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DART holiday closure blasted  Natalie Burke

A decision to close the DART service to Malahide this bank holiday weekend has been described as “bonkers” by local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), who says businesses and people travelling to and from the Dublin Marathon will be affected. According to Iarnrod Eireann, there will be no DART services


between Pearse Street Station and Malahide/Howth stations over the bank holiday weekend, due to resignalling works taking place. “I thought the October bank holiday weekend would have been a very busy time for Malahide. “ There will be lots of people travelling into town by the DART from the northside,” Cllr O’Brien said. Full Story on Page 5

Sam Maguire: Dublin GAA stars meet Malahide fans at Pavilions PICTURED AT Life Style Sports in the Swords Pavilions are Elena and Jack Brady from Malahide with 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football champions Bernard Brogan, Johnny Cooper and Cian

O’Sullivan. The Dublin GAA players recently came to meet local fans and shoppers, and to show off the Sam Maguire Cup, with thanks to Skins Ireland and Dublin GAA.

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Micheal Giblin, Gary Dunphy, Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG), Vivienne Keavey (manager Malahide credit union), Mark Hely Hutchinsom, Cormac Downes and Eamon Porter at the launch. Picture: Gwen Kelly

Commuters’ long bus wait shuttles to end A long-awaited commuter shuttle bus service for Malahide has finally become a reality after the official launch took place earlier this

week. The bus, which will run on weekdays, will enable commuters to connect efficiently with trains to and from Mala-

hide railway station. It will service Seabury, Estuary Road, Swords Road, Millview Road, Yellow Walls Road, Dublin Road, Coast Road, Seapark, Biscayne and Robswall. The fare will be €1.50 per trip and LEAP cards will be introduced as soon as possible. The need for a shuttle was first highlighted in a survey of residents carried out by Malahide Community Forum in 2008, after which a shuttle project group was formed. The group carried out detailed research among commuters involving interviews with several hundred rail passengers as well as observation of the local service provided by Dublin Bus. The group’s diligence and persistence paid off earlier this week with the launch and the longawaited shuttle begins operating on Tuesday, October 29. It will be operated by Malahide Coaches as a

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commercial undertaking without any financial subsidy. The initial costs of launching the shuttle service are being funded by a grant from Fingal County Council, a similar contribution from Malahide Credit Union with further funding being made available by Malahide Community Forum. To be a success, it will require the usage of a sufficient number of passengers to ensure its viability. Stops along its route, sponsored by Malahide Credit Union, will be clearly marked with the shuttle logo. Pocketsized timetables will be available widely at the railway station and in local shops and businesses. A special event to

celebrate the launch took place at Malahide Credit Union on October 19,with several guests and officials in attendance, including the Mayor of Fingal, Kieran Dennison (FG), members of the Malahide Shuttle Group, representatives of Irish Rail and the National Transpor t Authority (NTA), members of An Garda Siochana, members of the Board of Malahide Credit Union, local businesses, organisations, politicians and many more. Officiating at the launch, Mayor Dennison congratulated the shuttle project group for getting the muchneeded project off the ground. “This new service is clearly a very welcome and necessary addition to Malahide and the district as a whole. I’m sure it will provide a vital service to the community and I’d like commend the momentous efforts of all involved.”

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primetime: women claim they were defamed on programme


Bid to fix damaged railings

Creche workers sue over RTE show Two north Dublin childcare workers are suing RTE after claiming they were defamed in a Primetime programme entitled Breach of Trust, which was aired in May. S a n d r a K av a n a g h and Lisa Craddock were employed at the Links Childcare Creche in Abington, Malahide, which featured in a Primetime programme aired on May 28, 2013, in which undercover reporters secretly filmed inside the creches. Ms Craddock of Brookwood Glen, Artane, and Ms Kavanagh, Hawthorn Park, Forrest Park, Swords, have said they have been left devastated by the broadcast which, they say, alleged they were

involved in the mistreatment of, and utter indifference towards, children in their care. Both, who deny they engaged in such activities, were suspended and then dismissed by their employer following the broadcast. At the High Court earlier this week, Mr Justice Kevin Cross granted a preliminary application by the two to seek access to certain materials from RTE prior to serving their formal statement of claim on RTE. The material sought includes a recording and the transcript of a version of Breach of Trust shown to the parents of the children at the Links Creche before the programme

was broadcast on TV. Frank Callanan SC for the two said they would be at a huge disadvantage unless they were provided with the material sought. Counsel said their application arose because parents of children at the creche were given an advance viewing of the programme a few days before the broadcast. Despite requests, RTE had refused to furnish them with the material, which they say they need to properly set out their claim. Callanan said his clients were led to believe it differed to what was broadcast by RTE. The judge ruled the women were entitled to the material and this should be provided within six weeks.

Sailing: UCD Team Ireland compete at the Student Yachting World Cup pictured are UCD Sailing Club’s Team Ireland Ben Fusco, Conor

Murphy, Bella Morehead, Philip Doran, Denis McCarthy and Sophie Murphy, with the club’s commodore Vincent Varley from Malahide. The team recently competed at the Student Yachting World Cup in Pornic, France, and finished in eighth place out of 14. They were supported by Energia Renewables, a provider of sustainable green energy in Ireland. They hope to return to Pornic again next year.

Iarnrod Eireann is set to engage with Fingal County Council in an effort to repair and secure damaged railings at Donabate Railway Bridge. The issue was raised at a recent area committee meeting by Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG), who called on the council to repair the railings which he described as being “an eyesore” and a “health and safety issue”. A spokesperson for the national railway system operator said that while the bridge structure is certainly the responsibility of Iarnrod Eireann, they are making plans to liaise with Fingal County Council with regard to the upkeep of the railings.

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Group set to bring Rent to the stage

Problem trees put on list for removal

Portmarnock Musical and Dramatic Society will be presenting their latest production at the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre in November. The local group will be presenting Rent from November 6 until November 9 at 8pm each evening. Rent tells the story of one year in the life of eight friends living in New York City. Parental discretion is advised due to adult content in the show. Tickets are priced at €15 and are available from Gerry at 0876278379.

Trees that have been blocking street lights and bus stops at two locations in Malahide have been listed for removal as part of the 2013/2014 Tree Works Programme, according to Fingal County Council. The issue was raised by a local representative at a recent area committee meeting, who said the trees located at the bus stops on Old Yellow Walls Road and Estuary Road, Seabury, in Malahide were blocking the street lights located next to them.

ceremony: Group of the Year awards

Teresa Kilmurray and NinaFlynn pictured at the awards ceremony. Picture: Ronan O’Sullivan

Recognising the vital work done by the community  Natalie Burke

Community groups across north Dublin were rewarded for their ongoing efforts at the Fingal Community Group of the Year awards held last week. Of a total of 178 entries received, 16 groups from north Dublin were honoured at the much-anticipated ceremony, which this year celebrated its ninth annual event. The awards covered eight different categories, including the areas of sports, community development, arts, youth, environment, representative organisations, older people and community facilities. The overall award on the night went to Balbriggan Integration Forum and according to Emilia Marchelewska, project coordinator at Balbriggan Integration Forum, the award came as a big surprise. “We were not expecting it in the sense that our project is niche but it’s great to get appreciation

for our work and confirmation that we aim to integrate the whole community. We have people representing various communities, including Irish, coming on board to help make changes and I think that’s why we won the award,” she said. The Integration Forum is a voluntary body that believes in developing positive intercultural relationships in the Balbriggan community. The group’s latest achievement will help the local integration project continue its work, with the help of extra promotion, according to Emilia. “We received a small financial award and that will go towards our various committees and furthering their ideas and putting them into practice. “The recognition will give us more credibility as well,” she added. Other community groups and initiatives in north Dublin to take home awards was Fingal Film Festival, which won first prize in the Arts, Cul-

ture and Heritage category, and Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service and Hamilton Park Youth taking the first prize in the Youth category. The Balscadden District Community Council was awarded first prize in Community Facilities, while Greenfingers in Balbriggan picked up the first prize in Environment and Swords Senior Citizens Club honoured in the Older Persons category. Also honoured were the three organisations representing Fingal in the All-Ireland Pride of Place Competition to be held in Derry in November. Draoicht Art Centre, The Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre and the town of Rush were also nominated by Fingal County Council. The awards ceremony provides the council with the opportunity to recognise the vital work done by the community and voluntary sector improving the quality of life for all in Fingal. See Gallery Pages 8-9

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stoppage Re-signalling works to disrupt trains

Bank holiday DART service move ‘bonkers’  Natalie Burke

A decision to close the DART service to Malahide this bank holiday weekend has been described as “bonkers” by local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), who says local businesses and Dublin Marathon runners will be affected. According to Iarnrod Eireann, there will be no DART services between Pearse Street Station and Malahide/Howth stations over the bank holiday weekend, due to re-signalling works tak-

ing place. The disruptions will occur between Saturday, October 26 and Monday, October 28. Speaking to the Gazette, Cllr O’Brien says the decision to shut off services over the bank holiday weekend is “questionable”. “I thought the October bank holiday weekend would have been a busy time for Malahide. While there are various Halloween activities taking place, the other thing that is of concern is the fact that

the Dublin Marathon is on Monday in the city centre,” he said. “There will be lots of people travelling into town by the DART from the northside to take part in it,” he said. “However I do understand the situation that Iarnrod Eireann is in, in terms of trying to do upgrade works on the line. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t. It’s a difficult balance for them to strike but given the business climate and the fact that

There will be no DART services between Pearse Street Station and Malahide/ Howth stations over the bank holiday weekend

the marathon was on, I’m sure it will inconvenience a lot of people.” President of Malahide Chamber Trish Murtagh also raised concerns, saying that local businesses could also be affected by the disruption. “Any interruption to DART services will affect businesses in Malahide really. We would wel-

come more interaction, as a business community, when these things happen and to have input into times that would be less disruptive,” she said. A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann said they had been conscious not to cause any more disruption than was absolutely necessary. “We have a full new sig-

nalling system now ready to be commissioned but we can’t have trains running when our signalling systems are being changed over. We have taken the opportunity of a bank holiday weekend where we can have three full days to implement the new signalling system with minimal disruption to commuters,” she said.

malahide Stand-up comedy comes to GAA club This T hursday will mark the first in a series of monthly comedy nights set to take place at St Sylvester’s GAA Club in Malahide. To mark the opening night on Thursday, October 24, all proceeds raised from the first event will go towards Breast Cancer Ireland and tickets are priced at €10 per person, available at the door or at St Sylvester’s club bar. Stand-up comedian and author Colm O’Regan will be taking to the stage on the night and will continue to MC the event every month. The event will begin at 8.30pm. For more information, visit www.

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finalist Hairdresser competes for award

Anne Hughes, owner of Focus Hair Design, and Angela Jackson

Salon’s web design at the cutting edge  Natalie Burke

A north Dublin based salon has been selected as one of the finalists in the 11th Annual Schwarzkopf Professional Irish Hairdressing Business Awards. Focus Hair Design, on the Malahide Road, was nominated for an award in the Website of the Year Category and will attend the awards ceremony which is set to take place in the Aviva Stadium on Monday, October 21. According to Anne Hughes, owner of Focus Hair Design, the awards are a great opportunity for the local hair salon. “This is our first nomi-

nation. We have been working hard at upgrading our website all year and decided that it was a good time to enter. “Also, we found by entering the awards, it helped us focus on building the best, most-user friendly site possible. We’ve had a great year at the salon, and this nomination is really the icing on the cake,” she said. The awards aim to recognise exceptional business acumen and the most talented and committed salons in the Irish hairdressing industry. There are 19 different categories in this year’s competition including: Salon Design Award,

Marketing Salon of the Year and Website of the Year Award. This year’s awards also recognise and reward the importance of front of house for the business. Speaking about the businesses who made it to the final, Michael Berggren, general manager in the UK and Ireland for Schwarzkopf Professional said that without a proper business strategy and good management, no salon could reach its full potential. “The Schwarzkopf Irish Hairdressing Awards were established to recognise the importance of a good business plan, and how important it is

to constantly update and evolve the plan to suit the ever-changing business environment. “This year’s finalists have shown that they have reacted, adapted and succeeded in the current challenging environment and we applaud them for that.” The 2013 Schwarzkopf Professional Irish Hairdressing Business Awards will take place on the afternoon of Monday, October 21 in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 01 404 6690. For more information on the Awards, visit www.

Brazilians enjoy best of Malahide  Natalie Burke

Six travel writers from Brazil have taken memories of Malahide home after a recent visit to Ireland. The group of journalists were touring Ireland as guests of Tour-

ism Ireland, with one of the highlights being a scenic coastal tour of Malahide. This was a first-time visit to Ireland for the journalists who were checking out some of the many things to see and do which would appeal to Brazilian holidaymakers.

The group also made time for a visit to Malahide Castle before enjoying lunch in the Gourmet Parlour in Gannon Park. The visit was part of Tourism Ireland’s new strategy to attract more high-spending visitors from the emerging tourism markets.

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housing Affected owners urged to apply

Mixed reaction for €10m pyrite fund  natalie burke

THE Government’s plan to deal with the ongoing issue of pyrite has been met with mixed reactions this week, after it was announced that €10m would be allocated to repair homes damaged by the material. Last week, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, announced the approved Exchequer funding for a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented under the auspices of the Pyrite Resolution Board. While local senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) said he welcomes the plan, he said it “falls short” of what is needed for homeowners. The issue of pyrite has caused distress to hundreds of families in the north Dublin area, across communities in Malahide, Swords, Lusk, Rush and Balbriggan, and to thousands of other people across Ireland. In the most recent report by the pyrite panel, released in 2012, a total of 74 unnamed housing estates in Fingal, Meath, Dublin City, Kildare and Offaly were identified as being potentially affected by pyrite. Senator O’Brien said: “W hat homeow ners really needed was a commitment that ensures they will be supported beyond next year. In many cases, pyrite may not become known to homeowners for a number of years. “Significant changes to the Government’s plan will be required to give homeowners the help they need. “For instance, at the moment, the Minister [Phil Hogan] will not allow for people who have already had to carry out repair work on their home

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, has announced funding of €10m for a pyrite remediation scheme

to apply for compensation from this fund,” he said. The funding was welcomed by Deputy Alan Farrell (FG), who said that as an affected homeowner, he is “delighted” that homeowners who previously had no recourse regarding the remediation of their home may now apply to the board for assistance. He said: “First-time buyers burdened with Celtic Tiger mortgages, and young families in

crumbling houses, now have the chance they have been waiting for. “I would urge anyone who is affected by pyrite to get in touch with the Pyrite Resolution Board [to] receive the help they have been waiting for and most certainly deserve.” It also came as good news to Deputy Brendan Ryan (Lab), who said it has taken months of lobbying by affected homeowners and their local representatives.

He said: “This initial €10m will kick-start the scheme, with additional funding to be allocated over the next two years from the Capital Stimulus Programme in early 2014. “I welcome this approval of funding; however, again, it has taken too long to announce. We are fighting for every step forward to rectify the pyrite crisis in north County Dublin and surrounding counties.”

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Mary McGloughlin, her mother, Mary, and Eileen Walsh Community officer Louise Edmonds and senior executive officer Shay Barker

The awards ceremony for Fingal County Council Community Group of the Year 2013 took place recently at Draiocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. The awards night – sponsored by the community culture and sports division of the council – is now in its ninth Frank Fleming, Nuala Deignam and Paddy Lynham

Janet Ivers and Mick Dunne, Fingal County Council

year. The event affords the opportunity for Fingal

Community Workers

County Council to recognise the vital work done by the community and voluntary sector improving the quality of life for all in Fingal. Pictured at the ceremony were Elizabeth Stears and Susan Kenny. Pictures: Ronan O’Sullivan

Emer Byrne, Angela Byrne, Anne McCrudden, Clodagh Kelly and Valerie McAllorum Byrne

Teresa Kilmurray and Nina Flynn

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Honouring work in the community

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Boy band Out of The Blue at the opening of The Copper Bar. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Party copperfastens new bar’s star appeal M

ANY Irish stars attended the launch party of The Copper Bar, which has recently opened at the Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford. Models Rachel Wallce, Lisa Nolan and Laura Scanlon were among the guests on the night, as well as stylists Cathy O’Connor and

Sonja Mohlich and boy band Out of the Blue, who auditioned for The X Factor this year. The new venue can cater for over 750 people over three floors, and has three bars which include a cocktail bar, a whiskey club a live music venue and the Holy Cow Steakhouse and Supper Club.

Mary Coffey and Sonya Mohlich

Model Rachel Wallace

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what’son spook all of your senses:

Joe Cooper is a psychic medium, healer and clairvoyant

a day in the life: joe cooper on the world of a psychic medium

‘There’s great value using spirits to help the living’  Ian Begley

Joe Cooper, a psychic medium, healer and clairvoyant, who claims to be capable of communicating to the dead, spoke to the Gazette recently about his day-today life within his unusual profession. “People interested in contacting a dead relation or friend can contact me and I will set up an appointment in my home for them. “Most of them who book an appoint-

ment are suffering from grief, loss and pain, so I try my best to make the atmosphere as relaxed and as comfortable for them as possible. “When connecting to a spiritual power, I would relax myself completely and contact the dead through a particular process I do. The dead come across as a spiritual light, where I’m able to communicate with them and pass on any messages they may have. “I would then ask my client if they have

anything in particular they would like to ask their dead relative or friend, and if the spirit has anything they wish to tell them. Sometimes I would feel a cold or chilling sensation when contacting the dead, and the spirits that I communicate with often drain my energy. “At times, I would ask the spirit to lean across the room and put their hand on the shoulder of my client, who would feel a slight pressure or a little heat around their neck area.”

At the end of each session, Joe lets his clients know that he will send their loved ones back to the light, and says that the vast majority of people who book appointments with him leave very satisfied. “99% of the people I see give me a hug when they’re leaving so I feel like I’ve done something right. “There’s a great value of using spirits to help the living with their issues and grief in their lives.”

The scariest day of the year is almost upon us, and what better way to celebrate than testing our fear factor. Hidden Dublin Halloween Walks and Tours have everything from serious explorations of the paranormal to quirky shocking history and theatrical thrills. A trip to The Hell Fire Club this Halloween is a must. Board the Hellfire Express to bring you to the grounds. Once there you will be taken on a tour of the haunted lodge. Ever wanted to star in a horror movie? Then experience the terrifying Haunted Spooktacular Scare Attraction Halloween event at 10 acres at Grove Gardens, Fordstown in Kells. Screams will be heard as you encounter state-of-the-art special effects, darkness, confusion and a whole army of creatures. The Grave Digger Ghost Bus tour begins at Trinity College where a guide will take you back 600 years to when the old Augustinians’ Priory and the plague house were there. This award winning tour won’t disappoint. For information on all tours log on to


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Leinster Rugby are encouraging their fans to attend in fancy dress

Leinster to clash Leinster Rugby has a bloodcurdling evening planned as they take on Connacht in the RDS at their annual Halloween event on Saturday, October 26. The Boys in Blue are encouraging all their fans, north and south of the river Liffey, to attend the fright night in fancy dress. A large number of scare tactics have been put in place for those attending the game, which include: a haunted house, trick or treat giveaways, vouchers and prizes for the best adult, family and fancy dress costume. T he Halloweenthemed evening will begin on October 26 when the gates open at

5pm in the RDS, with the game scheduled to kickoff at 6.45pm sharp. Adult tickets are priced at €30, children’s tickets €10 and a family of four can gain admission for €70. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

Hobby Shop has it all for halloween The Art and Hobby Shop in Liffey Valley is displaying a large variety of zombie special effect make-up and ghoulish costumes for this year’s Halloween. The Snazaroo special effects wax can be used to create realistic gaping

wounds on the flesh and gory injuries to make even a crime scene investigator feel nauseous. Vampires were the height of fashion for Halloween a few years ago, but zombies are quickly taking the lead with the popularity of shows like The Walking Dead. To create an authentic zombie look, cover your face with light grey face paint, then using the black stipple sponge supplied in the Special FX kit, blend in the makeup until your whole face is covered. Finally, apply a generous amount of fake blood to your face and anywhere you intend to create a gaping wound. For more information

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with Connacht in spooktacular style on the selection of Halloween products that Art and Hobby have in stock, visit

the search is on for most haunted house A Swords-based TV production company is calling on communities across Dublin to put their most haunted houses in the spotlight. The Entertainment Factory, which is based in Swords in north Dublin, has recently become the first production company in Ireland to produce a full paranormal TV series for the American TV market. The show is set to feature some of the most r e n ow n e d h a u n t e d

places around Ireland and is currently looking for places in Dublin that have a great history and a reputation for ghosts. The production company is concentrating particularly on areas such as Swords, Lusk, Rush, Skerries, Balbriggan and Drogheda in County Louth. The new T V show, Ultimate Haunted Ireland, will be shooting the second and third shows in Donegal and Cork. If you have a house or building that you claim to be haunted, the producers want to hear from you. Contact the production company at or Entertainmentfactory@

ambassador’s not the pick of the litter A certain foreign ambassador to Ireland was recently spotted in a Dublin suburb littering up the place, big style. His Excellency was seen walking gingerly to the steps of a pizza outlet and planting a coffee cup and an undisclosed sweet wrapper outside the pizza establishment. The ambassador then walked into the take away, had a brief word with the cashier, and left the scene without a trace – the perfect crime! The Diary wonders whether or not the official is exempt from litter laws or if he is running the gauntlet and break-

ing the law. The coffee cup and sweet wrapper have since been collected by a representative from Lucan Tidy Towns, where they will be placed on public auction at a starting bid of €35,000.

leo ‘the lion’ has top tweet on budget day Social media went into overdrive last week during Budget Day. The diary’s favourite tweet went to Leo “the Lion” Varadkar, who, clambering for contact with the outside world, said: “Stuck in lift with half the Cabinet on Budget Day. Late for RTE. What are the chances? #Budg-

et2014”. Oh to be a fly on the walls during that dilemma – Gazette Towers wonders if it made them reconsider any increases to electricity bills. Fortunately, (or unfortunately), the Blue Shirt brigade made it into the Dail chamber safe and well with minutes to spare. Is the source of the power outage being sought? Perhaps Mick Wallace was overusing his hairdryer again or Willie O’Dea was at the electric nose hair strimmer. Let’s face it, that job would take a while. Any way the Diar y would like to thank whoever tried to stall the inevitable.

The Art and Hobby Shop has a large variety of zombie special effect make-up and ghoulish costumes for Halloween


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features Shock! Horror! Film fest returns with frightening line-up  Natalie Burke

The annual IFI Horrorthon is returning once again this month when it features five days of horror films from October 24 until October 28. This year’s festival will be the 16th Halloween-

themed film festival at the IFI and will be packed full of spine tingling scary movies featuring 25 different Irish premieres, first looks at some major upcoming horror releases and gems of the international horror scene as well as the screenings of some vintage horror

classics. Special guest Jeremy Lovering, director of the opening film, In Fear, will also make an appearance at the event when he presents what has been described as a “claustrophobic nightmare”. Speaking ahead of the event, Lorcan Dillon Kelly,

a member of the programming team, said excitement is already mounting. “This year marks the 16th annual event and a sweet sixteen it is, with a dynamic range of exciting new premieres, classic retrospectives and a terrific showcase of short films from upcoming filmmakers

all over the world.” Along with the hotlyanticipated In Fear, highlights of the Horrorthon programme include a remake of the 2010 international hit from Mexico, We Are What We Are, telling the story of a family of cannibals, and Odd Thomas, which has

been described by the film festival circuit as one of the best horrors of the year. The full programme is available at or pick up a festival flyer at the IFI. Festival passes are available for 1 – 5 days and can be booked online or by calling 01 6793477.

The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour is a night-time bus excursion through haunted Dublin

night-time excursion: Ghost Bus tour

All aboard for a spooktacular ride The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour is a night-time bus excursion through Dublin, taking throngs of tourists and locals to several allegedly haunted places in many of the city’s historic sites. Dan O’Donoghue, director and scriptwriter for the Dublin Ghost Bus tour, first came up with the concept of the ghost excursion in 1996 and claims that Dublin is the home of the world’s first custom built ghost bus. “The bus allows you to tell stories in a scary environment and keep the passengers’ minds enthralled as you go to a particular venue,” he said. Dan, who comes from Tipperary, says he has many fond memories listening to Irish ghost stories from his childhood,

and has been fascinated with the art of storytelling ever since. “Ghostlore and the tradition of storytelling is part of the Irish psyche, and for some people it’s a very serious business. We get quite a few psychics on our tours and even though we have lots of laughs, we also talk about more darker things like exorcism. “One of the places we go is to the crypt in Christ Church, where we tell spooky stories about the history of Christ Church that many people wouldn’t know about. “With foreign speakers, we have to be more visual in our storytelling, and are now building two new ghost buses that will have state-of-the-art sound and lighting effects. We’re constantly trying to improve

our act and are now moving primarily from a story-based tour to a more visual element. “One particular incident stands out in my mind when we were doing a tour one night in St Kevin’s graveyard. The place was covered in fallen leaves, which were piled very high, right next to the tombstone where we were telling our tale. “Suddenly the leaves started to move and a body jumped out. The person wasn’t involved in the act, but was actually a tramp who had fallen asleep in the leaves and got woken. He frightened the bejesus out of everyone, including the actor!” For more information on the Dublin Ghost Bus www.dublinsightseeing. ie/ghostbus.

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The impact of Budget 2014’s hits and misses

Deloitte tax partner John O’Flynn casts his expert eye over how key strategies align with job creation and business

THIS year’s budget is unique, with no changes taking place in the rates of income tax, PRSI, the Universal Social Charge, VAT and capital taxes. The only significant change is the increase in the DIRT rate and Exit tax to 41%. This rate appears very inequitable for those individuals whose marginal income tax rate is 20%, and who are not in a position to claim a refund of DIRT – ie those under 65 years. An anticipated change which had been flagged in Budget 2014 was the reduction in the standard fund threshold for pension funds, from €2.3m to €2m. It was expected that the reduction in the threshold would have been much higher, as it was designed to cap annual pensions at €60,000 per annum. The fact that many in the public sector have attractive, defined benefit schemes may have been a factor in the lower than expected reduction in this threshold. It is also encouraging to note that the pension levy will be reduced to 0.15%, with effect from 1 January 1, 2015, even though it will be increased from 0.6% to 0.75% for 2014. Ireland’s tax reputation has been damaged globally over the past year. It is encouraging that the Minister [for Finance, Michael Noonan] has published a new international tax strategy

statement, which sets out Ireland’s objectives and commitments in relation to these issues. A demonstration of this commitment is that he will be putting through a change in the Finance Bill to ensure that Irish-registered companies cannot be structured so that they are not tax resident in any country. One of the most interesting features of this year’s budget is the measures which have been introduced to benefit employment.

Expenditure The Home Renovation Incentive Scheme is particularly attractive. Under this scheme, homeowners who carry out renovations and improvement works on their principal private residence in 2014 and 2015 will be entitled to a tax credit, at a rate of 13.5% on all qualifying expenditure over €5,000, up to a maximum of €30,000. A disappointing feature of this relief, however, is that the incentive is not payable in the year of expenditure, but over two years, following the year in which the work is carried out. The Start Your Own Business Relief is also welcome. This grants an exemption from income tax up to a maximum of €40,000 per annum for a period of two years to individuals who have set up an unincorporated

business, having been unemployed for a period of at least 15 months prior to establishing the business. This form of relief was already available to startup companies, and it is appropriate that a similar relief is introduced for sole traders. Another relief which was introduced to encourage individuals to set up new businesses is the capital gains tax (CGT) Entrepreneurial Relief. This will apply to an individual who has paid CGT on the disposal of assets, makes investments in a new business in the period January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2018, and subsequently disposes of this investment no earlier than three years after the date of the investment. T he CGT payable on the disposal of this new investment will be reduced by the lower of: 1. The CGT paid by the individual on a previous disposal of assets in the period from January 1, 2010; and 2. 50% of the CGT due on the disposal of the new investment. An aspect of this relief is that the investor may be able to structure the investment in a manner which will qualify for EIIS relief (claiming an income tax deduction for the initial investment) and qualify subsequently for the CGT relief on a subsequent disposal of

Budget 2014 analysis ... John O’Flynn, tax partner, Deloitte, Cork


‘Overall, Budget 2014 has delivered a clearer focus and connectivity with job creation than prior years. This is a most welcome evolution.’


those shares. Over the years, the tax relief for research and development expenditure has been enhanced to encourage more investment in this area. It is interesting to note that, in 2004, 75 companies claimed the Research and Development Tax Credit, while this figure increased to 1,500 in 2011. As part of this approach, there has been a further enhancement of the relief, with expenditure of up to €300,000 (previously €200,000)

qualifying for the tax credit, without reference to the 2003 base year. Also, the restriction on R&D outsourcing to third parties of 10% of the total amount of expenditure on R&D is now being increased to 15%, which is very welcome. This measure should be very attractive to smaller companies who do not have the in-house expertise. There were some very interesting changes in the VAT legislation. The turnover threshold for businesses qualifying on a cash receipts basis

has been increased from €1.25m to €2m, with effect from May 1, 2014. This change should assist many mediumsized businesses to revert to the cash receipts basis and thus generate a significant cash flow benefit. The minister has also announced that he is introducing a number of VAT anti-fraud measures. One of these is that businesses which have not paid for supplies within a six-month period will be required to repay the VAT claimed on those supplies. This could have a significant impact on businesses which have cash flow difficulties. Another unique feature of this year’s budget is that the Finance Bill will be

published within weeks of the budget announcement. T his represents a very short timeframe between the budget and the Finance Bill where there would normally be a two-month gap. Given the short timeframe, we await with interest to see how many new measures will be introduced in this year’s Finance Bill. Overall, Budget 2014 has delivered a clearer focus and connectivity with job creation than prior years. This is a most welcome evolution. The emphasis this year on the indigenous sector is appropriate – we move further towards a more balanced “portfolio” in our economy between it and the multinational sector.

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Looking pale and malnourished – although, that’s rather the point for any Dracula-related photo – Countess Erzsebet Bathory (Lucy Rhinehart) and Bram Stoker (Paddy Walsh were standing by, helping to promote the upcomiing Bram Stoker Festival in the city centre

families: plenty to be fang-ful for in the bram stoker festival

Take a bite at spooky fun  natalie burke

DUBLIN City will celebrate all things ghoulish this October bank holiday weekend when the second annual Bram Stoker Festival gets under way. The festival will run from Saturday, October 26 until Monday, October 28, and taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel, Dracula, as inspiration, the festival spreads across the city centre, celebrating all things macabre with exciting family events that are sure to raise a few goosebumps. With last year being the inaugural festival, event organiser Susan Kirby said this year’s events will see a “sizeable growth in footprint”. She said: There has been a huge

increase in the number of events taking place this year and there really will be something for everyone, whether it’s young families or a mature audience. Plus, there’s a full am to pm experience.” For anyone unfamiliar with the festival, Susan is encouraging everyone to take a look at the schedule of events and to plan their interests. “While some events are ticketed, there are a lot of free events as well for people, which is all very welcome in this day and age.” Highlights of the schedule of events include the Vampire Hunt, which takes place on Saturday, October 26. With Dublin full of history-laden streets and buildings, families might discover a little more than they bargained for. The

unique city adventure starts from City Hall and runs from 10am to 5pm. Meanwhile, Dracula’s Fire Garden at Dublin Castle on October 26 and 27 is one way to get a real sense of Stoker’s imagination. You’ll wander through flame-lined paths and past monstrous flowers – but beware of the ghouls and night walkers that spring to life as you walk through. A music jam session – The Bram Jam – will take place at The Ark on October 27, from 12pm to 3pm. Bring your instrument and drop-in to this special Halloween-themed free and friendly open jam session led by talented musicians. If you can sing or play a song on the guitar, keyboard, flute or any instrument, you can join in. Families are also invited

to come along, watch and enjoy. If you’ve ever wondered if vampires are real, Dale Treadwell of Naturally Wild – who has appeared regularly on RTE and TV3 – will reveal the secret life of bats and the truth about vampires in his Bats in the Belfry talk in the Irish Film Institute on October 28, from 12.30pm. While all of these festivities are taking place, members of the public are also warned to watch out as they walk the city streets, as you might meet the sleeping Mina (Harker, bitten by Dracula) in her red dress, fall into a bath of blood, or come face to face with a giant skeleton. For further information regarding tickets, times and bookings for the Bram Stoker Festival, see

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Mariel, a three-year old female Lurcher. This beautiful dog arrived into Dogs Trust with her week-old puppy. She is very shy and would benefit from going to a home where there was already a confident dog to help her learn the ways of the world. Mariel needs a calm owner who is willing to take their time with her and help build up her confidence. Her puppy has found a new home, so Mariel is now ready to go to hers! This lovely dog would love an active family; if there are children in the family, they would have to be aged 16+. If you think you can offer Mariel a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Wing it to the Caribbean AFTER catching sight of tropical paradise Antigua on The X-Factor recently, the Caribbean is suddenly high on our radar, and Tropical Sky has a number of all-inclusive hotel offerings in its Caribbean autumn sale. Travel to St Lucia for seven nights from €1,239pp, Antigua from €1,299pp,

or Barbados from €1,379pp. All prices include flights, travelling between now until December, to be booked by October 31. Call Tropical Sky at 01 664 9999, or visit www.

Once again, the west is best for a break from it all, with lovely Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong providing a relaxing respite from city life

mayo: cong village has more to offer than a hollywood classic

A Gathering to see The

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EVERY year since 2011, the small town of Cong in County Mayo has celebrated the anniversary of the making of the classic film, The Quiet Man, in the form of a special festival. An idyllic little village in County Mayo, Cong is where the passion of Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara) and Sean Thornton (John Wayne) was first played out in the silver screen in 1952. Now, more than 60

years later, the classic film continues to be celebrated, with the most recent festival being held over a long weekend from October 4 until October 6. Taking a trip to see the festival, and to experience the Quiet Man Gathering experience, I stayed in Lisloughrey Lodge, the former home of Ashford Castle’s butler. Now a luxurious hotel overlooking gorgeous Lough Corrib, it also has a new and uber-stylish courtyard with luxury suites at the rear of the grand old farmhouse.

With Cong village alive with the memory of the making of a Hollywood classic film all those years ago, I took a ramble to pay a visit to a newly set up market, sample a glass of Guinness in the pubs where some of the famous scenes from The Quiet Man were shot. Strains of the ballad The Wild Colonial Boy issued from Danaher’s Hotel, while the pubs were doing a roaring trade in still shots from the movie. Even American visitors were snapping every

conceivable angle of the beautiful village that their cameras could manage to capture. Back at the hotel, the atmosphere of laid-back civility was sustained by both the staff – led by the hotel manager extraordinaire, Fiona Keys – and the other visiting guests, too. I dined at the hotel’s Wilde’s Restaurant, which is run by head chef, Jonathan Keane. The restaurant has a sterling reputation and the chef is a true innovative genius

For starters, I had a real taste of the West of Ireland with sea-fresh Cleggan crab, followed by a main of barley risotto so deliciously thick and creamy, it was impossible to stop eating it, no matter how full I felt. My companion had monkfish in a fennel sauce, which I tried and regretted that I hadn’t ordered as well! One of the most memorable menu choices was a selection of ice cream in unusual flavours – such as beetroot – which were a delight for the palate.

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Quiet Man’s home Next up was the Innisfree Ball on the Saturday night – the highlight of the hotel’s involvement in the festival, as it hosted The Cong Festival Committee’s annual fundraising dinner and dance. We danced the night away in a circle, taking it in turns to strut our stuff inside the circle. When I couldn’t dance any more, I headed to my Lake View suite, situated in the courtyard. It was so private and self-contained that it felt like my own luxurious dwelling, and I was getting quite

Enjoy innovative fare at Wilde’s restaurant

possessive about it by the time I left. The suite was decorated in beautiful relaxing tones of taupe and ivory, with a splash of scarlet here and there. The bed

was all crisp linen and deep comfort. In the morning, after a generous full Irish breakfast, I left for Dublin with a spring in my step and a song in my heart, such as

might have been whistled in The Quiet Man itself. For further information and current hotel offers, see, or contact the hotel at 094 954 5400.


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Vantastic tribute act take to Purty stage The thing with tribute bands is you’re never sure what you are going to get. If it’s a pun on the band’s name there’s a fair chance there will be an element of fun and parody with the band – and maybe not that great. So what of a Van Morrison tribute act called Celtic Soul? There’s no humour there and, unless you are a Van fan, you mightn’t even guess they are a tribute. But that’s what’s different about Celtic Soul – they really are no ordinary tribute. Their show at the Purty Loft was something special. These guys are all superb musicians, fans of Van The Man and, from their choice of songs, very knowledgeable about what the average punter wants to hear, with obvious choices such as Moondance and Brown Eyed Girl, and the kinds of tunes that the Vanorak wants to hear, like Ballerina and Cyprus Avenue. “Van” himself does wear the fedora hat, shades and black suit. He conducts the band as Van does, and he sings and plays saxophone. Even Van might approve. Unlike the real Van, he chats and tells stories about the songs. The band’s dynamics, playing so quietly at times you could hear a pin drop, was impressive. A really entertaining and professional show, these guys have been playing the theatres in the North and wowing audiences there, and hopefully it won’t be too long before they are back on Dublin stages. For more on the band, including a list of their upcoming tour dates, log on to or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/pages/Celtic-Soul/136796609733557

Celtic Soul in action in Armagh recently

Paul McCartney at work in the studio, as untouchable and unstoppable as ever on his latest album, New

MUSIC REVIEW: no stopping the invention for enduring beatle

Macca lets it be New IF YOU were one of the people responsible for the creation of modern pop music as we know it, and were responsible for some of the cornerstone songs known by the entire human race, you could be forgiven for resting on your laurels a little bit. However, if you were Paul McCartney, you would attempt to reinvent yourself, well after you were 64, and keep on producing music as poppy and effective as ever before, as he has on his new release this week, entitled New. It’s not as though McCartney has had a fallow moment through the last decade. From the Driving tour that kickstarted his re-emergence as Most Beloved Beatle,

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he has had an eye on making himself relevant and relishing his elder statesman position. With his frankly awesome backing band putting a fire under Beatles and Wings classics, allowing him to refurbish his back catalogue, McCartney has also been producing classical music, delivering impressive psych rock albums under the Fireman moniker with former U2 producer Youth, and appearing as part of Dave Grohl’s

Sound City project as vocalist on a track that reunited Nirvana members Krist Nosovelic, Pat Smear and Grohl. The release of eight albums in the last 10 years as well as touring have sharpened McCartney’s edge again, and New is another impressive attempt to stride forward in music. Not that it could be anyone else at the helm on this record - it’s unmistakable Maccability is its first attraction. The propulsive opener Save Me, with piano and Cardigans-style guitar riffs comes together courtesy of McCartney’s phrasing and melodic genius. Beatles-esque nostalgia comes to the fab fore in On My Way To Work,

which recalls McCartney’s pre-Beatles employment as a delivery driver, and there is no getting away from the Liver legends any way you turn. Right up next is the rollicking Queenie Eye, hardly a nod to post-Oasis Liam Gallagher, but a good reminder who did it first, and best. Working with four new producers here, including Mark Ronson (Amy W hitehouse) , Ethan Johns (The Staves), Paul Epworth (Adele) and son of Sir George, Giles Martin (Kate Bush), has certainly brought out new textures to the tried and tested formulas, and the stand-out tracks like Appreciate, Looking At Her and Hosanna appeal most by virtue of their dif-

ference - sonically ambitious and texturally interesting, they sit well among the other, more expected and familiar McCartney tropes. The most out-there track is the excellent closer, Road, a journey propelled by a fractured bass pattern and distorted vocals that suggest this is something genuinely brand new, a road to follow as the never-idle McCartney powers on into his 70s, an ambient rock achievement to end the record. It might not be brand new New, but it’s an assured-as-ever collection that reminds us that McCartney is a true national treasure, and a constantly creative one at that.

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My Brother Joe [Dolan] THE inimitable talents of Joe Dolan are celebrated by his brother, Ben, who shared the stage with Joe for 47 years – so who better to join for a trip through Joe’s many smash hit songs? Expect great music, anecdotes, and a personal insight into the late, great Irish entertainer. My Brother Joe – the Story of Joe Dolan is at 8pm on October 26; tickets are priced €25/€22.50.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 All in a Day’s Work

RUNNING until the end of the month, this popular exhibition features a range of work by artist Eoin Whelehan, who challenged himself to create a new piece of art every day for 35 days, based on a range of ideas and treatments. You can see the fruits of his labours at the Mill, with framed and unframed prints also available to buy.

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BALLET Ireland present the passionate tale of Carmen, set to Bizet’s striking score. The tale sees a naive soldier, Jose, turn his back on a respectable life to be with Carmen. However, her wild energy cannot be tamed, and a dramatic time together awaits ... Ballet Ireland’s superb dancers will help create an unforgettable Carmen on October 26; tickets are priced €20/€15.



A happy coincidence  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

THE Dublin Theatre Festival has quite a few exciting world premieres up its theatrical sleeve this year. The Abbey Theatre’s Peacock wing presented one such world first this month as veteran actor and writer Eamon Morrissey performed a selfpenned one-man show, entitled Maeve’s House. Directed by Gerry Stembridge, Maeve’s House has a trinity of themes at its core. It is about Irish short story writer Maeve Brennan, Eamon’s life, and the small family house in Ranelagh in which they both grew up. Eamon explained to the audience that as a young man, he read Brennan’s short stories in The New Yorker magazine, as Maeve was a favourite writer of his mother’s. One day, while reading one of her stories, Eamon was f labbergasted to discover that the house described in graphic detail in the New Yorker magazine he held in his hands was none other than his own family home. From the creaking banister to the three steps into the kitchen, Maeve had painted the interior of his own house to an uncanny

degree. Eamon was intrigued, to say the least, and soon after found out that Maeve had grown up in the same house as he had 20 years earlier, before her family moved to Washington when she was 17. The discovery forged a strong association with Maeve in Eamon’s mind ever after, to such a degree that while doing Philadelphia Here I Come on Broadway in 1964, he looked her up and met her in The Russian Tea Rooms in New York. Maeve’s House recounts this meeting, and many other incidents from his own life; Maeve’s life in New York, and the lives of the many characters she placed as inhabitants in the little house in Ranelagh in her short stories. In the play, Eamon dips in and out of all of these lives, fictional and real, with consummate skill as an actor. Only at times is there slight confusion as to who is speaking, as he moves from one character to another. Maeve’s life in New York was a glittering success when she was a glamorous young writer at The New Yorker in the 1950s. Through her persona as The Long Winded Lady, her stories depict New

York with a penetrating clarity that comes from a life spent observing the world around her and absorbing the humanity of others. As a writer, Maeve was hugely adept at slipping into other people’s lives and her stories are full of enormous compassion for all human life. In Maeve’s House, Eamon brings to dramatic life the characters in Maeve’s stories as they wrestle with issues such as lost love, guilt and grief. He also brings her writing to an audience unfamiliar with it in a way that is both moving and very relevant. One remarkable moment in the play made me determined to explore Maeve’s work as soon as I left the theatre. Eamon was inhabiting one of Maeve’s characters – a disillusioned husband who is sick of his wife. The audience heard this emotionally stranded man’s thoughts as he battled with the guilt of no longer loving his wife. When the scene arrived at the point where his wife was dying, a strange shift happened in the theatre, and you could hear a pin drop. Eamon, acting as the husband, looked out into the audience and described a scene in

Veteran actor and writer Eamon Morrissey: his one-man show, Maeve’s House, is a mesmerising production that reveals how his life was entirely coincidentally linked to Maeve Brennan (right) – the Irish short story writer famed for her writing in The New Yorker Magazine

which his wife lay dying in bed. Perched on the threshold of death, he witnessed his wife realising her true self for the first time, and not the person he had always thought her to be, or that she thought herself to be ... Eamon not only shares a childhood home with Maeve but, as an actor and writer, he is full of the same human compassion and sympathy.

His performances have wonderful warmth and he never fails to connect to an audience. Though the set of Maeve’s House was spartan, Eamon’s range of emotion was panorama enough. Maeve’s last years were told by Eamon with the delicacy and respect her talent deserved. As her mental health began to unravel, she would disappear for weeks on end, and at one stage lived in

the toilets of The New Yorker magazine. She died in 1993 aged 76, and is buried in Queens, New York City. Maeve’s House ended its run in The Peacock on October 12 and, in a fitting tribute to Maeve Brennan, The Abbey Theatre, supported by Culture Ireland, is bringing the play to New York with a run in The Irish Arts Center from October 17 until November 3.

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Mondeo proves a force to be reckoned with  CORMAC CURTIS

WE’VE heard it countless times in relation to everything from classic films to red-soled heels from Louboutin – less is more. And it is. Too much is just too much – the real trick is having the level of customer knowledge to judge just how much is just enough. Then again, one could argue that even though less is more may very well apply to the dashboard and cockpit of a quality car, you wouldn’t necessarily apply the same logic to the boot space, where – well – more is more, and it always will be (unless we’re talking about electric folding, hard top convertibles, but that’s another story). Getting back to the point, and in an attempt to illustrate it a little, let’s consider one of the true classics of modern motoring – the Jaguar XK. I truly, madly and deeply covet this car, even the late 90s models, that you can pick up for less than the price of a weekend for two to see Leinster play away against a French side in the Heineken Cup. This car appeals to me on every level, apart from the prohibitive cost of ownership thanks to its massive 4-litre engine. Not only that, the cockpit is too busy (dials and buttons everywhere) and the boot just isn’t much use. So, my favourite car, which would have cost quite a few quid when new, put the ass before the cart when it came to less is more.

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But, in this modern era of well-thought out saloons, it’s truly heartening to see a company that makes dramatic changes to its lineup as it learns about its customers. In this case, we’re talking about Ford, and its new and improved Mondeo. Once a car that was the workhorse of sales reps the length and breadth of the country, nowadays the Mondeo is a force to be reckoned with. Looks, performance, reliability and a very favourable price tag? Check, check, check and check. Ford had a captive audience with the Mondeo, an audience that has been rewarded with an awardwinning car to be proud

of. And it may seem trivial, but if they hadn’t decluttered the dashboard and cockpit, I simply wouldn’t have warmed to it the way I have. Don’t get me wrong, I have written glowing reports about many of Ford’s other cars, and their EcoBoost engines are a triumph of modern engineering. But I have never quite understood their penchant for sprawling dashboards chock-a-block with buttons and dials. In the Mondeo, the controls have been stripped down to an elegant level, making the drive feel that little bit less interrupted. Of course, an automatic gearbox would have added to the experience considerably, but unfortunately, my test car didn’t come with one. Fortunately, the six-speed manual was well matched to the 1.6-TDCi engine. So, having warmed to the clean dash, and quality interior – my attention drifted to the all-impor-


Linders Chapelizod takes on Renault and Dacia

GAZETTE readers will be interested to know that Renault and Dacia have another new Dublin home. Motor dealers, Linders, has opened its second Renault and Dacia dealership on the northside of Dublin. Having just opened its new Finglas dealership in recent months, Linders has ended its contract with Toyota and has taken on Renault and Dacia in the Chapelizod location. As many are closing their doors, Linders two new dealerships will now employ over 40 staff between them. The company will still act as a Toyota approved repairer in Chapelizod and will also be creating additional jobs on top of current staff numbers in the dealership. Linders will retail Renault passenger and commercial vehicles and facilitate Renault after sales and servicing. They will also retail the Dacia range which is the fastest growing brand in Ireland and will be expanding further this month.

In the driving seat to fight breast cancer

Ford Mondeo Zetec from €27,720






Ford have de-cluttered the dashboard

tant boot. Here I was in for a nice surprise. It’s massive. It would give the Skoda Octavia a serious run for its money, and owners are fortunate they don’t pay extra property tax for such a cavernous space. So, less is more up front, and more is definitely more in the boot, where it counts. The Mondeo deserves the popularity it enjoys – it is affordable to buy, it offers serious reliability, the cost of ownership is meager, and it looks great. Do you need more in a car? Well, apart from the automatic box, not really. But if you do need convincing, Ford has upgrad-

ed the Mondeo to deliver up to 8% lower CO2 emissions, improved fuel efficiency, and even more competitive pricing with enhanced levels of equipment and attractive pricing starting at €23,950. With these upgrades, Mondeo models equipped with the best-selling 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine will offer CO2 emissions from just 119 g/km – a reduction of up to 10 g/ km. Fuel consumption is reduced to 4.6 l/100 km from 4.9 l/100 km. The reductions place the cars into the low A4 motor tax band (110 to 120 g/km CO2) with annual road tax of just €200.

THIS month, Dublin drivers still have time to test drive a new car, and in doing so help Breast Cancer Ireland at the same time. Nissan’s Drive to Fight Breast Cancer campaign has been running nationwide all month. It is an important initiative to help raise funds for charity Breast Cancer Ireland, supporting their pioneering research programmes in Ireland. Nissan are pledging to make a €50 donation to Breast Cancer Ireland for anyone that pops into their local dealer and takes a test drive in a Nissan car of choice during October. So there’s still time to do your bit. Aisling Hurley, director of development, Breast Cancer Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be part of Nissan’s Drive to Fight Breast Cancer campaign. It’s a very generous and creative way of raising funds. Everyone knows someone who has been affected and this campaign costs the consumer nothing but time, yet it will help significantly in our Race for a Cure.” Members of the public who prefer to book a testdrive in advance can simply log on to ie. Nissan dealers and the general public around the country really got behind this initiative last year and raised €80,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland, so hopes are high again in 2013 that the initiative will capture the public’s imagination and will be a resounding success.

Nissan launches Drive to Fight Breast Cancer with model Rozanna Purcell


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MODEL and socialite Cara Delevingne and singing sensation Rihanna are major fans, and with rain taking its toll on our hair, it may also be time for us to become fans of the beanie hat. Ok, they may not be the most flattering hair accessory, but long and short hair, worn curly or straight, can actually turn it into a wearable urban street style. This week Gazette Style takes a look at some Littlewoods Ireland interesting beanies – Olive Owl Novelty for fashion followers Beanie €12 to consider.

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Mastering make-up in flagship store

The INGLOT flagship store opened on South Anne Street in Dublin’s city centre and stocks the full cosmetics collection and make-up accessories


QUEUES formed outside the long-awaited INGLOT flagship store in Dublin’s city centre in anticipation of its official opening. Professional make-up demonstrations, customer make-overs, exclusive new product launches and master-classes from international make-up artist Jon Hennessey were all on the list of things to do at the new store for the recent week long launch. The new store on 1 South Anne Street (corner of Grafton Street) stocks the full INGLOT cosmetics collection and make-up accessories, as well as products that are exclusive to the new flag-

ship store. There is a make-over studio, brow bar, and a spacious private studio, which will host parties, make-up courses, and professional master classes, is also part of the latest new Dublin INGLOT store. INGLOT Ireland stores are staffed by fully qualified make-up artists who help customers experiment with colour, and guide them through the extensive range. Its stores offers a range of make-up must haves including make-overs, bridal packages, and personalised tutorials, as well as treatments including eyelashes, manicures, and brow shaping. The brand’s face and body collection includes

a priming base, foundations, concealers and blushers, complemented with a selection of body illuminators and bronzers. For beautiful eyes there are eye-shadows, protective base, eyeliner, brow-liner and mascara; and a range of nourishing lipsticks, liners, lippaint and gloss to deliver truly luscious lips. Accessories, from brushes and applicators, to make-up bags, tweezers, false eyelashes and nail art are all stocked, and there is also a range of facial toners and gentle make-up removers, to complete this unique one-stop-make-up-shop. The Irish-owned business is the brainchild of Geraldine and Jane

Michael Kors opens store in Dundrum ON keeping up with new stores opening across Dublin, accessory lovers will be pleased to know that Michael Kors has opened its first lifestyle store in Dublin. On October 17, the 1,884 sq ft store, located in Dundrum Town Centre opened its stylish doors to the public. The new store will carry a mix of accessories from the Michael Kors Collection and Michael Kors labels, as well as footwear, watches and eyewear. The store will also carry ready-to-wear from the Michael Kors line and a selection of the brand’s fragrances. “It’s exciting to be opening a store in Dublin, actually our very first store in Ireland,” says Michael Kors. “I think that our Irish customers will really enjoy the energy they find in our store and the

fabulous blend of luxury and comfort.” The brand’s in-house team designed the store experience to echo the label’s casual-chic aesthetic, using elements like zebra furniture, sleek metal and mirrored surfaces and glossy, large-scale vintage photographs to evoke jet set glamour and timeless sophistication.

Michael Kors has opened its first lifestyle store in Dublin

Swarbrigg who opened the global brand to the Irish marketplace in 2009. The first INGLOT store opened in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, and, with a rapidly growing fan base for the innovative makeup range, new stores

quickly followed in Dundrum Town Centre, Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, and in the Jervis Shopping Centre in the city, as well as the Crescent Shopping Centre in Limerick city. There are over 400 INGLOT retail outlets

across the world in cities including New York, Dubai, London and Sydney, and the range is still produced in Europe by the INGLOT family, as it has been for over 25 years, in the company’s own stateof-the-art production facilities.

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FastSport Crokes and dublin star back suicide charity event:

Flavia Rea from Dun Laoghaire waves to the crowd during last year’s Dublin Marathon. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

marathon 2013: charities set to benefit from runners’ efforts next week

Temple Street and Focus to prosper from fundraising THIS year’s Airtricity Dublin Marathon will support two of Ireland’s most popular charities with Temple Street Children’s Hospital and Focus Ireland named as the official partners of this year’s event. The marathon will take place on the streets of Dublin next Monday, October 28, setting off from Fitzwilliam Street. From there, the race heads out to the Phoenix Park and then back through Chapelizod and onto the southside of the city through Dolphin’s Barn, Kimmage, Templeogue before arcing east through Milltown and Clonskea and then turning back toward the city. Organisers are anticipating a record

entry with a potential 14,500 competitors signed up for the annual event which is now in its 34th year. The Airtricity Dublin Marathon has helped to generate millions of euro for charities since its establishment in 1980 and aims to continue to benefit these two charities among many others this year. Jim Aughney, Airtricity Dublin Marathon race director, said of the link-up with Temple Street and Focus Ireland: “We are truly delighted to partner with these two charities for the 2013 Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Both charities work hard to secure much needed funds to benefit children and the issue of homelessness in Ireland every year.

“We strongly appeal to the many participants who have already registered to take part or those who have yet to register, to sign up to either charity to help raise as much money as they can for either charity. “It’s an exciting year for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon as the race could see an Irish winner due to the fact that no elite runners have been invited to take part.” Temple Street Children’s University Hospital is the first port of call for tens of thousands of children every year suffering from every kind of illness and injury imaginable. Annually, over 154,000 sick children are cared for in the hospital with

approximately 50,000 children attending its accident and emergency department, making it one of the busiest A&Es in Europe Focus Ireland has worked hard to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness since 1985. Its vision is that “everyone has a right to a place they can call home” and the organisation works tirelessly to make this vision a reality for thousands of people every year. Last year alone more than 8,000 people benefited from their services; worryingly one in seven people using homeless services is a child. For further information or to enter see

Kilmacud Crokes and Dublin GAA star Cian O’Sullivan has given his backing to an upcoming concert in aid of 3Ts (Turning the Tide of Suicide) at the National Concert Hall on November 19. Sullivan said: “Raising awareness about the problem of Suicide in Ireland is really important to me. The 3Ts is a fantastic organisation because they’re working everyday to help prevent deaths by suicide through research, intervention and support.” The concert will feature Conor McKeon and his 24-piece band with special guest Paul Harrington. Tickets on sale now and available from or 01 417 0000

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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards october nominees

THE month after an All-Ireland victory for Dublin can sometimes mean a fallow period in terms of sporting success, but the capital once again produced another round of magnificent candidates for the Dublin Sports Awards 2013. With an all-female representation among the stars - a junior world champion who still has a long way to go in her sport, a rising star in the water and a worldwide sensation - and a set of fine championship and league achievements for a range of GAA clubs from all over the city dominating the teams of the month. It will prove a hard ask for the judges to pick between all of these deserving competitors when it comes to separating them and rewarding these equally deserving sporting stars with honours for October.


leanne royle

stephanie roche

sarah mcdonagh

corduff karate wonderkind Leanne was crowned world champion in the World Shotokan Karate Championships that took place in Liverpool earlier this month, in the process defeating two American champions and one Spanish champ to claim the title.

THE Peamount United striker became an international sensation after her wonder goal against Wexford Youths became an internet sensation that spread all around the globe after agencies picked up on her skilful display.

Dalkey’s Sarah McDonagh was celebrating this month when she claimed victory in the Liffey Descent kayak race, her first time taking part in the race at senior level, completing a hard course in 2.55, seven minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

naomh olaf

st pat’s palmerstown

ballyboden st enda’s

A RUN of four matches in 11 days saw Naomh Olaf claim a remarkable run of victories and claim the Dublin intermediate championship title some 20 years after they last secured the Senior 2 title, claiming the title against Fingallians.

St Pat’s Palmerstown senior hurlers returned to the top flight of the game in Dublin after they claimed the AHL Division 2 crown with three games left to play, with seven wins from seven and a significant points advantage on their league competitors.

THE DUNDRUM camogie team were celebrating when they secured this year’s Dublin senior 1 camogie championship title, their fourth in a row, when they defeated St Vincent’s at Trinity Gaels’ grounds, holding on as Vincent’s came back in the second half.


Active event raises funds for humanitarian causes 

Participants in the Zumbathon at Lucan East Educate Together national school last week

LUCAN East Educate Together National School hosted a Zumbathon event last week at the Multipurpose Hall in conjunction with Human Appeal International Ireland’s (HAII) Syria appeal. The Zumbathon kicked off at 7.30pm with two Zumba instructors, Nurlina Mohamad and Audrey Kelly, and their class coming together for an hour of enjoyable workout. The event concluded with a few rounds of lucky

draws and photo session. A total of €445 was collected from both ticket sales and sponsorship cards. Several bags of winter clothing were also generously donated by the participants who attended. All proceeds and donations were forwarded to a HAII representative, Hajar Al-Kaddo on Sunday, October 13. Speaking about the event, Nurlina Mohamad said: “I would like to express my gratitude to Lucan Educate

Together for allowing use of the school hall, Mr Pradeep owner of QuickLinks for printing the sponsorship cards, Zekri Hashim Photography for covering the event and Audrey Kelly and her Zumba class at Adamstown Educate Together National School for joining us in supporting the fundraising event. “We look forward to organising many more fundraising events as such and will continue to work with HAII in raising awareness and funds

to assist families displaced in the Syrian War conflict. Many of these families are facing their third winter dispossessed and in freezing conditions.” HAII is continuing the emergency relief response amid the insecurities providing support for Syrians inside Syria and those who have fled to neighbouring countries. Collection points are available in locations around Dublin. For more information, contact Derek on 01 291 0006.

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Buckley hails Pat’s persistence in 2013


Returning the league title to Richmond Park after 14 years has been achieved by prodigal manager, Liam Buckley, who hopes to scale the heights again next year at home and abroad

Leinster U-16 and U-18 sides deliver unique inter-provincial double

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In his second season back in charge at St Pat’s Athletic, Liam Buckley has bridged the gap between his two tenures at the helm at Richmond Park when the team delivered the first League of Ireland cup title to the club since Buckley was last in the manager’s chair. The team have flourished under Buckley this season, and the league success was recognised last week by the Professional Football Association of Ireland announcing that six players from the side had made the team of the year, while Killian Brennan and Greg Bolger were both

nominted by their peers for the Player of the Year honour to be announced next month. Gazette Sport caught up with Buckley last week, and we asked what his reflections were on his last two seasons back as manager at Pat’s. “We had a good year last year, going close in both competitions, coming third in the league and losing out in the cup final. We felt we were in the mix last year but, unfortunately, it didn’t transpire. “In the off season, we lost some of our staff and players, which was disappointing, but we regrouped and recruited well. Dave Campbell and myself sat down and picked people we

wanted to bring in, and I felt we were going to be competitive again this season. I felt we would get a squad into Europe, at least. “Our resources would not be what the other big teams would have, but we fought tooth and nail to get that place in Europe. Everyone worked their socks off to keep us at the top of the table, but when it gets to the business end, you can get nervous. But the lads played really well, beating Dundalk, and winning tricky ties against Bray and UCD, and beating Sligo was the ultimate.” Taking the role at the end of 2011, Buckley found himself in a similar position to that he

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley holds the Airtricity League Premier Division trophy. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

took on when he became manager at Sporting Fingal, the defunct north county soccer club who climbed the heights of the FAI Cup before being dismantled in 2010. “We had a depleted squad at the start, retaining only five or

developing all aspects of the club, along with helping the local area develop.” Buckley and his charges will prepare for the 2014 season from n ow o nw a r d , p l a n ning fitness and preseason programmes for their players, as well as


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six of the group of 20 from the previous year, and we would have changed around a lot of the staff as well. I knew what I was getting from the people I was bringing in. Having worked in places like Sporting Fingal before, I had my own ideas about what I wanted to do.” The Sporting Fingal experience gave Buckley a helicopter view of the operation of a soccer club, and it is a time he speaks fondly of. “The Sporting Fingal project was a different kind of project, as we were setting up a new football club entirely, part of a bigger picture for the development of soccer in Fingal. It was disappointing that it did not continue, but it was a fantastic thing to be involved in, and I picked up a lot of experience. It wasn’t just about being a manager, it was about

remaining mindful that their success this year has seen them into the first stage qualifiers for the prestigious Champions League for the first time. “We’re looking forward to the Champions League qualifiers, which will be exciting for everybody. It will be tougher, playing against league winners from across Europe. We’ll give ourselves every chance of getting a result and progressing. “ We c a m e c l o s e to progressing in the Europa League this year, but there was not a whole lot between us and them. It might have been a different story on another day. “Pat’s have done well in Europe over the years, so hopefully we can continue that tradition. We will be looking again at getting a place in Europe next year.”

LEINSTER hockey’s Under-18 and Under-16 schoolgirls’ teams, aided by a strong south Dublin contingent, claimed the rarest of interprovincial doubles, going unbeaten last weekend at both levels to land both titles in style in Cork. It was the first time since 1996 that the blue province achieved such a feat, winning the U-18 title for just the fourth time since 1990. Following on from encouraging wins on Friday afternoon against the South East, both Leinster sides saw off regular nemesis Ulster on Saturday to put themselves in the box seat. Pippa Best had out the northern province 1-0 up in the 12th minute from her side’s first attack but Leinster replied in the second half with Wesley College’s Sara Quill levelling matters before Alexandra College’s Amber Gleeson scored from a corner in the 44th minute to secure the win. They made it three wins in-a-row with a 1-0 win over the South East with Alex’s Anna Roopnarinesingh on the mark. Munster provided the final hurdle with Ulster also interested spectators after their 6-0 win over Connacht left them with a chance of winning the title on goal difference should Leinster lose. They didn’t, however, as Loreto Dalkey’s Sorcha Clarke and Gleeson eased any potential nerves as they got off to a flyer with a couple of goals early on. Colm Blennerhassett’s side maintained that margin through to the end to celebrate their intepro glory. At U-16 level, the title was won early on Sunday after a pair of Saturday wins. Against Ulster, the second half proved pivotal in a 3-1 after the sides were level at 1-1 at the break. Alex’s Freya McDermott and Loreto Foxrock’s Ellen Curran saw them over the line after Katie McKee and Suzanne Kelly had traded first half goals. This win was then augmented by a Sarah Torrans-inspired 2-0 win over the South East. It left them needing just a point from their final game of the competition, a date with hosts Munster on Sunday morning, a side who also had designs on the title. Torrans, who plays with Corinthian in Rathfarnham, was on the mark again but Munster equalised through Michelle Barry to make for a nervy finish but the young blues crossed the line to win the interpros for the second time in three years.


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rugby: boost for estuary road side with bonus point

Celtic to host Shels at Balheary for Pieta House Swords Celtic have announced that they will play Shelbourne FC in a challenge match for the Michael Toft Memorial Cup at Balheary Football Grounds, Balheary Road, Swords on bank holiday Monday, October 28, at 1.30pm. All proceeds will go to Pieta House. Admission is free, donations instead to a bucketcollection during the game. Refreshments will be served. The day will include a penalty shoot-out with football legends including Fingallians’ Paul Flynn, Barney Rock, Paul Whelan, Jason Sherlock, Neale Fenn, Tony McCarthy and David Duffy (Leo of Fair City), to name a few. Attending the launch of the Michael Toft Memorial Challenge soccer match are Michael Toft snr, Swords Celtic president Frankie Monaghan, club chairman Ray Kelly and team manager Larry Clare.

Swords LSL senior side set for Inter Cup tie SWORDS Celtic’s LSL Sunday Senior 1B side extended their winning run to three games with a comfortable 5-1 win over Lucan United to set themselves up well for Sunday’s FAI Intermediate Cup date with Ratoath Harps. Celtic reached the second round of the competition by virtue of a stunning win over Wayside Celtic in the first round, a side residing in the Sunday Senior, three divisions above Swords.

But they have been in flying form, running up five wins from seven league outings since promotion and are looking forward to another big day out at Balheary on Sunday, kicking off at 2.30pm. Elsewhere, the club’s U-19 side also recorded their fifth win of the season with a 2-1 success against Portmarnock in Carrickhill. Sean McMahon put them ahead inside 15 minutes and Brian Finnegan added the second before the break to continue their strong start to the campaign despite Portmarnock pulling one back.

Malahide were able to capitalise on their positive recent form with a satisfying win against Portarlington at home

Home victory for Malahide leinster league div 1b Malahide Portarlington 

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Malahide continued life in Leinster League 1B with a home victory against Portarlington. Malahide were quickest out of the blocks with some telling breaks from Wayne Hilder and Mick Fitzmaurice, and the game was just 10 minutes old when Hilder breached the Portarlington defence. His pass found Cormac McDonald who was able to put Brian Geraghty over in the corner. Colin Corkery struck

the conversion from the touchline to give Malahide a 7-0 lead. Some shar p work from Richie Forbes and Mick Fitzmaurice in midfield created space for Cormac McDonald to put Malahide further ahead. Portarlington finally started to find their feet and were able to put some phases of possession together. They kept sufficient pressure on the home side to force two long-range penalties which kept them in touch at 12-6. However, Malahide were soon back on the attack and this time the

MUM is the word Mearnog compete in national football meet Naomh Mearnog were in the pink when they were the host club for the 2013 Gaelic4Mothers and Others national blitz which took place in Portmarnock last weekend. The event was a fun, non-competitive meeting of groups of women who play Gaelic football with clubs across Ireland, and was attended by a remarkable 1,100 players. Picture:

forwards were able to create space down the blind side of a ruck. Eoin Cannon and Ivan Kruger combined to put Hilder over in the corner. Ma la hide’s s cr um half Hugo Nolan then produced a moment of individual skill to break through the defence and touch down under the posts for the bonus point try. Portarlington registered a try to put the scores at 24-11 at half time. The second half was only six minutes old when Malahide forced a turnover in midfield. The

ball was moved to Richie Forbes and he used his pace and strength to get over for the try. Malahide continued to apply pressure and five minutes later Kruger broke from a ruck his pass found McDonald and the wing beat the covering defence for his second try of the day. Colin Corkery’s conversion brought the score to 33-11 and the captain increased the home side’s lead even further with a penalty shortly after. Again Portarlington refused to give in and after a number of phases with backs and forwards

linking well the found a gap in the Malahide defence to reduce the deficit. W i t h 15 m i n u t e s remaining an ill-judged Portarlington kick found its way to Mick Fitzmaurice and he was able to cross for another Malahide score. The home side were soon back on the offensive and this time a clever chip from Shane Breen saw replacement wing Eoin Barber win the race to the Portarlinton line. Corkery’s conversion left the score at 55-18, before the visitors scored a consolation try at the close.

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Syl’s hurlers top group in championship  

S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S minor hurlers last week produced a fine performance against Kilmacud Crokes to top group three of the B championship with a third successive victory in the pool. T hey were 1-14 to 0-14 victors at Silver

Park, emerging from their pool to meet Scoil Ui Chonaill this coming weekend in the quarterfinal of the competition. Eoin Kennedy struck what proved the all important goal for Sylvester’s, while Colm By r n e cl i p p e d f i ve points to see them over the line, while there

were also scores from Simon Owens, Shane Nangle, Paul Ryan and Conor Dwyer. Their southside victory added to a previous win over Ballinteer St John’s and a walkover win against St David’s in the earlier second round of the competition, and sees them advance along with Kil-

macud to the knock-out phase. Scoil Ui Chonaill emerged from group four of the competition after a close victory over St Brigid’s and a heavy loss to Lucan Sarsfields. T hose results lif ted them to second place in a three-team group, and matched them against winners of group three.

Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s Quarter-final Dublin senior football

As an antidote to the serious

championship: St Vincent’s 0-14, St

business of senior football we were

Sylvester’s 2-7.

treated to the wonderful sight of our

In a sensational second-half come-

youngest players enjoying their first

back, we just came up short. Defeats

outing in Parnell Park. The great cir-

don’t come any harder than this. One

cle of life in the GAA continues.

point, the width of a crossbar, or

This Thursday, October 24, we

another minute would have made all

have a Breast Cancer Support Night

the difference. There were magnifi-

in the club house at 8.30pm.

cent contributions that turned this match into a thriller.

football: st vincent’s hold sway to progress

The hilarious Colm O’Regan will perform the first of a series of com-

Glen Hazley’s chase and tackle was

edy evenings on Thursdays. Please

just one fine example of the absolute

come along, have a laugh and sup-

commitment shown by all the play-

port this very worthy cause which

ers. We can be very proud them.

has affected many of our members

Gabriel and his management team

and their families.

put a massive amount of work into

The lotto jackpot this week is

preparing the team. Well done to all

€4,350 and the draw takes place


every Thursday night in the club.

Naomh Mearnog Our young boys and girls had a great

Almost 40 seven- and eight-year-

weekend on the playing pitches. The

old camogie girls travelled to Fingal-

U-14 camogie girls won their shield

lians where they won all their games.

final. The U-14 boys football team

Well done to all concerned.

qualified for the league semi-final

Well done to Conor Kavanagh,

with a fine win over Whitehall. They

Andrew Ritwegger and Paul McRory

play Ballymun away next Saturday

who won the four man golf competi-

and we want the support of all club

tion on Saturday.


The St Sylvester’s footballers just missed out on a place in the semi-final after a brave comeback

Comeback falls shy as Sylvester’s exit sfc quarter-final St Vincent’s 0-14 St Sylvester’s 2-7 

ST SYLVESTER’S came close to pulling off a remarkable second-half comeback but ultimately bowed out of the Dublin senior football championship by a single point at the hands of St Vincent’s in Parnell Park last Saturday evening. They trailed by five points at half-time but goals from Mark Brennan and Eugene Keating put them right back in the mix in the closing quarter.

But Vinnies just about held on in the closing 10 minutes with scores at a premium. Nigel Dunne did clear the bar twice to get Gabriel Bannigan’s side within one point but they could not find an equaliser. Earlier on, Ciaran Dorney slotted three first half points for Vin’s with Diarmuid Connolly, Shane Carthy, Tomas Quinn and fleet-footed corner-back Hugh Gill all getting in on the scoring act. In their defence, they were grateful to full-back Jarlath Curley for denying Syl’s what looked a

dead-cert goal with a brave block on Dunne. However, Brennan’s goal eight minutes into the second half brought the Malahide side back into contention. Indeed they should have raised a green flag a few minutes earlier but Miceal McCarthy hit the underside of the crossbar from close range. The Marino men responded well to Brennan’s goal with points from Gavin Burke and Quinn to regain their hold on the game. However, with 13 minutes remaining Syl’s struck for the second

goal when Keating finished brilliantly to the net following approach play from Gary Sweeney to reduce the deficit to 0-13 to 2-5. Vin’s scored just once more through Quinn but it was just enough as two points from Dunne were not enough to force the game to extra time. I t l e ave s S y l ’s t o focus on their final two rounds of regular season league matches as they hope to pick up a playoff berth, hoping to see off Ballyboden St Enda’s and Lucan Sarsfields to qualify for the final four.

Thank you to John Fahy of Smyth’s

The U-16 hurlers finished their sea-

butchers who organised the excellent

son with an impressive win over Bal-

meal at the presentation ceremony



The U-10 camogie girls took part in

The Gaelic4Mothers blitz was a

a blitz against Skerries. A party was

great success and we want to thank

held afterwards where Jim Carroll

all who helped out.

and Stephanie Carthy presented the medals.

Our AGM takes place on Friday, November 22 at 8pm.

Fingallians THE week started with defeat in the

The theme this year is making a dif-

intermediate football final but fin-

ference through the years and will

ished on a high as we won the U-14

be delivered by high=profile speak-

camogie championship (first camogie

ers and practitioners including Sean

championship in the club’s history)

Dempsey, Damien Coleman and Gal-

and also the junior D footballers won

way hurling manager Anthony Cun-

championship honours.


The minor boys advanced to the

There will be practical sessions

next round of the championship and

with appropriate drills for both adult

the girls qualified for the minor final.

and juveniles. Please email

The U-16A hurlers won Division 2 in to confirm

style on Saturday and the U-15A hurlers qualified for the shield final. Well done to Paul Flynn as he helped Ireland to a first test win in Cavan.

you are attending. A special word of thanks to our GPO, Nicola, Sinead Finnegan and Kyran O’Brien who brought the Sam

The second and final test will take

Maguire to 3,000 pupils in seven of the

place this Saturday evening in Croke

Swords schools - St Cronan’s senior

Park. Tickets are available from

and junior, Swords and Thornleigh

Educate Together, Gaelscoil Bhrian

There will be no nursery this Saturday, October 26. The club’s fourth annual coaching conference will take place this Saturday. This is open to all.

Boroimhe, Old Borough National School and St Colmcille’s GNS - last Friday. Details on the remaining Swords schools to follow.

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United set for FAI Inter Cup tie  rob heigh

Malahide United’s LSL Senior Sunday manager, John Gill, expects a tough challenge when his side line out against fellow Leinster league division side Bangor Celtic in the second round of the FAI Intermediate Cup this weekend. Having progressed to the next phase after a nervy win against Dublin Bus, the draw paired the two Sunday Senior sides, and Gill has been doing his homework on his side’s opponents in recent weeks, while keeping the rudder straight in their league campaign. “It is going to be a difficult game.

This is a very experienced team, more than we are. They have been together for a very long time, they won the league we are in a couple of years ago, and they have been in the cup in the last two years. In terms of progression, they are a bit ahead of us, but we are going into the game with confidence,” said Gill. Having not met Bangor in their league environment so far this term, Gill has scouted out their opponents, but focuses on the job at hand. “We have watched them a couple of times in the last few weeks, and they are a big physical side, very direct. They have been together for a long time and are used to each other. There is a good spirit in their

camp. But we can’t worry about them, we need to worry about what we do, and what we need to do is win the game.” The first round game against Dublin Bus showed that Malahide United have what it takes to progress in the cup, but was also highlighted some lessons that Gill has addressed since that match. “I learned that we are a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde team. We were cruising at 2-0 at half time, and ended up nearly losing the game through inexperience and lack of concentration. But we have eradicated thse problems from our game, and we are on a fairly good run of form.”

Gill and his fellow manager, Pete Mahon, have battled with injuries and absences from the squad, leading to them feeling that they have not been able to line out their perfect 11 in the league or cup so far this season, but that is something that is under control. “We have been inconsistent in terms of who we have been able to select. We have not been able to get our best team out on the pitch. But once we are able to do that, we will be a match for anybody. “This is a work in progress. We have brought in some very good young players, and we are trying to develop the squad to be the best they can be.”

Malahide United will face Bangor Celtic in the FAI Intermediate Cup

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