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Plans for taxi ranks in village  NATALIE BURKE

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MALAHIDE Village could be set to have appointed taxi ranks put in place after Fingal County Council announced a draft proposal which would see more permanent taxi stands introduced. The local authority confirmed that plans have been proposed to provide a taxi rank at Grove Road, which would replace three existing pay-and-display parking bays. The proposal includes

converting part of the existing taxi stand/loading bay area on New Street to a permanent stand. A public consultation on the proposal will be launched this weekend. While he welcomed the proposal, Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) raised concerns about the potential inconvenience the plans might cause to local businesses saying he hopes the council will consider “allocating specific time for deliveries to take place in the mornings”. Full Story on Page 3

Modelling the future: Fashion fest raises funds for school GEISHA Asian Restaurant in Malahide Marina was the place to be for fashionistas who wanted to get a look at some elegant and stylish clothes from local boutiques. The event was organised to raise money for a defibrillator for the school gym of Mala-

hide Community School with excess funds going towards the Parent Support Fund which is available to parents in financial difficulty. Pictured are Eleanor McGuinn, Ruth McNulty and Carina Cantwell. Picture: Una Williams

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Young, elderly and the old reliables hit  Staff Reporters

Budget 2014, the seventh consecutive austerity budget that the state has faced, was announced by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for P ublic Expenditure, Brendan Howlin this week. Charitable groups and organisations gave their reaction to the Gazette immediately after the Budget. The National Youth Council of Ireland commented on cuts to Jobseeker’s Allowance for people under 24 years, saying the proposed cuts were dispropor tionate and placed a further burden on those already suffering at the hands of a recession they had no role in creating. Under 24s who do not have children and are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance will receive €100 per week, unless they are an existing claimant on a higher rate, in which case their rate will not change. People without children aged 25 years will receive

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€144 a week, unless they are an existing claimant on a higher rate. T he 9% VAT rate has been retained and the travel tax has been scrapped, however the bereavement grant of €850 has been done away with as well as the senior citizen telephone allowance of €9.50 per month. DIRT goes from 33% to 41%.

Active Retirement Ireland spokesperson Peter Kavanagh said: “The telephone allowance is used by many older people, who live alone or with frail and vulnerable dependents to enable them to have a personal alarm system, as well as to stave off loneliness and isolation. “These people will suffer directly after this

shameful decision.” The introduction of a medical card for children under five was slated by the IMO GP committee with Dr Ray Walley saying: “This Government is presiding over the widespread rationing of discretionary medical cards for people with long-term illnesses and real medical needs and now it’s engaging in a stunt by extending these cards to tens of thousands of children in relatively wealthy families who by any measure do not need them.” A cut to the higher rate of maternity benefit from €262 to €230 a week has been slated by Orla O’Connor, director of the National Women’s Council who said this is “another €32 a week that mothers are going to lose. “For most mothers they don’t receive a top up by employers so that is all they have to rely on during a particular time when costs really increase following the birth of a child. “We feel it was a very mean measure, it was

completely unnecessary and I think the end result will be to push mothers back in to work earlier.” There has been a 50c increase in duty on a bottle of wine, 10c on beer and 10c on cigarettes. This was welcomed by Alcohol Action chief executive Suzanne Costello who said: “Tackling pricing is one of the most effective ways a Government can reduce alcohol consumption and, simply put, if the price of alcohol goes up, alcohol-related harm – and the financial burden it places on the State - goes down.” There was good news for drivers, with no increase on petrol, diesel or home heating oil. The Hardware Association has welcomed a new home renovation tax incentive scheme, which will provide an income tax credit to homeowners carrying out work on their home in the next two years. Works that will qualify for tax relief includes extensions, renovations, windows, plumbing and more.

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malahide village Public urged to have their say on proposition

Permanent taxi ranks proposed  Natalie Burke

Malahide Village could be set to have appointed taxi ranks put in place, after Fingal County Council announced a draft proposal which would see more permanent taxi stands introduced. The local authority has confirmed that plans have been proposed to provide a taxi rank (four spaces) at Grove Road, adjacent to the entrance to the Grand Hotel, which would replace the existing pay-and-display parking bays. It is also proposed by the council to convert part of the existing taxi stand/loading bay area on new street to a permanent taxi stand which would provide four spaces. A public consultation on the proposal will be

launched this weekend, and will run from Friday, October 18, until Monday, November 18 where members of the public are being encouraged to submit their comments on the proposals. While local councillor Anthony Lavin (FG) said he welcomed the proposal, he also raised concerns about the potential inconvenience the plans might cause local businesses. “One of the businesses located [on New Street] was on to me about the inconvenience it might cause them if this taxi bay becomes a 24-hour taxi bay,” he said. He said he hopes the council would consider allocating a specific time for deliveries to take place in the mornings. “Although the 24-hour taxi bay is welcome in a sense, there won’t be a

big demand for taxis at 8 o’clock in the morning, whereas it might suit for certain deliveries to be made. This was a practical thing that was brought to my attention by one of the traders in the area,” he said. In response the council said that such issues will be raised by the consultation process. The draft proposals will be on public display until November 18 between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, at County Hall in Swords, or online at The draft proposals will also be on public display for this period of time at Malahide Library during opening hours. Submissions on the proposals must be made in writing by Monday, December 2, and should be addressed to

Malahide Village could get more taxi stands . Picture courtesy of Photocall Ireland

Mary Egan, Administrative Office, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 or email mary. A spokesperson for the council said members of the public are welcome to make comments or sug-

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gestions on these draft proposals, and these will then form part of the manager’s report which

will be brought to a full council meeting in the future for discussion and adoption.

library Solo art exhibition Two talented local artists will be hosting their first solo art exhibition at Malahide Library until October 25. Ann Kenny and Myra Mulligan opened their first ever solo exhibition with a launch on Saturday, October 12, and will continue featuring their artwork until Friday, October 25. The selection of art on display will be a mixture of oils and watercolours and the whole community is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the library on 01 8704430 or email malahidelibrary@fingalcoco. ie.

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lotto Anonymous winner ‘shocked but delighted’ with huge cash prize

Lucky north Dubliner wins half a million euro A lucky lady from north Dublin collected a cheque for half a million euro last week, after her lucky numbers were chosen in a recent EuroMillions draw. The “shocked but delighted” woman, who hails from a north Dublin town, collected the cheque for €500,000 at National Lottery offices

last week. Wishing to remain anonymous, the woman matched the five numbers in the recent EuroMillions Plus draw (October 4, 2013) to win the top prize. The delighted winner was accompanied by her family when she collected her winnings, and they celebrated her fantastic win with a glass

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of champagne. “I still can’t believe it,” she said. “It doesn’t feel real. I was shaking when I found out! The most I’ve ever won before this was €4, so I’m not usually lucky.” Although still getting used to the good news, the happy winner knows how she will spend her winnings.

“I’ve wanted to buy a house for a while and now I can.” The €3 quick pick was bought in Price Cutter / Costcutter, in Skerries. National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with one third of all sales going to fund beneficiary projects around the country.

Last year the National Lottery raised over €225 million for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of youth, sports, recreation, amenities, health, welfare, arts, culture, national heritage and the Irish language.

retail: local supermarket is largest operator within group

New look SuperValu to present €100k revamp  Natalie Burke

A local supermarket is set to unveil its new look store this week, after undergoing a €100,000 upgrade. Caulfield’s SuperValu, which is located at Malahide Shopping Centre, recently underwent renovations and will open its brand new store on Thursday,

October 17. The supermarket is the largest operator within the SuperValu group and is part of a network of eight stores owned by the Caulfield McCarthy Group. T he latest revamp to the store will see it located next the brand new post office as well as significantly revamping its bakery and deli

offering. The supermarket will have a bespoke “prepared by the butcher range”, an upgraded fruit and vegetable department and a free home delivery service. The recent refurbishment will be unveiled to the public on Thursday, October 17 when customers are invited to come along to the store

to enjoy a free food and wine event, which will run throughout the day. Speaking ahead of the launch, general manager of the local supermarket Ciaran Collins was delighted with the results of the recent work carried out. “We are thrilled with the transformation and with the layout changes which will really improve the customer experience. We feel it will be a big bonus for our customers and we are also delighted to now have a post office beside the store too,” he said. “We have a brand new look bakery and deli departments and we have also expanded our online shopping and home delivery service for our customers. “Customers can now have their shopping delivered to their front door or place of work or alternatively order online and collect from

the store. “While it’s been quite a busy few months at Caulfield’s SuperValu the group are not only great supporters of local producers but are also big believers in giving back to the community so, we are also continuing our support of local charities, schools and other activities that improve our community.” The Malahide store was opened in the 1970s and Caulfield’s SuperValu employ in the region of 1,000 people across their Caulfield’s Supervalu Group with over 30 of those employed at the Malahide store. Nationwide SuperValu has 197 stores and 75% of everything on the SuperValu shelves is sourced or produced in Ireland contributing €1.6bn to the Irish economy and sustaining almost 30,000 Irish jobs in the farm, food and retail sector.

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courts: dubliner used someone else’s card to get €23,000


69% have green flag award

Man avoids jail for false welfare claims

A Dublin man who falsely claimed over €23,000 in Jobseekers Allowance has been given a suspended sentence after the court heard he was trying to repay the money with his legitimate social welfare payments. Michael Cawley (37) was charged with 116 counts of stealing money from the Department of Social Protection by making false claims every week for about three years. Cawley of Rivermeade Avenue, Swords, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to six sample counts of stealing money from the department at Malahide Post Office between February 20, 2009 and May

26, 2011. Judge Leonie Reynolds heard Cawley has now made arrangements to repay the money weekly through a deduction in his current social welfare payments. She was also told that Cawley has the offer of a job as a labourer in the near future. Judge Reynolds imposed a three-year sentence suspended for two years on condition that he continues the repayments and is of good behaviour. On a previous hearing date, Detective Garda Jonathan Hayes said Cawley claimed a total of €23,767 by using another man’s social welfare card and claiming to be that man. Cathal McGreal BL,

defending, said that after his arrest in July 2011 his client told gardai he would pay all the money back and that he had brought €400 to court. Mr McGreal said Cawley, a father of four, owed money because of a previous cocaine addiction. He said he also had issues with alcohol addiction. Det Gda Hayes said that after a report from the Department of Social Protection, gardai searched Cawley’s home and found a social welfare card in the name of Thomas Mongan. Cawley told gardai he had met Mr Mongan at a wedding. He said Mr Mongan said he was going to the UK and Cawley began using his card to sign on after that.

Baking hot: De Corte’s demo is the icing on the cake at the Pavilions pictured at The Great Irish Bake Off Roadshow in the Pavilions Shopping Centre recently are the TV3 show’s contestant Will De Korte passing on his baking tips and skills to Karl and Ciara Wall and Melia Jennings. Local shoppers learned how to perfect their icing skills and how to make tasty cupcakes. The Roadshow coincides with the sale of the new Odlums 1kg flour resealable tubs, which is available to purchase from shops for €2. The roadshow will travel to supermarkets nationwide during October and November, and full details are available at Picture: Siobhan Taylor

A total of 69% of schools in Fingal are holding at least one Green Flag, according to the An Taisce Green Schools Programme. T h e f i g u r e s we r e released by Green Schools recently, which showed that some schools in Fingal are already on their 5th and 6th flags. A total of 93 schools in Fingal have been awarded their first green flag, while 70 schools have achieved their second and 53 schools have achieved their third. Green Schools is an initiative of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) which aims to find effective ways to engage the public in greater environmental awareness and better practice.

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charity School walk nets €5,000 A sum of €5,000 was raised by St Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle recently, after students held a sponsored school walk in an effort to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness. The sponsored walk was in aid of an IT upgrade, while donations were also made to breast cancer awareness. Students dressed in pink clothing to mark the fundraising day and walked along the Coast Road to Dollymount and back. Deputy principal John Moore praised the students saying the money raised was “very significant, given the times that we are in”. “We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the walk,” he said.

donabate 20,000 visitors descend on Newbridge Demesne

Fingal show leaves a good taste  natalie burke

The second annual Flavours of Fingal Show has proven a huge success once again this year, after it was confirmed that 20,000 visitors descended on Newbridge Demesne in Donabate in September. The show, which was held for the first time in 2012, was co-coordinated by Fingal County Council, Fingal Tourism, Newbridge House and Farm and Fingal Farmers. Held over two days, the event saw 12,000 people arrived at the local landmark on Saturday, and 8,000 people on Sunday. “The first day of the show was a great day and turned out very high numbers,” said Caroline

Kelly, a spokesperson for economic development with the council. “In respect of an exit survey that we did, there were some interesting statistics that emerged.” The exit survey showed that 61% of attendees over the course of the weekend came from within Fingal, while 17% travelled from Dublin City, 9% from South Dublin and 4% from Louth. Just 2% of the attendees came from Meath while 2% also travelled to the event from Cork. “One of the most interesting statistics to emerge from the exit sur vey showed that 69.1% of the people attending the show were first time visitors to Newbridge House. It’s great to see that we are

putting it on the map there for people who wouldn’t have known about it before they visited so it is going from strength to strength,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot from last year and we improved on that tremendously this year,” she added. L o c a l C l l r To m O’Leary (FG) was just one local representative to attend the event over the course of the weekend and has praised its success. “I thought it was excellent and there was a great atmosphere there. It was a great promotional event for Fingal in raising our profile particularly in the food sector and I look forward to it going from strength to strength,” he said.

Erin and Geraldine Byrne enjoying a tasty treat at the Flavours of Fingal Show. Pictures: Una Williams

Cllr May Mckeon (Ind) also commented on the success of the event, saying it was “extremely well attended”. “A lot of hard work went into it. It certainly highlights what we have

to offer in Fingal.” While the event saw a slight drop in figures on the Sunday, due to bad weather conditions, Cllr Gerry McGuire (Lab) said it didn’t dampen spirits.

“I think everyone had an enjoyable experience and for me, it far exceeded last year’s event which was quite a successful one. We look forward to holding it again next year.”

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Giro d’Italia Boost for Fingal with peloton wheeling in

Race gears up for north Dublin visit  natalie burke

One of the world’s biggest cycling events is set to come to Ireland next year, and will see a significant benefit to tourism in towns across north Dublin. The Giro d’Italia will stage its Grande Partenza – the Big Start – in Belfast and Dublin in May of next year, with several towns in Fingal set to see the race travelling through their streets. The Giro d’Italia is an annual bicycle race held in Italy and nearby countries and along with the Tour de France, is one of

the world’s most prestigious world cycling tours. The full route of the 2014 race was announced in recent weeks and will see the race travelling from Northern Ireland, down through Drogheda, with an intermediate sprint taking place first in Balbriggan on Sunday, May 11 2014. From there, the race will continue along the coast through Skerries, Lusk, Swords, Malahide and Portmarnock, to finish in Dublin City Centre. With the 2012 Giro d’Italia broadcast in 165 countries across all continents, reaching a total of 125 million

households and a global accumulated audience of 775 million people, next year’s event is sure to bring positive promotion to the local north Dublin towns. Famous landscapes from Northern Ireland and local Fingal towns will be on view to global television. And, according to organisers of the event, the economic benefits that it will generate will be immediate. We l c o m i n g t h e announcement, local TD Brendan Ryan (Lab) said it was “great news” for local communities. “The Giro d’Italia is one of the world’s biggest

sporting events and is second only to the Tour de France in the sport of cycling. “This will be a major boost for local tourism in Fingal and I look forward to welcoming thousands of spectators to line our county’s roads to cheer on the world’s elite cyclists,” he said. “T he stage which begins in Armagh and finishes in Dublin City will travel through Balbriggan, Skerries, Lusk, Swords, Malahide and Por tmarnock on its 187km run into Dublin City Centre,” he added. Next year will also see a second notewor-

The Giro d’Italia 2012 attracted a global accumulated audience of 775 million people

thy cycling event come to Fingal, with the final stage of the An Post Ras finishing in the north Dublin town of Skerries once again on May 25. “I am delighted with the announcement that the An Post Ras will

again finish in Skerries next year. “This is always a great day in the Skerries summer calendar and a good boost for local businesses,” Deputy Ryan added. The staging of the Giro

d’Italia is being supported by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council in the Republic of Ireland and will be supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland.

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Debbie Byrne, Anita O’Neill and Terri Ewing

Nicola Ryder, Mary Kelly and Rosemary McGuinness Cathy McConnell, Tina Mulligan, Jackie Haughey and Jane Fitzsimons. Pictures: Una Williams

geisha: Raising money for medical equipment

Glitz and glam at fashion fundraiser T

Brid Feehily and Sharon Whelan

Simone Barry and Niamh Fitzsimons

Susan McLaverty and Kay Hutton

Siobhan Neeson and Jeanette Sung

HE fashionistas of Malahide were out in force recently at the newest restaurant in town. The location was Geisha in Malahide Marina, the event was a fashion show, the co-ordination was by the Parent’s Association of Malahide Community School. The aim of the show was to raise funds for a defibrillator for the school gym. The elegant

clothes were from local boutiques Sorrelle, LuLaBelle,Yasmin, Manilla and Elle B2. The night commenced with a glass of prosecco, followed by a spectacular platter of starters and a choice of three delicious main courses. The Parents’ Association of MCS was delighted at the success of the night and hopes that this will be an annual event.

Sandra Phelan and Orla Cronin

Sarah McGahan and Imelda Breen

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Sinead Boyne, Rosemary O’Brien and Julie Anne Collins

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Toasting Searsons


HE first anniverary party of Searson’s pub in the city centre saw people pour through the doors to join in the celebrations at the Baggot Street venue. Johnny Cash – also known as Joey lee, who could pass for Cash’s long-lost twin brother –

provided live music, covering a wide range of the music legend’s hits. The well-known tracks provided a great aural backdrop to the great fashions and style on show at the increasingly popular bar, with Searson’s marking its birthday in style.

Ali and Charlie Chawke

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Antonella Ceraccido and Katie O’Brien

Nia Delaney and Una Cornally

Cara Aiken and Peter McParland

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Breda Lane has been volunteering for the Care to Drive scheme for the past three years

a day in the life: volunteer Brenda lane on driving people to hospital

‘What comes out of it is how good people are’  laura webb

A Care to Drive volunteer who takes cancer patients to and from appointments talks to The Gazette about a day in her volunteering life. Breda Lane from Castleknock has been volunteering for the Care to Drive scheme for the past three years. The Irish Cancer Society service provides transport for cancer patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments.

Each week, a list of required drives is sent to volunteers and should it suit a volunteer they will accept. They are then given the client’s details with a time for pick up. Being from Castleknock, Breda usually drives clients going to the Mater Hospital, St James’s Hospital and Connolly Hospital. Speaking about her day she said: “You have one client a day. I could be picking up somebody from Blanchardstown, it could be anything from say 7.45am to midday.

“I pick up the client at their house drive them to the hospital, give them my contact details and say ‘when you are ready give me a call and I will be back to pick you up’. “It usually takes about three to four hours, so I go home, wait for a phonecall, pick them up and drop them off at home,” she said. The best part of the day for Breda is meeting so many people and hearing their stories. “All the clients I have driven are all so positive and really, really nice

people. “They all have families and stories to tell if they want to tell them. “You have general conversations with people. If they want to talk you listen, if they don’t you talk about football matches, the weather, general things. “What comes out of it for me is how good people are and how positive they are about the whole thing,” she said. For further information on the Care to Drive scheme see

in Dublin, the biannual event brought by Dublintown. ie, returns again on October 21 - 27 to celebrate its annual food offering in Dublin’s city centre. The weeklong event promotes city centre dining and showcases offerings of city centre eateries through value meal deals, special offers, and other related events. The Dine in Dublin experience encourages people also to get out and start exploring what different and exotic food varieties Dublin has to offer. During previous Dine in Dublin events, restaurants have served selected menus, which included a starter, main course and dessert, along with 20% saving off regular a la carte menus. This year’s Dine in Dublin brings together a unique mix of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, winetastings, trad sessions, belly dancing events, and much more. For more information see


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The recycling trucks have been made over by five of Ireland’s top graffiti artists

Keep your eyes peeled Five Repak trucks have undergone a drastic makeover this month and spotting one in Dublin could have you in with the chance of winning an iPad mini. The recycling trucks

have been made over by five of Ireland’s top graffiti artists, in celebration of Repak’s 13th annual recycling week, with the Dublin truck designed by top graffiti artist Phats. The graffiti designs are based on this year’s campaign theme, Recycle Better, which aims to reduce green bin contamination. Phats, along with fellow artists Jor, La Bas, Myne and Marca Mix, have each created unique murals for trucks owned by Panda, Mr Binman, Barna Waste Management, Oxigen and AES. If you spot the graffiti trucks, post Repak a pic with the hashtag

#RRW13, either to the Repak Facebook page or on Twitter (@repakrecycling) , or post a picture of yourself doing your recycling, and be in with a chance of winning one of five iPad minis throughout October.

Design a One4all Gift voucher A competition to design new graphics for the One4all gift voucher is under way and those who enter are still in with a chance to win a Mac Book Pro if their design is successful. There are three design categories to choose from: Congratulations, weddings and engage-

ments or new baby and the winning design will appear on gift cards all over the country. One4all judge renowned graffiti artist and graphic designer James Earley said: “This is a great opportunity for people in commercial and graphic design and for anyone interested in a career within this industry. Last year there was a great variety of stylistic, conceptual approaches and as a designer I was delighted to see how many people are eager for careers in Ireland’s creative industry – I have no doubt this year ’s competition will have the same standard.” Those interested in

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for pimped out trucks to win iPad mini entering the competition should visit www. The closing date for design entries is October 25.

mid-term break fun for children Witches, wizards and ghosts will be taking a backseat this Halloween when the ECOUNESCO Kids’ Nature Camp gets under way during the upcoming mid-term break. With opportunities to go on mini-beast safaris, and getting up close to all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures, as well as making broomsticks from recycled materials and playing

spooky outdoor games, there are plenty of activities for children aged five to 12 to look forward to. The four-day camp is ideal for kids who want to make new friends, learn skills, build their confidence and take home fun eco-ideas. The camp runs from October 29 until November 1, from 10am until 3pm. This is the third year for the camp to take place and is held at ECO-UNESCO’s headquarters, The Greenhouse on Andrew Street, Dublin 2. For more information and bookings visit, or phone 01 662 5491.

leo roars into action to defend blanch Leo “the lion” Varadkar defended his Blanchardstown pack last week after a slip-of-thetongue remark at an official opening. The young Minister was at the opening of the National Horse Sports Arena when a young horse rider forgot herself and remarked on how “you would never think you’re in Blanchardstown!”. Much to the gasps and giggles from invited attendees, her words prompted Leo to defend the area when he took to the mic. “I grew up in Blanchardstown and it’s a

really nice place to live and grow up in – in case you heard otherwise.” Hear, hear Leo! Later, a supporter of the young horse rider was overheard clearing up her remark which he said wasn’t meant to be as it sounded, but rather to say it’s hard to believe that such a tranquil setting is located in a built-up area like Blanchardstown!

foundation’s evening of remembrance With the month of November traditionally known as a time to remember those in our lives who have passed away, the Irish Hospice Foundation will be

hosting an evening of remembrance on Friday, November 1. T he evening of remembrance is a free public information event allowing people to hear about aspects of loss and bereavement which may help them to understand aspects of their own loss. Former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan will talk about Living with Loss and his observations on Irish society and bereavement, while former TD Mary O’Rourke will give a personal reflection on her life and her own recent bereavements. T he event will be hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation, and

sponsored by Fanagan’s Funeral Directors. It will take place on Friday, November 1 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the Alexander Hotel,

Fenian Street. For further details, contact the Irish Hospice Foundation on 01 6793188 or visit www.

Leo Varadkar defended his Blanchardstown pack recently


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law: mediation and what is best for the children are key

We are separating – what are my parental rights?  Our legal expert Noreen Maguire, solicitor with Maguire Muldoon Solicitors, responds to a reader’s questions regarding separations and children.

MY WIFE wants to end our marriage and is aiming for a quick separation. We are on a waiting list for family mediation. She now wants to move with our two sons to new accommodation, against my will. Is this child abduction? Could I prevent this? I think first we should settle the question regarding the custody of the boys; then we could resolve all other open issues ... Anonymous IF ONE party wants to separate, there is very little you can do to prevent them from leaving. Of course you should suggest counselling and/

or mediation, but from a legal perspective, you cannot force someone to remain with you. If your wife has suggested mediation, you

should try it. The children are another matter. As you are married, you are joint legal guardians of the children. You currently have joint custody of the children and, if your wife continues to threaten to leave the family home with the children, you can bring an application in the District Court for sole custody. However, you need to look at both parties’ circumstances to see if it is realistic to apply for sole custody. For example, are you working? Is your wife working? Has your wife always been at home with

the children? The court will look at all these issues to determine who has custody. The courts try to be fair; often, joint custody is agreed between the parties with one being the primary carer. I would always urge parents to agree as much as possible and to put the children first – do not use them as pawns in your dispute! Mediation is a good way to tease out all these issues and encourage both parties to examine the practical side to any split up, and how it will affect

the kids. Your solicitor can also help with this. You have also mentioned (in your original, unedited letter) your concerns regarding your wife’s new boyfriend. Again, there is very little you can do if your wife decides to move on and start a relationship with someone else. Legally, if you were forced to bring a court application regarding custody, you could outline to the judge any inappropriate behaviour which your wife exhibited, and which you felt was damaging the children or their relation-

Noreen Maguire, solicitor with Maguire Muldoon Solicitors

ship with you. A court can take such behaviour into account and can ask someone to desist from such behaviour. Finally, if you yourself are finding the whole process difficult to handle, I always urge clients to get

a good counsellor to talk to, as they will help you to come to terms with the break-up. Good luck ...  Any legal queries can be

put to Noreen by emailing mmurray@gazettegroup. com.

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Q&A ciara burns, manager, sansana spa

Managing a way to mix sport with business CIARA Burns was born in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, where her family are avid hurling fans. She played camogie at club, college and county level for a number of years, and she then went on to study sports and leisure in Tralee IT. Once Ciara graduated from college, she moved to the UK to pursue

her career in the health and fitness industry. She returned home to Ireland in late 2008, where she studied to become a neuromuscular physical therapist. Ciara has been working as the health club and Sansana Spa manager in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, since January, 2012.

How long have you been in business?

current economic climate, our standards and values have remained the same – so much so we were recently awarded the Best Spa Facial award by RSVP Magazine.

Sansana Spa has been open for six years.

What makes your business successful?

We believe our staff and our loyal customers are our strongest assets.

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

We offer our clients an exceptional experience in our award-winning spa. Clients can take advantage of any of our signature treatments, while also taking the opportunity to relax and unwind in our thermal suite.

How has the recession impacted your business?

We like to think that what we offer here in Sansana Spa is a unique way of relaxing and, throughout the

What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?

We have created some superb packages to allow people to experience the spa, even if it’s just for a small treat.

What is your ambition for the business?

To sustain our current market share, with a view to growing this share over time. I believe we need to take a proactive approach to our business and keep things fresh! We are constantly looking at new and innovative ideas which will help to improve Sansana Spa.


More ways to save money THIS week, the Money Doctor continues his series on saving cash. With more than 100 top tips to dip into, he’s sure to have plenty of ideas you haven’t thought of. However, if you have any cash-saving suggestions of your own that you’d like to share, please send them to As promised, I am resuming my tips with a look at having greater car and fuel efficiency ...

44. Review your car Does it need replacing? Could you upgrade the model for efficiency purposes (eg currently achieving 25 miles per gallon, or 40km per 4.55 litres – if you were to change, and buy a car doing 35 miles per gallon, you would save 40% on fuel costs). 45. Change your car to diesel or an electric model Apart from the environment support through reduced carbon emissions, you could save hundreds of euro by such a change. 46. Avoid company cars In about 80% of cases, it does not pay to maintain a company car. Benefit in kind (BIK) on company cars is prohibitive – 30% of the value of the car when first purchased (eg Toyota Avensis, diesel version, at €25,520) means for as long as you have this company car, you will pay BIK each and every year – eg

€7,656, or €638 per month, irrespective of the falling value through depreciation. Better to take mileage expenses, at €0.6348 per mile.

47. Buy a classic or vintage car (over 30 years old) Apart from the style, it would be cheaper to buy (and if you deem this car a company vehicle, the tax payable will be based on the value of the car at the time of purchase), plus they are cheaper to insure, while there is minimal car tax payable. 48. Reduce your dependency on car fuel: Tip #1 – pool your car Share your pooled care with others going the same way or who are working in the same company. More great advice on car and fuel efficiency, and cutting their costs, in my next set of tips ...  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

entrepreneurs: highlighting success stories

Free event to highlight start-up opportunities  laura webb

UP AND coming Irish entrepreneurs are set to inspire new capital startups with their success stories during Your Business Day 2013. An estimated 25 established and emerging entrepreneurs will share their start-up stories and experiences in a series of workshops and seminars at the Science Gallery on Pearse Street on Friday, October 18. The free day-long event aims to inspire those who are running a small business or thinking of starting one. Dublin City Enterprise Board has organised an impressive programme to mark 20 years of providing business support

to new start-ups. During the recent launch of Your Business Day, four entrepreneurs unveiled their plans for the day, including Joanna Lovegrove (of Chilly Moo, which makes children’s frozen yoghurts); John McGuinness (of Mulch, a recycling and composting company based in Coolock); Georgina Caraher (of Experience Gaelic Games, which delivers unique activity-based packages to GAA enthusiasts) and Bella Davey (of Om Diva, providers of boutique fashion, vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery for women). Liam Barry, acting assistant chief executive of Dublin City Enterprise Board, highlighted the

Liam Barry, acting assistant chief executive of Dublin City Enterprise Board, holds a sign calling on people to hear successful Irish entrepreneurial stories

opportunities for new start-up businesses. He said: “By setting up in Dublin, a new start-up can quickly establish itself on a European-wide platform, to reach markets all over the world. Look at the variety and wide range of highly-successful startups here in the capital.” Highlights at the annual event include free business advice clinics with

highly-experienced business mentors, which can be booked in advance or on the day State business support agencies Enterprise Ireland, Microfinance Ireland, Intertrade Ireland and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce will also have information stands at the Science Gallery. For further information, see

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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week




A relaxing experience for some, as hypnotist Seafra O’Cathain (inset) puts volunteers at their ease during his stage show


Hypnotically entertaining  NATALIE BURKE

THE Irish have a tendency to be reluctant to take part in hypnosis shows, but this Halloween night, mentalist Seafra O’Cathain is encouraging people to “let go” as he hosts his first ever Halloween Hypnosis Show in Dublin. Dark Places will be taking place in The Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square on Halloween night at 8pm, and theatre goers are promised an entertaining “horror-filled” journey into the darker recesses of the subconscious mind, as Seafra takes over for one night only. The hypnotist will regress volunteers to petulant five-year-old children, will bring back the soul of Jack the Ripper, and will even attempt to thwart the moral convictions of one lucky vol-

unteer and turn them into a deranged killer, live on stage ... However, are we brave enough? Seafra seems to think so. Speaking to The Gazette, the hypnotist says that although it is designed to scare people on Halloween night, it’s all in the name of fun. “Everything has a funny side to it [in the show]; we don’t want anyone having nightmares,” he said. “If someone hasn’t been hypnotised before, I suggest that they give it a go. The people that enjoy the show the most are those that volunteer, because there is an overwhelming sense of euphoria afterwards. “If they’re good subjects and take on a suggestion, they’ll leave the theatre feeling really positive, so there is an upside to it.

“There are absolutely no dangers in hypnosis whatsoever. A lot of Irish people would be interested in coming along and seeing it, but when it comes to taking part in it, they tend to be very reserved. “It’s all fun; nothing is going to harm anyone or leave them with any lasting suggestions,” said Seafra. For anyone who hasn’t been to a hypnosis show before, Seafra says he would encourage first-timers to come along and enjoy the night. “If you’re looking for something different to do on Halloween night, come along with an open mind and be willing to just let go and enjoy yourself – that’s the absolute main thing. “If you’ve got reservations about being hypnotised, that’s fine, and we will put

you at ease. “It’s all in the name of having fun and a few scares, and no one is going to be left scarred for life,” he said. Dark Places features the very best of high-tension and comedy routines that will have guests on the edge of their seats – that is, until they fall off laughing! This is a show not to be missed, and features mass hypnosis at its absolute best. Tickets can be pre-booked at www., or at www.seafra-ocathain. com. Tickets are €15/€10 with a valid student ID. This is an over-16s only show, and under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. For an chance to win two tickets to the show, see The Gazette’s Facebook page, at

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Shamu, a female terrier cross. Shamu came to Dogs Trust quite recently and is a gorgeous young dog with bundles of personality and energy. She would be a fantastic addition to a lucky family and would suit the company of children aged 10+. A little shy at first, Shamu is the sweetest dog, with a cheeky glint in her eye when given the chance to come out of her shell. While she enjoys the company of her canine pals here at the centre, Shamu is really looking forward to her place by the fire in a loving home with plenty of gentle and steady socialisation with other dogs and people. If you think you can offer lovely Shamu a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Eden

Eden is a powerful story of an ordinary relationship on an extraordinary weekend. In Eugene O’Brien’s drama debut, we immerse ourselves in a moving, funny and tragic portrait of the failing marriage of Billy and Breda and the weekend that will make or break them. Catch Eden at 8pm on Saturday, October 19 with tickets priced €18/€16.

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Dundrum’s Got Talent Fancy being in with a chance to win €1,000? Then take part in Dundrum’s Got Talent evening on Friday, October 18 at the Mill Theatre Dundrum. The contest promises to be an exhilarating entertainment event for the family. Get your application form now their website. October 18 at 8.30pm. Admission: €10

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The Memory Of Water Three sisters come together in a highly charged atmosphere on the eve of their mother’s funeral. They laugh and cry, rage and bicker as the conflicts of the past and their hold on the present are mercilessly exposed. This comedy exposes the patterns and strains of family life in a way familiar to all. Catch this show from October 22-26 at 8pm. Admission: €20 and €16 concession, €10 (opening night)


review: Remembering Maeve Binchy’s newspaper writing

Time for a trip down memory lane  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Warmth and sanity are the overriding qualities that come through in the newly released collection of writings of the late Maeve Binchy. Maeve’s Times is a selection of Binchy’s selected Irish Times articles written from the 1960s up to the 2000s. The articles not only cover a huge variety of topics representing all human life from a Cypriot invasion to abortion and the ageing process; the articles trace the evolution of a woman’s maturing mind. Maeve began writing for the Irish Times in her 20s as is described in the introduction to the book written by her husband Gordon Snell. It all started when Maeve was a young teacher. While on her summer holidays in various places like America and Israel she would write entertaining letters home about her

adventures. Her father, seeing the worth in these letters, sent them into the Irish Times where they were published. This led to her working as a journalist and feature writer for the publication for over four decades. Maeve’s Times is a selection of these articles and offers a very comprehensive look at Ireland through the clear prism of Maeve’s psyche with a unique take and broad sense of humour about all human life, including her own. In her career as a journalist for the Irish Times she dealt with many serious issues relating to Irish women’s disillusionment with Catholic marriage in the Women are Fools series with a compassion that rightly extends only up to a point where she loses patience. Maeve met Samuel Beckett in the 1980s while he was directing End Game in London and

had a very common Irish conversation with him about mutual acquaintance back in Dublin. In the 1990s, ageing became a major preoccupation as the ever youthful Maeve adjusted to the demands of time both on her body and her memory. Articles from the 2000s portray a writer who has come to terms with life as she slips comfortably into her old age while having a documentary on her life shot at her home in Dalkey. The humour in Maeve’s writing is its most enduring trait and one that brings her back to life for the reader. She is quite the sharp sceptic at times, a fact that elevates her above the cuddly image sometimes portrayed of her. When you read any of the articles, you instantly feel connected to Maeve; that she’s on your side and is a champion for common sense in a world often gone mad. She also

Maeve’s Times is a selection of her letters home about her adventures

has a very touching concern for lonely people and often features their lives in articles such as Talking to Various Ships Passing in the Night in which an elderly woman frequents the airport to engage random strangers in conversation to stave off her isolation. My favourite articles, however, are her very amusing, personal anecdotes. In Maeve’s Operation which tells the whole story of a trip to hospital to have an operation on her knee she describes the effect her sedation had on her personality.

She veered from being excessively polite to being furious over the fact that a television in her room did not work. When her first attempt to push the television out of her room and into the corridor was balked at by medical staff she then, instead of ignoring the TV, threw her dressing gown over it rather than look at it and went to sleep in a “monstrous sulk”. Many of her articles come from real conversations she had with people such as Fit for a Queen which recounts her going

to Queen Elizabeth’s personal corsetiere to have a bespoke bra made following a chat she had with a drunken woman at a party. Maeve was so utterly charmed with her new super-comfy bra that she never wanted to part with it to such a degree that: “I know that if there’s another revolution and I’m told to burn it, I’ll abandon the sisters before I’d let it go.” Maeve’s Times is published by Hachette Books Ireland and is available for €16.99 at all good bookstores.

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MUSIC REVIEW: tenth album from the mighty pearl jam

Alive and still kicking TEN albums since Ten, and Pearl Jam endure, inspiring a passion and devotion few acts on either side of the Atlantic can claim to have with their audience. An all-too-infrequent visitor to these shores, PJ have been responsible for some of the most memorable concert moments of the two decades, adding to their fanbase with each new generation, many of whom come to the feast on the back of that still magnificent debut release. Sequenced in a similar fashion to 2000’s Binaural, Lightning Bolt showcases a more contemplative Pearl Jam than lined

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up for the hard and fast delivery that marked out 2010’s Backspacer. That’s not to say that this is a lesser effort by any means. In their pantheon, this is one of the growers - an album that demands repeated listening to tune in to its frequency and once locked, is unshakable. Speeding from the gates comes a trio of rockers, including lead track, Mind

Your Manners, recalling Vitalogy’s Spin The Black Circle, and the raging My Father’s Son, bringing a new maturity to the familiar themes of familial ties previously explored in their back catalogue through the personal lyrics of Eddie Vedder. Then the pace slows for Sirens, the kind of beautiful, timeless meditation that Pearl Jam have come to craft so well in recent years. But we’re back on the rollercoaster for the title track, filled with homage to The Who, Boom Gaspan’s stabbing keyboard fills counterpointing the twin guitar lines, and Swallowed

Whole opens with duelling acoustic guitars that immediately draw a line to Pete Townshend. A full-band version of Sleeping By Myself from Vedder’s Ukulele Songs record, the gentle waltz of Yellow Moon and the heartfelt Future Days close out Lightning Bolt with a trio of passionate tracks likely to become concert favourites. It’s no wonder Mike McCready mentioned the Pink Floyd vibe present in this new material. There are no walls, but there is the sound of a band hammering against the barriers of time and experience in the most life-affirming and inspiring ways.

Ten albums in, Pearl Jam remain true to their ideals and idols on Lightning Bolt


Would-be ‘silver surfers’ invited to train on course  laura webb

THE digital age is among us and to fight against digital exclusion, Age Action offers one-to-one computer training courses. Getting Started is a training programme for older people to encourage and help with using computers, the internet and mobile phones. Classes are available in venues across Dublin, including Swords, Dublin 15, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. These one-to-one classes are run by volunteer tutors with small groups of learners, in local, informal learning settings. Suitable training material has been

designed for older people and learners who need plenty of support and encouragement. According to Age Action, since 2006 it has trained more than 14,500 older people in 12 counties in venues such as local libraries, community centres, family resource centres, corporate offices and housing complexes for older people. The courses are for two hours, once a week for four weeks, and are for people aged over 55 years. The cost of this course is €20. For further information, call Pauline Power at Age Action at 01 475 6989, or email

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Have you heard about tackling hearing loss?

 laura webb

ENJOYMENT of and quality of life are becoming more impor tant factors of ageing, with more people of pre- and post-retirement age living fuller social lives than the generations that have gone before them. It is now a mere myth that people hang up all aspects of life once retired and, for this reason, among others, people are now choosing to improve aspects of their health where they can. DK Hearing Solutions, an independent Irish-

owned company, believes there is no time like the present to start dealing with your hearing health. According to Dermot Kavanagh, the resident qualified audiologist at the company, background noise often impedes how well we hear and, in some cases, people might feel it is easier to zone out and stand back from a conversation rather than engage. When this starts to happen, Dermot believes it is the time to take action. He said: “Some people have been dealing

with hearing loss for a long time, and they don’t admit to it. They don’t go out to the pub any more, or even at parties or weddings, they just sit back and don’t engage. “What I would say to them is that it’s not a big deal, and that more and more people are accepting [their hearing loss]. “More people in their 50s are getting hearing aids while they’re still at work, because they’ve recognised that there is a problem. “Years ago, people would retire early and when they retired they

didn’t have much of a social life, as such, but nowadays that has changed.” “It’s a different generation now,” he said. A routine hearing check means having the health of your ears assessed, along with a screening of how well you hear, and it is a simple procedure that has no discomfort and is free. Dermot assures readers that they will receive a friendly, professional and honest evaluation of their hearing at the DK Hearing Solutions. If further action is

At DK Hearing Solutions,

required, he says they will receive the best service possible, from start to finish. If you wish to book a free, no-obligation





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It’s game on for better mobility  ian begley

a friendly, professional and honest evaluation of your hearing can be arranged

appointment with DK Hearing Solutions, phone the Cornelscourt outlet at 01 289 5499, or the Greystones outlet at 01 287 8240, or see www. for further locations. Dermot added: “People want to improve their social life, so they’ve got to be able to hear. And,

especially coming up to the season when everyone will be gathering at Christmas, it will be a good time to get on that road.”

NURSING homes across the country are providing their patients with Nintendo Wii gaming consoles to help them deal with mobility problems and encourage them to move about more. According to Adelaide and Mental Health Hospital in Dublin, the Nintendo Wii has proved to be as efficient as conventional physiotherapy in helping older patients deal with severe mobility problems. A pilot study, carried out at Tallaght Hospital, involved a group of elderly people in their late 70s and early 80s, where they used the Wii to mimic actions such as throwing a punch in

Research has shown that Nintendo’s Wii console, and accessocires such as its balance board, above, can help improve some older people’s gait

boxing or taking a swing of a golf club as part of their use of the Wii. A representative from Lucan Lodge nursing home said that a resident who had dementia benefited greatly from the gaming console. She said: “The man was using the Wii device for golf and seemed to enjoy it very much. The particular resident had dementia, and the game

helped him do something that he would have done in his past.” The appeal for nursing homes to adopt the gaming console has increased since a research study funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland had found that the number of painful and potentially serious falls suffered by older people could be minimised

through video games. The research led by Professor Cathy Craig, Q u e e n ’s Un i ve r s i t y Belfast, partnered by Trinity College Dublin, found that older people’s balance and gait was improved by playing specially-developed video games using the Nintendo Wii balance board. The study tested the games on participants in Dublin and Belfast and found that those who played the games had significantly greater improvements in balance control than those who did not. The researchers concluded that such improvements in balance could play an important role in reducing the risk of falls in older adults.


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Creating greater awareness of hospice, palliative care  ian begley

THE All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care are campaigning to end the myths about palliative care. The institute’s director, Paddie Blaney, said this year’s worldwide campaign is about seeking to dispel the myths that having hospice and palliative care means that people in treatment will die soon, or that it is just for people with cancer, and that palliative care only manages pain through the use of addictive narcotics. Blaney said: “Palliative care is for all persons with limited life expectancy, no matter what their disease or age. Pal-

liative care can be safe, effective and promote dignity, comfort, and support.” David Praill, of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, said that 42% of countries worldwide do not have any identified hospice and palliative care services, and 80% of people globally lack adequate access to medication for treatment of moderate to severe pain. To mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2013, thousands of people in more than 70 countries are coming together at more than 1,000 events to celebrate, support and speak up about hospice and palliative care. The relaxing courtyard at New Lodge Nursing Home, Rathfarnham – part of the Bloomfield Health Services group

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Find a home to help meet your needs  laura webb

THERE is no place like home, but when it comes to deciding on future care, a nursing home may be the next step. A nursing home environment offers senior citizens the attention that may be needed from people trained to take care of them. There are hundreds of nursing care homes in Ireland, each offering different care services to suit individual needs. When thinking about the transition to a nursing home, it is always good to shop around and see what is available. has more than 400 HSE and HIQA-approved nursing homes on its database,

including both public and private retirement villages and convalescent homes. Such services can be expensive, and there are financial support options available through the HSE. One HIQA-approved nursing home is the New Lodge Nursing Home, as part of the Bloomfield Health Services, in Rathfarnham.

Comfortable This is a 36-bed nursing home that provides care and treatment for frail older people and adults in a comfortable and well-designed environment. Its quality treatment, care and best practice are made possible through its team of

highly-trained, dedicated and committed professionals within their medical, nursing, clinical and support services at Bloomfield Health Services. Bloomfield Hospital is also part of the group. This service is a 114-bed mental health hospital, specialising in the provision of mental health treatment and care to older adults, providing services for people with enduring mental health disorders, and complex mental health issues associated with neuropsychiatric disorders and dementia. Referrals to Bloomfield Hospital are accepted nationally. Bloomfield has planned the addition of further new services

this year, and over the life of its new three-year strategic plan to incorporate out patient, day [care] and acute services within its specialist mental health provision for older adults. Chief executive Damien O’Dowd said: “We’re excited about the roll out of our strategic plan. It will direct our growth and development in areas of need over the coming years, and will see our continued leadership in this important area.” A wide variety of clinical experience within the team assists with the delivery of its treatment programmes. For further information, call 1890 123 124, or see the website at

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Third Age helps support integration  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

THIRD Age – the voluntary organisation that dedicates itself to senior citizens in Ireland – is offering a novel conversational English class to immigrants at 12 of its centres in Dublin. Its Failte Isteach programme offers an informal and sociable opportunity for immigrants to mingle and improve their language skills in centres located in Blanchardstown, Tyrrelstown, Sandyford and other areas. The Gazette spoke to national development officer for Third Age’s Failte Isteach programme, Ariana Ball, about the idea behind the initiative.

She said: “Failte Isteach began in Summerhill in Meath in 2006 and was rolled out nationally in 2008. It was the brainchild of Mary Nally, our chief executive at the time, and the overall founder of Third Age. “She wanted to respond to the difficulties experienced by many new migrants in her area. When immigrants come to a new country, they face many challenges, including language and feelings of isolation. “Failte Isteach covers both of these challenges with conversational English in a social setting. “We have 60 branches nationwide, and 12 in Dublin. Any senior per-

son wishing to come along and help can do so, and all immigrants are welcome to learn English at any of our centres,” said Ball. The community project is manned by older volunteers who introduce the new migrants to conversational English and help to enhance their skills through the expertise of older volunteer teachers. Third Age is about celebrating the third age of life, and provides several services to senior citizens. It is unique in that it is run by and for senior citizens. One of its most popular services is its senior helpline – a dedicated phone line that senior citizens can call if they are lonely

Third Age volunteer Marcella Sheridan (second left) has a conversational English chat with Talite Loste, Sai Ying Pak and Slawomir Brandebura

or just want a chat. The line is staffed by trained senior volunteers, and is available every day from 10am to 10pm at LoCall 1850 440 444. The organisation is

| pamper yourself in meath |

Enjoy an over-50 luxury break at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

IF YOU are looking for a truly relaxing and luxurious break away from the same old routine, the elegant Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa could be the ideal choice for you. The hotel is currently offering people aged over 50 a midweek deal from €129pps for two night’s bed, full Irish breakfast, table d’hote dinner each evening and complimentary access to Seoid Spa’s Thermal Suite – or there is a three-night offer from €180pps. Hailed as one of Ireland’s finest four-star hotels, the Dunboyne Castle Hotel is nestled in the beautiful surrounds of Meath, with tree-lined avenues and gardens to set off the historic archi-

Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa in Meath

tecture of the original Dunboyne House. For those who wish to explore the area, picturesque Dunboyne village is just a stretch of the legs from the hotel. The hotel has deluxe bedrooms, which are extremely inviting, as

is the spa. The restaurant, called The Ivy, has earned it many plaudits and awards. It was recently awarded two AA rosettes for culinary excellence and superb service. Executive head chef John Nagle has a passion

for using Irish produce in season to create worldclass dishes to delight any palette. To book, you can contact Dunboyne Castle Hotel at 01 801 3500, or see its website at www. dunboynecastlehotel. com.

also the national advocacy body for older people and takes action on their behalf on a national scale, securing their rights and representing their interests in general.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the Third Age programmes, or if you would like to find out more, you can ring the headquarters at 046 955 7766.

Gleneagle special offer THE Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney is holding an exclusive Christmas offer for Gazette readers, which includes three nights B&B, three evening meals – including the Gala Christmas Banquet – discount vouchers to many of Killarney’s leading shops, nightly entertainment and use of the leisure facilities. The fourth night B&B included is also free. Bookings from November 180-22/2529 are priced €159pps; bookings for December 2-6 are €159pps, and bookings from December 9-13 are €149pps. To book, call 064 667 1550, or see

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A trip to Glasgow could be just the ticket

Glasgow’s open – and you’re all invited ...  NATALIE BURKE

IF YOU’RE planning a weekend getaway over the coming months, chances are you’re looking for a city that has something to inspire everyone, whether you’re a music lover or a fashionista, a culture vulture or a foodie fan. With a dazzling arts and culture scene, architectural heritage and world-class shopping, Glasgow – Scotland’s largest city – has an awful lot to offer. In fact, the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has just launched an exciting line-up of events for the year ahead, with the city set to host the MOBO music awards this month, the International Comedy Festival next March and April, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games, from July 23 until August 3. Among other events being hosted is Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival in January, and the city’s film festival, which runs from February 20 to March 2. For a full list of events taking place over the next year, see www. peoplemakeglasgow. com.

The Cliff House Hotel has a number of attractive features, with its luxurious pool and spa providing a soothing link to the rugged but beautiful landscape


The height of relaxation  MIMI MURRAY

WATERFORD is the land of “more” – Lismore, Tramore, Dunmore East, Ardmore ... It was in the latter place that we spent a night recently. The Cliff House Hotel is perched high above the village of Ardmore looking out over the Celtic Sea. It boasts one of the loveliest views in Ireland, in my humble opinion. Waterford’s seaside resorts always seemed so far away when I was a child, with the “Are we there yet?” mantra still ringing in my parents’ ears, years later. However, with the arrival of the new motorway, you can reach Ardmore in a little over two hours. This seaside town is as charming and pretty as they come, with most houses painted in maritime colours. The village is also the

location for my favourite graveyard in Ireland! My husband thinks this is strange to say, but the view from Ardmore graveyard is spectacular, with its round tower standing majestically before the bay. On a summer’s day, this place is very peaceful, and is full of all sorts of sweetsmelling flora and fauna, so my husband is starting to see where I am coming from. The Cliff House Hotel has been operating as a hotel since the 1930s, but it was only in recent years, when the O’Callaghan family from Mitchellstown took it over, that a complete overhaul of the hotel took place, and it is now one of the finest small hotels in Ireland. The hotel’s general manager, Adriaan Bartels, focuses on old-world service and from the moment you walk through the doors, you can feel the


‘A complete overhaul of the hotel took place in recent years, and it is now one of the finest small hotels in Ireland’ --------------------------

place operates on another level. We stayed in the Beach House suite, which offers that aforementioned spectacular view of the bay. Other rooms overlook gardens but a sea view room is a must if you plan to stay here. Because we were staying on a Monday night, we genuinely thought we would be one of the only couples in the hotel. We were very much mistaken, and when dining in the bar area – the

The Cliff House Hotel commands a majestic view, courtesy of its perch

hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant closes on Mondays – we were pleasantly surprised to see that every table was full. The menu is heavy on fish – and why wouldn’t it be, with Helvick Head only down the road? My prawns and sea bass were clearly caught that day, as were my husband’s scallops. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and the outdoor seating area is a

must on a fine day. A spa treatment should also be indulged in. Anne Semonin products were used during my facial. I loved my treatment, but I think I almost enjoyed my time spent in the relaxation room afterwards just as much. Some Voya chamomile tea and the view over Ardmore Bay really rejuvenated the mind and body. The hotel designers

make the most of huge glass windows and, when using the pool, you feel like you could almost swim out to sea. After breakfast, a hike around the head is a must before leaving this serene village and all it has to offer. For further information on The Cliff House Hotel, see, or call 024 87800.

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MOTORS new model: well-equipped with a wealth of safety features

Kia completes range revolution with Carens  cormac curtis

When thinking of seven-seater, family vehicles, most of us just abandon all hope of driving anything of a sporty nature. Even at the height of SUV-mania, you couldn’t exactly call the gas-guzzling monsters that everyone was dying to get their re-mortgaged hands on anything other than boxy. Volume seemed to be all-important when ferrying the 2.4 children between school and afterschool activities. But mercifully, we have since learned so much about clever use of space, and, more importantly, good car manufacturers have learned a few things about fitting that clever space into really attractive design. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the Gazette motoring pages, will be well aware of the praise that has been heaped on the Korean brand Kia. Not just because of its innovative seven-year warranty, but because they can really give even their most modest vehicles an attractive edge that makes them stand out in the crowd. Enter the all-new Carens. Arguably one of Kia’s most practical offerings, the Carens has established itself as one of the family favourites since its initial release. Anyone trading up to the new model will be in for a big surprise, as they are presented with a car that has an unapologetic, stand-out sporty design.



Experience Audi collection In the coming weeks Gazette Motors will feature a full road test of the simply stunning, all-new Audi A3 saloon. For those of you who already have your hearts set on one then Audi’s Future Now sales event should pique your interest considerably. Effective until December 31, the event offers potential customers the opportunity to experience the latest Audi collection with a range of upgrade packages with significant savings of over €7,000. Future Now 2014 includes a suite of attractive PCP finance rates across the Audi range with, for example, an Audi A1 available from as little as €229 per month. Those interested in the event, should attend Audi North Dublin on November 2/3. Visit

seat Fast4ward into 2014:

The Kia Carens features a spacious five-plus-two seating layout and a new sportier design

This car simply does not have the appearance of the traditional family minivan. It’s just different. There is a big shift in looks away from the practical, utilitarian approach of its predecessor, but still features a spacious fiveplus-two seating layout, a generously proportioned luggage bay and numerous stowage spaces. This model is shorter, narrower and lower than the previous-generation model (by 20 mm, 15 mm and 40 mm, respectively).

But, thanks to the new model’s increased wheelbase (up by 50 mm) and cab-forward design, the overall cabin space is still generous. For anyone who might think they are not enjoying the same top-drawer quality of the Carens’ stable mates, rest assured that this motor is powered by the same economical 1.7 diesel engine that powers the incredibly impressive Sportage. This wouldn’t be Kia if it didn’t boast a wealth of safety features, and

all Carens models come with six airbags, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and emergency stop signal. Manufactured with a high percentage of highstrength steel, the new bodyshell will contribute to new Carens earning an anticipated five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash safety tests. Standard equipment for the entry-level TX model includes alloy wheels, rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights, front and rear electric windows, luggage cargo screen, steering mounted audio controls, and voice activated Bluetooth. The EX model, that starts at €27,790, adds auto light controls, LED rear lights, rear privacy glass, folding mirrors with puddle lamps, seat back tables, dual zone air conditioning, rear parking sensors and rear view camera – while the top-

of-the range Platinum (coming in at €31,790) adds luxury features such as a leather upholstery with heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors and a supervision instrument cluster.

As sponsors of Munster rugby, SEAT dragged a few of the boys away from their training session to help promote their Fast4warding event. Fast4warding gives drivers the opportunity to experience the new 2014 SEAT range at their local dealership from now until December 20. SEAT is also launching a host of value offers including 0% finance and exclusive upgrade packs free of charge

across the range as part of the event. As part of the event, customers can now test drive a wide variety of the 2014 range. For further information, visit www.SEAT. ie/Fast4ward or contact your local authorised SEAT dealer.

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FastSport last chance to get on board for etihad competition:

Rugby players aged 10 to 16 will be learning from experienced and qualified coaches at a range of venues across Dublin throughout October and December

rugby: youth players set for experience learning from provincial coaches

Path to excellence begins at Skerries with Leinster school Young rugby enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn some inside rugby tricks of the trade when Leinster Rugby’s School of Excellence visits Skerries RFC later this month. Catering for players aged 10 to 16, the school for aspiring rugby stars of the future is run by fully accredited IRFU coaches who have completed IRFU Safe Rugby Level 1 and the IRB First Aid in Rugby. The schools of excellence will run from Tuesday, October 29 to Thursday, October 31. In addition to Skerries

RFC, the intense training camps will also take place in Railway Union RFC, Cill Dara RFC and Gorey RFC. Kick off for the school is at 10am with a 2pm finish and each attendee will receive a Canterbury of New Zealand kit.

Experience Speaking about this year’s School of Excellence, Elma Beirne from Leinster Rugby said: “Our school of excellence camps are lots of fun and a great way of making friends, however we also

promise an intense rugby learning experience. “We have developed the camps so that players hone their rugby skills but also obtain a greater understanding of the importance of fitness and rugby values.” An early bird rate of €60 is available for children who enrol before October 15, after which date the cost of attending is €75 per child. For more information visit www. Children who attend this year’s

camp will be in the company of coaches with experience in providing top quality coaching and will obtain a greater understanding of game awareness. As the school of excellence is an intense rugby learning experience, each age group camp will be split into groups of 15 to facilitate the appropriate attention for each participant. For more information log on to w w or contact Caroline Keane via email at caroline.

Dublin hurling clubs have a last chance to enter this year’s Etihad Airways Raise The Bar competition for the prize of a year’s sponsorship package with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. Clubs can enter the competition before midnight on October 20 by submitting written and video entries on to show how they have Raised The Bar, and why they deserve to win the sponsorship package. Etihad Airways wants to reward one club, whether the focal point of their community, or managing to keep the club going against the odds or even expanding their club in recent times. Further details can be found online at

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FastSport Ryan and irvine named for irish track euro team: GARDA cycling club’s Caroline Ryan has been named as part of a threeperson Irish team for the 2013 Track Cycling European Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Skerries-based scratch race world champion Martyn Irvine, whose focus will be on the omnium event and the points race, will join Ryan and Eoin Mullen forming the team. The championships run from October 18 to 20 with Irvine and Ryan beginning their competition with the points race next Friday evening, followed by the twoday omnium event. Sprint specialist Mullen starts his bid on Saturday morning with the sprint qualifying rounds. Mullen is in the form of his life, having recently broken the course record for the 200m sprint on the track in Aigle.

soccer: international guests to light up 85th celebrations

Home Farm anniversary tournament 

Dublin schoolboy soccer club Home Farm are set to host a fourteam Under-16 invitational tournament over the weekend of October 25 to 27, as it celebrates with an 85th anniversary. The teams involved include Premier League side Sunderland, Championship outfit Birmingham and Linfield FC from the NIFL Premiership. The home side will be represented by the club’s 16 Premier DDSL side who are managed by Keith Roche and coached by Anto Kennedy in a squad that will include recently capped goalkeeper, Eric Donnelly. The tournament will be officially opened by Michael Ring, Minis-

ter of State for Tourism and Sport, along with FAI chief executive John Delaney during a function that will have an invitation list featuring many of the club’s former players and managers as well as backroom personnel. One of those who will attend the function is recently-appointed interim Republic of Ireland manager Noel King who played his schoolboy football at Home Farm and was a member of Dave Bacuzzi’s FAI Cup winning squad of 1975, when a Frank Delvin goal claimed the cup for the club at the expense of hot favourites, Shelbourne.

Appropriate “It’s an appropriate way to celebrate 85 years of service to the game and it promises to

be a memorable weekend for all involved in the club,” said Home Farm chairman Denis O’Sullivan. “Football is central to what Home Farm i s a b o u t a n d we ’r e delighted with the quality of the teams who have committed to play and we look forward to some excellent football in the games over the October Bank Holiday weekend,” he added. The Whitehall footballing institution has an impressive record of succcess which includes wins in practically every trophy at schoolboy level as well as FAI Junior, FAI Intermediate and FAI Senior Cup success in its illustrious history. It recently witnessed a significant revamp which has seen a spectacular upgrade of its

Keith Roche, manager of Home Farm’s Under-16 Premier team

facilities with newly refurbished dressing rooms, the installation of a gym while the addition of a 300-seater covered stand now makes Whitehall one of the most attractive venues for football in the country. With a pristine play-

ing pitch on offer, supporters can look forward to some fascinating ties over the course of the eight-match tournament. Any company, former player or friends of Home Farm or commercial interests wishing to advertise in a souvenir

programme or to sponsor an individual game, can contact Eamon at 087 258 4930 to discuss details. Admission to the tournament is €2 per session which is for two matches, and Under-12s accompanied by adults go free.

Universities gather for Conroy Cup competition 

The prestigious annual Irish Universities Rugby Union’s Conroy Cup competition takes place in NUI Maynooth this Saturday, October 19. This is the first year NUIM have hosted this university tournament, and will feature NUIM, UCD, Queen’s University, Dublin University, NUIG and UCC in a play-off for the commemorative trophy.

In the 1988-89 season, the Conroy Cup was presented by UCD RFC to the Irish University Rugby Union in honour of Judge and Paddy Conroy to recognise the significant contribution the father and son both made to UCD as well as to Leinster, university and Irish rugby as a whole. In preparation for the tournament, the NUIM Elite Scholarship programme was stepping

up a gear last week when they had their first training session in the dedicated IRFU Gym in Carton House in Maynooth. With NUIM catering for 35 scholarship students this year, the university have gone into partnership with Carton House to provide stateof-the art training facilities for the elite scholars so they can maximise their potential in the programme and get a feel for

what it takes to train and play like an Irish rugby international. The elite programme, developed by director of rugby at NUIM and head coach of NUIM Barnhall RFC, Dennis Bowes, is in its fifth year, and with the university teams and NUIM Barnhall RFC All Ireland League and Under-20 Premier teams going strongly in the last two years, it is showing positive results.

Members of the NUIM Elite Programme at the IRFU Gym at Carton House last week

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Brogan breaking back into contention All-Star and former player of the year Alan Brogan was forced to watch Dublin’s march on Sam Maguire from the sidelines, but is hoping that a place in the starting 15 is still in his grasp

It has been a great year in terms of on the field success for Dublin’s senior footballers, but it has also been a year that has sadly not seen the presence of talisman and former player of the year, Alan Brogan. Although he appeared on the bench for the All-Ireland final against Mayo, the St Oliver Plunkett’s man has not been an active presence on the road to Sam 2013 after a series of injuries deprived the side of his experience and insight on the field. Gazette Sport caught up with Brogan as his company, The Printed Image, were set to take part in the annual fundraiser for Goal Jersey Day, with people across

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the country, in workplaces, schools and colleges all donning their favourite team’s strips to help raise money for the international humanitarian agency. Alan has been a strong advocate for the charity for several years, but his association with Goal goes back further than his playing career for Dublin. “I suppose where it goes back to is when our dad brought us out to the annual Goal mile at

Belfield every year from when I was about seven. “Since being involved in Dublin football, I was able to act as a patron of the charity, and it’s nice to be able to give something back.” Giving something back is paramount in Brogan’s footballing career as well, as he intends to build himself back up in terms of game time and fitness. His absence from the Sky Blues set-up began against their All-Ireland opponents last year. “I picked up the groin injury toward the end of last year, and it forced me out of the semi-final against Mayo. I went for surgery in London at the start of December and I had an osteitis pubis injury as well as a torn

Goal chief executive Barry Andrews with Alan Brogan, Sam Maguire and Michael Darragh McAuley at The Printed Image’s fundraising day for the charity

abductor muscle. “It was a slow recovery from there. I did my rehab and I got back to playing around the middle of June for a couple of weeks, but then I tore my hamstring, which put me back again. I was dis-

tory didn’t happen by accident. Jim has worked extremely hard himself, with his management team, to put a structure in place, and the guys responded really well to that. We played a more attacking brand of foot-


‘It has been a slow recovery... just now, it’s just about playing games with the club, and so far, so good’ - Alan Brogan on the road back to the Dublin team


appointed after working so hard to come back, to suffer a completely separate injury,” said Brogan. “It kept me out until the week before the Kerry game, and then I was back training, and back in the squad for the All-Ireland final. I was fit to play and in the 26, ready to come on, but it just worked out that I didn’t get that chance. “I could have done with an extra few weeks, but at the end of the day, it didn’t matter as long as Dublin won. From a personal point of view, I would have liked to have played a larger part, but that’s sport sometimes.” Brogan was effusive in his praise of Dublim manager Jim Gavin, whose faith in him was a large factor in his presence at Croke Park on September 22. “The All-Ireland vic-

ball over the last year which the fans responded to.” Brogan is keen to get back into the game, but is equally realistic that after his time out, that becoming a reality for him could take a little time. “At the moment, as I haven’t played much football in the last 16 or 17 months, I have only played a few league games and the championship game last weekend. First and foremost, I need to get back playing and get game time, and make sure my injuries are okay and my body stands up to playing football, and then make a decision on the best way to go forward. “But just now, it’s just about playing games with the club and not thinking a lot about anything else. But so far, so good,” said Brogan.


Local stars honoured at Cricket Ireland awards COLAISTE Eoin student Fiachra Tucker was among the big winners last Friday night at the RSA Cricket Ireland awards night held in the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Dublin. The Ireland Under-15 star was named the Junior Player of the Year for his performances in the ICC European Under 15 Championship, where he was a convincing winner of the tournament’s MVP award. Ian Talbot of Malahide, meanwhile, was an extremely popular winner of the Volunteer of the Year award for his amazing work at the club, which so successfully hosted the record-breaking RSA Challenge ODI against England last month. The Joyce family were the big winners on the night, toasting a double celebration after Ed Joyce and his sister Isobel scooped the top accolades at the RSA Cricket Ireland awards. Ed Joyce was named as Ireland’s International Men’s Player of the Year at the prestigious RSA Cricket Ireland Awards. The 35-year-old Sussex captain beat off the challenge of fellow Irish stars William Porterfield and Max Sorensen to lift the top prize in front of 300 players, officials and guests. Isobel Joyce completed a memorable season by being named the International Women’s Player of the Year ahead of Malahide’s Clare Shillington and Laura Delany. Joyce became the second Irish woman to reach the 100 caps milestone, and she played a starring role as Ireland defeated The Netherlands to qualify for the Women’s ICC World Twenty20 finals in Bangladesh next April. John Anderson collected the Aengus Fanning International Emerging Player of the Year accolade following his successful season in Irish colours, pipping Eddie Richardson and Elena Tice. Clontarf were named the Club of the Year for their magnificent campaign which saw the club win the RSA Irish Senior Cup for the first time in their history, as well as completing an unbeaten run to clinch the Leinster Senior Two title. The club lifted trophies at 2nd and 4th XI levels, and at youth level the Under 15 side made it a superb double for the Castle Avenue side as they won the Irish Cup. There was further good news for the Leinster region as North County all-rounder Eddie Richardson capped a magnificent personal campaign by winning his second major award in recent weeks by being named the Club Player of the Year.


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rugby: longford battle but miss chances for more

Fingal progress to the top of men’s Division 3 FINGAL hockey club’s second team made it five wins from five to move to the top Leinster men’s division three, seeing off Mullingar 5-2 at ALSAA last Saturday afternoon. The result lifted them six points clear of the table at this early stage in the season with Lucan side Weston not in action due to Irish Hockey Trophy concerns. The second team’s strong win was in stark contrast to their first team who fell 6-0 to table toppers Three Rock Rovers. Despite an encouraging first half in which Rob Kelly had the best chance, they were ripped apart early in the second period. Half-time came with no score on the board but Jody Hosking’s goal started a run of four Rovers’ goals before Peter Blakeney, Shane Madeley, Harry Morris, Jonny Bruton and Mitch Darling extended the lead. On Sunday, despite Luke Hayden’s first goal of the season, Fingal also bowed out of the Mills Cup by virtue of a 3-1 defeat to YMCA.

Late strike means draw for Malahide MALAHIDE United’s LSL Sunday Senior side’s sticky start to the season continued last weekend as Cherry Orchard denied them a victory as Niall Conran netted a late equaliser to see the tie end 1-1 at Elm Park. John Gill’s side had led 1-0 early on as Mark Cashen netted after producing a virtuoso strike from 25-yards with his right foot in the 10th minute. But his side, despite

controlling the ball for the most part, were unable to build further on that early lead. Sean Skelly, Gareth Logan and Cashen all threatened before the break and they struggled to find the target in the second half. They were punished as a result in the closing five minutes as Conran set off on a solo run from halfway, skipping past a couple of players before shooting low into the corner much to Malahide’s chagrin. It leaves Malahide in ninth place in the division and just two points outside the relegation zone at this stage in the season.

Malahide were good for their win against Longford but could not definitively close out the game with further scores

Malahide win tough away tie leinster league div 1B Longford Malahide 

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Malahide continued their first season in Division 1B of the Leinster League with a hard-fought victory over Longford last Sunday. The early stages of the game were evenly contested with Longford creating the first opportunity after a number of tight carries brought play into Malahide territory. The visitors were penalised for not rolling away and the Longford penalty attempt unluckily struck

the upright. Malahide were able to clear their lines and gradually made their way into Longford territory. A Mick Fitzmaurice break through midfield brought play into the Longford 22, and when the ball was recycled quickly, Shane Breen put Marcus McAllister into a gap and his pass found Cormac McDonald, who beat the covering defence for the game’s first score. Longford responded strongly and a number of drives at the Malahide defence saw them force another penalty chance. This time the kick was

mum’s the word Gaelic4Mothers national blitz at Naomh Mearnog THE 2013 Gaelic4Mothers and Others

national blitz is set to take place this weekend at Naomh Mearnog’s grounds in Portmarnock. Teams from around the country will gather at the club on Saturday, October 19, including local clubs Fingallians, St Finian’s and St Sylvester’s. Pictured at last year’s event are the McKitterick family from Fingallians GAA club. Picture:

successful and there were just two points between the sides. Malahide made much of the running for the remainder of the half but scoring opportunities were few and far between as Longford worked hard defensively. At the break, Malahide led by 5-3 but were disappointed not to have been further in front. Longford restarted the second half and managed to get some early secondhalf pressure on. However, Malahide were soon able to break out of defence and, following some good carries from Ger Mullar-

key and Ivan Kruger, replacement scrum half Hugo Nolan found Eoin Cannon in space. Cannon beat the first defender and a well-timed offload found Kruger who was able to touch down under the posts. Colin Corkery added the conversion to give the visitors a 12-3 lead. Longford tried through the remainder of the game to put pressure on the Malahide defence and were left to rue two missed penalty opportunities which would have brought them back to within one score. Malahide did continue

to threaten from deep and replacement wing Eoin Barber was pulled down just short of the Longford 22 with a last ditch tackle when it looked likely he would increase the visitor’s lead. As the final whistle sounded there was a sense that neither side was completely satisfied with the outcome. Malahide will feel that they created enough opportunities to win by a greater margin while Longford will feel had they been able to land a couple of penalty chances they could have got close enough to force a tighter finish.

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st sylvester’s: new facility officially opened 

Syl’s building a wall to open up future

Club Noticeboard Naomh Mearnog The annual Gaelic 4 Mothers ladies

tion to aim for ultimate honours.

football blitz takes place in the club

We wish a speedy recovery to

on Saturday. All pitches will be in

Gabriel Dennehy who su f fer ed

use all day. Good luck to our own

a very serious leg injury in our

girls who have put in long hours of

recent minor football champion-

training for the event.

ship game.

The U-13 ladies girls have quali-

Our next outing for our club golf

fied for their football shield final

society takes place on Saturday

after a fine win over Na Fianna.

where a turkey shoot will take

The U-16 girls defeated Ballyboden in the championship. The U-12 hurlers put on a cracking display to defeat a talented St Maur’s team and are now in a posi-

place. Afterwards, there will be a hog night in the bar. Admission is free and all are invited. The club Lotto jackpot is now €10,000. Please support.


Some of the players demonstrate how the new ball wall will be used. Pictures: David O’Shea

Hunger, determination and quality

The club AGM will be held this year

football were all evident as the week

on November 14 at 9pm. Details will fol-

saw narrow quarter- and semi-final

low on what nights the club accounts

victories in the intermediate football

will be available in the club to full mem-

championship. There is no rest for the


squad as the final will be played this week in Parnell Park v Naomh Olaf. This week, Sam Maguire will make

Saturday, October 19 at 7pm in Breffni

a visit to all our Swords schools. On

Park, Cavan. The second and final test

Friday evening, the cup will be in the

will be held in Croke Park on Saturday,

club hall from 6.15pm. Members and

October 26 at 7pm. Tickets are avail-

friends of the club are very welcome

able at

to come down and hold the famous trophy aloft. Best of luck to our two Gaelic 4 Mothers teams that will be participatHarry Burke, Pierce Donoghue, Matthew Burke,

Ireland v Australia: The international rules series 2013 in thrown-in on

The club are hosting a stand-up comedy night on October 19. The event will be held in the hall. All mentors will be selling tickets at €10 each.

ing in the national blitz day at Naomh

The blood bank will make its quar-

Mikophgsz Szepynski and PJ Hickey with coaches

Guests get a chance to handle some of St Sylvester’s

Mearnog, Portmarnock, on Saturday,

terly visit to Fingallians, Swords this

Eamon Burke and William Rooney


October 19. We are always looking for

week on Thursday, October 17 from 3

more members to join us at training

to 5pm and 7 to 9.30pm. There will be an

each Monday on the all-weather at

additional clinic on Sunday, Oc tober 20

8pm. Come cheer them on from 1pm.

from 12.30 to 4pm.

William and Adam Rooney and Dean Brady

2013 so far has been one of the most

A big “Go raibh míle maith agaibh”

successful years ever for the club. To

is extended to Dr Stephen Murray and

honour all the winning teams and play-

all the staff at Swords Orthodontics of

ers, a special Christmas awards night

17 Main Street, Swords (between Mas-

will take place in the main hall on Sat-

terson’s and Bank of Ireland) who have

urday, December 7. Further details to

provided our U9 & 10 girls with a new


full set of jerseys.

st finian’s Pride of place in the club notes this

victory against Sylvester’s on Satur-

week goes to our adult camogie team

day, scoring 1-20 to win by a point.

who beat Erin’s Isle to win the senior

Both adult football teams both suf-

Cristian Hughes, Rebecca and Aoife Hannon and Aoife

7 shield in Finglas on Sunday morning.

fered defeats at the weekend. The

McLoughney at the launch event

The match was a tense, low-scoring

senior team were beaten by Kilmacud

affair with great performances

Crokes and our junior team lost out to

throughout the St Finian’s side.

Round Towers in Clondalkin on Sunday

The new ball wall was officially opened at St Sylvester’s GAA club last weekend, with players, supporters and their families in attendance at the ceremony, overseen by chairperson of Dublin County Board Andy Kettle. There were some short demonstrations of the ball wall in active use, with some of the club’s own players being put through their paces. The club were delighted to be able to open the facility, which has been made possible with the assistance of Fingal County Council, the National Lottery and fundraising efforts by the club itself.

Our Swords Gaels minor hurl-

The Annual Ward River Valley Can-

recording their third championship

cer walk is on this Saturday, October

win, beating Round Towers, Clondalkin,

19. Meeting outside Peacock’s from

to qualify for the quarter-finals as

1.30pm with the walk starting at

group winners. Crucial goals by Jack

2.30pm. Details from Margaret Harris

Murray and Mark Wright proved the

(087) 2213605. Contact Margaret for

difference for the St Finian’s and Fin-

a sponsorship card or simply turn up

gallians combination team.

and donate a few quid to participate.

Our U-16 footballers had a narrow Andy Kettle makes a speech


ers continued their great season by

Great fun for all the family.

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building walls: St Sylvester’s unveil their new ball wall at gala launch ceremony at Broomfield P31

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Malahide native Colin Gaffney and co-pilot Lee Casey in action in Cornwall in the UIM P750 world championships last weekend in Cornwall, England

Powerboating to bronze

Local man helps to deliver third place in international championships held in Cornwall last weekend as teams from all over the world compete 

MALAHIDE native Colin Gaffney produced a first for Irish powerboating as he was part of the first team to claim a world championship medal last weekend, taking home bronze at Pentewan Sands and Watergate Bay in Cornwall at the UIM P750 World Championships. Over 10 days P750 Powerboat racing, teams from around the globe competed at the highest international level, the UIM World Championships. Within this elite grouping was a group containing members of Buccaneer Powerboat Racing Club and Irish Offshore Powerboat Racing Club. Driver Gaffney, co-pilot

Lee Casey and mechanic Sean Dillon, all veterans of previous UIM European and World Championships, decided to pool their talents under the Banner of Team Air 21, supported by The GYM (Rathgar) for the elite event. They competed in three different events, the first of which was a gruelling 120km race along the south coast of Cornwall. Team 21 suffered an early setback and scored no points in this event, making the quest for medals that bit harder. They bounced back in the surf competition, feeling they had the edge due to their training at Lahinch, serving them well over four races in high and windy surf. They found out that Team South Africa

also liked the surf. Team 21 had to settle for second, a result that improved their standing significantly going into the circuit race where the medal winners would be decided. Team 21 worked long hours into the night as they damaged their engine on the previous day’s practice session. With the prospect of four races and the loss of the long-haul points, they knew they had to pull out something special. The team decided on a strategy that would see man and machine pushed to the limit. It was a strategy that paid off as they won the circuit event which placed them ahead of the German team in the overall points, giving Team 21 overall bronze. Speaking after the event, Gaffney said:

“It’s been an amazing 10 days of racing; we have put blood, sweat and tears into every heat, every event, every practice day and we followed this up with long evening maintaining both man and machine. “During the event, we never let our passion determination and teamwork falter and to achieve a win on the circuit event and a second on the surf event against the best competitors in the world just goes to show what a few guys with determination and teamwork can achieve. “We are very proud to have represented Ireland on the world stage and to bring back UIM World Championship Medals in the P750 Modified Class is an honor and a privilege for all of us.”