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ANTISOCIAL behaviour in Griffeen Valley Park is now “rampant”, according to Ballyowen football manager Zoe Poole. Poole, who is the under-11s manager of Ballyowen Celtic Football Club, talked to The Gazette about how vandals set fire to a storage container, where the club keeps its goalposts and other football equipment. She said: “They [vandals] set a fire
in a gap underneath the container. “There was a lot of smoke damage, and the nets from the goalposts were destroyed. We’re asking the council to move it [the container], or to build fencing around it like the ones at Esker Park and Liffey Valley.” A Garda source from Lucan Garda Station said they were aware of the incidents of antisocial behaviour and were investigating each case individually. Full Story on Page 2
Jedward’s Concern: Lads take the fast way to support a campaign LOCAL popstars Jedward were all set to join those taking part in Concern’s Worldwide Fast on Thursday, November 28. Jedward – also known as John and Edward Grimes – launched the annual campaign earlier this month, in which participants can choose to go without food, treats or gadgets
for 24 hours, or to live on just €1 for the day to help raise funds for people in the developing world. Jedward were ready to take up the challenge on the day in Australia, where they are currently touring, with John set to fast, while Edward aimed to live on €1 for the day. Picture: Jason Clarke
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ANTISOCIAL behaviour in Griffeen Valley Park is now “rampant”, according to Ballyowen football manager Zoe Poole. Poole, who is the under11s manager of Ballyowen Celtic Football Club, described to The Gazette how vandals set fire to a storage container, where the club keeps its goal posts and other football equipment. She said: “They [vandals] set a fire in a gap underneath the container. There was a lot of smoke damage and the nets from the goal posts were destroyed. “When we went back
there [we noticed] they set another fire around the front [of the container]. “We have to get the whole place cleaned. The floor has been destroyed and we have to get it replaced. We can’t afford to get someone in to do it, so we’re going to try and hire a power washer. “We’re asking the council to move it [the container] or to build fencing around it like the ones at Esker Park and Liffey Valley. I don’t think we’re asking for too much,” she said. Poole also spoke about how teenagers in the park shout abusive slurs at the children from the football club while they are trying to train.
Part of the damaged container at Griffeen Valley Park, where a fire lit by vandals destroyed nets from goal posts
“While our kids are training, these guys are giving them grief, and when they’re going into their containers to get changed there is broken
glass everywhere.” Cllr William Lavelle (FG) has called on gardai and the council parks department to step-up efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour in Lucan’s parks – in particular, at Griffeen Valley Park. He said: “Having visited the area, it was clear that there was a well-secluded den made in the hedgerow behind the container. “There was evidence of regular drinking parties and bonfires, while club officials also told me they suspected drugs activity had taken place here also.” A Garda source from Lucan Garda Station said they were aware of the incidents of antisocial behaviour in Griffeen Park and were investigating each case individually. The source said: “We have a number of patrols in and around Griffeen Valley Park and all the parks [in Lucan], which are part of our patrol patterns. We would investigate instances of criminal damage or arson or major public order instances individually. “We would hope that if the public see anything unusual or people acting in an unusual manner, that they would bring it to
our attention as soon as possible.” Cllr Lavelle said that this latest incident comes at the same time as an increase in complaints being reported regarding antisocial behaviour in Willsbrook and Hermitage Park, as well as regular incidents of antisocial behaviour in Lucan estates, including the egging of houses. A spokesperson from South Dublin County Council said they will have to examine the proposed fencing-off or relocation of the container, and are appealing to anyone who witnesses antisocial behaviour in the park to contact gardai. The spokesperson said: “The park rangers visit all of the parks [in Lucan]. They rotate from one park to another on a regular basis during their opening hours. “With larger parks such as Griffeen Valley Park, the gates close between 4 to 4.30pm, depending on the time of the year. “We would also ask people to contact the gardai if there is any evidence of antisocial behaviour, and the council will work closely with the gardai in matters such as this,” said the spokesperson.
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sport: grant share is sought for facility in clondalkin village
Green Flag for King’s
Council seeks fund to redevelop pool ian begley
SOUTH Dublin County Council has applied to the SportNation grant to redevelop the former swimming pool in Clondalkin village. South Dublin chose the refurbishment of the swimming pool as the lead project for the area, as part of the SportNation programme, which provides each council with almost €60,000 towards a sports project. Cllr Emer Higgins (FG) says she is delighted with the council’s decision to refurbish the Clondalkin swimming pool. She said: “I am very conscious that active groups such as the senior citizens have no specific
community resource to call home, and I would love to see the former swimming pool refurbished into not just a sports amenity, but a community amenity to be used by the entire area. “The council’s community services department have proactively gone after this funding with what is considered a very strong proposal, and I’m hugely supportive of their decision to select the refurbishment of Clondalkin’s old swimming pool as our lead project. “This would be a significant and positive development for the village of Clondalkin, and I hope that our grant pro-
posal will be accepted,” said Cllr Higgins. Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab) said he is happy with the council’s grant request for the swimming pool, and says the funding provided will not deter the proposed public swimming pool in Lucan. He said: “I’m quite happy with the money that’s being spent on the pool. “Small projects here and there are not going to interfere with the Lucan swimming pool. “In [the council’s] sports and leisure strategy in South Dublin, the Lucan swimming pool is the top priority, but we will never be able to build it out of council funds,” said Cllr Tuffy.
Here he ho: Santa Claus arrives at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre THERE was great excitement at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre recent-
ly when Santa Claus dropped by to turn on the centre’s lights, and met lots of local boys and girls. The children gathered with their parents, shoppers and onlookers to greet the arrival of the man in red and some of his helpers, who led a colourful procession through the busy shopping hub to the centrepiece of the centre’s celebrations – a magnificent giant Christmas tree, covered with a dazzling collection of baubles and lights. Mr Claus turned on the lights to great cheers, and told the children to be on their best behaviour in the run-up to this year’s Christmas Eve. Picture: Cathy Weatherston
THE King’s Hospital, Palmerstown was recently awarded its third Green Flag after it saved 1.3 million litres of water over the course of the year. As a boarding school with 40 acres of land, King’s Hospital uses a lot of water. The school reduced water usage by using push taps that stop automatically, and also changed its laundry procedures to cut the number of loads they wash. They also introduced a time restriction on showers and repaired leaks at the school. The seven steps of the Green-Schools programme can be seen online at www.greenschoolsireland.org.
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theatre West Dubliners ready for The Helix
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Local children all set to shine in panto roles ian begley
A MAN who was arrested in relation to stolen artefacts from the National Library of Ireland has been released without charge. The 35-year-old male was arrested on November 21 at 7am during a planned house search in Clonsilla by gardai from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (arts and antiques unit). During the search, a large number of books and pamphlets, some of which are of historical value, were recovered. The man was detained at Lucan Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He was released that night without charge. A file has been sent to the DPP.
Memory Lane: Winning pictures of Palmerstown LILY Hill was happy to take a trip down memory lane as she took in some of the work at an exhibition featuring some of the winning entries in Palmerstown, People and Places; a competition held by Palmerstown Camera Club in association with The Silver Granite. Mrs Hill joined many other locals at the exhibition, held as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the community pub and entertainment venue, and featuring a look back at some of the sights, local figures and life of the community. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/’Photocall Ireland
FOUR local schoolchildren are about to hit the national stage in The Sleeping Beauty at The Helix, having won a place on the route to stardom via Ireland’s only panto boot camp in summer. Aoife Byrne, Torsten Brescanu and Sarah Murphy, all from Lucan and Isabella Sartini from Palmerstown were among 200 hopefuls who were put through their paces. Their lessons included singing, dancing and schooling in the art of panto, but only the top talent was set to be picked to perform at The Helix. Now, the children are set to shine in an upcoming six-week run of The Sleeping Beauty at The
Princess Aurora (Lauren Nevin)
Helix. Isabella said: “Being on stage is really, really exciting and we’ve had so much fun learning all our new dances and songs.” At just nine years old, Isabella, who is in fourth class at Lucan’s Gaelscoil Naomh Padraig, is among the younger members of the cast. Sarah Murphy, who lives in Ardeevin Avenue,
said: “It’s the best thing ever, we all love performing and it’s even better being on stage when you see the audience’s reaction.” The first-year student at Lucan Community College is thrilled with her fellow actors, who include Fair City’s lovable rogue, Mondo – also known as George McMahon. George plays the handsome Harry Smiles in this re-telling of the classic fairy tale with a contemporary Dublin twist. The Lucan children are among the talented bunch of 44 youngsters, who range in age from seven to 14 years, who are a cast member. The panto’s writer/producer Claire Tighe said: “Because there is a limit
to the amount of time children can perform on stage, our child star crew is divided into seven teams. “All the children will appear in a selection of shows over our six-week run at The Helix.” This is Claire’s sixth panto at the Dublin theatre, following on from her hugely-successful productions of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk, with her family-run company, TheatreworX drawing upon more than 20 years of pantomime experience. Sleeping Beauty runs at The Helix theatre from November 29 to January 12, with tickets priced €25 (adult), €21 (child) and from €69 (family).
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schools Minister Fitzgerald praises initiative
Range of short mental health films impress ian begley
STUDENTS from Collinstown Park Community College, Clondalkin, recently showcased 15 short films, highlighting the area of mental health, at their second annual CAST Film Festival. Organised by teachers and students from Collinstown Park Community College, in collaboration with Young Social Innovators, the awards ceremony was attended by hundreds of students, with prizes being pre-
sented by luminaries such as Rachel Collier, chief executive, Young Social Innovators; Orla Barry, chief executive, Mental Health Ireland; Fair City actor Jim Bartley; Love/ Hate actor Aaron Heffernan and director Paul Cusack. Ailish O’Donoghue, communications officer for the festival, said the night was a fantastic success. She said: “Everything went really well on the night. There was a great mix of short films this year
that contained some really hard-hitting messages around mental health. “The CAST Film Festival is a great opportunity for budding film makers because there aren’t many competitions out there for young people. You don’t have to be studying filming or to come from any specific background to enter,” she said. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, officially opened the event in the Green Isle Hotel, and said she was proud and
Some of the students from Cross and Passion College, Kilcullen, Kildare, which won the Significant Impact award on behalf of Reach Out at the second annual CAST Film Festival, held at the Green Isle Hotel
privileged to launch the second annual youth-led festival on mental health. Speaking after the event, Minister Fitzgerald said: “Tonight’s ceremony showcased 15 short films – shortlisted from 40 entrants – made by students from across Ireland highlighting issues around mental health.
“In my work as minister [for children and youth affairs], I am acutely aware that the best and most effective policies to improve the lives of young people are those in which policymakers have actively listened to young people, and taken their opinions and feedback on board.
“Extraordinary events such as this one demonstrate just how much our young people have to say, and how much they have to contribute.” At the festival, the Community Category Best Film award went to Jigsaw, Clondalkin, which was sponsored by Spunout.ie.
volunteer President honours local man TOM Healy, a former pupil of Confey College, recently received a Gold Gaisce President’s Award in Dublin Castle for a range of voluntary work. He is a third-year engineering student in DIT Dublin and was one of 33 students who received the award from President Michael D Higgins. P r e s i d e n t aw a r d s leader Lily Barry praised Healy’s commitment to voluntary work over many years, saying: “It all started with his bronze [President’s] award and Tom was really enthusiastic about making a real difference to his local community. “This commitment has continued into his student life ... supporting students through his work with the student union.”
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schools Council’s new policy is result of years of campaigning
Schooltime ban for HGVs ian begley
THE ban of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) on the Newcastle/Adamstown Road during schooltime hours has been implemented after a lengthy campaign from local residents. The campaign, originally sought by Lucan resident and local election Independent candidate Liona O’Toole, has been a pressing issue since 2008, and is currently awaiting final confirmation from An Garda Siochana before the ban becomes officially enforced. Speaking to The Gazette, she said: “In 2008, I started the campaign for the HGV restriction and collected 800 sig-
natures of support from concerned parents from the local schools adjacent to the Newcastle Road. “I further arranged for the chairs/trustees/principals of 14 local residents’ associations, sport clubs and schools to sign up to a mission statement supporting the HGV schooltime restriction. “With the support of these local groups, I pushed forward and brought the campaign to a successful conclusion and I’m happy to announce this weekend the signs went up on the entrance to the Newcastle Road,” said O’Toole. In 2008, she accumulated 14 signatures of various stakeholders of a schooltime HGV restriction,
and sent them to Frank Coffey, former director of transportation at South Dublin County Council, along with a statement on why a HGV ban is appropriate for the area. Cllr William Lavelle (FG) played a significant role in assisting O’Toole and the local residents in enforcing the HGV ban. He said: “This has been an issue which has been talked about for a number of years, and has been subjected to significant support across the community. “As a local councillor, I was delighted to play a lead role in the past year in working with residents [to help secure the amendment]. “The amendment
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which I secured to the council’s new HGV policy, as well as the motions I had tabled at Lucan area committee meetings, eventually resulted in this HGV restriction coming into force. “I wish to thank residents and parents from the Newcastle area for
their support.” O’Toole is currently running as an Independent candidate in the 2014 elections for Lucan and Palmerstown. Acting as the current chair of Scoil Aine National School Parents’ Association, she is also the co-founder of both Finns-
town Abbey Residents’ Association, and Finnstown Abbey’s Neigbourhood Watch scheme. She has also played a pivotal role in the introduction of hockey and an annual hockey tournament into a number of schools in the Lucan area.
Dog owners failing to pick up after their pets could face the wrath of the local authority as Dublin council’s come together to tackle dog fouling. An initiative launched this week sees Dublin’s four mayors urge Dubliners to clean up after their dogs and report offenders to a new hotline number. It is hoped that the initiative will help with the problem of dog fouling in the streets and parks across the county and the dangers it can pose to health.
Licences Currently there are over 30,000 dogs living in Dublin with 30,745 dog licences issued by Dublin’s four councils last year. To date 28,122 have been issued. Mayor of South Dublin County Council Dermot Looney (Lab) said: “[Dog fouling] would certainly be within the top 10 complaints I would receive. Hotline “ We ’r e t r y i n g t o encourage people to ring the hotline [1800 251 5000] or to contact councils directly when they see problematic dog fouling in a particular area. “T his is n’t a new problem; it’s been going on for a long time. “I think it’s dow n to us as councillors to promote responsible walking of dogs, but it’s also very important for people to clean up after them,” he said.
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Shaunak Mohapatra, Pranav Erukattil, Yuvraj Shah, Geetha Saravanna,
and Lakshmi Shmi Cllr William Lavelle (FG), Shahid Sultan, Dr Jasbir S. Puri, Deputy Joanna Tuffy (Lab),
Saravanna. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston
Polly Mulvey and Pam Murray Martina Mc Donnell and Mary Mangru
Sheena Caraway and Maureen Larkin
John Mangru and Sadhbh Cronin. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston
fundraiser: DINNER AT River cafe for nyumbani charity
FUNDRAISING dinner held recently at the River Cafe has raised â‚Ź2,970 for the Children of Nyumbani in Kenya. The event was organised by Lucan nurse Judith Brogan, and the funds raised will go towards a charity that
looks after an orphanage for children affected by HIV. The charity is run by a team of volunteers and Jesuitsisters and priests. To make a donation or for more information, log on to www.nyumbani.org.
Owners of The River Cafe Deirde Fogarty and Michael Keane
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HE Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, was recently celebrated at Eurasia Supermarket at Fonthill Retail Park in Lucan. The supermarket marked the occasion with various activities, including ethnic dance performances, competitions, food and drinks, as
well as free “mehndi” henna tattoos. They also announced the winners of the Bumper Lucky Draw Contest, and presented the winners with their prizes, which included laptops, gift hampers, vouchers and home appliances.
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Ciara Barry and Patrick Mooney. Pictures: Dennigan Photography
HIS November, the carnival came to town as CanTeen Ireland celebrated its 10th winter ball recently. CanTeenâ€™s members, friends and supporters rolled-up at the Crowne Plaza in Swords to take part in an evening of fun and frolics, with enter-
tainment from award-winning Irish comedian Chris Kent and music by SoundCheque. Along with entertainment on the night, guests also had the opportunity to hear the stories of some inspirational CanTeen members and Professor Desmond Carney, consultant
oncologist from the Mater Hospital. The annual winter ball was set up to celebrate the members of CanTeen Ireland, a national support group for young people with cancer which has been running for nine years. CanTeen has more than 260 members, who range from 12 to 25 years old.
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what’son Christmas festival is back:
Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes says his Toy Show will feature some of the most in-demand toys this year
hughes: ‘people forget Ireland AM have done their own Show for years’
TV3 Toy Show to vy with RTE for Xmas viewers Laura Webb
Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes is to take on a new challenge when he goes head to head with Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Toy Show on Friday. TV3’s pre-recorded Christmas Toys is bringing Christmas spirit to homes across Ireland during a morning segment on Ireland AM on November 29, which will be repeated later that night. Filming on set, Alan took time out
to speak to The Gazette. “I am so excited about it. It is great fun. The kids have been great all morning, it’s just a real Christmas wonderland here and we are really getting into the spirit of it. The toys are great and the kids are great,” he said. Putting to bed talk that this show is trying to rival RTE’s Late Late Toy Show he said: “People forget that Ireland AM have done their own toy show for years.
“We have had our own show throughout the programme every year with five minute sections throughout the mornings. “So what we have done this year, because of our extended Ireland AM show, we have just put them together and put it into a half hour show. It was then decided to put the half hour show on Friday night, which just happens to be the same night as the Late Late Toy Show. “You can’t even try and compare
it to the Late Late Toy Show. We are not going to get one million viewers; if we get 100,000 viewers we would be delighted. It is no competition but it is going to be a lovely half-hour show.” According to Alan, the show features some of the most in-demand toys this year, which will help parents and kids with their Christmas lists this year. Christmas Toys airs Friday, November 29 on Ireland AM at 10am and again that night at 8pm on TV3.
Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival is back again for the ninth consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festival treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at George’s Dock. Taking place from December 12–23, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a few surprises added to the regular line-up of events, including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George’s Dock. The atmosphere during the week-long event promises to be truly festive with Christmas trees, fairy lights, carol singing, traditional Victorian fairground rides, lots of gift shopping opportunities and mulled wine and festive food for every taste bud. The opening hours of the festival are Monday to Wednesday from 12pm to 8pm, Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 10pm, and Sunday from 10am to 8pm. For a full list of the festival events visit www. dublindocklandschristmasfestival.ie
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feature a day in the life: youngest Mayor of South dublin
‘There’s no normal morning for me’ Ian Begley
South Dublin Mayor Dermot Looney: “This isn’t a nine-to-five job at all”
Voted in as the youngest ever Mayor of South County Dublin, 31-yearold Labour councillor Dermot Looney has accomplished a vast amount of public and political merits in his relatively short time in the job. H e s p o ke t o t h e Gazette about a day in the busy life of a mayor. “This isn’t a nine-tofive job at all. I aim to be in the office for around 10am, but frequently I have meetings at half
seven in the morning. “The reason why I come into the office so late [in the mornings] is because I have events or meetings in the evening time going on until 9pm or even beyond,” said Dermot. “There’s no normal morning for me. I’m not a great man for taking breakfast, but a cup of tea is very important. “I drive a very fancy 1997 Toyota Corolla that I got from my Dad and it’s brilliant. “I would often get parking spots reserved
for me, and people are kind of surprised when I turn up in this weird looking green Corolla,” said Dermot.
Interactions Dermot admits that the many interactions he has with people on a daily basis are what makes his job so interesting. “Last week I had about 20 events to launch or attend to, then I had 20 or 30 separate meetings during the week,” said Dermot. “The thing that’s the
most positive and fulfilling to me is meeting with all sorts of groups that are doing really important work in the community. “I’m the youngest mayor that there has ever been in South Dublin so I think there’s an expectation on me to be full of energy. “We’ll see next May when the local elections are on how much of that energy remains, but right now it’s quite a positive job.”
Unwind After a vigorously long day as mayor, Dermot says his favourite thing to unwind to is attending St Pat’s matches, watching television, meeting up with friends and playing the guitar. “I play the guitar a little bit and enjoy meeting up with friends and watching a bit of television. “I’m half way through season four of Breaking Bad and I’m a big fan of the Simpsons,” said Dermot. “I used to be a busker that was a job I had once upon a time, and a Christy Moore tribute act is what I used to do. I’m not much good, but music is a great way to relax.” Elected Dermot was elected in June 2009 to represent the “Tallaght Central” ward, while working as a full-time primary school teacher at St Dominic’s NS, Tallaght. Since being elected as the Lord Mayor of South Dublin in June, 2013 Dermot has temporarily put his teaching role aside to devote his time to politics.
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Karen Koster, Lisa Cannon and Glenda Gilson greet Michelle Doherty (right) on her arrival at The Marker Hotel Dublin, when it was announced that Michelle Doherty is the newest presenter on TV3’s Xpose Entertainment Show. Picture: Brian McEvoy
TV3 introduces new Actress and TV presenter Michelle Doherty has been announced as the brand new member of the TV3 Xpose team and will be joining Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Lisa Cannon as Aisling O’Loughlin takes maternity leave. Hailing from Donegal, the IFTA nominated Michelle has already hosted television and radio shows and has expanded her career into acting after appearing in the award-winning film What Richard Did. Speaking about the appointment of Michelle, TV3 group head of daytime, Victoria O’Brien, said she will be a great addition to the team. “Her audition blew us out of the water and there is no question that Michelle is the one for
Xpose.” Already a big fan of the show, Michelle said she is delighted with her new role. “I’m looking forward to working alongside the girls. I have always had a big love of fashion and I can’t wait for the new challenges that lie ahead.”
Ross says sorry for comment A south Dublin TD found himself in a spot of bother this week after an off-the-cuff comment on Twitter resulted in an apology to the President. Independent TD Shane Ross apologised to President Michael D Higgins after comparing him to “Christopher Robin” on hearing about the first official Presidential visit to Britain.
Michael D will become the first President to visit Queen Elizabeth next year. A fter the trip was announced, Deputy Ross tweeted: “So Michael D is off to see the Queen, just like Christopher Robin. He will do us proud staying in Windsor Castle. What would Dev think?” A second tweet read: “Bet Michael D follows visit to Queen by summons Dail for state of nation speech. Mary Robinson did. Hope he won’t read us his poetry.” However, the TD then posted a third message reading: “That was disrespectful to both Queen and President. Apologies to Aras an Uachtarain. He is a great President. I love him dearly.”
wanted-mania hits dundrum Forget Beatle-mania in the 60s, its all about The Wanted in the 21st century as hundreds of screaming fans made their way to HMV in Dundrum to greet the chart-topping hunks. Irish member Siva Kaneswaran brought his four band buddies, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, to Dublin last week ahead of their appearance at the Cheerios Childline Concert in the O2. Extra security was arranged to handle the expected rush of fans to the newly re-opened music store at the Dundrum Town Centre, and they were right to beef up security as hundreds made their way to the store to get a glimpse of
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recruit Michelle to the Xpose crew the group. They brought tears to fans eyes who were elated to meet the supergroup as they signed copies of their new album, Word of Mouth. The Wanted will be back for fans next year to perform at the O2 in Dublin on March 24, as part of their Word of Mouth World Tour 2014.
show support for simon Homelessness is not as far away as people may think, especially in these tough and uncertain times. It can happen to anyone as these factors are often out of people’s control. It is never a choice. The Dublin Simon
Community is a place that people turn to. They are focused on providing supportive alternatives to people living in despair, enabling them to rebuild their broken lives and empowering them to secure a safe home of their own. This Christmas there are many ways you can support the vital work that the Simon Community does. You can buy a Simon Gold Star and give it as a meaningful gift this Christmas. You can also join Sing for Simon and use your voice to end homelessness. For more information on the Dublin Simon Community and how to
contribute, visit www. dubsimon.ie or call the team on (01) 671 5551.
forty years of the Blue book Ireland’s Blue Book recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with Michelin starred Thornton’s Restaurant, Clare Island Lighthouse and Liss Ard Estate joining in the festivities. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar, was present to officially launch the 2014 Edition of Ireland’s Blue Book at The Merrion Hotel on November 21. The celebrations drew a host of well-know names with over 100 guests in total, including: TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick,
FM104’s Sean Musanje, Senator Catherine Noone, and Austrian Ambassador, HE Anas Khales. Champagne Deutz sponsored the drinks reception, along with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013, known internationally as the wine of friendship and hospitality. The Merrion delighted guests with an array of canapes, especially selected for the occasion including McLoughlin’s rare Irish beef, horseradish mousse on brioche and crispy filo tartlets. For additional details on Ireland’s Blue Book visit www.irelandsbluebook.com or phone 016769914
The Wanted visit HMV Dundrum for an exclusive appearance
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Q&A: Ben Kitchin, Business Development Director
Driving down the cost of business broadband Host Ireland Business Broadband director, Ben Kitchin, is from Sligo, and attended Glenstal Abbey School in County Limerick, before studying business and economics in Trinity College Dublin. He was a founder of Trinity Capital Student Managed Fund, the largest investment fund run by students in Ireland. Ben Kitchin is on the board of the Trinity Business Alumni. Kitchin developed and sold a uniquely successful advertising business in Dublin before working with Host Ireland Business Broadband. Ben has been a director of Dublin-based Host Ireland Business Broadband, Irelandâ€™s fastest growing telecommunications company and business broadband specialists, for three years.
business How long have you been in business?
Host Ireland Business Broadband was established in 1998. It grew to become a software solutions leader in Ireland by 2004 designing bespoke solutions for over 10,000 Irish customers before launching its Broadband service in 2009.
What makes your business successful?
A highly skilled, hard working team and amazing customer support.
What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?
We look at what our customers want and we try to exceed their expectations. They love us for our outstanding level of customer support, our 24 hour installation lead time and the fact that we are 40% cheaper than our competitors. Our customers adore us and you canâ€™t beat that.
How has the recession impacted your business?
It has been the corner stone of our success. 1,200 Dublin businesses have moved to our service in the last four years because we are 40% cheaper than our competitors and our speeds are at least twice as fast. We predicted a huge move to the cloud for Irish businesses and that is 100% dependent on reliably fast broadband connectivity. Naturally access to credit in the Irish banking system has led to challenges, however an innova-
tive business model has overcome this challenge. What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?
Working with customers to find the most appropriate service for them rather than trying to upsell all the time. Irish businesses respect good value and an honest and caring service provider.
What is your ambition for the business?
We are growing to become Irelandâ€™s business broadband provider. We will always have the highest level of customer support for our market leading broadband service. We will always be the fastest and the most affordable.
What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?
The fascinating businesses I meet on a daily basis. I have always been memorized by the thousands of ways people make money. Everyone is working tirelessly at growing their own business. That energy is unbelievable. What living person do you most admire?
What is your favorite Dublin restaurant?
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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week
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Tipperary native Tom O’Mahony is showcasing his stand-up talent in the New Year
comedy: Damo and Ivor’s Tarquin goes back to his stand-up roots
Now for the apocalypse Laura Webb
He is widely known as toffee-nosed Tarquin from the hit RTE show Damo and Ivor, but Tipperary native Tom O’Mahony is far from his TV character and is showcasing his stand-up talent in the New Year. Tom was first approached to play the over-the-top D4 character for a stint on a Republic of Telly episode with the Dublin duo when he was doing a standup show. “I was just able to do that ridiculous over-the-top D4 accent. After, I had to audition for my own part in the [Damo and Ivor] show but because I just looked and sounded so ridiculous - they went along with it,” he said.
He explains how he got the right look for the character. “It’s half about the face too, you pull a face like you are smelling something vile all the time – everything is off-putting,” he joked. Despite living in Clonskeagh his hometown is far from any Dublin. “I am originally from Tipperary. “When people find out I am not actually that guy, they go - oh you’re actually acting - some people actually get disappointed with me because they were banking on me being him until they realise I am some muck-savage from Tipperary and then their dreams are shattered. Like the Nidge moment when people found out he’s not that Dub.”
Tom is hanging up his “Dubes” shoes to go back to his stand-up roots. Asked how he first got involved in stand-up he explained: “I was kind of tricked into it. People I was working with said I should give it a go and before I knew it we were in a comedy club and they gave me a run a couple of weeks later. I got good reviews and it went from there.” As for nerves he said: “When you are trying new material or in an environment you are not used to there are nerves there, if there wasn’t you would get worried.” His latest show, Bring on the Apocalypse, takes a look at the world around him. “I think I am getting old, I am starting to spot things. In this show I look at what is happening around me, the
X-Factor generation - kids with skin tight trousers, hipsters – stuff that sends me over the edge. “I can’t get my head around it but it’s dynamite material. The awkward looks on some of the lads sitting in the audience when I start into this – they all start brushing their hair down trying to take down the quiff. “The show is basically saying the world is going to end if we don’t get this sorted, we should go right back to the 70s when moustaches weren’t fashionable they were just seen as a necessity,” he laughs. Bring on the Apocalypse is at the Civic Theatre on Saturday, January 11, 2014. See www.civictheatre.ie for further information.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Bella, a two-year-old female Staffordshire bull terrier. Bella only arrived here recently but she has already made quite an impression on all her carers. She previously lived with a family who had had a new baby and decided they no longer had the time or space for Bella. She is a super sweet girl who is only dying to be back in the heart of a loving family! She loves other dogs and loves meeting new people and we just know she is going to make a fantastic addition to the right family. If you think you can offer Bella 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.
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Rachel Gilbert Vivienne gown €200 to hire for three days
White bandage dress €120 to buy. Grey fur coat €265. Chunky necklace €30
Tis the season to be Crystal drop earrings €50
BadgelyMischka full length gold gown €170 to hire for three days
IRISH fashionista’s get ready to look fabulous with a little help from newly opened fashion store, Starla, which has some of the most desirable dresses to rent or buy. Located at 27 South William Street, Starla is the ultimate one-stop-shop for any occasion, whether it’s a wedding, black-tie ball or just a night out with the girls over the festive season. The store stocks a vast range of
Rachel Gilbert Azaria dress €150 to hire for three days
dresses, stunning fur coats, musthave colour-popping python-skin clutch bags and jewellery to dazzle throughout the party season. So if it’s a present for you or for someone else, these Starla favourites will definitely be topping Christmas lists this season. This week, Gazette Style looks at just some of their most popular pieces to see you through the festive season in style. For further information on Starla Dress Rental, see www. starla.ie
Diamante clutch bags €65 each
Python skin clutch bags €120 to buy
Starla crystal bangles, from €5 to €50
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How to dress for success Stylist and broadcaster Sonya Lennon has helped 500 women Dress for Success since the initiative first came to Dublin in 2011. Dress for Success Dublin is part of the global Dress for Success organisation, which has 125 affiliates worldwide. Since Sonya first brought the initiative to Dublin two years ago, it has supported 500 women get ready for job interviews with confidence and build towards achieving their goal of economic independence. Over the years 57% of candidates have secured employment. Sonya Lennon, founder of Dress for Success Dublin, says: “Our role is to empower women to feel confident that they
Nail lacquers from the Arts Collection
The Eye and Face Palette from The Arts Collection
Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm
Must-have make-up for this festive season
Catrice Cosmetics has released its latest collection for the festive season and it must be said that if you got this for a present, you wouldn’t be disappointed. The make-up collection comes in a range of fashion forward colours which you would easily see on palettes on high-end cosmetic shelves. This week, Gazette Beauty takes a look at some of the products it has to offer customers this festive season. The Eye and Face Palette from The Arts
Collection by Catrice contains six powder eye shadows with various effects, a blush shade for fresh complexion, a highlighter for that extra special glow as well as black eyeliner and an applicator. Colour schemes range from rose and rosewood shades to green and gold nuances to copper and anthracite tones. The boxes are designed to a high standard with art deco like graphics. This product has a RRP price of €9.99 each. Nails should never be neglected this time of year, and it’s the best
way to add a bit of sparkle to any outfit. There is a choice of three nail lacquers also from the Arts Collection for only €2.99. This nail varnish is long-lasting and has great shine, with A/W colours including glamorous pink, sensual green and elegant gold. The cold winter months can play havoc with lips so to make sure they’re moisturised and protected, Catrice has brought out Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm. This product adds colour and sparkle to lips while keeping them hydrated. It has a creamy, super-
soft texture instead of a sticky sensation, taking care of lips and offering a pleasant fragrance. The RRP price for this product is €5.49 This is not all Catrice has to offer other products include: Brow Set Duo, Better Than False Lash Mascara, Absolute Nude Palette, Made to Stay highlighter pen, Prime and Fine Highlighting Powder and Prime and Fine Illuminating Base. Catrice is stocked in pharmacies nationwide as well as selected Dunnes Stores and Penneys.
Stylist Sonya Lennon
are smart and capable of getting the job. When they walk through our door, they have usually lost the confidence to succeed and are not sure what to expect. We treat women with respect and dignity when we suit them and immediately start to see a positive change.” How it works - it takes donated professional
clothing items from women that don’t need them and give them to women that do. They provide not only professional clothing for interview, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, in their Dublin offices and boutique, but also a range of programmes and services to help the women they are working with to get through the vital interview stage of their job search and beyond including interview techniques, CV preparation and a working wardrobe to start a job. For further information about the organisation and how you could get the team involved at your workplace, call 01 8748064 or email info@ dressforsuccessdublin. org.
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FILM OF THE WEEK: SAVING MR BANKS
When Walt met his match with Mary Poppins’ ‘mother’ Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) faces the difficult task of persuading prim, exacting and protective author Mrs (PL) Travers (Emma Thompson, inset) to allow him to make a new film – Mary Poppins – based on her work
THE behind-the-scenes stor y in Saving Mr Banks sees Tom Hanks portray Walt Disney as he desperately tries to secure the rights to produce one of the Disney studio’s most iconic films, Mary Poppins. The dramatic backand-forth between Disney and the author of the series of Poppins books, PL Tr ave r s ( E m m a Thompson) in the early 1960s plays out as a consistently funny, and ultimately moving, reflection on the relationship between creators and their creations. For those whose Mary Poppins-related knowledge may not be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the “Mr Banks” of the film’s title refers to the aloof and sad banker father and husband in Mary Poppins who learns to live and laugh again once the eponymous magical nanny shows up – as such, Mr Banks is an important character to Disney and Travers alike, for personal reasons. Despite the fact that Saving Mr Banks is made by Disney, and that elements are inevitably toned down for the audience or omitted (Walt’s infamous cigarette habit, which led to his death from lung cancer, is alluded to with a persistent cough – but never a wisp of smoke), the onscreen Walt is surpris-
ingly human. Here, he’s an old-fashioned schmoozer, who is well used to getting people to do what he wants. And, with Mary Poppins, it’s a personal task – he not only realises the commercial potential of the project, but making the film would also fulfil a promise he made to his daughter more than a decade earlier. However, what he wants is not at all what PL Travers wants. After years of pursuit, Disney has finally got her to come to Hollywood to meet face to face. I t i s T h o m p s o n ’s wonderful portrayal of Travers’ culture shock that provides most of the laughs. Mrs Travers – never “Pamela” – is an excessively proper, milkfirst type of lady with an acerbic streak that strips the veneers from the legion of incessant smiles she encounters in LA. She’s appalled by the changes that the Disney team suggest – her Mary Poppins is older, not at all coy, and she would never associate with a chimney sweep. Every line of dialogue,
costume, set, and prop that Disney suggests is meticulously scrutinised by Travers – and that’s before the songs and animated penguins are even mentioned. Regular flashbacks to Travers’ childhood in rural Australia reveal some of the rationale behind her possessiveness of the Mary Poppins story. Like Mr Banks, Travers’ father (Colin Farrell) was a bank manager who struggled for a sense of happiness and meaning in life. Dependent on alcohol, he is a mischievous and, in the young girl’s eyes, an almost magical figure that she is forced to watch degenerate. It becomes clear that the character of Mr Banks is central to both Travers and Disney – Travers sees him as the father that she
could save in a fantastical alternative to her own troubled childhood. Disney sees himself in Mr Banks, and ultimately hopes that Mr Banks’ on-screen redemption will fulfil a promise to his daughter and mirror a similar sense of redemption in his own life. For both Travers and Disney, the relationship between the author and the character is inextricably linked to the relationship between the parent and the child. Saving Mr Banks carries the hallmarks of a Disney story, but it does so in a nuanced and selfreflective way, thanks to superb writing and acting that carry it through more than two hours, and will undoubtedly see it receive a lot of Oscar attention. Verdict - 8/10
As Mrs Travers’ father, Colin Farrell (pictured here with Annie Rose Buckley, as Travers as a girl) plays an important part in her future protectiveness
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Disney’s latest animated film, Frozen, is a coming of age story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen with incredible animation such as the stunning snow laden forests
A Disney ode to the Snow Queen DAVE PHILLIPS
DISNEY’S latest animated film sees the studio take a trip back to the familiar world of fairy tales with Frozen, a coming of age story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen. Frozen is a tale of two sisters who are princesses in the typically idyllic Kingdom of Arendelle. Anna (Kristen Bell) is the younger sister of Elsa (Idina Menzel), who is in line to become Queen. From an early age, Elsa has had magical powers that allow her to create snow and ice and as she grows older her powers become stronger. When playing one day she accidentally injures Anna, and her parents
realise that Elsa’s powers are becoming too much for her to handle. They decide to keep her confined in the castle, and separated from Anna, who loses her memory of her elder sister’s magical abilities. Quest
Elsa is taught to “conceal, not reveal” and keeps her abilities a secret but after their parents tragic death, Elsa’s power becomes uncontrollable and she flees to the mountains to live in a palace made of ice, leaving Arendelle in a state of perpetual winter – cue Anna’s quest to find her sister and restore order. So far, so formulaic, but the real thrill of Frozen lies in the way it manages
to play with the conventions of traditional story structure, while at the same time adhering to it. This is no doubt down to the input of Jennifer Lee, who worked on the screenplay for Wreck-It Ralph, and who is credited for the story, screenplay, and direction of Frozen alongside Chris Buick, who had previously worked with Disney on The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas. This marriage of old school and new school gives Frozen its greatest successes, but also has a part to play in less sparkling moments. Fittingly for a story about adolescence, Frozen is at times a little clunky and confused. An elongated first act with too many glitzy musical
interludes radically shifts gear and adds plenty of laughs once Anna sets off on her quest up the mountain to find Elsa. As ever, incredible animation plays a huge role and the snow laden forests and intricate levels of the ice palace are stunning. The rocky start is quickly forgiven as once over that initial hurdle, the film thankfully remains massively entertaining to the end. And it’s the latter half of the film that will really cement Frozen as a classic, as it manages to gently and cleverly subvert the fairy tale genre. It’s still all about finding your true love, but not in the ways you might expect. Verdict - 7/10
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OUT&ABOUT On a mission to boost home-cooked food Kitchen Hero: Donal Skehan is back on the road and our tv
Donal Skehan is back on the road in his trusty vintage Citroen H van for the second part of this third Kitchen Hero Home Cooked series. The hugely popular presenter is on a mission, showing people just how easy it is to prepare delicious, home-cooked food as he lays out his stall at festivals and gatherings around the country. It’s Donal’s Home Cooked roadshow. Speaking of the cookery show, Donal says: “Everything I know I either taught myself or learned from my mother and grandmother. “T he most important thing I know is that home-cooked food can be tastier, healthier and cheaper than almost any ready-made meals, takeaways or fast food you can buy. “If you cook your own food, you know exactly what goes into it – how much sugar, how much salt, what kind of oil or butter and of course there are none of those funny sounding ingredients, trans-fats or e-numbers. “But for me, the satisfaction of giving people food that they enjoy is just as important as the
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Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols will offer the very best sustainable seafood
Harvey Nichols gets ready to rock
Kitchen hero Donal Skehan in his trusty vintage Citroen H van
healthy stuff and the price. I get a real buzz from cooking for my friends and family and seeing them tuck into what I put on the table.” Donal will be travelling the country to promote the Home Cooked message and the second part of this brand new series sees him visiting Trim Castle, The Dublin Horse Show and Dublin Zoo. Donal will be tak-
ing inspiration from home and abroad and introducing us to lots of mouthwatering recipes, including seafood paella, margarita chicken, sausage and puy lentil stew and tomato crab pasta. As well as the dishes Donal cooks for the crowds at the festivals, he will also make lots of cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats in a section of each programme
called Donal’s Home Cooked Bakery. “Of all the recipes I put up on my blog, the most downloaded and frequently requested recipes are those for cakes, biscuits and desserts.” So, each week in this new series we’re going to have a section dedicated to those delicious indulgences that everyone just can’t get enough of. Crisp chewy meringues
with lashings of cream and summer fruits, plump profiteroles dripping with chocolate sauce, sweet and salty dark chocolate caramel biscuits, creme brulee doughnuts and rich peanut butter sandwich cookies – all of these will make an appearance in Donal’s Bakery. Kitchen Hero Home Cooked is on Thursday December 5 RTE One, 7pm.
Rock Lobster is coming to Harvey Nichols this December. One of Donnybrook’s favourite restaurants serving cocktails, steak and, of course, seafood is now opening in Dundrum. The 100-seater restaurant and cocktail bar in Harvey Nichols is undergoing a major refurbishment to recreate the fun atmosphere that is synonymous with Rock Lobster. Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols will offer the very best sustainable seafood, lobsters and prime dry aged beef, keenly priced. Owner Niall Sabongi deals daily with small independent fishermen, co-ops and farmers to source the finest fresh seafood, shellfish, lobsters and beef. For those who think lobster is only for the rich and famous, Rock Lobster will offer a split lobster or lobster roll, served with fries and salad for just €20.00. “Harvey Nichols is all about fun and fashion, which is exactly the style we’ve worked hard to offer our diners in Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols. “The opportunity to bring Rock Lobster to Harvey Nichols is very, very exciting,” said Niall. Reservations are being accepted now by emailing Dundrum@RockLobster.ie or calling 01 2910410. See www.RockLobster.ie for sample menus.
Celebrating the arrival in Ireland of the wine of friendship and hospitality By French law, the international release of Beaujolais Nouveau takes place on the third Thursday in November each year. Last Thursday, the first consignment of this year’s wine that is made in the Beaujolais area of France and released after harvest in the same year will be enjoyed internationally.
Beaujolais Nouveau is presently being delivered to pubs, restaurants, O’Brien’s, other selected off-licences, and SuperValu supermarkets around Ireland for uncorking on Thursday. Parties are held in Ireland and around the world to celebrate the arrival of the 2013
vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau known as the wine of friendship and hospitality. It marks the start of the Christmas season and is a favourite in Thanksgiving celebrations in the USA. Georges Duboeuf is credited for the popularisation and production of Beaujolais wines, resulting in Duboeuf nicknames
of Le Roi de Beaujolais (The King of Beaujolais) or sometimes Pape du Beaujolais (The Pope of Beaujolais). The 2013 vintage is particularly soft and light in the mouth, even by the standards of Beaujolais and there are very few tannins. The colours are a lovely purple red with dark, violet-
hued flints. The wine is dominated by juicy, fruit flavours of strawberries, raspberries, and redcurrants. Beaujolais Nouveau should be drunk young and served slightly chilled to make it even more refreshing. Beaujolais Nouveau is on sale from selected off licences for €12.95.
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Spiralling back to the future with Tom Hingley One of the big three Manchester acts, from the seminal scene in the early 90s - alongside The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays - Inspiral Carpets were massively popular and had as much of an impact as their brothers in music from that time. Singer Tom Hingley was in Dublin recently, playing an acoustic show at Thomas House promoting his duo of releases, the albums Sand and Paper, as well as to promote his book, Carpet Burns, a fascinating insight into the experience of being at the eye of the cultural hurricane that he experienced, as well as the experience of battling on in the music industry after their initial flourish of fame and the eventual break-up of the band. Speaking to Gazette Music, Tom spoke about the way that he came to the new albums. “I’ve played guitar since I was 11, and I’ve been in bands for a long time now. I got on the successful motorway of being the singer with Inspiral Carpets, but I’ve always played guitar, and this album is blusey rock, it’s very heavy and diverse.” The albums are part of the latest trend for artists to finance their work through their fanbase, something that Hingley was pleased to say was a huge success for him. “We put [the albums] up on Pledge, and it has raised over 200% of what we were hoping for. What was lovely about the Pledge thing was that we got over 100 people prepared to hammer their colours to the mast and say they were into Tom Hingley as a solo artist.” Carpet Burns is a devastatingly honest and heartfelt hymn to the experience of going around the world with a huge band, and its detail and insight into the Madchester phenomenon makes for a great read for any music fan and anyone who was a fan of the band or their contemporaries. “I thought there would be films made about that scene, as it was very like Andy Warhol and The Factory in the 60s,” said Tom about the maelstrom in Manchester at the time. “There were a thousand different elements coming together at the same time. Some extremely important - like the release of the Stone Roses first album, warehouse parties, Thatcher’s deindustrialisation of the north-east - it was a convergence of so many things. “We never thought we would get mainstream success. When we got it, it was a case of be careful what you wish for. When you’re up there, on the top of a tall of a mountain, you get five minutes to stare out. It doesn’t matter if you fall down the mountain five minutes later, at least you were on top for those five minutes.”
Producer Rob Kirwan at the launch of Budweiser Future Sounds of Irish Music. Picture: Andres Poveda
interview: renowned producer and engineer, Rob Kirwan
Future sounds of Dublin A number of bands from across Ireland have recently had the privilege of going into a studio with one of the acknowledged masters of the mixing board, Rob Kirwan, as part of the Budweiser Future Sounds of Irish Music project. Although Kirwan may not be a household name to most, he has had a hand in some of the best records of the last two decades, including albums by U2 and PJ Harvey and local acts Delorentos and Bell X1, as well as Depeche Mode’s most recent release, Delta Machine. Gazette Music recently caught up with Rob just before the final stages of the competition to talk about the Future Sounds
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of Irish Music. “Bands have submitted a track, one each, to the Budweiser Future Sounds website, and we have selected 10 of those,” said Rob. “That 10 will get one day in the studio with me. I will have one day to arrange, record, mix and master the track one band a day for 10 days. “We have built a popup studio on George’s Street, where the Richie and Richie show on Phantom FM will be
broadcasting. We will be working away downstairs, and when we finish the track, they will play the finished track [on the show] and the artist will do an interview upstairs, so it will be good exposure for them.” Having worked on so many memorable and influential records over the course of his career, Rob was very clear about the criteria for selecting the acts who took part in the final stage of the project. “In terms of selecting the bands, it’s the songs - you can’t get away from that. If you haven’t got the songs, you’re not going to lure people in, irrespective of how sonically brilliant you are. Basically, I have been
listening out for good songs, and a bit of variety as well - we didn’t want just 10 indie rock pop bands. “So, we have singersongwriters, rappers, and the ubiquitous indie pop groups. Dublin is more well-known for that [style of music], it’s not really known for its hiphop or electronic output, so the majority of songs I listened to was from bands that entered the competition.” The acts taking part in the competition come from all over Ireland, from Offaly, Donegal, Galway and Cavan, as well as from Dublin itself. Although Rob will be responsible for delivering a track for each of
the groups taking part, he said that this could be a jumping off point for the acts. “The project is a great opportunity for acts to take a step forward, produce a great track and get noticed. “Many artists don’t know how to make a really good recording so I want to take the time to listen to their music, help unlock their sound and ensure the best possible track is produced on the day. “The next stage after this is up to them. It’s very much up to the groups to take it to the next stage.” For more information about the project, log on to www.facebook.com/ BudweiserIreland.
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living history: the university town that’s perfect for a book club break
Cambridge has class written all over it
Cambridge – ideal for a book club break: a little shopping, plenty of books, a lot of backstory. We headed for our preChristmas weekend with great expectations. This university town on the river Cam reeks of history. As we walked into Christ College (we’d opted for student accommodation) the very walls exuded it. And then there was the overwhelming sense of privilege – Cambridge belongs inarguably to a certain class! Undeterred, we set out to explore and hit the Eagle Public House on Bene’t Street, open for business since 1667. While some of us explored the RAF bar at the rear, with its graffiti of World War II airmen on ceiling and walls, others read the menu. It’s what bookclubbers do. The scientist among us gasped on realising it was here that Francis Crick announced on February 28, 1953 that he and James Watson had “discovered the secret of life” – DNA. Cue tea for one, wine for
others – and a discussion on Cambridge-Oxford rivalry. A tour guide nearby explained that once, they were the only two universities in England and Wales and vied for students. Oxford is older (there since 1096) while some of its students fleeing murderous townsmen created Cambridge in the 1200s. The Bridge of Sighs is worth a view from St John’s Bridge. Spanning the Cam, this favourite of Queen Victoria takes its name from the Venice original even though the only architectural feature they share is that they’re both covered. Or maybe you’d prefer the myth that students named it to immortalise their preexam nerves. Sigh! At Trinity College we were suitably impressed by the tree outside Isaac Newton’s old rooms. It’s a cutting of the original under which he sat when the apple fell! We learned of his dedication to alchemy which led to serious pollution of the grounds outside his window through which the chemicals flew from
his failed experiments. Everything changes; everything stays the same. The face of another famed son of Cambridge met us almost everywhere we went: naturalist Charles Darwin, who revolutionised the life sciences, had lodged in Christ’s, our home from home. While we certainly weren’t reading his Origin of the Species on this trip, we did dip into an entertaining read (Period Piece) by his granddaughter, the wood engraver, Gwen Raverat. At Great St Mary’s Tower, two of us conquered our vertigo, paid £5 each and slithered up the uneven 123 steps of the medieval staircase for a view of the city. The church, which has the only ring of 12 bells in the county, was where the chimes of Big Ben were composed and first rung. Happily, a chance wander down St Edward’s Passage led us to David’s Bookshop, a wonderland of antiquarian, secondhand and remaindered books, maps, prints and engravings. It’s the kind of place that makes shop-
TRAVEL If you are sick of Christmas then it’s time to hit the beach
Bridge of Sighs, St John’s College - the university town on the river Cam reeks of history, with a wealth of beautiful buildings to discover
View of King’s College, Cambridge
ping for Christmas gifts a pleasure. And everywhere the sound of music, mostly free. We strayed into ancient candlelit halls and listened to ethereal Cambridge choirs – it almost (but not quite) made this Grinch look forward to Christmas.
We rounded off our trip with an obligatory stroll across the city’s misty meadows to the Orchard Tea Gardens of Grantchester where another good menu was read by all. This time it listed the movers and shakers who’d sipped honeyed tea there
down the years: writers Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath among them, Maynard Keynes and Bertrand Russell too. And then it was back to Darwin International Airport, perhaps a little better educated than when we’d started out!
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Macauley calls for support for SADS and Carr foundation BALLYBODEN St Enda’s and Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley recently visited the Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons (CRY) Centre in Tallaght Hospital for an evaluation of his cardiac health as part of the ongoing battle against sudden adult death syndrome (SADS). Following the untimely death of Round Tower Clondalkin’s Ciaran Carr last year, SADS has been in the headlines, and Carr’s parents, Gemma and Philip, have been responsible for keeping the issue in the public conscious-
ness by virtue of the activities of the foundation they created in their son’s name. In an effort to raise awareness for SADS and the availability of the CRY Centre, Macauley became the guinea pig to show the public how the screening is carried out for TV3’s Ireland AM programme. “I suppose it’s really kind of shaken the GAA community. Cormac McAnallen was probably one of the first deaths that really brought SADS into the spotlight. There’s been far too many
since,” said Macauley after getting the all-clear after this test. Speaking on the programme, consultant cardiologist Dr Deirdre Ward explained that there was a misunderstanding that exercising too intensively can lead to death in a normal person. “If you are perfectly physically normal you can’t exercise yourself to the point of death but if you have an underlying condition you may be increasing your risk and you may be doing that in blissful ignorance so for people who are exercising to that level you can cer-
tainly argue that being testing is important so you can do that comfortably with peace of mind.” Barry Keane, who lost his friend Ciaran, said: “To any parents, teachers, community member or leaders out there, don’t leave it until it’s too late. Get in touch. We can help you fundraise; put defibrillators in schools and sports clubs or whatever so don’t leave it until it’s too late. Just get in touch and we can help you do it.” For more information visit: www.cry. ie and www.ciarancarrfoundation.ie
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WHERE is the time going? December just around the corner and the sport stars coming thick and fast, we can hardly keep up... November proved packed to the gills with success in an array of sports, with a number of competitions coming to an end and champions being declared in a number of codes. But not only is there success at home, but the sport stars have declared their intention to keep us busy on the international front as well, with world titles on the canvas for kickboxing, a driver making his mark on the world scene in his debut year at this level, and a young cyclist making a splash, riding for one of the world’s largest teams.
H STARof the MONTH
The Swords rally driver ended a season of success in ninth place in WRC2 and 21st overall in the FIA World Rally Championship. If he can get uninterrupted drives next year, he will surely improve on this year’s placings.
Adamstown cyclist Autumn Collins got a taste of the professional life in the sport when she was selected to ride for Team Sky’s Future Stars team at the Revolution series at Manchester Velodrome.
Robbie McMenamy added his second World Combat Games gold medal to his collection this month in Russia, taking home the highest honour that kickboxing has to offer three years after his initial success in Beijing.
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The success at Somerton keeps rolling, with elevation to senior level in football in the minimum time and a provincial championship gained by the hurlers in the Leinster Special Junior championship at the weekend.
BUILDING on two years of preparation before being accepted into the National League, Swords Thunder are atop the league with an impressive win record to date, and are gathering capacity crowds to ALSAA, galavanising a community that loves the sport.
LUCAN’S camogie section celebrated one of their most successful years after the club’s minor side recorded their fourth minor A county championship victory in a row, as well as the Under14A, -15B and -16A championships, along with the Under-13A and B shield titles.
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Ireland qualified for the World Cup against Hong Kong
Ireland scored a crushing 85-run win over Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi to confirm qualification for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. This is Ireland’s fourth successive qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 after it also played in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tournaments. Paul Stirling produced a stunning man of the match performance to guide Ireland to automatic qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 finals
in Bangladesh next March. The Middlesex all-rounder top scored with 77 from 46 balls to help Ireland to a mammoth 207-4, and followed that up with a stunning spell of 4-10 to restrict Hong Kong to 122 all out. Stirling’s figures were the second best in T20 cricket for Ireland, bettered only by Boyd Rankin’s 4-9 against Uganda last year. He and George Dockrell combined to spark a dramatic Hong Kong collapse, which saw them lose their last
eight wickets for just 30 runs - indeed at 92-2, Hong Kong were actually a run ahead of Ireland at the comparative half-way stage. The turning point was an athletic one-handed catch at midwicket by William Porterfield to dismiss Hong Kong dangerman Jamie Atkinson, who had struck 48 from 38 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes) to offer his side some hope. Ireland’s fielding was exemplary, with James Shannon, brought into the team in place of Niall O’Brien, taking two
stunning efforts at long-off. Gary Wilson had also produced an outstanding piece of glove-work to stump Irfan Ahmed off Max Sorensen in the first over of the Hong Kong reply. On a record breaking day for Ireland, the 85-run margin of victory was their best in a T20 game, as were the 10 sixes hit by the team. Ireland qualify for their seventh World Cup in eight years, continuing their excellent record amongst their fellow associates.
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Keane and O’Neill a positive proposition Concluding our two-part conversation with Eamon Dunphy, Gazette Sport hears about his hopes for the future of the national team and the game across the country rob heigh firstname.lastname@example.org
Eamon Dunphy is certainly someone who could be described as passionate, and his passion for the Ireland soccer team’s success is something that has led him into conflict and disagreement in the past, as evinced in his autobiography, The Rocky Road. T he book ends as Dunphy comes home a figure of hate after the national team’s trip to Italia 90 and his forth-
right comments on the paucity of quality displayed by Charlton’s army in their attempts to progress from the group stages. Still never afraid to say what he feels, Dunphy was looking forward to the next phase of the story of Irish soccer on the international stage when he spoke to Gazette Sport recently. “I love football - it is my passion, it’s John Giles’ passion, Liam Brady’s passion - that’s what we are, football people. But we are all
Eamon Dunphy signing his autobiography in Easons in Blanchardstown recently
intrigued by Mar tin O’Neill and Roy Keane and how they do with the national side. “I would be optimistic, Liam would be pessimistic, and John would be somewhere in between. But it will be fascinating.” Dunphy was also clear about the differences he expects to see from the approach of the former regime and the new managerial pairing of Martin O’Neill and a man no stranger to polarising opinion, Roy Keane. “What we have to do first is to be positive, not negative as Trappatoni was - his body language was negative and his tactics were negative - and the messages he was giving to the players were essentially negative ‘you’re not good enough, so you need to play with 11 men behind the ball’. “O’Neill and Keane will be positive, tell the players to believe in themselves. They will know more about the players, seeing them play in England every week. And I think it’s a change for the better in every respect.” Dunphy is aware that both men have a unique way of approaching the game. “Martin is a very good coach and has worked with groups of new players in the past very successfully.
“Then, there is the Keane factor, and how that will work out. But I have faith in Martin’s ability to manage Roy you have to manage him as well. “Keane brings charisma and a fascination that will help fill stadiums. If he changes his attitude
that Martin will as well. “If Roy can go to that learning curve, accepting everyone is not as good as he was, and be patient and supportive of players, it could work really well. There are players in the team who are in the team now who would have been
‘I think there is a trickle-down effect when the national team does well. The appointment of Keane and O’Neill is a change for the better in every respect’ – Eamon Dunphy --------------------------------------------------------
to players - he has been critical of his players in the past - and becomes a friend and mentor to the players, then it could be very positive for him and for the team.” Dunphy feels that the same attitude displayed by Keane on and off the field in the past - spirit, determination and belief in the potential of the team – will benefit Ireland in the long run. “When he was working for ITV when we qualified for the Euros, he asked why do the Irish only turn up for the sing-song, and why do we expect so little? If we qualify for a major championship, he will make sure the players are not just happy to be there. He will set the bar very high. And I think
kids when Roy was at his iconic best, and he could be an inspiration for them.” Finally, we discussed the potential of O’Neill and Keane being a positive influence on the way that the League of Ireland and the FAI develop and promote soccer in Ireland. “I think there is a trickle down effect when the national team does well,” said Dunphy. “In Jack Charlton’s era, it spread all around the country. When the national team is doing well, it gets people playing the game. In the last few years it has been rather dreary and negative. But I think that there is a knock-on effect on the local game, for sure, and it is a positive one.”
Healy designs Mo-shirt to raise funds for charity Ireland international and Leinster star Cian Healy has joined forces with Movember to create a one-of-a-kind limited edition t-shirt available exclusively in all Life Style Sports stores nationwide and online at lifestylesports.com to assist with this year’s fundraising efforts for the cancer charity. The t-shirt, which Cian designed himself is priced at €20 and is in stores now. With a limited run of 1,000, this shirt is sure to be the must have accessory for rugby Mo Bros and Sistas. All the profits of the shirt go to Movember, which aims to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer initiatives for men in Ireland. The charity are looking to beat last year’s fundraising efforts, which saw 17,250 Mo Bros and Sistas raise over €2.1 million for men’s health in Ireland with over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Sistas raising €113.5 million worldwide. Speaking of his collaboration with Movember, Healy said: “It was really exciting working with Movember on this t-shirt and merging my design with Movember’s own creative. I’m chuffed that Life Style Sports is stocking it across the country and couldn’t be prouder to be part of Generation Mo in 2013.”
Sam 13 shows off Dublin’s All-Ireland year Dublin GAA fans can now relive the thrills of the 2013 run to the All-Ireland championship with the release of a new DVD, Sam 13, which features over five hours of action from all the top matches of the 2013 football championship. Under manager, Jim Gavin, the Dubs had
an outstanding triple crown year as they also won the National League and retained their Leinster title. That might read like it was a championship that went as expected without drama and excitement but nothing could be further from the truth. The DVD features the full All-Ireland final and semi-final matches, as well as highlights of Dublin’s run to the final and all 13 of the goals they scored along the way.
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FastSport Harriers Park run, challenge event ahead: LUCAN Harriers had five runners in the Parkrun last Saturday with Brian Brunton first man home in 21.40, followed by Vinny Murtagh in 22.59. Una Cassoni was the first of the ladies in 24.55 and Mary Keohane in 26.42. Mary Crosbie was next in 28.55 and Maria Donoghue in 32.13. Elsewhere, the club will be the host venue for the Lucan Colleges Cross Country Challenge Run on Tuesday, December 3 with races starting at 10.30am.
rugby: nuim side miss out on bonus point but move ahead in league
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NUIM Barnhall moved ahead of Seapoint in the Ulster Bank League Division 2A standings at Kilbogget Park last Friday night. The game was decided by a delightful Farrell McManus try, inspired by Michael Brown’s perfectly weighted crossfield kick and a subsequent follow-up try 10 minutes from time that put them out of reach at 23-11. Paddy Crown’s late try, though, salvaged a losing
bonus point for the hosts. Barnhall had hit the front very early on when, following some great hands, Karl Darragh went over in just the second minute with Simon Gillespie adding the extras. He duly added a penalty in the seventh minute for a 10-0 lead before Seapoint broke their duck from the ever reliable boot of Brian Keegan, landing his threepointer from distance. He knocked over a penalty after Barnhall were pinged for not binding at a ruck. Gillespie countered with a three-pointer of his own to restore the 10 point wedge but, on
the half hour, his side’s plans were disrupted when Dan Jennings was sent to the sin-bin for a dangerous tackle. During his absence, Keegan gave his side great field position with a kick to the corner and, from a well-worked move off the back of a line-out, Steve Carroll went over for the try in the 34th minute. It left the game well poised at 13-8 at the break with Seapoint on top for the most part at the set pieces. With Barnhall going down to 14 again early in the second half via Ray Dufficy’s yellow, Seapoint made moves on getting back on
Barnhall held on to claim victory against Seapoint last weekend
terms but they could not see it through as a couple of knock-ons, one after Conor Mills great run, left them back square one. Restored to 15, Barnhall broke up the pitch
at pace and, with Seapoint stretched, Brown picked out McManus on the right touch line with a deft kick to put 10 between the teams once more.
K e e g a n ’s p e n a l t y reduced arrears but a Chris Winks’ try from a series of good phases made the tie safe with five minutes to go despite a missed conversion.
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it’s a fair cop Egan receives fifth Garda Sportstar award
lucan native and member of Salmon Leap
Well done to our minor hurlers who
Wednesday at 8.30pm in the club-
had a great win over St Sylvester’s to
make it to the county final.
Canoe Club Peter Egan recently won his fifth annual Garda Sportstar award, and was presented with the honour at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. It has been a year of great success for Egan, winning the K2 category at the Liffey Descent as well as several national championship titles.
urday at 1.30pm on the all-weather
weekend in the championship quar-
pitch at our clubhouse grounds at the
hurling: sarsfields side will face Plunkett’s
Our nurseries continue each Sat-
Our U-21 hurlers are in action this
12th Lock, coached by the Dublin sen-
Our Under-15B camogie team com-
ior hurling captain Johnny McCaffrey.
pleted the league and championship
Football and hurling for boys born in
double on Sunday; well done to all
2007, 2008 and 2009; football for girls
born in 2006, 2007 and 2008; and cam-
Last Monday night saw the club
ogie for girls aged six and over. No
full to the rafters for a questions and
need to pre-register. Just show up on
answers session with Jim Gavin and
friends, hosted by Darragh Moloney
Sunday night’s lotto was not won
in aid of cystic fibrosis. Many thanks
with the numbers drawn 1, 9, 11 and
from Bevin Murphy to the club for
hosting and to all who supported the evening. The table quiz this Wednesday night is our annual quiz in aid of the St Vincent De Paul at 9pm in the club.
This week’s lotto is for a jackpot of €13,000. Mick Mulhall’s team will be in charge and Newcastle Golf Centre will be our sponsor. We are looking for volunteers to
Spot prizes/donations gratefully
help on a lotto team. This only requires
accepted. Contact Seamus Clandil-
commitment for one Sunday night
every 10 weeks to check lotto tickets.
25 card drive continues each Friday night in the clubhouse bar. Set dancing classes continue each
Full training will be given. If interested please contact Mary Flannery on 087 746 9143.
st pat’s palmerstown THE junior footballers fought hard but
who is injured and is not wearing a
did not win against Trinity Gaels. They
mouthguard will not be covered by the
will be facing into the relegation play-
player injury scheme insurance.
offs next week. An impressive first half showing gave Lucan Sarsfields hurlers the platform for success in the semi-final
Minors reach final with 12th Lock win MBHC semi-final
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FIRST half goals from Conor Moran, Colm Kelly and Dan O’Neill helped Lucan Sarsfields reach the final of the Dublin minor B hurling championship at the 12th Lock last Sunday. It put them 10 points clear at half-time and despite a couple of second half goals from St Sylvester’s – who featured guest players from Naomh Mearnog and Fingallians – the Lucan side were well clear for
the most part. They advance to play St Oliver Plunkett’s/ Eoghan Ruadh in the final as they look to break the club’s recent hurling final hoodoo with both the junior and senior sides falling in county championship deciders. Eoghan O’Conghaile played a key role while John Bellew and Rob Ennis also put in powerful performances while their forwards took their chances. In the build-up to the first goal, Syl’s had hit the post before Lucan transferred the sliotar
forward quickly to net themselves. Next up, Kelly pounced when a couple of Syl’s defenders collided while O’Neill scored a classy third goal en route to a 3-5 to 0-4 half-time lead. Colm Byrne struck back with two goals in the second period but his side found five first half wides and a brickwall Lucan defence in the latter stages insurmountable as they fell by seven points in the final tally. It means they will face Plunkett’s on Sunday morning in the decider in O’Toole Park follow-
ing the Ashtown club’s impressive 3-12 to 1-11 victory over Castleknock a couple of weeks ago. Elsewhere, Lucan’s Under-21 footballers’ campaign came to an end at the quarter final stage of the A championship as their understrength side was undone by Ballyboden St Enda’s, 5-20 to 1-9. Collie Dunne, Alan Flood and Colm Basquel all ran up big scores for Boden while the intercounty talent of Sam Molony helped power the Firhouse Road club in midfield, ending Lucan’s hopes of an upset.
Confirmed times for fitting of
The foundation GAA coaching course
mouthguards: Saturday, December 7
is running on the Thursday, November
from 10 to 11am for all players U-11 and
28, and is for all coaches over the age of
younger including nursery; 11am to 12
16. The course starts at 7.30 till 9.30pm
noon for U-12s to U-16s; 12 noon to 1pm
in the clubhouse. Contact David Need-
for adults. Fee is €20 for juveniles, €30
ham at 086 310 1034.
for adults, to be paid direct to dentist
We have three hurling Dub Stars
on the day.
2013 nominations: Aidan Glennon at
Lotto: There was no winner of the
full forward, Shane Stapleton at half-
second draw. Numbers drawn were
forward and Liam Rushe at midfield.
5, 11, 12 and 18. Any three numbers: M
From January 1, all football players
Dooley, Declan O’Toole, Lillion Connoly,
both adult and juvenile must wear a
Kennedy Clan. Next draw will have a
mouthguard. In addition, any player
round tower clondalkin THE juvenile committee draw that was
scheduled to take place on November
Those not attuned to poker will be
23 will now take place Wednesday,
given pointers on the day and stand an
December 18. Mentors who have not
excellent chance of scooping the jack-
returned or sold their tickets now
pot if the right cards are dealt. Our
have over three weeks to do so and we
last poker drive saw a poker novice
encourage you to support this impor-
win the jackpot. It’s a €40 freeze-out,
tant initiative to secure funding to
cash prizes are on offer and it prom-
employ a full-time games promotions
ises to be a fun social evening for all.
officer. The hurling section will host a
Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 11, 13 and 25; Bonus Ball 29.
poker drive on Sunday, December 1,
There was no winner of the jackpot
from 4pm and all are invited to join in,
of €7,000. Congratulations to James
whether you are an experienced poker
Kelly, Cillian Boyle and Patricia Fitz-
player or somebody who has never
patrick were the three €100 winners.
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