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Typhoon appeal raises €3,775  Natalie Burke

Nearly €4,000 in vital funds was raised for victims of the Phillippines disaster by members of the Filipino community and volunteers from Malahide . A special typhoon appeal was held by Oxfam Ireland in the village and a total of €3,775.40 was raised by locals to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Wendy Behan from the Malahide

Oxfam store said the level of support from the people in Malahide was “absolutely incredible” with children donating coins from their pocket money to adults donating €50 notes. “There is a strong Filipino community in Malahide and they are delighted at the solidarity other local people have been giving them at this difficult time,” she said. To donate call 1850304055. Full Story on Page 7

A novel idea: Author launches The Cinderella Reflex e-book johanna Buchanan has recently launched her new e-book The Cinderella Reflex at the St Sylvester’s Parish Centre. She is pictured here at the launch with Aoife Copland.

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IT’S MY STORY A writer with winning ways

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Success starts with that very first step  DOROTHY LANDERS

WHEN you start out on something, you never know what could happen along that journey. For me I certainly didn’t expect much to come out from my mine. During my time in transition year at school I felt it was time to start trying new things. I applied for a job; practised driving and decided that I should attempt to send some literary works of mine to a newspaper. I had absolutely no experience in any of these but I managed to by venturing out into my local area. Through these ventures I now have a list of work experiences on my CV, I’m hoping to

apply for my driver’s permit and most unexpectedly; had my work published. I’ve always had an interest in writing and when I saw a small ar ticle in the Malahide Gazette asking for school students to send in their work I thought I’d give it a try with the off chance I might get somewhere. In my English class we were asked to write about something that we would plead the Government to change in our education system and what it would be. During that week in school, in my Irish class, classmates were complaining about how they wished Irish would be eradicated from the school curriculum as a mandatory subject and

made a choice. I n my o p i n i o n I t h o u g h t we s h o u l d endeavour to keep our national language. Once I wrote my piece I sent it in to the Dublin Gazette Newspaper group. For a few months I didn’t hear much about the article but one day I got an email to say that a man named Ben McLoughlin saw my article and was ver y impressed. In this email was Ben’s contact number and so I gave him a call. In our conversation he explained that he was part of a group called An Doras Gaelach (The Irish Door) that promotes the Irish language through coffee mornings.

These coffee mornings take place in cafes and people who want to improve their Irish or people who are fluent speakers can meet and converse in Irish in a casual environment. I was no Gaeilgeoir and neither was he but I understood the importance of keeping our heritage alive. Ben told me during another conversation that he and the group were looking for a cafe in Malahide to host the coffee mornings. I had previously done work experience in Swords for a cafe owner, Alan Purcell, who also had a business in Malahide coincidently named Seomra Tae. I dropped into the cafe to ask Alan about having the coffee morn-

ings in his cafe. Hosting this would also bring more customers to his wonderful business. He happily agreed and I managed to link him with Ben so they could discuss further details. I’m happy to say that Irish coffee mornings are now being hosted in Seomra Tae, Malahide every week, I’ve managed to get two of my literary works published, both at home and abroad and became Young Reporter of the Year for the Dublin Gazette group. From sending an article in to a newspaper and not anticipating much to accomplishing all this, was a great success and has benefited not just me but others and local businesses.

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final call Community groups being sought

Deadline looming for library gift The deadline for locals to nominate a community group to receive a small library in January is approaching and a final call is being made. Bord Gais Energy is reminding individuals

and organisations from Dublin North to submit their entries before the deadline on December 6 for a local charity, community, voluntary or nonprofit group to receive a library worth €1,500.

The second Donate a Librar y campaign launched in early November is once again being run with the support of The Wheel, Ireland’s leading support and representative body

for community, voluntary and charitable organisations. The programme invites organisations to apply for a library through the book club at

Awards: Lucky Sods win john Gillooly and Gavin Curran have been crowned the winners of the annual businesss competition, AIB JumpStart 2013, with their company Lucky Sods. Gavin from Malahide launched the company over seven months ago, in which they have created a premium selection of products made from genuine Irish peat and straw which has been sourced in the west of Ireland. They were awarded a prize worth €25,000 by the Learning and Innovation Centre at IT Blanchardstown and the main sponsor AIB. Picture: Andres Poveda

initiative: Dubliners urged to clean after pets

Councils join forces to stop dog fouling  laura webb

Dog owners failing to pick up after their pets could face the wrath of the local authority as Dublin councils come together to tackle dog fouling. A new initiative launched this week sees Dublin’s four mayors urge Dubliners to clean up after their dogs and report offenders to a new hotline number. It is hoped that the initiative will help with the problem of dog fouling in the streets and

parks across the county and the dangers it can pose to health. Currently there are more than 30,000 dogs living in Dublin with 30,745 dog licences issued by Dublin’s four councils last year. To date 28,122 have been issued. Mayor of Fingal Kieran Dennison (FG) said: “In terms of complaints I would get - as a councillor - the issue [of dog fouling] would be in the top five. “ Mo t h e r s w a l k i n g to school can get it on buggies and kids bring

it into the classroom on their shoes – it’s a hassle trying to clean it off and it’s a health issue. “You do see good people picking it up with plastic bags, while there are others who just don’t bother and don’t care,” he said. T he initiative will include a series of marketing and promotional initiatives to raise awareness of the environmental and health issues around dog fouling, as well as events for dog owners taking place in Dublin parks. Campaign spokes-

person Therese Langan of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council commented: “Whether it’s with a plastic bag or a pooper scooper, safely disposing of dog litter is not only showing respect for your neighbours, it’s the law. “We are also launching a new hotline number for Dubliners to report offending dog owners. By calling 1800251500 a report can be made of the location, time and date and the relevant Dublin local authority can take action.”

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gala Over 450 people attend ceremony at Crowne Plaza

Michael Wright wins top business award  natalie burke

A local entrepreneur has scooped the muchcoveted Business Person of the Year award at the recent Fingal Business Excellence and Corporate Responsibility Awards. Michael Wright, a member of the famous Wrights of Howth family, was awarded the title at the ceremony, which was held at the Crowne Plaza Dublin on Friday, November 15. O ve r 4 5 0 p e o p l e attended the gala awards evening where Michael said he was delighted to be presented with the prestigious prize.

He was applauded by the judges as being “dynamic, tenacious, driven, visionary and committed to success in Fingal”. He was also praised for “taking big risks to build vibrant sustainable business, values customer service and raising over €2m for charity”. Commentating on the award, Michael said: “I am delighted to accept this award and congratulate Tony Lambert, the Fingal Chamber, sponsors and all those who put together this most impressive business event. “The business community here in Fingal is fortunate to have such

a hard-working chamber and I am honoured to be amongst so many innovative and dynamic individuals who promote excellence in business.” As managing director of the Wright Bar Group, Michael Wright heads a company that currently consists of nine bars and restaurants and one nightclub, with the business alone having created over 350 jobs in the local area. Over the last 18 years, Wright has gone from acquiring the old derelict space under the train station in Howth, which he developed into the hugely successful Bloody Stream,

to developing a full portfolio of businesses located across Fingal. Other businesses include the renowned Wright Venue, the Anglers Rest, Wrights Cafe Bar and Findlater House. With his businesses predominantly based in Fingal, Michael has always been committed to the development and promotion of the area. Michael is keen to source products and supplies locally – thereby helping the local area to prosper further. A number of local Fingal businesses were also honoured on the night, with County Crest in Lusk

being awarded International Employer of the year, and Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords named as SME employer of the year. Jack and Jones at Swords Pavilions picked up the award for Customer Service in Retail (Independent Sector) while Colortrend on Main Street, Swords, picked up the award for Customer Service in Retail (Multiple Sector). The judges said that Colortrend was a “great store, the staff were real experts with extensive knowledge of the product and great advice”. Jungle – The Flower

Michael Wright was applauded as being “dynamic, tenacious, driven, visionary and committed to success in Fingal”. Picture: Barry McCall

Store in Malahide was awarded Retail Premises of the Year with judges saying that the visual impact of the local florist was “outstanding”. The Customer Service award was given to The Grand Hotel in Malahide,

thanks to its “professional staff”, while the Swordsbased Indie Spice Restaurant won the Best Eating Establishment award. Judges said that the presentation of the food was excellent and the flavours “to die for”.

nama: transfer of land delaying water scheme

New reservoir plan hold-up

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A delay over the transfer of land from NAMA to the council is holding up the progression of a water scheme that would see the installation of a new reservoir for the people of Malahide and Portmarnock. The new reservoir would be built on the site at the back of Seamount Heights and would operate in conjunction with the present reservoir. Executive engineer of Fingal County Council told The Gazette: “The issue is that the land required for the reservoir has yet to be transferred from NAMA and the landowners to the council before the scheme can progress. “This has been dragging on for the last year and the details of the land transfer are very complicated. I cannot say when it’s likely to go through but I do know that as yet I haven’t been given the green light on the scheme as the land is not in our possession.”

Labour candidate for the 2014 local elections for Howth and Malahide, Brian McDonagh said: “My concern is that the reservoir [won’t] be done before Irish Water is established and it’s still in the hands of the council. “They have the funding for it so why is the legal process taking so long? With the cold weather coming on, the danger is there could be water shortages and this would be particularly bad for Malahide with all of its restaurants.” Local people have been objecting to a lack of water reserves in the area as the present reservoir is deemed inadequate for the current population. According to former Labour councillor Peter Coyle: “As a result of the significant population growth in recent years, the existing reservoir is inadequately sized to provide a sufficient level of service to the Malahide, Portmarnock and Kinsealy areas.”

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competition Local is voted Miss Slinky for 2013

Rachel rises to take top slimmer prize  Natalie Burke

With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, the party season is getting into full swing and a slimmer from Malahide is ready to celebrate in style after winning a local slimming competition. Rachel Coates has dropped three dress sizes, going from a size 14 to a 10 since joining the Malahide Slimming World group in May. Now she’s looking forward to slipping into a party dress for the festive season after

being named the group’s Miss Slinky 2013. The 28-year-old, who has lost three stone in her Slimming World journey, was voted Miss Slinky 2013 by her fellow members who have seen a change inside and out. Now, Rachel is waiting to hear if she’s scooped the national title and the €2,000 shopping spree prize. Slimming World’s annual Miss Slinky competition recognises members who have undergone a huge transformation by becoming slimmer and

more confident. “I couldn’t believe it when everyone voted me as Miss Slinky. I’ve never felt slinky before but thanks to Slimming World I am now, and it feels great,” explained Rachel. “I’ve always thought of Christmas as the time of year to dress up in something gorgeous and sparkly, but I didn’t feel confident enough and avoided certain shops and styles because of my size too. Sometimes I felt so unhappy and des-

Rachel dropped three dress sizes since joining Malahide Slimming World group

perate about the way I looked that I didn’t even want to go out. This year I’m going to have lots of fun finding that perfect party outfit. “With Slimming World you don’t follow a diet temporarily and then go back to your old habits when you get to

the weight you want to be. I never feel deprived because I can still have a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate if I fancy it. I’m much more active too.” Fiona Riordan, who runs the Malahide Slimming World, hopes Rachel’s achievements will inspire others. “I hope

Rachel shows people that whether you’ve got a little or a lot to lose, slimming down can make a huge difference to your confidence and self-esteem.” For information on Malahide Slimming World, call Fiona on 087 1901559 or visit www.

st andrew’s

Christmas market to return The annual Christmas Market at St Andrew’s Parish Centre in Malahide will be taking place once again this year on Saturday, November 30. The market will take place from 10am until 3pm and will be hosting tables filled with homemade cakes and deli food, books, Christmas gift ideas and toys. Visitors can try their luck on the bottle stall and buy a ticket for the bumper raff le, while children will be entertained by a special visit from Santa Claus. The main stall at the market will be the St Doulagh’s Stall where you can buy a St Doulagh’s Cross in sterling silver, along with calendars and Christmas cards.

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survey Satisfaction with wide range of activities and quality of services

Visitor assessment of Fingal tourism a positive one  natalie burke

The preliminary results of a visitor survey being carried out by Fingal Tourism have shown that visitors to the local area are very happy with their tourism

experience. This is according to early results of a survey which is part of an ongoing DITAC H I E V p r o j e c t . T h e project is assessing tourism in Fingal to determine if it is being managed in a way that will ensure long term

sustainability of tourism in the region. Attractions

Results show that visitors are undertaking a wide range of activities in Fingal, including shopping, dining and visiting attractions such

as beaches, parks, the coastline and heritage sites. Visitors appear to be satisfied with the friendliness of the locals and service providers as well as the quality of the service they experience during their visit. Early indications also show that

they are satisfied with the overall value for money in Fingal. One respondent stated that Fingal is a wonderful place to visit and they look forward to coming back. T he next stage of the project is a Resident Sur-

vey which has just been launched and will ask residents in Fingal to share their views on tourism in the region. Residents are urged to share their views on www.

Ryanair announces nine new routes and 300 jobs Bu dge t a i r l i n e R y a n a i r h a s announced nine new routes out of Dublin from April 2014 which will bring 300 jobs. The airline says it will carry an extra 700,000 passengers. Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) welcomed the announcement saying it is a “major vote of confidence” in Dublin and is a very positive move for the local economy in Fingal. “The improved road network in north Dublin, Terminal 2 and Pier D has all helped to make it attractive for investment. “The sustained investment in the airport’s infrastructure over many

years is one of the key factors in the expanding employments opportunities,” he said. “Increased capacity on routes out of Dublin is a direct result of the €3 travel tax being scrapped and that is an important development we welcome,” he added. “We need to see more effort from the Government in highlighting the positives of our capital city to bring about more investment and job creation,” he concluded. The nine routes are Almeria, Bari, Basel, Bucharest, Chania, Chomiso, Lisbon, Marrakesh and Prague.

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Digging into roots of a seaside town  Natalie Burke

A Por tmar nock resident is set to launch a book covering centuries of local history this weekend. After more than four years researching the local history of Portmarnock, local man Garry Ahern has produced over 300 pages worth of reading material for the local community. Por tmarnock – Its P e o p l e a n d To w n lands, A History will be launched on Friday, November 29 at 7.30pm

by the Mayor of Fingal at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. A native of Limerick, Garry has lived in Portmarnock for over 40 years and is a member of the local Malahide Historical Society. Having already contributed to several journals, the new book will be the first of its kind for Garry, who says it has a far-reaching history of the local area. “I’ve gone back as far as I can, to when St Marnock first founded his church in the 6th century and working on

from there. “I’ve followed some of the big families and landowners over the years,” he said. “I got interested in local history after I retired and after I wrote a short series for a local parish magazine, I started to really get dug in and got deeper and deeper into the local history. “People were getting more interested in hearing about it as well so I did a lot of research and wound up with a book that’s over 300 pages. “I have got illustrations in it and new

images that wouldn’t have been out before.” T h e b o o k c ove r s m a ny l o c a l h i s t o r y topics including local churches, schools and sporting clubs, along with influential families, local shipwrecks, stone-age residents and famine times. “Nobody has read it so far except my proofreader,” Garr y explained. “But I think a lot of local people will have a big interest. There are a lot of things that people wouldn’t have known in it as well.”

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charity Vital funds raised for victims of Philippines disaster

Over €3,000 raised in typhoon appeal  Natalie Burke

Members of the Filipino community and other volunteers in Malahide raised over €3,000 last weekend in a special typhoon appeal held by Oxfam Ireland in Malahide village. A total of €3,775.40 was raised by the local residents, in an effort to raise vital funds for the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. The community effort was helped along by O x f a m ’s M a l a h i d e based store. The charity is reaching out to survivors of typhoon Haiyan by delivering water, basic sanitation, tents and tar-

paulins for emergency shelter to the worst affected areas. The aid agency is also focusing on supporting people who rely on farming and fishing for their livelihoods and getting markets up and running so that food is available locally. Following the successful appeal in the local village, Wendy Behan from the Malahide Oxfam store said the level of support from the people in Malahide was “absolutely incredible” with children donating coins from their pocket money, to adults donating €50 notes. Wendy helped organise the collection along-

side Imelda Retardo of the local Filipino community. “There is a strong Filipino community in Malahide and they are delighted at the solidarity other local people have been giving them at this very difficult time,” said Wendy. “Some of those shaking buckets in the village have lost family members and are worried about their family and friends back home. Seeing the response of people in Malahide in action has brought hope in tough times.” Wendy says there is a strong connection between the Philipines

and Ireland and many of those donating to the collection spoke of the great care their own families had received from Filipino staff in hospitals and nursing homes. “The scale of the natural disaster has been horrific and people in Malahide showed their willingness to support the survivors. People in Malahide are giving what they can and every donation we receive will help us to reach more of the survivors with vital emergency supplies such as water, shelter and sanitation.” Wendy says the fundraising team more than exceeded their target,

Mother and daughter Jeanette and Faith Imperial raise money for Oxfam Ireland’s Philippines typhoon appeal in Malahide

which she described as amazing given the difficult economic times people are experiencing. “This money has gone directly into our Philippines typhoon appeal fund and will be put to work straight away, helping to provide emergency

shelter, safe water supplies and sanitation facilities such as toilets, along with helping to repair fractured water supplies. But we still need to raise more funds in order to reach the worst affected communities.” Oxfam Ireland are

appealing to people to donate what they can to either the Oxfam shop in Malahide or by calling 1850 30 40 55. People can also visit www. or can consider organising a fundraising event such as a cake sale or table quiz.

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Paul Byrne, actor Liam Cunningham and Des Vallely. Pictures: Una Williams

launch party: Geisha gives a taste of what’s in store

Stars come out for a taste of the Orient


ublin’s glitterati and gastronomes were out in force at the official launch of Geisha Restaurant in Malahide recently. Guests were entertained by soul funk band Street Life and DJs and

treated to a gastronomic journey with specialities of the house including sushi and sashimi from the sushi bar. Guests included actor Liam Cunningham, Ireland AM presenter

Boy band OTB enjoying the launch night at Geisha

Alan Hughes, Gillian and Aisling Quinn, Rosanna Davison, Roz Purcell and Roz and Vincent Flanagan. Also in attendance was RTE’s Derek Mooney and weather presenter Nuala Carey.

Fiona Burke and Rose Henderson

Darren Regazzoli and Charlott Burke

Sean Doyle and Victor Burke

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The carnival comes to town for CanTeen T

HIS November, the carnival came to town as CanTeen Ireland celebrated its 10th winter ball recently. CanTeenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members, friends and supporters rolled-up at the Crowne Plaza in Swords to take part in an evening of fun and frolics, with enter-

tainment from award-winning Irish comedian Chris Kent and music by SoundCheque. Along with entertainment on the night, guests also had the opportunity to hear the stories of some inspirational CanTeen members and Professor Desmond Carney, consultant

Ciara Barry and Patrick Mooney

oncologist from the Mater Hospital. The annual winter ball was set up to celebrate the members of CanTeen Ireland, a national support group for young people with cancer which has been running for nine years. CanTeen has more than 260 members, who range from 12 to 25 years old.

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dublinlife Let Dublin Gazette Newspapers take you on a tour of the news and events taking place across the city and county this week


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what’son Christmas festival is back:

Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes says his Toy Show will feature some of the most in-demand toys this year

hughes: ‘people forget Ireland AM have done their own Show for years’

TV3 Toy Show to vy with RTE for Xmas viewers  Laura Webb

Ireland AM presenter Alan Hughes is to take on a new challenge when he goes head to head with Ryan Tubridy’s Late Late Toy Show on Friday. TV3’s pre-recorded Christmas Toys is bringing Christmas spirit to homes across Ireland during a morning segment on Ireland AM on November 29, which will be repeated later that night. Filming on set, Alan took time out

to speak to The Gazette. “I am so excited about it. It is great fun. The kids have been great all morning, it’s just a real Christmas wonderland here and we are really getting into the spirit of it. The toys are great and the kids are great,” he said. Putting to bed talk that this show is trying to rival RTE’s Late Late Toy Show he said: “People forget that Ireland AM have done their own toy show for years.

“We have had our own show throughout the programme every year with five minute sections throughout the mornings. “So what we have done this year, because of our extended Ireland AM show, we have just put them together and put it into a half hour show. It was then decided to put the half hour show on Friday night, which just happens to be the same night as the Late Late Toy Show. “You can’t even try and compare

it to the Late Late Toy Show. We are not going to get one million viewers; if we get 100,000 viewers we would be delighted. It is no competition but it is going to be a lovely half-hour show.” According to Alan, the show features some of the most in-demand toys this year, which will help parents and kids with their Christmas lists this year. Christmas Toys airs Friday, November 29 on Ireland AM at 10am and again that night at 8pm on TV3.

Dublin Docklands Christmas Festival is back again for the ninth consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festival treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at George’s Dock. Taking place from December 12–23, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before with a few surprises added to the regular line-up of events, including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George’s Dock. The atmosphere during the week-long event promises to be truly festive with Christmas trees, fairy lights, carol singing, traditional Victorian fairground rides, lots of gift shopping opportunities and mulled wine and festive food for every taste bud. The opening hours of the festival are Monday to Wednesday from 12pm to 8pm, Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 10pm, and Sunday from 10am to 8pm. For a full list of the festival events visit www.


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feature a day in the life: youngest Mayor of South dublin

‘There’s no normal morning for me’  Ian Begley

South Dublin Mayor Dermot Looney: “This isn’t a nine-to-five job at all”

Voted in as the youngest ever Mayor of South County Dublin, 31-yearold Labour councillor Dermot Looney has accomplished a vast amount of public and political merits in his relatively short time in the job. H e s p o ke t o t h e Gazette about a day in the busy life of a mayor. “This isn’t a nine-tofive job at all. I aim to be in the office for around 10am, but frequently I have meetings at half

seven in the morning. “The reason why I come into the office so late [in the mornings] is because I have events or meetings in the evening time going on until 9pm or even beyond,” said Dermot. “There’s no normal morning for me. I’m not a great man for taking breakfast, but a cup of tea is very important. “I drive a very fancy 1997 Toyota Corolla that I got from my Dad and it’s brilliant. “I would often get parking spots reserved

for me, and people are kind of surprised when I turn up in this weird looking green Corolla,” said Dermot.

Interactions Dermot admits that the many interactions he has with people on a daily basis are what makes his job so interesting. “Last week I had about 20 events to launch or attend to, then I had 20 or 30 separate meetings during the week,” said Dermot. “The thing that’s the

most positive and fulfilling to me is meeting with all sorts of groups that are doing really important work in the community. “I’m the youngest mayor that there has ever been in South Dublin so I think there’s an expectation on me to be full of energy. “We’ll see next May when the local elections are on how much of that energy remains, but right now it’s quite a positive job.”

Unwind After a vigorously long day as mayor, Dermot says his favourite thing to unwind to is attending St Pat’s matches, watching television, meeting up with friends and playing the guitar. “I play the guitar a little bit and enjoy meeting up with friends and watching a bit of television. “I’m half way through season four of Breaking Bad and I’m a big fan of the Simpsons,” said Dermot. “I used to be a busker that was a job I had once upon a time, and a Christy Moore tribute act is what I used to do. I’m not much good, but music is a great way to relax.” Elected Dermot was elected in June 2009 to represent the “Tallaght Central” ward, while working as a full-time primary school teacher at St Dominic’s NS, Tallaght. Since being elected as the Lord Mayor of South Dublin in June, 2013 Dermot has temporarily put his teaching role aside to devote his time to politics.

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Karen Koster, Lisa Cannon and Glenda Gilson greet Michelle Doherty (right) on her arrival at The Marker Hotel Dublin, when it was announced that Michelle Doherty is the newest presenter on TV3’s Xpose Entertainment Show. Picture: Brian McEvoy

TV3 introduces new Actress and TV presenter Michelle Doherty has been announced as the brand new member of the TV3 Xpose team and will be joining Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Lisa Cannon as Aisling O’Loughlin takes maternity leave. Hailing from Donegal, the IFTA nominated Michelle has already hosted television and radio shows and has expanded her career into acting after appearing in the award-winning film What Richard Did. Speaking about the appointment of Michelle, TV3 group head of daytime, Victoria O’Brien, said she will be a great addition to the team. “Her audition blew us out of the water and there is no question that Michelle is the one for

Xpose.” Already a big fan of the show, Michelle said she is delighted with her new role. “I’m looking forward to working alongside the girls. I have always had a big love of fashion and I can’t wait for the new challenges that lie ahead.”

Ross says sorry for comment A south Dublin TD found himself in a spot of bother this week after an off-the-cuff comment on Twitter resulted in an apology to the President. Independent TD Shane Ross apologised to President Michael D Higgins after comparing him to “Christopher Robin” on hearing about the first official Presidential visit to Britain.

Michael D will become the first President to visit Queen Elizabeth next year. A fter the trip was announced, Deputy Ross tweeted: “So Michael D is off to see the Queen, just like Christopher Robin. He will do us proud staying in Windsor Castle. What would Dev think?” A second tweet read: “Bet Michael D follows visit to Queen by summons Dail for state of nation speech. Mary Robinson did. Hope he won’t read us his poetry.” However, the TD then posted a third message reading: “That was disrespectful to both Queen and President. Apologies to Aras an Uachtarain. He is a great President. I love him dearly.”

wanted-mania hits dundrum Forget Beatle-mania in the 60s, its all about The Wanted in the 21st century as hundreds of screaming fans made their way to HMV in Dundrum to greet the chart-topping hunks. Irish member Siva Kaneswaran brought his four band buddies, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes, to Dublin last week ahead of their appearance at the Cheerios Childline Concert in the O2. Extra security was arranged to handle the expected rush of fans to the newly re-opened music store at the Dundrum Town Centre, and they were right to beef up security as hundreds made their way to the store to get a glimpse of

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recruit Michelle to the Xpose crew the group. They brought tears to fans eyes who were elated to meet the supergroup as they signed copies of their new album, Word of Mouth. The Wanted will be back for fans next year to perform at the O2 in Dublin on March 24, as part of their Word of Mouth World Tour 2014.

show support for simon Homelessness is not as far away as people may think, especially in these tough and uncertain times. It can happen to anyone as these factors are often out of people’s control. It is never a choice. The Dublin Simon

Community is a place that people turn to. They are focused on providing supportive alternatives to people living in despair, enabling them to rebuild their broken lives and empowering them to secure a safe home of their own. This Christmas there are many ways you can support the vital work that the Simon Community does. You can buy a Simon Gold Star and give it as a meaningful gift this Christmas. You can also join Sing for Simon and use your voice to end homelessness. For more information on the Dublin Simon Community and how to

contribute, visit www. or call the team on (01) 671 5551.

forty years of the Blue book Ireland’s Blue Book recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with Michelin starred Thornton’s Restaurant, Clare Island Lighthouse and Liss Ard Estate joining in the festivities. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar, was present to officially launch the 2014 Edition of Ireland’s Blue Book at The Merrion Hotel on November 21. The celebrations drew a host of well-know names with over 100 guests in total, including: TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick,

FM104’s Sean Musanje, Senator Catherine Noone, and Austrian Ambassador, HE Anas Khales. Champagne Deutz sponsored the drinks reception, along with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2013, known internationally as the wine of friendship and hospitality. The Merrion delighted guests with an array of canapes, especially selected for the occasion including McLoughlin’s rare Irish beef, horseradish mousse on brioche and crispy filo tartlets. For additional details on Ireland’s Blue Book visit or phone 016769914

The Wanted visit HMV Dundrum for an exclusive appearance




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Q&A: Ben Kitchin, Business Development Director

Driving down the cost of business broadband Host Ireland Business Broadband director, Ben Kitchin, is from Sligo, and attended Glenstal Abbey School in County Limerick, before studying business and economics in Trinity College Dublin. He was a founder of Trinity Capital Student Managed Fund, the largest investment fund run by students in Ireland. Ben Kitchin is on the board of the Trinity Business Alumni. Kitchin developed and sold a uniquely successful advertising business in Dublin before working with Host Ireland Business Broadband. Ben has been a director of Dublin-based Host Ireland Business Broadband, Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest growing telecommunications company and business broadband specialists, for three years.

business How long have you been in business?

Host Ireland Business Broadband was established in 1998. It grew to become a software solutions leader in Ireland by 2004 designing bespoke solutions for over 10,000 Irish customers before launching its Broadband service in 2009.

What makes your business successful?

A highly skilled, hard working team and amazing customer support.

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

We look at what our customers want and we try to exceed their expectations. They love us for our outstanding level of customer support, our 24 hour installation lead time and the fact that we are 40% cheaper than our competitors. Our customers adore us and you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat that.

How has the recession impacted your business?

It has been the corner stone of our success. 1,200 Dublin businesses have moved to our service in the last four years because we are 40% cheaper than our competitors and our speeds are at least twice as fast. We predicted a huge move to the cloud for Irish businesses and that is 100% dependent on reliably fast broadband connectivity. Naturally access to credit in the Irish banking system has led to challenges, however an innova-

tive business model has overcome this challenge. What have you changed about your business to combat the effects of the recession?

Working with customers to find the most appropriate service for them rather than trying to upsell all the time. Irish businesses respect good value and an honest and caring service provider.

What is your ambition for the business?

We are growing to become Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business broadband provider. We will always have the highest level of customer support for our market leading broadband service. We will always be the fastest and the most affordable.

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

The fascinating businesses I meet on a daily basis. I have always been memorized by the thousands of ways people make money. Everyone is working tirelessly at growing their own business. That energy is unbelievable. What living person do you most admire?

Richard Branson

What is your favorite Dublin restaurant?


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


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Tipperary native Tom O’Mahony is showcasing his stand-up talent in the New Year

comedy: Damo and Ivor’s Tarquin goes back to his stand-up roots

Now for the apocalypse  Laura Webb

He is widely known as toffee-nosed Tarquin from the hit RTE show Damo and Ivor, but Tipperary native Tom O’Mahony is far from his TV character and is showcasing his stand-up talent in the New Year. Tom was first approached to play the over-the-top D4 character for a stint on a Republic of Telly episode with the Dublin duo when he was doing a standup show. “I was just able to do that ridiculous over-the-top D4 accent. After, I had to audition for my own part in the [Damo and Ivor] show but because I just looked and sounded so ridiculous - they went along with it,” he said.

He explains how he got the right look for the character. “It’s half about the face too, you pull a face like you are smelling something vile all the time – everything is off-putting,” he joked. Despite living in Clonskeagh his hometown is far from any Dublin. “I am originally from Tipperary. “When people find out I am not actually that guy, they go - oh you’re actually acting - some people actually get disappointed with me because they were banking on me being him until they realise I am some muck-savage from Tipperary and then their dreams are shattered. Like the Nidge moment when people found out he’s not that Dub.”

Tom is hanging up his “Dubes” shoes to go back to his stand-up roots. Asked how he first got involved in stand-up he explained: “I was kind of tricked into it. People I was working with said I should give it a go and before I knew it we were in a comedy club and they gave me a run a couple of weeks later. I got good reviews and it went from there.” As for nerves he said: “When you are trying new material or in an environment you are not used to there are nerves there, if there wasn’t you would get worried.” His latest show, Bring on the Apocalypse, takes a look at the world around him. “I think I am getting old, I am starting to spot things. In this show I look at what is happening around me, the

X-Factor generation - kids with skin tight trousers, hipsters – stuff that sends me over the edge. “I can’t get my head around it but it’s dynamite material. The awkward looks on some of the lads sitting in the audience when I start into this – they all start brushing their hair down trying to take down the quiff. “The show is basically saying the world is going to end if we don’t get this sorted, we should go right back to the 70s when moustaches weren’t fashionable they were just seen as a necessity,” he laughs. Bring on the Apocalypse is at the Civic Theatre on Saturday, January 11, 2014. See for further information.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Bella, a two-year-old female Staffordshire bull terrier. Bella only arrived here recently but she has already made quite an impression on all her carers. She previously lived with a family who had had a new baby and decided they no longer had the time or space for Bella. She is a super sweet girl who is only dying to be back in the heart of a loving family! She loves other dogs and loves meeting new people and we just know she is going to make a fantastic addition to the right family. If you think you can offer Bella 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 www. You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Rachel Gilbert Vivienne gown €200 to hire for three days

White bandage dress €120 to buy. Grey fur coat €265. Chunky necklace €30


Tis the season to be Crystal drop earrings €50


BadgelyMischka full length gold gown €170 to hire for three days

IRISH fashionista’s get ready to look fabulous with a little help from newly opened fashion store, Starla, which has some of the most desirable dresses to rent or buy. Located at 27 South William Street, Starla is the ultimate one-stop-shop for any occasion, whether it’s a wedding, black-tie ball or just a night out with the girls over the festive season. The store stocks a vast range of

Rachel Gilbert Azaria dress €150 to hire for three days

dresses, stunning fur coats, musthave colour-popping python-skin clutch bags and jewellery to dazzle throughout the party season. So if it’s a present for you or for someone else, these Starla favourites will definitely be topping Christmas lists this season. This week, Gazette Style looks at just some of their most popular pieces to see you through the festive season in style. For further information on Starla Dress Rental, see www.

Diamante clutch bags €65 each

Python skin clutch bags €120 to buy

Starla crystal bangles, from €5 to €50

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How to dress for success Stylist and broadcaster Sonya Lennon has helped 500 women Dress for Success since the initiative first came to Dublin in 2011. Dress for Success Dublin is part of the global Dress for Success organisation, which has 125 affiliates worldwide. Since Sonya first brought the initiative to Dublin two years ago, it has supported 500 women get ready for job interviews with confidence and build towards achieving their goal of economic independence. Over the years 57% of candidates have secured employment. Sonya Lennon, founder of Dress for Success Dublin, says: “Our role is to empower women to feel confident that they

Nail lacquers from the Arts Collection

The Eye and Face Palette from The Arts Collection

Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm

Must-have make-up for this festive season

Catrice Cosmetics has released its latest collection for the festive season and it must be said that if you got this for a present, you wouldn’t be disappointed. The make-up collection comes in a range of fashion forward colours which you would easily see on palettes on high-end cosmetic shelves. This week, Gazette Beauty takes a look at some of the products it has to offer customers this festive season. The Eye and Face Palette from The Arts

Collection by Catrice contains six powder eye shadows with various effects, a blush shade for fresh complexion, a highlighter for that extra special glow as well as black eyeliner and an applicator. Colour schemes range from rose and rosewood shades to green and gold nuances to copper and anthracite tones. The boxes are designed to a high standard with art deco like graphics. This product has a RRP price of €9.99 each. Nails should never be neglected this time of year, and it’s the best

way to add a bit of sparkle to any outfit. There is a choice of three nail lacquers also from the Arts Collection for only €2.99. This nail varnish is long-lasting and has great shine, with A/W colours including glamorous pink, sensual green and elegant gold. The cold winter months can play havoc with lips so to make sure they’re moisturised and protected, Catrice has brought out Pure Shine Colour Lip Balm. This product adds colour and sparkle to lips while keeping them hydrated. It has a creamy, super-

soft texture instead of a sticky sensation, taking care of lips and offering a pleasant fragrance. The RRP price for this product is €5.49 This is not all Catrice has to offer other products include: Brow Set Duo, Better Than False Lash Mascara, Absolute Nude Palette, Made to Stay highlighter pen, Prime and Fine Highlighting Powder and Prime and Fine Illuminating Base. Catrice is stocked in pharmacies nationwide as well as selected Dunnes Stores and Penneys.

Stylist Sonya Lennon

are smart and capable of getting the job. When they walk through our door, they have usually lost the confidence to succeed and are not sure what to expect. We treat women with respect and dignity when we suit them and immediately start to see a positive change.” How it works - it takes donated professional

clothing items from women that don’t need them and give them to women that do. They provide not only professional clothing for interview, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, in their Dublin offices and boutique, but also a range of programmes and services to help the women they are working with to get through the vital interview stage of their job search and beyond including interview techniques, CV preparation and a working wardrobe to start a job. For further information about the organisation and how you could get the team involved at your workplace, call 01 8748064 or email info@ dressforsuccessdublin. org.


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When Walt met his match with Mary Poppins’ ‘mother’ Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) faces the difficult task of persuading prim, exacting and protective author Mrs (PL) Travers (Emma Thompson, inset) to allow him to make a new film – Mary Poppins – based on her work

THE behind-the-scenes stor y in Saving Mr Banks sees Tom Hanks portray Walt Disney as he desperately tries to secure the rights to produce one of the Disney studio’s most iconic films, Mary Poppins. The dramatic backand-forth between Disney and the author of the series of Poppins books, PL Tr ave r s ( E m m a Thompson) in the early 1960s plays out as a consistently funny, and ultimately moving, reflection on the relationship between creators and their creations. For those whose Mary Poppins-related knowledge may not be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, the “Mr Banks” of the film’s title refers to the aloof and sad banker father and husband in Mary Poppins who learns to live and laugh again once the eponymous magical nanny shows up – as such, Mr Banks is an important character to Disney and Travers alike, for personal reasons. Despite the fact that Saving Mr Banks is made by Disney, and that elements are inevitably toned down for the audience or omitted (Walt’s infamous cigarette habit, which led to his death from lung cancer, is alluded to with a persistent cough – but never a wisp of smoke), the onscreen Walt is surpris-


ingly human. Here, he’s an old-fashioned schmoozer, who is well used to getting people to do what he wants. And, with Mary Poppins, it’s a personal task – he not only realises the commercial potential of the project, but making the film would also fulfil a promise he made to his daughter more than a decade earlier. However, what he wants is not at all what PL Travers wants. After years of pursuit, Disney has finally got her to come to Hollywood to meet face to face. I t i s T h o m p s o n ’s wonderful portrayal of Travers’ culture shock that provides most of the laughs. Mrs Travers – never “Pamela” – is an excessively proper, milkfirst type of lady with an acerbic streak that strips the veneers from the legion of incessant smiles she encounters in LA. She’s appalled by the changes that the Disney team suggest – her Mary Poppins is older, not at all coy, and she would never associate with a chimney sweep. Every line of dialogue,

costume, set, and prop that Disney suggests is meticulously scrutinised by Travers – and that’s before the songs and animated penguins are even mentioned. Regular flashbacks to Travers’ childhood in rural Australia reveal some of the rationale behind her possessiveness of the Mary Poppins story. Like Mr Banks, Travers’ father (Colin Farrell) was a bank manager who struggled for a sense of happiness and meaning in life. Dependent on alcohol, he is a mischievous and, in the young girl’s eyes, an almost magical figure that she is forced to watch degenerate. It becomes clear that the character of Mr Banks is central to both Travers and Disney – Travers sees him as the father that she

could save in a fantastical alternative to her own troubled childhood. Disney sees himself in Mr Banks, and ultimately hopes that Mr Banks’ on-screen redemption will fulfil a promise to his daughter and mirror a similar sense of redemption in his own life. For both Travers and Disney, the relationship between the author and the character is inextricably linked to the relationship between the parent and the child. Saving Mr Banks carries the hallmarks of a Disney story, but it does so in a nuanced and selfreflective way, thanks to superb writing and acting that carry it through more than two hours, and will undoubtedly see it receive a lot of Oscar attention. Verdict - 8/10

As Mrs Travers’ father, Colin Farrell (pictured here with Annie Rose Buckley, as Travers as a girl) plays an important part in her future protectiveness

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Disney’s latest animated film, Frozen, is a coming of age story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen with incredible animation such as the stunning snow laden forests

A Disney ode to the Snow Queen  DAVE PHILLIPS

DISNEY’S latest animated film sees the studio take a trip back to the familiar world of fairy tales with Frozen, a coming of age story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen. Frozen is a tale of two sisters who are princesses in the typically idyllic Kingdom of Arendelle. Anna (Kristen Bell) is the younger sister of Elsa (Idina Menzel), who is in line to become Queen. From an early age, Elsa has had magical powers that allow her to create snow and ice and as she grows older her powers become stronger. When playing one day she accidentally injures Anna, and her parents

realise that Elsa’s powers are becoming too much for her to handle. They decide to keep her confined in the castle, and separated from Anna, who loses her memory of her elder sister’s magical abilities. Quest

Elsa is taught to “conceal, not reveal” and keeps her abilities a secret but after their parents tragic death, Elsa’s power becomes uncontrollable and she flees to the mountains to live in a palace made of ice, leaving Arendelle in a state of perpetual winter – cue Anna’s quest to find her sister and restore order. So far, so formulaic, but the real thrill of Frozen lies in the way it manages

to play with the conventions of traditional story structure, while at the same time adhering to it. This is no doubt down to the input of Jennifer Lee, who worked on the screenplay for Wreck-It Ralph, and who is credited for the story, screenplay, and direction of Frozen alongside Chris Buick, who had previously worked with Disney on The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas. This marriage of old school and new school gives Frozen its greatest successes, but also has a part to play in less sparkling moments. Fittingly for a story about adolescence, Frozen is at times a little clunky and confused. An elongated first act with too many glitzy musical

interludes radically shifts gear and adds plenty of laughs once Anna sets off on her quest up the mountain to find Elsa. As ever, incredible animation plays a huge role and the snow laden forests and intricate levels of the ice palace are stunning. The rocky start is quickly forgiven as once over that initial hurdle, the film thankfully remains massively entertaining to the end. And it’s the latter half of the film that will really cement Frozen as a classic, as it manages to gently and cleverly subvert the fairy tale genre. It’s still all about finding your true love, but not in the ways you might expect. Verdict - 7/10



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OUT&ABOUT On a mission to boost home-cooked food Kitchen Hero: Donal Skehan is back on the road and our tv

Donal Skehan is back on the road in his trusty vintage Citroen H van for the second part of this third Kitchen Hero Home Cooked series. The hugely popular presenter is on a mission, showing people just how easy it is to prepare delicious, home-cooked food as he lays out his stall at festivals and gatherings around the country. It’s Donal’s Home Cooked roadshow. Speaking of the cookery show, Donal says: “Everything I know I either taught myself or learned from my mother and grandmother. “T he most important thing I know is that home-cooked food can be tastier, healthier and cheaper than almost any ready-made meals, takeaways or fast food you can buy. “If you cook your own food, you know exactly what goes into it – how much sugar, how much salt, what kind of oil or butter and of course there are none of those funny sounding ingredients, trans-fats or e-numbers. “But for me, the satisfaction of giving people food that they enjoy is just as important as the

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Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols will offer the very best sustainable seafood

Harvey Nichols gets ready to rock

Kitchen hero Donal Skehan in his trusty vintage Citroen H van

healthy stuff and the price. I get a real buzz from cooking for my friends and family and seeing them tuck into what I put on the table.” Donal will be travelling the country to promote the Home Cooked message and the second part of this brand new series sees him visiting Trim Castle, The Dublin Horse Show and Dublin Zoo. Donal will be tak-

ing inspiration from home and abroad and introducing us to lots of mouthwatering recipes, including seafood paella, margarita chicken, sausage and puy lentil stew and tomato crab pasta. As well as the dishes Donal cooks for the crowds at the festivals, he will also make lots of cakes, biscuits and other sweet treats in a section of each programme

called Donal’s Home Cooked Bakery. “Of all the recipes I put up on my blog, the most downloaded and frequently requested recipes are those for cakes, biscuits and desserts.” So, each week in this new series we’re going to have a section dedicated to those delicious indulgences that everyone just can’t get enough of. Crisp chewy meringues

with lashings of cream and summer fruits, plump profiteroles dripping with chocolate sauce, sweet and salty dark chocolate caramel biscuits, creme brulee doughnuts and rich peanut butter sandwich cookies – all of these will make an appearance in Donal’s Bakery. Kitchen Hero Home Cooked is on Thursday December 5 RTE One, 7pm.

Rock Lobster is coming to Harvey Nichols this December. One of Donnybrook’s favourite restaurants serving cocktails, steak and, of course, seafood is now opening in Dundrum. The 100-seater restaurant and cocktail bar in Harvey Nichols is undergoing a major refurbishment to recreate the fun atmosphere that is synonymous with Rock Lobster. Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols will offer the very best sustainable seafood, lobsters and prime dry aged beef, keenly priced. Owner Niall Sabongi deals daily with small independent fishermen, co-ops and farmers to source the finest fresh seafood, shellfish, lobsters and beef. For those who think lobster is only for the rich and famous, Rock Lobster will offer a split lobster or lobster roll, served with fries and salad for just €20.00. “Harvey Nichols is all about fun and fashion, which is exactly the style we’ve worked hard to offer our diners in Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols. “The opportunity to bring Rock Lobster to Harvey Nichols is very, very exciting,” said Niall. Reservations are being accepted now by emailing or calling 01 2910410. See for sample menus.

Celebrating the arrival in Ireland of the wine of friendship and hospitality By French law, the international release of Beaujolais Nouveau takes place on the third Thursday in November each year. Last Thursday, the first consignment of this year’s wine that is made in the Beaujolais area of France and released after harvest in the same year will be enjoyed internationally.

Beaujolais Nouveau is presently being delivered to pubs, restaurants, O’Brien’s, other selected off-licences, and SuperValu supermarkets around Ireland for uncorking on Thursday. Parties are held in Ireland and around the world to celebrate the arrival of the 2013

vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau known as the wine of friendship and hospitality. It marks the start of the Christmas season and is a favourite in Thanksgiving celebrations in the USA. Georges Duboeuf is credited for the popularisation and production of Beaujolais wines, resulting in Duboeuf nicknames

of Le Roi de Beaujolais (The King of Beaujolais) or sometimes Pape du Beaujolais (The Pope of Beaujolais). The 2013 vintage is particularly soft and light in the mouth, even by the standards of Beaujolais and there are very few tannins. The colours are a lovely purple red with dark, violet-

hued flints. The wine is dominated by juicy, fruit flavours of strawberries, raspberries, and redcurrants. Beaujolais Nouveau should be drunk young and served slightly chilled to make it even more refreshing. Beaujolais Nouveau is on sale from selected off licences for €12.95.


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Spiralling back to the future with Tom Hingley One of the big three Manchester acts, from the seminal scene in the early 90s - alongside The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays - Inspiral Carpets were massively popular and had as much of an impact as their brothers in music from that time. Singer Tom Hingley was in Dublin recently, playing an acoustic show at Thomas House promoting his duo of releases, the albums Sand and Paper, as well as to promote his book, Carpet Burns, a fascinating insight into the experience of being at the eye of the cultural hurricane that he experienced, as well as the experience of battling on in the music industry after their initial flourish of fame and the eventual break-up of the band. Speaking to Gazette Music, Tom spoke about the way that he came to the new albums. “I’ve played guitar since I was 11, and I’ve been in bands for a long time now. I got on the successful motorway of being the singer with Inspiral Carpets, but I’ve always played guitar, and this album is blusey rock, it’s very heavy and diverse.” The albums are part of the latest trend for artists to finance their work through their fanbase, something that Hingley was pleased to say was a huge success for him. “We put [the albums] up on Pledge, and it has raised over 200% of what we were hoping for. What was lovely about the Pledge thing was that we got over 100 people prepared to hammer their colours to the mast and say they were into Tom Hingley as a solo artist.” Carpet Burns is a devastatingly honest and heartfelt hymn to the experience of going around the world with a huge band, and its detail and insight into the Madchester phenomenon makes for a great read for any music fan and anyone who was a fan of the band or their contemporaries. “I thought there would be films made about that scene, as it was very like Andy Warhol and The Factory in the 60s,” said Tom about the maelstrom in Manchester at the time. “There were a thousand different elements coming together at the same time. Some extremely important - like the release of the Stone Roses first album, warehouse parties, Thatcher’s deindustrialisation of the north-east - it was a convergence of so many things. “We never thought we would get mainstream success. When we got it, it was a case of be careful what you wish for. When you’re up there, on the top of a tall of a mountain, you get five minutes to stare out. It doesn’t matter if you fall down the mountain five minutes later, at least you were on top for those five minutes.”

Producer Rob Kirwan at the launch of Budweiser Future Sounds of Irish Music. Picture: Andres Poveda

interview: renowned producer and engineer, Rob Kirwan

Future sounds of Dublin A number of bands from across Ireland have recently had the privilege of going into a studio with one of the acknowledged masters of the mixing board, Rob Kirwan, as part of the Budweiser Future Sounds of Irish Music project. Although Kirwan may not be a household name to most, he has had a hand in some of the best records of the last two decades, including albums by U2 and PJ Harvey and local acts Delorentos and Bell X1, as well as Depeche Mode’s most recent release, Delta Machine. Gazette Music recently caught up with Rob just before the final stages of the competition to talk about the Future Sounds

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of Irish Music. “Bands have submitted a track, one each, to the Budweiser Future Sounds website, and we have selected 10 of those,” said Rob. “That 10 will get one day in the studio with me. I will have one day to arrange, record, mix and master the track one band a day for 10 days. “We have built a popup studio on George’s Street, where the Richie and Richie show on Phantom FM will be

broadcasting. We will be working away downstairs, and when we finish the track, they will play the finished track [on the show] and the artist will do an interview upstairs, so it will be good exposure for them.” Having worked on so many memorable and influential records over the course of his career, Rob was very clear about the criteria for selecting the acts who took part in the final stage of the project. “In terms of selecting the bands, it’s the songs - you can’t get away from that. If you haven’t got the songs, you’re not going to lure people in, irrespective of how sonically brilliant you are. Basically, I have been

listening out for good songs, and a bit of variety as well - we didn’t want just 10 indie rock pop bands. “So, we have singersongwriters, rappers, and the ubiquitous indie pop groups. Dublin is more well-known for that [style of music], it’s not really known for its hiphop or electronic output, so the majority of songs I listened to was from bands that entered the competition.” The acts taking part in the competition come from all over Ireland, from Offaly, Donegal, Galway and Cavan, as well as from Dublin itself. Although Rob will be responsible for delivering a track for each of

the groups taking part, he said that this could be a jumping off point for the acts. “The project is a great opportunity for acts to take a step forward, produce a great track and get noticed. “Many artists don’t know how to make a really good recording so I want to take the time to listen to their music, help unlock their sound and ensure the best possible track is produced on the day. “The next stage after this is up to them. It’s very much up to the groups to take it to the next stage.” For more information about the project, log on to BudweiserIreland.

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living history: the university town that’s perfect for a book club break

Cambridge has class written all over it

 therese caherty

Cambridge – ideal for a book club break: a little shopping, plenty of books, a lot of backstory. We headed for our preChristmas weekend with great expectations. This university town on the river Cam reeks of history. As we walked into Christ College (we’d opted for student accommodation) the very walls exuded it. And then there was the overwhelming sense of privilege – Cambridge belongs inarguably to a certain class! Undeterred, we set out to explore and hit the Eagle Public House on Bene’t Street, open for business since 1667. While some of us explored the RAF bar at the rear, with its graffiti of World War II airmen on ceiling and walls, others read the menu. It’s what bookclubbers do. The scientist among us gasped on realising it was here that Francis Crick announced on February 28, 1953 that he and James Watson had “discovered the secret of life” – DNA. Cue tea for one, wine for

others – and a discussion on Cambridge-Oxford rivalry. A tour guide nearby explained that once, they were the only two universities in England and Wales and vied for students. Oxford is older (there since 1096) while some of its students fleeing murderous townsmen created Cambridge in the 1200s. The Bridge of Sighs is worth a view from St John’s Bridge. Spanning the Cam, this favourite of Queen Victoria takes its name from the Venice original even though the only architectural feature they share is that they’re both covered. Or maybe you’d prefer the myth that students named it to immortalise their preexam nerves. Sigh! At Trinity College we were suitably impressed by the tree outside Isaac Newton’s old rooms. It’s a cutting of the original under which he sat when the apple fell! We learned of his dedication to alchemy which led to serious pollution of the grounds outside his window through which the chemicals flew from

his failed experiments. Everything changes; everything stays the same. The face of another famed son of Cambridge met us almost everywhere we went: naturalist Charles Darwin, who revolutionised the life sciences, had lodged in Christ’s, our home from home. While we certainly weren’t reading his Origin of the Species on this trip, we did dip into an entertaining read (Period Piece) by his granddaughter, the wood engraver, Gwen Raverat. At Great St Mary’s Tower, two of us conquered our vertigo, paid £5 each and slithered up the uneven 123 steps of the medieval staircase for a view of the city. The church, which has the only ring of 12 bells in the county, was where the chimes of Big Ben were composed and first rung. Happily, a chance wander down St Edward’s Passage led us to David’s Bookshop, a wonderland of antiquarian, secondhand and remaindered books, maps, prints and engravings. It’s the kind of place that makes shop-



TRAVEL If you are sick of Christmas then it’s time to hit the beach

Bridge of Sighs, St John’s College - the university town on the river Cam reeks of history, with a wealth of beautiful buildings to discover

View of King’s College, Cambridge

ping for Christmas gifts a pleasure. And everywhere the sound of music, mostly free. We strayed into ancient candlelit halls and listened to ethereal Cambridge choirs – it almost (but not quite) made this Grinch look forward to Christmas.

We rounded off our trip with an obligatory stroll across the city’s misty meadows to the Orchard Tea Gardens of Grantchester where another good menu was read by all. This time it listed the movers and shakers who’d sipped honeyed tea there

down the years: writers Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath among them, Maynard Keynes and Bertrand Russell too. And then it was back to Darwin International Airport, perhaps a little better educated than when we’d started out!

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Dazzling Tenerife is an island of dazzling contrasts from unspoilt mountain villages and historic colonial towns to lively resorts and beaches. With an excellent year-round climate, it’s a sun-worshipper’s paradise. Staying at the Laguna Park II resort you’re just minutes from the nearby restaurants or bars. Travel on December 13 from Dublin Airport and spend seven nights at the Laguna Park II from €229pp. For other winter offers, or to book, log on to: www., call Falcon Direct on 1850 45 35 45 or visit your nearest Falcon Travel shop.

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Ballyboden’s Michael Darragh Macauley was tested in the CRY unit at Tallaght Hospital as part of promotion for SADS awareness (inset)


Macauley calls for support for SADS and Carr foundation BALLYBODEN St Enda’s and Dublin footballer Michael Darragh Macauley recently visited the Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons (CRY) Centre in Tallaght Hospital for an evaluation of his cardiac health as part of the ongoing battle against sudden adult death syndrome (SADS). Following the untimely death of Round Tower Clondalkin’s Ciaran Carr last year, SADS has been in the headlines, and Carr’s parents, Gemma and Philip, have been responsible for keeping the issue in the public conscious-

ness by virtue of the activities of the foundation they created in their son’s name. In an effort to raise awareness for SADS and the availability of the CRY Centre, Macauley became the guinea pig to show the public how the screening is carried out for TV3’s Ireland AM programme. “I suppose it’s really kind of shaken the GAA community. Cormac McAnallen was probably one of the first deaths that really brought SADS into the spotlight. There’s been far too many

since,” said Macauley after getting the all-clear after this test. Speaking on the programme, consultant cardiologist Dr Deirdre Ward explained that there was a misunderstanding that exercising too intensively can lead to death in a normal person. “If you are perfectly physically normal you can’t exercise yourself to the point of death but if you have an underlying condition you may be increasing your risk and you may be doing that in blissful ignorance so for people who are exercising to that level you can cer-

tainly argue that being testing is important so you can do that comfortably with peace of mind.” Barry Keane, who lost his friend Ciaran, said: “To any parents, teachers, community member or leaders out there, don’t leave it until it’s too late. Get in touch. We can help you fundraise; put defibrillators in schools and sports clubs or whatever so don’t leave it until it’s too late. Just get in touch and we can help you do it.” For more information visit: www.cry. ie and

THE COACH Diary has organised a oneday speed and power coaching workshop at the NDSL Academy at Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre in Coolock on Saturday, December 7. The workshop will focus on developing speed and acceleration for multi-directional sports, covering theory, coaching methodology and practical demonstrations. The workshop is for both coaches and athletes who want to learn how to develop and coach speed. The workshop runs from 12.30pm to 5.30pm and costs €25. For more information, log on to or email

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WHERE is the time going? December just around the corner and the sport stars coming thick and fast, we can hardly keep up... November proved packed to the gills with success in an array of sports, with a number of competitions coming to an end and champions being declared in a number of codes. But not only is there success at home, but the sport stars have declared their intention to keep us busy on the international front as well, with world titles on the canvas for kickboxing, a driver making his mark on the world scene in his debut year at this level, and a young cyclist making a splash, riding for one of the world’s largest teams.


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autumn collins

robbie mcmenamy

The Swords rally driver ended a season of success in ninth place in WRC2 and 21st overall in the FIA World Rally Championship. If he can get uninterrupted drives next year, he will surely improve on this year’s placings.

Adamstown cyclist Autumn Collins got a taste of the professional life in the sport when she was selected to ride for Team Sky’s Future Stars team at the Revolution series at Manchester Velodrome.

Robbie McMenamy added his second World Combat Games gold medal to his collection this month in Russia, taking home the highest honour that kickboxing has to offer three years after his initial success in Beijing.

castleknock GAA

swords thunder

lucan sarsfields camogie

The success at Somerton keeps rolling, with elevation to senior level in football in the minimum time and a provincial championship gained by the hurlers in the Leinster Special Junior championship at the weekend.

BUILDING on two years of preparation before being accepted into the National League, Swords Thunder are atop the league with an impressive win record to date, and are gathering capacity crowds to ALSAA, galavanising a community that loves the sport.

LUCAN’S camogie section celebrated one of their most successful years after the club’s minor side recorded their fourth minor A county championship victory in a row, as well as the Under14A, -15B and -16A championships, along with the Under-13A and B shield titles.


Ireland reach 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh 

Ireland qualified for the World Cup against Hong Kong

Ireland scored a crushing 85-run win over Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi to confirm qualification for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. This is Ireland’s fourth successive qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 after it also played in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 tournaments. Paul Stirling produced a stunning man of the match performance to guide Ireland to automatic qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 finals

in Bangladesh next March. The Middlesex all-rounder top scored with 77 from 46 balls to help Ireland to a mammoth 207-4, and followed that up with a stunning spell of 4-10 to restrict Hong Kong to 122 all out. Stirling’s figures were the second best in T20 cricket for Ireland, bettered only by Boyd Rankin’s 4-9 against Uganda last year. He and George Dockrell combined to spark a dramatic Hong Kong collapse, which saw them lose their last

eight wickets for just 30 runs - indeed at 92-2, Hong Kong were actually a run ahead of Ireland at the comparative half-way stage. The turning point was an athletic one-handed catch at midwicket by William Porterfield to dismiss Hong Kong dangerman Jamie Atkinson, who had struck 48 from 38 balls (3 fours, 3 sixes) to offer his side some hope. Ireland’s fielding was exemplary, with James Shannon, brought into the team in place of Niall O’Brien, taking two

stunning efforts at long-off. Gary Wilson had also produced an outstanding piece of glove-work to stump Irfan Ahmed off Max Sorensen in the first over of the Hong Kong reply. On a record breaking day for Ireland, the 85-run margin of victory was their best in a T20 game, as were the 10 sixes hit by the team. Ireland qualify for their seventh World Cup in eight years, continuing their excellent record amongst their fellow associates.

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Keane and O’Neill a positive proposition Concluding our two-part conversation with Eamon Dunphy, Gazette Sport hears about his hopes for the future of the national team and the game across the country  rob heigh

Eamon Dunphy is certainly someone who could be described as passionate, and his passion for the Ireland soccer team’s success is something that has led him into conflict and disagreement in the past, as evinced in his autobiography, The Rocky Road. T he book ends as Dunphy comes home a figure of hate after the national team’s trip to Italia 90 and his forth-

right comments on the paucity of quality displayed by Charlton’s army in their attempts to progress from the group stages. Still never afraid to say what he feels, Dunphy was looking forward to the next phase of the story of Irish soccer on the international stage when he spoke to Gazette Sport recently. “I love football - it is my passion, it’s John Giles’ passion, Liam Brady’s passion - that’s what we are, football people. But we are all

Eamon Dunphy signing his autobiography in Easons in Blanchardstown recently

intrigued by Mar tin O’Neill and Roy Keane and how they do with the national side. “I would be optimistic, Liam would be pessimistic, and John would be somewhere in between. But it will be fascinating.” Dunphy was also clear about the differences he expects to see from the approach of the former regime and the new managerial pairing of Martin O’Neill and a man no stranger to polarising opinion, Roy Keane. “What we have to do first is to be positive, not negative as Trappatoni was - his body language was negative and his tactics were negative - and the messages he was giving to the players were essentially negative ‘you’re not good enough, so you need to play with 11 men behind the ball’. “O’Neill and Keane will be positive, tell the players to believe in themselves. They will know more about the players, seeing them play in England every week. And I think it’s a change for the better in every respect.” Dunphy is aware that both men have a unique way of approaching the game. “Martin is a very good coach and has worked with groups of new players in the past very successfully.

“Then, there is the Keane factor, and how that will work out. But I have faith in Martin’s ability to manage Roy you have to manage him as well. “Keane brings charisma and a fascination that will help fill stadiums. If he changes his attitude

that Martin will as well. “If Roy can go to that learning curve, accepting everyone is not as good as he was, and be patient and supportive of players, it could work really well. There are players in the team who are in the team now who would have been


‘I think there is a trickle-down effect when the national team does well. The appointment of Keane and O’Neill is a change for the better in every respect’ – Eamon Dunphy --------------------------------------------------------

to players - he has been critical of his players in the past - and becomes a friend and mentor to the players, then it could be very positive for him and for the team.” Dunphy feels that the same attitude displayed by Keane on and off the field in the past - spirit, determination and belief in the potential of the team – will benefit Ireland in the long run. “When he was working for ITV when we qualified for the Euros, he asked why do the Irish only turn up for the sing-song, and why do we expect so little? If we qualify for a major championship, he will make sure the players are not just happy to be there. He will set the bar very high. And I think

kids when Roy was at his iconic best, and he could be an inspiration for them.” Finally, we discussed the potential of O’Neill and Keane being a positive influence on the way that the League of Ireland and the FAI develop and promote soccer in Ireland. “I think there is a trickle down effect when the national team does well,” said Dunphy. “In Jack Charlton’s era, it spread all around the country. When the national team is doing well, it gets people playing the game. In the last few years it has been rather dreary and negative. But I think that there is a knock-on effect on the local game, for sure, and it is a positive one.”


Healy designs Mo-shirt to raise funds for charity Ireland international and Leinster star Cian Healy has joined forces with Movember to create a one-of-a-kind limited edition t-shirt available exclusively in all Life Style Sports stores nationwide and online at to assist with this year’s fundraising efforts for the cancer charity. The t-shirt, which Cian designed himself is priced at €20 and is in stores now. With a limited run of 1,000, this shirt is sure to be the must have accessory for rugby Mo Bros and Sistas. All the profits of the shirt go to Movember, which aims to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer initiatives for men in Ireland. The charity are looking to beat last year’s fundraising efforts, which saw 17,250 Mo Bros and Sistas raise over €2.1 million for men’s health in Ireland with over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Sistas raising €113.5 million worldwide. Speaking of his collaboration with Movember, Healy said: “It was really exciting working with Movember on this t-shirt and merging my design with Movember’s own creative. I’m chuffed that Life Style Sports is stocking it across the country and couldn’t be prouder to be part of Generation Mo in 2013.”

Sam 13 shows off Dublin’s All-Ireland year Dublin GAA fans can now relive the thrills of the 2013 run to the All-Ireland championship with the release of a new DVD, Sam 13, which features over five hours of action from all the top matches of the 2013 football championship. Under manager, Jim Gavin, the Dubs had

an outstanding triple crown year as they also won the National League and retained their Leinster title. That might read like it was a championship that went as expected without drama and excitement but nothing could be further from the truth. The DVD features the full All-Ireland final and semi-final matches, as well as highlights of Dublin’s run to the final and all 13 of the goals they scored along the way.


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mma: wins in local bout and in Abu dhabi for club men

Schools rugby blitz at Castle a huge success One hundred and fifty primary school students descended on Malahide Castle grounds for their first tag rugby blitz of this year recently, an event originally scheduled for before Halloween. Students from St Andrew’s National School and Oliver Plunkett’s National School had taken part in Leinster rugby’s Play Rugby Programme for six weeks up to Halloween. In the programme, the students learnt skills which they would be able to implement on the day of the tag rugby blitz. The schools arrived down to Malahide Castle and the students couldn’t wait to get started. The two teams from St Andrew’s and eight teams from Oliver Plunketts’s were not only looking forward to playing the other school but also against the other classes in their year for the school bragging rights. The games were played with some excellent displays of tag rugby and try scoring skills and by one o’clock the blitz was over and the teachers brought their tired but happy students back to school. The organisers thanked the volunteers from Malahide RFC who helped with refereeing and organisation on the day, the teachers and principals of both schools for their help throughout the tag rugby module and Fingal County Council for the use of the castle grounds. Malahide CCRO Brendan Carpenter said: “Having worked with the students from both schools over the last six weeks, to see them finally out playing tag rugby against one another and enjoying so much was very rewarding. “Hopefully, the children follow up on their rugby introduction and come through the ranks of Malahide RFC and we see them still playing rugby in the future. A special thanks to the few volunteers from Malahide RFC who assisted me on the day making the blitz run very smoothly.” If any other schools, colleges or community groups in the Malahide/Swords area would like to participate in a similar programme please contact Brendan Carpenter on 0872109481 or email MalahideCCRO@

Team Ryano’s Myles Price in action against Kieran Davern in the Battlezone 10 event at the D4 Hotel in Ballsbridge. Picture: Ireland Sports Photography

Ryano gold home and away  peter carroll

Team Ryano’s mixed martial artists and grapplers had a successful weekend with Myles Price, Hughie O’Rourke and Stephanie Quill taking wins at Battlezone 10, held at the D4 Hotel in Ballsbridge, and Robbie Brennan taking a gold medal at the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials in Lisbon. Price, who recently changed camps from SBG to the Baldoyle gym, took on a member of his former team in Kieran Davern and

looked comfor table throughout the ordeal despite his opponent having the size advantage at welterweight. A former national lightweight champion, Price was taken down in the early goings of the first round, but when he managed to get back to his feet he controlled the fight until its end in the third round when he finished Davern with a rear naked choke. Davern posed some threats as he tried to dive into leg locks on a few occasions, but Price was unlucky not to finish the contest in the

leinster leaders Ballbriggan claim FAI Schools title in Meath THE first-year soccer team from Balbrig-

gan Community College were crowned FAI Schools First Year Futsal Leinster champions last week at Franciscan College, Gormanston, after defeating Boyne Community School in the final on penalties. Balbriggan now progress to the AllIreland finals which will be held on Wednesday, December 4, at Franciscan College.

second round when he looked to have a choke and an armbar on his opponent. “I knew that he’d have good jiu jitsu coming from SBG,” said Price in his post-fight interview with Andrew McGahon. “But I can play with anyone on the ground. When I’m in the gym I train with black belts and brown belts, so I knew if the position came up I was going to get it. “T he personalities and the training seem to really suit me at Team Ryano, I might go off and train in other

places, but this is the team that I will always be coming back to.” Next up for Price is a date at the Cage Warriors New Year’s Eve card where he will face off against Sean Carter. Hu g h i e O ’ R o u r ke made a big impression in his amateur bout where he faced off against Chris O’Donnell. The young Ryano fighter came out firing and connected with a big right hand prompting O’Donnell to take the fight to the ground. H o w e v e r, b e f o r e O’Donnell has a chance

to transition, O’Rourke sinked in a guillotine to finish the contest in the first round. Stephanie Quill looked dominant against a game Lisa O’Mahony, mounting her adversary and landing big blows towards the end of the fight to claim a justified unanimous decision. Judo black belt Robbie Brennan proved his prowess in “the gentle art”, by taking gold in a qualifier that will see him through to the final of one of jiu jitsu’s biggest stages, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club.

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Under-21s reach semi-final after victory  

S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S advanced to the semifinal of the Under-21A football championships as they saw off Castleknock 4-10 to 0-8 with an impressive win over a side that had previously conquered St Vincent’s. Jack Hazley got the

side off to a great start, high fielding a superb cross field ball from Alan Foy and burying it into the net. Castleknock steadied themselves and scored three good points but the Syl’s rearguard got on top and knocked off six straight points to lead 1-6 to 0-4 at the break.

As Castleknock tried to get themselves back into the game, Syl’s caught them twice with fast ball for ward for Mark Hazley to goal and they duly wrapped up the win from there. Next up is Na Fianna in the final four.

Minors Elsewhere, the club’s

minor hurlers bowed out of the B championship at the hands of Lucan Sarsfields 4-6 to 2-5 as three first half goals proved their undoing. They trailed 3-5 to 0- 4 at half-time and nabbed back a couple of goals but could not further break through the Lucan rearguard.

football: syl’s and enda’s to face off again

Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s AFL1 semi-final: St Sylvester’s 1-17,

performances. It was a proud day and

Ballyboden St Enda’s 2 -14. The last-

a great contest. Good luck to Lucan in

minute goal for Ballyboden in extra

the final.

time earned them a draw. The ball

The U-21 football team put up a

rolled along the ground and appeared

very big score in their championship

to be played by hand into the goal and

quarter-final victory over Castle-

so we must do it all again.

knock. They are going along nicely.

It was a day of last-minute heart

The table quiz fund raiser on Friday

breaking scores. Let’s be there to

was a very successful and enjoyable

support them next time. They deserve

night. Thank you to all who attended


and organised. The minor hurlers were defeated

Congratulations to our bar manag-

by Lucan Sarsfields in the champion-

er Gary Penrose and his wife Niamh on

ship semi-final. It was a great battle

the birth of their daughter Rebecca.

by both teams with Lucan getting the

We send sincere condolences to the

first-half goals that ultimately won

Maguire family on the recent death of

the game.

Noel, affectionately known as Bow-

All our players gave their all and there were some fantastic individual

wow, after a long illness, bravely borne.

Naomh Mearnog Our AGM took place on Friday night.

tion night. All who help out in the club in

This was a very well attended meeting

any way are invited to attend.

with lively debate on a variety of sub-

Our young players were involved

jects especially the club’s strategic

in two finals at the weekend. Our U-12

plan for the next four years.

hurlers put on a great display against

Conor Kavanagh was re-elected

Kilmacud in the league final having

as chairman and will once again lead

already earned promotion for next

the troops. Conor thanked outgoing

year. We send our best wishes to Alex

committee member John Holland for

Greer who suffered an injury during

all his hard work during the year. A full

that game.

report on our AGM will appear on our website later in the week. A last-gasp goal from Conor Dooley means the teams will meet again for a third time in the replay

Late strike lands a semi-final replay AFL DIv 1 semi-final St Sylvester’s 1-17 Ballyboden St Enda’s 2-14  stephen findlater

CONOR Dooley’s last second goal last Sunday morning in Broomfield meant that St Sylvester’s and Ballyboden St Enda’s AFL1 saga will now be a trilogy with plenty of bite in the offing. Syl’s had come from three points down to draw their regular season tie in midweek to draw 0-12 each in Sancta Maria, meaning both sides qualified for the

semi-finals to play each other once again. And familiarity bred a little bit of contempt as they played out an oftentimes niggly rematch with precious little between the teams. This time, it was Syl’s turn to build a threepoint lead in the closing stages of extra time only for Kenny Naughton’s ball across goal to bundled in by a diving Dooley at the right post. It was the final action of the tie, a result that will once again extend the season by a couple of weeks. Boden had the edge at half-time, eking

out a 0-7 to 0-5 lead. Nigel Dunne, though, was in imperious form and ended the game with 1-9 to his name while Gary Sweeney was making a big impact coming away with a lot of good ball around the breaks. He tied the game at seven, nine and 11 points apiece as Boden chipped ahead, usually via Naughton, only for Syl’s to comeback. They hit the front once more when Colm Basquel punched in a point attempt that dropped short, beating Stephen Finnegan to the

ball, only for Dunne to smash home an equalising goal moments later. Naughton put his side a point in front only for Sweeney to hoist one over to end normal time at 1-12 each. Syl’s looked the more likely to win it in extra time with Brian Sexton making a series of key inter ventions. Aidan Relihan and Eugene Keating helped build their first significant lead of the game in the second half of an injurystrewn phase of play. But Dooley’s goal meant they will have to do it all again.

On Sunday, our U-14 ladies football team put on a fine display against

Our senior football mentors are tak-

Scoul Ui Chonaill in the championship

ing a well-deserved break. We thank

final. This game had everything and

Gerry Harrington, Richie Johnson,

went to extra time. Well done to eve-

Ciaran O’Callaghan and Martin Kenny

rybody concerned. The future looks

for their dedication and expertise.

bright in all codes.

On Friday night at 8pm, we are hosting a quiz in aid of the Philippines Disaster Fund. Tables of four cost €40. Please support this worthy cause.

The club lotto is now €10,000. Please support. We send our sympathies to Pat O’Callaghan on the death of his father

Our annual Mass takes place on

Paddy and to Noel Rooney on the death

December 7 at 8pm. It will be followed

of his sister Anne Greaney. May they

by our mentors and helpers apprecia-

rest in peace.

Fingallians Two important play-off games this

Taimid cinnte go n-eiróidh sibh thar

week: The hurlers play in the Div 4

barr. Beirigi bua.

semi-final v Trinity Gaels at home

Our U-6s will host a blitz this Sat-

under lights and, on Sunday, the Divi-

urday at the club from 10am. This is

sion 7 footballers play in the final,

an important event for these young-

away to Bank of Ireland at 11am

sters as they start their careers

(venue to be confirmed).

in the red jersey. New players are

Congratulations to Shannon Murtagh, the Dublin U-14 ladies player of the year.

always welcome at the academy on Saturday mornings at 10am. Christmas Texas Hold’em Poker

Dublin Scor na nOg will take place

is on this Friday night from 8.30pm.

in Craobh Chiarain’s GAA club this

Texas Hold’em is open to the com-

Thursday, November 28 at 7.30pm.

munity at a cost of €10 per person. A

The club will be represented by our

selection of hams and turkeys are the

ceili dancers, ballad group, solo sing-

prizes on offer.

er and trad group. We encourage all to go and cheer on the participants.

The juvenile academy Christmas party is on December 14.

GazetteSPORT all of your MALAHIDE sports coverage from page 27-31

do it again: St Sylvester’s ship late goal to force another encounter with Ballyboden in play-offs P31

November 28, 2013

national treasure: Part two of our interview with Eamon Dunphy P29

Malahide United’s Ray Whelehan is one of the players manager John Gill hopes will provide the engine to help the side succeed in Cork this weekend

Road Leeds to United

Malahide face Munster Senior League side this weekend in the FAI Intermediate Cup, and are expecting a tough test to reach the next round  stephen findlater

MALAHIDE United boss John Gill is hoping his side can adapt quickly to tough conditions in Cork this weekend when his side bid to move another step forward in the FAI Intermediate Cup. They face Munster Senior League mid-table outfit Leeds AFC at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, with the word from the south suggesting Gill’s side will be up against a physical outfit on a pitch likely to be a long way off the pristine standards of United’s Gannon Park. Speaking about the upcoming tie, Gill said that he has managed to glean as much informa-

tion as possible about their opposition. “We’ve had Leeds watched twice so have done our homework,” he said. “They are a big, physical team and play on a poor pitch, unfortunately for us given where we are coming from. “We are under no illusions. It will be a tough battle. There will be a replay if it is not settled but we are going down to win. The way we look at it, we are two games away from the FAI Senior Cup and that’s where we want to be. We want to keep the run going and build on the two wins we have had so far and keep it going.” Malahide’s results have been sporadic of late, giving up leads against both Bangor Celtic and Crumlin, but Gill has been pleased with his side’s commitment to get the ball on the turf

and play a short-passing game. To that end, Ray Whelehan and Gareth Logan make things tick but the latter is struggling with a thigh injury. On the credit side, centre-half Philip Byrne is available and pushing for inclusion. “The performances have been very good. People forget we have put together a brand new team and coaching team. Last week, we were 2-0 up against Bangor and lost 3-2. Against Crumlin, it was a similar type of game – 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go. “Crumlin have won the league three of the last four years and we should have got something out of the game. So we’re not too far away from having a really good side. Eight players

that started last Thursday weren’t with the club last season so we’re trying to build a new club with a new mentality.” In Leeds’ ranks will be former Wolves man Kenny Coleman who is the club’s marquee name but Gill says the tie could go down to any number of variables and hopes his side can hit the ground running. “It could come down to small things. We don’t know what kind of referee we will get, or whether they are a homer. “We need to adapt to the pitch and the way they play but, one thing is for sure, we will try and get the ball down and pass it, try and play football and that’s the way we will continue to play.”

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