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The musical acts set to perform in Malahide next month have this week been confirmed by local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF). The Gazette revealed last month that a number of open-air concerts would take place in Bridgefield, Malahide Castle in an effort to provide a boost to local businesses. Bands such as The Commitments,


Hot House Jazz Band, S Club 7 and Basehunter are set to take to the stage over the course of the weekend, which according to Cllr O’Brien, is shaping up to be a great event. “Already the demand is big. It isn’t being looked at as a money-making exercise. The spin-off is that people will come out and spend the day in Malahide and support local businesses.” Full Story on Page 3

Bowled over: Kids get top tips from cricket international theo allan, Matthew Reynolds and Corey O Conghaile were among around 100 children who were at a fielding and bowling masterclass at Malahide Cricket Club’s annual Easter camp

recently. Ireland international cricket star John Mooney was on hand to pass on some top tips about practice techniques which the children greatly enjoyed. Full Gallery Next Week

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Cruise gets papers to certify his Irish roots

Holly wood actor Tom Cruise has roots in Dublin North it has emerged following a visit by the movie star to Dublin last week. The actor received a certificate to mark his Irish roots after researchers discovered one of his ancestors restored evicted tenants to his land in the mid 1800s. Patrick Russell Cruise, his great-great-great grandfather, returned from America after his land agent forced families from land he inherited and owned in 1843. The research was commissioned by Tourism Ireland for the actor’s visit here last week and

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was completed by genealogy researchers Eneclann, who unveiled the history of the family with ancestors leading back to Drynam, Kinsealy and Seatown, Swords. Tom Cruise was in Dublin for the premiere of his latest blockbuster Oblivion, as well as other engagements, but high on his agenda however, was a reception hosted by the Department of Foreign

Affairs and Tourism Ireland to honour his Irish roots. “He was very friendly, really relaxed and he’s very low-key and receptive. He was all the more charming for that,” explained Fiona Fitzsimons, director of Eneclann. “He asked smart questions, he was really interested. I think he was bowled over by it. “He kept asking questions but just before he went, he stopped at the door and said that once he had time to digest it, he would get back in touch with us. He was genuinely interested in it.” The research revealed that the Cruise fam-

ily had settled in Ireland, with roots going back 800 years. A third family, the Russells, were also prominent in Cruise’s ancestry. The Cruises can trace their presence in Ireland back to the Anglo-Normans and Strongbow, Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke and Lord of Leinster. Cruise’s great-greatgreat grandfather Patrick died in Dublin in March 1849 and was buried in Donabate. “I have to admit, when it first came in, I groaned inwardly because the name Cruise could have been anywhere in Ireland. “I thought it was going

to be like searching for a needle in a haystack,” said researcher Fiona. “We found that Patrick Russell Cruise was the ancestor that emigrated from Ireland. “We can trace the Russells back to the 1300s in Seatown, Swords and in Drynam. They built Seatown Castle in the 1480s, before Columbus discovered America, and there’s still part of that castle standing in Swords. “It’s funny because every American comes to Ireland looking for their castle, they always joke about it, but in this case, we have actually found one for him.”

Science and maths symposium at Sutton Park Teachers, parents and senior-level students are invited to an upcoming science and mathematics symposium to be held at Sutton Park School on Thursday, April 11 at 7.30pm. The symposium will explore new approaches to teaching and learning and show-

case ways in which students develop key skills and discover learning opportunities in science and mathematics subjects. Speakers at the event will i n cl u d e P r o f e s s o r D o n a l O’Donovan from Trinity College Dublin, who will speak

about the mathematical approach to problem solving, as well as Peter Timmins, teacher of Design and Communications Graphics at Sutton Park School, who will speak about ways in which geometry affects on our daily lives. Catherine Tattersall, head

of science at the school, will also speak about how engaging in self-directed, authentic science projects in the Sutton Park Science Club has supported learners’ knowledge and understanding of science as well as their enthusiasm and engagement in science.

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bridgefield Gigs aim to boost local business

drama Quality stars take to stage

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The musical acts set to perform in Malahide next month have this week been confirmed by local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF). The Gazette revealed last month that a number of open-air concerts would take place in Bridgefield, Malahide Castle, in an effort to provide a boost to local businesses. Bands such as the Commitments, Hot House Jazz Band, S Club 7 and Basehunter are set to take to

the stage over the course of the weekend, which according to Cllr O’Brien, is shaping up to be a great event. “There will be a broad variety of acts and the tickets are really affordable so in terms of Bridgefield being the closest point in the castle to the village, it will be great for local businesses,” he said. “Businesses in the village will be given first refusal for concession stands on site. The events will be timed in such a way as to maxim-

ise the number of visitors to local businesses in Malahide Village when the gigs finish.” The concerts will take place from Friday, May 24 until Sunday, May 26 and will see a 90s reunion-style concert kicking off the weekend on Friday evening. Members of S Club 7 will take to the stage, along with the Vengaboys and Basehunter. On Saturday afternoon, X-Factor finalists MK1 will take to the stage and will be supported by Irish

S Club 7 and Vengaboys are among the acts to play in Bridgefield, Malahide Castle

YouTube sensations Fresh Re. More acts are to be confirmed. “There’s going to be more announced for the Saturday afternoon, but it will be aimed at teenagers and the family crowd,” Cllr O’Brien explained. Saturday night will see The Commitments take

to the stage, while Sunday evening’s concert will see Hot House Jazz Band featuring Honor Heffernan perform. Tickets will be priced between €5 and €15 for each concert and details for ticket sales are yet to be confirmed. “If we get good weather that weekend, it will be

fantastic. “Already the demand is big. I think the price of the tickets is wonderful; it isn’t being looked at as a money-making exercise. The spin-off is that people will come out and spend the day in Malahide and support local businesses.”

Malahide-based drama society St Andrews Players are set to take to the stage once again next week, with their latest production, Star Quality. The amateur dramatic society will be hosting their performance at The Martello Room at Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre. Star Quality is based on an original short story and a partly-finished stage play, both by Noel Coward. The production will be held at 8pm on Thursday, April 18, Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. Tickets cost from €10 - €12 and will be available at the door on the night. For more details, phone 086 8827 403.

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website New user-friendly service is ‘impartial and community-owned’

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A NEW website is providing Malahide residents with a “one-stop shop” for all things relating to local businesses, sports clubs and events., which went live last week, was launched as a collaboration between a number of local communitybased groups. The website is designed and owned by

community organisations in Malahide including the Malahide Chamber of Commerce, the Tidy Towns committee, the local historical society and Malahide Community Forum. They have been working together to develop this new resource for people living and visiting Malahide village. “This is a great example of community organisa-

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tions working together,” said Heidi Bedell, who represents the Tidy Towns on the working committee. “Malahide is a particularly good place for these kinds of co-operative projects and it enables great things to be achieved.” While the website is not the first local online forum, Heidi said it aims to work with the other local sites. “There is a Chamber of Com-

merce website and there is the Enjoy Malahide website. The Chamber of Commerce is business and Enjoy Malahide is commercial, and they’re both very useful and are great websites, but it was felt that there should be an impartial, communityowned and community-run website that was just linked in to all the other websites as well.

“It’s a one-stop shop for anyone in Malahide or visiting Malahide. It’s not in competition with anybody - it’s actually a resource that will help all the sites get more activity and help people to find them more easily.” The website will provide details and links to various sports clubs, societies, schools and ser vices in Malahide, and according

to Heidi the feedback from members of the public has been positive so far. “It’s very easy to navigate and very easy to use. People seem to be very pleased with the layout. It’s very attractive and it’s got an awful lot of information on it, and we’re hoping the community will continue to update it and that the community know it is there,” she said.


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On yer bike: Trio come together to launch a National Suicide Awareness initiative fair city actor Aoibheann McCaul (centre) with fellow actor Maclean Burke and RTE DJ Colm Hayes pictured at the launch of Cycle Against Suicide, a national suicide awareness initiative taking place around Ireland from April 22 to May 5. The idea behind the project was developed by successful entrepreneur and international businessman Jim Breen, with the objective of raising awareness for the considerable help and supports out there for anyone battling depression, at risk of suicide, or those coping with the loss of loved ones due to suicide.

Jim came up with the initiative following the screening of a TV documentary The Secret Millionaire which showed Jim visiting a suicide awareness group. The visit had a huge impact on Jim and thousands of viewers and after the show aired he was inundated with many offers of help. Now Jim and his team of volunteers, from different counties, countries, backgrounds and age groups have come together to work on the Cycle Against Suicide project. For more information go to

Fingal County Council have been asked to give “special consideration” to the visually impaired members of the community living in Malahide when it comes to applying for funding from the National Transport Authority next year. The request comes following a motion put forward by local Cllr Eoghan O Brien (FF) at a recent area committee meeting, who asked for the provision of pedestrian traffic lights at the junction of Parnell Cottages and St Sylvester’s Villas in Malahide. According to Cllr O’Brien, the installation of pedestrian traffic lights is needed at the junction due to the number of visually impaired members of the community living in that area as well as the increase in traffic that has emerged since the recent opening of Avoca at Malahide Castle and Gardens. While the council confirmed that there is no funding to provide the lights this year, it will however be put forward for consideration for the 2014 application for funding to the NTA. “There are a number of visually impaired people living in the area and it’s a major quality of life and safety issue for them so I would ask that that area be given special consideration,” said O’Brien.

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Full of beans at CARI fundraiser D

UBLIN Wives star Roz Flanagan recently held her second fundraising coffee morning for the CARI Foundation in Silks Restaurant in Malahide. Among those in attendance were chief executive of CARI Mary Flaherty and

Chief executive of CARI Mary Flaherty, with Aisling Holly

author of Did You Hear Me Crying, Cassie Moore

Susan McLaverty, Clodagh Brennan and Kay Hutton

Roz’s co-stars Jo Jordan and Virginia Macari, who came along to support her on the day. The CARI Foundation provides counselling and therapy for children and teenagers who are affected by child sex abuse.

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Family fun Fundraiser to create awareness and finance summer camps

Blossom Ireland asks supporters to take a walk  natalie burke

A CHARITY aimed at providing respite care to families with children with intellectual disabilities is set to host a family fun walk this weekend. Blossom Ireland will be

hosting a one-mile family fun walk in St Anne’s Park in Raheny on Sunday, April 14. The organisers promise a day packed with fun family activities including marching band, majorettes, face-painting, goodie bags and much more. Established in May 2010, the aim of the charity is to

provide safe, affordable, fun and stimulating activities for the children with intellectual disabilities during outof-school hours and in turn offering much needed respite to their families. “Last year’s inaugural walk exceeded all expectations in terms of bringing the com-

munity together, in helping us to raise awareness and also in raising much needed funds,” said Auveen Bell, cofounder of Blossom Ireland. “The money generated from last year’s walk allowed us to run a full extra week of summer camps which was fantastic. We hope to see even more

people this time and would encourage as many as possible to join us. Every euro raised will be spent wisely and will go directly to help children enjoy what could be otherwise very empty school holidays.” Registration and entertainment will be live from

Reading: Viking fun at library


Target date for traffic work set Traffic safety and calming measures at Holywell Educate Together National School could be in place before the start of the next school year, according to Fingal County Council. This announcement comes following a request by local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) for an official completion date for the proposed works on the Holywell Link Road and a timeline for traffic safety measures to be brought into place. The link road was recently awarded funding as part of the 2013 programme of works. At a recent area committee meeting, the council confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with the landowners and a compulsory purchase order is currently being prepared. Due to this, the council stated that it is not yet possible to confirm a date for the opening of the link road. However, the council said that the appointment of a contractor and the construction of the road could be completed within one year of the land being acquired. “The traffic calming measures at Holywell Educate Together will be in place for the start of the next school year in September,” the council also confirmed.

2.30pm and the Family Fun Walk itself will commence at 3pm on the main avenue in St. Anne’s Park. For further information and updates on Blossom Ireland visit or follow the charity online at

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delighted to announce that the Battle in the Castle reading initiative programme for senior cycle primary school children continues on April 16 at Rush and Malahide libraries with a Viking workshop hosted by Michael Moylan. The reading programme is inspired by the award winning The Secret of Kells children’s adventure novel by Eithne Massey. The workshops will take place on April 16 from 10.30-11.30am at Rush Library and 12.30-1.30 at Malahide Library.

community: village’s TIDy towns and local authority in negotiations

Street bins set for facelift as Malahide co-ordinates colours  natalie burke

Street bins across Malahide are set to receive a facelift this spring. Malahide Tidy Tow ns has been in negotiations with Fingal County Council operations and planning sections in recent weeks in order to upgrade all the street bins in the Malahide area. The Tidy Towns committee plan to carry out the improvements by preparing and repainting every bin in Malahide in an opal green. The col-

our is the same chosen for the Malahide Castle logo. The bins will also be adorned with the new Malahide logo which can be seen in the grounds of Malahide Castle and on the new Malahide community website, New graphics will be printed on each bin incorporating a multi-lingual policy. The extensive project will involve the upgrade of bins from Robswall in Malahide to the Swords Road. The project was given the green light from Fingal County

Council last week, following weeks of discussions. “This is an extensive project which will involve huge investment

and if people are available to help with their nearest bin they can contact us.” Co-ordinating a universal colour palette for


‘This is an extensive project which will involve huge investment from the Tidy Towns of both money and labour’


from the Tidy Towns of both money and labour,” explained Gerry Rafferty, chairperson of the local Tidy Towns committee. “We’re still looking for additional volunteers to help with the painting

Malahide is part of a broader initiative being developed by the new Malahide public realm which will include outlining colour schemes for shop fronts and flower baskets.

According to Fingal County Council, an agreement between the council and the Tidy Towns committee allows for the committee to paint the refuse bins in the village each year. This year, as part of ongoing discussions through the Public Realm Project the group were provided with the logos and colour scheme for Malahide Demesne. “The use of these images and colour schemes in such a prominent position in Malahide Village aims to create a sense of community through-

out the wider Malahide area, and also a clear visual link between the village and the newly refurbished Malahide Castle and Demesne,” a spokesperson for the council stated. “Fingal County Council is currently working with the public, local community and youth groups developing a strategy for Malahide with the Malahide Public Realm Project. The project aims to identify short, medium and long term actions for the village,” the spokesperson continued.

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politics Party holds crisis meeting

Major change in Labour tactics sought Representatives of the Labour Party in Dublin North have this week called for a major change in tactics saying it needs to implement more of its policies in Government. The latest comments follow the resignation of MEP Nessa Childers from Labour’s parliamentary party, which led to more than 60 Labour Party members meeting in Dublin last weekend in an effort to campaign for the party’s policies to be implemented in Government. “My main thought is that it’s not a change of leadership or a change in communication strategy, which is what some of the TDs have been saying,” said Cllr Cian O’Callaghan. “I think the problem quite simply is what they’re doing in Government and what they’re not doing in Government. They need to change their policies.”

When asked by The Gazette if the Labour Party should withdraw itself from Government, Cllr O’Callaghan said he believed this was not the answer. “I think what Labour should do is to seek to have a bigger chunk of its policies implemented in Government. No one expects Labour to do everything, or to get every single commitment made implemented, but the expectation is to have a fair attempt at that.” According to Cllr O’Callaghan, people will continue to leave if the Labour Party fails to do what it is meant to do. “There will be more members leaving, more councillors, more TDs resigning from the parliamentary party, and the more that happens, it simply means other people will step into that breach. “I think that’s a fact. I don’t feel that’s my opinion or what I want

School’s annual cake sale St Sylvester’s Infant school in Malahide will be hosting its annual cake sale on Friday, April 12. As the biggest fundraising event of the year for the local school, all money raised will go towards school maintenance and school tours for the pupils. The cake sale will also feature a cake-guessing competition and will take place from 9.15am until 1pm.

Lions Club annual hill walk

Both Cllr Cian O’Callaghan and Cllr Ciaran Byrne of the Labour Party called for changes to the programme for government following the resignation of MEP Nessa Childers from Labour’s parliamentary party

to see happening, I think that’s what will happen and that’s what has happened in other countries if a party fails – in a very broad sense – to do what it set out to do, then it gets replaced over time, that is what happens.” Echoing Cllr O’Callaghan’s view, Cllr Ciaran Byrne said it “wouldn’t make a difference” if the Labour Party pulled out of Government. “The Labour Party is doing an extremely important, necessary job in supporting the realignment of our country’s economy. That’s not for negotiations, but I think there are some adjustments in the programme for Government that need to be made in particular. “Those include a realignment of who pays what in terms of fairness

and taxation. “Obviously being a Labour councillor, I’m interested in the fate of the Labour Party but I don’t think it would make the slightest bit of difference [if we pulled out of Government]. What is being done has to be done. “I know there’s a perception that they’re not playing hard ball with Fine Gael but in fact the Labour Party have achieved a lot. Fine Gael wanted to cut social services by 66% and increase taxes but that didn’t happen so we have been effective in protecting some of the weakest people in the country. “It would have been far, far worse for the poorest people in this country had Labour not been in Government, if Fine Gael had gotten the overall majority.”

recent area committee meeting, who hoped to ensure the much photographed heritage building will not be spoilt for any photographers or tourists visiting the area. While the council noted that a number of vehicles had to park

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Bid to stop cars blocking castle view Fingal County Council has this week issued an instruction to the operator of Malahide Castle and Gardens, Shannon Heritage, to prevent cars from parking in front of the castle. This comes following a motion put forward by Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) at a

Malahide Lions Club will be hosting their annual hill walk on Sunday, April 21 this year. For the past 15 years, the club have organised the walk in order to raise much-needed funds for St Francis Hospice in Raheny. This year’s hill walk will take participants on the cliff walk in Howth, walking from Balscadden around to Red Rock, up over Shielmartin and back to Howth via Deer Par. For more information and a sponsorship card, contact Stephen McDonagh on 086 0612984 or Frank Higgins on 01 8453777 or visit

in front of the castle during the refurbishment works which took place over the past 18 months, they said they supported the motion “entirely” and have since instructed Shannon Heritage to ensure vehicles no longer obstruct the castle view.

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Glitterati gather to view ‘dramedy’ in Temple Bar


HE Irish premier of the Woolgatherer was recently staged at the New Theatre in Temple Bar. The play by William Mastrosimone and directed by David Byrne, artistic director of Blue Moon Theatre Company, is set in South Phila-

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delphia, and is an award-winning “dramedy”. It centres around Rose and Cliff, two neurotic people who are searching for love. Many theatre-goers attended the premiere, including Irish singer-

Alan O’Riordon, Emily Pine and Fergus Cronin

songwriter Paddy Casey. The play runs until Saturday, April 13, and tickets cost €15 and €12 for concession. For more information about The Woolgatherer, log on to www.

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recipe: search for Ireland’s top fish soup cook

Call goes out to all corners for country’s best chowder The people of Dublin are being called on to help represent their county at this year’s All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off in Kinsale this month. The Kinsale Chamber of Tourism and Kinsale’s Good Food Circle are on the hunt for Ireland’s best chowder, and are calling out to all corners of the country to find a representative from each of the 32 counties to compete in the Cook-Off 2013.

Following on from the phenomenal success of last year’s competition; this year’s event is set to take place on Sunday April 21, in a bid to find Ireland’s top chowder chef. The cook-off will see a mix of 32 top professional restaurant chefs, fishermen and those producing popular commercial chowders, represent their county and compete for the coveted title of All-Ireland Chowder

Champion. If you think you’ve got what it takes, simply tell the Kinsale Good Food Circle why. Email maria@ and in 50 words or fewer, explain why you or your restaurant deserves to fly your county’s flag. Closing date for entries is Monday, April 15. The final will take place on Sunday, April 21 and the winning chef will receive a customised tro-

phy and have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Newport, Rhode Island Great Chowder Cook-Off next summer. “Being renowned as Ireland’s gourmet capital, this competition offers the perfect platform to showcase the wealth of talent that exists amongst Ireland’s chefs when it comes to chowder recipes,” said Hal McElroy, chairman of Kinsale Chamber of Tourism.

Chef Peter Caviston testing the ingredients with Philip Sheffrey from Cavistons of Glasthule, at last year’s Cook-Off


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Stand-up comedian and TV presenter Neil Delamere hitched a lift home in his wheel barrow helped by Fr Peter McVerry as part of the launch of The Long Walk Home Challenge

A grand walk home to raise €50k An Irish charity hopes to raise €50,000 through a fundraising event that follows the path of the Grand Canal between Shannon Harbour in Offaly to Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. Last week, the Peter McVerry Trust, the charity working with homeless youths, launched The Long Walk Home – Grand Canal Challenge. This fundraising event will take place over the May bank holiday from Friday, May 3 until Monday, May 6. Money raised will help provide services and support to those experiencing homelessness. Each night participants will stay in fourstar hotels such as Barberstown Castle which will be the scene of the celebrations to mark the last night of the walk.

On the final stretch of the journey on day four participants will step onto the replica Guinness barge, the MV Cadhla, and travel in style along the canal from Portobello to Grand Canal Basin. For more information visit

Georgian Museum shut until June 20 The Georgian House Museum on Lower Fitzwilliam Street temporarily closed its doors on April 5 and will only reopen on June 20 due to cost-saving measures. Once it reopens, the museum will be accessible to the public for 140 days this year. Storyboards will inform visitors of the history behind the beautiful townhouse. Number 29 Lower Fit-

zwilliam Street’s architecture and decorative style is very typical of the neo-classical period (1790-1820), apparent in such Dublin landmarks as the Customs House and Four Courts by the English architect James Gandon. For more information on the museum and for a virtual tour, you can go to http://www.esb. i e / m a i n / a b o u t- e s b / n u m b e r t we n t y n i n e / default.htm.

Major acting coach to lead masterclass One of the world’s most sought-after acting coaches is coming to Ireland this month to lead an acting masterclass at Dunderry Park, Trim, Co Meath. Having spent 17 years as senior teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Lon-

don, Dee Cannon has worked with a wide array of stars ranging from Jon Voight to the Spice Girls. Today, Dee runs masterclasses around the world and has penned many of her key ideas in a highly-acclaimed book, In Depth Acting. Pierce Brosnan described it as “a book for those who are just starting out on the path with a burning passion, and for those like me, who have come down the road so far and still need direction”. Suitable for both beginners and experienced actors, Dee will host a residential weekend at Dunderry Park from April 26-28. Weekend residential costs €250 for tuition, accommodation and all meals. For more information contact

Online search for talent for show A theatrical production company is, for the first time ever, hosting an online talent search for its show later this year. From the producers of Riverdance comes Heartbeat of Home, a new music and dance stage spectacular that will grace Dublin stages

this September. Producers are now looking for an abundance of dancers to star in the show. Irish, Latin (tango, salsa) , flamenco, Afro-Cuban (tap, lyrical) and street dancers are being asked to film their auditions and upload their video online. Performers are being asked to be original,

creative and put on a wow performance that makes them stand out from the others. The final date to upload auditions is April 26. Heartbeat of Home will be at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for 21 performances from September 25 until October 12. See w w w.hear tbeatof for further information.

Dee Cannon is running an acting masterclass at Dunderry Park, Trim, Co Meath

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Competition: 96% score for teams’ model application

Students secure their spot in national finals

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Six transition year students from Templeogue College have made it through to the national finals of an international competition to design and make a compressed air powered racing car model. F1 in Schools is a competition sponsored by the Irish Computer Society in partnership with Discover Science and Engineering and is open to all secondary schools. The six young south Dublin engineers in the making are called the Templeogue Superluminals. One of the team, marketing manager Brendan Maher, told The Gazette that the students submitted a five-page application form on their car and received 96% for their efforts. This high score launched the Templeogue Superluminals into the Leinster regional finals and now on to the

The Templeogue Superluminals have made it through to the national finals of an international competition

national finals on April 30, which will see teams from all over the country compete against each other to determine the best-engineered and fastest model car in Ireland. The Templeogue students will run a stand at the finals and race their car against other finalists in front of the general public. “To finance the building

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of the car we are required to obtain sponsorship through businesses. “We are also required to conduct a media campaign to raise awareness of our brand and we plan to donate 10% of any income we make to the National Council for the Blind and the Irish Deaf Society,” said Brendan. Team manager Sean Morrin said: “All six

members of the team have put in a tremendous amount of work, on the business end we have already secured sponsorship from local businesses and we have a very innovative car design.” The winner of the national competition will travel to Texas, USA in November to participate in the F1 in Schools international finals

against teams from all over the world.



Over 12m eggs eaten at Easter Dubliners went all out this Easter chomping through an estimated 365,316 tonnes of chocolate, with Ireland consuming over 12 million Easter eggs and chocolate confectionery; an average of six per household. T h a t ’s a c c o r d i n g to figures released by Repak, which also say Irish consumers are breaking Easter packaging recycling records on previous years by targeting the recovery of over 22,500 tonnes of used packaging. However, despite the large amount of chocolate eggs being consumed this year, Easter egg packaging counted for less than 2% of all packaging generated over the Easter period. Repak reported that Irish households generated over 35,000 tonnes

of used packaging waste over the Easter period, with Dublin households generating 10,513,784 kilos of Easter packaging waste or 139 kilos of Easter packaging waste per household. Last year Dublin households recovered and recycled the equivalent of 5,860,000 kilos of used packaging over the Easter period. In 2012, Repak helped to recover and recycle over 21,000 tonnes of used packaging, an increase of 14% over 2011. This generated carbon savings of over 19,500 tonnes which is the equivalent of taking 10,058 cars off the road annually. After a record 2012, Repak is targeting the recovery of over 22,500 tonnes in used Easter packaging waste this year.


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Dublin band inspire teenagers to talk about suicide prevention

Friends of Emmet: Using music and videos to help teens

Bidding to beat suicide A Dublin band are making headlines in the US and Canada, inspiring teenagers to talk about suicide prevention. Friends of Emmet, who have members from Dun Laoghaire and Cabinteely, are based in Los Angeles, having reformed in 2009, as bass player Keith Geraghty explains. “We were in a band in the late 90s, based in LA. Myself, Brian and

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Mark [the singer and guitarist in Friends of Emmet] were living with the other two members of the band in a onebedroom apartment in Hollywood that had no air conditioning.

“It was like a pressure cooker, so we called it a day. “Then four years ago, we were asked to reform for a TV show that never came together. We started writing songs together over the internet and the first song was Coming Apart.” Coming Apar t has been a global hit since, with the lyrics echoing the story of Kevin Hines. Survive

Kevin is one of the few people to survive the plunge from San F r a n c i s c o ’s G o l d e n Gate Bridge. Hines’s stor y, captured in the documentary The Bridge, so captured FOE singer Mark Leddy that he penned the lyrics to the song immediately. Having been told the story of Hines, Keith set out to find him. “I just wanted him to hear the song. He’s a really good friend now and is a great guy. “Ever y thing that

we’re doing comes back to Kevin Hines standing on that bridge for 40 minutes with nobody asking if he was okay. “We want people to know it’s okay to talk if you’re not feeling good.” Kevin appears in the video for Coming Apart, which led to the song being picked up by a school organisation in New York: You Are Never Alone. Videos with the acronym YANA, all using Coming Apar t, have been viewed thousands of times on YouTube, with teens encouraged to write the acronym on their wrists. Using the music and videos is key to alerting teens to the presence of help agencies, says Keith. To that end, the band are campaigning to have logos and numbers for suicide awareness organisations put into school journals by law. “I was going into the Garda station and there were pamphlets for help organisations,

but by the time you get there, you’re probably too late. “I started thinking about the idea of the homework journal. Kids all have to go to school until they’re at least 15, five days a week for most of the year. Save lives

“Putting the number and logo [of help organisations] in the journal seems like a no-brainer. It would cost nothing to do because printers would have to do it, but it would save lives. “It would sink in, whereas it’s stuff that you can’t talk to kids about. They get interested in the Kevin Hines story and the song and the videos. “It’s really important that you speak the language of people who are that age, otherwise they won’t respond to it. “If they see it every day, they’ll know there’s help there.” For more on the band, visit

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Keeping up with The Saturdays  natalie burke

DE S PI T E b e i n g i n the midst of celebrating their first ever UK number one, recovering from their recent trip to LA to shoot their reality TV show Chasing The Saturdays for E! Entertainment, as well as preparing for the birth of bandmate Rochelle’s first baby, The Saturdays still had time to visit Dublin’s fair city last week to help raise money for an important Irish charity. Four-fifths of The Saturdays – minus pregnant Rochelle – took to the stage at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre last week and performed to a sold out venue, raising funds for the Society of St Vincent de Paul. T he special charity event marked the first anniversary of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, and saw a total of €150,000 raised for the charity. Before the girls took to the stage however, they took some time out to chat to the Gazette about what they love about Dublin, why blonde bombshell Mollie King might be tempted by the Irish accent, and, of course, their first ever number one single. While Mollie sported a glitter sequin skirt, Vanessa White a red dress and Frankie Sand-

ford showed off her legs in a black playsuit, it was Tipperary native Una Healy that really stole the show thanks to a red ruffle skirt and an obvious excitement at being back in her home country to perform. “I love to come back and visit all the time. I think it’s definitely a place I’d like to return to one day. I always get homesick, even still!” she said. The 31-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Aoife Belle last year, said she was delighted to bring her baby back to Ireland for her first Christmas recently. “We’re over and back all the time, but one day I would love to live back here again,” she said. “We love [coming over to Dublin] because Una gets so passionate,” explained bandmate Mollie. “Each time we’re here, she teaches us a new fact. She loves to tell us what the Irish say and how they say it. She was teaching us today!” Putting on her best Irish accent she says “Thanks a million”, much to the enjoyment of her band mates. “How are you Mollie?” asks Una. “Well?” Mollie responds. “Oh no – that’s hello isn’t it?” she laughs. “I’m ‘grand’. I’ve learnt that one!” Missing bandmate Rochelle Humes, married

to JLS’s Marvin Humes, is set to be the second member of the band to become a mother. “It always feels weird when one of us isn’t here,” said Una. “It’s never the same, no matter who it is. She still has to have the baby yet so she felt she was at that point where she just couldn’t be on stage any longer.” When asked if she had any advice for Rochelle and her impending motherhood, Una said she looks forward to helping her friend learn the ropes. “For me, I’m still learning. I still feel like a new mum. When Aoife was born, myself and Ben had never even changed a nappy in our lives. Rochelle has seen how I’ve done it and I guess she’ll adapt whatever way she can balance it best herself. Together we’ll do it!” While keeping mum is on the agenda for two of The Saturdays, it seems the remaining band members are making no such similar plans any time in the near future. “T here’s always a rumour around – I’m married, I’m engaged - but no, not at the moment,” says Frankie. “Definitely not for a long, long time,” nodded Vanessa. “The ball’s in the man’s court. They need to ask us to marry and the guy

The Saturdays performed at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre without their fifth member, Rochelle Humes, who is pregnant with her first child

needs to ask me on a date, so we’ll wait,” said Molly, confirming once again that she is “just friends” with Prince Harry. When it comes to finding the right man however, she does admit she wouldn’t rule out a Dublin man. “I love the Dublin accent, definitely! The Irish accent is actually one of my favourites.” So for the moment, it seems all the girls can think about is their number one single, What About Us, featuring Sean Paul. “For any band it’s a dream to go number one all around the world but to be number one at home for four of the Saturdays was incredible. But we would love to be number one here definitely. Especially for Una!” said Mollie.


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jim doherty, Doherty Flooring & Wood Products

Laying the foundation for a good business plan Doherty Flooring and Wood Products was established in 1999. Managing director Jim Doherty has over 40 years’ experience in the timber and allied trades. His fellow directors are his sons Gavin and Rory, who are both qualified carpenters, as are all their fitters.

Before setting up Doherty Flooring Jim was managing director of the James McMahon Group, Ireland’s largest timber importers. Jim began his career in McMahons as a junior in the office and became the first non-family director in six generations of the business, which was established in 1830.

How long have you been in business?

(solid and herringbone); carpets; decking (composite, solid hardwood and treated pine); doors, frames, skirting and architraves; banisters and stairs; wardrobes; made-tomeasure alcove units; kitchen refurbishment and radiator cabinets.

Doherty Flooring & Wood Products was established in 1999. We have extensive showrooms with all our products on display.

What makes your business successful?

We are a family-owned business with customer satisfaction to the fore. Every job is signed off, and we ensure that our client is satisfied in every way. More than 50% of our business arises from recommendations from happy clients.

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

Personal attention and an honest desire to fulfil our customer needs. We have the added advantage of being a one-stop shop for all their timber products and carpentry needs. We also recognise that, as well as customer satisfaction, our prices have to be very competitive.

Has the recession impacted your business?

Yes, very much so – activity has slowed considerably since 2008.

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

We have extended our range of activity. In 2008, our main business was supplying and fitting flooring. We now specialise in flooring (solid, semi-solid and laminates); junckers

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

Grant aid for home improvement. This would give an immediate boost to indigenous employment, as well as keeping activity outside the black economy. More activity would lead to more jobs, and more revenue for everyone. The Government spoke about this prior to the last budget, but nothing came of it. Hopefully, they will revisit it in the next budget.

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

Have just recently started [using such media]; too early to say how this will impact on our business.

What is your ambition for the business?

To continue to expand our range of activity. The recession has driven us forward in this regard. What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Keep a close and constant watch on your overheads and, to quote retailer Fergal Quinn: “The customer is king.”


Top tips on getting your CV read Some experts say that it takes up to six hours to construct the perfect CV. I think that’s a bit excessive, but not by much. There is a plethora of information and thousands of templates on the internet to help you; but a paint by numbers CV with no considered thought results in a bad picture. Unless you are absolutely adept at writing and amending your CV, don’t expect results from a document you only spent an hour on. You need to consider your presentation, format and content/language. Here are some presentation basics to keep in mind. Firstly, your CV should be no more than two pages in length. There are a number of exceptions eg academic positions. Find out what the standard is for your profession or industry and adhere to it. There’s no need to write CV at the top, it takes up too much valuable space and it’s stating the obvious. Leave out your date of birth and marital status. Use a conservative typeface and a font size no smaller than 11 point. Your CV should stand out because of its content, not because it is typed in Comic Sans on pink paper, and yes, I have come across a CV presented in this manner. Spell your qualifications correctly. You would be amazed how many university graduates think they have a Batchelors degree. Computer spell-checks are not good enough. They’re fine for an initial clean-up,

but I guarantee that if you read over your CV carefully three times, you will find three more mistakes. Write in bullet-points. Recruiters and employers don’t have time to read through paragraphs of text, no matter how well it’s written. Don’t include referee contact details unless they are specifically asked for. These are great sales leads for recruitment consultants and headhunters, but they waste space that you could be using to sell yourself. Instead say “excellent references available”. Add a header to each page in the top right-hand corner with your name and number, in case the first page of your CV is misplaced. All of the above are extremely simple to achieve. Do this and from the outset, you are signalling to an employer that you are a credible candidate. In today’s labour market, getting your CV read is half the battle.  Rachael Kilgallon is a qualified career coach and founder of

The Career Hub. Contact Rachael at or visit

launch: importance of keeping business local

Bathroom Boutique ranges from modern to traditional A South Dublin business has launched its new bathroom showroom in Churchtown, which is now open to the public. Bathroom Boutique, located at Earlscourt Industrial Estate in Churchtown is run by Robert Prestage, who has over 25 years’ experience in the plumbing and construction industry. He ran his own company in Cape Town, South Africa, before moving to Dublin 13 years ago. What was meant to be a holiday soon turned into a big career move before the holiday was over, Robert was working for a couple in Shankill and ended up staying in Dublin. Prestage Plumbers and Renovators was established soon afterward, with the business going

from strength to strength. Robert’s latest business venture is the new showroom at Bathroom Boutique. Designed and fitted to the highest standard, it is influenced by styles and concepts from Europe’s leading brands, such as Duravit, Merlyn, Catalano, Grohe, Scanbad, Aqualisa, Geberit, Elements, Isa Bagno, Fiora, Roca, Jika, Clearwater, Gessi, Mira, Crosswater, Bette, Sonas, Heritage and many more. Products range from contemporary to traditional and everything in between. Customers will find a wide range of baths, wet-room showers, shower enclosures, washbasins, toilets, furniture and a large selection of tiles. It specialises in retail and offers full installation

Bathroom Boutique in Churchtown

service and maintenance service by their sister company, Prestage Plumbers and Renovators. Bathroom Boutique’s ethos is based on delivering superior quality and outstanding service. Products are sourced through Irish companies, mindful of Robert’s belief

in keeping business local. The official opening of Bathroom Boutique takes place on April 13 between 11am and 4pm. For further information on the event, contact Bathroom Boutique on 01 2156075, or log on to www.thebathroombou

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Starring as the legendary actor in the titular Oliver Reed – Wild Thing at the Pavilion Theatre, actor and writer Rob Crouch (main) had help from Reed’s son, Mark (inset)


Wild Thing to delight you  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

A REAL movie great is coming back to life this month at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. Oliver Reed – Wild Thing is a new, one-man play that depicts the whole life of the flamboyant character and actor who is now as famous for playing Bill Sykes in 1968’s Oliver! as he is for playing out his own rambunctious character in bars and on chat shows throughout his 100-film career. The Gazette spoke to Reed’s son, Mark, who was in Dublin with the actor and writer of the new play, Rob Crouch. Rob co-wrote the piece with his friend Mike Davis, and has studied Reed’s life, character and mannerisms

to an uncanny degree of accuracy. Mark and Rob were publicising the play together and, although they had never met before the play, have since become fast friends. Rob said: “I wasn’t a big fan of Oliver Reed before this, but I am now. I wanted to dramatise the life of a real character, and he seemed the most ideal.” With Mark along as an invaluable resource, Rob’s depiction of the rebellious English actor has all the more authenticity. “I play Reed from a four-year-old boy up until his last days, as he relates the story of his life to an audience in the form of barstool anecdotes. “I wanted people to feel like they had actually met him in person, and that was a big challenge, theatrically.

“Reed was a film actor who eschewed the theatre, so his method was all about the close-up, and stillness and soft-spoken danger. I had to project and magnify all this for the theatre.” Mark is still taken aback at the level of his father’s appeal. “It’s almost 14 years since his death, and people are still fascinated by him. “Women loved him not only for his masculinity and dangerous unpredictability, but also because he had a real softness and a perfect polish when he behaved himself. “It would have been interesting to see what would have happened after [his final film] Gladiator.” Rob told the story of Reed’s decision to play the old gladiator, Proximo, after

some advice from director Michael Winner. “He told Reed: ‘You have to have a last act’, and he was right – [Reed] hadn’t played an older character, and he was a real gladiator in life himself. “I always think of that role like he was giving advice to the younger actor [Russell Crowe] about how to tackle life,” he said. Reed is buried in Cork, his final home. “There was never any question about that. He was going home to Cork, and there is always a fresh pint or gin and tonic [there] for my father,” said Mark, with a smile full of his dad’s old mischief. Oliver Reed – Wild Thing premieres in The Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday, April 24.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Bobbie, a seven-year-old female German Shepherd. This beautiful older lady thinks she is still a little puppy and loves when the lead appears, ready to head off on an adventure. Bobbie has become a regular helper in the training and behaviour adviser’s office in Dogs Trust, is always on hand to give a warm welcome to visitors, and even sings a little song when the photocopier starts going! This lady missed out on exercise and stimulation in her life, therefore it is so important that her new owners are looking for a dog that they can help get back on all four paws. If you think you are that special person, then please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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APRIL is here and it’s already making us feel like there is hope for the summer. It may be a bit chilly, but once the sun makes an appearance there is no stopping us. Even if the weather decides to take a turn for the Arctic, summer dressing is still an essential look, so this week Gazette Style is getting that Summer Feeling and showing readers what’s available this season. Model wears: floral crop top €11, floral print shorts €13, two tone sandals €18, sunglasses €1.50, bracelet €3 – all available in Penneys.

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Unlock the power of oats with Aveeno Dry skin can cause major upsets to adults and children alike, so Aveeno Dermexa has unlocked the power of oats to help soothe and hydrate even the most sensitive dry skin. This product is suitable for adults and for babies as young as three months. It can be very irritating for babies to have dry skin, as it leaves them with little itches that can lead to bigger upsets. Unique

Aveeno Dermexa is made of a unique formula that contains oat extracts and ceramides that help to prevent the recurrence of extremely dry, irritated skin with regular use. This product is used in two simple steps as part of a daily routine.

The first step is to try Aveeno Dermexa Soothing Emollient Body Wash. T his is used for gentle cleansing. It is then followed up by Aveeno Dermexa Soothing Emollient Moisturising Cream to help soothe irritated skin and help to restore

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Summer make-up goes bold and beautiful Yves Saint Laurent showcases its summer look and it is glowing with shades of violet, bronze, coral and gold. The fashion and beauty expert launched its latest look, and unsurprisingly it is bold and beautiful. The look is a matte complexion, sunset eyes, sensual lips and bold coloured nails. Get the look with YSL creative director make-up artist Lloyd Simmonds: Sunset eyes: The Marrakesh Sunset Palette contains warm shades gilded by a Saharienne sunset. For day, mix the brown and rosy shades for a smoldering nude look. At night, apply the violet in a smoky effect and add a touch of

gold to the inner corners of the eyes to brighten your look. Lip fever: To enhance a matte complexion and add an ultra sultry touch to the lips use Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre N°115 Brun Sultan. Nail tension: With the face made up in a variation on nude shades, an exciting contrast is created with nails in strong colours, full of personality and fantasy. Green, violet, taupe, on the beach and in the city, they give radiance to the look and allow you to create matching twinsets on fingertips and toes. The YSL summer collection will be available from May.



Indulge in a So Yummy Chocolate and Hazelnut Delight hot wax from Brazilia Easter may be over, but it doesn’t mean we still can’t indulge in the greatness of chocolate and be treated to a Chocolate and Hazelnut Delight hot wax. Yes, you heard right, chocolate waxing. The So Yummy Chocolate and Hazelnut Delight hot and strip waxes from Brazilia have proven popular over the Easter holidays, and beyond. Indulge the senses with both the smell and the feel of this wax - really who doesn’t like the smell of chocolate? Cocoa is known for its antioxidising effect due to the presence of Vitamin E, so it is relatively pain free waxing. Moreover, it prevents skin dehydration by supplying litheness, softness and tonicity. It suits all hair and skin types too. Brazilia salons aim to make their customers feel pampered and cared for in a relaxed environment. Each

treatment room features an individual decor with plump beds for comfort. The chocolate and hazelnut fragrance double action oil and the soothing lotion allow for complete treatments using quality products. Brazilia salons also use Lycon, Australia’s premier wax. Lycon uses the conditioning properties of azulene, aloe vera, chamomile, rose and lavender – all beautifully combined to soothe and exfoliate. Brazilia salons are located at 50 South William Street, Dublin 2 (01-6750000) and 4 Sandyford Office Park, Dublin 18 (01-2934858).

Tantalising new Roger and Gallet lotion Roger and Gallet have launched a new body lotion with a tantalising fragrance of blood orange. Lait des bienfaits is the latest product from the company who brought us Eau des bienfaits. The product’s amazing fragrance is inspired by the refreshing citrus fruits of an Italian garden and uplifts the senses, while the lotion hydrates, nourishes and soothes. It is absorbed quickly and contains natural active ingredients that are paraben-free and colourant-free, making it a gentle yet effective part of body care routine. Five

red berries including cranberry, pomegranate, blueberry, blackcurrant and cherry provide antioxidant benefits. Aloe vera is used to hydrate and soften, while kiwi extract acts as a thirst quencher for the cells and has been added to the formula to help improve the skin’s suppleness. Ginseng extract provides a strong stimulating effect and the signature blood orange tantalises and invigorates. Lait des bienfaits costs €14.75 – 200ml and is available in selected Marks & Spencer beauty halls and independent pharmacies.

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


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Blaze Away! The Incredible Story of Josef Locke JOSEF Locke was one of the most popular entertainers ever in Ireland and Britain in the 40s, 50s and 60s. His story was immortalised in the film Hear My Song which was a huge international success. The Incredible Story of Josef Locke chronicles the scandalous life of the Derry born singing legend who performed in no less than five Royal Variety Performances, such was his popularity. April 13, tickets €22/€19.

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

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 For Club and County

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

The girls channel their inner Lindsay Lohan on a particularly wild night out

review: The most deliriously brilliant teen movie of the year

Mental breakdown EVERY now and then a film comes along that seems so mental that it demands to be seen. T h i s y e a r, S p r i n g Breakers takes that title for a number of reasons. First, it features the next steps by two Disney starlets, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez. Secondly, it is effectively the major Hollywood debut of Harmony Korine, the intriguing and slightly bonkers director of Mister Lonely and Trash Humpers. Thirdly, it features James Franco wearing a grill made entirely of silver teeth, his hair in cornrows and wielding two hand guns at once. If the name Harmony Korine means nothing to you, that’s not particularly surprising. His particular brand of mind-bending weirdness has been pretty

Film of the Week: Spring Breakers h h h (18) 94 mins Director: Harmony Korine Starring: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Jeff Jarrett

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much confined to the States for much of his career, though he did pen the 1995 indie classic Kids. How weird you ask? Take this synopsis of an unreleased film called What Makes Pistachio Nuts? about a pig named Pistachio. “The film was to take place during a race war in Florida and have a boy who would saddle the pig, put adhesive on its feet, climb up walls and throw molotovcocktails. “It was going to be my masterpiece,” Korine comments. The script burnt in a fire and Korine spent $11,000 trying to recov-


EASILY the most insane teen film that you’ll see this year. Or any other year for that matter. Seeing former Disney stars tear up the rulebook on-screen is satisfying, though not the only attraction here. Franco, who has done an excellent line in weirdness in recent times, is on top form as Alien, the hip-hop caricature who acts as the catalyst for the girls’ descent into madness.

er it from his computer. This came after he had spent a number of months with illusionist David Blaine making a quasi-snuff film which revolved around Korine getting into fights with unsuspecting members of the public. After six fights, he was hospitalized and abandoned the project. L u c k i l y, S p r i n g Breakers takes all of his talent and finds it concentrated. In a way. For this is no straightforward story of a group of girls on spring break. It is not, in any way, a female Hangover.

It is a lurid, frenetic and really quite violent film that shifts gears from hedonism to nihilism in a seemless manner at the close of the second act. T he biggest problem that the film does encounter, however, is the shallow characterisation of its leading ladies. Only Gomez’s Faith is properly convincing in her role as the God-fearing girl caught between her Lord and Alien, Franco’s absurdly fun rap-artist/criminal/ father figure to the four girls.

From their initial meeting with Alien, a pervading sense of dread fills the film. As the film careens, seemingly unstoppably, to its inevitable ending, Korine ratchets up the doom, signing scenes off with the clicking of a gun. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t expect the third act to come off the rails completely, such is the early set up. It just feels like a film that will lose itself in a bloodbath or a sermon. Luckily, Korine manages to avoid either and still keeps the absolute insanity rolling right along. Having already turned in over six times its $2 million budget, there is no doubt that Korine will be in high demand. Whether the next film features a pig, we’ll all just have to wait and see.

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Should Walker away from it ANOTHER Walking Dead game? Deja-vu for readers, or perhaps I should say, zombie-view. Definitely not to be confused with the acclaimed, multi-award-winning Telltale 2012 game, The

Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (TWD:SI) is

developer Terminal Reality’s stab at taking a bite at some of the zombie apocalypse fun, with this cross-platform title. Unfortunately, it’s more of a shot in the foot than a shot in the arm for gamers, as I’ll get to. But first, let’s examine the pedigree of the game, before the game’s zombies (Walkers) stroll, stagger and lurch into view... Based on the same setting as the cult hit TV show of the same name, TWD:SI is a prequel, using the popular red-

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getting ready to visit los santos Grand Theft Auto V’s cover art revealed

Perhaps Merle Dixon here is pointing at some of the excellent games that gamers have been privvy to so far this year – alas, he’s trapped on a rooftop in a dull game that looks like it was rushed out six or seven years ago. (Sorry, Merle ...)

neck brothers from the show, Daryl Dixon and his tough-nut big bro, Merle (both voiced by their actors, Norman Reedus and the incomparable Michael Rooker, respectively). While TWD has been presented by other developers as, say, a complex adventure story, or a Facebook social strategy game, amongst others, here we’re presented with a marginally innovative first-person shooter. After all, creeping around a zombie-infested world from a FPS view-


gamers make their mark on classic FM Legendary games composer put on Hall of Fame 2013

RADIO station beloved of just about every taxi driver I seem to end up with, Classic FM has just seen the singularly brilliant games composer Nobuo Uematsu (right) parachuted in to third-place on the listener’s Hall of Fame 2013 list. Uematsu-san even beat the likes of Beethoven in the top five, with the Japanese driving force behind much of the music in the exhaustive Final Fantasy games continuing to wow gamers, and, latterly, a wider range of music fans, with his diverse range taking in orchestral scores to J-pop. Kudos, too, to Jeremy Soule – who I’ve also featured here before – for being the second (and only other) games composer on the list, at fifth place, with his Skyrim score.


point should be a natural fit, right? Sadly for Daryl and Merle, the Dixon boys’ world has a lot more problems than just zombies to contend with. Obstensibly following the brother’s attempts to survive in an apocalyptic America (in the period before they would meet the fellow survivors at the start of the first series of the hit TV show), TWD:SI follows primarily Daryl, aided by Merle, as they scavenge resources, explore, press forward and occasionally meet

other survivors, all the while trying to avoid – or eliminate – Walkers. With familiar scavenge/ escort/eliminate missions to undertake, and with slight – I said, slight – freedom in how to approach situations, it’s a standard FPS that has a familiar resonance with the show. Stay silent, don’t attract lots of Walkers, distract them with noises – Daryl and Merle (and you) know the score. Fans will certainly appreciate some of these efforts that Terminal Reality have taken to capture the essence of the characters, and the show’s general setting. Unfor tunately, the game’s problems are obvious from the get-go. Frankly, it’s one of the most visually unappealing titles I’ve seen in a while. Uninspiring environments. Lifeless textures (no pun intended). That’lldo levels of animation and character design. And, worst of all, even

for a game primarily built around zombies, the game’s AI is particularly brainless, with danger tending to come from clumsily implemented strength-of-number scenarios rather than expressly from the enemies themselves. Considering the stunning games we’ve been treated to recently – and while games certainly don’t need amazing graphics to impress, by any means – it’s very hard not to see TWD:SI as a cheap-and-not-so-cheerful rush job. When presented with such an underwhelming title – and one that looks like it was bashed out several years ago, I might add – it’s hard not to shrug at yet another missed opportunity to make a great film/TV show tie-in with more than just a rudimentary lick of paint over the game. Much like the show’s and game’s Walkers, this is one to avoid ...

AS A long-term gamer, there are few things more depressing than when you’re playing games that are designed expressely for adults, only to note that some six- or seven-year-old kid is running around in that game’s violent mutliplayer modes. Parents! Can you really be so unconcerned about what kind of violent game Little Timmy may be playing, or what kind of potentially-weird people he’s playing with, online? Dear oh dear – what a depressing thought ... On the other hand, something that cheered me – and many other gamers – right up is the sight of the recentlyreleased artwork cover for Grand Theft Auto V, which is inching ever closer to its September 17 release. Once again following the strong graphic design of previous GTA title covers, it provides a knowing nod at some of the characters, gameplay elements and ancillary details to be found within the game’s pretty vast “Los Santos” version of Los Angeles. With an awful lot of gamers looking forward to visiting Los Santos in September, here’s hoping that Little Timmy won’t be one of them ...

mouse house moves on star wars

Large-scale job cuts, projects on hold at LucasArts THERE was (possibly) a great disturbance in The Force this week with the news that Disney, owner of LucasArts – the games wing of Star Wars, to put it simply – has announced large-scale job cuts in line with a fundamental shift in LucasArt’s importance to the Disney group. Not only that, but a number of titles in development – including the heavily-promoted Star Wars 1313 – have also been put on hold, which could make their eventual completion about as likely as an Ewok version of Hamlet. While anything associated with Star Wars is still more or less a licence to print money, the Star Wars games haven’t quite been warmly embraced by many, and LucasArts titles haven’t had the same critical acclaim in recent years as many older titles since its founding in 1982. With Disney happy to promote LucasArts as a licensing model rather than as an internal development wing, it’ll be interesting to see what’s next for the august brand ...

appealing new CORE for apple?

New IOS rumoured to feature radical overhaul LAST but not least, idle chit-chat has it that Apple are working on a pretty different, overhauled mobile OS with its upcoming IOS 7. Perhaps given the sharp rise of other phones in popularity, for example (cough Samsung products cough), Apple are expected to slightly reinvent the wheel with a new, somehow even slicker interface. Let’s hope they don’t get pipped to the post by any rivals ...

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Kearney launches Audi Bespoke Sales Event Audi Ireland is going the extra mile this April and offering its customers a selection of bespoke offers to suit every Audi driver. Effective until April 30, the Audi Bespoke Sales Event will take place at Audi dealerships across the country, giving motorists the opportunity to avail of exceptional savings on a range of limited edition packages. Audi brand ambassador and rugby star, Rob Kearney, was on hand to officially launch the event which is currently taking place throughout the country. Audi is also offering a personal contract plan (PCP) which is available to both existing and prospective customers, offering low monthly rates and a guaranteed future value on the vehicle. Orna Conway, general manager of product and marketing at Audi Ireland, commented: “We are delighted to be in a position to offer these special edition packages. Customers visiting our dealerships from April 5 will enjoy unbeatable savings on Audi models that have been specifically built with this unique sales event in mind.”

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This is a car with everything in terms of looks, but it also drives like a dream

Mazda6 Sport Tourer: an unforgettable driving experience

Well-made, user-friendly and smartly styled… n Cormac Curtis

Micra - Mini Marathon’s official car: Nissan have announced a threeyear partnership to supply the Nissan Micra as the official car for the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon. The Nissan Micra has been and still remains one of Ireland’s most popular city cars with just short of 100,000 Micras sold in Ireland since its launch in 1983. 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the Nissan Micra, and the association with one of the sporting highlights of the summer being a fitting tribute to celebrate the car’s continuing success and popularity. As part of the partnership a

fleet of vehicles will be supplied to the event organisers to assist with the vast operational requirements involved in running one of the largest women’s events of its kind in the world. In addition, Nissan will also be giving away a special edition Micra 30 to one lucky entrant in this year’s race. All entrants in the marathon will be automatically entered into a competition to win the Micra when they register for the event. The Flora Women’s Mini-Marathon takes place this year on Monday, June 3 at 2pm. Full details of the competition and how to enter it is available on

They say the secret to entertainment is to always leave them wanting more. If this is true, then Mazda has seriously hit the nail on the head with the new generation Mazda6, and the version that tickles my fancy in particular is the Sport Tourer. Most of the time those lucky enough to write about cars as part of their working life, get to try out the models they drive for a week at a time – unfortunately, I was left short when it came to the Mazda6 Sport Tourer. Just before the weekend – which is when I usually get to give the cars a proper going over – I had to hand the keys of the Mazda6 back

without properly putting it through its paces. Having enjoyed the Tourer for about five days, all I can say is that it is arguably the most perfect car in terms of per formance, looks, practicality and value for money in this country. What are my reasons for such an accolade? Well, for starters, Mazda’s looks have reached an all-time high. They call their latest approach KODO - Soul of Motion, a design theme inspired by the movements of animals in the wild – and the look for all new generation Mazdas. Mazda believes it has captured KODO’s purest essence in the all-new Mazda6, the production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept first showcased at the

Tokyo Motor Show in late 2011. It combines a muscular anatomy and vitality with a functional allure that is certain to gain broad market appreciation – and a level of quality that sets it apart. And the quality feel of this car is yet another pinnacle for Mazda. Materials, design, feel, all simply hit the mark. Switches and controls are positioned for optimum usability, and the symmetrical gauges (with clean white lighting replacing the current model’s red and the addition of LED backlighting) inspire enthusiasm as soon as you get behind the wheel. But despite its proximity to the cockpit, the front passenger environment engenders peace of mind. The seats, especially

at the front, have a simple, contoured shape with a w raparound sports car feel providing vertical, longitudinal or lateral support when it’s needed. Leather upholstery (perforated in the middle for better sound absorption and breathability as well as texture) comes in sporty yet warm offwhite with matching stitching, or black with red stitching, which subtly shows off the rich textures and details. Tastefully coordinated and expertly crafted, Mazda’s interior designers achieved an instantly recognisable level of high quality and elegance that truly match the sporty yet distinguished exterior. Just look at the pictures of this car to appreciate how much individ-

ual character and beautiful design are at play. In a word, gorgeous. This is a car with everything in terms of looks, but it also drives like a dream. With less weight, a lower centre of gravity and low rolling resistance tyres, the Mazda6 gets even more from its SKYACTIV engines and transmissions. For exceptional linearity and responsiveness, and an unforgettable driving experience, exceptional fuel efficiency included. Sporty yet civilised is what you get with the new Tourer. The Mazda6 starts at a very competitive €28,745 for the Executive Spec saloon, with the Sport Tourer kicking off at €30,095. Engines range from a 2.0-litre petrol to a 2.2-litre diesel.

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MUSIC FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

Rush to judgement at last for Canucks The Sheepdogs self-titled major label debut is a real revelation, combining a variety of influences to maximum effect

review: shaggy-dog songs and classic sounds for 2013

Trial by rock ’n’ roll

The best band you’ve never heard of come from Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is vast, and the Canadian prarie province is home to major cities like Saskatoon and the magnificently named Moose Jaw. Straight outta Saskatoon have come the equally magnificently monikered Sheepdogs, who ventured forth and brought their brand of classic downhome rock ’n’ roll to the masses. Building a sizeable fanbase in their home country, and winning the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys for Best Rock Album, Best New Group and Single of the Year last year, The Sheepdogs are on

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a roll. Somewhat appropriately, they couldn’t be there on the night to collect their honours, given that they were on tour with one of their undoubted heroes and major influences, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. That success came on the back of their previous independent release, Learn And B u r n , w h i c h s aw a fine set of songs being honed to rocking per-

fection and the band’s clear love and respect for The Beatles on display throughout. Their self-titled release is the band’s major label debut on Atlantic records, home of such rock luminaries as Led Zeppelin, Cream and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and considering their style and sound, there is no more appropriate home for these puppies. Listening to this on your car’s sound system is like shutting the modern world outside a n d t i m e - t r ave l l i n g back to the golden age of 70s radio, such is the pristine classic rock on offer here. Opening with a Creedence-recalling

(and unironically titled) Laid Back, this eponymous effort delivers a perfect encapsulation of the post-60s rock scene, with a twist of psych and a bowlful of sweet melodies. It doesn’t linger or meander into the realms of noodly eightminute jams, it delivers just as much as it needs to, which leaves you wanting more. Feeling Good has a huge fuzzy rolling vibe reminiscent of Black Keys’ Lonely Boy, and that is no small wonder, with the album produced by the Keys’ Patrick Carney. Carney has clearly coralled the band to play to their undoubted strengths, and this continues throughout

the record. The CSNYesque Ewan’s Blues, with its harmonising vocal and bluesy stroll, is a mid-paced highlight, and the band’s capacity to slide effortlessly into other styles is demonstrated on tracks like Javelina (an acidflecked jazz workout) and on the treble threat of Is Your Dream Worth Dying For?, How Late How Long and Sharp Sounds, where the band pull all the threads of their various influences together to create something fresh but ver y, very familiar. They might not be hip, but they sure are groov y. T he Sheep dogs deserve to be the soundtrack to your fleecy moments.

Just one week to go until a massive wrong is put right! The 28th Annual Rock and Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on April 18 and, for Rush fans, that day will mark the end of a long campaign for justice. The Canadian trio of Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson will finally be making permanent waves in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after a 14-year wait. And if you’re thinking, well they don’t just let anyone in there, they sometimes do. The Hall of Fame, since its foundation in 1986, has inducted 279 artists and bands, or 701 people in total - one of them being Neil Diamond, so you see making excellent music isn’t a given. What artists do require, however, is an album that is a quarter-of-a-century old. Musicians aren’t eligible for the Hall of Fame until 25 years from the release of their first record, but with Rush releasing their self-titled debut in 1974, they’ve been eligible for induction since 1999. The reason for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions on any given year seems to be a bit of a mystery, with many music fans asking why some bands and artists haven’t made it while others are in more than once. Eric Clapton’s solo career along with his work with The Yardbirds and Cream has earned him a hat trick of inductions, while Beatles John, Paul and George are each in twice for both their solo and Beatles’ music. At least Rush fans can sleep easy after this year’s ceremony, and watching the band being inducted by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters should be the icing on the bittersweet cake. Justice will be done! Dee Woods presents Nova Nights on Radio Nova Mon-Fri 7pm-12am & Sundays 12-2pm Follow her on Twitter @radeeoh




Perfect sunshine getaway in Turkey

IF you are looking for the perfect getaway for the June bank holiday weekend, why not catch a few rays of sunshine in Turkey. WingsAbroad, the Turkish holiday specialists have some great offers on departures from Dublin for the week of the June Bank Holiday. Departing Dublin on June 2, 2013, stay at the three-star Melissa Apartments in Kusadasi on a self-catering basis from only €329 per person, the three-star Sami Beach Hotel in Gumbet on a B&B basis from just €389 per person, or the Special Category Kaseria Hotel, Gumbet on a B&B basis from only €369 per person. The prices stated include return flights from Dublin, seven nights’ accommodation as stated, return airport transfers and charges. Prices are per person and are based on two people sharing. For more information or to book, check out, call 01 8719444 or contact your local travel agent.

Gather together at Lisloughrey Lodge THERE’S no Gathering as memorable and fun as the gathering together of family, relatives or friends, so to celebrate the Gathering 2013, Lisloughrey Lodge are offering a special designed to allow you to do just that. Gather your favourite people together to enjoy a two-night stay at the lovely Lisloughrey Lodge, which is set on 10 acres of woodland estate overlooking the beautiful Lough Corrib. The package is based on a booking of four deluxe courtyard rooms, and includes breakfast each morning and dinner for your party in Wilde’s Restaurant, where head chef Jonathan Keane is deservedly earning a name for himself as one of the best chefs in the west. The Gathering 2013 package is available from €165 for two nights’ B&B and one evening meal, based on a minimum booking of four bedrooms, each with two people sharing. For further information, call 094 954 5400 or see www.




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Enjoy a weekend of indulgence in Sligo


I RECENTLY enjoyed a two-night stay at the remarkably imposing looking Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Our small party was given a very spacious suite comprising two rooms with three beds, a bathroom and a wide entrance hall. Indeed it was more like a one bedroom apartment than a hotel room. The style and layout of the suite suited our purposes to a T. On our first night we had dinner in the lovely Sinergie restaurant, which was full of family atmosphere. I had a vegetable strudel, which was a flaky pastry parcel of vegetables in a red spicy sauce. It was a really delicious vegetarian meal which is always the test of a talented chef. My companion had pork in a sticky gravy sauce and mash which she enjoyed thoroughly. The two children, one 16 and the other nine, enjoyed cod on a bed of pesto mash and chicken nuggets and chips respectively. The youngest child was well taken care of and the staff engaged her in direct conversation on matters of food and drink reference which I found quite refreshing and unpatronising. The hotel’s Kudos bar was our next stop and again, the place was full of families and the ambience was very relaxed. After the children went to bed at around 9pm, we stayed up for a while as the music took us back to

The stately Clarion Hotel in Sligo and one of its comfortable and family-friendly suites

the 80s and 90s with many favourites piped into the lounge all night long. The following night in the bar, there was a singer and musician to entertain the crowd. The next morning we were offered breakfast in bed. When the trays arrived at our door, we were treated to complimentary extra portions all round as there had been an earlier mistake with our order. I thought this a nice touch My companion and the 16-year-old then decided to check out the shopping in Sligo town while I went to the pool with the nine-year-old. Essence Spa and pool is a lovely haven of calm ambience and gorgeous treatments to relax the

hotel’s guests. The pool was small but perfect for our needs and there were very few using it. The nine-year-old, who cannot swim, even felt comfortable enough to try using one of the floats provided and under my instruction had her first swimming lesson. Later that afternoon, we all went to visit the famous Rosses Point to see the sad bronze statue on shore of the lady reaching out to sea in a vain lament for her relatives who have been lost at sea. The statue was very moving to behold and we were all moved by the inscription on the plaque about the strength of the local people over the years in the face of tragic loss.

We then went to have hot whiskeys in the Yeats Country Hotel as the day was ferociously wild and the wind whipped us indoors to a glorious fire. As we made our way up the long driveway back to the Clarion, we took in the beauty of that stately edifice built in 1847. The history of the building was intriguing as it started out as a great workhouse and then became a psychiatric hospital before settling into its present occupation as a luxury hotel. In its heyday in 1883, St Columba’s Lunatic Asylum held 1,100 inmates. The hospital closed in 1992 and remained so for 10 years before the Clarion group took it over and

pumped €45 million into its refurbishment. There are currently a number of good deals on offer at the Clarion in Sligo. Pre-summer packages include a twonight bed and breakfast, with one evening meal for €109 per person, or a three night B&B with two nights’ dinners for €175 per person. Weekend rates of two-night B&B with one evening meal is available at €139 per person. There are even cocktail-making classes on offer for the exuberant lassies. Sounds like fun to me! For more details and prices or to book, contact the Clarion Hotel in Sligo on 071 9119000 or email info@clarionhotelsligo. com.

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malahideRECRUITMENT Dun Laoghaire Tourism Information officer: Job description We are looking for a Tourism officer to develop and promote tourism in Dun Laoghaire in order to attract visitors and produce significant economic benefits for the local area.

Typical work activities As well as maintaining visitor services and attractions, the tourism officers will be involved in strategic planning and development. Their work involves liaising with the public and with local and public agencies, as well as behind-the-scenes preparation and planning.

Typical activities include • Producing tourist information, including art work, and writing press releases and copy for tourism guides /newsletters; • Setting up and attending exhibitions and holiday shows when needed; • Organising special and seasonal events and festivals; • Devising and planning tours, and arranging itineraries; • Liaising with local operators, the media, designers and printers; • Managing budgets and staff training when needed; • Ordering products and services; • Providing funding and business advice support and sending e-newsletters to local businesses; • Developing e-tourism platforms, including websites, and constructing business databases; • Writing and presenting reports for management; • Product development; • Talks to local parties, community groups and schools, and handling media enquiries. • Undertaking market research with members of the public and visitors to particular attractions; • Supporting the local tourism industry through providing promotional opportunities;

Salary and Working Hours • Excellent Salary and full time contract

Requirements Candidates are required to have: • Local knowledge; • Positive attitude • Will to engage with visitors • Tourism management; • Archive and museum studies; • Business/management; Candidates will need to show evidence of the following: • Flexibility; • Resourcefulness; • The ability to produce a quality product on a limited budget; • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; • Creativity; • An eye for design; • IT skills; • Local knowledge and a lively interest in the sector.

Anyone who may feel that they fit this role can please contact Conal Keaney on 087-980 3201. No Recruiters or Agencies please

Nurse Manager - Elderly Care South Dublin This elderly care facility in South Dublin are looking for a Nursing Home Manager for their facility in Blackrock to ensure the home delivers a commercially viable quality services which meets HSC, legislative and organisational requirements.

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ELAINE McNally and Paul Webster had every reason to celebrate recently when they discovered that they had won a â&#x201A;Ź10,000 wedding prize giveaway. The lucky couple had entered the competition on Facebook and were drawn with 50 other couples who gathered at The Stillorgan Park Hotel for the big draw. When the pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s names were drawn they were over the moon and can now look forward to a great wedding. Pictured handing over the prize is Daragh Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill, general manager of the hotel.

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supporting sport: gaa online initiative brings resources to community

Sporting portal launched to help local volunteers and clubs The GAA has last week launched a learning and development community portal to support people who are actively promoting Gaelic games both within the association and across the educational sector. GAA volunteers make up 42% of all sports volunteers in Ireland, while the association employs over 300 fulltime officers to supplement organisation and development. The portal will provide an additional means of providing key resources and information to support members

and non-members in their various capacities. The website, found at learning.gaa. ie, will be used to publish e-learning content and resources from the association’s coach, referee, player and administrator development programmes, as well as providing an opportunity for registered users to share and learn from one another. The portal, built with Enovation Solutions, an Irish integrator of open source software, uses the popular Moodle eLearning product, and will

also be used to publicise local events and information relevant to the various development programmes, by presenting calendars and news to members based on their club registration. Uachtaran Cumann Luthchleas Gael Liam O’Neill launching the portal said: “Our mission statement clearly identifies us as ‘a community based volunteer organisation promoting Gaelic games, culture and lifelong participation’, and in this regard it is essential that we support our members to participate to the best of their

ability in whatever role they aspire to. Central to this is increasing access to key resources for our active members. “This development, using cutting edge information technology, will allow individuals to learn at their own pace, from home or school, and in tandem with the great work of our coach, referee and comhairle (administrator) programme tutors on the ground we aim to provide a ‘blended learning’ solution in tune with best practice in education in the 21st century.”

THERE will be a healthy Lucan golf club contingent taking part in the Brabazon Trophy at Formby GC in England from June 26 to 29, following the selection of the six Irish competitors for the tournament by the Golfing Union of Ireland this week. The team will be managed by Lucan’s Tony Goode, while Richard O’Donovan is on the list of players along with Gary Hurley (NUIM), Dermot McElroy (Ballymena), Rory McNamara (Headfort), Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park) and Reeve Whitson (Mourne). Past winners include Sandy Lyle, Gordon Brand Jnr, Ronan Rafferty, Peter McEvoy, Peter Hanson from Sweden and Charl Schwartzel from South Africa.

c o n ta c t s Sports Editor: Rob Heigh

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SPORT Ireland pipped to cup honour


soccer: scotland take bob docherty title on goal difference

Seminar on new Garda vetting rules:

Dun LaoghaireRathdown and South Dublin County Sports Partnerships and the Irish Sports Council are organising an information evening for sporting clubs in the area to help them understand the new regulations regarding Garda vetting for sports clubs. This seminar, which takes place at Bewleys Hotel, Leopardstown, on Monday, April 22 from 7 to 9pm, will set out to answer questions such as these that many sport clubs have. Experts from the Irish Sports Council and a national sporting body will outline the procedures sports clubs are required to take to ensure all appropriate volunteers and coaches are vetted, and to address any questions. Admission to this seminar is free, but places are limited and you must preregister at www. gardavettingseminar.


The Republic of Ireland Under-15 girls, featuring a number of Gazette Country players among the extended squad, were pipped to the Bob Docherty Cup title last week by Scotland on a goal difference of one. The five-nations international soccer competition, which was held in Shaw’s Bridge in Belfast throughout the week, saw Ireland make impressive showings in all of their outings, winning their opening match against Wales 4-0, before a trio of 1-1 draws against England, Northern Ireland

and Scotland seeing them level on points with their Celtic neighbours. Only goal difference could separate them, which saw Scotland’s narrowly superior tally declare them the winners. Team boss Richelle O’Neill’s charges’ win against the Welsh in their opening encounter saw two goals in either half give Ireland maximum points out of the blocks. Sinead Ryan gave the Republic the lead on the 10-minute mark with a strike from close range. This lead was doubled when Roma McLaughlin headed home inside the box following a cross

Ireland’s Under-15 girls were impressive and organised in their four matches in the Bob Docherty tournament which was held in Belfast last week

courtesy of Swords native, captain Jamie Finn from St Finian’s CC. Jessica Nolan got her name on the score sheet with Ireland’s third goal on 41 minutes, and Lucan student Eleanor Ryan Doyle headed home a ball into the box from Nolan on the stroke of full time. The Republic of Ireland had a tougher test as they took to the field on Tuesday afternoon against England. The starting 11 saw Dearbhaile Beirne replace Lucan’s Niamh Farrelly. This was a physical game that saw the Irish under pressure for long periods of the first half. Ryan Doyle was unfortunate not to convert her effort goal bound as she went one on one with the Eng-

lish keeper early on. However, the deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Natasha Fenton converted from a set piece to give England the advantage. The Irish made a positive start in the second half as centre half Erica Byrne from Balbriggan got her head onto an excellent delivery from Nolan, only to see her effort go just wide. The equaliser came seconds from the final whistle as the industrious Jessica Nolan swept the ball into the danger zone from the final corner kick of the game, and an own goal from Amber Tullett saw a deserved draw as the result. McLoughlin was on hand to give the side

another late equaliser when they faced Northern Ireland in their third match of the cup, meeting another Nolan cross and beating the keeper to bring the sides level once again, as they had against England. Going into the final day’s matches, Scotland, England and Republic of Ireland were all in with a chance of clinching the trophy, locked on five points apiece, with Scotland ahead of Ireland by a single goal on goal difference, with England two further back. The sides were inseparable in the first half but Republic of Ireland took an early second half lead to move into pole position when Jamie Finn hit a cross into the box

which found Ryan free at the back post to open the scoring. However, Scotland’s Amy Gallacher chose a fine time to strike her first goal of the tournament, levelling the scores and ensuring Scotland would finish above their finalday opponents on goal difference. This result meant England needed a win to come out on top, but Wales chose the final day to pull off their best performance of the tournament, beating England 3-1 to send the championship to Scotland. However, it was the Scots’ 5-0 win against Northern Ireland that proved the difference between the teams in the final reckoning.

FAI brings Soccer Sisters football to Fingal Girls’ football was in focus over the Easter weekend, with the running of a number of the FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters camps. In Fingal, over 250 girls took part in camps in Balbriggan, Blancharstown, Malahide, Lusk and Skerries, representing the next generation of stars while the Under-17 and Under-19 sides were in international action in Austria and Holland. The biggest FAI camp in the country took place in Balbriggan at Gormanston

College, with 86 girls taking part. The Aviva Soccer Sister Easter camps in Fingal were strategically linked to local clubs to assist them in increasing their girls’ participation within their club. Commenting on the camps FAI/Fingal development officer Paul Keogh said: “This year saw our most successful girls’ camps in Fingal to date. It is fantastic to see clubs such as Malahide United, Skerries Town, Balbriggan FC, Lusk

United, Rush Athletic and Stamullen FC being so proactive and supportive of the camps. Each has a training program linked to the camp where the girls can continue to play for their local team. We are currently finalising a number of FAI girls-only festivals over the summer which proved such a success last year. It is also great to hear clubs such as Home Farm and Swords Celtic are keen to add girls football to their clubs. It should also be mentioned that without the

support of local authorities in this case Fingal County Council, these camps would not be possible” Malahide United’s girls’ training programme continues every Saturday in Gannon Park from 1 to 2pm. Malahide United are continuously looking for new girls to come along and experience soccer with the club. For more information on the Malahide United girls training programme, contact Michael O’Hara on 086 854 8592.

Some of the girls who attended the Soccer Sisters camp last weekend

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A force for good in Ciaran’s honour

Round Tower player Ciaran Carr died at a training session last year. His family have launched a bold new initiative to make sure such a tragedy can be prevented in future In January last year, Ciaran Carr collapsed and died while training with Round Tower in Clondalkin. This unexpected and tragic event brought Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) to the forefront of the minds of many in the local community and beyond. Last week saw a new initiative launched that aims to ensure that a tragic case like Ciaran’s never happens again. The Ciaran Carr Foundation was launched at Croke Park by Dublin senior football manager and Round Tower man Jim Gavin, alongside Ciaran’s parents, Gemma and Philip Carr, who are the driving force behind the foundation. Speaking to Gazette Sport last week, Philip explained the purpose of the foundation. “The foundation has

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been established to ensure that a tragedy like Ciaran’s does not happen within our community again. “We are launching this initiative to not only honour Ciaran but also in the hope of making a tangible difference by informing people about SADS, and also by educating them about how to deal with it. “We want as many people as possible, especially those involved with teams, to know how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and how to perform CPR. We’d encourage clubs and teams to have defibrillators on site, that it

is known where they are and people know how to use them. “At Round Tower, at our home venues at Moyle Park, at Monastery Road and at Corkagh Park all have AED devices. The senior team carry a portable defibrillator with them.” In addition to AED training and provision, the foundation aims to encourage the screening of every player at a club at least every two years, which consists of each playing member completing a GAA approved cardiac questionnaire and in turn being screened by a medical professional. Round Tower incorporated the health questionnaire into their annual enrolment procedures recently, and initially, Philip and the foundation are keen to ensure that all players from

Pictured at the launch of the Ciaran Carr Foundation at Croke Park last week are Dublin footballer Kevin O’Brien, Ciaran’s parents Gemma and Philip and Dublin football manager, Jim Gavin. Picture: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

Under-12 to minor level receive the opportunity to avail of health checks should the results of the questionnaires return anything that may suggest an underlying health condition. The foundation also wants to set an example

cal training.” Unfortunately, it can take a tragic case like Ciaran’s to show the lack of medical facilities and training in amateur sports. “Ciaran’s case is not the only one that happened last year. There were cases


‘We set up the foundation to honour Ciaran and make a tangible difference by educating people about SADS and how to deal with it’ - Philip Carr --------------------------------------------------------

for other clubs, regardless of the sport, as Philip explained. “Although the foundation has been set up in conjunction with the GAA, it’s not a GAA foundation. It can help out with any sporting body, and we would be delighted to help out any sporting organisation and work with them on developing their procedures so they can do a similar thing. “We would love to see as many AEDs out there as possible, in accessible locations, and those who have trained with them, who are managing teams, that it is ingrained in the back of their heads that they know it is there and how to use it. “If it were up to me, I would ensure that everyone involved in sporting clubs had a level of medi-

in Mayo, in Kilkenny, in Cork. We were driven to do something positive. If we can highlight SADS, if we can somehow get a thought into a young person’s head to say something to an older person or an adult or a mentor if they are not feeling well, then we are making a difference. “Young people feel they are invincible, and they don’t think they could have heart problems. But as we know to our cost, they do. “By setting an example to other sporting clubs and organisations we hope they will come on board and join in our battle.” For more information on the foundation and its aims, see the Ciaran Carr Foundation on Facebook, or email


Take part and win with Gazette Sport and SPAR Great Ireland Run Dublin Gazette Newspapers have teamed up again this year with the SPAR Great Ireland Run to recognise the top runners in each of our local areas. The Gazette will recognise the fastest man and woman from each paper’s circulation area with a specially designed plaque as well as prizes of sports gear. After the run, we will also be publishing a results list of the top local male and female finishers. The SPAR Great Ireland Run 2013 will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, April 14, at 1pm. Up to 12,000 entries are expected and every adult entrant will receive an exclusive technical T shirt as well as a medal and a generous goody bag after completing the run. Entries can still be made online at www., and from Thursday, April 11, at Lifestlye Sports in Blanchardstown.

Dokter bringing his cure to Irish national soccer Dutch national coach Ruud Dokter has been appointed the FAI’s high performance director, it was announced last week. Dokter has wide-ranging international experience, most recently with the KNVB, the Dutch football association, where he held a variety of senior coaching positions at men’s U-15 to U-21 level, as well as coaching the senior women’s team, and has built up a wealth of experience in delivering the world famous Dutch model of player development. Dokter will oversee the non-senior international men’s programme, the women’s senior and underage international programme, coach education and player development. Speaking about his appointment, Ruud Dokter said: “I am really looking forward to taking up the role of high performance director for the FAI. I will be getting involved in Irish football at an exciting time for the game here with the emergence of many promising young players and solid performances at underage international level.”


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Fagan’s ring return stymied by BBBofC’s licence refusal PORTMARNOCK man Oisin Fagan was left frustrated as his return to the ring against Chris Goodwin was stifled by the British Boxing Board of Control refused to issue him a licence. The 39-year-old had been due to face Goodwin in Essex last weekend, making his return to the ring after over 18 months out as he looked to target a couple of big bouts before formally retiring. But the BBBofC denied him that shot just a couple of days before the fight, leaving the Gael Force angry with how the situation panned out. Speaking about the cancellation, he said: “I’m absolutely gutted, not only for myself, but for my friends and fans that were due to travel. “The reasons given was that I was ‘inactive for so long’. While I had been inactive for two years, I wasn’t out of the game as long as Ricky Hatton who was granted the right to fight straight away, as was Scott Harrison, after a massive seven-years hiatus, so there’s surely some skulduggery, at work here.” Nonetheless, Fagan added that he is still keen to keep up his training and land a few more bouts. “Many people remarked that I had ‘done all that [gym] work for nothing’ but, while I thank them for their sentiments, I train everyday. Therefore, it never goes to waste as I would have done so, regardless. “Don’t feel sorry for me; I keep in shape so that I can take a fight at any given time and any given place. Furthermore, I am a huge believer that when God closes a door, he opens a window and I’ve a feeling I won’t have to wait too long before something else crops up.”

rugby: coolmine silenced in cup quarter-final match

Malahide were always a step ahead of Coolmine in their O’Connell Cup quarter final match at Estuary Road

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Malahide welcomed Coolmine to Estuary Road last Saturday and emphatically sealed their place in the O’Connell Cup semi-final. Conditions were perfect for a good fast open game of rugby, and Malahide opened well, moving into an eighth-minute lead through a Brendan Carpenter penalty. Carpenter repeated the trick on 15 minutes to double the home team’s lead.

However, Malahide did not have it all their own way as Coolmine’s adventure in throwing the ball around was stretching the home side’s defence. On 20 minutes, this adventure cost them dearly when a loose pass in the Coolmine half was picked up by wing James Gallagher, and he won the race to the line for the game’s opening try. Five minutes later, Carpenter was again on target with a long-range penalty to give the home side a 16-0 lead. As the half drew to a close, Malahide used the elements well and as the

over the mooney Cricket star on hand to help coach local side ireland international cricket star John Mooney was on hand last week to give a fielding and bowling masterclass at Malahide Cricket Club’s annual Easter camp.Over 100 children came along to the camp, which was sponsored by RSA and Londis in Malahide. The club host regular training events for their youth section and more information can be found online at www.

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ball was recycled, out-half Colin Corkery spotted a gap in the visitor’s defence and sneaked in under the posts. Carpenter’s conversion gave Malahide a 23-point cushion. Any thoughts Malahide had of a comfortable road to victory were quickly put to rest as Coolmine opened the second half exerting huge pressure on the Malahide line. They eventually got their reward five minutes in when a drive from close took them over the Malahide line. As Coolmine used the conditions to keep Malahide in their own half,

the home side tried to counter from deep and from one such counter they produced the try of the game when Dave Williams made a break down the right touchline, and a lovely switch pass with Eoin Barber that saw the wing over the line. Carpenter was again successful with the conversion and Malahide now led 30-5. Another Carpenter penalty was quickly followed by a try from hooker Eoin Cannon as Malahide stretched their lead. Coolmine never stopped trying to find holes in the Malahide

defence and, with 65 minutes gone, they found a gap to get in for their second try. However, Malahide continued to play with pace and when Coolmine were turned over in midfield, Killian Sweeney outsprinted the visitor’s defence for Malahide’s fifth try. Full back Dave Williams found a gap out wide and outpaced the cover to score again for the home team. Coolmine kept battling and they deservedly got a try at the death to round off the scoring in a highly entertaining game.

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County board defer football fixture plans  

THE Dublin senior and inter football first round dates have been deferred f o l l ow i n g a D u b l i n county board decision this week. The opening phase of the competition was due to be played this week but Dublin’s continued involvement in

the national leagues playoff phases in both football and hurling saw the board push back the fixtures to allow the senior panel full access to their players for these key games. Should Jim Gavin’s footballers lose at the semi-final stage of the NFL, first round fixtures will be moved back

to the week of May 8-11 but if the Dubs fall at the semi-final stage, games will be played from April 24-27. With the new dates, the county board are hopeful of having at least one round of the SFC and IFC played before allowing Gavin three weeks to prepare for Dublin’s opening

Leinster championship date on June 1 against Carlow or Westmeath. Speaking about the decision, board chairman Andy Kettle said: “There were two things we had to look at. There was player welfare and the second thing was club availability before a knock-out championship.”

Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s Last Wednesday’s AGM was a won-

The intermediates beat St Mon-

derful celebration of the many posi-

ica’s scoring 4-17 to 3-5 and they

tive elements and contributions

meet again in the league next Friday,

that make up our club.

April 12, at 7pm in Broomfield.

Retiring chairman Eddie Sullivan

The intermediate hurlers put in

and his executive committee have

a determined and gutsy perform-

contributed four years of excellent

ance to beat St Vincent’s, and the

service and we thank them most

junior hurlers also won away to Civil

sincerely for giving so generously of


their time and many talents. The long-serving Mel McIntyre

hurling: st sylvester’s sides begin with wins

took up the challenge of leading the new executive, and we wish Mel and his new team every success.

Six wins from six adult teams is a truly remarkable result. Did anyone do the Yankee? Other fixtures next week are: AFL6: Whitehall Colmcilles V St

On the playing fields, all four of

Sylvester’s at Cloghran, April 14,

our adult football teams won their

10.30am AFL9: St Sylvester’s V Scoil

respective cup matches.

Uí Chonaill at Broomfield, April 14 at

The seniors had an impressive win

12 noon.

over Parnell’s on a score of 1-16 to

MFL1: Ballyboden V St Sylvester’s

3-5. They play St Jude’s in the league

at Sancta Maria, April 14 at 10.30am

next Saturday at 6pm in Broom-

MFL4: St Sylvester’s V Raheny at


Broomfield, April 14 at 10.30am

Naomh mearnog Well done to our U-12 ladies football

society takes place on Friday with

team who made it three wins on the

the President’s Day tournament.


Contact Andrew Ritwegger for more

The U-14 team came back from an almost impossible position at half time to gain a narrow victory over Na Fianna. On Saturday, we host the ladies’ football feile. Good luck to our girls The St Sylvester’s intermediate and junior hurlers began their 2013 campaigns with wins

Hurling season up and running for Syl’s 

S T S Y LV E S T E R ’ S enjoyed a fine start to the 2013 hurling season at adult level, with both the inter and junior sides claiming opening day wins in their respective AHL3 and AHL6 campaigns. The former claimed a gutsy 0-17 to 2-8 win over St Vincent’s as they made light of a number of regulars as injury and Fingal availability left them shy. But they held up well at the back and took enough of their chances with Dara Flaherty and Ronan Kennedy playing

well. Killian O’Flynn had a really busy time in the middle contributing a few excellent points while David Casey was the pick of the forwards. At AHL6 level, the Malahide men won out 2-17 to 3-9 against Civil Service. Incredibly the scores came from 11 different players with all coming from play, serving as a great warm-up for the junior C hurling championship which gets underway on April 21 with a tie against Cuala. At minor level, the run of form did not continue as Ballyboden St Enda’s raided for a 4-7 to 1-7 vic-

tory in MHL2. Goals proved critical as Boden snagged some handy majors while producing a couple of impressive saves at the far end in Broomfield. Simon Owens, Killian Haverty and Shane Nangle in particular were excellent and overall Syl’s competed all over the field but a few little things made the difference. It was Syl’s second league tie after an opening round win over Ballinteer St John’s. They are likely to play three more league ties before breaking for the exam season.

On the football side of things, like the hurlers, both senior and junior sides were on the winning side. In the Vincent de Paul Cup, Gabriel Bannigan’s side ran up a 1-16 to 3-5 win over Parnells, completing the preliminary round of the competition with a fifth win from five games, ensuring they advance. Syl’s trailed by six at one point but landed 1-11 with just a point in response to run out strong winners. In the Loving Cup, Syl’s were 4-17 to 2-5 winners, with Mark Finnerty scoring three goals.

details. Well done to Kevin and the Dubs on reaching the league semi-final. Congratulations to Stephanie Carthy and the Dublin junior camogie team who defeated Laois.

who have been training hard under

If anyone would like to buy an unu-

the expert eye of Cliodhna O’Connor.

sual gift (hand knitted items in your

The girls also did a fundraising walk.

club or county colours), please con-

The U-14 hurlers put on a fine dis-

tact Eileen in our club shop.

play to defeat Ballinteer. The usual

Thank you to all who organised the

helpers will be needed on Saturday

wine-tasting evening. It was a great

morning. Contact Frank Lynch.


We had wins also for our U-8, U-9, U-10, U-11, U-12 and U-13 teams. The U-9 camogie girls continue to impress by once again winning all their matches on Saturday. The club would like to express its gratitude to John Fahy of Smyth’s butchers for his generous sponsorship of our senior hurlers. The first outing of the new club golf

All membership fees must be paid before the next round of games. Otherwise, players are not eligible to play. A number of our members are unwell at the momen t . Ple a se remember them in your prayers. We send our very best wishes to Michelle Fallon and Damian Killalea who were married last week.

fingallians The club lotto can now be played

Ian from our hurlers. Time and venue

online. Members are asked to check

will be announced during the week.

this out by logging on to www.fingal-

Congratulations to the Dublin Sen- This week’s jackpot will be

ior Hurlers as they secured Division


1 status for next season with a late

Our U-12 footballers have now

one-point victory over Limerick.

made it five out of five in their blitz. In

The most experienced team in

hurling, our minors, U-13s and U-16s

the club, our junior footballers, had

all had league wins.

another cup win at the weekend and

Good luck to Mick Kennedy and the

added further talent in doing so. The

Fingal hurlers in the National League

team train every Tuesday and Thurs-

final next Sunday. The team includes

day in Balheary and 7pm. All ex-play-

David, Dermot, Paddy, Peter, JM and

ers are welcome to join up.

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Ciaran’s legacy: Launch of new foundation to prevent SADS in sport P29

United duo picked in Ireland panel MALAHIDE United’s Zachary Elbouzedi and JJ Lunney have both been included in the Republic of Ireland U-15 panel to play two friendly internationals against Finland in Dublin next week. It continues their experience with the international set-up with the former part of the Irish side since the Hibernia Trophy last autumn when he lined out for a developmental panel before subsequently travelling to Qatar to take on the Aspire Academy. Lunney, who helped the Malahide DDSL U-15 outfit to the SFAI AllIreland Cup semi-finals where they

will meet Lucan United, impressed meanwhile, last month in green. He played in the tour to England where the side picked up strong results against English club sides who were a year older. The Irish will meet the Finns on Tuesday, April 16 (7pm) at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock then meet again on Thursday, April 18 (12 noon) with manager Niall Harrison set to use 25 players across the two matches. “Some players will feature in one game and some players will feature in both games,” explained Harrison, whose side are unbeaten this sea-

son having overturned Juventus and Wolves and drawn with the Aspire Academy and Brighton and Hove Albion in development matches. “We’re looking to build and continue on what we’ve done so far this season - to continue playing the way we’ve been playing and hopefully winning the games which is part of the development process too.” The squad contains a couple of new faces including Quigley and Louis Dunne, son of Colchester United’s Dublin-born boss Joe Dunne. “Mikey Quigley is a centre-midfielder who can also play right-back so we’re looking forward to seeing

how he does. “Louis Dunne is a central midfield player with a nice left foot. He’s an intelligent player, technically very good. We’ve had him in twice and he did well. He brings good passing abil-

ity and tidiness in his play. “We’ve some new players in the squad so we’re hoping they can really build on what we’ve seen from them in their regional centres and in training,” said Harrison.

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