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INSIDE: Malahide library launches new GAZETTE COMPASS: Choose your e-book service P2 ideal travel destination Pages 19-22

Soccer: Malahide CS students score for charity Page 32

Sailing: Malahide club launch sees great turnout Page 28

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ......................8 TRAVEL..........................19 BEAUTY ........................ 14 MOTORS ........................17 GOING OUT .................. 24 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

Council pays out €623k for path trip-ups I MIMI MURRAY

A TOTAL of €623,000 has been paid out by Fingal County Council between 2006 and 2010 to people who have tripped on the county’s footpaths, with another 75 yet to be settled. The council gave a report on tree management in the Howth/Malahide area, and revealed that there are a total of 726 trip hazards in the area. In October 2010, the Fingal

Tree Strategy was adopted and 33,000 trees were surveyed. The survey revealed that a total of 1,441 of the trees in Malahide/Howth, have outgrown the space their roots need, causing the footpaths to crack and rise. FCC will now prioritise what trees they are going to work on and listed several estates that will take priority for tree removal. Full Story on Page 6

Letting her hair down: Caroline parts with locks for charity CAROLINE BRADLEY bravely waved goodbye to her flowing locks at Fingal County Council offices recently when she had her head shaved by local barber, Frank Lyster, as part of an effort to raise money for cancer, in

the Shave or Dye campaign, run by national radio station, Today FM. The event was so successful that the council is considering making it an annual fundraiser. Full Story on Page 3 and Gallery Pages 8-9

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EVENT Malahide library launches

new e-book service

Walkway is longterm project says FCC I MIMI MURRAY

THE Donabate to Malahide walkway is a complex and longterm project and will be delivered on a long-term basis as funds become available, Fingal County Council said last week. Nuala Free, Siobhan Walshe (Fingal libraries), Actor Laurence Foster and Mary Free at the launch of the Malahide library ebook service. Pictures: Stuart Lang

Update Fianna Fail councillor Darragh Butler asked the council for an update on the proposed walkway and asked for clarification as to what amount of funding has been made available and what this should achieve. “This remains a top priority project that residents are starting to get optimistic might actually get delivered in the not too distant future,” he said. Grants In response the council said: “As part of its allocation of grants to Fingal County Council for 2012, the National Transpor t Authority has granted a sum of €100,000 towards the provision of a walkway and cycleway to run between Malahide and Donabate. “Work proposed as part of the scheme will require the submission of an Environmental Impact Statement to, and the consent of An Bord Pleanala. “The monies granted will be expended on the preparation of the necessary studies required to compile the Statement for submission to An Bord Pleanala. “It should be noted that this is a complex and long-term project w h i c h , r e a l i s t i c a l l y, will be delivered on an incremental basis as funds become available,” the council said.

A new way to enjoy your favourite books M AYOR of Fingal, councillor Gerry McGuire, was on hand to launch the Fingal Libraries e-book service at Malahide Library recently. The new e-book service means that library users can now download e-books from the library website. Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by

visiting the e-book page. Actor Laurence Foster attended the launch where he performed a Charles Dicken’s medley to to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth (1812) at the request of Fingal county libraries. The new service is compatible with e-readers, Android, iPhone and all smart phone technologies.

Dominic Byrne (Fingal County Council), Mayor of Fingal Councillor Gerry Maguire and Stephen Peppard (Fingal County Council)

Councillor Peadar O’Kelly and councillor Peter Coyle

Seamus and Camilla Tynan

Lilian Whelan, Fingal county librarian addresses

Malahide local Michael Ryan

Robert Craven, author of Get

Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Gerry

the guests

reading his e-book

Lenin, attends the launch


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CHARITY Fingal Baldies fundraising shave-a-thon

Losing long, lovely locks to encourage more donations I LAURA WEBB

A VERY brave woman has shown her support to the Shave or Dye campaign by shaving off her long golden locks and joining five male colleagues, known as the Fingal Baldies, in a fundraising shave-a-thon. Caroline Bradley surprised everyone in Fingal County Council when she put her best head forward to be shaved by a local barber. Fingal Baldies made up of Vincent Flynn, Wally Wade, Caroline Bradley, Mick Loftus, Paul Smyth and Ruairi O’Dulaing each shaved their head of hair to raise money for cancer, as part of the Shave or Dye campaign, run by national radio station Today FM. So far, they have raised a staggering €4,000 and it continues to rise each day. Speaking to the Gazette this week, Caroline said she hopes this will encourage more women to take part in the campaign, if not shaving but at least dyeing their hair for a good cause. “I just thought that going for the shave, instead of the dye; it would encourage people to donate more. This was just something I knew I could do. So many people around me have been affected, or are still

affected by cancer. I was hoping by me doing this, more women might get involved next year.” Reaction from work colleagues and family members differed, with some thinking she was just going to dye her hair, while others weren’t too convinced she would go ahead with it. Which she did, and now sports a Sinead O’Connor-type hairstyle. “I have no regrets in doing it, I just pray it will grow back quicker,” she joked. According to Caroline’s hairdresser, the amount of hair she had before the big shave would take four years to grow back. “At the end of the day, it’s only hair and I have my health.” Vincent Flynn, coordinator of the Fingal Baldies thanked all his recruits for taking part in the shave-a-thon, which happened at Fingal Offices in Blanchardstown last week. He started the Fingal Baldies this year after taking part in the successful Guinness record attempt for the most shaved heads in one place with Today FM. After this, he decided to change his approach to it and organise a fun and worthy group event. “There was a fantastic buzz about the place. I must admit I was surprised Caroline shaved her head, but fair play to her. I basically camped

Caroline Bradley says goodbye to her long locks as local barber, Frank Lyster, shaves them away. Picture: Andrew Foley


‘I just thought that going for the shave, instead of the dye; it would encourage people to donate more’ --------------------------

Caroline Bradley


outside our staff canteen in Fingal trying to persuade people, and five kindly came on board. I put us down for a target

of €1,500 and we got over €4,000 and we are still counting,” Vincent said. A kind staff member knitted novelty beanie hats for the baldies, which were auctioned off and a raffle on the day also helped to raise money for the cause. If this success is anything to go by, and if Today FM continues the campaign each year, Vincent says staff and Fingal consider making it an annual fundraising event. To sponsor the Fingal Baldies log onto www. See Gallery on pages 8-9

Members of the Fingal Baldies include Mick Loftus, Vincent Flynn, Paul Smyth, Caroline Bradley, Ruairi O’Dualaigh, Wally Wade with County Manager, David O’Connor (fourth from left), Sabrina Finn and Frank Lyster


Cleaner county awards RESIDENTS and businesses helping to make their county a cleaner and greener place to live in, are being asked to take part in the 2012 Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards. The countywide competition rewards residents, community groups and businesses in their efforts to keep their area and premises clean and wellpresented. Fingal is now inviting entries to take part in the awards. Application forms and full details of the competition are available by contacting the Environmental Awareness Team, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin, phone 01-890 6236, or email Application forms are also available to download from the FCC website. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, May 25, 2012.

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IPPA Happy Faces Day charity event on

Studio to pull out for a fundraising

Artist gets set to perform killer music FOLLOWING five support slots with Aslan, radio appearances on Radio Nova, FM104, RTE Radio na Gaeltachta, and a superb Hotpress review, Killer Ceol hits the road again this Easter performing songs from his critically acclaimed solo album, Killer. The singer/songwriter’s eagerly awaited long player contains ten songs all written by the Portmarnock musician and he also took on the challenging task of playing all of the instruments on the album. The tour kicks off at The Ivy Sessions in Drumcondra on Sunday, March 25, followed by a date at The Zodiac Sessions in Bruxelles on Wednesday, April 4. The next stop is a support slot to the The Knights of Leon in The Sands Hotel, Portmarnock, on Easter Sunday, April 8, while the very next day Killer Ceol takes a trip to Cornelscourt to play at The Magic Carpet Bar. Wednesday, April 11 sees him making an appearance at The Song Room at The Globe (which is in the process of featuring his song Planets-Your the Reason on their soon-to-be released compilation album) before he finally wraps up the tour with a support slot to the fantastic Pat McManus Band in Bar Habana in Portlaoise. For more information, check out the official website or ‘LIKE’ his Facebook page.

Shedding light on energy saving THE Green Village, Malahide, will give a talk in Malahide this March on how to change light bulbs in order to improve energy efficiency. Jimmy Kinsella, of the local electrical services firm BEC, will be guest speaker and will shed some light on energy-saving light bulbs, and answer any questions people may have. The talk will take place in Malahide Library on March 28 and starts at 6.30pm. Local contacts for the event are Colm Hyland (Millview Road) 087 2345940 and Robert

Steininger (Inbhir Ide) 087 2760536 colm.hyland@ robert.steininger@

Meeting on the Stability Treaty A PUBLIC Information Meeting on the Stability Treaty will be held with former Taoiseach John Bruton, on March 26, in the Grand Hotel. Fine Gael TD for Dublin North, Alan Farrell, will be holding the public information meeting on the Treaty at 8pm. The meeting is supported by councillor Anthony Lavin.

Pictured at the launch of the IPPA Happy Faces Day campaign were (L-R); Jonathan Irwin (Jack and Jill founder), Miriam O’Callaghan, Tanya Crosbie (Giggles and Smiles Photography)

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the way for Swords Central

all the stops charity event I MIMI MURRAY

GIGGLES and Smiles Photography is hosting its annual Happy Faces Day charity event in Swords Central, beside Pennys, from 11am to 5pm on April 1. This will be the seventh year that Giggles and Smiles Photography, who were recently awarded Ireland’s Best Classical Portraiture Photographer, have been involved in the Happy Faces Day charity fundraiser. They are pulling out all the stops to make it bigger and better this year with entertainment, support from local shops and amazing prizes. Nationally, Irish Pro-

fessional Photographers Association (IPPA) Happy Faces Day has raised almost €280,000 since 2006 through the hard work and enthusiasm of professional photographers nationwide. This year, a record number of 110 professional photographers have already signed up to IPPA Happy Faces Day charity event. The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation was set up in 1997 by Jonathan Irwin and his wife, Senator MaryAnn O’Brien (MD of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates) to provide home nursing care to young children in Ireland who have severe developmental delay as a result of brain damage. They decided to set up

Jack and Jill based on their own experience with their son, Jack, which is the blueprint for the Jack and Jill model of home nursing that supports nearly 300 families in Ireland today. The service includes home visits, advice, information, funding, lobbying and bereavement support. Jack and Jill requires €2.7 million per annum to survive and with less than 20% coming from the State, the Foundation relies on mobile phone and cash donations and big fundraisers such as IPPA Happy Faces Day in association with Canon. Giggles and Smiles Photography will be running their Happy Faces Day event in Swords

Central beside Penneys on Sunday, April 1, from 11am to 5pm. For a €25 donation to The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation you receive the gift of an individual portrait minisession and a desk-size portrait; 100% of every donation will be paid directly to The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation. Book your appointment today by calling 01-806-1582. Avoid disappointment as it is expected to fill up fast. Anyone can have their portrait taken, young and old. Further information can be found at www. or www. www.gigglesandsmiles. com.


Showing support for MS Society of Ireland LOCAL company Harris Heating are helping out a worthy cause, by donating a free boiler installation to the MS Society of Ireland. The generous donation is worth €1,700 and is sure be a most welcome donation to the Society. Pictured is Tom Egan, of Harris Heating, with Olivia Kirwan, of MS Ireland. They are joined by Eco Boiler the Clown, who made a special appearance to highlight their support of the MS Society of Ireland and the invaluable work they carry out. Harris Heating will carry out a domestic boiler service for just €55, so don’t clown around and make sure your boiler is in good shape.

Councillor calls for exercise stations to be installed in Ardgillan Park THE use of fitness trails around Ardgillan Park will be reviewed by Fingal County Council. Labour councillor Ken Farrell, asked for the exercise stations to be dotted around Ardgillan Park, workout stations similar to the ones found in Malahide Castle and Fr Collins Park, in Donaghmede. “Due to the limited capital funding available for 2012, the repair of cycle paths and footpaths damaged in heavy rains in late 2011 has been prioritised for 2012. “The provision of exercise stations is being considered but will depend on availability of capital funding in the second half of the year,” the council said.

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€623,000 for path trip-ups I MIMI MURRAY

ATOTAL of €623,000 has been paid out by Fingal County Council between 2006 and 2010, to people who have tripped on the county’s footpaths, and another 75 have yet to be settled. The council gave a report on tree management in the Howth/Malahide district and revealed that there are a total of 726 trip hazards in the area. In October 2010, the Fingal Tree Strategy was adopted and 33,000 trees were surveyed and it was revealed that 16% of the trees in Malahide/ Howth, or 1,441, have outgrown the space that their roots need, causing the footpaths to crack and rise. “Trees require 15 cubic metres of soil and these trees probably have one cubic metre. Trees are also leaning because they don’t have enough rooting space,” the council said. The council also said there has been an overdependence on certain

trees, mainly sycamore and Norway maple. These trees are fast-growing and were very popular in the Seventies and Eighties, but they have a very vigorous rooting system. “There are 2,575 sycamore trees that are over 20 cm in girth in a grass verge less than 2m, and 766 trees are causing problems with the footpaths. Of those, 392 are causing trip hazards. We have a large population of those trees in Howth/ Malahide,” the council said. Several trees will be removed from these areas, including Bayside in Sutton, Seabury and Millview in Malahide, Carrickhill in Portmarnock and Thornbury in Howth. The council said they would meet with residents in order to discuss plans with them. They said replacement of each tree is not easy as the roots remain in place and they can take years to decompose, but the nearest space where the council can replace them, they will.

EVENT Great Bake Monster Sale fundraiser

Fighting post-natal depression I MIMI MURRAY

NURTURE post-natal depression Support Services, which are based in Rush, will hold a Great Bake Monster Sale on Friday, March 23, in Joe Mays pub in Skerries. The aim is to raise much-needed funds for this worthwhile service, which is run by humanistic counsellor, Irene Lowry. Lowry has her own practice, Fine Counselling, based in Rush, and she says she felt compelled to start the service after losing two young mothers to suicide. “I lost two young mothers, aged 29 and 24 years, in 2010 who died through suicide battling post-natal depression. These mothers came for counselling too late and, unfortunately, they

had their suicide plan in place. Generally, once a person has a suicide plan in place and they refuse to visit their GP, it is more than difficult to help the person. They were too far gone with their plan. They could not see how visiting their GP could help them or taking medication. Talking with them, they really believed that they would be better if they left this world and commented ‘who would miss them anyway’. “They left three young children under the age of five years. It was an horrific time for both their families and friends to experience and get through. Having spent a lot of time as a counsellor with both families I decided in January 2011 to research postnatal depression Support Services in Ireland and found, whilst there are some services available,

there is a serious lack of support services in this area. “With this realisation, we then set up the charity, Nurture. My colleague, Lilian McGowan and myself established Nurture throughout 2011. We secured our charity status in 2011 with Revenue. Lilian is also a bereavement counsellor and works professionally with clients in the area of suicidology. “According to the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, research shows that 12,000 mothers in Ireland will experience post-natal depression. “We have been advised that this trend will most definitely continue in this coming year, 2012, as we are in a baby boom. “Statistically, 10% of mothers will seek professional help for PND. However, whilst visiting their GP is crucial to their

Humanistic counsellor, Irene Lowry

mental health, so too is talk therapy, i.e. visiting a counsellor to talk about their inner feelings. Early intervention and education is key with post-natal depression. “Talk therapy works really well for PND. Unfortunately there are a lot of private counsellors still charging €60/70 a session and, in our current down turn, mothers generally cannot afford these fees each week. “Nurture is bridging this gap as our counsel-

lors are open to charging a fee of €35 or less for a counselling session, depending on the client’s income. Nurture has been backed by Minister for Health, James Reilly, and our immediate aim is to secure funding from the Government to run the charity on a no-fee basis.” For more information, or if you would like to donate monies to Nurture, please follow the link on their website www.


Company aims to meat your needs THE Dublin Meat Company is one success story that is worth telling. Brian and David O’Leary, along with their dad, set up the company six years ago and have gone from strength to strength in that time, coming up with several savvy ideas of how to make the business a success during the current economic turmoil facing Ireland. The company now employs around 20 full- and part-time staff in the Swords/Malahide and Artane shops, and intends to keep punters happy for a long time to come. “My dad had a shop in Northside Shopping Centre for 40 years but rents were outrageous so he decided to move to Butterly Business Park with the idea being that the saving he made on rent could be passed on to customers. “It is a factory shop and my dad and brother set this up. I

Paddy O’Leary of the Dublin Meat Company

came on board three years ago and we set up the shop in the Kinsealy Garden Centre on the Malahide road. The third shop was opened two years ago on Forest Road in Swords. “It is really busy in there with people travelling from all over the country to buy our meats. We have cut down on our costs by centralising the labour above the shop in Artane, all the butchery is done there.

“We have also launched an online shop and that is up and running about a month. We deliver anywhere in Ireland. “One of the things unique to us is our weekly special, and we send a text out to over 7,000 people letting them know of our special. This week, it is five dinners for €20, which consists of 800 grams of roundsteak mince, five chicken fillets, 1.2 kilos of ham fillet, two chickens, and one kilo

of homemade lasagne,” he says. Brian says they mostly make a loss on this special but they do it hoping it attracts more customers through the doors who will then buy more produce. “People go mad for it. We announce it on a Monday night and we can have the box of meat couriered out by Tuesday morning to anywhere in the country. It costs €5 for delivery or, if you spend over €70, you get the delivery for free. Our biggest buyers are young families. We stand over the quality of everything and we buy from Irish suppliers.” Brian says their Facebook page, which has over 4,000 friends, has been particularly useful and Brian says, surprisingly, that 30 per cent of their orders come from Donegal. It appears the sky is the limit for these hardworking lads and long may success continue. www.dublinmeatcompany. com

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COMPETITION Three-day festival to find the winner

Search for the 2012 Dublin Rose is now on I LAURA WEBB

THE search for the Dublin Rose is now on, and, this year, organisers have changed the format for choosing the capital’s rose, by dedicating a three-day festival to finding a Rose that will represent their county at the Rose of Tralee later this year. Applications are now open and everyone who applies will be featured in the three-day festival in May. “We encourage as many people as possible to enter. The major thing this year is that we put entrants up for the threeday festival at the Carlton Blanchardstown Hotel,”

Dublin Rose co-ordinator, Brendan Galvin, told the Gazette. “We are doing it differently this year; we used to run it on a system where we had heats in different parts of Dublin, who would then go to the grand Dublin final. We didn’t like that system, so what we are doing now is running a whole Dublin festival in the Carlton Hotel in Blanchardstown from May 18-20. There is a selection night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the Dublin Rose will be picked out of that. “Instead of girls going out in heats, they will all really come in second place after the Dublin

Rose is selected. We want this to be a fun experience, which allows all Dublin Roses to be involved in it right until the end,” he said. According to Brendan, the Dublin Rose experience is more than just about getting the title to represent Dublin at the Rose of Tralee festival in August. “The emphasis we want to get across is the amount of fun the girls are going to have. It’s not a competition, it’s not about who is going to be a Dublin Rose, it’s about entering for the whole Dublin Rose experience. “People see the Rose of Tralee as just being what is on the telly those

Organisers are dedicating a three-day festival to finding a Dublin Rose

two nights, but really it goes beyond that, that is a minuscule side of it. It doesn’t really show the whole story; there is so much more behind it and the big word is ‘friendship’. The amount of friends that are made through this is fantastic, it really is. “Our job, as Dublin Rose coordinators, is to make sure every girl has a fantastic time. There were four girls last year, who never met each other until the festival, and now they all live together. There

are loads of stories like this. They have a fantastic time,” Brendan said. Girls aged six to 12 years can also experience the festival by becoming a Rose Bud. Rose Buds are paired with an International Rose, attend the first televised selection night in the Dome, participate in two Rose parades and take part in their own Gala Rose Bud evening and enjoy the fun of a week-long Rose Bud Summer Camp. As part of the selec-

tion process, the Gazette is running a colouring competition in association with Dublin Rose, details of which are coming soon. For further information on Dublin Rose, log onto www.roseoftralee. ie/centres and click Dublin, or find Dublin Rose on facebook for dates of information evenings. The Rose of Tralee International Festival takes place from August 17-21 and is one of Ireland’s largest and longest- running festivals.

MEETING Support for local Tidy Towns THE Malahide Tidy Towns Group AGM will be held in the Grand Hotel on March 29 at 8pm. There will also be a cleanup day on April 28 at 10.30am, when staff will meet in the train station car park. All are asked to bring any gardening/ painting equipment they can, including gloves. Gerry Rafferty, of Malahide Tidy Towns, is hopeful of plenty of community support. “There are many issues to be addressed, and we look forward to a lively discussion. We would also appreciate the opinions and shared ideas from members of the community to do with the very important listed building in the Casino, so we need as much support as possible. Please try to make it on Thursday, March 29, bring friends or make sure a representative is there from your organisation,” Gerry said.

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CHARITY Fingal County Council colleagues take part in a

Baldies a cut above the rest GROUP of brave colleagues at Fingal County Council put their best heads forward recently when they had their hair shaved by a local barber to raise money for cancer, as part of the Shave or Dye campaign, run by national radio station Today FM. The group, known as the Fingal Baldies, so far have raised a staggering â‚Ź4,000 and the amount continues to rise each day. A kind staff member knitted novelty beanie hats for the baldies which were auctioned off and a raffle on the day also helped to raise money for the cause. If this success is anything to go by, and if Today FM continues the campaign each year, coordinator Vincent FLynn says staff and Fingal consider making it an annual fundraising event.


The Baldy Crew enjoying their warm hats. Pictures: Andrew Foley

Caroline Bradley has her hair shaved off

Mick Loftus in his

cupcake hat

Ruairi with his cactus hat

Caroline enjoying her photo hat

Frank Lyster awaits his first volunteer

Vincent Flynn in his angry birds hat

Mick Loftus getting the chop

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fundraising shave-a-thon to raise money for cancer

A hairy moment for Paul Smyth

Wally’s turn in the chair

Vincent Flynn

Wally Wade and Caroline Bradley

Ruairi O Dualaigh

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EVENT Great opportunity to plan for your big day

A wedding fair at the stylish Ardboyne Hotel


Pet care: Natural remedies for keeping pets healthy


The Ardboyne Hotel is hosting a Spring Wedding Fair

THE Ardboyne Hotel is hosting its Spring Wedding Fair on Sunday, March 25, from 2pm – 5pm. The event, that takes place throughout the hotel, promises to be one of the top wedding fairs of 2012, with an opportunity to speak with a variety of wedding suppliers from the local area. The Ardboyne Hotel management team will also be on hand to show you around this most attractive venue, giving guests information on the hotel’s special wedding offers that are currently available. On the day, the beautiful Boyne Suite will be set up with a host of exhibitors from the local area that can provide guests with their services and help in all things that are important for the perfect wedding day. There will be entertainment – from Irish dancers to a stunning bridal fashion show by McElhinneys of Athboy. The Ardboyne Hotel is traditionally known as a premier destination for weddings, and is synonymous with weddings of the highest quality. The hotel’s relaxed atmosphere in the open

plan lobby, to the luxurious ballroom, T he Boyne Suite, with its crystal chandeliers and windows overlooking their beautifully landscaped gardens, there is no question as to where guests will want to celebrate saying “I do”. The Ardboyne Hotel is registered for civil wedding ceremonies and the Tara Suite will be set up in the day as it would be for a wedding ceremony. The room is a perfect setting for an intimate, relaxed wedding ceremony with family and friends. Enchanting

The hotel’s enchanting gardens create an astounding backdrop for all wedding photos. With 29 well-appointed bedrooms available, as well as a beautiful bridal suite, guests can avail of a reduced rate on a wedding night. There are a host of packages available, with the Three Ring Package proving extremely popular. The Bronze Ring Package costs €3,295, with the Silver Ring Package costing €3,595 and the Gold Ring Package priced at €3,895, all based on 100 guests attending.

All packages include red carpet on arrival, champagne reception for the bridal party, complimentary tea/coffee and homemade biscuits on arrival, five-course dinner, two glasses of house wine served with the meal, evening buffet, bar extension, floral centrepieces for all tables, chair covers and gold bows, bridal suite and two bedrooms for parents, free parking and anniversary dinner. This year, for the hotel’s Spring Wedding Fair, guests can avail of a special offer, with an opportunity to enjoy €200 off their wedding day or a complimentary day-after wedding party for those who book between now and May 31 for a wedding in 2012. Bookings

The hotel is also taking bookings for Christmas weddings and have limited dates available between Christmas and New Year. For those unable to attend the wedding fair and are interested in the hotel’s special offers, contact the wedding co-ordinator, Michelle, on 0469023119 or mgilbane@

St Vincent de Paul is looking for volunteers THE Society of St Vincent de Paul is the oldest and largest, voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland. The Society is a volunteer organisation that is always in need of volunteers. The work is challenging but very rewarding. The SVP is involved in a wide variety of works in support of those in need, which means there are many ways that the public can give their time to help the Society. The kind of activities that people can become involved in will depend entirely upon their own personal interests. Some activities the Society partici-

pates in are home visitation and hospital and prison visits. The Society also has 34 Vincent’s shops spread throughout Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare. Volunteers generally give a couple of hours a week to their work, so volunteers can give as little or as much time as they want. In the Society of St Vincent de Paul, too few people are trying to do too much. The society needs the public’s help to help people in need. Anyone interested in volunteering some spare time to help can contact Claire Banks at (01) 8198414.

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SPRING It’s time to get tooled up to tackle your lawn

Gardening greats at new centre WITH Dubliners enjoying the first signs of spring over the weekend, it’s no wonder they are taking to their gardens in their droves to prepare for what, we hope, will be a summer of long, lazy afternoons enjoying our own patches of green. For all those green-fingered enthusiasts, there is an all-new new Husqvarna Centre opening up in a prime Dublin location on the Longmile Road this weekend, March 24. From ride-on mowers, lawnmowers, blowers, hedgetrimmers, chainsaws, automowers and trimmers, to name but a few, Husqvarna Ireland

have all your garden needs wrapped up. The Husqvarna range are a household name in Ireland and are known for their excellent design, attention to detail and long-lasting performance. The Husqvarna lawnmower is tailor-made for both you and your garden needs. It mows lawns to perfection leaving your garden without a blade of grass out of place. The Husqvarna lawnmowers have a 3-in-1 cutting system, comfort handle and a robust design. The Husqvarna Automower® recently featured on a Channel 4 pro-

gramme, entitled Home of the Future, and it truly is a revolutionary product, becoming increasingly more popular by the day. Husqvarna developed the Automower®, the original robotic lawn mower and the undisputed leader. With the Automower, there is now no need for compost heaps, the grass cuttings produced are so fine that they decompose quickly, providing a natural fertiliser for the lawn. Also, the Automower is well equipped to work in the rain. A Rider from Husqvarna can go almost anywhere, and has an

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Brought to you by Derry Temple personal trainer and pilates instructor

How to reach your own fitness peak IVING a busy daily life is challenging in itself and succeeding in your life’s goals on top of that can be extremely demanding. Throughout my life, I have been lucky enough to witness many people succeeding against seemingly insurmountable odds. Whenever I see this, it inspires me. I find it is important to engage and spend time with people who have demonstrated that inner strength to achieve their goals; people who can inspire you to reach yours. When you feel like quitting, it is worth reminding


yourself of stories where people have persevered and achieved their ambitions. Sometimes it can be just a small thing or, in the case of my friend, Cian O’Brolchain, it can be a big thing. Cian is preparing to ascend the summit of Mt Everest later this year and he has already overcome odds beyond any that I had ever imagined. In the last year he has endured some of the world’s highest and most treacherous mountain climbs. On a recent excursion to scale Cho Oyu, he described how some fellow climbers not only didn’t make it to the summit but lost their lives in

the process. Climbing in extremely bad weather, and having witnessed several of his colleagues drop out due to altitude sickness, dehydration and exhaustion, Cian still succeeded in reaching the summit. Seeing the frozen body of a climber who had perished in the ice, and having to climb past the dead man’s body, was his biggest test. He knew he had to concentrate and put the tragic events around him out of his mind to prevent another fatality. He struggled on despite dehydration, exhaustion and lack of food. His legs and upper body ached from carrying his heavy

pack, but he knew that, if he stopped, he might not get up again. Cian used powerful visualisation techniques to remember past sporting achievements and reminded himself of all the support from family and friends that made it possible for him to be there. Staying focused on these positive and powerful images kept his determination focused as he closed his mind to the negative thoughts. He describes as amazing the experience of standing atop the treacherous mountain peak, gazing at the horizon where he could see in the distance his ultimate

Cian O’Brolchain will attempt to scale Mount Everest later this year

ambition – Mt Everest. The hardship and effort was worth this truly amazing experience. Stories like Cian’s are what inspiration is all about. Sometimes ordinary people just like you have persevered to beat the insurmountable. Remember, that whatever roadblocks life puts in your way, you should

never let them stop you. Ignore the temptation to quit and do not allow negative thoughts to drag you off course. Stay focused and determined and you too will reach Your Peak. You can follow Cian’s remarkable journey on www.irelandtoeverest. com. If you are looking to get fit and healthy and

are looking for someone to inspire you, then surround yourself with those who have done it already. Temple Training provides a FREE assessment and can advise on what fitness regime could help you reach your physical peak. See, email info@ or call 085 7131417.

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Don’t weight - Lose It Now!

Getting some Olympic-style locks

TWO out of every five Irish adults are overweight and obesity is now the most common childhood disorder in Europe. A weight reduction of 10% drastically improves your energy and mental health and also helps reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. The aim of a weight loss programme should be to reduce fat whilst maintaining muscle tissue. CLA 24/7 tablets, in combination with healthy meal planning and increased physical activity, help optimise the relationship between body fat and muscle mass. Contact your local pharmacy for advice on healthy weight loss.

SHAPE up your hair with Olympic-style locks like Pantene Pro-V ambassador Olympic and World Champion cyclist, Victoria Pendleton. Although we would all love to be on the same fitness and health level as an Olympian, getting the same beautiful glossy hair will do just fine thanks to the Pantene Pro-V smooth and Sleek range. It contains micro-smoothers which work with hair to silken each strand and to lock out humidity to help keep frizz from forming and leaving hair feeling smooth and silky. Victoria shares her top tips on how she keep her hair looking amazing, despite a gruelling exercise routine.

With thanks to the staff of Lucan Village Pharmacy

What is your greatest hair challenge?

Training every day means my hair is prone to a lot of frizz, so I need a hair care regime that helps combat frizz throughout the day.

I’d recommend the new Pantene Smooth & Sleek 24h Frizz Fighter, it’s really light and smells gorgeous.

How important is having healthy looking hair? Having healthy hair is really important to me and I always like to look and feel good on, and off, the bike. Pantene Smooth & Sleek range helps give me gorgeously, healthy-looking hair every day.

What hair products do you swear by? Working with Pantene has reminded me of just how effective and amazing their products are. I especially love their new Smooth & Sleek 24h Frizz Fighter, and also the mousse in the rangeboth products help to really deliver a smooth and moisturised finish.

How often a week do you wash your hair? Training with a helmet on every day means I wash my hair most days. I love to leave in a hydrating smoothing product after washing, to help combat frizz.

What would be your best hair care tip? My best hair care tip would be to choose a hair care range that is right for your hair structure. Working with Pantene has made me realise the importance of this, and it

Pantene Pro-V ambassador Olympic and World Champion Cyclist, Victoria Pendleton

really does make a difference. I have quite thick hair, so I use the Smooth & Sleek range. What is your favourite

hair look? I always think a timeless elegant look is a really smooth, sleek blow dry. This is so much easier to achieve at home if

you use styling products, Pantene’s Smooth & Sleek hairspray and mousse are my go-to products to achieve this look at home.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Natural remedies for keeping pets healthy HIS week I decided to write about a problem very close to my own heart – in fact it’s breaking it. Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) or in lay persons terms, dog dementia. Yep, after 17 years of faithful companionship, loyalty and unselfish love, our eldest Jack Russell Terrier, Sophie, has begun to display strange behaviours. Ever since I rescued her as a six-week-old, frightened puppy from a lift shaft in an area of north Dublin, Sophie has showered me with love and been my best friend. No matter what obstacles life throws at me, Sophie stoically sees me through them. Now, although physically healthy, my darling little friend is often in a state of confusion, doesn’t greet me the way she used to, stares into space and bites and


snaps at me when I feed her or offer her treats. I’m around animals long enough to realise what’s wrong with Sophie and don’t really need our wonderful vet to confirm that she is displaying signs of CCD. Similar to Alzheimer’s in humans, CCD tells me there are physical changes taking place in Sophie’s brain – the result of which means a deterioration of how she remembers, thinks and acts, all causing great upset to our lives. Sophie has other “old lady” problems too, but none of them is life-threatening. Therefore, while my duties as her Mom may be more demanding due to her problems, the fact is my best friend still enjoys a good quality of life. She eats well, she sleeps well, in fact she sleeps quite a lot, she drinks adequately, her coat is good and she

lets me know when she needs to relieve herself. So, in the grand scheme of things, her dad and I reckon great-aunt Sophie deserves a little extra help and that is why we’ve consulted our lovely vet with regard to providing alternative remedies, such as herbal and nutraceutical treatments that contain brain sustaining supplements. And no, I’m not trying to teach an old dog new tricks, rather help her extend the happy, good quality of life she already enjoys with us. So, what is a nutraceutical? Basically, from what I understand, it’s a term used for a product isolated or purified from food(s) that is generally available in medicinal forms, which are not usually associated with food. What are the benefits of herbal remedies to your dog? I believe they can be of great benefit

– especially as the gap between natural remedies and traditional treatments is not very wide. Traditional medications are actually synthesised from herbal compounds that have been used to treat the same problems for centuries. Herbal remedies are also highly cost-effective and often less expensive than conventional medicines. How do they work? I believe natural remedies will strengthen the inherent immune system of my dog – allowing her body take care of her problems, (rather than mask them), and, hopefully, with their help, the short life Sophie has left will be enhanced, and the great thing is, without any of the side effects of conventional medications. My love and loyalty for Sophie will never falter. We face tough times, but we face them together.

Many pet parents are seeking more ‘natural’ forms of treatment

I’ll be there for her as she has been for me. Patience and love is the key. Many pet parents are seeking more “natural” forms of treatment for their pets. However, I would like to mention the information contained in this column is simply a guideline. It is in no way a substitute for pro-

fessional, medical advice from your vet – whom you should always consult before using, or treating your pet with a natural remedy. A specialised practitioner will best advise as to which remedy can interact with your pet’s prescriptions, interact with each other and safety and effectiveness,

etc., It is only when you are armed with your vet’s advice, that you will be able to make an informed decision regarding your pet’s healthy future.  For more

information log onto or email me at miriam.

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The new Renault Grand Megane GTline offers a far more attractive option for those who need extra load space but don’t fancy a traditional estate car

Touring, just grander  CORMAC CURTIS

ENAULT have a loyal fan base in the Irish market, and have always offered their customers a little more spec than many of their competitors and for less money. Traditionally, Renault have offered practicality and value, but wouldn’t have necessarily been the prettiest or most desirable cars on the road. In recent years, to be fair, they have made huge improvements with their styling, most notably their 2008 release of the Megane Coupe. The dramatic and aggressive design elements of this car coincided with a move by Renault to invest a lot more time and mileage in to the test phases of their cars. The brand’s reputation has improved steadily


SPECS: RENAULT GRAND MEGANE GT LINE 1.5 dCi  0 – 100km/hr: 12.9 sec  Economy: 4 L/100km (comb)  CO2 emissions: 120 g/km  Road Tax Band: A (€104)  Price: €27,200 (model tested)

since, and the addition of models such as the Grand Megane, especially in the GT Line spec, is bound to add to their new-found cache. Renault have brought the Grand Megane GT Line to the Irish market powered by a 1.5-litre dCi engine producing 110bhp, with a 90bhp option also available. I spent a week driving the Grand Megane, and was very pleasantly surprised, not just with the performance, but also with how the power from

the engine is matched with a well-balanced sport chassis, lowered suspension and precise steering. In short, I wasn’t expecting what is essentially an estate car from Renault to put such a wide smile on my face. Not only is the Grande Megane keeping up with its competitors in terms of performance from small, fuel-efficient engines, which help to keep cost of ownership down, but their interior design team were obviously allowed

to throw out the Renault style book, as well as the budget plan. Sitting in the cockpit, the driver enjoys sports seats that certainly keep you in place when you decide to power through a few twisty roads. I admit that they were a little snug for me personally, but I imagine that I’m a little older and wider than the target market. The upholstery is a very attractive half-leather/ cloth offering, with contrast stitching that certainly looks the part.

The overall pallet doesn’t hold any surprises, but there are some glossy panels that add some nice highlights to the cabin. The dials are sporty and eye-catching, the steering wheel, gear knob, and handbrake are wrapped in leather and have a reassuring quality feel to them. The handbrake is at an offset angle, which is another nice touch that makes the cabin a little special. Fur ther attractive touches include electric folding door mirrors, colour-coded sport bumpers and headlights with black surrounds, dark metal window surrounds and door handles. This all adds up to a very pretty car indeed, but let’s not forget about some of the more practical aspects of this grand tourer. For that special driving

holiday, the Grand Megane allows for a generous 486 litres of boot capacity with the five-seat configuration, and an impressive 1,600 litres when the rear seats are folded down. More than enough space for a few cases of your favourite tipple. The car’s boot comes with a storage compartment system that makes it easier to organise the loading space – another nice touch that is often missing from some of its competitors. This car is something that fans of Renault will certainly covet, and it will not disappoint those who spring for the €27,200 price tag (or €25,000 for the 90 bhp version). Renault still offer attractive trade-in and their own scrappage deals, so there are a few ways to bring that sticker price down a bit.

Kia’s Rio and Picanto red dot awards brings their total to 6 LAST WEEK saw Korean car manufacturer, Kia, awarded two top honours for its Picanto and Rio models in the 2012 red dot design competition. The five-door versions of Kia’s A-segment Picanto and B-segment Rio were both winners in red dot’s internationally acclaimed Product Design category, in a competition that saw more than 4,500

products entered by 1,800 manufacturers from 58 countries across a variety of product sectors. Judges scrutinised and tested the products in detail, with winners selected on the basis of their level of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability, ecological compatibility and intuitive handling.

Only products featuring the highest standards of design are eligible for the coveted red dot. These two latest wins bring Kia’s red dot total to six, with the Soul crossover winning in 2009, Venga compact MPV in 2010, and both Sportage compact SUV and Optima sedan claiming top spots in 2011.

Optima was also named Best of the Best in 2011 – the red dot competition’s highest accolade for ground-breaking design, for which only the best products in each category are eligible. Commenting on the awards, Kia’s chief officer, Peter Schreyer, said: “We are very proud of the red dot awards for the Picanto and the Rio.”

AN Post and Renault Ireland are joining forces in Ireland’s first ever on-the-road trial of electrically powered post vans. The study will compare the energy/ fuel efficiency, maintenance costs and overall performance of the Renault Kangoo ZE (electric) mini van against its traditional diesel counterpart over the next 12 months. An Post operates one of Ireland’s largest fleets, and, in 2011, their f leet-related fuel costs were in the region of €10 million. Commenting on the trial, An Post chief executive, Donal Connell, said: “We’re very pleased to be conducting this likefor-like trial with this calibre of vehicle and we’re looking forward to reviewing the data with Renault Ireland over the coming months.”

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS 25 new jobs at Datapac IRELAND’S largest indigenous ICT solutions provider, Datapac announced last week that it will create up to 25 new jobs. This follows the awarding of an €8m ICT consumables contract by the National Procurement Service to Datapac. This new contract follows a strong start to 2012 for Datapac, enabling it to make a strategic decision to grow its business. The new jobs will be based across all of Datapac’s locations and 15 of the roles will be created this year, with the additional 10 positions being created over the following two years. The new positions will include sales, marketing and logistics roles.

Supported by AIB

Fourth tech award for Eden training I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

EDEN Training in Rathfarnham has won the National Award for Training Centre of the Year, 2012 at the 15th National IT Training Conference. This is the fourth win for Eden Training in the six-year history of the awards. T he ECDL (Euro pean Computer Driving Licence) course at Eden Training won the ICS Skills Best Practice Training Centre on

March 9, 2012. At the event, held in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin, former President Mary McAleese described ECDL as “a huge national movement” and as an “enabler; it is what gives people the opportunity to advance their careers; to advance their education,” which can “empower people to avail of the advantages that technology can give”. The award represents a standard of excellence nationally as Eden out-

flanked 1,000 other training providers. The ECDL certificate is a truly international qualification that is recognised in 148 countries. The conference was addressed by Jim Friars, chief executive at ICS Skills, and Mary Cleary, professional development manager at ICS Skills, which is the organisation that oversees ECDL provision in Ireland. “It was a great honour to again have our efforts with regard to ECDL provision recognised,”

From Leftt: Michael O’Connor (ICS Board), Denise Leahy (ICS Board), James Bannigan (Eden Training), Jim Friars (ICS CEO) and Sean Connolly (ICS board)

said Eden Training business development manager, James Bannigan. “We feel that ECDL is a crucial steppingstone for those seeking to engage with IT on a

personal or professional level. That’s why we’re continually reinvesting in this programme to ensure the maximum possible learning outcome for our students.”

Those interested in doing the ECDL course, or any other with Eden Training, can go online at edentraining or contact them on 01 4953155.





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GOING BACK IN TIME New Titanic attraction to be opened to the public AFTER three years under construction, the same length of time it took to build the Titanic itself, the Titanic visitor attraction in Belfast is now completing its finishing touches and will be open to the public on March 31. In Gallery 1, visitors step back into Edwardian Belfast. To appreciate the achievement Titanic represented, visitors are immersed in the Belfast of the e a r l y 19 0 0 s a n d become acquainted with the people who lived there. Visitors will walk through Belfast’s ‘streets’ towards Queen’s Island with a rising sense of expectation, eventually passing through a set of original Harland and Wolff gates In the Arrol Gantry and Shipyard Ride, visitors take a 20m journey in a metal elevator up the Arrol Gantry, the enormous steel structure built to facilitate the construction of Titanic and her sister ships, Olympic and Britannic. They then join Harland and Wolff’s workers on a “shipyard ride”. Continued on Page 22

The Hagia Sophia is a well-preserved example of a Roman Catholic Cathedral during the reign of Constantine and during Istanbul’s heyday as a Christian capital

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A city of delights where the east meets the west I SHONA MURRAY

STANBUL, aptly referred to as the most ‘western’, eastern city and the most ‘eastern’, western city is a capital serving conscientious travellers wishing to enjoy the ease and closeness of city delights with an interest in deep history and diverse culture. As a central hub for European markets, Istanbul not only economically links the Middle East to the West, but its Christian heritage makes it more European than many other European cities. Formerly, Constantinople, after Roman Emperor and saviour of the Catholic Church, Constantine the Great, Istanbul once served as the capital of the Roman Empire.


Following the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the name Constantinople was replaced officially by Istanbul having had numerous names adopted to it by its various rulers, most significantly, the Ottoman Empire from which its adaptation into an Islamic capital, began in 1453, ending centuries of Christian rule in the region. The most startling example of the successful Ottoman siege against the Roman Empire is in the Saint Sophia Museum, or Hagia Sophia. This is an astonishingly well-preserved example of a Roman Catholic Cathedral during the reign of Constantine and during Istanbul’s heyday as a Christian capital. It served as a Christian church until

the fateful coup by Ottoman soldiers in 1453 and was immediately transformed into a mosque. Its Byzantine architecture and glaringly Christian features are what makes the Hagia Sophia all the more remarkable given its historic and bloody takeover more than 500 years ago. Although the typical accoutrements of Catholic ceremony, such as the bibles, altar, bells and sacristy, were removed to make way for prayer mats and separate worshipping sections, the stunning Christian mosaics, beautifully crafted in golds, reds and blues were left untouched. Instead, the Ottomans merely covered the Christian iconography with Islamic wording, thereby preserving what is now

possible to see in the museum today. Despite being one of the strongest reminders of Christian domination in Turkey, the Hagia Sophia is credited with influencing the distinguished architecture that Istanbul has today. No greater example of this exists than the Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul’s second largest mosque and one of the most imposing sights in the city. Built over one hundred years after the Ottoman coup by Sultan Suleyman, the mosque, which is open to visitors of all creeds, also houses the tombs of the sultan and his family, as well as his successor in the marble mausoleums at the back of the Mosque. Continued on Page 21


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Athlone really has everything for Easter THE mighty River Shannon that flows through the town of Athlone is a haven for all types of waterbased activity, including kayaking, fishing, boating and the ever-popular Viking Boat, for lazy afternoon cruises – perfect for girly weekends, romantic breaks or family getaways. For a golfing break, courses abound, with the Athlone Golf Club and the popular Glasson Golf club never too far. For families, there is loads on offer, including Glendeer Pet Farm, walks in Portlick, learn a waterbased activity on Lough Ree, or just enjoy the kids’ camp in the Athlone Springs Hotel, while parents enjoy a superb meal in the Cedar Restaurant or a superb treatment in their beauty rooms. Athlone is a place that will make a short break relaxing, enjoyable and excellent value for money. The Athlone Springs will be doing an Easter Egg Hunt and Kids’ Camp over the Easter Holidays and mid-terms. This is available to everyone, and all kids are welcome. The Athlone Springs Hotel is an independently owned hotel but forms part of the Select Hotels of Ireland group, and offers good food and great facilities. The hotel offers a full gym, a 20m pool and beauty treatment rooms. Visit or contact reservations on 090 644 4444 or by email on


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Making tracks for a Donegal delight I MIMI MURRAY

AS THE crow flies, Donegal is just as close to Dublin as Cork, but the fact that it lacks a really good road network makes it that little bit harder to get too, but very much worth the trip in my estimation. It remains quite untapped by tourists; however, hardy souls have been making their way to Donegal’s beaches for years to make good use of the spectacular surf. The coastline is dotted with stunning beaches, but being a large county, we only got to experience the south on a recent jaunt up there. We stayed in the beautiful Lough Eske Castle, which has been renovated in recent years. A castle has been located on the hotel site dating back as far as the 1400s. The current castle was built in the 1860s, but was completely destroyed by fire in 1939. As a focal point of the hotel, the main castle building has been completely renovated and enhanced to create Lough Eske Castle, which opened as a hotel in December 2007.

Expect relaxing spa treatments at Lough Eske Castle

The long driveway passes Lough Eske, which looks very inviting for a walk or cycle. After a sensitive restoration, the building feels quite new, but the developers have gone to great lengths to keep much of the old-world charm. Our deluxe room had some very comfortable, modern features, such as under-floor heating and an open gas fire, which come in handy as Donegal weather can be changeable. Drizzle is to be expected, so bring warm clothing if you want to tramp around the countryside and experience what the county has to offer. After a hearty buffet breakfast, which I am not normally a fan of, but these guys pull it off, we travelled to Kilcar on our second day, keeping

a beady eye out for one of its famous part-time residents, Sarah Jessica Parker. Beaches surrounding the area, such as Muckross and Fintragh, are breathtaking, and were completely isolated. It’s no wonder the Parker/ Brodericks love this part of the world. Further along the coast are the majestic Slieve League cliffs, dramatically overlooking the Atlantic beneath. We soon needed a drop of something hot to warm us up, and headed back to the hotel for a swim and steam. The leisure area is compact, with a pool, gym and spa, and while my husband hired a bike to explore the surrounding area, I made good use of the spa. My rose facial was

everything you relaxing, everythi would ld expect ffrom a really good treatment. Dinner is served in both the Gallery bar and Cedars Grill. We opted for the restaurant and it served up some tasty dishes, including duck confit for me, while my husband dined on sirloin steak. Our desserts were delicious, including a platter with pecan tart, chocolate madeleines, panna cotta and home-made ice cream.

Delicious Other guests we spoke to said the bar food was delicious, and the bar area actually seemed like a more intimate setting, so comes highly recommended. Service is second to none at the hotel and our waitress, Natalie, really went above and beyond, as did all the staff throughout our stay. Prices start from €185 per room, per night, including breakfast for up to two adults sharing. For more information on rates, offers and packages contact Lough Eske Castle reservations on +353 (0) 74 97 25100.

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Istanbul is as stunningly beautiful as it is unique Continued from Page 19

Female and male prayer sections and the Mecca-facing orientation of the building, remind visitors that this unusually imperialistic Islamic site is in fact an operational mosque, given its architectural similarity to buildings such as the Saint Sophia. Although some argue that Istanbul resisted from becoming a truly Islamic city, dominant sites like the Suleymaniye Mosque and the similarly immense Blue Mosque, as well as the traditional call to prayer for the city’s approximately 13 million people, 90% of whom are registered Muslim, are inarguable reminders of Turkey’s omnipotent Ottoman history. However, historic sites, such as the Blue Mosque do not observe strict dress codes or practices unlike other religious attractions in the world. The clear objective is for visitors to respectfully understand Istanbul’s deep history. T his more liberal approach towards western visitors makes the city even more appropriate for tourists wishing to both educate themselves on Middle Eastern cultures and history while indulging in the respite that a European city break brings. Located south-west of the Hagia Sophia are the Underground Cisterns, the creation of Byzantine Emperor of Constantino-

ple, Justinian I. The cisterns were used to supply water to the Emperor and other important palaces until the Ottoman takeover. Its design and craft are fascinating examples of Roman architecture surprisingly congruent with Istanbul’s clearly Islamic theme. In more recent years, the Basilica Cistern was the scene for the 1960’s James Bond film, From Russia with Love. History

After engaging in Istanbul’s remarkable and accessible history, a trip to one of the traditional Hamam’s, or bath houses, is the only way to end a day of learning before an evening of fine dining begins. The traditional bath houses were constructed by the Romans but the tradition of ritual cleansing and socialising remained throughout the Ottoman Empire. Each house provides separate facilities for men and women as attendees are required to fully undress in order to enjoy the immense heat from the marble stone where one prepares to be doused with perfectly tepid water and rich oil infused soap by one of the Haman’s attendants. A trip to the Haman starts at approximately €40 for self-service where soap and exfoliating mittens are provided. Otherwise, pay up for €60 to be scrubbed from

head to toe by one of the Haman’s professional attendants, and retire to one of the warmed beds for an oil massage. For those wanting an original experience, The Cemberlitas Haman comes highly recommended and is a short distance from the Hagia Sophia. When eating out, the trendy Beyo’lu district offers the best mix of European and Middle Eastern foods, including deliciously fresh fish but a selection of more unusual fare such as sheep or goat’s brain is also available. It’s advisable to take a walk close to the famous Galata Bridge which links to the old city in order to find the most authentic, local eateries. We flew with Turkish Airlines, which were recently awarded Best airline for Europe 2011 and you can see why as staff were very friendly and professional. Before departing Istanbul, visitors can opt for the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, which featured a business centre, private relaxation rooms, massage chairs. City breaks to Istanbul are available from or call 01 8719444 or contact your local travel agent. Fly to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines, Europe’s Best Airline 2011 (www. Stay at the 3-star Seres Hotel from €319pps (excl. taxes).

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaarr. Inset: some of the city’s bustling night life


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The Titanic visitor attraction in Belfast is now completing its finishing touches

New Titanic attraction to be opened to the public Continued from Page 19

In Gallery 3, visitors will see the Launch of Titanic and Galler y 4 tells of the skill and craftsmanship that went into Titanic, from the fitting of its enormous boilers and engines to the fine joinery and upholstery work of its linens, carpets and cab-

ins. Visitors will experience the reality of the ship’s interiors in a 3D cave that recreates the engine rooms, third-class saloons, first-class corridors, grand staircase, a la carte restaurant and navigation bridge, allowing visitors to ‘walk’ the ship’s length. There are also detailed, full-scale reconstructions of 1st,

2nd and 3rd class cabins. Visitors are now swept up in the celebratory atmosphere as Titanic leaves Belfast and then sets sail from Southampton on her maiden voyage in Gallery 5. The gallery features the extraordinary photographs of Father Frank Browne, the young Irish Jesuit who was given a gift of a ticket to travel on Titanic from Southampton to Queenstown and photographed the journey. His images provide a unique chronicle of Titanic’s first and only voyage. The atmosphere of the exhibition now changes radically into a dramatic sensory experience, as visitors enter a darkened tunnel where the temperature, soundtrack and images all evoke the tragedy of Titanic’s collision with an iceberg and subsequent sinking, with the loss of 1,500 lives. Visitors will sense the tragedy and the ending of the dream, which led to Titanic’s creation. Given the level of interest in Titanic Belfast, and the accompanying festival, visitors are being encouraged to pre-book tickets where possible. Tickets for Titanic Belfast can be purchased online at www.titanicbelfast. com or by phone / in person at the Belfast Welcome Centre at +44(0)28 9076 6399.

Lift off with a South African adventure that takes in the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town

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The kaleidoscope that is the modern South Africa I STEPHEN McKENNA

SOUTH Africa is a kaleidoscope of diversity, culture and colour. It is emerging from its hugely positive world cup experience with a tangible sense of pride and hope for the future. Located at the south end of the world’s most epic continent, this vast area of land is fringed by both the Indian and Atlantic oceans. South Africa’s vibrant cities, historic towns, fertile vineyards and magnificent game parks provide all those who visit with a rewarding and intriguing experience. South Africa offers so much to all those who are lucky enough to visit and is hugely popular with Irish visitors.


‘The Garden Route is a wellknown, readymade road trip with stunning landscapes’ --------------------------

On this particular trip to South Africa, we started our journey in Port Elizabeth before we choose to drive to Cape Town with a number of stops along the way. The Garden Route is a well-known, readymade road trip that runs between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town with stunning landscapes that will take your breath away, from the awe inspiring safaris on offer, to sip-

ping wine and tasting the culinary delights en route to Cape Town. Cape Town’s most distinctive feature is its stunning setting: it lies on a dramatic coastline of pristine white beaches and icy waters, overlooked by the iconic flattopped Table Mountain, with lots to do and see of historical, cultural and general interest. If you’re fascinated in another kind of wildlife, hit the bars and nightclubs on Cape Town’s jumping Long St or sample African homebrew in a township shebeen (unlicensed bar). South Africans are some of the most upbeat, welcoming and humorous folk you’ll encounter anywhere, from farmers in the rural north who

tell you to drive safely on those dirt roads, to kids who wish you molo ( “good morning” in Xhosa). are having a free Safari information event on March 27 in Dublin. Send an email to with subject header Gazette to RSVP. To plan your South African adventure, contact Andre on 01-2412372, email A 14-night South African Safari, Garden Route and Cape Town holiday in the Spring (September travel) includes hotels, lodges and meals, car rental and flights is on offer with prices from €2,329. Other dates also available. Visit for more information.

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Crawl’s lush live line-up I ROB HEIGH

THE first-ever Dublin incarnation of the iconic Camden Crawl music festival held in London since 1995 has been announced for the weekend of May 11 and 12 and sees a great mix of established and fresh faces on both the international and local music scenes. Meteor Choice Music Prize double winner, Jape, as well as fellow Choice 2012 nominees, And So I Watch You From Afar, will be in action on Friday, May 11. Prodigious New York indie rockers We Are Scientists and

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masked maurauders, Rubberbandits, will also be on stage that day, with Bastille, DELS, Dutch Uncles on the bill. The Saturday line up will be equally eclectic, with former Supergrass frontman, Gaz Coombes, and Choice 2012 nominees, Tieranniesaur and Cashier No 9, leading the line, with Mystery Jets and Ghost Poet in action. These names are barely a sniff of the full line-up, and the full bill is extensive and varied to say the least, with a treat guaranteed for all music lovers. The festival bill is packed to the gills with

100 acts set to take to the stages of 15 venues across the city. The two-day event costs €40, and the weekend ticket is exchanged for a wristband that allows unlimited access to all venues, stages and aftershow parties. Arrive early as surprise guests may appear at any time or in any venue. Day tickets are also available for €25. The London event began in the mid-90s when Britpop was king, and saw The Wedding Present and Kenickie on the bill. After a hiatus, the festival returned, and Snow Patrol, Maximo

Leading the line-up on Friday is local band, Jape

Park, and the Fratellis were among the names who have appeared on the bill on their way to wider

mainstream success. For more information, see camdencrawldublin.

FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods USUALLY when an artist releases an album with as much hype as Bruce Springsteen’s, Wrecking Ball, I tend to wonder, is it because the music isn’t up to scratch? Well, if you’ve heard it, or read the review on this page last week, you’ll know that’s not true. This rock icon has got the goods. Delivering a keynote speech last week at the a Texas music festival, Springsteen said when he picked up a guitar at the age of six, he’d only 10 years of rock history to draw on. So he started making his own. Wrecking Ball is his eighth number one album in his home country, and he has nearly treble the number of Grammy’s. This summer’s gigs at the RDS will be played just a few months before his 63rd birthday and if you’re going, you’re in for a treat. He’s the only artist I’ve ever seen that looks like he’s playing his first gig every time. He enjoys it so much, you can’t help but get caught up in the Springsteria!

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Country Roads: A Celebration of John Denver

COUNTRY Roads - A Celebration of John Denver consists of a strong live band, with backing vocals and, of course, Wayne as John Denver. Enhanced with video footage throughout, this tribute show traces the early and late music of Denver, including the legendary hits, Country Roads, Annie’s Song, Leaving on a Jet Plane and many more. Catch the show on March 25 at 8pm. Tickets €20.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 The Mai THE MAI is the moving story of four generations of women in one family in the midlands. An accomplished, beautiful forty-year-old woman, The Mai has always sought an exceptional life. We enter the world of The Mai on the day of her husband’s return after an absence of four years. In the midst of their troubled reunion are the idiosyncratic and comical characters that comprise the family. Irreverent and unapologetic, the opium-smoking, 100-year-old matriarch, Grandma Fraochlan, presides over all. Catch the magical performance from March 7 to 31, at 8pm, with tickets priced at €16/€14.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 885 2622 Many Young Men of Twenty IN Martin Mangan’s production of the John B Keane classic, Many Young Men of Twenty the scene is transposed from a 1960s Kerry backwater to McLoughlin’s Bar at Achill Sound whose clientele consists of those arriving from or departing for England. Characters include Seelie, an unmarried sister who spends her time under her brother’s thumb, serving in his bar and witnessing all those who leave for England and those who return. Catch the show on Saturday, March 24 at 8pm. Admission: €20.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 An Evening of Dance JOIN these young energetic dancers from Marian Lennon School of Ballet as they demonstrate their skills in classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. There will be something for everyone to enjoy as the young dancers of all ages perform a rich and varied repertoire, including a magical journey to Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals, Sleeping Beauty and a super Musical Medley that will have you dancing in your seats! Catch this show on March 23 and 24 at 8pm. Tickets €18/€14 concession.

Benjamin (Matt Damon) walks implausibly good-looking zookeeper Kelly (Scarlett Johansson) around the zoo that he has, as the title might suggest, bought following the death of his wife.

A little animal magic Following a seven-year break from feature-film making, Cameron Crowe returns with a trick or zoo up his sleeve. I PAUL HOSFORD

WITH our own Kate Crowley off on holiday, I am required to sit in the hallowed chair of Gazette movie reviewer. So, for those of you who flip to the Ents pages to see Mrs Crowley take down Hollywood’s finest (and not so finest), I apologise wholeheartedly. For this is a review of the newest work by one of my favourite directors. Full disclosure time – I was always going to love We Bought A Zoo. I, like Crowe, am a Billy Wilder aficionado, firmly believing that sentimental films can avoid the pitfalls of sappiness. The first film I can remember genuinely loving is Jerry Maguire, which has as many detractors as fans and Say Anything’s Lloyd Dobler ranks in my alltime favourite movie protagonists. I even loved Elizabeth-

FILM OF THE WEEK: We Bought A Zoo ### (PG) 124 mins Director: Cameron Crowe Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Peter Riegert, Elle Fanning, Angus Macfadyen

OUR VERDICT: IT skirts a fine line. In lesser hands, this falls into schmaltz and drowns in a sea of heavy handed imagery. But, this is Cameron Crowe. The fine line between over-sentimentality and heartfelt emotion is where he has spent his career. Beautifully acted and assuredly shot, Crowe is back and close to top form. Hopefully, the next one doesn’t take seven years.

town. Now that the truth is out of the way, what about Crowe’s newest effort? Based on the true story, and book, of Englishman Ben Mee, We Bought A Zoo tells the story of a man who, following the death of his wife, buys a zoo. Funnily enough. Transporting the story from Devon to LA, the fictional Ben is played by Matt Damon, here for perhaps the first time showing his 41 years. But, grieving man buys zoo does not a two-hour story make, so enter a

fusty inspector played by John Michael Higgins. Damon and his gang, Thomas Haden Church as wisecracking brother, Scarlett Johansson as potential love interest, and Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones as the children, must scramble to get the zoo up to code and open to the public. In many ways, it is a very un-Crowe film, with a straight journey to the end, rather than the meandering of Singles, Almost Famous and Maguire. That in itself is the film’s biggest weakness.

For only the second time in his career, Crowe shares scripting duties, this time with Aline Brosh McKenna. McKenna is a fine writer, no doubt, but here her voice seems out of kilter with her partners. It seems that two writers, who should complement each other, Crowe’s lightness and McKenna’s spot-on workplace observation (The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory) just failed to gel. Everytime it seems that the film has settled in an area, be it a bear on antidepressants or Johansson’s Kelly railing at the constant staff turnover, the other writer’s sensibilities take over and it becomes a little uneven in the middle. Not that there is nothing to be enjoyed, even in the script. The relationship between Ben and son, Dylan, is a particular highlight, with both

Damon and Ford infusing their characters with enough bite and anger to create a realistic tension. Johansson and Haden Church add excellent grounding, with Johansson showing real selflessness in her role, given that it is not a straight, two-hand love story. As always, one eye will be on the soundtrack of a Cameron Crowe film and, once more, the master of music in films doesn’t disappoint. Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Neil Young might be standard enough fare, but the former Rolling Stone writer shows he still has a finger on the pulse by adding jonsi, Wilco, Sigur Ros and Bon Iver to the mix. At the heart of the film, however, is a thoroughly likable performance from Damon. His Ben is an earnest, decent man, one who we instantly root for. Kind of like the director, then.

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The unnamed protagonist of I Am Alive looks out over Haventon.

It may be Alive, but is it worth downloading?  PAUL HOSFORD

IT is finally alive. I Am Alive, the newest release from Ubisoft, has had a torturous route to consoles. First announced as far back as 2008’s E3, the survival horror finally made an appearance on Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade last week. The question of whether it will prove worth the wait is rather a moot one. Nobody would realisti-

cally argue that a download-only game has been worth four years waiting. But, if the question is whether it is worth getting, the answer is a resounding yes. In I Am Alive, you play an unnamed protagonist, of whom little is known and who, generally reveals little. All you know is that your character has spent a year attempting to get back to their home town of Haventon. One year before the

game picks up, the entire world has been decimated by a catastrophe known simply as “The Event”. Cities are in ruins, bridges collapsed and skyscrapers crumbling. It calls to mind a number of games, books and films, most notably, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. In the same way that book was methodical and slow-paced, I Am Alive is not a run-and-gun zombie survival game.

In fact, the biggest threat does not come from the undead, more from the living. In the antithesis to the Hollywood, let’s all band together resolution of apocolypse-stricken folk, the residents of Haventon are, by and a large, a group of murderous outlaws. Navigating the treacherous ruins of the city, the sprawling skyline and the gangs intent on bashing your head in and stealing your pants, all take their toll. With that in mind, there is a stamina meter, a novel introduction in such a game. You are a mere man, so running, climbing, swinging and fighting all take it out of you, and resting or eating food the only way to revive. This addition, as well as the scarce nature of resources, makes the gameplay as strategic as it is action-packed. With just a few bullets,

targeting the alpha members of a gang to scare the others becomes a handy trick. As does pointing an empty gun at a foe. Just don’t try to fire it. Saving NPCs can garner retries or extra supplies, but much of the game’s relatively short run time is spent on your own, forraging and scavenging for supplies, which can range from water, food, gas and medicine to cigarettes, tools, climbing gear, weapons, and ammunition. Enemies don’t leave behind 30 or 40 bullets or a Gatling Gun that will help you take down 30 baddies at a time, or a key to a secret store room. Because of that, the feeling of stumbling upon a bounty that may only include a couple of pieces of food and a rope, is remarkably gratifying. As is helping your fellow stricken survivors. If that’s the kind of post-apocalyptic survivor you are.

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Rose O’Sullivan and Alanna Tilly

Barry Sheirdan, Sharon and Marie O’Sullivan

Olympic medallist David Wilkins and Roger Greene

Ellen Jenkins, Brendan Costello and Paul O’Sullivan

Sailing launch Estuary club open new dinghy centre M ALAHIDE Yacht Club recently unveiled its newly redeveloped Dinghy Sailing Centre at the Broadmeadows to herald a new era at the club. Club members attending the official opening celebration last weekend were addressed by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gerry McGuire, the president of the Irish Sailing Association, Niamh McCutcheon, and the club’s 1980 Olympic silver medallist, David Wilkins.

Dinghys take to the water as the new facility is opened

Nathan, Charlotte, Kate and Izobel, with Alan Farrell TD

Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Senator Darragh O’Brien and Cllr Peter Coyle

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Community hero hailed at Croker ROB HEIGH talks to Foxrock Cabinteely founder, Pat Ring, who was honoured by the LGFA with the Club Person of the Year award last week ONE of the architects of one of Dublin’s most community-oriented clubs was honoured at Croke Park last week, when Foxrock Cabinteely’s Pat Ring received the Leinster Tesco Provincial Club Person of the Year award. Pat, who has been an integral part of the club’s formation and progress to it’s current level, was one of the four provincial winners whose efforts and input to the sport the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association chose to acknowledge. T he club, whose achievements in 2011 included the Dublin Ladies’ County Board’s best large club award i n D e c e m b e r, h a s gone from strength to strength since it’s formation in 2000. They were runnersup in the Dublin sen-

ior ladies’ league and reached the semi-final of the Dublin championship, won the AllIreland Sevens’ Shield competition, as well as running and support-

er, we had a lot of work to do. “Since I got involved, the biggest change I have seen has been the rise in numbers. It has been phenomenal. We


‘Although I got the award, it was very much a club effort. The contribution of the mentors, volunteers and family members is huge.’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

ing over 25 teams at all levels and ages at the club. But the club started humbly following the merger of the small parish clubs, Cabinteely and Foxrock, as Pat recalls. “I was involved in the Cabinteely side, and helped negotiate the merger in 2004. When the clubs came togeth-

are unique in that we started as a girls-only club, the only club in Ireland to do so. We grew from about five teams with 80 kids, and now we are up to 550 girls playing in 25 teams, over the course of seven or eight years. “On the back of that success, families were requesting that we start a boys’ club, instead of

Pat Ring, of Foxrock Cabinteely, with his award at Croke Park

them going to bigger clubs in the area, and now we have 140 boys playing in Foxrock Cabinteely. Both sections are still growing dramatically.” Foxrock Cabinteely’s growth can be attributed to the unique way they interact with the community, as Pat explained. “The structure of the club is unique in that we carved out this niche in initially providing a club for girls, working closely with four local primary schools, St Brigid’s in Cabinteely, Hollypark i n F ox r o c k , J o h n s town in Killiney and St Anne’s in Shankill. It’s very much a partnership that works both ways. We all benefit from the relationship.” The significant increase in interest in the club led to the rapid increase in the number of teams that they have been able to field, which can equally be attributed to the care with which they approach the children who come through the gates of the club to take part in Gaelic football. “Of course, the goal is to be successful on the pitch, but, for us, to provide football for all abilities is equally important. We are putting in a second-level team for the girls who might not be able to compete at senior level, but they

will be able to play at junior level. We want to ensure all our players have a path and can see how they will progress with the club at every level. Pat Quill, president of the Ladies’ Gaelic Football Association, hailed the “dedication, inspiration and leadership” that the winners of the provincial prizes show: “This is one of the most pleasing and rewarding dates in our Association’s calendar, whereby we recognise the great voluntar y work that takes place in communities throughout the country. It is a great personal honour and a source of pride to your family, club, county and province to be nominated for such a prestigious award. They are role models in their communities and I thank them.” Pat himself was keen to stress the part his fellow Foxes take in making the club the success it is. “Although I got the aw a r d , i t w a s ve r y much a team effor t and a club effort. I am anxious to acknowlege all the people who put so much into the club over the course of every year.The huge amount of mentors, volunteers and family members also contribute a great deal to the success of the club.”


College gridiron coming to Aviva in September THE AVIVA Stadium is set to play host to one of the longest-running rivalries in American College Football when the United States Naval Academy host rivals, the University of Notre Dame, on September 1. Already on sale in the US market, the interest for the Emerald Isle Classic has been phenomenal, with over 25,000 tickets already sold, resulting in a huge boost to the Irish economy with the influx of American tourists in September. Tickets for Irish gridiron fans are on sale now through Ticketmaster, and are expected to sell out quickly. As part of the build-up to the game, the Notre Dame band marched in the St Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin last weekend. The Navy-Notre Dame series has been played annually since 1927, making it the longest uninterrupted intersectional series in college football. Navy has emerged victorious in three of the past five years making the fixture a lot more competitive after decades of Notre Dame victories. Most Notre Dame and Navy fans consider the series a sacred tradition for historical reasons. Notre Dame, like many colleges, faced severe financial difficulties during World War II and during that time the US Navy made Notre Dame a training centre and paid enough for usage of the facilities to keep the University afloat. Notre Dame has since extended an open invitation for Navy to play the Fighting Irish in football, and considers the game annual repayment on a debt of honour. Naval Academy Athletic Directior, Chet Gladchuk, said: “We are delighted to bring this game to Ireland and we plan to bring the full show with us to make the most of this special occasion. This is one of our biggest rivalries and, along with a great American Football game, we plan to showcase all of the game’s traditions, including the jet fly-over, a 1,000 Midshipmen march, bands, along with a huge travelling alumni and support from both sides.”

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Fingal 10k race added to Dublin race series LAST week saw the launch of the Fingal 10k road race, following an announcement by Fingal County Council. This is the first year such an event has been held in Fingal, and it will form part of the Dublin Marathon Race Series. The Race will take place on Sunday 22nd July and will start from Swords and finish on Swords Main Street. Three of the largest athletics clubs in Fingal, Clonliffe Harriers, Fingallians Athletics, and Metro St Brigid’s will assist by providing volunteer stewarding during the event. For more information on the Dublin race serioes, see

Malahide RFC to host special Easter Camp

at the same time, the price for both is €120. To register, log on to .

ON THE back of their third successive title-winning season, Malahide Rugby are calling on rugby fans, aged nine to 14, to avail of their proven coaching methods at their Easter Camp, which runs from April 11 to 14. The camp will be run by Leinster Youth Development Officer, Richard Morrow, and will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm each day. All children involved in the camp will receive a Malahide Rugby Football Club goodie bag. The price for the week of training is €70, but if you pay for the summer camp

MCC Easter camp bowls in MALAHIDE Cricket Club have extended an invitation for their Cricket Easter Camp, which will run from April 10 to 13. Malahide will look to extend the knowledge of all aspiring players in the camp. Children, aged from six to nine, can take part in the camp from 10 to 12 noon, while ten to 13-year-olds will run from 2 until 4pm. For more details, log on to www., or telephone 086 848 3299.


Malahide United were denied a place in the last four of the SFAI All-Ireland U-11 cup by an extra-time goal from Mount Merrion

Malahide miss out on semi SFAI ALL-IRELAND U-11 Mount Merrion 3 Malahide United 2

IN AN epic and thrilling All-Ireland cup quarter-final, Malahide United were denied a place in the last four of the national competition by Mount Merrion at St Raphaela’s. Mount Merrion started off brightly and, after sustained pressure on the Malahide goal, took an early lead through the persistence of Ruairi Whealan, who chased down the Malahide goalkeeper’s clearance which fell kindly

for him to slot the ball home. Malahide didn’t drop their heads and came back into the game after a good switch from right to left. Merrion were caught napping at the back and Malahide reacted well after hitting the crossbar to level the game at 1-1. Malahide finished the half the stronger side and, in spite of four corners in a row, couldn’t capitalise on the pressure they put on the Merrion goal. Malahide again started the second half strongly and both their

wingers put in a solid display creating problems for Merrion. After soaking up sustained pressure from Malahide, Merrion again went in front after a good counter-attacking goal. A quick through ball was played up to the Merrion centre forward who forced the Malahide keeper to make a smart low save down to his right. The rebound was finished by Merrion’s Shane Flynn, who coolly slotted the ball home to put Merrion 2-1 up. With less than three minutes to go in the

tie, Malahide scored to force the match into extra-time, when a quick ball was played down the line to the Malahide winger, who beat the left full-back and finished coolly, beating the Merrion keeper at his near post. Extra time was a tense affair for both sides and, with few chances created, the tie looked as if it would go to penalties to decide who would progress. With five minutes to go, however, Merrion pushed for ward and scored the winner when substitute Ahmed Jelidi who pounced on a spilt

shot from the Malahide keeper and coolly slotted the ball away to put Merrion into the last four. Their presence in the last eight of a national contest that has been contested between 300 sides is a plaudit in itself, and Malahide can be proud of a fine run of performances that brought them to this stage. The game was a great advertisement for schoolboy football, contested by two evenly-matched sides who played a high standard of football in a respectful yet highly competitive match.

Draw nudges Fingal closer to safety

FINGAL edged closer to safety but the concession of two late goals denied them the mathematical security of being free from the drop in Leinster hockey’s men’s division one as they tied 3-3 with Irish Hockey League chasing YMCA. They looked well set for three points that would put them safe, but a late swing, both at their game and at UCD, where a last-gasp equaliser kept their faint hopes of avoiding the relegation play-off alive.

In a tie switched at the last minute to Newpark, YM had hit the front early on through Richie Pedreschi, tapping in the only goal of the first half. But Fingal have been in much improved form since the turn of the year, and were level six minutes after the break when David Bane fired home a drag-flick. Adrian Sweeney added the second when he got a nice deflection to a cross from the right wing and the ALSAAmen appeared to have the game done and dusted when

Sweeney got on the end of a Bane overhead pass that he subsequently squared to Tom Manning to finish into an open net. It had Fingal flying and, with UCD trailing 3-2 to table toppers Glenanne, they were a notional nine points clear of the students with less than eight minutes remaining. But YM got back into the tie when Pedreschi grabbed his second, rebounding at the second attempt after two good Nigel Grothier initial saves. Johnny Bruton then levelled

from Marcus Richardson’s square ball with four minutes remaining as a miscommunication at the back cost them dear, making it three a piece. The loss of a couple of points was compounded when Shane O’Donoghue scored with the last touch of UCD’s game to keep it interesting at the bottom. Fingal are six clear of the ninth placed students with two games to go in the campaign. It was Fingal’s seventh point from their last three outings to move them clear of the drop zone.

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CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST SYLVESTER’S THE adult hurling and football teams

at 11am

are back action next week with a full

Sheridan Cup: Clontarf V St Syl-

programme of games. Our three adult

vester’s in St Anne’s Park, March 25

hurling teams are back in action next

at 3pm

Saturday and Sunday and hoping to build on their very impressive recent results. AHL3: St Vincent’s V St Sylvester’s in Pairc Na Uinsionn, March 24 at 4.30pm AHL6 St Sylvester’s V Civil Service Hurling in Malahide Castle, March 25 at 11am AHL9: St Sylvester’s V Raheny in Malahide Castle March 25 at 3pm Joy Cup: Man O War V St Sylvester’s in Man O War on March 25 at 11am Parson Cup: Fingallian’s V St Sylvester’s in Lawless Park on March 25

MFL1: St Sylvester’s V St Vincent’s in Broomfield on March 25 at 11am MFL4: St Sylvester’s V St Vincent’s in Malahide Castle on March 25 at 11am MHL2: Naomh Fionnbarr V St Sylvester’s in Pope John Paul ll Park on April 1 at 11am AFL1: St Sylvester’s V Thomas Davis in Broomfield, March 31 at 6pm AFL3: St Margaret’s V St Sylvester’s in St Margaret’s, March 31 at 6pm AFL7: Stars of Erin V St Sylvester’s in Glencullen, April 1 at 11am AFL9: Scoil Ui Chonaill V St Sylvester’s in Clontarf Road, April 1 at 3pm

FINGALLIANS Sinead Aherne (St Sylvester’s) in action for Dublin against Monaghan. Picture:

Double disappointment for Dublin’s dynamos

LESS than two weeks to go. Could

cation forms, and forms are avail-

members please return the

able through local schools, team

remaining car draw tickets. A final

mentors, the club bar and the club

push is required to make the last


three months a total success.

beat Tyrone on Sunday afternoon

suppor ted our club in the mag-

in the National League, with the

nificent Swords St Patrick’s Day

Fingallians quintet of David Mar-

Parade last Saturday.

key, Dermot Vaughan, JM Sheridan,

Media reported the Fingallians’ group to be the largest with 350 persons. A big thank-you to all the danc-


ON A weekend when there were few club matches played, neither the Dubs’ hurlers nor the Jackies’ footballers could take the spoils in a pair of epic and hard-fought games that were decided in both instances by a single point. In Aughnamullen, Dublin blitzed the Monaghan goal from the first whistle, taking an early fourpoint lead, with a brace from Sinead Goldrick adding to a point apiece from Fiona Hudson and Orlaith Egan. But All-Star Ciara McAnespie majored shortly afterward, beating Cliodhna O’Connor in the Dublin goal. Two minutes later, Caitriona McConnell brought the sides level when she converted a 20 metre free. The Blues struggled to find their range, squandering numerous scoring opportunities in front of the posts both from play

and from frees. In spite of that, Goldrick and Olivia Leonard raised the white flag for the Sky Blues, but the move of the first half came when the raiding Goldrick intercepted a Monaghan pass, lobbed the ball to the unmarked Egan who duly despatched the ball to the back of Linda Martin’s net. After going in four points ahead, Dublin again failed to find their range and were made to rue their missed opportunities, with Monaghan’s Ellen McCarron scoring to bring them back within a point, and then suffered a huge setback when Goldrick was forced to retire with a wrist injury. Points from McCarron, Therese McNally and Caitriona McConnell took the Farney women ahead, but Gemma Fay goaled to put Dublin back in the match. With four minutes left, and the sides level,

it looked as though the match was destined to finish tied. But Monaghan’s Sharon Courtney had other ideas, and her fisted point proved the difference between the sides, consigning Dublin to defeat. They remain in the mix for the knock-out stages in third place, with Monaghan moving into second behind Cork, and the Jackies face Laois in their last league match on April 1.

Hurlers E l s e w h e r e , N ow lan Park saw an epic, high-scoring encounter between the Dubs and the Cats that was also decided by a single point, and the home side in the ascendancy. In a heart-breaking finale, Matthew Ruth consigned Dublin to back-to-back single goal defeats, with a goal in the last 30 seconds that saw Kilkenny claim the points.

In spite of the defeat, Dublin can take solace from the tough and uncompromising play that saw them score six goals against the perennial hurling favourites. But to be caught cold, having been eight points clear with 15 minutes left, must have been galling for the Dubs, especially as they showed their team unity having gone down to 14 men after Ryan O’Dwyer’s dismissal for a second booking. Paul Ryan opened the scoring but hurt his hamstring in the process, with Danny Sutcliffe and Conor McCormack netting in the first half, helping put Dublin 3-8 to 1-9 ahead at half time. David O’Callaghan and Sutcliffe scored early in the second half, and Eamon Dillon ended the run of majors for the Sky Blues, before goals for Richie Power and Ruth’s match-killing score allowing the Cats to take the cream.

Well done to Fingal hurlers who

Well done to all the members that

Peter Daly and Paul Quinn. Poker night will start in the club next Friday at 8pm. This is open to members and non-members.

ers, musicians and singers who

Mi-adh / hard luck to Donabate on

provided the entertainment in the

the TG4 show, The G Team, after a

hall after the parade.

great effort from Fiachra and the

Easter camps: Football, April 2 to


5 (Monday-Thursday); Hurling April

Cainteoir na Seachtaine was won

10 to 13 (Tuesday-Friday). Camps

by Kate Donnelly from the U-10

will run 10am until 2pm daily. Please

girls, and second was Molly Cumis-

see for appli-

key from the same squad.

ST MARGARET’S Adult football: Training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are €80 and €150 annual lotto tickets available this year. Please check the website for full details, or contact Mary Madigan.

Membership does not cost much, is vital to the running of the club and players are not insured if not registered. Finally, all teams please nominate someone to do the defibril-

Club membership for 2012 is now

lator course and contact Paddy

due and must be paid by March 31,

Finnegan. It is essential that at

as this is the final cut off date for

least one mentor from each team

registering with the county board.

knows how this equipment works.

INNISFAILS Matches for all teams resume this

out expected, and new players always

weekend. Training Tuesdays and

welcome. Live music this weekend and

Thursdays at 7.30pm sharp. Full turn-

great craic with Monday Club Lotto.

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EIGHT students from Malahide Community School (MCS) are using sport and the support of Malahide United to help them raise funds for a school immersion trip to Varanasi in northern India. They are endeavouring to support the work of the KIRAN Centre for education and rehabilitation of children and youngsters with different abilities. Over the last few months, the teachers and students from MCS going on the trip set about trying to raise funds for the work of the Kiran Centre itself. An ambitious target was set but, with lots of local support and some great fundraising ideas, they are confident that they will meet and exceed their target before the students depart on March 31 for India via Abu Dhabi. Malahide United AFC supported one of the main fundraisers projects for Kiran – a Penalty King competition, which has been run off over the

last eight weeks by the various team managers across the club. The competition was organised by Brian Walshe, one of the club’s schoolboy managers and a parent of one of the students going on the trip - the competition was open to all schoolboy, schoolgirl and senior players in the club, with the objective of finding a Penalty King in a number of different categories. Competitions were also held for coaches and parents - great fun has been had by all in the qualifying rounds, with all proceeds from the competition going directly to the Kiran Centre fund. Last Sunday, March 18, saw the Finals Day of the competition on the club’s all-weather facility at Gannon Park, where the Euro 2012-bound Republic of Ireland squad train before their home international fixtures. The sun shone for the whole afternoon and great fun was had by all who took part - trophies and sports vouchers were awarded to all category winners (and vouchers to the goalkeepers

The finalists of the schoolgirls’ Penalty King competition at Gannon Park

for the various categories who all performed so well). Alex Kearn (Schoolboy Junior), Ronan Gaine (Schoolboy Senior), Diane Farrell (Schoolgirls) and Graham Kearns (Parents) were among the winners in the respective categories. E l s e w h e r e , M a l a h i d e Un i t e d

marched on to the semi-final of the SFAI U-15 Evans Cup with an excellent 1-0 win over Templeogue United, with Eoin Evans getting the vital goal for the Gannon Park club. Next up, they will face either Woodlawn, from the NDSL, or Cobh’s Springfield Ramblers.


Malahide CS score for charity


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