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dirty work: Residents’ anger as pet owners fail to clean up dog faeces Page 2

Move to stop swan deaths  Natalie Burke

Residents in Por tmarnock have made efforts in recent weeks to prevent any further deaths of swans along the Golf Links Road, Portmarnock. In January, a swan was killed after flying into high voltage electricity wires in the area. Following the bird strike, concerned residents held a consultation with the Elec-


tricity Supply Board (ESB) on how the flight path for swans could be made safer in the local area. Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) said the overall outcome of the consultation was “positive”. “The groups of residents were confident that ESB Networks will implement a solution which should greatly improve the safety of flight paths for swans,” he said. Full Story on Page 7

Official launch: Looking forward to European Championships fine gael TD Alan Farrell, Cllr

Annmarie Farrelly and Anthony Lavin (FG) were among the many guests and celebrities from the athletic world who attended the official launch of the 2013 European Athletics Championship which

will take place at Morton Stadium Santry on June 22 and 23. The event took place at Fingal County Hall in the Council Chamber where speakers included Mayor of Fingal Cllr Cian O’Callaghan (Lab). See Gallery on Page 8

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Dog waste placed in bags and hanging on Fingal County Council’s seasonal bin stands at Malahide

Residents’ anger over dog fouling problem The issue of dog fouling is creating a major stink in North Dublin this week with one angry resident saying she fears her grandchildren will pick up dog faeces and become ill from it. Speaking to The Gazette, the frustrated grandmother from Swords described the problem as “disgusting” and said it is getting worse in both Malahide and Swords. “T hey’re not having any consideration for people out walking, you’re sidestepping dog poo everytime you’re out,” said the resident, referring to dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets when walking in public areas. “We go walking in both Swords and Malahide and every morning you

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see people not picking up after their dogs. “There used to be bags supplied along the Estuary for them to pick it up but people were taking more than one and that was it, it stopped.” While there are a number of dog owners who do pick up after their dogs, the resident said there are “an awful lot of them” that don’t. The irate resident said she has seen people pick up after their dogs but then leave the bag on a wall or hang it out of trees.

“I find if someone is walking a dog and the dog has stopped, if they see you, they’ll make the effort to pick it up. “I’ve got grandkids myself and what I’m afraid of is one of them picking it up,” she continued. “A child doesn’t know any different. You can go blind and there are diseases attached to it. I’m not against dogs, I love animals myself but at the same time, why let your dog poo and not do anything about it?” While local Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) agrees a problem exists in the Dublin North area, he insists the issue is “no different to anywhere else”. “I feel that most people who bring their dogs for a walk make the effort,” he said.

“You do hear incidents of the bags hanging on trees but I don’t understand why people go to --------------------------

‘You’re sidestepping dog poo every time you’re out’


the bother of cleaning it and then leaving it for others to dispose of.” When it comes to issuing litter fines to those failing to pick up after their dogs, Cllr Lavin said it could be implemented more. “It isn’t only a dog warden who can issue a fine for dog littering. The litter warden can do it, the gardai can do it. It’s not

depending on just the two dog wardens for the whole of North Dublin,” he said. At a recent council meeting, Fingal County Council issued a reminder that certain legal provisions exist in relation to obligations imposed on dog walkers to clean up after their dogs. A statement made to local representatives stated that dog faeces is regarded as litter and according to Section 22(1) of the Litter Pollution Act 1997, “where faeces has been deposited by a dog in any place to which this subsection applies, the person in charge of the dog shall immediately remove the faeces and shall ensure that it is properly disposed of in a suitable sanitary manner”.

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malahide Hope more spaces will free up parking

Increased taxi service is ‘essential’  natalie burke

An increased taxi rank service is “essential” to boost business in Malahide Village; two local representatives have declared this week. Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell (FG) and party colleague, Cllr Anthony Lavin, have said that an agreement to increase taxi rank spaces will free up parking and improve traffic movement in the village. According to Deputy

Farrell, the current lack of taxi space has led to the unavailability of parking during the day as well as traffic disruptions at night. “There is demand for an around-the-clock taxi service in Malahide Village, and yet we only have part-time facilities,” he said. “Consequently, parking spaces in the village are being clogged up by taxis in order to reduce fuel costs, and in the evenings the traffic in the village is held up by taxi queues on the street.” Deputy Farrell says this

has a “knock on effect” for local business as it reduces parking availability for their customers. At a recent council meeting, Cllr Anthony Lavin put forward a motion to provide 24-hour dedicated taxi spaces in the village, after which an agreement was reached. “Following a discussion at the meeting, area manager Gary O’Brien has agreed to follow up on two locations that have the potential to create up to 10 full-time spaces in the village,” Deputy Far-

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell (FG)

rell continued. “This would involve upgrading the part time rank outside Gibneys to a full time rank, and also creating a new taxi rank outside The Grand Hotel. Taxis provide a social service to the community and I am fully in support of this move.” Welcoming the out-

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come of the meeting, Deputy Farrell stressed the importance of managing taxi providers in the village, while allowing taxis to run their business. “It is vital that local authorities provide facilities for business where there is demand, and to also to remove any disincentive, such as traffic

disruption, for people to drive into our towns and villages to do their shopping and support local businesses.” “I am pleased with the outcome of Cllr Lavin’s motion, as well as the agreement by Fingal County Council to take action on this issue,” he concluded.

donabate 44 new birch trees to be planted A total of 44 new birch trees will be planted before the end of April along the Portrane Road in Donabate. The trees will replace the mature trees which were removed from the area last year, after they were deemed a risk to the safety of the public by Fingal County Council. The council confirmed last week that the “dangerous trees” were removed from their place on the road last year, but that the planting of new trees will rectify the visual deficit resulting from the removal. T he planting date to take place later this month will depend on schedules and weather.

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event: leinster congress

Awards ceremony: Success for stores

Local chess club to host meet

A number of leading Spar retailers from across the country including North Dublin gathered at Killashee House in County Kildare recently for the brand’s annual 5-Star awards ceremony, run by BWG Foods (owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland) in association with the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA). The Awards are the highlight of the Spar retailing calendar, recognising stores that excel across several areas of store performance. Stores are assessed across a range of categories that include customer care, shop presentation, food safety and retailing innovations. Pictured at the awards were Fergus Giblin, EUROSPAR Malahide and Des Smyth, BWG Foods.

M a l a hide C h e s s Club will be hosting an all-Leinster Chess Congress next month. The local club will be hosting what will be their 13th Millenium Tournament, which is due to take place over the May bank holiday weekend, May 4, 5 and 6. It will be held in association with the Leinster Chess Union. Sections

This year the tournament will incorporate the Leinster Championships with three sections including Senior, Intermediate and Junior and will be held at the Hilton Dublin Airport hotel at Northern Cross on the Malahide Road. T here will be two rounds held per day in both the morning and the afternoon and equipment will be provided for players. Participants are just asked to bring along a pen on the day. Fee

Advance entry fee will be €45, advance payment €35 or players can pay on the day for an entry fee of €55. There will be a €10 discount on all prices for players in the junior section. For fur ther details contact Vincent Bissett at vincentbisset@ or call 0861053202. Malahide Chess Club meets on a weekly basis every Monday night at 8pm at St Sylvester’s GAA Club on Church Road. For more information, log onto www.

Baldoyle Musical Society: group set to perform copacabana at school

Performance promises top tunes drama and laughter

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Copacabana will be coming to Baldoyle next week as Baldoyle Musical Society prepares to present five performances of the toe-tapping musical comedy from April 23 to 27. The show will take place at St Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle village at 8pm each night and will be the group’s annual production for 2013. “Everybody is familiar with the famous and catchy Barry Manilow song, but not everyone knows that the story behind it was developed into a full-blown Broadway stage musical for

Baldoyle Musical Society will perform Copacabana

which Barry wrote all the music,” explained Karl Hoffman, vice-chairman of Baldoyle Musical Society. “What was created is a fantastic show bursting with top tunes, drama and lots of laughter.” The story follows the life of Lola the Showgirl

as she falls for Tony, a bartender in the club which gives its name to the show and hit single. Rico, the shady owner of a nightclub in Havana, sets his sights on acquiring the services of Lola for his Tropicana club. When she isn’t willing to go, Rico decides to take her

against her will. Tony and an eclectic mix of Lola’s pals take off from New York to bring her back and the stage is set for a showdown. Like all of their past productions, Baldoyle Musical Society will serve up a visual and aural treat with an impressive set and stunning costumes and will feature a top class cast of talented locals, including members from the Malahide and Swords areas, supported by a 10 piece orchestra under the baton of Dave McGauran, who recently returned from a time spent as musical director of Riverdance. Baldoyle natives Paul Fay and Karen McCourt, both

seasoned campaigners, direct and choreograph respectively. “This show has been a huge challenge for us”, director Paul Fay explained. “There is a balance to strike between the drama and the musical comedy to maximise the impact of the show – plus we have an enormous chorus onstage!” Choreographer Karen McCourt agreed saying it was “both exhilarating and exhausting”. However, she promises the end result will be “spectacular”. “You just don’t see big choruses on stage any more and the atmosphere

will be electric!” Treasurer Richie Smith said the chorus only adds to the success of the production. “It’s fantastic for us, it brings in more subscriptions, sells more tickets, helps with fundraising and is a real barometer of the strength of the society – long may it continue.” Copacabana will be held from April 23 - 27 in St Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle Village. Tickets are priced at €15 (€12 for OAPs and Children). Tickets can be booked at or call 085 1378329. A discount of €10 is available for groups of ten or more.

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COMMUNITY Anti-litter initiative is going strong

Spring clean up campaign hits halfway mark THE National Spring Clean Campaign has hit the halfway mark in North Dublin it was announced this week. Hundreds of cleanup events have already taken place in North Dublin as part of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean campaign and a number of further events will be taking place over the coming weeks. The National Spring Clean campaign is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. On April 19, St Fintan’s High School on the

Dublin Road, Sutton, will be cleaning up their local area. For more information, volunteers can contact Ella Houlihan on 01 8324632. The Pride in Bayside community clean-up group in Sutton will be doing their part for National Spring Clean with a clean-up of Bayside village on April 20. It will take place from 10am until 12 noon and volunteers will be meeting at the Bayside church where they will be picking up rubbish, paint over graffiti and conduct general tidying. For more information, volunteers interested in taking part can contact Susan Glynn on 087 6106004. Portmarnock Community Association will also be cleaning up their

beach and surrounding areas on April 20. For more information, contact Margaret McInerney on 086 8218204. All volunteers registering for the National Spring Clean campaign are issued with a free clean-up kit which contains information, posters, colour-coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials, protective gloves and tabards to keep participants clean. An Taisce will also liaise with local authorities to ensure that all materials col-


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Model and National Spring Clean ambassador Sarah McGovern, together with Haus of Funk hip-hop dancers, are calling for the people of Ireland to stomp out litter and register for this year’s National Spring Clean campaign

lected will be picked up without charge. An Taisce are this year also celebrating a number of Local Heroes who have demonstrated their commitment to their communities by organising anti-litter events over the last number of years. If you know of a potential local hero in the Dublin North area, you can

nominate them on the National Spring Clean Facebook page, www. Those who wish to take part in the national event are encouraged to visit the National Spring Clean website at www. nationalspringclean. org or to find out more information, or to register, call 01 4002220.


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courts Perrin tricked elderly man to bequeath half of €1m estate to her children

Law society wants former judge’s trial transcripts The Law Society of Ireland has applied to a court for transcripts of the sentencing hearings of former judge Heather Perrin. Last year Perrin (61) was s e n t e n c e d t o t wo - a n d half-years in jail after a jury found she had tricked 82-year-old Thomas Davis

into bequeathing half his estate worth, about €1 million, to her two children while she was working as a solicitor. She had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to deceptively inducing Mr Davis to bequeath half of his estate to Sybil and

Adam Perrin at her office on Fairview Strand on January 22, 2009. Last month Perrin of Lambay Court, Malahide, Co Dublin was sentenced to a further two-year prison term after she pleaded guilty to falsifying an account, with the intent of making a gain

on a date between May 2004 and February 2009. The two sentences are running alongside each other. Shane Murphy, senior counsel for the Law Society, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this week that the society was seeking a copy of the certificates of conviction and

transcripts of the trials. He said the society needed these in order to exercise its public function in issues of discipline. He told the court that Perrin was still a solicitor and remained on the roll of solicitors. Cahir O’Higgins, solicitor for Perrin, said that his firm

were not representing Perrin in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and that the solicitors in that might have a view on the application. He asked the court to put the matter back so this view could be sought. He said he thought consent may be forth coming.

council: 1% increase will come into effect at end of April

Rent rise ‘a step too far for families’

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A rent hike intro duced in recent days by Fingal County Council on their housing stock has this week been condemned by United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly, who said it was a “step too far for families already under pressure”. The news of the rent rise reached tenants across Fingal over the course of the past few days and according to Deputy Daly, residents in many areas across D u b l i n N o r t h we r e s h o c ke d t o r e c e i ve notice from the council announcing the “sharp rise in rent”.

“This is a real blow on top of all of the other financial burdens that families are struggling with,” she said. “There is no doubt that it is going to tip many over the edge into severe financial hardship and I think the council will have a grave difficulty in collecting this money.” The 1% increase on the calculation of rents on the council’s rental proper ties is due to come into effect at the end of this month. “There is no doubt that this measure has been implemented to compensate the councils for the fact that they are being levied a home tax for each of the

United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly

dwellings that is in their ow nership,” Deputy Daly continued. “T his is a change from the household tax and the hit has been passed directly onto the tenants. “It makes a mockery of the Government’s statement that the property tax is going to enhance local services, clearly it is just another way of fleecing ordinary people to pay for the debts of bankers and speculators that were never ours in the first place.”

Deputy Daly has described the move as “Robin Hood in reverse”, saying Fingal County Council are targeting “ordinary people”. “T he Government could have raised extra from those earning over €100,000 per annum or from increasing Corporation Tax but instead chose to target ordinary people. “T his move is not good for the councils and not good for the tenants either.” A spokesperson for Fingal County

Council confirmed to The Gazette that the increase of 1% will come into effect at the end of April 2013 and will bring, for the first time since 2004, the percentage at which rents are calculated from 11% to 12% of net household income. “The amendment was presented to Elected Representatives and approved in December 2012 as part of the Fingal County Councils Annual Budget for 2013,” the spokesperson stated.

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animals Electricity wires in flight paths

Residents mobilise to prevent swan deaths  natalie burke

Local residents in Portmarnock have made efforts in recent weeks to prevent any further deaths of swans along Golf Links Road. In January, a swan was killed after flying into the high voltage electricity wires at Golf Links Road, Portmarnock, in the area between the two golf links courses. The incident was observed and reported by locals who stated that there were two swans flying at the time, but one died shortly after the collision. Following the bird strike, concerned residents in Portmarnock held a consultation with the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) on how the flight path for swans could be made safer in the local area. The meeting with the ESB was held by members of the community along with local representative, Councillor Peter Coyle (Lab), who said the overall outcome of the consultation was “very positive”. Confident

“The groups of residents were confident that ESB Networks will implement a solution which should greatly improve the safety of flight paths for swans,” he said. There had been previous incidents where swans were killed on the same electricity wires. The occurrence of swan collisions with overhead power lines is a problem internationally and is well documented. ESB Networks technician Jim McNally, who covers the Portmarnock area, met with Cllr Coyle and the group of local residents on site.

He brought the newest version of game guards available for display and outlined a plan for their placement on the networks. “This development meeting received a very positive reaction from the group of concerned residents, who are anxious that the area be made safe for the swans,” Cllr Coyle explained. “Jim’s own expertise in wildlife, especially birds, put him in a well-placed position to assist us with the situation at Portmarnock,” Cllr Coyle continued. “Over the years, he has worked on TV programmes with the late Dr Eamon De Buitlear relating to wildlife in Rogerstown Estuary in Rush. Over the years, he has also been called on to make presentations to student groups in UCD on wildlife.”


Over 8,000 AA batteries recycled in Fingal campaign FINGAL has recycled over 8,000 batteries in a local recycling campaign. The joint European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Early Childhood Ireland battery recycling campaign have collected a total of 8,680 AA batteries in Fingal so far, and are calling on all parents and pre-schoolers in Fingal to get recycling before the deadline of May 31. Speaking about the campaign, Yvonne Holmes, head of corporate communications at ERP, said: “When batteries are thrown in the bin they can have a harmful effect on the environment and cause soil and water pollution, meaning potential resources that could have been recycled are lost.” The competition closes on May 31 and each participating facility will be in with a chance to win an ERP Recycling Party with face painters, balloon modellers and more, to take place in June. They will also win a trophy and a book voucher to the value of €250. For more details, see

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Game guards

Network technician Jim McNally meets Cllr Peter Coyle over bird strikes on

A spokesperson for ESB Networks confirmed to The Gazette that since the incident and the recent meeting held with residents, game guards have been put up in the area, with more due to be placed later this week. “The ESB Networks will be reviewing the issue and also, permanently reviewing bird protectors,” the spokesperson said. “This isn’t just a problem here, this is a national problem. Swans migrate every year so a lot of swan routes change, that’s why we’re constantly watching and monitoring that. Obviously, we don’t want to cause damage to swans or mortality or lines being brought down either so it’s a constant issue that ESB Networks are happy to look into and look after.”


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A FREE outdoor exercise session will take place at Malahide Castle Regional park on April 23. The aerobic and resistance exercise session aimed at over-55s will be held from10am. It

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Anita Fitzgibbon, Claire Bergin, Cathaoirleach Cllr Cian O’Callaghan and Steffi Creaner. Pictures: Una Williams



HE European Athletics Team Championships First League was recently launched at the County Hall in Swords. Among those who attended the launch were some of Ireland’s elite up-and-coming athletes and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sports, Leo Varadkar TD (FG). The European Athletics Team Championships will be held at Morton Stadium in Dublin in June, and will see 12 national teams comprising of over 600 world class athletes compete.

Mooney shows howzat done

Sorcha Murphy, Ireland cricket star John Mooney, Aisling Gil

Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, Annmarie Farrelly and Anthony Lavin

Siobhan Moore and Vincent Wall

Peter Dolan and John Foley Glenn Cosgrove, Alan Reynolds and Robert Chambers

Eoghan Buckley and Jack Larkin

Timmy Crowe, Ciaran O’Caithain, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (FG) and John Travers Kevin and Ryan Gallagher with Fran Reynolds

Jessica Quinn, Malaidh Larkin and Katie Dunne

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RELAND international cricket star John Mooney was recently on hand to give a great masterclass at Malahide Cricket Club’s annual Easter camp. More than 100 children came along to the camp, which was sponsored by RSA and

Londis in Malahide, and they were undoubtedly bowled over by Mooney’s great advice. The club host regular training events for their youth section. For further information about Malahide Cricket Club, see their website at

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Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins at the opening of Mrs Warren’s Profession. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov

Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession a big hit F

ANS of the work of George Bernard Shaw gathered to The Gate Theatre recently for the opening of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which was directed by Patrick Mason. Among the attendees was RTE veteran Gay Byrne.

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The play portrays a moving, gripping, and witty story set in Victorian times about the complex relationship between Vivie Warren (Rebecca O’Mara) and her mother Kitty (Sorcha Cusack), as she discovers how Kitty has funded her education through an

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unorthodox profession. Interestingly, although Mrs. Warren’s Profession was written in 1893, it was originally banned due to its controversial content and was not given a public performance in London until 1925.

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animal support: group aims to ease pressure

ISPCA is seeking runners for Flora mini marathon The ISPCA is urging women across Dublin to get their trainers on and support animals in need by running for them during this year’s Women’s Mini Marathon. It is estimated that over 200 animals could benefit from the funds raised during the marathon. The ISPCA has now embarked on a campaign to encourage teams running in the marathon to consider running for the

ISPCA and to help “Get Tails Wagging”. “We know things are financially very difficult and are very conscious of the efforts people go to in raising funds for the ISPCA. We want to assure participants that every penny raised goes directly towards the care of an animal in our centres. In our national animal centre we have on average 150 animals onsite in our care between horses, ponies,

donkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, goats and other small mammals – we are happy to say there will be a lot of “tails wagging” once the mini marathon is over,” said Carmel Murray, ISPCA. According to the ISPCA, there has been an unprecedentedly high level of animal cruelty cases, particularly in relation to dogs and this is stretching resources. The ISPCA are under

immense pressure to get to these animals, rehabilitate them and find suitable loving homes for them. Any support is greatly appreciated. Register for the mini marathon at http://www. f and contact the ISPCA to register for a sponsorship page by emailing or call 043 33 25933 to pledge their support.

Model and actress Layla Flaherty will participate for the ISPCA in this years womens mini marathon

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dublinlife Communities call out to get involved in TidyTowns SuperValu retailers in Dublin are calling on communities across the county to get behind this year’s SuperValu TidyTow ns competition. This year will be the 22nd year of SuperValu’s involvement and last year saw 33 entries from Dublin with Skerries winning the overall award. Speaking at the launch, Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, said: “I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of people across the country who

have made this one of the longest running and most successful community initiatives in the world. “I would encourage people to talk to their local SuperValu retailer or visit to find out more and realise the huge rewards in taking an active part in their community.” The closing date for receipt of entries is May 23, 2013. Entry forms can be obtained from the TidyTowns Unit in the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Phone 071-


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SuperValu retailers are calling on local communities to get behind this year’s SuperValu TidyTowns competition

In addition, the stores will be having a special promotion day with mini facials and makeovers. Call into Kerins Pharmacy in Blackrock on May 10 or Phelan’s Pharmacy in Milltown on

May 8 when the events will be taking place.

get your gloves on for charity After the success of raising over €31,000 at last year’s event, White Collar Boxing returns and the ISPCC is this month looking to recruit 30 contenders, women and men, to get their gloves on in aid of the children’s charity. Panic at the Disco is a six-week professional training programme of White Collar Boxing, culminating in one main “fight night” in the Dandelion Nightclub, St Stephen’s Green, on Friday, May 31. Training for the event will commence on April 22, taking place in the National Boxing Stadium on Monday and

Wednesday nights for six weeks. The fundraiser is a fun and challenging way for people to support the work of the ISPCC and no experience is needed. Olympian Cathal O’Grady will be keeping a watchful eye on all participants and offering expert advice and guidance. Register by April 19 by calling 1850 50 40 50 or email

people power produces tayto bar A n a ti o n a s k e d “ W hy ? ”, a n d Tay t o answered “Why not?” That’s in response to the much-anticipated arrival of the Tayto milk chocolate bar. That’s right, the limited edition Tayto bar – containing both choco-

late and morsels of the much-loved cheese and onion crisps – has just been launched and is now available in Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co Meath. The bar will also be stocked in selected retailers by the end of April. To create the “perfect bar of chocolate”, Tayto teamed up with the chocolatiers at Butlers Chocolates making the new bar a truly Irish product. “It’s a bit of fun, you will either love it or hate it, but our consumers asked for it and we said why not!” explained Ray Coyle, founder of Largo Foods. “There are only 100,000 bars in circulation and it is now on the market because of people power – no doubt about it.”

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dining: cut-price meals on offer

New website is celebrating all things food Irish food enthusiasts can now avail of cut-price meals at top restaurants, thanks to a new website., Ireland’s newest foodie destination, was launched last week, promising to “offer food worshippers a dedicated online space to celebrate all things food in Ireland”. The website was given the seal of approval by top chefs such as Derry Clarke, Kevin Thornton, Robbie Fox, Andrew Rudd, Tom Doorley and Ernie Whalley, as well as Operation Transformation guru Dr Eva Orsmond. The website has already signed up an impressive list of restaurants, with representatives from the likes of Fallon and Byrne, L’Ecrivain, Diep Le Shaker, Pearl Brasserie, Rustic Stone and Fire Restaurant attending the launch. TheDiningRoom. ie features restaurant reviews, exclusive offers and exciting content such as restaurant spotlights

and advice from a host of Ireland’s top food writers and guest contributors. Already, a discounted menu for Michelin-starred restaurant L’Ecrivain proved a sellout in just hours. The website promises to give visitors all the information they need, whether they are looking to dine out or dine in with exclusive recipes and video tutorials from top chefs such as Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Kevin Dundon and Derry Clarke. According to Keith Mahon, managing director of TheDiningRoom. ie: “In Ireland we have so much talent, variety and - these days - value for money too, in our restaurants. “We aim to showcase and celebrate these great restaurants and the people behind them, while making it easier for our readers to try them out. We will have a great range of regular and guest contributors.”

users can view restaurant profiles and make bookings, as well as view menus to help them make an informed decision. They can also try out some of the country’s best restaurants with exclusive tasting menus and offers. is backed by, a 100% Irish-owned company with over 13 years in business and over 437,000 active users. Michael Dwyer, chief executive of Pigsback. com said the company was “delighted” to back the venture. “We’re delighted with our latest venture, The Irish restaurant scene is driven by some of our most gifted and creative people - great entrepreneurs and chefs. The sector has retained a vibrancy and creativity and is testimony to Ireland’s resilience and reinvention in these times. We are very proud to develop this showcase to the best of Irish restaurants.”

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IFTA winning documentary film maker, Jamie D’Alton from Rathfarnham

documentary: series shows life on estate

Jamie’s joy with TV show’s success

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IFTA-winning documentary film maker, Jamie D’Alton from Rathfarnham is riding high at the moment with a new and controversial three-part documentary airing on TV3, depicting life on the

Ballybeg Estate in Waterford City. The Estate has been getting rave reviews in the press for its honest look at an Irish community’s struggle in the current recession. Jamie is part of award-winning Motive TV, the production company he runs with Anne McLoughlin and others. He previously filmed a documentary on children’s hospice, LauraLynn in Leopardstown, called No Time To Die which aired on RTE last month. The Gazette spoke to the De La Salle, Churchtown past pupil about his career to date. “We’ve had three documentaries aired in the last while on three different networks, RTE, TV3 and Setanta. We have to pitch our ideas to broadcasters and if they bite we get the cash to produce the documentary. “Another source of revenue that has really helped us has been the

BAI [Broadcasting Association of Ireland] Sound and Vision Fund. We have tried to cover a variety of subjects on Irish life. Last year we did one called J1 Summer about students working abroad and we’ve filmed a lot of sports and entertainment documentaries too. “We like to have a broad spectrum represented and as a documentary maker, I love to get the real stories, under the skin of people and this happens when they open up to you. It makes for amazing TV. Documentary has a very important part to play in Irish broadcasting and I suppose reality TV programmes are damaging to it in that broadcasters choose them because they are chasing big ratings. “Yet, as a film maker, ratings are not part of my job to worry about. The broadcaster has to make money though and I understand that. The

BAI, however, does make programmes that may not be commercially viable but they reflect real Irish life.” D’Alton is always aware of the challenge of staying as impartial as possible while constructing his documentaries. “It’s a criticism always thrown at documentary makers; the need for impartiality, but there always has to be someone making editorial judgements. “However, we try to give the people room enough to breathe and give the film a light touch. I don’t like the Louis Theroux method, I think it’s better not to make yourself the centre of the story if possible. It shows a lack of confidence in your audience when they feel they have to put in a personality as the focus.” The third and final part of The Estate will air on TV3 on Monday, April 22.

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A confidential telephone line that listens to the worries parents may have about their children, or themselves is touching on the subject of cyber bullying and offering parents a chance to find out more about the issue. Parentline was set up more than 30 years ago to offer support, information and guidance to parents on any aspect of parenting in confidence and without judgement. Last year alone, they received over 4,000 calls to their call centre, where volunteers listen and offer guidance. On Tuesday, April 30, Parentline is hosting a seminar on protecting your child from cyber bullying. Parents can

learn about the dangers, become more aware of what kids are doing online and learn how to create parent controls. “This is in response to parents’ fear and lack of understanding of what happens in the cyberworld. Children are much more cyber savvy than the parents and the purpose of this is to make the parents aware of what is out there and what they can do to protect their children,” Parentline chief executive, Rita O’Reilly said. This event takes place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown at 7.30pm. Tickets cost €10. Parentline deals with a variety of calls from parents, grandparents, people worried about friends

and others. “It could be any question. We have 50 volunteers who cover the lines, they get training and counselling and listening skills before they go online. “I always say, that when the volunteer, or facilitator, puts their hand on the phone they have no idea what is at the other end. It could be something like, I am wondering if I should put my four-year-old daughter’s name down for school, is she too young to go? “Or it could be my child is a heroin addict – it could be absolutely anything. If it’s something that is bothering the parent, then they need to talk about it.

“Everybody is different, every child is different, every mammy and daddy is different. Situations change over the years so there is an opportunity for people in every situation to talk about it,” she continued. The Parentline helpline is lo-call 1890927277 or 8733500 or see

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Helpline tackles cyber bullying



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Nader Gholizadeh, blue orchid restaurants

Serving up fresh ways to beat the recession NADER Gholizade, born in Iran, moved to Ireland in the late 90s after training in the UK within the hospitality sector. He is currently working as general manager of The Blue Orchid restaurants. He has worked with the company since it opened the first Blue Orchid restaurant in Newtown ParkAvenue, Blackrock 12 years ago. Following its success,

Blue Orchid, Stepaside opened in 2011, which was followed by Ballinteer in 2013 with Teppanyaki. His main role in the business is to ensure that the restaurants operate efficiently and profitably while maintaining their reputation and ethos. For further information, see, or telephone 01 296 6113.

How long have you been in business?

business to combat the effects of the recession?

For 12 years.

What makes your business successful?

Dedication, hard work and years of building a loyal clientele. In recent years, consistently offering value for money and looking after staff and clientele alike have become even more important than ever.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

We care about the people as much as we care about what we put on the plate. All our floor staff are Thai, and are very caring by nature. Good food, good wine and good service are a must, and we do our best to do it with a sense of style and good humour.

How has the recession impacted your business?

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Let’s be honest – it has hurt us a lot. The market is more competitive, people are not going out as much nowadays, and when they do they are more careful about how much they spend. Blue Orchid restaurants are open seven nights a week, but Sunday to Thursday can be quiet, while running costs are pretty much the same. We are concentrating on the consistency of our product and service and, luckily, we have a strong, committed, loyal team.

What have you changed about your

We now offer an Early Bird menu all night, Sunday to Thursday, and from 5pm to 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays, offering three courses for €16.99. We also offer guests the option to bring their own wine, for a modest corkage charge. We constantly look to our suppliers for better prices, change our menus more frequently, and have lowered our profit margin.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

Rent and rates – both are just too high!

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, etc) to help your business?

We have just launched a new website – – and have just started to introduce social media into the mix, so watch this space!

What is your ambition for the business?

To achieve a growth of 5-to-10% per year.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

My dad told me as a young boy that a shopkeeper must have a broken foot, meaning he must be in his shop at all times. The same holds true for restaurants.

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Hail to the chief: Chuck D of Public Enemy describes the legendary, incendiary hip-hop group as “The Rolling Stones of rap”

interview: hip-hop legends public enemy and chuck d are coming to dublin

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When you look at the most influential acts in music over the years, and hiphop in particular, there is one act that will appear on every list. Long Island rap legends Public Enemy were formed in 1982 by fledgling rapper, Carlton Ridenhour and his hype man, William Drayton. They went on to become two of the most recognisable and notable figures in the business under their pseudonyms: Chuck D and Flavor Flav. PE’s combination of dense production and politically-charged rhymes puts them at the forefront of a more hard-edged, socially conscious style of rap than had previously been widely available, and sets them on collision course with the establishment, while

cementing their place in the hearts of rap fans everywhere. Their 1988 release, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, sits comfortably in the upper ranks of many all-time greatest album lists, and influenced a generation of musicians, from Kurt Cobain to Jay Z. The band are on their way back to Dublin on April 21 for a date at the Button Factory, and I caught up with Chuck in the middle of Connecticut, on his way to give a talk on rap, race and reality at Western New England University in Massachusetts. We started by talking about Public Enemy’s inauguration into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, which takes place this week. “We heard we were being inducted when were on the Hip Hop Gods tour.

We were busy with what we were doing, and it was very welcome when it came through. It’s been a consistent 26 years of hard work.” PE are only the fourth rap act ever to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Being inducted is a massive achievement in itself, and recognition of rap’s place in musical history, but Chuck explained that there is a larger perspective to their induction. “I want to be able to alleviate the feeling of ‘there goes the neighbourhood’. The rock n roll hall of fame is letting in all of these other genres and rappers. I’m trying to explain that music as a performance art started from a man or a woman playing the blues or singing the blues, they couldn’t express themselves any other way. You have to respect all the idioms

that came out of that background, and we are very fortunate to be allowed in. We take it very seriously. At the same time, we didn’t wait for validation from anyone. “We always felt that the groups were the best aspect of rock music or hiphop. Groups embody the elements that make it all happen. A band has to play together. I feel that rap music, a group of people who embody the elements that help make is happen in the first place, are a true representation of the art form. When you look at [rap’s previous inductees] Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC with Jam Master Jay and the Beastie Boys are all perfect examples of groups who went above and beyond.” Continued on Page 23

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is dashing Delgato, an eightyear-old male Boxer. As a mature gentleman, he certainly knows how to treat a lady and is super polite on the lead, enjoying shorter walks than when he was a younger lad. Delgato is a truly wonderful dog who would love to find a nice calm home where he can enjoy being part of a family for his retirement years. He really enjoys hanging out with other dogs, so would be happy is there was another dog in his new home, as well as big kids 10+. If you think you could give this handsome man a loving forever home then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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VILA la difference! Gazette Style is always excited about news of a new clothing store opening and with the announcement that VILA is to open its fashion doors in Swords Pavilions on April 25, we jumped at the chance to see what they are offering wardrobes this season. The team at VILA describe the label as being feminine yet edgy that allows ladies to dress to impress without compromising on style, quality and value. Already it has eight retail stores in Ireland, and the Swords Pavilion store opening soon will be its newest flagship store on the emerald isle. To celebrate the opening of this store, goodie bags will be given to the first 300 customers to walk through the VILA doors at the Pavilions which include Hourly Offers, 25% Off in store, VILA Cash Grabber, plus there will be amazing VILA offers throughout the weekend, so don’t miss out. The official open is on April 25 at 11am. For further information follow them on twitter @VILAClothesIrel or Like them on Facebook@VILA Clothes. Here are just some of VILA’s spring collection available now.

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Protect that pout with Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour nourishing lip balm

Ziaja has the perfect potion for all skin types No body is the same and we all have different skin issues that need some TLC so putting a spring in the step of skin this year is Ziaja body lotions with its four affordable lotions each working on crucial skin problems. Cellulite, dry skin, stretch marks or skin that is just too sensitive, are issues that some of us can claim to suffer from. Although there is no real cure for cellulite, the appearance of dimples can be lessened with a

good moisturiser. T he Orange Body Butter Lotion from Ziaja features an orange butter base obtained from orange peel rich in bio-flavonoids that actively tighten and tone the skin. Daily use of this lotion fights the peel and replenishes lipid deficits. For very dry flaky skin try their Goats Milk Body lotion with its mild ultra-healing emollient (water in oil) suitable for eczema, psoriasis and

dermatitis sufferers. Applied daily it minimises the discomfort of over dry, flaky skin and helps to reduce inflammation caused by eczema and psoriasis. Meanwhile, the Cocoa Butter Lotion aims to improve the appearance of stretch marks and evens out skin tone. The cocoa butter ingredient not only moisturises but also improves skin elasticity and improves the colour of the skin. For those with sensi-

tive skin, there is the Natural Avocado Oil Body Lotion which hydrates, soothes and calms redness and irritations. This avocado oil contains Omega 3 and 9, Vitamins A, B1, B2 and D. Each of these products deal with a different body issue, so choose the best that suits you. Ziaja lotions are available to buy online www. and from independent pharmacies nationwide.

Don’t forget to send in your style question for our Style Q&A with Littlewoods Ireland Ambassador, Caroline Morahan. The Star Question will win €50 voucher for Littlewoods Ireland. Email The next Q&A is out April 25.

We’ve all heard of Elizabeth Arden’s eight hour cream, used by celebrities, make-up artists and models across the world, this wonder cream is on a mission to make our lips nourished and shiny, another one to add to the make up bag. The new Eight Hour cream nourishing lip balm contains SPF 20 and is the latest product to the beauty brands Eight Hour range. This luxurious balm is a beauty must have this summer, and will keep lips nourished, whilst indulging them with a sheer shine. It is enriched with eight vitamins, minerals and nutrients and the moisturising gloss restores lips while also enhancing the lip colour for a natural and effortless pout this summer. Providing daily moisture to quench dry and chapped lips, this sumptuous gloss shields the area from environmental damage with UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sun protection, whilst nurturing the delicate skin with its hydrating formula. Proven clinical results show that after just one application, over 90% of women felt that their lips were moisturised eight hours after application. This is an ideal travel accessory, whether you decide to holiday in the sun or in the city. Its something you won’t be able to leave behind. This product is presented in a portable squeeze tube with a slanted applicator. Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 15ml squeeze tube costs €22 and will be available at Elizabeth Arden counters from June.

Protection from the sun with Anthelios Get sun protected and stay healthy, youthful with La Roche Posay. Besides preventing sunburn, wearing a UVA/UVB sunscreen daily is defense against premature ageing, wrinkles, sun spots, and most importantly, skin cancer. Skin damage from sunlight builds up with continued exposure, whether sunburn occurs or not. La RochePosay is the suncare range recommended by most European dermatologists - and the bottles match nicely with all your catwalk led neons For normal/dry skin try Anthelios XL Melt in Cream SPF50 RRP€17.75 Contains the highest level of UVA protection on the market and melts into the skin with no white marks.

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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Oliver Reed Wild Thing

IN this blistering solo show, join legendary hellraiser Oliver Reed as he knocks back a few drinks and shares his incredible life story. From the boyhood excitement of learning he was a descendant of Peter the Great, through the success of Oliver, boozy adventures with Keith Moon and disastrous chat show appearances – this was a life well lived. Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant evening of entertainment. April 24, tickets €18/€16.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Big Maggie

ANOTHER classic from one of Ireland’s best loved playwrights, John B. Keane’s play ‘Big Maggie’ is set in rural Ireland in the late 60’s. Maggie Polpin has just buried her husband, and after 30 years of suffering his waywardness, she sets about laying down the law for her grown up children. April 18, tickets €15.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 For Club and County

DESCRIBED as ‘a sure-fire hit’ Seamus O’Rourke’s latest play follows a desperate manager’s efforts to win the county football final and end their 23-year run of bad form. Their only hope lies with their dual star player Ritchie Browney. April 17 tickets are priced at €16/€14.

With HMV closed, the lads would go anywhere to get the latest Deerhunter release

review: a look at a the life of punk music pioneer terri hooley

Alternative Ulster Film of the Week: Good Vibrations h h h h (15) 103 mins

Good Vibrations is the

story of how Punk was brought to the people of Northern Ireland by Terri Hooley, idealist, music producer, record shop owner and socialist. Terri lost his eye as a child and his glass eye is a striking motif used to much comic effect throughout the film as Terri’s idealistic view of the life is a lot more onesided and unmuddied than most. Richard Dormer plays the rebellious Terri who has lost his faith since the hippie movement died off though he still plays DJ sets in an empty bar called the Harp. Terri is looking for something to believe in and to belong to and he finds it all in the spanking new sound that is Punk in the late 70s. The moment he hears it, in a small club in Belfast, he immediately feels part of something again in

Director: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Dylan Moran, Mark Ryder, Andrew Simpson, Adrian Dunbar

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a landscape as bleak and unconsoling as Northern Ireland was then. Terri’s record shop becomes a Mecca for local Punk bands and fans and he became known at the Godfather of Punk in Northern Ireland. So devoted was he to the young band members who flocked around his shop, that he became a record producer to get their songs on vinyl. Scenes with around 30 punks sitting on the floor of a tiny record shop following Terri’s origami instr uctions on how to fold a single cover out of paper are some of the most memorable I’ve ever seen.


A thoroughly satisfying experience in a really old-fashioned sense. You go away feeling genuinely pleased to have been on the side of Terri and on the side of right, we all need something to believe in, even if it’s only Punk. Barros D’Sa and Leyburn deliver on the source material in generous amounts.

Terri was a champion of these young punks to a very sacrificial degree. His own marriage suffered and he was perpetually on the border of losing his shirt, but none of it mattered because Terri had a cause to fight for. The most famous band he helped to get out into the public arena was, of course, The Undertones. Having failed to get their seminal tune, Teenage Kicks, played on any of the radio stations, Terri took drastic action and went in person to London and the BBC.

He left the single in at reception for John Peel to listen to and the rest is history. The Undertones went on to be the huge success they were but Terri continued to strive for Belfast punk bands like Rudi and the Outcasts. The last scene of the film sees Terri onstage with his punk children, speaking to the crowd about what Punk means to him. “New York has the haircuts. London has the trousers. But Northern Ireland has the reason!” Good Vibrations is a BBC/Bord Scannan na

hEireann collaboration, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn and starring Richard Dormer and Jodie Whittaker. There are also appearances by Adrian Dunbar and K illian Scott (Love/Hate) who is a real live wire as the peroxide-headed front man of Rudi and the Outcasts with convulsive rhythm. Terri Hooley, he of the incredibly apt name, is one of those insatiable optimists, whose spirit, even in the midst of the worst and most discouraging conditions, can never be dampened. Such people are rare and so is an actor like Richard Dormer. The film, quite simply belongs to him and his performance is full of the inexhaustible energy such an idealistic depiction demands. He is a revelation.

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GAMING industry: hopes tech will reinvigorate slow market

Will new consoles shake off malaise? IN A break from games reviews, following the onslaught of triple-A titles recently (news that my eyes and wallet are doubtless grateful to hear), comments by an influential gaming figure caught my eye and are, indeed, useful in showing the state of uncertainty found throughout much of the games industry at present. As a key figure within top games company BioWare, Dr Greg Zeschuk was one of this current generation of consoles’ leading lights, in terms of not just creating games but also in terms of providing insight into gaming in general, as it matures as a cross-generational activity. However, although he (and fellow BioWare founder, Dr Ray Muzkya) left the company last Sep-

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tember, and retired from gaming, Dr Zeschuk has continued to offer occasional thoughts on what seems next for gaming, and what future developments might hold. In this case, his thoughts on where the industry is going next caught my attention and, presumably, the attention of lots of people in the industry. As to his credentials, under Dr Zeschuk and Dr Muzkya, Bioware nur tured its reputation as a studio with a great interest in story, script and characters


electronic arts is number one ...

“Worst Company in America” accolade for publisher

Dr Greg Zeschuk, formerly of top games company, BioWare: “Everyone’s kind of holding out hope for the new consoles”

– qualities that tend not to be focused on as much as, say, sheer processing power, or grunt under the hood of a gaming platform. Speaking to GamesIndustry International, he said: “Everyone’s kind of holding out hope for the new consoles, but I honestly don’t think they’re going to be that big a deal. “I worry a lot that unless Microsoft or Sony pull something magically out of a hat, it’s pretty much the same old, same old repackaged and I don’t think

BYTES&PIECES fans can go batty for arkham sequel Don’t get in a flap as I wing it with Batman puns ...

IN AN announcement that probaby wouldn’t even have surprised a small dog, a sequel to the extremely successful Batman: Arkham games has just appeared, with some initial shots from Batman: Arkham Origins flying around the internet quicker than a batarang at midnight. For now, B:AO has pretty much what you’d expect from a sequel to a sequel – a setting twice the size of the last game, some new gadgets for aspiring bat-ectives to get to grips with, some new environments and a host of baddies from across the DC universe, all looking to give Bats a hard time across Gotham City. B:AO is due out on all the usual gaming platforms on October 25.

they’re going to change the dynamic of the retail market. “The console core sales are slowing significantly – you can’t get around that fact.”

Impact While, of course, such words are the opinion of an individual, rather than, say, the conclusion of an industry-wide study or government paper, they still raise the spectre that nothing is set in stone – that although extremely powerful consoles are on the horizon, nobody’s quite sure just what impact they’ll have, or how soon they can turn around the malaise that’s crept into gaming in the past five years. For example, as recently reported here, and elsewhere, even triple-A titles can’t guarantee a smash hit at retail any more, with the criticically-praised Tomb Raider pulling in decent sales rather than having spectacular success.

A dozen other heavily promoted games with high expectations – and disappointing returns – could also be listed there, with the same common theme of the certainty that once surrounded the elite” top tier of games being a sure-fire sales (and financial) success no longer existing. With the next wave of consoles set to have pretty spectacular gaming capabilities – for the studios that can unlock them – it’s still a cause for concern that, a few curios aside, there doesn’t yet seem to be anything particularly innovative in the pipeline in terms of, y’know, the games. Perhaps it’s this kind of concern that saw Dr Zeschuk apparently underwhelmed by where the industry is heading, despite the shiny appeal of the incoming consoles. However, one year or so from now, Dr Zeschuk and all of us should have a much clearer idea of what’s changed.

WITH the news that Electronic Arts had been awarded the title of Worst Company in America in a poll by The Consumerist – a mostly US-orientated consumer affairs blog – its chief operating officer Peter Moore (above) was quick out of the traps to defend the company, as well as nodding at some of the issues that have seen negative headlines popping up recently. Beating the likes of old reliables Walmart, AT&T, Sears and Ticketmaster, EA saw off competition from a wide range of American finance, retail and technology firms to come out on top as – apparently, if a little tongue-in-cheek – American consumers’ worst company. In response to the unusual accolade, Moore said: “I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve made plenty of mistakes. These include server shutdowns too early, games that didn’t meet expectations, missteps on new pricing models and most recently, severely fumbling the launch of SimCity. We owe gamers better performance than this.” Given that it’s the second year in a row EA claimed the title, whatever about the reasons that may have influenced voting – with Moore suggesting that everything from players angry at choice of game covers, to people annoyed at some EA titles facilitating potential gay characters or storylines, affecting voting – it’ll be interesting to see if EA can pull off the hat trick of three such wins in a row, once next year’s competition rolls around ...

low operating profit reported by htc HTC One roll-out problems add to first quarter woes

BAD news for HTC watchers, with the news that the Taiwanese smartphone maker made an operating profit of just NT$43m (basically, not so far off one million euro) in the quarter to March. With the smartphone market rapidly settling down into a boxing match between just a couple of prominent brands such as Apple and, increasingly, Samsung, HTC has been hit with a few sharp blows, weakening its profits and reducing its consumer visibility. For example, despite its new flagship HTC One phone being apparently the bee’s knees, a sudden shortage of cameras turned out to be a giant spanner in the works, seeing the HTC One rolled out in just three countries in that important quarter, rather than in the 80 countrues that had been planned. Despite the quality of the new HTC One, such a weak operating profit, coupled with a somewhat hobbled launch, would be cause for concern for any business, adding to the pressure for HTC – and chief executive Peter Chou – to get back in the ring and show it’s still a contender ...

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Dacia range available at Michael Grant Motors THE shockingly affordable Dacia range is now available at Michael Grant Motors on Strand Road in Dublin 4. Having taken the global car market by storm recently, the arrival of Dacia in Ireland has shaken things up - a lot! At a time when prices seem to be climbing for almost everything else, Dacia has brought a refreshing smart-buy concept to Ireland and is one of the most exciting motor stories of the year. At Michael Grant Motors you can test drive the new Dacia Duster family crossover, from €15,990 and the new Dacia Sandero 5-door supermini, which you can order from €9,990! Michael Grant, dealer principal: “Dacia is one of the fastest growing brands in Europe and the fastest growing network in Ireland due to its affordable and reliable vehicles and we are delighted to represent the brand in South Dublin. We encourage people to come in and test drive this exciting new range and experience the Dacia phenomenon for themselves. Dacia Finance is also available to those looking.”

Seated: Rory Doogan, Zone manager, Dacia Ireland; Mike and Michael Grant. Back row: Yann LeGraet, brand manager and Lynne Boucher, product manager Dacia Ireland

The first ever booted A3 begins the brand’s foray into the world’s largest market segment - the compact saloon class


Audi A3 and S3 saloons set to impact Irish market  CORMAC CURTIS

MAZDA’S PRIZE FOR GREAT PRODUCT DESIGN: IN a number of recent road tests, including one for the Mazda6 Tourer, I made the point of complimenting Mazda on their new design approach, I may have even got a little carried away, such was my enthusiasm. But my appreciation has been backed up as the brand has scooped a serious award in the design world. The all-new Mazda6 has been honoured with a 2013 red dot award, capturing the internationally-recognised prize for outstanding product design. It is yet another accolade for Mazda’s striking

new flagship and the company’s revolutionary “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme. The 37-head jury of independent design experts, who judged entries according to nine criteria, honoured the KODOinspired Mazda6 for qualities such as its high level of design innovation. “We were aiming with the new Mazda6 to awaken the observer’s senses and turn heads with an uncompromising balance and proportion that instantly makes one want to get in the car and drive,” says Peter Birtwhistle, chief designer at Mazda’s European R&D Centre.

THE Audi A3 is already famed for offering the finish and feel of an executive car, and as if to emphasise the point, it now has the boot to complete the impression. The new A3 Saloon range will be available for order this summer, closely followed by the 300HP, quattro all-wheel-drive S3 Saloon. The first ever booted A3 begins the Vorsprung durch Technik brand’s foray into the world’s largest market segment – the compact saloon class. The A3 Saloon slickly integrates more seats-up load space than the A3 Sportback, with similar ample passenger accommodation and performance, the latter helped by Audi ultra lightweight construction processes

that trim weight to as little as 1,205kg. Prices will be confirmed before ordering opens at the end of the summer. Its design is a cross between the classic three-box concept and the coupe philosophy. The “tornado line” design element forms a distinct light-refracting edge that runs over the entire side. The overhangs are short. The four-door car has a 2.64-metre-long wheelbase and an overall length of 4.46 metres. At the front, the bonnet contours, bumper and air intake design and the single frame grille have been redefined for the newcomer, while at the rear, lights with broad and low cuts emphasize the car’s horizontal lines and an integrated “kicked-up” boot spoiler lends a purposeful air.

The boot carr ying capacity amounts to 425 litres with the seats up – 45 litres more than the A3 Sportback. This capacity can be increased by folding down the split rear seat backs. The boot lid fully swings upward when unlocked. The strict dictate of Audi ultra lightweight design is evident in the 1,205kg kerb weight, which applies to the A4 1.4 TFSI Saloon that initially kicks off the range. Audi uses many hotformed steel parts in the passenger compartment for low weight and maximum strength, and the aluminium bonnet and front suspension subframe also help to lighten the load. The low 100kg weight of the 1.4 -litre TFSI 140HP engine is also notable for its efficien-

cy-focused Cylinder on Demand technology. At low engine load, the system deactivates two cylinders to minimise mechanical effort and cut fuel consumption. As a result, combined economy tops out at a TDIrivalling 3.9l/100km, while CO2 is pared back to 109g/km which will sit in VRT band A3. Just a few months after the launch of the new saloon model series, Audi will introduce the top model – the S3 Saloon. The 2.0-TFSI produces 300HP and 380 Nm of torque. Its high-performance fourcylinder engine combines highly advanced efficiency technologies – dual fuel injection, exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, the Audi valvelift system and a rotar y

valve module for thermal management. This version of the Audi S3 Saloon, paired with the S tronic, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds; with the manual transmission it takes 5.3 seconds. Orna Conway, general manager of product and marketing at Audi Ireland commented: “The arrival of these models will be hugely important to Audi, both on a global scale and to Audi Ireland, as they will mark the entrance of the brand in to the largest segment for the first time. “Those interested in the all-new A3 Saloon will be able to place their order this summer, with the S3 following a few months later, and we expect both models to make a significant impact in the Irish market.”

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A nation of millions can’t hold you back

Continued from Page 17

Chuck D has been a fervent advocate of alternative ways of distributing music, and PE were at the forefront of using the internet as a way of selling their music and interacting with their fans since the late 90s. The digital release of last year’s pair of albums, Most Of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp and The Evil Empire Of Everything, was accompanied by the launch of Spit Digital, a digital distributor and aggregator of content that Chuck hopes will inspire other independent artists to form and become their own record labels, distributing their music online through SPITdigital channels. “PE have been independent, releasing albums on their own terms since 1999, and we’ve never looked back,” said Chuck. “We started Spit Digital as something where we wanted to help artists. We wanted to say to them that they didn’t need to be getting into a zone where they were releasing mixtapes or putting their music on

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Soundcloud, or all those places; you want to be getting into what it is for real. So we encourage artists to start their own record labels, and don’t try to get discouraged. You can’t get discouraged by [sales] numbers - they’re created by corporations and companies, and they cast an ugly shadow over what artists are trying to do.” “I am approached by a lot of young artists who basically say, ‘Chuck, listen to my music’. They’ve tried some other approaches to get their music heard. There are other aggregators out there, but they feel they can’t reach a service area that will service their dreams and their soul. “We want to be able to say, we have a range of services - like Rap Station and Hip Hip Gods - that allows them to get into aggregation, that gets them into iTunes

Public Enemy: Chuck D, Flavor Flav and Professor Griff with the S1W

and Amazon, and Spotify and other digital stores around the world.“ Chuck D was involved in a fascinating discussion at the recent SXSW festival with ParliamentFunkadelic’s iconic bassist, Bootsy Collins, about how both men came up from their local communities to become international acts, and the power of collective action in effecting cultural and social change. Their shared local experience and supporting local artists is something very close to Chuck’s heart. “I had a meeting in Long Island yesterday, with a hometown friend and hero talking about

an artist he was cultivating. I said that he had to become a label for this young man, give him guidance and give him part of the love. “Teamwork is what [delivers results], being a part of your community. We need to be in a position to be able to practice our artforms, and fight for areas of service that help local artists. One of the biggest things I want to do would be to free the airwaves from corporate hold so local artists that can be heard. This could be a worldwide fight.” “If local artists are given the chance to really grow, it can assist with the nationalisation

of culture, radio and music.” As far as regards Public Enemy’s return to Dublin, Chuck explained that he has very fond memories of Ireland. “We first played in Dublin in 1988, in the springtime, at Trinity University. The show was around 5.30 in the morning, but before that, we played this small club in Dublin, and it was some real hip-hop shit, it was dope. We have a good heads-up of what the spirit of the Irish fans is about, and we can’t wait to get back.” Public Enemy play The Button Factory on April 21.


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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

A banquet of Bowie Fine wine, some cheeses, George Clooney all these things get better with age, but none more than David Bowie. At 66 years of age and following 45 years in the business, the legendary singer is showing no signs of slowing down. Bowie’s 2013 has so far consisted of him blitzing the music world with his first album in a decade, and his most successful in 30 years. The Next Day went top of the charts in many countries, including Ireland, while the David Bowie Is exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert became the museum’s fastest-selling show in history before it even opened last month. Now, Bowie’s sixth album celebrates its 40th anniversary with a remaster. Aladdin Sane came out in 1973, hot on the heels of the massive The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Its title is another one of Bowie’s characters and implying the singer is indeed ‘a lad insane’ — a label he’s been given by many over the years, and one he seems to embrace. Aladdin Sane boasts one of the most iconic album covers of all time: the infamous head shot of Bowie with his eyes closed, sporting spiked hair and a red and blue lightning bolt across his face. It was written while Bowie was still out on the road supporting the Ziggy album and, today, his fans are hoping The Thin White Duke will take to the road once again with his latest record,. According to rumours from the Bowie camp, chances are 50-50. While you’re waiting you can always check out the Ziggy Stardust album being performed live at Sweeney’s, Dame St on April 24th. Nova Nights’ listeners voted it this month’s Radio Nova Classic Album live, with Blue Moon Beer. The gig kicks off at Sweeney’s at 10pm on the Wednesday, the 24th - face paint not included! Dee Woods presents Nova Nights on Radio Nova Mon-Fri 7pm-12am & Sundays 12-2pm Follow her on Twitter @radeeoh


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Cruise holiday show will help you find the perfect holiday

WHETHER you fancy setting sail for paradise on a Caribbean coast, sailing past the silent fjords of Alaska, or enjoying a cultural stop-off at one of your favourite European cities, the upcoming cruise holiday show hosted by should help you make some decisions. The exclusive cruise event will feature a number of cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Norwegian Cruiseline, Carnival Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Silversea Cruise Line. The event will feature fun-filled, action-packed holidays for the whole family on board luxury ships bursting with amenities such as rock climbing

walls, ice skating rinks, on board surf parks, great nightlife, shopping, Aquaspas and worldwide cuisine. Or discover six-star cruising on board smaller, unique ships that can sail into some of the most beautiful places on earth. The event will take place on Sunday, April 21, from 12-5pm at the Red Cow Moran Hotel.

Scotland’s Big 5 consist of the golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel (above), harbour seal (inset) and otter, which are all indigenous and iconic species to Scotland


The natural way to unwind in Scotland  NATALIE BURKE

FOR many, taking the time out to unwind by getting up close and personal to nature is something we can easily do in Ireland. With the launch of Scotland’s Big 5 holidays, however, it means that just across the pond is a special wildlife holiday offering a wildlife watching trip away with a difference. It has turned it into an adventure that can be enjoyed by everyone. You will see lots of different species but it’s not necessarily a list-ticking trip - it’s a multi-activity week with short walks, boat trips and even a half day sea kayaking with seals. As most of us are aware, Scotland is one of the most stunning places

in the world to go wildlife watching and for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, Visit Scotland – the Scottish national tourism board – and Scottish Natural Heritage – have united to promote Scotland’s incredible flora and fauna. The Year of Natural Scotland is a celebration showcasing Scotland’s natural beauty, breathtaking scenery, delicious food and drink and incredible wildlife. Scotland’s Big 5 consist of the golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel, harbour seal and otter, which are all indigenous and iconic species to Scotland. Stunning landscapes and natural beauty set the scene for wildlife experiences and whether it is along the rugged coastline, in one of Scotland’s National Parks, on one

of Scotland’s 790 islands or even in cities such as Edinburgh or Glasgow, Scotland’s Big 5 never seem to be too far away. Some of the top wildlife experiences in Scotland include Mull Charters, a husband and wife operation voted number two in wildlife experience by Tripadvisor. Located on the Island of Mull, wildlife watchers can get close to the fourth largest sea eagle in the world, the Whitetale sea eagle, whose wingspan is over eight feet. Or why not visit the five-star discovery centre at the Scottish Seabird Centre, located in East Lothian. Visitors can learn about the life of seabirds and their conservation and, after a visit to the centre, visitors can visit the largest single island gannet colony in

the world by boat, Bass Rock, home to 150,000 gannets in the summer. It was once described as one of the Twelve Wildlife Wonders of the World by David Attenborough. Visitors to Knapdale Forest might catch sight of families of beavers who were first introduced to the forest in 2009. On a free weekly guided walk, visitors will be taken to feeding sights and dams to see the beavers. Or if it’s taking to the water that you would prefer, why not step on board a whale-watching cruise. Responsible Travel is a travel company which organises tailor-made wildlife watching tours on the Isle of Mull. For attraction and accommodation offers go to www.visitscotland. com.

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FastSport bray races sees local winners:

Leinster out-half Ian Madigan wih Conor O’Neill and Adam Klug at the launch of the campaign at Kill O’ The Grange primary school in Deansgrange

schools: programmes in developing world to benefit from dublin-wide event

Get active with GOAL and play for charity in fundraiser CHARITY group, GOAL, is calling on schools from all over Dublin to take part in a new multi-sport event next month that provides all pupils, from junior infants right up to Leaving Certificate level, with the opportunity to compete against each other in a range of events. The fundraiser hopes to boost fitness levels amongst children and teenagers, and also raise money and awareness for some of GOAL’s programmes for vulnerable children throughout the developing world. This challenge is being supported by the Active School Flag Initiative, a

Department of Education and Skills initiative that encourages schools to keep students fit and healthy, and it is one of the suggested activities for this year’s Active School Week. Already Harold Boys N.S. in Dalkey, Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun and St. Conleth’s in Ballsbridge are taking part, and GOAL is hopeful that many more teachers and students across the county will recognise the benefits of the challenge and sign up. The event can be staged anytime during the month of May, and kids can take on the teachers in ball games and tug o’

war, or compete against each other in running races, relays, skipping, jumping, football, long kick and many other activities. The event was launched recently by Leinster rugby star, Ian Madigan. “I think it’s really important for children to stay fit, and to understand what life is like for people living in some of the poorest parts of the world,” said Madigan. “The GOAL Sports Challenge is a great idea and I have no doubt it will help teachers and organisations like GOAL achieve both of those things.”

GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews said: “GOAL has always used sport as a means to help educate children about poverty. We are encouraging schools from all over the country to get involved, sign up and help us tell young people about some of the big issues taking place in the poorest parts of the world.” Schools can run their GOAL Sports Challenge at any stage before the end of the school term. For schools interested in signing up, e-mail, or contact Alan Vard at GOAL on 01 2809 779. Log on to for more information.

Paula Prendergast from Dundrum and Neil Wiktorski from Bray were first past the post in the opening Gaelforce event, the Bray 10km run, last week. 450 hardy competitors tacked the course, which started on Greystones beach to the finish line at Bray Promenade, running across sandy beaches, rough tracks, pavements and tough terrains. The first event of the Gaelforce calendar is used by many as a training exercise ahead of the next event, the Gaelforce Connemara Adventure challenge which takes place on May 11. For more information, log onto www.

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FastSport schools invited to join sevens contest: The inaugural seven a side soccer tournament for schools will kick off on May 12 at Pembroke Rovers in Ballsbridge. Schools are invited to enter teams of ten, which can be made up of teachers and parents to compete for prizes for the winning school. The winning team members will win a trip for ten to a Premier League match in Britain. There will be prizes for the winners and runners-up, as well as for top scorer, top keeper and player of the tournament. Tournament director Emmet Switzer, from Inter7s said: “With funding been cut in education, and school budgets stretched like never before this tournament is a fun way to win some much needed money for the winning school.” For more information, contact Liam Murray at liam@ or log on to

soccer: republic side pipped to next phase by sweden defeat

U-19 ladies miss out on Euro finals 

The Republic of Ireland Women’s U19s team’s UEFA Championship dreams ended in bitter disappointment last week after losing their final group game to title holders Sweden in the Netherlands. Ireland entered the game as table leaders

having beaten Italy and hosts Netherlands in their two previous ties, and needed a draw to secure qualification for the finals this summer. Despite starting the game well and dominating play in the first half, a second half goal resulting from a fumble between Ireland’s two centre halves and goal-

keeper Jillian Maloney turned the game around. A rejuvenated Swedish side then began to regain confidence, and added insult to Irish injur y with another goal by Pauline Hammarlund in the 84th minute, crushing Irish dreams of qualification. Ireland created many

Ireland’s Under-19 team ahead of their match against Sweden

Ireland’s Under-19 women had impressively defeated both Italy and the Netherlands in their two opening matches

chances, with captain Denise O’Sullivan at the helm of most goal attempts, but she was unlucky not to change the scoreboard in Sportpark Tanthof–Zuid. Ireland were rocked by two injuries from their more experienced players Rianna Jarrett and Clare Shine before the game, and ultimately paid the price as a result. Sarah Rowe was also sidelined after coming down with a virus. She made a brief appearance for the girls in green in the second half, before being substi-

tuted by Kelly Halligan in the 89th minute. Speaking after the game, head coach Dave Connell spoke ruefully of the result: ‘We are hugely disappointed with today’s result, but it wasn’t to be for us unfortunately. We can all be extremely proud of ourselves however, and beating two big football nations in the group is a great achievement. “All we can do now is build from this and move on. We’ll still have 12 of this year’s squad eligible next year,

so the future is bright. The girls can hold their heads high.’ Having come through the first phase of the qualifying competition in some style, defeating Cyprus, Latvia and Serbia, there was hope t h a t I r e l a n d wo u l d deliver the goods again that would see them take part in the finals in Wales this summer. There is one qualifying place left for the highest ranked second place team with the best record against the sides first and third in their pool.

Jogging for Jack And Jill in Terenure five-mile Leinster Rugby star Eoin O’Malley is calling on local athletes to get into training for the 2013 Terenure Five Mile run, which takes place on Sunday, May 19, in aid of the Jack And Jill Children’s Foundation. The Terenure Five Mile, formerly known as the Dublin 5 mile classic and run over what is probably the flattest course in the city, is now in its 29th year. Organised by Sports-

world Running Club and with over 1,100 participants last year, this event raised €15,000 for charity. Jack And Jill’s charity partner, Zurich Insurance, are the main sponsor of this year’s race, and Jack And Jill patron Eddie Hobbs will officially start the race at 11am. This year’s race will also include a schools challenge, a triathlon challenge and a corporate challenge. Registration

for group entries is €18 per person for groups of 6 or more, and registration for schools is €120 per school, which includes up to 10 pupils. Participants are asked to register online on www. The race has an entry fee of €20, and there are downloadable forms for groups and individuals to enter available online. The Jack And Jill Children’s Foundation was founded by Jonathan

Irwin and his wife Senator Mar y Ann O’Brien and is based on their own experience caring for their son Jack at home until he passed away in December 1997. This experience became the blueprint for the Jack & Jill model of home nursing care which supports 300 severely disabled children and their families in Ireland today and has helped over 1,600 families since 1997, including over Eoin O’Malley, with Sportsworld Running Club members Ciara Foster, Breda Browne and Valerie Lacey Power 400 children in Dublin.

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Kicking racism into touch for good

Show Racism The Red Card uses well-known sports stars and a positive message to combat intolerance and bigotry through educational and sporting programmes Last week at the Aviva Stadium, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter was on hand to present awards to young people from around Dublin and Ireland to acknowledge their work in combating racism. The event, organised by Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC), marked the culmination of the charity’s creative competition, which called for young people to develop creative messages about racism and integration using written, visual and audiovisual means. Over 140 schools and youth services participated with more than 500 young people from 25 different schools attending the awards ceremony. With the organisation reporting that some 36% of Irish people have no

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contact with non-Irish nationals, SRTRC’s inclusive campaign that partners with those involved in education and sport aims to promote integration and stamp out racism. Sporting figures in attendance on the day included Leinster and Ireland scrum-half Eoin Reddan, Dublin GAA stars Jason Sherlock, Phil McMahon and Cliodhna O’Connor and Bosnianborn women’s basketball star, Indira Kaljo, who plays for Meteors. Speaking about the aims of the event and

the organisation, SRTRC coordinator Garrett Mullan explained the purpose of the campaign. “The principle of show racism the red card is to harness the profile of sport stars to convey an anti-racism education message to young people. “The sports stars who came along were appropriate models in the sense that often football, rugby, soccer are mass participation sports, and are mass viewing sports. People who are playing at that level, talking about an issue that isn’t just about their sport has proven to be very effective way of reaching young people and encouraging them to have more tolerant and accepting attitudes to people in their schools and communities.” While racism in sport is not a new problem, inci-

At the Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition Awards Exhibition were Cliodhna O’ Connor, Dublin Ladies Football, Kevin Kilbane, former Republic of Ireland international, Jason Sherlock, former Dublin footballer, middle row, from left, Indira Kaljo, Meteor Women’s SuperLeague basketball, Eoin Reddan, Leinster and Ireland Rugby, TV presenter Diana Bunici and front, Philip McMahon, Dublin footballer

dents being reported, at national and local level, are highlighting that there is still a long way left to go, says Garrett. “There have been a number of high-profile incidents of racism in Irish sport in recent years. One of the ones that we focus on is the experience

Kaljo, the Meteors basketball player who recounted her experiences of racism as a Muslim woman. “Indira is originally from Bosnia, although you would think she was American, as she moved there when she was seven. “She spoke about the


‘At grass roots level, we get a lot of anecdotal reports that there is a problem with racism’ - Garrett Mullan, SRTRC


of Lee Chin, the Wexford footballer and hurler. He spoke out against racism last year when he experienced it, not for the first time, at an important match last summer. His decision to speak out made a big impact on our campaign. “At the highest levels in Irish sport, supporters and players are in a structured environment where there are stewards who can make sure that all is going well and there is not a lot of bad behaviour. “But at grass roots level, where the games are administered by volunteers, and sometimes too few volunteers, sometimes too much bad behaviour is encountered. We do get a lot of anecdotal reports that there is a problem with racism at that level.” That problem was addressed most effectively at the event by Indira

racism and discrimination that she encountered as a Muslim in America,. Even now, although she is from a Muslim background, people assume she is anything other than Muslim. She spoke very powerfully and emotionally about being around people who would make racist comments about Muslims, and what that made her feel.” “How these things happen and what their impact is on on people is very powerful message to get over. We have these role models showing something positive can come out of the situation.” The campaign has produced a DVD that teachers can use in schools, and an education pack containing activities to approach the issues, available to order or download from their website, www.


Bekele leads the field as Phoenix Park welcomes the Great Ireland Run Some 10,000 runners of all ages took part in the SPAR Great Ireland Run in the Phoenix Park last Sunday in very windy but warm conditions. The 10k Run was won by defending champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia in 28 minutes 51 seconds, fast running in the high winds. He was challenged for the first 7k by Collis Birmingham of Australia but finally broke away just beyond the 8k mark. Second place in 29:08 went to multiple European cross-country champion Sergiy Lebid of Ukraine and world 10,000 metre champion Ibrahim Jeilan was third in 29:18. Stephen Scullion of North Belfast Harriers finished in 7th place and took the Irish national 10k title in 30:15. Defending women’s champion Gemma Steel of Great Britain had to settle for second place behind compatriot Lauren Howarth who won in 33:36 ahead of Steel’s 33:49. Julia Bleasdale in third made it a clean sweep for the Britons in 33:53. Linda Byrne of DSD took the Irish title in 6th place in 34:24. The event also featured the SPAR Great Ireland Mile for elite men run on the main road of the Phoenix Park, which saw Paul Robinson of St Coca’s AC in Kildare as decisive winner, coming home in 4 minutes and 14 seconds. Among the competitors were almost 1,500 children who took part in the mini and junior runs for five- to eight-year-olds and nine- to fifteen-year-olds respectively.


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St Sylvester’s Under15s blown out in Fins’ league encounter St Sylvester’s Under-15 footballers just missed out on a dramatic comeback in adverse circumstances in Division 2 with a 5-10 to 4-7 defeat against local rivals Fingallians in blustery conditions at Bridgefield last weekend. The wind played a huge part in the match, acting as an extra man for both sides as they played with the wind in respective halves of the game. Fingallians had the wind advantage in the opening half, racking up a 3-7 to 0-1 tally by half time. With the sides switched around for the second half, St Sylvester’s staged a comeback, but just ran out of time before the final whistle. In the second period, Fingallians played a short hand-passing game and kept the scoreboard ticking over, while Sylvester’s were piling on the points as they attempted to come back into the tie. Fingallians’ resilience saw them hold onto the lead throughout the tie, and they held on until the close to claim the points. TJ Howard was the main Fins point-scorer on the day, with mark Smith and several others helping run up the eventual 25-point tally. Fingallians next face Castleknock at Hollywell in the league.

Malahide to host Special Olympics national Cup finals MALAHIDE United will host the Special Olympics Ireland national cup and plate soccer finals, the organisations flagship event, in Gannon Park on May 11. The double-header kicks off with the plate final at 12pm with the cup following at 2.30pm on the grass pitch, a venue regularly used by the Republic of Ireland’s senior panel when preparing for international fixtures.

golf: local club welcomes international youth stars

Driving for a big future: Ariana Coyle Diez from Elm Park Golf Club will be in action at Roganstown Golf Club this weekend

Roganstown’s big weekend 

ROGANSTOWN golf club will play host to a high quality international field this weekend as the Irish Girl’s U-18 open strokeplay championship comes to the area. Current Irish U-18 internationals Ariana Coyle Diez (Elm Park), Mary Doyle (The Heath) and Olivia Mehaffey (Royal Co Dow n Ladies) , who was third at the recent Scottish Under -16 open championship, will lead the Irish challenge at the third staging of the

event which runs on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. This year’s 54-hole tournament has attracted the cream of Europe’s underage golfing talent as players vie for valuable women’s world a ma teur golf ranking points and look to impress the team captain Janice Moodie who has six picks for the PING Junior Solheim Cup match to be staged in Denver, Colorado on August 13-14 this year. Roganstown Golf and Country Club - winner of Golf Ireland Maga-

CHampions! Local athletes compete in Great Ireland Run SPAR team member Gerard O’Brien,

from Malahide, took to the podium last weekend with his son Ross and Levi Stafford after the conclusion of the Great Ireland Run in Phoenix Park. The race again proved a huge success, with over 10,000 competitors converging on Dublin from all over the country to run the 10 kilometre course through the historic park.

Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

zine’s best new golf course 2006 and 2007 - measures 5,580 yards, with a par of 71 and will provide a tough test for competitors’ stroke play skills, with greens that will test these elite golfers’ ability over the two days. E n g l a n d ’s S o p h i e Madden, arriving fresh from a win at the Scottish Under-16 championship at Strathmore, and compatriot Dulcie Sverdloff both play off +1 handicap and will hope to feature on Sunday while the Scots are well represented in the field with four current

girls internationals, Clara Young, Lesley Atkins, Lauren Whyte and Nicola Callander all playing off two or lower. T he German contingent is strong with scratch players Fiona Liddell, Esther Henseleit and Chiara Mertens in the field. Norwegian International Marthe Wold plays off +1 while Belgium’s international star Charlotte de Corte tops the list with a +3 handicap. Players from Sweden, Iceland, Latvia, Tunisia, Portugal and Austria are also represented in

what is a truly European field. The 73 competitors will play 36 holes on Saturday with the top 50 players qualifying for the final round on Sunday. Spectators are welcome to come and watch what is sure to be some excellent golf at Roganstown with admission complimentary. The first players are on course at 7.30am on Saturday. For more information on the club, log on to golf.html

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Hazley helps seal extra-time win for minors  

ST SYLVESTER’S Jack Hazley came off the bench to kick a vital score for the Dublin minors when they saw off Louth, 1-9 to 1-7 after extra time, to secure a berth in the Leinster minor football championship quarterfinals. It took a last-minute

point from sub Con O’Callaghan to bring the game into extra-time (1-6 each) and the Cuala youngster was again prominent in the two added periods to help Dublin to victory. There was nothing between the sides throughout the afternoon as the sides were also deadlocked at half-time

in normal time, 0-3 each. Louth with full-forward Cian Doyle to the fore made the early running and led 0-3 to 0-1 after ten minutes but the Dubs steadied themselves to get on level terms before the break. In the second half Cyril Kevlihan’s men restarted well with Michael Deegan getting a point

before a second point effort dipped under the crossbar to give the Dubs a four-point lead. However, Louth were not going to be shaken off and they were more economical up front as they rallied with Darragh Lafferty crucial as they looked set for a famous victory until O’Callaghan’s equaliser.

Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s NHL 3A Final: Fingal 1-9, Donegal

unteers manning the massive effort


to host the girls’ All-Ireland Feile in

Six national hurling league winner’s

Broomfield. We reached the semi-

medals must be the largest single

final with a series of great victories.

haul of inter county honours that St

The future looks bright for the ladies

Sylvester’s have gleaned in a single

section with this excellent team.


football teams recorded very good

sion made a number of crucial saves

league wins. The junior A team had

especially in a frantic finish.

a two point victory over Whitehall.

Corner backs and brothers Alan

football: st sylvester’s add to their win record

The senior and intermediate

The eternal Hilary Murray Hes-

and Graham Morris defended brilliantly, especially in a very busy second half.

The ladies beat St Margaret’s by two points. The intermediate hurlers play the f ir s t s enior championship

Captain Andrew Richardson led

hurling match in the history of the

by example and Kevin O’Flynn gave

club next Saturday against Naomh

a man of the match performance.

Barrog at 6pm in Broomfield. They

Cillian O’Flynn made a huge contri-

deserve massive support. Please

bution in the second half when we

come along.

were reduced to 14 men. The hardest working team on Saturday were the multitude of vol-

The Lotto reaches the ma gic €3,000 this week. Good things come in threes.


St Sylvester’s Kian Cleere (left) played his last match for St Sylvester’s last weekend before he emigrates to the US

Perfect storm sees Syl’s secure success AFL 1 St Sylvester’s St Jude’s 

1-9 0-7

S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S claimed their second win from three league outings in tough conditions last Saturday evening to keep them in touch with the league leaders at this early stage of the campaign. P layed i n d ri vi ng wind and rain, it was a typically tough, physical encounter against Jude’s, but the Malahide men battled well in the face of the breeze to build a 0-6 to 0-3 half-time lead

with a sterling work-rate the key. Eugene Keating, a new arrival from Cavan, showed up well and scored a peach of a point to open the scoring. Nigel Dunne clipped over three points while Eoin Fanning got another, and Gavin McArdle stormed up from full back for a great score. Jude’s fought back in the second half with a pair of points to close the gap but Dunne responded in kind when he scored a cracker from 40 yards. S o o n a f t e r, K e a ting and Mark Brennan

combined to put Dunne through on goal and he duly finished off a superb goal. He and Fanning later added points to get Sylvester’s over the line with five points to spare, a hard-earned win in the grimy conditions. The game also marked the final appearance for the time being of Kian Cleere, a stalwart of the full-back line for the past number of years. He is emigrating to Boston and will be a big loss for the club in the coming season, especially with the senior football championship coming up after Dublin com-

plete their league campaign. He follows the departure of Russell Cleere who recently moved to Canada and was a key component of the halfback line, a marauding presence down the flanks. With Dublin moving on to the NFL Division One league final, meanwhile the club championship will now be played in early May with a round of league fixtures taking place on Saturday, April 27. Sylvester’s will meet Parnells in Chanel on that day.

Well done to our U-14 girls who nar-

We are delighted to welcome back

rowly missed out of a semi-final spot

Peter Hanlon, our second student

in Satuday’s Division 1 Feile. Thank-

coach from DCU on April 22. Peter

you to all the support and JC’s Super-

is from Dublin and was a member of

market for sponsoring the refresh-

this year’s DCU Sigerson Cup team.

ments and Teamwear Ireland who

Peter will be assigned to work with

looked after the kit.

our teams.

Check out our website for all the

Next Sunday, the NHL semi-finals

pictures of the day - www.fingallians.

take place in Semple Stadium: Dublin


v Tipperary at 2pm and Galway v KilAnother great weekend for our

juvenile section, with wins in hurling for our U-9s, and the U-12s and U-15s had football wins.

kenny at 3.45pm. Tickets will cost €20 for adults and €5 for juveniles. Dublin senior footballers qualified for the football league final against

Congratulations to Fingal hurlers

Tyrone with a good win over Mayo.

on winning a hard-fought NHL final on

Tickets can be ordered by members

Saturday afternoon v Donegal. Mick

from the club bar for the final on Sun-

Kennedy managed the team with six of

day, April 28 at 4pm.

our club in the squad. The hurlers will now play in Division 2 next season.

The club will host a fundraising table quiz for the Spirit of Lourdes

The NEXT coaching forum will take

on Friday, April 19 at 8pm. The cost

place in the club on Thursday, April

will be €10 per person and teams are

25 at 9pm. The forum will focus on

limited to six. As normal, there will be

the first steps to Good Goal Keeping

a fantastic range of prizes on offer.

in Football and it will be delivered by

For further details, contact Mags on

Padraig Durkan.

fingal ravens Well done to Darren Daly and the

pub quiz last Friday.

Dublin senior football team on their

2013 membership is now overdue,

league semi-final win against Mayo.

no players of any team are permit-

We wish them the best of luck in the

ted to play and will not be covered by

final against Tyrone in Croke Park on

insurance even for training until their

Sunday, April 28. Anyone looking for

membership is paid.

tickets for this game, please text your order to Desy on 087 995 7429 by 8pm this Thursday, April 18. Please note we have increased the surcharge on all

Well done to our U-14 girls team who competed in the Dublin Feile. Good win away to Wanderers last Sunday morning for our Div 5 team.

adult tickets to €2, children’s tickets

Congratulations to Andy Kettle on

remain the same with a €1 surcharge.

his election to the GAA Coiste Bainisti

Thanks to those that attended our

(Management Committee).

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a round at roganstown: Local club hosting Irish Under-18 open strokeplay championship P30

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kick it out: Show Racism The Red Card on fighting intolerance P29

Fingal’s hurlers celebrate their elevation to Division 2B after victory over Donegal at Breffini Park last weekend secured their place at the higher level

Fingal hail local heroes Hurlers take Division 3A title again and gain promotion, and aim for success at 2B level as well as a return to Nicky Rackard action next year  stephen findlater

WHILE the NHL Division 3A title was retained, Fingal will draw so much more satisfaction from this year’s success after the 2012 debacle that saw Monaghan not field in the final. This time round, despite the low-scoring 1-9 to 1-5 scoreline, the north Dublin region were always a few steps ahead of Donegal at a windswept Breffni Park to pin down promotion to division 2B next year. It was a victory that owed much to the respective work being done in Malahide CS, Naomh Mearnog and St Sylvester’s who all had large representations in the panel.

Indeed, there was the unique sight of the school’s construction studies teacher Niall Feeney lining out alongside sixth year student Kevin O’Flynn. Feeney has been part of the Fingal panel for the past four seasons and told GazetteSport that last weekend’s success is a huge moment for the regional side after last season’s low-key end to their campaign. “In the dressing room before the final, the lads said ‘remember what it was like when we got that text three or four days before the final last year saying you’d won but aren’t going to play’. We couldn’t really celebrate that but we certainly celebrated this time. “Playing for Fingal is a potential stepping

stone for the Dublin senior team and the boys are really looking forward to playing in the Nicky Rackard next year.” Six of St Sylvester’s inter hurling championship side — including Malahide CS alumni and Fingal skipper Andrew Richardson — played their part in the Donegal win, as did Feeney’s Naomh Mearnog clubmate Brian McCarthy, showing the extent of the local influence. Despite conceding an early goal, Davy Smyth’s points helped pushed Fingal 0-6 to 1-1 ahead while a Peter Daly goal helped the side move up through the gears. Substitute Ciaran Mathewson kept Donegal in touch, but Fingal held that extra edge and were resilient in the closing quarter with Kevin

Campbell denied a late goal as the determined Dubliners held out for a four-point victory. They now step up a tier to meet the likes of Meath, Roscommon, Down, Armagh and Mayo in 2014 but will also be pushing for reinstatement into the Nicky Rackard Cup after a twoyear absence. For a second year, the end of the league marks the end of their season but the intention is to get back into championship hurling next summer after two years building the side. Part of that building process included the Fingal minors landing an All-Ireland C title last summer, while Malahide CS reached a Dublin senior B final, only losing by a point to Scoil Caitriona, and the U-14 side are in a C semi-final.

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