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Support groups demand rethink on cuts I SUZANNE BYRNE

SUPPORT groups representing the elderly are urging the government to reconsider the cuts to community services announced by the HSE last week. Cuts affecting the elderly and the disabled are part of the €130-million cost-reduction package announced by the executive last Thursday. Dermot Kirwan, spokesman for Friends Of The Elderly, told

the Gazette they were already familiar with cuts to home care packages. “They have been cutting back on hours all over Dublin. “I know a person in Ballyfermot who is 72nd in place for a home care package. [The HSE are] putting them on an ever-lengthening queue…. they’re continuing to take applications, but not telling them how long they’ll be waiting,” he said. Full Story on Page 3

First class: Joshua takes junior infants in his stride at Plunkett’s JOSHUA Williams looks all set for

his first day at St Oliver Plunkett School in Malahide. With the school celebrating 60 years next year, this is their first time welcoming new classes, but for the junior

infants, this was a new experience. Thankfully, it was one they took to with ease as new friends were made and lessons learned. Picture: Una Williams

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SPORT Over 700 take part in the 2012 Festival of Football

Wallace link cited in Daly’s resignation I SUZANNE BYRNE

SOCIALIST Party and United Left Alliance (ULA) representatives have been responding to the resignation of Swords TD Clare Daly from the Socialist Party last Friday. In a statement on its website, the party said that it regretted her departure, but said it believed her public solidarity with fellow Technical Group member Mick Wallace was behind the split. In June, it emerged that Deputy Wallace’s company had underdeclared VAT, to the tune of €1.4 million. The statement said: “Over the last number of months, Clare’s political connection to Mick Wallace, who engaged in tax evasion and the falsification of VAT returns, has damaged her reputation but also, by implication, has potentially damaged the reputation of the Socialist Party.” Cllr Daly, who has redesignated herself as a member of the ULA, denied that her departure had anything to do with Deputy Wallace, whose actions she said she did not support. She described the statement as “inaccurate”. Cllr Ruth Coppinger (SP) said: “We were obviously disappointed [at Daly’s resignation]. But the core issue was Clare’s ongoing support for a property developer who

has evaded paying his tax.” She rejected Deputy Daly’s assertion that her reason for leaving was to build up the ULA. “Clare Daly never raised any issues about the ULA in any of the discussions [held this summer] at all.” The Mulhuddart representative said Deputy Daly had also “refused to sign a party statement on the [Mick Wallace] issue”.

Position She also said Daly’s resignation would not affect the party’s position in Dublin North: “The Socialist Party has a base in Dublin North. The highest vote registered was in Swords, so it’s a party vote.” Deputy Joan Collins, who represents People Before Profit in the ULA, said that Deputy Daly had already made it clear she did not support Mick Wallace’s action. She added: “The only people who are saying there’s a political connection is the media. So I can’t see how that would a problem with the ULA.” However, in light of criticism from Joe Higgins, the Socialist Party’s most high-profile member and also part of the ULA, Deputy Collins said they may have to discuss the issue further. Deputy Daly had not responded to a request for comment at the time of going to press.

St Ita’s boys show off the Boys’ Shield which they won at Fingal County Council’s Festival of Football at Sportslink Santry.

Having a ball at footy festival INGAL County Council’s Festival of Football event took place at Sportslink Santry recently. Previously known as the Harmony Cup, this year saw the 10th football-based event with over 700 participants across five sections: Boys, Girls, Special Olympics, Powerchair and Irish Street Leagues coming from communities throughout Ireland. The competition was initially developed as a


Competitors in the Powerchair category

Participants in the festival

cross-Border football tournament for boys but has grown year on year into a substantial youth-sports event. Winners in different categories included the following: Boys’ Cup - Verona FC; Boys’ Shield - St Ita’s; Girls’ Cup - Eureka Kells; Powerchair - Belfast Trailblazers; Special Olympics - Dundrum; Don’t X The Line - Lisnaskea Rovers; Street League - Soilte.

Winning a category was a proud moment for many

Eureka Kells who won the Girls category

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SERVICES Support groups stress risk to elderly

HSE urged to reconsider €130m cuts I SUZANNE BYRNE

SUPPORT groups representing the elderly are urging the Government to reconsider the cuts to community services announced by the HSE last week. Cuts affecting the elderly and those with disabilities are part of the €130 million cost-reduction package announced last Thursday. In the second cut to home-help hours this year, some 600,000 home-help hours are to be reduced, while €10 million will be saved through a reduction in personal assistant hours for the disabled. Another €1.7 million

will be saved by reducing 200 monthly home-care packages. An Age Action spokesman said: “Older people depending on these services have seen them already cut to a point where any further reduction would leave them without any worthwhile community support at all. “We already have some older people receiving 30 minutes of home-help support a week while others are forced to wash and toilet themselves with the help of their overstretched home help within 15 minutes.” Dermot Kirwan, spokesman for Friends

Of The Elderly, told the Gazette they were already familiar with cuts to home-care packages. “They have been cutting back on hours [for homecare] all over Dublin. “I know a person in Ballyfermot who is 72nd in place for a home-care package. [The HSE are] putting them on an everlengthening queue ... they’re continuing to take applications, but not telling them how long they’ll be waiting,” he said. Mr Kirwan said the situation was worsened by “a lack of national accountability in relation to home-care made measurement of success of the scheme difficult”.

The elderly and people with disabilities will be hit the hardest by the HSE cuts

“It’s an administrative scheme . . . there’s no automatic right to the [home care] scheme or guidelines on how to qualify. No-one knows what’s going on because there’s no universal monitoring of the scheme,” he added. Mr Kirwan said Fingal

had a very young population, which meant the quartile of elderly people coming into the area in more recent years was quite new. He said this made it likely that residents weren’t as experienced in making the most of the services available, compared with areas

such as Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown whose elderly population was well established In a statement, the chairman of the Disability Federation, James Dolan, said that for many people these cuts would mean confinement within their own homes..


Try your hand at a potter’s wheel PROSPECTIVE Portmarnock potters are being called upon to sign up for a six-week pottery course in the local area in the coming weeks. The course, which will be held at Pottery Experience in Portmarnock is aimed at beginners and those with some experience of the craft, and will see experts take the students through the main techniques of handbuilding with clay and throwing a pot on the potter’s wheel. Classes, which commence next Wednesday, September 12, will take place each Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm, and cost €150 for the six classes, or €30 for a single class. For more information, please log on to

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Dubai was recently named as one of Irish expats favoured job destinations

Merits of Dubai in spotlight I SUZANNE BYRNE

CHAMBERS of commerce from across Dublin are set to come together this month to host a seminar on doing business in Dubai. The Greater Dublin Chamber has announced details of a special Dubai business briefing on Thursday, September 13, at 6pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel at Dublin Airport. The business briefing is being supported by and organised in association with the government of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce. Fayha Sultan, a representative from the department, will speak about the business opportunities for SMEs and multinationals in Dubai, which has proved to be a haven for foreign business, with 80% of the city’s 1.3 million residents being foreigners.

The Greater Dublin Chamber says that the city is a great place to do business: “Dubai has long earned the reputation for being one of the world’s most desirable business destinations with its positive economic policy and ambitious growth plans.” Dubai was recently named by as one of Irish expats’ favoured job destinations, with the city having attracted thousands of national, international and global companies which are all keen to take maximum advantage of the liberal business laws and taxation structures offered. The seminar, sponsored by Dublin Airport Authority, Emirates, Aramex and Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport, will cost €30 per person. For more information, contact Freda on 01 890 0977, or email

Crisp appearance: Looking forward to October’s Fingal Enterprise Week “DUBLIN’S open for new business” was the message coming from enterprise support agencies, business leaders and entrepreneurs in the capital recently, as the biggestever programme for small businesses was unveiled by Fingal County Enterprise Board ahead of Fingal Enterprise Week (October 1 to 5). Aiming to attract up to 2,000 small business owners across 15 enterprise events, the annual initiative is organised by Fingal County Enter-

prise Board and supported by Fingal County Council, Bank of Ireland and Newstalk. The vast majority of events during Fingal Enterprise Week are free of charge and advance bookings can be made through Pictured at the launch on the grounds of the Roganstown Hotel and Country Club were: Nicola Byrne, 11890 and Tom Keogh, Keogh’s Crisps

Fingal Film Festival to build on debut I SUZANNE BYRNE

THE organisers of Fingal Film Festival are seeking submissions for the 2013 showcase which hopes to build on the success of last year’s debut. Entries are welcomed from new as well as experienced filmmakers. Submissions are open until the end of January 2013, and the festival takes place in May 2013. Speaking to the Gazette, the festival’s creative director, Dave Byrne, said: “We are looking for art house fea-

tures and shorts, feature films, documentary features, short films, short docs, animations and anything else original and quirky emerging filmmakers are working on.” This time round, organisers have broadened the event’s scope to include a number of new strands, including a classical film section, Q&A screenings, and a special section targeting young filmmakers. Fledgling cineastes can also take part in a series of workshops hosted by some of the country’s most critically acclaimed producers, direc-

tors, writers and actors. Last year entries included submissions from filmmakers across the globe, including Brazil, Venezuela, Britain, USA, Spain, Asia, India and Germany. Selected independent features, documentaries, short and animated films will also be screened every day over the course of the event Explaining how the festival evolved, Byrne said he had noticed there were a large number of media and filmmaking courses available in the area, which meant there

were a lot of aspiring filmmakers looking for a platform for their work. “[There are] four or five media colleges in the Fingal area, and we’re in a climate where all these young filmmakers are coming out, and they have nowhere to channel their work. “So we decided to create a platform for them. We find they make the films anyway, so we wanted to give them a place to show it.” Application forms can be found at www.fingalfilmfest. com

Waste water service in question after beach contamination I SUZANNE BYRNE

A LOCAL councillor has blamed the lack of investment from the Department of the Environment for serious e-coli contamination at Balbriggan beach last week which resulted in its closure. The contamination, caused by the discharge of raw sewage, was found to be five times the upper safe limit for bathing waters and 100 times greater than what is required for a Blue Flag Standard for beaches. Fingal County Council announced on Monday that the beach had reo-

pened following a clean-up and confirmed it had returned to within European bathing water-quality limits. It is understood the sewage had been discharged into the sea for up to 26 hours after a malfunction went unnoticed at the Isaac Bower’s pumping station. The council said an investigation into the incident had begun. A passerby noticed the problem on Tuesday of last week when the waste water was washed back on to the beach with the tide. Dublin North Councillor Brendan Ryan said the discharge had been the

result of “colossal failures of the sewage network in the area”. “I am very concerned that a breakdown in the pumping network could go unnoticed for 26 hours and that, ultimately, it was member of the public who brought the spill to the attention of the authorities,” he said. “The discharge occurred due to a power failure in the network caused by adverse weather. There is a definite need for the immediate implementation of adequate power back-up and alarm systems to ensure such a breakdown does not occur and go unnoticed again.”

He added: “Fingal County Council is in receipt of a discharge licence issued in 2009. Within the conditions of the discharge licence, were specific requirements to deal with matters such as unintended overflows and discharges to be in place before 2010. So far, these requirements have not been fulfilled. “This is unacceptable and scrutiny really needs to fall upon Minister Hogan and the Department of the Environment.” The Malahide Gazette had not received a response to a request for a comment from the Department of

the Environment by the time of going to press. However, in a statement Fingal County Council confirmed “that samples were taken at [nearby] Skerries, and the results complied with Blue Flag standards. There were no samples taken from Barnageera as Barnageera is not a designated bathing water area.” It continued: “An investigation is being carried out with Aecom, the contractor which operates and maintains Barnageera wastewater treatment plant and associated pumping stations on behalf of the council.”

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EDUCATION Malahide school makes history with ‘digital schoolbag’

Food for thought for mums at store

Local pupils ahead of pack with iPads I SUZANNE BYRNE

STUDENTS at Malahide Community School are making history this week when they take part in the first ever Wriggle 1:1 mobile learning programme. Under the initiative, each of the 218 first-year students are receiving a new mobile device - in this case an iPad – or “digital schoolbag” which will be used in place of traditional textbooks. The school is one of four in Dublin and 21 across the country taking part in the initiative. Dublin schools Alexandra College in Milltown St Kevin’s in Crumlin and the Jesus and Mary College in Goatstown, began their participation last week. Wriggle 1:1 will see stu-

will be €200.”

dents replace their heavy schoolbags with digital devices which will contain their schoolbooks and homework. It is a new programme devised by Dublin digital educational company Typetec which aims to update teducational methods by using technology in the classroom. The programme is designed to provide not only access to digital textbooks and interactive content, but also provide professional development for teachers, support and advice on ICT planning for schools. It is also hoped to equip the children for the modern workplace, develop new skills and allow for interactive learning. Patricia McDonagh, principal at Malahide

Community School, said: “Malahide Community School chose to introduce iPads in order to enhance the learning experience for our students. “iPads can promote students’ key skills for collaboration, communication and creativity which will be fundamental to the new Junior Certificate and future working life. “We are excited by this new adventure as leaders of learning,” she added. Jim Redmond, teacher and ICT co-ordinator at Alexandra College said the “digital schoolbag” will result in a shift in the whole focus of education in Ireland. “It’s called ‘flipping the classroom’. The days when the teacher stood at the top of the classroom delivering information is

gone out the window.” Jim has been experimenting with iPad usage in the junior school already, and witnessed the influence this had on students. “I saw the difference immediately. There’s no learning involved [in adapting to the devices], and using them means that learning becomes education in its essence.” Another key advantage to the Wriggle project is a financial one, says Redmond: “There is no great cost to this programme; in fact, it works out cheaper than buying books. “Books can cost as much as €590 for the year and, this way, with e-books, the cost is €320, and if the Government removes the VAT on e-books, which is due to happen soon, the cost


Pupils are swapping their heavy schoolbags for iPads in a new programme. Picture: Max Maxwell Photography

NEW mothers were treated to a free talk on infant nutrition last Friday during a special mother and baby SMA nutrition event in Eurospar in Malahide. Some 50 people attended the event, exchanging thoughts, tips and ideas, while the in-store nutritionist hosted an interactive session on baby dietary needs, from weaning up to solid foods. Store owner Fergus Giblin told the Malahide Gazette: “Mothers and families are an important part of our customer base and we want to add value by providing our shoppers with expert advice from a professional nutritionist. “We were delighted to see such a turn-out on the day for what also became a great social occasion,” said Giblin.

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CS0 STUDY Fingal housing stock is over 100,000, with 7% vacancy rate

Census reveals rent drops and hike in jobless I LAURA WEBB

THE total housing stock in the Fingal area is more than 100,000, with a 7% vacancy rate, according to a report compiled from the results of Census 2011. The report, named The

Roof Over Our Heads, was issued by the CSO last week, and examines housing in Ireland. It states that total housing stock in Fingal is 102,793. This includes 92,951 units occupied by residents of the household, 199 as visitors only, and 2,439 as residents

temporarily absent. Up to 4,070 are vacant houses and 2,823 are vacant flats, while 311 are holiday homes and the vacancy rate for the Fingal area is 7%. T he total average weekly rent for private households in permanent housing units in Fingal

was recorded at €182.66 in 2011, a 7% drop since the last census in 2006, when the average rent was recorded at €196.31. T he average local authority weekly rent in 2011 was recorded at €70.86, a 22.4% drop from 2006, when the average figure was €91.29.

For those living in a house owned by a private landlord or voluntary housing body, the average weekly rent is €208.97, a 12.5% drop from the last census, which was recorded at €238.75. Meanwhile, the number of mortgaged private households in

permanent housing units for Fingal is 43,811 on census night in 2011, 1,475 less than the 2006 census. Of the total, 36,303 residents were at work with a mortgage, compared to 39,695 five years before. Up to 2,857 were unemployed, a 334%

increase since the last census which recorded just 853 unemployed with a mortgage. Those with a mortgage not in the labour force number 4,651 in 2011, 87 fewer than in 2006. Further details relating to the report can be found at

Local actor gets US Variety accolade MALAHIDE native Domhnall Gleeson has made US magazine Variety’s list of young actors to watch. The 29-year-old, most famous for his role as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, is currently appearing in cinemas in the IRA thriller, Shadow Dancer. The local star has also recently finished filming the new Richard Curtis comedy, About Time, with Rachel McAdams in London. Actors who have made Variety’s list in previous years include Emma Stone, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence. Domnhall recently appeared in cowboy drama True Grit alongside Jeff Bridges, while comedy fans will be most famil-

iar with his work from the RTE series, Your Bad Self. The eldest son of The Guard star Brendan Gleeson, with whom he is soon set to work with in John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, Domnhall is also soon to appear in upcoming films including Anna Karenina and Dredd, which are both set to be released this year. His brother, Brian, is also an actor and appeared in RTE’s acclaimed series, Love/Hate. Gleeson won a Tony award in 2006 for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant Of Inishmore on Broadway. He will be honoured by the magazine at the New York Film Festival next month.

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Local TD James Reilly says he is delighted that Fingal will finally have access to high-speed broadband


Rural Fingal to get faster broadband I SUZANNE BYRNE

RURAL areas of Fingal are expected to be the beneficiaries of the rollout of high-speed broadband which was announced by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte last week. When it reaches its planned completion date in 2015, the scheme will see every home and business in the State having access to broadband at speeds much faster than are generally available at the moment. Health Minister and Dublin North TD James Reilly said: “I am delighted with [the minister’s] announcement that Fingal will finally have access to high-speed broadband, particularly in rural areas. “Ireland’s population

is more broadly dispersed than that of many other countries so reaching the target will require State investment to encourage the private sector to offer services which would not otherwise make commercial sense. “[The announcement] means that individuals and businesses will have access to a minimum of 30 megabytes per second (mbps), with more than half the population receiving between 70mpbs and 100mpbs by 2015.” Minister Rabbitte unveiled Delivering A Connected Society – A National Broadband Plan for Ireland in Croke Park last Thursday. Mr Rabbitte said the rollout was a crucial aspect of economic recovery, adding that he had

been told by the IDA that companies had decided against investing in Ireland because of below-par broadband provision. It is understood Taoiseach Enda Kenny has committed to providing State funding of €200 million along with matching investment from private companies. It is expected that clearance from the European Commission for State aid will be necessary to ensure public funds are not substituting for potential private sector investment. Public funds are expected to come from the Exchequer, the sale of State assets and other resources such as the National Pension Reserve Fund. “Public funds will be invested in the plan to ensure that sparsely populated areas are included

and Minister Rabbitte has committed to engaging with commercial investors for financial,” said Minister Reilly. “In this day and age, having access to highspeed internet is a basic requirement for people in all walks of life, be they school children, college students, professionals and small and big businesses. “It will enable the people of Dublin North to compete on a much wider scale, and give them access to information, products and ser vices right across the world, bringing economic and social benefits across Fingal,” he added. Minister Rabbitte has described the plan as the “rural electrification of the 21st century”.

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Fingal to pilot meters

Littered airport routes draw fire I SUZANNE BYRNE

TOURISTS arriving in Ireland via Dublin Airport get one of the worst first impressions of anywhere in the entire country, according to the latest survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). The business alliance, which commissioned the survey from An Taisce, used the results to call on all local authorities to publish cleaning schedules for routes leading to the airport. Some 50% of visitors enter the country via the airport. The environs of the airport itself were deemed a litter blackspot, a label the alliance said “exposes the neglect shown it by the local authority”. The survey states that while the grounds of the airport were found to be “immaculate”, the

roads surrounding it were “spoiled by dumping, casual litter and all manner of rubbish”, according to An Taisce. IBAL said that Fingal County Council had “admitted to only cleaning the roads once a year” and it called for “adequate cleaning schedules for key routes used by visitors to be made public”. Dr Tom Cavanagh, the chairman of IBAL, said: “We’re finding that the main roads by which visitors reach tourist areas are often littered, which undermines the great work being done in the tourist areas themselves. The roads around Dublin Airport are just one example.” Fingal County Council expressed disappointment with the survey, saying that, in its opinion, any random inspection of

the areas surveyed today would see no evidence to support the blackspot classification. In a statement to the Gazette, it said the survey had focused on the entrances and exits to Dublin airport, and that the areas were predominantly non-national roads which had been, “and continue to be the subject of our litter-picking regime while a number of the locations are also subject to grass cutting”. It added: “Work will commence this week on grass cutting and litter picking on the M1 motorway - this is an extremely expensive piece of maintenance. . . Due to this expense and traffic management, grass-cutting and litter-picking on the motorway network is only carried out once per year.”

Night walks: Supporting nurses and raising funds for cancer society OVER 850 people took part in Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses in 34 locations around Ireland on Wednesday, August 29 as part of Boots Ireland’s Charity of the Year Partnership with the Irish Cancer Society. The events raised money for the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service. Pictured are Claire Brennan, Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse; Alan Brogan, GAA star; and Debbie Smith, managing director, Boots Ireland.

FINGAL has been chosen as one of the first areas to be surveyed as part of the Government’s plans to start installing domestic water meters by the end of this year. Along with Kerry and Waterford, the region has been earmarked to take part in a pilot scheme, due to begin in October, which is designed to establish how many stopcocks are serving homes across the country. According to Fingal County Council, the area was chosen as they had been the lead authority for the non-domestic metering project in the Dublin region. Meters cannot be installed until the location and number of household stopcocks is known, and tenders for the supply of meters have not yet been advertised. It is expected the pilot surveys could take up to six months.

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SCHOOLS First day fun as local children turn up for the

Joshua Williams

Cole and Olivia Gildea. Pictures: Una Williams

Happy with first day at ‘big’ school

HE children at St Oliver Plunketts looked very smart in their new school uniforms when The Gazette called by recently to see how their first day was going at the popular local school. The momentous event of “first day at school”


can be an unnerving experience for some, but the local children looked very much at ease as they settled down to their first day, beginning to make some new friends, and getting a feel for what this school business is all about, and whether it’s really

more interesting than preschool fun. Luckily for the teachers – and for the pupils’ parents – the day was a great success, with the children deciding that, okay, they’d come back again, and continue their fun games and learning at St Oliver’s.

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Alex and Holly Gunning

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start of their first term at St Oliver Plunkett’s

Sadie and Christian McFerran

Alison and Genevieve Kennedy

Cian Prizeman and Alex Donaldson

Harry and Lesley Kavanagh

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EVENT LA Make Up Academy hold graduation ceremony

Amanda O’Dwyer and Gavin Renneck

The graduates

Graduates brush up on celebrations A Make Up Academy recently held a graduation for their one-year make-up specialist classes from the 2011/2012 year. The graduation ceremony was a great success. Students donned their gowns and hats for the special occasion where they received their certificates in front of their friends and families. LA Creative Academy offers a host of


internationally accredited courses spanning make-up, beauty therapy, special effects, hair styling, fashion design, fashion styling, millinery, shoe making and photography. To find out more about LA Make-Up Academy and their range of modules and services, email them on or call +353 (0)1 6751999.

Anca Condrache (winner of best make-up) and Gavin Crona Rooney


Anca Condrache, Gillian Hooper, Paula Lynch and Julie Davis

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Spectacular style, excitement and racing at the Moyglare Stud Stakes this Sunday F R E E A D M I S S I O N F O R A L L , C O U R T E SY O F M OYG L A R E ST U D

2004 winner Chelsea Rose, owned by Mrs. A.J. Donnelly, trained by Tracy Collins and ridden by Pat Shanahan

THE much-anticipated Moyglare Stud Stakes will take place at The Curragh this Sunday, 9th September 2012 and promises a day of premier racing, with spectacular style, thrilling entertainment and pageantry and a family friendly atmosphere sure to whet the appetite of seasoned race goers and newcomers alike. To c o m m e m o r a t e the 50th Anniversary of Moyglare Stud, founder Walter Haefner’s daughter, Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner, is offering race goers free admission on the day in celebration of this momentous occasion. The prestigious Moyglare Stud is also sponsoring all of the races throughout the eight race card day; with each race named after a famous Moyglare horse. The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the Group One Moyglare

Stud Stakes for two year old Fillies, which is now celebrating its 40th year and still carries one of the longest r unning race sponsorships in the world. To add to the thrilling atmosphere, every race on the day will be a MOYGLARE 50 race, with each winning breeder receiving a €1,000 cheque from Moyglare Stud in recognition and acknowledgement of their success and the challenges that they face. The MOYGLARE 50 series of flat races for fillies and mares was introduced by Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner in honour of her late father, Walter Haefner, and is a celebration of his love of breeding horses in Ireland. While the thoroughbreds battle it out on the racecourse, the ladies will raise the style stakes when the Newbridge Sil-

verware Style Icon competition gets underway. Moyglare Stud is also offering an incredible prize to the winner of the “Style Icon” Competition

ruary. There they will enjoy luxury 5 star accommodation for one night at the landmark Badrutts Palace Hotel, one of

entry to the Spa Club and the exclusive Kings Club - the most famous nightclub in St Moritz! The winning Style Icon will also receive a

The White Turf Horse Races, St. Moritz, Switzerland. Photo by Andy Mettler

on the day. The winner is invited to bring a guest to the unique White Turf Horse Races set against the breathtakingly beautiful and unspoiled scenery of St Moritz in Feb-

the leading hotels of the world. The prize also includes flights, private transfers, one additional night’s accommodation in a top hotel in Zurich and free

Newbridge Silverware voucher to the value of €5,000, together with an exquisite piece from the Newbridge Silverware Vintage Collection. Judges of the New-

bridge Silverware Style Icon Award will include the newly crowned Rose of Tralee Nicola McEvoy, eminent broadcaster Mr Gay Byrne, Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner from Moyglare Stud and Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent Bairbre Power. The entire family will be catered for at the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh, with free entertainment for children and also face painting, bouncy castles, the RACE horse racing simulator and the Giddy Up Club - a chance for children to learn all about horse racing and meet some famous jockeys. There will also be live music and entertainment throughout the day courtesy of the No 1 Army Band. Singing sensation Mark Boylan will perform a specially commissioned song penned by him celebrating the 50

years of Moyglare Stud in Ireland. The 14 year old County Offaly native has received worldwide acclaim by composing a number of racing themed songs that have become internet hits and netted him personal invitations to racing festivals including Cheltenham and the Breeders Cup in the USA. He was the youngest person to perform at Vicar Street on his own when he supported the High Kings earlier this year. An art exhibition of the work of children from local schools will also be on display at The Curragh, depicting their celebration through art of 50 Years of Moyglare Stud. These masterpieces have been judged by an independent artist and each child will be presented with a prize and will get their mounted painting home on the day.

THE CURRAGH RACECOURSE 9th September 2012, First Race: 2.15pm The Curragh is located off exit 12 on the M7. Free car parking. Trains to Kildare town with free shuttle bus to the racecourse. Dublin coach provides a service, see

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HOLLYWOOD superstar Colin Farrell was back on Irish soil recently for the European premiere of his latest blockbuster – Total Recall – saying it was great to bring his co-stars to the city that shaped him into who he is today. During his brief promotional trip for the remake, Farrell took time out to talk to The Gazette about his new movie, and what’s it like to be back home – even if it is just for a short while. He said: “It’s really great to be able to bring a premiere back to a city that shaped me – as a boy, and as a man. “Also lovely to have Len [Wiseman], Jess [Jessica Biel] and Kate [Beckinsale] here, too. I think for all of them, it’s their first visit to Dublin.” Unfor tunately, the busy father of two wasn’t

able to visit his hometown of Castleknock, saying his return for the Irish premiere of his new movie was “a fleeting visit”. “I normally get back to Castleknock over Christmas when I am in Dublin for longer than this particular promotional pit-stop.” According to Farrell, there is a little pressure involved in making remakes – memorably, Total Recall was first filmed by Paul Verhoven, and starred Arnold Swartzenegger in1991 – but he feels this version of the classic scif-fi/ action movie works. “Well, naturally, there is the issue of expectation, and people wondering how similar or dissimilar it may be to the original film, but I think, generally, we made the film we wanted to make.” In the movie, his character is implanted with


‘I normally get back to Castleknock over Christmas when I am in Dublin for longer than this particular promotional pit-stop’


Colin Farrell


the life memories of someone else. W hen asked if he thinks the plot parallels his life as an actor, which allows him to play someone else and walk in their shoes, his brief response was simply: “God, no, man.” He has worked with some of the best directors in cinema during his career, to date, including Stephen Spielberg,

Oliver Stone, Terry Gilliam and Michael Mann, but Farrell says he has no particular favourite. “Each director brings something unique and different to a film and to a film set. It’s been an honour to work with all those directors that you mention and, indeed, some that you did not, such as Terence Mallick or Niall Jordan. “Honestly, I don’t have a favourite – you just hope that when you work with these kind of directors, that you do justice to their choice of cast.” Stepping into the big shoes of the original star of Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, we asked Colin if Arnie had been in touch to give him any pointers. Sadly, he hadn’t. “He didn’t call, he didn’t write. Nope – no pointers! But I think that is just as well, as these are two different films made in two different decades,”

said Farrell. He started out his career on the small screen with some small roles here and there. His career started to get a little more interesting when he was cast in the BBC series, Ballykissangel, in 1998 and 1999. His first feature film was in The War Zone, which was directed by English actor, Tim Roth. However, Farrell’s performance in Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher, catapulted his career, which later saw him star in films such as Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit and In Bruges. Now a household name, Farrell continues to impress critics with his acting skills, and his latest film has been given the thumbs-up from film critics across the globe. The 2012 version of Total Recall is in cinemas now.



Zoo stick neck out with new name I LAURA WEBB

DUBLIN Zoo’s newest arrival, a female giraffe, has been named following a recent competition held by the popular tourist attraction. The rare female Rothschild giraffe was named Tamu, which means “sweet one” in Swahili. The suggestion was submitted by Grainne Byrne of Summerhill in County Meath. Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader for Dublin Zoo’s African Plains area, said: “Tamu is doing very well standing tall at six feet with a pale tan coat which makes her easily recognizable amongst the herd. She is an extremely well-adjusted and relaxed calf, following the herd wherever they wander. “We received an overwhelming number of superb suggestions and picking the winning entry was not easy. We chose the name Tamu as it fits her personality perfectly,” Helen added. For further information about Dublin Zoo, including upcoming events and news on what’s happening, log on to

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HERITAGE A special night to celebrate arts, culture across Dublin

Free events for everyone at Culture Night I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

DUBLIN is staying open late on Friday, September 21, for Culture Night – a one-night only celebration of arts and culture in the city, and all over the country. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the

evening, welcoming people of all ages to sample their cultural delights for free, and there are some genuine highlights in store for local people. The Irish Film Institute is celebrating 20 years in Eustace Street by screening Far and Away, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. The Irish Film Theatre at Earlsfort Terrace will

show an animated short film at 7.45pm, presented by Arts and Disability Ireland. The Culture Night Guided Tour will meander along the historic streets of the capital, retelling old and forgotten Dublin stories from 3pm to 5pm. Each tour lasts for 90 minutes and takes in the architecture, history and geology of the venues it

will visit. Establishments throughout Dublin opening late include the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Concert Hall, the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, the National Museum of Ireland, the Natural History Museum, the Gutter Bookshop, Gaiety School of Acting,

Temple Bar Gallery and many, many more. There will be plenty of fun for children, too, as Culture Day for Kids runs activities for fifthand sixth-classes at many cultural spots throughout the city. For an interactive guide to all of the events taking place, there is a Culture Night app available to download for free from

the App Store, Google Play, or by going to www. Culture Night is an initiative co-ordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust, and is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with the regional arts offices and local authorities throughout the island of Ireland.

Plan for free public wi-fi I LAURA WEBB

Brazil-iant: Brazilian community gathers to show off their style and culture in Dublin FOLLOWING on from the huge success of the inaugural Brazil Day Dublin, another day of music, food, dancing, and fun is on the way. A day born out of the increasing numbers of Brazilians who reside in Dublin. On June 17, Dtwo nightclub hosted 1,800 revellers ranging from curious Irish party

goers to the beautiful girls of Brazil. Numbers are expected to surpass the 2,000 mark on September 9 as Brazilians in Dublin will celebrate 190 years of independence. For more information on the day, see or follow the Twitter account @BrazilDayDublin.

THE Government has announced plans to introduce free wi-fi across the public transport system in 2013. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, L e o Va r a d k a r ( F G ) announced the plans to make wi-fi accessible across almost the entire public transport system. The project aims to encourage more passengers and boost tourism. Such internet access will be introduced on Irish Rail’s Dart and commuter rail services this autumn, and on 80 new Dublin Bus vehicles by Christmas. Wi-fi is already available on Irish Rail Intercity services and most

of Bus Eireann’s fleet. It is also currently being tested on LUAS services, and should be available across the city by the end of the year. Commenting on the announcement, Minister Varadkar said: “We need to ensure that public transport remains an attractive and competitive option for passengers. “Free internet access gives public transport a significant edge over the car, and is already proving popular with passengers, where provided. “In order for Ireland to compete as a tourism destination, we must offer 21st century services to 21st century tourists,” said Minister Varadkar.

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GOT A STORY? THEATRE The Ark pilot event for families Call our NEWS TEAM on 60 10 240 or email

Festival opens doors to first autism event I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE FIRST autismfriendly theatre performances for children in Ireland are to be part of the Dublin Theatre festival’s Family Season, which runs from late September to mid-October. The Dublin Theatre Festival, in conjunction with The Ark, will present a family season of productions tailored for children and schools. This year, four theatre companies will bring their work to young audiences of children aged two and over and, for the first time in Ireland, there will be an autism-friendly theatre performance included in

the programme – a production of White by the Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. The Ark is a unique company housed in a building especially designed for children aged two to 12 to explore everything from theatre, music and literature to painting, film, dance and more. The Ark’s theatre programmer, Maria Fleming, spoke to The Gazette about the initial idea behind the autism-friendly performances. “This is a pilot project based on autism-friendly theatre in Britain and the USA. We studied best practice in these

countries and there are a number of things to be put in place to make it easier for autistic children and their families to enjoy the performance. These performances are also known as ‘relaxed performances’. “We leave the doors open so people can come and go freely if they feel claustrophobic; we flag the audience if there will be any loud noises, so the children can cover their ears or use the earplugs provided. We will also have fidget toys for children to use if they get agitated. Everyone in the venue and the cast are aware it will be a relaxed performance.

Actors from The Ark performing in White

“The parents have no worry about disturbing others if their child gets upset as the space is so accepting. There is also a chill-out space in the foyer if the child needs some time out. “Families with autistic children really appreciate the idea of the whole family going to something together as a unit and every child should be able to enjoy theatre. “We offer information

packs online too with pictures of the characters and details of the story to be performed so there will be no surprises on the day as this can frighten some autistic children.” The family season will run from September 28 until October 14 in the intimate theatre space at The Ark in Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Tickets for both public and school performances are now on sale.

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GOLF CLASSIC For Marie Keating Foundation

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Ronan Keating focuses on his game at the Marks & Spencer Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at the K Club recently. Picture: Adrian Melia

Ronan and celebrity pals in charity drive A HOST of famous names came to Ireland recently to play a round of golf in aid of one of Ireland’s top cancer charities. The celebrities were in town to play the Marks & Spencer Marie Keating Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic, which took place on the acclaimed Palmer Course at the K Club on August 27. The annual event, which is now in its 13th year, has become one of the most prestigious Irish charity golfing events. Once again, the highprofile event saw a host of big names descend on the world-renowned golf course to enjoy a great day of golf, followed by a

dinner at the K Club, all in aid of promoting cancer awareness and raising funds for the Lucanbased charity. Swords man Ronan Keating, himself a keen golfer, hosts this event every year and as usual, each team of three golfers was joined by an additional celebrity teammate for the event. This year, the guests rubbed shoulders with we l l - k n ow n n a m e s including: Sir Bobby Charlton, Ronnie Whelan, Steve Staunton, Alan Hansen, Ronan Keating, Bressie, Simon Thornton, Gary Murphy, Brian McFadden, Vogue Williams, James Nesbitt, Allan Lamb, Shane Byrne, Teddy

Sheringham, Charlie Swan, Mick Fitzgerald, Mick Kinane, Darragh O’Shea, Andrew Coltart, Bobby Davro and Paddy Cole. Retail giant Marks & Spencer are a long-time charity partner of the foundation and were the title’s sponsor. Many of their own staff and suppliers took teams as an added show of support for the work done by the charity. Speaking at the event, Ronan Keating said: “This is one of my favourite fund-raising events, not only because of the fact that I love to golf myself but because it’s brilliant to see the support it continues to get every year.

“The K Club is an amazing venue and there is always a fantastic buzz about our golf classic. I think it’s that combination that keeps people coming back year after year.” Also speaking at the event, Carmel Breheny, marketing manager for Marks & Spencer Ireland, said: “Marks & Spencer has proudly been supporting the Marie Keating Foundation since 2002 and has raised well over €1 million for the charity in those 10 years. “We are delighted to have been headline sponsor of this year’s golf classic, another fantastic event for such a worthy cause.”

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EXCLUSIVE The Gazette catches up with legendary comedian, David Strassman

Master of puppets back for bravura new show I BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

AWARD-winning veteran ventriloquist and comedian, David Strassman, is exited at the prospect of “coming home” when he arrives in Ireland this month with a brand-new show, Be Careful What You Wish For, at the Olympia. The new show, which will run for five nights this September, will see Strassman returning to Dublin: “I lived in Clontarf for a year, my son was born in Mount Carmel’s, and I married a Donegal girl, though we’re now happily divorced.” Strassman, from Los Angeles, has certainly travelled a long way since his introduction to ventriloquism in junior high school there. “A teacher, Mr Horowitz, decided to teach ventriloquism as an elective class. I really chose it to get the easy grade. He saw that I excelled, and then he showed me how to place an

ad in a local paper to do kids’ birthday parties. So, at age 14, I was making $50 for a half-hour show, while all my mates were cutting the grass and raking leaves for five bucks a day.” David is accompanied as ever by a cast of puppet characters in his new show, and they form the basis and the theme of the production. “This particular show is truly my most wild, funniest and has amazing production value. It’s basically about my main puppet, Chuck Wood, who wants to take over my brain and tries to get all the other puppets to mutiny against me. One of my puppets, Angel, has the power magically to make wishes come true and when I hear there’s a mutiny about to happen, I say to the puppets, ‘I wish you never existed’. “Through the magic of theatre, I travel through a wormhole into another dimension where all my puppets exist without my

influence, so each puppet has a doppelganger in another dimension and they don’t know me I’ve to find my way back home.” Strassman’s technological wizardry, which he first developed with the help of a NASA engineer, is used to great effect in the show. “I’ve developed a technology where in one scene, I have a hand-held wireless device which operates my puppet live. “I have graduated to a wireless device, enabling me to operate a puppet without using my hands in the traditional way, but 80% [of the show] is still traditional puppetry.” Strassman’s father was a psychiatrist, and the connection between this and his multiple puppet personalities was something that he was very aware of. “My dad was a psychiatrist and, well, I call [what I do] ‘controlled schizophrenia’. But my dad never psychoanalysed me. The characters have always had

their own individual personalities, hopes, dreams and fears. Each character has parameters of what it would say or do in their imaginary puppet life. “But there is an element between my two major characters, Chuck Wood and Ted E Bear and real life. The sibling rivalry between those two puppets is very similar to the relationship I had with my brother. People love to see Chuck pick on Ted E, and Ted E loving Chuck unconditionally - it makes for a great dynamic in theatre.” And which character did Strassman play in real life? “Oh, I was Chuck! I was the meanest of the two,” he said. David Strassman’s Careful What You Wish For will run at The Olympia Theatre from September 11 to15. Tickets are available at The Olympia Theatre and cost €28 / €29. For more information, see www. or

Ventriloquist David Strassman, pictured here with Chuck Wood, is back in Dublin from September 11

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GazetteSTYLE STYLE Autumn eyes feature some bright and bold colours COLOUR eyes beautiful this autumn/winter with some fantastic eye-shadow palettes from a range of cosmetic companies. It’s the time of year when everyone waves goodbye to the summer (if you can call it that) and reluctantly says hello to the autumn, but on the bright side it brings with it some new wardrobe styles and great make-up selections. This season’s eye makeup range isn’t all about dark and subtle colours, bright bold colours are making headway throughout the catwalk this season with a pop of colour seen across the eyes on many models. Max factor has mixed the smokey eye effect eyeshadow with pearl beige in

the inner corners, sweeping in a vibrant turquoise over the middle section and adding the pop of colour with ultra violet into the inner upper socket area - a look perfected on the catwalk. L’Oreal Paros introduces its new Colour Richer Quad eyeshadow palette collection that is designed to make eyes smoulder, add luminosity or make bold statements with palettes including Sumptuously Smokey Collection, Lavishly Luminous Collection and Bold Brights Collection. The range also has a wet-technology that transforms satiny powder into a luxurious cream. This palette range is available in eight shades

with an RRP €11.99. Revlon has palettes that suit every occasion, day or night. Their ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quads offer a range of colours from creams to purple. Each palette contains

shades inspired from the latest catwalks. Mystic Violet Mono and Heathered Plums Duo create the Dark Romance Look for a/w12 perfectly. Whilst Precious Metals Duo and Bronze Lustre


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four expressive, silky, blendable shades that won’t crease, fade or smudge. The RRP price for this range is €11.25. Elizabeth Arden is offering 20 single and 7 duo eyeshadow palettes that can be mixed and matched to create any look you desire. The new range offers

Mono can be built up to give the on-trend stunning Sunset look to the eyes. Elizabeth Arden’s range of Beautiful Colour eyeshadow cost €20 for single and €25 duo palettes. All collections and colour palettes are available at participating cosmetic stores and pharmacies nationwide now.

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Make-up master classes MAKE-UP artist to the stars, Shehla Shiakh, is paying a visit to Ireland this month where she will host a number of master classes and one-toone exclusive appointments. During Brown Thomas’s Autumn Beauty event, Shehla will be at the Lancome counter in Dublin on September 10 and 11. Her visit also coincides with the launch of Lancome’s autumn make-up collection, Midnight Roses. To book an appointment with Shehla or attend one of her masterclasses, contact the participating Brown Thomas counter.

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Making no bones about treatment Supported by AIB

Interview: Alan Moynihan, Laurel Lodge Physiotherapy owner


Q – THIS is the last year that first-time borrowers can avail of mortgage interest relief, but is it worth bothering about? I am single, on a salary of €55K, and have no debts. What’s all the fuss? Terry – Wicklow A - IN A word – yes! First of all, property prices have reduced by up to 70% and it is still a buyer’s market. While money is still “tight” with the lenders, if you meet the parameters and conditions, you will find approval. First of all, on your income, with no debts, you could be eligible to borrow up to a maximum of €250,000, depending on the lender. Even if you bought at €200,000 – and there is good value at this level – you would need a minimum €25,000 to cover your deposit (you may obtain a 92% loan – the normal is 90%, while there are some lenders only prepared to lend 80% of the value of the property you wish to purchase), stamp duty (1% ), and legal costs (c. 1%, plus VAT and outlay). You might also want to provide for furnishings. Now let’s look at the monthly costs on a mortgage of €180,000: - Mortgage repayment (at 3.5% over 30 years): €808.28 per month; - Tax relief (at 25% on the interest paid): €131.25 per month. This relief is available for the next seven years. - Net payment, therefore, is €677.03 per month. On the Net Disposable Income method (your financial monthly commitments must not exceed 35% of your net monthly income), you would need to have a net monthly income of €2,309.37, or somewhere around a gross income of €35,000. If you have the ability and capacity to buy, and you are looking for a home, then now is the time. Seize it!  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor


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MAYBE it’s the proximity to the Phoenix Park – it certainly can’t have been the weather this summer – but, whatever it is, the Dublin 15 community are remaining active, running, training and getting out and about, according to Laurel Lodge Physiotherapy owner, Alan Moynihan. Moynihan, a char tered physiotherapist, is at hand to assist with the treatment and rehabilitation of any injuries that fitness fans may pick up. Having practiced extensively as a physiotherapist in Britain, New Zealand and Ireland, he returned home and founded Laurel Lodge

Physiotherapy last year, fulfilling an ambition to open his own practice in his native Dublin 15 area. Moynihan enjoys working with local sports people and says he relishes the challenge of trying to get to the bottom of long-term back and neck pain sufferers’ symptoms. “Dublin 15 has seen a surge in athletes taking up running and endurance events such as triathlon. “A lot of these athletes require treatment, particularly in the lead-up to the Dublin City Marathon,” he says. From his modern, fully

e q u i p p e d cl i n i c l o c a t e d upstairs in Laurel Lodge Shopping Centre, Moynihan specialises in the treatment of lower back and neck pain, joint aches and pains and sports injuries. He also offers a comprehensive rehabilitation service for patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery, such as knee and hip operations. Services on offer at Laurel Lodge Physiotherapy include char tered physiotherapy, deep tissue and sports massage, trigger point dry needling, back and neck pain treatment, and post-op orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Alan Moynihan, chartered physiotherapist: on hand in Dublin 15 to treat and help rehabilitate a wide range of injuries

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: All the usual ones – astro-

that you once thought you could not pull off? A: Still hoping to run a mara-

naut, footballer, James Bond

thon in a few years, but enjoying 5-10k races at the moment

Q: What was your first job? A: Packing shelves in Superquinn, Blanchardstown

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £50-60 Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed? A: Never Q: When did you start your present job? Last year Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: Meeting new people every day, and trying to help them recover from their injuries

Q: What part of your working day do you delegate? A: Mostly nothing – phone answering, occasionally

Q: Have you achieved anything

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: A packet of salt and vinegar Tayto, but they won’t be for long!

Q: Is there anything about yourself that you would like to set the record straight on? A: Not sure that there is a record on me

Q: What sport do you follow? A: All of them – football,


A: Weekend away in a few

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Neither – you’d have to go

weeks, meeting up with some friends I haven’t seen in two years

with Katie Taylor right now

Q: What music/pictures/ movies do you have on your iPod/iPad? A: I don’t have one; I’m still using CDs

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Mostly accounts that tweet Irish news and sports; love @ secondcaptains

rugby, athletics, golf; loved the Olympics

Q: What was your last tweet/ Facebook status? A: I tweeted about National

Q: What sport can you play? A: Running, Gaelic, golf

Potato Day, which was on August 25 – big fan of spuds!

Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: I’ll admit to occasionally playing Garth Brooks in the

Q: Describe your dream meal? A: See above Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna? A: Enda Kenny Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Holidays – they tend to be short, these days, so I enjoy them

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Definitely not as many as my football boots and runners

Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Loved New Zealand, but woke up one morning with 43 mosquito bites all over my body

A: Seems so far off ... Travel, golf, play poker

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Superb sale on St Brigid’s Road

BROE Auctioneers are bringing 19, St Brigid’s Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, a threebedroomed family home positioned close to Clondalkin village, for the asking price of €270,000. Positioned in an appealing location, No 19 holds all the ingredients needed for a family home, and offers a bright, well-proportioned accommodation with further potential. Set just a short stroll from Clondalkin village and close to an abundance of amenities including shops, schools and leisure facilities and a short distance away from the M50 motorway and Luas light railway, which enables easy access to all parts of the country. The accommodation includes an entrance hallway which features a storm porch, alarm panel and phone point. The ground floor fea-

No 19 St Brigid’s Road is on the market for €270,000

tures two large reception rooms, including a living room which features a tiled fireplace and gas fire inset. It also has ceiling coving, a TV point as well as double doors to the dining room, which has a tile open fireplace, ceil-

ing coving, and a patio door leading to the rear garden. The kitchen also has a tiled open fireplace, fitted wall and f loor units, and contains a door which leads to the rear garage. Upstairs are three

bedrooms, all of which have built-in wardrobes, and the family bathroom, which was recently refurbished, and contains a WC, wash-hand basin and large corner shower unit. The bathroom is also




fully tiled on floor and walls. To the front, there is off-street parking sided by lawn, while the rear garden is very private and is bordered with shrubs and mature trees. This property requires light modernisation. Other features of the property include gasfired central heating, double glazing throughout, and a gated side entrance. Viewing is by appointment which can be organised through Craig Leap at Broe Auctioneers, who can be contacted at Tower House, Monaster y Road, Clondalkin Village, Dublin 22, and for more information, call 01 459 4433 or log on to

Kitchen class: New Avalon style added to range CASH & CARRY Kitchens nationwide

showrooms are continuing to extend the range of affordable luxury kitchens with the inclusion of the stylish Avalon kitchen to their range. Cash & Carry Kitchens also carries a range of accessories to perfect the kitchen keeping it practical yet stunning, with drawer pulls and cupboard handles from top European designers, and much more.

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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS The battle RoadSigns Road Signs of the small cars rumbles on Five-star safety rating for Cee’d

THE all-new Kia Cee’d has been awarded a maximum 5-Star accident safety rating by Europe’s leading road safety organisation, EuroNCAP. The five-door hatchback achieved high scores for adult occupant protection (89%), child occupant protection (88%) and safety assist equipment (86%), recording the maximum possible score in the dynamic element of the child occupant safety test. EuroNCAP testers were also impressed with the inclusion of electronic stability control across the entire new Cee’d range in Europe ahead of it becoming a compulsory test criteria. “The previous generation Cee’d was the first Kia to achieve a 5-star EuroNCAP rating. In the last five years, testing criteria have become tougher, making it harder for manufacturers’ products to be awarded top marks. It is a testament to Kia’s on going commitment to vehicle safety that we are able to once again achieve a high score for the Cee’d,” comments Benny Oeyen, vice president Marketing and Product Planning, Kia Motors Europe.

Toyota to sponsor Newstalk rugby TOYOTA Ireland has announced that from September 2012 it will become the new sponsor of rugby coverage on Newstalk 106-108fm. The deal will see Toyota supporting all rugby broadcasts on the station including Newstalk’s innovative rugby analysis on the multi awardwinning Off the Ball, The Right Hook and Weekend Sports as well as Irish international game analysis and its live broadcasting of up to fifteen Heineken Cup games. Regular contributors to Newstalk’s rugby coverage include a host of former stars and expert analysts like Shane Horgan, Keith Wood, Denis Hickie, Emmett Byrne, Liam Toland and Matt Williams. Commenting on today’s announcement, Ian Corbett, marketing operations manager for Toyota Ireland said: “At Toyota Ireland, when it comes to sponsorship, we aim to partner with people and organisations that show exceptionally high standards and dedication to their craft. “The sports team at Newstalk delivers the best rugby analysis and coverage and that comes across in the quality of journalism, contributors and the overall entertainment value of their broadcasts. “We’re delighted to announce this new sponsorship and look forward to working with Newstalk into the new rugby season.”


IRISH motorists have always had great affection for small cars. They make sense on many levels, and as the marketing departments of the car manufacturers are beginning to realise, small cars appeal to a wide cross section of the market. Young drivers as well as the so-called “empty nesters” share the same priorities when it comes to choosing their cars. They demand a very attractive sticker price, low running costs, bottom-dollar road tax, and real fuel economy. Can this be achieved with an attractive look and a comfortable drive? T he answer seems to be yes, yes and yes again. There is a nothing short of a motoring war raging in the small car segment at the moment, and two cars that are really going at it for a piece of the Irish market are the Volkswagen Up and the Skoda Citigo. Also throwing punches in this particular bout is the SEAT Mii. Skoda and VW are brands that currently share the affections of a great deal of Irish motorists, VW have enjoyed success over the years, with the Golf

and Polo in particular always selling well. In recent years, Skoda too has begun to capture the hearts of buyers. They are seen as the plucky underdog, eager to succeed against the odds – the kind of scenario that the Irish will always get behind, probably because our rugby and football teams do the same thing! As reported earlier this year, I attended the European launch of the Skoda Citigo and got a good look at it ahead of its Irish launch. Over the summer, I managed to test the Citigo, as well as the Up on Irish roads to really see how they matched up to one another. First in to the ring is the Up. I must admit, I was really looking forward to this car – I’m married to someone who has a lifelong love of VWs, the Golf in particular, so a new model was an appealing prospect. Before I get into the details, it’s important to remember that the Up, the Citigo, and even the Mii, all come from the same stable, so there are striking similarities as all three cars share a chassis and many internal components. Having said that, we are still talking about

cars with a set of unique characteristics. The Up is certainly a small car, measuring just 3,540mm in length and 1,641mm in width, but don’t let that put you off. The VW engineers have managed to squeeze more than enough room out of the interior for two adults to travel with plenty of shoulder and headroom, and in real comfort.

Up can be shoehorned in to some seriously small parking spaces. But just because this car is small don’t think that it isn’t practical – I managed to fit a fullsized law nmower in the back with the seats folded down. The Up also scores well in the looks department. Clever use of materials and colours really gives the car a lift.


‘I must admit, I was really looking forward to this car – I’m married to someone who has a lifelong love of VWs, the Golf in particular, so a new model was an appealing prospect’


The test car I drove was the three-door version, which makes it a little tricky for full-sized adults to get in and out of the back – the kids didn’t have any trouble at all, in fact they were even sliding the seats out of the way by themselves within a day. It goes without saying that this kind of car is not going to break any speed records, but for driving around town, it’s a marvel. Because the wheels are set at the extremities of the car, it excels in manoeuvrability – the

The exterior colour is matched on the interior, and, in the model I drove; even the dashboard had a highly polished finish in the same colour. One very nice touch was the flat-bottomed chunky steering wheel, it’s a small feature that adds the driving experience. Moving on to the Skoda Citigo, and we are faced with a very similar car indeed. T his was also the three-door version, and again, the kids had no problem getting in and

out and buckling up, so my back was spared the contortions that some three-door cars force it into. As I said, both cars are based on the same chassis, with the Citigo measuring about 2cms longer than the Up. T he styling of the Skoda is a little more understated than the V W, w h i c h , I m u s t admit, I prefer. The grille helps to give

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The Volkswagen Up and the Skoda Citigo

the front end a more complete look and the side windows offer more traditional lines. The interior finish in the model I drove was a bright affair called Club Reverse in ivory and it gave the already generous interior a greater sense of space. T here are lots of clever storage compartments and pockets for drinks, documents etc. as well as a park-

ing ticket holder on the windscreen and hooks on the B columns Skoda are offering their City Safe Drive emergency braking feature as an option in the car, which makes a lot more sense than a sat nav in my opinion. The City Safe Drive feature automatically stops the car when it senses an imminent collision. When it comes to the

actual drive, to be honest I didn’t really feel an enormous difference between the two cars. The Skoda was the 60hp version while the VW was the more powerful 75hp. For city driving, the Skoda had more than enough poke to get around, so I wouldn’t see any real benefit in the 75hp option. All in all, these cars are attractive, practical

and very good value for money. Both offer enough options to tick the boxes of almost any prospective buyer, so it really comes down to personal taste. For me, that would be the Citigo. I do like Skodas, and the 60hp option makes it a more affordable car to own. I would definitely recommend the City Safe

Drive feature and without doubt the five-door version is well worth an extra €500. The Skoda has an entry price of €9,995 while the Up kicks off at €10,995. So the battle of the small cars rumbles on, and now that Skoda are also offering some ingenious finance and leasing packages, they certainly seem to be ahead on points.

VOLKSWAGEN Bank Ireland, a division of Volkswagen Financial Services, Europe’s biggest automotive finance provider has revealed that in the first seven months of 2012 it has provided approximately €100 million in vehicle finance packages for Irish consumers and expects lending to grow by almost 10% year on year (2011 -€109m) by the end of 2012 with a target of €120m. The financial wing of Volkswagen Group, this finance has been provided via a range of attractive finance packages through Volkswagen Group’s five car marques which are: Audi, Skoda, Seat, Volkswagen and Volkswagen commercial vehicles. Providing vehicle finance in Ireland since 2008, Volkswagen Bank currently employs 30 staff at its headquarters in Leopardstown, Dublin 18. Volkswagen Bank has provided over €320m in vehicle finance to the Irish market in the last three and half years and it has viewed a significant surge in lending applications over the last 24 months as Irish motorists become more aware and more familiar with the competitive finance offers available via Europe’s largest automotive bank. Commenting on the increasing level of finance provided, Mutlu Gur, general manager, Volkswagen Bank said: “2012 has seen surge of consumer interest in Volkswagen Bank. Irish motorists are embracing the Bank as a very real alternative source of finance compared to the traditional banking sector. “The sound financial foundations of the Bank, enables Volkswagen Group to provide very competitive financial terms and this is reflected in the fact that we are lending record levels of finance so far in 2012 and that 70% of this lending has been provided for new car finance.” With a market leading acceptance rate of over 80%, approximately 6,500 tailor-made finance packages with a average finance terms of 39 months were provided to Irish consumers by Volkswagen Bank Ireland so far in 2012. Over 20,000 Irish motorists have purchased their cars through Volkswagen Bank Ireland since its launch in 2008. Finance packages vary across the five brands, reflecting each brands consumer segment with rates starting as low as 0% APR. In total, 40 varying finance packages provided a comprehensive menu of finance options for Irish motorists during 2012 and this trend looks set to continue with a new range of packages currently in planning for 2013, these will be revealed later this year. For further information on the range of finance packages available across the Volkswagen Group go to

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Experience an important part of Irish history Discover a unique family theme park with Stena Line

STENA Line has launched a brand new getaway package to the Legoland Windsor Resort Hotel, giving families the chance to enjoy an action-packed trip to London from only €197 per adult, per night (minimum stay two nights). This great price includes return travel from Dublin Port to Holyhead or Rosslare to Fishguard by car, accommodation with breakfast and what’s more – kids go free! Legoland Windsor Resort is a unique family theme park which boasts over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. For further information or to book, call Stena Line on 01 204 77 33 or log onto

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EXPERIENCE the wonders and beautiful beaches of Dubai or take a trek on a desert excursion in Abu Dhabi with With prices from just €602 per person to Dubai or €608 per person to Abu Dhabi, there has never been a better opportunity to discover the Middle East, without breaking the bank. Dubai is an extraordinary Middle Eastern destination that has raised the bar time and time again. From first class shopping and spectacular high rise buildings to beautiful beaches, luxury hotels and fantastic golf courses, Dubai has more than enough to offer any visitor. Dubai’s attraction extends to the mix of old and new between the ultra-modern and the enchantingly traditional and is a melting pot of cultures and beliefs that is sure to satisfy even the most seasoned of travellers. Travel on September 22, and stay in a four-star hotel for seven nights on a room-only basis from only €602 per person. Price includes return flights from Dublin to Dubai, accommodation, taxes and charges. Or travel to Abu Dhabi and stay in a four-star hotel for seven nights on a room only basis from just €608 per person, departing from Dublin on September 19. The unique atmosphere created by the perfect blend of Islamic culture and western charm combined with world class shopping, glitzy hotels and desert excursions make Abu Dhabi a city that stands alone as a premier city break destination. Price includes return flights from Dublin to Dubai, accommodation, taxes and charges. For more special offers, for more information or to book your holiday, visit

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A LITTLE trip off the motorway when heading west can bring you to some unexpected places. One such spot is Strokestown Park, County Roscommon. The parkwill be familiar to anyone who is native to the region, where it is a popular venue for day trips and wedding snaps, but I found many Dubliners, myself included, were unaware of it. Located along the N5, making it a perfect pitstop en-route to Westport, Strokestown is a small town which claims the widest street in Europe. One end of the town is dominated by the entrance to the park and house. Once on the land you’ll

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find the impressive Georgian house, which is in a continual process of gentle restoration and preservation. Other attractions include a restaurant serving delicious hearty food, several miles of woodland walks decorated with sculpture pieces, and a six-acre walled pleasure garden. Strokestown Park is also the location for the National Famine Museum, which was opened in 1994, a fitting location given that Famine ties together many of the elements of the park, and features heavily in its history. Major Denis Mahon, a descendent of the Mahon family who was granted the land in 1653, initiated emigration schemes dur-

ing the Famine, which made him massively unpopular with local tenants. In 1847 he became the first landlord to be assassinated during the period. The land stayed in the Mahon family until the late 20th century, when it was bought by Westward Garage Ltd. The idea had initially been to expand an adjacent dealership onto the land, and sell off the excess land for agriculture; but having discovered the rich history contained in documents collected in the estate offices, the decision was to preserve Strokestown Park as a historical and cultural monument. While the divide between the wealth inside

and the poverty outside the walls of Strokestown Park is explored in the museum, a similar divide existed within the house. Daily guided tours show what life was like both for the family in residence, and for the workers who lived there. Fans of Downton Abbey will find the stratified system of living familiar: passages and tunnels exist for the staff to move about the house out of sight of the family. The kitchen is galleried, with a mezzanine level so the lady of the house could visit and deliver orders from above, without needing to physically step into the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. A tour of the pleasure garden is also highly recommended. Here you can explore several acres of carefully manicured land, where avenues of roses run down to a lily-filled lake. A large knocker sits on a door through which the family entered, and three loud knocks signalled any garden staff to obscure themselves from view. Today, you’re more likely to surprise the chef – all of the food served in the restaurant is grown in the garden. A large area at the back is dedicated to fruit and vegetables, including the infamous Lumper potato, which still remains

Strokestown Park is a unique visitor attraction in Co Roscommon

prone to blight. Parts of the original walls still contain an original flue system, which piped hot air through them to encourage growth of more exotic fruit. With its blend of evocative history, carefully preserved beauty, and its wholesome food, Strokestown Park is recognised as one of the most significant private restorations in Ireland. There’s enough to keep you busy for a day if you’re staying nearby; or if you’re driving to the West, make a point to schedule your stop there. It’s a great way to experience an important part of Irish history, and you can be sure you’ll never settle for forecourt sandwiches again. For more information on Strokestown Park, log on to

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Turkey’s Aegean Coast

Enjoy a sun holiday in September free from the hustle and bustle of the peak family season WITH children returning to school, September brings with it the perfect opportunity for couples to enjoy the fine weather in sun resorts free of the hustle and bustle of the peak family season. And to make the most of your free time, Thomas Cook Ireland has a range of exclusive post-rush packages with relaxation, romance and all-inclusive luxury in mind on the Turkish Aegean Coast, with prices starting from just €655 per person. The quaint village of Yalikavak is the perfect resort for a taste of real Turkish life mixed with great tourist services. The four-star-plus Delta Beach Resort is a real oasis of tranquillity, with its stunning seafront location, magnificent views over the bay and superb facilities. It is available for seven nights from €725 per person on an all-inclusive basis, with drinks and meals included, and departs from Dublin on September 22. A little further North, Cesme is a charming fishing village which has retained its friendly atmosphere, and boasts two of the best beaches in Turkey. Close to its centre, the four-star Piril Hotel is a relaxing and welcoming property, with stylish rooms and two excellent pools. Thomas Cook is offering seven nights from just €655 allinclusive per person, departing from Dublin on September 22. The peaceful location and beautiful beach front setting of the four-star Fantasia Hotel in Kusadasi sets the tone for a blissful all-inclusive week, with food, drink and the hotel’s many facilities all included in the price of just €745 per person for seven nights, departing from Dublin on September 15. The great variety of shops and restaurants in the Long Beach area are just 1.3 km away. For more information or to book, call the Thomas Cook team in Dublin on 01 514 0328, or log onto

The beautiful walled gardens

LOCALMATTERS SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS The House is unchanged from the time when the Mahons The Famine Museum

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Tom Hardy taking aim at the stylist who told him that that cardigan looked good.

I fought the law and... An all-star cast makes an early run at Oscar glory, but the result is more packed with cliches than plaudits I PAUL HOSFORD

DE PR E S S IO N - E R A America has been a rich picking ground for Hollywood in recent years. With directors such as Sam Mendes (Road To Perdition) and Michael Mann (Public Enemies) having taken on the era in recent times, it is no surprise that Lawless would be gaining such a buzz. After all, it has everything a late-year drama needs: hot young cast (Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain), check; hype from a top festival (Palme D’Or nomination at Cannes), check; interesting writer/ director combo (Nick Cave, yes that Nick Cave, and The Road’s John Hillcoat), absolute check. So, all the constituent parts are there, the ducks are in the proverbial row. So why am I so disappointed? I l ove t h e e r a , I immensely enjoyed The

FILM OF THE WEEK: Lawless ### (18) 115 mins Director: John Hillcoat Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan


THE period elements feel spot on and the young cast, Hardy, LaBeouf and Chastain in particular, are excellent, but the fixation with being gory and on edge takes away from characterisation, leaving the end-product feeling somewhat uneven. It is still a notch above most films this year, however.

Road and I seem to be about the only person on the planet that finds Shia LaBeouf likable, I should have been throwing stars at this like a ninja with an arm spasm. Yet, here I am, doling out a mid-level film and reflecting on whether the problem is me. Am I just too jaded? As I enter my 26th year, have I lost my ability to enjoy period action? Has my love of gangsters, bootleggers and hardboiled police-men lost its lustre? Or maybe this just isn’t very good. It’s probably the latter,

to be honest. Lawless is the true-life story of the Bondurant brothers, a trio of Robin Hood-esque bootleggers who control Franklin County. With their bar acting as a front for their activities, life is good for the boys. Of course, the happygo-lucky life of a bootlegging family does not a film make and Guy Pearce is on hand as a special agent intent not on stopping the Bondurants, but on ensuring that he gets his cut. It is actually the arrival of Pearce, an actor of immense talent, that starts

the film’s shift from almost contemporary commentary on the foundations of American society into a lost narrative on a pantomime villain and a trio of wayward brothers. Whereas Hillcoat kept The Road, a grand sweeping novel, on a tight leash and focused solely on the relationship between father and son, Lawless bounces between storylines. The early going is spent gravitating to Tom Hardy’s menace as middle-brother Forrest, who is the head of the operation. Hardy does a manful job of adding gravitas to a man who essentially only communicates in single syllables and has a penchant for serious violence. Seeing Jason Clarke, who you may recognise from TV’s Brotherhood or The Chicago Code, in a major film role is a delight, but his character, oldest brother Howard is,

unfortunately massively underwritten. A World War I veteran who has taken too much of the bootleggers produce, Howard has the most potential to ground the film in something human, but that opportunity is lost. Fresh-face LaBeouf is obviously the actor most enjoying himself, playing against type and not, for once, playing a nervous teenager. His Jack is almost the protagonist and after witnessing Gary Oldman’s cuty thug Floyd Banner gun a competitor down in cold blood, Jack delves further into criminal life. His brothers’ reluctance to allow him join the business is another story strand left frustratingly unfinished. The end product is a violent, uneven, occassionally brilliantly directed film that shows that in a world of villains, heroes are hard to come by.

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GazetteGAMING GAMING The right Wei for adventure in Hong Kong I SHANE DILLON

The recently released Sleeping Dogs, a Hong Kong-set title, mixes together lots of gaming tropes with several Hong Kong crime films to create an interesting new open-world game. Chinese-American police officer Wei Shen goes back to Hong Kong to go deep undercover in the city, with the aim of taking down a local Triad organisation from within. Of course, to rise further within the ranks

and get closer to the top, Wei has to be a “good” Triad member – and do lots of very bad things, with the tacit approval of the few higher-ups in the police who know his true identity. Along the way, Wei’s loyalties are tested, as he grows increasinly attached to his Triad brothers, yet can’t forget his duty as an undercover cop, and – Well, at this point, Sleeping Dogs’ plot plays out like half a dozen Hong Kong action films, as this kind of conflict-

ed-loyalties dilemma is a familiar theme in many Asian films. Turning instead to the gameplay, and Sleeping Dogs is certainly going all-out to establish its own strong identity in the open-world genre. As you’d expect, Wei is very handy with his, well, hands, with extensive martial arts adding to the typical run ’n’ gun gameplay. Wei’s barely able to walk down the street with rival triad thugs trying to beat him up, like a mash-up between

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Although a little rough around the edges, there’s an undeniable sheen to many of Wei Shen’s travels around neon-soaked Hong Kong, particularly in wet weather

enjoyable Dreamcast title Shenmue II and the PlayStation series, Yakuza. Hong Kong, too, has set the scene for an interesting playground for Wei’s storyline. While not quite a true cultural representation of the iconic Chinese city, it is, nevertheless, a fairly faithful intrepreta-

tion of it, complete with many Asian influences that spice up the gameplay, and storyline, quite a bit. While most gamers will be concentrating on everything from “standard” driving, shooting, sailing, exploration and mar tial ar ts-related antics around the city, others will note the

excellent voiceover work by a strong cast, including Lucy Liu, Emma Stone and Tom Wilkinson, to name but a few. All in all, it’s a decent late-summer release that will feel instantly familiar to gamers, yet which has a strong visual identity of its own, as well as an interestingly “Eastern” storyline.

MANY games’ lives get regularly extended and enriched through downloadable content (DLC), and one DLC expansion that’s on the way has caught my eye. Skyrim – the absolutely gigantic multiplatform game set in a pseudo-Nordic medieval land – gets another DLC expansion soon, entitled Hearthfire. As the name suggests, gamers will be able to buy land in Tamriel, then design and build their dream home to return to as a base – assuming that you’ve always wanted your “dream home” to have a stuffed orc or two, a weapons rack for crossbows and enchanted blades, and other such oddities.


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SARI host 16th annual intercultural event

SPORT Against Racism Ireland will host their 16th annual Tesco mobile SARI Soccerfest in the Phoenix Park on Saturday and Sunday. Soccerfest is an intercultural 7-aside tournament and family event with music and entertainment for everyone that highlights the need to live in a new Ireland that embraces diversity and integration. It has become the

largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland. Established in 1997 initially for members of the new communities to integrate with local communities and give them a platform for mainstreaming opportunities, it has developed into the largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland. It now includes 48 teams for men and women that participate from across Ireland and spectators of over 4,000.

A number of football players from Ireland’s new communities started out at Soccerfest and now play for a number of FAI league clubs and the Irish youth team. The event has many high profile supporters including former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr, Apres Match’s Gary Cooke and former Shamrock Rovers’ defender Victor Ekanem. A range of cultural activities including live

Team Rocha celebrate their cup victory in the 2007 SARI Soccerfest at the Garda soccer grounds in the Phoenix Park. The event this year expects to attract 48 teams and over 4,000 spectators

entertainment is provided for all the family. As part of the activities participants are given advice on mainstreaming into other sports organisations including developing links with soccer clubs. Soccerfest provides an

environment in which people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures can appreciate their shared passion and compete in a respectful way, recognising the diversity that is among the population and a feature of interna-

tional sport. Over the weekend, there will be a men’s tournament of 40 teams, a women’s tournament of eight teams and also a boys and girl’s tournament for Under-13’s. If you are interested in entering a team,

would like further information, or would be interested in working as a volunteer at Soccerfest, contact SARI on 01 873 5077 or email info@ Admission to the event is free all weekend.

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Moynihan named in Junior Ryder Cup side GAVIN Moynihan has been named in the European team for the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, which takes place at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois, USA, from September 24 – 25. The Pobal Scoil Iosa and Island golfer has been in scintillating form this year to earn his place in a team that comprises two U-16 boys, two U-16 girls, four U-18 boys and four U-18 girls. They will attempt to regain the trophy from the USA after a 13½ - 10½ defeat at the Gleneagles Hotel in 2010. The Junior Ryder Cup was formally introduced in 1997, following an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995. It traditionally takes place just before the Ryder Cup. Moynihan was the youngest player ever to win the Irish Amateur Championship this year to take up one of the U-18 boys’ spot and is joined in the panel by Austrian Matthias Schwab, who played on The European Tour as a 15 year old in the 2010 Austrian Golf Open. England’s Toby Tree and Sweden’s Victor Tarnstrom make up the U-18 quarter. The girls are represented by Linnea Strom of Sweden, who has dominated junior golf in her country, Quirine Eijkenboom of Germany, Harang Lee from Spain and England’s Bronte Law. The Junior Ryder Cup has been the platform from which successful professional careers have been launched for numerous players. Spaniard Sergio Garcia played in the 1995 exhibition match and four years later was part of the full European team at the Country Club in Brookline, while Suzann Pettersen played in the Junior Ryder Cup in 1997 and 1999 before becoming Norway’s top female golfer and taking part in six Solheim Cups. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was in the victorious 2004 team, since then he has won two major championships.

Thirty-six women from across Ireland will battle it out with an international field in the Ras na mBan which gets under way on Saturday

Orwell lead Irish push

LOCAL riders will provide a large portion of the 36 Irish entrants who will take the line for the An Post Rás na mBan which gets under way in Sneem on Saturday. With last year’s winner Olivia Dillon absent on international duty at the world championships in the Netherlands, the way has been left clear for the five riders on the Irish team in Kerry to make their mark. All but one of the selected squad will be making their Irish debut at the event with Lauren Creamer having worn green on her way to 11th overall last year. The Welsh-based rider will be looking forward to an opportunity to shine having spent last year’s race supporting Dillon, and Irish team manager

Gillian McDarby has plenty of other options in the fight for overall honours. London-based former Orwell rider Lydia Boylan has been in scintillating form on road and track this season and takes up an Irish shirt on the back of a raft of strong results including fourth at the national road race championships. Amy Brice and Anne Dalton rode last year’s event on the Ulster and Leinster teams respectively and both have made enormous strides on the national road scene this year. The fifth member of the team is 20-year-old Fiona Guihen from Navan Road Club, a Rás na mBan rookie whose elevation to the national team comes on the back of impressive form this season. The Leinster team

includes Caroline Conway, one of the reserves for the Irish team, who rode the event with Leinster last season as did team mates Orla McEvoy and Niamh Stephens. Charlotte McDonald and Fiona Cooke graduate to the Leinster team having made their debuts with Orwell Wheelers last season. The mighty Dublin club DTC Orwell Wheelers sends two squads to An Post Rás na mBan this year along with their representatives on the Ireland and Leinster teams. Star veteran rider Orla Hendron will marshal the troops for a tilt at the County Rider prizes aided by Ciara Kinch, Lucy Soden and Mags Donnelly. The fifth member of the Dundrum Town Centre supported team is Kerry-born Trish Buckley, an emerging force in

Leinster league racing. The Orwell Joe Daly’s Cycles team includes a couple of guests: junior European championship rider Lauren Gourlay swaps her Castlebar CC colours for the event while ace vet Monica Marconi rejoins her old club for the week. They are joined by up and coming Orwellians Isabel Cogan, Catherine Downes and Siobhan O’Connor. One of the stars of the local racing scene this season has been Spain’s Sara Ortiz who leads the Galway-based Black Rose Racing Team. Ortiz, a former Giro Donne competitor, will surely be a force to reckoned with. Ortiz will be joined in the team by Clare Dallat, the Australian based Irish woman who went within forty seconds of winning the Irish Time Trial Championship when finishing

fourth in 2010. Backing them will be the in-form road and track star Rosin Kennedy, Derry’s Tonya Moran and Scottish visitor Anne Ewing. The final local-based team in this year’s race is the Wheelworx 3D TC team made up of triathletes Vanessa Fenton, Aisling Coppinger, Marie Fox, Tania Finn, Maria Mulvany and Karen Robinson. Riding on the Londonbased Look Mum No Hands! team - but also eligible for the Sneem Hotel County Rider classification - are twice former winner Louise Moriarty and event sophomore Siobhan McNamara. The An Post Rás na mBan teams face 400km of racing in six stages over five days running from Saturday to Thursday, September 13.

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 STARof theMONTH KATIE TAYLOR THE PEAMOUNT United club member set the world alight as she became one of the very first female Olympic boxing gold medallists in London early in August. She added the 60kg title to the world title she won earlier this year, indelibly confirming her place in the pantheon of all-time Irish sporting greats.

TEAMof theMONTH FOXROCK CABINTEELY JUST nine years since forming, the southside club claimed the Dublin senior ladies football championship title with a stunning display against reigning champs Na Fianna in Parnell Park. They now move on to represent the county in the Leinster championship for the very first time, another huge step forward in their history. AUGUST proved to be a massive month for female sport in Ireland as Katie Taylor became the country’s first female Olympic medallist since the controversial Michelle Smith back in 1996 in Atlanta. With Rathfarnham sailor Annalise Murphy mixing it with the best in the Laser Radial competition, earning the Irish Times sportswoman of the month title, they were among Ireland’s stand-out Olympians in London this time

around. On the team front, there were a number of notable firsts with Foxrock Cabinteely’s being the greatest of them, edging out St Sylvester’s, both clubs producing truly ground-breaking performances so early in their development on the ladies football scene. Their performances highlighted a sparkling summer of sport, leading nicely into the autumn sporting calendar.

Chelsea’s Conor Clifford remains an integral part of the Republic of Ireland U-21 side

Local duo get Ireland calls

PA L M E R S T OW N ’ S Conor Clifford and Clondalkin man Ian McLoughlin have been included in Noel King’s Republic of Ireland Under-21 team for the forthcoming UEFA U21 Championship qualifying Group Seven fixtures with Hungary and Italy. The Irish face Hungary in Kecskemet on Thursday, September 6 then meet the Italians in Casarano four days

later. After the recent defeat by Turkey in their final home game, Ireland have a very difficult task ahead of them but the Irish boss is confident his side can turn the odds in their favour. “We have two games to go in our group and the simple facts are that if we win the two of them we’ll get at least second place and hopefully that will secure a playoff place,” said King. “We can’t concentrate on the Italy game

until we’ve dealt with Hungary. We’ve beaten Hungary before in Sligo so we go there knowing that we are capable of winning the match. “Of course there was disappointment after our defeat by Turkey last time out. Overall the performance was good and we played well in sections of the game but we conceded a late goal. We have to pick ourselves up now and travel with a positive mindset. “What has been posi-

Soccer camp: Locals enjoy Bayern prize THE annual Allianz junior football camp kicked-off in Munich, Germany, this week with 63 teenagers from 21 countries taking part in a five-day footballing adventure with Bayern München. The children, including Lucy Ashmore, Jonathan Keating and Ashington’s Steven Mullins got to take in a private training session with the famous club. All of your latest local news, sport, features and pictures are now just a click away

tive is that a lot of our lads have five or six more games under their belt since the Turkey game and will be sharper. Fitness wasn’t an excuse for the loss to Turkey but it will definitely be helpful that the lads are a bit further into their season.” A number of players have returned after missing the Turkey game with Jeff Hendrick, Adam Bar ton, Sean Murray, Samir Carruthers and Rhys Murphy all back in contention.

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Malahide open rugby campaign with big win MALAHIDE RFC opened the new season with an impressive 41-14 win over Leinster League Division 1A Garda at Estuary Road in the quarter-final of the Spencer Cup. On a near perfect day for rugby, Malahide won the toss and elected to play into the breeze. As always in these sort of conditions, possession is a key factor and Malahide started well limiting the visitors opportunity to get ball in hand and testing their defence. On 18 minutes, that defence was breached as Luke Murphy slipped a pass to Richie Forbes and the centre out-sprinted the cover for the game’s opening score. The hosts continued to press from the restart and, five minutes later, outhalf Brendan Carpenter again put Forbes clear for his second try. This score seemed to galvanise the Garda side as the game became far more competitive with the Westmanstown outfit gaining an edge, particularly at the breakdown. And, just before the break, they were made to pay for these mistakes as a good Garda drive saw the scrum half dart over for the try. The conversion brought the half-time score to 10-7 in the home team’s favour. Garda opened the second half strongly and, again attacking through a number of close-in drives, they were able to make their way over the Malahide line and ground the ball. The conversion was successful for a 14-10 lead. But Malahide increased the pace of their game to fully grasp the initiative from there on in. Initially handling errors cost them, however, with 18 minutes remaining, the home team got it right and after a number of slick passes Carpenter broke clear to score. Captain Briain Geraghty and flanker Deaglan O’Connor quickly added converted tries to move the home team well clear. As Malahide made a few changes the fresher legs started to tell and in the closing stages there were further tries for Carpenter and replacement centre James Gallagher. They now move on to a tough semi-final away to Monkstown next week. Meanwhile, Malahide 2nds had an excellent 43-17 victory over Stillorgan on Friday evening in the Jim Byrne Cup and they will now host CYM.


Portmarnock’s Joshua Kelly, right, produced an excellent run to finish third in the Community Games U-8 60m race

Locals star at national finals

MALAHIDE’s basketball teams competed with distinction at the HSE Community Games national finals last week in Athlone after fine performances to make it through to the ultimate stage of the competition. The boys’ U-13 team returned home with bronze medals af ter defeating Donagh, Monaghan in their play-off. The boys were defeated by gold medal winning Galway in their semifinal. On that Malahide team were Cian Daly,

Ello Uhah, Michael Barrett, Luke French, Sean Lonergan, Cian Beirne, Reece McGonaigle, Luke Hughes, Josh Reinhardt and Harry Barnes. On the girls’ side, the U-16 side were narrowly defeated in their semifinal by Galway, and went on to face a strong Kerry team in the playoff. They finished off as fourth placed medallists with a team of Aoife Sheridan, Lisa Murphy, Laura Furlong, Fiona Lannon, Elaine Brennan, Lisa Young, Aine McDonnell, Lucia Hughes, Aine Woods

and Anna Brennan. On the athletics front, Portmarnock’s Joshua Kelly produce a sterling run to finish third in the U-8 boys’ 60m race while Malahide’s Daniel Deneher finished fifth in his 800m semi-final. T hey were among some of the stand-out performances on what proved to be a great weekend of sport as the athletics track was buzzing with excitement when Aine Holden from Carlow, an Olympic torch-bearer in Dublin was introduced to the appreciative crowd. She did a lap of the track carrying the torch

to the delight of the huge crowd of HSE Community Games supporters. Over 200,000 young people from all over Ireland take part in the HSE Community Games qualifiers and finals every year. It makes it an essential part of the Irish summer, and firmly established in Irish heritage, something that is reflected in the number of participants, volunteers and spectators that get involved every year. Approximately 3,000 children participated in a number of sporting activities with Dublin represented in athletics

track and field, basketball, futsal and camogie. Over 12,000 spectators, including parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, friends and supporters travelled in their droves to offer their support and encouragement to all of the children participating. Another spectator enjoying the games was Brendan Boyce from Donegal who competed in the 50km walk at the London Olympics. Boyce is a former Community Games participant and silver medallist in volleyball and U-8 60m track event.

Malahide YC to host optimist event

MALAHIDE Yacht Club has announced that the Optimist Connacht Championship, which it is hosting on behalf of the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland, on September 8 and 9 is to be sponsored by Joe Duffy, Ireland’s leading BMW dealer, with additional support from TGI Fridays. The two-day event, being run at the club’s recently rebuilt Dinghy Sailing Centre

at the Broadmeadows, is expected to attract over 100 entries and Principal Race Officer Neil Murphy and his team will set the courses for the 6-race series. “Our new facility and reorganised dinghy pen layout means we are fully geared to handle an event of this stature,” said MYC’s dinghy sailing secretary Garrett Donnelly. “With the support of our sponsors, we will have a memorable event for participants and their families.”

Speaking on behalf of Joe Duffy, marketing manager Alan Gilligan commented: “We are pleased to be associated with competitive sporting events at a local level and have done so throughout our 40-year history. “We greatly look forward to playing our part during the championship.” Entries for the Joe Duffy BMW Optimist Connacht Championship are anticipated from all four provinces by the event organisers.

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of Malahide boxing fundr aiser

ship semi-final: St Sylvester’s 2-13,

against Malahide rugby club on Sep-

Setanta 2-10.

tember 21. Check it out on Facebook,

There was a bit of magic about this

St Sylvester’s GAA v Malahide rugby

performance and a heart-stopping

club. Cathal “Don King” O’Donnell is

finish before a very well-earned

taking care of business on this one.

victory. We play senior championship hurling next year for the first time ever not to mention a championship final against Round Tower. Fantastic.

games left with the prospect of reaching the play offs. They play

minors with a major part in the win-

away to St Pat’s of Donabate next

ning goal over Kerry in Croke Park.

Saturday. guaranteed promotion will be try-

200 members for a successful EGM

ing to win the league title. They play

to give approval for the ball wall

Oliver Plunkett’s next Sunday in

development. Please attend next

Broomfield at 10.30am.

Tickets are available for the Pride

St Sylvester’s Setanta

1-13 2-7


S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S picked off a superb victory to reach their first ever intermediate hurling final, taking a place in the senior B championship in 2013 into the bargain. With Syl’s playing into a strong wind at Clonshaugh in the first half, Setanta opened up a four to one lead in the first quarter but, from there on, the Malahide club were probably the stronger team. Martin Ormonde was impeccable from frees and supported by a very busy Gareth McGrath and Stephen Keogh, they pulled the score back to 0-7 to 0-6 before Setanta hit a nice goal on the break. But there was quiet confidence among the Malahide ranks coming out for the second half

with the wind at their backs. Dara O’Flaherty was commanding at centre back, Kevin Clarke and Ronan Kennedy swapped positions and continued to dominate their markers while the two Morrises – Alan and Graham – on the other side doing likewise. Andrew Richardson supported a tough halfforward line of Conor McCafferty, David Casey and the outstanding Barry Kiely who picked off a wealth of good ball. Ciaran Falvey came off the bench to similarly win some hard ball while Killian O’Flynn also gave the side the impetus of fresh legs while Russy Cleere, was everywhere, fielding high balls, winning lots of frees and clearing off his own line in the last minute. It all combined to see the Broomfield side overturn the deficit with a superb second half showing, limiting Setanta to just a couple of scores.

For goalkeeper Hillary Murray-Hession, it marked 20 years since he played his first adult hurling championship game in junior B against Thomas Davis. Ian McCafferty also came on as a sub that day, allowing them the chance to show the distance the side has come in recent times under the watchful eyes of Leonard O’Carroll, Pat Keogh and former Dublin hurling boss Tommy Naughton. T hey now have a date with Round Tower, Clondalkin in the final of the competition, after they skipped past the challenge of a highly fancied Whitehall Col-

mcilles. It will be a fascinating battle of wits for Naughton as he takes on a Tower’s outfit managed by one of his former Dublin proteges, Emmet Carroll. The side was also trained by former Dub David Sweeney but he emigrated to Australia in recent weeks. It makes for a fascinating match-up in the final of the competition. For Syl’s, it comes hot on the heels of their Leinster special junior hurling championship victory a couple of seasons ago, a result which, among other things, lifted the club into intermediate ranks for the first time.

The junior 7 football team now

The club needs an attendance of

Scoil Iosa at 9pm.


The intermediate footballers have three more very important league

Stephen Cunningham capped a

Thursday, September 6 in Pobal

Syl’s hurlers reach first-ever inter final

evening at 6pm.

great performance for the Dublin

He really is a great “bit of stuff”.

The St Sylvester’s hurlers got the better of Setanta at Clonshaugh last weekend in the intermediate semi-final

The senior football team play away to Lucan Sarsfields next Saturday

The lotto jackpot this week is €1,400. Play and win on

INNISFAILS TRAINING for all teams now on Thurs-

day and food and craic is with Mon-

day at 7.30pm; full turnout expected.

day Club.

New players always welcome. League games resume on Sunday. Membership fees are now overdue. Unpaid members will have their membership cards blocked. Live music this Saturday and Sun-

No lot to winner s , subjec t to recheck. The jackpot is now at €8,800. Pitch & putt club meet every Wednesda y, new members welcome.

FINGALLIANS THE Fingallians club open day is on Sat-

skills. The course will take place on

urday, September 8 and represents a

Thursday’s from 6-7pm.

very important day in the our club calendar.

Our Irish conversation group resumes on Wednesday in the club-

The entire membership is coming

house at 9pm after a summer break.

together and celebrating our club

This is a great free service provided by

across all teams, adult and juvenile,

the club. It is suitable for all levels and

camogie, football, hurling and athlet-

beginners are most welcome. Tuilleadh

ics, male and female.

eolais ó Liam ag 086 3814422.

Congratulations to Catherine Walsh

The stage production of “The Pitch” is

on winning a silver medal on Sunday

on in Fingallians’ hall at 8pm next Sat-

afternoon. Catherine has two more

urday. Tickets are being distributed to

events this week to come.

coaches and mentors at €10 each for

Congratulations to the Dublin minor

this critically acclaimed production

footballers as the march towards All-

and a unique chance to experience a

Ireland glory continues and hard luck

theatrical production within our club.

to Paul and the senior footballers and

Please purchase your tickets at the

Roisin and the junior camogie ladies.

club bar and use this event to intro-

The camogie section is running Mum and Me (fathers also welcome) pro-

duce your friends and neighbours to Fingallians.

gramme which has been designed by

Fins captain’s day (DJ Shay) is in

the camogie association to introduce

Beaverstown on September 14 from

playing skills to parents.

1.30–3pm. This is where the John

The free six-week course, which

McNally trophies are up for grabs.

starts on September 20, will be run by

After the golf, the four-course din-

Simon Lambert and is a great practi-

ner is in Fins. Golf and food will be €50.

cal way of learning the basics of the

Email if

game to help your child develop their

you are interested.

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St Sylvester’s hurlers are hoping to add another piece of silverware to their cupboard following 2009’s Dublin and Leinster JHC successes

Naughton hopes to see off protege St Sylvester’s earned senior hurling status for the very first time with a fine victory over Setanta in their IHC semi-final  PETER CARROLL

TOMMY Naughton has brought his St Sylvester’s hurlers to the intermediate championship final and, in doing so, has also guaranteed them a spot in the senior hurling championship for next year. After a fantastic win over the heavily touted Setanta last Saturday in Clonshaugh, the former Dubs manager, Naughton, will now pit his wits against a man who cut his teeth as an intercounty player under his guidance. Emmet Carroll will lead his Round Tower’s side out against the Malahide men in the final. Naughton was quick to dismiss any quips about Carroll picking up his tactics while playing under the veteran coach, instead complimenting the Round Tower manager on a fantastic debut season at the helm of the club. “Emmet has done tremendously in his first year down there,” said Naughton. “They have proven themselves to be a top

class side and I’m very happy that it will either be Sylvester’s or Tower’s that will have their name on the trophy. “He has a great knowledge of the game; he always had. And I’m sure he learned a lot from his mentors at Ballyboden over the years – he and David Sweeney have done some fantastic things in Clondalkin. “Emmet is his own man and his team play a style that is very much their own on the field. But I think that this final will be an entirely different affair than our league tie,” said Naughton. When the two sides met in late July on Tower’s home patch, the Clondalkin men won by 10 points, 0-21 to 1-8, which Carroll agreed was a completely different situation, even citing that the Syl’s men were “missing a few key players”, something that Naughton doesn’t see as an excuse. “They gave us a trimming, there’s no doubt about it. I’m not going to make excuses for that loss. We didn’t play well and that’s why we lost

– Tower’s were the better side on the day. “We are two sides who want the championship, both teams are exciting to watch. There’s no real way to break these games down because anything can happen come the day of a final. “If they play well and we don’t, they will win. If we play well and they don’t, we will. It’s all about who wants it more,” said the former Dubs coach. One thing is for sure, Naughton is focused on the task at hand, quickly shaking off any questions about next season’s senior hurling championship campaign, the first Sylvester’s will compete in. “We have an intermediate championship final to worry about before we can even think about that, ask me after the final. “I know the lads won’t settle with just having secured senior championship hurling. “They’ve fought hard to get to the final and they’ll definitely want to bring home the title,” he finished.”