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Michelle Ennis enjoying themselves at the Fingallian’s GAA annual Awards Night, which was held recently. The trio were among a large group of stylish guests who enjoyed a fantastic dinner and a special ceremony at the clubhouse in acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication at the club throughout the 2010 season. Picture: Peter Doyle

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Water conservation is critical, says FCC Council launches special appeal to local residents


A MAJOR appeal has been launched urging residents in Malahide and surrounding areas to conserve water this summer. Fingal County Council said this week that it will be “critical that people practise water conservation methods as much as

possible, and particularly coming into the summer period”. The council said it intends to issue water conservation notices regularly over the coming weeks. Following a water shortage in Malahide last weekend, a spokesperson from FCC said: “Our inspector made a decision to throttle (restrict) water going out of the

reservoir, as to let the levels drop any further would pose serious problems.” Labour Cllr Peter Coyle said water shortages would continue unless people stopped watering plants and washing cars during the recent good spell of weather. Full story next week

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Council to take charge of pitches Q MIMI MURRAY

FINGAL County Council and property group, MKN expect that the new sports pitches, including a fullsize GAA pitch and up to four juvenile pitches at the western side of Ridgewood, are to be taken into the council’s charge in the autumn of this year. Fianna Fail councillor, Darragh Butler has welcomed the news and is asking that these pitches be permanently allocated to St Finian’s GAA and River Valley Rangers FC as the two clubs that have served this area so well since the 1980s. Councillor Butler has stated that the full-size GAA pitch at this location must be permanently allocated to St Finian’s GAA, who are badly in need of additional playing fields. “Additional pitches for St Finian’s and River Valley Rangers at this location will be a great boost to these two great clubs and the local community. “MKN have confirmed that they recently engaged landscaping contractors to maintain the pitches during what they describe as their ‘bedding down’ phase which allows the pitches to grow and mature before they are used for sporting activities. “As part of the recently completed Fingal Development Plan, MKN have agreed to provide a dress-

ing room facility at this location before any further development takes place and Fingal County Council stated that, subject to the granting of planning permission, it is envisaged that development works will be carried out over the summer and the open space, pitches and dressing rooms will all be taken in charge in the autumn of this year.” Meanwhile, he said he will be working with the Planning Department to help ensure that the Holywell Outer Ring Road is finally completed as part of the proposed development of the Barrysparks Lands. --------------------------

‘Additional pitches for St Finian’s and River Valley Rangers at this location will be a great boost to these two great clubs and the local community’


“The completion of this outer ring road is a vital issue for Holywell residents and myself and I will continue to keep this issue to the top of my agenda until resolved,” he said.


EVENT New piece of living sculpture at Q MIMI MURRAY

PLANS for a new piece of living sculpture at the Broadmeadow Estuary were unveiled to the members at a Fingal County Council meeting last week. The Hide Sculpture, which has been designed by local artist Garrett Phelan, is a unique, permanent sculpture that will predominantly act as a contemporary 21st Century sculpture, but will also ser vice the bird-watching community as a fully functioning bird hide. Independent Councillor, David O’Connor congratulated the council and the artist saying that they were not afraid to try out new things and that the finished piece would be fantastic for the community. The members agreed permission for the council to go ahead with the Part 11 which will advance the project to the next stage. The artist explained how the sculpture will be carefully cast in concrete, yet will maintain a characteristic wood finish in texture and colouring. It will feature a handcarved wooden interior, depicting various birds and bird-watching activities. It will be a significant work of art for Fingal and the greater national and international contemporary art world, he said. Ultimately the project is dedicated to the people of Fingal, in particular, those who have given of their time for the protection, preservation and conservation of the local environment. Phelan is an established artist, both nationally and internationally acclaimed. He has had work s h ow n i n t h e I r i s h Museum of Modern Art, the Hugh Lane and The Arts Council, and has also represented Ireland in major international art exhibitions, including 39th Basel Statements, Switzerland; European Bienni-

al 2005, San Sebastian; Auckland triennial, 2010. Phelan says the sculpture has been in development since 2007 and will highlight the presence and preservation of a variety of avian species in Fingal “The functional element of this sculpture is central to the concept. Principally it is to be interpreted as a functional monument to the Fingal Landscape, its citizens and their proximity to, and relationship with, the natural environment.” The piece will be situated on the Broadmeadows Estuary, and an environmental screening that was carried out supports the chosen site. T he findings were approved by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the site was selected in consultation with Fingal’s Birdwatch Ireland Branch. Birdwatch Ireland says it is in direct proximity to an important roosting site for migratory birds, giving maximum benefit for viewers wishing to experience the birds of the area. The Hide Sculpture is endorsed and fully supported by Birdwatch Ireland and the Fingal Branch of Birdwatch Ireland. The Fingal branch and the National Birdwatch Ireland Association will get the benefits of this project as it will assist in promoting the organisation and in increasing its volunteer/ member groups. In order to complete the piece, a protoype hide made of wood will be made by Garrett and a mould of each section of the hide will be made from the prototype by expert mould-makers, Shadow Creations Each mould will be cast by Fingal company, Techcrete, and adhere to technical specifications outlined by structural engineers, Sexton. The sculpture will be assembled on location during a non-roosting period and carefully considered aesthetics will integrate with the landscape, in keeping with

Plan for a ‘living’ sculpture comes out of hiding The Hide Sculpture will predominantly act as a contemporary 21st century sculpture,

An aerial shot of the location

other Fingal hides. It will be a durable and easily maintained structure, as in keeping with all hides, and there will be no plumbing or electricity. The sculpture will be available to all interested parties by appointment with the artist and will be available for use by existing and new

members of Birdwatch Ireland; local/national/ international visual arts community and for special educational visits. “We envisage T he Hide Sculpture to last for many years and to develop and exist as a major contributor to the wider community through the Arts

Department of Fingal County Council. “It will promote both Fingal as a place of ecological beauty, cultural innovation and ornithology,” he said. The uniqueness of this project will also see it included on international public art conferences and in the press.

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Broadmeadow Estuary unveiled at meeting


No redress for noise problem Q MIMI MURRAY

A selection of some of the birds that visitors will be but will also service the bird-watching community as a fully functioning bird hide

Examples of other similar bird-watching hides and artist’s impressions of what the hide will look like

able to se in the area

THERE is no redress or comeback for residents living in noisy apartment blocks, according to Labour Councillor, Tom Kelleher. Cllr Kelleher said that people are being blamed for making noise when they flush a toilet, have the telly on or bang a door in their own apartment, but that should not be the case, and people should be able to do all of these things without the noise travelling. He said it is possible to build schools not fit for purpose regarding noise insulation. He added that the standard of noise insulation is insufficient and that there is no regulation insisting on a minimum standard. His party colleague and area chairperson, Gerry McGuire, asked the council to explain whether developers are responsible for noise abatement measures in apartments in Swords. He also asked the manager to report on whether it is incumbent on the purchasers of upstairs accommodation to ensure that noise does not permeate to the ground floor premises via the flooring. The council said: “Part E of the Building Regulations provide for the insulation of building to limit the transfer of sound. The parties that design and construct a building are responsible for achieving compliance with the Building Regulations and the certificate of compliance in this respect is exchanged between the solicitors at the time of purchase. The method of achieving compliance is not prescriptive and noise-containment provisions may be utilised within the building lease. In this case, the management company is generally responsible for enforcing lease provisions.”

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Call to alter parks times MALAHIDE Demesne may open earlier and close later to better serve locals if the changes are feasible, Fingal County Council said last week. Labour Councillor, Peter Coyle called for earlier opening hours at weekends and on public holidays at a Howth/ Malahide area committee meeting last week. Currently the demesne opens at 10am every day of the week but Labour’s Cian O’Callaghan made the point that many people want to get out early to jog or walk the dog and this is not possible for people at the moment. “From 7am onwards is a prime time for joggers and when they are bringing kids to Gaelic and soccer early in the morning they like to get out jog-

ging at the same time.” The council said: “The Parks and Heritage Properties Division open the gates at the Pavilions Car Park and at Bridgefield at 8am each weekday morning to accommodate school children and workers on their journeys in the morning. In addition, during April, several parks remain open to 8pm to facilitate the playing of mid-week evening matches by local clubs. “The Division are currently exploring the possibility of changing opening and closing hours in the regional parks to better serve the needs of locals. If changes to opening and closing hours are feasible, a report on the matter will be brought back to members by the June meeting of the committee.”

LAUNCH Malahide’s Pope John Paul II NS

Big boost for school pupils with learning difficulties Q MIMI MURRAY


‘One of my friends has a boy who comes here and she is hugely supportive of the school, and she was saying the resource teachers had a wish list for a multi-sensory room and we said perhaps we could fund that with the money’

A NEW multisensory room was launched in Pope John Paul II NS in Malahide last Friday. The room, which is used by children with behavioural or learning difficulties, came about from money that was raised by a Girl’s Night Out fundraiser, run by Tanya Crosbie from Giggles and Smiles photography. Tanya came up with the idea to hold the night last October in order to raise money for local schools, and at the same time promote her own business. Karen O’Brien, chairperson of the Parents Council, said: “She wanted the council to try to sell vouchers for €50 which entitled you to a coffee-table-size photo of your child which would be very good for use at confirmation or communion. “She wasn’t charging the studio time so, for €50, you got the picture. Normally something like that would cost €250 and a lot of mums took on board buying it. “All the schools in the area were invited to participate and buy the photo and on the night you went along and there was a raffle and all the money went towards the school. We


raised €2,420 and the money landed on our laps practically. “One of my friends has a boy who comes here and she is hugely supportive of the school and she was saying the resource teachers had a wish list for a multi-sensory room and we said perhaps we could fund that with the money. The money exactly covered the wish list.” Carol Hyland, resource teacher at the school said the money and the room were much needed. “I took over working with special needs pupils two Septembers

ago, but it struck me that we didn’t have a place in the school to remove them from the class if they needed to escape to take a movement break. “The classroom can be like a pressure cooker for these guys and, when I was working initially, my work would be based on stuff that would be recommended by an OT or a speech and language therapist. “Stuff like movement recommendations to build up their upper core muscles. We had an extra classroom so myself and the other resource teacher, Fiona Forman, gathered up some PE equipment, mats and benches just to bring them down for a break. “T he multisensor y room is a place particularly for autistic children to relax and develop their senses. I have six pupils and Fiona has about four so there are ten children in total who are really benefiting from this,” Carol said. Karen added: “The equipment is very specialised and you might see a little mono trampoline that you might think costs €60 in Smy ths but actually costs €400 to €500, so it does take a long time to get the wow factor and we are going to keep adding to it.”

Ray Bowles, Karen O’Brien, Geraldine Tobin, Carol Beirne, Picture: Peter Doyle

Carol Hyland, resource teacher

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gets multisensory room after fundraising efforts


Table quiz to raise money MALAHIDE Musical Society (MMDS) is holding a fundraising table quiz on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 8pm in Malahide Rugby Club. It costs €10 per person / €40 per table and teams of four are suggested. If people don’t have enough to form a team the Society is encouraging them to still come along as there will be plenty there on the night to form a team. MMDS would like to thank everyone for their continued support, especially on their recent production of The Pirates of Penzance, which was a great success. Proceeds from this quiz will go towards staging their next production. Carmel Cox, Sheelagh Ginn, Linda Bowles, Cliona Smith and Lee Smith.

Karen O’Brien, Tanya Crosbie and Carmel Cox

Patrick Finn

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New comedy, Blow Up the Liffey Bridges – An amusing take on the city’s Northside/ Southside Divide – is set to explode at the Grand Canal Theatre



Letting firm is bringing jobs to locality Q MIMI MURRAY

TRINITY Letting has recently moved from Clondalkin to Malahide and is providing five jobs in the area, as well as hiring several tradesmen on a freelance basis. The property company was started in March 2009 but moved to Malahide at the start of December 2010. Letting Agent with the company, Brian Lynch, says: “We are only here a few months but it is so far, so good.” “We have a good portfolio of properties on the south side of the city so we decided to set up in the north side of the city.” The company offers a complete service to landlords, which is good in the current market, with far more people renting properties. Brian admits the sales market is completely dead. “We offer a complete service – literally you hand the keys over to us and we’ll decorate the place if it needs doing. We’ll source tenants, check tenants’ references, and we also have a maintenance service and a management side that will answer tenant’s queries. Some

property management companies, if there is a problem with the house, they will contact you directly and it is up to you to solve the problem, but we have a team of maintenance guys, from carpenters to decorators, and we will ring the landlord, tell them what the tenant has complained about and solve it for you rather than the landlord having to do it,” Brian says. He says business can be busy in certain geographical areas and at different times of the month. “It’s a mix, the last two weeks of the month are pretty busy, people are coming to the end of their lease and are looking for a new place and leave it to the last minute. “We do a small bit of commercial but it is mainly residential. That is the advantage we have over other property companies; others will advertise and find tenants but the landlord always has to sort the problem out. We cut that out with reputable tradesmen. We also have the furniture side, a package to kit out the property for you at a good price,” he says. ForTrinity Lettings contact Brian Lynch on 01 8456686 or 086 2611387.

Anthony Lavin says he is thrilled that he is now a councillor. Picture: Peter Doyle


‘There are lots of things I hope to do for Malahide’ Q MIMI MURRAY

THE latest Fine Gael councillor to take a seat in Malahide/Howth is Mayo man Anthony Lavin, who moved to Malahide 27 years ago. Working as a customer care manager with Axa insurance, he was always interested in politics, but never had the opportunity to fully engage with it as he had a young family to raise. “Politically, I have been involved with FG all my life, but in the last 10 to 12 years I was involved in

Nora Owen’s campaign, Alan Farrell’s Local Election campaign and James Reilly’s General Election campaign. “I have two grown-up children, my daughter Jane is 23 and a third year student in DIT and Brian is 19 and in DCU, so I suppose I wasn’t able to do it before now. “T here are lots of things I hope to do for Malahide and one of the main things is keeping it looking the way it should, that is the function of the councillor. “There are plans for Malahide Park and it


‘People fought on a different platform this time and voted for Fine Gael for the politics we were talking and people in Malahide were not happy with all these positions going to Alan and his family’ --------------------------------------------------------

is important that locals aren’t forgotten. “It is great having tourists coming in but there are people living on the doorstep. “There are proposals there to change things

and some of them are fine but, maybe, there should be a better consultation programme.” When asked about going head-to-head with Emma Doyle, the wife of newly-elected TD, Alan

Farrell, for the council seat, he says: “To be honest, I didn’t look for this position. It came to me. “People fought on a different platform this time and voted for Fine Gael for the politics we were talking and people in Malahide were not happy with all these positions going to Alan and his family. “I’m sure his wife would be very qualified to do any of those jobs but the optics weren’t great. There was a contest, the members voted and the outcome is that I am now a councillor and I am thrilled.”

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EVENT Beauty advice at Gilbert and Wright living room

Some fantastic hair advice was on offer

Insider tips on beauty

Clearly enjoying a rewarding night of beauty, fashion, hair, diet, fitness and make-up all rolled into one

ILBERT and Wright Living Room Malahide were proud to host the very first Beauty Boot Camp recently. It was a chance for ladies to learn some insider beauty tips from professionals in the industry. Lasting just two short hours, the ladies spent their time in this haven of relaxation listening to the soothing music, browsing the stalls and discovering the vital tricks of the trade from local experts. It was a rewarding night of beauty, fashion, hair, diet, fitness and make-up all rolled into one in the warm and comfortable atmosphere of Gilbert and Wright’s Living Room. The next Beauty Boot Camp takes place on Tuesday, May 10.


The event included demos by La Spa Therapie

Some refreshments were on offer

Discovering the vital tricks of the trade from local experts

Enjoying watching the range of different demos

Salon Euphoria did hair demonstrations

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EVENT Fingallians’ GAA Club hold their annual Awards’ Night

A salute to a great season INGALLIANS’ GAA Club held their annual Awards Night in the clubhouse at Lawless Memorial Park recently to salute the heroes and heroines after a superb season. Everyone was looking very stylish as they arrived to start the evening with a Bucks Fizz reception. A fantastic dinner was also enjoyed and then on to the awards themselves which saw Derry Murphy inducted into the hall of fame. Mick Kennedy, John Matthew Sheridan, Dan Davern, David Killeen, Aoife O’Reilly, Conor Corrigan, Niall Fagan, Joe McGlynn, Suzie Manton and Eoin Collins were all honoured on the night for their sterling efforts throughout the 2010 season.


Anthony Mongey, Elaine Mongey, Simone Walsh, Susan Walsh, Mary O’Neill and Paul O’Neill. Picture: Peter Doyle

Catherine Logan and Barry Mullane

Yvonne Hughes and Sandra O’Brien

Gavin Downey, Emma Conway, Barry Agar and Kathleen

Jackie Howard, Nicola McCormack, Sharon Groves and Yvonne



Geraldine Murphy, Valerie Murphy, Breda McGuigan, Lauren Kelly, Anne Kelly and Barbara Galvin

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to honour heroes and heroines of the 2010 GAA season

Sinead Finnegan, Catherine Keaney, Catherine Finnegan and Breda Morrissey

Joe Murphy with Debbie and Tony Gordon

Paul Gormley and Alan Hanrahan

Kerrie Daly, Emma Farrell and Michelle Ennis

Fergus McGuinness, Geraldine Finnegan, Stephanie

Quentin Snow, Suzanne Donlon, Breda Snow and Frank

Rickard, Nicola Radford and Paul Gormley


Jonathan Reddington and Jenna Fennell

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Night for Light of Maasai Q MIMI MURRAY

A FUN casino night will be held in the Grand Hotel on April 30, in aid of the Light of Maasai and in memory of Martin Breen. Martin’s son Rory and the Malahide Lions Club decided to run the night in memory of Martin, who was a member of the Lions Club who sadly passed away in December. “He did a lot of charity work and he ran this event every year so we decided to run it in his memory this year. It was an Irish girl who set up the Light of Massai about six years ago and she now lives in Kenya helping build schools and wells. “We will have eight Black Jack tables on the night as well as two roulette tables. It is a fun casino night with tickets costing just €20. At the beginning of the night you get a €1,000 note to spend. The winners from each table get a €100 hotel voucher. At the end they also go into a phone box that blows notes around and they play grab a grand. We are also going to run a raffle on the night and we have some great prizes,” Rory says. Prizes include a four

ball for the K Club, a four ball for Druid’s Glen, a four ball for Sutton Golf Club, a €200 voucher for Malahide Travel, a €300 voucher for Venture Photography, as well as 25 other prizes. “Anyone can come along and we are looking for people to sponsor us for €100 table on the night.” The Light of Maasai was founded by a group of four people, three Maasai and one “musungu” or Irish NGO worker, Elaine Bannon. The three Maasai men, Joseph Nkanoni Lempira, Elijah Kilempu Joseph and Jonathon Kipanu Ole Nampa have been educated to secondary school level and some have had the opportunity to travel to countries in Europe. This gave them a unique insight into the problems to be faced in a changing world by the Maasai who predominately remain un-educated. They recognised the need to improve the standard of living of the Maasai people and the enormous difference being educated can make to a person’s life. This money will go towards helping the Massai do that. For tickets, contact Rory Breen on 086 8201737 or Tom Breen on 086 3557516.

No funding for pooling problem THERE is no funding to resolve the problem of water pooling outside houses at Carrick Court in Portmarnock, Fingal County Council said last week. Labour Councillor Peter Coyle asked if remedial action could be undertaken in order to resolve the problem of water pooling at this location. The council said: “The

inspection of road gullies at this location will be added to the Gully Cleaning Programme. However, to resolve the pooling of surface water, a new gully is required, which will necessitate a road crossing. There is no funding to undertake these works at present and this matter will be listed for consideration for future Works Programmes.”

Spanking new: St Sylvester’s receive their new jerseys from Credit Union AS EVERY parent knows, it’s not long after buying clothes

for their growing kids that they outgrow them, so luckily for St Sylvester’s Boys Under-14 Football team, their sponsors Malahide and District Credit Union stepped in with a new set of jerseys for the team. Malahide and District Credit Union have sponsored the present St.

Sylvester’s Boys Under-14 Football team since they were under-11s. Pictured at the presentation are Vivienne Keavey (manager,Malahide and District Credit Union), Paul O’Toole and Stephen MacNulty (mentors, St Sylvester’s GAA) and Bryan O’Flaherty,(chair, Malahide and District Credit Union).

The Wizard of Oz on the way to St Mary’s Q MIMI MURRAY

IF you fancy heading “Off to see the Wizard”, or you’re in need of a heart, a brain or some courage, then this year’s spring production from Baldoyle Musical Society is the place to go. The Wizard of Oz can be seen in late April in St Mary’s School, Baldoyle. Chairman Alan Whyte is really looking forward to the show, and says: “We were really thrilled to get the performing rights for The Wizard after the success of the reality BBCTV show, Over the Rainbow, with Lord Lloyd Webber and, of course, the Judy Garland movie is a true classic. “It really is the ulti-

mate family show with songs and even dialogue that many people almost know by heart.” Director Nina O’Keeffe is also excited about the show. “The cast have been working really hard and I’m delighted with the results. “I have seen the costumes, the sets and scenery and they are going to be an eye-popping spectacle. “The choreography is lively and, with great songs like, Somewhere over the Rainbow, and Follow the Yellow Brick Road, I know our audiences are in for a real treat.” Nicola Pollard has played many leading roles over the years but the role of Dorothy is

Some of the cast members from Baldoyle Musical Society

something of a dream for her. “I loved playing Charity in Sweet Charity, and Calamity Jane in the past, but Dorothy is the ultimate leading lady for most girls. “It’s a huge challenge to play a part that is so familiar to everybody

and my heart will certainly be in my mouth when the time comes to sing Somewhere over the Rainbow but I can’t wait,” she said. In recognition of the attraction of The Wizard of Oz as a family show, Baldoyle Musical Society is replacing

the Saturday night show with a matinee. The show runs from April 26 to 30 and tickets are only €15 and €12. Special deals apply for anyone who block books. Phone 085 137 8329 now to secure tickets.

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Trainer to cook meal fit to raise charity cash A CASTLEKNOCK personal trainer is swapping his sweats for a chef’s attire, when he takes part in Look who is Cooking’ fundraising night at Wright’s Anglers Rest in aid of Concern’s Climb Kilimanjaro Challenge. Michal Rupinski, from Poland, but living in Castleknock, is preparing to take on the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2011. Michal has lived in Ireland for the last six years and has worked as a personal trainer in Educogym, Castleknock, helping hundreds of people transform their shape and change their health and wellbeing. The adventure-seeker heard about a group of people hiking in the Wicklow Mountains in preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb and he couldn’t resist joining the challenge. Killimanjaro Challenge 2011 is a challenge event organised by Action Challenge from the UK for a group of people who will be raising funds for Concern Worldwide. The group will leave Ireland on June 23 this year and should reach the summit on June 29, after a five-day trek. “I only signed up for the challenge in January this year and, thanks to huge support of people that I know, I have already raised over €3,500 through different events like cake sales, school talks and others. Literally everybody I was talking to offered support in one way or another, and I want to thank them all,” Michal said. Two schools played huge role in his fundraising campaign. St Benedict’s school in Ongar has organised a non-uniform day and Michal was invited to give a talk to 377 children and showed

them some of the equipment he is going to need for the climb. In the same week, St Bridget’s School in Glasnevin had a cake sale day, and Michal visited the school a few days later to show the children a short movie about Kilimanjaro. Now Michal has teamed up with Theresa Rocca, who has organised many fundraising events in the area, to host have a Look Who’s Cooking night at Anglers Rest-Wright’s Venue, Chapelizod, which was voted the best seafood bar and restaurant 2010 in Ireland, on April 28. Entertainment

The price for the tickets is €60 and will include a three-course menu, with wine tasting, chosen and cooked by Michal and entertainment by Robert O’Connor, a local talented musician who will be performing songs from his new album. There will be an opportunity to hear a speaker from Concern talking about the charity’s work in Tanzania, and the highlight of the night will be a raffle in which some amazing prizes can be won. Tickets are available online at or in Educogym Castleknock. All proceeds go to Concern. Amongst the businesses that offered support is the fast-growing personal training studio, Educogym, Castleknock,where Michal and his colleagues have trained and advised hundreds of people on proper training and nutrition. Michal says: “If I wasn’t working in Educogym, it would be extremely difficult for me to raise funds because it was my clients who gave the most support to my fundraising campaign.”

TRIATHLON Focus Ireland aims to raise over

Sign up and start training for top charity Q STAFF REPORTER

CAROLINE Morahan and David McSavage got geared up last week to encourage new and experienced triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon. The event aims to raise over €100,000 in vital funds to help the charity continue its work to combat and prevent homelessness in Ireland. This year is the seventh annual Focus Ireland Triathlon which takes place on Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin’s Southside on Sunday, July 31. The event has raised over €490,000 since it was first held back in 2005. The €100,000 Focus Ireland hopes to raise through the event this year is urgently needed to fund its work supporting over 5,500

people through its homeless services each year. Focus Ireland Celebrity Ambassador, Caroline Morahan, who has been supporting the charity for a number of years said: “Focus Ireland desperately needs to raise the vital funds through their Fundraising Triathlon to support the demand for their services across the country. There are many many people out there who have recently lost their job, have had their income reduced and have been struggling to pay their mortgage or rent. “I have heard from Focus Ireland staff on the ground that many people at risk of losing their home are now coming to the charity for help, and Focus Ireland has been doing fantastic work to prevent many of these individuals and families from becoming homeless.

Caroline Morahan and David McSavage are encouraging new and experienced

Without funding, Focus Ireland would not be in a position to provide this much-needed support. Taking part in this triathlon is a fun and rewarding way to reach out a hand to help.” Latest estimates show in the region of 120,000 households on social housing waiting lists nationwide and, earlier this year, the charity carried out an Ipsos MRBI poll which found that nearly one in ten people believe they will become homeless. Focus Ireland works directly with people who are at risk of becoming homeless to prevent them from losing their home. The charity also

works through its services to support people who are currently homeless to help them get back on their feet and in to a home - with support if required - so they don’t run the risk of becoming homeless again in the future. C o m e d i a n , D av i d McSavage said: “I would urge ever yone, from beginner to experienced triathletes, to sign up and get training for this fun event. The event attracts many triathletes every year but I would also encourage newcomers to this type of event to give it a go. What a massive achievement it would be to complete this challenge for the first time, but also to play your part in raising these vital funds and making a difference.” The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon can be completed by anyone over the age of 18, from first-timers to experienced triathletes. The event consists of a 750m, or 350m, swim in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a 20km cycle on closed roads and a 5km run along the East Pier. Teams of three can also

take part in the event with one team member completing the swim, one the cycle and one the run. Focus Ireland needs 500 people to take part this year. Race entry fee is €80 for an individual and €240 for a team of three. Focus Ireland will provide participants with a fundraising pack and online fundraising tools to help them raise whatever they can beyond the registration fee. How much each person decides to fundraise is up to them, but a suggested amount is €150 per individual and €300 per team. Focus Ireland said that they are grateful for all sponsorship, no matter how little or large, and their events team will be on hand to help with fundraising. The Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon is sponsored by Dublin’s Q102 and supported by Dun Laoghaire Harbour, DLR Council, DLR Sports Partnership, Dun Laoghaire Tourism and the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. Registration is now open on line at www.

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€100,000 in vital funds to help continue its work

triathletes to sign up and start training for this year’s Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon which is a fun way to lending a helping hand for a great cause


Story of love and betrayal A CAST of great actors, including Dave Duffy from Fair City, star in Spanish poet Lorca’s Blood Wedding, showing in the Project Arts Centre at the moment. Set in1928 in the Spanish province of Almeria, a young bride abandons her husband-to-be on the morning of her wedding to elope with her childhood sweetheart. With the town up in arms, the young lovers are hunted down with terrifying consequences. Directed by Ronnie McCann, this is a true story set to an original score, with a cast of over 20 actors. Running up to April 30, Blood Wedding is a meaty story including love, betrayal, marriage, affairs, murder and plenty of action. It is showing in the Projects Art Centre and tickets cost just €15. Phone 01 8819613 for tickets.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Novelty pets are a costly mistake HE Easter season brings about consumerism in abundance, with parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, desperate to find that something different for little relatives. Now, we all know that most kids probably already have way too much stuff, but the good weather somehow dic-

T Consider all of the facts, figures and care that goes with owning a pet

tates that we need more. Ah sure, they can just discard the old stuff they got at Christmas and if that old stuff is a pet, ie a dog that gets too big, a rabbit that gets too messy, a chick that gets too noisy, then sure everyone knows there’s always the good old Dublin SPCA animal shelter where they can show up and discard their unwanted, unloved animal.Right? Yes, you read it correctly, some people actually believe an animal is a disposable commodity that they can purchase and then dump at a shelter, when and where they darn well choose. Wrong! That is why, this week, I’m going to appeal to readers not to get live chicks and rabbits for their kiddies as Easter gifts. If you wish to get that special little munchkin in your life an innovative gift that doesn’t involve chocolate, then great. But do not give an animal. Yes, I know, you had great intentions when you purchased that furry/ feathery little cutie, but you didn’t take into consideration all the facts, figures and care that goes with it, did you? Let’s face it, young and adorable though chicks and bunnies may be, they rapidly mature into adult pets and sometimes parents don’t realise the commitment required

to take care of them. I mean, we’re talking lifelong care and attention here. These animals have very specific needs, and cannot be relegated to a little cardboard box or hutch at the bottom of the garden and left to their own devices. Novelty pets

Did you know that last Easter the Dublin SPCA received a large number of calls concerning unwanted so-called “novelty pets”, because irresponsible parents/ aunts/grandparents etc., had given them to children, who quickly lost interest or were incapable of caring for their needs? This forced me to wonder if some people, wrongly and inhumanely, regard these creatures as throwaway pets. You see, as an animallover, I consider my dogs members of my family, and continuously struggle to comprehend why some people contribute to a culture that views them as disposable, easily replaceable items. I would like to believe that the majority of pets are sheltered, loved, cherished and protected. Unfortunately, the fact we rescued over 4,400 animals last year tells me that many pets are facing a harsh, cruel existence – confused because the humans they loved and adored have now aban-

doned them, and they don’t understand what it is they did wrong. Yes, appallingly, some of these animals have even been released into the wild resulting in their deaths from starvation, exposure or predation by other animals. If you are thinking of bringing a pet into your home this Easter, then please, I urge you to first do an assessment. Make sure your family has the means and the ability to take care of this animal. Consider your lifestyle – ask yourself if you’re fully committed to taking on an animal that will live for up to 15 years, possibly more. Talk to us at the Dublin SPCA and let us equip you with specific knowledge and information regarding such a pet, or speak to your local veterinarian. Bleak

Please don’t get an animal if all you can offer him is a bleak future being treated like a piece of unwanted rubbish. I mean, do you want to be the one who breaks the news to your little darling that her pet rabbit/chick has been callously discarded because you, the parent, made a bad decision? PS! If you’re stuck for an Easter gift idea and want to support the work we do here at Ireland’s oldest and largest animal rescue shelter, then why not sponsor a pet in your child’s name from The Dublin SPCA. Now, there’s an innovative, humane and compassionate gift! For more information, log onto or email me at

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THEATRE Amusing take on city’s Northside/Southside Divide

A tale of 13,000 taxis, 3 scousers and a city divided Q LAURA WEBB

THE Northside-Southside divide is about to explode, with new comedy theatre getting ready to blow audiences away with its humorous take on Dublin’s divide in Blow up the Liffey Bridges, starring Fade Street’s Vogue Williams in her theatre debut. The tale of 13,000 taxis, three scousers and a city divided comes from the producers of the smashhit, One Night in Istanbul. The amusing take on Dublin’s Nor thsideSouthside divide stars Vogue Williams (Fade Street) in her first theatre role. She debuts along-

side Hollyoaks’ heartthrob, Kent Riley, and Emmet Kirwan, of RTE’s Sarah and Steve, in the show that sees a battle between rival taxi firms, one northside and one southside, declare war on each other. Cup of tea

Speaking to the Gazette this week, Vogue says the hilarious show is not only reaching out to avid theatre-goers, but also those who may not think theatre is their cup of tea will really enjoy the show. “When I saw the script, I thought it was so funny. I read it again last night and there are so many mentions of people in the public eye over here,

it is actually hilarious. That is what I love about it, people who are avid theatre-goers, will love the comedy. “I know all my friends are going to love it and it is something that, if I wasn’t in it, I would definitely come and see it myself. It is reaching out to normal theatre goers, but also to others who might not think the theatre is for them; this is just for everyone. “I play Molly Carol, a taxi cab owner. She is a little bit snobby. She is from the Southside, midthirties, a bit snobby and into the men as well. She wants to basically take over Dublin – and why not?” she laughed. With the show being

Model and Actress Vogue Williams, Actor Emmet Kirwan and Actress Cora Fenton pictured on the Samuel Beckett Bridge over the Liffey Dublin

her first starring role in theatre, the 23-year-old is naturally “a little nervous” but “excited” at the same time about her new venture. A DJ, model, star of reality TV show, Fade Street, and now theatre actress, there seems to be no stopping the young starlet. But, for Vogue, there is no one job she

would like to stick to. “I love everything in their own right. Modelling has a shelf-life but, with acting and DJing, it doesn’t have a shelf life, but I couldn’t choose one if I had to. I am so lucky that I get to do them all.” Proud to be a Northsider herself, Vogue said that being from Howth is

a little “northside/southside”. Asked if she had any regrets starring in reality TV show Fade Street, Ireland’s answer to American hit docu-drama show, The Hills, she said: “I don’t regret it at all. It was just great and it led onto me doing this play, so I am delighted I did

it.” Blow up the Liffey Bridges is showing at the Grand Canal Theatre, Docklands, Dublin 2 from May 16 until Saturday, May 21. Tickets are on-sale now through Log onto for further info.

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HE GAZET TE has always been proud to bring the best in local news, sports, features and pictures to the community for over seven years. Week after week, we strive to bring relevent, exciting coverage in a format that appeals to our readers every time they pick up their weekly copy from a local self-select point. This week, the Gazette is excited to announce that our website, having gone through an amazing transformation, is now live and ready for our loyal readers to enjoy. The new, and vastly improved, site offers our printed edition online, with full and complete access to a digital version of the paper every Thursday. There is no charge for this service, no registration, no subscription - just the complete Gazette newspaper in digital form for your enjoyment. Speaking about the launch of the site, the Gazette Group’s webmaster and sports editor, Rob Heigh, was delighted with the achievement. “This is the next stage in the evolution of Gazette Group Newspapers. Having just celebrated our seventh anniversary, the time is right to enhance our online presence and give our readers a new experience of reading and interacting with the Gazette,” Rob said. “All of the major stories from each

edition will be available to read online, and special digital editions of the paper will let people have the full Gazette experience through their browsers. “Using Facebook and Twitter will give us a new way of communicating with suburban Dublin. “We want to create a new and dynamic dialogue with our readers. “We’re really looking forward to hearing directly about local issues and successes, and we will tell the rest of the community, and the city, about them, faster and better than any other local newspaper. “I’d like to invite everyone to log on, bookmark the home page, and follow us into the future,” he said. This really does mark a milestone for the Gazette Group of newspapers. Following the recent release of the Audit Bureau of Circulation figures that have shown our performance tops any other local Dublin newspaper group, we can now say that our complete offering is now unsurpassed in the market. Through our printed edition, our online paper, and the social media that we are embracing, we can reach our readers more directly than ever before. We hope that you enjoy this development as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

Gazette Group Newspapers Ltd. Terms and Conditions for acceptance of advertisements Reserve the right to omit or suspend or alter any advertisement(s) in any of its publications. We also decline any responsibility in the event of one or more of a series of advertisements being omitted for any reason whatever, nor do we accept liability for any loss or damage caused by an error or inaccuracy in the printing of any advertisement. If your advertisement appears incorrectly, contact the Advertising Department immediately, as responsibility cannot be accepted for more than one week’s incorrect insertion. Responsibility cannot be accepted if the complaint is made more than two weeks after insertion. If one places an advertisement for more than one week and then cancels it after the first week, no refund or credit will be given for weeks cancelled. The advertiser undertakes to indemnify the Proprietors against any liability for any civil action arising out of the publication of the advertisement or any other matter printed or published in the Blanchardstown Gazette, Castleknock Gazette, Clondalkin Gazette, Dundrum Gazette, Dun Laoghaire Gazette, Lucan Gazette, Malahide Gazette and Swords Gazette. The placing of an order or contract will be deemed an acceptance of these conditions.

Top prize for hot idea Pictured at the annual Student Synergy Awards in ITT Dublin, are Pat McLaughlin (ITT Dublin President), James Tucker, Bernard Lawless and Michael Carmody of Ultra-Therm, and Loman O’Byrne (CEO South Dublin County Enterprise Board). Ultra-therm were the first prize winners of the competition that encourages full-time students to develop innovative business ideas for new products or services. Ultra-therm is a system that regulates energy usage in domestic heating by using a series of sensors operated by a main control panel. Ultra-therm will minimize fuel bills, energy consumption and benefit the environment.

Voting for heroes in their hundreds A CAMPAIGN to give Unsung Heroes a chance to shine for the work they contribute to the community is getting a terrific response just weeks after it was launched. Blanchardstown and Finglas Ford came up with a community initiative that not only recognises outstanding citizens for their work, but also gives donations to charities of their choice. The Dublin company is hoping to raise €150,000 for different community groups and charities in a campaign, with 40% of money raised going to the D15 St. Francis Hospice. So far, eight candidates from across north Dublin have been entered into the campaign, including Dr. Danny Bell, founder of Friendly Call Service D15; The Leaders of the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scout Group; GAA star Paddy Christie; Ellen Gogavin, operational bed manager at Connolly Hospital and president of Dunboyne/K ilbride SVP; Mick Lynch, founder of Castleknock GAA club; Valerie Murphy, scout leader for East Finglas Scouts; Margaret O’Donnell of WFTA; and Fr. Dan Joe O’Mahony for his work with the St. Francis Hospice in Blan-

DIARY chardstown. Hundreds of votes have been received, and the leader board at the start of the week scored Ellen Cogavin in first place with 29%; Margaret O’Donnell with 24% and the 104/144th Blanchardstown Scouts securing 22% so far. However, the number of nominated candidates is continuing to rise and the organisers behind the campaign say heroes entered in the campaign could rise to about 40 as the closing date for entering an Unsung Hero is not until April 22, when the full list of Heroes entered will be announced. Delighted with the response, managing director at Ford Finglas, Enda O’Connor, said: “There has been a very generous response from corporate companies regarding donations to the campaign. People can still enter their nominees and they are put up on the website as soon as we get the nominee.” To cast your vote for your favourite unsung hero, or to enter a candidate, log onto www. The top ten heroes go on to the final on May 20.

Barry’s more app-ealling BARRY’S Tea has recently launched an iPhone App that allows the user to send personalised postcards around the world. Tea fans capture their golden moment using their iPhone camera, and Barry’s Tea does the rest – producing tailor-made postcards, complete with personalised notes, and posting it to friends and family. Anyone in need of some cha can even find their nearest cup of Barry’s by using the Fancy A Cup Google Map feature. To download the app, go to the iTunes App store, Like Barry’s Tea on Facebook or

Last call... PETMANIA are reminding dogs and their owners that the National Dog Walk 2011 will take place on Easter Monday at 2pm, raising vital funds for the Carers Association of Ireland. Registration is just €5 for an individual (plus dog) or €10 for a family. To register, visit or drop into any Petmania store or Carers Association office.



where2shop Your guide to

Easter ‘tweets’: Egg-citing and egg-straordinary gifts at M&S Page 28

the best local Easter shopping in Dublin

Doing it yourself:

There’s a host of handy Style: It’s a fashion fest growing help and DIY for all in Blanchardstown demos with B&Q Page 22

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Dundrum Town Centre


From retro chic to the classic cuts

Over 100 million customers flock to Town Centre DUNDRUM Town Centre opened its doors six years ago and since then, over 100 million customers have visited the Centre, and over 35 national and international awards have been won by Ireland’s biggest shopping centre. In the past 12 months the Centre has seen 12 new openings, including Inglot, Pink, Fast-Fix, Paddy Power, Bella Baby, The Star Newspaper, Early Learning Centre, Cortina’s Mexican Restaurant, Teddy’s Ice Cream and Grill, China Buffet King, Out of the Blue Interiors and The Port House. Wagamama – the renowned noodle chain, a firm favourite with Leinster rugby players, opens its doors for business in the coming weeks and one of the world’s best-known labels will soon be announced as a Dundrum Town Centre tenant. Last year over €100,000 worth of prizes were given to Dundrum Town Centre customers and 2011 will be

no different. Only last week one lucky couple from Bray, Co Wicklow, won a €10,000 wedding at Brook Lodge & Wellness Spa at the Dundrum Town Centre Wedding Experience. With over 120 shops and 38 restaurants, 3,400 parking spaces, 12 cinemas, a theatre and creche, Dundrum Town Centre continues to lead the way in retail excellence. Don Nugent, Dundrum Town Centre Director, said: “The key success at Dundrum Town Centre over the past six years lies, for me, in the stores’ and restaurants’ commitment to our customers ensuring that each and every time that they visit they enjoy the very best shopping and leisure experience.” To ensure that these high standards are maintained the Centre hosts a Retailer and Restaurant of the Year awards. Last month, Hugo Boss and Siam Thai were announced the two winners for 2010.



UMMER’S back and it’s time for a change, so pack away those khaki neutrals and embrace this season’s latest fashion trends at your local Heatons Store. The great thing about summer fashion is the chance to enjoy bright colours and prints – embrace them and bring them into your wardrobe to rejuvenate and update your current favourite looks. Heatons’ summer 2011 collection provides versatile women’s fashions, catering for every body shape and size during the 2011 summer season. Comfortable cottons, printed jerseys and chic chiffons run throughout this must-have, quality, and importantly affordable range. This season, besides bright colours and patterns there are also great long and free-flowing lines that pay homage to the best silhouettes of the 70s.

Jump suit FAR from being a one-season wonder the jumpsuit is fast on it’s way to becoming a wardrobe classic. It can look smart or relaxed and, this season at Heatons, it comes in various seventies-esque incarnations – one-shouldered, v-necked and wide-legged. The leopard jumpsuit (€37.50) from Heatons will score extra 70s’ fashion points. The v-neck jumpsuit is a perfect addition to any summer capsule wardrobe and a fashion must at only €29.50! A sea of blue IT’S the easiest bright to pull off and with shades of intense cerulean, sky, teal and royal blue, it’s the colour making the biggest splash at Heatons this season; add a splash of red to create a fresh nautical look. The colour blue still features heavily this season so capitalise on this with Heatons stripe mock tee (€18), teamed with leggings and sling back wedge (€10) for a relaxed and comfortable ensemble. ‘Ship Ahoy’ - use the season’s must-have colour to create a stylish nautical look with Heatons’ stripe ruffle tee (€16) and floral square toe sandals (€14) or stripe jersey cardigan (€14), scoop neck vest (£7/€8), and asymmetric skirt (€16). Top it off with Heatons’ polka dot hat for as little as €6.

Nude tones NUDES and flesh tones present an elegant alternative to this season’s rainbow brights and Heatons’ beautiful beaded empire dress (€30) is just perfect to give you a summer glow. Whether you want D.I.S.C.O a la 70s glamour with maxi dresses and sexy jumpsuits or to take a more laid back hippie chick approach with your summer wardrobe Heatons has everything you need to create your desired look. To buy their latest collection, visit your local Heatons’ store or shop online at

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where2shop StyleFLASH Love your fashion this Bank Holiday IF YOU love fashion, and you love shopping, then you’ll love Blanchardstown Centre’s three-day Fashion Event this May Bank Holiday weekend! Professionally staged catwalk shows, produced by Assets Model Agency and featuring their top models ,Vogue Williams, Georga Salpa and Sarah Morrissey, will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Participating stores include a/wear, BT2, Debenhams, Dunnes Stores, FCUK, H & M, M&S, Miss Selfridge, Monsoon, Oasis, Pamela a Scott, Penneys, Republic, Vera Moda, Wallis, Warehouse, Zara and MANY more! Popular kidswear brand Name It (pictured) will showcase the best in fashionable childrens wear on Saturday, along with Pumpkin Patch and Mothercare. Menswear will also feature, thanks k to t Bertoni, B t i Bests B t Menswear, Burton, Counter Propaganda, Diesel, Diffneys, Tom Tailor and Jack & Jones. Fall in love with this season's fashion and beauty looks this May Bank Holiday weekend. P.S. great spot prizes to be won!

Centre news: Rebrand and Extend: The Atlantic Homecare store in Blanchardstown Retail Park will rebrand to Woodies and expand to their full format store with a major extension, bringing the retail area to 51,500 square feet with an additional 11,000 square feet given to a garden centre. Champagne and Fine Wines: Independent

drinks retailer O’Briens will open its latest off licence on Blanchardstown Centre’s Green Mall in the coming weeks. The award-winning retailer will be a welcome addition with their range of fine wines and excellent service. New Public Facilities: Recently the Centre has undertaken a total refurbishment of its public toilets, with a major emphasis on the enhancement of the parenting facilities, which is good news for the Mums and Dads that visit with their little tots. The new facilities underpins managements’ commitment to ensuring that customers enjoy the very best facilities on their visit to Blanchardstown Centre. Digital Centre Guides

Blanchardstown Centre has now introduced the most up-to-date Digital Signage available to help guide customers to the many stores and facilities in the Centre. ICE Tech, now part of the MJ Flood Group, were contracted to customise the software and installed the large format interactive touch screen digital signage systems in the Blanchardstown Centre.


Keeping the kids in comfy clobber AT A time when there is less money being spent right across the country, retailers are having to tune themselves in more keenly to the needs of their customers. Va l u e - f o r- m o n e y , product quality and service are all much bigger parts of sales strategies than they were when the country was awash with money. For Susan O’Connor and John Sherwood, who run the children’s clothing store Name It in the Blanchardstown Centre, that is something of which they are extremely aware. “The days of getting the line in and waiting for the customers to come in through the door is gone,” says Susan. “People are more choosy about what they spend their money on. “All we do all day long is look for value for our customers. We’re always looking to get the best value out there for our customers. We are always looking for quality products. “There is a customer

costs are lower,” says Susan, while Blanchardstown native John feels that the business has been able to learn from others. --------------------------

‘All we do is look for value for our customers. We’re always looking to get the best value out there, we are always looking for quality products’


Susan O’Connor and John Sherwood of Name It in the Blanchardstown Centre

base out there for quality products. Our products are branded, good quality and offer value for money. “Rather than an OK product at a good price,

people want a super product for a great price. “That’s allowed us to build a very loyal customer base in Blanchardstown.”

Being a recession-era start-up can help in some respects, with the pitfalls of previous businesses more clearly signposted. “It’s definitely an advantage in that our

“We knew the pitfalls and knew the mistakes that other shops had made. Some shops fell asleep at the wheel,” says John. Offering fantastic branded products, great value and situated in what John calls “the Premier League of shopping centres”, there is no sign of Name It doing the same.

Making style a bit more personal SHOPPING with your very own personal stylist is high on most women’s love-to-do list, and now - thanks to the new Personal Stylist at Blanchardstown Centre service – you can do it! The service offers far more than just personal shopping, it allows customers to learn about the critical guidelines that are tailored to their personal body shape and colouring. There comes a time when men and women alike are fed up of costly style errors and realise that, in order to minimise these errors and maximise their wardrobe, they should consult a professional personal

stylist for advice. According to Shirley Lane, founder of Personal Stylist at Blanhcardstown Centre: “Personal Stylist at Blanchardstown Centre makes it incredibly easy to shop for either a key piece or a full wardrobe from all of the best stores at the centre, all at one time.” Shirley, the stylist behind Ireland’s original styling company,, went on to say: “Investing in your style will instill confidence when shopping alone and it will allow you the privilege of knowing what suits and what to avoid! We are trying to offer the

most seamless shopping experience for our clients, where they learn to embrace their body shape and dress it accordingly while feeling the god/ goddess that they are. “Each client that I meet has a different lifestyle, style preference and budget and with the perfect mixture of high street and department stores, I am showing them exactly how to dress and shop successfully.” For more information, ccall 085 -1014444 or email

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Yes – it’s time to get the trainers out B&Q’s Grow Your Own offerings will make you a green-fingered master in the garden

B&Q launch DIY demos to make most of weekend LAST WEEKEND, all nine B&Q stores nationwide began a series of Project Demos focusing on DIY jobs, which can be completed in a weekend as part of B&Q’s ‘Doing it Together’ commitment to encouraging the DIY shy to overcome their fears and make DIY easier. F o l l ow i n g r e c e n t research by B&Q, which shows 53% of us are scared of DIY and fourout-of-10 of us even go so far as to say we hate DIY, the easy-to-follow onehour demos will focus on making DIY easier and less daunting, by showing people the basic skills needed and the best tools to get the job done. A team of B&Q experts showed customers exactly how to complete the project, as well as passing on helpful hints and tips to get the best result. The first session, How to Lay Laminate Flooring, was launched at B&Q on April 16. Further weekend Project Demos will follow, including How to Make a Hanging Basket, Growing your Own and Building a Deck or Walkway, and will take place throughout the Easter

period up until Sunday, May 8. To support the instore demos and to help customers even further, B&Q will also be displaying Project ‘Top Tips’ during the Easter bank holidays, focusing on DIY jobs which can be completed in just half an hour, such as hanging a picture, or those you can do in half a day, such as putting up a fence. Katherine Paterson, B&Q’s marketing director says: “We’re passionate about DIY and this Easter we want to make it easier for our customers to have a go themselves. Whether you have a whole weekend or just half an hour, there are so many different jobs you can do and we look forward to welcoming customers into our store and getting the nation DIYing again!” Project Demos taking place at B&Q: • Saturday and Sunday April 23 - 24: How to Make a Hanging Basket. • Saturday and Sunday April 30 - May 1: Grow Your Own. Saturday and Sunday May 7 - 8: Build a Basic Deck or Walkway

THE Lifestyle Sports adidas Trainer Scrappage Scheme is back and going green this year in 64 Lifestyle Sports stores throughout Ireland. From now until the May 8, the scheme will allow people to trade in their old trainers in any Lifestyle Sports store and get 25% off a new pair of adidas Response or Supernova trainers. Irish Rugby captain and adidas ambassador, Brian O’Driscoll, dropped into Lifestyle Sports in Dundrum Town Centre recently and showed his support for the scheme by throwing an old pair of adidas Supernova Glides into the trainer scrappage bin. Ireland produces over 40,000 tonnes of rubber waste a year that goes directly to landfills. By recycling rubber into other useful products, Lifestyle Sports and adidas are helping eliminate the harmful effects on

Irish Rugby captain and adidas ambassador, Brian O’Driscoll

humans and the environment. Lifestyle Sports and adidas have a target this year to collect 18,000 trainers; this will equate to 6.3 tonnes of rubber that would otherwise end up in a landfill and

directly contribute to CO2 emissions. Brian O’ Driscoll said: “This Lifestyle Sports adidas scheme is such a great idea, as most of us have trainers lying around that we will never wear again. By being part

Cooking: Let Russell Hobbs lure you back to the kitchen in style RUSSELL HOBBS is a household name throughout Ireland’s kitchens and now with their new Allure range, dining-in has become that bit more attractive. The Allure range of food preparation appliances have a sophisticated, simple, straight forward design that make them eye-catching in any kitchen. Dine and dazzle your guests this summer with the Allure range from Russell Hobbs. The Allure Black Accents Kettle (€59.99) is stylish and contemporary with brushed stainless and soft black accents, the Allure Kettle features an easy-open, push-button lid positioned on handle, LED power on indicator, dual water gauge, 1.7-litre capacity, and 3kW rapidboil concealed element. The Allure Black Accents Toaster (€54.99) features variable browning, mid-cycle cancel, and frozen setting Russell Hobbs has forged a reputation for timeless, stylish kitchen appliances and the range is available from all good electrical retailers throughout Ireland. For stockist information call 01 429 5140.

of this scheme, you can really make a difference to the environment and help create Ireland’s first environmentally green astro-turf pitch, an initiative never been done before in Ireland.” Some of Ireland’s

top sporting heroes are lending their support to the initiative; adidas athletes O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara and Paul O’Connell. They will appear at three separate Lifestyle Sports stores around the country to encourage the public to donate their used trainers to the scheme. As part of the scheme, customers will be encouraged to get their gait analysed, so they can find out what type of trainer most suits their running style. Free gait analysis is available in all 64 Lifestyle Sports stores. Brian availed of the free gait analysis and had his foot scanned in Lifestyle Sports. It reaffirmed that he is a neutral runner. For dates and times of player appearances, please check These will be announced a week in advance.

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Hop to it! Sweet Easter treats and gifts from M&S CELEBRATE Easter with some of

the sweetest treats from Marks & Spencer. Easter is a great time to spoil the ones you love. With everything from cakes and chocolates, to the brightest in spring fashions, M&S is the one-stop-shop for every Easter Bunny this Easter time. There are Easter eggs galore at M&S this Easter, with eggs to suit the whole family. The new FullyLoaded Eggs are the height of luxury and, with three decadent flavours to choose from, they are the perfect indulgence for the chocoholic family. They come loaded with toffee and white chocolate buttons, cranberries and pecan nuts or strawberries and dark chocolate buttons.

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where2shop Getting spring into swing with top deals THERE are so many things happening at this time of year, Communions and Confirmations are in full swing, and it’s the first time for a lot of us in venturing out to our gardens after the long winter. The Retail Park Liffey Valley has all the names and products that you need during this busy period. There are a total of 10 top tenants there, including Atlantic Homecare, Argos, Currys, JJB Sports, Carpet Right and Harry Corry. Argos have lovely sterling silver and gold pendants for both Communions and Confirmations, with prices starting from only €24.89. To record the special

moment, Argos, Currys or PC World stock a range of top-quality cameras, including Canon, Casio and Sony. Atlantic Homecare have a special Easter treat; buy the Havana 5-piece Gateleg Hardwood Patio Set, which includes a 1.2m Gateleg Folding Table and four multi-position charis (FSC certified Timber) and an Omaha twoburner gas BBQ for only €399.99, a saving a €70 The Retail Park is located behind Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. For contact details for each store, and for more special offers, log onto www. or join us on Facebook.


Month of fashionable fun HOME to over 90 top stores, including Ireland’s largest Marks and Spencer, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre offers the full-day-out experience to keep all the family happy – fashion, film and food! With free parking, easy access and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere, it all adds up to an enjoyable, stress-free day for all the family. This April, Liffey Valley is offering even more to shoppers with a month of fashionable fun, which will include catwalk shows, live mannequins and the opportunity to find your perfect pair of jeans with the help of their dedicated Jean Genius stylists.

Take the opportunity to find your perfect pair of jeans with the help of dedicated Jean Genius stylists

For anyone looking to refresh their SpringSummer wardrobe, the centre’s catwalk shows on Saturday, April 23

and May 7 will highlight the latest styles and trends available from the centre’s retailers, including New Look, Republic,

Topshop, Oasis and many more. The men folk aren’t forgotten either, with a chance for them to show-

case a new look, courtesy of Jack & Jones, Addiction Menswear, Topman, Burtons, Counter Propaganda, and more. A good pair of jeans can solve a myriad of wardrobe woes. Dress them up or keep it casual, skinny fit or bootleg, stone wash or indigo – the options are endless. If you want to know the perfect style, fit and colour for your body shape make an appointment with a style team to have your very own Jean Genius guide you to denim heaven. For more information, see or find the centre on Facebook at www.facebook. com/liffeyvalley.

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The Kinect sensor can bring an energetic twist to the traaditional console experience, as players use their bodies to control the action

So, can Kinect get the kids through Easter? Q CORMAC CURTIS

SO FAR, most of the country has been blessed with good weather throughout the Easter mid-term break. Letting the kids run riot in the garden is a great deal easier than having them mope around the house, telling parents how bored they are. The question is, will this weather keep up for another week? Or will parents across the capital spend their time trying to entertain the youngsters. One option for indoor entertainment this Easter is Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect system. There has been a lot of talk about this gadget since it hit the market last year, and, as an addition to the Xbox console, it can prove to be seriously fun piece of kit. So, what is Kinect? Kinect is a small, black box with a few little cameras in it that recognises your hands and feet so you can play a variety of specialised Xbox games by using your body instead of the traditional controller. It sounds like fun, and it is. I spent the weekend trialling the Kinect with my family and one of my nephews to answer one big question – can it keep

Kinectimals is a kids’ favourite - once the opening scenes finish

the kids entertained? The short answer is, yes. Kinect for Xbox 360 is fun that’s good for you! Kinect makes it possible to play in a whole new way by identifying the player’s movement and body position to create a truly immersive entertainment experience. Every Kinect game will get players off the couch and moving, from fitness-specific titles like Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Dance Central, or family fun games like Kinectimals, so you can enjoy guilt-free Easter Eggs. What needs to be considered carefully is what games the kids will enjoy. From the outset, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that both my daughters (four and five years of age) would fall in love with Kinectimals. Kinectimals allows the player

to pick from a selection of cubs – chosing from a tiger, panther, lion, jaguar etc. – and, once a name has been chosen, and the cub is adopted, a host of games and activities are laid on for the player. This is, without a doubt, one of the cutest-looking titles I have ever seen, but it has some serious drawbacks for young players. There is a very long introductory sequence and set-up process that you can’t skip through – and when three young kids are playing, they all want to pick their own cub – believe me, I tried to convince them to share, but they were having none of it. The up-side is the kids all loved the game when it finally got going. Surprisingly, the Kinect Sports titles turned out to be a much bigger hit than I was expecting. It

didn’t require very much fiddling to get going, and soon my kids were boxing like world champions – the game even shows a video of the player during their bout afterwards! There is an awful lot of positives about a console that gets the kids off the couch, and these titles certainly achieve all that. Any kids older than about seven should have no problem playing by themselves, but the little ones need that bit of supervision – especially when it comes to standing back from the screen when cute panthers and tigers are playing! According to Kieran Penwill, Ireland country manager for Microsoft’s Retail Services & Marketing Division: “This Easter, we are encouraging families to keep active. Through the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, gaming and entertainment is as easy as stepping in front of your TV. No matter what your age, or where you’re from, Kinect will get you off the couch and moving; it’s incredibly easy to use, and it fits in with a healthy family lifestyle!” Kinect for Xbox 360 retails at €149.99 and Kinect titles retail from €49.99. Members of the public can share the fun on the Xbox 360 Facebook page at

May D4-ce be with you: Star Wars to invade Ballsbridge this week OK, so it’s not exactly gaming, but it’s safe to say that there are plenty of gamers out there who appreciate a good Star Wars exhibition. So, for those people, we say “may the force be with you” this bank holiday weekend, as Invasion Dublin begins. Take photos with Darth Vader, R2-D2, the menacing Emperor and Darth Maul. Storm Troopers will also be there to maintain order, so be on the lookout! The Invasion Dublin experience runs from 10am to 6pm this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the RDS. This family-friendly event will feature the world exclusive public unveiling of the Republic Clone Fighter Tank, original movie actors, costumed characters, life-size craft, props and sets replicated by Emerald Garrison. For more information visit

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PRODUCTION lines at Swedish car company Saab shut down again last week for the fourth time in two weeks. The struggling car company stopped production until it can stabilise its financial situation. Saab sales fell to about 32,000 units worldwide last year. This compares with sales of up to 130,000 units when under GM control. General Motors (GM) sold Saab to the to Dutch s p o r t s c a r m a ke r Spyker in 2010 after GM filed for bankruptcy in the US. The survival of the Swedish company was in doubt, until a lastminute deal by Spyker which was underwritten by $500 million in loans granted by the European Investment Bank was further guaranteed by the Swedish government.

The new Peugeot 508 is spacious and has a big-car feel to it, even when powered by a modest 1.6 litre turbo-diesel engine

A hot date with the 508 MICHAEL MORONEY took the opportunity to have a sneak early drive of the Peugeot 508 in advance of its official arrival and here is his report DROVE the new Peugeot 508 for a short first drive on Irish roads recently, in advance of getting a longer run after its launch in a few week’s time. Relative to the older 407 model, this car design is a complete change in terms of style and features. I was never a fan of the styling of the older model, and this new 508 is, thankfully, a radical change for the good. Stand in front, and you’ll firstly realize that it’s a big car. I drove two models, the small engine 1.6-litre unit and the 2.0litre model, both of which use turbo-diesel power. The first impressions are that both the car and its engine are a complete change from the past.


SPECS: PEUGEOT 508 1.6 TDI Top speed: 190 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.3 secs Economy: 60mpg CO2 emissions: 124g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Scrappage Eligible: Yes Towing rating: 1,475kg Entry Price: €24,850

This 1.6-litre engine is a new unit, developing 112bhp of engine power and 243Nm of torque. That performance is on par with the competition, some of which have bigger engines. This new 508 is a big car. Despite its size, it weighs in modestly at 1,552kg in kerb weight terms. That’s marginally

heavier than the 407 car that it replaces and the bigger feel is emphasized by the longer wheelbase, which gives more comfort on the road. Peugeot has tuned this modest-size engine to meet the economy needs of this big car. The engine is smooth in operation and I found little sign of power shortage over some typical road conditions. The rated fuel economy figures show only marginal change from the older model. The engine differences are modest in a power sense; the engine power gets a marginal lift to 112bhp compared with 110bhp for the older one. There was no sense of the car being under powered when I drove it. The economy figures

hold good, even when you mix a lower-power engine with a bigger car, that’s an achievement in itself. The economy rating at 21.3 km/litre (60mpg) is good relative to the competition. It is almost comparable with the BMW 318d in that sense, and its economy figure is now up with the best. This level of economy always converts into lower CO2 ratings and lower annual road tax costs. For the new entry-level Peugeot 508, that figure is now 124g/km, bringing the big car in Band B and giving an annual road tax cost of just €156. The other plus of the new 508 for rural drivers is that Peugeot has boosted the towing rat-

ing with the new model. It comes with a towing rating of 1,475kg, up from 1,300kg with a braked trailer in the older 407 model. T h a t ’s a we l c o m e boost for rural drivers who are in the trailerpulling majority. It comes at a time when many other car manufacturers are lowering their towing rate figures, but is still at the lower end of the scale. This new Peugeot has an impressive safety rating, even if not yet tested in the Euro NCAP programme. It should score well with ESP, ASR-traction control, dynamic stability control among its features. The inclusion of driver, front passenger and

side airbags as well as rear curtain airbags will help it achieve a high rating. The entry price is €24,850 for the 1.6-litre HDi version that’s expected to be popular. This is the basic Access version of the car; there is also an Active and Allure specification model. Unfortunately for Peugeot, the car is coming towards the end of the current scrappage offer, and it is a car that is very much scrappage appropriate in terms of value and features. The question is, is it worth waiting for? I think that it is because you are getting so much more car for your money and a bigger car, with better features and economy for the long run.

Driving costs rise this year – but its not all bad news DRIVING has, in the past year, become significantly more expensive. But don’t put it all down to the increase in petrol and diesel prices. Diesel prices are at about €1.45 per litre at the pumps, with petrol close to €1.50 per litre. Petrol prices are at an all-time high, while diesel prices have returned to the high levels of 2008, according to AA Ireland figures. Our fuel prices, despite the significant rises, are still cheaper than the UK, Germany, Italy and France.

Judging by AA Ireland’s more recent car-running costs data, which were based on petrol costing €1.33 per litre, you can expect that following the current 12% increase in fuel costs, the average cost of running a Band B petrol car is in excess of €10,000 per year. Tyre prices are also on the increase. Tyre costs account for about 8% of total running costs. The latest AA Ireland figures show that tyre costs amounted to 1.53 cent per kilometer out of a total run-

ning cost of 19 cent a kilometer based. The increase in petrol prices coinciding with the increased tyre prices means that the balance remains virtually the same. Depreciation remains the largest part of the ownership costs. The AA Ireland figures show that depreciation accounts for about 25% of the overall running costs and is rated at an annual figure of 12% of the value of the car when new. So for a €15,000 car, you can allow for a depreciation figure of about €1,800 per

annum based on driving 16,000 km per year. The good news is that servicing costs have dropped since this time last year. And, for some new car buyers, there are now free three-year service options with the new cars being sold. And as well as the cost of a service dropping more and more, cars can run longer between service intervals, so running costs on that front should fall a little.

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Hazelwood etching memorable homes

Interior and exterior views at Adamstown


New show houses on view at Adamstown LAST weekend saw the launch of brand new show units at Castlethorn’s popular development at Adamstown Square in Lucan, with new two-bedroom apartments coming onstream for €135,000. The apartments boast an extremely high level of specification and are located close to the main attractions of Adamstown, including local shops, schools and train station. For those looking for a larger home, there are new large three-bed duplex units, located on the second and third floors, with over 1,000 sq ft of accommodation, as well as a spacious balcony at €185,000. In addition, there are a small number of three- and fourbed houses available from €245,000 and €275,000 respectively. All homes come with the renowned standard of quality and finish synonymous with the Castlethorn brand. All master bedrooms are very generous in size and are fitted with ensuites. In addition, purchasers will benefit from modern fitted kitchens complete with oven/hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. All homes are designed to comply with Sustainable Energy Ireland’s House of Tomorrow programme in terms of their energy efficient ratios and the BER (Building Energy Rating) rating of each home is very high. The Adamstown marketing suite and show-units are open everyday, weekends from 3 to 5pm and on weekdays from 10 to 5pm. For more information, contact Leahys on 6011800.

MAPLEWOOD Developments held the launch of a new threebed showhouse at Hazelwood, Celbridge last weekend. Three-bedroom houses at the development, which extend to 112 sq m, are on sale from €237,500, while fourbedroom houses, extending to 144 sq m, are selling from €255,000. Spacious

The three-bedroom houses and the fourbedroom houses are extremely spacious, all have their own driveways, front and rear gardens, and are specifically designed to overlook the parkland area within the scheme. This next phase of Maplewood will be finished to the most upto-date building and

insulation regulations, each house will have a minimum of BER rating of a B1 and each house will have energy saving solar panels as standard, together with a host of other features.

Amenities This attractive development is just a 10-minute walk to the newly renovated and extended Hazelhatch train station, that has a regular service to Dublin city thereby providing that perfect blend of contemporary urban living with the feel of a countryside lifestyle. As with all Maplewood developments, there is meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of the design, planning and building which contributes to making Hazelwood another of their

An array of three-and four-bedroom houses are available

signature developments. As always there is a wide choice of interior finishes to choose from. S h ow h o u s e s a r e available for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 5pm, and you can find out more information at or

One of the living room designs at Hazelwood


Peyton is still the place to be

THE Peyton development in Rathcoole village is presenting to the market a new set of large three- and four-bedroom semi-detached houses, available from only €275,000. There are a range of house layouts and sizes from 128 to 190 sq m, suitable for first-time buyers, trading up or down and large family homes. Constructed by Blackchurch Homes, these exclusive houses have a top-quality finish at a very affordable price in a convenient village location. All of the houses have large bedrooms, spacious living rooms, generous bathrooms and en-suites,

The fine interior design at Peyton is reflected across the range of house types

decently sized gardens, and private driveways for two cars. Local amenities on their doorstep include Rathcoole Park, and there are primary and secondary schools within

walking distance. Some of the excellent Peyton house features include B1 energy ratings, no management fees, a choice of Nolan fitted kitchens with granite worktops, and central

vacuum systems. There are 9ft ceilings in living areas and kitchen appliances are included if the sale closes on time. Viewing is recommended and the show houses are open on Sat-

urdays and Sundays from 2.30 to 5pm. For further details, contact Glenn Burrell in Finnegan Menton, Tel (01) 614 7900 or Redmond Auctioneers Tel (01) 4589833.

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OMETIMES it is nice to get out of town and sojourn by the sea or in the lush green countryside, but the arduous four- or fivehour journey to get there can often spoil the

mood. That’s what made our recent whistle-stop tour of two great locations close to Dublin city so nice. Both King Sitric guesthouse in Howth, and Tankardstown House in Slane were exceptional. Both with very different offerings, but sharing one important quality – they provided the personal touch. We had often passed the famous King Sitric restaurant, in the gorgeous fishing village of Howth, on our way for a hike around the head, but never had the pleasure of dining there. Nor did we realise that staying there was an option, but Joan and Aidan McManus now provide very good accommodation with breathtaking views of the sea. Our room was very comfortable and quiet, apart from the morning seagulls, but that is to be expected in a seaside town. Joan and Aidan have run the place for 40 years. Joan runs around, chatting to all her regular guests who amble down from the hill on a weekend night. It’s one of those places that hasn’t changed a great deal over the years, which only adds to its charm. Many of the staff are there since they opened their doors. Fish dishes are classics, and very well cooked. The Lobster Lawyer is delicious and the Black Sole Meuniere was cooked to perfection. Meringue Sitric has been on the menu since day one and had to be sampled, it was very tasty indeed. The next morning, a hearty breakfast was just what the doctor ordered, before a brisk walk around Howth Head. We bid King Sitric adieu, and headed to Tankardstown House. This really is a hidden gem, but we were still surprised more people hadn’t heard of it. On arrival, we were shown around the estate and were told to relax wherever we pleased. Plush furnishings and deep couches were crying out to us, but King Sitric, top and above, is a haven in the city we decided to make use of the sundrenched terrace while we waited for togs. Located inside a walled garden, exceptional starter of beef carpaccio our room. Not the fault of the staff, there was plenty of privacy and the was decorated with fresh sprigs that but ours, as we arrived well before lovely staff offered us extra towels and awakened our taste buds. The helpful waiter found out that it was shiso, robes to dry off with. check-in time. We sat outside enjoying a quick a Japanese herb grown in the walled It was worth the wait, as our accommodation was spacious, bright drink from the honour bar (yes, you garden. Our mains of lamb and suckling pig and extremely comfortable, with a serve yourself and keep a tab) before looked exciting on the plate and were flat-screen television which seemed dressing for dinner. The recently-built Brabazon res- fresh and delightfully cooked. slightly out of sync with the old-world A flourishing patio area, dotted charm of the bedroom, but was, none taurant is already doing a booming trade. A lot of the produce comes with heaters, was the perfect place the less, welcomed. A dip in the hot tub was called for, directly from a walled vegetable gar- for a pre- or post-dinner drink. The cocktails are very good, and and we were thankful we brought our den located on the estate, and an

Mimi’s Blue Book break

An Easter of pure imagination awaits the family in Wexford THE Carlton Millrace in Wexford will be transformed into a chocolate wonderland this Easter, with every child who is staying receiving a much sought-after Carlton Chocolate Bar. Upon carefully peeling back the wrapper, a select number of these chocolate bars will have a precious Carlton Golden Ticket. The Golden Ticket holders will then go on

FastTravel an egg hunt in search of the Chocolate Wonderland, which will be full of chocolate fountains, a chocolate factory and chocolate as far as the eye can see. One lucky child will get a golden egg, which will earn the winners a summer holiday in the Carlton Millrace. The Hatch a Plan this Easter Package is for a family of four sharing, three nights B&B, ane

The stunning surroundings of Tankardstown House in Slane, top, above and left make it a must-visit spot

our friendly bar girl said they always leave it to one particular guy to mix the drinks - he knows his stuff apparently. Indeed he did, and the tangy mojitos had just the right mix of mint and rum. After a very comfortable sleep, we headed for breakfast. The previous day, when we spied hens running around a coup, we were informed we would be dining on the freshest eggs for breakfast, and they were delicious.

evening meal for the adults and free Kids Club. Children are on B&B basis.

Fine spring weather sees the return of festival fever THE Marble City’s annual May Bank Holiday Mardi Gras, the Smithwick’s Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival, takes place from the April 29 – May 2. All forms of Americana music will be wellrepresented over the four days, including swing, bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues. From midday to midnight, audiences wind their way through the medieval streets, sam-

Plenty of fresh juice and fruit was also available. Then it was off to the terrace for some Sunday reading before making the short trip back to Dublin, happy and relaxed. Tankardstown has a Blue Book package available which includes two nights B&B, sparkling afternoon tea for two and three-course evening meals in Brabazon on the night of your choice, for €250 per person sharing. King Sitric costs from €210 for B&B and dinner for two people.

pling the huge range of music with over 80 shows in 30 venues. Highlights of this year’s line-up include Drive by Truckers, Kort, John Grand, Beth Orton, Wildo Johnson and Mary Gauthier. Now entering its 57th year, the Cork International Choral Festival is a world-class festival celebrating the very best of choral and vocal music from April 27 to May1. Up to 5,000 singers from all over the world participate in almost 100 festival events, including spectacular gala concerts, lunchtime concerts and informal public performances which see choirs popping up in a wide range of unusual locations throughout Cork city.

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Supportedby byAIB AIB Supported

Interview: Richard White, sales director, LVP Renewables Ltd

Hot water panel for people power SALES director Richard White talks to the Gazette about his career, and the recent challenges faced by Irish businesses. “2009 was a particularly hard year. Being made redundant was a huge dint to the pride. Having spent 10 years in total in the hospitality trade, I was determined to find a new career, something to really get my teeth into. “Sometimes you don’t have to look very hard to find something that has been staring you in the face as an obvious career choice. Growing up in a large family, I saw my father’s business go through some good and bad times.” Surviving in the manufacturing/robotics business, Richard’s father, Jeff, saw the contraction of the manufacturing business. In 2007 he decided to diversify into the solar industry. “Obtaining the rights to the Energie panel in Ireland was one of the greatest decisions I made in 35 years of business,” Jeff said. Richard saw the efficiency of the solar panel installed in his own home around the time of his redundancy, and asked his father for a chance to sell the product. LVP Renewables Ltd now has six fulltime employees and distributors around the country. They are linked into Expert Hardware, a firm that has 30 stores nationwide, along with providing a training programme for the major plumbing colleges around the country. “Our competitive advantage is that we can actually provide the customer

Richard White, sales director at LVP Renewables

with a solar system that will offer 100% domestic hot water 365 days a year, with no back up from oil/gas. One small panel will suffice for a family of six people,” Richard says. Based just seconds from the M50, a recent move from Coolock to their Finglas HQ has been a huge step forward, as they can now display their units in an accessible location in the heart of a thriving industrial estate. LVP’s business model is based on excellence in installations. Richard believes existing customers are crucial to

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: Mars bar taster

Q: What do you like least about your job? A: I often have long drives

Q: What was your first job? A: Banqueting waiter in the

around the country

Ardenode Hotel near Ballymore Eustace

Q: When going on holiday, what air carrier do you use? A: Ryanair

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Can’t remember, but

Q: What kind of car do you drive? A: Opel Astra

seemed like a lot at the time

Q: Can you swim? A: More of a floater

seems to be different

Q: What do you like most about your job? A: I’m in sales, there is no greater thrill than closing a sale

Credit Union Loan Q: I have a €15,000 credit union loan. I really shouldn’t have been given it in the first place as I used it to take a holiday and pay off some other debts. My job security wasn’t great at the time, and I am now unemployed. Will they bring me to court if I just stop paying and what will happen if they do? Paul - Drimnagh

future business which is reflected in the number of positive testimonials received. LVP’s complete solution service offers turn-key hot water systems with a transparent pricing structure and single-day installations. According to Richard: “It is never easy to sell anything, but saving money and the environment at the same time seems to be a winning formula in the public’s eye.” Find out more by calling one of the team on (01)8643838 or visiting www.


Q: When did you start your present job? A: It all depends, every day


Q: Would you ever bunjee jump? A: I have done two before Q: Do you play any sport? A: I play tennis badly Q: What is your favourite food and beverage?

A: Pizza and a nice cold beer Q: Who would you rather have dinner with, Brian Cowen or Brian O’Driscoll? A: Brian O’Driscoll Q: How many times each week do you go to the ‘hole in the wall’? A: Once or twice Q: How many times each year do you shop for clothes? A: Once is enough Q: What is the name of your favourite shop? A: Books Unlimited Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: About five I’d say, not too sure

Q: Where is your favourite holiday destination? A: Going to South of France this year, as my brother lives there, so hopefully there

Q: Have you ever met Bertie Ahern? A: Served him a few times back in my hotel days in the Davenport Hotel

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Would have liked to be an actor

Q: When do you wish to retire? A: About 60 Q: What will you do then? A: Depends on how well the next 32 years go!

A: REGISTERED judgments secured by credit unions against their defaulting customers increased by 800% since January 2009. There were a total of 1,626 judgments totalling €21m in loans in the first six months of 2010 (source : Stubbs Gazette). Arrears are on the increase as is legal action to retrieve sums owed. The mounting bad debt in credit unions is one reason why the Financial Regulator last year ordered credit unions to hold the payment of dividends and interest to make provision for these bad and doubtful debts. I am presuming, in your case, the credit union evaluated your ability to repay at the time and in approving your loan endorsed that ability. The first missed payment will be registered in the Irish Credit Bureau in Clonskeagh. This is a cooperative of 95 + financial institutions from banks, building societies, insurance companies to leasing companies and even some of the bigger credit unions. They record every loan transaction in the country and every missed one too. Slow payments are monitored also. Once you have missed a payment, the record of that missed payment stays there for five years. Every time you look for credit, your credit history will be like a beacon to would-be lenders to decline such requests. If you have a judgment registered against you, it will stay on the ICB for life and it will be extremely difficult to obtain credit ever. That is why you have to guard your good name. Eventual legal action will follow after repeated default of your monthly repayments, resulting in an inevitable judgment – a mark, as I said, that is on the ICB forever, and one you really want to avoid. A positive course for you to take is the negotiation course. Communicate with your credit union; tell them where you are at, business and employment wise. Bring an income and expenditure statement with you and your latest bank statements. Show them you mean business and that you are prepared to roll up the sleeves and do what is required in order to repay this debt. Ask for an initial six months repayment freeze, dust down the CV and see what work you can obtain. You have to give them some kind of hope that this loan will be discharged at some future point and that you are making an effort. Good luck with the negotiations.

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Des Bishop’s latest internationally acclaimed show My Dad Was Nearly James Bond, tells of a remarkable life tinged with regret. April 21 and 22 at 8pm. Tickets: €20/€25.

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music and a Guinness World Record holder as the fastest fiddle player in the world. April 23 at 8pm. Tickets: €16, €18 and €20.

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 Twelfth Day Twelfth Day are at the forefront of innovative, modern British folk music. With a fresh, open-minded approach to song writing, the duo create an entirely unique sound, interweaving masterful Fiddle and Harp playing with beautifully harmonised vocals in stylish and dynamic arrangements. Saturday, April 23 at 8:30pm. Admission: €16.

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 High School Rocks A high-energy, foot-stomping, totally interactive production featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, and 3, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and Glee! The High School Musical phenomenon which has smashed box office records everywhere, together with Miley Cyress from Hannah Montana – The Movie, the hugely successful film Camp Rock with The Jonas Brothers and the Glee Club, are all paid tribute to in this amazing show. April 27 at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets: €19, family €56.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Unoriginal Sin

Eve has managed to journey well into her twenties without being kissed. Well, not properly. Bill is well passed that milestone and has been kissed – on countless occasions. He is rich, alcoholic, and girl crazy. Eve is engaged to Neville. Bill is married to Jenny. Jenny is having an affair with Jeremy, but she remains utterly devoted to her husband’s cheque book. Miles is Bill’s best friend. Or at least he was, before he discovered Bill’s underpants hanging from the lightshade in his bedroom. Then there’s Father Tomlin. At least he’s taken a lifelong vow of celibacy. Or so his daughter claims! Original Sin? It seems there’s nothing very original about it any more. April 26 to 30 at 8pm. Admission: €18/€15

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Hot Mikado

This hilarious musical comedy is a 1940’s style update of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Mikado, and features highenergy dance routines with great vocal arrangements of blues, swing, hot gospel and scorching torch songs. April 27 to 30 at 8pm. Tickets €21.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer If you thought Irish dancers were all curly-haired cutie pies with perfect posture, meet a scowling girl from London in this outrageous antidote to Riverdance. Written and performed by Maire Clerkin, The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer is an uproarious yet poignant one-woman play. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and booze and rock and roll like only a convent-educated, Irish catholic girl can. The audience is brought on a hilariously candid comingof-age journey through the pre-wig world of Irish dancing. An all-together more innocent time ... or so we thought. April 18 to 23. Admission: €16 and €12 concession. Check website for times.

This film, about a group of ordinary teens and youths who find themselves fighting a guerilla war when their Australian town is over-run by invaders, feels rather odd; a curious fusion of Down-Under sensibilities and the kind of explosive silliness we’re more used to from Hollywood

An odd-tralian film There could be dark days ahead for Summer Bay, if the plucky Oz youths in this film can’t stop would-be attackers KATE CROWLEY

GIVEN the sight of Russell Brand on the horizon in a thoroughly pointless update of “Arthur” (someone so odious, I’d almost watch a new Clive Owen film instead – well, almost; let’s not jump to extremes, dear reader), my feet swiftly swerve away with Riverdance levels of speed towards ... Tomorrow, When the War Began; a film that may have led to high-fives all round at the Australian Tourism Board (as it was filmed in various scenic and lovely Oz spots), yet could possibly lead to one or two raised eyebrows across the Asia Basin, of which more anon. A small group of Wirrawee youngsters set off on one of those weekends that youths in movies are always setting off on (no hanging around outside McDonalds at the local shopping centre for this lot), with the young ladies

FILM OF THE WEEK: Tomorrow, When The (12A) 103 mins War Began Director: Stuart Beattie Starring: Caitlin Stasey, Lincoln Lewis, Chris Pang, Andy Ryan, Deniz Akdeniz and the Australian countryside

OUR VERDICT: ALTHOUGH Kate thinks her dear daughter, Crowleyetta, seems barely able to find her homework at the weekend, the Australian youths in this film prove a surprisingly resourceful lot, displaying rather more intuition for guerilla warfare than one might expect. It’s a derring-do, gung-ho, boys’-own, somewhat-silly tale of teens versus tanks, more or less. Still, at least the scenery is lovely ...

and gentlemen having a lovely time indeed in a remote, scenic place that’s far from home. It’s Hell. (Fundamentalists may be a little disappointed to note that it’s a charmingly-named remote valley near their town, which must lend itself to some catchy Wirrawee Tourism Board slogans, one imagines.) But Hell is not, in fact, very far from war, as it turns out that, while they were all off working on their tans and fumbling their way through awkward relationships, A Foreign Power has

invaded, with Wirrawee proving to be a luvverlee and key place through which to invade Oz, and to start plundering her natural resources. So, it’s first stop Wirrawee, and then on to the likes of Ramsey Street. Strewth! The bounders! What are our perfectly shaped heroes and heroines to do? Why, fight back, of course, as we all know – through lots of films – that if there’s one thing that bad guys can’t defeat in the movies, it’s a bunch of bloomin’ kids. And especially if it’s

bloomin’ kids who swiftly organise themselves into a guerilla cell, and then set about thwarting “The Foreign Power’s” plans, while using Hell as a secret, unknown base in which to hide out. The bad guys’ plans focus on a bridge at the town – a key infrastructural spot that is enabling the invaders to, well, invade, it being one of their key access points into the country. Heaven knows what’s happening over in Summer Bay. And so, while the young men and women discover a newfound ingenuity with DIY firepower, and prove adept with guns and devising hit-and-run missions – well, shouting “Rack off!” just wouldn’t cut it, I suppose – the scene is set for a climactic face-off between the plucky kids and the invading army. And then, presumably, things will really ramp

up in the next, inevitable movie ... Older readers may be thinking to themselves: “Hmmm. This sounds like a twist on that 1980’s clunker, Red Dawn, booted down under to Australia, with more than a dash of Home And Away added for good measure, and infused throughout with the can-do spirit of MacGyver and The A-Team.” Well, quite. (I do hope my editor never notices such eloquent reader comments.) It’s a little curious how the bad guys here are painted as a coalition of various Asian people, as if, one day, China, Korea, Taiwan and, ooh, take your pick, all decided to unite and make a land rush on Oz; a faintly odd ideology to perpetuate, perhaps. Still, as far as somewhat silly battle movies set in Australia and aiming for the Tween market go, it’s all right, mate ...

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‘Hello? Have you a AIAIAI, the big noise in audio problem? You fall for scam calls?’ ROB HEIGH


A FEW weeks ago, this column looked at the impending threat of viruses for mobile phones, although it is not the only phone-based risk out there. Going on a lot of anecdotal evidence over the past few months, Irish householders have become a common target for phone scammers, who try to trick people into handing over private information on their computer. This is not as straightforward as them posing as your bank and asking for your details; instead, they try to get you to use your computer to effectively do the same. Here is how the scam works ...

The call Potential victims will receive an unsolicited call, usually from an oddlooking number. The person on the other end will tell them they are calling from “technical support” for their computer or operating system, or something to that effect. They will then tell the user that they have noticed errors on their machine and are calling to help resolve them. The confidence trick Once the victim shows signs of believing them, they will likely ask them to turn on their computer and undertake a number of tasks. Often, these tasks are completely harmless, but they are used to make

the victim believe their computer is at risk. For example, they might get the victim, in a roundabout way, to open a folder deep within Windows. They will tell them most of the files there are viruses that need to be removed, when in actual fact they are obscure, though necessary, files that help the computer to work properly.

The scam Once they have built trust, they will ask the victim to do one of two things. The first is to go to a website and download a piece of software, under the pretence of it being a way of solving their “problem”. In reality, it is a virus, and will only create more of its own. Alternatively, they might ask the user to use Windows’ built-in remote connection software, which allows the scammer to gain access to and take control of their computer. They will claim to do this so that they can fix the problem; in reality, they just want access to their personal data.

Scammers have been cold-

The reality The truth of the matter is, no-one from Microsoft or any computer manufacturer will ever call people out of the blue about a problem they are having – they would have to ring them first. Even if there is a problem with a user’s computer, these companies cannot possibly know that, unless the user tells them first. The scammers are playing the odds. Most houses now have PCs, and most PC users have some kind of problem with them from time to time. However, if you get a call and want to be sure that it is a scam, do ask t h e m for more details – for example, what model number is on your computer (usually, the base)? But the best move is to simply hang up on them. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc The latest Androidbased phone from Sony Ericsson (above) is a clear follow-up to its original Xperia

device, and is a clear improvement, though it is still imperfect. Ironing out many of the creases still remaining in Sony Ericsson’s approach to phones, the Xperia Arc is slick, stylish and quite easy to use. It offers a powerful processor, a bright screen and impressive camera, and its user-interface is quite user-friendly, too. It even has a HDMIout port, m a king it easy to conn e c t to HD T V s , so that you can watch the videos and pictures you recorded with it on a big screen. That said, parts of the device do seem a litt l e f l i m s y, especially the cheap-feeling plastic on the back. As well as this, the company’s Timescape software is not as good a way to browse through messages, Facebook and Twitter updates as you might like. Overall, however, it is another big step forward from Sony Ericsson, and is certainly a phone worth considering for those in the market. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is available on all major networks as a bill-pay and Pay As You Go handset.

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2ManyDJs, A-Trak, and James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem, the Danish company have produced an astonishingly distinctive, elegant and dynamic product, priced €199.95. With competition from Dr Dre’s Beats and the perennial Sennheiser range, the TMA-1s are set apart by their classic, minimalist design and their ability to deliver clarity and definition of sound in every genre. At home, the headphones come into their own w h e n matched with a good soundcard, but even iPhone and laptop

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The greatest race takes place in the Fair City STEPHEN FINDLATER

K AT H RY N T h o m a s became the first ever person to abseil from the top of the Aviva Stadium when she launched the inaugural Dublin Adventure Race, which takes place on May 21, in the stadium last week. T he former K ing’s Hospital student and television presenter looks set to star t a

trend for adventure, as approximately 1,000 competitors are expected to take to the streets for the unique event, which is set to get the adrenaline pumping, with participants required to run, cycle and kayak around the city. This race will transform the city into an adventure playground, showing how epic Dublin can be. In teams of two or

three, or solo if competitors prefer to go it alone, the race will kick off at the Adventure Weekend in the RDS.

Racing around Competitors will take to their bikes first, which will take them along beaches, canal paths and into parks, with a tricky assault course to master inbetween. They will then take on the kayaking section of the challenge before

Siobhan Byrne and Kathryn Thomas became the first people to abseil the Aviva

changing to their runners to complete a street orienteering section, where they will pick up points for every checkpoint reached. The real high of the event is the abseil from the top of the Aviva stadium.

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who want to tr y an adventure race for the very first time. “We are using the amazing amenities that Dublin has on offer to transform the city into a giant adventure playground.

“The aim of the game is to encourage people to get out and get active while having a whole lot of fun at the same time.” To register for the e ve n t a t w w w. d u b

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Tallaght victorious in Estuary Road event LAST SATURDAY Malahide hosted the second annual John Madden trophy. The trophy, presented by the club to commemorate John’s tireless contributions both to Malahide RFC and Leinster Rugby over the course of his life, is now firmly a part of the Leinster rugby calendar. The competition was run on a round robin basis with teams from AIB, CYM, Parkmore, Tallaght and Unidare taking part. The competition was marked with some good-quality, competitive and open rugby with all teams looking to be creative throughout. The overall result was a very tight affair. Tallaght, AIB and CYM all finished with three wins, with Tallaght and AIB edging out CYM by virtue of losing bonus points secured in their defeats to CYM and Tallaght respectively. Eventually, after a countback, Tallaght were declared the winners on a superior points difference to AIB over the course of the tournament. Tallaght thereby secured their first Leinster trophy and pennant, along with it the opportunity to compete in the Leinster Metropolitan Junior Spencer Cup next season.

Malahide came close to an upset, but were denied a semi-final place in the Albert O’Conell Cup

Malahide bow out of cup ALBERT O’CONNELL CUP Old Wesley Malahide

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MALAHIDE travelled to Old Wesley last Saturday in search of a place in the Albert O’Connell Cup semi-final. Missing a number of first team regulars, Malahide made the worst possible start to the game. Old Wesley elected to move the ball from the kick-off and, as the ball was sent wide from the first breakdown, a mix-up in midfield saw the Old Wesley outside centre find a gap in Malahide’s defence. He timed his pass perfectly to the left wing and Wesley had the first score of the game with a try under the posts. The easy conversion brought

the score to 7-0. Malahide could not establish any sort of platform in Old Wesley territory and the home side continued to dominate the first 20 minutes of the game, adding a further penalty. Eventually Malahide managed to establish some possession, but some costly handling errors with a greasy ball didn’t help their cause. Old Wesley were very organised at the breakdown and every Malahide turnover was penalised with a loss of yards back to their own 22. Towards the end of the half, Old Wesley managed to gain some good possession in opposition territory and, when Malahide were caught offside to concede a straight-

forward penalty, Wesley moved into a 13-0 halftime lead. The second half did not start much better for Malahide as Wesley were soon in possession in the visitors’ half again. Malahide then started to come into the game with some tight carrying from Ger Mullarkey and Austin Kennedy always looking for a gap. Old Wesley defended well, although the onedimensional approach of the Malahide attacks never stretched the Wesley defence fully. Malahide did eventually manage to make some ground after some good work by wings Dave Murphy and Eoin Barber. As Malahide tried to get over, first Richie Forbes and then Darren Morrin

were held just short, but when the ball was recycled scrum-half Shane Breen’s pass never found it’s way to intended target replacement flanker Deaglan O’Connor, taken out by the Wesley defence without the ball. The referee had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try with Jonny Martin adding the extras. With the score now at 13-7, Malahide started to show intent, moving the ball to wider areas, but centres Brian Geraghty and Karl Morris never quite managed to make the clean break that was needed to break down a solid Wesley defence. As the game neared a conclusion, Wesley were first forced into touch just shy of the Malahide line before being held up over

the line, and it looked like Malahide’s chance had gone. However, in one final twist to the game, wing Dave Murphy scooped up a loose ball on his own line. His run brought the play to half way and a nicely timed pass to Brian Geraghty left the centre with a clear run to the line, but play was called back as the referee adjudged Murphy’s pass to have been marginally forward. As the final whistle sounded, there was disappointment for Malahide. This defeat brings down the curtain on Malahide’s 1st XV’s season with all thoughts now fixed on the club’s participation in the newly formed Leinster League Division 2A next season.

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One vision for Brogan’s Dubs


With the biggest game in Dublin football only days All Blacks’ Fitzpatrick away, ROB HEIGH caught up with Bernard Brogan to gives Crokes a lesson talk about the drive in the camp to secure the title THE opportunity to claim the first National league title since 1993 is one that Bernard Brogan clearly relishes. Last season’s AllStar and national Player of the Year spoke to GazetteSport last week when he took some time out from training to take on Eoin Cadogan from Cork, and Michael Murphy from Donegal, putting their formidable football and fitness skills to the test by playing Kinect Sports for Xbox 360. Having won the sprint challenge, Bernard turned his attention to the matter at hand and the chance to claim some silverware for Dublin in the National League final at Croke Park this weekend. We started by asking

him about the source of the consistency and momentum that Dublin have built up over recent months in the league. “At the start of the year, we put it to ourselves that

I think more than 30 lads have been tried out at Croke Park, and that’s been huge for us, and our successful league campaign, and being in the final, was our goal. Any-


‘I think Cork learned it’s time to keep an eye on Dublin after the last game. We’re looking forward to a really good day at Croke Park’ --------------------------------------------------------

we wanted to be more competitive in the league, and over the years gone by, the management have rotated players and try to look at them, but we wanted to do that this year while winning games.

thing more this weekend will be a bonus.” With some commentators voicing concern that Dublin’s perfect 15 has not been evident so far, Bernard was far from concerned about what

Bernard Brogan is looking to deliver the knockout blow to Cork this weekend

he considers to be far less of a problem than some would think. “That we have so many good players in all positions is a benefit. They all do the job so well; if anything happens to any player over the summer, we have lads who can step in and do the job just as well. I think we have that now, with two lads for every position. If they played either one of them, there would be no question, and the competition at training is huge as well, which drives us on. But the strength of the panel has been a huge factor for our success so far this year.” With All-Ireland champions Cork as opposition this weekend, Bernard was very sure of the test that awaits Dublin in the final. “We expect a different game from the last game, when Cork had a bit of a hangover from their holidays, or rust after winning their All-Ireland. But we are feeling good. It’s going to be a very tough game, we are going out to win the title, not just to show up and hand it to Cork. We’re going out to win the title. It’s been a long time, and it will be huge for the capital to win some silverware, and we will be going all out for the win.” Brogan felt that the side had learned a lot from the match at Croke Park in February that saw Dublin come out on top.

“I think we gained a lot of mental strength from it. We learned that they’re not world-beaters, that we can defeat them. They might have been the form team for the last year, but the win at Croke Park will give us a sense of positivity that, when we turn it on, we can beat them. You can only get that from winning, and we haven’t had that for a long time. It will be huge that we have that in our heads when we meet them again. “I think they learned it’s time to keep an eye on Dublin. We have been putting different panels into play, and what team we will put out and what way we will play. We want to make it hard for teams to read us, and we want them to have a hard time finding a solution to our gameplan. We’re looking forward to a really good day.” With the Dubs filling Croke Park with the assistance of the Spring series of games, Bernard was delighted with the effect that the run of games has had on the Metropolitan’s success this year. “I think it’s been brilliant, a great publicity for the GAA. At a time when other sports are so strong, it’s great to see the GAA making it clear they want to get people on boards. The series was a huge success in terms of getting kids involved in the game, and, hopefully, that will continue.”

NEW ZEALAND All Blacks legend and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation goodwill ambassador Sean Fitzpatrick was in Dublin last week to pass on his wisdom to the Dublin footballers and hurlers ahead of their National League finals in the coming weeks. The captain of the 1990s’ all-conquering team also spent time with some of the Kilmacud Crokes’ Under-12 boys’ and girls’ teams and gave them a lesson in how to do the Haka.

Great Ireland Run winners announced WE ARE delighted to announce the winners of the SPAR Great Ireland Run 2011 competition for local runners in each of GazetteSport’s eight areas. Blanchardstown: Philip O’Leary and Bronagh Elliott Castleknock: John Quinn and Stephanie Holt Clondalkin: Brian O’Connor and Aoife Fitzroy Dundrum: Mark Sheridan and Vanessa Lenehan Dun Laoghaire: Flavio Rea and Jennifer Duffy Lucan: Derry McVeigh and Denise Lynch Malahide: Michael Flynn and Sinead Duffy Swords: Vincent Brady and Marion Doherty We will be in touch with the

winners directly.

Ireland could still appear at World Cup 2015 IRELAND could yet appear at the 2015 cricket World Cup after it was announced that the International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar had asked the executive of the governing body to reconsider the composition of the tournement last week. Ireland’s stars, including Kevin O’Brien, were insensed when it was announced that associate nations, the clubs who are not full members of the ICC, would be excluded from the tournament when it next runs in Australia and New Zealand. But the matter will be reconsidered in June at the next meeting of the ICC executive in Hong Kong.

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Ports stun league leaders and keep promo bid alive PORTMARNOCK AFC’s first team produced one of the performances of the season to stun LSL Sunday Senior 1B title favourites St Francis 3-0 in Baldonnel. In the battle of the two promoted sides, John Gibbons got the coastal side into the lead with a lob following Rob Donegan’s spadework. Stephen Cummins made it two when he latched onto Niall Holohan’s through pass in the second half and, with time running out, Cummins completed an impressive win when he shot low. The ball was slightly off course but Barry Kennedy turned the situation to his advantage to turn in the third for an impressive win.

United taste Danone glory

Conway knock crushes MCC

MALAHIDE United were among the DDSL Qualifiers for the Danone Cup play-off games which were completed in Pearse Park last weekend. The club will face off against Knocklyon United in the next series of games while a win there will see them advance to play either Belvedere or Shamrock Rovers. The competition was played in a group format with four teams in each group with both winners and runners up of the Groups qualifying for the knock out stages. The winners of the semi-final games will qualify from the DDSL area for the national finals to be held in the AUL later this year.

MALAHIDE cricket club’s second team were unable to build on a good start against Dublin Uinversity last weekend in their first game of the season, as they racked up 50 without loss. Opener Andy Pyne made 38 while Zak Kelly held the tail together with 39 to reach a target of 165. They were in trouble, though, when debutants Hugh Pyke with 25 and Eoghan Conway hit a 109ball century. When Sirash Kiran got two wickets in quick succession, a minicollapse saw them wobble but Conway saw his side over the line with four wickets to spare and notch up 22 points for the win.

Malahide United booked their place in the last four of the SFAI Under-12 Cup with a commanding performance over Lucan United

Malahide into the semi SFAI U-12 CUP Q-FINAL Lucan United Malahide United

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A SENSATIONAL individual JJ Nolan effort was the icing on an impressive cup-tie winning cake when Malahide United celebrated booking a SFAI Cup semi-final berth in style last Saturday. The visitors, who were inspired by man of the match Jonathan Lunney and their DDSL representative Darragh Leahy, displayed more than passing flashes of brilliance and scored three quality goals to

ensure safe passage to the next round of the prestigious All Ireland cup. Indeed, so good were United, who are also one game shy of the Ryan Cup final, in a quality cup tie that they are now being spoken about in the same breath as favourites, St Kevin’s. United, who emulated their under-13 clubmates by making the last four, will now do battle with Cherry Orchard on the May Bank Holiday weekend for the right to play in the decider. Malahide United star ted the game

impressively and, like their Lucan counterparts, employed a brand of aesthetically pleasing football. Lunney was dominating in the centre of a five- man midfield and Leahy ensured plenty of visiting joy down the left flank. Fittingly, the opening goal came as a result of some Leahy brilliance, the winger sending in a teasing cross which top score JJ Nolan buried home with his head to make it 1-0. Going a goal down seemed to spur the hosts on. Centre back Conor Masterson moved to midfield and temporar-

ily dealt with Lunney’s threat whilst Brandon Payne began to break up the fluid visiting play. Whilst on top before the break Aram Vartanyan came close to levelling but it remained one nil after the break. While the left was the visitors’ main avenue of attack on the opening period the right flank was their the most potent weapon in the second. Paul Curtis and David O ’ N e i l l we r e c h i e f Lucan tormentors and, unlike in politics, the right and left eventually combined to great effect as Malahide went further ahead.

O’Neil found Leahy with a brilliant cross and the left winger got a deserved goal with a calm finish. Again the goal seemed to inspire the hosts and they attempted a reposte, but again, despite coming close — this time via Josh Keegan — they couldn’t get back into the tie. Lucan continued to battle bravely but were punished as they pushed on, the lethal Nolan latching on to a through ball and firing home from 18 yards to register his eleventh goal in the competition and put the result beyond doubt.

Second-half sting ends Marnock’s run U-18 LEINSTER LEAGUE Q-FINAL Portmarnock CS Wilson’s Hospital School STAFF REPORTER

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PORTMARNOCK CS fell at the quarter-final hurdle of the Leinster U-18 girls’ league, losing out to an impressive Wilson’s Hospital who managed to overcome suspensions to three of their players. In perfect conditions Portmarnock got off to a fine start, striking the crossbar in the first minute of the game with the

best chance of the first half. It awoke the Westmeath side from their early slumber to make for a lively first half with both sides pushing on but unable to break the deadlock despite a couple of chances each. But Wilson’s got stuck in straight after the restart and Jillian Cunningham slotted home a fine goal and, 15 minutes later, Lauren Payne made up for some early misses by breaking through to put Wilson’s two up. With 10 minutes to go,

Portmarnock were rewarded for their overall effort when first-year scholar Sarah Boyle fired a high shot from distance toward Leanne Mulvey in the Wilson’s goal. The dry hard pitch surface ensured a high bounce that slipped over the advancing Mulvey’s reach. Portmarnock threw everything forward late on, but they were caught on the break when Cunningham broke through on the right and booked a place for the Wilson’s girls in the semi-finals.

Top performers on the day for Portmarnock were goalscorer Sarah Boyle, Lyndsey Loftus, Shauna Cummins and Kim White. But Wilson’s had stars of their own,especially at the back where defenders Davina Harris and Laura McCullagh did their utmost to keep the Ports attack at bay. In midfield, Gunda Marl and super–sub Megan Gould combined to add some extra zest to their efforts going forward which ultimately saw them over the line.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST SYLVESTER’S THE Under-14 girls reached the semi-

nell Park. Please come out and sup-

final stage of the Feile before losing

port the team.

out to Na Fianna. Most of these play-

Two Syl’s players, Eoin Boyne and

ers will be eligible to play again next

Conor Meaney, lined out in the first

year and go one step further. Well

round of the Leinster minor football

done, girls.

championship for Dublin.

In a great weekend for Dublin hurl-

The mini All-Irelands take place

ing the junior hurlers also produced

on Wednesday evening, April 27 at

a great performance to defeat St

6.30pm in Broomfield. The Easter

Jude’s in beautifully sun-drenched

Camp takes place on April 26 to 28. The first lotto draw takes place on

Malahide Castle. The intermediate hurlers were narrowly defeated. Despite some magnificent individual performances the Under-16

Easter Sunday, April 24. Details are available on the website, The AGM takes place on Thursday,

football team lost by four points to Kilmacud in the championship. The Under-15B team continued their excellent start to the season

April 28, and attendance by as many members as possible is requested by the executive committee the club. The club would like to express our

with a draw away to local rivals, Fingal Ravens. The senior football team take on Ballymun on Friday, April 29 in Par-

sympathy to the Sexton Family on the passing of John’s father, John Frank.

St Sylvester’s Under-14 girls in Feile action against Na Fianna

Syl’s girls reach Feile semi-finals STEPHEN FINDLATER

S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ s Under-14 girls team travelled to Naomh Olaf last weekend for the 2011 Dublin feile, reaching the semi-finals stages of division two with a fine performance. They came into the competition, the highlight of many players juvenile careers, off the back of six league wins. They were pitted initially in a group of six teams with Fingallians, Naomh Barrog, St Jude’s, Robert Emmets and Cuala, with the first and second-placed teams in the group to go forward to the semifinals stage on Sunday. And they managed to come through those initial tests when they got the better of Cuala A on a narrow 0-4 to 0-2 result, as well as nudging past Naomh Barrog by the narrowest of margins, 1-3 to 1-2. Eventual champions

St Jude’s were ousted 3-3 to 2-1 while they drew with Robert Emmets, both scoring 0-1, to go with a single loss, falling at the hands Fingallians 1-4 to 1-3. But their fine r un came to an end on Sunday morning at the semi-final stage as Na Fianna just had too much firepower in the second half for Syl’s and they moved clear in the second half to win 2-3 to 1-3 after the first period had finished 2-3 to 1-3 in Na Fianna’s favour. It was the largest Féile for girl’s football ever held in Dublin with over 900 girls taking part. Kilmacud Crokes went on to win Division 1 while there was also success for St Jude’s (Division 2), Scoil Ui Chonaill (Division 3) a n d We s t m a n s t ow n Gaels (Division 4) on winning their respective divisions after action around the city with not just Naomh Olaf hosting but Ballyboden St

Enda’s, St Margaret’s, Scoil Ui Chonaill, Clan Na Gael Fontenoy and Naomh Mearnóg also used as venues.

Minors Elsewhere, two of St Sylvester’s minor footballers, Conor Meaney and Eoin Boyne, were part of the Dublin minor panel who won against Westmeath in the first round of the Leinster Championship last Saturday. Meaney started in the number 10 jersey and kicked a point from the half-forward line, while Boyrne made his appearance in the 46th

minute from the bench in the 4-15 to 0-8 victory. Scott Fulham had a Dublin minor championship debut to remember when he hit a hat-trick as the Dubs outclassed Westmeath in Saturday’s Leinster MFC first-round clash at Parnell Park. The Dubs advance to the quarter-finals while Westmeath must take their chances through the back-door with two first-half goals from Fulham effectively settling the issue before the half-time interval by which time the home side led 2-10 to 0-4.

ST FINIAN’S (SWORDS) OUR juvenile section are holding

We would like to thank Vinnie Flynn

a table quiz this Thursday, April

for the use of Northlands farm.

21 (Holy Thursday) at 9pm in the

Best of luck to the Rolestown

lounge of Kettle’s Hotel, only €20 for

schoolboys’ senior team and girls

a table of four, please support.

senior team who have made it to

Annual golf classic is on Saturday,

their finals.

May 28, in Swords Open; contact

Best of luck to Darren Daly and the

Pat Kinsella on 087-9313045 to book

Dublin footballers in their league

your tee-times.

final. Anyone who ordered tickets

Well done to our U-12 team who won their blitz at the weekend.

for the final can collect them on Thursday night at 8.30pm in the

Senior team play Kilmacud Crokes

bar of Kettle’s Hotel (prior to the

this Friday at 7pm in the league in

quiz) or at the Div 1 game on Friday


at 7pm.

Scrap Saturday last weekend was a great success, thanks to every-

Well done to the Dublin hurlers on reaching the league final.

one who gave up their time to help

2011 Provincial Predictions Forms

out and thanks to everyone who

are now out, please support, only

brought their scrap to be recycled.

€5 per entry, please get these back

FINGALLIANS THE club will this year be hosting Div 7

ers who were fighting off relegation in

of the football feile. Our U-14B team are

the top-flight 12 months ago and now

in this division, with Vincent’s B ,Scoil ui

they are preparing to face Kilkenny

Chonaill and Clontarf B, on the week-

in their first NHL Division 1 final since

end of April 30. Our A team will be play-

1946, on May 1.

ing away in St Mark’s: The big travelling

Put Easter Sunday in the Diary: Music

support last year played a part in the

with DJ Shay, spot prizes and craic in

club winning the feile, so please show

the club from 8pm till late.

your support again this year.

Fingallians Golf Classic in aid of

It was a good week for the ladies

Ladies and Gents Adult Section: Fri-

junior team with a win in both the cup

day, May 6 at Donabate Golf Club.

and league. U-11 girls had a win and

Team of four €200 (€180 if prepaid 14

the senior footballers continued their

days in advance). Early bird: 6.30am

unbeaten run with victory against

to 10.30am - €180 (€160 if prepaid 14

Skerries. U-13A footballers added

days in advance). Sponsor a hole: €50.

another victory and also had ten of

Tee available from 6.30 am to 4pm and

their players at trials for the North

includes dinner in Donabate GC club-

Dublin Development Squad over the

house. There is also an opportunity to


win two three-year tickets for Croke

Congratulations to the Dublin hurl-

Park for a hole in one.



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Fingal’s hurlers were left without key players when their match clashed with junior and intermediate matches in the AHL

APRIL 21, 2011

Fingal’s fate lies with CCC decision Walkover brought about by shortage of players triggers crisis meeting over future of inter-county hurling side STEPHEN FINDLATER

FINGAL’S status as an intercounty hurling entity will be put up for debate later this week following the fallout from the recent walkover conceded to Roscommon. Local club representatives, the Fingal team and management – headed by former Kildare boss Ben Dorney – will meet this week with the Dublin Central Competitions Control Committee to discuss the situation. A clash between AHL club and the National Hurling League Division 3A league dates left Dorney without enough players to make the trip west. And Andy Kettle, the county board chairman, said that if Fingal is to continue to operate, clubs in the area need to be flexible about their fixtures and that Croke Park can also play a part by aligning NHL games in the lower-tier divisions with division one to help alleviate

such clashes occurring in the future. Speaking last week about the decision not to travel to Athleague, Dorney was keen to put on record that his side had not pulled out because their chances of reaching the league final were minimal despite three wins from their five games at the time,

Scheduling Dorney has suggested that, had the game been allowed go ahead on the Saturday, rather than the Sunday, when a full schedule of Dublin intermediate and junior league games were in operation, the tie would not have been postponed. He said: “We wanted to play the game and would have if it was changed to Saturday. We have a panel of 29, and eight players were injured. “That left us with a working panel of 21, and 17 of those were involved in club hurling fixtures at 10.30am on Sunday morning.

“The players all wanted to play those club games and then travel to Athleague, but we couldn’t ask that of them, and there was no certainty that they would all come through their club games. “We would have fielded if the Roscommon game was on Saturday or the Dublin club fixtures had been postponed. “We are operating out of just two clubs, Naomh Mearnog and St Brigid’s. “The players and management team all wanted to fulfil the game against Roscommon. We take playing in the league very seriously, and I certainly wouldn’t like anyone think we didn’t field because we couldn’t make the final, because that is certainly not the case,” said Dorney Fingal are to compete in the Nicky Rackard championship, which is scheduled to get underway on Saturday, but the draw has handed them a bye, allowing some breathing room.

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