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the howth Lifeboat was working overtime earlier this week with four call outs in just 30 hours. Three of the calls were to incidents at Malahide while the fourth was local to Balscadden Bay in Howth. Lifeboat operations manager Rupert Jeffres said: “We would ask all people taking to sea in any sort of vessel to please check tide times and weather conditions as well as being prepared with the suitable clothing and life jackets.”

Firefighters battle blazes on Howth Hill Investigations continue as cause of the fires has yet to be determined

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Units from the Dublin Fire Brigade have spent days fighting gorse fires which broke out on Howth Hill. Firefighters were still

fighting a blaze on Tuesday morning, July 23. The fire was the second in less than a week, after firefighters fought for almost 18 hours against a similar one in the same location last week.

Investigations into the cause of the fires are ongoing and a cause has yet to be determined. Cllr Judy Dunne (Lab) has said the recent fires highlight the danger of how landscape is vulnerable

due to the current weather conditions. “A lot may be caused by thoughtlessness and carelessness of the general public in visiting what are now extremely vulnerable areas.” Full Story on Page 2

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A total of six units were dispatched to Howth to tackle the blaze. Picture: Sam Boal

Fire Brigade tackles Howth gorse fires Units from the Dublin Fire Brigade were fighting a gorse fire once again this week which broke out on Howth Hill late on Monday night. Firefighters were still fighting the blaze on Tuesday morning, July 23. The fire was the second in less than a week, after firefighters fought for almost 18 hours against a similar one in the same location last week. Investigations into the cause of the fires are ongoing and a cause has yet to be confirmed. A spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade said it took almost 18 hours to get last week’s blaze under control. The fire first broke out late on Wednesday evening, July 17 but rekindled at approximately 5am on Thursday, July 18 and it was confirmed that

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a total of six units were dispatched to Howth to tackle the blaze, including four fire trucks and two water tanks. The spokesperson said local houses were not deemed to be at risk during the blaze. Labour Party councillor for the Howth/Malahide ward, Judy Dunne, has said the recent fires highlight the danger of how landscape is extremely vulnerable due to the current weather conditions. “In the past few months, fire fighters have dealt with a number of

fires in the area including the gorse fire in Howth and five fire incidents in the past two months in the Portmarnock area,” she said. Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed that in these five incidents, all except one related to grass on fire in the golf links area and at one of these callouts, no fire could be found. Dublin Fire Brigade said it was “likely” that all these fires were maliciously started but that no proof of this could be found. Cllr Dunne said: “Although some are malicious and have to be condemned as it can cause dangers to lives and homes, there are also many grass fires all over the county during these months and a lot may be caused by thoughtlessness and carelessness of the general public in

visiting what are now extremely vulnerable areas.” “The lighting of fires and barbecues is not allowed under Beach\ Dunes, or Parks\Open spaces Bye Laws. The discarding of glass bottles in vulnerable areas can create a fire risk,” Cllr Dunne added. “The general public is being asked to be vigilant if they see glass bottles in vulnerable public amenity areas, and to remove them.” Gorse fires typically occur during periods of prolonged hot weather and following the recent incident in Howth, the Dublin Fire Brigade issued a statement on outdoor fire dangers during the current dry spell. The fire service advised the public to be “extra vigilant and exercise caution” during periods of

dry weather. Gorse fires can have “catastrophic” impacts on rural habitats and communities and put additional pressure onto the fire service. Chief fire officer Pat Fleming said everybody has a part to play in protecting the landscape and reminds people that they can help reduce the risk of fires by; not lighting fires in open spaces or near woodland; not approaching fires or attempting to extinguish them by themselves but reporting it to emergency services; by reporting any illegal and suspicious activity to the gardai; disposing of all litter carefully (particularly cigarettes and glass); and only using designated barbecue points where available and that all barbecues are controlled if in open areas.

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project Colour scheme hoped to help market and promote village

Malahide set for a new image  Natalie Burke

This weekend Malahide will see the start of an innovative new project which is set to give Malahide Village a brand new character and design. Malahide has grown from a small, seaside village to a busy and thriving community and according to the team behind the project, the new design guide for Malahide is aiming to consolidate the look and feel of the village and will reflect its history and style. The Tidy Towns Council, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, Fingal County Council and with the support and help of Irish-owned paint company Colortrend, have produced a guideline

colour palette for Malahide which hopes to bring it in line with other destination cities such as Bath, Westport, Edinburgh and Skerries. According to Heidi Bedell, secretary of the Malahide Tidy Towns group, the new colour scheme is hoped to help market and promote the village as a place to live for local residents, as well as a place to visit for people across the country. “It helps for the town to have a colour scheme. You often drive through towns that have all the gates painted in their town colour or you see flowers hanging with the same colours of the town and it looks great. “We want a particular atmosphere for the village and an image for

both visitors and residents. It’s about pulling together and thinking about the village more as well as what it looks like. It gives us a chance to reflect about who we are,” she said. On Saturday, July 27, Colortrend will be demonstrating how the palette will work by painting one of the shop fronts on New Street Mall on the Main Street of Malahide and Heidi says she encourages members of the local community to visit the stand. “People should go along and have a look. It’s your village and you should let Colortrend know what you think,” she said. A spokesperson for Colortrend is also encouraging members of the local community

The new design guide for Malahide aims to consolidate the village’s look and feel

to stop by the stand. “People should absolutely stop by. It will be in the middle of the festival so people will already be out and

about.” Colortrend will be on hand to offer information on the new design palette and how it will enhance the identity of

the area. Colortrend will also have a colour expert on the day available to give product and colour advice for any decorating projects.

events Annual summer festival Residents of Melrose, Kinsealy and Drynam are busy putting the final touches to the programme for their annual summer festival, which is set to take place this weekend. The fourth annual festival brings together over 200 children from the local communities every year, to take part in a variety of activities. This year’s festival began on July 23 but will continue until July 27. This festival, organised by local residents, The Riasc Centre and the Kinsealy Boys FC grows annually and received a welcome boost this year with the support of Fingal County Council. See w w pages/Melrose-Kinsealy-Residents-Association/655705267792588.

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courts Three-year prison term is avoided after agreeing to €8k payment

Student who choked taxi driver avoids jail  natalie burke

A student who caused a taxi driver to crash his car by choking him from the back seat has avoided jail after agreeing to pay €8,000 in compensation. Owen Guckian (22) of Howth Road, K illester, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment at Ballymun Road on May 24, 2011.

Judge Martin Nolan suspended a three-year prison term on the condition that the student pays the €8,000 in costs incurred by the taxi driver as a result of the crash. Garda Colum McElligott told John Byrne BL, prosecuting, that taxi driver Paul Lynch had picked up Guckian and another man at around four in the morning and the passengers asked to go to Donabate.

Mr Lynch asked for some payment up front but Guckian told him in a menacing tone to keep driving. Mr Lynch drove on but then said he wanted the men to get out. Guckian grabbed the driver around the neck with his right arm and pulled him back so far that the driver was looking at the roof of the car. The driver said he was terrified and he couldn’t see

where he was going causing the car to crash. The passengers got out and the driver, who wasn’t physically injured, went to Ballymun Garda Station. The court heard €8,000 in damages to the car were not covered by insurance. Guckian was arrested the following month. He said he could offer no reason for what he did and said he had the money to pay the fare.

He has seven previous convictions, all under the Road Traffic Act. James Dwyer BL, defending, said his client had drunk a litre of gin that night and that he admits that he drank too much and too often. He said Guckian is a second-year student in Dublin Institute of Technology and described him as a “talented and bright” man. In a letter to the court Guckian wrote: “I sincerely

court: doctor threatened

Car boot sales are ending The final in a series of car boot sales will be held at Malahide Rugby Club this weekend. The sale will be held on the grounds of the club on Saturday, July 27 from 10.30am until 1.30pm. The sale aims to raise funds which will go towards the development of rugby in the community and the local rugby club itself. According to a spokesperson for the club, the car boot sales will help the club in its long-term aim to sustain sport. “It helps keep player subscriptions to a level that allows as many people participate in the sport as possible.” The local community is invited to take part, with spaces costing €10 when you register by emailing clubmanager@ or €12 on the day.

regret my actions. I wish it never happened.” Mr Dwyer said Guckian has tried to use the incident as a positive way of examining his own behaviour and life and is fully confident that it will never happen again. Counsel said his client had brought €1,310 to court as a practical token of his remorse and would agree to pay the balance onwards within two years.

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Temple Street: Croke Park event marks kidney transplant anniversary at a special event in Croke Park recently, 250 children and their families gathered to

mark 10 years of kidney transplantation at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. Since 2003, 80 recipients have received a transplant at Temple Street. Of the children to receive a transplant, 22 were from a living donor (a parent or close relative) and 58 from a deceased donor (when the kidney is retrieved from someone who has died but who carried a donor card). Pictured enjoying the occasion are Gavin Moore (right), aged 16, accompanied by his family from Kinsealy.

A man who threatened to kill his psychiatrist because he thought the doctor had caused him to become addicted to medication has received a suspended jail sentence. Peter Keane (32) rang St Ita’s hospital in Portrane and told staff there that he was coming with a knife and would stab the doctor. Keane, of Glin Avenue, Coolock, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making threats to kill on June 1, 2011. Garda Orla Gavin told Garnet Orange BL, prosecuting, that Keane was being treated by Dr Robert Daly when he called the hospital and spoke to two women on

the switchboard. He told one woman to tell Dr Daly that he was on his way there, adding: “I have a knife. I’m going to kill him and stab him.”

Self harmed T he woman told gardai that Keane was ver y agitated on the phone and that he said he had self harmed earlier that day and was a danger to others. Seoirse O’Dunlaing BL, defending, said that his client has not come to Garda attention since the incident and has complied with all his bail conditions, including not contacting the victims. Judge Martin Nolan suspended a sentence of two years imprisonment on the condition that Keane not contact the doctor in future.

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garda Positive move will not ‘make a huge difference’

News of recruitment drive not enough to convince  Natalie Burke

An announcement that recruitment to An Garda Siochana is to recommence in the near future has failed to convince a local representative that it will provide sufficient security for the local communities. The announcement was made by Justice Minister Alan Shatter last week who said the recruitment of new full-time members to the force will commence once again. Local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) has said that while the announcement of recruitment into

the gardai is “positive”, he believes it will take more to secure levels to their previous strength. “Any recruitment by the gardai is positive but when it comes to the amount of numbers lost to the force in recent years and the extra pressure gardai were put under, I’m not convinced this batch will make a huge difference,” he said. “I welcome that recruitment has recommenced but we’ve seen a stretch of resources this summer with all the trouble on the beaches and the escalation in crime over the last few months. They just don’t have the manpower

to deal with it all properly, like the riots on Portmarnock beach, for example.” According to Cllr O’Brien, local gardai are “doing their best” but he is yet to be convinced that the recruitment will bring levels back up to where they were. “That would take a number of years,” he said. While Cllr To m O’Leary (FG) also welcomed the announcement, he has said he believes the recruitment will result in more security to the local north Dublin area. Cllr O’Leary says the recruitment will not only

strengthen the core of the local Garda service but will ensure the force is “adequately equipped” to deal with the needs and demands of local communities. “I’m delighted that recruitment of full-time members to An Garda Siochana is set to recommence. As we are all aware, availability of funding across the public sector has been, and remains, severely limited. “However, the Minister recognises the need to ensure that An Garda Siochana are provided with sufficient resources to enable them to provide an effective and efficient

Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF)

policing service,” he said. In a recent reply to a Parliamentary Question put to Minister Alan Shatter by Dublin North

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TD Alan Farrell (FG), it was confirmed that the Balbriggan District had 90 full-time gardai, six reserves and 10 vehicles

allocated to serve the area. The minister also confirmed that Malahide has 35 full-time gardai, three reserves and four vehicles. Swords was confirmed as having 74 gardai, nine reserves and 10 vehicles. “The nature of policing is very demanding, and the delivery of the Garda service and prevention and detection of crime remains of utmost importance. “I’m delighted to see that Garda recruitment will be proceeding once again as it will certainly help to ensure the safety of our communities,” he concluded.

teenagers: got a passion for painting?

Art classes are great sport  Natalie Burke

A local Malahide artist is set to hold a series of art classes for local teenagers with a passion for painting in September. Jacinta Eydan, an artist who holds regular art classes for adults in the area, will host the new series of classes from her studio in Waterside, Malahide, in an effort to provide activities for teenagers with a love of art. Speaking to the Gazette, Jacinta said she first came up with the idea af ter being approached by a parent whose son wanted to attend her classes. “Her teenage son had seen my paintings and loved them. “She explained that he was not into sport but loved to paint. As you can imagine, there are a huge number of clubs for kids interested

in sports, with rugby, football, cricket clubs abound, but what about the kids who are not into sports and love to paint? “There are very few places for them.” Jacinta says she can relate to their passion for art. “I love to paint but I found it difficult to find the right class for me. But when you do it’s a lovely feeling to be in a room full of like minded people!” The Teen Art classes will look at contemporary art including tattoo art and graffiti art where young people aged 13 to 19 years will learn the basic techniques. The classes will start on Sunday, September 15 from 2.30pm until 5pm with a 20-minute break. Classes will cost €15 per student. For further information, contact Jacinta on 0877679242.

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Malahide festival makes Art group’s work is set to go on display a welcome return The Malahide Has It Festival is back in town and will see a number of activities and events take place this weekend as part of the annual celebrations. A funfair will be in town over the course of the weekend, along with magic shows, cupcake parties, street games, storytelling, flower shows and animal meet and greets. Live music will also be taking place throughout the weekend. For a full list of events, visit

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) was “delighted” that the work of the project group had reached this stage

Shuttle service for Malahide gets green light  Natalie Burke

A commuter shuttle bus service for Malahide will soon be a reality after provisional approval for the service was this week granted by the National Transport Authority. The shuttle bus will enable commuters to connect efficiently with trains to and from Malahide railway station. It will run between Seabury and Robswall on the coast road and will service Estuary Road, Swords Road, Millview, Yellow Walls, Ardna Mara, Texas Lane, Malahide Railway Station, Coast Road, Biscayne and Robswall. The shuttle will run from Monday to Friday between 6.15am and 9.15am in the mornings and between 4.15pm and 7.30pm in the evening time. A spokesperson for the Malahide Shuttle Project Group, which have been working towards setting up the shuttle service for four years, said a launch date has yet to be announced but the service should commence during

this coming autumn. The need for a commuter shuttle was highlighted in a survey of residents carried out by Malahide Community Forum in 2008. The Shuttle Project Group was formed by the forum and included representatives from Malahide Chamber of Commerce, the Transportation Department of Fingal County Council and Malahide Coaches. The group carried out detailed research among commuters involving face-to-face interviews with several hundred rail passengers as well as observation of the local service provided by Dublin Bus. Two previous applications for licence were refused, but the Shuttle Project Group persisted with further research which, according to the project group, showed conclusively that the Dublin Bus service did not connect consistently or efficiently with the departure and arrival of trains. The evidence pre-

sented in the third application was successful in persuading the National Transport Authority of the need for the proposed service. Following the announcement, local Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said the provisional approval given by the National Transport Authority was “very welcome” and he was “delighted” that the work of the project group had reached this stage. “Malahide Coaches applied for a licence to operate a shuttle service to Malahide Railway Station from both Seabury Shopping Centre and Robbswall. A licence was offered by the National Transport Authority on July 2. The operator must now receive approval from Fingal County Council for their stops along the route, the authority would hope that this approval will be granted shortly. There are a number of other documents that must be submitted before the licence is fully granted. The operator has four months from the grant of the licence to commence operations.”

Local art group Artworks is exhibiting in Malahide every Sunday over the course of the summer. The art group will be displaying their artwork on a weekly basis, weather permitting, on Malahide Tennis Club’s railings. With lots of choice and variety, the local artists are inviting members of the public to stop by. The group will be exhibiting their work this Sunday, July 28 as part of the Malahide Has It Festival.



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There was some fun monkeying around, as many enjoyed dressing up for the celebration. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

Fun for cancer kids


UNBOYNE Castle Hotel recently hosted a Heroes and Princesses party for more than 300 children, with many attending from St John’s children’s cancer ward at Crumlin’s Children’s Hospital. Organised by Aoibheann’s Pink Tie - a Meath-based charity set up by the family of

eight-year-old Aoibheann Norman, who passed away from a rare form of cancer in 2010 – the party saw gardai, army personnel and ambulance and fire brigade crews all working together to help create the party of the year. With many children and some adults in fancy dress, it was a wonderful way to honour Aoibheann.

The children had lots of fun taking on diverse events held in the hotel’s grounds

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Keep the kids busy with Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park All summer long a host of fun, free workshops for children, called Children’s Art Cart Workshops have been running at the Phoenix Park and will continue right up until December. The workshops offer a good mix of different themes to suit children’s individual tastes and interests. The last workshop this month will be held on July 28 and will focus on Medieval life in Ireland, with a visit to Ashtown Castle.

The August 4 workshop, Creepy Crawlies in the Park, should appeal to all would-be entomologists. Then, on August 11, children can get creative by making impressive masks of their favourite animals. The Phoenix Park’s Trees and their importance to wildlife will feature on August 18; while the August 25 workshop is mysteriously termed – Make a Surprise. Throughout Septem-

ber, the programme alters slightly with seasonal adjustments such as a workshop called Autumn in the walled garden and one on recycling skills which teaches children how to make a wallet out of empty cartons. All workshops run from 10.30am until 12.30pm and parents must go along to supervise their children during the workshops in the Visitor Centre. These weekly Sunday sessions promise to be not

only educational and outdoorsy but also fun for all the family. The sessions are suitable for children from the age of six and over. There is no fee for the workshops but arriving early is recommended to avoid disappointment as there is a limit of 20 per workshop. If you would like more information, you can call the Visitor Centre on (01) 6770095 or e-mail: phoenixparkvisitorcentre@

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The Street Performances World Championship 2013 were held in Merrion Square and Barry’s Tea were there to keep everyone hydrated

Party time as street performers compete Dubliners attending the recent Street Performances World Championship 2013 held in Merrion Square last weekend, were kept well hydrated thanks to Barry’s Tea and their tea van. At what is one of Ireland’s largest free family festivals, the popular tea brand were out in force in order to keep the thrill seekers and tea fans quenched at the sundrenched Laya Healthcare Street Performances World Championship 2013. The festival saw the world championship street performance take place in Dublin from July 12 until July 14. The tea van offered free cups of tea to thirsty punters in their tea party-esque environment. The world championships brought some of the world’s best street

performers to Merrion Square to compete for the world champion title.

take part 25 minutes of silence for children To signify the 25 years that Childline has been listening to Ireland’s most vulnerable children, the charity is asking the country’s most recognised and celebrated local people, clubs and groups to become County Childline Champions and take part in a 25-minute sponsored silence. The sponsored silence will see people make the effort to partake in 25 minutes of a total communication blackout, meaning no speaking, no emailing, no Facebook, no texting and no Twitter. The 25 minutes silence is aimed at encouraging people to consider the 5 million children in Ireland who

have called the Childline service since it began in 1988. Childline’s Community Fundraisers are searching the county for Dublin’s loudest chatterbox, biggest Facebook addict, or fastest texter to become Dublin’s Childline Champion. If you would like to help vulnerable children in your community by holding a sponsored silence or another fundraising event, contact Dublin’s Community Fundraiser, Rita on 085 8042730.

Charity cycle in aid of pieta house launched A charity cycle in aid of the suicide and self-harm prevention centre, Pieta House, was launched last week by Dublin footballers, Ger Brennan and Jack McCaffrey. The annual Tomás

Mu l l i g a n M e m o r i a l Cycle in aid of Pieta House, now in its sixth year, will take place over the weekend of August 10 and 11. The event is held each year in memory of Dublin footballer Tomas Mulligan, who lost his life to suicide in 2007. This year’s cycle will go from Dublin to Kilkenny city and the aim of the event is to raise awareness of the work carried out by Pieta House and to celebrate the lives of those lost to suicide. Last year over 70 cyclists took part in the cycle and raised €63,000 for Pieta House. The cycle will take off from Tomas’s local GAA club, the Good Counsel GAA club in Drimnagh on Saturday, August 10. If you are interested in getting involved in the cycle, you can register at

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Protect your ears this concert season With big outdoor gigs coming thick and fast, a leading Irish audiologist has warned music fans to tune in to the dangers of loud music this summer or risk damaging their hearing permanently. Noel Cullen, audiologist with Hidden Hearing, says that extended periods of exposure to high decibel noise or music can lead to permanent and irreversible hearing loss. According to Cullen,

the music levels at festivals can reach an ear-shattering 130dB, far in excess of the recommended safe threshold level of 85dB, and repeated listening at this volume can cause premature hearing loss. Cullen warned concert goers to be wary of the loud noises at these gigs. “Thousands of young people are taking risks with their hearing through excessive exposure to music at dangerous decibels. The risk is related

to how loud the music is, how close you are to it and how long you’re exposed to it.” A recent study carried out by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) found that four out of five people who attend music festivals have experienced signs of hearing damage such as ringing in the ears or dullness of hearing after listening to loud music. “Noise is the leading cause of hearing loss

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The Royal National Institute for Deaf People found that four out of five people who attend music festivals have experienced signs of hearing damage

and in recent years we’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of people, sometimes as young as 30, suffering from hearing loss at a level which you might expect a person aged over 70 to have. If you love

music and want to continue enjoying it for years to come, take a few simple precautions to make the experience safe while not impacting on the enjoyment.” added Cullen. “Don’t stand too close to the speakers and give

your ears a break from the noise every so often. Those attending gigs should also bring a set of ear plugs with them which will help protect their ears without affecting the quality of the music,” he said.

Bloggers in Dublin with the digital gift of the gab are being encouraged to nominate their blog for a national award as part of the 2013 Blog Awards. Blog Awards Ireland 2013 celebrates the best in Irish blogging recognising internet content in 32 different categories. Nominations for the awards opened on June 14, and there has already been 2,000 nominations, with the most popular categories so far Best Newcomer, Personal Blog, Fashion and Beauty, Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Blog of the Diaspora sponsored by TG4. Living abroad

With 2013 being the year of The Gathering, Irish bloggers living abroad are also invited to enter the awards. The Best Blog of the Diaspora is open to all bloggers with Irish roots with blogs of any theme. Bloggers can enter from wherever they are in the world and are invited to attend the awards ceremony in the Osprey Hotel, Naas, Ireland on October 12. The closing date for entries is July 31, so bloggers are encouraged to nominate their blog at www.blogawardsireland. com/nominations-open. All categories are free to enter and bloggers are welcome to nominate their own blogs. Anyone interested in applying to be a judge can visit For more details, log onto

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Vivienne Connolly and her kids, Ben and Katie, getting ready for a summer of camping

Set up camp in the great outdoors  natalie burke

With the unprecedented spell of good weather that has graced Irish shores in recent weeks, it seems that the whole country is going back to the great outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and experience Ireland at its best. According to the Irish Caravan and Camping Council (ICC), camping sites across Ireland have seen a boost in visitors and according to its chairman, Con Quill, the good weather has reminded people of the fun they can have while camping in Ireland. “This good weather has come along at the right time and we’ve seen a big surge of people on the campsites,” he said. “We’ve seen an increase in visitors to our website of over 400%. It’s amazing. Everyone right now wants to holiday at home – even if it’s just for a quick getaway at the weekend.” Con gives some of the credit for the bumper season to various social media channels. “More than half of our 85 camp

site members throughout the country offer free Wi-Fi as part of the many on-site facilities, so guests enjoying the parks are checking in on Facebook, sharing their camping photos on Instagram or tweeting around the BBQ. All their friends and followers are seeing first-hand the fun they are having and it’s encouraging a new generation of people to come and experience camping and caravanning for the first time.” Cost is a big plus as well. An average pitch for a night costs just €30 for a family of four, including electricity and most member parks provide showers free of charge. “Obviously the Irish climate can change, we’re not the Mediterranean. So, generally people bring their rainwear with them and you can still enjoy the outdoors, it doesn’t have to be scorching hot to enjoy the Irish countryside,” he said. For more information on last minute offers and the ICC App, see www.




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Oliver ginty, ewt water specialists

Offering the best in customer service Oliver Ginty is originally from Bonniconlon in Mayo and is the second youngest from a family of 12. Oliver moved to Dublin 12 years ago when setting up EWT with his partner David Forde. He now lives

with his wife Helen and two young children in Drogheda, traveling to EWT’s offices in Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2 every morning. He is an avid soccer and Gaelic football supporter and is currently a selector with his local GAA team.

How long have you been in business?

quarters in Blanchardstown, employing 100 staff.

What makes your business successful?

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

Eleven years this April.

Our staff and our constant obsession to improve customers’ experience in dealing with us.

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

We contact our customers once a month by text message and email to make sure they are happy with their water treatment product and that it’s doing the job they bought it for. We have also spent the last two years developing our Gold Series water softening systems specifically for the Irish and UK market that are now 20% more efficient than any other water softener in their range.

How has the recession impacted your business?

Our products save our customers money on bottled water and replacing appliances due to limescale buildup so the recession worked in our favour. Thankfully since the recession started we have grown the business by 20% per year and have employed 17 new staff across our bases in Blanchardstown, London, Poland and Lithuania. As a result of this, we are now buying our systems in huge bulk and passing these savings onto our customers.

What is your ambition for the business?

To be the largest water treatment company in Europe with our head-

Saving customers money and hassle cleaning limescale or having to buy bottled water and customers been so happy with your company that they leave testimonies on our website or recommend us to family and friends.

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

Success leaves clues. Test and measure every single bit of marketing you do. Find out what works and drop the rest. This is an ongoing process and won’t happen overnight.

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

We offer free equipment on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Our LinkedIn page still needs a bit of work.

Bringing role play into the workplace A multi-talented woman from Terenure has corralled all of her skills and experience together to come up with a highly innovative and unique new business called Role Players for Training. Rita Smyth and her team bring drama role play into the workplace by providing workshops centred around the specific needs of each customer’s industry. Drama techniques in the workplace are in common use in Britain, where Rita, a trained actor, first discovered the idea. Rita already had a strong background in business, having worked with Bank of Ireland Group in Dublin’s IFSC before training as an actress 15 years ago. “As well as working in business, I also worked in the role play field as a freelancer for seven years in England. Because of my training in HR and the fact that all of my staff also have business and acting backgrounds; we are perfectly placed to help companies because we understand that world. “We help employees

and staff to hone their improvisation skills in the work environment and this means that we give them an opportunity to practise their new skills. So if someone is involved in an improvisation dealing with a troublesome customer or a staff member who isn’t pulling their weight; they don’t have to act because that’s what we’re for. “We are trained actors who will react to the staff participants and be consistent with the realities of their workplace throughout the improvisations. Staff members, therefore, have an opportunity to practise these necessary skills and that provides them with confidence in such future real scenarios,” said Rita. Rita’s former clients include: The School of Pharmacy at The Royal College of Surgeons, KBC Bank Ireland, UCD Smurfit School, Dublin City Council, Deloitte Ireland and more. For more information on Role Players for Training, you can contact Rita at 087 678 3017 or by emailing her at

Who would your three dream dinner guests be and why?

Muhammad Ali – A true super star that had a never say die attitude. Nelson Mandela – Managed to unite a country that was at war for decades. Roy Keane – Like him or hate him, he was the best Irish footballer I have ever seen. What living person do you most admire?

Muhammad Ali.

Rita Smyth of Role Players for Training

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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


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Pets can you give Alan a home?

Ballyfermot native Declan O’Rourke is coming back to the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire in a rescheduled show

interview: O’rourke on gigs, paul weller and breaking into the us

Declan takes over the Pavilion  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

Celebrated singer/songwriter and Ballyfermot native Declan O’Rourke is coming back to the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire in a rescheduled show that was cancelled in March due to a chest infection. Declan explained that he was looking forward to the upcoming gig, especially after his disappointment at having to cancel the show in March. “That was the first time I ever cancelled a gig. I played Pavilion twice before and they were great nights, so I’m really looking forward to this next one. The last two I did there were just

great fun. I enjoyed myself, but I also felt a real connection with the audience, it hit all the bases. “This gig will be a combination of older songs and I love to throw in some new ones to see the reactions. I just go with it, whatever happens, happens.” Declan’s musical career had a very spiritual beginning when he was 13 and living in Australia with his family, and he was given a guitar by a local priest. “That’s a true story. I call it divine intervention and I still have it and learned how to play on it. I came from a very musical family, but they were all singers and there were no instruments involved.”

Declan’s song, Galileo (Someone Like You) famously came to the attention of Paul Weller, who described it as the song he would most like to have written and probably one of the best ever written in the last 30 years, but Declan is undaunted by such praise. “Quite the opposite, in fact. When someone like Paul Weller says that, it really reaffirms what you’re doing. I think I must be doing something right. I met him and he’s a pure gentleman, despite his reputation. He was so nice, it was disarming. “After he praised Galileo, I went into a bar in Dublin, and all these mods were coming up to me telling me they loved

the song, too, but I knew it was only because he had liked it.” Declan now has plans to break into the US market with his music. “I’m about to release my new record, Mag Pai, in America. I’ve never released anything there before and it will come out in late September or early October. I went over to the America and did a couple of shows in New York with a string quartet which went down really well. We even got a great New York Times review.” Declan O’Rourke appears at Pavilion Theatre on July 27 and tickets, costing €22.50, are available from the box office at 01 231 2929.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Alan and he is a deliciously handsome twoyear-old Staffie cross. The carers here are so mad about him that they let him hang out in the office every morning. He loves people and typical of his breed, he’s happiest when being snuggled and adored. He is super smart and already knows lots of tricks like sit, down and roll over. He’d love a home to call his own, where people can spoil him with their affection and keep his super active brain busy. Be sure to get plenty of toys ready, when he’s not snuggled into your lap he loves nothing more than to throw his toys around and could play all day long! If you think that might be able to offer Alan a forever home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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TRAVEL An Offaly attractive deal at Kinnitty  natalie burke

ONE of Ireland’s leading wedding venues, Kinnitty Castle Hotel, is celebrating the launch of its new Winter Wonderland Package, available from November until next March. Nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Offaly, the award-winning venue is offering winter wedding packages from just €65 per person. Kinnitty Castle can cater for up to 200 guests in the Great Hall, or, for a more intimate setting, the castle has a number of versatile reception rooms. The hotel is also fully licensed to host civil ceremonies, and the hotel chef can design a tailor-made menu. In addition to its diverse wedding features, the hotel offers guests everything from tennis to archery and organised horse treks and lessons. For further information, or to make an appointment, contact the hotel’s wedding team by emailing, or call 057 91 37318.


kilkenny: fascinating falconry show left laura saying: ‘owl’ll be back’

A five-star estate hotel with a wealth of activities  laura webb

WAKING up on a beautiful Saturday morning with the sun shining down was a great way to begin a recent trip to Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa in Kilkenny. Kilkenny city is known for its great sights, and, of course, nights outs, with hens and stags enjoying the last hurrah. However, what many may not know is that it is also home to a beautiful five-star hotel and spa in the beautiful grounds of Lyrath Estate. The hour and a half drive from Dublin was less than expected, which lightened the mood on the way down. Quick as a flash, we had arrived at our destination and were ready to find out what was in store for us at this magnificent estate. After checking in to the beautiful rooms, it was time to get some afternoon tea. This could be done inside or outside, depending on weather, of course, and preference. We sat inside and enjoyed some tasty sandwiches, desserts and scones – each more deli-

cious than the last. Then it was time to head outside and soak up some sun. Conscious about making it a family-friendly hotel, the team at Lyrath had set up some large outdoor games such as snakes and ladders, and connect-four. There was also an ice-cream stand, which was going down a treat with guests, young and old. --------------------------

‘What was wonderful about this hotel was that the staff were all so friendly, and instantly set a relaxed atmosphere’


I had heard of the great spa and leisure facilities at the estate, and so testing them out was on top of my list – but I was willing to wait until Sunday morning for that little pleasure. That day, we were in for a treat, as the staff had organised a falconry dis-

play, which featured five different birds – two falcons and three owls. I was lucky enough to hold Twinky Toes – an owl I could only describe as looking like the infamous white owl that appears at the beginning of RTE’s The Late Late Show. The information session was very interesting and the guide was very informative. After this, it was time for some fun treasure hunting around the estate. There were three teams; two with five members and one with four. What was great about this treasure hunt was that it was all about the grounds and had us running from one place to another looking for visual answers to questions, while other questions were brain teasers that required us to sit down and take it all in. While, unfortunately, our team didn’t win (we finished in second place), really – without sounding too cheesy – the fun element was the taking part. There are some great options for dining at this hotel, allowing those who choose to stay more

Whether looking for an intimate getaway for two, or an extremely family-friendly break for the weekend, luxurious Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa in Kilkenny has something for everyone, making it a must-stay destination close enough to Dublin

than one night to enjoy a selection of restaurants, including La Perla and Yindees, an oriental restaurant. There is also the X-bar for late night entertainment. The food from La Perla was delicious, and each plate had just enough flavour and quantity to make you enjoy every bit. The leisure facilities ticked all the boxes; the relaxation area, the hydro infinity pool, the steam room, and, of course, the spa treatments. What was wonderful about this hotel was that the staff were all so friendly, and instantly set a relaxed atmosphere.

Over the summer months, this estate is constantly entertaining its guests, with so much to do, ranging from outdoor activities such as boating, mountain biking and picnics games to indoor facilities such as the games room, a snooker room and a 20-seat private cinema – making sure the family is occupied, no matter what the weather. The hotel constantly has special offers on its website. One such offer is a three-day treat at the Lyrath Estate Hotel for three nights B&B for two adults and two children. E v e r y d a y, f r o m 10.30pm until 12.30pm,

children can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, crazy golf, nature walks, outdoor board games, mini-olympics or music and dancing as part of the kids club. This three-night family package at Lyrath Estate includes B&B for all the family and dinner on two evenings for both adults in either La Perla or Yindee’s restaurants at Lyrath, costing from just €255 per adult sharing. This hotel is definitely worthy of its five-star status, and is a must-see for anyone thinking of taking a break in Kilkenny. For further information, see, or call 056 776 0088.

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Interest in Grand Theft Auto V continues to motor right along, with developer Rockstar continuing to release tantalising screenshots ahead of its upcoming September release. Analysts have already flagged GTAV’s release as one of the biggest games launches ever – apparently, they’re predicting winter will be cold, too ...

roundup: hits, moves and misses in gaming

Big names, little heroes LOTS of things have been going on in the gaming world of late and so, although I’m pressed for space this week, here’s a quick round-up of some recent, interesting developments. The biggest gaming news since the recent E3 shows and console reviews had to be the first reasonably detailed gameplay footage released by Rockstar of Grand Theft Auto V, which provided a fair glimpse of the game’s mechanics at work. Oh, and the footage looked terrific, too, with superb graphics (courtesy of its PlayStation 3 build) that underlined the fact that GTAV will be pretty much the only show in town for the third quarter of the year, following its September 17 release. Moving on, and that’s

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exactly what Don Mattrick did, as he has jumped ship from Microsoft to Zynga. No stranger to this page – or, indeed, a sea of internet, magazine and newspaper pages following the bungled recent launch of the upcoming Xbox One console – Microsoft’s former Xbox boss jumped overboard with, among other things, a one-time signing bonus of $5 million. (That sharp, sudden whistling noise you can hear your Gazette making is coming from me.)

BYTES&PIECES india kills off the telegraph

So, arrivederci, Don – for now, although I suspect we’ll meet again – as we move on to a game featured here before. For those of you sick to the back teeth of zombies – this year’s vampires, in the probably-overexposed stakes – here’s some news on the WiiU’s innovative ZombiU. The game swiftly died a death at retail, and Ubisoft have just said it was “not even close” to being a profitable title. So, no sequel, despite its cool innovations in the zombie genre. The reason I mention it is that the WiiU is already looking pale and unsteady on its feet, as the lifeblood i t d e s p e rately needs – fresh,

I LIKED this quirky story recently – India has called (or dictated?) STOP on its final telegraph, making it the last major place on the planet to use the now-obsolete technology. This now leaves only a few hold-out corners of the globe for Springfield’s billionaire bully (and tight-fisted telegraphist) Montgomery C Burns to send his curt yet carefully-worded missives to. India’s calling it a day on telegraphs cements its position as the final port

juicy new games, and ports of important franchises – keep getting snatched away, leaving it looking like an increasinly undernourished console. That’s not a very comforting thought, either for WiiU or general Nintendo fans. Luckily, on a brighter note, Nintendo’s WiiU fans have Pikmin 3 (see left) to look forward to this Friday, July 26, as the long-awaited sequel brings more adventures with the little creatures to gorgeouslooking life. Nintendo have big hopes for their tiny heroes, and, hopefully, that’ll be the hit it deserves to be. And that’s my pik(min) for this week ...

of call for a number of clapped-out technologies, having also called time on the world’s very last typewriter factory, in Mumbai, just a couple of years ago, and – STOP Montgomery C Burns: An excellent telegraphist


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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Shush

BREDA is newly separated, facing retirement and feeling a bit invisible, she doesn’t want a birthday party! But her friends are determined to cheer her up and they descend on her to celebrate. After some homemade birthday cake and a few too many Bacardis – it turns out Breda’s not the only one with problems. Be the first to see Shush, a heart-warming new play from a writer that celebrates the spirit of Irish women. July 30 to August 3 at 8pm, tickets €21/18.

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Continuing on from their successful first year, Miniature Jack will host the second heat for their annual local Battle of the Bands. There will be a performance by Miniature Jack on the night as they get ready to release their debut EP in October. September 7 at 7pm tickets €6.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Til Death We Part

Before jetting off to NYC, Amy De Bhrun premieres her latest one-woman show at The Maureen O’Hara studio. Her gift for finding comedy in tragedy, diverse characters and the art of storytelling have made her a firm favourite with audiences worldwide. Till Death We Part – is a glimpse into the lives of those who are faced with their own mortality. September 5-7, tickets €15.


review: Pacific Rim

Come and sea what Del Toro has THE first time I saw the trailer for Pacific Rim, I thought of it as just another city-flattening, CGI overdose that I would inevitably watch, but not par ticularly remember by the time my Dr Pepper had been polished off and the popcorn swept up. Then, I caught a glimpse of who was at the helm. Surely the director of Pan’s Labyrinth wasn’t being given nearly $200 million to make a movie about giant robots? But, this is the new Hollywood, where the director of a memoryloss thriller gets handed the keys to the Batmobile and turns it into an international juggernaut. The days of Emmerich, Bay and McG ruling the action roost unmolested are long, long gone. The days of cerebral directors bringing brains to big budgets are here. To underscore that point; look at that cast! Cult T V favourites abound and not a Diesel, a Johnson or a Statham among them. C h a r l i e Hu n n a m ! Idris Elba! Charlie Day! Fanboy deity Ron Pearlman! So goes the theory,

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There are humans in Pacific Rim (below) but who cares? There’s massive robots!

anyway. In reality, Pacific Rim is best when its focus is on the giant robots beating the tar out of giant aliens. How all of this comes about is incidental. Basically, a massive portal opened up a few years back in the, you’ve guessed it, Pacific Rim. That brought about an inf lux of assorted alien life forms that destroyed cities and basically made life thoroughly unpleasant for island nations and coastal cities (unlucky, Ireland). Millions perish but the human race gained the upper hand by creating massive humanoid robots that are controlled by a cerebral link to two pilots. It’s two pilots because the strain is massive and it gives a reason for Hunnam’s Raleigh Becket (excellent action hero names are a theme here) to be washed up, reluctant and haunted. The Holy Trinity of an

Film of the Week: Pacific Rim hhh (12) 132 mins Directors: Guillermo Del Toro Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Ron Perlman


BIG, with a capital BIG. Brash and unashamedly so, Del Toro builds on the action foundations he built in the Hellboy movies and brings his own sense of just a little bit weirdness to the summer’s loudest blockbuster. Unfortunately, it runs out of logic and reason early on and gets a bit tiresome later on.

action hero’s backstory, essentially. The massive robots are being overrun, however, and the worlds government put the robots on ice, instead aiming to build a wall around the cities in order to keep the aliens out - aliens being known for their inability to scale walls.

Un f o r t u n a t e l y f o r those pen-pushers in Washington, Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost (see? Great name) is a loose cannon and plans to end this thing, once and for all. W hat follows is a bunch of scenes of cities getting smooshed and flattened as the bat-

tle rages. If you thought Man of Steel had a gratuitous level of city-based collateral damage, avoid this one. There are constant references to the need for the pilots of the Jaeger robots to be compatible with the technology that runs the mechs. What this means is never fully articulated, but it seems to mean just being a bad ass who likes killing aliens. It is, however, the best advice you will get when watching the movie; get into the mindset of robots v aliens and enjoy the show.

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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Pet Shop Boys - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe - have returned with their first non-Parlophone release reinvigorated and ready to dance

REVIEW: a tremendous return to form and the dancefloor

Boys keep raving While young whippersnappers like Disclosure make their debut, Settle, a brilliant statement of the current state of dance, it’s remarkable that two 50-year-old heroes of the genre have made an equally brilliant statement of intent as Pet Shop Boys have created with their new release, Electric. It is a marked departure from the classicism and melancholy tone of their last release for Parlophone, last year’s Elysium. Where that album w a s d ow n b e a t a n d thoughtful, Electric is a work of glorious, carefree hedonism. Neil Tennant’s first words are an instruction that must be followed for this record: “Turn it up.”

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From the underwater opening of Axis to the hands-in-the-air nostalgic euphoria of Vocal, the Boys have not sounded this propulsive and strictly dancefloor for several years, and this is by some distance their best record for at least a decade. When it was announced that Stuart Price — the producer responsible for bringing Madonna into the 21st century on her releases from Music to Confessions On The Dance-

floor and for the essential remix of Kylie’s Get Outta My Way — was going to be at the controls, Electric had all the makings of a return to full-on club form. What’s most impressive is just how much a return it is. It goes beyond all expectations and is the equal of past releases, with the possible exception of the timeless Behaviour. PSB were responsible for two of the best dance records of the last quarter of a century — Disco and Introspective — both of which featured remixes and under-the-radar tracks which in their own right became classics. Axis rolls like a bullet train of electric energy, Shouting In The Evening

has a drop to die for, and there are call-backs to past glories on Thursday (the plinky synth line from West End Girls makes an appearance) and the male voice choirs on Love Is A Bourgeois Construct recall Go West. PSB also make room for another of their precient and perfect cover versions, this time making Bruce Springsteen’s The Last To Die into a high-energy banger. What makes Electric so encapturing is that it sounds so utterly modern, while at the same time taking all of the great things that made PSB so influential — great melodies, genius chord changes and tongues firmly placed in cheek. W h o e l s e wo u l d

be able to include a track called Love Is A Bougeious Concept, or drop the brilliant lyric, “I like the singer, he’s lonely and strange” in Vocal, the all-out house homage that closes the record? They have said that this is a “Chris” album, as opposed to a “Neil” album. To me, it seems like the best of both worlds. The wit and wordsmithery of Tennant and the dance ethic of Lowe were always perfectly balanced, and Electric is their respective strengths writ large, so large. Dance has no age limits, and PSB remain at the vanguard of creativity in the genre. Keep raving, Boys.

How many musicians can say they made their Glastonbury debut in the same year they turned 70? Not many, I’m guessing, but one of rock’s icons can add that to his long list of achievements. Mick Jagger turns 70 on Friday, July 26, and, after 50 years of making almost 30 studio albums with The Rolling Stones and numerous awards under his tightly fastened belt, you’d forgive him for putting the feet up. Alas, despite being well past retirement age of us mere mortals, the Stones’ front man is keen to keep on rolling. His next project is producing a biopic about another legend: James Brown. Jagger is described by the late soul singer’s daughter as “one of his favourite people”. Actually, when you think about it, the two singers have quite a bit in common: Brown was nicknamed “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business” - while, at 70, the Stones have completed the 50 Years And Counting Tour including their debut at the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury. The as yet untitled James Brown movie is its very early stages, but Mick Jagger says he’s honoured to be involved, adding Brown was “a mesmerizing performer with a fascinating life”. He’d know!

Talent On Display

Get your song on at Wright’s Open Mic Calling all aspiring groups, singers, musicians and singer-songwriters. Gilbert & Wright in Clontarf are holding an Open Mic competition which begins this weekend, on Sunday, July 28. The competition will run for seven weeks, and is open to solo acts and bands, those who write their own material and perform cover versions. There is a strong interest in the competition so far, which has a top prize of €2,000 as well as the opportunity to record at Cellar Club Studios. To enter, email with your name, phone number and details of your act or Xxx yyllFor xxyyl zxyxzz zz x xxylyx. xxyyl group. more information, logXxx on yyll to facebook. com/gilbertandwrightclontarf

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Sun shines down on Dun Laoghaire regatta IT was sunshine and glamour at the Dun Laoghaire regatta last week. Celebrity chef and Volvo brand ambassador Clodagh McKenna was delighted to receive the keys to her newVolvo XC60. This is Volvo’s fourth year as title sponsor of the event which is now Ireland’s largest sailing regatta. One of the highlights of the event is Ladies Day which was held recently and Clodagh McKenna was invited to be a guest judge on the day. “I was very excited to be judging Ladies Day at the Volvo Regatta this year. I love fashion and it’s always so exciting to see all of the style at an event like this one. The sun was splitting the rocks in Dun Laoghaire and it was a gorgeous day.”

Diarmuid Gavin and Aidan Cooney

MITSUBISHI HAS BECOME THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND DUBLIN’S Q102: MITSUBISHI Motors has teamed up with Dublin’s Q102 to become the driving force behind the station’s famous Blue Crew promotional team. Diarmuid Gavin, Mitsubishi brand ambassador was on hand to celebrate the new partnership. As part of the link-up, the Q102 Blue Crew team took delivery of three new Mitsubishi ASX’s which will be out and about across the city and county seven days a week spreading a little fun, adventure and good will. Speaking about the link-up with Q102, Gavin Flood of Mitsubishi Motors Ireland said: “We’re really looking forward to having the Q102 Blue Crew driving the new ASX. With the team constantly on the go around the city with colleagues, equipment and promotional material in tow, they have the perfect vehicle in the new ASX Crossover. It’s stylish, spacious, well equipped and comes with Mitsubishi’s unique eight-year warranty as standard. “ Scott Williams, chief executive of Q102 added: “We’re so pleased to be working with Mitsubishi Motors. This new association with the prestigious Mitsubishi brand is the latest example of great brand synergies. I would like to welcome Mitsubishi Motors to Dublin’s Q102 – it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

With a starting price of €37,990 the Kia Sorento is seriously good value


Kia continues to offer great value for money  CORMAC CURTIS

FOR some time now, Kia motors have been making themselves more and more attractive as an option to Irish motorists. I’m not just talking about attractive as in looks, but at the most basic level, cost of ownership, it is very hard to beat a brand that enjoys the reputation for reliability that Kia does. Their 7-year warranty is still one of the most comprehensive in this market. But putting that to one side for a moment, lets get back to the looks for a bit. A few of the Kia cars that I have test driven may not have actually stopped traffic, but definitely started a few conversations at the traffic lights. They weren’t about what tax band the car fell into, or how many litres

of fuel it used for every 100km driven – they were, inevitably, about the looks. Because, Kia make extraordinarily goodlooking cars – end of! But the real challenge to any manufacturer is translating an attractive design scheme across a whole range of vehicles. This is an area where few have succeeded. Let’s think about a few brands that have turned out some class cars, only to fall flat with their SUV or other large vehicle siblings: BMW? The X5 is still a brick. MercedesBenz? They have only just made their ML class a truly desirable car, before now it was a turkey. Porsche? Well, the Cayenne may be the biggest selling model in the company’s history, but let’s face it – we’d all prefer to be in the 911. From the hot little

Picanto, to the almost traffic-stopping Optima, and I dare not forget to mention the all-new, stunning Pro_Cee’d – here we have a range of motors that share, capture and exude the design statement the company has developed, and in every case it shines. But enter the Sorento, and we see where awardwinning designers really come into their own. We’re talking about a physically huge car, but somehow manages to pass itself off as far more svelte and agile motor. The front end is an exercise in how to capture a design strategy in as few elements as possible. Company logo? Check. Unmistakable grille? Check. Upswept signature headlights and lowslung fog lights? Check and check. Only one or two cars a

year genuinely take me by surprise – and this year, the Sorento is the first. As I mentioned, it manages to disguise its ‘hugeness’ through simple and understated design. Inside the space is just cavernous. Driver and passenger would be hard pressed to bump elbows, and I constantly had to tell my kids to speak up they seemed so far away in the back seats. The console has everything you need. Clear displays, quality materials, serious build quality – and savagely good air conditioning! The car is powered by an improved and economical 2.2 197ps diesel engine. Both trim levels available in Ireland will be fitted with all-wheel drive as standard. The Sorento is a 7 seater with the EX model priced at €37,990

and the Platinum model at € 41,790 . The EX entry level model features AWD as standard and also comes with a generous level of comfort and safety equipment. Standard on the EX are 17” alloys, roof rack, the all-important parking sensors, climate control front, manual heating/air con in the rear and Bluetooth. The major spec differences on the Platinum spec are a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery with heated front seats, driver’s seat with six-way power adjustment, rain sensor, rear privacy glass, reversing camera and High Intensity Discharge Lamps. There is so much car here, it’s difficult to see where it is lacking… and at a starting price of €37,990 it is seriously good value.

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OUT&ABOUT Hugo Boss Cotton Tangerine Print Dress - Original RRP: approx. €265. Platform Price: €125

STYLE Kate Spade Red Floral Print Sequin Dress - Original RRP: approx. €325. Platform price: €135

Hubei turquoise pebble necklace: €120

Lavastone gemstone necklace with hammered silver beads Price: €165

Diane Von Furstenburg neon and black ruffle dress Original RRP: approx. €325. Platform Price: €135

Swallows Bib Necklace Price: €175

Elie Tahari purple dress Original RRP: approx. €325. Platform Price: €125

Mix it up at


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Tucked away close to Rathgar village is Platform, Dublin. This boutique, owned by jewellery designer Aisling Wallace, sells a select collection of gorgeous, preloved and new designer clothes alongside her own bespoke limited edition jewellery range. Items on sale are chosen by the owner and she aims to create ‘a harmonious mix of stylish clothes and jewellery’. Some of the gorgeous pieces available are from designers such as DVF, Stella McCartney, Prada, Marlene Birger, John Rocha and many others at affordable prices. This week Gazette Style showcases just some of these stylish clothes and unique jewellery. Platform is located at 55b Rathgar Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6.

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FastSport Take your place at jackies’ summer camps:

The Transplant Team Ireland gathered at ALSAA recently, where they were addressed by Republic of Ireland soccer star Niall Quinn

transplant games: south africa the destination for national team

Dublin athletes join together in Ireland’s team for Durban Transplant Team Ireland manager Colin White, who hails from Balbriggan, is bringing together an array of national transplant talent to take part in the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa in August. Among the team travelling to South Africa are a range of Dublin athletes, including team captain Harry Ward, Dara McLaughlin from Lucan, Deirdre Faul from Dalkey, Angela Sherlock from Walkinstown, John Moran from Glasnevin, James Reynolds

from Tallaght, Peter Heffernan from Skerries and Brian Carney from Killester. Over 1,000 athletes from 50 countries will participate in the World Games next month, which will see participants take part in 50 events including track and field, road races, cycling, swimming, golf, tennis, tabletennis, badminton, squash, lawn bowls, volleyball, petanque and tenpin bowling. Republic of Ireland soccer legend Niall Quinn was on hand to help to

inspire the team last month at a training meeting at ALSAA He said: “It is a great honour to meet such inspirational athletes who have faced huge health battles and now thanks to the gift of organ donation they can share with me their passion for life and its celebration through sport.” National team manager and World Transplant Games Federation councillor, Colin White said: “The athletes participation in the games offered a great opportunity to showcase the

success of organ donation and transplantation. Their achievements offer inspiration to others experiencing organ failure and an impetus to the general public to embrace organ donation”. For more information on the 19th World Transplant Games and Transplant Team Ireland, visit the team blog at www.transplantteamireland. ie, and follow the team on Twitter at and on Facebook at transplantteamireland.

The Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association is hosting two summer camps and are inviting prospective future Jackies stars to take part in coaching that will be run by some of the Dublin ladies team. Week one of the camp will be held in St Margaret’s GAA Club in north County Dublin from July 29 to August 2, while week two will be held in St Peregrine’s GAA club in Dublin 15 from August 12 to 16. The camp is for girls aged nine to 13 years and costs €55. They run each day from 10am to 3pm. For registration information contact or log on to download the application form.

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FastSport Ireland claim fifth in tournament: CLONDALKIN’S Correy Davidson, along with Sallynoggin duo Carl and Darren Forsyth, were all part of the Irish men’s football squad that secured their highest ever World University Games finish as they beat fancied Ukraine 3-1 in the 5th/6th place play-off in Kazan, Russia. Manager Danny Crowley said at the end of the game “Ireland have finished a record fifth in the tournament following games against Russia, China, Mexico, France, Malaysia and Ukraine. “The quarter-final defeat to France on penalties will be of particular disappointment to this magnificent group of players as they dominated that game from start to finish. “I am so proud of this bunch of players and the staff. We have worked very hard to get this far and hopefully we can get more people interested in this magnificent competition.”

sailing: local clubs take top honours as almost 400 boats compete

Prizes stay in Dublin as 2013 regatta a big success 

Home-grown success was being toasted in Dun Laoghaire last week at the end of Ireland’s biggest sailing event of the year, the

Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta on Dublin Bay. In spite of the presence of over 120 visiting boats, key trophies remained in the waterfront clubs after the prizegiving at the Royal

Irish Yacht Club brought the curtain down on the 2013 event. The Royal St George YC had success in seven classes, while Royal Irish sailors won six, including IRC classes 1

The regatta brought a huge array of competitors to Dublin Bay

The overall Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta winner on the water Checkmate XV (IRC II) skippered by Nigel Biggs

and 3, and the National YC won four one-design divisions. Meanwhile, Howth picked up two wins in IRC non-spinnaker divisions. Trophies were awarded in each of the 25 competing classes plus several premier awards were presented. The top overall prize, the Volvo Trophy, went to the Class II IRC winner Checkmate XV, a 1985 vintage half-tonner that has been extensively refitted. The Nigel Biggsskippered entry from the Royal St George Yacht Club, sailed by a group of friends, won all five races in its 26-boat fleet. In what has been a

successful season so far, Biggs now adds the Volvo crown to the national title which he claimed last month in County Kerry. The biennial regatta is being hailed a success both afloat and ashore. A combined fleet of 393 boats raced over eight courses in a range of light to medium conditions since racing began last Thursday. In the J109 class, John Maybury’s Joker II from the Royal Irish Yacht Club won the morning’s final race to overhaul Pat Kelly’s Storm and win Volvo honours and the Irish title too by a single point. Another Royal Irish boat, Bon Exemple,

the Xp33 skippered by Colin Byrne, was the winner of IRC one and also received the top IRC boat prize in the regatta. Second in IRC one was Scotland’s Now Or Never 3 with Byrne’s club mate Paul O’Higgin’s Rockabill V third. Jean Mitton’s Levana from the Royal St. George has been awarded best one design performance of the competition following her win in the 17¬boat Beneteau 31.7 fleet, a results that bodes well for next month’s national championships on the same race track. The next Dun Laoghaire regatta will be held mid-July 2015.

GAA stars and legends help launch Mater fundraiser 

Pictured lining out to support the Mater Foundation’s Croghan Challenge were Jason Sherlock, Mickey Harte, Ryan O’Dwyer, John Doyle and Mickey Newman, with Kayleigh Biggs of the Mater Foundation team. PIcture: Conor McCabe

Stalwarts of the GAA including president Liam O’Neill, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and Dublin stars Jason Sherlock and Ryan O’Dwyer were on hand last week to help to launch the Mater Foundation’s Croghan Challenge. The challenge, which takes place on Saturday, August 31 at Croghan Hill, Rhode in Co Offaly, comprises either a 5km

or 10km assault course challenge that can be run, walked or jogged. All money raised will go towards the new Cancer Day Ward (St Vincent’s Day Care Ward) for vitally needed equipment that will enhance patient comfort and care. The challenge is being organised by Tom Fox who is a patient of Professor John McCaffrey of the Mater Hospital. Speaking at the launch, Tom said: “I am so grate-

ful to the amazing staff, doctors and nurses at the Mater Hospital for the incredible care that I was given. I want to encourage everyone to take part in this exciting challenge.” Dr Tomas Lyons, Medical Oncology Registrar said: “The Croghan Hill Challenge Cancer Event will make a lasting difference to the care and comfort of patients who are fighting cancer and will be attending the new

Oncology/Haematology Day Ward in the Mater Hospital. “On behalf of Professor McCaffrey and the entire Oncology team I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Tom Fox and his team for organising this event.” A minimum sponsorship of €100 per person is required. For more information and to register online, log on to

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Driving for the top places in rallying


Swords motor racing star Robert Barrable has quickly risen to the upper echelons of rally driving in a short few years, something he attributes to his car and backroom team There are few sports m o r e e xc i t i n g t h a n rally driving. The thrill, and the implied dangers, make it one of the world’s most popular motor sports events. The pinnacle of the sport is the FA-organised World Rally Championship (WRC), and the WRC 1 event sees the likes of World Champion Sebastian Loeb and current championship leader Sebastien Ogier flying around the most challenging routes in the world in pursuit of the drivers and constructors championship. One driver making his way to the upper echelons of the sport

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is Swords’ Robert Barrable. The young driver began making a splash on the national stage in the kart scene from the early 2000s, and his drives meant that making the move to rallying was a natural progression. “In 2008, I won the Leinster trophy. I only started rallying in 2009. I had one of my best years in 2010, when I won the

Irish and British frontwheel drive cup. After that, in 2011, I upgraded to a Super 2000 [rally] car, and took part in some Intercontinental Rally Challenge events in 2011 and 2012.” Robert has just returned from Goodwood in England, where he launched his new team, under main sponsor, Tunnocks, and new car, a Ford Fiesta R5. The car is only part of the equation, however, as Robert explains: “In percentage terms, 50% would be the driver and co-driver, 25% would be the car, and 25% would be the backroom team around you. To be hon-

Robert Barrable, and inset, his Ford Fiesta R5 in action at Goodwood

est, it’s the driver and co-driver that makes things happen, but you need the support around you. A lot goes on in the co-driver’s head, as he is calling out where you want the car to go.” Robert’s co-driver is Stuart Loudon, with whom he has established

in Finland at the start of August. Barrable is looking forward to that challenge, although it brings its inherent dangers. “It’s really fast over there, the fastest rally in the world. This will be my first time driving there, so it’s going to be an experience-gaining


‘If someone had told me in 2009 I would be driving in the WRC, I wouldn’t have believed them’


a successful relationship so far, cemented with a hugely impressive second place in the WRC 2 category in April in the first race of the 2013 second-level championship in Portugal. “I started co-driving with Stuart just over a year ago. This is our first full year together, though we did five or six rallies last year, and it has been very successful so far. I’ve only had one other co driver, and it’s great working with Stuart.” It takes a large team to put the cars on the road, something Robert attributes his achievement in Portugal to: “It was my first WRC event, and I wanted to give a good account of myself and all the guys in the team.” The duo are gearing up for their next challenge, the next round of the WRC 2 category races, which takes place

exercise. In Finland, if you make a mistake, it’s not normally a puncture, it’s a much more serious thing, with the nature of the speed and the gradients of the roads.” A f ter Finland, the remaining rounds take p l a c e i n G e r m a ny, France, Spain and culminate in Wales for Rally BG, the last round of the WRC 2 championship. Robert is delighted to have arrived at the point he is at in his career at the moment. “I’m very happy with the way things have progressed. To be here now in such a short period of time – if someone had told me in 2009 that I would be driving six rounds of the WRC, I wouldn’t have believed them. “But to be here, it hasn’t really str uck home yet. To get here as fast as we have, I’m delighted.”

Roche rides to podium position on Le Tour NICOLAS Roche ended up on the podium in Paris last Sunday as he helped the Saxo Tinkoff team to the team title at the centenary edition of the Tour de France after a gruelling three weeks. While in previous Tours, the Dundrum native had been given scope to push for a high ranking in the general classification, this time around Roche spent much of his time working for team leader Alberto Contador and his number two Roman Kreuziger In the early phases, Roche occupied a top ten berth due to a 14th place finish on the opening stage in Corsica and his team’s excellent showing in the team time trial on stage four. He held that position for four days but the overall was plan was always to provide as much protection as possible for Contador. To this end, Roche played a big role in helping close a gap on stage ten from Saint Gildas des Bois to Saint Malo while stage 13 was also a big moment. With crosswinds wreaking havoc with the peloton, Saxo-Tinkoff made a key break that saw Contador able to take a minute off eventual winner Chris Froome. After that, he was given licence to try and get involved in breaks, notably on the 16th stage, but none stuck and so it meant he finished 40th overall. But he said afterwards that progressing Contador and the team’s final standing became more and more critical as the race progressed. “While my Saxo-Tinkoff team came into this Tour with the aim of winning the race overall, we ended up winning the team classification instead,” he said. “It was an amazing experience to be up there [on the podium] with all my team mates and a nice reward for all our hard work. “I realise now how important a strong team is if you want to break into the top five in the Tour. You also need to believe in your leader. That was our strength.”


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swimming: second place for local swimmer in russia

Island golfer claims Ulster Open tournament Paul McBride from the Island Golf Club last week won the 2013 Ulster Boys Open Championship at Edenmore Golf Club. McBride’s final four-round total was 276 (70, 70, 68 and 68), which was 10 shots in front of the runner-up Rowan Lester from the Hermitage club, who returned 67 in his final round, the best individual score during the championship. Both McBride and Lester are this week representing Leinster in the Boys Interprovincial Championship at Lee Valley.

Malahide keep up fight against Merrion II MALAHIDE cricket club picked up an emphatic 180-run victory over Merrion II last Saturday to strengthen their hold of fifth position in Leinster’s Division 2 and pull themselves further away from the likes of Balbriggan, Leinster II and Merrion as they contest the relegation dogfight. Peter Saville’s blistering spell of five for 22 was instrumental while Fintan McAllister continued his excellent form with a well made 66. He, along with Calum Riches and some strong blows from Yougesh Kashyap helped Malahide run up a score of 267 all out. They were a little frustrated not to

add more, though, as they were superbly set after 31 overs at 178 for two. Strong bowling from Kade Beasley saw him nip out three wickets and see Malahide score at less than five an over from there on in. But it was academic as Merrion found themselves 36 for six after 20 overs with the game all but done and dusted. Glenn Kirwan also chipped in with three for 18 as Merrion ended up on 87 all out. It gave Malahide 25 points from the tie with Merrion drawing a blank due to the emphatic nature of the result. Just eight points separated the sides going into the tie but this win for the village – the second time they have beaten Merrion this term – means they have plenty of breathing room going into the final four games of the season.

Portmarnock swimmer Fiona Doyle was in fine form as she claimed the silver medal at the World University Games in Russia

Fiona’s silver streak in Kazan 

PORTMARNOCK swimmer Fiona Doyle produced a superb performance to claim silver in the 100m breaststroke at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia last week. She had cruised into the final with a second place finish in her heat and the fourth fastest time overall in 1.08.86, a time which was just .6 of a second off her personal best and Irish record of 1.08.23 set in April this year. And she duly followed up with the swim of her

life to lift herself from contender to medallist when she set a new Irish senior record of 1.07.66 when she placed second in the final. Russia’s Iulia Efimova was the gold medallist in 1.05.66, the second fastest time in the world this year and it makes for an interesting rematch when Doyle and Efimova face off again at the FINA Swimming World Championships. Clearly delighted with her performance Doyle said: “I’m over the moon, this is what I came here to do and I

Kealy’s on form Local runner shines in sunny Fingal 10k race malahide athlete Annette Kealy produced

a fine performance to finish fifth in the women’s category of the Airtricity Fingal 10k around Swords last Sunday morning. She finished in a time of 37.05 minutes, 3.36 minutes behind winner Maria McCambridge, who used the race to prepare for the 2013 World Championships marathon. The Raheny Shamrocks club member has been in good form this summer, winning the Tommy Lynam midsummer 5km in June in St Anne’s Park.

can’t wait for the Worlds now.” Following her silver medal win, Doyle was back in action in the heats of the 200m breaststroke in which she touched home in a time of 2.32.82 to finish 14th overall and book her spot in the semifinal. The University of Calgary-based swimmer is the current Irish record holder in the event, a time of 2.30.21 that she set at the Canadian world championship trials in March. And she was only able to match that out-

come in the semi-finals. She swam 0.63 of a second faster in the semifinal than her morning heat, but unfortunately missed out on a place in the final. She made her second final of the week in Kazan in the 50m breaststroke following a swim of 31.76 in the morning heats and posted the fifth fastest semi-final time of 31.44. Doyle upgraded that position in the final but just missed out on a medal with a fourth place finish when she swam a time of 31.40.

She was beaten to bronze by the smallest possible margin, by Russia’s Valentina Artemeva in 31.39. Efimova, 100m and 2 0 0 m b r e a s t s t r o ke champion at the Games, was the gold medal winner in a new World University Games Record of 30.31. The 21-year-old Doyle will now travel back to Dublin in preparation for the FINA World Swimming Championships starting on July 28 in Barcelona where she will swim the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

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Sylvester’s duo play part in minor success  

ST SYLVESTER’S duo Niamh Harty and Ciara Lynch were both part of the Dublin minor panel that have reached the ladies football AllIreland final for their third successive year after they stormed to a 34-point victory over Donegal in last Satur-

day’s semi-final at Kingspan Breffni Park. The junior Jackies ran up a huge 10-18 to 3-5 victory in a game in which Ciara McGuigan and Leah Mullins both ran up hat-tricks, while Eabha Rutledge and Kate Dwyer also netted two goals apiece. They will now go on to meet Galway in the

final on the August bank holiday Monday (August 5) after they beat Cork 3-17 to 4-7 on Saturday evening at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.

Form The huge victor y c o n t i n u e d D u b l i n ’s stunning run of form in 2013 under the keen eye

of manager Cavan man Conor Barry throughout their Leinster championship campaign so far. In their five provincial fixtures, the Dubs racked up an amazing 21-92 (155 points) all told en route to claiming the Leinster provincial crown, whilst only conceding 4-23 (35).

Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s Declan Mc Grath is living proof that

day and they are away to Na Fianna

nice guys can finish first. His junior A

on Saturday.

football team have really made great

Panner has two more summer

progress and now added the Stacy

camps starting August 12 and 19 for

Cup to their list of achievements.

younger members.

The team are a great collection of characters, ages, hurlers and very good footballers and a great advertisement for the club. Great stuff. The intermediate hurlers performed well and shared the points

hurling: late revival forces draw in league

with Castleknock in midweek but lost out to a very slick Naomh Barrog as they continue their unbeaten run as league leaders. Senior footballer Eugene Keating got some vital points for Cavan in their victory over Derry. The seniors play in the league against Brigid’s at home on Wednes-

The lotto jackpot this week is €3,650. Fixtures are subject to change at short notice so please check with the website. AFL3: Clann Mhuire v St Sylvester’s, Saturday, July 27, 6.30pm AFL6: Clontarf v St Sylvester’s, Sunday, July 28, 11am AFL9: St Oliver Plunkett’s v St Sylvester’s, Thursday, July 25, 7.30pm St Maur’s v St Sylvester’s, Sunday, July 28, 3pm MHL2: St Sylvester’s v Lucan Sarsfields, Sunday, July 28, 11am

fingal ravens THE annual golf classic takes place

of the Lord Mayor of Rolestown fun-

in Swords Open on Saturday, August

draising campaign, candidate Willie

10. Teams of four cost €160, tee times


from 11am to 1.30pm. To book your

A Wax And Shave event will be held

team, contact Maura Norton on 087

this Saturday, July 27 in Kettle’s Hotel.

993 6458.

Anyone who would like to take part

Full round of league fixtures both

please contact Bernadette on 087-939

mid-week and this weekend for all our

7642. This is part of the Lord Mayor of

adult team; see fixtures section.

Rolestown fundraising campaign, can-

Tickets for football finals to be St Sylvester’s hurlers missed out on the points by virtue of a late rally by Castleknock

St Sylvester’s pipped to valuable points ahl division 3 Castleknock 2-11 St Sylvester’s 2-11  stephen findlater

St Sylvester’s promotion hopes were dented at sunny Somerton last week when Conor Corcoran’s last-gasp free earned Castleknock a valuable share of the spoils. It came at the end of a frenetic tie at Somerton where three goals in the closing 10 minutes saw both sides push for a lively win on a cracking midsummer evening. The hosts had led for the majority of the tie off the back of Brian Hughes

15th minute goal.But a pair of goals from Fingal representative Martin Ormonde – en route to 2-5 – powered the Malahide men into the lead with time running out. But a fortuitous Declan Curran goal and Corcoran’s point eventually helped tie things up in dramatic style. Syl’s will rue a tally of 17 wides, and they could not build on strong performances from O’Flynn brothers Killian and Kevin as well as half-back Enda O’Flaherty. For Castleknock, most of their best work came through the efforts of Cian O’Dualaigh and

Jamie Tunney in the halfforward lines. From the former’s free, he used the sun to good effect, slinging in low to where Curran was lurking and he was able to shovel a dropped ball across goal for Hughes to score. It put four points between the sides and bar David Casey’s nicely taken turn and score, Syl’s were struggling for fluidity as Castleknock defended feverishly. Ormonde’s trio of frees kept them in touch, though, at half-time – 1-6 to 0-6. They could have got in front in the 39th minute, only for Stephen Keogh to blaze over from

Kevin O’Flynn’s excellent run. Another Keogh point and two from Ormonde preluded a lucky first Syl’s goal, a lengthy free bouncing awkwardly and straight into the goal. Corcoran almost did likewise to swap the lead back from distance, Curran this time poking home to give Castleknock the advantage. Ormonde, though, applied a brilliant first time touch to Barry Kiely’s sweet pass to give Syl’s a one-point advantage with a minute to go. But it was in vain as a late free scuppered their hopes.

didate Bernadette Kavanagh.

played on August 3, 4 or 5 – times,

Thanks to all who supported our

dates and opponents TBC - must be

car-wash fundraiser last Saturday;

ordered by 8pm next Tuesday, July 30

thanks to Kettle’s Hotel, John McCa-

by text only to Desy on 087 995 7429.

rthy and Derek Keogh.

Norris Stephens, a tribute act to

Fingal Ravens minor team play Tho-

many singers, will be in The Pound,

mas Ashe in the Christy Kavanagh cup

Swords this Saturday, July 27 from

on Friday, August 2 in Rolestown.

9.30pm. Tickets €10, available from

We would like to extend our sympa-

Willie 086 853 3855 or from any of the

thies to the extended Kavanagh family

players on our ladies team This is part

and the Sammon family.

Fingallians THE senior footballers have an

it is open to anyone that wants a bit

Important double league date this

of exercise and a bit of banter with

week: On Wednesday, they are away

the girls. Another fun, free service

to St Pat’s, Donabate at 7.30pm and

offered by the club. If you might be

then, on Saturday, they play at home

interested, come down on the night

v Skerries Harps at 6.30pm.

or call Claire on 085 842 5978. As

Well done to all our members who took part and supervised at the Fingal 10km on Sunday morning.

always, everybody is welcome. Well done to our Dublin minor footballers Niamh Rickard, Rachel Brogan

Hurling camp update: Gr e at

agus Emer Ni Eafa on beating Donegal

weather, great numbers and great

in the All-Ireland semi-final over the


weekend. They now meet Galway in

The 150+ kids would like to pass on

the final. Details to follow.

their thanks to Dubs Simon Lambert,

The club’s executive committee

Shane and Conor McCormack who

recently held its normal meeting in an

turned up to assist on Dublin Day.

abnormal fashion. Go léir trí Ghaeilge.

Gaelic 4 Mothers takes place each

Táimid an bhuíoch dóibh siúd a ghlac

Monday at 6.30pm on the all-weather

páirt agus a rinne iarracht chun an

pitch. This is not for ex-players alone,

Ghaeilge a úsáid.

32 malahide Gazette 25 July 2013

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