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Month XX, 2012 Lucan • Palmerstown • Celbridge • Leixlip • Adamstown • Dodsboro • Liffey Valley • ballyowen

OPINION: Are our local authorities in need of reform? Minister in charge Phil Hogan thinks so See Page 6


M&S strike: Council motion seeks to support workers’ campaign See Page 7

Bright sparks: Talent will out on DCU course students Ali Horan, Aisling


Sarsfields the Leinster leaders with league win Page 31


Roche strikes twice as Peas stay second Page 30

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Gannon, Hannah Murphy, Avril Hotlon and Orlaith Cullen celebrate at the Intel campus in Leixlip after they successfully completed an Intel-sponsored course at Dublin City University. The students completed the Centre for Talented Youth Engineering course, which supports the needs of young people with an exceptionally high academic ability, and bright and motivated students. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

Magnier and McManus new owners of St Ed’s 274-acre plot worth €4.3m is currently being used for farming

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The owners of Luttrellstown Castle, John Magnier and JP McManus, have been revealed as the buyers behind a multi-million

euro land acquisition at St Edmundsbury in Lucan. Chief executive of Luttrellstow n Castle and Country Club, Colm Hannon, said the land was currently being used for farming.

The 274-acre plot went up for auction at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley on September 26 and was sold for €4.3m to a buyer who at the time wished to remain anonymous. Speaking to The Gazette

this week, in relation to future use of the land, Hannon said: “Who knows what the future holds, we don’t really know what the future holds for anyone.” Full Story on Page 2

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Care centre complaints lead to staff suspensions  ian begley

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Twelve staff members at the Stewarts Care organisation in Palmerstown have been suspended following a series of allegations of neglectful and abusive practices made by student nurses who were on work placement. An investigation into the abuse allegations will commence over the standard of care provided to residents at the care facility for people with intellectual disabilities by nurses and care staff. According to newspaper reports the abusive incidents that are alleged to have occurred include clients being locked out of their bungalows, shower doors being left open while individuals were being showered, and service users being spoken of as if they were not present. Stewarts Care Ltd

Stewarts have informed the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the HSE of the reports of abusive incidents and 12 staff members have been suspended

has released a statement regarding the allegations, confirming that 12 staff members were suspended with full pay in order to facilitate an investigation. “Stewarts received reports at the end of November from student nurses containing obser-

vations that indicated concerns around some practices in relation to the delivery of services to service users in our residential services,” said a spokesperson in the statement. The care facility said the parents of service users identified in the reports have been contacted and the issue discussed with them. Stewarts has since informed the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the HSE of the reports and is working with HIQA to advance an investigation. An external investigation is in progress and further actions will be based on the outcome of this. “In this context 12 staff members were placed off duty on full pay in order to facilitate the investigation. This in no way indicates any finding of fault against any member of staff,” said the Stewarts’ spokesperson. Speaking to the

Gazette, a spokesperson for HIQA said that in situations such as this they would conduct an inspection into the practices and regulations of a care facility and publish a report on their website. “Concerns are brought to us all the time in relation to types of care provided. It could be a breach in regulations or standards; it could be everything from room sizes not being big enough to physical abuse,” said the spokesperson. “We basically risk assess and we decide what we do in terms of inspecting a place. We go and interview staff, we interview relatives, and we interview residents.” Siobhan Kane of Inclusion Ireland told the Gazette that families and people who use care services such as Stewarts tend to be very anxious and worried when allegations like this surface. She said: “An awful lot of trust is put into disabil-

ity service providers such as Stewarts and that trust is something that can be easily broken, but hard to fix.” Kane continued to say that Stewarts should “adequately communicate with families and people using its services, and let them know exactly what the situation is, what they’re doing to investigate it, what the process is and how people can contact them if they have any further concerns.” A spokesperson from the HSE confirmed that Stewarts Care informed the HSE and HIQA of the reports it received relating to the abuse allegations. “An investigation team was identified and the HSE has been briefed on their action plan. The HSE continues to be in close contact with Stewarts Care regarding this matter and acknowledges that the provider is working with HIQA to address all concerns raised,” said the spokesperson.

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charity Centre thanked for golf day funds

Hermitage gives €2k to Pieta House  ian begley

HERMITAGE Medical Clinic recently presented a cheque for €2,000 in aid of Pieta House after it organised a fundraising golf day in Hermitage Golf Club. The cheque was presented to Marie Peelo of

Pieta House by Hermitage Medical Clinic’s chief executive, Eamonn Fitzgerald, and Karen Walsh, marketing and communications manager. Speaking at the event, Peelo said: “I am delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of Pieta House and would like to thank

everyone in the Hermitage who made donations and those who participated in the golf outing.” Commenting on the presentation, Fitzgerald said: “Hermitage Medical Clinic is privileged to be able to support our community by assisting Pieta House in its excellent

work of helping people in distress.” Pieta House pro vides a free, therapeutic approach to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm. For further information on Pieta House’s services, see

Congrats: Award for her thesis JENNY Egan, a Lucan resident

and kayaker at the Salmon Leap Canoe Club, received an award for her thesis when she graduated with a bachelor of science first class honours degree in athletic therapy and training from Dublin City University. Jenny was presented with the Research Achievement Award 2013 by the programme’s chairperson, Dr Noel McCaffrey. He congratulated her for her meticulouslyresearched and presented thesis, which saw her as the clear winner for the top award.

exhibition: range of works go on show, sale

Brush up on art at a special fundraiser  ian begley

COMMUNITY Solidarity will host an art exhibition and sale in the Mucky Duck, Celbridge on December 14 from 1pm to 5pm. A range of artists has donated pieces of their work, which will be sold at a fraction of their usual price. They are doing this to make art more widely available to those who would not usually consider buying paintings, photography or sculpture work. Community Solidarity also intend to use the exhibition and sale as a way to promote their group and

to fundraise for next year’s local election campaign, where member Brendan Young will be running in the Celbridge/Leixlip ward in North Kildare. Speaking to The Gazette, Young said: “We’re hoping that the people [artists] will give an indication on the price that they would usually sell their pieces for and we’ll knock it down to try and make it affordable to people. “The group is a political campaigning group, some of whom are interested in art and are using an art sale as a fundraiser. “We are committed to fight for local services and an end to the unfair-

ness we now see on a daily basis. While top bosses get top-ups, ordinary people are taxed to the hilt and services are cut to the bone to pay the debts of speculator-bankers.” Attending the event from 3pm will be internationally-renowned artist Robert Ballagh, who is likely to talk about various subjects, including the links between art and social justice and politics. Ballagh, who was born in Dublin, is an artist, painter and designer, whose painting style is strongly influenced by pop art. He is particularly well known for his hyperealistic renderings of well-

known Irish literary, historical or establishment figures. The Community Solidarity group was formed in 2013 by activists of the Campaign Against the Home and Water Taxes living in Celbridge and Leixlip. They decided to broaden their activities and work with other likeminded groups to campaign against what they view as unfair taxes and to stop further cuts on living standards, health and welfare. For further information on the arts expedition and sale, see www.facebook. com/CommunitySolidarityNorthKildare.

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site Luttrellstown Castle owners are confirmed as buyers

St Ed’s lands to be used for farming THE owners of Luttrellstown Castle have been revealed as the buyers behind a multimillion euro land acquisition in Liffey Valley. John Magnier and JP McManus, owners of Luttrellstown Castle, have been confirmed as the buyers of land at St Edmundsbury. Colm Hannon, chief executive of Luttrellstown Castle and Country Club, said the land will be used for farming, but could not say what the future holds for the land. The 274-acre plot went up for auction at the Clarion Hotel in Liffey Valley on September 26, and was sold for €4.3 million to a buyer who wished to

remain anonymous, at the time. Speaking to The Gazette this week, Hannon confirmed that the Luttrellstown Castle group, which comprises Magnier and McManus, purchased the lands. As for what plans they have for the land, which has a special amenity order protecting it from any land development, Hannon said: “We are going to farm it. It will be arable farming [and used for] wheat, barley, potatoes – things like that.” There has been opposition to the sale of the land as it was feared the land would be rezoned and used for residential development. When asked if the group could alleviate any concerns that the

land would be developed, Hannon said arable farming is “what we are doing right now.” He said: “Well, we have a farming partner in there with us, so he will be farming it; that is what we are doing.” With regards to any possible plans to build a hotel or golf club on the land in the future, Hannon said: “It is hard to say what will happen. It went up for public auction and it was purchased and that is really it. “It will be farmed right now. Who knows what the future holds? We don’t really know what the future holds for anyone.” Cllr William Lavelle (FG) met Hannon on December 6, who told him that the St Ed’s lands

The 274-acre plot of St Ed’s lands that sold recently will be used to grow crops like wheat, barley and potatoes

had been acquired as a long-term investment, and that a local farmer had been appointed to manage and farm the lands. Hannon told Cllr Lavelle that the two houses

on the lands, which were occupied up until recent years, are to be refurbished. Cllr Gus O’Connell (Ind) said that “as a founding member of the Liffey Valley Park Alli-

ance, I give a cautious, though warm, welcome to the involvement of Luttrellstown Castle estate in St Edmundsbury Estate”. Joe Byrne, a member of Lucan Planning Council, said: “We want to protect

the land [from rezoning], but we have no problem with it [being used] for agriculture, and we would be prepared to cooperate with the new owners in how we can help them protect it.”




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Justin Looby with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald and (below) seven-yearold Hannah Looby, presents a bouquet of flowers to the Minister

Justin Looby with staff at the official opening of the newly rebranded Haven Pharmacy Loobys on Manor Road, Palmerstown

palmerstown: haven pharmacy Loobys offering a diverse range of products

Minister opens new pharmacy The newly refurbished Palmerstown pharmacy was recently launched by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald. Reynolds Pharmacy, which is located on Manor Road in Palmerstown, has introduced new health services, promotions and a vibrant new store to mark the launch of its newly named pharmacy, Haven Pharmacy Loobys. Haven Pharmacy is the new brand created by 45 members of a co-operative group of community pharmacies all over Ireland, employing over 100 pharmacists and a further 300 staff. Reynolds, an important focal point of Palmerstown community, is the first pharmacy in the country to undergo the Haven rebranding.

The pharmacy, operated in Palmerstown for over 12 years by Justin Looby and employing 12 people, will now be known as Haven Pharmacy Loobys. Haven Pharmacy Loobys offers a new and diverse range of products and services, including health screenings, promotions, and a unique and interactive store experience for the local community. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Dublin MidWest representative Frances Fitzgerald officially opened Haven Pharmacy Loobys at a launch attended by a number of Palmerstown and Dublin Mid-West residents. Commenting at the official launch, pharmacist Justin Looby said: “We have been present in Palmerstown for over a decade, meeting the

health needs of the people of the area. Under our new name, and with a fully refurbished pharmacy, we look forward to many more decades of valued service in the community. “We are delighted that so

macy approach, Mr Looby said: “For three years now, our pharmacy has been part of a co-operative group of community pharmacies sharing knowledge, best practice, buying power and the latest think-


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Justin Looby, pharmacist


many people turned-out for our official opening. It was a fun community day, and a chance for us to let people see the improvements we have made and what these will mean for their health needs.” Outlining the Haven Phar-

ing. “The group worked so well together that we began looking at ways we could offer further benefits to our customers. The result is the creation of a brand that people can instantly recognise, no matter where

they are in the country,” said Looby. Each Haven Pharmacy has been tailored for local needs, while also enabling Palmerstown residents to benefit from the shared knowledge, services and value offered by a national network of Haven pharmacies. Recent research by Behaviours and Attitudes found that Irish consumers place a strong value on a personalised pharmacy experience. Consumers are also seeking an increase in self-care and self-medication services, with more people turning to pharmacists in the first instance for healthcare advice and support. Looby said he was “retaining all the very best of what the people of Palmerstown have come to expect from us,

with some great new enhancements like health screenings, outreach talks in the community, and in-store health presentations.” “I am really looking forward to the times ahead,” he said. Speaking at the official opening, Frances Fitzgerald TD is Minister for Children & Youth Affairs said: “I am delighted to officially open this Haven Pharmacy here in Palmerstown. This is already a well-established local business serving the needs of the community. I wish the pharmacy all the very best for the future.” The Haven Pharmacy brand roll-out will continue across the country over the coming months. Contact: Haven Pharmacy, Loobys, 42 Manor Road, Palmerstown. Ph. 6264574

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opinion Phil Hogan on the Local Government Reform Bill

Abolish outdated institutions

THE Local G ove r n m e n t Bill 2013, currently before the Dail, implements the reforms in the Action Programme for Effective Local Government, Putting People First, which outlined the rationale for reform and a vision for local government to be utilised as effectively as possible as the primary vehicle for governance and public

service locally. The Bill addresses fundamental weaknesses and brings renewal across the entire local Government system – its structures, functions, funding, governance and operational arrangements. This piece concentrates on structural reform, which has gained much media attention due partly to a campaign by some local politicians to save

their seats in the guise of defending local democracy and services. The hollowness of the “democracy” slogan is exposed by the fact that the 744 town councillors, who comprise 46% of all councillors, represent only 14% of the population – an imbalance that is aggravated by the fact that “the 14%” have double votes, and two sets of councillors.

As regards local services, the 80 town councils, which comprise more than 70% of local authorities, account for less than 7% of local authority activity measured by expenditure. No wonder the “save our seats” campaign garnered little, if any, support during its passage at Dail Second Stage [voting]. We tend to be changeaverse in relation to public institutions, but, in considering the status quo in local government, we need to reflect on questions such as: • Does it serve the people well that we have a town council for 15 towns with a population of fewer than 2,000 people, while a number with more than 10,000 people do not? • Why do residents living inside a boundary line have a town council, while those in the suburbs of the same town, but outside an outdated boundary, must deal with the county council? • Does it make sense that town councils operate like “islands”, separate from their wider hinterlands? • Does it serve a useful purpose that some town councils, which owe their existence to 160-year-old legislation, have virtually no functions? The current multiplicity of authorities involves massive duplication which must be eradicated, not expanded. More significant than the reduction of nearly 700 council seats is the fact that the Bill will result

in 83 fewer local authority structures, annual budgets, reports, audits, corporate plans, development plans, elections, and various other processes. The “83” figure only counts local authorities, and does not capture the full extent of administrative and political streamlining. More than 190 separate organisations are being dissolved, including 34 city and county development boards, 35 county enterprise boards, eight regional authorities, and more than 30 other local bodies dealing with matters such as burials, drainage, libraries and harbours. This excludes some other subsidiary local bodies, committees and sub-committees. It is an unprecedented elimination of unnecessary duplication, bureaucratic structures and administrative overhead. The administrative staff released [by these eliminations] will be put to more productive use in advancing sustainable social, economic and environmental development, ensuring the best possible local services, and to enhance the quality of life of local communities. However, the reform programme is not primarily about dissolutions. The merging of six city/ county councils into unified authorities in Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford is well advanced and bearing fruit. The 80 town councils will be replaced by a more

Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Picture: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

coherent and comprehensive system of municipal districts, integrated with the county structure, unlike the duplicative, standalone town councils. With almost 70 statutory functions listed in the Bill for municipal district level, county council decisions on local matters will be brought closer to local communities, freeing plenary meetings of local issues. This is recognised in a recent Council of Europe report which, contrary to some misleading comments, specifically endorsed the changes at sub-county level and, far from criticising the Bill – as some have tried to imply – welcomed the overall action programme. The Bill will strengthen local government functions, especially in economic and community

development, reversing a decades-long trend of marginalisation, and repositioning local government away from some traditional functions. Local government will be more financially stable, self-reliant and responsible with the restoration of independent revenueraising powers. Outdated structures and practices have not served local government well. The Reform Bill opens a new future for local government, increasing its capacity to play a wider role, with public confidence in its ability to be the primary vehicle of public service at local level and a major force in enhancing the quality of life of all our communities.  phil hogan Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government

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council Emergency motion to support workers’ campaign

One-day strike hits Liffey Valley M&S  ian begley

A LOCAL politician has tabled an emergency motion for South Dublin County Council’s monthly council meeting to support the Marks and Spencer (M&S) workers in their campaign for fair wages, pensions and working conditions. One-day strikes at the M&S outlet in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre went ahead this week in response to a unilateral decision by management to close the workers’ pension schemes, cut Sunday and premium pay rates, and to let go a number of managers. SIPTU and Mandate

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workers at six Dublin M&S stores, including those at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, downed tools for the day on Saturday, December 7 to express their opposition, which has seen all contributions to the scheme stopped and other benefits cut by the company since October 31. Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF), who tabled the emergency motion, said: “M&S is a profitable company. They are not in difficulty. “Their proposal to cut wages and pension entitlements and to introduce redundancies has nothing to do with saving jobs.

“The company are cynically using the fragile state of the retail sector to drive down labour costs and increase profits.” SIPTU members in M&S voted for industrial action last month through a series of oneday stoppages, approving such action for December 7, 12 and 20. SIPTU organiser Neil McGowan said: “SIPTU represents approximately 140 workers employed in M&S stores across the Dublin area. “The workers are disgusted at the decision of the management of M&S to close their defined benefit pension scheme on October 31 without

discussion or agreement with the union.” Cllr Emer Higgins (FG) said: “it’s particularly inconvenient for shoppers and consumers, and people who are relying on M&S for things like Christmas turkeys. “Ultimately, I hope that it’s brought to a satisfactory conclusion – one that management and employees agree upon. From a consumer point of view, it’s regrettable when strikes come into force.” An M&S spokesperson said that Marks and Spencer has had to make some “very difficult decisions” to protect the long-term good of their

Workers at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre’s M&S outlet joined striking colleagues, such as those at the picket line at the M&S Dundrum outlet, above, to hold a oneday strike recently – the first in a series of planned stoppages

business in the Republic of Ireland. T he spokesperson said: “We have engaged fully and fairly with the unions throughout the entire process, and it is unacceptable for them to mislead our employ-

ees and customers in this way in order to gain support for this disruptive strike action. “We are willing to restart talks as soon as possible with regards to the additional changes that we need to make to

protect our business for the future, and to discuss compensation in lieu of the closure of the defined benefit pension scheme. “The sooner the unions accept this and re-engage with us, the better it will be for all concerned.”

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Dave from Dave’s Jungle with his crocodile

Isobel, Abbie and Anna Doherty. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Animal crackers


HERE was great interest in the official opening of Maxi Zoo in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre recently, which saw a family fun day to herald the opening of the 15th outlet in the chain, which created 15 jobs. Lots of children came along to the opening, which gave them the chance to meet lots of

colourful creatures, under the watchful eye of the expertly-trained staff and special guests on the day. While some children were happy just to have their faces painted, many others were delighted to meet snakes, lizards and other reptiles, while adults browsed the dizzying range of goods to help care for any pet.

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Sean Munsanje and Nadia Forde were amongst those who attended the Strictly Come Dancing event. Pictures: Richie Stokes

OBBY Kerr and Mary Buckley were recently crowned the winners of Strictly Against Breast Cancer in the National Convention Centre. Many well-known faces were seen paired with volunteer supporters of Breast Cancer Ireland on the dance floor to raise funds for the

charity, including Nick Munier, Professor Arnie Hill, Triona McCarthy, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor (FG), Sean Munsanje and Siobhan O’Connor. The competition was judged by publisher Norah Casey, tailor Louis Copeland and rugby commentator Brent Pope.

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what’son lots of fun for families at farmleigh over christmas

Sisters Cecilia Ahern and Georgina Byrne at The annual Cari charity lunch at The Four Seasons Hotel

fundraiser: well-known faces attend lunch in aid of children’s charity

Showing they care to help support CARI’s work  natalie burke

SOME of the most glamorous and stylish ladies of Dublin were out in force in recent weeks in an effort to help raise much needed funds for the CARI foundation. The charity, which works to support children who have suffered from sexual abuse, held its annual Christmas lunch at The Four Seasons on Friday, November 29, which was hosted by Miriam Ahern. The fashionable event, which raises in excess of €40,000 annually, began with a champagne reception and was

followed by a four-course lunch. During lunch, guests were entertained by The Halleluiah Gospel Choir and Karl Dawson, while TV3’s Alan Hughes was MC for the event. Other guests in attendance on the day included Georgina Byrne, Cecelia Ahern, Jane Given and RTE’s Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh. Carmel Breheny from M&S also attended the event, along with Dublin Wives star Virginia Macari, Tracey Pigott, Gary Kavanagh, Sean Munsanje and designer Sorcha O’Raghallaigh, to name but a few. Guests didn’t walk away empty

handed as they received packed goody bags with treats from TanOrganic, a Cecelia Ahern book, and a Newbridge Silverware Christmas tree decoration. A fun-filled raffle concluded the afternoon and guests moved on to continue the celebrations.

Important Following the event, Mary Flaherty, chief executive of CARI, said that fundraising events, such as its Christmas lunch, are more important than ever, “[especially] in the current recession where every year state funding to charities is reducing”.

On such funding, she said it “is cut by more than 15% on three years ago, and that represents a lot of lost therapeutic hours with families and employment in our organisation. “Most would be shocked to know that statutory and voluntary services for children aged from two to 18 are significantly less than those available to adults, and yet these services are being cut on the same basis as welldeveloped adult services.” It was hoped that in excess of €15,000 would be raised at the recent lunch, which will be used to help CARI maintain its level of services.

CHRISTMAS at Farmleigh is full of great, free events for all the family this year. The festive celebrations have already begun and continue until December 22. The Christmas Food Market is running in Farmleigh’s farmyard from 10am until 5pm and storytelling for children is on at The Old Kitchen, with carols to be sung in the ballroom. There will also be a festive crib set up outdoors, and a magic show for the children in the Cowshed Theatre, starting at 12pm, with halfhour shows continuing all day until 4pm. On Sunday, December 15, a puppet show called Mr Cool’s Muppet Christmas, in the Cowshed Theatre runs from 12pm to 4pm, while horse and carriage rides are available for people to experience Farmleigh Estate in style from 1pm to 4pm. The shows and activities continue throughout the Christmas period. For a full list of what’s on at Farmleigh, see


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feature a day in the life: Leo Oosterweghal

Zoo’s director on its roaring success  natalie burke

There’s no time for any monkeying about in his job, as Leo Oosterweghal, Dublin Zoo’s director, has a busy and diverse workload every day caring for the animals

ANYONE with a pet knows that taking care of an animal can be a lot of work, but if you were to try your hand at looking after more than 400 animals, it would be a totally different story. However, for Leo Oosterweghal, Dublin Zoo’s director, taking care of so many animals is his whole life. With his house located on the grounds of the zoo, and his office just 100 metres from home, Leo is on call 24 hours a day, but says he wouldn’t change a

thing. He says: “I live in the zoo in a beautiful old house and, because I live on site, I’m always working. My phone is always on; I’m always on call.” On a typical morning, Leo says he is woken by his pet cat, looking for breakfast. After finishing his first task of the day, he checks his emails before setting off for the short stroll to his office. “Occasionally, I am delayed if there are animals crossing ... animals have the right of way in the zoo.

“My day can start at any time. We have four pregnant elephants at the moment, so there is a lot of activity. My [busy] day’s activities are always pencilled in. “In the morning, I could be sitting down with somebody in marketing to proofread Zoo Matters [Dublin Zoo’s magazine]. “Next, I could be meeting with an engineer – we’re in the middle of an amazing new development of a fantastic habitat for sea lions, called The Pacific Coast.” Later in the morning,


‘The sounds of the zoo are incredible. I couldn’t sleep when the elephants were mating.’


Leo Oosterweghal, director, Dublin Zoo


Leo often has meetings with the human resources department of the zoo, or could be meeting with the team that films The Zoo for RTE. In the afternoon, Leo makes important phone calls, one of which is to a design company in Seattle who is helping with the landscape design of The Pacific Coast. “Every day is different, and you never know what’s going to happen next. My lunchtime and finishing time is flexible, as you never know what could happen.” When he gets home in the evening, he likes to relax by the fire and take in all of the noises of the zoo at night. “The sounds of the zoo are incredible. I couldn’t sleep when the elephants were mating; it went on for days. It was extraordinary! But I don’t usually find it difficult to sleep; it’s fascinating to hear the animals.” For Leo, the highlight of his working day is seeing Dublin Zoo growing and developing. “It’s getting better and better. It’s not a short-term highlight, it’s a high. We are always doing new things and have doubled our visitors in the past ten years. We are a success story.”

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RTE TV children’s presenter Emma O’Driscoll was joined by Juliette and Isabelle Guilmartin to officially launch this year’s UNICEF and IKEA soft toy fundraising campaign, in a bid to help education programmes in the developing world

Help UNICEF make a UNICEF Ireland and IKEA in Dublin have once again launched their annual soft toy campaign. For every IKEA soft toy and children’s book purchased from now until January 4, IKEA will donate one euro to education programmes worldwide, supported by UNICEF. The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started in 2003, donations from the annual campaign have totalled €57m, helping more than 10 million children in 46 countries to enjoy their right to a quality educa-

tion. Peter Power, executive director at UNICEF Ireland, said: “Thanks to the incredibly generous support of IKEA and their customers who buy a soft toy in the run up to Christmas, we are closer to our goal of getting every child in the world to school.”

walk to honour peggy mangan A SPECIAL commemorative fundraising walk is being organised in memory of Peggy Mangan, who died in September. Friends and family set up the Peggy Mangan Foundation and will raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, and missing persons in Ireland, by

retracing the same route that the Alzherimer’s sufferer took with her loyal dog, Casper, from Mount Jerome to Ikea in Ballymun, where her body was found on waste ground. Gardai and members of the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team, the Order of Malta and the Civil Defence are all supporting the walk, which takes place on Saturday, December 14. Participants will leave at 12 midday and make their way to Harold’s Cross and on to Ikea in Ballymun. People can join or leave the walk at any stage along the route, and all pets are welcome, too. Those wishing to take part in the Walk for Peggy

can do so by downloading www.peggymangan. ie and registering to get sponsor cards.

be smart about not losing your flash phone WITH more than 12,000 mobile phones reported stolen in the last year, worth an estimated €5m in total, Gardai are warning people to be smart with their phones in the run up to Christmas. T h e f i g u r e s we r e revealed by An Garda Siochana in recent weeks in an effort to promote a range of measures people can take to reduce the chances of their phones being stolen. Sgt Alan Roughneen, of the National Crime

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difference for children’s education Prevention Unit, said: “Mobile phone theft is on the rise as gangs target high-value smartphones. “These are expensive items, and people should take the same care of them as they would any item that costs up to €500 and more. Smartphone owners need to be more vigilant, particularly when we are coming into a time of the year when they are more likely to be socialising.” For tips and advice on reducing the chances of phone theft, see www.

new campaign to help support alzheimer’s THIS Christmas, the Alzheimer Society of

Ireland is giving you the opportunity to share your memories of a loved one affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia and to thank them for all the great memories you share. The Christmas Memory Ribbon Campaign invites members of the public to create a virtual ribbon with your own message and donation and hang it on their online Memory Ribbon Christmas Tree at Alternatively, you can call into one of the daycare centres nationwide and pick up a Memory Ribbon luggage identifier or trolley coin keyring. All donations made will go directly to services provided by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, which

providess a range of specialist services across the country such as day-care centres, home-care services, carer support groups, overnight respite centres, social club services and a national helpline.

quiff-tastic fun for cecelia and amanda IT SEEMS someone has a bit of hair envy, but Cecelia Ahern isn’t one to not help a lady out. Malahide resident and author Cecelia took to her Twitter page last week to share an amusing photo of herself and Amanda Brunker donning what looked like some windswept hair, while a giggling Cecelia was laughing under her hand.

Amanda Brunker and Cecilia Ahern are hair to have a little fun on Twitter

Fellow author and TV personality Amanda first posted the picture of herself with a homemade

quiff, teasing Cecilia’s new barnet, and asking Cecilia on her Twitter page: “How’s your quiff

now?” Re-Tweeting the same picture, Cecilia took to her page to say: “Hey Amanda, for all spiffing

quiff enquires contact Dylan Bradshaw aka The Quiff King.” Nice plug, eh Dylan?!

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this clever young dog is looking for a loving new home The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Roxy, an adorable one-year-old female Collie cross. Roxy is a super intelligent dog and has already mastered many commands, such as “paw”, “sit” and “down”. She has also been muzzletrained and loves T-touch relaxation techniques! She can be quite a worried young dog, so would need an understanding home, with no other dogs or children. If you think you can offer Roxy a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on www. You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE

An apple-ing pair at The Gaiety ... Snow White ((Megan Cassidy) and the Prince (David Glynn-Crowley) are just two of the dozens of characters treading the boards in a wide range of pantos across the city this Christmas, with classic tales and some imaginative reboots giving audiences lots of choice. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

families: there are lots of pantos for us all to enjoy (oh yes there are!)

Magic, music and mayhem  laura webb

HE’S behind you! Oh no he’s not! Oh yes, panto season is here again with the best and brightest productions coming to a town near you. It’s the time of year that kids of all ages love, and that means going to your local or city theatre to see a pantomime production during the festive season. From Snow White to Cinderella, and from spotting Red Riding Hood to seeing Jedward in Beauty and the Beast, there is a pantomime for everyone. This week, The Gazette looks at what stories theatres are showcasing on over the coming weeks. Red Riding Hood is starring at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, with a produc-

tion by Causeway Productions. Red is off on her latest adventure ... but who is going to protect her from the Big Bad Wolf? Well, in this story, her protector is a tall, over-confident woman with no fashion sense, that’s who! There are mad panto capers for all the family in this show, which runs from December 23 until January 5. All tickets cost €10. For further information, see Cinderella, the panto by Coolmine Panto Group, graces the stage of Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown from January 3 until January 19. Experience the magic of this spellbinding story that has captivated audiences for generations. The group will tell this story in true panto style,

bringing smiles to audience faces, and maybe even some tearful laughing. For further information on the show, see The Cheerio’s Panto is back for a 17th year and is putting on its own rendition of Jack and the Beanstalk. This panto stars TV3 presenter Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausage, Rob Murphy as Outrageous Buffy, model Nadia Forde as The Fairy, singer/model Michele McGrath as Jill, actor Sean Casey as Jack and actor Bryan Murray as the Evil Baron. For ticket information see Meanwhile, Lucan twins John and Edward Grimes – better known as Jedward – are back at the Olympia Theatre for a run of their very own panto, Jedward in Beauty and the Beast.

They will be at the renowned theatre from December 18 until next January 5, with tickets for this show on sale via Ticketmaster. Over the past 140 years, the people of Dublin have enjoyed pantomimes at The Gaiety Theatre in the city centre. This Christmas, The Gaiety Panto is bringing the story of Snow White to life. Curtains for this show have already opened, and it is due to run until January 12. Tickets for the show are available through Ticketmaster, with further information about The Gaiety to be found at So, over the festive season, why not take time out of the mad Christmas rush to go and see one, if not all of these pantomimes?

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Don’t forget to visit Santa in his Magical Toy Workshop at Blanchardstown Centre

shopping: the only trip you need this season

Loving Christmas at Blanchardstown Centre Love Christmas? Well then you will love Christmas at Blanchardstown Centre, the only trip you will need this festive season. Situated in the heart of Dublin 15 and just off the M50, Blanchardstown Centre has gifts that delight, toys that thrill, party wear that dazzles and that something special that sparkles, whatever you have on your Christmas list, for you, for her or for him – you will find it all at Blanchardstown Centre. Spend half the day shopping for special gifts, then take a little time out at one of the many delicious eateries located throughout the centre to re-energise for some more shopping in the afternoon, or during the late night shopping nights. Not only are there tons of shops to enjoy, you could also take some well deserved time out to catch up with some

festive movies at the cinema. The kids will really want to go shopping this December to visit Santa and his Magical Toy Workshop, who will be there until December 24. Looking for the perfect gift? Give the gift of shopping with a Blanchardstown Centre gift card which is available at the customer service desk. Another reason for going to Blanchardstown Centre is parking is completely free so you can shop till you drop in over 180 stores and not worry about how much change you need for parking. Stores and restaurants include: Debenhams,

M&S, BT2, Penneys, Dunnes Stores, French Connection, Superdry, H&M, Topshop, River Island, Oasis, Warehouse, TK Maxx, Compu B, Aldo, Zara, Harvey Norman, Currys/PC World, DFS, Milano, Nandos, Captain Americas, Wagamama and many more! You’ll find everything you need for a perfect

Christmas at Blanchardstown Centre so make Blanchardstown Centre the number 1 choice for shopping this Christmas. For information on Christmas opening times visit the new website at and their Facebook and Twitter pages for more details.

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purchase for those close to you. Whether it is for a colleague in work, a relative or your significant other, a gift is always the perfect way to say you care. The Gazette always wants to make life a little easier for its readers, so here are some of the many gifts that are available in stores across Dublin or for easier access – online. Happy Shopping everyone!

Barry’s Tea gets all dressed up IRELAND’S favourite tea has dressed up in honour of the man of the moment. Barry’s Tea also surveyed Irish people to see how they like their ‘Tea at Christmas’. Over 50% have loved-ones currently living abroad and 40% of people surveyed will be sending tea to places like Australia and Asia to give their friends and family a taste of home. This Christmas, ‘Santa’s Tea’ will be available in all major stores from the start of December, making it the ideal gift to send to loved ones or to pop in a stocking for the tea-aholic this Christmas. 62% of people said that their favourite cup of tea to drink on Christmas Day is the cup they have when opening presents with the family. 38% said that their favourite tea-time was while enjoying turkey and ham sandwiches on Christmas evening. ‘Santa’s Tea’ is available nationwide in all major shops for the month of December and is also available from the Barry’s Tea online shop.

Sony Wireless Speakers €184 AquaBabies swimming classes IF you have any new parents on your list we have the perfect present for them that will teach both parents and their baby a life skill that can’t be unlearnt. AquaBabies run baby swimming classes in venues around Dublin all year long and have very cute vouchers available for purchase over the phone or on their website for that perfect Christmas present for the new parent in your lives. For further information see or contact Deirdre Casey at AquaBabies on 087 622 3300 or Jill O’Herlihy, OHC, on 087 795 7717.


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Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Christmas Tale THE Irish National Youth Ballet bring together very diverse stories and music to create these striking works, which feature superb scores and dancing from the country’s best young ballet dancers. Performances run from December 12 to 15; tickets priced from €10 to €20. For full details, see

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Big Big Trouble with The Santa Claus Double RUNNING right now until December 23, there’s everything from a memorable dame to an evil double of Santa Claus to cheer (or boo) in this entertaining Christmas romp for the family to enjoy, with music, song, and plenty of excitement. For the full range of times and prices, see

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 Dublin Gospel Choir

IRELAND’s best-known gospel choir have a terrific and diverse night of music ahead, making their Friday the 13th gig a very lucky experience for the audience. Hear their toe-tapping renditions of a wide range of Gospel, RnB and Soul songs at 8pm, with tickets priced €17/€15 conc for the 90-minute concert.

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Reach for the Stars 2013 THE Norma Breen Theatre School present a great evening of entertainment from its young stars and a number of celebrity guests. With its first night already sold out, tickets priced €22.50 are selling fast for the Sunday, December 15 show at 6pm, which is a great showcase for the young theatre school’s stars, and also in aid of The LauraLynn Foundation, with the children’s hospice a worthy cause to support.

The Kid (Selena Gomez) and Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) gamely do their best with Getaway’s underwhelmingly dull plot – however, audiences are likely to sport the very same glum expressions if they make it to the end of the film ...

film of the week: getaway slams the brakes on an entire cinema genre

Endless bad car chases soon turn into a crashing bore ... S TA R R I N G E t h a n H aw ke a n d S e l e n a Gomez, Getaway has to be the most surprising cinema release of 2013 – not because it defies any film conventions, but, rather, because it repeats them to the point of complete absurdity. The story is quickly established: it is Christmas time and Brent Magna (Hawke), a gruff ex-racing car driver who is down on his luck, returns home to find his house ransacked and his wife missing. A mysterious caller (Jon Voight, credited as “The Voice”) commands him to steal a Mustang car, and then tells him to follow all instructions – failure to do so means Mrs Magna will die. Selena Gomez (cred-

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ited as “The Kid”), a petulant rich girl who owns the Mustang, tries to steal it back from Magna and ends up being dragged along as an unwilling passenger for the film, which for the most part, is composed of connected car chases. The Voice remains a mystery to both the onscreen characters and the viewer. We are only treated to close shots of his lips curling into a cruel smile, greedily gulping some slick

cocktail, or mercilessly devouring olives as he torments Magna in a vaguely Germanic drawl; no doubt calling from the untraceable number in the VIP section of one of those high-class and decadent clubs that villains frequent ... Magna has absolutely no character development, he remains trapped in a state of perpetual anxiety, and each reckless request that The Voice makes is met with the briefest of resistance before he proceeds to careen the car down steps, through train stations, and across ice rinks in an attempt to keep his wife alive. The Kid eventually uses some of her computer knowledge to try to figure out what the

master plan is. Cue some more filler chase scenes, a turningpoint scene where they briefly step out of the car before getting back in it, and a climactic chase scene. So much focus is given to metal-on-metal crashing that the only empathy a cinema audience could have with the characters on screen stems from the shared experience of being trapped in a seat while forced to endure something terrible. There seems to be little CGI used, which is noteworthy, but the elements of the chases that are impressive are drowned

out by the sheer inanity of watching so much action that, more often than not, is very clunky. The webcams mounted inside the car by The Voice are spliced into the movie as in-car shots, which is a novel editing approach that completely fails. Hawke and Gomez s e e m

struggle in the cinema – even if you’re hungry for a mindless, fun action movie, there’re so many that already do the job better that I’m not sure the traditional “leave your brain at the door” approach would have any beneficial effect. Getaway is one step beyond that – the title needs to be read as a warning.

Verdict: 2/10

powerless to do any thing with the script. Undoubtedly, there’s an audience for every film, but this one will

Up, up, and awayyyy ... The Mustang makes a dash for freedom – no such luck for audiences

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Peugeot 2008 wins top writers’ award

An early look at the new Mercedes-Benz GLA class, set to be launched on Irish roads in February/March next

Motors: upgraded classics and new models on the way

Mercedes-Benz set for exciting new looks  cormac curtis

MERCEDES -BENZ have been surprising the motoring public in recent years with new and exciting models, as well as unexpected facelifts on some old favourites. There are more surprises in store for 2014, and, here, we profile the pick of the bunch.

Edition C From Januar y, the C-Class saloon comes under the new moniker, Edition. Equipped with a range of AMG enhancements, it carries a range of extras worth some €4,500

– but which will come at no extra cost – including AMG body styling in front and rear aprons, and side sill panels on Avantgarde models. Other features include, 17-inch light alloy wheels – highlighted in highgloss black, dark-tinted headlamps and chromed exhaust pipe ends. Interior changes include new sports seats covered in Artico leather upholstery, with fibre inlays and contrasting top stitching, matching door panels and gear selector. Other features include a luxury nappa leather four-spoke steering wheel

with 12-function buttons, dark aluminium trim, a multifunction colour infotainment display set within the instrument cluster, black fabric headlining, velour floor mats with contrasting topstitching and split folding rear seats.

S-class From the new year, it is expected that demand for the new S-class will continue to exceed the volumes allocated to the Irish market, due to worldwide demand for the new S-class running in excess of production capacity.

GLA class February/March will see the launch here of the all-new GLA class. Built on the same A-class and CLA-class platform, the compact SUV will take its place alongside its more established off-road siblings. Things to watch for will be its rugged appearance, set off by a power domed bonnet, dropping roofline and towering 20in wheels (optional). As with the A-class and CLA before it, the GLA will be offered in a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with transmission that includes the

Mercedes-Benz 4-Matic all-wheel-drive system.

Mid-late 2014 Looking ahead, and the all-new C-class range will make its first appearance on Irish roads in summer, while in or around the third quarter will see the arrival here of the new S-Coupe. With all these new models, the full prices, specifications levels, arrival sequencing and final model line-ups will be announced at the time of their launch, making 2014 another year of note for Mercedes-Benz.

THE newly launched Peugeot 2008 compact crossover was recently awarded the Continental Irish Small Car of the Year 2014 award by the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association. Des Cannon, managing director, Gowan Distributors, said: “The Peugeot 2008 is a terrific car. It’s stylish, it’s roomy and of course it’s economical. We are truly delighted with the Irish Small Car of the Year 2014 award, and I wish to thank the Irish Motoring Writers’ Association for recognising the unique qualities of the new Peugeot 2008.” He was joined by Amanda Brunker, Peugeot Brand Ambassador, to help celebrate the top award for the Peugeot 2008, which retails from €18,595 plus dealer delivery-related charges.

asdfeasfasd Des Cannon, managing director, Gowan Distributors with Amanda Brunker, Peugeot Brand Ambassador

volkswagen donate caddy maxi to help cancer charity: THE Marie Keating Foundation has agreed a new sponsorship deal with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, and picked up the keys to a Caddy Maxi van to help with its cancer support and information services. Niall Philips, head of sales and marketing,

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “We are delighted to support the foundation as we recognise the vital work that they carry out every day around the country. “We wish them well in the year ahead and we hope that by providing the Caddy Maxi, we can contribute to the work they carry out and provide support to those who need it.”

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trail: world heritage sites highlight lovely settings and friendly people

Celebrating Spain’s rich historical treasures  hiromi mooney

THERE are three things I love to do on my travels: see breathtaking sights, learn about local history and immerse myself into the local culture. A recent trip to visit three of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Spain ticked all of these boxes for me, but what really amazed me was seeing how the old buildings and modern lifestyle were in harmony in these cities. My journey began in the rustic city of Alcala de Henares, just 15km away from Madrid-Barajas Airport. The city was the world’s first planned university city, and was considered to be “the City of God”, due to it being recognised as the city of knowledge. Here, the University of Alcala was founded in 1499 by the Franciscan, Cardinal Cisneros, and was the first modern-age university. The city thus became a model for other education centres across Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. The city is also famous

for being the birthplace of one of Spain’s most celebrated writers, Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), whose work includes his novel, Don Quixote. The house where he was born is now a museum and, while it has mostly been reconstructed, it still boasts its original 16th century basement. Cer vantes is still remembered in the city, as the Spanish king Juan Carlos I has been presenting the annual Cervantes Prize at the university to recognise contributions made to Spanish literature. The ceremony is held every year in April to coincide with the anniversary of Cervantes’ death, and prize winners’ names are displayed on a university wall. A visit to The Universes of Cervantes visitor centre helps to understand the importance of Cervantes. The centre opened in 2005 in the former Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, in which Cervantes was baptised, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Don Quixote’s first part-edition.

It features an exhibition hall, the baptismal font of Cervantes, and the 19th century Santa Maria Tower offering a panoramic view of the city – but first, you have to climb more than 100 steps to see it. The next stop, almost 150km away, was the beautiful walled city of Avila – the highest city in Spain. The old city is surrounded by a high defensive wall 1.5 miles long, which has 88 solid towers and nine official gates, each with a different function. I also discovered that the Avila Cathedral apse serves as a turret for the wall. Behind the walls hides an enclosed city with narrow side-streets and many mansions and churches, creating the illusion that you’ve travelled back in time. Looking a little deeper, however, you’ll find bustling food markets, cafes and restaurants. My tour guide informed me that the wall was built in the 11th century to defend Avila and protect its people from invaders. She added that two sec-

The classically Spanish colours of brown, gold and sepia are beautifully offset by


‘The beautiful walled city of Avila – the highest city in Spain – is surrounded by a high defensive wall 1.5 miles long, which has 88 solid towers and nine official gates, each with a different function’ --------------------------------------------------------

tions on top of the walls are open to the public, being 1.5km and 300m in length, so of course, I wanted to test them out. We walked alongside the walls on the cobblestone pavements at night, and trekked the route on top of the walls the next morning. Both walks had breathtaking views, but the difference in lighting created completely different atmospheres. Avila is also famous for the 16th century saint, Santa Teresa, who reformed the Carmelite

Order. Best known for her writings and teachings, her relics are preserved to this day, making the city popular with pilgrims. It’s no wonder that Avila’s deep historical background helped it to be declared a World Heritage site in 1985. When we stopped for lunch, we shared the restaurant with a group of elderly men, who turned out to be professional cyclists enjoying an annual reunion. We couldn’t believe our luck when we discovered

that amongst them was Julio Jimenez, who finished in second place in the 1967 Tour de France. He kindly posed for some photos and happily shared a picture from when he competed in 1965. After we parted with the cyclists, we ventured to the final port of call, Salamanca. This university city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, and is today bustling with students. The University of Salamanca is one of the most important buildings in the city. It’s the oldest university in Spain, having been founded in 1218, and houses the oldest library in Europe, containing 60,000 books; 500 of which are first-editions. Salamanca is also famous for housing two adjacent cathedrals – one

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The legacy of acclaimed Spanish writer, Miguel de

Beatriz, a worker in a ham shop, echoed locals’ enthusiasm for the dizzying variety

Cervantes, looms large over Alcala de Henares

of meats for which Salamanca is renowned

the lush grass around the historic walls of Avila city

Romanesque, and one Gothic. A short stroll from the cathedrals led us to the beautiful, tranquil garden, Huerto de Calixto y Melibea. The name translates as “the Orchard of Calisto and Melibea” – two characters in the old Spanish novel, La Celestina, which has a similar storyline to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Because of this, the garden well has many signed padlocks locked on to it, left there by couples who sealed their love with them. Salamanca also boasts the 18th century main square, Plaza Mayor, in the heart of the city. Over time, it has been used for many purposes, including for markets, bull fighting and concerts. Today, it’s a popular meeting spot, and the

buildings are mainly used as student accommodation. An interesting place to visit in Salamanca is the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum in Casa Lis. Once a private palace with elaborate stained glass windows, this museum now exhibits 19 collections of almost 2,500 pieces of decorative art from the late 19th and early 20th century. The trip proved to me that there’s a lot more to Spain than sunshine and beaches. The inland cities of Alcala de Henares, Avila and Salamanca all retain their historic buildings, and yet modern life continues within them. Their historical and cultural contributions to Spain have truly made them the country’s treasures, and are well worth a visit.

Part of Cervantes Square, in Alcala de Henares

Part of the lovely and ornate exterior of Salamanca Cathedral

GETTING THERE: REACHING SPAIN’S HERITAGE TREASURES Hiromi flew with Iberia Express from Dublin to Madrid Barajas Airport. For flight details,

in use and to keep them maintained. As each Parador has been converted into


different old buildings, you are guaranteed a

To plan your own rustic experience in Spain,

unique experience as no two Paradors are


the same.

Where to stay

de Henares was a converted convent, once

To fully immerse yourself into rustic Spain,

known as the Santo Tomas de Aquino

and to truly appreciate the interconnection

Church, while the Paradors that she stayed

of old buildings and modern life, try staying at

in at Avila and Salamanca were converted

a Parador hotel.

“palacios”, or mansions.

The Parador that Hiromi stayed in Alcala

Parador is a chain of luxury hotels set up

For further information on the Parador

by the Spanish government in 1928, which

hotels, see, or see the site

A random encounter saw Spanish warmth and

uses refurbished old buildings, such as cas-

for the official Irish agents for Parador, Map

courtesy to the fore when Julio Jimenez, who finished

tles, palaces and monasteries, to keep them

Travel, at

in second place in the 1967 Tour de France, kindly presented the writer with an autographed photo

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NOTICE The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Pension Plan for Works Employees The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Pension Plan for Works Employees (“the Plan”) commenced winding-up with effect from 16 November 1996 and benefit payments – transfer payments, refunds or annuity purchases – were made on behalf of members following that date. The Trustees of the Plan are now ready to commence the final distribution of the resources of the Plan in order to conclude the wind-up. The Trustees are in the process of writing to individual members for whom they have addresses. To ensure that the Trustees records are fully up to date, persons employed prior to the wind-up date (i.e. 16 November 1996) and who had an entitlement to a benefit under the Plan, are requested to send particulars of their entitlement, together with their name and address, in writing, to the Trustees at the address below. The Trustees intend distributing the remaining assets of the Plan during December 2013 and January 2014 amongst those persons who had a benefit under the Plan at the wind-up date and where that benefit entitlement has been admitted by the Trustees. The wind-up of the Plan will then be completed without reference to any claims made or arising after that date. To be eligible for a benefit, a person must have been a member of the Plan at the wind-up date and have not previously withdrawn their contributions. Date:12 December 2013 The Trustees of The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Pension Plan for Works Employees c/o Mercer (Ireland) Limited, Charlotte House, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2.

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Semperit (Ireland) Limited Contributory Pension Plan for Staff

The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Pension Plan for Managerial Staff

The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Contributory Pension Plan for Staff (“the Plan”) commenced winding-up with effect from 16 November 1996 and benefit payments – transfer payments, refunds or annuity purchases – were made on behalf of members following that date. The Trustees of the Plan are now ready to commence the final distribution of the resources of the Plan in order to conclude the wind-up. The Trustees are in the process of writing to individual members for whom they have addresses.

The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Pension Plan for Managerial Staff (“the Plan”) commenced winding-up with effect from 16 November 1996 and benefit payments – transfer payments, refunds or annuity purchases – were made on behalf of members following that date. The Trustees of the Plan are now ready to commence the final distribution of the resources of the Plan in order to conclude the wind-up. The Trustees are in the process of writing to individual members for whom they have addresses.

To ensure that the Trustees records are fully up to date, persons employed prior to the wind-up date (i.e. 16 November 1996) and who had an entitlement to a benefit under the Plan, are requested to send particulars of their entitlement, together with their name and address, in writing, to the Trustees at the address below.

To ensure that the Trustees records are fully up to date, persons employed prior to the wind-up date (i.e. 16 November 1996) and who had an entitlement to a benefit under the Plan, are requested to send particulars of their entitlement, together with their name and address, in writing, to the Trustees at the address below.

The Trustees intend distributing the remaining assets of the Plan during December 2013 and January 2014 amongst those persons who had a benefit under the Plan at the wind-up date and where that benefit entitlement has been admitted by the Trustees. The wind-up of the Plan will then be completed without reference to any claims made or arising after that date.

The Trustees intend distributing the remaining assets of the Plan during December 2013 and January 2014 amongst those persons who had a benefit under the Plan at the wind-up date and where that benefit entitlement has been admitted by the Trustees. The wind-up of the Plan will then be completed without reference to any claims made or arising after that date.

To be eligible for a benefit, a person must have been a member of the Plan at the wind-up date and have not previously withdrawn their contributions.

To be eligible for a benefit, a person must have been a member of the Plan at the wind-up date and have not previously withdrawn their contributions.

Date:12 December 2013

Date: 12 December 2013

The Trustees of the Semperit (Ireland) Limited Contributory Pension Plan for Staff c/o Mercer (Ireland) Limited, Charlotte House, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2.

The Trustees of The Semperit (Ireland) Limited Pension Plan for Managerial Staff c/o Mercer (Ireland) Limited, Charlotte House, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2.



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FastSport lawrie unable to build on epic end to 2013:

Alan Brogan and Eamon Coghlan at the launch of last year’s GOAL mile with the help of and five year-old Rebecca Keenan from Cabinteely

athletics: A bit of pre-turkey exercise in aid of global development and aid

Put on your trainers for a mile for charity on Dec 25 Local sporting legends Leo Cullen, Alan Brogan and Eamon Coghlan have joined with Goal to help promote this year’s annual GOAL Mile events on Christmas Day. Athletics legend Sonia O’ Sullivan has also signed up to be part of this year’s GOAL Mile campaign as the event goes global. O’Sullivan, a longstanding GOAL patron has even agreed to lead the first ever mile in Melbourne, Australia. This is the first ever time in the 32-year history of the event that it will

be held in the southern hemisphere. Miles will also be held this year in New York and London and in more than 100 locations across Ireland. Among those locations is an array of locations across Dublin, which include meets at Skerries, Malahide Castle, and Morton Stadium in Santry. Carton House in Maynooth will host a Mile, as will Lucan Harriers athletics club, and Corkagh Park in Clondalkin is expecting to see valiant athletes out on December 25. Phoenix Park runners will meet at the

Papal Cross, while further south, runs will take place at Stradbrook Rugby Club and Kilbogget Park in Killiney. The GOAL Mile gives friends, family and neighbours the chance to simply run or walk a mile, and make a donation to GOAL. The popular fundraiser has grown and grown over the years, and is now an integral part of the Christmas period for thousands of people. Last year, GOAL Miles took place in 100 locations around Ireland and raised in excess of €158,000 for GOAL’s

programmes in the developing world. GOAL could not have done this without those who took part in and, in particular, those who organised Miles up and down the country. Your continued support is hugely appreciated as it helps GOAL to make a real difference in the 13 countries where we work. A full list of the locations where GOAL Miles are taking place, as well as more information about how to get involved, appears at Goal_Mile/731 and at www.facebook. com/events/547697598645102/

HAVING just about secured his playing card for the 2014 European Tour season, Castleknock’s Peter Lawrie’s tough start to the year continued as he missed a third successive cut last weekend. Rounds of 77 and 70 saw him miss out at the Hong Kong Open while a week earlier he missed out at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It meant he was unable to build on his epic tie for 18th place at the Perth International when the pressure was on. That result meant he ended the 2013 season in 110th on the Road to Dubai and inside the cut off point for a card for the 2014 season, avoiding a trip to qualifying school.

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FastSport applications welcomed for gaelic4girls: Gaelic4girls, a nationwide programme offered by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to girls aged between 8 and 12 to get involved in the game, is now receiving applications for the 2014 initiative. The camps offer an opportunity for clubs to attract vital new members to help secure their future. As an extra incentive, clubs that take part will have a chance of playing in Croke Park at a national blitz day next summer. Participating clubs will receive free training for coaches and co-ordinators and will receive marketing resources to ensure that they appeal to the maximum amount of players possible. Application forms to host a Gaelic4Girls camp are available to download from www., and must be returned to Leinster’s provincial development officer, Aisling Hubbard at by January 31.

nominations: rte lists show depth of quality and talent in local sport

Dublin stars to the fore in award list 

An array of Dublin sporting talent from across Gazette Country and beyond have been nominated in the shortlist for the RTE Sports Awards, which were announced last week, and which will be presented on Saturday, December 21. There is also a wide range of sports rep-

r e s e n t e d t h i s y e a r, reflecting the variety of achievement of Irish spor ts people on a plethora of platforms. The Dublin senior football team, containing a large Gazette representation, are nominated for the team of the year after their national league, Leinster and AllIreland achievements, alongside Round Tower Clondalkin hero and

Round Tower’s Jim Gavin at Croke Park

Dublin manager Jim Gavin for the manager of the year award. At the same time, Ballyboden St Enda’s star Michael Darragh Macauley has been nominated as one of the sportspeople of the year. Macauley is not the only local hero to get a nod in the spor tsperson shortlist, with north county resident Martyn Irvine among the potential winners following his gold and silver success at the World Track Championship in Minsk, the first Irishman to medal in the elite cycling event for over 100 years. Also nominated is champion sailor Annalise Murphy for h e r a c h i ve m e n t s a t the European sailing championships, taking gold to make up for her disappointment in the

Martyn Irvine on his return to Ireland from his victorious world championships

London 2012 Olympics. Jonathan Sexton is another of the sportspeople nominated, his part in bringing Leinster the Pro 12 title and the Amlim Challenge Cup, as well as appearing for the national team and the British and Irish Lions on their tour of Australia earning him the place among the year’s best. As well as the all-conquering Dubs, were the Ireland women’s rugby team, who achieved the holy grail of northern hemisphere rugby, the 6 Nations Grand Slam, for the first time this year, the Leinster rugby team, and the Irish paralympic swimming team, which fea-

tured a number of local stars including Ellen Keane and James Scully, and were guided by NAC’s James Malone, who were the winners of a record eight IPC World Championship medals Also appearing amid the nominees for the manager of the year are former Sporting Fingal and current St Pat’s Athletic manager Liam

Buckley for his guidance of the club to the Airtricity League title for the first time in 14 years. The winners will be revealed and presented with their awards at The RTÉ Sports Awards in association with The Irish Sports Council which will be broadcast live on RTÉ One, Saturday 21 December at 9.45pm.

The grand slam winning Irish women rugby team

Heroes in abundance in new sport photography book 

The Dublin team before their match against Mayo in 2012 is one of the dramatic images in Heroes. Picture: ©INPHO/James Crombie

ONE oF Ireland’s leading sports photography agencies, Inpho Photography, has launched a new book celebrating 25 years of sports photography. The book, created in association with camera manufacturer Canon, is entitled Heroes and is a visual insight into some of the most memorable sporting moments both at home and abroad. The book is the brainchild of Inpho photographer Billy

Stickland who along with his team has taken some of the most famous sports photography in Ireland using Canon cameras. From Packie Bonner ’s memorable save against Romania at Italia ’90, to Clare hurler Shane O’Donnell’s hat trick at this year’s All Ireland hurling final, Heroes is a whistle-stop tour of some the great sporting moments of our time and also includes many stunning feature pictures of well know sports personalities.

Commenting on the book, Billy Stickland, managing director, Inpho Photography said: “Over the past 25 years we have had the privilege to photograph some of the most memorable moments in sports history. Heroes is an opportunity for us to show our most creative work in one place and also share these wonderful sporting memories with sports fans around Ireland.” Jonothan Sultan, marketing manager at Canon, said: “We are delighted to work

with Billy and all the team at Inpho on this fantastic book celebrating a quarter of a century of sports photography at Inpho. “At Canon, we are passionate about the power of the image and this book really brings this ethos to life. Every image evokes a wonderful sporting memory and captures a moment in time which is the essence of great photography.” Heroes is available from and is priced at €29.99.

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Focus on the future a gameplan for success Dundrum’s Scott Evans hit the heights nationally this time last year, but his tough year on the circuit has refined his career direction and hopes for European glory next year in Russia A year after attaining one of his first major honours in the sport at Irish Open this time last year, Dundrum’s Scott Evans has endured a tough year in the sport, but is hoping that a fresh approach and new focus will help him scale further up the heights of world badminton. Last December’s win at Baldoyle was achieved without losing a set, and was the first victory for a home player in the competition for almost forty years, but this year’s tournament has gone up a level in terms of the prize money on offer and in turn the level and quality of players taking part. This, together with the experiences of the last 12 months, will make things harder for Evans to reclaim the top honours in the open tournament. After that historic win last year, Evans went on

to success in the Cyprus Invitational, but that was his last big win on the tough international circuit, the cause being something that Evans has clearly identified and is addressing in his current planning for the future of his career. “I played a lot of tournaments and was travelling a lot in the early part of the year, so I did not have a lot of time for training and, after so much travelling, my performances started to go down. “Then I was unlucky in June when I got injured in Asia. I was meant to be there for three weeks for three tournaments and I had to pull out when I tore a muscle two days before the first tournament. “I had to travel home, and I had five weeks of rehab, so not a lot badminton, just a lot of work to get the injury better.” The fact this coincided

Scott Evans in action at the London 2012 Olympic games

with his decision to leave the Team GB camp in Milton Keynes where he had been training two weeks before the start of the world championships would give the impression that this has been a year of hardship for Evans, but the decision to return to his adopted home in Denmark proved fortuitious. “I moved back just as Peter Gade [a five-time European champion and world silver medalist in 2011] retired, and when there was a chance to start working with him, I jumped at it. “It is amazing to be able to work with someone like him , who has experienced everything in the sport. “Peter has been trying to change a couple of things in my game, and it has been harder than I expected, which is maybe why my performances have not been so good, but I believe what Peter

is teaching me. It’s clear I need to learn these new things in order to move on to the next level, and it will take time.” Evans spoke to Gazette Sport just before he was due to fly back to Ireland for the open, where he is seeded number four this year - the players above

“I need to get in a long period of training. I have not had that for a long time. That will be my main focus, and I won’t play as many tournaments as I normally would. I would prefer to do it differently this time around, give myself a really good shot of getting a medal,


‘You meet good players in the first rounds these days, and if you don’t stick to your game plan, you’ll be going home’ Scott Evans --------------------------------------------------------

him are Finland’s Ville Lang, Malaysia’s Misbun Ramdan Mohmed Misbun and Denmark’s Joachim Persson. Evans has previously played and beaten both Lang and Persson, but he knows that he will need to bring his A game in the coming days. “I have an okay draw, but I need to play well and be focused. It is so tough these days. It’s not like before when there was an easy couple of opening rounds. It is who is at their best on the day who will go through. “You meet very good players in the first round these days, and if you don’t stick to your plan, you’ll be going home.” Evans has a clear game plan in place for the next few months leading up to the European championships in Russia in April.

no matter who I am up against. If I am in my best shape and I have a lot of training time in the bag, I know that is possible.” As far as the game at home is concerned, Evans is clear about what is going on here although he is based a long way from home. “The game in Ireland is moving in the right direction — they now have the national centre and there are people training full time. “I said around seven years ago that that would be necessary if badminton in Ireland is going to get more players to a better level more often, rather than every 30 or 40 years. “The people at Badminton Ireland are doing a great job with the resources they have, and are really helping the sport at home,” said Evans.


O’Brien and Joyce named in ICC associate awards Ireland’s cricket stars Kevin O’Brien (above, Picture: IDI/Getty Images) and Ed Joyce have been named as two of the four nominees for the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year at the 2013 LG ICC Awards. O’Brien and Joyce were included in the lists after their successes in the green whites this season, both of their contributions driving Ireland toward this level of recognition at the associate level in the sport. Joyce’s performances with the bat were top notch. He scored 100 against Pakistan in May and helped the side home during the world cup qualifiers in July which saw Ireland stake their place in the 2015 competition with victory against the Netherlands, his unbeaten 96 giving Ireland the impetus in Amstelveen. O’Brien, meanwhile, has been recognised for his form with both bat and ball this year, in what has been the most consistent of his career so far. The ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in international matches of the outstanding cricketers from the teams outside the ICC full members. O’Brien and Joyce are joined on the shortlist for the award by fellow nominees Kyle Coetzer of Scotland and Nawroz Mangal of Afghanistan. Speaking to Gazette Sport, Andrew Leonard of Cricket Ireland said: “It is fantastic to have the lads named in these awards, and gives an indication of our dominance in associate cricket, but are also indicative of our great team performances. “We are at the top of the game, winning the world cup qualifiers this summer and just coming back from having won the T20 world championships. With the intercontinental cup final against Afganistan next week, there is a chance that we can do the treble of trophies at all three formats of the sport.” The team took the field at the global cricket academy in Dubai in the intecontinental cup final on Tuesday, and will finish this weekend, and the event is streaming live on Speaking ahead of the tournament. manager Phil Simmons said: “This team continues to improve and grow and their appetite for trophies and world cups shows no sign of waning.”


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cycling: first irish women’s world track cycling medal

Roche double powers Peamount to victory FIFTH placed Wexford Youths made sure Peamount United had to work hard in order to win their fifth home league game of the Women’s National League season. Nothing could separate the sides at the end of the first 45 minutes but The game livened up in the second half, and Aisling Frawley got an early shot away for Youths. Despite being put under pressure, Peamount star Stephanie Roche showed her class to put the hosts 1-0 up with a lovely finish at the other end and they closed out the win with just under 20 minutes remaining as Roche scored her second goal of the game.

Harriers get into festive spirit at Jingle Bells 5K SEVEN members from Lucan Harriers took part in one of the most popular races in Dublin, the Jingle Bells 5K organised by neighbouring club, Donore Harriers in the Phoenix Park. Making great progress on his return from his injury earlier this year, Rob Brannigan ran a personal best for the 5km distance in 20.17. Next home was Linda O’ Rourke in 23.51, quickly followed by Fiona Hegarty who is making significant increases in her times this year. Edel Smyth was next in 27.48, followed by Thomas Meade in 28.01. Mary Crosbie was next in 28.49, followed by Una Cassoni

in 44.33. Elsewhere, there were ideal racing conditions at the Lucan club’s Parkrun on Saturday which yielded some great results, with James Nealon home in 19.36 in seventh position. Gerry Byrne Snr was next in 20.21 with Bernie Stapleton next and fourth lady home in 22.20 and a Parkrun personal best. Deirdre Counihan also achieved a Parkrun best this week, home in 23.10. Lorraine Heffernan was next in 23.26 followed by Jim Dwyer in 35.18. Anne McGrane made the journey to Cork to take part in the Clonakilty half marathon, this was a tough hilly course, which didn’t deter Ann who got a personal best in 1:56.53, and also fourth in her age category.

Garda cycling club’s Caroline Ryan produced a couple of superb performances in Mexico last weekend

Ryan breaks new ground 

GARDA cycling club’s Caroline Ryan pro duced a controlled and gutsy performance in the women’s individual pursuit to win a bronze medal from Ukraine’s Anna Solovey at the Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico last Saturday. Ryan had qualified for the bronze medal ride-off with the fourth fastest time, but rode outstandingly in the final, to seize the medal in a new Irish record of 3:34.257. This is Ireland’s first women’s World Cup

medal at the elite level. The gold medal was won by Rebecca Wiasak (Australia), who is the world number one ranked pursuiter, silver went to GB’s Elinor Barker. T he former international rower rode a steady first half in the 3km time trial, marginally trailing Solovey. However, once passed the halfway mark Ryan’s control paid dividends, as she pushed ahead, to win by an eventual 0.205 seconds. Speaking from the medal ceremony, head coach Brian Nugent said: “Caroline rode a

handing back history Lucan teacher Coghlan returns 6 Nations trophy GRAND Slam winners Fiona Coghlan, a

teacher from Lucan and Nora Stapleton return the Women’s 6 Nations trophy to chief executive, John Feehan, at the 6 Nations offices in Dublin. Ireland’s women begin the defence of their title on January 31 when they take on Scotland in Ashbourne. In the past year, the trophy has been shown off at over 200 clubs, schools, universities, events and awards nights.

controlled race early on, and fought hard in the closing laps, to make sure she won Ireland’s first elite women’s world cup medal. “It was going to be difficult to take a medal, but Caroline met the challenge head on, and she deserved that one. We’re all so proud of her.” The main goal of the Irish team at this second world cup of the season, was to secure qualifying points for the world championships in February. Ryan has now secured a place in both the points race and the

individual pursuit. Earlier in the weekend, Ryan qualified for a place in the points race at the UCI 2014 track cycling championships, following a strong ride in Mexico where she finished in 13th place. The race was won by Stephanie Pohl (Germany) , with Jasmin Glaesser (Canada) and J a r m i l a M a c h a c ov a (Czech Republic) taking silver and bronze. The points race was a 20km bunch competition, with points being awarded at sprint lines throughout the event. The eventual winner was the person who

has accumulated most points. Ryan rode a calculated race in this event, and was in one of the main moves in the middle of the race. Speaking about that race, Nugent said: “Caroline’s strong ride today has ensured that she has qualified herself a slot for the World Championships in this event. “Caroline is riding with intelligence now, and on another day the move that she made today, at the right time, with the right people, would have worked out.”

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Sars’ Under-9s reach trio of finals 

LUCAN Sarsfields Under-9 hurlers enjoyed a particularly strong outing last week as part of a series of blitzes in Glasnevin in one of their last outings of the 2013 season. They travelled to Na Fianna’s home on the Mobhi Road last week,

to take on the host clubs as well as Ballyboden St Enda’s and Kilmacud Crokes with 45 players to participate in three tournaments named af ter Dublin senior stars, the (Danny) Sutcliffe, (Peter) Kelly and (Liam) Rushe competitions. A great day was had by all with Na Fianna

hosting a really well run event. Lucan Sarsfields did really well on the day, competing in the final of all three competitions, narrowly losing the Sutcliffe and Kelly competitions to Ballyboden before beating Boden in the Rushe tournament. Some great perform-

ances were seen on the day with Jack Behan, Joey MacSweeney, Sean Fenlon, Conor Hyland, David Martin and Jack Kelly putting in strong performances throughout the competition. Indeed, Jack Behan won the most valuable player award in the Sutcliffe tournament to mark a fine day.

camogie: camross crushed by 12th lock side

Club Noticeboard

lucan sarsfields CONGRATULATIONS to our senior

day, December 14 at 9.30pm in the

camogie team who won Division 1 of

clubhouse. Music will be by Tom Peters

the Leinster League on Sunday. Con-

and all adult members, players, juve-

gratulations also to our junior foot-

nile parents and friends are welcome

ballers who won their promotion play

to attend.

off on Tuesday. Hard luck to our senior footballers who lost out in the championship semi final against Skerries. field again in the championship quar-

pitch at our clubhouse grounds at the

ter final against Ballinteer St John’s

12th Lock coached by the Dublin sen-

this Saturday in the 12th Lock.

ior hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey.

Condolences to the family of Peter

Football and hurling for boys born in

Doyle RIP, Airlie View, who died recent-

2007, 2008 and 2009; football for girls


born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and camThanks to club member Finian Ward

ogie for girls aged six and over. No

for the donation of our Christmas

need to pre-register. Just show up on

tree in the club and remember Finian

the day.

will be selling Christmas trees in the

There was one winner of Sunday

Eurospar car park between now and

night’s €13,500 lotto. Congratulations


to the winner! The lucky numbers

Many thanks to all those who sup-

were 5, 7, 12 and 19. This week’s lotto

ported the Vincent de Paul table quiz

is for a jackpot of €1,000. Mary Flan-

last Wednesday, in particular those

nery’s team will be in charge and Dia-

who donated spot and raffle prizes.

mond and Gem Jewellers will be our

and first year boys and girls in the function room 7.30pm to 10pm.

WITH an average age of 18 and with no fewer than 14 teenagers on board, Lucan Sarsfields were crowned Leinster league Senior Division 1 champions following an emphatic and stylish victory over Camross in a mild Ballykelly on Sunday. This was a stunning win for the Lucan kids against all the odds. This final victory follows earlier triumphs over the renowned camogie powerhouses of St Ibar’s (Wexford sen-

This only requires commitment for

Christmas draw; €5 a ticket and 40

check lotto tickets. Full training will

prizes, including €3,000 in cash, on

be given.

leinster league final Lucan Sarsfields 1-14 Camross 1-6 

We are looking for volunteers to help on a lotto team. one Sunday night every 10 weeks to

Lucan young stars the Leinster leaders free, before Camross, who hadn’t scored for 26 mins at this stage, nabbed two points before the break to leave it 1-8 to 1-2. Lucan withstood a Camross onslaught with the defence superb in limiting them to three pointed frees against two more from Beagan. During this period the hurling Lucan half-back line of Annemarie Courtney, Niamh Byrne and debutant Amy Gorman stood strong and never blinked. As Camross gradually tired, Lucan prospered and closed out the tie with seven of the last eight points scored to claim a memorable victory.


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points from Beagan again, Laura Morrissey and Amber O’Connor. When Laura O’Mahony outran the cover again and drilled another point and Beagan added two more white flags from frees, Lucan were cruising at 0-7 to 1-0. After 23 minutes, the move of the match resulted in the crucial score when O’Connor and Laura Murtagh won excellent ball in midfield and fed Morrissey in the corner who in turn found Beagan on the penalty spot. Her thunderous drive was smashed joyfully over the keeper’s head She added a further

Our nurseries continue each Saturday at 1.30pm on the all weather

holding a Festive Disco for sixth class

ior champions), Myshall (All-Ireland intermediate champs) and Clara and bodes well for the future. The Lucan youngsters took on their older and more physically imposing opponents with a slick brand of attacking hurling. Lucan went into an early lead thanks to a beautiful point on the run by full-forward Orla Beagan. They were then dealt a blow when Camross goaled against the run of play - a piledriver leaving Lucan keeper Michelle Kelly with no chance from close range. Undaunted, Lucan responded with a string of well-worked


Our U-21 hurlers will take to the

On Friday, December 13 we will be

Lucan Sarsfields’ senior camogie side celebrated a superb end to 2013 with the Leinster league title

Set dancing classes continue each Wednesday at 8.30pm in the club-

Our Christmas party is on Satur-

If interested please contact Mary Flannery on 087 7469143.

st pat’s, palmerstown CONGRATULATIONS to SuperValu on

ton on being selected at centre half

celebrating 25 years on Sunday.

forward on the Dublin Bus/Evening

The junior footballers had a very

Herald Blue Stars Team.

sobering end to the season after los-

Lotto results: numbers drawn were

ing their relegation playoff on Sunday.

7, 10, 17 and 26. There was no winner.

A big thank you to Heffo and Smiley for

Any three numbers winners: M Cun-

fighting the tide and nearly pulling us

ningham, Larry O.

through. Congratulations to Shane Staple-

The next draw is on December 15. The jackpot €9,400.

round tower, clondalkin THE juvenile committee and Christ-

8303207 or Noel Kelly 087 6567942.

mas draws are being brought togeth-

The man from the North Pole will

er and will now take place Wednesday,

make his annual visit to the club-

December 18.

house on Saturday, December 21

Funding raised from it will play a

from 2-5pm, with music by DJ Rob-

lead role in supporting the club in

bie Moore. Tickets are €5 each and

the employment of a full-time games

are limited to 150.

promotion officer.

They are available from behind

Each ticket has a unique price

the bar and at the nursery this Sat-

ranging from 1 cent to €20 and buy-

urday and next Saturday between

ers are not aware of the cost of the

10am and 11.30am at Monastery

ticket until they open the envelope it


is contained within.

Lotto results, December 2: num-

Total price fund on offer is €4,000.

bers were 5, 17, 20 and 26; the bonus

For further details visit our website

ball was 18. There was no winner of

or contact Catherine Moran 086

the jackpot of €7,200.

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TO russia with love: Badminton Olympian Scott Evans’s European focus P29

Stephen Ormond, left, produced a strong performance to get the better of Derry Mathews in Liverpool last Saturday

Ormond’s title defence Quarryvale’s finest notches second European title victory to progress his claims for a potential shot at one of the world titles in the coming year  paul healy

QUARRYVALE’S Stephen “The Rock” Ormond continued his upward climb in the World lightweight ranks with a hugely impressive second defence of his WBO European lightweight title against Liverpool’s Derry Mathews at the latter’s home town Echo Arena last Saturday night. Back in September, Ormond clinched the vacant European crown with a first-round stoppage of Hungarian Adam Mate before a first successful defence against Adam Dingsdale in London the following month. This time out, he was a unanimous points

victor according to the three ringside judges – the first of them scoring him 98-92 and the others both giving him a 98-93 win over hot pre-fight favourite, and Commonwealth crown holder, Mathews. The opening rounds of Saturday night’s clash saw Ormond take the fight to his opponent but the Englishman maintained his cool, keeping the west Dubliner at bay with his jab and a high guard to the cheers of the home town crowd. By the midway stage of this contest, however, The Rock started to make his attacks really count with bursts of angled shots that Mathews found impossible to counter. With the Commonwealth title holder clear-

ly being outgunned by the Clondalkin lightweight’s fierce power, it was becoming apparent that any late turnaround – a feature of the Liverpool fighter’s outings so far – was hugely unlikely. Indeed, the reigning WBO European Lightweight champion continued his ascendancy right through the final rounds – producing head and body combinations whenever tiredness forced Mathews onto the ropes, with a successful Round Nine left hook from the Ormond man leaving him smiling at his own corner in anticipation of the eventual win. This latest success confirms the 29-year-old Quarryvale man’s rising star within professional boxing and his career record of 16 wins and

one loss, with seven knockouts, as well as his entertaining and offensive style will undoubtedly bring Ormond even wider exposure after this latest success – with a world title shot next year firmly within his sights. Speaking after this latest success, the Clondalkin fighter commented: “Derry is the best opponent I’ve faced. I was cagey in the first three rounds, looking for his big left hook, but after that my corner told me to push forward and that was the game plan.“ Mathews himself congratulated Ormond on his unanimous points win but believed, post-fight, that he had broken his hand in the second-round and anticipated a March rematch.