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IT’S A DODDLE: Tiny tots’ sponsored walk raises €1,300 for charity Page 3

Malahide is the business: Hotel at global exhibition Soccer: Ward determined to help Ireland bounce back Page 32

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THE GRAND Hotel Malahide was one of 17 Irish companies in Germany to attend IMEX, the annual business tourism exhibition in Frankfurt. On the Tourism Ireland stand were Catherine Bertin, Tourism Ireland; Paula Corry, Grand Hotel Malahide; Judith Heberer, The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt; and Roisin Gaffney, Failte Ireland. IMEX is a key event attracting about 3,500 influential business tourism buyers from 150 different countries and is a great showcasing opportunity for the lucrative tourism market.

Malahide Blue Flag bid is swept away Estuary safety I NATALIE BURKE

a concern for local tourism

THE community of Portmarnock was delighted to retain their Blue Flag status this year, following the An Taisce Blue Flag and Green Coast Awards held earlier this week. However, popular Malahide Beach missed out once again.

The beach was denied the award due to the estuary being regarded as unsafe, a status that could have a negative effect on tourism for the area, according to Fianna Fail Councillor Eoghan O’Brien. “The safety reasons were given but we need to get clarification on this: is it some-

thing the council can rectify or is it safety in terms of the tides or the location? “To achieve a Blue Flag is extremely difficult so it is certainly a real advantage for communities that have it,” said Cllr O’Brien. Full Story on Page 6


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LAUNCH Health minister supports life-saving scheme

Sophie and Laura Weldon (front) are pictured with Frank Higgins; Alfie O’Dowd; the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly; Robert Weldon; Sheilagh McGirl; Frank Lynch and Joseph Gunning

Pat Brennan and Tony Kelly (HSE) with the first responder motorbike ambulance

Brian Dooley, PRO Malahide Lions Club, and Dr Reilly Pictures: Stuart Lang

Dublin Fire Brigade Third Officer, John Keogh, and District Officer Frank Kiernan

Sergeant Austin Cox, Superintendent Ronan Galligan and Garda Michael Bolton

Emergency plan praised

HE Malahide and Portmarnock Lions Clubs launched their latest initiative last week, when the Message in a Bottle scheme was officially introduced by local resident and special guest Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly. The free scheme is aimed at helping those with medical conditions and provides relevant information to emergency services about the person they aid in an effort to save invaluable time. A user of the scheme can complete a simple personal information form and place it in a readily identifiable

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white container bearing a green cross. The container is then placed in their fridge where it can easily be found in the event of an emergency. The forms contain the user’s personal and medical information including doctor, pharmacy and family contact numbers, in order for emergency services to effectively save time in emergency situations. Brian Dooley, PRO of the Malahide Lion’s Club, said that local emergency services showed their full support when representatives attending the launch offered positive feedback.

“The local community bodies were all represented as well as the fire services and Garda services and they all marvelled at how simple and effective the initiative can be. “It costs nothing for anybody but yet it makes the work of the emergency services so much easier. It will definitely save lives, there’s no question about it. “The leaflets and stickers are being distributed to pharmacies, the citizen’s advice information office and local Garda stations and we are also looking at distributing through some local sports clubs as well,” he said.


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CHARITY Sponsored toddle in aid of Barnardos

It’s a doddle as tiny tots raise €1,300 I NATALILE BURKE nburke@gazettegroup.com

A GROUP of Malahide toddlers took some big steps for charity recently when they took part in the Danone Big Toddle in an effort to raise funds for Barnardos children’s charity. The fun sponsored walk was the third year for the children of the Bright Sparks Montessori School to take part. Having raised almost €1,300, they showed their huge commitment to helping Barnardos give vulnerable children of a similar age a better start in life. Over 30 tots from the

Montessori school took part and their tiny steps will help the Irish charity reach its total toddle target of 25,000 miles. “We support Barnardos because they’re an Irish charity and they’re supporting children so we thought it was a great charity for the age group that we deal with,” said Lynsey McCabe, owner and manager of Bright Sparks Montessori. “This is the third year we’ve done the charity toddle and the children love it, they talk about it all year and ask when we’re having our fun day so it goes down really well.” The Montessori’s fun

day included face painting, a garden picnic and an obstacle course in the outer grounds of the school. “We toddled from the school to the outer gardens and grounds to take part in an obstacle course, which had a trampoline, slide, balancing beam, hula hoops, a tunnel and a sand pit. We had our faces painted and a picnic as well,” McCabe said. “We had lovely weather the whole week coming up to the charity day but it rained the night before. Luckily, we have an all weather garden and the grass dries quickly so we were still able to have our

Children enjoying the sunshine in the Danone Big Toddle sponsored walk

picnic outside. So despite the turbulent weather over the last few weeks, we managed to still do everything that we had planned to. The children absolutely loved it and the fun day went really well.” Over the past eight years, the Danone Big

Toddle for Barnardos has seen more than 138,000 children participate and raise more than €2.5million, making this the biggest fundraising event for Barnardos. All funds raised go directly to the children’s charity enabling them to continue working with

more than 6,000 children and families each year and campaigning for their rights. Neighbours, friends and families of Bright Sparks Montessori can continue to support Barnardos and the toddlers by visiting www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.

TRANSPORT New plan possible for castle A PROPOSAL for a road train within Malahide Demesne is currently being considered by Fingal County Council, according to Fianna Fail Councillor Eoghan O’Brien. The council is currently examining a suggested route plan, which would run entirely within the demesne. The aim would be to further enhance the tourism potential for the Malahide Castle project. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, but it’s early days yet,” said Cllr O’Brien. “The council is in discussions and a couple of issues need to be ironed out in terms of how suitable the interior area of the castle is. “It would be a great idea in terms of adding value to the project but it’s too early to say whether it’s going to be feasible,” Cllr O’Brien said.


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PARKING

CHARITY TREK: LOCAL WOMAN TAKING TOUGH 10-DAY DESERT CHALLENGE

Unsafe spot to be removed

Walking back to happiness I NATALIE BURKE nburke@gazettegroup.com

A MALAHIDE woman is taking part in an arduous trek in the desert of Jordan this month to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Mary Carr is calling on members of the Malahide and Swords community to support the challenge and help those with the disease. Carr has joined a team on the Irish Cancer Society’s charity Trek4Life team to Jordan. To raise funds for this, she has organised an official family walk along Broadmeadows Estuary, due to take place on Sunday, June 17, at 3pm. The Trek4Life is a positive programme for individuals who want to reduce their risk of developing cancer through

exercise, healthy eating and positive lifestyle decisions. The trek in Jordan certainly challenging. The 10-day walk will take Mary and others on the team from the shores of the Dead Sea deep into the desert - an adventure Mary is both excited and apprehensive about. “It’s a great experience and we will come across all sorts of people but I’m slightly apprehensive as well because of the heat and the walking. We’re also staying three nights in Bedouin tents and I’ve never camped in my life. But overall, I’m really looking forward to it.” This is the second trip Mary has taken with the charity, after walking the Great Wall of China last year in honour of her late husband. “I took part because

my husband died of cancer and it was his 10th anniversary. It was also my 50th birthday and I wanted to do something to mark both of them so it was very appropriate. I never thought I would do another one.” The family walk along Broadmeadows Estuary begins at 3pm this Sunday and those wishing to participate can meet at Swords Sailing and Boating Club. Free refreshments and face painting will be available in the clubhouse following the walk, making it a great family day out. Registration is from 2pm and sponsorship cards are available or donations can be made on the day. For more information or to take part, contact Mary on 086 8400273.

And for my next trick: Alex (9) wins diabolo competition of 40 children ALEX Reilly (9) from Pope John Paul’s school was deemed to be

diabolo champion after a competition among 40 children in using the classic juggling toy. The event took place in St Andrew’s Parish Hall on Saturday, June 2 in conjunction with St Sylvester’s GAA Club and the Malahide Tidy Towns Committee. It was the brain child of Mary Farrell, owner of Village Books in Malahide which is one of the few stockists of diabolos in the area. She thought it would be fun to organise a community competition. A video of the day’s highlights can be seen at www.villagebooks.ie

FINGAL County Council will look into removing a parking space on St Margaret’s Road, Malahide, in the interest of safety, according to local Fianna Fail councillor, Eoghan O’Brien. Located on the narrow two-way street, the space has caused several near misses with residents exiting their property as it currently sits in the corner of three roads. “It’s an exceptional case and very unusual. The road is very narrow and operates as a twoway street but with cars parked along it, there’s only room for one car. The visibility is really bad,” he said. “W hat was agreed at the meeting would be that council management will look at it again and come back to the area meeting in September with a recommendation.”


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COUNCIL

Fingal saves €16.5m in pay deal I NATALIE BURKE nburke@gazettegroup

FINGAL County Council has achieved savings of €16.5million since the signing of the Croke Park Agreement, according to Fine Gael TD for Dublin North, Alan Farrell. He was commenting on a report issued by Impact union groups, which published savings made by the local Government agency from March 2009 until October 2011. According to the TD, the council created the savings through the restructuring of various departments, as well as changes in the flexibility of working practices to retain services while staff numbers have been significantly reduced. “The saving of €16.5 million over a two-and-ahalf year period without the need for involuntary staff cuts is a genuine example of the value of the Croke Park Agreement to the delivery of public service reform.”

TOURISM Malahide scoops Green Coast award

Push for Malahide beach to win Blue Flag next year I NATALIE BURKE

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THE COMMUNIT Y of Portmarnock were delighted to retain their Blue Flag status this year for the Velvet Strand, while the popular Malahide Beach missed out once again. The Blue Flag awards were announced earlier this week, when An Taisce awarded 87 international Blue Flags to Irish beaches, making the number an all-time record high. The international 25th anniversary Blue Flag awards and the National Green Coast Awards were held at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links earlier this week, when Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan TD presented 143 beach awards to the Irish coast. For the third year in

a row, Portmarnock’s Ve l v e t S t r a n d h a s achieved the Blue Flag, a reputation that local Labour councillor Peter Coyle, believes is due to improved water quality and huge community efforts. “In 2011, the water quality was better than ever. The higher water quality of Portmarnock is due mainly to the discontinuation of the use of the old sewerage

Life’s a beach for these girls waving the much coveted Blug Flag which was awarded to Portmarnock Beach

outfall off Howth Head. Fingal County Council also carries out an excellent beach maintenance programme,” he said. The level of local community effort on beach and dune man-

agement has proved to be great back-up for the council, said Cllr Coyle. Local efforts by the Por tmarnock Community Association and the Beach/Dunes subcommittee also

contributed to Portmarnock achieving a Green Coast Award, the second award given to Portmarnock. Fine Gael TD Terence Flanagan also welcomed the good news, saying he feels fortunate to have a beach like Velvet Strand in his constituency. “Velvet Strand is a beautiful beach and I feel lucky to have this amenity in my constituency.

Community “The local community in Portmarnock takes pride in Velvet Strand and the Portmarnock Beach Committee has worked very hard over the past number of years to ensure that the beach is maintained to such a high standard. “Fingal County Council should also be commended for all of its hard work to ensure the cleanliness of the beach and water quality.” While Malahide achieved a Green/Clean Coast award, there was disappointment in the community when the popular beach failed to gain a Blue Flag status for 2012. The beach was denied this award due to the estuary being regarded as unsafe and the life-

guard hut having a red flag. Local Fianna Fail councillor Eoghan O’Brien says the lack of a Blue Flag status could have a negative effect on tourism for the Malahide area and he hopes it can be something Malahide can achieve in the future. “The safety reasons were given but we need to get clarification on this: is it something the council can rectify or is it safety in terms of the tides or the location? So that’s really what I want to get to the bottom of. “Obviously it’s important to the tourism amenity if there’s anything the council can do to sort out what the safety reasons are,” Cllr O’Brien said. “Any town that has [the Blue Flag] has an incredibly positive thing.

Advantage “To achieve a Blue Flag is extremely difficult so it is certainly a real advantage for communities that have it. “It’s something that any tourist would look for, if they’re looking for a seaside place to go to. The Blue Flag has got to be a major factor in terms of tourism.”


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HONOUR Prestigious Stateside internships for two graduates

Drive to raise funds in carwash

Locals called to Washington on programme I NATALIE BURKE

AS THE world turns its attention to the race for the White House later this year, former students of Pope John Paul’s National School and Malahide Community School, Olwen Sheedy and Sean Gill, are preparing for an exciting summer living and working in Washington DC. Olwen and Sean, who are students at Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin respectively, were selected from more than 350 applicants around the country to participate in the Washington Ireland Programme (WIP).

The programme is a cross-community charity offering young aspiring leaders from both Ireland and Northern Ireland, the opportunity to live and work as an intern in Washington DC. WIP awards each student a prestigious twomonth internship, ranging from Capitol Hill to government agencies and the non-profit sector. This year, Olwen and Sean will be joining the team of 30 Irish students to help develop their skills in the States. “I’m really looking forward to going and feel very fortunate to have been chosen to participate. I will be sure to

embrace the opportunity and make the most of it,” said Olwen, who recently completed a Bachelor of Business Studies at DCU. “I have met the 29 other students I’m travelling to DC with this summer, and they’re all fantastic.” Applying for the programme is competitive and Olwen feels her involvement with community groups helped her achieve her placement. “I’ve a big interest in Irish music and dancing and, after spending my third year of college in Boston, I learned the importance of Irish culture and became very

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Interns of the cross-community Washington Ireland Programme, which includes two local people, Olwen Sheedy and Sean Gill, who will be living and working in Washington DC this summer as part of the prestigious programme

proud of where I’m from. “I’ve always been exposed to different people and am lucky in that sense. “I’m not exactly certain what path that will lead me down but I’m doing all I can to get as much experience as I can to lead me in the right direction,” she said. For Sean, who will be starting his final year of maths and economics at

Trinity College in September, he is hoping the internship will not only open his eyes to a career in politics, but will shape the person he is today. “The programme provides you with an opportunity to learn more about yourself that you can, hopefully, implement in the future, whether that be working in business or politics or setting up your own busi-

ness. It’s irrespective of what you want to do – it’s more that it shapes the person you are. “After speaking to people who have been on the programme, many say it changed the way they look at things. “That’s a very easy thing to say but I would like to believe that I’m open to change if it’s the right thing to do,” he said.

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A FUN carwash event will take place this Friday in Applegreen Grange Service Station in Baldoyle to raise much-needed funds for two worthy charities. The carwash will be held in aid of both the Jack and Jill Foundation and Console, and will be held on Friday, June 15, as part of Applegreen’s nationwide drive to raise €240,000 by the end of 2013. The service station will have plenty of giveaways on the day as well as face painting for children. Customers will also be asked to make a donation of €5 instead of the normal carwash price of €8. Applegreen raised more than €276,000 for Goal and the LauraLynn House in their fundraising drive last year.


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SPORT President Michael D Higgins welcomes the Olympic

Students from Oliver Plunkett’s School Malahide

President Michael D Higgins and Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey at the arrival of the Olympic Torch at Howth. Pictures: Una Williams

Flame lights up the day in Howth OR once, President Michael D Higgins was, arguably, not the main attraction at an event, when he officially welcomed the Olympic Torch to Howth, following its relay journey down from Northern Ireland. Joining the Olympic Council, and

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several leading Irish sports stars and figures, President Higgins formally welcomed the torch to the capital, as it further fanned the flames of interest in the imminent Games. Although President Higgins didn’t jog off under the rain with the torch,

there was no shortage of volunteers, as the likes of Jedward, Kenny Egan, Paul McGrath and, of course, Sonia O’Sullivan, and many more wellknown figures, carried the torch on its inbound journey to the city centre, and a celebation at St Stephen’s Green.

Cillian Kirwan was the first to carry the torch

Sophie O’Sullivan and Sean McGregor at the run

Eileen Geaney and Athletics legend Sonia O’Sullivan signing autographs

Eugene O’Leary on his special fundraising bicycle

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Torch to Howth, signalling the start of its visit to the city

Members of the Dublin All Stars Marching Band

Dermot Sherlock, general secretary, Olympic Council; President Higgins; his wife, Sabina; and Fingal Mayor Gerry Maguire (Lab)

Katie O’Rouke, Laura Garbutt and Emily O’Loughlin

Marching bands and dance troupes mark the arrival of the torch

Fingal Mayor Gerry McGuire (Lab) and Sonia O’Sullivan

Dermot Sherlock, Dermot Henihan and Bobby Begley

Pupils from the Old Burrow School

Rugby star Shane Byrne with twins Victoria and Isabelle O’Connor


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OLYMPICS Dublin gets its eager hands on the Olympic torch

Kenny Egan with the torch and his cheerleaders

Paul McGrath holds up traffic and the torch

Niamh Reid Burke with her parents and brother

We didn’t start the fire. Niamh Reid Burke with Alva Nolan Pictures: Fergus McNally and Andreas Poveda

Carrying the flame LYMPIC fever gripped Ireland (and in particular, Dublin) as the official torch relay took place on June 6. Dublin boxer Michael Carruth received the torch from fellow boxer, Olympian and medal winner, Wayne McCullough at the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. From there it travelled by bus to the

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capital where it was formally received by the President, Michael D Higgins. From here the relay really took off. Carried by the likes of Paul McGrath, Kenny Egan, Jedward, Sonia O’Sullivan, Niamh Reid Burke and many more, it truly was a memorable occasion that culminated in a celebration event in St Stephen’s Green.

Niamh Reid Burke and Kenny Egan

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TV and radio personality, Hector O hEochagain (left) and legendary GAA and sports broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh launch the Calor Community Champion 2012

Searching for heroes THE search is now on to find local champions across Dublin who work tirelessly each and every day to improve the lives of the people around them. Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions, has launched their inaugural Calor Community Champion 2012. Calor believe it is time that these people were recognised and celebrated, and have set aside a prize fund of €10,000 to do this. The search for local unsung heroes will be led by TV and radio personality, Hector O hEochagain. This summer, Hector and the team at Calor are looking for your help to choose the Calor Community Champion 2012. To enter and nominate your local Dublin hero, all you need to do is “like” the Calor Facebook page, once you become a “fan” you can enter the Community Champion app. Then, just provide the name of your nominee, contact details and in 250 words why you think they deserve to win.

Dublin SPCA special information day THE Dublin SPCA is encouraging all animal lovers to go along to a special information day of all things pet-like on Saturday, June 16. The fabulous Miss June Rodgers (panto star) is making a special guest appearance on the day. She is hoping to help raise the charity’s profile and promote awareness of animal welfare and owner responsibility. Families will be spoiled for choice of entertainment on the day with a diverse variety of enjoyable activities, demonstrations, food stalls, face painting, body art and bouncy castles.

DIARY There will be doggy style fashion, artwork, pet photography and grooming products for the fussiest pooch and owner. If you’re interested in going along to the event, then head down to the SPCA Animal Welfare Charity, Mount Venus Road Campus, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 on Saturday June 16, between 12pm and 4pm Contact Miriam Kerins, PR, Dublin SPCA for more information on 01-4994710 or 0867900894. .

A cornucopia of Irish food on the way TASTE of Dublin 2012 is on from June 14 to17 in Iveagh Gardens in Dublin and it promises to offer a cornucopia of Irish food from some of the bestknown chefs from Ireland and abroad. Launching the festival this year will be Jamie Oliver who is due to open a restaurant in Dundrum this year. He said: “Taste of Dublin is a fabulous platform for showcasing the best in Irish produce and cuisine and I can’t wait to kick off the summer in true Irish style at Taste of Dublin this June” Electrolux Ireland is sponsoring Taste of Ireland and visitors will be spoilt for choice with wine tastings and food samplings and workshops galore from over 100 industry experts. Irish talent includes Rachel Allen, Clodagh McKenna and Neven Maguire. Tickets are on sale now at www.tasteofdublin.ie or you can call 0818 30 00 30. Prices range from €20 (plus booking fee).

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SAILING A host of nautical activities to enjoy

Get on the water for the weekend SAIL Spree, which takes place on June 23 and 24, was officially launched last week by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) and TV presenter, Kathryn Thomas in Dun Laoghaire harbour. It is a new, weekendlong initiative, designed to get people out on the water to enjoy water sports of all kinds. At the launch, she enjoyed a small boat trip with three young sailors from the Irish National Sailing School. The weekend’s activities take in all areas around the Dublin coast, from Sutton to Dun Laoghaire, so there is bound to be something nautical happening near you. It kicks off on Saturday, June 23, at the Sutton Dinghy Club which will run a sponsored sail down Sutton Creek and back to their club headquarters. A barbecue will also be available to the participants following the event as well as music and prizes. The Sutton Dinghy club will also run an Access Sailing evening on Tuesday June 26 to follow on from the weekend.

This event is focused on those with disabilities and is intended to open them up to how accessible water sport fun can be for them. Rush Sailing Club will get involved on Saturday 23 also as it is running On the Water which are taster sessions for the novice in a choice of yachts, dinghies and power boats. More taster sessions are organised for Malahide Yacht Club which will run a two-day event during the spree weekend and will lay on entertainment in the form of music and games for all. Malahide Yacht Club’s junior sailing section is very strong and the club also boasts two sailors, David Burrows and Scott Flanigan, who are bound for the London Olympics next month. On the southside of Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Harbour will be running spree events such as taster sessions with the Irish National Sailing School on Saturday, June 23. Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club is running a two-day event for the weekend and will open at 11am and close at 8pm to allow people to relax in the bar and take part in their games and activities or trips in a motor boat

Kathryn Thomas fights to keep her balance

which will be free. The Royal St George Yacht Club will also be providing, “On the Water” taster sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. The club regularly holds national and international competitions such as Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth World Championships this July. For Sail Spree they will offer sailing and power boating taster sessions as well as providing onshore activities, food, drink, music and entertainment from their clubhouse overlooking the marina. Dun Laoghaire Powerboat School will give you the chance to try the excitement of power boating in the safe, calm waters of the harbour on Sunday, June 24. The National Yacht Club’s Sail Spree event will happen a bit later on the evening of Wednesday, June 27. Sailing taster sessions will be offered from their clubhouse at Dun Laoghaire harbour and food and drink dispensed later. To book your place or find out more about Sail Spree events in your area you can check it out online at www.sailspree.ie.

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Turning heads: Citroen hit it out of the park with the DS5 TV presenter Kathryn Thomas in Dun Laoghaire harbour

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BUSINESS: ENTERPRISE BOARD’S TOP TIPS WHEN MEETING NEW CONTACTS

Networking can pay off

SOME top tips for networking were issued by the Fingal County Enterprise Board (CEB) to more than 100 business owners and managers gathered at the Kettles Country House Hotel in Swords last week. The board focused on using networking skills to increase and build company sales. With opportunities for networking today more than ever before, the Fingal CEB is encouraging all small businesses to seek more opportunities for their businesses, and have issued advice for entrepreneurs on the Golden Rules of Effective Networking. The board suggests small companies move networking to the top of their list of priorities, and to take time to attend the many events held across the country on a regular basis. While they are often geared specifically at new start-ups and the small-business owner,

they can provide a great introduction to help new and fledgling businesses to hone their networking skills. Before attending a business evening, the board recommends researching the people who will be attending – in particular, competitors, customers and suppliers. --------------------------

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Attendees should prioritise the people that they want to meet, and find the moment to introduce themselves, as well as making sure they can easily communicate what they do, and their key selling points enthusiastically. While there are certain considerations to take into account when attending a networking event, there are common

mistakes the board recommends attendees to do their best to avoid. Building a personal relationship is extremely important, and it’s easy to miss opportunities by chatting about social topics. Remember to ask the right questions and to be prepared to focus on the right people. If someone is clearly wasting time, find an excuse and politely move on. Effective networking is not about ensuring attendees give equal time to everyone at a business function – it is far more effective to focus on those they feel will be a useful contact, or who will help the attendee or their business. Following a networking event, always follow-up the valuable contacts that are made, and as quickly as possible after an event. Send an email or make a call to such new contacts within a couple of days, to keep both businesses on the radar.

PRODUCE You’re growing to love

Highly praise

MICHAEL KELLY has some seasonal advice to get the best of summer growing THERE are some vegetables that you grow yourself and you really wonder whether it’s worth the hassle, particularly if there are good commercial alternatives available. However, given the fact that most of the tomatoes in our supermarkets are the super-bland, all-yearround Dutch variety, and taste of – well, nothing at all – having a good crop of your own tomatoes is really one of the most rewarding things you can do. Tomatoes that you grow yourself taste a million times nicer than anything you will buy in the supermarket – period. This is because the overwhelming majority of commercial tomatoes are grown for superficial uniformity and shelf-life, rather than flavour. You are more likely to eat your own tomatoes, as you would an apple, rather than slice ’em up and put them in a sandwich. They are a sweet, sumptuous treat, best eaten warm and freshly picked. I like being in touch with the seasonality of tomatoes, though it is a bitter-sweet affair given how short the season is –

tomatoes are basically in season for just a quarter of the year, or four short months. Ours are starting to ripen, now, and they will go on producing hopefully into late October, and then they will be no more, and we will shed a tear. We try to extend their season a little by getting the first seeds going on a warming mat in early spring at one end, and by preserving the produce at the other end (by storing, bottling, freezing etc). If you want to really embrace seasonal food consumption, you could do worse than starting with the tomato. Grow as many plants as your space will allow – nurture them, harvest, eat and store. Enjoy them fresh, from July until October, and then in the winter enjoy your own “processed” tomatoes too, in whatever form you have converted them in to – then give yourself a break from them. They are not in season, so don’t be tempted to buy them. When you have sampled the delectable taste of your own tomatoes, I promise you that you won’t find this hard.

Speaking of tomatoes, here’s a real date for the diary. On Sunday, September 2, Fingal Gardener’s Group and GIY Naul are holding an event – Totally Terrific Tomatoes – celebrating all things tomato. It takes place at Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co Dublin from 12 noon until 5pm. For further information, see www.nickykylegardening.com.

Things to do this month To do: Any ground that has finished cropping must be quickly cleared away to take more vegetables. Use your produce – eat it, freeze it, process it, exchange it, give it away. Continue to water and feed plants, and practise good weed control. Earth up brassicas such as Brussels sprouts – these plants will grow tall and require a good deal of support. Net plants to keep butterflies and the cabbage moth away. Cut dow n legume plants that have finished cropping – leave the roots in the soil, as they fix nitrogen in the soil. Give pumpkins plenty of water and apply a high-potash liquid feed. Sow: Continue successional sowings and use quick maturing varieties for autumn use – Swiss chard, lettuce, rocket, salad onions, radish, turnips, peas, French Beans (dwarf), carrots. Sow for winter use – spring cabbage, Hungry Gap kale, parsley, perpetual spinach, chicory and coriander. Plant strawberries now for a good crop next June. Propagate rosemary, sage and mint from cuttings now. Har vest: July and August are peak months for produce – enjoy it!

When there are hundreds when you could so easily

First crops of French and runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette and aubergine, marrows, beetroot, globe artichokes. Continue to harvest new potatoes, calabrese, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, turnips, shallots, garlic, radish, spring onions, salad crops, strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, currents (black, red and white), gooseberries, loganberries, peas, broad beans. Ask yourself – do you really need to go to the supermarket?!

Tip of the month Make use of your grass cuttings. Here’s how to make great compost, using two great wastecreators in the home and garden – newspapers and grass cuttings. Build an open heap of alternating 10-inch layers of crumpled newspaper and grass cuttings. Allow to get quite tall – four to fix feet – and then leave to rot down for a year.  Michael Kelly is a freelance

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these top tips for getting some gardening glory

the humble tomato Recipe of the Month: Green Tomato Chutney FAR from being a waste, the tomatoes that don’t ripen can be one of the most important assets you will get from your veg patch this year. The beauty of this recipe is its exclusivity – because you can’t buy the primary ingredient (green tomatoes) in the shops, it can really only be made by a GIYer.

of varieties of tomatoes, why settle for the bland, uniform variety in supermarkets grow your own delicious tomatoes, full of flavour?

Ingredients: • 3kg green tomatoes • Six large onions (about 1kg) • Three or four large green peppers • 700g brown sugar • 1.2 litres of vinegar • Spices: Three tbs mustard seed; one tbs coriander seed; one-half teaspoon celery seed; one teaspoon turmeric

Instructions Chop the onions and slice the tomatoes finely. Layer them in a very large bowl – ie, start with onions, then tomatoes, then onions etc, seasoning each layer with plenty of salt and a little pepper as you go. Leave it to stand for a day or so, then drain off the liquid and transfer the veg to a large stock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients (sugar, vinegar, spices), bring the whole thing to a boil, and let it simmer on a low heat for two or three hours. Put it back in to the bowl and let it sit for another day. Put it back in the stock pot and cook it for another half hour so that

the liquid reduces down further – you want just enough liquid to cover the vegetables when they are transferred in to pots. Sterilise some jam jars and ladle the chutney in to them. Don’t be tempted to eat any for about a month – it’s like a fine wine, and will get better with age.

FESTIVAL

A day for Brazilian culture WITH an estimated 30,000 Brazilians in Ireland, and more coming, now is a fitting time to welcome Dublin’s first Brazil Day. The first official Brazil Day Dublin will take place on Sunday, June 17 in Dtwo Bar, garden and club on Harcourt Street, beginning at 3pm, and running til late. It is a celebration of all things Brazilian, starting with a performance from a traditional capoeira group, followed up by a Brazilian band, Pagode Fora De Casa. There will also be traditional Samba Brazilian dancers, DJs, and traditional Brazilian BBQ and food, all adding to the authenticity of the day. T he night will be capped off by the famous Carlao and Fabiano Sertaneja band, which will just be returning from Paris after supporting Michel Telo.


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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Great gifts for your dad Edited by Laura Webb

CHECK ON YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE BLOOD pressure is essential for us all to survive – without it, our blood vessels would collapse. Hypertension, on the other hand, refers to blood pressure above a defined safe limit. This condition forces the heart to work harder, and it is the single most important risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. Because hypertension generally has no symptoms, it is essential that you attend your doctor or local pharmacy to get your blood pressure checked regularly. With thanks to the staff at Lucan Village Pharmacy

AVE the date, ever yone – it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17, and Gazette Style is making sure dads across Dublin get the gifts they have longed for. From simple gifts to unique one-offs, this year is going to be a cracker for giving. We all know that mothers love, love, love to get pampered, but who says fathers don’t want that, too? Dunboyne Castle Hotel has answered fathers’ calls, and are offering a Pamper Papa treat from their spa, Seoid. More and more men are looking for good skincare and want to look after themselves. The Seoid spa has two great offers available for

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the week of Father’s Day. Dad’s Treat includes a 45-minute Voya Facial to detoxify the skin and brighten a dull, lifeless complexion; a 15-minute head and shoulder massage to relieve any tension in the neck and shoulders, and a 20-minute Dry Floatation (which is the equivalent of three hour’s sleep), all for €75. The second special for Father’s Day – Father’s Me Time – includes a back, neck and shoulder massage, and a 20-minute Dry Floatation, for only €45. For further details on these offers, see www. dunboynecastlehotel. com. Get dad started on a great skin care routine, and a good place to start is with Vichy’s Homme

Hydra Mag C+ (50ml for €18.50), which is a two-in-one hydrating care product that fights the signs of fatigue and reduces under-eye bags and dark circles. This is also complemented with Vichy Homme Soap-Free Shaving Foam, which has a neutral PH, and glycerine for hydration. It is formulated to protect from tightness, dryness and irritations, and is suitable for sensitive skin. Meanwhile, we also all know how men are tuning into their fashion senses more than ever before, and are paying more attention to how they look. We had a quick look at Marks and Spen-

cer’s (M&S) to see what clothes would go down a treat this Father’s Day. See our selection of M&S images to get some inspiration for Father’s Day looks, this year. Why not go even bigger than usual this year and get dad a membership for their favourite football, GAA or rugby team? That way you know they will have a great season, no matter the score! Another great gift for rocking dads – or just to help them relive their youth – is by getting them a ticket to a festival. Electric Picnic is definitely one for all ages, and is a great family affair. Whatever you decide to get, make sure you pamper your dad, because they’re worth it, too.

Marks and Spencer have plenty of clothes to get dad looking dapper, such as a Blue Harbour polo shirt (€27), a smart leather belt (€35), four-pack of Collezione socks (€16)


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GazettePETS PETS

Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA

THE FACTS: FAMILIES MAY NOT ALWAYS CHOOSE THE BEST ANIMAL FOR THEIR NEEDS

Your pet deserves to have the right owner to love it OST parents at some stage during their child’s early years will be asked the question: “Mum (or dad), can I please have a dog? I promise I’ll look after him, walk him, feed him and clean up his poo.” Yeah, right – hands up how many of us have fallen for that one? I have! Our eldest dog, Sophie, was adopted from a shelter when she was six weeks old.We got her for our youngest child, who was then two. Sophie is now going on 18 and the child, now an adult, has shown lots of interest over the years by loving, cuddling, nurturing and socialising with the animal, but has she ever once walked her (err,no), fed her ( again, no), and has the thought of picking up a piece of dog poo ever seared my child’s brain stem? Again, no, never! If you get a pet for your child, it’s very likely that you – the mum – will end up being the primary carer and, when your child heads off to travel the world with his/her mates, chances are you’ll be left with the dog. That’s life. However, I still believe kids and pets go hand in hand together, especially kids and dogs. I think most of you reading this will agree that kids who have pets make for better, more humane adults. Having a pet teaches the child to have responsibility for another living creature, and creates a bond between them and the animal. In addition, a pet will also create empathy and raise the child’s self-es-

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teem. Why? This is because a pet gives unconditional love to a child; a pet will stabilise an unstable world for a child, because no matter what else is going on, a dog still needs walking, feeding and grooming – it’s part of its day-to-day routine. Routine is important to a child; it makes them feel safe, and pets force us to maintain a routine, helping the entire family structure to be more balanced. It doesn’t have to be a dog – a goldfish swimming around in a tank can teach children the responsibility of feeding, cleaning and caring. However, the key to enjoying the most satisfying relationship with your pet is choosing one that suits your lifestyle. It’s very easy for your child to fall in love with a cutie-pie puppy or a fluffy kitten, but the realities are that different sets of responsibilities fall with different types of pets. In order to help you make the right choice of pet for your family, I’ve set out a few points for you to consider. • Families with small children or an elderly relative living with them should consider the size and energy levels of the pet. If it’s a puppy or a kitten, it will be very active – however, it will also be delicate, and needs to be handled with extreme care. On the other hand, a large and energetic dog can accidentally harm a small child or an adult who is unsteady on their feet by knocking them over.

• If the home environment is one of total neatness; then you need to expect muddy footprints as well as accidents and hairs from a free-roaming animal. Therefore, a longhaired dog may not be your best choice. Maybe your best bet is a pet which is confined to quarters, such as fish, birds, or a turtle. • With certain pets, your garden will suffer. Dogs will dig holes, urinate and poo. • If you’re a bit of a home bird, and spend most of your time at home, consider a pet that is happy with such an environment. What about a cat, a rabbit or a bird? • However, if you’re

an active type of family who enjoys daily walks or loves to jog, then a dog could be your best friend. Also, there is a social element to dog-walking. It encourages interaction with others. • You need to decide just how much time you have to give to a pet. Keep in mind you are making a commitment that will last for approximately 12 to as much as 20 years if you get a cat or a dog. My eldest dog is 18. If you get something like a parrot – well, they live up to 70 years, sometimes 80! Here are some examples of different types of dogs, and how they could suit you and your

As adorable as Rover is, your even more adorable child(ren) may not be the best at tending to his needs, so you should think long and hard about the best kind of pet to suit your family’s life and habits

family. • A sporty dog: Retriever, Labrador, Spaniel. Very active, alert, like to be around people, so they’re social animals. • Terriers: Jack Russell, Wheaton, Fox. Tenacious and brave little guys, and very determined. My “ladies” love to dig, dig and dig again. They are quite determined and feisty, and this makes them a challenge to train. However, they’re extremely loyal, but can be a bit intoler-

ant of boisterous children. • Wo r k i n g d o g s : Doberman, Newfoundland, Boxer. Strongwilled, independent, may be physically overpowering; small children and the elderly should be aware of this exuberance. • Toy dogs: Chihuahua, Yorkie. Companion lapdogs, but still need exercise. They’re fragile and can easily get crushed under people’s feet; so take

care when having them around a toddler. They’re loyal and intelligent, and love learning tricks. All dog breeds must be kept under effective control and exercised regularly. For further information, contact your vet or professional dog trainer.  For more information, log onto www.dspca. ie or contact your vet or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie


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GazetteMUSIC MUSIC FastTunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

REVIEW: ROWLAND’S WANDERERS BRIDGE 27-YEAR GAP

The burning never ends for Dexys’ soul brothers I ROB HEIGH

FORGET the diamond jubilee, diamond geezer Paul McCartney turns 70 on Monday, June 18, and to say that the former Beatle is still going strong is a bit of an understatement. Fresh from closing the show at the queen’s diamond jubilee concert in London recently, Macca is gearing up to rock the English capital once again: this time at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. However not everyone thinks he can do no wrong. McCartney came under fire for his vocal performance at the queen’s bash, while others gave him stick for not playing Hey Jude. Macca’s hit back by saying he’s saving the Beatles’ anthem for the Olympics’ concert and didn’t want to play the same tune to the masses in the same city at gigs that are just weeks apart. Fair enough, there ARE enough Beatles’ songs to go round, people! Maybe if Elizabeth was called Judy things’d be different but hey, (ob-la-di, ob-la-da), life goes on. If you do watch McCartney at the opening ceremony on July 27 (he’ll be closing the show once again) then you’ll be in good company: four billion people are expected to tune in and they’ll see him perform Hey Jude and another song which hasn’t been named as yet. Carry That Weight for the torchbearers maybe? Or Day Tripper for the rubbish athletes? Even with his vocals getting a bashing, there’s no denying the fact that he’s a living legend with five decades of musical genius behind him who still packs more punch than many of today’s newer artists. Which is why I was surprised to hear The Beatles’ museum in Hamburg is closing down. The reason? Lack of interest! George Harrison once said All Things Must Pass. It’s a sad day when that includes Beatlemania.

ANYONE with any interest in soul music would be able to pick out at will the finest moments from the genre with ease. Otis Redding, Al Green, Geno Washington... all legends, all immortal. But in the realm of soul from these isles, there would appear to be a very short roll of classic names that spring to mind. Taking the influences of his youth — his Irish roots, his love of soul and northern soul and a burning passion to express himself musically — Kevin Rowland helped to create one of the most recognisable and influential bands of the eighties, Dexy’s Midnight Runners. The Irish connection has always been present in Dexy’s music, and Rowland’s search for national identity — Dance Stance’s rebellious stomp, on almost all of Too-RyeAy, and most obviously on Knowledge of Beauty from Don’t Stand... — should put Dexys on a considerable pedestal in Ireland, an expression of exiled Irishness to rank alongside The Pogues as one of the finest products of the British diaspora.

The Dexys line-up includes original members Jimmy Paterson, Kevin Rowland, Pete Williams and Mick Talbot, and viola player Lucy Morgan, proving that 27 years between releases need not diminish their genius

But the misapprehension of their Celtic soul brothers-look, the caricature that the immense success of Come On Eileen created, and the criminal undermining of their 1985 release, Don’t Stand Me Down, led to Dexy’s falling off the cultural radar, and their potential was eroded, leading to the break-up of the band and a number of lost years for Rowland. The band were reinvigorated by their 2003 tour – an unforgettable night at Vicar Street included

You can call me Paul: Graceland reissued ahead of Dublin date THE legendary Paul Simon and his equally

legendary Graceland album are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the record’s release this month in 1986. To salute the groundbreaking album, Simon returns to Dublin for two nights at the O2 arena on July 12 and 13, with some of the original African musicians set to join him on stage. In addition, the album is getting a deluxe re-release, with the CD accompanied by a DVD of Under African Skies, a feature length film which chronicles the creation and lasting influence of Simon’s iconic record.

— but it has taken until now for Rowland to reunite integral members from throughout the band’s classic line-ups — Big Jimmy Paterson on trombone, Mick Talbot on keys, Pete Williams on joint vocal duties — as well as a roll call of other fine musicians to record One Day I’m Going To Soar. Rowland has seldom been in better voice, effortlessly adding his unique croon to the silky layered and smooth instrumental backing that accompanies each

track. The musical motifs and progressions that appear on opening track, Now, reappear elsewhere throughout the record. Which, combined with the lyric book for the record — the life and love of Mr Rowland — make this as close to a concept album as Dexys have ever come. As ever, there is a sense of the confessional and a rare streak of humour and theatricality that many people utterly missed about their past incarnations.

The romanticism and dynamism that the backing — from cafe jazz to Celtic soul — provides Rowland’s lyrics and singing with a perfect underpinning for what is aimed for in this endeavour, and make One Day I’m Going To Soar as good as anything the Midnight Runners ever committed to record. It doesn’t surpass Don’t Stand Me Down — nothing ever could — but it comes close to its spirit, and is a very much more than welcome return.


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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS

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Interview: Graham McNevin, Project Architects

Clearing up some misconceptions

Graham McNevin and Ross Quinn

GRAHAM McNevin and Ross Quinn are associates with Project Architects and have worked in their Dublin office for over 10 years. Project Architects is an award-winning design focused architects’ practice formed in 1996 to build upon the expertise and experience of the former group established in 1976. The practice, which employs a core of approximately 15 professional, technical and

support staff from its two offices in Dublin and Cork, has a diverse range of experience in all aspects of architecture, design, planning and infrastructural development. Talking about the public’s view of architects, Graham says: “The biggest misconception out there is that an architect costs you money. The actual reality is that involving a registered architect at an early stage will save you time and money

and maximise your projects potential. “I feel that most people don’t fully understand an architect’s role and therefore don’t realise what we can do for you. We have helped people receive finance from banks, funding from investors and grants from the various bodies. Residential, retail and sports clubs have all availed of our service.” “We are trained professional designers who will lead you expertly

through the planning and building control process, ensuring that the requirements of the local authority are satisfied. We can oversee the construction of your project to better ensure completion on time, on budget and in compliance with legislation. And finally we can certify that your new home or extension is in compliance with Planning Permission and Building Regulations.” Project Architects

will tailor their service to your financial requirements. Contact them for advice on your new project, large or small on 01-6796466. Due to the high demand Project Architects are extending their free consultation to anyone who contacts them before August 31, 2012. Project Architects have just launched their brand new website: www.projectarchitects.ie

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Q: And your first pay cheque? A: A crisp £20 note Q: When did you start your present job? A: 15 years ago Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Seeing a vision become a reality for a client

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: None I am very hands on Q: What sport do you follow?

Q – What’s the latest on getting access to money in pensions ? I have a private pension with a sizeable amount of money that I could now well use. Is there any hope of extrapolating these funds ? Barry – Cork Street A – Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, the Fine Gael TD, recently proposed a question in the Dail to give access to those with Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) before retirement. Currently if you have an occupational AVC, you can only access it at retirement age (minimum age 60) which could be some time away for those in their youth. Implementation of same to access these funds could be some time away while access to the full pension before retirement has not even been mooted. Clearly we are on a pension time bomb. Currently, there are 420,000 Irish nationals over the age of 65 – 767,000 by 2026 and a whopping 1.8m by 2051 – so there will be greater pressure on the workforce at the time to support the elderly. In 2010 for every person who retired there were six workers. By 2051, there will be two workers. The state pension is currently € 230.30 per week and for over half the working population, this is the only money they will have when they retire. But it still also makes sense to invest in a pension, even on 20% tax rate, for every € 100 invested, the fund would have to drop by 20% in the year before you actually lose on the investment. On retirement, you can commute up to 25% of the fund (or € 200,000 whichever is the greater) as a tax free lump sum with a number of choices and options for investment of the balance. Email me for a free article originally published in the Sunday Business Post entitled The Pension End Game. Therefore, Barry, I would hold off on cashing your pension and consider increasing your contributions to it instead.  Contact John with your money questions at

jlowe@moneydoctor.ie or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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Q: What was your last Tweet/status update? A: Facebook status about a

Q: What is your guilty music/TV or movie pleasure? A: Movies! Love anything with a twist!

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Combine the three Jednorward!! Scary thought

sports pavilion we have just completed in University of Limerick

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: Anything Thai Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Again both would be an

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Over 10 Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: When my flight had to turn back to Australia six hours after we had left

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: My honeymoon in Australia and Thailand

Q: What would be your dream job? A: Irish football team man-

Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: Kings of Leon, The Eagles

interesting episode of Come Dine With Me.

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Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Rio Ferdinand (hasn’t

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Any gadget shop

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: See the world

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up front and that you match your design to your budget. Bearing this in mind, there are three key steps to a successful plan. 1. Assess and design the area – know your access points, be aware of where you may need to relocate ser vices and plumbing as that will have an impact on cost. 2. Get plan drawn up by a professional. This should be well drafted, legible and logical. Realistic in its design and matching your budget. 3. Your plan needs to be specified; the required materials from glazing, to kitchen cabinets, to light switches and sockets need to be defined up front and in detail. Once your specifications are complete, you will send them out to the builders you have

selected, who will then price as per your specifications. You will be getting quotations from several sources so it’s important that all involved have the same information. Quality specification is crucial if you want an accurate tender. Make sure you are 100% satisfied that what you need is on the costings the builders bring you back and that it matches your specifications. If the documentation doesn’t match, you may find yourself in a situation where an element of the build may be removed from the project (as it wasn’t on the list the builder brought back) or, it could be added in later at an extra cost. Once prices come in, you must then meet your builder. You could be entering into a three

of four month project and the building team will be onsite daily. You must be able to communicate with them. Once you are close to making a decision, you need to go and look at prior work and talk to old customers. But don’t let positive feedback sway you into making a decision, the quality of previous work will hopefully speak for itself.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS

Edited by Cormac Curtis

RoadSigns Road Signs

SIGNIFICANT GROWTH FOR JAGUAR SALES

Citroen’s designers have gone to town on the DS5, crafting a car with more attention to detail and luxurious touches than you’d expect – but expect to be delighted

A head-turning motor  CORMAC CURTIS

IT IS a rare and wonderful occasion when you get a taste of being a kid again – and a week spent with the new Citroen DS5 gave me just that sensation. At first glance, I was captured by an elegance of design that is mixed with a downright brutishly low-slung stance that, coupled with the almost over-sized alloy wheels, reminded me of some kind of military vehicle. Citroen have hit it clear out of the park with the DS5 – it has a staggering ability to turn heads. From every angle, the exterior of this car is a design classic. But, more importantly, the interior has all the looks of a jet fighter’s cockpit, yet at the same time offers all the luxury that you could ever desire. A beautiful blend of black and maroon leather adorned the seats and trim – the most attractive colour scheme of any car I have driven in recent years. Every point of contact made me grin with satisfaction – just imagine a youngster on Jim’ll Fix It getting to live out a boyhood dream and you will get the idea! The driver’s seat just

SPECS: CITROEN DS5  HDi 160bhp 6-speed manual  5-door Saloon  Top speed: 215km/h  0 – 100km/hr: 8.5 sec  CO2 emissions: 133gm/ km  Tax Band: B – €225  Model driven priced from €36,400

seemed to wrap itself around me, preparing me for the joy of driving a very special motor. The chunky steering wheel is wrapped in leather, boasts a flat bottom, brushed steel accents, and very useful controls for telephone, radio and cruise control. The edges of the wheel offer attractive contrast stitching – a theme that continues throughout the car. Under the driver’s left forearm, the “I drive”style system control for the sat nav and radio sits ahead of the brushed steel window control buttons. Ahead of the gear shift, the centre console contains an array of chunky buttons and dials for climate control air con, heated seats etc. All of these controls have a solid, almost retro feel. The video display for the on-board sat nav is

The Citroen DS5 interior: “The most attractive colour scheme of any car I have driven in recent years”

bright, easy to read and very accurate. The navigation system includes live traffic information and European maps. Another feature of the video display is a reversing camera, which I found myself getting very attached to – especially as I manoeuvred this very substantial vehicle during the morning school run. A lovely touch on the console is a beautifully designed analogue clock – something you don’t see too often in cars any more. It may not be all that necessary, but like so many features of this car, it adds to the feeling that you are driving something just that little bit special.

Overhead is divided into three separate sunroof sections, or, as Citroen call them, “light wells”. Each of these light wells is controlled individually by buttons in the roof console. Also in this console are two drop-down containers for sunglasses, as well as a Citroen emergency call button – an impressive system that can alert emergency services, when activated. It’s never certain how well the interior of a car will age, and the level of brushed steel and metallic accents here will require a little more attention than most to keep looking as elegant as they did leaving the showroom.

However, the build quality certainly felt very solid and very well put together. When I managed to drag my gaze away from the interior, I finally got driving. The driver’s outlook reminded me of that of a car far sportier and stealthier – the outside road appears in a kind of panoramic mode, thanks to the wide, shallow windows that wrap around the cabin. Sometimes, the view is a little compromised, but I found myself getting used to the unusual pillar positions very quickly – a small price to pay for the elegant design that is on display here. In terms of perform-

ance, there was nothing to disappoint me here, either. The model I was driving came with a 160bhp Hdi engine, coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox, and it had all the performance I needed. At this level, it won’t break any speed records, but it was by no means underpowered – all in all, the power-to-weight ratio was bang on the money. This kind of car doesn’t come around too often – and, with prices starting at around €32,500, it is not completely beyond the budget of someone looking for a car that will not only turn heads, but put a smile on your face every time you get in.

JAGUAR Land Rover Ireland has achieved significant growth in 2012, with combined sales of more than 800 vehicles up to the end of May – an increase of 39.7% versus the same period last year – encouraging growth, given that new car sales for the industry as a whole are down by 8.7%. The sales increase is mainly owed to the response to the two award-winning models on offer from each brand – the Jaguar XF 2.2 Diesel and the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Gerard O’Farrell, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Ireland, said: “The increased demand for both Jaguar and Land Rover demonstrates the unique desirability and strength of our products. “With pricing starting from €39,000 for the Range Rover Evoque, and €44,820 for the Jaguar XF, there has never been a better time to consider Jaguar and Land Rover.”

RENAULT’S JUNE SCRAPPAGE DEAL ALMOST a year after the Government scrapped scrappage, Renault has brought back a scrappage deal for June, where customers who buy a new Renault car and trade in their eight years or older vehicle will get an extra €1,500 on top of the current offer, and a five years’ unlimited mileage warranty. Also for June, customers can avail of 0% APR finance offers from Renault Finance. Renault Ireland pioneered scrappage. ie in late 2009 and saw their sales increase as a result of theirs, and the Government’s, scrappage scheme.


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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Get some guaranteed sunshine with Wingsabroad Turkish holiday specials WINGSABROAD, the Turkish holiday specialist is offering some great deals this summer if you want guaranteed sunshine. A stay at the three-star Melissa Apartments costs €359pps (self-catering and two sharing). This includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation. You will travel from Dublin or Cork on June 24 or June 25, from Shannon. The next offer is a stay at another three-star resort, Sami Beach Hotel, (B and B basis). Prices start at €399pps and include return flights and seven nights’ accommodation. Travel on June 24 from Dublin or on June 25 from Shannon. Another offer is the four-star Golden Day Wings (B and B basis) from €439pps (two sharing). This includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation. Leave on either June 24 from Dublin or Cork or on June 25 from Shannon. You can stay at the four-star Coastlight Hotel on a B and B basis from €449pps (two sharing). The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation. Leave from Dublin or Cork on June 24 or from Shannon on June 25. To stay at the three-star Summer Gardens on a self-catering basis will cost €419pps (two sharing), including return flights, seven nights’ accommodation as stated. Start out from Dublin on June 24 or from Shannon on June 25. The final offer is to stay at the three-star Marbel Hotel (all-inclusive) from €559pps (two sharing) including return flights, seven nights’ accommodation. Travel on June 24 from Dublin or Cork or else June 25 from Shannon. For more information or to book please visit www.wingsabroad.ie or call 01 8719444 or contact your local travel agent.

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INDIA AND NEPAL: LAUNCH OF ESCORTED TOURS FOR BOTH COUNTRIES

Explore a little Eastern mystery I BAIRBRE NI

BHRAONAIN

F you’ve ever thought about making that daunting trek to Nepal or India but didn’t know where to start, here’s your chance to explore these two countries of Eastern mystery with an escort to lead the way for you. Gohop.ie have just introduced an escorted tour of both countries which takes in all of their most important historical and religious sites. Exotic stops on the tour begin with the Indian capital, New Delhi then on to Jaipur and Agra (home of the Taj Mahal). From here you will go onto Jhansi and the medieval riverside town of Orchha which is filled with shrines and temples. Next the tour heads to the UNESCO heritage site of Khajuraho where the temples are of the erotic kind and finally it reaches the spiritual heart of India as you fly to Varanasi. The first stop of the tour is in Old Delhi. You will visit Jama Majid which is the largest mosque in India, take a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk and visit Red Fort and Faj Ghat where the shrine

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Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh house of worship in New Delhi

and cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Next to New Delhi which is a modern, vibrant city with fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture and the world’s tallest minaret at Qutab Minar. It also has the India Gate; a war memorial arch and is the residence of India’s president and parliament. The tour will next take you on to Jaipur where you will visit the magnificent Amber Fort. Rajput is famous as a complex of palaces and pavilions, gardens and

You will enjoy a sunset visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal

temples. You will truly feel like a prince or princess of the old Raj as you ascend a hilltop on a decorated elephant. You will then have the option of seeing Jaipur from the sky in an early morning hot air balloon flight over the pink city. Agra is famous for its marble and also for its intricate leather work. You will enjoy a sunset visit to the spectacular Taj Mahal. This white marble shrine to love was built over a period of 22 years

by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to house her mortal remains. Orchha, or “hidden place” has ruins of the tiered Jahangir Mahal, a fine example of medieval Indo Islamic architecture decorated with paintings and frescoes done in the 17th century. The Taj Mahal features more murals and frescoes depicting the life of Lord Rama and Krishna and incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Kathmandu is next on the tour where you will enjoy an early morning boat cruise on the Holy River Ganges. On the Ganges you will see the “bathing ghats” where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the river. Sarnath is the following place and it’s where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. You will then visit the 2500-year-old Swayambhunath Stupa. This is one of the holiest and oldest Buddhist

chaityas in Nepal. The tour will then head to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. The Gohop escorted tours to India and Nepal run from June 1, 2012 until April 15, 2013. You can book your tour of 11 nights by contacting www.gohop.ie and prices include 11 nights’ accommodation with half board, English speaking guides, entrance fees to sights, elephant ride, a boat ride in Varanasi and transportation via car. Prices are €1,590per person sharing (pps) until September 30 2012 (ground only); €1,890pps until April 15, 2013 (ground only); €2,490pps until September 30 2012 (including flights) and €2,790pps until April 15, 2013 (including flights). The return flights to Delhi, which will be priced on enquiry to ensure the best fares, and visas for India and Nepal are not included in the price.


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GoingOUT THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Travesties

FOLLOWING the hugely successful and popular Plaza Suite, Rough Magic are back at the Pavilion Theatre with the delicious comedy Travesties by Tom Stoppard. Best-known as the author of the Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love and the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia, Stoppard is at his best in this absurdly funny masterpiece featuring James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Dadaist Tristan Tzara. Running until June 23, tickets are priced from €18 to €25.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Bloomsday Celebration THE Mill Theatre and Roly Saul’s presents a special Bloomsday Celebration Brunch to mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses. Join them in Roly Saul’s restaurant for a buffet brunch with fare inspired by Leopold Bloom’s breakfast, including a glass of burgundy. Brunch will be accompanied by theatrical readings from Ulysses read by actor Declan Brennan. Sandra Oman (soprano) will perform Joycean songs including the famous, I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls, Bahnhofstrasse and She Weeps Over Rahoon (two poems written by Joyce). This event takes place on June 16 at 11.30am. Admission: €15

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Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin) share a tender moment under the covers

Monteverdi’s Orfeo OPERA Theatre Company, Ireland’s National Touring Opera Company continues its 26th year of touring opera with this memorable and compelling work. OTC is delighted to welcome back founding member Ben Barnes, who directed the company’s first opera in 1986 and now returns to direct Orfeo. This event takes place on June 19 at 8pm. Admission: €28 & €25 concession

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 John Colleary and Patrick McDonnell THIS is a unique opportunity to see two of Irelands finest stand up’s performing live together in one explosive show. As well as starring in the The Savage Eye, John Colleary is a writer and performer of Today FM comedy slot, Last Orders. As well as The Savage Eye, Patrick has created memorable characters in Naked Camera and of course Father Ted. This show takes place on June 15 at 8.15pm. Admission €16.

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A Crazy little thing A Sundance favourite, Like Crazy never made it to Irish cinemas. Be thankful for the second chance the DVD gives. I PAUL HOSFORD

SUNDANCE, the indie film festival, has a chequered hit ratio in recent years. For every Precious in recent times, there has been a Hamlet 2, which sold for $10 million dollars and made less than half that at the US box office. With that in mind, the viewing public has become somewhat weary of the Sundance seal of approval, even given 2010’s spectacular performance, when Academy Awards rained down on Sundance picks. One film that came out of the 2011 festival highly tipped was Like Crazy, but this intimate depiction of a long-distance relationship never found a home in Irish cinemas, due mainly to a complete lack of buzz on this side of the pond. It can be hard to sell to most audiences a trip to a

FILM OF THE WEEK: Like Crazy #### (15) 90 mins Director: Drake Doremus Starring: Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Charlie Bewley

OUR VERDICT:

INSPIRED by director Doremus’ legal battles to get his ex-wife an American work visa, Like Crazy is an immediate, raw and close to the bone examination of relationships and distance, both physical and emotional. Occassionaly beautiful and always assured, it is a film that will stay with you beyond its 90 minutes.

film that cost less than a two-bedroom apartment in Monasterevin. Well, pre-crash anyway. Shot on a handheld Canon EOS 7D for less than $250,000, Like Crazy tells the story of two LA college students, British rose Anna and California furniture designer Jacob. Refreshingly, there is no meet-cute. Nothing contrived happens to bring them together. There is merely a note on a windshield and a tentative phonecall. From there, the two fall madly in love and, with the school year due to end, Anna makes the

fateful decision to stay for the summer, in direct contravention of her student visa. Flying home for a wedding, she is forced to spend a few months in Blighty away from her love in LA. Upon trying to re-enter the States, however, she falls foul of immigration. That leaves the couple with no choice but to split. Their lives are too disparate, too separate to overcome the time and space differences. What follows is a fouryear journey through getting back together, visits to London, new partners,

engagements and constant legal battles. This not an heroic, triumph over-the-odds story, however. This a cutting insight into two desperately flawed characters that, at times, you just want to shake. This is, for this reviewer, the film’s biggest single achievement. The idea that you have to fully like characters has always stuck in my craw, not that I know what a craw is. For me, the premise is flawed. Unlikable characters, akin to unlikable people, are often fascinating. The idea that otherwise good people would make bad choices through stubbornness, poor communication or insecurity is not bad storytelling, it is a fact of life. W hen Anna reads Jacob’s text messages and sees communications with an ex, some will see a completely unlikeable

character, borne of black and white. But, what Doremus has actually done is create a character of greys. Someone driven to distraction by the thought that their partner has a life 5,500 miles away that she may never know. Devoting all of your screen time to two characters, either together or separately takes immense faith. Giving them flaws so obvious and exposed, is fearless. The film is weighted brilliantly on the shoulders of Felicity Jones, as Anna and Anton Yelchin, as Jacob. Newcomer Jones is the standout, however. She shows a deftness and subtlety that many actresses her age lack and it is no wonder she bagged the Sundance award for breakthrough performance, showing that not all Sundance recommendations are bad.


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GazetteGAMING GAMING Bytesandpieces Camera is sure to be snapped up

Using television’s Game of Thrones as an example of providing supplementary info over your smartphone for your favourite TV shows, Marc Whitten, head of Microsoft’s XBox Live division, demonstrated how its SmartGlass service aims to underline the company’s drive to master the home entertainment hub

Weee love E3’s show I SHANE DILLON

THE greatest show in town, the annual E3 sees games developers, publishers, marketeers, icons, gurus, journalists, fans and many more gather in Los Angeles for a look at what to expect in the gaming (and tech) world over the next 12 months. It’s the biggest international such event for anyone and everyone, and, while there can be dull E3s just as easily as exceptional ones, they’re always worth paying attention to. As always, it’s the games and players that don’t attend E3 that set

tongues a-wagging, and this year was no different. For example, while nobody was remotely surprised that there wasn’t so much as a whisker of Grand Theft Auto V on show – frankly, GTA developer Rockstar are too big to stoop to the biggest games show in the world, and never show their wares – it was the non-showing of other notable titles that raised eyebrows. Sony’s long-delayed The Last Guardian, for instance, once again failed to make a showing for the PlayStation 3. On the other hand,

Sony wowed crowds with stunning gameplay from a number of PS3 titles, with The Last Of Us setting an apparent benchmark in mature gaming and graphics – just one of a number of heavy-hitting PS3-exclusive titles on show. Nintendo, too, impressed, as people finally got to see what its upcoming console – the Wii U – is capable of. Given the breathtaking fiscal losses posted by Nintendo in the past year, the Wii U really had to impress, and especially when considering its somewhat head-scratching concept of a giant

controller that’s also kind of a tablet display screen and, errr, um ... However, its capabilities became much clearer for those that picked it up and tried it out, clearly making the Wii U one to watch when the innovative console releases. Of course, Microsoft wasn’t going to let its rivals steal the show, and, in addition to a number of hefty gaming announcements, its main one concerned “SmartGlass”. This, it seems, fits the company’s goal of unifying home entertainment in a one-stop-shop, such that, for example, your standard smartphone/

tablet could have innovative uses to tie in to a number of home entertainment hubs. In this way, your phone/tablet could, say, provide extra uses for your games, or control your TV, or provide supplementary information about your favourite show, and so on. All this, and much, much more was on show at E3. Despite the difficult economic times we’re all facing - as well as gamers around the world - E3 showed that, as always, the gaming and tech worlds have an awful lot to look forward to in the coming 12 months.

Anotherweebyte... Techies won’t be impressed – but many readers will buy this back-to-basics phone FOR all of their ever-increasing power, there’s just one thing about mobile phones that companies rarely, if ever, want to talk about – the fact that an awful lot of phone users have absolutely no interest in almost all of what their phones can do. One such group are older citizens. Personal experience, and anecdoctal evidence, suggests that many older people couldn’t care less about apps, Wifi functionality, and so on – they simply want to be able to make and receive calls, send occasional texts, perhaps use picture messaging, – but

that’s about all. Step forward Vodafone, and its exclusively available emporia CLICK – a stripped-back flipscreen mobile phone with few “unecessary” bells and whistles, yet with a number of interesting, and useful functions. It’s a streamlined, somewhat basic phone – however, these are also its strengths, as its chunky and tactile buttons, scalable screen font sizes, emergency access to key numbers, and other such functions go against the grain of what the average mobile phone does – and makes the emporia

CLICK all the better for it. I can see how it will appeal to many phone owners looking for a phone that’s, well, just a phone, rather than an all-singing, toocomplicated “all-in-one entertainment system”. Certainly, I have older relatives who’re looking for exactly this kind of just-a-phone phone. The emporia CLICK is available at Vodafone stores, priced from €79.99, though special offers (eg number switching) may apply.

AS I’M looking at some of the latest tech this week, whether in gaming terms or hardware, it’s a good time to point out that Sony are rolling out another top-notch camera soon (July), ready to continue blurring the lines between “amateur” and “professional” camera models. Space prevents me from going into all the details of the highly-impressive new Cyber-shot RX100 (right), but the basics are anything but basic, and will greatly impress any other photographers out there. For instance, with an effective sensor resolution of 20.2 megapixels, courtesy of its special Exmor CMOS sensor; 3.6x optical zoom with its F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens; a maximum ISO of 25600; 1,229k dot resolution for its 7.5cm Xtra Fine LCD screen; new WhiteMagic technology that uses white pixels in addition to RGB – well, there’s a long, long list of features that will be complete gibberish to non-enthusiasts, but make the Cyber-shot RX100 very impressive indeed. It’s a great addition to Sony’s already top-notch Cyber-shot line, and is sure to be snapped up once it hits the shops.


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SOCCER: FAI SUMMER SCHOOLS SET TO KEEP THE EURO 2012 BUZZ ALIVE AT CAMPS

Super summer soccer schools set to sizzle  sport@gazettegroup.com

WITH only days left to avail of the early booking discount for Dublin players, the FAI are urging future Irish internationals to follow up their interest in the Euros with the eFlow FAI Summer Schools this summer. An estimated 4,000 budding soccer stars are due to sign up to one of the 55 designated schools which will commence on July 1.

The FAI’s discount offer will come to a close on June 15, so children from the age of six to teenagers of up to 14-years-old need to register as soon as they can to keep the Euro 2012 buzz going throughout the summer. These week-long soccer schools are open to boys and girls of all abilities and, with three different camps on offer, including girls-only and goalkeeper camps, there is plenty of choice for all levels of abil-

ity and experience. All of the camps will be overseen by FAI-accredited coaches who can provide an opportunity for children to learn new skills, develop existing skills, have fun and benefit from the guidance of some of Ireland’s best soccer coaches. On the first day of camp, each participant will receive a full kit, a football and a backpack. Encouraging local Dublin soccer players to sign-

Local soccer star Stephen Ward and friend promote the eFlow FAI Summer Schools at the Aviva Stadium

up, Portmarnock native and Irish international player, Stephen Ward, who himself participated in the soccer schools as a young player, said: “I participated in the camps when I was a kid and not only did it help

me to improve as a player, it was also great fun during the summer holidays. “With 55 Dublin clubs hosting camps, the fully qualified coaches will help young talent to develop and improve their soccer

skills in a fun and interesting way. As an additional bonus and to mark the beginning of the 2012 eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools, eFlow is offering free jersey personalisation to the

first 200 eFlow customers who book their place at any of the camps around the country. For further information on the camps and to book a place, visit www.summersoccerschools.ie or


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Mark, Jean and Eve Banahan were among the guests at Findlaters in Howth. Pictures: Simon Jeacle

Cillian Kirwan with the torch

Olympics

The Olympic torch had a squad of cheerleaders to welcome it

A full Irish of Olympic proportions RIGHTS’ Findlater in Howth hosted a complimentary breakfast for the sports clubs in the local area last week to celebrate the Olympic torch’s arrival in Ireland. Guests included members of Suttonians Rugby, Howth Celtic Soccer, Howth Golf Club, Sutton Lawn Tennis Club, Howth GAA and Suttonians Hockey Club. The torch made its way to Dublin early last Wednesday where it was welcomed by President Michael D Higgins who received the Olympic flame at a special ceremony.

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Pauline, Sean and Dermot Dineen

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Friday night lights coming to Dublin

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American football is coming to the city in force this summer, and Notre Dame v Navy is not Bike week events set the only attraction on offer, writes ROB HEIGH to re-cycle family fun IT’S no understatement to say that there is nothing like an American Football match to illustrate all the passion, the glamour and the commitment to sporting endeavour in one single event. From the pitch to the rafters, there is a unique buzz that cannot be found in any other sport in the world. For a seemingly privileged few who get pitchside at the NFL matches we see on TV, they experience one of the most exciting, involving and intense sports played just within their reach. But, in a few short weeks, the thrill of American Football is coming to local pitches in Dublin. On the weekend of August 31, there will be a celebration of the sport in Parnell Park and Donnybrook Stadium, with 12 top-class US high school and NCA A Division

III college teams taking part in a Friday Night Lights event never before attempted in the city, ahead of the main event of the weekend, the regular season game between Notre Dame and Navy at the Aviva Stadium. The double-headers

on hand to find out more about the tournament. “I’ve brought Division 3 college sides over to Ireland to play one-off matches before, but when I saw the date of the Notre Dame v Navy game, a light went off in my head,” said Steenberge, an enthusias-

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here in Dublin, and in Pairc Tailteann in Navan, are the culmination of a plan set in motion by Notre Dame football legend, Patrick Steenberge. Steenberge and his partners in setting up the Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) American football event were in Dublin last week, and GazetteSport was

tic icon of the athletic programme at Notre Dame and founder of Global Football, who have been taking American Football out to the wider world for many years now. “The Notre Dame and Navy game is happening right at the start of our football season. I started calling some people, and there was a great interest

in getting this tournament organised. “I thought I would have four college teams travelling, which would have been fine, but more and more wanted to come, which means we can have these three-double headers in three great venues.” Steenberge was clear about what impact he hopes bringing the games to local venues will have. “Putting the sport on people’s doorsteps was very important to us. Playing in Navan, at Donnybrook and in Parnell Park is critical to that. If we had stuck to our original plan, we would have been playing at RDS, UCD and Donnybrook. But we realised that was only one neighbourhood we would be reaching. “So, by playing at these venues and making the prices affordable for people was a key to making this event accessible and

Irish American Football Association Chairman Greg Loughran (centre left) presents Patrick Steenberge with an Ireland shirt, flanked by Brian Mullins of UCD (left) and Regis Scafe, head coach of John Carroll University (right)

as inclusive as possible. “There is six hours of entertainment on offer, and the people who come along will get to understand that there is more to American Football than the top-level NFLtype matches. In the US, American Football is accessible to all people in local communities, and we wanted to do that here as well. “Anyone who loves sport can come out with their whole families, and see home high-level competition. It’s not NFL or Division 1 college football, but it is very competitive and a lot of fun.” Speaking at the event, the Irish American Football Association president, Greg Loughran, said: “We are hoping that there will be a lot of buzz about the matches taking place later this summer, from the Notre Dame and Navy game all the way through to these college matches. “We hope that the event will mean that there will be a lot more people getting interested in American Football, which we hope to pick up on, and let people see what we are doing about bringing people into playing the game in Ireland. “We have an U-13 and U-15 travelling to Holland for the European championships this year, which is a huge step for American Football in Ireland.” For more information, see www.americanfootball.ie and www.gift2012. com

IRELAND’S annual Bike Week is taking place from June 16 to 24. A variety of cycling and awareness-raising events are being organised including a fun family 6km cycle from Marlay Park on June 23 at 3pm. This free event is organised by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for families and any age or fitness level. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but places are limited, so pre-registration is essential. There will also be a goodie bag, highviz vest and refreshments at the finish line for all who take part. The route starts at Marlay Park, down to Grange Road and along a new urban cycle route towards Dundrum Shopping Centre and back for refreshments and goodies. According to Shane McArdle, coordinator of DLRSP: “This event will be a great way for families to get out cycling during Bike Week along a safe route that avoids traffic.” To register your interest for this event and get a full list of the activities taking place in the County during Bike Week, contact DLRCC at 01-2047026 or fgill@dlrcoco.ie. DLRSP are keen to promote cycling as a cheap, reliable, fast mode of transport which they say: “Keeps you feeling fit and healthy, and has huge environmental benefits. So, dust down your bike and beat the traffic for Bike Week 2012”.

Artists sought for Horse Show contest THE Dublin Horse Show is offering one lucky primary school student the chance to win a family season pass to the show if they can create a poster for the renowned equestrian event. 19 runners-up will receive a one-

day family pass for Saturday, August 18, and the winning artworks will be featured on the official Dublin Horse Show website. 2012 will be the 139th running of the show, which takes place from August 15 to 19. For more information on the Dublin Horse Show and the competition, see www.dublinhorseshow.com


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SOCCER: NDSL SIDES TAKE CONFIDENCE FROM 2011/12

Burrows takes a bow at Weymouth regatta MALAHIDE man David Burrows, sailing with Peter O’Leary, took first place at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth last weekend, the host venue for the 2012 Olympics. The Providence Resources Irish Olympic sailors performed consistently during the regatta, remaining in the top three places throughout. They were third overall heading in the medal race, but a third-place finish in the double points race saw them jump ahead of Brazilian rivals Scheidt and Prada and Britain’s Percy and Simpson. ISA performance director, James O’Callaghan, said: “It was a fantastic race under pressure from Peter and David. It was nerve-wracking to watch but both boys were elated as they crossed the line to claim gold.”

Malahide LTC girls claim a comeback win MALAHIDE Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (MLTCC) Girls’ Class 2 team rallied to victory against Sutton in Templeogue Tennis Club last Sunday, with the Class 3 boys’ team winning against Rathgar. All three of the boys matches went to championship tie breaks, which they won two of and lost the other. Great performances from Daire De Burca, Tom Hogan, Luca Immick, Pearse Clyne, Stephen Lowe and Karl Murray Perrick were witnessed by all present. Victories for Hannah Egan and

Fiona Ryan, a narrow championship tie break loss for Emma Mullen and Eimear Reilly readied the MLTCC crowd for a dramatic tiebreak win for Katie Foley and Caoimhe O’Reilly.

Malahide CC seconds miss out in Tillain MALAHIDE Cricket Club’s second XI were unable to replicate the firsts’ performance against Old Belvedere last week when they lost their Tillain Cup second round match to Old Belvedere in Cabra last week. After restricting their Division 2 opposition to 119 runs, Malahide came up short in the T20 game.

Malahide United NDSL sides showed promise and skill throughout their 2011/12 season’s travails

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MALAHIDE United Athletic Football Club enjoyed another successful year in their NDSL campaign, with some silverware being acquired, and leaps and bounds being made in their noncompetitive U-8 to U-10 age groups. ConnorTimmons guided the U-8 NDSL groups through their non-competitive season, with the budding stars developing greatly, with the eight weeks over Christmas spent playing futsal in Gormanstown, right up until its finish in May. The U-9s had a great

year of improvements playing non-competitive football much like the U-8s Green and Gold teams, with the Cs, Gs and Hs all giving great accounts of themselves, and even testing their skills in various cup tournaments at the end of the season. Eric McGrenery’s U-10 Fs were the toast of their age group, enjoying noncompetitive campaigns along with the D and H sides, but also claiming silverware on the Oscar Traynor Road in their cup outing. Colm O’Reilly and Sean Conlon’s U-12s showed great defensive

Lord of the tees: Flatley launches golf initiative MICHAEL Flatley helped to tee off a week of fundraising for Drive for Dads which will run from June 17 to 24 to raise money for research into new treatments for the leading cancers affecting men in Ireland. The Island Golf Club, Portmarnock Links Golf Club, the Royal Dublin Golf Club and Malahide Golf Club are among the clubs supporting the initiative. For more information, see www.drivefordads.ie or call 1890 998 998.

virtues in their league showings, despite finishing in a lowly position, while Kevin Dowling and Jim McEvoy’s side had a strong season ending up in the middle of the pack in their league. Martin Kelly’s U-13s showed great perseverance in the Premier division of the NDSL, and with massive changes to the line up, they showed great passion in their football despite having to succumb to relegation. Barry McLaughlin and Larry O’Dea’s D side also showed great heart finishing fifth in their league. Dave Torpey and Dave Herbert’s charges claimed

the highest finish for Malahide’s U-14 NDSL contingent, finishing in a solid fourth place, just shy of promotion to the Premier division for next season, something they will surely look toward for 2013. Brian Kenny’s U-15 Premier side showed themselves to be a strong, resilient team with a flair in front of goal, with a solid finish in fifth place, the 15As finished their league run in sixth, while the Cs held seventh position at the end of the season. Sean Roche and Glen Sutton led their 16Bs to a higher table finish in fifth

place, while Sean Gaine and Dan McEvoy’s A side finished in ninth spot. The U-17 Premier side showed they were in the right place, with a very versatile showing in their league campaign with a sixth-place finish. Paul Brennan’s B side finished in 11th spot, and will be back next year to tackle the competition again. Again, Jim Kinsella’s 18 Premier side showed themselves to be a good match for anyone in the league, finishing midtable in sixth place, while Kevin McGrath’s 18Bs sat in 13th at the end of the season, despite some great performances.


14 June 2012 MALAHIDE GAZETTE 31

HURLING: GOOD SHOWING BODES WELL FOR SEASON

CLUB NOTICEBOARD FINGALLIANS Euro 2012: The club will be showing the

to 28 and is for those aged between 13

Ireland v Spain match on Thursday

and 16. The coaching throughout the

evening at 7.45pm. Children will be wel-

week will be carried out by a number

come, but must be off the premises 30

of Dublin hurlers. For further infor-

minutes after the game concludes.

mation, contact simon.lambert.gpo.

The nursery on a Saturday morning

Order now from the bar: Leinster

23. There will be nursery on that day,

senior hurling semi-final, June 23 at

and the nursery will re-commence in

O’Moore Park, Portlaoise: Kilkenny v

September.

Dublin at 5pm. Stand - €25, Terrace

Fins TV: Our new TV network caught

- €15; Family tickets: one adult and

up with Amy McGuinness touring Can-

two juveniles, etc. Stand - Adults €25,

ada last week with the Ladies Football

juveniles €5 each. Terrace - Adults €15,

All-Stars - check it out on www.fin-

juveniles €3 each.

gallians.com

G.C. on June 15 with tee times from

camps (hurling and football) will take

3.30 to 4.40pm. The timesheet still has

place on July 22 and 23 in the club bar.

a couple of slots available. Please con-

The cost per child is €30 for members,

tact the club bar for availability.

and €50 for non-members. For fur-

Our ladies’ section are currently

ther information, contact Nicky or

raffling two Lower Cusack tickets to

Simon.

see Westlife at the end of the month.

Excellence will take place from June 25

Syl’s pipped despite top performance DUBLIN IHC St Sylvester’s Whitehall

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S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S intermediate hurlers were disappointed not to prosper with points from their encounter with W hitehall last week when the visitors to Broomfield came away with a win in the narrowest of margins. The home side were disappointed not to claim at least the draw after one of what they felt was their best displays of the season thus far against a very strong Whitehall team. The game proved to be an intense battle, with the lead changing hands frequently as the sides went point for point throughout. Whitehall moved into the lead in the first half, but a late Des Lehane goal and point brought Sylvester’s level at the break.

The home side started the second half with a determination that saw them take the lead for a long time in the second half, and points from Ormonde, Stephen Keogh, Alan Morris and Andrew R ichardson gave them a three-point lead. However, the influe n t i a l D ave K e o g h had to withdraw from the game with a hand injury, which allowed Whitehall back into the game. They reeled off five points in a row to lead by two points going into overtime. Morris was able to pull one back, Martin pointed from the half way line to draw the sides level, but Whitehall were awarded a free off the puck-out which they scored to win the match by a solitary point. The good crowd who gathered to watch the match agreed that this was the side’s best showing thus far, and the

stage is set for this side to take confidence from a good showing against top-class opposition. Elsewhere in the small-ball code, Sylvester’s seem set for a place in the quarter-final of the junior C championship after a similarly close finish against Naomh Fionnbarra at Broomfield last weekend. Dave Kennedy was assured in goals and the Kirrane brothers formed a good half-back partnership, well assisted by Eoin McClafferty. Although up by six

points at the break, the Sylvester’s juniors were pegged back early in the second half when Naomh Fionnbarra scored a goal from the restart. However, Syl’s were never caught and they maintained their advantage right to the last-minute of the match when a last gasp point by Greg Hannon ensured victory. Scorers were Hannon (1-2), Colm O’Connor, Derek Roche, Kevin McLoughney and Colm Byrne (0-2 each) and Jody Hickey (0-1).

Our next golf outing is in Castleknock

Registration for the club summer

The Simon Lambert Hurling School of

St Sylvester’s intermediate hurlers just fell short of victory against Whitehall last week

dublin@gaa.ie

will break up for the summer on July

Tickets only available from the bar at €5 each.

FINGAL RAVENS BEST of luck to our senior team who

are reminded that they should bring

play Naomh Mearnog in the senior

the defibrillator from the clubhouse

championship in the Naul this week.

to the pitch for all matches and

Our Division 10 team play St Margaret’s in Rolestown next Sunday at 3pm. Our annual cycle race will take place on Monday, June 25 at 7pm

training sessions. If any mangers and mentors from any teams need training on the use of the defibrillator, please contact Ann Fox on 086 177 1027.

from the clubhouse. All members,

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 13, 14,

adult and juvenile are asked to par-

16 and 20. There was no jackpot win-

ticipate; sponsorship cards will be

ner. €20 to Ian Donnelly, Greg Hyde

available this week from John McCa-

and Angela Kinsella.

rthy or Alan Manning. Managers and mentors of all teams

Next week’s jackpot is now worth €3,945.

ST FINIAN’S The executive committee extends

June 23 and we will also be having a

deepest sympathies to the Eras-

sponsored 24-hour cycle which will

mus and Merriman families at the

finish at 5pm on the day.

time of their sad loss of Thomas

Sponsor ship car ds ar e being

Erasmus. Ar dheis De go raibh a

given to each team, please ensure

anam uasail.

that they are completed before the

Our adult intermediate football-

day of the cycle.

ers beat St Brigid’s and drew with

The Summer Camp dates have

St Pat’s Donabate in the Loving Cup

been published, and entry forms

last week.

can be found in the Downloads sec-

Our Under-14 footballers had a big win against Kilmacud. Otherwise, it was a quiet week for fixtures. Yoga by Einear’s next meeting is on Tuesday, June 19 at 8.15pm, with Ali showing relaxation and meditation techniques. The club fun day is planned for

tion of our website. The Club Lotto Jackpot was €5,300. The numbers drawn were 2, 13, 19 and 21, and there was no winner. The €50 winners were Doreen Robinson and Michael Kelly. N e x t w e e k ’s j a c k p o t w i l l b e €5,400.

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Stephen Ward is determined to give something back to the fans who have made such an impression in Poland. Picture: Fergus McNally

Ward determined to bounce back Local star certain Ireland can qualify after tough lesson against Croatia in their Euro 2012 opener  malahidesport@gazettegroup.com

PORTMARNOCK man Stephen Ward is positive that the Republic of Ireland can bounce back against Spain after they fell 3-1 to Croatia in their opening Euro 2012 fixture last Sunday. Speaking in the wake of that tough defeat, he says that the pressure is now of a different nature following that setback, with the reigning European and world champions next on the horizon. “[Against Spain] we have nothing to lose,” he said. “So, we have to go out and give it everything and, hopefully, we can get a bit of luck on Thursday and then go into the Italy game with a chance of qualifying. “I’m devastated as we played really well in the game, but the bit of luck we deserved definitely deserted us. It was a tough game as they’re a tough side. “It was an uphill battle, but Croatia didn’t play us off the park and the two teams were

fairly evenly matched.” He did, however, lament what he felt was a raw deal from a fortune and refereeing perspective, as none of the breaks which featured in the qualifying campaign have carried through into the competition so far. “If you look at [the first Croatian goal] there was a deflection on the cross, and everyone was wrong-footed from the header. “The second goal, I was fouled and I don’t know how it wasn’t seen. There’s three referees – two behind the goal. Initially, I felt Croatia were offside.

No excuses “I think we had a similar one in the second half that was given against Shane Long. I’m not making excuses. I thought we were in the game and I didn’t think it was that bad of a performance. “The third one is obviously a good header but it’s gone in off Shay and could have gone either side of the post. A few decisions just

didn’t go our way. I’m not making any excuses. “We were in the game in the first half. The message at half-time was to keep going and do what we were doing. It is disappointing but I think hopefully the travelling fans will see the effort we put in.” Ward was, however, glowing in his appraisal of the green hordes in the stands, and he hopes that Ireland can reward their supporters with an improved result against the Spanish. “The occasion was amazing. To see so many Irish fans here was unbelievable. “It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever played in. “We are in a tough group and we know it is going to be hard. It is amazing to be here. It’s not gone the way we wanted it to go, but we hope we can do well in our next games and give the fans something to cheer about. “We are a group of players with a good team spirit, and we will definitely pick ourselves up for the next two matches.”


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