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December 1 - 7, 2016

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AN “exceptionally talented” skateboarder from Lucan who was paralysed from the waist down in a diving accident is having an extension to his home built free of charge.

Scott Keegan suffered a spinal injury while diving at Portrane beach during the summer which left him without the use of his legs. He is in hospital while he waits for an available bed in the National Rehabilitation

Centre in Dun Laoghaire. Building contractors MJ Duncan & Sons Ltd decided to help Scott and his family out by building an extension to the side of Scott’s home – and they’re not charging. The extension, which is

currently under construction, will have a bedroom, utility room, dining room, bathroom and everything Scott could need when he returns from hospital. Full Story on Page 8

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Pfizer cancellation a hard pill to swallow  IAN BEGLEY

at Grange Castle will not go ahead. In a statement, Pfizer said it had discovered unexpected side effects with the drug and that it was becoming less effective over time.

Rival It also noted two rival drugs had been struggling to meet sales targets and, as a result, the company decided to dis-

continue development of the drug. P f i z e r s p o ke s p e rson Dr James Rusnak said: “As a company, we u n d e r s t a n d t h a t developing new and important medicines for patients is a critical, but difficult undertaking. “A c c o r d i n g l y , w e continually evaluate our development programmes as data emerge to support prudent decisions that provide value both to the patients we serve and our shareholders. “We are disappointed by this outcome, but remain committed to investing in innovation, concentrating our

Pfizer scrapped the planned expansion at Grange Castle following setbacks with its Bococizumab trials

pipeline on areas where we can bring transformational therapies to address unmet needs, including in patients with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. “We thank the investigators, their patients, and support staff who have participated in this important research programme,” he said. Pfizer had expected Bococizumab to deliver sales of almost $1 billion a year. The pharmaceutical

company had nearly 30,000 people enrolled in late-stage trials of the drug at the time it announced it would a b a n d o n t h e d r u g ’s development. Expansion Ptizer had sought permission in July for the 34,500sq m expansion on the 36-acre site “contingent upon the continued successful clinical development of investigational compounds in Pfizer’s mid- and latestage pipeline”.

 AISLING KENNEDY A WOR K M A N w h o conned a pensioner out of more than €3,500 for unnecessary roof repairs was described by a judge as “despicable”. Charles O’Brien (37), of Rosebank Place, Clondalkin, brought rotten timbers to the elderly victim’s house and tricked him into believing they had come from his roof. O’Brien admitted taking three payments from him and pleaded guilty to three counts of deception. Judge David McHugh ordered O’Brien to pay compensation and adjourned sentencing at Blanchardstown District Court. According to the charges, he induced the victim dishonestly to make two payments of €1,500 and one of €570 on dates between March 11 and 16 this year at Cappaghmore Estate in Clondalkin. The court heard the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with at a district court level only on a plea of guilty. Defence solicitor Simon Fleming told the court O’Brien was pleading guilty subject to the judge accepting jurisdiction. Garda Sgt Maria Callaghan said the accused

and another man went to the victim’s home told him that he believed the roof needed repair. Rotten timbers were brought in by O’Brien and shown to the victim, who was told that they were from his roof. The repairs were carried out and the victim paid €3,570. Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction after hearing the outline of the facts of the case. A State solicitor said the accused had previous motoring convictions. Judge McHugh said he would adjourn the case to give O’Brien time to pay compensation. “I wish to add that I consider the crime to be despicable,” he said. The judge told Mr Fleming he would hear mitigation on the next court date. Mr Fleming said the accused was “not here to mess around” and would need four months to get the compensation. “As a matter of fairness to you and your client, everything is on the table,” the judge added. He adjourned the case to a date in March. The charges against O’Brien were under Section 6 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. He was remanded on continuing bail.




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PHARMACEUTICAL giant Pfizer has scrapped its planned €400m expansion of its Grange Castle plant in Dublin, which would have seen 350 permanently employed staff, along with the creation of 1,250 construction jobs. The company, which manufactures medicines in Ireland for global distribution, sought planning permission earlier this year for a major extension to the plant. However, following a decision to discontinue t h e d e ve l o p m e n t o f Bococizumab – a drug that aims to reduce cholesterol – the expansion

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 AISLING KENNEDY A GORGEOUS 20-year-old Dubliner has been selected from 4,500 applicants for the final of the prestigious international Top Model competition. Tallaght I.T. student Carolina Aznar has told how she recently found out that she was one of 50 girls selected for the Irish finals later this month. The pocket-sized stunner from Shankill said that she had tried out modelling before, but had been told she was too small to make it on the catwalk. She told The Gazette: “I tried modelling before but I found it hard because of my height. I was told I was too small because I’m 5”3. Height “They’re happy with my height in this competition though so I’m delighted. I’ll to give it my best shot.” For the next part of the competition, Carolina will take part in two separate catwalk events at the Temple Bar Arts Studio on December 10. If Carolina is a winner on the day, the prizes include professional photography shoots for the cover of Irish Fashion and Glamour Magazine – and she’ll represent Ireland in the Worldwide Grand Final in London which will include opportunities at London Fashion Week. Best of luck Carolina – not that you’ll need it!

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€82k of stolen firefighting equipment sold for €600 A PLUMBER who helped steal more than €80,000 worth of firefighting equipment, including lifesaving rescue tools such

as ‘the jaws of life’, has walked free after being sentenced to time served. Ross Glynn (31), of Glenaulin Green, Palmer-

stown, has been in custody since July after he was arrested on a visit home to Ireland from New Zealand. The court heard he

fled abroad after his arrest for the burglary in 2010. A garda told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on November 16 that

although Glynn’s whereabouts were known since 2010, he remained at large because Ireland has no extradition treaty with New Zealand. Judge Martin Nolan said he accepted Glynn was planning to emigrate anyway but that he should have remained in the country when granted bail following his arrest. He noted Glynn worked as a plumber while abroad and had stayed out of trouble since the burglary. Judge Nolan imposed a fourmonth sentence, which he backdated to when Glynn went into custody in July, meaning he is now a free man. Glynn pleaded guilty to burglary at the Dublin Fire Brigade Workshop in Grangegorman Lower on August 28, 2010. His coaccused – Darren Snee, of Oak Court Close, Palm-

erstown – was sentenced to three years, with 28 months suspended, for the same offence. Snee stole a key fob to gain entrance to the workshop from his father who worked there. After his arrest, Glynn told gardai he thought Snee had permission to take the equipment and only suspected it was a burglary after Snee told him he could take whatever he wanted. The pair took €82,512 worth of equipment from the workshop, including motor parts used to repair emergency vehicles. They also took rescue equipment and grinders. Snee later sold the equipment for €600 and Glynn received €300. Snee was arrested after his father saw the CCTV footage and recognised him. Glynn was caught shortly afterwards.


Case struck out against a man who was killed A FATHER-of-one who was killed in an attack near a bonfire at Halloween has had a joyriding case against him struck out in court. Robert Ellis had been accused of driving a stolen car in west Dublin in an incident three weeks before he was killed. The 25-year-old, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin had been out on bail at the time of his death. Blanchardstown District Court heard he had been charged with unauthorised use of a woman’s car at Greenfort Avenue, Clondalkin. He was also charged with driving without insurance in the same incident, on October 9 last. His case had been before the court on October 27 and came back before Judge McHugh on Thursday, where he struck them out.

Dubliners come together to show they care about CARI

A HOST of familiar faces rubbed shoulders with people from all across the city at the CARI fundraising charity Christmas lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel recently. A number of Lucan locals made the trip into town for the lunch, joining everyone in their shared will to support CARI’s work in providing therapy and support for children affected by child sexual abuse. Sarah Jane Murray, Nadine Wai O’Flynn and Ceire O’Rourke were just three of the many stylishly-dressed CARI supporters gathered for the very worthwhile cause at the prestigious hotel. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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Remanded over two robberies

‘Frame football’ facility backed  IAN BEGLEY COUNCILLORS have backed proposals for a new, accessible allweather pitch in Hermitage Park, adjacent to Esker Celtic Football Club. The proposed Frame Football facility would cater for the footballing needs of children with disabilities, who require the use of a walker-style frame. The joint initiative will be co-funded by South Dublin County Council, in partnership with the Football Association of Ireland. South Dublin County Mayor Guss O’Connell said: “This will be the first dedicated frame football

facility in the Dublin area and confirms this council’s commitment to providing accessible sporting opportunities and facilities for all. “This proposed new facility in Lucan will encourage more young people in South Dublin to participate in healthy sporting activities. “In doing so, I want to particularly congratulate and thank the members of Esker Celtic Football Club and the other local sporting organisations who so generously volunteer their time and skills, not only in helping young people develop their sporting abilities but also in fostering and sustaining real community spirit and a sense of identity.”

The chairperson of Esker Celtic Football Club, Paul Cleary, added: “Esker Celtic and the FAI have been working together on Football For All programmes since 2012. “In November 2015, we were approached by the FAI to pilot a new programme for children who use frames as their main mode of mobility, and we currently have nine frame-users registered in the programme. “As a club, we very much welcome the development of this new facility which will enable us to be fully inclusive by encouraging children of all abilities to participate in sport and most importantly, have fun,” he said.

Firefighters deliver a baby FIREFIGHTERS had an unexpected arrival on Monday morning as they helped a mum deliver her baby. Firefighters assisted the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in the safe birth of the baby girl at her home in Brookview, Tallaght, at 9.30am. The baby wasn’t due for another month, but when she decided to come early the emergency services were ready – and mum and baby are said to be doing well. Dublin Fire Brigade posted on Twitter: “Great start to Monday as our Tallaght fire engine with Sara, Bill, Geoff and NAS assisted mum with the delivery of a baby girl this morning.”

A MAN charged in connection with two robberies at a shop has been remanded for service of his book of evidence. Richard McGreev y (20), of Whitechurch Place, Rathfarnham, was in Blanchardstown Court for service of the book of evidence. He is charged with robbing €535 in cash from More 4 Less, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, on July 14, 2016. He is also charged with possession of an imitation firearm at More 4 Less, on July 18, 2016. He has also been charged with robbing approximately €500 from More 4 Less, Bawnogue, on July 18, 2016. Judge David McHugh remanded McGreevy on continuing bail to a date in January for service of his book of evidence.

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Leane and Sophia Sullivan

Mary Thunder with her children, Ruby and Lily May

Ready to go-ho-ho over at Liffey Valley

Young Sam Bailey and his family help Santa and singer Angel switch on the Christmas lights. Pictures: Andres Poveda


ESPITE his busy schedule, Santa Claus took time out from preparing for Christmas to call over to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. People came from all over West Dublin to see the man in red, with young and old delighted to help him count down to the annual turning on of the bustling centre’s Christmas lights. Singer Angel was on hand to help him with his noteworthy task, while lots of helpers and fun activities helped to make it the most festive day of the year, so far. From dancing snowmen to face-painted children, the centre was full of Christmas cheer, with retailers also happy to welcome Mr Claus and friends – and even more shoppers than usual – to the busy centre. Everyone’s favourite toymaker met as many children as he could, in between marvelling at the wonderful lights and decorations.

Callie and Ellie May Wynn-Stanley

Faith Kelly

Bronagh and Tadgh Lennon

Lacie Delaney

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Bargain hunt for electrics Megan Donnelly with customers Carmel and Freeda Carron. Pictures: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Alivia Lucey and Simone Barrett


Siobhan Warren with her children, Saorla and Tadhg

ESPITE being a pretty recent arrival on our shores (and in shopping calendars), the ‘Black Friday’ shopping bonanza saw throngs of shoppers head to Liffey Valley for special deals last weekend. Currys PC World was one such centre retailer that welcomed canny consumers through its doors, with the leading retailer reporting lots of interest across its diverse ranges. Brisk trade throughout the day meant that the retailer certainly had that (Black) Friday feeling by the close of day.

Laura Monaghan and Treasa Byrne

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Christmas fair for all over at Lucan Library

Scott Keegan (left, with his girlfriend Carol and their daughter, Abbi), who broke his neck in a diving accident this year. Above: Scott’s parents, Alan and Christine Keegan, with contractors Rachel Duncan and Michael Duncan, at the extension MJ Duncan & Sons Ltd is building free of charge to help Scott.

Free extension to help support Scott’s injuries  IAN BEGLEY A BUILDING contractor is helping an “exceptionally talented” skateboarder from Lucan who broke his neck by building an extension to his home – free of charge. In July, Scott Keegan was in a serious accident while diving at Portrane beach, which left him with a spinal injury and without the use of his legs. The 23-year-old father of one was very wellknown and respected in the skateboarding community and came out on top in many competitions around the country. His accident came as a great shock to his family and many friends, who set up a fundraising campaign to show their support. He is currently in hospital while he waits for an available bed in the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire. One of the major challenges that Scott’s parents had in the aftermath of the accident was adapt-

ing their home to suit their son’s needs. Building contractors MJ Duncan & Sons Ltd decided to help the family out by building an extension to the side of Scott’s home – free of charge. Before his accident, Scott worked as an apprentice carpenter for the company and worked alongside his best friend, Gavin, son of managing director Michael Duncan. The extension, which is currently under construction, will have a bedroom, utility room, dining room, bathroom and everything Scott could need when he returns from hospital. Speaking to, Michael Duncan said: “We have known Scott a very long time because he is close friends with my son, Gavin. “After his Leaving Cert, he came to work for us as an apprentice carpenter and he brought so much joy and laughter wherever he went and was greatly loved by all of our staff and contractors.

“His accident came as such a massive shock to us that we needed to do something for his family in this very tough time. Everyone involved in our company is giving us a big hand with the extension. “Our suppliers, subcontractors and staff are voluntarily working very hard to help out – it really is amazing. We wish Scott the very best and I hope this extension will show how much he means to us.” Scott’s mum, Christine, was full of praise for everyone, and she added that “words cannot describe” how humbled and grateful she is for what the builder’s staff, suppliers and contractors are doing to help them. MJ Duncan & Sons are still accepting donations to help Scott and his family; for further information, email Scott’s friends have also set up a GoFundMe page, and have raised more than €9,000 for him. See https://www.gofundme. com/2j47rik.

LUCAN Library is getting into the festive spirit with its annual Christmas fair later this month. Taking place on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, from 10am to 4pm, the fair will give residents an opportunity to pick up some ideal and unique presents for Christmas. Local craftsmen and women will be selling ceramics, candles, cakes, soaps, natural ornaments, jewellery, knitwear and much more. The whole community is invited to come along and explore a new chapter in finding wonderful gifts for all the family this Christmas – as well as helping to support the local community, too.


Local Enterprise Office

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South Dublin Businesses

Digital Supports for SMEs

ACCORDING to the European Commission the digital economy is the single most important driver of innovation, competitiveness and growth and holds huge potential for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). How businesses adopt digital technologies will be a key determinant of their future growth. At the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin we provide an ongoing comprehensive range of training courses at minimal cost to enable small businesses tap in to the enormous potential of social media and digital marketing. A survey of the Training Needs of local businesses across South Dublin County in 2015 has formed the basis of our extensive training programme. Some of our very popular courses are listed below: • Free Google Tools You Must Try - This course will provide participants with and overview of powerful and free Google tools to keep track and manage their own website. • Facebook/LinkedIn for Business - The aim of this programme is to provide those with a working knowledge of Facebook for business, with the skills to explore the relevance and potential of Facebook for their particular business and take their Facebook page to the next level of usage. • LinkedIn for Business -This one day

workshop should provide step-by-step instructions as to how to use LinkedIn to create business opportunities. • Effective Email Marketing Using Mailchimp - This programme walks you through different marketing objectives with email using the Mailchimp software programme (free version) and strategising on a campaign that is right for you. • Creating a Website using Wordpress (Advanced) – The objective of this programme is for participants to gain advanced knowledge of Wordpress and how to expand the capabilities of their existing website to include e-commerce and social media integration. • Digital Marketing for Micro Businesses – This course introduces a range of digital marketing concepts and how they can help your business grow and develop These training courses can be booked through our Online Booking facility on our website SouthDublin/Training-Events/OnlineBookings/ If you find that the training course of your choice above is booked up – don’t worry as we run these courses on an ongoing basis. If you would like to be kept up to date you can sign up for our Digital Newsletter from the LEO South Dublin homepage at SouthDublin/


The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a grant assistance scheme designed to help businesses build a selling website for their business. With Irish consumers spend averaging €850,000 per hour online, 24 hours a day, and expected to grow by 25% in the next 3 – 5 years, Trading Online is fast becoming critical for small business to compete successfully and to tap into the enormous growth potential. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme offers small businesses the opportunity to develop their website or digital marketing strategy by availing of vouchers of up to €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure HOW TO APPLY

1. In order to apply for a Trading Online Voucher you must first attend a half day Information Seminar on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher. 2. After attending the information session you should complete and submit the application form (available to download from our website) Information Seminar – December 13th, 2016 in Red Cow Morans Hotel Attendance at a training session is compulsory for all prospective applicants and

Frank Fitzpatrick – Dutch Bike Shop ( talks about how his business benefitted from the Trading Online Voucher Scheme MY NAME is Frank Fitzpatrick and I am co-owner of the Dutch Bike Shop here in Goatstown. Our business is a little over 5 years old. My wife and I set it up when she couldn’t actually find the bike she wanted in Dublin. She’s from Holland so she brought one over from Holland and then after a little while we decided to set up the Dutch Bike Shop and start selling Dutch bikes. Most of the bikes are used for city cycling – carrying children or cargo and are basically functional bikes. While trying to set up the business, trying to find finance, knowing where to go and what to do can be very difficult and we found the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin absolutely excellent and they helped us with our website which allowed a window into our company which otherwise would not have been there. We then shortly after started to do market places, like Marley Park, every Saturday and Sunday. We then got a premises in Ballymount as we grew and from Ballymount we went to the shop front premises here. The website allows us to run the business 24-7. We sell all over the country, we sell abroad. We sell everywhere now because of our web site. It is the cornerstone of our business and the cornerstone of a lot of businesses.

When starting out in business, resources are always hard to find. Finance is always hard to find. My advice is to ask questions, see what’s available to you, everything helps when you are starting up a business. Once you get the process rolling it makes life an awful lot easier. Speaking to other people makes life an awful lot easier. LEO South Dublin helped us, it was absolutely fantastic and it stands to us now. I would recommend anybody who is going to start a business to find out what they need. Don’t be scared to ask, the worst that can happen is that it is not available.

How Businesses have been benefitting from Trading Online

Research conducted with over 800 companies which have availed of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme showed that: • 21% was the average increase in Sales • 84% experienced an increase in customer enquiries • Growing businesses expect to recruit on average 1.4 more employees • 73% said that the new online business was additional and did not displace existing sales • 3 out of 5 businesses begin to export • 89% said that the trading online component of their business will become more important in the next six months. ELIGIBLE PROJECTS • Limited Online Trading presence

a representative from your business must attend. If you are interested in applying for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme you should book your place at the event by going to our Online Booking facility on the LEO South Dublin Website.

• Less than 10 employees • Turnover less than €2m • Applicant business must be registered and trading for at least 12 months ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (Exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser • Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense • Own labour is not an eligible expense • Third party costs only will be considered • All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details).

SouthDublin/Training-Events/OnlineBookings/ The information seminar is from 9.15am to 1pm and is free of charge. Visit our website www.localenterprise. ie/Southdublin for the full range of supports available to businesses across South Dublin County.

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Child gets €40k for elbow injury A NINE-year-old boy from Lucan who fractured his elbow in a playground has settled his High Court action against a school for €40,000. James Farrell was five when he suffered a nasty fracture while playing on monkey bars and later had to have an operation, the court heard. The boy fell off the monkey bars after he was brought with a group to a local playground while attending a summer camp at Lucan East Educate Together school in July, 2013, the court heard.

Through his father, Keith Farrell, of Moyglass, Lucan, he sued the board of management of Lucan East Educate Together NS, Griffeen Avenue, Lucan, as a result of the accident on July 11. Mr David Boughton BL said the boy has been left with a scar after the accident. Counsel said James landed on his left elbow and was later transferred to hospital, where he had to have surgery on the elbow. In the action, it was claimed he was permit-

ted to play on the monkey bars in circumstances where the defendant knew or ought to have known they represented a danger to him. It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to operate any or any adequate system of supervision. The claims were denied. Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he hoped the settlement money available to the boy, when he comes of age, will provide a deposit on a house at a time when the accident is long forgotten.

Preparing a oui word about freedom CHRISTIAN Heath, Kirstan Murphy, Devin Gallagher, and Niamh Leniston looked relaxed at the Michael D Higgins library in Deansrath CC, where they were preparing to debate against visiting students from Moyle Park College.

The Deansrath CC debating club members had proposed the motion, Religious symbols should be allowed in public institutions in France, with both clubs contributing to an engaging and thoughtful evening. The debate was

Range of local groups to gain from €85,000 funding boost  IAN BEGLEY SOME €85,000 is being granted for local organisations in Lucan and Clondalkin as part of a government grant. The funding has been allocated to a range of organisations, including The Marie Keating Foundation, Clondalkin Men’s Shed, the Irish Wheelchair Association in Lucan, Jigsaw Clondalkin and Clondalkin Active Retirement Association. Ta n a i s t e F r a n c e s Fitzgerald said: “I know this announcement of National Lottery grants from the Department of Health will be a welcome enhancement to [the groups’] ongoing work. “The €50,000 funding allocated to The Marie Keating Foundation, based in Lucan, will go towards their awareness campaign throughout

the country, which I was delighted to launch previously. “Clondalkin Men’s Shed have been allocated €8000 for equipment, and the Irish Wheelchair Association in Lucan have been allocated €20,000 for a new bus. “Jigsaw have been allocated nearly €6,000 for a resource room, and the Clondalkin Active Retirement Association have been granted €2,000 towards an excursion and choir support. “I hope this funding will make a real difference to the groups, to their staff members and volunteers, and of course to their service users. “I have always been supportive of local community groups and I look forward to continuing to work with and support the groups throughout the area,” said the Tanaiste.

held as part of a Concern series of debates, which are aimed at raising awareness of global issues relating to poverty, justice and human rights, with the Deansrath CC and Moyle Park College students doing their schools proud.

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Scholarships awarded to Dublin students TWELVE Dublin students have been awarded a JP McManus All Ireland Scholarship toward their third-level education. The awards ceremony took place on November 19 at the University of Limerick where Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, presented the awards. Special guest at this year’s awards ceremony was Rugby Legend, Paul O’Connell. This is the ninth year of the Scholarships, which are sponsored by JP McManus. A total of 125 students from both North and South of Ireland were

presented with a third level scholarship certificate. The scheme is set to provide financial assistance to many high achieving students who completed their Leaving Certificate in 2016. JP McManus has contributed €32 million to fund the provision of these scholarships each year and it is estimated that over 1,300 students from the 32 counties will benefit from the scheme over its duration. The awards are administered by the Department of Education & Skills and Department of Education in Northern Ireland.


Radically good coffee with a radical impact  IAN BEGLEY

TWO self-confessed social upstarts whose ambition to change the world led to the foundation of the first Fairchain coffee company in Ireland were showcased at the National Crafts and Design Fair at the RDS this week. Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount both had many years of travel experience through poverty-ravaged coffee growing communi-

ties in Africa and South America, when they met at the UCD Innovation Academy. While researching how their ideals could challenge global inequality, they came across the innovative social enterprise Moyee Coffee. “Less than 15% of coffee value goes to coffeegrowing countries and 99% of coffee is exported from the country of origin and roasted and packaged in the west,” said Shane. “ We c a m e a c r o s s Dutch entrepreneur Guido Van Staveren who set up a coffee social enterprise in Ethiopia with a staff of 48 to both source and roast coffee at point of origin. “We became partners and have started the Fairchain revolution in Ireland with Moyee Coffee Ireland, which is a premium high-end coffee. “Fairchain supports five times as many jobs as Fair Trade and as the chain is unbroken at source, it is radically good coffee with radical

Dubliners Shane Reilly from Glasnevin and Killian Stokes from Sandymount

impact.” Organiser Patrick O’Sullivan said:“This annual fair is vital to the industry as a whole and it is estimated that it generates enough business to keep most of the exhibitors busy for at least four months of the year. “Everything from arti-

san foods to fashion and jewellery are on display and because the goods are handmade, they have the added distinction of being unique. “ We ’ r e a l s o v e r y proud of the fact that the Fair has grown and has added annually to the local economy, with

footfall consistently growing by 10% per annum over the past five years. With so much diversity under one roof, and prices star ting from as little as €5, the Fair offers Ireland’s largest Christmas gift shopping experience.

Safe skincare that works for sensitive skin ONE in five children and one in 12 adults in Ireland will develop eczema at some stage in their lives, according to the Irish Skin Foundation. Eczema is a skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, red, itchy and inflamed. Known irritants include animal hair, pollen and common preservatives found in skincare products such as MI, sulfates and perfumes, as they strip the skin of its natural oils. Elave skincare is all about creating safe skincare that works for sensitive skin.

The range is produced by thirdgeneration family business Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, the first manufacturing chemist in Ireland to prepare traditional apothecary for sensitive skin conditions. “We know through research that harsh chemicals and known irritants are found in the most common skincare products including shampoos, bath products and cleansers,” said Joanna Gardiner, CEO Elave Skincare. “This is very frustrating as there have been serious breakthroughs in skincare treatments over the past 30 years.

“At Elave, we have been committed to removing all unnecessary chemicals from our ranges, as we believe it’s time to treat skin right,” she added. Using only purified water, all Elave formulations are safety tested to the highest standards. Elave Sensitive Intensive Cream is a medical device that will alleviate symptoms and reduce flare up of eczema and dermatitis-prone skin. To purchase Elave skincare products visit your local pharmacy or online at www.elaveskincare. com

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DIARY DUBLINLIFE Get set for a wondeful knight as the King of Waltz returns THE King of Waltz, Andre Rieu, returns to Dublin with his Johann Strauss Orchestra for a fantastic show with a jam-packed programme filled with film and opera music, romantic melodies, joyful waltzes, folk songs and lots more. As one of the world’s most successful violinists, the Dutch maestro invites you to come along for an evening of singing and dancing for all ages on December 8. Tickets are priced from €49 and can be purchased at


The stars of The Helix panto Aladdin arrived to put a smile on the face of young patients, including Darcy Molloy, in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital yesterday. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

LAST Christmas day, Childline received 1,176 calls from children in distress. Children scared, neglected, sad, or lonely. Every year, the incredible Childline volunteers give up their Christmas. This year, the ISPCC has a number of different ways you can support and donate. They will have holly pins on sale across the country, while Christmas baubles are the perfect way to donate to the ISPCC in lieu of gifts. The online shop will also have Christmas cards and Santa letters available.

Visit for more information.

STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO MIND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH Mental Health Ireland’s annual Secondary School Art and Photography Competition have extended its deadline to December 16. The theme for this year is ‘Mind Your Mental Health’ and students are being encouraged with their teachers and classmates, to explore what minding their mental health means to them and then getting creative about it. The winning entries in Art and Photography receive a €250 All4One voucher with provincial winners receiving €50 All4One vouchers in both categories. And All winning entries will feature in our MHI Calendar which we produce each year.

PANTO PUBLIC’S SUPPORT SOUGHT BY HOSPITAL DUBLIN’S panto public have the chance to create magic of their own for the children of Temple Street Hospital by raising €10,000 through a special charity performance of The Helix pantomime Aladdin. Magic was in the air when the stars of Aladdin arrived to put a

smile on the face of young patients, families and staff in Temple Street Children’s University Hospital this week. And pantogoers are being given the chance to help raise funds for sick children at Temple Street by buying tickets at a special price of €20 per seat to the charity performance on Thursday, December 1. Tickets for the special charity show are priced at a special price of €20 per seat. Booking details from

CHARITY ALONE LAUNCH CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has launched their Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmas time. ALONE say that there are a number of ways that the public can help an older person this Christmas some of these are; calling by an older person’s house to say hello, ensuring they have enough food, medication and heat, bringing them out for a drive or to a social event and giving them a hand with their shopping. For more information about ALONE call (01) 679 1032 or visit

Pictured is retired RTE newsreader Anne Doyle with Brendan Crean and Eithne McGrane at the launch of the ALONE Christmas Campaign. Picture Jason Clark.. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

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For the BIG kid in us all

Jay McGuiness leads an all-star cast  IAN BEGLEY

BIG The Musical is making its European debut at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this December. Irish audiences will be the first to have the opportunity to witness this spectacular musical before it opens in London’s West End next year. Opening on December 7 until January 7 the show will certainly bring to life the magic of one of the best-loved movies of all time, Big. Based on the classic 80s film starring Tom Hanks, this heart-warming and hilarious Broadway show transports theatre-goers back in time to their own childhoods with all the wonder, innocence and charm that it entails. A simply spectacular production, Big The Musical tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who’s keen to grow up. One evening at the local carnival, the ever-mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his greatest wish - to be big. Trapped in an adult’s body and alone in New York, he innocently tries to find his way around a grown-up world where it’s very much all work and no play. Surrounded by people obsessed with the trappings of the sophisticated adult life, endearing Josh just can’t help being himself. So charming is this youngster in the grown-up’s shoes, he even manages to

teach the real adults a thing or two. Leading an all-star cast, Jay McGuiness (singer with group The Wanted and Strictly Come Dancing champion) will be joined by West End stars Denise Van Outen as Mrs Baskin, Diana Vickers as Susan Lawrence and Gary Wilmot as George MacMillan, with The Hoosiers star Irwin Sparkes as Paul. Featuring incredible songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby and with electrifying direction and choreography from Morgan Young, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre’s audience are in for a big dose of brilliance. Weidman’s adaptation illuminates the contradictions and evokes the mythology of being a child, daring to transport us to the realm of an impossible love between a boy who looks like a man and a woman who doesn’t know he is just a boy. By the time he works up the nerve to tell her he is all of 13. The musical was first staged in 1996, with music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr, and book by John Wiedman. It was nominated for five Tonys, and although the original Broadway production lost money, a substantially revised version had a successful and well reviewed US national tour. Tickets are priced from €15 - €65 and can be purchased by visiting

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A STYLE revolution is sweeping the country and it’s all about vital statics!! Vintage fashions may be old, but they’re the new style kid on the block. And while we all can’t emulate Marilyn Monroe with her incredible figure – a 35 inch bust, tiny 22 inch waist and minuscule 35 inch hips, we can all rock retro in our own way. Indeed the average Irish woman, a bootiful size 16, is 25lbs heavier than her 1950s sister and wouldn’t have a hope of fitting into one of Ms Monroe’s gorgeous frocks. Marilyn may not have been the average dame – her waist measured four inches less than most of her 1960s screen sisters – but we can all steal a tip or two from her on how to rock a frock. First is go fitted. No matter your size, aim to nip and tuck your clothing, not your figure! Having a decent dressmaker is a lot less costly than a good plastic surgeon. Most women with a fuller figure think hiding it under loose fitting clothing is the best option.. But Joanne Galvin, who coowns ‘Aria’ Vintage and Interiors Boutique in Celbridge and also runs ‘Vintage Goddess’ in Dublin’s Blackrock Market, says: “This is a definite no, no. “Take a tip from Marilyn. Pick your best asset and show it off, whether it’s your bust, waist, legs, shoulders – even your ankles! “Marilyn had a great bust and all the designers she favoured made dresses to showcase that. “And while she was lucky to have a tiny waist, there are lots of ways to trick the eye of the beholder into thinking you have one too! A high-waisted skirt or trousers will define the waist, as will a colour-contrasting belt or a beautiful 1950s fit-and-flare dress.” Joanne, 49, who has been collecting vintage fashions for 30 years, says: “If you want beautifully cut clothing then go vintage. “It is perfect for us women with a bit of a belly. The skirts and dresses of the 1950s and

Quality never goes

out of style 60s tend to have a higher waist band, which hits the smallest part of the torso, giving you an hour glass shape. It is the most flattering silhouette and copied by most modern designers. “But fit is everything. Buy a bigger size if necessary and get a good dressmaker to take it in. If you wear too small a size it will ride up your torso and pucker across the bust and upper arms. “Squeezing yourself into a smaller dress will only make you look larger.” “And don’t be afraid of colour and prints. Floral prints for example can look very flattering on a fuller figure. And vertical stripes are

every woman’s friend. They make the body look leaner and taller.” Joanne, below, adds: “I just adore vintage clothing. It is so unique on so many levels. “For a start if you wear vintage to a wedding, a ball or the races, you will never meet anyone else wearing the same outfit. “The high quality of the fabric – silks, velvets, satins and brocades and the attention to detail – pinked seams, hand sewn hems and beautiful tucking – is why these clothes still live on in our wardrobes 70 years later. “I particularly love collecting clothing by Marilyn’s favourite designers, who include Ceil Chap-

man, William Travilla and Adele Simpson. I have some beautiful dresses by these designers both in Aria in Celbridge and Vintage Goddess in Blackrock. “Lots of Irish women are learning that vintage fashion is unique and elegant. My customers include writers like Cathy Kelly, TV stars like Lorraine Keane, as well as actresses and musicians. “Both I love dressing ordinary women like me. You feel like a silver screen movie star when you put on a beautifully cut wiggle dress or evening gown. “And because authentic vintage clothing tends to be on the small side, I also stock an amazing range of mid-century jewellery, handbags, shoes and hats. Everyone can find something to love.”

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Get some help to battle all of your dry skin woes DRY skin is common at this time of year – from chapped lips to itchy hands and dry cheeks. Eucerin’s Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm is the all-in-one wonder product for the winter season. Available in pharmacies for €10, the balm will help you fight back against winter’s sustained cold temperatures and answer all of your dry skin woes. Loved by The Kardashian and model Emily Ratajkowski, the skin balm is formulated with only seven ingredients, free of fragrances, colourants and preservatives, and clinical studies proved that it is gentle enough to be used on irritated skin as well as on babies.

1960s rare Balenciaga hat at Aria

Chanel vintage silk and chiffon dress at Aria

1950s gold and black, brocade dress

ARIA Vintage and Interiors Boutique, Roseville House, Main Street, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Christmas Shopping Event with Bubbles and Special Offers:Friday December 9th from 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Tue to Sat, 11am to 6pm. Facebook: Aria Celbridge

Vintage William Travilla gown

Vintage Goddess, Blackrock Market, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin. Christmas Shopping Event: Thursday December 8th, 4pm to 8.30pm. Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11.30am to 5.30pm. Facebook: Vintage Goddess Ireland Website: Phone: 0831376672

Rare Yves St Laurent 1950s shoes at Aria


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Brexit fuels Merc decision to cut 10% off new car prices MERCEDES-BENZ in Ireland is reducing new car prices by 10% across all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars with immediate effect. The reduction, which will apply for a limited period, will be implemented evenly across all models and all model segments, free of any terms and conditions. Mercedes-Benz claims that the intention behind the price reduction is twofold. One is to maintain market impetus as the industry faces into a new sales year. The second is to give support to their dealer organisation in its efforts to combat the effects on new car sales here following the movement in currency values from the recent Brexit result. Mercedes-Benz claims that its passenger car sales in Ireland have increased by 44% compared to last year. Stressing that the initiative is being taken to counteract what may turn out to be a short-term situation, MercedesBenz in Ireland said that ‘this new pricing arrangement will extend for a limited period only and in that regard motorists who may wish to avail of it are advised to contact their authorised dealer and make appropriate arrangements as

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Tiguan ya good thing

The new Volkswagen Tiguan comes with new styling, improved space and comfort with small improvements in fuel economy. Entry prices for the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version start from €33,765.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan is one of the more popular mid-range SUVs and now the German brand has sharpened the Tiguan lines to give it a more stylish and comfortable drive. The extra bonus is better economy as good as Michael Moroney found during his recent test drive. VOLKSWAGEN’S new Tiguan is all about style with sharper lines to the design to give the midrange SUV a more modern look. For Volkswagen the design change is obvious and it does enhance the Tiguan look significantly in what is a very competitive sector of the Irish car market. In the upgrade process Volkswagen has sneaked a little bit of extra length into the SUV. Other less obvious changes include the fact that the wheelbase has been stretched a little and this gives that new Tiguan a good level of driving comfort without compromising the turning ability. After even a short drive you will appreciate the solid driving feel for which Volkswagen is renowned and I quickly felt good driving this latest Tiguan. The inside is noticeably more modern with new generation digital instruments that are clear to

view and easy to use. I liked the tactile feel to the steering wheel which was very comfortable to use, not too big either with full controls included. The seat position was good but it took a little time to get to my comfort zone. There is good rear legroom and the high positions for all seats are appreciated with good headroom. The Tiguan is available as an entry model with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine while I had the 2.0 litre turbo-diesel version on the road. This engine has undergone some improvements in emissions (are we surprised after a year of investigations) while the engine power and torque remain virtually the same. The Tiguan is a good match for the competition in terms of fuel economy but I was a little surprised that there is only a small improvement over the previous one. The emphasis has been on emissions

and that’s now a marginally lower figure giving lower road tax costs. This new Tiguan matches the economy performance of the similar engine size Toyota RAV4, which is cheaper to buy and own. Volkswagen has put a smaller fuel tank into the new Tiguan, dropping its capacity by 6 litres to 58 litres. The official economy figure is rated at 21km/ litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) and I found that across a range of driving conditions I was about 15% off that figure. Overall, that’s still a good result in practical driving, and it’s also useful to remember that the Tiguan that I drove was a two-wheeldrive version. I found the diesel powered Tiguan to be economical. The good engine torque rated at 340Nm, allowed for steady driving using all six gears available making it was possible to drive under the 2000rpm

figure on the engine for most of the time. That’s the magic spot when it comes to fuel economy and I found that a 1,000km range was well possible on this smaller fuel tank with sensible driving. The Tiguan comes with an electric handbrake as standard along with auto hold hill start assist for hill starts. The useful Park Assist system is standard on the more expensive Highline versions. The towing ability of the new Tiguan is rated at two tonnes for the base model. If you intend pulling caravans or boats then you need to add the 4Motion 4x4 system and the DSG automatic gearbox to the deal to get it up to 2.5 tonnes. By way of comparison, most SUV’s in this segment of the market have a 2 tonne towing figure. One of the benefits of the new longer wheelbase is more boot space. This new Tiguan has a noticea-

Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TD


Engine 2.0 litre Engine power 150hp 0 – 100km/hr 9.3 seconds Economy 21km/litre (4.7l/100km or 60mpg) Fuel Tank Capacity 58 litre CO2 emissions 125g/km Road Tax Band B1 €270 Main Service 20,000km/12 months Euro NCAP Rating 5 Star 2016 Warranty 3 years (100,000km) Entry Price €33,765

bly bigger boot, bigger than all of the competition, while it is still a five seat vehicle. And the bonus that I found was that there is a spare wheel included, even if it’s a space saver version. This new Tiguan has good safety credentials following a recent five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. This SUV comes with plenty of safety kit included and includes

the Iso-Fix kit in the rear. The rear seat adjustment is flexible and easy to fold. This is when the size of the boot or load area comes into its own. There is a large screen for radio and infotainment controls that was easy to set up and use. Connecting my phone with Bluetooth was quick and easy. The test Tiguan did not come with sat-nav included but it is possible to use your

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MOTORING Stay trouble-free Honda scoops two awards for winter driving WINTER driving presents new challenges in terms of car comfort and more importantly car safety. THERE are some simple and useful tips for

good road holding (the legal minimum is

The improved 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine in the

drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys

1.6mm). A deeper tyre thread depth will

Volkswagen Tiguan is marginally more economical and

this winter, if the cold and dark weather

disperse much more water from the road

delivers lower CO2 emission levels.

has caught you by surprise.

and will minimise your risk of skidding and

Prevention is always better than cure, so take some time to carry out some basic winter maintenance so that you don’t get stranded over the weeks ahead.

losing control. • Get the battery and charging system checked to ensure best performance. A large number of winter calls to breakdown services are due to flat bat-

Giving some attention now to batter-

teries. Cold weather puts a lot of strain

ies, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and

on tired batteries, so if is showing signs

other vehicle essentials is the best way of

of weakness consider changing it now to

ensuring reliability in the months to come.

avoid a breakdown.

Here are five simple steps for reduc-

• Ensure your car’s cooling system has

ing the chance of a car breakdown this

the correct levels of anti-freeze; this is


vital to prevent the water in your engine’s

• Make sure all the lights on your car, inside and out, are working properly. Clean them regularly to ensure they are free of dirt, so that you can see, and others can see you. • Check tyre tread depth and pressure weekly through the winter. Good tyres will ensure the safety systems on your car

cooling system from freezing. Get your local dealer or a qualified mechanic to ensure this is done correctly. • Do you need new windscreen wipers at front and rear? Check for efficient working and use cold weather washer fluid. Do not use the windscreen wipers to

are as effective as possible. You should

clear ice, as this will very quickly lead to

have a minimum tread depth of 3mm for


HONDA is confirmed as a big hit with female drivers after scooping two category wins at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, are the only global car honours voted for exclusively by female automotive journalists. The Honda Civic was crowned the winner of the ‘family car category’ while Jazz also took away an accolade on the night, after last year’s overall win. The Japanese brand was the only manufacturer to take multiple category titles. The voting process for Women’s Car of the Year awards is rigorous. Each member of the global judging panel submits their personal nominations. This year’s awards saw 294 cars nominated by 17 judges from 14 different countries. The nominated cars are then reduced to a shortlist of 32 cars in six different categories. The judging panel is comprised of distinguished female automotive journalists, who vote by secret ballot. Judges then vote by awarding points under five criteria - engineering, appearance, comfort, storage and value for money. On the announcements of the awards, Jennifer Moran from Universal Honda Ireland said, “Winning two categories at the Women’s World Car of the Year awards demonstrates again how Honda’s exciting range of cars continues to match the expectations of female drivers and customers around the world. What is particularly encouraging is the endorsement this gives to Civic ahead of the launch of the all new Civic hatchback here in Ireland early in 2017.”

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s boot space at 615 litres before the seats are folded is the best in the segment and the boot opens high for good headroom.

phone to connect with Google maps rather than opt for the more expensive factory sat nav system. I looked at the Tiguan running costs and found that relative to the likes of the Toyota RAV4, it was marginally more expensive to buy and to own, due to higher depreciation resulting from higher entry prices. The diesel entry price starts at €33,765. That’s more expensive than the RAV4 and also the new competition from Volkswagen’s own stable in the shape of the Seat Ateca that’s just now appearing on Dublin roads. Skoda will soon have a similar offer with their new Kodiaq, so this will test Volkswagen with the higher price for the Tiguan. The new Tiguan is an SUV that you come away from feeling content, not

just with the driving performance, but also with the improved driving feel and modern good looks. That solid Volkswagen feel is evident in almost every aspect of the new Tiguan, but don’t expect to be surprised with a big lift in fuel economy, remember emissions has been the issue at Volkswagen for the past year and the new Tiguan delivers lower figures. The Tiguan will battle it out in what is a price sensitive market. There are good Volkswagen offers including their own bank, that will entice you towards the Tiguan, so check out the best ownership deal, rather than strictly the buying price and that might include a competitive Volkswagen PCP deal if you’re a low mileage driver.

Nissan to offer bigger engine for X-Trail

NISSAN will be launching a new larger-capacity diesel engine for its flagship X-Trail crossover in 2017. This new 2.0 litre diesel engine has an output of 177bhp, with 380Nm of torque to give enhanced pulling power throughout the rev range. It is a significant step up in power from the existing 1.6-litre 130bhp diesel. Nissan will also offer a new Nissan’s Xtronic automatic gearbox, linked to a four-wheel drive transmission. This adds to the options of a six-speed manual and two-wheel drive for the seven-seat SUV. Nissan claims that the new 2.0 litre diesel engine will be more refined and give a more comfortable driving experience. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions standards, and three versions will be including a six-speed manual in 4WD and 2WD and 4WD versions with the CVT automatic gearbox. Other than the new engine option the design of the Nissan X-Trail remains unchanged. The second row splits and folds 60/40 for additional luggage space, reclines for passenger comfort and slides forward for access to the optional third row. The third row of seats splits 50/50 and folds completely flat to create extra load space. Nissan’s optional All-Mode 4x4-i system provides the four-wheel-drive. When fitted, drivers can select from full-time 2WD for maximum efficiency; Auto Mode, which constantly monitors conditions and adjusts the balance of torque between the front and rear wheels for the best traction; and 4WD Lock Mode for the most challenging conditions.


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The 2,000 year old Roman aqueduct of Segovia is a sight to behold

A beautiful side street in Leon leads to the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria

A statue of the famous artist faces Gaudi’s Palace in in the medieval town of Leon

WHEN thinking of Spain most of us automatically picture the beaches and seaside resorts of the Mediterranean. But thanks to some wonderful advice from the Spanish tourism office on Westmoreland St, I was lucky enough to be introduced to the spellbinding beauty of the Castilla y Leon region – the hidden Spain. With daily flights available year round from Dublin to Madrid it is always the perfect time to experience the true essence of Spain. While bus and train travel options are available from the capital I’d recommend hiring a car from the airport to truly discover the treasures of this magical, unspoiled region. My first stop, just an hour north of Madrid, was the UNESCO World Heritage City of Segovia, an ancient walled city where I stayed at the Hotel San Antonio El Real, a short walk to the city’s landmark, a magnificent Roman Aqueduct dating back to the first century. Segovia is a romantic city, perched on a rocky hilltop. The historic walled town boasts stunning views and magnificent monuments. The majority of Segovia’s plethora of attractions are found in the old town, where you can spend hours exploring the winding streets, artisan boutiques and cafes and restaurants. The aqueduct, which rises in all its splendour to a height of 29 meters, has more than 160 arches impressively held together with no mortar, and makes is an imposing site as you enter the old town. Fairytale Around the next corner is the spectacular late gothic Cathedral de Segovia which stands at the highest point of the old town. The cathedral’s 18 chapels are filled with art works, sculptures and decorative alters. The cathedral is on the Plaza Mayor, a hub of activity crammed with cafes and surrounded by a maze of winding streets which eventually lead to the Alcazar, a fairytale castle said to be the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty Visitors can tour all the rooms of the Alcazar which are exquisitely decorated in period style with tapestries, arms and armour. The throne room is particularly impressive with its gilded ceiling, as is the hall of arched windows. A must for any visitor to Segovia is dinner at Meson de Candido where the region’s and house speciality is roasted suckling pig. The Suckling pig is presented to the restaurant in a ritual dating back centuries, Candido himself reads a royal decree before theatrically quartering the pig with a plate, which he then shatters on the floor. It was an impressive performance and an experience not to be missed. The restaurant was filled with tourists and locals alike, enjoying the feast. My next port of call was Burgos, a city with a long tradition of hospitality that has been welcoming pilgrims and travellers since the Middle Ages. Today, it’s a popular stop for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago trail, and you’ll find both brass and ceramic shells embedded into the


Segovia MADRID

The beautiful Castilla y Leon region of Spain

footpath leading the way. Staying at the Hotel Meson del Cid in the heart of the old town was a perfect spot from which to explore. Pilgrims passed by our front door daily and directly opposite stood the famous gothic Cathedral of Burgos. Also a UNESCO world heritage site, the cathedral contains the tomb of the legendary El Cid, the region’s most famous and fearless warrior. With parts of it dating to the first half of the 13th century it is one of the foremost examples of gothic art in Europe. The diversity of gastronomic delights on offer in Burgos will be sure to keep everyone content. The speciality of Burgos is suckling Lamb so tender it falls off the bone – and as with all towns in the region Burgos has its own take on the Castilla y Leon speciality of Morcilla, a dish very similar to black pudding but

The Alcazar in Segovia is like something from a fairytale

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The view of the old, walled city of Segovia from the Alcazar



The Hidden Spain

made with rice and quite spicy. Not being a big a big fan of black pudding, I was surprised to quite like it! Overlooking the city of Burgos the site of the old castle offers a place to enjoy sweeping views of the city and to relax in the adjoining park. Worth a visit is the Cartuja de Miraflores, a 15th century monastery that can be found on the outskirts of town where the air is filled with the scent of rose oil – just one of the many items the monks produce. Burgos exudes life, compelling you to explore. Along with the historical monuments you will not be disappointed by the many fine local boutiques and high-street shops on offer.

Next up on our adventure of the hidden Spain is Leon. In the middle of this now sprawling city, the entrance to the old town can be found within the remaining ancient Roman walls. The old town is a step back in time with winding streets dotted by small shops, cafes and tapas bars. Pilgrims Leon also played a key role in the route of the Camino de Santiago and again I noticed many brass shells leading the pilgrims’ way. The city’s two jewels are at either end of the old town: the Cathedral and the Basilica of San Isidoro. The gothic Cathedral Santa Maria de Leon is

Above, the gothic cathedral of Segovia, while

also referred to as the House of light due to its 1,800 metres of original stained glass windows from the 13th to 15th century. The Basilica of San Isidoro contains what is said to be the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of the Spanish Romanesque style – a series of frescoes from the 12th century which decorate the underground crypt of the Royal Panthenon. The museum housed in its cloisters, filled with medieval art and artefacts is steeped in history and is said to be home to the Holy Grail, yes, the real one … you can make up your own mind! A visit to Leon would not be complete without seeing the stunning Hostel de San Marcos, one of the most historic hotels on the old continent.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon

below, a pair if festive statues in Burgos

Some local treats

The Cathedral of Burgos is a wonderful example of Spanish gothic flair

Marcos pours us a glass

It was commissioned in the 16th century as a military base by King Ferdinand, and has taken on many roles since but now operates as the city’s Parador, offering travellers the opportunity to stay in an exceptional historic building. On the outskirts of town the modern and colourful Museum of contemporary Art, MUSAC can be found. It is considered to be one of Spains most dynamic art spaces and is definitely worth a stroll around. As we headed south from Leon and back to Madrid for our flight home we stopped at the Bodegas Grupo Yllera Estate in the Rueda region, which is famous for its outstanding wines. History With six generations of winemakers in the Yllera family we were taken on a tour of their winery and then treated to a wine-tasting with Marcos Yllera and his father. While walking through the labyrinth of underground tunnels and corridors we were treated to a rich history of winemaking and a few legends of Greek mythology mixed in with it – namely that of the minotaur. And finally, what better way to top off a visit to this exceptional estate but with an impressive lunch in their renowned restaurant. The hosts could not have been more entertaining and a stop at their cellar door is a must before heading back on the road to Madrid and home to Dublin just in time for a wet Christmas. And as we move into what they call the magical time of the year, a thought struck me – if you haven’t been to Castilla y Leon yet, you have never experienced magic. I can’t wait to go back.


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Makes a bit of a splash CLINT Eastwood’s Sully (Cert 12A, 95 mins) is a sincere and thoughtfully crafted tribute to that most American of heroes – the everyday working Joe. This biopic, led with another impossibly endearing performance from Tom Hanks, is admittedly by the book


and rarely surprising. Still, clocking in at just over an hour and a half,

Sully is a thankfully succinct and often affecting testament to Eastwood’s recent favourite subject – the human spirit. However, based on the events surrounding the miraculous crashlanding of US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, Sully fails to wholeheart-

edly elevate itself above the realm of the skilful reconstruction. There’s plenty of emotion here, and a healthy dose of suspicion to liven up the post-crash investigation. Unfortunately, there’s never any real question about who the hero is and, consequently, Eastwood for-

sakes genuine narrative tension. Hanks plays Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, while leaving LaGuardia Airport, Sully’s Airbus A320 struck a flock of geese and both engines were immediately disabled. Despite air traffic control advising him that a safe landing at one of the nearby airports was possible, the film shows how Sully trusted his career-honed instincts and, along with co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), decided to land the plane in the Hudson river, fearing a crash due to lack of altitude. Sully was right to trust his gut and was hailed as a hero by the press and public alike. Despite this, the pilot has to face a rigorous investigation, which stated that one of the engines may still have been running. This is the focus of Eastwood’s film, not the crash itself. While the events that followed the landing are undeniably dramatic,

they’re not all that interesting to watch. Cleverly, Eastwood holds our attention by peppering the events of the crash throughout the film, instead of presenting the ordeal as a continuous narrative. T he main event is drip-fed to us in a number of flashbacks – some of which trick us with a nightmarish dose of PTSD. Sully is haunted by the event and often envisions himself flying the plane into a New York skyscraper. These segments carry t h e f i l m ’s d r a m a t i c weight, anchoring the often-perfunctory investigation narrative. For all the administrative cynicism that follows the events, it’s hard not to be touched by the myriad acts of everyday heroism in the wake of the crash. As with most of Eastwood’s directorial output since 2008’s Gran Torino, the drama in Sully is buried under several rubbery slices of American cheese.

While there was something notably offputting about that same a p p r o a c h i n 2 014 ’s American Sniper, here it is both affecting and infectious. Although this story about uncomplicated heroes may be a muchneeded dose of optimism in the morally divided wasteland of contemporary America, Sully’s unambiguous emotional focus makes for a somewhat less than compelling narrative. Still, for all its deliberate melodrama, Sully has the power to move and inspire. Fighting his case, Sully often decries the removal of the “human factor” from the simulations used to assess the disaster. Eastwood makes sure that the human factor – the human spirit – is the focus of his story. Accordingly, for all its formula-driven drama, Sully treats us to a little bit more faith in humanity.

Verdict: 7/10

As captain and co-pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart deliver typically likeable everyman roles, in a film which explores the aftermath

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Nespresso opens pop up boutique at Arnotts  EMMA NOLAN

A NEW Nespresso Pop Up boutique in Arnotts has just opened in time for the festive season. The Pop Up forms part of the brand’s v i s i o n t o p r ov i d e increased access to its high-quality coffee for Ireland’s Nespresso customers. The new boutique will complement the wide range of Nespresso machines and bespoke accessories available at Arnotts and will give coffee connoisseurs the

opportunity to experience the Nespresso Grands Crus in a relaxing and engaging setting. Francisco Nogueira, Nespresso UK & Ireland managing director, said: “We’re excited to be hosting this new boutique in Arnotts. We have seen fantastic growth across Ireland and we receive almost daily requests for more boutiques to open. “The new boutique will help customers get their favourite Grands Crus in time for the festive season.”


FOOD BATES SEAFOOD CHOWDER RECIPE Ingredients 2 small onions, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 50g butter 1 tbsp flour 500ml fish stock Splash of pastis 250ml cream 2 bay leaves 200g salmon, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 200g sea bass, skinned & cut into bite-sized pieces 20 mussels, scrawled & de-bearded Salt & pepper 4 king prawns, to serve 2 tbsp chives, chopped Instructions

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat & fry the onions, celery & bay leaves until vegetables are soft but not brown. Add the flour & cook for a minute. Stir in the pot fish stock, add a splash of pastis & simmer for two minutes. Stir in the salmon & sea bass & cook until the fish is opaque. Add mussels & prawns during the last 2 minutes of the fish’s cooking time. Stir through the cream & season well with salt & pepper. To serve, ladle the chowder into warmed serving bowls, add lemon juice, sprinkle juice over the chives & serve with plenty of crusty bread.

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FastSport MONKSTOWN GO TOP OF MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE: MONKSTOWN took advantage of Banbridge and Cork C of I’s postponement to move up two places into top spot in the men’s EY Hockey League thanks to a 3-1 win over UCD. Top two prior to the weekend, Bann and C of I were due to meet on Saturday but, with the threat of frost in Co Down, the decision was taken on Friday evening to err on the side of caution and avoid the potential for a lengthy wasted journey. As such, Town took their chance to move top as they came from a goal behind to beat UCD. Jazze Henry’s classy opening goal was quickly countered by a Lee Cole drag-flick before Davy Carson added a double before half-time to complete the scoring. At the bottom, Sandymount’s Railway Union and Glenanne both picked up crucial wins. For the former, they saw off bottom side Instonians, cutting the Belfast side five points adrift in a 4-3 defeat.


Raheny and DSDAC star at nationals


SHONA Heaslip surprised even herself while Mark Christie rolled back the years as they took the senior Irish Life Health national cross country titles at an atmospheric Abbotstown last weekend. It came on a super day for Dundrum South Dublin AC as they won a series

of titles across the team and youth disciplines, earning a series of international call-ups. T he pur pose-build Sport Ireland national cross country course provided the perfect spectacle in ideal racing conditions. While it may have been cold for spectators, it was anything but on the course from Under-12 level right

up to the seniors. Heaslip’s shock victory in the senior women’s 8,000m came in a time of 28.13 with Kerry O’Flaherty pipping prerace favourite Ciara Mageean, from UCD, at the finish by one second in 28.23 for second place. “Driving up, I was hoping to be the first Under-23 athlete,” said the delighted

Sophie Murphy takes a picture of her medal with her mother Mary Rutledge. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Raheny celebrate their senior men’s title. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Heaslip afterwards. She had shown little form coming into the race but the last month she managed to change things around focusing solely on her running. “I felt good in the race but I had to check myself running alongside the other girls who I had watched on television in the summer,” referring to Rio Olympians O’Flaherty and Mageean. As a result, Bethanie Murray (DSD) won the Under-23 race with Amy O’Donoghue second and Elizabeth Carr third. Mark Christie rolled back the years to win the senior men’s 10,000m title in 30.41 ahead of Raheny Shamrocks’ Mick Clohisey second in 30.53 and Mark Hanrahan third in 30:57. Clohisey was aiming for

four straight wins but had the consolation of guiding Raheny Shamrock to the club’s first senior men’s team title in their history. They had finished second eight times in the last 11 years, making the victory all the sweeter. Dundrum South Dublin were equally dominant winning the senior women’s team race. DSD’s Sophie Murphy was a strong winner of the junior women’s 4,000m in 14:18 ahead of Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell and Rathfarnham WSAF’s Carla Sweeney. Athletes that caught the eye in the underage races were Sarah Healy (Blackrock) and Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) who had too much for their counterparts in the U-16 girls and U-16 boys.

The performances from local athletes means there will be a strong contingent in the Irish team for the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, Italy on December 11. Clohisey and his club mate Kevin Dooney will be in the senior men’s selection of six athletes for the marquee event. Rathfarnham’s Mitchell Byrne forms part of the two-man U-23 contingent while Bethanie Murray is joined in the U-23 women’s crew by Emerald’s Amy O’Dononghue. The junior girls selection features DSD’s Sophie Murphy and Jodie McCann, Blackrock’s Amy Rose Farrell, WSAF’s Carla Sweeney along with Emma O’Brien, from Inbhear Dee/Sli Cualann, and Aisling Joyce from Claremorris AC.

Ronan six-year reign finishes with “perfect end” 

Sue Ronan receives a guard of honour following her final game as manager. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

SUE Ronan signed off on her sixyear tenure as Republic of Ireland Women’s national team head coach with an impressive 2-1 win over the Basque Country. Player of the match Leanne Kiernan, who scored a hat-trick for Shelbourne Ladies in the women’s senior cup final at the Aviva Stadium, scored her first international goal to win the game for the Girls in Green. Ireland were impressive throughout and it was Shankill native Stephanie Roche who

opened the scoring in the 24th minute. Kiernan was fouled just outside the box after a mazy run and Roche picked out the top corner with a sublime free-kick to put the hosts ahead. Basque Country found a response before the break with an excellent strike. Yulema Corres found space on the edge of the area and fired home past Arsenal stopper Emma Byrne to level the tie. Ireland came out stronger in the second-half and Kiernan got the goal she deserved in the 52nd minute. UCD Waves forward Aine

O’Gorman chipped the ball over the Basque defence and Kiernan used her pace to race clear and coolly slot home to give the Irish the win. Sue Ronan was delighted with the performance and admitted the occasion was an emotional sendoff after six years in charge of the WNT, receiving a guard of honour from her players. Ronan said: “It was the perfect end with the perfect performance. There was a lot of things going on before the game but the players were focused and delivered a great performance.

“It was a great goal from Stephanie Roche but maybe we didn’t refocus well enough to let them back in the game. The second-half was immense though. “Leanne Kiernan was fantastic and she took her goal really well, and there were a lot of great performances across the pitch. “It’s been a great six years. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to a finals but I couldn’t have any more from the players over the period. “It was a lovely end, I’ve been humbled by the tributes from clubs, supporters and former players from across the country.”

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Warrior John shows skills at Takeover 8

World famous coach John Kavanagh joins Dun Laoghaire gym in honouring teenager with Down syndrome for training ethic; coach Cian Cowley talks to GazetteSport about his star pupil  KARL GRAHAM

WHILE not for everyone, Cian Cowley’s ‘Warriors Thai Boxing Gym’ are showing that there is a place for inclusivity as Sallynoggin native John Mooney took centre stage in their Takeover 8 event last weekend. Warriors trainer Cowley is an established Muay Thai fighter turned MMA hopeful. As such, he is fully aware of the reputation combat sports holds in some quarters, but he also knows that if anybody walked into his gym, there needs to be a welcoming family atmosphere for all to experience. At the heart of this atmosphere is Mooney. He has Down syndrome but has quickly become one of the gym’s most active members and does not let anything hold him

back from getting involved in the sport he loves. “You talk to anybody who trains here and they will tell you it’s different than any other gym,” Cowley told Gazette Sport. “Serious work gets done but, at the same time, there is such a good family atmosphere. There is always such a good buzz in the gym and John is training every day.” It is has led to the introduction of a new club belt with Mooney showcasing his skills in a safe and structured way at a number of the gym’s Takeover events. The belt was presented to him by John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s world renowned coach. “Other people on the outside probably look at it and think maybe it’s a bit of a hindrance having somebody with a disability, as if it’s going to slow

John Mooney, centre, with Cian Cowley and John Kavanagh

us down,” Cowley added. “But John comes into the class and does what he’s told. When other lads see that, it gives them a drive and it shows you the atmosphere we have.” His participation in the gym opens up a new perception of the sport, providing a sporting outlet for people of all abilities and backgrounds. Cowley continues: “I have gotten a lot more respect off people. [Some] people look down on us because we fight and class us as scumbags. I don’t see it like that and seeing the way we are with John down here makes other people look on us differently. “When we had him on the show, a lot of people there didn’t know how it was going to go. But I knew it was going to be cool because it felt like a normal day for me, with

him being in the gym every day.” The fact that somebody like Kavanagh has taken such notice of a Muay Thai gym shows the impact that Cowley, his gym, and Mooney can make on the combat sport in Ireland. “[John Kavanagh] is always asking me about John so when I told him he was fighting, he came

company but they know all about the little gym in a seaside town on the other side of the world. This is largely down to the waves Cowley has been making since he made the decision to switch his focus from Muay Thai to MMA. “They have had an eye on me for a while so they signed me up as a sponsored athlete. But


‘Other lads see John down here and it gives them a drive, showing the atmosphere we have’ -Cian Cowley -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

down. Conor [McGregor] was supposed to come as well because he’s also aware who he is but he couldn’t make it that night. It brings everyone together and lets them know that we are all the same.” The gym itself is starting to put itself on the map thanks to Cowley and their new sponsorship with a world renowned company. Fightlab may be a Thai

one thing led to another and they liked what I was doing with the gym so they offered to come onboard. “The gym is not a profit organisation so it was always hard for me to get new gear. Now, they have come in and completely revamping the whole thing for me. It is like the equivalent of a sprinter being sponsored by Nike so I can’t thank them enough for what they have done.”

Cowley’s gym received a big boost from Fightlab


Orchard progress in FAI inter and Noel Ryan Cups CHERRY Orchard’s Sunday side put three past Malahide United for the second time this season as the LSL Sunday senior title-challengers put a bad run of league form behind them to progress in the FAI Intermediate Cup. Newly promoted Orchard had taken just one point from the last three league games as their form dipped in the Sunday senior following a spectacular start to the season, with holders Bluebell United and Mochta’s drawing alongside them at the summit of Leinster football’s highest tier. The side on display in the cup had more in common with the team that came from two down to defeat Malahide in Ballyfermot on the first day of the season, however, with Ryan Coombes taking charge of proceedings with a first half hat-trick to swat aside struggling United at Elmdale. Orchard secured their place in the last-16 draw largely thanks to what’s become their main strength this season, impressive wing play, though Coombes spectacular third strike showed the more nuanced quality this fast-rising side have to offer. The ex-St Patrick’s Athletic man scored two tap ins to give the home side control, the first with his head and the second his foot, both from those trade-mark crosses. Having put away the easy ones, Coombes then showed he can do it the hard way, too, taking on what felt like half of the Malahide defence with some direct running as he reached his personal milestone and effectively put the game to bed before half time. Malahide did pull a goal back in a less inspiring second half, but Orchard continue their progress towards the Aviva in relative comfort, despite facing top-division opposition. The club also progressed in the Noel Ryan Cup over the weekend, with a hard-fought win over Terenure College. It was Jack O’Connor who did the business in a tightly-contested battle, scoring a penalty and sliding home a swift move in a 2-0 win. Terenure felt hard done by, having had a goal disallowed and also taken issue with what they felt was a soft penalty, but couldn’t make their way back into the game.


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Noctor makes mark at national cross country LUCAN Harriers Under-12 girls shone at the national cross-country championships held at the new custom-made course at the National Sports Centre in Abbotstown last weekend. The Lucan girls came home in 12th place with good performances with two girls finishing in the top 50 – Eve Marie Noctor (31st) and Maggie Jez (49th) while there were also good runs from Millie Hughes and Hannah Moriarty. Noctor’s time also counted as one of the runs which brought the Dublin team home in second place in the county team and province competitions. It came on a busy weekend for the club with the heavy involvement in the first race in the annual Meet and Train cross country races, organised by Dunboyne AC. The mud and rain of last year were replaced by a dry day and conditions but still resulted in a tough test for all 112 athletes. There were some great performances by Lucan athletes with Breda Smyth leading the ladies home, followed by Trisha Gough and Bernie Stapleton. Harriers had six first-time cross country runners and they all had good runs – Celine Murphy and Ceara Kerrigan and, in particular, the club’s four fit4life participants – Maggie Russell, Lorraine Mulally, Aideen McCormack and Geraldine Coogan – who took part in their first ever race. The whole group of Kathleen Trunk, Ceara Kerrigan, Fiona Hegarty, Nina Healy, Bernie Stapleton, Tricia Gough, Lorraine Heffernan, Patricia Byrne and Sinead Fleetare pictured above. Next up on the Meet and Train circuit is a date at Bushy Park on December 18.

Weston win on national stage WESTON hockey club won their first match in the Irish Hockey Trophy for a number of years as they prevailed on penalty strokes ahead of Fingal.

They looked like they might have missed their chance when Eoin Ryan’s pair of goals were cancelled out by Shane Dempsey with two minutes to go. But the Lucan club prevailed 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out to reach round two.

Liffey Valley Rangers are looking to add to their recent successes in cup competitions

Rangers’ double cup delight NOEL RYAN CUP

Garda1 Liffey Valley Rangers 3  JAMES HENDICOTT

LIFFEY Valley Rangers have been showing their cup pedigree this season as their twin squads made further progress in both the LSL Noel Ryan Cup and the Polikoff Cup over the weekend. The Saturday side got things underway as they saw off Garda FC away in Westmanstown in the Noel Ryan Cup on Friday night. Derek Doyle’s free-kick was the highlight in a confident 3-1 win that could easily have

been more substantial, as Garda struggled to get any sustained possession late in the game. Rangers had taken the lead through Derek Laffan, who was presented with an empty net to aim at after Vincent Sweeney did the hard work with a power ful r un and knocked the ball square, taking the goalkeeper out of contention. The goal came against the run of play, and Garda hit back almost immediately through Robbie Doyle, who slotted in to deservedly level the game up. Rangers reacted strongly, however, taking control with two quality goals

CHRISTMAS RUN Leinster stars launch Aware annual event LEINSTER stars Adam Byrne, Isa Nacewa and Peter Dooley, back row, along with Tom Daly, Dominic Ryan and Noel Reid, front row were on hand in Leinster Rugby HQ to launch the Aware Christmas Run which takes place on Saturday, December 10 in the Phoenix Park. Registration for the event is at and Aware hope to raise €60,000 to help them provide support, education and information services around depression and bipolar disorder. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

sealing the win. Sweeney ran at the Garda backline and again couldn’t be contained as he put Rangers in front before half time. Their progress was put beyond doubt when Doyle went direct from a 20-yard free-kick early in the second half to beat the wall and find the corner of the Garda net, before a rough finish to the encounter saw Rangers threaten to add to their tally and thwarted by the woodwork, and both sides struggling to keep their discipline. The result is a reversal of an encounter between the two sides just two

weeks ago which saw Garda beat Rangers in the league. Rangers, though, have won the two games in the intervening period, some frantic encounters seeing them rack up no less than 10 goals and concede another five, with both Laffan and Sweeney firing on all cylinders up front. The Sunday premier side had a harder time in the Polikoff Cup but eventually caused a notable upset as they overcame the challenge of Major League visitors Wicklow Rovers. Rovers looked in control, their dominance aided by both an early goal, and then a red

card for Rangers’ Gavin McCormack with half an hour still left on the clock. In a gritty comeback at Ballyowen Park, though, McCormack’s absence seemed to give Rangers the resolve they needed, and a David Cullen free brought them level, before Jack McDonald’s late strike saw the completion of an unlikely turnaround as Rangers ran out with a 2-1 win. Wicklow Rovers are currently challenging for the title in a tier two divisions above Rangers who will be delighted with their unlikely twin wins as the two squads continue to make waves.

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Westmanstown star honoured for top year


WESTMANSTOWN Gael’s Aaron Garrigan

was awarded the club’s minor player of the year award last weekend following his excellent performances throughout 2016. He helped St Catherine’s – an amalgamation of Westmanstown and Erin Go Bragh – reach the final of both the minor Division 5 league and the minor E championship football final. They won the league with a thrilling win over Thomas Davis.


THE club’s AGM was held on Thursday

away to Ballymun while the B football-

last. The new list of club officers are as

ers are away to Round Tower, Lusk at

follows: chairman – Ben Murphy; vice

the same time.

chairman – Aidan Glover; secretary –

Our senior hurling management will

John Kennedy; treasurer – Ronan Foley;

continue under the stewardship of Tom

PRO – Michael Bowler; registrar – Billy

Ryan for 2017; we wish his management

Egan; child protection officer – Colette

team every success for the coming sea-

Condon; assistant secretary – Darragh


Feighery; assistant treasurer – Miriam

In the camogie championship, the

Hodkinson; oifigeach Gaeilge – Shane

minor As lost to St Vincent’s 3-11 to 3-6

O’Muinichain; players representative –

while the minor Cs progressed to the

Mari Moynihan.

shield semi with a win over Naomh Bar-

Elected from the floor were Dave

On the juvenile side, the U-14Bs camo-

dom. In his inaugural address, incoming

gie were in a championship final against

chairman Ben Murphy thanked Declan

a very strong combination from Naomh

O’Leary and the outgoing executive for

Barrog and Naomh Mearnog. In the end,

their commitment over the last num-

Lucan lost out 1-5 to 0-5.

ber years and wished them well for the future.

Sars succumb to Crokes’ goal rush UNDER-21 AHC

Klimacud Crokes Lucan Sarsfields 

3-13 0-13

LUCAN Sarsfields’ Under-21 season came to a swift end at the hands of Kilmacud Crokes after they lost to the reigning champions 3-13 to 0-13 in the A hurling championship at Silver Park last weekend. Sarsfields received a bye into the quarter-finals of the championship, while Crokes reached this stage by narrowly beating St Vincent’s 2-13 to 2-12 thanks to a last gasp penalty.

The two sides were evenly matched with Crokes’ efficiency in front of goal proving vital. Both teams started the game with great intensity but it was the home side who took the lead with two early points. Sarsfields levelled the game for the first time through points from Ben Coffey and Ciaran Dowling nine minutes in. H o w e v e r, C r o k e s responded in fine fashion with three unanswered scores before a Dowling master class that saw the Dublin minor score three points of his own in the space of four minutes.

Sarsfields were then hit their first hammer blow four minutes later when goalkeeper Dan O’Neill was powerless to keep out a ferocious rising shot into the top corner of his net. Dowling and Cian Nolan hit back for the visitors but conceded another goal on the stroke of half-time to leave the score at 2-5 to 0-8 going into the break. Sarsfields were still within touching distance of their opponents at the start of the second half but they were left with a mountain to climb when Crokes had the sliotar in

the net once again just three minutes after the restart. Things looked bleak for Sarsfields but, to their credit, they kept fighting and got their rewards with points from Dowling, Paul Rigney and John Bellew to reduce the deficit to four. It would be as close as they would come to getting back in the game, however, as Crokes stepped it up further and reeled off a succession of cracking points to secure their place in the semifinals and leave Sarsfields wondering what if.

Dublin GAA have announced the camogie U-16 panel for 2017. Lucan players

On the senior football side, after a

make up seven of the 51 strong panel.

very successful three-year term the

These are Aoife Byrne, Aoife Mahon,

management led by Sean McCaffrey

Chloe O’Connor, Hannah Brady, Laura

advised the club that they would like to

Quinn, Siofra Byrne and Willow Byrne.

step down.

Lucan Sarsfields bowed out of the Under-21 championship to Kilmacud Crokes. Picture: Diarmuid O’Gallchobhair


Meskill, Kate Whyte and Michael Wis-

Senior one camogie management, led

The team successfully achieved pro-

by Liam Ryan, informed the club during a

motion to division one in 2015 and fin-

recent 2016 review, that they would not

ished the 2016 season in a strong posi-

be continuing in that role for 2017.

tion, the club respected the decision

During the four years in the position,

and is now in the process of filling the

they came close to winning a county


championship for the club and we

U-21 hurlers made the season a brief

acknowledge their passion, drive and

one with an opening championship loss

commitment over that time and we hope

to Kilmacud while the A footballers are

to see their continued involvement in the

out next weekend, December 3 at 2pm

clubs camogie section.

ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN THE lotto numbers for this week were 4,

6-7pm next week. Everyone welcome.

7, 11 and 26. There was no winner so next

It’s a great chance for the kids to learn

week, the jackpot will be €1,400.

from experienced coaches.

The draw takes place in the Palmers-

New members welcome at all ages, full

town House every Sunday night at 10pm

training will be given and check out our

and tickets cost €2.

website for training times.

Thank you to all our sellers and to all that support our lotto every week.

Well done to our minor camogie team on a great win the in shield quarter-final

Tickets available from all the usual

at the weekend; a great performance

sellers including Moriarty’s SuperValu,

from all the girls and a well deserved win.

Palmerstown House and Manor Hair Studios. Our Friday hurling and camogie skills continues on Friday and will be on from

Congrats to our senior footballers on their win over Naomh Mearnog on Sunday, tough game and a great team performance.

GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN THE club gala and awards night took

years and it was great to see the many

place last Friday night at Westmans-

former colleagues who turned out to

town Sports Centre and was greatly

support him on the night. Comhghaird-

enjoyed by the large attendance.

eas Michael.

The organising committee did a great

The full list of award winners is club

job in decorating the hall in the club

person of the year: Ciara Garrigan;

colours of blue and white and MC Matt

Special Recognition Award -Michael

Garrigan did a superb job in making sure

O’Connor; Intermediate Player of the

everything ran smoothly.

Year - Richie Lynch; Ladies Player of the

Michael O’Connor, who was one of the

Year - Tara Corrigan; Minor Player of

clubs founding members back in 1968,

the Year - Aaron Garrigan; Ladies Young

was honoured with a special recogni-

Player of the Year - Orla Kelly. Congrats

tion award for his contribution over the

to all the winners.



RAMPANT RANGERS: Liffey Valley advance in pair of cup competitions with Noel Ryan and Polikoff wins P30

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Southside gym honours star club member at Takeover 8 event P29

Five-ton O’Brien breaks record run  STEPHEN FINDLATER

FERGAL O’Brien produced one of the best performances of his snooker career as he ran up five centuries in his 6-5 win over Barry Hawkins in the second round of the UK Championship. In so doing, he became the first man to produce five tons in an 11-frame match and he was suitably delighted with his performance at York Barbican. “It’s got to be up there with the best matches I’ve ever played,” said Lucan’s 44-year-old O’Brien. “It’s just great to play the way I can against a strong opponent.”

He opened up with a 101 before Hawkins swept into a 4-2 lead. O’Brien got back into the contest with 100, 111 and 111 back-to-back and subsequently won out 113 in the decisive final frame. “It’s incredible because Barry played very well too,” O’Brien added post-match. “To be 4-2 down, I hadn’t done an awful lot wrong – maybe missed a couple of long pots. He was in first in the next two frames with 40 and 28 and missed and I managed to get centuries, there, and got into a groove.” O’Brien won the Masters back in 1999 and, more recently,

reached the Northern Ireland Open final but, asked whether he had ever played as well, he said this was one of his very best matches. “I beat [Stephen] Hendry once in Goff’s and [Ronnie] O’Sullivan in Northern Ireland but that has to be up there. As far as I know, it’s a record for an 11-frame match. “It’s years since I’ve had three centuries in a row, even in practice. Even then, he made a great long red and made 80 [to make it 5-5] but to finish off in the last frame was fantastic.” He added that it came somewhat out of nowhere.

“I was practicing very hard but probably playing too much on my own. When I got to matches, there was no great fluency. The first round here was poor and I never really got going but got the win. “This was great to beat such a good opponent and to play the way I can play. Over the years, there has been some slow grinds. In years to come, people can bang on that tape and say ‘he wasn’t too bad’.” His run in the competition came to an end on Tuesday evening in another thriller, falling 6-5 to Stephen Maguire, letting slip a 5-3 lead.

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