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Month XX, 2012 Swords • Balbriggan • Applewood • boroimhe • Airside • Rivervalley

INSIDE: Living it up at The Lord Mayor’s Pub to launch charity calendar P8

sporting chance: Local clubs line up for share of €19m funding programme P7

Pedal power: St Finian’s help make dreams come true Soccer:

Swords Celtic celebrate life of Michael Toft Page 32


St Finian’s crowned U-16 D champions Page 31

ALSOINSIDE: GALLERIES....................... 8 DUBLIN LIFE....................11 OUT&ABOUT...................17 CLASSIFIEDS.................26 SPORT............................27

PICTURED AT St Finian’s Community College are students Karl Quinn and Eoin O’Callaghan presenting a cheque for €1,474 to a representative of the Make A Wish Foundation. The school’s sixth year Leaving Cert Applied students and teachers Ms O’Dwyer and Mr Young raised the money by recently organising a nonstop static bicycle ride day at the Swords Pavilions.

Jobless figures drop but are ‘still too high’ Live register numbers in Swords down to 4,380 from 4,653

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While the number of people on the live register in north Dublin has fallen in recent months, unemployment figures are still considered too high by local

politicians. In data released from the Central Statistics Office, September live register figures for the Swords region show a figure of 4,380, down from 4,653 in August. Labour TD Brendan Ryan

said while he welcomes the downward trend in the number of those jobless in north Dublin, the overall unemployment figure “remains very high”. The CSO figures also showed that young people

represent 15% of the total unemployment in the area. “We are still a long way away from being where we need to be in terms of employment levels, however we are facing in the right direction.” Full Story on Page 3

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‘Neglected’ village set to blossom in spring

The village of Donabate is set to receive a makeover in the coming months, after a new local Tidy Towns project was launched last weekend. The project was restarted on Friday, October 25, after the Donabate Portrane Community Council held a special planting day as part of its continuing work in the community. The previous Tidy Towns committee had disbanded in recent years and according to the secretary of Donabate Portrane Community Council and local resident Clara La Combre it has been “badly missed” in the area. “The big thing that comes to my mind is that people keep stopping me to say that the village doesn’t look like

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a welcoming place anymore. Everything is gone to seed a bit, the planting isn’t great, so it looks kind of neglected now, and a little bit scruffier. Different committee groups have had clean-up days but there has been no coherent plan. “So this new committee now wants to put a plan for the village together in the next couple of months and get really stuck in to the work in the spring,” she said. To kick start the new project, the committee got to work planting

flowers at the raised bed at The Hand – the junction between Beaverstown Road and Portrane Road. A total of 300 plants were supplied by Fingal County Council for the project, while landscaping expertise was provided free of charge by Virgoe McEnery Landscaping, a company based in Balheary, Swords. “The planting went really well thanks to the co-operation of Fingal County Council and Virgoe McEnery, not to mention the great effort from the volunteers who turned up,” said Clara. “And best of all, the sun was shining.” A new pumping station was put in place at the top of Beaverstown Road and Por trane Road two years ago

and according to Clara, it was always the plan that when a Tidy Towns group came in to place, it would be on their agenda to landscape it. “We thought it would be a lovely, fun place to have the launch, because it is a raised bed, you don’t have to bend over to work on it. Before the launch on Friday, the council were out digging the bed for us and preparing the soil, which was a great help.” O ve r t h e c o m i n g months, the new committee are planning to highlight areas they feel need the most attention. “What we’re going to do is isolate a few spots that need attention throughout the village, maybe the entrance to the village, and by the summertime next year, we’re hoping it will be a riot of

colour as you come into Donabate,” said Clara. The aim of the committee is to help make Donabate village welcoming once again. “We would love to get into the status like Lusk or Malahide when you go over the railway bridge and it’s very welcoming with lots of flowers and you know that the place is well looked after. That’s really what we’re trying to achieve,” she added. The new committee has five members at the moment but is appealing to members of the local community to help out by volunteering their time. “ Eve r y t h i n g g o e s quicker when you have more bodies,” said Clara. Anyone interested in getting involved, can contact Clara on 087 6101174.

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unemployment: 676 people under 25 in the area are without work

Coastline upkeep at €182,880

Jobless rate dips but ‘remains very high’  natalie burke

While the number of people on the live register in north Dublin has fallen in recent months, unemployment figures are still considered too high in the local area. In data released from the Central Statistics Office, September live register figures for the Swords region (including Donabate and Portrane) show a figure of 4,380, down from 4,653 in August, a decrease of 5.9%. The figures also show that the number of people unemployed in the Balbriggan region (including Rush, Lusk, Skerries, Balrothery and rural villages) was 4,704 in September, which was down 165

from the August figure of 4,869. When comparing the figures to the September 2012 numbers, it shows an annual percentage decrease of 5.2% in Balbriggan and 4.1% in Swords. Labour TD Brendan Ryan said while he welcomes the downward trend in the number of those jobless in north Dublin, the overall unemployment figure for the area “remains very high”. “It is important to see the numbers on the live register trending downwards. We are seeing that over the past year and it is my belief that this trend will continue. We are still a long way away from where we need to be in terms of employment levels, however we are facing

in the right direction.” The CSO figures show that young people in Swords represent 15% of the total unemployment in the area, with 676 people under the age of 25 without a job. “The problem of youth unemployment needs to be tackled with even greater energy,” Deputy Ryan said. While local Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) also welcomed what he described as a “small reduction”, he says a lot more still needs to be done. “The Government got elected on promises that they were going to put a lot into job creation and reducing unemployment but I’m concerned that the figures are still quite high.”

A cereal plan: Pupils help launch Kellogg’s breakfast club programme pictured celebrating World Food Day with a Kellogg’s breakfast event at Dublin Zoo are fifth class pupil of Holywell Educate Together National School in Swords Daniel Olademiji, fourth class pupil from St Eithne’s School in Edenmore Zoe Donohoe, and magician Jack Flash. Kellogg’s has announced that it will help almost 100 breakfast clubs nationwide by providing them with grants as part of the Kellogg’s Give a Child a Breakfast programme. They have been helping breakfast clubs in the UK for a number of years, and this initiative was extended to Ireland last year, with €30,000 going to many breakfast clubs in grants of €450. A further €45,000 will be distributed this year. Picture: Patrick Bolger

It has cost the council a total of €182,800 to maintain the beaches on the Fingal coastline this year. This is according to Fingal County Council who recently revealed the costs associated with the upkeep of local beaches. The figures, which combine the total cost of maintenance from January until September 2013, were slightly lower than the same period last year, which cost the council a total of €192,200. While the 2013 summer season was “extremely busy”, the council noted that a high level of maintenance was provided at a reduced cost. This was brought about by a more effective use of available resources including staff, plants and materials.

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health Funds sought for free weekly run

Council consider new road signs at busy Rush junction

Great year for visitors sparks thanks

Fingal County Council are set to consider putting new road signs in place at a busy junction in Rush. The issue was raised at a recent area committee meeting when the council was asked to put traffic calming measures in place at the junction of Golf Road and South Shore Road in Rush. Due to the self-regulating nature of the road layout, the council said the junction does not require traffic calming measures. However the local authority said consideration would be given to replace the existing Yield signs with Stop signs and road markings as part of the 2014 Works Programme.

570 litter fines issued so far this year A total of 570 litter fines have been issued in Fingal so far this year, Fingal County Council have confirmed. The figures were revealed at a recent council meeting, after the local authority was asked for a breakdown on how many litter fines had been issued and paid - each year

over the last three years. In response, the council said that in 2011, a total of 1,210 fines were issued. Of these, just 542 were paid. In 2012, a total of 1,158 fines were issued and 424 were paid. To date in 2013, 570 fines have been issued and 258 have been paid. The council noted that this year, two of the six litter wardens had been temporarily assigned to the water metering project.

gathering: tourism boost

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The Balbriggan Roadrunners running group is calling for support to set up a brand new local park run

Roadrunners seek support for park run  NATALIE BURKE

A local north Dublin running group is calling on members of the public and local businesses to help support them in their campaign to set up a new “park run” for the area. If successful, the campaign would see a free 5km event take place at Ardgillan Castle and Demesne every week, which would cater for the local communities of Swords, Lusk, Rush and Balbriggan, along with runners from nearby towns in Meath and south Louth. Balbriggan Roadrunners is a running group set up in 2012 in an effort to provide support and encouragement to local runners and walkers of all abilities. With Malahide currently being the only park run in north Dublin, the group are hoping to

give running enthusiasts across Fingal an alternative running option. Speaking to the Gazette, Colleen McKenzie, founder of the running group, said that while the group have already received approval for the race to take place in Ardgillan Castle, they still await finances in order to set it up. “The Park Run organisation pay 50% of the setup costs, and the group or club setting it up locally must raise €3,000.” Free

The park runs are free, timed 5km runs which take place in local parks every Saturday morning in countries across the world. To set up in a local area, the non-profit events require a once-off payment for equipment. The group took part in the Arthur Guinness Project earlier this year,

but were unable to secure funding in the competition. Despite that disappointment, Colleen says the group have decided to take the fundraising into their own hands and are looking for the support from businesses across Swords, Balbriggan and surrounding areas. “We have one company from Swords so far who donated €300, as one of their employees is a runner. But we have people out looking for sponsorship and contacting local businesses as well. We only started contacting people in the last week so we are hoping we can raise enough. If we don’t get enough in sponsorship, we are hoping to hold a 5km fundraising run after Christmas,” she said. The group is aiming to have the park run up and running early in the New Year and, according to

Colleen, the weekly event will attract all ages. “Once it is set up, it’s ongoing and free. 5km isn’t too far a distance so even walkers can participate. In the Malahide run and the Marlay Park run, we see a mixture of people who do marathons and people who just walk it, as well as seeing a lot of kids. It’s a great thing for families to do together. “We are asking local businesses, community groups, fellow runners and walkers, other clubs, friends, family and anyone who would like to see this project up and running to contribute whatever they can, however large or small,” she concluded. For those interested in sponsoring the cause, contact the group through their Facebook page, www.facebook. com/balbriggan.roadrunners.

A local TD has commended community groups in Fingal for playing an important part in the Gathering, after bumper tourism figures show that the nationwide event has been a huge success across the country. Local TD Alan Farrell (FG) has said that the latest tourism figures recorded by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have shown a 6.4% increase in visitor numbers to Ireland so far this year and has congratulated all of those involved locally in organising Gathering events across north Dublin since the beginning of the year. “The latest tourism figures are hugely encouraging, and they are a strong vindication of the effort put in by local people in the north county who have organised and held various Gathering events over the last nine months,” he said. “The Gathering has gone from strength to strength, with visitor numbers consistently growing throughout the year. While it will not be a yearly event, the Government is determined to build on the progress and buzz generated by the Gathering. “Tourism is a really important source of employment in Fingal and across the country and I have no doubt that Fingal will continue to benefit from extra visitors and increased tourism revenues between now and the end of the year.”

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council Over 1,000 illegal notices are taken down

Removal cost of cash for cars signs ‘a worry’  natalie burke

Over 1,000 illegal signs advertising Cash for Cars have been removed in the last 18 months in the Fingal area. This is according to Fingal County Council, which, at a recent council meeting, said there had been a “proliferation” of such signs in the Fingal administrative area over the last 12 to 18 months. The local authority said over this period of time, staff from the Environment Department

(Litter Wardens) and more recently, the Operations Department have removed more than 1,000 of these illegal signs. As this work is carried out as part of the staff’s daily duties, it has not been possible to identify the specific costs directly attributable to the removal of these signs. Speaking about the issue, a number of local councillors have described the use of council resources in dealing with the problem as “worrying”.

“To see that council staff have taken away 1,000 of them in the last 12 to 18 months is a worry, as this would obviously reflect on resources being used to allocate their removal,” said local Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF). “I think we need to coordinate the approach with gardai. Clearly there is something shady about the operation in that when they’re taken down, they seem to go back up overnight,” he said. Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) also raised con-

Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) expressed concern at the use of council resources to take down the illegal signs

cerns, saying the methodology used by those involved has recently changed. “In the past, it was poster-type advertisements with cable ties on traffic lights and various poles. Of late, they’ve started to use self-adhesive type signs sticking on public utility places that they figure will be left. There must

be a huge cost to all Dublin local authorities and indeed beyond. It goes beyond me that someone has not been brought to justice.” The council said it has made every effort to trace the people who erect these signs in an effort to secure convictions under the Litter Pollution Act 1997, including contact-

ing the mobile phone numbers on the signs. To date, all of these numbers relate to unregistered and untraceable mobile phones which are easily disposed of. The council said it would act on any information which it receives that may lead to a successful prosecution in relation to this matter.


School up for film award A local primary school has been nominated for an award at the upcoming FIS Film Festival. Rush National School is among 24 other schools that have been chosen from over 100 entries received from across Ireland. A total of 25 awards will be handed out at the event – a Department of Education and Skills initiative, when it takes place in The Helix in DCU on Wednesday, November 6. Over 800 people will attend on the day including 700 primary school children from across Ireland, their teachers, parents and a variety of special guests. The event will be hosted by Sinead Kennedy, presenter of RTE’s The Juice programme.

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talbot group 60 local artists take part in special event

Impressive creativity truly beyond words  natalie burke

An art exhibition that has been dubbed “truly extraordinary” by a professional artist, opens in Balbriggan on Saturday, November 2. Featuring the works of people with intellectual disabilities, it will also be a highlight at a special event in Ardgillan Castle in north Dublin. A total of 60 artists from around the local area have taken part in the exhibition, all of whom have some form of intellectual disability or acquired brain injury. The artists are all clients of the Talbot Group

– which offers specialist residential and day care services to a variety of adult users – and attend one of the group’s various facilities in Malahide, Stamullen, Co Meath or Dundalk, or one of several houses in communities in the surrounding areas. Members of the group were introduced to art some years ago as a means of therapy which has since opened up a means of self-expression for them. The 60 artists range in ages from 21 to 65 and all have differing levels of disability. One of these artists said that if they could express themselves in words, “there would be no rea-

son to paint”, which has since been adopted as the motto for the whole project. This project came about largely as a result of Laura Eagers, a senior art tutor with the Talbot Group, who has long dreamed of getting the clients’ art work properly framed and displayed at an art exhibition for everybody to see. “My work as an art tutor over the past 10 years allows me to show the benefits of practising art, to widen the appreciation and awareness of the whole area of art and to give the opportunity to each and every one of the trainees in our services to

be creative within personal and group projects” she said. “Holding an exhibition of the trainees’ work has been a personal goal of mine for some time and to get such a wonderful exhibition space at Ardgillan Castle is a great achievement,” she continued. “The artists have been working hard over the past five months. We are all looking forward to the exhibition and know that the viewers will be amazed with the technical skills, creativity, and variety on display.” Ardee artist Padraig Lynch, who will be the guest speaker at the exhi-

Andrew Donnelly works on one of his paintings

bition opening, said he was very impressed with the client’s work. “It truly is extraordinary” he said. “I am delighted to be opening

the Talbot Group Art Exhibition – this is an innovative, exciting and inclusive place.” The official opening of the exhibition will

take place on Saturday, November 2, at Ardgillan Castle. It will be open to the public from November 3 until November 21.

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budget 2014 Minister confirms extra €19 million for coming year balbriggan Store set to open its doors

Funding boost for sports clubs  natalie burke

Sports clubs and local communities across Fingal are set to benefit from funding announced recently in Budget 2014, which will see sports clubs benefit from an extra €19 million for the coming year. This will include a new round of Sports Capital Programme funding. It was confirmed last week by the Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, Michael Ring (FG). The news was welcomed locally by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, who said north Dublin communities as well as sports clubs could benefit hugely over the coming year. “Fingal has a diverse

spor ting community with soccer in Swords, cricket in Malahide and rugby in Balbriggan, not to mention several thriving GAA clubs right across the county. This is excellent news for all organisations who rely on the commitment and fundraising efforts of volunteers,” he said. The Sports Capital Programme is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment throughout the country. Clubs and organisations seeking assistance can apply for such funding online. Clubs who were successful in the last round of funding saw significant

changes in their community, according to Deputy Farrell, who said that those who put forward their applications correctly have a “very high probability” of being successful. “For sporting organisations out there, this is really good news.” Deputy Farrell said there are also a lot of benefits to local communities when sporting clubs have the opportunity to spend money. “It would involve intensive labour which means you’re going to have people spending money in the local community on various services associated with construction work so this is a knock on effect,” he said. Cllr Eugene Coppinger (SP) also welcomed the news, saying he is fully

Cllr Eugene Coppinger (SP) says he is fully in favour of funding for community and sports projects

in favour of funding for community and sports projects. “You can’t underestimate the benefits of sport and what it does for the community. For example, take the club I’m involved

in, Clonliffe Harriers. You go down there on a Tuesday or Thursday evening, there are 300 kids training away that aren’t out on the streets. The same would happen with clubs such as Fingal-

lians, Swords Celtic etc. All over the place people are giving their free time getting children and adults involved in sport and keeping them out of mischief. It has a tremendous value,” he said.

A new store integrating both HMV and XtraVision is set to officially open its doors in Balbriggan this weekend. The new store will be one of only three in Dublin to open on Saturday, November 2, along with Ashleaf and Blanchardstown. The new store will bring the HMV experience to parts of the country that have never experienced the brand before and will offer an extensive range of movies to buy and rent, as well as selling music, games and technology. The new Drogheda Street location in Balbriggan will be one of 28 locations around the country that will feature the new dual-branded stores.

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Jim Tynan, Igea Norris, Mary O’Connor and Eddie O’Connor

Malachy Griffin, David Cullen and Barry Savage at The Well Bar and Grill at Lord Mayor’s Swords for a special launch night for JC Supermarket’s Butchers in the Buff charity calendar 2014. They are hoping to raise up to €30,000 in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ireland. Pictures: David O’Shea

The Lord Mayor’s Pub: Calendar launch night Sinead Christian, Brendan Collins and Susan O’Dwyer

Butchers get into the buff for charity

Rob Kennedy, Elaine Hughes and Tommy Kavanagh

Getting a first look at the newly launched calendar

Mariusz Maksymiuk and Paulina Piasecka

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Mark Adams and Carol Byrne pictured at the first look party for Club Baroque, The Wright Venue’s new exclusive rooftop club. The third floor has been redesigned by world renowned architect and designer Marc Dizon, famous for creating spaces for fashion design outlet stores All Saints along with many stateof-the-art venues across the world, including Las Vegas’s biggest and best club, Hakkasan.

Right time, right people, right place – Wright on!

Actor Liam Cunningham

Lynn Ferrari and Dan O’Connell

Frances McQuilan, Belinda McQuillan and Katheryn Ghanem

Avril Kelly Carter and Laura Cooke

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what’son Spook-tacular fun in tayto park house of horrors

Some of the Ballybough Brownies who enjoyed the Irish Girl Guides’ Branching Out Day in Glendalough

a day in the life: hundreds gather in glendalough to share adventure

Guiding girls to learn some lifelong skills  laura webb

HUNDREDS of members of the Irish Girl Guides from across Dublin took to the great outdoors and braved the elements for a day in Glendalough recently. Some 900 Guides, Brownies and Ladybirds from throughout the Eastern region, along with their leaders, recently took part in a Branching Out day. This week, The Gazette takes a look at the day in the life of a girl guide and

talks to Mary Clarke, regional development officer, to see how their adventurous day went. She said: “The first thing the girls had to do was check their gear and make sure they had waterproof clothes, and then we did a safety talk about the outdoors to prepare them. “We got there to Glendalough at about 11am, and then they were divided into groups. “The five- to seven-year-old Ladybirds went on a teddy bear walk, and they had to follow a teddy bear trail.

“The Brownies, aged seven to 11, did a tree trail, and they looked for owls in trees. That was a longer walk. “Then, the Guides, aged 11-15, were separated into two groups; one did a lower walk, of around seven to eight km, and the other group went up Spink [mountain],” she said. The girls also visited the Reefert Church, Round Tower, sensory garden and information centre. The girls were well prepared for the heavy rain that descended at lunchtime and, in true Guiding tradition, the girls

did not let the rainy weather dampen their spirits. Instead, they tested their rain gear and jumped in the puddles. Mary said: “After the trails, we came back to the lakes and we had a big singsong. It was brilliant. We finished up about 4pm. “A day like this is great for the girls, it gets them outdoors and shows them that they are part of a much bigger organisation than just their group that meets every week.” For further information, see www., or call 01 668 3898.

The Tayto Park House of Horrors is back again this year for Halloween and promises to be as spooky and eerie as ever. Up until Sunday, November 3, the Lodge at Tayto Park will be packed full of fun and spooky Halloween activities, “guaranteed to have the scariest and most spine-chilling sights around”. While Tayto Park House of Horrors is recommended for children aged 10 years and over, there are plenty of Halloween-themed activities for people of all ages.

Free events There will be free face painting, spooky storytelling, balloon modelling and magic shows with fun and games for all. Entrance to the House of Horrors is €4 after purchasing a general admission ticket to Tayto Park, and runs between 10am and 5pm. For further information on Tayto Park and its creepy House of Horrors, check out

Before and after ... Senator David Norris, who shaved off his beard live on Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy Show

A close shave WHILE thousands of men get ready to grow a beard for cancer, one prominent politician has decided to do the opposite. Senator David Norris has graced the political scene with a full-grown beard for 40 years. He was in the Today FM radio studio with presenter Ray D’Arcy last week to carry out a pre-election promise he made to voters in the run-up to the Seanad Referendum. Before the vote, he told D’Arcy listeners that he would shave his beard off if people voted against abolishing the Seanad. Senator Norris, who was diagnosed with can-


‘Oh God... Mother of God – isn’t that dreadful? I look like a bank manager’


Senator David Norris, on seeing his face after shaving off his trademark beard on-air to help fundraise for cancer research -------------------------------------------------------

cer a number of months ago, remained true to his word and kept his promise by shaving off his beard and hair. On revealing his new look live on air, the senator said: “Oh God... Mother of God – isn’t that dreadful? I look like a bank manager!” So far, the shave has raised €18,270.81 for charity. All monies raised will go to Today FM’s Shave or Dye cam-

paign, which benefits the Irish Cancer Society, 50% of which will be allocated to Professor John Crown’s Cancer Research Trust.

KNICKERS NICKED AT SANDYFORD IT’S usually a scene in the movies – someone goes for a dip in the sea, only to return to find their clothes no longer there, and someone skulking away from the







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fails to diminish Norris’s sense of fun scene of the crime. For several women swimming at Sandycove recently, this became a reality. The regular swimmers were going about their daily business – in their swimwear, of course – but upon returning to the place where they had stashed their clothes, they were surprised to find that not all their clothing was there. Their smalls were so small that they couldn’t be seen, in fact, they were ... gone. A regular swimmer told The Diary that two men had been spotted in the vicinity of the undergarments just minutes before the ladies returned, and it’s most

likely the men made off with the intimate pieces. The ladies remained stoical about the mysterious turn of events, and brushed off the theft as a silly prank, vowing to carry on taking their regular dips.

2,000 ENTER BT COMPETITION MORE students than ever are taking part in the BT Young Scientist and Techonology Exhibition, with a recordbreaking 2,000 ideas being submitted for the 50th competition. The competition will celebrate its milestone anniversary in January. BT Ireland announced that this will be the biggest ever, with 2,000

ideas submitted by 4,418 students. BT, which has organised the exhibition for 14 years, has evolved the exhibition every year to engage as many young people as possible in the areas of science, technology, engineering, maths, innovation and commercialisation. Major progress made over the years includes a tripling of project entries; a new “commercialisation boot camp”; a financial bursary to assist participating schools; and a growing array of science and technology exhibits, events and special acts that attract thousands of visitors. There are more than 120 awards, including

the overall BT Young Scientist and Technologist of the Year. For further information, see

EXPLORING ANNE FRANK’S LIFE A FREE exhibition presenting the life of Anne Frank is taking place at Dublin City Library on Pearse Street until December 11. The Anne Frank+You exhibition is a dramatic multimedia exhibition presenting the short and tragic life of the Jewish schoolgirl and her family during the Nazi occupation of Europe. Including quotations from the German s c h o o l g i r l ’s f a m o u s

diary, which was written while she and her family lived in hiding in Amsterdam from 1942 until 1944, the exhibition also includes a photo album, replica artefacts from Anne’s life and the Holocaust, and an almost life-size replica of Anne’s room in the Secret Annex. Published by her father after her death in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the diary has inspired millions of people, including Nelson Mandela, during his own incarceration. The exhibition is recommended for adults and children over the age of 10 and is on display at Dublin City Library and Archives Explore Anne Frank’s life, courtesy of Dublin City Library on Pearse Street.


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Movember is on everyone’s lips

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Br ave men across Dublin are getting geared up this month to offer their upper lips as billboards for men’s health.

Movember is back for its sixth annual campaign in Ireland and will see thousands of Irish Mo Bros starting the month clean shaven, and spending the remainder of the month

rocking their choice of a Mercury, Lemmy or Zappa, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. The money raised in Ireland will go to the Irish Cancer Society and the Movember Foundation’s global research initiative GAP. Girls can play their part in Movember too by becoming Mo Sistas. Mo Sistas organise events, fundraise or simply support the men in their life by encouraging them to grow for the month.

Last year 17,250 Mo Bros and Sistas raised over €2.1 million for men’s health in Ireland. This year, Generation Mo will see a host of famous faces join the campaign, including Irish rugby international and Leinster player C i a n H e a l y, C o r o nas frontman Danny O’Reilly, MMA champions Cathal Pendred and Chris Fields and sporting funny men Ger Gilroy and Dave McIntyre from Newstalk’s Off The Ball. Speaking about his

plans for Movember, Danny O’Reilly said it is great to be part of Generation Mo. “Who wouldn’t want to be part of something where men’s health takes centre stage for an entire month? “I’m looking forward to rocking out a Mo for the first time ever. “Remember to register at, and don’t Mo alone, get the lads involved and show your support for men’s health.” For more details go to

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Mark Leddy From Wicklow, vocals, Brian Lynam from Clonsilla, guitar, Gary Sullivan from Monkstown (drums and backing vocals), Keith Geraghty from Dun Laoghaire, bass, Tim Boland from Sandymount, guitar and keyboard. Picture: Rob Howard

campaign: Friends of Emmet

Band on song to stop suicide  Ian Begley

Irish Band Friends of Emmet have actively been involved in campaigning for the prevention of suicide and bullying in Ireland. The band members, who are all from Dublin, have been appealing to the Government to print suicide prevention logos and information in student’s homework journals in every secondary school across Ireland. B a s s p l ay e r w i t h Friends of Emmet Keith Geraghty, who hails from Dun Laoghaire, believes that this initiative will have a very positive effect in the prevention of suicide in Ireland. “It will cost the Government nothing to do, and if they print a 24-hour helpline, suicide prevention logo and a website address on the inside cover of the journals, it will be at the fingertips of the students five days a week, for eight months of the year.

“I’m currently working with Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins, where we’re trying to get the Government to provide a YANA club [a club that deals with bullying, suicide prevention and depression issues] for every Transition Year class in Ireland for September 2014.” Survived

Friends of Emmet’s hit song and music video Coming Apart features a strong element of suicide awareness, and is a tribute to a young man, Kevin Hines, who sur vived a suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin has since become a ver y good friend of the band, and has gone on tour around different colleges with them in America, where he talked about his experiences dealing with depression and the multitude of negative effects that suicide has. The idea to campaign for YANA clubs in Ireland came from schools

in New York and Canada, who asked Friends of Emmet if they could use their song Coming Apart for student videos highlighting depression, bullying and suicide. A number of Friends of Emmet’s tracks have been featured across a various range of TV shows in America and the UK, including Eastenders, MTV’s Jersey Shore and Hollyoaks, who have a combined viewership of 60 million. “We also did a BBC London session last week and are getting plays on BBC Ulster with David O’Reilly,” said Keith. “We are receiving between 30 to 40 plays from Irish radio stations weekly, which is not bad for a band who are unsigned and have yet to release their debut album.” Friends of Emmet’s debut album State of Mind will officially be released on March 21, 2014, and they will play in the Sugar Club in Dublin on March 22.


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dun Laoghaire: company has a magic vision

Plan to spruce up laneways aims to attract visitors A DUN Laoghaire based company is hoping to boost footfall in the area by creating more visually artistic laneways across the seaside town. Magic Vision is a small business based in Anglesea Lane. The company, a supplier of commercial and residential window film and graphics, has grown in recent times. Set up by local entrepreneur Derek O’Donnell it now employs three full time staff and two sub contractors on a full time basis. According to Magic Vision’s business development manager Hugh Green, it is the vision o f t h e c o m p a ny t o “enhance the lanes” in Dun Laoghaire with artistic visuals and bios of all the local artists, musicians, poets, writers and celebrities from the area. “The idea is to increase footfall in Dun Laoghaire through local interest and tourists. The local council and businesses have shown great interest in the idea, which may lead to the other lanes around the county being enhanced.

“We officially opened t h e s h ow r o o m a n d the initiative last night [October 23]. It is really to spruce up the lanes. T here are so many lanes in Dun Laoghaire and there are so many famous people from Dun Laoghaire – it’s really to get more tourists in. “The county council said they would put in CCTV to protect the art we have here. We have a showroom, an office and a production department in our lane. The council gave us the go ahead to paint all the walls. As you walk down the lane it is all motion activated so it lights up. We have Ronnie Drew and others with bios, so when you walk down it comes up, you read it and it clicks off, you go a bit further and it happens again. People really need to see it for themselves,” he said. The company is now asking for anyone with information of well know n people from the area to get in touch to discuss inclusion in future ventures. For further info on Magic Vision see: www.

Magic Vision aims to “increase footfall in Dun Laoghaire through local interest and tourists”

Dalkey Handmade Soaps will be for sale at the DLR Winter Fair

Scrub up: family and friendship product ‘healthy for skin’

Dalkey Handmade Soaps set to debut A NEW local business in Dalkey is set to make its debut next week, when it sells its handmade soaps for the first time at the upcoming DLR Winter Fair. Dalkey Handmade Soaps began just four months ago when friends Angela O’Reilly and Val Ryan came together to form their new business. Having met when their children were playing with each other on a beach, both ladies have been friends for over 10 years and have since turned their love for handmade soaps into a brand new business venture. The two Dalkey natives enjoyed buying soaps in the markets when on holiday in France, but

the weight restrictions on luggage eventually encouraged them to start making their own. “After a trip to France and seeing the natural soaps that were on sale in the markets, we were really inspired. They’re made with totally natural ingredients, lots of olive oil and cocoa butter and essential oils. We would always bring some home for each other and we always loved it as a product,” explained Angela. After learning about soap-making through studying and attending tutorials in France, the pair finally opened their business during the summer of 2013. “The tutorials were where our techniques were learnt. Then we

came back and started trying out new fragrances from our workshop in Dalkey, using all natural products. When we decided on our final six recipes, the next step was to send them off for assessment in the UK.” After waiting for the results from the assessment, it wasn’t long before Dalkey Handmade Soaps got under way. “Since we first started working in our workshop, it’s taken about four months to get where we are today. Because we had the deadline of the winter fair, we decided to commit ourselves to that timeframe. It really gave us the focus to push to be up and ready and to start selling in time for Christmas. We wanted to make

the most of the Christmas selling time and it’s been great to have had that focus.” Angela and Val made the decision to feature their products at the local fair, in an effort to kick the business off locally. “We are making the products in Dalkey and we both live there. So we thought that because this is our local craft fair, what better place to do it?” The soap-making business is also a bit of a family affair. While Angela’s father makes the timber moulds for the soaps, the lavender and poppy seeds come from her mother’s garden in Wexford. It’s Val’s husband Tony that has designed the business logo and packaging and who is currently working

on a website for the new business. With the winter fair just days away, Angela says she is encouraging people from across Dublin to check out their new products. “If people are interested in healthy eating and healthy living, they should also be interested in putting healthy stuff on their skin too. There is a growing concern of what is used in mass produced products, but our soaps are made just down the road and they’re local.” Dalkey Handmade Soaps will feature at the DLR Winter Fair, which will be held at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel in Killiney from Thursday November 7 until Sunday, November 10.

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OUT&ABOUT Never be out of the loop on what’s happening in Dublin! Let Out&About be your guide to all that is stylish, cultural and essential across the city and beyond this week




THIS IS ONE BUDDY YOU WON’T WANT TO LEAVE WITHOUT A GREAT HOME THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Buddy. Buddy is a fantastic two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. He can be a bit shy, but once you get to know him, you will see he has a lot of love to give.

Maria (Katie Hall) and Tony (Louis Maskell) hit some high notes in West Side Story, which is running until November 6; right, Hall


Katie’s keen on dream role


THE cast of West Side Story have touched down on Irish soil and are bringing their musical to Dublin. A worldwide success, the story is New York’s version of Romeo and Juliet set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It explores the rivalry between two teenage gangs, one white, and the other Puerto Rican. Tony falls for Maria and the feud takes a new journey. The show, which was first staged in 1957 was later made into an award winning film in 1961. Its now famous score includes: Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty.

Playing Maria is Katie Hall, who graced the stage of Bord Gais Theatre last year when Phantom of the Opera came to town. Speaking to the Gazette before the show lands, Katie said playing her character was a dream she never thought would happen. “I am a white blonde girl and playing a Puerto Rican – I never thought it would happen. I have always sung Maria’s songs but I never thought I would be able to play it because of the way I look. I had wanted to but never thought it possible,” she told The Gazette. Asked about her transformation she said there is a bit of pruning involved. “I have to have a weekly spray tan

and a dark brown wig, so yes there is quite a lot of maintenance involved.” Playing such different characters, such as Christine in Phantom of the Opera and now Maria in West Side Story, is part of the reason she loves her job so much. “It is so exciting to play such different characters. Maria and Christine are so utterly different. They are both young girls with different issues at different stages in their lives. “I have to speak with an accent in this show, so that has been a challenge. With the musicals I have done, Phantom [of the Opera] and Les Miserable, they are all songs throughout, there is no real script with it, with this I have loads of lines which I am really enjoying,” she said.

For audiences thinking about heading to the show this week, Katie said people can expect nothing more than a great show, but tissues are a must. “The audience can expect to be wowed by the music, and the cast is just amazing. The most exciting thing in it is the dancing, I wish I could do more. “Audiences should also bring a packet of tissues because it is quite a sad story. “People who come along are hopefully really moved by it and I hope they think they have witnessed something really special.” West Side Story runs until November 6 at Bord Gais Energy Theatre see: for ticket details.

A favourite A lot of the staff at Dogs Trust call him their favourite, but he would love that special someone to call his own, and a place he can call home. If you think you can offer Buddy a home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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Suzanne Jackson’s lifestyle bible, So Sue Me, has hit the shelves

So Sue us for loving Jackson’s beauty bible  laura webb

It’s the beauty book that many Irish fashion followers have been waiting to get their hands on and now Suzanne Jackson’s lifestyle bible, So Sue Me, has hit the shelves. The celebrated Irish blogger has put in fashion and beauty items such as make-up reviews, beauty tips, skincare routines, hair-care and styling advice. She answers styling questions on her own wardrobe for various outings, making fashion trends work and how to shop for special occasions. Her blog attracts over 400,000 readers a month, so it’s likely that this book is going to attract some attention on the book shelves over the coming months.

Suzanne is a former beauty therapist and makeup artist who has also worked in HR, modelling and most recently in radio. She presented for Diet Coke TV and regularly features on TV3’s expose and Ireland AM. Go-to guide

Proud of the finished product, she told Gazette Style that she didn’t want it to be a full-on book but more a go-to style guide. “It is not time for an autobiography as such, it is more a how to guide on beauty, fashion and blogging, just something that is easy to read. I have never been into books, so the last thing I wanted to do was produce something that I am not even into myself. That is why it’s a ‘how-to’. It relates back to my blog.

“My blog does well, so I knew I had to put what I put on my blog into a book. “This was something I thought of doing down the line, when the publishers contacted me I didn’t think I had a story to tell. “When I met with the editor and the publisher it turned out that, God, I actually did have something to talk about. I am asked daily how I started blogging, how to crack the industry, what’s the best way to get the blog out there, there are so many questions I am asked that I thought – actually there is a book in this. “It’s been a long process and I got the first copy in my hand last two weeks ago. It was so surreal. I felt really proud, nervous and so many emotions,” she said. Her style icons of the

moment include Nicole Scherzinger and Victoria Beckham for her classic and simple styling. “Victoria oozes class. It’s simple and that is the thing about fashion, it’s about the basics – a t-shirt, blazer, jeans a nice pair of boots and you just look a million dollars.” For anyone who is thinking about getting this book for fashionista’s in their lives, why not head down to one of her book signings in Eason’s. The next one is in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre on Saturday, November 2 and then in Blanchardstown Centre on November 16. This book, published by Blackwater Press, is out now in Eason’s and bookshops nationwide. It is also available online at Suzanne’s blog,


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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (G, 90 mins)

A sweet film for the family FAMILIES will tuck into this pretty lively tale as Flint – the inventor with the best of intentions, but the worst of ideas – has to deal with the unexpected fallout of his new invention: an island of talking food, a lot of which is hungry! It’s a berry entertaining tale, even if the plot is a bit bananas at times ...

Another day, another battlefield ... Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself fighting one of Asgard’s most dangerous and ancient threats, which now poses a grave problem for our world, too – oh, and the rest of the universe, unless he and his Norse brethren can prevent a doomsday weapon’s activation ... Captain Philips (12A, 134 mins)

Hanks for the timely story WITH Somalian pirates continuing to pose a real danger to passing ships, Tom Hanks’s new film offers a well-presented look at this risk that some vessels still face. Similar to the Danish film, A Hijacking, earlier this year, Hanks’s tense tale sees the actor back on form, in a generally gripping film.

Ender’s Game (12A, 114 mins)

One to avoid LAST and least, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley take the money and run in this ho-hum sci-fi film – a genre The Gazette normally loves, but this film ... To help defend Earth after a devastating war with aliens, children are trained to run our space fleets, and – oh, that’s the Ender!

thor: the dark world: the gods return for another galactic ding-dong

It’s hammer time ... again  stephen higgins

IN Thor: The Dark World, we return to the mythical world of Asgard, and its most famous son, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) – the Norse god of thunder. A myriad problems have engulfed Asgard, some of which occur offscreen. Before shooting had even begun on The Dark World, “creative differences” – a most feared saboteur, struck the first blow to our ageless superhero. After the critical and commercial success of Marvel’s Thor (which made $449 million worldwide), a sequel was inevitable. However, in the summer of 2011, Kenneth Branagh decided against a return to the director’s chair. The Belfast native wasn’t keen on another exhaustive trek into

Film of the Week:

Thor: The Dark World hhhh (12A) 112 mins Director: Alan Taylor Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, a threat to the whole universe ...

OUR VERDICT: YE GODS! Hollywood could have fumbled the sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable first film, but – a number of plot issues and weak casting aside – Thor: TDW is another enjoyable film. Some charismatic and likeable actors help create an interesting film. It’s no surprise that, with Thor, the god of thunder, back to lead the film, lightning has struck twice with this entertaining film.

Norse mythology and CGI effects so soon after the first film. Patty Jenkins, best known for directing Monster, stepped into the breach in October of that year. Production issues put paid to her helming after only two months. Step forward Alan Taylor – a co-executive producer of Game of Thrones. In The Dark World, Taylor has helmed an enjoyable, if somewhat flawed follow-up. The film opens with

a dramatic narration by Thor’s father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). He recalls the ancient battle between the soldiers of Asgard, and a race known as the Dark Elves, led by a typically evil leader, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston). Long ago, Malekith attempted to destroy the universe with an extraordinary weapon called the Aether. Unfortunately for this precocious super-villain, the Asgardian army defeated his forces, and

nicked his Aether. Malekith then disappeared without trace. We are then brought to the present, where, due to some extraordinary events, the Aether is discovered on Earth by Thor’s love interest, Jane (Natalie Portman). Malekith, presumably after finishing catching up with Breaking Bad on TV and completing the Grand Theft Auto V game, returns from exile to reclaim the Aether, and, once again, to try to destroy the universe. As you may have guessed, it’s up to our hammer-throwing hero, along with his Asgardian allies and untrustworthy brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to stop him ... Thor: The Dark World has quite a lot going for it. The cast is well chosen, and generally quite likeable.

Hemsworth is impressive in the lead role. He occupies a nice middle ground between Christian Bale’s intensity and Rober t Downey Jr’s comic flair. Hiddleston is again excellent as Loki, Thor’s jealous and scheming brother. There are also solid supporting performances from Idris Elba, Rene Russo, and, as per usual, Anthony Hopkins. However, the standout performance comes from Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. An accomplished actress for quite some time, Portman’s Foster exudes the intelligence, feistiness and beauty that just might lead an alien god across the universe for a cup of coffee. Praise should also go to the visuals, which are always stylish, and often stunning. You’re probably tired of seeing films laden

with special effects, but The Dark World shows how spectacular they can be, particularly during a haunting funeral scene. Needless to say, it doesn’t all work. The plot becomes convoluted and redundant as the action heightens. Bryan Tyler’s score is too generic and forgettable. There are also some casting mishaps. Christopher Eccleston is wasted as the uninspired and lifeless Malekith. Kat Dennings is particularly grating as Jane’s colleague, Darcy, while Chris O’Dowd’s role as another suitor for Jane is just pointless. Nevertheless, Thor: The Dark World is an enjoyable, stylish, and surprisingly engaging superhero film. And – by the way – remember to stay through the end credits for an extremely peculiar cameo!

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MUSIC REVIEW: montreal’s finest return with sprawling set

Fire burning in all new kinds of ways COMING back after the album that made you an overnight sensation to a mainstream who previously never knew your name always has a certain danger about it. Winning two Grammy awards, including Best Album in 2011 for the stillmagnificent The Suburbs, touring the world with one of the best shows of the last five years and gathering new fans by the hundreds of thousands in the process, there has been nothing but utter fascination surrounding where Arcade Fire would go next. In what has been a gradually-building hype avalanche over the release of Reflektor - from random, chalk-drawn symbols in cities all over the world to a post-Saturday Night Live half-hour special containing three new songs, some interesting cameos and some “comedy” skits - the dam broke last week when the album leaked, possibly courtesy of a record shop in Kilkenny who put the record on their shelves a day early. In any event, the “leak”, such as it was, precipitated the bursting of the dam and the release to YouTube of an 85-minute lyric video of the entire record, before streams were released for everyone to hear. Taken away from the internet context, and listened to intently - as all records should be - the impor tant questions appear. Is it the deserved

Arcade Fire return to the arena with a lengthy set demonstrating their familiarity with a number of genres

 ROB heigh

follow-up to three of the best alt-rock records of the last decade? Is it another example of the too-long double-album syndrome? Is it a triumph of hype over substance? The answers to those questions are - Possibly, definitely and certainly not. Reflektor is possibly the only way that Arcade Fire could have developed without repeating themselves. Bringing

in James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem was a flag that this might be an entirely new direction, and the lead single, with its dance rhythyms and David Bowie vocal was an outline, but not a complete picture, of how the album would develop. There is a new, looser, groovier feel to the music on offer here, bringing to mind Remain In Light era Talking Heads, not the out-and-out disco that Reflektor (the single) and Murphy’s presence might have suggested would be prevalent. Here Comes The Nighttime’s frenetic Haitian drum patterns slacken off to a slow, almost dub pace and an irresistable melody hook

that you’ll be whistling for weeks. Normal Person gives us a rockier, more familiar Fire, with Bowie’s presence felt in the saxophone lines and guitar fills around the chorus, and the glam rock stomp of Joan Of Arc is far, far away from the dancebased direction people were clearly expecting. The Beatles-y Awful Sound and slow-electro thrum of Porno are utterly unexpected, and all the more welcome for it. Reflektor is, however, too long - some judicious pruning would bring the record in at around the 55-minute mark, leaving some quirky offcuts for b-sides that didn’t need to

make the final cut - Flashbulb Eyes and You Should Know standing out for the skip button. That is not to say that the record is in any way a disappoinment. It’s a document of a band whose particular cachet and recorded output to date give them the space to improvise and experiment with their sound and style. There is an ocean of sound here to float in and become part of your life by osmosis, and it will be fascinating to see how the band bring the record to life alongside their undoubted canon of classics next month as they play small stages across Europe.



Listening material for the eyes and brain CHRISTMAS is closing in, and just in time comes a clutch of classy and classic books to inform, educate and entertain the music lover in your life. Towering above them all is former St Etienne member Bob Stanley’s epic treatise on modern pop, Yeah Yeah Yeah. With 800 immaculately informed and presented pages of history of the form over the last 60 years of pop, encompassing the birth of rock, soul, punk, disco, hip hop, indie, house and techno. There’s a fierce intelligence matched by a deep love of music that makes this essential reading on long winter nights by the stereo, and paired with David Byrne’s masterful tome, How Music Works, form a magnificent lesson in how music came to be in the shape it stands today. Another great historical tome is Facing The Wrong Way, a history of the iconic record label 4AD, the home to acts as diverse as The Pixies, Throwing Muses and The Cocteau Twins. Wrapped in a delicious sleeve designed by the man who was as responsible for the label’s mystique as the bands who graced its grooves, Vaughan Oliver, Facing... is the story of a time and place in music, with the label establishing its place in the hearts and minds of a certain breed of music lover throughout the Eighties. Rounding out this round up is a perfectly formed memoir on the Madchester scene from one of the key bands at the time, the Inspiral Carpets. In Carpet Burns, singer Tom Hingley recounts the experience of being one of the three bands, along with The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, that changed music for a whole generation. Tom is in town this week, playing a solo acoustic show at the Thomas House at 8pm on Friday, November 1, a show set to feature an array of the classic pop moments Tom and the band created including This is How It Feels, Dragging You Down and Saturn Five, as well as trackes from his solo album, Sand.


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theatre THE PAVILION THEATRE 01 231 2929 The Deep

CONTINUING The Pavilion’s eclectic range of arts content, its cinema club presents The Deep. Based on a true story of a fishing ship’s sinking off Iceland, and the subsequent postrescue study of its lone survivor, The Deep is likely to echo with many Irish viewers, given our ties to the sea. The film is at 8pm on November 4; tickets are priced €7.50/6.50.

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Jackula

CHILDREN are likely to say “Fangs very much” for tickets to this show, which tells the little-known story of Dracula’s younger brother, Jacula, determined to be famous in his own right. Join Jackula for magic tricks, juggling and games in a show suitable for four to 12-year-olds. Join Jackula at 2pm on November 3, with admission priced €7.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477

Romeo & Juliet Session SHAKESPEARE’S classic gets a modern twist as The Bard himself directs modern actors to tell his tale of doomed love ... At least, until the actors argue about the play, and key plots and themes are analysed, adding extra dimensions to the play. The session is on November 4 at 10.30am and 1.30pm, with tickets priced €14.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 The Cruel Sea

RETURNING to the theme of a filmic study of life and death at sea, Draiocht’s film club presents The Cruel Sea – the 1951 classic that follows a corvette on escort duty in the Atlantic during the second World War. The challenge of command comes to the fore in the gripping film, which plays at 7.30pm on November 6, priced €5/€3 (€7 for non-members).



Candid life story is creme de la menthe  BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN

ACTOR David Jason, most famous for his portrayal of everyone’s favourite Cockney, Del Boy, in the popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses, has just released his autobiography, entitled simply, My Life. From his earliest memories in war-torn London as a five-year-old, Jason fills this memoir with honest recollections imbued with a remarkable degree of detail that transport the reader back to the London Blitz, his 1950s schooldays, the Swinging Sixties and beyond. Jason seems not only to recall everything from his childhood, but he remembers all of the attendant feelings that went with them. The first part of the book, recollecting his childhood and early adulthood is the most enjoyable. It is full of a fired-up energy of youth and it is the story of Jason’s rise from Cockney geezer, involved in a few scrapes with the law, to TV star and one of the most recognisable faces in entertainment in Britain and Ireland. Like Elvis Presley, David Jason was born a twin but the other baby was stillborn. He stopped growing at 14, and remained 5’6” for the rest of his life. In the autobiography, he is very open about how his height influenced his personality, and the trials

he suffered as a result of it. He became “the funny one” in his group, and was particularly famous for his impersonations of teachers at his school. The reader accompanies Jason on his juvenile adventures, of which there are many. Jason began his acting career by accident when the lead in the school play got the measles and he was strenuously “volunteered” by the headmaster to step in. He did as he was told, though he was fearful of how it would affect his credibility among the lads in his gang. To his surprise, all of his friends showed up on opening night to support the young actor.

Incognito This led to his joining a youth theatre group, called Incognito, but his motivation was not yet theatrical ambition – but lust! There was an abundance of girls in the group, and the coordinator needed more boys to do the male parts. Jason stayed in this amateur company for 14 years, still thinking the whole acting thing was a hobby ... When he left school at 15, his parents told him, in no uncertain terms, that he had to get a real job. He ended up setting up his own business and, at 21, decided to try his hand at acting before he was too old. His journey was one

of very hard slog, full of a variety of non-stop theatre roles and panto performances, lasting years, before Jason eventually got his first TV job in Crossroads. However, the best was yet to come in the 80s, when Only Fools and Horses launched him into the stratosphere, with an audience of more than 23 million viewers at its height. Writer John Sullivan did not want Jason for the part of Del Boy, as he saw him as an actor who played life’s losers. Nicholas Lyndhurst and Lennard Pearce were already in place to play Rodney and Grandad, respectively. Yet, when Jason read a scene with these two, it was obvious to Sullivan that he was perfect for the part. The rest is TV history. Jason is also extremely honest about his personal life in the memoir, specifically his reluctance to commit as his priority was always his career. He finally settled down and was married to Myfanwy Talog, a Welsh woman, for 18 years. She died of breast cancer in 1995. Jason went on to meet a floor manager at Yorkshire TV, named Gill, to whom he is now married and has his only child, Sophie. David Jason’s, My Life, published by Century, is available at all good bookshops, priced €15.99.

As television’s best-loved Cockney plonker, David Jason AKA Del Boy has written an engaging, candid memoir in his autobiography, My Life

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TV star has whole lotta love for Seat

Audi has launched a saloon version of its A3 premium compact car


Audi adds buckets of appeal to its new A3  CORMAC CURTIS

THERE was a time when Audi was considered the poor cousin of the premium German marques of Mercedes-Benz and BMW – but those days are gone. It wasn’t all that long ago when Audi were still chasing the pack in terms of innovation and reliability instead of leading it. Somewhere along the way, the company took a significant shift in its approach and poured their resources into developing their next generation of cars. Audi has established itself as a brand for real drivers that demand the highest standards. What really impresses me, is the fact that their new approach is not just concentrated on the executive level – after all,

why waste all that effort for your other lines to be considered simply ordinary? No, here we see all the innovation, development, build quality and drivability that you would expect in the cars far above the price range. The most recent addition to the Audi fleet on Irish roads is the wonderful A3 Saloon. This marks the company’s first entry into the world’s largest segment, the compact saloon – but one thing you don’t feel in this car is compact. Where BMW tried and failed to have the 1 series established as a classleading saloon, Audi have succeeded. They have taken everything that has made the A3 the popular car that it is, and given it more. There’s more room,

more power, more space, more efficiency and much, much more to look at. In terms of room, the boot’s carrying capacity amounts to 425 litres with the seats up – 45 litres more than the A3 Sportback. Naturally, this capacity can be increased by folding down the split rear seat backs. Let’s talk about the power. The model I tested came with a 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine coupled to an S-Tronic automatic gearbox – with 140 bhp and an acceleration of 0-100km/h of just 8.4 seconds. The interior space simply feels too big to be part of the A3 family. I would not be described as slight-of-build, and I regularly feel the pinch of narrow, sporty seats – but the room and comfort on offer in the A3 is

delightful. Elsewhere in the interior, from the construction of the bodyshell to the seating upholstery the A3 has all the attraction of its much more expensive stablemates. The interactive driver controls, and all the important points of contact just fill the driver with confidence as each and every one boat exceptional build quality. Nowadays every car needs to impress with fuel efficiency stats, and this is no different. Audi have shaved about as much weight off this car as is possible, and at a meagre 1,205kg for the 1.4 TFSI, this is not a bulky machine. Audi uses many hotformed steel parts in the passenger compartment for low weight and maximum strength, and the aluminium bonnet and

front suspension subframe also help to lighten the load. As a result, this is a car that sips just 4.7 litres of petrol for every 100km driven, boasts emissions of 109g per km, all of which puts it in tax band A – meaning road tax cost of a mere €109 per year. The looks of this car tell their own story. It is refined, with a strong presence. The short overhang at each corner let you know it means business. Clean lines, crisp edges, simply beautiful LED headlight clusters all combine to give this car a definition all of its own. The range starts at just under €30,000, nowhere near the cost of any executive saloon, and for that you get a lot of car. An awful lot of car indeed.

IT has been winning over audiences with its gritty plot lines and familiar Dublin settings for four seasons, and this week, Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan collected the keys to his all new SEAT Leon in Dublin City centre. The actor will drive the FR race inspired version of the all new SEAT Leon as the entire country immerses itself in the fourth season of the hit series. According to Laurence: “I am proud to be a new brand ambassador for SEAT. I am already a fan of the brand, the first car I ever drove was a SEAT and I have had two SEATs since. I’m really impressed with the new Leon FR model. It is a stylish looking car, great to drive and functional too.” In his role as a SEAT brand ambassador, Laurence will also host workshops for up and coming actors in SEAT dealerships around the country. For more information, visit

Love/Hate star Laurence Kinlan

POLL SHOWS CARS AT TOP OF HAPPINESS LIST: CONSUMERS in Ireland would sacrifice almost everything before their cars if they faced financial difficulty. In fact 92% of respondents to the SMILES Index on driver happiness say that their car is essential to their way of life. But not everyone is happy on the road and overall 73% of us complain about fuel costs, rising to 82% of drivers in Connaught. And cars are no longer toys for boys with 92% of women saying they are happy to attempt to repair their husband’s car. Highlighting our attachment to our motors, just 3% of consumers would get rid of their car first if faced with financial

difficulty. But consumers would ruthlessly drop holidays (48%) household luxuries (24%), TV packages (13%), and gadgets (11%) before getting rid of the car if faced with financial difficulties. In fact the only thing we seem to like more than our cars is our mobile phones. Just 1.6% of respondents would drop their phone first in order to cut back on costs. These findings were published recently by insurance provider Their new SMILES Index researches driver behaviour to see what makes people happy about motoring in Ireland. To take part in the campaign drivers are asked to submit their happy motoring stories at

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THE Mai Samui five-star resort in Thailand is a stylish hideaway situated on the tropical island of Koh Samui – one of Thailand’s most popular destinations. Ideally located on Samui’s west coast on one of the most picturesque yet secluded beaches, it is well suited for couples and young families. And, if you’re thinking of planning a late getaway before the end of the year, Tropical Sky is offering a seven-night stay at the exotic resort at a reduced price, meaning it costs just €1,389 per person – a saving of €480 if you travel between November 1 and December 19. The price is based on two adults sharing a deluxe room on a B&B basis, with return scheduled flights from Dublin, and the price includes transfers. For further information and other offers to Thailand, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean destinations, see www., or call 01 664 9999.

The welcoming exterior of the charming boutique hotel, Dukes Hotel, in the St James district of London, which offers women-only floors

england: tourist board celebrates iconic character with a range of breaks

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SOME 17 years after we last saw Bridget Jones in action, Helen Fielding’s heroine has returned once again in a third book, Mad About the Boy. Released in recent weeks, t h e book

revisits the world of Bridget Jones, who is now in her late 40s, single again, and still looking for love. In a tribute to the ultimate English rose, English tourist board VisitEngland has rounded up some of the best experiences around England that are ideal for a single ladies’ getaway – some as seen in the ultimate chick flick ...

Going solo If you fancy exploring England without a travelling companion, going solo is becoming the trendiest form of travelling. And, perhaps inspired by Bridget herself, hotels are them-

selves going an extra step in their effort to make females feel at home by offering women-only floors and rooms with more feminine touches, stocked complete with magazines and hairstraighteners. Dukes Hotel at St James in London (€315 per room, per night) has women-only floors and has recently welcomed its first female bartender to the world-famous Dukes bar. The Capital Hotel and Apartments in London (€290 per room, per night) has created a list of local restaurants and bars particularly recommended for solo female travellers, while The Chester GrosYes, you could just slouch at home in frumpy PJs like Bridget here – but wouldn’t you rather have a lovely break in England instead?

venor in Cheshire in the north west of England (€155 per room, per night) has a special female chauffeur service that may be particularly appreciated by women staying alone. For further information, see Small Luxury Hotels of the World at www.slh. com.

Looking for love For those looking for love in the capital, the Victoria and Albert Museum – an art and design hotspot – hosts monthly late night events which are a good place to start. Full of potential Mark Darcys (and, of course, the odd Daniel Cleaver), the evenings feature live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays and guest DJs, and are held on the last Friday in every month (except December).

While you’re there, check out the Pearls exhibition – which continues until next January, and explores the beauty and allure of pearls, or the Club 2 Catwalk exhibition, exploring the fashion decade of the 80s. For further information, see

Lose 20lbs If, like Bridget, you’re forever resolving to lose that stubborn 20lbs, forget the gym – girls are more likely to find success with gruelling exercise at a hard-core boot camp. Guaranteed inch-loss is promised at boot camps run by Wild Fitness on the Isle of Wight. The three-day “Energiser” course is held at Northcourt – a beautiful, old and quirky English manor, with three group training sessions per day, and a series of stress-busting activities.

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TRAVEL St Paul’s Bay, Malta

centuries, as well as contemporary exhibitions – and is also a great place to meet some of the city’s most

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fashionable people (yes, including male fashionistas) at its monthly late night events

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London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is home to some beautiful fashion collections from throughout the

Close to London by train, Oxfordshire’s Bicester village is home to discount shopping from a range of top international designers and niche labels, making it a shopping magnet for any fashion-conscious gal

for single ladies

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The package costs €850 per person for a shared standard room, or €1,100 per person for a single standard room. For further information, see

Girls night In For some rejuvenation with the girls, check out the Friday Girls Night In package at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Spa, Chester. This good old-fashioned girly sleepover includes a beauty treatment, sparkling wine, chocolates and a selection of chick flicks – including, of course, Bridget Jones’ Diary. Even better, Saturday morning offers the chance to unwind and enjoy a dip in the onsite jacuzzi and thermal suites.

The package costs €140 per person. For further information, see www.doubletreechester.

LBDs, big knickers and Christmas jumpers Go in search of the perfect LBD and all-important Jones-style undergarments at Oxfordshire’s Bicester village – an hour by train from London. Here, you’ll find Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Burberry and Vivienne Westwood, as well as niche British labels and international designers at a minimum discount of 30% on the original price. For further information, see Alternatively, for a Mark Darcy-inspired Christmas jumper, check

If you’re not a singleton like Bridget and are visiting England with your own version of Mark Darcy, there are a wealth of activities for taken (or single) women alike, ensuring a great holiday wherever you roam

out London’s Beyond Retro on Brick Lane. Each year, this vintage institution celebrates the festive season with an array of classic winter warmers, where jumpers start from €16. For further information, see

Location, location, location The beloved Bridget Jones feature films, based on previous Helen Fielding novels, feature many iconic London locations, some of which

have included Borough Market, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Kensington Gardens. Incurable romantics will no doubt want to recreate that wonderful moment when Colin Firth kisses Renee Zellweger in the snow. This scene was filmed outside the Royal Exchange, Cornhill, across the road from the Bank of England. Brit Movie Tours offer a London Film Locations and TV Walking Tour, taking in some of the film’s locations.

Tours run on Fridays at 10:30am, priced at €14 per person. For further information, see

Mini “me” time Outside the capital, Stoke Park also took a starring role in the film as the spot where Daniel Cleaver whisked Bridget away for a much longedfor mini break in the country. For a real-life, romantic getaway, book Stoke Park’s Bridget Jones Mini Break package.

The stay includes one night’s accommodation in a Mansion or Pavilion room, a bottle of chilled chardonnay, a threecourse dinner, beauty treatment, and Bridget Jones’s Diary DVD to take home. The package stars from £490 per room, based on two people sharing. For further information, see

And finally ... Last but not least, for more girly holiday ideas “next door”, see

BUDGET Travel are offering a range of seven-night Christmas specials to get you in the festive mood. For four sharing, stay at the Algarve’s Pateo Village in Albufeira (€189pp) from December 20, or spend a week at the Marino Tenerife Hotel in Tenerife (€279pp) from January 2. In the week before Christmas, Morocco’s Igoudar Apartments in Agadir are priced at just €299pp for four sharing, from December 14. For three sharing, stay at Fuerteventura’s Beach Club (€249pp) from December 19, or travel from December 22 and spend Christmas at the La Cala Sun Apartments in Benidorm ( €339pp). For two sharing, there’s a choice of the Mediterraneo Apartments in Costa del Sol (€269pp) from December 23, or Bugibba Hotel, St Paul’s Bay in Malta (€319pp) from December 20. All prices include flights from Dublin and seven nights’ accommodation. For further information, or other similar offers, see www.

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corduff karate wunderkind Leeanne was crowned world champion in the World Shotokan Karate Championships that took place in Liverpool earlier this month, in the process defeating two American champions and one Spanish champ to claim the title.

New development officers to TEAMof the MONTH H bring more rugby to Dublin Dublin City Council last week announced a joint initiative in association with Leinster Rugby that will see the introduction of two community rugby officers. The appointments will allow the development and implemenation of rugby programmes to appeal to people from non-traditional playing backgrounds. Leinster Rugby currently implements programmes designed to increase participa-

tion in rugby, develop emerging talent and to educate rugby coaches and volunteers. Michael Dawson, chief executive of Leinster Rugby, said: “The contribution of Dublin City Council means that more and more youngsters in nontraditional rugby areas will be able to participate in games and coaching through our successful community rugby network. “This helps to reinforce Leinster Rugby’s commit-

ment to spread the game and increase participation levels.” L o r d M ay o r o f D u b l i n Oisin Quinn was delighted to announce the partnership. “I welcome this partnership between Leinster Rugby and Dublin City Council. Rugby is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in Ireland. “The profile of rugby is continuously been elevated with the success of the international team, Leinster men’s team and most recently the

achievement of the women’s international team winning the Grand Slam. There are many rugby role models that our youth of today admire and look up to. “These young people will now have the opportunity to get involved in a sport that they may have had limited access to and learn the basic fundamental skills of rugby though fun games and drills delivered by the Community Rugby Officer.”

naomh olaf A RUN of four matches in 11 days saw Naomh Olaf claim a remarkable run of victories and claim the Dublin intermediate championship title some 20 years after they last secured the Senior 2 title, claiming the title against Fingallians.


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FastSport 2006 final voted as best ever by fans: Ford, sponsor of the FAI Cup announced that the 2006 cup final between St Patrick’s Athletic and Derry City was voted as the Greatest Ever FAI cup final by League of Ireland fans. Irish football supporters cast their vote through Ford’s Facebook page (facebook. com/fordireland) and the 4-3 thriller, where the Candystripes emerged victorious after extra time, proved a clear winner in the poll. In what was the last game of football at Lansdowne Road, St Pat’s took the lead three times before Derry battled back, equalising on each occasion. In the 110th minute, a Killian Brennan corner glanced off the head of Saints defender Stephen Brennan, cruelly sending the ball into the St.Pat’s goal. The Saints battled bravely for an equaliser but it was not to be and Derry lifted the cup for the fourth time in their history.

cricket: local players get nod from cricket ireland for skills

Emerging talent on the rise 

MALAHIDE’S Peter Chase and former St Andrew’s College student Andrew Balbirnie were both named on Cricket Ireland’s emerging talent list as part of a group of 36 players selected for a busy win-

ter programme. National coach Phil Simmons praised the “quality and depth” of talent coming through with 13 players listed in the National Performance programme while 23 are on the emerging list. There are no fewer

than 10 county-contracted players throughout the two squads, with Stuart Poynter and Balbirnie recently signing deals with Durham and Middlesex respectively. “T he squads show just how much quality and depth there is now in Irish cricket,” said

Malahide’s Peter Chase in action

Andrew Balbirnie was one of the players named on the Emerging Talent list

Simmons. “There’s a great balance of youth and experience in there, and the players know there are more opportunities than ever before. “There are some new faces in the Emerging Players squad, with James Cameron-Dow and Simranjit Singh adding to the slow bowling options. The initiative to send the young pace guys to Australia this winter is a great one and I’m certain will bring dividends. “We’re looking for the emerging players to challenge the established core guys. The incentive of playing in the 2015 World Cup has really galvanised everyone in Irish cricket, and

it’s the perfect platform to take the spor t in the country to an even higher level. “While these players will form the basis of our planning for the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, I’d like to stress the door is always open for others to force their way in.” In a busy winter for the players, the Ireland senior team will be undertaking a training camp in early November, playing in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and InterContinental Cup final in the UAE, and are in the process of finalising a significant tour in late January. There are also plans for an exciting A team

tour to a full ICC member country in January, details of which are to be released shortly. Three of the country’s most promising pace bowlers will be playing club cricket in Australia while working with consultant bowling coach Craig McDermott, while Cricket Ireland will also be using expert coaches from across Ireland and the UK for training sessions throughout the winter at both Bready and North County. Plans are also at an advanced stage for the new National Academy under the guidance of Craig Hogan, with the first intake of young players being announced next month on two-year contracts.

Best in basketball converge on Tallaght for Shield 

The Irish All-Stars women’s team who competed in the Gathering Shield at the weekend

The Irish Premier League Men’s and Women’s All Star basketball teams faced off against their Welsh equivalents last weekend at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght in the Gathering Shield event. In the women’s event, both sides played to the final whistle and never let up as the Ireland Premier League All Stars opened up the Gathering event with its first win of the day. The final score was 90-34 in favour of the Irish Premier

League Women’s All Stars with a great team effort from all players on both ends of the court. Most Valuable Player (MVP) Claire Rockall said: “It was a really fast paced and up-tempo game. It was brilliant to be able to play with the best players in the country together on one team. “[Head coach] James Weldon really wanted us to get out on the fast break and get the early lay-ups in the first quarter. We did that and just kept pushing on from there. “Overall it was a great expe-

rience to be a part of, a great event and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of these in the future.” In the men’s match, the game finished 90-47 in favour of the Irish side. MVP for the game was Ger Noonan said: “It was a great feeling to be part of the game and be selected as an All Star of the league. “The turning point for us was in the second quarter with our defence. We pressured them on the ball and made them turn the ball over. When they switched

from man to zone defence, they couldn’t stop us. Our focus was to attack down the middle and guys were getting free on the wings for open shots or backdoor cuts. The movement off the ball really paid off. “I’d just like to thank Basketball Ireland, Mark Keenan and the coaching staff, the organisers of the Gathering and everyone involved. It’s always a pleasure to be involved in events like this and I’m looking forward already to the next one – whoever we play or wherever it is.”

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Royle crowned the world champion


Dublin 15 karate star Leeanne Royle became the youngest person and the first Irish fighter to claim the world Shotokan title in Liverpool last month, and is set to continue her success

”KARATE and martial arts generally do not see many stars emerging on an international stage so young, but Leeanne Royle, from Corduff Shotokan Karate Club, is a such a star in the making.” So said Gazette Sport when discussing the winner of the Dublin Sport Award star of the month in June 2011, when the young martial artist won the prestigious Charles Naylor Memorial Trophy for the most outstanding child competitor at the Karate Union of Great Britain’s national championships. Since then, the 14-year-

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old Hartstown Community School student has added to her roll-call of significant achievements in the sport, and crowned those last month when she won world championship honours in the junior female individual kata event at the Shotokan World Karate Championships in Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Leeanne Royle celebrates her world title

Leeanne was the youngest ever competitor in the history of the event and the first Irish athlete male or female to receive a gold medal from this prestigious championship since its inception 25 years ago. Gazette Sport spoke to Leeanne’s coach and father, David Royle, who runs the Corduff Karate Club where Leanne started her journey at the age of five. “To take to the world title at such a highly prestigious tournament is a huge and significant achievement. Leanne is continually getting much much better.” After her world success in Liverpool, Leeanne is currently assisting at the club with the junior members, helping get them ready for their upcoming gradings. The club has become very aware of the knock-on effects of having a world champion in their dojo. “We have worked a lot on the promotion of our sport, but the response to Leanne’s win has been fantastic. “When we were away, some of the instructors took a class a few days after Leeanne had won, and the class was packed – there was no room for anyone else, so many people wanted to come along. “There was a huge response from the local area, and other local

sporting clubs. Corduff FC were fantastic and promoted us very well. As a result, there has been a big influx in members which has been brilliant.” With the obvious parallels to the successful partnership of Katie Taylor and her coach/father Peter, David also hopes

May next year, where she will be hoping to retain her title. David belives this is possible, and that it is possible for Leeanne to go even further. “We are hoping Leeanne will gain another title in the kumite event, which will make her grand champion of the British


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that his daughter’s sport will be accepted as an Olympic event to allow her one day to challenge for the ultimate gold medal. “We are hoping that governing bodies internationally will work with the World Karate Federation to bid again to have karate accepted as an Olympic sport. I expect it will be accepted eventually, and I think Leanne will be of an age when that happens to go forward and represent Ireland.” In the meantime, the desire for more success means that any time out will be brief before the competitive cycle begins again for 2014. The competitive season will begin in February in a Grand Slam event, between Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, before Leanne’s training gears up toward the British national championships held in

national contest next year. That is a tall order, but it is achievable. That’s what we are focusing on. “We will then be focusing on becoming national champion again, and hope to continue that success through the British youth championships and the Shotokan cup and, hopefully, Leanne will represent Ireland at the European championships that are held in Switzerland next year.” The next world championships will be held in Poland in 2015, and again, Leanne will be looking to defend her title. You can expect to be reading about Leeanne’s success for a long time to come. For more information on Corduff Shotokan Karate Club, log on to or www. Beginners classes run every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6pm.

Taylor to make ring return in Mansion House Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor, in association with Bray Boxing Club and, will take part in a special fight night next month. The 27-year-old former Peamount player and Bray battler will take on Mira Potkonen of Finland in the intimate setting of the Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House on November 29 as part of her preparations for next year’s AIBA world and European championships and, ultimately, the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. “I’ve been training hard all summer and I am really looking forward to boxing in the heart of Dublin against a top class European opponent in preparation for future titles. “It’s great to be boxing in the Round Room in the Mansion House. It’s such an intimate setting and I am hoping to get the support on the night from the Dublin crowd, said Taylor. This will be Katie’s first fight since her sellout event in March at the Bord Gais Theatre. Fellow Irish Olympian Adam Nolan will also fight on the night, alongside a host of upcoming Irish talent. Tickets priced from €40 go on sale from on November 1 at 9am.

MMA McGregor hopeful of ring return shortly LUCAN resident Conor McGregor is hopeful that he can return to UFC action in five months as he continues his rehabilitation from a cruciate knee injury. He injured the knee during his suc-

cessful fight against Max Holloway in August but has been working for up to five hours a day with a view to getting back on track as quickly as possible. Speaking about the injury, he said: “I’m over the worst of it. “I’d love to fight again in March but I’d say April or May [will be when I’m ready].”


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Bane hails Fingal spirit as Corinthian hold on FINGAL coach David Bane said he was pleased with his side’s performance but frustrated that his side could not get anything from their Leinster hockey men’s division one tie in Whitechurch Park last Saturday afternoon against Corinthian. Jonathan Lewis was the hero for the hosts as they shaded their tie 2-1 in a game that just about survived a heavy downpour with two subsequent games at the venue falling foul of the rain. Jonathan Roberts put the reds ahead within 30 seconds of tip-off, finishing off Ian Stewart’s pull-back. They bossed the opening phases but Fingal – without key players Eamonn Bane, Andrew Marshall, Marcus O’Brien and Ben Chillingworth – were pleased with how they defended and were level from virtually their first foray forward, Paddy Gahan controlling and finishing well. He and Jeremy McKeever also had chances on the counter to swing the tie in their favour but Corinthian got the winner with 15 minutes to go when Jethro Eustice’s ball into the circle bounced off a defensive stick from which Lewis grabbed the hotly contested winner, following up after Craig Ellis saved twice from Neil Young. Fingal argued that the ball hit his shinguard before crossing the line but their complaints fell on deaf ears. The result keeps Corinthian in touch with the IHL places with four sides now covered by just two points in mid-table. It also serves to cut off YMCA and Fingal from those sides with six points now the difference between seventh and eighth. For Fingal, next on the agenda is one of the longest trips in Irish hockey as they travel up to Donegal for an Irish Senior Cup first round date against Raphoe. The Ulster side are back in the competition having earned promotion to the top league up north, making them a tough opponent for the ALSAA men.

motor sport: broken driveshaft no obstacle to racer

Robert Barrable and Stuart Loudon in action on the Rally de Espana last weekend, which saw a great drive after technical issues

Another Barrable comeback 

Swords rally star Robert Barrable secured a podium position for the second time this season when he claimed third place in WRC-2 and 15th overall in his first appearance at RallyRACC-Rally de Espana last weekend as part of the FIA World Rally Championship. The third place accompanies Barrable’s second place outing on his WRC debut on Rally Portugal in April. Having had technical issues in his previous outing in Rallye de France-Alsace but reviv-

ing to eventually take a point-scoring finish, Barrable and co-driver Stuart Loudon must have felt that history was repeating itself when their front left driveshaft snapped on the road section to special stage six. Having stopped on the road section to remove it, Barrable started the stage nine minutes late, incurring 90 seconds of penalties, and dropped another four minutes driving through the stage in only three-wheel drive. Having dropped to 45th overall, Robert launched a fantastic comeback, much to the approval of

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Banner award for Fins from insurers GALWAY hurler Joe Canning was on

hand at Lawless Park last week to present a cheque courtesy of Liberty Insurance to Sandra O’Brien from Fingallians GAA club after they were declared the winners of the best banner at the All-Ireland camogie final between Galway and Kilkenny at Croke Park in September. Picture: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

the thousands of spectators who lined the route, which included a large contingent of fans from Ireland. At the end of Day 2, Robert had moved up to 20th overall, as the CA1 Sport team transformed the Fiesta R5 from Tarmac to gravel spec in preparation for the third and final day of competition. Starting 20th on the road, Robert had to battle through clouds of dust and low sun in the morning’s opening gravel stages, but continued to move up the leaderboard – moving up to fifth in

WRC-2 when he overtook Subhan Aksa and fourth when Elfyn Evans (both Fiesta R5) retired. Then, on the final afternoon loop of stages, Robert moved up to third when Sepp Wiegand (Skoda) stopped on SS13. “To finish third in WRC-2, against such strong opposition, is okay, although I’m a bit disappointed with our pace on the second day,” said Barrable. “Rally Spain is certainly a long and tough event, and I might have even underestimated quite how difficult it was going to be. “It was a little weird

going from two days of tarmac rallying straight into a day of gravel, so I took it easy on the first gravel stage until I’d given myself time to readjust and find a rhythm. To have completed all the stages and reached the finish on my first visit to Rally Spain has given me invaluable experience.” Robert will return to his circuit racing roots next weekend, when he contests the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in a Formula Ford Ray GR09. He has previously finished second in the event, and was seventh in the same car last year.

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Senan gets a feel for the All-Ireland trophy


dublin’s 2013 All-Ireland senior football

champions Cian O’Sullivan, Bernard Brogan and Johnny Cooper were joined by 10-month-old Senan Headderman and mum Niamh from Swords when the players came to the Life Style Sports store at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, courtesy of Skins Ireland and Dublin GAA.

Another weekend of silverware:

wing in the club bar this Thursday

Our U-16 hurlers added the shield

and on Tuesda y, November 7 at

to their league title. Our senior


footballers beat Naomh Mearnog in the league. The big game this week will be

hurling: proud moment as saints trump mark’s

on the all weather pitch. New mem-

plete the treble, when they meet

bers are welcome.

Na Fianna in the cup final this Fri-

Our Irish conversation group

day, November 1 in St Margaret’s

meet every Wednesday in the bar at

at 8pm. And, of course, well done

9pm. This is fun and free and open

to the Irish squad and Paul Flynn as

to all.

they captured the Cormac McAnallen trophy in style. Minor boys: The hurlers were

St Finian’s 3-14 St Mark’s 2-6 

St Finian’s Under-16 hurlers were celebrating last week after winning the D championship title at a windswept Blakestown against St Mark’s. St Finian’s came out of the blocks at pace and established a six-point lead before Mark’s could put a point on the board. Four points from Conor Lennon and one each from Conor Halpin and Lee Kavanagh gave Finian’s the advantage before St Mark’s registered their

midfielder Eoin Clifford. T he teams traded points before St Finian’s corner-forward Adam O’Shaughnessy knocked in the team’s second goal from close range. St Mark’s response was instant with another goal from Darren Byrne, a replica of his first, when he knocked in a rebound from St Finian’s goalkeeper Matt Murray. Man of the match Lennon and Halpin added a point each, before Josh O’Brien rounded out the scoring for St Finian’s with a well-taken goal from a Lennon pass. The final score of 3-14

to 2-06 gave St Finian’s a rare championship trophy which was collected by team captain Rob Emmett, described as a proud moment by manager Brendan Lennon. St Finian’s: Matt Murray, Conor White, Sean White, Eoin Murray, James Sullivan, Rob Emmett, Jack O’Connor, Eoin Clifford (1-0), James Sherlock, Conor Halpin (0-3), Lee Kavanagh (0-1), Conor Lennon (0-10), Luke McBride, Dara Collier, Adam O’Shaughnessy (1-0). Subs: Josh O’Brien (1-0) Tristan Delaney, Cillian O’Connor

evening from 8 to 9pm. Preparations for the awards night on Saturday, December 7, are con-

lde this Sunday at 11am at home in

tinuing. Further details to follow. Our club shop opens from 10am

Over 40 of our club mentors/

to 12 noon each Saturday. Christ-

member s at tended this year ’s

mas order forms are now available

annual coaching conference where

for collection in the shop and bar.

the theme was making a difference

Samples of the clothing range are

through the ages. Special thank you

always available in the club bar.

to our guest speaks Liam Moggan,

Diary date: The annual mentor’s

Sean Dempsey and Damien Cole-

night will take place in the club bar

man who delivered excellent pres-

on Saturday 21st December.


first score from Aaron Walsh. Three further points from Lennon, which were offset by a solitary response from the Tallaght team meant that St Finian’s went into the second half with a sturdy seven-point lead. St Mark’s came out blazing in the second half, registering the first two scores, courtesy of a point by David Glynn and a goal by Darren Byrne to narrow the gap to a mere three points. St Finian’s, however, produced the perfect response with an almost immediate goal scored by

the all-weather pitch every Monday

footballers will take on Naomh Iso-

entations/practical sessions to our

u-16 D final

Gaelic for mothers group continues to grow. Training takes place on

day morning by Skerries Harps. The

the quarter-final.

Finian’s crowned D champions at home

girls aged four- to seven-years-old

our senior ladies looking to com-

beaten in the championship on Sun-

The St Finian’s Under-16 hurlers were crowned the D champions after beating St Mark’s

The nursery will recommence this Saturday at 10am for boys and

Marathon weekend: The club had at last count 13 women and four men

Pr io r t o thi s ye a r ’s AGM o n

running the 26 miles. For details on

Thursday, November 14, the club

their times, log on to www.dublin-

accounts will be available on vei-

st finian’s We had a great win on Saturday last

Skerries Harps in the quarter final

when our U-16 hurling team beat St

of the C championship. The match

Mark’s to win the D championship

was played in difficult conditions in


Lawless Park and Skerries ran out

The match was played in St Per-

winners by three points.

egrine’s grounds in Blakestown and

The AGM of the club has been set

we had a great turn out of support-

for 9pm on Wednesday December 4

ers to see a fine team performance

in the clubhouse.

by our hurlers. The man of the match

The lotto jackpot was €2,900 and

award was won by Conor Lennon who

the numbers drawn were 6, 9, 16, 22.

scored 10 points of the team’s total

There was no winner.

of 3-14. Sunday morning saw our minor hurlers (Swords Gaels) take on

The €50 winners were Carina O’Brien and Tony McDonagh. Next week’s jackpot will be €3,000.

fingal ravens Hard luck to our U-14 team who

Strictly Come Dancing t akes

narrowly lost their semi-final by

place Friday, November 29 in Ket-

three points to Erin’s Isle on Sat-

tle’s. Best of luck to all participants


who would greatly appreciate any

This was a tremendous year for

sponsorship contributions.

the team as for the first time in the

Lotto: Numbers drawn were 5, 18,

club’s history they won the Feile

20 and 23. There was no winner. ¤20

and also the Leinster blitz.

prize to Dessie Kettle, Paddy Cos-

Well done to all the players and management and we wish Erin’s Isle all the best in the final.

grave and Alan Gallagher. Nex t we e k’s j a c k p o t w i l l b e ¤8,180.

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Swords Celtic’s Lorcan Fitzgerald receives his Best Player Award following the challenge match against Shelbourne FC last week from Michael Toft Senior and actor David Duffy

Celebration of soccer Swords Celtic hosted Shelbourne FC in the Michael Toft Trophy last weekend as they honour Toft’s memory and raise funds for Pieta House

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DESPITE the elements, Swords Celtic enjoyed a superb turnout on bank holiday Monday for the third annual Michael Toft Trophy in Balheary as Shelboure took the laurels on the pitch. The event was inaugurated to honour the memory of club member Michael Toft who died suddenly of natural causes. Celtic introduced the perpetual cup and the event has grown year on year with a number of high-profile figures from the sporting and acting world joining in. Speaking about the event, Derek Evans – one of the key organisers – says it was a great

day for all concerned. “We got a very good turnout,” he told GazetteSport. “Unfortunately, the main pitch had been played on Sunday and had roughed up a bit so had to play on a secondary pitch but the game itself went ahead despite a heavy shower halfway through. Shelbourne won quite well and the captain, Jake Donnelly, accepted the Michael Toft Perpetual Cup on behalf of them.” Shels came on board by virtue of their close links to club president Frank Monahan. “Frankie Monahan, one of the club’s founder members and club president, has an association with Shelbourne for the past 40 years. He is a steward at all their home games and goes to

all their matches. This was the third year of the event and he put it to Shels to see if they would take part and they said no problem as a thank you really for all the work he does for them.” At half-time, a celebrity penalty shoot out took place with the club’s own Neale Fenn, a former Tottenham Hotspur player, winning out. “Some of the Gaelic stars couldn’t make it because they were at [Galway hurler] Niall Donoghue’s funeral in Mayo but we still had a good showing. Neale won the shoot-out, scoring three from three penalties. David Duffy – Leo from Fair City – got one from his three but stayed on to present the trophy along with club chairman Ray Kelly.”

The event was used to raise funds for Pieta House, the suicide and self harm resource centre and, while the final figure has yet to be confirmed as more donations come in during the week, Evans said that the income will be substantial. “We had a bucket collection along with a programme with ads in it which we asked for donations for. When we have the final figure later this week, we hope to get Paul Flynn along again to present a cheque. The likes of Jason Sherlock and Barney Rock put in €100 and that sort of thing for taking part in the shootout. “All in all, it was a great day and everybody who came along enjoyed it.”

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