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SHARK TALE: Baby shark born in Malahide aquarium See Page 3

20,000 houses hit by pyrite Farrell Q MIMI MURRAY

UP to 20,000 homeowners in Fingal have now been affected by a pyrite epidemic, Dublin North Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell, has claimed. Deputy Farrell, whose own home has been affected by the problem, said that an urgent change in building regulations was desperately needed to tackle the issue, which is destroying newly built homes.

He has called on the Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, to take swift action to mitigate against the pyrite epidemic that has caused significant damage to recently built houses, especially in Dublin North. “As the owner of a house with pyritic backfill, I am acutely aware of the dramatic impact that this issue has on homeowners,” he said. Full Story on Page 3

Enjoying the countryside: At launch of sculpture garden DIANA Madden and Brigid O’Sullivan, from Ballyboughal, had plenty to smile about at The Grange Garden recently when Irish comedian Jason Byrne was on hand to help launch a new sculpture garden at the popular

venue. Located in a beautiful countryside setting, The Grange also features art displays, a food parlour, beautiful gardens and a gift shop, making it a fantastic place for a summer visit. Full Gallery on Page 8 & 9



SAVING Malahide’s resident top tips on bills

Ireland is to qualify for next World Cup Q NATALIE BURKE

A U-Turn by the International Cricket Council, which will allow four associate nations take part in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, has been welcomed by Labour TD, Brendan Ryan this week. This leaves the door open for Ireland to qualify for the next World Cup. “The original decision by the ICC to restrict the next World Cup to just the ten Test level nations, excluding associate coun-

tries like Ireland, was a disgraceful decision. In my constituency in Fingal there are four senior clubs containing numerous international players and a loyal fan base. The original decision to exclude associate nations was seen by many in the Irish Cricketing fraternity as stymying the progress of the game, especially in countries such as Ireland where Cricket is a growing sport.

Cheating There was a feeling that Ireland was being

cheated of the right to participate. “The decision to allow four associate nations to qualify for the next World Cup is a great result for Cricket Ireland and the many thousands of Irish fans, including myself, who wrote to the ICC directly demanding that the proposed changes be overturned. The door is now open for Ireland to qualify for the next World Cup and build on the great strides the team made in both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups” said Ryan. The Green Village are a voluntary organisation offering advice on sustainable living

Knowing how to cut down on heating bill Q MICHAEL HANNAN

MALAHIDE resident Robert Steininger knows how to cut down on his heating bills, so much so that his last annual bill came to €450. And, together with the Green Village, he wants you to make those kinds of savings as well. And last week, Steininger, an Austrian national living in Malahide with his Irish wife since 2009, spoke at a presentation at Malahide Library which was organised by the Green Village, a Malahide based voluntary organisation offering advice on sustainable and environmentally aware living.

Steininger’s top tips i n cl u d e r e t r o f i t t i n g your home with a view to attic and wall insulation and upgrading your heating system. He also gave advice on understanding government grants and practical tips from his ow n home-improvement experience. The Green Village’s chief aims are to help build a cleaner and greener Malahide by using less energy and saving money in the process, as Steininger has so ably demonstrated with his own project. The presentation was part of the Green Village’s programme and they hope over time to begin initiatives in other

areas relating to sustainable living such as recycling, food, transport and water. They see their role as facilitators, connecting people with knowledge and opportunity to make better, more informed decisions on these areas. They will be running meetings throughout the summer and topics they will cover include a general update on current Green Village projects. Their two key initiatives under way at the moment include one to make homes and businesses more energ y efficient through retrofitting and advice on growing your own vegetables.

In addition to these, other topics covered will include an explanation of government grants and energy usage. Each session will feature experts on hand to answer any questions that may arise. These meetings are scheduled to run all through the summer with each one giving a general update of the activities of the group followed by a detailed session on the theme subject with experts on hand to answer questions that arise. For more details, log on to, Facebook at w w TheGreenVillageMalahide or on Twitter @ GreenerMalahide


EVENT Banded cat shark born in salon’s aquarium

Baby shark brews up a Storm in Malahide Q MICHAEL HANNAN

A SHARK has been spotted in Malahide, but, don’t worry, this is a cute new baby banded cat shark born last week at the aquarium in Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids hair salon. And the new arrival has been named Storm, thanks to seven-yearold Swords native, Sean Grehan, who guessed the birth date of the baby shark.

Aquarium In a children’s competition at the salon, Sean predicted Saturday, June 25, for the new arrival, which weighed in at a quarter of a pound. It had been incubating for the past nine weeks in an egg called the Mermaid’s Purse in the aquarium. The purse is an egg casing that surrounds the fertilised egg of some sharks. For his efforts, Sean won not only his very own aquarium but the chance to name the baby shark, which he called Storm. Kealan Doyle, marine biologist from the Seahorse Aquarium in Bal-

lymount, who brought the shark egg back to Ireland from a conservation programme in Indonesia, said it was great name choice. “I think Storm is a great name choice for the shark as it fits well with his dramatic, banded colours. “We are all really excited about the birth of Storm and are looking forward to monitoring his progress over the coming weeks. Eager shark lovers will be more than welcome to pop in over the coming weeks to take a look at Storm as he gets used to his new home.” Doyle, aka the Seahorse Man, will continue to observe it as it gets used to its new surroundings. Unlike most baby sharks that are born as pups, the banded cat shark is born from an egg and develops over a two-to-three-month period. Storm’s progress from egg to hatched baby had been monitored by a live webcam on the website John Fitzpatrick is the owner of Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids and, together

Demand for action over pyrite scourge Q MIMI MURRAY

Marine biologist Kealan Doyle, right, kept an eye on baby shark, Storm, right, as he incubated in an egg called the Mermaid’s Purse, below

with Doyle, had organised the installation of the shark egg in Sharkey’s aquarium. It was aimed to get kids excited about marine life and to remind them about the wealth of sea life on our shores, including some types of sharks.



Seven-year-old Sean guessed the birth date of the baby shark. For his efforts, Sean won not only his very own aquarium, but the chance to name the baby shark, which he called Storm. --------------------------------------------------------

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UP to 20,000 home owners in Fingal have now been affected by a pyrite epidemic, Dublin north Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell has claimed. Deputy Farrell, whose own home has been affected by the problem, said that an urgent change in building regulations was desperately needed to tackle the issue which is destroying newly built homes. He has called on the Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan, to take swift action to mitigate against the pyrite epidemic, which has caused significant damage to recently built houses, especially in Dublin North. “As the owner of a house with pyritic backfill, I am acutely aware of the dramatic impact that this issue has on homeowners. I have been contacted by numerous home owners who are experiencing serious defects within their homes. Pyrite has already affected thousands of householders in north Leinster, and in my own constituency of Dublin North, and it is an issue that requires immediate action. “Pyrite is a building material that has caused significant damage to

homes. It has been used in the construction of an estimated 20,000 houses in north Dublin, Meath and Kildare and has left home owners facing massive bills for problems such as cracked walls and floors. Strengthen

“I am calling on Minister Hogan to act in a swift and decisive manner to strengthen the building regulations to prevent pyritic material being used in the construction of residential properties in the future. “The previous Fianna Fail/Green Party Government refused to act on the pyrite issue since it was first identified as a problem in this country back in 2007. “After four years of inaction, it is essential that we now dramatically strengthen the building regulations to prevent the problem occurring in newly constructed homes. “This is the only way that we can be assured that future local residential properties can be free from pyrite and that future home purchasers can be protected as well. “The strengthening of the building regulations is essential in order to prevent history repeating itself,” he said.



Planning permission THE Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), has sought planning permission for an increase in its on-site storage of potassium acetate, otherwise known as de-icing fluid. In the planning application lodged to Fingal County Council, the DAA are seeking permission to erect seven double-skinned tanks for the

on-site storage of 315,000 litres of potassium acetate; the construction of a concrete bund to enclose the seven proposed tanks as well as four existing tanks and the erection of one lighting column. This will bring the total amount of potassium acetate stores at the base on Colinstown Lane to 509,000 litres.

Graduation ceremony: A proud day for kids IT WAS a very proud day for children at The Grand

Hotel, Malahide, recently as Links Childcare held their graduation ceremony. Each year Links Childcare hosts a ceremony for all their Montessori and Naionra children, who are currently completing their Montessori and Naionra Curriculum and taking the leap to primary school education in September. This year, 108 children graduated from each of the six Links Childcare branches, which are located in Malahide, Portmarnock, Kinsealy, Drumcondra and Clonee.

Throughout the year the children have prepared for this special day. Songs in English, Irish and Spanish, along with The National Anthem, were performed on the day in front of their parents and friends. The event allows parents to witness not only their child’s academic ability but also their new-found confidence. The sense of pride was clearly evident with the smile on each child’s face. Following their performance each child dressed in cap and gown to receive their very first academic certificate and medal.


Littering: No fines given to parties Q LAURA WEBB

POLITICAL party representatives and independent candidates r unning during the General Election were compliant with the rule that all election posters should be taken down a week after polling day. That’s according to Fingal County Council, which said this week that they did not issue any “litter fines to members of political parties, and non-political parties in respect of nonremoval of election posters after the deadline date”. In the run-up to the election on February 25, hundreds of election posters from local candidates looking to gain a seat in the Dail

flooded constituencies throughout Fingal. Posters were seen on lamp-posts, bridges, and railings across Dublin West and Dublin North, while some were also seen littering the roads of Fingal during the high-wind weather. But it seems candidates were conscious to keep their constituency clean and made sure that all the posters distributed throughout the county were removed before the deadline, seven days after polling day on February 25.

Deadline If candidates are found to have posters on display after the deadline date, they were liable to a litter fine by Fingal. “We are satisfied

Candidates were conscious of keeping their constituency clean and making sure that all the posters were removed before the deadline

that posters in Fingal’s administrative area were removed in accordance with the legislation, and our proactive approach to communications with the relevant candidates in this regard ensured a timely and satisfactory removal of posters,” a council spokeswoman said.

Before the announcement of this year’s election, candidates were also warned that they could face litter fines if they were found to put up posters before the election was called. In 2009, a provision was enacted forbidding candidates to erect elec-

tion posters before an election is called, or 30 days before polling day, whichever is sooner. If candidates were found to be in breach of the regulation, local authorities had the power to issue on-thespot fines of €150 for each breach.


TENNIS Janice and Brendan win event


Call for a review of divisions Q MIMI MURRAY

Winners Janice Carbery and Brendan Daniel with Brian Dooley, president. Right: Players and guests getting settled for their BBQ

Smashing 15 years for local Lions’ tournament Q MIMI MURRAY

It was game, set, match for Janice Carbery and Brendan Daniel who won the Malahide Lions Club Tennis Tournament last week. It was the 15th anniversary of the tournament, which is run by the Lions Club to raise funds for various charities. Barry Donaldson, PRO of the Lions Club, paid tribute to the tennis club saying: “Last Sunday, the Grove Lawn Tennis Club opened up its clubhouse and courts to the Malahide Lions Club. “People are invited to

compete on the unique grass surface of the four courts to win specially commissioned handpainted plates. Each plate depicts two tennis players – one with a female body and one with a male body. Both figures feature the head of a lion.” Each court has its own round robin competition, which produces a winner and runner-up. A knockout semi–final and final is then played, producing two overall winners and runners-up. This year, Janice Carbery and Brendan Daniel were the winners, while Nicole O’Connor and Matt McMahon were the

runners-up. “The sunny weather contributed to a very enjoyable day and created a rush on the refreshments. To end their day, competitors were able to enjoy the BBQ al fresco as they were entertained by Kenny on guitar,” Barry said. In his speech, Brian Dooley, President of Malahide Lions Club, thanked Graham Cure, the chairman of Grove LTC, and his committee and all the members, for allowing the Lions to hold this event every year. He then presented the prizes to the winners and runners-up.

Runners-up Nicole O’Connor and Matt McMahon with Brian

FOLLOWING the release of the initial 2011 Census figures, Fingal Labour Councillor Peter Coyle, who is also Cathaoirleach of the Dublin Regional Authority, has called for a review of the District Electoral Divisions (DED’s) ahead of any constituency review. Cllr Coyle points out that a major mistake was made last time in carrying out the constituency review, causing confusion and often anger by the general public, about new boundaries splitting local areas. He argues that the DED review should first be carried out, then the electoral area, and finally the constituency. T he Howth-Malahide electoral area saw a growth in population of 9.2% up to a population of 51,430. However the nominal growth in DED areas is confusing under the current DED boundaries, according to Cllr Coyle. Some of the figures for the traditional Malahide electoral area show Kinsaley with 8,441 population, which is an increase of 53%; Balgiffin with 1,642 population- an increase of 80%; Malahide East with 6,769 population, an increase of 9%; Malahide West with 6,270 population, an increase of 0%; Portmar-

nock North with 4,110 population- a decrease of 10% and Portmarnock South with 3,462 population, a decrease of 2%. “Newer developments have impacted on these figures, and do not provide an accurate picture for future planning or devising new constituencies. The locations of the newer developments have impacted on the indicative figures of the DED’s. Obviously the Melrose, Holywell and Drynam Hall developments are included in the Kinsaley figure. Also in the Kinsaley DED are Seabrook Manor and Earnan’s Wood, which are on Station Road, Portmarnock. Drumnigh Wood is included in the Balgriffin DED, which most people associate with Old Portmarnock. Torcaill Estate at Blackwood Lane, Portmarnock, is still in Malahide East DED and Dublin Nor th constituency, whereas the rest of Portmarnock was added to Dublin North East constituency. He is calling on the Government to have a more sensible and logical approach to constituency revision this time. Remembering that “all politics are local”, he states “first of all the DED’s should be revised, then the electoral areas, and finally the constituency”.


DUBLIN Capital one of three cities set for honour

Fingal set for design judges’ visit this July


Timepiece: See famous snapper’s new Swatch designs



John Tierney, Dublin City Manager, David O’Connor, Fingal County Manager, Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect and Richard Bruton, T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Jobs

JUDGES from the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) will travel to Fingal this month to judge if Dublin is to become World Design Capital 2014. Dublin is one of three cities worldwide to be shortlisted for the prestigious designation, awarded biannually to cities that use design to benefit people socially, culturally and economically. World Design Capital 2014 will be awarded to either Dublin, Bilbao in Spain or Cape Town in South Africa. The winning city will be announced this autumn. Speaking to the Gazette, Fingal Count y M a n a g e r, D av i d O’Connor, said that to have been shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014 was an “incredible achievement in its own right, and the opportunity for Dublin to hopefully win this nomination and go on to showcase the best of Dublin on an international stage is a fitting tribute to every organisation, business

and individual in the city who contributed to the varied, and at times, extraordinary design, which makes Dublin the unique city region that it is”. “Fingal are proud of the role we play in the city region, we are the county of growth, of leisure, of living and for the future,” he said. --------------------------

‘The Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out bid showcases Irish designers at home and abroad.’ --------------------------

“The Pivot Dublin, Turn Design Inside Out bid showcases Irish designers at home and abroad; working across established design disciplines such as product, fashion, architecture and graphic design to animation, film, gaming and interaction design,” said Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect. “It is a strong

and diverse bid that tells a compelling story about our design capacity as a city and country. It also identifies an opportunity where Dublin can be a test bed for new ideas which address local need, yet have global relevance. These are difficult times and our bid challenges us to adapt, recover and grow; showing how design can make a difference in Dublin and Ireland,” she said. “Successful World Design Capital designation for Dublin could provide a legacy of significant job opportunities for the city and for Ireland, as the design sector is growing rapidly,” says John Tierney, Dublin City Manager. “The World Design Capital designation is prestigious and brings economic and reputational benefits to the winning city. Cities that value and apply design in the way they think, plan and act are more humane, attractive and competitive cities, and that is how we want to position Dublin,” he said. Details of the Dublin bid can be seen on www.

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CENSUS ‘Responsible planning’ is needed

Population of north Dublin rises by 16.1% Q MIMI MURRAY

DUBLIN North has shown the largest population increase in the recent census results at 16.1%, with almost 115,000 now resident in the constituency, according to the latest figures. Labour TD Brendan Ryan, said the results now need to lead to responsible planning. “The preliminary results of the

2011 census have shown that the constituency of Dublin North showed the largest population increase at 16.1% to just under 115,000 people. This is an extraordinary increase in only five years,” says Ryan “It is imperative the results of this census are used to inform responsible planning in north County Dublin over the coming years in order to avoid the mistakes made in the past.

“The previous census forewarned huge population surges in north County Dublin, yet the required planning needed to cope with such a surge remained wanting. Balbriggan is a perfect example of this neglect. The latest census has highlighted a 57.5% population increase since 2006 in the population of outer Balbriggan; the largest percentage and actual increase of any electoral division in the country.”

Malahide Lions Club is raising money for the Ross Nugent Foundation with day trip on a steam train. Pictured is Ross’s family, l-r, Emma, Sandra and Don


Take a trip back in time for charity Q MIMI MURRAY

MALAHIDE Lions Club has organised a day trip on a steam-driven train this August with all proceeds going to the Ross Nugent Foundation. The train will leave Malahide for Wicklow Town at 10:30am on August 7 and will return to Malahide at 4:30pm. The excursion takes in the panoramic coastal scenery of South County Dublin and Wicklow. Travellers will be able to transport themselves back to the comfort of the 1960s and it is recom-

mended that passengers bring a picnic to really get into the spirit. --------------------------

‘Travellers will be able to transport themselves back to the comfort of the 1960s ’ --------------------------

Passengers will also receive a brochure detailing the characteristics of the engine, carriages and rail track. They will also be sent off on their journey to the accompaniment of the local brass brand.

T he steam engine driving the train will be either an Nbr 186 a 0-6-0 engine, a class built in 1879, or Nbr 461 a 2-6-0 engine built in 1922. Passengers will travel in the “Craven” carriages built in the 1960s in Inchicore. The train will be under the auspices of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) which was responsible for restoring the engines and carriages back to their former glory. Tickets will go on sale from July 12 and are available from Malahide Railway Station. The

cost per adult ticket is €35 and a family ticket for two adults and two children under 12 years of age can be purchased for €110. Proceeds are for the Ross Nugent Foundation and other Lion’s charities. For more information about the Malahide Lions Club: For more information about the RPSI: www. RPSItrains@hotmail. com. For more information about the Ross Nugent Foundation:


EVENT Comedian Jason Byrne is on hand to help launch a

Things are shaping up nicely at the Grange

omedian Jason Byrne was on hand to launch a new sculpture garden in the Grange, Ballyboughal, recently. The Grange Garden and shop is “Dublin’s best kept secret”, located close to Malahide, with its art displays, food parlour, beautiful gardens and gift shop, which complement its stunning countryside setting. The Grange’s Gifts & Goodies shop offers a whole range of unique gift ideas, from accessories to furniture. Meanwhile, the Grange Gallery exhibits the work of artists from both home and abroad, with new work displayed regularly. The Grange also offers art classes for people of all levels. Then you can dine at the Gourmet Food Parlour, serving everything from early morning breakfasts to evening meals, or you can stop in for just a light lunch and enjoy some of the staff’s baking. All food is homemade. Every Friday night is also Tapas Night at The Grange with live music.


Comedian Jason Byrne and artist Kelly Hood

One of the new sculptures at The Grange Garden

Ray Walsh (Drogheda) and Jacinta Edyan (Swords)

Diana Madden and Brigid O’Sullivan, from Ballyboughal

Beatrice Corcoran, Brigid Corcoran and Susan Walsh

Ray Walsh (Drogheda) and Jacinta Edyan (Swords)


new sculpture garden in the Grange, Ballyboughal

Ann McGill next to her piece, Reclining Figure

At The Gourmet Food Parlour, you can enjoy their tasty morsels Just some of the many gifts on offer in the Gifts and Goodies shop

Visitors get a chance to enjoy some great food in the outdoor patio

Tina Brown, manager of the Grange Gallery, and Jason Byrne officially Some of the fantastic products in the gift shop

opening the Grange Garden


EVENT Newly elected Fingal Mayor, Gerry McGuire, takes up office

Mayor Gerry McGuire with his family and relations

Cathaoirleach Cllr Ken Farrell, Gerry and Dave O’Connor, Fingal County Manager

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Gerry’s up for the job

OB creation, job retention and stimulating the local economy is paramount, says newly elected Mayor, Gerry McGuire. The Labour politician took up his chain of office recently vowing that Ireland’s “youngest and most friendly county” sends out the clear message that Fingal is pro-business and


pro-jobs. The Swords/Balbriggan councillor was elected as the county’s new Mayor at the annual meeting of the council on Friday, June 24. The new mayor says he is looking forward to a challenging and exciting year ahead in a county that will be the heartland of Ireland’s economic recovery.

Dave O’Connor, Gerry and Cllr Patrick Nulty

Mayor Gerry McGuire with his wife, Mary


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EVENT A cool week of music and festival-going

Classic ballet comes to Dublin LAURA WEBB

ONE of the world’s leading classic ballet companies will pirouette its way to the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin when it performs its enchanting production, Coppelia. This will be the first time Birmingham Royal Ballet has performed in Dublin. The company is set to electrify its audience with the amazing talents by their ballet dancers. Artistic director, David Kingley, of the Birmingham Royal Ballet has been with the company since leaving the Royal College of Ballet in the 70s and has been artistic director for 16 years. Excited about coming to Dublin for the first time, David is confident that everyone, young and old, will enjoy the story of toymaker Dr Coppelius, who wants nothing more than for his life-like doll to come to life. “It is one of our most popular full-length ballets, it is a particular favourite of the audience because it has wonderful music, it has a really good story and it is a comedy as well, audiences like it because of that. It is very much for the younger generation, too. I hesitate to use the term, but it is a family ballet, it appeals to everybody from young children to senior citizens. “There is a feisty village girl, for one reason and another, ends up impersonating the doll and so the doctor Coppelius believes that he has brought this doll to life, but, in fact, it is this cheeky girl that is playing a trick on him. This particular production is Sir Peter Wrights,” David told the Gazette Coppelia comes to the Grand Canal Theatre from July 7 until July 9. Check out for further information or book tickets through Ticketmaster on 0818 719 377.

Heineken unveils its grandest plans yet for Europe’s biggest rock and roll weekend, with ice cold drinks, surprise DJ sets and some of the biggest names in music

Heineken’s ultimate Oxegen experience is set to rock THIS year sees title sponsor, Heineken, unveil its grandest plans yet for Europe’s biggest rock and roll weekend. Ice cold drinks, surprise DJ sets, the Heineken Cold Rooms and, of course, some of the biggest names in music under the Heineken Green Spheres’ canopy,are some of the treats in store for this year’s Oxegen-goers. Heineken Greenspace

Heineken’s Greenspace returns to the festival once more, prom-

ising eclectic, surprise DJ sets and audio visual performances from some of Oxegen ‘11’s biggest international names. As surprise guests are expected to drop in throughout the weekend, updates are available by free texting ‘GREENS PA C E ’ t o 5 0 01 5 t h r o u g h o u t O xe g e n weekend. Greenspace also offers panoramic views of the festival on the open air terrace, as well as Oxegen’s coldest pint with Heineken Extra Cold served on tap.

The Heineken Cold Rooms return to Oxegen after a phenomenal ice-cold can experience at the festival last year. They will be located at the entrance to each of the three campsites at Oxegen, and free to use for all who arrive with cans of Heineken during the festival weekend. Ninety minutes is all that is needed to chill cans to optimum temperature and cans can be collected any time between 12pm and 2am during the festival, ensuring cold cans for the

duration of the fun-filled weekend. To avoid the hassle of losing tokens, biometric fingerprint scans are used by festival goers to claim their chilled cans of Heineken. Heineken Green Spheres stage

Renowned for providing multi-sensory music experiences, the Heineken Green Spheres stage continues to raise music fans to paranormal musical levels with its stellar line up. This year, Heineken

unveils headliners Leftfield, Brandon Flowers and Primal Scream as part of the line up of the Heineken Green Spheres stage. Also on the line-up are The Vaccines, Chase & Status, Crystal Castles, Odd Future, Example and Calvin Harris. The line-up

• Friday, July 8: Leftfield, Calvin Harris, Example, Whipping Boy, Bressie, Her Majesty & The Wolves, The Riptide Movement, Gypsies On The Autobahn and more to be announced.

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• Saturday, July 9: Brandon Flowers, The Vaccines, Professor Green, The Pretty Reckless, Cashier No.9, Fox Avenue, Propaganda DJs. • Sunday, July 10: Primal Scream, Chase & Status, Crystal Castles, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, Ocean Colour Scene, The Saturdays, GROUPLOVE and more to be announced. For full details of cold room locations and all the latest information on Oxegen visit www.

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A few simple steps toward tackling the effects of debt THE Phoenix Process is a group of individuals who came together with a vision of National Recovery. The Phoenix Process articles focus on different issues, the intention behind all of which will be to encourage, inspire, motivate and to bring much-needed hope. Each writer is a professional, who has been affected by the economic crisis in different ways. One of the most important aspects of dealing with any crisis is positive and proactive support systems. This column will be printed weekly, and, if you feel you would like to join in this process, please contact This week, we present the second piece from Tara O’Grady. Tara was a restaurateur who lost everything financially in recent times, following the closure of her business. She has actively been seeking debt law reform to protect people’s homes, minds and lives for some time now. Having suffered from a stress-related disorder due to the pressures that were put upon her, she decided to put Tara O’Grady together a survival package for those suffering from debt despair. She is positive and proactive about dealing with the ramifications of debt, both on an individual and national level.

A friend in need? WE must support each other... It can be completely overwhelming to face the paperwork end of things when it comes to debt, especially when massive personal losses have occurred. This is the time to reach out your hand to help your friend or family member. We are in a temporary crisis situation; If you are not in difficulty, you can be sure someone you care for is. (Whether or not they are telling you about it, is another matter). If you are concerned that someone close to you may be suffering from severe debt-related stress, please look for the signs - some examples include the following: 1. Isolation from social activity 2. Sleepless nights and or difficulty in sleeping with worry 3. Increased tension and or arguing over money issues 4. Fears about losing income and how to pay bills 5. Solicitors and debt collection letters arriving, phone calls or

OPINION Most cases happen in family home

Elder abuse where to turn FLORENCE HORSMAN–HOGAN Gazette columnist

I KNOW as a writer for various media outlets that many people expect me to be self-dramatising in any area I want to highlight. For me – the area of elder abuse has always been front and foremost of my work. While I’m an opinion writer – I’m also a nurse – and have actually sought training from the HSE in this field. In my field as a response to abuse trainer – abuses have been uncoverered. In the homes of the HSE staff. Various governmentts and State bodies have ignored this for so long – I wanted to become expert before I sought to comment. Now that I'm a specially trained trainer for the HSE on how to show our workers how to recognise and respond to elder abuse – there are

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doorstep visits – concern about opening the mail or answering the telephone 6. Increased irritability and feelings of lack of self-worth 7. Increased drinking or smoking as a stress reliever 8. Asking family and friends for loans to help out 9. Cheques and bank payments being returned regularly 10. Surviving on an overdraft facility Severe stress from debt-related pressure is an extremely serious mental health issue. In recent times, Mental Health & Suicide Awareness organisations have been acknowledging just how serious this issue is becoming. Just as a limb can break, so can the mind if put under enough pressure. Once the signs have been noticed action can be taken, a management programme put in place and a recovery process begin.


even more worrying and horrific facts that have come to my attention. No matter how badly nursing homes and care facilities have been exposed/portrayed in the media – it's far worse in their own homes. It's conservativly estimated that 70% of abuse happens in the parent/significant other’s own home. And here’s the crunch – even though social workers, public health workers and other family members might try to help them – if they don't want help – the abuse will continue – and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. But the other thing is actually recognising the abuse. Granny/dad/sister no longer appears to have any money to go out. No money for make-up, cigs, new clothes. Excuses made for bruises, burns, scars. If you were a 70–year–

old mother with a farm and one son, two daughters. The son manages the farm the daughters visit. Who are you going to pick if he’s hitting you or taking your pension? You only have one son – don’t you? If you’re a father with only one daughter – she says she's got finiancial problems – but you've given her all of your pension and now can’t afford new clothes – what are you going to pick? What about if your husband has died and you’re a farmer’s wife? You have two or three daughters and a son or two. But you're nervous because they all fight. You turn to a favoured neighbour. Your best friend. The solicitor comes in, you're confused as to what you should do, you've no one to talk to. What do you do?. First of all – do nothing.

Say something. I’ve been there as a child, I know the importance of secrecy and shielding. But finding someone you can trust is an oxymoron in Irish society – trust a social worker – hell yeah! Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) is investigating the 1,760 cases of elder abuse, with 477 of these reported in 2011. As there is no dedicated elder abuse officer in the southern region of Ireland the authority believe this figure is likely to be higher. In the Executive’s annual elder abuse report, to be published next week, they will reveal that there were 2,046 referrals in 2010, which was up from 1,870 in 2009. It will show that neglect and financial abuse claims have risen by 14 percent and nine percent, respectively.

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY A milestone for Ceramide Gold Edited by Dawn Love

Artful Swatch: Rankin creates eight watches

THE never-ending love story between Swatch and art continues to delight followers of the popular Swiss brand with new creations from leading international artists. Famed British fashion photographer, Rankin, has created eight new watches in the classic Gent Original format to enrich the Swatch & Art Collection. Launched at Carton House recently, five of the watches are presented in the form of a set in their own special packaging, available in a limited and numbered edition of 777 pieces. Three additional Gents, designed by the British photographer, are sold separately in unlimited editions and cost €45 each. Talking about the range, Rankin said: “When Swatch approached me to design a range of watches, I was immensely flattered. Like so many people, my first watch was

T’S a cult classic, loved by a host of celebrities and, this August, Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules will celebrate its 21st anniversary. To celebrate reaching this milestone, Elizabeth Arden are offering customers at every counter nationwide a complimentary skincare consultation and a sevenday trial of the capsules, with a discount voucher for the full-size product throughout August and September. When Elizabeth Arden discovered the revolutionary Ceramides in August 1990, they created the first single-dose skincare capsules. Since then, Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules have been delivering bio-engineered, skinidentical ceramides to the skin to leave a silky, smooth and glowing complexion, and work to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. These capsules contain Borage Seed Extract to soothe and calm sensitive skin, and the antioxidant Vitamin E, which conditions the skin and protects it from environmental stress. They also contain retinyls,

I a Swatch – it’s an iconic brand that holds such a special place in people’s hearts. So it was an exciting challenge to be given the opportunity to design a Swatch watch myself.” Swatch have recently begun a partnership with Tower Jewellers in Blanchardstown, where a wide range of their pieces are now available.

Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules will celebrate its 21st anniversary

which are proven to be anti-aging by smoothing out lines and wrinkles, give an even-toned look

and help enhance natural collagen for a firmer look. Ceramide Gold Ultra

Restorative Capsules are available at Boots and Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide.

Get radiant, kissable lips for summer THIS summer, radiant, kissable lips are a must-have. Pink is the new red this season and gorgeous, bright lips makes you stand out from the crowd. So, why not try a Rouge D’Armani Hot Summer 2011 Limited Edition lipstick? These vibrant lipsticks’ patented Color-FilTM technology gives each shade 360 degrees of lasting radiance. The secret lies in the Color bond polymer, which traps refined pigments and intensifies and retains the colour’s radiance for over six

hours. With six bright shades of pink to choose from, there is one to suit every look. Rouge d’Armani Hot lipsticks have innovative, new-generation pearlescent fine particles called Light Reflecting Tints. These particles can be incorporated into lipstick at a higher concentration than standard pearlescent particles, and give off a greater reflective sheen. So, as you step out into the sun, you can flaunt your brighter, vibrant pink lips.

Rouge D’Armani Hot Summer 2011 Limited Edition lipstick

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SNAPSHOT The stories of the day

B&Q’s fundraiser for Youth Work Ireland Home store giants B&Q teamed up with its official charity partner, Youth Work Ireland, recently and arranged a cycling fundraising event in stores, appropriately called B&Q Bike It! B&Q Swords accepted the challenge and took part in a sponsored cycle for Youth Work Ireland on Saturday, June 18 last at Airside Retail Park in Swords. Children from the Swords Youth Service participated in the cycle and also collected donations on behalf of Youth Work Ireland. Staff members in B&Q Swords would like to say a big thank you to everyone who participated and helped raise a fantastic €608.42 for Youth Work Ireland. Noeleen O’Gorman, from B&Q Swords, said: “We loved every minute of our B&Q Bike

DIARY It! event. It is great that such a fun event like a bike ride has helped raise lots of money for such an important cause.” Patrick Burke, CEO of Youth Work Ireland said: “We are delighted that B&Q is supporting Youth Work Ireland by organising its own Bike It! events. Each euro raised helps us work with more young people to build better, brighter futures.”

Film Fatale THE Sugar Club will be transformed into a 1950’s Little Italy for a screening of the perfect classic summer film, Roman Holiday, on Saturday, August 6.

Join the young and radiant Audrey Hepburn as princess Ann who breaks free from her regal duties to spend the day frolicking in Rome with handsome reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). Eat gelato on the Spanish Steps; place your hand in the mouth of truth, hop on a Vespa and ride around this vibrant city. All from the comfort of your seat as you enjoy pizza, wine and other Italian delights. The screening will be followed by a Italian-themed after-party with live performances and Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers, who will play music from the era. The audience is invited to set the scene by dressing up in their vintage finest, paying homage to 1950’s Italian style or mirroring the characters.

Tickets are €15 and are available at Doors open at 8pm. After-party from 11pm with tickets at the door (€5).

Wing it to Bray TENS of thousands of spectators are expected to gather along Ireland’s east coast on Sunday, July 24, for the country’s largest free air show – the Air Spectacular as part of Bray Summerfest. During the 140-minute aerial show, spectators will be treated to close formation aerobatics, beach parachuting, search and rescue demonstrations at sea, pirouette spins, knife edge rolls and nose-down spiral descents. More information around the Air Spectacular is available from or

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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC A new power soul revelation from Janelle Q ROB HEIGH

LAST week, before Glastonbury drew everyone’s attention to the fields of Worthy Farm, the Guardian published a rare and surprisingly revealing interview with my personal musical hero, Prince. The normally reclusive and press-averse megastar spoke, albeit briefly, about his favourite current artists. He called out two by name. One was Adele. The other was Janelle Monae. When the Minneapolis maestro speaks, you know it’s time to listen up. Her show at Tripod last week was a perfect illustration of a brave new artist on the brink of much wider success, with her roots and influences squarely apparent and fully on show wonderful covers of Prince, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5 and Sly and the Family Stone in the mix with her own already impressive material and a live band so well-drilled and on the mark that they were a huge part of the show, as much as Janelle herself. So much so that the theatrical aspects of this “emotion picture”, on top of some of the best future funk/soul you are likely to hear, made for one of the most mesmerising shows to hit Dublin for a long time, and probably for a long time to come. After the bandleader had us call Janelle to the stage, the infectious energy and apparent joy of playing instantly transferred to the crowd as soon as the band broke in to Dance Or Die - an appropriate opener, because if you didn’t dance during the show, you probably were dead. That buzz did not flag until even after the main show, when the assembled ArchOrchestra returned to the stage for a hugely-deserved curtain call. In between, Janelle’s vibrant and powerful soul voice weaved it’s way around Tripod, capturing all in its wake, as the band - made up of a string quartet, brass section, guitar, bass, keys, backing singers, dancers, MC, and drummer - put on a polished, soul revue-style performance that was utterly entrancing. HerArchAndroid was one of the best records of last year, and this live show will go down as one of the best of 2011. Janelle promised at the end that they would be back - when she does return, don’t miss it.

Janelle Monae: The live show of the year

Get festival ready: Comfort and style at Tesco THE sun is set to be out at Oxegen next week and Tesco have a wide range of essentials for festival-goers, from special offers on air-beds and sleeping bags, tents from only €28, and other camping essentials such as a LED head-torch for €7.75. As well as these, there is an array of health and beauty basics, such as baby wipes, Tresemme’s waterless foam shampoo for €4, and a range of festival chic clothing with everything from sunglasses, hats and wellies to floral maxi dresses from €23.


Nicks and Simon show time’s right for renewal Q ROB HEIGH

FOR as long as I can remember, there has been an album by Simon and Garfunkel or Fleetwood Mac around somewhere. My parents loved both, and I remember well the sounds of voices in harmony coming from the record player as they played Rumours and Bookends. Of course, the approaches of the two acts could not have been any more different: Fleetwood Mac’s driving American rock, propelled by Mick Fleetwood’s hard-hitting drum sound and John McVie’s rolling bass; compared to the whispered incantations of Paul and Art, underpinned with their deep love of the folk tradition, as well as the rock’n’roll roots that bore their partnership. While Stevie Nicks, the epic and distinct voice of Fleetwood Mac for most of the Seventies, took on solo duties away from Mac when she realised there were avenues she couldn’t pursue within the confines and conflicting demands of

Two different results from two new releases from Stevie Nicks and Paul Simon

the band, Paul Simon was a solo act for the majority of that decade, and the decades since. Both released what were classic albums in the Eighties, with Bella Donna and Graceland still up there with some of the most memorable and iconic music of that decade. Now, more than 20 years on, both Nicks and Simon have released new records this month, and it’s interesting to compare progressions and passage into new stages of their respective careers.

Nicks has brought on board uber-producer and former Eurythmic, Dave Stewart, to helm her latest release, In Your Dreams. His hand at the tiller has given Nicks another wall-of-sound production that fits with her unique, and sometimes achingly beautiful, voice. Having both Mick Fleetwood and Lyndsey Buckingham on board for two of the tracks adds a certain frisson to proceedings, given Nicks’ sometimes tumultous relationship with her former Mac mates.

But, in the end, the record is simply a Stevie Nicks’ record. There are no huge leaps of faith, no career redefining changes of direction. It is just what it is, and that’s a shame, as this was surely an opportunity to do something a little more left-field and appeal to a whole new generation. Paul Simon’s So Beautiful Or So What, equally, is no huge leap forward. What it is, however, is a grand statement of an artist doing what he does best — lyrics that demand a second listen, and reference to the liner notes

because they are simply so good that they work as poetry, and music that wraps you up in bouncing guitar figures and African rythyms that propel you back to highpoints of Simon’s solo career, while moving forward with reflection and sensitivity. Tracks like The Afterlife and Love and Hard Times are immersive and great fun, grooves and words and melodies weaving into your consciousness and leaving enough hooks to make you listen again, and again.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Coping with the death of your pet EATH is one of the most difficult things you will ever explain to a child. So, when confronted by the owners of a deceased cat who asked: “How will we explain the cat’s death to our daughter?” The following was my advice. When a pet dies, it may be the first experience a child has when it comes to coping with death. As their parent, you will be the best judge as to how much information your child can handle and I would advise you to keep in mind, at this stage, that the child may also worr y that other beloved members of their family will also die. However, trying to protect them by saying the pet ran away may cause them to expect the animal to return. Expressing your own grief and encouraging your child to express theirs will help them understand it’s ok to be sad. This will enable them work through their feelings. As a mom, I believe a child’s ability to understand what death is all about depends on his/ her cognitive development and emotional environment; not to mention the way you explain situations. Remember, the older the child the more he/ she understands.


For example: Under 5: The child will certainly miss the pet but only as a playmate – recently my grand-daughter’s goldfish, Nemo, died and although she missed feeding him and helping her mom change his water, she didn’t actually miss him because she loved him. She missed the routine of caring for him. Up to 10: Explain to your child exactly what “death” means. Tell them gently and honestly that their pet’s body has stopped working and will not work anymore and that the pet had to be helped to die peacefully and without any pain or suffering. Don’t use the term “put to sleep”, as children may confuse death with sleeping and this may trigger sleeping problems for your child. Over 10/Teens: The child now realises people and pets die and will go through the normal stages of grieving. However, sometimes this loss can trigger other problems such as poor concentration at school, anxiety, insecurity or certain juvenile behaviours, so it’s important to engage in open and honest conversation with your child regarding his/her pet’s death. Never blame the vet. Your child may grow up to resent the good work veterinarians and other animal and human care

givers provide. Now we’ve got your kids sorted, what about you? How does mom cope? When a pet dies, people may consider offering support as being inappropriate because they view the loss as “just a pet.” Here at the Dublin SPCA we believe nothing could be further from the truth. We love our pets and consider them as family. Lots of people celebrate their pets’ birthdays, buy them presents and carry their pictures in wallets, purses, on mobile ‘phones, even posting them on social sites like Facebook. Therefore, when a pet dies, we understand it’s normal to feel over whelmed by the intensity of your sorrow; after all, haven’t they provided you with emotional support and unconditional love? The grieving process is as individual as the person. Sometimes it begins with denial, sometimes anger; often guilt - What did I do? Should I have done more? Is it inappropriate to feel so upset? When these feelings subside, true sadness may set in. Acceptance will only occur when you begin to remember the animal with decreasing sadness. Here are a few tips to help you cope. Acknowledge your grief and give yourself permission to grieve.

When a pet dies, it may be the first experience a child has when it comes to coping with death

Reach out to those who can lend a helping, compassionate, hand. Write down your feelings. (Compose a poem or write a story or a letter to your pet) Call your local animal shelter or vet to see if they can offer a helpline to a pet loss support group. Arrange a memorial for your pet. For those pet parents who have lost a pet and who are coping with this scenario at present, I understand how you feel. Your companion may be gone from your life but never from your heart. When you are ready, (and please do give yourself enough time to grieve), only then should you introduce a new companion into your life – and don’t worry, it’s not a betrayal to love another pet; your compassion and humanity to give a loving home to a deserving animal is to your eternal credit. For more information, log onto or email me at miriam.



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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs KOPING JOINS THE CITROEN NETWORK: CITROEN Motors Ireland is delighted to welcome Koping, Naas Road, Dublin 12 to the Citroen dealer network. Headed up by Paul Mooney, Koping have been in business since 1992 operating from the same site on the Naas Road throughout this time. With an experienced and stable team, (Paddy Lynam, service manager, has been with Paul since the start) Koping have brought service and expert product knowledge to customers for nearly 20 years. The strategic addition of Koping to the Citroen dealer network strengthens Citroen’s brand presence in the key Dublin area.

Skoda provides the option of Greenline technology, with an economical 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine in the big Superb Estate. The car costs from €25,895, plus delivery charges, and is ranked as the most economical big estate car on the market.

Skoda goes Greenline MICHAEL MORONEY has been on the road with the big

Superb estate car, where comfort meets economy SKODA’S Greenline range includes the big Superb Estate, and that was the car that I took to the roads in recent weeks. The Superb is a giant of a car, both in terms of seating space and boot space. And what a new surprise to learn that you can also get Greenline economy with the Superb that gives exceptional motoring value. That probably sums up how I felt after a week with the Skoda Superb Estate. Skoda is aiming for economy as a priority – that shines through in the Greenline version of the Superb. Here is a giant of a car, fitted with

SPECS: SKODA SUPERB GREENLINE ESTATE 1.6 TDI Top speed: 109km/hr 0-100km/hr:12.6 secs Economy: 22.7 km/litre (4.4 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 114g km Road Tax Band: A (€104) Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €25,895

a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine. But, there’s a whole lot more to the Superb Greenline than just a tidy, small engine. While the economical 1.6-litre tur-

bo-diesel engine is a significant part of the story, there’s a lot more to this car besides economy. The key to its impressive economy figure of 22km/litre of diesel (64mpg) claim is that Skoda uses five new technology options to get the end result. They are startstop, gear shift indicator, new aerodynamics, lowrolling resistance tyres and brake energy regeneration. The start-stop system automatically switches off the engine when stationary. The engine immediately restarts when the driver presses the clutch to put the car in gear.

The gear shift indicator lets the driver know if the current gear is appropriate. It recommends changing to a lower or higher gear to achieve optimum engine speed, thereby attaining lower fuel consumption. Aero-dynamics

The modified aerodynamics means that the car sits some 25mm lower to the road, a feature that is designed to reduce wind drag. And, the low rolling resistance with higher than normal air pressure gives extra economy. And, lastly, Skoda uses a brake-energ y

regeneration process to generate electrical energy every time that you hit the brakes. The fact that battery energy is generated when the car decelerates reduces the burden placed on the engine by the alternator. The downside is that, in the efforts to improve economy, Skoda is supplying a tyre-repair kit in place of the spare wheel. That bit does not impress me, as I consider that, in a car such as thi,s and with our miserable roads, a spare wheel is simply an essential. Despite the relatively small engine size, it still produces 105bhp. That

gives an acceleration figure of 12.6 seconds for a 0 to 100km/hr dash, which is 20% slower than the 2.0 litre competition. In practise, the car can accelerate well, and it’s not the type of car that makes you want to behave like a boy-racer. So, it’s just about poweradequate and practical, as well as economical. The big bonus is the economy figure – the claim is 22km/litre (4.4 litres/100km) which I failed to achieve. Maybe I wasn’t following the g e a r i n d i c a t o r we l l enough, but, overall, I returned a figure closer to 20% poorer. I’ll just have to do better!

Orders to open for Audi’s new and efficient Q3 SUV THE NEW Audi Q3 is Audi’s first foray into the smaller SUV segment, while attempting to retain a premium image. Orders for the third, and smallest, Q-model in the series will begin at the end of August with deliveries due by October. The Q3 will have the distinction of being the first Audi SUV to offer the efficiency-focused option of a 19.1km/litre (54mpg) front-wheel-

drive variant. Pricing for the Q3 starts at €34,650 on the road for the 2.0-litre TDI 140 SE version, which is expected to account for the majority of orders. Four engines will initially be available, all combining direct fuel injection with turbo charging. They will come with start-stop and energy recuperation systems. The 2.0-litre TDI is rated at 140bhp and 177bhp

and the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit in 170bhp and 211bhp power outputs. The 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp unit will power the front-wheel-drive model only at launch, with a Quattro version joining the offer early in 2012. With emissions of just 133g/km, the 2.0-litre TDI 140 variant resides in tax band B, qualifying the purchaser for annual road tax of just €156 per annum.

The Audi Q3 will be available for order next month

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Mid-terrace manor in Malahide

Number 44, Carriglea Gardens


Carriglea living for home seekers GUNNE Residential are presenting No. 44 Carriglea Gardens, Dun Laoghaire, a twobedroom modernised and extended two-bathroom mid-terrace property to the market for €285,000. The property boasts a bright, modern interior and is complemented by a mature private rear garden. The property extends to 70 sq m and comprises entrance porch with Chinese slate floor, lounge/dining room that overlooks the front garden, and which has a timber floor, a feature fireplace with gas fire and recessed lighting. The first bathroom has fully tiled walls and floor, a bath with Triton T80si power shower, a wash-hand basin with vanity mirror and wc. The kitchen overlooks the rear garden and has an ample range of built-in wall and floor units, as well as a tiled floor and part tiled walls. It features a built-in oven, a hob and extractor, single bowl and half Franke sink. It is plumbed for a washing machine and dishwasher, and there is a door to the rear garden. The bedrooms are to the front and rear of the property, with built-in wardrobes, timber floorboards and recessed lighting, and one is en suite. To the front of the property is a gated, paved front garden providing off-street parking. The suntrap rear garden is very large, a private, low-maintenance space bordered by mature hedges and shrubs. The patio areas are bordered by railway sleepers and are perfect for outdoor dining. The two Barna sheds provide excellent studio, or additional storage space. To arrange a viewing, contact Gunne Residential on 01 280 1719.

PROPERTYTeam Noel Kelly Auctioneers are bringing No. 66, Inbhir Ide, Malahide to the market for an asking price of €310,000. This instantly appealing three-bedroom midterrace home has been lavished with care and attention by its present owners, which is evident from the moment you walk in the front door. The main features of the property are Upvc double-glazed windows, a 72-foot rear garden which is not overlooked. There are decorative timber floors, and the property is sold with all carpets, curtains and light fittings Situated in a prime

Number 66, Inbhir Ide, Malahide, is presented to the market for €310,000

location, the property comprises a porch with an aluminium sliding door and tiled floor, an entrance hall with understair storage area. The lounge has a decorative timber floor, as well as a feature fireplace with

hardwood surround. T he kitchen-cumbreakfast area has a tiled floor, oak floor and wall units, as well as a cooker, dishwasher, extractor fan, and recessed lighting. The bathroom has tiled walls and flooring,

a whb, wc, and a Triton shower. There is also a mirror with light strip. The three bedrooms are well appointed and have decorative timber floors and recessed lights. The rear garden is 72ft

long, with a timber shed, a patio area, and an outside tap and external lighting. For further details, and to arrange a viewing appointment, contact Noel Kelly on (01) 846 2752.


Attractive family home in Rathmines

NEW to the market is No. 18 Rathmines Park, Dublin 6, a mid-terrace period residence, incroporating c1,310 sq ft accommodation, which is set in spacious, wellcared for gardens, with the added benefit of garage to the rear with vehicular access from Stone Mews. Brought to the market by Douglas Newman Good, for an asking price of €510,000, the property has been excellently cared for over many years by its present ow ners, full of light with room to extend, subject to planning permission, the property is in an ideal location in this soughtafter area of south Dublin. The accommodation is well laid out and comprises lounge, livingroom with open

fireplace and gas fire, breakfast room with extended kitchen, upstairs are three bedrooms, bathroom and large attic room ideally suited for a study, playroom, etc. This sale represents an ideal opportunity for those wishing to trade up or trade down in this area. It provides all the facilities and amenities required for a young couple wishing to rear a family in this area. It is situated in a quiet peaceful enclave off Upper Rathmines Road where houses rarely come to the market. T he proper ty is a short walk to Rathmines village, where there is a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars, cinemas, Rathmines Plaza and other amenities. A host of buses pass

through the village and the property is within walking distance of the Luas line. There is a variety of sports facilities in the immediate area, parks to include Belgrave Square and Palmerston Park and a wide selection of primary and secondary schools, including Kildare Place, St Mary’s, Alexandra College, Gonzaga, St Louis, and many others besides. The city centre is within walking distance and the property is a short drive from the M50. Alternatively it is also suitable for a retired family where everything is within walking distance yet the setting is off the main road, idyllic and peaceful. Douglas Newman Good are handling the sale and can be contacted to arrange a viewing on Number 18, Rathmines Park, Dublin 6, has an asking 490 9000. price of €510,000

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Interview: Jessica Daves, a Duty Manager at Newpark School Sports Centre

Life in busy Sports and Leisure Centre


AFTER starting her career in the Leisure industry as a gymnastics coach, Jessica Davies has been a Duty Manager at Newpark School Sports Centre since 2002. She is married with two children (three-year-old twins) and lives in Wexford having moved there from Deansgrange earlier this year.

all over County Dublin, and beyond, about their eligibility for Medical Cards. Obviously, it would not be possible for me to answer them all individually and, indeed, it would be difficult to briefly summarise the qualifying conditions, but let me try and simplify the structure.

Habits She recently qualified as a GP referral co-ordinator, a new initiative launched by the HSE to get GPs to refer clients to affiliated Leisure centres to improve their lifestyle habits rather than the option of long-term medication. Newpark School Sports Centre, one of very few facilities offering this new scheme in Ireland, is located on Newtownpark Avenue, in Blackrock, and has been open to the public since 1973. Activities include a wide range of fitness classes, public swimming, fitness centre sessions with tailor-made programmes to suit all ages and levels of fitness.

Medical Card applicants are divided into 2 categories – those under 70 and over 70. OVER 70 You qualify if your gross income, from all sources, is less than €700 per week for a single person, or €1,400 per week for a married or co-habiting couple. It is the gross income that is taken into consideration and no standard deductions such as income tax are allowable. UNDER 70 To qualify, your weekly income must be below a certain figure for your family size. Cash

Interest Jessica’s interest in health and fitness began when she qualified as a fitness instructor in 2001 and then a personal trainer in 2002. She currently teaches Aqua-aerobics, swimming and fitness classes, along with co-ordinating the GP referral programme.

income, savings over a certain threshold, investments and property (except for your family home) are taken into account in the means test. If you wish to establish your eligibility, or if you feel that your application for a medical card was unfairly rejected, you can check out

Contact If you would like to learn more about the activities and facilities on offer at Newpark School Sports Centre, or for more information on the GP referral programme, call in to see them or visit theiir website

all the parameters on or call to one of the many Citizens Information offices which are located throughout the country. Alternatively your local social welfare office ( ) you will find Jessica Davies qualified as a GP referral co-ordinator

most helpful in dealing with any of these individual queries.

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: Olympic gymnast. Q: What was your first job? A: Summer camp helper. Q: And your first pay cheque? A: The Grange. Q: When did you start your present job? A: Started gymnastics here in 1991 and have been here since!

Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Get to wear tracksuits and runners to work.

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Not enough. Q: What sport do you follow? A: Gymnastics and Formula 1.

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THERE is not a whole lot that makes me selfconscious about my appearance. I’m a handsome man, after all. But, standing in the lobby of a national monument palace that’s been turned into a five-star hotel and member of The Leading Hotels of the World in a tatty pair of three-quarter lengths and a t-shirt that’s seen better days, is one time I will admit to feeling a little uncomfortable. To be fair, I had travelled from Madeira that morning in sweltering heat, and the Pestana Palace in Lisbon would make anyone but Madonna feel self-conscious. Which is good, as she uses the hotel’s royal suites when she’s in the Portuguese capital. The beautifully-restored palace adjoins two modern wings and is a stunning piece of architecture. Nineteenth-century elegance abounds with dining rooms and drawing rooms making this feel like something completely other-worldly. The hotel itself runs a shuttle bus to take guests the 10-minute drive into the centre of Lisbon, but a taxi is only €6. Once in the city itself, I was in awe. Beautiful architecture, such as Praca do Comercio, a jaw-dropping square on the banks of the Tagus, whose Rua Augusta Arch is the gateway to the modern, thriving city that Lisbon has become. Avenida da Liberdade, a 90-metre wide boulevard, features some beautiful buildings and is the central artery heading into the city. At its head is Marquis of Pombal Square and King Edward VII Park, two celebrations of Portuguese identity that, perched upon a hill, give a gorgeous view of the Tagus bay. The Belem area of the city, near the mouth of the Tagus, is another gem. Quiet and relaxed, it features some of the most stunning buildings Lisbon has to offer. Belem Tower, a 16th-century defence tower, Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument of The Discoveries all sit within a short walk of each other, making this part of the city a walking dream and an history buffs heaven.

LAST year was a year to forget for Madeira. Freak flooding, forest fires and Icelandic ash combined to make last year an annus horribilis for the Portuguese island, located 1,000km from the south-west coast of the country. But, this year, the island is keen to send a message, echoing our own leader, that Madeira is open for business. And what a business it truly is. Though it survives on an economy that is roughly 65% based on tourism, Madeira is unlike a typical sun-holiday destination. Part of that is because the location of the island, parked in the Atlantic, means that it gets more cloud than, say, the Canaries. But more than that, it is just, at its core, completely


‘Visually stunning, warm and welcoming, Madeira is a real treat for someone looking for good weather, and seeking to avoid neon lights and flying patio furniture’ ---------------------------------------------------------

different. Visually stunning, architecturally mind-blowing, warm and welcoming, Madeira is a real treat for someone looking for good weather, and seeking to avoid neon lights and flying patio furniture. Touching down in Funchal itself is an experience – the runway perched over the sea and on the side of a cliff makes this a breathtaking landing. Nervous fliers would do well to avoid the window seat, however. What to do

Our stay had us based

in Funchal, the capital of the island and main tourist hub. From here, any part of the island is reachable within two hours and it is a good thing, as all of the island holds attractions. Rota dos CetáceosThe Way of the Cetacean, (Marina Shopping Centre, Avenida Arriaga, Tel.: +351 291 280 600, offer trips on semi-solid boats, where you can view dolphins, whales and all of the assorted sea life that lives in and around the island. (Swimming with dolmi phins €65, Adult ph non-swimming no €48, children €4 €33) €3 Madeira, having no contiin nental shelf, is n home to a vast h array of these a

Finding some shade to relax in in the centre of Funchal

creatures and Rota dos Cetáceos offer a free trip if you don’t see something. The thrill of seeing a pod of Bottle-nosed dolphins swim yards from your boat makes this trip a must-do. The Madeira Cable Car (www.madeiracablecar. com) offers a relatively cheap way to get a birdseye view of the beautiful scenery on the island, connecting Funchal with Monte Palace Gardens. At €15 for an adult round-trip, the exhilarating ride will leave speechless and some clinging to the handrails. Once you reach the top of the cable car, Monte Palace ( awaits in all it’s splendour. Rescued by Jose Berardo, the tropical gardens are a dream for gardening enthusiasts. You can take the cable car back to Funchal, but why do that when you can have two men with rubber shoes push you down a hill in a wicker chair? Toboggan rides operate from outside Monte Church and, though pricey (€20 single, €25 double), it is great fun and, after all, you are on vacation. After all, what’s a holiday without hurtling downhill on a road that’s open to traffic? Getting off-road,

Madeira Jeep Safari ( are experts in navigating the tight, heart-stopping roads of the island’s lesser-seen spots. A highlight of these tours are the levada walks. Levadas are roadside waterways that carry water to the farms that climb mountains and hills on the island. Taking a walk along one, one really gets the chance to see how people on the island live; indeed, we came across one woman, easily 70 years old, planting on a small farm that was at least 40 minutes walk from a roadway. Prices vary, but a halfday private tour will cost €195, with room for six passengers, and I cannot recommend this enough, for something different. There are more attractions of course, The Blandy’s Wine Lodge in Funchal, the stunning natural swimming pools in Porto Moniz, the Art Deco collection at Casa Das Mudas and the awe-inspiring scenes


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Madeira is famous for its embroidery

From Funchal, any part of the island of Madeira is reachable within two hours, so places like the Ponta do Sol and São Vicente can be explored

from Cabo Girao, the second highest sea cliff in Europe. In a space of 57 kilometres by 22 kilometres, Madeira packs it in. Where to eat

Madeiran food itself consists of a lot of fish, which makes sense, it being an island. Black scabbard, tuna and cod are served in abundance and fresh, colourful vegetables abound. In the centre of Funchal, Armazem Do Sal (Rua da Alfandega, 135, Funchal, Madeira 9000059, Portugal (+351) 291 241 285 stands head and shoulders above the other restaurants we sampled. Which, given the level of food available across the island, is saying something. A platter of appetisers, comprising of caviar, passion fruit, duck breast and shrimp dishes, set the tone magnificently, before a starter of Foie Gras and apple chutney had me in heaven.

A main of cod confit and mash was perfect. Light, yet absolutely flavoursome and cooked to perfection. Were the dessert of raspberry panacotta with spun sugar not also absolutely amazing, I might have struggled to finish the whole thing. As it was, we had no such problem. Adega da Quinta is about 15 minutes outside the centre of Funchal, but the scenic views and hearty, rustic food make it a perfect choice for an evening meal. Espetada, a local dish of fillet beef on a skewer, barbecue chicken in a pot, sweet potato bread and an array of desserts combined to make this another gastronomic highlight of the island. Where to stay

The island is replete with fabulous hotels, with three being part of Portugal’s largest hotel group, Pestana. We stayed in the Pestana Casino Hotel, which is a luxurious throwback

to the glamour of travel. Designed in the 1960s by Oscar Niemayer, it’s bright, open spacess Travelling by wicker chair: Tobo ggan rides operate outside Monte Ch from urch in Funchal are suited to everyone, the health spa a perfect retreat for stressed bodies and the casino offers a chance to experience the glamour of Twomileborris. Sorry, Monte Carlo. All in all, I can’t recommend Madeira enough. Easygoing enough to offer a break, interesting enough to offer stories for home, Madeira is open for business and we’re luckier for that fact. Paul travelled to Madeira and Lisbon with Concorde Travel & Tours. Concorde Travel specialise in the Mediterranean, specifically Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Italy and Portugal. Seven nights in Madeira start at €560pp, including tax, and seven-night packages to Lisbon Coast start at €599pp, including tax. For more information, visit, or call 01-77 59 300.

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Fresh food at Funchal’s The beautiful Porto Santo Beach

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THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Liz Taylor Film Season THE Helix continues its Liz Taylor Film Season until July 16, with the season’s second film, National Velvet, showing on Saturday July 9 at 2pm, followed by Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Wednesday July 13 at 7.30pm. All screenings take place in The Theatre. Season tickets are €20, or €12 concession. Entry to each showing is €4/€6.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Dun Laoghaire School of Music extravaganza LOOKING ahead a little, The Mill Theatre will soon feature some delightful music and performances from some of the area’s littlest citizens – with big talents Students from the Dun Laoghaire School of Music staging a musical extravaganza at the popular south Dublin evenue on Thursday, July 14, featuring music, theatre, dance and instrumental numbers, and more, creating a musical performance to remember, and showcasing the truly diverse and commendable range of talents of students at the popular school. The show starts at 5.30pm, with tickets priced at €13/€8.50.

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Cormuin O’Raghallaigh - Mozart and Chopin recital Come along to this unique recital of Mozart and Chopin classics, from the award-winning Cormuin O Raghallaigh,a local teacher for Newpark Music Centre and Churchtown School of music. Recitals for the night will include Mozart: Sonata in C minor K.457, Sonata in B flat K.333, Chopin: Prelude in D flat Op. 28 (Raindrop) Ballade no.3 in A flat Op. 47. The two-hour show takes place on Saturday, July 9 at 1pm. Tickets: €10

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Past and Present Dublin 15-based artist, Desmond Kenny’s exhibition Past and Present, which opened last month, will continue until late August. Don’t miss this opportunity to view some of Kenny’s stunning abstract paintings, spread across two floors - New Work and Retrospective. This is the Hartstown artist’s first major solo exhibition of his abstract painting. The exhibition can be seen on the ground and first-floor galleries and is free admission.

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three St. Louis roots musician Pokey LaFarge, along with his band, The South City Three, comes to the Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre on Friday July 8. LaFarge’s creative blend of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing has been widely lauded of late. This is one not to be missed. Friday, July 8 at 8:30pm. Admission: €20.

Sunday Sessions The Sunday Sessions continue every Sunday afternoon at the Seamus Ennis Cultural centre. The sessions always feature a host of local traditional musicians as well as some special guests. All musicians are welcome. Free admission.

If you’re close enough to see one of these Transformers, you’re either in very big trouble, or just in luck, as Transformers 3 features one big scrap after another between clanking adversaries, while Humanity – and audiences – look on ...

No change in formula The latest Transformers film hasn’t changed the previous films’ secret of success, loaded with big bangs and little wit Q JONATHAN KEANE

IT’S only been about four years, but in that fairly short space of time, Michael Bay has managed to churn out his third Transformers film, this time: Dark of the Moon. After the blinding success of the predecessor, it only makes sense for the franchise to do a third lap. A heady cast is in tow for this one, with John Malkovich, Hugo Weaving and Josh Duhamel along with, of course, our central character, Sam Witwicky, brought to us by Shia LeBeouf. The important thing to remember here is that this is a Michael Bay flick so there’s little in the way of a captivating script and acting. But, it can’t be denied that Dark of the Moon is rife with jaw-dropping special effects and 3D shots that well and truly

FILM OF THE WEEK: Transformers 3 +++ (12A) 154 mins Director: Michael Bay Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, John Malkovich, Hugo Weaving, lots of robots

OUR VERDICT: MICHAEL Bay’s third outing with the robots in disguise is everything one would expect it to be, with colossal action scenes and hugely impressive special effects. If verbose carnage is your thing and it holds your attention for the entire bloated running time, then, this could be your film of the year, although Kate – who returns from holiday, next week – is unlikely to rate this as one to savour ...

shove the action in your face. It’s all rather impressive and will be up there with some of the most impressive action scenes this summer, or even for some years. Howe ve r, a t f i l m number three in the franchise, it still doesn’t deliver anything staggering in the way of something new. You know you’re getting explosions – and explosions are exactly what you get. This third instalment clocks in at an overwhelming 154 minutes.

The bloated, drawn-out running time serves to only remind you of how easily scenes can become one-dimensional and predictable. It’s not all bad though, far from it. Transformers: Dark of the Moon won’t delight in regard to script but the standout actions are truly unforgettable. Only the truly dull and monotonous of cinemagoers would find themselves bored with Bay’s bombastically crafted action scenes. Conspicuous by her absence though is

Megan Fox, who departed the franchise after the sequel. Whether she was present for the third film or not, doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Nothing too big has been changed and the portrayal of the rest of the cast remains as simple as ever. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Or, in the case of Michael Bay, blow it up. Without giving away too much, the plot is rooted in the 1969 Moon Landing as well as the Cold War, which creates the latest strife between Optimus Prime’s Autobots and the Decepticons that has carried through to modern day. Meanwhile, Shia LeBeouf is his usual self in the role as Sam, who’s fresh out of college, unemployed and ticked off about his whole situation in life, frustrations that are adversely affect-

ing his relationship with girlfriend, Carly, played by fresh-faced British actress, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Overall, the 154-minute running time is the sore thumb of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A couple of scenes could easily have had a few minutes shaved off and with it, making the overblown action less drawn out. Quality of quantity, as the old adage goes. The die-hard fans of the Transformers franchise, as in the faithful that existed before Michael Bay scurried onto the scene, could be divided on how their beloved Autobots and Decepticons are portrayed here. Meanwhile, those who are looking for non-stop explosions, fire and action will undoubtedly lap this up. Either way, there’s enjoyment to be found, in some way, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


Wares you might feel wary about ADAM MAGUIRE

TECHNOLOGY is laden with words ending in “ware”. Most people are familiar with software and hardware, and maybe one or two others, but the ever-increasing number of “wares” can get confusing at the best of times. Here are explanations for some of the more common “wares”.

install on a piece of hardware, and is also called programmes, applications or simply apps. That could mean an operating system, such as Windows, or an internet browser, game or word processor.

Hardware Hardware is any physical piece of technology – so, your computer is the hardware, as are all the bits and pieces inside the box (such as the hard drive, processor and so on). More recently, this has been applied to phones and tablets.

Freeware A combination of “free” and “software”, this is, used to describe free, legal versions of software. This freeware is often a basic variety of something, and encourages you to buy the full version.

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“malicious” and “software”, this term is a catchall for any type of dangerous software designed to damage your computer or steal your information. Good virus scan software and a firewall is crucial. McAfee and Norton offer good paidfor options, while AVG and Avast are good, free alternatives.

Spyware This malicious software tries to secretly install itself on your computer and spy on your activities, to try to gain access to passwords, credit card details and so on. A free programme, called Spybot – Search & Destroy is a good option for those looking to see if there is spyware on their computer. Scarily enough, there usually is.

Adware This is a virus that causes adverts to pop-up at every turn on your computer. If every website you visit seems to have obtrusive ads popping up all the time, this may be the reason why. The previously mentioned Spybot is good at clearing these threats, as is another free programme, Adaware. Scareware A relatively new threat, this is a dangerous piece of software that tries to shock or scare you into handing over money or credit card details. One tactic, for example, is to tell you that there is a virus on your computer, and that you need to buy a certain piece of software to fix this. This can often be made

to look like a legitimate warning but, if it is not coming from your own anti-virus software, ignore it.

HP Touchpad

IN A market dominated by the iPad, HP’s first attempt at a tablet is a strong one – the big question is: Can it can get the apps to back it up? While Apple’s competitors, such as HP, have been slow to get to market with their tablet alternatives, the last few weeks has seen that change. Motorola’s Xoom is hitting shelves, Samsung has updated its Galaxy Tab and Blackberry’s Playbook is on the horizon. The HPTouchpad joins that list, and offers some-

thing a little different. It runs on HP’s own WebOS software, which is extremely stylish and user-friendly. It is gesture-based, so it’s perfect for touch, and, while it was designed initially for phones, it looks well on the bigger screen. Overall, the Touchpad feels good in the hand. It is slim and comfortable to

use, but does not feel flimsy. It also manages to strike the same balance of the iPad, where it feels like a serious, even business-friendly device, without being boring. However, as it runs on WebOS – which is way behind Android and Apple’s IOS – it does not have an awful lot of apps to offer. This is something that HP will need to address – fast, as even the best tablet is nothing without the apps to install on it. The HP Touchpad is available in Ireland from early July, from €479. Visit for the latest tech news, reviews and views.





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Touch teams get back from Edinburgh epics

AF TER a gruelling five-day Touch World Cup tournament in Edinburgh, the Ireland Touch teams returned home on Monday proud of their achievements. “ We ’r e a b s o l u t e l y exhausted, but incredi b l y p r o u d t o h ave competed for Ireland against the best in the world in our spor t,” said president of the Ireland Touch Associa-

tion, Michael Davies. “It was a tough tournament, with teams playing up to three matches a day. Every player gave their absolute best on the pitch and played right to the end. “We had a great support team over there, and a big thank you should go to the coaches, managers, physios and support staff who coordinated our teams and kept the players

out on the pitch,” said Davies. Twenty-seven countries participated in the event, with over 500 matches being played during the course of the tournament. Australia took the honours in most categories, with many finals involving Australia and New Zealand, where touch rugby is a common social sport. Ireland competed in four divisions in the

The amassed teams who represented Ireland at the Touch Rugby World Cup in Scotland last week

Mixed Open, Men’s Open, Men’s over 35s and Men’s over 40s categories. Ireland finished 16th in the Open Category, and 11th in the senior age division. The Mixed Open team came 15th and the Mens’ Open

finished 12th in their category. In the senior division, the Mens’ Over-35s finished 11th and the Mens’ Over-40s had the best result of all of the Irish teams, finishing fifth in their pool. “There was some

great matches and each team had great support as they went out onto the pitches. “For many of us, to compete at a World Cup was a dream. But to achieve it has been an oppor tunity of a lifetime. We trained

incredibly hard for this tournament, and each team should be proud of their efforts at the World Cup,” said Davies. For more information about the sport, see


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Fingallians’ players had the opportunity to play their counterparts from all over the city


The hurling skills of the Fingallians players was put to the test

Fingallians play host in a wonderful hurling fest

ingallians’ GAA club in Swords recently hosted the PJ Troy Cup, an under-13 hurling competition. Clubs from all around Dublin took part, with St Sylvester’s, Naomh Barrog, Erin’s Isle, Ballinteer St John’s, Setanta, St Jude’s, Lucan Sarsfields and St Oliver Plunkett’s joining Fins on the day. St Jude’s beat Naomh Barrog in the final match to take home the cup. The club wishes to thank everybody involved, including the visiting teams, who made the day such an enjoyable success and especially the club volunteers.


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LEEANNE ROYLE KARATE and martial arts generally do not see many stars emerging on an international stage so young, but Leeanne Royle, from Corduff Karate Club, is a such a star in the making, with a showing that earned her the prestigious Charles Naylor Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding child competitor at the Karate Union of Great Britain’s National Championships at the NIA Birmingham, Royle won the girls’ kumite event at the championships.



MOUNTVIEW Boys’ Under11s are deserving winners of the team of the month after they came out at the summit of 900 teams who took part in the 2011 Danone Nations Cup, winning the national final at the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh. That performance earned them the right to represent Ireland in the world finals, which are held in Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium in October.

SUMMER is starting to heat up, and the sporting success of our teams and individuals continues to impress. Our sports stars of the month for June are young stars very much on the rise. Leeanne Royle has made an impression on the world of karate at a very young age, and will be a prospect to keep an eye on in the years to come, especially after winning the Charles Naylor Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding child competitor last month. Mountview Boys showed their promise after coming out on top in

the Danone Nations’ Cup event at the AUL in a competition that saw 900 of the best young soccer sides in the country compete for the right to represent Ireland in October.

Let us know! Let us know about your achievements in sport, so that the Gazette can tell the rest of Dublin — and give you, or your team, a chance of being one of our monthly stars. Contact us on 01 601 0240 or to tell us all about your successes, and follow us on Facebook at gazettesport.

Sheena McElroy with Rita Maher (Lady Capt Adare Manor)and Marjorie McCorduck (ILGU President)

McElroy secures third national title

GRANGE Golf Club’s Sheena McElroy defeated Headfort’s Pauline Walsh to secure her third Irish Senior Women’s Close Championship title in four years at Adare Manor Golf Club last week. The southside golfer raced to an early lead over Walsh and, at one under par, held a fivehole advantage at the turn. McElroy continued to underline her dominance of this event in recent years and closed out the match on the 13th green. Throughout the tour-

nament, McElroy showed herself to be a force to be reckoned with. She got off to a flying start in her semi-final match against Pat Doran from Donabate, and never looked back after turning into the back nine with a two-hole advantage. Doran holed out solidly on the 15th to reduce the gap to one hole but McElroy immediately responded winning the 16th and a two putt par on the 17th ended the affair. After leading the qualifiers in the morning, McElroy saw off eight qualifier Marilyn Hend-

erson (Royal Belfast) on the penultimate green in the quarter-finals the previous day. In the Senior’s Plate Final, Gertie McMullen, of The Island Golf Club, defeated ILGU Chief Executive, Sinead Heraty, from Castle, on the 16th to win the secondtier title. McElroy repeated her impressive showing at last year’s seniors’ championship when she defeated debutante Niamh Giblin, of Dun Laoghaire, at Tullamore Golf Club. McElroy went on to lead the Irish Seniors Team at the European

Senior Team Championships in Berlin last August. This year has been another successful one for the Grange member, winning the Portuguese Senior Ladies’ Golf Competition at Vilamoura in the Algarve in January. In challenging wet and windy conditions, McElroy was thrilled to secure a two-stroke victory, which was made extra special with husband, Eamon, caddying. She also finished as the top British or Irish player in joint third place at the Spanish Senior Championships at Santa Ponsa in February.

Win tickets to see UCD in friendlies UCD AFC have announced recently that they will host two friendly matches at the Belfield Bowl against Scotland’s St Johnstone FC on July 10, and Spain’s Villarreal CF on July 16. St Johnstone finished eighth in the SLP last season, and have a long tradition in Scottish football. Former players include Sir Alex Ferguson and Ally McCoist.

Villarreal finished fourth in last seasons La Liga and so are qualifiers for next season’s Champions League. As well as this, they have a wide range of talented footballers at their disposal with Barcelona target and former Manchester United player, Giuseppe Rossi, on the top of the list. GazetteSpor t and UCD are giving lucky

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Get Messi at Dublin’s Barca summer camps Dublin ladies footballers, whose side included St Brigid’s Colleen Barrett, were unable to halt a determined Meath team

IN AUGUST, the FC Barcelona Academy coaches are coming to Portmarnock to pass on some of their Champions League-standard of knowledge of the game to young players from Dublin. The camp caters for kids of all abilities, from ages seven to 16, and also helps educate coaches with the emphasis on players’ technical development, having fun and teaching the fundamentals of the game. The new camp follows on the heels of the success of the workshop held with Barcelona’s coaches at Carton House earlier this year. The camp takes place at Portmarnock AFC from Thursday, August 18 to Saturday, August 20 and runs from 9am to 12 noon for players aged from seven to 11 years, and from 2pm to 5pm for players aged from 12 to 16. For more information, or to register for the courses, see

Royals deny Dubs passage LEINSTER SEMI-FINAL Dublin Meath

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THE local trio of Cliodhna O’Connor, Denise Masterson from Naomh Mearnog and Sinead Aherne from St Sylvester’s were unable to halt the Royal ascendancy as Dublin ladies footballers were defeated by the narrowest of margins against Meath at Portmarnock last weekend. With the game tied at nine points apiece, and injury time coming to a close, a promising Dublin attack broke down, allowing Meath super-sub Ger

Doherty, who scored two points to bring the Royals back into the game moments after her introduction, to counter and score the decisive point. This was a very different Meath team to the one that lost in the division 2 National League playoff a few weeks ago. They were up for this game right from the throw-in. The Dublin forward line were seldom allowed any room to shoot at goal, as time and again their passing movements went across the pitch and often backwards as they sought to create an opening. Gemma Fay sprinted forward tirelessly to help

Athens achievements: Special Olympics TEAM Ireland’s Gary O’Brien, from

Portmarnock, finishes seventh in the 100m final, in a time of 14.01 seconds at the OAKA Olympic Stadium in Athens as the athletics part of the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games wound down last weekend. The Games has been a memorable event for Gary, who registered a silver medal in the 400m with a personal best time of 1:09:94, as well as a sixth place in the 4 x 100m Relay alongside Nicolle Smith, Edward Kennedy and Rachel Ryan.

the attack but, in all, Dublin were able to muster only nine shots on goal in the opening half. Half forwards, Amy Connolly and Noelle Healy, worked from deep throughout the first half in an effort to break through the stubborn Meath defence. Yet going in at half time with Meath leading by 0-5 to 0-4 Dublin would have felt confident that they had weathered the Royal storm as the visitors played with benefit of a very strong wind in the first half. However, the anticipated second half Dublin onslaught never occurred.

Meath piled on the pressure from the throwin and put the Dublin defence under pressure. Before ten minutes of the second half had elapsed, Meath had put themselves three points clear, and looked to be cruising to victory as Dublin played off of scraps. But Sinead Aherne’s tenacity reduced the deficit, and the sides were level with 20 minutes gone. Then came the introduction of Doherty, who took two points from her first two shots at goal and suddenly the momentum had swung the Royals way again.

But Dublin kept at it and an Aherne free and a well-taken Elaine Kelly point had the sides level with seven minutes remaining. Then, in the twentysixth minute came the defining moment when, for once, a Dublin forward got behind the Meath defence. Lyndsey Peat’s piledriver was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper, Irene Munnelly, and the Meath defence cleared their lines. Doherty’s score ensured the tie would not go to extra time and that the Jackies would be looking to the qualifiers to defend their All-Ireland title.


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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST SYLVESTER’S We got three wins from three games this weekend and three excellent performances. The seniors won by a point against St Mary’s out in Saggart on Saturday afternoon. The intermediates had three points to spare over a very good Clontarf team.

winning a game each. Panner’s four-day summer camps start on July 11 and 18 and on August 8 and 15. The summer hurling camps started this week. Congratulations to Ballymun on their great win in the Feile.

Niall Halligan’s junior team put up

Next Saturday, Platinum play in

an impressive 2-11 with some very

the club, and Off The Rails will play

good scores from Ronnie Carroll

on Sunday evening after the Lein-

and Keith Slye and Eoin McLaverty

ster finals.

dominating in midfield.

See our fantastic website www.

The Under-15s scored 4-12 in their for details of all

win over St Anne’s and the U-11 hurl-

fixtures, results, news, views and

ers shared the spoils with Skerries,


FINGALLIANS St Sylvester’s back-to-back wins over St Brigid’s and St Mary’s sees them within a point of Na Fianna

Brace of wins bring Syl’s close to summit AFL DIVISION 1 St Sylvester’s St Brigid’s St Mary’s St Sylvester’s

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S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S moved to within a point of Na Fianna at the top of AFL 1 with two hardfought victories in the past week. Last Tuesday, St Sylvester’s had three points to spare over a strong St Brigid’s team, who had their five Dublin stars on board, in what was an excellent game of football played in Broomfield, which continues to be a fortress for the Malahide men. T he intensity levels hit championship heights at times, with Sylvester’s finishing the game with 13 players, having had Brian Sexton dismissed midway through the second half, and a number of enforced substitutions due to injuries. In an extremely tight

first half, Syl’s led six points to five at halftime, but, from the restart, Syl’s turned up the heat, kicking some lovely points before the best move of the match saw David Glennon find David Bannigan, who pinpointed Glenn Hazeley’s r un from wing back. Hazeley found the bottom corner of the net to put Syl’s points clear with 15 minutes left. In a tactical change enforced af ter Sexton’s dismissal, Syl’s management replaced goal creator Bannigan with defender Brian McGuirk, who slotted in at half back. Despite Brigid’s throwing ever y thing at Gabriel Bannigan’s men, the Malahide outfit were still six in front four minutes into added time when Kevin Bonner crashed home a consolation goal for the Castleknock side. This was an impressive team effort from S y l ’s . D ave G a l v i n ,

Gavin McArdle and Fionn Carney formed a solid full back line in front of the reliable Robbie Wallace in goals, while Glenn Hazeley, Brian Sexton and Colm Hanratty had pace and tenacity in the half backs. John Coughlan and Ross Hazeley won the midfield battle with Dublin players Barry Cahill and Sean Murray. Darren Clarke and Miceal McCar thy shared nine points between them, Russy Cleere was superb on breaking ball and there were valuable contributions from David Glennon, David Bannigan and Andrew Hartnett. In the other tie, Syl’s travelled to Saggar t to take on St Mary’s, where they have previously found it hard to obtain a positive result, but an excellent first half display saw Syl’s go in five points in front at the break having played with the aid of a slight breeze, and, despite

a strong second-half fightback from a game Mary’s side, this lead proved sufficient as Syl’s held on to win by a point and gain another valuable two points. Syls two vital goals came 10 minutes from the start and 10 minutes from the finish. Darren Clarke picked out Colm Hanratty’s excellent 40-yard run and he fed Nigel Dunne who finished expertly to the Mary’s net in the first half while 10 minutes from the end, a brilliant ball from Ross Hazeley released Darren Clarke who gave the Mary’s keeper no chance from 10 yards. Best for Syls were Robbie Wallace in goals, Fionn Carney, Colm Mc Intyre and Colm Hanratty in defence, John Coughlan and Ross Hazeley in midfield, while up front Darren Clarke was Syl’s top forward, with Nigel Dunne, Russy Cleere and David Glennon also putting in excellent shifts for the winners.


Email addresses and phone num-

minor hurlers and footballers on

bers can be got by clicking http://

their Leinster titles.

Well done to the U-11 girls who to o k p a r t in th e Ge r Ca n ava n tournament on Sunday evening in O’Toole’s ground. Next Saturday evening there will

cil/LocalDemocracy/Councillors/ Swords/ Tickets for the Leinster football final can be collected on Friday evening from 9.30pm in the club.

be music in the club with Brendan

The club would like to wish Paul

Linnane. The ladies’ section is host-

Flynn and the Dublin squad, and

ing a cocktail special. All members

Brendan Quigley and the Laois

and friends are welcome.

squad, all the best this weekend.

The committee are asking all

All team pictures are now hang-

members and friends of the club to

ing in the bar area. All members and

contact their local councillors and

friends are most welcome to call in

ask them for their help, as the club

for a look and maybe a laugh.

urgently needs more pitches to

Stay up to date by following the

facilitate the rapid growth of our

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and also on Twitter.

FINGAL RAVENS DIV 1 team play St Jude’s in Tymon North on Friday, July 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets for Sunday’s Leinster final can be collected at the clubhouse

Well done to the U-11s girls who

this Thursday from 7.30pm to 8pm,

competed in the Ger Canavan tour-

or on Friday in the bar of Kettle’s

nament last weekend. They drew

Hotel from 9.30pm to 10.30pm.

with Craobh Chiarain but were unfortunately beaten by Scoil Ui

Committee meeting this Thursday at 8.30pm in Kettles Hotel.

Chonnail. Best wishes go to Thea

There was no lotto winner last

Clerkin who suf fered a broken

week; €20 prizes go to C McArdle,

wrist during the first game; get

Nicky O’Callaghan and Pat McDon-

better soon.


ST FINIAN’S THE adult hurlers have an away match V Ballyboden this week. A table quiz will take place in Peacocks on Thursday, July 7 at 9pm.

There was no winner. The €50 winners were Ann Maxwell and Des and Gus. Next week, the jackpot will be €5,600.

They are always a good night out.

The hurling summer camp will take

Put a team together or come along

place from August 16 to 19, while the

and join up with a team. Liam Cur-

football camp is the following week,

ran will be posing the questions.

August 23 to 26. More details later.

The lotto numbers drawn last week were were 2, 6, 14 and 15.

Check out the website for updates at


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Eoin Morgan’s performances at the crease for England and Middlesex have marked him out as a potential captain for his adopted country

Morgan batting for England captaincy Malahide cricket star’s recent showings for adopted country and county have given him appetite for top job RONAN MOYLES

MALAHIDE-born English cricket international Eoin Morgan has been in fine international form recently, and is now aiming his sights even higher. Recently, Morgan stated that he has set his sights on becoming captain of the England cricket team. “Do I have captaincy ambitions? It is absolutely a long-term target of mine,” stated the 24-year-old Dubliner. “If you asked any player if he would like to captain England in a Test match, one-day international or Twenty20, he would jump at the chance. “I have said since I was 12 that I wanted to play for England. The determination was always there. I am a leader within the batting unit. “A good leader leads from the front, and the way in which I play can have a positive effect on

the side. It’s something that I can develop over time,” he said. Known for his unique, combatative style of batting, the Middlesex clubman has been in good form recently and has become an integral part of the England one-day batting line-up. In the second recent one-day international against Sri Lanka, he top-scored with 52 at Headlingly. Unfortuntelay for Morgan and England, they went on to lose that series 2-1. Morgan’s rise from Malahide kid to England international is a remarkably rapid one. Having already played for Ireland, Morgan made his one-day England international debut in 2007, and also played the Twenty20 form of the game before making his full Test debut in 2010. The move from one-day to Test cricket is one that many players have found difficult, but the Malahide man seems to have taken it in his stride. “It has all happened very quickly, especially

the transformation from one-day cricketer to Test cricketer. “It’s certainly not been easy, but everything I’ve done has been building towards Test cricket. “I have relished the opportunity” he said. Morgan shunned the more popular Irish pastimes of soccer, rugby and GAA as a youngster in favour of bat and wicket. “Playing cricket started off as a bit of fun. Both my parents were mad about cricket. I was part of a big family, and we used to play it together. “Since then it’s obviously got a lot more serious; I moved over to England as a teenager to train.” He claims his decision to represent England never caused any problems: “People at home involved in cricket, they were like, ‘Fair play, it’s going to be unbelievable if you make it’. So I’ve never had any problem about this, and neither has any of my family,” said Morgan.


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