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INSIDE: Exercise buffs try free equipment in Griffeen Valley Park P8

NAGARHOPE: ‘Doc’ Clandillon has the latest from his charity in Nepal P6

A loyal stalwart: Labour’s thank you to Michael LUCAN man, Michael Gannon

Soccer: Lucan United young stars hit Merrion for five Page 30

Hurling: Lucan duo help keep alive minor All-Ireland bid Page 31

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 BUSINESS .................... 18 MOTORS ....................... 20 TRAVEL......................... 22 ENTERTAINMENT ........ 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

(second-left) was honoured recently for his outstanding lifelong contribution to the Labour Party. A former Labour councillor, and cathaoirleach of Dublin County Council, and national organiser for the ITGWU, he was the recipient of a long and distinguished service award from the Labour Party at the Lucan constituency office of Deputy Joanna Tuffy. Party leader Eamon Gilmore, joined SIPTU president Jack O’Connor and Deputy Tuffy to thank Michael for his dedicated service to the party.

Greyhound blasted for new waste fees ‘Polluter pays’ I HIROMI MOONEY

principle flouted, says Lavelle (FG)

WASTE operator Greyhound has “effectively abandoned the polluter pays principle”, according to local Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle, who criticised the Clondalkinbased company for the introduction of new payment

schemes. . Cllr Lavelle claims that many customers have contacted him to say that they are being transferred onto a revised payment plan which, according to a letter from Greyhound to its customers, involves “a fixed monthly charge of €19, which covers all collections of

all black and green bins for one calendar month”. A spokesperson for Greyhound said: “Greyhound has tailored a choice of price plans for each individual customer in South Dublin, based on the amount of waste that they generate.” Full Story on Page 3

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CHARITY Lynch’s Centra staff fundraise in Co Cork

Reilly urged to move on Health Bill LABOUR Party TD for Dublin Mid-West, Joanna Tuffy says that savings on generic drugs must be prioritised. Deputy Tuffy said that although she welcomed the decision by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, to reverse the cut to personal assistant hours, this decision highlights the need to prioritise measures that would generate more significant savings for the health service than the savings estimated if personal assistant hours had been cut. She said that this includes substituting generic drugs for the more expensive drugs which are currently funded by the HSE. Deputy Tuffy said: “The Bill to facilitate this substitution, the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill

2012, has been published and is with the Minister, and he should give priority to this legislation in the upcoming Dail session. “It has been estimated by the HSE that €124 million in savings could be made in drug payments from this reform alone. The HSE awaits the legislation to make these savings.

Reforms “There are other, radical reforms envisaged by the Programme for Government that would likewise produce significant savings, while at the same time reforming our health service for the better. “I would urge that the Government act urgently on these important measures, and ensure that frontline services in health can be betterprotected in future,” she said.

Despite the gloomy “summer” weather, Lynch’s Centra staff had bright smiles – and bright tops – for their charitable efforts

Running, swimming, cycling to help T’S a long way to Cork, but staff from Lynch’s Centra were happy to head to the Rebel County to take part in a special, challenging fundraiser in aid of three charities recently. Despite the gloomy weather, the Centra staff smiled their way through the challenge of completing a triathlon at Farran Woods, Co Cork, where they ran, swam


Daniel Murphy, Anna Horvath and Andy Kirwan

Anna, ready for the swimming leg of the triathlon

and cycled in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, and Breakthrough Cancer Research. Thanks to their efforts, they raised €1,447 for the charities, with the charitable spirit of the West Dubliners appreciated and thanked by the charities’ representatives. Well done to all the Lucanians for their great efforts to help others.

Tommy Lynch and Andy Kirwan

Daniel, Anna and Andy again, ready for another triathlon challenge

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WASTE Cllr Lavelle blasts firm’s payment schemes

Greyhound attacked over new charges I HIROMI MOONEY

WASTE operator Greyhound has “effectively abandoned the polluterpays principle”. That is the opinion of local Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle, who criticised the Clondalkinbased company for the introduction of new payment schemes. Letters issued by Greyhound, dated September 1, notified their customers that they are to be transferred onto Greyhound’s new Selected Plans. Cllr Lavelle claims that many customers have contacted him to say that they are being transferred onto the new

Plan 1 which, according to the Greyhound letter, involves “a fixed monthly charge of €19, which covers all collections of all black and green bins for one calendar month”. The letter also says that “no lift or weights charges apply to black or green bins”. Cllr Lavelle said that he has written to Greyhound objecting to “this a n t i - e nv i r o n m e n t a l move.” He claims that “the polluter-pays principle has been at the heart of Irish waste policy for many years”, and is reaffirmed in the Government’s new Waste Management Policy, entitled, A Resource

Opportunity. He said: “This proposed new pricing structure in effect represents an abandonment of the polluter-pays principle, as this new pricing structure involves no incentive to segregate waste into separate bins. “Greyhound’s move is anti-environmental and a snub to both the Government and to their own customer base – many of whom are concerned about the environment, and who have contacted me, appalled at the company’s new stance. “I have written to the company objecting to this anti-environmental move.


Come be a youth volunteer I HIROMI MOONEY

Councillor William Lavelle (FG) accused Greyhound of abandoning the polluterpays principle – a charge the company refutes

“I have also written to the Minster for Environment supporting proposals in the Government’s new Waste Management Policy relating to the introduction of a new regime for regulating private domestic waste operators, and requesting that these proposals be progressed urgently, including any necessary legislation,” he continued. A spokesperson for

Greyhound said: “Greyhound has tailored a choice of price plans for each individual customer in south Dublin, based on the amount of waste that they generate. “Any customer whose choices include a fixed monthly charge to cover all black and green bins has been rewarded with that choice based on their record of segregating and recycling waste. “We would also point

out that their plan includes a number of other choices,” said the spokesperson. Cllr Lavelle’s criticism of Greyhound follows Cllr Trevor Gilligan’s (FF) motion at the South Dublin County Council meeting in July to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke Greyhound’s waste licence – a motion repeated at last week’s council meeting.

LUCAN Youth Service are looking to recruit 20 volunteers who would like to become part of the team. The youth service are looking for anyone over the age of 18 who would be interested in getting involved in the community in a fun, practical and helpful way, and to help run a range of activities and programmes.

Programme Its Starting Out programme for new volunteers includes child protection training and how to become a volunteer in your local community. Training will begin at 7.30pm on Monday, September 17 at the Griffeen Youth Centre in Griffeen Glen. For further information, contact Mary or Joan at 01 621 7640, or email

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CHARITY Eighth annual Liz McDonnell Run to take place at Castletown House

Step up for a fun fundraiser at annual race


THE eighth annual Liz McDonnell Run will take place on Sunday, September 30 in the grounds of Castletown House, Celbridge. Since the event began in 2005, more than €35,000 has been raised for cancer care. Last year, more than 800 participants raised €6,000 for ARC Cancer Care. All proceeds from this year’s run are also in aid of ARC Cancer Care. “[The race has become] a social

event now in Celbridge, and it’s fantastic,” said Liz’s mother, Anne McDonnell. “People look forward to it every year, and it seems to be growing. I hope that will be the case this year as well, because times are a bit more difficult . “ARC really need funding this year because a lot of their funding has been cut,” she said. The run is a memorial race for Elizabeth McDonnell, who died from cancer at the age of 18. Liz was a student at St Wolstan’s

Community School, and a multitalented athlete. She was a distinguished member of the school’s camogie and hockey teams, and a talented cross-country runner. She won many accolades and awards at club, county, provincial and national level, and was a member of Celbridge GAA club. Runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities are invited to join this family-friendly, fun event. The day will feature music, entertainment and a cake sale. The Liz McDonnell Benefit Night will also

take place at 7pm that evening at The Delhi Darbar Indian restaurant in Celbridge, which has sponsored the run, along with Swan Plant Hire, while Print Chain is sponsoring its printing requirements. The benefit night will include entertainment and a raffle. Castletown House will also host a Farmers’ Market on the day. Registration for fun runners and joggers will take place on the day from 1pm, and the run will begin at 2.30pm. Registration for competitive runners is available at www.liz-, and all online entries carry a charge of €15 for adults, and €8 for children. All competitive runners must register online in order to have their race automatically timed. This is the second year that chiptiming technology will be used, in conjunction with Precision Timing. Volunteers are welcome to help out on the day. For further information, contact Peter O’Toole at 087 242 7279, or Katie McDonnell at 085 800 4281, or email

€3,000 boost for Adamstown camp


ADAMSTOWN Summer Camp is set to receive a €3,000 grant from the Department of Children. Last week, local Fine Gael TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, announced the allocation of funding for the two-week summer camp next year. She said: “I have always been supportive of local projects in our area, and I am delighted to allocate funding to help the Adamstown Summer Camp run their next summer programme.

Walk to support cancer service

“Next year’s Adamstown Summer Camp will offer children in the area the chance to develop their confidence and social skills. “The two-week course will provide an actionpacked schedule of games, activities and sports and will be open to all children living or attending school in Adamstown,” said Minister Fitzgerald. T h e A d a m s t ow n Summer Camp was set up in 2009 to facilitate the social development of children and young people in Adamstown and encourage them to become active citizens.


Trevor’s thrilled: Delight for mature student as years of dedicated study rewarded with degree LOCAL man Trevor Higgins was congratulated by his wife, Niamh, following his recent graduation at UCD. Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Social Studies in Housing and Community Studies (BSS), delivered in partnership between Respond! Housing Association and University College Dublin. The unique BSS degree is a four-year, part-time programme designed for mature students who wish to return to education, and is the only course of its kind in Ireland. Congratulations to Trevor on his great academic achievement.





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THE Go Ahead! Walk for Life in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation will take place for a second year on Sunday, October 7 at 10.30am in the Phoenix Park. The family-friendly 5km walk, which raised €10,000 last year, aims to raise funds and increase awareness of cancer. The Lucan Gospel Choir and Q102’s Blue Crew will be there to provide music at the event. Linda Keating, director of fundraising with Marie Keating Foundation, said that they are hoping to have more than 300 participants this year. She said: “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s great to do the walk during this month. “We have changed the route this year and it’s a gorgeous walk, [leading] around by the pond and down Ordnance Survey Road, and up by Knockmaroon Gate.” There will be a balloon release before the walk in which participants can write the name of a loved one who they have lost to cancer on a balloon and then release it into the air. To take part in the walk, participants must register at www. Registration costs €15 per person, but family and group rates are also available.

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NEPAL AID Lucan volunteer reports on a busy few months

First harvest a success at Nagarhope I FACHTNA CLANDILLON

GREETINGS one and all from Nepal. The task ahead is Olympian, but as London recently proved, many hands make light work. It has been a busy few months since the last Nagarmail, and much has been both discussed and undertaken in that time. March April always signals the start of the Nepali New Year, and with it two months of hard slog on this side admitting children to schools. On Nagarhope’s books from this year are close to 230 school-going children, about half of them going to government schools and the other

half going to private or boarding schools. Our Nagarhome project consisting of a children’s home and community centre has started to take shape, though it’s still only in the design and planning stages. June to September, monsoon season in this part of the world, always bring the extra problems of waterborne disease, flooding and crop-failures. We have had a few visitors over the last few months from Ireland and beyond who have been lucky enough to share with us some of the stages of different projects. In May, we fitted another 80 children with rain jackets, a necessity for

the rainy season, without which, many would not make the journey every day to school. Since December 1, 2011, when we planted 1½ acres of land with wheat, we have watched it grow ever so slowly. In March 2012, we reaped the fruits of our labour. Harvest time saw us take in over 300 kgs of wheat, which we sold on to villagers at a small profit. It was our first harvest since buying the land, and I can tell you that it is a great feeling to see something grow from nothing into something that provides sustenance. The song Perfect Day has the lines – “You

The charity has provided raincoats for children during the rainy season

gonna reap just what you sow”, and reap we did. In July, we admitted six children into colleges, their first step into a bigger world outside the four school walls they were used to. Nagarhope is currently assisting Kalika Secondary School, half an hour down the mountain from Nagarkot. They have a two-storey building with a walkway on the second floor that has been without a railing for the past two years. Nagarhope is providing 80% of the project cost and Kalika is providing the rest from their own sources. A safer environment is in store for the 300-odd students attending classes there. August saw us start our work on our land in Sathikurya, Naldum, a one hour walk from the main Nagarkot village.

In the first phase – April 2012 to April 2013 we hope to construct a small stone house, a stairs, a boundary and a water tank, which will be used during the main phase of construction. T he work on the boundary, made from locally sourced bamboo and barbed wire is almost finished. The next step is widening the road through the village in order to start bringing stone in to construct the small house and stairs. At the same time as building the boundary, we are planting trees along the boundary of Nagarhope’s land. The trees are alien to Ireland, therefore have different names, but some are more familiar to us such as apple, orange, and plum. We have had to show all of our plans to the

Nagarhope helps children in Nepal (above and right)

Social Welfare Council of Nepal-the government body that oversees all charities (NGOs) here. We have recently got the go ahead from the SWC for our first phase which is vital for the years

some are from Nepalis proud of the work we do to support the poorer sections of society here. Our office/tuition centre in Nagarkot has been providing low cost

ahead. Basically, every little step we take is being monitored by a monitoring body, ensuring everything from transparency of funds to non-exploitation of locals. We are also currently undergoing our third full audit with the Nepali government (due in mid-July every year). Last year, as well as receiving the usual necessar y funding from Nagarhope Ireland, we got donations of about €1,200 on the Nepali side. This has been our plan for some years now, to have some degree of self-sufficiency here in Nepal, and over time, people have become generous here, trusting us with the work we carry out day to day. Some of these donations are from foreigners passing through,

stationery to students of the surrounding areas. In the nine months since its inception, we h ave i n c r e a s e d o u r output as word has got round that you can buy copies and pencils here 30% cheaper than in other shops selling the same. Three rupees may not make a difference in a week, but 300 rupees makes a difference over a year. Pennies make pounds as they used to say in Eire, I suppose now they say cents make euros. Or at least they should anyway. That’s about it for now, hope to talk again soon, Regards, mise le meas Fachtna ‘Doc’ Clandillon, Bhaktapur, August 2012

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PARK ROUTINE Free fitness advice and equipment at Griffeen

Miriam Reeves steps up for a brisk but relaxing workout

Mary Hegarty, Deputy Derek Keating (FG) and Anita Preet Singh


Thomas Morris, parliamentary assistant to deputy Derek Keating (FG), shows the deputy how it should be done

Outdoor gear gets its first workout INE Gael Deputy – and qualified sports and fitness instructor – Derek Keating was on hand at Griffeen Valley Park to see at first-hand its newly-installed public exercise equipment. Installed at a number of south Dublin parks, including Waterstone Park, Hermitage Park, Ballymount Park and Corkagh Park, the free equipment is suitable for adults of all ages, and is suitably positioned so that people can commence with a light workout


Giving helpful advice

and finish with a cooldown. Of course, given his experience and training, and interest in encouraging consituents of all ages to lead a healthy lifestyle, Deputy Keating gcouldn’t help advising a number of early users of the equipment. It wasn’t long before he was shimmying across some exercise bars himself, showing just how easy, and healthily rewarding, the equipment is for everyone to use.

Deputy Keating assists Hassan Mohammed

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EVENT Radio Nova celebrates its second birthday in style

Lucci Minx setting the scene at the Radio Nova bash

Get the party started

Michaela Hayes and Elaine Leonard at the the Radio Nova second birthday party in Cafe En Seine, Dublin. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary

ADIO Nova celebrated its second birthday in style with a spectacular bash at Cafe en Seine, Dawson St, in Dublin’s city centre. The station has much to celebrate: In just two short years, it has achieved a record audience of 140,000 listeners, making it the most successful radio station launch in 20 years. In keeping with the station’s slogan of “seriously addictive” music, the atmosphere certainly rocked as partygoers from all over the city enjoyed the tunes and the fun.


Stefanie Smith

Lucia Anne

Michaela Hayes and Elaine Leonard at the party

Lynn Caren and Roisin Cullinan

Julie Carney and Ros Darcy

Alan O’Donovan and Danielle Hand

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Training offer for runners with charity THE Irish Cancer Society is appealing to those taking part in the Dublin Marathon on Monday, October 29, to join the Irish Cancer Society’s Run4Life Team. The society says that not only will their participation generate much needed funds for cancer services, the Run4Life programme also offers vital support to those taking on the marathon challenge, giving added support during the final weeks of training. Cliona Hegarty, the national campaigns manager of the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Running a marathon is a huge personal challenge, and

to take on that feat while also raising money for the Irish Cancer Society is enormous. “The cancer challenge in Ireland is huge. One in three of us will develop cancer during the course of our lifetime and this year alone, it is estimated that 30,000 people will develop cancer. “We rely on the public’s goodwill and support to continue to provide our free nationwide patient care services. “Last year over 300 people ran marathons for us at home and around the world. This year, we are glad to see more people get their running shoes on and help out-

run cancer,” Cliona said. Most recent data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 6,667 people were diagnosed with cancer in Dublin in 2010. Cancer will affect one in three people during the course of their lifetime. However more people are surviving cancer because people are being diagnosed at an earlier stage and treatments are advancing through research. The Irish Cancer Society’s Run4Life programme offers people the opportunity to run a marathon at home or overseas and raise money for the charity.

Former Olympian Marie Murphy is offering training programmes to Dublin Marathon runners who are raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society

Part of the programme is training support from former Olympian Marie Murphy. Murphy gives exclusive training programmes and nutrition plans to participants, tailored to their specific needs. The programme is open to anyone who has ever dreamed of complet-

ing a marathon, beginners and experienced runners, with support to help get you across the finish line, while raising much needed funds. To find out more, callsave 1850606060, visit or email


Mini Music Academy – Is 6 months too early to start music? SALLY Goddard Blythe, a consultant in neurodevelopmental education and director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, (UK) informs us that singing songs and nursery rhymes to babies and infants before they learn to speak, is “an essential precursor to later educational success and emotional wellbeing.” Blythe argues that, “Song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language.” In her book,The Genius of Natural Childhood, published by Hawthorn Press (2011), Blythe advises that traditional songs aid a child’s ability to think in words. She also claims that listening to, and singing along with rhymes and songs uses and develops both sides of the brain. “Neuro-imaging has shown that music involves

more than just centralised hotspots in the brain, occupying large swathes on both sides,” she said. In relation to Early Music Education, three principal tried and tested methods of teaching are the Kodály, the Orff and Dalcroze approach to teaching. Since 1995, Castleknock School of Music (Castleknock and Ongar Village, Dublin 15) have been combining these three approaches to teach children from 6 mths – 7 years at Mini Music Academy. These combined methods engage the child’s mind and body through singing and movement to music developing pitch, rhythm, balance, coordination and communication skills.. The child’s creative imagination is developed through composition activities and use of percussion instruments. Reading and writing of music skills is developed from 2 years of age using activities suitable to their

age and stage. Eileen Brogan, the school’s director, has been involved in music education for over 30 years and has focused much of her career developing an early music curriculum programme within Castleknock School of Music. Eileen holds a B.Mus. and Masters Degree in music and holds Licentiate Diplomas in piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (LRIAM), the Leinster School of Music (LLSM) and Trinity College London (LTCL). A music examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for many years, she held the post of Senior Music Examinerthere from 2004-2006. She currently lectures in curriculum music for primary schools at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin since 2002 teaching B.Mus. Ed. Students how to teach music in the primary school classroom. Castleknock School of Music currently have a

team of 25 highly qualified music teachers, many of whom are examiners with the RIAM. Eileen Brogan and Margaret Reid have over 25 years of experience teaching early music. Their five published books entitled First Steps in Music Series contain songs especially composed for young children from 2 years. Each book represents 1 year’s work in class and is accompanied with a cd of the songs contained in the book. The children singing on each cd are still current students of MMA and CSM. The songs were recorded by Seamus Brett of Silverstream Studios who also recorded the Music in the Classroom Series. Parents are encouraged to work with their child at home as much as possible, listening and singing along with the cd. The songs are also sung in solfa and a backing track is provided for each song so that the children (and parents)

can practice at home or in the car. The books are written for age and stage as follows: • First Steps in Music Series, Bonny Bluebirds 2-3 years • First Steps in Music Series, Red Robins 3-4 years • First Steps in Music Series, Pink Bears 4-5 years • First Steps in Music Series, Yellow Bunnies 5-6 years • First Steps in Music Series, Green Frogs 6 -7 years Because their curriculum is such a resounding success, MMA students can begin to learn an instrument from as early as 4 years in their Pathway to Piano, Gateway to Guitar, Road to Recorder,Adventures in Violin and Cheeky ‘Cellos programme. MMA / CSM student recordings of performances can be seen on UTUBE. In addition, Mini Music Academy has

launched an Education & Outreach Programme (2011) to facilitate playschools, Montessori’s, primary schools and organisations within the broader community and are now providing classes to Corduff Childcare Services and a voluntary Special Needs Music Class at St. Mochta’s Parish Centre. Simply apply to CSM and they can bring MMA classes directly to your doorstep.

Mini Music Academy classes energetically and passionately kick-off from Monday 10th September 2012. Ongoing enrolment is accepted subject to availability. If you would like more information, you can visit their websites: www. Mini Music Academy. com, www.castleknock, email info@minimusicacademy. com. Telephone Jilly Kiely at 01 826 1100.

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HERITAGE: THEATRE FESTIVAL Literary treasure hunt celebrates Joyce’s book CELEBRATE AREA’S PAST

Explore Merrion Square I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

SEPTEMBER in The Square is a free cultural project running throughout the month in Merrion Square that explores the history and architecture of the area. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to get behind the beautiful Georgian doors of some of Merrion Square’s most elegant houses. People can go along to the activities and talks lined up for September in the Square, such as lunchtime concerts every Tuesday and talks each Thursday. Also on offer will be guided walks, a pop-up Wildean Salon at the Royal Society of Antiquaries (at No 63, Merrion Square), and even dancing on the square. Merrion Square was built by the Fitzwilliam Estate in 1762 and is among the best-preserved Georgian examples in Dublin. Among the luminaries who lived at Merrion Square were the writers, Oscar Wilde, at No 1, and WB Yeats, at No 82. For full details, see

Airport starts a new chapter for Dubliners I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

A LITER ARY treasure hunt is under way throughout September at Dublin Airport as Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) celebrates its sponsorship of a new theatrical adaptation of Dubliners – James Joyce’s famous collection of short stories – in next month’s Dublin

Theatre Festival. Five special editions of the book will be placed around the airport every day in September with a note that reads: “Take me, I’m free”. Lucky travellers who find the books will be entered into a draw to win an array of prizes, including theatre tickets to the production of Dubliners, sets of Penguin English

Library classic books, and The Loop airport shopping vouchers. They will be entered into the competition when they tweet a picture of their book as it travels around the world to Dublin Airport’s Twitter account (@DublinAirport). These images will be re-tweeted by Dublin Airport and published on its

Pinterest site and other social media channels. Paul O’Kane, director of public affairs, DAA, said: “We are thrilled to be a partner of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, and we wanted to find a way to bring some of that excitement to the airport. “We think Dubliners@DublinAirport is a fun way to engage with customers to promote

The Corn Exchange and Dublin Theatre Festival’s production of Dubliners, and also the wider Dublin Theatre Festival.” It will be the first time that Joyce’s classic depiction of Dublin life, first published in 1914, will be seen in a large-scale production in his native city, featuring cast members from The Corn Exchange, a multi-award winning

theatre company. Dubliners will be premiered in the Gaiety Theatre from Thursday, September 27 until Sunday, September 30 (with a preview on Wednesday, September 26), and tickets range from €10 to €35. The Dublin Theatre Festival takes place from Thursday, September 27 until Sunday, October 14.

Public called on to support walk I NATALIE BURKE

Blood, sweat and wheels: Fundraising cyclists face a 100km ride to help St Francis Hospice THESE members of Blanch Wheelies (unsur-

prisingly, also known as Blanchardstown’s cycling club) were happy to meet mascot of, Buddy the Blooddrop recently, who gave them a buddy good boost by highlighting their upcoming 100km fundraising cycle on Saturday, September 29, in aid of the St Francis Hospice, Dublin 15. In addition to joining Buddy to highlight

the never-ending need for blood donors to help save lives in Dublin, and across the country, the cyclists were happy to tell The Gazette details of their challenging ride. On the day, the Blanch Wheelies hope to have upwards of 50-60 riders for the 100km cycle, which will start from the Blanchardstown hospice at 10am, with plans in place to present a cheque to the hospice.

AS AMBASSADOR for Respect, the Daughters of Charity service for people with an intellectual disability, television presenter Kathryn Thomas is calling on members of the public to join her on the Connemara Walk. The fundraising event is set to take place in the surroundings of Connemara, Co Galway from Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30. Kathryn will lead walkers in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the charity. Accommodation and meals will be provided for all walkers in the Abbey Glen Castle Hotel, Clifden, Co Galway. Since 1892, the Daugh-

ters of Charity service has worked hard to provide care, education and training for people with an intellectual disability. The service has the responsibility of caring for 2,300 people – 800 of them in full-time residential care – while up to 1,500 people attend specialist centres on a daily basis. The funds raised from the walk will go towards Respect’s Clonsillabased housing project at St Joseph’s. The housing project will meet the individual needs of the residents with various physical and intellectual disabilities. For further information, or to receive a booking form, contact Respect at 01 824 5420, or see www.

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THEATRE Angelina Ballerina: The Mousical

Performers in the popular Angelina Ballerina: The Mousical, which will appear at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin’s city centre from September 19. Picture: Robert Day


Lord of dance has all the right moves I PAUL HOSFORD

BEING in charge of the dance moves of any musical is difficult, but even more so when it is the musical of a beloved children’s character. But, what about when that character is a balletdancing mouse? That is the challenge presented to Matthew Cole, the choreographer of the forthcoming Angelina Ballerina: The Mousical, which comes to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this month. Matthew is a highlytrained dancer, having studied at Laine Theatre Arts. His performing experience spans over a decade, having appeared in the West End, toured the UK and worked internationally. His performing credits include Saturday Night Fever, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Miami Nights, Cats and Chicago. He recently served as assistant choreographer on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and as choreographer for comedian Pam Ann on her international and US tour including shows

at the London Palladium and Apollo Hammersmith. He has also just finished choreographing Vampirette, a new musical which premiered at the Manchester Opera House this May. So, his experience must surely have been tested to its limits by the prospect of having to make Angelina’s moves interesting to audiences ranging from three to 60... “It certainly gives you different things to think about,” said Matthew when he spoke to the Gazette last week. “What I did was, I based a lot of Angelina’s movement on the current television show. That’s what the kids who will be watching the musical will be familiar with, and I wanted them to see something that they recognise. Angelina dances to quite a high standard, so it was nice for the adult dancers. “The brief was to create something for adults and kids,” says Matthew. An award-winning children’s book series by author Katharine Holabird and illustrator Helen Craig, Angelina Balle-

rina was first launched in 1983 and has since garnered huge international acclaim, with over 20 books published and an animated television series broadcast in the UK and the US. Angelina Ballerina: The Mousical transports audiences to Chipping Cheddar, as Angelina and friends discover that Camembert Academy has won the opportunity to appear in their favourite television programme, Dancing With Mice. It feels like a dream come true - but when the girls and boys have very different ideas for the show and just can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s up to Angelina as dance captain to ensure that the show goes ahead. With the boys wanting to hip-hop dance and the girls focused on ballet, Matthew was tasked with coming up with two separate styles which, he says, was an “interesting challenge”. “It was difficult to do two completely different styles and fuse them in to one show, but we worked very hard to make it work for adults and kids. It was

important to reference the original source material constantly, as long as the steps fit the character.” As for the challenge of starting the process of choreographing such a show, Matthew says that he is blessed to have worked with great people. “I’ve trained in dance all my life and worked with great dance captains and choreographers, so there is something of a formula to putting these things together. You start with the music, who’s in the dance, what you need to happen in terms of story and then finally start putting the steps on top. “I’m extremely satisfied with the end product. Children are loving it, as are adults, but kids don’t lie.” Due to popular demand, new Sunday performances have been added to the run of the show from Wednesday, September 19 to September 23. Tickets priced from €15 are on sale now through Ticketmaster and family tickets are available.

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FESTIVAL Dunderry’s second year has a wide range of music and fun MOTORING Safety advice for parents

Lots to celebrate at the Spirit of Folk I LAURA WEBB

THE Spirit of Folk festival is back for a second year, with dozens of big-name acts lined up in the surrounds of Dunderry, Co Meath. The festival has built on the success of its inaugural year last year, and is back with a celebration of all things folk. The line-up at this family-friendly festival features two-time Meteor Award winner John Spillane, and an exclusive Irish date from award-winning, folkrock Glastonbury favourites Treetop Flyers. Kildare singer-songwriter Ross Breen, and Dublin-based folk-pop group Little Xs for Eyes, join the impressive lineup that includes The Cujo Family, David Hope,

Coscan, Lynched, Wicker Bones, Easy Buoy, Gordon Reeves, Corner Boy, No Bread, Wyvern Lingo, Mark Maxwell, The Greasy Coates, Polly Barrett, and John Blek and the Rats, bringing the number of acts performing over the weekend to more than 40. Some of Ireland’s best seanchai (storytellers), including Eddie Lenihan and Pat Speight, will perform throughout the weekend in a replica megalithic cairn, while Astronomy Ireland will give festival-goers a chance to view the stars from the perspective of our ancient ancestors. Meanwhile, The Wildlife Trust will run interactive activities for children of all ages. One of the festival organisers, Natasha Duffy,

said: “We want festivalgoers to leave feeling better than when they came, full of optimism and new ideas. “For that reason, we have curated the event to include alternative activities you might not usually find at a festival, while still providing stellar entertainment from some of the most inspiring artists in Ireland and Britain at the moment.” The festival also allows for a little learning, with visitors being given the chance to learn ancient skills such as archery and falconry, and they will get to test their wits in The Hall of Heroes. This is an area of the festival where gaming and competition are expressed through unique games such as bicycle jousting, folk aerobics and the

ancient art of table tennis. For those looking for a relaxed atmosphere, there will be a healing area offering treatments from acupuncture to massage, and teepees open all weekend for drumming and mandala workshops. A stage production, in collaboration with the Gaiety School of Acting, brings The Return of the Fianna – an original comedy featuring characters from Irish mythology – to the festival stage on Saturday and Sunday. Spirit of Folk runs from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, September 23. Weekend camping tickets start at €85; day tickets cost €45, and children under 14 can go free. For further information, see www.spiritoffolk. com.

WITH AA Ireland experiencing its usual back to school call-outs last week, the roadside rescue service is reminding parents on the school run to pull over somewhere safe if they need to attend to their children. The reminder comes following new statistics revealing that of a sample of 10,500 parents, 16% said they have had a near miss or collision as a result of turning around to attend to their children.

This ethereal visitor gets into the spirit at the recent launch of the Spirit of Folk festival on the Hill of Tara

Stressful Conor Faughnan, AA Ireland, said: “As any parent knows, it can be extremely stressful travelling with young children in the car. “Toys get dropped, tantrums can happen, children get ill, and so on. If your little darlings do act up, take a deep breath, keep your eyes ahead, and find somewhere safe to pull in.”

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I know it’s only grrr-ock and roll I DEE WOODS

AFTER 50 years, fans of The Rolling Stones know they’re still rocking, but it’s taken quite a while for the group to get the celebrations rolling. The rock r umour mill has been in overdrive ever since Jagger and Co reached their five decade milestone mark. Fans have been waiting for whispers of a world tour and/or new music to be confirmed, and in the past week, they’ve been thrown another bone... albeit a bit of a strange one. The Rolling Stones have announced

they’re to release (yet another) greatest hits in November, entitled Grrr! It’s a 3-CD, 1 DVD set, and if the title wasn’t weird enough, the giant gorilla sporting The Stones’ trademark tongue and lips on the cover is enough to make any Stones’ fan utter the album’s title with gusto. Along with the Best Of album, the band previously announced a photo exhibition in London depicting their record-breaking career in music as well as The Rolling Stones: 50, a photo book that promises to tell the story of the Stones “like it’s

never been told been told before”. The band is also scheduled to walk the red carpet at the premiere of a documentary about them at the London Film Festival next month. “ C r o s s f i r e H u rricane” is billed as a “kaleidoscopic new film that documents key periods of their career and their incredible adventures”. Now all this is very well and good - plenty of memorabilia fodder to satisfy any Stones’ fan looking for a recap of the band’s past a c h i e ve m e n t s , b u t what about their future ones? Surely the fact

that the band’s members are still alive and kicking after all these years means we should be getting news of new material soon? Mick Jagger tweeted about recording in Paris a few weeks ago giving hope that a new album could be on the cards very soon, and a tour to support it. C’mon boys, don’t make me say it...until The Stones’ stuff of 2012 is released, we can’t get no satisfaction! And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one week, rock fans were hysterical when Led Zeppelin posted a cr yptic photo on

their official Facebook page... The image said simply, “Five”. Inevitably, apoplectic fans wondered if this was the sign of an album to follow the classic Led Zep IV... But, as the week progressed, and “Four”, “T hree” and “Two” were posted on the social networking site, it became clear that it was a countdown to the release of a DVD of their reunion performance at London’s O2 arena in 2007. All we need now is an announcement of some live dates to go with the release of the performance... if only!

The band and the cover art for the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary greatest hits collection




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No7 creates the foundation of a perfect look at Boots NO7 has gone all “techie” and says it’s set to revolutionise the face of Irish beauty with its foundation match-made service. Finding the right colour to match skin tone can be hard, with some leaving faces whiter than white, while others could leave faces looking as if they’ve been tangoed. According to No7, its new service, which is exclusive to 48 Boots stores across Ireland, will help women discover their dream foundation in minutes. No7 Foundation Match-Made Service finds the perfect No7 foundation shade and type for each individual skin tone. A special hand-held device uses a series of coloured and ultra violet lights to assess the tone, colour and lightness of facial skin in seconds. Trained No7 advisors use the device to measure skin colour and the device then matches it to one

of the new, skin-true shades. By assessing the skin’s needs, the advisor helps to find a perfect type of foundation from the extensive range of finishes, formats and tex-----------------------------------

According to No7, its new service, which is exclusive to 48 Boots stores across Ireland, will help women discover their dream foundation in minutes -----------------------------------

tures in the new No7 foundation range. According to the cosmetic company, No7 experts measured the skin colour of more than 2,000 women to develop a new palette of skin-true shades.

All of these skin-true colours remain true across each range, enabling women to choose the perfect colour match in the perfect type of foundation. Debbie Smith, managing director, Boots Ireland, said: “We are extremely excited about celebrating the exclusive launch of the groundbreaking No7 Foundation Match-Made Service in our stores in Ireland. “The combination of a new palette of skin-true shades, based on three years’ worth of research by No7, with a device that takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect foundation, means that No7 is once again at the forefront of bringing great new products and services to our customers.” There is also an updated in-store look with a private consultation area for a more personal shopping experience.

Claim your perfect pickme-up gift

A new No7 service available at all 48 Boots Ireland outlets promises to make finding the perfect foundation a doddle, with a hand-held device expertly identifying the perfect tone for you

HOUSE of Fraser and Lancome are offering the perfect pick-me-up this month with a great gift offer. Customers to the Lancome counter in House of Fraser, Dundrum can avail of this complimentary gift, worth €110, when they purchase two or more Lancome products from September 20 to October 7. The gift includes skincare essentials, two award-winning serums, and a choice of day and night creams. It also includes mascara and lipstick. If you purchase a third Lancôme product, you will receive a bonus gift – a full size Bi-Facil.

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Supported by AIB

Interview: Susie Christian, co-owner, Petco Pet Store, Walkinstown

‘THE DEVIL’S METAL’ VALUE Q – I BOUGHT silver a few years ago. I want to sell it, but Ireland does not seem to have anywhere to sell it. Is it worth keeping? I have also been told to invest in palladium or rhodium. I don’t even know what these are! Can you please advise? Miriam – Churchtown, D14 A - WELL, you have done very well if you bought a few years ago. Silver – the devil’s metal (so-called because of Judas and the 30 pieces of silver he received for selling out Jesus) – is currently priced at c. $29 per troy ounce. Over the past couple of years, it had risen to €40 per troy ounce, but has been fairly steady for the past year. You can buy and sell silver with silversmiths and jewellers across the country, plus also the various online sites such as: • or • • • Remember, there generally is a VAT liability on silver (not gold), but not if pre-circulated. If you have paid the VAT within the EU, then there is no further liability. Silver is part of the precious metals group and, as such, they say it is prudent to hold 10% of your portfolio in these metals. I do remember as a young boy growing up in England scrutinising every two shilling piece, because if I found one with a pre-1922 date on the coin, it was worth double the value! I’m not sure what amount of silver you are holding, but I would not be in any rush at this point to sell. As regards palladium and rhodium, these are part of the platinum family – rare precious metals. Palladium took off in recent years with the resurgence of the motor trade in the US – this metal is used mainly in catalytic converters. Its current price is c. $576 per troy ounce – it was c. $1,100 per troy ounce back in 2000. Rhodium, a rare silver-white hard, noble metal, is similar, resistant to corrosion and found in platinum or nickel ores. This metal was only discovered in 1803 by a William Hyde Wollaston. In 2007, its price was close to $10,000 while, today, it is nearer the €1,080 mark – quite a difference! Approximately 80% of all rhodium production goes into catalytic converters and is alloyed with palladium or platinum. If you have either of these precious metals, again, they’re worth keeping for the moment.  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor


Celebrating store’s furry good year PETCO Pet Store, on the Longmile Road at Walkinstown, are grooming themselves ahead of what they hope will be another successful year for the company as it goes into its second year of business in Dublin. Susie and Joe Christian had been involved in showing German Shepherd dogs for around a decade when they took the plunge into the business world after they realised that there was a market for a particular brand of pet food they wanted for their dogs. This quickly turned into a food supply business, and sparked off a desire to move deeper into wholesale pet supplies. With a wealth of experience in sales and retail, dogs, dog nutrition and other animals between them, they opened their first store in Gorey, Co Wexford, in 2010. The success of that store led to expansion, and their second store in Wicklow Town won second place in Wicklow Chamber of Commerce’s Best New Business competition in 2011. Speaking to Gazette Business last week, Susie said: “We are coming to the end of our first year in Dublin, and we are delighted with its progress. “Our aim is to provide our customers with a pleasant, professional pet store, where education is our key objective. “People want to look after their pets the best they can, and look for the facts and practicalities of owning and caring for them. That’s where we want to make a difference.”

Susie Christian: “Our aim is to provide our customers with a pleasant, professional pet store”

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: When I was younger I wanted to be a vet, a carpenter or an art history teacher

Q: What was your first job? A: Lounge girl in the Gate Bar in Crumlin

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: I can’t remember … Something like £8 a night

Q: When did you start your present job? A: My husband and I opened our first shop three years ago; it took us a few years to get to that point

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: The best thing probably is that the majority of the time you meet happy people who share the same passion as you, and, of course, you spend your time around lots of lovely animals – I also get to bring my Mini Dachshund, Karly, to work with me every day, too

Q: What part of your working

day do you delegate? A: I delegate about 50% of it; I like to keep involved in the day-to-day stuff

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Cycling Q: What sport can you play? A: I go out on my bike; not as much as I should, though

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: In the spirit of guilty pleasures, I love Finnian’s Rainbow

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – Michael D or Jedward? A: I’m a big fan of Michael D, but I think I would have to go for Jedward – they represent such a sense of fun dedication and individuality, and I think we could all take a leaf out of their book

Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: I have lots of music on my iPhone, my favourite being Pearl Jam

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: I just signed up to Twit-

lously – it’s too hard to earn – but I do like to spend it while on holidays and on nice meals

ter; I follow Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Mark Cavendish, but I don’t like Twitter much though

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Too many, if you ask my husband!

Q: What was your last Tweet/ Facebook status? A: A photo of my husband

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: I haven’t had any bad expe-

after a cycle road race, covered in mud

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: My dream meal would have to be parma ham and melon with balsamic dressing for starter, baked sea bass with white wine butter and dill sauce, with baby potatoes and mange tout for mains and chocolate mousse from Eco restaurant in Gorey – it’s the best!

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Dame Edna – enough said Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: I don’t like to spend frivo-

riences on holiday

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: I don’t get to go away that often, so any holiday is a dream – I would love to go on safari, though

Q: What would be your dream job? A: I’m very lucky, as I’m doing my dream job

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Before we opened our shops, we used to show German Shepherds; we have two beautiful Irish Champion girls at home. I would like to do that again and travel some more

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Solar radiation cooks up a new power source I

Gerhard Heyl is the managing director of building contracting firm, HSLC. In a new venture launching this autumn, HSLC will be rolling-out a programme of photovoltaic renewable energy installations. Here, he describes this new eco-friendly technology, and how it can help with lowering energy bills. IT’S September again: shiny new school shoes, books freshly covered, and the leaves changing colour on the trees. At the same time, making sure your house is snug and warm in the coming months is foremost in everyone’s mind. What about the dreaded electricity bills? Over the last few years, energy costs have soared, and we are all trying to find ways to lessen our monthly outlays.

If you were told there was a way you could reduce your energy bills and still keep a low carbon footprint, would you be interested? Advances in technology mean that an energy source previously unsuitable for the domestic market is now available for Irish homes. Photovoltaic – or PV power – is a renewable energy source that is clean, maintenance-free and extremely cost effective. Using PV solar panels, the energy from the sun can be used to generate free electricity for your home (not the hot water solar energy we are used to). PV solar panels generate their electricity from solar radiation, which is emitted to the earth regardless of local weather conditions. All the system needs to generate

power is daylight. This makes a system of this kind ideally suited to the Irish climate. So, how does it work? The system consists of roof-mounted solar panels. Panels can also be set up in a standalone area, depending on the space available on the site. The maximum amount of power will be generated when the system faces in a southerly direction. The panels are linked to the main electricity supply for the house with a connector that automatically switches to free solar power when available, and switches back to the grid when darkness falls. You now have a choice as to what time of the day to run your domestic appliances so as to get the maximum benefit from the free electricity generated by the solar array.

This bright office space has ample parking, and is just a short walk from Lucan village

We are all used to seeing solar panels on roofs and buildings, but eco-friendly photovoltaic – or PV – power uses panels to absorb solar radiation, and thus generate electricity

This is not the hot water solar system we are used to, as they can only generate hot water. PV generates electricity, and, if you have any excess electricity left over, you can direct it to your immersion to heat hot water, too. PV is a clean energy. It does not require the consumption of any fossils fuels, and it does not affect the environment in any negative way. It is a long-term solution for your property or business, and will assist you in dramatically slashing your energy bills. PV is already here. The next time you travel down any motorway in

Ireland, keep a look out for PV-powered Emergency SOS stations on the hard shoulder . A lot of the newer models are powered by small PV panels sitting just above the emergency equipment. Time-sensitive road signs at school crossing points are now also powered with PV cells. Germany, Japan and the US state of California were the front-runners in championing PV technology. For further information, see, call Gerhard at 087 774 9470, or email


First-floor offices with a modern finish REA McDonald are handling the letting of impressive, modern, first-floor office accommodation just a short walk from Lucan village. Set in the Millbank Office development, just over the River Liffey from the village, these offices are finished to a very high standard, and enjoy a host of modern features, including raised access flooring, network cabling system, and suspended ceilings. There is ample assigned car parking just outside of the office space. The space available extends in total to 245 sq m, and can be taken in its entirety or in a small lot size, depending on the needs of the tenant. The lease terms are negotiable, and the offices are available immediately. Contact Barry McDonald, REA McDonald, at 01 628 0625 for an appointment to view.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS Once you’ve RoadSigns Road Signs driven it, the c’eed should plant desire

New Fiesta will feature the acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine

Ford reveal details of the New Fiesta

FORD have revealed the dynamic new version of the best-selling Fiesta that features a sharper design and a host of exclusive technology features. New Fiesta delivers an advanced package of technologies, including a voice-activated in-car connectivity system: Ford SYNC, Active City Stop and the European debut of MyKey. It will also be equipped with the acclaimed 1.0litre EcoBoost petrol engine to deliver expected best-in-class fuel economy. Martin Smith, Ford of Europe executive design director, said: “Fiesta has been one of the world’s best-loved small cars across five decades, and the sporty appeal of the last generation Fiesta inspired real passion among global compact car customers, contributing to its status as the world’s most successful small car. We had to keep that vital part of Fiesta’s make-up, but we also wanted to give it a more sophisticated look.” The 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is the 2012 International Engine of the Year, and is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy. Ford will reveal more details about the new European Fiesta range at the Paris Motor Show later this month

Audi Ireland beat 2011 sales figures

AUDI Ireland achieved a national market share of 5.5% for the month of August, and 4.6% for the year, to date. In eight months, Audi have already managed to surpass their total 2011 sales figures. Andrew Doyle, managing director, Audi Ireland, said: “The first eight months of 2012 have witnessed Audi increase sales by 9.2% in Ireland. “Despite the challenges faced by the motor industry as a whole, we have managed to successfully grow our business and increase our market share. In just eight months this year, more customers have taken home a newAudi than did in the full year of 2011 – this is certainly very satisfying, and a reflection of the strong demand for outstanding Audi product.” As part of Volkswagen Bank Ireland, owned by its German parent company Audi Finance, has also experienced record lending results in the yearto-date, mirroring the rise in sales.


FROM time to time I get to test drive a car that commands a very particular kind of attention. I’m not talking about the envious attention from other men of my age as I cruise around in a top-of-the-range, premium German SUV, nor am I talking about the downright jealous, open-mouthed stares of the 18- to 25-year-old set when I get to zip across the city in a garishly coloured, noisy pocket rocket. No. Real interest in a car that people will actually buy comes from those who open their windows at traffic lights to ask about what I’m driving, or those who approach me in car parks to get a closer look at something they are genuinely interested in spending their hardearned money on. This year, both of these scenarios played out, and both for cars from the same brand. The cars in question were both from the Korean brand, Kia. I wrote in a previous report about a taxi driver who stopped me to talk about the very comfortable and stylish Optima, but more recently, a couple of empty-nesters (that’s what the motor industry call the over-


SPECS: KIA ‘[Praising it so much,] I began C’EED 1.6 D EX to feel as though I were a Kia salesman, but I really couldn’t criticise the car. Not only that, but, like most Kia models, the c’eed is a seriously pretty car to boot.’

 Top speed: 197km/hour  CO2 emissions: 109 g/ km  0-100km (sec): 10.9  Max power (ps/rpm): 128/4,000  Displacement: 1582cc  Entry Price: €23,295

65s) asked to take a closer look at the very tasty Kia c’eed that I was testing. When I explained that I was reviewing the car, I pretty much had to clear my schedule for the next half an hour as we discussed everything from ease of access in and out of the back seats, leg room, level of spec, handling, fuel efficiency etc. To be honest, I began to feel as though I were a Kia salesman, but I really couldn’t criticise the car. Not only that, but, like most Kia models, the c’eed is a seriously pretty car to boot. This is the second generation of Kia’s biggest seller in Europe, and the company did not want to disappoint their customers with anything less than a stunner. Given that the c’eed was first launched in 2007, its success is very impressive. Not only was it the first model to establish Kia as a serious contender to the estab-


lished brands in Europe, it won praise from the media and public alike for its all-round ownership proposition, and claimed fourth place in the European COT Y Awards that year – the highest-ever ranking for a Kia vehicle. The look of the car is unmistakably Kia – they have developed a design signature that really does stand out from the ordinary.

Classic look The side profile of the car has lines that move toward the roof as they stretch to the rear of the car, giving it the classic look of something that is moving as it stands still. This look seems to mask the fact that the rear doors are, in turn, given plenty of space, making it very comfortable for adults to get in and out. The stylish boot spoiler, with its top-mounted centre light, gives another pleasing aspect to the rear.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the rear view would be limited, as the back window is quite small, but it never hindered my view in the least. The front end of the car delivers in spades. It has all of the personality you could ask for in a car in this class. The low stance, the snarling grille, the stretched-back headlight clusters, all with just the right amount of chrome accents, adds up to give the car serious character. What I like about the inside of the c’eed is that it matches the look from the outside. Too many cars go with ultra-modern exterior styling, and then revert to type with fake wood inserts on the interior. The c’eed gets the balance right with a slick, modern finish. They don’t break the bank here, but the important stuff – such as the steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake – all feel solid,

Although Kia is always an

The c’eed doesn’t scrimp

with reassuring contours for a secure grip. It’s also very comfortable. I have no doubt that long journeys in it would be a doddle – the lumbar and side supports are very well designed. The new cee’d is both longer and lower than the previous model, giving

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RoadSigns Road Signs The new Golf 1.6-litre 105bhp diesel will have CO2 emissions of 99g/km

New Golf is set for Ireland in December

impressive line to follow, the new Kia c’eed 1.6 D Ex is particularly noteworthy, with a wealth of features to match its attractive exterior

on attention to detail; more importantly, it’s a very comfortable drive, which attracts plenty of admiring looks

the five-door hatchback a more sporty profile. Its overall length is increased by 50mm (to 4,310mm) and overall height has been reduced by 10mm (to 1,470mm) by lowering the ride height. It has carried over the 2,650 mm wheelbase – one of the

longest in the C-segment – from its predecessor. The impact on the car’s aesthetics is heightened by the availability of 17- and 18-inch diameter alloy wheels, resulting in a minimal gap between tyres and bodywork. The new cee’d will be manufactured exclusive-

ly at Kia’s Zilina facility in Slovakia in a range of 10 exterior colours – five new, and five carried over – and will be among the first models to bear the new-look Kia badge on its bonnet. The badge is simpler, sleeker and more up-todate – just right for this

new model. The model I drove was the 1.6 litre diesel EX. This is the engine that Kia believe will be the most popular in Europe. Generating 128ps and 260Nm, the engine will be offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions,

and will accelerate the new cee’d to 100kph in less than 11 seconds. Fuel consumption will be just 4.1 l/100km on the combined cycle (3.7 l/100km in cars fitted with Kia’s EcoDynamics technologies), and CO2 emissions start at just 97 g/km.

GOOD news for Golf-ers – VW have announced that the seventh-generation of their iconic Golf will come to Ireland this December, in time for January 2013 sales. More than 29 million Golfs have been sold worldwide, and, here in Ireland, the Golf is Volkswagen’s best-selling model. The new Golf is safer, more comfortable and spacious than the previous model, is up to 100kg lighter and – in the case of the new 140bhp petrol engine that features cylinder deactivation and a combined fuel consumption of 4.8 l/100km – it is up to 23% more fuel-efficient. Conceptually, the new Golf is based on the ModularTransverse Matrix. This means that everything was redesigned: from the body and powertrain to the interior – as well as all information and entertainment systems, and its many new assistance systems. At 4,255mm long, the new Golf is 56mm longer than its predecessor and features a 59mm longer wheelbase of 2,637mm. The front wheels are 43mm further forward to improve the interior space, while the new car is also 13mm wider, and 28mm lower than the car it replaces. Inside the Golf, there is more room than ever. The rear legroom has been improved by 15mm, and the front seats have been moved 20mm further back, benefiting taller drivers. Front shoulder room is improved by 31mm to 1,420mm (the rear is 30mm wider), and elbow room by 22mm to 1,469mm (20mm wider at the rear). There is more room for luggage, too – the boot is 30 litres larger, at 380 litres, with a low 685mm sill to make loading effortless. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully-forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,412mm long. There is a 10% improvement in the drag co-efficient, which is now 0.27Cd. Volkswagen developed two entirely new generations of engines for the Golf that offer a power range from 85bhp to 150bhp. All engine versions are equipped with a standard stop/start system and battery regeneration, which contribute towards improved fuel economy. The common rail diesel engine, with 105bhp (which is expected to be the biggest-seller in Ireland), consumes 3.8 litres of fuel per 100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Go east to Galloway for a hot festival

Visit the iconic sites of Canada with American Holidays offer

IF you’ve always wanted to visit the home of Niagara Falls or explore some of Canada’s most famous regions, American Holidays is offering some great Canadian offers this October. Spend four nights at the four-star Le Meridian King Edward Hotel in Toronto and two nights at the five-star Sheraton Hotel on the Falls from only €1,009 per person. The tasteful Le Meridian King Edward offers a traditional and historic lodging in the city centre of Toronto – the ideal situation for shopping and visiting the many city sights while the Sheraton is the largest and most luxurious of the Falls accommodations. Situated on the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue, the Niagara Falls Sheraton is the cornerstone of the largest indoor waterpark, hotel and entertainment resort in North America. Prices based on two adults sharing include return flights from Dublin, taxes and charges. To book, call American Holidays on 01 4331020.

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WHETHER it’s seeing some famous landmarks, trying your lucky hand at blackjack or visiting the infamous strip in Las Vegas, American Holidays has the perfect package to send you on a grownups adventure this December. Stay at the threestar Riviera Hotel for seven nights from just €649 per person. This full-service Las Vegas Strip hotel features outstanding shows performing nightly in intimate theatre settings and also boasts 100,000 sq ft of the latest casino games that include the best table games odds on offer as well as a new Asian gaming pit, featuring baccarat and Pai Gow poker. Departing from Dublin on December 3, 2012, the price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation and all taxes, based on two people sharing. For further information or to book, call American Holidays on 01 6733804 or call into the office on Duke Street, Dublin 2. Ref No: 198128




2012 is all about showcasing Scotland as a creative destination. With that in mind, there are a host of great events and festivals taking place this year aimed at seducing the visitor to discover Scotland at its most creative. I travelled to South West Scotland for The Wickerman Festival recently, which was held in Galloway in July. Miracle of miracles, the weather stayed dry for the two-day musical extravaganza, and there wasn’t a muddy welly in sight. On the bill were two big hitters, with Scissor Sisters on the first night and Texas on the second. Both went down a treat with the largely family-orientated crowd assembled at the festival. Some of my companions, who were seasoned festival goers, remarked that they’d never experienced a smaller, more relaxed and more spacious festival before. The festival’s programme featured a range of child-friendly activities on the 120 acres of isolated farmland, which was located near Dundrennan, in deepest Galloway. There was storytelling by bestselling children’s author, Aiken Drum, as well as cinema showings and Laser Quest among

the festival activities. There was also plenty to feed the adrenaline junkies, with rush fire walking, grass sledging and some slightly intimidating amusement rides. The music was extremely varied with 80s’ groups, The Blockheads and Bad Manners lending an air of ska and punk to the weekend’s proceedings.

The Wickerman festival is still up and coming, you see. In just the eleventh year of its existence, the festival seems to be more famous for the huge Wicker Man figure, than for any musical credentials it has built up over its short and successful lifespan. The cult seventies horror film, The Wicker Man, was largely shot in the Dumfries and Galloway

The Wicker Man strikes an Olympic pose

Also on the bill were Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Goldblade, The Skints, Pronghorn, The Toasters, Sharks and The Vibrators. There were two main stage areas, a dance area, and an acoustic tent and while the food was the usual festival grub, there were countless bars and food stalls on offer.

area and while it seems the festival is named more in relation to this, legend has it that the original wicker effigy was used in human sacrifice by the ancient Gauls. The festival’s own Wicker Man, however, was a very dashing and ar tistic 40-f t statue wrought from wicker reeds and stood on a hill

overlooking the music and amusements. He remained in this spot for the duration of the two-day festival, until he fulfilled what is his annual destiny and was set alight at midnight on the final festival night. Everyone gathered around the enormous flaming effigy in one pagan celebration, in order to mark the festival’s finale. The following day brought with it a visit to some of Dumfries’ top cultural treats. A local artists’ collective, known as the Workshop and Studio Provision, Scotland (WASP), provides studio space and exhibitions for the members in its town of Kirkcudbright and is located in beautiful stone houses in the town. We t h e n e n j o y e d the fruits of the artistic labours of the studio’s talented painters and crafts people in an exhibition entitled Gifted. Our tour then took us to visit a real blacksmith’s forge, where we met award winning blacksmith, Adam Booth, in Kirkpatrick Durham, Castle Douglas. Adam has been part of the Dumfries and Galloway Spring Fling, Scotland’s Premier Art and Craft Open Studios event, for many years. Our visit to the forge coincided nicely with a demonstration of Adam in action; where we witnessed a live illustration of hot forging and were brought through the process involved in a project he was working on to create gates for an aristocratic estate. Adam welds nothing on his incredibly beautiful gates and banister creations. All the pieces are self supporting entities and involve the forging of heavy iron and manipulating it into intricate, beautiful and bespoke designs. W h e n we we r e n ’t enjoying the festival or sampling the cultural delights, my friends and I stayed in The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club on English Street, Dumfries.

Dumfries and Galloway

The hotel is a large imposing edifice made, like most buildings in the Dumfries and Galloway area, of red-pink sandstone dug from a local quarry. Remnants of the 80s appeared on the inside of the hotel, with asymmetrical designs and crazy colours holding sway in one area, while a more subdued 50s feel dominated another. The Scottish people we met, from the encyclopaedic taxi drivers to the barmen in the hotel, were all extremely gregarious and natural storytellers. T here was a huge sense of pride and they certainly represented the very best their country has, and continues, to offer. For more information on all Scotland has to offer log on to

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Gulf Cruise, Dubai

All-winter sunshine and adventures at the luxurious Gulf States ALONG with back-to-school time comes the anticipation of winter. But for families enticed by the prospect of some all-winter sunshine, the Gulf States are becoming an ever more popular spot for winter destinations. The booming cruise sector has latched onto this trend with Thomas Cook Cruise offering a seven-night full board cruise of the Arabian Gulf, with prices including flights from Dublin. The newly refreshed Serenade of the Seas, complete with hi-tech flat-screen TVs in all cabins, outstanding new entertainment and new dining options, is home for the eight-day voyage, which sets out from Dubai heading for Fujairah, a haven for jet skiing, scuba diving or snorkelling, with its crystal-clear waters. There is also the chance to indulge in a thrilling 4x4 off-road adventure. The next stop is Muscat in Oman, where an overnight stay allows plenty of time to absorb the medieval Portuguese architecture and the views from the harbour and old city, as well as a chance to haggle for bargains in the Mutra Souq. The cruise takes in Abu Dhabi with its luxury hotels and restaurants and endless shopping malls, before returning to Dubai for a night’s stay. The metropolis also offers lots to do, from more wall-to wall shopping to entertainment at the IMG theme park and the mindboggling Dubailand. Departing January 27, 2013, the Dubai fly/ cruise is priced from just ₏1,173 per person, including onboard meals, entertainment and flights and transfers from Dublin. With guaranteed average temperatures of 24C and over eight hours of sunshine per day, the Gulf redefines winter sun for European holidaymakers. For more information or to book, call the Thomas Cook Cruise team in Dublin on 01 514 0336, visit your local travel agent or log onto .

The Wickerman Festival crowd

Scissor Sisters perform at The Wickerman Festival 2012

The finale of the festival is the iconic burning Wicker Man

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Frederic Bourdin embedded himself with an American family for five months posing as their missing son

C’est impossible, non? A 23-year-old French man is welcomed home as a missing American teenager. The weirdest thing? It’s true I PAUL HOSFORD

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PUTTING yourself in the position of a family grieving over the disappearance of your 14 -year-old son and brother is, thankfully for most people, an impossible task. However, to make judgements on the Barclay family, the subjects of Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter, are asked to do. Three years after the disappearance of 14-year-old Nicholas, his family are contacted by authorities in Spain. Nicholas is there and is ready to come home. Which is, of course, great news. Except for the fact that the previously blonde-haired, blue-eyed Nicholas is now a dark-haired, dark-eyed grow n up with, of all things, a French accent. T he idea that the family could so read-

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Imposter ##### (15) 99 mins Director: Bart Layton Starring: Frederic Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide, Bryan Gibson, Nancy Fisher, Charlie Parker, Bruce Perry


RIGHTLY hailed as one of the standouts of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, The Imposter is a stylish, brutally raw and often moving look at what it means to lose and what it means to be lost. Layton does an excellent job of keeping the narrative tight and allowing the audience draw their own conclusions.

ily accept this obvious imposter as the boy they had raised and grown up with, forms a central premise of the documentar y as the FBI begin to investigate the disappearance, the media get hold of his story and a local private investigator’s suspicions are piqued. If you have just read the last few paragraphs, you might think this particular film had a fanciful, almost unbelievable storyline. No family could surely, no matter how wracked with grief, mistake their American son

for a French man. The FBI would not surely investigate claims of a military ring that kidnaps and sexually assaults young boys? A man could surely not blow the whistle based on the difference between two people’s ears.? But, as Layton strips back the story, layer by bizarre layer, you are left, as a viewer with a torrent of questions. It is one thing to present fictional characters who make bad choices or don’t see the blindingly obvious. We all know that the

boy next door is a better fit for the prom queen than the captain of the football team and we wonder why she can’t see it. But when the people are real, their reactions, their emotions and their impulses show just how true fictional representations of bad choices can be. Frederic Bourdin, the charismatic charlatan who sets the whole train in motion, is happy to nonchalantly recount how he came to embed himself with his new American family for five months. The calm and matterof-fact manner with which he recounts the story is chilling in many parts, hilarious in others. He is a true-life Tom Ripley, at once aware that his construct is fallacy, but knowing that it is nothing without his whole-hearted belief

that what he is doing is the truth, even though the truth is a nebulous concept. Lay ton is keen to avoid drawing conclusions, so the audience is free to debate the reasons for each subject’s actions. Are the family so stricken by grief that t h e y ove r l o o k s u c h obviously glaring discrepancies? Is Bourdin a handy cover-up for skeletons in the closet? As the story begins to unravel and private investigator Charlie Parker begins to step up what he believes is the search for a spy, those who tell the truth and those who have a tenuous grip on it become one. Whether any of the stories posited are true is the burning question, which is sad in itself, as it ignores that a young boy is still missing.

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You might give your D’Oh! to The Simpsons I SHANE DILLON

ANY Simpsons fans out there? C’mon, there must be a few of you left, loyally still watching Homer and co (even though the long-running series has had fewerlaughs than an Eastenders’ Chrismas special for well over a decade, now). We l l , S i m p s o n s fans may be delighted at the news that The SImpsons: Tapped Out is back in the iTunes store, after disappearing for several months over some server issues, which

have now been ironed out. Long story short: after Homer accidentally destroys Springfield, you can help him rebuild the town, an iconic building at a time, gradually unlocking characters as you go. The more you play, the more you can see and do, and the more you unlock. So far, so familiar, as it’s yet another “freemium” title in the iTunes store – that is, a free game to download and play, but one that offers a premium

price element, as you can choose to use IAP – inapp purchases – to hand over real-world money for a virtual hand, and speed up the pace of your game. Otherwise, gamers can expect plenty of grinding – that is, carrying out heavily repetitive duties to level up at a painstakingly slow pace. Ultimately, whether or not you play the game at a slothlike pace – which Homer would approve of, I’m sure – or approach it like Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby, and blow plenty

Bytesandpieces Apple about to pip rivals again?

If you ever thought that Moe’s Tavern should be next door to Springfield Elementary, freemium IOS title, The SImpsons: Tapped Out could be for you

of money (or “doughnuts”, the game’s painstakinglyearned currency), there’s a decent amount of content here for fans to enjoy, and, naturally, the bright, cartooney visuals look great on your iWhatever. However, while the marketing tie-in is pretty obvious, hardcore gamers won’t find it very challenging, as apart from

designing your own version of Springfield and unlocking all your favourite faces, well ... there’s not much else to do. Parents are likely to pay particularly close attention to the game, as the possibility of children blowing lots of real-world money on virtual doughnuts is likely to make them shout “D’oh!”, too ...

SEEMS like Apple are just about to roll out its latest iPhone, which would make sense as a practical move to pip its rivals to the post as the key Christmas market begins to drift into view. The high-tech company have (yet again) issued tech journalists with a cryptic invitation to the unveiling of a mysterious new product, which the (tech) world and his dog expects to be revealed as the iPhone 5. As my invite appears lost in the post, I can only muse (along with virtually every nerd on the planet) that the expected iPhone 5 is here. Almost. At the time of writing, Apple’s mysterious new

product was due to be unveiled in San Francisco just a day before The Gazette hits the streets, so some of you may already know at the time of your reading this exactly what the product unveiling is. (The iPhone 5, right?) The company has poured a lot of investment into its Chinese production lines, while rumours, alleged prototype shots and more have kept the rumour mill trundling along. Analysts and techheads regularly comment on the firm’s interest in diversifying and expanding its market shares, but news of the iPhone 5 can be relied upon to generate a much simpler response from millions of Apple fans: “I want one.”


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Dockrell hopes to put Australia in a spin at World Cup

GEORGE Dockrell travelled out this week with the Irish cricket team to Sri Lanka as they get set for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The team’s departure came just a few days after the Leinster rising star was nominated for an ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award, one of four Irish players included in the list for the prestigious award.

Spinner Dockrell is named alongside bighitting Kevin O’Brien as well as Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling and they will hope to carry on their impressive form of the past 12 months when they face Australia in Colombo on Wednesday, September 19 in their tournament opener before meeting the West Indies. At their farewell ceremony, the team received the added boost with the news that Austral-

ian fast-bowling legend Craig McDermott would be joining the party as coach. Responding to the news, skipper Trent Johnston described the addition as “fantastic”. “He’ll be invaluable for guys like Max Sorensen but even at my stage I can learn from someone like Craig, especially as he was, up to recently, A u s t r a l i a ’s b ow l i n g coach. “As a kid I always wanted to be Mal-

George Dockrell was part of the Irish team that set off for Sri Lanka this week for the Twenty20 World Cup where Ireland will take on Australia and the West Indies

colm Marshall when we played in the street. But if I couldn’t be him I always picked Craig McDermott.” Richard Holdsworth, Cricket Ireland performance director said of the Australian’s appointment: “He is vastly expe-

rienced both as a top class player and more recently as a specialist bowling coach. Craig’s enthusiasm, experience and knowledge will add further strength to our coach support staff and we thank the ICC high performance programme

for their financial support towards achieving this. “ H av i n g r e c e n t l y been bowling coach to the Australian team, his insights into their players will help the team prepare for our match against them on September 19.”

All of Ireland’s games will be shown live on Sky Sports. In addition the Cricket Ireland website www.cricketireland. ie will be hosting ball by ball coverage as part of the match scoring feature on the revamped website.

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Lake County see off Dublin in Junior A final A SUPERIOR Westmeath made up for last year’s disappointment to claim the Junior A camogie championship title by 1-14 to 2-6 though Dublin’s squad and management can reflect on a great 2012, winning the league. Westmeath, though, had the upper hand from the start, keeping Dublin scoreless for the first 15 minutes and, although leading by two points at the break, and by four points six minutes into the second half, one always sensed that Westmeath had their measure on the day, eventually prevailing after extra-time. Dinah Loughlin was outstanding in midfield and gave her side the opening score with a pointed free after six minutes while Denise McGrath added a second point before Dublin took the lead. Joeleen Hoary rifled a super ground stroke to the net in the 15th minute and there were a couple of near misses that could have extended the margin. Two fine points by Róisín Collins and another by Kirsten Farrell kept Dublin ticking over but two points by player of the match Dinah Loughlin left the midlanders trailing by 1-3 to 0-4 at the break. Hoary hand-passed to the net for a second goal in the second half but Dublin failed to build on this and would not score again for a further 15 minutes. In this quarter of an hour Westmeath added 1-2 while Dublin responded thanks to Grainne Ryan, Laoise Quinn and Shauna Duff and Elaine Gallery to draw the sides level in the 51st minute. However, an inspirational point from a free from Loughlin almost on the sideline put Westmeath back in front but Dublin rallied to force extra time. Westmeath found an extra gear with Loughlin and Pamela Greville seeing them home in some style, winning out by five points.

Alfred Mawuli, above, and Zi Cheng Yu, Xin Zhang and Jian Fei Han, below, enjoy the festivities at the SARI Soccerfest Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

SARI rocks the park

MORE than 3,000 spectators turned out to join in the fun and take on the world at a sun drenched Tesco mobile Sport Against Racism Ireland Soccerfest in the Phoenix Park, Dublin last weekend. Forty men’s teams, eight women’s teams and eight U-13 teams battled it out at the largest intercultural sevena-side tournament in Europe. The winners of the Tesco mobile SARI Cup were FC Antrim who beat Insaka 1-0 in a hotly contested final that had a bit of bite too. The Tesco Mobile SARI Plate was won by the Libyan Community who beat One World in the final 2-1. The women’s tournament was won by St Catherine’s

who beat St Joseph’s 3-0 and the Under-13 Fair Play Cup was won by Lifford who came all the way from Ennis. The Clare outfit beat New Generation, from Dundalk, in a great game watched by former Republic of Ireland and Arsenal defender John Devine. Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin showed a lot of fancy footwork in an All Stars match organised by SARI which tackles discrimination and promotes dignity and respect for all. Newstalk’s Eoin McDevitt also proved that he can put his money where his mouth is – not only does he talk a good game, he can play, as can Apres Match star Gary Cooke who scored the winning goal. In a poignant moment,

Karpreet Singh took to the field for the All Star’s match, a boy who at just 12 years old was sent from the field of play for wearing a turban in a schoolboy fixture. The incident took over a year to sort out by the FAI, which still shows that there is a lot to be done as far as racial equality is concerned in the game, according to Ken McCue. “As far as the incident with Karpreet is concerned, it’s the referee who should’ve got the red card. For a turban to be labelled a religious manifestation would make you wonder how the some of the world’s greatest players get away with having crucifixes and angels tattooed on them. “It was great to have Karpreet out there with the celebrities and I’m

happy to say that he’s back playing football now with Hillcrest. “Through the activities that took place and the match with the likes of John Joe Nevin, it really did raise a lot of awareness for the children, who did a job themselves in bringing their parents along. “I have to admit that John Joe was a lot better than I thought he would be, although he did miss a sitter when he headed the ball over an open goal. “He was leagues bet-

ter than Kenny Egan though, that lad has no spatial awareness outside a 12x12! “Another great thing that I noticed this year was the amount of children taking part that had parents that competed in the first SARI Cup 16 years before. “It’s the older generations that need to learn about racial equality too, so when you have such a great turnout to the event, it’s very hard for the movement to go unnoticed,” McCue finished.

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Challenge Ten to take on Irish tour

Two years ago, Breifne Earley set about changing his life, taking on 10 personal challenges; this week, he is ready to face 10 more, writes HIROMI MOONEY IT’S not easy to motivate yourself to tr y something new but one man has set about taking on 10 new challenges in one fell swoop. Breifne Earley, formerly head coach with St Francis women’s soccer team, is that man, taking on a series of life-changing physical challenges. I n O c t o b e r 2 010 , the then 29-year-old we i g h e d a l m o s t 2 0 stone, and said he was single and depressed. Over the next two years, he has managed to lose almost four stone, completed a marathon, learned how to swim, completed two triathlons, three open water sea swims, cycled over 1,000km around New Zealand, changed jobs three times, started producing and presenting a weekly radio show, had 50 blind dates and

has raised over €10,000 for a number of charitable causes. Having completed his 10 challenges last November, Breifne set about taking on 10 new challenges; one of which starts this week, a cycle tour around Ireland

about it. That’s the biggest thing. “The fact that I actually put it on a Facebook page, it nearly got to the situation that so many people saw it when I put it up on Facebook. “One of my friend’s families saw it within 24


‘I wanted to get to a better spot in life in every way. It was as simple as writing it down’ Breifne Earley


through all 32 counties. “I was in a bad place and I just wanted to get better. I wanted to get to a better spot in life in every way, shape and form. It was as simple as writing it down,” he told GazetteSport. “It’s just a matter of deciding what you want, making a note about it and telling someone

hours, and if I had then turned around a week later and said ‘actually no I’m not going to do that’, I would have been a laughing stock. “So I put that extra pressure on myself to go and actually do it and it worked. “It was actually the step of writing it down and telling people and

Breifne Earley is back on the road as he is set to cycle 1,500km around Ireland

having the fact that people can come back and throw it in my face if I didn’t do it – that was a huge motivating factor for me, and that’s what worked for me. “I got into a habit of training, and I was training seven or eight times a week between in the gym, swimming, cycling, on the road running, doing various other bits and pieces as well.” Breifne trained for 12 months ahead of the marathon and the twoweek cycle challenge in New Zealand. He says that the cycle was one of the highlights of his challenges. “We really pushed ourselves. There were 30 of us in the group that did that. “We had good support and we had a good back-up team with as well and that meant it was slightly easier, but it was tough,” he says. “I think the distance in the Irish per day is somewhat similar; the average was around 120km in New Zealand and we would be 100km a day in the Irish trip. “The mountains aren’t going to be quite as high, so relatively speaking it’s a similar challenge. The only difference is I’m doing this one on my own and there’s no support team behind me. “I will have people on each individual day with me, which is going to be fantastic, but it is ulti-

mately going to be me doing this on my own, which is from a personal point of view, going to be a much bigger challenge to make sure I have everything right.” Breifne will set off on his 1,500km journey from Sandymount Green in Dublin and aims to see his return on Sunday 30 September. On route, he will be joined by some sporting legends and personalities including endurance athlete Gerry Duffy (32 marathons and DecaIronman champion) , Olympic Athletes Rob Heffernan and Colin Griffin, Olympic Swimm e r B a r r y Mu r p hy from Aer Lingus, Rathf a r n h a m ’s A n n a l i s e Murphy - fourth in the recent Olympic laser radial sailing competition - and Malahide’s Scott Flanigan as well as Olympic triathlete Gavin Noble. He will also be joined by 2FM presenter Paddy McKenna, as well as some family, friends and members of the public. The 10 charities he has selected are Aware, Special Olympics Ireland, IRFU Charitable Trust, Paralympics Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, IHCPT The Pilgrimage Trust, Niall Mellon Township Trust, Pieta House, North West Hospice and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Donations can be made at w w


Hockey season starts back this weekend

THE Leinster men and women’s hockey seasons gets underway on Saturday with Monkstown hoping to finally end their wait for the men’s title this season. They start off with a tough date against the rising force of Railway Union at Rathdown with new coach - former Irish international Graham Shaw - taking over the reins for his first game. Whitechurch club Corinthian meet newly promoted by Avoca in a southside derby while Fingal have a bye weekend due to UCD’s week of grace. On the women’s side, Beaufort club Loreto meet Glenanne but have to contest this season without the Irish duo of Nicci Daly and Nikki Symmons, the latter now taking on a coaching role with the Glens. Hermes start their campaign with a game against Pembroke.

Kilbogget to host annual dlr 5k run KILBOGGET Park will once again host the dlr Community 5k run, taking place on October 13 at 2pm. Now in its fourth year, the dlr Community 5K is going from strength to strength. This family fun event brings together the whole community with people, young and old, serious runners and casual stroller. all welc The run will kick off Social Inclusion Week, all fitness levels are welcome where you can walk, jog, run, wheel, push a buggy or even participate hopping in fancy dress. The five-kilometre

route will take participants around the picturesque Kilbogget Park and is suitable for all levels of ability and fitness. There is an entry fee of €5 for adults (children are free) and participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag as well as refreshments. Places are limited so it’s important to register online at www. dlrsportspartnership. ie or return a registration form, available by calling 01 2719502. This annual event is organised by DLR Sports Partnership and its partners Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, dlr Leisure Services, the HSE and Cabinteely Athletic and Football Clubs.


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Barnhall Babes draw with Wexford Vixens

NUIM Barnhall’s Babes’ first visit to Wexford to play the Vixens in two years ended in a 5-5 draw as they battled a tough forward battle in atrocious weather conditions last weekend. In a battle of many scrums, Barnhall prop Antoinette Jago and Anne Carroll along with Wexford’s Aine Whelan produced an epic tussle in the front row as both sides’ running game was stifled by the conditions. Wexford’s captain and number 8 Vera Butler picked repeatedly from the back of the scrum and the base of the rucks but NUIM Barnhall’s flankers Sarah Haughian and Julie Clifford managed to stop her powerful runs. Regina O’Reilly was in top form standing in the “pillar” position and managed seven tackles in the first 15 minutes of play alone. Solid play from Wexford allowed them to muscle their way up to and eventually over the line as Vera Butler touched down to put the Vixens 5-0 up. In response, the Babes came out in the second half more focused with quick-rucking giving them the edge. And the Parsonstown outfit finally got their breakthrough when Grainne Gaffney’s artful kick set up great field position from which Barnhall earned a line-out. The ball was set back for Ais Hawkins who ran straight at her opposite number, pumping her legs in contact and managed to power over for the equalising try, making it 5-5.

Esker seeking volunteers ESKER Celtic Football Club are looking for more people to get involved to assist in the running of the club on a voluntary basis. Currently, they are looking for a team manager for their U-15 team. All coaching and player development will be part of the club coaching programme and both Under-15 teams will train together

The academy for beginners is seeking additional coaches All training and coaching will be provided including FAI Kick Start 1 and 2. It takes place every Saturday at 1.30pm. Meanwhile, the club requires general assistance with computer work for two hours a week and two hours a week as a litter warden. Please call into the club at the weekend or check out the club website for contact details at

The Lucan United DDSL U-13C won their second game of their league campaign with a stunning performance at Airlie Heights

Lucan storm past Merrion DDSL U-13C

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LUCAN United picked up their second victory of the new campaign as they got the better of Mount Merrion at Airlie Heights last Saturday. After a lively opening in which Jason Dragomir swung in a dangerous cross and Alex Bayley drew a good save from the Merrion goalkeeper, the opening goal was not long in arriving. A good combination between Morgan Reilly and Bayley allowed the

latter through on goal, he kept his head to coolly finish in the bottom right hand corner. Central midfielder Jake McEntee was proving a calming influence, picking out passes to wingers Dragomir and Eoin Griffin. Merrion, attacking on the break, caused a few nervous moments for the home team but the Lucan defence, supported by goalkeeper, Jack Hegarty looked in control. And just before halftime, Lucan struck for the second time. McEntee was again pulling the strings in

Cricketing kings: Adamstown seconds claim Minor Cup title ADAMSTOWN second team lifted the LCU

Minor Cup beating AIB Taverners last weekend in Marlay Park. Batting first, they set a strong 211-9 from their 40 overs with Hanan Maan scoring 77 and Arun Kumar hitting 58 in a stand of 107, recovering from being reduced 8-2 after eight overs. AIB never got going in response, losing three early wickets and eventually ending on 121 from 31.2 overs, 90 shy of their target.

midfield, passing quickly to Reilly who flicked on to Dragomir. He shot instantly from 25 yards where centre forward Jordan O’Leary was on hand to finish off the rebound. The second half picked up in the same vein as the first with Lucan on the attack. The third goal came courtesy of Reilly who battled to win a loose ball, exchanged passes with full back Imran Lananbai, and shot from just outside the box, the ball nestling in the bottom corner after a wicked deflection. The fourth goal was

another excellent team goal. Sweeper Josh Power, now operating at full back, passed to Adam O’Keeffe who turned on the after-burners, cutting in from the wing passed to McEntee who found Bayley with a deft touch. He played the ball forward to O’Leary who, with his back to goal, fed the advancing Reilly who tricked his marker and curled a beautiful right-footed shot into the top corner beating the hapless Mount Merrion goalkeeper. Lucan were now playing with a swagger, that

of a team with the scent of victory. The fifth and final goal came two minutes from the end. Konde was proving to be as influential as McEntee and Reilly in midfield, his brave tackle released Reilly who was fouled as he tried to advance. Centre back Adam Noonan stood over the free-kick 30-yards from goal and hammered an impressive strike over the wall and through a crowded box. It bounced wickedly in front of the Mount Merrion goalkeeper and into the bottom corner, rounding off the big win.

13 September 2012 LUCAN GAZETTE 31



with Gerry and Frank Colgan and their

O’Conghaile and the Dublin minor hurl-

staff at this very sad time. Ar dheis De

ers on their All-Ireland Final draw with

go raibh a anam dilis.

Tipperary on Sunday.

Saturday on our all-weather pitch at

set for Saturday, September 15. We are

our clubhouse grounds at the 12th Lock.

still looking for donations of bottles,

Football and hurling for boys born in

bags, DVDs etc for the stalls.All can be

2006, 2007 and 2008 from 1.30pm to 3pm.

left behind the bar or in the wheelie bin

Football for girls born in 2005, 2006, 2007

inside the front door of the clubhouse.

and 2008 from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and

We also need volunteers to help on the

camogie for girls aged six and over from


2.30 to 3.30pm. No need to pre-register.

The response from some of the juvenile teams has been very poor. There

Paul Winters, pictured below, scored a couple of late frees to earn an All-Ireland final replay Pictures: Chris Lynam

Glass half full for Boland’s heroes ALL-IRELAND MHC FINAL Dublin Tipperary

1-16 2-13


LUCAN Sarsfields’ Sean McClelland and Eoghan O’Conghaile were part of Dublin’s minor hurlers that forced a replay against the heavilyfavoured Tipperary side last Sunday in Croke Park, with two late frees from Paul Winters earning the Dubs a final set for Sunday, September 30. St Brigid’s man Winters was on form putting over six valuable frees in the game, which were pivotal in the Dublin effort as John McGrath put all but three of the Munster men’s scores on the board, taking a tally of 1-11 on the day. Sarsfields’ McClelland put in a solid display, grabbing a point from long-range after Tipp put a goal past Dublin’s Cian MacGabhann, which acted as a perfect tonic

for the Dublin men who got back on terms after the Lucan man’s puck. Although O’Conghaile hasn’t played a lot of hurling in the championship campaign, he has been touted as one for the future and his selection says a lot about the young man who is still competing at U-16 at club level. Dublin certainly deser ved their draw on the day, and many believed they should have taken the victory, with a lot of light frees being given to the Tipperary side after little contact was made in some tackles deemed worthy to stop the play. Manager Shay Boland voiced his concerns on some of the frees that were given during the contest, but seemed happy with the result after the game, believing the Dubs had proven that they were well capable of coming up with the upset.

“Look, I swore I wouldn’t be talking about any [refereeing] decisions that would happen on the pitch and I don’t particularly want to,” said Boland. “Either we play a different brand of hurling up here than they do down in Munster or we’re just being penalised for indiscretions that we’re not disciplined enough in. So I don’t know what it is. “I just felt that they got a lot of points from frees. But maybe a lot of them were fouls. I’d have to have a look back at them to give you an honest

opinion on it.” Nonetheless, the Plunkett’s club man is upbeat about his sides chances and the opportunity to bring the title to Dublin for the first time in over 50 years. “We’re never dead,” said Boland. “We’ve massive self-belief in those young lads, massive. “The glass is well full. I’ve huge belief in those lads and they’ve huge belief in themselves. “Look, we didn’t get there in the end but these things happen and we’ll be raring to go the next day again.”

Our nurseries now take place every

Our annual Family Funday has been

For information on any team, contact

are certain coaches in the juvenile sec-

Our next golf society outing is at

tion that put in up to 20 hours a week

the Hermitage golf club on Thursday,

coaching and behind the scenes. All we

September 13 from 2pm to 3.30pm. To

are asking of parents is that they give

book, text your name to Gerry at 086

us one hour of their time on the Funday

0560111. Set-dancing classes resume

to help fundraise for their child’s future

on Wednesday, September 19 at

in the club. Please text Lisa 086 3774887

8.30pm. Everyone welcome, no partner

to volunteer.


Club members were shocked this

This week’s lotto numbers were 4, 5,

week to hear of the untimely death of

23 and 27. There was no winner. Next

Stephen Foran. Stephen, as the man-

week’s jackpot is €1,500. Seamus Clan-

ager of the Lucan Spa Hotel, was very

dillon’s team will be in charge next

generous to the club down through the

Sunday night when our sponsor will be

years. Many’s the time he came to our

Carey’s Newsagents.

rescue in organising events, and always

Deepest sympathy to the Gerety fam-

with a smile, an obliging manner and a

ily on the death of Margaret and to the

willingness to pitch in and help out. He

Berry family on the death of Margaret.

was a huge contributor to the special

Our senior footballers play St Jude’s

relationship between the Spa and Lucan

in the championship this Thursday at

Sarsfields. Our thoughts and sympa-

7.30pm in Newcastle. A full list of this

thies are with Stephen’s family and

week’s fixtures are on our website

ST PAT’S PALMERSTOWN IN A fine display of skill, our senior foot-

in Athletic Player Development and or

ballers came close but did not manage

a certificate in Conditioning for Gaelic

a win against Round Tower.

Games, an information night is being

St Pat’s U-12 camogie team had a

held in IT Blachardstown on Wednes-

fantastic win in the league against St

day, September 12 at 7.30pm. Courses

Finian’s, scoring eight goals and one

will be run in October. The course cost

point from Sadbh, Ceola, Freya, Ellie,

is less then €10. Any interested parties

Aoife Dardis, Ellen and Sky. Great work

can contact Aileen at: aileen@dublin-

from the goalies Jessica and Molly in for more information.

keeping out any scores. Well done to

All-Ireland football score predic-

all the girls in defence and midfield too

tion cards are now being distributed

playing in the scorching heat.

through our schools and adult play-

Applications are now being invited for inclusion in a draw to purchase

ers. Please support the competition; €2 could win you €500.

tickets for the All-Ireland football final.

Important dates coming up: annual

We have no information yet as to how

golf classic, September 21 in Grange

many tickets we will receive. Rules are

Castle. Contact Pat Dunne on 087

as follows: strictly one single ticket

2383294 to book tee times/sponsor a

application per fully paid member.

tee box.

Applications accepted only via text to our ticket hotline: 086 7255586.

The senior football championship is on Saturday, September 15 at 6pm in

Name of member must be included in

Newcastle. The minor football league

the text. Closing date for application

final in Glenaulin at 10.30am, Sun-

is 12 midday on Wednesday, Septem-

day, September 23. All support called

ber 19. Draw will be made on Thursday,


September 20 and successful appli-

Lotto number and results: first draw

cants will be notified by text before

winning numbers were 15, 25, 30 and

6pm. Tickets must be paid for on col-

13. There was no winner; second draw

lection and will most likely be priced at

winning numbers were 8, 11, 26 and

€80 each stand €40 hill.

3,. There was no winner. Any three

Any member interested in taking part in a HETAC course for a certificate

number winners: M Meehan, Angela Cahill, G Creighton.

32 LUCAN GAZETTE 13 September 2012

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