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July 21, 2011

STEPPING DOWN: Teacher retires

after 35 years of service See Page 10

Report on huge heating bills on the way Q MIMI MURRAY

A REPORT on the heating systems of an “eco friendly” estate built by Fingal County Council, where residents were landed with “astronomical” energy bills, is due to be published this autumn, the local authority has said. The council said a consultant from Independent consultants, Delap and Waller EcoCo Ltd, is currently analysing the

data to determine the efficiency of the systems. FCC completed the construction of the mixed development of 35 social and affordable houses at Clonmethan Green, Oldtown, in October 2009. The council said that, in early Spring 2010, it was brought to their attention that ESB bills for these houses were very high. An investigation was subsequently launched. Full Story on Page 4

Dreams come true: Barry’s leap into showbiz pays off SWORDS stage hypnotist, Barry Sin-

clair, certainly has led an interesting life. Having been a trained pilot working for Aer Lingus and working as an amateur performer on the side, he proved he certainly is up for a chal-

lenge when he left his job to make showbiz a full-time career. And, in the past 35 years, he has being entertaining crowds around the world – and even performing in The White House. Full Story on Page 5

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Taking a break: For boys in blue SOME Dublin GAA stars were in great form as they popped into popular local restaurant Nando’s at the Pavillion Swords to take a break from all their focus and preparations for the Leinster final. And the break from any stress in the run up seemed to work as the boys in blue won the GAA Senior Final by 2-12 against Wexford to 1-11. Pictured at Cruzzo’s are Eamon Fennell, Jessica Gibson (from Swords) (Nando’s staff), Edel Francis (Nando’s staff), Paul Flynn, Bernard Brogan.

Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar

Meeting on Metro North MIMI MURRAY

A CROSS-party meeting of Dublin North TDs dealing with Metro North is expected to take place this week with Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar. Labour TD, Brendan Ryan met last week with the chief executive of the RPA Frank Allen along with other RPA officials to discuss the status of Metro North. “The delivery of Metro North is vital for the transport infrastructure in north Dublin,” said Ryan. “Today I met with Frank Allen, of the RPA, and had a long and detailed discussion on the status of the project and what the likely road ahead is. “I was very impressed with the commitment to the project demonstrated by the RPA, who share with me the many reasons why this project is so vital for north Dublin. We both agreed that

preliminary results from the recent census confirms two things: That the population in the North Dublin/Fingal area has risen beyond expectations in the past five years and there exists a transport infrastructure deficit in this region to meet the needs of this population,” said Ryan “I also agree with the RPA that Metro North, in its current form, is the only show in town as far as meeting this deficit in transport infrastructure. Although the current economic climate is adding uncertainty to the immediate future of Metro North, I firmly believe that Metro North needs to be kept on the table. No matter what the results of the Government’s comprehensive spending review in September, we need to ensure that Metro North remains the plan for meeting the Transport needs of Swords and the wider North Dublin region,” he said.


Harmony Tournament celebrates ninth year THE Harmony Tournament, now in its ninth year, will take place in Sportslink, Santry, on Saturday, August 20. The competition was initially developed as a cross-border football tournament for boys. It now caters for 32 teams across five sections – boys, girls, special olympics, powerchair and Irish Street Leagues, with teams coming from communities in Northern Ireland, Germany, Italy, Cork, Meath and Fingal.

This year’s event will also cater for U-11 and U-13 girls with a Soccer Festival being held on the day to promote the underage girls’ game. This event will consist of a 4v4 blitz and other fun events, with the major emphasis being on the girls enjoying themselves. The essence of the Harmony Tournament is that it is not an “elite based” football tournament but a community event providing a fun environment for young people

to come together while enjoying their sport and an opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, cultures and religious beliefs. Commenting on the girls’ soccer festival, Paul Keogh FAI/Fingal County Council Development Officer said: “Over the years the Fingal Invitational Harmony Tournament h a s d e ve l o p e d a n d gone from strength to strength, and has become a highlight for many of the teams who

have participated in the past. “The FAI is delighted to assist with this tournament and hope for a great turnout of girls for what is sure to be a great day out. “Girls can enter by forming teams, entering club teams or by individual registration. “T his is an exciting time for girls’ football, and the recent announcement of the upcoming launch for the Metropolitan girls’ league under the aus-

pice of the NDSL , shows that now is the time to get involved.” For more information on the Girls’ Soccer Festival, in conjunction with the Fingal Invitational Harmony Tournament, contact paul.keogh@fai. ie or 086-0444435 or your local FAI/Fingal County Council Development Officer. For fur ther information on the Fingal Invitational Harmony Tournament contact Joe Corr: or 087-6815811.

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RNLI looking for volunteers SKERRIES RNLI is very fortunate to be part of a great community, one with huge community spirit. The town is nestled between Rush, Lusk, Loughshinny, Balbriggan and surrounding areas and the support the volunteer lifeboat crew receive is extraordinary and very gratefully received. A great place to live comes from great community awareness and each individual doing what they can, when they can to make it a better place. It is very much the same in the RNLI; each volunteer does what they can, when they can and works hard to support their fellow volunteers and all the other 43 lifeboat stations around the country. Over recent months Skerries RNLI Lifeboat station has seen a huge

groundswell of support and kindness. The RNLI team at Skerries have been working hard and would like to thank everyone for their support. Now the lifeboat station is hoping to set up a team of people from the local area who would be interested in getting involved with the RNLI. This team would be there to assist with any fundraising events, through support or organisation. This involvement can be as much or as little time as you have available. Come along on the July 29, at 8pm, upstairs in Joe Mays Bar, Harbour Road, Skerries, and see if there’s something there for you. If you can’t make July 29, why not give Pauline or Maureen a call on 01 8951800 or email on pauline_mcgann@rnli. maureen_gill@

All systems go: Launch of a new weight-loss programme MODEL Tiffaney Stanley was put through her paces (by trainers Darlene Wigham and Aidan Mahon) on a north Dublin beach at the launch of The System 10 advanced metabolic weight-loss plan, a revolutionary diet system that’s changing the shape of diet and fitness for men and women throughout Ireland. The plan is based on precision food and exercise plans chosen specifically for the individual’s metabolism and focuses on their own bodies and especially the metabolic function combined with expert fitness advice. With an early morning class schedule as part of the system, this plan is the perfect option for everyone, from the working professional to brides-tobe to the busy mum. See


Swords to hold a road race A FUN 10km road race, that is expected to attract over 1,000 participants, will be held in Swords next year. The race, which is aimed at promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, will take place in June. Socialist Councillor Eugene Coppinger said it would be advertised on a national scale to attract large crowds to the county. An initial meeting was held between the Sports and Events Department of Fingal County Council and other stakeholders two weeks ago. Cllr Coppinger, whose idea it was to launch such an event in Swords, said he is delighted because it will “get people off their bums and make them more active.” “We are handing over the organisation to Clonliffe Harriers and Fingallians so the next step is to organise a meeting with both of the clubs.

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COUNCIL Focus is on developing Holywell Distributor Road

Council receives almost 50 submissions over plan FORTY-SEVEN submissions were received by Fingal County Council in relation to a Local Area Plan LAP for Barrysparks, with the bulk of those made focusing on the development of the Holywell Distributor Road. Thirty-seven submissions were made in relation to the road, which was to be built as part of the development of the Holywell residential area. However, as it was outside the area of the planning application, it has

not been completed as a result and additional traffic now use the Holywell residential area. Fianna Fail Councillor, Darragh Butler said the main issue was to now get the road, which is also known as the Airside/ Feltrim Road, to be built. Labour Councillor Cian O’Callaghan said that if the Barr ysparks Development does not go ahead, that the road should be built anyway. “It should have been built seven

years ago,” he said. The council said the other main issue that arose within the submissions was the building of Metro North. “No development shall commence within the LAP lands until the Government approves the project,” the council said. Labour Councillor Tom Kelleher said this highlighted the state of “preparedness” in Swords for Metro. “We are waiting for Minis-

ter Varadkar to take us out of our misery on this. The consequence for Swords is enormous and we have planned for it and are ready to go.” The manager said that, if Metro North did not go ahead, the council would review the LAP, which has a life of 10 years. The council said it could also strengthen the wording that exists within the LAP in favour of Airside/ Feltrim road.

Fitting Tribute: The world’s largest jigsaw


Varadkar letter calls for meeting

THE world’s largest jigsaw, completed by the fifth and sixth class children of Scoil Naomh Iósaif in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, was unveiled recently at Dublin Airport. The jigsaw, measuring 18 foot long and 6 ft 4 inches high, is made up of 32, 256 pieces. Siobhan Moore, external communications manager, welcomed the children and agreed with teacher, Brian Flood, that the children were “a driven, intelligent, enthusiastic bunch”. The children presented the completed jigsaw, entitled Double Respect to DAA as a gift, where it will be displayed in T2 in the coming months for all to see.


MEMBERS of the Yes to Metro campaign doorstepped Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar as he entered a Fine Gael party meeting in the Lord Mayor pub in Swords last week, giving him a letter calling for a meeting about the multi million euro light rail project. Socialist Councillor Eugene Coppinger gave the Minister the letter after he had been told the Minister would be attending a meeting in the town. Campaigners waited good naturedly for the Minister, with Coppinger describing the atmosphere as very relaxed, with no heckling of the Minister. Cheque

Cllr Coppinger said he handed the envelope to Minister Varadkar who in return asked: “Is that the cheque?”. “He didn’t mean the cheque as in the old brown envelope, but the cheque to pay for Metro North,” said Coppinger. “He took the letter, which was calling for a meeting between us and the Minster so that we can get our point across, but I’m sure he already has the figures,” the Councillor said. Yes to Metro also held a rally outside the Dail on Thursday, July 14, highlighting the campaign for Metro.

Fianna Fail Councillor, Darragh Butler


Report on excessive energy bills is due out this autumn Q MIMI MURRAY

ONE year after residents in an eco-friendly, mixed development of social and affordable houses in north Dublin were landed with “astronomical” energy bills, Fingal County Council has said the results of a year-long study on a heating system at Clonmethan Green are currently being analysed, with a report due in the autumn. The council said a consultant from independent consultants, Delap and Waller EcoCo Ltd, is currently analysing the data to determine the efficiency of the systems.

The Gazette reported last year that electric bills of residents were “astronomical” given the system was meant to be energyand cost-efficient. Fingal County Council completed the construction of the mixed development of 35 social and affordable houses at Clonmethan Green, Oldtown, in October 2009. The houses were designed and constructed, in response to national energy policy, as highly-energy efficient houses, with very high levels of insulation, to minimise heat loss through building fabric; a high level of airtightness to minimise heat

loss through draughts; an innovative solar-augmented heat recovery ventilation system to minimise energy costs by using solar gain and by recovering “waste” heat from ambient air, electrical appliances and body heat and a high-efficiency air-to-water heat pump. The social houses were occupied, generally, over the month of November 2009. Very high

The council said that, in early spring 2010, it was brought to the council’s attention that ESB bills, which are for combined heat and power, for these houses were very high. In

response, the council set about investigating what the cause might be. “Monitoring was carried out by NuTech Renewables Ltd, the designers and installers of the system at end March / April 2010 on three dwellings (two occupied and one vacant). A report issued from NuTech Renewables Ltd indicating that if the system was operated as designed, electricity bills would be lower. All residents were visited individually in May 2010 and the operation of the system was explained in detail to them. In July 2010, following further complaints from residents, it

was agreed to engage the services of an independent consultant, Delap and Waller EcoCo Ltd, to review the operation of the system and to advise on any improvements that could be made. “Data has now been gathered in Clonmethan Green over a full year, from June 2010 to June 2011. The consultant is currently analysing this data to determine the efficiency of the systems. “During this year, the council has carried out works to the dwellings in accordance with the interim recommendations of the consultant, including adjustment of

doors, checking of window seal and maintenance of filters. A plain English guide to the operational aspect of the heating system has been distributed to every home and a “feed-back” electrical consumption monitor has been left in each council house to enable tenants to monitor and reduce their own power use. “As the consultant has not yet issued his report, it is not possible to issue a definitive report at present as the analysis of the data is not complete. It is hoped to be in a position to bring a headed item on the matter to the council’s September meeting.”

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SHOWBIZ Dream job comes true for former pilot

Dream job becomes reality for hypnotist Barry Sinclair Q HIROMI MOONEY

HAVE you ever dreamed of travelling the world, doing what you love for a living, entertaining big crowds and performing in The White House? Well, that sums up the past 35 years for stage hypnotist Barry Sinclair from Swords. A trained pilot, Sinclair worked as an aeronautical engineer at Baldonnel for several years and worked as an amateur performer on the side. Ultimately, though, his love of performing won and the Swords native decided to make his passion for showbiz a full time career. “I just liked show business,” he explains. “I liked the life of travelling and seeing the world and doing what I was particularly good at, and not many people do it, so I was happy to do that. “If you’re doing what you really like, it doesn’t seem like a risk. It probably was, but I haven’t heard of anyone starving to death in this country, so it’s probably not that risky. It was a risk, but, I just didn’t think about it. I was married with two children at the time when I left Aer Lingus, so that makes it seem even riskier. But if you like what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’ll do well after that really, I think.” Sinclair has travelled all over the world, including Japan, Australia, Russia and America, hypnotising big names such as

Muhammad Ali. He has also performed in Caesar’s Palace and twice in The White House in front of President Reagan and President Carter. “It’s very entertaining, because then they would do funny things – things they wouldn’t normally do,” he laughs. “Like a man might think he’s a chicken laying a square egg – that would be one thing that’s fairly funny, I think. You can do very funny things; like you can get a person thinking that they’re seeing something very sad and they cry, and then you can say that it’s now very, very funny and they laugh. You can then even get them to cry on one side of their face, and laugh on the other. “I’m laughing even thinking about it. It’s very funny to see people in that condition. They all enjoy it. It’s a very enjoyable experience for them. “I enjoy the entertainment and I enjoy giving them the opportunity. You see, they become entertainers themselves, and they enjoy the audience’s reaction, because they’re not dead or unconscious or in a coma. So they’re aware of the audience’s reactions. They enjoy that and I enjoy giving them that opportunity.” But, in spite of performing in front US Presidents and boxing legends, Sinclair says the role he played in finding a threeyear-old girl in the Caribbean is what really stands out for him. Sinclair was in St Lucia when he heard on the

Barry Sinclair, from Swords, decided to make a passion for showbiz a full-time career being a hypnotist

news that a man’s boat had capsised and he had lost his daughter. The man suffered from amnesia and was unable to tell the emergency services where he had put her in a life raft, until the Swords hypnotist helped jog his memory: “Hy pnotism can sometimes help people remember things, and sometimes it doesn’t. It did in that case, and that was OK and they were reunited,” he says. “It was a strange story all right. But, I wasn’t sure, you know. That’s a bit of a risk to do some-

thing like that, because I mean, I wouldn’t want to disappoint them – everybody looking at me and, gosh, if that didn’t work it would have been awful really.” When he’s not travelling around the world, Sinclair helps people in his clinic in Swords, The Barry Sinclair Foundation. He helps people to lose weight, stop smoking, and deal with personal problems, like stress and phobias. He continues to perform in Ireland and abroad, with his next gig in Dundalk next Friday.





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Plan for school lodged A PLANNING application for a new threestorey, 24 -classroom school in Swords has been lodged with Fingal County Council. The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn has applied to the council for the proposed development in Holywell, Swords. If it gets the go-ahead, the new school will include 24 classrooms,a staff room, set rooms, library/resource room, multi-purpose rooms, principal’s office, sanitary and ancillary accommodation, and also contains a two classroom base special needs unit, including central activities unit. The school building is linked to a shared community facility containing a general purpose hall, changing facilities, store space, ser ver y, meeting rooms, office space, and ancillar y accommodation. Proposed site works will include provision for 52 car parking spaces.

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FastNews Planning permission is sought for new facilities MKN properties have sought planning permission for changing rooms at Ridgewood in Swords. The application, for a single-storey amenity block incorporating changing rooms and toilet/ shower facilities of approx 205m² was received by Fingal County Council recently. It includes all associated site development works and services, to be developed adjacent to the recently completed playing pitches, on a site located within the existing approved public open space.

COURTS Gave waste which was illegally dumped

Council happy with prosecution of builder FINGAL County Council has expressed its satisfaction this week at the successful prosecution of a builder for giving waste to an unlicensed collector who then illegally dumped it on a public roadway. Section 32 of the Wa s t e M a n a g e m e n t Act 1996 makes it an offence for anyone to give waste for disposal

to someone who does not have a waste collection permit. In this case, Waste Enforcement Officers from Fingal’s Inspectorate Division, carried out an inspection of waste dumped illegally on the roadside at Feltrim Quarry and managed to trace it back to a property in Swords where a builder had been

employed to carry out some renovations. Under caution the builder admitted giving the waste to two men that called to the house in a red van and paid them €130 to remove the waste. The case was heard Tuesday, June 28, 2011 and a conviction was secured against the builder.

Judge Victor Blake awarded Fingal County Council costs of €1,995.00 and fined the builder €2,750 (€4,745 in total). Martin Daly, senior staff officer, with Fingal County Council’s Inspectorate Division expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the case. He emphasised: “This

Call to explain welfare move

Planning application for cafe/amusement arcade PLAZA Leisure Company wants to open an internet cafe/amusement arcade in the Plaza Shopping Centre in Swords. A planning application has been submitted to Fingal County Council for the development of Units 10 and 11, which will consist of a material change of use from retail/office to amusement arcade including all associated site works.

Green light for a new church complex THE Trustees of Swords Baptist Church have been granted planning permission for the construction of a new church complex on the Feltrim Road. The application consists of the construction of a new church complex on two levels of 1,636 sq m, including as part a residential unit of 75.3 sq m at first floor level. It also includes an external notice board and signage on the site at Feltrim Road as well as car parking and access there to both pedestrians and vehicles from the existing roundabout and road junction which will be constructed by Fingal County Council.

Go-ahead for development of 53 new units FINGAL County Council has granted planning permission to MKN properties for the development of

53 residential units at Ridgewood in Swords. The development consists of two-storey houses on a site area of 1.54ha, which will form part of Phase 8 of an overall development known as Ridgewood. The proposed development consists of 12 four-bed semidetached houses and 41 two-and threebedroom houses in ten terraced blocks and includes for open spaces, car parking and for all associated site development works, which consist of surface water attenuation and foul effluent to existing public sewer. Some of the foul effluent capacity is available from a previous development for 161 units. Fifty-six of these units which are numbers 102 to 157 Cedar Place, Ridgewood, shall not be occupied until capacity becomes available as part of the Swords Waste Water Treatment Plant Phase 2 expansion. Access to the development is via Ridgewood Avenue through the Ridgewood Estate from Forrest Road.

has been an expensive lesson for the builder, not to mention that he now has a conviction against him, and we are continuing with our ongoing pursuit on those who illegally dump or who give their waste to unauthorised waste collectors and we will vigorously pursue all cases through the courts if necessary.”


Fingal County Childcare Committee is looking to remind parents of the real benefits of pre-school for children


Parents encouraged to enrol in service PARENTS of the 7,450 children in the Fingal area that are eligible for the Free Pre-School Year starting in September 2011, are being encouraged by Fingal County Childcare Committee (FCCC) to enrol their child in a local participating pre-school service over the summer months. Children who were born between February 2, 2007, and June 30, 2008, are eligible for September 2011 and must be registered by

the third week in September 2011. The scheme, which is now in its third roll-out year, is worth an estimated €18 million to creches and pre-schools in the Fingal area and FCCC has a full list of participating services. However, unlike previous years, parents will not be formally notified about their child’s eligibility for this Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme by a letter from the Department of Chil-

dren and Youth Affairs. To ensure maximum participation in the area, FCCC is initiating a summer campaign to remind parents about the scheme and the real benefits of pre-school for children via posters, leaflets, information stands and information on its website. Fingal county is the fastest-growing county in Ireland with 22% growth, and it has the youngest population with an average age of 32-years-old. There has been a 37%

increase in the number of children aged 0- 4 years, 20% increase in the number of children aged 5-9 years and 16% of Fingal’s population is under nine years of age, according to the CSO 2006 figures, giving Fingal the largest proportion of children in the State. Almost all pre-school services in the country are participating in the scheme and many of these are advertising that they will have places available.

PROVISION of Rent Supplement in areas such as Swords and Balbriggan have been removed from Community Welfare Officers in those areas to a central facility in Santry, according to Labour TD, Brendan Ryan. He asked for an explanation on this in the Dail last week. “This has resulted in the removal of yet another localised service from some of the most vulnerable in our society. Previously, new rent supplement applications were handled by Community Welfare Officers. Applicants could meet a CWO in person, discuss their situation and, in response, the applicant would get instant advice and help. “I find it incredulous that this service has been removed from Community Welfare Officers. CWOs provided faceto-face contact for those people who need this allowance. They can offer both advice and counsel but, most importantly decisions were made in a very short space of time: usually within one week. I have asked for the decision to be reversed with immediate effect.” In response to Depu t y R y a n ’s m o t i o n , the Minister for Social Protection refused to reverse the decision to centralise applications but did promise to prioritise the improvement of services in the centralised unit.

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Flower power: Enjoying the show

Residents urged to use caution

PICTURED are Kevin Thorpe (Secretary of the Rush and District Horticultural Society) and local Labour TD Brendan Ryan who were attending the 64th Annual Show of the Rush and District Horticultural Society in St Maur’s GAA Club on July 9. “It was great to speak to many of the competitors on the day and I was impressed with the passion each competitor had for their produce,” said Ryan. The show is one of a number of shows planned for this summer under the auspices of the North Dublin Horticultural Societies’ Association. The next show is in Malahide on July 23 and 24 in St Andrew’s School.



Jobs at Superquinn are made secure Q LAURA WEBB

JOBS at local Superquinn stores are secure following the announcement that a receiver has been appointed and Musgrave Group Plc is to purchase the business. On Tuesday, July 19, Superquinn announced the appointment of K ieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson of KPMG as Joint Receivers and managers to Superquinn Group and associated companies. Stores will continue to trade as normal and the 2,800 staff working in stores throughout the country are said to be protected.

Terms Musgrave Group plc have agreed on terms with the joint receivers and managers to purchase the Superquinn

business. In a statement to the Gazette, Superquinn says: “The transaction will secure the longterm viability of the Superquinn business, protect the jobs of the 2,800 full and part-time staff in the 24 Superquinn stores nationwide and ensure that Irish consumers can continue to enjoy the Superquinn product offer.” In Dublin, Superq u i n n o p e r a t e s 16 stores, including at The P av i l l i o n S h o p p i n g Centre, Swords.

Statement The statement went o n t o s ay t h a t t h e Superquinn Group will remain under the management of the joint receivers and the existing management team, led by Andrew Street, pending regulatory approval and the com-

pletion of the transaction. Superquinn stores will remain open for business and will trade as normal.

Investing Musgrave Group is an Irish family-owned company that will use brand expertise to “develop the Superquinn business by investing in the stores and bringing value to the Superquinn shopper”. Suppliers to Superquinn will be contacted in the coming days by the joint receivers to advise them of the implications of the receivership and the pending transaction. Commenting, Eamonn R ichardson of KPMG said: “Customers will continue to experience the typical Superquinn shopping experience with the full


‘The transaction will secure the long-term viability of the Superquinn business, protect the jobs of the 2,800 full and part-time staff in the 24 Superquinn stores nationwide and ensure that Irish consumers can continue to enjoy the Superquinn product offer’ --------------------------------------------------------

range of fresh foods and groceries, delivered with the trademark friendly customer service. “All of the shops will continue to trade as normal. “The Group, which has been operating in a tough trading environment, has been heavily indebted, primarily due to property-related loans. “Therefore, this receivership, together with the sale as a going

concern to Musgrave Group is a positive development for Superquinn, its employees, suppliers and customers. “Despite new ownership, there will be no disruption to business for customers and the Superquinn stores will continue to trade as normal. ” The joint receivers will remain in place until the regulatory approval process is complete.

RESIDENTS are being warned to be vigilant when answering their door following a number of incidents in the Fingal area where bogus callers have been impersonating county council officials in order to gain access to homes and rob valuables. In a statement to the press last week, Fingal County Council wanted to notify its residents about incidents that have occurred in various areas of the county, where persons with “criminal intent” are impersonating FCC officials. The persons, who are not FCC officials, are claiming so to gain access into a person’s home to rob their valuables. At the moment, the area particularly targeted is Balbriggan, but, the council is taking the opportunity now to remind all householders to be vigi-

lant at all times. “Home owners who have reported this to the council have stated that the perpetrators posed as officials from the Water Services Department who needed access to their home to turn off the water supply,” the statement said. “FCC are advising home owners to be extremely vigilant if they are confronted in the above manner. Before answering your door you should take the following steps: Check to see if there is a van with the Fingal County Council logo on it; ask for the person’s full name and ring FCC on (01) 8905000 to confirm he or she is who they say they are; council staff should also have official ID Cards “If you cannot confirm the above, the advice is not to open your door and to report the incident to the council,” the statement added.

Free mentoring sessions on offer NEW and existing businesses in Fingal are being offered free mentoring sessions as part of Fingal Enterprise Week this September. The Fingal Enterprise Board has confirmed 300 mentoring sessions will be offered to new start-up and existing companies, as part of Fingal Enterprise Week. The one-to-one mentoring clinics run over three days in locations throughout Fingal in September on Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 and Friday 30. Commenting on the announcement, Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of Fingal County Enterprise Board, said: “Experienced business advisors drawn from our expert panel of mentors are matched with new start-ups or existing

business owners with specific issues or problems to address.” The mentoring sessions will be held in the BASE Enterprise Centre in Mulhuddart, BEAT centre in Balbriggan, the Drinan Enterprise Centre in Swords and at LINC at the Institute of Technology on September 27 and September 30. On Wednesday, September 28, the clinics will be available from 12 noon until 6pm at the Europa Academy in Swords. Mentoring appointments lasts up to one hour and it is completely free of charge for Fingal-based residents and businesses. Details on how to book mentoring appointments will be available in early September from

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PICTURES is packed full of local pictures;

A wild birthday YOUNG Jack Ahern got fierce with his facepaint at the 10th birthday celebrations of the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. The birthday celebrations were held in festive style, Senan Crosbie, John Sylvester and Callum Evers

with all kinds of activities for both young and old – ranging from face-painting and portrait-drawing to getting your nails done at the nail stall. Picture: Siobhan Quigley

Niamh and Aoife O’Sullivan

Daniel Steele

Adam and James Elder

Matthew Ryan, Harvey Devir and Conor Ryan. Pictures: Conor O’Mearain

Fun for all at camp ITH a three-day Easter GAA camp at St Finian’s GAA club to help hone their skills, it’s no wonder that almost 200 children from Rivervalley took part in the hugely popular event and


underlining the huge interest in the GAA local youngsters have. With 16 coaches taking part, there was plenty of expertise on offer to help maximise the new skills – and the fun – for every

child taking part, with the local Centra on board as camp sponsors. The camps were rounded off with medals presented to the delighted participants, as well as a number of trophies for some.

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1 ORE than 1,200 children from 26 primary schools across Fingal took part in the McDonald’s Little Athletics jamboree at Morton Stadium earlier this year. The Santry venue was swarming with children, all keen to take part in a wide range of fun and healthy games and activies.

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Held as a partnership between McDonalds and Athletics Ireland, this gathering was just one of a number of nationwide events, staged to encourage children to get out and have fun with sporting activities and team-play. McDonalds were keen to stress the value of following a balanced diet in conjuction with such athletics.


They’re lovin’ it 1. Robert Lynch, Aaron Lynch and Cian Brannigan


2. Lauren Mooney, Hope Sumola and Erica Dolan 3. Sharon Muela, Fiona Redmond and Emer Elworthy 4. Aviagail Pop 5. Emma Dolan Picture: Fintan Clarke


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SCHOOL Teacher at St Andrew’s retires after 35 years

Morgan Gibson, Emma Taylor and Jack Morrow

Charlotte Greene, Yannaah Warsikig and Finn Ellingvoe

Trevor Richmond

Pupils, staff say goodbye to Ruth T WAS a lovely day for both teachers and students as they congratulated Ruth Slone for her 35 years of teaching. Ruth waved goodbye to students, colleagues and friends at St Andrew’s School, Malahide with a smile on her face and the sun shining down on the celebrations. The teacher got heart-warming goodbyes and best wishes as the children came out with cards and fond classroom memories on her departure day in a celebration of her career as a teacher. Reverend Dr Norman Gamble was also there, amongst others, to celebrate the 35 years of educational service and, together with her teaching colleagues and students, wish her the very best in the future.


Rev Dr Norman Gamble was there to help celebrate Mrs Ruth Slone’s career

Teachers Elaine Anderson, Lorna Murphy and Emma Nathan Green

Gavin Dalton, Hannah Moore and Rachael Moore

Stout were there to celebrate Ruth’s 35 years

Rev Dr Norman Gamble, Trevor Richmond and Mrs Ruth Slone, with some of the school children

Aislinn Reid

Joyce Clegg was there to celebrate

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Numark setting system standards


WITH staying in becoming the new going out, more and more people are looking at how to bring the full experience of night clubbing home as well. Numark have long been at the forefront of DJing innovation, and, as the digital takeover continues to become ever more pervasive, they have continued to be at the cutting edge of new technology for those behind the decks. With their latest releases to the market pitched at opposite ends of the spec-

trum of users, Numark have put prospective DJs and experienced mixers alike at the top of their target markets. Their new hardware, in the form of the iDJ Live and the NS6, puts in the hands of DJs the tools to push themselves further into the experience of creating new sound sculptures, giving them score to be as creative and imaginative as these new products allow. With digital music being an integral part of everyone’s lives in 2011, the iDJ Live gives hopeful mixmasters a learning experience in the art

of DJing, while using the type of technology that’s completely commonplace for most people. Allowing integration of an iPad or iPhone running Algoriddim’s DJay app, the iDJ Live creates a complete digital DJing system. It’s also huge fun for the novice, giving complete control of the large platters and the ability to learn the skills of beatmatching, scratching and crossfading in a handson way, distinct from the touchscreen experience. iDJ Live is laid out to recreate the two-decksand-a-mixer set-up that

professional DJs prefer. It’s a perfect platform for the novice, and the competitive price makes it a viable device to dip your toe in the DJing waters. The NS6, on the other hand, is a digital DJ’s dream controller. With four-channel mixing becoming the norm, the NS6 is a heavyweight in terms of its seamless integration with the bundled Serato Itch software and its enormous range of features within its sturdy metal casing. It is one of the highest-specced single unit controllers on the market and is an indication that Numark

The Numark S6 is setting the standard for digital DJing technology

intend to continue to push boundaries for the coveted spot as the DJ’s technology of choice. Each of the four decks has its own controls and effects can be assigned to a deck by the click of a button. Searching your library is again all controlled from the NS6, meaning there is virtually no interaction with your

computer once in full flow. The silver platters are exactly that, as sensitive and responsive as any vinyl turntable, serving up fingertip control like almost no other controller, while switching between decks is a simple click away. In spite of not being a Serato user before, the

software’s plug and play integration with the unit’s functionality makes creating digital sets an instant pleasure. The process also benefits from the USB communication between the NS6 and your computer being equally instantaneous. For more information, see

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TIME OUT A real-life experience of an online discount ‘deal’

An online deal led to an impromptu trip to Arklow and Avoca but the question Patricia Murphy (right) asks: Are these deals value for money or just a skimmed

Deal or no deal?

Q PATRICIA MURPHY Health & Fitness Consultant

Overnight Trip: Arklow and Avoca O Basic Costs

down recession version of the same product?

MOST of us are familiar with doing product research and reviews for specific goods online. We are looking to shop at discounted prices or find items not available where we live and shop. Even seasoned travellers can tailor-make exotic trips with relative ease, sometimes saving considerable money in the process. There has been a huge surge in the number of “deals” on offer, which arrive as emails on a daily basis. Once you sign up to any of the many networks, you get regular offers – anything from the smaller budget fish pedicures, car valeting, meal vouchers and waxing, all the way up to five-star hotels at apparently massive discounted prices. The question is – are we getting value for money or just a skimmed down recession version of the product? I was happy enough when a friend asked me to join in on an overnight trip to Arklow and Avoca. My experience the weekend before on an abseailing deal with my kids was very favourable and I was game to go for the two-in-a-row, especially as it was an experience I would not necessarily consider unless prompted. The focus for me was to hinge on the health, fitness and wellness aspects, this being my area of interest and expertise. Our road trip started at midday on a sunny Saturday, heading south from Dublin to Ashford, a mere 30 minutes away. The first

Twin/Double Room in Arklow Bay

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Entrance to Mount Usher (€7.50 x 2)


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part of the “deal” was admission to either Wicklow Gaol or Mount Usher Gardens. We choose the latter. For two very peaceful, sunny hours, we ate freshly-prepared salad from the Avoca Garden Cafe, not included in the price, before immersing ourselves in the excitement and energy of nature going about its business. Walled gardens, giant lilies, fast-flowing waters and shady meadows welcomed us. A gentle meander before stretching out under a giant eucalyptus tree to catch some rays and capture the dance of the damsel flies in their turquoise beauty, flitting to and fro. I didn’t feel I needed to be an expert in gardening and trees to experience the benefits. Entry to the gardens is normally €7.50 per person. A bit of retail therapy followed across the road in Heels before arriving in Arklow Bay Hotel at about 4.30pm. A large wedding caused us a little concern initially, but having been assured that our room was well away from the function room, we proceeded to our basic, but adequate, accommodation. As we were due to be dining in Fitzgeralds in Ballyk at 7.30pm as part

of the deal, a quick trip to the jacuzzi, steam and sauna was all we could allow ourselves. The gym and pool, also available to guests, was well-equipped, clean, bright and airy. The nine-mile scenic drive time from Arklow to Avoca is approximately 20 minutes and, arriving at the pub, we were met by Tony, from Avoca Tours, seated and served very promptly. The fourcourse dinner was very average and uninspired. Storytelling and a music session was scheduled as our entertainment, while, in fact, only the storytelling took place. The content was weak and inappropriate to the venue and defiantly not accessible by the foreign travellers who chatted loudly the whole way through. Luckily for us, the music part of the evening took place back in our hotel, which was a bit of a nuisance for the few who were staying in B&Bs near Avoca. A bit of a mystery tour for the evening. Sunday’s part of the deal was a four- to fivehour guided hill walk meeting at 1pm back in Avoca. After enjoying a healthy, substantial breakfast, myself and my companion escaped to the deserted beach very near our hotel. A glorious hour of walking, stretching and tuning in to the rhythm of

life was the perfect warmup for the day. We arrived in good time and very chilled for the scheduled walk. Car packed, hotel checked out and ready to head for home straight after the walk. The walk itself was not a major challenge for us. I found some of the history and scenery interesting, but struggled on occasion to hear what our guide was saying. The group was very social and even a couple of handbag hikers joined us. The feedback from the group was generally good, with the majority of negative comments focusing on the food and entertainment. It was also a bit disappointing to spend a huge chunk of time road walking single file. Tony was very keen to share all his plans for the future and the strong community and tourist links that he actively cultivates. The online “deal” companies, which provide a platform to share events, can cost up to a whopping 40% commission. Doing a basic calculation for the whole package of €129 for two people, it’s clear to see the biggest loser here is the tour provider. Companies are prepared to take a hit these days and focus on loss leaders, which will pave the way for the good times ahead. It increases brand awareness and exposure, gets bums on seats and generates local spending and goodwill. On the whole, the overnight package and entrance to Mount Usher was very enjoyable as they are tried and tested.

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FOOD Asian cuisine at all-new eatery in Dundrum Town Centre

40 new jobs at newest Wagamama --------------------------

‘We held rigorous interview sessions with over 600 candidates and have chosen 40 fantastic employees’ --------------------------

nutritious food with helpful and friendly service, so, with this ethos, having an excellent workforce is really important to us and we’re excited to welcome all our new customers.” The new restaurant in Dundrum Shopping Centre officially opened on Friday 15 July and offers the usual array of mouth-watering appe-

tisers and salads, hearty noodles and soups and the famous fresh and healthy exotic juices. Wagamama can be found at Unit G1, building 12 Dundrum Town Centre (beside Harvey Nichols Menswear), Dublin 16 Tel: 01-2157188.

Restaurant Since it was born in Ireland in 1992 with the first restaurant in South King Street, Wagamama has seen growth throughout the country, with restaurants in Cork, Belfast and two more in Dublin, and has a total of 250 employees which has just increased to nearly 300 with the opening of the latest store on July 15, 2011. In the past year alone, Wagamama has given employment to 113 staff throughout Ireland.

143 years of Horse Show history ON JULY 28, 1868, the RDS held its first annual Horse Show on the lawn of Leinster House. In the 143 years since then, the Dublin Horse Show has become an equestrian institution, both in Ireland and across the world. Whether viewed as equestrian event, social occasion, tourist attraction or subject for literature and satire, the RDS Library’s Horse Show exhibition reveals the impact the Dublin Horse Show has had on the imagination of artists, designers and writers for over 100 years. Cartoons from the cover of the Dublin Opinion are a highlight. The iconic posters, and their original paintings, and the famous Kerrygold Horse Show posters will be a great source of nostalgia for many visitors to exhibition.

Fashion at the Dublin Horse Show is nothing new. The exhibitions displays advertisements and features from as far back as 1900 that show how Dublin department stores would reserve stock for customers that they knew would be travelling to Dublin for Horse Show week. Other elements to the exhibition include poems, extracts from literature, stamps, theatre posters and postcards, all great examples of how the Dublin Horse Show has become entwined in Irish life. A must-see for anyone who loves the Dublin Horse Show and its accompanying social life, this exhibition is open Monday–Friday, 10.00am–5.00pm from July 28 until August 30 at the RDS Library, Merrion Road, in Ballsbridge.


POPULAR noodle chain, Wagamama, has just opened its fifth restaurant in Ireland at the Dundrum Shopping Centre, creating more jobs for the area. Christine Chung, operations manager for the company throughout Ireland said: “Growth of the company has been particularly fast over the past 12 months. “Wagamama is such a well-established brand and it’s fantastic for us as a company to be able to grow and to provide an opportunity for employment. “We held rigorous interview sessions with over 600 candidates and have chosen 40 fantastic employees,” Christine said. “Wagamama prides itself on its ability to provide great, fresh and

Bristles: Body-brush to get skin in tip-top condition

Locals are set to enjoy fresh noodle dishes at new Wagamama restaurant


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GazetteBEAUTY BEAUTY Body-brushing gets skin in tip-top shape Edited by Dawn Love

Treat the skin on your neck as you would the rest of your body with Daly Spa AS a former top model, Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly knows a thing or two about skincare. According to Daly, the neck is one of the most neglected parts of the body. The stunning mum-of-two says that, ideally, the neck should be treated as you would the rest of your body with specially targeted products. “An uncared for neck is a real age giveaway, so you ignore at your peril,” she says. Daly Spa Sexy Neck Tightening Spritz (right), €16/100ml, is a wonderfully refreshing spritz. Using oat straw extract, which adheres to the skin in a continuous film, it helps to smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and

wrinkles. Lightly fragranced with Monoï de Tahiti (made to the traditional Polynesian recipe by soaking Gardenia Tahitensis blossoms – Tiare flowers in rich, purified coconut oil) simply spray daily from the bottom of the neck to under the chin, gently rubbing into the skin and see results in just four weeks. Also available from the range is Daly Spa Bikini Body Cellulite Cream, €20/150ml and Daly Spa Curvy Girl Cleavage Cream,€20/150ml.

E all know we need to put in a few extra sessions at the gym to tone up before getting bikini-ready, but, if you want to make sure your skin is in tip-top shape, body-brushing is one of the most effective ways of seeing results and getting skin in peak condition quickly.



Brushing skin for just a few minutes each day can make a big difference to skin health, revealing luminous, softer and more toned skin. Top skincare range VOYA’ s h a s j u s t launched a new exfoliating body brush, which is designed to give skin an invigorating workout, getting the lymph sys-

tem moving and helping to disperse any trapped toxins without being too harsh. It comes in an organic cotton bag and so is ideal for continuing daily brushing on the go. Cellulite

According to VOYA, body-brushing should be done before showering, on dry skin. Beginning at the toes, work upwards on the legs in long, firm strokes, working towards the back of thighs and bum to keep dreaded cellulite at bay! Brush the stomach in an anti-clockwise movement to aid digestion and continue up the arms towards the heart. The massaging action of VOYA’s Exfoliating Body Brush stimulates blood f low, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the surface of the skin. You can complete your body routine by massaging VOYA’s Softly Does It body moisturiser into still damp skin to lock in moisture and keep skin wonderfully hydrated.

VOYA’s Exfoliating Body Brush is designed to give skin an invigorating workout

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YOUR BIG DAY Gazette readers Alex and JP wed in Warsaw

AFTER living in Ireland for over five years, Polish native, Alex, and her French fiance, JP, tied the knot in the Polish capitol, Warsaw, recently. Alex works as a media analyst and discovered the Gazette while monitoring newspapers! Best of luck, folks.

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How to eat well after finally leaving the nest GET YOUR aprons on and head down to The Cookery School’s five-day cooking courses for young people at Donnybrook Fair’s Morehampton Road Store next month. The courses will help participants build confidence and independence in the kitchen, and are limited to 14 places per course per week. “Leaving the Nest” is a handson course for people aged 17 to 25+ on August 29 to September 2. This course is suited for those who are soon to leave, or who have recently moved away from home to start college. Participants will learn to make affordable, delicious meals, including breakfasts, packed lunches, supper dishes, curries and Sunday Roasts. The DF Kids’ Cookery Club Summer Camps is a series of five day classes for 10 to 16-year-olds on the weeks commencing July 25, August 8 and August 22. Participants will learn to develop essential kitchen and cooking

skills, as well as how to choose seasonable produce and plan a menu. The cookery classes take place from 10am to 2pm, and costs €200. The cost also includes a recipe booklet, a certificate, lunch and food costs. To book a place, call 01 668 3556 ext 205, or email

Here’s to going great lengths HEINEKEN has launched the second ad in a series created by independent Irish creative agency, Rothco. Gorgeous Girl went live on television on July 18, but Heineken fans and music lovers got a sneak peek before that by ‘Shazaming’ the song from the ad, Bossanova Baby by Viva Elvis Remix, when they heard the track played on the radio. The new ad features the brand’s new global tagline,

DIARY Open Your World, and tells the story of universal beer moments that open people’s world to new and different experiences, and depicts stories of consumers going to great lengths for their Heineken. The commercial shows the lead character using his wits to connect with a stunning woman at an airport bar. His quick thinking and resourcefulness leads to a connection that will later be retold with great excitement to his friends. Walter Drenth, marketing director Heineken Ireland said: “Gorgeous highlights the great lengths Heineken drinkers will go to, to get what they want, including a Heineken. Our consumers are a resourceful bunch, who like to create their own legendary stories that they can share with others.”

Stlyish ladies going Live THOSE four lovely ladies that grace our screen each evening are taking their Xposé Live in the City show to the Grand Canal Theatre this autumn. Taking place on October 22 and 23, Karen Koster, Lisa Cannon, Glenda Gilson and Aisling O’Loughlin are set to take the city by storm, with everything from the latest new season looks from international catwalks to Dublin’s best high street retailers and specialised boutiques on show. Visitors will be able to indulge their inner Goddess, with minimakeovers and beauty treats, and pop-up shops will spring up in unexpected locations around the city centre. Thirty-thousand visitors are expected to attend over the two-day event and each ticket will ensure a seat at the Xposé Live in the City Fashion Theatre Show.

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Brought to you by Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA


Accessories that keep your cat safe T HIS week I want to dedicate my column to all cat owners and urge them to please, please be responsible and fit your Kitties with quick-release cat collarsand this is the reason why. Last week one of our inspectors brought in what we believe to be a four-month-old kitten who, unfortunately, discovered first-hand just how dangerous razor wire fencing can be; especially when you’re not wearing a quick-release collar and are rendered helpless when you try to free yourself. I won’t go into detail because I don’t wish to upset readers, but suffice it to say, by the time somebody found Kitty, alerted

us to her plight and our ambulance raced to the scene, heartbreakingly, she had gone beyond veterinary care. This was a very sad state of affairs that could almost certainly have been prevented if the cat had been wearing a quick-release collar. You see cats are naturally curious. I understand this – I’m a nosey old biddy myself. However, I’m an adult human who knows when she’s out of her depth; realising when to back off. But a cat won’t and will get herself into really tight spots; for example, hooked on a wire fence, caught in a tree branch, snagged on a window latch, etc. and she needs to be able to free herself quickly and

The collar keeps your cat safe and works as ID too

safely. So, what is a quickrelease collar and why are they important?

It’s a collar that has a breakaway clasp that snaps open under little or no pressure allowing your cat to release herself if she gets caught on an object. These collars are

recommended by all animal welfare organisations and every cat re-homed by us at the Dublin SPCA will be wearing one. Does this mean my cat doesn’t need a microchip if she gets out?

Your cat should be fitted with a microchip as a permanent means of

identification because the quick-release collar does exactly as its name states – it allows your cat free herself if her collar gets caught, trapping her and causing her difficulty. Once it latches onto something, Kitty tugs, collar flies open, kitty is released and off she runs, hence no ID. Again, all cats re-homed from the Dublin SPCA are fitted with a microchip before they leave our premises.

My cat’s an indoor cat; she doesn’t need a quick-release collar/ microchip?

Can I put a quickrelease cat collar on my dog?

How do I fit my cat’s collar?

Absolutely not! Dogs need to wear collars designed to stay on for use with their leads, but cats need to be able to wear collars that open up in the event of an emergency.

Yes, she does. What if she gets caught on a window latch while you’re out at the shops…how will she free herself? When she does manage to free herself, what if she escapes through an open door/window, gets frightened, disoriented? How will the finder identify her owner?

You know your cat’s collar fits correctly when you can fit two of your fingers between it and your cat’s neck. It’s important to know and understand what type of collar you’re looking for, and it’s very

much a personal choice, but, above all, the purpose of the collar is to provide identification, perform safely and be comfortable for your cat. So, please, if you’re a cat parent and want to ensure your feline friend is purrrfectly safe, and ensure your own peace of mind, then go out today and purchase a quick-release cat safety collar. Better still, drop into our gift shop, Central Bark, at the Dublin SPCA, Mount Venus Road, and check out our stock. Our vets will also be happy to microchip your animal for only €25. No appointment necessary. For more information log onto or email me at

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Plan for the winter conditions by taking a drive in the all-wheel-drive version of the Suzuki SX4, which is now available with a 2.0 litre diesel engine

Suzuki offers SX4 4x4 option MICHAEL MORONEY reminds readers to plan for winter as he

takes a drive in the Suzuki SX4 with a full 4x4 system WE HAVE 146,000* READERS EACH WEEK *based on standard industry measurements


UZUK I has a niche opportunity with the SX4 as there’s an option of a 4x4 version that’s compact and practical when it needs to be. Last winter’s snow and frostcovered roads proved that, for many drivers, especially in rural areas, there is a place for a small and compact 4x4 vehicle. With the weather that we’ve had in recent weeks it’s easy to forget December’s snowy conditions. I don’t want to take the gloss away from any recent bouts of good weather, but the reality is that, as we face into August, can winter be that far away? I had the small Suzuki SX4 on the road recently to try and assess its scope for our conditions. I know that I should have driven it earlier in the year when conditions would put it to the test, but the 1.9-litre


SPECS: SUZUKI SX4 4X4 2.0 DDIS Top speed: 180 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 11.2 secs Economy:18.8 km/litre (5.3 l/100km) (53mpg) CO2 emissions: 139g/ km Road Tax Band: B (€156) Euro NCAP Rating: 4 Star (2006) Warranty: 3 years Entry Price: €20,950

diesel-powered Suzuki SX4 4x4 has only recently become available to me. T here is growing awareness of the challenges that winter driving presents, especially after the past two winters. And who knows just what lies ahead for 2011? Suzuki has an upgraded SX4 to answer that call. This is a small car that includes a 4x4 system to meet the winter road challenges. The latest SX4 comes

powered by a Fiat-built 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine. It’s a compact car that’s both lively and reasonably economical. For the current market, this 2.0-litre diesel engine is more than capable. It delivers good acceleration, with a rating of 11.2 seconds for a 0 to100km/hr run. That’s a shade slower than the more expensive Skoda Yeti, with marginally more power from a similar size engine. The SX4 has an economy figure of 18.8km/litre (53mpg). That I would consider is reasonably impressive, given that you have added weight with a 4x4 system underneath. My driving style gave a slightly lower average figure of 17km/litre and that comes reasonably near to what Suzuki claims. The car has a CO2 rating of 139g/km, which puts it into Band B motor tax rating. That means

a road tax level of €156 per annum; that’s about as low as it gets for a 4x4 vehicle, even if it’s a small one. On balance, the engine size is probably a shade on the big size for a car of this size, especially as car makers are downsizing on engines. I read recently that Fiat has signed a new deal with Suzuki for diesel engines and so, hopefully, the next generation SX4 will benefit from a new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel in the not too distant future. The key feature of the SX4 is the all-wheel-drive system. It allows the driver to select 4WD-Auto, 4WD-Lock, and 2WD modes to suit driving conditions, giving improved traction on low-grip surfaces. In 4WD-Auto mode, as soon as front wheel slip is detected, torque is automatically sent to the rear wheels to give all-wheel

traction and improve vehicle stability. The 4WD-Lock mode maintains full traction up to around 60km/ hr, before automatically switching to 4WD-Auto mode for smooth cruising. Selecting 2WD drive through the front wheels will obviously give the best fuel economy and that was the mode that I drove the SX4 for most of my test drive on good road surfaces. My off-road driving was limited to dry field conditions; these conditions were no major challenge for the SX4. Even so you can detect that extra traction when the 4WD mode is selected. The SX4 is not expensive to own, the running costs are competitive at 18.8km/litre and an annual service at 15,000km. The road tax rates are comparable.

Suzuki has a good tradition in terms of build quality and there is a three-year warranty deal that seems comprehensive. A space-saver spare wheel is also included. Suzuki lacks the inclusion of an electronic stability programme system as standard feature on the SX4 diesel version. The car is very functional so there’s not much included in the way of luxury. It is a very practical small car and reasonable value at €20,950, especially if you have a trade-in. I was impressed with the car’s simple style, economy and off-road system with reasonable 190mm off-road ground clearance. I found that, on longer runs, the car lacked a level of smoothness from the gearbox and suspension that’s now expected for greater comfort.

Mitsubishi unveils cheaper i-MiEV electric car MITSUBISHI has launched two new versions of the i-MiEV electric car in Japan, slashing the price on one and extending the range on the other to appeal to more consumers in the growing zero-emission market. Mitsubishi became the first major car

company to mass-produce pure electric cars with the egg-shaped i-MiEV. It has sold about 4,000 electric cars for sale under PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s brands. In the i-MiEV’s first remodelling, Mitsubishi will offer an entry-level “M”

version, with a lower price of about €22,391 with a shorter range of 120km (75 miles), compared with 160km (100 miles) for the previous model. The higher-grade “G” version can go 180km (110 miles) on a full charge measured under a stricter Japanese fuel

economy reading. Mitsubishi Motors will buy the smaller-capacity lithium-ion batteries for the i-MiEV’s “M” grade from Toshiba Corp. and continue using batteries made by its joint venture with Mitsubishi Corp and GS Yuasa Corp for the “G”.

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GazetteBUSINESS BUSINESS Interview: Davide Chicco Suleymano, Sous Chef, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

Serving up a focus on diner excellence DAVIDE Chicco Suleymano joined Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown in November, 2010. He was employed as Chef de Partie, and has recently been promoted to Sous Chef, in Forchetta Italian Grill & Pizzeria. Davide is originally from Rome and has an array of Italian cooking skills and experience, which he has shared with the kitchen team. He has shown huge commitment and dedication in carrying out his work. His dishes have proven to be extremely popular with guests, and the feedback has been excellent. During service, Davide will chat to the guests and also entertain children. He has established a new initiative – Kids Pizza Making – which sees any of the children who eat in the restaurant able to join Davide in making their favourite pizza at the “theatre kitchen” in the restaurant, with the children thoroughly enjoying this interaction. Davide takes a huge, vested interest in the progress of Forchetta. He reviews the evening sales and the feedback from the guests each night to ensure that the dishes he creates are exactly to the guest’s requirements. He has also recently created a new range of Italian Chef Specials for Sanctuary Bar. Davide will often come in on his day off to check on the restaurant chefs who cook in his absence, to ensure the consistency of the dishes he has created. He is very popular among his team and with guests, and he truly goes the extra mile in delivering excellent service – so much so, he has recently won tickets to the London Olympics in 2012 as part of a hotel service award.

Football Club.

Q: What was your first job? A: When I was 13, I spent a summer working in a small fish shop, starting at 8am and finishing at 8pm, six days a week.

my details online for the insurance company, the quote is €100 cheaper. Is there anything to stop me from getting the online price, even though I am an existing customer - €100 is a big enough difference? Johnny – Rathmines A – MOST financial institutions and insurance companies want you to apply online and use the social networks rather than labour-intensive methods. What you are also experiencing is discrimination – even some of the current deposit takers advertise their new savings products with warnings: “New funds only” – and you should certainly not put up with accepting your renewal insurance at a higher price from the same company! Call them up and ask if you can avail of the online quotation. If they say no, ask them to cancel your renewal – and apply online as a new customer. Better in your pocket than theirs! LIFE COVER Q - WE ALREADY have life cover on our mortgage but now, with a new child, is there a need for further life cover, and what other insurance cover would you recommend us to consider at this time ? Joan - Castleknock Davide Chicco Suleymano, Sous Chef, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown

A - THIS is a sensible and responsible approach to raising a family. What happens if you die sud-

Q: What part of your working day do you ‘delegate’? A: Starters and desserts are delegated to Paulo; I look after the main courses.

Q: What sport do you follow? A: Football and water polo. Q: Have you achieved anything that you once thought you could not pull off? A: I’ve just won tickets to the London

gorgonzola cheese, or lobster and Torta Della Nonna (grandmother’s cake, Italian-style).

Q: Where do you enjoy spending money frivolously?

A: Dire Straits.

Q: Describe your dream holiday? A: New York, or Rio de Janeiro.

some weight.

A: The dish shop when I was 13 – I

Q: Describe your dream meal?

couldn’t play, all summer, and I stank of fish!

A: Porcini mushrooms, topped with

you have dependents, and up to their third level and means the full amount of cover is payable

A: My birthday next week; I’ll be 36.

A: Sampling the food; I’d like to lose

tection, up to 10 times your annual income once

Q: How many pairs of shoes do you own? A: Seven.

Q: What music do you have on your iPod/iPad?

Q: Have you ever done a job you loathed?

should have life cover outside of mortgage pro-

education – this is called Level Term Insurance,

Q: What is the best thing about it?

Q: What habits would you like to lose?

husbands could not afford to pay the true worth

A: City sightseeing.

Q: At the moment, what are you looking forward to?


There is a major financial issue, apart from

of stay-at-home mums if they had to. Ideally, you

A: Jedward.

A: Forchetta Restaurant, on Facebook.

children should focus your mind on these issues.

A: Dame Edna.

Q: Who best represents modern Ireland – David Norris or Jedward?

A: I don’t have a desk – I have a hot

cannot work, or are made redundant? Having

emotional, should one of the parents die. Most

Q: When did you start your present job? A: November, 2010.

Q: Who do you follow on Twitter/Facebook?

denly – either partner – or what happens if you

Q: Who would you rather have dinner with – Enda Kenny or Dame Edna?

Olympics for service to the hotel – I never thought this was a possibility!

Q: What’s currently on your desk that shouldn’t be?

CAR INSURANCE more than €400 for the year. However, if I fill in

Q: And your first pay cheque? A: It was 100 lira a week.

A: The quality of the ingredients, and the high standard of cooking and presentation being used here at the hotel.


Q – MY CAR insurance renewal has come in at

Q&A Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be? A: I wanted to be a footballer with Lazio


Q: What would be your dream job? A: Executive chef in an Italian restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel Group (Crowne Plaza is part of this group).

Q: What do you plan to do when you retire? A: I plan to try and do as much holidaying as possible.

for the full term, if one of you dies at any time. Health insurance should now include the newborn, while income protection covers up to 75% of your monthly income should you be incapacitated and unable to work for any reason. This takes effect usually after six months of incapacitation, and pays out until you return to work or your pension kicks in. Remember also that all premiums paid on income protection policies attract tax relief at your marginal rate. Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

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Cyprus - a holiday rich in both sun and culture FEW countries can blend the past with the present as seamlessly as Cyprus. Visitors to the birthplace of Aphrodite are in for a feast of historic sites and landmarks, before relaxing on endless golden beaches and soaking up the island’s vibrant nightlife. The lush resort of Paphos is famed for its quiet coves and sandy bays. Alongside the town’s many inviting taverns, fish restaurants and bars, there’s a wealth of culture to uncover, from the Tomb of the Kings to Aphrodite’s Rock. On the eastern side of the island, Nissi Bay and Protaras are popular locations for visitors. The former is a haven for watersports and for families looking for a relaxed holiday. Alongside snorkelling, scuba diving and perhaps the best beaches in Cyprus, Portaras offers shops, bars and nightlife all within easy reach. Sunworld has weekly flights from Dublin to Cyprus. Departing July 24, seven nights selfcatering is on offer at the 3-star Sofianna Apartments in Paphos for €495 while the 3-star Kapatanios Bay Hotel in Protaras is from €549 on a bed and breakfast basis. Half-board at the 4-star Iliada Beach Hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Protaras beach, is available for €729 per person, departing September 4. Prices are per person based on two sharing. “Cyprus is still undiscovered terrain for many sun package holidaymakers,” says Sharon Harney, of Sunworld Holidays. “Those who do know it appreciate its unique charm and the great variety it offers to sunseekers of all kinds - young and old. As a result, we get lots of repeat visitors to the island.” To book call Sunworld on 0818 20 20 20, log on to or visit your nearest travel agent.

IT was time for the annual migration of my mum to West Cork for the summer. But, this year, I had an idea – why don’t we go a different route and complete the trip over two days, stay in a hotel overnight and have a good meal? R e a l l y m a ke i t a mother/daughter trip. I loved the idea, and so did she. We decided to hit Tullamore, a town I had never been to, but about which I had heard great things, and we chose to stay in the Bridge House Hotel in the centre of town. I have stayed in many a four-star hotel, some good, some not so good, but, because my mum was with me, and I was treating her (for a change!), I really wanted it to be good. I was not disappointed. W hen we arrived, there was a wedding taking place, and as soon as I clocked some tie-less men and “tangoed” women, I worried that we were going to be kept up all night with revellers. But, we persevered, and the checking-in process was swift, efficient and enjoyable, with the reception staff looking after us very kindly. We were booked in to a suite, with a double

bed, and two singles - a coupled with a side of room that oozed com- uber-tasty spud gratin). All of this was teamed fort, featured tea and coffee making facilities, with vegetables – it was (hoteliers take note, a meal to be reckoned this is important to us with, both delicious and customers) and a large copious, a joy. We shared a pavlova bathroom – I breathed for dessert, and we were a sigh of relief. As we headed down stuffed. to dine, I was struck by how many things were Sound sleep going on in this hotel; After a sound sleep, t h e r e s t a u r a n t w a s never once subjected to packed, apparently with the feared rowdy activiteachers celebrating the ties, we enjoyed a wonend-of-term; there was derful breakfast. so many women in the When I was leaving dining room, I thought I the restaurant, I headed was at a feminist rally. into the bar and witT h e c o n s i d e r a t e nessed at least 70 peowaiter, recognising my ple, presumably locals, mum’s years, slipped e n j o y i n g a c a r ve r y us into a quiet corner – breakfast. very attentive and very To position itself as much appreciated. part of the town’s fab--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

‘A hotel that we should be proud of, it’s extremely well-run, supercomfortable, and great value. If that’s not a hotel that will survive this recession, then no hotel will’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------And then, there was ric, and to be able to the food. attract this kind of local It was great – two business, just shows amazing retro-prawn that this hotel really is c o c k t a i l s k i c ke d i t awesome. off, stuffed with king T he Bridge House prawns. Hotel has the usual leiThis was followed by sure centre and a small a Gaelic steak for me spa. (steak with a cream and I booked myself in for whiskey sauce). a mini-facial and back The chicken Bridge massage; be assured, House for mum (chick- these girls don’t mess en stuffed with potato, around. mushroom and spinach I specified a firm masin a fab creamy sauce sage, and that’s what I

got, and the facial was bliss. Afterwards, you are directed to the “egg”! “What is that?” I hear you say. Well, it’s a smidge claustrophobic, but you get inside and chill out while the seat vibrates as you look at the stars. Apparently it’s the only one in Ireland; O s c a r W i l d e wo u l d have loved this. T he Bridge House Hotel is a hotel that we should be proud of, it’s extremely well-run, super-comfortable, and great value. If that’s not a hotel that will survive this recession, then no hotel will.

The Bridge House Hotel

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CityTravel Explore New York at a reasonable price FOR those wanting more from their mini-break, New York is home to a plethora of fantastic museums and art galleries, as well as almost 2,000 public parks – offering plenty of fresh air to stir the senses. What’s more, Washington Square Park, in Greenwich Village, is at the centre of New York University’s campus, but is open to the public for art events, lectures and gallery talks throughout the summer. In addition, every Tuesday until early August the Washington Square Music Festival offers free classical and jazz concerts. Ideally located in Midtown Manhattan, the newly re-launched NYMA, the New York Manhattan Hotel is one hotel close to the action. It offers complimentary continental breakfast, wi-fi and phone calls nationwide, plus children aged 12 and under stay for free. Prices in July and August start from €67 per person, based on two sharing. For more details visit

Spoilt for choice during Stockholm’s summer

offers some luxurious leisure facilities during your stay, aside from its bar and restaurant

STOCKHOLM is a city filled with things to do in summer. Being surrounded by water (Stockholm is an archipelago), it is so clean that visitors can take a swim right in the city centre. During the endless summer nights, Stockholmers gather in outdoor bars and restaurants to celebrate the fact that the sun never really sets before rising again. Djurgården, the greenest island in Stockholm, is great for a relaxing ride along beautiful bike paths taking in some beautiful scenery. The Old Town is the gem of Stockholm and a visit here should not be rushed. Take a stroll through the narrow, cobble-stoned alleys and sit down in one of the squares for some people-watching. A city built on 14 islands offers an infinite number of stunning water views. You can choose from one of the many boat tours, lounge on deck while enjoying the sea breeze and the skyline from the water. SAS fly direct from Dublin to Stockholm from as little as €69 one way, including all taxes and charges. Visit for more details.

Picture: Yanan Li - Stockholm Visitors Board

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GoingOUT GoingOUT MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Victor’s Dung WRITER and director, Seamus O’Rourke, stars in his own production, Victor’s Dung, alongside Tommy Sharkey and Charles McGuinness. Victor Maguire is Cavan farmer, who is a remarkably vulgar, boorish and un-PC man living on his farm yard, characterised by its own dung heap. Things go drastically different one Friday morning for Victor, with hilarious results. Saturday, July 23. Admission: €12/10

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 Plaza Suite ROUGH Magic Theatre Company Theatre’s Plaza Suite is one of Neil Simon’s most popular and celebrated plays. The play focuses on the misadventures of three very different couples as they face important moments in their lives, all in the same hotel room in the world famous Plaza Hotel. Laughter is guaranteed with this witty, funny and clever play. Running until Saturday July 30 [excl. Sundays]. Mon-Fri: 8pm and Sat: 3pm and 8pm. Admission: €17.60/€18/€20/€22/€25.00

THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Dublin Flamenco Festival THE Dublin Flamenco Festival will take place in The Helix, commencing on July 23 with a lead performance from Rafaela Carrasco. Following that, there will be several solo and group performances from some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and singers including singer, Antonio Campos on Sunday July 24. Saturday July 23 – Sunday July 31. Tickets: €33,€30,€29,€26

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Desmond Kenny - Past and Present DUBLIN 15-based artist Desmond Kenny is showing both old and new work at Draiocht this summer as he is welcomed to both the ground floor and first floor. The artist has had an active relationship with the centre for the 10 years it has been open, holding a solo show there in June 2001. This will be the first big exhibition of Kenny’s new venture into abstract painting. Kenny’s new work tries to tap into the childlike creativity that breaks free from art history by removing all figuration from the work. His earlier figurative work will be exhibited in the First Floor Gallery at the same time. Until Saturday August 27. Admission: Free

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band FROM the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley and some living country music performers, comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band — five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth. Thursday, July 21 at 8.30pm. Admission: €18.

Damien O’Kane DAMIEN O’Kane comes to Seamus Ennis Centre on July 22. The young player is earning a growing reputation for being a creative and exciting musician and singer. His banjo playing in particular has led him to being regarded as one of the finest Irish players on the scene today and he is winning accolades as a singer, focusing on songs from his native Northern Ireland. He his probably best-known for his work with Shona Kipling and Flook but has recently been a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band. This is not one to be missed as O’Kane is certainly a rising star. Thursday, July 21 at 8.30pm. Admission: €16.

After ten years and eight films, the Harry Potter film franchise comes to an epic close with The Deathly Hallows: Part II. Fans and critics alike are all geared up for what at the very least promises to be a wand-erful finish to the series.

Still some magic left After a decade-long saga, Harry Potter is back for one last shake of the wand with The Deathly Hallows: Part II Q JONATHAN KEANE

IT FEELS like Harry Potter just won’t go away. Over the last decade the franchise has completely overrun the worlds of cinema and books, and pop culture as a whole, capturing both adults and kids in equal measure, some of which are unnervingly fanatical and loyal. But now it comes to an end. As the story of everyone’s bespectacled wizard progressed, so did the depth of the plot and sub-plots. The heavily layered tale crafted by JK Rowling, on page, and David Yates (for the last four films) on screen, resulted in needing complete commitment from the viewer, often leaving behind those that aren’t diehards. For those that loved and lapped up each of the books, it’s been an exciting couple of years, anxiously awaiting each movie instalment with a

FILM OF THE WEEK: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II +++ (12A) 130 mins Director: David Yates Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter

OUR VERDICT: THE only real weakness in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II is that it is not an inclusive film – it’s a film for loyal followers that have been frothing at the mouth since the first book and film. The film excludes anyone who has avoided the films before as they’ll have to wade through the entire saga if they want to catch up. Readers can catch up with Kate upon her proper return, next week.

bated breath, and indeed a critical eye, observing each nuance of the book, hoping it translates to the big screen or erupting in outrage when something is omitted or poorly portrayed. The Deathly Hallows, the concluding book in the saga, was so vast in detail and scope that crafting only one film was a nigh on impossible task so it was split into two films. The first part, released in November of last year, ended with people simply craving more and more.

The eight-month wait must have seemed like an eternity but the wait is finally over. Like all the predecessors, The Deathly Hallows: Part II will be divisive in some circles and unifying in others. The great debate of book-to-film adaptations will continue. Harry Potter wasn’t the first, and it most certainly won’t be the last. People will argue that, while the film has remained loyal to the book for the most part, it’s just not quite 100%

there. While on the other end of the spectrum, it could be argued that some fat could have been trimmed, with minor characters being cut or minimised here and there, or some scenes could even be dropped. Regardless, if you’ve loved the films in any way then it’s unlikely you’ll find any major flaw with its concluding affair. D a n i e l R a d cl i f f e , though still partially annoying, still brings Harry to life and Lord Voldemort is the unruly, evil presence that’s been seething since the very beginning. Of course, this is not a film you can just wander into the cinema some evening and see. The series is completely immersive and the long-time followers will be enthralled once again, while a newcomer with no experience of the other films will be lost and

confused, possibly looking around the cinema awkwardly. Either way, the film is a fitting end to a long, and box-office destroying, era. Now, with the film franchise over, there’s a massive void left in cinema. Somewhat similar to when The Lord of the Rings concluded, it begs the question of where huge production fantasy films will venture to next. It wouldn’t be one bit surprising that somehow, somewhere, someone manages to bang out a spin-off of some kind. Add to that the recent news that Rowling is writing and has done “quite a lot”, we may just see Harry Potter again in some fashion, perhaps enjoying a not quite as adventurous adult life. Look out for Harry Potter and The Curse of the Mortgage Repayments, coming to theatres summer 2025.

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Moves to tame roaming charges ADAM MAGUIRE

IF YOU have a bill phone, and if you have travelled abroad in the last few years, there is a good chance you got an a nasty shock on your return. Roaming has proven to be an expensive thing to do, especially now that many phones want to pull in information from the internet, too, and so it can be easy to end up with a big bill after your break away. However, in the EU at least this is changing, and natural competition seems to be driving down costs, too. So, here is a little bit of good news for anyone heading overseas in the coming weeks and months. A few years ago, the EU decided it was going

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abroad might still get a fright. That should change next year but, in the meantime, operators are forced to send warning texts when people start to spend too much. to force mobile phone companies to cut roaming costs; this was after a long time of pushing them to do it themselves. As of the start of June, the prices came down again – to a maximum of 35c per minute for a call, and 11c for a text.

Domestic rates The plan is to keep pushing rates down lower every year until they are the same as what people pay domestically. Unfortunately, data rates have not been capped just yet, so people using smartphones

Mobile roaming changes At the start of the summer, Meteor announced all calls and texts within certain European countries would be the same as ones made locally. They have been advertising it a lot ever since, and it seems to have gained a lot of customer interest. Not to be left behind, Vodafone have unveiled an offer that will allow users to have free data roaming when abroad for the months of July and August. After that, the prices

will probably go back to normal, so enjoy it while you can!

If all else fails The EU rules obviously only apply to European countries so, if you are travelling to Asia or the US, you can still end up getting stung with a big bill. In order to avoid this, consider investing in a MaxRoam SIM card (from , which promises to cut roaming costs significantly. It works just like a normal SIM card and does not require any special codes – the magic of it comes when it acts like a local connection in the country you travel to. This means you get local rates, rather than high-cost roaming

charges. Their rates on calls, texts and data all promise to be well below what you would get when using your own SIM card, and, as it is pre-pay, you do not have a bill to shock you at the end of it all.

Apple iMac

APPLE are masters at making computers look beautiful, and the iMac is no exception – though it is an expensive example of the company’s talents.

Perched on a slim base, the Apple iMac looks like a rather slick flat-screen monitor, and nothing more. In actual fact, the entire computer is housed within its metallic frame. This all-in-one

approach is something that has been copied lately by other computer makers, but none has done it quite so well, and quite so stylishly. Of course, the iMac is about more than the

looks of its hardware – it also packs quite a punch under the hood. Its cheapest iteration comes with a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of R AM and a 500GB hard-drive; all quite impressive numbers. However, that is the one drawback of the iMac – its cheapest version is not all that cheap. The basic machine clocks in at a whopping €1,149 and, while you get far more than you would in a cheap PC, there is no denying that it is still a steep investment to make. The iMac is available from the online Apple Store, from €1,149. Visit for the latest tech news, reviews and views.


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Leaps of faith result in medal glory for clubs

TEN young Irish divers made a splash this weekend at a top British competition, coming home with a string of medals and a series of personal bests. Six young divers from the Shamrock Diving Club and four from the Dublin Diving Club, both of which are based at the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown, competed against a high-

quality field in the British Gas ASA National Age Group Championships in Sheffield over four days. The biggest Irish team ever to take part at a UK national age group level netted a haul of four bronze medals, including the first ever podium finish for Irish synchro divers. The impressive performance by six girls and four boys clearly demonstrate how far diving has come in this

country. “This was an excellent result for Irish diving and demonstrates how far the sport has come in the last year,” said Sonya Kerr, coach of Shamrock Diving Club, who travelled with the team for the competition at the Pond’s Forge arena, which was attended by 200 young divers from across Britain and Ireland. Leading the Irish charge were Sean McCormack, from Rathfarn-

The ten members of the Shamrock and Dublin Diving Clubs in Sheffield for the championship event

ham, and Jack Ffrench, from Maynooth. The two 15-years-olds, who are members of Shamrock Diving Club (SDC), tasted individual success but the dive partners also won a historic bronze for their synchro performance for ages 14 to 18.

McCormack scored a bronze for his performance in the Boys’ Group A Platform competition, while Ffrench also had a prestigious third-place finish in the Boys’ Group B three-metre springboard event. Their achievements

were followed not far behind by the rest of the Irish team, some of who were competing for the first time at this level. Tony Miller (SDC), from Finglas, had two 13 t h - p l a c e f i n i s h e s against a strong field, finishing less than five

points outside the top ten, marking an impressive debut for the 11-yearold at age-group level. Meanwhile, Jack Price (SDC), from Leixlip, finished in 15th place in the Platform competition, again on the 11-year-old’s debut attempt.

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Happy times for the cup winners


Fingallian’s junior ladies’ football B team

Fingallians’ girls hail their success in championship INGALLIAN’s junior ladies’ football B team topped off a fine, league-winning, season with a 7-7 to 1-3 victory over Thomas Davies at Balheary recently that sealed their title victory in emphatic style. Though the final margin of victory was convincing, Fingallians’ manager Paddy Mulligan suggests that it was a closer-run thing than the scoreline suggested. The game was tight enough in the first half, but after some stirring half-time words from the management team, the team came out in the second half to blitz Thomas Davis off the park. “I felt that our girls were a little bit too nervous in the first half, and they didn’t play their normal style of relaxed football. They rushed some decisions, so we asked them at half-time to sit back and take it a bit easier, and not rush their play.” said Paddy. It has been an excellent season thus far for the Fingallians’ ladies, having secured the Adult Division 5B title by four points from Clontarf. They are now looking forward to emulating that success in the coming championship.


The bubbly was flowing...

Some stirring half-time words were needed from the management team the girls prepared to accept the cup...

Even supporters got in on the act

...and their smiles said it all at the end of the campaign

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Coolmine kicks on for the future

Luke Corcoran’s Coolmine gym has become a hotbed of martial arts talent in its short time in existence, and is looking to build on its success IN THE corner of the clammy room stands a man of average height, average build, but with an untameable fire in his eyes. Methodical in his approach, he scans the room looking for points to raise with his budding athletes. No one would have believed him at this point - that this gym, his dream, would go onto be a well-respected one in the business of martial arts just one year on, but Luke Corcoran only ever needed one man to believe in him — and that was himself. Beginning in the summer of last year, Corcoran began teaching a single class every week on the back of the training he received from his father, Eddie Corcoran, in traditional Japanese Jujitsu and his Judo training under

former Olympian, Kieran Foley. A black belt in both disciplines, Corcoran began teaching to only a handful of students every week after he gained a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), which focuses on grappling and ground fighting, and which was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan judo in the early 20th century. The Coolmine BJJ club was assisted in its establishment by Paul Fox, a purple belt in BJJ, and a champion in both Ireland and America, on their way to their first team outing for the club.

First fighter The first fighter to represent the club came in the form of Kevin Doyle, who lined out for the club at white belt in the Irish Open in October of last year.

Quickly gaining a reputation for his wrestling ability, Doyle dismissed his opponent in his firstbout, but, unfortunately, lost his second. Meanwhile, Corcoran

Five medallists emerged from the Informed Performance tournament in the shape of Doyle, McCabe, Savage, Luke Carroll and McLoughlin, showing the Blanchards-


‘This has been an unbelievably successful season. We’re now going to push for even more success, and I’ve every faith we can do it’ --------------------------------------------------------

himself went on to claim the Irish championship in the same event. The first competition team for Corcoran’s CBBJ gym was made up of Kevin Doyle, Daire McCabe, Sean Savage, Luke Carroll, Craig McLoughlin, Stephen Burke, Petesy Carroll and Mark Geiran, who took part in their first competitive event in Glasnevin last April.

Members of the Coolmine BJJ gym before the Munster Open

town gym as one to watch for the future. More focus went into training after the successes at the Glasnevin tournament, and Corcoran upped the ante to two days a week, training one day in the traditional style and the other in mixed martial arts form, one similar to the popular American promotion, UFC. Again, in April, medals came in abundance, with Kevin Doyle, Sean Savage, Robert Burke, Stephen Burke, Brian Wall, Conor Malone and Alan O’Gorman claiming for the club at another Informed Performance event. Coolmine BJJ set up home in Coolmine Industrial estate, after being invited to use the facility by Spartan Martial Arts coach, and kickboxing world champion, Robbie McMenamy. Corcoran started to train all facets of the

fight game, with Dean O’Sullivan, a veteran boxing trainer, taking control of stand-up training. With the club again upping the ante to four training days a week, the fruits of their labours were proved at the Munster Open in July. The team’s first outing in traditional BJJ saw ten competing and four medalling — McLoughlin, Monnelly, Greaney and Corcoran himself. T he Blanch-based club finished their season with three outings in the MMA leagues, where Kevin Doyle, Robert and Stephen Burke went out and claimed victories for the club. “This has been an unbelievably successful season for us,” said an enthusiastic Corcoran. “We have managed to coach complete beginners to competent Mixed Martial Artists in an extremely short space of time. “We had our first grading in which as a team we received two belt promotions and 30 stripes altogether from one of Ireland’s greats, John Kavanagh. “Next season we’re going to push for even more success and I’ve every faith that we can do it,” said Corcoran. Coolmine BJJ trains people from ages of 13 and upwards. For information contact club manager Paul Murphy on 087 912 7951.

FastSport Girls take place as part of Harmony tournament THE Harmony soccer tournament will take place this year at Sportslink, Santry, on Saturday, August 20. The competition was initially developed as a cross-border football tournament for boys. It now caters for 32 teams across five sections — boys, girls, Special Olympics, Powerchair and Irish Street Leagues, with teams coming from communities in Northern Ireland, Germany, Italy, Cork, Meath and Fingal. This year’s event will also cater for U-11 and U-13 girls, with a soccer festival being held on the day to promote the underage girls’ game. For further information on the Fingal Invitational Harmony Tournament contact Joe Corr: or 087-6815811

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Double honours for Caolan: from Forrest Little HONORARY Treasurer of the Lein-

ster Branch of Golfing Union of Ireland, Joe McNamara presents Forrest Little’s Caolan Kennedy, accompanied by his father, Michael, with the runners-up prize and also a Hole-in-One prize at the Titleist Footjoy Ireland-sponsored Leinster Under-15 Close Championship at Ashbourne Golf Club last week.

Swords RFC announce pre-season player drive SWORDS RFC has announced that pre-season training will commence on August 2 and a major recruitment drive is underway across Fingal as the club looks to bolster its playing ranks for the coming campaign. “A major part of last season¹s great success at all grades was the addition of so many new players to the club,” said Swords captain, Fiachra Coll. “Therefore, as always, we would like to invite everybody down to play a bit of rugby and join the club next season.” Anyone interested in getting involved is asked to e-mail for more information or drop into club HQ at the Pavilions any Saturday.

Celtic backing for Traveller training event

giving an opportunity to take part in sport to those who may not have a chance to under normal circumstances.

A TWELVE-week training and fitness programme under the direction of Swords Celtic coach Martin Wright culminated in the friendly encounter between Pavee United and Garda at Ballymun United on Friday last. Garda, captained by David Moore, emerged 5-2 winners in the inaugural Peter McDonagh Memorial Cup decider. The trophy was named to commemorate the young life of a member of the local Travelling community. The initial idea for the training programme came from Winnie McDonnell, wife of Swords Celtic worker, Tommy. The programme was set up with a view to

Fingal HC hold tournament FINGAL Hockey Club has announced that they will be hosting a mixed fivea-aside tournament on August 27 in the ALSAA complex at 1pm. The tournament itself will be followed by a barbecue later in the evening. The club has invited all prospective players to come along and get involved. Those that are interested are asked to contact the club via e-mail at fingalhockey@yahoo. Further information will also be made available over the coming weeks at the Fingal Hockey Club Facebook page.

Picture: Pat Cashman


Local tennis ace James Cluskey saw his form at the David Lloyd Centre transformed into a place at the irish Open this week

Cluskey plays into Irish Open

SWORDS tennis club’s James Cluskey was handed a wild card entry to the opening round of the Green Property Men’s Irish Open $15,000 ITF Futures event at Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club following his involvement in Ireland’s Davis Cup win over Tunisia. In an incredibly close run tie, Cluskey, in tandem with Conor Niland, was unfortunate to come off the end of a 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 scoreline to Anis Ghorbel and Malek Jaziri – the world number 274 – at David Lloyd Riverview, Clonskeagh.

The result put Ireland in a tough position, two legs to one down in the best of five series but they bounced back with Niland and Barry King picking up singles wins on a dramatic Sunday afternoon. It meant that Ireland retained their place as a Group II side in the Euro/Africa Zone Group II, avoiding the major setback that would have occurred otherwise, the drop to Group III. For Irish tennis, the overall victory was a special result for the sport and Cluskey took that momentum into the Irish Open, starting with

a comprehensive victory in his first round doubles’ tie. He also ran up a simple 6-1, 6-1 win in conjunction with James McGee in the first round of the doubles, defeating French pair Simon Cauvard and Elie Rousset. McGee had been something of a doubt having been forced to miss out on the Davis Cup due to a bug picked up in Morocco. But he showed few illeffects when he linked up with one of his preferred doubles partners to produce a very solid result, propelling the second seeds into the quarter-

finals of the event. Cluskey was also handed a wild card for the singles event where he was again due to play Cauvard, a man with a singles ranking in an excess of 1,000 places above the Swords’ doubles specialist. Nonetheless, he will hope to ride the wave of optimism as three Irish men picked up victories on Monday, including first world-ranking points for Ciaran Fitzgerald and Mark Bowtell. Qualifier Bowtell faced his LSU team-mate Neal Skupski and, in a tight match which lasted for two-and-a-half hours, he

battled through to win in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. In the final match of the day, 17-year-old Fitzgerald recovered from being a set down to eventually beat Keelan Oakley of Great Britain to earn his first ATP point 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. In total, eight Irishmen in total are vying for the title with McGee, Sam Barry, King and Daniel Glancy all automatic qualifiers as a result of their ATP World rankings. Cluskey, John Morrissey and Fitzgerald received wild cards while Bowtell qualified over the weekend.

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in association with



still no guarantee on the club get-

kan and his team on a very success-

ting a badly needed extra pitch so

ful football summer camp last week.

club games and training can continue

Please log on to the club Facebook

without any cancellations.

page for all the pictures. This week is the hurling Summer camp week, sponsored by VHI Swift-

Get well soon to Mattie Kane after he broke a foot in the Junior championship defeat in mid-week.

care, which will take place in the club

Ticket applications for the Dublin

with members of the Dublin hurl-

senior footballers’ All Ireland quar-

ing team helping with the coaching,

ter-final can now be made at the club

starting from 10am each morning.


There are still places available -

The best of luck to Sarah Murray,

please contact padraig.durkan.gpo.

Sarah McCarthy and Megan Keogh for further details.

who have been selected to represent

It is a busy week for the hurlers with a league game on Saturday away to Ballinteer St John’s. Register with and be first to get the results.

Dublin in the relay this week. The mobile bloodbank will be in the club on Thursday from 5.30pm to 9pm. Please come down and support this worthy cause.

Members are asked to continue to

This weeks lotto jackpot will be

call and email their local councillors

€1,686. Last week’s numbers are 2, 12,

asking for their support as there is

14, 17 and 33.

St Sylvester’s proved more than a match for Fingal Ravens at Rolestown last week

Ravens routed by Sylvester’s surge AFL 1 Fingal Ravens 0-6 St Sylvester’s 1-16 STEPHEN FINDLATER

REIGNING champions St Sylvester’s moved a step closer to a return to the play-offs in Rolest ow n l a s t S a t u r d ay evening, toughing out a tight first half before taking flight in the second. It leaves the Malahide club needing just one win from their final four league ties to make the end-of-season showdow ns. For Ravens, it means they have a nervous look over their shoulder, two points clear of the relegation play-off zone. The hosts were boosted by the availability of Darren Daly, despite having played a trial game with the Dubs earlier in the day. Syl’s had rested M i c h a e l M c C a r t hy, but it was their intercounty full-for ward line of Nigel Dunne

(Offaly), David Glennon (Westmeath) and, on a special weekend for his namesake, Darren Clarke (Louth) who amply filled the scoring roles. Between them, they notched 1-12, transforming a bitty first half, which ended 0-5 each, into a romp, including the goal that broke the back of this tie in the 36th minute. It was beautifully worked, Dunne and Glennon exchanging a sublime one-two around the floundering defence for the latter to palm in. Clarke was the instigator, fielding a monster Robbie Wallace kick-out and Ravens were not to score again, conceding ten straight points as they struggled travelling up the hill. A fine spell leading up to half-time had them very much believing. Warren Finnegan’s booming left foot had them on the board with a fine 45 – Ravens will debate whether it was

necessary after they felt Niall Tormey’s piledriver was expertly pushed over the bar by Robbie Wallace. Finnegan, though, meant it did not linger in a half which saw numerous efforts up for debate by the respective sides as the game struggled for flow. Clarke’s trio of frees, and one each from Dunne and Glennon, had edged Syl’s into a three-point advantage, Finnegan striking four times while Tormey was a lively presence coming through from the half-forward line. But the second half was all one-way traffic

as John Coughlan and Ross Hazley began to boss the midfield areas, with the slope certainly working to their advantage. Alan Casey did make it even at six a-piece early in the second period but Glennon’s goal started the rot. Brian Sexton was a wily presence at the base of the Syl’s moves as the hosts struggled to keep up. The scores kept flowing, Clarke adding four frees while John Murphy and David Bannigan also weighed in to run up a comprehensive final score and take first spot in the AFL1 table.

FINGAL RAVENS THE senior team play Lucan Sars-

win a home against our neighbours,

fields this Friday, July 22 at 7.30pm

Ballyboughal, in the league on Sun-

away in 12th Lock in the league.

day. Best wishes to Eoin Convery who

Tickets for All-Ireland final (date, time and opponents TBC) must be ordered by 8pm this Thursday, July 21 by text to Desy on 087 995 7429. Junior A team had a good win over St Monica’s in the championship last Tuesday, they now play Parnells in the finals, they also had a good win away to St Brigid’s in the league on Sunday. Junior D team had a good win over Beann Eadair in the championship last Thursday, they now play Cuala in the next round, they also had a good

injured his shoulder in that game. Minor team had a good win away to St Maur’s in the league on Friday. Ladies team had a good win at home to Ranelagh Gaels in the cup last Wednesday. We would like to send get well wishes to Chuck Kennedy. Committee meeting this Thursday, July 21 at 7.30pm in Kettle’s Hotel. There was no lotto winner, numbers were 17, 21, 22 and 31. €20 goes to Betty Fox, Ciaran Kiely and Mrs K Kinsella.

ST COLMCILLE’S THE club held the annual Liam Max-

lopes cost €2 for one line or €5 for

well Memorial golf outing last Fri-

three lines.

day in Swords Open, a great day

Membership for the year is due and

out was held with the weather just

an updated list is available on the

about holding out for the players.

notice board to check your current

Back in the clubhouse, the winners

status - bar staff are not respon-

were announced, with top prize

sible for membership and can only

going to Fran Thomas and her team,

follow the rules of the executive.

who amassed 99 points. Well done to

Training takes place every Tuesday

them and to all the teams and sup-

and Thursday at 7.15pm sharp. A full

porters who made the event such a

turnout is required for training and



Some work will be done in the clubhouse over the week and the club would like to apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. On Saturday evening, the club is

U-14 training is on Monday and Wednesday at 6.15pm. Club looking for mentors to help with Nursery, U-10s, U-12s teams over the coming weeks.

hosting the great Celtic Fusion with

Best of luck to the Dublin hurlers on

Christy Sheridan, open to all mem-

Sunday afternoon against Limerick

bers and supporters.

in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Club lotto takes place every Monday at 10pm in the clubhouse. Enve-

Club are holding a scrap metal collection day on Saturday.


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FIGHT CLUB Brazilian jiu jitsu gym hits new heights P29


Fingallians’ star, Paul Flynn, expects that Dublin to knuckle down for their All-Ireland quarter-final challenge

JULY 21, 2011

Flynn prepared for quarter-final Fingallians’ man sure that Dubs can find their true form as next phase of All-Ireland campaign looms STEPHEN FINDLATER

FINGALLIANS’ man, Paul Flynn, is confident that Dublin’s senior footballers can push on and find their true rhythm in the All-Ireland quarter-finals following a tough run to the Leinster title. Currently in the midst of a three-week break, Dublin are waiting to discover their final-eight opponents, having disposed of Wexford last week, winning their sixth Leinster title in seven years. It was not the smoothest of victories, needing a fortuitous goal to aid their comeback from three points down, but Flynn was upbeat in the wake of that tie about the sky-blue prospects in the do-or-die arena. “It’s the All-Ireland series, there are no second chances now, and we have been here before over the last couple of years and we know what has to be done.

“It’s a matter of knuckling down and getting prepared for whoever we face in the quarterfinals. “Against Wexford, we seemed to find it hard to get into gear, especially in the first-half. We started off well but then, in the early part of the second-half, we took our foot off the pedal, they got into gear and got the run of us,” said Flynn.

Lifted “After they got the goal, we lifted it and got a couple of goals and just kept ahead of them, without playing outstandingly.” It secured a 50th Delaney Cup title and Flynn believes it leaves Pat Gilroy’s side in good stead for the Dublin side’s upcoming challenge. Reflecting on the final, though, he says that there is a confidence in the manner of which Gilroy has managed the team to stick to a game plan.

While the past two years have been formative, this year’s vintage has accumulated plenty of knowledge and confidence in their own game plan after a string of tight games. “We played Laois, Kildare and Wexford three really good teams. We were lucky to get those three good games under our belt. “I wasn’t worried because there was a lot of time left. It was a three-point game and I always knew we had the power and the knowhow to dig ourselves out. We had done it before against a lot of different teams. “They played the system very well and it was hard to break down. “We had a lot of scoring opportunities; we just didn’t seem to kick them over. We won, and that’s the end of it. We’ll look back on it in a couple of weeks’ time and we’ll still have the trophy. “I think we deserved it in the end, I think we played enough good football to win it and I’m happy to be a Leinster champion.”


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