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IT’S amazing what some children can rustle up with a few straws, some pebbles, paper and cardboard. While most of their peers might cobble together a lopsided model of a castle with such materials, some industrious pupils at Harold’s Boys National School devised their own proposal for the future of Dun Laoghaire Baths. And, as previously reported by the Gazette, their impressive plan has already caught the eye of several interested local figures and politicians.

DLR waters score well in EPA report Killiney, Seapoint amongst ‘good’ bathing areas

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BATHING waters in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have got the thumbs-up in the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on the quality of bathing water in Ireland. The report shows that the

quality of Ireland’s bathing waters is high, with 97% of designated bathing areas meeting the EU mandatory standards, classed as being of “sufficient” water quality status. In addition, 90% of bathing waters, including those at Killiney and Seapoint, met higher-guideline standards, and

have been classed as being of “good” status in the report. “We hope all visitors to beaches can enjoy good-quality bathing water, and clean facilities, knowing that their health and the environment are protected,” said Dr Mark Kelly, EPA director general. Full Story on Page 4


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ROW: CLLR RESIGNS ARTS ROLE

CRAFTS Time running out to visit ‘pop-up’ shop

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LABOUR politician Richard Humphreys has resigned from the board of the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. Councillor Humphreys said he wanted to see a comprehensive review of the governance of the theatre, which is owned and funded by DLRCC. He said: “The Pavilion Theatre Company is operating in a very unsatisfactory fashion, and I believe that it is a dysfunctional body.”

Review Cllr Humphreys said he wanted to see a comprehensive review of the corporate governance of the company, to be carried out by a consultant appointed by the council. He also called for term limits for all members of the board to be implemented, and said that noone should serve for more than five years. He also wants to see a review of the reporting by the director, and the level of planning and information flows to the board, in line with the Arts Council’s guidelines on the governance of arts administration bodies. When contacted by the Gazette in relation to this story, DLRCC said: “The council does fund the Pavilion Theatre, but only leases the Theatre. That is our only statement on the matter at the moment.”

The assembled jewellers whose work is on sale and on display at a special “pop-up” shop in Dun Laoghaire and, inset, some of their works

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A NEW “pop-up” shop is bringing the work of local jewellery designers direct to Dun Laoghaire – but only for this month, with the store set to close at the end of April. Adding a dash of exclusivity to their display and sale of work, the pop-up shop that celebrates the work of 15 talented jewellery designers and makers will close on April 31. The jewellery designers are all members of the DLR Jewellery Designers group, and this is the first time that their work has been collectively exhibited

to members of the public. For the entire month of April, visitors to the Park House popup shop in Dun Laoghaire will be able to browse and buy collections from Ali Nash, Aisling Smith, Cormac Cuffe, Laragh McMonagle, Melanie Hand, John Condron, Dawn Mulholland, Ruzica Ruane, Rebeka Kahn, Hollie Blakeney, Vivien Walsh, Mary Varilly, Shanna Saliba Steele, Mette O’Connor and Patrick Shannon. The special exhibition and shop is being co-ordinated by the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board (DLRCEB), as part of a wider Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

County Council pilot initiative. The initiative is also supported by the Crafts Council of Ireland, as part of their activities in 2011 to mark the Year of Craft. In addition to selling their own collections, the jewellery designers were invited by the local enterprise board to create a bespoke, signature piece for the shop, under the theme of The Heart between the Mountains and the Sea, reflecting their love for the county, and incorporating the county motto. Discussing the outlet, Georgina Sweetnam, assistant CEO with the DLRCEB, said: “The

exhibition and shop is an important enterprise support for the region’s jewellery makers, giving the public an opportunity to see the skill, design approach and creative input that goes into every hand-made piece. “Every ring, every bracelet and every piece is locally designed and produced here by the 15 jewellery makers. “In addition to being a model of cooperation between all the public sector bodies involved, the pop-up shop encourages customers to shop local by supporting local businesses in the area,” she said. The Park House pop-up shop

is located on Upper George’s Street, just opposite the main entrance to the People’s Park in the town. During this month, the store opens its doors seven days a week, from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday. Full profiles and product photography for each of the 15 jewellery designers can be viewed online at www.dlrjewellerydesigners.ie. The pilot pop-up shop scheme is a Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council initiative, and further information is also available at www. dlrcoco.ie.

PEOPLE: LOCAL CHILDREN’S OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD EXCITEMENT AT MEETING

Russian cosmonaut visits Dun Laoghaire RUSSIAN cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko was in Dun Laoghaire last week to mark the 50th

anniversar y of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight. He was joined by local school children and dignitaries, who attended the event held in Dun Laoghaire’s County Hall, which was jointly

organised by the Children’s Hope charity and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC), with the assistance of The Russian Alliance, the Russian Embassy and Dunsink Observatory.

Kornienko, who works as an engineer with the International Space Station, told guests of his adventures in space, having spent six months on board the International Space Station between April and September, 2010. Children from the Patrician Centre for children with disabilities in Holy Child, Sallynoggin, were amongst the attendees invited by the Dublinbased Children’s Hope charity, which helps children from disadvantaged areas to have fun through the use of the internet

and other technologies. Speaking at the event, Councillor Lettie McCarthy, An Cathaoirleach, DLRCC, said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mr Kornienko here today. “The fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight is an occasion worthy of celebration, and having a modern-day cosmonaut with us gives everyone here a wonderful insight into the wonders of space travel,” she said. Alison McNamara, founder of the Children’s Hope charity, said: “Hav-

ing so many children here today is very special. For them to be able to listen to and ask questions of a cosmonaut is something they won’t forget in a long time. “The aim of Children’s Hope is to give kids that don’t have access to the latest technologies the support and access they may not normally receive. “I can think of no better example as to how far we can go when we fix our minds to pushing the boundaries than exploring the wonders of space,” she said.


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PEOPLE Local is determined to achieve her goals

Suspect package disrupts services

MS can’t stop Mary following her dreams ... Q STAFF REPORTER dunlaoghaire@gazettegroup.com

A BLACKROCK woman was chosen this week as one of six winners in a competition for people with multiple sclerosis, which offers them the opportunity to attain a personal goal, objective or dream. Mary McKeon, winner of the 1 Thing competition, was diagnosed with MS eight years ago, and says she realised her dream by starting singing lessons and voice training with Foxrock-based vocal coach and singing teacher, Joanna Campbell Griffin. Speaking to the

Gazette, McKeon said her diagnosis of MS had brought “mixed blessings”. “It made me appreciate life and opened new doors, even as old ones closed. It’s about balance; conserving energy for truly important things and resting for big events, because participating is the priority.

Knowledge “A major blessing is the increasing knowledge about MS, bringing modern treatments that help me to live my life,” she said. “My ‘1 Thing’ would be to get singing lessons or training to hold a tune

and strengthen my voice against the effects of MS, maybe even find my ‘voice’ and confidence again,” said McKeon. Anne Winslow, chief executive, MS Ireland, said: “MS Ireland was very proud to partner with Biogen Idec on the 1 Thing initiative. “We thoroughly enjoyed reading the entries, and it was extremely difficult to pick six winners when so many of the entries were worthy of winning. “The six winners all illustrated that they are living positively with MS, and are meeting the challenges the condition presents to them. “This year is MS Ire-

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Blackrock woman Mary McKeon was chosen as a winner of the 1 Thing competition by impressing judges with her determination to live life to the full despite her MS

land’s 50th anniversary, and we particularly want to pay tribute to people with MS and their families. We are delighted, as always, to help those affected by MS by providing services such as

our individual and family support and our MS care centre,” she said. Four people were involved in the judging of the competition, comprising a neurologist, a representative from MS

Ireland, a representative from Biogen Idec’s medical department and a well-known Irish personality. The judges agreed on the six winners from a shortlist of 20 finalists.

RAIL services resumed this week following a security alert after a suspect package was discovered on the Dart line near Dun Laoghaire. The scene was declared safe, and what is understood to have been a viable device was taken away by the army bomb disposal unit for further examination. Rail services between Dun Laoghaire and the city centre were disrupted for several hours, following the discovery of the package. A number of roads were also closed, but were later re-opened.

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REPORT: LATEST RESULTS FROM EPA ARE GOOD

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BATHING waters in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have scored highly in the latest Environment Protection Agency (EPA) report on the quality of bathing water in Ireland, which was launched this week by Environment Minister, Phil Hogan. The report showed that the quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains high, with 97% of designated bathing areas meeting the EU mandatory standards, and classed as being of “sufficient” water quality status. In addition, 90% of bathing waters, including those at Killiney and Seapoint, met higher guideline standards, and have been classed as being of “good” status in the report. Both areas also complied with the Faecal Streptocci Guide value. The EPA said this is an 8% increase, compared to the previous bathing season. Commenting on the findings of the report, Dr Mark Kelly, EPA director general, said: “There has been an overall improvement in bathing water quality in Ireland in the 2010 season. “While some of this is attributable to the dry summer of 2010, the EPA

is confident that measures taken to implement the Water Framework Directive – including licensing of Urban Waste Water Treatment Plants by the EPA – are playing their part in making those improvements.” However, Dr Kelly said that stricter standards for bathing water will be introduced under legislation, which means that greater effort will be needed to ensure that bathing waters are “clean and fit for the people of Ireland to swim in”. At total of 131 designated bathing areas, comprising 122 seawater and nine freshwater areas, were monitored throughout the 2010 bathing season. Results of the EPA monitoring of bathing water can be found on the website at www.bathingwater.ie, which also gives information on the compliance history of each bathing area, details of its Blue Flag status, the current weather and tidal information, along with aerial photography. “We hope that all visitors to Irish beaches can enjoy good-quality bathing water, and clean, modern facilities, knowing that their health and the environment are protected,” said Dr Kelly.

Well red girls at Easons: Celebrating the opening of popular retailer’s new outlet EASONS celebrated moving into their brand-new premis-

es at Marine Road recently with a great family fun day, which saw all manner of exciting events laid on for the community to enjoy. Joining Sarah Doyle and Ann Wade, branch manager, F4 104 girls Lauren Connolly, Eleanor McAree and

Sinead Mitchell helped to keep the fun moving along, as Easons marked the official opening of the new, two-floor store, which offered a 10% discount on everything for the day – an initiative which was hardly needed, given the store’s attractive range of books, magazines, stationary, cards and art materials, as well as a Costa Coffee outlet.

Optician can see the value of AIB initiative AFTER opening seven years ago, Eye Contact Opticians has become one of south Dublin’s leading and specialised optician service providers. Founded by Dr Brenda McGrath, a former lecturer at the Department of Optometry in DIT Kevin Street, the opticians recently took part in AIB Cornelscourt’s initiative to promote small- and medium-sizes-businesses in the area. McGrath told the Gazette she was delighted to be approached by the bank to take part in the initiative. “I went along to a smalland medium-business enterprise meeting at the

Dr Brenda McGrath of Eye Contact Opticians with AIB’s Sandy Doyle and Terri McGeary

bank and, at that event, they approached me and asked if I would be interested in taking part and, of course, we were delighted to do that. “It’s going very well, and we have managed to increase our profile. We have taken on a few new customers, and it has

given us the opportunity to advertise the different things we do,” says McGrath, whose display will be at AIB until the end of April. Discussing AIB Cornelscourt’s commitment to supporting business, Sandy Doyle, branch manager, said: “Our local

business showcase offers our business customers the opportunity to display their goods and services within the branch. “We have run four of these business showcases so far this year, and each has received very positive feedback from those that have taken part.”

With a PhD in contact lenses, this is just one of the specialised services her company offers, along with colour testing and supplying industrial glasses for safety eyeware. Amongst the contracts her company has is providing colour testing for FAS Ireland, and for merchant seamen. McGrath says her opticians differs to others by offering a very personalised service. “We are a small set-up. I am the only optician there so, if someone comes in for an eye exam or a contact lens fitting, I would be the person that they would see.” To contact Eye Contact Opticians, call 01 284 5646.


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DINING A warm welcome at the Sunshine Cafe

EDUCATION: SERVICE

Dyslexia course for kids

The Sunshine Cafe presents a range of delicious options for Dun Laoghaire’s foodies, thanks to its range of imaginative Mediterranean and traditional Irish foods

Brightening up local taste buds with Med-styled food Q STEVE GILLMAN dunlaoghaire@gazettegroup.com

DESPITE the depressing vista of empty commercial properties throughout Dun Laoghaire, one shop has continued to add a bit more colour to the town – the Sunshine Cafe. For three years now, the cafe has been brightening up Lower George’s Street, and it is thanks to the hard work of the two owners, husband-andwife team, Faycal and Siobhan Chelbi. Both Faycal and Siob-

han have come from a restaurant background, and they have brought to their current enterprise their expertise and high standards. As you walk in under the bright, yellow exterior of the cafe, you are met by warm surroundings that could be easily mistaken for a cafe in Madrid or Milan. The Chelbis both have a passion for all things Mediterranean, which comes from their background in the restaurant trade, and this passion has been lovingly trans-

lated to the design of the Sunshine Cafe. Their food continues in a Mediterranean theme, with their char-grilled courgette, aubergine, mixed peppers, mushroom, melted Swiss cheese and basil pesto ciabatte representing some of Italy’s most famous complementary flavours. Their cannelloni, stuffed with spinach and ricotta, and topped with a tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, is another fine example of their delicious fare.

All food is freshly hand-made by the cafe’s team of chefs, who produce a range of Mediterranean-styled food for their menu. If it is too early for a sandwich or a main course, the Sunshine Cafe also offers a delicious selection for breakfast.

Range of options Options range from a typical traditional breakfast to more Mediterranean choices, such as French toast, crepes maison, and yoghurt parfait.

For those with more of a sweet tooth, there is a selection of desserts to choose from – lemon meringue pie, raspberry roulade, apple tart, lemon cheesecake and a chocolate cake are on offer, to name but a few. Everything can also be washed down by some freshly-ground coffee, or from a wide variety of teas. The cafe is also child-friendly, thanks to specially designed dishes with children in mind. The Chelbis have taken their knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine and

combined it with an Irish twist, so that their menu can accommodate the variety of needs for any customer in town. T hese days, there is tough competition for businesses in Dun Laoghaire, and especially for cafes. However, although the Sunshine Cafe opened its doors as the recession reared its ugly head, it has survived, thanks to the supportive community in the town. The cafe will, hopefully, continue to be a shining light in these dark times for Dun Laoghaire.

A SERVICE for children struggling with dyslexia and other learning difficulties is available in Walkinstown. The computer-based course is called TouchType, Read and Spell, and is being run by Marion Farrell. This course is specifically designed to develop the literacy and typing skills of children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. It teaches the children to read, spell and touch-type. During the course, the student will learn a vocabulary of 4,000 words through typing, seeing the words and sentences on screen, and hearing them on headphones.

Encouraged Children who struggle with dyslexia, or with learning difficulties, are always advised and encouraged by resource teachers and by educational psychologists to develop their typing skills, as it makes it easier to produce a volume of work when a child is able to type at a brisk speed. Bookings for after-Easter courses are now being taken – the course lasts one hour per week. There are also summer courses available in June, July and August, across five days. For further information, contact Marion Farrell on 087 774 6878, or email marionfarrell@ eircom.net.


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EXHIBITION: LAUNCH

HERITAGE Council confirms attractive additions

Mitchell opens art show

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Delighted Speaking at the event, Deputy Mitchell said she was delighted to launch what was an initiative, and to lend her support to St Michael’s House. “St Michael’s House do fantastic work in supporting people with intellectual disabilities, and I would urge anyone with an interest in art and sculpture to pay a visit to its annual art exhibition to help this great organisation in raising funds to support their services,” she said. The annual art and sculpture exhibition is running at St Michael’s House, Goatstown.

A range of new facilities are on the way for Cabinteely Park and House, further adding to the appeal of one of south Dublin’s most popular, and family-friendly, attractions

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‘[The new facilities will further] enable families to visit and spend as long as they wish to enjoy the amenities, nature and built heritage of one of Dun LaoghaireRathdown’s finest parks’

A JAPANESE courtyard and new tea rooms are to be opened at the historic Cabinteely Park and House this August, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) confirmed this week. The council, which has been restoring the existing courtyard buildings at the south Dublin estate, said the opening will also include new public access and courtyard seating. Meanwhile, new toilets and baby-changing facilities will also be opened near the car park

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entrance. Speaking to the Gazette, Les Moore, of DLRCC, said the facilities would cater for the “increasing number of visitors to Cabinteely Park and enable families to visit and spend as long as they wish to enjoy the

amenities, nature and built heritage of one of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s finest parks”. According to Moore, the rolling hills and mature woodlands of the park reflect the 18th century English landscapestyle, which favoured a

natural and picturesque interpretation of the landscape over an earlier fashion for formality. T he park consists of approximately 45 hectares, and was first opened to the public in 1982. At its heart is Cabinteely House, which was rescued from the ravages of dry rot and is now practically restored, making the best use of salvaged materials. The house is open annually to Living History tours as part of the council’s Summer of Heritage promotion. Another restored building, The Grainstore, has

been rejuvenated with a wide range of youth activities coordinated by the council’s Arts Office. In 2004, the construction of an adventure playground was completed and, says Moore, this has been a major attraction in the park. “This playground continues to attract good feedback from families for its range and variety of play opportunities,” he said. In more recent years other improvements have been carried out, such as a new avenue from the car park, aligned with the distant Killiney Hill Obelisk; new footpaths

providing circulation and access through the park, and a sculpture by a local artist, Agnes Conway, called The Theatre, was installed on the front lawn of the house. O t h e r wo r k s a n d improvements saw a pond created along the river, where resident ducks now entertain visitors; an off-leash area for dogs has been provided; new signage is at each entrance to the park, and a variety of trees have been planted to complement the existing woodland. For further information on any of the above, see www.dlrcoco.ie/parks.

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DUBLIN South Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell was on hand to get things off to a great start when she officially launched St Michael’s House annual fundraising art exhibition this week. St Michael’s House is one of Ireland’s largest providers of communitybased services for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The exhibition features paintings and sculptures by both well-established artists and up-and-coming talents, and the 2011 exhibition includes paintings and sculptures by celebrated artists such as Liam O’Neill, James English RHA, and Senan O’Brien, as well as a host of new artists.

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COMMUNITY Locals called to show their civic duty

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RESIDENTS and businesses across Dun Laoghaire are being urged to take part in this year’s TidyTowns competition. Local Fine Gael TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor this week urged locals across the constituency of Dun Laoghaire to get involved in the competition, saying: “The

Local Fine Gael TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, is calling on the community to play their part in TidyTowns 2011

TidyTowns competition for 2011 has been officially launched, and I am encouraging Dun Laoghaire locals to get involved in this unique event. “The TidyTowns competition, which is sponsored by SuperValu, is a shining example of what can be achieved through volunteering, dedication and a strong sense of civic duty. “2011 is the European

Year of Volunteering, so there is no better time to give something back to your community,” she said. “Last year, more than 760 towns and villages took part in TidyTowns, and I believe that, this year, in conjunction with Civic Responsibility Week, even more local communities will join in,” said Deputy Mitchell O’Connor. Encouraging locals to

get involved with TidyTowns in advance of the arrival of Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama, she said: “We have two very highprofile international visitors due to arrive on Irish shores next month. “The TidyTowns competition provides the perfect opportunity to ensure our towns and villages are looking their best, with the eyes of the world watching.”

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COMMUNITY Dalkey Active Retirement Association holds its

Patricia Devlin, Dolores Flynn, Grainne Neligan and Jacqueline Clarke

Retirees show their skills keep maturing RENDAN Henderson was on hand to officially open the annual exhibition of work by members of Dalkey Active Retirement Association at Our Lady’s Hall, Dalkey recently, where the members of the art group, floral art group and the garden club combined their efforts for a wonderful three-day exhibition. The popular former councillor and local

historian congratulated the members on their superb displays of work, with their sheer range of diverse skills plain to see. The annual event is a key point of the busy Association’s calendar, presenting just some of the work of its large member base. With almost 550 people in the Association, and 29 activities across a wide range of interests, the Association continues to go from strength to strength.

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Members of the Dalkey Active Retirement Association extended a warm welcome

Damien, Peter and Joy Corcoran

Brendan Henderson was The floral arrangements attracted great interest at the exhibition

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annual show of work by its art, floral art and gardening lovers

Fintan Keogh and Brendan Henderson

to their guests, which included the Dail Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett TD, right. Pictures: Peter Doyle

Madeline O’Reilly, Ita Nelson and Maurish Duggan

Mary Baneham, Violet Doris and Mary Bourke

Jacqueline Clarke and Grainne Neligan

Ann Scully and Brendan Henderson


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CHARITY Darn it, these knitters sure are kind-hearted folk

Carolyn Peare and Marion McGettrick

Suzanne Hayes, Betty Clarke and Margaret Byrne

Gill Buckley and Mary Hutchinson. Pictures: Peter Doyle

Ready, teddy, go (to delight children) GROUP of skilled knitters were wolly keen to help cheer up children in Romanian orphanages when they gathered recently to knit teddies for the Shoebox Appeal. The Dun Laoghaire ladies whipped out their knitting needles clickety-quick at the parish centre beside St Joseph’s

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church in Glasthule, where they created a colourful collection of comforting teddies to send on to the children; just the latest in a series of initiatives

Teddies came in colours and styles to suit any child

undertaken by the kind-hearted knitters, whose ages range from the young to the young at heart. New members always get a warm welcome at the group, which has many cross-stitches, and never a cross word.

Mary Pat Shaw, Glasthule Knitting Group, and Slyvia Glasthule Knitting Group members with the teddies they knitted to send to children in Romanian orphanages

One of the bright teddies

Pry, of Team Hope, who gave a presentation to the

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CHARITY: PERSONAL INSTRUCTOR TAKES PART IN LOOK WHO’S COOKING

Trainer to cook meal fit to raise charity cash A CASTLEKNOCK personal trainer is swapping his sweats for a chef’s attire, when he takes part in Look who is Cooking’ fundraising night at Wright’s Anglers Rest in aid of Concern’s Climb Kilimanjaro Challenge. Michal Rupinski, from Poland, but living in Castleknock, is preparing to take on the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2011. Michal has lived in Ireland for the last six years and has worked as a personal trainer in Educogym, Castleknock, helping hundreds of people transform their shape and change their health and wellbeing. The adventure-seeker heard about a group of people hiking in the Wicklow Mountains in preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb and he couldn’t resist joining the challenge. Killimanjaro Challenge 2011 is a challenge event organised by Action Challenge from the UK for a group of people who will be raising funds for Concern Worldwide. The group will leave Ireland on June 23 this year and should reach the summit on June 29, after a five-day trek. “I only signed up for the challenge in January this year and, thanks to huge support of people that I know, I have already raised over €3,500 through different events like cake sales, school talks and others. Literally everybody I was talking to offered support in one way or another, and I want to thank them all,” Michal said. Two schools played huge role in his fundraising campaign. St Benedict’s school in Ongar has organised a non-uniform day and Michal was invited to give a talk to 377 children and showed

them some of the equipment he is going to need for the climb. In the same week, St Bridget’s School in Glasnevin had a cake sale day, and Michal visited the school a few days later to show the children a short movie about Kilimanjaro. Now Michal has teamed up with Theresa Rocca, who has organised many fundraising events in the area, to host have a Look Who’s Cooking night at Anglers Rest-Wright’s Venue, Chapelizod, which was voted the best seafood bar and restaurant 2010 in Ireland, on April 28. Entertainment

The price for the tickets is €60 and will include a three-course menu, with wine tasting, chosen and cooked by Michal and entertainment by Robert O’Connor, a local talented musician who will be performing songs from his new album. There will be an opportunity to hear a speaker from Concern talking about the charity’s work in Tanzania, and the highlight of the night will be a raffle in which some amazing prizes can be won. Tickets are available online at www.theanglersrest.ie or in Educogym Castleknock. All proceeds go to Concern. Amongst the businesses that offered support is the fast-growing personal training studio, Educogym, Castleknock,where Michal and his colleagues have trained and advised hundreds of people on proper training and nutrition. Michal says: “If I wasn’t working in Educogym, it would be extremely difficult for me to raise funds because it was my clients who gave the most support to my fundraising campaign.”

TRIATHLON Focus Ireland aims to raise over

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CAROLINE Morahan and David McSavage got geared up last week to encourage new and experienced triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon. The event aims to raise over €100,000 in vital funds to help the charity continue its work to combat and prevent homelessness in Ireland. This year is the seventh annual Focus Ireland Triathlon which takes place on Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin’s Southside on Sunday, July 31. The event has raised over €490,000 since it was first held back in 2005. The €100,000 Focus Ireland hopes to raise through the event this year is urgently needed to fund its work supporting over 5,500

people through its homeless services each year. Focus Ireland Celebrity Ambassador, Caroline Morahan, who has been supporting the charity for a number of years said: “Focus Ireland desperately needs to raise the vital funds through their Fundraising Triathlon to support the demand for their services across the country. There are many many people out there who have recently lost their job, have had their income reduced and have been struggling to pay their mortgage or rent. “I have heard from Focus Ireland staff on the ground that many people at risk of losing their home are now coming to the charity for help, and Focus Ireland has been doing fantastic work to prevent many of these individuals and families from becoming homeless.

Caroline Morahan and David McSavage are encouraging new and experienced

Without funding, Focus Ireland would not be in a position to provide this much-needed support. Taking part in this triathlon is a fun and rewarding way to reach out a hand to help.” Latest estimates show in the region of 120,000 households on social housing waiting lists nationwide and, earlier this year, the charity carried out an Ipsos MRBI poll which found that nearly one in ten people believe they will become homeless. Focus Ireland works directly with people who are at risk of becoming homeless to prevent them from losing their home. The charity also

works through its services to support people who are currently homeless to help them get back on their feet and in to a home - with support if required - so they don’t run the risk of becoming homeless again in the future. C o m e d i a n , D av i d McSavage said: “I would urge ever yone, from beginner to experienced triathletes, to sign up and get training for this fun event. The event attracts many triathletes every year but I would also encourage newcomers to this type of event to give it a go. What a massive achievement it would be to complete this challenge for the first time, but also to play your part in raising these vital funds and making a difference.” The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon can be completed by anyone over the age of 18, from first-timers to experienced triathletes. The event consists of a 750m, or 350m, swim in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a 20km cycle on closed roads and a 5km run along the East Pier. Teams of three can also

take part in the event with one team member completing the swim, one the cycle and one the run. Focus Ireland needs 500 people to take part this year. Race entry fee is €80 for an individual and €240 for a team of three. Focus Ireland will provide participants with a fundraising pack and online fundraising tools to help them raise whatever they can beyond the registration fee. How much each person decides to fundraise is up to them, but a suggested amount is €150 per individual and €300 per team. Focus Ireland said that they are grateful for all sponsorship, no matter how little or large, and their events team will be on hand to help with fundraising. The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon is sponsored by Dublin’s Q102 and supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour, DLR Council, DLR Sports Partnership, Dun Laoghaire Tourism and the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Registration is now open on line at www. focusireland.ie


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€100,000 in vital funds to help continue its work

triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon which is a fun way to lending a helping hand for a great cause

THEATRE

Story of love and betrayal A CAST of great actors, including Dave Duffy from Fair City, star in Spanish poet Lorca’s Blood Wedding, showing in the Project Arts Centre at the moment. Set in1928 in the Spanish province of Almeria, a young bride abandons her husband-to-be on the morning of her wedding to elope with her childhood sweetheart. With the town up in arms, the young lovers are hunted down with terrifying consequences. Directed by Ronnie McCann, this is a true story set to an original score, with a cast of over 20 actors. Running up to April 30, Blood Wedding is a meaty story including love, betrayal, marriage, affairs, murder and plenty of action. It is showing in the Projects Art Centre and tickets cost just €15. Phone 01 8819613 for tickets.


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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: THINK TWICE ABOUT PURCHASING A FURRY/FEATHERY EASTER GIFT

Novelty pets are a costly mistake HE Easter season brings about consumerism in abundance, with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, desperate to find that something different for little relatives. Now, we all know that most kids probably already have way too much stuff, but the good weather somehow dic-

T Consider all of the facts, figures and care that goes with owning a pet

tates that we need more. Ah sure, they can just discard the old stuff they got at Christmas and if that old stuff is a pet, ie a dog that gets too big, a rabbit that gets too messy, a chick that gets too noisy, then sure everyone knows there’s always the good old Dublin SPCA animal shelter where they can show up and discard their unwanted, unloved animal.Right? Yes, you read it correctly, some people actually believe an animal is a disposable commodity that they can purchase and then dump at a shelter, when and where they darn well choose. Wrong! That is why, this week, I’m going to appeal to readers not to get live chicks and rabbits for their kiddies as Easter gifts. If you wish to get that special little munchkin in your life an innovative gift that doesn’t involve chocolate, then great. But do not give an animal. Yes, I know, you had great intentions when you purchased that furry/ feathery little cutie, but you didn’t take into consideration all the facts, figures and care that goes with it, did you? Let’s face it, young and adorable though chicks and bunnies may be, they rapidly mature into adult pets and sometimes parents don’t realise the commitment required

to take care of them. I mean, we’re talking lifelong care and attention here. These animals have very specific needs, and cannot be relegated to a little cardboard box or hutch at the bottom of the garden and left to their own devices. Novelty pets

Did you know that last Easter the Dublin SPCA received a large number of calls concerning unwanted so-called “novelty pets”, because irresponsible parents/ aunts/grandparents etc., had given them to children, who quickly lost interest or were incapable of caring for their needs? This forced me to wonder if some people, wrongly and inhumanely, regard these creatures as throwaway pets. You see, as an animallover, I consider my dogs members of my family, and continuously struggle to comprehend why some people contribute to a culture that views them as disposable, easily replaceable items. I would like to believe that the majority of pets are sheltered, loved, cherished and protected. Unfortunately, the fact we rescued over 4,400 animals last year tells me that many pets are facing a harsh, cruel existence – confused because the humans they loved and adored have now aban-

doned them, and they don’t understand what it is they did wrong. Yes, appallingly, some of these animals have even been released into the wild resulting in their deaths from starvation, exposure or predation by other animals. If you are thinking of bringing a pet into your home this Easter, then please, I urge you to first do an assessment. Make sure your family has the means and the ability to take care of this animal. Consider your lifestyle – ask yourself if you’re fully committed to taking on an animal that will live for up to 15 years, possibly more. Talk to us at the Dublin SPCA and let us equip you with specific knowledge and information regarding such a pet, or speak to your local veterinarian. Bleak

Please don’t get an animal if all you can offer him is a bleak future being treated like a piece of unwanted rubbish. I mean, do you want to be the one who breaks the news to your little darling that her pet rabbit/chick has been callously discarded because you, the parent, made a bad decision? PS! If you’re stuck for an Easter gift idea and want to support the work we do here at Ireland’s oldest and largest animal rescue shelter, then why not sponsor a pet in your child’s name from The Dublin SPCA. Now, there’s an innovative, humane and compassionate gift! For more information, log onto www.dspca.ie or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie


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THEATRE Amusing take on city’s Northside/Southside Divide

A tale of 13,000 taxis, 3 scousers and a city divided Q LAURA WEBB news@gazettegroup.com

THE Northside-Southside divide is about to explode, with new comedy theatre getting ready to blow audiences away with its humorous take on Dublin’s divide in Blow up the Liffey Bridges, starring Fade Street’s Vogue Williams in her theatre debut. The tale of 13,000 taxis, three scousers and a city divided comes from the producers of the smashhit, One Night in Istanbul. The amusing take on Dublin’s Nor thsideSouthside divide stars Vogue Williams (Fade Street) in her first theatre role. She debuts along-

side Hollyoaks’ heartthrob, Kent Riley, and Emmet Kirwan, of RTE’s Sarah and Steve, in the show that sees a battle between rival taxi firms, one northside and one southside, declare war on each other. Cup of tea

Speaking to the Gazette this week, Vogue says the hilarious show is not only reaching out to avid theatre-goers, but also those who may not think theatre is their cup of tea will really enjoy the show. “When I saw the script, I thought it was so funny. I read it again last night and there are so many mentions of people in the public eye over here,

it is actually hilarious. That is what I love about it, people who are avid theatre-goers, will love the comedy. “I know all my friends are going to love it and it is something that, if I wasn’t in it, I would definitely come and see it myself. It is reaching out to normal theatre goers, but also to others who might not think the theatre is for them; this is just for everyone. “I play Molly Carol, a taxi cab owner. She is a little bit snobby. She is from the Southside, midthirties, a bit snobby and into the men as well. She wants to basically take over Dublin – and why not?” she laughed. With the show being

Model and Actress Vogue Williams, Actor Emmet Kirwan and Actress Cora Fenton pictured on the Samuel Beckett Bridge over the Liffey Dublin

her first starring role in theatre, the 23-year-old is naturally “a little nervous” but “excited” at the same time about her new venture. A DJ, model, star of reality TV show, Fade Street, and now theatre actress, there seems to be no stopping the young starlet. But, for Vogue, there is no one job she

would like to stick to. “I love everything in their own right. Modelling has a shelf-life but, with acting and DJing, it doesn’t have a shelf life, but I couldn’t choose one if I had to. I am so lucky that I get to do them all.” Proud to be a Northsider herself, Vogue said that being from Howth is

a little “northside/southside”. Asked if she had any regrets starring in reality TV show Fade Street, Ireland’s answer to American hit docu-drama show, The Hills, she said: “I don’t regret it at all. It was just great and it led onto me doing this play, so I am delighted I did

it.” Blow up the Liffey Bridges is showing at the Grand Canal Theatre, Docklands, Dublin 2 from May 16 until Saturday, May 21. Tickets are on-sale now through Ticketmaster.ie Log onto www.grandcanaltheatre.ie for further info.


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HE GAZET TE has always been proud to bring the best in local news, sports, features and pictures to the community for over seven years. Week after week, we strive to bring relevent, exciting coverage in a format that appeals to our readers every time they pick up their weekly copy from a local self-select point. This week, the Gazette is excited to announce that our website, having gone through an amazing transformation, is now live and ready for our loyal readers to enjoy. The new, and vastly improved, site offers our printed edition online, with full and complete access to a digital version of the paper every Thursday. There is no charge for this service, no registration, no subscription - just the complete Gazette newspaper in digital form for your enjoyment. Speaking about the launch of the site, the Gazette Group’s webmaster and sports editor, Rob Heigh, was delighted with the achievement. “This is the next stage in the evolution of Gazette Group Newspapers. Having just celebrated our seventh anniversary, the time is right to enhance our online presence and give our readers a new experience of reading and interacting with the Gazette,” Rob said. “All of the major stories from each

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Top prize for hot idea Pictured at the annual Student Synergy Awards in ITT Dublin, are Pat McLaughlin (ITT Dublin President), James Tucker, Bernard Lawless and Michael Carmody of Ultra-Therm, and Loman O’Byrne (CEO South Dublin County Enterprise Board). Ultra-therm were the first prize winners of the competition that encourages full-time students to develop innovative business ideas for new products or services. Ultra-therm is a system that regulates energy usage in domestic heating by using a series of sensors operated by a main control panel. Ultra-therm will minimize fuel bills, energy consumption and benefit the environment.

Voting for heroes in their hundreds A CAMPAIGN to give Unsung Heroes a chance to shine for the work they contribute to the community is getting a terrific response just weeks after it was launched. Blanchardstown and Finglas Ford came up with a community initiative that not only recognises outstanding citizens for their work, but also gives donations to charities of their choice. The Dublin company is hoping to raise €150,000 for different community groups and charities in a campaign, with 40% of money raised going to the D15 St. Francis Hospice. So far, eight candidates from across north Dublin have been entered into the campaign, including Dr. Danny Bell, founder of Friendly Call Service D15; The Leaders of the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scout Group; GAA star Paddy Christie; Ellen Gogavin, operational bed manager at Connolly Hospital and president of Dunboyne/K ilbride SVP; Mick Lynch, founder of Castleknock GAA club; Valerie Murphy, scout leader for East Finglas Scouts; Margaret O’Donnell of WFTA; and Fr. Dan Joe O’Mahony for his work with the St. Francis Hospice in Blan-

DIARY chardstown. Hundreds of votes have been received, and the leader board at the start of the week scored Ellen Cogavin in first place with 29%; Margaret O’Donnell with 24% and the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scouts securing 22% so far. However, the number of nominated candidates is continuing to rise and the organisers behind the campaign say heroes entered in the campaign could rise to about 40 as the closing date for entering an Unsung Hero is not until April 22, when the full list of Heroes entered will be announced. Delighted with the response, managing director at Ford Finglas, Enda O’Connor, said: “There has been a very generous response from corporate companies regarding donations to the campaign. People can still enter their nominees and they are put up on the website as soon as we get the nominee.” To cast your vote for your favourite unsung hero, or to enter a candidate, log onto www. unsunghero.ie. The top ten heroes go on to the final on May 20.

Barry’s more app-ealling BARRY’S Tea has recently launched an iPhone App that allows the user to send personalised postcards around the world. Tea fans capture their golden moment using their iPhone camera, and Barry’s Tea does the rest – producing tailor-made postcards, complete with personalised notes, and posting it to friends and family. Anyone in need of some cha can even find their nearest cup of Barry’s by using the Fancy A Cup Google Map feature. To download the app, go to the iTunes App store, Like Barry’s Tea on Facebook www.facebook.com/barrystea or www.twitter.com/barrysteatweets

Last call... PETMANIA are reminding dogs and their owners that the National Dog Walk 2011 will take place on Easter Monday at 2pm, raising vital funds for the Carers Association of Ireland. Registration is just €5 for an individual (plus dog) or €10 for a family. To register, visit www.nationaldogwalk.ie or drop into any Petmania store or Carers Association office.


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where2shop Your guide to

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the best local Easter shopping in Dublin

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Over 100 million customers flock to Town Centre DUNDRUM Town Centre opened its doors six years ago and since then, over 100 million customers have visited the Centre, and over 35 national and international awards have been won by Ireland’s biggest shopping centre. In the past 12 months the Centre has seen 12 new openings, including Inglot, Pink, Fast-Fix, Paddy Power, Bella Baby, The Star Newspaper, Early Learning Centre, Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant, Teddy’s Ice Cream and Grill, China Buffet King, Out of the Blue Interiors and The Port House. Wagamama – the renowned noodle chain, a firm favourite with Leinster rugby players, opens its doors for business in the coming weeks and one of the world’s best-known labels will soon be announced as a Dundrum Town Centre tenant. Last year over €100,000 worth of prizes were given to Dundrum Town Centre customers and 2011 will be

no different. Only last week one lucky couple from Bray, Co Wicklow, won a €10,000 wedding at Brook Lodge & Wellness Spa at the Dundrum Town Centre Wedding Experience. With over 120 shops and 38 restaurants, 3,400 parking spaces, 12 cinemas, a theatre and creche, Dundrum Town Centre continues to lead the way in retail excellence. Don Nugent, Dundrum Town Centre Director, said: “The key success at Dundrum Town Centre over the past six years lies, for me, in the stores’ and restaurants’ commitment to our customers ensuring that each and every time that they visit they enjoy the very best shopping and leisure experience.” To ensure that these high standards are maintained the Centre hosts a Retailer and Restaurant of the Year awards. Last month, Hugo Boss and Siam Thai were announced the two winners for 2010.

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UMMER’S back and it’s time for a change, so pack away those khaki neutrals and embrace this season’s latest fashion trends at your local Heatons Store. The great thing about summer fashion is the chance to enjoy bright colours and prints – embrace them and bring them into your wardrobe to rejuvenate and update your current favourite looks. Heatons’ summer 2011 collection provides versatile women’s fashions, catering for every body shape and size during the 2011 summer season. Comfortable cottons, printed jerseys and chic chiffons run throughout this must-have, quality, and importantly affordable range. This season, besides bright colours and patterns there are also great long and free-flowing lines that pay homage to the best silhouettes of the 70s.

Jump suit FAR from being a one-season wonder the jumpsuit is fast on it’s way to becoming a wardrobe classic. It can look smart or relaxed and, this season at Heatons, it comes in various seventies-esque incarnations – one-shouldered, v-necked and wide-legged. The leopard jumpsuit (€37.50) from Heatons will score extra 70s’ fashion points. The v-neck jumpsuit is a perfect addition to any summer capsule wardrobe and a fashion must at only €29.50! A sea of blue IT’S the easiest bright to pull off and with shades of intense cerulean, sky, teal and royal blue, it’s the colour making the biggest splash at Heatons this season; add a splash of red to create a fresh nautical look. The colour blue still features heavily this season so capitalise on this with Heatons stripe mock tee (€18), teamed with leggings and sling back wedge (€10) for a relaxed and comfortable ensemble. ‘Ship Ahoy’ - use the season’s must-have colour to create a stylish nautical look with Heatons’ stripe ruffle tee (€16) and floral square toe sandals (€14) or stripe jersey cardigan (€14), scoop neck vest (£7/€8), and asymmetric skirt (€16). Top it off with Heatons’ polka dot hat for as little as €6.

Nude tones NUDES and flesh tones present an elegant alternative to this season’s rainbow brights and Heatons’ beautiful beaded empire dress (€30) is just perfect to give you a summer glow. Whether you want D.I.S.C.O a la 70s glamour with maxi dresses and sexy jumpsuits or to take a more laid back hippie chick approach with your summer wardrobe Heatons has everything you need to create your desired look. To buy their latest collection, visit your local Heatons’ store or shop online at heatonsstores.com


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where2shop StyleFLASH Love your fashion this Bank Holiday IF YOU love fashion, and you love shopping, then you’ll love Blanchardstown Centre’s three-day Fashion Event this May Bank Holiday weekend! Professionally staged catwalk shows, produced by Assets Model Agency and featuring their top models ,Vogue Williams, Georga Salpa and Sarah Morrissey, will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Participating stores include a/wear, BT2, Debenhams, Dunnes Stores, FCUK, H & M, M&S, Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Oasis, Pamela a Scott, Penneys, Republic, Vera Moda, Wallis, Warehouse, Zara and MANY more! Popular kidswear brand Name It (pictured) will showcase the best in fashionable childrens wear on Saturday, along with Pumpkin Patch and Mothercare. Menswear will also feature, thanks k to t Bertoni, B t i Bests B t Menswear, Burton, Counter Propaganda, Diesel, Diffneys, Tom Tailor and Jack & Jones. Fall in love with this season's fashion and beauty looks this May Bank Holiday weekend. P.S. great spot prizes to be won!

Centre news: Rebrand and Extend: The Atlantic Homecare store in Blanchardstown Retail Park will rebrand to Woodies and expand to their full format store with a major extension, bringing the retail area to 51,500 square feet with an additional 11,000 square feet given to a garden centre. Champagne and Fine Wines: Independent

drinks retailer O’Briens will open its latest off licence on Blanchardstown Centre’s Green Mall in the coming weeks. The award-winning retailer will be a welcome addition with their range of fine wines and excellent service. New Public Facilities: Recently the Centre has undertaken a total refurbishment of its public toilets, with a major emphasis on the enhancement of the parenting facilities, which is good news for the Mums and Dads that visit with their little tots. The new facilities underpins managements’ commitment to ensuring that customers enjoy the very best facilities on their visit to Blanchardstown Centre. Digital Centre Guides

Blanchardstown Centre has now introduced the most up-to-date Digital Signage available to help guide customers to the many stores and facilities in the Centre. ICE Tech, now part of the MJ Flood Group, were contracted to customise the software and installed the large format interactive touch screen digital signage systems in the Blanchardstown Centre.

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Keeping the kids in comfy clobber AT A time when there is less money being spent right across the country, retailers are having to tune themselves in more keenly to the needs of their customers. Va l u e - f o r- m o n e y , product quality and service are all much bigger parts of sales strategies than they were when the country was awash with money. For Susan O’Connor and John Sherwood, who run the children’s clothing store Name It in the Blanchardstown Centre, that is something of which they are extremely aware. “The days of getting the line in and waiting for the customers to come in through the door is gone,” says Susan. “People are more choosy about what they spend their money on. “All we do all day long is look for value for our customers. We’re always looking to get the best value out there for our customers. We are always looking for quality products. “There is a customer

costs are lower,” says Susan, while Blanchardstown native John feels that the business has been able to learn from others. --------------------------

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Susan O’Connor and John Sherwood of Name It in the Blanchardstown Centre

base out there for quality products. Our products are branded, good quality and offer value for money. “Rather than an OK product at a good price,

people want a super product for a great price. “That’s allowed us to build a very loyal customer base in Blanchardstown.”

Being a recession-era start-up can help in some respects, with the pitfalls of previous businesses more clearly signposted. “It’s definitely an advantage in that our

“We knew the pitfalls and knew the mistakes that other shops had made. Some shops fell asleep at the wheel,” says John. Offering fantastic branded products, great value and situated in what John calls “the Premier League of shopping centres”, there is no sign of Name It doing the same.

Making style a bit more personal SHOPPING with your very own personal stylist is high on most women’s love-to-do list, and now - thanks to the new Personal Stylist at Blanchardstown Centre service – you can do it! The service offers far more than just personal shopping, it allows customers to learn about the critical guidelines that are tailored to their personal body shape and colouring. There comes a time when men and women alike are fed up of costly style errors and realise that, in order to minimise these errors and maximise their wardrobe, they should consult a professional personal

stylist for advice. According to Shirley Lane, founder of Personal Stylist at Blanhcardstown Centre: “Personal Stylist at Blanchardstown Centre makes it incredibly easy to shop for either a key piece or a full wardrobe from all of the best stores at the centre, all at one time.” Shirley, the stylist behind Ireland’s original styling company, www.personalstylist.ie, went on to say: “Investing in your style will instill confidence when shopping alone and it will allow you the privilege of knowing what suits and what to avoid! We are trying to offer the

most seamless shopping experience for our clients, where they learn to embrace their body shape and dress it accordingly while feeling the god/ goddess that they are. “Each client that I meet has a different lifestyle, style preference and budget and with the perfect mixture of high street and department stores, I am showing them exactly how to dress and shop successfully.” For more information, ccall 085 -1014444 or email bc@personalstylist.ie


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B&Q’s Grow Your Own offerings will make you a green-fingered master in the garden

B&Q launch DIY demos to make most of weekend LAST WEEKEND, all nine B&Q stores nationwide began a series of Project Demos focusing on DIY jobs, which can be completed in a weekend as part of B&Q’s ‘Doing it Together’ commitment to encouraging the DIY shy to overcome their fears and make DIY easier. F o l l ow i n g r e c e n t research by B&Q, which shows 53% of us are scared of DIY and fourout-of-10 of us even go so far as to say we hate DIY, the easy-to-follow onehour demos will focus on making DIY easier and less daunting, by showing people the basic skills needed and the best tools to get the job done. A team of B&Q experts showed customers exactly how to complete the project, as well as passing on helpful hints and tips to get the best result. The first session, How to Lay Laminate Flooring, was launched at B&Q on April 16. Further weekend Project Demos will follow, including How to Make a Hanging Basket, Growing your Own and Building a Deck or Walkway, and will take place throughout the Easter

period up until Sunday, May 8. To support the instore demos and to help customers even further, B&Q will also be displaying Project ‘Top Tips’ during the Easter bank holidays, focusing on DIY jobs which can be completed in just half an hour, such as hanging a picture, or those you can do in half a day, such as putting up a fence. Katherine Paterson, B&Q’s marketing director says: “We’re passionate about DIY and this Easter we want to make it easier for our customers to have a go themselves. Whether you have a whole weekend or just half an hour, there are so many different jobs you can do and we look forward to welcoming customers into our store and getting the nation DIYing again!” Project Demos taking place at B&Q: • Saturday and Sunday April 23 - 24: How to Make a Hanging Basket. • Saturday and Sunday April 30 - May 1: Grow Your Own. Saturday and Sunday May 7 - 8: Build a Basic Deck or Walkway

THE Lifestyle Sports adidas Trainer Scrappage Scheme is back and going green this year in 64 Lifestyle Sports stores throughout Ireland. From now until the May 8, the scheme will allow people to trade in their old trainers in any Lifestyle Sports store and get 25% off a new pair of adidas Response or Supernova trainers. Irish Rugby captain and adidas ambassador, Brian O’Driscoll, dropped into Lifestyle Sports in Dundrum Town Centre recently and showed his support for the scheme by throwing an old pair of adidas Supernova Glides into the trainer scrappage bin. Ireland produces over 40,000 tonnes of rubber waste a year that goes directly to landfills. By recycling rubber into other useful products, Lifestyle Sports and adidas are helping eliminate the harmful effects on

Irish Rugby captain and adidas ambassador, Brian O’Driscoll

humans and the environment. Lifestyle Sports and adidas have a target this year to collect 18,000 trainers; this will equate to 6.3 tonnes of rubber that would otherwise end up in a landfill and

directly contribute to CO2 emissions. Brian O’ Driscoll said: “This Lifestyle Sports adidas scheme is such a great idea, as most of us have trainers lying around that we will never wear again. By being part

Cooking: Let Russell Hobbs lure you back to the kitchen in style RUSSELL HOBBS is a household name throughout Ireland’s kitchens and now with their new Allure range, dining-in has become that bit more attractive. The Allure range of food preparation appliances have a sophisticated, simple, straight forward design that make them eye-catching in any kitchen. Dine and dazzle your guests this summer with the Allure range from Russell Hobbs. The Allure Black Accents Kettle (€59.99) is stylish and contemporary with brushed stainless and soft black accents, the Allure Kettle features an easy-open, push-button lid positioned on handle, LED power on indicator, dual water gauge, 1.7-litre capacity, and 3kW rapidboil concealed element. The Allure Black Accents Toaster (€54.99) features variable browning, mid-cycle cancel, and frozen setting Russell Hobbs has forged a reputation for timeless, stylish kitchen appliances and the range is available from all good electrical retailers throughout Ireland. For stockist information call 01 429 5140.

of this scheme, you can really make a difference to the environment and help create Ireland’s first environmentally green astro-turf pitch, an initiative never been done before in Ireland.” Some of Ireland’s

top sporting heroes are lending their support to the initiative; adidas athletes O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell. They will appear at three separate Lifestyle Sports stores around the country to encourage the public to donate their used trainers to the scheme. As part of the scheme, customers will be encouraged to get their gait analysed, so they can find out what type of trainer most suits their running style. Free gait analysis is available in all 64 Lifestyle Sports stores. Brian availed of the free gait analysis and had his foot scanned in Lifestyle Sports. It reaffirmed that he is a neutral runner. For dates and times of player appearances, please check www.lifestylesports.com. These will be announced a week in advance.


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Hop to it! Sweet Easter treats and gifts from M&S CELEBRATE Easter with some of

the sweetest treats from Marks & Spencer. Easter is a great time to spoil the ones you love. With everything from cakes and chocolates, to the brightest in spring fashions, M&S is the one-stop-shop for every Easter Bunny this Easter time. There are Easter eggs galore at M&S this Easter, with eggs to suit the whole family. The new FullyLoaded Eggs are the height of luxury and, with three decadent flavours to choose from, they are the perfect indulgence for the chocoholic family. They come loaded with toffee and white chocolate buttons, cranberries and pecan nuts or strawberries and dark chocolate buttons.


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where2shop Getting spring into swing with top deals THERE are so many things happening at this time of year, Communions and Confirmations are in full swing, and it’s the first time for a lot of us in venturing out to our gardens after the long winter. The Retail Park Liffey Valley has all the names and products that you need during this busy period. There are a total of 10 top tenants there, including Atlantic Homecare, Argos, Currys, JJB Sports, Carpet Right and Harry Corry. Argos have lovely sterling silver and gold pendants for both Communions and Confirmations, with prices starting from only €24.89. To record the special

moment, Argos, Currys or PC World stock a range of top-quality cameras, including Canon, Casio and Sony. Atlantic Homecare have a special Easter treat; buy the Havana 5-piece Gateleg Hardwood Patio Set, which includes a 1.2m Gateleg Folding Table and four multi-position charis (FSC certified Timber) and an Omaha twoburner gas BBQ for only €399.99, a saving a €70 The Retail Park is located behind Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. For contact details for each store, and for more special offers, log onto www. theretailpark.ie or join us on Facebook.

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Month of fashionable fun HOME to over 90 top stores, including Ireland’s largest Marks and Spencer, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre offers the full-day-out experience to keep all the family happy – fashion, film and food! With free parking, easy access and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, it all adds up to an enjoyable, stress-free day for all the family. This April, Liffey Valley is offering even more to shoppers with a month of fashionable fun, which will include catwalk shows, live mannequins and the opportunity to find your perfect pair of jeans with the help of their dedicated Jean Genius stylists.

Take the opportunity to find your perfect pair of jeans with the help of dedicated Jean Genius stylists

For anyone looking to refresh their SpringSummer wardrobe, the centre’s catwalk shows on Saturday, April 23

and May 7 will highlight the latest styles and trends available from the centre’s retailers, including New Look, Republic,

Topshop, Oasis and many more. The men folk aren’t forgotten either, with a chance for them to show-

case a new look, courtesy of Jack & Jones, Addiction Menswear, Topman, Burtons, Counter Propaganda, and more. A good pair of jeans can solve a myriad of wardrobe woes. Dress them up or keep it casual, skinny fit or bootleg, stone wash or indigo – the options are endless. If you want to know the perfect style, fit and colour for your body shape make an appointment with a style team to have your very own Jean Genius guide you to denim heaven. For more information, see www.liffeyvalley.ie or find the centre on Facebook at www.facebook. com/liffeyvalley.


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GazetteGAMING GAMING

The Kinect sensor can bring an energetic twist to the traaditional console experience, as players use their bodies to control the action

So, can Kinect get the kids through Easter? Q CORMAC CURTIS

SO FAR, most of the country has been blessed with good weather throughout the Easter mid-term break. Letting the kids run riot in the garden is a great deal easier than having them mope around the house, telling parents how bored they are. The question is, will this weather keep up for another week? Or will parents across the capital spend their time trying to entertain the youngsters. One option for indoor entertainment this Easter is Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect system. There has been a lot of talk about this gadget since it hit the market last year, and, as an addition to the Xbox console, it can prove to be seriously fun piece of kit. So, what is Kinect? Kinect is a small, black box with a few little cameras in it that recognises your hands and feet so you can play a variety of specialised Xbox games by using your body instead of the traditional controller. It sounds like fun, and it is. I spent the weekend trialling the Kinect with my family and one of my nephews to answer one big question – can it keep

Kinectimals is a kids’ favourite - once the opening scenes finish

the kids entertained? The short answer is, yes. Kinect for Xbox 360 is fun that’s good for you! Kinect makes it possible to play in a whole new way by identifying the player’s movement and body position to create a truly immersive entertainment experience. Every Kinect game will get players off the couch and moving, from fitness-specific titles like Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Dance Central, or family fun games like Kinectimals, so you can enjoy guilt-free Easter Eggs. What needs to be considered carefully is what games the kids will enjoy. From the outset, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that both my daughters (four and five years of age) would fall in love with Kinectimals. Kinectimals allows the player

to pick from a selection of cubs – chosing from a tiger, panther, lion, jaguar etc. – and, once a name has been chosen, and the cub is adopted, a host of games and activities are laid on for the player. This is, without a doubt, one of the cutest-looking titles I have ever seen, but it has some serious drawbacks for young players. There is a very long introductory sequence and set-up process that you can’t skip through – and when three young kids are playing, they all want to pick their own cub – believe me, I tried to convince them to share, but they were having none of it. The up-side is the kids all loved the game when it finally got going. Surprisingly, the Kinect Sports titles turned out to be a much bigger hit than I was expecting. It

didn’t require very much fiddling to get going, and soon my kids were boxing like world champions – the game even shows a video of the player during their bout afterwards! There is an awful lot of positives about a console that gets the kids off the couch, and these titles certainly achieve all that. Any kids older than about seven should have no problem playing by themselves, but the little ones need that bit of supervision – especially when it comes to standing back from the screen when cute panthers and tigers are playing! According to Kieran Penwill, Ireland country manager for Microsoft’s Retail Services & Marketing Division: “This Easter, we are encouraging families to keep active. Through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, gaming and entertainment is as easy as stepping in front of your TV. No matter what your age, or where you’re from, Kinect will get you off the couch and moving; it’s incredibly easy to use, and it fits in with a healthy family lifestyle!” Kinect for Xbox 360 retails at €149.99 and Kinect titles retail from €49.99. Members of the public can share the fun on the Xbox 360 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/xboxie

May D4-ce be with you: Star Wars to invade Ballsbridge this week OK, so it’s not exactly gaming, but it’s safe to say that there are plenty of gamers out there who appreciate a good Star Wars exhibition. So, for those people, we say “may the force be with you” this bank holiday weekend, as Invasion Dublin begins. Take photos with Darth Vader, R2-D2, the menacing Emperor and Darth Maul. Storm Troopers will also be there to maintain order, so be on the lookout! The Invasion Dublin experience runs from 10am to 6pm this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the RDS. This family-friendly event will feature the world exclusive public unveiling of the Republic Clone Fighter Tank, original movie actors, costumed characters, life-size craft, props and sets replicated by Emerald Garrison. For more information visit www.invasion.ie


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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs SAAB SHUTS PRODUCTION AGAIN:

PRODUCTION lines at Swedish car company Saab shut down again last week for the fourth time in two weeks. The struggling car company stopped production until it can stabilise its financial situation. Saab sales fell to about 32,000 units worldwide last year. This compares with sales of up to 130,000 units when under GM control. General Motors (GM) sold Saab to the to Dutch s p o r t s c a r m a ke r Spyker in 2010 after GM filed for bankruptcy in the US. The survival of the Swedish company was in doubt, until a lastminute deal by Spyker which was underwritten by $500 million in loans granted by the European Investment Bank was further guaranteed by the Swedish government.

The new Peugeot 508 is spacious and has a big-car feel to it, even when powered by a modest 1.6 litre turbo-diesel engine

A hot date with the 508 MICHAEL MORONEY took the opportunity to have a sneak early drive of the Peugeot 508 in advance of its official arrival and here is his report DROVE the new Peugeot 508 for a short first drive on Irish roads recently, in advance of getting a longer run after its launch in a few week’s time. Relative to the older 407 model, this car design is a complete change in terms of style and features. I was never a fan of the styling of the older model, and this new 508 is, thankfully, a radical change for the good. Stand in front, and you’ll firstly realize that it’s a big car. I drove two models, the small engine 1.6-litre unit and the 2.0litre model, both of which use turbo-diesel power. The first impressions are that both the car and its engine are a complete change from the past.

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SPECS: PEUGEOT 508 1.6 TDI Top speed: 190 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.3 secs Economy: 60mpg CO2 emissions: 124g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Scrappage Eligible: Yes Towing rating: 1,475kg Entry Price: €24,850

This 1.6-litre engine is a new unit, developing 112bhp of engine power and 243Nm of torque. That performance is on par with the competition, some of which have bigger engines. This new 508 is a big car. Despite its size, it weighs in modestly at 1,552kg in kerb weight terms. That’s marginally

heavier than the 407 car that it replaces and the bigger feel is emphasized by the longer wheelbase, which gives more comfort on the road. Peugeot has tuned this modest-size engine to meet the economy needs of this big car. The engine is smooth in operation and I found little sign of power shortage over some typical road conditions. The rated fuel economy figures show only marginal change from the older model. The engine differences are modest in a power sense; the engine power gets a marginal lift to 112bhp compared with 110bhp for the older one. There was no sense of the car being under powered when I drove it. The economy figures

hold good, even when you mix a lower-power engine with a bigger car, that’s an achievement in itself. The economy rating at 21.3 km/litre (60mpg) is good relative to the competition. It is almost comparable with the BMW 318d in that sense, and its economy figure is now up with the best. This level of economy always converts into lower CO2 ratings and lower annual road tax costs. For the new entry-level Peugeot 508, that figure is now 124g/km, bringing the big car in Band B and giving an annual road tax cost of just €156. The other plus of the new 508 for rural drivers is that Peugeot has boosted the towing rat-

ing with the new model. It comes with a towing rating of 1,475kg, up from 1,300kg with a braked trailer in the older 407 model. T h a t ’s a we l c o m e boost for rural drivers who are in the trailerpulling majority. It comes at a time when many other car manufacturers are lowering their towing rate figures, but is still at the lower end of the scale. This new Peugeot has an impressive safety rating, even if not yet tested in the Euro NCAP programme. It should score well with ESP, ASR-traction control, dynamic stability control among its features. The inclusion of driver, front passenger and

side airbags as well as rear curtain airbags will help it achieve a high rating. The entry price is €24,850 for the 1.6-litre HDi version that’s expected to be popular. This is the basic Access version of the car; there is also an Active and Allure specification model. Unfortunately for Peugeot, the car is coming towards the end of the current scrappage offer, and it is a car that is very much scrappage appropriate in terms of value and features. The question is, is it worth waiting for? I think that it is because you are getting so much more car for your money and a bigger car, with better features and economy for the long run.

Driving costs rise this year – but its not all bad news DRIVING has, in the past year, become significantly more expensive. But don’t put it all down to the increase in petrol and diesel prices. Diesel prices are at about €1.45 per litre at the pumps, with petrol close to €1.50 per litre. Petrol prices are at an all-time high, while diesel prices have returned to the high levels of 2008, according to AA Ireland figures. Our fuel prices, despite the significant rises, are still cheaper than the UK, Germany, Italy and France.

Judging by AA Ireland’s more recent car-running costs data, which were based on petrol costing €1.33 per litre, you can expect that following the current 12% increase in fuel costs, the average cost of running a Band B petrol car is in excess of €10,000 per year. Tyre prices are also on the increase. Tyre costs account for about 8% of total running costs. The latest AA Ireland figures show that tyre costs amounted to 1.53 cent per kilometer out of a total run-

ning cost of 19 cent a kilometer based. The increase in petrol prices coinciding with the increased tyre prices means that the balance remains virtually the same. Depreciation remains the largest part of the ownership costs. The AA Ireland figures show that depreciation accounts for about 25% of the overall running costs and is rated at an annual figure of 12% of the value of the car when new. So for a €15,000 car, you can allow for a depreciation figure of about €1,800 per

annum based on driving 16,000 km per year. The good news is that servicing costs have dropped since this time last year. And, for some new car buyers, there are now free three-year service options with the new cars being sold. And as well as the cost of a service dropping more and more, cars can run longer between service intervals, so running costs on that front should fall a little.


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GazettePROPERTY PROPERTY CELBRIDGE: RANGE OF THREE- AND FOUR-BED HOUSES AVAILABLE

Hazelwood etching memorable homes

Interior and exterior views at Adamstown

ADAMSTOWN: FRESH APARTMENTS ADDED

New show houses on view at Adamstown LAST weekend saw the launch of brand new show units at Castlethorn’s popular development at Adamstown Square in Lucan, with new two-bedroom apartments coming onstream for €135,000. The apartments boast an extremely high level of specification and are located close to the main attractions of Adamstown, including local shops, schools and train station. For those looking for a larger home, there are new large three-bed duplex units, located on the second and third floors, with over 1,000 sq ft of accommodation, as well as a spacious balcony at €185,000. In addition, there are a small number of three- and fourbed houses available from €245,000 and €275,000 respectively. All homes come with the renowned standard of quality and finish synonymous with the Castlethorn brand. All master bedrooms are very generous in size and are fitted with ensuites. In addition, purchasers will benefit from modern fitted kitchens complete with oven/hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. All homes are designed to comply with Sustainable Energy Ireland’s House of Tomorrow programme in terms of their energy efficient ratios and the BER (Building Energy Rating) rating of each home is very high. The Adamstown marketing suite and show-units are open everyday, weekends from 3 to 5pm and on weekdays from 10 to 5pm. For more information, contact Leahys on 6011800.

MAPLEWOOD Developments held the launch of a new threebed showhouse at Hazelwood, Celbridge last weekend. Three-bedroom houses at the development, which extend to 112 sq m, are on sale from €237,500, while fourbedroom houses, extending to 144 sq m, are selling from €255,000. Spacious

The three-bedroom houses and the fourbedroom houses are extremely spacious, all have their own driveways, front and rear gardens, and are specifically designed to overlook the parkland area within the scheme. This next phase of Maplewood will be finished to the most upto-date building and

insulation regulations, each house will have a minimum of BER rating of a B1 and each house will have energy saving solar panels as standard, together with a host of other features.

Amenities This attractive development is just a 10-minute walk to the newly renovated and extended Hazelhatch train station, that has a regular service to Dublin city thereby providing that perfect blend of contemporary urban living with the feel of a countryside lifestyle. As with all Maplewood developments, there is meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of the design, planning and building which contributes to making Hazelwood another of their

An array of three-and four-bedroom houses are available

signature developments. As always there is a wide choice of interior finishes to choose from. S h ow h o u s e s a r e available for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 5pm, and you can find out more information at www.hazelwood-celbridge.com or www.coonan.com.

One of the living room designs at Hazelwood

RATHCOOLE: SEMI-DETACHED LIVING IN VILLAGE SETTING

Peyton is still the place to be

THE Peyton development in Rathcoole village is presenting to the market a new set of large three- and four-bedroom semi-detached houses, available from only €275,000. There are a range of house layouts and sizes from 128 to 190 sq m, suitable for first-time buyers, trading up or down and large family homes. Constructed by Blackchurch Homes, these exclusive houses have a top-quality finish at a very affordable price in a convenient village location. All of the houses have large bedrooms, spacious living rooms, generous bathrooms and en-suites,

The fine interior design at Peyton is reflected across the range of house types

decently sized gardens, and private driveways for two cars. Local amenities on their doorstep include Rathcoole Park, and there are primary and secondary schools within

walking distance. Some of the excellent Peyton house features include B1 energy ratings, no management fees, a choice of Nolan fitted kitchens with granite worktops, and central

vacuum systems. There are 9ft ceilings in living areas and kitchen appliances are included if the sale closes on time. Viewing is recommended and the show houses are open on Sat-

urdays and Sundays from 2.30 to 5pm. For further details, contact Glenn Burrell in Finnegan Menton, Tel (01) 614 7900 or Redmond Auctioneers Tel (01) 4589833.


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GazetteTTRAVEL CLOSE TO HOME: DISCOVERING SOME WELL-KNOW, AND SOME NOT-SO-WELL-KNOWN GEMS Q MIMI MURRAY

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OMETIMES it is nice to get out of town and sojourn by the sea or in the lush green countryside, but the arduous four- or fivehour journey to get there can often spoil the

mood. That’s what made our recent whistle-stop tour of two great locations close to Dublin city so nice. Both King Sitric guesthouse in Howth, and Tankardstown House in Slane were exceptional. Both with very different offerings, but sharing one important quality – they provided the personal touch. We had often passed the famous King Sitric restaurant, in the gorgeous fishing village of Howth, on our way for a hike around the head, but never had the pleasure of dining there. Nor did we realise that staying there was an option, but Joan and Aidan McManus now provide very good accommodation with breathtaking views of the sea. Our room was very comfortable and quiet, apart from the morning seagulls, but that is to be expected in a seaside town. Joan and Aidan have run the place for 40 years. Joan runs around, chatting to all her regular guests who amble down from the hill on a weekend night. It’s one of those places that hasn’t changed a great deal over the years, which only adds to its charm. Many of the staff are there since they opened their doors. Fish dishes are classics, and very well cooked. The Lobster Lawyer is delicious and the Black Sole Meuniere was cooked to perfection. Meringue Sitric has been on the menu since day one and had to be sampled, it was very tasty indeed. The next morning, a hearty breakfast was just what the doctor ordered, before a brisk walk around Howth Head. We bid King Sitric adieu, and headed to Tankardstown House. This really is a hidden gem, but we were still surprised more people hadn’t heard of it. On arrival, we were shown around the estate and were told to relax wherever we pleased. Plush furnishings and deep couches were crying out to us, but King Sitric, top and above, is a haven in the city we decided to make use of the sundrenched terrace while we waited for togs. Located inside a walled garden, exceptional starter of beef carpaccio our room. Not the fault of the staff, there was plenty of privacy and the was decorated with fresh sprigs that but ours, as we arrived well before lovely staff offered us extra towels and awakened our taste buds. The helpful waiter found out that it was shiso, robes to dry off with. check-in time. We sat outside enjoying a quick a Japanese herb grown in the walled It was worth the wait, as our accommodation was spacious, bright drink from the honour bar (yes, you garden. Our mains of lamb and suckling pig and extremely comfortable, with a serve yourself and keep a tab) before looked exciting on the plate and were flat-screen television which seemed dressing for dinner. The recently-built Brabazon res- fresh and delightfully cooked. slightly out of sync with the old-world A flourishing patio area, dotted charm of the bedroom, but was, none taurant is already doing a booming trade. A lot of the produce comes with heaters, was the perfect place the less, welcomed. A dip in the hot tub was called for, directly from a walled vegetable gar- for a pre- or post-dinner drink. The cocktails are very good, and and we were thankful we brought our den located on the estate, and an

Mimi’s Blue Book break

An Easter of pure imagination awaits the family in Wexford THE Carlton Millrace in Wexford will be transformed into a chocolate wonderland this Easter, with every child who is staying receiving a much sought-after Carlton Chocolate Bar. Upon carefully peeling back the wrapper, a select number of these chocolate bars will have a precious Carlton Golden Ticket. The Golden Ticket holders will then go on

FastTravel an egg hunt in search of the Chocolate Wonderland, which will be full of chocolate fountains, a chocolate factory and chocolate as far as the eye can see. One lucky child will get a golden egg, which will earn the winners a summer holiday in the Carlton Millrace. The Hatch a Plan this Easter Package is for a family of four sharing, three nights B&B, ane

The stunning surroundings of Tankardstown House in Slane, top, above and left make it a must-visit spot

our friendly bar girl said they always leave it to one particular guy to mix the drinks - he knows his stuff apparently. Indeed he did, and the tangy mojitos had just the right mix of mint and rum. After a very comfortable sleep, we headed for breakfast. The previous day, when we spied hens running around a coup, we were informed we would be dining on the freshest eggs for breakfast, and they were delicious.

evening meal for the adults and free Kids Club. Children are on B&B basis.

Fine spring weather sees the return of festival fever THE Marble City’s annual May Bank Holiday Mardi Gras, the Smithwick’s Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival, takes place from the April 29 – May 2. All forms of Americana music will be wellrepresented over the four days, including swing, bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues. From midday to midnight, audiences wind their way through the medieval streets, sam-

Plenty of fresh juice and fruit was also available. Then it was off to the terrace for some Sunday reading before making the short trip back to Dublin, happy and relaxed. Tankardstown has a Blue Book package available which includes two nights B&B, sparkling afternoon tea for two and three-course evening meals in Brabazon on the night of your choice, for €250 per person sharing. King Sitric costs from €210 for B&B and dinner for two people.

pling the huge range of music with over 80 shows in 30 venues. Highlights of this year’s line-up include Drive by Truckers, Kort, John Grand, Beth Orton, Wildo Johnson and Mary Gauthier. Now entering its 57th year, the Cork International Choral Festival is a world-class festival celebrating the very best of choral and vocal music from April 27 to May1. Up to 5,000 singers from all over the world participate in almost 100 festival events, including spectacular gala concerts, lunchtime concerts and informal public performances which see choirs popping up in a wide range of unusual locations throughout Cork city.


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS

Supportedby byAIB AIB Supported

Interview: Richard White, sales director, LVP Renewables Ltd

Hot water panel for people power SALES director Richard White talks to the Gazette about his career, and the recent challenges faced by Irish businesses. “2009 was a particularly hard year. Being made redundant was a huge dint to the pride. Having spent 10 years in total in the hospitality trade, I was determined to find a new career, something to really get my teeth into. “Sometimes you don’t have to look very hard to find something that has been staring you in the face as an obvious career choice. Growing up in a large family, I saw my father’s business go through some good and bad times.” Surviving in the manufacturing/robotics business, Richard’s father, Jeff, saw the contraction of the manufacturing business. In 2007 he decided to diversify into the solar industry. “Obtaining the rights to the Energie panel in Ireland was one of the greatest decisions I made in 35 years of business,” Jeff said. Richard saw the efficiency of the solar panel installed in his own home around the time of his redundancy, and asked his father for a chance to sell the product. LVP Renewables Ltd now has six fulltime employees and distributors around the country. They are linked into Expert Hardware, a firm that has 30 stores nationwide, along with providing a training programme for the major plumbing colleges around the country. “Our competitive advantage is that we can actually provide the customer

Richard White, sales director at LVP Renewables

with a solar system that will offer 100% domestic hot water 365 days a year, with no back up from oil/gas. One small panel will suffice for a family of six people,” Richard says. Based just seconds from the M50, a recent move from Coolock to their Finglas HQ has been a huge step forward, as they can now display their units in an accessible location in the heart of a thriving industrial estate. LVP’s business model is based on excellence in installations. Richard believes existing customers are crucial to

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: Mars bar taster

Q: What do you like least about your job? A: I often have long drives

Q: What was your first job? A: Banqueting waiter in the

around the country

Ardenode Hotel near Ballymore Eustace

Q: When going on holiday, what air carrier do you use? A: Ryanair

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Can’t remember, but

Q: What kind of car do you drive? A: Opel Astra

seemed like a lot at the time

Q: Can you swim? A: More of a floater

seems to be different

Q: What do you like most about your job? A: I’m in sales, there is no greater thrill than closing a sale

Credit Union Loan Q: I have a €15,000 credit union loan. I really shouldn’t have been given it in the first place as I used it to take a holiday and pay off some other debts. My job security wasn’t great at the time, and I am now unemployed. Will they bring me to court if I just stop paying and what will happen if they do? Paul - Drimnagh

future business which is reflected in the number of positive testimonials received. LVP’s complete solution service offers turn-key hot water systems with a transparent pricing structure and single-day installations. According to Richard: “It is never easy to sell anything, but saving money and the environment at the same time seems to be a winning formula in the public’s eye.” Find out more by calling one of the team on (01)8643838 or visiting www. lvprenewables.ie.

Q&A

Q: When did you start your present job? A: It all depends, every day

ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS

Q: Would you ever bunjee jump? A: I have done two before Q: Do you play any sport? A: I play tennis badly Q: What is your favourite food and beverage?

A: Pizza and a nice cold beer Q: Who would you rather have dinner with, Brian Cowen or Brian O’Driscoll? A: Brian O’Driscoll Q: How many times each week do you go to the ‘hole in the wall’? A: Once or twice Q: How many times each year do you shop for clothes? A: Once is enough Q: What is the name of your favourite shop? A: Books Unlimited Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: About five I’d say, not too sure

Q: Where is your favourite holiday destination? A: Going to South of France this year, as my brother lives there, so hopefully there

Q: Have you ever met Bertie Ahern? A: Served him a few times back in my hotel days in the Davenport Hotel

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Would have liked to be an actor

Q: When do you wish to retire? A: About 60 Q: What will you do then? A: Depends on how well the next 32 years go!

A: REGISTERED judgments secured by credit unions against their defaulting customers increased by 800% since January 2009. There were a total of 1,626 judgments totalling €21m in loans in the first six months of 2010 (source : Stubbs Gazette). Arrears are on the increase as is legal action to retrieve sums owed. The mounting bad debt in credit unions is one reason why the Financial Regulator last year ordered credit unions to hold the payment of dividends and interest to make provision for these bad and doubtful debts. I am presuming, in your case, the credit union evaluated your ability to repay at the time and in approving your loan endorsed that ability. The first missed payment will be registered in the Irish Credit Bureau in Clonskeagh. This is a cooperative of 95 + financial institutions from banks, building societies, insurance companies to leasing companies and even some of the bigger credit unions. They record every loan transaction in the country and every missed one too. Slow payments are monitored also. Once you have missed a payment, the record of that missed payment stays there for five years. Every time you look for credit, your credit history will be like a beacon to would-be lenders to decline such requests. If you have a judgment registered against you, it will stay on the ICB for life and it will be extremely difficult to obtain credit ever. That is why you have to guard your good name. Eventual legal action will follow after repeated default of your monthly repayments, resulting in an inevitable judgment – a mark, as I said, that is on the ICB forever, and one you really want to avoid. A positive course for you to take is the negotiation course. Communicate with your credit union; tell them where you are at, business and employment wise. Bring an income and expenditure statement with you and your latest bank statements. Show them you mean business and that you are prepared to roll up the sleeves and do what is required in order to repay this debt. Ask for an initial six months repayment freeze, dust down the CV and see what work you can obtain. You have to give them some kind of hope that this loan will be discharged at some future point and that you are making an effort. Good luck with the negotiations.


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GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Des Bishop Des Bishop’s latest internationally acclaimed show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, tells of a remarkable life tinged with regret. April 21 and 22 at 8pm. Tickets: €20/€25.

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music and a Guinness World Record holder as the fastest fiddle player in the world. April 23 at 8pm. Tickets: €16, €18 and €20.

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This film, about a group of ordinary teens and youths who find themselves fighting a guerilla war when their Australian town is over-run by

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There could be dark days ahead for Summer Bay, if the plucky Oz youths in this film can’t stop would-be attackers

Unoriginal Sin Eve has managed to journey well into her twenties without being kissed. Well, not properly. Bill is well passed that milestone and has been kissed – on countless occasions. He is rich, alcoholic, and girl crazy. Eve is engaged to Neville. Bill is married to Jenny. Jenny is having an affair with Jeremy, but she remains utterly devoted to her husband’s cheque book. Miles is Bill’s best friend. Or at least he was, before he discovered Bill’s underpants hanging from the lightshade in his bedroom. Then there’s Father Tomlin. At least he’s taken a lifelong vow of celibacy. Or so his daughter claims! Original Sin? It seems there’s nothing very original about it any more. April 26 to 30 at 8pm. Admission: €18/€15

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Hot Mikado This hilarious musical comedy is a 1940’s style update of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Mikado, and features highenergy dance routines with great vocal arrangements of blues, swing, hot gospel and scorching torch songs. April 27 to 30 at 8pm. Tickets €21.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer If you thought Irish dancers were all curly-haired cutie pies with perfect posture, meet a scowling girl from London in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance. Written and performed by Maire Clerkin, The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer is an uproarious yet poignant one-woman play. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll like only a convent-educated, Irish catholic girl can. The audience is brought on a hilariously candid comingof-age journey through the pre-wig world of Irish dancing. An all-together more innocent time ... or so we thought. April 18 to 23. Admission: €16 and €12 concession. Check website for times.

invaders, feels rather odd; a curious fusion of Down-Under sensibilities and the kind of explosive silliness we’re more used to from Hollywood

An odd-tralian film KATE CROWLEY

GIVEN the sight of Russell Brand on the horizon in a thoroughly pointless update of “Arthur” (someone so odious, I’d almost watch a new Clive Owen film instead – well, almost; let’s not jump to extremes, dear reader), my feet swiftly swerve away with Riverdance levels of speed towards ... Tomorrow, When the War Began; a film that may have led to high-fives all round at the Australian Tourism Board (as it was filmed in various scenic and lovely Oz spots), yet could possibly lead to one or two raised eyebrows across the Asia Basin, of which more anon. A small group of Wirrawee youngsters set off on one of those weekends that youths in movies are always setting off on (no hanging around outside McDonalds at the local shopping centre for this lot), with the young ladies

FILM OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow, When The (12A) 103 mins War Began Director: Stuart Beattie Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Lincoln Lewis, Chris Pang, Andy Ryan, Deniz Akdeniz and the Australian countryside

OUR VERDICT: ALTHOUGH Kate thinks her dear daughter, Crowleyetta, seems barely able to find her homework at the weekend, the Australian youths in this film prove a surprisingly resourceful lot, displaying rather more intuition for guerilla warfare than one might expect. It’s a derring-do, gung-ho, boys’-own, somewhat-silly tale of teens versus tanks, more or less. Still, at least the scenery is lovely ...

and gentlemen having a lovely time indeed in a remote, scenic place that’s far from home. It’s Hell. (Fundamentalists may be a little disappointed to note that it’s a charmingly-named remote valley near their town, which must lend itself to some catchy Wirrawee Tourism Board slogans, one imagines.) But Hell is not, in fact, very far from war, as it turns out that, while they were all off working on their tans and fumbling their way through awkward relationships, A Foreign Power has

invaded, with Wirrawee proving to be a luvverlee and key place through which to invade Oz, and to start plundering her natural resources. So, it’s first stop Wirrawee, and then on to the likes of Ramsey Street. Strewth! The bounders! What are our perfectly shaped heroes and heroines to do? Why, fight back, of course, as we all know – through lots of films – that if there’s one thing that bad guys can’t defeat in the movies, it’s a bunch of bloomin’ kids. And especially if it’s

bloomin’ kids who swiftly organise themselves into a guerilla cell, and then set about thwarting “The Foreign Power’s” plans, while using Hell as a secret, unknown base in which to hide out. The bad guys’ plans focus on a bridge at the town – a key infrastructural spot that is enabling the invaders to, well, invade, it being one of their key access points into the country. Heaven knows what’s happening over in Summer Bay. And so, while the young men and women discover a newfound ingenuity with DIY firepower, and prove adept with guns and devising hit-and-run missions – well, shouting “Rack off!” just wouldn’t cut it, I suppose – the scene is set for a climactic face-off between the plucky kids and the invading army. And then, presumably, things will really ramp

up in the next, inevitable movie ... Older readers may be thinking to themselves: “Hmmm. This sounds like a twist on that 1980’s clunker, Red Dawn, booted down under to Australia, with more than a dash of Home And Away added for good measure, and infused throughout with the can-do spirit of MacGyver and The A-Team.” Well, quite. (I do hope my editor never notices such eloquent reader comments.) It’s a little curious how the bad guys here are painted as a coalition of various Asian people, as if, one day, China, Korea, Taiwan and, ooh, take your pick, all decided to unite and make a land rush on Oz; a faintly odd ideology to perpetuate, perhaps. Still, as far as somewhat silly battle movies set in Australia and aiming for the Tween market go, it’s all right, mate ...


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‘Hello? Have you a AIAIAI, the big noise in audio problem? You fall for scam calls?’ ROB HEIGH

ADAM MAGUIRE

A FEW weeks ago, this column looked at the impending threat of viruses for mobile phones, although it is not the only phone-based risk out there. Going on a lot of anecdotal evidence over the past few months, Irish householders have become a common target for phone scammers, who try to trick people into handing over private information on their computer. This is not as straightforward as them posing as your bank and asking for your details; instead, they try to get you to use your computer to effectively do the same. Here is how the scam works ...

The call Potential victims will receive an unsolicited call, usually from an oddlooking number. The person on the other end will tell them they are calling from “technical support” for their computer or operating system, or something to that effect. They will then tell the user that they have noticed errors on their machine and are calling to help resolve them. The confidence trick Once the victim shows signs of believing them, they will likely ask them to turn on their computer and undertake a number of tasks. Often, these tasks are completely harmless, but they are used to make

the victim believe their computer is at risk. For example, they might get the victim, in a roundabout way, to open a folder deep within Windows. They will tell them most of the files there are viruses that need to be removed, when in actual fact they are obscure, though necessary, files that help the computer to work properly.

The scam Once they have built trust, they will ask the victim to do one of two things. The first is to go to a website and download a piece of software, under the pretence of it being a way of solving their “problem”. In reality, it is a virus, and will only create more of its own. Alternatively, they might ask the user to use Windows’ built-in remote connection software, which allows the scammer to gain access to and take control of their computer. They will claim to do this so that they can fix the problem; in reality, they just want access to their personal data.

Scammers have been cold-

The reality The truth of the matter is, no-one from Microsoft or any computer manufacturer will ever call people out of the blue about a problem they are having – they would have to ring them first. Even if there is a problem with a user’s computer, these companies cannot possibly know that, unless the user tells them first. The scammers are playing the odds. Most houses now have PCs, and most PC users have some kind of problem with them from time to time. However, if you get a call and want to be sure that it is a scam, do ask t h e m for more details – for example, what model number is on your computer (usually, the base)? But the best move is to simply hang up on them. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc The latest Androidbased phone from Sony Ericsson (above) is a clear follow-up to its original Xperia

device, and is a clear improvement, though it is still imperfect. Ironing out many of the creases still remaining in Sony Ericsson’s approach to phones, the Xperia Arc is slick, stylish and quite easy to use. It offers a powerful processor, a bright screen and impressive camera, and its user-interface is quite user-friendly, too. It even has a HDMIout port, m a king it easy to conn e c t to HD T V s , so that you can watch the videos and pictures you recorded with it on a big screen. That said, parts of the device do seem a litt l e f l i m s y, especially the cheap-feeling plastic on the back. As well as this, the company’s Timescape software is not as good a way to browse through messages, Facebook and Twitter updates as you might like. Overall, however, it is another big step forward from Sony Ericsson, and is certainly a phone worth considering for those in the market. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is available on all major networks as a bill-pay and Pay As You Go handset.

calling people for decades; now, your computer is a reason for them to target you, in a bid to steal valuable data

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WITH the current vogue for high-end headphones becoming essential cooltools for iPhone and iPad users, a huge range of new, chic and high-specification eargoggles are hitting the market at the moment. One of the best of these is AIAIAI’s TMA-1 headphones, designed with top performance in mind and, with the assistance of some of the world’s finest DJs and producers, including

2ManyDJs, A-Trak, and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem, the Danish company have produced an astonishingly distinctive, elegant and dynamic product, priced €199.95. With competition from Dr Dre’s Beats and the perennial Sennheiser range, the TMA-1s are set apart by their classic, minimalist design and their ability to deliver clarity and definition of sound in every genre. At home, the headphones come into their own w h e n matched with a good soundcard, but even iPhone and laptop

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DARING RACES: ADVENTURE CONTEST SET TO TAKE PLACE ACROSS DUBLIN IN MAY

The greatest race takes place in the Fair City STEPHEN FINDLATER sport@gazettegroup.com

K AT H RY N T h o m a s became the first ever person to abseil from the top of the Aviva Stadium when she launched the inaugural Dublin Adventure Race, which takes place on May 21, in the stadium last week. T he former K ing’s Hospital student and television presenter looks set to star t a

trend for adventure, as approximately 1,000 competitors are expected to take to the streets for the unique event, which is set to get the adrenaline pumping, with participants required to run, cycle and kayak around the city. This race will transform the city into an adventure playground, showing how epic Dublin can be. In teams of two or

three, or solo if competitors prefer to go it alone, the race will kick off at the Adventure Weekend in the RDS.

Racing around Competitors will take to their bikes first, which will take them along beaches, canal paths and into parks, with a tricky assault course to master inbetween. They will then take on the kayaking section of the challenge before

Siobhan Byrne and Kathryn Thomas became the first people to abseil the Aviva

changing to their runners to complete a street orienteering section, where they will pick up points for every checkpoint reached. The real high of the event is the abseil from the top of the Aviva stadium.

O r g a n i s e r, I r i s h Olympian and former world rowing champion, Gearoid Towey, said of the event: “This is a totally unique event, which will cater for all levels of fitness from elite athletes to those

who want to tr y an adventure race for the very first time. “We are using the amazing amenities that Dublin has on offer to transform the city into a giant adventure playground.

“The aim of the game is to encourage people to get out and get active while having a whole lot of fun at the same time.” To register for the e ve n t a t w w w. d u b lindaresyou.com.


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ULSTER BANK DIV 3: LATE PENALTY SEALS FATE FOR SEAPOINT

Blackrock play part in Ireland progress Seapoint came within two points of claiming the Ulster Bank Division 3 title, but results elsewhere denied them the win

BLACKROCK College’s Conor McEllin, Mark Roche and Gavin Thornbury were all part of the Ireland U-18 School team that advanced to the final of the Elite group at the Justin Bridou U-18 FIRA/AER Championships in Auch on Sunday night with a hard-fought win over France U-18s. The Ireland U-18 School side now face England in the final of the tournament in Tarbes on April 23. Ireland, who trailed 10 - 9 at half-time came back from a 17 - 12 deficit with a 61st minute try from flanker Daniel Leavy, which was converted by scrumhalf Luke McGrath to take a 17 - 19 lead which they duly held on to. France opened the scoring with a penalty fom fullback Quentin Pilet 13 minutes into the game but McGrath pulled the sides level just two minutes later. From the restart, France struck and a well-worked move saw Mathieu Guillomot touch down with Pilet adding the conversion to put them 10 - 3 in front. Ireland reduced the lead with further penalties from McGrath in the 28th and 37th minute to trail by a point at half time. McGrath put Ireland in front on 47 minutes with another well-struck penalty. France piled on the pressure and scored a neat try just as the ten minutes was nearly up. Clement Vernnezoul added the conversion to put them 17 - 12 ahead. From the restart, Ireland regained the ball and mounted a well-worked attack. Leavy went in for the try to level the game and McGrath added the crucial conversion to put Ireland back in front just two minutes later.

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ROBIN T hompson’s p e n a l t y t wo - a n d - a half minutes from time broke Seapoint hearts as they came within inches of the Ulster Bank Division Three title before being shot down at Rifle Park. They have the consolation prize of promotion, an amazing feat nonetheless in their first season since finally breaking out of the Leinster leagues and into the All-Ireland divisions. In coming so close, they earned a losing bonus point, but a monster margin of the City of Derry’s 58-6 win over

Naas saw the unlikely scenario where the Ulster side pipped Seapoint on points difference – nine points the being the final margin between the two sides. Indeed, Seapoint director of rugby, Karl O’Neill, admitted it was something of a curveball, as he had a spotter at the NUIM Barnhall game with Instonians feeding him updates as that tie at Maynooth seemed the more important tie, if anyone were to oust the Kilbogget club from the top spot and deny them the title they were so close to capturing. Bann made a great start to Saturday’s game but two kickable penalty chances went astray before lock Simon

McKinstry looped round Thompson from a ruck to collect the No 10’s pass. He showed a wicked turn of pace to sprint 20 metres clear and touch down at the posts, leaving Thompson to convert from an easy position.

Comeback Seapoint began to work their way into the game, winning a 22ndminute penalty which out-half Brian Keegan failed to convert. But another penalty three minutes later was kicked to the corner, and, from the lineout, Seapoint pressurised closer to the line via a number of rucks before moving the ball wide to allow Keegan to stretch

over for a try he failed to convert. Soon after, Stephen Walsh counter-attacked when a Banbridge kick missed touch, and the ball was swung left to winger Conor Byrne, who found enough space to touch down near the corner flag. The efforts of Bann full-back Ben Purvis to stop a threatening Seapoint attack four minutes into the second half earned him a yellow card. The visitors kicked to set up a five-metre lineout and lock Mark Barrett forced his way over from the maul. Keegan’s conversion attempt again drifted wide but the league leaders now had a 15-7 lead which centre Gary

Foley just failed to extend three minutes later as he was forced into touch at the end of a sweeping Seapoint counter-attack. But Banbridge got back in range when T hompson fed Ashley Finlay with a neat inside pass, and the right winger scorched in from 12 metres for a try which Thompson converted. T hompson missed with a 64th minute penalty shot but his next effort crept over the bar to deny Seapoint the win with scarcely 120 seconds to go. It proved vital as Seapoint ended the season on 58 points, level with Derry but their huge win over Naas stole the title.


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With the biggest game in Dublin football only days All Blacks’ Fitzpatrick away, ROB HEIGH caught up with Bernard Brogan to gives Crokes a lesson talk about the drive in the camp to secure the title THE opportunity to claim the first National league title since 1993 is one that Bernard Brogan clearly relishes. Last season’s AllStar and national Player of the Year spoke to GazetteSport last week when he took some time out from training to take on Eoin Cadogan from Cork, and Michael Murphy from Donegal, putting their formidable football and fitness skills to the test by playing Kinect Sports for Xbox 360. Having won the sprint challenge, Bernard turned his attention to the matter at hand and the chance to claim some silverware for Dublin in the National League final at Croke Park this weekend. We started by asking

him about the source of the consistency and momentum that Dublin have built up over recent months in the league. “At the start of the year, we put it to ourselves that

I think more than 30 lads have been tried out at Croke Park, and that’s been huge for us, and our successful league campaign, and being in the final, was our goal. Any-

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we wanted to be more competitive in the league, and over the years gone by, the management have rotated players and try to look at them, but we wanted to do that this year while winning games.

thing more this weekend will be a bonus.” With some commentators voicing concern that Dublin’s perfect 15 has not been evident so far, Bernard was far from concerned about what

Bernard Brogan is looking to deliver the knockout blow to Cork this weekend

he considers to be far less of a problem than some would think. “That we have so many good players in all positions is a benefit. They all do the job so well; if anything happens to any player over the summer, we have lads who can step in and do the job just as well. I think we have that now, with two lads for every position. If they played either one of them, there would be no question, and the competition at training is huge as well, which drives us on. But the strength of the panel has been a huge factor for our success so far this year.” With All-Ireland champions Cork as opposition this weekend, Bernard was very sure of the test that awaits Dublin in the final. “We expect a different game from the last game, when Cork had a bit of a hangover from their holidays, or rust after winning their All-Ireland. But we are feeling good. It’s going to be a very tough game, we are going out to win the title, not just to show up and hand it to Cork. We’re going out to win the title. It’s been a long time, and it will be huge for the capital to win some silverware, and we will be going all out for the win.” Brogan felt that the side had learned a lot from the match at Croke Park in February that saw Dublin come out on top.

“I think we gained a lot of mental strength from it. We learned that they’re not world-beaters, that we can defeat them. They might have been the form team for the last year, but the win at Croke Park will give us a sense of positivity that, when we turn it on, we can beat them. You can only get that from winning, and we haven’t had that for a long time. It will be huge that we have that in our heads when we meet them again. “I think they learned it’s time to keep an eye on Dublin. We have been putting different panels into play, and what team we will put out and what way we will play. We want to make it hard for teams to read us, and we want them to have a hard time finding a solution to our gameplan. We’re looking forward to a really good day.” With the Dubs filling Croke Park with the assistance of the Spring series of games, Bernard was delighted with the effect that the run of games has had on the Metropolitan’s success this year. “I think it’s been brilliant, a great publicity for the GAA. At a time when other sports are so strong, it’s great to see the GAA making it clear they want to get people on boards. The series was a huge success in terms of getting kids involved in the game, and, hopefully, that will continue.”

NEW ZEALAND All Blacks legend and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation goodwill ambassador Sean Fitzpatrick was in Dublin last week to pass on his wisdom to the Dublin footballers and hurlers ahead of their National League finals in the coming weeks. The captain of the 1990s’ all-conquering team also spent time with some of the Kilmacud Crokes’ Under-12 boys’ and girls’ teams and gave them a lesson in how to do the Haka.

Great Ireland Run winners announced WE ARE delighted to announce the winners of the SPAR Great Ireland Run 2011 competition for local runners in each of GazetteSport’s eight areas. Blanchardstown: Philip O’Leary and Bronagh Elliott Castleknock: John Quinn and Stephanie Holt Clondalkin: Brian O’Connor and Aoife Fitzroy Dundrum: Mark Sheridan and Vanessa Lenehan Dun Laoghaire: Flavio Rea and Jennifer Duffy Lucan: Derry McVeigh and Denise Lynch Malahide: Michael Flynn and Sinead Duffy Swords: Vincent Brady and Marion Doherty We will be in touch with the

winners directly.

Ireland could still appear at World Cup 2015 IRELAND could yet appear at the 2015 cricket World Cup after it was announced that the International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar had asked the executive of the governing body to reconsider the composition of the tournement last week. Ireland’s stars, including Kevin O’Brien, were insensed when it was announced that associate nations, the clubs who are not full members of the ICC, would be excluded from the tournament when it next runs in Australia and New Zealand. But the matter will be reconsidered in June at the next meeting of the ICC executive in Hong Kong.


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Stedfast resolute and set for Nivea Cup final test STEDFAST United qualified for the final of the UCFL Nivea for Men Challenge Cup final where they will face VEC following their semi-final victories last week. Stedfast got the better of Trinity Corinthians on penalties after the game was level 2-2 at the end of extra-time while VEC defeated Leixlip Town 2-0 in the other semi-final. The final is penciled in for Saturday May 7 with an evening kick off at Home Farm’s ground in Whitehall, with the MMI Cup Final preceding it.

Merrion to host youth tournament MOUNT Merrion youths football club will run their annual mini World Cup from June 8 to 12 in Deerpark. The event is open for registration at the clubhouse on Tuesday, May 10 from 7 to 8pm and Thursday, May 12 at the same times, with children born between 2000 and 2005 welcome. The price of entry is €40 per child or €60 for two from the same family.

Clonkeen boy called up for Ireland U-18s CLONKEEN College’s Ryan Matthews has been

included in the Republic of Ireland Under-18 Boys’ Schools team who host England in Tallaght Stadium on Thursday, April 28, in the final game of the Centenary Shield campaign, which kicks off at 7:35pm. Matthews has been an impressive performer in the past two games, while this final game of the season will be a tantalising tie as Ireland goes in search of a home win and a first for the season England, on the other hand, need Northern Ireland to lose away to Wales, as well as pick up the final four points on offer from their final two games to stand a chance of snatching the title, so it will definitely be all to play for in Tallaght come April 28.

INTERNATIONAL: LOCAL PLAYER IN IRELAND ACTION IN BRITAIN

Ireland were in action in the Bob Docherty Cup last week in Treforest at the University of Glamorgan

Doyle lines out in green sport@gazettegroup.com

ST JOSEPH’S of Cluny’s Rachel Doyle was part of the Republic of Ireland Under-15 side that competed in the Bob Docherty Cup in Cardiff last week. They began the defence of their title with a 3-1 win over Wales, courtesy of a second-half double from Amber Barrett to give Jason Carey’s side a well-deserved victory at the University of Glamorgan in Treforest. The visitors began brighter and opened the scoring on 15 minutes when a slick passing move on the right

involving Katie Carter and Amy O’Connor saw the latter set up Ciara Rossiter to score. It was a lead Ireland retained into the halftime break but, despite seeing Barrett carve out two good opportunities, Ireland lost their lead on 41 minutes. T he response was s w i f t a n d d e c i s i ve , however, with Barrett latching on to a Nadine C r aw f o r d f r e e k i c k played in behind the Wales defence to score. The striker sealed the victory soon after with her second goal of the game when she broke from deep and kept her nerve to round the goal-

Matchplay winner: Cregan and Beaton crowned champs THE CITY Matchplay Championship came to an end last week at Castle Golf Club, where Ross Cregan and Maria Beaton seen here with Castle’s lady captain Helen Kinsella and captain Fergus Brennan, were crowned winners. The competition commenced last September and matches were played throughout the winter, with overv 100 players from more than 50 golf clubs entering.

keeper and score. They were unable to carry that momentum into the tie with Scotland, falling 3-2, undone by three quick-fire goals inside 17 minutes. The Scots had lost to Northern Ireland a day earlier but came flying out of the traps and a Georgie Rafferty free kick on seven minutes was followed up three minutes later by a Carla Jackson strike. Lizzie Arnott made it three soon after with a header from a corner and it took Ireland until just before half-time to respond when Amber Barrett broke free to score her third goal in

two days. Despite a gallant second-half effort, led by a superb performance from substitute Aisling Frawley, and another goal late on from Barrett, they were unable to level the scores. It meant the Republic of Ireland required a 2-0 win against the North to snatch a final day victory from the league leaders on goal difference if they could pull off a surprise victory. But the North were in flying form and high on the success experienced from notable 2-0 wins against Scotland and Wales. They put the Republic

under sustained pressure in the first period, but their flowing football was no match for Carey’s side, as Chloe MGlade and Katelyn McKane put two past the Republic before the interval. An uphill battle for Carey’s selection but the super Amber Barrett was on song and claimed one back midway through the second period. Northern Ireland were too strong, though, and a splendid goal, courtesy of Amy Macken, sealed an impressive victory in the Cup campaign for the Northerners.


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in association with

FEILE: FOOTBALLERS HAVE FINE RUN IN DUBLIN FEST

CLUB NOTICEBOARD BALLINTEER ST JOHN’S LOTTO results: Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 10 and 12. There was no winner.

weekend. Special congratulations to our ladies’

Draw winners were Stella Scolan,

Feile team who reached the semi-finals

€100, Noel Corcoran, €50, and The Rat

in last weekend’s competition where

Pack, €50. Next week’s draw will be for

they lost narrowly to St Jude’s.

a whopping €14,000. Tickets are avail-

Bingo every Monday night from

able online at www.ballinteerstjohns.

8.30pm. All welcome, please let your

com.

neighbours, friends, relatives know

Results: Senior hurlers had a fine win over Kilmacud Crokes in the league. All three of our junior football teams had wins in cup competitions at the

and encourage them to join in an enjoyable social evening. Sing along in the bar every Tuesday night with Na Firbolgs at 10pm.

STARS OF ERIN NO game for the adult team this week, next game not until May 3.

the draw takes place on May 1 in

Also, best of luck to the lads travel-

The Step Inn, all support is greatly

ling to London this weekend to play

appreciated.

ment.

Local sides shine in football Feile FEILE DIV 1 FINAL Kilmacud Crokes 1-6 Ballyboden St Enda’s 2-2 STEPHEN FINDLATER sport@gazettegroup.com

K ILMACUD Crokes claimed their very first ladies football Feile crown last Sunday in Pairc ui Murchu when they edged past host club, Ballyboden St Enda’s, by the narrowest of margins. It means they qualify for the national finals and will travel to Cork to take on the country’s finest after two days of intriguing action around the county. Crokes built a 1-4 to 1-1 lead by the interval as Mia Jennings found the net at a vital time, but Aine Duffy’s goal in the second period brought the sides level for a second time. Nip and tuck throughout the half hour, Holly Greer’s third free got her side back in front, only for Zenouska Murphy – also from a free – tied it at 2-2 to 1-5.

Aoife Kane, though, came up with the winning point a minute from the end to carry the day in dramatic fashion and give the Glenalbyn club another marquee day to remember. It followed a weekend of action all around the city, with local sides doing particularly well. Foxrock Cabinteely emerged, along with Ballyboden St Enda’s, from Saturday’s division one group stages to reach the semi-final and they played out a cracking final four encounter in Pairc ui Bhriain. Fox/Cab were right in the mix at the interval but Kilmacud held the edge through to the final whistle to deny their near neighbours. Naomh Olaf competed well, too, picking up wins over eventual semi-finalists O’Toole’s (2-4 to 2-3) and Castleknock (2-4 to 1-4) but were denied a place in the play-offs Ballinteer St John’s,

meanwhile, made it through to the semifinals of division two after they got the better of Clontarf, St Maur’s, Na Fianna B and O’Dwyers on Saturday. St Jude’s, though, were a top-quality outfit and managed to end their run en route to the overall crown.

Division 2 Cuala were also involved in division two but found their route blocked by tiny margins by semi-finalists St Sylvester’s (0-4 to 0-2) and Jude’s (1-2 to 1-1). But it was Kane’s late, late point which was the

abiding memory of this great competition. It provided a thrilling end to the largest Féile for girl’s football ever held in Dublin, with over 900 girls taking part in which there was also success for St Jude’s (Division 2), Scoil Ui Chonaill (Division 3) a n d We s t m a n s t ow n Gaels (Division 4) on winning their respective divisions after action around the city with not just Naomh Olaf hosting but Ballyboden St Enda’s, St Margaret’s, Scoil Ui Chonaill, Clan Na Gael Fontenoy and Naomh Mearnog also used as venues.

€10 draw tickets are still on sale,

Training on Tuesdays at 7.15pm.

in the Tir Chonail Gaels 7s’ tournaFoxrock Cabinteely were one of the top performing clubs at the weekend

good.

The weekly draw takes place every Sunday night in the Step Inn.

The U-11s had a great win, and

Weekly Draw results : 1st – Lil

great per formances all round.

Kavanagh, 2nd – Willy and Thelma

The U-9s were beaten, although

Walsh, 3rd – Daniel O’Dwyer.

they battled hard and were very unlucky. The Easter camp kicks off this week, let’s hope the weather keeps

There will be no Weekly draw over the Easter period, but continues af ter the € 10 draw, all suppor t greatly appreciated.

NAOMH OLAF CONGRATULATIONS to our U-14 girls’

over Ballyboden St Enda’s at home

football team who narrowly lost out

last Thursday evening. Also congrat-

on reaching the final stages of the

ulations to Stephen Stapleton, Cathal

Feile Division 1 competition last week-

Soraghan and co and their U-13 foot-

end.

ballers on a great win over Ballyboden

They finished level with Foxrock

at home last Saturday.

Cabinteely and O’Toole’s on winning

This was our B team and it is the

two games each and were eliminated

first time in many years that the club

on a narrow score difference. They

has fielded two teams in an age group

are a fantastic team and were true

at juvenile level.

heroines for the club.

Sympathy is extended to the Fagan

Thanks to Anthony Delaney and his

family, Wesley Heights, on the death of

team for superb organisation in host-

Anne’s brother Joe Mullins. Ar dheis

ing the event with no less than ten

De go raibh a ainm dílis.

teams and their attending supporters participating on Saturday. Congratulations to Ger O’Malley and our U-15 footballers on a great win

There was no winner of the lotto jackpot this week. Numbers drawn were 9, 18 and 23. Next week’s jackpot is worth €1,600.

WANDERERS THE annual players’ quiz night takes

contact Eddie on 0862536759 or Niall

place this Holy Thursday, April 21 at

on 0868857303.

the Merry Ploughboy, 8pm start. All

There was no winner of this week’s

players, friends and supporters are

of the lotto jackpot. Numbers drawn

welcome to attend and support the

were 10, 19 and 26; €25 goes to Terry

club.

Heavey, Pat Collins, Barry Daly, Pas-

Congratulations to Anthony Daly and the Dublin senior hurlers on thier win v Cork and qualification for the NHL Division 1 final.

chal Bugler. Jackpot next week is €800. Men’s Junior As beat Garda away on Sunday to earn a place in the Conlon

Juvenile Boys and Girls training

Cup semi-final, with Karl Boland, Karl

takes place every Saturday at 11am

Ennis and Gary Keogh playing well.

at Frank Kelly Park. All welcome. For

Junior Bs also won against St Francis

more information, parents should

Gaels/Cabinteely.


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Monkstown Boxing Club’s Zannah Buckley, one of the club’s rising stars, who won the girls’ All-Ireland cadet finals last weekend

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Monks box for history STEPHEN FINDLATER dunlaoghairesport@gazettegroup.com

M O N K S T OW N b o x i n g club are getting ready for a memorable week when five of their number will contest next week’s All-Ireland schoolboys’ championships at the National Stadium’s Ringside Club. It is the biggest representation from the club to ever make it this far, coming off the back of a brilliant run in the Dublin championships, w h i c h s aw Mo n k s t ow n fighters pick up five golds and one silver. Add in Zannah Buckley’s victory in the girls’ All-Ireland cadet finals last weekend, and it is a groundbreaking time for the club, as coach Pauly K insella explained when he spoke to GazetteSport last week. “You’d be lucky to get one Dublin champion a year. Between the youth and the schoolboys, that’s eight Dublin champions this year. It’s unheard of for our place;

you’d normally be lucky to even enter eight into the championships, let alone any champions. “The two biggest factors are the change of the facilities. We’ve moved out of the flats and are into a proper facility in Mounttown. “The other thing is, we decided a year and a half ago that it was tough enough for just three of us to run the club. So, we went out and got a few more lads in, and they have been really good,” said Kinsella.

Coaches James Doyle, Dean and Paul Gallagher have been added to the coaching staff while Otis Ingle – his grandfather a brother of worldrenowned trainer Brendan – is also on board. The switch to the Mounttown Community Facility has also played its part, giving the club a place to call their home, and it has paid off in spades. Buckley’s younger brother,

Regan, took the Dublin age 13, 33kg crown while sister, Denaragh, was a champion at age 11, 36kg. With 16-year-old elder sister Lisa travelling to represent Ireland in Turkey, this is developing into a true dynasty for the local club. Eric Carroll won the Dublin 48kg, age 13, while Dylan Moore is the 70kg champ in the same age group. All will repor t for the weigh-in at the National Stadium on Saturday before the bouts begin in earnest on Monday at the famous venue, with action going on throughout the week, leading up to finals on the following Saturday. Next up for the club is a boxing show in the Blackrock College Rugby Club on Stradbrook Road on Saturday, April 30. This event is a fundraiser for the club’s annual trip to Sunderland in May, which will take in a three-day training camp at the state-of-theart ABC gym.

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