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these second-class pupils at St Francis of Assissi Primary School in Belmayne decided to donate 10% of their First Holy Communion money towards Crumlin Children’s Hospital’s play therapists. Eight-year-old Emily Woodward (centre) came up with the idea, as she experienced the work of play therapists at the hospital first-hand as she has cystic fibrosis. The pupils made their Communion last month, donating a cheque for €431.50 with their principal Assumpta Kearns and teachers Brian Hughes and Corinna Lenihan. Picture: Simon Jeacle

€15,000 for works at St Columba’s Church Heritage funding for Fingal sees boost for repairs to collapsed roof

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TEN protected structures in north Fingal are to receive funding for restoration work as part of the Built Heritage Jobs Lever-

age Scheme 2014. One such structure is St Columba’s Church in Swords, which is to receive €15,000 for repairs to its roof, which collapsed and forced the building’s clo-

sure. Jonathan Foley, chairman of the fundraising committee for St Columba’s Church, said: “We are delighted to have received confirmation that €15,000

is being made available to St Columba’s Church. “This is an early milestone and a step in the right direction, but we still have a long road ahead.” Full Story on Page 2

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The funding to help with St Columba’s Church’s restoration must be matched by local fundraising activities

€15,000 to help restore St Columba’s Church ST COLUMBA’S Church in Swords is to receive €15,000 in funding as part of the Built Heritage Jobs Leverage Scheme 2014. The church, which is more than 1,500 years old, was forced to shut its doors due to structural damage, which caused part of the roof to cave in. Jonathan Foley, chairman of the church’s fundraising committee, said: “We are delighted to have received confirmation that €15,000 is being made available to St Columba’s Church from Fingal County Council. “This grant is made available only under the condition that we start the restoration work and match that amount with funds from our own fundraising activities.” He stressed that further funding was still needed for the revamp, saying:

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“This is an early milestone and a step in the right direction, but we still have a long road ahead and urge the people of Swords and beyond to continue with us in our efforts to restore this beautiful, historic landmark. “We would also like to thank those who have helped us get to this stage.” Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) has raised St Columba’s difficulties in the past, and promoted the campaign from the Help Us Make History group that is dedicated to saving the church. He said: “I would like

to welcome the €15,000 being made available to St Columba’s Church. “I would see the restoration and reopening of this church as of huge importance to Swords and anything that helps towards this is very helpful; however, there is still a long way to go. “If there are any generous benefactors out there, I would ask them to visit and see what they can do to help this campaign.” Cllr Anne Devitt (Ind) said: “All funding is most welcome for this worthy cause. The church is an important part of the rich heritage of Swords, and I am anxious to preserve same and develop our tourism potential within the town and surrounding area.” The Department of Arts, Heritage and the

Gaeltacht initiated the scheme this year to assist with the repair and conservation of protected structures and buildings within architectural conservation areas that contribute to the character of the place. The aim is to encourage the leveraging of private capital to invest in a number of smallscale, labour-intensive repair and conservation projects. Other structures in Fingal which will avail of the scheme this year are Old Kilbush House, Rush (€15,000); Skerries, Station House (€5,680); a thatched dwelling, Drishoge Lane (€15,000); a thatched dwelling, Toberburr Road, Killeek (€15,000); Woodbine Cottage and Forge, Donabate (€13,200); The Grange, Drishoge Lane, (€13,200); The

Bothy, Lambay Island (€9,220); Tankard Ville, Brecan Close, Balbriggan (€8,700); No 7, Castle Terrace, Malahide (€15,000) and Wellfield, Malahide Road (€15,000). Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) welcomed the news of funding for Malahide, saying: “These properties are rightly categorised as architectural properties and getting this funding will help in the conservation of these important 18th and 19th century properties for locals and visitors alike. “These awards will also help to provide much needed employment to local skilled craftsmen in Fingal.” For further information on St Columba’s Church, see or keep up with the campaign at

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libraries: un book campaign to help highlight worldwide strife

Man shot at retail park

A wordy way to focus on refugees  keith bellew

LIBRARIES across Fingal are joining forces this month to support the UN Refugee Agency’s bookreading campaign. The initiative, run for two weeks in June to mark World Refugee Day on June 20, will allow children and adults to explore the devastating impact of war on families by reading books that highlight refugee issues. Since 2001, World Refugee Day has been held every year to celebrate the strength and courage of people forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution. Sophie Magennis, head of office with UNHCR Ireland, said: “With the

world facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II, there had never been a better time for people to learn the reasons that force people to flee their homes. “Reading a book reminds us of the great contribution refugees make to the countries that offer them protection worldwide, including Ireland, which will be resettling 90 Syrian refugees this year. “Participating libraries across Fingal can advise on what books are written about refugees. Popular titles include, The Kite Runner, which documents the boyhood friendship of two friends in Afghanistan and, The Go-Away Bird, a first-hand account of the

Rwandan Genocide by a 12-year-old refugee.” According to Siobhan Walshe, senior library assistant at Fingal County Council, the bookcampaign is an excellent way of getting the public interested in the lives of refugees. She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people across Fingal to learn about refugee issues worldwide. I encourage every library member to take out one of the books on [the campaign] booklist.” The book-reading campaign takes place in Fingal libraries and nationwide from June 16-28, while a range of events are taking place. For a full list of events, see

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Styled right: A cut above salon trip raises €700 for DAA’s three charities ALMOST €700 was raised for the Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) three charity partners from a one-day hair-a-thon held recently with the airport staff and passengers by The Grafton Barber’s mobile salon. Sherie O’Brien of the Swords branch is pictured styling the hair of the DAA’s Peter Kelly, while his daughters Olivia and Hazel look on. The funds raised are going towards Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, the Jack and Jill Foundation and Special Olympics Ireland.

GARDAI at Balbriggan are investigating a shooting incident that occurred outside a gym at the Balbriggan Retail Park at 11am on Friday, June 13. A gunman approached the victim’s car and discharged a number of shots, hitting Brian O’Reilly (45). The gunman is believed to have left the scene in a whitecoloured Nissan 200 SX or Toyota Supra. The victim was taken by ambulance to Beaumont hospital, and his injuries are not believed to be lifethreatening. Anyone with information is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda Station at 01 802 0510, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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POLITICS Citizens are asked to report sightings, due to their littering effects

Alert issued over rogue election posters  STAFF REPORTER

WHILE the date for removing election posters has long passed, citizens are still being asked to let their council know of any remaining local or European election candidate posters in their area. The poster removal deadline was May 30, and candidates who failed to abide by this face an onthe-spot fine of €150 per poster. Across the capital, councils have been dealing with complaints and issuing fines to some poster culprits. Fingal County Council said: “Litter wardens

as part of their routine patrols, and also in response to complaints received, have issued approximately 30 fines for breach of the Litter Pollution Acts for election posters which were still up more than seven days after the elections. Monies received are used to fund council services.” On the other side of the city, in south Dublin, 17 on-the-spot levies were imposed on those guilty of leaving posters up beyond the stipulated timeframe. “The money collected from the fines will be administered to the litter management section of the council. Our litter

wardens are active on the ground and are still on the lookout for election posters still up.” In Dublin City Council, about 360 fines were issued following the General Election of 2011. When asked how many fines had been issued since the deadline expired this year, the council said: “Enforcement activity ... will be reported to the elected members in due course. The council is investigating complaints it receives.” The council did offer the use of free recycling facilities to candidates for use until June 14. Posters and cable ties disposed of

Have you spotted any lingering election posters anywhere? The city’s councils are calling on all such sightings to be reported, as they are litter. Graphic: Shane Dillon

at these facilities are then recycled into items such as flower pots, crates and piping, or used as bedding in council-owned parks.

A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said 17 fines under the Litter Pollution Acts for

still visible election posters had also been issued. According to the spokesperson, the money from fines goes into the envi-

ronment department’s “income code”, which is used to offset expenditure in that unit including street cleaning, litter warden service and environmental awareness. Each council said that most posters have been taken down, but if members of the public come across any that have not yet been removed they should contact their relevant council – South Dublin County Council at 01 414 9000; Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council at 1800 403 503; Dublin City Council at 01 222 222 or Fingal County Council at 1800 201 093.


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A NEW generation of talented writers is emerging in north Fingal, with young wordsmiths winning literary prizes in national competitions and putting north County Dublin on the map. This year, three such writers won prizes in the Listowel Writers’ Week – Sarah McKenna from Lusk took first place in the U-12 category, with a poem about the wind. Ciara Hogan from Malahide came first in the under-nine group, with a piece about First Holy Communion. Niall Rudden came second in the undernine category with his s t o r y, A B o ok t a s t i c Adventure. All these young writers attend Megan Wynne’s creative writing classes and summer camps, which take place in Skerries, Malahide, Donabate and Swords.

Last year, 13-year-old Hannah Rudden from Lusk won first place in the Listowel event for youth (12 years and under) and this year, inspired by his older sister’s success, Niall entered and was successful. For the second time, the Rudden family travelled to Listowel in County Kerry to attend the awards ceremony.

Teaching T here they joined McKenna, Hogan and their teacher, Megan, who has been teaching creative writing in north County Dublin for seven years. She said: “I’m so happy with the recent success of my young writing students. In class they are encouraged to have fun and let their imaginations run wild. The results are unique, original stories and poems. I am extremely proud.”

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crisis ‘Sticking plaster’ move – Coppinger

While Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton defended temporary measures to try to ease the housing crisis, the short-term increase in the rent supplement payment was criticised by Deputy Ruth Coppinger as “a sticking plaster solution”. Picture: Photocall Ireland

13-week rent increase ‘a stay of execution’  keith bellew

TO ASSIST those in privately rented homes who are at risk of becoming homeless, the Department of Social Welfare has recently announced a 13-week increase in the rent supplement payment. Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) is delighted with the news. He said: “Having represented many constituents facing the dire and extremely stressful scenario of becoming homeless, I am glad that this measure is being introduced. “Providing this support to those who need it is of the utmost importance. While this is a positive short-term development, I will continue to work to secure further support for those struggling to pay

their rents and to bring the rent crisis in Fingal under control. “I hope this initiative will provide those affected with the relief and support they need to find an acceptable solution which keeps them, and their families, in a home,” he said. However, while she welcomed the announcement, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West Ruth Coppinger said that the measure is not enough. She said: “The proposed 13-week increase in rent limits for those in receipt of the rent supplement is welcome, but does not go anywhere close to being a solution to the housing crisis. “While the increase will hopefully stop some families being made homeless immediately,

all it really amounts to is a stay of execution, because it does nothing to tackle the cause of the problem. “It is, finally, acknowledged by Minister [for Social Protection Joan] Burton that there is a housing crisis.

Action campaigns “The housing crisis was one of the biggest issues raised during the recent elections, and has seen the emergence of housing action campaigns across the country – including in the minister’s own constituency. “Unfortunately, what she is putting forward is a sticking plaster solution, while the minister continues to pass the buck on tackling the root causes of the problem. “What is immediately

needed is rent controls to burst this rent bubble and stop families being made homeless. As rents accelerate, the supplement and allowance has been cut. Immediately, these cuts need to be reversed,” said Deputy Coppinger. In response, Minister Burton said: “A review of the maximum rent limits has commenced within the department and will be considered as part of the budgetary process. “T he most recent review was completed in June 2013. “Despite pressures on the social protection budget, the last review saw rent limits increase, in line with market rents in some areas, with Dublin limits increasing by a weighted average of 9%. “Policy in relation to

implementing rent controls on the amounts landlords can charge is a matter for my colleague [Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan] in the Department of the Environment. “I can assure deputies that department officials will continue to make every effort to ensure that customer accommodation needs are met. “Staff in the department’s community welfare service have discretionary powers to award a supplement for rental purposes in exceptional cases where it appears that the circumstances of the case so warrant – for example, when dealing with applicants who are homeless or who are at risk of losing their tenancy,” said Minister Burton.

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statistics CSO-reported 7.5% rise in visitors sees area’s attractions raised

Hopes tourism can increase in Fingal  keith bellew

RECENTLY released Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show the number of trips to Ireland by overseas visitors has increased by 7.5% in comparison with the same period last year. Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said that he is encouraged by this growth in numbers, as he

maintains it will help to stimulate the local economy. He said: “I am delighted to see that the number of overseas visitors has significantly increased. “With tourism having a fundamental importance to the local economy in Fingal, an increase in visits from overseas will undoubtedly bring money into the economy and

provide support for small businesses throughout the constituency. “Improving trends in tourism numbers show the Government’s tourism sector initiatives are working and are contributing to the economic recovery. “It is now projected that more than seven million people will visit Ireland this year

business: online voucher project

‘Unprecedented demand’ for support scheme  keith bellew

THE Fingal Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is reporting “unprecedented demand” for its online trading vouchers, with more than 100 smallbusiness owners attending an information session about the scheme in Fingal recently. The new grant scheme, launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton in May, has seen the LEO inundated with applications. As a result, Fingal’s head of enterprise Oisin Geoghegan is applying for additional funding to enable more small businesses to benefit from the scheme this year. Under the scheme, small businesses will be able to spend up to €2,500 on this voucher, or up to a maximum of 50% of the relevant costs, to develop or upgrade their websites or to roll out their digital marketing strategies in a bid to get a further 2,000 businesses trading online by the end of 2015. The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has teamed up with local

Head of Fingal LEO Oisin Geoghegan and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton at the launch last month. Picture: Joe Keogh

enterprise offices to deliver this. Geoghegan said: “For every €10 spent online by consumers, research shows that €7 leaves the country and goes straight to foreign retailers. “By providing practical supports to Irish small business owners, a greater share of that consumer spend can be kept here at home. As Irish companies generate more sales and expand, that will generate more jobs locally, too. “We’re announcing the first 25 recipients of the online trading voucher grant at the end of July. “However, due to unprecedented demand,

we expect that additional funding will be provided. If we are successful, these extra funds will enable more small businesses in this region to improve their online trading prospects.” The online trading voucher scheme is open to companies registered in the Fingal County Council area which have been trading for at least 12 months. The scheme targets companies with fewer than 10 staff and a turnover of under €2m. Further details about the supports available to businesses in Fingal are available at www.

and ... 2014 looks set to be the fourth year of consecutive growth in relation to the number of overseas visitors. “This year-on-year increase highlights how we have captured the momentum following on from The Gathering last year. “The international promotion being pursued by businesses, Tourism Ireland and

the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is keeping that momentum going. “Events like the Giro D’Italia are working to promote Ireland as a tourist destination, and with Dublin Airport in Fingal, towns throughout the area are in a prime position to benefit from increased tourism. “We should use this oppor-

tunity to further showcase Fingal as the wonderful tourist destination it is,” he said. According to the CSO, the total number of visits from Great Britain grew by 11.4%, North American visits increased by 5.9%, those from mainland Europe rose by 0.9%, while there was a 17.4% increase from “other” long-haul markets.

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Mark and Christopher Maher

Dominic, Liam, Eoghan and Sadhbh Wilkinson

Gerald, Gillian, Grace and Luke O’Hara

Iobal and Harnoor Singh. Pictures: Simon Jeacle

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Daniel and Niall O’Connor

The U-17 girls team who won their league. Pictures: Kevin McFeely

slam dunk: local basketball devotees shoot to the top Jasmine and Eoin Cruz


WORDS Basketball Club recently hosted a prize-giving ceremony for its players. A range of medals and trophies was awarded to the players on the night to mark their achievements.

Nathan and Ken Rogers

Cian Pigott

Doireann Crowley received a prize for Most Valuable Player with the U-15 girls

Daniel Izeubiqie Andrew Taafe with Leon and Ryan McDonnell

Aly and Vincent McGrath


Local kids putt dads to the test D

ADS were celebrated and honoured on Father’s Day last Sunday, and the Swords Pavilions marked the occassion with a Crazy Golf set up in the mall over the weekend. Local kids challenged their dads’ putting

skills across the nine holes as they took a break from their shopping. There were spot prizes for the best scores, while there were also a range of Father’s Day special offers and discounts availalbe across the shopping centre.

Adam Mulally received a prize for the Most Valuable Player with the U-13 boys

Madeleine McCarthy received a prize for the Most Improved Player with U-17 girls

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Designer Claire Garvey, who was presented with an award at FAWL 2014

Afolabi Yisa

Maiya McMonagle

Rita Mirembe and Diane Couper. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

What a beautiful way to show African culture A

NUMBER of cutting-edge designs were on show at the recent From Africa With Love (FAWL) 2014 fashion event staged at the Gresham Hotel, which was part sponsored by Dublin Gazette Newspapers. The annual FAWL event was a perfect opportunity to showcase a wide

Tokie Laetanbrown and Binta Diallo

range of African culture, and to celebrate such contributions to Ireland’s modern multicultural mix. Although the fashion show was the main attraction on the night – thanks to the fashions from designers of African descent, including Akani Collection, Mullalo, Oreke Signature, Maiya,

Tola Vintage and Simply Glamorous Fashion – live music, and dance demonstrations also added to the evening. Designer Claire Garvey was presented with the inaugural Irish Fashion Diversity Award, in honour of her contribution towards the growth and inclusion of diversity within the industry.

Superb fashions and striking make-up were a hit at the fashion show

Ian Callagy, presenter of African Scene on 103.2 Dublin City Fm and Damilola Oduwole

Baby Ellah with dancer Amyric

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dublinlife Let Dublin Gazette Newspapers take you on a tour of the news and events taking place across the city and county this week


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what’son go ‘walkies’ and help support irish guide dogs

Presenter Diana Bunici and friend, helping to launch Flavours of Fingal festival

a day in the life: rte elev8 presenter diana bunici

Every TV day is so different  laura webb

SHE spends most of her day in front of a camera presenting for RTE’s young audience on Elev8, but recently Diana Bunici helped to launch the Flavours of Fingal festival, showing just how indemand this young presenter is. This week, The Gazette caught up with the Moldova-born starlet to find out just how a day in her life goes. Like many people, she needs a little help getting up in the mornings, and so she has four alarms going off at various intervals between 7am and 7.30am. Once up she makes sure to get something to eat to help set her up for the day.

“I rarely set foot outside the door without chomping down on something. I like to keep my food light and fresh at the start of the day, with natural yoghurt, two Weetabix, and berries of some sort. “I’ll have a mug of peppermint tea too, although that usually gets sipped while I’m doing my makeup and trying to catch up with what’s going on in the world that day with the online papers, radio news and some telly, too. “Some mornings, I save my news swotting for my commute and listen to some music to get me pumped up for the day ahead, instead,” she said. Living just 10 minutes away from RTE means she gets to work quite easily, but if on location it’s her trusty dad that gives

her a lift or gets a taxi to wherever she needs to go that day. “Every day in the world of TV is different, and that’s what I find so appealing about my job. Generally, I get into the office for 10am, pop on my computer, and catch up with emails that have come through overnight. “Next up, I have a quick scan of what’s coming up on the live show that afternoon before popping along to our daily production meeting, where we go through the running order with the entire studio team. “After that, I’ll either be scripting, researching our guests, out somewhere shooting an interview or fun piece, planning guests and brainstorming for future

shows. Studio time is between 2pm and 4:20pm. “Then I’m back at the office desk with my head in the next day’s show. “Working on a children’s show means there’s room for variety and pretty much anything is a go with some proper thought and planning put in place. “It’s a real luxury to have so much input into Elev8. I love every bit of it, from working behind the scenes to frontof-camera stuff,” said Diana. Elev8 is on weekdays at 4pm on TRTE and RTE Two. Flavours of Fingal takes place at Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate, from June 28-29. For further information, see

THE Go Walkies for Guide Dogs campaign started at Phoenix Park on June 6, and continues nationwide throughout the month. It’s a great opportunity to mingle with other dog lovers, get fresh air and exercise and do something “pawsitive” by helping to raise money for Irish Guide Dogs. There are four more official walks scheduled throughout the country this month, one of which takes place at Cabinteely Park on June 22. Passes for individuals (€15) and families (€20) are available at www.guidedogs. ie. Admission comes with t-shirts and goodie bags worth €20 on the day, and Hills Food will also be on hand to weigh your dog for free. As with the official walks, several community walks have also been organised by dedicated volunteers, one of which takes place at Balbriggan Football Club at 12.30pm, on June 22. Note that entry fees will be different for each community walk, and will not include a goodie bag.

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dublinlife Summer time is festival time

events: fun (and hopefully sun) for everyone

Festival season is in full swing with a different festival taking place in towns and villages across the county almost every weekend. This week, The Gazette is trawling through the festival list to bring you a selection of what’s on to ensure there is something for everyone to see and do during the summer months. Dublin City area

The second annual Dublin Kite Festival takes place this Sunday, June 22, at North Bull Island, Clontarf. This year’s Dublin Kite Festival will attract kite fliers and spectators from across Ireland and overseas. The free event will have a full day of entertainment packed with activities for the entire family to enjoy. Kite enthusiasts from all over Ireland and abroad will show off their stunt skills and compete for a number of awards across a wide range of categories including most aerodynamic, most beautiful, and funniest. For further details, see The Dublin City Soul Festival takes place on July 26 and 27. This festival celebrates peace, unity and love, and is Ireland’s best feel-good festival. The annual celebration saw over 30,000 people enjoy the soul picnic event as part of the festival. This is a music event with tasty treats from picnic vendors at Merrion Square Park and this year’s line-up is expected to match or increase last year’s number. There is also a Love the City Music Trail where people can move from venue to venue checking out some great entertainment. As people make their way along the streets, there is also on-street

entertainment from Soul Festival buskers and street artists. For full details on this festival, see Dundrum area

The Wooly Wards Farm, which is a petting farm and animal theatre, will be held on select weekends in July, August and September in Marlay Park. These free animalinspired events are available in the park on July 26-27, August 23-24 and September 6-7 from noon to 3pm. On show will be fluffy little creatures like guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits as well as a kid goat and ducks. The main event has to be that visitors can also have their picture taken with a llama. Dun Laoghaire area

The fifth Ukulele Hooley, Ireland’s national ukulele festival, will be held again this year in Dún Laoghaire during the weekend of August 23-24. Organisers are promising a fantastic weekend of music, hopefully in the sun, and a great line-up of ukulele-based attractions. These include ukulele master workshops, beginner’s workshops, the Ukulele Bus Busk scenic tour, the Ukulele Hooley Open Mic Night, and the main event – an eight-hour live concert in the People’s Park by some of the most renowned ukulele artists and bands from around the world.

Lucan area

With the tremendous success of last year’s festival, Lucan will once again hold a festival that is sure to attract thousands of guest from Lucan and elsewhere. The festival committee, led by Joe Byrne, will put together an exciting line-up of events which promises to be even bigger and better than ever before. This year the festival stage located beside Carroll’s pub will once again be erected in the heart of Lucan and will feature a wide range of local talent. The event will take place on Sept 14 and any local groups, bands, dancers or solo singers interested in taking part should contact the festival’s stage manager Kim Rice at with their details. Clondalkin area

Clondalkin Festival is set to return for the fourth time this year from June 20-22. Growing from strength to strength each year, the festival features three days of entertainment throughout the village. This year’s programme features street performers, magic acts, face painting, carnival games, live music and a fun village cycle, amongst other events. The Clondalkin Garda station will also be open on the day for a public display. For more informa-

tion, visit the Clondalkin Festival Facebook page at Clondalkinfestival. Fingal

Farmleigh and Phoenix Park have announced a series of free guided walks throughout the summer. Walkers will meet at Farmleigh House reception, the Phoenix

Jonathan Howard with Emma O’Driscoll-Cronin, RTE Jr, and Jennifer Howard are flying high for the Dublin Kite Festival taking place June 22 on Dollymount Strand, North Bull Island, Clontarf. Picture: Jason Clarke Photography

Park Visitor Centre, or Arbour Hill Cemetery at 11am on Wednesday mornings. June will see a Historical Walking Tour to Farmleigh House, a History of the Clock Tower at Farmleigh, and a guided walk to Knockmaree

Cist/Cromlech. A guided walking tour from Ashtown Castle to Castleknock Gate will take place in July. Among other walks in August there will be one to Rose Cottage via Knockmaroon Gate and Gate Lodges of Phoenix

Park from Ashtown Castle to Castleknock. The Farmleigh and Phoenix Park walks take about 90 minutes. Telephone the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on 01 677 0095 or Farmleigh House on 01 815 5914 for further information.

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home: new concept kitchen range offers more possibilities than ever before

Innovative kitchen system from IKEA is going ‘freestyle’ IKEA has launched the innovative Metod kitchen system, a brand new kitchen concept that will revolutionise the kitchen industry. Metod offers more layout, style and storage possibilities than ever before, giving people the opportunity to truly personalise their kitchens, at an affordable price. IKEA has achieved this, by redesigning the basic building blocks of kitchens to create a new sys-

tem that will change the way that Irish consumers design, plan and install their kitchens. Evolved

The decision to introduce the new system was made as a result of a shift in customer wants and needs, which have greatly evolved in recent years. The current trend of people moving to bigger cities and living in smaller spaces has led to the creation of multi-

functional living spaces within the home. A recent survey carried out by IKEA Dublin among its customers revealed that eight out of 10 people now have a combined kitchen and living area where multifunctional furniture and clever storage solutions are essential. Now more than ever there is a greater demand for ‘freestyle’ kitchens, which offer more versatility, within living spaces

Metod offers many layout, style and storage possibilities. Pictured above is Metod Laxarby Maximera.

Communication and interior design manager, IKEA Dublin Gill Reilly said: “With the new kitchen system Metod,

we’ve broken the ‘normal’ conventions of designing kitchens and instead we’ve created a system that gives customers unlimited choice. This is a big change for IKEA, but it also initiates a big change for the industry in the way that consumers will now be able to design and plan their dream kitchens.” The new kitchen modules will now be sized in multiples of 20cm, and will hang from an innovative wall rail, enabling them to be fitted into the smallest or tallest of spaces. Finishes

Metod Maxiera Veddinge

Features of the range will include: revolutionary new design system for easy instillation, new sizing structure that allows for interchangeable modules and 25 door fronts to provide a wider variety of looks and finishes Furthermore, to mark the launch of the new range, IKEA Dublin has completely revamped the store’s kitchen department, with a team of expert advisers available to assist customers in all aspects of designing, selecting and installing a dream kitchen.

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dublinlife Glenda gets some practice in for her wedding day Xpose presenter Glenda Gilson took over Marbs recently when she and some close friends went to the sunny spot for her hen party. Blow up dolls and silly straws were nowhere to be seen when snaps of the lovely lady were posted online – maybe they are more for the wedding album! The Castleknock beauty is set to marry her long-term love, businessman Rob McNaughton, in the lavish setting of Trump International Hotel and Golf Links in Doonbeg this August. Her future hubby popped the question in Central Park last December.

She brought some of her close girl friends to Ocean Beach resort in Marbella. One snap showed her kissing a card-board cut out of her soon-to-be husband – obviously just practising for the big day. It is understood Glenda will have five bridesmaids walking up the aisle before she says “I do”. Xpose airs weekdays at 6pm on TV3.

The Very Best of Broadway comes to the mill As the summer months roll in, The Mill Theatre is as busy as ever preparing for their annual Mill Productions performance.

This year, they have chosen The Very Best of Broadway - a fun-filled, light-hearted performance by much-loved local musical societies from K ilmacud and Glencullen in Dundrum. In addition, the theatre are also welcoming soloists from Rathmines, Rathgar and Ratoath Musical Societies, as well as the very talented Garry Mountaine. Come sing along to your favourite musical numbers from Showboat, Wicked, Me & My Girl, Les Mis, Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof and many more. Ho s t e d b y K e v i n Hough from RTE’s The-

The Dublin Bay Hopper will explore the spectacular south Dublin coastline


Glenda Gilson kisses a card-board cut out of her soon-to-be husband

atre Nights, this will be a show not to be missed for any lover of musicals, drama and comedy. Tickets are €18/€15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 012969340.

All Aboard the Dublin Bay Hopper Irish Rail and Railtours Ireland First Class have launched the Dublin Bay Hopper, the world’s first exclusive hop-on-hop-off train tour for locals and tourists alike. The branded two-car DART tour train, complete with full commentary by Railtours Ireland hosts, will travel from the city centre and explore the spectacular south Dublin coastline as far as Bray. T he Hopper takes guests from Connolly Station to Bray, stopping at Tara St, Pearse St, Grand Canal Dock, Landsdowne Rd, Sandymount, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey,

and Killiney along the way. Guests can use the Dublin Bay Hopper to get to any of these destinations and spend as long as they like there and use any scheduled DART service to return. Tickets cost €19 and are valid on The Dublin Bay Hopper, and all DART trains on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. For more information visit dublinbayhopper. com or any DART station.

rudd joins fight against blindness C e l e brit y c h e f , Andrew Rudd has joined Diabetes Ireland, N C BI - t h e N a t i o n a l S i g h t L o s s A g e n c y, Fighting Blindness, the Irish College of Ophthalmologists, the Association of Optometrists Ireland and Novartis to launch Eye Am What I Eat campaign to raise awareness of diabetic macular edema (DME). DME is a form of diabetic retinopathy that

can have a severe effect on vision, causing significant sight loss. To raise awareness of DME and diabetic retinopathy, people are invited to develop a recipe for eye health, which includes one or more of the Top 10 Foods for Eye Health listed at www. Four finalists will be shortlisted by the judging panel and invited to attend the final event on Wednesday, July 23, at Medley, in Dublin City Centre, where the recipes will be prepared by Rudd and an overall winner will be selected. All recipes must be submitted at by 5pm on Monday, July 7.

summer fest to entertain over 300,000 Laya Healthcare are holding a free festival in Merrion Square in July which is set to entertain more than 300,000 people with performances, music, artisan food and much more.

Star ting from July 11 – 13, the festival is expanding throughout the city to include concerts, family picnics, artisan food events and outdoor screenings, inviting hundreds of thousands of people to enjoy the best of what these famous cities have to offer. This first-of-its-kind festival is a true collaboration with those at the heart of the city, which includes city councils, local businesses, Irish arts organisations as well as internationally renowned performance artists coming together in a city celebration highlighting those that make our cities spectacular. Laya Healthcare are also holding free summer festivals in Cork’s Fitzgerald Park (July 19 - 20) and a citywide program of events both day and night across Dublin City (July 11 – 27). For more information visit or email hello@

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feature escape the mayhem: a stroll through cabinteely park

Bit of music and exercise is the key to relaxation IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asks TV and radio presenter Con Murphy about his downtime  keith bellew

Con Murphy worked as one of the main sports presenters with RTE from 1992 until 2012. During that time he anchored RTE Radio’s coverage of the Summer Olympics Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 Beijing 2008, and London 2012. He is currently co-hosting Radio Nova’s World Cup Extra phone




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in show along with Roddy Collins. When he wants to escape the mayhem of the studio, he gets his tracksuit on, grabs his iPod and heads for Cabinteely Park for a leisurely stroll. He describes the park like a modernday Eden “It’s a haven of tranquillity. Rolling hills, a lake in the middle, big, old trees, and it’s away from traffic and everything like that. That’s where I go for my walks with my iPod. I listen to my music and it’s just the most chilled out place

you can think of. “It’s leisurely, but its good exercise as well. It’s quite hilly, so at times your walking up hill, and you have to kind of push it a bit, so it’s kind of a combination of relaxation and proper exercise as well so it’s really good.” In terms of the music he listens to while on his walks, he says: “My iPod is on shuffle so it could be anything. It’s a complete mixture: Counting Crows, a lot of Spanish music, Jarabe de Palo, they’re fantastic, Kaiser Chiefs,

to Johnny Mathis, Neil Young, a lot of 80s music, Depeche Mode, OMD. Really, it’s so diverse it’s unbelievable. “To get away from it all, I love travelling. My other half, Lorraine, works for Aer Lingus and we try and get away as much as we can. The odd weekend away in cities around Europe. Travel is the other big thing even if it’s only a couple of nights in Barcelona. Generally, when we get away to a European place, we try and get to see a football match.”

TV and radio presenter Con Murphy

Another medium of escape for Con is poker. At home he likes to play online but when he visits the USA he combines his passion for travel with

that of poker. “I’m just back from Las Vegas. I’ve been there a few times now, I think that was our 10th time. I love it there, absolutely

love it. I’ve done pretty well, I’ve won a couple of tournaments and I’ve come second and third. It’s a good way to pass the time over there.”


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business ‘Target major business’, tech start-ups urged  ian begley

TECHNOLOGY startup companies are being encouraged to target major international businesses for funding. Leading corporate lawyer Martin Kelleher, who has been involved in some

of Ireland’s most successful technology deals, said that such start-ups should aim for global expansion through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Speaking at a business event organised by law firm Mason Hayes and Curran, Kelleher said:

“Established tech giants show no sign of slowing down their rate of acquisitions. Facebook has spent tens of billions acquiring more than 40 new and established tech companies. Google recently indicated that it has $50 billion to spend on over-

seas acquisitions over the coming period. “This presents a huge opportunity for indigenous tech companies to grow and develop their companies further with the backing of well-established, experienced international tech partners.”

sinead o’loughlin, seapoint physio

Taking care of aches needn’t be a stretch SINEAD O’Loughlin is from Kildare originally but has been living in Dublin since 1994 when she study physiotherapy at Trinity College. A varied path through America and Australia saw her complete another Masters degree, in Manual Therapy, before returning to Dublin in 2004. Having spent time in both India

and the US to further her yoga studies, she now incorporates the various practices of yoga into her work as a physiotherapist, starting her own business in Monkstown this year. An avid reader, Sinead loves cycling, swimming in the sea, and practising yoga. She also loves to play the piano and guitar.

How long have you been in business?

classes, all geared towards specific health conditions: osteoporosis, breathing disorders, back pain, chronic pain, ante/post-natal. My idea is to use yoga as medicine; people who have practised yoga understand this..

Not very long – I opened my doors in March, which makes it just over three months.

What makes your business successful?

Ask anyone if they have any aches or pains in their body, and the chances are it’s a “yes”. Modern life, with its stress and schedules and long days at the office, is driving a lot of these problems. The good news is that for most people there’s a way out of pain. I think I’m successful at what I do because I genuinely care, so I take the time to figure out the problem. Also, the combination of physiotherapy and yoga is rare, despite the fact that they compliment each other so perfectly.

What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

I’ve worked in so many clinics where I’m constantly chasing the clock, seeing vast numbers of patients in one day. Getting tired of that was a major part of my decision to leave and work for myself. Now, I can take the time that’s needed to step back and really consider what’s going on with a patient in a broad way. It’s especially important on the first day to spent time on assessment so that the treatment plan can be highly individualised. What’s also different is the yoga

How has the recession impacted your business?

I’m only in business three months, so I missed the Celtic Tiger! I am conscious that people do not have unlimited budgets and I take that into account when formulating a treatment plan. My aim is always to get the patient on board to do as much as possible for themselves so that they are not reliant on physiotherapy, and often only need a few sessions to get them on the road to recovery. So, it doesn’t have to break the bank to go to physio. Another helpful factor is that most health insurance companies contribute significantly towards physiotherapy and it can also be claimed as a tax expense.

What law or regulation would you change overnight to help your business?

I’m very limited with signage, because the houses on Longford Terrace [where the business is located] are listed buildings. That makes it hard to let people know I exist. If regulations didn’t limit me, I would put up a tall sign that would be seen from the road and passers-by.

Christine Cullen, managing director,, which has released a report on the rise in new start-ups

report: quarter one records increase of firms

Office space shortfall due to start-up surge  keith bellew

ACCORDING to new figures from leading credit and business risk analyst,, the increase in new companies being set-up is leading to a shortage of office space, particularly in certain parts of Dublin, but is also a factor which is boosting construction start-ups. Dublin remains the most popular location for start-ups in Ireland, and this year has accounted for 48% of all new companies formed. A surge of 4,438 new companies were started in the first quarter of this year – a figure that is up 21% on the average number of

start-ups seen in the same period over the previous five years (3,657). Among those new start-ups, almost 20% have a registered address in either Dublin 1, 2 or 4 – postcodes in Dublin’s tech-focused “Silicon Docks” quarter, which is home to the likes of Google, LinkedIn and Facebook. The figures follow a recent report by Savills that shows the rate of office lettings rose by more than a third during this year’s first quarter, with rents forecast to climb by a fifth before 2015, due to a shortage of property. High and increasing

demand for commercial space is also influencing a measured revival of both the construction and real estate sectors. There were 332 start-ups in the construction sector in the first quarter – a 16% increase on the average number of construction industry start-ups in the same period over the five years since the onset of the recession. The average number of real estate start-ups in the period is up 70% over the previous five years with 209 of the quarter’s start-ups operating in this sector. According to’s managing director, Christine Cullen, a rise in

construction and real estate start-ups indicates “an upturn in key areas of the economy”. She said: “As the Irish economy recovers, new and established businesses are seeking to expand their operations beyond what a post-recession property market can currently offer. “Growth in our commercial sectors is very positive news for job creation and overall economic rejuvenation. “However, for the longterm survival of new business start-ups, it is vital that there is a balance between demand and supply, to prevent a rent price bubble emerging.”

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Members of Songs in the Key of D at rehearsals: Inset: Musical director Killian Grumley-Traynor. Pictures: Ste Murray

National Concert Hall: choir presents a musical journey through dublin

Connecting songs to the city  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

A 70-strong choir of Dubliners called Songs in the Key of D is putting on a unique concert in the National Concert Hall on July 2, called A Summer in Dublin which will feature songs about the city from old ditties to pop and rock favourites. The Gazette spoke to one of the choir’s musical directors Killian Grumley-Traynor about the upcoming show, and his involvement with a choir whose aim is to create a deeper connection between the city and its songs. “I met with Eoin Kilkenny, the producer in 2013 and he brought myself and Chris O’Sullivan [the other musical director] together.

Killian’s background is in science as well as music, as he explained: “I finished up in UCD in 2013, I was actually studying physics but I’d been doing music my entire life. “I play piano and violin and I’m doing a lot as musical director and am going to do a masters in conducting next year in DIT. “So myself and Chris both play with the choir and play a range of instruments between the two of us; we’re the band, essentially. “The choir is made up of people from all over Dublin and we’re at around 70 members now, it’s made up of people of all different backgrounds and the idea is that it’s current Dublin – people who are living in Dublin and there’s also a

core of Dubliners. “They are male and female and our age range is from 18 years to mid 70s. We want a spread of everybody, it’s a community project and choir to get as wide a spread of voices and backgrounds involved.” The Gazette asked Killian what people can expect from A Summer in Dublin. “It’s a journey through Dublin City and there is something in the music for everybody from Handel to Hansard, right up to Damien Dempsey, the Boomtown Rats, Sinead O’Connor, U2 and then classics from The Dubliners and Dublin standards that everybody would be familiar with. “We take music written in Dub-

lin, about Dublin or by Dubliners but present it in a new and fresh way as myself and Chris arranged it for choir. We’ll also put two songs together or the lyrics of one song to the tune of another one. “It will be great fun and we get the audience singing along too when they recognise the songs.” Songs in the Key of D will also perform a few songs with musical trio Trillogy on the night. A Summer in Dublin is on in the National Concert Hall’s Main Auditorium, on July 2 For more information on the show and to book tickets which cost from €18 to €20, you can go to NCH Box Office at 01 417 0000.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is handsome crossbreed Bailey, who is about one year old. He is a super sweet dog, who has been working really hard with his carers to build up his confidence. Bailey is a brainy young dog and playing fetch with his tennis ball is just one of his favourite things to do! With the right family, we just know that Bailey will be a happy, loyal and loveable dog. If you think you could offer Bailey the loving home he deserves, then please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website

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Be bowled over by Oakwood attractions A DAY trip to Oakwood Theme Park with Stena Line has just got even more actionpacked, following the launch of its new indoor entertainments centre. The newly opened FunZone features everything from simulator machines, carousels, air hockey tables and even ten-pin bowling lanes. Customers can travel with Stena Line from Rosslare to Fishguard and enjoy an action-packed day trip to Oakwood Theme Park, from only €49 per person return by car (based on a car and four people). Along with the park’s new Hook’s House of Havoc adventure soft play area, visitors can enjoy the popular Neverland attraction, which features 10 new rides and attractions. The new attraction includes Skull Rock Pirate Log Flume, the Lost Boys Adventure, Neverland Chase, Hook’s House of Havoc soft play area. and the Sights of London taxi ride. For further information or to make a booking, see

Hop to it if you seek a great sun holiday ONLINE travel company has released the top five most popular tourist destinations so far in 2014. The results, which are based on the most searched destinations on the website since the start of the year, and which illustrate Ireland’s love for sun holidays, reveal that the Algarve is the most popular destination. Tenerife came in second, followed by Malaga, Lanzarote and Palma. To celebrate these destinations, GoHop. ie have put together some great offers to give holidaymakers the chance to see why these locations are so popular. For further information on these destinations, or to make a booking, see or call at 01 241 2389.

Boasting one of the world’s finest golf courses, Gleneagles is something of a golfing Mecca – yet is just one of the region’s many attractions

scotland: gleneagles prepares to host the ryder cup

Head fore one of the homes of golf  rob heigh

WE ARE less than 100 days away from the start of the Ryder Cup – one of the most iconic and passionately contested golf tournaments in the world – which this year is being held in the beautiful setting of the Perthshire countryside’s Gleneagles Hotel. Gleneagles has historically been one of the iconic Scottish homes of golf, along with St Andrew’s, Muirfield and Royal Troon, and Scotland boasts more than 550 courses across the country, approximately 400 of which are accessible within an hour’s travel from Scotland’s major airports.

However, Gleneagles is the heart of the action this year, and the hotel – announced as the Best Golf Resort In The World in the 2014 prestigious Ultratravel awards in London – will see the cream of British and Irish golfing talent take on the best American players on the world professional tour circuit. The competition will be played out on the PGA Centenary Course, which underwent a redesign by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus in 1993, and further renovation in 2011 in anticipation of hosting the Ryder Cup this year. Golf is not the only attraction at Gleneagles, as the hotel is set

in an 850-acre resort with beautiful vistas of the most glorious Scottish landscapes, as well as featuring one of the most luxurious spa destinations in the world. The Spa by ESPA at Gleneagles is one of a select group of places in the world designated “a Luxury Spa Resort”, a title awarded after a rigorous evaluation by The Leading Hotels of the World group.

Pamper Ayurvedic massages, Orient-inspired reflexology, natural facials and hydro therapies are on offer to pamper, treat and indulge travellers’ bodies and minds. Perthshire itself is a

magnificent destination which encapsulates a lot of what Scotland has to offer as a tourist destination. Known as “the Gateway to the Highlands”, there are plenty of Munros and Corbetts to climb, as well as lowlevel hiking routes, while anglers can enjoy river and loch fishing. The city of Perth itself is situated between two sprawling public parks and the western banks of the River Tay, and provides an ideal base for exploring the region, and visitors will find something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are historic gems like Scone Palace and horticultural delights at Branklyn Garden, and

an array of attractions, too many to list here – the area is packed with something for everyone to enjoy. Although tickets for the Ryder Cup sold out a long time ago, a limited number of practice day tickets are on offer through www.rydercup. com for September 23, 24 and 25. These tickets provide a great opportunity to soak up the unique Ryder Cup atmosphere, whilst getting a chance to see the teams out on the course. To find out more about the Gleneagles Hotel, see, while for more about everything the region has to offer, see www.

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Tan-k you, He-Shi, for these two  laura webb

Sarah McGovern is wearing F&F blue and white print cami top with bead detail €15.50 and F&F white skinny

p €20


jeans €20. Picture: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Floral to

DARE to Bare this summer with a little help from Irish tanning brand He-Shi’s new products. What’s great about their new products – Rapid one-hour Liquid Tan and Gold Foaming Mousse – is that they are easy to use and quick to develop. The rapid one-hour liquid tan (RRP €29.50) takes just one hour to appear, meaning you can put it on in the morning before having breakfast, and be ready to go by the time you catch the train. If you want your tan a little darker, leave the product on longer, for a shade that is tailored to you. It might take just one hour to come on, but the tan can last for up to 10 days. Testing this product, I found it to be easy to use and, with its colour guide, you can see where it is going, helping to avoid streaks and patches. The gold foaming mousse (RRP €31) is also easy to use, and has a nice, velvety texture that glides onto the skin. The range includes advanced moisturising ingredients such as glycerin, pro-Vitamin B5, aloe vera and Vitamin A and E. He-Shi is available at selected department stores, pharmacies, salons and spas nationwide, as well as at www.

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An F&F summer Floral trousers €23

Fluro 50’s Seam Dress €32.50

The brand’s holiday shop has everything needed for the

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suitcase, from swimsuits and bikinis to glam kaftans and

WALKING into the Drury Buildings recently to see the latest

pretty dresses.

Emma McCormack, regional F&F manager, said there is

summer collection by Tesco’s fashion partner, F&F, was like walking into one of the fashion previews from a main street

something for everyone, thanks to F&F. “It [the brand] has come a long way and we really are on

fashion store. Usually, when you think Tesco, you think “food”, but the supermarket giant is growing its fashion brand F&F so

par with all our main street fashion competitors. When you look across the range you can see that. “We range in sizes [for women] from 6-22 – a lot of our

much that they are on a par with main street giants – but at Tesco price-beating prices. During the summer 2014 collection fashion show, the label was on trend with its key collections. Colour Pop features laid-back separates and stunning dresses in summer colours, from neon to pops of colour

range is in this size. Clothes can be worn during the day, at night, or going to work – you work it to what you want and need. The clothing range is available in more than 70 stores. We have the kids’ range and men’s range [too] and they are all at great prices,” she said. It was revealed at the show that F&F are set to go online

in pink, orange and blue. This trend appears as blocks of colour and through statement patterns. Just in time for the World Cup in Brazil, Patterns of Rio

Holly Carpenter, right, wearing F&F tribal

in the coming weeks, making the range even more acces-

print double-layered dress €20.50 and


ladies F&F shoes from €8 and Adrienne

Tesco clothing is available in selected Tesco stores

has amazing tropical patterns and is vibrant and bright,

Murphy wearing F&F tribal print jacket €23

with a Boho feel, thanks to the flowing tops and maxi

(stocks may vary); for further information, see www.tesco.

and F&F tribal print shorts €18 and ladies



F&F shoes from €18

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Members of the 11 Good Food Circle Restaurants Helen McDaid, Failte Ireland; Philip Horgan, Man Friday; Adrian Cummins, CEO, Restaurant Association of Ireland; Daniel Horgan, Man Friday; Liam Edwards, Jim Edwards Restaurant; Mary O’Sullivan, Toddies; Pearse O’Sullivan, Toddies; Ciaran Fitzgerald, The Blue Haven; Maria O’Mahony - Kinsale Good Food Circle and Martin Shanahan, Fishy Fishy. Picture: John Allen

Dingle wins Ireland’s Top Foodie Town title The 28 by Aldi restaurant showcased Aldi’s 28-day dry aged Irish Angus steak

taste of dublin: meat showcase

Raising the steaks with a top quality cut

TA STE O F D U B L I N was the usual popular event with lots of familiar faces putting in an appearance at the food fest which took place in the Iveagh Gardens last weekend. A n a r r ay o f r e s taurants had stalls in the city centre venue including The Green Hen, the Hot Stove, Rock Lobster and Saba, to name but a few. Along with that, lots more wine, jewellery, make up and cocktail stands added to the atmosphere as did the taste of Thailand area,

which has proven popular over the last couple of years. One area worth a tryout was the 28 by Aldi restaurant, a specially created spot where Michelin star chef Cormac Rowe, executive chef at Mount Juliet, planned to showcase Aldi’s 28-day dry aged Irish Angus steak – the only Provenance Certified Irish Angus Steak. This was an intimate affair with only eight people eating at each sitting and a threecourse meal was prepared before attendants

by Rowe and his team. The 8oz rib eye and striploin steaks are sourced from certified Irish Angus cattle and procured exclusively from Bord Bia approved farms in County Tipperary. The cattle are reared to the highest codes and welfare standards and this is the first provenance-certified Irish Angus meat as licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Angus cattle have long been known for producing the finest

One of the team cooks up a tasty steak

quality steaks, with marbled, succulent and tender meat for excellent flavour. The starter was cod brandade, served with lemon aioli, cucumber and chilli salt. Diners could choose between rib eye and striploin steaks and Rowe then cooked them to order on an open grill in front of them, before serving them up with triple cooked chips, bearnaise sauce and a warm salad. The meat was deemed really good – succulent and tasty.

There were also pots of dessert from Aldi on offer too. All of this was served up with accompanying wines from Aldi. This really was a treat in the middle of all the mayhem at taste and guests left vowing to throw some of these cuts on the barbecue this summer. When the sitting had ended, guests wandered off into the sunshine and disappeared back into the crowd, happy to have secured a seat at one of the hottest pop ups this summer.

KINSALE, County Cork, featured on a strong shortlist of ten towns competing for the title of Ireland’s top Foodie Town 2014. The title was awarded to Dingle at the final of the Irish Restaurant Awards at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin recently. Kinsale’s Good Food Circle (GFC), which promotes the local fine dining experience at 11 member-restaurants, coordinated the town’s entry. This year will see Kinsale’s GFC host its 38th International Gourmet Festival (October 10-12). Kinsale was the first Transition Town – a community initiative that aims to make the transition from a dependency on fossil fuel to a low-carbon future – having pioneered the movement in 2005, and has a thriving farmers’ market. The judges were looking for towns that actively use food festivals, farmers’ markets, gourmet trails and a range of dining experiences to attract visitors. The winning town receives a package worth €5,000, consisting of an postcard marketing package, plus mentoring from a senior An Post executive to help raise the town’s profile. Each finalist will also receive a €500 prize package. On May 28, the judges were welcomed to Kinsale with an open-air meal cooked in Market Square. Baking was carried out by Transition Year students from Kinsale Community School, salad leaves came from Horizon Farm, while mussels, prawns crabs and oysters from both Haven Shellfish and the traditional fishing fleet. Butcher John Barrett barbecued home-made sausages, which were served on plates painted by local schoolchildren. The judges’ marks counted for 50%, while 50% was decided by online voting from the public. Liam Edwards, chairman of Kinsale’s GFC, said: ‘‘We were thrilled to make the shortlist for this prestigious award, which has provided a welcome boost for tourism in the town. Community participation was a big feature of our campaign, and we would like to thank all who took part. The spirit of co-operation is a major factor in Kinsale’s high reputation as a unique foodie destination.”


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A Divorce to entertain you with its modern wit  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

MY BRILLIANT Divorce, a comedy written by Geraldine Aron and starring popular comedy actress Tara Flynn (above), is now running in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght Dealing with how to survive divorce while preserving a sense of decorum and humour, the play tells the story of Angela, who has just been abandoned by her accountant husband for a younger model.

Heartache Angela intends to get through the heartache, then thrive at last and fully enjoy her life, but she finds herself alone in a strange “single” world, populated by weirdos and risque encounters. Along the way, she also deals with helpline counsellors and has serious doubts about whether to try to win her husband back or to move on with her head held high into full independence. My Brilliant Divorce runs at the Civic Theatre from July 1 to until July 5. The show starts at 8pm, and tickets priced €18/€16 conc. are available by contacting the box office at www.



Future is bright for creative students  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

IT’S that time of year again when art students show their creative skill in the hopes of securing a high grade in the National College of Art and Design’s graduate exhibitions, entitled See The Future. The exhibitions run warren-like throughout the college on Thomas Street – even escaping the bounds of the building to inhabit nearby spaces and schools. From media to sculpture and painting, every conceivable material could be seen moulded into concepts of space, personal relationships, landscape and the human experience. The first thing that hits you when you see the show is the sheer breadth and diversity of it. These graduating students represent the future of Irish art; and judging by the graduate show, that future is bright. The Gazette was guided around the exhibition, first by the head of fine art, Professor Philip Napier, and later by one of the graduating stu-


‘A keyboard with a gun on it suggested to me how critical creativity is, and how frustrating at times’ --------------------------

dents, Avril Carroon from Westmeath. We were first met by several wooden go-carts, made by sculpture graduate Aoife Irwin Moore. Professor Napier said: “Sculpture is always concerned with space and time. We’re interested in spatial relationships, cultural ones and political ones. “This work was made with a group of local children from Sofia housing on Cork Street, and the student worked with them and made these “guiders”. Every day, the children get on the guiders and career around. “Most of them might have thought these spaces weren’t for them [but now] they can fly around at high speed and do handbrake turns.

“She’s [Moore] working with ideas of hard and soft play, and what it means to take risks in art and in life.” We were then led down corridors and into darkened rooms with black curtains where different exhibitions were held. There was a strong emphasis on the use of multi-media with many of the exhibits, while others, such as Saoirse Wall, were more concerned with the experience of sensation and the body. Wall’s exhibit comprised a flesh-coloured room with carpet and a giant screen with Saoirse looking directly at you as she sits in a bath and the sounds she makes, from splashing to swallowing, are piped loudly into the room. Professor Napier said: “These are undergraduates, and what I think is great about them is that a degree of originality is expected of them. Often, in other kinds of courses, people are learning about their field without much original input. “Our students need to know about their field, but they’re also asked

Work by art students explores a number of different concepts, from personal connections to the effort to acquire knowledge

to produce some kind of original thinking and make some kind of connection.” Avril Carroon’s exhibition, entitled Permission Sought, was a project whereby she tied a blue rope from the top of her own apartment roof to the roof of NCAD. This umbilical connection created a physical proof of her bond with the college. She said that she has very strong ties with the college staff, and a grumpy caretaker, in particular. “His angriness is part of his charm,” said Carroon. To challenge him, she raced him in an effort to climb to the top of one of NCAD’s roofs before he could stop her, and the whole thing is captured on video as part of her exhibition.

“This kind of art is unlimited to anything except experience and space and everything that happens in between becomes part of the narrative and the process.” Aidan Wall’s exhibition was called Obair, and it was a study in the use of leisure and living space. There was a bench press equipment, with stacked books tied to the bar like scales, rather than using conventional weights, depicting to my mind that knowledge

requires effort. A keyboard with a gun on it suggested to me how critical creativity is, and how frustrating at times. The entirety of See The Future was a wonderful experience and I would encourage all of Dublin to go along and see what these bright creative creatures get up to behind the walls of 100 Thomas Street. NCAD graduate exhibition continues until June 22, and is free of charge.

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THE novelty of seeing a Tom Cruise character die still hasn’t worn off – not least as it happens again, and again, and again in Edge ... It’s not long before we’re in a standard high-concept sci-fi blockbuster, as Cruise finds himself reliving the same doomed battle against alien invaders again and again. However, each time he’s killed, he “resets”, learning more as he turns into a supersoldier.

Round up the unusual suspects ... Kenneth Welsh, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos and Kurt Russell play an unlikely group preparing for a big art theft

the art of the steal: crooks and a caper entertain – but only just

Brush up on your heists NEWCOMER director Jonathan Sobol takes control of an ultraexperienced ensemble cast to weave a tale of sibling rivalry, betrayal, and stolen art in The Art of the Steal. It has been a quiet few years for Kurt Russell, who many of us have not seen since 2007 when he starred as Stuntman Mike in Quentin Tarantino’s, Death Proof. The Art of the Steal sees Russell return as a stuntman – though with his character here having a much less murderous intent – as Crunch Calhoun, a washed-up getaway driver, trying to make his way cleanly in the world after a botched art theft landed him in a Polish prison. With the daredevil


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‘Writer and director Jonathan Sobol evidently is a fan of the heist genre, and The Art of the Steal is jammed with all the essentials of a good heist film – colourful characters, snappy dialogue, and a bit of mystery’ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

business looking bleak – “people come here to see you crash” – the aptly named Crunch is tempted by one last job that promises to set him up for life. The problem for Crunch is that the job – stealing the Gospel of St James; a priceless Gutenburg book – i nvo l ve s wo r k i n g with his nefarious halfbrother, Nicky (Matt Dillon, also re-emerging from the depths of releative obscurity in recent years) who was responsible for Crunch

ser ving time on the botched job. Also on board are t h e b r o t h e r s ’ p a r tners in crime – Guy (Chris Diamantopoulos), the master forger, and Paddy (Kenneth Welsh), the old bull of the group who, armed with a fairly ropey Irish accent, keeps everyone in line. Jay Baruchel joins the gang as Francie, Crunch’s apprentice; while Terence Stamp is operating on the side of the law trying to foist the plans.

It is a standout cast that are more rough and ready than Ocean’s Eleven, but are just as determined to get the job done. Writer and director Jonathan Sobol evidently is a fan of the heist genre, and The Art of the Steal is jammed with all the essentials of a good heist film – colourful characters, snappy dialogue, and a bit of mystery. If any thing, Sobol leans a little too heavily on imitation – the occasional drops in an

impressively taut story are moments where the film tries too hard to emulate genre classics. However, even when you brush the shades of the Coen Brothers and Guy Richie aside, you’re still left with an impressive show. R u s s e l l ’s o l d a n d wizened Crunch works brilliantly alongside Baruchel’s greenhorn Francie – it is their dy namic that drives much of the comedy throughout. For the most part, there are solid perform-

ances all around, Dillon suits the villain, and Stamp manages to steal every scene he appears in. Despite all that it has going for it, The Art of the Steal doesn’t quite pull off that perfect job. For a heist that revolves around stolen bibles, there’s a little too much revelation towards the end that will divide audiences. Lacking the pizazz of Ocean’s Eleven, or the grittiness of Snatch, it leaves us somewhere in the middle-ground. The Art of the Steal is a neat and entertaining tale from a promising director; expect lots of laughs alongside some great action, but no new ground to be broken.

Verdict: 6/10


Wickedly entertaining DESPITE being slightly underwhelming, Disney’s Maleficent still presents a Jolie good film. As the iconic Maleficent, Jolie delivers a malignant yet magnificent character, as the motives of the feared fairy are explored. In fact, despite her dark character, Maleficent turns into an unlikely protector and defender of a young princess, in a film that’s full of spectacle and promise.

a million ways to die in the west Rootin’ tootin’ shootin’

SETH MacFarlane leads Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson in a Wild West comedy. A cowardly farmer surrounded by grisly ways to die at every turn learns to overcome his fears, with help from a beautiful woman ... who’s married to the baddest gunslinger in the West. Takes lots of cheap comic shots, but a few too many miss the target ...


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Iveagh Gardens sees return of Vodafone Fest Vodafone Ireland and Aiken Promotions are set to bring the funny to Iveagh Gardens once again next month when the Vodafone Comedy Festival returns to Dublin from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 with a stellar line up of international comedy talent. As well as our feature star, Bernard O’Shea, the host of home-grown talent is exceptional, with Dara O’Briain, David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne, Maeve Higgins and Ed Byrne joining stars of TV and radio such as PJ Gallagher, David McSavage, Barry Murphy, Eleanor Tiernan, Kevin McGahern and Fred Cooke. The world-class comedy line-up is exceptional, with South African Trevor Noah, New Zealand’s Rhys Darby, Canadian one-line specialist Stewart Francis and Denmark’s Sofie Hagen who won this year’s Chortle Best Newcomer Award. Comedy nerds will be delighted to see the appearance of the very funny Neal Brennan, one of the creators of Chapelle’s Show, as well as Jen Kirkman and the unique Eddie Pepitone all from America and just a taste of the acts taking to the four special stages at the Dublin venue. From closer to home, British stars Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Al Murray, Milton Jones and Gary Delaney are also appearing. Festival director Bren Berry said: “The reputation of the Vodafone Comedy Festival has travelled around the world largely due to the wordof-mouth enthusiasm of the international comics who love performing here. With this event we can celebrate everyone from the latest generation of exciting newcomers to the established acts who have placed Irish comedy on the world map.” Tickets are on sale now and you can find out more information at

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comedy: 2fm’s breakfast show’s Bernard O’Shea

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Pizza for breakfast is a long-standing favourite at Gazette Towers, and to celebrate Goodfellas’ 21 years in Ireland, 2fm’s breakfast show’s Bernard O’Shea was on hand recently to promote their new takeaway range as the pizza producers released the details of their survey of 21-year-olds of their eating habits. New habits have been the order of the day for O’Shea in recent months after he took over the 2fm Breakfast Show with fellow Republic of Telly star Jennifer Maguire and Keith Walsh, and he spoke to the Gazette recently about that experience. “Getting up around half past five in the mornings or earlier, that took some getting used to, but it’s great to be able to go into work and have fun with your friends. “I really enjoy it, I have to say. I don’t mind getting up as I love going in to work. I’ve worked on building sites, in hotels, in shops, in factories, and I have had to get up at that time as well, like most people do. But when I get up in the morning, I am grateful as I love going in to do this. “I had been on radio before, with iRadio, where I had done their breakfast show, and in 2010 I finished up there.

2fm’s breakfast show’s Bernard O’Shea is a busy man juggling radio, stand-up comedy and helping to raise a kid

People must have heard I was on the radio at some stage, and saw myself and Jen together, and they decided to go with that.” Bernard explained that there is a lot of hard work involved in his day, which extends beyond the radio and into writing for Republic of Telly and preparing for his latest stand-up shows. “When we finish the show, the vast majority of your work is in the mornings. We finish the show at 9am and prep the following day’s show after that. Around 11am, if we are doing Republic of Telly, we’d go over and do that until 6 or 7pm. If I was doing stand-up, I would head home for a little while and then get

on the road to the gig. At the moment, it’s great just to be able to concentrate on the radio.” Bernard started his career as an acclaimed stand-up comedian, but recently suffered an ironic injury. As a standup, the ability to stand up is one of the key elements, but he recently had to cancel a number of dates after dislocating his kneecap. “I was playing with my nieces and nephews, and it just popped out. I literally couldn’t stand up, and I needed to move around for the show, and a few shows had to be cancelled. The majority of the shows I did do went very well. “I love doing stand-up.

Stand-up would be my trade, and would always be the bedrock for other things. Because of standup, I got radio work; because of stand-up, I got the television work, it is a trade, and something I’ll always do.” That stand-up is bringing Bernard back to the stage of Vicar Street later in the year, but he has another important part of his life that he will be focusing on – and hopefully getting some new material from. “The plan for the rest of the year is to wind, change and spend time with my baby daughter. I’d like to look at doing more themed stand-up shows. I got a kick out of doing stuff at Kilkenny,

doing stand-up about men rearing children and your part in their upbringing. There is a perspective that everyone talks about it, but I found little bits and pieces that are so obvious but are potentially funny. I’d like to do a show based on that, how ludicrous it is bringing up a child.” You can listen to Bernard on 2FM’s breakfast show from 7 to 9am weekdays, and Bernard will be playing at Vicar St on September 20 - more details are available at For more on the Goodfellas takeaway range, log on to GoodfellasPizzas. ie or find them at Facebook/GoodfellasIreland.

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Renault 142 is designed for peace of mind

The Volkswagen Golf GTD is a seriously fun car with 2.0TDI putting out 184bhp


Plenty of horsepower in hot new Golf GTD


IN the seminal mock documentary, or mockumentary if you will, Spinal Tap, a heavy-metal band are faced with a two-word review of one of their albums… this week I can do better, with a one-word review of the Volkswagen Golf GTD. Mad. I couldn’t be any more succinct than that, suffice to say I can, and will, say a lot of good things about this cracking car. Sometimes the level of outrageous fun a car can deliver is enough to get you out of bed in the morning – especially when the engine under the hood is a 2.0TDI putting out 184bhp. Yes. 184bhp in a Golf. I told you it was mad. I rarely, if ever, look at the price of a car before

I test it, because it tends to cloud my judgement a bit. I may have to extend that rule to checking the colour of the brake calipers too. I don’t want to get too petrol-heady here, but generally speaking, if you notice brightly coloured chunks of metal hugging the brake discs inside a car’s alloy wheel, it means the brakes have been upgraded to handle some serious stopping power. In the case of this Golf GTD, the bright red calipers were definitely there to do just that. Looking at the car – it is all pure Golf design, with a delicious, edgy attitude. There’s nothing over-the-top or aggressive about the look, but there are so many details that give away the car’s true pedigree. You can’t help but

notice the air-scoops and honeycomb grille elements at the front, which just scream “DRIVE ME!”. The square elements that nestle inside the frowning headlight clusters are pure class – and don’t even start me on the fog lights recessed behind the air scoops. So, if you’re happy with the outside, then the interior may very well leave your mad, inner driver completely speechless. Every point of contact is built to a bulletproof standard – the gearshift (I drove an automatic so my hands remained on the wheel most of the time) is short, with a mix of steel and leather elements – likewise the steering wheel, which also boasts beautiful contrast stitching. It has a three-spoke design, with a flat bottom and plenty of control for

phone, music and cruise control at the fingertips. The pedals have the obligatory stainless steel trim, that just catch the eye of every boy racer. Chrome accents abound, without overegging the pudding in any way, but adding very pleasing highlights when they catch the light. The dash is delightfully uncluttered, with just the right amount of buttons and controls surrounding the navigation screen. In a car that has the potential to apply a few G-forces to your body, it’s reassuring to feel nicely snug in the seats, without the sensation of being strapped in to the Space Shuttle. And the upholstery is absolutely spot-on, with a Clark cloth interior trim that has a subtle tartan look to it.

There are plenty of GTD specific touches in the car to remind you that this is a special version of the car – but all you really need is the absolutely awesome exhaust note. It cannot be described, you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. Of course, as with any modern car, there is a wealth of safety and driver assistance features such as Lane Assist lane departure systems, Traffic Sign Recognition, Dynamic Light Assist and Front Assist area monitoring system with city emergency braking function. The cost of the model I drive, which included quite a few extras, was €40,661. It’s a lot of money, no question, but this is an awful lot car, and one you will want to keep driving.

AS the new year for car registration nears, Renault has announced its 142 Campaign. Designed for peace of mind, the Renault 142 offer will be competitive to say the least, and applies to all orders taken from now until June 30, and registered on or before July 31, 2014. Designed to give the Renault customer peace of mind, customers can now drive off in a brand new Renault from only €165 per month, and get all the benefits of a five years, unlimited mileage warranty, your road tax for a year, five years servicing, plus five years roadside assistance. With an impressive lineup of designed-for-life cars, including the new Clio and Captur, the always popular Megane range and Fluence, there is something for everyone in this 142. To avail of this 142 New Year offer, contact one of Renault’s 26 dealerships around the country or log onto for further details.

Ford teams up with GoCar to make driving a doddle FORD Ireland and the pay-as-you-go car rental company GoCar, have announced that they are to expand their successful partnership. GoCar currently operates in Dublin and Cork and the expanded agreement with Ford means that 70% of the rental fleet are now Ford cars and vans. Often described as the “car version of Dublin Bikes”, the innovative rental service allows people to pick up a car when they need it – then drop it off where it suits. A key advantage of the GoCar service is that the cars can be parked for free at on-street parking spaces Dublin. The partnership will see Ford continue to supply the majority of GoCar vehicles, with the current fleet including some of Ireland’s best-selling cars such as the Fiesta (GoCity Car) and Focus (GoTripper Car), plus Ford’s practical light commercial vehicle, the Transit Connect (GoVan) – International Van of the Year 2014. GoCar has been recognised as an environmentally sustainable and cost-effective alternative to private or corporate car ownership, with increasing numbers of customers in both Dublin and Cork availing of the service. For more about the GoCar service including a two-minute video on how it works, click on www.

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Overall race winner Clemens Fankhauser crosses the line after Stage 8 of the 2014 An Post Ras. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

cycling: another successful year of the national event hailed by fankhauser

Ras champion and organiser hail support from Skerries An Post Ras race organiser Tony Campbell has delivered a message of “thanks” to the overwhelming support that the riders received along the County Dublin route to the final stage finish in Skerries town. “The support that the race receives in Skerries is nothing short of phenomenal. As soon as the riders enter Skerries there are crowds and crowds of people just cheering them on and it gives them such a lift after a long eight days in the saddle. “Every year I tell the teams and the

riders ‘wait until you see Skerries’ and the locals never disappoint. I’d just like to thank the Skerries locals and all the organisers and volunteers for doing such a wonderful job. They really made it an incredible final stage.” After eight gruelling days around Ireland of top class racing, it was the shy, unassuming Austrian rider, Clemens Fankhauser who took the honour of being crowned 2014 An Post Ras champion. The 28-year-old, who rides for the

Austria Tirol Cycling Team, was a consistent performer throughout the eight days and thoroughly deserved his victory. It was on stage five that he jumped to the top of the general classification and despite several attacks on his lead he proved solid until the final stage. Fankhauser acknowledged the victory as the best day in his cycling career and the Austrian was full of praise for the Skerries crowd who turned out to cheer on the peloton.

“It’s an incredible feeling to be crowned the An Post Ras champion. It’s been a very hard eight days but it’s something that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. The Irish people have been so nice to me and my team mates and it’s been a real adventure. “The atmosphere in Skerries for the final stage was amazing. I have raced all over the world but I don’t think anything compares to the reception I received when I lifted the trophy. I really am honoured to be the champion.”

Two north county Dublin clubs will host this year’s Tesco Homegrown AllIreland Club Sevens which are taking place in late September. St Sylvester’s and Naomh Mearnog GAA clubs will host the junior, intermediate and senior competitions with matches being shared between the clubs. Clubs from all over the country are invited to enter the tournament and entry forms can be downloaded from the LGFA website, before being returned to Lyn Savage in Croke Park. Entry will work on a first-come first-serve basis, so clubs are encouraged to enter as early as possible.

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FastSport danone cup to grace aul this weekend: The 2014 Danone Under-12 Cup will take place this Sunday in the AUL Complex and half of the sides taking part will be from Dublin clubs. The annual tournament, which follows up the U12 SFAI Cup, sees the eight quarterfinalists of that competition go into the Danone Cup which consists of two groups of four, with the two group winners playing in the final. This year, Dublin are represented by All-Ireland champions St. Joseph’s Boys, beaten finalists Corduff FC, St. Francis who lost to Joeys on penalties in the last eight, and Crumlin United who also dropped out in the quarter-finals at the hands of Limerick’s Pike Rovers. This year’s U-12 AllIreland final was an all Dublin affair with regular competitors St Joseph’s Boys taking on Corduff FC, in what was theirs, and the Dublin 15 team’s first All-Ireland final in schoolboy soccer.

wild water: club and salmon leap members on way to banja luka

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Four members of Wild Water Kayak Club based at Strawberry Beds and one from Salmon Leap canoeing club are preparing to take part in the junior wildwater

canoeing championship in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina which takes place next month. O d h r a n M c N a l l y, Conor Quinn, Craig Cummins and Mollie Claffey from Wild Water and Jack O’Hagan from

S a l m o n L e a p we r e picked from the pool of talented kayakers in Ireland to represent the nation at the European championships and are currently fundraising to enable them to make the trip, as well as training

Odhran McNally in training at Palmerstown Weir

The Irish junior wild water team Odhran McNally, Conor Quinn, Craig Cummins and Mollie Claffey from Wild Water and Jack O’Hagan from Salmon Leap

hard ahead of the competition. The young team, all aged 18 or under, were selected in April and have been preparing to take on the best in the continent at the competition, and will hope to emulate the performances of the senior wildwater national team who are currently taking part in the World Canoeing Championships in Valtellina, Italy. Wild water racing is a discipline of canoe racing. Each wild water race has a specific course set out with a start and finish point — this is where the clock starts and the clock stops — usually there are a few sections of rapids on the course that the athlete has to

negotiate in his/her racing kayak as fast as possible because they are against the clock . A racing performance is all down to the athlete and their physical conditioning, skill and an ability to work with the water and use it to their advantage to get the fastest times down the course. Every competitor is free to choose whatever route down the river that they wish in this intense race against the clock. There are both Classic and Sprint races in this discipline. In both competitions, the categories are the Men’s and Women’s K1 and the Men’s C1 and C2 in Individual and Team events.

In Ireland races are held throughout the season on a variety of rivers culminating with selection races for the Junior and senior National teams in March of each year. Wild Water Kayak Club is hosting its annual open day on June 21 and are inviting anyone interested in finding out more about the sport and supporting the junior team ahead of their trip to Banja Luka to attend. For more information about the club, log on to and to find out more about the sport at national and international level, search for Irish Wildwater Racing on Facebook.

Dublin representatives win at DCU’s Go For Life Games 

Go For Life’s Mary Harkin and Tony McCarthy with lobbers winning team Tommy Sheridan, Frank Carroll, Eugene O’Brien, Tony Canavan and John Canning

A team from south Dublin and a member of the Ath Claith team were among the winners at the Age And Opportunity’s Go for Life Games held in DCU recently. Approximately 300 older people from 17 counties celebrated the involvement of older people in sport at Dublin City University. Go for Life is a national programme for sport and

physical activity for older people. Over ten years, it has helped more older people to be more active, more often. 40,000 people take part in Go for Life activities annually. The winning team competed in the ‘Lobbers’ competition, a target game adapted from petanque and boules played at the Games since they were first held in 2012. Team member Tommy Sheridan said: “The event was very enjoy-

able. For people of my age it encourages activity and being very mindful of one’s health. It creates companionship and camaraderie. It is a fantastic even to take part in.” Patsy Sheppard, from Ath Cliath team also representing Dublin, was among six people who received the Spirit of the Games award. “It was a fantastic event. It’s great to see so many people active and having fun.

The organisation was excellent. I had a fabulous time,” he said. Speaking at the event, Go For Life programme manager Mary Harkin said: “According to the recent research by the University of Limerick less than half of those in their 60s do over 2.5 hours of exercise per week, and there is a huge need for events like Go For Life Games which encourage people to get more active.”

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St Kevin’s boss bows out with treble crown Having been convinced to stay in the coaching team at St Kevin’s, Joe Byrne and his backroom staff helped guide the Under-16s to three titles in a season of success for the club

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While mass celebration swept around Shanowen Road last Tuesday night, there was one small sad note in the minds of those involved with St Kevin’s Boys FC. The DDSL giants had just added more silverware to their glittering trophy haul this season as their Under-16s capped off an unbelievable treble by landing the MMI Premier Division title with a 4-2 win over rivals Home Farm. However, the final whistle on 90 minutes also blew full-time on the management career of the man who steered that side to its recent successes. Joe Byrne, who in one season along with his assistant Elliot Morgan and the help of Alan Doody had turned a

good Kevin’s side into a treble-winning team, was ending his long-standing management run at the club, having controlled numerous teams. Speaking exclusively to GazetteSport less than 24 hours after completing a league, league cup and All-Ireland treble, a humble Byrne could not hide his delight for the team. “They’re a real quality side and a great bunch of lads,” he said. “It’s not surprising we’ve already lost three players to England this summer and I suspect even more will go before the start of next season.” The three lads set for a new adventure in England are Robbie McCourt who is off to West Brom, Daniel Mandriou who is heading to Brighton, and skipper Trevor Clarke who signed for Middlesbrough. The title was clinched

on the final day with Kevin’s win lifting them one point above Malahide United, who finished their campaign a week earlier. Amazingly, the treblewinning side, despite being filled with talented players for a number of years, had never managed to win a major trophy until the installation of Byrne and Morgan this year. The duo had previously worked with Kevin’s Under-17s and had lost out on all fronts in a possible treble last season in quick succession, something which almost forced Byrne into retirement last year. Ref lecting on how he nearly left the game, Byrne said: “I was going to walk last year. Myself and Elliot fell short on the last 10 days of the season when we were beaten in the League

The successful Under-16 St Kevin’s side managed by Joe Byrne

Cup final, lost the league by a point and then lost to Cherry Orchard in the Leinster Youths final. “That was all very hard to take, but we sat down with [head coach at St Kevin’s] Alan Caffrey and he asked us to do another year with the 16s. We agreed, and we’ve reaped the rewards.”

game so long, to have that love and desire to want to help young people is just a credit and he’ll be a big loss. “He’s always been a top manager and motivator, all the players love him. I fully believe they went out to win the last game for him rather than themselves.


‘Alan Caffrey asked us to do another year with the 16s. We agreed and we’ve reaped the rewards’ – Joe Byrne --------------------------------------------------------

Asked whether or not he thinks the side can continue their success without him, Byrne was confident. “Elliot has a few players in mind and a few already coming in, but will obviously miss the lads going abroad. “But Kevin’s always attract the best players, so I’m sure the squad will be fine next season. Elliot’s a winner, he’ll do okay.” As Byrne explained, Caffrey was the man who convinced him to stay last season, and he also spoke to GazetteSport to pay homage to the retiring manager. “[The treble was] a great way for Joe to go. He’ll always be a big part of the club, but to bow out of management with the treble is fantastic. “His rapport with the kids is just brilliant. For a man that’s been in the

“This time last year he and Elliot had lost the treble with the Under17s, and he was packing it in then. But I just thought they could bring something to this team, and now one year later, they’ve got their treble. I’m just delighted now he decided to stay on.” The Under-16s treble adds to the mountain of success SKB’s schoolboys have achieved this year, with their Under-12s winning the Premier, the 13s winning the Premier and All-Ireland crowns, the 15s achieving backto-back trebles, and the 18s side winning their eighth league title on the bounce. On the season overall, Caffrey said: “All in all it’s been a great season, but having people in your club like Joe Byrne means you can’t really go wrong.”


McHugh named Cadbury Hero of the Future 2014 Na Fianna star Conor McHugh was last Thursday named Cadbury Hero of the Future for 2014. The personal triumph is a reflection of the fantastic season the attacker has had for club and county, most notably in the Under-21 All-Ireland final, in which he gave an outstanding performance. McHugh managed 1-8 from play in that final, scoring the Dubs’ only goal as they overcame Roscommon in a 1-21 to 3-06 win. That 11-point total he managed in the final added to the three points he scored in the semifinal against Cavan. Conor beat off Dublin teammate Cormac Costello for the award, as well players from Roscommon, Cork, and Cavan. The All-Ireland medal added to the minor win McHugh was part of in 2012, and his football performances have caught the eye recently, the hot prospect is also a talented hurler, having been part of the Dublin minor sides of 2011 and 2012. The Hero of the Future award began in 2006 to recognise the achievements of Under-21 footballers. As well as the honour of being named Hero of the Future, Conor will also receive €1,000 prize money, as will Na Fianna, through a grant.

Camogie star of the decade up for decision Dublin’s Gaelic clubs are reminded that the time is nigh for them to cast their vote to identify the recipient of Dublin’s camogie Player of the Decade award. The voting and presentation to the player is part of the 110th year celebrations for the Camogie

Association. Players who competed in the seasons in the period 20052014 inclusive are eligible. Only one nomination will be accepted from each club, and a club cannot nominate one of its own players. Nominations must be returned to the Camogie Association via e-mail to info@ no later than Monday, August 26.


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motor racing: WRC star returns to racing in britain

Cluskey reaches semis of Prague Challenger SWORDS LTC’s James Cluskey, playing with Czech Republic’s Jaros Pospisil, reached the semi-finals of the Prague Challenger last weekend following a decent run in the competition. The pair were aided by a walkover in the round of 16 but impressed in a straight sets win over Jose Checa-Calvo and Adrian Sikora in the quarter-finals to reach the final four, 6-1, 7-6. But their run came to an end in the semis against Taipei’s Hsin-Han Lee and Ze Zhang of China in dramatic style. Cluskey’s pair won the first set 7-5 but were pegged back 6-3 in the second. But the decider went all the way to 11-9 with the oriental pair earning the laurels.

Local gymnast at SO games in Limerick Eastern Region athletes Niamh Thornton from Clonshaugh and Billy Kane from Swords (pictured below) were among the competitors who took part in the gymnastic heats of the Special Olympics Ireland Games which were held last weekend at the University of Limerick. The games proved again to be a huge success over the four

days of competition, with athletes from across the country competing in 14 sports, including athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, bocce, bowling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, kayaking, pitch and putt and table tennis. Out of these games, a team of approximately 100 athletes will be chosen to represent Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles next year. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Robert Barrable in his Ford Fiesta R5 rally car is looking forward to making a return to the track at Goodwood later this month

Barrable back in business 

Local rally driving sensation Robert Barrable will celebrate 12 months of rallying in his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 by returning to the place he made his debut in the car the Goodwood Festival of Speed which takes place this year from June 26 to 29. The Tunnock’s R5 has become an instantly recognisable car in the FIA World Rally Championship, where Robert and Scottish co-driver Stuart Loudon have finished in the WRC-2 top 10

places six times, including podium finishes in Spain, Monte Carlo and Portugal. They also finished third overall on the Circuit of Ireland, a round of the FIA European Rally Championship. The 26-year old driver from Swords will once again drive his CA1 Sportrun Fiesta R5 on the 1.67 mile (2.69km) Goodwood Forest rally stage, with its chalk surface, jump and tight corners making it a spectacular sight for the near 200,000 visitors that are expected at this year’s event. This will be the third

6 nations celebration Supporters turn out to raise rugby’s holy grail DUBLIN rugby supporters, including Alannah and Harry Ryan, turned out in their droves to the O2 store in the Pavilion Shopping Centre in Swords recently when there was a visit to the store of the coveted RBS Six Nations trophy. The trophy will be visiting O2 stores around the country over the next couple of weeks, and you can find out where on Twitter (@ O2IrlRugby) and Facebook (o2 Ireland). Picture: Brendan Duffy.

successive year that Barrable has run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, having also driven a Fabia S2000 there for Skoda UK Motorsport in 2012. This year’s Goodwood Forest rally stage promises to be the best ever, with an impressive entry covering three genre of rallying - The Birth of Stage Rallying for cars from the 1960s and ’70s, Legendary Group B Cars from the 1980s and the class that Robert will drive in - Giants of Modern Rallying. Barrable, winner of one of the GazetteSport Star

of The Month awards for 2013 on the basis of his exceptional performances on the world’s rally race stages, will be in good company at Goodwood, as also making runs through the Goodwood Forest Rally Stage in the 70-strong field will be other major figures on the world stage, Sebastien Loeb (Citroen DS3 WRC) and Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20WRC). Speaking ahead of the race, Barrable said: “I love the Goodwood Festival of Speed because it’s a great opportunity to have some fun and run the Tunnock’s Fiesta R5 in front of such

a huge crowd. “The Rally Stage is very enjoyable to drive – it’s quite technical, you can get some big air on the jump and it’s great to put on a good show for the fans. “This year I’m determined to take some time to have a good look around the Festival and explore the Formula 1 Paddock, watch some of the cars on the Hillclimb and drink in some of the amazing motorsport atmosphere. The Festival of Speed is unique, and one of the best events in the motorsport calendar.”

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Holland helps Dubs U-14s run Mayo close  

NAOMH Mearnog’s Ciara Holland was part of the Dublin Under-14 ladies footballer side that bowed out of the All-Ireland championship at the semi-final stage in agonising fashion, falling 5-8 to 4-9 against Mayo. Unlike their Leinster final appearance versus

Meath, Fearghall Brennan’s chargers were slow to settle while Dublin took time to find their rhythm. Mayo’s full forward line of Sweeney, Reilly and Loftus were well out of the blocks hitting the Dubs with three first-half goals. Mayo took a sevenpoint lead into the dressing room at half time.

Dublin’s first-half goal came from corner forward Caoimhe O’Connor while Holland, Fagan and Hamill all pointing for the Blues. Carrie Loftus’ nabbed a fourth goal for Mayo while Grainne O’Neill also netted but they were not to score again as Dublin stormed back. O’Connor raised the

green flag for the second time, as her low shot sailed by Michelle Treacey in the Mayo goal. In the last three minutes, sub Ciara Murray bagged two goals in the 58th and 59th minute bringing the Dubs to within two points of a shell-shocked Mayo but the final whistle cut short a famous fightback.

hurling: local school claim title against Treasa

Club Noticeboard fingallians Congratulations to Emer Ni Eafa and

festival is on Saturday, August 23.

Niamh Rickard on helping the Dublin

Hard luck to the Dublin U-14s, with

ladies U-21 footballers beat Meath and

Laura Dempsey and Ciara Thorburn in

capture the U-21 All-Ireland trophy.

defence, who were defeated in the All-

Summer Camp Update: Football camp July 7 to 11, 10am to 2pm each day. Hurling camp July 14 to 18, 10am

Ireland semi-final by Mayo 5-8 to 4-9. The club shop will have a summer sale on Saturday, June 21 and 28.

to 2pm each day. Kellogg’s Cul Camp

The club’s hurling golf classic will

August 18 to 22, 10am-2pm each day.

take place in Balbriggan GC on Friday,

Applications to be left into the club

July 18. A team of four including dinner

office or bar. Further information is

will cost €200. Further information

available from GPO, nicola.fitzgerald.

available from peterdaly01@hotmail.


In additions to our summer camps, the following festivals will take place:

Any members wishing to order tickets for the Leinster semi-final (Dublin

U-10 boys festival is on Saturday,

v Wexford) - please contact Feidhlim

August 9. U-10 girls festival is on Sat-

at the bar prior to June 21. Stand €30,

urday, August 16. U-12 boys hurling

hill €20 and children’s stand €5.

st finian’s There were wins and losses for all of

efforts as they never gave up until the

our teams this week. Our intermedi-

final whistle.

ate footballers had a win versus Bal-

The U-9s and -10s had a trip to Wex-

lyboughal midweek and a loss versus

ford last weekend, when they were

Garda on Saturday evening. Our jun-

hosted by Faythe Harriers and Sars-

ior footballers had a reverse perform-

fields. The team mentors were really

ance with a loss midweek and a win on

appreciative of their hosts as they


were treated to some fine hospitality

The senior boys from Holy Family SNS

Holy Family Rivervalley were defeated by Scoil Divine Word, Marley in the Sciath Johnson, Mooney & O’ Brien final

Plunkett’s deliver Cumann Corn crown


ST Oliver Plunkett NS Malahide returned home from GAA headquarters last Monday bearing medals as they were victorious in the Corn Johnson, Mooney and O’Brien trophy at Cumann na Bhunscoil. The match was an epic battle against Scoil Treasa from Firhouse and a goal separated the two sides at the final whistle in the high-scoring 6-9 to 5-9 encounter. Both sides gave excellent overall performances in terms of scoring, tackling and guts, but sometimes you just need that

something a bit more special and Malahide had it courtesy of Daragh McLaughney. The frontman scored 4-5 in the match, mostly from open play, much to the discomfort of the Firhouse defence. T he eventual losers actually went into a two-point lead early on through Malachy Codd, who was the star man for Treasa and amassed 1-8 for himself overall. Plunketts fought back however and went ahead through midfielder Sean Guiden, who scored 1-1 in quick succession. In a game that constantly swayed to and fro, Fir-

house went back in front with three more points but McLaughney’s first goal of the day put his side back in front. The contest was shaping up to be a real classic and Codd got his side’s opening goal to swing the pendulum back in the favour of the southside school in the north vs south clash. After the Firhouse star and Guiden treated themselves to a couple of frees each, a two- goal swoop from Plunketts through Matthew Brenner and McLaughney finally opened up some breathing space between the sides, leaving them going in at half-time leading 4-2

to 1-6. McLaughney and co came roaring out for the second half and he quickly added 1-1 to his tally before John McGuire got a goal for Treasa to offer some hope of a comeback just a minute later. Malahide’s towering centre forward was proving impossible to deal with however and helped himself to another goal straight away. Both sides traded five more points each before the final whistle and McGuire grabbed another goal for Firhouse but there was not enough time in the day to catch Plunketts who lifted the trophy.

and great games.

played in the Cumann Na mBunscoil

We have our Fun Day and Take Me Out

final in Croke Park last week but came

fundraiser coming up on June 28. Each

up a little short in losing to Scoil Divine

team should have received their cards

Word, Marley. Every boy acquitted

for the sponsored run and their tick-

themselves excellently throughout

ets for the night out in Peacocks. It’s

the 50 minutes but Divine Words’ stick-

vitally important that parents, play-

work and fielding proved too much for

ers and supporters come out to par-

Holy Family in the end. The boys from

ticipate in the organised events as it is

Rivervalley can be very proud of their

an important fundraising event.

naomh mearnog Congratulations to former club

The new season’s club lotto is up

president Fr Micheal Comer who cel-

and running. A sincere thank you to

ebrated the golden jubilee of his ordi-

Eileen Bernard and all her collectors

nation recently.

for continuing to drive this vital fun-

Good luck also to Donal Waters

draiser. The Lotto is by far the biggest

former vice-chairman of the club who

fundraiser we have in the club and we

retired from An Garda Siochana after

need the support of all members and

many years of loyal service.

players each week.

The annual Louise Fitzpatrick Big Pic-

Our very successful mini leagues

nic in aid of Barrettstown Castle takes

concluded on Saturday. With over

place on Saturday at 1 pm in Malahide

300 boys and girls in attendance, the

Castle. Please support this wonderful

future for all our teams is very bright



fingal ravens Well done to the first team on win over Kilmacud Crokes at the weekend. The third team had a walkover.

is €10,000. Best of luck to Barry as he heads to America for two months.

There was no winner of the lotto

For those looking to buy tickets for

jackpot. Numbers drawn were 9, 11,

the Dublin-Wexford game on June 29

19 and 22. Two people matched three

please contact Ciaran on 087 991 6785.

numbers, Pauline McGarvey and

Committee meeting this Thursday

Paddy Cosgrave. Next week’s jackpot

evening at 9pm in Kettle’s.

GazetteSPORT all of your swords sports coverage from page 27-31

cumann feel the noise: Local schools take part in hurling and camogie finals at Croke Park P31

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St Sylvester’s Nicole Owens and Sarah McCaffrey celebrate Nicole’s goal against Meath in the Aisling McGing Under-21 championship final. Picture: Martina McGilloway/

U-21s All-Ireland glory As St Sylvester’s star hits third hat-trick in a row to help deliver Dublin the Aisling McGing, manager McGonigle praises his team’s commitment  stephen findlater

ST SYLVESTER’S starlet Nicole Owens struck a hat-trick for the third successive game for the Dublin Under-21 ladies footballers as they landed the Aisling McGing All-Ireland title in breathtaking fashion. Owens struck three majors in the 6-9 to 1-8 win over Meath to go with a trio against Cork in the semi-final and against Tyrone in the group stages, making it an incredible nine goals in three games. One of the efforts against Meath was a delightfully lobbed effort and could give her a chance at forcing her way into the Dublin senior starting line-up for their Leinster championship opener against Kildare next weekend in Johnstownbridge.

She and player of the match Clann Mhuire’s Carla Rowe have been part of the senior setup during their run to the national league final while Fingallians’ Niamh Rickard also chipped in with a goal in the Under-21 final to give manager Gregory McGonigle – manager of both teams – plenty to ponder. Speaking to GazetteSport, McGonigle said that the Under-21s has provided a great platform for players to stake a claim for a senior championship place. “Carla has been involved and Nicole has played bits and pieces [with the seniors],” he said. “With Nicole, she’s now scored nine goals in her last three games so she hasn’t done herself any harm whatsoever. “The main thing for us is to develop senior footballers out of this Under-21 panel and hopefully to make the senior side in the future years.

“After this year’s performance, with very decent victories over the likes of Tyrone, Cork in the semi-finals and Meath in the final, it shows we’re going in the right direction and there’s definitely an abundance of young talent coming through in Dublin. “From a senior’s point of view, it is great for competition within the panel ahead of the championship kicking off this week.” Asked whether the emphatic manner of the victories was, perhaps, too easy, McGonigle said that it shows the level of improvement Dublin have made in the past three years since minor level. “If you look back to 2011 with this year’s squad were minor, Dublin scraped by Meath in the Leinster final and lost to Cork. Ok, you have three years of minor teams coming through but Dublin have definitely developed.

“Ideally, you would like more competitive games – and the Meath game was tough even though the scoreline maybe didn’t reflect it. But from a management and a team point of view, we just keep setting our targets to try and reach both in training and in games. If we reach the targets, irrespective of who we play, we have to be happy.” With a couple of players likely to miss the Kildare game through injury – Sinead Goldrick and Siobhan McGrath are major doubts – McGonigle says that there is an opportunity for a couple of the Under-21 stars to step into the breach. “That’s the chance for someone else to step up and shine. We know Kildare will be a tough team to break down; the pitch in Johnstownbridge is not the biggest for our game. But we will set out targets for our performance and if we look after that, it will look after the result.”