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INSIDE: Natalie Burke on preparing for the Dublin Rose Final P3

June 23, 2011

A GREAT TEE-TIME: Local golfers fundraise €1,700 for MDI See Page 5

A Lavelle-y 30th: Having fun at William’s party Hurling: Rushe propels Dublin into Leinster final Page 32

POPULAR local Fine Gael councilor William Lavelle (centre) showed his friends, family – and local constituents – how to throw a good party when they gathered at Kenny’s recently to help him celebrate his 30th. Joined by the Lavelles, Sinead, Aidan, Patricia, Deirdre, William and Brenda, William had a great night marking the milestone event, preparing for his next decade with the best wishes of the local community. Picture: Peter Doyle

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Gardai seize €650k in cannabis hauls Four men arrested Q PAUL HOSFORD

in Adamstown, Celbridge raids

GARDAI seized more than €650,000 worth of cannabis in two separate raids in Adamstown and Celbridge, this week. As part of an intelligenceled operation, two cars were stopped in Celbridge shortly

after 4.30pm on Tuesday. During the course of the search of the cars, Gardai discovered 30 kilos of cannabis herb (subject to analysis), with a street value of approximately €360,000. Four men were arrested. All four are being detained under the provisions of Section 2 of

the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996; two (aged 49 and 45) in Lucan, and two (aged 43 and 22) in Leixlip. During the course of a follow-up search of an apartment in Adamstown, a further 25 kilos of cannabis herb was found, with a street value of €300,000.

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SOCIETY Second snapper showcase THE second Annual Exhibition of Palmerstown Camera Club takes place in The Parish Hall, Palmerstown Village, on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 10am to 5pm daily. The club has over 70 members at various levels of skill, but all share the same interest to learn more about photography (and making new friends). Their programme is mixture of guest speakers, workshops and monthly competitions. The club meets every Wednesday night, from September to June, in Palmerstown Parish centre from 8pm10pm. They also go out on the third Sunday of every month on club outings. Those interested in joining can visit the club any Wednesday night, or contact Trudy on 0864061670 or Dee on 0851479802. For more, visit

Torsten’s tune a hit with judges

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E I G H T-Y E A R - O L D Torsten Brescanu, from Lucan, beat off hundreds of entries to win the Kellogg’s Coco Pops Stars competition, which was judged by none other than Jedward. Torsten recorded a song on a specially designed Coco Pops website and wowed the expert panel of judges, Jedward and Coco the Monkey, with his catchy pop tune. According to pop duo, Jedward, the famous monkey was a dream colleague. “We were thrilled to work with Coco the Monkey - he’s cool.We went into studio to record our own version of the Coco Pops song and it was so much fun. We thought all the entries were so good but Torsten’s was the best. We loved the pop beat he chose and his lyrics were


‘We thought all the entries were so good but Torsten’s was the best. We loved the pop beat he chose’ --------------------------------------------------------

really catchy!” Torsten recorded his winning song in a professional recording studio last week and it will feature in a national radio advertising campaign. Footage and samples of Jedward in action recording their own special tracks, and pictures of Torsten in studio, can be found at Una Morrison, brand m a n a g e r, K e l l o g g ’s , said: “Congratulations to Torsten on his winning song. The standard of entries was very high and our expert panel of judges, including Jedward and Coco the Monkey,

were very impressed with Torsten’s song. Torsten was very professional in studio and we are delighted with the recording.” Kelloggs has made a long-term commitment to making nutritional improvements to its products. This includes a commitment to reduce sugar across the Coco Pops range by 15%, the addition of vitamin D and the launch of Kellogg’s Coco Pops Choc N’ Roll - a lower salt, lower sugar, low saturated fat, high-fibre, wholegrain and fortified cereal. More details are available on

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PEOPLE Inside look at build-up to Dublin Rose decider

Natalie would do it all over again... Q NATALIE BURKE’S ROSE DIARY

WITH just a few days to go until the Dublin Rose Final in Citywest, I can’t decide whether I’m feeling more nervous or excited! The last week has been so busy preparing for the big day and going to the last social occasions organised for all the Dublin Roses. This past weekend, we were invited to a number of events, to celebrate our last weekend as prospective Roses. We had the chance to see Zocorro, a play in the Draiocht based on the Rose of Tralee, as well as going to the Shelbourne Dog Track and the haymaking festival in Meath on Sunday. A briefing meeting was held for us at Citywest Hotel during the week where we were given the itinerary for the final on Saturday, June 25, and given our interview times, which will be spread over Friday evening and Saturday morning. In an effort to make the final feel like the real Rose of Tralee festival, the Dublin Rose Committee have put a huge amount of work into the production, with Heineken Cup winner and European Player of the Year, Sean O’Brien and current International Rose of Tralee, Clare Kambamettu, taking part in the night. An Irish tenor will also be there on the night to sing the famous Rose of Tralee song at the end of the evening. It is a great incentive knowing that the Rose chosen on the night will go directly to Tralee, without having to take part in the Regional competition.

Getting ready for the final has been a great excuse to get our nails, hair and tan done, as well as shopping for an evening dress. Being a part of the whole Dublin Rose competition has been one of the best experiences of my life, I’ve met so many new people, had an experience I will treasure for a long time and I would encourage anyone thinking of entering next year, as either a Rose or an Escort, to go for it because I would do it all over again in a second.


Lucan Lions’ awards night

Natalie says the whole Dublin Rose experience was one of the best of her life. Picture: Peter Doyle

MINISTER Frances Fitzgerald was on hand this week to help the Lucan Lions celebrate as they distribute funds to local organisations. “I was delighted to attend the Lucan Lions’ Club awards night in the Spa Hotel. “It was only a couple of weeks ago that we were all gathered in the Spa to celebrate the Lions’ Gala fundraiser and it was great to be back to see the monies raised from that night distributed to local community groups and organisations,” said Minister Fitzgerald. “A total of €16,000 raised by the club through various fundraisers was given out to local organisations in Lucan. “Pieta House, which does such tremendous work with the vulnerable, Lucan Home Start, which

provides invaluable support to so many families in the area and, Lucan Disability Action Group and the Tidy Towns committee were among the beneficiaries,” said Frances. --------------------------

‘A total of €16,000 raised by the club through various fundraisers was given out to local organisations in Lucan’ --------------------------

“A s p e c i a l aw a r d was also given to Liam Flanagan for his contributions to the community. The Lucan Lions Club does tremendous work in the community and it’s an organisation I will continue to support,” said the Minister.

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New Doc in town: Pharmacy opening

National bike week SOUTH Dublin County Council will be marking National Bike Week, which runs this week, with a variety of activities for all the family, including bicycle maintenance workshops, lectures, nature tours in parks, quizzes and cycling competitions scheduled to take place at different locations around the county. The highlight for the week was a Bicycle Flash Mob, which took place on Wednesday. In conjunction with the gardai, the council temporarily closed the Walkinstown Roundabout to all motorists while cyclists circled the roundabout for just two minutes. The event was covered by a number of cameras and it is planned to put t h e e ve n t c ove r a g e online as soon as possible. Speaking at the event, Mayor Corr said: “I am delighted to be here

today to launch South Dublin County Council’s 2011 National Bike Week. “This is a weeklong programme promoted by the Department of Transport as part of the Smarter Travel Initiative to get us all up and cycling. I wish to congratulate the many businesses, schools, community groups, and the staff of South Dublin County Council for working together to bring the spirit of the National Bike Week to South Dublin County and also for planning an impressive programme of events.” There are over 150 kilometres of cycle tracks in South Dublin County and Bike Week is a great opportunity for people to get on their bikes whether it is for commuting or for recreation. Check out fur ther information on all these events on or

THERE was plenty of excitement in Lucan recently when DocMorris Pharmacy invited friends and neighbours to the opening of its new store. The new pharmacy is a major boost for the location, not only for its health benefits but also bringing jobs to the area. As part of the celebrations there was plenty of special offers to be had on some favourite brands for customers who came to check out the special event.


New Lucan home for The Labour Party QPAUL HOSFORD

THE Labour Party in Lucan has a new home this week, as local TD

Joanna Tuff y moved into her new constituency office in Dispensary Lane. The building itself has a very Labour-like pedigree, being the former home to the trade union SIPTU in the village. The office will open to residents of the Dublin Mid-West constituency from 10am to 1pm from Monday to Friday, with residents encouraged to bring local issues to the Deputy’s attention. “I had an office based in Clondalkin, but now that Robert (Dowds) has his office there, I decided to open an office on this side of the constituency. “It’s great because it’s very central and in the middle of the village, people will know where it is.” The notion that TDs shouldn’t become involved in issues that

are locally specific was a popular drum to beat in this year’s election, but Tuffy, for one, relishes the challenges involved. “It’s great to have a base locally. I do clinics around the constituency and I’ll definitely hold one here. Sometimes people like to bring issues to you-oneto-one. “I really value my contact with my constituents. There’s a lot of talk about TDs doing too much constituency work and I think that’s a bit of a red herring. “I don’t agree at all, in fact, I don’t think I get enough time to do what I should do. “It’s like when I was a solicitor. There is the theory and the practise, and that’s how you learn. “As a TD, the practical stuff you do informs

Joanne Rourke and Joanna Tuffy outside Deputy Tuffy’s new constituency office

your work as a legislator in the Dail. You take what you’ve learned and bring it back to the Dail. “If you know how things work in practise, like the Social Welfare Act, you can go in and try and get things changed in Leinster House. “In that way, having a constituency office is an important step.” The move also comes as a boost to the party

as a whole in Lucan, a town where suppor t for the party has risen dramatically in the past few years. “It’s a long time since a Labour TD had an office in Lucan. Myself and Robert are jointly offering constituency services by having two offices. “Labour’s very well covered in the constituency now, with two offices in the area and two TDs.”

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CHARITY ‘Overwhelmed’ by fundraiser support

Over 200 tee off in MDI event Q DAWN LOVE

OVER 200 golf enthusiasts teed off for charity at the first ever Pitch and Putt Fundraiser, in aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI), in Lucan recently. The fun event was organised by Tom and Audrey McMorow from Lucan. A massive €1,700 was raised on the day with proceeds going towards the provision of the respite support services, which MDI strives to provide to members and their families in Dublin. Speaking to the Gazette, Joe Mooney, CEO Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, said the

charity had been “overwhelmed with the support received on the day from the community in Lucan and surroundings”. He paid tribute to the McMorrow family saying: “MDI sincerely appreciate the time and effort the McMorrow family contributed to making the fundraising event a huge success.” The money raised will go towards the provision of the respite support services, Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, try to provide to 572 members nationwide. “The respite service provides a break for both carers and members; it

The presentation of the cheque, to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, worth €1,700

is short-term care that helps a family avail of a break from the daily routine and stress. MDI aims to provide short term respite for members when required, in order to maintain physical and emotional well-being,” said Joe. The Pitch and Putt event not only raised funds for MDI but it also increased the awareness and knowledge of muscu-

lar dystrophy throughout Lucan. Muscular Dystrophy Ireland has just opened the new Information & Support Centre of Excellence for People with a Neuromuscular Conditions in Chapelizod, Dublin. The centre includes a self-contained fully wheelchair accessible apartment that will be available to provide respite to MDI members and families with muscu-

lar dystrophy requiring a respite break, adequately named a Home from Home. MDI is a voluntary support organisation for individuals with muscular dystrophy and their families. It was founded in 1972 by a group of parents from the west of Ireland whose children had the condition. Muscular dystrophy is a collective name for a

range of neuromuscular disorders, characterised by the progressive weakening of the muscles. The range of disorders affects men and women, adults and children. For further information on muscular dystrophy, or if you would like to fundraise / volunteer with the charity, please contact Amy Bramley at 086 818 5352 or email


Changes proposed for Esker House THE Chinese Gospel Church of Dublin Trust has lodged an application to South Dublin County Council, looking to change the use of Esker House. The proposal outlines a change of the existing two-storey private house and single-storey annex to a Retreat House with extra accommodation in the annex. The plan looks for a conversion of the stable blocks into classrooms, workshop and service room, along with the construction of a new community building, with auditorium, canteen and accommodation. The plans also includes new footpaths and an extra 55-car parking space. The closing date for third-party submissions is June 22 and a decision is expected on July 13.

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PEOPLE Local Fine Gael councillor celebrates his 30th

William Lavelle and Gay Mitchell, MEP

The Lavelle Family – Sinead, Aidan, Patricia, William, Deirdre, William and Brenda. Pictures: Peter Doyle

A Lavelle-y time at a birthday party OPULAR local Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle knew he’d have a great time at Kenny’s in Lucan village for his birthday – and this was definitely the case when he held his 30th birthday party there recently. Joining William and his wife were


Orla Hayes

family members, friends, and local constituents, as well as a number of patrons who were all happy to wish him well on his milestone event. Facing into a new decade, the freshfaced councillor said he was ready to face the interesting political challenges

Natasha Murphy with Brenda, Sinead and Patricia Lavelle

Roisin Mellett

ahead – but, of course, the night was all about having fun with the gang at Kenny’s, leaving politics aside, and just being another punter having a fun celebration in one of Lucan’s most popular venues. Gallery continues on Page 8

Gemma Spillane

Bernadette Fitzpatrick

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COUNCIL Make better use of resources – Cllr Tuffy

Call for progress on using local energy DAWN LOVE

THERE needs to be further progress on the exploitation and use of renewable energy in South Dublin. T h a t ’s a c c o r d i n g to Labour councillor Eamon Tuffy, who says he believes it is vital for South Dublin County Council (SDCC) to actively pursue its “commitments in the 2010 to 2016 County Development Plan, supporting the exploitation of renewable energy in the county”. Cllr Tuffy was speaking at a council meeting last week, where he tabled a motion and two questions to the county manager seeking progress and information on SDCC’s

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energy-related actions. His motion was directed at the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, in which he asked the manager to seek information on Government legislation to promote, facilitate and derive benefit from the exploitation of renewable energy resources, including geothermal energy.

Energy initiatives Responding to Cllr Tuffy, SDCC said that, since the County Development Plan was adopted, the council had been progressing a number of renewable energy initiatives, in the context of the preparation of a countywide Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP). “The SEAP is being

undertaken by the Planning Department, under the protocol of the Covenant of Mayors, and includes calculation of the county’s energy consumption, and identification of ways to both reduce consumption and seriously increase input from renewable energy sources, including geothermal. “In parallel with this, the council has also successfuly bid as part of a multi-authority EU Intelligent Energy Europe programme, for funding for a local energy action leadership project, to develop local authorities as community leaders in carbon footprint reduction,” said the council. “Early initiatives related to the above include development of energy

and water-saving programmes with local businesses through partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. “The council is currently employing energy interns to audit energy patterns, identify solutions and produce an evidence-base for improvement works,” said the council. Speaking to the Gazette, Cllr Tuffy said there was “positive evidence of potentially commercial sources of geothermal energy in the county, particularly in the Newcastle area, and I note that, in response to my question, although planning permission has been granted for a drilling project, no start has been made. “If Government action

TRANSPORT Full steam ahead for the LUAS DAWN LOVE

Labour councillor Eamon Tuffy

is necessary to support exploration and testing, I think it should be forthcoming,” he said. “The reply to my question about the council’s own initiatives in the more effective use of energy by industry, business, other large energy users and households

in the county is very encouraging. “As chairman of the Economic Development Strategic Policy committee, and the County Development Board, I am very supportive of the initiatives taken by the manager and his senior staff,” said Cllr Tuffy.

IT WILL be full steam ahead when the new LUAS Citywest line opens this July, with an extra two million customers expected to make Red Line passenger journeys as a result of the extension. According to the Railway Procurement Agency, the new line will “deliver top-quality public transport services to established local communities” and will also “facilitate the developing Citywest business area”. The new line consists of a 4.2km light rail link off the Red Line at Belgard and runs to Saggart in West Dublin. It includes five new stops, two new substations and a 300-space park and ride at Cheeverstown and has been developed by means of a partnership between the public and private sectors.

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TAKE TWO Another look at local councillor’s birthday party

Paddy and Patricia Scully

William Lavelle turns 30

Sani George, Sen Baby and William Lavelle. Pictures: Peter Doyle

Barry Downes and Eamon Fitzpatrick

Sheamus Cahill, Emer Kavanagh, Mary Cahill, Miriam Hayes and Shane Regan

Elaine Hawkins with Pat and Nuala Gannon

Mark Noonan, Eamon Keane and Damien Anne Bower, Brenda Hayes and Deirdre Lavelle

Gay and Norma Mitchell


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COMMUNITY Roaring good fun with Lions’ County Colours

The contribution of local Lions was also highlighted on the night

Local Fine Gael Deputy, A welcoming banner for

Derek Keating, was happy to support the event

Gay Mitchell MEP met two proud Dublin supporters

‘Down the country’ colours were also well represented on the night

the local Lions’ branch

A colourful night for all Y NOW a well-established highlight of the Lucan Lions’ annual calendar of events, their recent fundraising County Colours night was a predictably roaring success at Sarsfields’ club house. Despite the sea of Dublin colours that flooded the venue, rogue icebergs, painted in Mayo and Donegal colours, floated around here and there, with these and other counties making a splash on the night. It was a typically good-humoured sporting and community event, with great food, a raffle, and local sporting achievements also highlighted as a number of well-known local community and political figures came along to give their support. No matter the proud county colours worn by the members of the Lucan Lions, drawn from counties all around the island of Ireland, they were united in celebrating one of the finest and most popular local institutions.


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PETS Saving your sanity and furniture

Keeping those Kitty claws up to scratch MIRIAM KERINS Education Officer, Dublin SPCA

E V E RYO N E k n ow s that cats like to claw and scratch – that’s why I’m amazed when, very often, some people enquiring about adopting a kitten insist they don’t want one that will “scratch” their top- grain leather furniture. Oh, grow up! It’s no secret that, as part of their daily routine, our feline friends instinctively pull the claws on their front paws through any surface that offers resistance – this unfortunately includes prized possessions like leather furniture! It’s a cat thing

– get over it! A cat’s claws are the Swiss army knife of her tool box and an integral part of who she is – an exceptional hunter, climber and expert in personal defence. Kitty’s one paw swat is usually enough to send other cats running for cover, let alone the new family dog who swaggers onto her territory thinking he’s the dominant alpha male on the block. Big mistake! A cat will also use her claws to communicate and leave messages for other cats by scratching on surfaces. You see, Kitty’s claws will engrave a visual territorial mark,

Cats instinctively pull the claws on their front paws through any surface that offers resistance

while the scent glands in her paw pads will brush on an olfactory mark signaling to other cats that she’s in da house! Ok, if your cat is an outdoorsy type, then she’ll probably use tree trunks as part of her daily clawing ritual. But when she’s indoors, then she’ll go for everything from the curtains to the bed linen and beyond.

So, if Kitty is an indoor cat (and, here’s a bit of trivia - thanks to the invention of cat litter back in the 1940s, more and more felines are staying in, allowing them to live longer, healthier lives) she may be determined to feng shui your home in her own particular style of, er, “claw chic” well, then, what’s a pet parent to do? • Encourage Kitty to use posts by scenting them with her favourite cat food, or hang or place toys in areas where she’ll climb. Also, gently rub your own hands on the scratching post’s surface and then gently rub Kitty’s paws onto the surface and praise her for using it. • If your budget allows it, then get a multi-level scratching post that incorporates climbing and resting platforms with tree trunk-style stilts built in. • Reward your cat every time she uses her scratching post. Remember, security is essential here, so make sure the scratching post is stable because if it topples or shakes, Kitty won’t want to use it. • Cover objects that are out of bounds – better still, move them. • If you manage to catch Kitty in the act of scratching a forbidden object, distract her by clapping your hands or by squirting her, very gently, with clean water from a child’s small toy water pistol. Never, ever hit her. For more information log onto or email me at

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SNAPSHOT The stories of the day

Calling all snappers! AN Taisce are inviting entries from Dublin to their annual Clean Coast Photography Competition, which was launched last week as part of Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week. Dublin has some of the most beautiful and spectacular coastlines in Ireland and, last year, a photograph of Dollymount, taken by Jonathan Mallin, took third prize in the Under-18s’ category of the competition, while Jamie Saunder’s photograph of Dublin Bay took third prize in the Over-18s’ category. The Clean Coasts Photography Competition is a key part of An Taisce’s Clean Coasts’ programme, which encourages communities to manage and conserve some of the 3,000 miles of Irish coastline. There were over 600 entries last year with a very high standard of photography as

Annabel Fitzgerald, Coastal Programmes Manager with An Taisce commented: “The photography competition is in its second year. “Last year’s competition was so successful, an exhibition of some of the entries has been touring Ireland, a real snapshot of the beauty

of Ireland’s coastline.” The theme of this year’s competition is, I Love My Coast, and entries are invited under four categories: 1) Coastal Landscape; 2) Coastal Heritage; 3) Nature & Wildlife; 4) People & the Coast. The total prize fund is

€3,000 and the chance to be part of the Clean Coasts Photography Exhibition. If you would like to enter the Clean Coast Photography Competition, log on to the website The Clean Coasts’ programme is owned and oper-

ated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Coca-Cola. To learn more about An Taisce’s Clean Coasts’ Programme visit

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A film ready to take flight Based on a ‘kind of’ true story, Ian Power’s directorial debut, The Runway, is a triumph for the whole family Q JONATHAN KEANE

Jamie Kierans and Demian Bichir star in Ian Power’s feel-good debut feature length film, The Runway, showing in cinemas now

THE Runaway is the partially true story of a small quiet town in rural Cork called Drumasheen, with little or nothing going on, spelling utter boredom for the children living there and particularly our protagonist Paco (Jamie Kierans). However, that all swiftly changes with, literally, a bang. Ernesto, a Columbian pilot played by Demian Bichir, crashes his plane outside the town, and, lucky to survive, meets Paco who rallies the residents together to build

a runway for Ernesto to fly home. Set in 1983, The Runway has all the hallmarks of feel-good film; the town is stuck in the doldrums of the recession of the 80s and this unlikely arrival is what brings the populace together, even if some have ulterior motives. Some have looked beyond the goodwill of the other residents to get Ernesto home and see the situation as a PR and money-making gold -mine. The different motives of these minor characters keep things a lit-

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Runway ++++ (PG) 101 mins Director: Ian Power Starring: Demian Bichir, Kerry Condon, Jamie Kierans, James Cosmo

OUR VERDICT: THE Runway is a simple family film filled with laughs and warming moments. There’s still plenty here for any age to enjoy from the development of the different relationships to various characters’ quirks. Ian Power has taken this true story, and well and truly, made it his with his own well-scripted subplots. The script and acting are solid and affecting, so there’s little to really fault with in The Runway.

tle more interesting as there is always something under the surface. Director Ian Power keeps the plot simple overall and easy to follow from the opening to closing credits, which is the film’s greatest strength. The relationship b e t we e n P a c o a n d Ernesto is the centrepiece of the film, striking a bond that is both heartwarming as well as funny when it needs to be. Paco has been raised by his single mother (Kerry Condon) and the arrival of Ernesto marks something of a father figure for him, especially with Paco’s only knowledge of his father being that he “lives in Spain”. Under this belief of his father’s whereabouts, Paco learns Spanish and when Ernesto lands in Dr umasheen, he attempts to establish a rapport with the Columbian stranger and soon finds himself acting as interpreter for the rest of the town. This is Power’s debut feature film and it proves to be a more than impressive debut, with him taking this true story and mixing in and integrating his own sub-plots and quirks to the film. It is easy to see why The Runway has been gathering acclaim, seemingly across the board ,including scooping up the gong for Best Irish

Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh. The film has been likened to E.T. with an outsider entering a small community and bonding with a child, and the two building an affecting relationship. Spielberg’s influence is quite evident in Power’s work here. Debut

Power is not the only debut here, as Jamie Kierans too is making his debut as the touching and cheery Paco. It seems that Kierans adapted quickly and easily to Power’s plot, with the youngster depicting Paco with little or no flaws, and with ease, creating a character that the audience can relate to. The star performance comes from Demian Bichir though, in his portrayal of the almost dark and reluctant hero of the film. The Mexican actor is heavily acclaimed too, particularly in his role in Che (2008) and his presence in the cast gives the film just a little bit more credibility, for those perhaps reluctant to watch the film. The Runway, as cliched as it sounds, is one for all ages, with its bubbly comedic moments as well as poignant scenes, and is certainly a victory for Irish film that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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D u b l i n ’ s co m p l e t e g u i d e to yo u r w e d d i n g

Be the best best man on the day WHEN it comes to public speaking, most people would admit that they hate the thought of standing up and addressing any kind of a gathering. The best man’s speech is almost as important as the wedding ceremony itself – everyone knows it’s going to happen, the preparations are desperately nerve-wracking, and there’s no escaping it once you’ve signed up to the event. You’ll be honoured, of course, to be best man. But, your words will not be forgotten. They will

be etched in everyone’s minds for years to come. We can all remember the kinds of car-crash speeches we’ve heard in the past. Advice

The best advice is to be yourself and remember what the speech is all about. You probably don’t do stand up-comedy for a living, so don’t try. Be humorous, but remember that the most important people in the room are sitting next to you; it’s their day and they should be the main focus.

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Serious style to dress your bump AT THIS time of the year there are so many wedding’s to attend, women purchasing fabulous dresses and men buying suits or heading down to Blacktie. But what about mumsto-be? It is just as important they feel and look fabulous wearing a beautiful dress for their special occasion day. That’s where Stylemama comes in, helping mums-to-be find that perfect maternity dress without the expense of buying one that may only be worn once or twice throughout their pregnancy. And, for a fraction of the price, they offer a fantastic collection of dresses by well-known designers, many of which are worn by some of our favourite celebrities. Clients can browse through the collection of dresses at the show-

room, taking as much time as they desire. With the option of their mobile service – shopping for maternity dresses has never been easier. The selection of Nicole Michelle dresses are a very popular choice this season, truly beautiful dresses made with luxurious lace, a fabric which gives a perfect silhouette shape and, of course, lots of comfort, too, and allowing you to show off your beautiful bump, not conceal it. Dresses from this range of have been worn by celebrity Emma Bunton this year, and many more of our dresses from other designers have been worn by Myleene Klass, Danielle Lloyd and Tess Daly. Mums-to-be will be really spoilt for choice when visiting Stylemama.

All-inclusive package from Green Isle Hotel THE Green Isle Hotel on the Naas road has just teamed up with wedding specialist Laura Leigh, and is excited to announce their new exclusive, and all-inclusive, wedding package. The Green Isle Hotel offers an innovative and elegant wedding programme with a trained, professional team to see that every wedding is truly special. Exquisite cuisine and wines, the loveliest linens, floral arrangements and a range of suites all help to take the stress out of your big day. The Green Isle Hotel offers a convenient location for a wedding reception and will make for a very memorable occasion.

From the moment a couple decides to hold their special day at the Green Isle Conference & Leisure Hotel, the hotel’s team will be happy to assist; ensuring attention to detail is of the utmost importance. The hotel will work to create a wonderful and unforgettable occasion for the happy couple, their families and guests. The hotel’s new all-inclusive wedding package features tea/ coffee, biscuits and mulled wine or fruit punch on arrival, followed by a sumptuous fivecourse evening meal for all guests. Each guest enjoys one glass of wine with their meal, which is

enjoyed at tables featuring chair covers and floral centrepieces. The happy couple enjoy one month leisure membership and a complimentary bridal suite. This offer applies to minimum numbers of 100 people, Monday – Friday. For Saturday weddings, a charge of €10 extra per person applies, and the offer includes and evening reception buffet, two guests bedrooms provided by the Green Isle Hotel. Also provided by “I Do” Weddings – by Laura Leigh – is a choice of wedding gown from top designers, two bridesmaid dresses, tiara, veil and bridal

shoes. Other wedding essentials, including a total of 60 day invitations, a two- or three-tier cake, photographer and album, videographer, one car hire and unity candle and stand are also included. See for examples. This offer is available from €9,500 and is subject to availability. Upgrades are possible at a surcharge. For further information, please contact the hotel’s wedding coordinator, Suzanne McCabe, on (01) 4123708 or email sales@

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Planning your bridal beauty regime ARE YOU five or six months away from your wedding? While you’re addressing invitations and picking out bridesmaids’ dresses, it will definitely pay off to take some time to work on your beauty regimen. Making an investment now will pay off big on your wedding day.

Skin Care Now is the time to start working on your skin. On your wedding day, you’ll be having your picture taken close-up and many people getting close to your skin as they hug and kiss you. Even a relatively nice complexion can get extra benefit from six months of stress-relief, proper nutrition, and added water-drinking. First, start a good cleansing programme. You should be using a multi-step system, including a good cleanser

(Sothys Morning Cleanser for all skin types) in the morning, eye makeup remover and cleanser and toner at night, daily moisturiser (Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream) and an exfoliant and mask once a week. (Sothys Desquacrem and Oxyliance Mask). If you can afford it, this is a great time to consult a professional beauty therapist. Tell them your wedding date, and your skin-care goals. They may recommend treatments such as microdermabrasion or regular facials that will help you have pictureperfect skin. Examine how much water you drink daily. Drinking up to eight glasses daily may help clear up blemishes and make your skin more luminous. Try filling a bottle and keeping it on your desk at work. Have another water bottle in

the TV room (or wherever you tend to relax at night). While drinking this much water may be a challenge at first, keep at it, and it will get easier and easier. While you’re increasing your water consumption, it’s a great time to be decreasing your caffeine consumption. Not only will less caffeine help your skin, it will also help you to be less stressed out. You know if you’re better off going cold turkey or decreasing gradually.

Body Treatments Regular body massages will help to relax you during this stressful time! Most beauty salons offer massage therapy treatments. As well as massages, salons and spas offer full body and beauty treatments for brides-to-be and their parties, so look around and see where

Take the time between now and your wedding to focus on your beauty health

offers the best value – you might think about taking a day off with your hens and pampering yourself before the big day. All kinds of treatments are available, from Body

treatments, including Swedish, stone therapy, lymphatic and deeptissue massage, Holistic therapies, including Hopi ear candling, reflexology, aromatherapy and Indian

head massage – think about which one will be right for you, and enjoy the downtime.

Make-up At least a month before

the wedding, visit a beauty salon and ask about a trial make up. It is best to get two each for hair and make-up to make sure you know what you are getting. And make sure your trials are with the people who will be doing your hair/makeup on the day You need to know exactly what your make up will look like on your big day, and taking the time to think it through with your beautician beforehand is a very good idea. Consider using this make-up session when you get ready for your hen night – you’ll also get to see how well your makeup performs on a night out, good practise for the big day itself. Remember it’s your wedding day, one of the best days of your life, so, once all the preparations are done, sit back and enjoy, and be beautiful.

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A heavenly Honeymoon FROM lazing on a deserted Caribbean beach to gazing on wild African game in their natural environment, it is important that you get the right advice when choosing your honeymoon. The run-up to a wedding can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, but it can also be quite stressful! Once the happy couple have said their “I do’s” and partied the night away with friends and family, they are often exhausted from all of the anticipation and planning and are ready for the per-

fect honeymoon. Tour operators and travel agents have cottoned on to the fact that honeymooners no longer want just a week on the beach somewhere, but are often after a once-ina-lifetime experience. “We are talking to a lot of honeymooners who say that they want a week on the beach to relax followed by an experience, such as a wildlife safari or a blowout in Las Vegas,” says Stephen McKenna, Founder of “Twin centre holidays are increasingly popular, with a few days in Dubai

followed by a South African safari and or Garden Route trip – a firm favourite” he says. Asia is also another haven for honeymooners, thanks to the affordability of the resorts in Thailand and Bali. It is possible to get excellent value for money without having to scrimp on luxury. Lisa Byrne, Travelmood, comments: “More and more honeymooners are opting for all-inclusive package deals to Thailand or the Caribbean. There are lots of all-inclusive deals around that offer the very best value for money. After

After the big day, the couple want to relax without having to worry about money

the big expense of a wedding, the couple want to kick back and relax without having to worry about the cost of their honeymoon.” In the run-up to the wedding, practical planning for the honeymoon can get overlooked. It is important to research whether you need specific visas or vaccinations for the countries you will be visiting. Remember, that for vaccines to have the maximum effect, it is important to get them

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Special flower, special meaning, special day SAY it with flowers, the old advertising slogan used to chime. But, if you’re planning to get married soon, you should bear in mind that the flowers might have something to say themselves on your special day. Flowers carry a special meaning, passed down from generations gone by and before you start choosing the make up of your bouquets and table decorations, you might take a moment to reflect on the messages that your marigolds and rhododendrons might be sending. In ancient times, people believed that the car-

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rying of strongly smelling flowers and herbs and spices repelled bad luck and ill health on their wedding day. In early Roman civilisation, brides and grooms used to wear floral garlands to signify hope of fertility. But the syntax of your shrubbery came into it’s own during Victorian times, when lovers exchanged different flowers to pass on their messages to each other. Each flower symbolised a special meaning, and the recipient understood the message as clearly as if it were written on a piece of paper. Today, most people

don’t speak flower, but on a day as important as your wedding, placing emphasis on what your flowers are saying can add another level of meaning to the subtext of your special day. Let’s look at a few of the most appealing wedding flowers and their meanings.

Roses Roses have always been the most regularly chosen flower by brides throughout the world. Roses come in many colours, each of them with their own different meanings. White stands for innocence, beauty and charm, while

them in their wedding arrangements. However, they might if they understood their significance – daisies stand for romance and an innocent spirit.

Roses come in many different colours, each with their own meaning

red expresses a bride’s zeal and unending love towards her man. Dark pink denotes thankfulness towards God that the bride and groom are made the man and wife, and an ivy-

coloured rose represents fidelity in marriage.

Tulips There are over 500 varieties of tulips, and they are considered the best for spring weddings

and are well recognised for the undying love and affection that they represent.

Daisies Everyone loves daisies. But not many brides use

Calla Lilies These graceful flowers are reminders of past generations when grace and beauty were the rule. Associated with elegance and charm, a calla lily would be the perfect flower if you wanted to create a sophisticated atmosphere for your wedding. They also come in many different colours and varieties. All graceful. All elegant.

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A fishtastic experience to remember Q ANITA WARD

I THINK I can safely say that I don’t give my feet an easy time of it. So, when we were discussing the new fish pedicure craze that seems to be everywhere at the moment, the consensus was that I would benefit the most. Considering that I have a love of high-heeled shoes and horse-riding in equal measures, I’m not surprised that my feet are in a state. I spend the better part of my day walking around the office in anything from four- to six-inch heels, and then, come the evening, I change into leather jodhpur boots and proceed to sweat a lot in them for the rest of the evening – very attractive!

I don’t even give my feet the luxury of some TLC, because I’m not overly fond of actually touching my feet, or having them touched. In fact, I’ve never even had a pedicure before – I know, the shame ...

Ealu Spa However, I was ridiculously curious about whether it was worth the hype, and what it would feel like, so I headed over to the Ealu Spa Therapy Salon in Naas, Co Kildare, to see what the fuss was all about. Entering Ealu from a deluge of rain, I was greeted by the friendly staff and stepped into a little oasis of calm. I was quickly introduced to the pedicure fish – Garra Rufa fish, I

was informed – and just hoped they were hungry, because my feet were a banquet of dead skin! These little guys don’t get too full, apparently, despite the pedicure, and they are very happy in their job. Their tank is placed on the floor beside a very comfortable looking recliner chair, with a built-in foot spa. I met the lovely therapist, and she asked me to get comfortable on the chair and take off my shoes, and proceeded to wash my feet. Your feet have to be free from any creams or chemicals (so, fake tan is a big no-no), but nail polish is fine. The 150 little Garra Rufas got very excited at the prospect of a slap-up

Despite counting her toes before and after lowering them into a tank full of hungry Garra Rufa fish at Ealu Spa Therapy Salon, our writer swears by the marvellous pedicure treatment that they gave

meal on my tootsies as I lowered them into the water ... To say it is an unusual feeling is an understatement – it’s not quite like someone touching your feet; it’s not unpleasant – it’s just bizarre! If anything, I could describe it like hundreds of little mini-vibrations, all working away together in different places on your feet. These fish don’t nibble

at your feet, a common misconception – they don’t have teeth; it’s more like a sucking action. They went to town on my feet – oh, and not just on my feet, but on my legs, too. Your leg goes up to mid-calf into the tank, so the fish were more than happy to give my legs a good clean as well. I was fascinated with the fish as they busied themselves, with some of them even getting right in

Part of the welcoming environment at Ealu Spa

between my toes or, even funnier, fighting with each other to get the best position!

Experience The therapist offered me a magazine or something to drink, but I was quite happy to sit and soak up the experience by watching the little guys go to work. The treatment lasts about 25 to 35 minutes, and it was strangely relax-

ing. Despite my reservations, I was actually excited to feel my feet afterwards, once the fish had finished happily working away on them. I didn’t know if I expected them to turn their noses up at my foul feet, or to have a taste and then keel over and die. Interestingly, the therapist told me about the benefits for people with skin conditions. On lifting my feet out of the tank, I felt like I should be thanking the little guys for all of their hard work. Already I could feel that there was something different about my feet. I was treated to another foot spa wash, and a massage, from the comfort of the comfy chair, and I got to touch my new feet. I say “new” because, I swear, it was like I had baby skin on my feet – they had been reborn! The skin was soft and smooth, and felt absolutely brand new! I was very proud to show off all of the hard work of the little Garra Rufa fishies. Ealu Spa are experts at making this odd craze of having fish make-over your feet seem perfectly normal, and at putting you at ease, and are offering a great deal of just €10 for 25 minutes in the tank – so you have no excuse not to try it out for yourself.

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Grainne Lowe, Malahide Books & Gifts

Opening a chapter on local book excellence GRAINNE Lowe opened Malahide Books & Gifts in July, 2009. She opened the Malahide shop after the success of her shop in Ratoath, which she opened in 2004. Grainne runs the shops with her husband, Ciaran, and they pride themselves on excellent customer service, which became clear when Malahide Books & Gifts won the Friendliest Business Award, 2009 from the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Grainne and Ciaran are running a very successful business, selling schoolbooks, school stationery, art and craft supplies and gifts. They offer an online service, and have also introduced a savings scheme to help parents with the financial burden of backto-school purchases.

ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS WHAT WELFARE ENTITLEMENTS CAN A SINGLE MOTHER CLAIM? Q – I am a single mother, and am due my baby in five months. Can you confirm exactly my welfare entitlements, as there seems to be some confusion. I am also unemployed, having been made redundant six months ago – it was my first job, and I was only there for 10 months. Sharon – Terenure A - CONGRATULATIONS on the baby, first of all. Raising children is a costly exercise. Some of the benefits payable by the State are based on PRSI contributions you may have made, so some of these you will be ineligible to claim Presumably, you are still claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, or unemployment assistance. However, there are currently three main payments due to you on the arrival of your baby. Firstly, child benefit is the most common payment to families with children. You are entitled to it because you satisfy a habitual residency test, and will have a dependent child that meets the criteria. Currently, this is €140 per month for the first and second child, and slightly more for subsequent children. Secondly, Early Childcare Supplement (ECS) was

Grainne runs the shops with her husband, Ciaran

a payment to families with children under five years of age. This was €41.50 per month, up to December,

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: I wanted to be a vet, as I loved animals and petted every dog and cat I saw.

Q: What was your first job? A: I worked in Woolworths on Henry Street when I was in school.

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: I think it was €5 per day from Woolworths.

Q: When did you start your present job? A: I opened my first shop, Ratoath Books & Gifts, seven years ago, and I opened Malahide Books & Gifts two years ago.

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I get great job satisfaction when things go well, and being my own boss is nice, too.


can’t pack a box – this is true!

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Gaelic football and soccer (because my children play these sports).

Q: What sport can you play? A: I was very athletic, in my day. I played camogie and basketball, and I was a sprinter, and I did the long jump. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time or energy for sport these days, but I hope to take up golf in a few years.

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: I love 80’s music; in fact, if you visit our shops, you will hear my favourites on my iPod. My favourite movie so far is Avatar; I could watch it over and over, and my favourite TV programme is Greys Anatomy.

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: I am not very good at

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: I would have to say David

shop displays and keeping things tidy, so, Amber and my daughter, Amanda, look after that side of the business for me. There is a standing joke that I

Norris. I really enjoy listening to him on the radio, and I think his views are refreshing in these dire times. He would be a great ambassador for the

country if he made it to Aras an Uachtarain.

Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: I have a good selection; mostly 80’s stuff, but I also have modern music on it, such as Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry etc.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Just my friends on Facebook. Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: Beware of viruses. Q: Describe your dream meal? A: My favourite dinner is chicken with mushrooms and apricot in a brandy sauce – yum, yum.

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Dame Edna, as at least I

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Way too many. Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: My worst holiday experience was the year my sister and I rented a mobile [home] in Wexford with our kids – I was six months pregnant, and got a tummy bug.

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Somewhere that I didn’t have to lift a finger, and where I could eat and eat and not gain a pound.

Q: What would be your dream job? A: You know, I have always worked, so I guess my dream would be not to work at all, and just potter around the house and garden, meet my friends for coffee whenever I felt like it, and cook and bake.

wouldn’t have to listen to more depressing news about our failing economy. Also, I could get a few fashion tips from her!

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Potter around the house and

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: On the garden.

garden, meet my friends for coffee whenever I feel like it and cook and bake!

But, [as official information has previously said], “from January, 2010, ECS will be replaced with a free pre-school year of early childhood care and education for all children between the ages of three years, three months, and four years, six months. Details of this scheme are available from the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; Locall 1890 30 30 39”. Thirdly, One-Parent Family Payment (OPF) is paid to men and women in Ireland who are bringing children up without the support of a partner. You must satisfy a means test, and a habitual residence test. Currently, this is for €188 per week. If you are working, you can also get a OPF tax credit; you do not have to get OPF to claim this tax credit. Finally, I would talk to your local social welfare office for definitive answers on your particular circumstances – I have always found them helpful. Their web site is: Best of luck next September. Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs HYUNDAI RESPONDS TO I40 REPORTS: HYUNDAI in Ireland has responded to reports about the specification and prices featured in this column last week for the new i40 car. Hyundai emphasises that the prices quoted are not yet agreed and that the cars will come with a full five-year unlimited mileage warranty. Unfortunately, Hyundai will not be offering a full spare wheel, as reported, in the new i40, which will be available later this summer. And the company claims that the car does not replace the Sonata model, but in fact is geared for a different market segment.

Ibiza gets stretched for ST appeal MICHAEL MORONEY drove the Ibiza, and here’s his verdict I’VE had the Seat Ibiza ST, the estate version of the small Spanish-built car, out on test recently. This is a stylish-looking small estate car built around the standard Ibiza model, with a new three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine as the power source. The car scores well on style and design; it’s a Seat thing, they are now designing cars that look distinctive, even if they use the same engines and gearboxes as Skoda and Volkswagen cars. Those combined ingredients should make for a car worth having and a car that’s good to drive.

Add to that package the neat Volkswagen design 1.2-litre turbodiesel engine and you can expect thrift and low-cost motoring. And that’s just what you get. This is a car that looks well and should be easy to buy and own. The addition of the estate concept gives more internal space for bigger loads, while built around the same wheelbase as the standard car. The STversion is almost 200mm (8in) longer than the standard five-door hatchback and that’s significant enough when it comes to providing additional space.

Seat has added an ST, or mini estate version, to the Ibiza range to give more space and a family appeal

The rear seats fold down easily to increase the load area, making the car more attractive as a family choice where there are always awkward loads to be shifted, bikes included. I liked the 60/40 split folding rear sears, roof rails in either black or chrome finish, a low load height

and wide rear hatch, a flat boot floor and some good storage areas throughout the ST’s interior, which allowed for ease of use on longer journeys. That’s the outline of the Seat Ibiza ST package, which includes three specification options, either Reference, Style or Sport. Out on the road,

the car is more sluggish than I would have expected. The 1.2-litre, three cylinder engine develops an impressive 75bhp, but you can feel that it’s doing the work. It’s a shade noisy and feels less smooth than you would like and this aspect of the car lets it down a little.

That’s a pity because this car has plenty going for it in terms of its space, flexibility and style. And the price is competitive too at €16,495 for the entry model, before delivery charges. And while I don’t expect pace from such a small engine, its acceleration figure of 14.5 seconds for a 0 to 100km/hr race is reasonable. It’s just that it’s hard work getting there and there’s an unnecessary harshness to the car as a result. This car scores highly in terms of value-for-money motoring with an impressive economy figure of 25 km/litre (4.0l/100km or 70mpg). That’s very good even in this segment of the market and it also helps the car to get into Band A for road tax purposes, giving an annual tax charge of just €104.

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Fair Play Cup sees SARI side take the spoils

WORLD Refugee Day’s Do 1 Thing soccer celebrations kicked off in style when the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office in Ireland and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) held its second annual Fair Play Football Cup in Dublin’s Law Society gardens. On a day which also saw UNHCR commemorating the 60th anniver-

sary of the UN Convention Relating to Refugees, this year’s Fair Play Football Cup was won by SARI Insaka when they beat the holders, Hot Press 1-0, courtesy of a first-half goal from Eddie Sirbu. In a repeat of last year’s final it was SARI Insaka who started the brighter with early efforts coming from Sirbu and Chris Amour, with Hot Press, led by Niall Stokes, chasing the game. With very

little space or time given on the ball neither team seemed like breaking the deadlock until Sirbu popped up to score the decisive goal with a wonder individual low drive just before half time. Hot Press chased the game after the restart, with Rafael Souto having their best opportunity but he blasted his shot just over the bar from close range, leaving the SARI Insaka captain Toheeb ‘Tiger’ Adigun

Action from the final between SARI Insaka and Hot Press at the World Refugee Day event last week

to lift the cup aloft after Newstalk’s Global Village presenter Dil Wickremasinghe presented the 2011 winners with the Fair Play Football Cup. “It was a brilliant tournament, we all really had fun, it’s not just about

winning but to take part was ver y impor tant. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we’re all looking forward to coming back next year to defend the cup,” said a jubilant Adigun after the final whistle. Sophie Magennis, of

UNHCR Ireland, said: “We had a brilliant day today. It was great that lots of kids and families came down, and SARI Insaka were very worthy winners. “It was also a great way to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN

convention on the status of refugees and we’d like to mark the importance of the convention in offering protection to refugees. But it’s also a day to mark the contribution refugees and asylum seekers make to Irish society.”

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Members of Adamstown Cricket Club gather before a training session


New facility for club

Dhruv set to take the strike

DAMSTOWN Cricket Club will hold a grand opening ceremony for their new facility on July 24. A new artificial cricket mat was laid in Adamstown Cricket Club’s home ground at Corkagh Park in April after much fundraising by its members. The club has two senior teams and one junior team and always welcoms new members. The club membership has doubled in the last year, particularly after the Irish cricket team’s impressive performance in the World Cup. Members come from all over, with players from Lucan, Clondalkin, Celbridge and surrounding areas. For more information, visit


Sanjeev in Ireland jersey

Adi unleashing his throw

Gerard observes the field of play

Waqas with a clean straight drive

Paul takes a second out from his coaching duties

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Following Rules all the way to Oz


Competing at the highest level in the sport, Ireland is sending a team to the International Aussie Rules cup in August, ROB HEIGH discovers

Touch squad heading for World Cup destiny

IRELAND is set to send a group of players to Australia later in the summer, who will compete for honours in the sport that the Australians themselves created — Aussie Rules Football. The fast-paced, hardhitting and stamina-sapping sport so beloved in the Antipodes has been popular in Ireland for many years, and has been a fixture here since around 2000. The links between the codes of Gaelic football and AFL are clearly defined, the clear connection being the compromise rules series that takes place between the two countries being very keenly contested. However, playing the pure version of Aussie Rules was so appealing that the game has

spawned clubs across the country, with three teams based in Dublin, the South Dublin Swans, based in Bushey Park, the Dublin Demons, who are based in Islandbridge, and the North Dublin Saints, who play their games at Coolock. Peter Ross, player with the South Dublin Swans and the Irish Warriors Aussie Rules Football team, spoke to Gazette Sport last week ahead of the serious preparation for the International Cup tournament, which takes place this year in Sydney from August 13 to 27. “This year, the team will probably be the strongest ever sent to represent Ireland in the competition. We have rising stars, such as Richmond Tigers’ inter-

A team talk for the Ireland AFL team in London recently

national rookie and Westmeath GAA senior, John Heslin, playing for the Warriors, as well as David Stynes, a former Ballyboden St

the competitions, having previously won the event on its debut in 2002, and reaching the semi-final of the event in 2005 and 2008. The


‘A lot of young GAA players see Aussie Rules as an opportunity to become a professional player in a sport similar to the one they play already when they move there.’ --------------------------------------------------------

Enda’s man and brother of Dublin star, Jim, who has lived in Melbourne for a number of years.”

Fourth tournament This is the fourth running of the tournament, that brings together the biggest international teams in Aussie Rules outside of Australia. Ireland are among the top-seeded sides for

Irish side are on a roll following their victory in the European championships last year. “In Ireland, there is a lot of media attention as there are so many GAA players out there. A lot of young GAA players see Aussie Rules as an opportunity to become a professional player in a sport very similar to the one they play already when they move there. “The game is a huge professional sport in Australia, the players are well rewarded, not the same as you would get as a professional soccer player, but about the same as a professional r ugby player would receive.” Australia will be absent from the event, as Peter says: “It would be like Ireland taking part in a world series of GAA event.” However, the tournament will visit some of the most famous stadiums in the

world with games being played in Sydney’s ANZ Stadium (where the Sydney Olympics were held) and the most iconic ground of them all, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Asked who the contenders for the crown would be in Sydney, Peter said: “There are some countries who are very strong in the sport, like New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South Africa, which is seen as a big pool of talent for Aussie Rules. The AFL are looking to expand the game beyond Australia, and take it all over the world.” When asked about what’s involved in playing the sport, Peter said: “Aussie rules is for allround athletes, and these countries produce very strong rugby players, but not everyone is built for rugby. “Stamina is as important as strength, and there are a lot of players from these countries who are picked up by the Aussie Rules teams. “T he average AFL player does a lot of catching and kicking, and will run over 14km per game. If you come to AFL from rugby, it’s a big shock to the system.” To find out more about the sport in Ireland, see w w f, and rishwarriorsaussierules.

LOCAL faces from around Dublin will be competing against the best in the world this week when they take the field in Edinburgh at the 2011 Touch Rugby World Cup. Cllr Neale Richmond of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council presented the players, managers, coaches and physios with their jerseys at Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge last Saturday. President of the Ireland Touch Association, Michael Davies, has high hopes for the teams as they head over to Edinburgh this week. “Coming home from last year’s European Championships with titles in the Mixed Open and the Men’s Over-40 divisions has provided a great foundation going into the World Cup,” he said. “Handing the green jerseys to the players is recognition of their dedication to training and their ability in the sport.” Ireland will be competing in four categories: Mixed Open (men and women of any age), Men’s Open (men of any age), Men’s Over-35 and Men’s Over-40. For more, see

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Track racing opportunity for training coming up LOCAL women cyclists are invited to attend two track-training days on June 26 and July 24 at the Sundrive Road Track, Eamon Ceannt Park, Dublin 12. The training days are open to female riders of all ages and fitness levels. June 26 will be devoted to accreditation and introducing riders to the new and exciting Olympic Omnium event, as well as Team Pursuit and Team Sprint. July 24 will comprise a mock racing day, including all six Omnium events (flying lap, 500m TT, Pursuit, Scratch, Elimination and Points Races) Entry is €5, to include coaching and bike hire. An ordinary Cycling Ireland membership licence will suffice for June 26, but a racing or one-day licence will be required for July 24. For further information on track racing and training events in Ireland, see

Weston host training for Ireland ladies WESTON Hockey Club are hosting the Ireland A ladies’ hockey squad for a training session from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 in Griffeen Valley Park. This is a great opportunity for local players and people interested in finding out more about the sport to see the top-level players in action. Ireland’s coach, Mick McKinnon, will be on hand, leading the training sessions. For more information about

the event, and about the club, see westonhockeyclub. com.

Lucan launch history book LUCAN Sarsfields’ GAA Club are holding a celebration evening to herald the launch of their new history, Na Sáirséalaigh Abu 125 Years of Lucan Sarsfields’ GAA Club, at 12th Lock on Saturday, June 25 at 9pm. The book is the result of many months of hard work by local author, Aaron Dunne, and the Lucan club committee, and the book illustrates the club’s rich history, from its humble beginnings in 1886.


Daniel O’Reilly, seen here captaining Ireland, has signed a three-year deal with Fulham FC

Orchard’s O’Reilly rises Q

LOCAL soccer player, Daniel O’Reilly, who has been impressing with performances for Cherry Orchard’s underage sides in recent years, has taken the next step in his soccer career by signing for Premier League side, Fulham FC. His appearances for Cherr y Orchard, the DDSL select and Ireland, brought him to the attention of numerous football scouts, representing clubs throughout England and Scotland, and he was invited to visit their academies for trial.

Having visited ten clubs, one which came late in the day was Fulham FC. After his initial trial, the Cottagers showed great interest in Daniel, and invited him back for further trial. During the summer of 2010, Daniel was invited to travel with the Fulham Youth team to Porto, Portugal, as part of their pre-season training. Considering his age, at just 15 years old, Daniel clearly impressed Fulham enough for them to offer him a three-year contract. His parents, Michael and Sharon, visited Motspur Park, Fulham’s Senior

Athens, here we come: Local Special Olympic stars on way LORRAINE O’Halloran, from Palm-

erstown, seen here with teammate, Sandra Corr, from Coolock, were part of Team Ireland who departed for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens last week. A total of 126 athletes from Ireland will compete at these prestigious Games, which will run from June 25 to July 4. To follow Team Ireland’s progress at the Games, visit www.specialolympics. ie/athens.

and Academy training ground, in Surrey, to discuss his future with the club. The decision to sign was made immediately and without hesitation. “It was clear to us from Daniel’s first visit to Fulham that he was very much at home. The people there and the facilities were second to none,” said Michael. “The training ground is actually the original setting for the film Chariots of Fire, as it was an old athletics track. Fulham have transformed it into a state of the art training and medical facility, and all of their club

offices, including that of the manager and chief executive, are based there. Similar to Craven Cottage, the old charm has been retained, yet all of the modern facilities are in place. “We’re delighted that Daniel has been given this opportunity. It really is like a home from home for him. He is a very grounded lad, and he knows that the hard work still lies ahead for him.” Daniel started playing football with Ballyoulster United at the age of eight, where he showed signs of promise. He moved to Cherry Orchard for their Under-11 season, under

the stewardship of manager Glen Kelly. He quickly became a key member of what was to become one of the most successful Cherry Orchard schoolboy teams ever. Daniel went on to win three SFAI National Cups, three league cups, and three DDSL Premier league winners medals. His development with Cherry Orchard, led him to be selected for the DDSL team, which he captained to Kennedy Cup success. He has also represented his country at international level, playing and captaining, the Ireland’s U-15 and U-16 teams.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD LUCAN SARSFIELDS LUCAN Sarsfields continue their 125 celebrations with the launch of Na Sairsealigh Abu — 125 years of Lucan Sarsfields GAA club. on Saturday, June 25 at 9pm for the

and senior camogie team over Naomh

offical launch.


Players must be registered beforehand.

This was their ninth victory in a row

and 15 to 19t. Register online via web-

ning record. and 26. There was no winner. Next

Thanks to everyone who helped in

week’s jackpot is €2,000. Shay Hur-

LUCAN Sarsfields suffered another loss last week when they faced an in-form St Oliver Plunkett’s at Martin Savage Park in their AFL 1 tie. Sarsfields have struggled with the loss of eight experienced squad players to emigration this season. They have also missed some key footballers to injury, including former Dublin campaigner, Peter Callaghan. With a developing squad, Sarsfields had yet to find a win in their opening six games. After a rough start to the season, which saw them losing three of their four opening matches, St Oliver Plunkett’s seemed to have found their feet in the league, now winning three games on the bounce. Plunkett’s came

son’s team will be in charge next weekend.

particular, Johnny McCaffrey and

Do not forget you can always enter

Peter Kelly, on great performances in

our lotto online by clicking on www.

helping Dublin reach the Leinster hurl-

Well done also to Alison Twomey and

St Oliver Plunkett’s 0-20 Lucan Sarsfields 2-11 PETER CARROLL

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 10

Discount if done before June 30.

ing final.

back, let them in again. This time it was Brendan O’Neill who put the ball in the net. All of a sudden, it was a three-point game and, with the momentum Lucan had gained after netting twice in three minutes, the match was anyone’s to win. Despite being under pressure, Plunkett’s did well to pin back Sarsfields, who had the advantage of the wind in the closing minutes, and the two sides each tagged three points over before the match ended, the score 0-20 to2-13 in favour of the Castleknock side.

Clanna Gael Fontenoy. this year to maintain their 100%win-

Well done to Dublin hurlers and, in

second half well, scoring two quick points. Lucan retaliated by scoring three points of their own, before Plunkett’s pulled away, leaving a nine-point gulf between the sides at 0-17 to 0-8 with 15 minutes to go. Lucan’s hunger for the tie was still evident, shown when Stephen O’Shaughnessy drove the ball into the Plunkett’s net at the end of a well-engineered move that stemmed from a fumble in the Plunkett’s midfield. Straight from the kickout, Lucan won the ball in midfield and Plunkett’s, caught cold at the

8 football team on Saturday away to

July 4 to 8 and 11 to 15; August 8 to 12

recent clean up.

straight out of the gates from the throw in, putting the Lucan scoring zone under constant pressure, while the away side found it hard to get any possession of the ball. Scores from Adrian Darcy, Gareth Smith and Patrick Curtin gave the Navan Road side an early advantage, with Plunkett’s establishing a six-point lead before Sarsfields could put any scores on the board. Lucan then scored points of their own to reduce the distance between the two sides, as Stephen O’Shaughnessy in midfield started to put pressure on Plunkett’s Ross McConnell. The gulf between the sides was sizable coming into half time, with Plunkett’s matching Sarsfields’ scoring run to leave the half-time score at 0-12 to 0-5, with Lucan having it all to do in the second half. Plunkett’s started the

Two victories were notched up by the extremely talented Sarsfields’ Under-

Summer camps have been fixed for



Good win also by senior footballers in league over Oliver Plunkett’s ER,

week from Friday, June 24.

Lucan’s Savage season continues

Good wins by junior B hurlers and footballers in championship.

Everyone is welcome to the 12th Lock

Street league matches start this

Lucan Sarsfields’ footballers were unable to get their season on track despite a good performance

senior camogie team vs Kilkenny.

Mairi Moynihan who played for Dublin

Tickets also on sale in Carey’s Newsagents. Thanks to John Ryan, Accountant, who are this week’s sponsor.

ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN IT WAS with great sadness to all in

the-match, Liam Rushe, on their

St Pat’s when on Tuesday of last

fine win against Galway.

week word filtered through that

Tickets for next Sunday’s Leinster

one of our founding members and

football semi-final match against

club president, John Daly had lost

Kildare can be collected at the

his battle with illness.

clubhouse this Thursday from 7.30

To his wife Betty, sons John, James and Manus, and daughter Siobhan, we offer our sincere sympathy. Ar Dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis. Senior footballer s drew their league fixture at home to O’Toole’s, while juniors lost away to Ballinteer St John’s. Senior hurlers are at home on Saturday to Raheny at 6.30pm. Congratulations to the Dublin hurlers and to our St Pat’s man-of-

to 8.45pm. To visit our website, simply log on to Lotto: Numbers drawn were 9, 13, 19 and 29. There was no winner of the €8,000 jackpot. Match any three numbers winners were Johnny Foley and Tony Dowling and each receive €100. Next week’s jackpot is €8,200. Draw held each Sunday night at 10pm in the Palmerstown House.

WESTMANSTOWN GAELS/GARDA THE Intermediates drew with St

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Brigid’s 0-12 to 2-6 in league on Sun-

be made before end of July. Contact

day morning in Westmanstown. Next

Eugene O’Sullivan or Alan Lynch.

fixture is away to Naomh Mearnog on June 29 at 7.30pm. No luck this week for Junior 1s losing in championship to Kilmacud Crokes

Gaels’ U-9s beat Kilmacud Crokes at home, while the U-11s lost out to Lucan Sarsfields away in a close encounter.

and in the league to Parnell’s. Their

Westmanstown Gaels’ Buster draw

next fixture is away to Naomh Bar-

tickets are also on sale now too with

rog in league on June 28 at 7.30pm.

draw taking place on Family Fun Day

Good league win for Junior 2s over Good Counsel at Westmanstown on Sunday afternoon, 2-15 to 3-8. Next fixture is away to St Brigid’s in league on June 30 at 7.30pm. Training for all on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm.

on June 25 at 5pm. VHI Cul Camp is scheduled from July 4 to 8, for €55 per child. Please come out and support all our teams adult and juvenile. More information at http://www.


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A MAN-of-the-match performance from Liam Rushe helped see the Dublin hurlers through to this year’s Leinster Hurling Championship final last Saturday evening. The St Pat’s club man was in top form for the Dubliners as they saw off Galway 0-19 to 2-7 in the semi-final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Rushe was obviously delighted with the win when he spoke to GazetteSport, but is under no illusions when it comes to the challenges that lie ahead. “We knew it would be a massive challenge and it was. But we worked hard and we tackled well. We upped our game a level or two from the Offaly match and now we have to do the same again.” Rushe was outstanding when moved to centre back following an 11th-minute injury to Tomas

Brady. His performance, on his 21st birthday, was enough to earn him the RTE Man-of-the-Match award. He says that he was “happy enough” with his day’s work and that he wasn’t daunted by the positional switch. “I trained there in mid-week just in case. I have played there before and I’m comfortable with it.” Many felt that Galway were below par in the game, with the Tribesman shooting a large number of wides. Rushe feels that it was more a case of a good Dublin defensive performance. “They are far from being poor, they have quality players. Maybe they didn’t have the greatest of performances on the day but we put a lot of pressure on them. Maybe that contributed to the wides they had.” Galway dangerman Joe Canning seemed particularly quiet but the St. Patrick’s man is quick to defend his performance. “He’s

just back from injury and was maybe affected by his move out the field. His general play was good and he did get a cracking goal.” The work isn’t done yet though: “It’s not the be-all and end-all; we played well enough to win a Leinster semi-final but that wouldn’t win you a Leinster final. We have plenty of work to do.” They face a daunting challenge in Kilkenny in the July 3 decider. Rushe is acutely aware of magnitude of the task ahead: “It’s a massive challenge, every single one of their players is top-class. “We will have to set out our defence, mark them man-to-man and work hard. They’ve brought in some new lads this year like Cathal Kenny and Richie Hogan. And obviously Henry (Shefflin) is back.” Nonetheless, Rushe is looking forward to the game and is hopeful that Dublin can win the Leinster title.

Liam Rushe was the man-of-the-match as Dublin bested the Tribesmen at Tullamore last weekend


Rushe speeds Dubs into final


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