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Lisa Brady, Cliodhna Fisher, Rachel Lloyd, Rene Gilmartin, Emma Nugent, Niamh O’Connor and Ross Memery were among those attending the recent annual Ross Nugent Foundation Gala Dinner. Held at Nautilus Restaurant in Malahide, the event attracted celebrities, friends and family of Ross to gather funds in his memory. The soldout dinner was held in memory of the 18-year-old, who passed away from the rare form of bone cancer, Ewings sarcoma, in 2010.

Town revamp stymied by funding exclusion Finance Department confirms Swords will not benefit from national scheme

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THE Department of Finance has confirmed that Swords will not benefit from the Living City Initiative, as the scheme is

intended for cities rather than towns. Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) called for the initiative to include the revitalisation of Swords Main Street and Swords Castle to further

develop the town as a tourism hub. He said: “Extending the current scheme to Swords would greatly assist in the regeneration of Main Street and speed up the

timeline with regard to opening up Swords Castle and knocking down the derelict buildings that hide the magnificent outer castle walls from view.” Full Story on Page 4

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Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) has called for the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, to extend the Living City Initiative to include the revitalisation of Swords Main Street and Swords Castle and further develop Swords as a tourism hub

Call for Swords to gain from city fund project  keith bellew

SWORDS will not benefit from the Living City Initiative (which replaced the Urban Renewal Scheme) introduced in Budget 2013 and extended in 2014 to include Dublin, due to the fact that the scheme is intended for cities, rather than towns. The Living City Initiative is a targeted pilot tax incentive that aims to encourage the regeneration of the retail heartland of central business districts. It is designed to provide incentives on a pilot basis which are aimed at complementing the efforts of other public and private bodies to boost the residential and retail quality of historically and culturally important urban areas. The regeneration of Swords Main Street,

which many believe has been slowly dying since the Pavilions Shopping Centre opened, is a huge issue in the area. It is almost unanimously believed that the refurbishment of Swords Castle would help draw tourists to the area and thus boost the stagnating local economy. In light of this, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) called for the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, to extend the Living City Initiative to include the revitalisation of Swords Main Street and Swords Castle and further develop Swords as a tourism hub. Cllr Butler said: “In December last year, Minister Noonan confirmed his willingness to extend the scheme, which was initially intended only for Limerick and Waterford on a pilot basis.

“If this scheme was extended to Swords, this would greatly assist in tackling the issue of derelict buildings on Main Street, which are damaging the business potential of neighbouring businesses who are attempting to survive and make a positive impression on local and international visitors. “In the 1990s, there was a similar incentive scheme put in place for qualifying resort areas such as Kilkee in Clare, and Youghal in Cork. It provided a double rent allowance for qualifying buildings under the 1997 Finance Act. “Extending the current scheme to Swords would greatly assist in the regeneration of Main Street and speed up the timeline with regard to opening up Swords Castle and knocking down the dere-

lict buildings that hide the magnificent outer castle walls from view,” he said. Cllr Butler added: “The issue of derelict buildings, and the impact it has on local businesses and tourism, comes up every evening when we are out knocking on doors. “I have made contact with our [party’s] finance spokesperson, Michael McGrath, but I would be hopeful that the local government TDs will take this suggestion back to the Minister for Finance and ensure its introduction in the coming months for Swords, and possibly other Fingal towns that are badly in need of incentives that would assist in their regeneration.” However, in response, a spokesperson from the Department of Finance said: “The Living City Initiative is a pilot scheme which was enacted in

Finance Act 2013, and extended in Budget 2014 to include the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Kilkenny, as well the original target cities of Limerick and Waterford. “The inclusion of these four cities within the initiative followed the results of a thorough independent cost benefit analysis. “The initiative will target certain areas of these six cities, particularly those areas which are most in need of regeneration. It is important to note this is not a widespread initiative, and it is targeted at those areas of Irish cities, not towns, which are most in need of attention. “T he Minister for Finance has made it clear that he does not intend to extend the pilot initiative further than these six cities,” said the spokesperson.

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funding: under-30s invited to enter nationwide business search

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Hunt hots up for new entrepreneurs  keith bellew

A NEW competition to find Fingal’s Best Young Entrepreneur is under way. Launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, a total nationwide fund of €2m is available to invest in winning businesses and entrepreneurs. In Fingal, the competition will be run by the new local enterprise office. Winners will be named in three categories – best new idea, best startup, best new venture for established business – as well as an overall winner, who will be crowned Fingal’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

Fingal will have a total of €50,000 to invest in the three winning businesses, while the overall winner can receive an investment of up to €25,000. Mentoring, marketing and other supports will be available to participating businesses at various stages of the competition, which is open to individuals aged 30 and under, and set to be judged under three distinct categories: best new idea, best startup business, and best established business with new add-on. The first stage will be a county-based competition leading to the naming of the best young entrepreneur in each county. This stage will include boot camps and mentor-

ing programmes. This will be followed by regional finals and a national finals, with one business-person being crowned overall Best Young Entrepreneur. Welcoming the funding and the new initiative, Oisin Geoghegan, the head of Local Enterprise Office Fingal, said: “In Fingal, we have the youngest population of any region in Ireland. We also enjoy one of the most entrepreneurial environments in the country. “Combining these two factors, we are well placed to exploit this new and exciting programme.” Applications can be made at, before the closing deadline of June 30.

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Great quack: Racing 300 ducks on the Ward River to help local school caroline McFadden, Aaron McFadden and Ciaran Duffy were amongst those taking part in Fingal Community College’s fundraising duck race, which was recently held on the Ward River next to the Balheary Skakepark. The event was organised by the parents’ council, and saw students and parents sell 300 yellow ducks for the race, and three heats were held before the Grand Final. The funds raised will go towards upgrading the sports facilities at the school, namely the basketball courts and equipment. Picture: Adrian Parkinson

MEMBERS of the Quality Green Producers Organisation from Rush, met Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture Tom Hayes to discuss strengthening the green sector and local economy recently. Fine Gael TD for Fingal Alan Farrell said: “Supporting local producers such as those from the Quality Green Producers Organisation, is paramount in order to strengthen the local economy and protect jobs within the [local] area at large. “It is important to support our indigenous industries and producers in order to promote sustainable economic development.”

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exclusive The Gazette talks to Minister Frances Fitzgerald

‘Critical that trust is restored in Justice’

In the first of a two-part interview, Mimi Murray interviews the Justice Minister about the challenges of her new portfolio FRANCES Fitzgerald came into the Department of Justice following three high-profile resignations, the (GSOC) Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission and Garda whistleblower scandal, and with several reports on all of these about to land on her desk. The Gazette spoke exclusively to Minister Fitzgerald this week about the challenges her department and the Garda force are now facing. She takes the job and the stability of the justice system “very seriously” – it’s about “realising how central it is to a stable democracy”. “The advantage of coming in at a time like this is that you immediately have to get on top of a whole range of issues, so we have the Guerin report [on the whistleblower scandal] which is the first that landed on my desk.” The challenge was to “see the range of it and the ... issues arising from it and the seriousness of it. I went straight into the Dail with the Guerin report, and straight to a large media interest in it, because we have had the serious situation of the resignation of a minister.” The issues emerging from that report are of concern to her. “Sean Guerin is saying we need to investigate [whistleblower allegations] further. We are

talking in that report about sexual assault, the potential kidnapping of a five-year-old, serious dangerous driving charges, and I was concerned and disturbed by it. “The expectation of most citizens is that if there are serious crimes of that nature, it would be really important to be satisfied with the nature of the investigation, and the management of it. --------------------------

‘There has been an over alignment between politics and gardai in the past, and that’s why we are moving to an independent Garda authority’ --------------------------

“What the Guerin report said is that there is a number of issues – even in those very serious cases – and we need an investigation into how they were dealt with, so it also then identifies issues around basic policing and systems that need to be managed.” Minister Fitzgerald was quick to highlight all that is good with An Garda Siochana. One of her first public events in her new role was a memorial service for gardai who have

died in the line of duty. “It was poignant that this was the first event I went to and it brings you back to the basics of good service, and people who know what professional service is. “I met the parents of [Garda] Adrian Donohoe [who was fatally shot near Dundalk in 2013] and of the young guard [Ciaran Jones] who was swept away when he went to help with the traffic. “There is a lot of talk about whistleblowers and scandals and what’s not working, but all of us [must] go back and think of the service that those guards gave the community,” she said. With the Fennelly report on Garda phone recordings, and the Cooke report into the possible bugging of GSOC offices both in progress, Minister Fitzgerald has been handed a tough brief. “The Justice Department is extremely large, with 2,200 staff. It has the onerous task of looking after elements of the security of the State. “It’s the department that was centre-stage during years of subversion and IRA violence, and it’s critical there is trust in that department, as there is trust in the Gardai.” When asked why she has still not publicly supported Department general secretary Brian Purcell, Minister Fitzgerald said: “On the day I took over, we had the

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “The Justice department ... was centre-stage during years of subversion and IRA violence, and it’s critical there is trust in that department, as there is trust in the gardai.”

Guerin report, which raised questions about the department. “Obviously, as a new minister, I decided the best thing to do was have discussions with the department, and the secretary general, working with them.” She was asked that day if Purcell had her backing, and she said that for her as a new minister, it was more appropriate “there should be a review of the performance, management and administration in the department”. “I am going to have an external, expert group giving me their views on the systems and how they

are working. “I am at the beginning of hearing the department’s own views on the Guerin report as well.” In relation to comments from Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar on her department “not being fit for purpose”, she says: “Leo has some experience with the department in terms of road safety. “One of the first meetings I attended was between [the departments of] Justice and Transport for road safety. I said I will be talking to Leo about [his] concerns, as I take them seriously and the particular expe-

rience with justice, as he based his comments on that experience.” She went on to say: “There has been an overalignment between politics and gardai in the past, and that’s why we are moving to an independent Garda authority, and I believe that’s the right direction to go in. “It’s a difficult time for the Garda ... but again, it’s a time of opportunity – but an opportunity that needs to be grasped by everyone.” On the European ruling allowing gardai to join trade unions and strike, she said: “It goes to the [European] Council of

Ministers in four months, and until it goes there, it is not implementable.” The stakeholders, she says, must examine the ruling’s implications and the mechanisms it requires. On the manner of her promotion, she says: “I have worked closely with Alan [Shatter]. I would pay tribute to the contribution he has made. I’m extremely sensitive to the situation he has found himself in on a personal level. It is hard on him and his family.” Next week: Minister Fitzgerald discusses women and politics

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election Local candidates talk to The Gazette about what Swords local election candidates Justin Sinnott Non-Party Joe O’Neill Non-Party Paul Mulville Non-Party Ian Croft Non-Party Joe Newman Non-Party Darragh Butler Fianna Fail Adrian Henchy Fianna Fail John Hennessy Fianna Fail Anne Devitt Non-Party Duane Browne Non-Party Ken Duffy Greens Gerry Mc Guire Labour Duncan Smith Labour Diane Sexton Fine Gael Bob Dowling Fine Gael Eugene Coppinger AntiAusterity Alliance Fergal O’Connell NonParty Mark Savage Non-Party Philip Lynam Sinn Fein Tom Kelleher Labour Lech Szczecinski NonParty

Ken Doyle United Left Declan Mc Cool United Left Michael Collins Non-Party Anthony Moore Non-Party Tony O’Byrne Non-Party

Howth/ Malahide local election candidates Cian O’Callaghan NonParty Eoghan O’Brien Fianna Fail Aileen Woods Fianna Fail David Healy Greens Judy Dunne Labour Brian McDonagh Labour Anthony Lavin Fine Gael Marie O’Toole Fine Gael Keith Redmond Fine Gael Daire Ni Laoi Sinn Fein Lech Szczecinski NonParty David O’Connor Non-Party Jimmy Guerin Non-Party

Contenders set out their stalls for ballot WITH the local elections this Friday, May 23, The Gazette joined local election candidates on the campaign trail or spoke to them about their intentions if they are successfully voted in. The campaign has been a tough one for this slew of candidates, with Government party

contenders having to explain themselves on water charges and property tax, as well as homelessness which is an issue to the forefront of many voters’ minds. There have also been changes to the electoral boundaries, and many areas are gaining a number of council seats.

For those voters who still haven’t made up their minds, Keith Bellew is continuing to examine the local election candidates running in your area. The election hopefuls are continuing to let you know what they stand for and, hopefully, will help you to make your decision on Friday.

bob dowling: fine gael candidate for swords

I have a proven track record FINE Gael candidate for the Swords ward Bob Dowling has been a local representative for 12 years, and has been on the campaign trail in the area since last October. He said: “I am a household name in Donabate, so the people there are very receptive and positive. “It depends on where you go in Swords – some are very receptive, and some are not, but we’re not getting doors slammed in our faces like Fianna Fail were in the last election. While a huge amount of people are very angry, they know that the Government had a tough job getting the country back on track. About 60-80% of people still have trust in the Government, and the people who say they will not vote for Fine Gael are very rare.” He maintained that different areas have

different issues, and said that the lack of a Garda presence in Donabate is a big concern, as is the state of Donabate Bridge, which he described as “appalling”. The lack of services for the community and schools in the area is also a big issue, along with the quality of life for the younger population. In Swords, one of the biggest issues is transport said Dowling. “Many people want to wait for Metro North.” In addition, he says they would prefer to wait for a proper service like Metro North, as opposed to having smaller, temporary transport solutions put in place. The lack of schools in the area is another problem, and people advocate the establishment of an Educate Together school, in particular.

When asked why the people of Swords should vote for him, Dowling said: “The bottom line is, I have a proven track record of delivering for the people of my own area, which will continue into Swords. “The people of Swords can be assured of a democratic voice in the council, and they will have accountability. I will not just show up every five years when I’m looking for a vote, like some people do.”

david healy: green candidate for howth/malahide

Quality of life amenities are regularly raised by locals GREEN Party candidate for the Howth/ Malahide ward David Healy was a councillor in the area during 2004-09, and has been canvassing since March. In recent weeks, he has stepped up his campaign. He said: “For the most part, the reception has been positive. I think there is a lot of interest in seeing the Green Party back in government.” When canvassing in Howth, he said “local planning issues which are central to the local council” are surfacing most often. One example of this is the constituents’ desire to maintain the special amenity area. He had promoted the establishment of the special amenity area order that was passed in 1999, and has been threatened by planning applications in recent times.

According to Healy, maintenance issues in local estates are not overly problematic. He said: “It is generally recognised that the council has been good, regarding green open space provision, but in some cases it hasn’t kept up with things like grass cutting and planting. “People have specific issues – amenity walkways is one that is coming up. People are very conscious of the things that improve their quality of life. “Portmarnock Beach is one of them [local amenities] but a walkway is needed. The estuary walkway in Malahide is another one that I’m hoping to see happen, and it looks like it’s making good progress.” The proposed hotel and retirement home on the old Baldoyle racecourse site is a con-

cern, said Healy. “It was always part of the development plan that there would be a retirement home at the site, along with a recreational area for tourists. “But the current definition of a recreational area for tourists means a hotel with a swimming pool, which I think is an insult to the councillors who voted in the development plan and the people who bought into it.”

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they stand for, and the issues the electorate is raising gerry mcguire: labour candidate for swords

john hennessy: fianna fail candidate for swords

More local policing is an issue We must look after the elderly FORMER mayor of Fingal and Labour Party candidate for the Swords ward, Councillor Gerry McGuire has been working on Fingal County Council for almost 12 years, and is well-known in the area. He said that he has been well received while canvassing, and added: “About three weeks, ago some people were angry about some of the national issues, but when you engage with them and explain the circumstances they come around to reasoning and then you get on to the local issues.” On local issues, he said: “Anti-social activity has become very prominent in the campaign, and people are requesting that we have more Garda surveillance – there has been a huge increase in burglaries in recent times. “We will be talking to the joint policing committee after this election with a view to seeing if we can get extra policing resources here.” The refurbishment of Swords Castle is also a major issue. Cllr McGuire said: “It’s a massive attraction to have in the centre of the town, and the potential it has for drawing tourists into

the area should not be overlooked, because we need to increase the footfall in the town centre. The castle would help generate that and boost Fingal tourism as well.” Coastal erosion in Fingal has also come up as an issue. Cllr McGuire said: “I’m glad to say that I successfully got a motion [on this] through Fingal County Council. We are getting monies to initiate some coastal protection works. “It has also been recognised that we have to provide a budget specifically for coastal erosion on an annual basis, which has never been included in any council budget before.”

FIANNA Fail candidate for the Swords constituency John Hennessy has been canvassing for six months. He said Swords is a big place and “I’m trying to meet as many people as possible, and talk to them about the issues, because it’s very hard – people are under a lot of pressure”. On their concerns, he said: “They’ve been talking about the water rates and the local property tax, and I fully understand the difficulties and pressures that people are under. “I see it as my obligation and duty to pass that up to the TDs and senators and communicate as best I can that people are under too much pressure, and there has got to be relief from that.” When asked about the reception he has received on the hustings, he said it has been good because he is reasonably well-known in the area and those who know him know he is “a tough operator, but reasonable”. He said: “There’s an apathy there. People are exhausted by politics, and politics has little or no credibility any more.”

He is a strong advocate for refurbishing Swords Castle to attract tourism to the town and rejuvenate the main street, which has lost a lot of business to the Pavilions Shopping centre. As for the cuts and how they have affected the older population in Swords, he said: “I spoke to a lot of the elderly population. They are the most vulnerable group in society, and a lot of them have a maximum [income] of €238 per week to live on. “It’s a serious issue and they’re at the end of their tether. The first priority is to make sure the elderly people are looked after.”

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Cari Duffy and her mother, Lisa

Genevieve and Caroline Aherne with Olga Grundan were among the many fashion fans at the Bon Appetit event. Pictures: David O’Shea

bon appetit: TASTY FASHION FUNDRAISER Joanne Evers and Kate McConnell

Appetising treats on the catwalk M

Mary Hydes and Christine Nocholls

ALAHIDE restaurant Bon Appetit recently hosted a charity fashion show. Held in collaboration with local boutique Cari’s Closet. the show raised more than €2,000 for St Clare’s Cancer Unit at Beaumont

Hospital. Some of the latest on-trend styles and looks were showcased at the event, with these locals fashionistas in attendance happy to see some of the latest fashion trends, and support a great cause, too.

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Sheila Dunne and Aina Swietliczna

Hannah Keane, Eleanor Mobsby and Kate Crowe

Dolores Kavanagh and Debbie Whelehan

Deirdre Murphy and Tara Kelly

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a day in the life: imelda may on finding time to work and play


No typical day for a rock star  Laura Webb

Rocking the world with her musical talents while being a mum means a day in the life of rockabilly star Imelda May is far from typical. Currently promoting her fourth studio album, Tribul, and her single Good To Be Alive, things are pretty hectic for May. Taking time out to speak to The Gazette she said her day usually starts at about 8am with her “almost” two-yearold daughter, Violet, and it’s straight into having breakfast. “ We w o u l d u s u ally have cereal, toast, I would have tea, fresh orange juice - that kind of thing.

“My days change all the time. I could be at home one day, I could be in the studio, I could be on the road, doing promos – there isn’t a normal day for me. “If I am at home. I would have breakfast then go for a walk with the baby, play with her, give her lunch. I love to go to Stephen’s Green Park with her to feed the ducks, go on the swings at the playground and just have fun with her doing things like that. “Then we would go and get lunch somewhere. I would then go to wherever I am staying and put her to bed for a nap. “Get interviews and emails done while she is sleeping. If I am at home

[when Violet is asleep] I would put on a wash – do the normal stuff that needs to be done,” she said. Whether she is out touring, promoting or just taking it easy at home, May says eating three main meals a day is important for her. “I don’t skip meals. I always eat. I never pick at food through the day, I would rather have three good meals a day.” When she is gigging, Imelda’s nights can get very busy with some gigs starting at around 9pm and finishing usually by 11pm but depending on the night she could get home quite late. “It really depends on the night what time I get home at. Sometimes


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merrymouth to tour ireland:

Rockabilly’s Imelda May: It’s good to be alive

I will have a couple of drinks with the lads, if I know she is asleep and happy, or sometimes I am just shattered and I would go straight home. I always eat after a gig – I am just always hungry

afterwards so I make sure to eat something. “I would usually get to bed at about 2am or 3am. It is usually 12 by the time we pack up, I would have something to eat, then get home,

come back, have a shower so it’s usually about that time when I get to bed. Actually, I don’t get much sleep at all,” she giggles. Imelda May’s new album Tribul is out now.

FANS of Ocean Colour Scene should be excited to hear that OCS side project, Merrymouth, featuring singer Simon Fowler, guitarist Dan Sealey and pianist Adam Barry, is touring Ireland. As part of the tour, the band will be in the Workman’s Club on Saturday, May 24. Speaking to The Gazette, Fowler said he hoped audiences connect with the new music. He said: “It’s the first time bringing Merrymouth over to Ireland. “We hope people will like the new music. We only really do one OCS song, and the rest is from the two Merrymouth records, that’s how we’re doing it.” Their new record, Wenlock Hill, is something Fowler is clearly proud of. “The first record was a deliberate attempt to get away from the OCS sound, and do something more pastoral, folky 70s-sounding. “This one we just allowed to go its own way, using acoustic instruments, without any real folk influences this time,” he said. For further information, see


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escape the mayhem: singer/songwriter don Baker has a unique way of re-energising

I do a thing called breath integration - it works! Each week the Gazette speaks to Dubliners about how they like to unwind in a bustling, busy city. Singer/songwriter Don Baker explains how he finds time to relax Currently touring, singer/songwriter Don Baker, has a unique way of re-energising that can be used anywhere in the world. Not just known for his musical talents, Baker is also an actor starring in some of Ireland’s best home grown shows including Love/ Hate and Fair City.

So with such a busy life, escaping the mayhem is something he manages to do in the comfor t of his ow n home, or anywhere he may lay his hat. “I normally do meditation. I do a thing called breath integration, it stirs the energy in your body and things. “I have been doing

that for about 30 years. It is keeping the breath connected. “The breath is very important, we come in to life with the breath and we leave with the breath and every breath in between is a present which means the presence. “It really helps to ground yourself and there is an energy you feel. I do it on my own usually at home lying down. When I am going to gigs I can find a spot and do a bit of breathing, get some energy

going. “It really helps after a gig because you pick up all the energy in a theatre when you do a gig and it is good way to release that energy – it is kind of recharging your batteries.” If he is not escaping through his meditation, Don said he also likes to read, walk his dog or play the piano. “Playing the piano, I find that really takes your mind off everything,” he said. Baker released an album, My Songs, My

Singer/songwriter Don Baker

Friends, at the end of last year featuring collaborations with Brian Kennedy, Paddy Casey,

Republic of Loose frontman Mick P yro and more. He is now touring Ire-

land. For further information about Baker’s tour dates see: www.

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POLITICS: EAMON RYAN HITS DUNDRUM STREETS All of your latest local news, sport, features

Greens get back into the political game


THE Gazette accompanied Green Party leader Eamon Ryan on his European election trail in the Glencairn estate in Dundrum this week. Ryan and local election Green candidate Tom Kivlehan were representing the Green Party’s comeback locally and nationally. At every door the reception was a warm one for Ryan, as people immediately remembered him from the Greens’ part in the ill-fated coalition government with Fianna Fail which ended in 2011. “We don’t have seats in the Dail, so what we’re hoping for is to bring the Greens back by having strong representation on the councils and in the European Parliament. I think people have a sense that you need different opinions and different voices and I want to try and get the Green voice back. “What I’m trying to concentrate on is where we go from here and how we avoid repeating the same mistakes that got us into the financial crisis and that was to do with the property bubble that wasn’t managed and a banking bubble. “We were one of the parties who were warning about the dangers of over-reliance on the con-

struction industry to lead the economy. “So we’re well-placed to analyse what’s going on now, what the current Government is getting wrong by not learning from the lessons of the past.” One woman launched into an in-depth analysis on Ireland’s place in the European Union and the mistakes made in setting up the euro. She told Ryan: “You’ll get a vote from me. I think you’re a good guy and I’m sorry you [Green Party] had a meltdown [in last government]. I think there’s room for the Greens.” Another door was opened by a man who welcomed Ryan and the Greens back into Irish politics. “We bought [this house] at the very very highest rate. We both work for foreign multinationals and we’ve two young kids. Though we have very good incomes, every penny goes out. I thought we’d have saved something by now but then, I suppose we’re lucky we’re working.” To which the Green leader replied, that another property bubble must not be allowed and if the Greens get back into local government, they will ensure that a long term planning strategy is implemented.

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Our fabled hospitality was to the fore all around the island of Ireland when the Cycle Against Suicide participants, led by Jim Breen (top right) visited towns and schools. Pictures: Kim Munday


Spreading a message of hope Suzanne Sheehy (right), Advertising Production Manager with Dublin Gazette Newspapers, cycled all around the island of Ireland in the recent Cycle Against Suicide awareness event, led by Jim Breen



I’M a sports enthusiast and for me there’s nothing more important than being active. It brings good physical and mental health, which means happiness and a better quality of life. And it’s also important to challenge yourself, and pick a goal to work towards. So I frequently take part in sport fundraisers, such as the 120k Wicklow Peaks challenge for Autism in 2013; 120k Sean Kelly Midlands in aid of the Irish heart foundation; the 90km “Nicolas Roche Classic” for the Down Syndrome Centre; and walking the Camino de Santiago for Aware. Cycle for Suicide was my goal for 2014. This cycle was developed by entrepreneur and international businessman, Jim Breen. I took up his challenge for two reasons: one, the daunting physical test of cycling 1,400km around the island of Ireland; and

two, most important, I wanted to help raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide risk in Ireland. We have an exceptionally high rate of suicide among young males and females. Our journey of the island began on April 28, at RTE Montrose Dublin, and finished back in the capital 14 days later. Some 7,500 cyclists (not everyone did the two weeks, though) rode shoulder to shoulder to raise awareness of suicide. The schedule of regional events saw local personalities, as well as suicide prevention and bereavement support experts, visiting schools along the way, educating young children to help “Break The Cycle”. The highs and lows on this journey were many. Some of the landscapes we c y cl e d t h r o u g h were spectacular. The applause we received in Naas town was rapturous, and I recall the

inspiring words of Rob Carley: “Make a bad day good and do something you love.” Each day was a new beginning. And the most rewarding part was the stop-offs at schools – an essential part of the Cycle Against Suicide initiative. Stories were shared along the way. For instance, motivational speaker Ger Duffy told how he turned his biggest fear into his greatest passion, completing 32 marathons in 32 days, as well as a DECA-Iron Distance event. Awe inspiring! We sent out the same message all along our route: “It’s ok not to feel ok; and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help.” T he generosity of our homestay families was astonishing. They opened their homes to us and provided warm meals and a bed for the night. It was heartening to see how the communities believed in us and how many of their lives had been touched by suicide. The greatest low was the tragic loss of our marshal, Brendan O’Connell, who died in an accident on the Donegal to Strabane road. His loss is immeasurable, and our

thoughts went out to his family. The people of Donegal and Abbey National School were incredible – the school kids even sent in their school jumpers to keep us warm! An amazing county, with amazing people. I will always remember their generosity and how they and the cyclists came together to get through that sorrowful time. Now the cycle is complete, I take comfort from knowing how much we achieved in 14 days. And I continue to relay the Cycle For Suicide message in my daily life: It‘s ok not to feel ok; it’s absolutely ok to ask for help. As a country, we need to get talking about suicide and so help reduce the stigma. We also need adequate funding for badly-needed services in primary and secondary care. I would like to thank Jim Breen, who planted the seed for this initiative only a year ago. He has helped so many in that time by starting countless conversations on the importance of mental health, and by uniting communities to break the cycle of suicide.

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Kenny shows off keen eye for a picture In THE last week of election canvassing, politicians pulled out all the stops to try and get their candidates out there, in terms of advertising. Unfortunately it seems for some political parties they may have spent a little too much and are double jobbing to make up for it. Taoiseach Enda Kenny was caught on camera, doubling up as the snapper when he took a picture of his colleagues and election candidates in Dublin recently. Kenny looked comfortable behind the camera as he tried to make his party colleagues Michael Noonan, Frances Fitzgerald, Eamonn Coghlan, Leo Varadkar, Kenneth Egan, Brian Hayes and Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delaney say “cheese”. The Diary wonders whether this is a hobby or could An Taoiseach be looking forward to a future in photo journalism? Barry McCall, look out!

Donate a Library initiative launch Bord Gais Energy’s Donate a Library initiative is back, and people are being asked to get nominating so that a charity or voluntary organisation can benefit from a library to the value of €1,500. This is the second year of the initiative. To c e l e b r a t e t h e

launch, bespoke Book Nooks will be popping up in cities around the country where passersbys will be encouraged to take five and relax with a book, courtesy of Bord Gais Energy. Those wishing to nominate an organisation for a Bord Gais Energy Library can do so at Applications are welcome from individuals and groups throughout Ireland involved in community, charity or local organisations that are not-for-profit. For more information, visit www., tweet @BGEBookClub or search #DAL.

dublin dancing to a great beat D ubli n ’ s a n n u a l Dance Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the capital until May 31, which is bringing together artists and choreographers from across the world to share a wide collection of vibrant, contemporary dance. Since its establishment in 2002 under founding artistic director Catherine Nunes, the festival’s ambitions have been big and brave. T he international choreographers and dance companies that are in attendance are programmed alongside emerging and established artists from Ire-

land and abroad in a variety of venues and spaces around the city. For information on the festival and to purchase tickets visit www.

lost laptop makes a return The story of an author, a lost laptop, a Twitter campaign and a taxi hero thankfully had a happy ending for Kate Kerrigan – with the lesson of backing up work your work being the moral of the story. Last week, a desperate plea went out to the Twitter-sphere with author Kate Kerrigan tweeting: With @Cecelia_Ahern Dublin after leaving laptop with not backed-up novel in taxi. In bits. From #heuston to BT’s at approx. 1.10 Please RT. This one tweet led to her friend and fellow author Cecelia Ahern retweeting her plea, which then led to her brother-in-law, former Westlife singer turned Radio DJ Nicky Byrne using his show to help her plight, as others retweeted to help find the lost novel. Later that day, an elated Kerrigan tweeted to say she retrieved her lost novel thanks to Dublin taxi man Eddie Masterson who is now her hero. If ever there was a lesson to be learned it is – back up, back up and back up again!

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business Home Instead set for recruitment drive HOME Instead Senior Care has invested in a new recruitment campaign that uses traditional matchmaking skills to help create a compatible and lasting relationship between the professional CAREGiver and the person they care for.

By actively trying to match their clients with professional CAREGivers who have similar interests and hobbies, the organisation is creating a more personal, and relationship-based home care service where the focus is placed more on the indi-

vidual rather than the basic home care tasks. Home Instead Senior Care will hold a recruitment open day in each of their 21 local home care offices to educate local CAREGivers about the company and the available roles.

All Home Instead CAREGivers are employed directly by the local offices and go through a stringent recruitment process which includes interviews, reference checks, Garda vetting and a comprehensive induction training programme.


Making the move in the right direction Six months after her first visit to Ireland nine years ago Maria Barbas, originally from Portugal, fell in love with the country and has now made it her home. Her first job was in a nursing home in Foxrock where she worked for a few years. She worked in Portugal as a massage therapist for many years, but when she got to Ireland she couldn’t work as a therapist because her qualifications were not recognised outside Portugal and her English was poor. She started to improve her English and attended an

English school, Dolphin in Dublin city centre for a few months. Maria has now graduated with an ITEC qualification in different therapies. She started working on her own at her home in Baldoyle. In the last year she moved to Malahide where she now resides. Her business is based in Dun Laoghaire where she has a holistic studio and also in Malahide at Essentials Holistic centre. Ireland is now home for Maria and Portugal is only to visit family and friends.

How long have you been in business?

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I have my own business in Ireland since 2010. Before I came to Ireland I was in the business in Portugal for15 years.

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I believe the most important thing about my work and what makes it successful is that I love what I do. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a client arrive looking stressed, tired or in discomfort and leaving looking and feeling so much better. I offer an extensive range of therapies and this also has been a huge factor in my success. Repeat business and word of mouth also enable me to increase the business.

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

I offer a huge range of therapies which means my therapies can be tailored to suit each individual. For instance a client may want an Indian head massage to ease stress and tension and also want a deep tissue back and shoulder massage. I can offer both as part of the one treatment with no extra cost.

How has the recession impacted

I started business in the recession and have survived well so far. I believe this is because my therapies are so effective for stress and stress related disorders that many people have continued to have therapies when money was short where they might, for instance, eat out less.

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

That all therapies by recognised by health insurance companies, from massages to healing therapies. This is not only helping my business but also benefits all customers.

What is your ambition for the business?

While business is good I would like to build it up more and to continue to grow the business. I also plane to start offer facial rejuvenation treatments for my client and permanent make up, and run reiki workshops etc.

What is your favourite thing about doing business in your local area?

I work in Malahide where I live. I also work from Dun Laoghaire. I really like both places which are quite different and I like the variety.

Taking part in the sales blitz in Brussels were (back) Katja Nolan, Maynooth Campus Conference, and Accommodation; Emer Relihan, The Convention Centre Dublin; and Orla Kraft, Tourism Ireland; and (front) Christophe de Patoul, Irish Horizons Conference and Incentive, Danielle Neyts, Tourism Ireland

tourism: 2,000 companies targeted in sales blitz

Tourism Ireland pays key visit to Brussels SEVERAL Irish tourism companies travelled to Brussels recently to take part in a sales blitz organised by Tourism Ireland, targeting influential international associations and incentive agents based in the Belgian capital. It is established that business tourism is the most lucrative form of tourism, offering significant economic benefits, and given that the headquarters of more than 2,000 associations are based in Brussels, the city is an important source of business tourism and conferences for Ireland. Over a span of three days, the Irish tourism companies met

senior representatives and decision-makers involved in the business tourism sector in Belgium – in a bid to win a greater share of the lucrative conference and business tourism market for Ireland. Tourism Ireland’s manager for Belgium Danielle Neyts said: “Given that the headquarters of more than 2,000 associations are located in Brussels, it makes sense for us to proactively target this sector. “These associations regularly hold conferences for thousands of delegates in different venues around the world, delivering significant

economic benefits to the host country. “We were delighted so many of these key Belgian decision-makers took the time to meet our partners, to hear about our superb meetings and conference facilities and what makes the island of Ireland special as a business destination,” said Neyts. Tourism Ireland’s programme of activity to grow business tourism from Belgium and elsewhere across Europe this year includes a number of networking events, business tourism promotions and familiarisation visits – highlighting ease of access, as well as the numerous

facilities and good value rates available for meetings and conferences. Tourism Ireland is responsible for promoting Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination. The organisation is the country’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for over 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing about 200,000 people. In 2013, they welcomed an estimated eight million overseas visitors to Ireland, delivering revenue of approximately €3.64 billion. Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.

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Joseph O’Connor and Kinks front man Ray Davies at the Dublin Writer’s Festival where he discussed his memoir Americana: The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff

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The National Concert Hall provided a most fitting stage for one of contemporary pop music’s true musical giants this week as the Dublin Writer’s Festival, which continues to May 25, was pleased to bring Kinks front man Ray Davies to Dublin to discuss his memoir, Americana: The Kinks, The Road and The Perfect Riff. Though the venue was predominantly filled with middle-aged professionals, the atmosphere was alive with youthful exuberance and teenage excitement as their idol took to the stage to chat with author Joseph O’Connor. O’Connor, who launched his new

book The Thrill of it All at the Dublin Writers Festival earlier in the week, introduced Davies with all the admiration of a true fan by calling him “the Dickens of Pop” because he always wrote of ordinary people. “I would gnaw off one of my own limbs to write such a couplet as ‘My girlfriend’s run off with my car, and gone back to her ma and pa’,” gushed O’Connor. When Ray took to the stage, he was relaxed and charming and spoke of his book with great passion and a deep sense of poetic wonder. He grew up in north London, he told the audience, but was quickly seduced by Americana through flickering cinematic images of “real men” such as the cowboy actor

Randolf Scott who meted out justice with a gun. This led on to his discovery of American music: early blues and country which he said, “gave me hope... to express myself as a human being”. All of his four sisters played the piano badly, but music was a big presence in his house and he was introduced to jazz in his own parlour – the same room where he wrote You Really Got Me. Davies, like any vintage rock star worth his salt, has no shortage of outrageous tales of life on the road ranging from the ludicrously funny to the dangerous and tragic. In New Orleans, he recounts tales of being shot while pursuing a mugger and of his drummer’s attempt to kill his brother on stage with

a cymbal in front of a crowd of 5,000. Americana, said Davies, as well as being a love story, is also a story of vengeance on America for banning the Kinks from playing there for four years early in their career. “They took away four years of our career. I was 24 and [the ban] deprived us of a lot of money, as well as a lot of influence.” He is most interesting when he is painting a picture of a time in musical history when everything was a first. He was asked once by a US customs official “are you a Beatle or are you a girl?” to which he replied, “I’m a girl, and so’s my brother.” Dublin Writers Festival continues at various venues until May 25.

The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Silver, a three-year-old pitbull cross. Silver recently arrived at the centre from the UK. She was born at one of our centres over there, but was being overlooked, so she dusted off her passport and made the exciting journey to Dublin! She gets on great with other dogs, and wouldn’t mind a home with older kids. If you think you could offer Silver the loving home she so 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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Theatre A play that speaks for women and a nation A harrowing play about genderbased violence set in urban Delhi, India is coming to Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire this July. Nirbhaya by Assembly, Riverside Studios and Poorna Jagaanathan, is a theatrical tour de force which won the 2013 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. The story is woven around the events on a night in December 2012 when a young woman and her male friend boarded a bus to head home. What followed puts the whole Indian legal system in the dock and focuses the attention of the world on Delhi. The survivor of the terrible ordeal, Nirbhaya must embark on a voyage of personal testimonies that speaks for her own sake, for women everywhere and for a nation. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber creates a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence. T he show r uns from July 21 until August 2 at Pavilion and is strictly for over 16s. Tickets, available at range from €25 to €18 for matinees.

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THE latest in Mark O’Sullivan’s popular Detective Inspector Leo Woods series, Sleeping Dogs published by Transworld, is now ready to be snapped up by ardent fans for €14.99 at all good book shops. Sleeping Dogs is a thrilling voyage into the lives of those who represent Dublin’s criminal underclass but it is told so that there is never any room for black and white simplicity or prejudice as the cops and the gangsters meet in a common grey area of human experience. Mark O’Sullivan is good at what he does and to state that is not to underrate this writer but to compliment him. Not many writers find their ideal niche or are smart enough to stay put once they have. O’Sullivan is different in this case. He is expert at building a tale and allowing it the correct amount of suggestion and time to develop. He trusts his own creative process so much that it all seems as natural and believable as any real life


‘Leo is fascinating because he is so revealing of himself and so quick to understand his own shortcomings’ --------------------------

tale of treachery. He has a solid grasp, beyond the ken of most imaginations, of what makes Dublin gangland tick and how that world is shaped and tiered into its own hierarchical systems. Like any class, the criminal class follows a certain amount of order involving rules dictated by those at the top, which are always tinged with some form of human decency, however deformed and compromised. The book’s hero Detective Leo Woods is depicted as a world-weary middle-aged man full of regret but also full of the possibility of redemption. His heart is always in the right place and he is very aware of his past trans-

gressions. He is an evolving character and is very alive to the mortifying fact that his job comes with an automatic moral authority which is undeserved most of the time. Mark O’Sullivan plays on this through biblical analogy as Leo’s eye is infected throughout the book while he goes about his job, pointing out specks in the eyes of others. Leo is fascinating because he is so revealing of himself and so quick to understand his own shortcomings almost as they are happening. He is incredibly identifiable to anyone who has ever felt they should demand more of themselves as a human being. Yet his flashes of pettiness tailgated swiftly by remorse are precisely what makes such a character so human and therefore so enjoyable to read about. In Sleeping Dogs, Leo’s past is intimately tied up with a gangland boss, Harry Larkin, who enters at the beginning of the novel having been shot three times. Leo is dragged back to face his past in the form

THE latest in Mark O’Sullivan’s popular Detective Inspector Leo Woods series, Sleeping Dogs

of Harry’s wife Liz, with whom he had a very dysfunctional relationship when they were both young. Whitney, Harry and Liz’s Goth 17-yearold daughter has gone missing and, from his hospital bed, Harry has specifically asked Leo to find her. The resulting search reveals layer upon layer of intrigue and dead ends as the stoic detective ploughs his way through all of the traps and red herrings thrown across his path. Another gratif ying element of O’Sullivan’s writing is that he never leaves the reader behind or skips over time. When we are with Leo, we are with him every step of the way, right down to the conversations he has

Author Mark O’Sullivan

with the forensic specialists at a crime scene. In this way we get a sense of how a case is naturally pieced together. The only ridiculous slip shown is O’Sullivan’s naming the

young female detective Helen Troy … disingenuous is not the word. Sleeping Dogs by one of Ireland’s best crime novelists writing today is thoroughly enjoyable.

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IT’S one thing that many women can’t help but love – call it “the Carrie Bradshaw effect”, if you will, but there is seldom a wardrobe out that there isn’t packed with shoes of all shapes and height. It’s not just the women that have such variety of footwear in their wardrobes, with men and children also packing their wardrobes in the name of stylish feet, so it was only a matter of time before an Irish business dedicated a website to all things footwear-related. is a new Irish-owned and operated online shoe store, offering customers the opportunity to shop for great value men’s, women’s and children’s shoes from the com-

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CITYJET has announced its independence as a European regional airline, with new shareholders INTRO Aviation GmbH, which brings strong leadership and a wealth of aviation experience to the company. CityJet will continue to operate around 700 flights a week from its operational hub – London City Airport – and satellite networks from Cardiff Airport and Cambridge International Airport. The company will also operate flights on behalf of Air France, from Charles de Gaulle airport. Christine Ourmieres will continue to serve as chief executive and board member, with the senior management team remaining the same. With this new independence, CityJet has embarked on an auspicious journey for a complete rebrand to create its own unique identity with a centre of activity from London City Airport. This rebrand will convey CityJet’s distinctive service and style, while also retaining the CityJet name, as it is known by passengers.

The Camino Primitivo, or the Original Way, is the first and oldest camino and was followed by Alfonso II, King of Asturias, in the 9th century. The city of Lugo (above) is a UNESCO World heritage site with one of the best preserved Roman walls in the world.


Follow the path of a king THE Camino Frances, or French Way, may be the most popular camino route however, it is not the original path to Santiago de Compostela. In fact, there is an even older Camino de Santiago trail. Known as the Camino Primitivo, or the Original Way, the route is the first and oldest camino and was followed by Alfonso II, King of Asturias, in the ninth century. Following Alfonso’s lead, many pilgrims also wanted to experience this pilgrimage. However, in the 10th century, the Camino Frances began to rise in popularity and over the

years took over as the safest and busiest camino route for medieval pilgrims. Today, the 290km long Original Way is considered to be one of the most challenging Camino routes, but it is also extremely rewarding thanks to the breathtaking mountain scenery and incredible historical sites along the way. Discover

Walk the last 100km of the Camino Primitivo and discover the original camino route. Start your six-night walk in the beautiful city of Lugo,

a UNESCO world heritage site. While here, you will get to visit the finest and best preserved Roman wall in the world, stroll its gorgeous old town and taste some of Galicia’s best food. If you are visiting Lugo between the June 13-15, you will be able to experience what life was like during the third century as the city transforms itself into the former Roman city of Lucus Augsti. During the festival, known as Arde Lucus, emperors, gladiators and all kinds of Roman activities take over the city’s old town resulting in some

excellent and colourful fun. From Lugo, the Orignal Way route then passes through lush green farmlands and tranquil forests before joining the final stretch of the French way in the lively town of Melide. While in Melide, you should take the opportunity to taste one of the classic local delicacies, octopus – as well as socialising with the pilgrims who are following the French way.

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Athletes Maria McCambridge and Sean Hehir were on hand to help launch the 2014 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series with Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn with race director Jim Aughney and Annabel Tonge from SSE Airtricity. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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RATHFARNHAM’S Sean Hehir and DSDAC’s Maria McCambridge are among those looking to push for top honours at the Dublin marathon and race series this year. Both were in attendance at the launch of this year’s series of races that leads up to the Dublin marathon with SSE Airtricity confirming they will sponsor the event for the next three years. The news was welcomed by race director Jim Aughney at City Hall, where he also shared details of a new marathon route, and a return to an invited elite field for 2014.

The marathon route has to change this year due to the current Luas works in Dublin City Centre. The route will start on Fitzwilliam Square and end at Merrion Square as per recent years, but it will run along St Stephen’s Green towards Meath Street, Lord Edward Street and Parliament Street, taking in City Hall and Dublin Castle — two well-known Dublin landmarks before entering the quays and moving towards the Phoenix Park. The remainder of the course is similar to other years although the race will finish from Mount Street Lower towards Merrion Square.

Last year saw the first Irish winner since Sonia O’Sullivan won in 2000 with Hehir and McCambridge taking the honours and the decision to return to an, albeit smaller, invited elite field was not taken lightly by the organisers. “We believe it’s important that we, as the leading marathon in Ireland, also help improve the standard of marathon running in our country.” said Aughney “And we believe our best marathon runners, such as Sean and Maria, can only benefit by running against a stronger field. We will have a much smaller field than previous years, but we feel it’s very

positive for the event” Over 19,000 people took part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series last year, and over 14,500 runners, joggers and walkers entered the marathon. The 35th running of the SSE Airtricity Dublin marathon takes places in Dublin on Monday, October 27 and the first event in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series, the Irish Runner 5 mile, is on Saturday, June 28. To register for any of the events, visit and stay in touch on Facebook/dublinmarathon or @dublinmarathon.

LIN basketball clubs Killester, Rathmines, Templeogue, Dublin Lions and St Vincent’s along with women’s sides Oblate Dynamos, KUBs, Dublin All Stars and Glasnevin all took part in the second Dublin Masters international basketball tournament last weekend. The event featured players from eight nations and is possibly the largest Masters sports event to be held in Ireland in 2014. The competition took place in the Oblate Hall in Inchicore, Inchicore Community Centre and Colaiste Brid in Clondalkin. Along with the strong representation from Dublin teams, there were sides representing Cork, Mayo and Galway as well as sides from as far a field as Australia.

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Dublin duo named in irish squad for baku: FINGALLIANS’ Ann-Marie Torsney and Celtic DCH’s Pierre Murchan have been included in the 15-strong Irish team for the European Youth Olympic trials set to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan from May 30 to June 1. The European trials also act as the qualifying event for the 2014 World Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China in August. The trials will bring together the best youth athletes from all across Europe to compete in a variety of track and field events, with the Irish team representing disciplines across the board. Murchan competed in the recent IMC race in Greystones. running a time of 8.38.01 in the 3,000m to bag himself the standard and a place on the team. Torsney will take part in the shot putt event as she threw a personal best of 13.06m to secure her place on the team.

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pushovers for reigning SSE Airtricity Premier Division champions St Patrick’s Athletic when the sides meet in the FAI Cup next month.

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckey is no stranger to silverware

The two clubs, who share the same name, will collide in an allDublin FAI Ford Cup second round clash on the weekend of June 8. Although Liam Buckley’s men are favourites to progress, his counterpart, Bowden, says that CY’s opponents will have to earn their place in round three. “We’re looking forward to it,” said Bowden. “Pat’s are one of, if not the best, sides in the country right now. “They have quality all over the park and it will be very hard for us, but we are not going to make it easy for them either.” St Pat’s CY, founded in 1936, have already eliminated Kildare club Leixlip United in

St Patrick’s CY know the challenge ahead of them in the second round

the first round of the cup and are aiming to go one better than last season. A f ter getting past Limerick’s Carew Park, they went out in the second round following a 4-3 home loss to Cork side Cobh Ramblers. However, they will need to produce a major shock by overcoming the 2012 FAI Cup runners-up if they want to progress to the last 16 of the competition. Although the Saints are leading the Airtricity League after 12 games, they will be looking to use the match against the Irishtown club as a springboard to capturing what would be only their second FAI Cup, and their first since 1961.

Bowden though says his team will not bow out to their more illustrious namesakes without a fight. “We’re certainly not going to roll over for them. “Our record in this competition is decent; we’ve upset Bray Wanderers and UCD and only narrowly lost to bigger clubs like Dundalk. “We have proven to be a hard side for any team to beat, so we’ll have a go of it and we’ll be hoping to give a good account of ourselves,” said Bowden. The Ringsend club are struggling in 10th place in the Leinster Senior League Sunday Division this season. But despite their

lowly league position, St Pat’s CY are unbeaten in their last five matches and have already guaranteed their status for next year after their recent run of results. N o w, w i t h t h r e e games to go, Bowden hopes his team can bring their recent good form into their massive FAI Cup tie. “It’s been a long season,” he said. “ L a s t S u n d ay we secured our top flight status and with this cup match coming up, it is a good way to round off the season and prepare for next year. “We had a lot of young lads playing and settling into their first year since making the step up from schoolboy football.”

Sandford Park progress to Leinster senior semi-final 

Sandford Park’s Jack Tector in action recently

SANDFORD Park continue to be the surprise package in the Leinster schoolboys senior cricket league as they reached the semi-finals with a comprehensive seven wicket win over CUS. Jack and Harry Tector were the stars of the show with the duo both nicking out three wickets to reduce CUS to a gettable tally of 104. James Cox had led the way for the city centre school but Harry landed 3-32 while Jack nabbed 3-24 to give them a decent target

to chase down. They duly reached that tally with plenty to spare, Harry Tector clipping 41 while Finn Conaghty weighed in with 24 to see them over the line. The Sandford Road school join reigning champions St Andrew’s, Belvedere and St Mary’s in the final four for this week’s semifinals following their respective quarter-final victories. Belvo enjoyed a 91-run win over St Columba’s in a high scoring affair in Cabra. Again, family connections were key as David and Andrew Delany helped

amass a huge 225 for nine from their allotted overs. David ran up a half century off just 22 balls, ending on 56, while his brother hit 38 to provide early impetus as they reached the 100mark inside 12 overs. It laid the base for a comfortable win as they bowled Columba’s out for 134. St Andrew’s serene progress continued with a 136-run win over High School as they powered to 194 for seven from their allotted overs. Jack Balbirnie’s spell of five for 10 decimated the High School

run chase to leave them floundering, ending on 58 all out. Castleknock Community College fell to St Mary’s by eight wickets despite Tom Anders 59. Rory Anders scored 25 but tight bowling from Mikey Hoey (4-35) and Benn Hoey (3-30) limited them to 109 all out. It took Mary’s just over 15 overs to chase down that target as Gareth Delany battered the bowling to all corners with 77 not out. Tom Anders did take two wickets but Delany’s powerful hitting quickly took the game out of reach.

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Saints of the sea make Celtic crossing


150 kilometres across the Irish Sea in a traditional skiff may not be the easiest way to get across, but St Michael’s Rowing Club made the voyage in style with determination and guts

Leinster launch first ever camp for girls

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During the recent May bank holiday weekend, 12 men and women from St Michael’s Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire and volunteers from Irish charity Goal participated in the biennial rowing race across the Irish Sea known as The Celtic Challenge. What started as a relatively calm sea turned into a tough crossing for the 12 and they had to dig deep into their reserves to get over the finishing line in what is billed as the longest true rowing race in the world, crossing the 150km course in just over 25 hours. St Michael’s Rowing Club were the only crew to enter a traditional east coast skiff, a quar-

ter ton wooden clinkerstyle boat, whilst all other teams opted for the more modern fibreglass Celtic longboats. The Celtic longboats would be much quicker especially in calmer conditions and were soon well on their way. Each team has three crews of four rowers that rotate their time on the oar, resting and refuelling on an accompanying support boat. Generally one hour on, two hours off is the rule of thumb, but conditions, strategies, injuries, and sickness may dictate otherwise. The first 14 hours were fairly calm and certainly much calmer than the conditions met in the previous Celtic Challenge in which more than half of the

fleet retired. The choppy and somewhat tricky Arklow Bank was relatively calm, too, and this time the boat was past it in under two hours. As the sun set and darkness grew, the crew knuckled down to what would be seen as a fairly straightforward race across the Irish Sea. However, as the night went on, cloud replaced the clear starry night and visibility became difficult. Winds rose to around 12 knots which would not usually be seen as a real threat, but the tides and chop made for difficult rowing conditions. Sickness and dehydration were also having an effect as one hour stints turned out shorter distances. As daylight came, it was

The St Michael’s crew ahead of the Celtic Challenge race

clear the race was going to be another long one. The conditions meant t e a m s h a d n ’t t r av elled the distance they expected. The changeovers continued and the hours flew by, the crew could see land, and somewhere in the distance was Aberystwyth.

the team which displays the greatest amount of endeavour when completing the course. This was a very proud moment for all the team as well as their friends, family, and all their club mates back home in Dun Laoghaire. Second-time Celtic


‘This was a great achievement and the crew should be proud of themselves’ - Celtic Challenger Nicola Fitzgerald

Leinster Rugby have announced details of their School Of Excellence For Girls which will take place in July at King’s Hospital near Lucan. The School of Excellence for boys has been successful over recent years but this marks a new departure with a first-ever school targeted at girls between the ages of 13 and 18. The players will receive coaching from Leinster Rugby development officers Jennie Bagnall and Sophie Spence who, as well as being part of the Grand Slam winning team in 2013, competed in all of Ireland’s 6 Nations games this year too as well as securing the Inter-provincial crown with Leinster Women. Lunch will be provided and each participant will receive a Leinster School Of Excellence pack, which will include an official Canterbury of New Zealand t-shirt and shorts. The programme costs €100, and for more information, log on to


With the sight of the rolling Welsh hills upon the horizon, this gave ever ybody a massive lift. The rough sea had started to get calmer and this saw the average speed raise from two to over four knots. Just off Aberystwyth and within sight of the Welsh seaside town, the boat was met by a pod of dolphins, a sight not to be forgotten. The final changeover was made at around 5.30pm on Saturday, and the pier could be clearly seen with cheering voices being carried on the wind. Fireworks met the crew as they rowed over the finish line. At the awards ceremony the following day, St Michael’s retained the prestigious Spirit of the Celtic Challenge trophy, which is given to

Challenger and club captain Nicola Fitzgerald said: “Apart from me and one other member, this crew had only been rowing for a little over 12 months, and five of the crew had never rowed in an open skiff up until 12 weeks ago. “T his was a great achievement for a special bunch of people. They should be proud of themselves.” St Michael’s teamed up with Goal to participate in the Celtic Challenge to actively seek funds for a support project in the Philippines. They were also raising funds for a new skiff for St Michael’s Rowing Club. For more information contact or log on to

Ireland rugby manager gets Castle honour Michael Kearney, the Ireland rugby team manager, was recently honoured by Castle Golf Club, of which he is a member, for his involvement in the national team’s recent 6 Nations suc-

cess. The club made the presentation to Kearney last week at a special ceremony in the clubhouse at which all of the club’s members who have won caps for Ireland on the rugby field were also invited. The 6 Nations Trophy was also on display in the club that evening.


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soccer: u-10s and -11s win finals at oscar traynor centre

Ward hoping to extend loan spell at Albion PORTMARNOCK native Stephen Ward is keen to return to Brighton and Hove Albion after a successful loan spell at the Amex Stadium this term. Having been loaned out by Wolves, he played 47 times for Brighton in all competitions, reaching the championship play-offs before they fell to Derby County in the semi-finals. Wolves earned promotion back up to the championship from League 1, but 28-year-old Ward says he is keen to stick around at Brighton. “Whatever happens will be done in the summer,” Ward said this week. “I’m hopeful that is not going to be my last game at the Amex for Brighton. “It’s difficult. I’m contracted so there are a lot of negotiations and talks to go on behind the scenes that will not even involve me. I will leave that all to the powers that be in the summer. “But I don’t have one negative word to say about this place and how this year has gone for me. It has been a fantastic move for me, a real breath of fresh air in my career.”

Fingallians call on U-10 ladies for festival Fingallians GAA club are calling on clubs to register for their annual Under-10 ladies’ football festival which will take place this year on Saturday, August 16. Ten teams of 10-aside Under-10 girls from 10 different clubs will play 10 minute-a-side matches all commencing at 10am. There are few such events for girls of this age group and the

previous years have proven to be a great success. Last year saw clubs including Skerries Harps, St Patrick’s, Donabate and Clanna Gael/Fontenoy from Dublin as well as teams from counties Louth, Meath, Wicklow and Down take part in the day of fun and football which was a huge success. Clubs who are interested in taking part in this year’s competition should contact Liam O Culbaird at Fingallians on 086 381 4422 or via email at lcceltd@

Rivervalley Rangers’ Haughey Cup and NDSL Under-11 Premier champions who defeated Finglas Celtic last weekend

Rangers deliver a cup double 

Rivervalley Rangers’ Under-10 and Under11 sides brought home a brace of trophies last weekend when they claimed the Michael Woods and Haughey Cups with a pair of decisive victories, adding to the continuing success and development in the club’s schoolboy section. Out of Rangers’ current batch of 11 teams taking part in cup competitions this year, they had six teams reaching semi-finals, of which two went on to their respective finals, bringing home

the trophies last Saturday afternoon. The Under-10s, managed by Brendan Gribbon, brought back the Michael Woods Under10 Cup with a 5-1 win over Rivermeade FC at the Oscar Traynor Coach and Development Centre. The victory was on the back of a fine performance by the team and was made all the sweeter as the side had been runners-up in the same contest last year. At the same venue, Paul Kelly’s Under-11 side secured the Haughey Cup by defeating Finglas Celtic 4-1. This was the side’s third year in

carron cruises Skerries runner wins Leinster 3,000m title ISOBEL Carron from Skerries CC is pictured here on her way to winning the Intermediate Girls’ 3,000m event at the Aviva Leinster Schools Track and Field championships which took place at Morton Stadium in Santry last weekend. Isabel put in an impressive performance in the race in warm conditions, and her time of 10:18.82 was only three second outside the current record. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

a row to make the final and the third year in a row that they emerged as winners. The Haughey Cup title added to the team’s recent NDSL Under-11 Premier Division title, which they won with two games to spare, giving them a deserved double after working hard all season. The success was not restricted to cup victories for Rivervalley last weekend when Willie Murray’s Under-13s won their league, claiming the title with a 4-2 victory away to Donnycarney FC. The team finished the season undefeated

in the league, and only narrowly lost out in the semi-final of their cup competition. Additionally, Alan O’Carroll’s Under-12s finished in second place in their league, gaining promotion in the process. Although the season is now drawing to a close, the soccer will continue in Rivervalley with the club’s summer football festival starting on Tuesday, June 3. Entry forms are available in Centra Rivervalley and SuperValu Boroimhe. In July, the club will be running its annual summer soccer camps.

They run from 10am to 2pm on Monday to Friday and costs €40 per child. Information on all the club’s activities can be found on the club’s Facebook page, www. Due to a re-organisation of the senior section of the club a vacancy has arisen for a senior team manager. Interested parties should apply in writing, including details of their qualifications and experience to Barry O’Sullivan, Secretary, Senior Section, c/o 27 Rivervalley Road, Swords, Co Dublin or via e-mail to petercarton4@

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Late rally sees Fins defeat Vincent’s in IFC  

DONAL Farrell’s 1-1 in injury time helped Fingallians to an incredible comeback victory over St Vincent’s in the intermediate football championship to make it through to the quarter-finals. They had trailed throughout the tie, conceding two early goals

to be behind 2-5 to 0-1 inside the opening 20 minutes of the game. But a good run before half-time had them back in the tie, just three points behind at half-time. St Vincent’s rebuilt a six-point lead with 20 minutes to go but Fins fought back to within two with five minutes to go before Farrell’s late

point and goal saw them hit the front in injury time for the very first time, 3-11 to 2-13. St Finian’s still harbour hopes of joining them in the final eight of this competition following their lively 1-14 each draw with St Brigid’s at Rolestown after extra time. It was nip and tuck throughout with Finian’s

leading by a point at halftime, 0-6 to 0-5, before normal time ended 1-8 to 0-11. T he Swords’ side nabbed a goal in the first period of extra time along with three points to lead by three but could not score in the closing 10 minutes and were pegged back by a run of three Brigid’s points.

Club Noticeboard fingallians It was championship football week-

and U-13 at 7pm. The festival is €5 per

end and as usual entertainment levels

child and all matches are in Balheary.

increased. Our first team left it until

Members and non-members are most

injury time to take the lead for the first

welcome. For more info please con-

time and secure a one-point victory

tact the club’s GPO, nicola.fitzgerald.

over St Vincent’s. or individual team

The junior B team also moved into the next round with a win over Wanderers. Our U-16 hurlers were also in stunning form beating St Vincent’s in their

football: fingal defeat tower’s by the minimum

top of the table clash.

mentors. Congratulations to Gaelscoil Bhrian Boroimhe who won their Fingal primary school senior league match in Parnell Park last Thursday. Another successful weekend for the

The mentors of the U-14 Feile hurling

camogie section with the U-8s beating

team would like to thank all those who

St Finian’s and the U-10s having great

came out and supported them in Rush

wins against Na Fianna and Ballyboden

on Saturday. The team worked really

St Enda’s.

hard in a very competitive group. Spe-

We will host our celtic cousins from

cial thanks to the U-13 players for their

the Liffre club in Brittany this Sunday,


May 25. As part of the day, we will have

Thank you to all those who supported

an open Irish music and dance ses-

the boys’ football festival last week. It

sion in the club after the games. If any

was great to see so many young juve-

of our members would like to join in

nile players displaying their skills. This

please bring along your instrument(s)

week, it’s the ladies football festival.

or dancing shoes. More details from

U-8, U-9 and U-10 at 6pm and U-11, U-12

Liam 086 381 4422.

st sylvester’s

Fingal Raven’s Niall Tormey was on target for the home team against Round Tower’s last week

Ravens’ run rolls on in championship

dublin sfc round 1 Fingal Ravens 0-11 Round Tower, Clondalkin 0-10 

FINGAL Ravens continued their excellent start to the 2014 senior football campaign when they edged out Round Tower, Clondalkin by a point in the championship, adding to five straight wins in AFL2 at St David’s. It was much closer than the league tie between the sides, but Eoin O’Flaherty’s score gave them just enough to get over the line. The sides were level 0-5 each at the break,

with Ravens’ shar p shooter Niall Tormey and Tower ’s Cathal Carty slotting some fine scores for their respective sides. The Rolestown side looked set to pull clear in the second half as early scores from Derek Daly, Ciaran Norton and a pair from Alan Casey put them 0-9 to 0-6 up with a quarter of the game remaining. Towe r ’s , h owe ve r, closed the gap with a concerted late effort with Eric Finn clearing the bar while Ciaran Corrigan was in great form. He kicked his fifth

of six points on the night to get the Clondalkin outfit back to within a point at 0-10 to 0-9. They were holding sway in the possession stakes but they were caught on the counter and O’Flaherty kicked what was the vital score to move Ravens two up going into injury time. Corrigan got one back but it was not enough to grab a result as Ravens make it through to round two of the competition. Elsewhere, St Sylvester’s won their date with Naomh Maur with Alan Foy’s goal proving the

difference in a 1-9 to 0-9 victory at the Naul. He scored in the 19th minute after John Coughlan and Ross Hazley played the creative role in the lead-up, helping the Malahide men amass a six-point lead at half-time, 1-5 to 0-2. The Rush side, though, have impressed in the early stages of the league and fought back well in the second half with scores from Conor McGuire and Cathal Sweetnam but they could only half their deficit and bow out of the competition.

A hectic round of championship

the Feile na nGael, reaching the Divi-

matches over the weekend left smiles

sion 3 final where they lost out by a

on many faces, with the men’s seniors

single point to St Brigid’s. Well done to

and intermediates moving on to the

everyone involved in what was a fan-

next stage of their respective cham-

tastic effort and congratulations to


Brigid’s on their success.

The senior team were good value

A reminder that a limited number

for their 1-9 to 0-9 win over St Maur’s

of tickets remains for Strictly Syl’s

while the intermediates showed great

Come Dancing which takes place in

spirit in finally getting the better of a

the Regency Hotel on June 7. Tickets

game Clann Mhuire after extra-time

are available for sale in the clubhouse.

to advance to the quarter-finals.

Please check out the club’s website

Pride of place goes to the U-14 hurlers who put in a tremendous effort in for some profiles of the dancers involved.

fingal ravens Well done to the first and third team

Our inaugural Fingal Sevens tourna-

on wins in the championship over the

ment will take place in Rolestown on


the August bank holiday weekend.

The ladies team also had a good

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 1, 14, 18

league win last Wednesday evening.

and 32. There was one match three

Hard luck to the second team who

numbers, Michelle McCullagh. Next

were defeated on Sunday.

week’s jackpot is € 9,780

Naomh mearnog Congratulations to our Feile hurl-

Well done to our minor hurlers who

ing team who reached the semi-final

were victorious in a tournament in

on Saturday. A narrow defeat in the

Leixlip. We had wins also for U-8 and

first game was followed by wins over

-11 camogie girls and U-12 boys.

St Jude’s and Kilmacud. Then it was

It’s nice to see so many of the adult

off to Martin Savage Park for the

and U-15 camogie girls helping out

semi-final where the lads put on a

with juvenile teams. We ask all adult

great display against the home team.

players to help out in their respec-

The team is managed by Jack McDon-

tive juvenile sections.

ald and Cillian O’Driscoll. Brian Powell also helps to coach the lads.

Good luck to our adult ladies football team.

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