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COVID-19 IMPACT DUBLIN GAZETTE – Dublin’s number-one local newspaper – takes the health and safety of its staff, readers and advertisers very seriously – and that’s why we’re temporarily closing for just a few weeks as the COVID-19 crisis escalates across the country. Following our temporary closure for health and safety reasons, we anticipate returning with the next edition of Dublin’s best community newspaper in early to mid April. Until then, we wish our readers and advertisers the best of health.

MICHAEL MCGOVERN Managing Director Dublin Gazette Newspapers

A shot that sums up the city and national mood – the virtually deserted centre of town, as the city and Dubliners play it safe, stay home, and wait to see what happens next ... Picture: Alison O’Hanlon

WE WILL RISE AGAIN The Coronavirus has hit almost every last person and business – but we will all prevail by pulling together

SHANE DILLON Acting Group Editor

NEVER before has our nation faced an economic, social and cultural threat like COVID-19/the Coronavirus – but with courage and resilience, we shall overcome. That was very much the message from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in his

address to the nation on Tuesday night – and it’s a message that we’ve already seen the good and ordinary people of Ireland take to their hearts. In these suddenly dark days, and despite knowing that worse is likely to come, Dubliners are showing their best sides, with courage in the face of hardship and fear coming to the fore. Yes, COVID-19 is a sudden and

unnerving threat to take very seriously, as the city all but empties, voices are stilled, and the hustle and bustle of normal life retreats into memory. But in the face of these difficulties, we will rise again. Laughter and noise will return to our streets; businesses will reopen; hope will return – and has not been extinguished. Far from it. Be safe, stay well, and we will prevail.

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Permission for 132 homes overturned


Corinna Lonergan and Ruth O’Donnell with Cormac O Chuilleanain (son of Eilis Dillon). Picture: Peter Cavanagh

Author Eilis Dillon celebrated in style



A HIGH Court judge has quashed planning permission given for the development of a 132-unit complex at Our Lady’s Grove’s school site in Goatstown. Permission for the development was originally granted by An Bord Pleanala (ABP) before local resident Michael Redmond filed for a judicial review, without legal representation. The proposal was filed by Durkan Estates Clonskeagh Limited, which wished to construct 113 apartments and 19 houses on the site. Justice Garrett Simons ruled that the proposed development contradicted the Development Plan 2016-2022 in regard to the density of the construction and available open space. It was also found that ABP failed to address the question of a possible future expansion of the existing schools on the site, and why it disagreed with the initial recommendation to refuse per-

A computer-generated image of the proposed development

mission. In a statement, Roebuck Resident’s Association said it welcomes “Judge Simons’ ruling in the recent High Court judicial review”. It continued: “Roebuck Residents’ Association sees this ruling as a vindication of the democratic process that has been compromised by the Strategic Housing Development process. “The judgement respects Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council’s conclusion that planning permission for this development ought to have been refused.

“It also respects the views of two local residents’ associations, many local residents, and parents of children attending the schools on the campus, that the scale and composition of this development were inappropriate for the school campus site.” It also said it welcomes Justice Simons’ ruling that any future planning application must retain 25% of the site as public open space, which can be used by the schools and childcare facility. Provisions for tree protection, maintenance of the open character of the lands, retention of suffi-

cient space for the expansion of the schools will also have to be accommodated for in any potential future proposal. Roebuck Residents Association also said it would like to applaud “the extremely impressive achievement” of local resident Michael Redmond. “We offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to him for all his hard work, and for representing the local community so ably,” it said. Durkan Estates Clonskeagh Limited had not replied to Dublin Gazette for comment by the time of going to press.

Cabinteely residents united in call for anti-social behaviour to be dealt with CABINTEELY residents are once again calling on anti-soc ial behaviour to be dealt with following a series of incidents at Tesco Express carpark near Cabinteely Park. According to local residents and shoppers, a group of teenagers threw rocks at passer-bys and shouted racist abuse towards local businesspeople. One person said: “I have just witnessed an atrocious demonstration of teenage kids acting wholly inappropriately outside of Tesco at Cabinteely Park. “Rocks were thrown and [they gave] racial abuse towards local

businesspeople. Absolute disgrace.” The incident at the supermarket follows a spate of cases at nearby Kilbogget Park where antisocial behaviour has increased in frequency over the past couple of months. Earlier this year, Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) submitted a motion to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area. The motion read: “The recent escalation of anti-social behaviour in the park [Kilbogget], which has caused considerable

damage to sporting amenities, calls for the examination of the following and calls for possible changes that can be made to help prevent and alleviate such activity.” Destructive Cllr Lewis is calling for “the narrowing or alteration to entrance points into the park, any existing security cameras and the possibility of appropriately positioned new cameras and any other security provision that is available in other parks that could also be used in Kilbogget to deter such destructive behaviour”.

THE centenary birthday of prolific Irish author Eilis Dillon was celebrated in dlr Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire last week. Having published 40 books between 1948 and 1992, Dillon is widely regarded as an innovator in the genre and one of Ireland’s greatest children’s author. Dillon’s first works were published in Irish, and most of her novels were rooted in the landscape of south Connemara. The exhibition in dlr Lexicon celebrated her life, writings and some of the themes from her work such as the sea, island life and folk beliefs. Her work has been translated into 14 languages. Eilis Dillon passed away in July 1994 at the age of 74. See the gallery on Page 9

Group publishes new book THE Ballinteer Active Retirement Association’s (BARA) local history group has published its second book, Ticknock, A History of a Beautiful Valley in the Dublin Mountains. Based on archival sources and first-hand knowledge from local people, the book follows on from the group’s first publication about the Ballinteer area, which was released three years ago. The book traces Ticknock’s history from its earliest times, with a focus on the people who lived and worked there. According to BARA member Peadar Curran, the book “attempts to create a factual record of the significant events that have impacted on the inhabitants and the landscape. “It is hoped that it will be a source of fond recall to residents, while telling the story of the valley and its hillside to newcomers and runner-in visitors to the area.”

Copies of the book may be purchased from the Grange Star store on Harold’s Grange Road, beside Devine’s Hardware.

Dog who fell from pier safely rescued THE Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard, in conjunction with the RNLI, underwent a rescue mission this week when a small dog fell off Dun Laoghaire pier. The Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard said that “great attempts were made by pier walkers to help but the Coast Guard team had to request the RNLI to send over a boat”. They added: “Thankfully, Collie from the RNLI came over in the boarding boat and helped rescue the little dog, called Boo, and passed him over to Kyron from Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard unit. “He quickly reunited Boo with his owner, and got Boo quickly home, [after] suffering from shock and hypothermia.” It is understood that Boo has now recovered from his ordeal and is safe and well.

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Extension to Shanganagh Park House officially opened

LEAS Cathaoirleach, Cllr Deirdre Donnelly (Ind) officially opened the extension to Shanganagh Park House last week. The single-storey extension, to be called the Caroline McDermott Room, will provide additional space and allow for Shanganagh Park House to increase the services provided to the community. Shanganagh Park House is situated in the centre of the local community and provides a range of activities for all age groups,

which includes the provision of early years childcare services, an afterschool programme, Crosscare Youth Services, adult education and the senior citizens’ ‘Recycled Teenagers’ group. Caroline McDermott lived in the Rathsallagh area for more than 40 years and was a leading member of the community, playing a major part in developing and managing many activities and services provided from the house. Speaking at the official opening,

Cllr Donnelly said: “The extension will provide increased space at Shanganagh Park House to meet the needs of the local community, therefore increasing the wellbeing of the Shanganagh/Rathsallagh community through supporting community engagement, volunteerism and active citizenship, with a particular emphasis on providing services for the local youth population. “ T h e p rov i s i o n by D u n Laoghaire-Rathdown County

Council (DLRCC) of this newlybuilt extension and related community and social supports in Shanganagh Park House increases opportunities for people to play an active part in their community and enjoy activities and social interaction in their area.” Present at the opening were invited guests, staff of Shanganagh Park House, local people, members of the McDermott family and TDs, as well as elected members of DLRCC.

Leas-Cathaoirleach of DLRCC Deirdre Donnelly at the official opening. Picture: Peter Cavanagh

Stores introduce shopping FASTNews times for elderly people Minister, arts bodies meet to address virus impact


MANY supermarkets in south Dublin have introduced new measures and dedicated time slots for people over the age of 60 so they can shop in a less-full store. SuperValu Balally and SuperValu Deansgrange have both implemented the measures designed to make elderly people feel less stressed while the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis is ongoing. In an online post, SuperValu Balally said: “Dear customers, from to m o r row [ Tu e sd ay] onwards our store will be taking extra precautions to keep our staff and customers safe; we will keep you informed on these precautions. “Our store from the hours of 7am to 8:30am will only be open to elderly people, until further notice. “Thank you all for your cooperation during these times.” Twomey’s SuperValu i n D e a n s g ra n ge h a s also implemented the measure, saying: “From Wednesday, March 18 and going forward on a daily basis, 9am – 10am is exclusively for customers 60 years and older to do their shopping. “They are welcome

any time, but this hour will be exclusively for this age group. “ We a s k c u s t o m ers under the age of 60 years to shop in the store before 8:55am, or after 10am.” Lidl stores in Dundrum, Stillorgan, Nutg rove, D e a n s g ra n ge, Glenageary and across the country are also introducing similar dedicated shopping times. In a statement, Lidl Ireland said: “We’ve been listening to your feedback and we will be implementing priority shopping hours for the elderly across all 163 Lidl stores in Ireland until further notice. “We ask that the public respect this time period to allow more vulnerable customers to pick up the food and supplies they need. “Starting March 17, the mornings will run from 9am – 11am, every day and will include prioritised queuing and additional assistance for our older customers. “We may not be able to actively monitor this at all times as our store teams are required on checkouts and restocking shelves, so we kindly ask that customers respect this measure and plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.”

Many people have been panic buying due to COVID-19, with such shopping patterns potentially negatively impacting on many elderly citizens also attempting to attend to their shopping needs

We ask that the public respect this time period to allow more vulnerable customers to pick up the food and supplies they need

THE Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, has met with representatives from the national cultural institutions, The Arts Council and the wider arts community following the announcement of new, unprecedented measures to combat COVID-19 and protect public health. During the meeting, it was decided to monitor the impact the crisis has on the sector and to continually engage with the Government in relation to implementing recommended measures. These measures include the closure of all cultural institutions until March 29, and the cancellation of all indoor mass gatherings of more than 100 people and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people. Organisations and individuals currently funded under the Arts Council Strategic Funding, Arts Centre Funding, Arts Grant Funding and Festival Investment Scheme Round One have been advised that the Arts Council will honour all funding commitments that have been made, and there will be no financial penalties for organisations or individuals that are unable to deliver key activities or services arising from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Permission sought for ‘Remove plaque’ call apartments


SHANKILL Cllr Hugh Lewis (PBP) is calling for a plaque that marks the opening of the Ashlawn Park housing estate to be removed, as it dons the name of former Cathaoirleach Cllr Tony Fox (FF). The plaque, which is located at the entrance to the estate, reads: “Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Ashlawn Park, Ballybrack officially opened by An Cathaoirleach Councillor Tony Fox PC on June 24 1997”. Cllr Fox was later found by the Mahon Tribunal to have accepted payment from businessman and lobbyist Frank Dunlop in his bid to rezone lands in Carrickmines. Cllr Lewis said: “I intend getting this plaque removed, as it was recently again brought to my attention. Do people think it’s petty or appropriate to get this removed? Personally, I think it’s an association that Ballybrack should do without.”

Two arrested over hit and run GARDAI have arrested two men in relation to a robbery, and subsequent fatal road traffic collision, that led to the death of 54-year-old Jacqueline McGovern in Killiney on March 10. The men, both aged in their 20s, are currently being detained at Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum Garda Stations under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. McGovern, a married mother of three adult children from Killiney, was still alive when the emergency services reached her at the crash scene at about 9.30pm. She was taken to St Vincent’s University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

PLANNING permission has been filed with An Bord Pleanala (ABP) for the development of 564 apartments in Sandyford. Submitted by Richmond Homes, the site is located near Aldi on Carmanhall Road in the Sandyford Business District. According to the site notice, “The development, which will have a gross floor area of 49,342sq m, will principally consist of the demolition of the existing structures on site and the provision of a buildto-rent residential development, comprising 564 apartments – 46 studio apartments, 205 one-bed apartments, 295 two-bed apartments and 18 three-bed apartments.” The document proposes the construction of six apartment blocks ranging from five to 17 storeys in height. A concierge, gymnasium, lounges, games room and a panoramic function room are also being proposed for development on the site.

BLACKROCK STUDENTS COMPETE FOR TEXACO ART COMPETITION AWARDS JUDGING of the 25,800 entries received in this year’s Texaco Children’s Art Competition is currently underway with winners to be announced in mid-April. Pictured is adjudicator Sean Kissane admiring two of the entries received from students in Blackrock this year. From left, they are a work entitled Berries, by a pupil from Newpark Comprehensive School, and

another, entitled Jacques, by a pupil from St Andrew’s College. In all, more than 3,500 young Dublin artists submitted entries this year. Currently in its 66th year, the hugely popular Texaco Children’s Art Competition is the longest-running art sponsorship in Ireland. It was first held in 1955.

DLR services and events to cease, but parks are still open GARY IBBOTSON

DUE to the outbreak of COVID-19, and in line with the recommendations issued by the Department of Health, Dun LaoghaireRathdown County Council (DLRCC) has announced the closure and temporary cessation of many of its services. Until at least Sunday, March 29, all DLRCC libraries will be closed to the public – this includes the cancellation of all events due to take place in libraries. DLR Heritage events, DLR parks events and public markets that usually occur in The People’s Park and Marlay Park are also cancelled. All community centres, DLR leisure centres and

DLR council buildings are also closed to the public, with staff observing ‘social-distancing’ measures. However, the council says the public can still avail of the services offered by the authority via its website (dlrcoco. ie), by contacting it via email (info@dlrcoco.ie) or by phoning 01 205 4700. A special postal booth will be arranged at County Hall in Dun Laoghaire to allow urgent mail and deliveries to reach the council – such as planning applications, submissions and courier deliveries etc – but there will be no other physical access to the building. Fu r t h e r m o re, p u b lic information session associated with the DLR

Grants Scheme 2020 are cancelled. However, the council has extended the deadline for the receipt of applications, from April 3 to April 17. All grants managers are available to provide information and advice to applicants by email and phone. The local authority says that all parks and graveyards will remain open for the foreseeable future, and although all DLR libraries will remain shut in the coming weeks, online archives and content can still be accessed at www. libraries.dlrcoco.ie. Fo r f u r t h e r l o c a l updates from the council, the public can visit its website and social media channels.

In a statement, DLRCC said: “We would ask the public to keep up to date with all public health advice and to consult the relevant websites in this regard. “For the latest advice and information from the HSE on Coronavirus/ COVID-19, visit its Coronavirus page (see https:// www2.hse.ie/). For daily updates, visit GOV.IE.” Cllr Peter O’Brien (Lab) says he is calling on DLRCC management to “defer the collection of commercial rates for the month of March and as long as the current COVID-19 crisis continues to support small business.” However, no announcement on the matter had been issued by the time of publication.

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FASTNews All Peter Mark salons closed until March 29

NATIONWIDE salon chain Peter Mark has announced it is closing all salons on the island of Ireland until March 29. In a statement, chief executive Peter O’Rourke said: “The health and safety of our team and our clients is our top priority. “While we have stringent prevention measures in place across all of our salons, we have taken the decision to close all salons in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland until March 29.” O’Rourke says that all appointments will be rescheduled. He added: “We will be in contact with our clients directly to reschedule appointments and we would like to thank all our clients for their patience and understanding during this time. “We look forward to welcoming our team and our clients back through our doors very soon.”

Win great Irish music by supporting Jack & Jill JACK & JILL Children’s Foundation is running an incredible monthly music raffle thanks to Universal Music. Every month there’s a chance to get your hands on the most sought-after tickets, vinyls and CDs. This month, it’s offering the chance the win the ultimate Irish music collection for everyone in your family, with a mix of vinyl and cds that includes the likes of Dermot Kennedy, Hozier, Imelda May, Niall Horan, Aimee, and Riverdance. Anyone can enter for just €5, supporting 340 vulnerable children across Ireland. The more entries there are, the more hours of home nursing care Jack & Jill can provide for the sick children and their families who are currently under their wing. The closing date is Friday, March 27. To enter, see https://jackandjillstore.ie/ collections/all/products/ the-jack-jill-monthly-raffle.

Hard-pressed taxi drivers hit by pandemic’s impact RACHEL D’ARCY

TAXI drivers across Dublin have raised concerns about what will lie ahead for the industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With bars and clubs closed, and social distancing being encouraged, taxi drivers on a popular forum have said there are little to no jobs available for drivers on Dublin’s streets as people stay home. Many are staying home for their own safety, encouraging others to do the same as the Coronavirus pandemic rages on. Taxi app Lynk has issued guidelines for drivers that wish to continue operating during the pandemic, including asking passengers to sit in the back seat, as well as to regularly disinfect gear sticks, steering wheels a n d o t h e r re g u l a r l y touched equipment. It has also encouraged drivers to keep disinfectant wipes and sanitiser within their vehicles. Another taxi app, FreeNow, has recommended that both drivers and passengers adhere strongly to HSE guidelines, and to avoid paying with cash, where possible. It has also temporarily disabled its ‘match’ ridesharing service. When asked if he would take a taxi during the pandemic, one Dubliner, PJ, told Dublin Gazette: “No,

Taxi drivers all across Dublin are caught in the same crisis – a sharp drop in passengers, and income, while the pandemic worsens. Picture: Jaqian

I don’t think I’ll be taking a taxi again any time soon, unless it was an emergency. “Those guys [taxi men and women] are just trying to get by like the rest of us, and I know they’re affected pretty badly if we [passengers] all stop using them, but I’d rather play it safe. I don’t know who’s been in that cab before me. “It’s probably someone who’s fine, but ‘probably’ isn’t good enough for me. “I’m not taking the c h a n c e t h a t m ay b e someone who’s sick, and doesn’t know it, was the passenger before me. “I don’t know if [taxi drivers] can get the dole or something, but think

the Government have to help them, for sure. If passengers aren’t going to get in their cars, someone has to help them get by.” Another regular taxi user, Aine, said she is reluctant to leave the house, despite usually going out weekly and using taxis. She said: “I do feel bad for taxi drivers, because this is their sole income. I’m trying not to go out, to practice social distancing by cutting out unnecessary trips, and I know a lot of people are doing the same. “It’s only natural that taxi drivers are impacted by that, especially if pubs and clubs have shut down for the next few weeks.

“Taxi drivers are really hard workers that provide a key service for Dubliners, so I hope that the Government or some authoritative body will help them out.” Vinny Kearns, the chief executive of Xpert Taxis, told Dublin Gazette that there is “relatively nothing on offer” for drivers who are impacted by a loss of business. He said: “Union representatives for taxi drivers need to speak up, and make sure something is put in place. There’s nobody standing up for drivers, not in the way there needs to be at this stage. “Our contract work at Xpert is down because

offices have closed and people are working from home. “Taxi drivers average at about 57 years of age, with many drivers worried for their own health, given their age. It’s a cause of grave concern. “Our call centre staff are also worried about travelling on public transport. “If public transport like the buses were to shut down, you’d need to use taxis. “We also work with a lot of hospitals, bringing patients to and from appointments and transporting blood to other hospitals, so we need to stay open. “We have a moral obligation to continue provid-

ing a taxi service.” A NTA spokersperson told Dublin Gazette: “The NTA is very much aware of the concerns of taxi drivers, as frontline public transport providers, in this rapidly evolving situation. “Working closely with the Department of Health, the NTA issued COVID-19 HSE and public health information to all licence holders, and updates the Latest News section of our website as changes occur. “We continue to ask all drivers and the public to exercise caution and follow HSE protection guidance at all times.” See overleaf for more of our COVID-19 coverage.

Darkness into Light fundraiser postponed to Autumn THE organisers of the annual Darkness Into Light walk in aid of Pieta House have announced that they will be postponing the walk until Autumn. Darkness Into Light sees thousands of people across the country gather in different locations to take part in the fundraising walk. The fundraising and awareness event has been such a success in Ireland, a number of other cities around the world have

also seen Irish communities stage their own Darkness into Light walks. This year’s event was due to take place on Saturday, May 9, with more than 25,000 people expected to take part; however, the event has now been postponed due to the developing COVID-19/Coronavirus threat. The chief executive of Pieta House, Elaine Austin, said in a statement: “The event will indeed take place, but at a more appropriate time when the threat of the

Coronavirus has passed. “We are assessing an Autumn date, and will confirm this as soon as possible.” Austin also advised that the postponement of the event will leave a “significant funding gap” for the charity, and has asked for anyone who had planned on taking part in Darkness Into Light to consider donating to the charity. Pieta provides free counselling to those who are engaging in self-harm or suicidal

thoughts and provides free bereavement services to those who have been touched by suicide. For more information, see https://www.pieta.ie/. Darkness Into Light is the latest community event to see postponement or cancellation due to the ongoing pandemic crisis. For all updates and further information on COVID-19, please visit the HSE website, at www.hse.ie.

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Dublin Chambers groups working to address crisis PADRAIG CONLON

“AT 1.26PM last Thursday [March 12], I sent an email to our people: ‘We are now working solely online’,” said Liam Horan, career coach, Sli Nua Careers. Horan is among the countless businesses now thrown into a new reality by the COVID-19 crisis, with companies and Chambers bodies nationwide, not just here in Dublin, suddenly implementing new e-working practices, or devising plans for members to help address the economic emergency. He said: “We are among the lucky ones – our status as a training business enables an easy transition to operating wholly online. “Over the last five years, our share of online work has grown steadily, so we had contingency plans in place for what is now a necessity. “Online work will help fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Working online was set to be a key feature of our future working lives, but now, the Coronavirus will accelerate the trend. “Forces propelling us towards online working include enhanced technology, a desire to reduce our carbon footprints, a distaste for the inefficiency of travelling multiple hours to engage in short meetings, the rising cost of childcare, and the opportunity [work-

ing from home] offers to talented people for whom location might otherwise be a barrier to progress in the workplace. “With decent broadband, a good headset, reasonable IT skills, an open mind and a willingness to learn, you’d be surprised how easy it can be. “Working online can free up lots of time – as long as you’re disciplined – that you can use for social or leisure purposes that you genuinely enjoy.” Horan’s positive attitude towards working from home, and using technology to continue functioning, is echoed by Dublin’s various Chambers bodies. For example, Fingal Dublin Chamber is similarly working hard to meet members’ needs as the pandemic continues. Updates In a statement, the Chamber said: “Through our affiliation with Chambers Ireland, the national representative body for Chamber members, we have been in regular contact with the various government departments and we will continue to relay important notices and updates to [our members]. “Chambers Ireland has compiled a list of key resources for business from government departments and public bodies. “We are encouraging business leaders to read through

Many Chambers members across the capital have now instructed their staff to work remotely from home, with tech-driven contingency plans being widely implemented across the city and country

the important and supportive COVID-19 information for business [that is available]. “As a result of recent government directives, Fingal Dublin Chamber will be operating with a virtual service until at least March 29, pending further updates. “With significant numbers of people working remotely, along with other challenges, we are postponing upcoming planned networking and events. “Confirmed events will be published on fingaldub-

linchamber.ie/events, and updates broadcast via email and social media in due course. “Related queries should be directed to events@fingaldublinchamber.ie; and note that www.hse.ie is the authoritative source of information and advice regarding COVID-19 in Ireland.” Across town, DLR County Chamber is offering similar advice for its members across Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. In a statement, the Chamber said: “DLR County Chamber has cancelled all our planned events

for March and April and will review as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. “We wish everyone on our beautiful Island and across the world to remain safe and well. Take advice from the Government, and the HSE. “Congratulations to our frontline workers, and the wonderful communities who support the elderly and our shops. “We look forward as a Chamber to helping businesses connect and to grow again. Stay safe.”

Stay calm, and take each day at a time IT’S EVERYWHERE – the Coronavirus/COVID-19 bringing us uncertainty, fear and feeling a lack of control of the situation. All of these feelings can cause real anxiety. Worry and concern are normal reactions in this situation, but anxiety is often a reaction not based on logic. It shows in our bodies as a tightness in our chest, sweaty hands, shallow breathing, headaches, restlessness, a sick


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tummy, an ongoing sense of undefined dread, and even sleep problems. To manage anxiety during this period, start with your breathing. The 4-7-8 Breathing

Exercise (see https:// youtu.be/737vAokV5E), if practiced two to three times a day, can calm the body and mind. The bottom line is that controlling your breath is a first line to cope with anxiety – put simply, your ‘out’ breath must be twice as long as your inhalation. If you’re feeling very anxious, you could try P r o g r e s s ive M u s c l e Relaxation (see https:// yo u t u . b e /py x v-

L1O2duk) for 15 minutes. Anxiety is a primal reaction to what we see as life-threatening danger: fight or flight. The reaction kept us alive a few thousand years ago, but we are no longer fighting bears alone – we have support. The Coronavirus threat is abstract and ‘out there’, so we lack direct control, and we react in this fight or flight feeling with a fear that is sometimes out of sync with reality.

So, calm the body and breath daily during this period to manage this reaction. Our thoughts also cause anxiety – when you are isolated or working from home, you may notice your thoughts are based on what might, could, probably and possibly will happen – all of which are future predictions. Create a healthier present-tense thought. Change “I can’t leave

the house as I will probably get the virus” to a less anxious “If I follow the advice given, and am careful, I can go out for short periods”. It is important to remember how we think directly effects our bodily reactions. All of us should look after our breathing, body and thoughts to help protect against anxiety during this period and, most importantly, take each day at a time.

Tourism body chief thanks the struggling sector for its response in face of threat THE chief executive of Failte Ireland, Paul Kelly, has expressed his gratitude to the tourism and hospitality sector for their reaction to the spread of the Coronavirus. Kelly said: “Tourism businesses are already doing what they can to support public health, with many restaurants offering free meals to healthcare workers and free delivery to the elderly. “The sector has shown that it is there for the community even when it is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.” Kelly says that due to the ongoing crisis, tourism businesses are being hit hard financially. “These are truly unprecedented times for the tourism sector across the board and already we are seeing job losses as cash-flow and liquidity challenges mount for businesses. “As an industry, urgent action is required to help businesses survive during these incredibly challenging times.” Supports The National Tourism Development Authority has made a number of recommendations to the Government in relation to the urgent supports most needed by the industry. In addition, Failte Ireland has established a special business supports taskforce focusing solely on supporting the tourism industry during the crisis. These recommendations include measures to support business sustainability, employment as well as initiatives designed to kick-start demand. Failte Ireland says it is working closely with tourism businesses to provide advice on drawing down Government support packages, cashflow management and liquidity, managing cancellations and supplier relationships.

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Retail body pushes for clarity from Government GARY IBBOTSON

#feedtheheroes call attracts huge support A GOFUNDME campaign setup to help feed front-line and emergency workers during the COVID-19 crisis had raised more than €175,000 by the time of going to press. The campaign, called Feed The Heroes, was founded by Cian O’Flaherty last Sunday afternoon, and has proven to be a huge hit with the public. The campaign reads: “We can get through #COVID-19 together, but while we are social distancing, our healthcare workers are flat-out. “If you can, donate. We’ll send food regularly to our hard-working healthcare staff using local

businesses. [Look out for social media tags] #feedtheheroes.” The campaign’s website says O’Flaherty was inspired to launch the initiative after seeing that an anonymous person dropped food off for healthcare staff working in the Mater Hospital. The site reads: “We wanted to do something to say thank you to the people working on the frontline. “And when we saw this tweet, we felt this was something we could help to happen across our health service. So that’s what we’re doing.” Last Sunday evening, the campaign delivered

food to staff at St Vincent’s University Hospital on behalf of Monsoon in Stillorgan. Organisers said: “Our final order of the night went to the night shift heroes at Vincent’s Hospital. This [food] from Monsoon in Stillorgan was given to the [hospital] staff and they [Monsoon] wouldn’t accept payment from us. “We’ll be back though later in the week. Thank you for making this possible. The reaction of staff around the country has been incredible. “This has made a difference beyond anything we expected and your generosity has blown us all away.”

RETAIL Excellence Ireland (REI) has said it needs an “early and full definition” from the Government as to what constitutes ‘essential retail’ if further businesses are asked to close. In a statement, REI said: “We have a duty of care to our industry colleagues and our customers. The health and safety of our retail colleagues and customers is our primary priority. “REI is being inundated with requests for clarity in relation to future government policy on the ability of retailers to continue trading. “In the event of a decree as to curtailed retail activity, we require early and full definition as to what will constitute essential retail.” The board of directors of the retail support group says it calls on the Government to implement a three-pillar plan. The three pillars are: immediate common-sense measures, a suspension of debt measures, and steps to recovery. The REI says the Government, “with immedi-

We are being inundated with requests for clarity in relation to future government policy

ate effect”, must define what retail categories they believe to be ‘essential’ and launch health and safety protocols for pharmacy and food retailers – such as the introduction of plexiglass place between staff and customers. The group is also calling on all business costs, such as commercial rents and rates, to be paused with immediate effect. It says that 200,000 retail workers will feel the financial strain during the crisis, and seeks that all mortgage and rent payments be paused. Finally, the REI is asking the Government to establish an economic recovery team to aid in Ireland’s fiscal recovery once the crisis has finished.

Twitter users rally to help the ‘self-isolated’ SYLVIA POWNALL

A GROUP of Twitter users led by a woman from Rush in north county Dublin have launched a campaign to help people in self-isolation. Helen O’Rahilly set up the initiative with the help of social media strategist Samantha Kelly, and it now has thousands of vol-

unteers nationwide. Anyone needing help simply has to tweet #selfisolationhelp and the group will link them up with someone in their local community. The scheme is designed to organise day-to-day tasks for those who need to restrict their movements due to Coronavirus – such as shopping, or going to the

chemist. Helen said: “It’s for those feeling out of it, lonely or scared. Particularly in rural areas; they don’t have to have the virus or even be self-isolating. “It’s about doing something, even one thing, for somebody out there in your village, your town or your suburb.” Helen says the idea

might even help frontline health care workers who are under pressure to get to daily tasks such as walking the dog or shopping. She explained: “A lot of these people who are maybe elderly or not on social media ... I’m asking the people around the country to text me their areas. “And also just to put a

sign up in a church, or a shop, or a post office just with this hashtag and with their number. “That will feed in to me, and I will be retweeting and, hopefully, a few people with good numbers of followers will help me do that. “And also not only people who are isolated, but also to people who

are working at the front line who are doing double shifts – the nurses, the doctors, the paramedics – who might need a dog walked.” Helen believes it’s a great way for the community to help one another and stay connected in a time of unprecedented crisis. She said: “It’s just a community feel to give us a

little sort of calmness and feel like we’re actually doing something. “Hygiene is first, keep your hands clean – you don’t have to interact with these people, leave it on their doorstep, leave it at a gate, let them know it’s there. “That’s a little gesture, we’ll keep ourselves going.”

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Writer and historian Shabnam Vasisht, author of Digging up the Raj, with Etain Doyle

Aileen O’Connor

Margaret Casey with Andrew and Delyth Parkes. Pictures: Peter Cavanagh

Digging into a link to the Raj

Terence Woulfe-Flanagan with Carol O’Hagan


Brigadier General Paul Pakenham, director of the Military History of Ireland Trust (MHOIT); Cllr Shay Brennan, An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Shabnam Vasisht, and Brigadier General (retired) Paul Fry, chairman, MHOIT

Eoin O’Curry and Paul Fry

OLLOWING extensive research at Deansgrange Cemetery, local historian Shabnam Vasisht discovered the remarkable achievements of a wide range of Irish people who lived and worked in India during Colonial British rule. There were Irish servicemen who fought in the

Indian Mutiny; hard-working civil servants and eminent judges; and any number of missionaries who aimed to bring Christianity to the country. Vasisht’s quest was to bring these extraordinary people to modern attention and, having sorted out the Maxwell-Montagus from the Montagu-Maxwells, she recorded their experi-

ences in a revealing new exhibition and book – Digging up the Raj – with an exhibition that had been running at DLR LexIcon until it was closed as part of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. At its launch, An Cathaoirleach, Shay Brennan, and a number of historical and military experts had praised Vasisht’s superb research.

Hillary Carey and Gretel Gorecki

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Julia Tomkin and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain (daughter of Eilis Dillon )

Iseult and Pat Honahan with John Fitzgerald and Anna Farmar. Pictures: Peter Cavanagh

Cormac O Marie Louise Colbert and Alice Matthews


Dr Padraic Whyte

Celebrating Eilis Dillon

Corinna Lonergan and Ruth O’Donnell with Cormac O Chuilleanain (son of Eilís Dillon)


HE launch of the Centenary Celebration for Eilis Dillon took place at dlr LexIcon last week. The event saw Dillon’s children – the celebrated poet, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, and author and translator, Cormac O Cuilleanain – curate an

afternoon of song, music, poetry and prose. Best known for her historical novel, Across the Bitter Sea, Eilis Dillon was prolific in both the English and Irish languages, and much of her work is rooted in the ancient landscape of Connemara.

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This week, advice for seniors, and those who interact with seniors, as the COVID-19 pandemic affects every aspect of life in Ireland

An Post reassures seniors, and the country, that post services are continuing

FOR many senior citizens, post offices are particularly vital resources, helping to take care of bills, postal needs, state payments and other issues, as well as providing an invaluable social link to other seniors and the wider community. Many older citizens may worry that the sudden rise of the COVID-19 pandemic threat, and the fast-developing reactions by councils, the Government and individuals and businesses to same, has the potential to particularly impact adversely on them, in particular. However, at the time of going to press, An Post has moved to reassure seniors and all customers about a continuation of services – subject to any future changes prompted by the COVID-19 threat, of course. For the moment at least, the message from An Post is clear: post offices will remain open, as postal services operate as normal. At the time of writing, a statement from An Post says: “We are carefully monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. “Detailed business continuity plans are in place, and we are working closely with the HSE Expert team, the Health Threats Coordination Group, and international postal organisations. “In order to help keep Ireland’s supplychains running, An Post is working to ensure the continuity of mails, parcels and post office services over the coming weeks. “Mails and parcel collection and delivery services will operate as normal,

except to countries to which services are suspended. “Delivery times may vary as we strive to facilitate flexible working times for staff. “The HSE advises that there is no evidence of a risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19 by handling money, mails or parcels. “To mitigate against the risk of COVID-19, An Post postal delivery staff will not hand their scanner to the customer for signature. “The delivery post person can sign on behalf of the customer, in their presence, for all mails and parcel items that require signature.” With regard to services that seniors, in particular, rely on, the statement continued: “Special arrangements for post office customers unable to collect their regular DEASP payments, such as pensions, are now in place. “A nominated temporary agent may collect the payment on their behalf, on production of necessary ID and documentation – you can find details at the post office, or online at anpost.com.” Finally, An Post reassured that “State savings and An Post Money Current Account services are working normally. See anpost.com for updates.” David McRedmond, chief executive of An Post, added: “At this difficult time for everyone, our objective is to ensure the health and safety of staff, the continuity of business for An Post’s customers, and to assist the national effort wherever possible.”

It may be difficult to maintain physical contact with people – but it is essential to maintain contact with others, to both help maintain your physical and mental health in this challenging time

Extra care needed as pandemic grows OUR senior citizens have seen and been through a lot in their lives, having seen the country change into a radically different country than that of their youth. They’ve seen our proud Republic wobble along through cycles of boom and bust, shaped and nudged along by regional events in Europe, and sometimes by the rest of the world. However, our seniors – like the rest of the country – have never experienced anything quite like the COVID-19/Coronavirus threat, with the novel virus being particularly dangerous for them. As global statistics have shown, while COVID-19 can also target the young and healthy, the majority of its victims have been senior citizens, to date, with older people – and especially those with underlying health issues – being particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus threat. In something that’s both a blessing and a curse, children appear to be largely spared the virus’s menace, to the relief of many.

However, children can also carry the virus, making them mobile, innocent disease vectors, meaning seniors should avoid contact with children just as much with anyone else – a particularly necessary but stinging precaution for grandparents and many other seniors to take. A common message has appeared from governments and health bodies around the world, regarding their senior citizens. While these following HSE instructions are for everyone, of all ages, to follow and adhere to, it is especially important that seniors – and those who interact with them, such as family members, carers and other professionals – strictly follow these rules. DO Tell visitors not to visit if they have any symptoms of the Coronavirus/ COVID-19. Meet people in a wellventilated room or outdoors. Ask visitors to wash their hands properly, and thoroughly – a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water at least. Ask visitors to keep

a space of at least two metres (6.5 feet) between you and them (known as ‘social distancing’). Keep physically active, if possible, while also maintaining ‘social distancing’. Refill your prescription medications, and have over-the-counter medicines and supplies – for example, tissues and a thermometer. Maintain proper hand hygiene yourself, and avoid touching surfaces (such as rails, doors, handles) while out and about, where possible. Make a joint plan with family, friends and neighbours on what to do if you become ill. (It is more important than ever to make and maintain contact with others.) Stay at home if you are sick, to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have. DO NOT Do not have any more than two visitors at a time to your home, and maintain social distancing. Do NOT shake hands with visitors/others – physical contact is to be avoided, where possible.

Do NOT touch your face, if possible, without thorough hand hygiene – your mouth, nose and eyes are susceptible entry points for the virus.

If you are concerned about the Coronavirus and have any symptoms (primarily a cough of any kind, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, and a fever or chills), phone your doctor immediately. Do NOT go to your doctor in person, as you risk exposing yourself or others, but phone them for advice. For further information, see https://www2.hse. ie/coronavirus/. HELPLINE A number of bodies and groups are working to help support seniors at this difficult time. ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has launched a national support line and additional supports for those who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19. Call 0818 222 024, Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm.

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A DELISH DISH: Looking to avoid meat or dairy fare? Then tuck into our round-up of some of the best alternative eateries on this week’s Dublin Made Easy page ... SEE P16

UNITED Colors of Benetton are set to make some waves with their Spring/Summer 2020 collection, which draws on nautical themes. Influenced by designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s travels across the sea, the new collection is available now in the international chain’s outlets here.



Few, if anyone, would associate the legendary Leo Burdock with a complex period of Irish history – yet archive records detail his role in attacks on ‘Black and Tans’ (some shown above) in the city centre


Tuck into a slice of Leo Burdock history PADRAIG CONLON

DID YOU KNOW that before he found fame through his legendary chipper, Leo Burdock put his life on the line taking part in attacks on the hated Black and Tans in the south inner city? His fight for Irish freedom is detailed in his unsuccessful application for a military pension, which can be found online in the ever-fascinating Military Service Pensions Collection (MSPC) records.

Since the first online release of records in 2014, the MSPC project has provided unprecedented public access into Ireland’s fight for independence. The files, which relate to 1,576 veterans of the Irish Revolution and cover the period 1916-1923, have been in the public eye quite a lot during the ‘Decade of Centenaries’. As detailed on his application, Burdock was a member of C Company in the Dublin IRA’s Third Brigade, and his name appears on a list

of company members provided by ex-IRA officers in the 1930s to help verify military service claims. His parents, Bella Burdock and Patrick, had opened the first Leo Burdocks at No 2, Werburgh Street, Christchurch – the site where they’re still located – in 1913 and, during the War of Independence, Leo said he took part in a number of attacks on Crown Forces in the city centre. In an attack on a lorry of Black and Tans in the south inner city in April 1921, he said he was posted near

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory as the lorry came from Camden Street towards Aungier Street. “I was armed with a bomb and grenade. I fired shots only. I fired four or five shots,” he said in evidence to support his claim. “The lorry did not stop, it slowed down passing a tram as we fired.” He also told how he was part of a group that fired on “a Tan lorry” going from Stephen’s Green to College Green a few weeks earlier. The file is one of the first known

references to Leo Burdock in historic records of the War of Independence. The records also show that following the War of Independence, he was an active anti-Treaty IRA member in the Civil War. Leo Burdock’s story is just one of the many fascinating historical records in the MSPC archives. To check out the MSPC, see m i l i t a r y a r c h i v e s . i e /c o l l e c tions/online-collections/military-service-pensions-collection-1916-1923.

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MALK, Josh, Ella, Ryan and Teigh – children from the Just Ask Homework Club in Greek Street Flats, D7 – were happy to help launch the Irish Youth Foundation’s Flagship Fund. The kids were helping the IYF to announce its €500,000 fund, that will focus on education,

health and wellbeing, and employability, with their homework clun one of the projects supported by the foundation. Applications for the fund – that is set to help 50,000 of Ireland’s children by 2025 – open this Friday, March 20. Picture: Sasko Lazarov

Home restored to original A oui bit of sense from the French standing after 100 years in warning about cocaine and virus ON HER 105th birthday in November, Lessie Benningfield Randle from Oklaholma asked for one thing – that her childhood home, which was badly damaged during the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, be restored to its original standing. Thanks to community organisations and local residents, Randle finally got her wish. Refurbished over multiple weeks, Randle was welcomed back into her new-old home at the beginning of March with a housewarming party. She said that seeing her home restored after nearly 100 years made her “feel like a queen”. “I’m just so pleased and so happy to be with you all and you all to be with me,” Randle said. “God has blessed me over 100 years, and I thank him, and I thank you all for being here for me.”

THE French government has released a statement warning its citizens that taking cocaine will not protect them from the Coronavirus. The myth, which began spreading on social media, was quashed by the Minister of Solidarity and Health, who said: “No, cocaine does not protect against COVID19. It’s an addictive drug that causes serious adverse and harmful effects.” The statement was posted on Twitter, with a link to an information page on the French government’s relevant official

for Cocaine – terrible eless for your health, and us


health website. The department also debunked the rumour that spraying alcohol or chlorine on your skin will kill viruses that have entered the body. Other posts seek to reassure citizens the Coronavirus cannot be transmitted via mosquito bites, and that disinfectant hand sanitisers do not cause cancer.

DOG OF THE WEEK DUBLIN GAZETTE has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. This week’s dog of the week is Matthew, a sensitive one-year-old Saluki cross with lots of insecurities about the world around him. He is hoping to find understanding adopters who will support him, as he will need lots of help with confidence building, walking on a lead and handling in general. He has so much potential – he just needs that someone to give him time and space to flourish. As Matthew seems to really come out of his shell when in the company of other dogs, he really needs to go home with another easygoing dog. Mathew is looking for a quiet,

adult-only home with someone who has had experience dealing with nervous dogs. While it may take a while to build up a bond with Matthew, gaining his trust will be a truly rewarding experience. His future adopters will get all needed support from our Training and Behaviour team. If you have room in your heart and home for Matthew, 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/dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. (Remember: Always have your dog on a lead when in public.)


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Missing woman found on eco-retreat in Fiji


Safe and well ... Lydia and friends on her ‘eco retreat’

A BRITISH woman who was reported missing in Fiji by her family after she didn’t get in touch was found safe and sound at an eco retreat. Lydia O’Sullivan had not contacted her family since she arrived in February, but she was found after images of her were spotted online. It transpired that Lydia had been at an ‘eco retreat’ in the mountains, with limited internet access, so was totally una-

ware of the ‘world search party’ looking for her, her mother said. In a Facebook post, a family friend said that the family was “absolutely elated” that Lydia was found safe after the Namosi Eco Retreat posted pictures of her on Facebook. “Sometimes social media is portrayed in a negative light, but today is a great day for the power of Facebook, positivity and community spirit it can bring,” she said.

New Mexico police At last – some great health news nab ‘Beyoncé’ after as ‘London Patient’ is cured of HIV her stolen car jaunt A WOMAN caught driving a stolen car in New Mexico last week allegedly told police she was singer Beyoncé when she was caught by police. Cops had to use a fingerprint scanner to properly identify ‘Beyoncé’ as Surena Henry after she refused to give her real name. Henry was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, which is a felony in New Mexico, one count of concealing identity, and resisting an arrest. An officer spotted the vehicle on Saturday morning and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Henry ignored the police, eventually parking outside her home. Henry said she found the keys in the car and decided to take it for a ride. She also allegedly told police that she didn’t stop when she saw the emergency lights because she “didn’t feel like it”.

NOT Surena Henry

NOT Beyoncé

WHILE Ireland, and the world, is focused on the dreadful impact of the COVID-19 virus, the medical world is also celebrating some positive news, too. Medical experts have been celebrating the news that a London man is the second person in the world to be cured of HIV. Adam Castille jo (40), has been free of the virus for more than 30 months and his doctors have now declared him functionally cured. However, it wasn’t the anti-retroviral therapy drugs that cured Castillejo, but stem-cell treatment he received for a cancer

The man is just the second known person in the world to be cured of HIV

he also had, according to the Lancet HIV journal. The donors of those stem cells have an uncommon gene that gives them, and now Castillejo, protection against HIV. C a s t i l l e j o, w h o has decided go public with his identity after being originally

referred to as ‘The London Patient’, has no detectable active HIV infection in his blood, semen or tissues, his doctors say. In 2011, Timothy Brown, ‘the Berlin Patient’, became the first person reported as cured of HIV, three and a half years after having similar treatment.

Holy parking violations! The Batmobile gets towed away in Moscow THE Batmobile – or one of them – was recently impounded by eagle-eyed Moscow police (right). They discovered a replica of the car, which fea-

tured in the films Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad, parked at one of the capital’s major streets, where officers noticed that it had no licence plates.

With Batman – or the car’s owner – both absent frmo the scene, and with the vehicle lacking proper registration, the Batmobile was impounded.

A special tow truck was needed to move the fourmetre-wide vehicle, with a fee of 50,700 rubles (€720) for its owner to get his car back.

Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one day at a time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. @tomhanks My co-worker is getting married. She said that she didn’t realize how expensive changing her last name is. Her and her husband decided if they are going to spend money to have last names changed, they will choose something they both want. Their new last name will be Nighthawk. @Vandalyzm

as he loves his secondary school. @kirstyyconnell

I feel sad for girls who marry lads who went to all-boy private schools. He will never love you as much

Going into quarantine. Not showing any symptoms, I really just need time to focus on myself. @dubstep4dads

In areas where there is no coronavirus there may be Solvirus available instead. @BigDirtyFry You can’t call it “pandemic” unless it’s from the Pandemic region of France – otherwise it’s just Sparkling Flu. @indyfromspace

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A bleakly impressive look at characters not often seen in Irish films

‘I never thought of anything we do as being overly weird’


NEW Irish film Calm With Horses (101 mins) marks an extraordinary debut for not only the actors involved, but for first-time director Nick Rowland too. Rowland adapted the film from Co Mayo writer Colin Barrett, based on the short story from his Young Skins collection. Executive produced by Michael Fassbender and his production company DMC Film, the movie showcases great Irish talent. With very strong acting from Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth, Peaky Blinders) as Douglas ‘Arm’ Armstrong, his Douglas was a former boxer turned gang member with the local drug mafia. There’s also Dymphna (Barry Keoghan, of Dunkirk, and American Animals fame), who acts as a polar opposite. Where Douglas is a rather shy character, Dymphna portrays a strong persona who tends to stir trouble around the community for no apparent reason. Douglas already has enough struggles in his own life, as he has an autistic five-year old son, Jack (Kiljan Moroney), with his partner, Ursula (Niamh Algar). He struggles to have any communication with his son, but through horse-hiding, his son’s meltdowns and tempers simmer down once he is in that calm environment. This also allows Douglas to bond with his son, and slow down the pace of his own life himself. However, Douglas’s tale takes some very dark twists and turns, as trouble is not far away from the circles in which he and Dymphna mix in, with his own efforts to be a family man under threat from local circumstances … Filmed in the West of Ireland, the film almost has a modern western vibe. The film is filled with rolling hills in many of its sequences, yet the quiet hills are filled with chaos. The mayhem is perfectly captured by director Rowland, who delivers gripping scenes throughout the film, with action, family struggles and lust being the main themes that really draw in the viewer’s attention and give the film a unique storyline. The film shows the harsh lives of gangsters, but also underlines their backgrounds, revealing connections and a sensitivity to each other and their families that makes it an emotive picture which overshadows all the bedlam. While we’ve seen some of these themes before, the film’s execution makes Calm With Horses well worth seeing.


FOX JAW – once known by the moniker Fox Jaw Bounty Club – have been a fixture on the rockier end of the Limerick music scene for a decade. They’ve learnt a lot. Through line-up changes and a slow evolution in the sound, bassist Kieran Sims – a newcomer to the band – tells us they’ve learnt to keep things sim-

ple. “The last album had a bit of a ‘kitchen sink’ approach when it came to recording, where it sometimes became a challenge to represent the song accurately in a live setting,” Sims explains of the progression. “We were mindful of that when approaching this record, and we tried not to overload each song with unnecessary layers that couldn’t be replicated live. “I think it’s a near accurate representation of

what it sounds like when all five of us get in a room and make some noise.” The new record is called ‘Breathe In The Strange’, and while it’s not likely to bother the upper echelons of the charts, Fox Jaw are proud of the way it has developed into a shining, vibrant representation of them. T h ey s e e t h e key measure of success as being around sales at live shows, which offer an indication that people value the band highly enough to want the physi-

cal versions of the record at home. “The key track for me would be the album’s closer, Shadowland,” Sims tells us. “It was a song Ronan had originally written and demoed a few years ago, but was never quite happy with. “I’d always loved the song and knew that if we put our heads down we could get something together we’d all be proud of. “We got a rough sketch together from one of our weekend writing ses-

sions, and we built it from there. “It took a lot of work and input from each of us, still making last-minute decisions while we were recording it, to get it to where it is, and I’m so proud of where it ended up.”


Covering up the truth, at any cost PADRAIG CONLON

HARVEY Weinstein, the once powerful Hollywood mogul, was sentenced to 23 years in prison last week. This sentencing followed last month’s decision by a New York jury to find him guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. In his excellent book, Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow (pictured) recounts his investigation into Weinstein as the reader is brought along on a story of cover-ups, corruption and, ultimately, courage.

It all began in 2016 with Farrow investigating Weinstein for NBC News in a freelance capacity. Farrow alleges that Harvey Weinstein used his knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations against NBC Today show host Matt Lauer to pressure the network into dropping the investigation. When NBC refuse to publish his report, Farrow takes his story to The New Yorker magazine, which publish his investigative article detailing the sexual allegations against the Hollywood producer.

Catch and Kill follows the publication of She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times journalists who shared a Pulitzer Prize with Farrow in 2018 for breaking the Weinstein story. The Weinstein allegations of abuse by numerous women, whose careers were in ways directed by him, help kickstart the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. In the book, Farrow chronicles the extraordinary steps Weinstein and his legal team take to

try get him to give up the investigation. One disturbing incident documented is when Weinstein employs former Mossad private investigators to follow Farrow, which leaves the writer in genuine fear for his life. The behaviour described in Catch and Kill is deeply distressing, and it’s not just the horrific abuse that leaves the reader shocked. What is just as frightening is how so many people in the media, legal and PR industries knew what was

going on, and helped to cover it all up. This is the story of how wealthy, rich men can threaten people and silence victims of abuse. It’s also the story of several brave women who risked everything to expose the truth and launch an international movement. I really enjoyed this superbly written, wellresearched book, which is more like a thriller or a spy novel than investigative journalism.

The DIY aspect of the way Fox Jaw produce their music is critical to the band’s ethos, as is the conceptual side of things, which has been branded as ‘weird’ in the past.

“I’ve never thought of anything we do as being overly weird, because when it’s created it’s never done for the sake of being off kilter,” Sims says. “I think our tastes are

so varied from member to member that you’re bound to get some things that shouldn’t work on paper but do in practice.” A lot of that has come from extensive experi-

ence in both the live arena, and in learning what it is about making music that connects with the public as a whole. “I think the main thing that younger musicians

need to learn is that nobody is going to do it for you,” Sims tells us. “It has been invaluable for all of us coming up in a DIY music scene. “We learnt how to make

flyers, how to get our own press, how to design an album cover, how to book gigs outside of a city ... “[These are] all things that are still done within Fox Jaw today, just on a

slightly bigger scale. “We have always kept everything in-house and I don’t think there’s a better way to do it, when you’re as invested and as proud of this band as we are.”


Raise a smile for less-known comedians DUBLIN’S local comedy scene can be often overlooked these days. Yes, clubs such as The Laughter Lounge and The Comedy Crunch at The Stag’s Head often create a buzz, but rarely are the acts given such reverence among the casuals or mainstream audience. Comics, similar to their musician counterparts, can tirelessly gig for years without creating a loyal fanbase – despite how funny or talented they are – and more often than not, struggle to make a name for themselves. With this in mind, here is a small list of some local comics we feel deserve more attention. If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy and are looking for a fun night out, you could do a lot worse than checking these out at a local comedy club.

Emma Doran

Jack Wise

Danny O’Brien Not exactly new to the scene, O’Brien started stand-up comedy

over a decade ago, with his first gig coming at Doyle’s pub in Dublin. Proclaiming that he “hasn’t left the stage since,” O’Brien is a true lover of comedy and a natural performer – his observational brand of smart satire always lands with the crowd. Currently touring his Reformer live show around Ireland, O’Brien is also the resident MC at The Stag’s Head Comedy Crunch. For further information about O’Brien, see @dobcomedy on Twitter. Emma Doran First performing in 2013, Doran is a Dublin circuit regular and host of the Up To 90 podcast, where fellow comic Julie Jay and herself satirically rant about the world’s current affairs. Often deriving material from her personal life, Doran is sharp witted and sometimes desert-like dry in her delivery.

You can catch Doran at comedy clubs such as the International Comedy Club, the Cherry Comedy Club at Whelan’s and The Comedy Crunch at The Stag’s Head. Keep an eye on her social media account to see where she’s performing next. For further information about Doran, see @EmmaLouDoran on Twitter. Jack Wise “The perfect combination of clean comedy and interactive magic,” says Wise’s promotional website, and to be perfectly honest, it’s not wrong. A magician by trade, Wise’s incorporation of comedic material and audience interaction into his set works splendidly within any size venue. You can catch wise headlining The Laughter Lounge on March 19, 20 and 21. For further information, see www.jack.ie.

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PLANT-BASED eating has become more and more popular in Irish society in recent years, and with good reason. Multiple restaurants have been steadily adding plantbased options to their menus to make eating out more accessible for those of us who don’t eat meat or dairy. Today, there’s a selection of great, fully plant-based restaurants in the city which are sure to tantalise your taste buds.


IF YOU want to venture a little bit out of town for your vegan adventure, take a visit to The Carrot’s Tail in Rathmines. A fully vegan cafe and a zero-waste shop, their Instagram feed will leave you drooling, thanks to their sweet treats and delectable brunch offerings. One of the perks of The Carrot’s Tail is that they also have a dedicated kids menu, making it a fully family-friendly spot to take a spin to over the weekend for a great brunch. Their Duche De Leche pancakes are the perfect ‘cheat day’ treat to tantalise your taste buds, while also staying fully cruelty-free.


IS THERE anything to be said for some great food and drinks that can be had in the company of dogs? Another hidden gem, V Temple Bar is located at Crane Lane, making it the perfect spot for some pre-gig grub if you’re heading to The Olympia. Dealing in vegan cheeses, toasties and cocktails, they have some great ‘bar bites’ – think cauliflower wings and mozzerella sticks – that pack a punch in the taste department. The restaurant is also dog-friendly, meaning you may be lucky enough to spend your meal watching some gorgeous pooches taking it all in.


NESTLED away in a hidden corner of Moore Street Mall lies some of the best vegan food on offer in the capital. Take A Veg is a ‘street food stall’ offering plant-based burgers, subs and more. It’s great value for a healthy portion of some of the best seitan you’ll ever taste, created in-house with tantalising flavours. Its Buffalo Sandwich is one of the top picks of the menu for us, offering just the right amount of spice in the decadent sauce to ensure your tastebuds won’t miss meat in the slightest. If you’re still not full-up after, visit their sister store – It’s A Trap – at Denmark Street for some sweet plant-based treats.

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MOTHER’S Day Top picks of some lovely motherly gifts

WITH Mother’s Day mere days away now, you may have your gift picked out for the special woman in your life already. It’s the perfect time of year to pamper your mum, to thank her for the hard work put in all year around. Whether your mum is a fan of a little self care or just a decent pair of slippers, here’s our round up of some of the best gifts on offer to spoil your mum or guardian on March 22.

Antipodes ‘Cult Favourites’ set, €42, Boots

Tiffany & Love perfume, €91, stockists nationwide

Suede Mule slippers, €27, M&S

Ted Baker Amoria gift set, €65, Littlewoods Ireland

Nicely nautical

Facial steamer, €19.99, Aldi

 Rachel D’Arcy, Style Editor

Olivia Burton white and pale rose watch, €125, Littlewoods Ireland

UNITED Colors of Benetton has raised the flag on its Spring/Summer 2020 collection . The SS20 collection was unveiled at a Milan swimming pool to showcase the splash of colour and signature style with a nautical theme.

The nautically-influenced style collection is ready to brighten the upcoming seasons with patterns and designs influenced by designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s travels across the sea. Shot by Oliviero Toscani, the photos capsulate the campaign by Toscani’s use of his usual

mix of optimism and formal perfection. The colourful flags against the traditional white background work like drop curtains, draping around and framing the models. The collection is available in all four of Benetton’s Dublin stores now, at Stephen’s Green, Liffey Valley, Grafton Street and Arnotts.


Try new ways to get fit and put a spring in your step GARY IBBOTSON

ALTERNATIVE forms of exercise are on the rise, with more and more people wanting to get their heartbeat racing without partaking in sports they have no interest in. If you’re the sort of person who doesn’t enjoy the gym or playing sports such as football or GAA, but would still like to improve your fitness, here are some activities that will certainly make you break a sweat ... Gardening: Not exactly the first activity you think of when wanting to get fit, but Kansas State University found that gardening

can improve selfesteem and upperb o d y s t re n g t h – depending, of course, on how strenuously you partake in the activity. Digging holes, bending over or reaching to prune or trim hedgerows and weeds can certainly get a sweat on, and all that fresh air and sunshine can improve your mental well-being, too.

Quidditch: Harry Potter fans will certainly be familiar with this once-fictional wizarding sport. First appearing in the books, quidditch (left) consists of flying broomsticks, lethal bludgers and a golden snitch that instantly gave the team that caught it an extra 50 points – essentially winning the game. In real life, quidditch is played by many

teams across Ireland, the UK and Europe, with a quidditch premier league now in the pipeline. Rock climbing: An ever growing pastime here in Dublin, rock climbing walls can be found in Sandyford, Ballymun, Tallaght, UCD, Trinity University and more. An endurance and upper-body testing activity, rock climbing is extremely fun but can get challenging once you advance to more difficult walls with spaced out footholds and odd angles. Most centres are open until 10pm during the week, and all will have supervisors on hand to help you get to grasps with the basics.

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Crowdfunding set to boost meat substitute VEGAN chef Sam Pearson is hoping to get his plantbased meat substitutes into supermarkets after launching a crowdfunding campaign via Fundit.ie. Pearson (25), who started his business, Vegan Sandwich Co in June 2019 at the Honest2Goodness market in Glasnevin, began creating vegan chicken fillet rolls and other usually meat-based fan favourites for a vegan audience. With his success over the past nine months, Pearson is launching a range of plant-based retail products such as vegan ‘Bac*n’, vegan ‘Chick*en Pieces’, and vegan ‘Cheeze’. He hopes to raise €10,000 through the campaign, which launched on Wednesday, March 11. With the funds, Pearson hopes to purchase a new vehicle and equipment to package products, with the aim to launch the products this summer. He said: “If this crowdfunding campaign is successful, we will be able to distribute our products to any stores that wish to stock them. “We are launching in Dublin this Summer and hope to expand nationwide in 2021. “It has been so exciting to see this business grow from what was an idea at the start of last year to what it is today. “We are still small, but have big ambitions and with a little help from the public, we will see our products in stores right across the country.” The campaign can be found at https://fundit. ie/project/help-launch-vegan-sandwich-coproducts.

FSAI ordered Dublin restaurant to close IN ITS latest report, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) detailed how it ordered the closure of four food establishments in February for failing regulations inspections. One restaurant, Anu’s Kitchen in the Glen Abbey Complex off the Belgard Road in Tallaght, was forced to close due to a “grave and immediate danger” posed by rodent infestation. According to the FSAI’s inspector report, there was “evidence of fresh rodent (rat) droppings found in the food storage area directly off

the kitchen”. The inspection also found that there was a “lack of pest-proofing throughout the entire premises, posing a risk of food being contaminated”. “A grave and immediate danger exists due to the current rodent infestation in an area where food is handled.” The business was temporarily shut by the food authority board on February 1, re-opening on February 12. The other establishments issued with closure orders were in Mayo, Cork and Waterford.

The ideal dish if you fancy a no-fuss but delicious roast AS A perfect alternative to a Sunday roast during Spring time, this five-ingredient dish takes little time to prepare but will seriously deliver on flavour.

• 260g frozen peas • Couple tbsp salt and black cracked pepper

Serves: Two Preparation time: Five minutes Cooking time: 15-20 minutes

Method • Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. • Place a medium pan of water onto boil while you chop your potatoes into 3-4cm chunks. Add the potatoes and a dash of salt to boiling water and cook for 10 minutes, then drain. • Place a large frying pan on the heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. • While the pan is heating up, season your

Lamb and asparagus tray bake

Ingredients • 250g waxy potatoes • 4 lamb chops • 2tbsp olive oil • A few sprigs of rosemary • 250g fresh asparagus


• 50g unsalted butter, room temp • Garlic clove • Couple leaves of flat-leaf parsley

chops on both sides with a liberal sprinkle of salt and pepper. • Once the oil is hot, add the lamb chops and sear on all sides until browned. • Place the potatoes into a medium-sized oven tray and nestle the lamb chops in amongst them. • Add the rosemary, asparagus spears and peas and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. • Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you like your asparagus and potatoes. • Optionally, cut garlic and parsley into small pieces and combine with the soft butter. Serve a dollop of the butter on each lamb chop. • Serve immediately.

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PLANNING PLANNING NOTICE . Dun Laoghaire County Council Further Information John Brady has applied for permission for alterations and extension to the existing public house to include the following; 1. Single storey front & side extensions to provide disabled accessible wc facilities, extended lounge facilities & ancillary storage. 2. Internal alterations to include relocation of male & female toilets 3. Reconfiguration of existing external terrace area to front 4. Associated elevation alterations at The Igo Inn, 2 Military Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin Planning Reference: D19A/0704 refers. In this regard note that Significant Further Information has been furnished to the Planning Authority and is available for inspection or purchase at the offices of the Planning Authority at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, during its public opening hours, and that a submission or observation in relation to the Further Information may be made to the Authority in writing and on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within 2 weeks of the date of receipt of the newspaper notice and site notice (within 5 weeks in the case of an application accompanied by an E.I.S) by the Authority and no further fee is required where a valid submission or observation has already been made in respect of this planning application. 36352

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IN THE FAST LANE: MOTORSPORT: FORMER NICCI Daly’s Go Girls Karting and STEM initiative is on the fast track to changing the opportunities available to young girls looking to get involved in motorsport in Ireland. Daly – a hockey star who won World Cup silver in 2018 – has been a longtime motorsport afficionado with her father and uncle key figures on the Irish scene.





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TERESA O’Sullivan won an incredible free-throw competition to see the Dublin All-Stars land the third annual Kilkenny Masters crown at O’Loughlin’s Gaels and Lorreto Sports Hall last week. Eighteen teams took part across the men’s and ladies tournament from across the country including teams from Cork, Kerry, Mayo, Dublin, Laois, Offaly, Carlow, Wicklow, Waterford and, of course, Kilkenny with over 200 players and officials taking part. All Stars were beaten finalists last year, losing by four points to Midlands Portlaoise. Player/coach/captain Siobhain Monerawela – who plays with Tigers Basketball Club – said: “I entered a team which was made up of eight players. “They were from various basketball clubs throughout Dublin, Wicklow and Cork, and three of the players are not affiliated to any basketball club. Some of us would have played on the same team before at previ-

ous master’s tournaments or against each other in the Dublin League. “So the first time we played as a unit was on Saturday morning when our first game kicked off at 10am against Leinster Hot Shots!” While their first game is usually a slow-burner but the All-Stars were content to win out by five points. They followed up with an easy win against Marble City. This put them through to the semifinals on Sunday morning against another all Dublin team, Pegasus, who are also great supporters of all the master’s tournaments in Ireland and abroad. “It was our best game so far in the tournament. You could see we were really getting to know each other’s style as players and we capitalised on that, winning by 17 points.” That secured a final spot against a strong Midlands Portlaoise team who won the final last year. “We changed our defence to a match-up for the start of this game which seemed to work well for a while. But we then reverted to a 1-2-2 defence as our legs were tiring.

The Dublin All-Stars with their trophy

“It was a nail-biting, low-scoring game which was neck and neck throughout and finished with a 20-20 draw.” It led to a three-round free-throw contes. O’Sullivan stepped up to the plate for us and had to go first. With both free throw shooters making the first shot and missing the next two; they had to continue until a

player missed a shot. O’Sullivan – who plays for Raiders in the Dublin League – hit the fourth shot and the Midlands player missed her fourt shot, which meant a 21-20 win for the All-Stars. “It was a great end to a fantastic well organised tournament weekend. We left everything on the court, and we were all delighted to win it.”

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BALLINTEER ST JOHN’S LOTTO results for Mar 10th 11,17,21 and 22. Jackpot not won. €100 Eamonn Naughton, €50 Brian Hainsworth and Kay McDermott. Joker consolation Kieran Brennan. Next Jackpot €3,000 and Joker €275. The weekly Lotto and Bingo are cancelled until further notice. All Football, Hurling, & Camogie games and organized team training sessions are cancelled until further notice. The Easter Camps will not be going ahead as planned. In order to promote and ensure social distancing and to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus to our volunteers, staff members and the wider community, Ballinteer St Johns clubhouse will be temporarily closed with immediate effect. Please stay safe and together as a community we will get through this.

KILMACUD CROKES Members Be Advised, The Executive Committee of Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club, having considered the statement issued by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last week in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the aligned statement from the Dublin GAA County Board statement and have decided to cancel all games and training sessions in all codes (Camogie, Ladies Football, Hurling and Football) at all age groups and levels until after March 29. This includes access to all playing and training facilities. We will continue to monitor the

situation, taking advice from the Government, HSE and GAA Central Council. We will provide updates accordingly. Please continue to follow the guidelines issued by the HSE. Kilmac’s Bar will also be closed until at least March 29th and the Village café is closed until further notice. The wellbeing of our members is of paramount importance to us as a club. We thank you in advance for supporting this directive. The club is looking at how best to help our local community in this challenging time. Watch the club web site for details.

NAOMH OLAF THE numbers drawn in last Sunday’s Lotto Draw were 1, 13 and 27 - there was no winner of the €3,000 Jackpot. While the current Covid19 pandemic continues, the Naomh Olaf Lotto will be suspended until normal operation of the Club and Clubhouse resumes. The Jackpot then will be €3,100. Thanks to Mick Brown for organising last week’s draw off site and to Ciara Davis who assisted. Winners of €30 were: Oisin & Eoin c/o Standing Order; Paula Murray c/0 Paul Murray Jnr.; Mick & Josie c/o Club; Marie O’Grady c/o Standing Order; Dolores Kinsella c/o D Kinsella. Some positive news that is going on in the real world is that two new temporary dressing rooms are finally now in place and will be of great use when training and games resume. They have been badly needed and a big go raibh maith agat is due to Gerry Donnelly, Paul Lyons and Paddy Maguire for making it happen on the ground and to Liam Donnelly for helping to source them. Fair play to our ever-industrious Academy and Juvenile Committees. With our Academy and Juvenile players off school and precluded from football and hurling activities, they have posted the following Naomh Olaf emblem. It may while away some time if it is downlo and given to our younger members to paint or colour. Go n-éirí ibh a bhuachaillí agus a chailíní.


Daly paves way for girls to get motoring with STEM initiative MOTORSPORT  STEPHEN FINDLATER


NICCI Daly’s Go Girls Karting and STEM initiative is on the fast track to changing the opportunities available to young girls looking to get involved in motorsport in Ireland. Daly – a hockey star who won World Cup silver in 2018 – has been a longtime motorsport afficionado with her father and uncle key figures on the Irish scene. Her chances to get involved at a young age, though, were stymied by a lack of openings which has fired her passion to introduce this kind of progamme – the first of its kind worldwide – which was launched last September. “This year, over 1,000 girls aged 13-16 will sit in a kart and be introduced to motorsport through

36 experience days being held all over the country,” she told Dublin Gazette. “120 girls will compete in an All-Ireland karting competition representing their schools in four different regional finals. “The initiative aims to introduce the sport to young girls, engage them with getting behind the wheel, educate them by using motorsport as a platform to teach STEM education [science, technology, engineering and maths] and to empower them through the visibility of female role models working and competing in the sport.” It is a joint venture between Daly’s Formula Female project and Motorsport Ireland and join the dots from her work experiences. “Following her studies in mechanical engineering, she has regularly headed to Indianapolis to

Nicci Daly at work with Juncos Racing

work as a data engineer with the Juncos Racing team. She says the link between driving and education is a key one in highlighting the different avenues motorsport can open up. “We want to encourage more girls to get involved both on and off the track, understanding you can be a driver but also an engineer or mechanic. We are trying to highlight how the STEM subjects play a role in motorsports. “We bring them to the go-cart tracks for a day where they get a driving experience, learning about the traits and skills involved. “Then they do a STEM workshop using motorsport as a platform to teach STEM education, for example using maths to figure out the quickest racing line. “This will stand to them when they do the driving,

using equations from the exercise in practice, bringing it to life in a fun and different way to the classroom. “I knew STEM was a big part of motorsports but, in terms of putting it all together, I came up with all the exercises.” There has been interest from the FIA, the sport’s world governing body, as part of their Women on Track programme while part of the inspiration also came from Dare to be Different – a community aimed at inspiring female talent in all facets of the industry. Since the genesis of the idea, Motorsport Ireland loved the concept. Key funding has come from CJJ Motorsport, run by New York-based Irishman John Campion, who is a passionate supporter of young talent. Recently, he got behind Nicole Drought’s 2020 Britcar championship

campaign. Daly says that is another part of a new wave of opportunities becoming available for talented young drivers. “The W Series is a new women-only series in the UK. It started last year and they take the top 18 females from all around the world and give them a free drive. “People think you need loads of money to be involved, or major backing, but this provides opportunity for females around 17 or 18 who are trying to get into Formula One. “It gives them a fullyfunded opportunity to race in the support races for the Formula One races and be seen by team owners. “It’s great to be able to highlight that to young girls and some of them involved in carting now have said that is where they want to be.”

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Rink sport on the brink  STEPHEN FINDLATER

sport@dublingazette.com Some of the first participants to get involved in the Go Girls Karting Initiative


Jack Byrne gets gong for March run in LOI

The first SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Player of the Month award of the 2020 campaign went to Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne of Shamrock Rovers. Last year’s PFAI Player of the Year has picked up where he left off - hitting a sublime winner to see off reigning champions Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium.The Ireland international also found the net against Cork City as the Hoops won all four games in February. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

BALLYFERMOT and Lucan’s roller hockey clubs are facing a huge battle for recognition as they feel the unlikely impact of Brexit which could leave the sport uninsured and unable to continue. For Trish Buckley, roller hockey is a lifelong passion, one which started at the Star roller rink in Crumlin. Her husband’s father first introduced her to the game, not knowing at the time her own father had lined out for Ireland back in the day. It brought her all the way to the European ladies championships in Hannover where, despite being major underdogs, Ireland finished third on the continent with Buckley landing the top scorer prize. While the sport has prospered in some areas, with professional leagues in a number of European countries, roller hockey fell out of fashion in Ireland in the 1990s. Under Buckley’s watch, it has enjoyed a revival of late with the sport setting up in Lucan Community Hall and Ballyfermot’s Mary Queen of Angels. She has also passed on the passion to her son and daughter who have lined out for England due to the lack of an Irish international team. Perhaps a unique situation in Irish sport, along with her husband, all four line out regularly in the same team on the same court concurrently. In the new clubs, over 40 children are now regular practitioners but they find the future under threat unless they can get Sport Ireland to bring roller hockey under its umbrella as a matter of urgency. “Unfortunately, it is not a recognised sport which is something I am trying to get at the moment,” Buckley told Dublin Gazette. “Companies don’t want to insure us because it is not a recognised sport in this country which is why I am chasing that to see if I can get it recognised under a government body. “They are saying roller hockey is ‘dangerous and children will get hurt’. These children have skates, knee-pads, shinguards, gumshields, hel-

mets – they are so well protected. “The ball doesn’t lift off the ground. It’s a noncontact sport and they are not bashing off each other like ice hockey. “Our insurance was through Britain because it is recognised over there for the past four years with no claims. With Brexit, we have been told our insurance is null and void and we are not insured for the children. “I have tried every broker and am talking to local politicians to try and help us. I am trying my hardest to get insurance for these children. “If not, I have no choice but to close these two clubs down with the result these kids have nothing else to do. “This is their sport. At Christmas, they got brand new skates and everything. We had no idea this was going to happen to us.” To this end, she has been canvassing politi-

cians in the local area to try and press her case. Unfortunately, the timing could not be worse with the formation of the new government and the spread of the coronavirus putting their issue very much on the backburner for public representatives. But she is keen to push their case and try and work through every loophole possible. “Going back through the generations, I think our country was already affiliated in the past. If it was, they might allow us. “They have allowed inline hockey in which is contact but ours is non-contact. I don’t understand it. We are trying to get this sport going, promote it and, hopefully, get people playing it like I did. “The kids were asking ‘are we going to train this week or not?’ All I can answer is ‘I don’t know’.”

De La Salle the Leinster champs BADMINTON  STEPHEN FINDLATER


DE LA SALLE Churchtown swept to the Leinster Under-14 Division 3 badminton title with a brilliant series of results at Columba College, Co Westmeath last week. The Dublin champions were among eight schools to take part and they got off to a brilliant start in the group stages when they beat Castlepollard 6-0, Dundalk Grammar School 5-1 and Wexford’s Good Counsel from New Ross 6-0. It earned them top spot in the

group and put them through to a final against Kilkenny College who were beaten 4-2 to take the provincial title. It was their tightest contest and with each game going right down to the wire. Marcus Torregrosa was the player of the day for his insight and natural interception to win his points and matches throughout. He won his final battle 30-20 while skipper Artiom Sarehuk edged out his tie 30-29; Max Drewzin missed out by just a single point, 29-30 while Gonzallo Vallecillo fell 27-30 to leave it at 2-2 after the singles games.

Torregrosa and Vallecillo eased to a doubles win 30-16 and the contest was sealed when Drewzin and Sarehuk won their doubles tie 30-26.

Basil Sunny and Shane Ledesma were subs on the day and deserved their medals for their commitment to badminton throughout the year.

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SHANKILL FOLLOWING instructions from the HSE and the Dublin County Board all actives of the club are currently suspended until further notice. These include matches, training sessions and meetings etc. Please follow our Facebook page for further updates as the health situation develops. Also, on our Facebook page there are tips for keeping the children occupied with games and simple training exercises which can be done in the back garden. Easter Camp: At this time, we are not sure if the camp will go ahead. In the event that it is cancelled all monies paid will be refunded. Chase the Ace: The draw is currently suspended and the jackpot stands at €1900. Whenever the draw resumes this jackpot will remain in play. Finally, please keep an eye and by phone on club members, neighbours and friends and make sure everyone is ok. It is up to each and every one of us to help protect our community and country and with Gods help this virus will soon pass. The club committee can be contacted on the usual phone numbers or see our contacts page on our web site.

CAMOGIE LEGEND Dublin honours Betty “Gerry” Hughes THE DEATH has taken place of Dublin camogie great Betty Hughes, the captain of the 1961 AllIreland final side. She was always known as “Gerry”. Gerry played in the golden era of Dublin camogie and completed her career with nine senior All -Ireland medals. The great-hearted defender made her debut against Antrim in 1954. She captained her side twice, in 1961 and in 1962. She is always remembered for a wonderful sporting gesture in 1961 when, as captain of the winning All-Ireland side, she handed the O’Duffy Cup to the legendary Kay Mills, as Kay was picking up her 15th Senior All-Ireland medal that day and it was widely known it was Kay’s final game. In December 2018, Gerry was honoured by SDCC (South Dublin County Council) with an award marking her part in Dublin’s great era.





FRIDAY’S announcement that all GAA activities would cease until March 29 at the earliest in an effort to limit the spread of the Coronavirus has created new challenges for clubs across the county. Pa u l S h a u g h n e s sy caught up with a number of clubs to give a snapshot of the mood and initiatives that are being put in motion to cope with the situation. ** S t Sy l ve s te r ’ s P RO Elaine Rooney said it has hit the club hard at the time of the season when optimism is usually at its highest. “The effect, like with all clubs, is devastating for the teams who have trained hard for the league which have just begun but this is an unprecedented threat to our communities. “The safety and health of our players and the public is paramount so the importance of match-

es pales in comparison at such a difficult time. “Without a doubt it was the right decision to cancel all games. The health and safety of players and members is paramount and the GAA, being a family-centric organisation, is leading the way in this regard. “This is an unprecedented situation. We have no idea how long it will take to rectify so we cannot predict how long matches will be off. “A threat such as this puts games in perspective. When the time is right the rescheduling of games will be done but, for now, being socially responsible at this difficult is the most important.” Specifically for her club, Syl’s are keen to help the elderly in the Malahide community who may be struggling at this time with day-to-day chores and issues arising from social isolation. “We have established a special volunteer group of members from a cross section of skills to offer assistance to anyone vulnerable in the community. “Anything from dog

walking and shopping to emergency medical health we can assist. “Anyone needing help can call or text 086 174 3088 and we will do our best to help.” **

Round Tower, Lusk chairperson Pat Codd’s tongue-in-cheek comments on the club’s Facebook page went viral. With a predicted baby boom in the pipeline, he suggested members “please exercise abstinence for just a couple of weeks. “A critical mass of January babies will massively improve our chances of success in the minor championship in 2038.” More seriously, he told Dublin Gazette: “First and foremost, as a sports club we just play games. This is a very serious matter and the playing of games comes way behind the health and welfare of our community. “Like a lot of GAA clubs in Dublin, we are employers and we are very concerned for our staff who have no work now. They

Round Tower, Lusk’s seniors face a quiet few weeks ahead after their meteoric rise

have shown us great loyalty and we want them to be supported. However, with our bar closed, lotto suspended, and fundraising stopped, there is no way that we can continue to pay wages.” Like St Sylvester’s, he was satisifed with the “timely reaction of Dublin County Board” in the circumstances and that the club will come together to try and support the community in the quickly growing Fingal town. “Our coaches give many hours to the club each week. As the situation develops, I am sure that we will be putting our network of volunteers at the disposal of those supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

“This is a very challenging time for us all, but I’m sure that the GAA will continue to be a great source of community solidarity and positive action. GAA people are doers who knit Irish communities together.” ** St Jude’s PRO Michael Moran has been heartened, too, to see the Tymon North club’s members rally together quickly to make the best of the situation. “Over the weekend, we set up a volunteer group and it already has over 60 people offering to help. Members came together and suggested we would offer services to anyone

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the void Pitches, like St Sylvester’s Broomfield, will be empty for the forseeable future

around the community that needed it. “We’ve had a deluge of offers of help from members in a number of different ways. We fully supported the decisions made by the Government and the advice we received from the GAA and Dublin County Board. “Since then we are experiencing a very positive response from members who are very disappointed that matches are cancelled, but fully understand and agree with the decisions made. “We have lots of suggestions for how we can help people who need it and are working on them now. “St Jude’s is known for having a great fam-

ily atmosphere – visitors often comment on the sense of family and

The club is very deep in the community and has very close links to all of the local schools, who feed our junior and other teams. “We have memb e r s w h o h ave trades and have provided services and emergency help. “We have members currently working with the St Vincent de Paul and they are helping more vulnerable people. “We have members working with another charity, The Mustard Seed Outreach Project, and are working with them too. “Local parish priest of St Jude the Apostle, Fr

Members came together and suggested we would offer services to anyone around the community that needed it.

the warm welcome they receive around the club. “The club’s response to the Covid-19 emergency will be to give something back to the community.

Brendan Madden, has also been very supportive and the club work with him and his team on projects. “Our Men’s Shed has been very proactive and they have a huge amount of experience and connections in the community – some of them were involved in the setting up of the club 40 years ago. “Our coaching team are working on online options to help players and coaches to continue to develop skills, while not allowed to train and play.” ** As time goes by, more and more clubs of all kinds are arrangging similar community efforts. Check in with your local club to see how they are looking to help those around you!

Naomh Jude’s first ever senior camogie championship winning side

April champo games put on hold THE Dublin Adult Competitions Control Committee have postponed all grades of club hurling and football championship games fixed for April due to the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of activity. If the current pandemic continues beyond April, the committee has proposed to engage with the Leinster Council and the National Competitions Control Committee with a view to restructuring their games programme for 2020. This may include the redesign of the current formats over which they will engage with the clubs prior to any decision being made. In their announcement on Monday, the committee reminded clubs: “Adult leagues will resume when sanction is approved by the statutory bodies. Please ensure that your club teams are adhering to the directive that no training or games can take place at any level during this pandemic.” For the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the proposed start to the season scheduled for April 1 has been deferred. The AIG Dublin LGFA Feile which was planned for April 4 and 5 has also been put on hold for the time being. Rescheduling of meetings and recommencements of our competitions will be made in due course in conjunction with ongoing HSE and LGFA advice.

GazetteSPORT MARCH 19, 2020



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League of Ireland clubs suffer the corona costs  DAVE DONNELLY


TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar spoke of the “calm before the storm, before the surge” as the slow uptick of COVID-19 cases is set to accelerate in the coming days and weeks. Sport may seem trivial by comparison, but League of Ireland clubs are preparing themselves for arguably the biggest collective challenge they’ve ever faced. Just as the shutting of pubs and restaurants threaten to permanently close some, so the suspension of football to at least March 29 threatens many of our nation’s oldest sporting institutions. Bills have to be covered, grounds have to be maintained and wages have to be paid at clubs which are unique in Europe in that they are almost solely dependant on matchday receipts for income. A recent UEFA report revealed that just 1% of League of Ireland’s club revenue is derived from television and, at 28%, are the most dependant on TV revenue of all Europe’s 55 leagues. The healthy and safety of everybody from players and staff to fans is paramount, clubs across codes have had to look at creative ways to save jobs and, potentially, save themselves as viable concerns. “Our highest priority is keeping everyone healthy,” Gavin White, media officer at Shelbourne, told Dublin Gazette.

Shelbourne’s upbeat start to the season has been stopped in its tracks. Picture: Maurice Frazer

“We don’t know what’s really going to happen,

and that’s the scary thing. Nobody really knows what the certainties are in this situation.“

“You see it in England; you see it in Italy; you saw five coaching staff of Valencia testing positive for the virus. “The only thing that matters is that the players, the coaching staff, the academy and coaches from the men’s and women’s side are all safe.” However, there is a very real chance that some clubs, not just in the League of Ireland but in other sports, may go bust like other business during

this indefinite period of uncertainty. The likes of Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk may be the wealthiest clubs in the league but both have commensurately high costs of running to maintain. However, it’s the likes of Shelbourne, who must have imagined the ir return to the Premier Division after seven years would pose many challenges but not these, who have the most difficult job.

Group training for children, men and women has been suspended indefinitely as social distancing is enforced, and it may be months until things get back to normal. White is working with the club on ways to bring in cash in the short-term, with merchandise, auctions and collaborations with Reds Creative, the club’s artistic community, possibilities. “In an ideal world, the fixtures come back when

they’re meant to, but it’s hard to know whether that will be the case and it’s very likely that it won’t be the case. “It’s come at a really weird time for us because everything was so positive. We’d three sold-out games in a row. Bohs was our first live [TV] game, and this has kind of halted it again. “It’s the same thing affecting all the clubs. We don’t know what’s really going to happen,

and that’s the scary thing. Nobody really knows what the certainties are in this situation. “It’s not as if you’re going into a pre-season that’s five months and going ‘ok, we budgeted for those five months’. “We’ve been away for seven years so we know what the bottom looks like in the footballing sphere, but I think there’s a great feeling in the club that we can come through it,” he said.

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