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DublinGazette JULY 11-17, 2019

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School’s temporary site blasted as ‘madness’ SYLVIA POWNALL

A DECISION to open a new primary school at a temporary site on the Feltrim Road in Swords has been blasted as “madness” by parents. River Valley Community NS was due to open at a location off Main Street this September where it will operate until the Department of Education acquires a suitable site in River Valley itself. But a planning glitch relating to



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traffic and parking means it will now open at the Riasc Centre on the Feltrim Road, which is on a busy route and will force parents and children to travel further distances. A spokesperson for the school action group in River Valley fumed: “The reaction is one of complete disbelief. “We’ve had two failed temporary sites and now a location in a traffic hotspot well outside the catchment area.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

RUNNING FOR FUN: Ava O’Toole and Naomi Crilly were among the many children who came along to Malahide Castle for a Parkrun recently, enjoying the shared fun. Picture: Alison O’Hanlon

WITH the final finishing touches being made for the upcoming Swords Summer Festival, which starts next Thursday, organisers have put together what promises to be an outstanding festival that’s sure to be a hit with locals and visitors to the bustling town. SEE PAGE 3

IRISH Water is set to begin work on the longawaited €88m Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme. PAGE 5




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Council expected to adopt a LAP for Dublin Airport  SYLVIA POWNALL

FINGAL County Council is expected to adopt a local area plan (LAP) for Dublin Airport and its environs to facilitate future growth before the end of the year. Public consultation on the draft proposal – which recommends redrawing noise zones, additional transport infrastructure and more car parking – will be held over the summer. Updating the noise contours and amending the rural housing policy will require a variation of the County Development Plan, and a presentation on both was given

Information meetings will help to advise the public on the plans proposed to help Dublin Airport grow, with public consultation set to be a key part of the process

to councillors at their monthly meeting on Monday. Director of planning and strategic infrastructure Matthew McAleese said: “We expect that we will be in a position to publish both the draft LAP and variation for consultation in mid-

August. “It is also planned to hold a number of information meetings ... I would encourage residents to get involved in that process and make their views known.” Mr McAleese said the LAP for the airport had expired in 2016 and a new plan was needed to map future growth, which is expected to be significant. Noting that Dublin Airport generates 14,000 jobs directly and 33,100 indirectly, he added: “It is imperative that a proper framework is put in place to guide growth.” The draft LAP includes an upgrade to the airport roundabout, building a western access road for additional car parking and a raft of public transport objectives. Mr McAleese said there had been “careful analysis” of noise impact on residential communities

adding that the LAP was crucial for not just the airport and Fingal, but for “the region and the State”. Some councillors raised concerns that they had not received the documents prior to the meeting and that consultation would take place over the summer holidays. Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said: “My concern is for the existing residents, in particular St Margaret’s ... I think we need to err a bit more on their side.” Solidarity Cllr John Burchael said the Fingal Noise Action Plan, published last December, identified a 450% increase in the number of people exposed to aircraft noise. He said a “large percentage” of those 5,200 people lived in Tyrellstown and he asked if homes in the area could have sound insulation “retro-fitted”.

The draft LAP includes an upgrade to the airport roundabout and building a western access road for additional car parking


Fingal LEO to help create 175 new jobs A TOTAL of 175 new jobs will be created in Fingal as a result of a €470,000 cash injection by the Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) to 56 small and startup businesses. Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Mayor of Fingal, and AnnMarie Farrelly, interim chief executive of Fingal County Council, presented certificates to the successful businesses at an awards event in County Council Hall. The companies grant-aided include Dropchef in Howth, 65 Hurls in Ballycoolin, DH Flow Control Ltd in Skerries, Swift Dental Laboratory in Baldoyle, TYM in Malahide, Star Foil Ltd in Kinsealy and Clear Vision Solutions in Swords. Others to benefit include Applaud Technologies in Clonsilla, Shape My Plan Ltd in Castleknock, Run with Catherina in Castleknock and Irish Rosettes Ltd in Lusk. For a list of supports and services available to businesses, see visit the LEO Fingal website over at

Horror as children find loaded gun GARDA investigations are continuing after a five-yearold child found a loaded handgun close to where a man had been shot in Mulhuddart last week. The 9mm Glock pistol was picked up by a group of young children at Castlecurragh Park at around 5pm after it was reportedly thrown from a passing car. The firearm landed beside a child’s bicycle and one of the children innocently picked it up and brought it home to his father, asking: “Daddy, what is this?” An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said: “It is a shocking development, one that I am really concerned about. “I think we are blessed that none of the children were injured or killed, that could have happened. “I am really pleased that they did the right thing by bringing it to the attention of an adult quite quickly. Whoever discarded a loaded firearm in this way has done

something reprehensible.” The gun was sent to garda headquarters for ballistics testing and investigations are ongoing.

A whole Lotto luck in Skerries A LUCKY player woke up €250,000 richer last Thursday after scooping the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw. The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Gerry’s Fresh Food store on Strand Street in Skerries. Owner Gerry Fagan hailed the “tremendous news”, adding: “We’re no strangers to big Lotto wins as we sold a €350,000 Lotto prize in 2008. “It’s an incredible feeling when you see the National Lottery number flashing up on your phone on the evening of a Lotto draw, it’s always good news. “We’re going to have a full day of celebrations with the customers.” The winning numbers were 3, 7, 14, 20, 42, 44 and the Bonus 36.



Final touches being made ahead of a brilliant Swords Summer Festival SYLVIA POWNALL

ORGANISERS are busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s Swords Summer Festival which starts next Thursday, July 18 and runs until Sunday, July 21. The celebrations will feature a wonderful array of musical and comedy acts over the course of the weekend set against the magnificent backdrop of Swords Castle. Highlights include Forever Young on Friday 19 – a must for music fans showcasing the songs and stories of Rod Stewart. The event is in aid of Swords & District Lions Club and tickets can be had from the Fingal tourism office at Swords Castle. Ho t h o u s e F l owe rs return on Saturday, July 20

with special guests Jerry Fish and Eoin Glackin. They were one of the highlights of last year’s event and by Tuesday of this week tickets were almost sold out ( Tickets are also selling fast for the Lightning Comedy event on Thursday in aid of Aware, which is hosted by local playwright and actor David Gilna (tickets from www. There will also be family fun and entertainment in Swords Town Park beside the castle, running from 12-6pm on Saturday and Sunday with craft stalls, bouncy castles, brass bands, Viking re-enactments and more. Fingal County Council’s interim chief executive AnnMarie Farrelly said: “We are delighted to see

Festivalgoers enjoying last year’s great Swords Summer Festival fun

the return of Swords Summer Festival. “It’s a great opportunity for Fingal residents and visitors alike to see what Swords has to offer with a selection of events in the

stunning venue of Swords Castle.” The Mayor of Fingal, Eoghan O’Brien, was also delighted to see the return of Swords Summer Festival this year.

He said: “We are excited to announce the events to be held in Swords Castle at this year’s eagerly anticipated Swords Summer Festival. Featuring comedy and musical acts, it is

It’s a great opportunity for Fingal residents and visitors alike to see what Swords has to offer with a selection of events in the stunning venue of Swords Castle

bound to be an enjoyable weekend in Fingal.” A busy weekend in Swords is anticipated with people from all over Fingal coming to enjoy the festivities. Gardai will be

on traffic duty and public transport is recommended where possible. Make sure to book your tickets for your favourite events to avoid any disappointment.

‘Seedling’ piece helping to plant a real love of art

Fingal Rotary members make a €5.6k presentation to the RNLI FUNDRAISERS made quite a splash with their cheque presentation to RNLI Skerries, where the funds of €5,650 to help the NRLI continue its vital, lifesaving work was gratefully received. The funds were raised by the Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal through a number of Rotary fundraising events, with Alan Spain delighted to present the funds on behalf of the Rotary members. The Rotary branch also has a collection box at Millfield Shopping Centre in aid of RNLI Skerries. Pictured at the presentation of €5,650 are John Tanner, Ronnie Horan, Eoin Kelly, Stephen Johnston, Jan Doyle, Alan Spain, Sam Shiels, Niall Mc Grotty, Conor Walsh, Jack Keane, Pauline McGann, Stephen Campion and Emma Wilson.

RUSH artist Adam Gibney has won high praise for an art installation at St Catherine’s NS in the town entitled, Your Seedling Language. Adam was commissioned by the school for the project, curated by critically acclaimed Dublin artist Jennie Guy. The artwork was funded by the Department of Education and the Per Cent for Art Scheme and uses environmental data related to the growth of plants. It comprises a cluster of sculptures which capture light and sound in the school’s entry stairwell, and a sensor tower outside the school. The result is that it behaves differently on a bright sunny day to its appearance on a cold, dark evening, or in a rainy week.

The artwork – Your Seedling Language – in situ at the school

St Catherine’s principal, Ger O Se, is committed to the idea that schools are an important location for the best of contemporary art. Speaking at the launch he said: “Schools should function like art galleries. By commissioning a work like Your Seedling Language, we are expanding

the knowledge and expectations of what art can and should be in the minds of these primary school children.” The development of the project stemmed from research into Fingal’s rich multicultural history and how this influenced the now unused Fingallian dialect.

Fingal Arts Office has acknowledged Your Seedling Language as a valuable piece of public art commissioning for Fingal and congratulated all involved. If you would like to experience this work, you can contact secretary@ stcatherinesns during school opening hours.



Danger of breaching EU safety limits in parts of Dublin – EPA SYLVIA POWNALL

RESIDENTS living close to the M50 motorway could be at risk as a result of dangerously high levels of nitrogen dioxide, an environmental watchdog has warned. A report from the Environmental protection Agency (EPA) suggests parts of Dublin – including residential areas of Dublin 15 and Meakstown close to the ring road – are in danger of breaching EU safety limits. Increased traffic volumes are believed to be the cause of the increase in the air pollutant, which poses serious health risks and is linked to asthma, emphysema and other respiratory conditions. Its effects are felt most by those with asthma,

children and the elderly and the EU limits are imposed with the aim of preventing acute ill health. Green Party Cllr Roderic O’Gorman said the report is cause for concern for residents in estates beside the M50 including Laurel Lodge and others. Cllr O’Gorman, who has lobbied for resurfacing along the motorway to tackle the ongoing issue of noise disturbance, said: “Specific monitoring needs to take place. I’ll be asking the Green Party TDs to raise this with the Minister for Environment.” The report, published on Tuesday, shows that nitrogen dioxide levels are highest in traffic hot spots including city centre streets along the

Passenger numbers soar at Dublin Airport in June

DUBLIN Airport recorded another record month last month, with more than 3.2 million passengers – making it the busiest June in the airport’s 79-year history. The number of passengers travelling to and from continental Europe grew by 5% as more than 1.7 million passengers took flights to and from European destinations last month. UK traffic increased by 1% when compared to June last year, as almost 879,000 passengers flew to and from the UK. Transatlantic traffic increased by 5%, with more than 469,000 passengers travelling between Dublin and North America last

The levels of nitrogen dioxide– a visual pollutant partly formed by traffic emissions – have been highlighted by the environmental watchdog, the EPA

quays, the M50 and the entrance and exit of the Port Tunnel. The EPA is now calling on the Government to tackle this issue, claiming there is a “need for strong, co-ordinated action by all

the relevant authorities to improve air quality in Dublin”. Nitrogen dioxide is a visual pollutant which creates a brown haze and leads to the formation of acid rain. Traffic emis-

month. Other international traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East and North Africa and the Asia Pacific region, grew by 4% as 95,000 passengers travelled to and from these destinations in June. Almost 846,000 passengers chose Dublin Airport as a gateway to connect onward to another destination between January and June – a 12% increase on last year.

sions are its main source, along with heavy industry. The EPA’s Dr Ciara McMahon said the report is a cause for concern, adding: “Traffic is the dominant source of nitro-

gen dioxide in our urban areas and the public must be supported in taking clean transport choices if we want to reduce nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the air we breathe.” Fingal Cllr David Healy, Green Party spokesperson on climate, said that nitrogen dioxide is a serious issue in the capital and that investment in motorways like the M50 have only encouraged more cars to stay on the road. He said: “We should revise the policy of promoting driving. We need to encourage people to walk, increase cycling infrastructure and invest in public transport.” Environment Minister Richard Bruton has described the findings as “very concerning”.

tickets, you can contact Edain at 083 458 2457, or Lyndsey at 085 704 0818. The centre needs to raise €100,000 for some essential repairs and upgrade to meet safety standards, otherwise it faces closure. To donate what you can, visit Save Hartstown Community Centre on GoFundMe.

Driver in fatal bus crash Malahide was ‘unable to see barrier’ performer to vie for ‘Miss Burlesque’

THE driver of a bus that crashed in Dubai, killing 17 passengers – including a teacher from Balbriggan – could not see a low-hanging barrier as he had lowered his sun shade, a court has heard. The 53-year-old Omani driver pleaded guilty to charges of causing the wrongful death of 17 people – including 27-year-old Fiona Geraghty – and injuring 13 others. Despite a speed limit of 40kph, the coach struck an overhead height barrier at 94kph on June 6. The driver took a wrong turn left not designated for buses, which led to the height restriction, instead of going right. Prosecutor Salah Bu Farousha Al Felasi said the driver couldn’t follow the signboards as the visor had obstructed his view. During the hearing, prosecutors asked Judge Ali Ghnaim for the toughest punishment to be handed down to the driver, of seven years in jail and a fine of €820,000 for the families of the victims.

Fundraising table quiz to help a community centre A FUNDRAISING table quiz in aid of Hartstown Community Centre will take place this Friday, July 12 at Hartstown House pub at 8pm. Tables of four cost €30, with some amazing prizes guaranteed for what promises to be a great night. There will also be a raffle and spot prizes. To pre-book

MALAHIDE performer Ruby Noir will compete for the coveted 2019 Miss Burlesque crown at the final later this month in Dublin. The singer, host and artist took home the title of Miss Pinup Ireland in 2017 and has been performing on cabaret stages around the country for more than a decade. She co-hosts the pop culture podcast, Giving Me Life, with close pal and fellow Miss Burlesque finalist DialEmma from Tallaght. The pals have also turned their mutual love for vintage glamour into a workshop experience, The Brush Out Bombshells. This is Ruby’s first time to enter Miss Burlesque. She said: “I’m pretty new to burlesque as a performance style but Miss Burlesque Ireland has a fantastic history of incredible performers and I can’t wait to be part of that line-up.” There are three rounds – a red carpet parade, a traditional round and a unique round where performers can freestyle and incorporate props. The final takes place in Liberty Hall Theatre on July 27. Tickets at


Parents left fuming over site for school CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

T h ey a d d e d : “ T h e Department of Education are continually letting people down and have now created a situation where the new extra places cannot be filled at a time of huge waiting lists. Madness.” Several temporary sites had been considered by the Department of Education, including one at Airside, as plans advance for a permanent school building. The school’s principal has been notified by the Department of Education that the proposed temporary site off Swords Main Street will not be ready for this September. Lack of a satisfactory set-down and drop-off area caused a delay with the planning permission but the Department hopes to make suitable arrangements for this over the next three months. A move to the Main Street site is expected to take place over the October mid-term break – pending planning permission. Plans for the school are currently being reviewed by the Department of Education’s Planning Department. In the meantime, the principal of River Valley CNS, Anne McArdle, has contacted parents to make them aware of the alternative arrangements for the school which will open on August 29. A meeting will be organised for the Riasc Centre for parents who want to view the facility and an induction morning will be held for incoming junior infants. Ms McArdle told parents: “Unfortunately, the site location and planning situation is out of my control, but I can assure you my priority as principal of River Valley Community National School is to provide a happy, safe and welcoming educational experience for each of your children.”


FASTNews New Oldtown council team is named TRIBUTES have been paid to outgoing members of Oldtown Community Council Ruth Moran and Trish Monks for their years of dedication and hard work. The incoming council is chairperson, Gerry Fitzsimons; secretary, Marie Warren; treasurer, David Sammon; committee, Denise, Maura, Miriam, Tom and Stephen. The council has been booked in for the next available deputation meeting with the executive of Fingal County Council – which is April, 2020. Issues arising include infrastructural improvements, road safety, traffic calming, public lighting and the Oldtown local area plan. The recent AGM was attended by Cllrs Brian Dennehy, Cathal Boland, and Adrian Henchy, who said: “Sincere thanks to the outgoing committee and the very best wishes to the incoming community council. “The most important thing is to make sure Oldtown continues to be a unique beautiful Fingal village to live in, to visit and to do business in and it gets the right levels of attention and investment that its neighbouring villages are getting across Fingal.”


Irish Water set to begin €88m drainage scheme upgrade SYLVIA POWNALL

IRISH Water is set to begin work on the long-awaited Blanchardstown Regional Drainage Scheme to upgrade the wastewater network and provide flood relief. The €88 million project will upgrade the sewer network serving Blanchardstown, Mulhuddart and Castleknock and parts of Meath. The main body of works will be contained within an area of Waterville Park to enable the construction of an underground storm water facility and pumping station. In all, the scheme is expected to take three years, with 3km of new pipes along Tolka Valley

Park which will be installed by trenchless tunnelling methods to keep disruption to a minimum. Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) welcomed news that the project was about to get under way and said the tunnelling method was far preferable to digging an open trench as was originally proposed. He told Dublin Gazette: “The idea is to minimise the damage to the park itself and tunnelling will protect the vast majority of it. “The fact that it will prevent flooding is a huge bonus because we’ve had a lot of problems along the N3 with flooding in recent years. “I have a couple of concerns around noise and

odours. But Irish Water have said there will be no trucks late at night and generators will be muffled. They’ve also assured that the vents coming from the pipes will not be an issue.” He added: “At the end of the day this is a vital piece of infrastructure to prevent flooding and manage sewerage capacity into the future.” Irish Water says it will notify the local community and elected representatives in advance of any works and provide further updates, along with contact details for the Project Team, throughout the project. IW spokesman John Joyce said: “This project is needed to provide Blanchardstown and sur-

Call for bike lockers at train station

SOLIDARITY Cllr Paul Mulville has called on Transport For Ireland to sign off on the provision of secure bike lockers at Donabate train station. Irish Rail has indicated its support if funding is allocated and Cyc-Lok says it would be happy to install its SMART short-term on-demand lockers if contracted. In a tweet to TFI last week, Cllr Mulville asked: “When will secure bike lockers be provided at Donabate train station? “Very important for cyclists/commuters, and has been promised us this long time.”

Nominate local businesses for JCI Friendly Business Awards AFTER a successful and well attended ceremony last year, the JCI Fingal Friendly Business Awards have returned for 2019. Launched in Swords Castle by Deputy Mayor of Fingal Cllr Tom Kitt (left, pictured with Clodagh Murray, JCI president, and James T Doyle, JCI deputy president), the awards recognise small and medium sized businesses that excel in the services they provide to customers and local communities. The awards, which are sponsored by Fingal County Council, in partnership with the Grand Hotel Malahide, have seven categories in which local businesses can be recognised: Community Impact, Customer Care, Digital Experience, Disability Access, Eco Friendliness, Age Friendly, and Shop Layout and Design. From these categories, an overall winner will be selected as Fingal’s Friendliest Business 2019. Local winners will also have the opportunity to represent Fingal in the national Friendly Business Awards organised by Junior Chamber International Ireland Nominations are open until Tuesday, July 16, and businesses can be nominated by the public in one or more categories. Nominations can be submitted by going online to and clicking on Friendly Business Awards. Picture: Alison O’Hanlon

Part of Waterville Park, where some works will be housed. Picture: Fingal County Council, Twitter

rounding areas with the infrastructure needed to support the building of houses, schools, attract new industry and allow companies to expand and grow.” Once completed, the network is expected to safeguard the environment by reducing the

frequency and volume of untreated wastewater overflows into the River Tolka. The underground storm water management facility will have a capacity of around 30,000 cubic metres. The expanded capacity of the scheme will also

facilitate existing and future residential and commercial development. Traffic management plans and temporary pedestrian routes will be in place to maintain access to Tolka Valley Park, with construction areas closed off for health and safety reasons.



Tadhg O’Scanaill and Niamh Ní Scanaill

Adam Leonard

Arthur Joe Fegan

Annemarie, Grace, Michael and Dylan Scully. Pictures: Alison O’Hanlon

Having fun at Malahide Castle junior parkrun M Cadhla and Louise NcAnally

Gabrielle Fegan

ALAHIDE Castle junior parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 2km event for children aged 4-14 years. It is one of 21 junior parkruns in Ireland. Every Sunday morning they meet at the back of the cricket pitch in Malahide Castle (near Bridgefield carpark) at 9:30am. they do a warm-up routine together and then lots of children run/walk/ skip together along the 2km route to the finish line.

Síomha, Mark and Riain Cox

Oscar, Caitriona and Asling Bernard

Adam, Hazel and Robyn Leonard

Katie, Alice and Oisin O’Meara and Ellen Morgan



‘Helping to cheer up sick kids is the best thing I’ve ever done’ SYLVIA POWNALL

DUBLINER Ornaith Woodley has found the perfect way to blow off steam after a tough day at the office – by getting down to the serious business of play. The 24-year-old HR consultant from Glasnevin has spent the past two years cheering up sick children in Temple Street Hospital and says she gets more out of it than they do. Play volunteer Ornaith is now a team leader with the charity Children in Hospital Ireland and she is urging anyone who has a few hours a week to spare to get involved. She told Dublin Gazette: “You could be having the worst day in work and then you go in and a child is beaming at you from their hospital bed, whatever they might be going through. “There is one girl who has been in and out of hospital there for 14 years. It definitely puts life into perspective. “I didn’t have that much experience with kids, but it’s almost as if these kids are teaching me.” Of the 270,000 child

Ornaith Woodley

visits to hospitals in Ireland each year, 75,000 are under four and almost all are admitted through A&E – meaning an unplanned visit for the family. Play helps to alleviate the trauma of hospitalisation, for both parents and

child, providing a sense of normality in an unfamiliar and often overwhelming environment. Ornaith explained: “I go in every Monday from 6 to 8pm. We go around to the children’s bedsides. We would have games, books, anything to enter-

tain them. “We have our own trolley stacked with board games. They all love Connect 4; they love headbands as well, and that is great because it’s a group activity which helps them make friends. “Part of our role is also to give the parents a break. Some may have travelled long distances to get to the hospital. “If they want to go for a coffee or top up their parking, we can sit with the sick child. But sometimes I find the parents just want to chat. “Some people ask ‘Is it not really sad’, but I have never come out feeling sad because the kids are so happy. It’s such a nice thing to do. “ Yo u a c t u a l l y fe e l great after it, and so do they. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.” L e a d i n g c h i l d re n’s charity Children in Hospital Ireland has been providing play and fun for sick children in hospital around the country for almost 50 years. They are now seeking volunteers for the first phase of the new nation-

Help society build up an annual of local content THE Blanchardstown Castleknock History Society celebrated its tenth anniversary in April and has decided to publish an annual journal. The society is inviting members, residents and other interested parties to contribute articles, photographs and stories relating to the general area from Cabra to Clonee and from The Strawberry Beds to The Great North Road for publication. Society vice chair Jim Lacey said: “There is a great untapped store of

local history knowledge in this area and there are many people longing to add their story to history. “So now is your chance to grab a pen – or preferably a keyboard of some form – and get writing.” Contributions can include personal or family memories and oral history stories, historical accounts, photographs of local people (with their permission), places or buildings of interest or memories of local or family events. Submissions should be typed in

an accessible format such as Word (about 600 – 3,000 words). Photographs must be Jpeg format with a minimum of 300dpi, up to the highest resolution possible. Keep an eye on the society’s Facebook page for updates. The closing date for submissions is August 8. Copy can be forwarded to If you intend sending hard copy or handwritten copy, contact Jim Lacey at 087 240 1308 (9am to 6pm).

al children’s hospital, which is due to open at Connolly in Blanchardstown. To find out more, see

Some people ask ‘Is it not really sad’, but I have never come out feeling sad because the kids are so happy



Lightning comedy all set to dazzle

Celebrating Balbriggan collaboration

FINGAL County Council’s Our Balbriggan public engagement strategy has taken top honours at a national awards ceremony. The collaborative approach taken by the local authority and communications agency MediaConsult was named as Best Public Sector Campaign at the Excellence in Public Relations Awards. The strategy for the public consultation process on the transformation plan

for Balbriggan saw 26% of the town’s population (4,004 submissions) take the survey and united the community behind the process. The judges stated that the Our Balbriggan campaign demonstrated how ambitious targets can be reached within a modest budget. The award, which was presented at a special ceremony in Dublin’s Manion House by Mari O’Leary, president, Pub-

lic Relations Consultants Association, was accepted by Cllr Grainne Maguire, Deputy Mayor Fingal County Council, and Elaine Grennan, creative director at MediaConsult. “This award is testament to the people of Balbriggan, who got involved in the Our Balbriggan process which is going to bring massive change to the town over the next five years,” said Cllr Maguire. Picture: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

LIGHTNING Comedy will kick-start the Swords Summer Festival with a night of laughter in aid of AWARE at Swords Castle on Thursday, July 18. Tickets cost €20 and go on sale from this Friday, June 7 ( with a line-up that includes Edinburgh Fringe winner Paul Currie, John Colleary, Al Foran, David Gilna and Robbie Forde. Lightning Comedy was founded by local award-winning playwright David Gilna in 2018 and, to date, has performed all across Ireland with European dates booked this Autumn.

David has lost several friends through suicide and penned the award-winning short My Happiness (2010) to create awareness about suicide among young males in Ireland. Meanwhile, the comedy club has found a new home in Lanigan’s on Eden Quay in the city centre, having secured a sponsorship deal with Swords Express for 2019. Its new Swords venue will be The Betsy from this September, having previously been based at the Lord Mayors pub.

School site’s acquisition welcomed PROGRESS on the acquisition of a site in Rush for St Joseph’s Secondary School

has been welcomed by Cllr Cathal Boland (Ind). Cllr Boland said he had been advised that terms are now agreed and the contract is at convening stage and expected to be completed by September. Staff and students from the Rush school marched on the Dail earlier this year in protest at the lack of a new building for its overcrowded population. Cllr Boland said the convening process would open the door for the Department of Education to progress the project to the next stage and appoint the design team. He said he was hopeful that Education Minister Joe McHugh would ensure that no further delay is permitted in “the building of this long overdue educational facility”.

Woman left with lifealtering injury after man’s attack at park A ROMANIAN man who punched a woman repeatedly in the head and face as she was out for a morning stroll with a friend has been jailed for two years. The mother-of-two was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground in what a judge described as an “appalling, unprovoked attack” at 11am on June 6, 2018. The victim was left with no sense of taste or smell due to head injuries suffered in the assault in broad daylight, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard. Ionut Neagu (29), of Rusheeny Avenue, Clonsilla pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Hartstown Park, Clonsilla on June 6, 2018. Judge John O’Connor sentenced Neagu to two and a half years’ imprisonment but suspended the final six months. The sentence was backdated

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard details of the horrific attack on a single mother just out for a walk with a friend

to June 14, 2018. Judge O’Connor noted the significant impact of the assault on the woman and her continued suffering, remarking that Neagu didn’t come across as someone “with a lot of empathy”. The court heard that the woman had been about to enter Hartstown Park with her friend for a walk when they saw a man “looking angry” and cycling around in circles.

He began shouting insults at the woman, saying she shouldn’t be out of the house without her husband and calling her a “slut”, and tried to hit her with his bike. The women took another route but told gardai that Neagu then reappeared “out of nowhere”, threw his bike to the ground and took something from his pocket. He hit the woman three to four times with a closed

fist on her face and head. She fell to the ground and remained unconscious for several minutes while an ambulance was called. In a victim impact report, the woman said anxiety had “consumed” her life since the unprovoked attack and that she now suffered from panic attacks and flashbacks. She said she could only sleep for two to three hours a night and that her appetite had been affected as she could no longer taste or smell food. The woman, a single mother-of-two, said she feared for her daughters’ safety and wouldn’t let them out on their own, while she herself was afraid to leave the house at night. Counsel for Neagu said his client wished to apologise to the victim and was unable to explain his behaviour.



Public’s backing ‘down under’ comes out tops for Darragh SYLVIA POWNALL

A DUBLIN couple facing deportation from Australia because their son has cystic fibrosis have thanked the public Down Under for backing their fight to stay. Balbriggan woman Christine Hyde and her husband Anthony were granted residency late last Friday after Immigration Minister David Coleman intervened in their case. Their application for permanent residency had initially been turned down because the Australian government deemed three-year-old Darragh’s illness to be a burden on taxpayers. But the U-turn came about last week after 120,000 people signed a petition backing them – including local MP Damian Drum and the Premier of Victoria, Dan-

iel Andrews, who said: “They’re effectively Aussies.” Hours after hearing the good news, teacher Christine choked back tears and said: “I couldn’t believe it. I had to ring again just to double check.

go through.” Bus driver Anthony thanked the public for their support and noted that it wasn’t just residents in Seymour where the couple live who’d backed them in their time of need. The couple have lived

Anthony, Darragh and Christine

“It’s nice to be able to go back to school and tell the kids. We’ve had our fair go but it would be great for them to look at the system that people have to

in Australia for almost 10 years and appealed their case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal when their application, first lodged in 2015 before

Darragh was born, was turned down. They had argued that Darragh was born in Australia and that he has a mild form of the condition and is unlikely to require a lung transplant – which was supported by doctors’ letters. Christine said they now plan to buy a house and put down permanent roots. She said: “Thank you to everyone who has been behind us these past few months. “It has been challenging. We are delighted to share that we were granted residency yesterday. We are completely overjoyed, excited and ready to live our lives. “It’s been nearly four years since we lodged our original application. We cannot believe it, we are so grateful. Looking forward to the next chapter in our lives.”

Meline’s maths skills are out of this world MELINE Dingreville (12), a member of Howth Girl Guides, is pictured after completing an ‘Into Orbit’ space mission in Dublin City University’s LEGO Education Innovation

Studio with Irish Girl Guides’ chief commissioner Helen Concannon, from Rush, and Prof Deirdre Butler, of DCU’s STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies depart-

ment. Meline was one of 21 Irish Girl Guides to successfully complete a mission to blast off into orbit at a four-day science and maths camp for girls.

Little Darragh was born in Australian with cystic fibrosis to a Dublin couple, with the family originally threatened with deportation over concerns over his long-term health

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Anna O’Hanlon

Finlay, Grayson, Cooper and India Bonnes with Caden O’Brien. Pictures: FINTAN CLARKE

Handa Vision Cup in Portmarnock T

HE recently elected Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien officially opened the 2019 ISPS Handa Vision Cup for blind golfers recently in a ceremony at Portmarnock Golf Links. The event showcased 12 of the best blind golfers from North America taking on 12 of the best from around the world in a Ryder Cup style competition between 18th and 20th of June 2019. Pictured below are some of the competitors.

Sadhbh, Megan and Simon O’Brien

Summer Festival returns


WORDS Pavilions were at Flavours of Fingal County Show in Newbridge House & Farm last week. It was their first time there and they provided fashion and beauty, and giveaways and lots more in The Big Red Barn, Flavours fashion and style zone.

Bronagh, Erin and Maebh Hughes

Dominic Kulcsar

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Rita and Coríosa Lundy with Joanna and Annabel Beard. Pictures: Alison O’Hanlon

Judges Leigh Tucker, Harper Heron and Grace Moore

Young Designer of the Year Awards


HE Project Fashion Young Designer of the Year Awards took place in Tomango’s at The White Sands Hotel, Portmarnock, recently. This year the awards were in aid of the Charity LauraLynn. The awards were presented by The VIP Style Awards Most Stylish Woman 2019 and 2fm radio host Jennifer Zamparelli. Judges on the night were Grace Moore – fashion stylist to Saoirse Ronan and Hozier. There was a fantastic musical and dance line up on the night including Ireland’s Got Talent 2019 Winners BSD a dance group from Swords and Eva Campbell a very talented singer from Skerries who featured on The Voice UK 2019 and was mentored by Olly Murs.

Ava Carmody, Project Fashion Tutor Roisin Farrell and Neema Isequeira

Host Jennifer Zamparelli with Project Fasion founders Paul and Paula Keeley

Amelia Maguire

Isy Crosbie

Annabel Beard

Rose Pastore

Cora Kirwan and Mya O’Sullivan

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Miami Showband massacre is focus of new musical play PADRAIG CONLON

THE amazing story of The Miami Showband, one of the Ireland’s greatest showbands in the 1960’s and 70’s, is set to hit theatres across Ireland. The Miami Showband Story, written by Marie Jones (Stones in His Pockets) and Martin Lynch (Dancing Shoes –The George Best Story) could be the must-see musical of the year. Taking audiences on an amazing roller-coaster ride from the glory days of the band in the 1960’s right through to the tragedy of 1975, the show will feature a full-live band of young actors and musicians. Told through the eyes of best friends and song writing duo, Fran O’Toole and Des Lee, we witness their rise from Dublin and Belfast beat groups to the kind of fame and fortune any young musician could only dream of. But less than ten years later, the dream comes to a tragic end. When Fran is murdered at a bogus British Army road-check outside Newry, (along with Brian McCoy and Tony Geraghty), Des’ life is thrown into meltdown. Beset with survivor’s guilt, Des turns to alcohol and eventually leaves the country for South Africa. However, this doesn’t stop Fran’s ‘presence’ continuing to haunt Des and it isn’t until 25 years later when a phone call from Ireland proposes a Miami reunion that the chance o f redemption is offered to Des. Speaking at the recent launch of the musical, Des Lee said audiences can expect a very special, unique show and an amazing night out. “I’ve read the script and it’s going to be a great show, but I’ve no doubt it will be a truly emotional night for me,” he said. “We didn’t want the play to be leaning heavily on the massacre. “Instead, we wanted it to explore what the Miami Showband was all about, how successful they were and what they meant to their fans.

Miami Showband saxophonist Des Lee with Chris Mohan as Dickie Rock, writer of musical Martin Lynch, Derek Dean Freshmen frontman, Aileen Mythen as Foles mother and Gavin Peden as Bap, Mick, Peter and new Miami member. Picture: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

“They were heroes of the time. “This is a show that will bring smiles, laughter, tears and joy. “It’s got everything, I can envisage people hearing ‘Clap Your Hands, Stamp Your Feet’ and dancing in the isles.” P l ay w r i g h t, M a r i e Jo n e s observed, “As a young slip of a girl in Belfast, I danced to Dickie Rock and the Miami so it has been a real labour of love to work on this show. “I know the people of Ireland are going to love it.” The actor Chris Mohan who will be playing the iconic Dickie Rock said: “While it’s a great honour to play someone as legendary as Dickie Rock, it is also very intimidating but a challenge I look forward to very much!” The Miami Showband Story, which opens next month in Belfast, places the dizzy heights of pop stardom alongside human tragedy in this unique story of Ireland in the 1960’s and 70’s. Dubliners will get a chance to see it when it hits the Gaiety Theatre from 16 - 21 September.

As a young slip of a girl in Belfast, I danced to Dickie Rock and the Miami so it has been a real labour of love to work on

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SUMMER is a great time to show your true colours. Turquoise, reds and yellows will brighten up your day whether the sun is out or not! It’s also a great time to be brave and with play with pattern. Mix it up and let the warmer weather make your style shine, shine, shine!






THESE young festival fans were among the thousands taking in the sights and sounds at Longitude last weekend. Christina Berezovsk and Kristina Fursenko joined crowds from all across Dublin and beyond for the busy festival fun at Marlay Park. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

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Bob Dylan and Neil Young @ Kilkenny THINKING outside the box – and certainly out of the capital – there’s a particularly impressive gig taking place in Kilkenny, which will surely see Dublin fans hit off up the road for a chance to see these two legends – Dylan and Young. Bob and Neil, for it is they, are headlining at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny – one of the only two team-ups they’re undertaking this year (with the other in London’s Hyde Park, also this month), with fans of the two timeless legends expected to come from all over the world to London and Kilkenny alike. Tickets for the double-whammy gig are still available, priced €162-€189 from


Idles @ Iveagh Gardens, €35 The Big Geraniums @ Whelan’s, €15 Arms That Fit Like Legs @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), free, late show The Silken Same @ The Fumbally Cafe, €14


Villagers @ Iveagh Gardens, sold out One of the most innovative Irish acts of modern times, superbly inventive alt-indie stars Villagers bring their show home to a Dublin music scene they unquestionably helped to shape. Sharon Shannon @ Whelan’s, €28 Fade To Light @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €10 Ded Rabbit @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), free, late show


Aslan @ Iveagh Gardens, €42 Aly and AJ @ The Academy, €31

“THERE’S Nothing Great about Britain” reads the title of Slowthai’s debut album, the cover of which features the man himself in a rustic wooden stockade, restrained naked before a large block of council houses as the occupants look on. If you know a little about the history of the Northampton rapper – a rising star of the increasingly pervasive and hard-hitting British Hip-Hop scene – it’s easy to see why such sentiments would appeal. S l ow t h a i – Ty ro n Frampton to his friends – was brought up in a tough estate in the East Midlands, and struggled through early life. He’s determined to pay back those less fortunate. “The 99p tour, it’s because that’s the price of an ice cream,” he laughs about his incredibly cheap recent UK tour. “I don’t want people to miss me because they can’t afford it, you know?” There will be plenty of people fighting for tickets for the hardhitting lyricist, a man whose abrasive style has seen him come on stage in body bags, make videos featuring him wrapped naked around his girlfriend, and produce cutting lyrics dealing with how at one point in his life, drug dealing seemed like the only realistic career choice.



Mono @ Whelan’s, €20 ArnoCorps @ The Grand Social, free Syrens @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €7


Black Stone Cherry @ The Academy, €27 Huun Huur Tu @ The Sugar Club, €20 The Hot 8 Brass Band @ The Button Factory, SOLD OUT Judah and the Lion @ Workman’s Club, €21


“I did some dumb stuff and I was going nowhere,” Frampton laughs. “I was doing some labouring and working in Next. “I got in trouble for giving my friends the employee discount. It was a difficult life. “There’s this hidden side to society that most people don’t see unless they live it.” Frampton found a way out, though, his almost skittishly varied music drawing the attention of the notorious tastemaker

poll, BBC Sounds, where he was ranked fourth most likely in British music in 2018. “That was we ird,” Slowthai says. “They just called me and told me I was on it. I wasn’t expecting it. “I’ve got a lot more attention since, I guess, but these things don’t really matter. I want to be a musician, I don’t really care about that stuff.” That desire to explore music brings Frampton into a varied world, one

WHAT’S next for the residents of our favourite Dublin suburb? Our special preview will give you some of the highlights and low points that’ll hit Carrigstown this week ...

Mac Demarco @ Iveagh Gardens, €47 Arkells @ Whelan’s, €14 Mikaele Davis @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €16 Moonlight Benjamin @ The Sugar Club, €15


n e e g d n d i tr t ’s hi t n u e P ety nd c i soc front a side

So, how will Heather react to Brendan’s return?

TESSA grows irritated this week when Dean and Eoghan try to change her mind about her internship, leading her to make an important decision about her future. Hughie is trying to keep his distance from Heather, which leads to her growing more upset. When she sees Hughie is down during the week, she tries to encourage him to take a drink, but when he refuses it causes a further rift in their relationship (inset). Bob and Renee worry over Hughie’s struggle

where he performs with full-on riotous punks Slaves, traditionally seen as being at an opposite musical extreme. He’s determined to delve into worlds beyond what’s traditionally been quite a narrow an insular rap scene. His topics are wide and cutting: he ruminates on Brexit, talks about smalltown life (another feature of his budget tour was an insistence on going far from the beaten touring track), cuts deep on

to stay sober, but Renee fails to convince Heather to give Hughie space as he tries to conquer his demons. Brendan makes a return to Carrigstown this week, and pledges to try to get Heather away from Hughie. Will she accept an invitation to run away with him to Brazil? This week also sees Robbie opening up to Carol about how he suffered as a child and trying to make amends with Nora. With Ruth and Jack going to the same kids’ camp, Carol and Fiona start to get competitive. Robbie and Carol decide to bring Fiona down a peg or two. Elsewhere in the village, Darragh offers to lodge Sharon’s savings, but forgets the money in a rush to get to work. Sharon arrives home to

housing and healthcare, and talks about nationalism and its links with poverty-dominated lifestyles. It’s not intellectualism, though, so much as the cutting perspective of someone who’s been there, and lived the life he’s reflecting in his lyrics. Slowthai bring his Circus Tour to the Dublin Academy on October 10 and 11. Tickets priced at €20 are on sale now. Read full article now at

discover her house burgled – will Darragh tell her that her savings were taken, too? Hot Pots got a bad review online, but Dean knows who’s behind it. When he goes to confront the author of the review, Cristiano and Fionn make it difficult for Dean to get to him. Watch Fair City on RTE One on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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A singular force of cinema passes away


The kids –well, most of them – at the heart of the mayhem in sleepy Hawkins, Indiana


Stranger Things 3 turns the chaos up to Eleven this series RACHEL D’ARCY

IT’S BEEN a long wait for Stranger Things fans, but the third season of the cult has finally hit our screens. After a year and a half, the Netflix smash returned with eight jam-packed episodes that are sure to deliver a shock and thrill, particularly toward the end. Still taking place in the rural town of Hawkins, Indiana, the beloved kids are all grown up now, becoming moody teens right before our eyes. Eleven and Mike are wistfully in love, Dustin and Will are trying to find where they fit in, Steve, Jonathan and Nancy are working full time jobs and Max shows Eleven exactly how to be a teenage girl in the 1980s. The aesthetics of the show are incredible, if nothing else. Fluctuating between the neons and vibrant colours that the decade was known for, to the dark and dreary underbelly of a

world being destroyed by the elusive Demogorgon, it’s nearly worth watching for the visual beauty alone. This season stands out from it’s predecessors, however. Focusing more on the individual characters and their development, fans of the sci-fi element may spend the first few episodes tapping their toes in wait. Between the opening of the new Starcourt Mall and the kids all getting into the swing of summer break, things seem a little too pleasant for an episode or two, particularly when you see beloved father figure character Steve Harrington serving sugary treats dressed as a sailor. That wait is worth it though, watching as Hawkins becomes infiltrated by an outside source, something theorists have compared to the rumoured infiltration of the US by foreign sources in recent elections. A new side to the series is explored in season three, that leaves you feeling more connected to the characters than ever. Even the supposed bad guys - keep an eye out for Smirnoff / Alexei - manage to make you feel sympathy toward them at times. Of course, the Duffer Brothers manage to deliver on the bone chilling scifi front too, whilst also maintaining that air of mystery and suspense that Stranger Things has become known and loved for, particularly in the explosive, tear-jerking 70-minute finale, ‘The Battle of Starcourt’. With a fourth season on the very distant horizon, things are only bound to get stranger - and we can’t wait.

I HAD a film review that I was going to turn in – only for the Gods to pluck Rip Torn (88) from this mortal coil just at the time of going to print, throwing my plans into disarray. And ‘disarray’ is certainly a word that comes to mind when thinking of the late actor’s-actor, with Rip – one of the greatest actors many people may not have noticed – having led a chaotic life that saw him pinballing around Hollywood and television, often proving the architect of his own downfall. And yet, everywhere he landed (often at the heart of one falling out or spat or another) Rip impressed his peers and directors, earning respect alongside his controversies. Usually seen playing irascible and crotchety characters, it’s impossible to think of anyone else who could turn in grizzled, growling roles with the aplomb and ease that Rip brought to his roles. Elmore Rual ‘Rip’ Torn Jnr (‘Rip’ being a traditional nickname within his family) drifted into a burgeoning Hollywood trajectory during the late 1960s counterculture climate, but he was stranded in the eddies by his sheer volatility, which saw him miss out on key roles. For example, getting replaced by a then largely unknown Jack Nicholson on Easy Rider was undoubtedly a huge blow to his career’s trajectory. Still, despite his volatility leading him to everything from physical fights to lawsuits, Rip continued carving out a singular path as a force of nature within Hollywood. Recent decades saw

The late Rip Torn (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019)

him orbiting greater fame and mass recognition with small yet key roles in several mainstream films and franchises, from Men

in Black to Dodgeball, while TV viewers recently saw a recurring role in 30 Rock as a network chief.

However, it’s his inimitable role as the pragmatic producer Arthur in TV’s The Larry Sanders Show – a snarling bulldog one second, wheedling sycophantic babysitter the next – that perhaps cemented his legacy, earning him Emmy success and knowing, insider kudos. Often a leading actor on stage, but generally a character actor on the small screen, there was nothing small about his impact, respect or reputation within the trade, and the loss of this grumpy, brilliant actor is sad to contemplate. RIP, Rip ...

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Ice cream hero rejects shallow ‘Influencers’

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THE owner of an icecream truck in Los Angeles has gone viral after posting a sign saying Instagram influencers who ask for a free cone will have to pay double. Joe Nicchi, the founder and owner of the popular CVT Soft Serve truck in LA, had started to receive weekly requests from selfproclaimed Instagram influencers for free icecream in exchange for a post featuring his truck and product. Nicchi posted on

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Instagram that he would “never give you a free icecream in exchange for a post”. He told The Guardian: “We’re the anti-influencer

influencers. It’s weird ... but I think it’s really fun. I hope it inspires small businesses to hold their own and tell people to f*** off.” Nicchi is also an actor and paid for the vintage-looking truck out of the money he made for shooting a commercial in 2014. “This is a moneymaking thing. I can’t give away my ice-cream for free. “As much as I’d love to do that, I don’t think my kid’s school accepts celebrity photos as a form of tuition payment.”

Leo’s shorely Will ‘terminal tourism’ having some take off as a thing to do? fun with this final touch at Center Parcs


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AN TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar was happy to join Martin Dalby, chief executive of Center Parcs, to mark the completion of the €233 million landmark Center Parcs Longford Forest resort, with Leo happy to sprinkle some sand about at the lakeshore to help add some finishing touches. Construction partners Sisk and Roadbridge completed Ireland’s first forest holiday resort on schedule and on budget, with finishing touches under way ahead of the resort’s official opening at the end of July. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

DOG OF THE WEEK DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. This week’s dog of the week is Meadow, a fun-loving one-year-old German Shepherd that is full of life and love! She is extremely intelligent and loves to play brain games (especially if there is a tasty treat involved). Meadow greets everyone with her infectious smile and hilarious welcome wiggle of excitement! She is a super dog who already has lots of training under her belt, such as Sit, Down, Paw etc and she is fully house-

trained too. She will need a family who has an interest in continuing her positive reward-based training and teaching her new tricks. If you have room in your heart and home for Meadow then please contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website Yo u c a n a l s o f i n d t h e m o n Facebook dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @ DogsTrust_IE. (Remember: Always have your dog on a lead when in public.)


Tampa Airport began offering nontraveller passes last month, where 100 non-travellers can apply for a pass to visit the airport on a Saturday, with places fully booked until September. It follows in the footsteps of Pittsburgh, the first airport to open up to non-travellers in 2017. Now, America’s busiest airport – Ha r t s f i e l d - Ja c ks o n At l a n ta International – may be seeking approval for a trial run, with the idea also being considered in Detroit and Austin airports.

Cory’s canny penny-pinching (oh, and penny-stacking) ways may yet pay off A PENNY-pincher from the US state of Arizona has spent the last three years on what he hopes is the world’s largest coin pyramid. Co r y N i e l s e n ( 5 5) completed construction on the massive pyramid made entirely out of pennies on June 16. The pyramid comprises over than one million pennies, with the construction process being documented on Nielsen’s YouTube channel, ‘Penny Building Fool’, across 46

videos. To celebrate the finalising of the pyramid, he posted a six-minute timelapse of the construction process. In the description of the video, he said he has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records, hoping that his penny pyramid will beat a previous world record set in Lithuania. There is no glue or other solvent holding the pennies together – they’re simply balancing

on top of one another. The pyramid measures 65 stacks across by 65

stacks back by 65 stacks high, which roughly equates to the pyramid

being worth $10,303.15 – an incentive, if any, to collect your old coins!

Iraqi drought delivers an ancient palatial gift A DROUGHT that caused a severe reduction in water levels at the Mosul Dam reservoir in Iraq has revealed a 3,400 year-old palace that was buried deep below. A team of Kurdish-German archaeologists are now working carefully to dig out the palace ruins (above) from underneath the earth. Lead archaeologist Hasan Ahmed Qasim said: “The find is one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the region in recent decades.” The existence of the palace underneath the dam was first discovered in 2010. However, rising water levels, as well as the looming threat of ISIS, made it difficult to continue work on the site. This year marks the first time that the dam was dry enough for experts to finally begin excavation. The ancient structure is known as Kemune Palace and was constructed using mud-brick walls. It is believed the palace had been part of the Mittani Empire that once ruled parts of Syria from the 14th to the 15th Century BC.

Oh, crumbs, what a compo!

BISCUIT lovers are invited to take a bite at a Maryland contest, with the biscuitmaker hunting for the UK’s and Ireland’s ‘craziest cookie fan’ to become their official cookie taste tester. The chosen taste tester will also be given the opportunity to create their own cookie. For those interested, head over to the Airtasker website and click ‘Make and offer’ and leave a com ment explaining what lengths you would go to get your hands on a Maryland cookie. Some suggestions include wearing a onesie to work for a whole day, tap dancing down the supermarket aisles or teaching your gran to dab and, according to the brand, the crazier the idea you come up with, the better! The winner will also

get to try the brand’s entire range of products, including those that aren’t yet on the supermarket shelves. The applicant who manages to convince Maryland that they’re the biggest cookie fan will be appointed as the official cookie taster. Following this, they will be invited to visit the Maryland Innovation Centre in Edinburgh for a day, where they’ll taste and share their thoughts on Maryland’s entire range of cookies. Lastly, for all of the hard work you put in eating those cookies, you’ll also be paid £350 – enough to buy another biccie or two for the trek home, if you win. But if you don’t the competition, well, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, we suppose ...

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Penneys founder passes away  Rachel D’Arcy THE FOUNDER of legendary Irish retailer Penneys, Arthur Ryan, passed away this week at the age of 83. Ryan founded the first ever Penneys store on Mary Street in 1969, on behalf of the Weston family, when he was just in his 20’s. He was the CEO and Chairman of the legendary clothing chain, which expanded internationally as Primark under Ryan in the 1970s. Currently, Primark has over 370 stores across Europe and America. Current CEO of Primark, Paul Marchant, said that Ryan was a ‘gifted retailer and visionary leader’. “On behalf of everyone at Primark, we want to extend our deepest sympathies to [Ryan’s] wife Alma and his family at this difficult time,” Marchant said.

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I instantly fell in love with the shampoo and conditioner for two reasons - I fell for the fresh mint scent (which comes from a specific plant cultivated in their organic farm) and how super-clean it made my hair without making my super-fine locks dry and unmanagable. It makes my hair the soft and build-up free. It is truly what a shampoo and conditioner is meant to do - clean your hair as gently as possible, protect it and get rid of any unwanted nastiness of pollutants that drag your hair down everyday!

“Arthur Ryan was a retail pioneer and a man of remarkable business acumen. At Primark, we feel very fortunate to have experienced up close his drive and passion for the business as well as his integrity, warmth and wonderful sense of humour. He was very generous in so many ways. He devoted a lot of his time to advise and connect people and he quietly supported people in the background in times of need. “Despite his many talents and successes in life, Arthur always modelled great humility. He said that we should ‘remember who we are, challenge ourselves to be the best we can be, push the boundaries all the time and never be complacent or satisfied’. “His words remain guiding principles at Primark today. Throughout his entire career he remained strongly connected to the customer and regularly visited the stores and walked the shop floors. Equally, he placed great importance on talent development and influenced so many careers, which remains instilled in Primark’s culture today. “Arthur Ryan’s legacy will continue to live on in the business that he founded and built. He will be hugely missed by his Primark family,” Marchant continued. Ryan’s death comes as the beloved budget retailer celebrates it’s 50th anniversary.

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latitude& longitude Great deals for camping THE Caravan and Motorhome Club (CAMC) has three lastminute European holidays on offer for July. You can stay at the Delftse Hout park in The Netherlands, Le Brevedent in Normandy, or Du Poulquer, France for seven nights for as little as €300. Prices are based on two adults plus standard electric pitch and return ferry crossing from the UK. Delftse Hout is a short walk from the town of Delft and Rotterdam and The Hague are both within driving distance. Le Brevedent in Normandy is set in the old orchard of a former hunting lodge. Du Poulquer is just 200m from the sandy beach of Benodet with plenty of coastal towns to explore in the region. To find out more or to book, see www.

Fancy going foraging? GET back to nature and make the most of the good weather with a foraging adventure in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Foragers Lisa and Emily will walk you through the forests, identify wild plants and impart their wisdom about the landscape. Lisa, founder of, said: “Our workshops are designed to be fun. We identify wild plants, taste wild tea and take time to get to know one another.” Tours (€20pp) include a two-hour guided walk in the countryside, with expert local guides, wild tea samples and some wild bookmarks. Spaces are still available for July 12, 15 and 25. To book, see www. guided-day-toursdublin.


Gorgeous getaways

The Gods themselves would marvel at the sheer beauty of the world-famous Erosantorini hotel, Santorini


Travel Editor OBSESSED with Love Island – even if you’re not prepared to admit it? Then why not plan your own romantic getaway to the Balearic island (below) where it’s filmed? The hit TV series is set in sunny Majorca – home to sweeping ribbons of sand, turquoise waters and tropical greenery. T h e f a m o u s L ove

Island villa itself is located in Ses Salines, a pretty town in the south east region of the island known for its stylish shops and bars, romantic coves and quaint fishing villages. Ses Salines itself is just 30 minutes from the resort of Cala d’Or where there are plenty of love nests to suit any budget. TUI have plenty of last-minute deals so it’s worth checking out their

website ( If you can travel at short notice (as in Saturday, July 13) you can get seven nights half board at the Exagon Park, Ca’n Picafort from €599pps. And if you fancy flying from Cork (August 27 departure) you can get seven nights self-catering at the Bahia Azul, Cala Bona from €529pps. Alternatively, if money is no object when it comes to spoiling the

one you love, why not indulge in a stay at Erosantorini, voted one of the world’s top 20 most seductive places to stay? The luxury hotel with unrivalled service and facilities offers guests breath-taking panoramic views of Santorini’s iconic caldera and the endless blue of the Aegean Sea. Lounge on a daybed by the 115ft infinity pool, which features an underwater sound system,

relax in the spa, take in a yoga class or explore the coastline by yacht. There’s even an openair cinema where couples can snuggle up with a movie under the stars as they watch the sunset. Foodie options range from a traditional Greek setting by the fournos (BBQ), to a formal soiree and romantic clifftop dining under the stars for couples where the house sommelier sources the

finest Greek wines to pair each of chef’s dishes. There’s also a concierge service for any outdoor activity such as private sunset sailing tours, archaeological site visits with private tour guides, visits to famous wineries and horse riding. If that doesn’t get you in the mood, nothing will! For more information, see www.erosantorini. com.

While TV’s Love Island (left) may be attracting some extra attention to Majorca, the island itself is already full of beautiful things, coupled with a rich history and a sun-kissed climate

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Ronan O’Hagan, Molson Coors; Niall McMonagle, Windmill Lane Recording Studios; Christina Hamilton, Four Star Pizza and John Paul Prior, MusicMaker store

Grab a pizza the action in a music superstar search

Tetyana Zhemerdyey, Glorious Sushi; Micheal O Cadhla, Tastefully Yours; Heather Condren, Sadie’s Kitchen and Christine Fowler, Ardkeen Stores

FOUR Star Pizza has launched a nationwide competition to find Ireland’s next musician superstar. Star Nation is calling on musicians from all four provinces to submit one original song for an opportunity to win €3,000-worth of music gear, a recording session in Windmill Lane Studios and a chance to perform live at the final showcase gig at Whelan’s. Christina Hamilton, Four Star Pizza communications executive, said: “For a relatively small population, we have produced some of the biggest musicians in the world. “Whether you’re a solo

singer or play in a band, are a rapper, a potential rock star or a country legend, we would encourage you to get writing and send us your songs. We can’t wait to hear them,” she added. Star Nation is free to enter and musicians can submit their track to Four Star Pizza online before the closing date of Wednesday, July 31. All entries must be completely original compositions and only one song per artist can be submitted. Entrants must be over 18, reside in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, and be willing to participate in promotional activity if selected.

Wood you join in with this Bushmills’ collaboration?

Alan Phillips, Studio Coffee and Emma Murray, Arthur Mallon Foods

John Flynn, Clarke’s Fresh Fruit; Artie Clifford, Blas na hEireann and Amy Flynn, Clarke’s Fresh Fruit

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey will team up with creative woodworker, Eamonn O’Sullivan, for the next event in their Black Bush Stories series. The collaboration will see Eamonn join Bushmills to host a series of hands-on whiskey and woodcarving workshops in Dublin. Taking place on July 23 and 24 at Drury Buildings, guests will experience a whiskey tasting led by the Bushmills Brand Ambassador, before attendees then having the chance to try their hand at woodcarving too, with specially created Black Bush drinks served throughout the event.

CRAFTBEERCORNER Tropical Torpedo IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Fallon Moore, Blas na hEireann and John Murphy, Murphy’s Home Bakery

Denise Marron, Intertrade and Damien Clarke, Kookee

Micheal O Cadhla, Tastefully Yours; Fionnuala Malone and Maria Svejdar, GS1 and Tommy Bowe, Country Style Foods

Irish food awards attendees B

LAS NA hEireann, the Irish Food Awards, recently held their Backyard event in the Seamus Ennis Centre in The Naul. Entitled Buyer Insights, the event saw keynote speaker, Malachy O’Connor, speak about the key skills needed for preparing for buyer meetings, negotiations and commercial developments.

O’Connor is the founder of Irish Food Consulting and has more than 20 years’ experience in the supermarket trade with roles in Marks & Spencer, Dunness Stores and Aldi Ireland. On the day, guests also enjoyed a lunch of Blas na hEireann award-winning produce in the sunshine. Blas na hEireann are the largest food awards on the island,

open to all 32 counties, with judging taking place during June and July, with finalist judging in Dingle, the home of the awards, on October 2 and 3. With Backyard at Blas talks taking place on October 4 and 5, the final Blas na hEireann 2019 awards will be presented on these dates alongside these popular producer networking events.


Beer Aficionado

THIS COULD BE the drink of the summer. A wonderfully fruity beer with the taste of mango, papaya and passion fruit. There are five different hops used that, when combined with the fruit, make each mouthful a delight. It has a very refreshing light body but it’s stronger than a normal session IPA with a 6.7% ABV.

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Renault workhorses get revised new models A KEY player in the van market for 120 years, Groupe Renault is upgrading its light commercial vehicle range with enhanced styling, connectivity and bespoke features that both cater to the varying needs of its professional customers and deliver quality levels comparable to those of passenger cars. Since their launch in

This generation of a popular model has seen Mitsubishi further refine the line, offering a superb range of features that should prove a hit with many looking for their next SUV

Meet the perfect SUV: Mitsubishi’s Outlander


NOW in its third generation, the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has become even more popular in recent years thanks to a plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) joining the range in 2014, and sitting alongside its 2.2-litre turbo-diesel counterpart. The Outlander range was heavily face-lifted in 2015, with new styling, extra equipment and a revised chassis. In 2017 there were additional minor improvements in order to keep up with the fastmoving SUV sector, and it has now received a refresh for 2019. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander has a smoother look than before, while its excellent underpinnings remain unchanged It’s more aerodynamic, too, with underbody panels helping to aid fuel

efficiency. It has been given a more curvaceous design in line with Mitsubishi’s latest ‘Dynamic Shield’ design language, with LED headlamps and a large three-diamond logo. Generous use of chrome detailing on the front grille, window line and tailgate door give the new Outlander an upmarket look. Overall, the exterior look of the new Outlander is clean, robust, purposeful and very pleasing to the eye. In order to keep things simple, Mitsubishi offer the new Outlander in diesel guise with just two trim levels (both generously equipped) – Instyle or Black Line (both with 4WD, manual or automatic transmission, and seven seats as standard). However, the PHEV model is only available with five seats, but trim

levels are increased to three – Intense, Instyle and sporty S-Edition. Blending an advanced plug-in hybrid powertrain with the space, comfort and off-road capability you expect from an SUV, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is ready for any challenge. Offering up to 45kms of all-electric range – which, for many drivers will be enough for the average commute and most everyday tasks – the new Outlander PHEV is the perfect travelling companion for nearsilent, zero-emissions urban driving. On longer journeys, the 2.4-litre petrol engine wo r k s i n te l l i g e n t l y with the electric motor to provide more power and torque, while also improving fuel economy. As a result, the Outlander PHEV delivers up

to 139mpg (combined) and Co2 emissions of 40g/km, without compromising performance. Additionally, whether you are in electric or hybrid modes, the Outlander PHEV’s advanced four-wheel-drive system keeps working to deliver added confidence on slippery roads and loose surfaces. My review car was a new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Instyle, in striking Orient Red metallic paint, with sumptuous diamond-quilted black leather seating as standard. Featuring 8-way pow-

er-adjustment, it was very easy to get comfortable behind the leather-clad multi-function steering wheel. Other standard features include 18” alloy wheels, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors with corner sensors, silver roof rails, sport mode switch, electric parking brake and rain and dusk sensors. Some of the many other features include LED daytime running lights, LED headlamps with automatic levelling and LED high beam, Smartphone Link Display


1) Refreshed for 2019 2) More capable Than ever 3) Outstanding fuel efficiency 4) Annual road tax just €170 5) Priced from €39,900 (ex-delivery)

Audio with six speakers, DAB radio, along with numerous other quality features. Spritely performance is guaranteed, with the stylish SUV capable of sprinting from 0-100km/ h in just 10.5-seconds. With a comfortably interior, up to 1,602-litres of load space, and driving technology that makes driving easier and keeps you safer on the road, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the perfect SUV for every adventure. Pricing starts at just €39,900 (ex-delivery) and is inclusive of a €5,000 SEAI grant for private customers, and €2,500 VRT relief. For ultimate peaceof-mind motoring, all Mitsubishi passenger cars are supplied with an 8-Year/150,000km warranty as standard, along with a 5-Year Mitsubishi Assistance Package.

1980, Master and Trafic have established themselves as mainstays of the LCV market, having sold more than four million vehicles. The new models of both have gained stronger design, powertrains and equipment with both benefiting from new designs, new engines, bespoke cabin layouts, improved driving comfort and greater onboard connectivity. Enhanced The new Master’s cabin gains upmarket appeal as well as enhanced practicality and functionality. Under the bonnet there are new 2.3 dCi engines providing more power and torque while reducing fuel consumption. Driving is also safer and more seamless thanks to new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The New Trafic is even more versatile, in terms of its agility, connectivity and revised ergonomics. Powered by new 2.0 dCi engines, it responds to all professional situations and to certain personal uses.

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HOME COMFORTS: SOCCER: GLEBE North will kick off the

new season with a glamour tie at home to Sligo Rovers after the LSL Sunday Senior 1 side were paired with the five-time champions in the FAI Cup first round. The Balbriggan side were drawn alongside the 2010, 2011 and 2013 FAI Cup winners, having reached this stage by virtue of their run to the last 16 of last season’s FAI Inter Cup.





Masters all set for Murcia rematches 

THE IRELAND Masters Over-55s hockey team is looking forward to their rematches with Spain at Ballsbridge’s Pembroke Wanderers this weekend following a memorable challenge series in Murcia against Spain earlier this year. The Spanish side – who will stay in the nearby Sandymount Hotel – face off on Saturday at 5.30pm against Ireland and then again on Sunday at 10am in a pair of international fixtures famed for intense competition but with a strong camaraderie. “Ireland Masters have a reputation for sportsmanship, inclusivity and determination,” says the Irish team’s Chris Townson. “We can’t change the fact we have only a small pool of players but we can punch above our weight, we can be proud to wear the shirt and above all demonstrate to all the true value of sport.”

Reflecting on the Spanish series, Townson reflects: “The alarm goes at 3.30 am on Saturday, the bags are packed the international shirt folded and the anticipation is rising. I get up and out for a flight at 7am our first friendly of the season awaits at 5pm in Murcia Spain. “The excitement and pride of playing international sport at 56 years old makes commitment worth it. The journey might be long today and all those sessions in the gym, the training camps and the effort to improve; but this is worth it. “I eventually arrived at the ground at 4pm to a warm and sunny February afternoon to meet our squad and our opposition. “The game was great fun. Our Spanish friends came out on top today but only just, I could genuinely feel the spirit of Masters Hockey. The pride to wear the shirt, the camaraderie and craic. “The evening was still young and

The Ireland Over-55 Masters side ahead of their matches against Spain in Murcia in February

great lifelong friendships were formed over dinner and a glass of local wine. My newfound friend, the Spanish goalkeeper and captain, would be tested tomorrow “The next morning, we play again, the friendships made put aside for the 60 minutes. We play much better, but the illusive win…

“What a weekend, great sport, great teammates and fantastic hosts. The spirit of Masters Hockey is very powerful, we must do it in Ireland next time.” And thus this weekend’s rematches come into view while there is also the jostle for places in the Masters World Cup squad who will play in South Africa in 2020.


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CASTLEKNOCK JULY 4 – No Lotto Jackpot winner. Match 3 Winners €60 each – Gerry Sheerin, Colm Cosgrave, Ciaran Maher, M. Doyle, ‘Chloe’. Next Jackpot €5,400. July 6 – In spite of Luke Swan’s 1-1 Dublin lose the LMFC Final AET. Everyone in the Club sends their best wishes to Senan Forker who was injured during the game. Senan we all wish you a speedy recovery. A high intensity victory in the AFL2 1-22 1-12 against Lusk keeps Castleknock top of Division 2. Dublin U-14 Camogie involvement for Saoirse Behan and Eimear Sutton and Dublin U-14 Football involvement for David Strappe, Callum Sheridan, Conan Feeney and Bobby Lynch. Proud of you all. July 7 – Solid 2-12 0-8 win for MHL3 Hurlers over Naomh Fionnbarra including a super-sized point from Finn McAllorum. Great to see Emma Diamond, Eabha Mooney, Aisling O’Neill, Aoife O’Sullivan, Lucy Quinn and Mollie Turner in the Dublin U-16 Camogie panel for their game against Clare in the All-Ireland Championship. Upcoming: Registration is now open online for our internal All-Ireland Leagues (Aug. 5-11). Six tournaments from U7-U12 for girls and boys. Registration closes July 14th. See website or contact Neil Devlin 086-1004301. The Club extends its sympathy to the Farrell family on the passing of Gerry, father of Niall and grandfather of Oran, a member of Castleknock and Dublin Minor Football teams. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

FINGALLIANS THE AFL 1 Team had a home game against St Brigids in Lawless Memorial Park on Saturday evening ,they had a super first half up by five points but an early flourish by St Brigids in the second half gave them the lead and it finished out with the lads going down by Two points. Next up is an Away game to League leaders Ballyboden on 17th July at 7.30pm. The Div 1 Ladies team had a good win over Thomas Davis on Wednesday night last which see them now at the top of the League in the Div 1 Competition. The AFL 6 Team play St Peregrines at home on 16th July at 7.30pm.The AFL 11 team play Whitehall Colmcilles 2 at home on 18th July at 7.30 pm also. We are launching a policy in the club on the usage of mobile phones. We would like parents and supporters to try not to use their phones during games and training of our young players ,and spend time encouraging them instead. Signage will appear in the club in relation to this, we would be very grateful if all could help make this work. The club will be running

our ‘Fins on Tour’ photo series on Facebook over the summer. If going on holiday make sure to pack your jersey and send photos to fingallians@gmail. comSchool. The Club have set up a Wellness Group ,signage will be going up around the club house during the week informing members on the details of the groups specific email address has been set up for anybody wishing to contact them - fingalliansgaawellness@ Forms are now available in the bar for the Summer Camps.We are running Two CUL Camps this year as the numbers wanting to join are huge the dates are Mon 8th July to Fri 12th July and Mon 12th Aug to Fri 16th Aug times are 9am to 2pm. The Dual Football Hurling/ Camogie camps are Mon 22th July to Fri 26th July and Mon 19th Aug to Fri 23th Aug start time is 9am tie 1pm.The Hurling School of Excellence is Mon 29th July to Thursday 1th Aug start time 10am til 2pm.The Paul Flynn Football School of Excellence is from Tue 6th Aug to Fri 9th Aug.

Castleknock Celtic’s Under-16s celebrate their Redmond cup success

Knock Under-16s claim worthy Redmond Cup title DDSL CUP FINALS 

IT WAS double celebration for Castleknock Celtic as their Under-16 Premier and B teams won through to their respective cup finals recently, played in the picturesque setting of Frank Cox Park in Rathcoole with the Dublin mountains as the backdrop. Celtic’s Premier side came up against league leaders St Francis FC but just came up short, d espite a goal from Danny Ursu, a longserving player with the Castleknock side. Celtic finally went down 1-3

against worthy Nilfix Cup winners St Francis. In the Redmond Cup final, Celtic’s Under16B lined up with their stalwart keeper Sabin Ghet in goal. The opposition had strengthened since the league fixture between them, and it soon became clear that the tried and trusted D w ye r, M c C o r m i c k , Woodger frontline wasn’t going to break down a much improved defence. The introduction of Danny O’ Mahony and Pablo Carcoba made more inroads into the Transport defence but it was an unfortunate defensive mix up from

the Celtic backline that gave Transport the lead before half time. After the break, a decision to put five at the back seemed to give Celtic the momentum. It was from a set piece that Celtic restored parity with a bullet header by Alex Conroy from a perfectly delivered corner from Kristers Grinbergs. With the game heading to extra time, Mark O Connor hit the post and Sabin produced an exceptional low save to keep matters tied at 1-1 after regulation time. In extra time, with Ashraf Darfalla and Kacper Pzykepwpowicz

now driving Celtic forward, it seemed a matter of.time before the Dublin 15 side would gain the advantage. A neat combination between Gavin Cameron and Finn Woodger on the right, produced a great cross that everyone missed, apart from Carcoba lurking on the edge of the box. His crisp left foot drive into the corner of the net sent the visiting fans from Castleknock into raptures. Despite an expected Transport barrage into Celtic’s defence, Colvin, Ursache and the three centre backs held firm.

It was left to a marauding Woodger run into the box, to finally finish the scoring at 3-1. Celtic rang the changes, bringing on Mark Gillan, Ryan Shields and Hamza Madkour to see out the game. It was an exceptional achievement for the side to win five consecutive matches during their Junior Cert period. Celtic are taking on new players for the season beginning in September after the summer break. Information at www.castleknockceltic. com including contact details for their new Girls Teams for those born in 2009/2010.

Fingallians’ sprinting kings

Fingallians’ Tolunabori Akinola and Pascal Ryan in the 200m. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

FINGALLIANS Athletics Club came home from Tullamore with three gold, two silver and one bronxe medal from the national Under-23 and junior championships last weekend. The sprints produced the trio of first place finishes with a series of dominant performances. At Junior men’s level, Reality Osuoha led home the field in the 100m as he raced home ahead of Raheny Shamrock’s Michael Farrelly in 10.95 with club mates Tolunabori Akinola coming home in fifth

and Pascal Ryan was eighth. Akinola (22.97) won his gold in the 200m ahead of Ryan (23.08) in second place as the Swords club enjoyed a super weekend at the event. They duly went on to win the 4x100m relay gold with Akinola and Ryan joined in the line-up by Leon Chinaka and Ciaran McManus. Anne-Marie Torsney, meanwhile, picked up a pair of medals with a silver in the discus and bronze in the shot-putt.

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Glebe glamour tie with Sligo FAI CUP DRAW  DAVE DONNELLY

GLEBE North will kick off the new season with a glamour tie at home to Sligo Rovers after the LSL Sunday Senior 1 side were paired with the five-time champions in the FAI Cup first round. The Balbriggan side were drawn alongside the 2010, 2011 and 2013 FAI Cup winners, having reached this stage by virtue of their run to the last 16 of last season’s FAI Intermediate Cup. Glebe management are confident they’ll be permitted to host the fixture at their Market Green home, however new UEFA criteria mean they will face an anxious wait. However, for a young and ambitious Glebe side, a home draw against a Sligo Rovers side with a passionate fanbase and real cup pedigree was the ideal outcome. “Coming here all we wanted to do was get one of the teams in the top league,” assistant coach Duane Crean told the Dublin Gazette.

“We wanted to avoid intermediate teams and the junior teams just because when you get this far, you want to play against the top teams. “It’s good to play against Sligo now, who have good pedigree in the top league and cup competitions. “Liam Buckley’s won it before with Sporting Fingal. It’ll be a good test and his brand of football is very nice as well, so we look forward to the challenge ahead. “We’re a very young side, mixed with a little bit of experience, so it should be a good challenge. “Liam would always have his team prepared, no matter where he goes.” Market Green has hosted League of Ireland clubs before, most recently when Loughshinny played their first round tie with Galway United in 2004, but standards have tightened significantly since. Nevertheless, the club’s management remain quietly confident that the ground will satisfy whatever criteria are laid down and that cup football will return to the Balbriggan.

“We’re hoping to play at home. Obviously with the new UEFA criteria, you don’t know if you’re going to be passed. The pitch is in great nick. We have our own covered stand. “We have a lot of facilities there so we’ll just wait and see if it’ll be passed by the FAI, once they tick all the boxes on the UEFA criteria. There’s no alternative at present.” An intriguing clash awaits Malahide United as they were drawn away to Sunday Senior champions Crumlin United in an all-Leinster Senior League tie. Crumlin won the league undefeated last year, while Malahide were more up and down, however Crumlin captain Thomas Hyland insists it will be a very tough game. “Before the draw was made we were talking about Malahide, saying they were going to be one of the dark horses in our league,” Hyland told the Dublin Gazette. “It’s a tough draw. We’re happy we got the home draw but they are a very good side. “They’ll definitely be challenging in our league. They’re a top side.”

New Coolmine coach Dermot Dunne

Glebe North’s representatives at the FAI Cup draw were delighted to be pitted against Sligo Rovers. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Coolmine RFC sign up Dunne LEINSTER RUGBY 

COOLMINE RFC have announced Dermot Dunne as the new head coach for the club, bringing experience as a player with Leinster and a coaching background spread from college rugby to Leinster. He began his playing career with Leinster Under-18s and Juniors from 1992 to 1995 and spent time with Otago Colts in 1994. In 1996, he was also part of the Leinster senior

training squad. He received recognition when awarded a semi-pro contract with Connacht from 1997/98. He saw out the end of his playing career with eight seasons with Barnhall. In 2010, he turned his attention to coaching and completed the Coaching Level 1 with the IRFU. Since then, Dunne has continued to expand on his qualifications and, in 2018, completed the advanced themes in coaching. This programme was a collaboration between Leinster and

St Marys and delivered spec ialised coaching workshops. It consists of four key deliverables around the development of the coaches and each deliverable required significant input from the coaches. Only 52 coaches completed this course and it shows the level of commitment Dunne has to his trade. His coaching career commenced with Mullingar RFC where he was head coach from 2014 – 2016. During his

time there, Mullingar were promoted to Leinster League 1B from 2A. He then moved to Kilkenny RFC which saw another promotion, this time for 1B to 1A. Throughout these years, he stayed involved with Leinster Rugby Underage Development Programme, which is a commitment to develop Leinster rugby in the midlands area. Coolmine will play in Leinster League Division 2A in the upcoming 2019/20 season which starts on September 22.

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GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN THANKS to all who played and supported our Annual Golf Classic last Thursday at sunny Westmanstown.Special thanks to Ken Murray of Finance Solutions in Lucan for his generous sponsorship of the event-we are indebted to Ken for his continued support not just financially but for his involvement with our underage teams as well. Thanks also to Paul Croft of Fresh Super Foods in Laurel Lodge for providing all our participants with healthy goodie bags to keep up their energy levels while negotiating Westmanstown.Congratulations to the overall winners Copper Face Jacks followed by Capital Glass in 2nd and Sean Murrays team coming in 3rd. Our next scheduled fundraiser will be a Race Night on Friday October 4th at Westmanstown-details will be circulated shortly. Disappointing evening for our Intermediates on Saturday evening when their Div 4 League tie with St Finians Swords failed to go ahead due to the absence of a referee.This is most unfair to both teams who had to make personal and work arrangements for this fixture and find their efforts are in vain-County Board please take note-no details yet of refixture.Juniors lost in their Div 8 game away to Binn Eadair on Sunday.

SKERRIES HARPS WELL done to the Intermediate Footballers who recorded a win over St Monica’s in AFL4 over the weekend. There was an abundance of Intercounty representation over the week across the various Dublin teams - Well done to Robyn Buckley, Sarah Smith , Jane Maguire & Rachel O’Brien with the Dublin u16 Camogie team who defeated Clare in the All Ireland series and to Eoin Wilde who played with the Dublin u16 Footballers in the Gerry Reilly tournament , defeating Wicklow. Well done also to Matthew Weldon (Dublin U14 Football), Alex Ward (Dublin u14 Camogie) & Ronan Geoghegan, Greg McEneaney & Eoghan OConnor Flanagan (Dublin u15 football) who all played over the weekend. Hard luck to James Casey & the Dublin Minors who lost out to Kildare in the Leinster final, and to Alix Buckley & Megan Carroll with the Dublin Intermediate Camogie team who lost out to Cork in the Championship. Upcoming Events /Diary Dates.

• Skerries Harps Golf society RESCHEDULED outing to Swords Open GC will now take place on Fri 12 July. Tee times 12noon-2pm. Meal & Prizegiving afterwards in Harps Clubhouse. Contact Paul Murray 085 1740474 * Annual Bryan Cullen U16 Football Tournament, will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at the Club with 11 teams visiting from across the country to compete for The Oliver Moore trophy. Watch this space for more details re the tournament and how you can help make this annual club event a success! * 2019 Annual Golf Classic takes place Fri 2nd August at Skerries Golf Club - to enter a team contact Fergal at 0868984657 The major club fundraiser for 2019 will be the Chaser! Taking place Sun 27 Oct 2019! Keep an eye on social media for more info and save the date! We are actively seeking sponsorship for this event - if you can help contact Joanne 0864058523.

ST BRIGID’S OUR next 2019 Summer Camp begins next Monday (July 15th). Online booking for all our Club Summer Camps can be done via the link on our Club Website! Online Booking for our Nursery Camp and Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp in August is also open! Places are limited and are filling fast so please book early to avoid disappointment! Each child receives FREE Kellogg’s GAA gear and a backpack for the Cúl Camp! All our Summer Camp dates are as follows: St Brigids Club Summer Camp - 15th - 19th July; St Brigid’s Cúl Camp - 12th - 16th August; St Brigids Club Nursery Camp - 19th - 23rd August. Commiserations to Alan, Paul and the Dublin Senior Hurlers following their loss to Laois at the weekend. Well done to our AFL1, AFL3 and Minor A Hurlers on great league win last week. Lots of Adult Hurling this midweek with our Senior Hurlers in Division 1 action on Wednesday while our Inter Hurlers and Junior Hurlers are in Championship action on Tuesday and Thursday! All the details are on our website and twitter page! There was no winner of our Club Lotto Jackpot last week. Our next Jackpot rises to €4,400 and will take place in The Greyhound this Thursday evening (July 11th). Gaeltacht Scholarships available for club members, contact 0876339238 for info.


Fingal stars power big win over Clare U-16 CHAMPIONSHIP Dublin3-18 Clare1-6 

NAOMH Mearnog/St Finian’s Ellie Kane put in a star turn as the Dublin Under16 camogie side swept past the challenge of Clare at a sun-soaked Parnells last weekend. After a nervous first few minutes, a point from Kane saw Dublin settle quicker and, as the rhythm began to flow, Ellie Young chipped in with a nice score. Aisling Gannon then received a finely weighted pass to send a rocket at the Clare keeper who parried it over the bar. The game rocked back and forth with a series of tough tackling, blocks and minor injury stoppages. Clare scored their first point from a free coming up to 20 minutes with Dublin responding with an excellent pass from Castleknock’s Emma Diamond to her club mate Aisling O’Neill who put the sliotar over the bar. A third Knock player, Lucy Quinn, was next to register before a slight change in the tide could be sensed coming into the last 10 minutes of the first half. Quinn again stepped up

Dublin U-16 camogie manager Johnny Jackson leads the team talk during their tie against Clare last weekend. Picture: ilivephotos,com

with a fine point niy Clare however seized on an opportunity with a strong individual run through the Dublin defence to hand pass a goal into the net. But precise passing on the left wing from Aisling Gannon to Quinn led to Emma Diamond placing a thunderous shot into the top right hand corner of the net. Clare ended the first half with two fine points from frees but not before Dublin added another

RETURN OF THE MAC Portmarnock hosts big Pro-Am PORTMARNOCK Links will host the PGA in Ireland’s richest single day prize fund event on August 5 – ‘The mac-group, Portmarnock Links Pro-Am’. The €16,000 Pro-Am, featuring morning and afternoon shot-gun starts, will cater for 50 of Ireland’s leading PGA professionals, including mac-group brand ambassador, David Higgins. Pictured are Portmarnock’s Conor Russell, Paul McKenna, ceo, mac-group and Michael McCumiskey, Regional Manager, PGA.

point from Kane for a 1-7 to 1-3 lead. The second half saw Dublin show their dominance. Although Clare scored an early point and followed with a wide from some very good play, Dublin were finding their pace. They dug in and some strong play saw Young score a point from a free. The second goal came from an Aisling O’Neill strike with Quinn and Young adding a point apiece to

drive Dublin on. Clare produced two points from frees but Dublin again responded with some great passing to produce another very fine point from O’Neill. Ellie Young added a point and Kane contributed a goal and point in the next few minutes. The final stages were also Dublin’s and they produced five points from O’Neill, Young, Kane (two) and Eile O’Ceallaigh.

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Brigid’s stymie Fins late surge in AFL1 tie

The Dublin minor side ahead of their Leinster final against Kildare last weekend. Picture: Paul Lundy

Dub minors dealt painful final exit ELECTRIC IRELAND MFC FINAL Kildare2-21 Dublin1-19 after extra time  CÓILIN DUFFY

CASTLEKNOCK’s Senan Forker is on the road to recovery, after picking up an injury in Dublin’s Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Final loss to Kildare after extratime on Saturday. The game was delayed for 11 minutes towards the end of the first half of normal time, after the centre-half-back collided with Kildare’s Kevin Eustace while contesting a ball close to the side-line, with the game tied at five-points apiece. His club confirmed on Saturday night, that Senan “didn’t sustain any neck injuries”. They added: “He has a concussion and facial injuries but is back home. We wish Senan the best in his recovery”. Forker was one of five Castleknock players on the match-day squad, including Luke Swan who registered 1-1 for Dublin, including a goal in the opening minute of the second half. Both sides had their periods of dominance in this game, with Dublin leading 0-4 to 0-2 after just 16 minutes, before Kildare responded in strong fashion.

Aaron Browne and Eoin Bagnall were the commanders in-chief for Kildare, and both finished with 1-7 apiece, with midfielder Shane Flynn also playing a key role. Thomas Davis clubman Fionn Murray led Dublin’s scoring charge, and was pretty impressive throughout from placed balls – finishing with 11 points, including eight frees and one 45’. Forker’s injury halted Kildare’s momentum, as Dublin finished the half strongly with Ballyboden’s Ryan O’Dwyer and Murray on target to ensure a 0-8 to 0-7 interval lead. A Luke Swan goal, added to with a point from Clann Mhuire’s Alex Rogers saw Dublin push 1-9 to 0-7 ahead inside four minutes of the restart, but Kildare failed to lie down. Eustace; substitute Mikey Delahunty, Bagnell and Browne helped bring them back into the contest, with the sides tied at 1-9 to 0-12 after 47 minutes. Murray grabbed Dublin’s first point in 16 minutes to edged them back ahead, before Kildare fired two points on the bounce. The Lilywhites missed fired in the closing minutes, to bring their tally to nine wides, before Murray stepped up in the fourth minute of injury-time with a point to force extra-time, after a good combined

team move. Kildare were strongest in extra-time, and fired 1-1 inside 40 seconds of the throw-in, including a Bagnall goal. Westmanstown’s Luke Curran and Murray kept Dublin in touch, but Kildare fired their second goal before the break to take a 2-17 to 1-14 interval lead. Kildare again proved strong on the restart, and although Dublin were awarded a penalty after a foul on Swan, they

only managed a point, as Kildare held out for a five-point win. “We played well, quite well in patches,” Dublin manager Jim Lehane said. “We had a lot of goal opportunities, we hit the bar a couple of times, we missed a penalty. “In normal games we have been taking those chances readily, so it was a bit unfortunate today on the big day that it didn’t happen, but in fairness to Kildare they really got their match-up’s right.”

Clann Mhuire’s Aaron Rogers. Picture: Paul Lundy

ST BRIGID’S held off a late Fingallians surge to claim a 1-18 to 3-9 success at Lawless Park in AFL Division One. Early on, courtesy of Philly Ryan, Lorcan McCarthy and Donal Timoney points, Brigid’s moved 0-5 to 0-1 in front with just 13 minutes gone on the clock. Fingallians controlled the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half, though, with ex-Sky Blues star Paul Flynn to the fore. In a period that saw the Swords men hitting 2-4 without reply, the four-time All Star bagged 1-2. However, the introduction of Sean Murray eventually curbed the influence of Flynn. On the restart, Ryan, McCarthy, Mal Tighe and Cathal Doyle raised white flags to get Brigid’s back in the groove. A Niall Davey goal gave them additional leeway and even though Fingallians responded with a late three-pointer, it wasn’t enough to prevent their eighth league defeat of the year. Elsewhere, Naomh Maur fell to a 3-18 to 3-12 reversal at the hands of Lucan Sarsfields. Former Dublin defender Stephen O’Shaughnessy was in fine scoring form, adding to a pair of goals against Templeogue with another on the stroke of half-time against the Rush side to make it 2-10 to 1-7 at halftime at the 12th Lock.

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gan club hoping they can set up big day out at Market Green as they welcome Sligo Rovers in the FAI Senior Cup. SEE P29


Castleknock Celtic take down the Redmond Cup. SEE P28


FOOTBALL: Painful extra time defeat for Dublin at the hands of Kildare in the provincial minor final. SEE P13

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Aherne relishing shot at Croke Park semi-final  DECLAN ROONEY

DUBLIN ladies captain S i n e a d A h e r n e s ays hosting the TG4 ladies SFC semi-finals at Croke Park is a massive step forward for the game. History will be made later this summer when both semi-finals will be played in the Dublin venue, with both games featuring on a bumper double header bill on Sunday, August 25. The TG4 All-Ireland finals are a regular fixture at Croke Park, but this will be the first time in the LGFA’s history that the semi-finals will also star at headquarters, while the intermediate semi-finals will be hosted at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Last year’s semi-finals pitted Dublin against Galway, and Cork with Donegal, and both games took place in Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon. St Sylvester’s clubwoman Aherne admitted the prospect of reaching an All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park excited her, and for whichever team reaches the last four it will be an exciting prospect. “That’s massive, it’s a huge step forward for the game,” said Aherne. “The thing about the ladies game when you look at the last couple of years there has only been six teams that got that opportunity to play in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day. “For it to be a double

Sinead Aherne, left, with LGFA president Marie Hickey. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

“It’d be great to see a huge crowd in for that and

I think there will be if the competition continues to be close“ header of semi-finals, it’d be great to see a huge crowd in for that, and I think there will be if the competition continues to be close.” Although Aherne will miss Dublin’s opening All-Ireland series game against Waterford this Saturday because of a shoulder injury, she hopes to be back in time for the ir final Group game against Monaghan a fortnight later.

She said: “It’s not too bad, I just shipped a bit of a knock against Westmeath. I’ll be a couple of weeks getting back but I’m happy enough with how it’s progressing and I’m looking forward to returning. “I don’t expect to be in the frame this weekend but we have a couple of weeks to the next game and I’ll be targeting that one against Monaghan.” It is among a number

of issues for manager Mick Bohan to contend with. He h a s re ce ive d a setback with former Irish soccer international Siobhan Killeen ruled out for six months because of injury, while three-time All-Ireland winner Sinead Finnegan is no longer part of the Dublin panel. Experienced Finnegan – from Swords – is a big loss for Mick Bohan’s

side, as she is ‘on a sabbatical’, while the Dublin manager says Killeen’s attacking talents will be sorely missed. “She [Killeen] has ripped the hamstring off the bone in a completely innocuous situation in training where she just turned a particular way. From start to finish it is a six-month injury,” said Bohan. “She is still in a brace but still around the

squad and she has been fantastic and she has been a huge contributor in so many ways, particular with the kids. That’s one of the reasons why we kept her – we just felt she was so positive there. “She was hitting the heights, and is definitely a loss to us. But they are the highs and lows of sports, it brings an opportunity for others though.”

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