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M a l a h i d e • P o r t m a r n o c k • K i n s e a ly • C l a r eMonth h a lXX, l INSIDE: All aboard as Dublin Bay Cruises enjoys the launch of their new tourist attraction P8


unveiling: Sculpture unveiled to mark visit of the Olympic Torch See Page 5

Take a hike: Get out and walk for a great cause Football:

St Sylvester’s off to winning start in SFC Page 31


Local store helps launch Garda Ras bid Page 29

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the public are being urged to either

take part in or support participants in a walk around Howth Head on May 25 in a bid to raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s {IHF} Hospice Home Care for Children Programme. Lady golfers in and around Dublin along with the IHF are involved in the annual event which is a great family day out. Since 1989, the Howth Walk has raised almost €630,000. Pictured at the launch are Therese Finlay, Suzanne Cronin and Eilagh Hyland.

Model rail museum is on track for Malahide Ownership in process of being transferred to Fingal council

 Natalie Burke

The Fry Model Railway Museum is still on track for Malahide it has emerged this week with a spokesperson for Failte Ireland confirm-

ing they are in the process of transferring that ownership to Fingal County Council. L o c a l S e n a t o r D a rragh O’Brien (FF) and Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), met with Patricia Dillon (Fry’s

daughter) and Ian Dillon (Fry’s grandson) as part of their campaign to locate Fry’s collection of model railways to the Casino House in Malahide. Cllr O’Brien said he hoped

to see the relocating of the railway to Malahide on completion of the Casino House renovations with a timeline of about 12 – 18 months. Full Story on Page 3

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Fingal County Council has increased charges for letting pitches following a review

Sports clubs hit with rise in pitch charges  Natalie Burke and Laura Webb

Local sports clubs have been hit with increased charges for letting pitches owned by Fingal County Council, while school teams will also have to pay charges following a review by the council. Local representatives expressed disappointment this week when they received a letter from Fingal County Council outlining a review of charges for the letting of Fingal playing pitches for season 2013/14. The letter states that the changed charges are in line with other councils, South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The council will be introducing a charge for the letting of pitches

to clubs (GAA, Soccer and Rugby) with Juvenile teams (under 18) charged €30 per team with a maximum payment of €600 for 20 or more teams. For adult teams it is €600 per club with one adult team and €100 for each additional adult team. The council is also introducing charges for schools of €30 a team to a maximum payment of €150 for five or more teams. Charges for adult teams will remain the same as last year at €600 per team and €100 for each additional adult team (0/18s). Meanwhile, the cost per month for summer leagues has increased from €80 (2012/13 season) to €100 (2013/14 season). For athletic clubs it’s gone from €60 to €100 per month, and for all other users

from €120 to €300 per annum. According to the council, the charges for the 2012/13 season and previous seasons were “extremely low” and clubs with juvenile teams only were only required to pay Fingal County Council a total charge of €50 administration fee for the season. The council said the monies generated from the increase in fees will be offset against the rising costs for the maintenance of pitches. Following the announcement of the increase in charges, Fianna Fail Cllr Darragh Butler told The Gazette that he is “totally against these charges”. “The government last year introduced the household charge and this year they intro-

duced the property tax, which is supposed to pay for local services. The making available of these pitches is a local service and should be covered under the local property tax. “Charging the schools and clubs to me is a double charge and should not be accepted,” said Cllr Butler.

Decision According to Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), the decision was made without consultation with local councillors and sports clubs and schools across Dublin North will not welcome the move. “I can’t imagine any club will be positive a b o u t h av i n g t h e s e charges imposed on them. “A lot of clubs are struggling moneywise and to be introducing

charges for the youths, the school teams and that, is a bad step in my view,” he said. “It’s an expensive business for any of the sports clubs to be trying to run their set ups, it’s all volunteer based as well. “It’s got to be disheartening for the clubs to see the council raise their prices.” Cllr O’Brien continued by saying the clubs “are not profit-making institutions”, but instead, run on a shoestring. “They’re there to provide a service to the kids of the area. It’s like they’re being penalised for keeping kids active. That’s not the way the local authorities should be looking at things. “I can’t imagine it would be a popular move at all,” he concluded.

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meeting Transfer of ownership is in progress

Model railway still on track to Malahide  natalie burke

The Fry Model Railway Museum is still on track for Malahide, it has emerged this week, following a meeting between local representatives and the family of Cyril Fry. The railway is currently under the ownership of Failte Ireland but a spokesperson for Failte Ireland confirmed that they are currently in the process of transferring that ownership to Fingal County Council.

Local Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF) and Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), met last week with Patricia Dillon (Fry’s only daughter) and Ian Dillon (Fry’s grandson) as part of their long-running campaign to locate Fry’s collection of model railways and the museum in the Casino House in Malahide. The Fry Collection and Model Railway was put in safe storage by Fingal County Council (FCC) in 2010 when it was removed from Malahide Castle during restorations.

Following the meeting, Senator O’Brien said the relocation of the Fry Collection is an important part of local heritage. “It was a pleasure to meet Patricia and Ian Dillon last week, and we will continue to engage with them on this work. I want to commend the Railway Museum Committee in Malahide who have been working on behalf of the late Micheal Gaffney without whom much of this would not be possible. His generous bequeathing of significant

Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Ian Dillon, Patricia Dillion and Senator Darragh O’Brien

investment is helping to drive this project along.” Cllr O’Brien added: “It’s really important to have the support of Fry’s family. We have the finance and planning permission in place to construct a purposebuilt facility at the rear of Casino House to act as a permanent home for the collection and museum.

“I think when people look at the investment that has been made in the area, through Malahide Castle, the cricket club and now casino house, that people will see a huge commitment to three key parts of the community infrastructure. This is about driving tourism and promotion of local facilities for the benefit of the

whole community,” Senator O’Brien concluded. Cllr O’Brien confirmed that work on the Casino will commence following the conclusion of legal issues and the Fry Collection will then be rehoused on the completion of these works. “We’re looking at a timeline of maybe about 12 – 18 months,” he said.

event Rugby family fun day An annual family fun day held every year by Malahide Rugby FC is set to take place once again this year at the rugby club on Sunday, May 19. The popular event will kick off with a parade through the village with all players marching to the grounds in the hope of raising awareness of the club. A tractor-pull will also be held in the afternoon. The family day will begin from 12.30pm and continue into the evening, with an all-day BBQ, enter tainment and activities. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the fun, members and nonmembers alike. See

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HEALTH Pupils take part in hospital work experience

Teaching students about mental illness STUDENTS from Portmarnock Community School recently took part in an educational programme with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, a programme that aims to teach stu-

dents about the reality of mental illness. The programme invites transition year students to take part in a week’s work experience at the hospital that incorporates two elements; work

placement in various departments in the hospital and mental health awareness classes hosted by the Adolescent Mental Health Team in Willow Grove Adolescent Unit. On their return

to school, students are asked to hold a mental health awareness event for fellow pupils. According to one student, Katie Jones, from Portmarnock Community School, the pro-

gramme was successful at raising awareness. “Mental health matters because we all suffer from it. Some more than others, but if we can all work together we can change the stigma.”

Clean-up: Tidy up for area PORTMARNOCK Against

Litter got some major help from the Sky Lark Girl Guides from Malahide when they held their Spring Clean Day. The group were blessed with a sunny day which ensured the largest turnout in recent years. They received plenty of support from Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links who provided them with refreshments. An Taisce and Fingal County Council were on hand to supply bags, gloves, litter pickers and aprons.




Baldoyle chosen for site of primary care centre  NATALIE BURKE

BALDOYLE is set to see the development of a brand new primary care centre for the local area, it has emerged this week, after the Health Service Executive (HSE) identified a Grange Road site as the chosen location for the centre. The announcement was welcomed by local TD Sean Kenny (Lab) this week, who said that the introduction of primary care services means a member of the public can now find all health or social care services outside of a hospital setting in their local community. “In a developed prima-

ry care system, as envisaged by the government, up to 95% of people’s day-to-day health and social care needs can be provided in a community setting. “Primary care includes general practitioners (GPs), public health nurses and a range of other services provided through your local health office such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and home help support staff,” he said. Deputy Kenny said the primary care team members also link with other community-based disciplines to ensure all health and social needs are provided for, including those of speech and language

therapy, dieticians, mental health services and social work, as well as podiatry, dental services and ophthalmic services. Local Fine Gael TD Terence Flanagan also gave his support for the development, saying the area is in “urgent need” of a Primary Care Centre (PCC). “[The Grange Road location] would be easily accessible for all residents living in the surrounding areas,” he said. “The area is most suitable for a number of reasons including location, proximity to residential developments, and the fact that it is well serviced by public transport.” While the centre pro-

poses to provide a range of medical services, Deputy Flanagan said they also propose to provide adequate off-street parking. “A new centre would make a real difference in how local residents access healthcare services. Fingal County Council is still yet to consider the inclusion of a suitable site in the Baldoyle - Stapolin Local Area Plans, but I would welcome any such development,” said Deputy Flanagan. A spokesperson for the HSE confirmed that Baldoyle has been identified as a location for the provision of a PCC. The centre will be constructed on a site close

to the junction of Myrtle Road and Grange Road which, according to the HSE spokesperson, will satisfy the needs of all parties involved. The spokesperson said that Centric Healthcare has been selected to develop the primary care centre through an operational lease programme and that the site chosen to house it, is within the area which is currently under the consideration of Fingal County Council in the development of a Local Area Plan. “Following publication of the LAP, all outstanding public care centre issues and timescales will be finalised,” the spokesperson added.

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Concert details released Fingal County Council has confirmed the final arrangements for the upcoming concerts set to rock Malahide later this month. Uberfest will see acts for all ages take to the stage in Bridgefield, Malahide, with something to suit all musical tastes. Over the three days, there will also be a Festival Family Weekend at Bridgefield featuring arts and crafts stalls, facepainting, vintage carousels, an inflatable village and more, and will open from 3 to 7pm on Friday and from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Friday line-up will see This Club, Pat Byrne, The Original Rudeboys and Ryan Sheridan take to the stage. Tickets for the Friday event are €15 and gates open at 5.30pm. On Saturday, May 25, the afternoon event will see performances by Lorna Dempsey, the Backstreet Dance Studio, Fresh Re, Sharon Gaynor, Halo and MK1. Tickets cost €5 and gates open at 12 noon. Saturday’s evening event will see gates opening from 6.30pm and tickets priced at €10. The Dublin Gospel Choir will be followed by the stars of The Commitments. The final concert will take place on Sunday, May 26 with performances by the Hothouse Big Band and guests. Gates will open from 6pm and tickets are €10. Tickets available online at

howth Commemoration of special event FastNews

Sculpture unveiled to mark visit of the Torch  natalie burke

A new sculpture in Howth has been u nve i l e d i n r e c e n t weeks to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Dublin last year. The launch of the new sculpture was welcomed by Fine Gael TD Terence Flanagan, who said he was “delighted” to see the special occasion marked in the local area. “I am delighted that this important event in Howth and Dublin’s history has been marked with the erection of this beautiful sculpture. It was very special to have the Olympics taking place so near to us in Britain, and it was an honour to have the torch relay come to Ireland,” he said. “I will never forget seeing the torch being carried through the streets of Howth,” he

added. Double Olympic gold medallist Lord Coe and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, were on hand to unveil the sculpture on Wednesday, May 8. This sculpture, which was created by Donegal artist Paul Ferriter, is hoped to serve as a permanent reminder of the town’s participation in the Olympics and the contribution that Irish sporting stars made in their individual events. Earlier in the day, Ireland’s Olympic medallists from the London 2012 Games were presented with their International Olympic Committee lapel pins at a special ceremony held in Dublin’s Mansion House. Speaking at the event, Minister Michael Ring, praised the Olympic celebrations taking place in Howth and at the Mansion House, saying:

Breakfast charity event

A charity breakfast in aid of the Laura Brennan Charitable Trust is set to be held on Friday, May 31, in Malahide RFC. The trust works to support children and their families who are suffering from lifethreatening or serious illnesses. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s-themed event will see a champagne breakfast, a fashion show, beauty treatments and more during the charity morning event. More information about the event and the charity is available at www.laurabrennan. org/events/tiffanys.

Gala dinner for foundation

Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and Pat Hickey, chairman of the Olympic Council of Ireland at the unveiling of the sculpture


‘Every Olympic Games throws up moments of high drama and the London 2012 Olympic Games did not disappoint’


“Every Olympic Games throws up moments of high drama and the London 2012 Olympic Games did not disappoint with many highlights that will live forever in the memory. We

are all very proud of our Olympic medallists.” London 2012 Games Chairman Lord Coe was the guest of honour at the Mansion House event, and then travelled to the headquarters of

the Olympic Council of Ireland in Howth after the ceremony. Lord Coe, in his current role as chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), also signed a co-operation agreement between the BOA and the Olympic Council of Ireland and ma de p r e s e nt a t ions to Irish Olympic gold medal legends Ronnie Delany and Michael Carruth.

A gala dinner is set to be held this weekend in aid of the local Ross Nugent Foundation. The event will be a special night held annually to mark the anniversary of popular local teen Ross Nugent, who passed away from a rare form of cancer in 2010 at the age of 18. The anniversary dinner will take place on Saturday, May 18, in Nautilus Restaurant, Malahide. Tickets are priced at €65 and music on the night will be provided by Smooth. For tickets or more information, please contact rossnugentfoundation@gmail. com.

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pilot: listening service for youths aged 12-17

competition Mum in running for award

Young people to get help with distress Members of the Dublin North community have joined forces in an effort to help local young people who may be in distress. A number of local community groups have come together to develop a pilot project which will deliver a listening service for young people aged from 12 to 17 years living in communities across Dublin North. The LISTEN Project will provide four free listening sessions to any young person who contacts their free-phone number. The sessions are provided by trained counsellors and, according to Heidi Bedell, a member of the steering group for the LISTEN Project, all issues are acceptable reasons to access the service. “We know that young people can get a great benefit from talking through their problems, often preventing those problems

from becoming more serious later on. The 12- to 17-year-olds are too old to be treated as children and too young to access the adult counselling services that are available; there’s just very little out there to help them,” she said. As well as providing a listening service, the project hopes to gather information anonymously about the problems facing young people today. The steering group hopes to use the information to provide more focused and useful services for young people in the future. The funding for the project is coming from the Dormant Accounts Fund which is managed by Pobal, and the organisations working together on this project include Northside Partnership, Sphere 17, TARGET and the New Life Centre. To contact the LISTEN Project, free-phone 1800 303 638.

Baldoyle’s Kathleen O’Farrell is one of just three “super-mums” from Dublin to reach the final stages of the competition

Kathleen over the moon at being named finalist  natalie burke

A Dublin Nor th mum has been named as one of the finalists in the running for this year’s Woman’s Way / Lidl Mum of the Year award. Kathleen O’Farrell, who hails from Baldoyle in Dublin, is one of just three “super-mums” from Dublin to reach the final stages of the competition, which is searching for Ireland’s Number 1 mum. On hearing she was one of the 15 finalists, sixty-year-old Kathleen says she was “over the moon”. Her daughter, Kathleen Jnr, had nominated her mum for the competition. “I hadn’t a breeze, I was really shocked. She did very well, I can’t believe she nominated me,” said Kathleen.

Kathleen was picked from a huge number of entries and the judging panel had the daunting task of whittling it down to just three Dublin finalists. The judges taking on the difficult task included Norah Casey, chief executive of Harmonia, TV personalities Sybil Mulcahy, and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, public figure Miriam Ahern and author Cathy Kelly. The awards give the mums of Ireland a big pat on the back for all of their hard work, while crowning one special mum the Woman’s Way / Lidl Mum of the Year for 2013. Nominated for a variety of reasons, Kathleen’s daughter explained some of her mother’s amazing qualities, which included raising her own six children while also foster-

ing dozens of children. “While my mother had six kids of her own, there are over 60 foster children out there who have called her ‘mam’ at some stage. “One of these children is now 19 and has been long-term fostered by Mam and Dad, having first come to us at 10 months old,” explained Kathleen Jnr. Kathleen and her husband have been fostering for over 25 years and says she always felt “there was room for one more” in their home. One moment that really stands out for Kathleen Jnr was when her mother made the very tough decision of taking in a baby who had been starved of oxygen at birth and wasn’t expected to live longer than a few days. According to Kathl e e n J n r, h e r m u m

brought the little girl home to die and even postponed her 60th birthday to care for her. “It was a hard decision but we brought her home thinking that she wasn’t going to pull through. “We were told to hold her tight and then let her go,” says Kathleen. Amazingly, that little girl survived and has just celebrated her first birthday. Kathleen has also r e c e n t l y r e c ove r e d from surgery for a brain tumour on her pituitary gland, which was discovered when she started losing her sight. “I lost the sight in the outside of both of my eyes from the tumour but, since that operation, my sight is starting to improve. I’ve got the all clear now, but have to go back every six months for an MRI scan

as there is a chance it’ll come back.” T he other Dublin mums to reach the final include Phil Reid, from Glasnevin, and Patricia Barretto from Kiltipper in Dublin 24. The Dublin finalists are in the running not only for the title of Ireland’s Number 1 mum but also €5,000 worth of Lidl vouchers plus over €2,000 worth of pampering and luxury products. The winner of the competition will be crow ned Mum Of The Year at this year’s aw a r d s c e r e m o ny, which will take place at a special gala luncheon to be held on June 10 in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin. More details can be found in the current issue of Woman’s Way Magazine, which is on sale in most newsagents.

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Malahide Demesne: car crime is ‘happening on a regular basis’

Open-air service of praise

More CCTV to tackle break-ins  natalie burke

Further CCTV cameras are set to be installed over key locations in Malahide Demesne over the coming months. This comes following a number of reported breakins to cars parked in the Demesne’s car park. The plans to roll out further CCTV cameras in the car parks were announced at a recent area committee meeting where Fingal County Council confirmed the cameras would be provided, in conjunction with the provision of additional public lighting within the Demesne. The council stated that these works are currently in the process of being procured.

Welcoming the proposed plans, local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) said the break-ins were happening on a regular basis. “Obviously, this has come up again and again with the number of break-ins that have taken place around the demesne with theft from cars that are parked in the various car parks. I know the car park nearest Avoca was experiencing quite a number,” he said. “The car parks are much used and the wardens and the local gardai can only be in so many places at once.” The council confirmed that the location of the extra CCTV cameras will be chosen based on

advice taken from a crime prevention officer that the council has liaised with on the issue. “We took advice in relation to the most appropriate arrangements and the next phase of CCTV camera provision will focus on the main car park close to the castle. We’ve been advised that it will be the best way to use our resources for this next phase and we will be reviewing it then.” The extra cameras were also welcomed by local Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), who agreed that it will be of benefit for locals using the car park. “The whole issue of security in the demesne is something that needs attention,” he said.

New addition: Keogh’s keen on their latest flavour of potato crisp crisp lovers are in for a real treat as Keogh’s Farm have unveiled their newest flavour to their range of hand-cooked potato crisps. Tom and Ross Keogh, of Keogh’s Farm, were in the stunning Beara Peninsula in County Cork, home of their partners O’Neill’s Irish Atlantic Sea Salt. This exciting partnership has resulted in this distinct but uniquely delicious, lightly salted flavour. Pictured giving a helping hand is little Cork fishermen, Ollie Neenan (3).

St Doulagh’s Church in Balgriffin will be holding their annual Ecumenical Open-Air Service of Praise on Sunday, May 26. The service will be held in St Doulagh’s Field, beside the church at 3.30pm on the day and will feature the Conservative Club Male Voice Choir and the Community Sing. Music will be provided by the first Dublin Company Boys’ Brigade Brass band and the special guest preacher will be youth worker Tom Tate. During the service a collection will be made for the Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. Following the service, there will be guided tours of the church and site. For more information, email

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Holly and Hannah Williams

Aoibhin and Eugene Garrihy, boat owner

The boat trips will give great views of coastal landmarks

Andy Gafer and Gabreille Gafer

Roisin Fallon with Eva, Karl and Coyle Dillon

Luka Williams

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Sinead Duffy, Yurena Castro Shaw, Johnny Giles, Adreinna Murphy and Kerri Nicole

dancing on air: stars turn out to help launch fundraiser


elebs from the worlds of sport, TV and modelling were putting their best foot forward recently as they helped to launch Strictly Come Soccer at Dandelion Cafe Bar. The event saw celebrities take to the dance floor to earn much-needed funds for the John Giles Foundation and Ireland’s Street Soccer Leagues (Homeless World Cup). Sixteen couples were put through their paces in City West Hotel with soccer legend John Giles and socialite Lisa Murphy casting an eye over their dance moves.

Vera Ellis and Joshua Williams

events: Goats return as cruise trip launched

Howth has a whole lot to offer T

here has been plenty going on in Howth recently. First of all there was great excitement at the goat closure on the hill of Howth as the goats made a welcome return. A celebration ceremony was held to welcome the goats back. Secondly, a new excursion operator, Dublin Bay Cruises are to run trips to and from Howth Harbour. A complimen-

tary cruise of Dublin Bay was held to launch this new fantastic tourist attraction to Howth/ Dun Laoghaire. The 90-minute trips will take in the expanse and scenic vista of Dublin Bay, passing coastal landmarks along with views of Dalkey Island in the south of the bay, Howth Peninsula to the north and Ireland’s Eye off Howth Harbour.

Michael Horan and Dave Young

Andrea Hayes

Annie Gibbons and Helen Golden

Laura Byrne, Robbie Hoey and Jennifer Dooling . Pictures: Una Williams Aideen Scott, Lea Valence, Alana Byrne and Jackie Bresnan

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Many traditional Latvian dancers took to the streets of Dublin to celebrate Latvian Culture Day. Pictures: Leon Farrell

A taste of Latvia on the streets of Dublin


ANY people flocked to Temple Bar last Sunday, May 5, to join in the celebrations of Latvia Culture Day in Ireland. There was lively entertainment on the streets of Temple Bar and the outdoor stage on East Essex Street

Anna Cibulska and Laura Ziemele

by 170 folk dancers and choirs, as well as a market, a parade and face painting on the day from 12.30pm to 4pm. Many of the festival participants also dressed up in traditional Latvian outfits.

Sanita Zvirgzdina

Andrea Bukovska

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This lady was amongst the many people who dressed

lively music

in traditioanl Latvian outfits on the day

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Pedalling: national bike week to take place

Wheel-good events set to cycle across the country DUST down that saddle and get pedalling for National Bike Week this June. National Bike Week takes place from Saturday to Sunday, June 15 to 23. The week will see cycling events organised by local authorities, community groups, charities and cycling groups to celebrate the two-wheeled sport. Events include free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, her-

itage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, road races and many, many more. This is Ireland’s largest annual promotion of cycling. It began in 2009 and is coordinated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It has been revealed that over half our car journeys are less than five miles so if, like many, traffic is your pet hate, try swapping it for the bike to save time

and money. Earlier this week, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council announced details of its Fun Family 6km Cycle for National Bike Week 2013, taking place in Deansgrange Linear Park, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, at 3pm on Sunday, June 16. The event promises relaxing fun for all the family on Father’s Day, including music by DJ Electric Eddie. Pre-reg-

istration is essential with details at and The local council is just one of many councils getting ready to promote cycling as part of bike week. For further details on National Bike Week such as events or to register an event taking place, log on to or email:

Pupils from Kill O’The Grange National School Katie Bell and Liam McGearailt at the launch of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Fun Family 6km Cycle for National Bike Week 2013


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Festival of families to be celebrated at the Iveagh Gardens Bring the whole family to the beautiful surroundings of the Iveagh Gardens this weekend to celebrate their Family Day, which is becoming more popular every year. The day-long festival

offers entertainment, fun activities and useful information for all types of families, young and old. The aim of family day festival is to celebrate all types of family – one-

parent families, step families, the traditional two -parent married family, adoptive and foster families, blended and extended families, those with opposite and same sex parents.

The first Family Day in the Iveagh Gardens was in 2011 and last year it more than doubled in size, attracting over 5,000 people. Entry and all activities are free of charge. Bring your own picnic or check out the various food vendors on site to purchase food or drinks. Family Day at the Iveagh Gardens is happening this Sunday, May 19 from 11am until 5pm.

Lyons tea are helping loved ones abroad to come home Lyons Tea are encouraging people across Dublin to take part in their new Bring The Talk Home competition, where tea-drinkers can win the chance to bring loved ones home from abroad over the next year. Launching the campaign last week, Lyons Tea unveiled their recent research into the tastes and trends of the Irish abroad, revealing that 69% of Irish people abroad say they miss enjoying a good auld cup of tea more than having a pint in the local pub. To take part in the Lyons Tea Bring The Talk Home campaign, consumers can simply pick up a special promotional Lyons Tea pack and enter the Bring The Talk Home competition via Lyons’ Facebook page (www. ireland) or by post. Lyons Tea will give eight people a month the chance to fly a friend or

Magic is in the air as Family Day is launched as magician Brian Daly makes O’Regan in the Iveagh Gardens

family member home. They will be giving away flights every month for the next year. For more information, see www.

Climb Ulster’s highest mountain in aid of Concern Reach new heights for a good cause by climbing Ulster’s highest mountain in aid of Concern. The Climb 4 Concern campaign is looking for participants to climb 850 metres up Slieve

Donard later this month. The climb was initially planned for last month, but was cancelled due to bad weather. The rescheduled date is Saturday, May 25 and the climb is open to people of all fitness levels. Registration fee is €25, and climbers are asked to raise €50 for Concern, the international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries.

If you are interested, contact Tim Hanley at 01 417 8043, or email tim. For more information, check out www. online or write to, Zoe Holyoak, Concern, 52 – 55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.

Sail Home To Your Roots comes to dublin docks Sails will be raised in Dublin this weekend when The Gathering

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Reward your best teacher  Natalie Burke

S ch o o ls a c r o s s Dublin are officially on wind-down before the summer, and what better way to celebrate than thanking your teachers for all their hard work throughout the school year? Do you think you have the best Maths teacher, or does your history teacher go out of their way to make sure their class is your favourite? Parents and students

balloon animals for (l to r) Holly Smith and Maia

event, Sail Home To Your Roots, takes place at the Dublin Docks in the North Wall. The event will be held from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19. This is part of a series of voyages on Tall Ships this year, organised by the registered charity Sail Training Ireland. As many Irish people have emigrated by ships, Sail Training Ireland is sailing some of the Irish diaspora in Liverpool across the Irish Sea and back to Ireland

through this project for the weekend. The fleet arrived in Drogheda on Friday, May 3, and departed on Monday, May 6, and they attracted over 30,000 people. They will visit Dublin, Belfast and Cobh amongst other ports. There will be plenty of entertainment, genealogy and sport taking place while the ships are berthed. For more information, log on to or

from across Dublin are being asked to nominate their favourite teacher as part of the Best Teacher in Leinster aspect of the annual One4all Thank You Teacher competition. In an effort to celebrate the end of the school year, students in schools across Dublin can nominate any one of their teachers who will then be in with a chance of winning the title of Best Teacher in Leinster, along with a €200 One4all gift card.

The One4all Thank You Teacher competition will not only recognise and reward teachers across Ireland, but the crowned winner will receive a €200 One4all gift card and the nominator – or student who puts the teacher forward – will receive a €50 One4all gift card for their own use. A winning teacher will be chosen from each province in Ireland. At the launch of the campaign, marketing manager for One4all,

Aoife Davey, said the competition continues to grow on an annual basis. “Our One4all Thank You Teacher competition gets more popular every year. We thought, w hy n o t c e l e b r a t e teachers by asking parents and students to tell us how amazing they are? We are really looking forward to seeing the entries and hearing about the best teachers in Ireland,” she said. If you think you know a teacher worthy of the

title and wish to nominate them for the prize, simply visit the One4all Facebook page and say within 50 to 100 words why your teacher is the greatest. The closing date for the Thank You Teacher competition is 12pm on Monday, May 20, 2013. The competition is open to students aged 13 years or older. For fur ther information or to put your nomination for ward, visit w w w.facebook. com/one4all


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Irish and its importance   Dorothy Landers

Malahide Community School

In my Transition Year English class we were asked to write a plead/ opinion regarding subjects being taught in school. Our teacher began asking the students which subjects they would change or eradicate completely. I was shocked that quite a majority of the students in my class thought Irish should not be taught ever or only taught in ourJunior Cycle year. One girl said “No one speaks it anymore, what’s the point?” and I felt like shouting “Because it’s what makes Ireland Irish!” If I were to change anything in primary and secondary schools, it would

be the way we are taught Irish. Many students are introduced to it in a very minimal connection with Irish culture. There is no history regarding traditions or folklore that may only be touched upon in our history classes. We are taught it in quite a mechanical way in my opinion; read something printed out for us and being told to learn it off by heart. What some don’t realise is that many students are not acknowledging what they are writing but instead just putting words and phrases on paper in some cases. That is loosely what one student in my class admitted. I was on a history trip once and we visited Trinity College and saw the Book of Kells, that alone was a great delight to see because it showed us the ancient western

Learning the Irish language made the list of subjects that some students at Malahide Community School would change or eradicate completely

calligraphy. When in the Gaeltacht, children and teens dramatically improve their Irish skills because they are immersed in it where as in classrooms it’s English and Irish. I would ask the Board of Education to re-organise the teaching of Irish

nationwide so that children and teens learn their country’s true heritage and not its stereotypical image. Irish students say drop Irish in school after the Junior Cert, but it breaks my heart to hear this because no proud Irish citizen would reject their

country’s language. Irish is unique and was around as far back as the 4th Century. It is also considered one of the most ancient languages spoken so I would hope people will understand the importance of learning Irish and keeping it alive for years to come.

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Fight goes on to bin gum litter problem The second year of a three-year programme to put a stop to gum littering was launched last week in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre by Mayor of Fingal County Council, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan (Lab). The Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) campaign has been successful in cleaning up the country of gum littering, reducing its incidence by 28% last year. In a nationwide survey to gauge attitudes and awareness after the first year of the campaign, there was a significant improvement in public

perception about how gum was disposed of and how unsightly it was on the streets. The campaign also aims to reduce gum litter by alerting the public to the fact that dropping gum on the ground constitutes littering and carries a €150 fine. Speaking at the launch in Blanchardstown, Cllr O’Callaghan said: “It is heartening to see local authorities, industry and the general public working together to make a tangible difference to Fingal’s streets and other towns and cities nationwide.

“For this year’s launch we will have the GLT Eco Cabs and GLT Ad-Tower present to promote the campaign’s messages. We also have Fingal litter wardens, members of Fingal’s Environmental Awareness Team and transition-year students from Blakestown Community School handing out gum wraps to visitors to the centre to raise awareness of the campaign.” At the national launch of this year’s campaign, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said: “Last year, I stated that the only long-term sustainable way to deal with

the littering issue is to create a culture where littering of all forms is simply unacceptable. The positive results of the GLT campaign demonstrate that we are making good progress towards that goal.” The theme of the threeyear advertising campaign is Bin It Your Way, and the campaign also includes a schools education programme aimed at first- and second-year post-primary pupils. This will be delivered in the form of actor-led workshops in schools this autumn, and will provide materials and tools for

The Gum Litter Taskforce campaign was launched last week in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre by Mayor of Fingal County Council, Cllr Cian O’Callaghan (Lab)

teachers to download in the form of lesson plans. Local authorities will also play a huge part in the campaign by monitoring gum litter in their areas and assessing its reduction on the streets as a result of the campaign. GLT chairman Paul Kelly welcomed the significant increase in the

numbers of local authorities getting involved this year. “Local authority involvement is absolutely critical to the success of the campaign, so I’m delighted we have reached 30 this year, including both new and returning councils. “I look forward to

working closely with them to make the campaign a success. “We were delighted with the results of the 2012 GLT campaign as it achieved its main goals of reducing the overall level of gum litter on our streets and promoting a change in the culture and attitude towards gum litter.”


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festival: Love To Grow


Keelings to sponsor garden at Bloom 2013

gerry dooley, owner of the orchard

From a garden nursery to a style destination Gerry Dooley was born in Ballymahon, County Longford, to a farming family where his love for horticulture was developed. He went on to study horticulture and graduated from the Botanic Gardens. His first job was with the Dublin County Parks department where he worked for 10 years developing parklands. In 1983, he bought The Orchard and it officially opened in

1987 as a garden nursery business. The Orchard evolved into a FiveStar Gold home and garden lifestyle destination comprising the garden centre, home interior department, outdoor living, 200-seat cafe and pet department. This year, The Orchard won the ultimate award Garden Centre of the Year 2013 at Bord Bia Quality Awards.

How long have you been in business?

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

We have just celebrated our 25th year in business

What makes your business successful?

The Orchard has evolved from being just a garden centre to what it is now – a home and garden lifestyle destination. Its unique setting within a five-acre Victorian walled garden and the 220-seat cafe have both contributed to its success. Our well- informed staff and loyal customers continue driving us to success.

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

We differ through our diversity and uniqueness of product. Buyers at The Orchard travel across Europe searching for new products, concepts and ideas. Recently, we introduced our Journey Man collection, created from recycled wooden elements into new formed furniture pieces.The collection accurately represents our desire for bringing back to The Orchard one-of-a-kind finds.

How has the recession impacted your business?

The recession has definitely affected our business, but not in the way we expected, as our footfall has increased year on year. The recession has focused customers on quality and quality is at the heart of The Orchard.


We were very conscious of how hard it is for people with less disposable income. The Orchard buying team have worked hard with suppliers and manufacturers to get better prices but not reneged on quality. What a great reaction we have received from our customers! Furthermore we have reduced our overheads and operations to run more effectively and economically. At The Orchard we believe that a happy informed team is crucial, our staff is our biggest asset we are constantly training and mentoring them.

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

We believe that social media is just as important as any other aspect of the business. We have a very active Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages that all help the business in providing customers with up-to-date and ever-changing material, be it offers, new arrivals or Orchard news

Keelings, Ireland’s leading producer and supplier of fresh produce, has announced the launch of their Love To Grow garden at this years’ Bloom In The Park. The Swords-based company sponsored landscape architect and fivetime gold medal winner at Bloom, Jane McCorkell to design this year’s entry. Bloom 2013 will take place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday. This is the fourth year that Keelings have sponsored a garden at Bloom and Jane has begun working closely with the company to ensure the garden design fits into the Love To Grow theme. Keelings’ “Love To Grow” garden is 10 x 10 metres with a paved pathway running along the perimeter, which provides a convenient walkway to enjoy the space from all angles. Large raised beds line the path within which fresh signature Keelings’ produce such as raspberries, blueberries strawberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and lilies are grown.

The raised planters are made using willow and crafted by an Irish artist. The various plants and trees have all been sourced from Irish nurseries and suppliers. Speaking about the concept for Keelings’ garden this year, David Keeling commented: “At Keelings our passion is for growing fresh produce to the highest level of best quality, taste and appearance. “We wanted to share this passion by creating a garden that proves just how easy it is to incorporate some element of growing fruit and vegetables at home without compromising on design. We are really pleased with Jane’s interpretation of the brief and hope the garden will inspire visitors to grow their own fruit and vegetables at home.” Stressing the importance of listening to the client and delivering on the brief, Jane McCorkell added: “In the case of Keelings, the brief was to design a family friendly garden that combines traditional growing methods with modern design.”

What is your future ambition for the business? ?

At The Orchard, we have a fiveyear master plan for the site, focusing on maximising its potential. I believe that to drive any business, you need to be fresh while constantly evolving new ideas and concepts. Next month our new website will go live, which will provide online shopping.

Garden designer Jane McCorkell with Jake Church from Malahide at the launch of Keelings’ garden

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Francesca Martinez : “Comedy is a great way to challenge an audience, because it’s so enjoyable. It’s that kind of potential that keeps me going.”

comedy: francesca brings acclaimed show to dublin

The magnificent Martinez  rob heigh

Francesca Martinez is an acclaimed comedian, actress, writer and activist. She also happens to have cerebral palsy, a condition she has re-christened ‘wobbly’. That kind of undercutting of people’s perceptions of her disability and her ability to be incredibly funny into the bargain has made her a sought-after performer internationally, and has seen her acclaimed at the Edinburgh, Montreal and Melbourne comedy festivals. She is currently on a 50-plus date tour, and Francesca is coming to Dublin on June 7, bringing her What The **** Is Normal? show to Whelans, something she is very much looking forward to. “The first time I came over to Ireland

was in 2001. When I was there, I met a lady called Caroline Casey, who runs a charity in Dublin (www.facebook. com/ She’s an amazing woman, who set up the Ability Awards, and she works to encourage businesses to employ disabled people. She booked me for their annual gig, and we have been good friends ever since.” Francesca is constantly busy, as our path to getting a few minutes of her time to talk proved, and looking at her career, she has always been working. Performing to an audience was something that started at a young age. “I was one of those kids who always wanted to act. I was always putting on plays for my parents and their friends, which I’m sure were awful, but I just loved acting.

“When I was about 13 years old, I heard about this part going in Grange Hill, and I managed to get an audition. Getting the part was a complete dream come true. It cemented my love of performing, though I had never considered doing comedy.” Francesca’s path to becoming a standup came by an unusual route, which has its roots in her family, whom she regularly cites as being an inspiration and huge support in her career. “At the time when Grange Hill was coming to an end, my dad, who is a great writer, said to me, why don’t I write you a film script? He wrote me this amazing script, and he made my character a comedian. I remember reading it and saying to him, I love this, but I can never be a comedian, it’s so scary. He said to

me, no, I think you’d be really good at it. This company picked up the script and were keen on casting me, and I got really scared. I thought that if I was going to be playing a comedian, I thought I had better research it. “I joined a comedy workshop in London, and I never said a word for six weeks, which was very unlike me. I had done five years of acting, but the standup was terrifying and there was nothing to hide behind. On the seventh week, I was able to get up and perform something I thought was really bad, but everyone laughed. It was kind of a magical moment. I realised there was this amazing power in the connection you can have with strangers in a room, and the ability to be able to say what you want.” Continued on Page 23

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Roxy, a two-year-old female Labrador cross. This little beauty is looking for a quiet, loving home where she can have good experiences and realise that the world really isn’t such a scary place. This pooch is a real lady who lacked socialisation and habituation as a puppy and as a result finds it difficult to be confident. Roxy struggles to cope in kennels and desperately wants a home she can call her own and a special owner who can take her under their wing to help her grow and learn. She would need to go to a family with no other dogs and would prefer to keep the company of adults rather than kids. If you think you are that special owner, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Autograph Eyeshadow Palette in Multi €16

Autograph Pure Luxe Powder Bronzer €19

Limited Collection Powder Brush €10

Be bold and beautiful Striking, bold and value for money, is how we would describe the spring colours of M&S’s signature makeup range, Autograph. The 12-colour eyeshadow palette offers hues of pink, bold violets and sparkling gold, all in a convenient and compact box. One thing that should be in every make-up bag during the spring months is, of course, a bronzing powder. The Autograph pure Luxe Powder Bronzer will

Limited Collection Heart Blusher in Rose €8

Limited Collection Mini Brush Set €8

lift dull skin, giving a great sun-kissed look. This beautiful bronzing powder also has a highlighter effect and is designed with a 3D linked metallic chain effect. Lips are rose, while nails are a shade of nude. Make-up brushes can be expensive to purchase and most of the time they don’t fit in your travel make-up bag, so to help with this dilemma, Autograph have a limited edition mini make-up brush set. These hot pink brushes bring will bring out the make-up artist in you and can be used with the limited edition heart blusher in a pink mix. All beauty items are available from M&S stores or online at

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STYLE Monochrome jersey dress €59.95, Zapara, and handbag €95.95

Black, white and floral print jersey dress €245.95, Joseph Ribkoff

Mint jersey peplum dress €69.95, Zapara and silver embellished shoes €65.95

Jade faux leather biker jacket €69.95, Laura Jo, white longsleeved T €39.95, Sophie B, monochrome floral print jeans, NYDJ, and gold pumps €29.95

Family Black and nude lace dress €89.95, Sangria, and lace clutch bag €69.95, Olga Berg

of fashion and value Following the recent good news that Irish family-owned Pamela Scott stores are out of examinership and that their doors will remain open, Gazette Style has decided to take a look at what’s trending in-store and online at A visit to Pamela Scott this season will have you ticking all the right fashion boxes. They have rails aplenty of monochrome dresses, floral patterned slimming jeans, tailored boucle jackets, faux leath-

ers and pastel peplum dresses. A spokeswoman for the store, said: “Now, more than ever, the buyers and designers at Pamela Scott understand that value is crucial and this season, as always, deliver on that front. “Jersey monochrome elegant dresses from €60, tailored boucle jackets with gold detail from €60 and a range of pastel peplum dresses from €70 means that dressing up is an everyday luxury one can afford.

“Pamela Scott prides itself on being a one-stop-shop for three generations of women and this season is no different. Favourite brands among their more established customers like Olsen, Twist, Joseph Ribkoff and Gerry Weber make a welcome return alongside new more younger-focused collections like Sophie B, Zapara and Laura Jo,” she added. Many of the labels go from a size 8 to a size 18 and some up to a 22.


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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes

ALBERT Lee, by common consent one of the world’s finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans. He has worked with some of the world’s top artists, from Emmylou Harris to the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton to Eric Clapton.May 21, tickets €25.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Neil Delamere

IN his eagerly awaited new show, Neil Delamere, the star of RTE’s The 2nd Republic, BBC’s The Blame Game and Fighting Talk, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Stand Up for the Week, comes to the realisation that he has now lived in Dublin as long as he has lived in his family home in Offaly. May 23, tickets €20/€17.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 The Odd Couple

Classic comedy opens as a group of guys assemble for cards in the apartment of Oscar Madison. If the mess is any indication, it is no wonder his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Ungar, fastidious, depressed and none too tense. Another Taney Drama Society production very deftly directed by Niall Jordan. From May 22-25 tickets €15/€12.

In a boat high up in a tree, Mud, Ellis and Neckbone plot their escape

review: Matthew Mcconaughey turns in a career best performance

A dirty business A FEW years ago, it seemed that Matthew McConnaughey had been sacrificed at the altar of so-so romantic comedies. Another great actor, confined to the bargain bin at Xtra-Vision, to be picked up whenever there is literally nothing left. Then, without warning, he got his act together and star ted making excellent films. In fact, and I will say this on record again, he was robbed at this year’s Oscars, his performance in Magic Mike bizarrely snubbed. With Mud, he continues that run of form, turning in possibly the best performance of his career. Teaming up with Jeff Nichols, the director of 2011’s Take Shelter, McConnaughey takes o n t h e e p o ny m o u s role of Mud, a fugitive

Film of the Week: Mud h h h h (12A) 130 mins Director: Jeff Nichols Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon

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stranded on an island in the Mississippi Delta. When two 14-yearold boys, Ellis and Neckbone, take off on an adventure down the river, they end up swept ashore on Mud’s private island and the three strike up an unlikely alliance. The two boys, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland are excellent, meaning, that this isn’t just a film about a powerhouse performance from a resurgent star. Sheridan pins down Ellis’ fierce idealism, putting his trust in the obvious nogoodnik Mud, while Lof land paints Neckbone with


AN ODD, brilliant little film. While Kirk and Spock are taking all of the plaudits (with cause, Star Trek is awesome) this is brilliant counter-programming for those not into phasers, fist-fights and frantic action. There are shades of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, with a dash of Stand By Me thrown in. All in all, it’s excellent.

a more cautious pubesc e n t- j a d e d n e s s t h a t comes from a tough life at home That said, the Texan charmer’s Mud exudes an intense, deeply affecting charisma that touches ever y scene that he is in. Key to his motivation is getting home to his girlfriend Juniper (a small, but effective role for Reese Witherspoon) while evading the authorities. Using the boys, for fair means or foul, Mud is as reckless, charming and likeable as a McConnaughey character

ought to be, but this is all part of something bigger. Mud is an almost ethereal figure, a supernatural Tom Saw yer, described as having “no daddy, no mommy neither” by Sam Shepard’s character. The air hangs thick and Mud can almost vanish into it, making the film feel both reality and fantasy. There are notes of Twain, of Stand By Me, of Whistle Down T he Wind and even of last year’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, but truly this is original film

making by a truly gifted writer and director. Nichols has openly acknowledged the effect that Mark Twain has had on his style, but the voice and visual style that Nichols is developing has nothing to do with Huck, Tom or Jim. It is completely new and is a joy to watch. Even when it is just wide shots of Arkansas riverbeds and flood plains, Nichols makes these scenes feel like something more than normal. It is a fine effort from a film maker of some promise. If the ending feels a little sentimental, that will be forgiven because the performances and characters on show are truly breathtaking and the film looks absolutely glorious. As well as that, it is great to have McConnaughey on top form.

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review: an uncompromising vision in metro: last light

You’ll be Russian over to this one

the first-person shooter (FPS) genre remains one of gaming’s most popular sections – and the easiest for non-gamers to take critical potshots at (pun intended) – with many additions seeming to be just more of the same. Gamers know the overfamiliar drill by now: typically, some angry, scruffy guy (often a Cockney) will tell you to go somewhere, shoot other angry, scruffy guys (often Middle Eastern/Russian), and thus save the world, America, capitalism, the president, the queen, a kitten – whatever. Bang. Bang. Yawn. So, given the legions of near-identical shooters popping up lately, it’s increasingly hard for a FPS to really hit the mark, and stand out. Step forward Metro: Last Light (M:LL), the multi-platform sequel, out this Friday, to 2010’s Metro 2033; a generally

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well-received game that had numerous bugs and flaws, as well as broken AI in parts, yet which was liked for the strength of its characters and story. Long story short: in M:LL, it’s the near future, a generation after World War III broke out, raining nuclear death down upon the whole world. In the radioactive ruins of Moscow, her survivors eke out a living in the vast, labyrinthine remains of the city’s world-famous Metro system, with its different stops now acting as independent communities – as well as representing a wide range of political outlooks, from Nazism



father of simcity makes a sharp point Original creator of hit franchise on current title

Moscow may be a radioactive, mutant-filled necropolis (above), but stoic survivors still drink in bars far under the surface (below) in the metro’s ruined system

to Fascism, Capitalism to, naturally, Communism, and more. Given the scarcity of dwindling resources, and the wildly different political ideologies at the stops – not to mention the also present threat from dangerous mutants above and below the surface, caused by decades of radiation – conflict is inevitable, with civil war at hand. However, there’s more than just the issue of hardpressed survivors looking to outgun each other to deal with as, of course, there’s a much bigger problem for you to deal with, thanks to a powerful doomsday device


Sequel draws upon the strong themes found in Russian author’s acclaimed novel AUTHOR Dmitry Glukhovsky provided the basis for Metro 2033, with the first game largely following key aspects of his highly-popular book, which draws on a wide range of life in modern Russia. The phrase “political scientist” has been used about his work, which often examines political aspects of life in Russia. A widely-travelled journalist, the multilingual Glukhovsky has also written for several international publications. Given the strength of his storyline in Metro 2033, there was plenty of source material for the makers of Metro: Last Light to draw upon, building on the foundations of the first game to flesh out life in Moscow’s ruins in the near future, and successfully mixing politics, philosophy and even the paranormal for the keenly-anticipated sequel. Not bad going for “just” a shooter ...

that’s at stake. I guess one Doomsday already wasn’t enough for some of the Muscovites ... What makes M:LL stand out is its pretty singular vision, and strength of storyline (see panel, left). While apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic games are two-a-penny, few titles manage to create a memorable setting, or to make gamers think beyond the game. This is a particular problem for FPS titles – sure, the Call of Duty series, for just one example, get acres of press coverage and sell shedloads of copies, but nobody really notices their stories, or recalls their individuality, after the bombastic set pieces have passed. However, M:LL builds upon the strengths of the first title to create a strik-

ing world, whether from the claustrophobic world below ground, full of men and politics, or the stormlashed world above, full of ruined landmarks and dangerous mutants. Thankfully, the lamentable AI of the first title has been beefed up, with the hardware providing a satisfying challenge for FPS fans, while the story, too, will appeal to a wide range of gamers. Definitely an adult title for mature gamers, given its content and some provocative scenes, M:KK’s Ukranian developer 4A Games has produced a highly-accomplished title that deserves a shot at the top of the charts.

FROM a ruined city (see lead story) to SimCity, which has featured here a couple of times following its recent launch. As a quick recap, the bungled launch of the online-only PC game saw legions of angry would-be city planners – and, yes, those words seem strange to me, too – set fire to the internet, being what you would call “damn angry” over endless server issues, game crashes, vanloads of bugs, and so on and on ... Now, the one and only Will Wright (above), games designer and creator of the SimCity franchise, and a little game may have heard of – The Sims – has also added a brickbat or two to the debacle, further cementing the bad press that’s been built around the city-management sim. Speaking to GamesIndustry International, some choice words from Mr Sim about such matters of the server issues that plagued the game’s initial launch period included the likes of: “That was basically inexcusable, that you charge somebody $60 for a game and they can’t play it ... I can understand the outrage. If I was a consumer buying the game and that happened to me, I’d feel the same.” Ouch. To be fair, SimCity’s developer, Maxis, have been busy rolling out updates to resolve some of the game’s many bugs, particularly regarding the frequently bizarre traffic pathfinding problems and random pollution issues, while publisher, Electronic Arts, also appear to have the server connection issues fixed. Still, when the original creator of a hit franchise weighs in to echo the highly voctal criticisms of many fans, that’s never going to be a good situation. For now, the biggest issue for gamers remains whether or not their biggest (and most vociferous) complaint – that SimCity requires an alwaysonline connection to play – will be fixed with an offline patch. Perhaps gamers will need the Wright kind of high-profile industry figures on their side to make that point, too ...

financial results to chew over

Lurching results see Capcom profits fall 56%

ONCE absolutely theee definitive name for imaginative action titles, Capcom’s fortunes have been decidedly mixed, of late. Speaking of fortunes, the company’s annual financial results have staggered into view, with Capcom – particularly famous for its formerly zombie-riffic (but latterly lamentable) Resident Evil franchise – leaving plenty to moan and groan over, with profits down 56% year on year. This won’t come as a surprise to investors, who had been warned recently of the expected results. Still, it wasn’t all bad news – while Resi 6 staggered about at retail, other titles (such as Dragon’s Dogma, left) did better than expected.

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Superb award for the Skoda combi THE Skoda Superb Combi was recently announced as Fleet Car Estate of the Year at the presentation of the second annual Fleet CarAwards 2013. Over two days, 27 shortlisted cars from seven categories were assessed by an expert adjudication panel. Marks were awarded for the car’s styling, quality, engine and driving performance, equipment levels, safety, residuals and running costs. Skoda aims to sell 5,000 cars in 2013 with the Superb model range expected to account for 19% of this.

The Renault Captur will hit Irish roads this July


Pictured with the award is Robert Guy, Head of Sales, Skoda

FORD WINS AWARD DOUBLE : FORD has won two awards for vehicle dynamics at the 2013 Vehicle Dynamics International (VDI) Awards: the Dynamics Team of the Year and Dynamicist of the Year. The Ford vehicle dynamics department won for the development of Ford vehicles including the new B-MAX, all-new Kuga, Focus ST and new Fiesta ST. Ford Team RS vehicle dynamics specialist David Put – the star of The Ford Fiesta ST Versus Legendary Lommel Track 7 Video – won for his work on the Focus ST and new Fiesta ST. The jury of automotive journalists from around the world hailed the team’s

work “stand-out in all segments”, with vehicles that are “subtle, responsive, and an absolute pleasure to drive”, and Put’s contribution as offering “signature steering feel and precision”. The awards recognise the best ideas, technology innovation and achievements in vehicle dynamics development. Readers of Vehicle Dynamic International and the publication’s editorial team provided the nominations in advance of final judging. “Our jury now includes journalists from 19 countries; their votes prove Ford is reaping the benefit of this approach in markets right around the world,” said Graham Heeps, editor, VDI.

Stylish and spacious, the new Renault Captur CAPTUR, the new urban crossover from Renault, will hit Irish roads this July bringing a welcome splash of colour and glamour to the B segment. A unique blend of MPV, SUV and family hatchback, Captur will appeal to a particularly broad spectrum of customer tastes. Though compact, it is very roomy thanks to a key feature, a sliding rear seat which has fore-andaft travel of 160mm and provides up to 215mm of knee room for rear passengers. Here’s what to expect when Captur hits Irish roads this summer: • Two trim levels for Renault’s first supermini crossover: Life and Intense. • Two engines available

in Ireland - 100% turbo including the Energy TCe 90 S&S (three cylinders and 898cc) and the Energy dCi 90 S&S engine which uses just 78.4mpg and emits just 95g of CO2 per km. These two engines will be available on both trim levels from launch with a dCi 90 EDC engine following in 2014. • MediaNav will be available as standard on Intense trim, with R-Link available as an option. • Impressive core specification: 16” alloy wheels, 60/40 split and sliding rear seat bench, body coloured bumpers, cruise control, ABS with Emergency Brake Assist, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), front and rear electric windows, HSA (Hill Start Assist), speed

limiter, Bluetooth® connectivity, trip computer, hands-free key card, automatic climate control and leather steering wheel. • Intense trim comes with MediaNav as standard in addition to: 17” alloy wheels, foglights with corner lighting, chromed design features and removable upholstery. • Clever touches include zipped removable, wipeable and washable seat covers, dual height boot f loor with reversible cover and sliding rear seat bench (boot space from 377 to 455 litres, up to 1,235 when folded) Captur, the French marque’s new entrant, will be looking to emulate the impressive start for New Clio, with which it shares

its underpinnings and much of its style. With keen pricing and a series of life-simplifing features up its sleeve, it will also be looking to make serious inroads in the booming B-segment crossover class. Powering Renault’s latest creation are two 100% turbo engines, including the TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90. An EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) version of the dCi 90 will follow later in 2014. Improving fuel economy and helping to drive down emissions still further, Stop&Start is standard on every manual version. Renault’s new entrant combines the best of three worlds: the style and driving position of an

SUV, the cabin space and versatility of an MPV and the driving experience of a compact hatchback. With the rear seat bench slid forward, and including the storage area under its dual height boot floor, its 377-litre boot increases to a sizeable 455 litres. With the rear seats folded it will swallow up to 1,235 litres. The boot floor not only allows valuables to be hidden away from prying eyes, it’s also reversible, carpeted on one side, with rubber on the other. At launch, the Renault Captur is offered in a choice of two trim levels: Life and Intense. Further details of theses trims specs and pricing will be announced at launch.

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SHOWBIZ FASTtunes with Radio Nova’s Dee Woods

New app opens ‘Doors’ to history behind the band ‘Wobbly’ comedian Francesca on stage - “I think part of changing people’s mindsets is changing the labels on things.”

interview: positively changing people’s perceptions

Making a difference Continued from Page 17

Not only did her first comedy experience give her the confidence to get up on stage and be funny, Francesca realised that doing so changed people’s perceptions of her. “It was very powerful for me, as it was the first time for me that I had got up in public and acknowledged that I was wobbly. I had been through that typical teenage phase of being embarassed and self-conscious, and I thought if you ignored who you were and didn’t talk about it, it would be invisible. “But this new thing allowed me to actually talk about being wobbly, and rather than people being focussed on it more, people just relaxed and accepted me. It

taught me a huge lesson, which was that people take the lead from how you see yourself. “Once they saw that I was cool and happy being me, and happy to talk about it, it wasn’t an issue any more. I remember coming home that night, and saying to my dad, forget the research, this is amazing, I want to do this comedy thing.” ‘This comedy thing’ was immediately clearly something Francesca was massively talented at doing, and after a year of doing open mic spots around Britain, she was in Edinburgh, winning an award as the best new comic in Britain in 2000. “When I got the award, my dad said, I told you! so it’s really down to him.” Something Francesca does to great effect in

her stand-up, and in all of her public appearances, is challenging people’s perceptions of disability, something she thinks that comedy has an unique power to be able to achieve. “I think comedy is a great way to challenge an audience, because it’s so enjoyable. It’s not preachy or boring or worthy, often I think comedy allows people to open up in a way that allows comedians to communicate something else to them. Half the time, the audience maybe don’t realise they have been challenged, and they leave thinking, I haven’t thought about that subject that way before.” F r a n c e s c a ’s p r e s ence in the media and on shows like Jonathan Ross and Ricky Gervais’

Extras, where many people will remember her from, is a head-on confrontation with perceptions of disability, something Francesca has lived with her whole life, and something that resonates with other people with disabilities who come to her shows. “It’s great when I see other wobbly people in the audience, and I think it matters to them to be able to be able to relate to a comedian out there. I have had really supportive reactions. “When you’re born so-called ‘disabled’, the perception is that there is something wrong with you, and I struggled with that for a long time. But I met someone who said to me, that’s just a word that doctors have made up. You are perfectly you,

and it changed my whole life. I suddenly realised, I am not ‘wrong’, I’m Francesca, and I’m the way I meant to be. “Everyone on earth has a disabilty, things that we struggle with. I don’t see a difference in that sense. The only thing is that people can see what I struggle with, but it doesn’t make me different. “My so-called suffering has not come from being wobbly, but from other people. Instead of being obsessed with the eradication of conditions, we should eradicate the fear of difference.” For more information on Francesca’s show at Whelans, log on to For more about Francesca herself, see www.

A new era is opening for Doors’ fans, and the good news is, it’s accessible to everyone. The Doors app has just been launched on the digital market and if you worship the Lizard King, this is a must. This monstrous load of information on The Doors’ lifespan is a result of a year and half’s work by its creator, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who marries music, text, audio and photographs together with tons of extras. As you’d expect, the app contains a complete history of the band alongside song lyrics, photos and memorabilia. What you might not have realised is that it gets right into the heart of Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek’s life and work, with content only the most die-hard fans will appreciate. It includes photos of all equipment used in the recording of each of their albums from The Doors to An American Prayer. You can also literally follow The Doors’ progress around LA with a map flagging the prime locations in the band’s history with stories to boot. And speaking of stories, you’ll also get the dirt on the antics that put the band in the papers, like ‘the Miami incident’ – where Jim Morrison allegedly got a little saucy on stage at the Dinner Key Auditorium in 1969. Despite being the era of so-called ‘free love’, the incident saw Jim Morrison arrested and almost broke up the band. Not even the mind of Morrison could have contemplated that 40 or so years on, that incident, and everything else The Doors ever did would be part of a history available to fans at the touch of a virtual button. You’ll see the app on iTunes for €4.49. If it could speak, it’d probably say “Touch Me”. Dee Woods presents Nova Nights on Radio Nova Mon-Fri 7pm-12am & Sundays 12-2pm. Follow her on Twitter @radeeoh

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&ABOUT OUT fast TRAVEL Ensure you’re insured before holidaying

‘Cover up’, to prepare for any bad outcomes  natalie burke

CHILL Insurance are ensuring happy holidays this summer by advising holiday makers to cover up in advance of their upcoming getaways. According to a recent analysis carried out by the insurance company, emergency medical expenses abroad – such as a doctor’s visit, or treatment in an A&E – is the most common claim on travel insurance made by Irish holiday-makers. Trip cancellations due to personal injury, serious illness, or the death of one of the insured party or a family member, is the next most frequent pay-out. Highlighting the range and type of travel policies now available, Chill Insurance is promoting single-trip cover, from €20, and multi-trip travel policies, from €60, in good time for the start of the main Irish holiday season. Stolen baggage or personal effects, as well as delayed baggage due to multiple travel connections, also feature high in holiday problems identified. For further information, see


turkey: beginners and experienced divers alike welcome for journey

Dive into a beautiful blue world on a diving holiday  natalie burke

WHILE most of our favourite summer destinations are famed for their sun-kissed beaches, clear seas, dining hotspots and great nightlife, you might be surprised to learn that, deep down, a whole new world quite literally awaits. For some people, what lies beneath the surface is far more important than what is actually above it. So, if you’re searching for a holiday with a bit more adventure this summer, perhaps a scuba diving based holiday in Bodrum, Turkey, could be just what you’re looking for. WingsAbroad are offering some great diving courses in the beautiful turquoise waters of Bodrum. The Bodrum Peninsula is home to the ancient port city of Bodrum, and is famed for its diving locations where you can discover the wonders of the Aegean Sea by swimming right in it. This is an ideal point for both experts and beginners and provides amazing diving opportunities. Divers have the chance to see schools of colour-

ful tropical fish, murray eels, octopuses, groupers and much more on every dive. You can also visit some amazing wreck remains that line the seabed. And, with the water temperature staying around 20-26 degrees Celsius, it makes for very comfortable diving. ---------------------------

‘Even non-divers are welcome, as they can climb aboard the boat and enjoy the stunning waters on a day trip’ ---------------------------

WingsAbroad have fantastic package holiday deals departing in May, with many further options for June, July and later in the summer. Travel on May 19 and stay at the Kaseria Hotel, Gumbet on a B&B basis from only €326 per person, or stay in the Baba Beach Hotel, Gumbet, also on a B&B basis, from just €346 per person. Alternatively, stay in the Summer Gardens Apart-

ments, Bitez on a selfcatering basis from only €399 per person. The price includes return flights from Dublin, seven nights’ accommodation as stated, return airport to accommodation transfers and charges. There are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing what diving course you want to take part in, with a one-day discovery scuba diving course starting from €49, which is aimed at the absolute beginner. A two-day beginners’ course is also available, from €165, which is an entry-level certification course that can be completed in just two days, enabling you to dive with a professional to 12 metres. A four-day beginners course is available from €305. For divers who already hold a PADI Open Water diving certificate or an equivalent, a two-day PADI-advanced open water course is priced from €230, to further enhance your diving skills. Rescue courses and a master course are also available, as well as daily

An underwater world awaits in Bodrum, Turkey with a range of packages and classes to suit divers of all abilities, or none, with the area’s lovely waters offering much to see and enjoy

dive tours and five-day packages. Even non-divers are welcome on the diving trip, as, for as little as €21, they can climb aboard the boat and enjoy the stunning blue waters on a day trip, which also includes lunch. For further information on WingsAbroad, see, call 01 871 9444, or contact your local travel agent. For another undersea option, many diving enthusiasts choose Egypt as their scuba-diving destination – one of the most famed locations for the sport in the world. Direct Holidays are offering seven nights at the five-star Baron Palms in Sharm el Sheikh from €829 per person on an allinclusive basis, departing Dublin on May 29. Later dates are also available. Set in tropical gardens

In Egypt, Sharm el Sheikh’s famous clear waters will certainly make a splash with divers

with access to a private, sandy beach the hotel offers bright and modern accommodation and a wealth of activities, including a health club. The hotel can organise diving excursions with the PADI-approved Camel Dive Club, with prices starting from €95 for a half-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving excursion. Note that Direct Holidays are not responsible

for any excursions booked through a third party during your holiday. Price includes flights, accommodation and transfers. Direct Holidays have also increased their baggage allowance to 20kg, to allow passengers to bring diving gear. To book, call Direct Holidays at 01 514 0341, see www.directholidays. ie, or visit your local travel agent.






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FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL We, 9th Port (Malahide) Sea Scout Group seek permission for development at this site at James’s Terrace, Malahide, Co Dublin.The developmentwill consist of a single storey, two storey & part three storey extension to the existing building with a roof terrace, lift, external insulation and replacement roof to the existing building and all associated landscape, drainage and site development works.The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday – Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. 18265




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dublinsport Let the Gazette keep you up to date with all the best local sporting action from around the city as we cover all the stories that matter to you and your community


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FastSport Ireland calls for Campion and Hinkson:

Malahide native Kirstin Smith receives the Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year award from Geoff Lyons for her work with Railway Union RFC

rugby: annual awards dished out to local clubs and volunteers

Blackrock College school and club land Leinster honours LOCAL rugby clubs were celebrating last week at the Leinster Rugby Awards Ball with Blackrock College winning big at the event. Out-half Ian Madigan received the coveted Players Player of the Year award, following in the footsteps of recent winners Gordon D’Arcy, Felipe Contepomi, Rocky Elsom, Isa Nacewa and Rob Kearney. The academy graduate has played an influential role for the province in 28 appearances to date this season, scoring 226 points including eight

tries, and also made his Ireland debut against France during this year’s Six Nations. Meanwhile, another Blackrock man, Spanish born Leinster Academy backrow forward Jordi Murphy was voted the Powerade Young Player of the Year. He has been in consistent form for the senior side and though sidelined recently with a broken hand, he featured in 17 games so far this season. In what was another remarkable year for Leinster Schools rugby, Blackrock College have been awarded the

Powerade School of the Year for winning both the Senior and Junior Cup competitions. Their SCT triumph demonstrated great determination and self-belief in their late victories over Cistercian College Roscrea in the semi-final and St. Michael’s College in the final. The JCT win was extremely impressive, playing entertaining and skilful rugby throughout their cup campaign. Eugene Noble from Clondalkin RFC has been awarded this season’s Leinster Women’s Rugby Club Person of

the Year, sponsored by Cityjet. Eugene has put in a huge amount of hard work and effort into the promotion of women’s rugby within both his own club as well as working on the Women’s Competitions Committee in Leinster. Railway Union’s Kirstin Smith, a Malahide native, set the benchmark this year by consistently promoting her club in a variety of media with fresh, innovative and interesting content and her voluntary efforts were rewarded with the Public Relations Officer of the Year.

LORETO’S Aisling Campion and Old Alex’s Erika Hinkson have both been called into the Irish senior women’s hockey panel for the first time for a 43-player training camp to take place on May 25 and 26. The pair are among a group of eight uncapped players including former Loreto Dalkey students Kate Dillon and Kate Lloyd who both play with Railway Union. After the training weekend, Irish head coach Smith will reduce the squad further to select a squad to train toward the European Championships and in to the latter part of 2013 as part of ongoing preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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FastSport Ireland’s u-16s claim third in tournament: The Republic of Ireland finished their UEFA Women’s Under-16 development tournament with a well-deserved win over Wales, a result which saw them claim third place in a toughly contested competition. The Ireland panel had performed well in their two other matches in the competition, but unfortunately lost out in both of their other games in penalty shoot-outs against the Czech Republic, with whom they drew 3-3 in normal time, and to Belgium after a goalless second match. Roma McLaughlin scored the vital goal against Wales in the 12th minute, heading the ball into the Welsh net after a corner from Megan Connolly to give Ireland a 0-1 lead which they held to the end. Ireland finished in third place with Belgium the overall winners after beating the Czech Republic 2-1 on penalties after a 0-0 finish in Home Farm FC.

soccer: cerebral palsy tournament at peamount a big success

Gathered in name of sport 

Peamount’s grounds in Newcastle last week hosted the inaugural Dublin Gathering international CP soccer tournament, with teams of competitors from

Republic of Ireland, USA, Scotland and the Netherlands battling for top honours. The event saw (Ireland) emerge as overall winners, with victory over the Nethelands in the final on penalties

after normal time had ended 2-2. The competitors represented some of the highest ranked teams from CP football in Europe and beyond, with the Netherlands ranked fifth, the USA

The teams gathered at Peamount for the Gathering-supported tournament

Ireland celebrate a goal against the Netherlands in the final

currently ranked ninth and Scotland sixth in the world. Ireland are no strangers to hosting international CP tournaments having organised the CPISR A European Championships in UCD in 2006 and the St Patrick’s Day Cup international tournament in 2011, which was hosted by this year’s venue at Peamount United FC. Both the Netherlands and Scotland returned two years after the St Patrick’s Cup hoping to reverse results against their hosts in this year’s competition. Oisin Jordan, national co-ordinator for the FAI’s Football for all programme said: “This event has been be a

spectacular exhibition of the very high standard of football in international CP soccer, but more importantly in line with 2011, the tournament will put CP football on the map in the Irish football community. “Hopefully, this exposure might unearth a number of new players who in the coming years might represent their country at the Paralympics in Brazil 2016. “I am really looking for ward to the final match and would like to thank our colleagues from the three other countries to Ireland and hope they enjoyed their time in South Dublin.” Brenda O’Donnell, director of sport for

Cerebral Palsy Sport Ireland said: “This event sees a ver y welcome return to the calendar following a succesful St Patrick’s Day Cup two years ago. The competition provided a huge opportunity for our own players to demonstrate their skills and talents against the top teams in the world. “Undoubtedly, there will be plenty of opportunities for new players to experience the atmosphere of CP football. “On behalf of CPSI, I thoroughly enjoyed the competition and was delighted to welcome the USA, Scotland and Netherlands to Dublin and hope they enjoyed their time here.”

Brogan calls on clubs to bring their A-game to Dublin Bay 

Bernard Brogan at the launch of the Red Bull Cul 5 at Dublin Bay last week

DUBLIN and St Oliver Plunkett’s star Bernard Brogan was on hand last week to help launch the Red Bull Cul 5, a competition that will offer aspiring young footballers the opportunity to take part in a unique 5-a-side Gaelic football event on Saturday, May 25 in Dublin Port. The Red Bull Cul 5 will see 32 teams compete in a purposebuilt arena with goals the only form of scoring, and five-a-side players competing over five-

minute halves to progress in the competition. Brogan is looking forward to some high-energy action: “Red Bull Cul 5 will be a fantastic competition. “We’ve worked hard to create a challenging format. The ball will always be in play and players will need to be at their sharpest. I’m looking forward to seeing some top young players compete in this fresh and exciting event.” Cul 5 will also feature a number of rule changes, designed to promote a fast-

paced and exciting tournament, including unlimited substitutes, the ball being allowed to be picked off the ground, and the ball always in play. The arena will feature a specially laid grass pitch (50 x 30m), which will be enclosed by storage containers from Dublin Port. The competition is open to all players eligible to play minor football in 2013, with squads of seven being called upon to register their interest to take part via the entry form available via

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Gard-ing the future of cycling tradition The 2013 Garda Cycling Club gathered in Swords last week to launch their bid to race the Ras this year, though they are looking to learn from the experience and their heritage  ROB HEIGH

THE launch of the An Post Garda Cycling Club team was a cause for celebration in Swords last week when members of the five-man team gathered at Richies Bike Shop before their epic ride across Ireland begins this weekend. The 2013 Ras will see riders from all over the world converge to take part in the annual, eightday, stage race that begins on May 19. The epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since, its worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite international calendar long established. The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to join the mix of professional cyclists, and the Garda Cycling Club are no exception. This year’s vintage, supported by Rich-

ies Bikestore, Ethos Engineering, Lillis O’Donnell Ford, Copper Face Jacks, RA Burke Shipping and Outdoor Trek, is made up of five riders who have made great sacrifices over the last eight months to prepare for the ride of their lives. The club also have a tradition in the Ras, with two former members of the club having been Ras winners: Ben McKenna in 1959 and Brian Connaughton in 1969. Gazette Sport spoke to both club PRO, David O’Connell and competitor Stephen Enright about what the Ras means to them and the Garda Cycling Club. “The club have a long and distinguished history with the Ras, but haven’t entered a team since 2000, so we are very proud and excited to be involved this year,” explained O’Connell. “With the boom in interest in cycling in Ire-

land in recent years, the club has attracted a lot of interest, and we are back with a bang. “The Ras is the pinnacle of Irish racing, the race that any club in Ireland with desire wants to to ride in. It is a UCI 2.2 level race, which means it attracts a lot of international attention, and national squads from New Zealand, Canada, and pro teams all across Europe coming to participate. It’s a chance for amateur riders to mix it with the big boys, and that’s why we are reentering: It’s the race to be in.” The club has existed in its current form since 1977. It counts about 95 members in 2013, and is open to civilian members, not only members of the Gardai. The club were celebrating last year with the bronze medal success of Caroline Ryan in the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in

the Hisense Arena in Melbourne. “It’s fantastic having someone like that in the club and showing what we can achieve,” said O’Connell, who is looking forward to the challenge of the Ras. “The five lads taking part - Stephen Enright,

ing with Scott MacDonald from Winning Solutions, a guy from Dun Laoghaire who rode professionally in the early 90s in France. He has been creating programmes for me on a six-weekly basis since September. Things are coming around nicely, and just at the right time.”


‘The Ras is the pinnacle of Irish racing, the race every club in Ireland with desire wants to be in’ - David O’Connell


Neill O’Leary, Dave Dukes, Damien O’Farrell and Michael Doyle - have put in massive training over the last six months.” In spite of having ridden the Ras in the past, and having finished fourth in the B category, Stephen Enright is taking no chances this time around. “Every stage is being coached, and I am work-

At the launch of the Ras team for 2013 at Richies Bike Shop in Swords were Brendan Tracy of sponsor Lillis O’Donnell Ford, Stephen Enright, Neil O’Leary, Damien O’Farrell and David Dukes of Garda CC

Speaking at the end of a training session, Enright explained that the Ras is something he and his teammates have committed to, although they do not expect to be on the podium this time around “The Ras is a massive target for us this year. We are looking at ourselves, we know our limits and we know who we are competing against. There are over 100 professional riders, and young riders who have the potential to do well. “The target for the five of us is basically to finish the Ras. That might not seem like a lot, but we are a young team, This year is mostly about gaining experience, finishing the Ras and finishing it well and comfortably. We want to progress into next year. We will take this as a learning experience and look then at next year,”


Win tickets to Ireland vs Pakistan cricket match GAZETTESPORT has teamed up with Cricket Ireland to offer two free tickets for both days of the RSA Insurance ODI Series which sees Ireland play Pakistan at Clontarf Cricket Club on Thursday, May 23 and Sunday, May 26 in two One-Day Internationals. The grounds are pushing towards a sell-out but there are still tickets available to purchase in advance – for more details visit To enter, simply answer this easy question: Who did Kevin O’Brien, pictured above, score his record-breaking century against in the Cricket World Cup in March 2011? Email your answer to sport@gazettegroup. com with the subject line “Cricket Tickets” along with your phone number and home address by Monday, May 20.

Puspure looking forward to European bid KINSEALY resident Sanita Puspure has been selected in the women’s single scull to take part in the Irish team for the European rowing championships in four weeks time in Seville. She is part of the team that departed for Copenhagen last Wednesday to take part in a training camp along with Claire Lambe in the lightweight single and Niall Kenny and Justin Ryan in a lightweight double. John Keohane was also included after

the Lee Valley man was the fastest man home in the Irish trials last week. Paul O’Donovan, an under-23 lightweight, was only 0.09 seconds behind Keohane in the time trial on Saturday. He recorded 94.8 per cent of projected world best time for the lightweight single, though there was a strong tailwind. Fionnan McQuillanTolan and Seán O’Connor were the fastest pair. Ireland performance director Morten Espersen, meanwhile, said he will have “a very strong team” for the upcoming World Under-23 Championships in July.


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soccer: gannon park welcomes national cup decider

Murray aiming to find 2012 Glenmuir form MALAHIDE Golf Club’s John Murray is aiming to rekindle his Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship form this year. Murray tees off in the Irish qualifier which is being held at nearby Roganstown Golf Club on May 16. His target will be a place in the £78,000 Glenmuir showpiece final being held on June 11-14 at De Vere Slaley Hall in Northumberland. The Peugeot-supported final will also decide who makes the Great Britain and Ireland team which will compete in the PGA Cup against the United States - also to be staged at Slaley Hall in September. Murray has a good record in the final having had a number of top 10 finishes to his name and has come close to making the PGA Cup team but failed to make the cut 12 months ago at De Vere Carden Park. “I don’t know what happened last year, maybe I hadn’t played as much as I wanted,” he said. “But the Glenmuir final has been good to me in the past and it would be nice to get my form back this year if I can qualify, especially with it being a PGA Cup year. “I’ve been close to making the team in the past and not quite got there which has been frustrating. “I’m not sure about this year, but who knows, if I do well and get the points then it’s possible and the system always rewards players who do well in the year of the PGA Cup which is how it should be. “But I have to qualify first and it’s good that the event is at Roganstown, that’s just 20 minutes from me so I enjoy playing there.” Murray admits that times have been tough for Irish golf with the economic situation proving difficult for the sport but believes clubs will come through the bad times. “It may take a few more years but I can see things improving,” he said. “It has been tougher than ever for clubs in Ireland but we’re all working hard and in a couple of years we will see the results of that.”

John Delaney was in attendance at Gannon Park along with Malahide United’s Don Butler and Donal Hughes and Special Olympics’ Matt English

Special day for Malahide  stephen findlater

MALAHIDE United played host to the Special Olympics soccer’s National Cup final last Saturday as Gannon Park welcomed a superb tussle between Dundrum and Sporting Fingal with the former coming out on top 4-2. FAI Chief Executive John Delaney was on hand to welcome the sides in the pre-match ceremony as part of the organisation’s commitment to promoting the game. Speaking at the

game, he said it was a huge occasion for all involved: “These players are getting to play on the turf where the likes of John O’Shea and R ichard Dunne train on for every international camp so it is a very big honour. “Special Olympics is very much part of what the FAI ethos is and tries to promote and so I am delighted to be here.” In addition, all of the finalists were given tickets to the upcoming Republic of Ireland game against Sweden later this year.

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Cobain was part of the Leinster team that just missed out on the senior school’s interprovincial competition at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown last week. Leinster’s boys 4x50m medley relay team breaking the Irish junior short course record held by Trojan swimming club since 1998 while Curtis Coulter produced the first Irish junior sub 50 second 100m freestyle.

For Malahide chairman Don Butler, meanwhile, he added that it was a significant moment for the club to host a national cup final, especially in an area of football that the club are working hard to develop. Currently, the club have 18 Special Olympics players taking part in training camps and developing as a squad. Butler said: “It’s a huge honour for us to host the Special Olympics Cup final here in Gannon Park for the club. Giving back to youth soccer is what we

hope to achieve in the club and we have a commitment to the youth of Malahide to do that so we’re delighted to host this event.” On the pitch Barry Banahan’s superb hattrick powered Dundrum to glory to see off Sporting Fingal. Two classy left-footed efforts in the first half put his side well on course at 2-0 up before Sporting rallied. His first was a rasping effort from the edge of the box before he pounced on a loose ball in the area. Peter Battersby gave

his side a lifeline with a brilliantly assured penalty kick. But Luke Murphy and Banahan shut the door with the latter scoring his third and a fourth for Dundrum before Nathan Finney got another one back nine minutes from the end with a smart poacher’s goal. It was a classy all round performance from the south Dublin side who have been running for three years under the guidance of Paul McDonough, Warren Chua and Roy Connolly.

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Dublin U-16s complete third win in-a-row 

LUCIA Hughes, from St Sylvester’s, was part of the Dublin panel that achieved a third successive Leinster U-16 ladies football title last weekend with a 4-10 to 1-8 win over Kildare in the final. Despite having two players sin binned (one in each half) and conced-

ing two penalties, Dublin collected the title following a somewhat nervous performance versus a gallant Kildare side. Kildare hit the front early with their first penalty and Dublin received a further blow when captain and centre half back, Lauren Magee was issued with a yellow card reducing her side to 14 players.

Ann Marie Troy’s goal did help reduce the deficit at half time to 1-8 to 1-5 but they produced an excellent second half performance with the aid of the breeze. Emma Colgan raised the green flag for her side’s second goal as Dublin moved five points up but it needed Catherine Murphy to make a

super penalty save to get Dublin over the line. In the dying moments, Mia Jennings and Holly Greer both fired home two shots past Kildare keeper, Natasha Murphy, to add an extra gloss to the scoreline. Dublin will meet the Ulster champions in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 10.

football: bannigan says more in the tank

Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s THE Big Day Out in Broomfield on Sun-

wart of the club all his life.

day was a fantastic occasion. The

The senior football team had a 2-16

Audi North Dublin sponsored mini

to 3-7 victory over Clontarf in the

All-Irelands were another fantastic

championship and the intermediate


football team had a decisive champi-

Club coach and organiser Panner

onship win over Erins Isle.

McCarthy raised the biggest cheers

There was no luck for both minor

of the day from the multitude of chil-

teams with the A team losing by just

dren and it was well deserved.

one point to St Vincent’s.

Adrienne Stack turned the first

Niamh Harney and Ciara Lynch won

sod for the new Tim Stack ball wall

Leinster Minor Football medals with

and mayor Cian O’Callaghan con-

Dublin after victory over Meath and

gratulated the club on this positive

they go on to play the Ulster cham-


pions in the All Ireland semi-final in

Chairman Mel McIntyre launched


the Buy a Brick fundraiser and his

We play senior hurling champi-

fond remembrance of recently

onship against Erin’s Isle at 6pm on

deceased former club chairman John

Saturday. Please come along and

Ryan was a fitting end to the day.


The club extends our deepest sym-

The lotto jackpot this week is

pathy to the family and many friends

€3,200. Play and win on www.stsyl-

of John who was a very popular stal-

naomh mearnog Good luck to our boys who are in the

referees in championship action

Division 1 hurling Feile on Saturday.

during the week. Well done to Tadgh

The lads will be trying for a double

Dennehy, Pat McCabe, David Aston,

success as most of them were on our

David O’Connor and David Storey.

team that won the football competi-

Our games could not go ahead with-

tion. We are hosting the event and

out you.

games commence at 10.30am. Please come along and support the team. St Sylvester’s Nigel Dunne on the attack for St Sylvester’s against Clontarf

Syl’s progress but room to improve dublin sfc round one

St Sylvester’s 2-16 Clontarf 3-7 

ST SYLVESTER’S got off to a great start in the senior championship with a convincing win over a resilient Clontarf side. They kept the Malahide men close throughout the 60 minutes, grabbing important goals to bridge the gap on a few occasions as Gabriel Bannigan’s men looked to breakaway. “It was a good battle out there,” said Bannigan after the game.

“They made us work very hard for the result. They made a real game of it and they didn’t give us much time to rest on our lead.” Syl’s started well and took a four point lead early on, 0-5 to 0-1, before Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey banked a fantastic goal to put the Clontarf men back in on the action. Michael McCarthy took a goal of his own as Bannigan’s bunch pushed on, but after a scramble in the box, Clontarf managed to send a scrappy effort beyond the Malahide

stopper, which helped to reduce the deficit to just two points at the interval, 1-10 to 2-5. Syl’s started well after the interval and after a few points put them six points ahead, an error from their keeper, stepping back over the line with the ball, gave Clontarf a way back into the fray before Cavan man Eugene Keating took a goal of his own to give Bannigan’s men the momentum to go on and win the tie, 2-16 to 3-07. Despite their solid start to their campaigns – winning five cup games and three of their

four AFL1 clashes and taking a win in their first championship encounter of the year – Bannigan believes his side can play better still. “ We ’r e n o t q u i t e where we need to be yet. I always said it was going to be a transitional period early on in the season, and even though I’m happy with how we’ve done so far I know it can be better. “T here’ll be more work done during the summer months and once we have some of the new players integrated, we should be where want to be.”

We have been alerted to the fact that clubs are being targeted by

A great weekend for our young

robbers. Please ensure that dress-

camogie teams saw victories for our

ing rooms and cars are locked at all

minor, U-14 and U-11 teams.


Our senior footballers put on a

Our hugely popular mini-leagues

great display against Na Fianna in

start on June 5. Contact Paddy Gorey

the championship only to fall a little

for more details.

bit short in the end. The senior hurlers are in championship action on Saturday evening at home against Round Tower Clondalkin at 6pm. Support needed. It was nice to see all of our adult

Congratulations to the Clann Mearnog Ceili Band who won the Dublin Fleadh competition. Canvassing for the new Seasons Club Lotto is now in progress. Please support this vital club fundraiser.

fingallians THE club awards night will take


place in the hall on Friday, May 31

Adult football update: both junior

at 8.30pm. This is open to all adult

teams had league wins and we had a

teams and members.

bye in the intermediate champion-

The cost per person will be €5 per


ticket and will include finger food, DJ

The club golf society will tee off

and awards ceremony. Managers

with their first outing in Roganstown

are asked to submit their player of

on Friday, May 31 from 2-3.30pm.

the year candidate to adult games

A timesheet will be available in the

committee by the end of the week.

clubhouse next week.

Ladies update: the seniors had a

The adult hurlers golf classic will

win on Wednesday over St Brigid’s.

take place on Friday, July 5 in Bal-

The U-13 girls had a win over Clanna

briggan Golf Club.

Gael and congratulations to Shan-

Well done to the young Dubs as

non Murtagh on being named Dublin

the minors progressed to the Lein-

U-14 football captain for 2013.

ster football semi-final. This will

Juvenile Update: wins this weekend for the U-9, U-11, U-13 and U-16

take place on July 6 vs Kildare due to exams.

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