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

INSIDE: Friends see a great night out when they help twins celebrate their 30th at the County Bar Pages 8-9

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Fancy dress fun: Kids dress up for a fundraiser Rugby:

NUIM host All Ireland colleges competition Page 32

PICTURED are the young participants of a fancy dress walk held recently in Lucan village, which raised almost €2,000 to provide a “cuddle cot” (for parents of stillborn babies) for the Rotunda Hospital. Pirates, princesses, Batman andMinnie Mouse were among those who took part in the walk, which was organised by local creche worker Hollie McCarthy. See Full Story on Page 4

Motor sport: Local driver makes mark at Kirkistown Page 30

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Lucan parking fines, meters net €752,000 Council’s three-year yield sees call for review of charges in the village

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SOUTH Dublin County Council has netted €1.4m in three years from parking meters and fines, totalling more than €752,000 in Lucan alone.

The council made almost €270,000 in fines during 2011, with more than 10,000 fines being issued for parking-related offences in South Dublin County Council each year, with €40 fines increasing to €60 after

28 days. Commenting on the figures, Cllr William Lavelle (FG) said: “I believe the profits being made from parking in Lucan village justifies the need for a radical review of pay-parking, so

as to reduce costs of visitors and shoppers. “I would propose the introduction of at least 30 minutes, if not a full hour of free parking,” he said. Full Story on Page 7

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According to South Dublin County Council, a review of the Civic Amenity scheme at Ballymount Waste Facility has shown that it has not reduced the number of bonfires in October, with no increase in waste that might be associated with preventing such blazes

Council’s bonfire plan falls short on results THERE has been no significant reduction in bonfires at Halloween in the past three years, according to South Dublin County Council. The news comes as the council revealed it has spent almost €2m since 2005 on post-Halloween clean-ups. Following the October council meeting, a review regarding the effectiveness of the free access to the Civic Amenity scheme at Ballymount Waste Facility in dealing with anti-social activity at Halloween has shown that it has not reduced the number of bonfires in October. The review also showed that there was an increase in the cost of operating the scheme, along with increasing logistical issues, resulting in significant safety issues at the civic amenity and in the

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surrounding areas. There has also been no increase in the streams of waste accepted at the site that might have been expected to rise if material was being diverted from bonfires. South Dublin councillor Trevor Gilligan (FF) says he disagrees that the council’s initiative did nothing to reduce the number of bonfires over the past three years. He said: “Whilst the council says that the initiative did nothing to reduce the number of bonfires, I disagree. “There were 523 bonfires in 2009, compared

to 343 in 2010. Until now, the council praised the free access as a success. “In every report, the first sentence has the word ‘success’. Now, however, it’s a different story. “Last year, the council offered free access to the Ballymount Waste Facility in an effort to reduce bonfire numbers. Almost 3,000 residents availed of the offer. “Numerous residents have been calling for this to reduce the number of bonfires. “Whilst my motion passed, the council has not provided details offering any free access. The cost was minimal to the council – €56,000, or €0.22 per South Dublin resident,” he said. “The number of bonfires may double over the Halloween period and the council will incur a much bigger clean-up cost. Bon-

fires increased by 12% from 2011 to 2012, from 351 to 393. The cost of cleaning up each bonfire works out at €194. “The cost of cleaning 523 bonfires in 2009 was €101,525 and, in 2010, to clean up 343 bonfires the cost was €77,050,” said Cllr Gilligan. South Dublin County Council’s Civic Amenity scheme was put in place to acknowledge and reward community groups who strive to improve their environment and encourage them to continue taking positive sustainable actions within their community, particularly at Halloween. Under the council’s Safe Halloween plan, areas where material for bonfires are traditionally stockpiled will be targeted by the council’s waste and litter-enforcement

section. The council said its officials would be “vigilant” in seeking out stockpiles of material in advance of Halloween. The council has spent almost €2 million on the clean-up after Halloween bonfires over the past three years. This figure comes as the council says it is currently striving to reduce the availability of old pallets, furniture and tyres in advance of Halloween. This comes in response to previous years’ occurrences of large bonfires and vandalism, which included attacks on gardai and fire officers. A council campaign also involves a Bulbs instead of Bonfires move to encourage schools and communities to plant green areas during October, to bring forth spring flowers.

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business: liffey valley outlet to support colleagues

Forget bonfires – get bulbs

Wallis staff vote for strike action  laura webb

WALLIS workers in Liffey Valley are set to strike in support of industrial action taken by colleagues in a number of other stores. Earlier this week, workers at Liffey Valley balloted for supportive industrial action with a view to strike later this week. This follows proposed strike action by all 12 Blanchardstown workers in support of nine colleagues from Grafton Street who have been on strike for a week, and 17 colleagues from Limerick who have been locked out of employment for more than a month. Brendan O’Hanlon, of Mandate trade union,

said the Liffey Valley workers will serve a strike notice to the company that industrial action is likely to take place at the latter end of this week. A meeting with Wallis workers was due to take place on Tuesday, October 22, to discuss what form of industrial action they are going to take. According to Mandate, Arcadia Group – the owner of Wallis, as well as stores such as Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Burtons, Topshop and Topman – made the workers in Limerick compulsorily redundant, but reneged on a long-standing redundancy agreement with their staff. The union also said

management are also refusing to compensate workers for loss of earnings following the restructuring of the company. O’Hanlon said: “At this point in time, they [the Arcadia Group] have refused to attend the Labour Relations Commission, which left us with no option to escalate the dispute.” The Grafton Street store closed last Saturday and the picket from that store was transferred to the Wallis store in Jervis Street the next day. At the time of going to print, the company had tabled a document to Mandate to consider, which the union said they are looking at.

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Been there, Dunne that: Book festival sees author read at Lucan Library pictured at Lucan Library recently is author Catherine Dunne, who

visited the library during the Red Line Book Festival. Catherine read from her latest novel, The Things We Know Now, which was followed by a questions and answers session with her readers about the impact of social media, teen bullying and how to create a character and inhabit their world. The festival took place across South Dublin libraries from October 15 to 20, and is an annual celebration of books, literature and authors, featuring interactive talks, author readings and workshops. This year, participating festival authors included Colm Toibin, Fintan O’Toole, Deirdre Purcell, Mary Kenny, Kevin Power, John Sharry and Louise Phillips.

A SOUTH Dublin County Council initiative entitled Bulbs Not Bonfires is running a safe Halloween theme this year that will provide communities with flower bulbs in exchange for undertaking local sustainable projects. Community groups, environmental groups, residents’ associations and schools can apply to the scheme by outlining their plans to create a safe Halloween. Applicants are requested to submit details of their project before the closing date of October 25, in order to receive bulbs for planting before Halloween. For full information or to make an application, see

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CHARITY Money raised to buy ‘cuddle cot’ for stillborns

Toddlers raise €1,500 for Rotunda Hospital  IAN BEGLEY

A LUCAN creche worker raised €1,500 at a fancy dress walk she organised to provide a “cuddle cot” for the Rotunda Hospital. Cuddle cots – or cold cots – are specially designed cooling cribs that enable parents of stillborn babies to keep the child with them for an extended period of time before burial. Hollie McCarthy, who lost her daughter, Aoife, during pregnancy, organised the fancy dress walk around Lucan village for the children in her creche in Hanbury Lane.

She said: “I think we raised about €1,500 in cash. Parents and staff members in the creche have been giving donations and my dad’s company is giving us €500 as well, so, technically, we have €1,900. “We made up sponsorship cards with my little baby’s hand and footprints on them, which the parents were really responsive to. “The parents in the creche have been phenomenal with their support.” Hollie is currently spending the month of October appealing to people to donate prizes

for hampers, which she will sell tickets for and raffle off in Kennys pub on December 14. “We also have a parent who is an actor in Fair City [Sorcha Furlong]. “She has managed to provide us with two raffle prizes, where the winner and a friend will be given a walk-on part in the show, she said.” Hollie originally intended to fundraise solely for Feileacain, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland, but chose to raise the money independently as the charity had already succeeded in their initial aim of pro-

The toddlers set off on their walk in their colourful fancy dress costumes

viding every maternity hospital in Ireland with a cuddle cot. “The other reason why we wanted to do it

ourselves is because my little girl was born just 24 hours before I would have been six months pregnant, and because


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of that she’s not entitled to a neonatal death certificate. “They basically said that she was just a mis-

carriage, whereas if she was born the following day, she would have been entitled to a certificate of death. “I know it’s just a piece of paper, but it’s a piece of paper to say that she was here and in this world. “If we do the fundraising ourselves, we will get to put a little plaque on the box the cuddle cot comes in with her name on it, along with her date of birth and her little hands and footprints. It will be like her little stamp on the world.” To donate to Holly’s campaign, call 085 838 3573.


‘Lucan needs more buses’  IAN BEGLEY

OVERCROWDED buses in Lucan have become a problem, as many passengers are denied access to their scheduled buses because they are filled to capacity. Cllr William Lavelle (FG) says that the situation is being exacerbated by the lack of carrying capacity on bus services to and from Lucan – in particular, on the 25A and 25B routes. He said: “Every day, I witness overcrowded buses passing bus-stops in Lucan. Last week, at the Willsbrook stop, there were more than 50 willing users left waiting at the stop. “This tells me quite simply that we do not have the carrying capacity to meet current demand. “As for future demand, it will only increase, especially given the general trends toward employment growth in

the Irish economy in recent months.” Cllr Lavelle has since called on the National Transpor t Authority (NTA) to intervene in Lucan’s bus service crisis, saying: “Public transport can only contribute to reducing traffic congestion if it can provide adequate commuter carrying capacity. “This was the basis for the submission I made to the NTA on their proposal to enter into another direct award contact with Dublin Bus from 2014, with 10% of the service to be opened up to competition from 2016.” In response to Cllr Lavelle’s comments, a representative from the NTA said: “In November, we will publish a consultation report, along with our determination on the matter. “The report will address submissions made over the course of the consultation.”

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charity Local businesses thanked for helping children with HIV in Kenya

River Cafe dinner raises €2,970 for orphans  ian begley

A RECENT fundraising dinner held at the River Cafe in Lucan raised €2,970 for the Children of Nyumbani in Kenya. This charity is run by a team of volunteers and Jesuit

Sisters and priests, who look after an orphanage for children affected by HIV. The charity event was organised by Lucan nurse Judith Brogan, who said the evening was a “fabulous night and seemed to be enjoyed by all”.

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She said: “The River Cafe provided an amazing meal and looked after us so well on the night. “The staff made the astonishing gesture of donating their time for free, and were so attentive and charming throughout the evening.

“We had a red carpet entrance, courtesy of Rugs by Design, and The Orchard Home and Garden Centre lent beautiful lanterns and art work to add further ambiance. “Sinead Keegan was the lucky winner of the Win Your

Height in Pizza prize, donated by Domino’s, Lucan, which was one of the most popular prizes of the night. “The many, many prizes donated by local businesses, such as Finance Solutions, who donated a Four Ball [golf prize] at the five-star Druids

Glen hotel and golf course, added greatly to the evening and I would love the opportunity to thank them all.” For further information on how to donate to the Children of Nyumbani, see www., or email judykenya@

bridge: lucan girl to represent ireland in mandarin contest

Ready to face battle against 1,000 in China  ian begley

A SECOND-YEAR student from Confey Community College in Leixlip has recently been selected to represent Ireland at the World Chinese Bridge Contest in Yunnan, China. Aisling Chambers, who lives in Lucan, will tour the Forbidden City, the Emperor’s Summer Palace and the Great Wall of China, before battling it out with more than 1,000 other students from around the world

in a Mandarin-speaking competition. The 14-year-old is one of four Irish students who earned a place in the competition, following her success in the final of the sixth Chinese proficiency competition for secondary school students in Ireland, organised by University College Cork’s Confucius Institute and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. In 2012, Confey Community College became the first school in the

country to offer Mandarin Chinese as a full Junior Cycle subject. Along with 17 of her classmates, Aisling is now two years into a threeyear study programme of the language of the world’s second-largest economy. Although there is not yet a Junior Cert exam in Chinese, the students will complete a level of the Chinese Cultural Institute’s Youth Chinese Test each year. A i s l i n g ’s m o t h e r, Claire, spoke of how

Claire Chambers and her daughter, Aisling, who will represent Ireland at the World Chinese Bridge Contest in Yunnan, China

much the opportunity to go to China means to her daughter, saying: “It is a fabulous opportunity for any young person, and all the work she put in has paid off. “We are immensely proud that she feels

independent enough to go on her own at 14 years of age.” Asked about being so far away from home for 16 days, Aisling said: “It’ll be fine. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Successful Niall Hare, Confey College’s principal, says that what began as an experiment has ver y quickly proven successful. He said: “We’ve been very lucky to have two tremendous teachers who have imparted a real sense of fun and adventure to the language learning, and bright, enthusiastic students who were willing to take on the challenge of learning Chinese. “We also have to acknowledge the great support we’ve had from Paul Lu and Anne Gallagher, in the language department of NUI Maynooth.”

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parking Lucan Village is a ‘cash cow’ – Lavelle

Council nets €1.4m in fees and fines  ian begley

South Dublin County Council has netted €1.4m in three years from parking meters and fines, totalling over €752,000 in Lucan alone. The council made almost €270,000 in fines during 2011, with more than 10,000 fines being issued for parking related offences in South Dublin County Council each year, at €40 increasing to €60 after 28 days. Commenting on these figures, Cllr William Lav-

elle (FG) said: “It seems Lucan Village is proving a ‘cash cow’ for South Dublin County Council when it comes to pay parking. “I appreciate the need for some form of parking control so as to prevent all-day parking, but I don’t think we should be using pay-parking as a cash generator. I believe the profits being made from parking in Lucan Village justifies the need for a radical review of pay-parking so as to reduce costs

for visitors and shoppers and to support the commercial life of our village. “I would propose introduction of at least 30 minutes, if not a full hour, of free parking.” Clondalkin Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF), believes there should be a “free” allocation before parking charges kick in. Cllr Gilligan said the council needs to move away from seeing parking charges as a revenue raiser for local authorities and said the focus should

South Dublin County Council has received €752,000 in parking meters and fines in Lucan alone

instead be on taking the hassle out of parking in villages for people, encouraging more people to shop and support local business. “Fianna Fail has published a policy document, Streets Ahead, which proposes changing the parking charges structure and creating a more flexible system that

encourages short term stays, rewards return shoppers and removes disproportionate fines. “We want to see a graded parking fee structure which would involve lower costs for shorter stays and I believe drivers should have a free allocation during the first hour of parking,” he said.

Cllr Gilligan added: “Essentially, the focus should be on taking the hassle out of parking in villages for people, supporting local business and encouraging more people to shop in villages. South Dublin County Council were unable to comment by the time of going to press.

charity Wines to help Pieta House K E N N YS o f L u c a n is holding its second annual wine fair on November 3 in aid of the Lucan Disability Action Group. The pub is encouraging people who attend to try the vast range of more than 50 different types of wines available on the day. Enda Dowling, Kennys manager, said: “This is the second year we have held this fair. Last year we held it in aid of Pieta House, and it proved to be very successful.” Tickets are available to buy in Kennys and are priced at €20. The event will take place on Sunday, November 3 from 1-5pm. For further information, see the Kennys of Lucan Facebook page.

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The way they were ... The twins at their 21st party in 2004


Double delight at a birthday party T

HE years were rolled back to 2004 – briefly – when birthday boys Neil and Simon Lowney celebrated their 30th birthday at the County Bar beside the Lucan Spa Hotel recently. Joined by their respective partners, family members and friends, the twins and their guests reflected on their last milestone birthday, with thoughts of their 21st party bringing on some fond memories. Then it was on with the rest of the night, as everyone got on with the serious task of enjoying themselves, with all keen to wish the Lowneys all the best for their coming decade.

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Boy band Out of The Blue at the opening of The Copper Bar. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Party copperfastens new bar’s star appeal M

ANY Irish stars attended the launch party of The Copper Bar, which has recently opened at the Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford. Models Rachel Wallce, Lisa Nolan and Laura Scanlon were among the guests on the night, as well as stylists Cathy O’Connor and

Sonja Mohlich and boy band Out of the Blue, who auditioned for The X Factor this year. The new venue can cater for over 750 people over three floors, and has three bars which include a cocktail bar, a whiskey club a live music venue and the Holy Cow Steakhouse and Supper Club.

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what’son spook all of your senses:

Joe Cooper is a psychic medium, healer and clairvoyant

a day in the life: joe cooper on the world of a psychic medium

‘There’s great value using spirits to help the living’  Ian Begley

Joe Cooper, a psychic medium, healer and clairvoyant, who claims to be capable of communicating to the dead, spoke to the Gazette recently about his day-today life within his unusual profession. “People interested in contacting a dead relation or friend can contact me and I will set up an appointment in my home for them. “Most of them who book an appoint-

ment are suffering from grief, loss and pain, so I try my best to make the atmosphere as relaxed and as comfortable for them as possible. “When connecting to a spiritual power, I would relax myself completely and contact the dead through a particular process I do. The dead come across as a spiritual light, where I’m able to communicate with them and pass on any messages they may have. “I would then ask my client if they have

anything in particular they would like to ask their dead relative or friend, and if the spirit has anything they wish to tell them. Sometimes I would feel a cold or chilling sensation when contacting the dead, and the spirits that I communicate with often drain my energy. “At times, I would ask the spirit to lean across the room and put their hand on the shoulder of my client, who would feel a slight pressure or a little heat around their neck area.”

At the end of each session, Joe lets his clients know that he will send their loved ones back to the light, and says that the vast majority of people who book appointments with him leave very satisfied. “99% of the people I see give me a hug when they’re leaving so I feel like I’ve done something right. “There’s a great value of using spirits to help the living with their issues and grief in their lives.”

The scariest day of the year is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than testing our fear factor. Hidden Dublin Halloween Walks and Tours have everything from serious explorations of the paranormal to quirky shocking history and theatrical thrills. A trip to The Hell Fire Club this Halloween is a must. Board the Hellfire Express to bring you to the grounds. Once there you will be taken on a tour of the haunted lodge. Ever wanted to star in a horror movie? Then experience the terrifying Haunted Spooktacular Scare Attraction Halloween event at 10 acres at Grove Gardens, Fordstown in Kells. Screams will be heard as you encounter state-of-the-art special effects, darkness, confusion and a whole army of creatures. The Grave Digger Ghost Bus tour begins at Trinity College where a guide will take you back 600 years to when the old Augustinians’ Priory and the plague house were there. This award winning tour won’t disappoint. For information on all tours log on to


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Leinster Rugby are encouraging their fans to attend in fancy dress

Leinster to clash Leinster Rugby has a bloodcurdling evening planned as they take on Connacht in the RDS at their annual Halloween event on Saturday, October 26. The Boys in Blue are encouraging all their fans, north and south of the river Liffey, to attend the fright night in fancy dress. A large number of scare tactics have been put in place for those attending the game, which include: a haunted house, trick or treat giveaways, vouchers and prizes for the best adult, family and fancy dress costume. T he Halloweenthemed evening will begin on October 26 when the gates open at

5pm in the RDS, with the game scheduled to kickoff at 6.45pm sharp. Adult tickets are priced at €30, children’s tickets €10 and a family of four can gain admission for €70. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

Hobby Shop has it all for halloween The Art and Hobby Shop in Liffey Valley is displaying a large variety of zombie special effect make-up and ghoulish costumes for this year’s Halloween. The Snazaroo special effects wax can be used to create realistic gaping

wounds on the flesh and gory injuries to make even a crime scene investigator feel nauseous. Vampires were the height of fashion for Halloween a few years ago, but zombies are quickly taking the lead with the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead. To create an authentic zombie look, cover your face with light grey face paint, then using the black stipple sponge supplied in the Special FX kit, blend in the makeup until your whole face is covered. Finally, apply a generous amount of fake blood to your face and anywhere you intend to create a gaping wound. For more information

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with Connacht in spooktacular style on the selection of Halloween products that Art and Hobby have in stock, visit

the search is on for most haunted house A Swords-based TV production company is calling on communities across Dublin to put their most haunted houses in the spotlight. The Entertainment Factory, which is based in Swords in north Dublin, has recently become the first production company in Ireland to produce a full paranormal TV series for the American TV market. The show is set to feature some of the most r e n ow n e d h a u n t e d

places around Ireland and is currently looking for places in Dublin that have a great history and a reputation for ghosts. The production company is concentrating particularly on areas such as Swords, Lusk, Rush, Skerries, Balbriggan and Drogheda in County Louth. The new T V show, Ultimate Haunted Ireland, will be shooting the second and third shows in Donegal and Cork. If you have a house or building that you claim to be haunted, the producers want to hear from you. Contact the production company at or Entertainmentfactory@

ambassador’s not the pick of the litter A certain foreign ambassador to Ireland was recently spotted in a Dublin suburb littering up the place, big style. His Excellency was seen walking gingerly to the steps of a pizza outlet and planting a coffee cup and an undisclosed sweet wrapper outside the pizza establishment. The ambassador then walked into the take away, had a brief word with the cashier, and left the scene without a trace – the perfect crime! The Diary wonders whether or not the official is exempt from litter laws or if he is running the gauntlet and break-

ing the law. The coffee cup and sweet wrapper have since been collected by a representative from Lucan Tidy Towns, where they will be placed on public auction at a starting bid of €35,000.

leo ‘the lion’ has top tweet on budget day Social media went into overdrive last week during Budget Day. The diary’s favourite tweet went to Leo “the Lion” Varadkar, who, clambering for contact with the outside world, said: “Stuck in lift with half the Cabinet on Budget Day. Late for RTE. What are the chances? #Budg-

et2014”. Oh to be a fly on the walls during that dilemma – Gazette Towers wonders if it made them reconsider any increases to electricity bills. Fortunately, (or unfortunately), the Blue Shirt brigade made it into the Dail chamber safe and well with minutes to spare. Is the source of the power outage being sought? Perhaps Mick Wallace was overusing his hairdryer again or Willie O’Dea was at the electric nose hair strimmer. Let’s face it, that job would take a while. Any way the Diar y would like to thank whoever tried to stall the inevitable.

The Art and Hobby Shop has a large variety of zombie special effect make-up and ghoulish costumes for Halloween


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features Shock! Horror! Film fest returns with frightening line-up  Natalie Burke

The annual IFI Horrorthon is returning once again this month when it features five days of horror films from October 24 until October 28. This year’s festival will be the 16th Halloween-

themed film festival at the IFI and will be packed full of spine tingling scary movies featuring 25 different Irish premieres, first looks at some major upcoming horror releases and gems of the international horror scene as well as the screenings of some vintage horror

classics. Special guest Jeremy Lovering, director of the opening film, In Fear, will also make an appearance at the event when he presents what has been described as a “claustrophobic nightmare”. Speaking ahead of the event, Lorcan Dillon Kelly,

a member of the programming team, said excitement is already mounting. “This year marks the 16th annual event and a sweet sixteen it is, with a dynamic range of exciting new premieres, classic retrospectives and a terrific showcase of short films from upcoming filmmakers

all over the world.” Along with the hotlyanticipated In Fear, highlights of the Horrorthon programme include a remake of the 2010 international hit from Mexico, We Are What We Are, telling the story of a family of cannibals, and Odd Thomas, which has

been described by the film festival circuit as one of the best horrors of the year. The full programme is available at or pick up a festival flyer at the IFI. Festival passes are available for 1 – 5 days and can be booked online or by calling 01 6793477.

The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour is a night-time bus excursion through haunted Dublin

night-time excursion: Ghost Bus tour

All aboard for a spooktacular ride The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour is a night-time bus excursion through Dublin, taking throngs of tourists and locals to several allegedly haunted places in many of the city’s historic sites. Dan O’Donoghue, director and scriptwriter for the Dublin Ghost Bus tour, first came up with the concept of the ghost excursion in 1996 and claims that Dublin is the home of the world’s first custom built ghost bus. “The bus allows you to tell stories in a scary environment and keep the passengers’ minds enthralled as you go to a particular venue,” he said. Dan, who comes from Tipperary, says he has many fond memories listening to Irish ghost stories from his childhood,

and has been fascinated with the art of storytelling ever since. “Ghostlore and the tradition of storytelling is part of the Irish psyche, and for some people it’s a very serious business. We get quite a few psychics on our tours and even though we have lots of laughs, we also talk about more darker things like exorcism. “One of the places we go is to the crypt in Christ Church, where we tell spooky stories about the history of Christ Church that many people wouldn’t know about. “With foreign speakers, we have to be more visual in our storytelling, and are now building two new ghost buses that will have state-of-the-art sound and lighting effects. We’re constantly trying to improve

our act and are now moving primarily from a story-based tour to a more visual element. “One particular incident stands out in my mind when we were doing a tour one night in St Kevin’s graveyard. The place was covered in fallen leaves, which were piled very high, right next to the tombstone where we were telling our tale. “Suddenly the leaves started to move and a body jumped out. The person wasn’t involved in the act, but was actually a tramp who had fallen asleep in the leaves and got woken. He frightened the bejesus out of everyone, including the actor!” For more information on the Dublin Ghost Bus www.dublinsightseeing. ie/ghostbus.

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The impact of Budget 2014’s hits and misses

Deloitte tax partner John O’Flynn casts his expert eye over how key strategies align with job creation and business

THIS year’s budget is unique, with no changes taking place in the rates of income tax, PRSI, the Universal Social Charge, VAT and capital taxes. The only significant change is the increase in the DIRT rate and Exit tax to 41%. This rate appears very inequitable for those individuals whose marginal income tax rate is 20%, and who are not in a position to claim a refund of DIRT – ie those under 65 years. An anticipated change which had been flagged in Budget 2014 was the reduction in the standard fund threshold for pension funds, from €2.3m to €2m. It was expected that the reduction in the threshold would have been much higher, as it was designed to cap annual pensions at €60,000 per annum. The fact that many in the public sector have attractive, defined benefit schemes may have been a factor in the lower than expected reduction in this threshold. It is also encouraging to note that the pension levy will be reduced to 0.15%, with effect from 1 January 1, 2015, even though it will be increased from 0.6% to 0.75% for 2014. Ireland’s tax reputation has been damaged globally over the past year. It is encouraging that the Minister [for Finance, Michael Noonan] has published a new international tax strategy

statement, which sets out Ireland’s objectives and commitments in relation to these issues. A demonstration of this commitment is that he will be putting through a change in the Finance Bill to ensure that Irish-registered companies cannot be structured so that they are not tax resident in any country. One of the most interesting features of this year’s budget is the measures which have been introduced to benefit employment.

Expenditure The Home Renovation Incentive Scheme is particularly attractive. Under this scheme, homeowners who carry out renovations and improvement works on their principal private residence in 2014 and 2015 will be entitled to a tax credit, at a rate of 13.5% on all qualifying expenditure over €5,000, up to a maximum of €30,000. A disappointing feature of this relief, however, is that the incentive is not payable in the year of expenditure, but over two years, following the year in which the work is carried out. The Start Your Own Business Relief is also welcome. This grants an exemption from income tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum for a period of two years to individuals who have set up an unincorporated

business, having been unemployed for a period of at least 15 months prior to establishing the business. This form of relief was already available to startup companies, and it is appropriate that a similar relief is introduced for sole traders. Another relief which was introduced to encourage individuals to set up new businesses is the capital gains tax (CGT) Entrepreneurial Relief. This will apply to an individual who has paid CGT on the disposal of assets, makes investments in a new business in the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018, and subsequently disposes of this investment no earlier than three years after the date of the investment. T he CGT payable on the disposal of this new investment will be reduced by the lower of: 1. The CGT paid by the individual on a previous disposal of assets in the period from January 1, 2010; and 2. 50% of the CGT due on the disposal of the new investment. An aspect of this relief is that the investor may be able to structure the investment in a manner which will qualify for EIIS relief (claiming an income tax deduction for the initial investment) and qualify subsequently for the CGT relief on a subsequent disposal of

Budget 2014 analysis ... John O’Flynn, tax partner, Deloitte, Cork


‘Overall, Budget 2014 has delivered a clearer focus and connectivity with job creation than prior years. This is a most welcome evolution.’


those shares. Over the years, the tax relief for research and development expenditure has been enhanced to encourage more investment in this area. It is interesting to note that, in 2004, 75 companies claimed the Research and Development Tax Credit, while this figure increased to 1,500 in 2011. As part of this approach, there has been a further enhancement of the relief, with expenditure of up to €300,000 (previously €200,000)

qualifying for the tax credit, without reference to the 2003 base year. Also, the restriction on R&D outsourcing to third parties of 10% of the total amount of expenditure on R&D is now being increased to 15%, which is very welcome. This measure should be very attractive to smaller companies who do not have the in-house expertise. There were some very interesting changes in the VAT legislation. The turnover threshold for businesses qualifying on a cash receipts basis

has been increased from €1.25m to €2m, with effect from May 1, 2014. This change should assist many mediumsized businesses to revert to the cash receipts basis and thus generate a significant cash flow benefit. The minister has also announced that he is introducing a number of VAT anti-fraud measures. One of these is that businesses which have not paid for supplies within a six-month period will be required to repay the VAT claimed on those supplies. This could have a significant impact on businesses which have cash flow difficulties. Another unique feature of this year’s budget is that the Finance Bill will be

published within weeks of the budget announcement. T his represents a very short timeframe between the budget and the Finance Bill where there would normally be a two-month gap. Given the short timeframe, we await with interest to see how many new measures will be introduced in this year’s Finance Bill. Overall, Budget 2014 has delivered a clearer focus and connectivity with job creation than prior years. This is a most welcome evolution. The emphasis this year on the indigenous sector is appropriate – we move further towards a more balanced “portfolio” in our economy between it and the multinational sector.

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Looking pale and malnourished – although, that’s rather the point for any Dracula-related photo – Countess Erzsebet Bathory (Lucy Rhinehart) and Bram Stoker (Paddy Walsh were standing by, helping to promote the upcomiing Bram Stoker Festival in the city centre

families: plenty to be fang-ful for in the bram stoker festival

Take a bite at spooky fun  natalie burke

DUBLIN City will celebrate all things ghoulish this October bank holiday weekend when the second annual Bram Stoker Festival gets under way. The festival will run from Saturday, October 26 until Monday, October 28, and taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel, Dracula, as inspiration, the festival spreads across the city centre, celebrating all things macabre with exciting family events that are sure to raise a few goosebumps. With last year being the inaugural festival, event organiser Susan Kirby said this year’s events will see a “sizeable growth in footprint”. She said: There has been a huge

increase in the number of events taking place this year and there really will be something for everyone, whether it’s young families or a mature audience. Plus, there’s a full am to pm experience.” For anyone unfamiliar with the festival, Susan is encouraging everyone to take a look at the schedule of events and to plan their interests. “While some events are ticketed, there are a lot of free events as well for people, which is all very welcome in this day and age.” Highlights of the schedule of events include the Vampire Hunt, which takes place on Saturday, October 26. With Dublin full of history-laden streets and buildings, families might discover a little more than they bargained for. The

unique city adventure starts from City Hall and runs from 10am to 5pm. Meanwhile, Dracula’s Fire Garden at Dublin Castle on October 26 and 27 is one way to get a real sense of Stoker’s imagination. You’ll wander through flame-lined paths and past monstrous flowers – but beware of the ghouls and night walkers that spring to life as you walk through. A music jam session – The Bram Jam – will take place at The Ark on October 27, from 12pm to 3pm. Bring your instrument and drop-in to this special Halloween-themed free and friendly open jam session led by talented musicians. If you can sing or play a song on the guitar, keyboard, flute or any instrument, you can join in. Families are also invited

to come along, watch and enjoy. If you’ve ever wondered if vampires are real, Dale Treadwell of Naturally Wild – who has appeared regularly on RTE and TV3 – will reveal the secret life of bats and the truth about vampires in his Bats in the Belfry talk in the Irish Film Institute on October 28, from 12.30pm. While all of these festivities are taking place, members of the public are also warned to watch out as they walk the city streets, as you might meet the sleeping Mina (Harker, bitten by Dracula) in her red dress, fall into a bath of blood, or come face to face with a giant skeleton. For further information regarding tickets, times and bookings for the Bram Stoker Festival, see

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Mariel, a three-year old female Lurcher. This beautiful dog arrived into Dogs Trust with her week-old puppy. She is very shy and would benefit from going to a home where there was already a confident dog to help her learn the ways of the world. Mariel needs a calm owner who is willing to take their time with her and help build up her confidence. Her puppy has found a new home, so Mariel is now ready to go to hers! This lovely dog would love an active family; if there are children in the family, they would have to be aged 16+. If you think you can offer Mariel a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Wing it to the Caribbean AFTER catching sight of tropical paradise Antigua on The X-Factor recently, the Caribbean is suddenly high on our radar, and Tropical Sky has a number of all-inclusive hotel offerings in its Caribbean autumn sale. Travel to St Lucia for seven nights from €1,239pp, Antigua from €1,299pp,

or Barbados from €1,379pp. All prices include flights, travelling between now until December, to be booked by October 31. Call Tropical Sky at 01 664 9999, or visit www.

Once again, the west is best for a break from it all, with lovely Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong providing a relaxing respite from city life

mayo: cong village has more to offer than a hollywood classic

A Gathering to see The

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EVERY year since 2011, the small town of Cong in County Mayo has celebrated the anniversary of the making of the classic film, The Quiet Man, in the form of a special festival. An idyllic little village in County Mayo, Cong is where the passion of Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara) and Sean Thornton (John Wayne) was first played out in the silver screen in 1952. Now, more than 60

years later, the classic film continues to be celebrated, with the most recent festival being held over a long weekend from October 4 until October 6. Taking a trip to see the festival, and to experience the Quiet Man Gathering experience, I stayed in Lisloughrey Lodge, the former home of Ashford Castle’s butler. Now a luxurious hotel overlooking gorgeous Lough Corrib, it also has a new and uber-stylish courtyard with luxury suites at the rear of the grand old farmhouse.

With Cong village alive with the memory of the making of a Hollywood classic film all those years ago, I took a ramble to pay a visit to a newly set up market, sample a glass of Guinness in the pubs where some of the famous scenes from The Quiet Man were shot. Strains of the ballad The Wild Colonial Boy issued from Danaher’s Hotel, while the pubs were doing a roaring trade in still shots from the movie. Even American visitors were snapping every

conceivable angle of the beautiful village that their cameras could manage to capture. Back at the hotel, the atmosphere of laid-back civility was sustained by both the staff – led by the hotel manager extraordinaire, Fiona Keys – and the other visiting guests, too. I dined at the hotel’s Wilde’s Restaurant, which is run by head chef, Jonathan Keane. The restaurant has a sterling reputation and the chef is a true innovative genius

For starters, I had a real taste of the West of Ireland with sea-fresh Cleggan crab, followed by a main of barley risotto so deliciously thick and creamy, it was impossible to stop eating it, no matter how full I felt. My companion had monkfish in a fennel sauce, which I tried and regretted that I hadn’t ordered as well! One of the most memorable menu choices was a selection of ice cream in unusual flavours – such as beetroot – which were a delight for the palate.

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Quiet Man’s home Next up was the Innisfree Ball on the Saturday night – the highlight of the hotel’s involvement in the festival, as it hosted The Cong Festival Committee’s annual fundraising dinner and dance. We danced the night away in a circle, taking it in turns to strut our stuff inside the circle. When I couldn’t dance any more, I headed to my Lake View suite, situated in the courtyard. It was so private and self-contained that it felt like my own luxurious dwelling, and I was getting quite

Enjoy innovative fare at Wilde’s restaurant

possessive about it by the time I left. The suite was decorated in beautiful relaxing tones of taupe and ivory, with a splash of scarlet here and there. The bed

was all crisp linen and deep comfort. In the morning, after a generous full Irish breakfast, I left for Dublin with a spring in my step and a song in my heart, such as

might have been whistled in The Quiet Man itself. For further information and current hotel offers, see, or contact the hotel at 094 954 5400.


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Vantastic tribute act take to Purty stage The thing with tribute bands is you’re never sure what you are going to get. If it’s a pun on the band’s name there’s a fair chance there will be an element of fun and parody with the band – and maybe not that great. So what of a Van Morrison tribute act called Celtic Soul? There’s no humour there and, unless you are a Van fan, you mightn’t even guess they are a tribute. But that’s what’s different about Celtic Soul – they really are no ordinary tribute. Their show at the Purty Loft was something special. These guys are all superb musicians, fans of Van The Man and, from their choice of songs, very knowledgeable about what the average punter wants to hear, with obvious choices such as Moondance and Brown Eyed Girl, and the kinds of tunes that the Vanorak wants to hear, like Ballerina and Cyprus Avenue. “Van” himself does wear the fedora hat, shades and black suit. He conducts the band as Van does, and he sings and plays saxophone. Even Van might approve. Unlike the real Van, he chats and tells stories about the songs. The band’s dynamics, playing so quietly at times you could hear a pin drop, was impressive. A really entertaining and professional show, these guys have been playing the theatres in the North and wowing audiences there, and hopefully it won’t be too long before they are back on Dublin stages. For more on the band, including a list of their upcoming tour dates, log on to or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/pages/Celtic-Soul/136796609733557

Celtic Soul in action in Armagh recently

Paul McCartney at work in the studio, as untouchable and unstoppable as ever on his latest album, New

MUSIC REVIEW: no stopping the invention for enduring beatle

Macca lets it be New IF YOU were one of the people responsible for the creation of modern pop music as we know it, and were responsible for some of the cornerstone songs known by the entire human race, you could be forgiven for resting on your laurels a little bit. However, if you were Paul McCartney, you would attempt to reinvent yourself, well after you were 64, and keep on producing music as poppy and effective as ever before, as he has on his new release this week, entitled New. It’s not as though McCartney has had a fallow moment through the last decade. From the Driving tour that kickstarted his re-emergence as Most Beloved Beatle,

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he has had an eye on making himself relevant and relishing his elder statesman position. With his frankly awesome backing band putting a fire under Beatles and Wings classics, allowing him to refurbish his back catalogue, McCartney has also been producing classical music, delivering impressive psych rock albums under the Fireman moniker with former U2 producer Youth, and appearing as part of Dave Grohl’s

Sound City project as vocalist on a track that reunited Nirvana members Krist Nosovelic, Pat Smear and Grohl. The release of eight albums in the last 10 years as well as touring have sharpened McCartney’s edge again, and New is another impressive attempt to stride forward in music. Not that it could be anyone else at the helm on this record - it’s unmistakable Maccability is its first attraction. The propulsive opener Save Me, with piano and Cardigans-style guitar riffs comes together courtesy of McCartney’s phrasing and melodic genius. Beatles-esque nostalgia comes to the fab fore in On My Way To Work,

which recalls McCartney’s pre-Beatles employment as a delivery driver, and there is no getting away from the Liver legends any way you turn. Right up next is the rollicking Queenie Eye, hardly a nod to post-Oasis Liam Gallagher, but a good reminder who did it first, and best. Working with four new producers here, including Mark Ronson (Amy W hitehouse) , Ethan Johns (The Staves), Paul Epworth (Adele) and son of Sir George, Giles Martin (Kate Bush), has certainly brought out new textures to the tried and tested formulas, and the stand-out tracks like Appreciate, Looking At Her and Hosanna appeal most by virtue of their dif-

ference - sonically ambitious and texturally interesting, they sit well among the other, more expected and familiar McCartney tropes. The most out-there track is the excellent closer, Road, a journey propelled by a fractured bass pattern and distorted vocals that suggest this is something genuinely brand new, a road to follow as the never-idle McCartney powers on into his 70s, an ambient rock achievement to end the record. It might not be brand new New, but it’s an assured-as-ever collection that reminds us that McCartney is a true national treasure, and a constantly creative one at that.

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My Brother Joe [Dolan] THE inimitable talents of Joe Dolan are celebrated by his brother, Ben, who shared the stage with Joe for 47 years – so who better to join for a trip through Joe’s many smash hit songs? Expect great music, anecdotes, and a personal insight into the late, great Irish entertainer. My Brother Joe – the Story of Joe Dolan is at 8pm on October 26; tickets are priced €25/€22.50.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 All in a Day’s Work

RUNNING until the end of the month, this popular exhibition features a range of work by artist Eoin Whelehan, who challenged himself to create a new piece of art every day for 35 days, based on a range of ideas and treatments. You can see the fruits of his labours at the Mill, with framed and unframed prints also available to buy.

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BALLET Ireland present the passionate tale of Carmen, set to Bizet’s striking score. The tale sees a naive soldier, Jose, turn his back on a respectable life to be with Carmen. However, her wild energy cannot be tamed, and a dramatic time together awaits ... Ballet Ireland’s superb dancers will help create an unforgettable Carmen on October 26; tickets are priced €20/€15.



A happy coincidence  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE Dublin Theatre Festival has quite a few exciting world premieres up its theatrical sleeve this year. The Abbey Theatre’s Peacock wing presented one such world first this month as veteran actor and writer Eamon Morrissey performed a selfpenned one-man show, entitled Maeve’s House. Directed by Gerry Stembridge, Maeve’s House has a trinity of themes at its core. It is about Irish short story writer Maeve Brennan, Eamon’s life, and the small family house in Ranelagh in which they both grew up. Eamon explained to the audience that as a young man, he read Brennan’s short stories in The New Yorker magazine, as Maeve was a favourite writer of his mother’s. One day, while reading one of her stories, Eamon was f labbergasted to discover that the house described in graphic detail in the New Yorker magazine he held in his hands was none other than his own family home. From the creaking banister to the three steps into the kitchen, Maeve had painted the interior of his own house to an uncanny

degree. Eamon was intrigued, to say the least, and soon after found out that Maeve had grown up in the same house as he had 20 years earlier, before her family moved to Washington when she was 17. The discovery forged a strong association with Maeve in Eamon’s mind ever after, to such a degree that while doing Philadelphia Here I Come on Broadway in 1964, he looked her up and met her in The Russian Tea Rooms in New York. Maeve’s House recounts this meeting, and many other incidents from his own life; Maeve’s life in New York, and the lives of the many characters she placed as inhabitants in the little house in Ranelagh in her short stories. In the play, Eamon dips in and out of all of these lives, fictional and real, with consummate skill as an actor. Only at times is there slight confusion as to who is speaking, as he moves from one character to another. Maeve’s life in New York was a glittering success when she was a glamorous young writer at The New Yorker in the 1950s. Through her persona as The Long Winded Lady, her stories depict New

York with a penetrating clarity that comes from a life spent observing the world around her and absorbing the humanity of others. As a writer, Maeve was hugely adept at slipping into other people’s lives and her stories are full of enormous compassion for all human life. In Maeve’s House, Eamon brings to dramatic life the characters in Maeve’s stories as they wrestle with issues such as lost love, guilt and grief. He also brings her writing to an audience unfamiliar with it in a way that is both moving and very relevant. One remarkable moment in the play made me determined to explore Maeve’s work as soon as I left the theatre. Eamon was inhabiting one of Maeve’s characters – a disillusioned husband who is sick of his wife. The audience heard this emotionally stranded man’s thoughts as he battled with the guilt of no longer loving his wife. When the scene arrived at the point where his wife was dying, a strange shift happened in the theatre, and you could hear a pin drop. Eamon, acting as the husband, looked out into the audience and described a scene in

Veteran actor and writer Eamon Morrissey: his one-man show, Maeve’s House, is a mesmerising production that reveals how his life was entirely coincidentally linked to Maeve Brennan (right) – the Irish short story writer famed for her writing in The New Yorker Magazine

which his wife lay dying in bed. Perched on the threshold of death, he witnessed his wife realising her true self for the first time, and not the person he had always thought her to be, or that she thought herself to be ... Eamon not only shares a childhood home with Maeve but, as an actor and writer, he is full of the same human compassion and sympathy.

His performances have wonderful warmth and he never fails to connect to an audience. Though the set of Maeve’s House was spartan, Eamon’s range of emotion was panorama enough. Maeve’s last years were told by Eamon with the delicacy and respect her talent deserved. As her mental health began to unravel, she would disappear for weeks on end, and at one stage lived in

the toilets of The New Yorker magazine. She died in 1993 aged 76, and is buried in Queens, New York City. Maeve’s House ended its run in The Peacock on October 12 and, in a fitting tribute to Maeve Brennan, The Abbey Theatre, supported by Culture Ireland, is bringing the play to New York with a run in The Irish Arts Center from October 17 until November 3.

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Mondeo proves a force to be reckoned with  CORMAC CURTIS

WE’VE heard it countless times in relation to everything from classic films to red-soled heels from Louboutin – less is more. And it is. Too much is just too much – the real trick is having the level of customer knowledge to judge just how much is just enough. Then again, one could argue that even though less is more may very well apply to the dashboard and cockpit of a quality car, you wouldn’t necessarily apply the same logic to the boot space, where – well – more is more, and it always will be (unless we’re talking about electric folding, hard top convertibles, but that’s another story). Getting back to the point, and in an attempt to illustrate it a little, let’s consider one of the true classics of modern motoring – the Jaguar XK. I truly, madly and deeply covet this car, even the late 90s models, that you can pick up for less than the price of a weekend for two to see Leinster play away against a French side in the Heineken Cup. This car appeals to me on every level, apart from the prohibitive cost of ownership thanks to its massive 4-litre engine. Not only that, the cockpit is too busy (dials and buttons everywhere) and the boot just isn’t much use. So, my favourite car, which would have cost quite a few quid when new, put the ass before the cart when it came to less is more.

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But, in this modern era of well-thought out saloons, it’s truly heartening to see a company that makes dramatic changes to its lineup as it learns about its customers. In this case, we’re talking about Ford, and its new and improved Mondeo. Once a car that was the workhorse of sales reps the length and breadth of the country, nowadays the Mondeo is a force to be reckoned with. Looks, performance, reliability and a very favourable price tag? Check, check, check and check. Ford had a captive audience with the Mondeo, an audience that has been rewarded with an awardwinning car to be proud

of. And it may seem trivial, but if they hadn’t decluttered the dashboard and cockpit, I simply wouldn’t have warmed to it the way I have. Don’t get me wrong, I have written glowing reports about many of Ford’s other cars, and their EcoBoost engines are a triumph of modern engineering. But I have never quite understood their penchant for sprawling dashboards chock-a-block with buttons and dials. In the Mondeo, the controls have been stripped down to an elegant level, making the drive feel that little bit less interrupted. Of course, an automatic gearbox would have added to the experience considerably, but unfortunately, my test car didn’t come with one. Fortunately, the six-speed manual was well matched to the 1.6-TDCi engine. So, having warmed to the clean dash, and quality interior – my attention drifted to the all-impor-


Linders Chapelizod takes on Renault and Dacia

GAZETTE readers will be interested to know that Renault and Dacia have another new Dublin home. Motor dealers, Linders, has opened its second Renault and Dacia dealership on the northside of Dublin. Having just opened its new Finglas dealership in recent months, Linders has ended its contract with Toyota and has taken on Renault and Dacia in the Chapelizod location. As many are closing their doors, Linders two new dealerships will now employ over 40 staff between them. The company will still act as a Toyota approved repairer in Chapelizod and will also be creating additional jobs on top of current staff numbers in the dealership. Linders will retail Renault passenger and commercial vehicles and facilitate Renault after sales and servicing. They will also retail the Dacia range which is the fastest growing brand in Ireland and will be expanding further this month.

In the driving seat to fight breast cancer

Ford Mondeo Zetec from €27,720






Ford have de-cluttered the dashboard

tant boot. Here I was in for a nice surprise. It’s massive. It would give the Skoda Octavia a serious run for its money, and owners are fortunate they don’t pay extra property tax for such a cavernous space. So, less is more up front, and more is definitely more in the boot, where it counts. The Mondeo deserves the popularity it enjoys – it is affordable to buy, it offers serious reliability, the cost of ownership is meager, and it looks great. Do you need more in a car? Well, apart from the automatic box, not really. But if you do need convincing, Ford has upgrad-

ed the Mondeo to deliver up to 8% lower CO2 emissions, improved fuel efficiency, and even more competitive pricing with enhanced levels of equipment and attractive pricing starting at €23,950. With these upgrades, Mondeo models equipped with the best-selling 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine will offer CO2 emissions from just 119 g/km – a reduction of up to 10 g/ km. Fuel consumption is reduced to 4.6 l/100 km from 4.9 l/100 km. The reductions place the cars into the low A4 motor tax band (110 to 120 g/km CO2) with annual road tax of just €200.

THIS month, Dublin drivers still have time to test drive a new car, and in doing so help Breast Cancer Ireland at the same time. Nissan’s Drive to Fight Breast Cancer campaign has been running nationwide all month. It is an important initiative to help raise funds for charity Breast Cancer Ireland, supporting their pioneering research programmes in Ireland. Nissan are pledging to make a €50 donation to Breast Cancer Ireland for anyone that pops into their local dealer and takes a test drive in a Nissan car of choice during October. So there’s still time to do your bit. Aisling Hurley, director of development, Breast Cancer Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be part of Nissan’s Drive to Fight Breast Cancer campaign. It’s a very generous and creative way of raising funds. Everyone knows someone who has been affected and this campaign costs the consumer nothing but time, yet it will help significantly in our Race for a Cure.” Members of the public who prefer to book a testdrive in advance can simply log on to ie. Nissan dealers and the general public around the country really got behind this initiative last year and raised €80,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland, so hopes are high again in 2013 that the initiative will capture the public’s imagination and will be a resounding success.

Nissan launches Drive to Fight Breast Cancer with model Rozanna Purcell


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MODEL and socialite Cara Delevingne and singing sensation Rihanna are major fans, and with rain taking its toll on our hair, it may also be time for us to become fans of the beanie hat. Ok, they may not be the most flattering hair accessory, but long and short hair, worn curly or straight, can actually turn it into a wearable urban street style. This week Gazette Style takes a look at some Littlewoods Ireland interesting beanies – Olive Owl Novelty for fashion followers Beanie €12 to consider.

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Mastering make-up in flagship store

The INGLOT flagship store opened on South Anne Street in Dublin’s city centre and stocks the full cosmetics collection and make-up accessories


QUEUES formed outside the long-awaited INGLOT flagship store in Dublin’s city centre in anticipation of its official opening. Professional make-up demonstrations, customer make-overs, exclusive new product launches and master-classes from international make-up artist Jon Hennessey were all on the list of things to do at the new store for the recent week long launch. The new store on 1 South Anne Street (corner of Grafton Street) stocks the full INGLOT cosmetics collection and make-up accessories, as well as products that are exclusive to the new flag-

ship store. There is a make-over studio, brow bar, and a spacious private studio, which will host parties, make-up courses, and professional master classes, is also part of the latest new Dublin INGLOT store. INGLOT Ireland stores are staffed by fully qualified make-up artists who help customers experiment with colour, and guide them through the extensive range. Its stores offers a range of make-up must haves including make-overs, bridal packages, and personalised tutorials, as well as treatments including eyelashes, manicures, and brow shaping. The brand’s face and body collection includes

a priming base, foundations, concealers and blushers, complemented with a selection of body illuminators and bronzers. For beautiful eyes there are eye-shadows, protective base, eyeliner, brow-liner and mascara; and a range of nourishing lipsticks, liners, lippaint and gloss to deliver truly luscious lips. Accessories, from brushes and applicators, to make-up bags, tweezers, false eyelashes and nail art are all stocked, and there is also a range of facial toners and gentle make-up removers, to complete this unique one-stop-make-up-shop. The Irish-owned business is the brainchild of Geraldine and Jane

Michael Kors opens store in Dundrum ON keeping up with new stores opening across Dublin, accessory lovers will be pleased to know that Michael Kors has opened its first lifestyle store in Dublin. On October 17, the 1,884 sq ft store, located in Dundrum Town Centre opened its stylish doors to the public. The new store will carry a mix of accessories from the Michael Kors Collection and Michael Kors labels, as well as footwear, watches and eyewear. The store will also carry ready-to-wear from the Michael Kors line and a selection of the brand’s fragrances. “It’s exciting to be opening a store in Dublin, actually our very first store in Ireland,” says Michael Kors. “I think that our Irish customers will really enjoy the energy they find in our store and the

fabulous blend of luxury and comfort.” The brand’s in-house team designed the store experience to echo the label’s casual-chic aesthetic, using elements like zebra furniture, sleek metal and mirrored surfaces and glossy, large-scale vintage photographs to evoke jet set glamour and timeless sophistication.

Michael Kors has opened its first lifestyle store in Dublin

Swarbrigg who opened the global brand to the Irish marketplace in 2009. The first INGLOT store opened in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, and, with a rapidly growing fan base for the innovative makeup range, new stores

quickly followed in Dundrum Town Centre, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, and in the Jervis Shopping Centre in the city, as well as the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick city. There are over 400 INGLOT retail outlets

across the world in cities including New York, Dubai, London and Sydney, and the range is still produced in Europe by the INGLOT family, as it has been for over 25 years, in the company’s own stateof-the-art production facilities.

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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport Crokes and dublin star back suicide charity event:

Flavia Rea from Dun Laoghaire waves to the crowd during last year’s Dublin Marathon. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

marathon 2013: charities set to benefit from runners’ efforts next week

Temple Street and Focus to prosper from fundraising THIS year’s Airtricity Dublin Marathon will support two of Ireland’s most popular charities with Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Focus Ireland named as the official partners of this year’s event. The marathon will take place on the streets of Dublin next Monday, October 28, setting off from Fitzwilliam Street. From there, the race heads out to the Phoenix Park and then back through Chapelizod and onto the southside of the city through Dolphin’s Barn, Kimmage, Templeogue before arcing east through Milltown and Clonskea and then turning back toward the city. Organisers are anticipating a record

entry with a potential 14,500 competitors signed up for the annual event which is now in its 34th year. The Airtricity Dublin Marathon has helped to generate millions of euro for charities since its establishment in 1980 and aims to continue to benefit these two charities among many others this year. Jim Aughney, Airtricity Dublin Marathon race director, said of the link-up with Temple Street and Focus Ireland: “We are truly delighted to partner with these two charities for the 2013 Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Both charities work hard to secure much needed funds to benefit children and the issue of homelessness in Ireland every year.

“We strongly appeal to the many participants who have already registered to take part or those who have yet to register, to sign up to either charity to help raise as much money as they can for either charity. “It’s an exciting year for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon as the race could see an Irish winner due to the fact that no elite runners have been invited to take part.” Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is the first port of call for tens of thousands of children every year suffering from every kind of illness and injury imaginable. Annually, over 154,000 sick children are cared for in the hospital with

approximately 50,000 children attending its accident and emergency department, making it one of the busiest A&Es in Europe Focus Ireland has worked hard to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness since 1985. Its vision is that “everyone has a right to a place they can call home” and the organisation works tirelessly to make this vision a reality for thousands of people every year. Last year alone more than 8,000 people benefited from their services; worryingly one in seven people using homeless services is a child. For further information or to enter see

Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin GAA star Cian O’Sullivan has given his backing to an upcoming concert in aid of 3Ts (Turning the Tide of Suicide) at the National Concert Hall on November 19. Sullivan said: “Raising awareness about the problem of Suicide in Ireland is really important to me. The 3Ts is a fantastic organisation because they’re working everyday to help prevent deaths by suicide through research, intervention and support.” The concert will feature Conor McKeon and his 24-piece band with special guest Paul Harrington. Tickets on sale now and available from or 01 417 0000

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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards october nominees

THE month after an All-Ireland victory for Dublin can sometimes mean a fallow period in terms of sporting success, but the capital once again produced another round of magnificent candidates for the Dublin Sports Awards 2013. With an all-female representation among the stars - a junior world champion who still has a long way to go in her sport, a rising star in the water and a worldwide sensation - and a set of fine championship and league achievements for a range of GAA clubs from all over the city dominating the teams of the month. It will prove a hard ask for the judges to pick between all of these deserving competitors when it comes to separating them and rewarding these equally deserving sporting stars with honours for October.


leanne royle

stephanie roche

sarah mcdonagh

corduff karate wonderkind Leanne was crowned world champion in the World Shotokan Karate Championships that took place in Liverpool earlier this month, in the process defeating two American champions and one Spanish champ to claim the title.

THE Peamount United striker became an international sensation after her wonder goal against Wexford Youths became an internet sensation that spread all around the globe after agencies picked up on her skilful display.

Dalkey’s Sarah McDonagh was celebrating this month when she claimed victory in the Liffey Descent kayak race, her first time taking part in the race at senior level, completing a hard course in 2.55, seven minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

naomh olaf

st pat’s palmerstown

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A RUN of four matches in 11 days saw Naomh Olaf claim a remarkable run of victories and claim the Dublin intermediate championship title some 20 years after they last secured the Senior 2 title, claiming the title against Fingallians.

St Pat’s Palmerstown senior hurlers returned to the top flight of the game in Dublin after they claimed the AHL Division 2 crown with three games left to play, with seven wins from seven and a significant points advantage on their league competitors.

THE DUNDRUM camogie team were celebrating when they secured this year’s Dublin senior 1 camogie championship title, their fourth in a row, when they defeated St Vincent’s at Trinity Gaels’ grounds, holding on as Vincent’s came back in the second half.


Active event raises funds for humanitarian causes 

Participants in the Zumbathon at Lucan East Educate Together national school last week

LUCAN East Educate Together National School hosted a Zumbathon event last week at the Multipurpose Hall in conjunction with Human Appeal International Ireland’s (HAII) Syria appeal. The Zumbathon kicked off at 7.30pm with two Zumba instructors, Nurlina Mohamad and Audrey Kelly, and their class coming together for an hour of enjoyable workout. The event concluded with a few rounds of lucky

draws and photo session. A total of €445 was collected from both ticket sales and sponsorship cards. Several bags of winter clothing were also generously donated by the participants who attended. All proceeds and donations were forwarded to a HAII representative, Hajar Al-Kaddo on Sunday, October 13. Speaking about the event, Nurlina Mohamad said: “I would like to express my gratitude to Lucan Educate

Together for allowing use of the school hall, Mr Pradeep owner of QuickLinks for printing the sponsorship cards, Zekri Hashim Photography for covering the event and Audrey Kelly and her Zumba class at Adamstown Educate Together National School for joining us in supporting the fundraising event. “We look forward to organising many more fundraising events as such and will continue to work with HAII in raising awareness and funds

to assist families displaced in the Syrian War conflict. Many of these families are facing their third winter dispossessed and in freezing conditions.” HAII is continuing the emergency relief response amid the insecurities providing support for Syrians inside Syria and those who have fled to neighbouring countries. Collection points are available in locations around Dublin. For more information, contact Derek on 01 291 0006.

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Buckley hails Pat’s persistence in 2013


Returning the league title to Richmond Park after 14 years has been achieved by prodigal manager, Liam Buckley, who hopes to scale the heights again next year at home and abroad

Leinster U-16 and U-18 sides deliver unique inter-provincial double

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In his second season back in charge at St Pat’s Athletic, Liam Buckley has bridged the gap between his two tenures at the helm at Richmond Park when the team delivered the first League of Ireland cup title to the club since Buckley was last in the manager’s chair. The team have flourished under Buckley this season, and the league success was recognised last week by the Professional Football Association of Ireland announcing that six players from the side had made the team of the year, while Killian Brennan and Greg Bolger were both

nominted by their peers for the Player of the Year honour to be announced next month. Gazette Sport caught up with Buckley last week, and we asked what his reflections were on his last two seasons back as manager at Pat’s. “We had a good year last year, going close in both competitions, coming third in the league and losing out in the cup final. We felt we were in the mix last year but, unfortunately, it didn’t transpire. “In the off season, we lost some of our staff and players, which was disappointing, but we regrouped and recruited well. Dave Campbell and myself sat down and picked people we

wanted to bring in, and I felt we were going to be competitive again this season. I felt we would get a squad into Europe, at least. “Our resources would not be what the other big teams would have, but we fought tooth and nail to get that place in Europe. Everyone worked their socks off to keep us at the top of the table, but when it gets to the business end, you can get nervous. But the lads played really well, beating Dundalk, and winning tricky ties against Bray and UCD, and beating Sligo was the ultimate.” Taking the role at the end of 2011, Buckley found himself in a similar position to that he

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley holds the Airtricity League Premier Division trophy. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

took on when he became manager at Sporting Fingal, the defunct north county soccer club who climbed the heights of the FAI Cup before being dismantled in 2010. “We had a depleted squad at the start, retaining only five or

developing all aspects of the club, along with helping the local area develop.” Buckley and his charges will prepare for the 2014 season from n ow o nw a r d , p l a n ning fitness and preseason programmes for their players, as well as


‘We fought tooth and nail to get that place in Europe and keep us at the top of the table’ --------------------------------------------------------

six of the group of 20 from the previous year, and we would have changed around a lot of the staff as well. I knew what I was getting from the people I was bringing in. Having worked in places like Sporting Fingal before, I had my own ideas about what I wanted to do.” The Sporting Fingal experience gave Buckley a helicopter view of the operation of a soccer club, and it is a time he speaks fondly of. “The Sporting Fingal project was a different kind of project, as we were setting up a new football club entirely, part of a bigger picture for the development of soccer in Fingal. It was disappointing that it did not continue, but it was a fantastic thing to be involved in, and I picked up a lot of experience. It wasn’t just about being a manager, it was about

remaining mindful that their success this year has seen them into the first stage qualifiers for the prestigious Champions League for the first time. “We’re looking forward to the Champions League qualifiers, which will be exciting for everybody. It will be tougher, playing against league winners from across Europe. We’ll give ourselves every chance of getting a result and progressing. “ We c a m e c l o s e to progressing in the Europa League this year, but there was not a whole lot between us and them. It might have been a different story on another day. “Pat’s have done well in Europe over the years, so hopefully we can continue that tradition. We will be looking again at getting a place in Europe next year.”

LEINSTER hockey’s Under-18 and Under-16 schoolgirls’ teams, aided by a strong south Dublin contingent, claimed the rarest of interprovincial doubles, going unbeaten last weekend at both levels to land both titles in style in Cork. It was the first time since 1996 that the blue province achieved such a feat, winning the U-18 title for just the fourth time since 1990. Following on from encouraging wins on Friday afternoon against the South East, both Leinster sides saw off regular nemesis Ulster on Saturday to put themselves in the box seat. Pippa Best had out the northern province 1-0 up in the 12th minute from her side’s first attack but Leinster replied in the second half with Wesley College’s Sara Quill levelling matters before Alexandra College’s Amber Gleeson scored from a corner in the 44th minute to secure the win. They made it three wins in-a-row with a 1-0 win over the South East with Alex’s Anna Roopnarinesingh on the mark. Munster provided the final hurdle with Ulster also interested spectators after their 6-0 win over Connacht left them with a chance of winning the title on goal difference should Leinster lose. They didn’t, however, as Loreto Dalkey’s Sorcha Clarke and Gleeson eased any potential nerves as they got off to a flyer with a couple of goals early on. Colm Blennerhassett’s side maintained that margin through to the end to celebrate their intepro glory. At U-16 level, the title was won early on Sunday after a pair of Saturday wins. Against Ulster, the second half proved pivotal in a 3-1 after the sides were level at 1-1 at the break. Alex’s Freya McDermott and Loreto Foxrock’s Ellen Curran saw them over the line after Katie McKee and Suzanne Kelly had traded first half goals. This win was then augmented by a Sarah Torrans-inspired 2-0 win over the South East. It left them needing just a point from their final game of the competition, a date with hosts Munster on Sunday morning, a side who also had designs on the title. Torrans, who plays with Corinthian in Rathfarnham, was on the mark again but Munster equalised through Michelle Barry to make for a nervy finish but the young blues crossed the line to win the interpros for the second time in three years.


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motor racing: first season win at kirkistown for local

Butchers tie up win against Seapoint After three consecutive defeats, it was back to the drawing board for the NUIM Barnhall Butchers team this week. A video session was produced and NUIM Barnhall’s head coach, Denis Bowes, was called upon to bring something different to the squad. NUIM Barnhall’s fourth XV met league leaders Seapoint RFC at Parsonstown this week in a crunch match for the team, and it proved a tough but ultimately satisfying encounter for the Butchers. Seapoint exerted early pressure, but time after time, they were forced back by Barnhall’s disciplined defence. The Butchers players turned over the ball in the tackle or won a penalty with great regularity, but Seapoint had finally gotten around the defence and had scored a try in the corner, missing the conversion, so Barnhall knew they had to react in kind. Seapoint brought the ball into contact where Gareth Gildea held the player up in the tackle. Sean O’Conail recognised immediately that a chance for a turnover was on. The ball carrier was swallowed up in the maul and the quick thinking of Morrisey sent the ball into the back line, sensing there may be something on out wide. After some quick hands, O’hOgartaigh committed the last defender, sending Convery around the side. Convery showed his pace to outrun up to three scrambling defenders and after a 50 metre run scored his first ever NUIM Barnhall try. Gavin Delaney, man of the match, added the conversion and The Butchers were ahead. After an even first half, Seapoint showed why they are top of the league and dominated possession in the second half, but were unable to convert their possession into points. Gavin Delaney put the Butchers further ahead from a penalty with 20 minutes left on the clock. Last-ditch tackles from Delaney, Creed, Oman and some tough on-the-try-line defence from Stanley, Walsh and Counihan were the difference, holding Seapoint at bay.

Up and coming Lucan Formula Vee star Kevin Grogan made his mark over the season with a number of impressive performances on the track

Grogan claims Vee victory 

Lucan Formula Vee driver Kevin Grogan recently registered his first win in the class when he claimed the chequered flag at the Martin Donnelly Trophy meeting at Kirkistown Race Circuit in County Down. Although the Crowne Plaza National Formula Vee championship had already been secured by Adam Macauley, Grogan capitalised on his good form at Mondello Park to drive to a deserved victory at Kirkistown, driving to a number of

fastest laps and winning the race by a comprehensive eight-second margin, in spite of battling against mechanical issues for the final circuits. Newsome Racing’s David O’Brien was fastest in qualifying by just 0.012s ahead of Grogan, with LOH Motorsport’s Dan Polley and novice driver, Sean Newsome, sharing the second row. Speaking after his maiden win, Grogan said: “I’m really happy to get my first overall win; it’s a great way to end the season. “When you’re leading, the race can’t

aussie rules okay Swans man helps to launch series at Croker PETER Ross from South Dublin Swans

AFL team was at Croke Park recently with Hector O hEochagain at the launch of the 2013 International Rules Series. GAA HQ will host the second match in the series on Saturday, October 26. Three Dublin players have been selected to play for the Ireland side: Fingallians’ Paul Flynn, Castleknock’s Ciaran Kilkenny and Clontarf’s Jack McCaffrey.

end soon enough. I was watching the oil warning light flicker on and off for the final four laps. The oil was spraying onto my left rear tyre, making for some interesting cornering moments. I was so happy and relieved to see that chequered flag.” Finishing fourth overall in the championship standings, Grogan had delivered his final race success just at the right time. His positive drives over the season have led him to being offered a British-specification Formula Vee car which will allow him to take

part in the Formula Vee world championship at Brands Hatch, a showcase event which will see him race in front of the top teams in Britain and the world, which may provide him with the opportunity to fulfil his current ambitions of driving in Britain in their Formula Vee or Formula Ford classifications. Grogan has said that he is delighted with his success, and is ready to plan for next year’s competition, in the process thanking his race engineer and Avantisport chief, Ivan Casey from Leixlip.

“Ivan’s hard work, dedication, mentoring and spanner work make this as much Ivan’s success as mine. He has been a great friend and inspiring motivator.” Kevin is sponsored by his father Brian, a solicitor in Lucan, who has supported his son’s efforts since Kevin started karting at the age of eight. “It’s great to have my Dad there in my corner at every race, looking after me and cheering me on. He is my biggest fan and I can’t thank him enough for all he does for me,” said Kevin.

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MUM is the word Tower’s compete in national football meet

Club Noticeboard lucan sarsfields

round toweR GAA club were among

Congratulations to our junior B

November 7 at 8pm in the function

hurlers, U-15A camogie, U-15B cam-


ogie, U-14A camogie and U-13B cam-

the clubs from all over the country who gathered at Naomh Mearnog GAA club in Portmarnock for the 2013 Gaelic4Mothers and Others national blitz last weekend, which was attended by a remarkable 1,100 players.

ogie on their championship final wins at the weekend.

hurling: sarsfields and st pat’s in dublin action

The Scor na nOg Dublin semi-final

Hard luck to our U-16 camogie team

will be hosted by Lucan Sarsfields on

who lost out narrowly and to our

Thursday, November 21 at 8pm. We are

intermediate footballers who were

looking for talented members from

beaten after extra-time.


Our AGM will take place on Thursday, November 21.

our juvenile section (U-17) to take part

The senior hurlers play Craobh Chi-

and represent their club, if you inter-

arain this Thursday in championship

ested, contact Stiofan O Conghaile on

semi-final at 6.45pm in Parnell Park.

087 680 4124. Categories: Rince Foirne;

The junior A hurlers play Castle-

Solo Singing; Ceol Uirlise; Recitation;

knock in the championship final this

Ballad Group; Question Time; Novelty

Sunday at 2.30pm in O’Toole Park.

Act; Set Dancing.

Well done to Lucan girls Sinead O’Toole, Alise Dowling, Ali Twomey,

25 card drive continues each Friday night in the clubhouse bar.

Jenny Foy, Claire Rigney and Fiona

We are holding a raffle for a Dublin

Dowler who refereed camogie finals

jersey signed by the 2013 All Ireland

over the weekend.

winning panel. €2 per entry. Entries

Thanks to Sensor Elecrical for

can be made at the clubhouse bar.

replacing the light switch on our hurl-

Closing date for entries to the

ing alley. Please note that the new

Christmas pool competition is this

switch should not be operated with a

Sunday, October 27.

hurl. The annual mass for deceased members will take place on Thursday,

Set dancing classes continue each Wednesday at 8:30 pm in the clubhouse.

st pat’s palmerstown THE St Pat’s U-13 camogie team led a

and Ellen and also Lauren Sliney who

blistering attack against Raheny in the

captained the team.

championship final at Trinity Gaels. At half time, St Pat’s led by one goal to one The Lucan Sarsfields side who claimed Junior F championship glory against O’Dwyer’s

Local sides’ mixed fortunes in finals


LUCAN Sarsfields and St Pat’s, Palmerstown’s junior sides endured mixed for tunes in their respective county finals over the weekend, the former coming out the victor against O’Dwyer’s in the Junior F championship date. For Lucan, they will be hoping their 1-14 to 0-14 win will form part of an omen for the club ahead of their Junior A final date with Castleknock, while their senior side are in semi-final action this weekend too.

Stephen Mur phy’s goal in the closing quarter proved the difference between the sides at the end of a hardfought final. Ger Twohig starred at the base of the attack while Shane Donohue clipped over 0-7 with six frees in the mix to aid the side’s victory over the Balbriggan club. At Junior D level, however, Fingallians put paid to St Pat’s Palmerstown’s chances of adding a championship title to the AFL2 league success they notched a week earlier. They fell by the nar-

rowest of margins, 2-8 to 1-10, in St Margaret’s as Dan Davoran popped up with the winning score in injury time. Pat’s had held sway for the majority of the early phases but a goal from Cormac O’Neill kept them in check after the Palmerstown men had built a 1-6 to 0-3 lead. Indeed, a goal in the first three minutes from Fintan Maguire, created by Kevin Ward, had Pat’s flying while Aaron Clancy’s score from distance kept them ticking over. But O’Neill struck in

injury time of the first half to close the gap to three points and give Fins a lifeline. They did not look initially that intent on taking advantage of it with both sides knocking over a few wides but John Meehan put the Swords men right back in the mix in the 54th minute with his side’s second goal. That tied up the game and Davoran popped up with the winning score during a surprisingly short period of injury time after a scrappy second half, denying Pat’s an extra-time shot.

point. The sides were level half-way through the second half when Aoife

The U-12 footballers were unlucky against Crumlin. Hard luck to the junior footballers who lost the championship final by one point.

scored a goal from a 45. With just

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 7, 9, 11

minutes to go, Raheny scored a goal,

and 16 in the second draw. There was

bringing the sides level once again and

no winner.

the match ended in a draw. St Pat’s now look forward to the replay. Well done to all the girls, with strong performances from Sadhbh

Any three numbers winners were Charles Ryan, Cara Smith, Claire O’Brien and Betty Walker. The next jackpot will be €8,000.

westmanstown/garda The intermediates continued on win-

footballers hosted Round Tower’s.

ning ways with a good 1-14 to 1-6 win

The U-10s played their annual foot-

in the intermediate championship

ball blitz against Croi Ro Noafa and

at Westmanstown last Saturday

St Mark’s and came out on top. Well


done boys.

The juniors have a league fixture

Commiserations to the U-15 boys

next Sunday, October 27, away at St

who lost their championship semi-

Oliver Plunkett’s at 11am.

final in the last kick of the match.

The club would like to extend con-

The U-13 girls travelled to Kildare

dolences to Julie Kavanagh and her

and played Confey in an exciting chal-

family on the death of her mother.

lenge match.

May she rest in peace.

The club nursery (five to seven

O u r r ov i n g m at c h r e p o r t e r

years) runs from 10am every Satur-

watched two-top class perform-

day at Westmanstown’s all-weather

ances from the U-11 boys teams on

facility. Ask for Geraldine. All new

Saturday in Westmanstown against

members boys and girls are welcome.

Naomh Olaf, while the U-8 football-

Visit for

ers played Cuala at home and the U-9

more information.

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October 24, 2013

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The NUI Maynooth team who represented the college in the annual Conroy Cup competition, held for the first time at Maynooth in their second year of involvement

Conroy Cup a classic NUIM and Barnhall university side compete in national intervarsity competition in Maynooth and hail progress made by young team

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NUIM Barnhall RFC affiliate NUI Maynooth last weekend hosted the prestigious national university club cup competition, the Conroy Cup. Six of the top university rugby clubs in the country – NUIM, UCD, Queen’s University, Dublin University, NUIG and UCC - gathered at the Mayooth venue and the crowds were treated to a display of top-class rugby. This is the first year NUIM have hosted the university tournament, in only their second year of taking part in the competition. NUIM Barnhall was first paired against

Dublin University and were narrowly beaten 14-8 by the side who would be the eventual winners of the competition. They next faced Galway in the second round, losing 19-5, meaning they would go into the 5th and 6th place play off against Queens University, where NUIM rallied to run in a satisfying 12-10 win. Nathan Lawlor, head coach of NUIM Barnhall Under-20s and coach of the university team that contested the Conroy Cup last weekend, was delighted with the performance of his young team. “This is a young group, probably the youngest we have had, but they are really finding their feet now and playing at a high

standard. “To come in fifth place in the tournament after only being involved for two years is a great achievement.” Lawlor has seen significant progress among the Under-20 side over the course of his four years involved as assistant coach and now head coach for the team. “We have gone from a side who would have been perennially at the bottom of the table to being a side who are on the up. “Three years ago, we dropped down a league, and we have since built and progressed until we were promoted last year into the JP Premier league. We won the B section of that league, and were undefeated there.”

Lawlor sees both the university team and the Barnhall section both in a process of evolution and progress, down to a number of factors. “We have a new age range now and a whole new group of guys in, with some 25 to 28 new players altogether, at first year in university, and club players coming up from the Under-19s, local to Leixlip and Celbridge. “The calibre of player has greatly increased, and in addition, the opportunity to use the training facilities at Carton House, where the Irish team train, and the improved facilities in the club, are making a huge difference, allowing us to upskill our own players and attract players from across the country.”