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DublinGazette NOVEMBER 8-14, 2018

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CAMOGIE: History making Beann Eadair end their 30-year wait for a camogie title as the code starts to blossom again in Howth SEE P39






Families left in limbo as schools remain closed Two Tyrrelstown facilities still shut


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TWO Fingal schools remained closed after the mid-term break this week amid calls for a review of the Department of Education’s design and build programme. Parents met at Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS on Wednesday to inspect the

building ahead of its reopening after safety concerns were raised over the structure. Earlier this week, the Department of Education announced that the building and nearby St Luke’s NS, both in Tyrrelstown, would remain shut until at least Friday. Laura Walsh, whose two children attend Tyrrelstown ETNS, said parents were left in

limbo, adding: “We haven’t been told exactly what’s wrong with the school and how long it’s going to take to fix that.” Ms Walsh, who has a seven-year-old daughter in first class and a three-year-old son in pre-school, said: “It’s a big concern for parents, especially those who are working and trying to organise childcare before and after school.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

MINISTER Shane Ross writes on taxes – he mulls over creating a ‘fairer’ local property tax system for everyone that doesn’t penalise Dubliners in particular, many of whom end up paying more than some of our country cousins with similar SEE PAGE 14 homes.

Former soldier blasts the army

A YOUNG mum and exsoldier has taken aim at the army, blasting the treatment by the defence forces that she says has left her feeling ‘broken’. The Balbriggan woman talks about bullying, saying that things got so bad she ended up quitting, despite the difficulties that could follow. She talks candidly to Dublin Gazette inside.


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‘Army bully made my life hell … I’ll never get over it’  SYLVIA POWNALL

A YOUNG mum from Balbriggan who claims bullying in the army ruined her life says she’s now too scared to get another job working outside the home. Ex-soldier Jayne Robinson (36) revealed she still takes anti-depressants five years after leaving the Defence Forces and the stress of her ordeal has left her “broken”. The mum-of-four was afraid to leave the house for two years after her discharge and she has

now started a petition to the Defence Minister calling for an investigation. Jayne, who served overseas in Kosovo, told Dublin Gazette: “My commanding officer started bullying me after I was transferred to a new unit. “Everything I did he watched. I remember once I went to the toilet and he marked me absent from gate duty. If I was one minute late, he was on my back. “I had 12 years clear on my record then I was brought up 12 times in the space of two months with this officer. It stood out a million miles that I was being picked on.” Jayne suffered a trau-

I left with nothing. It broke me completely. matic birth with her third son Deakon, now five, who almost died after delivery with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. She said: “When I came back from maternity leave [the senior] officer said, ‘You better not even attempt to go sick or I will have you f***ed out of the army’. “I couldn’t believe it. Once I had a severe kidney infection and I was not believed. I was told a second doctor would take

Former soldier Jayne Robinson on duty in Kosovo

my bloods. It was horrendous.” With three young boys to care for, Jayne was transferred to Dundalk, Co Louth, without any say in the matter, even though she was struggling to make ends meet. She said: “My takehome pay was €390 a week – that was to pay a mortgage, childminder and everything else – and on top of that I had to pay motorway tolls. “In seven years, I would have had a State pension, and I left with nothing. It broke me completely. “I’ve no self-esteem. I don’t think I could take

another job working with people again, I wouldn’t be able for it. “I’ve four young boys, my husband works for the council, we’re in mortgage arrears, we’re absolutely broke, we have no money.” After her ordeal, Jayne has found solace with the Balbriggan Gospel Choir she helped set up a year ago. But she said she is “still angry” and wants an investigation. The Department of Defence said it does not comment on individual cases, adding that any known incidents of bullying or harassment are “properly investigated”.


Ongar takeaway ordered to shut A TAKEAWAY in Ongar was one of three Dublin businesses issued with closure orders by the Health Service Executive in October. Diner Thai & Chinese Takeaway at 1 Ongar Square was shut for two days on October 24 but reopened for trade on October 26 following an inspection. Meanwhile, My Thai in Stoneybatter was closed for three days. Four other food outlets outside of Dublin were also ordered to cease operations. HSE inspectors’ reasons for serving a closure order on Chef Yummy Ltd in respect of the Ongar premises have not yet been disclosed.

Fingal schools in new TG4 show TWO Fingal schools are to feature in a new art series for children on TG4. Ar Sceal will feature pupils from Scoil an Duinninigh in Swords and Gaelscoil Ros Eo in Rush. The series, which started last week, follows presenter Una Ni Fhlatharta as she visits 52 primary schools nationwide to collect stories illustrated by the children themselves, with an animator further complementing their stories. Ar Sceal airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Parents left in limbo as two Fingal schools are still closed

Mum Marie (holding flowers), with Karl (front) and friends and family


Tyrellstown ETNS and St Luke’s NS had planned to reopen their ground floors on Tuesday; however, St Luke’s principal, Vivienne Bourke, announced on Monday that remedial works were not sufficient. She said scaffolding support structures “do not look good” and reported that “there were still some sharp edges, unfinished woodwork and exposed surfaces”. Tyrellstown ETNS will reopen at ground floor level only and a number of pupils will be temporarily accommodated at Hansfield ETSS. Principal Tim Stapleton said Gardai and council staff would attend to give “an outline of our traffic management plan to cope with the transport of our first- to sixth-classes”. Cllr Tania Doyle (Ind) said that “given the widescale level of this debacle a fully independent panel of enquiry is warranted”. On Tuesday, Education Minister Joe McHugh told an Oireachtas committee that his department would pursue every legal channel against Western Building Systems – the company that build 23 schools where structural weaknesses have been found. At Ardgillan Community College in Balbriggan, the first to close, he said the problems included inside timber leafs not adjoined to the steel structure, and timber panels attached to concrete with wooden nails instead of bolts. Speaking at the committee, Solidarity-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger alleged that red flags were raised about school buildings years ago by construction workers who were “literally turfed out the door”. In a statement, Western Building Systems said it welcomed the inquiry into the construction of schools and a wider review of the Department’s programme.

Modest Marie named carer of the year for devotion to Karl SYLVIA POWNALL

A RUSH mum has won North Dublin Carer of the Year for her devotion to her son. Marie O’Toole Wyer was recognised by Family Carers Ireland for her strength, dedication and unconditional love in looking after her disabled boy. Now 20, Karl was diagnosed with Anglemans Syndrome when he was just one year old – a rare, genetic life-limiting disorder which affects the nervous system. He is paralysed on his left side and is wheelchairbound. He also has severe intellectual disabilities and is non-verbal. Marie and her husband Aidan faced years of heartache as doctors were unsure if Karl would live and advised the family to prepare for the worst. But she battled on to

save him and give him the best quality of life possible, at a time when she was also caring for her father, who recently passed away with Alzheimers. A humble Marie revealed: “We never had any help until he was nearly 18. Something had to give, so I left work to care for him.” As Karl got older there were more complications resulting in scoliosis and chest problems, causing him to develop severe pneumonia. But Marie said it was a testament to her “beautiful, pure, strong, courageous, precious young man” that he was still touching other people’s lives with his “heartwarming glow”. The award was presented at a ceremony in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan where Aidan, who nominated Marie, said: “I

am a lucky man to have this wonderful person as my wife.” The brave mum now goes forward as a finalist to the national CarePlus Carer of the Year awards which take place on November 23 in the Westin Hotel in Dublin. Figures from the Central Statistics Office show there are 91,878 family carers in Dublin providing on average 45 hours of care per week in their homes. Family carers across Ireland save the State €10 billion each year. One in 10 people provide care for a loved one in the home and this is set to double by 2030. Family Carers Ireland spokesperson Catherine Cox said: “With limited access to services and particularly respite, carers in north Dublin are overstretched and receive little acknowledgement for

Alarm at lack of school places PARENTS in Skerries must start mobilising for a new secondary school in the town or their children could face lengthy commutes to Drogheda, it’s been warned. Green Party representative Joe O’Brien said the crisis at Skerries Community College which is over-subscribed for 2019 has brought the issue into sharp focus. Mr O’Brien said he asked the Minister for Education Joe McHugh to carry out a formal assessment of needs, but his answer was “very uninspiring”. He added: “It’s making it clear now that we as a community of parents with young children need to start organising now for a

new secondary school. “The Department’s data systems for predicting the need for more school places are clearly not working. “The most important figures are enrolment numbers in senior years in the primary schools in Skerries, but it would appear these were not looked at. There is no room for complacency with this issue or assuming that things will be all sorted by the Department.” There are no overflow places in nearby towns and schools in Rush, Balbriggan and Lusk are also struggling to accommodate numbers.

their unpaid work. “Three quarters receive

no payment from the State. A huge congratula-

tions to Marie for her trojan work.”

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Irish Water taken to task over a ‘sickening’ sewage smell “

On a monthly basis there are at least five or six occasions when there’s a bad smell, and that’s on a good month


IRISH Water is being urged to end years of misery for Mulhuddart residents by tackling the foul odour of sewage in the vicinity of Church Road. Fingal County Council has written to the utilities company asking a representative to attend an Area Meeting and outline its plans to resolve the issue once and for all. Solidarity Cllr Matt Waine, who tabled the The long-running issue of a foul odour of sewage in the vicinity of Church Road, Mulume of overflows into the motion, said he had taken huddart has seen Irish Water called to fix the issue, once and for all. Picture: Google Maps River Tolka. Irish Water “at good The company says the faith” when they attendwhere it lasts for a very pro- said the Meath line which passed a meeting 18 months ago longed period of time.” es through Mulhuddart was existing network – the 9C sewer He said the council needed to overloaded and the problem was – was built in the 1970s and can and promised to take measures have a “very frank” discussion compounded by the Hollystown no longer serve the needs of a to end the foul smell. He added: “That is simply not with Irish Water because the pumping station, which is also fast-growing population. the case. We have a problem problem had persisted for more under pressure. In the short-term, councillors here. It’s not bad weather or too than a decade, adding: “It’s not Irish Water is planning a €50 want action sooner rather than much rain, it’s fairly consistent fair that the people of Mulhud- million investment to upgrade later to tackle the smell. Cllr dart have to put up with this on the sewer network serving Eithne Loftus (FG) said: “It is so and constant. “I drive that route every day such a regular basis.” Blanchardstown, Mulhuddart, awful that those residents have Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF), Castleknock and surrounding to constantly live with that. It’s to bring my children to school and I would say on a monthly who raised the matter in May, catchment areas in Kildare and quite sickening.” basis there are at least five or warned that the pipes emitting Meath including Clonee and Cllr Natalie Treacy (SF) said: six occasions when there’s a the “noxious smell” are on the Ratoath. “It’s not good enough. There’s bad smell, and that’s on a good edge of land at Churchfields A c c o r d i n g t o I W, t h e no point with Irish Water comwhich is earmarked for housing. increased sewer capacity will ing in unless they’re coming in month. Cllr Kieran Dennison (FG) reduce the frequency and vol- with solutions.” “Then there could be weeks

‘Make Cariban available to help pregnant women with severe morning sickness’ A DRUG which treats severe morning sickness in pregnant woman should be available under

HSE schemes in Ireland, according to a Fingal senator. Lorraine Clifford-Lee

(FF) has called on Health Minister Simon Harris to urgently consider extending the availability of

Cariban, which can cost up to €3,000 per term of pregnancy and is not covered by the medical card. The drug is prescribed for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), a condition which causes extreme morning sickness symptoms in some women during pregnancy. Senator Clifford-Lee said: “Pregnancy is not always a pleasant time for women – in fact, it can be debilitating for very many. This is especially so for those diagnosed with Hyperemesis, also known as severe morning sickness. “ D e s p i te o u r ow n national Health Service Executive acknowledg-

ing the importance of this drug, the Minister confirmed this month that Cariban is not licensed as a medicine in Ireland. “While I’m aware that some consultant obstetricians and maternity hospitals do dispense this medication to patients suffering HG in pregnancy, surely if it’s recommended by the HSE it should be covered under t h e D r u g s Pay m e n t Scheme? “Given this country’s poor record historically in supporting women in pregnancy, it’s both timely and appropriate to make sure that greater resources are provided to support women’s health,” she said.


Enjoy Blanch fun for all As Gaeilge BLANCHARDSTOWN Library is the place to be next Tuesday, November 13 if you want to practise your cupla focal or get your first taste of all things As Gaeilge. The second annual Blas Baile Bhlainseir event, a day-long celebration of the Irish language, gets under way at 10am with storyteller extraordinaire Niall de Burca. At 11am, teams from local primary schools will test their knowledge – and their Gaeilge – with a special Tráth na gCeist compiled by library staff. Giggles the Clown, who puts all the fun into learning Irish, using puppets, balloons, magic, and more, will perform a free show from 2-5pm. Students and teachers of Colaiste na Tulchann will join staff in Blanchardstown Library in attempting the Gaeilge 24 challenge – to speak Irish for the entire day. A performance by the incredible Fanzini Brothers will bring the day to a close from 7-8pm. For information or booking call 01 890 5560, or email

Swag kids €72,000 for help to raise ‘smart’ street youth issues furniture DANCERS from the Swordsbased House of Swag Dance Studio are campaigning to raise awareness about mental health issues, bullying and youth suicide. The children and teens have choreographed a new routine and video for their Facebook page in a bid to raise funds for their chosen charity, Cycle Against Suicide. With input from teachers Nelly and Lauren, the video has already racked up more than 20,000 views with €300 raised for their chosen charity. In a post accompanying it, they write: “The world today for kids and teenagers is a scary place, with suicide being one of the leading causes of deaths in young people. “We want to open our doors and give kids a place where they can escape the pressures of school, social media and just be themselves, and have fun and have friends no matter what.” To donate, visit the House of Swag Dance Studio Facebook page.

FINGAL County Council will receive €72,000 in government funding under the Digital Innovation programme to install ‘smart street furniture’. The project aims to install outdoor public digital displays and ‘smart’ benches in both rural villages and urban towns. Free-standing LCD screens will be erected at key locations to showcase community activities and services, while smart benches will provide Wi-Fi hotspots and USB charging facilities. Welcoming the news, Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said: “This innovative use of digital technology and infrastructure will bring real, tangible benefits to our local communities here in the Fingal local authority area. “The creativity and collaboration that has gone into their design is highly impressive.” Work on delivering the IT-forward street furniture is expected to get under way soon.



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Ryan and Emmi

Aurelia, Heinardas and Neitas

Ronnie and Lilly

Christopher, Linda, Ebecca and Ashly Dolan. Pictures: Alison O’Hanlon

Scary Halloween fun at Swords Castle

Sammi and Elouise Rita, Eiva and Almantas

Hazel and Marie

Shauna, Lucy and Rosie Jean

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Blanchardstown to host major EU athletics race ATHLETICS Ireland has secured the hosting of the European CrossCountry Championships in 2020 which will take place at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. This follows a successful bid presentation in Budapest with input from Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and RTE. The championships will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2020. Council chief Paul Reid welcomed the decision, adding: “This event will showcase Fingal as a

destination and will be in keeping with our ongoing commitment to promoting active lifestyles through our Sports Office programmes.” Hamish Adams, chief executive, Athletics Ireland said: “We are delighted to have secured the hosting of the European Cross-Country Championships 2020. “We look forward to working with Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and RTE to ensure the event is a world-class experience for both athletes and spectators.

Promoting Fingal’s rich focus on creativity DAVID Gilna, Arun Raq, Tobi Nori, Mayor of Fingal Anthony Lavin, Paul Darcy and Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid were among those attending the launches of Fingal’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022, and Creative Conversations Project at the Atrium, County Hall. Speaking at the event, Cllr Lavin said: “We are very fortunate to have a diverse and rich heritage of music, folklore and local history which inspires

and influences Fingal residents. “By supporting and encouraging collaborative creativity we can bring our communities together, strengthen our sense of identity and enhance general wellbeing in Fingal.” With the Creative Conversations project’s launch – a four-part interview series filmed by Institute of Technology Blanchardstown student Tobi Ilori, from Tyrellstown – Fingal chief Paul Reid

echoed Cllr Lavin’s words in praising creativity across Fingal. He added: “The Creative Conversations project is a partnership between the council and ITB and has given one of their Creative Media students an opportunity to capture on film the thoughts of four of Fingal’s most creative people.” For more on Fingal creativity, see the main story on Page 15. Picture: Orla Murray/SON Photo


Gardai probe gang attacks as thugs tell teen they’ll ‘kill him’ SYLVIA POWNALL

A TEENAGER attacked near Malahide Castle was told by a gang of thugs they would “kill him” and “burn his house down” if he reported the mugging. The terrified 17-yearold was pinned against a wall and robbed of his phone and jacket by a group of three teens who threatened his life during the ordeal. They ordered him to show them his Facebook account on his mobile phone – then told him they knew his name and where he lived, warning they would burn his house down if he told Gardai.

The lad’s father said: “Luckily he wasn’t badly injured or anything, just roughed up a bit. “He said he was grand after it, but he’s clearly not grand. He’s a lot more nervous about going out after it.” The inc ident happened more than a week ago but is not an isolated one. One local revealed: “Gangs are coming into the area, hanging around, causing trouble and mugging people. Parents are very concerned about what’s going on.” Another resident posted a warning on Facebook advising: “There have been a few attacks from guys where their phones,

jackets, money have been taken, threatened their lives if reported.” One 37-year-old man revealed he had a gang of nine youths aged around 16 or 17 surround him at Portmarnock FC pitch but he chased them off. Thugs have also been throwing stones and bottles and hurling verbal abuse at residents in Jameson Orchard. Gardai confirmed they are investigating the mugging at Back Road in Malahide on October 26 and are seeking information about “three males wearing black hoodies”. Deputy Darragh O’Brien (FF), who lives in Malahide, said: “Over the

past week I have been informed of four separate attacks and muggings by a group of thugs against law-abiding teenagers in Malahide and Portmarnock. “A number of concerned parents have been in touch with myself and [party colleague] Cllr Eoghan O’Brien expressing their deep anger at these attacks.” He said he would seek a meeting with Gardai to see what could be done. The Fianna Fail TD also called for a decision to close Malahide Garda Station at 9.30pm each night to be reversed and a “24/7” garda cover to be provided.

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A frightening good time

Paul and Luke McGuinness with Wanda the Witch

Bowl me over, this is good fun

Enjoying Halloween treats

Clap if you’re having fun

Enjoying a day of fun and frights


DAY of fun and frights at Westend Shopping Park was held recently as spooks and ghouls of all shapes and sizes descended upon Westend Shopping Park for a day of free family fun. Witches, Wanda and Waffles were on hand with a host of monster entertainers including spooktacular storytellers, frightening face-painters, scary stilt-walkers and more.

Tyler and Gemma Thompson, Wanda the Witch and Ryan Thompson

Daniel Haslan, Wanda The witch, Leah Lindsey and Lillanne Balfe

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Celebrating Irish Book Week at WHSmith Dublin airport

Siobhain Bunni, Carol Coffee, Helen Moorhouse

Gemma Jackson and Susan Ryan

Maria Hoey and Fiona Gartland

Ciara hits the right notes at Lip Sync contest


IARA Walsh from Coolmine Musical Society pictured at the Lip Sync Competition at the Clonsilla Inn last week. See Gallery next week.

Pictures: Simon Peare

Helen Moorhouse, Carol Coffey, Siobhain Bunni, Fiona Gartland, Andrew O’Connor, Maria Hoey, Susan Ryan, Gemma Jackson, Andrea Mara. Pictures: ALISON O’HANLON

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New timetable causing havoc THE new Irish Rail timetable is wreaking havoc on commuters in Fingal resulting in “dangerous overcrowding”, according to a local TD. Fianna Fail Deputy Darragh O’Brien said the congestion and capacity issues caused by changes to DART and rail timetables are causing major difficulties. He raised the issue directly with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dail

where he pushed for an increase in carriages and other improvements. Deputy O’Brien said: “The demand for services on the Northern Line is so rapidly increasing that it’s creaking at the seams and it’s clear from the Taoiseach’s response that he’s oblivious to the growing population of Dublin Fingal and certainly not interested in these concerns.” Following a meeting with the

Fingal TD Irish Rail has agreed to restore two morning commuter services at Portmarnock and has given assurances that off-peak services will be half-hourly from December. No additional carriages will come on line before 2020 however and local politicians have called for stopgap measures including a signalling upgrade at Connolly Station.


Deputy O’Brien said: “The reality is that our rail services in the North County have suffered from chronic under-investment over the past seven years. “This timetable has been presented as a technical fix for a congestion problem, but it has in fact resulted in a cut to services for North Dublin rail users. “Regular, reliable, efficient public transport services are essential.”

Dog owners want council Fingal Chamber awards to feature black tie ball to press paws on leash laws SYLVIA POWNALL

A NEWLY-FORMED campaign group is set to protest outside next week’s monthly meeting of Fingal County Council in a bid to have dog walking byelaws reversed. The Fingal Dog Owners Group will gather outside county hall in Swords in protest at new regulations limiting off-leash activity to designated areas only. New byelaws governing activities in parks and public spaces were enacted earlier this year which require all dogs to be walked on the leash outside these areas.

The group had been in negotiations to expand off-leash areas in public parks – but have now taken their campaign a step further. At a Swords area meeting of the council earlier this month Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) asked the local authority to consider moving and expanding the designated off-leash areas within the Ward River Valley Park. A number of councillors echoed his views in welcoming the establishment of the dog owners’ group and said a flexible approach was needed to arrive at a compromise. Council official Mick

Carroll accepted that the original proposal for offleash in the Swords park was not amenable to all and the new areas collectively measured about four acres and were accessible from both sides of the park. But the dog owners’ group were unhappy with the amended proposal and have now called for the byelaws to be reversed with no restrictions on off-leash walking. A statement online says they are protesting because “Fingal County Council have recently introduced restrictive and discriminatory byelaws

relating to the control of dogs in parks and open spaces”. The group calls for “dog lovers everywhere” to gather outside county hall at 4.30pm ahead of the meeting which is due to start at 5pm. Fingal DOG has also launched a petition online calling for the council to “give back the freedom to walk your dog off leash, change back the new byelaws”. By Tuesday there were 2,158 signatures with a target of 2,500. The petition states: “In regional parks you are now only allowed walk off leas in designated off leash

areas. In local parks you area now only allowed to walk your dog off leash before 11am and the last hour before the park closes. “As a result of the change in the byelaws there has been a subsequent change to the fines issued by the dog warden if you are found in breach. The fine has now increased to €100…” One supporter claimed dog owners were “being marginalised and made scape goats by the council” while another argued that “our dogs need a free run, responsible dog owners and their dogs are being punished”.

WINNERS of the annual Fingal Chamber Business Excellence Awards will be announced at a gala black-tie ball in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Santry this Friday November 9. The awards night is sponsored by Fingal County Council and hosted by RTE’s Marty Whelan. It starts with a drinks reception at 6.30pm followed by dinner at 7pm. More than 90 per cent of tickets had been sold at close of business last Friday and

Fingal Chamber are offering businesses an opportunity to snap up the last few remaining slots. Tickets cost €140 while a table of 12 can also be booked to invite clients or colleagues along to what is always a special night of celebration for the business community. Details at: https://fingaldublin.chambermaster. com/eventregistration/ register/24

Pitman to hold career workshop in Swords PITMAN Training Swords are holding a career advancement workshop on November 21 at their North Street centre. A team of career experts will advise you on how to make a smooth return to work following a career break, and how you can plan to advance your career at any stage. They offer key tips for those facing a return to work after a career break or maternity leave. Start fresh – don’t expect to just pick up where you left

off. It’s natural that things will have progressed while you were away, so treat your return in the same way you would a new job. Make a career plan. Where do you want to be in 12 months? Or three years? However far ahead you look, be realistic with your goals and use them to keep your career on the right trajectory. Spaces on the one-day workshop are limited. Information and booking at or call 01 840 4075.

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End the scourge of scramblers ‘terrorising’ our communities SYLVIA POWNALL

CHILDREN as young as six are riding around on quad bikes and scramblers which are “terrorising” communities in Dublin 15, it has been claimed. Last week, councillors for the Mulhuddart/ Castleknock area backed a call from Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) to fast-track legislation to tackle the scourge. Expressing his dismay that a proposed Bill on scramblers was defeated in the Dail, he said: “We need a cross-party group working on it. We need action. “We have scramblers terrorising people. I got a phone call from residents in Sheep’s Hill where there were four or five motorbikes constantly going on the green. “I have them in my area ... Whitechapel, Fortlawn, Littlepace,

Clonsilla. Everywhere there is a green space and a public space there are motorbikes. “We need to give gardai the resources to deal with this. We have kids on motorbikes, some as young as nine, ten, 11 years of age. I’ve seen kids on quads, with their parents, who are maybe six or seven, or even younger.” Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (GP) said it was important that councillors kept up the pressure on the Government to tackle what was a serious issue putting lives at risk. Solidarity Cllr Matt Waine said the problem was exacerbated because there were no consequences, meaning people could get away with it time and again. He added: “We recently put road ramps on the Hartstown distributor road. I witnessed somebody on a scram-

The rise of motorbikes, quad bikes and scramblers in the area are increasingly attracting councillors’ and locals’ anger and concern over safety

bler weaving through the obstacles, up on the path, at incredible speed, driving down the wrong side of the road, overtaking buses. “It was just incredible

stuff.” Members agreed to send a message to the Government noting what Cllr Donnelly described in his motion as “the disgraceful deci-

sion” to oppose a proposed Bill to tighten legislation around the use of scrambler bikes and quads. Separately, Labour TD Brendan Ryan spoke on

the issue as he backed the proposed Road Traffic Bill amendment restricting the use of scramblers and quads in public places which was defeated in the Dail.

He said the problem had become “more and more prevalent” and was an issue facing public spaces across Fingal, including beaches and parks. He added that more than 180 people had been injured in accidents involving off-road vehicles in the past three years, including 39-yearold Armenian Ilabek Avetian who suffered catastrophic brain injuries when a scrambler landed on him in a Dublin park. He said some owners “endanger pedestrians with erratic and rash driving”, adding that there had been reports of scrambler users following a so-called ‘circuit’ in Ward River Valley Park in Swords. He warned: “It is the most dangerous grand prix I can imagine, and it is only a matter of time before tragedy strikes at this location.”

End the shocking breaches High praise as Swords man at planning at Coolmine scoops top marketing award Industrial Estate – Cllrs SYLVIA POWNALL

A CASTLEKNOCK Cllr has called for an urgent clampdown on the “shocking” breaches of planning at Coolmine Industrial Estate. Cllr Howard Mahony (FF) told an Area Meeting of Fingal County Council the estate was overrun with “back-door takeaways” operating delivery services from premises in the business park. His motion calling for an investigation to ensure all premises are planningcompliant was passed – however, council officials said inspections would be carried out “with particu-

lar focus on signage”. Cllr Mahony said signage issues were “just a small part of what’s going on in there” and called for a wider investigation. He said: “There are countless food premises. These deliveries generate heavy traffic, night and day. “There doesn’t appear to be any governance and hasn’t been for a long time with Coolmine. Traffic coming out of it is absolutely terrible.” He said a late night “rave club” which “terrorised St Mochta’s estate” for years only closed down because it went out of business, not because

of enforcement by the council, even though it got planning as a retail unit. Cllr Mary McCamley (Lab) agreed that the industrial estate was “a show” and something should be done. Cllr Eithne Loftus (FG) said fast-food outlets were “operating from the back of sheds” and it was a health and safety issue. She added: “Original businesses who have well-kept premises are at their wits’ end to know what to do. “They can’t sell [their premises] now for love nor money because of the conditions in there.”

A SWORDS man has been named Marketing & Communications Professional of the Year at an awards ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. Darren O’Reilly (28), head of marketing for Member First Credit Union, (pictured above with Boots Ireland marketing chief Gillian Hennessy) took the title beating a record number of entrants from across 16 professional sectors. The judging panel said they were highly impressed with Darren based on his outstanding achievements at such a young age. Darren has already clocked up 10 years’ senior marketing experience and his work is particularly evident in the financial services sector where he has defined marketing strategies for organisations worldwide. He is an international speaker on marketing and branding and is

a regular on conference agendas around the globe. Darren said: “It was humbling to be nominated, a privilege to be

a finalist and an absolute honour to have won amongst such highcalibre professionals working with some outstanding brands.”

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Time to tackle a taxing issue fairly for us all TAXES. None of us want Minister them, but we can’t do Shane without them. The Ross challenge is making them fair. So, what’s a “fair tax” when it’s levied on you? It’s one that’s “proportionate”. A proportionate tax is a fair tax. It’s still hard to swallow, of course, but easier to cough up than a tax which blatantly favours one group over another. This might be the reason why the local property tax (LPT) is hated in many parts of Dublin. It’s seen as being grossly unfair – it’s disproportionate. People on fixed incomes in tiny apartments in Dundrum and Dun Laoghaire pay far more than those in Dallas-style ranches in Donegal or Doolin. Those on fixed incomes in Ballinteer, Churchtown and Clontarf wonder why they are subsidising multi-bedroomed mansions in Carlow and Kilkenny. T h e r e a r e m a ny D u b l i n homeowners currently terrified that the mandarins in the Finance Departments’ plan to hike property taxes will prove an expense too far. The dysfunctional housing market has caused property prices to rocket, and people in Stillorgan and Stepaside, Clondalkin and Cabra – as opposed to those in Sligo or Clare – may be punished for this. “But”, I hear you say, “surely people lucky enough to own a home should be delighted to contribute more taxes to the Exchequer”. And yes, prices have risen significantly since the recession. However, that’s only cash in your pocket if you have little or no mortgage and plan to buy smaller. Most families are staying put. Crucially, many couples who bought at the height of the boom are still stuck in negative equity – unable to move on. They will be crucified if taxes rise. Then there are those on fixed incomes – people with disabilities and older people on pensions. Many

can just get by as it is. A raise in the property tax could mean they have to leave their homes. How does that help the housing crisis? As a member of the Independent Alliance I support full exemptions from the LPT for these homeowners as well as a cap on LPT liabilities to ensure that no other homeowner pays a single euro more in the LPT than they are currently paying. Not a single euro more. But what about solitary pensioners living in ‘empty nest’ family homes? There has been misguided and frankly offensive commentary about how elderly people living in their family homes should move out to make room for younger people. This is outrageous. Staying in the community, beside friends and family is extremely important for the welfare of our older people – and indeed, for the Exchequer. That is why the Independent Alliance have agreed with the Ministers for Finance and Housing that the “Abhaile” pilot project, which gives renovation grants to develop upper apartments in larger family homes, be extended nationwide. This provides two practical and positive outcomes. A person on a pension can stay in their own home with a secure rental income – and young people can find accommodation at affordable prices. It’s a win-win project that has been lauded by economists for its practicality in actually tackling elements of the housing crisis pragmatically.

S i m i l a r l y, l a n d i n g children with hefty – and often unaffordable – inheritance tax bills is deeply unfair and counterproductive. Ireland has one of the most punitive inheritance tax regimes in the EU and the recent increase in property prices means that many children will not be able to live in the home they grew up in. In the 2016 Programme for a Partnership, the Independent Alliance committed to increasing the Band A inheritance tax threshold to €500,000. This year, Fine Gael insisted that there would be no change but we managed to push through a modest but important increase despite that, and I promise to continue to push toward our aim of €500,000. People need to know that they can afford to stay in the homes they worked so hard for. People need to feel secure in their own houses. That doesn’t just mean knowing you have a working Garda station to call on if you need it. It also means knowing your home will be taxed proportionately, that you won’t be forced to cough up an extra LPT you can’t afford, and that your children won’t be punished with massive inheritance taxes. Owning a home shouldn’t be a luxury which can be tapped for tax at will. It’s hard enough paying off a mortgage without the worry of further taxation. If we want the LPT to be a fair tax, those on fixed incomes should be exempt and those already paying the LPT shouldn’t pay another euro more. This is what I believe and support and fight for. This is what the Independent Alliance supports. And this is what we will work to persuade our colleagues in government to support. It’s only fair. SHANE ROSS Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

GALLERY Pictures: Olesia Matveeva

Strictly a fun night T

HERE was a great turnout at Westmanstown Sports and Leisure Club for the Huntstown Community Centre Strictly Dance night recently, which saw plenty of familiar local faces gamely show off their fancy footwork in the fun fundraiser. With the Huntstown centre looking to refurbish its roof and replace its windows, the community was called on to come along for the great night – and many hundreds of people did, keen to see their neighbours and pals stepping up into the limelight to support the great cause, and have a fun night dancing, too.

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David’s not clowning around when it comes to making films SYLVIA POWNALL

SWORDS writer David Gilna has broken America with a new short film he made to celebrate the 250th anniversary of circus entertainment. The talented writer, actor and stand-up comedian made his debut as a director with one-minute short, Ya Clown. The film was screened at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Kerry Film Festival and the Richard Harris International Film Festival and is attracting attention from overseas. David’s creative path crossed with Fossett’s Circus in 2008 when they came up with the idea for Theatre Under the Big Top at Electric Picnic, which is still going strong. He told Dublin Gazette: “At one point in my childhood I was told I wouldn’t amount to anything in

life. I wanted to create a short that twisted the power of words and shows the world the power of dreams.” The short film does just that wth the help of a cast of three – Frank Allen, Nathan Clarke and Edward Fossett, who plays a young school boy in detention who is told by his teacher he will not achieve anything in life before a mystical clown tells him not to give up on his dreams. David said: “I’ve just uploaded it online and h ave re c e ive d r ave reviews and awards for this heart-warming story. This is just building the foundations towards my debut feature film dedicated to Irish circus.” Me a nw h i l e D av i d , who started a successful stand-up comedy night for up and coming talent at the Lord Mayor’s

Stills from Ya Clown, a one-minute short film by Swords writer David Gilna that’s getting rave reviews

pub earlier this year, also helped launch Fingal County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy at County Hall in Swords last week. The framework supports the development of a range of cultural initiatives over the next five years to allow citizens to

realise their full creative potential. A Creative Conversations Project – a four-part interview series filmed by IT Blanchardstown student Tobi Ilori from Tyrrelstown – was also launched. T h e f i l m ex p l o re s creativity through the

thoughts of four artists working in Fingal and features award-winning garden designer Jane McCorkrell, David Gilna, musician Arun Rao and artist Paul D’Arcy. Fi n ga l M ayo r C l l r Anthony Lavin (FG) said: “We are very fortunate to have a diverse and rich

heritage of music, folklore and local history which inspires Fingal residents. “By supporting and encouraging creativity we can bring our communities together, strengthen our sense of identity and enhance general wellbeing.” The council strategy

recognises the development of Swords cultural quarter as a key development along with creative hubs across Fingal and frequent pop-up models. The strategy can be viewed at www.fingal. ie. David’s short film can be viewed at https://

Heartache as remains finally identified as missing woman THERE was heartbreak and closure for the family of a Baldoyle woman who went missing more than 20 years ago as advances in DNA profiling have solved the case. Margaret Glennon disappeared in May 1995 but new forensic technology led to remains found near Swords in 2014 being identified as those of the 59-year-old. Another long-term missing case, that of James Gallagher, has also been solved using the same forensic methods. The 18-year-old vanished from Cabra in February 1999. Remains found in 2002 were recently confirmed as those of the Dublin teenager. News of both identifications were communicated

Baldoyle woman Margaret Glennon, who went missing in May, 1995

to the Glennon and Gallagher families in recent days. These developments come following recent work by Forensic Science Ireland to extract DNA from human remains that may have lain undiscovered for years, or in some cases, decades. A spokesperson for website said: “It has taken many long years for news like this and hopefully the recent advances in DNA extraction will now bring some closure to other long-term [cases]. “We wish the families our deepest condolences at this time. May they rest in peace.”

Sign up for Aware’s fun run TV PRESENTER Elaine Crowley had some help from elfish Sophie Daly to launch the 13th annual Aware Christmas Run, which takes place at the Phoenix Park on December 8. More than 2,000 people are expected to take on a 5K or 10K challenge in the popular event,

sponsored by Cadbury, with their efforts helping to raise funds for mental health organisation Aware’s support, education and information services. Elaine and Sophie were delighted to help raise awareness for the flagship fundraising event for Aware, and they called on people to regis-

ter online now at for either challenge. Charging €25 per person, the race is run under AAI rules and chip timing applies, with organisers keen to stress everyone from walkers to runners are welcome, and fun festive attire is very much encouraged too.

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Escape rooms encourage participants to work together as a team to solve puzzles and escape from a mysterious room


Escape to play, play to escape PADRAIG CONLON

YOU and some friends have been kidnapped by an armed gang and are being held captive in their hideout. The gang is currently in another room deciding what

to do with you. The only way to survive is to get out of that locked room. You have one hour to save yourselves… This is a scenario in a typical escape room, an interac-

tive game in which two or more players are locked in a themed room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues and escape the room within a set time limit. It probably doesn’t sound

like fun when you try and sell it to friends: “Hey let’s pay good money to get locked in a windowless room.” But factor in great craic, a bit of puzzle solving and a massive adrenaline rush and you can see why escape rooms have become so popular. In most escape rooms, clues lead to a physical key, but the story of why you’re in the room, and the way in which action unfolds differs by room and location. The concept, which evolved out of online games and is inspired by TV shows like The Crystal Maze is believed to have originated in Japan when the earliest room opened in 2007 in Kyoto. Escape rooms are now among the most popular attractions on Tripadvisor in cities from New York to Seoul with new venues opening across Europe every month. The craze has now well and truly reached Dublin, here are some of the best rooms to play in the capital.

Incognito Escape Rooms Baker Street Mystery: challenges players to solve a mystery while attempting to take down the notorious Baker Street Five, a high profile gang that has been terrorizing Victorian Britain. 4 Bridgefoot Street. 083 846 2700 The Cabin in The Wood A mysterious serial killer, who identifies himself as “The Revolutionary”, has committed four ghastly murders around Ireland. Today more victims have been captured and are currently being held in a closet in his makeshift lair. Luckily the victims are easy to locate thanks to cell phone GPS technology and a group of brave individuals have arrived at the lair to attempt a rescue. Always one step ahead, The Revolutionary has set a trap just inside the front door and now the rescuers are also trapped in a closet inside his lair.

In 60 minutes The Revolutionary will return to commit his fifth gruesome crime, unless the victims and rescuers can escape the serial killer’s lair. Adventure Rooms 6-7 Little Britain St. 01 8727927. Mafia Try to escape from the clutches of “The Big Boss” before he finishes his meeting and decides to send you to sleep with the fishes. Escape seems impossible, you have one hour to get away (over 12s only) T h e C l o c kwo r k Key Escape Room Escape rooms inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Fall down the Rabbit Hole and immerse yourself in the magical world inspired by Lewis Carroll. Cross the threshold of the Witch Hut and see if you can save yourselves from becoming frogs. 51 Wellington Quay. 01 5380998.

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TOY-RIFFIC €50,000 GIFT LITTLE Chloe Ryan had a lot of fun helping grownups Laura Kunkels, Smyths Toys Superstores and Sarah Joyce, CMRF announce Smyths’ donation of €50,000 to Children’s Medical and Research Foundation (CMRF Crumlin). The partnership will help bring a lot of Christmas cheer to some of Ireland’s sickest children. Picture: Mark Stedman

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IRISH music legend Mary Black Was bookended by her grandchildren Fia O’Reilly and Bonnie O’Reilly, alongside Amelia O’ Brien (left) and Patrick Regan (right) to help launch the Specsavers Grandparent of the Year award. Mary and the kids were happy to help launch the competition, held in association with Beaumont Hospital’s cochlear department, with the search for Ireland’s most exceptional grandparent now under way. Grandchildren across the country are asked to start nominating, before the November 30 deadline, to celebrate and recognise the contribution that grandparents make to the country. For further information, see Picture: Julien Behal Photography

Waiting in the Wings ‘WAITING in the Wings’, Noel Coward’s play about former celebrated stage actresses living out their declining years in a less-than-lavish charity retirement home, will be staged at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire this November. The play is set in 1960 on the outskirts of an English town many miles from London’s West End, their original ‘home’. Now in straitened circumstances, the actresses grow older ungracefully amidst squabbles, jealousies and grandiose mem-

ories of their former stage careers. The arrival of Lotta Bainbridge, the once-great actress, rekindles a feud – years ago she married the ex-husband of one of the residents, May Davenport. It takes a tragedy to eventually restore peace and harmony to those waiting in ‘The Wings’. Waiting in the Wings will be staged nightly at 8pm from November 20 to 23. Tickets, priced €18, are available from the box office or


Panto-riffic fun: The Snow Queen panto at the Gaiety looks all set to be a hot ticket

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Jonathan Swift Festival

ONE of Ireland’s most popular authors will be celebrated this month as the Jonathan Swift Festival takes place across the capital. The festival will see a number of public debates and discussions taking place across Dublin, as well as a number of more unique events like a ‘Swift Beer’ 18th Century tasting session. Running from November 29 until December 2, there will also be musical performances in a variety of venues, a ‘Gulliver’s Fair’ where the marketplace from Swift’s best known work will come to life and even comedy sessions in ‘Swift Laughs’. The highlight of the festival is set to be the Annual International Symposium on Jonathan Swift – a must attend for both fans of literature and of the man himself. From satire to science, no matter your preference, there will be a whole host of activities for you to take part in to celebrate the life and works of Jonathan Swift.

DOG OF Knitting and Stitching THE WEEK CALLING all knitters, crocheters, sewers, quilters, dress-makers, cross-stitchers, this year’s Knitting and Stitching show will take place this weekend! Running from November 8 to 11, Ireland’s largest textile event will be held at the RDS with a whole host

of events for knitting and stitching enthusiasts. There will be over 200 exhibitors selling specialist supplies, 23 curated textile galleries, works and talks from some of the top people in the knitting game and more. There will also be a

brand new textile competition this year, the Christmas Tree decoration competition, open to all to enter. There will also be a lot more crafting surprises on the day. This is the 25th anniversary of the show, so it’s sure to be a special one. There are VIP tickets available – such as a VIP cloakroom and priority entrance, a goodie bag and more, as well as standard entry tickets. For more information, visit theticketfactory. com/theknittingandstitchingshow-dublin/ online.

DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs.Amy is a fun and intelligent two year old female German Shepherd. She is a super quick learner who enjoys training and putting her clever mind to good use! Amy will do anything for a tasty treat which makes training sessions fun and enjoyable. Her favourite thing in the whole wide world is being around with people. Amy would love to find a special someone who is going to have plenty of time for her. She will be an amazing addition to a family who are interested in positive reward-based training. Amy is such a friendly girl who just wants a family of her own who she can bond and play with. If you have room in your heart and home for Amy 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 You can also find them on Facebook or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE”

Dine in the dark is a feast for all senses Star Wars: A New Hope in concert

The RTE National Symphony Orchestra are set to perform the soundtrack to acclaimed film Star Wars: A New Hope, on December 5. Playing the soundtrack live alongside the movie, the 82 piece RTE National Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by David Mahoney. Since the release of Star Wars: A New Hope over 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga’s impact on both cinema and culture as been seismic, inspiring audiences around the world. Tickets for the event, which will take place at 3Arena, are available from Ticketmaster now priced between €63.45 and €84. For more information, visit

NOW in its third year, Dine in the Dark is returning to Dublin. NCBI’s series provide guests with a unique opportunity to explore some of the challenges faced by individuals with sight loss and blindness in a delicious setting. Blindfolded before their food arrives, guests will dine in the dark, relying on senses of touch, smell, hearing and taste to experience dining in a completely new and evocative way. This sensory experience is part of NCBI’s national awareness and fundraising activities. Chris White, CEO NCBI; “We warmly invite restaurants and diners throughout Dublin to feast with your imagination and challenge your thinking around sight loss and the people affected by it. After all, one in six of us will start to literally see things differently during our lifetime.’’ Make a reservation with any of the following restaurants in Dublin; Farmer Browns on the 1st Nov, Fire Restaurant on the 5th or 12th Nov, La Maison on the 6th Nov, 10 Fleet Street on the 9th Nov, Science Gallery on the 22nd Nov, BAY Restaurant on 22nd Nov, Baan Thai Leopardstown or Fishbone Restaurant on the 23rd Nov. All listings are available on

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A story about growing up and everything that comes with it REBECCA RYAN

M U LT I a w a r d - w i n ning West End director Andrew Keates is coming to town for a new Irish musical. Fro m D u b l i n , p l ay w r i g h t a n d composer Shauna Carrick, Chromatics tells the story of James, who is trying to create his first play, while Al is ready to fly the nest for the big city and Kate is trying to hold it all together. It is a story about graduating, dreaming big and slowly realising that “it” might not happen, at least not as planned. Performed by a cast of ten emerging musi-

cal theatre performers, this ensemble piece pulls together the stories of young Irish people in a multitude of real-life complicated scenarios against

Dublin audiences can expect. “Chromatics is impressive and honest. “Impressive in that we chart the lives of 10 young people from their graduation over the course of a year to how leaving college does not necessarily lead to an easier life, in many ways, quite the opposite. “What holds these young people together is the love of their theatre society and the friendships and relationships they’ve built there. “It’s really important in that it’s a new Irish musical that feels authentic, rather than

I’m having a wonderful time in Dublin! How could anyone not? the backdrop of a Dublin rebuilding itself. It is directed by British director and champion of new musical theatre, Andrew Keates. Dublin Gazette caught up with the award-winning director about the musical. He told us what

Chromatics pulls together the stories of young Irish people in a multitude of real-life complicated scenarios against the backdrop of a Dublin rebuilding itself

say some of the other pieces that have been set in Ireland but written by either English or American writers, where the issues, language and culture of Ireland can feel very stereotypical. “Our musical is beautiful, honest and very raw and I really hope the Dublin theatre scene can get behind this new piece by booking a ticket and help-

ing to nurture new Irish Musical Theatre in this fantastic city.” Andrew said he is loving his time in Dublin. “I’m having a wonderful time in Dublin! How could anyone not? “What’s great is it’s not just a quick visit. I’m here for a month and I’m really starting to get into the rhythm of this great city and its extraordinary

people. “Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m here for work as it’s all too easy to have that one extra pint after rehearsal or squeeze in something on my cultural itinerary of things I’ve always wanted to see. “But I have a great many number of friends back home in London who are from Dublin and I’m

regularly receiving advice of things to see and do. “However, I can think of nothing better to enjoy in Dublin than a performance of Chromatics.” Chromatics is on in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum from November 5-10. Tickets are €16/€14 concession at The Mill Theatre box office or online at

Chromatics is on in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum until November 10. Picture: Magdalena Golden

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West End star comes to town for a brrr...iliant show

Louise Bowden as the Snow Queen and Nicholas Grennell as Jack Frost

Some of the cast members

THE much-loved and hugely popular Gaiety Panto has been entertaining generations of Irish families for the last 145 years. Christmas in the capital just wouldn’t feel right without the annual festive fun at the iconic theatre and this year’s show promises to be another epic. The Snow Queen, a production based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, will bring audiences of young and old alike on a fantastical journey of drama, comedy, song and dance. Featuring West End star Louise Bowden as the Snow Queen, Nicholas Grennell as Jack Frost and the legendary Joe Conlan as the Panto Dame this year’s production will be in excellent hands. Dublin Gazette caught up with Louise in between rehearsals this week to find out more about both the Snow Queen and herself. “Preparations are going great thank you. We’ve been here since Tuesday, getting the panto on it’s feet and everyone is working very hard,” she says.

“We are currently developing the characters and the full cast are about to join up, it’s all been really exciting!” A hugely successful musical theatre actress, singer, dancer, creative and choreographer, Louise enjoyed a wonderful decade performing in London’s West End in legendary shows like Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain and We Will Rock You. Having moved home permanently from the UK two years ago, she says the Snow Queen represents her life coming full circle. “I was involved as a child in the 1993 Gaiety Panto version of the ice queen in a kid role and now here I am back 25 years later, it’s all very bizarre but wonderful! “I am delighted to be returning to the Gaiety this Christmas, this is the first thing that enticed me since I came home. I think audiences are going to really love it. “Can the Snow Queen be stopped from freezing the fun out of Christmas! Will love conquer all? Louise also now works as a teacher at the famous Billie Barry Stage

School, the very place her own dance career began. Another amazing memory from that time was when she got to work with the legendary Rudolf Nureyev, regarded as the greatest male ballet dancer of all time. “It was 1990, I was only a child, my career began when I got I picked to perform in Coppélia at the old Point Depot, with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet which included Nureyev. “As you can imagine it was an incredible experience. As a kid of nine I was in awe of him. “I remember looking at books when I was a kid, of Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn and the Royal Ballet School, so for me it was a dream come true.” The Snow Queen runs from November 25 to January 6 and tickets are on sale and available at Ticketmaster outlets and Gaiety Theatre Box Offices or online at or Price is €19.50 (including booking fee and restoration levy). For group bookings phone (0)1 646 8687 or e-mail

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Gilbert O’Sullivan


N THE 1970s, flat-capped crooner Gilbert O’Sullivan had quite a reputation. Seen as something of a thinking man’s Elton John, or a modernised lyric-writer aping Randy Newman, O’Sullivan delivered snappy pieces of melancholy pop with poetic twists, cleverly touching off issues like poverty and heartbreak all at the same time. 19 albums later, and O’Sullivan’s back in the limelight: his new self-titled release has been BBC 2 Album of the Week, won broad critical acclaim, and seen the Waterford-born singer - raised in the English industrial town of Swindon enjoy something of an Indian summer. Beneath the pop melodies and affecting love songs, O’Sullivan’s always had a bit of a political bent, as it happens. It’s unchanged in years, and like his songwriting, the best of it is quite indirect, obliquely leaning on politicians, or directing eyes to injustice. After nearly 50 years in the business, the 71 year old certainly knows the impact of his songs, however. ‘We Will’ is one of the great takes on personal darkness. He also has the subtle cultural attack and gentle poetry of ‘Nothing Rhymed,’ and the brilliantly gentle ode to loss ‘Alone Again, Naturally’. O’Sullivan has affected much, but, in terms of songwriting, he’s little changed. “I follow the same process I always did,” he tells us. “I write the melody at my piano. In the past, that was a dirty old stand up and it’s a bit better now, but I still do it the same way, recording the music onto a boombox as I go.” “I don’t add the lyrics until I come to record a song. For this album, I had all the music, but spent two months writing the lyrics before I went into the studio. I had played through the music for the record company, BMG, just singing whole-hearted

gibberish over the top, to check they wanted to be involved.” “The lyrics come last because they’re always changing according to the time. Once they’re recorded, they stay the same, but before that they keep evolving. I often have two or three different versions of a line going into the studio. Otherwise, lyrics can be out of date.” He now has his own personal studio in Jersey, the only high-end one on the island, where the most recent record was recorded. O’Sullivan left Ireland as a youngster, but still feels a close link when he returns. Sitting in a Dublin hotel, he tells us he feels a “special connection” with the country, and is sometimes told he still has an Irish accent, the same as his mother. “The exposure in England has been really positive, but I’m really proud of my Irish roots,” he says. “I came back a lot as a student. It’s changed a lot, but I love it as much as ever.” As for the future? “Things are going really well right now, and I can’t really imagine stopping while it’s like this,” O’Sullivan explains. “I’m in the heart of things. This is my most successful album,



Delorentos @ The Olympia Theatre, €28 Perhaps Ireland’s most impressive indie-pop act of the last few years, fiercely independent and imaginative rogues Delorentos play their biggest headline show to date.


probably, since the 70s, and I’m really enjoying doing all the shows around it. I’ve had my first UK top 20 since 1974. I’m in a good place.” Gilbert O’Sullivan’s self-titled 19th album is out now.

NOVEMBER 8 (THURSDAY) Leon Bridges @ Olympia Theatre, €31+ Clare Sands @ Whelan’s, €10 Gridrunner @ The Sugar Club, €15 Raye @ The Academy, €20

NOVEMBER 9 (FRIDAY) U2 @ The 3Arena, sold out The latter end of the home-grown icons short residency in the 3Arena might be the perfect time to see them: weekend crowds, bedded in, and ready to rock. Crow Black Chicken @ Whelan’s, €12 King No-One + State Lights @ The Academy 2, €15 The Doors Alive @ The Academy, €15 Rachael Lavelle @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €13 Warmduscher @ The Workman’s Club, €15 Madison McFerrin @ The Sugar Club, €10

NOVEMBER 10 (SATURDAY) U2 @ The 3Arena, sold out Delorentos @ The Olympia Theatre, €28 Deer Tick + Joanna Barbera @ Whelan’s, €19 Jaykae @ The Academy, €16 Wood Burning Savages @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €12 Ian Prowse + Nasher @ the Workman’s Club, €10 Ian Felice @ The Workman’s Club, €16 Joey Dosik @ The Sugar Club, €20

NOVEMBER 11 (SUNDAY) Sid Griffin @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €17 Ailsa Davey @ Workman’s Club, €15 Joey Dosik @ The Sugar Club, €20

NOVEMBER 12 (MONDAY) Courtney Barnett @ Olympia Theatre, €36

NOVEMBER 13 (TUESDAY) The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, €6 Bene & Cormac @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €10 FOJA @ Whelan’s, free Slaves @ The Academy, €24 Jessica Moss @ The Workman’s Club, €17

NOVEMBER 14 (WEDNESDAY) Kurt Vile & The Violators @ Vicar Street, €28 Vinci @ Whelan’s, €10 Jax Jones @ The Academy, €25

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ENTERTAINMENT QUIKFLIX FLIX Streaming highlights on the way

Ho ho ho, here comes this year’s Toy Show!

Eoghan McDermott is taking on the ‘Tabú’ RACHEL D’ARCY

Radio presenter, actor and Gaeilgeoir Eoghan McDermott has had a non-stop career, finding his way into media in what might consider a slightly quirky way. “I had an interest in Irish in school, from going to the Gaelteacht and stuff, and knew I wanted to pursue it at third level. “I worked in TG4 for a little while and studied politics and Irish in college. Then I became head of the dance society in college, and tried my hand at professional dance.” “I was a professional dancer for years, and I lived in New York for a while,” McDermott told Dublin

Gazette. “I was doing some shows with Chris Brown and a TG4 producer who was in the audience asked me if I wanted to audition for a new show they were working on called Seacht. “I got the part, then went on to host [TG4’s] music show, then that lead to radio. I’ve always tried to acknowledge the role Irish played in my growth in media.” McDermott is returning to the Irish language channel this week with new documentary series Tabú, looking at a number of issues in Irish society. “Pop culture and entertainment has always been my fodder, and so this is my

first straight up documentary on quite a serious subject. I hope Tabú will spark some interesting conversations.” The first episode is ‘Random Acts of Violence’, looking at the effects random attacks can have on victims and those around them. “I was assaulted in late 2016, and when TG4 approached me about doing the show, they asked me was there any subject I was particularly passionate about. “So many people contacted me after my assault to say something similar happened to them, or that they knew someone it happened to. It was pretty

grim, how many people it had happened to. “It’s a really serious issue in Irish society at the minute, as are all the issues we’re discussing in the series.” Other episodes in the docu-series will discuss medical cannabis, online shaming, rural decline in Ireland, and domestic abuse. The issues that are tackled are remarked as somewhat ‘taboo’ in mainstream media, diving into some of the lesser-discussed aspects of current life in Ireland. “I don’t think people give TG4 enough credit. “Because they’re small, and stuff is Gaeilge, I think

they have to fight a little bit harder and make a little bit noise. “I think they’ve been brilliant over the years, very innovative. They don’t always get the numbers they deserve sometimes. They’re always willing to push the boat out a little bit, they’re quite an important channel in Ireland I think.” Although it’s airing on the primarily Irish-language TG4. Eoghan says that the show will also have some English speaking parts. The first episode of Tabú is available on TG4’s website, with the rest of the series airing every Wednesday at 9:30pm.

Documentary on Marriage Equality vote on Netflix A brand new Irish documentary is now streaming on Netflix, focusing on the story behind Ireland’s historic marriage referendum vote. ‘The 34th’ tells the stor y of the driven and dedicated people who formed Marriage Equality in Ire-

land and developed it into a highly effective grassroots force with one clear goal in mind - the extension of Civil Marriage to same sex couples. Through interviews and archive material, former board members and staff outline the fierce battles, hard graft and personal

cost of running such an all-consuming campaign. From the KAL (Katherine Zappone & Ann Louise Gilligan) case to a YES vote on 22nd May 2015, this documentary spans a decade culminating in the 34th amendment to the Irish constitution, allowing

same sex marriage. The film opened at the 25th GAZE International LGBT Film Festival, where it was highlighted by the panel as the film that best embodied the spirit of the festival and honoured with the ‘Spirit of Gaze Award’ along with the ‘Audience Award’.

THIS year’s Late Late Toy Show is set to burst onto our screens on November 30th. The much loved tradition will feature the same host of fun, toys and surprises that the Irish public have come to love over the years, making it a staple for families and friends alike to gather and watch together, Hosted by Ryan Tubridy, the Toy Show Audition Tour has been making it’s way around Ireland to find the most talented as preperations for the show get well underway. The theme for this year is still under wraps, but there have already been thousands of applications for tickets to the most coveted event in the country. Tune into RTE on November 30th from 9:30pm to see all the best toys and gifts for this Christmas.

Dublin murders to be focus of new US series

THREE of the capital’s most grisly murders will be the focus of a new true crime series by US television station, CBS Reality. The murders of Rachel O’Reilly at the hands of her husband Joe, Farah Swaleh Noor’s killing by the so-called Scissor Sisters and the Grangegorman murders will all be discussed in the three-part series. Titled ‘Evidence of Evil’, the first episode of the Dublin trilogy aired in the US last night. Evidence of Evil as a series explores and reconstructs some of the most intriguing and startling criminal cUK and Ireland to the United States and Canada, where technology has changed the course of the investigations and brought the guilty to justicand has proven to be a hit with true crime lovers. CBS Reality is available on Sky Channel 146, and on Virgin Media Channel 130.

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A new look for an old favourite REBECCA RYAN


ARLUCCIO’S Dawson Street has reopened after an extensive quarter of a million-euro refurbishment. The re-styled restaurant, which now seats 106 over two floors, is the perfect place to grab a coffee on the go, a brisk breakfast, light lunch or relaxed dinner, while a new aperitivo bar has been designed for counter dining and after-work drinks.

Time of the month

Tesco UK are tackling period plastic with the launch of reusable femcare. TOTM (Time Of The Month) offers customers an organic alternative that is kind to the body and environment. Customers are increasingly worried about the environmental impact femcare products have because of the chemicals they contain and the amount of plastic they use. It can take 450 plus years for plastic filled sanitary products to decompose. While many consumers are aware that applicators are made from plastic, not

many realise that sanitary pads are made almost entirely from plastic. TOT M u s e n o n - G M organic cotton in their tampons, pads and liners and eco-alternatives such as biofilm wrappers and biodegradable applicators. Their range is crueltyfree and registered with The Vegan Society. St.John Burke, TOTM founder, said: “Since launching the brand we’ve been on a mission to tack-

le taboos and challenge the industry. “We’re excited about this exclusive partnership with Tesco and see this as an opportunity for more women to switch to organic and eco-friendly alternatives. “Not only can Tesco customers reduce plastic by switching to products in our range, they can also feel reassured by knowing these products have been designed to be kinder to their bodies.”

Founded in 1999 by the late Antonio Carluccio, Carluccio’s prides itself on serving the finest quality Italian food at good prices. Diners at the all new Carluccio’s Dawson Street will be able to enjoy some fresh new flavours from the new Autumn/Winter Menu. Aperitivo hour is a ritual right across Italy and Carluccio’s carries on the tradition. Every day, between 5-7pm, an aperitivo drink at the new bar comes with complimentary nibbles like focaccia, olives, Parmigiano Reggiano and mortadella. Carluccio’s drinks list is almost entire-

ly Italian with a wine list featuring varietals sourced from small vineyards and co-operatives. Craft beers are also Italian as are the cocktails with classic Negronis, Hazelnut Espresso Martinis and Milanese Gin & Tonics sitting alongside a selection of spritzes, from the perennially popular Aperol through to Campari, Sicilian and Cynar. If you fancy a bit of people watching, the re-vamped terrace area overlooking a bustling Duke Street, is the perfect spot to feast your eyes. Carluccio’s also has a food shop which bursts with artisan products, all sourced from small, Italian artisan producers. Carluccio’s Dawson Street is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and everything in between.

Mint choc lovers rejoice

Quality award for BWG BWG Foodservice were presented with the Irish Quality Food and Drink Award 2018 in the Fresh Produce category for the BWG Foodservice Fruity Grain Salad. Now in its 6th year, the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards (IQFA) recognise and celebrate the best in retail, wholesale and foodservice food and drink products available on the island of Ireland. The Q Award is a recognisable and prestigious accolade recognising the best in quality food and drink. Speaking after being presented with the IQFA Award, Ricky O’Brien, Head of BWG Foodservice said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this rec-

ognition for BWG Foodservice. We are proud to work with the most reputable of suppliers who are very passionate about producing high quality produce, as evidenced by this very strong representation in the final shortlist of award nominees.” BWG Foodservice Coolhull Farm Individual Cinnamon Apple Custard Cheesecake was also recognised at the event with a highly commended acknowledgement. Pictured: Ricky O’Brien, Head of BWG Foodservice, Lyndsey-Anne Coulter, NPD Manager, Willowbrook Foods, Samantha Freeman Broderick, Chill & Frozen Buying Manager and Karla Murray, Head of Foodservice Trading.

If you’re a fan of mint chocolate, you’ll be happy to hear that Lindt Lindor has launched the latest addition to the Lindor cornet range, the Lindor’s Mint Cornet. The new Lindor Mint is the perfect blend of milk chocolate and rich mint flavour, skilfully created by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers. A much-loved recipe among Irish consumers, Lindor Mint is set to be the biggest new launch for the brand in recent years. Lindt Lindor Mint Cornet 200g retails at €6.99 and is available from supermarkets and retailers nationwide.

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Stay alert in the street – it could just save your life WITH Christmas approaching and distracted shoppers wandering about the city, Luas operators Transdev have sent out a warning to everyone to stay alert and look around, with a rise in careless pedestrians wandering out in front of passing Luas trams leading to pretty avoidable disruption and even injuries...

Barry J Canny, Marie Claire Digby and Frederic Pelanne. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Some delectable dining options were on the menu for the celebrations

Denise Curtin and Alan Fisher

Damien O’Reilly and Lorna Weightman

Peploe turns 16 in style F OODIES and fashionistas came together for a delectable evening of celebration recently as Peploe’s restaurant at Stephen’s Green celebrated 16 years, taking the opportunity to launch a new Autumn menu. Courtesy of newly-appointed, awardwinning chef Graeme Dodrill, who recently returned to Dublin from Dubai, guests enjoyed wines sourced by Peploe’s from medium-sized vineyards throughout Europe which were paired with a five-course meal that included oak-smoked Irish salmon, charred wild halibut, seared Wicklow woodpigeon, souflee of black current and warm chocolate fondant. Adding some food for thought, guests were also happy to admire the fully refurbished premises and its modern new look.

Megan Virgo and Rachel Sherry

LUAS has an excellent safety record and this year’s overall record is better than last year’s. There are more people travelling with Luas than ever before – and so far in 2018 there have been fewer incidents with motorists than 2017. Yet our phones and fear of missing out (FOMO) might change this. Why? Because phones distract us and near-misses with pedestrians are on the rise. Pedestrian behaviour, as observed by Luas drivers in recent years, is most interesting; many have earphones in, their head down, and thumbs firmly fixed on a screen. More and more people don’t even look up, yet alone look left and right! Commuters are distracted, and walking out in front of an oncoming tram is a common experience. Luas drivers have an excellent safety record and are trained in defensive driving. They are trained to anticipate this type of behaviour. When it happens, the driver applies the emergency brake, the tram stops and the distracted pedestrian, while startled, moves away. But on occasion it is more serious, and a pedes-

2018 Luas Emergency brake applications 266 Due to car red light and sweptpath Infringements 223 Due to pedestrians suddenly entering the tramway 61 Due to cyclist red light and sweptpath Infringements

trian is taken to hospital with a serious injury – and it’s not just pedestrians. Motorists too are at risk. Road Safety Authority research clearly show motorists are four times more likely to be in a collision when using a mobile phone while driving. Texting or messaging while driving is on the decline, but it is still happening. This safety message is a reminder to pedestrians and motorists that it takes time for a tram to stop. The use of emergency brakes is not a pleasant experience for those on board. Think of the injury you could sustain as a pedestrian or the damage you could do to your car as a motorist. Even minor damages cost; replacing phones cost. So, was your text, post, tweet, DM, snapchat or LOL message really worth it?

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‘Tis the season for getting active THIS week, Jess Demicoli – a trainer (right) at Icon Health Club, Camden Street – on how to kickstart a fitness regime and stay strong and fit through the holiday season from top trainer Martin Stoynov.

IT’S CALLED the most wonderful time of year for a reason. From the office party to tucking in to turkeywith family – not to mention the free flowing wine – Christmas is your chance to cut loose. And loosen your belt. But is also the perfect time to kickstart your new fitness regime. “Don’t wait for your beach-body programme until the six-week period before you jet off” - says one of our top personal trainers and fitness instructors Martin Stoynov. Martin is the winner of our six weeks ABS transformation competition between our trainers at Iconic Health Clubs and we asked him to write an article about the competition and getting abs like his. He says the reality is that summer bodies are made in the winter! The competition period was six weeks but the foundation and the preparation was done in the months before that. His advice is to incorporate regular training into your lifestyle. Then in the six weeks before your vacation be serious about your goal. Train almost daily, eat clean, sleep well and this will create that transformation. Make it easy on yourself and start now. It might seem early to be talking about summer bodies but with Christmas and the new 2019 a p p ro a c h i n g, m a ny people will set goals in January to join the gym, start a regular exercise

programme and lose that bit of extra weight gained over the holiday period. We all want to feel good in a swimsuit next summer, don’t we? So what can we do today to prevent gaining weight in December and have a head start on our journey to a summer body ready? The truth is that we don’t need to change the calendar to start bettering our lives. You can make this decision on any date and by starting your exercise programme today you can get more value for yourtime and energy. Here is why: 1. The biggest advantage of all is that by starting an exercise program

There’s Murs to Olly than music

to it and get into the habit of training so when the holidays with all the festive dinners, lunches and parties are over, starting an exercise programme won’t seem like a huge change from the indulging lifestyle that we allseem to like and adopt around the end of each year. 3. You will avoid the crowds f lowing into the gym every January and save time in getting atraining programme and a lifestyle assessment. Remember there is no magic programme, no best diet, and no new

NOTHING LIKE SHOPPING WITH YOUR MATES... One of Icon’s top personal trainers and fitness instructors, Martin Stoynov

now you have the time to speed up your metabolism before the holidays! This way when all the delicious food around Christmas begin to allure your senses with its smell, colour and flavour you will have a body ready to burn a ton of calories instead of storing them as body fat. 2. Joining the gym now gives you time to get used

workout system that can guarantee results in six weeks! What we are all looking for is a programme that we can do consistently, not one that we can only stick to for six weeks. We understand that this does not sound particularly appealing but it is the only thing that works long term.

Icon Health Club, 1-4 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: 01 405 3777

RIVER ISLAND has released an exclusive collaboration with everyone’s favourite Essex lad, Olly Murs. Olly, who started his music career on 2009’s The X Factor, said that he used to always visit his local shop on payday, making the collection close to his heart. “I have always loved clothes, but for me to do a fashion collaboration, it had to be authentic. River Island has always been close to my heart. “My earliest memories of payday shopping with my mates at the local store in Essex make this collaboration all the more personal to me.” The debut collection is designed to combine affordable luxury with contemporary wardrobe staples. Olly Murs x River Island comprises of a fourteenpiece collection of tops, trousers, outer-wear and tailoring. The new collection is available in River Island stores across the country now, priced from €20 for a cool black tee, to €114 for a slick, skinny fit ecru blazer.

Everyone’s fa Essex lad O vourite lly Murs has designed debut collec his collaborati tion in o River Islan n with d

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Some peerless draw distance and top-notch environmental design – even the clouds and their shadows are created by the game – often make RDR2 a very beautiful game, with plenty of atmosphere around its vast, diverse landscape. PS4 screengrabs: Shane Dillon


How the west was one hell of a fantastic game SHANE DILLON

FOR those of you wondering what games to get a loved one as you-knowwhat-mas draws near, you could do an awful lot worse than pick up the just released Red Dead Redemption 2 (Cert 18, €70, multi-platform). Set in the dying days of the classic Wild West era, the game – a prequel to 2010’s beloved RDR – has wowed critics since its October 26 launch. More notably, the game made $725 million in its first three days of release alone – that’s a hell of a lot more money than many

blockbuster films ever make, proving that there’s certainly gold in them tharr digital hills, valleys and windswept plains, pardners. T h e ga m e l a rge l y follows stoic crook Arthur Morgan as he and a bunch of fellow outlaws struggle along in Dutch Van der Linde’s gang, with The Law (and Pinkerton agents) ever just one step behind them. Constantly forced to move from base to base, the ragtag group of killers, scam artists, thieves and more pull together as a family unit, setting their bickering and squabbles


aside as they follow Dutch on the path towards the one big score they need to get away from the law one last time, and settle down. Arthur Morgan (Dutch’s loyal sidekick) is a man of few words but a lot of action, as he and the gang get dragged all across a fictional state, trying to help Dutch, evade the law, and make enough money for the camp to thrive and survive. But as with the very best of classic Wild West lore, there’s a mean, unforgiving world out there. There’s everything from rival outlaws, the weather and wild animals ready to ruin Arthur’s day, rob him, kill him, or lead him into

deadly or even hilarious adventures ... There’s no doubt about it – this is an incredible looking game that pushes the envelope of what games can look like. Regardless of what platform or spec you play this with, the graphics often look astonishing. There’s everything from abundant wildlife to some very natural lighting and atmospheric effects here, creating a very realistic world that simply begs you to saddle up and head out towards the horizon. Along the way, there are all kinds of main story quests to take on, optional side missions to pick

up, and endless random events and surprises to get involved with, giving Arthur and pals plenty to see and do. And whatever about Arthur’s generally gruff nature, the rest of the Van der Linde crew are an engaging bunch. You’ll spend a lot of time with a particularly memorable cast of characters who’re as likely to sit around the campfire recalling some memorable stick-up job of old as they are to bicker about their latest heist plans. RDR2 is often as violent as you’d expect – regular shootouts and sudden violence can leave plenty of gory, bloody scenes and

From some sleepy cattle towns to bustling Saint Denis, fog-shrouded bayous to sun-dappled plains, the game’s world is richly realised and full of all kinds of interesting, quirky, comic – and often deadly – characters

bodies in Arthur’s wake, with a game that doesn’t shy away from the violence of that bygone western world. However, with a vast and beautiful setting to explore, a richly detailed wo r l d , a l l k i n d s o f memorable characters to meet – and I haven’t even

touched on all of the many side games and activities to get involved in, from poker to treasure hunting – the eight-year wait for RDR2 has been worth it. There’s almost too much game here, but it’s absolutely a top-dollar title that will wow. Verdict: 10/10

FORGET THE WILD WEST – ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY IS A KILLER TITLE IF THE wild west isn’t quite your thing, or if you’re looking for another big, beautiful game for yourself (or to give as a present in just over a month), consider picking up the recently released Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Cert 18, multi-format) instead. The latest in the long-running popular AC franchise jumps to another place and time with this title – this time, to ancient Greece, when some pesky Spartans were causing problems, and where a lone mercenary had the power to change history.

Frankly, as big and beautiful as Red Dead Redemption 2 (above) is, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is also a heavyweight title in its own right. In fact, ‘daunting’ is the word that springs to mind, as this game also presents a vast world that’s full of many missions, activities, diversions and sights to find, many of which are based on the historical records of the time. In addition to the occasionally violent gameplay at its heart (as you’d expect from a mercenary

wading into battle), it’s also a very beautiful world, which as with RDR2 above showcases developers really getting to grips with the power of consoles, even as newer ones wait in the wings. With a crowded open world genre out there, it’s difficult to stand out with something unique, but Odyssey has delivered with ease, presenting a likeable lead character, plenty of fun gameplay, and a vast and memorable world, making this a title that’s easy to recommend. Verdict: 8/10

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AMERICAN DREAM: BASKETBALL: AS SPORTS sports academies go in Ireland, the North Atlantic Basketball Academy (NABA) is one of the most successful with 15 of last year’s students in the United States on basketball scholarships. The brains behind it is a Dubliner, Dermot Russell, from Cabra, who tells us how he was inspired by his own experiences to set it up.





Delany wins top Irish player gong 

LEINSTER Cricket Club’s Laura Delany was awarded the International Women’s Player of the Year at the 7th Annual Turkish Airlines Cricket Ireland Awards this week. The Irish skipper was not in place to accept the award as she is currently in the West Indies with the international team, preparing for the T20 World Cup. She was among a large number of Dubliners to be honoured with YMCA’s Tim Tector landing the Male Youth International Player of the Year and Harry Tector landing the Academy Player of the Year. Malahide’s Mary Waldron was official of the year, Merrion’s husband and wife duo John Anderson and Isobel Joyce took the club player awards; Balbriggan woman Lara Maritz was the Super 3s award winner, Leinster’s George Dockrell the interpro winner and Adamstown won the emerging club of the year. Clontarf’s Una Raymond-Hoey

took the emerging international player of the year. The presentations took place in front of a packed house of 120 invited guests, journalists and sponsors, the event MC Rob Hartnett (Sport for Business) led the ceremony with 19 awards given out on Irish cricket’s night of nights. Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said in his opening speech: “Tonight we reflect on one of Irish cricket’s biggest years – it has been one of great achievement. Most people would probably mark this down as a very good year in our sport. “Just consider these highlights alone: the hosting of our inaugural men’s Test match, our senior women’s team qualifying for the World T20, the staging of two sell-out T20 Internationals against India, hosting the ICC conference for the first time, opening our new high performance centre at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, welcoming our first female President and securing over one hundred men’s international fix-

Some of the Cricket Ireland award winners last weekend

tures over the next four years.” “For fans of Irish cricket, these are exciting times – more games, greater exposure for our international and domestic structures, and the emergence of new and exciting young talent.” With a nod to the recently launched 20x20 campaign that aims to raise the profile of, and participation in, wom-

en’s sport, Deutrom said: “My hope is that not too far in the future that talk of ‘the senior squad’ or ‘the World Cup’ is not automatically assumed to be about men. “One of my personal highlights of the year was our women qualifying for the World T20 - which was another demonstration of the huge talent among our female cricketers.”


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CASTLEKNOCK WELL done to our 2002 boys on great win in U-16 ‘A’ Hurling Championship Final v Thomas Davis. Castleknock GAA: 3-12(21) to Thomas Davis: 1-11(14). Congratulations to the lads and management team. Saturday saw our senior ladies give their all in an epic battle against a strong O Leighlin’s GFC in the quest for Leinster Junior Football silverware. The game ended in a draw after extra-time which means the ladies will have to do it all again Saturday, November 10 at 2pm in Athy. After Saturday’s thrilling display, this will definitely be a game not to be missed, so get out and support the ladies! No jackpot winner of our lotto with thanks to Rialto Fiord. Numbers drawn were 3, 8, 18, 24. 8 ‘match 3’ winners winning €40 each. Lucky dip winner was Carmel Wayne winning €30. Next draw will take place in Myo’s on Thursday, November 8 with a jackpot of €8,000. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Castleknock Hurling and Football Club will take place Player ofon the Monday, November 26, commencing atMatch 8pm, Katie in Murray and Castleknock Hotel & Country Club. All registered Captain Sarah adult Full Members are eligible to attend, particiMurphy after pate and vote at the AGM. Clontarf’s Ladies IFC Juvenile Awards take place on November 15 win.. Picture:our GAApics. in Westmanstown, a great way to celebrate com young talent and future stars! Congrats to Ciaran Kilkenny and the other 6 Dublin footballers on their inclusion in the 2018 PWC Ireland All Stars Football Team. Well deserved after a fantastic season.

ERIN GO BRAGH THANKS to all who contributed to our clothes collection. Our Christmas party takes place Friday, November 30 in the Grasshopper Inn, save the date and get your dancing shoes ready, always guaranteed to be a great night. Congratulations to Graham Maxom mentor of our Under-14 girls who ran the Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for the club. Thanks Graham from all at the club, it is very much appreciated Erin Go Bragh GAA Nursery continues in Hansfield Educate Together National School Sat morning 9.30am - 10.30am, Phibblestown Community Centre 11-12 and on a Tuesday evening 6-7pm in Phibblestown community centre. For further information, please contact our Games Promotions Officer Michael McWeeney 086 2674299. Well done to our hurlers who have seccurred a place in championship hurling final by beating St Patrick’s

on Sunday 1-14 to 1-6. Best of luck to them in their final. Congratulations to our adult footballers, management team and all who contributed to securing second place and promotion following the conclusion of a long league campaign. Together with winning the Mooney Cup the footballers have shown real fighting spirit, and made real progress and deserve a well earned break. Our lotto tickets can now be bought online through the My Club Finances/ service. The lotto is a significant part of the clubs fundraising activities and this online-option will complement the existing lotto sales activities. There was no winner of our lotto jackpot this week. Next weeks jackpot is €9,000 numbers drawn were 5, 25,26 and 27. Thanks to everyone who supports our club lotto it is very much appreciated.


American dreams in the making at NABA The brainchild of Cabra man Dermot Russell, the North Atlantic Basketball Academy is paving the way for potential stars of the future into the US system while also bringing talent in the opposite direction  DECLAN KING

AS SPORTS academies go in Ireland, the North Atlantic Basketball Academy (NABA) is one of the most successful with 15 of last year’s students in the United States on basketball scholarships. The brains behind it is a Dubliner, Dermot Russell, from Cabra, who had a dream to play basketball in the States while playing school ball at St Declan’s CBS. Even at that early age, he had a plan to help people to get to the States to study and play ball because he knew how difficult it was. After his Leaving Cert, he was recruited by Three Rivers Community College in the USA, but he didn’t finish and decided to come home to UCD and finish a business degree. While away, his dream grew

even more and he came up with an idea to set up an academy and recruitment agency to help Irish kids follow their dream. “I began to play basketball at a very young age,” says Russell. “Other friends of mine played soccer and gaelic football but it was always basketball for me. “There was a gang of us at St Declan’s and we had a good team and an even better coach, Liam Hartigan, who took us to the top in schools and club competitions. “The lure of America was always there for young kids like me but the facilities were not in place at the time to make it happen. “I was lucky, as were a few of my friends, to get to community colleges and high schools but all the while I was thinking of ways of making it easier for talented Irish kids to get away “I started on a small scale in Inchicore with just Irish kids but since that it has developed

and we have attracted boys and girls from all over the world to our state-of-the-art facility at the Deaf Village. “The beauty of the academy is that the athletes not only play basketball but attend our fullyaccredited facility where they study at the highest level. “I have just returned from a new elite programme in Dallas where Daniel Russell from Inchicore, Reece Efole from Tallaght, Casey Kellett Whittman from Navan and Sammy Acjicki from Dundalk are showcasing their skills.” Russell has been impressed by Efole, who is 6’ 9” and a late starter in the game. “Reece has come on in leaps and bounds. His mom Donna played for Killester with the famous Eamon Molloy. “He has already got ten expressions of interest from top colleges and one definite offer. Amongst the 10 expressions of interest is

Alex Herrerros has enjoyed his arrival at Killester, main picture; inset, members of the NABA academy. Picture: Michelle La Grue

Kansas State in the Big 12. “My own son Daniel is with Reece in Loyalty Prep in El Paso but they will be moving on shortly to improve their skills.” He adds: “It has grown beyond our wildest dreams but our plan is to add other sports to our programme as we have the facilities and a proven template. “We plan to add two four-week pilot programmes starting in January for soccer, rugby and possibly GAA. “I know it sounds like an ambitious idea but we already have the infrastructure in place for basketball. “We also have a deal with DIT where academy students can go to the most up-to-date campus in the country to do degree courses. “Last year we had basketball players from the USA and Europe who played with Killester Basketball Club and the college and also completed their master’s degree’s. “Killester have recruited Alex Herreros, who has played at a very high level in Spain. His dad Alberto is in the top three players ever to play in Spain. “He is GM of the Real Madrid Basketball organisation. Alex is also playing with DIT, as will another Spaniard Ferran Huerta. “Last year Luis Filiberto Garcia Hoyos and Chantell Alford graduated with master’s degrees from the programme.” The final word goes to Alex himself as to why he came to Dublin? “This is the first time I’ve played outside of Spain. I’ve played three years in the EBA and one season in Division 1. “This is going to be one of the best experiences of my life. When my agent told me about the deal to join NABA, play for Pyrobel Killester in the Super League and study for my Masters at DIT I jumped at the offer and didn’t have to think twice” said Alex whose parents have already been over to see him play.”

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LOI SHORTS Rovers confirm re-signings SHAMROCK Rovers have confirmed the re-signing for the 2019 season of Greg Bolger, Dan Carr, Joey O’Brien, Joel Coustrain, Dean Dillon, Sean Boyd and Sam Bone. In addition, new contracts were agreed with Sean Kavanagh, Aaron Bolger and Brandon Kavanagh over the course of the 2018 season. Speaking about his decision to continue with the club, Greg Bolger said: “Me, Ronan Finn and Dylan Watts have clicked well and there’s a good balance between the three of us. “When we played together in midfield we took nearly full points from the last series of games bar the last one of the season. I think going forward next year it’s important that we have that continuity again to give us a chance to do better than last year. “On a personal level, I want to win something next year and I’m sure the group is the exact same. Whether it be the league or the cup. This team is too good not to win something, it deserves to be up there challenging or there or thereabouts.”

St Patrick’s Athletic celebrate their glorious double winning season. Picture: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Magical McCormack sparkles for St Pat’s LOI U-15 LEAGUE FINAL St Patrick’s Athletic 2 Bohemians 1 

SAINT Patrick’s Athletic secured an impressive double after they lifted the SSE Airtricity National Under15 League title as they beat Bohemians in the final at Dalymount Park. Cian Kavanagh opened the scoring but the home side levelled through a fantastic free-kick from Aaron Doran. Pats weren’t to be denied, however, as Ben McCormack’s second-half strike secured the double. Looking to round off a fantastic week for the club after winning the SSE Airtricity Under-19 League title, Bohs hosted St Patricks Athletic in the SSE Airtricity National Under15 League final. The home side started sharply and could have taken the lead when

forward Opey Owalabi sprayed the ball to the left-hand side of the box to unmarked winger Rob Mahon who dragged his shot just wide. But Pats, who recently tasted success defeating Cork City in the Under15 Cup, took the lead in the 10th minute through striker Kavanagh. A quick free-kick was drilled forward, splitting the Bohs defence and into the big number nine who looked to be stumbling as he entered the box but kept his composure to slot underneath the on-rushing Mark Smith in the Bohs goal. The junior Gypsies had a glorious chance to equalise 10 minutes later. Talented forward Doran delivered a dangerously whipped free-kick from the left that found the head of Owalabi who misjudged his header, sending it up in the air. Dara Oke reacted quickest

but his shot was bundled clear off the line. Bohs got back on level terms with an absolute wonder-strike from their own “mini Messi” Doran. The diminutive forward, having been brought down for the original foul, stepped up and whipped home a 25-yard free kick into the top corner giving Morgan Rice no chance. The second-half took a while to get going and it was the home side who had the first real effort of note. Substitute keeper Josh Keeley pulled off a magnificent save to deny Doran from the edge of the box, low to the left bottom corner, when some home support thought the strike was destined for the back of the net. Pat’s star man McCormack, began to take control of the game as players around him began to tire and, in the 65th minute,

he scored another wonder goal. This time, the brilliant number 10 took on all comers, dribbling across the box from right to left, past three defenders and slotted home with a leftfooted strike to put his side 2-1 up.

Pat’s saw out the game in professional manner, weathering all that the home threw at them to seal a hugely impressive league and cup final double in the first full season of the SSE Airtricity National Under15 League.

Ben McCormack strikes the crucial second goal for St Pat’s. Picture: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

COOKE GETS BELL CALL SHELBOURNE’S Rebecca Cooke was called into the Republic of Ireland women’s squad for a training camp this week following her impressive showings for the national Under-17 side in their UEFA qualifying rounds. She joins club mates Jessica Ziu, Isibeal Atkinson and Emily Whelan in the 20-player panel for an intense week at the national training centre in

Abbotstown. Colin Bell’s side will take on Belgium, Wales and Italy in international friendlies in 2019 with the UEFA 2021 European Championships qualifying campaign set to begin in September 2019. ”It’s an important week to get some of the key principles of the way we play rehearsed and repeated in preparation for the games next year,” said Bell

Farrelly named WNL player for September PEAMOUNT United midfielder Niamh Farrelly was named the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Player of the Month for September in the days before the FAI Cup final. The 19-year-old midfielder has had another fantastic season for the Newcastle club as the Peas won the League Cup, ending a five-year wait for a trophy. Farrelly was presented with the award at FAI HQ, Abbotstown by Ireland WNT Head Coach Colin Belll and Continental Tyres’ Marketing Director Eddie Ryan. “I really feel like it has been a good year for me and that I’m stepping up a level,” she said of the award. “I think the team has improved as the season has gone on and that has definitely helped me.”

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The Leinster schoolboy squad for the upcoming interprovincial series

JUNIOR Hurling Championship: Congratulations to the hurlers, on beating Round Towers in Lusk 0-16 to 0-14, at the weekend, in the Semi Final. They will take on Erin go Bragh in the County Final. Details to follow. Fingallians Minors 1988 v Dublin Minors 1988: An exhibition game will take place between the county champions of ’88 and the All Ireland finalists (beaten by Kerry) on Friday, November 16 at 7.45pm. It will be preceded by the official opening of the Paddy Harrington Memorial Gym at 7.30pm by the Harrington family. Music and refreshments will be provided in the clubhouse after. Child Safeguarding Officer (CSO): The club are looking to our CSO’s. These positions will also come with training if required. Please Dublin GAA Mass: The annual mass for the deceased members will be held at the County Board Offices in Parnell Park on Tuesday, November 13 at 7.30pm.

NAOMH PEREGRINE The Club AGM takes place on Monday, November 26 in the Club Sports Hall at 8pm. Formal notification has issued by email to all full members. The last date for nominations and motions to be back in to an Runai is Monday, November 6. The Nomination/Motion form must be signed and returned to Club Secretary, Paul Beecher. Unsigned forms are invalid. It is important that no nomination is made without the prior consent of the person nominated. Anyone wishing to submit

a motion may do so but must be willing to propose the motion at the meeting. Well done to the Minor Camogie Ladies on their good win in the championship. There was no winner of the club lottery this week. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 15 and 21. The lottery jackpot remains capped at €10,000 until its won while the reserve jackpot increases to €3,800. Lottery tickets cost only €2 each with all proceeds used for the benefit of club members.

GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN WELL done to our U-21 Footballers who beat a very good St Anne’s team at Westmanstown in the Championship last Saturday by three points on a final score of 2-6 to 0-9. Intermediates have home fixture next Sunday morning against Ballyboden St Endas at 11am. With the season drawing to a close we look forward to next season and we welcome new players at all levels both Garda and civilian for 2019. Quiet week on juvenile scene apart from Under10 girls who travelled to Naomh Olafs for a football blitz. They got off to a bad start but recovered to to turn in some brilliant all roun performance-well done girls. Tickets for our annual dinner and gala night at Westmanstown on Friday, November 23 are available from Janet Mitten and her organising committee and can also be bought online at https:// This year marks the 50 Anniversary of the relaunch of the Garda GAA Club in Pearse St Garda Station in 1968 and also marks the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Ladies Section in 1998 and many of the people involved in both will join us on the night.

Balbriggan boss runs rule over interprovincial series SCHOOLBOYS INTERPROS 

REPUBLIC of Ireland Schools manager William O’Connor will run the rule over 64 players from all four provinces as he prepares to select his squad for the Centenary Shield next March. The Balbriggan Community College supremo guided Ireland to the title in his first year in charge in 2018 with wins over Wales and Scotland and draws with England and Northern Ireland. It was the first time

Ireland had won the competition since 2015 and all eyes will be on O’Connor as he plots a path to replicating that success with a completely new squad. November 9 will see the best that schools from Leinster, Munster, Ulster (three counties) and Connacht have to offer compete for the Interprovincial Trophy at the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh. It’s the first step in the process to whittle down the selection to the 18-man squad that

will face England and Wales at home, and Scotland and Northern Ireland away, in March and April. Before that, O’Connor will select a side to host Australia in a friendly international in midJanuary, a dress rehearsal for their opening trip to Scotland. O’Connor, a woodwork teacher by trade, is also on the coaching ticket at Finn Harps, in his native Donegal, whom he helped back to the Premier Division with a play-off win last week.

Among the 16-strong panel selected by Leinster joint managers Ian Ryan, the UCD assistant coach, and Fintan Sheridan is Coláiste Choilm, Swords student Keith Carter. The former Swords Manor and Belvedere defender was part of the St Patrick’s Athletic side that reached the semifinals of the under-17 National League this season. The Interprovincial series takes place over three days at the AUL’s facility in north Dublin,

with two points awarded for a win and one for a draw. Leinster clinched the In te r p rov i n c i a l t i t l e last year in nail-biting circumstances as they picked up the point they needed against the defending champions Ulster on the final day. A 2-2 draw was e n o u g h to d a s h t h e Ulster side’s hope of a second title on the bounce, and ensured the honour remained with Leinster for a dominant 13th time in just 17 years.

Team Barrable’s Endurance

Team Barrable on their way to glory at the Fiesta Endurance Race at Mondello. Picture: Gregor Elliott

FOLLOWING a well-matched duel between two teams for most of the six hours, Team Barrable emerged as the clear winners of last weekend’s Ford Fiesta Endurance Race at Mondello Park, three laps ahead of second placed Team MTR. The Swords-based Barrable family, consisting of father Michael and sons Rob and Peter, took turns at leading for much of the race, with the Murray Motorsport car of Michael Cullen, Dave

Maguire, John Denning and Rod McGovern going ahead as each car made its pitstops for fuel and a driver change. With just under six minutes of the six hour race left, and while in second position, less than twenty seconds behind the Barrable crew, Cullen tangled with another car which was eight laps behind and was forced to retire, leaving the trio of Lloyd Murphy, Brendan Travers and Damien Murphy to claim runner up spot.

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SOCCER: PORTERSTOWN CLUB IN FLYING FORM Sam Doherty heads clear for Castleknock Celtic.

Knock soar toward U-15A DDSL crown

DDSL UNDER-15A Castleknock Celtic 3 Phoenix 1 

CASTLEKNOCK moved to the brink of landing the DDSL Under-15A title following their 3-1 win over near neighbours Phoenix on a windy but mild Saturday. The hosts were seeking to retain their six-point margin at the top of the table. Last time these two teams met was in the cup

final in May where Nix won 1-0. Another tight and edgy game was expected. Celtic attacked from the off. Beni Lankumu was lively on the left and he played the ball through to Alex McCormick, who squared the ball to Ciaran Murray but his shot was kept out by the excellent goalkeeper, Kevin Bridgeman. Celtic remembered this keeper as he denied them in that Cup Final when he was awarded the man of

the match. Phoenix themselves were kept at bay by a defence that was spearheaded by captain Sam Doherty at centre back. His partner Hammad Siddiqui had another great game. Lankumu and Proinsias de Bhatuin constantly threatened while Robert Best and Olti Berisha kept the ball well in midfield. One incisive ball found Shaun Odusole in the centre who held up the ball before laying off to Dino

Dervisic who raced along the left wing and beat the full back. He then cut inside onto his right foot and this time the keeper had no chance; 1-0 to Celtic. They kept up the pressure in the second half, attacking at every opportunity. John Kane and Weston Wandanda were introduced alongside Genesis Gago to add to the attacking options. Odusole produced a man of the match performance

The National Sports Campus course, in action in October last year. Picture: Sportsfile

Sports Campus to host Euro 2020 ATHLETICS 

THE National Sports Campus will host the 2020 European Cross Country Championships following a successful bid by Athletics Ireland – supported by Fingal County Council, RTE and Sport Ireland – to bring the event back to the country. It will take place on Sunday,

December 13 2020, bringing the event to the city for the second time following the successful hosting of the event in Santry in 2009. Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland, said of the confirmation: “We are delighted to have secured the hosting of the European Cross Country Championships for 2020. “We look forward to working

with Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and RTE to ensure the event is a world class experience for both athletes and spectators.” Chairman of Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey, aded: “Ireland has a rich history in cross country running and we are delighted to host this event on the purpose built cross-country track here on the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.”

with his runs at the Phoenix defence. After a great move down the right, he finished to the net with a 25 yards screamer into the top corner. Phoenix were now pushing everyone forward, leaving space which was exploited by Wandanda and Odusole. Celtic earned a corner and Kane found Dervisic who headed home under the keeper for 3-0. Phoenix managed to pull a goal back from a corner themselves in the dying minutes of the match when Nico Watkins placed his shot into the far corner to make it 3-1 at the finish.


Flynn shows stomach for marathon battles COOLMINE athlete Dave Flynn ran the fastest debut marathon by an Irish athlete in six years at the Dublin Marathon over the Halloween weekend, and did so despite difficult preparations. Flynn had already been forced out of his first attempt at a marathon, with the experienced, international-class middle-distance runner forced out of running Rotterdam in April due to injury. In the immediate build up to the Dublin race, he became sick with an intestinal issue. “We were all staying in a hotel, where they put the elite athletes up for three days, and I became really quite sick with my stomach around 6pm the night before,” Flynn said of the build up. “I took some medicine, but I was struggling right on to the start line.” Despite his issues, Flynn was with the lead pack over the early stages, and was on target for a time of 2:16 at the halfway point, and a podium place in the Irish championships. Things went wrong from there. “I had to slow down if I was going to [control my gut],” we’ll paraphrase for him. “It felt like a big deceleration.” To the casual observer it certainly wasn’t: despite his problems, Flynn came home in 2:19.49. His time was good enough for 15th overall, and helped Clonliffe Harriers to the team title. “It could have gone better, but I’m pleased to get it done; to be a marathon runner instead of training for a marathon now,” Flynn said. His debut time is more promising than he lets on: it’s similar to Olympian and Irish title holder Mick Clohisey’s debut mark, and sets Flynn in good stead for an attempt on qualifying for the World Championships. While he has the technical qualifying mark, Flynn will need to edge into the three fastest Irish men with a spring marathon to make the team, and feels he has a good chance of doing so.

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WELL done to the Moriarty Supervalu/Ridgeway Barbers sponsored Minor Footballers on their win over St Judes on Sunday which sees them through to the Minor A Championship Semi Final. The U-21 footballers recorded a six point win over Naomh Barrog in the championship on Saturday after extra time. All the weekend results can be viewed at on our website: Sunday, November 11: Junior 5 Football Championship Final vs Parnells away at 2pm. Please come out and support our junior footballers in the championship final. See for details of all upcoming games. Zingo Result: 2-1-4-5-7-6-3. We had no winners of jackpot or dividend. Next week’s jackpot: €2,300 Dividend €750. Next draw will take place on Sunday, November 11 at 6.30pm in the clubhouse. How do you win? You buy a ticket! You can also play on line at and follow the links. Entries only €2 each or 3 for €5. Academy will continue on Saturday at 10am. Club shop open weekly during Academy Shop opening times to facilitate Christmas Orders this week are: Friday, November 9 7-8pm; Saturday 10-11.30am.

ST BRIGID’S NURSERY every Saturday from 9.30 to 11am. All 4 to 7 year olds welcome. Just pop down and join in the fun. Coaching session with Mick Bohan on Saturday from 12 to 3pm. Not to be missed. Open to all coaches. Only a very few spaces remaining, text your head of section. Level 1/Award 1 Coaching Course Friday, November 30, 7-10pm, Saturday, December 1, 10am - 4pm, Friday, December 7, 7-10pm, Saturday, December 8, 10-4pm, Contact @BarryMullane1 or barry. to book your place. A huge thank you to everyone who supports St Brigid’s Club Lotto and thanks also to our brilliant Lotto Committee. There was no lotto jackpot winner last week. Our next lotto draw is in The Greyhound Inn on November 8; jackpot will be

€8,000. The new grass pitch is totally out of bounds until the end of the year to allow the pitch repair and maintenance work to continue. Club AGM is on November 25 at 6.30pm in Russell Park. Keep up with all our news on our website www. On November 17, 54 cyclists will pedal the distance between Paris and the club on stationary bikes in Russell Park, to help raise funds to assist former St Brigid’s player Mike Curran in his rehabilitation from a recent serious accident. Please support this and other fundraisers for Mike. Great weekend of action for St Brigids with wins for junior hurlers, pictured, who reached the county final with a win over Whitehall Colmcille and U21 Football move into their quarter final after an exciting encounter.

ST FINIAN’S WELL done to the Minor Boys team, who drew with Castleknock in a top of the table clash earlier today . The team are playing in a semi-final in two weeks time. Please check the Club Facebook Page and the other Club social media channels for further details. All support welcome and appreciated. A few club Reminders: Please note that the cut off for Online payments for St Finians I’m a Celebrity Fundraising event on the link below is 5pm Wednesday 7th November Please note that the Club AGM will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at the later time of 9:15pm in the Clubhouse to facilitate those attending the Adult Ladies Championship final on the same evening. The club is holding a Foundation Level coaching course on Wednesday 14th & 21st November from 7pm to 9pm. Please note that the course is spread over the two dates. The Club is also holding a Dual Award 1 GAA Coaching award course and will be ran over two dates, Saturday 24thNovember & Saturday 1st December 10am-4pm. Anybody wishing to attend the Award 1 must have completed the Foundation Award. Contact Paul Lyons 087 176 1302 to book a place. Early booking is advisable as places are limited. Club Lotto - The club lotto jackpot on the 4th November 2018 was €5600 and the numbers drawn were 2, 6, 12, 21 There was no winner. Lucky Dip Winners of €40 were Rita Gilligan, Frank Egan, A. Finn, Conn Breen. Next week’s jackpot is €5700. Fhionns afterschool & Breakfast club operates in the Clubhouse Activity room daily on Monday to Friday. For further details, please contact Sheila Thomas at 087 412 2465.


Murray rescues replay after junior final rollercoaster LEINSTER JFC FINAL Castleknock 3-9 Old Leighlin 2-12 after extra time 

CIARA Murray was the hero for Dublin champions Castleknock as she kicked two vital points in the dying minutes of the second period of extra time to earn her side a replay against Carlow side, Old Leighlin. Castleknock led at half-time by 2-4 to 1-6 with Ciara Burgess and Laura Carolan both raising the green flag for the Dublin champions. Following a pulsating second half, Castleknock clung onto a slender onepoint lead as time ticked away. Earlier in the second half, Rachel Sawyer had replied with a spectacular goal for Old Leighlin within minutes of Jessica Comerford’s goal for Castleknock. Deep into injury time Old Leighlin were awarded a free. Having missed previously, Rachel Sawyer held her nerve to convert the 14m free

Laura Carolan on the attack for Castleknock in their Leinster junior final against Old Leighlin.

bringing the game to extra time. Sawyer was immense for Old Leighlin, her surging runs and forward play made her an easy choice for player of the match. Old Leighlin began extra time in superb f a s h i o n , re g i s te r i n g three points in quick

FUN-RAISERS Colmcilles aid St Francis cause ST COLMCILLES recently ran two fundraiser events in aid of St Francis Hospice, including a Gaelic for Mothers and Others blitz. It included St John Bosco (Newry), Ballyboughal, St Vincents, Fingallians, St Finians, St Maurs, St Colmcilles (Co Meath) St Pat’s (Palmerstown) and Erin Go Bragh. It followed a successful annual family fun day in Balheary. The two events raised €4065 for the hospice.

succession. To the ir credit, Castleknock did not panic and patiently worked the ball well into scoring range which resulted in Hannah Hanlon being on target with two free kicks. In the end, it was substitute Murray who kicked the crucial two

scores which insured Castleknock lived to fight another day. The final was a great credit to the huge travelling support from both sides who created a wonderful atmosphere and gave both sets of teams the encouragement they needed.

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Brigid’s cyclists come together for Mikey rehab funds

Beann Eadair celebrate their Under-16 Division 4 championship success

Beann Eadair’s camogie renaissance ASDFAFSDAF ASDFASDFASD Beann Eadair CBC 

5-4 1-5

LED by a player of the match performance by captain Leah Chambers, Beann Eadair ended a 30 year drought when they beat a gallant CBC team to secure the Under-16 Division 4 Championship on Saturday. The win marks a remarkable renaissance for camogie in Howth. Back in the 1980s, the club had a string of successes including a Junior B Championship title in 1986, an Under-14 league in 1987 and were runners-up in the Junior A Championship, also in 1987. In the years that followed, the camo-

gie tradition became dormant at the club before being revived by Tipperary-man John Hickey when he started an Under-12 team in 2014. Since then, that team has grown and developed, and Saturday’s breakthrough victory is the culmination of five years hard work by players and coaches alike. The Howth girls started brightly on Saturday. After securing the throw-in, a long ball from Chambers was won by Almha Fitzpatrick who made no mistake in opening the scoring with a fine goal. After that, CBC with the aid of a strong wind, fought back strongly with a series of well-taken scores. With Hannah Stapleton marshal-

ling the defence superbly along with points by Orna Hickey and Chambers, Beann Eadair stayed in touch and, at half time, CBC led by the minimum, 1-4 to 1-3. As the game resumed, strong running from CBC’s Dublin star Maedbh Hicks led to two further scores and the lead was extended to three. With the mid-point of the half approaching, the outstanding Chambers soloed through for an equalising goal. CBC replied strongly and at times looked like they must score but the Beann Eadair defence held firm. Countering on the break, the Howth girls went in front again with a goal from Mary Haines and the lead was

extended to four when Stapleton scored a great point on the run. CBC refused to accept defeat, however, and were only held out by a resolute Beann Eadair defence, with goalkeeper Grace Quilligan pulling off a remarkable save after a super shot from Hicks. With time running out, Beann Eadair broke again and goals from Haines and Chambers again, sealed a 10-point win, the scoreline not reflecting the epic nature of the contest. The final whistle was the cue for great celebrations – and one of those cheering loudest was Beann Eadair mentor Sandra O’Rourke, who played on the club’s Junior Championship team in the 1980s.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Dublin dominate All-Star selection DUBLIN’S four in-a-row winning All-Ireland champions have been honoured with seven places on this year’s PwC All-Star Football team which were presented last Friday night. Jim Gavin’s all-conquering side are the dominant presence in a selection with Na Fianna’s Jonny Cooper, Clontarf’s Jack McCaffrey and Ballymun Kickhams’ James McCarthy in the backs while Raheny’s Brian Fenton (pictured) and Brian Howard occupied the midfield. Kilmacud Crokes’ Paul Mannion and Castleknock’s Ciaran Kilkenny were in the forward selections. Picture: sam barnes / SPORTSFILE

FRIENDS and members of St Brigid’s GAA are hosting a series of fundraising events to help raise much needed funds to assist former AFL1 player Mikey Curran in his rehabilitation from a recent serious accident. On a cycling adventure from China to Ireland with his girlfriend Sara O’Shea, he experienced a serious accident, and now requires intense rehabilitation. Mikey’s rehab is going to cost an estimated €300,000 which he urgently needs. Their adventure came to an abrupt halt in Paris, France, where the accident took place. On November 17 in St Brigid’s GAA Club, 54 cyclists are going to cycle the distance on stationary bikes between Paris and St Brigid’s GAA Club, a total of 1,075kms. The club are encouraging all to support the cyclists in their fundraising efforts and pop along on the day to see them in action. You can also support Mikey via his GoFundme Page: https://www. tddwfd-bring-mikehome There will also be a fundraising night in Peacocks in Swords on the same evening, for enquires please contact Patrina Moran – patrinap@

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Hoare plays pivotal role in cup final drama  DAVE DONNELLY

CASTLEKNOCK native Seán Hoare scored as Dundalk sealed a league and cup double at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday evening with a 2-1 victory over Cork City. Hoare – who won an FAI Cup medal with St Patrick’s Athletic in 2014 – also conceded a penalty for a foul on Portmarnock’s Karl Sheppard during a frantic threeminute spell in the first half. A second half header from Patrick McEleney saw Kenny’s side to victory in front of a raucous crowd 30,000 – the biggest at a Cup final since Shamrock Rovers faced Sligo in 2010. The two sides were meeting in the Cup final for the fourth consecutive year – a sequence unprecedented across most leagues in Europe. All three of the previous finals have gone all the way to extra time after finishing goalless in normal time, with City taking the last two via an extra-time goal and a penalty shootout respectively. Familiarity can breed contempt, and there was little love lost between these two sides, but it also served to loosen some of the shackles that have dogged the spectacle of the past three finals. John Mountney had already gone close for Dundalk when Castlek n o c k n a t ive Ho a re

Castleknock man Sean Hoare celebrates during the FAI Cup final. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

outjumped City keeper Mark McNulty and buried a header in the back of the net. Hoare would go quickly from hero to villain, however, as he was too eager in his attempts to nick the ball from Portmarnock man Karl Sheppard and conceded a soft penalty. Ireland Under-21 international Kieran Sadlier stepped up and

drilled a low penalty that just about deceived Gary Rogers in the Dundalk goal.

Frantic The frantic opening quarter continued as Gartland headed a Michael Duffy header goalwards and, having beaten the keeper, the ball was headed off the line by Shane Griffin. Massey curled a shot

over the bar from distance and Patrick Hoban forced a decent nearpost stop from McNulty as the Lilywhites sought to finish the game within 90 minutes. And they made the breakthrough when a mistake from Griffin allowed Jamie McGrath to pick out right back Sean Gannon on the overlap. The Ringsend man’s

cross was perfect for McEleney, whose late run hadn’t been tracked, and he powered a header on goal that was too hot for McNulty to handle. “It was quite open,” Gartland told extratime. ie. “It’s a big pitch here. The Aviva is a monster of a pitch and there’s a bit more space to play and commit people forward, and if you lose

the ball they’re going to have space to break. “It took us a while to settle after we’d conceded. “ We w o u l d n ’ t b e happy with that, but just before half time we turned the screw a bit and went a bit better. “Once it settled, it always looked like us [who would score next], but they’re always dangerous on the break.”

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