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

INSIDE: Audrey Magee’s debut novel expertly explores a German soldier’s perspective of World War 2 Page 19

let’s party: Council approves €3,000 for St Patrick’s Day festivities Page 5

Cheque it out: Funding boost for community work Golf:

Curley targets crowdfunding for career boost Page 32

south Dublin county Mayor Dermot

Looney (Ind) is pictured with representatives of some of the organisations which were awarded cheques as part of The Mayor’s Fund, introduced by Mayor Looney and Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy (Lab), who together allocated a combined total of €10,000 from their allowances during their term of office.

Picture: Cathy Weatherston

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Amended area plan gets warm welcome Changes include a reduction in residential units and densities

 Ian Begley

SOUTH Dublin County Council has recently voted to amend the Adamstown Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme, which includes a reduction in residential units, a reduc-

tion in residential densities, changes in transport planning and interception of the proposed phasing in of a swimming pool. This means the swimming pool will not be delayed and should now be built in Adamstown sooner than

originally planned. Lucan CllrWilliam Lavelle (FG) said: “These changes will hopefully kick-start sustainable development in Adamstown.” Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab) was pleased that the amended SDZ planning scheme,

including the further amendment relating to the phasing of a swimming pool, had been adopted. “I look forward to further development of Adamstown picking up in the very near future,” he said. Full Story on Page 2

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Boost for Adamstown as plan is revamped  ian begley

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South Dublin County Council has recently voted to amend the A d a m s t ow n S t r a t e gic Development Zone (SDZ) planning scheme, which includes a reduction in residential units, a reduction in residential densities, changes in transport planning, and the prevention of the proposed phasing of a swimming pool. This means the swimming pool will not be delayed and is expected to be built in Adamstown sooner than originally planned. T he changes were agreed on February 10 at the monthly county council meeting following a lengthy public consultation process. The changes include a 20% reduction in the overall number of residential units permitted. Residential densities have also been reduced

Cllr Eamon Tuffy: “I look forward to further development of Adamstown picking up in the very near future.”

from a range of 53-64 units per hectare to a range of 44-51. This density change will reduce the overall number of residential units permitted in Adamstown from 10,000 to 8,145 units. Lucan Cllr William Lavelle (FG) said: “In real terms the change in density will allow more flexibility to provide more terraced town-housing in place of the apartment/ duplex models which dominated to date. “These changes will hopefully kick-start sus-

tainable development in Adamstown. This will help meet demand and support construction jobs while ensuring that Adamstown is not left as another unfinished development which was local residents’ worst fear.” The transport changes include the bringing forward of new road links from Adamstown to Dodsboro Road and Celbridge Road. Measures to address existing traffic problems at Newcastle Road will also be examined and implemented to improve traffic flow.

An introduction of a cap on residential development will be put in place before a direct rail link to the city centre is provided. The National Transport Authority has advised that it will facilitate this by reopening the Phoenix Park rail tunnel, to be followed eventually by DART Underground. The National Transport Authority has also stated that it will oversee the development of a bus capacity to serve Adamstown at each phase of development. Councillors also voted to protect the early delivery of community infrastructure, including the requirement for a large community centre and all-weather pitches in the current phase. The council voted to agree a cross-party amendment tabled by councillors William Lavelle (FG), Eamon Tuffy (Lab) and Guss O’Connell (Ind) which prevented the proposed phasing requirement for a new swimming pool from the current ceiling of 4,600 residential units to a new ceiling of 2,600 units. Cllr Tuffy said that he is pleased that the amended SDZ Planning Scheme,

including the further amendment relating to the phasing of a swimming pool, had been adopted. Speaking to the Gazette he said: “I would like to thank all those residents of Adamstown and the greater Lucan area who participated in the public consultation, the director of planning and his officials for all the work they put into designing amendments to the original plan, implementing a very thorough public consultation process, and working with the councillors for the Lucan area in refining aspects of the amendments. “I look forward to further development of Adamstown picking up in the very near future. There is an obvious need for first time homes for people in the Dublin area, and because Adamstown is an SDZ I hope that further development in Adamstown will play a large part in meeting this need,” said Cllr Tuffy. The planning scheme for the Adamstown SDZ was adopted in 2003, but the development has stalled since 2009 and to date only 1,250 residential units have been occupied.

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palmerstown: large waste container abandoned near school

All you need for big day

‘Laneway dumping running rampant’  ian begley

Dumping and fly tipping have become rampant in laneways in Palmerstown, according to local Cllr Gus O’Connell (Ind). The Lucan councillor believes that the laneway littering taking place is a source of deep frustration and annoyance to residents living nearby. Recently, a large waste container from a local take-away had been abandoned in a laneway to the rear of a primary school. Speaking to the Gazette, Cllr O’Connell said: “This route is used daily by young boys and girls to get to school. It’s not only a health hazard, but it also gives a very

poor example to young, impressionable children. “The council spends over €6m per annum cleaning up, not just these laneways, but numerous locations where [individuals] avoid paying to have their rubbish disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. The challenge is to convince the council that money invested in preventing dumping on these laneways will save thousands of euro in the future,” said Cllr O’Connell. In response to Cllr O’Connell’s concerns, a spokesperson from the council said: “The council has a litter management plan in place with quarterly updates to the council. There are five cross cut-

ting themes: Prevention, enforcement, awareness/ communication, partnership and cleansing.” “The council is actively working in each of these areas to reduce the cost of litter. A number of initiatives has been very successful – our Tackle Litter video - achieving almost half a million views; community clean-ups; the growth of Tidy Tow ns; and active Green Schools programme. Litter byelaws have been adopted by the council and an awareness campaign will commence to highlight these.” To view the council’s litter management plan visit

Bi ag rith: Lucan student takes big strides forward for Irish language lucan student Ciara Ni Mhaonaigh has recently helped launch

Rith 2014 with the singing Irish dinosaur T-Rex O Saurus and Orson O’Sullivan from CBS Monkstown. Ciara, who attends Colaiste Cois Life, donned her running gear to launch the 700km relay run from Cork to Belfast to celebrate the Irish language. It will take place from March 7 to 15. For more information visit Picture: Conor McCabe

Brides and groomsto-be take note, the Celbridge Manor Hotel is showcasing its attractions as a romantic yet practical wedding venue. On Sunday, February 16, wedding suppliers will be brought together for a wedding fair. This event takes place in the beautiful setting of this recently refurbished 18-century building with TV3 presenter Alan Hughes as MC for a full-scale fashion show with the best of bridal style. The flexibility of the function spaces at Celbridge Manor Hotel allow for weddings of any size, from small and intimate to large-scale banquets, easily accommodating up to 500 guests. For information see:

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health Facility offers a range of specialist services

New care centre is officially opened  Ian Begley

A long-awaited multimillion euro primary care centre for Palmerstown and Ballyfermot has officially opened with a range of specialist services located in the building. The centre, located beside the Cherry Orchard Hospital on the Upper Ballyfermot Road, includes primary care counselling services, and the provision of addiction services, along with a purpose-built methadone dispensing section. The centre was built, at a cost of €12.7m and is the central hub of an integrated approach to health

care delivery involving the community, GPs, HSE professionals and other service providers. The entire first floor of the building will also be dedicated to mental health services. The launch, was attended by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Health James Reilly, along with centre staff and community representatives. HSE area manager David Tully said: “This centre offers a primary, secondary and tertiary service, all from one campus. There is great satisfaction and great support for those who

are working in teams. “The primary care model is the only way to deliver a modern community medical service. Working under the same roof and within such an integrated network has enabled better communication among staff with regard to client care plans.” Tully went on to say that the integrated service area benefited from a significant injection of posts under the 2012/13 primary care service developments, including community nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language and physiotherapy. “There has been a huge

amount of work invested in this initiative by all of the professionals on the team and by area staff. I wish to acknowledge the endeavour and foresight of the HSE staff and local GPs in paving the way forward for this vital network,” said Tully. Commenting on the launch, Fitzgerald said: “This is a positive development for the area. Palmerstown has been too often overlooked in the past, and I believe the proximity of this new primary care and mental health facility will be of great benefit to local residents and families. “The centre will provide easier access for

HSE area manager David Tully, Minister James Reilly and Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the official opening

local residents and better healthcare outcomes for families, and may also serve as a hub for further development in the area,” said Minister Fitzgerald. The new centre first opened its doors in July 2012 to serve the local communities of Palmerstown, Cherry Orchard

and Ballyfermot with a population of approximately 35,000. The primary care teams for Drumfinn, Decies Road, Cherry Orchard, Chapelizod and Palmerstown operates from the centre forming a network of teams. We l c o m i n g t h e

launch, Minister Reilly said: “It is clear that this primary care centre network is providing easier access and better healthcare outcomes to the local community and will work as a building block for further existing developments for the area.”


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march 17: getting bigger each year


Councillors meet over ISPCC asks for help to prevent bullying delays in services Councillors recently met several HSE managers to discuss delays in therapy services for children in Lucan. The meeting was attended by David Tully, HSE primary care manager for Dublin West, and managers of each of the areas including speech-and-language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and psychology services. The overall area manager said that he had made a submission to HSE management nationally, seeking increased staff as part of the 2014 recruitment programme.

The 2013 St Patrick’s Day parade proved very popular with local people

Council shows support for St Patrick’s parade  Laura Webb

Lucan will be donning the national colours this St Patrick’s Day for the annual parade which will be held in the heart of south Dublin with some help from the local council. South Dublin County Council has approved €3,000 in funding for the St Patrick’s Day parade in Lucan. Delighted to see the local council support the event, Lucan councillor Guss O’Connell (Ind) said the event is getting “bigger and better” each year. “Last year, this was the only parade in south Dublin. We used to have one in Tallaght, but that has since gone. “The Lucan parade has been very successful. It is a great social occasion for people to celebrate their national day on March 17. “The parade is some-

thing that local Lucan residents look forward to each year. “ Yo u g e t a l l t h e schools out, parents, local businesses and they are very proud of their community. It is a wonderful day and a wonderful opportunity for people to meet one another. “Personally I meet people there every year that I don’t meet inbetween so it’s great for that,” he said. He went on to say that it is important to see local councils supporting such community events. “One of the policies we have in the council is to support local festivals. We have the Lucan festival every year and there is the Liffey Descent, as well as the St Patrick’s Day parade. We [the council] are very happy to be supporting it. It is one of the ways, as a local authority, that we try to ensure that the community can be

supported and helped to create a sense of identity. “We have the village, south Lucan and now we talk about west Lucan as in Adamstown, it is a sense of bringing all that together and this parade does that.” According to Cllr O’Connell, this is not just an event for those living in Lucan, it’s a celebration for those living in the surrounding areas too. “We had a parade in Palmerstown some years ago, which was a small enough effort, but I think Lucan fits the bill – it draws people in certainly from Palmerstown and Clondalkin as well. “Our festival can be overshadowed by the huge festival that is the St Patrick’s Festival in the city centre, but this is, if you like, an element of that festival too, it’s Dubliners celebrating in their own local environment,” he said.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is asking the people of Lucan to raise funds to help prevent bullying in schools. The ISPCC is holding its third anti-bullying shield campaign on March 7, and is asking schools, individuals, and businesses to sell the ISPCC shield pin for a few hours in their local area. For more information about how to get involved visit

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charity Ladies Nite Pop-Up Shop promises to be a ‘great night out’

Fundraising event in aid of ISPCC Childline  Laura Webb

Get your wallets at the ready to support a special fundraising event in aid of ISPCC Childline. A Ladies Nite Pop-Up Shop will take place at Kenny’s public house in Lucan

on Thursday, February 20. The unique event is being organised by local resident and businesswoman Polly Mulvey of Polly’s Pantry who promises a “great night out” for ladies. The event is open for anyone who may wish to buy something new or pre-loved

while doing something for a good cause. Lilli boutique is coming all the way from Gorey to sell their fabulous designer clothes, bags, jeweller y, scarves and much more. There will also be a “preloved” section with a big variety of items on sale.

Entertainment will include some classic 80s music playing throughout the event.

Treats Meanwhile, for those with a sweet tooth, there will be some sweet treats to sample. Among the local craft

businesses displaying their products are Pretty Stitches, Lj Jewellery, Mia’s Dream with their scented candles, Tissa Gibbons Knitwear, Forever Living Beauty Products and Joanie G Designs. The event takes place on Thursday, February 20 at 8pm in Kenny’s pub.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most wellknown children’s charity. The ISPCC has a long history of service delivery and advocacy on behalf of children and Childline is part of that charity.


Table quiz to raise funds for groups Local volunteer Valerie Haugh is holding a joint fundraising table quiz for North Star Swimming Club, a voluntary swimming club for people with disabilities; North Kildare Leixlip Arch Club, a voluntary social club for adults with disabilities; and Gluais, a voluntary youth leadership training programme. Speaking about the clubs, Haugh said: “These groups make such a positive difference to the lives of anyone that has had the privilege of being involved with them. They need all the support they can get to continue to do the amazing work.” The Arch Club provides a social outlet for its members with disabilities. North Star Swimming Club is a voluntary swimming club for people with disabilities. Gluais runs in seven secondary schools in South Dublin - Leixlip, Lucan, Clondalkin and Ballyfermot. Students who are selected to take part in the programme learn about themselves and act as role models for their fellow students. The table quiz will take place on March 7 from 8.30pm in St Mary’s GAA in Leixlip. All money raised on the night will be divided between all three clubs. Tickets are €5. For more information email

Hungry? Dublin Food Academy Start launches the Dublin Food Academy Start has recently been launched. This is a new education programme that aims to support and nurture start-up food businesses, and is organised by South Dublin County Enterprise Board, Bord Bia and SuperValu. Pictured are Tara McCarthy of Bord

Bia, Luke Moriarty of SuperValu, Gail Peard of Oatbread, Eddie Kane of SuperValu, Dave McGeady of Wyldsson, Brian Sexton of SuperValu, John Price of GreenValu and Loman O’Byrne of County and City Enterprise Boards. For more details see Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

The Voice of Ireland: Local musician battling through the ranks

Daisy’s delighted with show of support on TV competition  Ian Begley

Lucan musician Daisy Valenzuela is battling through the ranks on The Voice of Ireland – successfully getting through the dreaded blind auditions. Originally from Manila in the Philippines, Daisy (28) now lives in Hanstead and works a fourday a week job as a health care assistant, then working two evenings as a singer in a Thai restaurant. Speaking to the Gazette, Daisy said that since performing her ren-

dition of Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, she has been getting phenomenal support from her friends and family, particularly in her home country. She said: “They feature me in every channel and magazine [in the Philippines]. “People are already starting to look up to me there. I’m still working in a nursing home in my normal job here, but back home I’m a big star already, which is so weird.” Starting off her music career at an early stage, Daisy said she has been

performing on stage and in competitions since she was in fourth class, when she sang Help by The Beatles on her father’s recommendations. When she’s not performing, Daisy says she likes to unwind by hitting the gym, practising yoga and getting out and about to see the sights. She is also interested in psychology and positive thinking. She’s likes to think that she has a good soul and that she smiles and laughs a lot, but finds people who eat with their mouths open or drive with their full beams on


‘When I sang my song I actually thought it was really bad, but I was very happy with the reception I received’


all the time as no laughing matter! During the morning of her blind audition, Daisy said that she was full of nerves and wasn’t sure whether or not she sang well at the time of her audition. “It was exhausting to be waiting [in the Helix] to be honest. I was there at

eight o’clock in the morning and I didn’t get to sing until 6pm. “I wasn’t even sure if I sang well. When I sang my song I actually thought it was really bad, but I was very happy with the reception I received from the judges.” Daisy has now progressed to the notori-

ous Battle Round of The Voice, and is part of Team Jamelia with eight other singers. The blind auditions are now over and the Battles officially begin on Sunday, February 16. Daisy, who will be performing again sometime in March, said that if she wins the competition, the first thing she will do is visit her family in the Philippines. “That excites me to see my family and everyone I know at home in Manila, but at the moment I’m really enjoying being on the big stage.”

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politics Kenneth Egan named FG candidate

Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan has been named as a Fine Gael candidate in the upcoming local elections

‘I’m going to be as honest as I can’  Ian Begley

Olympic silver medallist Kenneth Egan has officially been named as Fine Gael’s latest candidate for the upcoming local elections in the Clondalkin local electoral area and this week he gave an exclusive interview to the Gazette. Speaking in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on February 10, Egan said that his motto is and always has been to “Keep it Real”. “I am running because I want to make a difference in my local community. I was born and bred in Clondalkin, and I am very committed to the area. “I want to do the very best for Clondalkin, and I believe I can achieve

that with Fine Gael.” Despite claims that Egan was approached by Fianna Fail, the sports star said that this was untrue. “There were talks that I was going to go to Fianna Fail – I never mentioned Fianna Fail once in any interview. I don’t know where that came out of – that spiralled out of somewhere.” Egan said that he will focus on tackling issues relating to mental health, addiction, and obesity in young people. He said: “It’s a big problem, not only in Clondalkin but across the country – it’s the culture we’re living in. “Their whole idea is going out on weekends and getting as drunk as they possibly can - let’s tr y and stop people

from thinking this way. “There’s no skeletons in my closet anymore. I’ve done drugs, I’ve drunk, and I’m a recovering alcoholic – these are all things people know about me anyway so if I can help kids try and avoid all these things then I’ll be doing a good job,” said Egan. Egan, who will take the place of Cllr Tony Delany (FG) if elected, said that he will go door to door and canvas like any other candidate. “I’m not going to rely on my name to get me there,” he said.

Campaign He said that not being politically minded is a challenge, but he believes that being completely honest from the start of his campaign will serve him well.

“This is alien to me, but all I can do is answer the questions honestly, so from day one I’m going to be as honest as I possibly can. I’m not going to tell lies about anything because I don’t need to.” Commenting on E g a n ’s d e c i s i o n t o run, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald said: “I am delighted that Kenneth has decided to run for the local elections in Clondalkin. “He has a proud record as an Olympic silver medallist for Ireland, which is an incredible sporting achievement. I know that Kenneth is very passionate and utterly committed to helping young people in the Clondalkin area to achieve the very best they can.”

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Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind) and Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy (Lab) presenting cheques to representatives from Citywise Education, Trustus We Care and Kingswood Kilnamanagh Active Age Club

South Dublin County Mayor Dermot Looney presenting a cheque to members of Cherryfield Residents Association. Pictures: Cathy Weatherston

Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy with members of Whitecastle Girl Guides, Perrrystown Performers Society, Greenhills Ladies Club and the Community Allotment Project

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Members of Four District Care, Greenhills College Basketball Club, St Andrew’s Centre and Tallaght Festival Band receiving their cheques from Mayor Dermot

community: New fund disbursed to groups

Ready, steady, go...


ver 100 representatives from local communities all over South Dublin County gathered in County Hall, Tallaght recently to be presented with their cheques at an event hosted by South Dublin County Mayor Dermot Looney (Ind), along with Deputy Mayor Cllr Eamon Tuffy (Lab). The Mayor’s Fund was introduced by Cllrs Looney and Tuffy, who together allocated a total of €10,000 from their

allowances during their term of office to this new community initiative. Seventy-five groups applied with 50 organisations succeeding in securing a grant of €200 from the fund for their group. The groups represent all of the electoral areas in the county and work in areas as diverse as older care, girl guides, martial arts, active retirement and youth work.

Looney and Deputy Mayor Eamon Tuffy

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Comedian and actor Nick Frost (centre) with 98FM’s Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore at the Irish movie premiere of Cuban Fury at the Odeon, Point Village. Pictures: Patrick O’Leary


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what’son rejoicing in all things infantile: These

Niamh Sharkey, outgoing Laureate na nOg: the Arts Council’s honorary title is bestowed on an author of children’s literature or illustrator for a two-year period

nominations: outgoing champion of children’s literature is praised

Third Laureate na nOg sought – imagine that!  bairbre ni bhraonain

THE hunt is on to find Ireland’s third Laureate na nOg, in honour of Irish Children’s literature, with nominations now under way. The Arts Council’s honorary title of Laureate na nOg is bestowed on an author of children’s literature or illustrator for a two-year period. The next recipient of the title will be following in the footsteps of inaugural Laureate na nOg Siobhan Parkinson and current holder Niamh Sharkey.

Up until now, laureates have acted as ambassadors in countries including the US, Sweden, Austria and Belgium. Elaina Ryan, director of Children’s Books Ireland, said: “Ireland’s first two laureates have been real champions for children’s literature and illustration, for reading and drawing, and for the importance of books in every child’s life. “Laureate na nOg is a most prestigious position, which acknowledges the phenomenal talent of our native authors and illustrators.”

Sarah Bannan, the Arts Council’s head of literature, said: “Laureate na nOg is Ireland’s highest honour for a writer or illustrator of children’s books, and was established by the Arts Council in order to celebrate the extraordinary talents of our writers and illustrators. “Through this appointment and the Arts Council’s wider strategy for children’s literature, we are working to broaden and enrich young people’s imaginative worlds and to highlight the importance of Irish children’s literature, writers and illustrators in our society.”

Ireland was one of the first countries to establish such an honour in the field of children’s literature. Irish children’s literature and illustration is recognised worldwide, and there is a huge appetite for children’s and young adult books at home. Now that the time has come for Ireland to choose its next Laureate na nOg, for the first time, people of all ages will have the opportunity to help with that decision by making their own nominations online at www.childrenslaureate. ie before February 15.

days there is no shortage of festivals, it seems every week offers a celebration on one theme or another. The Babytalk Festival, however, is a new phenomenon rejoicing in all things infantile. The festival is for babies and their families as well as expectant parents or anyone contemplating starting or adding to their family. Over 60 exhibitors will greet an expected 5,000 visitors over the twoday event which is on in the UCD Campus in Belfield this month. There will be talks from expert speakers including psychologist David Carey, nutritionist Genevieve Becker, breastfeeding expert Sue Jameson and more. Music and comedy will also be included with entertainers such as Irish Mammies author and comedian Colm O’Regan. The Babytalk Festival will be on February 22 and 23 from 10am until 5pm in O’Reilly Hall, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4. Festival tickets, available at, cost €10 for one day and €15 for both days.


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You can be in the Noel with

THERE’S a new man about town, thanks to Dublin Bus, and if you’ve noticed a stick walking around with a football on its head, you probably know what we’re talking about. Network Noel is the

brand-new mascot for Dublin Bus, and while we remain ever so slightly perplexed about his appearance, there will be less confusion when it comes to choosing our routes. He’s the latest mascot

to appear on our television screens and the Dublin Bus website and aims to help customers get to know their bus service better. According to Dublin Bus, Noel wants to interact with customers

and will be the face of a new campaign to encourage greater interaction between Dublin Bus and its customers. That’s all well and good, but we’re still confused about his appearance. We’re thinking his colourful hair represents the “28 high-frequency core” roots – erm, we mean routes. He even has his own Facebook and Instagram profiles – just search for “Network Noel”.

forget croker – bono’s up for the intimate O2

Meet Network Noel - Dublin Bus’s new mascot

U2 FRONTMAN Bono revealed this week that the band will not be following in Garth Brook’s

footsteps by performing in Croke Park during their next tour, but would prefer to play in smaller, more intimate venues. We believe you, Bono – it’s the laid-back, unplugged vibe you prefer, and nothing to do with the daunting task of stepping into Brooks’s cowboy boots and selling out so many concerts in the iconic GAA grounds! Until Garth announced a planned fourth show at the 82,300 capacity stadium this summer, U2 held the record for most consecutive gigs at Croker. That said, it is not exactly Vicar Street that Bono has in mind as a possible intimate venue, but the roomier 02 Arena

(which holds 14,500 people). We look forward to some intimate dates, Mr Hewson!

so, what’s the scoop on dog waste removal? IT’S a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it – and that’s exactly why we will be calling on Poop Scooper Ireland to give us a helping hand in cleaning up our act. (Our dog’s act, to be exact.) Poop Scooper Ireland is a new professional dog waste removal service that has been set up to help dog owners keep their gardens clean, without having to do any

of the dirty work. The business offers a weekly or twice-weekly service to clean your garden from any dog waste, meaning you never have to clean up dog poop again. The service will ensure your garden looks squeaky clean and you will minimise germs brought into your home. Areas currently serviced by the company include north County Dublin, east Meath and north city Dublin. For further details, or to enquire about services in your area, email, or call 089 483 2086.

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Dublin Bus’s new mascot pupils asked to help celebrate irish products

GUARANTEED Irish is asking primary school pupils in Ireland to paint or draw a picture by March 18 on the theme of St Patrick and to write a short passage on why it is important to buy Irish products and services. Those who enter could be in with the chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes for their class. For those who are in first- and second-class, the winner (and their class, plus teacher) will win a trip to the Butlers Chocolate Experience – the home of Butlers Chocolates in Dublin.

For those in third- and fourth-class the winner (and again, with their class and teacher) will win an amazing day of fun at Titanic Belfast. The winner for the fifth- and sixth-class category will receive a twonight family stay at the Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre in Waterford. All winners will be announced on March 21, and for further information, see

defence forces fly in with a stunning shot WHEN the Irish Defence Forces aren’t busy out defending the Irish nation, it seems

A colourful pre-dawn shot of sleeping Dublin’s port side, taken by the Irish Defence Forces last week

they’re getting in touch with their creative side instead. The Twitter account for the Irish Defence Forces (@defenceforces) last week posted a

snap they took of Dublin at dawn, leaving us more than impressed with their photography skills! The picture was taken by the Air Corps during

a routine security check while we all slept soundly in our beds. The Tweet read: “Nice view #Dublin this am frm [sic] #AirCorps routine security escort

as the city awoke, what a difference 12 hrs makes.” Within the space of a couple of hours, the picture was retweeted a total of 99 times!

With a shot like this, if the whole Defence Force thing doesn’t work out, perhaps they could nab themselves a photography job with The Gazette instead ...


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Become mindful of a new way of thinking It’s the buzz word these days: “mindful”. Like a lot of things that gain currency in popular expression, it has assumed a mystery value now in the media. It’s written about as some kind of esoteric quality to which only the initiated and the select few are privy. But that’s not true. Mindfulness is like philosophy; everybody has it, and everybody’s doing it. We all just do it differently. And, sometimes, the way we do it is good for us, and sometimes it isn’t. Mindfulness is another way of saying “aware-

ness”. This action brings us into the realm of the immediate moment. It gently and forcefully excludes what we don’t want in our heads and allows us to think, focus, concentrate, amplify, a moment, an act, a situation, anything. That’s all. But – and here’s the significant “but” – using the word “mindful” is so much more seductive than telling yourself to focus, to concentrate, to pay attention. Isn’t it? We ’r e p r e s e n t i n g some chore of concentration to ourselves in a more agreeable way. We actually want

to become mindful, and have the associated benefits of serenity, calm, insight, objectivity, detachment and control, all of which allow us feel good about whatever it is we’re being mindful of, and to function more effectively too – and that’s a huge advantage, isn’t it? And the wonderful news is that there’s a very simple way to do this. I’ll tell you how in the next missive. Stay well.  David Hegarty

Hegarty has been in the wellness industry for over 50 years

Dee Cannon, acting coach: “One of my clients was Sinead O’Connor. She was definitely talented.”

people: top coach on working with film, theatre stars

Cannon takes aim at acting myths  bairbre ni bhraonain

ACTING coach to the stars Dee Cannon is coming to Ireland to give an acting masterclass in Trim, Co Meath. Dee is one of the world’s most sought-after acting coaches and spent 17 years as senior teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. She has a wealth of experience, having worked with a wide array of stars, including Jon Voight and Tom Hiddleston. Now working as a freelance acting coach, Dee is very much in demand, running masterclasses all around the world. She has also written a highly-acclaimed book, entitled In Depth Acting, which Pierce Brosnan described as “a book for those who are just starting out on the path with a burning passion, and for those like me, who have come down the road so

far and still need direction”. The Gazette spoke to Dee ahead of her upcoming masterclass in Meath. She said: “I was contacted by the Spirit of Folk organisation to give a masterclass because of my book. “I don’t call what I do ‘method acting’, as that has too many connotations, many of which are not positive. I’m not a big fan of [focusing only on] the emotional side of the work – that doesn’t show the full breadth of acting. “One of my clients was Sinead O’Connor. She had the makings of a good actress, but had other things going on and never completed the training. She was definitely talented. “I also taught Natalie Imbruglia, and The Saturdays, Leona Lewis and Billie Piper – a lot of performers who were making the crossover to drama. “I give one-on-one pri-

vate coaching for roles, or I am invited to work on set when an actor is struggling with a role. Producers call me in and I coach them. “I’m about to be hired for a big comedy series but I can’t say anything about it yet,” she said. When asked if good actors are born or made, Dee said: “I think you can have innate talent, so in some ways you are born with it. The rest has to be developed in you with training. “We all have imagination, but it’s useless unless we use it and find a platform to develop it. “Some things can be developed, but you can’t teach someone to be charming. You can also learn to trust your instinct more, [but] I don’t think that just anyone can be an actor,” she said. “I taught many actors at RADA who went on to do very well, such as Alexandra Roach. It’s very sat-

isfying to see. “I almost can’t turn on the TV without seeing my former students! In the series, Mr Selfridge, at least six of my students were on screen. “My advice to aspiring actors is to find the truth in what you’re doing. You might always want to play the comedy [up] or to demonstrate or indicate too much and play to clichés, but acting is all about the truth and being real. “My three day masterclass will have lots of fun as well as technique, improvisation and character and text work,” she said. Dee Cannon will host a residential weekend masterclass at Dunderry Park, Navan from May 16 to 18. The weekend costs €250 for tuition, accommodation and all meals. For further information, contact

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FEATURE a day in the life: Chocoholic who’s in love with her job

‘You can’t go wrong with chocolate ...’  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

There are worse places to work around Valentine’s season than in a high-end chocolate shop. At this most romantic time of the year, The Gazette wanted to find out what a day in the life of a manager of a highend chocolate brand was like. Working in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Eileen Dunne has worked in the business for the last eight years but is in no danger of getting tired of being surrounded by

chocolate treats. “I love it here, with chocolate you can’t go wrong. I get up at around 7am and am in around 8.30am. My little girl Isabella, who’s three, is looked after by my mam so I don’t have to drop her off anywhere. “I usually get a lift in, in the morning, with my husband. I do all of the paperwork that needs my attention first thing and then I check the window displays and make sure the store prices are correct. “Then I open the shop

at 9.30am – the mornings are generally quiet but business picks up by lunchtime. “This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, which hasn’t happened in years so it’s hard to gauge what it will be like but I think we’ll be busy on the Saturday as well with people who forgot to buy something on Friday and are in a bit of trouble!” she laughs. “I am on the shop floor all day dealing with customers but we’re not pushy here. “I’ll read the signals and

decide if someone needs a bit of help or not before approaching them. “When a customer comes in I’ll offer them a chocolate smile circle to sample. Then I’ll find out from them all about their partner’s preferences and any allergies. “We’re doing a lot of ice-able chocolate products this year which means people can have their messages personalized with pet names or whatever they want as long as it’s acceptable of course. “We’ve had some

Eileen is in no danger of getting tired of being surrounded by chocolate treats

strange requests in the past I can tell you. The best messages though are the proposals we are sometimes asked to ice and we’ve had a fair few of them. “We can all ice here in the shop and do it on the spot in around 30 seconds. “Men shop much quicker than women and work on instinct. They

basically just grab something and go whereas women choose more personalised, thoughtful gifts. “I think chocolate is still so popular as it has a nostalgic link to Valentine’s Day and it’s luxurious and a real treat. “At around 6pm I lock up before heading home on the bus. “I get home at around

7.30pm and play with Isabella for a while before putting her to bed and reading her a story. “Then I like to read to unwind, I prefer it to TV. Other evenings I go to a yoga class, but my job is not a bit stressful at all because people are always happy around chocolate. We never have any returns or any complaints.”


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PAYE: long list of tax reliefs is still available


Workers of Ireland, claim your refunds

Marty warnock, harvey norman

Computing how best to help the customer MARTY Warnock, who works in the computers department in Harvey Norman, Blanchardstown, talked to The Gazette about working at the busy store. How long have you worked for Harvey Norman?

I have been working in Harvey Norman for almost a year now, and I am really enjoying it so far.

Can you describe your average day?

My day starts with merchandising the stock, followed by a computer department team meeting, and then we are straight into sales and looking after customers. The day can be pretty full-on, and we are always kept busy, so the day just flies by. Tell us about the culture in Harvey Norman?

We love a good haggle in here in Harvey Norman, and it’s all about doing a great deal for our customers. Whether that is being able to offer a discount or creating a bundle deal for customers – where possible, we

will do our best to look after them. What is the best thing about your job?

There is a great atmosphere in the company. I have worked in retail for almost 10 years and this is by far the best place that I have worked in! We have a big team here in Blanchardstown, and there is a great dynamic between departments. What does good customer service mean to you?

Good customer service is having the customer leaving the shop happy that they got everything that they needed. It’s about asking the right questions to find out what the customer is looking for, and providing advice where possible. I have repeat customers that come in to the store and ask for me by name; it’s a great feeling. What do you do to switch off in the evenings?

As soon as I go home, I spend some time feeding my dogs and then it’s time to relax with my girlfriend, a good movie and maybe a glass of wine.

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Experts are urging PAYE workers to submit their tax refund applications since most people would’ve received their P60s by now. The tax professionals say that their current average tax refund is €880 for a PAYE worker but that as the Government has gnawed away at various tax reliefs over the last few years they expect that average to drop as the years go on. According to Christine Keily of www.taxback. com: “With the austerity budgets over the last few years, it’s obvious that people are paying more tax than they were five years ago. This should really bring it home to people that they absolutely should claim back their entitlements.” say that although there have been a variety of cuts to tax reliefs in recent years many people are unaware of the fact that you can still reclaim tax as far back as 2010 when the tax reliefs were perhaps more generous. Keily continued: “There is still a long list of tax reliefs available to people that could result in savings of hundreds of euro, but many of these go unclaimed every year either due to a lack of awareness or apathy. “A lot of people still find applying for a tax refund confusing or complicated, resulting in them paying more tax than is necessary and losing out on entitlements. Revenue has made attempts to educate taxpayers as to their entitlements regarding tax credits and reliefs. However, despite this, we believe there are still Many people are unaware that they can still reclaim tax as far back as 2010 when the tax reliefs were perhaps more generous

millions of euro going unclaimed each year.” Now, more than ever, people need this money. The following are some of the tax credits still available: Medical / dental expenses: While the rate at which tax relief can be claimed on medical expenses has been slashed from 41% to 20%, back in 2008 the relief is still available and can be claimed on most medical expenses incurred and on qualifying non-routine dental expenses. Tuition fees: The tax credit for tuition fees is still available. For the years 2009 to 2010 the max tax credit available was €1,000. A change was introduced in the 2011 tax year where the relief does not apply to the first €2,000 of qualifying fee or if less, the full amount. Similarly, for part time courses the first €1,000 was disregarded in respect of each claim. These amounts were

increased to €2,250 and €1,250 respectively for 2012-13 academic year. The maximum limit on qualifying fees remains capped at €7,000 so the maximum credit available has been effectively reduced from €1,000 to €950. Rent: The rent credit has been reduced to €200 for a single person in the year 2013 and the tax credit is set to be phased out by the end of 2017. Taxpayers still have an opportunity to claim the rent credit back to 2010 (for 2011 and subsequent years the relief will only apply if you were in rented accommodation on 07/12/2010) and should take advantage of this. Keily went on to say: “Obviously, not everyone is entitled to the same tax credits and reliefs so it is up to the individual themselves to ensure they know their entitlements. For example people should ensure that they have claimed the home

carer credit if they are entitled to it. “Overpaying tax is also an area which results in many people receiving much welcomed refunds from the Revenue. Individuals should look back on their income levy and USC payments to ensure that they have not overpaid such payments in prior years and should claim a refund before it’s too late. “ Mo s t e m p l o y e r s should’ve issued P60s by now. If people aren’t sure how to review them, we can help them.” Other tax reliefs and incentives which have remained available are: • Rent a room relief • Exemption on income earned from caring for children in your own home • Employment and investment incentive (EII) scheme • Film relief is still available • Capital losses are still allowable

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Bronagh Gallagher and Simon Delaney star in the romantic comedy The Food Guide to Love which is set in contemporary Dublin

film fest: food guide to love offers feast of home talent for cinema buffs

Food of love and love of food  laura webb

Film buffs get ready, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is back and to give you a snippet of movie screenings The Gazette caught up with the directors of The Food Guide to Love. Set in contemporary Dublin this film showcases home-grown talent including Simon Delaney and Bronagh Gallagher. The romantic comedy about relationships with love and food was written and directed by husband and wife team Teresa Pelegri from Barcelona and Dominic Harari from London, with an additional writing credit for Irish playwright Eugene O’Brien. Filmed two years ago in Dublin,

Pelegri and Harari explained how they managed to bring their story to the fair city. “The inspiration for the project was from a quote by Bernard Shaw: ‘There is no love sincerer than the love of food’. “Off the back of that we worked on a script, which wasn’t specific to Dublin. What happened was our producer, who is a Spanish producer, had worked with Parallel Film and suggested we could do it as a Spanish/Irish production and set the film in Dublin. “We were interested in that and thought it was important to get an Irish writer to work with to really adapt the script and we found Eugene O’Brien who we share an agent with. We met him and really hit it off. With help from the Irish Film Board, we

collaborated on adapting the story to Dublin. “It fitted really well. One of the important elements of the film is the childhood trauma of the protagonist around a food he was forced to eat as a child which he hated and we discovered coddle – that fitted perfectly, it was almost as if the film had found its home in Dublin. “We tried it and I really like it. Our son was on the shoot and also finished the plate but there were people in the crew that shared the trauma of the character,” Dominic said. Living and working as husband and wife can be a testing time for most relationships but for these two, it was easy to manage after they left their director egos behind.

“We share the same tastes and the same sense of humour. It was a learning curve for us, we learned to listen to each other. At the beginning when you start working, every writer and director has a large ego so it was about throwing that ego out the window and reminding each other that this is about good work... It’s not about whether it is my idea or his idea, [it’s about what] works,” Theresa said. Excited to see their film at the Jameson Dublin Film Festival, they are looking forward to revisiting the film’s locations again. The Irish premiere of A Food Guide to Love takes place on February 17 in Cineworld at 8pm. For further information on the festival and a synopsis of the film, see

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Fender, a three-year-old crossbreed. Fender is super intelligent and while he has been here at the centre, has learned a variety of tricks including high five! He would definitely enjoy training classes as he enjoys learning so much! Fender would need to go to an adult-only home, which would be calm and allow him time to settle in at his own pace. If you think this sounds like you, and you’d like to offer Fender a nurturing home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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the Marble City: head south and enjoy some old-world charm

Escape to Kilkenny, a city that has it all  natalie burke

Kilkenny is fast becoming one of my favourite cities in Ireland, which is saying a lot coming from someone who was born and raised in Dublin. But over the past few years I’ve found myself wandering around the Marble City on more than a few occasions, and I’m discovering something new on every visit. It’s a city that has consistently been considered a trendy tourist hub, with historical features to be found every few yards, enough eateries to entertain a foodie fiend for a fortnight and activity trails for lovers of the outdoors, not to mention the city being a creativity and craft hub – a culture vulture’s delight. Even its nightlife has become synonymous for a memorable hen or stag weekend away. Whatever your interest might be, chances are Kilkenny will cater for it. The Pembroke Hotel on Patrick Street is classy and contemporary and right smack bang in the centre of town, making

it the ideal spot to set up camp for the weekend. It’s Kilkenny’s only four-star boutique hotel and is just a two-minute walk from the busy streets, bars and the medieval Kilkenny Castle. The hotel manages to capture the charm of the city itself; the ideal mix--------------------------

‘Whatever your interest might be, chances are Kilkenny will cater for it’ --------------------------

ture of old fashioned city chic and contemporary taste. This theme runs right through the hotel to the bedrooms, bar and restaurant. The rooms which are decorated with dark woods and bright colour blocks are cosy and comfortable, and if you’re lucky you might land a room with a castle view. Parking and WiFi are both complimentary at the hotel, meaning you can easily explore the city on foot for the weekend. If your plans include

a spot of shopping, Kilkenny’s full of spending opportunities. Independent retailers, chic boutiques and of course, the high street shopping favourites, are located on both the city’s main and side streets with High Street being one of the main shopping districts. Only across the road from the hotel is the trendy vintage store Shutterbug – I couldn’t resist a little mooch around – which was convenient for a pitstop back at the Pembroke for dropping bags. Dinner in the Pembroke Hotel’s Stathams Restaurant was really enjoyable, preluded by the obligatory glass of pinot grigio in the hotel’s cosy bar. The bar has a full wine list and its own cocktail menu, and has plenty of cosy alcoves to sit back and enjoy a drink, or two. Never one to miss an opportunity to indulge in good food, I thoroughly enjoyed a goat’s cheese bruschetta dish for starters, with vine tomatoes and carmelised red onion marmalade.

The Pembroke Hotel is right smack bang in the centre of town, making it the ideal spot to set up camp for the weekend

W hile my par tner delved into a delicious sirloin steak for main course, I opted instead for the roast vegetable mille feuille. It was something I had never tried before and the tasty French pastry dish came with a creamy brie cheese and roast beetroot coulis. It’s always a satisfying feeling when you know you’ve made good food choices! The next morning, a

stroll through the lively city centre was a must. The rain eased off just in time for us to walk through the grounds of the 12th century Kilkenny Castle (if you’ve time, take a daily tour of the castle) before stopping for lunch at one of Ireland’s oldest inns, Kyteler’s. Before you leave, stop for a coffee at Cafe Mocha on High Street. While the coffee shop’s narrow entrance is easy

to miss, it’s a cafe full of charm and character with a ribbon boutique and china tea cup shop inside! City breaks at the Pembroke Hotel start from just €99 per night. For further details or to book, visit or call 056 7783500. For more information on things to do and see in Kilkenny, see www.

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Precise, economical tale of war  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

AUDREY Magee’s debut novel, The Undertaking, is a second World War story written from the perspective of the Germans. The plot centres specifically on a couple who marry without having seen or met each other. At the wedding ceremony, a picture stands in for the soldier’s prospective wife. Peter Faber is a private in the German army who is posted to the front and ends up in the ill-fated Eastern front march into Russia in winter. As the soldiers in Faber’s unit set out on their harrowing trek towards Russia, passing through peasant villages, they por-

tray all of the cockiness you would imagine German soldiers to possess. The Nazis’ lebensraum policy aimed to clear a land mass the size of Russia for German use, primarily to grow wheat and other provisions. The soldiers seem like any others in such circumstances as they indulge in camaraderie, banter and mutual teasing en route; but as they come in contact with the peasants they encounter, we see a strange matter of fact cruelty and a selfish and insular air of entitlement that is shared by all of them. For example, when they arrive at a farmhouse, cold and hungry,

they immediately evict an old lady and her daughter, then shoot them both and eat up every last morsel available, like a plaque of locusts leaving nothing behind. At no time do they show any sign of selfawareness or reflection. The situation changes as they progress further east into the heartland of Russia. The unit becomes cut off from all contact with their superiors and the soldiers are left to the mercy of Russian snipers and shelling. At home, Faber’s wife Katharina and her new baby live in a requisitioned apartment they would never have been able to afford under normal circumstances. It was

taken from Jews. She writes to her new husband Peter from the isolation of her ivory tower where her mother and father bicker about the decision to send their son, Katharina’s brother, Johannes, back to the front though he was suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder. Magee was a journalist for 12 years and it shows, in the best possible way. Her prose is very clean and throws the story into stunning relief with absolute impartiality. She uses language very economically and with superb precision. One of the most memorable descriptions is of the shell-shocked Johannes

standing unsteadily on a railway platform. The author explained his bewilderment in a very physical way and localised his teetering stance with the phrase “his feet stumbling”. This may seem a small detail but to pinpoint the area of the stumbling to the feet rather than the whole person is unique and very moving. There are many such examples of unusual precision throughout the novel and rather than feeling abandoned by the author, her hard neutrality is greatly reassuring to the reader. Magee has achieved a most uncommon thing with this book in both lit-

Author Audrey Magee, and the cover of her new book, The Undertaking

erary style and theme. She shows us, in her beautifully factual way, that it was not only the invaded peoples who suffered during the war but also those who perpe-

trated the violence against them. The Undertaking is published by Atlantic Books and available in all good bookstores for €14.99


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PINK OF all shades is a hot topic in the fashion world when it comes to spring/summer collections and this year is no different. This week Gazette Style takes a little look at all things pink to see what tickles the fashion taste-buds, from lippy to dresses and jackets to tops, there is a pink shade to suit everyone!

Rocha John Rocha rose shift dress available at Debenhams €88

Preen Edition pink biker jacket available at Debenhams €119

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter €32

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Master classes on the perfect complexion Blush tassel boot available at Heatons €25

Havren flared dress available in Kilkenny €229.95


IF IT’S Lancome products you like, than make a note in your diary to see Lancome’s Elite make-up artist, Laura Pye. She will pay an exclusive Irish visit to Boots stores in Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley and Dundrum Town Centre this month. Here she will host a number of master classes and one-to-one exclusive appointments at the Boots Lancome counters. Laura’s visit coincides with the launch of Lancome’s new foundation, Miracle Air de Teint, and she will be offering advice on how to achieve the perfect complexion for all skin types. The most beautiful skin emanates a singular kind of light, a vital radiance that illuminates the complexion. With Miracle Air de Teint, and the awardwinning Teint Miracle, Lancome presents its first ever made-to-measure nude ritual, catering to all women’s needs and desires. Here are some industry tips and tricks from Laura on how to achieve

the perfect complexion this spring: • If you’re looking for a new foundation, you should really look at the key features of the foundation, that is are you looking for a foundation with good coverage or are you looking for one with sheer coverage? Maybe you have oily skin but you still want a healthy glow, or maybe you want to fight the signs of ageing? All these key features are something to think about before you chose the right foundation for your skin. • The main thing to think about when foundation shopping, is to remember that a foundation shouldn’t cover or mask the skin, it should only balance, correct and enhance the complexion. Your face should still look like it’s you and it should be as natural as possible, this is why coverage and shade are so important. • When applying foundation, take the product out onto the back of your hand and use that as a palette when applying with a brush. • Be sure to keep your make-up looking clean

Lancome’s new foundation Miracle Air de Teint and (inset) Lancome’s Elite make-up artist, Laura Pye

and well blended – take a little more extra care when applying foundation, you’ll see the difference. • Smile, and then sweep Lancome’s Blush Subtil across the apples of the cheek in a teardrop shape. This will add an instant pop of subtle colour.

• To fur ther sculpt your complexion, apply a light-reflecting highlighter across the tops of the cheekbones. This will also lift the complexion. If you would like to receive expert skincare and make-up advice specifically tailored to suit

you from Laura, she will be available for bookings on the Tuesday, February 25 in Boots Blanchardstown, Wednesday, February 26 in Boots Liffey Valley, and Friday, February 28 in Boots Dundrum.

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BRUSH up on tanning while staying eco-friendly with TanOrganic and its new bronzing powder duo. The first thing you notice about this product is its packaging – a smooth wood finish is not something you see everyday on a make-up self and we must admit we do like it. As for the product itself, it is made with completely natural ingredients making it ecocertified. This bronzing powder is split in two with warm chocolate on one side and golden caramel hues on the other, which is blendable to get a tone that suits your skin. It can be used to contour, colour and condition skin.

A great way to kick-start the spring, this bronzing powder duo will help bring back some brightness to our weary winter skin. Go from a healthy day glow, which can be achieved by swirling the duo bronzer on to the apples of the cheeks, to a show-stopping evening look - a simple contour of the temples, cheekbones, nose and chin. TanOrganic Duo Bronzer retails at €29.99 and is available from or the following pharmacies Boots, Bradleys, Lloyds, Hickeys, Sam McCauleys and McCabes in Dublin.


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Coisbo Brewery from Denmark . Picture: Mark Desmond Photography

Coisbo’s cup floweth over at craft brew fair COISBO was crowned the winner of the Dublin Craft Beer Cup at the second annual Alltech International Craft Brews and Food Fair last weekend. The Danish family-run craft brewery faced stiff competition, beating 275 other entries for the winning title. Last year, Hilden Brewing Company – Twisted Hop took the winning title of the competition. The fair took place at the Convention Centre on Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, and saw over 6,000 people attend to sample various craft beers and artisan food. There was a range of trade, distributors, breweries, distillers and food companies exhibiting, including the Armagh Cider Company, the Irish Whiskey Museum, Mountain Man, Trouble Brewing, Ballymaloe Relish, Cashel Blue, Keogh’s Crisps and Wright’s of Howth. According to head judge Dr Inge Russell, editor of the Journal of the Institute of Brewing: “Coisbo’s Russian Imperial Stout deserved to win due to the marvellously balanced aroma, full body and its rich taste.” As well as the beer cup and exhibitors, Paddy Casey performed on stage on the Friday night, while on Saturday the Ireland V Wales Six Nations rugby was featured live on the big 14ft screen, which saw Ireland’s victorious score of 26-3.

Singer-songwriter Paddy Casey

Blue Orchard Thai restaurant

Ballinteer The penang chicken curry Thai basil, lime leaf and

A SUNDAY night takeaway is a common treat for us Irish. The most popular delivery options are still an Indian or Chinese takeaway, or pizza, with Thai food proving less popular. However, on a recent ferociously chilly and blustery night, I accepted a friend’s invitation to dinner at Blue Orchid in Ballinteer – one of three Thai restaurants (the others are in Stepaside and Blackrock). All the restaurants offer genuine Thai food and profess to be specialists in their field, priding themselves on distinctive Thai flavours using recognisable spices, fresh herbs, crunchily-textured vegetables and zingy citrus tang flavours. The Ballinteer outlet didn’t disappoint, and the food we ate was delicious. We arrived to a quiet restaurant with a quintessential suburban East Asian feel, which could have done with a little liv-

had a wonderfully fragrant and rich coconut sauce that was slightly sweet, and sang with coriander, salty fish sauce

The Picky Eater ening up. Still, the staff were welcoming, friendly and attentive, without being overbearing, and our drinks were always topped up and water flowed constantly. My two companions and I decided to order three different starters and mains from across the menu, which was the standard fare for Thai food in Ireland, with nothing being overly eyegrabbing or unusual. Starters are Thai flavoured soup, various tempura dishes, dumplings and yuk sung, while mains are a variety of stir-fried fish or meats with sauces, and the usual range of curries, from Thai green to penang. We opted for prawn tempura, chicken dumpling and the pork yuk sung. The dumplings were perfectly crisp with a spicy, rich chicken stuffing, and sweet sticky dipping sauce, and were quickly devoured. The tempura prawns

were the best of the three, with well-cooked soft prawns that tasted fresh from the sea, and feathery light crisp batter. The yuk sung was meaty, with punchy ginger and a dense pork flavour, which was lovely, and enveloped in fresh, crisp lettuce. For mains I ordered a sizzling selection of seafood in a lemon butter sauce, and my fellow diners opted for seafood in an oyster sauce and a penang chicken curry. My dish arrived piping hot with plenty of prawns, scallops, salmon and sea bass. The seafood was beautifully cooked, and was deliciously complemented by the buttery and lemony tart sauce with crunchy vegetables. The curry had a wonderfully fragrant and rich coconut sauce that was slightly sweet, and sang with coriander, Thai basil, lime leaf and salty fish sauce – yum! These two dishes were certainly my favourite

A tasty selection of ribs, teriyaki spring rolls, chicken satay and chicken wontons

over the fish selection in oyster sauce; however, this was cooked to perfection, too, and full of sweet and sour notes. Too stuffed from the generous portions, we decided to skip dessert – the menu consisted of an unappetising range of bought-in options. Prices range from

€5-€8 for starters, and €17-€24 for the main courses. Still, with flavours as authentic and fresh as this, Blue Orchid is well worth a visit if you find yourself longing for a taste of Thailand. Three starters, three mains along with two bottles of wine came to a reasonable €139 before service.

Conclusion THE setting could do with a little livening up – but who cares, given how delicious the food was. Blue Orchard in Ballinteer tickled our taste buds and then delivered in style, presenting generally excellent (and authentic) Thai dishes at a fair price.

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Cash-strapped motorists get a dig out from Renault

Even though cars are getting more efficient – and motor tax on newer cars is getting more affordable, the purchase price is still something that puts people off buying a new model. As a result, available finance is a key decider for many people when looking at a new car, with the PCP (personal contract plan) becoming more and more popular with the Irish motorist. Renault’s own bank Renault Finance, in the country just over two years, has lent over €100m in retail financing in Ireland to its 6,000 customers. I n 2 013 , R e n a u l t Finance saw approximately one-in-four customers take Renault ReFlex, Renault’s PCP product, which reduces a monthly payment versus a personal loan or traditional hire purchase. Customers can save up to 30% less with the same finance amount over the same period with a PCP. Early indicators in 2014 show that 40% of Renault



options: popularity of personal contract plans on the rise


NOISE Opel Astra OPC Extreme

Opel goes the extreme with the latest Astra

Renault Finance has lent over €100m in retail financing to its 6,000 Irish customers in just over two years

and Dacia customers will take a Renault ReFlex product (PCP). ReFlex customers are guaranteed the value of their car in two to three years’ time and Renault or Dacia will guarantee a minimum amount at the end of their finance term. They also have the possibility of driving a new car every two to three years and if the customer doesn’t wish to keep the car after the

Up to a challenge: Cheque handover some might think it a dubious hon-

our, but pictured receiving his winning €1,000 cheque from Seat Ireland’s Cian O’Brien is Radio Nova’s Conor Irwin, officially Ireland’s fastest DJ. Conor took part in the Seat Leon Mondello Challenge recently, which was held in Dublin’s famous Mondello race track, and saw 20 national DJs race in the spruced-up Seat Leon for the fastest track time, all in aid of a charity of their choice. Conor won with an impressive time of 1:15.47 and named the ISPCC as his selected charity.

term, they don’t have to. Another reason why PCPs are increasing in popularity is that the deposit required is low, usually 10% between deposit and trade in. With the market up 45%, Renault Finance has seen an increase of 100% in finance applications for the same period last year. A new maximum twohour decision time has also been introduced on all finance applications.

Tips for Motor Finance

• Compare the monthly payments of a personal loan, hire purchase and personal contract plan option over the same term and with the same finance amount • Compare interest rates, check the interest rate you are paying and always review the cost to borrow the money over the term • Hire purchase is a form of secured lending.

Secured loans will typically have a lower interest rate than an unsecured loan. Hire purchase agreements always have a fixed interest rate. This means your rate will not fluctuate, so your monthly payments will remain the same throughout the term of the agreement • Your trade-in can be used as a down payment on your finance agreement.

It is one of those cars that just doesn’t seem to belong on public roads, yet it’s there. When Opel released the current version of its “hot hatch”Astra, the motoring press took a sharp intake of breath – this was a car that actually looked like the concept that had been released before launch. Menacing windows, big wheels, tinted glass and positively evil headlights and grille – this was a car for the fan boy. Now, Opel have released the first official image of one of its new Geneva show stars, the Astra OPC Extreme, which will be the basis for a future lowvolume production run. It has petrol heads like me positively salivating. Derived from the last year’s Astra Cup race car that competed in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, the Extreme is the street-legal race sibling to the current Astra OPC, which in standard form already produces 280PS and 400Nm of torque. But shorn of weight, thanks to liberal use of highquality carbon components, the Extreme’s natural environment will be the race track. An integrated safety structure, racing seats and six-point safety belts drive home the point still further. The Extreme’s timing couldn’t be better, either, since 2014 marks 10 years since the OPC brand was launched in 2004. The Astra OPC is now the bestselling OPC.

Easy to hit three million This week motoring specialist, Easytrip, celebrated its 3,000,000th transaction at the DAA taxi management system at Dublin Airport. Easytrip’s automated vehicle management technology at Dublin Airport has helped improve the management of taxi journeys through the airport by monitoring and controlling taxi flow. The new system was introduced in 2011 following the opening of Terminal 2 and has provided a more effective management system for the DAA ensuring timely allocation of taxis at taxi stands for customers at arrivals. Out of an approximate 1,500 taxis permitted to work at Dublin Airport, taxi driver Gerard Rooney became the driver to mark the 3,000,000th transaction in his Lexus. To celebrate the milestone, Gerard Rooney was presented with a weekend away as part of the Easytrip Escapes offering.


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robocop  aileen donegan

A REBOOT of 1987’s Robocop has been in the pipeline for a long time. And what could have been a woeful, watereddown version of the original is a surprisingly fast-tempo, relevant and modern retelling for younger audiences. Here, national security in the United States is in transition in 2028. With rising violence on home turf and abroad, technological masterminds are creating the ultimate security weapon for profit - the Robocop. This reimagining of the grim and gory 1987 classic sees family man and dedicated street cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) fatally injured in the line of duty. OmniCorp, a powerful high-tech robot manufacturer, is looking to make a perfect robot – one of warmth, which the public could embrace – and Murphy is the prototype ... Directed by Jose Padilha, this sleek, modern and rated PG13 version (the original is adult-rated) shouldn’t work, but does. The original Robocop was played out in a futuristic, dystopian Detroit, but this Robocop could be America in the next 10 years. Still, it’s not all politics and doom – the film evens things out with plenty of lighter moments. With enough action sequences to suit even a Die Hard fan, don’t be put off by the new suit – it’s still Robocop, just an updated version.

They’ll need to box clever with their plans ... In the second World War, Stokes (George Clooney) and Granger (Matt Damon) are in a race against time to help rescue art treasures from being destroyed. The catch? That they’ll have to do so from deep within Nazi territory, in this rip-roaring tale that’s based on a true story.

the monuments men: a valiant effort that is a good story badly told

Good guys thwart a Nazi plan The Monuments Men is based on one of the most fascinating stories of the second World War, a real-life underdog tale that has been begging to be told on screen. In 1944 Allied forces discover that Hitler is looting and amassing huge quantities of paintings and sculptures from museums and private collections across Europe – including works by Rembrandt, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. There are rumours of his intentions to create a massive complex to display the art in Austria. The Allied plan of action involves gathering an unlikely ensemble of museum curators and art historians who are given the task

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of going behind enemy lines to locate, identify, and safely return the stolen pieces of art. Starring Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, The Monuments Men boasts an incredible array of talent. Clooney is to the fore both on- and off-screen, taking on the roles of director and writer in a recipe that bred success in 2005’s Good Night and Good Luck and 2011’s The Ides of March – but this film sees Clooney shift away

from the slower paced political intricacies of his earlier films. The Monuments Men is a film that is focused on action. Or at least it tries to be, as the shift in pace is not as smooth as might have been hoped for. At first glance, Clooney’s theatre of war has none of the muddy, b l o o d y, b l e a k r e a l ism that we’ve become accustomed to. Instead it is a throwback to a time before Saving Private Ryan to a Saturday matinee, moustachioed version of the second World War complete with all the colour ful kitsch you might expect to see emblazoning the cover of a Warlord comic. It’s against this backdrop that The Monuments Men works best, leaning heavily on com-

edy and action, and it’s where Murray, Goodman and Dujardin are allowed to shine. While the large all-star cast is attractive, it also brings problems as it seems that Clooney struggles in an attempt to grant everyone equal screen time. As the characters are based in several locations in Europe, the end result is a plot stitched together from too many formulaic episodes that fail to provide any character growth or depth.

There’s an inherent tension when the film then tries to capture a historical reality that jars with the more cartoonish elements, and the emotional chords that the film endeavours to strike are too easily drowned out by the fanfare and marching drums. R u n ning at a lengthy of two hours, you cannot help but feel that things could have been much improved with a tighter edit.

W hile it is a valiant effort to bring an important part of history to light, ultimately The Monuments Men is a good story badly told. It does ask us some interesting questions how much value do we place on artistic expression? And can cultural artefacts be more valuable than human lives? But unfortunately these are likely to go unheard. While the real life Monuments Men had a clear reason for being, the film seems confused about what it hopes to achieve and, despite great source material and a wonderful cast, it fails to be inspiring.

Verdict: 5/10

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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport Strydom gets call from MCC:

Dan Abrahams, inset, was instrumental in the turnaround of Anthony Stokes’ SPL journey when he was struggling during his time at Hibernian

sports psychology: internationally renowned trainer coming to dublin

A coaching masterclass to bring out the best in players An unique opportunity to learn from one of the foremost sports psychologist in the world is being presented to Dublin coaches early next month when Dan Abrahams comes to the North Dublin Schoolboy League Development Centre on Saturday, March 8, at 3.30pm to deliver a workshop on improving performance through psychological methods. Abrahams has worked with some of the leading players, teams, coaches and sporting organisations in the world, and has assisted Clondalkin player

Anthony Stokes in his journey in the SPL, as well as assisting West Ham’s Carlton Cole and Derby County captain Richard Keogh achieve their potential. He is known for his passion and ability to demystify sport psychology, as well as his talent for creating easy-to-understand and simple-to-use techniques and performance philosophies. Abrahams works in all sport but specialises in soccer and golf. He is lead psychologist for England Golf and he

works with players from leading amateur through to Tour players. In soccer psychology, he is regarded as a leader in the field. He has delivered his expertise in the past to many organisations, including the British and Scottish FAs, and is sought-after by managers across Europe. His passion is to demystify football psychology for footballers at every level of the game. His workshops aim to be fun, positive, upbeat and to help all footballers develop their mindsets

no matter their ability. “My mission is to demistify sports psychology for footballers in this instance, and sports people in general. I feel that sports psychology is not good enough at taking the academic research simplify the language, and delivering applicable, simple to understand and use tools and techniques that sports people can use in the moment,” said Abrahams. Tickets for the event are on sale via for an early booker rate of €18.

FINGAL cricket regional development officer Reinhardt Strydom has been selected in the MCC squad to tour Singapore and Malaysia this month. Strydom, who is also part of the Sussex Academy, joins a squad of 13 which will be led by Bob Baxter and captained by exLancashire batsman Mark Chilton. The current party departed for Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning and will play five games in an action-packed tour, starting with a 50-over match against Malaysia Cricket Association at the Kinrara Oval. They will also play a five-game round-robin tournament between MCC, Malaysia Cricket Association and Singapore Cricket Association.

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SPORT Evans aids Dundrum’s new stars


badminton: olympian returns to dublin to help out local club


NIAMH Lyons struck the Loreto Beaufort winner against King’s Hospital, scoring the odd goal in five after a very evenly matched Leinster schoolgirls hockey Senior Cup quarter-final. Early on, Niamh McLoughlin put her side in front. King’s, though, pressed hard for an equaliser which duly came via a great strike from a short corner from Jessica O’Leary, tying things up at 1-1. Parity was shortlived as Beaufort fought back with a brilliant strike from Irish Under-18 captain Jessica McGirr who restored the advantage at halftime, 2-1. King’s came out battling in the second half when Sally Farrell finished off great build-up play to make it level for a second time. But Beaufort got back in front, this time when McGirr and Sarah Nagle turned over possession in midfield to set up Lyons for the winning goal.w


Olympic b a d m i n ton star Scott Evans returned to Ireland last week ahead of the Irish National Championships to visit Taney Parish Centre, home of the Dundrum Badminton Club, to pass on some of his knowledge and experience to the club’s members in a special training session. Unable to compete in the championships due to a foot injury, Evans was able to commit time to the local club whose membership has been flourishing since last year. The injury prevented Evans from competing last weekend, and may take up to six weeks to heal completely, but his training schedule

and preparation ahead of this year’s European championships in April will not be hindered, and his focus remains on the contest which takes place this year in Amiens, France. T he invitation for Scott to visit the club came from club member Hazel Quigley, who reached out to the Denmark-based player, who was more than happy to convey some of his skills. “Growing the sport at grassroots level has been on the up in the last few years, and it is very important to help nurture those roots,” said Evans. “Hazel mentioned t h e cl u b ’s n u m b e r s had dropped, but had started to pick up again, and invited me to come

along and give some tips and get some more people interested in the sport. The idea is always to get as many people playing badminton as possible.” Quigley was obviously delighted that Evans had managed to take the time to come along to the club. “It’s very exciting to meet him, and we are hoping to get some tips and listen to what he has to say about how he trains. “Badminton is such a great sport, but a lot of people would not really think of it as being an Olympic sport, so Scott being involved brings a lot more of a profile to it. “He is a good ambassador for the sport and the local area.”

Local badminton star Scott Evans returns to his roots to give back some of his expertise to players James Dolan, Elaine McGuinness, Jana Cox and Liam Cowley

Quigley says the future is bright for the club. “We are keen to keep progressing with our leagues and cup matches, improve our coaching and move up the divisions. We are getting a bit more competitive as a club, but we are still sociable and fun.” Evans is in preparation for the European team championships which take place in Switzerland shor tly, and is keen to be ready to line out for Ireland, as well as focusing on his own preparation for

the German Open at the end of February and the European individual championships. “I have focused on training exclusively in January to build a level of strength for April, but I need to get some tournament time in as my world ranking has gone down as a result of not taking part in competition. But I will take most of March off to do a lot more training. “It’s great to have this plan in place, spending time in the gym and not having to travel so

much. To be in Denmark and have that routine of training and concentration has been great. “It’s the right attitude to have. If I’m going to do better, I need to do better every day, and not just be happy with doing a good training session. This is the way it should be and I need to work extremely hard every single day.” If you are interested in finding out more about the Dundrum Badminton Club, contact

Ryan returns to world number one position in pursuit 

St Oliver Plunkett’s NS fifth year team celebrate their success at the recent Fingal cricket blitz

Local world cycling sensation Caroline Ryan has received a boost ahead of her appearance at the 2014 World Track Championships in Columbia at the end of this month with the announcement that she had retained her world number one ranking in the 3km individual pursuit. Ryan had lost the pole position to rival Australian rider Rebecca Wisiak for a brief time. But her performance in the second round of the 2014 World

Cup season in Aguascalientes, Mexico, saw her claim the bronze medal - the first time an Irish woman had ever claimed a medal at a World Cup event - as well as the requisite points to propel her back to the top of the individual pursuit rankings, and by a considerable margin from the rider in second place, Eugenia Bujak from Poland. Wisiak is now back in third place, equal on points with Cuban cyclist Yudelmis Dominguez. Speaking to GazetteSport when she attained her world

number one ranking back in July 2013, Ryan was thrilled to be the world’s finest women’s individual pursuit rider. “It’s brilliant really, and confirmation that we are heading in the right direction. It has taken three or four years of hard work to get here, and there is a lot to do yet.” At the upcoming world championships in Cali, Ryan will ride in the pursuit and points race, in which she is ranked 29th in the world in the latest rankings. Ireland’s reigning world

scratch race champion, Martyn Irvine remains fourth in the world rankings in that event and has slipped one place to fourth in the pursuit. He had been world number one in both last year but was hit by a series of crashes in 2013 that interrupted his racing for most of the year. Despite those difficulties he still won an omnium bronze medal at the European Track Championships in the summer and took UCI World Cup gold in the scratch race in Manchester in November.

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Sevens heaven the ultimate rugby goal While the Irish women’s XV attempt to retain their 6 Nations crown, the Sevens side have flown out to Atlanta to compete in the World Series with a place at Rio 2016 the long-term dream Last weekend saw the second 6 Nations success for Ireland’s women’s rugby team when they defeated Wales, having demolished Scotland in their previous weekend’s encounter, but as the ladies in green prepared to take to the field in Ashbourne, their compatriots were flying to the United States for the next phase of the World Seven Series in Atlanta. The Irish women’s Sevens side are involved in the international tournament over the course of the next year, with the intention being to remain in the top eight places in the competition for the next two years, at the end of which the ultimate goal is qualification for the

2016 Olympic Games in Rio, where women’s Sevens will feature for the first time. Sevens is a very different beast to the XV version of the oval ball game, having been invented in the Scottish borders town of Melrose. It is played with seven players, over the course of two sevenminute halves, separated by a one-minute interval. It is high-intensity, highspeed and potentially high-scoring. With the women’s XV focused on retaining their 6 Nations crown and the World Cup in August this year, the Sevens side have had to cast their net widely to draw in players available to line out. As a result, players in

the Ireland team travelling to Atlanta have come from diverse backgrounds, from Gaelic football, hockey and athletics, as well as rugby. Speaking to GazetteSport before the team flew out, Gillian McDarby, the Ireland women’s Sevens team manager explained the ethos behind the talent identification programme. “We have a new squad, with a lot of raw talent there, and we are building on that. We are knocking on the doors of a lot of other sports where talent might be. That’s where Aisling Naughton came from, from the world of hockey, and Laura Walsh from Gaelic football. We have taken the best ath-

Members of the women’s rugby Sevens side before they flew out to Dubai for round one of the World Series last November

letes we can get out to Atlanta so we can achieve the dream.” With an increased interest in the women’s game since the Grand Slam success of the XV side last year, Sevens is seen as an ideal way for people to take part in the sport, although people

next weekend for the next round of the World Series. Then after a short rest, the team will fly out again, to Hong Kong and China for the next round of the competition out there. McDarby acknowledged the intensity of the round-the-world nature of the endeavour for her


‘We’ve taken the best athletes we can get out to Atlanta so we can achieve the dream’ - Gillian McDarby --------------------------------------------------------

may not be familiar with the form. “There is no culture of Sevens in Ireland, so it’s about getting people introduced to what it is about,” said McDarby. “While everyone knows what XVs is, and there are a lot of people keeping an eye on the XVs success and hopefully their continued success in this 6 Nations campaign, it’s about getting the public to follow our dream now. It’s an Olympic sport, and Sevens is a worldwide, international sport, and very dynamic in comparison to the larger team game.” The Irish are up against some of the most recognisable teams in world rugby, New Zealand, as well as Holland, in their group stage in Atlanta. Not only will that be a tough test, they will fly on to Sao Paulo on Brazil

team. “It will be an intense 17 days. The pressure will be on constantly, and it will be difficult in Atlanta. We have the Kiwis, England and the Dutch in our pool, strong Sevens nations, so it will be tough from the get-go.” However, there will be an opportunity for players currently appearing in the 6 Nations to be involved in the Sevens side’s progress. “There is a number of the XV squad who have helped put us in the place we are in now, but their focus is on the 6 Nations and the World Cup this August. “After those competitions are complete, there will be a hope that a number of the XV will come back across and help us to get to the qualification position we need to reach.”


Great Ireland Run 2014 set to grace Phoenix Park THE 2014 Spar Great Ireland Run, which will take place on Sunday, April 6 in the Phoenix Park, was launched last week by running fanatics Paula Lane who plays Kylie Platt in Coronation Street and Ryan Andrews from Fair City, pictured above. The run takes place in the heart of Dublin in one of Europe’s largest city parks over a 10k course that challenges runners of all abilities and ambitions. The day, which includes the junior and mini Great Ireland Run, is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre space has to offer. Fast-paced club runners and first-timers will all converge on the start line shortly after 9am, when they can look forward to being led around the The Phoenix Park course by some of the world’s finest athletes. Last year, Kenenisa Bekele comfortably won in a time of 27:49 and then went on to a dramatic victory over reigning double-Olympic champion Mo Farah at the Bupa Great North Run in Newcastle Gateshead, UK. Returning after its debut in 2013 will also be the elite men’s mile race, the discipline which began as a vehicle for gambling in the 1900s is now the only imperial distance that the IAAF recognise with a world record. It was Irishman Paul Robinson who fell short of that record, but came home first in 4:14 in the spring. The event is also a family affair with the popular mini and junior events featuring a 1.6k course for three- to eight-year-olds and a 2.5k stretch for the older nine- to 15-yearolds. A main attractions on the day, which is also broadcast live on RTE 2, is the All Ireland County Challenge, where you can have the chance to race for your home county. To sign up to run in the Great Ireland and for information, log on to It costs €29 to take part and this fee includes a medal, T-shirt and finisher’s pack.


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rugby: nuim secure in second in race for play-off place

Local canoe club set for national challenge Athletes from the Wildwater Aqua Canoe Club in Lucan and Chapelizod are among the 400 competitors set to take part in the first ever Canoeing Ireland national club championships which are set to take place in Kilkenny city, Graiguenamanagh and Tramore on April 12 and 13. Lir Canoe Club, Rockhoppers and the UCD Canoe Club are among the other Dublin clubs who have signed up to take part in the two-day contest which will bring together Ireland’s top watersports enthusiasts to contest the championships. The ultimate club will be crowned based on its athletes’ cumulative performances across all of the eight disciplines, competitions which include a canoe slalom and wildwater racing in Clashganny; sprint kayaking and freestyle kayaking in Kilkenny city, and kayak surfing in Tramore. For more information and competition details, visit and

Harriers ladies on podium once more in Athlone Lucan Harriers ladies team once again showed their mettle at the Leinster Masters indoor track and field competition in Athlone IT last weekend when three of their number won

four medals between them. Fresh from her success at the national equivalent event in January, Niamh Fitzgerald claimed gold at the provincial level in the 800m. Elsewhere, Hilary McGee won gold in the 1,500m and silver in the 800m, while Freda Comiskey won bronze in the 1,500m.

The Barnhall pack, led by captain Eoin O’Sullivan, drive a maul during their game against their next opponents, Boyne

Bulls battle for crucial win 

NUIM Barnhall kept on course for a promotion play-off place in the Leinster Metro League Divsion 2 encounter last weekend at Parsonstown after a well-contested encounter with third-placed side Old Wesley ended with the Blue Bulls emerging 15-12 winners thanks to a long-range penalty from out-half Rob Troy at the final whistle. Amid driving winds, the Blue Bulls’ pack dealt the first blow, driving a lineout from their own 22 towards the halfway line, and when the maul was

collapsed, the resulting penalty saw Barnhall set up a foothold in Wesley territory that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the half. In spite of that, Old Wesley put the first points on the board on the 30 minute mark. A turnover and good counter-attack led to the visitors scoring the first try of the game out on the wing, the high winds preventing the conversion from going over. From the kick off, sharp passing from Emmet Quinn and Troy put Shane Brennan through a gap in the Old Wesley defence, the flanker run-

just rewards Sarsfields’ camogie honoured by AIB sponsors of the GAA and Camogie

Club Championship, AIB, recently presented training equipment to representatives of the 2013 Dublin county championship winning teams in football, hurling and camogie. Representing Lucan Sarsfields’ intermediate camogie team was player Sinead Ni Lanagain, pictured here with John Cotter and Caroline Forde of AIB. Picture: Patrick Bolger

ning 50m and breaking two tackles to dot down in the corner. With half time looming the game was poised at 5-5 despite both teams showing good intent with ball in hand and working through several phases. Old Wesley started the second half better, when a free kick awarded at a scrum in the middle of the pitch saw Old Wesley tap the ball quickly and score a try under the posts, the kicker making no mistake with the conversion. After an evenly balanced period of play in which neither side profitted, Barnhall found

themselves back in the Old Wesley 22 and, after several phases of hard carrying and equally as hard defending, Troy fed a delayed pass to centre Mark Kenny, which saw him run through a gap to score a try under the posts. Troy kicked the conversion to level the game at 12 points apiece. In a frantic last phase of the game, both sides sought the killer blow, and Barnhall were awarded a penalty in the last play of the game 45m out from the Old Wesley goal line. With the wind blowing, Troy stepped up to attempt the penalty kick

that would deliver the Blue Bulls the win they had fought for all game. The ball flew over the bar with 10m to spare and the referee blew the final whistle. The result leaves Barnhall secure in second place in the Leinster Metro League table, one defeat and a bonus point behind leaders, Naas, and in contention for a promotion play-off place. They will be looking forward to their next outing against Boyne in two weeks, before the end of their league campaign at home against the side currently in third, Seapoint.

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Leinster drive on for interprovincial final  

A LEINSTER side laden with Dublin players progressed to the M Donnelly interprovincial hurling final courtesy of a facile 8-18 to 1-21 victory over Ulster in Trim last weekend. Lucan Sarsfields’ Peter Kelly and Johnny McCaffrey along with

Ballyboden St Enda’s Gar y Maguire, Paul Ryan and Conal Keaney and O’Toole’s Michael Carton all lined out for the side with Ryan scoring 1-2. Colin Fennelly and Joe Bergin both grabbed a brace of goals for Joe Dooley’s side with Fenn e l l y ’s f i r s t m i n u t e strike giving an early

indicator of what was to follow. Fennelly set the tone of what was to follow when he goaled inside the opening minute and further goals from Bergin, Ryan (penalty) and Fennelly again had Leinster 4-5 to 0-4 to the good inside 20 minutes. The game was over

as a contest even at that early stage and by half-time Leinster had stretched their lead 5-11 to 0-6. Leinster will now play Connacht in the final of the competition following the western province’s win over Munster on a 1-18 to 0-16 scoreline in Ballinasloe on Saturday.

football: local keeper shines for dublin ladies

Club Noticeboard lucan sarsfields Membership is now due for 2014. We

them all the very best in their playing

encourage all members to renew

careers for Lucan.

as soon as possible by following the

Our U-9 footballers were in action

link on our website. We particularly

against Templeogue and Kilmacud

extend an invite to parents and

Crokes with a huge turn-out of play-

guardians of our juvenile members to

ers at all games.

consider one of our family options. All

The U-10 footballers had a good win

players up to U-21 are now included in

against Ballinteer St John’s on Satur-

the family options.

day morning on their new all weather

The new senior hurling manage-

pitch. The U-11s football games fell

ment team was ratified on Sunday

foul to the weather, but our U-12s had

evening. We wish the team every suc-

a good win over Ballyboden at the 12th

cess in 2014.

Lock. Our U-13 footballers also had a

25 Card Drive every Friday night at 9pm in the clubhouse bar. All welcome. €5 entry with €50 first prize

The Dublin squad at Parnells in Coolock ahead of the match against Kerry. Picture: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Jackies storm to opening NFL victory nfl division 1 Dublin Kerry 

3-9 0-7

ROUND Tower’s Hannah Tyrell kept a clean sheet in goal to help Dublin get their 2014 TESCO Homegrown NFL campaign off to a winning start last Sunday with an impressive 11-point win over Kerry in Chanel. Dublin played with the aid of the strong wind for the first half,using the ball intelligently and speedily when moving it out of their defensive line.

Defenders Sinead Goldrick, Siobhan McGrath and Rachel Ruddy were in outstanding form for the metropolitans giving the Kerry attackers no time on the ball thus causing numerous turnovers. Up front, the forward line was also moving well and notched scores via Niamh McEvoy, Lyndsey Davey, and Sinead Aherne before Noelle Healy popped up to claim her side’s first goal. Soon after, Healy was on the score sheet again. The St Brigid’s star saw her initial shot stopped

well on the line by Kerry keeper Amanda Brosnan but the blocked ball rebounded at the feet of Healy who duly despatched it into the net. Carla Rowe added further to Kerry’s woes when she too raised the green flag for Dublin to give the home side a 3-3 to nil lead with 19 minutes gone. Further points from the returning Sorcha Furlong, Healy, Siobhan Woods and Aherne helped extend the Jackies’ lead further to 3-7 to 0-2 at the interval with Kerry’s two points coming from Sarah Houlihan

and veteran corner forward Patrice Dennehy. On the restart Kerry battled hard and challenged Dublin in the physical stakes with some crunching tackles but despite the efforts of Dennehy, Louise Galvin and Sarah Jane Joy the damage had been done in the first half. In a low scoring second half, Houlihan, Joy and Dennehy tagged on five points for the visitors while Rowe and Aherne popped over a point apiece for the Dub’s. Up next for the Sky Blues is an away game to Cora Staunton’s Mayo.

win against St Maur’s. Hard luck to our U-15 footballers who lost out to Ballyboden by two

Strictly Come Dancing is coming

points in their first league game of

to Lucan. Our events commmitte

the year in Division 1. Our U-14 foot-

are looking for dancers, volunteers

ballers also lost out to Parnell’s in a

and experts to help stage the show.

close encounter. Our U-13 hurlers

Please contact Josephine Donohue,

played against Faughs in a pre-sea-

Mary Reynolds or Mary Flannery.

son friendly.

This weekend saw the return to

Hard luck to our U-21 hurlers who

competitive action for many of our

fought hard against Ballinteer in the


championship quarter-final. Lucan

It was an exciting morning for our

trailed at half time by three points

U-8 footballers as they took to the

playing against the wind, then went

field for the first time in Lucan Sars-

one up with 15 minutes to go follow-

fields’ colours against St Jude’s on

ing a well-worked goal, but a strong

the all-weather pitch and away to

finish from St John’s secured them a

Thomas Davis. Many Sars stars of

semi-final place on a score line of 19

the future were on show and we wish

points to 1-12.

st pat’s, palmerstown Thanks to everyone who helped

(senior football), Shane Stapleton

organise the awards night last Fri-

(senior hurling).


Congratulations to the minor

A special congratulations to the

footballers on winning the team of

following players of the year: Andy

the year, and thanks and congratu-

Helbert (minor football), Sean Stagg

lations to club person of the year

( junior football), Rickey Brennan

Paddy Finnegan.

( junior hurling), Lisa Fogarty (senior camogie), Jonathan McDermott

Good luck to all members and teams in 2014.

westmanstown/garda The new senior season kicks off next

season starts - contact club treas-

weekend with both intermediates

urer Alan Lynch or Julie Kavanagh

and juniors down for league action.

for the ladies’ teams.

First up on Sunday morning, the

All club members are asked to

inters are away to Trinity Gaels in

come out and support all our teams

the opening round of Division 3 with

at the start of a new season.

a 10.30am throw-in. The juniors also

The juvenile season kicked off with

start their League 7 schedule away

all boys’ teams taking to the field for

to St Margaret’s with a 12 noon start.

the first time last weekend.

Training for both squads continues

A reminder to all that registration

on Tuesdays and Thursdays in West-

days continue every Saturday this

manstown at 7pm.

month. Memberships should be com-

Training for the ladies intermedi-

pleted by end of February. Please see

ate and junior teams is on Mondays

Danny or Kieran if you need to dis-

and Wednesdays at 8pm. New players

cuss any detail in this regard. Mem-

are welcome to all teams - contact

bership and medical consent forms

Eugene O’Sullivan at 086 379 1359.

can be downloaded from the club

Club memberships must be paid or deduction forms signed before the

website, www.westmanstowngaels. ie.

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Local golfer Cian Curley sees crowdsourcing as a way of being able to compete with better funded players and gain access to more prestigious tournaments

Using power of the crowd

Lucan golfer sees association with crowdfunding initiative as way to ensure access to higher number of tournaments to help world ranking  stephen findlater

CIAN Curley is hopeful that he can hit golf’s 2014 EuroPro Tour with renewed vigour following his link-up with PledgeSports (www., a new “crowd funding” initiative that gives fans, friends and companies a way to financially support sports stars. The Lucan man endured a tough 2013, making just three cuts in the six events he was able to play in. It comes amid a vicious cycle for players looking to move up the tour ranks with funding needed to get into the better tournaments, while the fewer tournaments you play, the more difficult it is to raise

your game and profile. But the arrival of PledgeSports on the scene has opened up a new avenue for him to potentially fulfil his professional ambitions after a glittering amateur career that saw him represent Ireland while also winning the East of Ireland championship and finish runnerup in the Irish Close championship. After three years as a pro, Curley says it is a tough business to make your initial breakthrough in. At a conservative estimate, an up and comer would need €20,000 to take part in the majority of the 16 events on the Euro Pro Tour and the end of year European Tour qualifying school when entry fees, flights, hotels and rental cars are taken into

account. Having that kind of backing would ease the pressure on Curley in between tournaments of having to scramble to find funds or decide to skip tournaments due to a lack of them. It would firmly place his golf game as his number one focus. “Every time a new season comes around, you are looking for funding and are trying to figure out how you can afford to compete for the season. I have been lucky in the past; when I first turned pro, I got support from my golf club and their members. I am also supported by Team Ireland Golf but you are still always looking at other ways because it is so expensive.

“After a poor season last year when I couldn’t play very much - and when I did, my golf wasn’t very good - I had to reassess where I was and what I wanted to do. I started working with a new coach in September and made changes to my swing. “PledgeSports came along at the right time. I don’t like to admit it but the thought of packing it in did cross my mind very briefly. I needed to make some swing changes, got some help from a friend of mine and have been working hard on it all winter. it’s been going really well and has really boosted my confidence and belief going into the new year that I can make major headway, move up the tours and make a career out of the game.”