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Fears for summer mosquito epidemic Natalie Burke
Coastal towns across Dublin North look set to be plagued by the infestation of mosquitoes once again as the summer months approach. In recent years, residents in Malahide and Portmarnock have raised concerns about the arrival of mosquitoes in the towns and have, on numerous occasions, reported medical reactions to the bites received.
While last summer saw few incidents with mosquitoes, local Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) said this year could be a totally different situation, with locals already reporting biting incidents. Cllr Coyle said a trial into a new mosquito trap is currently being carried out by an Environmental Health Officer in Malahide Castle. The trap is believed to reduce the mosquito population by 90% and is in the early stages. Full Story on Page 3
All in a spin: Classic and vintage car show goes down a treat the sun shone from a cloudless blue sky on a fantastic collection of beautifully restored classic and vintage cars at the recent motor show for Malahide Lions in the grounds of The Grand Hotel. Over 90 vehicles arrived
and were put on display for the capacity crowd including this 1910 Talbot tourer pictured with owner Tommy Sheridan. It also featured Ireland’s first ever motor car. See Full Gallery on Page 8
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Elaine Geraghty running in Malahide Castle
Elaine’s up and running and feeling fantastic A Malahide native has discovered a new lease of life in recent weeks after taking part in a Malahide-based fitness programme. Elaine Geraghty, current chief executive of Inspire and formerly of Newstalk Radio, recently finished an eight-week Running Made Easy course with Run with Tina and says she feels positive after her running experience and hopes her story will inspire others to follow in her footsteps. Wanting to get fit and “drop a few kg’s”, along with looking to take up an activity that would be both challenging and stress-relieving, Elaine said the Run with Tina class in Malahide was exactly what she needed. “I tried running on my own a couple of years ago
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and fractured my ankle, so I was determined to give it another go. Also, I wanted to take part in an event this year and raise money for our ReachOut. com service so I made a promise to get fit and get ‘Running for ReachOut’.” Run with Tina is a unique women-only club offering fitness classes and private training for women across numerous outdoor locations in Dublin. It is aimed at women who want to run their first 5k, lose weight, or just find a new way to be healthier. The Run-
ning Made Easy course offered by Run with Tina advises on nutrition and running gear, warm-ups and stretches, how to prevent injuries and breathing techniques. A f ter finding Run with Tina through social networking site Twitter, Elaine said she was curious about the holistic approach to fitness that the group took. “I checked out her website and the testimonials and blogs convinced me this was the activity for me - an absolute beginner. Also, my sense was that I had a better chance of succeeding as part of a group, rather then on my own.” Before joining the group, Elaine says she was nervous about getting injured and the motivation needed to keep
running. “As a very unfit person, I also found it difficult to visualise myself actually being able to run more than two minutes without collapsing. I had concerns that it might be a bit competitive and that I wouldn’t be able to keep up and so ultimately might lose interest.” However, the gradual approach to running that the course took helped Elaine and other members of the group to build their confidence and enjoy the experience. “I also like the combination of running and great yoga/pilates exercises that are included as part of each session. I may just have found an activity that I genuinely enjoy and want to continue to participate in,” she said.
Since taking up running, Elaine says she has seen a huge improvement in her physical fitness and energy levels and that running with a group of like-minded women has been “fantastic”. “There’s great support and encouragement in the group and huge fun. After a long day at the office, this is a great way to take some time away from the normal stresses of everyday life and recharge the mental and physical batteries,” she said. The Malahide class takes place every Monday and Wednesday evening for eight weeks, with the next course set to begin on May 27 at St Andrew’s School on Church Road. The cost for the eight week session is €135. For more information, see www.runwithtina.com.
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Fears over a mosquito epidemic natalie burke
Coastal towns across Dublin North look set to be plagued by the infestation of mosquitoes once again as the summer months approach. In recent years, residents in the seaside towns of Malahide and Portmarnock have raised concerns about the arrival of mosquitoes in the towns during periods of good weather, and have, on numerous occasions, reported medical reactions to the bites received. Members of local tennis clubs have also reported incidents of large clouds
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of mosquitoes arriving at the courts. While last summer saw few incidents with mosquitoes, local Cllr Peter Coyle (Lab) said this year could be a totally different situation, with locals already reporting biting incidents from the “famous” Malahide mosquitoes. “Last year was so cold that it wasn’t a huge problem. There were little or no complaints made about the mosquitoes but it was a particularly wet summer, and wouldn’t have been good for breeding, so that may be the reason,” said Cllr Coyle. “There were more issues in recent years
however and the mosquitoes were quite big. I know people who have gone to hospital with the bites. “It gets particularly bad at the Grove Tennis Court and the Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Club,” he added. “There are usually problems with them along the estuary and so people living in areas close to the estuary would have a lot of problems with them as well.” Cllr Coyle said that in recent weeks, he has heard from a number of residents about the reemergence of the mosquitoes, saying one resident reported that she
Cllr Coyle has heard from residents about the re-emergence of the mosquitoes
received a “huge bite” after playing tennis, while others reported sightings of the mosquitoes already being “out in force”. While Cllr Coyle said he believes a type of natural mosquito trap could be used to help the problem in areas such as tennis clubs, and would
be a worthwhile investment, he said a trial into a new mosquito trap is currently being carried out by an environmental health officer in Mala-
hide Castle. The trap is believed to reduce the mosquito population by 90% and is in the early stages. Results have yet to be reviewed.
Just 4 Kids Fun show for kids at the RDS A fun and educational show for kids is set to take place at the RDS this weekend, Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The Just 4 Kids Show will feature a range of different interactive activities for kids with a chance to experiment in the tech zone, get involved in the workshop zones, have fun in the Let’s Go! fun zone, meet your favourite children’s authors in the library zone and see a roller skating demonstration. A seminar for parents will also be on the agenda with talks on anti-bullying, nutrition, fitness and internet safety. For more details, see www.just4kidsshow.ie.
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Clean-up: students tidy coast
Litter trashed from Sutton
The Cool Kids Summer Camp will return to St Oliver Plunkett’s in Malahide once again this summer. Taking place from Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 5, the camp is open to all children from Junior Infants to Second class and features activities such as Arts and crafts, baking, IT skills, music, drama and lots more. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual golf day on the way An annual golf day will be held by the Fingal Network Initiative next month. The event, which is organised every year by the local representative body for local businesses and community organisations, will take place on Thursday, June 6 in Malahide Golf Club and teams of four can enter for €200. The event also includes hot food on the day. For further details, email Kevin@greenoffice.ie.
Mary McNamara and Brian Dooley pictured with the 1898 Benz Velo Comfortable
Ireland’s first ever car comes home natalie burke email@example.com
Malahide went back over 100 years in time recently, after Ireland’s first ever motor car made its way back to the village, its original hometown. The first petrol-driven car ever to run on Irish roads returned to the Grand Hotel last week which, at the time it was imported into Ireland, was the residence of the motor car’s owner, medical practitioner Dr John Colohan. The unique car, which is an 1898 Benz Velo Comfortable, returned to Malahide in order to feature as the centerpiece in an exhibition of classic and vintage cars that took place in the grounds of the hotel on Sunday, May 19.
Manufactured in Germany by Karl Benz, who was the creator of the world’s first ever motor car and whose enterprise was later to become the Mercedes-Benz company, the vehicle later fell into disrepair only to be discovered in a dilapidated condition on a Co Kilkenny farm some 20 years ago. I n t h e i n t e r ve n ing period, it was fully restored to its original condition by Dubliner Denis Dowdall who, at that time, was service manager with MercedesBenz in Ireland. Through his connections to the German carmaker, Denis was able to secure copies of the original drawings of the vehicle and many of the hand-made parts he required to bring the car back to life.
Now in full working order, the single-cylinder “horseless carriage” bears the number IK 52, denoting the fact that it was the fifty-second car to apply for registration after the system was introduced here in the early 1900s. Making its return to Malahide last weekend, it was one of almost 90 cars to be on display in the grounds of the Grand Hotel as part of a charity fundraising initiative organised by the Malahide Lions Club. The exhibition feat u r e d 87 c a r s a n d attracted 3,000 cars drawn from all parts of the country, according to Malahide Lions Club PRO Brian Dooley, who said the event was a huge success. “We exceeded our target in terms of the fun-
draising that we had in mind for St Francis’ Hospice and other charities that the Lions Club support so it was an incredible day and the sun shone for us, we couldn’t believe our luck, it was just amazing,” he said. The first petrol-driven car attracted great attention, Brian says, with crowds of people queuing for photos beside the local treasure. “Most people couldn’t believe that the car still existed and that the Grand Hotel could claim to be the birthplace of Irish motoring. “The fact that the car was back home to its original homeplace for the first time in 110 years was just something special, it really was. We brought it home.” See Gallery on Page 8
FIFTY local students have played their part in keeping their coast clean, after conducting a successful beach and seafront clean-up in Sutton. Students from St Fintan’s High School in Sutton carried out the clean-up on the coastal area directly opposite their school last week. The students separated into groups in order to tackle areas of the seafront which they themselves identified as “litter black spots”. W i t h i n o n l y t wo hours the students had collected a huge amount of plastic bottles, bags, aluminum cans, and marine debris. During the litter pick, E o i n Mo r t o n , N e a t Streets Officer from An Taisce, hosted a workshop for participating students based on the problems related to littering. He highlighted the impact littering has on the birds and wildlife on beaches. During the workshop the students identified that over 50% of the litter collected was made up of plastics which can take up to 500 years to decompose, highlighting the benefits of recycling such material. The pupils of St Fintan’s High School have been hard at work over the past few months tackling the issue of litter and waste within their schools and in their local community in the quest towards the first Green-Schools Green Flag.
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B&Q Ireland Ltd exits examinership
640 jobs saved at nationwide stores OVER 600 jobs have been saved in B&Q nationwide after they announced they have exited examinership. It was announced in recent weeks that the High Court approved
the Examiner’s recommendations for B&Q Ireland Ltd, Europe’s largest home improvement retail group.Under the scheme, which sees more than €2.4 million in fresh investment by
parent company Kingfisher plc, B&Q Ireland Ltd will continue to trade at its eight stores including the Swords branch, saving 640 jobs altogether. B&Q Ireland sought
the appointment of an Examiner on January 31 of this year, in a bid to rescue the business which was significantly loss-making. Welcoming the successful restructuring,
Brian Mooney, chairman of B&Q Ireland, said: “We are more committed than ever to our operations in Ireland, and our loyal customers and employees.”
Cinema: A Rosie outlook actors Sam Claflin and Lily Collins join Cecelia Ahern on the last day of rehearsal in Dublin for the new feature film Love, Rosie. The film is a romantic comedy based on the bestselling book, Where Rainbows End, by Malahide native Cecelia Ahern. Production on the film began last week in Toronto, Canada and is set to be released in 2014.
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Hike in letting fees ‘could be the end for clubs’ natalie burke firstname.lastname@example.org
A hike in fees for letting pitches from Fingal County Council could spell the end for some GAA, soccer and rugby clubs, a spokesperson for Swords Manor FC said this week. Last week the Gazette revealed that the council is set to hit local clubs with increased charges while school teams will also have to pay charges following a recent review carried out by FCC. “By putting this increase on clubs that are struggling, some clubs will fold,” Swords
Manor FC secretar y, Ruth Russell said. The new charges are in line with other councils, according to FCC, and will be introducing a charge for the letting of pitches to GAA, Soccer and Rugby clubs. Fingal County Council has written to all clubs and schools in Fingal requesting that each juvenile team pay €30 per year for use of the playing pitches (this works out at approx €2 per child per year). Last week Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) warned that it would be “disheartening for clubs” to see FCC raise their prices and according to
Russell, that statement rings true. “I was gobsmacked when I got the letter. We struggle enough to get fees from children never mind to have to put up our fees now for the amount that Fingal County Council are adding on to the pitches,” she said. In a letter sent by the council to clubs and local representatives, the council stated that monies generated from the increase in fees will be offset against the rising costs for the maintenance of all pitches. However Ruth said: “We hire out the strimmers and we clear the
ditches, we’re doing it ourselves because FCC do nothing, in Brackenstown Road anyway. “The fees are going to affect the club because we are going to have to put our fees up. “ We d r o p p e d o u r fees last year because of the way the economy had gone, people were struggling and so we dropped our fees, and now we will have to put our fees up to take in this rise and they’re not going to like it.” “By putting this increase on clubs that are struggling, some clubs will fold,” she added, saying she thinks the club could lose play-
ers because of it. Refurbishment
A spokesperson for the council said: “Last year the council spent €35,000 in the Swords area alone on pitch refurbishment including surface improvements and goalmouth repairs. “This is in addition to the weekly grass cutting programme which gives the highest level of priority to the playing pitches. “This fee is necessary to ensure the continued high standard of the playing pitches in Fingal in light of current budget cuts and diminishing resources.”
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Gabriel and Alicia Tang admire the sleek lines of a 1946 Hillman Minx
Holly and Josh Williams loved Brendan McGonnell’s
John Moorescaff shows children his beautifully maintained 1965 Goggomobil. Pictures: Una Williams
Tommy Sheridan with his
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1910 Talbot tourer
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Alphonsus O’Dowd and Frank Higgins, Malahide Lions Club
showcase: Vintage motors delight at Malahide
Cars a roaring success for Lions T
Ellen, Jonathan and Darcy Kilfeather examine a classic Benz Velo, from 1898
HE second annual classic and vintage car show for Malahide Lions was a roaring success in the grounds of The Grand Hotel recently, as barely recognisable vehicles from the birth of motoring rolled up alongside quirky, creative and – above all – beautiful motors from bygone eras. A perfect family outing, the classic cars
show attracted a great deal of attention from everyone. With many of the lovingly-restored or maintained vehicles boasting none of the features taken for granted in their modern offspring, the vintage cars’ distinctive shapes, unusual designs and quirky features made them a hit with all, proving that the Lions’ vintage car show is a wheely popular attraction.
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Sam’s life celebrated at annual charity lunch B
ABY Sam’s Lunch 2013 was recently held at the Four Season’s Hotel in Dublin. The sixth annual lunch was held in aid of the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation in memory of baby Sam, who passed away five years ago from a rare brain condition when he was aged 13 months. Sam needed 24 hour care and the Jack and Jill Foun-
dation helped provide home nursing care for him. The charity provides funding to families of children with brain damage to help them purchase home respite care. All of the guests paid €100 each to attend the event, and they enjoyed an afternoon of lunch and entertainment in memory of Sam.
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Jetting off: Major aviation event announced
FlightFest to brighten the Dublin skyline in September THOUSANDS of people are expected to gather by the quays along the River Liffey on Sunday, September 15, to experience the Irish Aviation Authority’s and Dublin City Council’s FlightFest, a once-ina-lifetime, international aviation flypast. Details of the event were announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise O Muiri, Minister forTransport,Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar (FG),
IAA Chairman, Anne Nolan, and a number of dignitaries. Over 30 aircraft will fly through the city of Dublin as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. They will set off from Dublin Airport, into Dublin Port and up along the River Liffey to Customs House. The sustained flypast through Dublin city centre will take two hours to complete and the flights will be sequenced at five
minute intervals. FlightFest will be a free family event and a large section of the quays will be pedestrianised, with many family attractions and festivities available. Large commercial aircraft from Ireland and abroad will fly past, including the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320, A321, A300, A330 and A340 aircraft . The Irish Air Corps and the Royal Air Force will also participate and spec-
tators will enjoy a variety of helicopters and vintage aircraft including the World War II Spitfire and the B-17 Flying Fortress. Minister Varadkar said the event will be a real Gathering highlight. “I can’t wait to see these aircraft flying over the Liffey. It will be a fantastic draw for visitors from overseas and from Ireland,” he said. For more information, see www.flightfest.ie.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar (left) with Anne Nolan, chairman of the IAA, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri pictured at the launch of the Irish Aviation Authority and Dublin City Council’s FlightFest
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dublinlife Having a blast helping a hospital
Pictured at the launch of the SEAT Ireland Fix Crumlin Fundraiser were Finn Richardson (4) and Anna Daly, SEAT brand ambassador
It’s to infinity and beyond for SEAT Ireland as they attempt to build a space rocket in their showroom to raise €10,000 for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin with a little help from locals. SEAT car dealers across the country are attempting to build a space rocket in their showroom and have mailed thousands of toy building bricks to homes all over the country. They are asking people to head down to the showroom, add your toy
brick to the SEAT rocket and in return they’ll donate money to this great cause. Once all the space rockets are complete, SEATwill donate €10,000 to the campaign. This fundraiser is to celebrate the launch of the new SEAT Leon. If you didn’t receive a toy brick in the post, then just test drive the new SEAT Leon at your local SEAT dealer to get a brick and also be entered into a draw to win one.
best selling book being made into movie A romantic comedy based on the bestselling book Where Rainbows End, by Malahide native Cecelia Ahern, is set to be made into a movie. Production on the film, Love, Rosie began last week in Toronto, Canada. Love, Rosie will be filming on location in Toronto, before moving to Dublin for the remainder of the shoot. The Constantin film
stars Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) as Rosie and Alex, two best friends since school who find that life often gets in the way of love but true love, just like true friendship, never dies. Author Cecelia Ahern said: “I’m beyond excited that my novel Where Rainbows End is going into production now and that it’s being filmed in Canada and in Ireland. I can’t wait to see Rosie and Alex’s love story come to life on the big screen!” The film is set to be released in 2014.
plenty going on for world ms day A series of informative and entertaining events is planned for this year’s World MS Day taking place on May 29. The first fundraising event will kick off at Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords on May 23 with teams of volunteers distributing leaflets on MS and collecting donations. There will also be specialists on hand from MS Ireland to answer any questions from the public and give one-on-one consultations. On Wednesday, May 29, a balloon launch will take place at 8pm at the Waterside pub in Clondalkin organised by the West Dublin branch of MS Ireland. There will also be a music gig in aid of the charity called, Metal for World MS Day at Fibber McGees on Parnell Street at 8pm. A big draw for this year’s World MS Day is a celebrity auction with signed images of: The Script, Imelda May, Brain O’Driscoll, Noel Gallagher, Primal Scream, Kodaline, Def Leppard, Damien Dempsey and Katie Taylor.
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schoolLife Get involved with our Gazette schools pages CALLING all students! Dublin Gazette Newspapers continue to reach out to schools in our catchment areas so that we become a closer part of our community than ever before. Schools are the beating hearts of communities; one of the last places around which a community can gather. We want all budding writers and photographers from all of our schools to help fill the pages and, in order to encourage the next generation of journalists and snappers to get involved, we are partnering with Harvey Norman to present the Dublin Gazette Newspapers’ Cub Reporter and Cub Photographer of the Year awards. For more details, contact email@example.com or telephone Rob Heigh at 01 601 0240.
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Make it a summer holiday to remember for your kids laura webb
School’s out for the summer – well almost – and now is the time to get prepared and see what summer camps are available for students to make their holiday one to remember. Some kids might already know what they want to sign up to, while others may need a little push to get them doing something during the summer months. From science camps to football camps, drama to art, there is definitely something for every type of personality. Local community centres, schools and sports clubs will more than
likely have camps running some time over the summer, so give them a quick bell or check out their website to find out what’s on. This week, Gazette Schools is showcasing just some of the camps available. In June, Christ Church Cathedral Dublin will be hosting its very own Music Summer School. Children between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to attend this free music school. Events include musical workshops, group singing lessons, a free tour of the cathedral and crypt, a tour of the bell tower with an opportunity to ring the bells and loads of other fun activities. This takes place from June 4 to June 6. For further information or to book a place call the cathedral office on 01-6778099 or email email@example.com Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Leisure Services is offering a number of sports camps including archery, basketball, ten-
StarCamp, which received an investment from Dragon’s Den recently, has camps across the nation, including five in Dublin
nis, swimming, dodgeball, tag-rugby, kick-boxing, and dancing. Pool inflatables and bouncy castles will also add a spring to the step at the fun-filled summer camps, which will happen at the three main swimming and sports complexes in
the area, in Loughlinstown, Meadowbrook, and Monkstown. Camp places start from €65 a week per child, or just €15 a day, at DLRLS Loughlinstown. Meadowbrook and Monkstown which offer a wider variety of leisure activity alongside the sporting schedule, charge €80 a week, or €20 a day, for Summer Camp. Bookings can be made online now at www.dlrleisureservices.ie/camps and there is a 5% discount for all those who book online for a five-day week. Bring out the artist in your child with Artzone. The camp helps children learn valuable art skills through their classes while building confidence to create, design and innovate through many different media. Artzone classes are available in a number of different locations such as St Andrews Parish Hall in Malahide, and in Church of Ireland
Parish in Castleknock, both with dates in July and August. Further information on dates and locations is available at www.artzone.ie For the little performer in your life, there is StarCamp, which received an investment from Dragon’s Den recently. StarCamp is a performing arts network that has been running nationwide summer camps since 2007 and is open to kids of all ages and levels. It has camps across the nation, including five in Dublin. One such camp is in Lucan at Colaiste Phadraig from July 29 to August 2. For further information check out www.starcamp.ie Don’t forget to ask your child what they would like to do and then find something that accommodates them and your pocket - Happy camping!
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Linda Balfe owner/director, Phil Duggan, office manager and Paula Richards owner/director
Aspen creates a positive attitude about counselling Linda and Paula are accredited with the Irish association of counselling and psychotherapy (IACP) and have BScs in counselling and psychotherapy. They are also certified Reality Therapists and are both also qualified in ASIST (applied suicide intervention skills training). Paula is also qualified in motivational interviewing and has training with RCC (Rape Crisis Centre). Both are qualified to work with all
presenting issues ranging from relationship/marital issues, bereavement/ loss, depression, addiction, childhood issues/trauma, stress/anger management, self-esteem/ confidence, work related stress/bullying, emotional crisis/coping. There are 31 therapists in Aspen consisting of six accredited, 10 pre-accredited and 15 in the process of working up their clinical hours.
How long have you been in the organisation?
tory. A confidentiality agreement is put in place and from that a therapist is allocated to the client and they start their therapy the following week.
What makes you different from other similar organisations?
As a non-profit organisation, how has the current economic climate affected your operations?
The organisation was established in 2001.
We offer our services on a sliding scale to all, irrelevant of financial circumstances. We offer an initial consultation within one week of a person contacting us and there is no limit on how many sessions a client avails of. We work with clients from age six upwards with the philosophy that no issue is too big or too small. A very important part of our uniqueness is that we have a qualified therapist in Aspen who works with individuals with mild intellectual disabilities.
What is your mission?
• To eradicate the stigma surrounding our mental health and to promote a more positive attitude to counselling. • To provide a discreet and confidential counselling and psychotherapy service for all. • To provide a safe place where individuals, families and couples can engage in their therapeutic process. • To be able to reach the wider community by providing an accessible and low cost counselling service. Can you briefly describe what an average session would entail?
Linda and Paula carry out all initial consultations. This consultation entails the therapist taking a case his-
We are seeing that some clients struggle to even pay the lowest fee available so we are extremely grateful for the support that some of these clients receive from SVP. Their help allows clients to avail of free therapy for six to10 sessions.
Do you depend on community support as well as government funding?
Yes, and we have been lucky for the past two years to receive donations from the Lucan Lions Club and donations from individuals through pub quizzes, Dublin City Marathon, Lucan Community College teachers and students and Umbro Ireland.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone concerned about a friend or relative’s well being?
The best piece of advice we would give to someone who is concerned about a friend or relative’s well being would be to listen to them, let them know you are worried about them and encourage them to seek help, first from their GP to rule out any underlying medical issues. Alternatively, the individual may contact us directly by phone or email without any obligation on their part.
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John Banville is taking part in the Dublin Writers Festival and has a campaign going to get people reading Irish writers
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Banville joins literary festival Bairbre Ni Bhraonain
Dublin Writers Festival has some very heavy hitters from the world of literature this year and chief among them is John Banville. The Gazette spoke to Banville about his work and his decision to get involved in this year’s festival. “I seem to have got myself very involved in the festival and some of it is great fun. I have a campaign going to get people reading Irish writers.” John, or rather his alter ego, Benjamin Black, has just finished his latest crime novel, which is a commission to write a new Philip Marlowe book, a character created by Raymond Chandler. The book, which was completed the day before this interview, will bring the old
detective back to life with permission from the Chandler estate. Banville is as sketchy about why he writes crime fiction as the rest of the literary world. As an exercise of relaxation Yeats read what he termed his ‘Wild Wests’ to unwind, but he did not write them. John, as Benjamin Black, has now written six novels of crime fiction. “I don’t know why I do it. It may prove to be a horrible mistake but I like doing them and with this Marlowe book now, there seems to be no stopping me. “When I’m being Benjamin Black, I’m Benjamin Black except every now and then, you know I’ll lose concentration at three o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon and the other one will try to interfere. But I have to keep them separate.”
The Quirke books centre around a coroner/detective working in 1950s Dublin and has been made into a TV series with Gabriel Byrne. Dark time
“What better time to set crime fiction in than the 1950s? It was a dark time with church domination. Lots of people had secrets, lots of hidden things as we now know and the 1950s are a largely forgotten decade in Ireland. I was 10 in the mid-fifties and it is interesting to see how much stuff I can bring up from then. Quirke, my man digs up other people’s secrets. He has a few dark secrets of his own, so he knows the territory.” “When I was growing up, everybody knew there was child abuse but we
had that marvellous capacity to know and not know at the same time. When I was a kid going to the Christian Brothers, kids at the back of the class would disappear now and then. We all knew they were gone to an industrial school. It was like the gulag. People don’t like my saying that, but it was true.” “The church connived through the State to keep us infantilised. Newspapers and books were banned and we were cordoned off from the rest of the world and kept in this hideous state of grown up childishness and now we’re growing out of it.” His latest Quirke book Holy Orders will be available from August 20. Dublin Writers Festival continues until May 26.
The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Camelot, a nine-monthold Pit Bull Terrier cross. Courageous Cammie had a skin condition when he arrived in Dogs Trust that required veterinary treatment – it is now much improved. What Camelot really needs is to go to a quiet, loving, forever home with understanding and caring people, who will take great care of him as he has grown up in a kennelled environment and knows nothing of the outside world. When he gets to know you, he will do anything for you. Dogs like Camelot can be very misunderstood. He is an all-round gorgeous guy that enjoys spending time out and about walking and playing. If you think Camelot could make a sweet addition to your home, 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 www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook. com/dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE
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Multi-award winning Irish make-up company Fuschia Make-up is opening a new store in Swords Pavilions on May 30. This week, Gazette Style and Beauty is taking a sneak peek at some of the top products this range has to offer. Face Primer (€22) creates a smooth and invisible base that holds your makeup on for hours, giving your foundation an exceptional flawless finish. This is best under liquid foundations as powder mineral doesn’t require priming. Lip Laquers ( € 16 . 5 0 ) i s crushed lipstick and gloss combined to create high intensity and lasting colour. Loose Mineral Foundation (5g €26 and 10g €45) is a pure form of make-up. It contains only a small amount of ingredients. Each ingredient is good for the skin in its own right and the
mineral contains no fillers such as clays, talcs, chalks, chemicals and dyes. Fuschia is an Irish brand of high-quality yet affordable make-up. It is known for its excellent array of products catering for the modern woman and sells every conceivable make-up product a woman could need. They specialise in mineral make-up and have just launched a new eco-friendly packaging line for their products. Fuschia has won many accolades for its business and awards for the products themselves, including the IMAGE magazine award for Best Gel Eyeliner. It first opened its doors in 2005 in Scotch Hall SC in Drogheda and since then the company has grown significantly. The brand is now stocked in over 250 salon premises across the country. The fact that it is an Irish company only adds to its appeal. So get in to the Swords Pavilions on May 30 at 9am to see what they are offering customers.
Irish make-up company Fuschia Make-up is opening a new store in Swords Pavilions
To celebrate this new venture, Fuschia Make Up is offering: • A four-day sale over the weekend from May 30 – June 2 with 30% off all stock. • The first 10 people to
make a purchase every day of the launch weekend will receive a €50 voucher. • There will be a goody bag with every purchase, available while stocks last. Find one of 50 gold-
en tickets in the goody bag and win a free brush set worth €150 • Make- up demos take place every two hours by one of their amazing Fuschia Make-up artists.
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STYLE Space-age health treatment lands at Zenergy D u bli n r e s i d e n t s can now avail of a true space-age health treatment. A Russian invention called Scenar, developed to keep astronauts in peak condition, is now available at Dublin’s Zenergy, the Fade Street
Models, Joanne Northey, (left) with Clare MacDougald and Teo Sutra (right), pictured holding dresses donated by Nuala Carey, Lisa Cannon and Caroline Harrington in Dublin at the launch of Buy My Dress 2013
Dressing up your wardrobe for charity Laura Webb
Refresh your wardrobe with pre-loved or never worn dresses while raising funds for the Down Syndrome Centre during its Buy My Dress event this weekend. The RDS will be transformed into Ireland’s biggest wardrobe on Sunday, May 26, when thousands of dresses will drape hanging rails. Women have been donating their dresses to the cause to raise money for the Down Syndrome Centre. “We are asking people to come along to the event at the RDS where you can buy dresses at a snip of what you normally get them for,” Sharon Dagg, chief executive of Down Syndrome Centre explained. “There is something for everyone. There will be day dresses, evening dresses, designer dresses, high street dresses – everything. People can arrive on the day and still donate. If they come on the day its €5 and they
can wander around to their hearts content.” Buy My Dress sales will be located in the RDS in Dublin, Waterford, Wexford, Cork and Galway with the average price range from just €10 to €50. Money raised will go towards a new centre which will provide much needed facilities and support for children born with Down Syndrome and their families. “We want to build a centre that encompasses all the relevant services and facilities under the one roof. We have just bought a site in the Sandyford Industrial Estate, now we need to continue to raise funds to get it developed, up and running. We will be offering all services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and daily respite eventually. “It also offers networking opportunities, which is the thing that parents really don’t get. We already run seminars and workshops
and we have a brand new website, we have an advisory panel on that where people can go online and ask questions of our professionals. The more money we raise the quicker it will be up and running. That is our main focus.” According to Sharon, the event, which is now in its fifth year, is bigger and better. “Last year, people walked out with 8-10 dresses in their bags. We had a Vera Wang dress that went for next to nothing, and other celebrity dresses that cost over a thousand to buy going for €40-€50. “Women love shopping, women love dresses and women love bargains so this offers all three, and in this current economy it goes quite well especially when you are getting a good price,” she added. Buy My Dress takes place at the RDS on Sunday, May 26, from 11am until 5pm. See www.buymydress.ie for further info.
Clinic that specialises in therapeutic treatments for sports injuries, pain and rehabilitation. The small electronic device, held close to the painful area, stimulates the body’s nervous system to promote healing and reduce pain.
Anita Reeves, manager of Zenergy, said: “We use Scenar a lot in our physiotherapy treatments at Zenergy, and have seen great results in terms of lasting recovery from pain, injury, and loss of function.” Scenar treatment at
Zenergy costs €65 and research indicates that for long-lasting effectiveness, chronic problems may need treatment three or four times a week, for up to six weeks. For more information, see www.zenergy.ie or call 01 611 1100.
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Theatre THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Audrey Niffenegger in Conversation with Mia Gallagher
THE Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s talismanic first novel sold more than two million copies and became the quintessential book club choice. Niffenegger, one of the world’s most audacious and inventive storytellers, will be in conversation with journalist Mia Gallagher on May 31, tickets €10/€8.
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 brimming with tension. Another Taney Drama Society production very deftly directed by Niall Jordan. From May 22-25 tickets €15/€12.
DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby is a role that suits him effortlessly, but the film is too much sizzle, not enough steak
review: Leo stars in A visual treat that is thematically shallow
Fall of the Great THE Great American novels have had a torrid time making it to the screen. The Catcher In The Rye is said to be unfilmable. So much so that JD Salinger refused to let Hollywood anywhere near his masterpiece. The 1959 version of T he Sound and T he Fury was an incoherent mess, Confederacy of Dunces is considered cursed, having fallen apart numerous times and On The Road came out last year to absolutely no fanfare. And rightly so, it was absolutely turgid. One w riter whose ouevre has been particularly poorly represented on film has been F Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald burned brightly over the jazz era and his novels and short stories contain more than enough hedonism, intrigue and interesting
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characters to fill a Hollywood studio. Somehow, however, adaptations of his work continue to fall short. The tone has never been found to match the sumptuous setting, with Francis Ford Coppolla’s 1974 Gatsby a visual treat but a critical wash. The Last Tycoon, Elia Kazan’s last swing of the bat felt just like that; a prized hitter swinging for the fences and grounding out. Tender is the Night was filmed in the 60s and is one of the worst filmic adaptations ever. Hope seemed to be on the horizon with The
A lesson in style, both visual and sartorial, but not one for fans of the book, the era or of characterisation in film. Luhrmann as a director has spectacularly missed the point of the source material and painted it as some kind of pop-deco homage to the 1920s, rather than the story of a man. In missing that, he has removed all humanity from the story, leaving a beautiful, lifeless mess.
Great Gatsby, the latest attempt to do justice to Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. It has Baz Luhrman in the directors chair, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Jay-Z on the soundtrack. Wait, what? Now, I am a huge fan of Jigga. I don’t know anyone fresher than Hov. But his inclusion on the soundtrack signals absolutely what is wrong with Luhrman’s ta ke on the s ource material; it is all style, no substance. Only DiCaprio seems
to understand that the source material is more than garish colours, fountains of champagne and dapper suits. His take on Jay Gatsby would, in another world, be the definitive take on the character, but instead will be relegated to a footnote in a poor film. As with his previous output, Luhrman’s eye for colour and sweeping shots is on show and some of his flourishes, particularly on Gatsby’s entrance, are breathtaking. But, in true Luhrman style, the characters are
mostly expressionless dolts or caricatures of real people. To b e y M a g u i r e ’ s green Nick Carraway is infused with as much gravitas and charisma as an old bowl of weetabix and Carey Mulligan is scarcely believable as Daisy Buchanan. The central premise of the story is that a great man, a giant of his age, would be driven to the brink by his love of one woman. That premise falls flat on its face because Mulligan is given little else to do than be a victim and a catalyst. She is as useful as any Macguffin and as animated. Swathed in a cloak of CG and anachronistic music, the film glides along looking beautiful and sounding vaguely interesting. It’s just a shame that, despite DiCaprio’s best efforts, it does little else.
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Nicks still on fire after all these years
Nile Rodgers is bringing the party back to Dublin in the coming weeks with Chic, and, inset, with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
interview: Legend nile rodgers on irish fans and daft punk
Le Freak, C’est Chic
It’s not often you get to talk to one of the people responsible for the biggest record in the world right now, but when that chance presents itself, you jump right at it. Nile Rodgers, founding member of disco pioneers Chic, and a man responsible for producing some of the most memorable pieces of music for eternal acts like Madonna, The B-52s and Duran Duran is very much back in vogue after contributing one of his legendary guitar lines to Get Lucky, Daft Punk’s globe-conquering slice of funky electronica. I caught up with Nile ahead of a concert at the New York Museum of Natural History for the Save The Rainforest Alliance, just as he was
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working on this year’s Ibiza International Music Summit anthem. “Right now, literally right now, I am working on the track with an artist Dan Peters, who goes by the name of Eats Everything, and its something really cool.” Chic is where Nile made his name, establishing the template for dance music in the 70s and beyond with classic tracks like Le Freak and Good Times. As someone always busy in the busi-
ness, Nile has a fascinating roster of current collaborators to anyone with even a passing knowledge of dance. “I’ve done some work with David Guetta, and a bunch of cuts with Chase and Status — we had a blast, I adore them, we had a great time in the studio. “I’ve been working so much with Avicii, I’ve called him my best songwriting partner since Bernard. We talk back and forward every evening, working on new compositions. We mainly do it in the studio together which is great, and we do it old school, like Daft Punk, we bring in all the singers and it’s really like working on Chic music.” It was inevitable that the
conversation would come around to Get Lucky, and Nile explained how he approached the track. “I knew going in that Guy-Man and Thomas wanted to approach the record in a holistic fashion. The basic directive was to play as if music and life had stopped at the end of 1977. No studio tricks or gadgets, that was it. Well, I knew how to do that - so I said, this is how we would record the track if we were back in 1977, and, well, wow!” There was also some divine providence in the circumstances of the recording: “We got the guitar line down in [legendary New York studio] Electric Ladyland, where we recorded the first ever Chic tracks - it was like it
was meant to be.” Nile and Chic are coming back to Ireland in two weeks time to play the Forbidden Fruit festival, and he was clearly thrilled about the prospect of coming back to play here. “Playing for Irish audiences is unbelievable - I’m already smiling just thinking about it. “Irish people put the P in party - they get it, clear as a bell. Even when we stopped the coach going from town to town [on our last tour], in any little pub, we easily managed to have a full-scale disco in ten minutes. It didn’t matter how old or young people were, we rolled in and it was party time.” For more information on Forbidden Fruit, log on to forbiddenfruit.ie.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m lucky enough to make it to 65 I plan to spend my days doing as little as possible, but rockers are a different breed. They literally “rock on”...and on and on! How many ageing bands and musicians are still rocking as hard now at bus pass age as they were when they were barely old enough to drive? At 66, David Bowie is enjoying the success of a new album while 64-year-old Robert Plant is still getting the lead vocals out, and features on Primal Scream’s new album, More Light. Stevie Nicks is 65 this weekend, on May 26, and, after four decades in the music business, has never been busier. In 2011, the Fleetwood Mac singer released her first solo album in a decade, In Your Dreams, produced by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, before taking the record on the road. And you can now check out Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, a fly-on-the-wall documentary of the making of the album. It’s available to download on iTunes, which is where you’ll also find Fleetwood Mac’s new EP. Extended Play comprises four new songs including one very special Buckingham/Nicks’ tune. Without You is a track written and produced when Stevie Nicks and fellow Fleetwood Mac-er (and sometime boyfriend) Lindsey Buckingham was one of music’s hottest songwriting duos. The track was rediscovered in the 21st century and is back in the band’s repertoire. Stevie is spending her birthday on stage with Fleetwood Mac in Canada, on the current leg of their world tour. So, at 65, the Gold Dust Woman isn’t going to get much time to put the feet up. Just as well though, if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket to see the band play either of their two sold-out shows at The O2 this September. They’re like gold dust too.
Stevie Nicks will be in Ireland in September
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TRAVEL The Malton Hotel, Killarney
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FOR those of us who truly believe there’s a wine connoisseur hiding inside us, then perhaps a trip to The Malton hotel in Killarney is just what you’re looking for this summer. T he Malton has just launched The Killarney Wine Rooms, where guests can enjoy an extensive range of wines from the best regions around the world. The Wine Rooms house a state-of-theart self-service enomatic wine dispensing system, which hosts a dazzling array of both white and red wines from the hotel’s extensive wine list, which can be sampled endlessly. Tasting glasses start at €1.20, with half glasses from €3.50, and full glasses from €5.50. Customers at The Killarney Wine Rooms can also choose from more than 80 wines from the bottle from the wine menu. The latest offering complements the existing dining options at the hotel, and the rooms are open during normal bar trading hours. For further information, see www. themalton.com.
Executive head chef, John Nagle, at The Ivy, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, has a range of delectable dishes to tempt your tastebuds while you pamper yourself
MEATH: ROYALLY FINE FARE AT DUNBOYNE CASTLE HOTEL AND SPA’S RESTAURANT
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IT’S not every day you can enjoy a relaxing getaway without driving too far from Dublin, but one destination that provides all the luxury of a country escape, without the hassle of trekking too far down the motorway, can be found on Dublin’s own doorstep in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa offer the best of both worlds – an idyllic rural setting that’s just a short drive from our hectic city centre. Located just off the N3, and minutes from the M50, it’s also really easy to access. Plus, with the recent relaunch of The Ivy brasserie, it’s the perfect excuse to sample food that is lovingly and thoughtfully prepared. In fact, that’s what really tempted us to the fourstar destination recently. The brasserie was reopened this month by the hotel, under the tal-
ented hands of their new executive head chef, John Nagle, previously executive head chef at The Westbury Hotel. John offers diners a range of dinner menus featuring the best of local foods and items from Ireland’s best producers. An early-bird menu is available all evening m i d we e k a n d u n t i l 7.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while a Sunday lunch menu is also available with two courses at €20 and three courses at €23. The a-la-carte dinner menu might set you back a little more, but with good reason; besides, it’s still very affordable. The price of starters float slightly below the €10 mark, while a wide range of main courses are available from between €17 and €29. For the launch evening, guests had the chance to reap the benefits of the chef’s many
talents, thanks to a onceoff tasting menu. A duck liver and foie gras mousse started the evening, accompanied with rhubarb chutney, rhubarb ribbons, toasted brioche and port gel, which was followed by seared scallops with cauliflower puree, black pudding powder and crispy pancetta.
Starter options Being a fan of food that is more savoury than sweet, tasting a few of the starter options was always going to be a plus. Next on the menu came a herb-crusted St Tola’s goats cheese, served with poached baby beets and roasted hazelnut crumble, which quickly became a favourite, before a taster of panfried halibut, crab cannelloni and crab bisque cream sauce. The main course for the evening was a roast rack of Wicklow lamb
and braised neck, while dessert brought with it opera chocolate, cherry mousse and smashed chocolate. The new chef has introduced these mouthwatering dishes as part of the new summer menu, which includes some of the country’s highest quality produce such as a delicious herb-crusted St Tola’s goats cheese salad, chargrilled Angus beef fillet and pan-fried West Coast scallops. The Ivy also provides specially created menus to cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and lactose-free options. The new menus are strongly influenced by John’s passion for using Ireland’s seasonal and world-class ingredients. He has also introduced a new afternoon tea menu which guests can enjoy in the hotel’s l i g h t- f i l l e d Te r r a c e Lounge, overlooking the grounds.
The stylish interior at the hotel’s The Ivy restaurant
With 145 spacious rooms that are in keeping with the signature style set by the hotel, why not forget about the car, enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and make the most of your meal by booking a room for a night? With views of the castle gardens, free Wifi and 24-hour room service,
you can really forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life, however brief, and wine and dine yourself for a change. For further information on the hotel and The Ivy, contact Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa at www.dunboynecastlehotel.com, or call 01 801 3500.
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Nissan launch five new models Nissan launches five new models onto the Irish market that are sure to resonate strongly with consumers. First up the nippy new Micra DIG-S which builds on the existing Micra model that recently celebrated a landmark 30th year in the Irish marketplace. As the name suggests, the Micra comes fitted with a Direct Injection Gasoline Supercharged 1.2L engine which delivers sparkling performance, frugal economy and exceptionally low emissions. The Micra DIG-S reduces emissions from 115 g/km to just 99 g/km, making it one of the most environmentally friendly cars in its class while power increases to 98 PS, up from 80 PS, and all for a price of just €15,095. Next up, the Nissan Juke N-Tec which offers the latest Nissan Connect navigation system, meaning getting lost is a thing of the past. The latest Nissan Connect system incorporates advanced features including up-to-date weather forecasts and flight information to keep you always in the know. Juke N-Tec comes in three different engines -1.5L Diesel, 1.6L Petrol and 1.6L DIG-T engine at the top of the range. Prices start from €21,495. Nissan has also upgraded the Qashqai range, further enhancing the considerable strength of the segment leading crossover. The Qashqai SV has been upgraded to the Qashqai SV+, which now boasts 18” alloys and silver roof rails as standard. Prices start from €25,245, which is €800 less than the SV model it replaces. At the top end of the Qashqai range is the brand new Qashqai 360 with Around View Monitor (AVM). AVM is an advanced camera system that gives the driver a 360° bird’s eye view of their parking area. Using 4 separate wide angle cameras located at the front, rear and in the side mirrors, the integrated 5.8” Nissan Connect touch-screen monitor displays an image of the vehicle from above. Prices start from just €26,745. Last is the ground breaking Juke Nismo, the ultimate expression of the Nissan brand: Innovation that Excites. Under the Nismo performance brand, Nissan will launch a range of new sports models, and the Juke is first to get such treatment. Pricing for the 2WD is set at €29,675 and €33,375 for the All Mode 4x4i.
The new A-Class is as different from its predecessor as it is possible to be
new model: New incarnation is a massive change from old
A brand new dawn for Mercedes A-Class
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Last year MercedesBenz Ireland told a room full of Irish motoring journalists that they had a busy model release schedule set up for 2013. A number of new models were set to be introduced, with a strong emphasis on cars that would appeal to a new, younger customer. The company presented a lot of facts and figures about how successful they believed the campaign would be and how excited they were to be taking the brand in a new and uncharted direction. Brave words for a company that has, for so long, served the executive market; not only that, but their
customer base has tended to be the mature driver. The real head-scratcher for me at the time was the fact that a new A-Class range was set to be the cornerstone in attracting new customers. The A-Class? The A-Class, until now, was at best a second car or a family runaround. It would have about as much appeal to a younger, affluent driver, as a pair of corduroy pants and an argyle cardigan. It was not a pretty car. But I’m not afraid to say that the new incarnation has simply blown any memory of the previous A-Class clean out of the water. The looks tell their own story. From men who have left their boy-racer days
behind them, to ladies who will settle for nothing less than sheer style and class – this new model has it all. I was fortunate enough to spend a week in the Urban spec model, and it left me with an entirely different impression of Mercedes. This is not what a Mercedes is supposed to be – aggressive, with incredible style and elegance – depending on your choice, the A-Class is dynamic enough to fit a myriad style preferences. As different from its predecessor as it is possible to be, the new A-Class sits 18cm closer to the ground – a lower-slung posture that gives it a distinctly sporty appearance.
And sporty it is. There are many other cars in this segment claiming to have suspension and chassis designs that are intended to deliver a sporty performance – this often simply means it is rigid and sends every bump and crack in the road directly to the driver. Not so the A-Class. I genuinely expected a bit of bone-crunching as I took the car along some of Dublin’s less well-paved streets, but it simply took them in its stride. This car is not just pretty – it drives. It boasts front-wheel drive, an idle-stop system as standard, and the incredible 1461cc diesel engine is linked to a 6-speed manual trans-
mission. I have to say I do not like putting manual Mercedes cars into reverse. They are not the only cars to have a trigger mechanism for getting into reverse gear – but the Mercedes one is just a little too awkward for such a premium car. Continuing its youthful appeal, the car’s on-board high-tech functionality is such that iPhone Siri voice-activated units and iPad music and Apps can be played through the car’s infotainment system. The price of this A180 CDI Urban model diesel version starts at €29,180 – and is predicted to take the spotlight, thanks in part to its greener CO2 emissions of just 98g/km.
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FastSport a chance to ramble on in south dublin:
GAA stars Eoin Cadogan, Seamus Hennessy and Darran O’Sullivan joined Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House, to announce details of the partnership
charity: pieta house and players’ association join forces for mind our men
Looking out for one another on the playing field and beyond GAA stars Eoin Cadogan, Seamus Hennessy and Darran O’Sullivan were on hand last week to help to announce the partnership between the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) and Pieta House, the suicide crisis charity based in south county Dublin. The partnership is in support of the charity’s Mind Our Men campaign that was launched in March, which aims to reduce male suicide in Ireland. The campaign is a multi-platform training and education campaign that aims to equip the public with the skills needed to reach out to the men in their
lives during times of crisis. “We’re delighted to be working with Pieta House on this vital campaign” said GPA chief, Dessie Farrell. “Given the demographic we represent and our commitment to the promotion of mental health, we’re very keen to create awareness amongst our players on the signs and symptoms of someone who is in distress so that they can look out for each other and feel comfortable enough to talk more openly.” he said. Since its establishment in 2006, Pieta House has helped over 8,000 people
and has been at the forefront of suicide prevention. It now has six centres, four in Dublin, one in Limerick and one in Roscrea, and is due to open centres in Cork, Kerry, and Galway by the end of the year. “It’s great to have the GPA on board for the Mind Our Men campaign as we need to especially target male-dominated groups” said Joan Freeman, CEO of Pieta House. “This campaign is not only about highlighting the symptoms of suicidal thoughts, but also aims to change behaviour, particularly amongst men,
in regard to how they communicate when in crisis. We hope to empower members of the GPA to spot the signs and save a life,” she said. Through the Mind Our Men website, the public are being asked to pledge their support for this campaign where they will be provided with a support pack on suicide prevention and a list of nationwide services and resources. Other organisations involved in the Mind Our Men campaign include the Garda Siochana and Scouting Ireland. For more information on Pieta House, visit www.pieta.ie.
South Dublin County Sports Partnership (SDCSP) are calling on local people to come to Tymon Park in Templeogue, Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan and Corkagh Park in Clondalkin where they will host this year’s Ramble Aid 5km charity events on Sunday, May 26. Youth mental health, particularly the battle against suicide, is the focus of this year’s Rambles, and donations will be made to Teenline Ireland (www.teenline.ie), Jigsaw (www. jigsaw.ie) and Beacon of Light (www.beaconoflight.ie). Registration is only €5 and can be done online at www.rambleaid.ie or on the day.
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FastSport Ireland face world-class opposition: Andrew Meredith’s Ireland senior men’s hockey team will face a stiff challenge to progress to the final of the Rabobank Hockey World League semifinals in Rotterdam next month after the announcement of their fellow Pool B members for the tournament which takes place from June 13 to 23. Ireland will be joined in Pool B by Netherlands, New Zealand and India, while Pool A will feature Australia, Spain, Belgium and a yet-to-bedetermined qualifier from the final World League 3 tournament in Russia. Ireland’s will face India on June 13, New Zealand on June 15 and Netherlands on June 17. The Ireland team are currently in Germany where they face the Olympic champions in two preparation matches ahead of the semifinals.
boxing: st matthew’s club’s successes honoured in new film
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St Matthew’s Boxing Club became the latest boxing success story to make it to the big screen recently when the documentary about the club had its world premiere at the Odeon
Cinema in Blanchardstown as part of the Fingal Film Festival. T h e f i l m , B ox i n g Clever, is described as the story of “the people and the passions that brought St Matthew’s out of the school and into the wider commu-
nity’s physical health battle”. T he documentar y, directed by Stephen Murray, shows the journey and the passions of the people who set up the boxing club over 30 years ago, from its inception to securing
Robbie with Francis Guiney at the mobile asthma clinic in Blanchardstown
Robbie Murray with young boxer Darrell Byrne at Boxing Clever premiere
its own clubhouse. The success of the club is traced to the determination of their founder members and supporters, including former coach Stephen Maher. The club is now looking to develop to the next level, and part of that process is the construction of a female shower room, necessary after the increase in interest in amateur boxing following the success of Olympic gold medal heroine, Katie Taylor. This new chapter is being spearheaded by Robbie Murray, a former Irish professional boxing champion who started his journey in the sport at St Matthew’s at the age
of nine. Now retired from the world of boxing, Robbie operates as a personal trainer and high performance coach (w w w.robbiesfitness. com). He is also the full-time manager of St Matthew’s, and recently organised a white collar boxing night in the club to start the fundraising process for the ladies’ facilities. Robbie’s own story is an inspirational one, having been diagnosed as suffering from chronic asthma and spending a lot of his childhood in and out of hospital. With the help and guidance of Maher, he went on to achieve what many would have considered the impossible.
The film was shown to a sold-out crowd of club supporters who showed their appreciation with a standing ovation at the end of the screening. Robbie also recently linked up with the Asthma Society of Ireland to promote health awareness for World Asthma Day. He spoke with passers-by at a mobile asthma clinic in the Blanchardstown Centre alongside nurse Francis Guiney, as well as conducting a number of radio interviews with her to promote health awareness. For more information on the club, see www. stmatthewsboxingclub. com.
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The Wild Geese team with Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni
DUBLIN soccer club Wild Geese FC are set to host the Social Soccer International Veterans soccer tournament in the grounds of Peamount United this weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. Teams from Italy, Slovenia, Denmark, Mauritius, and Ireland will compete in the eight-club championship. The Social Soccer
tournament is an international veterans’ soccer tournament for players over 33 years of age. It is free to enter and is endorsed by the Football Association of Ireland. It is focused on teams who enjoy their football: “Winning is less important than making new friends”. Social Soccer has previously organised six tournaments in Ireland - including one that had 16 teams and raised €90,000 for Haiti after
its 2010 earthquake, and Irish football manager Giovanni Trapattoni was invited to the tournament, meeting the Wild Geese team. The tournament was made possible by funds from the Gathering 2013 and support from South Dublin County Tourism. Wild Geese FC are a Dublin-based amateur soccer team who never take their football too seriously. Instead sport is viewed always as an
means to build friendship. The Gathering promotion has given the club the chance to use their philosophy on an international stage. They will be welcoming teams from outside of Ireland to play in a tournament where the social aspect will be as central as the football. For more information, visit www.socialsoccer. ie. For more information on Wild Geese, log on to www.wildgeesefc.org.
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rugby: camps across the city are focus for players
Collect for your sport club with Lucozade Leinster players Leo Auva’a, Andrew Goodman, Darren Hudson and Jack McGrath with young players from St Mary’s CSSP, Rathmines
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Leinster rugby players Leo Auva’a, Andrew Goodman, Darren Hudson and Jack McGrath were on hand last week at a surprise training session held at St Mary’s CSSP in Rathmines to launch this year’s Leinster Rugby’s summer camps. The camps are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 12 and are run by fully accredited IRFU coaches. They will take place in 19 venues through-
out Leinster in July and August, including a large number of Gazette Country locations, and will run from Monday through to Friday 9.30am to 1.30pm each week. The venues and timings are as follows: July 1 to 5: Railway Union RFC, Dublin 4 July 8 to 12: Terenure RFC, Dublin 6 and Coolmine RFC, West Dublin July 15 to 19: Seapoint RFC, South Dublin and Greystones RFC, Wicklow July 29 to August 2:
Flynn and friend Dublin stars gather in Ballyboden for event Fingallians and Dublin football star Paul Flynn was one of the Sky Blues heroes who gathered at Ballyboden St Enda’s GAA Club last week for a Dublin GAA open night. The evening also saw hurler Ryan O’Dwyer and footballer Jack McCaffrey meet their young fans and give valuable playing tips. Paul is pictured with Jasmine Doyle, age 11, from Finglas, and a member of the Erins Isle GAA Club. Picture: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Donnybrook, Dublin 4 August 12 to 16: DSLP FC, South Dublin and Garda/Westmanstown, Dublin 15 August 19 to 23: Clontarf FC, North Dublin As well as learning new skills, meeting Leinster players, making new friends while having lots of fun - each player will receive an official Canterbury of New Zealand Leinster pack which includes a t-shirt, ball, boot bag and water bottle. An early bird rate of €70 is available for chil-
dren who enrol before June 1. After this date, the cost of attending the camp will be €89 per child (€80 for additional brother and sister). You can book a second camp for your child for just €50. Speaking at the launch of Leinster Rugby Summer Camps, Leinster Rugby’s number eight Leo Auva’a said, “This is one of the team’s favourite events of the summer as it’s a great chance to meet the young players of Ireland! “This is a great way for
children to get involved with the game of rugby whilst also obtaining key life values such as team work, commitment and integrity; and also becoming more aware of the importance of physical fitness. “All this while developing and fine tuning skills such as passing, tackling, evasion and kicking and of course having great craic! “I wish I was six again!” For more information log on to www.leinsterrugby.ie.
Hurling All-Star Henry Shefflin last week launched the latest Lucozade Sport Club Crusade. This year, Lucozade Sport is offering adult sport clubs in Dublin free training equipment and kit in exchange for Lucozade Sport bottle caps. A catalogue has been developed so that clubs know exactly how many caps they need for each item. Jim Geraghty, marketing manager for Lucozade Sport, said: “We are delighted to launch this year’s Lucozade Sport Crusade. We listened to feedback from clubs who took part last year and have adapted the initiative to reward every club that signs up and collects bottle caps. “We are partnering with Azzurri, who are providing the equipment and kit. We have some fantastic gear ranging from training cones and bibs to full sets of jerseys so I would encourage any adult teams in clubs, big or small to get collecting.” Clubs can start collecting now, with registration opening for the Crusade on June 24 at www.lucozadesport.ie
Home Farm appoint Keddy as new coach HOME FARM FC have appointed experienced former League of Ireland player James Keddy as their new director of coaching. it was announced last week. Keddy had been manager of Mount Merrion in the Leinster Senior League until recent times and was formerly
manager with Bluebell United. The UEFA B License holder is currently undertaking his UEFA A License and was unveiled at a management meeting of the club in Whitehall on Friday evening. “Home Farm has a legendary status in Irish schoolboy football and I want players to be part of the challenge in putting the club back on top of the schoolboy game,” said Keddy.
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soccer: corinthians fail to match malahide under-12s
Malahide teams show talent in Community Games basketball MALAHIDE basketball was proven to be in fine fettle recently when the Dublin Community Games finals were held at The Oblate in Inchicore. The finals day saw the Mixed Under-11, Boys and Girls Under-13 and Girls Under-16 competitions up for decision, and with large crowds in attendance throughout the day, there was no shortage of support for the teams as encouragement and cheering raised the roof with the intensity of games. The first teams to take to the court were the Under-13 boys where Malahide and Drimnagh/ Inchicore were both looking for a place in the next round at the Leinster finals. It was a fastpaced game from the start with neither team giving an inch. Malahide emerged victorious taking the gold medals, while Drimnagh/Inchicore took silver. The girls’ Under-13s took to the court next, where once again Malahide and Drimnagh/ Inchicore faced each other. An exciting game between two well-matched teams saw a thrilling comeback from Malahide. With minutes remaining on the clock, it looked like Malahide might make a comeback and take both the Under-13 titles, but the home side, Drimnagh/Inchicore, held their own and responded to every Malahide score to take gold, while Malahide travelled home with silver. The mixed Under-11 final was between Clondalkin and Malahide, and both teams matched each other point for point, tying at halftime, 8-8. Both teams shot furiously at the basket during the second half, but it was Malahide that edged ahead and secured the gold.
Malahide United players and substitutes celebrate their All-Ireland winning Under-12s after success in the SFAI Cup last weekend
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MALAHIDE United we r e c r ow n e d t h e Under-12 SFAI cup winners after a 1-0 victory over Corinthians Boys in Whitehall last Saturday afternoon. The playing surface at the Home Farm ground was immaculate as both sides lined up to face one another, cheered by the large set of enthusiastic supporters in attendance. Both sides tested one another in the opening ten minutes, with Malahide for wards Mark Duggan and Jack Moy-
lan looking particularly impressive. The latter forced a good save from Corinthians’ keeper Richard Lombard with five minutes played, after he did well to make space inside the box and shoot from a difficult angle. United took the lead midway through the first half, after an attack from the Cork side had broken down. Malahide played the ball through the centre of the midfield, captain Luke Mooney linking up with Duggan, who in turn played through Sean Guiden after he spotted the winger’s run. Guiden took one touch
breaking new ground Fundraising for future begins at St Sylvester’s st sylvester’s GAA club recently took the next step in developing their facilities at Broomfield when they broke ground on their new ball wall. Pictured at the turning of the sod were Cllr Anthony Lavin, Cllr Joan Maher, Mayor of Fingal Cian O’Callaghan, Adrienne Stack, St Stylvester’s hurling captain Enda Flaherty, football captain John Coghlan and ladies’ football captain Sinead Treacy. For more information on their Buy A Brick fundraiser, log on to www.stsylvesters.ie.
and coolly slotted the ball past the outstretched leg of Lombard, to spark scenes of celebrations amongst United’s players and supporters alike. The Cork side went in search of an equaliser for the reminder of the first half, but the Malahide back line showed determination and resolve. They broke down the Corinthians attack, led by the lively pair of Fionn Molloy and Adam Idah, with vital challenges from United centre backs Cian Trehy and Cormac Burke intercepting them at every opportunity. Towards the end of the half, the Dublin side
nearly lost their lead, but keeper Simon Murphy got a vital touch to deflect Idah’s shot out for corner from what looked certain to be the equalising goal. In the second half, United held their shape and showed maturity beyond their years. A resilient Corinthians continued to attack down the flanks with Molloy and Leo Bannon, but found the full-back pairing of Daire Nally and Sean Gibson to be in inspired form, allowing no opportunity for Idah to be played through. Both sides made changes to their person-
nel as the match drew to a close and, with only minutes to spare, United almost saw all their good work undone, when a long ball over the top was picked up by David Fox, who was unmarked inside the box. However, his shot was hit well wide. The North Dublin side almost put the game beyond doubt in the final minute, when Moylan unselfishly played a square ball to his teammate Keith Ennis, who was unlucky not to finish, but the referee blew the final whistle to earn Malahide United a well deserved victory.
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ST SYLVESTER’S fell to a 1-17 to 1-14 defeat to Erin’s Isle in their third Dublin senior B hurling championship encounter last weekend to make their path to the knock-out phase reliant on getting a result against Kilmacud Crokes in their
final group game next month. Against Erin’s Isle, they recovered well from a very slow start, but could not quite bring off the required comeback after the Finglas side pulled away in the last quarter. Isle, striking into the wind in the first half, were excellent and they
opened up a good lead into the wind before a few positional changes got Syl’s back into a one point deficit, the teams going in 0-10 to 0-9 at the break. And an early goal in the second half drove them on but, during their purple patch, they did not take enough scores.
Going into the last q u a r t e r, I s l e ’s s u b s seemed to steady their game and they finished with a string of points. St Sylvester’s are down to play Kilmacud in mid-June in their final group game but will also be hoping for some sort of favour from other sides to boost their chances.
hurling: saints catch kilmacud in league
Club Noticeboard st sylvester’s SHC B: Erin’s Isle 1-17, St Sylvester’s
intermediates at home to Thomas
1-14: A late goal by Isle was the key
Davis on Wednesday and away to
score in a very even and entertain-
Jude’s on Saturday.
ing game. We came back really well
The junior hurlers are at home to
after a slow start to lead coming
Skerries on Tuesday and away to St
towards the finish. This was one
Brendan’s on Sunday.
that got away. The junior hurlers won at home to keep their hopes alive.
St Oliver Plunkett’s girl’s football team won the Fingal Primary Schools League in fine fashion with
MHL 2 Kilmacud Crokes 3-15, St
victory over Skerries. See the excel-
Sylvester’s 4-14: Two late goals by
lent match report on www.stsyl-
Colm Byrne ensured the win and
topped off an excellent display. It
Gary Penrose is doing a 50k walk
was also a very good all round team
over the Mourne Mountains for the
charity Oxfam. He is running a table
The senior, intermediate and junior A football teams have all qualified
quiz next Friday, May 24. Please come along and support him.
for cup semi-finals. The fourth team
Lists for tickets for the double
had a great win over Naomh Barrog
header including Dublin V West-
in glorious sunshine in Malahide.
meath on Saturday, June 1, will close
It’s hurling next week with the
on Friday, May 24, at 5pm.
fingallians Our U-16A footballers will play in
U-8s are at 6pm, U-9s and U-10s are
the A championship shield final on
at 7pm and the U-11s, U-12s and 13s
Saturday against Cuala in Lawless
will start at 8pm. The cost will be €5
Park, Swords at 3.30pm. Please sup-
per player and non-members are
port the team in their biggest game
most welcome. If there is any further
of the year.
information required please contact
The club awards night will take
St Sylvester’s battled for every ball as they came back from a six point deficit to claim the points at Silver Park
Syl’s turn around tie in final minutes mhl division 2
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ST SYLVESTER’S minor hurlers produced an amazing comeback to get the better of Kilmacud Crokes in Silver Park last weekend when they recovered from six points down with ten minutes to go. Two goals from Colm Byrne turned the tie on its head in jig-time before Conor Dwyer added the winning points, while Cillian Power and Thomas Colclough cleaned up matters in defence
to ensure that their side picked up a satisfying victory. It was Syl’s second win of the campaign, ending Kilmacud’s run of three games unbeaten, doing so in a free-flowing, high tempo match-up. Danny Colclough was a rock in goal, making a number of fine saves while Killian Haverty and Karl Stacey had their hands full throughout. Colm Boran had to work hard but also rose to the challenge as the game went on. Byrne in the middle had a fine game and was well supported by first Eoin McCarthy
and later by Barry Shearman. After a tight opening ten minutes, Conor Gowing and Tom Duke both struck goals for Kilmacud as they built up an eightpoint lead. In response, McCarthy netted a goal of his own in some style, winning the ball on the 45 and breaking through a number of tackles before finishing with an excellent strike. It reduced the half-time arrears to 2-5 to 1-4. Syl’s continued that form into the second half with Paul Ryan grabbing a second goal while Barry Shearman and Byrne
chipped in with three more points while Crokes remained scoreless for 15 minutes. The southsiders replied brilliantly with a run of 1-9, Mikey Crowley nicking a goal and four points, with Syl’s limited in their response. But the Malahide men summoned an amazing closing to the game with Byrne and Dwyer combining to devastating effect. The former ended with a monster tally of 2-7 to show for his efforts while the result lifted St Sylvester’s up two places to ninth in their MHL2 division.
place in the hall on Friday, May 31
Well done to our U-11 boys and
at 8.30pm. This is open to all adult
U-12 girls who played International
teams & members. The cost per
Friendly game on Sunday afternoon
person will be €5 per ticket and will
v Pierre de Dreux secondary school
include finger food, DJ and awards
from Brittany, France.
The club golf society will tee off
Our football summer festival took
with their first outing in Roganstown
place last week with over 150 players
on Friday afternoon, May 31 from 2
from U-7 to U-13 taking part. A big
to 3.30pm. A timesheet will be avail-
thank you to everyone with a special
able this week at the club bar.
thank you to the mentors and GPO Nicola.
The Adult Hurlers golf classic will take place on Friday 5th July in
This week it is the turn of the hurl-
Balbriggan Golf Club. Any members
ing summer festival on Monday,
wishing to enter a team can contact
Wednesday and Friday. The U-7 and
fingal ravens Best of luck to our ladies team who
collected and paid for on Friday, May
play O’Dwyer’s away this Wednesday
31 in Kettle’s Hotel from 9 to 10pm.
in the league at 7.30pm in Balbriggan.
Dig out your tent and your camping
Best of luck to the senior team in the
gear, we are holding a camping night
semi-final of the cup next Thursday
in the club on Sunday, June 2 (bank
evening at 7pm against Round Tower of
holiday weekend), €10 per tent, BBQs
Clondalkin in the community centre.
welcome. All tents must be pitched
Junior B team play Colmcilles on
and registered from 4 to 6pm on the
Balheary at 7.30pm on Thursday in the
Sunday, all U-18s must be accompa-
nied by a parent/guardian.
Tickets for Dublin’s opening football
2013 membership is now overdue,
championship game Vs Westmeath in
no players of any team are permit-
Croke Park on Saturday, June 1 at 7pm
ted to play and will not be covered by
must be ordered by text only to Desy
insurance even for training until their
on 087-9957429 by this Thursday (May
membership is paid.
23) at 8pm. Stand €27, terrace €17, juvenile stand €6, all tickets must be
Tickets for our draw with the top prize of €2,000 are now on sale.
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