 21-10.

The hosts were not finished and after Old Wesley out half Tim Clifford received a yellow card, Shannon capitalised on the additional man to cross for a try by Lee Nicholas from a line out. This time, the try was converted to reduce the gap to three points. With their tails up, the Clare side were starting to look potent. Straight after the restart, winger Shane Mullally sliced through for Shannon’s fourth try which was again converted and, for the first time, Wesley were trailing. But the visitors were able to regroup and McLaughlin capitalised

on a Shannon offence with another well struck kick to draw the sides level at 24 all. It set up a rocking final quarter and Shannon looked as though they were on target for victory when they were awarded two relatively straightforward penalty kicks. They went wide as Wesley rode their luck and got further respite when Shannon substitute Will Leonard received a yellow card for cynical play. Shannon missed a further late penalty kick and eventually swallowed up Old Wesley full back Rory Stynes’ counter-attacked to share the spoils.


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STRONG CHALLENGE

CLUB NOTICEBOARD



Benildus see off Ard Scoil in tight encounter

KILMACUD CROKES WELL done to the minor camogie team

their championship match. Well done also to the AFL1 team who

who beat Na Fianna 5-9 to 0-7 in the B

ST BENILDUS picked up a strong 4-12 to 1-16 win over Ard Scoil Ris in a testing fixture between two of the county’s leading lights. Half-time was Benildus, the hosts, three points to the good at 1-6 to 0-6 and they finished strong to secure the win by five points. The reigning Leinster champions did not have it all their own way with a spirited performance from the visitors.

championship final. Congratulations to the U-21 A hurlers who beat Lucan Sarsfields 3-13 to 0-13 on

beat Cuala on Saturday 0-12 to 1-7. The footballers will play Ballyboden in the league semi-final next weekend. Thanks to all who attended the BOI

Saturday in the championship quarterfinal. Hard luck to the U-21B hurlers who lost out to St Sylvester’s 1-5 to 0-16 in

Enterprise Club Volunteer Appreciation that was held in the club on Saturday. A great night was had by all.

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S

Picture: Steven Dagg

HURLING: KILMACUD TOO STRONG FOR LUCAN CHALLENGE

THERE were no jackpot or match first

all proceeds from the night go to the

three winners of the lotto. Next week’s

Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless

jackpot will be €7,000.

People. Call Carol to reserve tickets on

The Ballyboden St Enda’s club calen-

086 4070015.

dar 2017 has arrived. It’s the gift that

Congratulations to our very own

keeps giving all year round, all for just

Sile Nic Coitir as she won the Friends of

a fiver. Grab your copy now in the bar.

Dublin Hurling (FODH) camogie player

Come along on December 7 and 8 for

of the year 2016.

a great night’s entertainment by The

Boden News is upon us again this

Boden Theatre Group - a festive look

year. It’s a great overview of the year

at Christmas through drama, poetry,

but we need your help.

songs and a lot of comedy. Only €10 for a great night’s entertainment and

Deadline for all reports for all sections is December 19.

NAOMH OLAF NEXT weekend promises to be one of

Various activities are planned and

the most exciting and important week-

many famous guests and players will

ends in the history of Naomh Olaf GAA

be present.

club.

Kilmacud Crokes on the attack against Lucan Sarsfields. Picture: Diarmuid O’Gallchobhair

Roche torments Sars for Crokes Under-21s UNDER-21 AHC Kilmacud Crokes Lucan Sarsfields  sport@dublingazette.com

3-13 0-13

KILMACUD Crokes got the defence of their Dublin Under-21 A hurling championship title off to a winning start with a 3-13 to 0-13 win over Lucan Sarsfields at Silver Park last weekend. Crokes had reached this stage of the championship by narrowly beating St Vincent’s 2-13 to 2-12 in round one thanks to a last gasp penalty by Michael Roche, while Sarsfields received a bye. The two sides were

evenly matched with Crokes’ efficiency in front of goal proving vital. Both teams started the game with great intensity but it was the home side who took the lead when Roche received a pinpoint pass from the impressive Cian MacGabhann and fired between the posts. The advantage was doubled shortly afterwards through Shane Veale but Sars then levelled the game with two quick-fire points. Crokes responded in fine fashion with three unanswered scores from Alex Considine and a Roche brace but Sarsfields

refused to lie down easily and got themselves back in contention with three points of their own in the space of four minutes. The first big blow of the game came four minutes later when Ronan Hayes took off on a powerful run towards the visitors defence before unleashing a ferocious rising shot into the top of the net. As half-time, approached Sarsfields put over two points but they were instantly nullified when Considine picked up a pass from Roche and finished past the keeper to leave the score at 2-5 to 0-8 at the break.

Crokes left Sarsfields with a mountain to climb just three minutes after the restart when Fergal Whiteley combined with Roche to set up Ciaran McIntyre, and leave the keeper to pick the sliotar out of his net for the third time Things looked bleak for Sarsfields but, to their credit, they kept fighting and got their rewards with two points to reduce the deficit to four. H o w e v e r, C r o k e s stepped it up further and reeled off a succession of cracking points to secure their place in the semifinals and leave Sarsfields wondering what if.

Parents and mentors of underage

On Friday night at 7.15 pm in Stepa-

teams are asked to inform their teams,

side, the adult senior footballers take

to encourage them to be present from

the field against Fingallians in the final

1.30 pm and to help in organising the

of the promotion race to decide which

young players on the day.

club will perform in Division 2 next year.

Naomh Olaf or Dublin jerseys should be worn.

The adult senior hurlers play their

Please keep an eye on social media

promotion playoff for a place in Divi-

postings for any amendments to the

sion 2 on Saturday at 2pm against St

above.

Peregrine’s in Blakestown. Please

Hard luck to U-21 hurlers on their

come and support these two very

championship loss to Kevins on Sat-

important games.

urday. Club Chairman, executive and

Saturday at 2pm will also see the

members extend their sympathies to

celebration of Dublin’s All-Ireland

Kevin Nolan on the death of his father

football win when our own David Byrne

Kevin Senior. Ar dheis lamh De go raibh

brings the Sam Maguire cup to the club.

a anam uasal.

WANDERERS THERE was no lotto winner. Numbers

tion, please contact Jim Conlon on 087

drawn were 6, 22 and 29; €25 to Terry

9967416.

Cleary, Madeline Bevan, Rita Hollowed

If you are interested in joining the

and Tony Ryan. The jackpot next week

ladies team, please contact Louise on

is €3,200.

086 8333587.

Our annual end of season party and

The nursery for four to seven-year-

awards night takes place on Friday,

olds is now on in St Columba’s College

December 2 in the Merry Ploughboy.

on Saturday mornings at 10.30am;

Tickets cost €25 and include a three-

please contact Fergal on 087 6213142

course meal and music and entertain-

for more details.

ment for the night. Please contact any committee member for tickets. The club are now looking for new management for the men’s first team for the coming season in Division 6 after winning Division 7 last season. If you are interested in this posi-

Juvenile football and hurling continues for boys and girls aged 7-14 with midweek training and matches on Wednesday evening. Please contact Alan on 08 79976008 for more details, all new members welcome.


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