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Pat’s pull clear of relegation zone in AFL 2

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SOUTH Dublin County Council has denied that there will be any change in animal welfare policy after signing a contract with a new dog pound. Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) said that the new pound, Ashton, puts more dogs to sleep than the current contractors, Dunboyne Pound. He added that he felt the move was a financial one: “I feel that this deci-

sion has been made with little regard to the welfare of the dogs, but merely to save money.” However, a council spokesperson said that the decision was made after a thorough analysis, including inspections by veterinary inspectors to confirm the adequacy of the facilities from a welfare perspective. The council said it was satisfied that Ashton was bestplaced to provide the service. Full Story on Page 6

Where’s ... ? Hannah helps to find the missing character IT TOOK The Gazette a while to find him, but with a little help from Hannah Joyce the real Wally was soon found at the Abtree book and stationary store in Lucan. The character famous for his striped shirt and black-rimmed

specs came to the local store as part of a week-long Where’s Wally? hunt, which saw locals enter a special competition in which they had to say where they found Wally within ten participating local stores. See Full Gallery in the next issue

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The State withdrew the charges of corruption against four county councillors due to the chief prosecution witness’ medical condition

Chief witness’s ill health ends corruption trial CHARGES of corruption against four county councillors and a business man have been withdrawn by the State due to the medical condition of the chief prosecution witness. On day 13 of the trial in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that the

director wishes to enter a “nolle prosequi”, meaning that the charges are struck out and there will be no retrial. The charges related to allegations that business man Jim Kennedy used political lobbyist Frank Dunlop to bribe councillors to vote to rezone potentially valuable land. T he prosecution’s

case was based on the testimony of Mr Dunlop who said that he acted as a middleman for Mr Kennedy in bribing the councillors to vote to rezone the land at Jackson Way in Carrickmines. Twice during his evidence Mr Dunlop (65) became unwell and had to be brought to hospital.

The State’s decision to withdraw the case came two days after Mr Dunlop’s latest episode when he asked to be excused “for a very good reason.” It is understood Mr Dunlop is suffering from a serious heart condition which is unlikely to improve enough for him to be able to give evidence in any retrial. Mr Kennedy (66) of Cormorant Way, Queens Quay, Gibraltar had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 16 counts of making corrupt payments between June 1992 and October 1997 to members of Dublin County Council to rezone land as industrial. Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councillor Tony Fox (72) Mountainview Park, Churchtown, Dublin and former councillors Colm Mc Grath (56) of Swiftwood, Saggart, Donal Lydon (74) of Santo Antonio, Stillorgan Park Avenue and Liam Cosgrave

(57) of Merrion Park, Blackrock, had pleaded not guilty to corruptly receiving money at various locations in Dublin on dates in June 1992 and October 1997 as inducements to rezone lands as industrial. Judge Ring told the jury that “matters have reached a stage where a decision was needed” and that the trial would not be continuing. She thanked them for their ser vice and excused them from jury duty for seven years. Counsel for Mr K e n n e d y, M i c h a e l O’Higgins SC, said that according to the report Mr Dunlop’s condition has some relation to stress and “a court event is clearly a stressful event”. Mr Gillane said he would ask Mr Dunlop’s cardiologist how long would be needed before a retrial could take place. However after a short adjournment counsel returned and said that charges were being completely withdrawn.

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works Safety concerns for pedestrians by church

‘We need a new crossing by St Mary’s’  paul hosford

CALLS have been made for the installation of a pedestrian crossing at St Mary’s church, to ensure a safer crossing. Fianna Fail representative Caitriona McClean says that lives could be lost if the road directly outside the church isn’t made safer for pedestrians. She said: “We must put safety first and it’s not realistic to expect people to cross anywhere else as the car park is straight




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across the road, and it’s pure nonsense to point to traffic lights right down at the convent. “The people using St Mary’s deserve more

than being put at risk on a daily or weekly basis; it’s just not good enough, and I am disappointed there has been no action on this,” she said. Locals at the site agreed with McClean, saying that the road, which separates the church from the car park, is dangerous. Local resident Ann Kelly from Beechgrove said: “I’m fairly nimble on my feet, myself, but sometimes I feel lucky to get across. “There is a blind spot, and you have to go almost

Fianna Fail representative Caitriona McClean, carefully crosses by St Mary’s

halfway over to see what’s coming up the hill.” Agreeing with her, local woman Prim Dempsey said: “I agree 100%. We need some sort of a crossing at the church. The blind spot is a cause of concern. “Now would be a good time for the council to come out and have a look

to see what solution they come up with, rather than waiting for the children to get back to school. “It should not be the case that only after an accident the council takes action. Why must we wait for a fatality before action is taken?” she said. Pauline, another local resident, said: “By the

time you get halfway over the road to check what is coming up from the left, the traffic has come suddenly from the right, and you have to get back quickly and try again.” South Dublin County Council had not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

feedback Liffey Sound’s meeting LIFFEY Sound FM is engaging with its listeners this month at a public meeting and workshop in a bid to generate feedback from the community. The event, which takes place on August 17 from 2pm to 5pm at the Lucan Spa Hotel, is the second part of an ambitious project to receive feedback from the local community. The station, one of the only fully volunteer-run stations in the country, has been broadcasting for seven years from the Ballyowen Centre and is now seeking the most in-depth feedback it has ever asked for. Surveys and questionnaires are currently being distributed. For further information see www.

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animals ‘Our policy for re-homing and welfare will not change’

Council defends dog pound change  paul hosford

SOUTH Dublin County Council has said that there will be no change in its animal welfare policy after signing a contract with a new dog pound. Concerns were raised by Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan, who said that Ashton Pound, which is taking over the contract, put a larger number of dogs to sleep than the previous pound in Dunboyne. He said: “I am very upset that it has come to this, after working

extremely successfully with one of the largest pounds in the country for more than seven years, and building a very good relationship with both pound staff and the dog wardens. “[Dog charity] A Dog’s Life has been placing approximately 70% of the [council] dogs annually with rescues, including themselves, but also [note] that many more are re-homed directly from the pound. “I feel that this decision has been made with little regard to the welfare

of the dogs but merely to save money. “W hile conditions have improved at Ashton in recent years, can this pound deal with an extra influx of 1,165 dogs per year – either collected by the dog warden, or surrendered by owners in South Dublin [according to the statistics] in 2012 – or will these dogs be put to sleep?” Ashton put 22% of dogs from the other three Dublin authorities to sleep in 2012, while Dunboyne put 5% down in the same timeframe.


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South Dublin County Council: “There will be regular inspections and monitoring of the [Ashton dog pound] facility”

A council spokesperson said that the tender process was rigorous and said that inspections will be thorough and regular. “Following assessment of the tender submissions, which included

inspections by veterinary inspectors to confirm the adequacy of the facilities from a welfare perspective, [the council was] satisfied that Ashton Dog Pound was best-placed to provide the service and the contract has been awarded accordingly. “The contract will come into effect from August 1. In order to ensure that the best service is being delivered, there will be

regular inspections and monitoring of the facility by veterinary staff and ongoing review meetings with the contractor. “It is important to note that South Dublin County Council’s policy with regard to re-homing and animal welfare will not change.” Ashton Pound had not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

THE third-annual West Dublin Community Festival will take place on Sunday, August 18. The festival will take place at Ballyfermot Road Park from 2pm and 6pm and is being organised by West Dublin Access Radio (WDAR) and Dublin City Council. The day will include two music stages, a dance stage, a range of fun activities for children, food stalls and a space for local community organisations. The music line-up will feature local acts such as The Beermats, Cash is King, The Fitzafrenic and many more. The entire festival will be broadcast on WDAR 96FM and is a not-for-profit, free event.

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A reminder of the company’s past

Jo Murray, Michael Quinn, Michael McElligott and Tommy Murray joined in the Colortrend celebrations as the Celbridge-based company marked 60 years of meeting paint and colour needs for clients. Current and former staff members joined a wide range of current customers, local

Catherine and Breda Kelly, Moors

business people, friends and well-wishers for the party. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Builders Providers, Newbridge

celbridge: colortrend celebrates 60 years of business Managing director Kevin O’Connor and his mother, Una

A brush with history

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A collage highlighted the company’s past

Margaret O’Gorman and Yvonne Gregory

Colortrend staff Bridget Brennan, Mary Casey and Mary Leavey

Lots of people joined in the celebrations

Kathrina and Robert McAllister with Adele Roche

Raul Numo with Vivienne and Laura Murphy, Expert Painters, Raheny

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business: contest launched

Enter your start-up  paul hosford

A COMPETITION for start-ups and early stage ventures active in the South Dublin area has been launched by The South Dublin Chamber Ladies B2B (Business to Business) Network. A prize fund worth almost €7,000 will be awarded to one lucky winner, comprising a complete business support package. The winner will receive one-to-one mentoring and advice in a range of

areas, including marketing, accountancy, legal and HR, a management and administration software package, and training worth more than €2,500. Stationery design and print, and even a style consultation, will all be provided by the members of the B2B Network. In addition, they will receive a year’s membership of South Dublin Chamber, including access to their six B2B Networks. The closing date for applications is Friday,

September 27 and the overall winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 13. For further details on the competition, application forms and full terms and conditions, see or contact Ann Kelsey at 01 492 7774, or Andrea Carroll at 087 065 8468. South Dublin Ladies B2B Network meets every second Wednesday from 6 to 7.30pm. See the calendar of events at www. for further information.

courts Accused drove without insurance

The judge sentenced Kevin Walsh to three and half years with the final two suspended to encourage him to continue to deal with his addiction problems

Man gets jail for violent Tallaght taxi hijacking A YOUNG man who has a previous conviction for manslaughter has been jailed for the violent hijacking of a taxi. In 2006 Kevin Walsh (24) was sentenced to eight years in St Patrick’s Institution, with the final five years suspended, for killing a 20-year-old man in a drunken row.

Walsh of Allenton Green, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm of taxi driver Felician Medves and the hijack of a taxi at Allenton Drive, Tallaght on December 11, 2012. He also admitted driving without insurance.

A co-accused, Niall Healy (27) of Woodview, Lucan, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Medves. Judge Mar y Ellen Ring sentenced Walsh to three-and-a-half years with the final two suspended to encourage him to continue to deal with his addiction problems. She told Walsh: “If you come back with either the Probation Service or the gardai you will be leaving with prison officers.” Judge Ring commented: “This was a serious hijacking. A man going about his business in a vulnerable way, he abused the trust of any taxi driver that picks up a passenger at the time of day.” Healy was granted bail to complete a residential drug treatment programme. His case was put in for mention on July 31 next to make sure he went to the centre. Det Garda David Jennings told Colm O’Briain BL, prosecuting, that

Walsh and Healy hailed down the taxi and asked Mr Medves to take them to a chipper. At a point in the journey Walsh told the driver to stop the car and put both his arms around the driver’s neck. He hit the victim in the face and told him: “Give me the money, don’t look into my face.” Healy then got out of the car and pulled the victim out on the road, hit him in the head and neck and knocked him to the ground. Walsh and Healy got into the car and Walsh drove the car off. Gardai in an unmarked patrol car that was passing recognised Walsh and stopped the car after it pulled a handbrake turn. Det Gda Jennings said that the taxi driver thought he was going to be killed. Walsh’s 58 previous convictions include manslaughter, impeding the apprehension of another, robbery and handling stolen property.

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Miss Ireland 2012, Rebecca Maguire Miss Wexford, Aoife Clarke

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winning ways: miss ireland 2013 wears her crown with style

A beautiful celebration

Pictured at the event in The Ballsbridge Hotel were Pamela Flood with Olivia Tracey, Aoife Walsh (named as Miss Ireland 2013) and Sarah Morrissey

Bernie and Jeff Cafolla

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contest: dalkey man impresses masterchef star

Smoked salmon and spinach lasagne wins Best Fish Dish A DUBLIN-BASED foodie has reeled in flavour with his smoked salmon and spinach lasagne dish, impressing MasterChef UK star John Torode with his culinary skills. Torode was in town recently to help find Ireland’s best fish dish to celebrate 3’s All You Can Eat Everything plan on bill pay. Hugh Sweeney, who runs a market stall at the Farmer’s Market in

the Tramyard in Dalkey was crowned the winner by the MasterChef UK presenter after tasting his smoked salmon and spinach lasagne. Originally from Donegal, Hugh is also a member of the Irish Lobster Ltd team. Hugh made it to the finals with Cork food blogger Emma Kenneally. The duo were chosen to be finalists out of hundreds of entries by top

Irish food writer Ross Golden-Bannon and celebrity chef Andrew Rudd, to go head-to-head at a cook-off challenge in front of John Torode recently. Commenting on his visit, Torode said: “I was delighted to visit Ireland and judge Three Mobile’s hunt for Ireland’s Best Fish Dish. “Ireland is very proud of its own produce and Ireland’s Best Fish Dish

is all about local produce and supporting what’s going on.” The winner, Hugh Sweeney, said: “It was an honour to win 3 Mobile’s hunt for Ireland’s Best Fish Dish, especially as one of the judges was John Torode. “It was an amazing experience and proves that the seafood products Ireland produce are of award winning quality,” he added.

Food writer Ross Golden-Bannon; celebrity chef Andrew Rudd; Best Fish Dish winner Hugh Sweeney, Emma Kenneally and MasterChef UK star John Torode


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gardening tips: how to combat the summer heat

Get your fingers green and protect your plants î Ž bairbre Ni bhraonain

Although the recent spell of dry sunny weather seems over, a return to high temperatures could mean your plants and flowers becoming seriously dehydrated if you don’t keep a close eye on them. Gardens all across Ireland have had great use this summer; with families electing to snub the

TV so they can enjoy the evening outdoors – with frequent barbecues and outdoor parties. In the last week, though, the unexpected monsoon has been a welcome relief for plants which not only shrivel up, but can also suffer from sun damage. Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre has given the Gazette some tips to make sure gardens reap the benefits of the

good weather, and survive in good shape. When the sun is out and a dry spell lasts for any length of time; the first priority is to keep your garden watered. Do this as a ritual every night as to do it during the day will result in plants and flowers being burned. Make sure the water penetrates right into the roots of the plants. Watering the lawn

will stop it from looking brown and parched. With hanging baskets, it is essential to water the flowers as they have no other natural source of hydration available. Flower beds, though better positioned to grab any moisture occurring in the soil, also need to be watered regularly in hot weather. As for shrubs, they need about eight litres of water a day in very dry weather.

Blooms can quickly shrivel up if there is no rain or watering

Garden lovers should not neglect maintenance during the summer either. Pruning is an important part of keeping all shrubs looking healthy. As for mowing the lawn, keep it to about an inch high thereby ensuring that it not only looks its best but also allowing it to absorb

more water more efficiently. Unfortunately, weeds love the heat and grow more quickly than in colder conditions, so weeding once a week can prevent these unwelcome visitors from stealing important nutrients from plants and flowers.

The Arboretum team suggest salvias, sedums, cistus and helichrysum as the best, drought resistant plants to freshen up the garden. For more information on keeping your garden healthy throughout the summer months, you can go to

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At the launch of the Local like you competition are model Roz Purcell and broadcaster Hector O hEochagáin

Search is on for our local gems Broadcaster Hector O hEochagain and model Roz Purcell have joined Londis in its brand new campaign to search for Ireland’s Local Gems. The drive was launched by Londis last week in an effort to identify little known tourist attractions around Ireland and is part of the launch of their new “local like you” campaign, highlighting what makes Londis different from other retailers in Ireland. To be in with a chance of winning a break away, Londis is inviting entrants to demonstrate how well they know their locality by identifying a great family break in their county. The submissions can include suggestions on places to stay, activity ideas and good places to eat. Commenting on the competition, Londis group marketing manager Ruth Norton said: “Londis retailers add local value in so many different ways to communities around Ireland. We wanted a unique way of demonstrating just how much

each retailer cares about the community.” For more information, visit londisireland.

fundraising drive-in bingo A new weekly drivein bingo initiative was launched last week at Leopardstown Racecourse by the Carers Association and special guest, X-Factor star Mary Byrne. The drive-in bingo is the first of its kind in Dublin and will raise money for the 46,825 unpaid family carers in Dublin. The first bingo game kicked off on Sunday, July 28 and others will be held on the last Sunday of every month from now on. The carers of Dublin provide assistance to frail elderly people, those with terminal illnesses and people with disabilities. It is estimated by the Carers’ Association that carers across Ireland save the government over €4 billion a year. Those wishing to take part can drive into the event, get a bingo book costing €15 and honk

their horn for a full house. The cash payment will be €15,000. All proceeds raised will go towards the development of services for family carers in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath.

win a library worth €1,500 Bord Gais Energy is reminding members of the local community and organisations from Dublin to submit their entries for the Bord Gais Energy Club Donate a Library initiative. The call for nominations will close on Friday August 9, and people are being asked to nominate a local charity, community, voluntary or non-profit group worthy of receiving a library worth €1,500. Since its launch in April, the initiative has received an overwhelming response with over 100 nominations citing escapism, education, literacy support for young people, company for elderly people, strengthening the community and many other reasons to support their pitch for why a library would be

a valuable resource for their group. The initiative will donate a library worth €1,500 to organisations within the community and voluntary sector, every four months on an ongoing basis. To nominate an organisation visit

Opera in the open concerts Dublin City Council’s Art Office will present the 2013 series of Opera in the Open at the Amphitheatre, Civic Offices, Wood Quay. The concerts will take place every Thursday lunchtime at 1pm during the month of August. Opera in the Open is an initiative of Dublin City Council as part of its remit to make art and culture accessible to all in the city. Operas featured in this year’s series include firm favourites such as Tosca and The Turn of the Screw. Admission to all of the concerts is free. Singers for this year’s series include Sandra Oman, Morgan Crowley and Elizabeth Ryan.

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Musical theatre veteran Paul Monaghan and on stage as Bustopher Jones. Picture: Alessandro Pinna

miaow: broadway’s renowned show coming to bord gais energy theatre

‘Cats’ makes Dubliners purr  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A REAL Andrew Lloyd Webber classic is coming to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this month as Cats leaps onto the stage. The musical is based on TS Eliot’s collection of whimsical poems and features a tribe of cats called the Jellicles. Drimnagh native and musical theatre veteran Paul Monaghan will star in the production coming to the theatre, alongside fellow Dubliner Susan McFadden. Paul spoke to The Gazette ahead of his return to Dublin. “I moved to London in 1991 to do Les Miserables for six months in the West End. That lasted two years and I kept getting more and more work, so I stayed there. I went to Synge Street School and was in a big choir there and did some

school shows. I then went to study with Veronica Dunne at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and did some operas as well as lots of amateur drama productions with Dublin musical societies. “Through this, I came to the attention of Earl Gill, the old trumpeter in the Gaiety Theatre. He gave me a job in a show called Can’t Stop The Music with Red Hurley and Twink. Then I did some concert orchestra work and then auditioned for Cameron Mackintosh and settled here in England. I live in Kent now but I do try to get home as much as I can.” Paul is looking forward to coming home to Dublin as his schedule has been so hectic lately. “I’ve been in Cats since January and we’re performing for two weeks here, there and everywhere, so it’s been hard to get home lately. We are in Ostend in

Belgium where Susan McFadden joins us before we go to Dublin. I have three brothers and sisters and I’m the youngest. They have loads of kids, so it’s great to visit them all.” Paul plays two parts in the current run of Cats, and the characters are very different from each other. “I play a very posh, fat cat called Bustopher Jones, so that requires a lot of padding which has been difficult in this hot weather. The other cat I play is Gus, the theatre cat. Gus is a bigger role and he’s an old cat who reminisces about his time playing a pirate cat when he was young. The show was very innovative when it was devised 30 years ago and the cat movements were never seen before. I’m lucky I have a cat and I’ve never observed it as much in my life since joining the show.

“It’s a hugely physical musical theatre piece and when we were in rehearsals we talked a lot about cats’ mannerisms and have used them in our performances. Yet, over time, your performance grows as you become more confident and less awkward in your movements. It’s a lot easier now. The two characters I play move very differently too. The toff’s [Bustopher Jones] costume is very restrictive and he is very upright, prim and proper, whereas Gus is old and scraggly and a swashbuckler as a pirate youth. It all requires quite a range.” Cats is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, and the fourth longest-running West End musical. Cats will run from August 21 until September 7. Tickets cost €20 and are available from or by caling 01 677 7999.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week is Daisy; a six-month-old pitbull cross. Daisy is a clever young lady and has been doing a little bit of training here in the centre. She loves cuddles and being made a fuss of. Daisy would love a busy home, with a family who can take her out for long walks and then relax together afterward. For the right family, Daisy will be an amazing addition If you think you could give Daisy the home she so badly needs, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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TRAVEL Summit to do for others

Take a peak at an event to tackle in Westport  natalie burke

THE second-largest adventure race in the country is set to take place in Westport once again this year, with The Voice coach Bressie preparing to take on the challenge. The former frontman of The Blizzards is heading for new heights as he tackles Westport Sea2Summit, which will take place on Saturday, November 9. Along with Bressie, up to 1,300 adventure racers are expected to compete in this year’s event. Starting at the Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel Resort, the race incorporates a mix of road running, cycling and hiking up Croagh Patrick. Competitors have the choice of the Spirit Event (27km) or the Supreme Event (56km). This year, they also have the option of tacking the brand-new Supreme Relay Event (56km). This year’s charity partner is LARCC – the only residential cancer care facility in the country. For further information or to book a place, see

Despite its historic city status, charming Annapolis is home to just 40,000 people

stateside: relax in maryland in this delightfully laid-back city

A holiday in Annapolis would be a capital idea  natalie burke

THERE’S a little something in the waters that surround the US city of Annapolis, but quite what that is, I’ve yet to put my finger on. Perhaps it’s the seafood and the famed blue crab; perhaps it’s the laid-back character of the locals, or maybe it’s something in the romance of taking one of the city’s late-night water taxis. Either way, this Statesside destination has something special to offer those lucky enough to stumble across its threshold. The American “city”

has all the qualities of a quaint colonial-style town, and so, it may come as a surprise to learn that the city of Annapolis is also the capital of the US state of Maryland. However, it sidesteps the typical “city landscape”, and instead features an old-fashioned all-American charm. Its streets are filled with colonial red-brick buildings, churches and historic state buildings, while the harbour is filled with sailboats. The streets are quiet, cobbled and lined with a mixture of art galleries, antique shops, wine

bars and coffee shops, while Main Street is ideal for shopping for knickknacks, picking up a souvenir, browsing boutiques or making a wellearned pitstop for some home-made fudge and icecream. With a population of fewer than 40,000, Annapolis is a waterfront gem and its size is perfect for exploring on foot or by bike, or – for the more adventurous – by segway, the two-wheeled batterypowered vehicle. The town lies along the Chesapeake Bay and is known – quite famously – as the Sailing Capital of

Neatly-dressed midshipmen abound, given the city’s historic role as the home of the US Naval Academy – a role it has fulfilled since 1845

the World, boasting a rich maritime culture. For fans of peoplewatching, a saunter along the docks is the ideal way

to soak up the real local atmosphere, and to spot a few of the fancier yachts pulling in to dock. Grab a coffee to-go at

the waterfront Hard Bean Coffee Shop, and keep an eye out for some welldressed sailors or, more correctly, midshipmen.

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Travel Why? Because Annapolis is also home to the US Naval Academy, and has been since 1845. The academy is open to visitors and offers daily tours where you can see what the impressive facilities are like – where the midshipmen (as academy students are called) sleep, eat and of course, enjoy their Olympic-sized sports facilities. A wander through the cobbled streets of downtown Annapolis reveals some real treasures, and paying a visit over the course of a weekend is bound to land you in the centre of one of the city’s regular festivals. During a recent visit, I conveniently found myself surrounded by a sea of green in the city’s highly anticipated Irish festival! Sundays often see a classic car show, as well as a popular local farmer’s




market. You might spot some well-dressed pups at Paws Pet Boutique, where you’re sure to pick up a gift for your own four-legged friend, while a visit to the Annapolis Bookstore will warm the cockles of any book-lover’s heart. Hidden behind the bookshop and cafe, you’ll even find a secret fairy garden, complete with a miniature house of books and a fairy tree-house.

Irish bar A visit to Annapolis wouldn’t be complete without paying a trip to an Irish bar, and stopping for a pint at Main Street’s Castlebay bar is a must at the end of your day. The crab and artichoke dip was a personal favourite, and its native Dublin owner is sure to give you a warm welcome. For those looking for a


Whether tucking into delicious crab cakes at Boatyard and Grill, or browsing art at a local festival, Annapolis has plenty to delight

little more culture, take a tour of the Maryland State Building – the oldest state house in the US to be still in legislative use. It’s a keepsake of the title that the city of Annapolis held briefly in 1783 and 1784, as the capital city of the United States. There’s plenty to see in the surrounding area of Maryland, and hopping into your car will get you to the beach in less than

two hours. As Annapolis is located just 45 minutes from Washington DC, a trip to see the White House and the US capital can easily be done in a day. For avid shoppers, a 20-minute car ride will bring you to the area’s largest outlet mall, Arundel Mills. However, keep your appetite for your return to Annapolis, as the city has the best dining options.

Try the famous crab cakes at the Boatyard Bar and Grill, or make it to Brio’s for Happy Hour, where cocktails are priced at just $5 ($3.80) and tapas just $3.50. A trip across the slightly daunting dual-span Bay Bridge to Kent Island is well worth the drive, even if just for the view of the beautiful bay itself. It’s also the ideal spot for some finer dining alfresco, where you can

enjoy more of Maryland’s delicious blue crab and a Bay Bridge cocktail at sunset in Hemingway’s restaurant. So, whether you’re planning to stop by for just a few days, or are already making a beeline to soak up the all-American culture and seafood, Annapolis won’t disappoint. It’s hands down my new favourite spot on US soil – and that’s saying something ...

FLIGHTS NEARBY airports provide easy access to Annapolis and the surrounding area, and provide a host of ground transportation, including rental cars and public transportation. The Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is located just 30 minutes away, some 23 miles from Annapolis, while Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is less than an hour’s journey away.


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motors: 1-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is a headline change

Ford give its new Fiesta a thorough revamp

The Fiesta has a winning combination of looks, efficiency and driving enjoyment n Cormac Curtis

About a year ago I was lucky enough to attend an event that Ford were

hosting to let motoring journalists get up close and personal with a new engine – one they sounded particularly

proud of. The engine was the ecoboost – a light, fuelefficient 1-litre petrol engine, with some genu-

inely fun driving characteristics, we were reliably told. The real surprise was that this little engine

delivered in spades. One of the downsides to modern motoring is how easy it is to sit into any car and know exactly what to expect in terms of the actual drive. It sounds contradictory, but to driving fans, this is a bit of a letdown. Think about it – even the most modest of family or city cars are so well developed, and meet the expectations of the mass market to such an extent, that they all share driving characteristics of saloons, estates and even coupes far above their station. Back in the day, Dad’s

Ford Sierra or Volvo drove one way, and the VW Golf GTI drove very, very differently. How else could you appeal to the broad range of drivers out there? T he ecoboost has given Ford the opportunity to appeal to the market in a far more meaningful way. I drove the latest incarnation of the Fiesta, with the ecoboost engine, and I just had a blast. Acceleration, braking, steering – they all behave just a little bit differently than you might expect. There is a nimble, agile character to this car that excites and stimulates the driver. It’s an experience you really have to test for yourself – but what will impress is the series of genuinely impressive and innovative safety features that Ford have incorporated in to the latest Fiesta. I’m not talking about how many airbags and crumple zones it has. No, Ford have gone one giant leap further. Fiesta is the first model in Europe to feature Ford-exclusive My K e y t e c h n o l o g y. MyKey enables the car owner to program a key – usually for younger drivers – that restricts the top speed of the Fiesta, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and even disables the audio system altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. It can also prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies such as electronic stability control and active city stop, which can help mitigate or prevent low-speed collisions.

The new Fiesta also offers advanced technologies including voice-activated in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC Ford’s SYNC in-car connectivity system delivers an unprecedented level of connectivity, enabling owners to voice-activate phone calls and music selection from devices connected via Bluetooth or USB. The SYNC system includes emergency assistance, which directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the language of the region. In Ireland, the new Fiesta is offered in three versions: Fiesta; Fiesta Zetec; and Fiesta Titanium. The specification list for the lead in Fiesta is as follows: 14” steel wheels; body-coloured bumpers; upper grille with chrome surround bars; daytime running lights; rear spoiler; electric front windows with “one touch”; electric heated mirrors; USB and au x connectivity; ABS, ESP and hill launch assist; seven airbags (front, side, curtain and knee); and central locking. The additional specification list for the Fiesta Zetec includes: 15”alloy wheels; front fog lights; body-coloured door handles and mirrors; leather steering wheel and remote audio controls; trip computer; and MyKey. Fiesta Titanium specification adds: 15” alloy unique wheels; enhanced chrome detailing; LED daytime running lights; manual A/C; heated windscreen; ambient lighting; premium centre console with armrest; and perimeter alarm.

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The excellent Knightmare parody on YouTube (search for Knightmare Parody, by OwynAndCo) perfectly captures the essence of the show

Gamers set sail for the Caribbean in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV PC, PS3, XB360, WiiU, October



Cult 1980s TV hit to get a one-off show on YouTube CONTINUING to stretch the boundaries of what, exactly, is allowed to get buried on the Gaming/Tech page, children of the 1980s everywhere (like me) will rejoice at the news that Knightmare – the (cough) seminal children’s TV show that ran for donkeys’ years – returns for a one-off online special show on YouTube next Monday, August 5. While I dig out my old paisley shirts and try to grow a mullet for next Monday, I should explain that Knightmare episodes would see a small team of children attempting to guide a friend of theirs past dire perils (and terrible acting alike) in a virtual dungeon setting, under the watchful gaze of Dungeon Master Treguard (the one and only Hugo Myatt, right). The fact that said friend couldn’t see a thing, thanks to the Adventurer’s Helmet – a glorified bucket, more or less – totally obscuring his sight, thus seeing him or her relying on frantic shouts of “Take two steps left! No, left! Left!” to avoid being eaten by a troll, poisoned by a mad monk, or, worst of all, being trapped in a room with a “hilarious” jester, somehow added to its cult charm.

Geek week Knightmare’s return is part of YouTube’s inaugural Geek Week, which runs from August 4 to 10, and features programming from a wide range of gee– err, alternative content providers that pay tribute to the past, cover some aspects of modern culture, and use ultra-modern tech and programming tools to deliver diverse content that’s a little out of step with mainstream programming. And, best of all, it’ll have the one-off Knightmare show! I need say no more.

GUNS AND NUTS STILL DON’T MIX WELL Call of Duty fans issue latest irrational threats

SHOWING the, uh ... passion for which Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 fans are famous, a highprofile developer of the series has been getting death threats, and promises of violence against his family, for daring to adjust how a number of guns operate in the multiplayer games. Oh, great. I *was* thinking about changing this orange backing to a redder shade of gold, but all things considered, I’ll leave it ...

€160 CHARGE TO INCLUDE ‘FREELOADERS’ Government prepares TV licence’s replacement

LAST but not least, I shall be returning after The Gazette’s August holidays to the Public Service Broadcasting Charge, which is set to replace the TV Licence by 2015. Introducing the charge, Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said: “I don’t believe that people live in huts and I don’t believe people don’t access public service broadcasting ... We should not have freeloaders.” As a non-hut dweller who does not watch any RTE or any public service broadcasting, this particular “freeloader” shall be returning to this topic, right after this break ...

Brushing up on art WITH The Gazette staff all set to blow dust off some old Cliff Richard records and pile into a double-decker bus for a hilarious holiday together – well, possibly – this seems like a good time to dust off an occasional series examining some of the artwork behind some recent (and upcoming) releases. Games studios tend to attract brilliant artists, who put their outstanding skills to create a lot of concept art, which in turn help to flesh out the game, and have a key role in deciding many of the characters, settings and assets of the game. However, it’s rare for much of such artwork to be seen by the general public, as although they’re


common enough to find online, it’s still quite rare for mainstream publications to show them. So, as I prepare to top up my sunburn for a couple of weeks in August, here are some ar tworks from a number of recent or upcoming games titles, showing that the art of gaming really merits greater coverage. Now, where did I leave my bucket and spade – and my gramophone ...

The truth about alien invasions in the 1960s may be hidden – or revealed – in the upcoming The Bureau: XCOM An underrated-gem gets a glossy

Declassified PC, PS3, XB360, August

remake as Link returns in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD WiiU, October

Typically bombastic (and

One of the unsavoury characters to

best-in-class) design from Battlefield 3

meet in Los Santos, thanks to Grand

PC, XB360, XBO, PS3, PS4, October

Theft Auto V XB360, PS3, September

Bats is back for a memorable Christmas in Gotham in Batman: Arkham Origins (above) PC, PS3, XB360, WiiU, October, while gamers face bug trouble on another planet, courtesy of Lost Planet 3 (left) PC, PS3, XB360, August

NUKEFROMORBIT DESPITE being widely panned as a poor game that didn’t do the hugely-popular source film franchise material much justice, the crossplatform first-person-shooter Aliens Colonial Marines still shifted a solid enough number of copies at retail. Now, the final downloadable content (like buying extra chapters

for a book, typically following a minor character’s story) has been released, with Stasis Interrupted inviting gamers to cough up a budget fee to learn more about what happened to Corporal Hicks in the time between Aliens and Alien 3, and – nah, I wouldn’t really bother, if I were you. Lazily reusing the main game’s assets, follow a number of characters

on a spaceship diverted to the alieninfested Sulaco ... Annoyingly, the DLC has all the many and same failings as the main game, making it a drudge to complete. To quote Aliens’ Hudson: “Game over, man, game over ...”

In space, nobody can hear you scream ... “This game’s rubbish!”

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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

DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards july nominees

THE HEAT was on last month and it certainly brought the best out in the sportsmen and women of Dublin, creating what was the closest contested Dublin Sports Awards nominations process so far this year. National, provincial and international titles were secured in a wide range of sports, and the calibre of the performances was such that this group of nominees will no doubt be re-appearing in our pages in the months to come...

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Get in the hunt for Etihad hurling support


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Dundrum South Dublin runner Maria McCambridge claimed back to back Dublin Race Series wins in the lead up to the 2013 Dublin Marathon, and will represent Ireland at the 2013 world championship in Moscow later this month.

FOR a second game running, Castleknock man Kilkenny produced a man of the match performance as the Dublin senior footballers overcame Royal rivals Meath by 2-15 to 0-14 in Croke Park to claim the Leinster title once again.

PORTMARNOCK swimmer Fiona Doyle produced a superb performance to claim silver in the 100m breaststroke at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, recording a new Irish record and personal best in the process.


Hurling clubs across Dublin are being called upon to join Etihad Airways’ 2013 initiative, Raise The Bar, which has the grand prize of a year’s sponsorship from the Abu Dhabibased airline. Last year’s competition was a huge success, with clubs entering from across the country. Na Piarsaigh from Limerick came out on top after a public vote on and the votes from the judging panel. Local side Lucan Sarsfields won the equivalent prize in 2009, and now other clubs have the chance to win a €10,000 cash sponsorship fund, new branded playing and training kits, mentoring, coaching and social visits from key figures inside and outside hurling, and regular fundraising prizes such as Etihad Airways flights and All-Ireland hurling final tickets. Clubs can enter the competition by submitting written and video entries that show how they Raise The Bar and why they deserve to win the sponsorship package. The winning club will be decided by a public vote and the votes of the judging panel. Further details can be found online at

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Ballyboden St Enda’s captured the All-Ireland Division 1 Feile title in Limerick last month for the second time in their history and the first since 1992 when a storming second-half performance saw them claim victory over Douglas from Cork.

Lucan’s Under-12 girls won the Leinster final of the Community Games Ladies Football championship at Killoe’s GAA grounds in Longford. The team will represent Dublin and Leinster at the national finals, to be held in Athlone later this month.

MALAHIDE LTC completed the perfect season last weekend at the Dublin Lawn Tennis Council’s Summer League Premier final when they swept past Donnybrook in the final in Templeogue, just their third title in 130 years

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh For more information or to send in news and photos: or phone 01 601 0240


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Club Noticeboard

soccer: mill lane to host decider this weekend

lucan sarsfields You can still register online for our

Collings [13] 35 pts. Back 9, Category

summer camps run by the captain

1: Damian O’Brien [8] 33pts; Category

of the Leinster hurling champions

2 Mark Dardis [17] 34pts; Category 3

Johnny McCaffrey at www.lucan-

Gabriel Larkin [27] 35 pts. Camps run from 10am to 2.30pm.

Visitor’s prize: Conor Bresnan [15] 34 pts.

Football (Club Camp) Monday,

Our next outing is at the famous

August 12 to Friday, August 16; Hurl-

Woodbrook on Thursday, August 22.

ing/Camogie (Club Camp) Monday,

Mega Hurling Rebounders are now

August 19 to Friday, August 23. For

selling fast from the club shop and

more information, contact Lisa Tuite

from behind the bar at a reduced

086 377 4887 or Cathrine Hayes 087 640

price of €30.

9701. Our nurseries for boys and girls have now finished for the summer break.

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 5, 14, 26 and 27. There was no winner. Next week’s jackpot will be €5,000. Frank Masterson’s team will be in

Winners of our golf society outing in

charge next Monday night, when our

Hermitage on July 11 were: first: Dave

sponsor will be John Ryan Account-

Action from the match between Longford and Palmerstown in the opening weekend of the Lee Brothers Cup

Mescall [30] 44 pts, second: Paddy


Stage set for Brothers Cup final to be a classic

st pat’s palmerstown THE senior footballers lost nar-

S e nior in t e r - coun t y d e t a il s:

rowly to St John’s and fought hard

Orders will be accepted from fully

to draw with Erin’s Isle.

paid-up members only. Ticket hot-

The junior footballers lost to Lucan but managed a convincing win over Starlights. Tickets are now available for our annual night at the dogs on Friday, August 23. The cost is €15 per adult which includes free transport from and back to Palmerstown House, a race card and entry, as well as

line is 0867255586. Hurling orders must be in by 10am next Monday, August 5. Please do

 nathan kelly

not order final tickets for friends

as this is unfair to our members. Lotto: First draw, numbers were 10, 11, 18 and 26. Second draw numbers were 13, 16, 20 and 28

supper. Kids go free with a paying

Any three numbers winners were

adult. Contact executive members

Carmel Lannon, Mick Callan, Antoi-

for tickets.

nette Clayton and Stephen Duffy.

Saturday, August 24 is the fun

The next draw takes place on

day in Glenaulin. Sunday, August

August 4. First draw jackpot is

25 is the family day in Palmerstown

€10,000, second draw jackpot is



westmanstown/garda IT WAS A good week for our inter-

The ladies have a league game

mediates with two good league

away to Ballinteer St John’s on

wins. First up was an away fixture

Wednesday evening throw-in at

to Raheny on Wednesday evening,


coming out on top on a score of 1-12

Any club members interested in

to 0-8. Then, on Saturday evening,

getting polo shirts or jackets for the

we hosted St Margaret’s at West-

Tom Langan Tournament, contact

manstown, winning by a single point

Robbie Harrisson at 087 248 9500.

0-12 to 0-11.

Paid-up club members can order

The junior match against St Mar-

Dublin GAA football and hurling

garet’s was postponed and they

match tickets on the club web site,

have no fixtures next week.

Round Tower clondalkin League football results: The seniors

The Round Tower golf society out-

defeated Kilmacud Crokes and lost to

ing to Newlands Golf Course takes

St Peregrine’s.

place on Friday, August 2.

The intermediates defeated Crumlin and lost to Lucan Sarsfields. The juniors defeated St Olaf’s and lost to Lucan Sarsfields.

Tee times are from 2 to 4pm and can be booked through Tony Keogh at 087 255 0744. New members and visitors welcome.

Mill Lane last week hosted the inaugural Lee Brothers Cup tournament as four clubs battled it out for the right to play in this weekend’s final. Saturday morning saw LSL Saturday Division 1A side Glenville FC face St Pat’s Phoenix from AUL Sunday Division 1 in the first of the semifinals. In what was a more even game than the scoreline suggests, St Pat’s eventually ran out 4-0 winners. A brace from frontman Glen Bassnet either side of a Myles

Dibanzilwa strike for the Ballymun outfit settled the contest before John Fitzpatrick rounded off the scoring. The second semi-final saw tournament hosts Palmerstown FC take on a talented Longford Town Under-19s squad. Evan Lester broke the scoring on 30 minutes with a delightful chip from 20 yards to ensure a well-deserved half time lead for Palmerstown in front of a sizeable crowd. Longford began the second half in lively fashion and Karl Malone bagged a worthy equaliser for the visitors following a wellworked corner routine.

hidden heroes Local duo help to launch awards deaflympics sporting heroes

Johnny Corcoran from Lucan and Aidan O’Connor from Leixlip, this week launched the Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards 2013 – Ireland’s achievement awards for the deaf and hard of hearing. The two badminton players will represent Ireland later this month at the Deaflympics in Bulgaria.

Palmerstown regained the lead on 75 minutes when Mark Kelly powered home a cross from Kingsley Chinezie to set up a frantic climax to the game. Longford pressed for an equaliser and were eventually rewarded for a spell of pressure as the impressive Dylan McKeever blasted home from 12 yards following a blistering run past two defenders. The game went straight to penalty kicks and it was the Airtricity Under19 League side that came out victorious with a 5-3 win in the shootout. August 3 is the final day of the tournament and a

huge local derby will kick things off at noon when Palmerstown FC clash with Glenville for the first time in the clubs’ histories. The final itself will follow when Longford battle it out with St Pat’s Phoenix for the right to become Lee Brothers Cup champions for 2013. The final will kick off at 3pm in Mill Lane. Tournament co-ordinator and coach of Palmerstown FC Derek Kavanagh said: “I am delighted with how the weekend went. I extend my thanks to all connected with the clubs featured who made the day a huge success.”

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Egan leads Salmon Leap’s national success 

Salmon Leap Canoe Club were jumping with joy recently after their paddlers netted a haul of titles at the National Marathon Kayak Championships which were held at the club. The K1 men’s singles was claimed by Peter Egan, who held

off a strong group that included a range of club members including Gary Mawer, Dermot Hudson, Saab Szibere and Sean McCarthy to secure the 2013 title. The race was over a 20km course with four por tages, and Egan established a commanding lead over the course of the race to take gold,

crossing the finishing line some 39 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. Egan sibling Jenny won the senior women’s K1 title from Wild Water Canoe Club’s Aisling Smith, while the master’s title was won by Salmon Leap’s Malcolm Banks. The Under-18 junior men’s class was won by

club man Jack Seery, while the UNder-015 class was won by Ryan O’Connor, ahead of Mark Slattery and Brian O’Neill. The K2 Doubles Championships was also well contested, and saw Egan secure his seventh consecutive national championship crown with partner Mawer.

football: palmerstown pull clear of relegation

St Pat’s Palmerstown’s Aidan Glennon whose points and goal assisted his side against Ballinteer

Pat’s navigate way clear of drop zone 

ST PAT’S Palmerstown snatched a late draw against Erin’s Isle last Saturday to push them a little further away from any outside relegation play-off concerns, scoring two points in injury time to nab a 1-15 to 2-12 draw in Finglas. The result saw them bounce back from a tough result against highflying Ballinteer St John’s in midweek, falling 1-16 to 3-4, a result which told a slightly exaggerated story. Pat’s were competitive for the most part but their

scoring form prevented them from making a greater impact on the side currently in second place in AFL division two. The upshot is Pat’s are 11th in the standings going into the final three rounds of league matches with five points to spare over Fingallians and St Finian’s who occupy the relegation playoff places. They have a tough runin with battles against top half sides Templeogue Synge Street and Round Tower, Clondalkin still to come but they should have enough on the board to stay clear of

danger. They had gotten off to a decent start against Ballinteer with Rob Carson kicking them into the lead in the first minute with a great move inside. But St John’s replied with a goal straight away as well as the next two points to put four points in the difference before the fifth minute was up. Donal Murray got one back while Aidan Glennon’s close range free reduced the deficit. Pat’s were creating chances at this stage – both for goals and points – but could not seem to find the target, something

which allowed Ballinteer to capitalise despite enduring their own barren spell, leading 1-6 to 0-3 at the break. Carson earned a penalty which Glennon converted to halve the deficit early in the second half but six consecutive Ballinteer points saw them reassert their control on matters. Another goal and a Glennon point from the sideline stirred Pat’s once more only for the Dublin 16 club to kick two13m frees and a 45 to copperfasten victory despite another Pat’s goal at the death.

FastSport Lucan claim Jimmy Carroll Cup title Captain of Lucan Golf Club Paddy Carroll is pictured here with the Jimmy Carroll Cup and the members of the Lucan team who helped to claim the 2013 title at Westmanstown recently. Lucan came out on top in the fourball play-off which pits the best provincial teams in the country against each other. The tournament became an All-Ireland event in 2005 and has been a huge success every year since.

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