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

CINEMA: Ridley Scott returns with a tale of drugs, diamonds, betrayal and bloodshed P21

Football:

Lucan Sarsfields ladies claim Division 4 title Page 31

MMA:

Daly retains welterweight Ryoshin title

Workers wait for Lufthansa decision  IAN BEGLEY

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Eamon Dunphy: Ireland’s most passionate pundit on his own life and times Page 29

More than 400 jobs are at risk at Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (LTAI) as the Rathcoole based facility announced its plan “to consider closing the company.” The jet engine overhaul company said the recent decision came subject to consultation with employee representatives, and negotiations with its three trade unions (TEEU, SIPTU, UNITE) and existing employee rep-

resentatives are ongoing. Wolfgang Morig, managing director of LTAI, praised the workforce at LTAI for their contribution over the years, and expressed “regret” that the company was now at this point. Arthur Hall, acting general secretary of TEEU, condemned the announcement by Lufthansa Airmotive, saying: “It is the worst Christmas present any employer can give to 410 families.” Full Story on Page 6

What a picture! Wiktoria snaps up photographer’s award A student from Adamstown Community College, Wiktoria Stawasz, was recently awarded a Sony camera for winning the title of Harvey Norman and Dublin Gazette Newspapers Young

Photographer of the Year. Jenny Adamson of Harvey Norman presented Wiktoria with her prize. Picture: Cathy Weatherston

See Gallery on Page 10


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SOUTH Dublin County Council has proposed installing a new urban traffic control (UTC) system to better coordinate and improve traffic signal sequencing along the Outer Ring Road (now known as Grangecastle Road) between the Willsbrook and Lucan Road junctions. Cllr William Lavelle (FG), who is from the Willsbrook Road area, has welcomed the council’s proposal, saying: “As a resident of the Willsbrook Road area I am acutely aware of our local traffic congestion problems. “I have proposed a number of measures to seek to address these problems, including an upgrade of the Willsbrook Road/Outer Ring Road junction and of traffic light systems along the

The council has proposed the installation of the UTC system at this junction. Picture: Google Maps

Outer Ring Road. “An upgrade of the coordination and sequencing of traffic lights could greatly improve the free-flow and volume of traffic between exiting both Willsbrook Road and Ballyowen Road and accessing the N4 at Woodies,” he said.

Cllr Lavelle had separately been advised by council management that this project would cost about €70,000 and that it would be included in the draft 2014 budget which will be presented to councillors for approval in December. He asked if the coun-

cil had plans to upgrade the microprocessor optimised vehicle actuation (MOVA) system, which was designed for the control of traffic light signals at isolated junctions, to a SCATS system, an adaptive urban traffic management system that synchronises traffic signals to optimise traffic flow across a whole city, region or corridor. The Lucan councillor also added that he would seek an additional traffic control system for Newcastle Road. County manager Daniel McLoughlin said: “MOVA has been developed for use at signal controlled junctions with high demands and originally at isolated junctions. The council’s traffic section utilises differing variants of this software. “The one variant ‘Link MOVA’ is in use on the Grangecastle Road between Willsbrook Road and Old Lucan Road which coordinates traffic signal operation between

nearby junctions. “Where it is in use it is the most appropriate tool currently available. However, the council is also running two urban traffic control regions and the use of this software has proved to be effective in further reducing congestion. “As infrastr ucture allows, it is intended to increase the number of urban traffic control regions in the county. Among the regions under investigation are the Grangecastle Road between Willsbrook Road and Lucan Road, The Newcastle Road at Hillcrest and the N4 interchange, the Palmerston by-pass at Kennelsfort Road and The Oval and the Cookstown Way. “It is the hope to add at least two of these regions, including the Grangecastle Road, next year subject to funding,” said the county manager. Visit www.sdublincoco. ie for updates on this proposal.


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assessment: authority says 35% did not reply to review request

Winter Wonder raffle

Over 3,000 left off council housing list A TOTAL of 3,166 applicants were dropped from South Dublin County Council’s housing list, following a review of housing applications for the Department of Environments Housing Needs Assessment report. Following a request for a report on the current housing list by the council by Mayor Dermot Looney (Lab), it was revealed that on October 31, 2013 there were currently 7,279 applications for housing included on the council’s housing list compared to March 2013 when there were 10,361 applications. The difference arose as the council carried out the three-yearly housing needs assessment earlier this year and issued corre-

spondence to all those on the housing list requesting reply through completion of assessment form. About 35% of those failed to reply, resulting in around 3,600 housing applications being cancelled. To date, around 300 of these applicants have made contact and have had their applications reactivated. Clondalkin councillor Eoin O Broin (SF) is deeply concerned. He said: “The idea that 30% of those who were in need of housing last year now have their housing needs met or have moved out of the county is simply unbelievable. “I have already discovered a number of cases of people being wrongly removed from the hous-

ing list. While applicants received letters and texts from the council to notify them of the three-year review it appears that some of the council’s contact information was out of date.” A council spokesperson said: “We are accepting late applications/ information from previous applicants based on reason for not responding previously. In addition, “it is an applicant’s responsibility to advise the council of a change of address / contact details and if there [has been] any change in circumstances – this is not the housing authority’s responsibility and therefore it is incorrect to state that they were ‘wrongly removed’.”

In the pink: Brogan brothers swing by to join in the fun at new hotel GAA stars Alan and Bernard Brogan pose with sisters, fourmonth-old Saoirse and Grace Dorman, along with the Sam Maguire cup, as they joined the crowd of over 1,000 people to celebrate the opening of the new Celbridge Manor Hotel. The brothers’ father Bernard Brogan Senior is one of the hotel’s owners. The new facility has a bar and restaurant, 70 bedrooms and a combined conference and banqueting area for up to 600 guests. Picture: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

GRIFFEEN Youth Centre is holding a Winter Wonder Raffle, offering a variety of prizes to those who take part. T he prizes up for grabs include vouchers for local shops, including the grand prize of a children’s bicycle suitable for people aged 10 to 15. Tickets can be bought at Griffeen Youth Centre, with one strip costing €2 and three costing €5. Tickets are on sale until Thursday, December 5 and the draw is taking place on Friday, December 6 in the Megabites Youth Cafe within the Centre. For more information log on to the Megabites Youth Cafe’s Facebook page.


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education Initiative for Transition Year Arts and craft exhibition

EventServ wins first Gold Safety Award EVENT services company EventServ has recently won its first RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Gold Safety Award, based on the company’s safety records and culture for 2012. The Lucan and UK based company won the award in recognition of its commitment to accident prevention and its efforts in creating and monitoring a health and safety management system. Upon receiving the award from RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey and chairman Eric Wiles (pictured left and right above), Paul Heaney, safety, health, environmental and quality manager with EventServ (pictured centre), said: “This is a great achievement for EventServ to win such a highly recognised Safety Award in their first year of entering.” For the award, EventServ presented a submission that highlighted an effective safety management system that, along with training, detailed risk assessment process and sufficient supervision.

LOCAL artist Miriam Smithers Carmody and fellow artist Brid Connolly are hosting their fifth arts and crafts exhibition from November 22 to 24 at the Divine Mercy SNS. For its opening, there will be a mince pies and mulled wine reception, and it will be formally opened by Diana Bunici from RTE’s Elevate. According Miriam’s website, the application of the paint, the vivid colours, and the smell of the linseed in her work are all at play on the canvas to create the energy and movement in her colourful paintings. To see her paintings visit www.miriamsmithersartist.com.

The course aims to teach local students about water safety, wild life and river ecology

Rafting.ie course highlights safety  ian begley ibegley@gazettegroup.com

RAFTING.IE is running a river education programme with transition year students at St Joseph’s Secondary School, based on river ecology, wild life and water safety. The pilot programme is a part of a youth innovative programme, where 12 students from the school decided to research water safety awareness. Ciaran Maguire, manager of rafting.ie, got in touch with the transition

year coordinator of St Joseph’s and coordinated the project with her, hoping that it will soon expand to other secondary schools across Ireland. He said: “The students do an ecology research project questionnaire before we take them on a rafting trip down the River Liffey. During the trip we give them more questions to answer, and show them the wild life and different aspects of the river. “The students show up at our base in Mill Lane

in Palmerstown, and we begin our rafting trip just above Lucan Weir. We then head down Shackleton’s Mill, and then down Palmerstown Weir. “People generally love it - it’s a great buzz. The great thing about our rafting trips is that anybody can come out and give it a shot. I’m sure that the students at St Joseph’s secondary school will benefit greatly from our river education programme,” said Maguire. Maguire said he believes that there is very little water safety aware-

ness information for teenagers and hopes that the river education programme will save lives. “It is our hope that this pilot programme at St Joseph’s will roll our nationally. We believe it’s vital that everyone has a grasp of water safety awareness and hope that many more schools will take part in this initiative,” said Maguire. Rafting.ie run all their rafting trips on the River Liffey between Leixlip and Palmerstown. The trip starts with the high drop at Lucan, and continues under the Lucan Bridge, heading towards weir Anna, giving those who participate a spectacular view of Shackleton’s Flour Mill. The route continues under the Guinness Bridge and onto Palmerston weir, finishing back at the base at the Canoe Centre on Mill Lane. For more information, visit rafting.ie or call 01 626 4363.


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anger Keating’s ‘exclusive’ statement causes confusion

No primary care centre for Lucan  ian begley ibegley@gazettegroup.com

THE primary care centre previously “confirmed” for Lucan under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme is not included on the final list of the HSE’s special stimulus programme, and has since caused a degree of confusion and anger at the decision. The confusion primarily arose after Deputy Derek Keating (FG) issued a press statement on his website in March confirming a new multimillion euro primary care centre for Lucan had got the go-ahead. In the “exclusive”

report, he mentioned that following discussions with HSE senior management and a local consortium of health care professionals, a centre for Lucan had been approved by the HSE and contracts offered. “This public/private partnership programme to open a new primary care service in Lucan was initiated by local TD, Derek Keating, 18 months ago,” it said. “I am also happy to confirm that the Ballyowen Castle Shopping Centre is the location for this new community-based and dynamic health service. “The fact that con-

tracts have been offered will mean that the planning process should commence within two months and, if the private/public partnership is agreed, it is very possible that a primary health care centre, which is in fact a mini-hospital, could be open within 12 months,” wrote Deputy Keating in March. The 16 locations due to be delivered under the PPP model do not include Ballyowen in its finalised list, nor does it mention Ballyowen in the 11 locations that these centres are being progressed by the HSE under its own capital programme.

A representative from the HSE said: “Those sites that are not being delivered by PPP, will be delivered under the operational lease model or through a direct E xc h e q u e r- f u n d e d approach where there is GP support for the development of a primary care centre and commitment to locate when the facility develops.” Local area representative Caitriona McClean (FF) expressed dismay at the news that Lucan had been omitted from a list of new primary care units in Lucan. She said: “This omission is all the more galling for the people

Deputy Derek Keating (FG) who stated in March that a multi-million euro primary care centre would be coming to Lucan

of Lucan following Deputy Derek Keating’s announcement in March of this year that the centre would be built and open in 12 months.” “I have already been contacted by people who having heard the RTE

news have expressed their confusion and anger at the decision,” said McClean. In a response to the Gazette, Deputy Keating said the final list of primary care centres recently published were

being funded “by public finances”. He said: “The Lucan primar y care project that I initiated ... is the subject of private investment and accordingly does not feature on any such public funding projects list.”


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council: recognised for customer service

talks Unions to try to minimise losses

Council wins Over 400 on the double

SOUTH Dublin County Council recently won the Outstanding Customer Service Award at the Chambers Ireland 10th Annual Excellence in Local Government Awards for the second year in a row. On this occasion the award was given for the council’s Taking Steps to be a Literacy Friendly Authority Initiative. In accepting the award the Mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr Dermot Looney (Lab) , said: “I am delighted that this initiative has been recognised with this prestigious award. “South Dublin Coun-

ty Council is continually pushing the boundaries and identifying new ways to ensure that our services are inclusive for all our citizens. “As a teacher I am very aware of the literacy and numeracy difficulties that many experience. “These can impact on all aspects of their lives including the ease at which they access public services.” County manager Daniel McLoughlin said he wished to acknowledge all those involved in the development and implementation of the council’s literacy friendly policy.

Luthansa jobs in the balance

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More than 400 jobs are at risk at Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (LTAI) after the Rathcoole based facility announced its plan “to consider closing the company”. The jet engine overhaul company said the recent decision came

subject to consultation with employee representatives, and will begin immediate negotiations with its three trade unions (TEEU, SIPTU, UNITE) and existing employee representatives. Wo l f g a n g M o r i g , managing director of LTAI, praised the workforce for their contributions over the years, and expressed “regret” that the company was now at this point. He noted the “increased quality and efficiency of the new generations of aircraft engines, with reduced need for overhaul”. Arthur Hall, acting general secretar y of TEEU, has condemned the announcement by Lufthansa Airmotive, saying: “It is the worst Christmas present any employer can give to 410 families. “The company’s rea-

The Rathcoole Lufthansa Technik plant: management has said it is beginning a “process to consider closing the company” with the loss of 400 jobs. Picture: Sasko lazarov/Photocall ireland

son for closing is that the plant has become uncompetitive due to increased competition from China and the Far East. “The unions are to engage with the company on Monday next with a view to trying to save as many jobs as possible, but we believe this may be an insurmountable task. “We will try to negotiate the best possible redundancy deal, especially in view of the fact of the age profile of the majority of the employees. “Most of the workers in the plant are highly specialised and highly skilled

and, because of this, will find it difficult to find alternative employment. “The TEEU is calling on Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, to set up a special taskforce to try and find an alternative buyer for the plant and to assist those affected to a gateway to re-enter the labour-market workforce,” said Hall. SIPTU organiser Karl Byrne said they would discuss any measures that might be taken to save as many jobs as possible. He said: “The discussions are taking place during the statutor y 30-day consultation period between the announcement of jobs loses and when they can be implemented. Highly skilled

“The workers employed in this aircraft engine maintenance plant are highly skilled and dedicated to their work. “If the plant cannot be saved the company and the Government must adequately reward them for their service and invest in their retraining,” said Byrne. Labour’s Deputy Robert Dowds raised the possible closure of LTAI in the Dail as a matter of “urgent attention”, and

said he was deeply concerned about the threat to 400 jobs in the facility. He said: “These are jobs which the country badly needs and it would be a major blow for our community if this facility were to close down. If this facility were to close it would be a serious blow to our local economy and many more people who depend on the income from these jobs would suffer. “Several Lufthansa workers have contacted me in the past few days and they are extremely worried about what the future holds. “I have made sure that the seriousness of this situation was emphasised to the IDA and to the Government to make sure that as many of the jobs as possible are saved,” said Deputy Dowds. In an initial response to the announcement, Unite’s regional organiser Willie Quigley said that the focus of his union and the other unions at the Lufthansa Technik plant would be to explore “all possible avenues to secure the future of the plant as it currently stands, or – failing that – to secure the future of Lufthansa Technik Automative with a reduced workforce”.


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GRIFFEEN ‘It’s remarkable what has gone on here’

‘Little scholars’ win Language Label award  IAN BEGLEY

GRIFFEEN Valley Educate Together NS recently won the European Language Label award for their multilingual achievements of their junior infants class. The school submitted a video clip which showed the children immersed in a multilingual classroom, learning a wide variety of languages through the medium of Irish. The annual European Language Label award is given to projects where

participants have found creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivating students, and making the best of available resources. Tomas O’Dulaing, principal of Griffeen Valley Education Together NS, said that receiving the award was “quite a prestigious success for our little scholars”. “We won a beautiful glass trophy and a cheque just short of €1,000, which will go towards promoting multilingualism within

the school. “A lot of people tell us that it’s remarkable what has gone on here. “It’s utterly amazing and yet it confirms everything I always believed in as a teacher that children soak up different languages like sponges. “When we were doing a review of the project back in April we asked parents if they would like their children to continue to learn different languages through Irish or go back to English. “To my shock a major-

Principal of Griffeen Valley Educate Together Tomas O’Dulaing and the trophy (inset)

ity of parents went for the all-Irish option with the multilingual input. “And when it was reviewed at the end of the year everyone wanted to go along with it,” said O Dulaing. When we were doing a review of the project back in April, we said to parents would they ask their chil-

dren if they would like to continue through Irish or go back to English and all the children and parents, expect one, wanted to continue through Irish. Meanwhile, Griffeen Valley Educate Together NS held an International Food Fair, offering those who attended a feast of culinary food from

around the globe. Three of the main dishes were prepared by the local Filipino community and managed to raise €1,890, which went directly to the Philippines’ Rescue Fund. “The generous behaviour is typical of the parents and the kids around here,” said O Dulaing.

LUCAN Getting ready for winter AN open letter from Kevin O’Loughlin, chairman of Lucan Tidy Towns states: “The Tidy Towns Volunteers are still hard at work every Saturday morning. “In the past few weeks we have cleared out most of the summer bedding plants around the village. “We have replaced these with winter pansies, cyclamen and primroses. We hope they add a little brightness and colour during the darker winter days. “We ask everyone to respect our efforts and not interfere with them. “PS: We have deliberately left the flowers in the bed across from Courtney’s since they are, for the next few weeks, still looking good.”


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The Halleluia Gospel Choir contributing to the festive atmosphere

Maria Byrne and Patricia Maloney selling Christmas Lynsey and Val Reilly

cards to raise funds for Pieta House

Siobhan Miller admires the Christmas decorations on sale at The Orchard Garden

Caroline O’Callaghan and Audrey Delmar Thandeka Monds and Chantelle Dennis who greeted customers and handed them raffle tickets

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Avril Malcolm and Monica Joy sampling wine and the mince pies baked and handed

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Christmas: THE ORCHARD SLIPS INTO SEASONAL MODE

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HE Orchard Garden Centre in Celbridge recently got into festive spirit with the launch of its Christmas range with its Christmas shopping evening. Customers were treated to wine and mince pies handmade by head

chef James Lindon, and entertained by The Halleluia Gospel Choir. The evening was also held to raise vital funds for Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide.


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John Raczkiewicz, Jenny Adamson of Harvey Norman, Young Reporter of the Year Dorothy Landers with Emmeline and Daniel Landers

Managing director Michael McGovern and pictures editor Hiromi Mooney of Dublin Gazette Newspapers with Young Reporter of the Year Dorothy Landers, Young Photographer of the Year Wiktoria Stawasz, Dublin Gazette Newspapers editor Mimi Murray and Jenny Adamson of Harvey Norman. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

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OROTHY Landers and Wiktoria Stawasz were named Young Reporter and Young Photographer of the Year recently by Harvey Norman and Dublin Gazette Newspapers. Dorothy, from Malahide Community School, was awarded an HP laptop, and

Wiktoria, from Adamstown Community College, received a Sony camera. Both budding journalists can now continue to practise and hone their respective skills. Both winners were commended for the high standard of work they submitted for the competition.

Jenny Adamson of Harvey Norman with Young Photographer of the Year Wiktoria Stawasz and Karina Stawasz


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Julie Ann Walsh, nutritionist for Wholefoods, says there are various health foods and supplements available on the market to combat winter stresses

SAD, cold and blue: shorter days, longer nights can lead to depression

Put the pzazz back into winter with a good diet

With the arrival of dark evenings and all they bring with them, it comes as no surprise to learn that having the winter blues is not an uncommon complaint. In fact, the fourth season inevitably brings the risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for a lot of people, which is also known as winter or seasonal depression. According to nutritionist for Wholefoods, Ireland’s largest supplier of health food, Julie Ann Walsh, some people do not even realise that they are experienc-

ing the seasonal disorder. “People who experience the condition often show signs of classic depression including insomnia, anxiety, irritability, decreased appetite, weight loss and social withdrawal,” she said. People with depression have been noted to have low levels of vitamin D, she added, high doses of which have been investigated as part of the treatment of SAD. “Winter brings with it a new season of college modules, exams and all the pres-

sures that go along with projects and deadlines. For those of us in the nine to five world, winter also brings with it cold days, dark mornings and evenings, and the stresses of getting around in deteriorating weather. “The change of moving from the joys of the summer to the clouds of winter can also take its toll on our bodies so we need to give them a helping hand to adapt,” she added. With experience in health foods and supplements, Julie Ann suggests taking

an adaptogenic herb, which is a herb that can help the body adapt to stresses of various kinds, including heat, cold, exertion, trauma, sleep deprivation, toxic exposure, radiation, infection or psychological stress. Julie Ann says there are various health foods and supplements available on the market, making it easier for people to reach their daily itamin D requirements, and combat winter stresses. For more recommendations, visit www.wholefoods.ie.

The success of the Great Irish Bake Off has left us hungry for more so a second series has been announced and producers are now looking for amateur bakers to apply. Applications for the second series are now open and will close on Friday, January 17. TV3 is working on the next series just weeks after announcing the winner of the first series. Presented by former Big Brother star and TV presenter Anna Nolan, the Great Irish Bake Off is the ultimate baking battle where passionate amateur bakers compete to be crowned Ireland’s Best Amateur Baker. The second series of the mouth-watering baking contest will again be judged by renowned cookery writer and forager Biddy White Lennon and award-winning executive pastry chef from The Merrion Hotel Paul Kelly. For your chance to enter TV3’s The Great Irish Bake Off Series Two, log onto www. tv3.ie/bakeoff and click the “apply now” button.


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Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Amanda Brunker presenting a cheque for €25,000 to her chosen charity, St Michael’s House. Accepting the cheque is chief executive Patricia Doherty (centre). Picture: Johnny Bambury

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Amanda brings joy to St Michael’s residents Celebrity Apprentice runner up Amanda Brunker took time out of her busy schedule to present a cheque of €25,000 to St Michael’s House in Ballymun. St Michael’s House was her chosen charity for the money she received during her time on the TV3 show. She won €5,000 from Carling Molson/Coors in Episode Two, €5,000 from Clearbraces.ie in Episode Five and €10,000 from Caroline Downey Desmond across both these episodes. A further €5,000 was received dur-

ing the final from Donedeal.ie. The author and TV personality received a joyous welcome from service users at St Michael’s House. Amanda’s step-sister, Deirdre, who is a resident of St Michael’s House, her mother Betty and step-father Hugh were all present for the occasion. Up to €10,000 will help to refurbish the Shanowen Unit, while the rest goes to buying an eight-seater bus that will be used between the Omni Employment Cen-

tre and Santry Hall.

New mum pippa masters web New mum Pippa O’Connor is swapping her model heels for a dab at webmastering with a website dedicated to – well her. The blonde bombshell launched pippa. ie last week with a little help from her socialite friends. The website has galleries with pictures of Pippa doing very modelly things, a health and beauty section, where she talks about her own

health fads and beauty regimes and also a mum’s life section where she shares snaps of her adorable son, Ollie, and reveals how she is managing to juggle being a mum and model. It seems she gets asked a lot of questions about what she wears, how she does her make-up and where she likes to hang out, so what better way to answer all those than with her website, www. pippa.ie?

have you seen Officer Crabtree? Numerous sightings of the bumbling policeman from the 1980s TV series ’Allo ’Allo! have been made in various locations around Lucan recently. TV addicts claimed that Officer Crabtree has been brandishing his truncheon and greeting locals with “Good moaning” for weeks now. A two-week investigation by the Gazette has concluded that the hirsute homme is in fact not Officer Crabtree, but actually Cllr William Lavelle (FG) taking part in Movember. The investigation has revealed that Lavelle did not intend to impersonate the fictional franglais, but simply took it upon himself to grow a moustache for the month of November in aid of men’s health – a likely story! Eve n t h o u g h t h e Gazette provided solid evidence of the moust a c h e d c h a r a c t e r ’s true identity, there are still many people who believe otherwise. See for yourself! Continued on Page 14


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Ex X-factor McCabe gets season started Continued from Page 12

Ben Arigho helped launch Betty Crocker’s Bake Like Nobody’s Judging campaign. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

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It’s official, the Christmas season has begun as iconic Grafton Street switches on its festive lights with a little help from an X-Factor reject. In previous years the ceremony has had big names such as singing sensation Michael Buble and Downton Abbey actor Alley Leech but this year celebs must have been busy as they had X-Factor contestant Melanie McCabe as the guest of honour. Joining her on the night were members

of Dublin’s All-Ireland champions, and singing for the crowds was the Hallelujah gospel choir with its festive numbers to get everyone in the mood. The stylish street is now in full Christmas shopping mode and the festive lights are helping to remove any Scroogelike feelings, replacing them with warmer-just -keep-on-shopping emotions. Across the Liffey, the northside’s most famous shopping street, Henry Street, is yet to light up, and is scheduled to be lit up on November 24.

get baking with with betty crocker There’s no denying it, the festive season is definitely on its way and we’re all anticipating the numerous feasts, Christmas dinners and party drinks that come hand in hand with it. But while we’ve already come to terms with the fact that piling on the pounds is part and parcel of Christmastime, Betty Crocker has launched a new campaign to make us even fatter. After being inspired by the Great Irish Bake Off,

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Betty Crocker is encouraging the people of Dublin to Bake Like There’s Nobody Judging! So while we can’t all claim to be master bakers, and have limited time to spend in the kitchen, the cake product company has a simple, time-saving way of producing tasty treats. Just adding a few eggs, oil and water can result in an envious work of cake art. Betty Crocker products are available in the baking aisle of all good retailers. See www.bettycrocker.ie for more information.

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Thirty years’ thriving at the cutting edge Declan Cosgrave grew up on a farm in Churchtown, Dublin. He was number four in a family of 12 children. The family had a dairy business and from the age of seven he was up early in the mornings working with his father. These were the days where milk was delivered by horse and cart. By the age of 10 he was working with

his uncle Patrick in Cosgrave Butchers Windy Arbour. At 18 he was managing a butcher shop and by 23 had his own retail butchers. This has now grown to three shops - Omni Park Centre Santry, Ashleaf Centre Crumlin and the latest addition, Cosgraves - the butcher shop Ballybrack Centre, with 30 staff in total.

How long have you been in business?

To grow the “Cosgrave - the butcher shop” brand and to maintain standards.

What makes your business successful?

A combination of things - a quality product, skilled staff, modern premises, keeping up-to-date with the latest food trends and most importantly - providing value and listening to our customers. What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

What is your favorite thing about doing business in your local area?

Getting compliments from my customers. I get great satisfaction and pride knowing we are providing quality.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

I asked the late PV Doyle that same question many years ago - his response was: Every day is a good day for business. I have never forgotten that.

We offer a high-end product consistent quality backed by well educated staff. We have simplified home cooking by providing oven ready products - all prepared fresh daily in each of our premises.

What living person do you most admire?

How has the recession affected your business?

What is your favourite Dublin restaurant?

The average spend is lower - we find the customer is more price and value conscious. By listening to what they want we are now busier turning a negative into a positive.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

I would abolish upward only rent reviews immediately. Also - rates should be a percentage of turnover.

What is your ambition for the business?

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Declan Cosgrave, owner

I am 30 years in business, though Cosgrave Butchers go back to the early 1900s.

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My mother, Doreen, getting younger by the year.

Howard’s Way Churchtown, great food, great service.

Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

Neven Maguire - always in great form. Harry Crosbie - a man of vision. Elon Musk - entrepreneur, inventor and business magnate, need I say more?

What is your most treasured possession?

My 1932 Ford Model B delivery van.

Airtricity, Ireland’s second largest energy provider, has teamed up with forecourt retailer Applegreen to launch a limited time offer that gives Airtricity customers an exclusive opportunity to use their Applegreen Rewards points to get money off their Airtricity bills. Customers can accumulate points by using theirApplegreen Rewards card with each purchase they make at any participating Applegreen Rewards location when buying either fuel or instore products. Customers will get one Applegreen Reward point for every litre of fuel bought or four points for every €1 in store. They can then go online to redeem their points against their Airtricity bill. For a limited time only, 1,000 Applegreen Rewards points will give customers €10 off their next Airtricity bill. Welcoming the new partnership, Airtricity head of marketing Annabel Tonge said: “At Airtricity, we’re always looking for creative ways to do more for our customers. Our ‘Bill Saver’ promotion with Applegreen Rewards aims to make living more affordable for our customers as they will be able to convert their Applegreen points into money off their Airtricity bill. “As innovative companies, Airtricity and Applegreen have both encouraged new thinking in their industries to give their customers better value and experiences. The launch of this partnership is another exciting opportunity for both brands and we look forward to working with Applegreen.”


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christmas favourite: Nutcracker promises lots of seasonal magic

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Cracker of a treat from Ballet Ireland  laura webb

Christmas is just around the corner, and what would this season be without a production of one of ballet’s best known shows – The Nutcracker. Ballet Ireland is bringing some sparkle to the stage with the return of this hugely popular production. Since it was first performed in 1892, The Nutcracker has delighted audiences with its tale of a magical family Christmas, complete with duelling mice and the Sugar Plum Fairy. This production will be performed by 16 top Irish and international dancers from as far afield as Japan and Australia. Speaking to The Gazette, director of Ballet Ireland Anne Maher said the company is excited

to be back in the Gaiety Theatre and to revisit the show with some added magic. “To add to the magic we have the RTE Concert Orchestra. This is the first time the orchestra has played for an Irish ballet company, which is great. This is the one thing that can dramatically alter a performance so quickly, by adding an orchestra to the equation. “This show is such an audience favourite this time of year,” she said. Asked about the choreography of the show she said each production had its own twist but it’s always kept close to the original. “The Nutcracker was something that was choreographed over 100 years ago and each company has, essentially, their own take on it while maintaining a lot of what would be perceived as

being the original or close to the original. Everyone has their own twist and take on it and this is ours. “The audience can expect absolute sparkling magic. It is a fantastic production of the story of Clara going to sleep under the Christmas tree with her gift of a Nutcracker doll and the magic of waking up to find herself in the middle of a battle scene with the rats, King Rat and the mice. “If you want to be scared by rats on stage, these are the rats – they are enormous and with every production when the rat first comes on stage you can hear the entire audience gasp – it’s wonderful. Then it’s on to the Kingdom of the Sweets. “The show is just a special treat for this time of year,” she added.

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The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Bobby who is a one-year-old male Collie cross. Bobby was born here at Dogs Trust and went to a home but the family brought him back seven months later after they couldn’t look after him any more. Bobby is very confused about why he is back at the centre and is struggling to settle into kennel life. He would love a family who could commit to helping him adjust to life in a home again. He is such a young dog, we would love to see him get the chance to bloom! If you think you can offer bobby a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. Ballet Ireland is bringing The Nutcracker to Dublin just in time for Christmas

Following its initial run at the Gaiety Theatre on November 21 and 23 – where Tchaikovsky’s famous score will be performed live by the RTE Concert Orchestra con-

ducted by David Brophy – the production will travel to Castlebar’s Royal Theatre on December 10 and The Helix Dublin on December 21 Ballet Ireland was

founded in 1998, and has been funded by The Arts Council of Ireland since 1999. For further information about Ballet Ireland see: www.balletireland.ie.


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Bop while you shop at Blanchardstown Centre with music from Artist & DJ Mo Kelly from 7pm - 10pm

Night of Dazzling at Blanchardstown Centre

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Prepare to be dazzled by the array of discounts Blanchardstown Centre is going to offer its customers this month. Eyes will sparkle with news that the popular shopping, leisure and food centre is hosting a Dazzling Discount Night on November 28 from 7pm until 10pm. Shoppers are being invited to B l a n chardstown centre for what its organ-

isers are describing as ing hours until 10pm,” Starkids with live updates The Shopping Event of she said. of discounts and special the Year! Special guest Sean offers throughout the Speaking to Gazette Munsanje will be on night. There will be disStyle this week, marketcounts of up to 20% from ing executive for Blansome of your favourite chardstown Centre stores throughout Ciara Daly said: the centre and “Our Dazzling in the retail Spin the wheel with Nando’s Discount Night parks. in the Blue Mall for will bring fun, S o m e your chance towin some tasty treats festivities, great of the parcompetitions ticipating PLUS the first 50 shoppers to buy a and most imporstores offerBlanchardstown Centre gift tantly Dazzling ing discounts card will receive a luxurious Discoun ts from and special goodie bag. some of your favouroffers on the night ite stores here at Blaninclude: BT2, A¦Wear, chardstown Centre. M&S, Debenhams, HarFestivities will kick off hand to guide shop- vey Norman, French at 6.30pm with live music pers through everything C o n n e c t i o n , H & M , and entertainment on that’s happening on the Warehouse, Mexx, Best level 2 and at night including a special Menswear, Vero Moda, 7pm sharp, the appearance from Ire- Dorothy Perkins, Penshopping bell land’s most in demand neys, 53 Degrees North, will ring and celebrity, Bressie. He will Waltons and MANY d i s c o u n t s be on hand for the annu- MORE! and special al lighting of the Giving (Terms and conditions offers will Tree Appeal in aid of St apply, so see in store for begin. We Vincent de Paul. further details) have even Between 7pm and With Christmas just extended 10pm shoppers will be around the corner, this our open- able to bop while they discount event couldn’t shop with music from come at a better time for Special guest Corus Choir, Mo Kelly, shoppers who will be out Sean Munsanje Manilla Strings and in force getting gifts for

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Discounts everyone in the family. Now you can get all your Christmas presents for great value. “This event is all about giving our customers the chance to avail of great value discounts from our wide variety of retailers in advance of the festive season – it’s really a chance not to be missed,” said Joe Gavin, General Manager, Blanchardstown Centre. The success of previous events in Blanchardstown Centre means that this Dazzling evening is bound to be just as big and as bold as the others, but what’s even better about this one is that the word “discount” has been included, meaning you could save a lot. So save the date for this notto-be-missed night. For more information on Blanchardstown Centre, check out their brand new website www.blanchardstowncentre.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @blanchcentre for daily updates.

Bressie will be on hand for the annual lighting of the Giving Tree Appeal in aid of St Vincent de Paul from 6.30pm

There will be Great offers in the Centre and Retail Parks…

BT2, A|Wear M&S Debenhams French Connection H&M Warehouse Mexx Best Menswear Vero Moda Dorothy Perkins Penneys 53 Degrees North Waltons Oasis

Diesel Pamela Scott Burton Wallis Aldo Ecco Clarks Inglot The Perfume Shop Peter Mark Boots McCabes Pharmacy Mairead O’Leary Specsavers Life Style Sports

McGuirk’s Golf Champion Sports CompuB Harry Corry Camera Centre Inspiring Ideas Golden Discs Eason Tierney’s Fields H. Samuel Ernest Jones Berkoff Pandora Swarovski

Tower Jewellers Build a Bear Mothercare Pumpkin Patch Santa’s Grotto Mama’s & Papas Claire’s Accessories Name It Butlers Chocolate Captain Americas Gleeson’s Butchers Mannings Bakery McDonalds Thorntons Wagamama AND MANY MORE!

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films of the week: don jon; the counsellor

A look into false expectations of women… and men Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on the role of Don Jon. Pictures: ©2013 Relativity Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes on the topic of sexaddiction as writer, director and lead actor in Don Jon – a film that ekes out a unique space in the pantheon of recent addiction films, settling somewhere between the significantly darker Shame(2011) and the much lighter Thanks for Sharing(2012). As the eponymous character, Gordon-Levitt plays a hypersexual Jersey Shorian who objectifies women, and earns his nickname by consistently being able to pull whatever woman he wants. Despite this, he is addicted to porn. Which he uses incessantly. Jon’s preference for the aforementioned and his battle to understand and overcome this preference forms the thematic foundation for a film that sets out to explore the clash between expectation and reality. Don Jon is a film that matures along with its characters on screen and makes a great transition from comedy to drama. It is certainly in drama where Gordon-Levitt shines as a writer, as the more dramatic second half of the film brings a depth of story that is noticeably lacking in the opening. He is also very comfortable and confident in the director’s chair. There are consistent clever plays with the central topic of addic-

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tion dotted through the structure of the film, we follow Jon on a well-worn path of locations - from the gym, to the car, to the family table, to the club, to the bedroom, to the computer, to the church – that implicitly portray the habitual patterns the character is locked into. It’s around the family table that we get a glimpse into the root of Jon’s habits, and further explore the theme of reality and expectation through his father who is more interested in the football game than his family, his mother who is obsessed with Jon meeting “the one”,

and his sister who spends most of the film texting. While it is slow and somewhat cumbersome to start, the film picks up pace through the introduction of Barbara (Scarlett Johansson), who attempts to rein in the libidinous Jon and force him to stop watching porn. And again the story deepens through the introduction of Esther (Julianne Moore), who challenges Jon to confront his behaviour and the philosophy behind it. Both Johansson and Moore are brilliant in their respective roles – they also showcase Gordon-Levitt’s skill at writing conflicted female characters. Their introduction to the story drives Jon’s journey to understand himself and his desires at a deeper level, and Gor-

Don Jon and Barbara (Scarlett Johansson)

don-Levitt’s performance as an actor stays strong throughout, convincingly portraying Jon as a likeable character battling with unlikeable traits. Don Jon certainly won’t appeal to everyone. While it has the trappings of a good comedydrama, its subject matter is confronted graphically and head on (think 120 Days of Sodom, rather than 500 Days of Summer) and undoubtedly that will be off-putting for some. But for those who persevere, it is a rich film that offers a sometimes clunky and heavy-handed, but ultimately warm-hearted, commentary on the false expectations that men can have about women and, likewise, the false expectations that women can have about men. Verdict - 7/10


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Characters in search of a story  dave phillips

Drug s , d i a m o n d s , betrayal, and bloodshed go hand in hand in Ridley Scott’s latest film. The Counsellor is a gritty crime thriller with an allstar cast that is based on an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. In recent years McCarthy’s novels have made stellar transitions to screen (The Road, No Country for Old Men), and The Counsellor continues to explore an area prominent in his novels: the border between extremes. Taking place between Juarez, Mexico and Texas, USA, the lines between wealth and pov-

erty, crime and law, and need and greed are much more porous than the border that separates the locations. The disparate worlds are quickly established in the opening scenes of the film – an affluent American lawyer (Michael Fassbender) and his fiancee Laura (Penelope Cruz) between the cool white sheets of their bed. A stash of cocaine being loaded into a filthy sewerage truck somewhere in Mexico. A colourful drug baron, Reiner (Javier Bardem) and his bejewelled girlfriend Malkina (Cameron Diaz) sipping cold drinks in the hot desert as they watch their pet chee-

tahs hunt jack rabbits. The border between the lawful and criminal worlds disappears when Fassbender’s character (only referred to as “counsellor” throughout) decides to become involved in drug running with Reiner and Malkina, through a business associate Westray (Brad Pitt). But as some unexpected incidents lead the plan out of control, Fassbender’s character comes to the terrible realisation that all that glitters is not gold. And unfortunately, that terrible realisation quickly becomes clear to audience members also. Despite having what

seems to be an interesting set-up by McCarthy, with good performances by great actors in stunning locations and with an incredible director, the film never manages to take off. Throughout the close to two hours’ running time, The Counsellor asks us to consider some weighty questions – is there a limit to greed? Is choice an illusion? McCarthy has created a story that is rich in grand themes and ideas, but ultimately is unable to express them because the audience is only given the superficial layers of his cast of characters. There are some good moments in the film, the

Brad Pitt as Westray and Michael Fassbender as an affluent American lawyer

dialogue is intelligent and philosophical. Javier Bardem plays a wonderfully lavish Miami Vice style drug baron, and the open shots of the desert, the dark clubs, the fast cars, and the occasional decapitations that make up the film weave togeth-

er to create a convincing world. But ultimately it falls on deaf ears because the audience doesn’t have an engaging story to guide them through it. Whether it is because the novel is a more natural form for McCarthy (whose previous on-

screen successes were adapted from the novel by established screenwriters), or because he was purposefully setting out to attempt to subvert character and story structure is irrelevant to the end result – which is a sequence of events that is almost impossible to connect to or be interested in, because the characters lack any compelling motivation for their actions. The Counsellor will undoubtedly go on to become the foundation stone around which screenwriting and storytelling workshops are built for generations to come. Verdict - 4/10


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OUT&ABOUT theatre Delving into the Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne

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It is 20 years since Liam Lawton began composing and performing. Since then he has found a niche with his own brand of sacred and inspirational music, which has become repertoire for choirs and individuals throughout the world. Catch Liam on November 28. Tickets cost €20.

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It is November 1961 in a suburb of west London, Ruislip. The Jackson family – Barbara, Bob and teenage daughter Julie – are a middle class family, living in modest semi-dland. Following an uninvited phonecall from the police, a mysterious visit and an unusual request, the stage is set for a tense tale of Cold War intrigue and divided loyalty. By Hugh Whitemore, the play runs from November 26 to 30; tickets priced €15/€12.

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ALMA is marrying her older sister Rita’s ex-fiance. With tensions high as it is, Alma has one more secret, but with “not a pot to piss in, literally” it could be her ticket to a better way of life, leaving her only sister and last remaining family behind. This show, written by Derek Masterson, runs from November 25 to 30. Admission: €12 & €10 concession, €10 for groups.

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Although it has been 14 years since Gay Byrne retired as host of The Late Late Show – the longest chat show in the world, he has never really gone away and has maintained a strong presence in Irish public life. During the intervening years, Gaybo, since he left broadcasting, has continued to resurface in one incarnation or another – from chairperson of the National Road Safety Authority to hosting exclusive television interviews with Ireland’s most famous citizens. Love him or loathe him, one thing is indubitably true: he’s a consummate pro. Gay Byrne’s new book, The Meaning of Life, is the literary equivalent of

the popular RTE TV series which has seen him speak to guests such as Bob Geldof, Noel Gallagher, Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan about their spiritual beliefs and philosophies of life. The book is written in the relaxed, retired style so identifiable with Byrne since he gave up the heavy responsibility of The Late Late Show in 1999. His writing is solid and when interviewing he is thorough and leaves no stone unturned. The Meaning of Life is one of those glorious editions you can dip in and out of at your own sweet leisure. At first the reader will be drawn to those interviews he has most interest in but soon you’ll find yourself checking out the views of other famous people a bit fur-

ther removed from the beaten track. Some of my favourite interviews in the book feature celebrities I would not normally have been drawn to and may have even written off as insubstantial. Colin Farrell was perhaps the most surprising and warranted Gaybo’s introductory description as being very bright, lucid, thoughtful and totally honest about himself. Farrell’s form of spiritual quest involves personal soul searching and on his path to enlightenment he has had to slay many a demon, both real and imaginary. He explained to Gay Byrne that his addictions came about as a result of a sort of self-sabotage because he did not want fame to change him as a person.

Gay Byrne who interviews prominent citizens about the meaning of life and leaves no stone unturned

This had the opposite effect and he ended up becoming the sum total of his vices. In the end, he had to surrender to his powerlessness before he could start to grope his way back to finding out who he really was. Brendan O’Carroll was another pleasant surprise. He is naturally witty but is also pensive and serious about the meaning of life. He told Gay that the

best gift his mother gave him was her own death. It was only after she died that he began to fail at things because she wasn’t there to stop his fall. This, he said, was invaluable as it is only through failure that people develop. There are over 20 interviews in the book and I enjoyed most of them enormously – though some, like Bono, did not fail to disappoint. However, Byrne him-

self surprised me most of all and has a real knack in his introductions of setting up a frank confidentiality with the reader. Nowhere in the book is there any sign of that erstwhile propensity to judge or patronise his interviewees. The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne is available at all good bookstores for €22.99 and is published by Gill and Macmillan.


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FOOD&DRINK CHAPTER ONE: MICHELIN STAR CHEF ROSS LEWIS CREATES A COOKBOOK OF HIS FAVOURITE DISHES

Recipes for success

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MICHELIN Star chef and Chapter One owner Ross Lewis has just brought out a cookbook of his favourite recipes and signature dishes. Chapter One: A Story of Irish Food was written by Lewis and showcases the meals prepared every day at Chapter One – a restaurant which has become a haunt for celebrities and artists since it opened in 1992. One of the restaurant’s regular patrons, Senator David Norris, launched the book in the fittingly elegant surroundings of the Hugh Lane Gallery recently. Lewis spoke to The Gazette about the launch, the book and the evolution of Irish cooking. “The book was launched by David Norris who is a north inner city national treasure. We felt extremely privileged that he insisted on doing the launch despite his recent medical issues. The launch was done in the Hugh Lane here beside us on Parnell Square. We’re sandwiched between the gallery, the Gate and the Rotunda so it’s an area where you can go to the theatre, see some art or have a baby. It’s all very creative.” The cookbook is based on Chapter One’s cuisine and Lewis’s food philosophy, so the celebrated chef was keen to get all of the elements right. He told The Gazette it was no mean feat to achieve this as the book had a lot to live up to. “Though it’s a practical cookbook, we also had to achieve a very high stand-

ard in terms of design. It had to match the restaurant and display the soul of what we do. It was an awful lot of work, as I was involved in every element of the book’s production. We went on quite a journey with Gill and Macmillan over the course of a year. The result has been worth it. It contains all of my own recipes and also appeals to the aspirational chef too.” Contained in the glamourous, sleek pages of the cookbook are recipes including some of those Lewis used for Queen Elizabeth II’s banquet during her visit to Dublin in 2011. “There’s a recipe in there which was part of the banquet which is a main of Slaney Valley beef, fried cabbage, ox tongue and cheek and pickled garlic leaf. The banquet was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. We had to deliver four courses in an hour and 10 minutes and though nothing went wrong, there was always the possibility that the unknown could happen.” Ross sees the era of the celebrity chef continuing for a while yet. “In the old days becoming a chef was as Marco Pierre White described; career-wise, the last rung on the ladder next to the French Foreign Legion. Nowadays chefs are like rock stars and here at Chapter One we have kids from Trinity College coming in to get some experience before they travel to work all over the world. It has brought a different breed of chef into the business.” During his 21 years as

a Dublin chef, Lewis has noticed an improvement in Irish cooking and predicts this will strengthen over the next decade. “There is more variety in Irish cooking and Irish chefs are growing in confidence. “People have moved from the pub to the restaurant; as a nation we have changed and are also travelling more. Our produce is first rate and will come into its own in the next 10 years. I am very confident it will have its day in the sun soon. “Only a few years ago you couldn’t even get pudding in Clonakilty, imagine going to Parma and not being able to get Parma ham. I’ve

noticed a great change in Irish cuisine – especially over the last three to four years and foreign visitors have told me they are now pleasantly surprised by Irish cooking.” Chapter One: The Story of Irish Food by Ross Lewis is published by Gill and Macmillan and available at all leading bookstores for €31.99.

Michelin Star chef and Chapter One owner Ross Lewis. Picture: Barry McCall

There is more variety in Irish cooking and Irish chefs are growing in confidence. People have moved from the pub to the restaurant; as a nation we have changed and are also travelling more.


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&ABOUT OUT fast TRAVEL Lads, it’s time to be charitable in the snow To mark the annual celebration of Movember, Highlife Ski and Snowboard has designed an exclusive package for the ultimate lads’ holiday in the snow – so while you enjoy an unforgettable break, you’re also doing your bit for charity. Gather the guys and hit the alpine slopes by day, then return to Chalet Lolana in the French resort of Morzine, Highlife’s dedicated Man Pad with lots of Movember-themed extras. You’ll have a pubsize pool table in the chalet, enjoy a special steak and chips night served by your own chalet chef and learn how to create a “shaken, not stirred” cocktail in a martini master class. Highlife’s Man Pad package is available for booking exclusively during the month of November to stay there on a seven-night basis between January 12 and March 15, 2014 with €50 from every package donated to the Movember cause. Starting from €910 per adult, check out www.highlife.ie or contact (01) 6771100.

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city break: belfast is filled to the brim with fun things to see and do

The city of great eats and some great treats  natalie burke

Tourists descend on Belfast on a regular basis, with the city’s diary always filled to the brim with excuses for a visit. With endless things to do and its streets a shoppers’ dream, it’s no surprise that Belfast was named one of the top destinations to visit in the world by National Geographic last year. After a recent visit however, I’ve discovered two more reasons to take a trip up North. The city’s bustling streets offer a different kind of charm when there’s a celebration in town, but its restaurants are a highlight of any visit. This means you can happily eat and drink your way through the city, no matter what the reason for your visit. With a few of the city’s locations on my to-do list, it made sense to leave the car at home, opting instead to watch the world pass on the twoand-a-half hour journey from Dublin by train. There’s always something on in Belfast, and since my most recent trip conveniently coincided

with both Belfast Restaurant Week and Belfast Fashion Week, I made my first stop at popular eatery James Street South. There, I found myself making my own lunch. James Street South is one of the trendiest spots to hit for dinner. That’s saying a lot in a city where the foodie scene is prevalent. James Street South is a restaurant and cookery school which serves local produce cooked with a French flair and it was there, in the cookery school, where I had a taste of this year’s Restaurant Week. The Lunch Club was a lesson in cooking Moules Mariniere and Chocolate Mousse with berry fruits. It was an interesting – and educational – way to spend a lunch hour, which turned out to be a bit of a laugh too. Our chef and teacher Brian Donnelly didn’t seem too daunted about the fact that he was confronted by five women. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that only two of them had any experience in a kitchen. But while the lesson was a learning experi-

ence for even my more experienced accomplice, it wasn’t too difficult for me, the novice, to grasp either. It goes without saying that eating it afterwards was just as enjoyable. Afterwards, it was a quick stroll down Lisburn Road, a street with plenty of boutiques, independent shops and cafes, before checking into Malone Lodge Hotel, our lodgings for the night. This four-star hotel lies just minutes from the Botanic Gardens and a five-minute taxi ride from the city’s main shopping area. The chic Victorian townhouse hotel boasts a newly designed interior having reopened after renovations recently. There was just enough time for a shower and a quick freshen up before we indulged our appetites further with dinner at Deane & Decano. It’s the latest addition to the Deanes Restaurant

The four-star Malone Lodge Hotel boasts a newly designed interior

James Street South is a restaurant and cookery school

Portfolio and it was just my kind of place: smart, sophisticated and buzzing with conversation, ideal for the stylish night out ahead. The menu had an Italian flavour and its chicken liver pate crostini was my choice of starter. Deciding to go with one of the evening specials, I chose the steak and truffle fries while my friend opted for the Arrabiata

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pasta. The food was great and it was easy to lose track of time in the cosy cafe-bar atmosphere. So much so, that we were almost running late for a highlight of our trip – the Highstreet Heaven fashion show. The show was at the Ulster Museum, an iconic building in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens and it was to be the second night of the fashion week

heading up north: belfast  For further information on things to see and do in Belfast and Northern

Ireland go to www.discovernorthernireland.com or callsave 1850 230 230. See www.malonelodgehotelbelfast.com and www.jamesstreetsouth. co.uk

celebrations. Belfast fashion extravaganza, High Street Heaven week, is in its 16th season and celebrates its 10th anniversary next year, promoting local designers as well as international labels. The Friday night showcased high street stores such as Oasis, Debenhams, Miss Selfridge, GAP, M&S, New Look and Heatons, to name just a few. With a glass of West Coast Cooler in hand – the event sponsors – it was easy to sit back, relax and watch a very trendy city come to life on the catwalk.


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New Lexus RCs

THE last time Lexus introduced the public to a coupe, was the SC430, a car of stunning beauty that ceased production in 2010. The latest incarnations of the model have been revealed, as the all-new RC 350 and RC 300h were launched at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. At 11.45pm GMT, Lexus fans were able to enjoy a live webcast streaming of the event at www.lexus-int.com. Two RC models were displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show, the RC 350 with 3.5L V6 engine, and the RC 300h hybrid with 2.5L engine.

The Grand Tourneo Connect offers an exceptionally spacious drive combined with economical performance

MOTORS: FORD’S LATEST FIVE- AND SEVEN-SEAT PEOPLE CARRIERS

Connect with space and performance THOSE in need of some serious space in their vehicles will be happy to hear that Ford’s spacious new five-seat Tourneo Connect and seven-seat Grand Tourneo Connect people movers are now available to order in Ford car showrooms. T h e t wo To u r n e o Connect models provide smart, stylish and affordable people movers for families and users with active lifestyles, offering best-in-class flexibility from versatile seating, stowage and dual sliding side doors; outstanding fuel economy from highly efficient powertrains; and class-unique technologies including Active City Stop and Ford SYNC. The Grand Tourneo

Connect offers f lexible seating for seven in three rows, with the third row sliding fore/ aft to allow customers the choice of extra leg room or more space for belongings. The car has 2,620 litres of luggage space with the two rear seat rows folded down, and the third-row seats incorporate an integral floor cover which can be expanded to provide a continuous flat load platform for the rear compartment.

Making further use of their now famous EcoBoost engine range, the full powertrain line-up includes the 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost petrol engine (129g/km) (fiveseat Tourneo Connect only), 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel with a choice of 75, 95 and 115 PS versions (130g/km), and the 150 PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (184g/km) with sixspeed automatic transmission. Series

In Ireland, the model will be available in both the Tourneo Connect (five-seat) and Grand Tourneo Connect (5/7 seat) versions. The vehicle will be available in three series: Style, Zetec and Titanium with prices

starting from €23,900. The premium Titanium model offers dual-zone climate control, panoramic roof and integrated roof rails as standard features. Comfort

For comfort and driving dynamics, the new vehicles incorporate a unique torsion beam rear suspension system, replacing the leaf-spring design on the outgoing model. The chassis also features the latest electric power-assisted steering technology which helps to deliver agile and responsive handling while also reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to a traditional hydraulic system.

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FastSport Coaching workshop at NDSL academy:

Karl Sullivan was one of the members of the Irish soccer team who took part in the Homeless World Cup in Poland earlier this year

sporting chance: rte documentary tells stories of adversity and triumph

Recovery and redemption through sport for Dubliners Members of the Irish homeless world cup soccer team, Karl Sullivan from Clondalkin and Derek Martin from Ballymun, are among the sportspeople who were profiled in this week’s RTE Two documentary, The Underdogs. The programme documents the experiences of three sporting groups who have challenged adversity to change their lives. The teams featured were members of the Irish wheelchair rugby team who hosted the Euro qualifiers in Ireland for the very first time this year, the Dublin Devils, the team who this

year hosted the the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transsexual European Soccer Championships in Dublin, and the Irish homeless soccer team. The Irish homeless football team travelled to Poland to take on the best teams in the world at the Homeless World Cup, providing the players with an opportunity to make a difference in their lives. The Irish team secured an impressive 11th place finish in the tournament which featured teams from 48 different countries. The Homeless World Cup supports

grassroots football programmes and social enterprise development via a network of 70 national partners and celebrates its work by organising an annual football tournament that unites teams of homeless people from countries all around the globe. Sullivan grew up in Clondalkin and began playing football with the Irish Street Leagues in January this year after he was faced with the choice of treatment for substance addiction or prison. At the time of filming, Karl was living at the YMCA but has since moved in to

his own home in Rathfarnham. He is now training three times a week and he next plans to do some training badges under the FAI’s Kickstart Programme. He places a huge value on sport and soccer in particular in helping him change his life: “I wouldn’t be a person that meditates or stuff like that, but when I’m out on the football field, the noise is not so loud. I’m quite calm on a football pitch. It’s my getaway, you could say.” For more information, log on to www. irishstreetleague.com or www.facebook.com/IrishStLeague.

The Coach Diary have organised a oneday speed and power coaching workshop at the NDSL Academy at Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre in Coolock on Saturday, December 7. The workshop will focus on developing speed and acceleration for multi-directional sports, covering the theory, coaching methodology and practical demonstrations. The workshop is for both coaches and athletes who want to learn how to develop and coach speed. The workshop runs from 12.30pm to 5.30pm and costs €25. For more information, log on to thecoachdiary.com or email info@thecoachdiary.com.

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FastSport powerchair stars shine in paris event: Dubliners Josh Dillon and Kevin Gannon recently represented Ireland at an international Powerchair soccer tournament in Paris against teams from the US, Finland, Austria and France. The EPFA International Trophy is a fourday friendly tournament and Ireland sent two teams, with Josh part of the Under-16 team and Kevin in the Under-18 team. Josh from Raheny and Kevin from Bluebell are on the same Fingal Flyers Powerchair team, and train together every Saturday in Corduff Sports Centre in Blanchardstown. As they are on separate Irish international teams, they will be playing against each other. The tournament gave them an opportunity to advance their skills playing against other countries. On their return they will receive an international cap from the FAI for their participation in international sport.

GAA: ravens’ stalwart and county board chairman hails aig link-up

New horizon for Dublin and Kettle  sport@gazettegroup.com

Two days before the announcement of the multi-million euro sponsorship of Dublin GAA by AIG last Tuesday, county board chairman Andy Kettle had more pressing matters on his

mind — would his own club, Fingal Ravens, beat the drop to AFL3 that Sunday afternoon? They did, courtesy of a 2-6 to 0-9 win over St Finian’s Swords at Rolestown, a huge relief to Kettle. “It was a local derby

Kettle described the partnership with AIG as “a massive boost for Dublin GAA, its clubs and members”

and a nervy match from Ravens’ point of view. We played exceptionally good football in the first-half but played very nervous football in the second-half. We were lucky to come out with a three-point victory which cements our status for 2014.” Kettle outlined why he thought Ravens had struggled recently and, in the process, highlighted issues that currently face non-city clubs like his own, even at a time that GAA is king within Dublin thanks to the success of the men’s senior inter-county sides. “ We’re a rural club and in all rural clubs there are cycles. We’ve lost a lot of our marquee players over the last number of years. This year was a particularly important year for our club in so far as we’ve introduced two

Andy Kettle (third from right) with Dublin’s captains and AIG’s Declan O’Rourke

or three minors onto the team and they’ll be a year older next year and, hopefully, a year better.” Turning to the AIG sponsorship of Dublin GAA itself, the county board chairman warmly welcomed the groundbreaking agreement, which will see all codes united under one sponsor for the first time in GAA history. “It is a massive boost to Dublin GAA and all its clubs and members. The last few years have been very positive for Dublin GAA on and off the field but success cannot be achieved without the support of key partners and we are delighted to have AIG on board as we look to promote Gaelic Games.”

The Fingal Ravens stalwart expanded on the benefits of the AIG deal to clubs around the city. “We can still maintain our 50 coaches in the field. It also means that we can promote our games and that we can hold affiliations at their present level. “T here’s only two ways the Dublin County Board can generate revenue, one is through sponsorship and the other is through the clubs, so it means that we are not going to be knocking on clubs’ doors because they’re strapped enough for us to be looking for them to contribute more to the county board.” Finally, while not

detracting from the magnitude of the second capture of Sam Maguire in three years and the senior hurlers first Leinster title win since 1961, Kettle did sound a slight word of warning for Dublin fans. “Our senior success was great but it masks relative failure at Under21 and minor levels in 2013. “We didn’t get out of the blocks at any of those grades this year and that’s a slight worry because if you’re not doing it at that level then, down the line, things get a little bit difficult at senior level. “Hopefully, next year will prove to be a better year for those particular teams.”

Local powerlifter returns with world title from first event  sport@gazettegroup.com

Arlette with personal trainer Adrian Quinn

A French woman member of the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association (IDFPA) who recently started competing in Powerlifting returned from the Powerlifting World Championship with a world title in the 90+kg category. T he Powerlif ting World Championships organised by the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation was hosted in Glasgow on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 in Scotstoun Stadium.

160 lifters from all over the world attended to compete in the exciting event, where the Irish team came in first place overall. Their team of 54 lifters, including 41 men and 13 ladies, defeated the British, American , Canadian and French teams. The sport of powerlifting comprises three lifts: the back squat, bench press and deadlift. Powerlifting competitions comprise one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines. Each lifter has to qualify in National and European cham-

pionships in order to compete in the world event. With currently 300 members all over Ireland, the IDFPA was established in 1997 to promote the sport of Drug Free Powerlifting in Ireland. The association has a strict drug free policy and lifters are subject to test both in and out of competition. Speaking after the event, Arlette explained her path to the sport. “I have trained for years in the gym but never competed before. The whole adventure

started in August this year. I fell in love with this sport after my first competition. “My personal trainer Adrian Quinn, my other trainer Conor Sinott and my boy friend Ciaran have all given me great support. “Getting my first world champion title was the cherry on top. “The atmosphere was electric, amazing people, amazing experience everyone cheering for one another. I feel blessed and lucky to have been part of this event.’’


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Eamon’s rocky road to Man U and beyond

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Gazette Sport caught up with Ireland’s most passionate pundit about his recently released autobiography, sport’s responsibility Evans makes return to in the world and asking for a transfer from Matt Busby If there was ever a name that provokes an immediate reaction from sport lovers in this country, it is Eamon Dunphy. The soccer pundit has never been one to hold back with his opinions or from expressing his passion for the game, and at a time of regeneration for the Ireland national team, it seems timely that Dunphy should now be releasing the first volume of his autobiography, The Rocky Road, which details his journey from the streets of Dublin to the studios of national media where his intense and direct summations of Official Ireland and the fortunes and failings of the Boys in

Green made him vilified and respected in equal measure. Speaking exclusively to Gazette Sport last week before coming to Liffey Valley and Blanchardstown Shopping Centres to sign copies of the book, Eamon explained why he wrote the book. “I suppose it was the right time to do it, and I wanted the challenge of it. There was quite a bit of research required, and trawling through my memories. This is volume one - there will be another volume in a year or two’s time. The second book is started, I had a few other chapters written. It would have been like War And

Eamon Dunphy at Blanchardstown last week

Peace if I had done the whole thing in one go.” War And Peace seems like an alternative title for the book, as it tells the tale of Dunphy’s tough upbringing and battles to escape his environment through football, through his time at Manchester United and as a journeyman player in England before his return to Ireland where he carved out a career in journalism. His path to his career in the media was something that began relatively early for Dunphy. “I was a pretty average footballer in England. I suppose what is unusual was that I was a footballer who was interested in things outside of football. “Most players are not interested in anything other than the next match or where their career is going. They tend to think of politics as a sideshow, but in the example of apartheid, sport was the last bastion supporting it. It was sporting boycotts that helped greatly [in ending the system], yet the Irish rugby team and soccer players were still going there to play all white South African teams. Sport did not live up to its responsibilities. “In football, people tended not to go beyond the back pages, but I was an avid reader. I wasn’t that different to someone who was going to university, but from the average footballer, I had more

interest in these things, which made me stand out. Football is a very conservative, conformist business.” That conformity and Dunphy’s own singlemindedness led to him coming into opposition with Matt Busby, Manchester United’s legen-

leave United, we decide’. I wanted to go. He was shocked someone would go into his office and ask for a transfer. But I knew I wasn’t going anywhere, so I thought I should quit this project and move on to the next one.” And the next project proved to be a move to

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dary manager who was in the chair when Dunphy was signed by the club in the 1960s. “Busby was a rather remote figure, but he had an aura about him. He was always on the training ground - there is a picture in the book of me taking him on in a five-aside training match - but he mostly dealt with the first team. “I was a promising player when I first went there, I just didn’t grow and develop well enough to be a first-team player. In the end, I had to ask for a transfer. “I had to deal with him, and he was a very stern, steely man. He didn’t really care about me, he cared about Manchester United the institution. “I asked for a transfer when I was 19, and he said, ‘people don’t ask to

York City, prior to another transfer to Millwall, where he began to dip his toe into the waters of writing, leading to his acclaimed memoir of the time, Only A Game. “I set out very optimistically looking to get promotion for Millwall, and ended up with me getting dropped and leaving the club. I was about 27 at the time, and I had ambitions for after soccer to be a journalist. “So, I tried this experiment of writing this diary - it turned out to be a disastrous six months. But the book was acclaimed when it was published, and it was a good learning experience for me.” Next week: Dunphy talks about coming back to Ireland, soccer in this country, and the O’Neill and Keane combination.

Dublin for centenary open Dundrum man and Ireland’s No 1 badminton player Scott Evans will return to Dublin to defend his men’s singles title at the 100th anniversary holding of the Carlton Irish Badminton Open which starts in Baldoyle on Wednesday, December 4, and continues until Saturday, December 7. The Irish Open has a rich history in World badminton, with Ireland being one of the founding members of the World Badminton Federation. The event has been run uninterrupted since 1902, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious badminton events in the world. Last year, Evans became the first Irish winner of the men’s title in over 25 years when he beat French qualifier Lucas Corvee in a thrilling final. This year, Evans will encounter tough competition from Finland’s Ville Lang and contenders from Malaysia and Indonesia. In the women’s singles, Ireland’s Chloe Magee is out to avenge her defeat in last year’s final at the hands of Danish teenager Lina Kjaersfeldt. After her long Olympic campaign, Magee was under par last year, so the meeting of the players should see an exciting and more eventful match. Kjaersfeldt is currently world ranked No 55 behind Magee at 44, and went out in the second rounds of both Bitburger and French opens. Magee made it to the quarter-finals, where she lost to the top seed and world No 12, Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand. Spain’s Carolina Marin is the top seed in the women’s singles draw, with the in-form Kirsty Gilmour from Scotland seeded No 2. Magee is seeded No 6, while Kjaersfeldt (Denmark) is seeded No 8. Magee and brother Sam pair up for the mixed doubles and hope to do better than last year when, as No 2 seeds, they went out in the quarterfinals. A total of 300 players from 35 countries have signed up for this very special centenary event. On Tuesday December 3, Ireland takes on teams from Sweden and Russia in a special warm-up for the centenary event at Baldoyle Badminton Centre. For more information on the event, log on to www.CarltonIrishOpen.com or www.BadmintonIreland.Com


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mma: headline bout sees local fighter win at roadstone

Barnhall boost with Leinster senior title NUIM Barnhall were celebrating last week after they claimed the Leinster Senior Shield title in Donnybrook after defeating AIL Division 2A rivals, Naas, in a tense and thrilling contest that was decided on a moment of individual brilliance. Naas took the early advantage by going 3-0 up after just one minute of play when a well-taken penalty was slotted by Naas number 15 David Aherne. Barnhall battled back and looked dangerous on the counter with the likes of winger Rob McGrath and centre Michael Brown making the yards. Barnhall nearly had the first try after 15 minutes with a great driving maul and brought play right up to the Naas five metre line but the Cobras’ defence stood strong and kept the Blue Bulls out. Naas again forced another penalty and Aherne again put the ball over to make it 6-0 to Naas after 22 minutes. Luck began to go in Barnhall’s favour late into the first half as the penalty count started to go the Blue Bulls’ way, and the boot of Simon Gillespie to make it 6-3 after 30 minutes. After that, the two sides could not break the deadlock and with furious tackling and epic defending the first half ended 6-3. The second half started much the same as both sides knew what was at stake come full time and tensions ran high as both sides received yellow cards. Barnhall managed to take advantage first with a well-taken penalty by Gillespie which drew the match at 6-6 after 45 minutes. The match changed when Naas went down to 13 men and Barnhall seized their chance from a counter-attack. The ball was released out to McGrath who collected well on the half way line and with lightning speed broke the Naas defence to run in a 50-metre try under the posts. Gillespie was on hand to slot the conversion to make it 13-6 to the Blue Bulls, a lead which they held on to to claim the title.

Ayo Daly with his Ryoshin Fighting Championship welterwight belt after retaining the title recently in Roadstown Sports Club

Daly retains Ryoshin title  peter carroll sport@gazettegroup.com

Ayo Daly retained his Ryoshin Fighting Championships welterweight title on Saturday night at the fourth instalment of fights from the Lucanbased club, Ryoshin Fight Team, which was held in the Roadstone Sports Club. The event that showcased Irish amateur MMA fighters was headlined by Daly who traded leather with talented Rush Fight Academy fighter Paul Lawrence. However, it was a dominant Daly that took the

win landing some big strikes on his opponent before finishing with a tight guillotine choke in the first round. Speaking after the bout, Daly spoke of the emphasis he puts on finishing contests. “Hopefully, I can keep getting finishes,” said Daly. “I think my last fight with Kevin Booth was done in about 90 seconds as well, so I’m happy with that. “I’m always looking for the finish. People remember when you finish fights, if you’re going to decision all the time people won’t want to see that.

happy harriers Lucan club members take to track in Swords LUCAN Harriers fielded five teams in the first race of the winter meet and train cross-country series which was held recently in Swords. Pictured are the ladies with their coach, John Canny. The club praised all who took part, especially Marian Henry, Mary Keohane and Eileen Toohy who were running in their first race for the club. They took inspiration from the club’s Eileen O’Brien, who represented Ireland in the Masters Cross Country in Cardiff, winning bronze.

“They’re paying good money to see a fight and they want to see quick finishes, so that’s what I give them.” The Ryoshin fighter also praised his counterpart who is widely considered one of the top amateurs in the country. “Not many people know this but I’ve been at all of Paul’s fights,” he said. “I have an awful lot of respect for the guy, he’s got serious power. I brought in someone to help with my boxing over the last couple of weeks, but my jiu jitsu is where I started and that’s how I ended the fight tonight.”

Daly also outlined his plans on when he would like to go professional and what amateur bouts interest him most looking forward. “I’ve got a title fight up north on March 1 against Cian Toland and then I would love to fight Tommy Hogan on Cage Warriors New Year’s Eve show. I think I probably have about three fights left at amateur and they’re two guys I’d like to face.” Also in the win column for Ryoshin Fight team on the night were Anzor Astaev, Adam Danko and Makinde Adeyemi.

Highly touted prospect Atsaev scored a stunning overhand right knockout over Ian Thorne in the first round of their bout which brought the crowd to their feet, while Danko tied up a guillotine on Michael Kashara to take a win in round 2 of their match-up. Makinde Adeyemi has been pegged as one to watch after he shone in his debut. At 16 years of age the Lucan-based fighter showed excellent patience in top position throughout his fight, before finishing Slawek Andrzejewski with a textbook armbar.


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LUCAN Sarsfields earned 10 nominees for the annual hurling Dubs Stars following the club’s run to a maiden Dublin senior championship final. In a nod to their defensive rigidity, goalkeeper David Quinn is on a list of four goal-

keepers along with his entire full-back line of Peter Kelly, John Bellew and Matthew McCaffrey. Barry Aird and Robert Lambert are on a list of 12 players up for the half-back positions while Johnny McCaffrey is in midfield, Chris Crummey in the halfforward while Aidan

Roche and the final’s top performer, Kevin O’Reilly, all on the shortlist. They came up just shor t in last week’s Dublin final against Ballyboden St Enda’s, 0-13 to 0-10, in Parnell Park. St Pat’s Palmerstown trio Liam Rushe, Shane Stapleton and Aidan G l e n n o n we r e a l s o

involved in a breakthrough year for the club as they made it to the quarter-final stages of the competition and are in the running for Dubs Stars call ups. This year, the annual Dubs Stars hurling and football games will be hosted by Round Towers, Clondalkin, on New Year’s Eve.

football: lucan ladies claim division 4 title

Club Noticeboard lucan sarsfields Well done to our minor ladies foot-

and for mentors with teams who have

ballers on their championship final win

not done the course yet. Its open to

on Saturday.

football, hurling, camogie and ladies

The U-21 hurlers had a good win

football mentors over the age of 16. To

over St Brigid’s in the championship

register call/text Johnny McCaffrey

quarter final.

at 085 129 4102.

The senior footballers beat Clontarf in the B championship quarter-final 20

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

points to 8. They will play Thomas Davis

Set dancing classes continue each

in the Division 1 play-off this Sunday in

Wednesday at 8.30pm in the club-

Kiltipper Road.

house.

Special quiz in aid of the St Vincent

Our nurseries continue each Sat-

De Paul on Wednesday, November 27 at

urday at 1.30pm on the all-weather

9pm in the club. Spot prizes/donations

pitch at our clubhouse grounds at the

gratefully accepted. Contact Seamus

12th Lock coached by the Dublin sen-

Clandillon.

ior hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey.

The club is running a Foundation

Football and hurling for boys born in

Award Course, taking place Monday

2007, 2008 and 2009. Football for girls

November 25, Wednesday, November

born in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and cam-

27 and Monday, December 2 from 7 to

ogie for girls aged 6 and over. No need

9.30pm each night. Monday 25 will be

to pre-register. Just show up on the

theory based in the function room in

day.

club. Wednesday 27 will be a football

This week’s lotto numbers for a

practical on the all-weather. Monday

jackpot of €12,500 will be on our web-

2 will be a hurling practical on the all

site. Shay Hurson’s team will be in

weather. This course is aimed at all

charge when Gerry O’Grady Hearing

new parents and mentors in the club

Services will be our sponsor.

st pat’s palmerstown The successful Lucan Sarsfields side who claimed the Division 4 title last week against Parnell’s

Sarsfields end the season on high note

division 4 final Lucan Sarsfields Parnell’s  sport@gazettegroup.com

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LUCAN Sarsfields produced an incredible turnaround against Parnell’s to land the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Division 4 title last weekend in Chanel as they bounced back from a heavy opening day defeat in the competition to claim the silverware. Back in September, Lucan succumbed to the north Dublin side by a massive 19 points, but they showed how times had changed in the interim with Shauna Kinsella handed the trophy by the Dublin County Board’s

Mary O’Connor following a nerve-shredding final. They bounced back from that opening day defeat to see off Castleknock and Erin Go Bragh before receiving a walkover from Erin’s Isle. It set up the return date with Parnell’s in the final and, after a tough start to the game, it looked like the tie could potentially go the way of the result during the league stage of the competition. The Coolock club were two goals to the good in jig-time, but Lucan fought back well to get back to within a point at halftime. Again, Parnells started the second half the better

and went ahead by four points, necessitating yet another Lucan comeback and they ultimately got the goals to move three points ahead down the closing stretch. On the day, Orla Moloney produced a superb performance at full back while Sinead O’Keeffe at centre back proved a huge presence. Danie Murray and Orla Beagan dominated the midfield in the second half while there were lively performances from Shauna Kinsella, Eimear Murray and Claire Allen in half forwards up front. Kinsella, Danie Murray, Beagan and Clodagh Flannagan kicked the

vital scores. Rachael Cosgrove, on debut in goals, also impressed in an excellent end to end game of football. Lucan moved three points ahead with five minutes to go and survived three Parnells attacks on goal to finally get over the line.

Hard luck to our U-12 footballers who

Best of luck to them from the whole

lost by three points to a very strong

club. They have made us very proud

Ballyboden side in their second place

with their efforts over the last cou-

play-off. All our players did them-

ple of years and truly deserve league

selves, their parents and the club very

honours.

proud. The minor footballers staged a phenomenal comeback in the second

From January 1 it will be compulsory

half of their championship semi-final

for all football players, adult and juve-

out in Drumnigh yesterday. Despite

nile, to wear gumshields when train-

their massive efforts, the lads bowed

ing and playing. We will try to arrange

out at the final whistle. They still have

dates for the dentist to visit clubhouse

the league well within their grasp and

to fit customised gumshields over the

recovery time will be short as they

next few weeks.

take on Thomas Ashe in St Margaret’s

The club mass for deceased mem-

on Sunday at 11am in the league semi-

bers will take place this Saturday at

final.

8pm in the clubhouse.

round towers, clondalkin Congratulations to U-16 ladies

winner of the jackpot of €6,900. Con-

footballers who defeated Ballyboden

gratulations to Julie Hallows, Don-

St Enda’s to win the Division 2 league

egal John and Helen Fitzgerald who

title.

were the three €100 winners.

The U-21 hurlers lost to Kilmacud

Lucan Sarsfields: R Cosgrove, R O’Neill, S O’Keeffe, E King, S Moloney, O Moloney, A McHugh, D Murray, O Beagan, S Kinsella (captain), E Murray, C Allen, C Flannagan, A Reynalds, A Doyle Subs: E O’Flynn, G Berry, C Sexton, S Flannagan

The junior football play Trinity Gaels in Drumnigh at 3pm next Sunday.

Crokes in the championship.

There was no Match 3 + Bonus Ball winner. This week’s jackpot is €7,000.

The AGM will take place in the

We are seeking participants for

clubrooms on Saturday, November

2014 Jigs ‘n’ Reels to be held in late

23 at 5pm. Only paid-up members

January in The Red Cow. Anyone

are entitled to attend and only A

interested please contact Damien

members are eligible to vote. Any

Murray 086 884 5676.

membership status related queries

A Christmas social will be held in

should be directed to the secretary

the clubhouse on Saturday, Decem-

at the earliest opportunity.

ber 7, with music by Johnny Peters

Lott: Numbers drawn were 7, 10, 23 and 29; Bonus Ball 30. There was no

and band. Entry €5. Please contact Sally on 086 053 5178 for tickets.


32 LUCAN gazette 21 November 2013

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