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Soccer: AllIreland dream over for brave Malahide CS Page 30
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Gardai see off rival youth gangs I MIMI MURRAY
AROUND a hundred youths descended on Malahide last Sunday for what is believed to have been an organised fight between two rival factions. The youths, with an average age of 16, landed in Malahide at around 4pm and made their way to Bridgefield car park. Gardai dispersed the youths who then made their way to the centre of the vil-
lage and continued to cause trouble outside the Eurospar, where, again, gardai moved them on. “The youths were dispersed by a number of units from Dublin North. There were over 100 youths from Kibarrack and Portmarnock,” a senior Garda spokesperson said. There were no arrests and no one was hurt during the altercation, the spokesperson said. Full Story on Page 4
Junk Kouture: Students showcase self-made creations at finals THERE was plenty of fashion creativity on display at the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown, recently for the Eastern Regional Final of the ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition. The competition, which is in its second year, challenges second-level students
to rework trash and other recycled materials to remarkable high-end couture fashion. Pictured is Miss NewWireLand by Hannah Bowles, Malahide Community School, who was chosen to go through to the final. Full Gallery on Page 10
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EVENT: SEEKING A CAUSE
SCHOOL Dublin North’s young entrepreneurs
Fingal Expo set to return
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THE Fingal Volunteer Expo 2012 is coming to town, and is helping local organisations attract people interested in becoming volunteers. This week, the Fingal Volunteer Centre announced dates for the Fingal Volunteer Expo, which will take place on Thursday, May 17, in the Blanchardstown Centre from 11am until 8pm.
David McCurtin, Shyan Gollapalli and Marcel Wasko, from Portmarnock Community School
The event aims to connect local organisations with people seeking to volunteer, but don’t know how to go about it. It is also a great place for organisations to network with others with a potential to develop new opportunities. This expo is in conjunction with National Volunteering Week 2012, a new initiative of Volunteer Ireland, which takes place between May 14-20. Anyone interested in an exhibition stand should check out www. volunteerfingal.ie for further information.
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Dr Marie Griffen, CEO County Dublin VEC, Brendan Ryan Labour Party TD for Dublin North, Joe Harford Chairperson Fingal County Enterprise Board, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Gerry McGuire and Oisin Geoghegan, CEO
Brian Oh, from Hartstown Community School, with
Business cents Fingal County Enterprise Board
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DUBLIN North’s budding young entrepreneurs are showing their unique and innovative businesses are top of the class, as they triumphed at this year’s Fingal Students’ Enterprise Awards The awards, which took place at the Crowne Plaza in Blanchardstown on March 16 , s aw 53 s t u d e n t enterprises by 250 students compete for a share of the €10,000 county final prize fund. Since last September,
over 2,000 local students have researched and run their own businesses in the Student Enterprise Programme. Winners from Dublin North include students from Skerries, while runners-up came from Swords. In the secondary schools competition, the Junior Category was won by Belt It Up, from Skerries Community College, with Teenzone, from Colaiste Choilm CBS, Swords, taking the runner-up prize. In the Senior Category, presented by the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gerry McGuire,
his project, The Clockworks
Gigapen, from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush, came runner-up, with AFL Aid, from Donabate Community College claiming first prize, along with an educational trip to Barcelona. The County Dublin VEC Award for secondary schools went to Ardgillan Community College, Ardgillan. The Enterprising School Spirit Award for primary schools was presented by Joe Harford, the chairperson of the Fingal County Enterprise Board, and went to Zinc, at St Cronan’s Senior National School,
Swords. A special Innovation Award was also presented to Light Saver, from Portmarnock Community School. CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board, Oisin Geoghegan, presented the Best Display Award for primary schools to PC4 Enterprises, from St Oliver Plunkett School, Malahide. Speaking at the event, he said: “The aim of the programme is to foster an entrepreneurial culture in our classrooms and the programme has grown every year to become the largest, and most successful,
student enterprise programme in the country.”
Other winners included: Blakestown Community School, Blanchardstown, who won the Intermediate Category for their business, Capture It, while Christmas Delivered, from Castleknock College, Castleknock, claimed the runner-up prize. The Enterprising School Spirit Award for secondary schools was presented to Coolmine Community School in Blanchardstown.
Eighteen secondary schools and eight primary schools from across Fingal took part in the annual County Final, organised every year by the Fingal County Enterprise Board. It was also supported by the Fingal County Council, the County Dublin VEC, the Blanchardstown Centre and Xtreme.ie. The three main category winners in the secondary schools competition will go on to represent Fingal at the National Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park on April 18.
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triumph at Fingal Students’ Enterprise Awards
Journalist Siobhan Brett, from the Sunday Business Post, who presented the award for runner-up in the junior category of the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards to students from Colaiste Choilm CBS
Andrew Ennis, Luke Sullivan, Gav Protacio and Killian Tol winners in the Senior category at the Fingal Student Enterprise Awards for their enterprise, AFL Aid with MC Rick O’Shea from 2FM
Karina Severiuchina, Karolina Urbonaite and Victoria Les, from Blakestown Community School,
Sarah Byrne and Maura O’Callaghan, from Skerries
Jonathan Butler, Daniel Boyle and Amy Ryan Harmon
with MC Rick O’Shea
Community College, with Rick O’Shea
from St Oliver Plunkett’s, Malahide
Family initiative to launch AN initiative that aims to bring parents, the community and family support services together to improve outcomes for children and families in the area, is launching this week. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald (FG), will officially launch the Fingal Parenting Initiative on Thursday, March 29. Fingal Parenting Initiative aims to employ a community development model to strengthen the capacity of childcare providers, parents and family support service to improve outcomes for children and families in Fingal. The initiative will build the capacity of 20 community-based childcare service in “disadvantaged” areas, through the provision of effective parenting support programmes to parents whose children attend community-based childcare services.
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COUNCIL: TWO POTENTIAL GANGS Dublin youths descend on village ROUTES WERE ASSESSED
New walkway development I MIMI MURRAY
FINGAL County Council will explore the possibilities of developing a walkway between the Moyne Road and Portmarnock Bridge with the developer of the site, they said at a Howth/Malahide meeting recently. Two routes between Baldoyle and Portmarnock were assessed for their functionality, safety and impact on the Baldoyle Estuary SAC.
Estuary “One route is on the seaward side of the road along the estuary, while the second route was located on the landward side of the Coast Road. An Appropriate Assessment was carried out to establish the impact of both routes on the Baldoyle SAC and this study found that the landward route was the most appropriate in terms of impact on the designated site. “The National Parks
‘One route is on the seaward side along the estuary, the second was on the landward side of the Coast Road’ --------------------------
and Wildlife Services agreed and approved the findings of the Appropriate Assessment and therefore the county council is planning to proceed with the landward route. “The Baldoyle Racecourse lands are now in ownership of Fingal County Council and the lands to the north of Moyne Road are in ownership of a developer. The county council will explore the possibilities of developing the walkway between the Moyne Road and Portmarnock Bridge with the developer of this site.”
Gardai moved along a crowd of fighting youths who gathered in the centre of the village
Organised fighting shocks Malahide I MIMI MURRAY
AROUND a hundred youths descended on Malahide last Sunday for what is believed to have been an organised fight between two rival fractions. The youths, with an average age of 16, landed in Malahide at around 4pm with a fight on their minds and soon made their way to Bridgefield Car Park. Gardai scattered the youths who then made their way to the centre of the village and continued to cause trouble outside the Eurospar, but again gardai moved them on.
“The youths were dispersed by a number of units from Dublin North. There were over 100 youths from Kibarrick and Portmarnock,a senior Garda spokesperson said. There were no arrests and no one was hurt during the altercation, the spokesperson said. “I have never seen this kind of thing in Malahide before and it is a worrying development,” he said. “There used to be rivalries between Malahide and Portmarnock but that goes back generations and the tradition has been broken. “T hese things are organised and you don’t
‘I have never seen this kind of thing in Malahide before, it is very worrying’ --------------------------
just get those numbers of that size appearing out of nowhere. This time gardai intervened before there were any major public order offences. We would normally get prior information of something like this given the large numbers and we are disappointed no one gave us the heads-up.
PATRICK’S DAY: DRINK
Youths found with alcohol
AROUND 30 young people, with an average age of 14, were found in possession of alcohol in Malahide on St Patrick’s Day. A senior Garda spokesperson told the Gazette that there was a major police operation in the village, on the beach and in the castle grounds on the day.
Issue “This is a parenting issue and we were taking drinks off 14-year-olds. We shouldn’t have to take drinks off that age group and we have better things to be doing than mopping “All it takes is for up after that. someone to fall badly or “Most of the youths a punch to be thrown at were from outside the someone who already has village, mainly Skerries, a weakness,” he said. Swords, Clontarf and Fine Gael TD Alan Howth,” he said. Farrell said this was a “We put in a lot of worrying development effort with schools but for Malahide and it was the problem we have of great concern to him. is that a lot of kids are He will be in contact with coming from outside the gardai in Malahide to see area. We had to disperse what preventative meas- about 200 youths and ures are in place. take drinks off them. The “I would be concerned policy we have is to detain as the weather gets better them and get the parents that this could be unfin- to collect them. ished business and there This is a big problem might be further alterca- out there at the moment. tions. I’d like to hear what I picked up one 14-yearthe gardai are doing in old who was sitting on terms of preventing this,” a wall drinking cans at he said. 2pm,” he said.
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EVENT County council’s Apps4Fingal competition
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IT has been an app-y time for groups across Fignal, as a host of developers battled it out to be crowned winner of the Apps4Fingal competition. In the end, it was a tourism app for Fingal that won first place in the competition. The app shows how the use of public data can generate business and improve access to local government. Named Discover Fingal, the app was developed by Visit Skerries, and was voted the overall winner in the Fingal County Council’s competition during a special ceremony
in Swords last week. The winning app is a dedicated tourism app that helps visitors navigate through local attractions while picking up loyalty points along the way. Other winners on the night, who won part of a combined prize fund of €11,500, included a traffic app - Fingal Traffic View - combining live traffic cameras, traffic tweets, parking info and speed trap locations; mypp.ie - an app that shows detailed planning applications on a detailed page and Fingal Day Tripper, an app that plans a day out for Fingal visitors. The ideas award was given to an
idea for an app - Fingal Deals app – it lists deals available from local businesses in any part of the county. The competition, run by Fingal County Council, asked developers to build a mobile or online app aimed at making useful apps for public use and raising awareness of the Fingal Open Data initiative. As a result, 21 free apps were created and 36 apps ideas were submitted using data made available at no charge on data.fingal.ie The local council was the first public body in Ireland to begin sharing public data and, since 2010, it has published 120
Mayor of Fingal, councillor Gerry McGuire presents the competition overall prize winner Cianan Clancy with his trophy
datasets. Dominic Byrne, assistant head of IT with the council and leader of Fingal’s Open Data initiative said: “Users of local services often get frustrated trying to do business with their local council. Lack of transparency into all kinds of government leaves the average citizen bewildered. “Public bodies in Ireland are sitting on a data resource potentially worth tens of millions of
euro. One that can stimulate new innovations, generate significant business opportunities and increase the transparency of government. Since it launched back in 2010, Fingal Open Data has helped to make a range of apps and services including a Bring Bank app, Disabled Parking Spaces app, Find your Polling Station website and an Interactive Map of Traffic Camera locations.
“Open Data in Ireland is in its infancy and the Apps4Fingal Competition has brought the potential of app development to the next level and helped people to understand what Open Data is about. Fingal wants to be at the forefront of nurturing this economic potential here in Ireland and in making government more transparent and accountable,” Dominic added.
Maire makes finals UP-AND-COMING Malahide classical musician Maire Carroll, has been chosen as one of the three Irish representatives who will be participating in the Dublin International Piano Competition in May, 2012. Carroll began her piano studies, aged four, at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Gillian Smith. She is currently in her second year of the BA Performance Degree in the RIAM where she studies with Dr John O’ Conor and Reamonn Keary. Maire is one of the three Irish representatives who will be participating in the competition and she gave a Rising Star recital in the RDS in February, 2011. In November 2011, Maire won the inaugural Hibernian Orchestra Concerto Competition. For information regarding the upcoming concert see http://www.thehibernianorchestra.ie/
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POLITICS Report from Mahon Tribunal is ‘damning indictment of planning’
‘Toxic relationship’ is slammed by Ryan I MIMI MURRAY
THE Mahon report is a “damning indictment of planning” in North County Dublin. This is according to Labour TD Brendan Ryan, who said entire chapters in the report are dedicated to rezonings in areas stretching from Dublin Airport to the north of Swords with findings of “corruption and inappropriateness” against public representatives in relation to these re-zonings.
“The attempt in some quarters to paint all politicians and all political parties with the same brush in the wake of the Mahon Report, does not stand up to scrutiny. The Labour Party has a proud record of standing up and speaking out against what has now been proven by the Mahon Report to have been corrupt practices. This was certainly evident in north County Dublin. “On a number of occasions in the report it mentions Labour Party motions against the rezonings certain FF and
FG councillors were putting forward. “Labour was proactive in dealing with such issues as they arose and had no need to wait for a tribunal to be called, or for its findings to be published to act decisively. “Every day, as a public representative for north County Dublin, I deal with the result of poor, inappropriate planning. The Mahon Report has highlighted to the entire country the toxic relationship between developers, lobbyists and unethical politicians.
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“It is no stretch for people to see how this toxic relationship had a direct effect on the property bubble and the subsequent economic collapse of our country.
Matter “I look forward to speaking in the Dail when this matter is heard this week. There is a sense that the Mahon report has not delivered anything we did not already know, and I would agree with that sentiment. “However, we have never in
the history of the State, had a seven-volume tribunal report of such depth and scope and which found corruption at all levels of political life.” Meanwhile, Dublin North East Labour TD, Sean Kenny, has called on the DPP to consider the Mahon Tribunal (Chapter 8) findings on the controversial 1993 Baldoyle lands rezoning. “The tribunal has found that Mr Frank Dunlop paid six councillors sums of IR£1,000 for their support for the 1993 Baldoyle lands rezoning
motions. Another councillor received a payment of £IR1,000 from Mr Dunlop, at that time, which the councillor told the Mahon Tribunal was a donation to his January 1993 Senate campaign. “These developer-driven unnecessary land rezonings eventually led to the property bubble a decade later. “The estates built on the rezoned Baldoyle lands are now unfinished, are infected with pyrite, with homeowners struggling with mortgage payments and negative equity.”
POLITICS: REPORT FINDS ACTIONS WERE ‘ENTIRELY INAPPROPRIATE’
Devitt resigns after ‘damaging’ Mahon findings I MIMI MURRAY
COUNCILLOR Anne Devitt has resigned from the Fine Gael party following the “damaging” findings of the Mahon tribunal last week. The report found that Cllr Devitt’s actions over lands at Cargobridge, and her acceptance of a payment of €20,000 for her services as a solicitor, were “entirely inappropriate”. However, in an exclusive interview with the Gazette this week, Cllr Devitt says she is “very disappointed” with the report’s finding. She told the Gazette that she believes she acted within the code of conduct whilst Mahon said it was “inappropriate” for her to act on behalf of clients whilst being on the council. “The soundbites in the media were exacerbating an already disappointing finding and I did not want Fine Gael to be damaged. It was only fair to step aside. I’m astounded he (Mahon) has found what he did as I explained when in there that I followed the code of conduct. I was
Councillor Anne Devitt has resigned from the Fine Gael party
acting for clients years later and informed the council I was acting for clients. You must inform the council and I did not take part in the decisionmaking process. “I have had lots of phone calls and support from friends within Fine Gael and the council,” she said. However, she said that she understands that the findings are “damaging” and she says she feels that the soundbites “seem to have gotten mixed up, like ‘corrupt’ and ‘inappropriate’. “My beef is not with the media, but the findings of the tribunal. When deal-
ing with clients, you tell them you are charging them a professional fee and tell the county council that you are acting in a professional capacity. When I became a solicitor in 1994 I wrote a letter saying I would probably be dealing with clients and there were plenty of solicitors on councils, including Mervyn Taylor (former Labour Minister) and Alan Shatter. It was never a problem. “The council knew, I did not stand up in the council chamber and say I am dealing with a number of clients. I knew the rules and followed the rules. “I am upset and disappointed for them to say it is entirely inappropriate. It’s a complicated issue, but I know I’ve done nothing wrong,” she said. Cllr Devitt has now been asked to attend a disciplinary hearing with the party on April 5 but says she knows what has been said about her has been damaging, adding: “Until I’m cleared I don’t think I’ll be going back into Fine Gael,” she said. “I’m very sad and very upset,” she said.
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ART Richard Hearns’ latest works go on display
Local artist’s new, New York exhibition --------------------------
‘I live, work, and think art. It shapes my view of life and gives me a sense of place and purpose’
Irish landscape. Richard says he is a passionate artist who works tirelessly in the pursuit of mastering his craft. “I live, work, and think art. It shapes my view of life and gives me a sense of place and purpose. I view painting as an honest craft that requires study, hard-work and commitment. This workethic provides me with a solid platform to express myself, my creativity, my thoughts and feelings.” He is currently exploring the world of traditional oil painting - its history, techniques, media and pioneers. He’s inspired by the works of
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Sargent, Orpen, Henry and Robert Henri, aspiring to reach their levels of proficiency, no matter how colossal the challenge may seem.
RENOWNED Malahide artist, Richard Hearns, opened his latest show at The Dillon Hall in New York City on Friday, March 23. Hearns is exhibiting his latest body of work with this solo show in His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan’s New York’s Offices. The exhibition will showcase R ichard’s most recent landscape and still-life oil paintings, composed during his latest studio appointment on Ireland’s west coast, as well as works created in New York over the past three months. Described as one of Ireland’s most promising young artists, Richard’s work began to blossom during time spent living in south-east Asia. His work captured an idyllic, yet simple, island lifestyle and set Richard on a path of expressive painting and discovery that ultimately led him home and across the
Tackling toxins: ‘Detoxifying is an important part of overall health’ Renowned Malahide artist, Richard Hearns
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EVENT Enjoying a coffee morning in aid of Daffodil Day at Ciao
Angela Lundy and Gillian Conway
Six years helping charity OCALS flocked to Ciao Restaurant in Malahide recently to support a coffee morning in aid of Daffodil Day. This is the sixth year that the event has been held. A big thanks goes out to Mary Nagle who very kindly donates the premises every year, and her staff who volunteer their time. As well as some delicious coffee there were plenty of tasty cakes that had been baked to raise money. There was also a raffle with some great prizes on offer. A total of â‚Ź2,405 was raised.
Sinead Motyer, Ollie Cambell and Dorothy Boyle
Whela Reilly, Margaret Conroy and Georgina Granaghan
Ann Farrelly and Margaret Whelan
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Restaurant in Malahide in aid of the Irish Cancer Society
Lena McMyler, Grace Murray and Eimer Morris
Maeve Buckley, Doireann Boyle and Helen O Wninnor
Emma Higgins and Vanessa Nagle
Sheila Morris, Elaine Gillespie (ICS) and Nicole Morris
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ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition
Conducted by Bebhinn Sheridan, Caitriona McGovern and Aine Duffy, Scoil Iosa, Malahide
Fashion Fun North Dublin students dazzle in an array of Junk Kouture T was a full house at the Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown for the Eastern Regional Final of the ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition which saw the top 70 entries from the East take to the catwalk in their self-made creations. The competition, which is in its second year, challenges secondlevel students to rework trash and other recycled materials to remarkable high-end couture fashion. Six teams of north Dublin students were among the 20 selected to go through to the Grand Final, which will take place at City West on the April 20. Each of their creations are pictured here. The generous prize includes €2,000 for the winning school, €500 for the winning team, €1,000 worth of IT equipment and a week-long design course at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design, Dublin.
Paperpillon by Butdeekham,
Tanyanat Tipprasert, Sinead O’Rourke and Joy Malahide Community School The Tea Lady by Clodagh Knight, Meg Elwood and Chodagh Kiernan, Mount Sackville, Castleknock
Live Wire by Kim Nguyen, Alyssa Penrose and Leanne Bickerdike, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle
The Trashy Princess by Sarah Cashin, Mount Sackville,
Miss NewWireLand by Hannah Bowles, Malahide
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MUSIC: FAMILIES How sisters took plunge on a baby swim club franchise EARLY BIRD FUNDRAISER
Whelan’s to host a Spirit of Folk gig DESCRIBED as one of the best up-and-coming festivals of 2011, Spirit of Folk (SOF) returns this year, from September 21 to 23, with another aweinspiring line-up of events and music. Festival sales will kick off with an early bird deal at a SOF fundraiser, to be held in Whelan’s on Thursday, March 29, when you can buy a weekend ticket for €50 for 24 hours only. It promises to be a raucous affair for all the right reasons, starting off with a folktastic line-up that includes The Hot Sprockets, The Young Folk, Bunoscionn and TRAZ. This will be followed by some kicking tunes by Mr Benny. Bust and Bust will take to the stage to compere the evening and give out an array of raffle prizes, including weekend camping tickets. Last year’s festival saw an amazing bill of artists with many up-and-coming singer-songwriters, as well as an array of folk legends, including Gay Woods from Steeleye Span, Lisa O’Neill and Rhob Cunningham. Speaking of the niche festival, O’Neill told festival goers: “I think we’re at the start of something very special here.” The weekend ended with a monster performance from The Hot Sprockets. To get in early and purchase a ticket for €50, go to www.tickets.ie, or you can buy them in Whelan’s on the night. Tickets for the fundraiser cost €10, and the full line-up will be announced in early May.
Water Babies graduates, from left: Manus Connolly, age 4, Blanchardstown; Mya Macari, age 3, Dun Laoghaire; Emily Webb, age 5, Blanchardstown; Rachel Searle, age 4, Blanchardstown; Alicia Hampson, age 5, Sandyford; Grace Beausang, age 5, Kinsealy; Maia Gabbie, age 5, Malahide and Rhianna Harvey, age 4, Portmarnock
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CHILDREN are taking to swimming like ducks to water, thanks to a leading baby swim club, which recently celebrated its third birthday. Water Babies was introduced in Ireland back in 2009, and has become the fastest-growing franchise out of the 44 schools across Ireland and Britain, thanks to Blanchardstown businesswomen, and sisters, Carol and Therese McNally, who teach 1,400 babies and toddlers every week in 16 locations in Dublin, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. T he business also employs 11, including swimming instructors and administration staff. Growing up, their father, Hugh McNally, ran a sports centre in Blanchardstown, and was heavily involved in Irish
Water Safety. This led to the sisters following in their father’s footsteps and a childhood in water, competitive swimming, life-guarding and teaching were the natural career choice. While on holidays in Britain, Carol came across a Water Babies’ leaflet, and knew that it was the perfect business for them. The mothers were able to combine their love for babies with their love for swimming, and help to pass a love and understanding of water to their own and other children. Carol says: “Swimming is a life-protecting gift from parent to child, and one that gives me true satisfaction to promote. “The lessons give you such a feel-good factor – and I’ll never get over the thrill of seeing babies swimming underwater,” she says. “[The classes] also create a huge sense of achievement, especially seeing what the babies can do from so young. “I think we often underestimate how much children are capable of, even when still babies, and they clearly love the sense of freedom that being in water provides,” she says. The Water Babies programme is designed to
Manus Connolly shows how easily he graduated from the baby swim club, above, while Water Babies’ Carol and Therese McNally relax underwater, below
make the most of babies’ natural affinity with water, and teaches confidence and safety, using specialist techniques that see many swimming short distances from as young as 30 months. Baby swimming is an entirely safe and gentle activity, which helps parents to bond with their baby while giving them a lifetime’s water confidence and safety skills. Locations include Rathfarnham, Blackrock, Swords, Castleknock and Liffey Valley. To find out more see www.waterbabies.ie; to find out about “taster” classes, or to book a class, call 01 824 9987.
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FOOD Free programme’s aim to tackle obesity
New study to help improve teens’ health The Teen Nutrition Study was recently launched by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, and is funded by the National Children’s Research Centre. The study will look at the effect of a novel nutritional approach on teen health. The free, eight-week programme, designed by nutritional experts, is the first of its kind to be held in Ireland. Overweight teens, who take part in the study, will take a nutritional supplement as well as learn how to manage their weight by following a healthy eating plan.
The study aims to combat some of the problems associated with carrying extra weight. Ruth Connaughton, one of the researchers, says: “Carrying extra weight can cause the body to produce unhealthy substances, known as inflammatory substances, which . “These inflammatory substances travel around in the blood and can increase risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.” The Teen Nutrition Study will test whether taking a supplement containing healthy nutrients that are usually found in foods such as fruit, veg-
Dietary experts, including Dr Fiona Lithander, lecturer in Human Nutrition at Trinity College Dublin; Ruth Connaughton, researcher; and Aoibheann McMorrow, research dietitian, are calling for overweight teenagers to take part in a new, free eight-week study programme to help improve their diets and health
etables and fish, and are generally lacking in an Irish teenager’s diet, can reduce the number of these unhealthy inflammatory substances in the blood and improve overall teen health. The programme also incorporates an easy-tofollow healthy eating plan, which was developed to help young people make
healthier meal and snack choices and, as a result, manage their weight successfully and boost selfesteem. Parents accompanying the teens will also be educated on the healthy eating programme, meaning that participation in this study will potentially benefit the whole family. This study is now call-
ing for new participants aged between 13 and 18 years of age to take part. Interested teens or parents can email email@example.com, or call or text 086 721 3854 for further information. More information can also be found on the study website, at medicine.tcd. ie/nutrition-dietetics/ teenstudy.
Hunger Games melodramatic adaptation of a teen novel that has a fanatical fanbase. But don’t let that put you off …
ALMOST one-in-five teenagers are overweight or obese. Research has shown that Irish teens consume one-fifth of their calories from cakes, biscuits, chocolate and savoury snacks. Dr Fiona Lithander, lecturer in Human Nutrition at Trinity College Dublin, says: “Poor food choices contribute to weight gain, and teenagers who are carrying an excess amount of body weight for their height have a significantly greater risk of carrying that weight into their adult years. “As a result, they have an increased risk of developing diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes.”
More than a game:
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GazetteFITNESS FITNESS Knowing the symptons of a heart attack
ALMOST six out of 10 Irish people know heart symptoms, but only half of heart attack victims arrive at hospital by ambulance. Sur vival rates of heart attack victims can be improved by as much as 50% if patients access treatment within one hour of the onset of symptoms. The symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, light-headedness,
loss of consciousness, weakness, tiredness, and upper body pain in the neck, back, jaw or arms. Heart disease can lead to stroke and heart attack. One of the best ways to prevent heart disease is to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level. Drop into your local GP or pharmacy to have your cholesterol level checked. With thanks to the staff of Lucan Village Pharmacy.
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Toxins affect ability to lose weight TOTAL OF 80,000 chemicals have been i nt r oduced t o our environment since the turn of the 20th century. We are only now beginning to understand the effect of these substances on our body. Latest research shows that many such toxins can affect your ability to lose weight, so a detox programme is an important part of any weightloss plan. Toxins can hinder your metabolism in many ways. They can alter thyroid hormone production, cause an increase in inflammation and imbalance neurotransmitters that negatively affect appetite control. They can slow down the metabolic rate by damaging the mitochondria within our cells and increase oxidative stress and free radicals. To reduce your toxic load, you need to consider environmental toxins, such as exposure to common household cleaners or garden chemicals, second-hand smoke, plastics and phthalates in food and water containers. Many foods that are a staple in our modern diet also contain toxins. These
include trans fatty acids, alcohol, caffeine, aspartame, genetically modified foods, hormones, antibiotics and the most common toxin, sugar. These foods should be avoided or minimised. Your detoxification system relies on the right balance of proteins, fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals to be effective. The trick is to eat “clean” and avoid processed foods. Protein provides amino acids that are vital for many of the bodies detoxification systems and good sources include eggs, whey protein, beans, nuts and whole grains. Eat only organic food and animal products to avoid petrochemical pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antbiotics. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower can provide many phytochemicals that enhance detoxification. Other vegetables such as garlic and onion contain sulphur that helps the body excrete toxins. Bioflavonoids in grapes, berries and citrus fruits will also help the detoxification process. It is important to sweat
Detoxifying is an important part of overall health and weight loss
‘Your detoxification system relies on the right balance of proteins, fats, fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals to be effective’ -------------------------------------------------------
when trying to detoxify and people who have a heavily toxified system often find it difficult to perspire. Exercising regularly is a great way to increase blood and lymphatic circulation. If you find exercising difficult or need some extra help, then try the sauna. The sauna is an established treatment for detox therapy and can help the body excrete many toxins
through the skin. A farinfrared sauna is the best type of sauna for detoxifying. It is more tolerable then conventional saunas because it does not heat or dry the air and yet it penetrates much deeper into tissues of the body. Drinking plenty of fresh water will ensure you have enough fluid to help the kidneys flush out toxins. To s u p p o r t y o u r
immune system you should also take a strong multi vitamin and mineral complex. Shed Toxins to Shed the Pounds
Detoxifying is such an important part of overall health and weight loss. While we live in an everincreasing toxic environment, it is possible to limit your exposure and to support the ability of your body to detoxify and lose weight. Join Temple Training on facebook to get tips on training and eating for fat loss and for special offers on health and fitness packages. See www. templetraining.ie.
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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA
THE FACTS: THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN SEARCHING FOR A NEW VET
Finding the perfect vet for your pet S a responsible pet parent, I know one of the most important decisions I have ever made was finding and choosing the right vet for my doggies. Ok, I’m at a distinct advantage because I work at Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, so I’m surrounded by wonderful veterinary staff and experts. However, I didn’t always work for the Dublin SPCA and as a “civilian”, I would have depended entirely on my personal research skills and referrals from family and friends regarding the suitability of the local veterinarians. So, if you’ve recently adopted a companion pet, you’re already a pet parent who has moved to a new area or, perhaps, you’re unhappy with your veterinary clinic’s facilities and aren’t sure where to turn – don’t worry, help is at hand. I’m going to give you a few pointers that you can use as guidelines. Of course, the final choice
pet’s specific needs and who explains things in a manner you understand.
I would recommend you don’t base your choice on convenience, but I would suggest you ask if the vet is available for emergencies/outof-hour’s calls/does the practice enjoy hospital status? Ask Questions
The lovely three-legged greyhound, Red
is up to you. That said, do bear in mind your vet will be your closest ally in your quest for a healthy, happy, long and loving relationship with your pet. Referral
Get a recommendation from your local animal welfare shelter or family and friends. However, make sure their idea of a good vet matches your own personal criteria. For example, you want to find a vet who suits your
Are appointments required? Does the vet specialise? For example, as I prefer the holistic approach, it’s important for me that at least one vet in the practice specialises, or is open to, using homeopathic remedies. Is he/she familiar with your pet’s specific breed? Fees for routine checkups, vaccinations, out-ofhour’s service. Ask about options, such as pet insurance. How are overnight patients monitored? What is the protocol for pain management?
Atlantis (Lance for short), a baby goat, who was born the day the space shuttle Atlantis was launched, and Pooch
Ask for a tour of the facility and check out the examination rooms. How sanitary/up-to-date/efficient are they? Effective communication is the key: What’s staff morale like? Does all staff have a good rapport with each other? With your pet? Is there a facility for x-rays, blood tests, ultrasound, etc., to be carried out in-house or by referral to a specialist? How many vets are in the practice? Most modern surgeries have several and allow for different skills sets/specialties. This does not mean one vet is better than another. Check for:
Does the vet have exceptional people,
as well as pet skills? I believe a good vet should be able to listen, learn and be willing to update his/her skills. Does he/she have a library of reference books in order to diagnose difficult ailments? Are dogs and cats housed in separate areas? How organised is this vet? Are instruments arranged methodically or lying about in a haphazard fashion? So you see, choosing the right vet for your pet requires extensive research because, believe it or not, you’re doing more than engaging the skills of a medical expert – you’re searching for your new best friend! You’re employing the services of someone who
is as passionate and compassionate about your pet as you are. That’s why I use and recommend the amazing veterinary clinic at the Dublin SPCA. In my professional opinion as an animal welfare officer, and as a woman who places her animals on a pedestal, the facilities are stateof-the-art, the staff are dedicated and passionate about my dogs. The team offer highquality medicine that is not only affordable, but individualised to suit each of my dogs’ specific needs (and, believe me, with rescue dogs, they are varied), and the fabulous ladies who work there provide an emergency, out-ofhours service making it convenient, as well as
Dublin’s premier onestop complete veterinary service. Oh, and another good reason for choosing this state-of-the-art facility – as if the fabulous staff weren’t enough – all profits go straight back into the Dublin SPCA Animal Welfare Charity to help us rescue, treat, rehabilitate and rehome more cruelly-treated and abandoned animals. Now, that’s not just innovative and creative – it makes for positive animal welfare for you and for your beloved companion pets. For more information log onto www.dspca.ie, or email me at email@example.com, or phone our veterinary clinic on 01-4994780. They’d love to hear from you.
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HOME RENOVATION: MANAGE THE PROCESS AND AVOID THE STRESS
Making your home the best it can be
Some of the fine aspects of No 2, Liffey Walk
LUCAN: LIFFEY WALK PROPERTY €205,000
Valley Park corner site a classy catch NUMBER 2, Liffey Walk, is located in a soughtafter development on a corner site, with professionally landscaped gardens both front and rear, expertly decorated inside and with a large conservatory. The downstairs accommodation offers a large living room with double doors opening into the kitchen/dining room, and features a stylish kitchen. This opens into the conservatory, which provides an ideal reception area to entertain your guests in style as it overlooks the beautiful garden that enjoys a sunny aspect. Upstairs, the established theme of good taste continues with three bedrooms, en-suite and the recently upgraded family bathroom. Finally, there is access to the attic, which is partially floored and lit. Every room is beautifully presented in neutral tones, with a splash of colour here and there creating an interior designer finish. According to the agents, you could move in, change nothing, and be the envy of all your friends. Accommodation comprises entrance hall with laminate flooring and guest WC. The living room has laminate flooring, a stylish fireplace and double doors leading to the dining room/kitchen. This space spans the width of the home, with plenty of wall and floor units and a breakfast bar dividing both rooms. There is a conservatory located to the rear, with solid wooden flooring overlooking the rear garden. Upstairs, bedroom one is located to the front of the house with T&G flooring, fitted wardrobes and a beautifully decorated en suite with wc, whb and stand-in shower.
GERHARD Heyl, director of HSLC Ltd, is an expert in home renovation, and here discusses some of the most important aspects of the process. Renovating and extending your home can be a challenging and stressful endeavour. There’s the upheaval, and don’t even think about the mess, it’s hard enough to get the kids to wipe their feet! But it doesn’t have to be like that. A properly managed extension project can be run with the minimum disruption to family life. There are a few key things you can do yourself before and during the build to help things go as smoothly as possible.
Planning Discuss all aspects of the extension project with your building team in advance of any work taking place. Make sure you have a timetable of work so you know what days and at what times workmen will be arriving. Discuss with your project manager the possibility of organising deliveries when the house is quiet. Things
will run much smoother if the cement truck arrives after the school run as opposed to when you are trying to reverse out of the driveway. There is no denying extending your home with kids in tow is no joke and finding ways to amuse house-bound children is a challenge for even the most imaginative parent. However, you need to keep the goal of the renovation in focus throughout the project. You’re doing this extension to give more space, light and energy to your family home and ultimately your loved ones. So, chin up, you can do this! Often with a large renovation project, there will be no choice but for the family to move out. It simply isn’t safe to have a family living in a house that may have an open external wall, or no kitchen/bathroom facilities. There will be an additional cost involved in renting alternative accommodation but, on the other hand, if the crew are not working around your domestic schedule, they
The slight inconveniences of renovation are well worth the effort
may be able to complete the job sooner.
Pets Animals thrive on routine and can be easily upset if their living quarters are suddenly turned upside down with a renovation project. You need to consider your pet’s existing routine and adjust accordingly for the life of the extension. If your four-legged friend is an outside pet, you need to make a new secure area for them. Side gates will
be left open, walls may be taken down and the last thing you want is for your pet to stray.
Disruption management There is no way of escaping it, getting an extension completed on your home will create mess and dirt. There is no point in being upset or surprised by this; it’s a fact of life. Be proactive and prepare in a sensible way before the renovation project even starts. Treat
the preparation for a build like moving house and pack up precious items and put them into storage. Look on the bright side, you have a genuine excuse to declutter! Having your home extended is a marvellous way to reinvent your living space, matching your home to your lifestyle. Hopefully, with good disruption management, the inconvenience of the build, will be forgotten once your new home is revealed.
HOLLYSTOWN: DETATCHED FOUR-BED PROPERTY IN DUBLIN 15
Redwood towers over the rest
SHERRY FitzGerald are delighted to bring No 38 Redwood to the market. This detached four-bed property is presented in showhouse condition, with exquisite interior design and taste evident throughout. The best quality fixtures and fittings adorn this turn-key home and it further benefits from a magnificent landscaped, sunny, south-west facing rear garden with water feature, split-level patio
and garden lighting. Situated in a quiet cul de sac beside Hollystown Golf Course, this home enjoys a good selection of shopping and leisure facilities, both locally and within a 10-minute drive. Viewing is highly recommended and is imperative to appreciate this stunning home and the exceptional interior finishes throughout. The floor area is a most impressive 1,360 sq ft. The accommodation
comprises entrance hall that sets the tone for the impeccable standard throughout, with prolific use of exquisite Canadian solid hardwood flooring on the ground floor. An attractive radiator cover further ads to the elegance. There is particularly good under-stair storage here also. The guest WC is oversized, and elegant in its simplicity, with quality wall and floor tiling, and it includes WHB and WC.
The living room is a magnificent reception space, and benefits from dual aspect, a bay window to the front and a picture window and double glass doors which open to the gorgeous rear garden. The contemporar y stone fireplace has a gas inset fire. The study/fourth bedroom is currently used as a study/TV room, but was originally laid out as the fourth bedroom. It, too, has a lovely bay window
to the side, along with a window to the front. The kitchen/breakfast room has a stunning ivory fitted kitchen and is complemented by a deep, red-tiled splash back and cream ceramic floor tiles. The electrical appliances are mainly top-of-therange Neff appliances, such as a double oven, five-ring gas hob and chimney-style extractor fan. There is an integrated fridge freezer and dishwasher.
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Getting back to the basics GET back to basics by rejuvenating your daily skincare routine, and get faces feeling clean, glowing and well-moisturised. This week, we are taking a look at one of the most important routines of the day – cleansing and moisturising. Women, and men, are using so many different products that it’s easy to forget two of the most important steps in skincare. According to Celebrity facialist, Anastasia Achilleo, cleansing is a must. “It’s key to having bright fresh, healthy-looking skin. It’s particularly important to cleanse the skin effectively at night to remove make-up and ensure that pores don’t become clogged and debris isn’t left on the skin that can cause bac-
teria, which is how spots can develop on younger skin. In the morning, skin just needs a quick sweep with cleanser to freshen it for the day ahead.” Olay has re-launched its iconic cleansing and moisturising range, Classic Care as Olay Essentials. The new-look product has everything a person needs to acquire clean, glowing skin that is moisturised and wellprotected. Here are a few to check out to help get back to basics. In the Olay Essentials Cleansers range are Olay Essential Wet Cleansing Wipes (RRP €3.99). No woman should be without cleansing wipes. These wipes help to remove dirt and makeup, while also providing sensitive skin with con-
ditioning benefits. This product has been tried and tested on stubborn waterproof mascara and has left faces without panda eyes. The Olay Essential Smoothing Face Scrub (RRP €3.15) range also offers a smoothing face scrub, which helps to smooth away surface skin cells, impurities and make up. Olay Essentials Moisturisers have Olay’s proven skin conditioners, with effective protection against UV damage. No matter what day of the year it is, protecting skin from UV damage should be on top of the skincare list. Olay Essentials Complete Care SPF 30-Day Lotion (RRP €12.99) is a light, daily facial moisturiser that has been
Olay Essentials Complete Care SPF 30
specially designed to give skin everything it needs to help maintain and improve the look of the skin. It provides
up to eight hours moisturisation, SPF 30 protection and pampering vitamins, combined with a non-greasy formula.
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Go gold with limited edition False Lash Effect mascara TO celebrate Max Factor’s most awarded mascara, the beauty giant has released a limited edition gold False Lash Effect. False Lash Effect Gold comes in a stylish gold pack and gives long, lash-loving girls an ultra feminine, black eyelash look. It features Max Factor’s biggest ever mascara brush to give lashes that long lash appearance. The dynamic mascara brush works wonders with Max Factor’s patented Liquid Lash formula, which glides onto each lash with ease, so lashes are instantly volumised and separated. The formula allows for layering, so a fatter lash look can be created to suit the mood. For best results, Gazette Beauty recommends turning the mascara brush as you apply the product on the top lid, which helps curl and enhance long lashes.
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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods THE mornings are brighter, the evenings are longer and it’s all good news from the Nova camp this week. Thin Lizzy had fans in a Cold Sweat when they cancelled a gig planned for The Olympia in August, seemingly without explanation, last month. Now the boys will be back in town when they’re special guests at Guns n Roses’ return to The O2 on May 17. Axl Rose is a huge Lizzy fan, with a tattoo of the black rose from their 1979 album cover inked on his right arm (let’s hope he wears a watch on that arm too, so as to be on stage on time for a change). And, not forgetting the original Lizzy frontman; the brilliantly exhaustive Phil Lynott exhibition that lived in the top floor of the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre at the end of last year is moving to The O2 in London next month. If you didn’t catch it while it was here, book a flight!
And, at a time when everything seems to be going up except wages, it’s good to know it isn’t always a bad thing when there’s an increase. The new Odeon cinema at the Point Village around the corner from us here at Radio Nova is showing movies on screens three stories high. Social commentators said the dismantling of Revolver (aka the giant wheel) at the village was a symbol of Ireland’s economic downfall. Let’s hope the cinema signifies bigger and better things to come for our little country. Failing that, there’s always Nova! Listen to Dee Woods from Radio Nova every weeknight from 7pm to 12am on 100.3FM
REVIEW: A RETURN TO CLASSIC FORM FOR THE QUEEN OF POP
MDNA has the right mix for pop ecstasy I ROB HEIGH
MADONNA. The name alone conjours some iconic moments in music from the last 25 years in your mind. Along with Prince and Michael Jackson, she was the female part of the musical Holy Trinity who defined what a thrilling ride pop music could be in the Eighties. Madonna was the queen of pop throughout that decade and the decade that followed. She paved the way for female artists to express themselves, and there would certainly be no Lady Gaga now if Madonna did not exist. Albums such as Like A Prayer, Ray of Light and Confessions on a Dancefloor have been career defining, but the records in between have proved variable to say the least, and have not had the impact on the pop firmament they might have done had the focus been more on the
music and less on the public image or movie career. Working with Ray Of Light producer William Orbit, as well as current leading lights of the house and dance scenes, the Benassi brothers and Mar tin Solveig, the album is certainly a strong and contemporary effort that draws hugely on the styles and trends at play in the clubs, but which also dips back and samples everything that made Madonna such an influential figure on her way to global megastardom. In the same way that Bruce Springsteen created a summation of everything that made him such an icon on his recent Wrecking Ball album, here, Madonna tries to amalgamate everything good from her recent past in a collection of tracks that are a mix of bubblegum pop, hard house beats and classic tracks that, really, no one else could have
Madonna releases her 12th studio album this month
created. But, as far as creating an incisive and defining statement of intent like Ray of Light on this record, there is something not quite hitting all the marks on MDNA. That is certainly not to say that the album is not without its high points, and the longer it goes on, the better it gets — as the view of the landscape gets broader, and samples and inflections from previous records, like Hung Up and Beautiful Stranger, begin to appear on I’m A
Sinner, there is more of a sense of her own history at play. Madonna has never been better at being herself than on Turn Up The Radio, more obviously the lead single from MDNA than the slightly weak Give Me All Your Luvin’. It takes her (or her producer’s) way with a pop hook and plays it out to its logical conclusion, with more of a melodic twist than her recent records have demonstrated. There are a few cringeworthy moments — the
shopping list song of modern divorced megastar parenthood being a case in point, but, again, you feel as though this album as a whole is part of Madonna’s journey back to her very best. Certainly, someone of her stardom and calibre should be hitting the marks more often and being able to create a coherent and consistent set of songs on every outing, but compared to Erotica, American Life and Hard Candy, MDNA is a very easy pill to swallow.
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Supported by AIB
Interview: Lesley Condron, Bowen Technique Therapist
Helping people to live without pain LESLEY Condron is a Bowen Technique Therapist, having trained in the discipline in 2008. Having spent many years working as a staff nurse, she developed lower back pain. Here she tells the Gazette of her journey from severe back pain sufferer to Bowen Technique Practitioner. “Little did I know, when I boarded a flight to Australia in 2007, events would unfold that would change my career path,” Lesley says. “I worked as a staff nurse for many years, a job I loved. But, over time, I began to experience lower back pain. “While visiting my brother in Melbourne, my back seized. He suggested I go to see a Bowen Technique therapist. I entered Margo’s clinic and one hour later, with very little discomfort, the pain had all but gone. I left moving quite freely and standing straight. “Before leaving Australia, I had another treatment and to this day I have
been pain free. “In 2008 I decided to train in the Bowen Technique, and have been a fulltime therapist since 2010. “The work is easy on the client, and can be used in acute cases as well as with small children and the elderly. “The practitioner uses fingers and thumbs to apply sets of rolling type moves on very precise points of the body. These moves stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body, promoting relief of pain and recovery of energy. “The work can be done through light clothing and many health problems can be treated using this method, ranging from minor ailments, such as headaches. I have found that problems, such as frozen shoulder, back and neck pain, as well as knee and ankle injuries, are very responsive.” Lesley can be contacted on 087 249 0565, or 01 497 5388.
GOLD INVESTMENT Q – Gold seems to be out of favour at the moment but I am being told to buy it still as rumours abound that it will go to $5,000 per troy ounce – don’t even know what a troy ounce is ! Help ? Mary – Raheny A - Troy ounces are slightly lighter than avoirdupois ounces – 16 of them make a pound (lb) but gold has had a meteoric rise over the last four years. In 2007, it was $850 per troy ounce – but was $850 as far back as 1980…so taking 27 years to get back to the level of 2007… $850. Just bear in mind that $850 in 1980 is equivalent to c. $2,500 in today’s money ! Since 2007, gold went to $2,000 but has fallen back to c. $1650 and some commentators believe it could have peaked. Peter Schiff is a well-known precious metal analyst with CBNC in New York – he has forecast gold prices will reach $5,000 per troy ounce by the end of this year. The balanced portfolio will have c. 10% of the funds in a precious metal. There is only 170,000 metric tonnes of the yellow metal on the planet. If it was a blob, it would be a 68-foot sided cube worth $9.6trillion! Two thirds the size of a football pitch. Question is, if you decide to buy, what form should it take ? Gold mine shares, exchange traded funds (ETFs), gold coins ( e.g. kruggerands ) jewellery – security and safety are important issues as well as the investment risk. Perth Mint Certificate Programme in many ways
Lesley Condron practises in Rathgar, Dublin 6, and
answers most of these issues – this is 24 carat gold
Curves in Sundrive, Dublin 12
bullion, stored in a Perth Australian mint with a guarantee from an AAA-rated government – the Western Australian government. You receive a
Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A cook Q: What was your first job? A: Hotel receptionist Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Can’t remember Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: No Q: When did you start your present job? A: 2010 Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I get very excited when I see how the body responds to the gentle Touch that is the Bowen technique.
Q: Have you ever achieve anything that you once thought you could not pull off?
certificate for the gold you bought, though at any
Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: Criminal Minds
Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: None
Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: David Norris
Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: Chocolate Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: No
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: No
Q: What sport do you follow? A: Rugby Q: What sport can you play? A: Tennis, golf
Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Italian with family and
Q: What habits would you like to lose? A: Not being able to say no Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to? A: A weekend break in Berlin in a few weeks time
Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: None
Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Dame Edna Q: Where do you enjoy spend-
time you can repatriate the gold to your home if
ing money frivolously? A: Paris
you wish. Prices are determined by the market and
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: 35 Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Going on a sun holiday to northern France; we were camping three young children, it was cold and very wet.
you buy and sell on the prices of the day. There is a 2% fee on buying and 1% on selling. Email me for details (firstname.lastname@example.org) Contact
John with your money questions at jlowe@ moneydoctor. ie or visit his
Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: See below
Q: What would be your dream job? A: See below
Lowe, Fellow of
Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: Buy a campervan, tour
Australia and New Zealand for two years
www.moneydoctor.ie. John the Institute of Bankers, is managing director of
Harvey Norman sells out of iPad3 ahead of launch HARVEY Norman cancelled its planned midnight launch of the New iPad due to oversubscription of pre-orders. “We have already pre-sold most of our launch stock for the New iPad, interest is very strong,” said Tim Hannon gen-
eral manager of computers for Harvey Norman Ireland. The New iPad went on sale this week across Ireland. “Demand has been overwhelming, and we decided not to open at midnight as we simply did not have enough
stock. We have more arriving this morning, but we didn’t want to disappoint customers.” Unveiling the new iPad two weeks ago in the US, Apple sold out of its initial stock in online pre-orders within two
days. Harvey Norman have dropped the price of the existing iPad 2, which is now available for only €399 making it a serious competitor to the Amazon Kindle Fire. Apple has announced it has sold three million of its
new iPad, since its US launch on Friday, March 16. The new iPad features a new Retina display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing photos and 1080p HD video,
and the same all-day 10-hour battery life. Harvey Norman confirmed that they have more stock due to arrive in its shops, but warned that availability will be tight across Ireland for the first few weeks.
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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs
Charge up at the Stillorgan Park
ESB ecars and the Stillorgan Park Hotel have joined forces to install multiple ecar charge points at the hotel, a first for a Dublin hotel. The hotel is one of the first in Ireland to offer charging, but they have gone one step further to offer three charge points conveniently located in the car park. Daragh O’Neill, general manager of the Stillorgan Park Hotel said: “As part of our overall Green Strategy and our continuing efforts to become an environmentally friendly hotel, we are delighted to announce that, in partnership with ESB ecars we have installed three ecar charge points at the hotel for our guests and employees.” The roll-out of charge points is part of ESB ecars plan to build the charging infrastructure nationwide to meet the Government target of 10% of all vehicles to be electric by 2020. To date, more than 560 charge points have been installed in public locations, service stations, commercial premises and in homes across Ireland. Paul Mulvaney, managing director, ESB ecars said: “We are delighted that organisations like Stillorgan Park Hotel are supportive of the nationwide ecar programme and proactively promoting sustainable transport.”
New charge points at the Stillorgan Park Hotel
¤15M IN RENAULT FINANCE: SINCE launching in Ireland in September 2011, Renault Finance Ireland has lent over €15 million to both individual and business customers. The arrival of Renault Finance in Ireland made motor finance accessible to all, and, currently, eight out of ten customers get approved to purchase a new car or van with Renault Finance. Its arrival also brought 15 muchneeded jobs to the
finance sector. Commenting on the figures, Alessandro Garzia, of Renault Finance, said: “Since the start of the year 80% of applicants have been approved for finance with us. In addition to Renault’s competitive car range, and Renault Finance rates, the cost of change for our customers has never been lower. You get €2,000 discount off a Clio and a rate of 4.9% APR. We believe in making it simple for a customer to deal with Renault.”
A tale of
Motoring Editor, Cormac Curtis out if petrol is the new diesel, THERE’S a battle raging in the minds of car buyers at the moment. The price of fuel is fluctuating wildly (and by that I mean increasing), and analysts tell us that the price of diesel is likely to overtake petrol later this year. Accepted wisdom has always suggested that, when the cost of ownership and MPG was a big concern for the buyer, then the diesel engine was the way to go. Not only was the fuel significantly cheaper, you also got more miles out of every tank. In recent years, Ireland’s emissions-based road tax system has meant that cars with cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines can compete with their diesel counterparts in terms of cost of road tax. Also, the fact that car manufacturers are doing their best to cover the full spectrum of
options with a wider choice of engines and green technologies, a car buyer can be left scratching their head when it comes to choosing between different models in a given range. In recent weeks, I had the opportunity to road test two of Skoda’s Superb range – both of which could very easily appeal to the same buyer, one with a diesel engine, the other with a petrol. The first model was the Skoda Superb Combi 1.6-litre TDI GreenLine. Anyone who reads the Gazette motoring pages will know that I am a bit of a fan boy when it comes to Skoda, and the Superb range in particular is one that I always enjoy driving. The level of attention to detail in this range really does see Skoda punching above its weight. It has been said that the Superb is a direct competitor
with Ford’s Mondeo, but I feel that is selling the Superb a good deal short. In the Elegence Spec that I tested, the interior is incredibly attractive yet understated. The leather seats are luxurious, the points of contact, such as the steering wheel, gear shift, handbrake and door handles are solid and reassuring, as well as being wrapped in leather. The legroom in the Superb range is not only the best in its class, but also in the class above. And, somehow, the designers always seem to be able to squeeze a centimetre or so more out of it with each new model. It can take an awfully long time to list the features of a car of this level; suffice to say that it comes with a set of seven airbags, a host of driver-assistance programmes, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, cruise
SPECS: SKODA SUPERB COMBI 1.6TDI GreenLine Top speed: 190km/h 0–100km/hr: 12.6sec Economy: 4.4 l/100km CO2 emissions: 114 g/km Road Tax Band: ¤160 Entry Price: ¤26,935 (model driven, ¤31,055 Elegance Spec)
control, an array of car information on the driver’s Maxi DOT display, as well as a host of navigation, media, and telephone connectivity through the impressive centre console display featuring Bluetooth, much of which can be controlled through the multi-function steering wheel. In practical terms, the storage in the Combi is exceptional. With the seats down, there is a
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2 Superbs scratches his head as he tries to figure and if Skoda’s saloon tops their estate
SKODA SUPERB SALOON 1.4TSI GreenTech Top speed: 204km/h 0–100km/hr: 10.6sec Economy: 5.9 l/100km CO2 emissions: 139 g/km Road Tax Band: ¤225 Entry Price: ¤25,615 (model driven)
cavernous 1,865 litres of storage space, and, with that, a selection of hooks, rails and assorted storage aids including a nifty little LED torch that stores magnetically in the boot. So, what’s it like to drive? Put it this way, I was driving the family to my wife’s godson’s Confirmation recently, and we weren’t exactly running on
time. When my wife suggested I put the boot down a little, i had to politely inform her that we were already driving at over 140kph. It felt like we were just idling along the motorway at the time – it’s that comfortable. And let’s not forget about the fuel economy. Other motoring journalists I have spoken to have claimed to get 1,000km out of a tank of diesel, but I only had the car for a week and my commute isn’t that long! What makes the Superb Combi GreenLine different from the standard model is that it employs a set of technological solutions designed to reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. The estate version I drove featured a four-cylinder 1.6litre TDI CR/77 kW (105bhp)
common-rail direct-injection turbo diesel engine. The set of GreenLine technological components that Skoda have developed for the car can be selected for the Active, Ambition and Elegance trim levels in both of the Superb’s body versions (hatch and estate/combi). So, just as the GreenLine models feature diesel engines, Skoda’s Superb GreenTech model features their newly developed low-emission 1.4litre TSI petrol engine that utilises the latest direct injection petrol technology, together with turbo-charging to develop a surprising 125bhp from this small unit. To reduce emissions and fuel consumption even further, they have added GreenTech technologies, including Stop-Start, optimised aerodynamics, lower
rolling resistance tyres and brake-energy regeneration. Just like the estate Greenline version, this car has all the eye-grabbing attractiveness and luxurious interior and an exhausting list of features. With an entry price of €23,995, it is €2,150 cheaper than the 1.6TDI diesel derivative with identical specification. On top of that, it has 20bhp more power and achieves 0-100km/h two seconds faster than the 1.6 TDI. The Skoda Superb 1.4-litre TSI with GreenTech consumes just 5.9l/100km (48mpg) and with CO2 of just 139g/km, which places it in the affordable motor tax band B with annual road tax of €225. The diesel version is in the lowest tax band (A) and has slightly better fuel consump-
tion, but that doesnt tell the full story. If the cost of diesel matches that of petrol at €1.67 per litre, the diesel only becomes more cost effective after 94,000km of driving. Like I said – it’s all headscratching stuff when you’re trying to get the most cost-efficient model. But, then again, what Skoda have done here is give buyers one less decision to make. If I had to chose between the two, I would simply pick my favourite! To hell with the fuel cost - it’s practically negligible. I can see why the faster, lighter saloon would be the preference for some drivers, but, for me, the ridiculously attractive, as well as practical Combi version, would be my pick. Maybe I’m getting old!
MAZDA Motors have announced the appointment of Steve Jelliss as Director Market Support for Ireland. Having previously had the roles of Aftersales Director and Fleet Director in Mazda Motors UK, Jelliss is taking up responsibility for all aspects of Mazda affairs in Ireland with immediate effect. Commenting on his appointment, Mr Jelliss said: “Mazda is committed to re-energising g g the business in Ireland. The strength of the Mazda brand, reputation for building extremely highquality cars and a professional Dealer Network provides us with a solid platform for future growth.” Steve describes his hobbies as keeping fit for triathlons and playing golf.
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A season of bouncing fun and educational pottery classes await at Trabolgan Holiday Village TRABOLGAN Holiday Village in East Cork have secured funding for a new Bounce Zone at the holiday village for the 2012 season. The Bounce Zone will include a Bungee Trampoline Unit, an Inflatable Bungee Unit and an Inflatable Obstacle Course and will give guests and visitors to the holiday village a unique and exciting leisure experience whatever the weather. Meanwhile, it’s all hands to the ready as they team up with local Midleton business, Craftyhands Pottery Studio, to bring a range of educational pottery and ceramics classes to guests at the holiday village for the 2012 season. Trabolgan’s general manager, Donal O’Sullivan, said: “We are delighted to work with local businesses in the East Cork area and showcase to our guests the extensive range of educational activities available to them at our holiday village. The pottery classes will give our guests the opportunity to try their hand at something different in a relaxed learning environment, and allow them to take home something that they themselves have created to remember their holiday at Trabolgan. We want to offer guests, visitors and school tours to the park an unforgettable educational and valuable experience.”
A holiday with a difference awaits with a 13-day cruise in Iceland
BROADEN your horizons and take a holiday with a difference this year, with a 13-day tour of Iceland with Cosmos Tours and Cruises. Experience an erupting geyser, swim in a geothermal pool and be at the heart of Iceland’s history with this amazing, eye-opening tour. Holiday highlights include: Reykjavik city and a Geyseir walk around the hot springs. Take a Arnastapi walking tour and swim in geothermal pool in the Blue Lagoon. Visit Erik the Red’s replica farmhouse in Laxardalur and Lake Myvatn Dimmu Borgir and Krafla volcanic area. The package includes return flights ex Dublin/ Cork via Heathrow to Reykjavik, accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities, meals on tour, services of a tour director on tour, transfers between overseas airports and hotels. It departs on October 8. View a selection of our tours on line at TravelFox.ie or call 021 4976293 to speak to our Escorted Tours specialists.
The Talbot Hotel is an ideal place to stay when exploring Carlow. A family-friendly pool will keep the kids happy, while a range of spa treatments will help to relax the parents
Carlow-bound for a weekend break LAURA WEBB
IT MAY come as a surprise to some, but, there is one area in particular that has been on my list of places to see in Ireland. Not the usual weekend away destinations like Galway or Kilkenny, but it was the smaller and more intimate town of Carlow that impressed me recently. The journey from Dublin to Carlow took just 1 hour and 15 minutes, thanks to the M9 motorway. On arrival at the Talbot hotel Carlow, I was greeted with a red carpet entrance, but, much to my disappointment, it wasn’t for me! It was for newlyweds who had tied the knot earlier that day. I quickly got over my disappointment and checked in. The room
The Pure Beauty spa room holds the key to some real pampering and relaxation
on the third floor was a standard double room and decorated in a modern style. Wi-fi is easily available by getting a password at reception. Finely dressed kids and adults took over the ground floor as they prepared to enjoy the wedding celebrations. I had a sneaky look at the reception room where
the newlyweds officially tied the knot. The room made for a lovely intimate ceremony with family and friends, and was filled with beautiful flowers. It looked like the perfect place for anyone looking for an alternative to a church wedding. The hotel offers residents’ access to the gym and sauna, as well as the
pool area. For anyone in need of some relaxation, the Pure Beauty spa room is available on the same floor. I had booked in for an Ultra Soothing facial with Sue, who worked wonders on my dehydrated face, using Eve Taylor products, a product that I am now thinking of using. The relaxed atmosphere at the spa helped me to unwind, and afterwards I felt like doing nothing for the rest of the day. Dinner at the hotel’s top-floor restaurant, the Liberty Tree, was simply delicious. Our waitress for the night was Rachel, who was not only entertaining, but full of general knowledge on her local area. The salmon was fresh, and served with a delicious white wine cream sauce, and everything
from the starter to dessert was tasteful and deserving of a finished plate. High-rise windows in the corner of the restaurant offered great views of its surroundings. The restaurant is also the location for the buffet breakfast, offering continental and hot food. Carlow is full of fun activities, and a great place to bring the kids. Some of the attractions include Rancho Reilly Pet Farm and Children’s activities, Carlow Art Collection, St. Laserian’s Cathedral, the Carlow Brewing company (for the grown-ups!) and many outdoor activities. Definitely worth a look. For more details, call 059 915 3000 or email email@example.com. Visit www. talbotcarlow.ie for more details.
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Free ferry tickets for kids must end soon! UP TO 12 million kids throughout the Republic of Ireland and the UK can travel for free with Stena Line in 2012, as part of an initiative launched by Ireland’s leading ferry company to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight, which is running until March 31. Stena Line is offering children, up to the age of 15 years, free travel on all of its five Irish Sea routes, when a car booking is made during National Ferry Fortnight, which gives tourists a couple of days to make those bookings. In the Republic of Ireland there are approximately 870,000 kids 15 years of age and
under, and, when combined with the number of children in the UK, this would equate to almost €36 million worth of free travel. Stena Line’s head of PR and communications, Diane Poole, hopes National Ferry Fortnight will help focus attention on just how far ferry travel has transformed in recent years, as well as highlighting the benefits of ferry travel. “National Ferry Fortnight is a great opportunity to bring the ferry travel into the spotlight. Taking the ferry really is the most relaxing way to travel, and, with so much to do, your holiday really does start as soon
TravelBriefs 40th birthday celebrations at Dublin’s Burlington Hotel
March 31 is the last day holiday makers can pick up free Stena Line tickets for kids
as you step onboard. “All of our ships boast excellent facilities, including Curious Georgethemed play area, Teen Town, free movies, choice of restaurants and bars, free wifi, an on-board shop with great savings on fragrances, spirits and lots more. “We continuously invest in our routes and services, and, we want
to highlight the benefits of travelling with Stena Line and encourage people to take advantage of our fantastic kids-go-free offer. “We are offering free places to children aged up to 15 years when car travel is booked before March 31 for trips to be taken until January 5, 2013, so it really is an offer not to be missed,”
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Diane said. To find out more, or to make a booking, log onto www.stenaline.ie/nff, call 01 204 77 77 or contact your local travel agent.
FIRST opened in April 1972, the renowned Burlington Hotel is celebrating 40 years in business this year. The hotel has changed faces many times over the last 40 years, most recently with a new opening following a brief closure for an extensive refurbishment in 2008. The Burlington Hotel has seen many famous faces pass through its revolving doors over the years, including international celebrities such as Bill and Hilary Clinton, Mel Gibson, Maureen O’Hara, Johnny Cash and Celine Dion, as well as home-grown stars such as Bono, comedian Pat Shortt and Bob Geldof. General manager, David Monks, said: “We have an exciting year planned in order to celebrate The Burlington Hotel’s Ruby birthday and look forward to showing our many loyal guests and customers just how ‘Dublin’s Grand Dame Hotel’ celebrates.” Avail of some special offers at The Burlington Hotel in celebration of the hotel’s 40th birthday. For information, call 01 618 5600, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.burlingtonhotel.ie.
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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 A Spell of Cold Weather
Two down-in-the-mouth farmers, Betty and Bob, have forgotten how to have fun. There is no joy on the farm anymore. Then during Christmas and New Year Betty and Bob get a surprise, when their little niece Holly comes to visit them. At first Holly feels very alone, in a strange place with no friends, but then she meets Tomos Trickman – a puck-like fairy who explains to Holly how the two farmers have forgotten how to sing, dance and play games. Together, Holly and Tomos bring the farm back to life and create some seasonal cheer, just in time to ring in the New Year with an unforgettably magical party. Sat 31 Mar 1 & 3pm. Tickets €10/8. Booking: (01) 231 2929 Online booking www.paviliontheatre.ie
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 01 462 7477 Schoolbooks in Wallpaper IAN Perth, a local Tallaght comedian takes you on a journey of fun and outrage in his one-man show. From the bizarre period that was 80s Ireland through our hilarious Celtic Tiger ways to the comedy of errors that led to Ireland’s financial meltdown. His style of charismatic warmth, along with his witty observations from the past and present, have made him a regular in comedy clubs across Ireland and Britain. Runs from March 29-March 31 at 8.15pm. Admission: €10.
DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Coolmine Goes To The Movies Lights! Music! Action! Since movie-makers first added sound to the action, the marriage of movies and music has been a match made in heaven – whether it be theme songs, mood setting music or full-blown musicals. Let Coolmine take you on a magical musical tour from the glamour of the Hollywood classics through the wonderful world of Disney and to the theme songs that immediately evoke a movie. Catch this show on March 30 and 31 at 8pm. Tickets €16/€14 concession.
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Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) takes aim as she prepares to enter The Hunger Games, a barbaric event held by The Capital to remind the citizens of Panem that rebellion will not be tolerated.
More than a game
It’s a melodramatic adaptation of a teen novel that has a fanatical fanbase. But don’t let that put you off. I PAUL HOSFORD
EXPOSITION in The Hunger Games comes quickly. Within 90 seconds, the audience has been introduced to why we are where we are. Two men discuss the concept of The Hunger Games, a yearly fight to the death by one boy and one girl, aged 12-18, from each of Panem’s 12 Districts. Panem, of course, has risen from the ashes of North America sometime in the future. A fractured society, broken into districts, tried to rise up 70 years ago, but was brutally put down by the forces of The Capital. Now, to remind the districts of The Capital’s control, a yearly raffle, or “reaping”, is held to determine the unlucky participants. Of course, winning the Games comes with its
FILM OF THE WEEK: The Hunger Games #### (12A) 142 mins Director: Gary Ross Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci
OUR VERDICT: A fantastic achievement. Ross manages to steer this film away from teenage melodrama, into the waters of thoughtful, terrifying and smart film-making. Lawrence deserves huge credit for her turn as Katniss, managing to keep away from an overly emotional or too cold portrayal, giving the audience a heroine they can root for when she goes into the arena.
own reward. The winner will be showered with praise, honour and enough food to ensure they never go hungry. The losers will be taunted and booed until my throat is sore. Or killed. Whatever. In District 12, we are introduced to Katniss Everdeen. Katniss is a hardy sort, caring for younger sister Prim and her mother after her father’s untimely death. More than hardy, Katniss proves her bravery by entering her name into
the reaping twice, allowing her family receive extra food. Keeping up? Good. In Prim’s first year being entered into the reaping, her name is called. But, being the hardy and brave sort she is, Katniss volunteers herself to go forward in her little sister’s place. Alongside long-time admirer Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson), Katniss is whisked to The Capital. There she is styled to make an impression on shady sponsors and trained by District 12’s only winner of the Games,
a bizarrely be-wigged Woody Harrelson. With the odds stacked against her, Katniss must fight, using all of the skills learned illegally hunting in District 12. Where The Hunger Games succeeds, is in the creation of the world of Panem. A contrast of haves and have-nots, the disparity between The Capital and District 12 is bleak. The industrial, mining community of District 12, all gnarled hands and downtrodden spirits clashes believably with the neon lights and flash of The Capital. The direction is clever, with urgent, hand-held camera work whipping around the action. In the heart of it all, this is Lawrence’s show. Flexing all of the acting muscles honed in her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter’s Bone, as well as the action muscles she displayed in X-Men: First
Class. Her Katniss is nowhere near as annoying as many female leads in adaptations of teen books. She is not sullen, despite having more to complain about than being in love with a vampire. Instead, Lawrence infuses her character with a depth that is genuinely refreshing. Inside Katniss is a deeper sense of melancholy, which seems apt in the earlier, harsher environs of District 12. But, when it hits the bright lights and big city, Katniss, and Lawrence, comes into her own. Bouncing off the demented characters of Banks, Harrelson and, oddly enough, Lenny Kravitz, there is a steely cynicism displayed, as Katniss is solely focused on getting home. Overall, a surprisingly good film that leaves us wanting more.
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Wayne Rooney indulges in some impromptu jigs and reels.
It’s time to take it back to the mean Streets PAUL HOSFORD
THE title, FIFA Street, fills a lot of football gaming veterans with the kind of dread usually reserved for Adidas Power Soccer, Three Lions or (gulp) David Beckham Soccer. In fact, the sight of R o n a l d i n h o ’s b a d l y warped body looking like a rejected Rocky cartoon was enough to have this reviewer praying for the sweet release of Soccer Kid. So, you can imagine that news of a release
coming this week didn’t exactly fill me with hope. But, for the second time this week (see opposite) I have been surprised. T his FIFA edition is more a compliment to FIFA 12 than an attempt to be dow n with the kids. The kids, of course, play football in ghettos and can do backflips with the ball between their legs. The gameplay here is more ported over from the main FIFA franchise
and the movement feels a lot like 12. The passing is less precise, which makes afficionados of tiki-taka somewhat redundant. Instead, the gameplay is weighted in favour of baiting opponents and knocking the ball beyond them. Holding a shoulder button puts your player in control of the ball, rolling between his feet. The idea is that your opponent will ignore the first rule of Sunday league football and dive in. Once he’s committed,
your superior skills, set in motion with the right analog stick, will leave him with egg on his face and you with a clear run at goal. This style of play can get repetitive, but the difference in levels, with varying goal sizes, pitch dimensions and the presence of goalkeepers, it makes the game a lot more varied. This is really Newcastle under Kevin Keegan football. Defending is a secondary concern, with the emphasis on scoring one more than your opponent. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, this is a street football game, after all. It will, however, have you cursing at your virtual players for their inability to make a simple tackle. But a majestic Marseille Turn or a bamboozling series of stepovers later and all will be ok in the container that your team
presumably uses as a dressing room. Longevity is never something that this particular franchise has been able to achieve and, unfortunately, this is not somewhere this iteration succeeds. The World Tour mode, in which you must take your rag-tag bunch of street players to the world street finals in Brazil, is fun enough, if a little lacking depth. But, what the game loses in depth, it gains in immediacy. The game requires little getting used to. New players can jump straight in and began flummoxing opponents with a few flicks of a stick. In this way, FIFA Street holds an advantage over it’s mainstream brother. There is no frustration when a striker screws a shot wide or your midfielder loses the ball. All in all, grab some friends, beat them 10-8 and enjoy.
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ATHLETICS: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CHARITY ASKS FOR MINI-MARATHON SUPPORT
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OLYMPIC athletes and Dubliners, Fionnuala Britton and Claire Bergin, joined forces with international children’s charity, Plan Ireland, last week to call on the women of Ireland to be a part of the Because I Am A Girl team and run or walk for girls in the upcoming women’s mini-marathon, which is set to take place on June 4.
The athletes are supporting the campaign, which aims to fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and break the cycle of poverty. Jessica Majekodunmi, of Plan Ireland, was on hand to help launch the campaign, saying: “We are calling on all women, friends, daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts, mothers and grandmothers, to make a difference this June Bank Holiday weekend and join our
team at this year’s women’s mini-marathon. “By taking part in the world’s biggest womenonly event, you will help to build a brighter future for some of the world’s poorest girls. Every step makes a difference.” Britton said: “This is such a great cause. I should know, I volunteered with Plan Ireland a few years ago. I know the impact that their work has. The campaign is really inspiring as it
Fionnuala Britton hopes that runners in the mini-marathon go the distance for girls in the developing world
specifically focuses on supporting and empowering girls in the developing world who need our help the most. I’m delighted to play my part and I hope women around the country will join myself and Claire in supporting this fantastic campaign.” All funds raised will
go towards life changing projects for girls in the developing world. Contributions will be invested in effective projects that address and promote equality for girls. Currently, Plan Ireland’s work with girls i n cl u d e s e d u c a t i o n p r o j e c t s , i n cl u d i n g establishing girl-friendly
schools, maternal and reproductive health projects, protecting girls and women against trafficking and child labour, empowering women to achieve financial stability through savings and loan schemes, and tackling early and forced marriage and exploitation of girls and young
women. To sign up and help change a girl’s life in the developing world, submit the official form and fee to Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, and visit www.plan.ie or call freefone 1800 829 829 to sign up for your fundraising pack, which is provided by Nivea.
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Answer athletic call on the school mile THE Irish Schools’ Athletic Association and Athletics Ireland will run the Aviva School Mile Challenge this spring. This new event will provide a superb opportunity for local schools to support an initiative to encourage teenagers to get a taste of recreational participation in sport. There is a fun, competitive element also as the organisers will be looking at categories such as best schools, counties and provinces, and may even uncover the next sub-four minute miler, but that is incidental to the main purpose, which is to promote running or walking as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle. The event, which is being supported by Aviva, will see some 10,000 teenagers from 100 secondary schools throughout the country run, jog or walk a mile at their school this spring. Athletics Ireland chief executive, John Foley, said: “This is a truly positive initiative and Athletics Ireland is delighted to support it. The AVIVA School Mile Challenge is targeted at secondary school students across all bands of ability and fitness and is an excellent way for young people to get involved in exercise. The focus of the AVIVA School Mile Challenge is to ensure that participants enjoy the experience and assist in opening up the sport to a wider audience.” John Shields, from the Irish Schools’ Athletics Association believes the School Mile Challenge can promote athletics at all level: “This is an excellent opportunity to encourage young people to take part in a healthy form of exercise. For more information, contact Christopher Russell at Christopher.email@example.com, or John Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 2633376.
Malahide stifled the bullish Coolmine second side who came to Estuary Road in the hope of claiming a treble of their own
Malahide set treble chance ALBERT O’CONNELL CUP Malahide Coolmine
MALAHIDE’S second team kept alive their hopes of securing a much-coveted treble, dashing Coolmine’s dreams of their own treble on Saturday at Estuar y Road when Colin Corkery ran up 12 points, while Richie Forbes added a pair of tries for the home side as they claimed the Albert O’Connell Cup title. Coolmine started the match at a blistering pace and dominated the opening minutes with multiple phases, keeping the ball in hand and punching holes in the Malahide defence whenever the opportunity presented itself. Three minutes into
the game, after working their way into the opposition 22, the ball was spread wide through the hands of the backline before being finally taken by winger Fionn Lacey, who scored in the left corner. The conversion was missed, but the visitors continued to apply pressure and, after ten minutes, a penalty kick found its way into touch just outside the 22, giving them another platform to build on. With ball secured, it was kept tight and the pack began the successful drive for the line, Ciaran Byrne touching down beyond the whitewash after good work from the supporting players. Ten points up after ten minutes, it looked like Coolmine were going to run away with
the game, but Malahide began to regroup and, on the 14th minute mark, secured a penalty in front of the posts due to obstruction. Ten minutes later, they pulled level, snatching a try under the posts. With the final seconds of the first half ticking away, a Malahide penalty dropped just short of the posts. Coolmine gathered but failed to clear the danger, losing the ball on contact and leaving Malahide the simple job of touching down under the posts for their second try of the game. Shortly into the second half, things got worse for the visitors when they conceded another try under the posts after five minutes. Coolmine did manage to work their way
back into the game and, ten minutes later, pulled back a try after Niall Ganly’s pop pass found John McColl moving at pace to touch down in the left corner. Coolmine struggled to put any more points on the board and failed to take advantage of an extra man after Malahide lost a player to the sin bin. The final whistle signalled the end of the
season for Coolmine’s seconds and, although they will be disappointed with this result, they can look back on one of their most successful seasons in many years, having won both their league and Byrne Cup titles. Malahide, though, will be aiming to add to their Leinster seconds league title and travel to Lansdowne for the semi-final on Saturday.
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Olympic nightmare for Hermes star O’Flynn
THE DSDAC graduate became the third athlete from the club to reach the Olympic qualifying mark with an exceptional run in Rome this month
TOWERING star of St Joseph’s Boys’ U-15s, Casey captained Ireland on a memorable day for his club, scoring against Belgium in the process
THE Portmarnock man returned to the Irish swimming scene with a bang to qualify for the European championships in cracking fashion
AN incredible month for the Stillorgan based club, they claimed the U-14, U-15 and U-16 titles as well as U-17 and U-18 silver in quick succession
ASHBROOK’S rugby heroes picked up a league and cup double as their seconds nailed down the Leinster league division 1A and the Spencer Cup
THE Lucan school picked up the Leinster 1st Year Cup crown with a superb win over Chanel before adding the league title with victory over the same opponents
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Cul runnings: Young Dubs get taste for Kellogg’s camps THE 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camps
were launched in Croke Park on Tuesday, with Dubliners Rhiannon Campbell, age 6, Matthew Ryan, age 11, Jack Sullivan, age 6, from Howth, Eabha Last, age 9, Daniel Ryan, age 9, and Kilmacud Crokes’ Conor Sullivan, age 10, all on hand to enjoy their day at headquarters.
A SECOND Irish Olympic hockey dream went up in smoke within seven days as Belgium proved an all-round superior force in Kontich last Sunday, barely offering Ireland a glimmer of hope with a rousing 4-1 victory in the direct play-off for a ticket to London. It was rough justice on Irish player of the tournament, Hermes’ woman Audrey O’Flynn, pictured, as Ireland struggled in the face of some early Spring heat and a vociferous home support to get off the ground. “The girls said after it was like living a nightmare,” said O’Flynn. “The match just flew by. They were just winning every 50-50 ball, I don’t know, we just never got into it, never got going. Ah, it’s just so disappointing. “We said before the match that we’ve put in two years of hard work for this but we have to show that on the pitch – and we didn’t show it today. We just didn’t perform in any area of the pitch,” she said. Sofie Gierts’ seven-minute hat-trick effectively ended the tie as early as the 19th minute as she cracked home a brilliant volley, added a contentious penalty stroke and swept home a neat penalty corner move to run up an imposing 3-0 lead. After Gierts early blitz, the remaining 50 minutes was a physical battle but Ireland’s inability to score from corners – bar O’Flynn’s eighth of the tournament in the 57th minute – meant there was never any drama. And coach Gen Muller added it was a rough day for his young side against a Belgian outfit lower ranked in the world but flying high on confidence. “Technically, we were not good enough, didn’t score on our corners and couldn’t get back into the game and whenever we had a sight of it, we’d let in another one. “They were the better team, they were technically better, they scored at moments of ascendancy, we just couldn’t get a foothold in the game,” the coach said. “There were one or two controversial decisions that went against us but they still deserved to win, they have been the best team at this event, and deserve to go to London. I congratulate them. “This Irish team has improved enormously to get to this stage but there wasn’t enough in us; not technically, not physically so we could never create that tension,” he said.
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Final Fingal duathlon race this weekend THIS weekend sees the last race of the Fingal duathlon race series, organised by Fingal Triathlon Club. The third of the races, that see competitors run four kilometres, cycle for 20 and run for a further four, takes place at the Ring Commons Sports Centre in Balbriggan at 10am sharp. Places are still available, with competitors able to register for €23 online or for €25 on the day. You can take your place on the starting line by going online at www.triathlonirelandnewserver.com/local-races.html and selecting the Fingal Duathlon.
Spend Easter FAI Senior Cup Camp with date with desUnited soccer tiny for United MALAHIDE United this week announced details for their Easter camps in Gannon Park. The girl’s camp will run from April 2 to 5, and is open for ages seven to 12. It is possible to book places online at www.fai.ie/ soccersisters. The boys camp, meanwhile, runs from April 2 to 6, and is open for ages six to 14. Email admin@ malahideunited.com to get an application form. Forms are also available in the club shop on Saturday mornings 10.30am to 12.30pm.
MALAHIDE United face their huge FAI Senior Cup firstround date with Munster Senior League side, College Corinthians, this Saturday afternoon at 2pm in Gannon Park. It comes in a week when manager Vinny Perth’s side could be confirmed LSL Sunday Senior 1 champions, as they lead the table by a mammoth 14 points. They can only be pipped by UCD, Edenderry and Dublin Bus, should United lose all their remaining games, and one of those sides wins six con-
SOCCER: ALL-IRELAND DEFEAT FOR LOCAL LEINSTER CHAMPS
Malahide CS missed out on their All-Ireland opportunity when they were pegged by St Aidan’s of Cork in the closing stages
Last-gasp defeat for CS ALL-IRELAND FINAL St Aidan’s Cork 3 Malahide CS 2 email@example.com
MALAHIDE CS were left heartbroken when they were stung by an 85th-minute Anthony McAlevey winner to miss out on the Umbro FAI School’s Dr Tony O’Neill’s Boy’s cup crown at the hands of Cork’s St Aidan’s at Tallaght Stadium. It left them frustrated after making much of the running throughout but they were unable to press home the advantage and, when they lost substitute Jamie Walsh to
a red card, the game was made that much harder as they relinquished a half-time lead. Malahide had begun in fine form, bossing much of the first half, with Shane Woods making his presence felt in midfield next to Mark Brennan. T hey were getting plenty of joy down the flanks, too, and it was that way that right fullback Jacob Ferguson created the go-ahead goal. His cross found its way to Colm Curtis who stood up a perfect curler with his left foot to beat Chris Mullane in the St Aidan’s goal.
Flying tonight: Fingal hurlers get backing of DAA DUBLIN Airport Authority (DAA) have been announced as the main sponsor of the Fingal hurling team and, at the announcement at the airport last week, Dublin Country Board chairman and Fingal Ravens’ man, Andy Kettle, and DAA’s Siobhan Moore were joined by Alan Morris and Paul Quinn from the Fingal team.
It was no less than his side deserved after a dominant showing but the game was to turn on its head during a fiveminute spell in the second half. The Cork side got more into the flow of things after the turnaround and they were level just before the hour mark when Cork City U-19 player Gary Buckley found a header to equalise from McAlevey’s cross. And his side were in front moments later when Alan Hosford clipped in a rather lucky effort as his cross floated in off the inside of the
post. Malahide bounced back, with captain Woods piling forward, only to find his route cut short by Gary Gould. It offered Malahide United youth star Dylan Cashin the chance to equalise, but his run-up was delayed when Walsh and Kevin Allen tangled and the former was given his marching orders. Cashin held his nerve to knock home the penalty with minimum of fuss, but the loss of a player put Malahide on the back foot for the closing quarter. Aidan’s pressed home their numerical advan-
tage with time running out, and when Hosford picked out McAlevey, he took his time before finding the net. Ferguson and Cashin did combine brilliantly for the latter to test Mullane’s defences as Malahide rallied once more, while Buckley was forced to shut out Eric Harold and Corey Long kept out another Cashin effort - but it was not to be his side’s day. It ended a famous campaign on a low note, claiming the Leinster title before dismissing Scoil Mhuire from Buncrana in the national semi-finals.
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HURLING: SAINTS MAKE CLUB HISTORY WITH WINS
CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST SYLVESTER’S ALL three adult hurling teams recorded great wins this weekend. The intermediates led the way by defeating St Vincent’s by 15 points to seven and Malahide Castle hosted the two victories by the junior teams. St Vincent’s were also the opposition for both of our minor football teams who recorded two major victories. The minor A team finished
a great weekend for hurling. We are back to football next week with the following fixtures: 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 31st at 6pm AFL7: Stars of Erin V St Sylvester’s in Glencullen, April 1st at 11am
with 3-12 to St Vincent’s 0-12 after a
AFL9: Scoil Ui Chonaill V St Syl-
stunning second half performance.
vester’s in Clontarf Road, April 1st
The B team also scored 3-12 to 2-12
for St Vincent’s. The Under-16 hurlers who travel like a tribe had a very good win away
The Lotto jackpot next week is €1,800. Play and win on www.stsylvesters.ie.
to Skerries Harps. Fingal hurlers had
Mel also has a very nice tribute to
a two-goal victory over Sligo in the
Jim Stynes on the website. May he
National Hurling League to complete
rest in peace.
FINGALLIANS St Sylvester’s hurlers will be boosted by their strong underage section
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ST SYLVESTER’S completed a hurling first last weekend when all three of their hurling sides picked up victories. The Inters recorded a very impressive win over St Vincent’s at PNU, while both junior teams also won well on Sunday against Civil Service and Raheny. Syl’s inters’ win over Vincent’s continued their encouraging start to the campaign as they ran up a 0-15 to 0-4 tallyu to add to a 24-point win in their first round of the AHL3 campaign. The Junior 1s added to that result with a 1-12 to 1-4 victory over the Civil Service first team on a lovely sunny morning in Malahide Castle. Leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at half time, which i n c l u d e d 1-1 f r o m Barry Cowley, the team looked comfortable but the match was still to play for.
Five points in the first 10 minutes increased the gap and stern defending, led by David Kennedy in goal with Damian Rooney at corner back, kept Civil Service at bay as they started looking for a way back into the game. Overall, the defence was very much on top and there were some good scores taken. Scorers were Barry Cowley 1-1, Colm O’Connor 0-4, one free, Gareth McGrath, Derek Roche and Jody Hickey 0-2 each and Fergus Rooney 0-1. And the newly introduced Junior 2 side defied the odds to run up a 6-8 to 3-10 win over Raheny, their second success of the campaign. The AHL9 league can be played at 13-a-side and, at the start, Syl’s only had 12 players. But Pat Keogh had come along to watch and ended up playing
at corner forward and scored in a late goal rush to steal the game from a very sporting Raheny side. Anto Dunne was on form between the posts, and the full back line of Gary Plunkett and Willie Reynolds showed great ball skills throughout. Eoghan Duggan had a great game, as had Shea Leonard, and there was a welcome return by Shane McShera who scored the last two goals to seal the win. Other scorers were Kevin McLoughney 1-1, Ronan Hayes and Colm Byrne 0-3 each, Claude Scully 1-1 and Pat Hoyne 1-0. Next out is Lucan on April 15 with the team still on the lookout for more players. Fingal, meanwhile, stayed on course to reach the Allianz HL Division 3A final following a 2-15 to 0-15 over Sligo at Markievicz
Park on Sunday. T hey face second bottom side Donegal in their final match of the regular season with a draw securing a place in the top two though such a result would not offer them promotion as division 3A does not currently have that facility. It was one-way traffic for Fingal in the first half and they went to the break with a 2-9 to 0-3 lead, helped by two goals from Fingallians’ man Peter Daly. Club mate John Matthew Sheridan again was among the scores, clipping six frees and two 65s in a tally of 0-9. Graham Dillon added another 0-3 in the final totals. Sligo responded valiantly in the second half. Keith Raymond continued to find his range and the gap was down to 2-14 to 0-15. But Fingal held on for a six-point win.
THE Car Draw will take place on
but the club are looking for help
Saturday night in the main hall.
from members who would be inter-
Doors open at 8.30pm for every-
ested in assisting in this process.
one who wishes to attend. Please
The U-14 hurlers’ Feile na nGael
ensure that all remaining tickets
fundraising committee and team
are dropped into the bar during the
management would like to thank
week and, if any member can sell
sincerely all members, parents
just one extra ticket, it will make a
and friends of Fingallians who gen-
erously contributed to making this
Well done to the club representa-
morning’s cake sale and spot prize
tives who had a successful weekend
draw a resounding success. The
with the Dublin footballers, hurlers
U-14 hurlers then took to the field in
and Fingal hurlers.
a local derby beating St Sylvester’s
Fingal’s win at the weekend over
in the league.
Sligo wi th 5 Fing allian pla yer s
Their were wins also this week-
involved qualifies them for the NHL
end for U-15B and U-13 hurlers. Our
3A final. Our adult hurlers had a
U-13 hurlers also had success last
great league win over Ballinteer St
weekend in a friendly against Meath
John and our second team draw-
opposition. Our U-13 girls also tast-
ed success. The senior footballers
Our new web site, www.fingallians.com, is being updated weekly,
put in a big second half performance to beat Trinty Gaels.
ST MARGARET’S IN ADULT football training continues
be paid by March 31. No exceptions.
Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Membership does not cost much, is
Committee meeting this Thursday at 9pm. Fixtures this week: AFL3 inters v
vital to the running of the club and players are not insured if not registered.
Sylvester’s on Saturday, March 31
In juvenile football, well done to the
at 6pm, and AFL7 v Starlights on
Under-11s who topped their grad-
Sunday, April 1 at 3pm, both in the
ing group with a good win against
complex and AFL10 v O’Dwyer’s at
Castleknock, and well done to the
3pm in Balbriggan on Sunday.
Under-12s on their draw against
There is an €80 and €150 annual
table toppers, St Maur’s.
lotto ticket available this year.
Finally, there is a junior disco in
Please check the website for full
the complex this Friday, March 30,
details or contact Mary Madigan.
from 7 to 10pm for 3rd to 6th class
Club membership for 2012 must
kids. Admission is only €5
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