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July 21, 2011

BOOST FOR PATIENTS: Ross Nugent Foundation aid See Page 2

A fond farewell: Staff and students say goodbye to Ruth Football: Syl’s Aherne confident ahead of junior final Page 32

IT WAS an emotional day at St

Andrew’s School in Malahide when, after a 35-year career teaching at the school, Ruth Slone called it a day. The popular teacher said goodbye to her friends and colleagues as well as the students she has enjoyed teaching in this her final year. Pictured left are colleagues Elaine Anderson, Lorna Murphy and Emma Stout. Full Gallery on Page 10

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Anger over Farrell’s remarks on viaduct Senator O’Brien hits back at Fine Gael deputy

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THE collapse of the Malahide viaduct was a near-tragic wake-up call for the previous Fianna Fail/Green administration, Dublin North Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell claimed this week. Farrell made the comment

ahead of the second anniversary of the viaduct’s collapse this August. “It is appalling that rail conditions had deteriorated so much during the boom years that the people in Dublin North had such a near miss,” he said. But the comments have

angered members of the previous government, including former TD, and now Senator, Darragh O’Brien (FF) who said: “Two independent reports that were carried out showed what fell down was safety checks. It had nothing to do with investment.” Full Story on Page 4


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COURT: JUDGE NOTED THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SOME PROVOCATION

EVENT The Foundation pleased to announce its help

Escapes jail after beating girlfriend A MAN has escaped a prison sentence for beating his girlfriend during a row about him talking to another woman in the pub. Eoin McDyer (24) was later found running up the street halfnaked af ter he had locked his then-partner in their home. He was sentenced to one year, suspended in full for two years. Judge Martin Nolan called it a “par ticularly cowardly act,” but noted there may have been some provocation. The court heard both parties were extremely drunk at the time. McDyer, of Blackwood Lane, Portmarnock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Ms Stacy Sinnott, at Clonshaugh Road, Coolock, on June 20, 2009. Garda John Piorllo said the couple were drinking heavily in a Malahide pub and had about nine drinks each before going back to the apartment they shared. An argument broke out over allegations that McDyer was chatting to

another woman in the pub. The row turned violent and Ms Sinnott threw some furniture at McDyer. He struck her several times in the head with force leaving her with a bloodied face and swollen nose and mouth. The front door was locked, preventing Ms Sinnott’s escape, so she shouted out the window for help from neighbours. When gardai arrived they found McDyer r unning dow n the road, bare-chested. Ms Sinnott was locked in the apartment in “an extremely distraught state”. Gardai could not open the door and had to climb over an adjoining balcony to get in. The victim was taken to hospital where she was kept overnight. Gda Piorllo said McDyer immediately admitted he had been in a fight when gardai found him. The garda said the relationship had been going through a difficult time and this incident caused them to break up. There has been no contact between them since.

Emma Nugent, Ross’s sister; Roger Paul, chairman of the Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT), Paul McDunphy; Foundation committee member, Jonathan McDunphy and his girlfriend, Orla; Marty Whelan, Don Nugent, Sandra Nugent, Mary O’Reilly, Joe O’Reilly, Lisa Brady and Maria Whelan

Ross Nugent Foundation’s aid O

n the 8 of July Ross Nugent Foundation were pleased to confirm that the Foundation will cover the cost of ten Bionic Premium Line Oncology chairs for the Day Ward. They will then progress to having these fitted with TV monitors when they are received. This should make the day treatment sessions more comfortable and bearable with more comfort and flexibility along with some entertainment for the patients. This is in keeping with the Foundation’s key objectives of mak-

Marty Whelan and Emma Nugent

ing life more comfortable for the patients, relations and nursing staff in the oncology wards of Beaumont and other hospitals. At this stage, the Foundation has received a number of emails and letters from families who have had a relation in St Clare’s. Lots of people have written to thank them for the work of the Foundation as the equipment has helped to make the experience more comfortable and bearable for all. ‘‘This is what we strive to do,’’ said the Ross Nugent Foundation.

Roger Paul, chairman of the Bone Cancer Research Trust, speaking at the event

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Almost 100 golfers participated in the Foundation inaugeral Golf Day

David and Catherine Simpson, Ita and Padraig Slattery


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EVENT Malahide’s maritime ties to be featured

Something for everybody at local festival Q MIMI MURRAY malahide@gazettegroup.com

THERE will be an added nautical flavour to this year’s Malahide Festival, with the introduction of a new feature called Malahide Afloat. This new dimension to the festival will set sail on Saturday, July 23, by the three organisations most closely associated with the town’s most natural resource – Malahide Yacht Club, Malahide Sea Scouts and Malahide Marina. In what is a looseknit collaboration, the three groups are hosting activities which amply demonstrate Malahide’s

marine ties and so encourage even greater usage of the tow n’s marine-based facilities and its renowned seaside setting. It promises to be a day of vivid colour and frenetic activity afloat, according to organisers. Malahide Yacht Club is hosting its annual Wicklow Vase Race when dinghies from the Broadmeadows section of the club race against the keelboats out at sea and then meet up in the St James’s Terrace clubhouse for the prize-giving. Boats will gather in the Lower Estuary from 1.30pm and the race will start at 3pm.

The clubhouse will be open to visitors during the afternoon – new members are welcome – and the club will be “dressed overall” with flags and bunting for the occasion. Malahide Sea Scouts - one of the largest scout groups in the country – have planned a day of action afloat. There will be skiffrowing races, canoe races and canoe polo, all taking place in the Lower Estuary. The Scout Den, at the bottom of St James’s Terrace will also be hosting an open day for prospective new scouts and their families to check out all

This year’s Malahide Festival will have an added nautical flavour

the facilities and equipment on offer at Malahide Sea Scouts. It will provide an insight into what the Sea Scout movement is all about. At the Marina, one of Malahide’s major landmarks, visitors will be

welcomed on to a section of the pontoons to gain a close-up view of yachts and motor-cruisers and experience the “maritime feeling” at water-level. For safety reasons, numbers on the marina pontoons at any one

time will be limited, but access will be free and marina staff will be on hand to answer questions about boat ownership etcetera. See Page 6 for a full listing of Malahide Has It

HOUSING

Units unsold A TOTAL of 395 affordable housing units remain unsold in Fingal, according to a report issued last week. At a council meeting, Fingal County Council said that 127 affordable housing units had been sold last year with a further 17 sales this year. Meanwhile, there are currently 58 properties for sale, while 173 unsold affordable properties are in the process of being temporarily leased in accordance with the provisions of Circular AHS 1 2009, with a further 164 units being marketed on the private rental market through a property agent. “The total interest cost of servicing unsold affordable housing loans from Housing Finance Agency is €1.5 million per annum. However, those interest costs associated with those units leased, pursuant to Circular AHS 1 2009, are fully recoupable,” the report said.


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CLEANUP: STELLAR WORK IN CLEANING THE GREEN

Health: Weight-loss system launched in north Dublin

Tidy Towns commend good work MIMI MURRAY

MAJOR works that have taken place on the green beside the Marina have been commended by Malahide Tidy Towns and Fine Gael Councillor, Anthony Lavin, this week. Chairman of the Tidy Town, Gerry Rafferty, thanked Fingal County Council for its stellar work in cleaning up the area. Major Cleanup

“In the past week Fingal staff has been involved in major works on the green area down by the marina. The work done involved the removal of overgrown shrubbery and the cleaning of the Ammonite sculpture, which is the focal point on the green. This sculpture was presented to Fingal County Council a decade ago and it symbolises Malahide’s affinity with the sea. It is very heartening in these difficult times to see all this type of work going ahead and I would like to offer our eternal

gratitude and congratulations to all concerned. “For the past 35 years Malahide Tidy Towns has endeavoured to keep our town clean and tidy and to improve and embellish the natural and built environment at every opportunity. As a voluntary organisation this can be challenging at times, especially during recession. None of our work would be achievable without the support of local business people, the community at large and, of course, our hard-working FAS workers. “I want to highlight the dynamic work ethic of Fingal County Council in helping us to achieve our aims. Their support has been invaluable and we would like to thank all Fingal staff, from top administration right down to the workers on the ground.” Cllr Lavin added that this area is the shopfront of Malahide and he is delighted that the work, that was so badly needed, has been carried out.

MODEL TIFFANEY STANLEY was put through

her paces by trainers Darlene Wigham and Aidan Mahon on the beach at the launch of The System 10 advanced metabolic weight-loss plan – a revolutionary diet system that’s changing the shape of diet and fitness for men and women throughout Ireland. The Plan is based on precision food and exercise plans chosen specifically for the individual’s metabolism and focuses on their own bodies, and especially the metabolic function combined with expert fitness advice. With an early morning class schedule as part of the system, this plan is the perfect option for everyone, from the working professional to brides-to-be, to the busy mum. See www.justclasses.ie

It has soon been two years since the viaduct collapse in Malahide in August 2009. Picture: Peter Doyle

ANNIVERSARY: TWO YEARS SINCE THE VIADUCT COLLAPSE

Much work done to improve rail safety since accident MIMI MURRAY malahide@gazettegroup.com

THE collapse of the Malahide viaduct was a near-tragic wake-up call for the previous Fianna Fail/Green administration, according to Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell. “Commuter safety should no longer be a concern for residents of Dublin North, despite budget cutbacks,” according to Deputy Farrell, who was commenting on the approach of the twoyear anniversary marking the Malahide viaduct collapse in August 2009. Deputy Farrell went on to say: “Since the col-

lapse of the Malahide viaduct in 2009, residents in Dublin North have been understandably concerned about the safety of the Irish Rail Network. It was a near-tragic wakeup call for the previous administration who had allowed for such extreme neglect of the Irish railway system, even in a time of economic boom. “Safety is a primary concern and I have made it a priority to ensure that the people in north Dublin are certain that nothing has fallen through the cracks during this period of restricted resources. I am reassured to receive confirmation from the

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, that the first priority for scarce funding is to protect and maintain existing investments, and maintain high safety standards.” However the comments angered Fianna Fail Senator, Darragh O’Brien who said: “Two independent reports that were carried out showed what fell down was safety checks. It had nothing to do with investment.” Deputy Farrell went on to say: “This year alone €108 million has been allocated for maintenance, upkeep and enhancement of safety

management systems on the rail network, including human performance, as part of the Rail Safety Programme. “I am pleased to learn that the Department is working closely with Iarnrod Eireann on this issue and that the Minister is committed to carrying out a mid-term review of the Railway Safety Programme. “Significant changes have taken place since the report within Iarnrod Eireann and the Rail Safety Programme to address issues identified in the report following the collapse of the Malahide viaduct in August

2009. Substantial reorganisation of the Iarnrod Eireann Civil Engineering Department, including the appointment of chief civil engineer and technical manager for civil engineering. The technical manager is accountable for safety of track and infrastructure. “It is appalling that rail conditions had deteriorated so much during the boom years that the people in Dublin North had such a near miss, and faced the consequences of a sub-standard transport system during the long term repair process.”


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Health&Wellbeingguide Private, medically led, outpatient addiction treatment programme

Hallway view of ground floor consulting rooms (left ) and the waiting room (right) at the Priority Medical Clinic, Dundrum

PRIORITY Medical Clinic opened in May, 2011. It is a private outpatient clinic specialising in the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse and is situated in Dundrum beside Dundrum Town Centre. Its founder and Medical Director, Dr Garrett McGovern, has extensive experience of treating addictive disorders with a particular expertise in opiate addiction. Dr McGovern is GP who has been working in the addiction field since in 1998 and has extensive experience of treating alcohol and drug addiction. He has a particular expertise in treating opiate addiction and has written articles on the subject in the medical and general media and has made presentations at international drug treatment conferences. He is a level 2-trained GP with the Irish College of General Practitioners under the Opioid Treatment Protocol and hold a Masters degree in Clinical Addiction from the National Addiction

Centre, King’s College London. He is a founder member of the subcommittee for Continuing Medical Education for GPs specialising in substance abuse and has a huge interest in the stigma

addictive problems. The treatment is delivered in a friendly, empathic, private and highly confidential environment and the facility is of the highest standard. Drug use is a large-

Dr Garrett McGovern

associated with addiction. Drug use has significantly increased in Ireland in recent years and Dr McGovern recognised the need for evidence based, patient-centred treatment approaches. The treatment programme at the Priority Medical Clinic consists of a series of proven interventions that are designed to help patients overcome drug, alcohol and other

ly incurable chronic, although thankfully eminently treatable, relapsing condition which afflicts many families worldwide. The programme Dr McGovern has developed at the Priority Medical Clinic is evidence based and brings together the skills of specialists in addiction counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy

and relaxation therapy. This multidisciplinary collaborative approach provides patients with the best possible care in dealing with their addictions.

Treatment and Aftercare Programmes The Priority Medical Clinic provides two structured programmes over the course of six weeks: An acute treatment programme and an aftercare programme. These programmes are composed of thirty sessions delivered by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a medical addiction specialist, a family therapist, a cognitive behavioural therapist, a relaxation therapist and an addiction counsellor. The acute treatment programme provides treatment for those in active addiction. The aftercare programme is available for those patients who have completed the treatment programme but may also appeal to patients who have been recently discharged from a residential detoxification centre.


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ARTZONE

An array of art classes on offer

Winging their way to: A little bit of paradise PICTURED at Dublin Airport getting ready

to jet off for 24 hours in the clubbing paradise of Ibiza were Sinead Lawlor and Caroline Keogh, some of the 150 winners of the Tonight Its Miller Time competition which gave one lucky customer and their friend the chance to tap into that feeling that “tonight anything can happen” and be in with a chance to wing their way to the paradise island of Ibiza on a special Miller flight the very next day for 24 hours in the birthplace of Europe’s Club scene. Sinead and Caroline who entered in The Gilbert and Wright, Malahide, were among those lucky winners.

KIDS across Dublin are being given the chance to show off their creative side with an array of art classes being offered by professional teachers from Artzone. Artzone is one of Ireland’s leading children’s ar t schools, with 33 venues, including Dublin venues in Malahide, Castleknock, Dundrum and Lucan. Established in 2003 by Gillian Blaney Shorte, Artzone classes have become very popular among the young generation who get a chance to improve on, or even find, a flare for art. Artzone aims to turn a visual art curriculum into an exciting, fun and creative experience and is now holding summer camps for kids during their holiday break. Speaking to the Gazette this week, Artzone operational manager Paul Shorte said Artzone sends out a message to kids, and their parents, that art is fun, creative and easy to enjoy. For a timetable, a list of venues of where Ar tzone will be this summer, as well as the costing, log onto www. artzone.ie or call 086 8159073.

MALAHIDE HAS IT FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Malahide Sea Scouts Open Day in the Den on Saturday, July 23 St Jame’s Terrace and Malahide Beach Fun Fair

skiff rowing, canoe races with canoe polo

11.00am to 10.00pm

at the Inner Estuary

The Green

Malahide Marina open

Cruzzo BBQ

12pm to 6pm

day to allow visitors

La Sirena Stall

12pm to 6pm

access to the pontoon

Siam Thai Stall

12pm to 6pm

and an up close view of

Kajjal Stall

12pm to 6pm

the boats.

JCI Stand

2pm to 6pm

Art Alley Stand

2pm to 6pm

Sports Lottery Stand

2pm to 6pm

Massage Therapy

Free from 12pm to 6pm

Red Bull Music

DJ on the Green 12pm to

Sunday, July 24 Beach

Fun Fair

11am to 10pm

6pm Face-Painting

Free children’s face

Balloon-twisting

Free Balloon shapes

-painting from 1pm to 5pm

The Green

Tai Chi Lesson

Ross Cousins leads this free special class at 10am for one hour

from 1pm to 5pm Kids’ Treasure Hunt

Free with prizes. Assemble at 2pm

Cruzzo BBQ

12pm to 6pm

Kids’ Art Competition

Free with supplies

La Sirena Stall

12pm to 6pm

provided from 2pm to 6pm

Siam Thai Stall

12pm to 6pm

Free guided walk with

Kajjal Stall

12pm to 6pm

Walk/Guided Tour

Ceoltas

Malahide Historical

Magic Show Magic Show 1pm to 2pm

Society, assemble 3pm

JCI Stand

2pm to 6pm

Live Irish music from

Art Alley Stand

2pm to 6pm

4pm to 5pm

Sports Lottery Stand

2pm to 6pm

Mary Grimes School of Live Irish dancing from

Massage Therapy

Free from 12pm to 6pm

Dancing

4pm to 4.30pm

Face-Painting

Free children’s face-

Where’s Wally

Fun for the Kids, from 1pm to 2pm

painting from 1pm to 4pm Balloon twisting

Story Time Booth Story 2 pm to 3.30 pm Back Street Dancers Zumba Class

Free Balloon shapes from 1pm to 4pm

sponsored by Village Books

Red Bull Music

Modern dance from

Kids’ Penalty

Malahide Soccer Club, from

3pm to 4pm

Competition

2pm to 3pm

Free fun from 2pm to 3pm

Zumba Class

DJ on the Green 12pm-6pm

Free class and fun from 2pm to 3pm

New Street Face painting

Tug-O-War painting from 2pm to 6pm

Irish Dancers

Clare McKenna Irish

Music Stage

Live Bands from 7pm,

dancers from 3pm to 4pm

Annual Highlight, starts at 3pm

Free children’s faceSea Rescue Demo

Coastguard demonstration in the Estuary from 4pm

Cuba Nico Band

South American music 5pm to 6pm

featuring Loose Change Fit Kid’s Dance Group

Modern dance from

New Street

3pm to 4pm

Face-painting

Food Sampling

New Street restaurants

Gibney’s, Duffy’s

Live music in all venues from

and Gilbert&Wrights

10pm

show you their wares

Free children’s facepainting from 2pm to 6pm

Kids’ Fancy Dress

Kids fancy dress

Music Stage

Live Bands from 7pm,

comp with prizes, 3pm featuring ‘Hot Shots’

Church Road

and other games, starts at

Horticultural Show:

4pm

St Andrew’s Hall, Entry

Food Sampling

New Street Restaurants show you their wares

€3, children free, contact John Warren at 8453947 or

Gibney’s, Duffy’s and

Live music in all venues

087 2761761

Gilbert & Wrights

from 10pm

Art Alley in St Sylvester’s 12pm to 6pm Malahide Market

Church Road

St Sylvester’s 12pm to 6pm

Horticultural Show

St Andrew’s Hall Entry €3, children free, contact John

The Mall

Warren at 8453947 or 087

Art on Railings

2761761

Local Artists display their talent from 12pm to 6pm

Art Alley in St Sylvester’s 12pm to 6pm Malahide Market

St Sylvester’s 12pm to 6pm

Main Street Historical Photographic Expo

The Mall

Malahide Historical Soci-

Art on Railings

ety display their collection

Local Artists display their talent 12pm-6pm

of photographs at the new Credit Union office on Main Street

Main Street

Malahide Afloat

Expo

Historical Photographic Malahide Historical Society display their collection of

Malahide Yacht Club:

photographs at the new

‘Wicklow Vase’ Race Din-

Credit Union office on Main

ghies v. Keelboats, 1.30pm,

Street

prizes-giving at 5.30pm


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SERVICES Be Independent HomeCare wants to help

Wants to bring highquality home care to the community Q MIMI MURRAY malahide@gazettegroup. com

BE INDEPENDENT HomeCare in Malahide was set up by Alice Lucey and Caitriona O’Donovan in March this year and they currently employ 25 staff in the locality. Lucey, who is the Director of Care, says they hope to recruit many more staff in the future. Be Independent Ho m e C a r e s e r v i c e s range from companionship, personal support, meal preparation and general upkeep of the home, to support for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In addition to providing these services for older people, Be Independent Home Care also suppor t clients recovering from illness

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or injury, and younger disabled people Lucey, who trained in nursing, says it is time the industry was regulated and that she and O’Donovan want to bring a high-quality homecare service to the Malahide and North Dublin community. “I went off to Australia for a while after qualifying and there was a lot of homecare in Australia. I cared for a couple while there, and the other nurse on duty was Caitriona. That’s how we met. “It was a lovely way to keep people living at home. He had polio and she had serious weight problems and they just needed looking after. It was so much nicer than being in a nursing home and they had a routine. It was a lovely model of care and I thought, when I get old, I’d like this.’

“When I got home I decided to change my career, so I went back and did social care in Cork. I worked with homeless teenage boys and then went working for Focus Ireland. I worked there for about ten years, then I met Caitriona at Christmas and she asked if I would be interested in setting up HomeCare. There was a lot of talk about substandard home care providers and it is totally unregulated. Anyone can set up and there are not many set up and run by health care professionals. When the Prime Time programme came out it showed it needed to be regulated. “We have a very strict recruitment policy. We only ever recruit people we would have looking after our own parents. They have to have the BTEC Level Five; and

Be Independent covers a range of services, from companionship to meal preparation

there are eight modules in that, we reference check them all and Garda vet them. It can take a while. “Personality is important as well and you get a great feel for them when you get them in for induction. You get a good feel for how they interact with other people, too. We bring them out and chat to the client, too. It’s very much about matching client with carer. “We have 25 good

carers on our books at the moment but we are constantly recruiting. We are only concentrating on the north Dublin area, primarily Malahide. My belief is, if you keep it small you can keep the standards high.” Lucey says home care can be cost-effective as families can claim up to

41% tax back. “Caitriona helps the families fill out the forms so it makes it cost-effective. “I’m very passionate about it. I really enjoy it and love being able to help people.” For more information call 01 8283030 or go to www.beindependenthomecare.ie

ROAD RACE Fingal to stage a 10km race next year

A 10km road race will be held in Swords next June and will be advertised on a national scale in order to attract a large crowd to Fingal, Socialist Councillor, Eugene Coppinger, said this week. An initial meeting was held between the Sports and Events Department of Fingal County Council and other stakeholders two weeks ago. Cllr Coppinger, whose idea it was to launch such an event in Swords, said he is delighted because it will “get people off their bums and make them more active”. “We are handing over the organisation to Clonliffe Harriers and Fingallians so the next step is to organise a meeting with both of the clubs. “It will cater for the people of Swords and North Dublin. There will be a 10km race but we will also hold a 3km for parents and kids. That event will be free.

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PICTURES Gazettephotos.com is packed full of local pictures;

Part of Part of Cyril’s Fry model railway

Jennifer Dillon, Caroline Phelan and Patricia Gordan and Megan Browne with their father, Ken

Joshua Karabegovic

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Great-grandchildren of Cyril Fry – Jim Dillon, Nicola Phelan, Ross Phelan, Kayla Phelan and Carl Dillon

On track for a show YRIL Fry’s Model Railway was put through its paces when a special running was held. A group of rail enthusiasts, as well as some of Fry’s family members, turned out to show their support for the museum, which was evicted

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from its home. The hand-built and hand-painted model was very impressive as it darted around its track to the delight of onlookers. The event was organised by a protest group, Friends of the Fry Model Railway, in an attempt to

gather support to keep the model where it is. Chairman of the Model Railway Society of Ireland, John Hamill, said the railway is unique and precious, and should be kept in Malahide, “until the end of the summer at least”.

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HAVING A GRAND CUPPA THE Grand Hotel played host to the Malahide Chamber annual general meeting, which saw 50 members of the Chamber attend, including Barry Donaldson (Lions) and Vivienne Heavey (Malahide Credit Union). A number of local topics were covered, including a presentation on the Malahide Castle and Gardens project, and the Malahide Business Awards. There was a presentation by Deirdre Rochford of a new promotional video for Malahide as a place to work

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parents, who were all set to climb Kilimanjaro in June, held the fun day in order to raise money towards the climb. The highlight of the day was a dunk tank, which saw many splashing out for the chance to give some good-hearted volunteer teachers a cold dunking.

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DUNKIN’ DAY AT SCHOOL 1. Aoife Hand, Catherine Carty and Sarah Slevin 2. Danny Zeleke

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SCHOOL Teacher at St Andrew’s retires after 35 years

Morgan Gibson, Emma Taylor and Jack Morrow

Charlotte Greene, Yannaah Warsikig and Finn Ellingvoe

Trevor Richmond

Pupils, staff say goodbye to Ruth T WAS a lovely day for both teachers and students as they congratulated Ruth Slone for her 35 years of teaching. Ruth waved goodbye to students, colleagues and friends at St Andrew’s School, Malahide with a smile on her face and the sun shining down on the celebrations. The teacher got heart-warming goodbyes and best wishes as the children came out with cards and fond classroom memories on her departure day in a celebration of her career as a teacher. Reverend Dr Norman Gamble was also there, amongst others, to celebrate the 35 years of educational service and, together with her teaching colleagues and students, wish her the very best in the future.

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Rev Dr Norman Gamble was there to help celebrate Mrs Ruth Slone’s career

Teachers Elaine Anderson, Lorna Murphy and Emma Nathan Green

Gavin Dalton, Hannah Moore and Rachael Moore

Stout were there to celebrate Ruth’s 35 years

Rev Dr Norman Gamble, Trevor Richmond and Mrs Ruth Slone, with some of the school children

Aislinn Reid

Joyce Clegg was there to celebrate


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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC HARDWARE: DJ TECHNOLOGY IN YOUR HANDS

Numark setting system standards Q ROB HEIGH

WITH staying in becoming the new going out, more and more people are looking at how to bring the full experience of night clubbing home as well. Numark have long been at the forefront of DJing innovation, and, as the digital takeover continues to become ever more pervasive, they have continued to be at the cutting edge of new technology for those behind the decks. With their latest releases to the market pitched at opposite ends of the spec-

trum of users, Numark have put prospective DJs and experienced mixers alike at the top of their target markets. Their new hardware, in the form of the iDJ Live and the NS6, puts in the hands of DJs the tools to push themselves further into the experience of creating new sound sculptures, giving them score to be as creative and imaginative as these new products allow. With digital music being an integral part of everyone’s lives in 2011, the iDJ Live gives hopeful mixmasters a learning experience in the art

of DJing, while using the type of technology that’s completely commonplace for most people. Allowing integration of an iPad or iPhone running Algoriddim’s DJay app, the iDJ Live creates a complete digital DJing system. It’s also huge fun for the novice, giving complete control of the large platters and the ability to learn the skills of beatmatching, scratching and crossfading in a handson way, distinct from the touchscreen experience. iDJ Live is laid out to recreate the two-decksand-a-mixer set-up that

professional DJs prefer. It’s a perfect platform for the novice, and the competitive price makes it a viable device to dip your toe in the DJing waters. The NS6, on the other hand, is a digital DJ’s dream controller. With four-channel mixing becoming the norm, the NS6 is a heavyweight in terms of its seamless integration with the bundled Serato Itch software and its enormous range of features within its sturdy metal casing. It is one of the highest-specced single unit controllers on the market and is an indication that Numark

The Numark S6 is setting the standard for digital DJing technology

intend to continue to push boundaries for the coveted spot as the DJ’s technology of choice. Each of the four decks has its own controls and effects can be assigned to a deck by the click of a button. Searching your library is again all controlled from the NS6, meaning there is virtually no interaction with your

computer once in full flow. The silver platters are exactly that, as sensitive and responsive as any vinyl turntable, serving up fingertip control like almost no other controller, while switching between decks is a simple click away. In spite of not being a Serato user before, the

software’s plug and play integration with the unit’s functionality makes creating digital sets an instant pleasure. The process also benefits from the USB communication between the NS6 and your computer being equally instantaneous. For more information, see www.numark.com.


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TIME OUT A real-life experience of an online discount ‘deal’

An online deal led to an impromptu trip to Arklow and Avoca but the question Patricia Murphy (right) asks: Are these deals value for money or just a skimmed

Deal or no deal?

Q PATRICIA MURPHY Health & Fitness Consultant

Overnight Trip: Arklow and Avoca O Basic Costs

down recession version of the same product?

MOST of us are familiar with doing product research and reviews for specific goods online. We are looking to shop at discounted prices or find items not available where we live and shop. Even seasoned travellers can tailor-make exotic trips with relative ease, sometimes saving considerable money in the process. There has been a huge surge in the number of “deals” on offer, which arrive as emails on a daily basis. Once you sign up to any of the many networks, you get regular offers – anything from the smaller budget fish pedicures, car valeting, meal vouchers and waxing, all the way up to five-star hotels at apparently massive discounted prices. The question is – are we getting value for money or just a skimmed down recession version of the product? I was happy enough when a friend asked me to join in on an overnight trip to Arklow and Avoca. My experience the weekend before on an abseailing deal with my kids was very favourable and I was game to go for the two-in-a-row, especially as it was an experience I would not necessarily consider unless prompted. The focus for me was to hinge on the health, fitness and wellness aspects, this being my area of interest and expertise. Our road trip started at midday on a sunny Saturday, heading south from Dublin to Ashford, a mere 30 minutes away. The first

Twin/Double Room in Arklow Bay

€120.00 approx

Entrance to Mount Usher (€7.50 x 2)

€15.00

Walk/Dinner for two

€35.00

Estimated Cost for two people

€170.00

Deal Price for two people

€129.00*

*Before the 40% commission has been collected.

part of the “deal” was admission to either Wicklow Gaol or Mount Usher Gardens. We choose the latter. For two very peaceful, sunny hours, we ate freshly-prepared salad from the Avoca Garden Cafe, not included in the price, before immersing ourselves in the excitement and energy of nature going about its business. Walled gardens, giant lilies, fast-flowing waters and shady meadows welcomed us. A gentle meander before stretching out under a giant eucalyptus tree to catch some rays and capture the dance of the damsel flies in their turquoise beauty, flitting to and fro. I didn’t feel I needed to be an expert in gardening and trees to experience the benefits. Entry to the gardens is normally €7.50 per person. A bit of retail therapy followed across the road in Heels before arriving in Arklow Bay Hotel at about 4.30pm. A large wedding caused us a little concern initially, but having been assured that our room was well away from the function room, we proceeded to our basic, but adequate, accommodation. As we were due to be dining in Fitzgeralds in Ballyk at 7.30pm as part

of the deal, a quick trip to the jacuzzi, steam and sauna was all we could allow ourselves. The gym and pool, also available to guests, was well-equipped, clean, bright and airy. The nine-mile scenic drive time from Arklow to Avoca is approximately 20 minutes and, arriving at the pub, we were met by Tony, from Avoca Tours, seated and served very promptly. The fourcourse dinner was very average and uninspired. Storytelling and a music session was scheduled as our entertainment, while, in fact, only the storytelling took place. The content was weak and inappropriate to the venue and defiantly not accessible by the foreign travellers who chatted loudly the whole way through. Luckily for us, the music part of the evening took place back in our hotel, which was a bit of a nuisance for the few who were staying in B&Bs near Avoca. A bit of a mystery tour for the evening. Sunday’s part of the deal was a four- to fivehour guided hill walk meeting at 1pm back in Avoca. After enjoying a healthy, substantial breakfast, myself and my companion escaped to the deserted beach very near our hotel. A glorious hour of walking, stretching and tuning in to the rhythm of

life was the perfect warmup for the day. We arrived in good time and very chilled for the scheduled walk. Car packed, hotel checked out and ready to head for home straight after the walk. The walk itself was not a major challenge for us. I found some of the history and scenery interesting, but struggled on occasion to hear what our guide was saying. The group was very social and even a couple of handbag hikers joined us. The feedback from the group was generally good, with the majority of negative comments focusing on the food and entertainment. It was also a bit disappointing to spend a huge chunk of time road walking single file. Tony was very keen to share all his plans for the future and the strong community and tourist links that he actively cultivates. The online “deal” companies, which provide a platform to share events, can cost up to a whopping 40% commission. Doing a basic calculation for the whole package of €129 for two people, it’s clear to see the biggest loser here is the tour provider. Companies are prepared to take a hit these days and focus on loss leaders, which will pave the way for the good times ahead. It increases brand awareness and exposure, gets bums on seats and generates local spending and goodwill. On the whole, the overnight package and entrance to Mount Usher was very enjoyable as they are tried and tested.


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FOOD Asian cuisine at all-new eatery in Dundrum Town Centre

40 new jobs at newest Wagamama --------------------------

‘We held rigorous interview sessions with over 600 candidates and have chosen 40 fantastic employees’ --------------------------

nutritious food with helpful and friendly service, so, with this ethos, having an excellent workforce is really important to us and we’re excited to welcome all our new customers.” The new restaurant in Dundrum Shopping Centre officially opened on Friday 15 July and offers the usual array of mouth-watering appe-

tisers and salads, hearty noodles and soups and the famous fresh and healthy exotic juices. Wagamama can be found at Unit G1, building 12 Dundrum Town Centre (beside Harvey Nichols Menswear), Dublin 16 Tel: 01-2157188.

Restaurant Since it was born in Ireland in 1992 with the first restaurant in South King Street, Wagamama has seen growth throughout the country, with restaurants in Cork, Belfast and two more in Dublin, and has a total of 250 employees which has just increased to nearly 300 with the opening of the latest store on July 15, 2011. In the past year alone, Wagamama has given employment to 113 staff throughout Ireland.

143 years of Horse Show history ON JULY 28, 1868, the RDS held its first annual Horse Show on the lawn of Leinster House. In the 143 years since then, the Dublin Horse Show has become an equestrian institution, both in Ireland and across the world. Whether viewed as equestrian event, social occasion, tourist attraction or subject for literature and satire, the RDS Library’s Horse Show exhibition reveals the impact the Dublin Horse Show has had on the imagination of artists, designers and writers for over 100 years. Cartoons from the cover of the Dublin Opinion are a highlight. The iconic posters, and their original paintings, and the famous Kerrygold Horse Show posters will be a great source of nostalgia for many visitors to exhibition.

Fashion at the Dublin Horse Show is nothing new. The exhibitions displays advertisements and features from as far back as 1900 that show how Dublin department stores would reserve stock for customers that they knew would be travelling to Dublin for Horse Show week. Other elements to the exhibition include poems, extracts from literature, stamps, theatre posters and postcards, all great examples of how the Dublin Horse Show has become entwined in Irish life. A must-see for anyone who loves the Dublin Horse Show and its accompanying social life, this exhibition is open Monday–Friday, 10.00am–5.00pm from July 28 until August 30 at the RDS Library, Merrion Road, in Ballsbridge.

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POPULAR noodle chain, Wagamama, has just opened its fifth restaurant in Ireland at the Dundrum Shopping Centre, creating more jobs for the area. Christine Chung, operations manager for the company throughout Ireland said: “Growth of the company has been particularly fast over the past 12 months. “Wagamama is such a well-established brand and it’s fantastic for us as a company to be able to grow and to provide an opportunity for employment. “We held rigorous interview sessions with over 600 candidates and have chosen 40 fantastic employees,” Christine said. “Wagamama prides itself on its ability to provide great, fresh and

Bristles: Body-brush to get skin in tip-top condition

Locals are set to enjoy fresh noodle dishes at new Wagamama restaurant

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Body-brushing gets skin in tip-top shape Edited by Dawn Love

Treat the skin on your neck as you would the rest of your body with Daly Spa AS a former top model, Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly knows a thing or two about skincare. According to Daly, the neck is one of the most neglected parts of the body. The stunning mum-of-two says that, ideally, the neck should be treated as you would the rest of your body with specially targeted products. “An uncared for neck is a real age giveaway, so you ignore at your peril,” she says. Daly Spa Sexy Neck Tightening Spritz (right), €16/100ml, is a wonderfully refreshing spritz. Using oat straw extract, which adheres to the skin in a continuous film, it helps to smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and

wrinkles. Lightly fragranced with Monoï de Tahiti (made to the traditional Polynesian recipe by soaking Gardenia Tahitensis blossoms – Tiare flowers in rich, purified coconut oil) simply spray daily from the bottom of the neck to under the chin, gently rubbing into the skin and see results in just four weeks. Also available from the range is Daly Spa Bikini Body Cellulite Cream, €20/150ml and Daly Spa Curvy Girl Cleavage Cream,€20/150ml.

E all know we need to put in a few extra sessions at the gym to tone up before getting bikini-ready, but, if you want to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape, body-brushing is one of the most effective ways of seeing results and getting skin in peak condition quickly.

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Brushing skin for just a few minutes each day can make a big difference to skin health, revealing luminous, softer and more toned skin. Top skincare range VOYA’ s h a s j u s t launched a new exfoliating body brush, which is designed to give skin an invigorating workout, getting the lymph sys-

tem moving and helping to disperse any trapped toxins without being too harsh. It comes in an organic cotton bag and so is ideal for continuing daily brushing on the go. Cellulite

According to VOYA, body-brushing should be done before showering, on dry skin. Beginning at the toes, work upwards on the legs in long, firm strokes, working towards the back of thighs and bum to keep dreaded cellulite at bay! Brush the stomach in an anti-clockwise movement to aid digestion and continue up the arms towards the heart. The massaging action of VOYA’s Exfoliating Body Brush stimulates blood f low, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the surface of the skin. You can complete your body routine by massaging VOYA’s Softly Does It body moisturiser into still damp skin to lock in moisture and keep skin wonderfully hydrated.

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YOUR BIG DAY Gazette readers Alex and JP wed in Warsaw

AFTER living in Ireland for over five years, Polish native, Alex, and her French fiance, JP, tied the knot in the Polish capitol, Warsaw, recently. Alex works as a media analyst and discovered the Gazette while monitoring newspapers! Best of luck, folks.

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How to eat well after finally leaving the nest GET YOUR aprons on and head down to The Cookery School’s five-day cooking courses for young people at Donnybrook Fair’s Morehampton Road Store next month. The courses will help participants build confidence and independence in the kitchen, and are limited to 14 places per course per week. “Leaving the Nest” is a handson course for people aged 17 to 25+ on August 29 to September 2. This course is suited for those who are soon to leave, or who have recently moved away from home to start college. Participants will learn to make affordable, delicious meals, including breakfasts, packed lunches, supper dishes, curries and Sunday Roasts. The DF Kids’ Cookery Club Summer Camps is a series of five day classes for 10 to 16-year-olds on the weeks commencing July 25, August 8 and August 22. Participants will learn to develop essential kitchen and cooking

skills, as well as how to choose seasonable produce and plan a menu. The cookery classes take place from 10am to 2pm, and costs €200. The cost also includes a recipe booklet, a certificate, lunch and food costs. To book a place, call 01 668 3556 ext 205, or email cookeryschool@donnybrookfair.ie.

Here’s to going great lengths HEINEKEN has launched the second ad in a series created by independent Irish creative agency, Rothco. Gorgeous Girl went live on television on July 18, but Heineken fans and music lovers got a sneak peek before that by ‘Shazaming’ the song from the ad, Bossanova Baby by Viva Elvis Remix, when they heard the track played on the radio. The new ad features the brand’s new global tagline,

DIARY Open Your World, and tells the story of universal beer moments that open people’s world to new and different experiences, and depicts stories of consumers going to great lengths for their Heineken. The commercial shows the lead character using his wits to connect with a stunning woman at an airport bar. His quick thinking and resourcefulness leads to a connection that will later be retold with great excitement to his friends. Walter Drenth, marketing director Heineken Ireland said: “Gorgeous highlights the great lengths Heineken drinkers will go to, to get what they want, including a Heineken. Our consumers are a resourceful bunch, who like to create their own legendary stories that they can share with others.”

Stlyish ladies going Live THOSE four lovely ladies that grace our screen each evening are taking their Xposé Live in the City show to the Grand Canal Theatre this autumn. Taking place on October 22 and 23, Karen Koster, Lisa Cannon, Glenda Gilson and Aisling O’Loughlin are set to take the city by storm, with everything from the latest new season looks from international catwalks to Dublin’s best high street retailers and specialised boutiques on show. Visitors will be able to indulge their inner Goddess, with minimakeovers and beauty treats, and pop-up shops will spring up in unexpected locations around the city centre. Thirty-thousand visitors are expected to attend over the two-day event and each ticket will ensure a seat at the Xposé Live in the City Fashion Theatre Show.


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GazettePETS PETS

Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: THE QUICK-RELEASE CAT SAFETY COLLAR CAN SAVE YOUR CAT’S LIFE

Accessories that keep your cat safe T HIS week I want to dedicate my column to all cat owners and urge them to please, please be responsible and fit your Kitties with quick-release cat collarsand this is the reason why. Last week one of our inspectors brought in what we believe to be a four-month-old kitten who, unfortunately, discovered first-hand just how dangerous razor wire fencing can be; especially when you’re not wearing a quick-release collar and are rendered helpless when you try to free yourself. I won’t go into detail because I don’t wish to upset readers, but suffice it to say, by the time somebody found Kitty, alerted

us to her plight and our ambulance raced to the scene, heartbreakingly, she had gone beyond veterinary care. This was a very sad state of affairs that could almost certainly have been prevented if the cat had been wearing a quick-release collar. You see cats are naturally curious. I understand this – I’m a nosey old biddy myself. However, I’m an adult human who knows when she’s out of her depth; realising when to back off. But a cat won’t and will get herself into really tight spots; for example, hooked on a wire fence, caught in a tree branch, snagged on a window latch, etc. and she needs to be able to free herself quickly and

The collar keeps your cat safe and works as ID too

safely. So, what is a quickrelease collar and why are they important?

It’s a collar that has a breakaway clasp that snaps open under little or no pressure allowing your cat to release herself if she gets caught on an object. These collars are

recommended by all animal welfare organisations and every cat re-homed by us at the Dublin SPCA will be wearing one. Does this mean my cat doesn’t need a microchip if she gets out?

Your cat should be fitted with a microchip as a permanent means of

identification because the quick-release collar does exactly as its name states – it allows your cat free herself if her collar gets caught, trapping her and causing her difficulty. Once it latches onto something, Kitty tugs, collar flies open, kitty is released and off she runs, hence no ID. Again, all cats re-homed from the Dublin SPCA are fitted with a microchip before they leave our premises.

My cat’s an indoor cat; she doesn’t need a quick-release collar/ microchip?

Can I put a quickrelease cat collar on my dog?

How do I fit my cat’s collar?

Absolutely not! Dogs need to wear collars designed to stay on for use with their leads, but cats need to be able to wear collars that open up in the event of an emergency.

Yes, she does. What if she gets caught on a window latch while you’re out at the shops…how will she free herself? When she does manage to free herself, what if she escapes through an open door/window, gets frightened, disoriented? How will the finder identify her owner?

You know your cat’s collar fits correctly when you can fit two of your fingers between it and your cat’s neck. It’s important to know and understand what type of collar you’re looking for, and it’s very

much a personal choice, but, above all, the purpose of the collar is to provide identification, perform safely and be comfortable for your cat. So, please, if you’re a cat parent and want to ensure your feline friend is purrrfectly safe, and ensure your own peace of mind, then go out today and purchase a quick-release cat safety collar. Better still, drop into our gift shop, Central Bark, at the Dublin SPCA, Mount Venus Road, and check out our stock. Our vets will also be happy to microchip your animal for only €25. No appointment necessary. For more information log onto www.dspca.ie or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie


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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS

Plan for the winter conditions by taking a drive in the all-wheel-drive version of the Suzuki SX4, which is now available with a 2.0 litre diesel engine

Suzuki offers SX4 4x4 option MICHAEL MORONEY reminds readers to plan for winter as he

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UZUK I has a niche opportunity with the SX4 as there’s an option of a 4x4 version that’s compact and practical when it needs to be. Last winter’s snow and frostcovered roads proved that, for many drivers, especially in rural areas, there is a place for a small and compact 4x4 vehicle. With the weather that we’ve had in recent weeks it’s easy to forget December’s snowy conditions. I don’t want to take the gloss away from any recent bouts of good weather, but the reality is that, as we face into August, can winter be that far away? I had the small Suzuki SX4 on the road recently to try and assess its scope for our conditions. I know that I should have driven it earlier in the year when conditions would put it to the test, but the 1.9-litre

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SPECS: SUZUKI SX4 4X4 2.0 DDIS Top speed: 180 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.2 secs Economy:18.8 km/litre (5.3 l/100km) (53mpg) CO2 emissions: 139g/ km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Euro NCAP Rating: 4 Star (2006) Warranty: 3 years Entry Price: €20,950

diesel-powered Suzuki SX4 4x4 has only recently become available to me. T here is growing awareness of the challenges that winter driving presents, especially after the past two winters. And who knows just what lies ahead for 2011? Suzuki has an upgraded SX4 to answer that call. This is a small car that includes a 4x4 system to meet the winter road challenges. The latest SX4 comes

powered by a Fiat-built 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It’s a compact car that’s both lively and reasonably economical. For the current market, this 2.0-litre diesel engine is more than capable. It delivers good acceleration, with a rating of 11.2 seconds for a 0 to100km/hr run. That’s a shade slower than the more expensive Skoda Yeti, with marginally more power from a similar size engine. The SX4 has an economy figure of 18.8km/litre (53mpg). That I would consider is reasonably impressive, given that you have added weight with a 4x4 system underneath. My driving style gave a slightly lower average figure of 17km/litre and that comes reasonably near to what Suzuki claims. The car has a CO2 rating of 139g/km, which puts it into Band B motor tax rating. That means

a road tax level of €156 per annum; that’s about as low as it gets for a 4x4 vehicle, even if it’s a small one. On balance, the engine size is probably a shade on the big size for a car of this size, especially as car makers are downsizing on engines. I read recently that Fiat has signed a new deal with Suzuki for diesel engines and so, hopefully, the next generation SX4 will benefit from a new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel in the not too distant future. The key feature of the SX4 is the all-wheel-drive system. It allows the driver to select 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes to suit driving conditions, giving improved traction on low-grip surfaces. In 4WD-Auto mode, as soon as front wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically sent to the rear wheels to give all-wheel

traction and improve vehicle stability. The 4WD-Lock mode maintains full traction up to around 60km/ hr, before automatically switching to 4WD-Auto mode for smooth cruising. Selecting 2WD drive through the front wheels will obviously give the best fuel economy and that was the mode that I drove the SX4 for most of my test drive on good road surfaces. My off-road driving was limited to dry field conditions; these conditions were no major challenge for the SX4. Even so you can detect that extra traction when the 4WD mode is selected. The SX4 is not expensive to own, the running costs are competitive at 18.8km/litre and an annual service at 15,000km. The road tax rates are comparable.

Suzuki has a good tradition in terms of build quality and there is a three-year warranty deal that seems comprehensive. A space-saver spare wheel is also included. Suzuki lacks the inclusion of an electronic stability programme system as standard feature on the SX4 diesel version. The car is very functional so there’s not much included in the way of luxury. It is a very practical small car and reasonable value at €20,950, especially if you have a trade-in. I was impressed with the car’s simple style, economy and off-road system with reasonable 190mm off-road ground clearance. I found that, on longer runs, the car lacked a level of smoothness from the gearbox and suspension that’s now expected for greater comfort.

Mitsubishi unveils cheaper i-MiEV electric car MITSUBISHI has launched two new versions of the i-MiEV electric car in Japan, slashing the price on one and extending the range on the other to appeal to more consumers in the growing zero-emission market. Mitsubishi became the first major car

company to mass-produce pure electric cars with the egg-shaped i-MiEV. It has sold about 4,000 electric cars for sale under PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s brands. In the i-MiEV’s first remodelling, Mitsubishi will offer an entry-level “M”

version, with a lower price of about €22,391 with a shorter range of 120km (75 miles), compared with 160km (100 miles) for the previous model. The higher-grade “G” version can go 180km (110 miles) on a full charge measured under a stricter Japanese fuel

economy reading. Mitsubishi Motors will buy the smaller-capacity lithium-ion batteries for the i-MiEV’s “M” grade from Toshiba Corp. and continue using batteries made by its joint venture with Mitsubishi Corp and GS Yuasa Corp for the “G”.


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Interview: Davide Chicco Suleymano, Sous Chef, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

Serving up a focus on diner excellence DAVIDE Chicco Suleymano joined Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown in November, 2010. He was employed as Chef de Partie, and has recently been promoted to Sous Chef, in Forchetta Italian Grill & Pizzeria. Davide is originally from Rome and has an array of Italian cooking skills and experience, which he has shared with the kitchen team. He has shown huge commitment and dedication in carrying out his work. His dishes have proven to be extremely popular with guests, and the feedback has been excellent. During service, Davide will chat to the guests and also entertain children. He has established a new initiative – Kids Pizza Making – which sees any of the children who eat in the restaurant able to join Davide in making their favourite pizza at the “theatre kitchen” in the restaurant, with the children thoroughly enjoying this interaction. Davide takes a huge, vested interest in the progress of Forchetta. He reviews the evening sales and the feedback from the guests each night to ensure that the dishes he creates are exactly to the guest’s requirements. He has also recently created a new range of Italian Chef Specials for Sanctuary Bar. Davide will often come in on his day off to check on the restaurant chefs who cook in his absence, to ensure the consistency of the dishes he has created. He is very popular among his team and with guests, and he truly goes the extra mile in delivering excellent service – so much so, he has recently won tickets to the London Olympics in 2012 as part of a hotel service award.

Football Club.

Q: What was your first job? A: When I was 13, I spent a summer working in a small fish shop, starting at 8am and finishing at 8pm, six days a week.

my details online for the insurance company, the quote is €100 cheaper. Is there anything to stop me from getting the online price, even though I am an existing customer - €100 is a big enough difference? Johnny – Rathmines A – MOST financial institutions and insurance companies want you to apply online and use the social networks rather than labour-intensive methods. What you are also experiencing is discrimination – even some of the current deposit takers advertise their new savings products with warnings: “New funds only” – and you should certainly not put up with accepting your renewal insurance at a higher price from the same company! Call them up and ask if you can avail of the online quotation. If they say no, ask them to cancel your renewal – and apply online as a new customer. Better in your pocket than theirs! LIFE COVER Q - WE ALREADY have life cover on our mortgage but now, with a new child, is there a need for further life cover, and what other insurance cover would you recommend us to consider at this time ? Joan - Castleknock Davide Chicco Suleymano, Sous Chef, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

A - THIS is a sensible and responsible approach to raising a family. What happens if you die sud-

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Starters and desserts are delegated to Paulo; I look after the main courses.

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Football and water polo. Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: I’ve just won tickets to the London

gorgonzola cheese, or lobster and Torta Della Nonna (grandmother’s cake, Italian-style).

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously?

A: Dire Straits.

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: New York, or Rio de Janeiro.

some weight.

A: The dish shop when I was 13 – I

Q: Describe your dream meal?

couldn’t play, all summer, and I stank of fish!

A: Porcini mushrooms, topped with

you have dependents, and up to their third level and means the full amount of cover is payable

A: My birthday next week; I’ll be 36.

A: Sampling the food; I’d like to lose

tection, up to 10 times your annual income once

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Seven.

Q: What music do you have on your iPod/iPad?

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed?

should have life cover outside of mortgage pro-

education – this is called Level Term Insurance,

Q: What is the best thing about it?

Q: What habits would you like to lose?

husbands could not afford to pay the true worth

A: City sightseeing.

Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?

plate!

There is a major financial issue, apart from

of stay-at-home mums if they had to. Ideally, you

A: Jedward.

A: Forchetta Restaurant, on Facebook.

children should focus your mind on these issues.

A: Dame Edna.

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward?

A: I don’t have a desk – I have a hot

cannot work, or are made redundant? Having

emotional, should one of the parents die. Most

Q: When did you start your present job? A: November, 2010.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook?

denly – either partner – or what happens if you

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna?

Olympics for service to the hotel – I never thought this was a possibility!

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be?

CAR INSURANCE more than €400 for the year. However, if I fill in

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: It was 100 lira a week.

A: The quality of the ingredients, and the high standard of cooking and presentation being used here at the hotel.

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Cyprus - a holiday rich in both sun and culture FEW countries can blend the past with the present as seamlessly as Cyprus. Visitors to the birthplace of Aphrodite are in for a feast of historic sites and landmarks, before relaxing on endless golden beaches and soaking up the island’s vibrant nightlife. The lush resort of Paphos is famed for its quiet coves and sandy bays. Alongside the town’s many inviting taverns, fish restaurants and bars, there’s a wealth of culture to uncover, from the Tomb of the Kings to Aphrodite’s Rock. On the eastern side of the island, Nissi Bay and Protaras are popular locations for visitors. The former is a haven for watersports and for families looking for a relaxed holiday. Alongside snorkelling, scuba diving and perhaps the best beaches in Cyprus, Portaras offers shops, bars and nightlife all within easy reach. Sunworld has weekly flights from Dublin to Cyprus. Departing July 24, seven nights selfcatering is on offer at the 3-star Sofianna Apartments in Paphos for €495 while the 3-star Kapatanios Bay Hotel in Protaras is from €549 on a bed and breakfast basis. Half-board at the 4-star Iliada Beach Hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Protaras beach, is available for €729 per person, departing September 4. Prices are per person based on two sharing. “Cyprus is still undiscovered terrain for many sun package holidaymakers,” says Sharon Harney, of Sunworld Holidays. “Those who do know it appreciate its unique charm and the great variety it offers to sunseekers of all kinds - young and old. As a result, we get lots of repeat visitors to the island.” To book call Sunworld on 0818 20 20 20, log on to www.sunworld.ie or visit your nearest travel agent.

IT was time for the annual migration of my mum to West Cork for the summer. But, this year, I had an idea – why don’t we go a different route and complete the trip over two days, stay in a hotel overnight and have a good meal? R e a l l y m a ke i t a mother/daughter trip. I loved the idea, and so did she. We decided to hit Tullamore, a town I had never been to, but about which I had heard great things, and we chose to stay in the Bridge House Hotel in the centre of town. I have stayed in many a four-star hotel, some good, some not so good, but, because my mum was with me, and I was treating her (for a change!), I really wanted it to be good. I was not disappointed. W hen we arrived, there was a wedding taking place, and as soon as I clocked some tie-less men and “tangoed” women, I worried that we were going to be kept up all night with revellers. But, we persevered, and the checking-in process was swift, efficient and enjoyable, with the reception staff looking after us very kindly. We were booked in to a suite, with a double

bed, and two singles - a coupled with a side of room that oozed com- uber-tasty spud gratin). All of this was teamed fort, featured tea and coffee making facilities, with vegetables – it was (hoteliers take note, a meal to be reckoned this is important to us with, both delicious and customers) and a large copious, a joy. We shared a pavlova bathroom – I breathed for dessert, and we were a sigh of relief. As we headed down stuffed. to dine, I was struck by how many things were Sound sleep going on in this hotel; After a sound sleep, t h e r e s t a u r a n t w a s never once subjected to packed, apparently with the feared rowdy activiteachers celebrating the ties, we enjoyed a wonend-of-term; there was derful breakfast. so many women in the When I was leaving dining room, I thought I the restaurant, I headed was at a feminist rally. into the bar and witT h e c o n s i d e r a t e nessed at least 70 peowaiter, recognising my ple, presumably locals, mum’s years, slipped e n j o y i n g a c a r ve r y us into a quiet corner – breakfast. very attentive and very To position itself as much appreciated. part of the town’s fab--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

‘A hotel that we should be proud of, it’s extremely well-run, supercomfortable, and great value. If that’s not a hotel that will survive this recession, then no hotel will’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------And then, there was ric, and to be able to the food. attract this kind of local It was great – two business, just shows amazing retro-prawn that this hotel really is c o c k t a i l s k i c ke d i t awesome. off, stuffed with king T he Bridge House prawns. Hotel has the usual leiThis was followed by sure centre and a small a Gaelic steak for me spa. (steak with a cream and I booked myself in for whiskey sauce). a mini-facial and back The chicken Bridge massage; be assured, House for mum (chick- these girls don’t mess en stuffed with potato, around. mushroom and spinach I specified a firm masin a fab creamy sauce sage, and that’s what I

got, and the facial was bliss. Afterwards, you are directed to the “egg”! “What is that?” I hear you say. Well, it’s a smidge claustrophobic, but you get inside and chill out while the seat vibrates as you look at the stars. Apparently it’s the only one in Ireland; O s c a r W i l d e wo u l d have loved this. T he Bridge House Hotel is a hotel that we should be proud of, it’s extremely well-run, super-comfortable, and great value. If that’s not a hotel that will survive this recession, then no hotel will.

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CityTravel Explore New York at a reasonable price FOR those wanting more from their mini-break, New York is home to a plethora of fantastic museums and art galleries, as well as almost 2,000 public parks – offering plenty of fresh air to stir the senses. What’s more, Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, is at the centre of New York University’s campus, but is open to the public for art events, lectures and gallery talks throughout the summer. In addition, every Tuesday until early August the Washington Square Music Festival offers free classical and jazz concerts. Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, the newly re-launched NYMA, the New York Manhattan Hotel is one hotel close to the action. It offers complimentary continental breakfast, wi-fi and phone calls nationwide, plus children aged 12 and under stay for free. Prices in July and August start from €67 per person, based on two sharing. For more details visit www.thenewyorkmanhattanhotel.com

Spoilt for choice during Stockholm’s summer

offers some luxurious leisure facilities during your stay, aside from its bar and restaurant

STOCKHOLM is a city filled with things to do in summer. Being surrounded by water (Stockholm is an archipelago), it is so clean that visitors can take a swim right in the city centre. During the endless summer nights, Stockholmers gather in outdoor bars and restaurants to celebrate the fact that the sun never really sets before rising again. Djurgården, the greenest island in Stockholm, is great for a relaxing ride along beautiful bike paths taking in some beautiful scenery. The Old Town is the gem of Stockholm and a visit here should not be rushed. Take a stroll through the narrow, cobble-stoned alleys and sit down in one of the squares for some people-watching. A city built on 14 islands offers an infinite number of stunning water views. You can choose from one of the many boat tours, lounge on deck while enjoying the sea breeze and the skyline from the water. SAS fly direct from Dublin to Stockholm from as little as €69 one way, including all taxes and charges. Visit www.flysas.ie for more details.

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GoingOUT GoingOUT MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Victor’s Dung WRITER and director, Seamus O’Rourke, stars in his own production, Victor’s Dung, alongside Tommy Sharkey and Charles McGuinness. Victor Maguire is Cavan farmer, who is a remarkably vulgar, boorish and un-PC man living on his farm yard, characterised by its own dung heap. Things go drastically different one Friday morning for Victor, with hilarious results. Saturday, July 23. Admission: €12/10

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Plaza Suite ROUGH Magic Theatre Company Theatre’s Plaza Suite is one of Neil Simon’s most popular and celebrated plays. The play focuses on the misadventures of three very different couples as they face important moments in their lives, all in the same hotel room in the world famous Plaza Hotel. Laughter is guaranteed with this witty, funny and clever play. Running until Saturday July 30 [excl. Sundays]. Mon-Fri: 8pm and Sat: 3pm and 8pm. Admission: €17.60/€18/€20/€22/€25.00

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Dublin Flamenco Festival THE Dublin Flamenco Festival will take place in The Helix, commencing on July 23 with a lead performance from Rafaela Carrasco. Following that, there will be several solo and group performances from some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and singers including singer, Antonio Campos on Sunday July 24. Saturday July 23 – Sunday July 31. Tickets: €33,€30,€29,€26

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Desmond Kenny - Past and Present DUBLIN 15-based artist Desmond Kenny is showing both old and new work at Draiocht this summer as he is welcomed to both the ground floor and first floor. The artist has had an active relationship with the centre for the 10 years it has been open, holding a solo show there in June 2001. This will be the first big exhibition of Kenny’s new venture into abstract painting. Kenny’s new work tries to tap into the childlike creativity that breaks free from art history by removing all figuration from the work. His earlier figurative work will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery at the same time. Until Saturday August 27. Admission: Free

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band FROM the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley and some living country music performers, comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band — five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth. Thursday, July 21 at 8.30pm. Admission: €18.

Damien O’Kane DAMIEN O’Kane comes to Seamus Ennis Centre on July 22. The young player is earning a growing reputation for being a creative and exciting musician and singer. His banjo playing in particular has led him to being regarded as one of the finest Irish players on the scene today and he is winning accolades as a singer, focusing on songs from his native Northern Ireland. He his probably best-known for his work with Shona Kipling and Flook but has recently been a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band. This is not one to be missed as O’Kane is certainly a rising star. Thursday, July 21 at 8.30pm. Admission: €16.

After ten years and eight films, the Harry Potter film franchise comes to an epic close with The Deathly Hallows: Part II. Fans and critics alike are all geared up for what at the very least promises to be a wand-erful finish to the series.

Still some magic left After a decade-long saga, Harry Potter is back for one last shake of the wand with The Deathly Hallows: Part II Q JONATHAN KEANE

IT FEELS like Harry Potter just won’t go away. Over the last decade the franchise has completely overrun the worlds of cinema and books, and pop culture as a whole, capturing both adults and kids in equal measure, some of which are unnervingly fanatical and loyal. But now it comes to an end. As the story of everyone’s bespectacled wizard progressed, so did the depth of the plot and sub-plots. The heavily layered tale crafted by JK Rowling, on page, and David Yates (for the last four films) on screen, resulted in needing complete commitment from the viewer, often leaving behind those that aren’t diehards. For those that loved and lapped up each of the books, it’s been an exciting couple of years, anxiously awaiting each movie instalment with a

FILM OF THE WEEK: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II +++ (12A) 130 mins Director: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter

OUR VERDICT: THE only real weakness in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is that it is not an inclusive film – it’s a film for loyal followers that have been frothing at the mouth since the first book and film. The film excludes anyone who has avoided the films before as they’ll have to wade through the entire saga if they want to catch up. Readers can catch up with Kate upon her proper return, next week.

bated breath, and indeed a critical eye, observing each nuance of the book, hoping it translates to the big screen or erupting in outrage when something is omitted or poorly portrayed. The Deathly Hallows, the concluding book in the saga, was so vast in detail and scope that crafting only one film was a nigh on impossible task so it was split into two films. The first part, released in November of last year, ended with people simply craving more and more.

The eight-month wait must have seemed like an eternity but the wait is finally over. Like all the predecessors, The Deathly Hallows: Part II will be divisive in some circles and unifying in others. The great debate of book-to-film adaptations will continue. Harry Potter wasn’t the first, and it most certainly won’t be the last. People will argue that, while the film has remained loyal to the book for the most part, it’s just not quite 100%

there. While on the other end of the spectrum, it could be argued that some fat could have been trimmed, with minor characters being cut or minimised here and there, or some scenes could even be dropped. Regardless, if you’ve loved the films in any way then it’s unlikely you’ll find any major flaw with its concluding affair. D a n i e l R a d cl i f f e , though still partially annoying, still brings Harry to life and Lord Voldemort is the unruly, evil presence that’s been seething since the very beginning. Of course, this is not a film you can just wander into the cinema some evening and see. The series is completely immersive and the long-time followers will be enthralled once again, while a newcomer with no experience of the other films will be lost and

confused, possibly looking around the cinema awkwardly. Either way, the film is a fitting end to a long, and box-office destroying, era. Now, with the film franchise over, there’s a massive void left in cinema. Somewhat similar to when The Lord of the Rings concluded, it begs the question of where huge production fantasy films will venture to next. It wouldn’t be one bit surprising that somehow, somewhere, someone manages to bang out a spin-off of some kind. Add to that the recent news that Rowling is writing and has done “quite a lot”, we may just see Harry Potter again in some fashion, perhaps enjoying a not quite as adventurous adult life. Look out for Harry Potter and The Curse of the Mortgage Repayments, coming to theatres summer 2025.


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Moves to tame roaming charges ADAM MAGUIRE

IF YOU have a bill phone, and if you have travelled abroad in the last few years, there is a good chance you got an a nasty shock on your return. Roaming has proven to be an expensive thing to do, especially now that many phones want to pull in information from the internet, too, and so it can be easy to end up with a big bill after your break away. However, in the EU at least this is changing, and natural competition seems to be driving down costs, too. So, here is a little bit of good news for anyone heading overseas in the coming weeks and months. A few years ago, the EU decided it was going

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abroad might still get a fright. That should change next year but, in the meantime, operators are forced to send warning texts when people start to spend too much. to force mobile phone companies to cut roaming costs; this was after a long time of pushing them to do it themselves. As of the start of June, the prices came down again – to a maximum of 35c per minute for a call, and 11c for a text.

Domestic rates The plan is to keep pushing rates down lower every year until they are the same as what people pay domestically. Unfortunately, data rates have not been capped just yet, so people using smartphones

Mobile roaming changes At the start of the summer, Meteor announced all calls and texts within certain European countries would be the same as ones made locally. They have been advertising it a lot ever since, and it seems to have gained a lot of customer interest. Not to be left behind, Vodafone have unveiled an offer that will allow users to have free data roaming when abroad for the months of July and August. After that, the prices

will probably go back to normal, so enjoy it while you can!

If all else fails The EU rules obviously only apply to European countries so, if you are travelling to Asia or the US, you can still end up getting stung with a big bill. In order to avoid this, consider investing in a MaxRoam SIM card (from maxroam.ie) , which promises to cut roaming costs significantly. It works just like a normal SIM card and does not require any special codes – the magic of it comes when it acts like a local connection in the country you travel to. This means you get local rates, rather than high-cost roaming

charges. Their rates on calls, texts and data all promise to be well below what you would get when using your own SIM card, and, as it is pre-pay, you do not have a bill to shock you at the end of it all.

Apple iMac

APPLE are masters at making computers look beautiful, and the iMac is no exception – though it is an expensive example of the company’s talents.

Perched on a slim base, the Apple iMac looks like a rather slick flat-screen monitor, and nothing more. In actual fact, the entire computer is housed within its metallic frame. This all-in-one

approach is something that has been copied lately by other computer makers, but none has done it quite so well, and quite so stylishly. Of course, the iMac is about more than the

looks of its hardware – it also packs quite a punch under the hood. Its cheapest iteration comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of R AM and a 500GB hard-drive; all quite impressive numbers. However, that is the one drawback of the iMac – its cheapest version is not all that cheap. The basic machine clocks in at a whopping €1,149 and, while you get far more than you would in a cheap PC, there is no denying that it is still a steep investment to make. The iMac is available from the online Apple Store, from €1,149. Visit teic.ie for the latest tech news, reviews and views.


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DIVING: YOUNG LOCAL STARS FROM NAC CLUBS TAKE HONOURS IN SHEFFIELD EVENT

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TEN young Irish divers made a splash this weekend at a top British competition, coming home with a string of medals and a series of personal bests. Six young divers from the Shamrock Diving Club and four from the Dublin Diving Club, both of which are based at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, competed against a high-

quality field in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield over four days. The biggest Irish team ever to take part at a UK national age group level netted a haul of four bronze medals, including the first ever podium finish for Irish synchro divers. The impressive performance by six girls and four boys clearly demonstrate how far diving has come in this

country. “This was an excellent result for Irish diving and demonstrates how far the sport has come in the last year,” said Sonya Kerr, coach of Shamrock Diving Club, who travelled with the team for the competition at the Pond’s Forge arena, which was attended by 200 young divers from across Britain and Ireland. Leading the Irish charge were Sean McCormack, from Rathfarn-

The ten members of the Shamrock and Dublin Diving Clubs in Sheffield for the championship event

ham, and Jack Ffrench, from Maynooth. The two 15-years-olds, who are members of Shamrock Diving Club (SDC), tasted individual success but the dive partners also won a historic bronze for their synchro performance for ages 14 to 18.

McCormack scored a bronze for his performance in the Boys’ Group A Platform competition, while Ffrench also had a prestigious third-place finish in the Boys’ Group B three-metre springboard event. Their achievements

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Happy times for the cup winners

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Fingallian’s junior ladies’ football B team

Fingallians’ girls hail their success in championship INGALLIAN’s junior ladies’ football B team topped off a fine, league-winning, season with a 7-7 to 1-3 victory over Thomas Davies at Balheary recently that sealed their title victory in emphatic style. Though the final margin of victory was convincing, Fingallians’ manager Paddy Mulligan suggests that it was a closer-run thing than the scoreline suggested. The game was tight enough in the first half, but after some stirring half-time words from the management team, the team came out in the second half to blitz Thomas Davis off the park. “I felt that our girls were a little bit too nervous in the first half, and they didn’t play their normal style of relaxed football. They rushed some decisions, so we asked them at half-time to sit back and take it a bit easier, and not rush their play.” said Paddy. It has been an excellent season thus far for the Fingallians’ ladies, having secured the Adult Division 5B title by four points from Clontarf. They are now looking forward to emulating that success in the coming championship.

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The bubbly was flowing...

Some stirring half-time words were needed from the management team

...as the girls prepared to accept the cup...

Even supporters got in on the act

...and their smiles said it all at the end of the campaign


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Coolmine kicks on for the future

Luke Corcoran’s Coolmine gym has become a hotbed of martial arts talent in its short time in existence, and is looking to build on its success IN THE corner of the clammy room stands a man of average height, average build, but with an untameable fire in his eyes. Methodical in his approach, he scans the room looking for points to raise with his budding athletes. No one would have believed him at this point - that this gym, his dream, would go onto be a well-respected one in the business of martial arts just one year on, but Luke Corcoran only ever needed one man to believe in him — and that was himself. Beginning in the summer of last year, Corcoran began teaching a single class every week on the back of the training he received from his father, Eddie Corcoran, in traditional Japanese Jujitsu and his Judo training under

former Olympian, Kieran Foley. A black belt in both disciplines, Corcoran began teaching to only a handful of students every week after he gained a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), which focuses on grappling and ground fighting, and which was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. The Coolmine BJJ club was assisted in its establishment by Paul Fox, a purple belt in BJJ, and a champion in both Ireland and America, on their way to their first team outing for the club.

First fighter The first fighter to represent the club came in the form of Kevin Doyle, who lined out for the club at white belt in the Irish Open in October of last year.

Quickly gaining a reputation for his wrestling ability, Doyle dismissed his opponent in his firstbout, but, unfortunately, lost his second. Meanwhile, Corcoran

Five medallists emerged from the Informed Performance tournament in the shape of Doyle, McCabe, Savage, Luke Carroll and McLoughlin, showing the Blanchards-

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himself went on to claim the Irish championship in the same event. The first competition team for Corcoran’s CBBJ gym was made up of Kevin Doyle, Daire McCabe, Sean Savage, Luke Carroll, Craig McLoughlin, Stephen Burke, Petesy Carroll and Mark Geiran, who took part in their first competitive event in Glasnevin last April.

Members of the Coolmine BJJ gym before the Munster Open

town gym as one to watch for the future. More focus went into training after the successes at the Glasnevin tournament, and Corcoran upped the ante to two days a week, training one day in the traditional style and the other in mixed martial arts form, one similar to the popular American promotion, UFC. Again, in April, medals came in abundance, with Kevin Doyle, Sean Savage, Robert Burke, Stephen Burke, Brian Wall, Conor Malone and Alan O’Gorman claiming for the club at another Informed Performance event. Coolmine BJJ set up home in Coolmine Industrial estate, after being invited to use the facility by Spartan Martial Arts coach, and kickboxing world champion, Robbie McMenamy. Corcoran started to train all facets of the

fight game, with Dean O’Sullivan, a veteran boxing trainer, taking control of stand-up training. With the club again upping the ante to four training days a week, the fruits of their labours were proved at the Munster Open in July. The team’s first outing in traditional BJJ saw ten competing and four medalling — McLoughlin, Monnelly, Greaney and Corcoran himself. T he Blanch-based club finished their season with three outings in the MMA leagues, where Kevin Doyle, Robert and Stephen Burke went out and claimed victories for the club. “This has been an unbelievably successful season for us,” said an enthusiastic Corcoran. “We have managed to coach complete beginners to competent Mixed Martial Artists in an extremely short space of time. “We had our first grading in which as a team we received two belt promotions and 30 stripes altogether from one of Ireland’s greats, John Kavanagh. “Next season we’re going to push for even more success and I’ve every faith that we can do it,” said Corcoran. Coolmine BJJ trains people from ages of 13 and upwards. For information contact club manager Paul Murphy on 087 912 7951.

FastSport Girls take place as part of Harmony tournament THE Harmony soccer tournament will take place this year at Sportslink, Santry, on Saturday, August 20. The competition was initially developed as a cross-border football tournament for boys. It now caters for 32 teams across five sections — boys, girls, Special Olympics, Powerchair and Irish Street Leagues, with teams coming from communities in Northern Ireland, Germany, Italy, Cork, Meath and Fingal. This year’s event will also cater for U-11 and U-13 girls, with a soccer festival being held on the day to promote the underage girls’ game. For further information on the Fingal Invitational Harmony Tournament contact Joe Corr: info@corr.ie or 087-6815811


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Malahide RFC hosting kids’ summer camp MALAHIDE RFC’s Kids Rugby Summer Camp will take place on August 8 to 12 in Estuary Road. The camp is for boys and girls between the ages of six and 14, with an action-packed and fun-filled week of rugby activity. The camp will be supervised by fully qualified coaches and each kid will receive an MRFC goody bag. Activities will start at 9.30am and run to 1.30pm each day. The price for one child is €75 while multiple children are €65 each. Registration and payment via the club website only, http://malahiderfc.ie

Hockey club seeking coach MALAHIDE hockey club are currently looking for a hockey coach to train their colts Under-16 teams. Training takes place one night a week and on Sundays in Broomfield and attendance by the coach is required at weekend matches. The club are looking for an experienced coach who has completed level 1 or 2 courses. If interested please forward your CV to kellyje@gmail.com.

Car boot sale at Seabury MALAHIDE RFC is hosting a car boot sale on Sunday, July 24 with all proceeds going to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Seabury. The event gets underway at 11.30am

and will also feature a barbecue, bouncy castle and ice cream stand. To book a pitch call 086-7 313354. Prebooked cars cost €10.

Cricketers end losing run MALAHIDE cricket club’s third eleven ended their losing streak in fine style and upset Phoenix II, one of the form teams of division four. Winning the toss and batting first, Malahide were led by Adam Shehaberddin (152 off 128 balls) and skipper Hamish Manks (36), maintaining over five runs per over. Although they lost quick wickets near the end, pinch-hitting Alan Reynolds put up 41 off 20 balls to set a challenging 286. The Phoenix response was a brave effort but not enough to avoid Malahide posting a 59-run win.

Gary Thompson was able to bring back some of the form that saw him claim back-to-back podium finishes earlier in the season

Thompson’s top five in Fuji sport@gazettegroup.com

LOCAL driver Gar y Thompson overcame a frustrating Japanese Formula 3 Championship outing at Fuji International Speedway to score a pair of top-five finishes in rounds six and seven last weekend. I r e l a n d ’s p r o m i s ing junior single-seater ace had earmarked the former Japanese Grand Prix venue as the place to re-affirm his National Class title aspirations having notched up a double podium there last month. Indeed, Thompson’s SGC by KCMG squad

had worked hard to improve his Toyota since then and was confident that set-up changes would achieve just that. Initial free practice confirmed as much but when it came to Saturday’s qualifying, raw pace was sadly lacking, leaving Thompson to line-up no better than fifth and sixth on the grid for the weekend’s two races. Despite admitting his frustrations, the Aviation Display and Cebu Pacific Air-backed 19-year-old battled gamely throughout a dry and extremely hot opening race to come home fifth and at

Classic Mearnog’s: Local GAA club host 13th annual golf tie THE 13th anniversary of the Naomh

Mearnog Golf Classic took place in Malahide Golf Club last week. The day was once again a great success, with 34 teams competing. The shotgun event, which featured a barbecue on the 9th hole, prizes for the winners and after-dinner entertainment all contributed to a fine event. The club wish to thank the players, the sponsors, Joe Reale and the organising committee.

least register what might prove vital points come the end of this season. With little time to make effective changes before race one, the team worked hard to improve the car’s performance overnight ahead of Sunday’s second. There would be few opportunities to demonstrate their full effectiveness though after Thompson was squeezed into a spin on the run down to the first corner having made another of his trademark lightning getaways. Only a battling performance while nursing a damaged and

ill-handling car over the remaining 21 laps would ensure he rescued another fifth place and handy points haul. Speaking about the weekend’s racing, the Donabate man said: “I can’t hide the fact that we’ve had a challenging weekend. We made a lot of changes since the last round here in June, which we thought would yield those couple of extra tenths that could turn our string of podiums into wins. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Having said that, it’s important in these challenging situations to find the posi-

tives. While two fifths were less than ideal, we at least registered some solid points which might prove crucial at the end of the season. “Race two could have also been a lot worse but I was encouraged that the changes made before Sunday allowed me to fight my way back up the order. The top five were all very close so without the contact we’d have been right in the hunt. We’ll dust ourselves down and move on to the next round.” This year’s Japanese F3 Championship continues at Motegi on August 6 and 7.


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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST SYLVESTER’S ANY late changes to fixtures will be

Panner’s summer camps continue

available as usual on www.stsylvest-

this week, and his next one starts on

ers.ie.

August 8, with the final one on August

We had another great weekend with three victories from three games for the adult football teams.

15. Next Saturday, Claudine and Brian play in the club.

The seniors beat local rivals, Fingal

Dublin City Public Libraries has

Ravens, and the intermediates beat

created a new online image gallery -

St Finian’s.

The Jacks Are Back - The Dubs In The

The juniors won their game away to St Mary’s. The junior 9s lost their championship match to Ranelagh Gaels after

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extra time on Thursday. They put in

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FINGAL RAVENS St Sylvester’s proved more than a match for Fingal Ravens at Rolestown last week

Fingal Ravens 0-6 St Sylvester’s 1-16 STEPHEN FINDLATER sport@gazettegroup.com

REIGNING champions St Sylvester’s moved a step closer to a return to the play-offs in Rolest ow n l a s t S a t u r d ay evening, toughing out a tight first half before taking flight in the second. It leaves the Malahide club needing just one win from their final four league ties to make the end-of-season showdow ns. For Ravens, it means they have a nervous look over their shoulder, two points clear of the relegation play-off zone. The hosts were boosted by the availability of Darren Daly, despite having played a trial game with the Dubs earlier in the day. Syl’s had rested M i c h a e l M c C a r t hy, but it was their intercounty full-for ward line of Nigel Dunne

(Offaly), David Glennon (Westmeath) and, on a special weekend for his namesake, Darren Clarke (Louth) who amply filled the scoring roles. Between them, they notched 1-12, transforming a bitty first half, which ended 0-5 each, into a romp, including the goal that broke the back of this tie in the 36th minute. It was beautifully worked, Dunne and Glennon exchanging a sublime one-two around the floundering defence for the latter to palm in. Clarke was the instigator, fielding a monster Robbie Wallace kick-out and Ravens were not to score again, conceding ten straight points as they struggled travelling up the hill. A fine spell leading up to half-time had them very much believing. Warren Finnegan’s booming left foot had them on the board with a fine 45 – Ravens will debate whether it was

necessary after they felt Niall Tormey’s piledriver was expertly pushed over the bar by Robbie Wallace. Finnegan, though, meant it did not linger in a half which saw numerous efforts up for debate by the respective sides as the game struggled for flow. Clarke’s trio of frees, and one each from Dunne and Glennon, had edged Syl’s into a three-point advantage, Finnegan striking four times while Tormey was a lively presence coming through from the half-forward line. But the second half was all one-way traffic

win a home against our neighbours,

fields this Friday, July 22 at 7.30pm

Ballyboughal, in the league on Sun-

away in 12th Lock in the league.

day. Best wishes to Eoin Convery who

Tickets for All-Ireland final (date,

Ravens routed by Sylvester’s surge AFL 1

THE senior team play Lucan Sars-

as John Coughlan and Ross Hazley began to boss the midfield areas, with the slope certainly working to their advantage. Alan Casey did make it even at six a-piece early in the second period but Glennon’s goal started the rot. Brian Sexton was a wily presence at the base of the Syl’s moves as the hosts struggled to keep up. The scores kept flowing, Clarke adding four frees while John Murphy and David Bannigan also weighed in to run up a comprehensive final score and take first spot in the AFL1 table.

time and opponents TBC) must be ordered by 8pm this Thursday, July 21, by text to Desy on 087 995 7429. Junior A team had a good win over St Monica’s in the championship last Tuesday. They now play Parnells in the finals, they also had a good win away to St Brigid’s in the league on Sunday. Junior D team had a good win over Beann Eadair in the championship last Thursday; they now play Cuala in the next round, they also had a good

injured his shoulder in that game. The minor team had a good win away to St Maur’s in the league on Friday. The ladies team had a good win at home to Ranelagh Gaels in the cup last Wednesday. We would like to send get well wishes to Chuck Kennedy. Committee meeting this Thursday, July 21, at 7.30pm in Kettle’s Hotel. There was no lotto winner, numbers were 17, 21, 22 and 31. €20 goes to Betty Fox, Ciaran Kiely and Mrs K Kinsella.

FINGALLIANS THANKS very much to Padraig Dur-

still no guarantee on the club get-

kan and his team on a very success-

ting a badly needed extra pitch so

ful football summer camp last week.

club games and training can continue

Please log on to the club Facebook

without any cancellations.

page for all the pictures. This week is the hurling Summer camp week, sponsored by VHI Swift-

Get well soon to Mattie Kane after he broke a foot in the Junior championship defeat in mid-week.

care, which will take place in the club

Ticket applications for the Dublin

with members of the Dublin hurl-

senior footballers’ All-Ireland quar-

ing team helping with the coaching,

ter-final can now be made at the club

starting from 10am each morning.

bar.

There are still places available -

The best of luck to Sarah Murray,

please contact padraig.durkan.gpo.

Sarah McCarthy and Megan Keogh

dublin@gaa.ie for further details.

who have been selected to represent

It is a busy week for the hurlers with a league game on Saturday away to Ballinteer St John’s. Register with www.twitter.com and be first to get the results.

Dublin in the relay this week. The mobile bloodbank will be in the club on Thursday from 5.30pm to 9pm. Please come down and support this worthy cause.

Members are asked to continue to

This week’s lotto jackpot will be

call and email their local councillors

€1,686. Last week’s numbers were 2,

asking for their support as there is

12, 14, 17 and 33.

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St Sylvester’s Sinead Aherne is certain that the motivation that came from last year’s final defeat to Raheny will propel the side to victory

Sylvester’s Sinead targets success Parnell Park tie against St Maur’s for the junior club title will see Saints’ ladies hope to avenge 2010 disappointment RONAN MOYLES malahidesport@gazettegroup.com

ST SYLVESTER’S ladies’ footballers will be looking to avenge their defeat in last year’s Tesco junior club championship final when they take on St Maur’s in this year’s decider next Wednesday, July 27, as a curtain-raiser to the senior final at Parnell Park later in the day. The team is unbeaten so far in the competition, running out Group 3 winners and negotiating tricky ties against Thomas Davis, Lucan Sarsfields and Man O’ War along the way. The final game of the group, against Man O’ War, was particularly tough, with only a goal separating the two sides. The Syl’s girls will be looking to exorcise any remaining demons from last year, when they lost a classic final encounter 7-06 to 6-06 to Raheny. That loss has helped act as motivation for

this campaign, according to Sylvester’s, and Dublin star, Sinead Aherne. “I would say it has motivated us, yes. I think we definitely set out this year determined to get promotion to the intermediate championship.” It is to the considerable credit of the management team and their motivational skills that the team has performed so strongly. It also says a lot for the players’ mental toughness. It no doubt helps that the team is built around a strong team ethic. “We have a good bunch of girls that have been together for many years and some young players coming through too,” said Aherne. They are in good shape going into the decider: “We have a few injuries and a few people are away, but I think we’re in strong shape and have all been training hard. “I think we can, definitely. We have the players to do it.”

Aherne does admit though that Maur’s are somewhat of an unknown property. “We haven’t played them this season, but we know they have some good players themselves and, like us, have had a good campaign.” Aherne is also one of the stars of the Dublin county town. Understandably, she is disappointed with the start they have made to the championship, with the Jackies suffering a shock 0-9 to 0-10 loss to Meath in the opening round. However, she is also focused on bouncing back. “Obviously we were disappointed to lose like that. But I think we’ve re-grouped and we’ve looked at a lot of different areas of our game and focused on where we can improve. “We’ve had a few injuries, too, which haven’t helped. “We’ll have a few of them back so, hopefully, that will help and we’re very much focused on winning. We know it won’t be easy though, there isn’t much between the teams.”

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