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News of school patron praised BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN
EDUCATE Together is to be the patron of a new 1,000-student secondary school for Ballinteer and Stepaside due to be built in 2016, the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, announced last week. The news was received warmly by local parents, teachers and politicians. Marie Gordon, principal of Ballinteer Educate Together National School, said: “This multi-denominational secondary school is another
step towards multi-culturalism and respect for difference in our education system.” The site for the new school has yet to be pinpointed, but will accommodate the growing population in the Ballinteer and Stepaside area. Deputy Alex White (Lab) said: “With a growing young population, it’s positive to see that steps are being taken to expand south Dublin’s second-level education infrastructure.” Full Story on Page 2
A bright spark: Amy’s a winner in fire brigade’s art competition AMY Doran, a senior infants pupil from Our Lady’s Grove Primary School Goatstown, has won Category A in the 2013 Dublin Fire Brigade Art Competition. The competition was held as part of the annual National Fire Safety Week, which took place from October 7 to 14. It aims to encourage children to learn about
fire safety and to increase fire safety awareness among families and communities across Dublin. Amy attended the prize-giving ceremony at the Mansion House earlier this week, and is seen here with chief fire officer Pat Flemming, fireman Lar Sweetman and Cllr Paddy McCartan (FG). Picture: Cathy Weatherston
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School news ‘a coming of age’ for education TEACHERS, parents and politicians came together last week to welcome the announcement that the Department of Education has appointed Educate Together as patron for the new 1,000-pupil secondary school for Ballinteer and Stepaside in 2016. The announcement was issued by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, in Cavan on November 28. He said: “We are experiencing significant increases in our schoolgoing population. The establishment of these new schools is an essential part of our actions to ensure that the school infrastructure is in place in time to ensure every single student has a quality place at second level over the coming years.” Marie Gordon, principal of Ballinteer Educate Together NS, said: “The announcement of the
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approval of the [school] for the Ballinteer and Stepaside area represents a coming of age for education in Ireland. “This multi-denominational secondar y school is another step towards multi-culturalism, inclusiveness, pluralism, acceptance and respect for difference in our education system. “Since I started working in Educate Together schools 25 years ago, the demand for multi-denominational co-education has been growing in Ireland as parents have sought choice and an alternative educational model for their children. “However, to date, the
option of multi-denominational co-education comes to an end when a child completes his or her primary education,” she said. “The announcement of the new Educate Together secondary for Ballinteer and Stepaside is not before its time and represents a huge achievement and success for Educate Together, and a huge step forward for education in Ireland. “I am particularly delighted that the new school is to be in Ballinteer and Stepaside, as it will serve as the natural follow-on school for children currently attending our Ballinteer ETNS. “I also think this is a great tribute to the many, many local people who sent expressions of interest in the locating of the school in this area to the Department of
Education and Skills. “This is great news for education in Ireland, and great news for us all here at Ballinteer ETNS,” said Gordon. The exact location of the school has yet to be confirmed. The new school is one of five awarded the patronage of Educate Together on November 28, bringing the total number of Educate Together secondary schools in Ireland to eight.
Additional Deputy Alex White (Lab) said: “Educate Together operate multidenominational, co-educational schools. The proposed, new secondary school will accommodate for an additional 1,000 student places. “I’m delighted that progress is being made in delivering a new secondary school for the Dublin South con-
stituency. With a growing young population, it’s positive to see that steps are being taken to expand south Dublin’s second-level education infrastructure. “Identifying a patron is an important early step in building a new school. I’m pleased that the new secondary school will be under the patronage of Educate Together; this will provide a further diversity of ethos for students. “It also reflects the desire of parents in south Dublin to have a greater choice when it comes to deciding which school most reflects their own ethos. “I look forward to the next stage of the development of the new school, which will involve Educate Together and the Department of Education securing a site,” said Deputy White.
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business: dundrum outlet trading but company’s future, jobs at risk
Collision witness appeal
A-Wear chain goes into receivership Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
WOMEN’S fashion chain A-Wear has gone into receivership, putting 358 jobs at risk – including those in Dundrum. Since going into examinership less than two months ago, Latzur Limited, trading as A-Wear, has failed to secure fresh investment. A receiver, Ken Fennell of Kavanagh Fennell, was appointed on Thursday, November 28. The chain currently has 31 stores in Ireland, employing 117 full-time staff and 241 part-time. A spokesperson for Latzur Limited said: “A-Wear had been trading under examinership since October 8 ... so as to put the
business on a sustainable footing, and to protect as many jobs as possible. “In the intervening weeks post-examinership, sales projections for the business have not materialised, and no viable investment proposal was forthcoming, leaving the business with no option but to seek the appointment of a receiver. “The receiver will assess the feasibility of some of the stores [trading] over the coming days, and it is inevitable that some stores will cease to trade. The receiver will endeavour to sell the business as a going concern.” A-Wear was bought out of receivership last year by Hilco, a UK-based firm that specialises in restruc-
turing and refinancing, then sold on to Jesta, an investment house, which said it had reduced annual losses from €5m to €2.5. The brand was then sold to Jack Stein, a Canadian businessman, this September. However, high rents and increased competitiveness have rendered the company unsustainable, according to its owners. The A-Wear store in Dundrum Town Centre was open and trading at the time of going to print, according to the shopping centre’s management. A message on the chain’s website put up earlier this week reads: “Due to unforeseen circumstances this site is currently offline.”
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A Super result: Winning €2m Lotto ticket was sold in Rathfarnham supervalu in Rosemount Shopping Centre, Rathfarnham, recently
celebrated the sale of a Lotto jackpot winning ticket worth €2m. Pictured are the store’s proprietor, Orla Russell, managers Dominick Duffy and Peter Dunne, as well as the National Lottery regional sales manager, Jim O’Connor, and sales assistant Joanne Duffy. The winning ticket was a €4 Quick Pick for the Lotto draw on Wednesday, November 27, which the National Lottery revealed was claimed by a Dublin man. Picture: Mac Innes Photography
GARDAI in Dundrum are investigating a traffic collision that happened at Lower Churchtown Road at 1.45am on Wednesday morning, November 27. The collision did not involve any other vehicle and the driver, a man in his 40s, was seriously injured when his car hit a pole. The driver was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead. Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward with any information they may have. Witnesses should contact Dundrum Garda Station at 01 666 5600, or call the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.
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milestone Residents celebrate 60 years Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
CHURCHTOWN Residents’ Association is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. Over the years, the association has been responsible for getting many facilities for local residents, including two sports playing fields; a swimming pool and several youth clubs, while the group was also involved in founding Dublin South Radio Cooperative Society. Celebrations begin with a party in the Good Shepherd Hall on Saturday, December 7. Also that day, Churchtown Business Association has organised the annual lighting up at 4pm of the Christmas tree on the green across from SuperValu on Braemor Road.
business IT firm signs €16k customised bikes deal
A wheely fun way to help staff stay fit Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
AN initiative to encourage fitness among staff members has been adopted by Integrity Solutions in Sandyford, with the purchase of 55 bicycles from Funked up Fixies in Dalkey. The IT security company made a deal with the bike customiser firm to produce 55 personalised bikes for its staff members. The deal, which is worth €16,500, is prov-
ing to be popular with employees. Eoin Goulding, of Integrity Solutions, said: “It’s great to see our company-branded bikes appearing around the Sandyford Industrial Estate. “Our employees have even started taking them to [reach] meetings and out for lunch.” Integrity Solutions’ logo is displayed on the crossbar to give the bikes a unique finishing touch. Funked up Fixies creates customised bikes in
an extensive range of colours and styles for individuals and companies. The company founder, Olaf O’Moore and his team, work with customers to design bikes which are instantly recognisable and can deliver unique branding messages. O’Moore, who hails from Dalkey, said: “We’re seeing a huge demand now from businesses who want to encourage staff to cycle to work. This is the biggest order we’ve had, to date, but we expect a
Integrity Solutions staff members with their customised Funked up Fixies bikes. Picture: Paul Sherwood
lot more of them as the Cycle Network Plan continues. “It’s a unique and quirky way for companies to build their brands and to encourage employees to take an alternative mode of transport to work. “A customised Funked Up bike also provides a
meaningful, yet affordable, way for companies to reward their staff for all their hard work,” he said. Integrity Solutions’ purchase of the bikes will benefit from the Cycle Network Plan, currently being formulated following a consultation period which ended in October, and which will see
hundreds of kilometres added into the cycleway system in Dublin. According to www. dublincitycycling.ie, “cycling 10km each way to work instead of driving saves an average of 1.3 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year, and reduces the effects of global warming”.
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recycling Website helps people find quality items
Old, unwanted goods get new lease of life Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A SUCCESSFUL recycling event organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to mark European Week of Waste Reduction was held in Ballyogan Recycling Park recently. The council hosted the FreeTrade Ireland Reuse Day in November after the FreeTrade Ireland team visited householders to inform them about the national online reuse service and its benefits. The team retrieved
items that could be used again from waste skips at the Ballyogan Park site, including a backgammon board, a silver tray, a surfboard cover, a golf caddy and antique drain rods. The items were then uploaded to www.freetradeireland.ie, where they were all snapped up by local people for reuse. An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth (Lab), said: “A children’s travel cot in great condition also surfaced on the day of the event. It really is a perfect example of the types
of reusable items that are available on FreeTradeIreland.ie. This item is saving the new owner well over €100. “Within one week of the advert going on the FreeTrade Ireland website, more than 25 people contacted the team to register their interest in the item, highlighting the popularity of the website and the interest that quality items generate.” The cot’s new owner, A n n M a x we l l , w a s delighted to get it for her new grandchild, who was
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An Cathaoirleach, Carrie Smyth, with Derek Turner, manager, Ballyogan Recycling Park, and Anne Maxwell, who loves the cot she got at www.freetradeireland.ie
due to arrive on the day of the item’s presentation. She said: “This is a very exciting time for all the family; however [a baby’s arrival] can also be a very costly time. “FreeTrade Ireland is the site I always go to if I am looking for anything, or wish to pass on any items. It is a very user-
friendly site, even for a 66-year-old!” Margaret Coles, green business officer with the council, said: “Since the national launch of the website in 2010, more than 11,000 items in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area have gone on to find new homes, and an estimated 166 tonnes
of material has been diverted away from skips and landfills.” Giving away unwanted items for reuse has now become even easier following the introduction of a new FreeTrade Ireland smartphone app, which allows access to the full range of services available on the website.
ALMOST 1,000 people came together to participate in the RNLI Reindeer Run held in Marlay Park on December 1. There were three different routes on the day – a 5km and a 10km run, and a Santa Saunter for those wishing to take it a bit easier. Participants were supported around the course by lifeboat crews from Dublin’s three RNLI stations, including Dun Laoghaire, whose crew members Damien Payne and Paul Cummin wore antlers and reindeer t-shirts in the 5km run. Pauline McGann, RNLI community fundraising manager for Leinster praised the participants and thanked everyone who took part.
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concert Haydn’s Creation for Xmas Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A SPECIAL concert of Haydn’s The Creation is being performed in Templeogue for Christmas. With the Jubilate choir, three soloists tell the story and enact the surprise of Adam and Eve as they first discover each other and the beauty of the world. The choir and soloists are accompanied by the Orchestra of St Cecilia. Haydn’s The Creation will be performed in St Pius X Church, Templeogue on Sunday, December 15 at 8pm. Tickets are €20 and are available at www.stpiusx.ie, from the parish office at 01 490 5284, and at Barry’s Pharmacy, Number 6 Cypress Park, Templeogue.
campaign Tesco weekend to help tackle depression
Be Aware of a way to help beat the blues Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
TESCO branches in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are taking part in a charity drive for mental health organisation Aware on December 6 and 7. Tesco stores are raising funds for the charity, which offers support to those suffering from depression. Christmas is often a very challenging time for people with mental health issues.
The Dun LaoghaireRathdown stores and other Tesco outlets around the country are setting up bag packing services, with collection points for shoppers to donate what they can while doing their Christmas shopping. Speaking about the Aware weekend, Michelle Mahon, corporate responsibility manager, Tesco Ireland, said: “Christmas can be a lonely time of the year,
and for someone with experience of depression, it can be even more challenging. “We are calling on all of our customers to dig deep this festive season to help us raise as much funds as possible for Aware, our charity of the year, who provide support through depression year-round.” Aware is the national organisation providing information, support and education around depression, a condition which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland.
At Tesco branches, shoppers are invited to donate at the checkout on December 6 and 7 to help support mental health organisation Aware
Funds raised from the Tesco fundraising drive will benefit Aware’s life skills programme, which is delivered over the course of six weeks. The programme is focused on teaching participants how to manage feelings of stress, worry or
anxiety, and helps them to learn simple and practical skills to cope with life’s challenges. In the first year of the partnership, funds raised allowed Aware to deliver its free secondary schools programme, Beat the Blues, to more
than 40,400 students in 569 schools across the country. The Aware LoCall helpline will be available throughout the Christmas period, from 10am to 10pm, including on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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exercise Black belt master welcomes all
TaeKwon-Do centre opened Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
A NEW TaeKwon-Do centre has opened in Rosemont School in Sandyford. Instructor Val Douglas is an eighth-degree black belt master, and his new school will be serving Stepaside, Kilternan, Sandyford and Dundrum. Classes are available for beginners, adults, teenagers
and children. He said: “Rosemont School is a state-of-the-art facility, ideal for our TaeKwon-Do students, young and old. TaeKwon-Do is a great way to improve your general fitness and health, make new friends and also learn to defend yourself, if necessary. I’m delighted that we have launched a TaeKwon-Do school to serve this area.”
Douglas has been an instructor for 35 years and began his TaeKwon-Do career in 1973 at Dublin’s Sean McDermott Street club. He is assisted by second-degree black belts Declan McDonnell and Francis O’ Neill. Classes take place on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm to 8pm, and the first class is free of charge. For further information, call 086 320 0782.
Sophia Ocampo. a junior infant pupil of St Clare’s Primary School in Harold’s Cross, joining her classmates to help support this year’s 2FM Toy Appeal in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul
campaign: toys sought for SVP initiative
Help make a child’s Christmas joyful
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SUPERVALU stores and Superquinn supermarkets in Dublin are supporting the 2FM Toy Appeal in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. SuperValus in Mount Merrion, Rathfarnham, Churchtown, Balally and Deansgrange, as well as Superquinns in Knocklyon, Ballinteer and Blackrock, are encouraging people to donate toys to the appeal from now until December 13. This year’s appeal is called Operation Santa, and 201 SuperValu stores, along with 24 Superquinns nationwide, are taking part.
M a r t i n K e l l e h e r, managing director of SuperValu, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the 2FM Toy Appeal for St Vincent de Paul for the fourth year. “Operation Santa is a great initiative which helps not only children in need, but supports families nationwide. With our stores at the heart of communities across Ireland, we provide the perfect location for gifts to be dropped off. “What is really great about this appeal is that toys and gift cards collected locally are redistributed locally. “I am confident that this year will be another
great success, and that Christmas will be a celebration for all,” he said. As well as donating toys, people in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown can also buy gift cards at their local SuperValu stores to support the appeal. Donations can also be made online at www.2fm.ie/toyappeal. If you would like to help children and their families, you can drop off an unwrapped toy at your local SuperValu or Superquinn store. Over the past four years, the RTE 2FM Toy Appeal has been a great success and, last year, 65,000 toys, amounting to a value of €1m, were donated and
distributed to families. Geoff Meagher, national president of the St Vincent de Paul society, said: “We are very appreciative of the support and effort everyone in RTE 2FM and campaign supporters, SuperValu, Toymaster and Easons are putting into Operation Santa. “The generosity of the Irish people has been amazing over the past three years and we hope that they can be as supportive again this year. “The work of SVP goes on all year around, but there is always a special need to ensure families who are struggling have a happy, warm and fulfilling Christmas,” he said.
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Paul O’Brien, Dympna Geoghegan and David Swaine. Pictures: Geraldine
business: property partners open a new outlet in dundrum
INISTER of State Brian Hayes was on hand to officially open O’Brien Swaine Property Partners at Main Street Dundrum recently. He congratulated the business on its expansion, with the new office adding to those already established in the city centre, Clondalkin and Fairview. With the recent rise in Dublin property and rent values, Minister Hayes joined local councillors in wishing the property partners the best of luck with their new south Dublin venture.
Eamon was thanked for his decades of great work by the bar’s owners, the O’Dwyers - Billy Jnr, Billy and Grainne. Pictures: Geraldine Woods
Headmaster of Holy Cross School Dundrum Ultan MacMahuna with Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes
Offering their best wishes were Fine Gael councillors Neale Richmond and Pat Hand
Minister Hayes cuts the ribbon to officially open the new office, as Nichola O’Connor, David Swaine and Paul O’Brien look on Some of Eamon’s many friends in the area who were delighted to congratulate him on the night
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people: SURPRISE PARTY FOR 40 YEARS OF SERVICE
Pouring in to help mark a milestone F
RIENDS and wellwishers came pouring into O’Dwyer’s pub and restaurant in Kilmacud recently to help celebrate barman and manager Eamon Huff’s 40 years of service with a great surprise party at the popular venue. With his decades of service to three generations of the O’Dwyer family, Eamon has
seen lots of changes to both the bar and the area, making him a key social figure in the life of the community, which came out in force to wish him well. The Stillorgan native is a keen bridge player and can be often seen in the winning names at Mount Merrion Bridge Club.
Eamon with Gary Lyon, Val Fitzimon, Margaret Barry, Micheal Keane, Eamon with Declan Goulding
John Barry and Martha Lyon
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Pictured are Fr Peter McVerry and Pat Doyle, chief executive, Peter McVerry Trust, with compere RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan at Peter McVerry Trust’s annual gala ball sponsored by Clontarf Castle. The event raised funds to support the charity’s work with homeless youths. Pictures: Conor McCabe Photography
Dressed McVerry nice to fundraise Julie and Paul Rosbothan
Julie and Ronan Farrell
Triona Ryan and Eanna Mellett
Former TD Liz O’Donnell with John Paul Lynch and Anna Taylor
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dublinlife Let Dublin Gazette Newspapers take you on a tour of the news and events taking place across the city and county this week
Singer/songwriter Ryan Sheridan
Ring in the new year with three at trinitY
Actress and writer Tara Flynn with her dog Oscar
celebrity ambassador: ‘It’s not good enough and I want it to change’
Tara takes the lead in ‘pick up your pet’s poo’ campaign Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
Comedian and former Nualas member Tara Flynn is swapping her comedic hat for a campaign that is getting Dubliners to clean up after their pets. Calling herself the “face of pooh” Tara is lending her support to a campaign launched by the four Dublin local authorises, which is encouraging dogowners to tackle dog fouling. Speaking to The Gazette about being
the poster-girl for the campaign, she said: “They are calling me the celebrity ambassador for the campaign but I see myself as the face of pooh. Other celebrities are the face of fragrances but not me. “The local authority approached me as I’d been tweeting about the fact that four out of 10 Dubliners don’t pick up their dog pooh. That’s almost half of dog-owners and although I don’t see it happening, the underside of my shoes believe it’s true.
“It’s not good enough and I want it to change and I want a clean city. Nobody likes doing it but they like walking their dogs. It only takes a couple of seconds to do and you get very adept at it by making the bag into a glove to scoop it up and putting it into a council bin available. “That’s great because when I got my cocker spaniel nine years ago there were only certain bins you could use, now it’s any council bin so there’s no excuse. I’m just a concerned dog-owner who got
angry and was approached to help the campaign.” Funded by the Dublin Regional Authority, the campaign was launched last week on Grafton Street by all four Dublin council mayors. A new hotline number (1800 251 500) is now available to report offenders. After a spell as a straight actress, Tara Flynn has returned to comedy and is currently appearing in Irish Pictorial Weekly every Thursday on RTE 1 at 10.15pm.
WELCOME the new year with musical entertainment at Three’s New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert. This year’s line-up for the concert is said to be bigger and better than ever before, with acts including Madness, singer/songwriter Ryan Sheridan, and pop sensations MKS (the original line-up of pop band The Sugababes). The Strypes will also be making an appearance, along with Gaelic singing pop group Seo Linn. Trinity College will be illuminated with 3D projections broadcast live to audiences all around the world. Tickets cost €25 (plus a €2.50 booking fee), and are available to purchase online at www.3nyedublin.ie, and www.facebook. com/3nyedublin. Tickets are also available at selected Three stores.
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diary dublinlife A noteworthy way to help Simon THE Diary was intrigued to read that RTE radio and TV presenter Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is to use her voice to tackle homelessness. Has she developed supersonic vocal powers capable of eradicating poverty at a single pitch? Unfortunately not – rather, she is using her voice to call out to choirs and groups around Ireland to Sing for Simon. She launched the Christmas Simon appeal in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre last week and is encouraging everyone to sign up. Aoibhinn said: “With more and more people sleeping rough, campaigns such as Sing for
Simon help provide vital services to those who have nowhere else to go this Christmas. “Whether you sing in a choir, a group or even in the shower, it doesn’t matter – your support will mean a lot.” For further information or to support the campaign, see www.dubsimon.ie.
Graham Norton Show recently in the company of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, comedian Jo Brand and X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne. Music on the night was supplied by Canada’s Arcade Fire. But keep a lookout ... Castleknock’s Special One might be seen driving home for Christmas...
any sign of colin ahead of the Christmas hols?
monkstown gets a pied piper
HE IS usually seen in Castleknock over Christmas, but this year Colin Farrell was spotted ahead of time. His Very Handsome Self was to be viewed lounging on the sofa on the
THE music video for a song featured on newlyreleased EP Leaving Angerland, by Liam Noonan, was filmed in Monkstown recently. Liam dressed up as The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland and cycled
around Monkstown village for the video of his song, Just a Ride. Amused onlookers watched as the singer careered in wide loops around the streets and paths. He said: “We filmed the last bit of the video in Blackrock Park, and kids on bicycles and tricycles started following me as I cycled around the bandstand, like I was the Pied Piper of Hamelin!”
carol singers to fill croker A CHRISTMAS cha rity concert which aims to break the Guinness World Record for the most carol singers singing together is to take
Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain is calling out for everyone to help support this year’s Sing for Simon Christmas fundraising campaign. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography
place in Croke Park this month. The event is entitled Music at Stars, and will be hosted by RTE broadcaster Miriam O’ Callaghan. Featured guests on the night include The Celtic
Tenors, Louis Walsh, Celine Byrne, Dublin Gospel Choir, RTE Cor na nOg, Tallaght Choral Society, and Army No 1 Band. The event is being held in aid of two worthy causes – Cliona’s
Foundation, for critically ill children, and The Sanctuary, a meditation retreat. The event is to take place at Croker at 7pm on December 19, with tickets costing €15 per person.
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feature A day in the life: volunteer duties with the rnli
Ready to risk his life to help save strangers at sea laura webb
Ian Sheridan, station mechanic, RNLI Howth station
THE crew members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) risk their lives every time they go out to sea to respond to distress calls – but the volunteers wouldn’t have it any other way. Many might not realise that the RNLI is a charity run by volunteers, and is reliant on the generosity of the public. This week, The Gazette takes a look
at a day in the life of an RNLI team member. Ian Sheridan started volunteering with the RNLI 30 years ago. He now works full time as the station mechanic with the Howth RNLI station, yet is still a volunteer once the boat is called to sea. Talking about what happens once a distress call comes in from sea, he said: “There are men and women in the station called lifeboat operations managers. “If there is something happening out in Dublin Bay, the coastguard will receive a call from the boat, yacht or aeroplane and they will say what area they are in; they give latitude and longitude coordinates. The coastguard will look at the map and decide who is closest. “They will then ring the operational manager, tell
them what is going on, and they will ask if we can launch to assist. “The operational manager says yes or no, and must also decide which of the two boats we will use – the in-shore lifeboat, or the all-weather lifeboat,” said Ian. “We all carry pagers You actually don’t know what the call-out is until you get to the station. “Once you get there, they will tell you something, for example that a yacht is sinking 10 miles off Howth – it has happened [before]; in the summer, there was a report of a boat with six persons on board missing between Howth and Dun Laoghaire. “Both Dun Laoghaire and Howth [RNLI stations] had to launch out to that, and we saved those people. “As I am the mechanic, I would get the engine started and get all the navcoms ready, give a shout, and let the captain know
we are ready to go to sea, and off we go. “I talk to the coastguard on the radio, find out if there is a change in location, how many persons are on board, and what is the nature of their distress. “Once we get there, we call the coastguard, tell them we are alongside or what we are doing, and where we are going to tow them back to,” said Ian. Being a volunteer with the RNLI is usually a lifelong commitment for its members. Coming from a fishing dynasty, becoming a member was not an unusual step for Ian. “For me, it is a dream job. It is like any job – you get out what you put into it. There are times when you do a job that can be hard ... but when I do make a difference, and when I am involved in saving a life, I feel fantastic.” For further information on the RNLI, see www. rnli.org.
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Max usai, head chef at Findlater howth
From Italy to Howth Max Usai, head chef at Findlater Howth, is from Sardinia, Italy, Max trained in Italy and later worked in Sardinia’s famous Cala di Volpe Hotel, and Michelin star Sandira Restaurant. He spent a year in the UK working in London and Brighton, and then moved to Dublin in 1995. Max worked as a sous chef in the Clarence Hotel under the supervision of head chef Michael Martin. His current position in Findlater Howth, a member of the Wright Bar
and Restaurant Group, allows Max to indulge his passion for seafood. “I love seafood, Mediterranean style, Japanese style or Irish style, I cook them all. I am blessed here in Howth with access to a great range of freshly caught seafood, which gives me the freedom to add exciting seafood specials to our menu at the drop of a hat.” Max is married to Romanian Ramona and when asked if he allows her to cook, he replied: “But of course, she learnt from the best!”
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Weaning pots for tiny tots
Head chef Max Usai with singer Frances Black
Hailing from Sardinia, I have over 20 years’ experience in Italy, the UK, Monte Carlo and Ireland.
The abundance of fresh produce available in the area. Competition is intense but you just have to be on top of your game
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The customer is always right but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong …
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What is your favourite Dublin restaurant?
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Bill Clinton, Berlusconi and [Italian businessman Flavio] Briatore, can you imagine them comparing notes?
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A Dublin mum has scooped a top industry award recently for her innovative baby feeding product. Siobhan Barry, who hails from Stillorgan and is the founder of successful business Mummycooks – Ireland’s first baby-weaning cookery school – beat off stiff competition from major global brands to pick up the much-coveted award. Siobhan picked up the award for Best Feeding Product at the prestigious Maternity and Infant Awards for her Babypotz product, a range of reusable plastic containers designed for freezing homemade baby food. Babypotz include a range of 50 stackable pots and lids made from quality polypropylene (BPA free), which is safe for babies. The reusable containers come in a range of different sizes suitable for the freezer, microwave, steriliser and dishwasher, making them the perfect solution for homemade baby food. Speaking about the inspiration behind Babypotz, Siobhan said: “When I was weaning my first daughter Ashleigh, I loved to batch cook her baby food. It frustrated me that it wasn’t easy to get hold of a decent quantity of practical little pots without them costing the earth or having to resort to fiddly ice cube trays. When I discovered Babypotz, it was the perfect solution.” Babypotz are widely available in pharmacies nationwide and online on Amazon.co.uk.
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Starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked, Marilyn Cutts (inset) was full of enthusiasm when she talked about the hit show coming to Dublin
THEATRE: LEAD CHARACTER FROM WICKED TALKS TO THE GAZETTE
She’s Morrible, but lovely BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN
STARS of the ever popular musical, Wicked, arrived in Dublin at the end of last month to begin a six-week run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Writer Gregory Maguire wrote the novel on which the musical is based when he re-imagined the original L Frank Baum story, Wizard of Oz, in 1995. Emmy award-winning Winnie Holzman, who wrote My So Called Life, then wrote Wicked for the stage with music and lyrics by Oscar academy award winner Stephen Schwartz. Wicked tells the story of a friendship between two sorcery students at Shiz University – the blonde and very popular Glinda, and a misunderstood green
girl, Elphaba. We see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good, and The Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. Marilyn Cutts, who plays Madame Morrible, the headmistress at Shiz University, is a 40-year veteran of musical theatre and West End shows, many of which she has performed in Dublin. Marilyn spoke to The Gazette about the current production of Wicked in The Bord Gais Theatre, and about her career, to date. She said: “Madame Morrible is very interesting indeed. It’s a gift of a part for an actress, because at first you present one side of her to the audience and, as the play unfolds, the character grows into someone else. “The audience starts off by loving
her as she draws them in, but little by little they start to pick up on things she says that are not so nice, and by the end of the play they are booing her. “It takes about an hour to do her make-up. The part also requires a lot of physical and vocal warming up before each performance.
Technical “I do the warm-up with the dancers and, thankfully, they don’t laugh at me too much! The show is very technical, so the performers cannot deviate at all, as to do so, even by a second, would put out the whole mechanism, as it’s all timed with stage machinery, lighting and flying equipment. “The show is very precise; like a wonderful watch mechanism,” she
said. Wicked began its two-year tour 11 weeks ago, and Marilyn hopes to stay on as long as she can. “I love long runs, because the more you become relaxed in the part, the more you flower and start to explore the character.” Marilyn swears that Irish audiences are her favourite, and that she loves being back in Dublin. She said: “Irish audiences are really the best, because they get all the jokes and pick up on little things other audiences don’t get, which is so heartening for a performer.” Wicked is currently running at Bord Gais Energy Theatre until January 18 and tickets, starting at €25, are available from Ticketmaster.
THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Connie, a two-year-old female lurcher. Did you notice that she only has three legs? However, don’t let that fool you, as this beauty can move quick as anything! She is super sweet and good natured, too, and will need a home with a slow and patient owner who won’t overwhelm her, as sometimes she doesn’t understand that no harm will come to her. If you want to be the one to show Connie that the world isn’t such a scary place, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on www. dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.
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CHRISTMASGUIDE CHRISTMAS Jam wireless speaker €34.99 Small (not actual size) but mighty, and available at CompuB, this rechargable speaker has a big sound.
Assassin’s Creed IV c.€60 There are loads of games vying for attention, but we’re still having fun on this entertaining title (available for players aged 18+ on several platforms), which looks even better on the new consoles (see right). Whatever about its piratey sci-fiish plot, who doesn’t want to swap Dublin’s drizzle to run around in a beautiful Caribbean setting?
Tech our advice…
TECH and games used to be just seen as “toys for the boys”, but with the latest statistics showing that, as just one example, women download almost
XBox One c.€500 Gamers, parents and Santa Claus alike will all be eyeing up the XBox One. Forget the souped-up specs – suffice it to say that it’s a significantly more powerful console, with Microsoft keen to present something that’s not only a great gaming rig, but is even better placed for the living room, making it an entertainment hub. PlayStation 4 c.€400 While the PS4 also has an eye on the living room, Sony seem to be taking a different slant in promoting this next-gen console, keeping it in the limelight as a gamers. console. As with its arch rival, the PS4 has several exclusive titles and franchises – as well as being €100 cheaper – making the choice a case of apples versus oranges, for many.
half of all games apps, it’s clear that the traditional digital divide is snapping shut, especially considering how easy it is to see people of all ages using
iPhone 5/5S bootcase €69.95 Available at CompuB, this detachable battery case can give your phone an extra 80% charge.
smartphones, tablets and phablets for work, education and leisure alike. Here at the end of 2013, men and women, young and old, have a stronger than ever shared interest in increasingly everyday tech and gaming. This being so, The Gazette has a number of great gift ideas to look out for, either on sale either now, or as a perfect New Year gift once the sales roll around ...
Motorola Moto G phone c.€195 Expect to see loads of Moto Gs on the streets with its imminent release – Motorola have surprised and wowed reviewers with this new budgetpriced Android smartphone that’s yet surprisingly powerful and featurepacked, making it a cheap(ish) but notable contender.
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Gator Goal SRP €22.99 Gator Goal features a gator with silly spinning eyes and four big teeth to knock out, a football stomper and a flag. Suitable for three-year-olds and upwards as there are a couple of small parts. It is a simple game to play that is easy to put together. It does not take up too much room and therefore can be played almost anywhere in the house. It’s good for eye-foot coordination. However, sometimes the mechanism for the flag is a bit hard to retract and did not work. Suitable for ages three and up. My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls, Pinkie Pie €22.99
It’s all about
Monopoly Empire RRP €23.99 Monopoly Empire takes a different slant on the traditional money game, swapping property for the world’s top brands. Players move around the board with unique branded tokens, building a business empire along the way. You collect brands including, X-box, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Samsung. Once you reach the top of the Empire Tower you are declared the winner. Eight-year-old Dylan Sherlock played the game and gave it top marks. “It was the best game. You get to use fake money and buy lots of things like McDonald’s and car companies. Boys and girls will really like it.” Suitable for ages eight and up
Littlest Pet Shop Playset, Ages four years and up SRP €28.99
Furby Boom SRP €68.99 The Furby Boom is the third generation of the fuzzy little critters since their arrival in the late 1990s. It is a step ahead of the previous versions in the sense that not only does it talk a childish form of English straight out of the box, instead of Furbish, it can also create eggs that appear and hatch in the IOS app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. It’s hugely interactive and more expressive and mobile than its ancestors, and a whole lot of fun as it learns and develops the more you play with it. This is one for the long winter evening, with loads of playability and things to discover. Suitable for ages six years and up.
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CHRISTMASGUIDE CHRISTMAS German food market Tempting Lindt Five Bears 50g Pack €3.69
into the spirit of Christmas - German style - with its christkindlmarkt German Food market. Bringing the delights of food markets from Germany to the city centre, chef Chris Duffy has put together a tantalising menu for festive tastebuds. The market is priced at €28
crepes and cinnamon apples and, of
for two courses, €35 for three and
course, gingerbread cookies.
includes the menu plus gluhwein or mulled cider on arrival. Food such as Smoked Kessler pork
M&S Free Range Turkey M&S free-range Bronze turkey is €59.96-€84.25 (serves six-10 people). Also, there is a pork, cranberry and clementine stuffing wreath for €14.99 and M&S Collection Enchanted Forest Cake for €30 (right)
Lidl’s Champagne Brut Reserve Make sure Christmas day gets off to a good start with some bubbles from Lidl. Lidl’s Champagne Brut Reserve is a steal at just €19.99. Also check out its range of Deluxe products including the matured Christmas pudding, Belgian pate and Scottish smoked salmon
The goulash station will serve beef gyros with sauteed potatoes, bell peppers and onions all cooked
ribs, Bavarian marinated spit roast
and served in large cast iron pans. A
hog with creamy potatoes and roast
selection of dishes for vegetarians
chestnuts and sauerkraut; white and
and gluten-free options will also be
red bratwurst sausage cooked over
an open flame; Jarlsberg cheese tarts and more. Traditional German salads are also
The market opens daily from 4pm to 9.30pm with a special hog roast lunch on Sundays starting at 12 noon until
available with traditional German
4pm. The regular children’s menu is
potatoes; herring salad with red onion
available with the German menu for
and flavours of anise and for afters,
half price. The market is also avail-
we can sweeten things up at the
able for private Christmas parties.
Sweet Station with waffle lolly pops,
See www.thegibsonhotel.ie or call
traditional Black Forest gateau, warm
01-6815054 for more details.
THE Gibson Hotel is getting Dubliners
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Debenhams - Bluezoo Pink glitter shoe from €21
Heatons - First Christmas Velour €9
Carraig Donn - J’aime la vie Helen Black & Red dress €69.95
M&S Autograph embellished cardigan from €24
Hogl at Clerys high suede court heels €176.95 Bow&Pearl - Ivana jacket €80
WE all like to look our best over Christmas, and we usually go all out to make sure our Sunday bests are
even better on Christmas Day. Not only can clothes be a perfect gift for someone, but they can also be a very nice gift for, well, yourself. Here are just some items of clothing we would like to put on our clothes wish-list this festive season for her, him and the kids.
Kartel - blackwater sand sweater €65
Dubarry - foxrock navy and white shirt €79 Clarks - Glint City Slip-On Men’s Shoes in Tobacco €64
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CHRISTMASGUIDE CHRISTMAS Canopi Sleeves €39.95 CANOPI, the Irish innovative sleeve solution, will add more than interest to your Christmas dress. Canopi recognises that lots of Irish women are uncomfortable showcasing their arms and offers a stylish solution for the less-than-toned. Barbara McMahon wears Canopi to demonstrate how her dress was enhanced with Canopi sleeves. Canopi sleeves are available nationwide in leading independent retailers including Avoca, Pamela Scott, Carraig Donn, Serena, Brown Thomas, Arnotts and Fran & Jane. See www.canopisleeves.com
Breaking Bad The Complete Series DVD Box Set €130
Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel €45 GREAT whiskeys don’t just happen by chance. Years of experience and craft go into the precise selection of whiskeys used in Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel, the newest member of the Jameson family. This special whiskey, distilled on just one occasion each year, is uniquely matured in handcrafted flame-charred black barrels to produce an unmistakably smooth flavour. Jameson Select Reserve Black Barrel is available in all leading on and off trade outlets.
Crystal Head vodka gift carton and bottle RRP €62.99 Available from select stores around Dublin
Helping Hands gift set €25 The Helping Hands gift set is available online at www.biabeauty.com
Thomas Sabo THOMAS Sabo rose quartz pendant and chain, €188 and Silver & onyx cufflinks, €198
A Present for … €12.95 each These children’s books are a gift from a little person to a big person. Each book comes wrapped, has a gift tag to sign on the front and a fun pair of socks in the back. So every element of a gift is covered in one purchase. These charming books are stocked in Avoca and Carraig Donn. Golf at Carton House HOME to the Irish Open 2013, Carton House is one of Ireland’s leading luxury golf resorts. Located 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, Carton House is home to a stylish hotel, a luxurious spa and leisure suite and two of Ireland’s finest championship courses – the O’Meara, which opened for play in 2002 and the Montgomerie, which opened the following year. A club with a passion for golf, Carton House is currently inviting new members to become part of its extraordinary tradition. As a member of Carton House, you will walk in the footsteps of golf champions with access to two of the finest courses in Ireland. Carton House has unbeatable offers for those looking to play the finest fairways throughout January and February 2014. For more information on golf membership options, please contact www.cartonhousegolf.com
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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929
Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Christmas Tale THE Irish National Youth Ballet brings together very diverse stories and music to create these striking works, which feature superb scores and dancing from the country’s best young ballet dancers. Performances run from December 12 to 15; tickets priced from €10 to €20. For full details, see paviliontheatre.ie.
mill theatre 01 296 9340
Big Big Trouble with The Santa Claus Double RUNNING from December 8 to December 23, there’s everything from a memorable dame to an evil double of Santa Claus to cheer (or boo) in this entertaining Christmas romp for the family to enjoy, with music, song and plenty of excitement. For the full range of times and prices, see milltheatre.ie.
draiocht 01 885 2622
Christmas Crackers THERE’s plenty of family fun at Draiocht’s drop-in day that promises to be a real “cracker” for five- to 10-year-olds. Children, accompanied by an adult – and vice versa, are invited to come along to turn paper and carboard into a festive craft product. Bring along a small gift to place inside, and really make the gift unique. This free event runs on December 7, from 12 to 3pm.
book review: fr brian d’arcy’s frank and searching food for the soul
Heavenly insights from an outspoken author
Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
PASSIONIST priest, writer, broadcaster and a frequently vocal critic of the Catholic Church, Father Brian D’Arcy’s new book of collected writings is as frank and self-searching as the man himself. Entitled Food for the Soul, readers might be forgiven for thinking it was some Catholic cookbook, or even an Irish version of the anodyne Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Instead, what is committed to print is an exploration of Fr D’Arcy’s ideas about the future of the Catholic Church, his personal faith, and his tribulations over being outspoken on the Church’s lack of connection with modern life. The introduction of the book details Fr D’Arcy’s latest clash with the Vatican when, in 2010, the then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrote, describing his writings and broadcasts criticising the Church’s handling of sex abuse scandals as “a source of great scandal to the faithful”. He then received a formal canonical warning to cease being critical of the
‘When he was a 17-year-old novice, his rector told him to cut down a row of beautiful trees outside the monastery. The young D’Arcy did as he was told, in line with his desire to be obedient. However, the gardener reprimanded the novice, saying only a lunatic or a criminal would do such a thing. It was then that D’Arcy realised he had made a mistake by obeying blindly.’
Vatican, and was warned that he could be excommunicated. This severe reprimand came as a thunderbolt to Fr D’Arcy, which he said: “has eaten me up inside and destroyed me as a human being and as a priest”. However, it did not stop him from commenting on Vatican policy and the church, which he termed as “threatening” and “not the church I love and serve”. The censure led to a spiritual crisis for Fr D’Arcy, who claims in the book that if it was not for the thousands of supportive letters he received from the public, he would be an ex-priest, today. The clash with the
Church’s powers sparked a very creative period for Fr D’Arcy, whose writings from that time until the present are collected in this book. Nowadays, he is very encouraged by the leadership he sees from Pope Francis, and sees hope for the future of the Church thanks to Pope Francis’s insistence on stripping away pomp and working with the poor. In his own memory, time and again, Fr D’Arcy has had to wrestle with the problem of whether to follow the letter of church law or to go with his own conscience. He gives an early example of this conflict in a parable from his youth when he was a 17-year-
Food for the Soul by writer, broadcaster, critic of the Catholic Church and priest, Fr Brian D’Arcy
old novice. His rector at the Graan (Passionist community in Enniskillen) told him and another novice to cut down a row of 20 beautiful cherry blossom trees outside the monastery. The young D’Arcy did as he was told, in line with his desire to please and to be obedient. However, afterwards the gardener who had planted the trees and cared for them over the
years reprimanded the young novice for destroying them, saying only a lunatic or a criminal would do such a thing. It was then that D’Arcy realised he had made a mistake by obeying blindly what was a sin to destroy. The book has many light-hearted moments, too, and what is particularly heartening about it is that Fr D’Arcy is indiscriminate in his admiration for all kinds of peo-
ple from many different faiths and backgrounds. As he says, wisdom can come from many unusual sources, ranging from Native Americans in Dakota to work by the cartoonist Charles Shultz. Also contained in the book are a number of warm toasts to public figures, such as Olivia O’Leary, as well as less famous people Fr D’Arcy has encountered in his life as a priest. Important issues such as celibacy and the Church’s need for modernisation are discussed, and he laments the falling away of many Catholics due to the Church’s intransigence in this regard. O’Leary announced her apostasy from the Catholic Church in 2012 due to her weariness at its constant refusal to make women priests, and Fr D’Arcy sees this lack of change as a major fault by a church which is losing many of its greatest human assets because of it. Food for the Soul by Fr Brian D’Arcy is published by the Columba Press, and is available in all good bookstores, priced €14.99.
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Retention Planning Permission sought for existing advertisement sign, with an area of 2.25 sq.m, erected at first floor level at No. 07 Arbourfield Terrace, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/ observation may be made on payment of €20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority. 12345
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Olympic Handball was one of the events in the Gathering that brought visitors and spectators to south Dublin this year
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The Swords rally driver ended a season of success in ninth place in WRC2 and 21st overall in the FIA World Rally Championship. If he can get uninterrupted drives next year, he will surely improve on this year’s placings.
TEAMof the Sporting Gathering events MONTH prove a big win for South Dublin H South Dublin County Council are celebrating the success of the sporting events organised to coincide with this year’s Gathering. These have included martial arts, American football, baseball, cricket and kickboxing, as well as a range of other arts and cultural gatherings. The events attracted visitors from all over the world including Britain, USA, Canada, Norway, Jersey, Denmark, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Sweden and Bangladesh. Events welcomed an
attendance from approximately 17,000 international visitors, and in turn 56,000 visitors in total. A hundred local volunteers from the active retired and transition year student demographics were trained in event management, basic first aid, health and safety which enabled them to work at many events. They acted as South Dublin ambassadors and it worked exceptionally well with very positive feedback from event organisers and attendees. The project engaged the governing bodies of sports across the
country, as well as community groups, private individuals, tourism and hospitality businesses and corporate entities. Venues such as Peamount United FC, the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght Stadium, Citywest Hotel Conference and Event Centre and Corkagh Park were showcased internationally. Cllr Dermot Looney, mayor of South Dublin County Council, said: “I have been lucky enough to attend many of the Gathering events and to meet with hundreds of visitors who have trav-
elled to our county, all of whom mentioned the positivity of their visit here. “In particular, it was superb to see so many events take place across a range of sports, showcasing the venues and facilities on offer here as a great sporting destination. Connections and friendships have been made which I have no doubt will bring repeat visitors to our county and country in the years ahead.” For more information on the Gathering Dublin www.thegatheringdublin.com.
swords thunder BUILDING on two years of preparation before being accepted into the National League, Swords Thunder are atop the league with an impressive win record to date, and are gathering capacity crowds to ALSAA, galavanising a community that loves the sport.
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FastSport Alan brogan standing for runlastman: Dublin All-Star and former GAA footballer of the year, Alan Brogan, was on hand to help to launch RunLastMan.com, a new website allowing clubs and charities to raise funds through last man standing competitions. Last man standing competitions, where entrants pick a different team to win each week until only one person is left and declared the winner, are a primary fundraising tool for many club public relations and charity officers around the country. The RunLastMan. com website is mobile optimised and has been live since September, with over 20 fundraisers already in play and registered charities and clubs raising money already. In addition to running competitions using Premier League fixtures, users also have the option of selecting Rabodirect PRO 12 rugby games and GAA National League matches.
rugby: array of gazette country talent taking to the field for tie
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This weekend sees Ashbourne RFC host a home game for the Leinster women’s rugby team against Connacht, and the side is set to feature an array of Gazette Country players among
the squad who will travel to the south Meath grounds for the match which kicks off on Sunday at 4.30pm. In the run up to the interprovincial tournament the side, captained by Marie Louise Reilly, beat both Connacht
Leinster’s Vikki McGinn Leinster is tackled by Hannah Casey of the Exiles
12-0, and the Exiles 19-0, in pre-competition friendlies. Their first match in the series against Ulster at Ravenhill last weekend saw the ladies in blue stroll to an impressive 41-7 victory. T he side includes local stars such as Six Nations captain Fiona Coghlan, who resides in Clontarf and teaches at Lucan Community College, in the backs. Coghlan has achieved 11 All Ireland league titles with UL Bohs, two interprovincial titles and last year was part of the Grand Slam winning side who will be looking to shine again at next year’s women’s rugby world cup. Another player with a Lucan connection is Alana Lowe, originally from Clonmel, has lived in the South Dublin area for the last 10 years.
Leinster’s Jenny Murphy, who plays her club rugby for Old Belvedere, in action against the Exiles in their recent friendly match
This is her third year on the Leinster squad, and she hopes to make a big impact this year as back row. Fionnula Gleeson is originally from Portarlington, but after studying PE and chemistry, has settled into teaching at Loreto Secondary School in Bray. She plays hooker for Leinster and plays locally for Old Belvedere RFC. Also lining out for
Belvo at club level is Jenny Murphy, who hails from Brannockstown, Naas and was also part of the 2013 Grand Slam winning team, a Member of the Irish Sevens World Cup side in Moscow 2013 and achieved All Ireland intermediate club medal with Parnell’s. M i c h e l l e C l a f f e y, Leinster’s centre, plays her club r ugby with Blackrock. Michelle
was named as Blackrock College Ladies RFC Player of the Year in the 2011-12 season and was the club’s captain of the side which claimed the All Ireland club sevens title in 2012. Entry to the home interprovincial will cost €5 adults and Under-18s go free. Directions to Ashbourne RFC can be found on their website, www.ashbournerugby. ie/?page_id=761
Reminisce about the All-Ireland year with Season of Sundays email@example.com
Jonny Cooper celebrates after the All-Ireland final
With Christmas just around the corner, GAA fans will be delighted to see the return for the 17th year of A Season of Sundays, a collection of images that captures the 2013 GAA All-Ireland season. Among those images is a selection from Dublin’s season with the senior football team featuring prominently in the book as well as the back page after their win in this year’s AllIreland football final. The coveted front cover
image this year sees All-Ireland final three-goal hero Shane O’Donnell being carried on the shoulders of his team mates as he lift’s the Liam McCarthy Cup aloft. The book captures the key moments of one of the most exciting and open hurling championships in recent times, which saw Clare’s young pretenders emerge victorious after their final replay against Cork. Pictures from Dublin’s semi-final victory over great rivals Kerry and the final itself against Mayo are captured along with other key cham-
pionship moments such as Monaghan’s first Ulster title in 25 years and London’s famous run through to the Connacht Final. The book’s creator, Ray McManus from Sportsfile, said: “A Season of Sundays is an album of memories and impressions from what has been an extremely exciting season. GAA fans will be able to relive all the great and memorable moments from the season which was filled with joy and heartbreak as well as an insight into the real spirit of
GAA which makes our national games so important to us.” Uachtaran Chumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill said: “The passing of another memorable GAA season wouldn’t be the same without the publication of a Season of Sundays and in its own unique way it brings down the curtain on another 12-month period of activity.” A Season of Sundays 2013, sponsored by Carroll’s, retails at €29.95 and is now available at bookstores nationwide and online at www.sportsfile.com.
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Ireland’s Over-40s far from over the hill
After humble beginnings at home, the Republic of Ireland Over40s team are attracting attention from soccer organisations all over Europe, and show no sign of slowing their progress so far Get on your boots and lace rob heigh firstname.lastname@example.org
The juggernaut success of the Republic Of Ireland Over-40s side is continuing unabated, and the future is looking bright for the team after their recent match against Ajax brought even more attention their way. The team line out this weekend against Derry Legends, featuring members of the League of Ireland-winning team from the 1996-7 season, including Peter Hutton, Liam Coyle and Gary Beckett at the Brandywell (KO 2pm) This is after the success
of the match at Home Farm against Ajax, with the Dutch giants bringing international star Aaron Winter as part of the side who took the field against Ireland. The side were given the approval of the FAI to be their official Over40s representative side after their initial matches against a Northern Ireland Veterans side earlier this year at Peamount FC’s Greenogue ground and a Wales representative side. As far as Mark O’Neill, spokesperson for the team and one of the initial drivers behind its creation, is concerned, the sky is the
Mark O’Neill with Ajax and Holland star Aaron Winter
limit for the team. “We came together in March this year, and people are realising that we have something at a high standard. The matches are good, and the opposition are quality. “It is getting bigger and bigger, people want to come in and play with the team.” O’Neill is keen to underline the bigger picture behind the creation of the team. “There was a television programme about mental illness and depression among players leaving the professional game. Primarily, that was what we wanted to do, to tackle the issue with the FAI and the PFAI. “The majority of professionals leave the game in their mid-30s, while some are lucky to get more continuity in the game, like Ryan Giggs or Brad Freidel. “You can see the significance of keeping these lads interested - for them to continue to lead a healthy lifestyle, and gives them a real goal and focus on staying fit and healthy, as well as on the mental side of things as well.” Proceeds from the matches have gone to cystic fibrosis and Down Syndrome Ireland. The team includes a number of well known names from the pantheon of Irish soccer, as well as players still plying their
trade across the country, including Lucan United’s Mark Rutherford. “I would say out of the squad of 20, 16 have been capped by the FAI from junior level upwards. There is an abundance of talent that have played at the highest level. Eddie Gormley and Mark
are coming from across Europe. “We have teams from all over the continent wanting to come to Dublin to play us. Our hospitality is fantastic, the Home Farm pitch we play on is magnificent. We have set a competitive standard, and we
‘We have something at a high standard. It’s getting bigger and bigger, people want to come in and play with the team’ - Mark O’Neill
Rutherford, to me, are two of the best players who ever played in the League of Ireland. “The squad also includes Liam O’Brien [former Manchester United and Newcastle United], Paul Byrne, Paul McGee, all players who have played at high levels in the Premier League, for Mick McCarthy and Jack Charlton. “We have now started to engage with more exprofessionals - like Gary Kelly, Jeff Kenna, I also spoke to Roy Keane, but his interests are elsewhere... he may do something with us in the future.” The side have also faced an Over-40s side from the Czech Republic - with Jan Koller, Ivo Ulich and Karol Rada in their ranks – and the invitations and interest
take it very seriously,” said O’Neill. “We have been invited to play in Czech Republic, and Wales, and we have been approached by Zenit St Petersburg and Legia Warsaw who want to come to Dublin to play us.” This also includes a rematch against Ajax in Amsterdam, with the possibility of the likes of Jaap Stam, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars taking to the pitch to face the Irish team. As for the future, O’Neill has high hopes that the project will extend even further. “There is a veteran’s international cup for the southern hemisphere. It has been held in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. We would be pushing to create something like that ourselves.”
up for Cappagh Hospital
Basketball Ireland are calling on all clubs in Dublin to get tied up in their Funky Feet campaign, which is a fundraising drive in association with Cappagh Hospital to assist with their Active Rehabilitation Unit. The aim of the campaign is to encourage all members of the basketball community to buy their vibrant multi-coloured Funky Feet laces, and Cappagh Hospital hopes to raise over €90,000 for their €1million Active Rehabilitation campaign through the help of the players and members of Basketball Ireland. Each €2 raised will go directly towards Cappagh Hospital’s €1 million Active Rehabilitation Unit campaign. These vibrant multi-coloured laces will look fantastic not only on basketball shoes but on trainers, football boots and even Dad’s golf shoes, so the community is being encouraged to sell them to family, friends, relatives and work colleagues. Gary Mulhall, event development manager for Cappagh Hospital Foundation, said: “Cappagh Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful for this opportunity given to us by the players, members and staff of Basketball Ireland. Their efforts are greatly appreciated and we look forward to a very successful and fruitful campaign.” Cappagh Hospital Foundation will happily deliver the laces to your club and collect the money after the event. The laces come in boxes of 45 pairs and retail at €2 per pair.
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facilities: blackrock, cuala enter new arrangement
Mountain runners honoured at Santry Members of the senior Irish women’s national team, Sarah Mulligan from Marley Park and Kate Cronin from Sutton, Dublin were recently presented with their mountain runners’ award at the 2013 National Athletics Awards, held in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. Mulligan, who runs with Dundrum South Dublin, earlier this year became became the first Irish woman to win the Snowdon mountain race and only the second Irish runner to win since John Lenihan in 1989.
DSDAC alum take honours at Dublin CC event DUNDRUM South Dublin AC had a great day’s running in Tymon Park last Sunday where, once again, the weather held up for the Dublin Cross Country Championships. The best performance of the day was the first championship gold for Rick Nally in the Under-19 boys where he led from start to finish, accompanied by Liam Fitzpatrick, as they broke away from the rest of the strong field of runners. Also winning her first championship was Niamh Carey, who just pipped Jodie McCann in the Under-15 event. McCann set a scorching pace but was soon joined by Carey and Aisling King. In the run to the line, Carey edged the win. James Maguire moved up an age
group to Under-15 and showed great promise for the future as he ran away with this older age group. Conor Halpin also had a great race, just losing second place near the finish line. The Under-17 and 19 girls was a combined race with Emer Fitzpatrick having her best result so far this year, with a comprehensive second place, moving up from Under-16. In the Under-19 category, Nicole Kenny raised her competitive level once again, as she battled for the lead throughout the race. Sorcha Humphries, returning from an injury, paced her race and caught Kenny close to home. DSDAC had a very close contest in the Under-17 boys’ race, as all of the club’s athletes were led home by Christian McKenna, who got the better of Mark Gordon, Mark Molloy and Luke McCann.
Blackrock College RFC announced their agreement with Cuala GAA to allow ground-sharing of the club’s Stradbrook facility
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BLACKROCK College RFC and Cuala GAA this week confirmed they are entering a ground sharing agreement at the rugby club’s facilities at Stradbrook. A Memorandum of Understanding that will enable the development of Stradbrook as a multisport facility was signed by both clubs on Friday evening and is subject to approval by their members. T he memorandum states that, once approval is granted, Cuala will purchase the lands at the lower section of the
Stradbrook grounds. In addition, the ground sharing agreement plan will see the development of a fenced all-weather playing facility, general pitch upgrades, floodlight installation and the provision of a new gym. John Smyth, president of Blackrock College RFC said: “This agreement is in keeping with our vision to develop Stradbrook as a multisport facility and marks the beginning of a new era for Blackrock College RFC. “The rugby-only business model is not sustainable. We firmly believe that this innova-
boden at the double Keaney collects league cup after Division 1 final ballyboden St Enda’s completed a sen-
ior league and championship double last Sunday as they beat O’Toole’s 3-16 to 1-14 in the AHL division one final at Pairc Ui Mhurchu. Paul Ryan hit a massive 2-13 including a first half goal that put Boden 1-9 to 0-8 ahead at the break. He thrashed home a free to extend the lead while skipper Conal Keaney completed the win with his side’s third goal.
tive initiative will support the future development of both clubs.” Peadar McAdam, chairman of Cuala, added: “T his agreement has the potential to develop a world class sports centre, and with inter club sharing agreements, will deliver the facilities including a support network that is required to ensure both codes can continue to grow and perform at the highest levels. It opens up the facility to a much larger community of members and will only serve to promote sport amongst our youth”. Blackrock’s current
membership totals 1,200 consisting of players, coaches, associate and life members. They also operate one of the largest mini-rugby programs in Ireland. The club’s men’s first team compete the AIL Division 1B and their ladies first team are in AIL Division 1. Blackrock had previously agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with Avoca Hockey Club, who are currently based in Newpark school on Newtownpark Avenue, at committee level with a view to ground and clubhouse sharing. Howe ve r, Avo c a
withdrew from this agreement when they were made aware that Blackrock were considering another potential arrangement. The hockey club are continuing to look for a partner to help them achieve the objectives of their five-year plan which includes provision for a new clubhouse. Cuala, meanwhile, had grown to almost 2,000 people consisting of players, mentors, coaches and social members. At adult level, both senior hurlers and senior footballers play at the top championship level.
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Ballinteer claim promotion after victory firstname.lastname@example.org
BALLINTEER St John’s were promoted to AHL Division 1 last Sunday as they saw off Naomh Fionnbarra 1-21 to 2-12 at Marlay Park, winning their AHL2 playoff tie last weekend in extra time. Half-time ended 1-3 to 0-4 in Finbar’s favour but scores from Aodhan
Clabby, Cian Dolan and Peter O’Curry kept Ballinteer in the mix, just a point behind. But Finbar’s added another goal with a quarter of the game remaining for what looked to be a crucial score in the grand scheme of things. It helped them build a 2-7 to 0-9 lead. Ballinteer rallied,
though, and Clabby clipped another couple of scores as his side landed the next four points to bring the tie level. The visitors clipped a point with two minutes left but a fine free from Clabby sent the game into extra time, locked at 2-8 to 0-14, though Finbar’s were reduced to 14 men.
After an initial exchange of scores, Ballinteer went from strength to strength with Clabby, Fearghal Duffy and Ferghal Chambers eking out a three-point lead. And the killer goal came late on when Duffy flicked over the Finbar’s keeper’s head to grab a goal and a six-point victory.
football: drogheda trip ends in draw for inters
Club Noticeboard ballyboden st enda’s Congratulations to the senior hurlers who beat O’Toole’s, 3-16 to 1-14, in the league final last week-
their championship quarter-final. The hurling AGM is on December 10. All welcome.
end. Paul Ryan ended up with 2-13 of
Operation Transformation will
the total. This was their final game
return to our screens in early Jan-
of the season. Their impressive
uary and Ballyboden will be there.
haul for the season now includes
Anyone interested in joining us?
the championship, league, Leinster league and the All-Ireland sevens.
Pick your Operation Leader when they are announced and follow them
The junior A hurlers had a fine win
with us or would anyone like to take
over Scoil Ui Chonaill to reach the
part in a Couch to 5km plan? Inter-
ested? Contact Nuala at ntdundon@
Well done to the U-21 hurlers on a two-point win over St Vincent’s in
gmail.com. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
ballinteer st john’s A massive well done to the Senior hurl-
Bingo is on every Monday night in
ers on the promotion to Division 1. Well
the clubhouse; starts at 8pm and all
done to all players and management.
are welcome for a great night’s enter-
There was no winner of last week’s
Lotto draw for €11,000. There was also
The function room is available on
no winner of the second jackpot of
Saturday, December 14 for a night-
Tickets are available online at www.
Please book that special function
ballinteerstjohns.com or from the
in 2014 in your clubhouse now to avoid
wanderers The Naomh Olaf intermediate footballers were pegged back over the closing stages against Geraldine’s
Wanderers GAA invites applications
reminded to ensure they are fully
for men’s junior football manage-
paid up ASAP, contact John for
ment for 2014. Applications to club
details on 087 905 8568.
Olafs to battle again after draw in final
chairman John Boyle c/o St Colm-
All new pla yers welcome. For
cille’s Junior National School, Idrone
first team, please contact John for
Avenue, Knocklyon, Dublin 16. Closing
details on 086 811 8372 and for sec-
date Friday, December 6.
ond team please contact Mark on
leinster IFC final
should be passed to Gary Keogh on
Naomh Olaf 1-12 Geraldine’s 2-9 (AET) email@example.com
NAOMH Olaf will have to do it all over after they were pegged back both in normal and extra time of their AIB Leinster Club IFC final in Drogheda last Sunday. They had led going down the closing stretch of both periods only for Jim McEneaney to emerge from the bench to score crucial late points, tying the game up in normal time after being introduced from
the bench. He duly scored again in extra-time to bring the sides level and send the game to a replay which will be played next Sunday in Parnell Park. In normal time, Olaf’s made the dream start when Dublin senior panellist David Byrne combined with Eoin Kinsella – who overcame a toe injury to line out - to goal and by the interval the Sandyford men led 1-4 to 1-3. Olaf’s extended their advantage through Fergal McCann after the restart, but first-half goal-scorer Glen Trainor
wrestled the lead back seconds later, finishing a much trickier chance low to the keeper’s right to make it 2-3 to 1-5. McEneaney’s first score extended Geraldines’ lead to two, but Naomh Olaf rallied impressively as points from Brian Begley (two), Eoin Christian and McCann opened a two-point cushion with six minutes left on the clock. Begley ended up with 0-4 to his name while Fearghal Purcell scored three in the first half before he was substituted.
But Geraldine’s goal hero Trainor pulled one back, before McEneaney equalised in the second minute of injury-time. R e d u c e d t o 14 men following Conor Haskins straight red card two minutes from the end, Naomh Olaf were returned to the full complement in extratime and they again forged two clear scoring chances in the dying minutes. However, McEneaney – a Louth county panellist – kept his cool over a couple of late frees to earn Geraldine’s a second bite at the cherry.
Preseason training dates will be supplied soon.
087 673 2628 or Damian on 086 863 2565.
The full AGM takes place on Thurs-
Ladies team invite all new players
day, December 12 at 8pm in Frank
to join the club, for further details
please contact Louise on 086 833
All motions and nominations 086 833 0433. Set dancing classes resume this Wednesday at 8.30pm in the club, all standards welcome. Fitness classes for all continue in
3587. Juvenile U-11 and U-13 teams are looking for new players and all newcomers are welcome. Contact Gabby on 087 244 4444. If you would like a match report or photos submitted to the website
the clubhouse each Tuesday night,
or press, please contact Stephen on
see club website for details.
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 086 048
All pla yers and members are
naomh olaf Our intermediate footballers drew
great Christmas present and is avail-
with Geraldine’s after extra time in
able behind the bar.
an absorbing Leinster final on Sun-
The Garda band played a great con-
day. The replay will take place in Par-
cert in the clubhouse on Wednesday
nell Park at 2pm this Sunday.
last. A great night was had by all. Well
A limited number of the book Treasured Memories are still available, members who have not yet purchased it are asked to do so.It is a
done to the organisers and the local school choirs that participated. Tickets for the Christmas draw are on sale now.
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