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Lions Club marks 50 years DUN Laoghaire Lions Club,

a non-profit charitable organisation, celebrates 50 years of service to the local community this year. Since 1969, the group has been active in fundraising for serSEE PAGE 4 vices.


TENNIS Monkstown welcomes Ireland’s finest for high class interprovincial encounters. SEE P29

Co-living complex given the green light


Colm and Aidan Kavanagh pictured enjoying the Bray Air Display. Pictures: KEOGH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Residents victorious in eviction battle


TENANTS of St Helen’s Court apartment complex in Dun Laoghaire have received word that landlords have withdrawn their bid for a mass eviction of residents. The complex owners were due to attend a Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) hearing on the attempted

evictions, but pulled out just two days before it was due to take place. The residents received eviction notices in June and this was the third attempt by landlords to evict the tenants in recent years. However, local TD Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) has said that further attempts to evict the residents may take place, due

to a loophole in the residential tenancies legislation. If the number of residents in a complex falls below 10 – that number is currently at 11 – it makes it substantially easier for landlords to evict tenants. Earlier last year, eviction notices served to St Helen’s apartment complex were declared invalid by the PRTB FULL STORY ON PAGE 3

BARTRA’S proposed controversial co-living apartment complex in Dun Laoghaire has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala (ABP). The development, which will be the largest co-living complex in the country, will be located on the site of the former CBS Christian Brother’s school on Eblana Avenue and will consist of 208 residential units. The planning application was the subject of much criticism as it was unveiled that a communal kitchen facility would be shared by up to 42 residents.


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Taoiseach bombarded with messages blasting personal injury claim

Call for Tidy Towns to lead way on climate change


IT has been revealed t h a t Ta o i s e a c h L e o Varadkar was inundated with emails and messages heavily criticising Fine Gael, after Deputy Maria Bailey’s personal injury claim went public in May. The Taoiseach’s office received more than 140 messages in less than a month after the case became public with many telling the Taoiseach that they would no longer be voting for the party. According to the Irish Independent, the Taoise-

ach almost immediately received emails after the case came to light. In some cases, other Fine Gael TDs and cabinet ministers were CC’d into the correspondence. The case taken by Deputy Bailey against the Dean Hotel in Dublin, was reported on just four days before the May 24 local elections. One email, which was delivered on May 21 said: “Fine Gael has potentially lost a lifelong supporter”, while another said they would not vote for a Fine Gael candidate in the Midlands NorthWest constituency Euro-

Deputy Maria Bailey

pean elections, as an act of protest. Some ministers such as Josepha Madigan, Charlie Flanagan and Regina Doherty are copied in on some emails while a sizeable portion of the correspondents appear to be based on a template. Deputy Bailey a n n o u n ce d t h a t s h e was dropping the case on May 25 while counts were taking place. Although Deputy Bailey was demoted from her position as chair of the Oireachtas Housing Committee, the Taoiseach did not remove the party whip from her. Influx The news of the influx of critical messages comes as a Fine Gael TD has called on Deputy Bailey not to run for reelection in the next general election. L o u t h T D Fe r g u s O’Dowd said that he’d “prefer if she didn’t stand” and told LMFM at people in the party are “deeply concerned” and are worried that it may affect Fine Gael’s standing in the polls.

STILLORGAN TD and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan has said that Tidy Towns committees can play a crucial part in tackling climate breakdown, and this needs to be properly recognised by Government. Deputy Madigan said: “Local Tidy Towns committees have been leading the way in Ireland in improving our environment for decades and are perfectly placed to raise awareness locally and take positive actions to address climate change. “For years now, the hard-working volunteers of the Tidy Towns committees have been at the forefront of protecting our local environments and this effort must be recognised. “The Government’s Climate Action Plan includes the Tidy Towns ‘Climate Action and Air Quality Award’ which will be awarded later this year. “This is a clear acknowledgement of the importance of Tidy Town committees in the battle against climate disaster. “The award, sponsored by the Department of Communica-

Minister Josepha Madigan

tions, Climate Action and Environment, aims to recognise the positive contribution local communities are making in raising awareness and taking positive actions in addressing climate change and improving air quality.” Two prizes of €2,250 will be awarded to two Tidy Towns committees, one from a large town/urban centre and one from a village/small town. A runner’s-up prize of €1,000 from either a large or small town will also be awarded as well as a youth award of €500 for an under-18 team which has demonstrated the greatest contribution from either a large or small town.

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Residents win battle to stop eviction GARY IBBOTSON

DUN Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) says he welcomes the success of tenants in St Helen’s Court Apartment complex, in fighting off the latest attempt by landlords to enforce a mass eviction of residents. Tenants received word this week that the complex owners had withdrawn from a Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) hearing on the attempted evictions, just two days before it was due to take place. According to Deputy Boyd Barrett, this has

been the third attempt at mass evictions in recent years by the owners of the apartment complex, located on George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire. Three years ago, the owners attempted to implement a rent increase of over 60% and more recently, attempted a mass eviction of tenants on the basis of a “substantial refurbishment”. The tenants received their most recent eviction notices in June. Deputy Boyd Barrett said that, given the repeated attempts by the owners to evict all tenants, it was very likely that a further

attempt would be made in the near future. If the current number of 11 tenants dropped below 10, this would allow the landlord to exploit a loophole in the residential tenancies legislation. Deputy Boyd Barrett says that the landlords are acting “predatory” and the St Helen’s Court tenants are requesting the government “to close loop-holes in legislation that can be exploited by unscrupulous vulture landlords”. “The property, which was originally sold by NAMA, has been passed from one vulture property speculator to another – all


A night of hilarious comedy in Dundrum

Cllr Melisa Halpin (second from left) and Richard Boyd Barrett TD (far right) with residents of St Helen’s Court (below) )

of whom have attempted mass eviction of the tenants.” “It is obvious the landlords have no interest at all in providing secure tenancies, but simply see the property as a speculative asset whose value they

can increase if they are able to evict all the current tenants.” Some of St Helen’s Court residents met with Deputy Boyd Barrett on Thursday, July 25, to discuss the latest developments.

Early last year PRTB declared eviction notices served to the tenants at St Helen’s Court as invalid. The notices were served by financial services firm PwC, acting on behalf of Apollo Global Management and Deutsche Bank.

CULCHIE WARRIORS brings two of the most memorable characters from Father Ted together for a night of hilarious comedy in the Mill Theatre this September. Joe Rooney (Father Damo) and Patrick McDonnell (Eoin McLove) have written and appeared in some of the most popular TV comedies in recent times; Naked Camera, Killinascully and The Savage Eye. Now, the duo have adapted some of their popular online Joe and Pat sketches for a new live show, filled with improvised audience interaction, musical comedy, sketches and stand up. See the comics live on Friday, September 13 with tickets priced at €15.

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Minister calls for ‘rethink’ on BusConnects GARY IBBOTSON

LOCAL TD and Minister of State at the Department of Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has raised concerns with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and wants a “rethink” of the proposed BusConnects plan. According to, Deputy Mitchell O’Connor wrote to the NTA two months ago, urging a reconsideration of the bus corridor that would run through her constituency in Shankill as part of the BusConnects corridor.

In her correspondence to the NTA in May, Deputy Mitchell O’Connor says she has “major issues” with the core bus corridor from Bray to Dublin city centre. “Over the past months, I have spoken to and been contacted by hundreds of residents of Shankill, distraught at the proposals for the village,” she said. “Public transport is important, but a route that notionally saves a few minutes in travel time is not worth sacrificing a community for or destroying one of the finest urban

villages in Dublin. “Four traffic lanes, plus footpaths and cycle lanes going through part of Shankill village, will devastate the heart of the village,” she said. “Shankill has a wonderful Sylvan landscape with huge stretches of majestic trees,” and “that many of these would be ripped up to be replaced by a carriageway is nothing short of vandalism,” she said. As part of the NTA’s plans for the development of continuous bus lanes, a number of roads in south Dublin suburbs would

Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has raised concerns over the proposed BusConnects plan

have to be widened. Some south Dublin residents have objected to the plans after it emerged that they may lose a portion of their gardens, and a number of trees will have to be felled.

The campaign group ‘Save Shankill Village’ was recently established to object to the development of the BusConnects plan as it stands and a spokesperson for the group said after an April

meeting: “It was heartening to see such a fantastic turnout of people - over 200 residents showed up to share their concerns about the proposed bus route. “It was apparent how

Dun Laoghaire Lions Club marks 50 years

DUN Laoghaire Lions Club, a non-profit charitable organisation, celebrates 50 years of service to the local community this year. Since 1969, the group has been active in fundraising for services such as providing toy hampers for needy families at Christmas and helping to develop a tranquillity garden at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. The Lions also offer diabetic screenings, senior citizen holidays and social days out along with numerous other activities. The club currently boasts 33 members, all of which are active in fundraising and provid-

ing community services. Club president, Eamon Teehan said about the organisation: “The members are ordinary people from the community who come together to improve the quality of life for people who find themselves in a less fortunate situation than ourselves.” A golden jubilee celebration was held at the Royal Marine Hotel and all proceeds raised from advertising in the souvenir brochure and the auction held on the night, will go towards the rehabilitation of Sean Cox, the Liverpool FC fan from Dunboyne who was seriously injured in an unprovoked attack last year.

Club President Eamon Teehan and his wife Pauline and District Govenor of Lions Clubs Ireland Frank O’Donoghue and his wife Elaine

strongly people felt about the ruination and destruction of our village and community.” The NTA has said that affected property owners will be compensated with €25,000 each.

UCD to plant time capsule THE UCD Quinn School prospectus, a copy of the Brexit withdrawal agreement, a receipt from Deliveroo curry, a copy of the Sustainable Development Goals, a phone charger and editions of Ireland’s top newspapers are a few of the items being put forward for inclusion in a time capsule at UCD campus. The capsule will be buried later in the year and marked with a plaque that will invite future UCD staff and students to unearth the stainless steel canister on September 2, 2069. The entire UCD Business Community, which has over 84,000 alumni worldwide, is invited to submit notes and ideas for items to be included in the time capsule at

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300 call for youth work investment

MORE than 300 young p e o p l e re p re s e n t i n g every constituency in Dublin and across the country, have told their local politicians why they must invest more in youth work. A n a t i o n a l yo u t h showcase, entitled Youth Work Changes Lives, took place in the Mansion House recently, bringing together more than 300 young people to celebrate the value, diversity and vitality of youth work in Ireland. A key message emerging from the day was that hundreds of thousands of young people and their communities take part in and benefit from youth work, and that we need to sustain and increase funding for youth work to meet the needs of our

growing youth population. The event – organised by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), and addressed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone – gave young people from around Ireland the opportunity to speak directly to public representatives and share with them first-hand what they do, what they learn and the benefits of youth work for them and their local communities. Speaking at the event, Mary Cunningham, director of the NYCI, said: “This event showcases the exceptional quality of youth work happening throughout Ireland and celebrates the contribution of young people to

Irish society and our local communities. “The youth work sector benefits more than 380,000 young people each year, supported by the efforts of 1,400 professional staff and 40,000 passionate volunteers, and yet much of this good work goes largely unnoticed. “That’s why today’s eve n t , Yo u t h Wo r k Changes Lives, is so important. “When politicians hear, see and experience the contribution and value of youth work in their local communities, particularly when expressed by young people themselves, it sends a very powerful message that this work is worth supporting and funding,” she said.

A smokin’ hot display of flying skills wows all at the Bray Air Show

LOTS of Dubliners made their way out to the pretty town of Bray for the 14th annual Bray Air Show, which once again saw thousands throng the coast for a look at some daring displays of skill in the air. Featuring pilots from all across Ireland and Britain, and

as far away as Jordan, onlookers were treated to some spectacular aerobatics. With some pilots trailing smoke as they spiralled through the air (above), and others flying in perfect formation, the show wowed everyone with ease. See Gallery on Page 8. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

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Daniel Keogh

Noah and Heidi Luykx Sousa

Rylie and Brandon McNaughton. Pictures: KEOGH PHOTOGRAPHY

RJ Falcons

Eddie Goggins in a CAP 232

Thrills and spills aplenty at the Bray Air Display


HOUSANDS headed to Bray last week to catch some of the best display teams and vintage aircraft in the world as they showcased their incredible aerobatic skills at The Bray Air Display. It was a fantastic free weekend for the whole family to enjoy! There were two days of action and entertainment in the air and on the ground.

Leo Hogan

Jennifer Martin, Joe Ward and Amy Ward

Eamonn Fogarty, Emily Campbell Fogarty, Holly Campbell Fogarty, Hyacinth Campbell

Yousef, Dalal, Anas, Dana, Alzain Alawadhi

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New co-living complex given the green light GARY IBBOTSON

B A RT R A’S p ro p o s e d controversial co-living apartment complex in Dun Laoghaire, has been given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala (ABP). T h e d eve l o p m e n t , which will be the largest co-living complex in the country will be located on the site of the former CBS Christian Brother’s school on Eblana Avenue and will consist 208 residential units. Criticism The planning application was the subject of much criticism, as it was unveiled that a communal kitchen facility would be shared by up to 42 residents. At the time of submission, local councillor Melisa Halpin (PBP) told Dublin Gazette that she is “shocked at this planning application. What Dun Laoghaire needs is affordable homes, not “bedspaces” that some developer is going to make a quick buck out of.” In a statement, Bar-

tra’s CEO Mike Flannery said: “This is a pragmatic decision based on Ireland’s need to embrace new tenure types. “The Bord recognise that there is a place for co-living within the Irish housing market, and we look forward to delivering this new and innovative form of accommodation.” The co-living concept has only recently been included in planning regulations and developers are not forced to provide car parking facilities and are exempt from social housing obligations. They are also allowed to construct a higher number of units per floor than standard apartment developments. In a statement, Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) said: “Shocked to hear that Bartra developers have been granted planning permission for the ir disgraceful plan for so called co-living (aka box rooms with fold out beds) in central Dun Laoghaire.”

A computer generated image of the development

Acts such as Chvrches, Jungle and Groove Armada are set to perform at Beatyard

‘It’s looking likely this will be our last time here’ GARY IBBOTSON

BEATYARD is once again scheduled to take place this August bank holiday on Dun Laoghaire Harbour, for the fifth year running. Acts such as Chvrches, Jungle and Groove Armada are set to perform at the two-festival which will also see a food market and kidfriendly area featured. However, organisers of the festival have come out and said in a statement on Facebook that “it’s looking likely this will be our last time here, that we will be unable to use

the harbour site for the festival next year and we will need to look elsewhere.” In the post, the organisers say that they have yet to receive a clear answer on whether they will be permitted to use the harbour site in 2020, and have begun to look elsewhere for a suitable venue. “This year is our fifth time doing it in Dun Laoghaire, and it’s (hopefully) fair to say it’s brought something positive to the area. “Our pals at Bingo Loco and MCD have run events here this year, and there is/was a real sense that things were going in a positive

direction, after it taking us three to four years to find our feet. “But at the same time, we can’t operate here every year on uncertainty, or the idea that other events from abroad will get brought in and we get edged out - not after investing that amount of time and energy into it, and most of us are local to this area too. “That just doesn’t seem fair, so we need to consider & create some options. So, we’re putting an SOS call out for rescue, can anyone help us find a mooring for 2020?”

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Pictures: Peter Cavanagh

An evening with author David Nicholls

Mary Theresa Hally and Helen O’Reilly


UTHOR David Nicholls was in conversation with Eithne Shortall in the first Library Voices event of the summer last week at dlr LexIcon. The pair discussed Nicholls’ latest novel Sweet Sorrow, which is about the joy and angst of first love, the potency of friendship, the worry and the misery too.

Mikeyla Arpac

Dubs taking on ultimate challenge T HREE South Dublin women are taking on Guiding’s ultimate challenge. The three, who are all Guide Leaders, will hike 180 kilometres over 10 days while carrying all their camping and cooking equipment, clothes, food and water and surviving on just €3.25 a day. They will also have to complete a number of projects during the survival adventure. These will involve completing a service for the local community and finding out about local history and culture (without using a smartphone)! The girls arrived at Dublin Airport on July 28 not knowing their final destination. They soon discovered they were off to walk around the Westhoek Region of Belgium taking in the historic Flanders Fields.

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Skye and Lev Hartman

Violet Haydow

Martha, Kim, Alan, Georgina, Richard, Nadine and Rebekah Brenna. Pictures: Alison O’Hanlon

IKEA celebrates ten years in Dublin Kayla Cox

Elizabeth Duane


CANDINAVIAN homeware chain, IKEA, had a host of fun events planned when it celebrated its 10th birthday in Dublin recently. To celebrate, marvellous milestone, there was an ABBA tribute

Band which rocked out to all the Swedish classics as well as some creative face painting, party hat making demo and a fun magician. Foodie James Kavanagh hosted his very own food demo.

Leon and Sijona

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Happy to enjoy the diverse melting pot of people and places in Ireland JULIANA REYES was an American Summer intern who spent a couple of months working at Dublin Gazette, writing content and assisting journalists in several areas. Here, she offers her thoughts on her time in Dublin and Ireland, and the differences she was struck by from her time travelling about the country and talking to people.

THIS Summer, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to live and intern in Dublin. I came here not knowing anything about Ireland, but am now leaving behind a piece of my heart here. I found an internship programme from my home university that would allow me to gain experience about my hoped-for future career while living in Dublin. I don’t know why, but living in Ireland for the Summer just felt like the right thing for me, and I had a positive gut feeling

about embracing it. As an American, I can say that I didn’t know much about Dublin (or even Ireland) before coming here, other than I knew there was a famine, and I have some family ties here. On top of that, all I knew of Irish culture was from St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the Shepherd’s Pie my aunt would make me when I was a kid. While I was doing some last-minute research before coming over, one thing that kept coming up was how Irish people are very hospitable and are not

afraid to start a conversation at any time. At first, the thought of strangers just coming up to me and asking questions stressed me out, but this is now one of my favourite things about Dublin and Irish people! There have been many times when I was on the Luas when someone would just start talking to me or asking questions about where I am from, and why am I in Dublin? I loved hearing about the connections people have to the US, such as if they have visited before or if they have family there. I found it was mostly older people who asked questions and told their life stories, so the conversations have been pretty

fascinating, and I learnt more about Ireland. There was also much more diversity here than I was expecting. I grew up hearing that the US was the “great melting pot” of various cultures, but so is Ireland, and sometimes I think they are doing it better here. There is a reason that millions of people visit Dublin each year, and it’s because the people here make you feel welcome and excited that you are visiting. When I arrived in May, I did not know what to expect from Dublin, but it quickly became home to me and I fell in love with many parts of Ireland along the way.

From cheering on Dublin to exploring the countryside beyond The Pale, Juliana threw herself with enthusiasm into her Irish adventure

So, thank you to every person I have ever talked to or stood next to on the Luas every day, because it was the people here who made me feel comfortable and let me call it home for the Summer.

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COCA-COLA HBC Ireland has donated 5,000 bottles of its Deep RiverRock water to help alleviate some of the challenges currently being felt by those living without permanent accommodation during the Summer months. Led by the charity Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), ‘Operation Hydration’ is supporting the charity’s appeal to businesses to provide supplies to help keep the homeless

safe from Summer-related illnesses and issues. Pictured helping to unload some of the supplies are Ciara Cashen, public affairs and communications manager and Oran O’Donoghue, operations team, both from Coca Cola HBC, with Brian Loughlin, Andy Murray and Andy O’Driscoll, all from Inner City Helping Homeless. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

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THE surprise return of pop sensation All Saints in recent years, has had a different pace to the mania that surrounded their early releases, as the multi-million-selling fourpiece continue their return from a decade-long hiatus. With the digitalisation of music, different styles topping the charts and an audience that have grown up with them, though, Nicole and Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis are enjoying things just as much second time around. Of the return, Natalie says: “It’s funny because


we never got a chance to properly tour after our first album, so it’s so nice being able to perform live regularly and see our fans. “I feel like we’re closer to them now than ever before. We do have our families around at loads of shows now, which is amazing for us. “They’re all so supportive and we love seeing them out in the crowd.” Lewis, the group’s core


songwriter, sees huge changes in the industry since the band’s heyday with Pure Shores, Never Ever and Bootie Call in the late 1990s, changes that have been clear in the style of their return. “Everything in the industry’s changed this time around,” she says. “It’s all about streaming rather than CD sales. “As a band, though, we’re stronger than ever and loving being back together making music and doing shows.” Despite the changes, the process of putting together an album is still very much


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the same, with Red Flag (released in 2016) and Testament (in 2018) having emerged since the band’s reformation, accompanied by major tours with Take That. Nicole says: “I think the songs all mean different things to each of us, but then sometimes Shaz will play something for us and we won’t realise until the end that she’s based it on a story we’ve told her. “It all starts with Shaz writing in the studio and coming up with a vibe for the records, then getting to work writing songs with different producers and

collaborators. “Testament didn’t come out that long ago, so we’ve no plans to record right now, but watch this space.” Testament saw the band return to working with electronica legend William Orbit, who played a strong part in the early career of All Saints, and co-wrote After All with the band. Shaznay says: “We worked with William on two songs from Testament, and it was great. “It definitely brought some of the magic from our second album back. “Pure Shores, and Black Coffee, are such special

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‘Everything in the industry’s changed this time around’

songs to us and our fans, so it made sense to get back in the studio together.” Melanie says: “These last two albums are both on our own terms, and we’ve been able to call the shots in terms of music, videos and artwork. “We always wrote our own material from day one, but this time around we’ve been across every part of the process and that’s been great. “We definitely have a new appreciation for it. It’s been amazing, coming back and being accepted by both our original fans and a whole new

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generation who maybe didn’t follow us the first time around.” Despite the high-profile touring, the rebooted form of All Saints is one that moves entirely at its own pace, and makes its own calls, then. “We so don’t play that fame game,” says Melanie. “We just like to hang out with our families, friends and each other! We try to not get too caught up in what people say or write about us.” All Saints play Live at Leopardstown on Thursday, August 15; tickets start at €17.

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Spidey’s latest is well worth swinging into SHANE DILLON

WITH Dublin Gazette about to close down for two weeks for its staff – and yours truly – to head off on vay-kay, what better holiday film to focus on than Spider Man: Far From Home (Cert 12A, 129 mins)? After all, the latest outing for everyone’s favourite web slinger sees good old Spidey (or rather, young Peter Parker) also very much set in summer holidays mode. At its simplest level, the plot has Peter and pals heading off to tour around Europe for a well-deserved holiday with some teenage high-jinx thrown in. However, of course there’s much, much more than that going on, as not only does the film have its own core storyline – Peter reluctantly getting involved in trying to stop some mysterious attacks by elemental creatures – but it’s also weighed down by a lot of lore. And, lore blimey, there’s an awful lot of other stuff to take in here than just Spidey swinging about

Europe. Threats to the world, parallel Earths, Nick Fury shenanigans, the legacy of the late Tony Stark/Iron Man – spoiler – and much, much more... If you’ve been keeping up with the dizzying amount of Avengers-related films over the past several years, you’ll probably find this latest iteration of the overarching franchise to be pretty Marvel-ous. Personally, however, I’d have been happy with a less-is-more approach to Spidey’s latest outing.

The murderous replicant who was brilliant at selling Guinness WITH his piercing eyes and imposing character, the late Dutch actor Rutger Hauer made a small but respectable mark in Cinema. While never acclaimed as one of the greats, and without leaving a huge body of work, Hauer nevertheless made his mark with a number of character-driven roles, injecting even the trashiest of parts with a dash of his raw charisma. Closer to home, Irish audiences came to know him as ‘that Guinness guy’ across several years from the late 1980s into the

After all, just taking Spider Man out of his home turf and away from Manhattan’s canyons and towers could have worked very well by itself, as he tumbled around Ye Olde Europe for a change of scene. Instead, however, the film’s always weighed down a little by the bigger, more portentous plot that it’s grappling with, and while it’s great to see a film referencing and adding to established lore, something that was just a standalone product would have been a refreshing pal-

mid 1990s, with the actor’s physicality – topped off with his light hair – regarded as a great bit of branding as he plugged ‘the black stuff’ through several highly successful campaigns. However, away from being a staple of advertising campaigns, Hauer undertook one particular role that made his name, and earned him at least a footnote in the story of Cinema – that of Roy, the murderous but charismatic replicant on the run in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982). In peak physical form, Hauer was up against then rising star Harrison Ford, stealing scene after scene as he bested Ford’s dogged Blade Runner on the hunt for rogue replicants on the very mean streets of rain-lashed Los Angeles. Hauer’s semi-improvised monologue at the finale, as Roy accepts his death, is certainly in the list of top cinema quotes and speeches, directly thanks to Hauer’s

ate cleaner. That’s enough griping, however, as there’s plenty to like about this latest outing for Spidey. As the titular webslinger, Tom Holland is great again in the role, injecting his take on Peter Parker with a likable mix of teenage angst and eager excitement at his powers, making him easy to root for. There’s solid support from the rest of the cast, too, with Jake Gyllenhaal having fun with his shifty role as Mysterio, while there are enough nods at other Marvel- and Spideyrelated characters to help ground the film firmly within its established universe, even when transporting Spider Man over to a new continent. Ultimately, while there’s some serious stuff rumbling away in the background, it’s generally a zippy enough addition to the franchise, with Holland again charming. You could certainly do a lot worse than swinging into this film at your nearest cinema. Verdict: 7/10

The late Rutger Oelsen Hauer; January 23, 1944 - July 19, 2019.

truly magnetic delivery. Away from such a star-making performance, Hauer pitched up in a variety of other films and roles, but never quite capitalising on Blade Runner’s potential. Still, even in the trashiest of straightto-video fare, or in some of his high-art roles, Hauer was always an interesting actor to watch, and will be missed.


Business prospects beckons for some in Carrigstown – but the path to success faces some bickering ahead WHAT’S next for the residents of our favourite Dublin suburb? Our special preview will give you some of the highlights and low points that’ll hit Carrigstown this week ... CAROL gives Charlotte useful personal information about Ritchie. Decco suspects Charlotte’s not telling him the truth about her deal with Ritchie. Ray is ashamed when Leo reveals he was fighting his corner with Nora, who admits to Leo that she misses Ray. Nora offers Ray her friendship, but how will he react? Philip is guilt-ridden when he learns Darragh and Erica have split up and tells Darragh to give Erica another chance. Hayley has her doubts about Erica, but the rest of the family support Darragh’s decision. Missing their first repayment to the loan shark, Darragh wants to tell Sharon the truth, but Lee insists they keep quiet. Cristiano worries Will’s excluding him from his life and plans something to cheer him up. Phoebe comes to stay with Will and Cristiano for a week,

and Cristiano notices how well Aaron and Phoebe are getting on. However, she complains about Will’s controlling manner and asks Aaron out on a date. Orla wonders about Fiona Piggott as a potential investor for her new ‘Tiny Tours’ guided tours venture and impresses Fiona with her guided tours business pitch. Fiona digs into Orla’s background. Meanwhile, Renee organises a new festival ‘executive task force’ and asks a sceptical Dolores to get Pete on board. Hughie is enlisted in the task force as Pete is voted chairperson of the executive task force. Pete and Renee bicker over meeting protocol, resulting in an abandoned meeting. Pete is determined to be a successful Chair of the task force, despite clashing with Renee. Watch Fair City on RTE One on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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fails in crossChannel challenge A F R E NC H i nve n to r failed to cross the English Channel on a jetpowered hoverboard, when he was knocked into the water as he landed on a boat-mounted refuelling platform. Franky Zapata lifted off last Thursday (25th) near Calais with 42 litres of kerosene in his backpack, enough for 10 minutes flying. He planned to strap on a new backpack on a vessel waiting halfway across the 35-km wide Strait of Dover. He made his rendezvous with the refuelling boat, however the landing platform hit the flyboard, which threw him off balance and knocked him into the water. Zapata was unharmed and is set to make a new attempt as soon as possible. Last year Zapata received a €1.3 million grant from the French army to develop the hoverboard, which is powered by five small jet engines. He was making his attempt on the 110th anniversary of fellow Frenchman Louis Bleriot’s record-breaking flight. On 25th July 1909 Bleriot became the first man to fly across the Channel in an airplane.


GRAND Slam winner and Barnardos Ambassador Jenny Murphy recently launched their local call for volunteers in Dublin. Jenny had help from Rian Naughton, Tanisha Deborah Nyagwaya, Ethan Naughton and Tyrese Darius Nyagwaya. Barnardos are looking for volunteers to shake a bucket or join an in store bag pack for just two hours between 8am and 9pm. It’s part of their National Collection Day which takes place on the 13th of September. By doing this, each volunteer can raise up to €100 for vulnerable children in their community. To volunteer, please call 01-7080418. For more information, email Picture: Patrick Bolger

Dopey driver gives police easiest drug bust ever A DOPEY driver led police to a A$200 million drug bust in Australia after he crashed a van packed with 270 kg of methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in Sydney. The man, 28, smashed the drug-filled van into the empty police car at Eastwood in the suburbs of the city, crushing its bonnet, before speeding off. His spectacular smash was all captured on CCTV and he was caught by police an hour later. A search of the vehicle revealed 273kg of methamphetamines, said police who released footage of the drugs neatly packed in cardboard boxes and loaded into the back of the van. Sydney Police said in a statement the drugs had a street value of A$200 million. “This would be one of the easiest drug busts the NSW Police have ever made, incredible. “Absolutely incredible,” Detective Inspector Glyn Baker told local TV station 9News. The driver was arrested and charged with drug supply and negligent driving.

Thief steals coffin, bed of nails, electric chair from Circus

Earth has close encounter with asteroid

DOG OF THE WEEK DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. This week’s dog of the week is Esme, a lovely, sweet-natured two-year-old Pit Bull with lots of potential. Esme is super clever and knows more than 20 commands, including Sit, Down, Paw, Roll Over, Touch, Get Your Toy, and many more. She can sometimes get overwhelmed, so she is looking for an understanding and patient family which will continue her positive reward-based training. Esme can socialise with calm dogs, but she doesn’t like when a dog is fullon, as it gets to be too much for her, so she would suit living in a home with no

other dogs. She is a very affectionate dog, and a family that will shower Esme with love and which would be understanding and patient, allowing her to settle into home life at her own pace, would be the perfect home for her If you have room in your heart and home for Esme, 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 or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. (Remember: Always have your dog on a lead when in public.)


EARTH had a close encounter last week, when an asteroid flew past on Thursday. The rock, called Asteroid 2019 OK, sped by the planet at a speed of nearly 88,500 kms per hour. The closest it came to Earth was just under 72,500 km, a safe distance, but still much less than the distance between the Earth and Moon. Because astronomers only noticed the space rock a few days earlier they still aren’t sure of its orbit or size, which ranges from between 57 to 130 meters across. NASA and other space agencies keep close tabs on Near-Earth Objects, space rocks which come even remotely close to our planet’s orbit. The asteroid purported to have killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was about 16 km across, if not larger. If 2019 OK had struck Earth, it could have delivered quite a blow but it would not have created a world-wide event. Experts say it would have hit with 30 times the power of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

A US-based circus said a trailer thief was probably stunned to find the robbed container was filled with performance items, including a bed of nails, a coffin and an electric chair. The Cincinnati Circus Company said the black Homesteader Challenger trailer was stolen from the company’s private lot on Saturday 20th July in Cincinnati. Officials said it was

filled with about $10,000 worth of circus items. Ringmaster, Dave Willacker posted a photo to Facebook showing a truck driving off with the trailer. The circus said it has been borrowing equipment from other c ircus companies to make scheduled performances, but have had to cut back shows and are hoping the thief will return the trailer.

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Brewing up the perfect business PADRAIG CONLON

A DUBLIN woman who used a serious accident as a catalyst to create a successful business, has come a long way in four years. In 2015, Dr Rosalind Beere was knocked down by a drunk driver while getting into her car. The impact caused four bulging discs in her back and a serious knee injury. Beere was fully aware of the importance of being healthy while on bed rest with her injuries. Being addicted to sugar free caffeinated beverages for over 20 years, she knew something had to change. While on bed rest and with her injuries, there wasn’t much she could do to start her health journey besides change her diet. She was aware green tea had a plethora of health benefits and would be a great way to kickstart her health journey, however she just couldn’t stand the taste.

No matter what kind of green tea she bought, there was no way she could see herself consistently drinking it to make a difference in her life. And that was when she got the idea to blend her own tea. Beere started blending different types of teas and herbs right in her kitchen until she “tasted perfection.” Research

Through extensive research and sampling of over 60 different teas, Beere found an organic producer in Yunnan, South West China that is family owned and sustainably sourced. With a focus on wellbeing and the environment, all Chi Fit tea bags are chemical free, biodegradable, and vegan friendly. In addition to this, all packaging is eco-friendly and fully recyclable. Beere started offering her tea blend to friends and family as an experiment and found everyone loved them! It was then she recognised her

blend’s true potential and uncovered a great opportunity to break into the Irish tea market. Beere established Chi Fit in January 2018 and since launching her completely bootstrapped company has been scaling her business from online orders to stockists around the country. Chi Fit has seen a dramatic increase between its first and second year in business, experiencing 400% growth from 2018 to 2019 and is now available in over 50 Boots stores nationwide, along with Meaghers Pharmacy, The Health Food Shop and Donnybrook Fair. Beere hopes to continue expansion of Chi Fit in the Irish market, while also breaking into the US retail market, and continuing to expand her range of wellness teas and products. Rosalind grew up in Rathgar and currently lives with her husband, and three children in Donnybrook, Dublin. The successful young mum operates Chi Fit from an office in her house.

Dr Rosalind Beere established Chi Fit in 2018

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Tee-off for a terrific golf retreat for ladies in Clare LADIES who love golf are invited to tee off at the five-star Dromoland Castle, which is offering a unique Autumn break at the luxury hotel and golf resort in Co Clare this October. Women are invited to enjoy two days of golfing activities and a lavish overnight stay in the stunning Dromoland Castle estate with the female-only golf retreat. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just starting out, this retreat is suitable for all levels in a relaxed atmosphere with first-class facilities, at a venue voted Ireland’s Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards 2018. Taking place on Sunday, October 20, you can settle in with a two-course lunch on arrival in the renowned Fig Tree Restaurant, followed by an afternoon golf clinic with head PGA professional Ian Kearney at the Dromoland Golf Academy. Enjoy an evening meal at the award-winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant – recently awarded AA Restaurant of the Year in the AA Hospitality Awards – where you can sample the finest artisan produce from outstanding local suppliers. Prizegiving After a relaxing overnight stay, wake up to a full Irish breakfast before the 18-hole Ladies competition on Monday, October 21, teeing off from 9-10:30am, followed by a prizegiving ceremony to finish off the retreat. From €295PPS, Dromoland Castle also offers full access to the stunning 450-acre estate, including self-guided woodland walks and full use of the leisure centre, swimming pool and Dromoland Golf Academy. Dromoland Castle is host to one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland, designed by internationally renowned Ron Kirby and JB Carr, as well as standout practice facilities and a welcoming clubhouse experience. It is the perfect location for both a two-day retreat and a chance to improve your swing in a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful, natural surroundings and state-of-the-art golfing facilities. To book your place in this unique golf retreat, see, or call 061 346 7007.

Try this perfect mix of luxury and adventure


Travel Editor WITH the terrific weather the country has been basking in lately – almost a little too terrific, at times – many of us are looking to escape the city’s heat and bustling streets for a relaxing rural retreat instead. However, if you’re looking to escape the city but still want to have a buzz about your break away, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa in Killarney’s magical National Park offers a perfect mix of a little bit of adrenalin with plenty of luxury, too. Enjoy the very best of adventure travel with all the added treats of a five-star stay inside Ireland’s oldest and most magnificent national park, where you can immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring setting, with an exceptional guide to personally introduce you to all the exhilarating activities possible in such a diverse landscape. Guided daily by Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland – a highly-qualified and experienced out-

door instructor who has worked as an instructor since 2001 throughout Ireland and Scotland – you will be introduced to exciting and adventurefilled days in the safest of hands. At the end of each adrenalin-fuelled day, you can unwind with some equally safe hands at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, with plenty of pampering, and muscle-relaxing hands giving expert massages, to help soothe your evening. You’ll be left in the perfect mood for the Yew Tree restaurant’s expert chefs, who’ll craft delicious four-course dinners from the finest Kerry ingredients for you. Adventure lovers and fans of Kerry’s great outdoors will be in their element, as they master and hone their adventure skills in the region. From rock climbing and abseiling in the spectacular Gap of Dunloe, or kayaking along the deep, glaciated, majestic lakes of Killarney and through open bays and past islands, limestone caves

and picturesque ruins, visitors to this rugged corner corner of the country will also enjoy all the treats and amenities of the luxurious Muckross Park Hotel & Spa. The two nights Extreme Luxury package at the hotel includes bed and breakfast with a four-course dinner on one night in the Yew Tree, a day’s adventures with Nathan Kingerlee, and access to the indulgent Vitality Suite in The Spa at Muckross (with its vitality pool, herbal sauna, salt chamber, steam room and tropical rain showers). Available for €492 per person based on two people sharing, a three-night Extreme Luxury stay is also available, featuring two days of guided adventures with Nathan, from €715PPS. For further information or to book, see www.muckrosspark. com,, or telephone 064 662 3400.

You can send your days trying out local adventure and exploring – then relax in utter luxury at the hotel and spa

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This spicy salmon dish should go swimmingly CREATE exciting summertime meal with Siucra and Catherine Fulvio’s flavoursome Spicy Salmon with Chilli Lime Sauce. Follow this simple recipe (to serve four) to give your salmon an extra kick, paired with a delicious chilli lime sauce. Whether you’re entertaining, or in the need to whip up something quick and tasty, this spicy salmon is the perfect summer meal.

OKTOBERFEST festival has announced it is cancelling its 2019 event in Dublin due to “unprecedented increases” in insurance premiums and the “claim culture” here. In a statement on its Facebook page, organisers said that the move was due to the “unprecedented increases in our insurance premium”, but asked fans to look forward to its return in 2020. The statement read: “It is with much disappointment that [we say]: Unfortunately, this year’s event will not be going ahead. “As much as we love coming to Dublin and doing our event with you guys, the 2019 event cannot go ahead due to unprecedented increases in


• 4 salmon darnes, score the skin • 1 lime, sliced, to serve • Coriander leaves, to garnish For the sauce

• 3 spring onions, chopped • 2 red chillies, finely chopped • 2 limes, zest of one and juice of two • 2 tbsp Siucra Caster Sugar • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil • 4 medium sprigs coriander, roughly chopped For the rub

• 3 tbsp Siucra Rich Dark Sugar • 1 tsp paprika • 2 tsp ground cumin • 2 tsp garlic powder • 4 tsp onion powder • Half tsp ground black pepper • 1 tsp salt Preparation

• Preheat the barbecue on medium heat (about 170C).

• To prepare the dipping sauce, chop the spring onions, add the red chillies, l i m e zest and

Oktoberfest cancelled over our ‘claim culture’ our insurance premium. “In Germany, we are not used to the claim culture that has developed in Ireland and therefore we have decided to take a break this year. “The belief that putting in an insurance claim doesn’t hurt anyone except the insurance company is incorrect; consequently, great, fun events like ours find it hard to go ahead when suspect insurance claims from a small minority of people can ruin it for everybody. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal patrons and Irish partners that have helped us with the event over the years, and ask you to look forward to Oktoberfest 2020.”

Award-winning ELY set to open branch at Dundrum juice, stir in the Siucra Caster Sugar, oil and add the chopped coriander. Mix well and set aside. • To prepare the salmon, combine all the ingredients for the rub in a bowl. • Brush the salmon with oil and coat with the spicy rub. Place the salmon in a fish basket which has been brushed with oil. If you haven’t one, ensure that the barbecue racks are very clean and place skin side down over indirect heat – not directly above

the hottest coals. • Check after about 4 to 5 minutes and then carefully turn over. Some of the skin may come away from the fish – place this on the side to crisp up. Barbecue for a further three to four minutes. • Transfer to a platter, serve the crispy skin as well and spoon over some of the sauce. • Garnish with lime slices, coriander leaves and serve with more sauce on the side.

ELY is bringing its multi award-winning wine list to Dundrum Town Centre, with a new branch set to open before Christmas. Dundrum Town Centre visitors will be able to enjoy the new offer at ELY as part of a regeneration of the Pembroke District, offering more dining choices than ever before. Established more than 20 years ago, ELY specialises in artisan wine and seasonal, Irish produce. The Dundrum branch will offer all of the signature dishes associated with the brand along with a choice of more than 1,200 wines, craft beers, specialist whiskeys, Irish gins and cocktails.

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in a welcoming, old-skool boozer

The Act of Chewing – Imperial Stout

LOCATED up the hill coming out of Kimmage, the KCR House stands taller than most of the houses surrounding it, and is one of several pubs dotted in residential areas around where Dublin 6W meets Dublin 12. On the left as you enter, there is a small front bar, with the pub expanding into a much more spacious lounge at the back. This is a local’s boozer where one of the multiple TVs in the lounge will always be showing the horses. That’s not to say it is unwelcoming, with the staff and clientele as friendly as you would expect in an old-skool bar. The pub, like a number of similar establishments around the city, would be an ideal spot for those who want to watch sport without the screaming and shouting. The pint was not a bad one either, holding its own at the right temperature and flavour. Holding it back from a better score was the slight fading of the cream as the pint was finished, but there was a taste of more nonetheless. @guinnessadvisor

THERE is something wonderful about imperial stouts that all drinkers of the black stuff should try. This 10% ABVdelight is so smooth and silky and also so rich in flavour too. This stout is brewed with nitrogenated kegs rather then CO2, which creates a much creamer pint. Give your taste buds a treat and try and track this down at a specialist off-licence.

 PALE MAILE, Beer Aficionado

KCR House, 326 Kimmage Rd Lower, Kimmage, Dublin 6W

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Suzuki style impresses with the vibrant Vitara

Nissan drives on its Greener technologies NISSAN has called on Irish businesses to reassess their Green credentials after unveiling new technology which enables the drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) to use their cars to power their businesses and homes and to feed energy back to the power grid. The innovative Nissan X-Storage technology is a game-changer for Irish businesses which want to reduce their carbon footprint, to become more sustainable and to significantly reduce their operating costs by running a fleet of electric vehicles. Nissan is already using the new technology together with sustainable solar energy to power its new Dublin headquarters at Park West Business Park, which were


EVER since its launch in 1988, the various generations of the Suzuki Vitara have earned high acclaim for their stylish designs, compact and easy to manage dimensions, good onroad performance and genuine off-road ability. Over the years, the Vitara has evolved through changes in body size, engine technology, safety systems and chassis development. The new Suzuki Vitara is available in petrol engine guise only, but transmission choices consist of a five-speed manual, six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic – depending on the model chosen. There are two petrol (Boosterjet) engine options – a 1.0-litre, and a 1.4-litre, with annual road tax costing €270 and €280 respectively. Thanks to Suzuki’s new Boosterjet technology,

both engines offer low emissions and greatly enhanced fuel economy. T h e 1 . 0 - l i t re p e trol engine comes with 110bhp and 160Nm of torque, making this car so much fun to drive. This eager engine goes hand-in-hand with

a chassis that is equally enjoyable. Body control is excellent and engine responses are fluid and natural, giving the new Vitara a sporty and dynamic character. The 1.4-litre engine comes with 139bhp and 220Nm of torque – figures


1) Revised 5-seat SUV 2) Latest engine technology 3) 5-star NCAP safety rating 4) Manual or automatic 5) Priced from just €20,995 (ex-works)

which represent a 17% increase over the 1.6-litre engine it replaced back in 2015. Available in up to 11 different colours (singletone and two-tone paint) the new Vitara stands 1.61M tall, 4.175M long and 1.775M wide, and will fit comfortably into any car parking space, while turning heads with its stylish good looks. Thanks to these well thought-out proportions, the new Vitara looks great from every angle and offers excellent head and leg room inside too. The quality of the materials used in the cabin is impressive, while the infotainment system in my test car provided satellite navigation, Bluetooth, radio functions and images from the standard reverse camera all on one centrally located touch screen. There are three trim levels available in the new Suzuki Vitara – SZ4,

SZ-T, and SZ5, with even the entry-level SZ4 model equipped with a dizzying range of features. These include 16” alloy wheels, engine stop/ start, chrome front grille, LED daytime running lights, cruise control with speed limiter, CD/radio/ USB port, Bluetooth, auto climate control and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and much, much more. Review model My review car was a Suzuki Vitara SZ5 1.4litre Boosterjet AllGrip, 6-speed manual, and was finished in ever-popular Atlantis Turquoise metallic paint (a €370 cost option). Wi t h 1 4 0 b h p a n d 220Nm of torque available, its sweet-revving engine is a perfect match for the Vitara’s breadth of talents – both on, and offroad. Fu e l c o n s u m p t i o n as low as 5.5l/100km

(51.3mpg) is possible on a combined driving cycle, while annual road tax for this all-wheel-drive edition of the Vitara is just €280. Suzuki’s terrific ALLGRIP (4WD) system has four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces. The system has a ‘feedforward function’ that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur. The four modes are auto, sport, snow and lock, and the system provides the reassurance of four-wheel-drive safety and stability, with the low running costs of a two-wheel-drive. The new Suzuki Vitara is very competitively priced, with the SZ4 model priced from just €20,995, SZ-T priced from €22,995, and SZ5 available from €26,495 (all prices are quoted exdelivery).

officially opened last week by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton (pictured with James McCarthy, chief executive, Nissan Ireland). Energy The Nissan X-Storage system – which was unveiled at Nissan’s newly refurbished headquarters – can also draw energy from the Nissan LEAF electric vehicles parked outside, thanks to their built-in bidirectional charging capacity which makes it possible to supply the energy stored in the car’s battery back to the three-storey building. Nissan is also driving Ireland’s green revolution by expanding its own fleet of electric vehicles. The Nissan LEAF and Nissan ENV200 now account for 60% of the cars that it has on the road.

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BOXING CLEVER BOXING: MONKSTOWN Boxing Club’s Jack Marley sparked huge celebrations at the National Stadium last week as he claimed the All-Ireland Under-18 heavyweight gold medal. He battled his way to the title after three very hard bouts, the 17-yearold overcoming three national champions, with two of them being a year older than him.





Morton Mile’s magical allure


SPEED, agility and endurance: The qualities needed to be a top-class international athlete. On Wednesday, August 21, Dublin City will witness the excitement and spectacle of world class track and field athletes up close and personal. The Morton Games returns to the Morton Stadium, Santry for the annual International Athletics Meet hosted by northside club Clonliffe Harriers. In nine short years, the event has gone from a small meet, with half a dozen international athletes, to one of the biggest international athletics events, certainly if taking a count of the countries taking part this year. 2018 saw athletes from more than 25 countries taking part and the organisers of this year’s Meet believe that record number will be exceeded. Already athletes are confirmed from the United States, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Jamaica, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ireland and England. The format of Morton Games is for an action-packed, condensed Athlet-

ics Meet which will start from 7.30 p.m. There is a short pre-programme of qualifying races and junior races, before the main events kick off with the Loki Sports Men’s International 400m, with the concluding race, the Albie Thomas 5000m, scheduled for 9 pm. The highlight will be the storied Morton Mile. This is a race which has attracted some of the world’s best athletes since it was first run in 1970. It is a prolific producer of the magical subfour minute mile on these shores. To date, there have been in excess of 140 sub-four minute miles set in the Morton Mile with 11 last year in a field led home by Sam Prakel (USA) in a time of 3.55.80. The Irish challenge will be led by John Travers (Donore Harriers). In 2014, he ran his personal best in the Mile but this year comes looking not only for a personal best, but also for an elusive Irish win. It’s 15 years since James Nolan was the last Irish winner in this event. He will face stiff competition from 2016 Olympian Hamish Carson (six time New Zealand champion), Andy Bayer (USA, a 3.52 miler) the 2017

The women’s 800m proved a highlight last year at the Morton Games and anticipation is high for another big showdown on August 21.

Morton Mile winner Robert Domanic (USA) and, possibly the man to beat, Australia’s Morgan McDonald. An interesting Santry connection is that McDonald is coached by Mick Byrne, the head coach at Wisconsin University in the United States, a Clonliffe Harriers stalwart in the 1970s and 1980s. Another highlight race will be the

women’s 800m with Ciara Mageean, a European bronze medallist, and Siofra Clerigh-Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC). Their aim is to become the first Irish female athlete to break two minutes. Admission on the night is €10 with Under-16s going free. Further information on


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BALLINTEER ST JOHN’S LOTTO results for July 22nd Nos.6,12,16 and 18.. Jackpot not won. Winner of €100 Marie Lynch, €50 Patricia Coleman and Alan Lyons. Joker consolation prize Míchéal O hAileagáin. Next week jackpot €7,400 and Joker €1,350. BSJ Bingo every Monday at 8:00 pm. It was a great weekend for our Adult Football teams with all 4 teams winning. The Seniors comprehensively beat Naomh Maur on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-8 thus securing their Div 1 status . With 2 games left to play they will now try to secure a top half table finish. The Junior A team following on from their great win over Templeogue Synge St. beat Thomas Davis 1 on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-10 to keep their promotion chances alive. The Junior B team beat St Marys on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-9 and are now in strong contention for a promotion playoff. The Junior C team team beat Crumlin in a top of the table clash by 5-15 to 1-5 to go top with 2 games left. Minor Footballers defeated Castleknock in their final league game 3-9 to 2-10 in a very entertaining game of free flowing football. On Wednesday night our Intermediate Hurlers had a fantastic win at home to Faughs. Best on the night were Eoin Walsh Oisin Power and Joe Sweeney.

CABINTEELY THE MEN’S team had a narrow loss at home to Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday. Crokes got off to a blistering start scoring the first 5 points of the game but 2 goals from Nicholas Newport and 1 from Mark Barnes brought us right back into it.

Further goals from Daragh Curtin and Barry Rojack weren’t enough to see us over the line. We lost by 2 points in the end to a final score of 5-4 to 1-18. Our next league fixture is scheduled for 18 August away to St. Patricks Palmerstown.

KILMACUD CROKES ON THE Intercounty scene, congratulations to the Dublin Senior Ladies who beat Monaghan 3.20 to 0.4 to qualify for the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. Well done to Éabha Rutledge, Aoife Kane, Lauren Magee and Rachael Fleming. Well done to the Dublin U20 Footballers who have reached the All-Ireland Final after their 2.14 to 1.10 win over Galway. Conor Kinsella and Niall O’Leary were the two Crokes players on the panel. Hard luck to the Dublin Minor Footballers who lost to Mayo, 2.19 t...o 5.12. Dara Purcell and Michael Nealon were the two Crokes representatives. In Club results, hard luck to the AFL1 team that lost to St. Oliver Plunketts, 0.11 to 2.10, the AFL2 team that lost to Naomh Mearnog, 0.16 to 4.16, the AFL5 team that lost to Templeogue, 1.7 to 0.21, and the AFL8 who lost to Beann Eadair, 2.4 to 3.13. Well done to the AFL10 team who beat Cabinteely, 1.18 to 5.4. In other club news, Well done to all the players who took part in Week 1 of the Kilmacud Crokes Football/Ladies Football School of Excellence! Thanks to coaches Ross O’Carroll, Moe Leahy, Dan O’Brien, Aoife Kane & Sinead O’Donoghue for all their efforts. A small number of places are still available in Week 2 (Aug 13th). The club sends its sympathies to the Tyrrell family on the death of Michael who passed away last week. May he rest in peace.


Charlotte beckons for Waves keeper Erica Turner  DAVE DONNELLY

THE NEXT chapter in Sallynoggin goalkeeper Erica Turner’s life begins this month when she begins a four-year scholarship at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. The former Rockford Manor, Blackrock pupil will begin a biology degree at the university after swapping scenic south Dublin for the American deep south. Turner has been number one with DLR Waves, formerly UCD Waves, since making her debut as a 17-year-old in 2017 and has gone on to represent Ireland at Under-19 level. She has captained Waves in the absence of regular skipper Catherine Cronin this season and wore the armband for her final game against Peamount United on Saturday evening. Tu r n e r h a s b e e n involved in Colin Bell’s home-based Ireland train-

ing camps alongside senior internationals Amanda Budden and Amanda McQuillan in recent months. However, the opportunity in the United States, and the possibly of a move up to the professional NWSL league there should she continue to succeed, has proven too tempting for the 19-year-old. “I’d never really thought about it,” Turner tells the Dublin Gazette. “My main priority was to stay in Ireland and go to college here, but my plans didn’t work out for college here, so the opportunity came up and I took it. “ It h a p p e n e d l a s t December that I was offered it. I thought about it and decided in the new year that I was going to go.” Turner played underage football with local nursery St Joseph’s, playing with the boys’ team on Saturdays and the girls’ team on Sunday, before moving on to Cabinteely. She spent two years at

Erica Turner with her FAI Young Player of the Year award last November. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Shelbourne before joining UCD Waves in 2016 and, the under-17 National League having not yet been founded, was quickly thrust into senior football. Education has always been her priority and while, like every other player her age, her dream is to play professionally, she was adamant she would pursue a career in science. Turner will study biology in Charlotte where, despite only having 2,000odd students, a tenth of UCD’s student population, the facilities are second to

none. Unlike in Ireland, college football in the States is graded based on the number of students in a college rather than the quality of the football team. Irish internationals Megan Connolly and Megan Campbell trained at Division 1 colleges, the highest ranking in America, but Turner opted for a Division II college to further her education. “Some of the other girls are going to D1s, but I’m going to D2 because I need to focus on my education

as well as my sport. “My degree is going to be pure biology. That was my original plan, to do science here, but with my Leaving Cert I didn’t get enough points for the course I really wanted to do. “I visited in December and I saw all the facilities, and they’re just so good compared to anything over here. “I’d love to work in research or in a lab – that’s the dream. I’d love to go into environmental research. But I’d always go for a career in football first.”

DLSP’s silver start to season

Matt Curran accepts the Midland Midnight Sevens plate trophy on behalf of DLSP

DE LA SALLE Palmerston’s rugby sevens side secured the first piece of silverware of the new season for the club from the Midland Midnight Sevens tournament at Tullamore RFC. It was just the second time that Salmo have fielded a team in the competition and a superb run of four wins from four in the pool stage saw the side into the quarter-finals from where they progressed with victory over the Midland War-

riors to a semi-final meeting with the Belgium Barbarians. The Babas proved too strong for Salmo and went on to lift the overall title with victory over Tullamore in the men’s open final. Salmo were due to take on Farney in the plate final but the opposition conceded the fixture which saw DLSP lift the trophy and the celebrations began in earnest.

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Marley’s golden moment ALL-IRELAND UNDER-18 BOXING 

MONKSTOWN Boxing Club’s Jack Marley sparked huge celebrations at the National Stadium last week as he claimed the All-Ireland Under-18 heavyweight gold medal. He battled his way to the title after three very hard bouts, the 17-year-old overcoming three national champions, with two of them being a year older than him. After this success and top class performances, Marley has been selected by the IABA to represent Ireland at the upcoming European Youth Championships in Bulgaria in September. Two more of the Monkstown Brigade are on Ireland duty as Malo Davis (age 13 at 44.5kg) and Padraig “Podge” Stapleton (age 13 at 48kg) will travel with Ireland team to the European Schoolboy Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia in August. There were mixed emotions for schoolgirl Aliyah Flood (age 12 at 42kg) as she agonisingly lost by split decision in the schoolgirls Irish final. She did represent Ireland against Italy (European team) five days later in Edenderry, Offaly and boxed superbly to win by unanimous deci-

Jack Marley with his parents Mick and Jackie

sion against her Italian opponent. Being a year younger than her age category, she will be eligible to compete in same Irish Cadets Championships next year for a place at the European Schoolgirls. That series brings the club’s formal boxing season to a close but there will not be much

rest for coaches and boxers as their 10th Annual Summer Camp begins on Tuesday, August 20 to Friday, August 23. It costs €40 per person (€70 per family). All boys and girls aged from 10 to 17 are welcome to attend. Contact coach James Doyle on 0877849437.


Claffey’s special experience BLACKROCK’S Mark Claffey, was among two lucky Special Olympics Ireland golfers who got the chance to attend the 148th Open at Royal Portrush last week, having been invited by the European Tour to see their heroes in action. Claffey won gold at the recent Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi and Team Ireland teammate, Jill Connery (33) from Scarva, Co. Armagh who achieved a fourthplace ribbon at the 2019 World Games, enjoyed watching on as some of the biggest names in golf tested out Royal Portrush at the final practice day. Picture: Matt Mackey, Press Eye.

Monkstown’s Julie Byrne in action in the US

Monkstown to host tennis interpros INTERPROVINCIAL TENNIS 

MONKSTOWN Lawn Tennis Club, Ireland’s oldest tennis club, will host the Interprovincial Championships on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10. This will be the first time in the club’s storied history the prestigious event comes to Monkstown. The top five male and female players from Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster will play each other over the two days. Admission is free of charge to all spectators and supporters. The Leinster team includes two Monkstown LTC members: Julie Byrne, the number one ranked

player in the country, and Scott Barron, who represented Ireland at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. They will be led by non-playing captain Michael Nugent, a former Davis Cup player who also competed at the Wimbledon junior championships in 1984. The members of Monkstown LTC are excited at the prospect of seeing the best players in Ireland competing on the club’s courts. Men’s Captain Johnny O’Shea, who is also a member of the Leinster Tennis Council, is helping to execute the event and he is confident that the home support can deliver a win for the Leinster team. “It is a great honour for

Monkstown to host the InterPros. We have a committed and enthusiastic membership and they are understandably excited at the prospect of seeing the top ranked players in Ireland do battle. “Having Julie and Scott – two of our own and two players who are deeply committed to Monkstown – involved in the event adds an even deeper sense of pride for our members and coaching team. Barron will be joined on the men’s team by Carlow’s Julian Bradley, Donnybrook’s Osgar O’hOisin and current Ireland number one Simon Carr (Mullingar). Byrne’s team mates are Ruth Copas (Dundalk), Caragh Courtney (Castleknock), Jane Fennelly

(Donnybrook) and Grainne O’Neill (Naas). Leinster face stiff opposition from the reigning champions Munster who are expected to have Sam Barry in their ranks. The 27-year-old Limerick native retired from the professional tour last year having reached a career world ranking high of 255 in 2016. Also expected in the Munster line up is Sinead Lohan from Waterford who, in 2016, was ranked number 8 in the US collegiate tennis programme during her time at the University of Miami. Play is due to get underway at 4pm on Friday, August 9 and 9.30am on Saturday, August 10. Full details on

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NAOMH OLAF THE Naomh Olaf Corporate Lunch, a massive fundraiser for the Juvenile section of the Club, will take place in Croke Park on Friday 30th August guests will include Michael Duignan, Oliver Callan, Tomás Ó Sé, Ciarán Whelan and Kieran Duff. What a great way to start the All Ireland Football Final weekend and an excellent opportunity to invite friends, relations and clients to a fabulous day out. For further information or to book your table, please contact Paul Cullen (086 2231335), Declan Murphy (086 2426071) or Eoin Christian (086 1222834). The Chairman and Executive Committee extend their deepest sympathies to Senior Camogie Mentor, Xavier Tynan, on the passing of his mother, Thérese (Enniskerry and Dundrum), grandmother to Senior Ladies players, Jessica and Emma. May she rest in peace. Adult Ladies League Division 5 football saw St Monica’s making the trip to Páirc Uí Bhriain on Wednesday 24th July - an excellent display of football ensued with the home team coming out the better - final score Naomh Olaf 4-15 : St Monica’s 2-3. In adult men’s football, it was a clean sweep for the three IRES sponsored teams. First up the Division 2 squad with a home fixture against Raheny. A goal from Fergal Purcell in the 15th minute saw the Balally boys begin to pull away from their opponents and they went to the break 1-6 to 0-4 up. The visitors came out renewed in the second half and began to rack up the points so that only one point separated the teams in the final minutes of the game. Olaf’s upped their game once again to secure the win at the final whistle - final score 1-10 to 0-10. Division 6 lads travelled to Rolestown to play Fingal Ravens on Sunday morning and played a top class match to come away with the spoils - Ravens 1-8, Olafs 3-14. Later that afternoon St Colmcille’s visited Sandyford for a Division 10 fixture and the home team didn’t disappoint their supporters with a 4-20 to 2-3 thriller. Well done to all the adult football teams.

SHANKILL OUR Kellogg’s Cul Camp will be held in St Laurence College from 19th to 23rd August. The number of places is limited so please book now to avoid disappoint. Register on line at Our juvenile Academy which is sponsored by O Donnell’s Shankill Total Health Pharmacy and usually meets on Saturdays in Stonebridge Road is taking a summer break and will be back in September. Various teams will be having sessions during the summer so please contact your team manager for details. Ladies adult football first team beat St Finians (N) in the championship while the second ladies team lost to Cuala.

Chase the Ace draw on Sunday night in Brady’s we have a jackpot winner. Congratulations to Stephanie McDarby who won the €3000 jackpot prize. Many thanks to everyone who supported the draw over the past weeks. For details of our Ladies adult football teams e-mail or contact Steve 087 6414123. The men’s adult football team contact Kevin Martin 086 8449902. For more information on the club, contact, secretary.shankill. or call 086 6072746. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join Shankill GAA Club, your community, your Village GAA club where everybody knows your name.

Stars of Erin’s ladies footballers grab a selfie

With the Claret Jug. Picture: Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Tourism NI’s Terence Brannigan, Fiona Cunningham and John McGrillen. Picture: Phillip McGowan / Press Eye.

King Shane of the Castle


HANE Lowry celebrated his Open Championship week in style, bringing the famed Claret Jug with him on a whistle-stop tour around the capital. The Castle Golf Club member’s first port of call saw him drop in to the Boar’s Head, before heading for the Dublin mountains and the Blue Light where he was joined by the Stars of Erin ladies football team among many others. Also on the agenda were trips to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where he showed off the Jug to staff, giving a boost to the

young children in situ. And he finally got to grace the hallowed Croke Park which his father, Brendan, graced with such distinction as an Offaly footballer. Shane was met with a standing ovation during half-time of Limerick and Kilkenny’s hurling semi-final. he Open itself was a particular triumph for golf on the island with Tourism Northern Ireland acting as wonderful hosts. The event showcased the majesty of Royal Portrush with a record-breaking crowd of over 237,000 enjoying a spectacular week.


Picture perfect Royal Portrush. Picture: Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Meeting staff at Temple Street

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Archer produces yet another masterclass in semi-final victory ALL-IRELAND UNDER-20 SEMI-FINAL Dublin Galway  CÓILÍN DUFFY

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DUBLIN’S Under-20 footballers will contest their first ever Eirgrid All-Ireland Championship final this Saturday, when they take on Cork at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise (4pm). Tom Gray’s side booked their place in the decider following a 2-14 to 1-10 win over Galway at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday last, and once again return to the Midlands for their final clash. St Maur’s clubman Ciarán Archer was once again in strong form, and after bagging a hat-trick in Dublin’s Leinster final win over Laois, he found the net twice against the Tribesmen. Archer grabbed two early goals to set Dublin up nicely for this tie, as they led by 2-1 to 0-0 after six minutes following a strong start. He accounted for all of their opening scores, including a third minute pointed free, with Galway’s defence under strong pressure from the off. Karl-Lynch Bissett and Brian O’Leary were involved in the build-up to Archer’s first goal, before he found the net for a second time inside two minutes. Galway fought back well with 1-2 unanswered, as Tony Gill and Padraig Costello

added points, before a Brian Harlowe goal. An Archer pointed free and a brace of Ross McGarry points cancelled out Harlowe’s goal. Dublin were stringing together some good team moves at this stage, with Neil Matthews, Niall O’Leary, Kieran Kennedy and James Doran impressing. O’Leary and Doran linked up before Brian O’Leary claimed a well-earned point to push Dublin to a double-scores lead in injury-time. However, Galway cut the gap at the break thanks to a Tony Gill effort, to ensure a 2-6 to 1-4 half-time score-line. The Tribesmen fired seven first-half wides, but were more resourceful on the restart, as they worked their way back into this tie to draw level. Liam Costello, Padraig Costello, Gill and Rory Cunningham were among those who impressed, with Cunningham’s firing over an equaliser on 42 minutes. But Dublin regained the lead as the game entered the final quarter, thanks to Archer landing their first point of the half from a free, before a David Lacey score pushed them two points clear. Dublin drove on, with Archer adding a score, before a Brian O’Leary effort helped open up a four-point gap. Liam Boyle grabbed a point back for Galway, but with Dublin keeper David O’Hanlon pulling off a fine save from a Matthew Tierney effort, and Dublin finished strongly with Archer bringing his

Shredded shoe fails to deny incredible Tonosa

Donal Ryan of Dublin is presented with the Man of the Match award by Aidan Naughton, EirGrid. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

tally to 2-6 by the full-time whistle. Na Fianna’s Dónal Ryan claimed the Eirgrid Man of the Match award, after a solid performance in the midfield sector. “Galway got a huge amount of momentum at the start of the second-half, scored five points in a row,” said manager Tom Gray reflecting on the win. “It looked like we couldn’t do too much right at that time. To be fair to the players, I thought they gathered themselves really well, in a very mature way, and played themselves back into the game. “We were extremely happy with

that.” Cork reached the final after a strong comeback, before recording a 2-17 to 1-18 win over Tyrone in Tullamore on Sunday. The Rebels trailed by seven points early in the second half, but with Tyrone reduced to 14 men, Cork fought back to win by two. “We’ll be focused very much on ourselves,” Gray said of the Cork challenge. “There’s a few things that didn’t go well on Saturday, we’ll be aiming to work on those this week, to the extent that you can.”

Jackies ease into quarter-finals with massive win  CÓILÍN DUFFY

Noelle Healy scored a goal in Dublin’s defeat of Monaghan, topping their group with ease. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile


DUBLIN will meet Kerry in the TG4 AllIreland Senior Ladies Football Championship quarter-finals next Monday in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore (4.45pm). Mick Bohan’s charges completed the group stages unbeaten last Saturday, with an impressive 3-20 to 0-4 win over Monaghan at Parnell Park. St Sylvesters’ Sinead Aherne registered 1-11 of Dublin’s tally, in a game where her side led by 1-12 to 0-2 at half-time, with Aherne netting a penalty goal. Louise Kerley grabbed the opening score of the second half for Monaghan, but Dublin continued to show strongly upfront, with Aherne and Sinéad Goldrick impressive, with half-time substitute Caoimhe O’Connor and Noelle Healy grabbing a goal each. Oonagh Whyte, Carla Rowe, Emma McDonagh, Lyndsay Davey and Aoife Kane were also among Dublin’s scorers.

Kerry had a much tighter encounter in their final group stages tie, claiming a 1-12 to 1-10 win over Westmeath in Killarney. They led by 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time, with the sides evenly matched on the restart, with Kerry just doing enough to hold out for a two-point win. The Kingdom had seven different scorers, with 1-10 of their tally coming from open play, including a first half goal from Hannah O’Donoghue. Dublin manager Mick Bohan believes the reigning champions still have room for improvement despite chalking up another comprehensive victory. “We were a little bit sloppy in the first half and probably took us 15 minutes to get a bit of rhythm. I thought it was a way better performance in the second half. “I thought they were more clinical, and just their movement got better, but that’s part of it. “It takes games to get that harmony of a team working together so we’re glad of this outing.”

HIKO Tonosa produced one of the most astonishing displays of tenacity and courage witnessed on an Irish running track in Santry last Sunday at the National Senior Track and Field Championships 5,000m. A large field of 17 athletes qualified for the final and the Dundrum South Dublin AC man was drawn on the inside of the line-up. With the first bend coming up in the first 50m, he got away quite well but, as the charge for the inside lane started, tragedy almost struck. Tonosa was spiked quite badly, with his shoe slipping off his foot. He had to give away almost 50 metres as he hopped on one foot while replacing the shoe. He did not panic and gradually made his way back to the leading bunch after four laps and he settled back into the rhythm of the race. The question was how much the incident would affect his sprint finish against last year’s champion Ryan Forsyth, who made a big move at the bell for the final lap. Tonosa followed and produced an explosive final thrust as they entered the last 100m. Such was his reaction that he forged 20m clear from a top class field. Even more astonishing, at the finish line, was the discovery that his shoe had been shredded, and blood flowed from the injury. This would have stopped most athletes but his courageous and competitive spirit ensured victory for the DSD man.

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