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INSIDE: Volunteer Expo is a great success P6-7


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BRIDE & GROOM: Essential reading

for the blushing bride-to-be P17-23

The results are in: The long wait is over for Junior Cert Champions: Dublin lift the Sam Maguire trophy Pages 29 and 32

LEAH Byrne, Michaela Moriarty,

Nicole Moriarty and Vanessa Greene were amongst the very happy students, who after the long summer wait, arrived at their school, St Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle, to collect the results of their Junior Cert exams. All the students can be proud of completing this first major step on the education ladder and can now look forward to the future. Full Gallery on Page 8

Paracycling: Irish pair win bronze at World Championships Page 30

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES ..................... 6 PROPERTY ....................12 TRAVEL..........................14 ENTERTAINMENT ......... 16 BUSINESS .................... 25 CLASSIFIEDS ............... 26

Council comes out in support of Norris Boost for Senator as councillors give their backing


EMBATTLED Senator David Norris has received a vital boost in his campaign to win the Presidency after Fingal County Council formally nominated him this week. At a special meeting of the council on Tuesday, the 15

councillors present, voted to nominate Senator Norris. The vote was eight in favour - two FF, two Lab, two Socialist Party and two Independents, and five against, including four FG and one Lab with two abstentions from Labour. It now remains to be seen if Senator Norris can get the

four county councils in total, or 20 Oireachtas signatures, he needs to get on the ballot paper. “Although I will not be supporting him, in the interests of democracy it is probably only fair that he does [get support],” Fianna Fail Cllr Darragh Butler said after the vote.

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POLITICS Local candidates talk about their campaigns

Battle for the last seat Q LAURA WEBB

HE narrowly missed out on taking a seat in Dublin West in the General Election but, this week, Labour party grassroots in the constituency overwhelmingly endorsed Patrick Nulty as their candidate in the upcoming byelection to fill the seat left vacant following the untimely death of Brian Lenihan. A councillor and current Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Nulty is 28 years old and also works for a housing and homeless charity. Speaking after his selection Nulty said: “I am honoured to accept the nomination of the Labour Party to contest this election. I believe that this will be a very competitive election, but I believe that the track record of Labour in Dublin West is one to be proud of. “If elected on October 27, I will immediately set about campaigning on the issues that matter to this community – job creation, a sustainable plan for the development of Connolly Hospital and decent public transport,” he said. “I believe that I can bring my considerable experience in social and economic policy to make strong contributions and amendments to legislation, as well as working tirelessly to represent the interests of Dublin West within the government,” he said. So far, Fine Gael is the only party not to have selected a candidate to run in the October byelection. Last week, in a tense selection convention, Fianna Fail’s David McGuinness was chosen to contest the election.

The party had been forced to resort to draw lots after McGuinness and Brian Lenihan’s former director of elections, Edward McManus, tied with 25 votes each. The draw was won by McGuinness who told delegates he would “fight a positive election campaign”. Meanwhile, Socialist Councillor Ruth Coppinger, who has been selected to run for her party, said local issues such as A & E services in Connolly Hospital would be a top priority for her if elected. On a national level she said would be “standing as the Socialist Party/ United Left Alliance candidate in the byelection because there has to be an end to this policy of cuts and austerity, which is not only destroying our health and education, but is actually making the economy worse”. “Fine Gael and Labour are continuing this disastrous policy started by Fianna Fail of bank bailouts for the super-rich and austerity for us. But the economic crisis is deepening and the dole queues lengthening,” she said. Separately, Sinn Fein’s Paul Donnelly has been selected to run as his party’s candidate in the byelection. Speaking following his party’s convention, he described the byelection as a “unique opportunity for the people of Dublin West to give their verdict on the performance of the Fine Gael / Labour coalition government”. “It’s hard to believe that, this time last year; both of these parties were castigating Fianna Fail policy from the opposi-

COUNCILLOR RUTH COPPINGER - SOCIALIST PARTY I’M standing as the Socialist Party/ United Left Alliance (ULA) candidate in the byelection because there has to be an end to this policy of cuts and austerity, which is not only destroying our health and education, but is actually making the economy worse. Fine Gael and Labour are continuing this disastrous policy started by Fianna Fail of bank bailouts for the super-rich and austerity for us. But the economic crisis is deepening and the dole queues lengthening. If you keep cutting incomes and services, there is less money to spend in the economy. The considerable wealth and resources that do exist have to be taken over and used to resolve this financial nightmare. I would stand with Joe Higgins and the ULA TDs in leading the fight against the household and water taxes, which will quickly rise beyond €1,000. No other candidate is willing to help build a mass non-payment campaign needed to defeat these home taxes. A vote to elect a TD in opposition to them has a real purpose.

tion benches, and now, 12 months on, they are implementing it. Only a few short months ago, both parties were making promises not to close hospital wards, not to cut Garda numbers and not to raise income taxes. And what of the promises of jobs for our young people? They have been found out.” Long-time Green Party Representative for Dublin West, Roderic O’Gorman, has also confirmed he will be running as a candidate. Speaking to the Gazette, he said if elected he would be “a constructive voice in the Opposition. If elected, I won’t oppose the Government just for the sake of it. When they make the right decisions, I’ll support them. When they make mistakes, I’ll propose an alternative”.

I have played an active part in the campaign to defend Connolly Hospital from cuts and potential downgrading of the A&E. Fine Gael and Labour will continue the cuts. A vote for them does nothing to safeguard our hospital. They made promises on Roscommon, and quickly betrayed them. Staff and community depend on this vital hospital and should use the byelection to send a ‘Hands off our Hospital’ message to Labour, Fine Gael and the HSE. As a parent, I know the stress being suffered by mortgage-holders as unemployment and wage cuts bite. The Socialist Party advocates a write-down of mortgages to the real value of homes as a way to deal with negative equity. It would free up huge resources to spend in the economy, as well. My record as a councillor for eight years is unequalled by the other candidates. I have fought to maintain green belts, for community facilities and against developer-led planning in Fingal. I would bring the same commitment as a ULA TD.

COUNCILLOR DAVID MCGUINNESS – FIANNA FAIL I AM a young, honest, and hard-working local councillor. Politics can improve people’s communities and lives. I can be a local TD who will make Dublin West a better place to live, work and raise a family. I am very familiar with Dublin West having grown up in Corduff and now living in Manorfields, Ongar. As a young boy, St Patrick’s school teacher, Kevin Willoughby, brought me and other students to play in St Brigid’s GAA and I remember standing behind a banner in Beech Park at a campaign to save the park for the club. I work in every community across Dublin 15 and in six out of the seven secondary schools. I am involved in Castleknock Community College, Luttrellstown Community College, Coolmine Community School, Blakestown Community School and Pobal Scoil Setanta Ongar. I also continue to teach in Riversdale Community College. I work very hard in our local area. Since Brian passed, the one thing Dublin West is missing is a hard-working local TD and I can fill that role and continue to work on the local issues and national issues affecting Dublin West. I got involved in politics as I know hard work can give us all a better place to live, work and raise a family. We need new people coming into politics and we need a fresh approach to the issues in our community. The Government simply do not need another TD and I will work as a local TD and bring Dublin West concerns to the centre of the Dail. I see first-hand how people are struggling with mortgages. I know the community fears for their children’s education and how they worry about paying rising bills. I will use my campaign to listen to local residents and give them the opportunity

to listen to my solutions. We do not need another For-Nothing and Against-Everything candidate to represent Dublin West. I will be a TD with solutions and a high work-rate to see them delivered.

RODERIC O’GORMAN - GREEN PARTY REP FOR DUBLIN WEST NEXT month, a byelection will be held in Dublin West following the untimely death of Brian Lenihan TD. The result of this election will not change the Government, but it will select a new TD for Dublin West for the next four years. I share the anger about what has happened to our country and the failure of political and financial leaders. With the current Government focused on short-term crisis management, I believe we need a longer-term vision for our country. What sort of society do we want after the recession eases? How can

we make sure that the abuses that caused the economic crisis never happen again? I want to see Ireland emerge from the recession as a country which values education and where fairness and equality are at the heart of all decision-making. I want to see economic and social policies made that consider long- term consequences, not just short-term gain. I will be a constructive voice in the Opposition. If elected, I won’t oppose the Government just for the sake of it. When they make the right decisions, I’ll support them. When they

make mistakes, I’ll propose an alternative. As a TD for Dublin West, my priorities would be to: • Protect investment in education • Promote fairness in our taxation and welfare systems • Foster employment across the economy • Address our relationship with Europe in a rational way • Tackle Ireland’s energy needs and meet our environmental obligations • Change our political culture

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EVENT Initiative aiming to help local small businesses


DAA staff cycle 50km for charity Q MIMI MURRAY

Valuable financial advice wil be on offer from memebrs of Fingal County Enterprise Board

Pop-Up bank to give top financial advice VALUABLE financial advice for small businesses in Fingal will be given during Fingal Enterprise Week with a Pop-Up bank opening its doors especially for the event. Described as a collaboration “with a difference”, state support agencies, financial institutions and BES investment companies are getting together at the end of the month to open the Pop-Up bank. The initiative is aimed at local small businesses and Fingal entrepre-

neurs seeking advice surrounding issues such as loans, grants, venture capital funds and Business Expansion Scheme investments. The bank is the brainchild of Fingal County Enterprise Board and is temporarily opening its doors from 12noon to 6pm on Wednesday, September 28, at the Europa Academy in Swords. The initiative is part of the Fingal Enterprise Week programme of events taking place between September 26 and 30. The drop-in exhibition of finance options

is designed for new start-ups and existing businesses. The free event also offers enterprise workshops and confidential mentoring sessions with experienced business people. It is also giving business owners and managers the opportunity to meet financial advisors, accountants and legal professionals at the Europa Academy. “Small businesses from all over Fingal come to us every day looking for advice around loans, grants and venture capital, to help fund their business

activities and growth plans,” said Oisin Geoghegan, CEO of the Fingal County Enterprise Board. “By staging a largescale Pop-Up Bank, we’re bringing all the state agencies, financial institutions and professionals together under the same roof in Swords, as a one-stopshop for anyone in business, or thinking of starting one,” he said.

Workshops In addition to the exhibition element, there are also free workshops for visitors around Idea Genera-

tion, with Joanne Hession; Golden Rules for Success in Business with Mick Rock, and Effective Business Marketing with Conor Kenny. No tickets are required to attend the Pop-Up Bank on September 28, but organisers have advised that appointments for the free mentoring sessions must made in advance through or by telephoning (01) 8900 800. The Europa Academy is located on the Balheary Road in Swords, in the IDA Enterprise Park.






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STAFF at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), cycled a whopping 50km for 3Ts – Turn The Tide of Suicide in north Dublin on Saturday, September 17. The 52-strong group consisted of cyclists of varying experience – from pure beginners to seasoned riders. The atmosphere was electric as the group set out on the first leg of their challenge from ALSAA Sports Complex at Dublin Airport. The nip in the air made the group all the more keen to get on the road. “The teamwork displayed on the day was a credit to all involved, as the more experienced cyclists kept pace with the less experienced – encouraging them along. Craig Sweetman, who offered support and advice to cyclists in the lead-up to the event, cycled in excess of 70km on the day as he moved swiftly up and down the line encouraging people along the way, helped by Kinsealy man,

John Finlay, both of the Airport Fire Service,” a spokesperson for the DAA said. With a short stop at The Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan, the group began the second stage for a triumphant return to Dublin Airport. Behind the event was a team of organisers but also the much-needed sponsors - on this occasion, Eurocycles, who, organisers say, went above and beyond the call of duty and helped make the 52 cyclists and 3Ts a very visible presence on the roads of north county Dublin with specially commissioned jerseys emblazoned with 3Ts. While the event was hosted to coincide with European Mobility Week – encouraging alternative modes of transport – the DAA staff achieved their main challenge, which was to raise awareness for 3Ts and especially the 1Life 24hr Suicide Helpline. For more information on 3Ts and 1Life go to:

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Branding for Business Success seminar BRANDING for Business Success is a breakfast seminar that will be given by Stephen Vard of the Vard Partnership. Fingal Dublin Chamber and Dublin 15 Chamber, in partnership with the Fingal County Enterprise Board, will host the event on September 27 in the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown. Stephen Vard and his company, The Vard Partnership, have been behind the development and refinement of some of Ireland’s leading brands. In this seminar people will learn about critically assessing their own brand, the impact of branding on sales, and how using consumer-led thinking can help to modernise a new brand or modernise a tired one. Log on to to book a place.

€24,851 in funding for vital community forum

COUNCIL Call to ensure project proceeds

All Cllrs on board for Metro Q MIMI MURRAY

ALL Fingal County Councillors agreed to continue to support the Metro North project at a County Council meeting last week. Fianna Fail Councillor Darragh Butler said the project is vital for the transport infrastructure and economic development of Fingal and North Dublin. He also called on Ministers Varadkar, Reilly and Burton to ensure

that the project proceeds as planned and is not cancelled or indefinitely delayed at this late stage by the new Fine Gael/ Labour Government. In their response the council said: “The Metro North Planning process continues on schedule with An Bord Pleanala c u r r e n t l y c o n s i d e ring submissions on the application before it for a depot facility at Dardistown North with a decision due on October 24.

The support for the Metro North project is till very strong

This current application is in accordance with the original permission for Metro North, granted on October 27, 2010. “Reported statements made by the National Transpor t Authority affirm their support of the Metro link as an essential element of pubic transport, supporting the promotion of sustainable transport

in the best interests of the future development of the Dublin Region. “The priorities and programme of government for capital investment in infrastructure, including the Metro North project, is not known at this time but it is understood that these priorities will be indicated publicly in the coming weeks.”

Cllr Butler said after the meeting held last week: “Unfortunately at last week’s meeting we did not get to discuss item number 42 as we ran out of time on a busy agenda, however the motion was agreed by all members present at the end of the meeting without discussion and I plan on raising this again at the October meeting.”

THE Fingal Community and Voluntary Forum is set to receive funding of €24,851 from the Department of the Environment, according to Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North. “I am pleased to receive confirmation that Fingal County Council will be in receipt of these funds for the provision of the vital community and voluntary sector in Fingal. “There is no doubt that members of community and voluntary groups within Fingal work very hard to remain effective despite reduced funding and resources, and their vital work is needed now more than ever in the community. “This is the 11th year in which the Forum has been an invaluable resource for many groups in Fingal. “This is a positive investment for Fingal and I commend the Minister for ensuring that the Community and Voluntary Forum will continue to respond effectively to the needs of the community,” Deputy Farrell said.

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Rockin’ all over the world: The Wright Venue joins global celebrations SWORDS very own The Wright Venue was selected as one of the top 80 venues around the world, and the only venue in Ireland to host The Global Party event on September 16. The event is supporting 12 acclaimed charities across the world. Over September 16 and 17 over 80 parties in 24 hours took place in the major cities across the globe. At The

Wright Venue Super Star DJ Roger Sanchez performed to a capacity crowd on the night supported by the amazing Wright Venue House DJ’s. Gorgeous model and DJ Nadia Forde entertained guests in The Penthouse. Pictured enjoying the party atmosphere were Irish actor Liam Cunningham and award-winning Irish celebrity chef Dylan McGrath.

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Three cheers for the Boys in Blue FINGALLIANS man, Paul Flynn, and Captain Fantastic, Bryan Cullen, were congratulated by north Dublin TD, Brendan Ryan this week, who said the Boys in Blue did the county proud.

Campaigning in North Dublin: Independent Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher continues his listening tour INDEPENDENT Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher visited north

Dublin as part of his continued listening tour on Tuesday, September 13. Speaking about his visit Gallagher said: “I made my way to Balbriggan in north Dublin to speak with some transition year students from the Loreto Secondary School on the topic of ‘Modern Politics in Ireland’. I strongly advocate for young people to get involved and actively engage in politics. I want the young people of Ireland to feel empowered enough to partake in the nation’s conversation, to stress the centrality of our civic duty to each other

and the importance of voting participation – it is our democratic voice to be used. “Today, on my listening tour, I saw the importance of initiating positive conversation about the future, from the education front to the business front. The tone is the same, that we must harness and share our mutual talents to work constructively together. This is the future story of Ireland I want to tell.” Sean is pictured with his wife Trish with students from Loreto and with teacher Ruth McKenna


Public urged to check out car spraying operators Q MIMI MURRAY

UNREGISTERED car spraying operators in Fingal will face fines and court proceedings, a spokesperson for Fingal County Council said this week. T h e E nv i r o n m e n tal Protection Agency (EPA) are urging people in Fingal to check that they are using only certified car spraying operators when getting paintwork repaired. “If you’re having the paintwork on your car touched up, or having the car re-sprayed, you need to be sure that the operator you are using is fully certified. “Car paints contain highly volatile compounds which can be ver y harmful to the environment and to

health if they are not properly handled. “That’s why you have to be sure that the garage or operator you are going to is certified. Certified operators have made an appropriate investment to ensure that they are protecting the environment and people’s health,” says Dr Ian Marnane, Air Enforcement Manager, EPA. “It is important that in Fingal you support certified vehicle refinishers. These businesses have made the appropriate investment to ensure that they are operating in an environmentally friendly way. “You have the reassurance of knowing that they – and you – are preventing harm to the environment and potentially to the


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health of humans and animals.” The number of certified operators has grown in the last two years. I n J a n u a r y 2 010 , there were a total of 700 certified operators throughout the country with 36 of these being in Fingal. Local authorities pursue and prosecute uncertified operators and encourage those who are uncertified to register immediately. A number of successful prosecutions have

b e e n t a ke n a g a i n s t uncertified operators and those convicted face a fine of up to €3,000 and / or jail time of up to one year. A s p o ke s p e r s o n from Fingal County

Council said: “Unregistered facilities will face enforcement proceedings in the courts and likely fines and closure. “This course of action will be taken in the interest of the environment and registered facilities. “Any unregistered operators should contact Fingal County Council without delay and obtain information about these regulations and how to obtain registration.”

Success The Labour Party TD congratulated the Dublin team on their historic All-Ireland Final success over Kerry at Croke Park on Sunday. “It was such an enthralling game and the Dubs showed great character in coming from four points down with six minutes to go to pip Kerry by a point. “It was with great pride that I watched Captain Fantastic Bryan C u l l e n , f r o m S ke rries Harps lift the Sam Maguire Cup. “Both Cullen and Fingallians man Paul Flynn represented North County Dublin with pride all summer in the Dubs’ drive to glory. “Congratulations to Br yan, Paul and the entire Dublin team setup,” he said.

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Fingal Volunteer Centre’s second Volunteer

Call for poster ban shot down Q MIMI MURRAY

PRESIDENTIAL election posters look set to make an appearance in Swords after a request by Fianna Fail Councillor Darragh Butler to ban posters was shot down by Fingal County Council. Cllr Butler made the argument that, unlike local and general election campaigns which do not get the same nationwide and constant coverage, there is a strong argument that presidential election posters should not be required and, ideally, should be banned in the Fingal jurisdiction. The council said that posters associated with presidential elections are exempt from the provisions of the Litter Pollution Acts, 1997 - 2003, unless the posters have been in position for seven days or longer after the latest day upon which the poll was taken for the election. “Section 9 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2009 amended Section 19(7) of the Litter Pollution Acts, 1997 – 2003 introduced a time limit prior to public meetings / elections / referenda from which posters can be erected. This time period commences on the date that the Minister makes the order for the holding of the poll or 30 days prior to the date of the poll, whichever is the shorter period. The time limit for Referendum posters will not be restricted to 30 days. These posters will be allowed from the date the Polling Day Order is signed.” The council said there is no legislative basis for prohibiting the placement of presidential election posters that are erected within the terms of the above legislation. However, they did they that the matter may be resolved through all-party agreement.

RTE weather presenter, Nuala Carey, was on hand to launch Fingal Volunteer Expo, with volunteers and staff from Fingal Citizens Information Service

GORTA was just one of 22 organisations present at

Representing the environmental sector, volunteers

Fingal Volunteer Expo in

from ECO-UNESCO were on hand to provide

the Pavilions

information on the work of their organisation

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind brought one of their guide dogs to the Volunteer

Members of the public were able to find out about a wide range of opportunities

Expo which was a great attraction for young and old alike

from the 22 organisations and Fingal Volunteer Expo that were present on the day

Connecting communities HE recent Volunteer Expo at The Pavilions was a great opportunity for organisations to showcase their volunteer opportunities, let the community know about the work they do, network with other organisations and get to engage with Fingal Volunteer Centre and develop new opportunities. This event was being organised as part of Fingal Volunteer Centres


activities for The European Year of Volunteering 2011. Twenty-two organisations, who are currently recruiting volunteers in the greater Fingal area, were on hand to give information on the wide range of roles available. RTE weather presenter, Nuala Carey, was on hand to officially launch the event and she spoke of the great number of people who are currently returning to volun-

teering or starting to volunteer for the first time. She spoke of how recessionary times has helped focus people on things that matters most – your community and helping others. Feedback from the general public and the exhibitors was really positive and gave the public the opportunity to find out about volunteering opportunities they knew of before.

Emma McCluskey, of the Pavilions Shopping Centre, said: “There seemed to be a real buzz around the event.” Fingal Volunteer Centre is a onestop shop for voluntary activity, providing volunteering opportunities for the public, sourcing muchneeded volunteers for organisations and providing support for organisations in managing volunteers.

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Expo at The Pavilions, Swords a great success


Meeting held over issues at Holywell Q MIMI MURRAY

Some of the Fingal Volunteer Centre team: Glynis Dunne; Stuart Garland, manager; Nuala Carey, RTE; Louis Colley; Noreen Colgan, chairperson, Fingal Volunteer Centre, and Jolanta Janczyk

Louis Colley of Fingal Volunteer Centre speaking to some of the

Some of the team from Remember Us with RTE weather and lotto

team from Focus Ireland

presenter, Nuala Carey

Volunteering is for everyone ... even the very young

Always looking for new volunteers - the team from Special Olympics Ireland

Members of the general public CARI Helpline were recruiting for their

enquiring about volunteer

Jolanta Janczyk, Glynis Dunne and Stuart Garland, just part of the Fingal

helpline amongst other volunteer

opportunities with Fingal Volunteer

Volunteer Centre team

roles open at present

Centre and GORTA

A MEETING took place with the developers of Holywell recently, regarding all outstanding issues in the area. The developer agreed to submit a proposal for completion by mid-September. At a recent Howth/ Malahide area committee meeting, Fine Gael CouncillorAnthony Lavin asked the manager to confirm that the developer was maintaining the area until then. “The link road, surface only, through Holywell was taken in charge in October 2009. The Local Authority is still awaiting the submission of proper ‘as constructed’ data from the developer, Albany Homes, together with drainage CCTV/Reports and ‘compliance certifications’ before a detailed survey of the development and an appropriate ‘snags list’ is prepared. “There are also a number of unresolved issues to be addressed by the developers in relation to the Foul Pumping Station and the adequacy of existing ground water attenuation. These are being pursued by the council’s Inspectorate Division,” the council said. “A meeting took place with the developer in August, 2011, regarding all outstanding issues and it was agreed that he would submit proposals/ programme for completion by the second week in September. The matter will be followed up. Other public areas within Holywell are in a reasonable state of maintenance.” Meanwhile, the council said the Holywell Meadows development complex shall be taken in charge on a phased basis “only when this Authority is satisfied that all works have been completed to the FCC standards”.


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JUNIOR CERT St Mary’s students collect exam results

The long wait is finished TUDENTS at St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle, arrived early to their school recently to get their hands on their Junior Cert results. All the students could be proud of completing this educational milestone and their school wishes to offer its congratulations. The majority of students seemed happy with the results they achieved, but, inevitably, there was also some disappointment. The schools staff and counsellors were on hand to offers words of encouragement as well as to answer any questions the students might have.


Leah Byrne, sisters Michaela Moriarty and Nicole Moriarty and Vanessa Greene

Sisters Michaela Moriarty and Nicole Moriarty

Jude Behan, Aisling Dennis and Kitana Doyle

Zoe Johnston and Shannon Lowndes

Vanessa Greene, Rebecca O’Dare, Niamh Whelan, principal Siobhan O’Connell, Emma Maguire and Leah Byrne

Rebecca O’Dare, Emma Maguire and principal, Siobhan Kelli Lynch

Jenaan Ahmed, Ciara Richardson and Rebecca O’ Dare



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Keeping things in D4 Hunky Dory... LAST week, the famous (or infamous!) Hunky Dorys models officially launched the 2012 Hunky Dorys Calendar at Herbert Park in Dublin 4 in their Hunky Dorys kit. Two of the models at the centre of the hugely popular and controversial Rugby and Football campaigns jetted in from the USA and Holland to play some ball and have some fun in Ireland. Model Lian is from Holland and has worked on campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Bjorn Borg, Shiseido & Marks & Spencer amongst many others. Accompanying her is Maitlyn Simmons (pictured), or

Ms. November, in the Hunky Dorys’ calendar. Maitlyn is represented by Elite Model Management in the USA and comes from Louisiana. Maitlyn has appeared in campaigns for Perry Ellis, Quicksilver, Callaway sportswear, Sandals Resorts and has rocked the runways of Escada, Versace, Shay Todd and Beachbunny swimwear. Since the new Hunky Dorys’ campaign launched, over 36,000 Hunky Dorys’ Calendars have been sold. Lian and Maitlyn were kept busy signing calendars in Hughes & Hughes outlets in Jervis Shopping Centre and St. Stephen’s Green Centre last week-

end. “The Hunky Dorys’ campaign has been a great success and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact on sales in a few weeks,” Ray Coyle, CEO of Largo Foods said.

And finally... THE Liffey Valley Park Alliance are sponsoring Animal Magic at the village green at the Lucan Festival on Sunday, September 25. Join them for a fantastic display of birds of prey, and there will be stickers available for children.


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Simply go with the flow!

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BIO-ENERGY healers have been unlocking positive energy and clearing energy systems for scores of celebrities and sports people all over the world.

Famous devotees Firm devotees include Kylie Minogue, Liz Hurley, Donna Karan, the Duchess of York and her daughters and, of course, Michael Flatley is Ireland’s best known bio-energy success story. After being plagued by a mystery virus for two years, Irish dancing supremo Michael Flatley was completely cured. Not because of a good dose of vitamin C, yoga or osteopathy, but, intriguingly, thanks to a bio-energy healer. Bio-energy healing has also been winning a big following among sports people plagued by injuries. “Having seen the wide variety of ailments that

have been healed with A standard course of with minimal physical Bio-energy therapy, I am treatments with Celtic contact. Clients remain delighted to be open- Healing is five sessions fully clothed except for ing this healing centre in and this is effective for their shoes. The therapist Dublin. Healing without 95% of clients. Treatment may give advice on energy drugs, surgery or painful takes place in a relaxed balancing techniques, diet manipulation is some- environment, on a one to and exercise. A balanced, thing that most people one basis, with each ses- healthy lifestyle is encouraged. want!” said Peter Woods ------------------------------“The body has very of Celtic Healing powerful healing abilities. The Doctor puts a cast What is Bio-Energy on a broken limb but the healing? body heals the bone. A Bio-Energy healing is cut scabs up and heals of an effective, holistic techits own accord. These are nique for the treatment of just a couple of obvious physical illness, emotional examples of the body’s blocks, mental obstacles own ability to heal itself and spiritual issues. It but by clearing blockages is based on the underfrom the energy system, it standing that each of us allows the body to begin is a complex, interactive the healing process,” said energy system. Paddy Dalton, of Celtic Historical records Healing, about his Biodocument Energy HealEnergy technique. ing over 3,500 years ago, Bio Energy is what the Life Force in humans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - How can Bio-energy is referred to as. When sion lasting approximately healing help? we get a blockage in our 30 minutes. Bio-energy can help A client record is taken, with all ailments - arthrienergy system, the energy stagnates and this leads to including medical history. tis, asthma, ADHD, illness and/or discomfort. Treatment is non-invasive, migraine, insomnia, back

Bio-energy can help with all ailments arthritis, asthma, ADHD, migraine, insomnia, back pain, stress, ME, Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, IBS and Bowel Problems, Acid Reflux and Digestive problems, to name but a few.

pain, stress, ME, Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, IBS and Bowel Problems, Acid Reflux and Digestive problems, to name but a few. Bio-energy has also been very effective as a complementary therapy for people suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. An ailment is a symptom. The energy blockage is the root of the problem. The therapist will clear the blockage and the body will start to heal itself. Bio-energy is a complementary therapy and works in conjunction with conventional medicine but it can speed up healing time on all injuries, sports, accidents, minor and major. It is especially effective after operations and procedures in hospital and can help lessen pain and discomfort pre and post medical intervention.

“Overall I have had to use painkillers virtually every day for the past 5 years. Since starting this treatment I have only had to use them on the odd occasion. My hands are no longer sore and red, my energy level has increased and I am sleeping better at night.” - Brett Campbell, Arthritis Sufferer, Kildare “Every month I expect to get a migraine and every month is migraine free. I am absolutely delighted and my life has a little normality in it again.” - Anne Collins, Dublin

CELTIC HEALING CLINICS are now taking place at the White Sands Hotel in Portmarnock, Co Dublin. Call 01 8390344 for appointments or see

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Lyons is roaring good value NEWCASTLE Lyons is a new residential development in one of the few remaining unspoiled villages in West Co. Dublin. Newcastle Lyons offers a unique combination of modern living in the heart of a small rural community. All units are spacious and modern with large windows making living areas beautifully bright. The prices for the properties range from two -bedroom apar tments, which extend to 769 sq ft, from €130,000; two-bedroom duplexes which exend to 1,166 sq ft, from €145,000; twobedroom houses that extend to 1,080 sq ft from €165,000; three-bed-

room duplexes extending to 1,142 sq ft, from €160,000; three-bedroom houses extending to 1,340 sq ft, from €199,950; and a four-bedroom endof-terrace showhouse, which extends to 1,755 sq ft, from €230,000. Newcastle Lyons will undoubtedly appeal to first-time buyers who want to stay in the area and local residents wishing to upgrade their home yet remain in close proximity to family and friends. The properties have been designed with the highest level of energy efficiency in mind, and running costs will be substantially reduced, as will any negative impact on

the fantastic rural environment in which they are located. All houses and duplexes and apartments on upper floors incorporate solar-powered, hot-water systems. All homes have an energy rating of a B3 or higher. As well as high-spec digital cabling, the properties have a superior level of finishing throughout, with a custom-designed fitted kitchen with eyeand floor-level units and brushed chrome handles in the kitchens, highquality Shires bathrooms and shower suites, all fitted with stylish, monoblock chrome fittings, and a tiling allowance or wall tiling in bathrooms and en suites.

There are a wide range of reduced priced properties at Newcastle Lyons

All of the houses feature gas-fired central heating, and have an excellent standard of wall, floor and roof insulation to assist with their

high-energy efficiency rating. Smoke alarms are fitted as standard, and all will have a 10-year Homebond structural

guarantee. In addition, the flooring and carpets are included in the price, and there are Nordan doubleglazed timber windows

and external doors with three-point locking system. For more information, contact Douglas Newman Good on 491 2600.


Investment chance at the Brokerage FINNEGAN Menton are bringing Number 5 , T h e B r o ke r a g e , Townsend Street, Dublin 2, a fully-furnished two -bedroom apar tment located on the first f loor in excellent condition for €185,000. Tow n s e n d S t r e e t , Dublin 2, is in a prime city centre location that would be ideal for investment, with current rents of €1,200 per month being achieved. The Brokerage is a small development of 21 apartments in a wellmanaged city centre block of apartments. T he apar tment has access to a private terrace on the first floor. All floors have stairs and lifts. T he Brokerage is ready to go, ideally located opposite the Irish Times building

The living room at No 5 The Brokerage on Townsend Street

and adjacent to Trinity College and Pearse Street Garda Station. It is only a five-minute walk to Grafton Street and O’Connell Street from the property. The accommodation, which extends to c.61 sqm (c.650 sq ft) comprises an entrance hall, two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan

kitchen and living room space. The property, which has a bright and spacious layout, features Creda electric storage heating, and it has access to large outside patio terrace. The property is managed by Fisher Property Management, and there is a management fee of

c.€1,494 per annum. Viewing of the property is highly recommended, and can be arranged by contacting Glenn Burrell at Finnegan Menton on (01) 614 7900 or 0866011378. You can find out more information online at www.finneganmenton. ie

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GazetteTTRAVEL FastTravel The perfect time to hit the road Experience beautiful Galicia and walk the Camino de Santiago

THE Bono Iacobus, or Camino Pass allows visitors to travel the historic Camino de Santiago route in stages, staying in a different rural tourism location each day. The price includes accommodation, evening meal, breakfast and car transfer to the beginning or end of each section of the route. Picnic lunches and baggage transfer, as well as accommodation in Santiago de Compostela are optional extras. The Vive Galicia, or Experience Galicia programme, which arose from a collaboration between the local administration with travel agencies and professional tourism organisations, aims to promote Galicia’s tourism offer both nationally and internationally. Its website (and also currently offers 122 different ways for visitors to enjoy their visit to Galicia. Information is also available by phone at 00 34 902 200 432


IRELAND has a plethora of fantastic driving routes with events, activities and attractions en route to suit the whole family. So, whether you’re a Sunday driver, road hog, or you simply love to feel the wind in your hair on the open road, there is a driving journey available to suit you. Why not log onto to plan your perfect road trip. Driving on Dublin’s Doorstep

T he Gordon Bennett Route - A journey through counties Carlow, Kildare and Laois Let the Gordon Bennett Route take you on an historic journey following the footsteps of our motoring pioneers across spectacular Irish countryside. While the famous Gordon Bennett route was raced by the world’s greatest daredevils at record-breaking speeds in 1903, we suggest you set yourself a much easier pace. www.discoverireland. ie Navigate the North-West on the Inishowen 100

The Inishowen 100 is one of Ireland’s most scenic drives. It’s a 100-mile (160km) circular route around the Inishowen Peninsula in north east Donegal. Bordered on three sides by water, the peninsula is almost triangular in shape, flanked by Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly and bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to

the north. With splendid coastal scenery, plus a collection of ancient forts and monuments, traditional craft centres, and a dozen or so friendly villages, many people consider Inishowen to be a miniature Donegal. Also no trip would be complete without a visit to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, with its wild sea-ravaged coast, stunning seascapes and Fort Dunree, a magnificent viewing outpost with a fantastic military museum. Drive Into the West with the Connemara Driving Tour

Connemara’s unique landscape and quiet roads make it an ideal place to get behind the wheel and explore the countryside. You’ll have the freedom to meander at your own pace, stop for photographs and detour down back-roads to discover your very own slice of Connemara life. A driving tour with optional detours to the islands, takes in the best scenery and attractions on an easy loop from Galway City. www.discoverireland. ie Savour the South-West

in particular the 6th century Skelligs UNESCO World Heritage site. There is something for everyone on this drive, which has spectacular views of the Blasket Islands and the Dingle Peninsula.

and rediscover the Ring of Kerry

Traverse the South-East

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most popular scenic drives. Take time to explore the many picturesque villages and the magnificent ancient and early Christian heritage of the area,

By Hook or by Crooke

Avoid the dreaded ‘Are we there yet?’ whines with the By Hook or By Crook drive through counties Waterford and Wexford, a road-trip the whole family will

enjoy (it is believed that when Cromwell invaded he said that Waterford would fall ‘by Hook or by Crooke’. Crooke village is just across the river in Co Waterford). The starting point is the must-see Hook Lighthouse on the end of Hook Peninsula in Co Wexford. It is one of the oldest functioning lighthouses in the world. Travel by car ferry from Ballyhack to Passage East across the Suir and then head to the gorgeous village of Dunmore East where you can unload the picnic basket

and enjoy lunch in the sheltered sandy swathe right in the village centre. There are so many magnificent scenic drives in Ireland. Your perfect driving holiday with friends and family is literally just moments away, so what are you waiting for? You don’t need to worry about luggage allowances or flight delays, simply choose one of the incredible value offers on to plan your perfect road trip.

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TravelBriefs Discover Dinosaurs

CLOSE to the centre of the city of Teruel, in the Aragon region of Spain, you’ll find Dinopolis, a theme park where children and adults alike can have fun discovering all the secrets of the exciting world of dinosaurs. It was conceived as a park with an educational slant, and its various attractions offer a panoramic view of the giants who once walked the earth: the dinosaurs.

ing wharfs west of Pontevedra, offers access to pleasant hiking trails and secluded white sand beaches. The market sells fresh fish, fine cheeses, organic breads, and honey. The town’s popular seafood festival draws flocks of visitors during the first two weeks of THE self-proclaimed October. For further “Paraiso de Marisco” information go to (Shellfish Paradise), O’Grove, a tranquil fish-

Shellfish and Seafood Festival Ireland has plenty to see and do for fans of the open road

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GoingOUT GoingOUT MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 The Classic Motown Songbook with The Jewelettes CONTINUING with some of the classic, timeless tunes that The Mill has been delighting patrons with recently, classic Motown songs will fill the air as The Jewelettes, backed by a three-piece brass section, piano/keyboards, bass, drums, guitar and percussion, croon their way through some of the classic Motown hits of yesteryear. The music starts at 8pm on Saturday, September 24, with admission costing €18/€15.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Faith Healer FURTHER cementing Draiocht’s reputation for hosting topclass drama, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer takes to the stage, ready to bring the audience on a journey across Scotland and Wales with a faith healer and his companions, as he meets the sick by forests and mountains. But are Frank’s miraculous cures real, and what is the price the afflicted must pay? See this dramatic production of Faith Healer on Saturday, September 24 at 8pm, with admission costing €18/€14 conc.

PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Admirable Crichton A LESSER-known work by the author of Peter Pan, JM Barrie, there’s a lot that modern audiences will still enjoy in this tale of Edwardian Era manners and “place”. An examination of the then English class structure, the Loam family, and their servants, are shipwrecked on an island. But who will serve whom far from society? See this timeless tale nightly at 8.15pm from Tuesday, September 27 to Saturday, October 1.

“Oh my God – I’m you, and you’re me! Wait, who am I, again?” Identity confusion sets in for best friends Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) after they mysteriously swap bodies/minds, and have to try and figure out how to reclaim their own lives and identities again

A change for the worse Someone change the body-swap template, please! This foulmouthed addition to the genre just doesn’t add anything good ... Q KATE CROWLEY

THERE are some things in life that even I just don’t understand. Who coughed up the cash to make The Tempest (lost in unreleased limbo)? Why is Ozzy Ozborne a star, but an equally befuddled Mr Crowley not? And why does Hollywood make body-swap films every so often? True to form, here comes another one – and starring Ryan Reynolds, quickly becoming Tinseltown’s equivalent to Springfield’s Troy McClure as, shall we say, he stars in one less-thanOscar-challenging film after another. If the day ever arrives where I see him starting a public information film with the words: “Hi, I’m Ryan Renolds. You may remember me from such films as The Green Lantern, and Change-Up...” – well, let’s say that I won’t be surprised.

FILM OF THE WEEK: The Change-Up ++ (16) 112 mins Director: David Dobkin Starring: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde, Leslie Mann, and cosmic identity confusion

OUR VERDICT: IF YOU like toilet humour, a fascination with breasts, and various other cinematic low-hanging fruit, this is the film for you, as ChangeUp aims low (even in the dull body-swap genre) and lands even lower. Reynolds’ many fans (and, presumably, Bateman also has some) may lap this up, but it feels like little more than a more foulmouthed (and minded) version of a hundred 1970s Disney films ...

Seeing as every Abbott needs a Costello, here he’s teamed up with Jason Bateman as the second partner in this tag-team comedy. But who’s on first? Well, they have equally important roles, as Mitch (Reynolds) and Dave (Bateman) are best friends who’ve grown up together, even though they’re no longer quite as close as they once were. Actually, they’re pretty different guys, as Mitch is a footloose singleton, while Dave is buried in family life. Unsurprisingly, both

men see aspects in the other’s life that they’re envious of – Mitch, of Dave’s stability and family life, and Dave, of Mitch’s irresponsible freedom to do what he likes. What can the guys do? Well, as luck would have it, after a drunken night out together, something mysterious happens, and both men wake up the next morning inside each other’s body. So, Mitch is now Dave, and – well, you can work the other part out, I’m sure. Mamma mia! What an unexpectedly wonderful opportunity the uni-

verse has given them! Ah, if only. Their alltoo-brief-relief at being able to live it up in the skin of the best buddy they’re a little jealous of soon passes for the guys who, sure, have changedup their lives (what a clunky term!), but which, as always, turns out to be far from the carefree/cosy life that they’d thought it would be like. So, with friends, colleagues and family members beginning to wonder what’s wrong with Mitch/ Dave and Dave/Mitch, and why they’re acting so strange – while at the same time playing dectective in disguise, trying to see if they can improve each other’s life – the guys have to work out how, instead of changing up, they can change back (ah, now it makes sense!) to their old lives, and bodies, that they suddenly appreciate. It’s a wonderful life ahead if they can, but can they?

There are plenty of scenes in the film that bring to mind what I suspect an old Italian friend might dub as “bunga bunga”, but which are, perhaps, a little foreheadcreasening for some of us gals to sit through. Perhaps somewhere along the way a little of the spirit of Benny Hill got changed-up into either of the characters, or the writers, but, as my savvy dear daughter Crowleyetta would say: “Hmmmmmmmm ...” And so, as far as somewhat sexist, laddish comedies go, I’ve seen worse. However, I’ve also seen better – and so have you, dear reader – making this a film that, sure, you could go and see, or which you could change-up at the cinema to see something a little more entertaining instead. No one ever said that finding a good, substitute film to watch was going to be Ozzy ...



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Chosing that special venue EVERY woman dreams of a fairy-tale wedding day, in a luxurious and stylish venue, and every princess wants to get married in a castle. In the shadow of Trim Castle, which casts it’s magical charm on the area that surrounds it, the Trim Castle Hotel’s Wedding Fair and Fashion Extravaganza event takes place on Sunday, October 2, from 2 to 6pm. Trim Castle Hotel sits with quiet authority overlooking the mystical Trim Castle and the

adjoining rolling lawns of St Patrick’s Church. We d d i n g s a t t h e hotel have the benefit of overlooking the castle, and, for those who have attended an event, there,they will agree that looking onto the Castle alight in romantic colour amongst the evening sky is a breathtaking scene. It brings character and charm to an already very special day. Trim Castle Hotel is a stand-out choice for a wedding reception as it possesses the old-world charisma of the histori-

cal Anglo-Norman castle, which it overlooks, and the contemporary standards of fine food and decor. The hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace from which guests can admire the impressive castle. If you are lucky to host your wedding there, know that your guests will be talking about it for a long time to come. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the Great Hall banqueting suite and pre-function area allow a view of the castle and church lawns that is

truly inspirational. The roof-top garden, located on the third floor, provides the ultimate backdrop for wedding photography, with spectacular views over the grounds of Trim Castle and the surrounding area. At Trim Castle Hotel, the team aspire to make wedding days the most memorable and enjoyable day for the couples who celebrate their marriage there. To achieve this, their wedding team assures you of personal and professional attention in the planning and

preparation of your special celebration. An all-inclusive package is available on key dates in 2012 and 2013 for only €55pp. There are also excellent packages available for January and February 2013. For further information, please contact the wedding co-ordinators at Trim Castle Hotel on 046-9483000, or email info@trimcastlehotel. com. For more information, see or www.trimcastlehotel. com.

A special day awaits couples at Trim Castle Hotel

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New trends in honeymoons AS each new generation ties the knot and enters the honeymoon market, they bring their own tastes and desires on travel. Destinations, resorts, and activities that thrilled previous newly-wed couples may now be less appealing, or not as attainable, due to political and economic reasons. Thankfully, new trends and exotic destinations always emerge, offering Irish couples fresh opportunities for fun and relaxation. So, before you plan your honeymoon, check out the latest offers, talk

to an expert and choose a destination to suit you! Honey mooning in European Union countries mean shorter flight times, Old World cultures, the euro and romantic cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Prague, Istanbul or Copenhagen, to name but a few. Sunny Mediterranean beaches, great food and wine and an endless choice of hotels will suit any budget. Cruising is romantic and cost-effective and you can sail into glamorous ports such as Monte Carlo, Cozumel and

Miami. Thinking of having your wedding aboard ship or renewing your vows at sea? – the new generation ships offer extensive and varied facilities and you can be as active as you want, remain occupied from morning till night and see the sights without going broke. Smart ! For many couples, A frica represents a dream honeymoon, and a favourable dollar/euro exchange has made many previously expensive destinations, such as Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana, much more accessible.

Combining the Serengeti with Zanzibar, the Kruger Park with Mauritius or the Kingdom of the Pharaohs and a cruise on the Nile, is a never forgotten safari and beach experience. Other hot destinations include Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Borneo, Brazil and Jordan. All offer unique and unforgettable honeymoons and have never been more inspiring. So, before you plan your honeymoon, talk to and check out the latest ways to celebrate one.

The new trends in exotic destinations include places such as India’s Taj Mahal (above) and Egypt’s Kingdom of the Pharaohs

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Man’s guide to choosing a ring SO, the time has come to pop the question, eh? If you’re thinking of going down on one knee and asking her to marry you in the traditional way that women love, you’d better have the engagement ring ready. While it’s becoming more popular for couples to decide to become engaged in an off-hand manner, and then venture down to the jewellers to choose the engagement ring together, many women still feel there’s something special about wearing a ring their beau has chosen especially for them. The Right Choice

Before you can even

consider looking at rings, you need to find out a few basic things: • What is her ring size? • Does she prefer yellow or white gold? •Does she prefer simple styles, or would she prefer an engagement ring that will be instantly noticed? By studying the kind of jewellery she generally wears, you can find out a lot about her tastes. If she wears simple jewellery, this is probably a sign that a diamond solitaire may be more appropriate than a flashy engagement ring carrying a cluster of gems. The ring you choose should reflect her personality – she’ll be wearing it for a long time, after all.

The Cost

Once you’ve decided on a style, it’s time to determine how much you can spend on the ring. Traditionally, a man is expected to spend at least the equivalent of two months’ salary, although a lesser amount is acceptable these days. There are several reasons why the engagement ring was expected to be so costly: • So that the young lady and, not least, her family would know that you had made a conscious effort at saving in order to propose to her. • By saving for the ring, you show that you’re also capable of saving for a future home.

The ring you choose should reflect her personality

• Should the couple fall upon hard times, there would always be the ring to “pawn” in order to get through. Buying the ring

Before you go to the jewellers, ask around and try to determine which jewellers offer the kind of service you need. If you’re buying a diamond- set ring, you’ll want a guarantee that the stone is conflict-free, and you’ll want re-sizing included in

the price. You’ll also want at least a 12-month guarantee against loss of the stone, due to faulty craftsmanship or defects in the materials used. Make sure the metal is properly hallmarked, that diamonds carry a certificate, including the carat and grading of the stone, and that the jeweller provides a guarantee that the diamonds are conflict free. With thanks to Adam, Sapphire Jewellers, Skerries, Tel. 8490063.

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Have your wedding cake – and eat it! ALL the details matter on your special day, but one that people remember is the wedding cake. It can be memorable, traditional or just plain ordinar y – William and Kate had a simple chocolate biscuit cake as their wedding cake – but taking some time to think about what you want from your cake, and who will make it for you, is time well spent. Here, Amy from Cakea-licious, the bespoke wedding bakers, goes through some things to consider when choosing your wedding cake. “One of the best ways to select your cake maker is to go by recommendations from friends or family. Someone you know is bound to have needed

a professionally crafted cake at some stage and you want to know what the company was like to deal with, as well as how good their cake tasted. Consider how many people you will need to feed to help you decide the cake size to go for. Fruit cake and chocolate biscuit cake usually go further than sponge cakes. Most cake makers now offer a wide range of cake flavours, so you don’t have to stick to the traditional fruit cake. Sponge cakes can come with a variety of flavoured cream fillings, such as strawberry or lemon if you like something light. You could have dark or white chocolate biscuit cake, red velvet or chocolate

sponge. If you wanted a bit of variety, you could have a different flavour for each tier. You should also let your cake maker know at the beginning if there are any food allergies to consider, to see if they can accommodate you. Give plenty of notice for your cake order, especially in the busier months of May to September.

Colour co-ordinated W hen it comes to choosing a colour for your cake or cake decorations consider copying the colour of your flowers or bridesmaid dresses, or you can tie your design in to match your invitations. If you’re stuck for ideas for your cake,

Take time to think about what you want from your cake and who will make it for you

there are several wedding publications full of inspiration. You should also check out wedding websites, which often have galleries of wedding cakes among their planning tools. Looking at lots of cakes will help you figure out what you

love and hate about each one and guide you when choosing your own. Think about your cake topper – do you want figurines or would you prefer to have something that looks like it’s part of your cake? Lots

of people have personalised wedding toppers now; sometimes these are given as gifts, so make sure you leave a space on your cake if you intend having one of these. It’s also worth keeping in mind the size of the cake topper when

choosing your cake size to keep everything in proportion and prevent it looking top-heavy. If you can collect your cake yourself you may be able to save the delivery charge, although some bigger cakes would need to be assembled in situ by the cake maker, so this may not always be possible. Did you know that the traditional wedding cake has three tiers to represent the engagement, wedding and eternity rings? Your cake will be one of the centrepieces of your day, and will reflect your personalities, so let your imagination take flight!” With thanks to Amy from Cake-a-licious, visit or call 087 9800995.

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Get your skin in tip-top shape for the big day ACHIEVING a flawlesslooking complexion for your big day has never been easier, with an array of creams and serums on the market that will leave you with a radiant and glowing visage. Favoured by royals, such as the Duchess of Cambridge and TV reality star, Kim Kardashian, for their big day, it isn’t difficult to understand why classic skincare company, Lancome, is a firm favourite with brides-tobe.

Already a hit with beauty editors across the city, the French brand’s latest miracle serum, Visionnaire, does exactly what it says on the cover and is ideal for keeping your skin in tip-top shape throughout your wedding day, not to mention the weeks leading up to it. A skin-correcting serum, it leaves complexions looking visibly transformed – the texture feels refined, wrinkles appear reduced, pigmentation irregularities are reduced

and pores are tightened. The Visionnaire customised formula was developed around the specific qualities of LR 2412, to maximise its effectiveness and for optimal performance. It can be used on all skin types, even sensitive skin. Its texture melts into the skin and instantly permeates it. From application, the skin feels transformed, enveloped in a luxurious sensation – skin appears soft, silky and supple.

Armani’s Youth Regenerator (above) and Lancome’s Visionnaire LR 2412

Visionnaire (LR 2412) (€70) can be used on all skin types, including sensitive skin and on the eye contour, and worn all year round. For maximum benefit, use at night. Other creams and serums to definitely check out are in Armani’s Regenessence luxury range of products.

As the company says – no matter what their age, when women look at their skin, their concerns change. Wrinkles are a visible sign of aging, but now women want more. Reducing and treating wrinkles is no longer enough.

Women want what a surgeon cannot offer – a wonderful skin texture. One that is smooth, velvety and even. Now women are looking to target all the signs of aging that can occur in their skin, and to target everything at the same time – wrinkles, radiance, texture. Hence, the company’s new Regenessence range, which includes a Multi-Corrective Rejuvenating Cream (€85), a Youth Regenerator Serum (€95), Eye Rejuvenating Serum (€60) and Cosmetic Water (€40). The products will leave you with a dewy, peachesand-cream complexion, leaving you with one less thing to worry about on your wedding day.

Dove takes the worry away for whole day FROM making sure you are picture perfect to worrying about table plans, there is sure to be a multitude of things on your mind when it comes to your big day. And the last thing you need to worry about is perspiration. Dove’s new Beauty Finish doesn’t just offer 24-hour antiperspirant protection, but also transforms underarms to give them a natural glow with a beautiful finish. Dove Beauty Finish contains pearlescent mica, an iridescent mineral known to

enhance the natural look of skin. The innovative formula of Dove Beauty Finish contains onequarter moisturising cream and is enriched with pearlescent mica, leaving skin soft, smooth and even-toned. With its long-lasting antiperspirant and skin caring qualities, women can now feel more confident and have the freedom to wear whatever they please to show off their gorgeous underarms. Dove Beauty Finish provides 24-hour protection against under-arm wetness and odour and helps skin appear flawless all day long.

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Pick your perfect wedding package THE award-winning Castleknock Hotel and Country Club is now considered by many to be the premier wedding venue in Dublin. Set just outside Castleknock village, in close proximity to the Strawberr y Beds and the Phoenix Park, the hotel is a contemporary-styled alternative to the traditional hotel venue. There is a choice of two wedding rooms, the larger Phoenix Suite or the more intimate Park Restaurant. The hotel also has a stunning room, with a balcony on the first floor with views of the local countryside, for civil wedding ceremonies. The hotel has a number of key strengths that tick most couples’ checklist. There are two bars inside

the main ballroom and an adjacent smoking terrace, so you maintain the atmosphere and don’t lose your guests. Mood lighting and chair covers create an elegant ambience and the flexible layout of the room allows for various setups. In addition, St Mochta’s church in Porterstown, located just 700 metres from the hotel, is one of the most picturesque churches in Dublin and is extremely popular for weddings. Castleknock Hotel has won no fewer than 12 awards since 2009. Their greatest strength is their service excellence and the quality of their food. With an AA Rosette Award for the third year running, Best Food and Drink Experience 2010

from D15 Chamber of Commerce, and the Customer Service Excellence Award for the past two years running from The Fingal Chamber of Commerce, they’ll make sure that you have a wedding day you’ll remember. Check out the brand new Pick a Perk Package for 2012 and 2013 weddings, a unique offer that allows you to create your own perfect wedding package tailored to your individual taste. So now you don’t have to pay for an inclusive package with items you don’t particularly need or want. Make an appointment with Jenni or Audrey, their wedding co-ordinators for a tour of the hotel facilities by calling (01) 640 6300 or email

The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club Hotel just outside Castleknock village

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Supported by AIB

RTE star Duncan Stewart helps launch new Energy Saver Centre

Saving energy with the new B&Q centre PAUL HOSFORD

RTE star Duncan Stewart was in Liffey Valley last week to launch B&Q’s new Energy Saver Centre. T he B&Q Energ y Saver Centre is the first of its kind for B&Q and is designed to help customers looking for costeffective, energy-saving measures for their home. With fully qualified energy experts on hand, it will offer expert advice, a free, no-obligation home- energy audit, DIY energy-saving products and fully guaranteed installations of energy measures, such as internal and external insulation, boiler upgrades and solar panels. Duncan says that with energy becoming a bigger cost, homeowners will need to look more closely at the money they spend on heating and lighting. “As energy costs rise, and they will continue to rise, people will become more and more conscious of the ways they use energy. “It’s critical that companies like B&Q do things like this, somewhere you can get advice, generic advice that isn’t about pushing products, and look at each home’s individual circumstances and see what homeowners can do.” Duncan says that he is aware of a growing problem with “fuel poverty” in Ireland – people who don’t have enough money to heat their homes. “ We h a v e a b o u t 400,000 houses in fuel poverty. Even something like a fuel allowance isn’t solving that problem.” In that regard, the issue of getting more for your money is an obvi-

ous concern and Duncan says that there are many small things that homeowners can do to ensure that their money is well spent. “If you look at the average house, you can’t do everything, you just can’t afford to. “Insulation is the most important thing. You can put renewable energy in and do a lot of things, but the most important is to get the building right. Bring down the energy rating as much as you can. “A typical house should be setting targets to bring your energy costs down to 20% of what it is. “That is a realistic target, when you look at how much energy we waste. We spend on average €2,000 a year on energy. “That is down to things like poor insulation and boiler efficiency.” In terms of what can be done on a practical level, Duncan has key areas that he recommends, the first of which is insulation. “Insulation and air tightness will help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Make sure the attic is well insulated and, if at all possible, look to insulating walls. “Replacing old boilers with more efficient ones is a very practical one, too,” said Duncan. B&Q Liffey Valley’s in-store energy expert, Vivien Deering, also said that the centre can offer customers a valuable resource. “Our Energy Saver Centre is a one-stop shop for anyone considering an energy upgrade to their home. We give our customers simple and straightforward advice on


ENERGY BILLS Q – My dad died last year leaving a property worth between € 100,000 and € 130,000, jointly owned. My mother died six months later without making a will. There are two surviving children with my sister wanting to purchase the house from me. Can I transfer my share to my sister or will she have to buy me out ? What is the best way to deal with this so as not to cause us tax or additional stamp duty ? Would I be liable for Capital Acquisition Tax (CAT). Thanks. Jimmy, Co Kildare. A - When your dad died, the property, along with all his possessions automatically passed to your mother, irrespective of whether a will was made or not. There was also no tax liability for your mother. Her untimely death and intestate (without making a will) means you now have to go through administration to formalise the handing down of her assets to you both. Whatever happens, if you decide to keep the family home and transfer your share to your sister or leave it in your joint names, stamp duty of 1% is payable – replacing the Consanguinity Tax which allowed a 50% reduction on the previous higher rates. Plus legal fees, of course. There are three categories of Capital Acquisition Tax, where exceeding the thresholds below, the rate of 25% tax applies. 1. Parent to child (plus stepchildren)


2. Sibling to sibling, nephew, niece etc €33,208 3. All others


Therefore, as you are well inside the first threshold, neither your sister nor yourself will have to pay any tax on the inheritance from your mother. However, if the property has been left to you on a joint basis, transferring your share to your sister at that point if it is already in your joint names WILL involve a CAT tax liability of 25% over the threshold. Your share is worth €65,000 and if you pass this share to your sister, you will incur for your sister both CAT liability (€ 65,000 less threshold of € 33,208 = € 31,792 at 25% Energy expert and energy saving ambassador, Duncan Stewart, with Mark Gould

= €7,948 tax she will have to pay) and 1% stamp duty

(left), MD B&Q Ireland, who were on hand to officially launch the Energy Saver

(€650) plus, of course, the legal fees. Even receiving

Centre at B&Q, Liffey Valley.

€65,000 from your sister directly will incur a CAT tax


‘We give our customers simple and straightforward advice on how best to improve energy efficiency in their home and, ultimately, how this can save them money’ --------------------------------------------------------

Vivien Deering, B&Q Liffey Valley’s in-store energy expert


how best to improve energy efficiency in their home and, ultimately, how this can save them money. “We offer a free, no-

obligation home-energy audit, where I will visit you in your home and provide you with a report based on your property

bill for you. Best advice ? Either sell the property and

detailing what actions you can take to improve the efficiency of your home. These actions can range from simple DIY measures, such as fitting energy-efficient light bulbs or installing draught excluders to installed measures, such as a solar thermal panel or high-efficiency boiler.” For further information on the B&Q Liffey Valley Energy Saver Centre, visit

split the proceeds – no stamp duty or CAT tax – or leave your interest in the property with a provision that if your sister dies or sells the property, your 50% interest given to you by your mother is retained for you and your estate, while she could also give you a monthly income (taxable) for the use of your 50% share . This could be € 213.96 per month based on the best NET deposit account rate currently (3.95%). Best of luck. 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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BLUE HARVEST: All-Ireland glory for Dublin after epic win over Kerry Page 29


Europe and USA all set for battle at Killeen Castle

AS THE Boyne Valley prepares to host one of the biggest international events in its history, the 2011 Solheim Cup, local businesses are welcoming visitors in style by staging a huge array of entertainment in the area throughout September. Up to 7,000 foreign visitors from the US and throughout Europe are expected to cheer on

their respective teams. Hotel accommodation is filling up quickly, with some special offers still available in the Boyne Valley region. A local steering group, comprised of key representatives from the Boyne Valley region including, Meath Tourism, Meath local authorities, hoteliers, vintners, local communities and Failte Ireland, have been working to ensure the region is showcased in

the best possible manner to all visitors during the event. Over 40 events have been organised to coincide with the staging of the Solheim Cup which include festivals such as the Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival and the Terrific Trim Festival. A range of cultural and musical nights are being staged including a culture night at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan featuring the Irish Chamber

Vice-captain of Europe in the Solheim Cup, Annika Sorenstram, with with Marjorie McCorduck, president of the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the 2011 ILGU Junior medal winners, including Meabh Holden from Newlands

Orchestra, a traditional Irish music session in the nearby Dunsany GAA Club, and an evening with Liam O’Connor at Knightsbrook Hotel. There is something for everyone, from a National Hunt Meeting at Navan Racecourse, to an Irish Night and Pig Roast

to name just a few. There is also more golf on offer with the Irish dynamos, the Maguire twins, playing in the PING Junior Solheim Cup 2011, at Knightsbrook. Michael Killeen, chairman of the local steering group said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for

the Boyne Valley region to showcase all we have to offer as the area prepares to be centre-stage in front of tens of thousands of visitors and millions worldwide. “Locals are working hard and determined to put on a great show. the Boyne Valley region is

offering great value for guests to come, stay and experience the area”. To find special offers on accommodation during the Solheim Cup, visit golf, and go directly to the Event Package Offers section, or see

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Supporters brave the elements before the match

Some debate over tactics against the USA

Flying the flag for Ireland

World Cup ’11 Breakfast of champions at Malahide ALAHIDE Rugby Club hailed the start of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign with an early-morning breakfast at the club, when the boys in green opened their campaign against the USA at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth last weekend. Though the match had it’s ups and downs, the supporters were delighted to be able to cheer on the team in the clubhouse and have a hearty meal on hand to fuel the cheers.

Breakfasteers get ready for the start of the match and the big day with a fry-up


Fans at Estuary Road cheer on the boys in green

Beamed live on the big screen!

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The ultimate honour at last


Dublin’s heroics at Croke Park last weekend was the culmination of a journey that has seen the best players in the county claim their destiny Kilmacud Crokes named

BE R N A R D B r o g a n summed up the feeling that stretched across the capital on Sunday afternoon shortly after Dublin lifted the Sam Maguire trophy for the first time in 16 years when he said: “You couldn’t write it in a fairy tale.” But the fairy tale came true in what was a dream final for the Dubs, putting years of disappointment in the All-Ireland senior football championship behind them with a win that spoke of the class and commitment that flows not only through the county team, but all of the teams in the county.

The foundations of the victory were laid when Pillar Caffrey was manager of the side, and his ability to instil a professional attitude and selfbelief in his Dublin side

The defeat in his first season in charge against last Sunday’s opponents, which saw Kerry positively crush Dublin by a 17-point margin in the quarter-final, was a stark


‘It was an epic victory worthy of an inspired team who have come together to finally reach their potential on the biggest stage.’ --------------------------------------------------------

is something that Pat Gilroy has taken to the next level since he took over as Dublin manager two years ago.

Dublin’s success in the All-Ireland final was a deserved conclusion to the season

illustration of the qualities that his Dublin team would need to possess to reach the next level of footballing achievement. And that they did in 2010, reaching the semifinal on the back of their first win against Tyrone in 15 years. However, heartbreak was on the cards as the Rebel forces conspired to keep Dublin out of the final again. Defeat came only by a point, but the margin was again an indication that a tilt at the ultimate prize in Gaelic football was only just beyond their reach, and that the same determination would see them progress further again. Disappointing showings in the Leinster final against Wexford, and again in the All-Ireland semi-final against Donegal, had many expecting a repeat of the 2009 encounter against Kerry, but the side that took

the field at Croke Park last Sunday were not the same. From 1 to 15, there was an edge and a determination that ran like electricity through the side and transferred to the crowd in the stadium, and to those watching on TV around the country, that this was a Dublin team who had the mental and physical capability to go the extra distance. Hearts were breaking, however, when Kerry went four points clear with seven minutes to go. Dublin had, to all purposes, shut down, and had only a Bernard Brogan point to show for their endeavours in the second half. But Kevin McManamon’s incisive run and finish set up the most thrilling end to an AllIreland final in many years, proving the side’s strength in depth. Kevin Nolan added a point, and the scores tied as the clock ticked into overtime and fingernails were bitten to the quick. With everything pointing to a return to HQ two weeks later, and with bare seconds left on the clock, a free was awarded to the Dubs just inside the Kerry half. There was one man with the previous to be able to step up to the challenge that would define Dublin’s, and his own destiny and place in history. Stephen Clu xton’s

form throughout the season as top-point scorer meant that he was called to step forward and make the kind of kick from a placed ball that he had been striking over all season. This was the most important kick of a football all season, and he did not disappoint, the ball bisecting the uprights as he was already trotting back to his goal. It was an epic victory, worthy of an inspired team who have come together over recent years to finally reach their potential on the biggest stage. The 2011 vintage was made up of those players whose ability, consistency and belief in the cause has made Dublin GAA a pleasure to report upon over the last five years. The club system underpins Dublin’s success and, without the support of clubs across the capital, Dublin would not have reached the heights they achieved at Croke Park, nor the heights that has seen Dublin’s representative teams reach the final stages of no less than five championships in recent weeks. Those sides that did not get so far are stuffed with talent and are developing all the time, with new blood adding to old heads and creating teams capable of defeating the best in the country on any given Sunday.

as Best Club contenders KILMACUD Crokes have been shortlisted as one of the clubs who have been touting their greatest achievements in their bid to become Ethiad Airways’ Best Club Down Under. Etihad, sponsor of the GAA Hurling AllIreland senior championship, challenged clubs around the country to tell it what their greatest achievement was. Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club got their nomination on the basis of the ability of club to introduce new children to Gaelic games, improve their skills and instil a passion for hurling and Gaelic football in them. Etihad will fly the first team from the winning club to Australia, where it will train with GAA legend Nicky English ahead of the challenge game of a lifetime against an Australian select team as the curtain-raiser for the International Rules match between Ireland and Australia in the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne. To vote for Kilmacud in the competition, see

Kop legends take on Bohs in charity match LIVERPOOL legends Jason McAteer, John Aldridge, Sammy Lee, Phil Babb, Don Hutchinson, Ray Houghton and Alan Kennedy, to name but a few, will take on Kevin Hunt and his Bohemians legends team at Dalymount Park, this Sunday, September 25 at 3pm, with all proceeds in aid of the Chernobyl Children’s Trust. A Gala Dinner will follow the match at

8pm in the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra. Johnny Lyons from Dublin ’s 98FM will host the event and the dinner will include a four-course meal, a meet and greet with the players, and a postdinner Q&A session with the legends from both sides. Match tickets cost €10 for adults, €5 for under-14s and €25 for a family of two adults and two children and can be purchased on www.ticketmaster. ie. Tickets to the Gala Dinner are €40 and can be booked by contacting Fiona on 086 3393913.

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Beaverstown lose out in epic quarter-final BEAVERSTOWN were defeated in an exceptionally tight quarter-final of the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union Challenge Cup against Woodenbridge in Ardee GC last week. The Co Wicklow side needed extra holes in two matches to decide the tie in the final reckoning after an up and down day. Woodenbridge’s Ann Murphy was in sparkling form during her 8&7 win, as was Maura Collins of Beaverstown, who also recorded a big win by a margin of 7&6. Christine Galbraith nudged Woodenbridge ahead with a 3&2 victory but Beaverstown again levelled the tie through a Cecily O’Donovan win on the 19th. All attention turned to the top match where Rose O’Connor and Clare Murray continued to battle. Murray eventually emerged victorious at the 21st hole to win the tie for Woodenbridge and give them a place in the semi-final versus Northern champions, Spa.

Summerfest set for next weekend THE 2011 Tesco mobile SARI Summerfest, the largest intercultural soccer tournament in Ireland, is set to take part this year at the Garda and Camogie Sports Grounds, in Phoenix Park on September 10 and 11 from 11am to 5pm each day. The Summerfest will also coinciude with the CONCERN kitefest, where kite flyers from around the world will display their kites and give kite workshops for children. The two-day festival also includes a wide array of entertainment for all the family.

For more information, see www.

Castleknock Celtic seeking ladies talent CASTLEKNOCK Celtic FC’s ladies and girls section are recruiting new talent to the cllub for the soccer season starting later this month. If you were born in 1996 or earlier, visit the club’s website at, and pass on your name and contact details in the How To Join section provided on the site. The club are also looking to recruit girls born in 2001/2002 to play soccer in the DubliGirls Soccer League.

The players from Swords BC. Tolka Rovers, Dublin Lions and the Kubs teams at the Debbir Carolan Memorial tournament

Gathering for Debbie

LAST weekend, Swords Basketball Club held the second annual Debbie Carolan Memo rial basketball tournament at ALSAA, which saw Under-13 teams from local clubs, hosts Swords, Tolka Rovers, Dublin Lions and Kubs, take part. Each team played each other in the pool stages, which provided a great start to the day, and also gave a 1st to 4th format for the semi-finals. The first semi-final was between first-placed team, Swords, taking on third-placed Dublin Lions.

The game started at a frantic pace with Swords’ Alannah Grogan getting six points in the first half through her determined driving to the basket, but Swords trailed by two points at half time, 10-12. In the second half, Dublin Lions came out strongly and pushed the Swords girls all the way. Lions’ Ciara Broderick got Lions over the finish line by scoring four points without reply, leaving Swords out of steam and Lions winning out 17-12 and onward to the final. The second semi-final was between Tolka Rovers and Kubs. The game

started excitingly, with each team going basket for basket, leading to Tolka Rovers trailing by three points at half time, with Kubs leading 11 - 8. W h a t e ve r To l k a ’s coach said at halftime lifted his side, and Niamh Rock scored four points without reply. It was end-to-end stuff, with Kubs’ Aoife Curtis, Sinead Doran and Bronagh Monaghan throwing everything at Tolka to bring themselves right back into the game. Kubs could not stop the Rock, however, and Niamh scored another six points, the sole Tolka scorer in the second half.

In a nail-biting finish, Tolka hung on to win by a solitary point, 18-17. T he final brought together Dublin Lions and Tolka Rovers, who had been last year’s finalists only to be pipped at the post by last year’s winners, Malahide. The final got off to a great start, with both teams playing to their full potential, Lions’ Ivana Tackova scoring a solid six points. It was high drama as all players dived on every loose ball and defended to the last. Tolka’s McEvoy and Grace Ryan took control in the dying minutes to pull their team over the line as winners with a

final score of 28 - 21. The presentation committee of Debbie’s daughter, Hannah, and her husband, Declan, along with Swords chairperson Lorraine Bridgette presented runnerup medals to the Dublin Lions team and the Debbie Carolan memorial trophy was presented to the Tolka captain, Julie McEvoy and her team. The tournament is held annually in memor y of Debbie, who was a well-known basketball coach on the underage scene, who is fondly remembered for the effort and talent she developed at Swords Basketball Club.

Walsh and Meehan claim bronze

THE Irish female tandem pairing of Catherine Walsh and Fran Meehan took bronze in the time trial at the UCI Paracycling Road World Championships, in Roskilde, Denmark last week. The tandem team’s time of 44.04.95 was enough to secure them third place behind Jane Parsons and Sonia Waddelle of New Zealand, who claimed silver with a time of 43.59.46, and Canadian Tandem of Robbi Weldon and Lyne Bes-

sette who took the gold medal place, winning in a time of 43.24.65. Walsh, from Swords, and Offaly’s Fran Meehan, have been Ireland’s most successful tandem pairing over the past number of seasons. The pair won silver at the 2011 World Track Championships, and earlier this season took gold during the Segovia leg of the 2011 Road World Cup competition. Ireland’s medal count for the championships ended on three, after Mark Rohan and

Colin Lynch secured gold during their respective time trial events. Speaking on the performance of the female tandem pairing, team manager, Denis Toomey, said: “It’s great to see Catherine and Fran rewarded for all the hard work they have put in over the past couple of years. “We now have three medals in the bag and with a busy day tomorrow, hopefully we can secure a couple more medals by the end of the Championships.” Fran Meehan and Catherine Walsh

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Hard luck to Denise and Aoife who

and the Dublin senior footballers as

were beaten by Cork in the Ladies’

they returned Sam to the capital for

Senior B All-Ireland final on Satur-

the first time in 16 years.


Check out the club Facebook page

Fingallians extends deepest sym-

and view pictures from Croke Park,

pathy to the Bambrick family. Ar

courtesy of Kyran O’Brien. A big

dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis.

thank-you from all the members to

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 2, 23,

Tim and Noel for securing a record

29, 32 and 35. This week’s jackpot is

number of tickets for the final.



tors to discuss the set-up for 2012 will

senior footballers on winning the

take place at 8pm in the clubhouse.

All-Ireland football final in a thrilling encounter on Sunday last. Commiserations to the minor footballers, who where narrowly beaten by Tipp in the minor final - unlucky not to make it a Double. The club would like to thank the staff

Dublin captain, Anne Clarke, from Naomh Mearnog, in action for Dublin against Cork. Pictures: GAA

Jackie Bs miss out on All-Ireland title AISLING MCGING C’SHIP Dublin Cork

0-7 0-11

THERE was heartbreak for Fingal locals Sarah Stritch (St Margaret’s), Sarah Guilfoyle (St Finian’s), Aoife O’Reilly and Denise McKenna (both Fingllians) as the Dublin Senior B side came up just short against Cork in the Aisling McGing Memorial Championship in Nenagh last Saturday. It reversed the result of a year ago, ending the Jackies’ reign as champions as the sides continued their dominance of the competition as the only counties to ever reach the final. The Rebelettes’ number nine Brid O’Sullivan started the scoring in the second minute to set an early marker. The Sky-Blues responded in kind as AFL International Cup

winner Nathalie Behan kicked a point of her own but O’Sullivan remained to the fore in the opening exchanges. She sent in a cracker that caused Dublin ‘keeper Serena Hannon to pull off a spectacular diving save to maintain parity. A squally shower soon added a slippery edge to the pitch which made for a tricky conditions as Cork’s Jenny Luddy put one over. Rebecca Davey from Skerries Harps cancelled it out but neither side could truly find their rhythm as the conditions slowed the game and it rarely got out of first gear. Hannon did produce a second fine save from a Cork shot at goal but the rebound was subsequently put over the bar, giving the Munster women the edge, 0-5 to 0-4 ahead at the interval. More showers saw the resumption delayed

further. Cork refocused quicker on the return to action, adding two points to creep ahead again. Although Eadaoin McGuinness and Shona Barrett were putting in the hard yards in the middle of the park, the Dublin forwards had great difficulty in getting through the Cork defence. And they were rattled when Hannah Tyrell’s challenge for the ball was adjudged a yellow card offence and went to the sin bin. Although Cork did not capitalise fully on this, they did pick up a point

from play and one from a free in her absence; it also spurred on the girls in blue who equalised the Rebelette attempts with two points of their own. When the Towers’ woman returned, there was just a point in it in Cork’s favour but Dublin were unable to score again in the closing phases. The talismanic Tyrell was subsequently injured and had to leave the game once more, and Cork prospered in the latter stages with a couple of frees, while Dublin could not find the route to the posts.

The club’s new Facebook page has been set up to highlight the social activities within the club; search for the club under Colmcille’s Bar. Live music in the clubhouse next Saturday evening - no cover charge, all welcome to attend.

in the County Board for the assist-

Club lotto is over €4,500. Envelopes

ance throughout the year with tick-

cost €2 for one line or €5 for three



The club’s adult league campaign

Membership for the year is due

came to a close on Saturday evening,

and a updated list is available on the

going down to a strong St Brendan’s

notice board to check your current


status - bar staff are not responsi-

Meeting on the first Thursday in October with the players and men-

ble for membership and can only follow the rules of the executive.

FINGAL RAVENS WELL done to Darren (Butsy) Daly

try challenge for all age groups will

and the Dublin panel on winning the

take place next Sunday, September

All-Ireland, congratulations also to

25 at 2pm at Kinsella’s Bridge, Lis-

Dublin County chairman, Andy Ket-

popple. Come along and enjoy a great


family day out, which will include a

Our minor team play Castleknock next Sunday at 11am in Rolestown in the championship, best of luck to all involved. Annual duck race and cross-coun-

barbecue. We would like to send our condolences to the family of Robin Fox. Please remember to support your club lotto each week.


son away to O’Dwyer’s on Saturday

football team on winning the All-Ire-


land Final against Kerry. It’s a mas-

The Camogie Nursery is back on

sive achievement and great credit to

Saturday mornings from 10 to 11am

all the players who have put in such a

for five- to seven-year-olds, new

huge effort in recent years.

recruits welcome.

Players from the squad have been

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 10,

very helpful to the club over the

20 and 21. There was no winner. The

years and we will welcome them with

€50 winners are Gerry Drumm and

the Sam Maguire over the coming

Eamonn Murphy. Next week’s jack-


pot will be €1,500.

The first-team footballers won their final league match of the sea-

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The Boys in Blue celebrate beating Kerry at Croke Park in the senior football final

‘I’ll never forget it – unbelieveable’ Fingallians’ Paul Flynn in dreamland as the Dubs win their first football crown since 1995 in dramatic style STEPHEN FINDLATER

PAUL Flynn admitted he was in dreamland as the potential All-Star from Fingallians played his part in one of the epic All-Ireland finals as Dublin ended a 16-year wait for Sam Maguire. The half-forward aided one of the great comebacks in Gaelic football history as Kevin McManamon’s goal, and a nerveless longrange free from Stephen Cluxton, were the pivotal moments that saw a Kerry lead turned on its head in the dying moments of the tie.

Victory Speaking about the method of victory, Paul said: “To wake up and be All-Ireland champions is unbelievable. It felt like it was so far away from us at times, but now we’ve done it, it’s a great achievement. “You see it so many times, you have to play

until the final whistle and it was evident there in the 71st minute to get that free. “What a strike from Stephen, it was a great score. Just the stuff that dreams are made of, a fairy-tale ending. “You dream about lifting Sam in front of the Hill. The whole support we got around the stadium was just unbelievable, and I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life.”

Infamous Having worked tirelessly since January, beginning with the infamous 6am training sessions in January, the Dubs summoned every ounce of energy from those sessions to make it to the Holy Grail. Pat Gilroy was instrumental in that process, whilst also bringing in fresh personnel from the five-time Leinster winning panel, a bold move which paid off in Flynn’s eyes. “What they have brought to the table has been unbelievable. They have galvanised the

group and made us the team that we are. “We knew we had individuals but we now are an unbelievable team because of what they have done. Pat believed in every one of us from the start. “You wait your whole life to get to a final and you can’t sit back and wait for things to happen. I just went for it, we went for it as long as we could. Right from the start we didn’t get caught up in the occasion. “We stayed away from all the hype from the last couple of weeks, we concentrated on what we had to do on the pitch, and we did it. We’re All-Ireland champions.” And he added that there was no better man than Cluxton to strike the vital free in the dying moments of the tie. “He is out training an hour before everybody else and he kicks them over with his eyes closed. I didn’t even look at the kick. I looked at him and he just kicked it and ran back. He is a phenomenal man, I am delighted for him.”


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