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FIELD OF DREAMS: New sculpture garden at the Grange See Pages 4,5 & 8
Mayor to focus on jobs, trade in Fingal Q MIMI MURRAY
NEWLY-ELECTED Fingal Mayor, Labour’s Gerry McGuire, took up his chain of office last week vowing to ensure that Ireland’s “youngest and most friendly county” sends out the clear message that Fingal is pro-business and pro-jobs. The Swords/Balbriggan Councillor was elected as the county’s new Mayor at the
annual meeting held last Friday, June 24. Meanwhile, Blanchardstown’s Labour Councillor, Patrick Nulty, has become Deputy Mayor. “Over the coming year, we will be focusing our efforts to make ourselves the focus of Ireland’s recovery and we will work hard to make sure that Fingal continues to be open for business,” said Mayor Gerry. Full Story on Page 6
Gimme Five! Carlton Airport Hotel celebrates fifth birthday PLENTY of local people and businesses
were in attendance recently when the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport held a very special night to celebrate its 5th birthday. The night was a great success with
plenty of local support for the popular hotel. Pictured are Declan Meagher, general manager; Eimear Connolly, sales and marketing and Daren Kearney, Carlton Group. Full Gallery on Page 10
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EVENT Dublin is one of three cities worldwide shortlisted
Initiatives are to be continued A NUMBER of initiatives, which were run through the Sporting Fingal Community Trust, will continue under the strict control of Fingal Community and Recreation Services Ltd, it was revealed at a Fingal County Council meeting last week. “These projects, some
of which involve collaboration with other agencies, are schools-based and currently entail initiatives to promote sports participation, social and cultural integration, good citizenship, healthy lifestyles and disability sports as well as the addressing of substance abuse,” the council said.
John Tierney, City Manager, David O’Connor, Fingal Co Manager, Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect, present Dublin’s bid to be World Design Capital 2014 to Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation and Lord Mayor Gerry Breen. Picture: Jason Clarke
Dublin is shortlisted to be World Design Capital Q DAWN LOVE
DUBLIN is one of just three cities shortlisted worldwide to be World Design Capital 2014. The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) announced last week that the prestigious designation, awarded biannually to cities that use design to benefit people socially, culturally and economically, will be awarded for 2014 to either Dublin, Bilbao, Spain or Cape Town, South Africa. The winning city will be announced this autumn. T he Dublin bid –
P i vo t D u b l i n , Tu r n Design Inside Out – is a collaboration between the four Dublin local authorities. It includes proposals to improve quality of life in cities, using Dublin as a test bed, under four themes - Connecting Cities; Making Cities Flow; Making Cities Lighter and Making Cities Smile. Work on developing and implementing these proposals, described in the bid as “seed projects”, will begin immediately.
Nomination Speaking to the Gazette, Fingal County Council Manag-
‘To have been shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014 is an incredible achievement’
Fingal County Council Manager
er, David O’Connor said: “To have been shortlisted for World Design Capital 2014 is an incredible achievement in its own right, and the opportunity for Dublin to hopefully win this nomination and go on to showcase
the best of Dublin on an international stage is a fitting tribute to every organisation, business and individual in the city who contributed to the varied and at times extraordinary design, which makes Dublin the unique city region that it is.” “Fingal are proud of the role we play in the city region, we are the county of growth, of leisure, of living and for the future,” he said.
Shortlist M e a nw h i l e , L o r d Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen said that “Dublin was honoured to be one of the three cities short-
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listed for World Design Capital 2014.
Welcome “On behalf of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, South Dublin and Fingal County Councils and Dublin City Council, I welcome the opportunities the World Design Capital project will give us. Our bid celebrates ambiguity, diversity and difference, and tells a story of a city where there is much talent, a solid tradition of great Irish design and a vibrant informal design scene. We look forward to sharing that experience with the world – now, 2014 and beyond.”
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VISIT Local entrepreneurs get insight on business in India
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FIVE nor th Dublin finalists of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of T he Year (EOY ) Programme 2011, have returned from an exclusive week-long CEO Retreat to India with some of the world’s premier business leaders. Ciaran Mulligan and Rowan Devereux, from Blue Insurances Ltd/ Multitrip.com in Blanc h a r d s t ow n ; C o n o r McCar thy, executive chairman of Dublin Aerospace and John O’Donoghue, from Noonan in Swords, attended a two -day Strategic Growth Forum, which was part of the corporate trip in Mumbai from June 8 to15.
Finalists They are among the 24 selected finalists for the EOY award. The four companies had a combined turnover of almost €194 million in 2010 and currently employ 7,300 people. They were introduced to a variety of commercial, cultural, educa-
tional, and humanitarian aspects of doing business in India. The trip included an exclusive dinner with Kiran Mazundar Shaw, the Irish Consulate to India; a Unicef field visit to female empowerment entrepreneurship projects located close to Mumbai and networking opportunities with students and academics at Pune University. Listed by Forbes.com as one of the top seven corporate retreats, the Strategic Growth Forum boasted an array of keynote speaking events, panel discussions, and industr y presentations aimed at directing enterprises through to their next stage of development. They examined many topics, including Harnessing Talent and Building Future Leaders, and the Strategic role of M&A as a Growth Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A different international location is chosen each year – particularly countries that have a growing market that may be attractive to
Planning permission sought for Phase 8 MKN Properties Ltd, has sought planning permission from Fingal County Council for a residential development consisting of 53 two-storey houses on a site area of 1.5hs, which will form part of Phase 8 of an overall development known as Ridgewood. The proposed development, at Rathingle on Forrest Road, consists of 12, four-bed semidetached houses and 41, two- and three-bed terraced townhouses in 10 terraced blocks and includes open spaces, car parking and for all associated site development works which consist of surface water attenuation and foul effluent to existing public sewer. They will be using some of the capacity available from a previously permitted development for 161 units, of which 56 units, i.e. numbers 102 to 157 Cedar Place, Ridgewood, shall not be occupied until capacity becomes available as part of the Swords Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 2 expansion. Access to the development is via Ridgewood Avenue through the Ridgewood Estate from Forrest Road.
Planning permission extension sought
John O’Donoghue, CEO of Swords-based company, Noonan, addressing delegates at the recent Global Strategic Growth Forum
Irish entrepreneurs. Frank O’Keeffe, Ernst & Young Partner-InCharge of the Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme, said the CEO Retreat is valuable to Ireland’s business leaders. “With a population of 1.2 billion, India is undergoing a period of rapid urbanisation and development, and Irish entrepreneurs are ideally placed to avail of the myriad opportunities presented by such
advances,” he said. “Previous CEO Retreats have unearthed multiple commercial and learning opportunities for participants, and this year’s trip proved to have been just as successful.” Eight companies have been selected in each of three categories – Emerging, Industry and International. T he winners from each of these three categories, as well as
the winner of the overall EOY award, will be announced at a televised Gala Awards Ceremony in October. The award is part of a global recognition programme in more than 50 countries to identify, acclaim and support entrepreneurs. It is now in its 14th year in Ireland, and continues to grow and create new opportunities for participating entrepreneurs.
ROGANSTOWN Golf and Country Club has applied for an extension to the duration of their planning permission for the construction of houses on the land at Balcartie. The application, to Fingal County Council, is for the construction of five detached dwellings each with a proprietary wastewater treatment system and percolation area, comprising two four bedroom dormer bungalows each with a detached double garage, one four-bedroom dormer bungalow with integrated double garage, two 4/5 bedroom dormer bungalow with attached double garage and landscaping and ancillary site development works all on a 1.45 hectare site.
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EDUCATION: LOCAL TD IS OUTRAGED OVER DECISION
Call for a reversal of teacher cuts CALLS for the reversal of cuts in resource teachers have been made by Socialist TD Clare Daly this week. “It is an outrage that, with only days to go before the end of the school year, parents and teachers are only finding out the level of Special Needs Assistant (SNA) resources for next year. “SNAs still do not know whether they have a job. The lateness of the decision is a crude attempt to cut across opposition. Sacrifice
“TDs from the small parties, and independents earlier this week, convened a press conference and supported parents and teachers protesting outside the Dail, sending a clear signal that they will not stand by and allow our children’s futures to be sacrificed to pacify the ECB. “We intend to put the Government under sustained pressure on this
issue, both inside and outside the Dail, until the cutbacks are reversed and all the necessary supports for all primary children are put in place. We are encouraging parents, teachers and students to step up the protest action to demand an end to the cap on the number of Special Needs Assistants. Support
“T he Government will be aware that you cannot put a cap on the number of children with additional needs entering the system. Reducing the level of support affects all children as teachers struggle to cope with the needs of these children, while maintaining the duty of care they have to the rest of the class. These cuts must be reversed. “We are encouraging everyone to join us at the Dail on July 13 at 1pm, when the technical group of TDs have tabled a motion calling for the reversal of the cuts.”
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C O M E DI A N J a s o n Byrne was on hand to launch a new sculpture garden in the Grange, Ballyboughal, recently. Described as an oasis, the Grange is unlike anything in north County Dublin, with a restaurant run by the Gourmet Food Parlour and a gift shop and the sculpture garden now adds a new dimension to this already popular attraction. The Grange was opened over three years ago by artist Tina Brown. She runs it with the help of a good team of people and says it has everything that people could want at the end of a drive in the country. The addition of the sculpture garden is likely to make this place even more popular among locals and those from further afield. The garden, as well as an exhibition of work by acclaimed artist Kelly Hood, famous for her cows on canvas, were both launched by local comedian Jason Byrne on June 10. Byrne was only too happy to launch the garden, as he is a regular in the restaurant. Originally just a field, the space was turned into a sculpture garden by Bloom Gold Medal winner, Jane MacCorkell. “You wouldn’t think you were in Dublin, and it is very pretty. People get a sense of being in the country. You can hear the birds singing and the trees swishing. We have the sculpture exhibition, which is dotted around the garden, and some of them are hidden. “We wanted to create a place of tranquillity and
peace and for people to be inspired. This is such an old field, so all the trees around it are very mature,” Brown says. A summer house, which was built by Paddy Maxwell, a local craftsman from Oldtown, also sits on the land. “It is his first and he is going to go into business making them. We may have little markets or events out here and there is a raised mound that could be used as a stage for musicians or theatre,” Brown says. They also have a small thatched cottage on the grounds, which is ideal for kids to play in. Delicious
Indoors and outdoors, if you manage to catch a sunny day, there is The Gourmet Food Parlour, which provides delicious food. The cafe is open seven days a week and they plan to do a tapas night every Friday for the rest of the summer. Serving dishes like patatas bravas, spicy lamb skewers, paella and Spanish meatballs, it promises to be a winner, with a guitarist on hand to perform each night. The shop is called Gifts and Goodies and stocks a range or unusual and interesting gifts. The most popular product is the award-winning Lampe Berger, a range of fragrant air diffusers that purify the air and remove unpleasant odours. The elegant glass and ceramic lamps come in a variety of ornate or simple designs. Lampe Berger started life in French hospitals in the 19th-century and have been providing a quality range of products and fragrances to this day.
Jason Byrne stands by one of Kelly Hood’s stylish paintings from the gallery show
Other well known names include La Paloma, Pearls for Girls, Au Maison and Comptoir De Famille. She says it is a great place to come if you are looking for something a little bit different. Situated just one minutes drive from Ballyboughal Village, go to www.thegrangedublin.ie for more information or call 01 8078888. See Gallery on Page 8
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The Grange an even more popular attraction
field of dreams is sculpture garden Just some of the many gifts on offer in the Gifts and Goodies shop
At The Gourmet Food Parlour, you can enjoy their tasty morsels inside or out
Upgrade sought for home KINSEALY Property Ltd has sought planning permission from Fingal County Council for the upgrade of Talbot Lodge Nursing Home in Kinsealy. The upgrade of the nursing home is being carried out in order to meet HIQA standards, as set out in the National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in 2009. Included in the development are the demolition of an existing bay window and construction of eight single-storey extensions, which will provide a new main entrance area, small cafe for residents and visitors, additional day/dining rooms and activity areas, as well as bedrooms, bathrooms and additional staff facilities. New bedrooms are all single rooms with ensuite shower rooms and will provide accommodation for eight additional residents.
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POLITICS: EDUCATION TD welcomes plan for primary and secondary schools NEW MAYOR ELECTED
New schools planned for north Dublin Q MIMI MURRAY
Mayor Gerry McGuire
EDUCATION provision for young people in north County Dublin is set to improve, according to Fine Gael TD for Dublin North, Alan Farrell, who was commenting on an announcement made by the Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn. Quinn said that 40 new schools will be established throughout
Ireland over the next six years, including three areas in Dublin North. By 2015 there will be a new primary school built in Swords. Pleased
“I am very pleased to see that, not only is there a plan for a secondary school in the north County Dublin/South Louth area, but that Rush and Lusk has been identified as one of the
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NEWLY elected Mayor, Labour politician Gerry McGuire donned his chain of office last week vowing to ensure that Ireland’s “youngest and most friendly county” sends out the clear message that Fingal is probusiness and pro-jobs. The Swords/Balbriggan Councillor was elected as the county’s new Mayor at the annual meeting held last Friday, June 24. Meanwhile, Blanchardstown’s Labour Councillor, Patrick Nulty, has become Fingal’s Deputy Mayor. “Over the coming year, Fingal County Council will be focusing our efforts to make ourselves the focus of Ireland’s recovery and we will work hard to make sure that Fingal continues to be open for business,” said the newly elected Mayor. “As Mayor of Ireland’s youngest and most business-friendly county I will be sending out a clear message that Fingal is pro-business and projobs,” he said. Handing over the Mayoral chains, Councillor Ken Farrell, outgoing Mayor of Fingal, congratulated Councillor McGuire on his election as the new mayor and thanked his party colleagues, his family and friends and also paid tribute to County Manager, David O’Connor, and his staff.
areas that will require a post-primary school. Timing
“This announcement could not have come quicker for parents with young families in Rush and Lusk who are worrying about the difficult battle that parents in these areas face in order to secure a place in a second level school in nearby towns. “In recent weeks I have
‘This announcement could not have come quicker for parents with young families’
in Lusk, and I commend the Minister for acknowledging that the education facilities available in Dublin North cannot sustain the rapid population growth that these towns have experienced in recent years.
issued a parliamentary question to the Minister in relation to the plans for a post-primary school
“Residents have been campaigning for a new post-primary school in Rush and Lusk for many years and this communi-
cation from the Department has shown that their requirements are being taken into account, and that Dublin North is very much on the agenda,” Farrell said. “I truly believe that it bodes well for this Government that, despite all the serious cutbacks enforced on each department, the welfare and education of our young people is still a priority.”
TDs are at odds over rail project
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A WAR of words broke out this week between Dublin North TDs Alan Farrell, of Fine Gael, and Clare Daly, of The Socialist Party and United Left Alliance, over the proposed multimillion euro light-rail system, Metro North. In an interview with the Gazette, Daly described comments made by Farrell as an “absolute abdication of his duty to represent residents the area he was elected from”. Deputy Farrell had earlier said that the Metro North rail project was “not looking good”. The Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, is due to make a decision on the rail system, which would run from the city centre to Dublin Airport, in September. Speaking to the Gazette, Farrell said: “Minister Varadkar continually refers to the fact that the spending review is not complete but also
says the capital budget is so small it would have a knock-on effect on road/ rail maintenance and I think he’s inferring that it’s difficult for the process to be started this year or next year. “It’s not looking good, it has to be said, when you weigh up the state of the country and its finances, with the way Government departments have been left and the number of promises made with no financial backing.” Criticism
However in response Daly said: “He (Farrell) sounds like someone sitting on a bar stool abstractly discussing political decisions, rather than someone at the heart of government. “He seems to think that he was elected as a bystander to sit around and pass comment on what his Ministerial colleagues are doing.” Farrell said it was his hope, however, that enabling works on a small
The planned Metro North rail line would connect Swords and the airport to the city centre
scale could continue.
this, Daly said: “He should be fighting for
“There is going to be the announcement of a four-year plan, and the economic pros and cons are being weighed up about proceeding with the plan if we can’t maintain road/rail network versus Metro. “Unfortunately something has to give.” But, responding to
‘There is a cast iron case for why Metro North should proceed’
this project, not shrugging his shoulders and saying that ‘unfortunately
it’s not looking good’, or he ‘hopes there would be enabling works on a small scale’. This is not good enough. “There is a cast-iron case why Metro North should proceed in terms of the total lack of adequate public transport network serving this area; the planning permission and access to funds are in place, not to mind the job creation potential that
the project will bring. “Some capital projects will be going ahead, even in the downturn. “If Metro North does not go ahead, it will be because of the lack of support from the government TDs in the area. “Alan Farrell would serve the area better by agitating on this issue rather than conceding defeat before the battle is over.”
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LIBRARY: AUDIOBOOK DOWNLOAD
All smiles: Our Lady’s Children Hospital
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MODEL mum, Corina Grant,
joined little local girl, Lana Woodward (3), to launch Smiles for Crumlin, a new fundraising initiative by Cow and Gate, in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Lana, who has Cystic Fibrosis, has attended Crumlin and is joining with Cow and Gate to call on the parents of Ireland’s babies and toddlers to share their smiles for the Cow and Gate Smiles For Crumlin 2012 calendar. For every photograph that is uploaded at www.smilesforcrumlin.ie, Cow and Gate will donate €1 to Crumlin Children’s Hospital as part of a €25,000 donation they are making to the hospital. The final selection of babies and toddlers that will appear in the calendar will be chosen by children attending the hospital. All funds from the sale of the calendar will also go to Crumlin.
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COUNCIL: APPEALS TO THE PUBLIC TO PLAY THEIR PART
TD criticises cuts to Ranger facilities in the Swords area Q MIMI MURRAY
THE axing of the Park Ranger facility from both Ward Rivervalley and Swords Town Park has been criticised by Swords- based Socialist Party TD, Clare Daly. “There is no doubt that the recruitment embargo and the cutbacks in Government funding have placed councils in impossible positions,” Daly said. “Inevitably, public services are going to be impacted upon, and that is what is happening. Short staffed
“The Parks Department in particular has lost a lot of staff through retirement. “T hese positions have not been replaced,
significantly increasing the workload on those remaining but also meaning that really important work that should be done is not being covered. “Local communities should not be left like this. It is just not good enough. Cuts
“The problem in Swords is being made worse by the absolute affront that our town is the only one which is losing its park rangers. “The regional parks in Malahide, Skerries, Donabate and so on, are being covered, as are the parks in Dublin 15. “Why is Swords being singled out? “ W hy d o we n o t deserve our parks to be properly cared for?
“This is really shortsighted. “Only last weekend there was damage done to the playground in the
amenities maintained for the benefit of all,” Daly said. “I am publicly appealing to the council to
‘I am publicly appealing to the council to reverse this decision before the park is allowed deteriorate, which will end up costing more in the long run’
Valley, which necessitated a big clean-up later, putting the Council to extra expense,” she said. Amenities
“Having park rangers in place is much more efficient and really helps to have these important
reverse this decision before the park is allowed deteriorate, which will end up costing more in the long run. “With less money around, people need to have the benefits of local parks and amenities during the summer months,”
Deputy Daly said. Response
In response, Fingal County Council said: “Over the past two years FCC, like every other public service organisation, has seen a reduction in staff numbers and also in financial resources. “However, a major organisational restructure over the past year has acknowledged these constraints, and the establishment of three Operations Units allows the council to continue to provide necessary public services for our citizens. “The redeployment of the park rangers previously assigned to the Town Park in Swords, into the operational staff complement within the Balbriggan Swords Operational
Area provides far greater flexibility and mobility to deliver on the essential services throughout the operational area. “There has been no diminution in the staff complement assigned to the key delivery of frontline services in the Operational area. “The Operations staff continue to maintain our parks, open spaces, beaches, harbours, road network etc. to a high standard, albeit with severely constrained financial resources and we commend members of the public to play their part in protecting our public amenities by taking their litter home, reporting flytipping or littering, reporting vandalism/graffiti,” the council said.
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SHOPPING Local shop offers gifts, gourmet food and more
Comedian Jason Byrne and artist, Kelly Hood
Food, gifts and art at The Grange HE Grange Garden and shop is “Dublin’s best kept secret”, located 15 minutes outside Swords, with its art displays, food parlour, beautiful gardens and gift shop, which complement its stunning countryside setting. The Grange’s Gifts & Goodies shop offers a whole range of unique gift ideas, from accessories to furniture. Meanwhile, the Grange Gallery exhibits the work of artists from both home and abroad,
with new work displayed regularly. The Grange also offers arts classes for people of all levels to become involved. Then you can dine at the Gourmet Food Parlour, serving everything from early morning breakfasts to evening meals, or you can stop in for just a light lunch and enjoy some of the staff’s baking. All food is home-made. Every Friday night is also Tapas Night at The Grange with live music.
Beatrice Corcoran, Brigid Corcoran and Susan Walsh
Diana Madden and Brigid O’Sullivan, from Ballyboughal
Ann McGill next to her piece, Reclining Figure
Tina Brown, manager of the Grange Gallery, and Ray Walsh (Drogheda) and Jacinta Edyan (Swords)
Jason Byrne officially opening the Grange Garden
Visitors get a chance to enjoy some great food in the outdoor patio
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EVENT Chatterbox Kids presents Tatiana’s Treehouse
Hugh Givan and Karen Ennis
Enjoying a puppet show
Group shot with Karen Ennis, Fiona Ennis and Szilvia Lovas. Pictures: Peter Doyle
OCAL children enjoyed a French-themed puppet show, Tatiana’s Treehouse, in Andrews parish centre last week. Chatterbox Kids presented the puppet show at the Chatterbox language school graduation event. After the show, parents and children enjoyed French pastries from the local bakery and also received their Chatterbox Kids’ certificates. The Chatterbox team have developed a range of resources to enhance early language learning. The puppet show is an integral part of this teaching process as children interact with the various Chatterbox characters and learn languages in a unique, fun and relaxed way. Learning a second language through music, art, drama and play gives the gift of a second language to a child early in life when their brains are “like sponges” and will soak up the language easily and naturally.
Ava Barr and Karen Ennis
Lauren Nolan and Andrew Thornes
Keeping the fun of the day going
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PEOPLE Carlton Airport Hotel celebrates its fifth birthday in style
Peter Cooke, Carlton Group; Robert Smyth and Holger Heuss
Mark Shiels and Paula Keegan, Universal Aviation
Party for Carlton Hotel HERE was plenty of reason to celebrate at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport recently when they held their 5th birthday celebrations. It’s hard to believe its been five years since they opened the hotel but let’s hope it continues to run successfully for many more years to come as it is a great asset to the local area. Plenty of local people and local businesses were in attendance for the occasion, which marked a milestone for the popular venue. The night overall was a complete success and it was great to see such a large turnout, showing their support for the Carlton Hotel’s five years.
Declan Meagher, general manager; Eimear Connolly, sales and marketing and Derek Dunne and June Higgins, Dubay Action Group
Daren Kearney, Carlton Group. Picture: Peter Doyle
Denise Geraghty, Amy Langan, Sarah Doyle, Aisling Boggan and Shirley Ryan Keelings
Sheila Callaghan, Ann Donnelly, Naomi Harford and Aideen Lee
Daren Kearney, Carlton Group, and Peter Sadlar, Eimear Connolly, area sales manager; Margaret McCormack, sales exec; Dee
Whelan Revenue, manager; Sandra Dalton, Parc Aviation and Joan Cosgrove, Parc
Declan Meagher, general manager; Murray Williamson, Wayne Gough and Kevin The birthday cake
Hazel Spearman and Joyce McHugh, Irish Cement
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HEALTH Therapies being used to deal with life problems
Offering support as you figure out best way forward Q GILLIAN BUCKLEY
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The role of a therapist is not to make decisions for you, but to support and
OFTEN people are hesitant when they hear the word psychotherapy. Some think it’s like psychology or psychiatry, others imagine lying back on a black leather chair while a therapist takes notes. The truth is psychotherapy has very little in common with either. Psychotherapy is centred around offering perspective and support, it’s not about analysing someone’s mind or taking notes, but rather it is focused on what the client wants to achieve. Counselling and psychotherapy are two terms that are often heard being used interchangeably. Both of these therapies are used to deal with life problems, and the skills used by the therapist are very similar. Although these two practices have common characteristics, there are some differences. Counselling can be defined as focusing on a specific life problem, whereas psychotherapy tends to deal with deeper, more long-term issues that may have stemmed from the past. Psychotherapy can offer an opportunity to
bring about welcome change. The differences between counselling and psychotherapy need not concern anyone seeking help. The practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of attending and will want to ensure the help they offer is appropriate for the individual concerned, before a commitment is made. For the remainder of this article I will refer to counsellors and psychotherapists as therapists and the service they offer as therapy. Therapy offers a unique opportunity to speak to a person in confidence about your life experiences and feelings in a way that is not always possible with friends or a family member. Perhaps speaking with someone close can be more confusing than helpful. Maybe you only share part of your situation with them, not wanting to burden or worry them. Or perhaps you are concerned what they may think, or they may advise you on what to do. They may not know what is best for you, fuelling your own confusion. When faced with obstacles that occur in life it can help to have someone impartial you can
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A few simple steps to tackle the effects of debt THE Phoenix Process is a group of individuals who came together with a vision of National Recovery. The Phoenix Process articles will focus on different issues, the intention behind all the articles will be to encourage, inspire, motivate and to bring muchneeded hope. Each writer is a professional, who has been affected by the economic crisis in different ways.
Five-point Recovery Plan: FIRST, write down a list of all unsecured loans (name of creditor and amount owed) Make a ring binder file for each of these creditors and name them, then put these files in a box named ‘Courage under Fire’ ( For example). Make a separate file for mortgage and household, personal/family bills. Name this file ‘LIFE’ One file is about looking after You, Your loved ones and Your Home. The other is not! Now make an Income and Expenditure List: (These forms are available from MABS offices) Remember to include EVERYTHING you, and or your dependents, need on this list. Include EVERYTHING that is essentially and necessarily beneficial to your, and your family’s, well-being. Do this as a sixmonth forecast. 1. Make at least 30 copies of your Income and Expenditure Form – put these forms in another file called ‘Action Plan’. 2. For every file you make, set up a folder on your PC with the same name. 3. For every file you make, set up a folder in your email account with the same name. 4. Now make a diary named ‘Life after Debt’ and make a first entry 1. ‘Make an appointment with Debt Management Agency’ – you will carry out tasks the day after you enter them in the diary. 5. Write to all creditors to let them know that you are in financial difficulty and will write again enclosing an income and expenditure form, as well as all other relevant details. 6. Enter one task in your diary per day that you will carry out on the following day, and so on. So, that’s it: A ‘Life’ File A ‘Courage under Fire’ File A ‘Life after Debt’ Diary An 'Action Plan' File This will lead to …… Recovery A five-point plan that will happen and will work. Remember to be honest with everyone around you and receive support with all of this. There should NEVER be shame around being in debt – especially when there is a National debt crisis.
One of the most important aspects of dealing with any crisis is positive and proactive support systems. This column will be printed weekly, and if you feel you would like to join in this process, please contact www.phoenixprocess.ie This week, we hear from Tara O’Grady. Tara was a restaurateur who lost everything financially in recent times, following the closure of her business.
She has actively been seeking debt law reform to protect people’s homes, minds and lives for some time now. Having suffered from a stress-related disorder due to the pressures that were put upon her, she decided to put together a survival package for those suffering from debt despair. She is positive and proactive about dealing with the ramifications of debt, both on an individual and national level.
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Edited by Dawn Love
Get ready to improve you beach confidence Q KATHLEEN ROWLEY
E Irish love the sun – we wait impatiently for its arrival then lose the run of ourselves once it’s here! However, there is one word associated with our welcomed visitor that is guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of Irish women … bikini. After a very tough winter spent wrapped up under numerous layers of clothing and clinging to radiators, most of us will have bluey-white skin that has taken on a slightly bumpy feel. Fear not ladies, there are a number of things you can do that will improve your beach confidence.
Body brushing each morning before your shower has numerous benefits for your body – its helps improve circulation, remove dead skin and can reduce the appearance of our worst enemy, cellulite!
It’s a relatively cheap way to improve skin tone with the Body Shop’s Round Body Brush coming in at a pursefriendly €11.95. Using long sweeping strokes, go from toe to head making sure to brush gently and towards the heart, go softer on areas where the skin is thinner. Scrubbing dishes and floors is not my idea of a good time, but I adore giving my body a good scrub! Regular exfoliation softens rough skin, sloughs away dead skin cells, leaving skin softer and allowing sun cream to work more effectively. It has become a real beauty staple, so there are loads of options. L’Oreal Exfotonic Skin Revealing Exfoliator (€13) has just the
right amount of grit to refine the skin and has a fresh scent. Green Angel Sunrise Body Smoother (€25.95) feels like a real treat for the skin, it contains natural salt, lemon, grapefruit and Irish seaweed extract and l e av e s s k i n soft and rejuvenated. Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash (€7) is a nice introduction for those who have never used exfoliating products before. Moisturising
The next step is moisturising! Moisturising regularly is the most important thing, so there is no need to spend a fortune. Apply straight after your shower when pores are still open and can absorb the lotion better. The Vaseline Sheer Infusion (€6.50)
range aims to moisturise deep into your skin without being sticky. For the green queens out there, Voya’s Softly Does It combines a silky blend of wild seaweed extracts and organic essential oils for a deep moisturising experience. Personally, I’m nuts about nuts, so Palmers Cocoa Butter (€6.50) and legendary Body Shop Body Butters (€17.95) are my favourites. Fake tan
If you’ve been doing your damnedest to shape up, but still don’t feel like a truck load of dollars, then a bit of fake tan can help. If you can’t tone it – tan it! For gradual tans without that fake tan scent, Dove’s Summer Glow (€6.30) and St Tropez’s Gradual Tan Everyday (€20) have been praised for their pleasant fragrances. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze range has creams, gels and lotions, so they suit most skin types ranging from €13 to €20.
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There are a number of things you can do that will improve your beach confidence this summer
Smoothest feet ever with the Micropedia home spa DO you tend to suffer from dry, cracked heels or rough skin on your feet? Well, don’t even think about slipping into high heels and gladiators without taking care of your footsies this summer! Most of us tend to neglect and abuse our feet, getting a pedicure once every leap year and squeezing into shoes that look gorgeous, but feel torturous. There is a good solution to resolve this problem forever. Now you can get super smooth holiday feet with Lifes2good’s amazing new Micropedi and put your best foot forward this summer, whether you are staying home or going abroad.
Home spa The professionalat-home pedicure system works quickly and effectively on all areas of your feet, removing
The Micropedi is ideal for smoothing dry, rough, calloused skin on feet
the dead skin cells safely and leaving your feet feeling soft and looking like you just stepped out of a spa. The Micropedi is ideal for smoothing dry, rough, calloused skin on feet, its unique roller spins 360 degrees at 30 times per second. It’s safe and gentle action give immediate results and it is portable and easy to use. and is
just €39.95. Lifes2good claims that it’s the perfect way to get a professional spa-like pedicure in the comfort of your own home. Holiday footperfect in just a few minutes! Micropedia is now available at the leading pharmacies and health stores nationwide or, alternatively, visit www. lifes2good.ie.
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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA
THE FACTS: PURCHASING A ‘DESIGNER’ DOG CAN LEAD TO NOTHING BUT MISERY
Although not from puppy farms, the Dublin SPCA rescued these three pups, Chipstick, Bruno and Georgie, which only look this healthy due to their care and veterinary treatment
Do you know where your new puppy came from? V E RY DAY, through my education programmes and my work on the mobile clinics, I speak with people regarding animal welfare issues and it concerns me when I meet pet parents who tell me they’ve purchased so-called “designer” dogs from some puppy farmers – often spending as much as €500 per puppy! These dogs, they inform me, often become “very ill, very quickly,” and they cannot understand why this has occurred. Really? Ok, let’s not beat about the bush…if you buy a dog from some puppy farmers you’re buying TROUBLE! You’re buying HEARTACHE! Now, please don’t get me wrong, I must point out, immediately, that there are many responsible, registered, humane breeders out there who are appalled and dissociate themselves totally
from those who farm puppies in a cruel and inhumane manner – where the poor animals are treated as commodities. A responsible breeder will always invite you to visit his/her premises and allow you inspect them, and will be equally interested and concerned about your bona fides and want to know where the puppy is going and the type of person who will become his new parent. A responsible breeder is one who cares about animal welfare. However, let me educate you regarding the reality that is the inhumane puppy farmer: Each year, approximately 90,000 puppies are born in this country – around 45,000 of these are exported overseas, usually to the UK and, as you can imagine, this is a very lucrative business, pulling in around €29m. Therefore, in order to identify the origin
of each puppy, prevent the unscrupulous overbreeding of animals in appalling welfare conditions, i.e. puppy farms; protect you, the consumer, ensure traceability as well as accountability and prevent the spread of disease and enhance the credibility of responsible breeders, a very necessary piece of legislation was required. That legislation is called The Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010. This is an act to regulate the operation of dog breeding establishments, which requires local authorities to establish and maintain registers of dog breeding establishments and to prohibit the operation of unregistered ones. The Act was welcomed by the Dublin SPCA, and other animal welfare groups, because some puppy-farmed animals spend their lives in squalid conditions, often in underground oil drums
or standing on painful wire flooring, are matted with their own faeces. Often this is all they have to eat – their own faeces – and are forced to drink their own urine because little or no sustenance is provided for them. Inhumane
They are too ill to move because of their cramped, over-crowded, inhumane conditions and suffer horrendous injuries and illnesses and receive little or no medical care. In fact, in most circumstances the only care they ever receive is just enough to keep them alive to breed again and again and again. Oops, did you think the cute little farmed puppies slept in warm beds and frolicked around in open fields, like something out of a Disney movie? Well, get real and think again. Remember, often when dogs in some puppy farms
are no longer capable of breeding, they’re callously discarded. So purchasing a puppy from one of these places is the best way of supporting this shameful practise, adding to the misery of these animals and condemning them to a life of suffering and abuse. This is a plague and it’s spreading – don’t feed it! Again, I stress responsible, registered, breeders are not the cause of this situation! So, take the following into consideration as a guideline before you buy. Better still, adopt from an animal shelter. We have numerous, wonderful dogs looking for loving homes. • Research dogs that interest you and find out which breed is right for you and your family/ environment. • Insist on seeing the puppy’s parents – examine temperament / mental and physical condi-
tion/eye problems/other related health problems specific to your breed of choice. • Inspect the environment where the puppy was kept and never, ever agree to meet the breeder half way or in a car park – insist on visiting the premises. • Ask about inherited conditions from parents/ grandparents. • Does the puppy come with a veterinary certificate of health? Speak to the vet. • Dogs are adults longer than they are puppies, so make certain you are familiar with the adult type of your chosen breed. If the breeder is responsible, he/she should ask certain questions such as: • Have you researched this breed/ why do you want this dog? • What hours do you work/who will care for this dog when you’re at
work/on holiday? • Do you have children/their ages? • Describe a typical day/week at your house • What will you do if you can no longer keep this dog? • Will the dog be spayed/neutered? • Will the dog be allowed into the family home or be kept outdoors? • Do you have other pets? Remember it’s important you maintain good contact with your puppy’s breeder and understand you’re committing to this animal’s care for the rest of its life. A responsible breeder will welcome your commitment. If you’re uncomfortable, or have any concerns, contact your local animal welfare shelter. For more information, log onto www.dspca.ie or email me at Miriam.email@example.com
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SNAPSHOT The stories of the day from across the capital
Over the hurdle Invincible Ash wins the Woodie’s DIY Sapphire Stakes: Pictured at the presentation was Ray Colman, and his wife Dolores, with winning connections PJ & Bernadette Condron, their daughter, Aislinn Swanick, Trainer Michael Halford and jockey, Gary Carroll.
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Opening of Martello Towers’ exhibition DUN LAOGHAIRE RATHDOWN County Council has launched its 2011 Summer of Heritage programme with the Martello Towers’ of Dublin exhibition. And to celebrate the start of Summer of Heritage 2011 the Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. John Bailey opened exhibition at County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, this week. The exhibition will be open to the public from July 1 at 9.30am. The iconic buildings along the Dublin coast are familiar landmarks. But how many people know anything about them? The exhibition will, for the first time, tell the story of Dublin’s Martello Towers that were built to defend the capital from French invasion. It will also tell the story of why they were called Martello Towers. People will learn how they worked as a military unit, how they were the first fortifications for centuries built to defend Dublin from attack, how they are being treated in the 21st
DIARY century by brave owners (one of whom has spent nearly €2m of his own money on restoring one) and how Stately Plump Buck Mulligan rooted the towers in literary legend. In addition to the exhibition the Seapoint Martello Tower has been restored and is open for tours throughout the summer! The Martello Towers of Dublin Exhibition is part of The dlr Summer of Heritage programme, which runs throughout the summer until Sunday, September 4.
of July 4. The celebrations will run from Friday to Sunday. All three nights are completely free and feature a host of talented bands from all across Dublin. Friday night will see the hotlytipped Gypsies On The Autobahn headline. Meanwhile, The Late Fragments, who packed Captain Americas only a couple of months ago, are also on the bill, with many more acts to follow as well. Saturday will see more great local acts in Stone Motion and Jerome’s Law heading the proceedings. Sunday has more local heroes with HyperGiants topping the bill, along with The Million Dollars, Last Second Magic and Any Mans Gang. For more information on the festivities and the acts performing, log on to their website now: www.captainslive.com
The Captain celebrates in style Dragons invade Fingal Enterprise week CAPTAIN AMERICAS in Blanchardstown is set to come alive this weekend A three-day festival is planned celebrating the 40th birthday of the restaurant chain as well as American Independence Day,
FINGAL businesses will be
pitching against each other in a Dragon’s Den-style competition to decide the overall winner of the 2011 Fingal Enterprise Awards, as part of Fingal Enterprise Week this September. Bobby Kerr, from RTE’s Dragon’s Den series, will sit on the judging panel alongside Ben Dunne and 11890’s Nicola Byrne. Four local businesses are expected to go head-to-head in front of the Dragons, for a chance to win a share of the €6,000 cash prize, with mentoring support and the chance to represent Fingal at the National Enterprise Awards later this year. For the first time, audience members will also get a chance to have their say on the best business pitch. Audience voting will take place in a special Audience Winner prize category. The Fingal Enterprise Awards are expected to be one of the main highlights of this year’s Fingal Enterprise Week. Fingal Enterprise week runs in various locations throughout the county from Monday, September 26 to Friday, September 30.
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POLITICS He talks to the Gazette about life, family, career
Why I would like to be President - Cox PAT Cox is seeking the Fine Gael nomination for the Presidency. The Party will hold its Selection Convention on July 9. Here, he answers a number of questions about his family, values and career. Who influenced you most in life? My parents, whose main legacy was to encourage a belief that a good education was a key to a successful life. Tell us a bit about your family. Our family consists of seven children, six of them young adults and our daughter, Mary, who was tragically killed at the age of six in a traffic accident in 1988. Did you miss out on family life/ children growing up due to your political commitments in Dublin and Brussels/Strasbourg? Political life is very demanding on family life with a lot of time spent away from home. Staying in touch constantly and ensuring some family time each week got us through. What has been the most testing
time in your life? Undoubtedly, coping with the loss of our daughter Mary. What, to date, is your greatest regret in life? I have two. The fact that Mary died so young and that I never really got to know my father as an adult. How much is your current income? Approximately €180,000 gross before tax. What is your vision for the upcoming Presidency? Today, too many of our citizens have no jobs, too many young people are worried about their prospects and too many parents are anxious about their children’s future. The next Presidency needs to strike a balance between recognising this reality and promoting hope in our future. I would like to be a strong advocate for our country and to use all my skills and contacts to be a champion for Ireland’s cause abroad. Would you forgo your public
service pensions during your term if elected? Yes, very definitely. Do you agree that our current Corporation Tax rate of 12.5% is non-negotiable? Yes. Ireland is entitled to defend our corporate tax rate. We are also entitled to remind President Sarkozy that, politically, he was a key author of the legally binding guarantees given to us to that effect initiated during the French Presidency of the EU in 2008. Is the Europe project now doomed to fail? No, it is not doomed to fail, but it is under more pressure now than for some time. This relates especially to the Eurozone crisis which, since its onset in Greece early in 2010, has witnessed the failure of the EU and key national political leaders to move beyond reactive policies and get on top of the problem. So far the EU policy response has addressed some key symptoms of the problem but has yet to solve the underlying debt crisis.
Pat Cox is seeking the Fine Gael nomination for the Presidency
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GazetteMOTORS MOTORS RoadSigns Road Signs
MOTORISTS DISTRUST SPEED CAMERAS: A NEW survey in Britain showed that less than a third (29%) of motorists think that speed cameras are only used at sites with a bad record of crashes and injuries, and 50% think that raising money is their primary aim. And are we any different here in Ireland? The survey showed that support generally for speed cameras was high at 79%. Seventy percent of motorists agree that speed awareness courses are a better idea than prosecution. The greatest support for this is among 17 to 24-year-olds, with 82% in agreement.
IRELAND IS SIXTH SAFEST COUNTRY IN EU: A NEW report published by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) based in Brussels shows that Ireland has made remarkable road safety progress over the last decade and is now the sixth safest country out of 27 EU Member states. The report shows that, since 2001, Ireland has seen a rapid improvement in road safety. A total of 411 people were killed on Irish roads in 2001, compared to 212 in 2010, which represents a 48% cut in road deaths. Only 10 other countries, out of 27 EU member states, managed to achieve or improve on this level of reduction in road deaths.
Volkswagen’s new Amarok double car pick-up is a big machine with a modern, twin-turbo diesel 2.0-litre engine that delivers good power and economy
Volkswagen Amarok is here Volkswagen is widening its scope as it aspires to be the world’s leading car. MICHAEL MORONEY checks it out. OLKSWAGEN’S Amarok is here and, on first impressions, this is one big machine. It almost has an American pick-up feel to in terms of size, yet under the large bonnet is a thrifty 2.0litre, turbo-diesel engine that provides some running cost comfort. It is unmistakably a Volkswagen, with that big VW badge up in front. But, it also combines the solid design features with a strong chassis that’s designed to combine work and play. It has a wide stance on the road, giving it extra stature and making it
SPECS: VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK 2.0T Top speed: 181 km-hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.1 secs Economy: 12.8 km/litre (7.8 l/100km) CO2 emissions: 206g/km Road Tax Band: N (€614) or commercial tax €288 Scrappage Eligible: Yes Warranty: 2 years Entry Price: €34,110
very noticeable on the road. It’s 100mm wider than the Nissan Navara, and you can feel that from behind the wheel. Volkswagen has chosen this modest size engine for the Amarok to
combine enough power with the best-in-class economy. There are two power options for the new Amarok – either the entry level 122bhp or 163bhp version. Volkswagen expects that the higher power version will be the most popular because the price differences are not that significant. And that was the Amarok Highline version that I drove, which had the benefit of attractive styling and comfort features. The modest-size engine is impressive. Volkswagen has achieved this by combining the effect of two exhaust, gas-powered
turbo-chargers. It can develop 163bhp, which is more than a match for any of the 2.5-litre pickup competition in terms of power and torque output. The Amarok accelerates impressively. I would rate it as the fastest crew cab 4x4 pick-up on the market, marginally faster than the 2.5-litre Nissan Navara, which, along with the Toyota Hilux, is its main competitor.
Economy The bonus comes in terms of fuel economy. The new Amarok comes with a rating of 12.8 km/ litre (7.8l/100km) which,
on any comparison, is rated as the best in its class. That’s because the Amarok can sit on the road at 2000rpm and in sixth gear achieve the motorway speed limit of 120km/hr with absolute comfort. The economy figure will drop significantly with trailer work, but it’s still ahead of the competition. The Amarok range is rated at 1,000km on a full 80-litre tank of diesel. While I covered more than 1,300km in a week’s driving, I achieved closer to 900km on a full tank. On road, the Amarok is very comfortable due
to its big size 3,095mm wheelbase. The bigger 17-inch alloy wheels added to the comfort, even though, like all pickups, the rear suspension is a leaf spring design. Take it across field and hills and the Amarok lives up to its claims. The ground clearance is second highest at 249mm, just slightly lower than the Toyota Hilux. There is a simple to operate 4x4 engagement system that includes the option of a low 4x4 drive and the option of including a differential lock. The system is a mechanical one that electrically engaged at low speeds.
Driving in Europe – ignore the rules at your peril MOTORING on the continent can work out expensive. In Europe, speed cameras, over-zealous policemen and on-the-spot fines await the unwitting Irish driver. An EU directive began in March allowing European countries to share driver information. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said: “Foreign
drivers account for 5% of traffic on Europe’s roads, but 15% of offences. If you are that driver, I have bad news. It’s about to stop.”
Penalties Irish drivers are being forced to hand over €90 for not displaying an IRL sticker or failing to carry a high-visibility vest.
Not having a warning triangle or spare bulbs can cost another €90. In France, licence and vehicle confiscation is another possibility. Ignore the rules and drive at your peril. There are frequent police checkpoints at the exits of the major ferry ports to check whether drivers have the required safety equipment, so it is best to ensure
that you have all the necessary equipment before travelling to France. Different countries have various rules on what you need to keep in your car. Check out the Department of Foreign Affairs website www.dfa.ie for full details on what you’re obliged and advised to take. Ignore the rules and drive at your peril.
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GazettePROPERTY PROPERTY Wool carpets: Nothing else compares
Castlethorn’s Adamstown development
ADAMSTOWN: WIDE RANGE OF PROPERTIES
Discernible value for house-hunters For discerning property buyers looking for real value, Castlethorn’s popular development at Adamstown Square, in Lucan, is well worth a visit. £135,000 is the competitive price of the twobed apartment that boasts an extremely high level of specification, and is also located close to the main amenities of Adamstown, including local shops, schools and train station. For those looking for a larger home, there are new large three-bed duplex units located on the second and third floors, with over 1,000 ft sq accommodation and a spacious balcony at prices from £165,000. Similarly-sized, groundfloor three-bed duplexes with private amenity areas start from €185,000. In addition, there are a small number of three- and four-bed houses available from €235,000 and €249,950 respectively. In total, there are six fully-fitted showhomes on view at Adamstown Square, so there is plenty of choice for the price-conscious home hunter. All homes come with the standard of quality and finish synonymous with the Castlethorn brand. All master bedrooms are very generous in size and are en suites. In addition, purchasers will benefit from modern, fitted kitchens complete with oven/ hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washer/ dryer. The BER (Building Energy Rating) rating of each home is very high. The Adamstown marketing suite and show units are open every day, weekends from 3 to 5pm and on weekdays from 10am to 5pm. For further information, phone Leahys on 601 1800, or log onto www.castlethorn.ie
WOOL Carpets are still tops with homeowners! That’s according to TC Matthews, who are the biggest sellers of wool carpets in the country. According to their MD, Brendan Cumiskey, the demand for quality wool carpets has never diminished – even in these severe recessionary times. He claims: “People are prepared to look at wool carpets as a future investment, rather than a casual discretionary purchase.” Carpets woven from man-made fibres do not offer the same degree of quality, luxury and long-term wear, he advises. “Wool carpets have, in fact, recently come down in price, in relative terms. This obviously makes them more affordable. And, at TC Matthews, we are always delighted to pass these savings onto our customers,” says Brendan. Certainly, it would appear that Cumiskey’s company is cashing in on the “wool” demand. He has just opened a €1million expanded and
refurbished branch in Walkinstown. “Like Feargal Quinn, we believe the customer is king, and we have always offered a very personal service to our customers,” he says. “Carpets still account for a big slice of home furnishing spend, and we feel we owe it to our customers to personally advise on what is the best investment for them, in the longer term. And, because we buy big
volumes of wool carpets, we get them at very keen prices, and can then pass these savings on. It means more people who thought they couldn’t afford wool, now can!” Certainly, the current TC Matthews Summer Sale seems to offer astonishingly good value across a wide range of quality household names. Savings of up to 65% in some cases.
DUNSANY: FIVE-BEDROOM LUXURY HOME IN COUNTRY FOR €595,000
Opulent accommodation in rural County Meath FOR homeseekers looking for something special in the countryside of County Meath, Carty Properties, in Trim, are bringing Rolling Hills Lodge, at Boycetown, Dunsany The property is an architecturally-designed five-bedroom detached dormer bungalow set on a landscaped site of c.75 acre, to the market for €595,000 This property is located down a country lane in peaceful rural setting approximately one mile off the Trim to Dublin road, four miles from Trim and just 24 miles to Dublin city centre. The house comprises entry hall with Chinese slate flooring, a formal dining room with two windows to the front of the property, and a solid teak wooden floor. Also downstairs is a family room with two
windows to the front, a feature fireplace and s o l i d t e a k wo o d e n floor. The kitchen/breakfast room features maple fitted kitchen units, an island, a sliding door to the outside decking area, and a Chinese slate floor. There is a utility room plumbed for washer and dryer. The lounge has three cathedral-style windows to the side, and two windows to the front, a wood-panelled high ceiling with recessed lights, and a wood pellet stove. There are five bedrooms in the property, all of which are en suite, with carpeted or wooden floors, and three of which feature walk-in wardrobes. The attic area is partially converted, with a bedroom, bathroom and games room all accessed
Rolling Hills Lodge at Boycetown near Dunsany is on the market for €595,000
by Styra. The property is approached by a sweeping gravel driveway and is surrounded by landscaped lawns to the front, side and rear. The third bedroom downstairs comes complete with a separate
kitchen and outside access, providing an ideal granny flat, or suitable for renting with a potential rental income of €450 per month. Features of Rolling Hills include underfloor heating, a solid teak wood staircase, a double
detatched garage, and its peaceful rural location with panoramic views of the local countryside. For more information, or to arrange a viewing, contact Carty on 04694 86860 or see www.carty. ie.
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Supported by AIB
Interview: Eimear Connolly, Area Sales Manager for Carlton Hotels, Dublin.
The success behind Eimear Connolly of Carlton Hotels EIMEAR began her career as a HR Administrator in ntl and eventually decided to move into a sales role with the company. This gave her a taste for selling and she spent many years growing within sales divisions in a couple of large multinational telecoms and IT Companies, including ntl and BT. Eimear decided in 2007 to put her career on hold and pursue her life-long ambition of doing a world tour for nine months. On return, she decided to move into a new industry with new challenges, and joined the Burlington Hotel as corporate sales manager. She then joined the Carlton Group in June 2010, where she took up the position as sales and marketing manager for the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel. Eimear recently received a promotion to area sales manager Dublin, when the group took over their new addition to their expanding Irish Hotel Group, Carlton Blanchardstown, formerly known as Park Plaza Tyrrelstown. Having two properties to look after, Carlton Dublin Airport and Carlton Blanchardstown, Eimear’s new role is challenging. However, coming from a strong sales background, it all comes natural to her. Loving the excitement and challenge of each day, Eimear spends most of her time out on the road meeting new people and developing new working relations with business clients. Eimear is enjoying the challenge of her new role
FINANCIAL ADVISER OR SALES REPRESENTATIVE? Q – I am finding it hard to see the difference between a so-called financial adviser and someone who is just trying to sell you a product like an insurance policy or mortgage. Is there any way of telling and what is the best route to take ? Mairé - Bray
Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: A nun, and then I spent 14 years in convent schools, and discovered boys.
Q: What sport do you follow? A: GAA – Come on Down! Q: What sport can you play? A: Tennis, when I find the time.
Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook? A: Anyone that lets me.
Q: What was your worst holiday experience? A: Nearly falling over a cliff
Q: What was your last Tweet/ status update? A: Haven’t updated anything in
edge in a jeep in Bolivia.
Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: Sun, sea and ... sangria!
Q: What was your first job? A: McManus Shoe Shop.
Q: What is your guilty music/ TV or movie pleasure? A: Well, I love my soaps and
Q: And your first pay cheque? A: £1 an hour – slave labour.
I could watch Pretty Woman over and over and over....
Q: Describe your dream meal?
Q: When did you start your present job? A: June, 2010.
Q:What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be? A: A box of mince pies that
Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna?
Q: What is the best thing about your job? A: I guess I love the fact that
have been there since Christmas...
A: Can I not have dinner with
Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward? A: Jedward all the way!
in Peru, it was tough and I never in a million years thought I could do it...especially as I did no training for it!
Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously? A: Clothes, shoes and furniture
Q: What would be your dream job? A: I think I have it!
no two days are the same, and managing our Blanchardstown and Dublin Airport Hotels gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.
Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Well, I just hired three new staff so still working out what I can delegate!
Q: What music/pictures/movies do you have on your iPod/ iPad? A: Don’t have an iPad, but would like one, and I lost my iPod when I was away travelling and have yet to replace it.
A: Anything hot and spicy
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Funny you should ask; I arrived home last night and my husband had lined them all up, as I suggested I needed more... 67 pairs!!
ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS
Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: I completed the Inca Trail
Q: What do you plan to do when you retire?
A - GOOD question Maire. One way of telling the difference is the fee you pay. If you DON’T pay a fee, you should ask: How does the adviser earn their income? When you then realise the ONLY way the adviser earns income is by selling a product, you can ask further questions. The second question to ask is: Does the adviser have a vested interest in the product? All financial advisers are regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and about 400 of them MUST give the best advice, irrespective of agencies held (yours truly is one of the 400). They MUST give you a TERMS of BUSINESS which states who they act for and what they charge. There are stringent regulations now governing financial advisers, and when you meet they MUST obtain all financial information from you, so that appropriate recommendations, action plans and solutions can be found. This is a legal requirement. There is a difference between servicing a need and forcing you into a financial product – a true financial adviser will know that difference. Currently we are offering 20-minute Money Doctor consultations for €65 – the same fee as you would pay your local GP.
Contact John with your money questions
A: Retirement is a bit far away,
at email@example.com or visit his website
but I think I would like to move somewhere hot, catch up on some much-needed sleep and just enjoy doing nothing!
at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor
New web business offers virtual shop for Irish-made goods
Siopa.com is a new web business providing a virtual shop window for quality and unique Irish-made crafts and goods. It is expected that the launch of siopa.com will help to create 100 local jobs in indigenous Irish craft and gift businesses, and small local producers across Ireland by tapping into the vast international Irish diaspora market in order to profile the very best Irish products abroad.
With the Irish crafts industry estimated to be worth €500 million annually in economic terms, siopa. com expects to generate in excess of €10 million annual turnover before their third year of operation. Siopa.com’s supply partners range from some of the long-established popular Irish gift brands such as Waterford and Tipperary Crystal and Carraig Donn Knitwear, to many of the smaller craft and jewellery mak-
ers, such as Dublin-based Alan Ardiff, Baby Elegance, Boru Jewellery, Breda Haugh Jewellery, Gaga Baby and Tipperary Crystal. This 100% Irish-owned company, run by Irish online entrepreneur Lulu O’Sullivan, who has over 15 years online retail and global delivery experience with giftsdirect.com, has been developed with the support of Enterprise Ireland. The site acts as a conduit to inter-
national markets for smaller artisan producers across Ireland. Currently, siopa.com supports more than 100 indigenous Irish craft and gift businesses, giving them opportunity to market their wares to the world in a cost-effective manner, by tapping into the extensive experience of online marketing skills and world-wide logistic capabilities that the siopa. com team have. Lulu O’Sullivan, CEO of siopa.
com, commented: “With siopa.com we bring you the very best of Irish giftware with a level of personal customer service that is second to none. As part of siopa.com, my team and I travel extensively around Ireland to source the best quality traditional products and we can now provide an extensive outlet for unique Irish products.” For more information, please log onto www.siopa.com
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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel Brittas Bay in County Wicklow. Photo courtesy of Wicklow County Tourism
With 84 Irish beaches awarded blue flags for great bathing areas, now is the perfect time to enjoy an Irish summer holiday RECENTLY 84 beaches around the country were awarded blue flags for their top-class seaside bathing areas and what better way to celebrate the Irish summer than with a “staycation” to one of these spots. Excellent water quality, lifeguards on duty, and clean and safe facilities are just some of the things to expect when visiting these golden strands, and Hotels.com is offering some good deals on hotels around the country. Just keep everything crossed for blue skies. In Wicklow, The Grand Hotel in Brittas Bay, comes complete with a nightclub and fitness centre. Local attractions include gold-standard beach Brittas Bay, Wicklow’s Gaol and Mount Usher Gardens. Prices starts from €105 per night, from July 1 to 3. On Inchydoney Beach, in Cork, the Quality Hotel starts from €110 per night. Situated in Clonakilty, just a short drive from Inchydoney, the Quality Hotel is an ideal spot to relax after a day enjoying the surrounding attractions. Long appreciated as a picturesque and romantic location, make sure to pack a picnic and enjoy the ocean views while there. Positioned in Castlebar, close to McHale Park, the Harlequin is a family-friendly property. Visitors can enjoy the private surroundings of Old Head Beach or climb Croagh Patrick for something a little different. Prices for The Harlequin Hotel, on the Old Head in Mayo, start from €79 per night. Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel in Clare is a famous golf and leisure hotel, which is located right on the beach making it the perfect summer holiday destination. Surf lessons can be taken at the beach and local attractions include the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Prices start from €105 per night from July 1 to 3.
GETTING AWAY: REJUVENATE THE MIND AND THE BODY
‘This is not like any other part of Dublin’ PAUL HOSFORD
HE promise of h e ave n w i t h i n reach of the city centre will sound more like an ominous warning than an advertisement for Celtic Tiger sur vivors, burned by the notion of commuter belts and supposedly ideal surroundings. Luckily, however, sometimes marketing is capable of simply summing up a place succinctly. Pulling into The Village At Lyons, on the grounds of Celbridge Abbey, you are immediately struck by the other-worldly charm. This is not like any part of Dublin I have ever been to. Quaint brick buildings, the twisted chimney stack on The Shackleton House, the absolute tranquillity. On checking in, we were brought the short distance to the residences, where we would spend the night in The Grace Morrison Suite, a beautiful ground-floor lodging. Tucked away behind wrought iron gates, the residences feel secluded,
peaceful and calm. An emphasis is on silence and the result is a stay so peaceful, that it will rejuvenate the weariest of bodies and minds. Having got our bearings, we decided to take a walk around the spectacular surrounds. The layout of The Village feels perfect. The residences are a short walk from the centre
thing to keep us going. While on the surface, it looks like a regular cafe, the food is just that notch above. The Girlfriend tucked into a potato and pesto soup while I plumped for honey roasted ham on a brown health loaf with Gubbeen cheese and spicy apple chutney. Now, as a veteran of many GA A matches
evision completed this feeling. Although, given it was the night of the Champions League Final, this was a blessing and a curse but, being the intrepid reporter I am, I bore my burden of missing Messi and Co. Following a short rest, we walked to dinner in La Serre. The beautiful restau-
‘Tucked away behind wrought-iron gates, the residences feel secluded, peaceful and calm. An emphasis has been placed on silence and the result is a stay so peaceful, that it will rejuvenate the weariest of bodies and minds’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
area, which includes the Canal Cafe, NP2 Jewellery, Renaissance Designs and the Clodagh M c K e n n a C o o ke r y School and General store. T h e j e we l i n t h e crown, however, is La Serre Restaurant, which was to be visited later in the evening. Feeling slightly peckish, we stopped by the Canal Cafe for some-
and days out to Thurles, I consider myself a connoisseur of the “hang sangwich”, but this was like nothing I’d ever tasted. It will be hard to return to tin foil from a car boot, anyway. Taking the chance to explore the Grand Canal walking path, we were struck by just how relaxed a place this is. Indeed, the absence of anything resembling tel-
rant, set under a conservatory, is remarkably relaxed, but gorgeously adorned, with food to match. I opted for a monkfish and bacon starter that was beautifully balanced and cooked to perfection, while The Girlfriend’s crab risotto was sweet and light, bordering on perfect. As the mains of fillet of beef and roast chicken
The Village at Lyons boasts
breast arrived, the immediate impression you get is just how fresh everything is. The vegetables feel freshly picked and the presentation of both dishes was truly impressive. The flavoursome beef, served with a truffle oil, was perfectly done, while The Girlfriend was highly impressed with the chicken. Desserts of white chocolate parfait for herself, and an amazingly done apple pie panacotta with blackberry jam, rounded out a glorious meal. The next morning we were so comfortable in bed we missed breakfast. But, whether it is the noise of a town, breakfast or a football match, it is hard to feel you miss anything when the surroundings are this impressive.
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Experience a city fjord cruise in beautiful Oslo this summer OSLO is beautifully situated at the very head of the spectacular Oslo Fjord, making it the perfect location for an introduction to cruising. The proximity to unspoiled nature lends a special atmosphere to the city and a two-hour guided boat trip provides a unique perspective on Oslo city centre, the busy harbour, and the fjord with its islands and inlets. Cruise by the stunning Opera House, through narrow sounds, idyllic bays and through a maze of islands with small summer houses as well experiencing fantastic views of the Akershus Fortress. Fly direct from Dublin to Oslo from as little as €69 one way, including all taxes and charges with SAS. For more details go to www.flysas.ie.
Castle Durrow - Midweek Summer Pamper/Garden Package
spectacular surrounds, as well as a fantastic cafe and restaurant
SPOIL yourself in one of Castle Durrow’s luxurious individually-styled bedrooms, and indulge with amazing food and wine served by friendly, efficient staff in relaxed country surroundings Dinner, bed and breakfast costs from €210 per couple, with a delicious evening meal in the Castle’s dining room Complimentary tea/coffee, and mineral water available throughout your stay. Guests can be pampered in the tranquil beauty salon and receive two treatments for the price of one from their full range of facials, massages and body wraps, or receive a guided tour from the head gardener, Bart, through the extensive gardens of the castle including its walled kitchen garden. The beds are so comfortable you may miss breakfast
Music lovers and sun worshippers can enjoy both this September PAUL Claffey, the well known presenter and managing director of MWR (Mid West Radio), has been involved in the entertainment business all his life and has been organising music holidays in Ireland and abroad for over 17 years. Music and Fun in the Sun with Paul Claffey packages to Portugal include entertainment from some of Ireland’s best known bands and entertainers. For more information, call Joe Walsh Tours on 01-2410800 or visit www.joewalshtours.ie
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GazetteENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINMENT 1GoingOUT PAVILION 01 231 2929 Irish Youth Dance Festival
Dublin Youth Dance Company, in partnership with dlr County Council Arts Office, presents, The 11th Irish Youth Dance Festival. The Irish Youth Dance Festival Is Ireland’s leading youth dance event. Held over two days, the programme will showcase the wealth of youth dance talent from around the country and abroad. At the event, Dublin Youth Dance Company premieres their latest choreography, Lilith. Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 Tickets: €10/€14
SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 Fionn Regan Acclaimed singer-songwriter Fionn Regan, with two albums under his belt, brings his unique live show to The Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre. With a new album coming later this summer, this show is not to be missed and is your chance catch this talented artist that is still on the rise. Saturday, July 9 at 8:30pm. Admission: €16.
THE HELIX 01 700 7000 National Youth Orchestra of Ireland Summer Proms The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland returns to The Helix’s Mahony Hall for Summer Proms on July 2. This performance will feature guest conductor Garry Walker and pianist Sophie Cashell, who, along with the orchestra, will perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2 and Mahler Symphony No. 1. Saturday, July 2 at 8pm. Tickets: €15 or €10 with concession.
Liz Taylor Film Season The Helix begins its Liz Taylor Film Season on Wednesday July 6, with the opening film, Cleopatra. The season will run until July 16 and will also show National Velvet, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and A Place In The Sun. Season tickets are €20, or €12 concession. Entry to each showing is €4/€6.
MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Waiting for Ikea
Director Alan King brings his production, Waiting for Ikea, to Dundrum’s Mill Theatre for two nights on June 30 and July 1, after sell-out runs in the past. This comedy has been lauded as full of laughs as it follows the everyday lives of Jade and Chrissie, two single mothers in Dublin. Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1 at 8pm. Admission: €18/€15
DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Syncopated Tempos of Time
Syncopated Tempos of Time is the new show from the students of Dance Fusion who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their first performance in Draiocht. The show is promised to be a “rhapsody of imagination, celebration and inspiration”. Sunday, July 3 at 2.30pm and 8pm. Admission: €18/€15
CIVIC THEATRE 01 4627477 Don’t Dress for Dinner Beezneez Theatre Company presents this new comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner for two nights in the Civic Theatre. Don’t Dress for Dinner is story of one man’s attempts to entertain his mistress while his wife is away for a weekend. Laughs are guaranteed. Monday, July 4 - Wednesday, July 6 at 8pm. Admission: €20/€16 with concession. Super Saver: All tickets €10 on Monday July 4.
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are the focal points of the film
Too cool for school Cameron Diaz struggles a little in the role of Bad Teacher but still delivers some silly laughs Q JONATHAN KEANE
“LEAVE your brain at the door” comedy is an exhausted phrase but sometimes it’s just necessary, and, in the case of Bad Teacher, it’s right on the money. This is director, Jake Kasdan’s, return to the big screen after 2007’s Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, in that time though, he brought the hit series, Californication to our smaller screens. Bad Teacher, unfortunately, does not, in any way, scale those same heights as the series. In one sense, the plot of Bad Teacher is strange one. Cameron Diaz is teacher Elizabeth Hasley, a young gold digger who thought she had left the teaching profession behind when she met the loaded hubby of her bank account’s dreams. However, things go
stale for Ms Hasley when she is found out and dumped. Crestfallen, she must return to the doldrums of teaching junior high school, where the classroom acts as her retreat for mouthing expletives, knocking back a few drinks and getting high – the traits of any great teacher, of course! Several comparisons can be made to Bad Santa, the 2003 Billy Bob Thornton flick that saw him dawn a Santa outfit in a haze of drunken and misanthropic misbehaviour. What made that film work was Thornton’s commitment to the role with no give in his explicit rambling and actions. Diaz, on the other hand, is half-baked in the role of the crude Ms Hasley. The odious and, intended, offensive remarks and gestures throughout just don’t have that same
bite. She is not the most suitable, when an array of the other actresses would have slotted into the crass character with ease. The film is salvaged, somewhat, by the other characters of Scott Delacorte (Justin Timberlake) and Russell Gettis (Jason Segel). They can distract from some of the more overly-dim moments throughout, the former more so. Timberlake’s Scott Delacorte character is a key element in the plot. He plays the young substitute teacher, who just happens to be an heir to a wealthy fortune, so of course he catches the eye of Ms Hasley. With that, she begins to stalk her prey in the hope of wooing young Scott and landing the ludicrously wealthy husband and cushy and worryfree lifestyle of yore that she so craves. But she
FILM OF THE WEEK: Bad Teacher +++ (16) 00 mins Director: Jake Kasdan Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch
OUR VERDICT: BAD Teacher is a relatively decent comedy flick, just with a few mishaps in casting here and there. But there are plenty of moments that filled with silly laughs. Justin Timberlake is the film’s true redeeming factor in his role of Scott Delacorte and meshes well with Jason Segel and Lucy Punch too. Bad Teacher is certainly good summer comedy movie.
has competition in the form of Ms Amy Squirrel (Lucy Punch), something of a polar opposite to Hasley. Justin Timberlake is the shining light of the film. The guy has proved a handful of times in the past that he has the chops for comedy roles of this nature. Of course, he’s not going to change the face of comedy anytime soon, but when held up against the rest of the cast, he’s a godsend to the film. To be fair to both Diaz’s
role and Kasdan’s leadership, Bad Teacher is not an utter failure. There are laughs to be found, and good ones at that, and as far as simple comedies like this go, there are far, far worse out there. Granted, it’s not essential viewing by any means. Bad Teacher might be the kind of film worth renting out when it lands on DVD, opposed to making the heroic trek to the cinema, when this summer movie listings are littered with some truly must-see movies.
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Google’s extra tech for searches ADAM MAGUIRE
WITH its Android system for phones, and its “Chromebook” laptops coming to market in the US, you might think that Google had forgotten that it is a search engine at heart. However, this could not be further from the truth. T he company still makes the majority of its massive profits from its search engine, and ensuring people that keep using it is vital to its success. But, with Microsoft and others nipping at their heels, they need to keep what they offer fresh and fast to stay attractive. A number of new features announced for Google.ie in recent weeks is the proof, if any were needed, that they intend to do that. Here is what the search engine can do, now ...
Voice Search Already a feature on mobiles, Google will now allow users to search using their voice alone (though only when they use Google’s own Chrome web browser, coupled with a microphone). Assuming you are using Chrome, you will now see a microphone icon every time you are on Google.ie, which you just have to click to activate. The idea is that using your voice will be quicker and more intuitive than typing – but how good a job the voice recognition will do with Irish accents remains to be seen! Search by image While searching for an image has been a common feature of Google for years, you will now be able to search with an image, too. This means that you can point Google to a picture, and it will help
you find out more about it. So, for example, you might have a holiday snap where you cannot remember the name of the building in the background – drop that image into Google, and it should be able to tell you what it is.
Instant pages A big part of what Google wants to do is make searching faster – that is the main reason why search results now come up even before you’ve entered your
entire request. However, as Google points out, once you find what you want and click on it, you might have to wait a few more seconds for it to load. Now, with a new feature called “Instant Pages” this wait will be reduced. Google will now load the top few pages in the background before you even click on them. This means that if, these pages are what you are looking for, they will be ready to load instantly by the time you realise that.
Samsung Galaxy S II
WITH the first Samsung Galaxy S proving such a hit world-wide, its successor was always
going to have a lot to lose. However, the Galaxy S II hits all the right notes. Samsung had a bit of a spluttering start with the Android platform when it launched its Galaxy device, which looked cheap, and felt rushed. But the Galaxy S w a s a m a s s i ve i m p r ove m e n t o n that, with good looks and a great interface, which made it a real competitor in the smartphone market. Thankfully, the Galaxy S II takes that quality and brings it on to
a significant degree. The first thing you
will notice when you pick up the device is just how large its screen is – it dwarfs the iPhone 4, for example – but just how thin and light it is, despite this. Indeed, when balanced on a fingertip, the phone has barely any weight at all, while it fits neatly in even the tightest of pockets. Aesthetics aside, the operating system’s interface is simple but user-friendly. The large touchscreen
is extremely responsive and vibrant, while its 8MP camera, with flash, delivers as much as you would expect it to. Overall, this is one of the better Android phones out there – only HTC has done as good a job as this. It is also up in the big leagues when it comes to smartphones in general, putting up a decent challenge to the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy S II is available from free on a contract with Three. Visit teic.ie for the latest tech news, reviews and views.
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STARS FOR JUNE: Dublin Sports Awards nominees for month are announced: Page 29
RUGBY: IRELAND FAIL TO IGNITE IN TOURNAMENT AGAINST WORLD-CLASS OPPONENTS
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IRELAND’S Under-20 rugby side, who were filled with an array of local talent, were only able to claim eighth place in the IRB Junior World Championship, played recently in Treviso, Italy. The tournament saw impressive performances across the board from the whole playing panel, but their opponents in many of the matches were among the elite of world
rugby, as was reflected in the results. The team started off with a close game against England, which saw Ireland come within seven minutes of an historic win in the competition, following Blackrock College’s Andrew Conway’s try, Ireland’s only fivepointer in the game. However, a late fade from the boys in green allowed England to steal victory and a late penalty denied Mike Ruddock’s
side even a losing bonus point. The Under-20s then put in a brave performance that saw Conway once again the try-scorer, but ultimately the Baby ‘Boks’ size and power proved too strong as they ran out 42-26 winners in the side’s second Pool C match of the tournament. Ireland’s only win in the tournament came in their final pool game against Scotland, scoring
Former Blackrock College students, Jordi Murphy and Andrew Conway, along with Paddy Jackson
three late tries against the Blues, to register a 30-13 win that saw them into the fifth-eighth place play-offs. Unfortunately, their first match again was against South Africa, who recorded an even higher margin against
Ireland, but their hopes of back-to-back wins were not to bear fruit against the strong and slippery Boks. A final match against Wales saw Ireland come close again, but the Dragons were not to be extinguished and Ireland were
outscored by five tries to three, going down 38-24 in the seventh-eighth place play-off. Despite the defeat, it was still a memorable afternoon for Ireland full-back Andrew Conway whose first half try saw him draw level
with New Zealand’s Zac Guildford in the all-time top try-scoring stakes at the championship. Conway, who turns 20 next month, has scored 10 tries in as many matches - five each in the 2010 and 2011 tournaments.
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The Balrothery National School team celebrate their victory with the Leprechaun Cup
Balrothery capture Leprechaun cup victory ALROTHERY National School won their third Leprechaun Cup title recently, defeating Delgany NS. Scenes of joy were very evident amongst the players and the large crowd present, when Jamie Grassi hit the wining boundary for Balrothery to secure the victory. The day had started well for Delgany who were 60-1 from 10 overs, but tight bowling from Mikey Sludds restricted their progress in the middle overs. Ciaran Soden scored a valuable 25 batting down the order to gain Delgany a respectable total of 116. Despite losing Mikey Sludds early to a catch by wicketkeeper Stuart Jackson, both Grassi and Fionn Hand shared an excellent secondwicket partnership to see Balrothery home for a famous victory.
This yearâ€™s champions
The runners-up, Delgany National School
The winners look on at their prize
The match really tested the two teams
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ST PAT’S hurling star Rushe was a pivotal player for Dublin as the Blues claimed their place in this weekend’s Leinster final. His showing when injury forced him into a positional switch earned him a well-deserved man-ofthe-match award.
THE Corduff karate star registered a first for the sport in Ireland when she was awarded the prestigious Charles Naylor Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding child competitor at the Karate Union of Great Britain’s National Championships.
BALLYBODEN St Enda’s Maria McGrath was awarded the player-ofthe-match award when she helped guide Dublin Under-16 ladies’ footballing side to the Leinster title after a deluged and delayed final against Meath.
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THE Malahide Community Games’ team celebrated a bumper medals haul following the Dublin Community Games’ Athletics finals in Santry, which saw the group bring home 13 medals, including three golds.
LORETO stormed to European glory in Lille when they claimed gold at the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Challenge II, with tournament top-scorer Nikki Symmons, Cathy McKean and Naimh Small all scoring in the final.
MOUNTVIEW Boys’ Under-11s triumphed in the national final of the Danone Nations’ Cup held in AUL Complex, beating 900 teams from around the country to the title. They now travel to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu to contest the world title.
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WELCOME to the 2011 Dublin Sports Awards, as we mark our local sportsmen and women’s June sporting achievements across the capital and, indeed, across the nation. We’re delighted to once again be able to celebrate the finest achievements in Dub-
lin sport, with some huge efforts at local levels coming to our attention in a variety of well-known, and some, less prominent, sports. Ever y form of sporting achievement, at any level and in any sport, is valuable and gives an indication of the diversity of sporting commit-
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FAI Women’s Cup holders, Peamount United, have been drawn in Group 3 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Qualifying Round. The draw, held in Nyon last week, paired the Clondalkin club were paired with Spanish side Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, ZNK Krka of Slovenia and Purnu FC from Estonia. The group matches are to be played in Slovenia from August 11 to 16. Spanish champions Rayo Vallecano will be favourites to top the group having come within a minute of beating Arsenal LFC in last season’s quarter-finals. Coached by Eileen Gleeson, Peamount are bidding to join the Gunners and the other 22 top seeds in the round of 32, but must get through one of eight mini-tournaments that will be played. All eight group winners plus the two best runners-up will proceed to the draw for the rounds of 32 and 16 on 23 August, with the two-legged knockout phase beginning the following month. Holders Olympique Lyonnais are among those entering in the last 32.
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Aiming high in Athens: Special Olympics DOMINIC Cunniffe, from Swords, seen here with Martin Moore, from Clonmel, and Brendan McNiece, from Belfast attended the opening ceremony of the 2011 Special Olympics Summer Games at the Kallimarmaro stadium in Athens last week. The events will run until July 4 and will feature 7,500 athletes from 183 countries taking part in 22 sports. You can follow Ireland’s progress and send messages of support to the team at www.specialolympics. ie/2011worldgamesathens.aspx
SWORDS MANOR: UNDERAGE REPRESENTATION ON RISE Local schools hit for the boundaries at blitz FINGAL Cricket recently organised six highly sucessful days of cricket blitzes for local primary schools. The Swords/Malahide blitzes were held at Malahide Cricket Club with St Colmcille’s NS, Oliver Plunkett’s NS, St Andrew’s NS, Old Borough NS and Holy Family NS participating. The 4th-class blitz was won by St Andrew’s NS and the 5th-class blitz was won by Oliver Plunkett’s NS. Overall 23 schools attended the blitzes with over 600 boys and girls gaining valuable playing experience. The many teachers who accompanied the teams were most impressed with the Kwik Cricket playing format and many have already expressed interest in setting up games themselves involving local schools. Swords Manor’s underage sides, seen here at the John Giles Walk of Dreams, have shown that they are capable of building teams for the future
Aer Lingus call on volunteers for triathlon AER LINGUS Swimming Club are calling on members and supporters to volunteer to take part in the Focus Ireland Fundraising Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday, July 31 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Up to120 volunteers are needed to help run the event. Volunteers don’t need to have any triathlon/sports experience, but will play a key role in helping out with registration,
directions and event safety by warning general passers-by that there is a race in progress and by issuing directions to event participants. Volunteers will be needed from 5:30am to 1pm and will be provided with a Triathlon t-shirt and goodie bag and will also be invited to the awards ceremony, which will take place on the East Pier at 12 noon. Full training will be provided before race day with a volunteer briefing session. To volunteer for this event, please contact Lisa Sheahan at sheahanl@ focusireland.ie
Swords Manor eye future JONNY STAPLETON firstname.lastname@example.org
THEY might not be the biggest football side in Swords, but Swords Manor are cer tainly punching above their weight. With only have 15 underage teams competing in the Manor jersey week in, week out, they are not going to equal the number of medals won by their near by counterparts, Swords Celtic, who have had unprecedented success in recent months at underage level. However, the Brackenstow n Road club,
who were only formed in 1995, have a team to success ratio that could be deemed as just as impressive as their more renowned Swords’ counterparts. Swords Manor ’s Under-8s won a league and cup double. Their Under-10 side were Premier league runners-up, while their Under-7s enjoyed great success and the Under15 girls were also cup finalists and enjoyed a good run in their league campaign as well. “We have enjoyed a solid underage season,” chairman Padraig Sheridan told Gazette-
Sport when we spoke to him last week. “ T h e Un d e r- 8 s , Under-10s and Under7s had good campaigns, as did most of the sides. T h e Un d e r-15 g i r l s were great and made it to a final. They were unlucky to lose 1-0 in that game. “So, we have had a good season. We can’t complain.”
Senior possibilities One disappointing aspect to what was an otherwise impressive campaign was the lack of a senior Manor side to take their place in the adult Leinster leagues.
Swords Manor haven’t had an adult team for over three years now, but they are hoping the coming back together of a side that won the league at Under-15 age level two years ago will eventually lead to a senior set-up being possible at the club. “ We h a d a g r e a t Under-15 teams two seasons ago, but when the won the league, they all left for pastures new. “ T h e y h ave c o m e back to us now and will compete at Under-18 level. “Hopefully, we can keep them together and
bring them through to the senior set-up. That is one of the main goals now, to develop the kids for a senior side. “We do struggle a bit beyond Under-14 and 15s. “Like most clubs, you lose a few players at that age. We are working on fixing that and, hopefully, the return of this side will help. “They will be working with their old coach, Mario Kennedy, and he did great work with them previously. We are sure that will be the case again and we can keep them to senior level.”
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CLUB NOTICEBOARD FINGALLIANS WELL done to the Dublin senior
footballers and Paul Flynn on their
St Jude’s beat Naomh Barrog in
Leinster semi win over Kildare, and
the final match to take home the PJ
also to Laois and Brendan Quigley
Troy Cup. Thank you to everybody,
on their victory in the qualifiers
including the visiting teams, who
made the day such an enjoyable
Don’t forget you can now apply
success and especially the club vol-
for Leinster final tickets Dublin v
unteers. Check the club’s Facebook
page for all the photos.
July: Summer time t a ble wi th
The senior footballers are back
Padraig Durkan: Summer hurling
in action in the league this week at
for boys and girls aged seven to ten
home to St Mark’s on Saturday at
years. Programme every Wednes-
6.30pm. Long on to www.twitter.
day for four weeks in Balheary, with
com to follow the game.
challenge games on Saturdays in
Sponsored by VHI Swiftcare, the
Portlaoise, Co Laois, Freshford, Co
Summer football camp runs from
Kilkenny and Carlow Hurling Club,
July 11 to 15 for boys and girls age
four to 13 years. The summer hurl-
Fingallians hosted the PJ Troy Cup
ing camp runs from July 18 to 22.
on Saturday. Joining Fins were St
Summer Party is on Saturday,
Sylvester’s, Naomh Barrog, Erin’s
July 2, the team pictures’ launch
Isle, Ballinteer St John’s, Setanta,
night and celebration of Fins’ leg-
St Jude’s, Lucan Sarsfields and St
St Finian’s could not maintain their earlier form against Good Counsel
Finian’s on rollercoaster hurling ride RONAN MOYLES email@example.com
THERE were contrasting fortunes over the last week for St Finian’s senior hurlers who saw a very good win followed by a very disappointing defeat within seven days. L a s t We d n e s d a y evening Finian’s visited Marley Park, where they took on Ballinter St John’s in AHL 4. Con Murphy, a member of the coaching staff was obviously pleased with the 2-9 to 0-18 win. “It was a close game and there were never more than a couple of points in it. “We didn’t play particularly well in the first half; at times we were a bit wasteful. But we made a few changes, particularly in the half-back line, and we seemed to improve.” The opposition was nothing if not tough: “They had a few strong performances, particu-
larly at number 10. They also had a very solid back line. “Dominic Harris was maybe not fully fit but was very effective, getting a couple of scores for us. He is also our free-taker and I think he only missed one all evening.” Murphy was particularly happy with the second half display: “It was very good. We were still behind with seven minutes to go but we managed to get level then go ahead. We didn’t lapse towards the end, which we have tended to do lately.” However, it was a somewhat different story three days later as the Finian’s men suffered a heavy 0-10 to 7-8 defeat to Good Counsel at River Valley. The home side had a very poor first-half performance, which saw them go in 5-3 to 0-5 behind. Despite showing significant improvement after the break, they were never able to
get back into the game. “The game was pretty well over for us at halftime,” said Murphy. “In the second half we were forced to take risks and go for goals and we wound up conceding two more.” Still, he was pleased with the second-half display: “We settled down and didn’t repeat earlier mistakes.” Magnanimous in defeat, Murphy concedes: “We have a young team who are learning but we can’t have any complaints; they were better on the day. They have won a few of their
games by scoring lots of goals, so they’ve obviously worked on that.” Finian’s have struggled this season and the reasons are, unfortunately, familiar: “We have suffered with emigration. But we do have some young players coming through. “We have lost a few games by late goals and the odd point, so we’ve had some bad luck too.” The aim for the rest of the league season is survival and the next step in that comes against Ballyboden St Enda’s on July 6.
FINGAL RAVENS OUR Summer Camp takes place this
The girls U-12 and U-14s’ end-of-
year from July 4 to 8. To book your
season trip to Lilliput Adventure
place, please contact Mick Foley on
Centre in Mullingar was a great suc-
086 814 8464.
cess, thanks to all the adult leaders.
Tickets for Leinster Final on Sun-
Congratulations to Damian and
day, July 10 must be ordered by text
Sharon Kiely on the birth of their
to Desy on 087 995 7429 by 8pm this
Thursday, June 30. Div 5 team play Whitehall Colmcille’s at home on Friday at 7.30pm. Div 1 team play Parnell’s at home on Saturday at 6.30pm. Div 10N team play Clann Mhuire at home at 7.30pm on Thursday, and AIB away in DCU, St Claire’s, at 10.15am on Sunday.
We would like to send get well wishes to Catherine Hanley, Fozzie McDonagh and Cecelia Griffin. Lotto numbers drawn were 8,17, 23 and 36. There was no winner; €20 Martin Flanagan, Ann Daly and Kay Kinsella. Next week’s jackpot is now worth €2,256.
ST FINIAN’S THE hurling Summer camp will take
The Lotto numbers for this week
place from August 16 to 19, while the
were 2, 8, 15, and 23. There was no win-
Football Camp is the following week
August 23 to 26. More details later. The first-team footballers play away to Ballyboden on Saturday. The ladies’ football team have an away match to Scoil Ui Chonaill.
The €50 winners were John Preston and Brian Whelehan. Next week, the jackpot will be €5,500. Please try to support on a weekly basis. Every euro helps a lot.
The adult hurlers had mixed fortunes
Nine St Finian’s Wheelers com-
during the week: A good win away to
pleted the Dublin-to-Belfast leg of
Ballinteer and a defeat to a strong
the Maracycle on Saturday. The guys
Good Counsel side.
have trained hard again this year and
The club are appealing to members
managed to cut their time by a mas-
to support the weekly lotto. Club Mem-
sive two hours. Brian O’Neill set the
bership and team entry has grown
pace for the elders, Jimmy Conway,
significantly in the last few years but
Pat Farrell, Derek Hammond, Brendan
the Lotto income has not kept pace.
and John Lennon, Philip Long, PJ Mur-
There are boxes in the local Post Office and in the clubhouse. €2 buys a ticket and the money goes back to the club.
ray and Donal O’Hagan. The secret is youth and Jaffa cakes. Jimmy also made the return journey on Sunday.
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Flying Flynn is Dub star in semi-final
Paul Flynn, seen here in action for Fingallians, proved his worth with Dublin’s only goal of the Leinster semi-final last weekend
Fingallians’ man’s goal puts Dublin within one victory of a sixth Leinster football title in seven years STEPHEN FINDLATER firstname.lastname@example.org
FINGALLIANS’ Paul Flynn drew special praise for his contribution to Dublin’s victory over Kildare last Sunday, when the sky-blues carried the day in controversial circumstances. So often noted for his work ethic and his ability to add steel to the half-forward line, it was his creation and finishing that was his imprint on the game, scoring the Dubs’ only goal of the tie to push them six points clear in the first half. The Swords’ man nicked the ball away from Gary White before playing an incisive one-two to get into open country. And, while he initially lost control of the ball while soloing, he recovered to steady himself and crash home a classy major. Allied to his probing work around the breaks – working well with Alan Brogan –
Flynn kicked a point, too, and was picked out by manager Pat Gilroy for an honourable mention. “Paul has a great temperament, and I’m glad he went out and did his job very well today. He worked well with Alan, who is a very versatile guy, and he’s a key guy for us.” It helped Dublin to a 1-12 to 1-11 victory to reach the Leinster SFC final and go one result away from a sixth title in seven years. The Lilywhites had made a game of it in the wake of Eoghan O’Gara’s red card as Eamonn O’Callaghan pulled back a goal before a late Bernard Brogan free to sealed the Dubs’ place in the decider. They will face Wexford in the final, after the Model county saw off Carlow in the other semi-final by 4-12 to 0-10. In the wake of the Croke Park tie, much was made of Brogan’s late free but Gilroy was keen to point out that a more consistent approach might have yielded plenty more scoring oppor-
tunities. The Plunkett’s man kicked the winning score in injury time after a slight coming together with Aindriu Mac Lochlainn in the chase for a pass to the corner resulted in the contentious free which decided the outcome. But while Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney cried no foul, Gilroy believes that Dublin might have been further clear. Speaking in the wake of the game, Gilroy said: “I think Bernard was probably due a free at that stage. “He probably had a few calls go against him. I think there were seven or eight that he could have had before that. But yer man was pulling him. “We either want to have good forwards pulled and have that as part of the game or else it was a free. He was pulling him, there’s no question. But Bernard was pulled maybe eight other times as well and he didn’t get frees. We either have it as part of the game or we don’t.”