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March 1, 2012

AT THE RACES: Fundraising night for Irish Autism Action See Page 3

Decision on trees ‘based on good’ planning I MIMI MURRAY

THE removal of trees beside St Sylvester’s Church may have evoked a strong reaction from many Malahide residents last week, but Fianna Fail councillor, Eoghan O’Brien, said the planning application for a new parish centre and the removal of trees went through a thorough planning process. Councillor O’Brien said there is truth in the argu-

ment that trees add character. However, he said the planning department in Fingal County Council is totally independent and that they make decisions based on good planning. But concerned resident, Austin Maguire said this week: “There is a responsibility that we all share to retain the features that give the village its charm.” Full Story on Page 2

Show-stopper: Enjoying an annual school performance PICTURED at the recent Zombie

Prom show at Malahide Community School are Martha McNamara and David Hayes. They were among a large audience who came to enjoy a heartfelt comedy, which was per-

formed by transition-year students. All the hard work and preparation was well worth it as the show was a hit with all who attended. Full Gallery on Page 10


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ST SYLVESTER’S CHURCH Row over removal of trees continues

Addict had heroin worth €2,926 A DUBLIN drug addict has been given a threeyear suspended sentence for possessing almost €3,000 of heroin at his home. Gardai with confidential information went to Rory Monaghan’s house with a search warrant and uncovered the cache in a tobacco pouch hidden in a DVD case. Monaghan, of Seacliff Road, Baldoyle, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing 19.5 grammes of heroin worth €2,926 for sale or supply at his home on June 8, 2010. Garda Niall McDonnell told James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that colleagues also found €1,300 of cannabis herb at the premises. Monaghan (31) admitted he had been holding the drugs for a person he didn’t wish to name. Defence counsel, Tessa Feaheny, BL, told the court that Monaghan had a serious drug problem at the time and would spend €50 per day on heroin. Ms Feaheny said her client’s only income was €195 per week from social welfare and he had built up a drug debt of €900. The court heard that he has 52 previous convictions, 24 of which are for theft or burglary. J u d g e To ny Hu n t acknowledged that Monaghan hasn’t come to adverse garda attention since the incident and also took his early guilty plea and cooperation into account.

Permission was granted for a number of tress to be removed beside St Sylvester’s Church

‘Time will tell whether this was the best solution’ I MIMI MURRAY

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THE removal of trees beside St Sylvester’s Church may have evoked a strong reaction from many residents in Malahide last week, but Fianna Fail councillor, Eoghan O’Brien, said the planning application for a new parish centre and the removal of trees went through a thorough planning process. Councillor O’Brien said there is truth in the argument that trees

add character, however, he said the planning department in Fingal County Council is totally independent and that they make decisions based on good planning. “All the arguments of the pros and cons were t a ke n i n t o a c c o u n t at the time and submissions would have been made against the removal of the trees. “I will be sad to see the trees go but the planners made the decision. There will be huge community ben-

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efits from the project as well. “The project is far bigger that just a refurbishment of the parish hall. At the end of the day you are never going to get full agreement on these things, but that’s life,” he said.

The argument continued this week, with one concerned resident, Austin Maguire, saying: “Time will tell whether this was the best solution. “Alternatives include renovating the existing Parish Hall, and utilising the newly vacated

Credit Union building to the rear for a fraction of the cost, to preserve what is an important vista and streetscape on entering the village. “There is a responsibility that we all share to retain the features that give the village its charm. If we are not careful we are in danger of losing all the landmarks, spaces and buildings that made Malahide such a wonderful place to live. “It may be time to draw up a strategy for future development in

the village.” A spokesperson from Fingal County Council said: “It should be noted that permission was granted for a number of tress to be removed and a number of trees to remain protected, full details of which can be found within the planning application details. “Any activity on site which may occur that is in contravention to the stated Grant of Permission will be monitored and followed up should the need arise with our Enforcement Section.”


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EVENT Fundraising night for Irish Autism Action a major success

Charity race night raises over €2,000 I MIMI MURRAY

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A R ACE Night held in aid of Irish Autism Action in Malahide Golf Club has raised over €2000, with donations still pouring in. The night, which was organised by college student Ross Culligan as part of a college project, was a huge success, with Martin King MC’ing on the night. Ross’s mother, Susan, who helped to organise the night along with two of Ross’s classmates, Colm Hand and Cormac Gordon, said around 100 people, many of them students from DIT college, came along on the night. Ross and his classmates organised the event as part of their college degree. His mum Susan, who

also helped put the event together said: “As part of his Business and Management Degree he had to set up a new venture and organise a charity event. “He chose Irish Autism Action as his charity as a family member has been affected but they are doing really well because it was diagnosed early. “There is still money coming in and the other day a neighbour handed over €100 to my husband in the golf club. “T he night really turned out brilliantly. The chairman of Irish Autism Action, Brian Murnane, gave a great speech on the night. “It was not too long but got everything covered. Martin King was brilliant, he can relate to everyone, and all the students were

Cricket club in calls for helpers

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THIS year Malahide Cricket Club is fielding a total of 13 under-age teams. They need volunteers urgently to help out, and in particular they need parents to manage some of these teams and no cricket experience is necessary. They will not be able to continue fielding the teams without the help and support of volunteers. To get involved contact the new chair of Youth Cricket - Robbie Condron on 085 1455402 or robshacondron@imagine.ie.

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dying to meet him. “He stayed quite a while and was chatting to everyone. “We had eight races and, on the first one, the backing was a bit slow but then it really took off. “One student won €140 and his eyes nearly popped out of his head,” Susan laughs. “We also had a raffle with some amazing prizes, including afternoon tea at the Four Seasons, food in the Ritz Carlton, a gold Card for Copperface Jack’s, as well as prizes from Dunnes and local pharmacies. “We then had a party bus for them to get back into town and they all

went to Coppers. Some didn’t get home till 6am so it was a great night,” she said. Susan said she was delighted that they were also able to highlight autism on the night. “When we looked into it, we discovered so many people are affected by it. On the back of the race cards we had a piece written by Lisa Domican, who has two kids affected by autism. “It was beautiful and really makes you understand it and it will make me think in future, if you see a child acting up in the supermarket, maybe there is something else going on there.”

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CHARITY: HEALTH CLUBS FOR WOMEN IN ANNUAL SUPPORT INITIATIVE

EVENT Volunteer Information-Cheese and Wine evening

Curves weighs in over food aid CURVES’ clubs in north County Dublin are encouraging women in the area to show their philanthropic strength by participating in the 13th annual Curves’ Food Drive. In addition to the rewarding opportunity for community engagement, the club is offering compelling incentives for both existing and potential members who participate. From March 1 to 18, Curves of Malahide, Baldoyle, Artane and Fairview will collect non-perishable items and monetary donations for St Vincent de Paul. The goal, according to Carmel, of Curves in Malahide, is for the community to come together to help people in need. “At the core of our business is the message that women are stronger when they rally together, and that is the point we hope to bring home with our food drive,” she said. “We want to show our community just how powerful the generosity of our members can be.” According to Carmel, members who donate a bag of groceries, or make a donation during the month of March, can join Curves for free. Curves

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will waive the cost to join – a saving of up to €229. Each year, Curves’ clubs collectively donate millions of pounds of food to feed the hungry. Over the past five years, a total of nearly 54 million kg of food has been collected and distributed to local communities all over the world through the Curves Food Drive. Last year, Curves’ clubs donated an average 1,400 pounds of food, per club. Carmel added: “We hope women in north County Dublin will come together and participate in this initiative. “Even if you’re not thinking about joining a gym, you can still drop off your donations. There are so many people here in our own community who need our help right now.” For further information about Curves, contact Curves on 1800 932 800, or see www.curves.ie.

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Top: Tom and Breege O’Neill with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind staff. Above left: Delta. Above right: Guide Dogs, Sarge and Unice

Irish Guide Dogs for Blind seek volunteers I MIMI MURRAY

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IRISH Guide Dogs for the Blind are calling people from North County Dublin and surrounding areas to “Get Going for Guide Dogs” and volunteer in 2012. The Balbriggan North County Dublin Branch of Guide Dogs are hosting a Volunteer Information-Cheese and Wine evening in the Martello Room, Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan, from 8pm to 10pm on Friday March 2, which is sponsored by Supervalu Balbriggan, to highlight the many ways volunteers can get involved in support of

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their work locally. Guide dog owners, Tom and Breege O’Neill from Balbriggan, have supported Irish Guide Dogs for over 30 years already. They know first-hand the life-changing impact a guide dog makes and have worked tirelessly for many years to help fundraise so that more people can avail of the organisation’s services. “Without fundraising volunteers, Breege and I would not have the mobility and freedom we currently enjoy through our guide dogs. In the last few years, Irish Guide Dogs has needed to do more with fewer resources. Fundraising in particular

is an area needing additional support. We’re hoping that the information evenings will highlight the value of the organisation’s work and inspire more people to support,” Tom said. Nick Palmer, director of Kingston Technology International, has been an active fundraiser for guide dogs for over ten years, part of which was in England with UK Guide Dogs. He says it’s his love of dogs that got him involved initially. An active volunteer for the charity’s Balbriggan North County Dublin Branch, Nick says: “I like to describe Irish Guide Dogs as a ‘feel good’ charity because you get to see

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the positive outcomes of your efforts as a volunteer. I can’t help but feel good when I see a guide dog in action. Knowing that I have helped another person enjoy an improved quality of life is extremely rewarding and inspires

me to keep doing more.” Irish Guide Dogs are on a national drive to find volunteers willing and able to help. Over 80% of the organisation’s income is raised through voluntary donations and all services for people living with sight loss or autism are offered free of charge. Call 085 766 3107, or email balbrigganguidedogs@gmail.com, to discuss volunteering opportunities with you. The evening is open to individuals, clubs or businesses interested in supporting Guide Dogs. There will also be a free raffle for everyone in attendance.


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ABBEYVILLE HOUSE AND DEMESNE: NEW HOTEL

FUNDING ‘Council is committed to Fingal’s heritage’

Further planning details sought I MIMI MURRAY

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FURTHER information has been sought from Manor Park Home Builders, who are now in receivership, on their planning application for a new hotel at Abbeyville House and Demesne in Kinsealey. They had previously sought an extension to the duration of their planning application from Fingal County Council. The development would consist of an integrated tourism/recreational facility on a site measuring 230 acres at Abbeyville House and Demesne, which is a protected structure. T h e d e ve l o p m e n t will consist of a twostorey, over-basement 70-bedroom hotel within a walled garden area of which shall be erected in two phases. Phase 1 would consist of 28 bedrooms, spa/leisure centre, bar areas, breakfast room, restaurant, lounge, three meeting rooms, kitchens, reception area, landscaped entrance court comprising of landscaped parking area, service area, basement area with the total area of Phase 1 of 5,931 sq m. Phase 2 shall consist of 42 bedrooms erected around a central courtyard area to the west of Phase 1 with a total area of Phase 2 of 2,937 sq m. The development will also involve the integration and restoration of the walled garden as part of the proposed hotel and the insertion of a vehicular /pedestrian access, glazed glazed windows through the wall structure and a projecting linear glazed bay first-floor level above the northern elevation of the wall structure;

the demolition of sheds and late 20th-century structures (including the indoor riding arena) within the walled garden. An 18-hole championship golf course, which shall include the construction of wetland areas and lakes; a bowling green; a golf practise area; a threestorey golf club house consisting of changing rooms, pro shop; spike bar; caddy masters room; kitchen; storage, committee and staff rooms; four accommodation rooms; restaurant; bar areas; patio and balcony areas and toilets. The application also consists of 32 detached two-storey 5/6 bed houses with garages in six different house types; 14 courtyard-styled four-bed houses of 200 sq m each erected in three terraced rows each for use as tourist accommodation and 344 car parking spaces for hotel/clubhouse and recreational uses. There would be a single storey golf course/estate maintenance buildings with a gross floor area of 1,172 sq m to accommodate machine storage, yard and washbay, workshop, ancillary offices, toilets, storage areas and eight staff car parking spaces. Site development works consist of foul and surface water drainage, including relaying of a section of the existing public foul sewer along the southern boundary and constructing new gravity foul sewer along the Malahide Road to the junction of the Feltrim Road surface water detention area. An Environmental Impact Statement will be submitted to the Planning Authority with the application.

The council said it fully supports the Government’s aim of promoting heritage and cultural tourism

Call on the council to condemn cuts I MIMI MURRAY malahide@gazettegroup.com

A LOCAL politician has called on Fingal County Council to condemn the ongoing funding cuts in the heritage sector, including the proposal to merge The Heritage Council with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Independent councillor David O’Connor, said that, in view of the Government’s aim of promoting heritage tourism, and in view of this council’s commitment to Fingal’s heritage, evident in the Draft Fingal Heritage Plan now on display, that the council should make

the move. In response, the council said it fully supports the Government’s aim of promoting heritage and cultural tourism. “The council’s commitment to heritage tourism is evident in the current redevelopment of Malahide Castle at a total cost of €10m, with €3.75m funding from Failte Ireland, and in our ongoing commitment to managing and opening to the public the many heritage properties in our ownership. “The council received funding totalling almost €1.77 million for the Conservation Grants scheme from 2001-2010.

This scheme, which has now been discontinued, provided much-needed funding support to owners of protected structures, many of which are important historic buildings. “This scheme also resulted in at least an equivalent spend by owners in completing grant-aided works. This benefited local heritage and the local economy. “While the grant scheme was not specifically related to tourism, it was beneficial to the historic environment, thus adding to Fingal’s attractiveness to tourists, and was particularly helpful to private owners

without large resources or access to other funding streams. “At present, the second Fingal Heritage Plan is nearing completion, with the Draft Heritage Plan currently on public display. The Draft Plan presents an integrated approach to the heritage services provided by the council and provides a framework for managing our rich heritage in the years ahead. A key objective of the Plan is to support recreation and tourism in Fingal. “The Heritage Council has supported FCC in formulating and implementing its Heritage Plan in the first instance

through the funding support of approx €20,000 per annum provided for the Heritage Officer post. “In addition, the council has received over €300,000 from The Heritage Council in funding support for the implementation of Heritage Plan projects from 2006-2011. “These projects have enabled the council to greatly enhance knowledge and understanding of our local heritage. The council looks forward to continued funding support from The Heritage Council in implementing the second Fingal Heritage Plan.”

Over €10m household charges paid THE Household Charge office has confirmed that over €10 million has been paid by nearly 110,000 households across the country since the introduction of the €100 household charge on January 1. Eighty percent of those who registered and paid the charge so far have paid online either in full or signed up to pay in four direct debit instalments of €25 using www.householdcharge.ie. The remainder have paid at their local council cash office or by posting payment directly to the Household Charge

office. Householders have until March 31 to pay the €100 charge before penalties apply. “The rate of compliance with this charge is broadly in line with what happened three years ago when the Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge was introduced,” said David O’Connor, Fingal County Manager. Welcoming the announcement by the Household Charge Office he said: “As the end of March approaches we expect the number of people paying the charge to increase signifi-

cantly and the wide range of payment options aims to make it as easy as possible for homeowners to budget for and pay the charge. “The Household Charge goes directly into essential local services, including our parks and pitches, our libraries and community centres, our planning and development services, our fire and emergency services, the maintenance and cleaning of streets and street lighting and these facilities benefit everyone in the community. “Seventy-eight percent of

Fingal County Council’s annual budget comes from within Fingal with our ratepayers making a significant contribution. “The remaining 22% comes from the exchequer and the introduction of the household charge now means that homeow ners will make a direct contribution as well, the same as every other country in Europe,” he said. For further information, FAQs and payment options for payment of the household charge, log on to www.householdcharge.ie or www.fingalcoco.ie.


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JOBS: ENCOURAGEMENT TO PEOPLE IN NORTH DUBLIN

‘Action plan is ambitious’

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beginning this April, will ensure progress is measured in a timely and effective manner. “T his Government is committed to incentivising and creating the conditions for job growth in the State. I am especially encouraged by the focus on the roles played by Government agencies such as the IDA, who I have been lobbying to pay increased attention to north County Dublin for a number of years. “The Action Plan for Jobs has been broadly welcomed as an ambitious and well-thoughtout paper. “I feel this has been highlighted by the very weak criticisms voiced by opposition parties, usually so vocal in criticising everything and anything the Government release no matter what the individual merits. I have confidence that this plan can lead to the creation of jobs across a number of sectors,” he said.

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T H E G ove r n m e n t ’s Action Plan for Jobs offers encouragement to people in north Dublin. Brendan Ryan, Labour Party TD for Dublin North, has given his assessment of the plan announced on February 14. Deputy Ryan sais he was encouraged by the plan and points to muted opposition to the plan as further evidence of its worthiness. “I am encouraged by the potential for the Action Plan to deliver Jobs to Ireland. With more than 270 actions covering a wide range of sectors and areas, this plan is undoubtedly ambitious, but it represents accurately both the scale of the workload involved in turning our economy around and this Government’s commitment to work tirelessly through each sector to ensure that change and progress are delivered. “The quarterly reviews planned for each action,

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Saying it with flowers: Mary enjoys a nice surprise to mark her retirement IT WAS a milestone in the life of Nurse

Mary Donnellan (centre) recently as she retired from the HSE clinic in Malahide after 32 years and seven months working there. Gerry Rafferty, of Malahide Tidy Towns, presented her with a stunning bouquet of flowers from the flower Factory in Swords.

He said she has been a great supporter of community events and he would like to commend her for the outstanding work she has done in the community. Gerry also thanked Lily McCann for all her help with the presentation. The presentation was followed by lunch in Fowlers.

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TAKE TWO Enjoying a gala dinner at the Grand Hotel

Carolann and Sean Oragano

Helen O’Connor, Sharon Farrelly and Paula Brennan

Fundraising dinner AST week we brought you some pictures from a fantastic gala dinner in aid of The Laura Brennan Trust at the Grand Hotel Malahide. This week we are bringing you some more shots from this very worthwhile event which featured Miss Ireland, Holly Carpenter, as host. The event was a huge success, attracting a full-house. Entertainment

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on the night was provided by two Champion Dance Crews from Backstreet Dance Studios, Genesis and Li’l Swagger, who brought the house down. The evening raised €15,000 in total, which will go a long way to ensuring the fund is available to those who may be in need of support

Fiona Alcock, Carol Mahony and Aine Lenagh

Jenny McGrath, Lauren Grennell and Sarah Murphy Holly with Jane and Karl Carpenter

Cathy Cashin, Caroline Heffernan, Linda Mackin and Suzanne Brennan


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THEATRE Players present classic Christie tale

SIGNING: PATRICIA SCANLON

Novelist to sign copies of latest offering The play will feature a collection of other eccentric characters

N OV E L I S T P a t r i cia Scanlon will be in Manor books this Friday to sign copies of her latest offering, Love and Marriage.

Betty Reddy as Miss Marple

Murder mystery Murder is Announced, a novel by the mother of crime fiction, Agatha Christie, will be staged by St Andrew’s Players this March. In this classic thriller, everyone falls under suspicion and the full skills of Miss Marple and Inspector Craddock are needed to reach the final denouement. St Andrew’s Players’ production takes place from March 1 to 3 in the Portmarnock Sports and Lei-

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sure Centre, at 8pm each evening. The Players are currently rehearsing intensively, to make sure the show is up to their usual high standard. The cast includes Ger Memery as Inspector Craddock and Betty Reddy as Miss Marples. Tickets for the show are €12, or €10 for concessions. Groups of six people or more can get a group rate of €8. They are available at 086 816 4846.

Ger Memery as Inspector Craddock

Fans She will be in the store on Church Road from 11am on March 2 and is sure to attract a huge crowd of avid fans. Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, and lives here still. During the time when she worked as a librarian, she started to write, and is now a full-time author and one of Ireland’s best-selling writers.


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EVENT Transition-year students put on a performance

Evelyn Jones and Carole Kelly

Enjoying a great show

Zoe Hollings, Alex Sheridan and Aine Duffy. Picture: Una Williams

HE transition-year students of Malahide Community School took part in their TY show recently. This year they performed Zombie Prom, a heartfelt, cheesy comedy that was perfect for the whole family. Every year the show has been a huge success and it always generates great interest within the community. With the support of the local community and companies they hoped to make this year’s show a record-breaking success. The talented cast and the rest of the transition-year students could be very proud of themselves when the curtain came down on the final performance, with everyone saying how much they enjoyed the event.

Students performing on-stage

Miriam O’Sullivan and Brid Feely

Conor Kilbride, Alaxandra Lowry, Adam O’Neill and Maeve Reid

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Michael O’Sullivan, Eve O’Reilly and Nicola Martha McNamara and David Hayes

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Kevin Naughton and John Corcoran


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EVENT City gets ready for pageantry, culture, carnivals and

Exploring science of fun A host of colourful characters were on hand in Dublin this week to launch our national holiday celebrations A HOST of colourful characters were on hand in Dublin this week to launch St Patrick’s Festival 2012, which will take place from March 16 to 19. Drawing inspiration from Dublin’s status as The City of Science, the Festival parade and ever-popular city Treasure Hunt are this year inspired by the how, what and why of science. Celebrating the very best in Irish and international talent, Dublin will come alive with pageantry, culture, carnivals and free entertainment. With an audience of over one million, Ireland’s leading pageant companies will animate a selection of science questions posed by children, such as “How is a rainbow formed?, What makes the weather change?, How is electricity made?’’ and each will present their imaginative, colourful, remarkable and thought-provoking creations on the streets of the capital during the festival parade. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said: “St. Patrick’s Festival is a fantastic showcase for Ireland and for Irish tourism, and a centre piece of our tourism calendar. “This festival makes the most of the unique international profile of St Patrick’s Day. “There’s a great schedule of free events taking place over the four days of the festival with the very best of Irish and international talent. “It will reinforce Ireland’s reputation as a friendly and fun destination for visitors.” Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival, feels the 2012 programme of events will have something for everyone: “Our St Patrick’s Festival is one of the largest artistic presentations of its

kind in the world and the atmosphere in the city is always electric. “This year, we will be hosting some of the best events that the capital has ever seen, with something for all ages, nationalities and tastes and the majority are free! “The collaboration with Dublin City of Science 2012 also links us to a year-long celebration and will open up the city in a whole new way for many people, with the parade in particular answering everyday questions in a colourful way. “Above all, this is a national celebration and a chance for everyone to come along and enjoy all of the fun of the festival.” In preparation for the big day, primary school children from across the country have also joined the fun, with discussions based around science questions in the classroom. Responding with drawings, stories and video, a selection of their interpretations will be available to view on the festival website. Everyone can take part by downloading the resource pack from the festival website, www. stpatricksfestival.ie, from March 1. The How? What? and Why? resource pack explores child-centred answers to the questions being animated by the pageant companies. Professor Patrick Cunningham, chief scientific adviser to the Government, feels the theme to the parade and treasure hunt is an exciting platform for science. “What better way to demonstrate the reach of science into our everyday lives and culture than through Ireland’s national festival. “We are delighted to be working with St Patrick’s Festival, combining science and creativity in a

Pictured are Emily Parkes, aged 5 (left), and Mia Parkes (right), aged 7 from Dunboyne, Co Meath and Jake Murron (centre), aged 3, with characters from the Artastic street troupe who will be appearing in this year’s parade, Moe Coakley (far left) and Emily Archer (far right) joined by Leo Varadkar, Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival

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new and exciting way,” he said. This year’s jam-packed St Patrick’s Festival lineup aims to cement the world-class reputation of the Irish national holiday with four days and nights of celebration and entertainment, for young and old. New initiatives have been added to this year’s festival, such as I Love

My City, a distinct celebration of Irish culture during the festival. This special programme of unique, free Irish cultural events takes place in the beautiful surroundings of some of Ireland’s prestigious cultural institutions, venues and spaces in the Georgian Quarter from Merrion Square to Kildare Street.

Artists, performers and collectives, such as Donal Dineen, Dublin Laptop Orchestra, UNESCO City of Literature and many more, will perform on March 16 and 17. I Love My City headline events will take place in The National Gallery, The National Museum, the RHA, The National Concert Hall, The National Library and Leinster House, while city-wide, cultural institutions and venues will also be offering a variety of activities and interesting events that are a must-see at Festival time. The programme will also see an eclectic Trad

Stage in Meeting House Square, a busy outdoor music and street performance schedule and an Irish Craft Beer and Artisan Food Market in Custom House Quay. On March 16, Dublin’s Creative Quarter (from Georges Arcade via Powerscourt Townhouse to South William Street) will be bustling with activity and the best of Irish design and making will be on show. The full I Love My City programme will be launched on March 6, headline events are free but reserve spaces early to avoid disappointment, check www.stpatricksfes-

tival.ie for updates. Other Festival favourites, such as the St Patrick’s Festival Ceili are back in the line-up for 2012. Kicking off the festival in style on March 16, visitors will be immersed in Irish culture and craic at this outdoor celebration of traditional Irish dancing. This popular event offers a unique and funfilled way to spend an afternoon dancing on the streets of Dublin. Expert callers will lead the crowd through dances such as the Siege of Ennis, the Walls of Limerick and lots more.


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free entertainment to run from March 16 to 19

for St Patrick’s Festival Emily, Jake and Mia take a closer look at what’s coming up at this year’s festival

Characters from the Artastic street troupe help to launch St Patrick’s Day Festival


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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY FastBeauty Iron warning: Look out for signs of deficiency

A RECENT study by the Department of Health and Children has found that Irish women were twice as likely as men to have an iron intake below recommended levels. The latest figures show that as many as 91% of women aged 16-64 do not get their recommended daily allowance of iron in their diets. Staff at Lucan Village Pharmacy advise that iron is used to make haemoglobin, which carries energy around the body, and that symptoms of iron deficiency can include tiredness, poor concentration and dark circles under the eyes. If you require further information regarding iron supplements, consult your local pharmacy or doctor.

Chic event: At BT’s store BROWN Thomas’s French beauty experience, Vive la Beaute, is running until Sunday, March 4, celebrating Parisian beauty and style. Exclusive product launches, bespoke themed events and fabulous gifts with purchases are adding to the stylish celebrations. For further information, see www.brownthomas.com.

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Kiehl’s keeps skin healthy and youthful HE Kiehl’s brand has been on the market since 1851 and is renowned for its skincare products that give men and women healthier-looking skin. Taking care of the skin is probably the most important daily routine a person should try to keep on top of, and with the

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extensive skin care range at Kiehl’s, everything a person needs to keep skin healthy and revitalised is supplied under the one roof. The brand’s latest product, Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, is Kiehl’s first serum that promotes youthful clarity, while reducing the appearance of dark spots, discolourations, post-acne marks and hyper-pigmentation. It also helps to prevent the formation of new discolourations. The product can be used all year round, and the good thing about it is, it’s suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin. Key ingredients in the product include white birch extract. This is a sugar derived ingredient known to reduce the signs of photo-damage, while restoring hydration. Activated C, another key ingredient, works with white birch extract

to support and facilitate the appearance of discoloration correction. Activated C also helps to prevent new forms of discolouration from appearing. Youthful

Enhanced skin clarity, to even out skin tone and give a more youthful appearance, is provided by peony extract. This is a traditional Chinese medicinal antioxidant that also helps to protect against damage to the skin. It’s recommended to use the product for at least eight weeks to see visible results. The useup rate of this product is 30-45 days. Kiehl’s found that 87% of women clinically demonstrated more even skin tone, while 89% clinically demonstrated a reduction in dark spots. The recommended retail price for Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is €41.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

The original familyrun Kiehl’s pharmacy was located in New York City in 1851. Using natural ingredients, its products are formulated to assure the highest quality of skin care for customers all over the world.

The extensive range of Kiehl’s products can be found at their dedicated stores in Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 and at Dundrum Town Centre. To view their products online, log onto www. kiehls.co.uk.

Brushing up on those make-up skills BRUSHING up on DIY make-up is something many of us can raise our hands high and admit we need some help, and, thankfully, it is out there. LA Creative Academy is Ireland’s leading training institution for make-up, fashion, beauty,

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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods THE ANNUAL guilt-fest that is Lent has kicked off, and seeing as you’re supposed to give up something that’s hard to do, I think I’ll give up paying for stuff. Actually, it’s easier than it sounds — if you look for free entertainment, you can find it. One great example is Hard Rock Rising, which is taking place every Thursday until March 8 at The Hard Rock Cafe, Temple Bar. There is no cover charge so it’s basically a free gig as you’ll witness bands battling it out for the chance to perform at The Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park. The Saturday night at Hard Rock Calling will be headlined by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and is set to be a great platform for the successful band to share the stage with one of the best in the business. And they’ve made it this far, so you can be guaranteed decent music from the likes of Johnny and the Beep Beeps and Eazy Tiger. For more information, log on to www. hardrock.com and search for the Dublin location.

The Australian Pink Floyd played three shows at The Olympia last week, and they didn’t disappoint. Okay, you didn’t think you were looking at David Gilmour or Roger Waters but they sure did a good impression of sounding like them. They may have been singing someone else’s songs but they sure were playing like they wrote them. If you missed Australian Pink Floyd, then be sure to catch the splinter group, Brit Floyd, at The O2 on May 4. They played a blinder at The Grand Canal Theatre last year and return to the bigger venue, apparently with the infamous Floyd inflatables. I’ve High Hopes! Listen to Dee Woods from Radio Nova every weeknight from 7pm to 12am on 100.3FM

Pink Floyd’s The Wall in concert

Monsters of rock: Local band take stage at RDS show DUNDRUM band, Cry Monster Cry, were certainly not drying their eyes last weekend when they were asked to play the Hot Press 2FM stage at the RDS Music Show. The band, who are set to release their debut EP, The Fallen, in May, were one of the top ten acts out of 600 who took part in a Hot Press competition to get a showcase spot at the RDS. You can keep up with the band on Facebook and Myspace.

LOCAL TALENT: A GATHERING OF TALENT MAKING THEIR MARK

Songwriter Club united in creativity I ROB HEIGH

LOCAL supporters of the Dublin music scene, radio presenter Keith McLoughlin and singer Sinead McNally, are set to host the next session of the The Songwriter Club on Saturday, March 10 at the Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West. The idea for The Songwriter Club came about in late 2011 when Sinead and Keith spoke to each other about setting up a meet-up group for people involved in the music industry to bring them together to chat about all aspects of the industry, including songwriting, gigging, recording and promoting their music. Sinead said: “The idea for the Songwriter Club came about in late 2011. I wanted to be able to meet with people in the industry to chat informally about all things related to my work as a singer/songwriter. “Although it’s so easy to connect and network with people across the internet and at gigs, I thought that a meetup group for us to meet face to face every cou-

Members of the Songwriter Club gather at the last meeting of the collective

ple of months would be very beneficial. “The first-ever meeting was held at The Village on Wexford Street. The club is now set up so that songw riters, musicians and professions connected to the industry can meet face to face to share information and advice and to discuss topics and issues of importance to us.” After the success of the previous meetings,

the club has had to move to bigger premises for this next meeting to allow the number of people interested in attending a place in the conversation. “There has been a lot of interest expressed from songw riters in Cork and Galway regarding a similar club being set up in those cities. “It is hoped that over the next 12 months, there will be at least two

other locations in Ireland where The Songwriter Club will exist so that people who want to be part of the club don’t always have to travel to Dublin. “There has also been a lot of interest expressed at the meetings that Songwriter Club gigs should be considered in which members of the club come together to perform at a suitable venue occasionally throughout the year.

“As you can see, there are lots of topics and issues to be addressed and we hope to cover as much as possible in the coming months,” said Sinead. All musicians, and people involved in the music industry are welcome to attend, and the Songw riter Club posts its news its own Facebook page at w w w.facebook.com/ pages/The-SongwriterClub/228119757249977


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GazettePETS PETS

Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: MICRO PIGS HAVE VERY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS WHEN IT COMES TO CARE

This little piggy is not going to market THEY’RE mini-pigs with a massive price tag, and, although these gorgeous little porkers are not going to market, I’m concerned for their welfare. You see, now that the designer “handbag dog” phenomenon is soooo last month, these adorable, pint-sized creatures look set to become the latest fad. Therefore, following a number of calls to the shelter, some of which I’ve taken personally from people asking such questions as: “Eh, do you know where I can get my hands on a micro-pig for my mate’s 18th birthday?” to: “Can I bring my micropig out in my handbag?” My answer to both questions by the way is “No” and, er “Absolutely not.” If you read on, you’ll

grown. However, as not every human is the same height, this is obviously difficult to judge.

A micro-pig has been bred over generations to be smaller than other species of pigs

understand why. I’m going to outline a few guidelines, which I hope prospective micropig parents will take into account before they decide to purchase one of these animals and then find out, when it’s too late, that they are unable to provide for their well-

being and very specific requirements. What is a micro-pig? It is quite simply a pig that, over generations, has been bred to be smaller in adulthood than other species of pigs. They are usually described as being “knee-height” when fully

Can anyone own a micro-pig? No. A pig is a farm animal. This means in accordance with the legal requirements; before you purchase your pig, the Depart of Agriculture Food and the Marine will need to be contacted in order that the local District Veterinary Office, (DVO), can arrange an inspection of the owner’s premises to establish suitability. You will then need to be registered as a “herd owner”. A herd owner is someone who has just one pig or several pigs. According to the Department’s guidelines,

“Only persons registered with the Department and issued with valid pig herd numbers are allowed to own or trade in pigs. This provision applies to anyone who wishes to own pigs, however few.” Can I bring my pig out with me when I’m socialising? No. You will need to contact the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, and fill in a dispatch document to notify them of a pig movement. So, if your pig becomes ill, how do you take him to see a vet if you don’t have a legal permit stating you’re a herd owner or a dispatch document giving you permission to move him? The vet will need to visit you, so do take into

account expensive, outof-hours, house calls. This brings me to veterinary care. Will my local vet be able to provide care for my pig? Unlikely. Local vets are highly equipped and trained to deal with domestic pets like cats, dogs, rabbits, etc., When it comes to dealing with pigs, however, you will likely need a more specialised professional. What is the average life span of the micro-pig? Approximately 10 years, although some live until they are 25 to 30 years, and that’s a lot longer than a cat or a dog. So, you see, pigs are wonderful, intelligent ani-

mals, but, sadly, they are often purchased by people who are not equipped with the proper knowledge or facilities required to care for them. Owning a pig takes skill, a proper budget, land and a good deal of time and understanding. Also, as social animals, pigs require the company of other pigs and that means if you only purchase one, he is likely to become depressed. Where can I obtain more information? Check out www.agriculture.gov.ie and I would advise reading their Pig Welfare Requirements Booklet. For more info log onto www.dspca.ie or email miriam.kerins@dspca.ie


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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS

Edited by Cormac Curtis

RoadSigns Road Signs MERCEDESBENZ LET THEIR STARS SHINE: MERCEDES-BENZ have said that “all the stars will be out” this weekend, when members of their main dealer network are set to host a used car sale. Recognising that March can be the best time for customers to source a top-quality used car, every Mercedes-Benz dealer in Ireland is remaining open from 9.00am until 6.00pm on each of the four days of the event, (12.00 noon – 4.00pm on Sunday). All cars presented for sale will be covered by MercedesBenz’s own Star Select Approved used car warranty. It is estimated that some 500 cars will be offered for sale over the four days of the event, from Thursday, March 1, until Sunday, March 4.

Mazda have rebuilt their award-winning Mazda5 from the ground up. The Sport version of the car comes with incredibly useful powered rear sliding doors, and an incredibly comfortable leather interior. Folding seats offer plenty of load capacity when needed

Changing expectations  CORMAC CURTIS ccurtis@gazettegroup.com

XPECTATIONS have a way of really messing with your perspective. I can’t tell you how many nights I was dragged kicking and screaming to some party or other, swearing blind that I was going to have a miserable night. Then, lo and behold, the night turns out to be a real humdinger – the kind against which you measure all other nights. The question then remains, was it that good in the first place? Or did it simply surpass some pretty low expectations? Well, I must admit that, for me, the Mazda5 was kind of like one of those nights. On paper, there is not a whole lot to get excited about – family car, sevenseater, 1.6-litre diesel engine. Yawn. T his car was first released to the public

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SPECS: MAZDA5 SPORT  Engine: 1.6L (115ps) diesel  Transmission: 6-speed manual  Economy: 5.2L/100km  CO2 emissions: 138g  Road Tax Band: B  Price range: €25,495 €30,495 (model driven)

back in 2005, and Mazda gave it its very own classification – Compact Multi-Activity Vehicle, or C-MAV for short. Don’t get me wrong, this car has been a success for Mazda, with over half a million sold worldwide, 175,000 of those here in Europe. It has picked up no less than 37 automotive awards, and has consistently been voted one of Europe’s most reliable and safe vans. Which begs the question, how come I wouldn’t recognise one if it jumped

up and waved its motoring awards in my face? Well, even as a father who needs to ferr y around my kids, their friends, and bags of toys, bikes and sports gear, I wouldn’t really be too bothered about the look or image of the family car – I’m just interested, quite rightly, in the practicalities. Which means I am also left feeling a little resentful when I am forced to buy a car I need instead of a car I want. This is all a very drawn out way of saying that the latest incarnation of the Mazda5, well, surprised me. I took a moment to consider the looks of the car, and, to be honest, I had to nod in approval – I may have even grinned a little. Even in the original Mazda5, the designers went to some lengths to keep the sliding rear doors look as non-commercial as possible, by

keeping the rail they move on nicely hidden. In the new model, Mazda’s award-wining Nagare-flow design elements have given the profile an attractive, sculpted “wind and wave” feel. The model I tested boasted the Sport spec. Among other features, it included attractive 17” alloys, air con, very efficient bluetooth connectivity (it hooked up to my iPhone a good deal more easily than a few premium saloons I have tested), cruise control, power rear sliding doors, rear spoiler, side skirts and front fog lights. All this, and a very fuel efficient 1.6 litre diesel engine delivering a claimed 5.2L/100 miles, or 54mpg in old money. Either way, that’s attractive fuel economy by any standards. So, it sounds like the whole package, but I still wasn’t looking forward to driving it (those pesky expectations still hanging

around). I was wrong to be so negative. This fairly big tank had no problem moving when asked, and the six-speed gearbox was very well matched to the 1.6-litre diesel motor. You’re never going to take any quick corners in this car (which begs the question, why do they call it the Sport model?), but it drives a hell of a lot better than I was expecting. Add to this the leather trim, with very eyecatching red piping, well laid-out dash, strong air con with air vents that you can point anywhere, heated seats, arm rests, big rear view mirrors and even a reverse parking sensor – you really begin to see what all the fuss is about. Mazda could have given the old model a nip, a tuck, and a few botox injections and jacked up the price – they did, after all, already have a winning

formula on their hands. But in fairness, this car was rebuilt from the ground up, and you can feel it. Of course the real litmus test is what my kids say. My six-year-old said: “Papa, this is a very handy car.” Her younger sibling, after some thought came out with: “I love these doors,” and I’m forced to agree with both of them. This is a terrific family car. It leaves you wanting nothing (apart from, perhaps, automatic transmission), but it has classleading extras, and acres of carry space, with the option of folding all the seats in case you ever need to move half of IKEA’s store room. The electric sliding doors made me smile – and they really are useful, but I felt the boot should have a hatch option so you can just open the glass section; that would have made it that little bit more complete.


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Plug in to the appeal of electric vehicles

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Edited by Cormac Curtis

LECTRIC vehicles are becoming a more regular sight on Dublin roads, and now you now can test-drive the Renault Fluence ZE saloon and Kangoo ZE mini van at Bill Cullen Liffey Valley to see if “electric” is up your street. Robert Dunne is the Electric Vehicle (EV) ambassador for the South Dublin region, and is based at Bill Cullen Liffey Valley, where he is dedicated to the Renault range of electric vehicles. His role is to help build awareness and assist customers in making informed choices about owning an EV. He says: “Renault has made EV attainable and affordable for everyone. The first 2,000 customers who purchase an EV will have a free home wall box installed at their home or business, providing them with their own fuel station. “Home charging is the preferred method of charging an electric car or van, and an overnight charge of six to eight hours will cost around €2, based on night rates. “Renault believes that EVs should be affordable to all and, with the SEAI offering grants of up to €5,000 to purchase an EV, people are very interested in learning more,” “We are currently offering free extended test drives of the Kangoo ZE van and Fluence ZE, and I would definitely recommend that people who believe an EV vehicle may suit their lifestyle should drop in and have a drive. “It’s an incredibly smooth driving experi-

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Robert Dunne, Electric Vehicle (EV) ambassador, Bill Cullen Liffey Valley, is ready to advise everyone on whether “electric” is right for them, depending on their lifestyle, while (inset) Al Pacino is one of those already enjoying the EV experience

ence, and we can advise on costs and savings to be made by owning an EV, and also how to finance your EV,” says Dunne. He has a long history with Renault, and started off his career at 12, washing and cleaning out cars as they arrived into the country. He joined CityGate Renault in 2006 as a sales consultant, before taking a year out in 2007 to travel the world. In 2008, he returned and took up a position in Bill Cullen Motors Liffey Valley, before becoming an EV ambassador in 2011. Dunne has taken part in a charity white-collar boxing fundraiser in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, with Crumlin Boxing Gym, and, from this, he has developed a passion for the sport. Benefits As an EV ambassador, he is faced with the challenge of informing customers on the benefits of the EV range, determining whether EV is the right fit for them, and demonstrating the vehicles. A personal highlight for him was his trip to the Seville Motor Show last October, where he drove the full Renault ZE range for the first time. The range is to be expanded later in 2012, when Renault will launch the Twizy – an urban twoseater quadricycle, and the ZOE – a stylish compact hatch. Renault is the only manufacturer to introduce a range of electric vehicles from light commercial vans to passenger cars, and aims to be the leader in the field of electric vehicles.


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS

Supported by AIB

Interview: Stephanie Sinnott, owner of Baby Body Fit

Finding her niche in the fitness industry BABY Body Fit was started in December, 2010, by Stephanie Sinnott, after she spent three years working in the fitness industry. This week, Stephanie spoke to the Gazette about how she started her business. “I gave birth to my daughter in March, 2008, and while trying to lose that weight, I decided to learn more about fitness, and retrained as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. “I quickly found my niche within the fitness industry. I decided to turn my passion for fitness and pregnancy into a career, and conceived Baby Body Fit. “Noticing the trend for pregnancy yoga and pilates, I saw a gap in the market, as there was a lack of a maternity exercise programmes available. I wanted to provide women with a safe and effective exercise routine for during and after their pregnancies,” she says. Stephanie was keen to develop a wide-ranging and beneficial programme for her clients. “In Baby Body Fit’s prenatal, Prepare classes, we combine light cardio work with strength and toning exercises. We

work on strengthening legs, arms, upper and lower back, along with core muscles and posture. The classes help to control excessive weight gain through light strength training, “In our post-natal, Regain classes, we use a mix of interval and circuit training, brisk walking and light jogging, and body-toning exercises to give you a fun, full body work-out. The beauty of this is that you can bring your little one in their buggy, saving you getting a babysitter! This has become a great social time for the mums, with lots of coffees had afterwards. “We have also launched our ‘Maintain’ classes, which are held on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Maintain classes are open for females of all ages and all classes are suitable for all fitness levels.” Baby Body Fit have classes running, or starting soon, in Dun Laoghaire, Cabinteely, Stepaside, Sandymount, Firhouse, Lucan, Phoenix Park and Swords. To find out more, visit www.babybodyfit.ie.

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Family fun at the lodges in Fota Island Resort I CORMAC CURTIS

ID-TERM breaks take a little getting used to. They seem to just creep up on you, and they shouldn’t. Especially, if like me, you already have two kids in school. I really should have a clearer idea of when the holidays are – but I don’t. The idea of taking two days off half-way through February just doesn’t have a very “mid-term” feel to me. In late January we’re still talking about the Christmas break we just enjoyed! On top of all that, at this time of year, I like to

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live in denial. I especially like to pretend that there is nothing on the horizon that will actually cost me anything, as I desperately do what I can to balance the overdraft/credit union/credit card bill from the festive season. But a mid-term is a midterm, so, at the beginning of February, along with every other family in the country, we tried to think of something fun to do with the kids for a couple of days. The answer, as it so often does with my lot, involved a trip to Cork. We tend to grab any opportunity to spend a little time in Cork with both hands – but one thing we hadn’t tried in Ireland’s “real capital” before was self-catering. The Fota Island Resort was our destination for three nights in an incredibly well-appointed threebed holiday home. I’m sorry… that’s an unfair understatement. The self-catering houses at Fota Island Resort are stunning. Ours looked like a show-home that was kitted out in the very best fixtures and fittings. Leather furniture, big f lat-screen T V, spot-

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lessly clean double oven, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, en-suites off each bedroom, downstairs toilet, heated towel rails all over – this place had everything, and tastefully decorated to boot. Not only that - but guests can use the hotel’s fitness centre, including the all-important swimming pool. The houses are tucked away, just off the long,

tree-lined drive that runs up to the main hotel. It was a joy to settle in to such a warm and comfortable environment and plan our activities for the coming days – not forgetting an appointment in the hotel’s luxurious spa for a certain wife of mine. Usually we would have a pretty good idea of the kind of facilities and activities available at a hotel like this, long before we get there. But,

this time we hadn’t got around to it. The result of this lack of planning was that we were pleasantly surprised to find one of the houses in among the holiday homes was specifically for a supervised Kids’ Camp. Even after our first day of swimming, walking, and even a visit to a local jungle gym-style activity centre called Go Safari – our two little adventurers were only too keen to meet up with other kids for some arts and crafts and a movie at the free kids’ camp. Once the movie was over, we strolled around to pick up the girls, who fell fast asleep as soon


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FastTravel Celebrate St Patrick’s day in style – in lovely Malta JET off to Malta to celebrate St Patrick’s Day this year – with direct flights from Dublin and just over three hours away, Malta is a great destination for a weekend break, especially around Paddy’s Day. Spring has a lovely mild climate in Malta, and getting around the island is easy. Malta will celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Irish style, which will see Irishmen and “honorary Irishmen” flock to their local Irish pubs to drink Guinness and listen to traditional Irish music. Prices for accommodation only with Belleair are as low as €41 pppn in the 5-star Radisson Blu, St George’s Bay, B&B based on two people sharing. Mercury Direct offers a stay in the 3-star Porto Azzurro, St Paul’s Bay, in a studio on B&B basis for three nights for €315.71 per person, including flights, transfers and luggage. Concorde Travel offers excellent packages of direct flights plus a threenight stay in the 4-star Hotel Cavalieri, St Julian’s, based on two sharing standard room, B&B for €469 pp, including all taxes and charges. There’s lots of information, and you can book accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets, on www.visitmalta.com, or visit your travel agent.

Becky and Sarah Curtis prepare for their visit to the Kids Camp and the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, left, as the all-important swimming pool awaits the arrival of a horde of fun-loving families

as they got back to the house. This was the end of a pretty perfect family day. Ordinarily, I would have been happier if I could have squeezed in some time at the hotel’s driving range – but seeing my better half practically float out of the beautiful spa following her Comfort Zone facial, I couldn’t complain. It would be difficult not to feel relaxed at Fota Island Resort, such is the attention to detail and thought they put into a

family’s requirements requirements, but the spa really is the icing on the cake for a little destressing. It features a full fitness suite, an indoor heated swimming pool and a superb hydrotherapy suite, home to Ireland’s only “walking river”, which is apparently renowned for assisting in healing sports and fatigue-related injuries. The spa is home to 18 spacious treatment rooms and offers over 60 treatments. I know I said that this was a self-catering holi-

day, and we did have most of our meals in the house, but one morning we couldn’t resist popping in to the clubhouse to have breakfast served to us. Receiving such charm and warmth from the staff, even when you arrive at a golf club with two excited little girls, really is a treat. But we needn’t have worried, as there was a table with a few very excited Corkonians, one of whom had hit a holein-one on his morning round, and they were only too happy to share

the good news with everybody! Families visiting the Fota Island Resort should make certain to visit the nearby Fota Island Wildlife Park – it is the kind of place that kids simply adore. The only reason we didn’t pay a visit this time around, is because we had been lucky enough to spend time there late last year – and our two girls were having far too much fun with the other kids at the resort to even consider going anywhere else.


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GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Macbeth

ONE of Shakespeare’s bloodiest plays will be brought to vivid life by the Icarus Theatre Collective, as the noble’s progressive lust for power gradually escalates in his bid to usurp the kingdom ... The award-winning British theatre company will bring their considerable skills to bear in an eclectic production, bringing the original verse to life in a number of imaginative ways. See Macbeth at 7.30pm on Monday, March 5 or at 10.30am on Tuesday, March 6, with tickets priced €12/€16.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Paddy Laughs - Heat 2 THE craic will be mighty – with a little luck and skill – thanks to the finalists taking part in Heat 2 of the Paddy Laughs comedy competition. It’s the next stage in the four-step contest, seeking to find and crown the best local comedian, with would-be comics, aged 18 and over, invited to come along and break a leg – or, better, some funny bones – with their very best (and worst) gags! Come along and enjoy Heat 2 at 8.05pm on Saturday, March 3, with admission priced at €5.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 885 2622 A Murder of Crows HANSEL and Gretel get in a flap with an exciting production for children aged eight and over. Based on the classic tale, actors/musicians will weave a gothic tale of two lost (but ultimately resourceful) children – but seen from the perspective of a chorus of raucous and rowdy crows, whose antics will delight children as they flap about. Wing your way over to the Civic Theatre for this lively play on Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, with shows at 10am and 12.30pm. Admission costs €7.50, group rate.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 David O’Doherty THE shy and retiring founding member of Destiny’s Child, little-known inventor of the iPad, instantly recognisable star of 2Fast 2Furious, and 1990 East Leinster Under-14 triple jump bronze medallist, David Doherty takes time out from his remarkable global achievements to star at Draiocht with little more than his wit, a keyboard, anecdotes, and lots of experience from performing at comedy festivals around the world. Catch David at 8pm in Draiocht on Friday, March 2, with admission costing €16.

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Daniel Radcliffe tries to magic up a break away from Harry Potter as he stars in The Lady In Black; Natalie Portman returns in the re-released Star Wars: Episode 1, which has gained an extra dimension for its 3D release; and Liam Neeson wolfs down another tough-guy role in The Grey

Assorted servings This week, a look at some of the films on general release that may – or may not – deserve your consideration ...  KATE CROWLEY

FACED with a notexactly-thrilling rota of titles for your consideration, this week, I’m sorely tempted to crack open the emergency bottle of Mother’s Ruin – AKA gin – that clinks every so often at the back of my drawer where it hides behind unwanted Adam Sandler and Jennifer Anniston DVDs – any of which make excellent coffee coasters, I can exclusively confirm. However, given that pouring oneself a stiff drink at the workplace is A) only permissible if one is a master whiskey maker, and B) perfectly routine if starring in TV’s Mad Men, I’m faced with the sobering fact that there’s nothing new of worth to urge you all to trot off with your recessionist roubles to catch at the cinema, this week. Instead, here’s another one of my irregular

FILM OF THE WEEK: Various  to  Directors: Various Starring: Harry Potter, Darth Vader, Oskar Schindlier – or, at least, the actors well-known for these cinematic characters

OUR VERDICT: WHILE Adam Sandler’s latest offering lurks at cinemas, rubbing shoulders with Nic Cage’s latest, here, instead, are a number of marginally better films to consider viewing, as cinemas and film distributors sink into their annual early-spring slump.

round-ups where I cock a snoop at some of the currently showing films, which I haven’t previously covered. First up, and it’s Harry Pott–errr, I mean, Daniel Radcliffe, starring in The Woman In Black (, 15A, 95 mins). Oh, and this time around, he ain’t the titular character, folks. Sent to one of those creepy old mansions that only the rich and insane could afford to build and live in, outside a grim little town, the young solicitor is soon in no doubt as to why the locals fear the house by the marsh. After all – and, as I

love saying, “the clue’s in the title!” – the film’s titular character is not only haunting the crumbling old place, but proving quite capable at killing the locals’ children in her supernatural quest for vengeance, of sorts. And, Blimey O’Reilly, Radcliffe’s character only has a child of his own, hasn’t he? Err, yes, he does. It’s time for the mutton-chopped young man to face up to this spooky lady, before she strikes again ... Based on the criticallyacclaimed 1980s book, which has also enjoyed an equally well-received play, the film fails to

complete the set, with Radcliffe proving particularly miscast in the role of Earnest Young Ghostbuster Solicitor Dad. Magic, it ain’t, but at least it’s not particularly awful ... ...which neatly leads me on to Star Wars: Episode 1: 3D (, PG, 136 mins), which has returned like Obi-Wan to our screens. In 3D. This, of course, means that the film has finally gained an extra dimension, which is pretty neat, considering how utterly two-dimensional it was without this gimmicky extra bunged on top. Star Wars fans will lap this up, and of course the 3D polishing adds an oooh-shiny layer of gloss to the impressive visuals. However, as one of those old-fashioned people that like films with elements such as “plot” and “characterisation” – not to mention being

one of the six billionor so people that hated Jar Jar Binks, first time around – I sense a great disturbance in The Force regarding this one. As with the previous film, Liam Neeson stars in The Grey (  , 15A, 117 mins). Oskar Schindler seems ever further behind him, as he coasts through a pretty daft film of Man Versus Wolf! Here, the ever-decreasing numbers of survivors of a plane crash in a freezing, hostile landscape get picked off for lunch by some hirsute hunters – wolves – while Neeson tries to get them all back to safety, which is as daft, yet deftlymade, as I’ve probably just made it sound. Finally, Adam Sandler’s latest – oh no, I’ve run out of space. Sorry, Adam. It was going to be a  review for you, anyway. But then, aren’t they always? That’s all, folks!


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GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces The last word on The Last Story?

Once again, Alan Wake’s most useful defence comes from his trusty torch, as another unlikely, bizarre adventure begins to unravel around him. However, the torch isn’t the only source of light relief in this downloadable sequel to his earlier title, with several fun moments, too.

Plenty of fun, schlockhorror moments here  SHANE DILLON

YOU’LL understand that I have a certain symapthy for writers. While I wait for Hollywood to discover what a literary genius I am, I’ll have to settle for getting my literary kicks in the gaming world with Alan Wake, the unlikely hero, of sorts, of the hit XBox 360 title of the same name. Actually, at the time of writing, I note that the recently-released port of Alan Wake to PC, via the digital distribution channel, Steam, recouped its PC development and marketing costs in just 48 hours. It just goes to show that a great game needn’t be format-exclusive, and Alan’s bizarre adventures in a sleepy lumberjack town that’s anything but, could be a hit with any gamer interested in something a little different. I’ve previously praised the XBox 360 version of

the title, as I really liked its graphics, coupled with the imaginative setting (coming on like a cross between Twin Peaks, The X-Files, The Twilight Zone and a vintage Stephen King tale), creating a title that took an awful long time to get made – five years – but which exceeded expectations. Now, once again, Wake returns to the XBox with the next chapter in his tale – Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, presented as part of XBox 360’s “House Party” of downloadable titles. Here, the unlucky protagonist has swapped the surprisingly violent setting of rural Bright Falls for a new tale in an unfamiliar new landscape. While its parent title had a broad, wide-ranging plot with some literary pretensions – only to be expected from dealing with a character whose twisted words seemed to be coming to horrible life

around him – its sequel of sorts has swapped the highbrow appeal for popcorn shlock, reimagining Wake’s world as seen by, say, a collaboration between David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. The result is a game that’s familiar for Wake veterans, yet reimagined with a healthy dose of menace and threat, creating plenty of schlockhorror moments that will feel instantly familiar to any Alan Wake veteran or newbie alike. Here, Wake has left the forests and lakes of Bright Falls far behind for the dusty plains of Arizona, as he finds himself once again out under a dark night sky, with little more than a torch for company. It’s not long before Wake’s running for his life to the “safety” of a nearby motel, with a nearby diner also providing a thin slice of bright, welcoming safety from the

dark landscape, where oil derricks tirelessly bob up and down, and The Taken – mysterious, homicidal people swathed in swirling, oily smoke – lurk in the helpful darkness, ready to put Wake to sleep. Permanently. Wake knows that Mr Scratch, his evil doppelganger (occasionally seen on TV sets in live footage, using the same actor for the Alan Wake model) is behind the nefarious goings on around him, and that, following his adventures in Bright Falls, his ability as a writer to manipulate reality with his words makes him the only person able to thwart such plans. Now, all Alan has to do is find Mr Scratch – and to survive the darkness that’s all around ... A sequel that’s not a direct sequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is a highly enjoyable piece of action-horror-hokum. Not for children (with

scenes of implied violence, murders, and more), my description of something that’s Lynchian and Tarantinoish seems pretty apt for this slice of paranormal Americana. Still, although the game has its faults – Alan again controls like a tank, suffers from a “roadie-run” posture when he moves, and fights the camera almost as much as The Taken – it’s good fun, with a number of blackly amusing moments, too. Its presentation, too, is notable, with the series’ Twilight Zone homage, “Night Springs”, framing much of the action in style, with a narrator’s distinctly dulcet tones occasionally describing Wake’s latest decisions. Although not exactly the depeest or longest adventure in the world, this is an enjoyable return for Wake, while its occasional bursts of action certainly won’t send gamers to sleep ...

NINTENDO’S Wii troubles continue, as the console continues languishing at retail. It’s a pity as, although its successor is on the way, the Wii never quite hit the stride that it should have; not helped, perhaps, both by a few too many simplistic titles hitting the market, as well as not always being supported with any great enthusiasm by retailers, as a cursory walk into any games’ retailer around Dublin shows, with small Wii sections . It’s unfortunate, then, that a richly imaginative title with much to appeal to gamers looking for a bit more “oomph” for their Wii, The Last Story – a highly-imaginative and beautifully-presented action-RPG – has been dropped by GAME, removed from the retailer’s website, and won’t be available to buy in the chain’s Irish stores, as I confirmed with a number of outlets by telephone. While the retailer’s well-publicised trading difficulties continue, its seems counter-intuitive that key, flagship and console-specific titles would not be stocked by the chain. This would be akin to, say, going to your supermarket and being told that, no, sorry, they don’t sell milk. Not a critical problem, but not very helpful, at the same time. Of course, The Last Story is available from other outlets, and is well worth seeking out and paying the asking price for a challenging, fun and frequently beautiful, Wii title.


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Ronan and son set for Great Ireland Run RONAN Keating and his son, Jack, were on hand last week to help to launch the 2012 SPAR Great Ireland Run, and to show their support for the run’s nominated charities, the Marie Keating Foundation and the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation. The SPAR Great Ireland Run 2012 will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, April 15, at 1 pm, with up to 12,000 entries expected. Every entrant will receive an exclusive technical T shirt before the event as well as a generous goody bag after completing the run. Dublin Gazette Newspapers is delighted to announce that, once again, we have teamed up again this year with the SPAR Great Ireland Run to recognise the top runners in each of our newspapers’ local areas. This year, the Gazette will recognise the fastest man and woman from each paper’s circulation area with a specially designed plaque, as well as prizes of sports gear. After the Run, we will also be publishing a results list of the top local male and female finishers. The 2012 Run will once again incorporate the Irish 10k road championships and will feature most of Ireland’s top distance runners. To further incentivise elite Irish athletes and raise the standard of 10k running, a prize fund is being put in place for the first ten Irish men and women. A star-studded field of international and national distance runners will compete on the day. Last year’s winners were Jesus Espana of Spain and Charlotte Purdue of Great Britain in 29:26 and 32:42 respectively. Entries can be made online at www.greatirelandrun.org. More details and up-to-date news on the event is on Facebook and Twitter.

CRICKET: LOCAL INFLUENCE BRINGS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Euro Under-19 player Paul Stirling with Brian O’Rourke, who received the Outstanding Contribution to Coaching award recently

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BRIAN O’ROURKE’S tireless efforts for Cricket Ireland have earned him the prestigious ICC Europe Coach Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cricket Coaching’ for 2012. The 41-year-old Leinster Development Manager has played a pivotal role in the promotion of cricket in the country for the past 17 years - developing talents such as Eoin Morgan, the O’Brien brothers, John Mooney, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell. It was under O’Rourke’s influence that Dockrell switched from a medium pace bowler to spin, a move which has turned him into one of the most highly rated youngsters in world cricket.

Clearly delighted that his hard work has been acknowledged by the ICC, O’Rourke said: “It’s a fantastic honour not just for me personally but also Irish cricket. There’s a real buzz in the country about cricket at the moment, and the game is clearly on the rise. “The numbers of coaches and participants are growing significantly, and there’s still a lot of talent out there to be unearthed. There are a lot of opportunities now for young cricketers and I’m confident that Ireland will continue to be a major player on the world circuit for generations to come.” O’Rourke has fulfilled a variety of roles since 1995, coaching Ireland teams from Under-15 through to Under-19 level, taking charge of Under-19

World Cup campaigns in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. During that time he has also been heavily involved at inter-provincial level, leading Leinster Under 15s at every tournament since 1997. O’Rourke has also instigated a comprehensive tour programme for Leinster youth sides, giving them opportunities against quality representative sides from the UK - to date 50 such tours have taken place for Leinster teams aged 11 to 19, with notable wins against county opposition, including Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The Pembroke club man has gained experience by working in Australia and South Africa, forging valuable pioneering partnerships between those countries and Irish

cricket – indeed no fewer than 20 youngsters have been placed in South African schools since 2003. He has also organised training camps in India and Spain, helping future Irish cricketers obtain valuable overseas playing experience. Brian O’Rourke has been involved in the establishment of many new clubs over the past two years, including Adamstown, Dundalk, Swords, Tyrrelstown, Cabinteely, Carlow, Clonee and Greystones. O’Rourke’s innovative work in school’s cricket has seen thousands of children introduced to the game, and the emergence of the Leprechaun Cup has seen the game at the crucial Under-11 level go from strength to strength. Indeed such has been

the popularity of the primary school competition that it has been necessary to introduce an additional Super League element for schools in the Dublin and Wicklow regions.. National Development Manager, Tim Simmonite, knows just how important O’Rourke is to Cricket Ireland. He said: “Brían continues to play a key role in the creation of future coaches as part of a much greater workforce. He is a proud and passionate man, and Ireland would simply not be where it is on the world cricket stage without him. “Brian’s record, achievements and abilities speak for themselves and I’m delighted that he has achieved recognition through this prestigious award - he fully deserves this accolade.”


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THE Malahide exile was a crucial part of British Columbia’s victory in the Las Vegas Rugby Sevens’ championship, scoring in both the semi-final and the final.

DUN LAOGHAIRE tennis star O’Halloran came back with four medals, including gold, from the ITF Senior World Championships in San Diego last month.

REBECCA from Westmanstown Gaels became the first representative from the club to be picked for a Dublin team this month.

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THE Rathfarnham hockey club proved their mettle and resilience in the EuroHockey indoor championships in Turkey, claiming promotion.

THE Precision Display Squad made history by becoming the first club to claim back-to-back titles at the City of Leeds Gymfest.

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Lining out for Calcutta: Charity race’s 14th running IRELAND rugby stars Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Donnacha Ryan lined out last week to launch the Calcutta Run which takes place on Saturday, May 26. The 14th running of the race will see funds being raised for the Peter McVerry Trust and GOAL’s work with homeless young people in Dublin and Calcutta. The 2011 race raised €160,000. For more information, see www.calcuttarun.com

IRISH World Superbike star Eugene Laverty is the latest big name from the world of motorsport to confirm their participation at Bavaria Dublin City Racing extravaganza that comes to the city in June. The 25-year-old from Antrim finished fourth in the World Superbike Championship in 2011 and has since teamed up with the Max Biaggi at the Aprilia team to push for the top spot. Laverty will ride his Aprilia Superbike along the Bavaria City Racing city track, which starts at the Convention Centre, continues along Customs’ House Quay before crossing Butt Bridge, chicanes at D’Olier Street, zips past College Green and the Central Bank on Dame Street before reaching the chequered flag on O’Connell Bridge. The Aprilia team joins an ever-growing line-up of international and domestic motorsport talent that includes the Vodafone McClaren F1 team and the Breezemount Motorsport GP2 team at the event. Bavaria City Racing Dublin will take place on Sunday, June 3, and is a free public event and over 150,000 people are expected to line the streets to enjoy the best the world of motorsport has to offer. For those who want to get closer to the action, there are three ticketed premium performance zones on the track at Customs House Quay, O’Connell Bridge and at the Main Paddock on North Wall Quay. Tickets for these areas are priced from €75.90 and are available from Ticketmaster.

Ireland three for three in T20 series IRELAND’S cricketers finished their tour of Kenya with a whitewash in the Twenty20 series against the host nation in Mombasa last weekend. The third match proved a close-run encounter, that Ireland came out of vic-

torious by only two runs. Ed Joyce and Gary Wilson were the main scorers for the visitors in their innings, that saw them run up a total of 107 for 9. Kenya ran the match close, ending on 105 for 7, with wickets being claimed by Alex White, Boyd Rankin and George Dockerell proving the difference between the sides.


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Fingal face UCD to try to salvage season FINGAL face a huge battle in their bid to beat the drop from Leinster hockey’s division one as they welcome UCD to ALSAA on Saturday afternoon at 1.30pm. The northside team fell to a 6-2 loss to Railway Union last weekend and, with the students picking up a draw, Fingal were pegged back into a share of ninth place with UCD in the division with Clontarf still able to leap-frog both teams. They were 3-0 down at half-time against Railway before rallying with goals from Ken Treacy and Luke Hayden but they never got in range to affect the result as Eoin MacArthur scored twice and Rob Abbott, Peter English, Jeremy Duncan and Mark English countered. Fingal also play next Tuesday night in the league against Three Rock Rovers coming to the airport at 8.15pm.

RUGBY: REVENGE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED FOR ESTUARY SIDE

New Ross proved no match for Malahide RFC on their travels and now face Roscrea for third place in the league

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MALAHIDE made the long trip to New Ross for their penultimate league fixture of the season determined to make amends for their two-point defeat in the reverse fixture. Malahide stretched the New Ross defence in the early stages, but a number of dropped passes and an intercept allowed New Ross off the hook and they were soon able to exert some pressure themselves, resulting in a converted penalty for the

home side. Malahide’s response was swift as they regained possession quickly from the kick off and, when New Ross were caught offside, Rory O’Driscoll landed a solid 40-metre kick to level the scores, and shortly after slotted another penalty to give Malahide the lead. A turnover from Eoin Crowley allowed Neil O’Keeffe to release Richie Forbes and, when his well-timed pass was picked up by Mat Barnes, the outhalf had the pace to touch down in the corner. The score seemed to give Malahide confidence

Brogan’s on the run: Brothers promote race ST OLIVER Plunkett’s and Dublin

senior football stars Bernard and Alan Brogan were on hand with Rozanna Purcell to invite Dublin runners to enter the Samsung Run Dublin @ Night event that will take place at 8.30pm on Sunday, April 29. The 10k run, which is intended to mark the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, is open to all, and runners wishing to register can do so at www.samsungnightrun.com.

and, having gone through a number of phases, wing Neil Waters found space on the right and showed great pace to cross for Malahide’s second try. O’Driscoll’s successful conversion brought the score to 18-3 for the visitors at half-time. Malahide opened the second half well and O’Driscoll soon took another opportunity to push the visitors further clear at 21-3. The alarm bells started to ring for the home side and they increased their efforts to get back into the game through their powerful pack. Malahide held firm

in the initial phases but, eventually, New Ross were able to force their way over in the corner. A great touchline conversion brought them back into the game at 21-10. However, Malahide had not finished yet and once again they hit a purple patch. An interchange of passes between centres Mick Fitzmaurice and Richie Forbes saw replacement wing, Luke Murphy, race clear to score. As New Ross tried to keep Malahide back in their own territory, wing Eoin Barber latched on to a loose kick and his

counter attack brought play deep into New Ross territory. As the ball was recycled Richie Forbes found a hole in the New Ross defence to cross for the bonus point try. O’Driscoll’s conversion brought the score to 35-10. Malahide played out the rest of the game in relative comfort and a Colin Corkery penalty gave themselves a fine 38-10 away victory. Malahide play their final league game at home to Roscrea on March 11 where a win could see them claim third spot in the division.


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FIVE points from Gareth ‘Nesty’ Smith powered St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh to an opening day victory over perennial league challengers, St Sylvester’s, at Broomfield last Sunday. The Malahide men have made the heights of the regular season their ow n in recent years, taking the overall laurels most recently in 2010, while they came up just short in the playoffs of the 2011 edition in recent times. But they came unstuck on home turf last weekend against a star-studded opponent, who have since added Dublin senior player Declan Lally to their ranks, switching from Navan Road neighbours, St Brigid’s, over Christmas.

He entered the fray after 25 minutes, while Player of the Year Alan Brogan was a tormentor-in-chief throughout to the St Sylvester’s defensive line. St Oliver Plunkett’s got off to a flyer, starting at a fierce pace and grabbing three points before Syl’s got into the game. Cian Cleere, though, led the defensive fightback, and Sylvester’s were able to contain the visitors more efficiently as the game wore on. Ross Hazley and Padraig Bracken started to win ball in the middle while Eoin Fanning and Russell Cleere were getting more involved and started to make the chances. They ended the period slightly in the ascendancy but the scores were not coming at this stage as Rory O’Connor and Paul Brogan did well to rush Syl’s into snatching at shots.

That approach left two points between the sides at half-time, 0-5 to 0-3, in favour of Plunkett’s. But Cavan star Smith was finding his range while the older Brogan brother showed recent injury has done little to dim his fire in the New Year.

Local results On a tough weekend for local clubs on the return of the Dublin senior leagues, Naomh Mearnog lost their first AFL1 tie of the year when they went down 0 -17 t o 1- 3 a g a i n s t Raheny to star t the campaign on the back foot. Ciaran Whelan took the manager’s reins for the first time for Raheny to good effect, his side making it over the line with over ten points to spare. Fingal Ravens saw their defence breached four times by newly pro-

moted O’Toole’s in division one in Rolestown, falling 4-5 to 0-12. Elsewhere, four St Sylvester’s players were involved in their opening National Hurling League division 3A for Fingal against Louth. They won out 1-13 to 0-12 against the wee county as Andrew Richardson, Alan Morris, David Keogh and Hillary Murray Hession all played their part. A free-scoring start to the second-half saw them push on after they had trailed 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, but points from Richardson, Colm Foley and John Matthew Sheridan nosed Fingal in front. T hey kept the momentum going when Sheridan found the net, and despite Louth closing the gap to four points on two occasions in the final quarter, Fingal always found the scores to maintain their advantage.

The club is now employing three new coaches, Dublin hurler Simon Lam-

Well done to DCU and Paul Flynn

bert, and full-time student coaches

when they captured the Sigerson Cup

Michael O’Sullivan (Tipperary foot-

on Saturday afternoon.

baller) and Aine Shannon ( Wexford

Fingal hurlers defeated Louth with

camogie player), who have begun to

the back bone of the team coming

rollout the coaching programme with

from Fins, including top scorer JM

various teams.

Sheridan, Dermot Vaughan, Peter Daly and Paul Quinn.

Seachtain na Gaeilgeis on from March 5 to 17. We encourage every-

In response to members’ requests

body to make a special effort and try

for more time to allow fullest partici-

and speak some of the Irish they have.

pation in the club car draw to aid the

Best way to learn is to speak.Further

coaching development, the club has

details can be found at www.snag.ie

decided to extend the closing date for

and search/cuardaigh fingallians.

ST FINIAN’S A very busy weekend of fixtures

at the Gormanston Indoor tourna-

brought the club a lot of success

ment.

with wins for our intermediate

The Executive Committee are

footballers, junior footballers and

also delighted to report that we

our minor hurlers. All the pre-sea-

have taken possession from Fingal

son training certainly paid off this

County Council of some new pitches

weekend. For all adult and juvenile

in Ridgewood. The pitches consist of

results and fixtures, please see our

full-sized and juvenile pitches and

website, www.stfinians.com.

they will help us greatly with the fix-

We are hosting an Under-10 indoor camogie tournament next Saturday, March 3, from 12 noon to 3pm. Well done to our Under-10 camogie team on a couple of great results

ture congestion at the weekends. The Sam Maguire trophy will be visiting the Club next Saturday from 3 to 6pm. All the teams have been allocated a slot for a team photo.

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Malahide’s young stars have reached the quarter-finals in three of the SFAI national cup competitions, a new high for the club

MARCH 1, 2012

Stunning Malahide SFAI runs continue Gannon Park club still riding high in three national schoolboy competitions with unprecedented run  STEPHEN FINDLATER

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MALAHIDE United saw three of their schoolboy sides make it through to the quarter-finals of the SFAI national cups in an unprecedented show of force from the Gannon Park club. In doing so, they have outdone all other DDSL clubs with an incredible set of cup runs that has seen them make it through several rounds each in competitions with an initial starting list of over 300 clubs. The U-15 side, one step away from emulating their semi-final run of a year ago, got the better of Evergreen in Cork after extra time, prevailing 2-1, to set up a quarter-final date with Templeogue United. They go into that date buoyed by the evergrowing experience of Colm Deasy, who is part of the Republic of Ireland squad to play Belgium in the next week. Earlier in the season, he travelled with Ireland in Qatar and captained the

side in their series against the Aspire academy. At U-14 level, Templeogue – winners in 2010 at U-12 level – halted Malahide’s run in a classic 6-4 contest but Michael Dowling’s U-13 selection produced an outstanding comeback against Dublin rivals, Mountview Boys. They trailed 3-1 but came back to claim the tie in enthralling fashion, taking the laurels on a 4-3 scoreline. It sets up another home date in the quarters St Kevin’s Boys NDSL outfit the visitors. Finally, Lorcan Mooney’s U-11s side won through a Dublin derby against Belvedere, winning on penalties after normal time ended 1-1. It leaves Malahide in good shape as they bid to reach their first ever schoolboy All-Ireland final, something which DDSL coaching co-ordinator, Ronnie Feeney, says is down to the sustained hard work on the coaching paddock. “We’ve never won an All-Ireland at schoolboy and, in fact, this is probably a first with four teams to the last 16 and three through to the last

eight. As a representative of the DDSL, I don’t think any other club has managed it this year. “It’s a testament to the coaching and the structures we have put in place over the last number of years. Compliments and kudos are due to our director of coaching, Pat Cleary, who is with the club five years now. “He’s been cajoling and mentoring and so on for a number of years and that has borne fruit. “What we would be hoping is to go a little bit further and get a team into a final. We have every chance.” It adds up to what is shaping up to be a memorable year for the club as their LSL Sunday Senior 1 team – despite a setback last Friday – look well on course for promotion back up to the top tier of intermediate football in the province. They currently hold a ten-point lead at the top of their division with six rounds of games to play and the link between senior and schoolboy sections is one which is being fostered all the time.


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