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INSIDE: Frank Connolly’s latest book examines developer Tom Gilmartin’s fight against endemic corruption P23

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Lucan ladies make history in Under-14 Feile Page 29

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County honours Dunnes strikers  Ian Begley

South Dublin County Council will award the freedom of the county to 11 Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike against the apartheid regime in South Africa 30 years ago. The 1984 strike ultimately led to the then Government banning the importation of South African produce to Ireland. Speaking exclusively to The Gazette, former anti-apartheid

striker Veronica Monroe from Lucan said that she greatly welcomes and appreciates receiving the council’s honorary title. She said: “I don’t know exactly what it means [to receive the Freedom of South County Dublin] and it’s the first time I ever heard of it, but we will take it for what it is, which is recognition for what was done. “We were not striking for ourselves, we were striking for a cause.” Full Story on Page 4

Seeing red: School children take prize in fight against racism pictured at the Show Racism the Red Card creative competition awards at the Aviva stadium recently were Debbie Omosebi, TV presenter Diana Bunici and Claire O’Carroll, both children from the winning Castaheany Educate Together school in

Lucan. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism charity founded in the UK in 1995. It was established in Ireland in 2006. It aims to harness the support of high profile sportspeople to combat racism. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan


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Strikers outside the Henry Street branch of Dunnes Stores protesting against the regime in South Africa 30 years ago. Picture: Rose Comiskey

Dunne’s strikers given freedom of the county South Dublin County Council will award the freedom of the county to 11 Dunnes Stores workers who went on strike against the apartheid regime in South Africa 30 years ago. The council will give the former protesters the freedom of the county. They went on strike in 1984 to protest against the handling of South African fruit and vegetables. This July marks the 30th anniversary of the strike, which lasted for two-and-half-years and ultimately led to the then Government banning the importation of South African produce to Ireland. The Honorary Freedom of South Dublin County is the highest civic honour that the County Council can award an individual. The

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award is to acknowledge the strikers’ contribution to the anti-apartheid movement 1984- 1987. Speaking exclusively to The Gazette, former anti-apartheid striker Veronica Monroe from Lucan said that she greatly welcomes and appreciates receiving the council’s honorary title. She said: “It’s very nice that South Dublin County Council want to recognise the strike for what it was and maybe this is their way of doing it. “I don’t’ know exactly what it means [to receive the Freedom of South

County Dublin] and it’s the first time I ever heard of it, but we will take it for what it is, which is recognition for what was done.” Monroe and the 10 other Dunnes Stores workers who took part in the strike were recently brought together again and invited to travel to South Africa to pay their respects to the recently deceased Nelson Mandella, and to visit the family of Nimrod Sejake – an exile who joined the strikers on the picket line. “We were all together in South Africa to visit Mandela’s burial site for about seven days. “We also went to meet Nimrod’s family, which was so wonderful. He was an exile during the time of the protest and spent all of his time on the strike line with us

– he was a wonderful man. “It was fantastic to get together again and talk about [the movement] and everything became alive again in our heads,” said Monroe. Asked whether she thought a protest like this would happen today, Monroe said: “I don’t think you’d have that anymore – people don’t strike like they used to. We were not striking for ourselves, we were striking for a cause, which was outside the country as well.” Clondalkin Cllr Gino Kenny (PBP) who put forward the motion earlier this year in recognition and the importance of the strike on the 30th anniversary said: “I think the Dunnes Stores strike of 1984 and its narrative in trying to highlight the abhorrence of apartheid

will forever be etched in trade union history in Ireland. Not only were the workers fighting an employer but their sentiment of international solidarity was a tribune against the oppressive state that was apartheid South Africa. “Their own personal sacrifice during those two-and-half-years was testament to themselves and the greater good of highlighting the terrible injustice of apartheid,” said Cllr Kenny. A special ceremony has been arranged to award the Honorary Freedom of South Dublin County at a function to be hosted by Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) on the May 6 at 6.30pm in County Hall, Tallaght. The motion was formally agreed by all councillors at April’s county council meeting.


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courts: tribunal concludes that tesco worker unfairly dismissed

Maya makes last three

Security man who hit youth gets €20k  Ian Begley

Tesco Ireland has been ordered to pay €20,000 to a security worker who was unfairly dismissed. Olatunji Lyinolakan was awarded €20,885 by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) after it concluded that the worker had been unfairly dismissed by Tesco Ireland Ltd following a night-time assault at its Celbridge store. During the tribunal, Lyinolakan admitted to striking a youth in the centre of his body with the shopping basket at 10pm on September 2, 2010. He said that the youth had threatened to murder him and his family. According to the EAT, the incident was captured

on CCTV at Celbridge Tesco, which showed “six youths congregating outside the store, interfering with shopping trolleys and signs, urinating and making monkey gestures towards a security guard”. T he footage then showed the youth, who Lyinolakan struck, follow him into the store on a number of occasions and then proceed to smash the security gates. During the tribunal, Lyinolakan said that he called the gardai and said to the youth that they were on their way. After confronting the youths for a third time, Lyinolakan said that a scuffle ensued and he was placed in a head grip by

the youth. He said he felt threatened and believed that he used reasonable force, saying that he was attempting to defend himself when hitting the youth with the shopping basket. A Tesco store manager, who remained anonymous at the hearing, claimed that Lyinolakan’s actions during the incident represented serious misconduct and that he was dismissed by letter in November 2010. The EAT awarded Lyinolakan €19,000 under the Unfair Dismissal Acts and a further €1,188 under the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts after concluding that he was unfairly dismissed.

Castletown House: Protesters gather to defend public right of way pictured is Olive Wardell speaking before a recent Castle-

town House Right of Way protest walk, with up to 70 people in attendance. Brendan Young, Community Solidarity candidate for the local elections, spoke from the steps of Castletown House. He said: “When we speak to people on the doorstep, everyone wants to keep the Castletown parkland open and retain the right of way through it. I have met nobody who supports the OPW proposals for a fence, which is the only way they can fully extinguish the right of way and which they will use to restrict access to Castletown.”

First year Confey College student Maya Kaikov came in third at the Confucius Chinese Bridge Test, recently held in Cork. Nine participants from Confey College took part in the competition, which is a language test aimed at promoting the work of the Confucius Institute and co-operating schools in promoting the Chinese language at second level. Their entries consisted of a short introduction in Chinese about themselves and their interests, followed by a talent related to Chinese culture. The students who took part were with Maya were Cian Mattern, Aisling Chambers, Eoghan Gately, Joshua Godwin-Agoh, Sam O’Brien, Eva Slevein, Luindy Mein Torng Ho and William Wong.


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awards Local media student wins prize for Radio Production of the Year

‘When we heard we’d won we were shocked’  Ian Begley

Palmerstown student Laura Dowling recently won an award at the 2014 National Student Media Awards (Smedias) for a radio production that she and several classmates made. Dowling, who is a second year BA journalism and visual media student at Griffith College Dublin, won the Radio Production of the Year: Arts and Features category, for her Halloween based programme entitled Capital Eight. Entering the awards with fellow students Josefina Bentz, Laura

Hunt and Caoimhe Rooney, Laura said that she is “absolutely shocked” with her team’s win. Speaking with The Gazette, Dowling said: “We were delighted getting shortlisted, never mind actually winning. We went to the show at the Ballsbridge Hotel and there were four other groups nominated from Griffith College and another one from DIT. “We just said to each other that we would go and enjoy ourselves, but when we heard that we’d won we were absolutely shocked.” Dowling said that she

and the group were talking about entering the awards with the encouragement of her lecturers, and decided to enter a Halloween production they pre-recorded during October. She said: “For the programme we talked about things that happened in the years gone by on Halloween and we had an interview with a representative from the IFI (Irish Film Institute) who talked about the upcoming festival and what they were doing for it. “We also went to a youth centre in Ballymun, where we talked to the women there about

Laura Hunt, Laura Dowling, Caoimhe Rooney and Josefina Bentz with their prize

what ghost stories they knew and any paranormal experiences they had in their lifetime. It was really interesting and I

think that interview is what lifted the show. “ W h e n we f o u n d out we won we just jumped out of our seats

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and screamed. We just couldn’t believe it. We looked at each other and went over to our lecturers and gave them a big

hug and went to collect our award.” Dowling then went on to say that she is interested in pursuing a career in radio and believes that her team’s win is a very good stepping stone. “I now know what making radio productions involve, and it was good for me to get out of my comfort zone because I’m more into sports than anything else. Me and the girls worked so well together and I believe our team work is what helped us win it. We all had one part to do in the radio production, but we still helped each other out in every way,” she said.

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Bealtaine: range of activities planned

launch Fest  Ian Begley

South Dublin County Council (SDCC) will celebrate the 2014 Bealtaine Festival, a festival celebrating creativity in older age, this May. On May 1 at 11.00am in Tallaght Stadium, South County Dublin Mayor Cllr Dermot Looney (Ind) will officially launch the festival, which is co-ordinated by Age and Opportunity. SDCC have organised a number of events during the month to celebrate the festival and have produced a brochure to advertise events for older people during Bealtaine. Those interested in taking part are being given the opportunity to try out something new. Some of the activities include crafts, computer classes, horticultural workshops, walking, and a tea dance. The name Bealtaine comes from the ancient Celtic festival of that name celebrating springtime, freshness and renewal.

The theme this year for South Dublin County is Catch the Heart off Guard. Eileen Casey, who is a poet, fiction writer, and journalist will launch her prose collection, A Fascination with Fabric. This will be followed by a short reading. RAMS in Rhythm will provide the musical entertainment for the morning. Special guest, Tallaght native Al Porter, who is one of Ireland’s rising comics, will also be making an appearance at the festival. This year, SDCC are inviting people to tell them about a moment in their lives when something wonderful had happened to them that they weren’t expecting, but which filled their life with joy. Application forms can be downloaded from www.sdcc.ie. For further information contact Maria Finn at 01-414 9270 or email mfinn@sdublincoco.ie.


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anniversary Paddy’s Barber Shop’s running a raffle for local residents

Hair’s to 50 years in Lucan  Ian Begley ibegley@gazettegroup.com

Paddy’s Barber Shop in Lucan Village is running a raffle for the local residents in celebration of its 50th anniversary. On May 10, Paddy’s Barbers will be 50 years in Lucan Village, first started in 1964 by local man Paddy Monaghan. Paddy, who has since retired, left his barber shop in the hands of his three sons, who continue to look after and run the shop to this very day. Since its origins, Paddy’s Barbers has moved to three different locations in Lucan, before settling on Main Street in 2004. Paddy who has lived in Lucan his entire life, told The Gazette that since he first started up his busi-

ness Lucan has transformed dramatically. He said: “When I was only 13 my father came home one night and asked me would I like to be a barber because there

“There were horses and carts going around collecting all the leaves and other stuff, and at that time there was only one car in Lucan. “I went to work in Bal-

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Lucan has changed a whole lot since the time when I first started out

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was a new barber shop starting up in Lucan. “I used to work from 9am right up till 8pm at night and 10pm on Saturday because everyone then worked five-and-ahalf day weeks. “Lucan has since changed a whole lot since the time when I first started out. At that time running water wasn’t even installed in the houses - the fountains were outside on the footpaths.

lyfermot for 10 years and then decided I’d have a go at starting my own barbers in 1964 and have been there ever since.” Asked what his secret is to a long and prosperous barbershop, Paddy said: “Just be there when you’re supposed be there and it’s as simple as that.” Paddy’s son Philip who works as a full time barber said that business is now great and that they continue to have very

loyal customers. He said: “We’re flying now. We’d be the oldest barber shop in Lucan and have a lot of loyal customers.” Phillip said the recession hit them hard but things have picked up again with people coming home from Australia

and Canada and requiring a haircut. “On May 10, we’re going to have a celebration for our anniversary. “Anyone who has got their haircut from March 1 goes into a draw for the raffle with the chance to win some great prizes,” said Philip.

Paddy’s Barbers first started in 1964


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Alex Byrne, Kenneth Egan and Lee Browne. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

cheque it out: School’s €1,000 donation packs quite a punch

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INE Gael election candidate and Olympic medallist Kenneth Egan was at Colaiste Phadraig, Lucan, recently for an event organised by the transition year students. Over €1,000 was raised for Pieta House and Kenneth was on hand to help with the presentation to Patricia Maloney of Pieta House.

Maeve, Caitriona and Cian Heraghty were amongst many local kids who took part in the Easter Egg Hunt at Griffeen Valley Park recently. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston Lee Browne and Kenneth Egan

Richard Flynn and Kenneth

Michelle Ryan Adriana Tickle, Isla and Bradley Kennedy and Cara Murphy

Patricia Maloney from Pieta House with Ross Ward, Gavin Byrne and Kenneth Gabriella and Mercy Ane with Kelly and Lucienne Tesi

Dylan and Andrew Moran


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GRIFFEEN VALLEY PARK: EASTER EGG HUNT IN LUCAN

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lucan Village logo is launched The Lucan Village Network has launched the official logo for Lucan Village, which is hoped to play a successful role in promoting the area. The launch took place in Kenny’s of Lucan, and was attended by Deputy Mayor of South Dublin Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab) as well as representatives of local businesses, residents and community groups. The development of the logo had been managed by the Lucan Village Network and funded by South Dublin County Council through its Villages Initiative. This latest development by the Lucan Village Network follows the introduction of free wifi and 30 minutes free parking in Lucan Village.

suicide awareness Darkness into Light park run

Participants sought for charity event  Ian Begley

Pieta House are appealing for people to register for their Darkness into Light run which is taking place in the Phoenix Park and Malahide Castle on the morning of Saturday, May 10. With less than two weeks to go before the big day, nearly 6,500 people have already signed up in support of this suicide awareness event. Supported by Electric Ireland, Darkness into Light is a unique,

early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The Phoenix Park is the longest-running Darkness into Light walk/run in the country, having first taken place back in 2009. It sets off this year from Chesterfield Avenue in the centre of the park. There will be 600 free car parking spaces at Heuston Station and Heuston South Quarter, thanks

to Iarnrod Eireann and SuperValu. Dublin Bus will also provide a free shuttle service from Heuston Station to the starting point. This year’s north Dublin walk will take place on the grounds of Malahide Castle. Founder and chief executive of Pieta House Joan Freeman said: “We’re thrilled with the registration figures so far and we’re expecting an even bigger bump in numbers as we enter our final week.

Jim Dollard, executive director, Electric Ireland, Sinead Kennedy, presenter, RTE, Joan Freeman, chief executive and founder, Pieta House, and Eoghan McDermott, presenter, RTE, at the launch of the event. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov/PhotocallIreland

“Registration figures nationally are more than three times higher than they were at this point last year which is a great testament to the commitment of the Irish public in tackling suicide in this country. “This year’s Darkness into Light is set to be the biggest one yet. Taking place in an incredible 39

locations including international walks in London and Sydney, Pieta House is expecting a turnout of up to 80,000 people,” she said. Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre founded in Lucan, in 2006 by psychologist Joan Freeman. With nine centres throughout Ireland, Pieta

House provides a professional, one-to-one therapeutic service for those who are experiencing suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required and the service is completely free of charge. For further information, visit www.pieta.ie.


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a day in the life: top photographer barry mccall on a typical day

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Framing his routine in a simple way  laura webb

A DAY in the life of renowned Irish photographer Barry McCall involves studio shoots or being on location, but there is always time to spare to bring his beloved dog for a walk. T his week, T he Gazette talked to McCall about a typical day. An early riser, he always makes sure to be up by 7am and more often than not he eats breakfast – the most important meal of the day for him. “Some mornings I just go in [to work] on a coffee, wait a little and then have breakfast – porridge or smoked salmon with brown bread. I try to keep the breakfast healthy and tasty. “I would then be into a studio and prep for whatever is needed for the first half an hour. For fashion shoots, I

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would be in the studio before the 8am clients arrive in. “I get the camera ready, lights ready and the studio prepped and nice and warm for everyone.” Despite being busy during the day shooting, lunch is a must for McCall, his crew and clients. “We usually break about 1pm or 1.30pm and lunch is delivered

to the studio. “We have a little cafe in the studio, so it means people can break away from what they are doing, sit down in a proper environment and eat a good lunch,” he said. Once lunch is finished, it’s back to work. “The majority of the jobs I do, I would be working for the full day, working up until 6pm unless there is a lot to be done and a client might ask us to stay late to shoot extra garments or whatever, so that will happen occasionally.” After a busy day in the office, he usually heads off to the Phoenix Park with his dog, Boo, a Tibetan terrier. “I go for a ramble with him when we are not shooting. I would go to the park with him most lunch hours, or I would go in the evenings. He goes nuts in the park!

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For Barry McCall, his old friend, Boo – a Tibetan terrier – gets plenty of attention once the day’s shoots are over, with a ramble at the Phoenix Park a hit with both

He loves it. “When we moved into the studio here, he came along shortly afterwards, so every day he has been here. He comes into the studio every day, meets and greets people. He creates a really nice environment and helps to relax people.

“Then, it’s home time. I am a bit of a late bird, I would try to get a cat nap, and then I [watch] Netf lix a lot; watch House of Cards, Breaking Bad or whatever while my wife watches some soaps. “Then it’s sleep and ready for the next day.”

Barry will be holding one-day photography courses in his studio in September for those at a beginner and an intermediate level. For further details, contact Roisin at 01 416 6888, or email info@ barrymccallphotographer.com.

SATURDAY, May 10 will see the sixth annual Darkness into Light 5km walk/run taking place in the Phoenix Park. The event will be taking place along with almost 40 other venues across the country and the world. Sponsored by Electric Ireland, Darkness Into Light is the flagship fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland. Last year, close to 40,000 people took part and this year it has grown even larger as along with the venues across Ireland, Darkness into Light events will be staged in London and Sydney as well. The event will be started in Sydney, where it is being staged for the very first time and where it will conclude with refreshments at Bondi Beach. Closer to home, and held in conjunction with the Kerry Association London, Darkness into Light will make its debut in the English capital, and it promises to be a fantastic experience.


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Over 50s Show comes to the RDS The RDS plays host to the ever popular Senior Times’ Active Over 50s Show on the weekend of May 24 and 25. The show is a new activity and hobby and pastime event that was established in response to requests from exhibi-

tors and attendees alike for a more activity-based show for people who are planning to or have just retired. The show is a two-day event in the RDS main hall designed to encourage people to take up a new hobby or pastime and keep themselves

physically and mentally active for the summer ahead. Attendees will be encouraged to actively participate in demonstrations/workshops over the course of the weekend. Activities on offer include arts and crafts, creative writing, com-

puters and the internet, Bridge, keep-fit classes, wall climbing, yoga, table tennis, woodwork, five-aside football, dancing and much more. Times for the event have yet to be decided. To find out more, email info@slp. ie or ring 01 4969028.

Former Fair City actress Hilda Fay

escape the mayhem: a hectic routine

Yoga helps Hilda forget about the world outside IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asks actress Hilda Fay about how she escapes her hectic routine. F orm e r F a i r C i t y actress Hilda Fay is due to start a short run of a new play about the madness and devastation caused by the Celtic Tiger for one normal Dublin woman. Hilda told The Gazette how she escapes the mayhem of her own life’s hectic routine as a busy mother and actress. “My life is complete mayhem because I have two young children who are two and three so I don’t think there’s any way I can escape that mayhem except when I’m in my slumber. “I suppose plays are a form of escapism for me

because I enjoy getting lost in different characters and in someone else’s life. “The kids keep me fit but I love my bikram yoga too. It’s yoga done in a special heated room so it’s very intense and quite extreme. “I am in there for an hour and a half and it’s definitely a form of meditation as well as physical. “With the deep breathing, you block everything out and just concentrate on your own body and being at one with yourself. I’ve been doing it for 10 years and when you come out from the room [after a yoga session] you feel 10 years younger and your skin is glowing. “It’s like a sauna too, it’s really brilliant and the stretches are amaz-

ing. I danced for years up until my twenties so it’s a great way to keep supple and flexible. “W hen I do my bikram yoga I forget about the world outside for the hour and a half. “When I started, 10 years ago, there was only one place to do it and that was in Portobello but now they’re all over the place and I do it on Richmond Road in Fairview.” Hilda Fay stars in the new one-woman show, Alice Devine by Shay Linehan at the Viking Theatre, The Sheds in Clontarf, Dublin 3. There will be 11 performances of the show which starts on April 28 and ends on May 9. Booking can be done by phoning Viking Theatre on 087 1129970 and tickets cost €12.


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lotta love: actor shows support for Barnardos

Tom has a cracking good time for charity  Bairbre Ni Braonain

Love/Hate actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor joined 3,000 young eggsplorers in Merrion Square on the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail in support of Barnardos recently. The Gazette spoke exclusively to Vaughan L aw l o r, w h o p l ay s Nidge in the popular RTE hit show, about why he decided to go along and support the Barnardos event. “I had my son three years ago and I think it’s having a child makes

you realise how, at a very early stage of the formative years, how vulnerable they can be. “They’re arguably the most vulnerable members of the community because they have such beautiful openness and naievte in the best sense of the word and I think that kids who have lack in their life need the support to thrive and fulfill their potential in life. “I think it’s the saddest thing in the world to see kids that are full of potential who can’t

fulfill that for social or economic reasons. “I’m just delighted to be able to help because having a profile from Love/Hate has given me the opportunity to do charity work which is ver y special and we’re very lucky to have that.” Tom painted an idyllic scene of tranquil family life in England, which he shares with his young son Freddie and his English actress wife Claire Cox. “It’s very quiet. I just hang out with my fam-

ily, we live out by the sea so we’re very fortunate to have a nice frontier to kind of wander along. “We’re ver y lucky, again it’s that thing of having the experience of seeing children who don’t have the opportunities my son has and I wanted to, in some tiny way, contribute to helping to give other children a chance and I just think that’s so important for our community.” Vaughan Lawlor has appeared in the BBC historical drama series Peaky Blinders starring

Love/Hate actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

our own Cillian Murphy and is due to appear on the London stage in one-man show Howie the Rookie, which he will also bring on tour to New York when production for the fifth season

of Love/Hate, currently being filmed in Dublin, wraps up in June. “I’m very fortunate because the show has opened a lot of doors for all of the cast. “The life of an actor is

very nomadic and [with a family] it’s tough but my wife is amazing. She’s very supportive, she’s made key sacrifices for my career and I’m lucky to have that level of support with her.”


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business advice: dublin, belfast focus on infant health

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Many expected at top baby show  ian begley

mark scott lennon, fitzpatrick castle

A hotel that’s happy to build on its family roots FITZPATRICK Castle Hotel is just a stone’s throw from Dalkey and enjoys stunning views over Dublin Bay. The hotel has 113 luxurious bedrooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants, two bars, a 20m swimming pool within a fully equipped fitness centre, wedding and banqueting suites for up to 500 people and How long have you been in business?

I started working in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in 2002 when I was in transition year in school, working in the Library Bar as a lounge boy.

What makes your business successful?

Our business is successful due to the foundations laid by my grandparents, Paddy and Eithne, and my mother, Eithne, since opening in 1971.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

As a family business, we aim to offer a very personalised service to our guests.

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

I would have more training assistance to help the hotel industry employ more people, as the cost of training can be a barrier to employment.

What is your ambition for the business?

After a number of tough years in the hotel business, things are starting to look positive again. Initially, the ambition would be to grow Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel over the next number of years with a long-term goal of expanding as a group.

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, etc) to help your business?

We use Facebook, Twitter, Ins-

conferencing facilities for up to 600 delegates. It is also conveniently located a short distance from Dalkey Dart Station, providing easy access to Dublin city centre. The Gazette spoke to the hotel’s general manager/director, Mark Scott Lennon about the family business. tagram etc mainly for branding purposes at the moment and promoting events and offers in the hotel. It is hard to see a monetary return on investment, but they have massive value in engagement with customers. What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

If you are not making mistakes then you are not doing anything.

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

We are very lucky in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel to have unbelievable support from the local community with weddings, birthdays, celebrations and business in our Grill Restaurant and Dungeon Bar.

What living person do you most admire?

Michael O’Leary; I admire his charisma and way with people.

What is your favourite Dublin restaurant?

Obviously, excluding The Grill at the Castle and PJ’s Restaurant in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, my favourite restaurant would be Hartleys in Dun Laoghaire.

Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

Graham Norton – I love his show and think he is hilarious; Winston Churchill – I am very interested in WW2 history, and his part in it; and Elvis Presley – I love his music and I am sure he would have good stories.

BABY nutritionist business First 1000 Days has been announced as the headline sponsor of a baby show that is taking place in Dublin and Belfast. The show – which is targeted at parents-to-be, new parents and carers of young children – will be held at the Citywest Complex, Clondalkin on September 6-7, and in the King’s Hall pavilion, Belfast next March 14-15. Show director Wynn Penton said that he is “delighted” to have First 1000 Days as their headline sponsor for the event. He said: “Ireland’s First 1000 Days Baby Show is designed to be a fun and informative event where parents can learn about the health issues surrounding pregnancy and child development, as well as shop and enjoy guest speakers, product demonstrations and entertainment. “By sponsoring this event, the message that First 1000 Days delivers on the importance of getting nutrition right during that formative time, from pregnancy up to a child’s second birthday, and the profound impact it can have on a child’s future health, will be shared with a huge audience that includes an anticipated 18,000 visitors to the shows.” Speaking about the sponsorship, Jaime O’Doherty, head of marketing for Danone early life nutrition, said: “We are thrilled to announce First 1000 Days as headline sponsors of these two baby shows.

Babies and toddlers will be the main focus of the show, with a wide range of exhibitors and experts on hand to help with nutrition and parenting matters

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“To be able to share the message of the importance of good nutrition from pregnancy to two years with such a large and targeted audience is fantastic. “As part of our sponsorship, we will have expert nutritionists and dieticians on hand to answer questions and give advice to parents-to-be and new parents. “Visitors to our exhibition stand can also collect a copy of the free First 1000 Days recipe book, which we created

alongside First 1000 Days ambassador [chef] Neven Maguire, and dieticians from around the country,” he said. In addition to guest speakers, live cookery demonstrations and nutritional advice from First 1000 Days’ experts, visitors to the show can enjoy meeting more than 250 exhibitors. Businesses large and small will be on display, showcasing a variety of baby and parenting essentials – from large purchases such as prams and car

seats from national retailers right through to fashion, gifts, healthcare, toys and more. The “mumpreneur” area – a zone dedicated to cottage businesses established by local mothers – is expected to be particularly popular as parents seek out unique and individual items for their baby. From a shop-and-drop area to the baby changing facilities where visitors can enjoy free nappies and wipes courtesy of Aldi’s award-winning Mamia brand, visitor enjoyment is a primary focus of the show. Tickets for Ireland’s First 1000 Days Baby Show are available to purchase on Ticketmaster for €9. For further information, see www.irelandsbabyshow.com.


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The company of SIngin’ In The Rain make a splash on stage; right, Vicky Binns (as Lina Lamont) is looking forward to the show coming to Ireland, saying: “The Irish audience really does give a great reception and reaction to shows”

THEATRE: STAR OF SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN HAILS ITS SUCCESS

Water terrific musical!

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FORMER Coronation Street star Vicky Binns, is swapping t’cobbles for theatre by starring in the stage production of Singin’ in the Rain. The stage adaptation of the film comes to Dublin this May and Vicky – best known for her role as Molly Dobbs in Coronation Street – takes on the role as Lina Lamont. Speaking to The Gazette ahead of her Dublin tour, Vicky said she’s excited about performing in front of an Irish audience. “It is great when you get a job and you look at the tour list and see where you’re going. We’re all just: ‘Yay, we are going on holidays!’ “It’s such a treat to be able to go to

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another country, especially a place that is so much fun like Ireland. The Irish audience really does give a great reception and reaction to shows.” For many growing up, Singin’ in the Rain is one movie we all know, mostly because of the songs, so when Vicky was auditioning for the show she surprised herself when she realised that she hadn’t seen the movie in full.

She said: “I thought I had seen it. It is so iconic that you know the dancing, you know the songs, but I realised that I actually hadn’t sat down to watch it. “Musical theatre is such a niche, and I wouldn’t be the best singer or dancer, but when it was explained to me about the role of Lina – the whole joke is that she is a terrible singer, so then I realised actually maybe I can go for this audition,” she laughed. “I watched the film and loved it, and then went to see the show in the West End, and I thought I would love to be part of it. It is so ambitious in scale, and translates the film in such a glorious way,” she said. A film about singing in the rain would be nothing without rain on stage, so anyone thinking of sitting in the front

row may need their own umbrella “I would definitely tell those in the front to bring an umbrella! It rains on stage – people can’t believe it, and they do get wet, but they love it,” she said. Taking a break from TV for six months to do the stage show, Vicky is still very much involved in TV acting, and has just finished filming The Mill. “I am so lucky to be able to do both. I just finished The Mill, and that will come out in the summer. This is the second series of the period drama. “Something like that, I am really keen to do. I would love to do things like that again,” she said. Singin’ in the Rain is at Bord Gais Theatre from May 20 to 28. For further information and ticket sales, see: www. bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Mariel, a three-year-old female Lurcher. This beautiful dog arrived in to Dogs Trust with her one-week-old puppy. She is very shy and would benefit from going to a home where there was already a confident dog to help her learn the ways of the world. Mariel needs a calm owner who is willing to take their time with her and help build up her confidence. Her puppy has already found a new home, so Mariel is now ready to go to hers! We are looking for an active family; if there are children in the family, they would have to be 16+. If you think you could give Mariel a loving home then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-8791000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website www. dogstrust.ie


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OUT&ABOUT ‘Grande Partenza’ to cycle into Irish shores

2014 GIRO D’ITALIA: PROFESSIONAL CYCLING’S SECOND BIGGEST RACE

 STEPHEN FINDLATER

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NORTHERN Ireland will be tickled pink this summer as the cameras and helicopters come to the region for the 2014 Giro d’Italia, professional cycling’s second biggest race after the Tour de France. The “Grande Partenza” makes its first visit to these shores, tearing around Belfast on Friday, May 9 for the opening team trial before whip-

ping north for stage two along the Causeway coast. Before transferring back to its Italian home for two-and-a-half weeks, the race will take in a jaunt to Dublin. For towns like Armagh, it gives them a shop window to show off their wares. Stage three of the Giro rolls out of the town on Sunday, May 11, with over 200 cyclists and their entourages taking in a lap of the Shambles, traversing the city hills past the two cathedrals dedicated to St Patrick before hitting the 187km road south. With the apple blossoms set to fall at that time of year and several hills with great viewing points, it is set to be one of the iconic images of the early stages of the race. Indeed, those pink blossoms work perfectly with the race’s motif, adopting pink as its winning colour in honour of La Gazette dello Sport, the newspaper that first sponsored the race and their traditional pink pages. The stage will bring to a close the Giro’s three-day spell in Northern Ireland but the local tourist attractions are making every effort to ensure that a slightly prolonged day out is available for those who make the trip up from the south. While the earlier stages may present more frequently visited tourist attractions for the Giro follower like the Giant’s Causeway and Stormont, Armagh provides a perfect base for the casual observer, especially with

Stage two of the race follows the Causeway coast and (inset) Armagh Cathedral

children in tow. A quick two-mile hop to the west is the Navan Fort, one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites where the Tandragee man was found and home to Emain Macha of the Red Branch Knights. The site is brought to life in an early Christian dwelling with period actors delighting in taunting the “strangers with their strange ways” that grace their settlement, detailing their survival methods in enlightening fashion. For the more modern minded, there’s the city’s Planetarium on College Hill. Again, it’s a magic attraction for children with the 360-degree domed theatre, transporting visitors into the cosmos. The Planetarium played host to cosmonaut James Hadfield while the quality of the meteorites on display serve to make it one of the town’s premier attractions. The two St Patrick’s

cathedrals, which can both just about be seen from one another atop their respective hills, offer a quieter outlet away from the potential razzamatazz of the cycling action outside. If you were to only to visit one, the Church of Ireland is the more lo-fi with a touch more elegance – and a stunning crypt underneath – while the Catholic one is brighter with a greater sense of decadence. To eat, the 1868 is a good spot to watch the hustle and bustle go by – get there early on Giro day – while Uluru is a true gem for later repasts. The Australian-themed restaurant is a favourite of Georgina Campbell and has a wealth of awards under its belt in addition to featuring on BBC’s Northern Exposure. Dean Coppard is the Aussie connection and chef while his wife Sara

manages with the intention to provide local produce with an antipodean twist. Kangaroo was introduced to the menu several years ago “as a novelty” but its popularity – currently being served with tagliatelle as a starter or char-grilled with braised cabbage and sweet potato chips for the main – has since made it a staple. The mint Aero cheesecake tops off a delightful meal in typically laidback surrounds. It offers a superb backdrop for a cycling enthusiast hoping for that bit extra once the mass of lycra-clad riders roll out of the province at the end of the long weekend.

Armagh highlights  Navan Centre and Fort, 81 Killylea Rd, Armagh; http://www.armagh. co.uk/navan-centre-fort  Dinner at Uluru Bistro, 16-18 Market St, Armagh; http://ulurubistro.com


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Instanbul named the world’s top destination Istanbul was this week named the top destination in the world, and in Europe, ahead of cities such as Rome, London, Paris and New York, in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations by TripAdvisor. Already the sixth most-visited country in the world with a recordbreaking 39, 860, 771 visitors last year and year-onyear growth of 5.69%, the latest accolade bolsters Turkey’s place as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Istanbul is also the second most popular desti-

nation for overseas visitors within Turkey after Antalya, with 10,474,867 visiting Istanbul in 2013, up 12% year on year. “We’re delighted that Turkey has been chosen as the best destination in the world in these annual awards that are based on millions of reviews by the travellers themselves,” said Selcuk Can, attache for the embassy of the Republic of Turkey – Office of the Counsellor for Culture and Information in London. “We continue to receive record numbers of visitor numbers to Istanbul every year as they dis-

cover the captivating energy of this exciting culture capital. The only city in the world to straddle two continents at the crossroads of civilisation, Istanbul is one fascinating melting pot of a great 21st-century city.” The 2014 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards are based on users’ reviews and ratings over a 12-month period. The sixth annual awards saw Istanbul jump from 11th place to first within the past year. In announcing the aw a r d , Tr i p A d v i s o r said: “Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, where

breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city’s mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. “Start with the aweinspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.”

Madiens Tower

Murat Balandi, managing director Ireland, Turkish Airlines

The Hagia Sofia

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CINEMA frank: heads up – this one has cult charm

The best ever film about a Sidebottom

 dave phillips

SPORTING a giant fibreglass head, Michael Fassbender takes the titular role in Frank, a chaotic road-trip to the depths of music and madness. Those of a certain vintage will remember the utter oddity that was Frank Sidebottom – a unique blend of postpunk weirdness wrapped up with the cabaret sensibilities of a Butlin’s Redcoat staff member. Frank regularly appeared on British TV through the 1980s, butch-

ering hits on a Casio keyboard. Loosely inspired by journalist Jon Ronson’s stint as a keyboard player with Frank Sidebottom’s band, Frank reimagines things in the present day, focusing on wannabe musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson). Jon’s opportunity to join the band Soronprfbs (which is so avant-garde, nobody knows how to pronounce the name) comes by chance when he finds the police wrestling their keyboard player from the sea.

Stepping in for a gig, he finds himself whisked away from British suburbia to the wilds of Wicklow to record an album. In the isolated confines of a log cabin, the band’s personalities clash. Jon is the light of sanity and our gateway into the odd cast of characters that comprise Soronprfbs. Frank is the everpresent mystery, and Jon’s fascination to find the man behind the mask lands him in trouble with the protective Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Jon’s quest to eke out

his home among the outcasts plays out like Almost Famous, spliced together with Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas. It’s an over-the-top ride, but despite the pervasive peculiarity, it never feels too far-fetched. Ronson’s input as co-author, coupled with Lenny Abrahamson’s directorial style, keep the piece grounded. Frank always feels more about the characters Jon meets, rather than the situations they get into, which in retrospect is some achievement. This may prove too

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender (yes, really) and Scoot McNairy star in probably the greatest film ever made about a man with a big fibreglass head

strange a film to immediately appeal to mass audiences, but as with Garage, and Adam and Paul, Abrahamson is able to make something universally significant from the strangest of circumstances. And, likewise, beneath

the giant head, Fassbender is able to create a character that is sporadically charming, terrifying, and – dare I say it – at times very relatable. Underneath the veneer of chaos lies a nicely crafted film that sets out to explore what happens

when we take an honest look beyond our facades. Its anthemic ending will stay with you for weeks, and will probably encourage you to be a little more open, a little more straightforward – and a little more Frank. Verdict: 8/10


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BITESIZEDNEWS

This tempting recipe serves eight

A lovely, light, lemon cake you can whip up POPULAR chef and author Donal Skehan, who has gathered and served up some of Theodora FitzGibbons’ recipes in a new collection (see review, right) presents this Lemon Marshmallow Cake recipe – just one of a number of delicious dishes to be found in the book, The Pleasures of the Table. This is something you can make a few days ahead of eating, and is a light and very fresh-tasting cake that serves eight.

Ingredients • 175g (6oz) butter or margarine • Pinch of salt • 175g (6oz) castor sugar • Lemon curd for filling • 3 eggs • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice • 225g (8oz) icing sugar • Approx 225g (8oz) split marshmallows • Icing Preparation • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. • Grease and flour two 20cm (8in) sponge tins. Cream together the butter and sugar until light. Beat the eggs with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. • Sieve the flour and salt, and add a spoonful each time you add some of the egg to the butter and sugar mixture. Then, fold in the remaining flour and mix well, but do not beat too hard. • Spoon the mixture between the two tins and bake in the centre of the oven for about 25–30 minutes, or until it moves away from the sides of the tins. Then, take out and cool. • Meanwhile, cut the marshmallows in half with wet scissors. When the cakes are cooked, cover the top of one with marshmallow halves slightly overlapping. Put back in the oven for a few minutes so that the marshmallows melt just a little. • When both sandwiches are cold, put together with a filling of lemon curd, and then when quite cold, ice the cake. • Sift the icing sugar into a basin, add the strained lemon juice and mix into a smooth paste. Put into a saucepan and warm gently over a low heat, beating well until it is of pouring consistency. • You might have to add a little water or milk, but make sure it is very little. Do not let it get too hot or the icing will go dull. • Pour warm icing over the cake, smooth the sides, then set aside to chill.

FOOD&DRINK

COLLECTION: THEODORA FITZGIBBON’S TOP RECIPES

What a pleasure to tuck into this tome ... THE name Theodora Fitz-Gibbon is sy nonymous with glamour, strength and independence. Fitzgibbon was the food editor for The Irish Times for 20 years and was well-known as a food expert and prolific cookbook author on both sides of the Atlantic. The Pleasures of the Table is a new collection of her best recipes, selected and photographed by Donal Skehan. Life-long fans will delight in this new collection to replace her old cookbooks and the cut-out yellowed clippings from her column years ago, while a new generation of cooks will rediscover a giant in Irish culinary circles. Born in London in 1918 of Irish parents, Theodora was educated in England and France and travelled widely with her father and husband – the writer Constantine FitzGibbon – living in India, the United States and in many countries on the continent. Her travels gave her

the opportunity to investigate first-hand the food of many diverse cultures, and she developed an extensive knowledge of both Irish and worldwide cuisine. It was her ability to bring social and historical context to food for her readers for the first time that marked her out as a game-changer when she began writing for The Irish Times in the 1970s. Theodora was also greatly interested in theatre and literature, working as an actress in London and Rome. She wrote two autobiographies, With Love, and Love Lies a Loss, and a novel, Flight of the Kingfisher, which was made into a successful BBC TV Play. Her autobiographies chronicle her eccentric family and upbringing, capture what life was like in wartime Paris and London, and recall her bohemian existence living in Bermuda, Capri and Rome. She rubbed shoulders with the great writers, artists and actors of the

Foodies will delight in this collection of some of the best of many recipes from legendary Irish Times food editor Theodora FitzGibbon (right). The late author led a fascinating life, with her meandering career bringing her into contact with many global dishes and international cuisine.

1940s and 1950s, among them Salvador Dali, Picasso, Dylan Thomas, Grahame Greene, Greta Garbo and James Thurber.

try to country. Her food career began when she moved back to Ireland at the end of the 1950s after her marriage to FitzGibbon ended.

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‘Her autobiographies chronicle her eccentric family and upbringing, and capture what life was like in wartime Paris and London’ --------------------------------------------------------

Food is a constant thread in her memoirs. There are many mouthwatering recollections of how she managed to create meals from nothing during the ration years, thanks to World War 2, and how she got to grips with new ingredients for her many dinner parties as she moved from coun-

She went on to marry film-maker and film archivist George Morrison, who photographed her recipes for her Irish Times column. They lived in Dalkey, “with the sea at the bottom of the garden”. Over a 20-year career, T heodora w rote 30 cookbooks. Among

them were the encyclopaedic The Food of the Western World, Your Favourite Recipes, Irish Traditional Food, Country House Kitchens, Eat Well and Live Longer, Cosmopolitan Cookery, The High Protein Diet and Cookery Book and The Young Cook’s Book – the latter three having received bronze medals at the Frankfurt International Food Fair. She also wrote for Image magazine, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Home and Gardens and made radio and television appearances on the BBC and RTE. She died in 1991. The Pleasures of the Table is published by Gill & Macmillan, and is priced at €24.99.


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ARTS BOOKS: TOM GILMARTIN – A DECENT DEVELOPER’S BATTLE AGAINST CORRUPTION

A fight for Irish honour  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

TOM Gilmartin, the eponymously titled subject of journalist Frank Connolly’s latest book, is rightly (though longwindedly) described so in the subtitle as the man who brought down a Taoiseach and exposed the greed and corruption at the heart of Irish politics. Gilmartin, who died last year, was an extremely successful developer from Sligo who left Ireland in the 1950s only to return in the 1980s to try to inject a bit of economic hope in an Ireland going through a recession. Setting up a large development in a site called

Quarryvale off the M50, he saw it as an attractive place to draw investment from many English businessmen and retailers. T hat development became Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and Retail Park. Frank Connolly tells the story, in painstaking detail, of how Gilmartin, an “honourable man” – whose motives were very sincere for his native country in its time of need – was beset, harassed and eventually bullied out of his own Quarryvale company, Barkhill, by a rogues’ gallery of characters in Irish development circles and politics.

The litany of examples of shady dealers and corrupt requests for “donations” catalogued in the book are reminiscent of the obscene characters in a Hunter S Thompson novel. Connolly is a very astute and thorough journalist who covered the Flood and Mahon tribunals into corruption in Dublin planning and became close to the besieged Gilmartin during that time. He paints a picture of Gilmartin as a pitiful figure at times, who was like a babe in the woods who stumbled into a den of political thieves when he attempted to negotiate his

way through the treacherous water of planning designations and zoning in Dublin. Gilmartin grew up in Lislary in Sligo, and left school at 13, but left home around three years later for Luton, where he spent most of his adult life. Gilmartin recalls the moment of epiphany when he made up his mind to leave. “I was back at home saving the hay with my father, when I stuck the fork in the ground and said, ‘I’ll be in England tomorrow’.” The next day, he was in Luton and steadily worked his way diligently over the years until he had

Writer Frank Connolly with music legend Christy Moore, who launched his latest book, Tom Gilmartin (right)

his own highly-successful engineering company. In the 1980s, he decided to go back to Ireland, having seen so many Irish people begging on the Underground in London, and because he wanted

to help his native country that, he said, was “on its knees”. Instead of being welcomed and accommodated in this respect, he was asked for bribes by many politicians to grease the

planning wheels to get his Quarryvale project off the ground. Tom Gilmartin is published by Gill & Macmillan and is available priced €16.99 at all good bookshops.


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APPSWATCH MAKE YOUR PHOTOS EVEN BETTER

Some of the most popular apps to polish your pics THIS apps round-up takes a look at some of the leading photo-editing apps. After all, whether you’re catching up with friends on Facebook, posting that perfect shot to Twitter, or simply jumping on board the latest internet meme bandwagon, chances are that you’ll want to make your shots look their best. With this in mind, here are some of the top photo editing apps to polish that perfect pic, or even put lots together into a simple film. OKAY, so Instagram (free, IOS, Android) is positively the grandfather of image-editing (and sharing) apps, but it’s still hugely popular as a photosharing service. Not only that, but it still has its uses for a quick edit of a shot you may want to post elsewhere. It also remains a gateway to easily upload and share your carefully crafted shot from within another app(s), meaning that you can ignore Instagram’s slightly lacking filters to add your own shot instead. For this kind of mass appeal, it’s hard to ignore Instagram’s appeal, and reach.

FOR those looking for a bit more oomph in their shots, Snapseed (free, IOS, Android) is a surprisingly adaptable image editing app (that yours truly uses for all of his online image editing, in fact). While there are literally thousands of free imageediting apps out there, many with further in-app purchases (IAP) to further extend that app’s usefulness, Snapseed only concentrates on editing and polishing shots to get them looking great, keeping a clean, neat interface that isn’t trying to fob IAP off on the user. The end result? Potentially professionally perfect pics, perfect for posting online or emailing off. FINALLY, who says your photos have to stay photos? Using Flipagram (free, IOS, Android) you can put lots of your photos together into a little movie (emphasis on “little” – think, 10 or 15 seconds), add some backing music, and hey presto – Stephen Spielberg will be cowering under the bed. There’s been a slow rise in the number of such photo-video editing and sharing apps in the past year in particular, but Flipagram provides a pretty nice, straightforward app to turn your photos into a clip to post online or forward on. (IAP is available to remove the branding that’s otherwise embedded in the end result; otherwise, it’s free to use.)

Google Ara Phone THE tech giant is working on a super-cheap, disposable/upgradeable mobile phone that could be out in 2015. At a rumoured $50 (c.€35) price point, the Project Ara phone – using modular components that can be easily replaced or upgraded – could be a smash hit. After all, why spend mega bucks on a new phone if you just want a faster processor or a new camera? If you could simply snap out and pop on the bits of a phone you actually want/need to upgrade, Ara could be another surprisingly innovative project by the tech company.s C. €35

TECH Samsung Galaxy S5 WHAT to say about another flagship product for the phone Titan? Being someone whose eyes glaze over once specs start trailing last like the credits in a Star Wars film, let’s just say that it’s a very powerful winner for Samsung once again - although it has a couple of niggles, as many such smartphones do. For example, depending on owner usage, the battery could be either a winner or a whiner, while the small charger-port cover is more fiddly than fantastic. Still, the Galaxy S5 more than proves why Samsung are Apple’s main contender, with this latest iteration impressing on most levels Price varies from network/package

NueVue iPad case WE’RE all used to seeing our beloved (and expensive) iPads put into protective cases and covers to help keep them clean and scratch-free – however, this doesn’t mean that they’re germfree. Enter the NueVue case which, at a similar price point to its more high-end peers, promises to protect and clean the screen of bacteria, if left to it. Considering the numbers of people that carry their iPads in and out of toilets and bathrooms without a second thought, this seems like a particularly cool – and useful – piece of kit to look out for (with the multicovered and textured cases also available for iPhones, too). For further information or to order your own cleaning cover, see www.nuevue.com. C. €42

Mophie iPhone juice pack XL APPLE’S iPhone users aren’t immune to the current Achilles Heel of almost all phones – they go out like a lion in the morning, but crawl home like a lamb gasping for juice – a particular problem if you’re travelling and/ or don’t have access to a charger. Enter the clunkily named Mophie iPhone Juice Pack XL (available to buy from http://store. apple.com/ie) which is a pricey but dead handy piece of tech indeed. As a glorified portable battery, it’ll never win any beauty prizes, but Mophie can recharge your iPhone several times, making it a pretty useful gadget, and potentially indispensable if you’re travelling for a while. It’s doubly useful, as it can charge two devices at the same time. €129.95

IT’S TRUE – ET REALLY WAS BURIED IN THE DESERT A POPULAR gamers’ joke (and urban legend) has it that in the early 1980s, up to a million copies of ET: The Extra Terrestrial (for the classic Atari 2600 console) were secretly buried somewhere in a New Mexico desert, as the game was truly terrible. However, it turns out that an awful lot of copies of the game have only just been found in a 30-year-old landfill

at Alamogordo, New Mexico, backing up matter-of-fact discussions from a former Atari manager who had been asked to find a cheap way to get rid of 728,000 cartridges. Putting such a legendary turkey into a big hole and pouring concrete over them turned out not to be a permanent way to get rid of such rubbish after all. It’s a bittersweet gaming story

for games enthusiasts – ET’s spectacular failure largely led to the downfall of Atari, ushering in the games crash of the early 1980s that decimated America’s gaming sector – so, to have found the long-missing games, thus proving the myth was true all along provides food for thought, as well as some mild amusement.


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World’s first car at Malahide show

Visitors to this year’s Malahide Classic and Vintage Car Show organised by Malahide Lions Club, which takes place at the Grand Hotel in the village on Sunday, May 18, will have the chance to view a full-size, fullyworking replica of the world’s first motor car, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. Details

Exact in every detail to the original patented design created by Karl Benz some 128 years ago, the car was engineered by apprentices at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart and is one of a very limited number produced by them to mark the centenary of the motorcar. It is now in the ownership of Motor Distributors Limited, concessionaires for Mercedes-Benz in Ireland. Also on display at the show will be some 100 classic and vintage cars

The full-size, fully-working replica of the world’s first motor car, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen

that, collectively, portray how the motorcar has evolved over a century since it was invented. Last year, some 3,000

New alliance: Finding success with Sexton toyota Ireland has added Jonathan Sexton to its portfolio of brand ambassadors. Sexton is an icon of Irish rugby, whose successes include a 6 Nations title, three Heineken Cup medals and an Amlin Cup medal. For such an accomplished athlete, only the Toyota Land Cruiser Business Class will suffice, and Jonathan is shown picking up his keys at Toyota Ireland headquarters from Steve Tormey, deputy managing director, Toyota Ireland.

visitors attended the event when the centerpiece exhibit was Ireland’s first motorcar, a Benz Velo Comfortable

imported into Ireland by Dr Colohan, then owner of what is now the Grand Hotel. Entrance to the event

is €5 per adult or €10 per family with proceeds going to St Francis Hospice in Raheny and other charitable causes.

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Volkswagen present family specially adapted van for Flood family Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has presented Caoimhe Flood and her family with a new Caddy Maxi Life, which has been specially adapted for Caoimhe’s needs after her own vehicle was stolen. The Flood family were burgled in March and thieves stole Caoimhe’s specially adapted vehicle after removing the keys from the family home. The family also lost other items which Caoimhe relies on day to day, including an iPad which helps her to communicate. The stolen vehicle was found last week burnt out in Wexford. Marliss Flood said: “I am truly delighted to have received my new Caddy and cannot say enough about the help and assistance that the team at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles gave us during this difficult time. From the moment they heard our story, the team stepped in to deliver a courtesy replacement vehicle whilst they designed Caoimhe’s new vehicle which was fully adapted within two weeks. We are so touched by how they reached out to us.” Caoimhe Flood, is seven years of age and needs 24-hour care after being paralysed from birth, as she suffers from cerebral palsy. Speaking on Ryan Tubridy’s 2fm show, Caoimhe’s mother, Marliss, explained how the vehicle was stolen while Caoimhe was being looked after by her night nurse. The following morning when Marliss went downstairs she discovered the family car, a special grey Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life automatic, was gone. Commenting, Alan Bateson, managing director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, said: “When we heard the Flood’s story on the Tubridy show on RTE 2fm, we knew that we had to step in and help. We have heard firsthand how families all over the country rely on these vehicles, many with children who have special needs and these vehicles act as a lifeline.”

Marlis Flood with Caoimhe, Sean and Aoife are pictured taking delivery of their new Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life


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Leinster rugby captain Leo Cullen (second from left) is supporting St Michael’s Rowing Club’s Celtic Challenge bid

rowing: dun laoghaire crew to race across Irish channel

BLUEBELL United’s Ger Bambrick scored a stunning hat-trick for his Irish Eastern Region side last week in the East vs West Regions Cup. His goals in the 3-0 win mean the East will represent the FAI for the UEFA Regions Cup campaign.

TEAMof the St Michael’s Rowing Club team MONTH up with GOAL for Celtic Challenge H OVER the May bank holiday weekend, 12 men and women from St Michael’s Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire and volunteers from Irish charity Goal, will take part in a biennial rowing race across the Irish Sea known as the Celtic Challenge. The race sets off from Arklow with the finishing line in Aberystwyth, Wales. At 150km, this relay race is billed as the longest true rowing race in the world and draws together 27 teams from Wales, Ireland and beyond.

The team is taking on this challenge to raise funds for a support project in the Philippines and a new skiff for St Michael’s. The event is an extremely challenging one and will test all team members both mentally and physically. Their oarsmen and oarswomen will have to contend with waves, currents, blisters, seasickness, lack of sleep and the particular challenges of rowing in the dark. The crossing is expected to take over 24 hours, with the squad currently training hard

on land and sea in preparation. In fact, the six members from Team Goal had never rowed in the open sea up until 12 weeks ago and are really excited about the challenge. Anna Keegan said: “I had no idea what I was letting myself in for, however the on and off water training has been excellent and now I’m really excited to get going.” Not many races start and finish in different countries, a source of pride to the Welsh and Irish oarsmen and women

involved. So too is the sport of coastal rowing itself, which differs from the Olympic or Oxford v Cambridge code of rowing in a number of key ways. Seats are fixed, not sliding, and boats are of a more substantial construction to tackle the swell on the open seas, which can reach several metres. St Michael’s take things a step further by using quarter-ton wooden clinker-built east coast skiffs rather than the modern fibreglass models, used by all other competitors in 2012.

clontarf rfc CLONTARF broke their Ulster Bank All-Ireland league duck in thrilling fashion last weekend when they profited from Old Belvedere’s 23-18 loss to Garryowen. It meant their 27-13 win over Ballynahinch saw them top the table for the first time.


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cycling: adamstown rider returns strong from injury

Liffey Valley ladies golf group to hold lessons Liffey Valley Par 3 Golf Course’s ladies group are holding free group lessons with club professional Dara Lernihan on May 20. The group, which consists of mainly beginners in the sport, play each Tuesday evening and run competitions throughout the year, as well as running occasional social evenings, which last year included an art class with Frank Clarke in the Springfield Hotel, pictured above. There is no membership fee and all members are entitled to a discounted price per round. For more information about the club and the lessons, contact Ross Cregan from Liffey Valley Par 3 Golf Course on 01 621 9514.

Adamstown Cycling Team manager Brendan Whelan with riders Jimmy Dignam, team captain Darragh Zaidan and Shane Dillon

Zaidan back in solid form  nathan kelly sport@gazettegroup.com

Da r r agh Z a i d a n firmly announced his comeback from injury

with an impressive stage win at the Gorey Three Day event recently. The Adamstown cyclist finished eighth overall in the event, claiming fourth in the morning time-trial on the Sunday morning. His stage win marks the first senior win of a young career which has been blighted in the past year through injury. On the achievement, Zaidan told GazetteSport: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s my first win in around three years. It’s always nice to get your hands in the air and it’s good to remind yourself of that winning feeling.”

The difficult year the Palmerstown native has endured is the result of a bad crash he suffered last season while cycling in France with former club UC Aubenas. On how vital a win was at an event such as the Gorey Three Day,Zaidan said: “It was a big moment for me because it just shows after the crash in France last year that things are starting to get back together; the legs are getting stronger and there’s a bit of form coming.” Having raced in France for the past two seasons, attention will be focused on Ireland for this cam-

captain cuts ribbon

McCaffrey opens new Sarsfields club shop LUCAN Sarsfields new O’Neill’s club shop was opened last weekend by Dublin hurling captain and Lucan Sarsfields man Johnny McCaffrey, marking the end of a four-month project. The opening of the shop coincides with the launch of new team and club partner initiatives which will enable local businesses to have their brand promoted by Lucan Sarsfields both on and off the field. More details can be found on www.lucansarsfields.ie.

paign, but Zaidan aims to impress enough for a chance abroad next year again. “That’s the plan”, he said. “I didn’t get back to France because the crash meant no results. Plus I wasn’t really getting looked after properly over there medically so when I came home that improved. But I’m aiming to put a string of good results together and get a contract abroad for next season.” Adamstown Cycling Club was set up by Zaidan and others, notably Brendan Whelan, who works closely with the coach-less rider. “[Brendan is] a great

friend, always there to mentor me. He’s more of a confidant as I am actually coach-less at the moment, just doing my own thing.” The club is growing, with the Bicycle Design Centre recently signing up as sponsor. Looking ahead, Zaidan is now turning his attention to more personal glory, with the Irish Nationals at the end of June what the 21-yearold is working towards. “T he nationals in Mullingar would be my next, if you like, big race. There’s a lot of racing before then, but that’s the ultimate goal.”


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Clabby strike pips Lucan to the points   sport@gazettegroup.com

LUCAN Sarsfields were pegged back late by Aodan Clabby’s tenth point for Ballinteer St John’s to see the clubs share the spoils last week in their opening senior hurling championship Group 4 tie in O’Toole Park. They shared a lively

2-15 to 1-18 scoreline as Lucan put in a concerted second half performance to overcome a 1-8 to 1-6 half-time deficit after Gavin Byrne’s early goal was cancelled out by David Quinn’s penalty. Niall Stagg’s secondhalf goal, along with scores from Tommy Somers (0-5) and Matt McCaffrey were instrumental in

building a narrow lead for the 12th Lock side against their southside rivals. Chris Crummey’s point had them a point clear in injury time only for Clabby to add another score to close out the lively draw. Elsewhere, St Pat’s Palmerstown put it up to reigning champions Ballyboden St Enda’s but ultimately fell 2-16 to 2-12

in Group 2. There were six points between the teams at halftime thanks to goals from Conal Keaney and Naoise Maguire but scoring machine Shane Stapleton notched a monster 1-10 to keep his side interested in the second half. They had too much to do, though, and fell four short.

camogie: sarsfields ladies claim fourth feile

Club Noticeboard lucan sarsfields Many thanks to all who renewed their

and the intermediates are away to

membership.

Brigid’s on Friday at 7pm.

Congratulations to our U-14 cam-

Best of luck to Emmet O’Conghaile

ogie Feile teams who had great per-

and the Dublin U-21 footballers in the

formances at the weekend. Our Divi-

All-Ireland Final on Saturday.

sion 1 team were unbeaten through-

On the juvenile front, the hurling

out the weekend and were convincing

Go Games on Saturday morning saw

winners over Good Counsel in the

excellent performances from our

final to bring back the Division 1 title

U-8s and -9s, with our U-10s taking

to Lucan once again.

home the honours against Ballyboden

In the adult camogie section, Lucan

and Round Tower. Both our U-13 foot-

fielded four teams last week recorded

ball teams had wins over St Vincent’s

three good wins, while our Division 2

and Na Fianna, the U-14s also recoded

side was very unlucky to lose by a sin-

victories over Naomh Mearnog and

gle point. All the latest camogie news

Good Counsel. Our U-15s and U-16s

available on the camogie section of

also won their games. Best of luck to

the website.

our U-14 football teams who are in

Our adult hurling teams had solid

Feile action this weekend.

performances in the last week with

Lucan’s favourite shop is now open

our senior and intermediate teams

in Lucan Sarsfields on Thursdays

drawing their matches with Ballint-

from 7.30 to 8.30pm and Saturdays

eer and Faughs respectively. Our

from 12 to 3.30pm, with the online ver-

juniors had a convincing win on Sun-

sion open 24/7.

day morning.

Results from the golf society’s first

This week the championship action

outing at Knockanalley Golf Club saw

switches to football. The Junior B team

Gabriel Larkin take the first prize

are on the senior pitch on Thursday

with 42pts.

st pat’s palmerstown Our U-14 camogie team put up a great

Senior football championship draw

fight in a tough division at the Feile.

2014: St Pat’s have been given a tough

Unfortunately, a semi-final spot was

tie in the senior football championship,

not to be. Well done to all the team,

where they will be facing St Vincent’s

Lucan Sarsfields won their Division 1 final against Good Counsel at O’Toole Park last weekend

Sandra Fergus and to all the parents

at Parnell Park on May 14 at 8.15pm.

Counsel sustained as Lucan cruise to title

for their help with the arrangements.

Good luck to the U-14 football team

Ballyboden St Enda’s came out win-

in Feile on Saturday, May 3. St Pat’s are

ners against St Pat’s in the first match

hosting Division 2 in Glenaulin Park and

of the senior hurling championship. St

looking forward to a festival of football

Pat’s gave a very spirited perform-

and an enjoyable day for all.

dublin feile Div 1 final

GARDA/westmanstown gaels

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4-6 0-0

Lucan Sarsfields created further camogie history last Sunday when they became the first club to contest seven Division 1 Feile finals in a row, and in the process annexed their fourth Feile title when they comprehensively defeated Good Counsel in this year’s competition at O’Toole Park. Having both graduated from the same group stage at Faugh’s Celtic, and expectations were high for an evenly matched

and competitive match to decide the division, especially considering that Good Counsel had recently beaten Lucan in the league. But this was not to prove to be Counsel’s day. Lucan played some skilful hurling and were dominant across the park. The 12th Lock ladies were already threee points ahead when Counsel’s keeper made a great save from Jessica McClelland, who followed up her strike, secured possession and scored Lucan’s first goal. Laura Quinn added a point to give Lucan a 1-4

to no score at half time. After the break, Lucan made a blistering start, adding 2-1 early in the half. In spite of the mountain facing them, Good Counsel never gave up and battled hard throughout, but it was not to be their day. They could not get enough clean possession to get back into the game. Lucan added another 1-1 to their total. In the dying minutes, the Lucan keeper Grace Kenny was called on to make two great saves. All 18 Lucan players gave lifetime best performances. It would be an

injustice to single out anybody for special mention. Scorers for Lucan Sarsfields: Jessica McClellend 1-3, Laura Quinn 1-2, Orla Sadlier 1-0, Shiefra Byrne and Aoife Mahon shared 1-0 and Emma Sweeney 0-1. Lucan: Aisling Gray, Grace Kenny, Aoife Byrne, Tara O’Connor, Laoise Ni Bhroin, Rhiannon Withero, Sarah Prendergast, Maeve O’Mahony, Amy Lucas, Yazmin Kilduff, Jessica McClelland, Orla Sadlier, Laura Quinn, Emma Sweeney, Abby Lawlor, Siof ra Byrne, Anisa Khan, Aoife Mahon.

ance and ran Ballyboden very close

Lotto: Jackpot €10,000: numbers

but were unfortunate to lose to Bal-

drawn were 1, 6, 8 and 29. No win-

lyboden by four points. Well done on a

ner. Second jackpot €4,000: numbers

great game.

drawn 22, 14, 16 and 17. No winner.

Well done to the ladies who contin-

weekend in the annual Dublin Coun-

ued their good run last week with an

ty Feile which is hosted next week-

impressive home win in the cup over

end at Westmanstown. Thank you

Naomh Mearnog, coming out on top

to everyone that supported their

on a 7-14 to 2-4 scoreline. Training

fund-raising projects in recent

continues on Mondays at 7.30pm and

weeks. Come out and support the

on Fridays at 7pm.

team!

The intermediates are out in the

Congratulations to Jim Gavin and

championship against Scoil Ui Cho-

the Dublin team on retaining the

naill at Balgriffin on Friday evening

Division 1 league title. Up the Dubs!

at 7pm.

If you are interested in joining the

An extraordinary Easter camp

Gaels to play football, hurling and/

saw more than 200 children par-

or camogie (boys and girls from five

ticipate last week. Well done to Dec-

to 16), please contact Declan Jen-

lan and his team for running a very

nings at 085 800 6101.

enjoyable programme. A big thank you to everyone who came along.

The nursery (five to seven years) takes place every Saturday there-

Good luck to the Gaels U-14 boys

after from 10 to 11.30am on our all-

that will represent the club next

weather facility at Westmanstown.


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Stephanie Roche, right, pictured at the launch of the 2014 eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools with David Meyler and 12-year-old Cillian Prunty Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Roche’s World Cup bid

Peamount goal-machine Stephanie Roche is confident Ireland are in a good position for a place at the women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015

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HAVING scored ‘that goal’ back in October, Stephanie Roche, like Irish women’s football in general, has gone from strength to strength in the past few months. GazetteSport caught up with the Peamount United striker at the launch of the 2014 eFlow Summer Soccer Schools in the Aviva stadium last Wednesday, for which she, alongside Hull City’s David Meyler, is an ambassador. Most recently, Roche was back breaking moulds for the Irish senior side. The side pushed European Champions Germany

all the way in their World Cup qualifier in Tallaght stadium, a German side who had scored 44 goals and conceded none in their previous six qualifying games. Ireland broke that run with an early strike while a Roche goal in the dying minutes almost confirmed a 2-2 draw only for the strong Germans grabbed a late winner. On the match, Stephanie reflected: “I think there is a lot of positives to take from the game, nobody expected us to get two goals against them. We felt unlucky not to get something out of the game, which if you compared to a couple of years ago, you would be going out hoping not to get thumped.”

Up next for Sue Ronan’s Irish girls is Russia, who they are tied in second place with in Group A. Looking ahead to the fixture on May 7, Roche said: “We’ve played them twice before in the last campaign, which was 1-1 at home and 3-0 away but they’re a good side. “They got thumped by Germany already so they’ll be aiming to come back against us. We should know what to expect from them and hopefully we can get the result.” With the men’s team not due to play in the finals of a major tournament till at least 2016, Roche and the Irish ladies could provide some national excitement in Canada next summer should they qualify for the

World Cup. Following the completion of the Bus Eireaan Women’s National League, Roche was named in the team of the year and pressed her case fot player of the year. with a stunning five goal salvo against Cork in the penultimate game of the season for Peamount. On those nominations, Roche said: “I’m delighted. It’s good to be up there, hopefully I have a shout of getting it but there’s some good players going for it. Two of my teammates from Peamount are up for it, Áine (O’Gorman) and Julie (Ann-Russell). “They’ve been brilliant this year so hopefully one of the Peamount girls can get it.”



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