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May 19, 2011

IN THE RUNNING: County road race on cards for Fingal See Page 2

Survey follows collapse of wall in complex Q MIMI MURRAY

AN engineering firm has been brought in to carry a survey of one of Malahide’s most exclusive waterfront developments following the collapse of a wall at the complex. This week a spokesperson for the Board of Directors of Marina Village Management Limited confirmed to the Gazette, that a wall at the complex had collapsed in Feb-

ruary during gale-force winds. They said this had followed a “severe winter with rain, frost and snow”. Their comments came as a resident of the Marina Village wrote to the Gazette raising concerns about the structure of buildings within the complex. The Board of Directors said that every effort has been made to make the entire area safe. Full Story on Page 3

Going the extra mile: Mother and daughter do their part MALAHIDE mother and daughter,

Bernie and Tina Bianchi, have been very busy recently getting their fitness levels up as they plan to walk in this year’s Women’s mini-marathon in aid of Aware. The pair have

been training at weekends walking six kilometres, starting at Seabury, so they should be in tip-top shape for their marathon effort. Full Story on Page 4


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CRICKET

SPORT: MAJOR EVENT SET FOR COUNTY

Call for Govt to support Irish team

Road race on the cards for Fingal

THE Depar tment of Transport, Tourism and Sport has responded to Labour TD, Brendan Ryan’s, call for the Government to support Cricket Ireland in their efforts to persuade the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reverse its decision to exclude Ireland from the 2015 World Cup. “I asked the Minister to support Cricket Ireland’s efforts to reverse the decision by the ICC and he assured me that the Government will indeed fully support Cricket Ireland in this cause,” Deputy Ryan said. “Cricket is very popular in north Dublin and is riding a crest of a wave. As a Government it is vital we encourage sport at all levels,” Deputy Ryan said.

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Wedded bliss: Big day for local newlyweds FRIENDS and family from all over gathered in John the Baptist

Church in Clontarf on May 7 for the marriage of local couple Fiona and Keith Harris. Pictured at the altar are the bridal party of Charlotte Witcher, Caroline Boyne, Orla Huguenot, Fiona Harris, Keith Harris, Andrew Moore, David Harris, Richard Boyne, Sarah Yeates and Aaron Yeates. After the wedding, the celebrations moved back to the Clontarf Castle Hotel were the party went on into early hours of the morning.

FINGAL may soon be holding its first mass-participation event. Socialist Councillor, Eugene Coppinger, said that they are the only county in Ireland that does not have a road race and he hopes to see one in Fingal by 2012. “I am Director of the Dublin Marathon and I travel around a lot, watching and competing. It doesn’t have to be a marathon but we could get a 10Km or half marathon into Fingal. “We wouldn’t get a marathon as Dublin has a very successful one but it would be great to have an event where anyone can take part. “People could get out and walk it if they wanted and wouldn’t need to be exceptionally fit. “I would like to get 5,000

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people out,” he said. “I spoke to the events department in FCC and have been speaking to one persom in particular who does the FAI stuff with me. Next we have to sit down and look at a suitable venue. “Fingal is the only

county that doesn’t have a road race and it would be a great thing for the county in order to promote itself. “I would hope that FCC would take on the role, like they did with Paddy’s Day. “I have no problem advising or going on a committee but, because of my role with Dublin marathon, it wouldn’t be right for me to commit my time.” Cllr Coppinger said that Independent Cllr David O’Connor will try to secure sponsorship from local traders for the event. “It would be 2012 when it will happen and I think the month of May might be best. “You need a year to organise it, as you have to apply for a licence from Athletics Ireland. We also need to see what part of Fingal could cater for it,” he said.


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HOUSING Engineer ‘to survey entire development’

Company acts on residents’ building fears Q MIMI MURRAY

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AN engineering firm has been brought in to carry a survey of one of Malahide’s most exclusive waterfront developments, following the collapse of a stairwell at the complex. This week a spokesperson for the Board of Directors of Marina Village Management Limited confirmed to the Gazette, that a wall at the complex had collapsed in February, during gale force winds. They said this had followed a “severe winter with rain, frost and snow”. Their comments came as a resident of the Marina Village wrote to the Gazette raising concerns about the structure of buildings within the complex. In an email to the Gazette, one resident claimed that a threemetre wall, which faced onto the shared double stairs of a townhouse, came down in the wind, causing extensive damage to two cars. The resident, who did not wish to be named, said the wall has since been rebuilt. Since the wall came down, the resident said he and other residents had noticed that bricks “appeared” to be going missing all around the patio walls of the bottom-floor apartments in the complex, a few from certain walls, and entire walls in other cases. This week, the Board

of Directors said that they had “engaged an engineer to immediately carry out a survey of the entire development and make safe any other walls, loose bricks or causes for concern. “T his commenced immediately (after) we were notified of the collapse and actual work commenced the following morning. “A nearby wall was taken down on February 4, 2011. Some garden/ patio walls were found to be in a state of collapse, and were taken down. Loose bricks were removed from some chimney stacks and various walls. Chimney stacks were all examined and it was decided to take down one and re-build it. This has recently been completed. “A specialist consulting engineer was engaged to advise and report on the condition of all chimney stacks in the Marina Vil-

Residents in the Marina Village waterside complex in Malahide have expressed concerns over the safety of the buildings after the collapse of some walls

said that every effort has been made to make the entire area safe. Legal advice has also been sought as to what redress they may have against any/all relevant parties in the event that the insur-

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lage. We have just been advised that four chimneys need to be taken down and re-built. All other chimneys need to be recapped and sealed to prevent water ingression. It has been agreed to commence this work now. No other structural defects have been identified,” they said. The Board of directors

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ers may not consider it insurable. The insurance company has agreed to pay for the walls that collapsed and payment is pending. The management company is engaging a quantity surveyor to estimate the total cost of remedial work required. “Our sinking fund will be required to part

fund this operation, if the insurers don’t agree our claim. The board will look at a timescale in conjunction with the professional advisors to carry out remedial work, which is of a non-urgent nature based on a project plan, which will be properly costed and cashflowed. This would obviate the need to impose a levy on each owner to increase our reasonably adequate sinking fund at this time.” It will, however, necessitate a “not too onerous increase” in service fees for the next two years. “Until our quantity surveyor reports to us we cannot give any meaningful figure as to the extent of the costs payable,” the management company said.

POLITICS

Farrell appoints new PA ANOTHER Farrell will take over the role of parliamentary assistant for Dublin North TD, Alan Farrell, it was reported this week, but she is no relation to the Fine Gael TD. It was reported in the national media that Fiona Farrell, who is currently working as secretarial assistant, will take over the role of parliamentary assistant in the coming weeks when Deputy Farrell’s wife leaves the job. There was controversy over Deputy Farrell’s employment of his wife as parliamentary assistant after the general election in February. Deputy Farrell told the Gazette in an interview that his wife’s appointment was always going to be a temporary measure and he had planned to hire someone else for the role. Fiona Farrell has moved from her previous position in the Fine Gael press office.


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COURTS: CRIMINAL

PLANNING Grave concerns over burial ground plans

Public ‘don’t want money from dead’ Q MIMI MURRAY

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A Portmarnock man has been given a two-year suspended sentence for is part in two robberies

Two-year suspended sentence for local chef A DUBLIN chef, who was the getaway driver in two robberies, has been given a two-year suspended sentence by Judge Patricia Ryan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Simon Higgins (22), who works in Cafe Provence in Malahide, did not enter either premises while his co-accused raided the Maxol Service Station in Baldoyle and the Londis Store in Kinsealy on February 19, 2009. The judge ordered that Higgins pay over the €2,020 he had raised as a token of remorse to Garda Shane McGrath, who will split the cash between the robbery victims. She indicated Higgins would also face unpaid work in the community and adjourned the matter until July pending a community service report. Higgins, of Larkspur, Carrickhill Road, Portmarknock, has no previous convictions and has not come to garda attention since. He owed “a small debt due to his recreational use of cocaine”. He pleaded guilty to the robberies in Kinsealy and Baldoyle. His co-accused, John Ennis (25), stayed behind in the Londis robbery to comfort the cashier. He asked the other staff member present for her name, took her hand and told her: “I won’t hurt you” before he told her he had no choice but to do the raid because his

mother had been threatened. Ennis, of Strandmill Road, Portmarknock, received a six-year sentence, with the final three suspended, after he pleaded guilty to the two robberies, and a third robbery five days earlier at a Centra store in Rush. He was armed with a wheel brace in the first robbery, but had no weapon in the other two. A third man, who gardai accepted was the ringleader in the robberies, has yet to be dealt with by the courts. Gda McGrath told Mr James Dwyer BL, prosecuting, that the third man was more aggressive and was armed with an imitation firearm. He said this man threatened to “blow a man’s brains out” in the Centra raid before he and Ennis robbed a total of €1,909. He also threatened to kill the woman in the Londis store. She hid behind some steel bins and begged him not to hurt her but he knelt down beside her, demanded that she open the safe, and dragged her into the office to show him where it was. He continued to be aggressive towards her and threatened he would kill her before he made off with a total of €1,500. Ennis stayed behind to comfort her and reassured her she would not be hurt.

A PLANNING application received by Fingal County Council for a burial ground on lands in St Doolagh’s, on the Malahide Road, has caused controversy this week. The lands, which were owned by a property developer, have gone into receivership and the

planning application is being made by a namesake for Ulster Bank. The grounds, which would have space for 2,993 plots and a crematorium, as well as a garden of remembrance, is located in Balgriffin. There would be room for 107 car parking spaces, and the application also covers landscaping, boundary treatments, all associated infrastructure

and site development works. A protected structure is located on the site and no works are proposed to this. Labour Cllr, Peter Coyle, said there could be a conflict of interest and he would have liked the issue to be put back until the council produces an overall strategy for burial grounds. He also said that people did not like the idea

of money being made off the dead. He said there would also be fears about the future management of the burial ground. “Most cemeteries have a local church or a local authority running them. “This is being sought by the receiver, Ulster Bank, who will be looking to make money off it. “The basic principle is that local authorities

should not be making money off of it. The general public do not want money being made from the dead,” he said. “I’m not sure what the agenda is and if they plan to sell it on to Fingal County Council afterwards,” he said. “T he crematorium would be less of a problem as ashes would be disposed of by the family,” he said.

Mother and daughter, Bernie and Tina Bianchi, will take part in the mini-marathon to raise funds for charity, Aware

CHARITY: MALAHIDE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER DO THEIR PART

Mini-marathon effort in support of Aware Q MIMI MURRAY

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MALAHIDE mother and daughter, Bernie and Tina Bianchi, are walking this year’s mini-marathon in aid of Aware. They will hold a coffee morning in Malahide’s local Starbucks outlet on Thursday, May 26, where people will be able to sample coffees and meet with other locals. Tina, who did the parachute jump last year, says they hope to top last year’s figure raised, which was over €1,000. “I was meant to do it but I have a bad back and

the doctor laughed at me when I said I wanted to jump out of a plane,” Bernie said. Tina held a coffee morning, a quiz in Fowler’s, and a number of bucket collections last year, and plans on doing the same this year. “We will hold the coffee morning from 10am to 2pm and we will have freshly brewed coffee, balloons and people will be able to sample the frappucinos. “I will have a bucket so people can give donations and we will sell raffle tickets as well.” Explaining why they

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‘I feel there is still a huge taboo with depression and it is not a talked-about subject’ ----------------------------------------

chose Aware as their charity, Tina says: “I feel there is still a huge taboo with depression and it is not a talked-about subject. “The number of people who have talked to me in confidence after I raised money for Aware last year was amazing.

“People have opened up and said ‘I am depressed’ and it is the people you would never think. “It is like having a bad back, it is a sickness and is something that needs to be addressed, but there is help there and a lot of people don’t realise that. “I spoke to a girl last year when I was doing a bucket collection and she was only 18. “She told me her parents had taken her to Aware and she said it helped her immensely. Then I spoke to a guy in his sixties who suffered from depression and

who had also gone to Aware, so that is why we chose it.” Mother and daughter usually get out for training at weekends. “We start at Seabury and go right down to the bridge, which is six kilometres. “If we get up to eight kilometres before the day I think we’ll be grand to do the 10 kilometres on the day. My sister and I did it years ago and it was great. “It is brilliant to see so many people out there, and Irish people are great at giving money so we are very grateful.”


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ARTS: EVENT IN ITS THIRD YEAR

EVENT

Fingal to host Drawing Day

Gala dinner at Cruzzos

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FINGAL County Council’s Arts Office will present a series of events to celebrate National Drawing Day in the grounds of Newbridge House, Donabate, on Saturday, May 28. Drawing Day is a national initiative which promotes the practice of drawing at various cultural institutions throughout Ireland. Fingal Arts Office’s programme of events for Drawing Day is now in its third year. “We see it as a wonderful opportunity to engage with our historic houses and parks. We have previously used Farmleigh and Malahide Castle and, this year, we are bringing an even big-

ger programme to Newbridge House. “The aim of Drawing Day is to encourage people to pick up a pencil and unleash their creative potential. “Our programme has always offered a number of approaches to drawing so that we are sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. “All our events are free, with materials provided. “This year we have invited acclaimed painter and RHA member, James Hanley, to guide participants through the principles of composition and observation using the female nude as the subject, while Oisin Byrne will guide you through the historic Newbridge House, encouraging you to cap-

ture the essence of the rooms and their objects using simple drawing techniques. “Artist Paul McKinley is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary landscape painters who will deliver a workshops on ways to depict landscape using traditional techniques using ink. “For those interested in illustration, fashion design and sewing, we have invited British duo Zara Wood and Amy Phipps.” All events are free but must be booked. For more information, contact Caroline Cowley, public arts co-ordinator, on 01 870 8449, or email caroline.cowley@fingalcoco.ie. Details of all events will be available on www.fingalarts.ie

The cream of the crop: Students land top prize A TEAM of four secondary school students from Mount Temple Comprehensive School on the Malahide Road were named as the overall winners of the NDC Milk It Advertising Awards for 2011 recently. The student team of Lorna Keating, Timothy Carley, Nora Dunne and Tom Lee were presented with the NDC Milk It Trophy & Apple iPads by athlete Derval O’Rourke, television personality Mairead Farrell and NDC chief executive, Zoe Kavanagh. Twelve teams representing 11 schools from eight counties had won places to take part in the national finals, with the finalists short-listed from entries initially registered by 325 teachers from 274 secondary schools throughout the country.

A GALA Dinner will be held in Cruzzos this Friday in memory of Ross Nugent. A champagne reception will kick off the evening’s proceedings at 7pm, followed by a four-course dinner and entertainment. Ross’s father, Don Nugent, says it will be a good way to commemorate his son’s anniversary. “We want to make sure people get something back. We have a great night planned which Ross would have wanted. “There is a lot going on, on the night and people will be entered into a raffle for things like concert tickets.” Tickets are on sale on the www.rossnugentfoundation.ie site or by calling Emma on 086 3741365. The foundation has also launched t-shirts with Ross’s art work portrayed on them, which are for sale in Reef and Co and Gentlemen Please.


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SHOP LOCAL The Gazette examines the benefits of shopping

Supporting our local supporting our local HE Gazette is never backward about coming for ward when it comes to our support for the local community – in fact, it is the very essence of what we do. By bringing together news, features, pictures and reports about local politics, sport, social events and enterprise, we do what we can to support all of these areas. Support is the key to a thriving local community, and every member of the public can contribute to this support. Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area.

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Expedition By shopping locally, without any of the expedition involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and industry, all of which play a far greater role in our quality of life than one might imagine. On a very basic level, the commercial rates that even the smallest of such local businesses pay, goes directly to our local council. Without these rates, the quality of public amenities, from parks and playgrounds to sports facilities and com-

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‘The Pavilions has a strong mix of retailers, as well as a host of entertainment and other services, all providing local employment.’ --------------------------

munity groups, would simply not be of the standard we currently enjoy. Taking this train of thought a little further - by keeping one local business open when we shop local, we are supporting local jobs for local people. On top of this, every local business, and their employees, will naturally tend to support their neighbouring businesses – be it by buying a sandwich, renting a DVD, getting their dry cleaning done, or filling a prescription – the hustle and bustle that goes hand in hand with local business is mutually beneficial. Swords is a vibrant hub of business, with a vast array of local, homegrown businesses run-

Sarah Smith walks her balloon dog, as the band entertain the crowd ning in the area. Even at a time when money is scarce, there is a plethora of local businesses for residents to get behind. Last weekend saw the 10th birthday celebrations of the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. The Pavilions has a strong mix of Irish and international retailers, as well as a host of entertainment and other services, all providing local employement and contributing to the local economy.

Talking to the Gazette this week, centre director Ian Hunter said: “We obviously see ourselves as a critical part of the community, and we always like to see people shopping locally. “ We a r e a h u g e employer in the area and have over 1,600 staff working for us. “There can also be a higher level of personal service to our loyal and regular customers. There is also plenty of parking. “We have a great retail mix and listen to what our customers want and

then try to go out and get it,” he said. “There was a clear message from our customers that they wanted Next, and we went out and got it for them. We are working on getting the next most-requested retailer into the centre and, hopefully, will be making an announcement in the next few weeks. “People are looking for value for money, which we are giving, and we have all the major brands under one roof, including TK Max, Next, Dunnes Stores and Superquinn.”

Karla Birney and Muireann Judge


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locally, and spending what we can a little closer to home

economy is community

Lizzy Plsyh, top, and Claire Thompson and Jenny McKeon show off their portraits Turn to Page 8 for more pictures


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SHOP LOCAL Locals enjoy a special occasion at Pavilions SC

10th birthday celebrations Lorenze Gaynor is fighting fit

Lisa and Maren Shanks Young Jack Ahern gets fierce with his facepaint

enjoying their train ride

Heather Harrington, Niamh Moran and Monica Keeling, who all recently made their Holy Communion

Aoife Duffy at the Girls’ Night In Nailbar, above, and, right, Tony Bamford with his daughter Katie

MC Shay Byrne with Aine Redmond, one

Guests Alice and Anna Pivovirch enjoy

of the prizewinners

the festivities


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TAKE TWO More from the Malahide Lions’ Club casino night

The Breen brothers, Emmett and Rory, with Brian Dooley, Alphonsus O’Dowd and Joe Gunning from the Malahide Lions’ Club

The action gets under way on the tables at the casino night

Lions’ Club’s odds-on fun

Olga Ansmidte and Robbie Williams get into the spirit at the Lions’ Club casino fun night in the Grand Hotel in Malahide

AST week we took a look at some of the pictures from the recent Malahide Lions’ Club casino fun night at the Grand Hotel, which was held in conjunction with Rory and Tom Breen to raise funds for the Light of Maasai charity, and in memory of Martin Breen. Over 100 people turned out on the May Bank Holiday Saturday evening to support the event, and here we present some more of the photos from the successful night, the highlights of which included an auction of several items, including a painting which raised €200 and a four-ball in the K Club, which went for €450.

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Kathryn Withero and Hannah Reidy

Andrea Behan and Fiona Colley

Mary Cronin and Paul Breen. Pictures: Conor O Mearain

Kerrie Hanrahan with Louise and Ciara Breen

Margaret and Kevin McCabe


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THEATRE Joseph brings his dreamcoat to the Grand Canal

An Elvis-esque pharaoh for Adam Jedwell Q LAURA WEBB

THE BIBLICAL story of Joseph is set to paint the Grand Canal Theatre stage with all the colours of the rainbow in the latest production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Keith Jack, runner-up of the popular BBC programme, Any Dream Will Do, is taking over the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to re-tell the story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and a very colourful coat. Playing the Pharaoh is talented British actor, Adam Jedwell. After going through the

audition process, Adam landed the role as the Pharaoh, where he gets to sing a little bit of Elvis. The former The Tens lead singer’s first love is acting, and after taking a step back from the rockstar lifestyle he decided to pursue his first love. “Being an actor is a strange life. You can spend anything from one week to five years without a job. It is very easy to give up, but you just have to keep going. I know it sounds cheesy and motivational, but there is a job out there for everyone. If you’re good enough, and if you’re hardworking, you will find a job, it’s just a case of doing the little

bit jobs to get to where you are now. I am lucky enough to be earning regular money for doing something I love. “I love this musical. It is a great show to be a part of. We have so much fun doing it on stage, and I think that comes across to the audience, and there is always a great reaction in the end, regardless of the numbers in the house. It is a really good show to be a part of,” he told the Gazette. The show, which, at this stage, could be considered a classic musical, has been shown all over the world with many different productions. According to Adam, this

The lavish stage production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Adam Jedwell

show is making its own mark and has a modern and vibrant feel to it. “It is very energetic. A lot of people who have seen it before have said they have never seen that much energy, and that they have never enjoyed themselves so much. It is a classic story but it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I think that is what comes across. It has its history and its meaning but there are

a lot of modern bits of comedy that a lot of people, especially the older members of the audience, can relate to and enjoy.

Character “When I saw the show, back when I was about 12, I remember telling my Mam that I would like to be in it, but only if I got to play the Elvis character. It’s funny now to think I am playing it.” Audiences can expect

to have a “really good” time at the show. “It’s really fun for all ages, we see so many people. We see toddlers, we see students, we see parents and grandparents, it’s great that way. It has gone through so many different generations now. It is always getting refreshed and revitalised, and I think a lot of interest was brought back when the BBC did the Any Dream Will Do pro-

gramme, which is where our Joseph, Keith Black, came runner-up, and he is doing a great job. He is a great lad,” Adam said. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat takes centre stage at the Grand Canal Theatre from May 31 until June 11. Tickets are priced from €20 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. Visit www.grandcanaltheatre.ie for more information.


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PROPERTY Putting matters of home and heart on video

Jillian Godsil became an overnight sensation when she decided to sell her Georgian home in Shillelagh, County Wicklow, on YouTube

Love, loss and YouTube Q MIMI MURRAY

JILLIAN Godsil became an overnight sensation when she decided to sell her stunning Georgian home in Shillelagh, County Wicklow, in a very unconventional manner. She made a YouTube video of the property she lovingly restored with her husband, but then tells the sorry tale of how she got divorced and lost it all. Godsil, who owns her own PR company, Practice PR, says the experience has been tough going, but she has also learned a lot in the last four years. She spoke to the Gazette about going from rags to riches and back to rags again. She does see riches in her future again, but riches of a different

kind this time around. “I married my ex-husband, who is from the UK, and we travelled and lived abroad. We moved home and my husband was so tired working in the city, so we thought, lets open a guest house. “We started looking for a house and found Raheengraney House. We fell in love with it, but it was badly in need of repair. It was just a house in a field, a bit like Father Ted. It had lots of the original features, but there was a hole in the roof and my mum nearly fell through the floorboards. “We moved in with mum and dad for a while and, a year later, we had our beautiful house. We had family and friends down to stay but, as you often find out with a

dream, it doesn’t really pay. Plus, my business was starting to pay a wage and I was working all week and was tired at weekends. “Fast forward 10 years and, unfortunately, the marriage started to fall apart. Four years ago, we decided to separate. It was too expensive to keep the house for three of us, me and the two kids, so we decided to sell. It was just on the cusp of everything crashing. We got it valued at €1.6m and we thought great, we can pay off the mortgage and will be left with a little bit over. We got an offer of €1.1m and we decided to take that, but the lady couldn’t go through in the end. “My ex moved back to the UK and I moved out of the

house and got a little cottage. I started renting the house, but then lost the tenants. At that stage I thought, I am going to PR my own house and we made the YouTube video. It just started to grow legs and

sell a house, I think, but it is also the story. As a nation, I think we are very secretive and hold things close to our chests. I don’t think there is any shame in what happened and there are a whole bunch

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then it had 11,000 views. I think the reason it was a media sensation is down to a combination of factors. “A video is a better way to

of people in the same circumstances. I am not in a good position financially, but I can choose to be grumpy or not. “The situation has been very

tough but the positive aspect from the video is that old clients are coming back when they see what I have done with the PR on the house. However, do I want riches again, well money is nice but I was never very materialistic. You find out that bricks and mortar are so unimportant and, maybe, it is better to spend your money on things like holidays or a trip to the theatre.” Since splitting with her husband and moving out of the house, she has written a novel and is now writing her second. Other plans include working on a new property sales project along the lines of the sale of her own house. Anything that will start property moving again is worth a look.


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COMMERCIAL FEATURE

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To celebrate this fantastic fun filled and FREE day out The Gazette Group and Donegal Live are offering one lucky reader the chance to win two return flights to Donegal with Aer Arann/Donegal Airport (who fly direct from Dublin to Donegal twice daily in 40 minutes) as well as two nights Bed and Breakfast, one dinner and a surf lesson for two people at the 4* Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, Rossnowlagh. This fantastic trip will also include a trip on the Donegal Bay Waterbus where you can enjoy the beauty of Donegal Bay, the islands and seal colony just one of the many attractions in the Donegal Bay area. To win just answer this question: Where is the Donegal Live event taking place on May 22nd? Send you answer along with your name, address and contact details to competition@gazettegroup.com by 26th May, 2011.

For more information on everything Donegal has to offer for your perfect holiday destination, as well as finding out some information on Donegal Live, simply check out www.donegallive.ie and www.discoverireland.ie/donegal

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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Protecting summer skin without the pasty mess Edited by Dawn Love

Getting the Middleton’s royal glow

THE ‘glowing’ example of the Middletons at the Royal Wedding has sent sales of fake tan soaring into outer orbit with Irish women aiming to look just as bronzed during this year’s wedding season. That’s according to the Debenhams’ Beauty Hall where sales of fake tan are up 219%, compared to the same time last year. On the afternoon of the Royal Wedding Day, the company says that literally reams of fake tan started to fly off the shelves with sales. The following day was almost as successful as shoppers, inspired by the wedding highlights on TV, boosted sales by 200%. “You simply can’t underestimate the impact that Kate and Pippa will have on the beauty industry,” says Karen Nason at Debenhams. “Already streams of wannabe princesses have been flooding into our stores looking to achieve their healthy, groomed look. In particular, Kate’s more subtle shade of tan is perfect for big occasions such as weddings.”

IN the past, sun creams may have left you looking a pasty mess rather than the glamorous beach babe you are meant to be. But never fear, new lightweight formulas launched by French skincare and make-up brands, such as La Roche Posay and Vichy, mean your skin can be protected, but still have a fresh and velvet finish.

a fresh feel on the skin and to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays at the same time. This opaque milk has been enriched in silica to give the skin a neverbefore-seen powdery touch. It has a bare skin effect, as it lets the skin breathe under the sun and has UVA/UVB deep cellular protection. It’s also non-perfumed, paraben-free, water resistant and hypoallergenic. Vichy Capital Soleil Dry Touch

Vichy Capital Soleil Face and Body Milk

New this summer from Vichy is their Capital Soleil Face & Body Milk SPF30/SPF50+ 300ml RRP €19, which offers high protection in a light, milky texture. It offers maximum protection in maximum format in a 300ml tube. Unlike traditional body milks, this is a uniquely designed oil-in-water emulsion to help provide

Initially developed for Vichy’s Brazilian market, Capital Soleil Dry Touch SPF30 50ml RRP €14.50 offers unique anti-shine sun protection. The Dry Touch SPF 30 face care emulsion is suitable for combination to oily skin. Protect your children: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Dermo Kids range is specifically formulated for children to be especially water and perspiration resistant

It is now being launched worldwide as the best solution for antishine protection. W hether you have

oily skin, are looking for relief from excess sebum caused by the sun or a good make-up base, Vichy says its Capital Soleil Dry Touch SPF 30 face care is the perfect solution. Concentrated in starch (amidon), this very soft powder leaves a truly unique dry touch

feel on the skin with a velvety matte finish. La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL

The hugely popular La Roche-Posay sun protection range, Anthelios XL is the brand of choice of 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.

The skincare company says its combination of patented filters enables the Anthelios filtering system to ensure efficient protection against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays – whatever their intensity. La RochePosay Anthelios Dermo Kids Lotion

New from La Roche-Posay is their Anthelios Dermo Kids Lotion SPF 50+ and Anthelios Dermo Kids Aerosol SPF50+, which now offer the highest broad-spectrum UVA ultra protection on the market specifically formulated and suitable for children to be especially water and perspi-

ration resistant. The Ultra-high UVA PPD39, is available in a lotion with a childfriendly texture or a multi-position aerosol making application easier, quicker and more controlled as it provides a fine continuous mist which works from any angle. The new Anthelios D e r m o Kids is reinforced with antimigration efficacy to offer anti- eye-itch benefits, thanks to a new exclusive, patented formula base to provide highly secure protection.


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GazetteGAMING GAMING WIN a Kinect sensor for Xbox VER the next four weeks, the Gazette will be giving away a Kinect Sensor and two Kinect games, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures, to one lucky winner selected at random, each week. Kinect for Xbox 360 brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways, without using a controller With Kinect, technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine. Controller-free gaming means full-body play. Kinect responds to how you move. So, if you have to kick, then kick. If you have to jump, then jump. You already know how to play. All you have to do is get off the couch, “plug in” to your Xbox 360 console, and jump in to experience game play. Kinect Sports allows you to say goodbye to the buttons and controllers, and play six full sports games just as you always have, using your entire body. Become the heavyweight champ of the living room with boxing, or take to the sand with some high-flying beach volley-

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ball action. With soccer, field and track events, and even bowling, Kinect Sports has something for everyone. Meanwhile, Kinect Adventures will have you jumping, dodging, and kicking your way through 20 pulse-pounding adventures, set in exotic locations around the worlds. Kinect Adventures gets you to work with your friends and navigate through roaring rapids, challenge obstacle courses, and even save a leaky underwater laboratory. The spirit of adventure awaits!

WIN A KINECT SENSOR AND TWO KINECT GAMES To be in with a chance to win a Kinect Sensor and two Kinect games, to use with your XBox 360 console, just answer the following draw question. How many full sports games can you play in Kinect Sports? Post your answer to Kinect Competition, Gazette Group Newspapers, Block 3A, Mill Bank Business Park, Lucan, Co Dublin. Alternatively, you can email competition@gazettegroup.com. All draw entries must be received before Wednesday, May 25.

The Kinect Sensor for the XBox 360 console makes gaming even easier and more family-friendly than ever before, as it uses your body’s movements to control games, characters and actions, on screen


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SNAPSHOT The stories of the day GAZETTE COMMENT

Moving forward to a new beginning

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HIS was a busy week for Dublin, as the first, and arguably the most historic, of a number of high-profile State visits took place. At noon on Tuesday, Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, touched down at the Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel and were greeted by the Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore. There is no doubt, that even those with no interest in the Royal family could not help but be caught up in this moment. In the last two decades, there have been significant events in Anglo-Irish relations. In June of 1997, Prime Minister Tony Blair issued a statement on the Irish potato famine that amounted to the first apology expressed by the British authorities. In a speech to the House of Commons in June of last year, after the findings of the Saville inquiry into the atrocities of Bloody Sunday were published, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The conclusions of this report are absolutely clear. There is no doubt, there is nothing equivocal, there are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong.” These events, coupled with the efforts of both Governments in negotiating the Good Friday Agree-

ment in 1998, represent giant steps forward in recognising the difficult history shared by our countries. In order to move this process forward, another significant step was required. After a while, statements from Downing Street would begin to lose their impact. The Irish rugby team playing England in Croke Park was symbolic, but it is arguable how significant it was. A visit by Queen Elizabeth II to the Republic of Ireland, followed by a reception at Aras and Uachtarain, and then the laying of a wreath at the Garden of Rememberence where the Queen paid her respects to those who fought for Irish freedom... there are few who could argue that this was not a significant step forward. Is there a place for those who disagree with this visit? Of course there is. Would it have been a more inclusive affair if the Queen could have walked a line and met some of the Irish public? Of course it would have been. But for this Royal visit, nothing could be left to chance, such is its significance. Culturally, our two countries share more than anyone cares to admit. Our shared history is not a pleasant one, but our shared future depends on moving forward, and that process was enhanced this week.

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A colourful launch of the Bloom festival that takes place this June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park

A blooming good weekend in June LAST week, we brought you news of this year’s Bloom event, Bord Bia’s gardening, food and family festival. This week, we have even more Bloom details to help you plan your June bank holiday weekend. At the heart of Bloom are 27 stunning showgardens, which will be judged by independent judging panels. Dublin will be well represented at the event, which takes place between Thursday, June 2 and Monday, June 6, with a number of top designers creating some of the stunning show gardens. Amongst those taking

DIARY part will be John Sweeney, from Lusk, and Rachel Freeman, from the Blanchardstown Institute of Technology. M e a nw h i l e , f r o m Dalkey, Sheena Vernon will also be taking part, as will Brian Cleary, from Dundrum, and awardwinning gardeners, Liat and Oiver Schurman, from the renow ned Mount Venus Nursery. The event will also showcase the best of Ireland’s food industry with the new Bord Bia Food Village.

Visitors to the Bord Bia Food Village can purchase and enjoy the best of Irish food and a wide range of delicious wholesale local produce from almost 50 Irish artisan producers and a selection of artisan caterers. The food offering will be complemented by a range of local artisan beers, whiskeys and spirits available at the Bloom Inn. Love Irish Food returns to Bloom as an event partner, and will host a large number of its member brands in the Love Irish Food pavilion. At the centre of the new Food Village is the Chef’s Summer Kitchen, which will present a daily programme of cookery demonstrations by a number of Ireland’s well-known celebrity chefs, including Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire, Donal Skehan and Jenny Bristow. RTE presenter and foodie, Ella McSweeney, will host the Chef’s Summer Kitchen and will interview chefs and food producers throughout the event. An ideal family day out, children under 16 go free! There is a range of family activities, including enter-

tainment on the outdoor stage, which will feature the Café Orchestra, Nigel Mooney Quartet, Mooge 69 and the Mellochords; craft demonstrations and workshops from the Crafts Council of Ireland; Outdoor catering and Bistro Bloom featuring a café, restaurant and seafood bar. In the Children’s Zone, Dale Treadwell will host Gondwanaland – a haven for dinosaur enthusiasts and an Australian Bush feature. The Children’s Stage will feature a host of activities, including storytelling from Dublin City of Literature Readers and a Creative Kids Café will also run, encouraging children to use their imaginations, discover and investigate. A host of wildlife features will include activities from Birdwatch Ireland, the Irish Wildlife Trust and the Beekeepers’ Association who are Celebrating the Year of the Honeybee. Bloom is open daily from 10am-6pm. Advance tickets are on sale now from €15 – kids go free! www. bloominthepark.com.


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GazettePETS PETS

Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: WHY SOME DOG BREEDS GET OVERLOOKED AT ANIMAL SHELTERS

Furry, friendly and so full of love HEY’RE friendly, fluffy, fabulous and full of love, so why is it that some dogs – very often large, dark coloured ones or certain breeds – waiting in animal shelters continuously get overlooked in favour of their more colourful, or lighter-coated, friends? • Is it because they don’t photograph as well as lighter or more varied coloured animals? • Is it because darkcoated pooches are seen as scarier by prospective pet parents? • Is it because some breeds aren’t as fashionable as others? • Is it because some dogs’ features don’t stand out as well as the golden faced Labrador, for example?

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• Is it because large, dark-haired dogs are portrayed as dangerous or villainous in movies? (The Rottweiler in The Omen movies versus the Golden Lab in Marley and Me.) Honestly, all of the above are ridiculous and unfair, and are various reasons proffered by people as to why they overlook some dogs. Look, it’s perspective rather than fact and, the facts are, dark-coated dogs and large dogs are just as, if not more, eye-catching than other dogs. Now I’m not trying to paw-suade you (I make no apology, that was intended), but two of my dogs are black from head to toe, with the most intense, melt-your-heart, black eyes you’ve ever seen and

18-month-old Bubblegum, a dark brindle Staffie, and Sammy, a three-year-old Collie

they are also the most adorable, lovable, loyal, trustworthy, best friends I’ve ever had in my life! Then we have the misconception surrounding certain breeds that makes some people nervous. For example, dogs who make

perfectly wonderful family pets but, because certain owners don’t understand particular breeds or strains and then through their failure to provide these animals with the proper care/facilities, spread nasty rumours that these

dogs are “unsuitable”as family pets – making adopters overlook them in favour of smaller, and what they perceive to be, more ‘friendly’ dogs. Believe me, when I’m on duty at the Dublin SPCA Mobile Clinic, I’ve been bitten by more Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels than Staffies, German Shepherds or Rotties! I’m not for one minute saying these small dog breeds, or similar breeds, are less friendly, I am simply making the point that any dog, irrespective of colour, breed or size, is a potentially dangerous dog if it’s in the hands of an irresponsible owner. That said, I’d like to introduce you to some of

our overlooked, adorable, desperate-for-a-new-forever-home cuties waiting at our shelter. Sammy – a three-yearold male collie, black with white markings. Sammy gets on famously with other dogs, he’s so affectionate, a real gent, (when Buttercup, one of his friends tripped in the run and cut her nose Sammy immediately ran over and licked the blood from her face - honestly it tears me up he’s still not found a forever home). He’s fab on the lead, but needs to wear a harness due to his weak trachea. So, ladie,s if you want a BBD (no, not an LBD), a BBD – beautiful big dog, visit Sammy and check him out. He’s a keeper! Bubblegum – an 18-

month-old female, who’s a dark brindle Staffie, is the ultimate sweetheart. She loves going for walkies, is very keen for cuddles, is overjoyed when an attentive human, especially a male, makes a fuss over her, (I know how she feels) and is always first out the door into the run for fun and games. If you want to find out more about this wonderful girl, come up and see her – she’s waiting for you at our shelter. For more information/advice on these or any of our wonderful dogs, contact one of our adoption consultants at The Dublin SPCA at 01-4994726/4727/4729 or log onto www.dspca. ie or email me at miriam. kerins@dspca.ie


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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs

One-in-three may see repair bills soon ONE-in-three motorists will have an unwanted repair bill this year, with some facing bills into thousands of euro, according to new data by by Warranty Direct, Britain’s largest direct consumer warranty provider. Their research shows that a third of cars in the three- to10-year-old group will suffer some degree of mechanical failure over the next 12 months. Big bills are not limited to prestige or expensive cars, the study of more than 50,000 car warranty policies suggested. However, the figure varies dramatically, depending on the make and model, with some models more prone than others.

The next 12 months may see a surge in repair bills

ROAD DEATHS HAVE HALVED: RESEARCH revealed by the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Siochana show that road deaths dropped by 48% over the past decade. The research announcement was made at the global launch of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020. The research, which analyses road deaths and serious injuries during the ten-year, period 2001 to 2010, also revealed a drop of 58% in the number of serious injuries sustained on Irish roads.

EUROPEAN CAR SALES DROP: CAR sales in western Europe fell by 3.6% year-on-year in April, according to JD Power Automotive Forecasting, reflecting the fact that, compared with 2010, a number of Government scrap-

page schemes were no longer running. While the markets of Italy, Spain and Britain continued to struggle, France was also down. Germany’s growth is quickly losing momentum, with car sales in Germany up by just 2.6% on last year.

BMW OVERTAKEN BY TOYOTA: DESPITE its massive recall campaign over the past 18 months, Toyota has regained its position as the world’s most valuable car brand. Research by market research company, M i l l w a r d B r ow n , shows that, across the world, Toyota’s brand value jumped 11% to $24.2 billion in the BrandZ Top 100 annual ranking of the world’s most valuable brands, overtaking BMW, which was number one last year in the automotive category.

The new Volkswagen Jetta is a more compact car than the Passat, with good boot space and better economy, delivered with a starting price of €21,875 for the entry-level model, rising to €23,725 for the 1.6-litre diesel entry model

Volkswagen Jetta to return its loyalty FOR Irish motorists, the Volkswagen Jetta is one of the great motoring icons. The new, sixthgeneration Volkswagen Jetta is now here, with smart and modern styling. The new front grille design is similar to that of the new Passat, with clear lines across its full width. Styling changes continue inside the cabin. The new interior design is in line with the Golf, with a new centre console, entertainment and climate control systems, and steering-wheel design among the updates. This new Jetta has new safety features, and a fuel economy ability that would have been dreamed about when the first Jetta was launched here in 1980. The car that I had on test was the topof-the-range model, with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel

SPECS: JETTA 2.0 TDI 140BHP Top speed: 210 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 9.5 sec Economy: 20.8 km/litre (4.8 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 126g/km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Scrappage Eligible: Yes Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €21,875

engine. This is a new, higher-power engine for the range; the 1.6litre turbo-diesel engine model will be the most popular, by far. The 2.0-litre TDI model has the same engine as fitted to the bigger Passat. This engine in the Jetta gives slightly better acceleration, and much better economy than even the Blue Motion version of the equivalent power Passat. Those features, along with a price difference of almost €2,000, makes

the Jetta an option worth considering. For me, the 1-6-litre TDI Jetta is the best option of all, even though this was not the car that I drove. This engine has improved from the past, with better economy. Compared with the bigger engine Jetta, the new 1.6litre TDI version has at least 10% better economy, with only a marginal drop in acceleration performance. The big difference is the price – you can save on two counts; about €5,000, in terms of cost, and a lower annual road tax rate of just €104. In acceleration terms, the 2.0-litre TDI Jetta is marginally faster than the equivalent Passat. Opt for the 1.6-litre model and, naturally, it will be slower. The smaller engine version uses a five-speed gearbox versus

a six-speed gearbox for the 2.0-litre model. That might help with the smoothness and acceleration, but makes not a dint in the economy figures. This is a car that has changed in performance and ability. For farming families, the new Jetta confirms its towing ability. The top-of-the-range car can pull up to 1.5 tonnes in a braked trailer, putting it ahead of the competition. There’s a new, bigger feel to the 2011 Jetta. The car is longer than ever, by 90mm. That gives more leg-room for the three rear passengers, compared with the outgoing model. There’s more comfort and improved roadholding, too, thanks to a longer wheelbase and improved suspension.

The car comes with a full range of standard safety features, including six airbags, ABS and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP). Despite this, it does not come with a Euro NCAP rating, while most other cars in the Volkswagen range do. And, most of all, the new Jetta retains a large, 510litre boot capacity. That large capacity exceeds the outgoing model. The new Jetta combines the big boot with the practicality of being able to seat five adults. There remains a solid feel to the Jetta that’s perhaps due to the size of the car, as much as to the build quality, that’s based around a simple design. This is a car that’s easy to get comfortable in, with the controls easy to use and very functional.

Fiat may increase its stake to more the 70% of Chrysler FIAT has options to increase its stake in Chrysler to more than 70%, as the US government seeks to exit its investments in the car industry. Fiat has yet to announce if it

will buy the US government’s remaining stake in the 12 months after it repays debts to the government. Chrysler said it would issue new debt to repay the govern-

ment loans, allowing Fiat to exercise an option to increase its stake to 46% from 30%. This would give the US government an easy exit from Chrysler. In taking over Chrysler, Fiat

set a goal of producing a car that achieves 40mpg in the US market. That’s well within Fiat’s ability, based on European-designed models.


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GazettePROPERTY PROPERTY TEMPLEOGUE: FOUR-BEDROOM SEMI IN DUBLIN 6 FOR €395,000

Fixer-upper on Wainsfort Road

Number 67, Chalfont Avenue, Malahide

MALAHIDE: FOUR-BED SEMI FOR €570,000

Chalfont of all comfort in Malahide PROPERTY Team Noel Kelly Auctioneers are bringing No 67, Chalfont Avenue, Malahide, Co Dublin, a four-bed semi-detached house extending to 132 sq m to the market for €570,000. This generously proportioned home with garage will appeal to those seeking a spacious property in one of Malahide’s most convenient and prestigious residential addresses. This home is the perfect buy for a growing family. The property comprises porch with tiled floor, entrance hall with a timber floor, living room with a feature marble fireplace. The kitchen and dining room features fitted units and a breakfast bar. The ground floor also features a guest bathroom. Upstairs, there are four well-proportioned bedrooms, the master featuring fitted wardrobes, and the bathroom has a timber floor and a Triton electric shower installed. All carpets, curtains and blinds are included in the sale, and the home is heated by oil-fired central heating. The property has a side entrance, to the comfortable rear garden, and the garage could be converted or used for extra storage space. This home will appeal to the gardening enthusiast, but children will undoubtedly enjoy the privacy. It is situated in a prime location within minutes walk of Malahide Estuary, and Malahide village with its smart marina, shops and numerous gourmet-quality restaurants serving food from around the world. Viewing is by appointment only and can be arranged by contacting Noel Kelly on 01 846 2752.

SAVILLS are bringing No 161 Wainsfort Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6, a four-bedroom semidetached family home, to the market for an asking price of €395,000. Built circa 1960, this house has been well cared for but is now in need of modernisation. Conveniently located at the intersection of Wainsfor t Road and Templeville Road, the property benefits from off-street parking to the front and an 80ft long rear garden. The accommodation comprises porch with h a r d wo o d w i n d ow s and wooden panelling on walls, entrance hall with fitted carpets and

161, Wainsfort Road, Templeogue

under-stairs storage, and a guest wc. The sitting room features an open fireplace with wooden and tiled surround, and a large south facing window overlooking the front garden. There are dou-

ble doors into the dining room, which also has an open fireplace, as well as double-glazed patio doors leading into rear garden, and a door leading into kitchen. The kitchen is in a single-storey flat-roofed

kitchen extension, and has a selection of wall and floor cabinets, as well as a large window overlooking the rear garden. There is a utility room and converted garage plumbed for a washing machine. The four bedrooms, two of which are to the front of the house and two to the rear, feature fitted wardrobes. The bathroom is fully tiled. The attic, which is f loored, is accessed from the landing. The property has gasfired central heating and has recently had a new boiler installed. There is also potential to extend, subject to

planning permission. 161, Wainsfort Road o f f e r s a n e xc e l l e n t opportunity to create a fine family home in a superb location. Every possible amenity is within easy access and commuting to the city centre or M50 is hasslefree. There are excellent primary and secondary schools to choose from and a wealth of sporting facilities serve this much-sought-after South Dublin neighbourhood. Viewing is by appointment, which can be arranged by contacting Savills, City on 01 663 4300, or e-mail info@ savills.ie

BALLINTEER: TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN D16 FOR €290,000

Never tire of a place in Ballintyre Square

Number 76, Ballintyre Square, Ballinteer, Dublin 16, a bright and spacious first-floor twobedroom apar tment with a south facing balcony, has been brought to market by Savills, with an asking price of €290,000. The accommodation, which extends to 829 sq ft (77 sq m) is situated as part of the Ballintyre development, which was awarded the Development of the Year award in 2005. T h e r e i s a s u n ny balcony off the living room that overlooks the private gardens. The apartment also benefits from one designated underground parking space and an invaluable underground storage room. The property comprises entrance hallway with light oak wooden

flooring and a built-in hot press and storage unit, a living-cum-dining room which also has oak flooring, wall mounted coal-effect electric fireplace, large south-facing window, and a door leading onto the balcony. The kitchen has fitted units in walnut and cream, charcoal grey counter tops, stainless steel extractor hood and splash back. Mosaic tiling between counter top and wall units. Appliances included in sale comprise fully integrated fridge freezer, washer/dryer, electric oven, four-ring gas hob and fully integrated slim-line dishwasher. The bedrooms feature fitted wardrobes and the master is en suite, which is fully tiled, as is the main bathroom. 76, Ballintyre Square

Number 76, Ballintyre Square, Ballinteer

enjoys an excellent location adjacent to the Ballinteer Shopping Centre and is a short walk from Dundrum and the LUAS. Access to the M50 is only two minutes drive away. There are a host of amenities ser ving this location including schools, sports clubs

and the extensive parklands of Marley Park. Six years on from b e i n g aw a r d e d t h e Development of the Year prize, the development is maturing nicely, and the immaculately kept grounds and attractive mix of buildings ensure that Ballintyre a pleasant environment

to live. The apartment is managed by O’Dwyer Property Management, and is subject to a management fee of €1,600 per annum. Viewing is by appointment, arranged by contacting Savills, City on 01 663 4300, or e-mail info@savills.ie


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS

Supported by AIB

Interview: Eddie Clerkin, Fonebank

Life in a top phone recycling company FORMALLY working within the travel industry with Thomas Cook - Direct Holidays for a number of years, Eddie Clerkin is married with two children, and has lived in the north side of Dublin his whole life. He recently started working with Fonebank, which is one of Europe’s leading mobile phone recycling companies. This is their first operation in Ireland, with an office in Airside retail park in Swords. Fonebank caters for all businesses and charities, along with the public needs in recycling mobile phones for cash. Fonebank offers excellent service from an Irishrun business, with a fast and speedy cheque within 48 hours of receipt of mobile phones. They hope to help charities who would like to use their services, as they can provide them with cash for their phones that are collected. Then they can use the money for whatever need they see fit. Businesses can also avail of their services. To see what Fonebank has to offer, check out www.fonebank.ie.

Q – My bank have stopped my overdraft facilrecently. Can they do this ? I have been out on short time by my company and my wife lost her part-time job. They have told me they are switching this to a term loan over three years. Do I have to accept? Barry – Walkinstown Dublin 12 A - It seems your bank think the writing is on the wall. In some respects they are doing you a favour – overdrafts are very expensive and are meant to be in credit at least 30 days of the year. Overdraft interest rates are 13% +, exceeding your overdraft without permission is an additional 7% to 12%, while there are referral fees (most banks - € 4.44 per day for checking your account to ensure you haven’t gone AWOL) and unpaid fees (this can be as much as € 12.70 per item sent back). Exceeding your overdraft is a little like walking into your local supermarket, grabbing a tin of beans, walking out

Eddie Clerkin, of Fonebank

and telling no one. Except in the bank’s case, they allow you BUT charge you plenty! You will find the term loan has a cheaper rate but over three years,

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: That’s easy, a soldier

Q: What sport can you play? A: I’m an all-rounder Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: History Channel and Sky Sports

Q: What was your first job? A: Lounge boy at Hollybrook Hotel in Clontarf

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward, of course

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: Memory loss Q: When did you start your present job? A: August 2010 Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Sending cheques to charities as they do so much to help people in need

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Good news as long-awaited Development Act is in operation NOREEN MAGUIRE Maguire Muldoon Solicitors

THERE is good news for apartment/ property owners within managed estates, the long-awaited Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 came fully into operation on April 1, 2011. Over the years Maguire Muldoon Solicitors, Clonskeagh, have built up a large portfolio of property management company clients and also advise a number of agents dealing with management companies.

It has been a continuous complaint that developers are slow and in some instances refuse, to transfer the common areas. This renders the management company powerless and can be a huge source of frustration to the property owner. In the last 20 years, there has been an explosion in these type of developments and clearly some form of legal protection is essential. In summary the main features of the Act deal with the following: 1. Ownership of the common

areas will be transferred to the management company before any property is sold. This is specifically introduced to tackle the problem of developers holding on to units in order to keep control of the management company. 2. The management company must now be called an owners’ management company. 3. The owners’ management company must maintain a sinking fund for repairs and an annual minimum contribution of €200 per

unit will apply 4. There is a provision in the Act whereby mediation should be used to resolve any dispute over service charges or other costs prior to any court proceedings. The emphasis will be on resolution of disputes by mediation. However, the court will be empowered to make appropriate orders if mediation attempts fail. 5. One vote shall attach to each unit owner in a development and, more importantly, each vote shall be of equal value.

6. House rules should be provided for an effective running of the development. Where an apartment is let, for example, a copy of the rules must be included in the letting agreement and will be binding on the tenants. This Act will assist anyone living in residential complexes or intent on buying into one. It will impose legal obligations on developers and the new regulations will improve the governance of management companies.


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Joe Walsh Tours group offering range of special 30th anniversary packages to visit Medjugorje ESTABLISHED in 1961, the Joe Walsh Tours group is the longest-established tour operator in Ireland and, this summer, the company is marking the 30th anniversary of Medjugorje apparitions with some special celebratory tours. June 25 marks 30 years since the first apparition in Medjugorje, and Joe Walsh Tours are delighted to join in on the festivities with a special pilgrimage to this unique and peaceful destination. Bookings to Medjugorje have increased by nearly 50%, compared to this period last year. As a result, this year, Joe Walsh Tours are offering lower prices and more availability, with weekly departures from Dublin and, on selected dates, from Cork, Shannon, Knock and Belfast. Joe Walsh Tours offered their first Medjugorje programme in 2003 and, since then, have continued to offer expert advice to ensure that pilgrims enjoy their experience. The travel experts offer accommodation in purpose-built guesthouses, which are exclusively located close to St James’s Church, making them the best-located accommodation options in town. Senior representative, Philip Ryan, who has been living in Medjugorje for more than 20 years, is always on hand with his team to offer guidance and tips to pilgrims. For those who would like to spend a few relaxing days on the beautiful Croatian coast, why not combine the pilgrimage with a relaxing sun holiday? Joe Walsh Tours offer two centre holiday options of three or four nights in Medjugorje, combined with three or four nights in beautiful Dubrovnik. The special 30th Anniversary Medjugorje Pilgrimage package departs from June 19 costing €604, inclusive, for seven nights. For full information on pilgrimages to Medjugorje, and these, and other holiday offers and packages, call Joe Walsh Tours on 01 241 0800, or see www.joewalshtours.ie.

I HAVE to admit it, more often than not, the opinions I commit to paper about Irish hotels and holidays are, at best, less than honest, and, at worst, a downright fabrication. Now, before anyone starts to tweet the good fellows of the Press Council of Ireland, or worse still, Liveline, let me state for the record that I have never reported inaccurately. My o b s e r v a t i o n s , reports, descriptions and accounts have always been beyond reproach. Confused? You should be – that’s how I’ve been getting away with this for so long! The truth is, my motivations behind a great deal of my travel pieces have, quite simply, been lies. Surely you have read the type of article I am talking about? The kind that starts off with: “For those wanting a truly relaxing weekend away with the kids…” Yeah, you know, the family-friendly, drippingly sincere account of the getaway that turned out to be the best ever, “even though I had to spend three days with the kids, all under five, as my wife had last-minute work to take care of!” Well, I’m sorry, but

a truly enjoyable family getaway is the kind where you actually get away from the family, or, more accurately (I’m always accurate, OK Joe Duffy?) away from the kids. Yes, my two angels, four and five years old, are pretty much the centre of my universe, and I would move mountains just to see them smile. But, give me the chance of a night or two at a good hotel for a little time with the luckiest woman in

– just past Maynooth, and, providing there’s no royal entourage causing traffic mayhem on the N4, it’s about a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Break out your checklist: Stunning setting: Check Award-winning golf course: Check Luxury spa: Check Great food: Check On-site activites: Check Really, what more do you need? My good lady wife,

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Ireland (my wife, Susan) and you simply wouldn’t see me for dust. Nor, might I add, would Susan be seen for said dust. Take it from me, for this kind of break, it’s best to stick close to home, so, if absolutely necessary, you can get back to the kids quickly. So, by now you’re hoping I’ll get around to giving some advice and recommend a good hotel for this kind of break – and I will. Enter Carton House

was lucky enough to get to the hotel early on the Friday that we were due to arrive. An appointment with the spa awaited her, consisting of a mini-facial and neck and shoulder massage. All I can say is that, after a few very stressful months of business for her, I was greeted by a well-and-truly rejuvenated wife. The spa did the trick, and I was happy just to be able to put my feet up and browse the newspa-

XTREME.IE Xtreme.ie’s themed zone at Carton House is the first of its kind in Ireland. The unique combination of onsite, stateof-the-art team building facilities and meeting rooms will make your day at Carton House truly unforgettable. A small sample of our exclusive onsite activities include Altitude: Ireland’s newest High and Low ropes course, Survivor Challenge: A fun, high energy event suitable for all levels of fitness, Duke of Leinster Challenge: Themed Irish Games, Xtreme 4x4 driving and archery pers before dinner. The design and style of Carton House is, I must admit, right up my street. A stunning, historic mansion that has been given a thoughtful and loving makeover, Carton House brings contemporary style and chic to an atmosphere of old-world charm and elegance. For a pre-dinner drink, the foyer presents a bright, modern and relaxing environment, offering comfortable couches set against pale, marble walls and modern, subdued lighting, along with a stunning feature fireplace. We did a little peoplewatching before we took our table at the hotel’s Linden Tree restaurant. A good meal, the kind where you’re not asked to cut up chicken nuggets and fetch more tomato sauce, is always a delightful experience – more so

when the setting and food is up to the standard of Carton House. After pondering the menu, we ordered, and got stuck in. For me, I couldn’t look past the confit duck leg on spiced red cabbage and greens; it was elegant, set on a big plate, and cooked perfectly, wonderful. My good lady wife went for one of her favourites, a seared scallop, this time with cauliflower purée – seasoned to perfection, gorgeous. I often go straight for the fish course when dining out, but tonight we swapped roles as Susan ordered beautifully cooked hake with courgette, beetroot and greens in a simple but perfect white wine sauce. Admire

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TravelBriefs Baking bread at Ballymaloe House THE art of baking bread is enjoying a big revival at the moment, and, with this in mind, Ballymaloe House is running a Bake Your Own Bread twonight special, this summer. Guests will learn the secrets of Ballymaloe bread-baking, from only €290 per person, with two nights’ bed and breakfast included, along with a five-course dinner one evening. Meanwhile, the Ballymaloe House package also runs all summer, and includes bed and breakfast in Ballymaloe Country House, along with an afternoon cookery demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School, with the package costing €145 per person sharing. For full details of these tempting offers, email res@ballymaloe.ie, or call 021 465 2531.

A delicious week in the Big Apple

Carton House brings contemporary style and chic to an atmosphere of old-world charm and elegance

SPECIAL MID-WEEK COACH-HOUSE PACKAGE FROM €80 per person, based on two sharing, Carton House is the perfect place to relax and kick back, so why not treat yourself to a one-night stay on a bedand-breakfast basis, including a two-course meal. The relaxed atmosphere and service make for a well-earned break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Guests can also enjoy access to the leisure facilities, including and 18-metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room, for more details see www.cartonhouse.com

turnip, potato gratin with a white wine foam – an ideal combination of flavours as you admire the countryside view through the stunning floor-toceiling picture windows. Desserts of a divine fruit crumble and a truly modern chocolate pyramid topped off what can only be described as an indulgent experience. After an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep

– and a terrific breakfast, we got to get up close and personal with the grounds of Carton House, courtesy of Ireland Extreme, Ireland’s premier teambuilding and corporate events company. Our instructor led us through an off-road trail in a 4x4 jeep, along a myriad of obstacles as we were put through our paces in a very different kind of driving experi-

ence. This is no speed-fest, but a nerve-jangling challenge of skill and patience that brings in some of the more remote parts of the Carton House estate. I really can’t recommend this experience highly enough. For a more predictable afternoon, Susan took a run in to Liffey Valley (I told you, convenient isn’t it?), while I took a golf les-

son at the award-winning Carton House Golf Club. The on-site Golfing Union of Ireland National Academy offers indoor driving bays, grassed tee areas and an extensive short game practise area with three USGA-spec greens and a large bunker complex. But, for me, I was thrilled with a one-onone lesson with the resident golf pro, Bernard.

Apart from the ghastly experience of seeing myself on screen trying to hit a golf ball, this was another gem of an experience that genuinely improved my swing. Carton House has so much to offer, is right on Dublin’s doorstep, is a great place to get away from it all, but close enough to home just in case – and this is definitely worth a visit.

FROM pretzels and pizza to “posh nosh”, New York is famous for its food, and is a great city to visit for fine dining – especially between July 11 and 24, when NYC Restaurant Week takes place, with this year’s 20th anniversary Week actually running to two weeks, instead of one. Throughout the Big Apple, participating restaurants will be offering three-course meals at $24 for lunch, and $35 for dinner (excluding beverages, taxes and gratuities). The Hotel at Times Square, located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, is a great, budget-friendly hotel that will leave guests with enough disposable income to spend on their dining experience, with July prices starting from just $199.99 per room per night. For further details, see applecorehotels.com/the-hotel-at-times-square.

Hop away on a European holiday GOHOP.IE are offering some terrific value getaways to some of Europe’s top destinations, giving you the perfect city break for culture, shopping or a splash of sun this summer, or beyond. For example, you could enjoy three nights in a three-star Holiday Inn Express in Brussels, from €184, departing on May 26. For some much-needed winter sun, why not visit Barcelona, from €215? This includes four nights in three-star Hesperia Sant Joan Suites, departing on November 4. A little closer, you could visit lovely Lisbon from €279, with five nights in three-star Residencial Estoril Lisboa, departing on June 6. All offers include return flights, and are subject to availability; prices do not include airline baggage fees, and are subject to change. To book your city break with Gohop, call 01 241 2303, or see www.GoHop.ie.


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GoingOUT GoingOUT THE HELIX 01 700 7000 KIdkast Showcase 2011 ONCE again, Kidkast are returning to The Helix for their annual showcase. With students aged from four to 18-years-old, and attending from Kidkast’s four centres in Swords, Hartstown, Castleknock and Drogheda, the Kidkast crew cover a wide range of activities, with the showcase promising to have everything from high-energy dance routines to some exciting drama pieces. With tickets priced at €15, the showcase will be held at 2pm and 7pm on Sunday, May 22.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 The Shaughraun TIME is running out to catch Taney Drama Society’s production of The Shaughraun, by Dion Boucicault, which is often described as a touchstone Irish play. The players bring the tale of Conn, a wily Sligo poacher, to vivid life, thanks to a large ensemble, a great set and period-appropriate costumes, with Victorian melodrama, romantic comedy and more in the mix. The Shaughraun runs nightly at 8pm at the Mill Theatre until Saturday, May 21, with admission priced €18/€15.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Simple Sculpture FOR a family event with a difference, why not make one yourself – literally. This fun event invites families to come along and, using everything from plasticine to lolly pop sticks, participants can create some wonderful and wacky sculptures. Ideal for children aged from five to 10-years-old, the event should also entertain younger and older siblings, too. This free event for parents and children runs from 12 to 3pm in the ground floor gallery.

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Sallynoggin College showcase THE popular college will be showcasing its students’ skills in a number of areas, with two fascinating events to see. Firstly, Dance Debut 2011 will show some of the dance skills of the college’s dance students, with Dance Debut 2011 showing both what the dance students have learned, to date, as well as being a graduation show for secondyear students. The two-hour show starts at 8pm, on Tuesday, May 24, with admission priced €10. Secondly, Fashion Graduate Show 2011 will feature collections by the graduating students, with a number of pieces by first-year students also on show. This stylish event should show some true up-and-coming, and emerging, talents from the renowned fashion course. The two-hour show starts at 8pm, on Wednesday, May 25, with admission again priced at €10.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 Grumpy Old Women THESE ladies are not to be messed with, as they tread the (creaking) boards to bring some middle-aged mayhem to life and settle some scores they have with aging, men, the way things work and much more, in badtempered, contrary and hilarious ways. They won’t come much grumpier than Adele King, Flo McSweeney and Una Crawford O’Brien, who will present the hit West End show with a distinctly Irish version. Grumpy Old Women runs from Tuesday, May 24 until Saturday, May 28, with tickets priced from €25 to €30.

“I think Kate’s gone. We can come out, now ...” Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) and Angelica (Penelope Cruz) face Blackbeard’s wrath, zombies, hungry mermaids and tough-talking film critics on their quest to find the Fountain of Youth.

Pirates paddle along As the latest Pirates film sails onto our screens, Kate wonders if it’ll make quite the splash some may expect Q KATE CROWLEY

READERS, this will be the quickest review my old Remington has ever seen bashed out, clicketyquick, as a press gang, of sorts, comprising Gazetteers, is ready to make me walk the plank if I give nothing less than six stars to this week’s film, which lends some haste to my typing in the attic at Gazette Towers. Fortunately, I’m perfectly proficient in the Anchor Stroke, so their mutinous threats wash right over my head, arrr. And now I’ll head, arrr, right on over to the review, while keeping one ear cocked for the News Desk’s cries of “Tharr she blows, maties!” on the winding stairs outside. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (or, POTC4, which is quicker for hurr ying hacks hiding from a motley crew to type) sees the somewhat inevitable

FILM OF THE WEEK: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides +++ (12A) 136 mins Director: Rob Marshall Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Pirates, Mermaids, but not Orlando Bloom again.

OUR VERDICT: ENTERTAINING, but predictable, POTC4 is more of the same... That’s not such a bad thing, of course, but it’s hard not to feel that it’s just milking the formula, extending the franchise, and possibly jumping the shark. It’s a decent film, but not the pinnacle of the Pirates franchise. Still, there are worse crews to ship yourself off to the cinema with, and it sails along okay ...

return of everybody’s favourite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), back once again to take to the high seas, sands, jungles, cities and other, unlikely spots in another slapdash, and slightly supernatural, adventure. This time round, as per usual in the franchise, Jack’s off after another legendary destination in POTC4 – in this case, the fabled Fountain of Youth, which ye olde map can lead him to. Jack is joined by a number of familiar faces here and there, including

long-standing frienemy, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who’s now gained a peg leg, and a mercenary’s allegiance to King George II (Richard Griffiths, hammily playing a piggy monarch). However, they aren’t the stars of the film – enter the mysterious Angelica (Penelope Cruz). She’s just the lass to cross cutlasses, paths, and words with Jack. (You don’t suppose they have a mysterious connection, do you?) Someone else who’s rather eye-catching is her boss, the fearsome pirate

(and scenery-chewing) Captain Blackbeard (Ian McShane), who’s set up as the baddest of the bad, in pirate terms (yet not quite in the same league as Bill Nighy’s astoundingly cruel, squidfaced character, Davy Jones). With Jack aboard his fearsome ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard is determined to beat King George II/ Barbarossa, and some Spaniards, to the fountain, with or without Jack’s help. But, of course, the journey isn’t an easy one, with one set-piece after another for the pirates – and the viewers – to get through, with a litany of fights, battles, chases, zombies and mermaids to get through and around, as everyone dashes off after maps and fountains and lost lands of terror ... What else is there in POTC4 to note, for those seeking more than showstopping spectacle to

shoehorn into the videogame spin-offs? Well, Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley have jumped overboard – I know, I know, Yay to that, too – only to be replaced by Lite versions of the actors, in the shape of a clergyman and a mermaid. (Their damp relationship will never work out, trust me.) Meanwhile, Cruz gamely does her best, doused in makeup that’s almost as thick as her accent, yet still rather less than McShane’s permatanned, permascowling face. But, while Depp turns in a role that he could, by now, perform in his sleep, it’s hard not to ditch the sinking feeling that, as with the recent fourth Indiana Jones film, it’s a film that was made because they could, rather than they should. As such, it’s a film that may leave some feeling shiver me timbers, rather than stirred ...


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Oh, Flip – single-use tech is dead ADAM MAGUIRE

GEEKS have been talking about multi-functionalism for some time now, and recent trends in the industry suggest it is finally becoming a reality. The Flip camera – the portable camcorder that, along with YouTube, opened digital video to the masses – is dead. That is to say, Cisco, which bought the company for $590 million just two years ago, is discontinuing the brand. The reason for its end is simple – nobody needs to buy a portable digital camcorder any more, because they have a phone in their pocket that does the job just as well. In fact, there are a lot of single-purpose devices that people no longer need to buy, purely because of

what their phone has to offer. What the market is now seeing is the rise of “multi-functionality”; a buzzword that has bounced around for some time, but is finally coming true. According to analysts, the same thing is going to happen to eBook-readers too – a device that has barely just found its feet in recent years. The rise of the iPad, and similar tablets, which allow you to read books, amongst many other things, does away with the need for one device that does just one thing.

This is despite the fact that eBook-readers are specially designed to be easy on the eye and the battery. In short, it seems that people are happy to sacrifice some degree of quality in order to gain on convenience. This is sure to be a worrying trend for many other single-use devices. For many years now, people have predicted that the MP3 player would soon suffer as a result of music being easily transported via the likes of the phone. To date, iPod sales have managed to hold up, though there is little doubt that this will change in the near future. In fact, it is likely that this risk was at least part of the reason for Apple’s entry into the smartphone market four years ago.

They surely figured it was better to have iPod sales turn into iPhone sales, rather than see that money go to other companies altogether. So, are there any devices that are safe from this slow creep of multi-functionality? Despite the presence of a photo lens on every phone made today, the camera is the most likely to do okay ... for now. While a quality photo can be taken using something like an iPhone, they still, and arguably always will, pale in comparison to dedicated cameras. That is not to mention the fact that core features like an optical zoom are still a long way away from being a feature in a phone. In fact, given the space a zoom lens requires to

work properly, it is questionable if they will ever become common on a phone at all. However, beyond cameras, it’s fair to say that noone is safe in the singlefunction sector.

Samsung PL120 camera The latest version of Samsung’s dual-screen cameras, the PL120 is a quality device with a novel, if somewhat gimmicky, feature. It is hardly something that has kept people up at night, but the self-shot – where a user takes a picture of themselves with a camera – can be tricky. They have to guess the angle and direction, and the first take never comes out right. Enter the PL120, one of three new Samsung cameras

that feature a front-facing LCD screen right next to the lens, making it easier for users to take those vanity shots to adorn their Facebook pages. Thankfully, the camera has more than that gimmick to attract the user, boasting a 14.2MP lens, a 5x optical zoom, and a decent 3” screen on the back, for all those regular shots they might take. There is also HDstandard video recording, and some nice software features, including face detection and tracking.

Despite all of this, the price is surprisingly low, with an RRP of just €170. The chances are you could find a regular camera with the same feature set for slightly less, but for something that is a bit different, this fits the bill perfectly. The Samsung PL120 can be bought in most technology retailers for around €170. Visit teic.ie for the latest tech news, reviews and views.


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REGATTA: 500 BOATS AND 3,000 COMPETITORS WILL TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S EVENT

Dun Laoghaire set to sail for the 2011 regatta sport@gazettegroup.com

THE FOURTH biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR), organised by the four waterfront yacht clubs in the area, will take place from July 7 to 10 in Dublin Bay. The regatta, which is now established as the biggest sailing event in Ireland, will attract approximately 500 boats across 25 classes, and will comprise 1,000 races over

the four days. The boats competing will be crewed by 3,000 sailors from yacht clubs across Ireland, with added participation from English, Welsh, Scottish, French, Spanish and Danish yacht clubs. Announcing the 2011 VDLR, Adam Winkelmann, chairperson of the organising committee said: “After the city marathons, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is the biggest participant sport-

ing event in the country. “One of the core reasons as to why it is successful in attracting so many entrants is that it is one of the least expensive sailing events in Europe, providing great value for money. “In addition to delivering quality racing, the regatta now prides itself in delivering a wonderful festive atmosphere across the Dun Laoghaire waterfront so, overall, the event prom-

Yachts from across the country and from abroad will take part in the Dun Laoghaire Regatta

ises an important boost to the local economy of Dun Laoghaire town in the midst of the summer tourist season and recession.” For those who prefer to keep their feet dry and

enjoy the superb sailing action in Dublin Bay from afar, there will be an array of family-orientated activities that have been set up on shore by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

There will be a farmers’ market, street entertainment, a carnival, numerous ladies’ fashion events, live music from jazz to traditional Irish to marching bands, local area restaurant and

pub events, an evening of Irish culture, music, food and dancing, and a scheduled RNLI Air-Sea Rescue demonstration. For more information on the VDLR 2011, go to www.dlregatta.org.


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The Swords Basketball Club’s players at all ages gather for the annual awards day

Alex Fagan, Blake Corrigan and Oisin O’Reilly

Swords awards

Hailing the stars of 2010/11 WORDS Basketball Club were in celebratory mood at ALSAA recently for the club’s annual awards ceremony, recognising another great year of success at the club. The event consisted of a fun day and the club’s AGM, and recognition was made of all of the sides who played so well and so consistently throughout the season. Damo Byrne was the winner of the Niall Brophy Trophy, which is presented each year to the club member who has given the outstanding contribution to the club over the course of the year. The club are looking forward to more success next season, and, for more information about the club and taking part in basketball in Swords, see www.swordsbasketball.net, and their Facebook page.

League winners, the Under-14 boys

Damo Byrne, third from left, with the Niall Brophy Cup

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The Under-17 boys who came third in the Billy Kelly The Under-13 girls’ team

trophy in Cork recently


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Painting a wide canvas for golf ROB HEIGH talks to painting guru, Frank Clarke, whose long association with golf in Dublin has led to his latest venture to bring children to the game THERE has been an inevitable upsurge in the interest in golf in recent years among what would normally be referred to as grass-roots players; young people who have tasted the enjoyment of playing a fine shot on a golf course and who have seen the kinds of success of young Irish golfers on the European and World stages, such as Rory McIlroy and the Maguire twins. Golf has, for the longest time, been seen as the preserve of the privileged and time-rich, but recently, there have been initiatives to open up the doors to everyone. In particular, recognition has been given to developing players from an early age.

One man who is trying to forge a new ethos in the sport is an unlikely ambassador for golf, television’s painting emissary, Frank Clarke. Frank, from Rathfarn-

also had a parallel interest in golf, and his interest led to the building of one of the first par 3 courses in Ireland in 1962. He has been involved as a participant and as a builder and

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ham, is more readily recognised as the man who brought painting to the masses through his accessible and easy-to-follow programmes on the craft. However, Frank has

designer of courses. Now, Frank is hoping to bring the same enthusiasm and belief as he demonstrates in his artistic endeavours to the world of golf. He has recently been

Frank Clarke is bringing his inclusive spirit to the world of golf

involved in the extension and re-development of the par three and pitch and putt courses at the Liffey Valley Par 3 facility, and in the course of doing that, made some interesting observations. “We looked over the facility, and golfing as a whole, and realised there were very few facilities for young people. “Children under 12 were being turned away because of ages-old policies, and a lot of clubs would not allow kids to play until they are 14 or 15. “Kids just can’t get into golf clubs, it’s not that easy. Very seldom will clubs or parents allow children to play on courses when they are under the age of 11, and the costs are also prohibitive.” Frank saw parallels with his own experience of learning to paint, in that he had no grounding in the craft, so was behind the curve when it came to learning it. “The ideal situation is that, ideally, the future of the game lies with the children, and they will keep it going. The idea of par 3 in the beginning is that it is the school or the grounding for players of the future. “The idea behind the initiative at Liffey Valley is to create golfers for life. We want to teach them the skills and the etiquette of golf as well. It’s giving kids a hobby, which I wish

I had had when I was a child. We have some of the best players in the world in this country who have come through from the junior sections, and they have benefited from getting into the game at a young age. We want all children to have that opportunity.” As a result, Liffey Valley now offers free pitch and putt play to children under the age of 10, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, and at ages of 10 or 11, will be able to play at a special rate on the par 3 course. “We will be running fun competitions on a weekly basis for the children, and trying to attract as many children as possible, through local schools and other initiatives, including a playing academy. “We are also looking to get a professional along to give a bit of coaching to the children, as well as the adults who come along and play, too.” With plans afoot to bring female golfers into the club as well, Frank has cast the net widely and inclusively to create golfers of the future. The club plans to have an offical launch day shortly, with professionals and celebrities coming along to christen the evolution of the club. For more information, contact Liffey Valley Par 3 Club on 01 6219514, or see online at liffeyvalleypar3. ie.

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Puspure added to Irish squad for World Cup 2011 GAZETTESport star Sanita Puspure has been included in the Irish team to represent the country at the Munich World Cup due to take place this year from May 27 to 29. Kinsealy resident Puspure will partner Lisa Dilleen in the double scull, the women’s heavyweight boat in which Ireland are anticipated to bid for Olympic qualification at the World Championships in Bled in September. Ireland will send six crews to the first World Cup regatta of the year, in Munich; four in combinations targeted at gaining Olympic qualification this year. Puspure, a Latvian athlete, is still awaiting Irish citizenship, but she is allowed to compete in the World Cup series.

Paralympics ticketing signup begins PARALYMPICS Ireland is calling on all sports fans to support the Irish team by buying tickets for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Over 4,000 athletes are set to compete in the Games from 170 countries around the world, and approximately two million tickets will go on sale for the Paralympic Games from September 9. Liam Harbison, CEO of Paralympics Ireland, said: “The start of the tickets going on sale is a very exciting moment for everyone involved in Paralympic sport. I really encourage all Irish sports fans to seize the opportunity

of witnessing the range of spectacular sports that the Paralympic Games has to offer, and to get behind the Irish team in London.” Those interested can sign up now at www.tickets. london2012.com

Wood latest addition to Clontarf pack ANDY Wood has been appointed as Head Coach of Clontarf. Wood has returned to Clontarf, where three seasons ago he led the 1st XV to the Division 1AllIreland final. Wood played in De La Salle RFC before joining Clontarf and played first team rugby for a number of seasons before joining the coaching team led by Phil Werahiko.


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Sammon strike means Wigan may stay up CONOR Sammon’s maiden Premier League goal could play a vital role in keeping Wigan Athletic up as he turned neatly and slotted home an equaliser against West Ham. It was part of a spectacular comeback as the Latics came from 2-0 down to beat the hammers and stay right in the mix to beat the drop. The Malahide man moved from Kilmarnock mid-season after scoring 19 times in a brilliant spell in the Scottish Premier League.

Malahide CC United’s U-9s look to keep up denied Leyden winning ways Cup title MALAHIDE cricket club welcome Cork County this weekend as they bid to continue their perfect start to the Leinster cricket division two season with another victory. To date, the village have notched an impressive 162-run win over The Hills and a 14-run success against Leinster. They subsequently played their return fixture against The Hills in a much tighter affair last week, sneaking home by a single run at Milverton. Steve Smith scored 11 runs off the same number of balls to see the side home with just three balls to go.

MALAHIDE United’s U-9 side were denied the Leyden Cup last weekend by Skerries Town who forced a replay when Matthew Donnelly scored late to force extra-time. Sean Ivory had put United in front and looking good but Donnelly’s goal made it 1-1 at the end of normal time. Harry Nolan scored Malahide’s second in extra-time but again Donnelly was on hand to make it 2-2. In the U-9B/B1 Lifestyle Cup, extratime was not kind to Malahide either as Ashbourne won 1-0 when Sam Hendrick got the only goal of the game.

LSL SUNDAY SENIOR 1: UNITED LOSE OUT TO STRUGGLERS, TEK

Malahide United’s LSL Sunday Senior 1 side ended their campaign with a loss to relegation contenders, TEK United

Malahide end with defeat LSL SUNDAY SENIOR 1 TEK United Malahide United JONNY STAPLETON

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TEK finished off a mediocre season with a shock win over Malahide United in Stradbrook Hill last Sunday morning. Former Sunday manager and current Saturday stalwart, Stephen Redmond led by example and did most of the damage in the match, registering goals number 36 and 37 for the season in a highly-exciting and tense game. The impressive reverse puts a nice fin-

ishing gloss on what has been an average season for TEK United’s Sunday outfit as they finished their season just four points above the drop-zone. TEK’s decision to field a number of their Saturday side, that were one win away from winning the league, looked like it had back-fired early on as Malahide took the lead. Stephen Donnelly took full advantage of a defensive mix-up to make it 1-0 for a visiting side that had title aspirations at the start of the season in what was effectively their first foray forward.

Medals galore! Malahide celebrate the rugby season MALAHIDE RFC’s youths and mini’s sec-

tion were celebrating last week with the staging of the club’s annual family day, at which the Under-8s to Under-17 age groups were presented with club medals, and awards were presented for the best and most improved players for all of the youth teams. The thrills continued with the staging of the annual Malahide community games trials at the conclusion of the festivities. Pictured is coach Eoin Burke presenting club medals to his Under-9 side.

However, it wasn’t long before the hosts levelled. W i t h 10 m i n u t e s showing on the clock, left winger Jamie O’Riordon cut in from the left and fired a rightfooted shot past the Malahide net minder to make it 1-1.

Cancel out Despite attempting to play some flowing football, both sides proceeded to cancel each other out over the next few minutes. Defences reigned supreme and the sides remained level going into the break. TEK then put them-

selves firmly in the driving seat with two goals within the opening 15 minutes of the second half. Redmond gave the hosts the lead for the first time when he benefited from a beautiful Gar y Smith turn and chip, and glanced his header home over the advancing United keeper. The strike partners combined with equally lethal effect minutes latter, but this time Redmond was the provider, and Smith the finisher tor TEK’s third goal. Smith latched onto a clever through-ball, gained half-a-yard on

the defender, and the player-of-the-season candidate finished his fif teenth strike with ease to make it 3-1 on the day. Malahide did hit back and set up a somewhat tense finale with the goal of the game soon after, when Mark Higgins smashed home a half-volley from all of 35 yards to leave only a single goal between the sides with just 15 minutes to play. But Redmond put the result beyond any doubt with his second header of the game in the dying minutes, to ensure some form of happy ending to TEK’s season.


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IHC ROUND 2: SYLVESTER’S REGISTER FIRST WIN

CLUB NOTICEBOARD ST SYLVESTER’S IHC - St Sylvester’s 3-10 St Vincent’s

day night at 19.15.

2-9: The intermediate hurlers had

The ladies’ team are also in action

an excellent win over St Vincent’s

in Broomfield when they face Tho-

and the junior hurlers also won

mas Davis in an important champi-

their championship match against

onship game.

St Patrick’s. The minor football team had a

The minor hurlers play St Jude’s in Broomfield next Sunday at 11am.

very good victory over Na Fianna

Well done to Conor Meaney and

and the Under-16s defeated St Vin-

Eoin Boyne, and the Dublin minor

cent’s by a point with a very good

footballers, on their win over Long-

second-half performance.

ford in the Leinster championship.

The junior 6 team are away to

Don’t forget to support our new

O’Toole’s next Sunday morning at

Lotto. Details are available on the

11am, and the junior 9 team play St

best club website in the country,

Anne’s in Malahide Castle on Thurs-

www.stsylvesters.ie

FINGALLIANS St Sylvester’s seven-minute scoring spell in the second half left them in the ascendancy against St Pat’s

Syl’s leave it late to pitter past Pat’s DUBLIN JCH ROUND 2 St Pat’s Palmerstown 1-4 St Sylvester’s 3-8 JONNY STAPLETON sport@gazettegroup.com

S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S proved the better of two bad sides and registered a first 2011 championship win at the second attempt when they registered victory over St Patrick’s at their Palmerstown home last Sunday. Both sides proved wasteful on the day, but, fortunately for the Malahide outfit, they were not left wanting, thanks to a late scoring flurry, some brilliant Jamie Kennedy goalkeeping and some wayward shooting from the home side. Despite playing into a stiff breeze in the first half, the visitors made a blistering start. Reuben Kirrane hit the back of the net before five minutes had passed, before Colum O’Connor put Sylvester’s four points clear

with a close-range finish. With the elements in their favour, Pat’s finally got to grips with the tie and dominated the next 20 minutes. Indeed, they had enough quality possession to open up a wind-assisted cushion, but lacked the quality in front of goal on the day to open a decisive lead. A goal from Jack O ’ M a h o n e y, a n d a point from Alan Sherlock, did see them pull level, but solid defending and goal-keeping from the visitors, as well as some poor shooting, prevented Pats’ from turning pressure into points. Kennedy, who was ably assisted by corner back Paul Christy, was par ticularly impressive and pulled off and number of routine and not-so-routine stops to keep his side in the tie. Pat’s poor shooting enabled the visiting side to steal ahead by half

time. Again O’Connor was chief tormentor and the forward registered a goal and a point to make it 1-1 to 2-2 come the break. Like Pats, Syl’s had the benefit of a breeze after the turn and like the opponents they didn’t take full advantage. The Saints, as expected, enjoyed large periods of pressure in the second half, but their shooting radar was slightly skewed, and they only managed two points, both via the stick of O’Connor, over a 25-minute period. Pat’s, in the meantime, managed to equal

that tally as Andy Tracey twice freed to leave it 1-4 to 2-4 with under 10 minutes to go. However, just when it looked like the home side might rally and register a late comeback, Sylvester’s finished the game in heavenly fashion. The Malahide outfit registered a goal and four points without response over a sevenminute period to put a flattering gloss on the final score. Again, O’Connor was involved, registering a free and another goal, while Mannix Ryan also got in on the scoring act.

WINS this week for the U-16 girls,

came out top of the group and had

who now meet St Sylvester’s next

the honour on playing Nh Mearnog

Sunday in the league decider. Wins

in the semi-final in Balheary after

also for the junior ladies, U-12 girls

lunch. It ended another great day

and a big well-done to the Dublin

in the club, and thanks to everyone

minor ladies who won the Leinster

who helped out.

title. Fingallians hosted our group in the U-14 hurling feile in Balheary, with

Well done to Sarah Murray and Sam Kelly, who represented the club in the AAI games.

Craobh Chiarain, Raheny and Erin’s

Fingallians Golf Society: First

Isle making up the group. The pitch-

outing of the year will take place

es were in immaculate condition

in Malahide GC on May 20 from 2

and, with the sun shining, the four

to 3.30pm. The cost will be €40. The

teams took to the park at 10.30 for

timesheet is in clubhouse and filling

what was to be a wonderful day’s

up quickly.

hurling by all four clubs. A delicious

John Brock is shaving his beard off

feast for lunch was served up to all

after 38 years in Fingallians’ Club

four clubs and their supporters in

Bar on Saturday, May 21 at 8pm.

the clubhouse by Feidhlim and his

All proceeds going to the Oncology

now nearly full time staff of moth-

Ward, Beaumont Hospital. All wel-

ers of the U-14s. Craobh Chiarain

come.

FINGAL RAVENS WELL done to all the girls on the

9313045 to book your tee times.

U-12s and their management team

Anyone interested in sponsoring a

who won the league with a thrill-

tee, donating a spot-prize or giving

ing display against Garristown in

a hand on the day, contact Maura

Rolestown on Sunday.

Norton on 087-9936458.

Minor team had a good league win

Div 5 team play Round Towers of

over Sylvester’s in the league on

Clondalkin away in Community Cen-

Sunday morning.

tre at 11am on Sunday.

Well done to the U-7s, 8s and 9s

Div 1 team play Templeogue SS

who travelled to Tyrrelstown on

away in Dolphin Park at 6.30pm on

Saturday morning.

Saturday.

Special meeting for all manag-

Div 10N team play Naomh Fion-

ers, mentors and selectors next

nbarra away in Pope John Paul Park

Monday, May 23 at 9pm in the Arkle

at 3pm on Sunday.

suite of Kettle’s Hotel, full attendance required.

Committee meeting this Thursday at 9pm in Kettles’ Hotel.

Anyone that has All-Ireland foot-

We would like to send our sympa-

ball prediction forms, please get

thies to the extended Murphy fam-

them to any committee member

ily on the recent death of Martina.

ASAP.

Lotto numbers were 11, 14, 17 and

Annual golf classic is on Satur-

32; two winners of match three

day, May 28 in Swords Open, price

numbers were Mattie Dwyer and

reduced to €200 for a team of four,

Niall Walsh, who each get €125. We

includes a meal in Kettles’ Hotel

ask everyone to please support our

after, contact Pat Kinsella on 087-

lotto each week.


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Gary Thompson on the podium after his successful opening drives in the Japanese F3 championship last weekend

Thompson off to a winning start Donabate driver achieves podium finish in opening race of the Japanese F3 championship season at Suzuka STEPHEN FINDLATER malahidesport@gazettegroup.com

GARY Thompson made a brilliant start to his Japanese F3 Championship bid at Suzuka last weekend when the 18-year-old showed strong pace to record a podium finish, before claiming fastest lap during a spirited race two comeback drive. The Aviation Display-backed Donabate man qualified an excellent third in the National Class for both races at the Japanese Grand Prix venue and again demonstrated his turn of speed and determination on the circuit in the weekend’s opening round. First, Thompson engaged in a see-saw battle for second place before finally sealing the position a few laps in. In the second race, making his customary first-lap charge, Thompson was desperately seeking a way past the car ahead when he spun off.

Dropping to the tail of the field, he spent the rest of the race fighting back through the pack, setting fastest lap in the process, en route to sixth place. That fighting performance, as well as race one’s podium, sees Thompson sit joint-third in the early championship standings with 14 races still remaining.

Massive progress Speaking about his first races of the season, Thompson said: “The team has made massive progress since last season, which was really noticeable in the car. I was able to get a lot more out of it and certainly had the pace in race one to take victory. “The second was a good start, though. Then, in race two, the lap one move was probably a bit bold given it was so early in the season. “Consistency will be key to winning this title, so I will learn the lessons of these races and move on.

“Clearly, we again had the performance to score a podium result, but it was good to show that I’m just as comfortable carving through the field as I am running in clear air at the front.” As well as racing in Japan, last week saw Thompson made an Ambassador for the Irish Road Safety Authority, which aims to improve driving standards on the country’s roads. “Obviously it’s a great honour to be working with the Authority. While in motorsport we travel at much greater speed, the risk of accident is minimised by the standard of driving. “Personally, I’m very proud to be playing a part in such an important cause,” said Thompson. Thompson returns to the track in two weeks’ time at the Fuji International Speedway for a test session with his SGC by KCMG team, ahead of the championship’s second round, which takes place at the same venue on June 11 and 12.


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