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Month XX, 2012 Dun laoghaire • Blackrock • Cornelscourt • Deansgrange • Dalkey • Glasthule • Monkstown • Glenageary

INSIDE: The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, unveils a special plaque at Rathdown School P8-9

litter league: Praise for Dun Laoghaire despite its slip in national survey Page 5

Cuala reach All-Ireland Sevens final

Clerical mistake sees plan removed

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NYC’s Annalise Murphy lands European gold Page 30


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A CLERICAL error has resulted in the Blackrock Local Area Plan being withdrawn this week, leaving councillors “reeling” from the news. Elected members were due to consider the county manager’s report on submissions made by the public during the consultation period at a meeting of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on September 9.

However, outgoing county manager Owen Keegan announced the plan’s withdrawal because some emailed submissions had not been considered by planners and the manager’s report was therefore not a full response to residents’ concerns. Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said councillors were “reeling” as the plan is now off the table due to an “in-house hiccup”. Full Story on Page 4

A handmaid delivery: Atwood delights at the Pavilion Theatre ACCLAIMED author Margaret

Atwood was in relaxed form at the Pavilion Theatre recently, where she was the official guest at the opening night of the DLR Mountains to Sea book festival. The multi-award-winning

Canadian novelist and read from her latest book, MaddAddam, and fielded a number of questions about her work. The full-house audience were delighted to gain an insight into her writing and the creative process.

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An Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab, pictured) welcomed the news that Shanganagh Castle has been transferred into council ownership, saying: “When I became Cathaoirleach in June, this was one of the projects I hoped to be initiated during my term”

Shanganagh Castle is transferred to council A LAND deal involving the transfer of Shanganagh Castle into council ownership has been agreed by council representatives. The deal sees Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council transfer 11 acres of its zoned land east of the Dart line to Dundrum-based construction company Castlethorn, in return for Shanganagh Castle on 6.35 acres and two other residentially-zoned plots of 2.32 and 2.33 acres. The council will acquire the castle and a number of adjacent buildings, a plot currently occupied by Woodbrook Golf Club, and another plot at the end of the Woodbrook lands at the Old Dublin Road, beside the site of the proposed Woodbrook Dart station. The deal was agreed by councillors at a recent

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council meeting. Commenting on it, Cathaoirleach Carrie Smyth (Lab) said: “This deal will ensure the final completion of Shanganagh Regional Park. “When I became Cathaoirleach in June, this was one of the projects I hoped to be initiated during my term. I never thought it would happen so quickly, and I would like to acknowledge the huge amount of work [county manager] Owen Keegan has put into ensuring this agreement is finalised and before he departs from Dun Laoghaire.” Costs accrued to the

council for the transfer of these lands includes €210,000 in stamp duty and VAT, which the council said it has made provision for. Meanwhile, €500,000 has also been budgeted by the council for immediate emergency work to Shanganagh Castle to halt its further deterioration. In the 1950s, Shanganagh Castle was a Church of Ireland College of Education; later, it was used as an open prison by the Department of Justice until its closure in 2003. It has remained vacant ever since. Outgoing county manager Owen Keegan said: “All the land we are acquiring is zoned residential. The two 2.3 acres plots are likely to be sold in time by the council to generate funds to refurbish the castle and to complete the park.

“The land we are giving to Castlethorn is zoned ‘open space’. They will be relocating the golf club onto this land. “No decision has been made regarding the future use of the castle. [The initial €500,000] will be used to secure the building and emergency works. The full cost is likely to be in the vicinity of €4m.” Woodbrook Golf Club course will be relocated to Castlethorn’s 11-acre site. When asked by The Gazette if the council lands being transferred to Castlethorn would be developed, the company’s operations director Hugh O’Neill said: “No, not for residential development. “The 11 acres are located on the coastal side of the rail line, bounded to the east and south by part of Woodbrook Golf Club [and are] intended to be

ultimately developed as part of Woodbrook Golf Club [and] likely to be in conjunction with new residential development on the existing residentially-zoned lands. The 11 acres are zoned as ‘green belt’.” Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) said of the residentially-zoned land being transferred to the council: “I would argue strongly that this land should be made available by the council to housing associations and/or cooperative housing initiatives in order to build and provide for affordable housing.” Cllr Donal Marren (FG) said: “The first priority is to identify the built structure that can be retained; its precise use and that of the adjoining lands will in due course be decided, in consultation with local interested parties.”

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business: redeployment deal is reached with union, workers

Initiative to foster local link

Threatened M&S strike is called off  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THREATENED strike action by 26 laid-off workers at Marks and Spencer in Dun Laoghaire has been averted following a redeployment agreement. T he agreement to redeploy the workers to other stores was reached between the company and trade union Mandate last week. Union members in the Dun Laoghaire, Mullingar, Naas and Tallaght stores – which closed last month – had voted in favour of industrial action in protest at forced redundancies. At the time, Mandate members were asking the company to explore alternatives such as redeployment to other M&S stores

and to offer voluntary redundancies for those workers who wished to avail of them. Since then, Mandate and M&S have negotiated a settlement which was balloted and accepted by the members in the four stores on September 4. Assistant general secretary of Mandate, Gerry Light said: “It is regretful that our members had to threaten industrial action in order to achieve what was a very reasonable proposition. “As a union, all we were asking was that redeployment should be an option, where possible. Our members fought for redeployment and they have now won that opportunity. “Our members voted

almost unanimously in favour of a comprehensive set of proposals, which allow for redeployment to nearby stores. “The level of support for the proposals shows the quality of the deal negotiated and it is now up to the union and our members to ensure there is as large an uptake of those jobs on offer as possible. “This successful outcome for the M&S workers was only achieved because they were united in their union and were prepared to fight for a better deal for themselves and their families,” said Light. A representative for M&S declined to comment when contacted by The Gazette about this development.

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Going swimmingly: Helping to promote a European sailing championship JAMES Espey and Annalise Murphy were delighted to help promote the Laser European Championships that were held in Dun Laoghaire recently, and which featured some superb demonstrations of sailing skills in the men’s and women’s events. Hosted by the National Yacht Club and The Royal St George Yacht Club, the Laser competitors displayed pinpoint accuracy out on the waters of Dublin Bay, as a number of challenging courses and rules both tested and showcased the sailors’ skills.

A NEW initiative to forge a strong connection between first year students and the wider Dun Laoghaire community is being rolled-out by Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) this year. First Year Matters is a social and cultural integration project designed to benefit both the students and local residents and businesses. A college spokesperson said: “These students, on average, have a disposable income of €2.25 million [collectively] which is likely to be spent in local retailers, businesses, and entertainment venues over their first nine months of study at IADT.”

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council Email submissions omitted from Blackrock proposals

A clerical error halts area plan  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE Blackrock Local Area Plan (LAP) has been withdrawn due to a clerical error, it was revealed this week. During a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting, councillors reacted angrily to news that they could not vote on the plans because some of the emailed submissions made by local people had not been considered by council planners following the public consultation process.

The councillors were due to vote on the findings from the public consultation process at the council meeting on September 9; however, it had to be abandoned because of a clerical error. In a statement to The Gazette, a spokesperson said that the council was advised at its meeting on Monday last that a number of email submissions had not been considered and included in the manager’s report on the draft LAP for Blackrock. “Accordingly, it was

not possible to proceed with the item at the meeting. “Legal advice is being sought on the matter. Following its receipt and consideration, the elected members would be advised of any forthcoming arrangements as soon as possible,” said the statement. Following the withdrawal of the plan, Cllr Niamh Bhreathnach (Lab) said: “The councillors are reeling from the shock of the announcement that the adoption of the Blackrock Area


Comhairle na nOg meeting

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council: “in-house hiccup”

Action Plan is off the council agenda. “Following an in-house hiccup, not all email submissions were addressed and so the manager’s report is not considered a full response.” Last week, The Gazette

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reported that Blackrock residents objected to the inclusion in the LAP of high-rise apartment blocks from Temple Road to Newtown Park Avenue. Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) said: “I am very

disappointed that the Blackrock LAP couldn’t be progressed. “My hope is that the large number of submissions that have already been received will still count towards the new plan.”

pregnancy: blackrock course for parents

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A NEW Blackrock business is offering expectant mothers and their partners an alternative antenatal workshop. Birth Rocks is owned by Sylda Dwyer, who runs GentleBirth workshops to teach women to use self-hypnosis techniques throughout their pregnancy to facilitate a calmer and more controlled labour experience Speaking of her new business, Dwyer said: “I am delighted to be bringing the GentleBirth programme to parents in south County Dublin and the surrounding area. “Although the concept of hypnosis in birth might sound very ‘New Age’, it’s actually based on scientific research and sports psychology principles. “GentleBirth helps parents to relax and enjoy the pregnancy while also giving them the knowledge to have the birth experience they want.

“[The workshops] help parents to relax and enjoy the pregnancy while also giving them the confidence and knowledge to have the birth experience they want. This could be with or without an epidural. “I often hear that dads feel sidelined during labour and helpless in supporting their partners in the hospital. “My workshops are very much focused on including dads in the birth process and giving them the tools to help and support their partners in the delivery room for the best possible birth experience,” said Dwyer. The workshops are held in Reform Pilates studios on Main Street in Blackrock and will run monthly. The first one is on the weekend of October 5 and 6 and costs €375 per couple, which includes the GentleBirth Programme box set of eight CDs and instruction book.

The annual general meeting of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Comhairle na nOg (youth council), will be taking place on September 25 in the Royal Marine Hotel from 10am to 1pm. According to organisers, the AGM offers young people in the county aged 12 to 18 years a platform to have their say on local issues of importance to them. Comhairle na nOg was established in 2002 by the 34 city and county development boards in each local authority area as part of the National Children’s Strategy (2000). The youth council develops links with policy makers, student councils, youth organisations to ensure that young people are included in shaping policies.

Costcutter wins award A Dundrum Costcutter store has won an industry award for Outstanding Customer Care recently. McGrane’s Costcutter was awarded the prize at the annual Costcutter Awards, held recently in Wicklow. Owner Sean McGrane said: “We’re thrilled to have won – it’s a great honour. A lot of the credit goes to the staff for ensuring the high quality customer service delivered every day.” A total of 24 awards was presented at this year’s event held in the Ritz Carlton in Powerscourt. The competition began back in March with a secret shopper audit that focused on the customer’s shopping experience.

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survey Praise for town, despite slipping to 15th place

Dun Laoghaire falls in IBAL litter league  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

DUN Laoghaire is cleaner than European norms as the town is ranked 15th in Ireland for cleanliness in the first-round results of the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey. Litter wardens and Tidy Town committee members are being praised for helping the coastal town keep its clean status in the survey. Commissioned by IBAL, the survey is carried out by An Taisce in 42 towns and cities across the country. According to the organisation, while it’s not as good as the over-

all result for 2012 – when the town was ranked 11th – this is still another “excellent result for Dun Laoghaire”. Its report said: “Some of the top-ranking sites surveyed in Dun Laoghaire included two of the three approach roads, upper George’s Street, the Eden Park recycle facility, The Royal Marine Hotel and the ferry terminal – these sites were not just clear of litter, but were particularly well presented and maintained. “The level of litter at one moderately littered site – the L-shaped laneway between York Road and Lower George’s Street – was such that it

was verging on becoming a seriously littered site; for a long number of years it was in a very poor state but had recently been cleaned up – hopefully it won’t regress to its previous state.” Cllr John Bailey (FG) said: “The town of Dun Laoghaire did very well. I want to extend great thanks to the voluntary people, the Tidy Towns Committee, the residents’ associations, the Chamber of Commerce and the harbour company, who all worked so hard and volunteered their time to keep the town looking so well.” Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG) wel-

comed the results, saying: “I am delighted that the massive strides that have been taken to keep Dun Laoghaire clean and tidy have been recognised. “Having clean streets and a tidy environment can only bode well in terms of attracting people to our town.”

Despite dropping four places in the latest Irish Business Against Litter survey, the town’s ranking was described as an “excellent result for Dun Laoghaire”

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COMMUNITY Lakelands residents in Stillorgan gather to celebrate 50 years

Grown-ups relive their youth at rounders event  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

GROWN-UPS got a chance to relive their youth by playing a big game of rounders during a Gathering event held in Stillorgan last week. The Rounders Gathering event was held in Lakelands estate in Stillorgan to celebrate the estate

being 50 years old this year. Speaking about the event, Lakelands resident Mairead Ni Dhuchon said: “In the 1980s, rounders came to Lakelands and we competed in the GAA competitions at under-age and senior level. We also competed in the Community Games. We had a very successful 20-year run and many of us are the

proud owners of All-Ireland medals. Selfless

“Rounders brought the people of Lakelands together as a community. Managers were selfless with their time and generous in their enthusiasm and encouragement. Teams were developed and lifelong

friendships were formed. Parents and neighbours drove us the length and breadth of the country. The community in Lakelands – between young children, teenagers, parents and grandparents – took their place on the field of dreams as equals.” The event was held on September 7 in the park in Lakelands not only for all those who played the sport in

the 80s, but also for their supporters who cut the oranges, made the sandwiches and drove all over the country for games. Mairead Ni Dhuchon said the event was organised to “relive those halcyon days just one more time, when summers seemed brighter, warmer, longer and were filled with endless games of rounders”.

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Festival director Dave Byrne (above) and some of his team with the newly-acquired giant outdoor inflatable screen

THE Enterprise Board, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, are pleased to introduce a Retail Management Development programme which has been designed specifically to assist small independent retail businesses in the county to cope with the current challenges in the sector and to help them to adopt new business models and practices to meet the changes they are facing and to accelerate the growth of their business in the current economic climate. This course will take place over 7 x evenings (one per week), and topics covered will include: • Building A Robust Sales Strategy • Customer Service • Planning for Business Growth • Retail Management • Financial Management • On-line Marketing and Social Media • Merchandising and Display


Film festival takes over Dun Laoghaire  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

When: starting Tuesday, September 17th 2013 – 6.30 – 9.30pm (every Tuesday for seven weeks) Where: Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney Cost: €175 per person (includes refreshment and all course materials) (the overall programme cost is subsidised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board) Places can be booked on line – www.dlrceb. ie. Places are strictly limited so early booking is essential. For enquiries please phone (01) 494 8400

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THE four th annual Underground Film Festival started this week in venues around Dun Laoghaire. Festival director Dave Byrne and his team have lined up a huge amount of Irish and international shorts, feature films, musical acts and workshops for this year’s festival. Short films include The Beauty of Ballybrack, directed by Megan Woods, The Bible Basher about a serial killer and a missionary, directed by Maurice O’Carroll and many more. Among the feature films are Demon, a Gothic horror/love story set in Victorian London which is sure to appeal to young audiences, and Harry, Hamlet and I,

based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but set in inner city Dublin. An unusual listing this year and one worthy of the underground label, is Last Days of Joe Blow, which is based on Reservoir Dogs actor Lawrence Tierney’s nephew Michael who went from film director to porn actor. Classic films are also included in the festival programme and give organisers a great opportunity to show off the newly-acquired giant outdoor inflatable screen in the gardens of the Dun Laoghaire Club, which will be showing Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon with Al Pacino and George Lucas’s Return of the Jedi to mark the film’s 30th anniversary.

The festival is also hosting a number of free workshops for those interested in getting involved in the industry. They include a makeup workshop with Debs Leonard and film making with award-winning writer, producer and director Noel Brady. Throughout the festival music will be a constant factor as bands such as Big September, Dem Fools, Hypno Puppet, The Vincents and more will be playing while the barbecue is firing up. Films and workshops will be held in the Dun Laoghaire Club, The Royal Marine Hotel and Pavilion Theatre. To find out more about the festival’s programme, go to the website at www.undergroundcine

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special needs News of extra school classes welcomed

Whitechurch listing is an NCSE ‘mistake’  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

The principal of a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown school has denied reports that it will open a new special needs class this month. Whitechurch National School in Rathfarnham was listed on the National Council for Special Education’s (NCSE) website as one of the 113 schools nationwide to open a special needs class. Principal Sarah Richards, however, told The Gazette that NCSE had mistakenly included her school on the list. “The board of management is currently in the preliminary stages of discussion as to whether we will be able to facilitate an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) special class at the school. A number of factors need

to be taken into account including funding, site availability and feasibility etc. While the board of management has expressed interest in having an ASD class, no decision has been reached yet. “T he inclusion of Whitechurch National School on the NCSE’s list of special classes opening this September is in error and the school will be contacting the NCSE in due course in order to rectify this,” said principal Richards. However, at the time of going to print the NCSE had not yet commented on the principal’s statement. Meanwhile, Clonkeen College in Blackrock and Ballinteer Community School were also included in the list. The principal of

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Ballinteer Community School, David O’Connell, said the inclusion of the new ASD unit is great news. Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab), who is a board member of the school, said: “I am delighted with this very positive step both for the school and the wider community. “It will be of great benefit to children with an ASD and a comfort to many families in this area, knowing that their children can and will be getting the very best education.” The Tanaiste, Eamon

Gilmore, welcomed the news, saying it is particularly welcome to see that one of these new classes is located in Blackrock. He said: “Parents will now have a wider choice in terms of where they can send their children to school, and their children will have the opportunity to receive the quality of education that they deserve.” Altogether, 118 new classes will open around the country. This news brings the national total of special accommodation rooms in primary and second-

Children are pictured on an open day visiting Ballinteer Community College – the school is one of two in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown to get special needs classes

ary schools to 740, catering for more than 5,000 children with special needs. Dundrum councillor Jim O’Dea (FG) said: “The opening of these classes will help cre-

ate an improved and more inclusive learning environment for children with special needs. I believe that this will make the overall experience of school less challenging, and more enjoy-

able for these children.” Teresa Griffin, NCSE chief executive, said: “Every year, more schools respond positively to the needs of children in their communities by opening special classes.”

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Principal Conchur O’Raghallaigh welcomed the pupils. Pictures: Geraldine Woods



IGHT new pupils got a great welcome at the new Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua when it opened at its temporary location at Kilternan, ahead of relocating to Aikins Village next year. With a number of school places still available, principal Conchur O’Raghallaigh was delighted to welcome the pupils to the school, where he was joined by teacher Leanne Ni Dhubhthaigh and Niamh Ui Chorragain to help the children settle in. For further information on the school, phone 01 629 4110, or email

Kristen Stavridis with former principal Stella Me, principal Anne Dowling, Archbishop Michael Jackson, Rebecca

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Leanne Ni Dhubhthaigh helps Banbha Ni Laoire and Blathnat Quinn Georgia McRedmond, Annabelle Ponsonby and Jordan Murray. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

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Louise Mulrennan and Ellen Dooley

Cllr Jim O’Dea (FG), a teacher at the school

Dr Jackson unveils the special commemorative sculpture at

Andrews. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Rev Gary O’Dowd with Don Tidy

SCHOOLS: rathdown school marks a milestone

Celebrating 40 years of teaching T

HE Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, was special guest of honour at Rathdown School, Glenageary recently to help celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary. As part of the celebrations of the midlestone event, Dr Jackson unveiled a commemorative sculpture at the school, based on the school emblem – the Tree of Knowledge, taken from the Book of Genesis. Sculpted by Maureen Bushe, who taught in the school from 1999 to 2006, the bronze scultpure was greatly admired by the archbishop, principal Anne Dowling and former principal Stella Mew, the board of governors, staff, pupils, parents and guests.

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Aoife and Katie. Pictures: Conor McCabe Photography

Creative kids show off coolest coding projects Y

oung people, aged 8-16, from all parts of Ireland descended on Dublin City University recently to showcase their cool and imaginative projects as part of the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards.

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The Coolest Project Awards, now in its second year, featured 60 projects, including four online from the USA, undertaken by young people as part of CoderDojo, the network of free coding clubs educating thousands of

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James with the youngest CoderDojo participant Lauren

young Irish people about the fun and creativity of computer programming. The awards reward the creative side of programming, ranking entries using a “cool” factor assessment criteria.

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James Whelton sharing his views on Coolest Projects

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Girl Band (above) will perform at this year’s Arthur’s Day on September 26 along with other artists such as The Script, Manic Street Preachers and Emili Sande

impressive line-up: Celebrating the best in Irish creativity, music and art

Arthur’s Day celebration brings 500 music events  ian begley

Ireland is set to hold its fifth year celebrating Arthur’s Day on September 26, an international event where people from all over the world rejoice in their love of Guinness. This year, Ireland will host 500 music events taking place all over the island, which will include a line-up of some of the world’s most distinguished musicians. Some of the top-tier artists who

will perform at this year’s event will include The Script, Manic Street Preachers, The Original Rudeboys, Bobby Womack, Emili Sande, Daley, Girl Band, BOUTS, James Vincent McMorrow, Janelle Monae and many more. Alan Duggan, Dublin guitarist from Girl Band, said his fellow members and himself were asked to perform at this year’s Arthur’s Day by a booking agency in the UK. “I can imagine they noticed we were Irish and that we suited the type of

musicians they were looking for,” said Duggan. “We’re working on some new material at the moment, so it would be a nice way to try it out before we release our new single early next year. “It would be nice to play for a bigger, more different type of audience as opposed to the smaller independent gigs that we normally play.” Diageo, the company which owns Guinness, held the first-ever Arthur’s Day event back in September 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the

brewery. The day has since become an annual fixture all over the world for Irish people and lovers of Ireland to celebrate the best in Irish creativity, music and art, while also enjoying a pint of the black stuff. Arthur’s Day falls on Thursday, September 26, and ticketed events that will take place in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast are priced at €10. All money raised by the Arthur’s Day event goes straight into the Arthur Guinness Projects, which funds creativity and ideas within Ireland.

Open House Dublin returns this October opening doors of over 100 great buildings not usually seen by the public. Great buildings of architectural quality, many of which are not normally open to the public, will open their door over the weekend of October 4-6. This initiative, which is free of charge, invites people to explore and understand the value of a well-designed building. The theme of Open House Dublin 2013 is 100 Great Buildings, from the obvious to the overlooked. Speaking in advance of the launch, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan (FG) said: “The idea of Open House Dublin is so simple but so powerful: to visit great buildings, in the company of an expert guide, for free. “This year’s programme features buildings that keep the city running, buildings as landmarks, buildings with surprises, buildings known mainly to small communities – truly from the obvious to the overlooked.”


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Orchestrate an A NEW start-up business, entitled Music for Fun, which was inspired by an urge to provide children with an entertaining and interactive way to see and hear a live orchestra play their favourite music, is putting on two concerts this month in the National Concert Hall. In 2012, Dave McGauran and Julian Keable devised a format for family-friendly orchestral concerts to introduce children to an orchestra and foster a love of music in them. The concerts are performed by a full orchestra, comprising Ireland’s best professional musicians. McGauran said: “This is not your usual stuffy concert where bow ties and gowns are the norm. These are fun and entertaining concerts. Most of all, they are educational and involving.”

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The two performances will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm and 5pm. Tickets start at €10, and are available at www., or by telephoning 01 417 0000.

design the new bt trophy ORGANISERS of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition are injecting some art into proceedings this year by running a competition with artist Graham Knuttel for budding artists to design the exhibition’s new trophy. BT and the Institutes of Technology Ireland are searching for the most creative young artist’s design to mark the 50th anniversary of the exhibition. Lead judge K nuttel said: “The calibre of artistic talent and creativity here in Ireland is undoubtedly among the

best in the world. “This design competition is a fantastic opportunity for budding artists to see their creative ideas taken from conception through to masterpiece.” The theme for the design project is the creativity of science. The top prize is a MacBook laptop and trophy, and the competition is open to all secondary school students. Those interested in competing can send their design ideas to

info evening on Alzheimer’s A FREE information evening is being held by the Blackrock-based Alzheimer Society of Ireland this week. The event is being organised in aid of World Alzheimer’s Day and to raise awareness and broaden people’s under-

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enjoyable way to learn about music standing about Alzheimer’s and dementia. It will provide a forum and an opportunity for people to become better informed by medical and legal professionals in a supportive and compassionate environment. Expert speakers on the night will be Gerry Martin, chief executive of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland; Dr Frank Marmion, a GP with Carysfort Clinic and The Orchard Day Care Centre in Blackrock, and family carer Denise Monahan. Free information and advice on all aspects relating to sufferers of Alzheimer’s will be provided throughout the evening. The evening takes place on Thursday, September

19 at 7pm in the Alexander Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin 2.

dublin to host citizenry forum THE 2013 international Interdependence Day Forum is set to take place in Dublin on the weekend of September 20 to 23, marking both The Gathering in Ireland and the celebration of the Irish diaspora – a symbol of growing global interdependence. Previously held in cities across the world including Rome, Mexico City and Los Angeles, Interdependence Day brings educators, students, and cultural, political, social and religious leaders from around the world

together to discuss how to promote communication across cultures, and how to overcome parochialism. The event is about supporting and acknowledging global citizens, and promoting constructive interdependence. The Dublin theme is Migration, the Responsibility of Communities. Discussions will include education rights and gender equality, religion and social justice, how immigration affects communication across cultures, the crisis of climate change in a world without borders, and more. For further information on events and discussions, see

With help from three-year-old Emily, Dave McGauran of Music for Fun was keen to trumpet two upcoming concerts at the National Concert Hall which are specifically aimed at getting children involved with music


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An Austen evening  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Tranquil  laura webb

TO CELEBRATE the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, An Evening with Jane Austen is being held in Farmleigh House. The evening will feature author Sophia Hillan, who will give a talk on Austen and read from her acclaimed book, May, Lou and Cass: Jane Austen’s Nieces. This will be followed by some music from the period, and other attractions. Tickets for this free event will be chosen by lottery. To be in with a chance to attend the event on October 3 in Farmleigh House, see www. Title,24909,en.html.

Theatre director, writer and playwright Peter Sheridan, now writer-in-residence at Farmleigh House

FARMLEIGH has yet again succeeded in landing one of Ireland’s finest writers as its writer-inresidence, with theatre director and playwright Peter Sheridan taking on the role. Now in its seventh consecutive year, Peter follows in the footsteps of Joseph O’Connor, Stella Tillyar and Dermot Bolger. Writers are given a chance to live and work in the tranquil and historic setting of Farmleigh to work on their own projects, but they must also organise events for the public, which have proven extremely popular over the years.

Speaking to The Gazette about his involvement in the residency, he said it was his friends in high places hwo got him the gig. “When Joe [O’Connor] did his stint and when he was moving on, they asked him for a list of six names he thought would be good at this, and among them was my name. “They spoke to me and asked about my ideas. I knew the house, I had visited it as a punter and told them my ideas. “Obviously, I would do my own show [Break a Leg]. I also wanted to showcase new voices in poetry, so I thought: ‘Who is the new voice now?’, and found Hol-

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House has the write stuff lie McNish – a young Cambridge poet. She is sensational so I thought she would be perfect for this. “Farmleigh is a fantastic place to work, because it is so quiet and the atmosphere – you really know you are away from everything. “I have a little office in the back garden – granddad’s shed, as the grandkids call it – and I can always retreat there. “But, there are always kids coming in and out – ‘interruptions’, which I do love, to be honest, but I could certainly come up here for a few days to get away if I am under pressure to do something,” Born on Abercorn

Road in East Wall, the Sheridan family had heard stories of Sean O’Casey – the man behind such plays as The Plough and the Stars, and Juno and the Paycock, who once lived in the area, which intrigued him.

Theatre bug With this and his father’s interest in acting, it wasn’t long until he too caught the theatre bug and at 16 he never looked back. “My most recent book is Break a Leg; it’s about my theatre journey. My dad introduced me to the theatre. Once he introduced me to it, the light went on and that was that!

The exterior of the historic Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park

“I’ve never really been doing anything else – when I discovered [theatre], I was like, ‘Wow...’. “Dad started a theatre group and he wanted me

in a play; naturally, we did our neighbour Sean’s plays,” he said. His family later moved to Seville Place in North Wall where he and his

siblings, including film director Jim Sheridan, grew up. As teens, Peter and Jim would head down to O’Connell Street to put

on impromptu plays to entertain crowds. “We were doing really experimental stuff in the first few years of forming this drama group [his father’s]. “We were doing mad stuff, and we thought, ‘Why don’t we do improvised plays?’ On Saturday afternoon, we would do plays on the street and pass around the hat. It was crazy!” Being a director, actor and playwright, Peter is always busy, but for him it’s the best way to be. To find out more about Peter’s events in Farmleigh, or more about what’s on in the estate located in the Phoenix Park, see



Jack & Jill open shop THE Jack & Jill Foundation has opened its first charity shop in Newbridge. Financial guru and Jack & Jill patron Eddie Hobbs was on hand at the launch to check out the value in store, while stylist Mariette Doran examined its style. The foundation’s chief executive and founder, Jonathan Irwin, said they might be slightly late into the charity shop game, but people can bet that the Jack & Jill Shop will be a cut above the rest. He said: “It’s a true saying that ‘charity begins at home’, and we can see that tenet alive and well through the Jack & Jill network and our great friends and supporters nationally and locally.”


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Edco helping thousands of students think ahead With students across the country settling back to school, the Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) is one company already thinking ahead. With thousands of students set to sit State exams in June 2014, the company has once again launched the newest range of Edco Exam Papers for the Junior and Leaving Certificate. With over 65 titles available in the range, the Edco exam papers are considered to be Ireland’s number one exam paper and have a number of services offered free, including online solutions, tutorials and exam advice through The website is a unique learning system linking the Edco

exam papers to the internet and is used by over 50,000 students every year. Exclusive to Edco Exam Papers, the site is designed to help equip students with everything they need to succeed in exams. Edco Exam Papers come with a host of other helpful features, including interactive language CDROMs to help students with the listening and oral exams, study podcasts on a variety of topics, exam analysis charts indicating what topics came up in which year, and study planners to help students get on the right track for the exams. The full range of Edco Exam Papers is available in bookshops nationwide and at www.edco. ie.



Andrew Kavanagh, Total Laser Health

Taking the pain out of treatment Andrew Kavanagh is the owner/ operator of Total Laser Health at The Spawell in Templeogue. After numerous injuries and frustration at them not healing quickly enough he decided to pursue the area of injury treatment himself. His research brough him to Total Laser Health which offers a pain free and safe

method of repairing soft tissue damage in injuries. It also improves quality of life in patients suffering from chronic conditions that haven’t or don’t respond to conventional treatment methods (arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis etc) and reduces reliance on pharmaceutical interventions.

How long have you been in business?

Four years ago on July 24 I re-opened as Total Laser Health which had previously been operated since 2006 by a couple from Canada. So all in all, the clinic had been here for nearly seven years.

What makes your business successful?

We provide a realistic medical treatment alternative which caters for individuals who don’t achieve success through conventional treatment methods (injections, pharmaceuticals, operations, physio etc). How has the recession impacted your business?

There have certainly been challenges over the past few years as with all business but we just focused on providing the best service possible and word of mouth has really done the hard yards for us in terms of retaining and gaining new business. What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession? Edco has launched the newest range of exam papers for the Junior and Leaving Certificate

We have streamlined costs to be as low

as is feasible (€50 per session) and have not invested in unnecessary extras which add costs to an individual’s treatment.

food with a great ethos.

What is your ambition for the business?

1. Sean Kelly, legendary cyclist for the one-liners and short stories, 2. Arnold Schwarzenegger – for positivity and inspirational goal setting stories, 3. Luke Kelly – for some Irish history and quality songs.

To expand by opening more clinics around the country and expanding the Dublin clinic to provide even more diverse and specialist injury treatment options.

Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

What is the worst job you’ve ever had?

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

There’s a great array of people from all walks of life so you get to see the best of the community. What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Never assume anything and be honest.

What living person do you most admire?

I admire anyone who is brave enough to pursue something they’re passionate about

What is your favorite Dublin restaurant?

Cornucopia, Wicklow Street. Great

Human signpost, during college on Grafton Street for a week. I pretty much worked at every job imaginable during my early years. You are on death row, what is your last meal?

Cauliflower pizza.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

Double tax credits for the self employed and give them the same social welfare benefits as PAYE employees. We need to incentivise and encourage people to set up business in order to develop the local economy, not penalise them for doing so.

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Pets can you give manny a new home?

Beth Nunan and Delo McArdle from Age Action hold some of the little woolly hats they have made for the top of Innocent Smoothie bottles. More than 76,000 bottles will have such hats on them, with 30c from the sale of each Smoothie going to the charity Age Action, which will use the money for its winter campaign, which advises older people how to stay warm and healthy during the winter months. Every year in Ireland, approximately 2,000 people over the age of 65 die from cold-releated conditions.

campaign: wool you help knitters to support our senior citizens?

Hat’s a great way to help  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THE Innocent Big Knit for Age Action campaign is up and running again, marking five years since the first campaign to knit little hats for bottles of Innocent Smoothies began in Ireland. Innocent gives 30c to the charity for every hatted Smoothie sold and, this year, knitters are meeting in Camden Street’s Age Action charity shop to knit together and spread the word. Anyone can get involved in the campaign and knit their own colourful hats for the drink. One of the initiative’s greatest advocates, veteran knitter Delo McArdle, spoke to The Gazette this week. She said: “I was roped into the initiative years ago and never left it! A group

of us meet twice a week in the Camden Street shop and knit there for Innocent. They’ve been very good at sponsoring Age Action. “We knit little hats in any shape and form. Some of the ones I’ve seen so far this year are fantastic. There are brides and grooms and frogs and all sorts. People’s imaginations are extraordinary. “Then there’s the problem of how you are going to achieve your idea, so it’s difficult and takes a lot of designing and starting over if things aren’t working out. “We meet on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in Age Action and it’s like a social club for a number of people who have lost their partner, or who never had one.

“We have great craic there, and the reaction we get from people coming into the shop is quite extraordinary. “They come in to buy something or to browse, and they see these individuals sitting together at the back, knitting like something out of the French Revolution! “I think I would have fitted in there; a lost vocation, perhaps ...!” she joked. “From seeing us knitting, quite a number of people have joined the group, which is great. Knitting is something you can do on a long journey and is a great way of passing the time. I enjoy it, anyway. “This is the fifth year of the Big Knit and it’s going really well. It’s for a marvellous cause, too, and that’s the main thing.

“Age Action helps senior people to do bits and pieces around the place, such as mowing the grass or changing a light bulb. We [older people] are not very safe on ladders any more, and we don’t like to ask the neighbours; often we don’t know our neighbours, and are fearful, too. “So, the charity sends someone who’s been [security] vetted over to help them. “People should buy the Innocent Smoothies, not only to support Age Action, but they can use the little hats again as egg cosies!” said Delo. If you would like to get involved in the Big Knit campaign, you can learn more about it and get a great variety of knitting patterns online at

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Manny, who is celebrating his first birthday later this month! This beautiful, energetic Pitbull cross, was born at our Dublin centre, found a home but was unfortunately brought back to us. Manny is a very loving young man who has a beautiful nature. He has some basic training but could use a little bit more. He absolutely adores squeaky toys, children, food and above all, lots of love! He doesn’t like to be left alone for too long. We are looking for an active, loving home for this gentleman, if there are children in the family, they would have to be 10+. If you think you could give this young man a perfect, forever home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000 They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Janice short faux leather skirt €44.95

Floral cap sleeve top €19.95

Veronika blouse €34.95

Autumn arrivals Vero Moda’s Veronika blouse €34.95, Margo jacket €89.95 and Erin pant €39.95


Margo jacket €89.95

Wild trend skirt €24.95

ACTRESS and model Poppy Delevingne made Vero Moda’s new Autumn/Winter collection her own at a photoshoot in London recently. Vero Moda’s new collection is described as being feminine and versatile, with jackets, cardigans and knitwear being mixed and matched. Detail on this season’s collection will catch stylish eyes, which includes silk ribbon along the leg of a classic black pair of trousers, sequins adorning the shoulders of a lightweight knitted cardigan and a checked shirt tailored for extra femininity.

Subdued colours fit perfectly with the autumn season’s collection. Commenting on the photoshoot at London’s Metropolitan University with Poppy, Katja Hundrup, Vero Moda’s head of image and PR, said: “The location’s strong architectural features and overall look make an elegant backdrop for this autumn collection, and for Poppy’s light and feminine look. The location formed a graphic element in itself, and made both Poppy and the collection stand out, which was the effect we went for.” Check out the new collection in stores or online at

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Jungle Gem

nated to complement the key autumn/winter fashion trends as seen on international catwalks. The new contemporary metallics and nudes in the Sally Hansen collection are the perfect accessory to wear with textured tweeds and lace, which feature heavily in the Valentino 2013/14 collection. The deep red, berry and precious gem shades reflect the wealth of colour in store for the winter months. This trend is mirrored perfectly through Ellie Saab’s collection for the coming season.

Mauve Along

The salon manicure shades are made with a 7-1 formula – a base coat, a strengthener, a growth treatment, rich colour, a gel like shine, chip resistance and a topcoat – all in a single polish. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure autumn shades collection is out now. The collection is available in 48 shades, a colour for any mood – RRP €8.95. The full range of Sally Hansen products is available from selected pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores nationwide.

Shoot the Moon

THERE’S colour, colour everywhere for nails this season with warmer shades taking centre stage. The bright and light colours of summer are coming to an end and replacing them are warmer colours for the cooler season ahead. Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure Runway Ready Autumn Collection features a rich palette of colours spanning royal reds and rich plums to chic nudes and beiges. According to the Sally Hensen experts, the colours have been carefully coordi-


colours for Warm a cool season …

Plum Luck

Girls’ night of fashion and fun at Harvey Nichols Yatsy jacket 39.95

IF you’re sitting at home wondering what to do with the girls in the coming weeks and how to make your night out that little bit different, then look no further than Harvey Nichols.

This is a really nice idea from the retail giant. Every Thursday until the end of October, Harvey Nichols in the Dundrum Town Centre will host an exclusive Girls’ Night Out pack-

age. This means girls can enjoy a night out with a group of friends or colleagues, starting with a glass of prosecco and a beauty masterclass for the group at the counter

of your choice, followed by a cocktail and a twocourse meal in the first floor brasserie and a good bag each for just €25. This is a great way to brush up on beauty

skills while having fun with friends. This exclusive package can be booked by calling 01-2910488 or emailing firstfloor.reservations@harveynichols. com


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A difficult topic gets accessible treatment


BEST-selling Irish crime writer Niamh O’Connor’s fourth novel, Blink, is set amidst the murky world of teenage suicide and cyber-bullying. Teen suicide is a difficult subject which is still uppermost in the memory of middle Ireland fol-

lowing a spate of suicides by teenage girls allegedly bullied on internet chat site, O’Connor is not afraid to plumb these unsavoury depths and does so with a courage that is also a hallmark of her day job as crime correspondent for The Sunday World.

She’s used to the seedier side of life and approaches it with familiarity. She understands police procedure very well and how the Garda deal with crime scenes. Because of this, the best character in the book is Sexton – a middle-aged, obese juvenile liaison officer who has

a back story to rival any of the shenanigans he investigates. I am always fond of faulty heroes, who are full of their own complications yet nevertheless give everything to their jobs with relentless determination. There have been many of these characters in crime fiction, from TV’s Cracker to Benjamin Black’s Quirke, and the formula is a winning one. For all of its faults, Blink offers the reader a fresh version of this character in Sexton, a man who has a humanity and warmth it is impossible not to respond to. The plot follows an investigation into a cluster of suicides in a Dublin suburb. The theme of cyberbullying runs throughout all of the cases, but there is an enigma as to why these very different girls have taken the awful step they did. One girl, Lucy, is a para-suicide, which means she did not die but survived, and is in a near vegetative state, with locked-in syndrome. With this condition, Lucy’s mind is undamaged and fully alert, but her entire body is motionless, as she has lost any power to move. However, Lucy is the only person who can explain why the girls, who all went to the same private school, decided to kill themselves in the same woods in Enniskerry. Sexton, while investigating, visits Lucy and discovers that she can blink to indicate a letter, and in so doing tel-

Mentally alert but now trapped in her inert body, Lucy is the only person who can explain a spate of teen suicides, in Niamh O’Connor’s contemporary tale, Blink

egraphs a very sinister message to him which leads him to the conclusion that there is much more going on than meets the eye. I believe that Lucy, the blinking girl, is not used to enough effect by O’Connor and after Lucy’s initial communication, Sexton has to scramble about on his own with no more help from her. He relies on his considerable gut and his training to investigate until the whole can of worms explodes dramatically. The plot is often very complicated and yet

quite simplistic as all of the threads come together at last in one suspiciously neat package. For me, there are too many characters in the book and I found myself having to stop from time to time to clarify which character was which. However, despite this and the often choppy changes, the crime genre is well executed by O’Connor as she keeps

you on your toes with her fast-paced narrative. The reader is absorbed into the stor y ver y quickly, and I found myself wanting to solve the mystery of why these girls did what they did. If you like contemporary murder-mysteries, you will like Blink, which is published by Transworld, is priced €14.99 and is available in all good bookshops.

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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Waters builds a Wall in the Aviva next week

Janelle Monae delivers another highly-polished set of songs that will propel her towards mega-stardom in years to come


Singing Monae, Monae  ROB HEIGH

I’VE SEEN the future and it will be... funky. The Tripod hosted one of the best gigs of the decade so far in 2011 when Janelle Monae and her Archorchestra brought their monochrome style into full techicolour glor y in support of the previous year’s debut album, The Archandroid. Recalling the theatrical and musical perfection of Prince’s unsurpassed 1986 Parade tour, the show was a classy lesson in bringing an audience on a dance journey and

having them screaming for more at the close. The anticipation of Janelle’s next step was set, and she has not disappointed with her sophomore release, The Electric Lady. The album represents the fourth and fifth suites in a seven-part arc that started with her debut EP, Metropolis, and continues the themes of outsider empowerment and identity, with all of their attendant racial and sexual associations being subtly addressed. Monae’s strong presence flows through all of this almost-concep-

tual album ‑ the overarching concept is there, but doesn’t overwhelm the sheer enjoyment of this 68-minute journey into Monae’s imagination and easy familiarity with an array of styles that melt into something simultaneously fresh and familiar. Starting with an o r c h e s t r a l ove r t u r e before locking into its first groove, The Electric Lady is clearly influenced by Prince, evidenced early on with his appearance on Givin’ Em What They Want. Monae’s opening lines on that track ‑ “I am

sharper than a razor... They want me locked up in the system, coz I’m on a mission” ‑ is a statement of intent. She clearly wants to use the platform she has created to break out of what she percieves as a conformist agenda for black women in music and make something that will connect with audiences everywhere. Monae’s imagination and style has the potential to propel her beyond the norm, and make her one of the biggest acts on this planet, and possibly planets beyond this one as well.

The Electric Lady’s futuristic setting recalls Parliament/Funkadelic and Sun Ra at times, and John Barry and Burt Bacharach’s smooth easy listening stylings at others, the musical melting pot is bubbling and nothing is left out of the mix. With funk, jazz, classical, loungecore, girlgroup, funk and rock inflections appearing, sometimes within the same songs, Monae and her Wondaland band’s ease with all of these styles and polished production make this an unmissable treat.

He’s just turned 70 and Roger Waters is not only running rings around performers half his age, he’s building walls around them too. It’s probably misleading to say Waters will play The Aviva next Wednesday (September 18), because the Pink Floyd legend is set to rock the stadium to its very core with The Wall Live. Fans who witnessed the spectacular production at The O2 in 2011 had a common complaint: scuffed chins from the jaw-dropping show that unfolded in front of them at the Dublin venue. Now it’s returning to the city in the even bigger format of a multi-million euro arena show with Waters himself saying the outdoor environment helps the show sound better. As if tracks like Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall weren’t enough of a draw to a concert of the entire The Wall album, the visual aspect of The Wall Live is unmissable. Expect a larger-than-life wall to be constructed on the huge stage, which will display projected animations and powerful imagery before being torn down before your eyes. You’re not just in the audience at a show like this, you’re part of the magic. This gig will not only change your view of concerts, but Roger Waters is also hoping it’ll change your view on the world. He wrote The Wall in 1976 at the age of 36 in a time when he describes himself as “frightened” by the world around him, and as he’ll tell you, fear builds walls. Not only will the massive wall be broken down at this production that’s “dedicated to all the innocent lost”, he hopes our thoughts will be too. Prepare to be amazed. Dee appears on Nova Nights, Mon-Fri 7pm-12am and Sundays 12-2pm. @RaDeeOh


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Start saving those pennies, folks – the XBox One is on the way, and soon ...


Next Microsoft console to blast off on November 22 FINALLY steering its upcoming XBox One console away from the criticism that has dogged its heels since its initial (and badly fumbled) reveal, Microsoft have confirmed that the XBO is to hit 13 initial launch markets on Friday, November 22 – including Ireland. It’s an auspicious date for the company, as the hugely successful XBox 360 was launched in the US and Canada on that date in 2005, before going on to massive success internationally (proving to be a highly-efficient devourer of thousands and thousands of gaming hours from me, too). Continuing my notable skill at stating the obvious, there’s a great deal of interest in XBO-exclusive games and launch titles, with a mix of 23 titles available for day-one-release. These include (right, downwards) such XBOexclusive titles as Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5; expected system sellers Watch Dogs and Battlefield 4; curios like Ryse: Son of Rome and, err, Zumba Fitness: World Party. (Nobody knows anybody who ever zumbas – ever – yet zumba-whatever inevitably lurks in the charts for ages, for whatever reason, I do not know.) On the XBO’s roll-out, Yusuf Mehdi, an XBox marketing wizard and bigwig, said: “We hit an important milestone as we began full production of the XBox One console recently. There is still a lot more work to do, but the teams are making excellent progress and are focused on launch.” No surprises there. Interestingly, he also said: “In the spirit of continuing to bring new value and excitement to XBox, I am also pleased to confirm that the development team has increased the CPU from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ – roughly a 10% increase in CPU performance. This is on top of the 6% increase we previously announced for the GPU.” In other words, Microsoft have some extra grunt going under the bonnet, which may silence naysayers who’ve been saying that the PlayStation 4 is more powerful – although it’s pretty much a case of apples versus oranges, for most gamers. And finally – the price? Using my best waiter’s cough, I can delicately reveal the XBox One will retail for €499. Ouch. However, different retailers will have different launch offers and bundles, so be sure to look around for the best value. I’ll let you know more about such details, if and when I can ...



Roman over to a battle SEEING as my time machine is stubbornly preventing me from leapfrogging forward to September 17’s release of Grand Theft Auto V, here’s a review of justreleased Farming Simulator 2013 , available now for the XBox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, instead, which will really test whether you know your Case IH multirotors from your Deutz-Fahr balers, and – Nah, only joking – let’s look at Total War: Rome 2 on the PC instead! Cool! It’s the long-awaited sequel to the hugely-enjoyable Total War: Rome, which tested have-a-go praetorian’s skills to the limits in a tough-but-fair strategy game, pitting thousands of your soldiers against the computer, or other players, in historically accurate or influenced battles.


Never has shouting “Send in the elephants!” been as much fun, I can tell you, as Stompy and friends were deployed to mop up annoying archers and the like. Now, with TR:R2, its developer Creative Assembly has returned to lay waste to the strategy genre, stuffed to the gills with improvements and additions to its already illustrious predecessor. With several playable factions to choose from, with soliders and strategies from the likes of the Roman Republic, Macedon, Carthage and more – each of which

You can lead your legions to bloody success – or crushing defeat – across a wide variety of terrains and battles in places only dusty scholars remember, today ...

has its own unique skills, strengths and weaknesses, there’s an empire of content to get stuck into. Once again, players can follow the standard turn-based growth of their empire, as well as jumping in to real-time battles to command in person, and, hopefully, not snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Apart from the challenge of commanding such battles yourself – with literally thousands of soldiers clashing in a vast, increasingly chaotic battlefield – the empire you set up is equally challenging to master,

with countless economic, diplomatic and cultural choices to account for. After all, a neglected province or two here, a weakened border there, and even your iron grip could quickly rust away. Once you throw in the expanded importance and capabilities of naval units and waterborne battles, you have a truly vast game to keep tacticians and battlemasters of all ages busy until the next Roman empire rises. (At which case, feel free to start shouting about elephants.) Speaking of our big, grey friends, the elephant

in the room for such a review has to be the specs needed to run this game. As is usual these days, your PC will have to be pretty damn powerful to get this beast of a game up and running, as it’s even more power-hungry than your empire-ruling (or failing) alter ego is. However, assuming you have a rig that can cope with it, TW:R2 is an extremely pretty game in most respects, providing a clear view of everything going right (or wrong) as your own individual empire expands (or collapses). Have fun storming the castle!



AT THE time of writing, Square Enix’s long-awaited relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV has turned into an unbridled disaster, as servers practically cremated themselves under the weight of so many gamers trying to play, leaving oodles of players offline. It’s rare that a game suffers from being too successful, but Square Enix is now desperately trying to cope with the unexpected success of the newly relaunched title ...

YES, yes, I *know* that having yet another Minecraft story here risks seeing an angry mob descend on the building to get me to “Shut up about bloody M*******t, once and for all!” However, tons of readers are also engrossed in it, and I’m happy to take time out from building a vast virtual palazzio (with a gold statue of me at the centre, of course) to point out an interesting development. The first of a “mash-up” pack has arrived to add on to the game (for a small price) – a custom map that uses

IT catastrophe tramples relaunch into dust

Popular franchise collides with smash hit

textures based on Bioware’s hugely successful Mass Effect series, so that any would-be worldbuilders (or world-breakers, more like) can create some striking new buildings (above) and worlds using the Mass Effect look. This is a welcome move that further adds to the game’s already huge playability, and hopefully similar packs will start to appear soon to dig into ...

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motors road


Ford to offer choice of trio of electric cars

The new E-Class offers state-of-the-art safety features as well as a high level of luxury and comfort

Avantgarde: new direction sure to earn new generation of followers

Mercedes go the extra mile with E200 facelift n Cormac Curtis

With their strategy to develop two sides to their personality, Mercedes envisaged appealing to both their traditional executive saloon driver, as well as a new, younger, urban driver - a customer not traditionally associated with this particular premium German marque. And it would appear that they have succeeded. It might sound superficial to simply offer two different facades on the same model, but, if you consider the effect it has had on yours truly, for

example, it clearly works. Having spent a week in the new E200, I can say, without fear of contradiction, this car is unlike any other E Class that has come before. For starters, the styling tells a story all of its own. Like it or not, most of us form an opinion about a car based on our first look – and with the E200, that opinion will go one of two ways, depending on which model you are laying your eyes on. From my point of view – that of a recently turned 40-year-old – a car that looks a little more current,

possibly verging on youthful, is more likely to appeal than the typical Mercedes-Benz saloon; and that is exactly what I got in the new E200 Avantgarde. Without being too disrespectful, you could say that this car has been totally pimped. The colour is what Mercedes call Polar White, and coupled with the nicely tinted dark windows, this car had a delightfully aggressive vibe. But there’s the enormous air intakes, the over-sized logo on the grille, the aggressive angles and tilted head-

light clusters, not to mention the sleek body lines and indicators embedded in the wing mirrors, these elements have been carefully crafted to give this saloon some serious edge, and it works completely. Inside, there is still a new, fresh look and feel; there is a nice nod to traditional Mercedes interiors with woodeffect trim, yet styled in black and grey colour shades that match the carbon fibre and steel elements of the dash and trim. The smaller, sporty multifunction steering wheel is solid to the touch and gives

excellent feedback. The upholstery was a beautiful beige leather that suited the bright exterior perfectly. The feeling in the seats was exactly what you’d expect from Mercedes, but with a tighter, more engaging feel, this is no comfy sofa, that’s for sure. With a starting price of €44,305, there is a lot of car on offer here. As for the drive, there is surefootedness that is rare in this kind of car. This is a new direction for the E Class that is certain to earn the brand a new generation of followers.

The Ford Motor Company has announced it will offer a choice of three distinct electric vehicles in its European showrooms by 2014 to complement its line-up of fuel efficient petrol and diesel powered vehicles. Coming next year will be the new C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid and the Mondeo Hybrid. They will join the Ford Focus Electric, a zero emission battery electric vehicle built in Saarlouis, Germany, which will arrive in Ireland in early 2014. According to Barb Samardzich, vice president, product development, Ford of Europe: “Ford is leveraging our global experience and expertise to rollout a range of electrified vehicles that offers a wide and compelling power of choice. “European customers care deeply about the environment and are increasingly seeing electrified vehicles as a way of balancing those concerns with a commitment to car ownership.” Ford is the manufacturer of the second-highest number of hybrid vehicles in the world and the company’s share of the electrified vehicle market has quadrupled in the past year in the US, where Ford recently announced electrified vehicle sales of about 46,000 units this year through June – more than 400 per cent increase compared with a year ago.

Pass your way to the finals of the World Cup some lucky football fan, and a friend, could be jetting off to Rio thanks to a new app from official World Cup sponsor Continental Tyres. ContiRioKick has just been launched and every month until and including April 2014, one player will win a trip for two to the world’s big-

gest football tournament in Brazil next summer. For football fans across Europe it couldn’t be easier to play – download the free app, pass the ball to friends or anyone else in the game and every completed pass builds players’ points total. The top 11 players in the European league at the end of each month

will be entered into a prize draw with the chance to attend next summer’s action in Brazil. Football fans from 15 countries across the world have already joined in the fun, passing a total of 136,141 balls to other players. As well as starting a pass move, points can be earned if someone

passes you a ball and you accept it and pass it on. The longer the passing sequence and the earlier in the sequence you are, the more points awarded – so getting more people involved leads to success. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore.

Ford is set to offer three distinct electric vehicles

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TRAVEL Tuck into a bonnie dish

by Scotland’s beautiful lochs this autumn

Deliciously tempting festival  natalie burke

FOOD fans hoping to take a last-minute break this September will be pleased to know the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight will continue until September 22 – the perfect opportunity to sample the best that Scotland’s larder has to offer. T he festival has become a stalwart on the food calendar with hundreds of events ranging from foraging and farmers’ markets to cooking demonstrations and classes. The Loch Ness Beer Festival takes place from September 20 to 28 in Inverness, and celebrates all the best Scottish beers, where you’ll also enjoy live music, food, competitions, dancing and more. The Elgin Food and Drink Festival is set for September 20 and will see more than 70 exhibitors bringing market stalls to the streets of Elgin, along with cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. A must for families, check out Autumn Harvest Day at St Andrew’s Botanic Gardens on September 22. For more events, see events/events-2013, or natural.

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america: the big apple has lots to take a bite at in the coming months

Fall for an autumn break in NYC  natalie burke

IF YOU’RE planning on taking a bite out of the Big Apple this September or October, your autumn getaway is sure to coincide with a number of unusual events to help make your visit a little different. While you’re sure to take in New York City’s most popular hotspots, with a stroll through Central Park, a wander down Fifth Avenue and

a climb to the top of the Empire State, there’s also a host of other interesting, unconventional and high-profile events taking place, so be sure to take note. Until September 15, New York will see Broadway Week begin, offering exclusive two-for-one tickets to a huge range of best-selling Broadway shows, including Annie, Wicked, Chicago, The Lion King and Mamma Mia!

From now until September 22, the city will see the annual Feast of San Gennaro take place in historic Little Italy. It attracts more than one million people to its heady streets and revellers can enjoy everything from roadside music and colourful parades to food stands and a cannellonieating contest. For the more literary types, the Brooklyn Book Festival takes place from September 16

until September 22 and has a packed schedule of readings and panels on indoor and outdoor stages. There are also plenty of local events in streetside cafes, libraries and bookstores. Participating authors at the festival will include the likes of Karen Russell, Jamaica Kincaid and Sam Lipsyte. Between September 28 and October 14, the New York Film Festival

will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is the ideal place to see cutting-edge films before they make it big. Bringing some of the world’s most creative cinema to the city, this year’s offering includes Searching for Jason, a portrait of Jason Holliday filmed in 1967, as well as new film, Flight, from Robert Zemeckis, starring Denzel Washington. For somewhere to

stay, check out “numa, the New York Manhattan hotel”, which is centrally located in midtown, Manhattan, and offers rooms in September from just $294.99 per double room (under €112 per person), along with free continental breakfast, free child stays for under-12s and complementary wi-fi. For further information or to book, visit

donegal: arthur’s day by lough eske

Guinness-inspired getaway awaits ...  natalie burke

TO CELEBRATE Guinness’s Arthur’s Day on Thursday, September 26, the luxurious Donegal Town retreat of Solis Lough Eske Castle will be running a specially-chosen Guinness week menu, which will be available for

the week commencing September 23 until September 29. The creator of the fivestar hotel’s Guinnessinspired menu is head chef Nicholas Le Toumelin and the three-course menu will feature Guinness-inspired dishes as their key ingredient.

The menu includes a starter of oyster and Guinness risotto, a main course of beef and Guinness stew with Guinness bread, and a dessert of warm chocolate brownie with Guinness ice-cream. A Guinness truffle and a pint of Guinness are also included, for just €35

Relax in the shadow of the Bluestack Mountains at Solis Lough Eske, by Donegal Town

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FastSport still time for etihad funding contest:

Women’s race winner Gina Murphy from Stillorgan at the end of the 2013 Liffey Swim. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

swimming: stillorgan and south wall participants take 2013 crowns in sun

Long tradition continues as over 300 take to the Liffey The River Liffey was shining recently when 335 men and women of all ages took to the water for the 94th Dublin City Liffey Swim, supported by Dublin City Council and staged by the Open Sea Committee. The race is the penultimate event in a season of 26 open water races held during the summer months. 219 men battled it out in their race which hit the water at 12.30pm at the Loop Line Bridge. Ciaran O’Driscoll from Half Moon Swimming Club in Great South Wall

in Dublin won the men’s race with an impressive time of 26.16 minutes. The women’s race followed an hour later when 116 women took to Ireland’s most famous river for their chance to swim competitively through the heart of Dublin city. Gina Murphy from Glenalbyn Masters in Stillorgan crossed the winning line at the East Link Toll Bridge after only 32.22 minutes. A special presentation with the lord mayor took place on the Cill Airne when the winners were awarded their

winners cups as well as a print of the historic 1923 Jack B Yeats painting, The Liffey Swim. Speaking about the historic race, the Lord Mayor, Oisin Quinn (Lab), said: “The Dublin City Liffey Swim has been growing in attendance year on year which illustrates just how important the legacy of the race is after 94 years. “I would like to congratulate Ciaran and Gina as they have their names added to the historical list of Dublin City Liffey Swim winners.

“This year Dublin City Council is delighted to be in a position to provide additional support to this fantastic sporting event with the introduction of the first Liffey Living Festival and we hope that everyone that has attended the swim and festival has enjoyed an exhilarating free family day out.” For more information on how to qualify for next year’s Dublin City Liffey Swim or to take part in the Leinster Open Sea Races, log on to

Dublin hurling clubs still have time to enter this year’s Etihad Airways Raise The Bar competition for the ultimate prize of a year’s sponsorship package with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Clubs can enter the competition before midnight on September 30 by submitting written and video entries on www. to show how they have Raised The Bar, and why they deserve to win the sponsorship package. Etihad Airways wants to reward one special club, whether that is being the focal point of their community, or managing to keep the club going against the odds or even expanding their club in recent times. Further details can be found online at

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FastSport prospective coaches invited to attend upcoming courses: Basketball Ireland are set to hold two introductory courses for people who want to be basketball coaches in the coming months. Places are now available on the two upcoming one-day introduction to coaching courses that will take place at the Oblate Hall, Inchicore and in the National Basketball Arena in September and November respectively. Both courses are certified and run in conjunction with Coaching Ireland. Participants do not need to have any prior coaching qualifications as they are first level courses, lasting eight hours. The cost of the coaching events is €40 per coach, and the registration form is available to download from www. basketballireland. com, and must be returned with payment in advance of the course dates.

judo: DCU hosts international superstars of the martial art

A master class from the masters 

13 0 jud ok a f r o m 12 different countries

gathered at Dublin City University recently to take part in this year’s pro judo camp which

John O’Gara, Dadash Kayko and European champion Aleksei Budolin take part in the masterclass

was led by an impressive coaching line-up of international talent. Those who attended were privileged to be in the company of Beijing Olympic champion and London Olympic silver medallist, European champion and world medallist Ole Bischof; Olympic bronze medallist, European champion and world medallist Sergei Aschwanden from Switzerland; Olympic bronze and world silver medallist and European champion Aleksei Budolin from Estonia; and last but not least World and European champion Craig Fallon from Britain. All the coaches are renowned for their range of judo techniques and impressed all camp participants with new tips and guidance to improve their game at all levels.

Ole Bischof takes time out to talk to some aspiring judoka

The camp also offered a variety of workshops to Irish Judo Association participants. National squad manager Keith Gough introduced a special gymnastics workshop led by former gymnastics world medallist Craig Filmer to IJA coaches in order to improve gymnastic fundamentals in their clubs. These basics are vital in judo for future success and the theor y followed by a two-hour practical workshop was well perceived by the participants. Craig then stayed on to do the general warm-up session for the full camp for the afternoon and showed off a couple of his own impressive gymnastic

abilities. A strength and conditioning workshop was held by Shane Mahon, a professional sports scientist from DCU. Again, the workshop was split in two parts, one theoretical and one practical part for the IJA squad members. All adults had the pleasure of joining Aleksei Budolin and Sergei Aschwanden for an additional adult session on Friday evening – the Masterclass, while the under 18-year-olds had a little climbing competition with qualified climbing instructor Fergal in the climbing hall beside the main arena. Saturday evening was the last official evening of this training camp

and all par ticipants gathered in the NU Bar beside the sports centre for a well-deserved BBQ after the last session. This was another opportunity for everyone to “mingle off the mats” and develop new friendships and contacts made at the camp. Last but not least, the Commonwealth Games Squad from Northern Ireland joined the camp on the last day for a special training session in preparation for the Games qualification period. The dates for next year’s camp are already confirmed. They will be held from August 6 to 10, 2014 and more information will be available at

Three show APPitude combining fitness and tech 

The Jawbone UP system is one of the smartphone initiatives on offer to help people track their progress

Pe opl e d e t e r m i n e d t o maintain their fitness and dietary goals and who are prepared to make the most of their smart technology will have the opportunity to do so using a new programme from Three Mobile. T he Positive APPitude campaign commenced last week, which is now offering free one-to-one coaching sessions across Three stores nationwide. T hree staff are advis-

ing individuals during a 10-minute coaching session on recommended lifestyle apps, products and accessories that help track habits, set goals and keep motivated. This includes the Jawbone UP system, which tracks your activity and interacts with a smartphone app which displays your data and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. Clara Martin, store manager at Dublin’s Grafton Street, said: “With the apps and lifestyle products available

today - from logging sleep to tracking steps and counting calories - the days of having a PA, personal trainer or concierge might be coming to an end.” Shane O’Brien, device and accessory portfolio manager at Three, said: “We’re in the middle of a technology revolution. Smartphone users are downloading millions of lifestyle apps to improve and monitor the way they eat, sleep, exercise and organise their life. Three’s Positive APPitude facilitates this

emerging global movement.” People seeking a Positive APPitude can drop into their nearest Three store, bringing their current smartphone for a one-to-one coaching session. Smartphone users can visit Grafton Street, Henry Street, Blanchardstown, Swords, Santry, Liffey Valley, Dundrum and Tallaght for their tailored Positive APPitude session. For further details on the programme, log on to www.

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Experience of training at the highest levels of international competition has led Jonny Bruton to bring those conventions to Dublin sportspeople in the form of the Smart Fitness facility

THREE Rock Rovers Hockey Club’s Jonny Bruton is hoping to provide Leinster’s sporting community with a new fitness experience and a fresh approach to training when he opens the doors to the Smart Training fitness facility this week. The Irish international has taken a break from the men’s senior training panel since playing in World League round three in Rotterdam in June to set up the new venture, based in Churchtown Business Park. He and his team of five are hoping to offer a new approach to fitness training. “Smart Training is for people who want to lose weight, tone up, be more active and feel good. All

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this without feeling pain. It’s all about smart training: training smarter, not harder. “Training hard is good but if you’re training either with an injury or have a mobility issue like tight hips, they will make themselves worse in the long run. Fixing those issues before people go on to train harder is where the idea started. “The services we offer are small group training, class membership and one-to-one training. The reason we are different is

because with your average gym, about a month in, people get bored, feel they are getting no results and just leave.” Smart Training will run a variety of classes including pilates, Zumba, core, RIP 60, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and kettlebells, along with classic boot camps, something which Bruton has been running with Three Rock for the past three weeks. Indeed, he is looking to run classes with a strong hockey-specific basis, something he has had in mind for several years. “I’ve loved sport all my life and hockey is my main background. When I moved to Dublin [from Australia] three years ago, I wanted to do something in that area

Three Rock Rovers’ and Ireland international Jonny Bruton

[in terms of training]. “I got into fitness instructing first and then I went further into personal training. I saw a niche in the market for what we are doing here at Smart Training.

base.” Bruton’s brand of fitness training and the areas he is making the focus of his programmes have proven results in the international arena. “I’ve only noticed in


‘The reason we are different is because, with your average gym, people get bored about a month in’ - Jonny Bruton


“I want to feed the hockey in through the personal training. Especially for young lads, if you want to aspire to be a top player, strength and conditioning are key for that.” He cites the development of a player’s core as a key element in the make-up of a modern athlete. “Core is essential. Any guy coming into the international hockey scene will see, you need to be low to the ball for which the core area is extremely important. Areas like your glutes and lower back muscles are key areas to remain low and strong on the ball. “What we do would be very much on those areas, working your hips and quads with squats and dead lifts and rotation of your core. If you aspire to be a top player, you have to be fast, light on your toes, have a strong core and a strong

the past three or four years that the Irish team has got big into it and you have seen their strides. We have come a long way through our conditioning to match the big teams. Our physical conditioning has been really good and progressed a lot since I earned my first cap in 2008. “I want to promote this to the hockey community. It is actually a big enough market. “I want to make it part of that friendly hockey community. I’m so excited to have this team together because they will work well together,” said Bruton. He also says that Smart Training can provide an alternative venue during the winter months when the temperatures drop. “When the pitches are frozen, it is an opportunity for teams to talk to me and use the facility and we can do things in there to keep them active.”

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Wayside progress in LSL Charlie Cahill Cup GER Pender’s double helped Wayside Celtic through to the second round of the LSL Charlie Cahill Cup as the Jackson Park club had too much in the tank for Newtown Rangers last weekend. Pete Lennon’s side outstripped their south Dublin rivals as they ran up a 4-1 win to advance to the next phase of the competition with Darren Lacey and Richie O’Farrell also on the mark. It saw them bounce back after they were beaten in the Leinster Senior Cup semi-final by Shamrock Rovers five days earlier. They had embarked on a great run in that competition, seeing off League of Ireland side Bray Wanderers in the previous round courtesy of Ross Zambra’s late goal in August. They also beat Drogheda United back in April in the competition’s opening round but they came unstuck against Rovers. Gary McCabe put them on the board when he got on the end of Pat Sullivan’s cross and Billy Dennehy extended the lead before half-time. A third goal came in the 53rd minute from Karl Sheppard – currently on loan from Reading – after he was set up by Sean Heaney and Ken Oman. Nonetheless, their run in the competition shows their ability to mix it with the top sides and is something they will be keen to build on as the season progresses. They have been handed an interesting draw in the first round of the FAI Intermediate Cup where they will face Swords Celtic who reside three divisions below them but have made a storming return to intermediate football since regaining their place in Sunday Senior 1B. Wayside will be hosts for that tie on the weekend of September 22. Elsewhere, TEK United continued their perfect start to the 2013/14 season as they recorded their fourth straight win, a 2-1 success over Pegasus/St James Gate in Stradbrook, to top the LSL Sunday Senior Division 1A.

sailing: rathfarnham sailor takes european laser title

Annalise Murphy celebrates on the waters of Dun Laoghaire after claiming the European laser title. Picture: Richard Langdon / Ocean Images

Murphy queen of the waves 

ANNALISE Murphy produced a fairytale win in Dun Laoghaire last Sunday, claiming the Laser European title, landing the first major title since last summer’s Olympic Games in Weymouth. There, she agonisingly missed out on a medal in the final but the 23-yearold made no mistake this time around on her home waters to bounce back from that disappointment in stunning style. Murphy had led overall after the first two days of her first Olympic regatta, winning four races in suc-

cession and went into the medal race finale as one of four girls who were only one point apart. Just over a year ago Murphy proved to be the one who finished empty handed and disappointed. But she triumphantly topped the European Championship standings last Sunday, with eight wins from 12 starts, to leave Holland’s 2012 silver medallist Marit Bowmeester in her wake as runner up, a conclusive 22 points behind, and Belgium’s bronze medallist Evi van Acker 31 points adrift.

new old belvedere Women’s rugby team in Leinster blitz final old belvedere were among the 13 teams who took part in the Leinster Rugby preseason opening blitz day in Co Carlow FC. Those who took part included Barnhall, Tullamore, Arklow, Portarlington, Kilkenny, St Mary’s, Clondalkin, Mullingar, New Ross, Wicklow, Longford and Tullow. The home side defeated Old Belvedere in the final match to claim the first silverware of the season. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Murphy was carried up the slip of the National Yacht Club shoulder high by her fellow Irish sailors still in her Laser, smiling broadly. “It was pretty tough after the Olympics,” she said afterwards. “It hurt to have finished fourth, especially to have been in a medal position all the way through. It made me train pretty hard this year, I have been pretty focused these last few months and I knew I had a goal here. I was not too sure how everyone else was going to perform. I am so delighted. “It is so special to win

here at my home club. My mum and dad are here, my sister is here. It is awesome, it is great to see all the club members here sharing it with me. They have been such a huge support for me over the last two years. “It is great. Rio is still three years away. I have a lot of training to do but this feels great to win my first big event.” “I have not done any more or less training here or before Weymouth. I have always done plenty. I have another year’s experience. I was extremely nervous after my first two days at the Olympics

after winning the first four races. “But here, after winning so many races, I did not have that same nervous feeling, because I knew what not to do. I was a bit apprehensive today but mostly I wanted to just prove I could go out and have another good day.” In the Men’s Laser Radial fleet, 17-year-old local ace Finn Lynch, who won silver at last year’s ISAF Youth World Championships, sailed consistently throughout, notching up nine top five finishes including two race wins.

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hurling: local derby in final proves a fitting end

Club Noticeboard cuala Congratulations to the senior

shield semi-final action next week-

hurlers who came within minutes of

end against Ballyboden in the A and

securing a first All-Ireland title for

Naomh Mearnog in the B.

the club on Saturday. Progress through a strong Munster-dominated group of clubs

The victorious Ballyboden St Enda’s team at Glenalbyn and, below, the Cuala side. Pictures: Diarmuid O Gallchobhair

Ballyboden shine in All-Ireland sevens 

B A L LY B O D E N S t Enda’s became the firstever Dublin winners of the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Senior Hurling Sevens at Glenalbyn last Saturday when they defeated Dublin southside rivals, Cuala, in the decider, 4-13 to 3-11. Boden had knocked out the host club in the quar ter-final before accounting forTipperary’s Moycarkey by 2-13 to 1-7 in the semi-final. After beating Portroe in their quarter-final, Cuala produced a superb display to overwhelm another Tipperary side, Mullinahone, by 6-13 to 3-3, in the semi-final. Earlier, Mullinahone had defeated Thurles Sarsfields in a game which pitted Tipp stars Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett against each other. D e spi te the p o o r weather conditions, the 41st One Direct Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland hurling sevens competition produced its usual quota of thrilling games and spectacular scores.

Over 60 teams representing the four provinces took part in the Senior Cup, Shield and Under-13 competitions. The first ball was thrown in at 10am as the action commenced at five separate Stillorgan venues at a fantastic pace. The tempo never let up throughout the senior group games as teams from Tipp and Dublin dominated, culminating in the competition’s first all-Dublin final between Ballybodan St Enda’s and Cuala. With both teams boasting a hefty representation of intercounty stars, Boden edged the first half 2-5 to 1-5, with Conal Keaney bagging Boden’s two and Mark Schutte replying for Cuala. The second half started

at a frenetic pace with four goals in four minutes through John Sheanon and Mark Schutte (Cuala) and a pair from Boden’s Niall McMorrow. Boden withstood a late Cuala rally, including a pointed penalty by David Treacy, to triumph on a scoreline of 4-13 to 3-11. Both Dublin teams showed impressive touch and fitness to reach the final. It was fitting that Keaney was awarded player of the tournament following arguably his best year ever on the hurling field. The Shield final, in which teams from counties with emerging hurling talent compete, was hotly contested by Eoghan Ruadh of Tyrone versus Keady of Armagh, with Eoghan Ruadh coming

out on top on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11. The future of hurling was well represented by the Under-13 contingents from all over Ireland, with Naas claiming an historic victory over a John Fenton-managed Midleton by 1-2 to 0-2. Speaking about the event, Kilmacud Crokes hurling chairman, Peter Walsh said: “Despite the weather, hurling fans countrywide came out in their throngs to sample sevens hurling at its finest. “This All-Ireland tournament is one of the most prestigious competitions on the club calendar and we congratulate, Ballyboden, Eoghan Ruadh and Naas on their success and hope to see them back next year.”

The U-13 and U-14 footballers both ran up big scores in league action over the weekend.

from Tipp, Cork and Limerick in the

The annual Cuala All-Ireland lunch

Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland sevens

takes place at the Burlington Hotel

led to the knock-out phase and the

from 1pm on Friday, September

lads went all the way through before

20. Take a look at the website for

losing in a tight final against fellow

details on how you can book a table

Dubs Ballyboden.

to entertain friends or colleagues,

Our minor A footballers launched

or even just come along as a smaller

their championship with a good win

group to enjoy what will be a great

against Na Fianna on Sunday morn-

atmosphere in the company of Des

ing. Not to be outdone, the B team

Cahill and friends. Over 40 tables

racked up a 19-point victory over

are sold already, so act quickly if you

Whitehall at the same time. Well

want to be a part of the build-up to

done, lads.

the All-Ireland in inimitable Cuala

Next week, it is championship time for the hurlers with a trip for the As to Whitehall on Sunday morning.

fashion. The Cuala Acti-Vation is back with registration and first fitness class

Great result in the first round of

on Wednesday, September 18. You

the minor Camogie envelopment cup

get 16+ sessions all in for €50, and

as our girls progressed with a com-

just the right level of motivation to

fortable victory over Erin go Bragh.

get you in shape for the autumn and

The U-15A footballers fought out a

the winter ahead.

thrilling draw (after extra time) with

Details of how members will need

table- topping Ballinteer St John’s in

to register for the chance of tick-

the A championship, and the Bs were

ets to the All-Ireland football final

granted a bye to the quarter-finals

will be made available in the coming

of the C championship.

days. Watch out on the website for

The two hurling sides at U-15 are in


shankill THE juvenile academy continues every

10 and would like to take part in the

Saturday from 12 noon to 1pm and will

team, then call to Shanganagh Park

continue throughout the summer. We

on any Saturday to our Juvenile Acad-

cater for boys and girls aged five to 12

emy between 12pm and 1pm. We can’t

years, covering football, hurling and

wait for the matches to start. Contact

camogie. All equipment is provided

team manager Gabriel on 085 725 4897

and it’s only €2 per session. Don’t for-

for more information.

get all children will need a gum shield as per GAA regulations.

Shankill GAA Club are hosting a family fun day on Sunday, September 15 at

Our U-10 and U-12 teams’ Wednes-

Shanganagh Park from 1pm to 5pm.

day evening training session is now on

This is an event for the entire commu-

hold for a couple of weeks, due to re-

nity and we look forward to seeing you

commence in September, just to give

all there for a great day’s fun. There

the kids and, of course, the coaches a

are lots of fantastic events planned

little break.

for the day. There will also be bounc-

Keep an eye on our Facebook and

ing castles for the kids along with the

Twitter pages as well as our weekly

GAA inflatable portable pitch with

newsletter for updates on when we

challenge matches held throughout

will start back. We’re looking forward

the day.

to registering these teams for the Dublin Leagues next season.

Brady’s of Shankill have kindly offered the next round of their Chase

Our U-10 football team played

The Ace Competition to Shankill GAA

their first match in the Dublin League

Club. Tickets are sold weekly for only

on Saturday, September 7 v Kilma-

€2. One card is pulled out each Sunday

cud Crokes. The team showed great

night at 9pm with the aim being to get

teamwork and skills, they truly are

the ace of spades - one winner per

the stars of the future.

week guaranteed €50 if the jackpot

We look forward to our next match

is not won by finding the ace. All pro-

on September 21. If your child is under

ceeds go towards Shankill GAA Club.

32 dun laoghaire Gazette 12 September 2013