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Following the Boston bombings in April, a local Swords councillor has called on Fingal County Council to ensure that an emergency plan is prepared in the event of an incident taking place in Fingal. Cllr Eugene Coppinger (SP) called on the council to make sure the county was liaising with all the rel-

evant authorities to ensure they had a “proper and workable emergency plan in place” to cater for any serious incident in the county. While the council confirmed that a new major emergency plan was implemented in 2008, Cllr Coppinger raised concerns about the effect of staff reductions in local emergency services. Full Story on Page 2

Golden years: Hilton hosts flash party based on bygone era Hilton Dublin Airport threw a Great Gatsby themed party to showcase the hotel’s corporate entertainment facilities. Guests and staff were encouraged to dress in the style of the roaring twenties.

Entertainment on the night included roulette, different card games and plenty of jazz music to dance to. Pictured getting into the swing of things are Sinead Ryan and Natasha Coen.

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The scene of the bombings in Boston with Cllr Eugene Coppinger (SP) inset who was in Boston during the attack

‘Proper, workable’ plan for emergencies sought  NATALIE BURKE

FOLLOWING the Boston bombings in April, a local Swords councillor has called on Fingal County Council to ensure an emergency plan is prepared in the event of a similar incident taking place that could lead to multiple casualties. Cllr Eugene Coppinger (SP) was in Boston at the time of the marathon bombings, after he took a large group of Irish and English runners to the Massachusetts city, along with Sports Travel International, to take part in what would quickly become a catastrophic race. The local councillor called on the council recently, to make sure the county was liaising with all the relevant authorities to ensure

they had a “proper and workable emergency plan in place to cater for any serious incident in the county, which might have multiple casualties or fatalities”. The council said a new major emergency plan was implemented i n S e pt emb er 2 0 0 8 which was based on the guidelines set out in A Framework for Major Emergency Management (published by the Department of the Environment Community and Local Government 2006). Under what is known as Framework, the local authority explained that it is one of the principle responding agencies (PR A) along with An Garda Siochana and the Health Service Executive (HSE). “The major emergency plan for the county is

based on an all hazards approach to emergency management. There are specified roles set out for the local authority under framework and Fingal County Council has staff trained to fulfil those roles as required. Framework was established to aid the PRAs in preparing a coordinated response to any major emergency,” the council said. A c c or d i n g t o t he council, there were five major emergency exercises held in 2012, with two more planned for later this year. “An annual appraisal is returned to the [Depa r t ment of t he E nv i r on me nt] e a ch year detailing the state of preparedness,” the council added. Speaking to the Gazette, Cllr Coppinger said he has read through

the “extensive emergency plan” and is “happy enough” that there is a good plan on paper. “I also have no doubt that the council are meeting their statutory obligations by attending exercises and putting the properly trained people in place.” However Cllr Coppinger believes there are still questions that need to be answered. “Large numbers of people in the HSE, An Garda Siochana and our Defence Forces took early retirement or severa nce packages in the past 12 months. A lot of those were senior personnel. Could we manage incidents like the Boston Marathon bomb, a building collapse or a major incident at Dublin Airport?” W h i le t he Boston mombing was the main

reason for Cllr Coppinger’s concerns, he said he was also troubled by the building collapse in Bangladesh. “It highlights the importance of planning. We get extreme weather conditions like flooding, so notifying people of upcoming possible events is very important.” During his time staying in Boston following the terrorist attacks, Cllr Coppinger said he was “lucky enough” to be able to listen to voice recordings f rom the point when the situation was taken in charge. “ T he f i r s t respon se was unbelievable, how they took control of the whole situation. It was a great lesson and I’d love to think that we are equipped and ready to cater for such an incident here,” he said.

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Donabate Over 1,000 people sign up to petition

FF leader lends support to bid for local pool  Natalie Burke

A local community campaign fighting for the development of a swimming pool in Donabate has been heightened after Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin recently showed his support for the project. The TD paid a visit to the town of Donabate last week, when he met with the swimming pool committee and signed their petition to help further the campaign.

The committee now has over 1,000 signatures on the petition and is over two-thirds of the way towards meeting its target. T he committee is made up of a number of local residents in the Donabate area, who have come together in recent months to fight for the funding and development of a swimming pool for the local community. Speaking to the Gazette this week, local area representative, Clara La Combre (FF), said

that Deputy Martin’s visit helped the committee make significant progress in their campaign. “We were delighted to have the leader of Fianna Fail endorse our campaign and he has offered to assist us in any way possible,” she said. Clara says the committee has also met with an architectural company which have offered advice on the cost of the feasibility study which would need to be carried out on the area. “We have requested

Alison Herlihy, Anna Kiernan, Micheal Martin TD, Clara La Combre, Paul Nevins and Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF)

a meeting with Fingal County Council to gain some understanding from them as to what we need to do to move this project forward,” she added. Earlier this year, Clara joined forces with determined mums Anna Kiernan and Alison Herlihy in order to estab-

lish the swimming pool committee. The women felt there was no place to bring local children swimming in Donabate, Portrane and the surrounding areas and so the group aimed to collect a total of 1,500 signatures over the summer period in order to put together a petition to fight for a

swimming pool. The group hopes to meet with Fingal County Council over the coming weeks. “What we need from the council is to know what we have to do and what they would demand from us, so we can get all our ducks in a row and get cracking,” said Clara.

History Author to give talk on lockout A talk on the 1913 Lockout will be held by author and journalist Padraig Yeates in Swords next week. T he t a l k ent it le d Dublin 1913: The Cinderella of Commemorations will be held at the Fingal Local Studies a nd A rchives in Clonmel House, Forster Way on Tuesday, July 9 at 7.30pm. Padraig is the author of a book on the same subject , L ockout: Dublin 1913, which tells the stor y of the most famous labour dispute in Irish history. Ad m i s sion t o t he talk is free but booki ng i s adv i sed. For more information, or to book a place, call 01 8704495.

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Horticulture Gardening show Gathering in Swords

Calling all green fingers for competition Over 600 exhibits are expected to feature at this year’s Fingal Horticultural Show, taking place this August. With over 150 competition classes for projects such as hanging baskets,

cut flowers, pot plants and flower arranging, to name just a few, the show will also host competitions for fruit, vegetables, baking, homemade wine and photography. The show will take place

on bank holiday Monday, August 5 and will be held in St Columba’s Parish Centre (the Old Borough National School) on Church Street in Swords. This year, the show is

an official event for The Gathering Ireland 2013 and two new gathering themed classes have been added to the show. The show will be open to the public from 2pm to 5pm, with presenta-

tion of trophies at 5pm. Anyone can enter the show, and more information, including a full catalogue of classes is available on www.fingalhorticulturalsociety. com.

Dancing: The Wright moves pictured are 18 staff members from the Wright Bar Group who took part in a Strictly Come Dancing competition. The workers-turneddancers trained for over six weeks with Back stage Dance Studios. This was the first time the whole group got together. The event was in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital and The Global Party Charity Trust.

Social media: Phlok encourages users to shop local

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Kinsealy based firm to create 100 new jobs  natalie burke

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A social media firm based in Dublin North is set to create a 100 jobs over the next 18 months. Phlok, which operates from its premises in Kinsealy, will be hiring software programmers, sales account managers, administrators, operational staff and promotional staff during this time. The company is an internet and mobilebased platform whereby customers build up a virtual currency or Phlok points, to spend in businesses that have signed up to its network. Its prin-

cipal aim is to encourage people to shop local. The company launched six months ago and now has 300 businesses on the platform, including the McCabes Pharmacy Group and The Wright Group. According to managing director of Phlok Paul Graham the businesses that have signed up have already generated more than €200,000 worth of sales with over 10 million social media impressions through the platform. “Phlok is flying and we’re solving two real problems,” Paul told the Gazette this week. “The business is all about connecting local busi-

nesses with local people and encouraging them through incentives to shop local more often. Social media and Facebook don’t really work well for local businesses but we’ve solved that problem. We’ve also solved the problem of getting more people to shop local. “Every time someone collects Phlok points, they advertise that business to their friends and the people on the Phlok network. It’s amazing,” he said. “The guts of €250,000 has been spent by Phlok customers in Phlok stores in North Dublin over the last six months. It’s pretty impressive.”

Phlok is currently based at Kinsealy Business Park and according to Paul, there are no plans to move. “We’ve good offices there so as far as our central base is concerned, it’s great. We’ve no plans to move that office to some other location. It’s about expanding that and having a longer term hub there. The company itself has been built and funded for international expansion,” he said. “I want to get the message out there that we are here to help every business that we come across. And every business that comes on this, can get something out

of it. We’re turning into some sort of utility and people are using us in different ways and it’s pretty amazing what’s happening out there,” he said. Welcoming the news of the job creation, Fingal Dublin Chamber chief executive Tony Lambert said it is “wonderful news”. “Phlok, since it was launched earlier this year, has grown and grown as a business and expanded throughout the country. It’s great to see locally based companies doing so well in social media service. It’s a great help to local businesses in encouraging loyalty from their customers.”

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RELEASE Refloating mammal ‘really unique’

Bid to rescue whale ends in success

A LOCAL north Dublin RNLI service has helped rescue a whale after it was found on a beach in County Meath. Skerries RNLI assisted the 25ft whale back out to sea last week, after it was found washed up on Gormanston beach. The volunteer crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 10am following a report that the whale had become beached. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group requested assistance from the Irish Coast Guard which subsequently requested the lifeboat to launch. The lifeboat helmed by Joe May and with crew members Emma Wilson, AJ Hughes and Laura Boylan onboard, made its way to the scene where Joe then got into the sea and helped

manoeuver the whale back into deeper water. While the local emergency service had encountered beaching incidents before, press officer for Skerries RNLI Gerry Canning said rescues are not always successful. “It is unusual to be able to refloat [the beached mammal] and get them back to sea alive. Usually they are too far gone, so it was really unique in that it was possible to have a successful rescue.” Skerries RNLI then shadowed the whale guiding it out to sea, preventing it from turning back to shore by positioning the boat in its way. The lifeboat continued to prevent the whale turning for about 25 minutes until the mammal was well clear of the shore. “Our guys were absolutely delighted they were able to rescue the

Midsummer in Malahide CHAPTERHOUSE Theatre Company, a professional touring company, will present Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Nights Dream, later this month in Malahide. The production will be aired on the West Lawn with Malahide Castle as the backdrop on Wednesday, July 31 at 8pm. Ticket prices are available for adults at €17, children at €12 and family (two adults and two children) at €48. A 10% discount is available for groups of 10 or more. For more information and tickets visit

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The volunteer crew working to help the beached whale and, inset, the now freed whale on its way back to its ocean home

whale. They are always happy they can help.” Other agencies on scene included Skerries Coast Guard, the Irish Army based at Gormanstown, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116. M e a nw h i l e , S ke rries RNLI has had a busy number of weeks with a large number of call outs, including the recent request to rescue 11 kayakers stranded on Colt Island. The local RNLI launched shortly after 6pm on Sunday, June 30, after learning that a group of kayakers were unable to return to shore due to deteriorating weather conditions. Arriving on scene, the

lifeboat found 11 teenage boys with five kayaks sheltering on Colt Island, who were unable to return to shore against the increasing wind and waves. All 11 boys and their five kayaks were taken safely back to the harbour. Speaking after the rescue, Joe May, Skerries RNLI Helm, said: “They did the right thing in staying together, staying on the island and raising the alarm. If they had tried to make it back to shore we could have been dealing with a much more serious situation. “Our volunteer crew are always ready to respond to any emergency and we were happy to bring everyone safely home.”

enthusiasm to the local organisation. “I want to serve our community and be a voice for those who have been most harshly affected by the economic crisis,” he said. As a young homeowner, Smith says he believes there are many people in Swords in the same position as him, “with concerns over mor t ga ge s u s t a i na bi l-

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Smith promises ‘fresh voice’ A NEW local area representative for the Labour Party has been appointed for the local Swords a rea, a head of nex t year’s local and European elections. Newly appoi nted D u nca n Smith says he hopes his new role will be a “fresh start for Swords”, and believes he will bring a fresh voice, energy and

BALBRIGGAN library will be hosting a range of activities this summer to help keep children entertained. The library will be hosting a spelling bee on July 16 at 3pm, suitable for children aged seven to 10. A general knowledge quiz will also be held at the library for eight-to-12-yearsold on July 23 at 3pm. Places are limited so booking is advised. Call the library on 01 8704401.

ity and the ability to raise and maintain a family in the economic climate.” “ T he people of Swords deserve a fresh start. I believe that we cannot have accountability in local government without complete transparency and a rebuilding of the relationship between our local authority and our community.”

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On your marks, Swords Following on from the huge success of the launch in 2012 which saw over 4,000 runners take part, Swords is set to once again host the Fingal 10K road race as part of the Dublin Marathon Race Series. The only race in the series to be held outside the Phoenix Park, the Fingal 10K will take place on Sunday July 21 and will commence at 10am from Swords Main Street. Runners from local, national and international groups are invited to participate in the race while non-runners are encouraged to take to the local streets in support. For more information or to register for the event, see

Eu entry Car rental firm’s support for Croatia hailed

Hertz Europe gets visit from ambassador  Natalie Burke

T he Croat i a n Ambassador to Ireland was guest of honour at the Hertz European Centre in Swords recently, in order to mark the car rental provider’s new campaign. Ja sna Og njanovac, T he A mba s s ador of Croatia, was on hand at the centre last Friday, June 21, to highlight the Focus on Franchise Campaign, which featured Croatia in May.

The Focus on Franchise Campaign is a program that encourages Hertz service agents to promote sa les to the countries of Hertz licensee partners. The destination focus for the month of May was Croatia and the incentive proved very successful with sales up 48% from the same month in 2012. A mba ssador Ja sna Og njanovac met the European sales staff and presented the winning employee Fanfan

Maf umba, who hails f rom Sa nt r y, w it h a prize of a week for two in Croatia, including f lights with Ryanair, seven nights’ accommodation in the fourstar Valamar Bellevue Hotel and Residence, and a week’s car hire with Hertz Rent a Car. The visit from Ambassador Jasna Ognjanovac happened to coincide with Croatia’s entry to the European Union on July 1 of this year. Speaking at the event, Ambassador Jasna Ogn-

Croatian ambassador Jasna Ognjanovac with Hertz staff member and incentive prize winner Fanfan Mafumba

janovac said: “W hen I hear about the great success of businesses in Ireland working with Croatia, it seems as if we are already a part of the EU. Thank you very much to Hertz in both Ireland and at home for working so hard to support travel to Croatia.” A lso speaking at the event, Tara Mar-

tin, franchise services director of Hertz International, said the sales campaign creates visibility for Croatia and promotes growth and tourism for the country. “At t he sa me time it is engaging and fun for our service agents. Through education of the geography, promo-

tion of the culture of the country, the agents a re a r med w it h t he tool-kit for maximising the conversion of calls into sales. We are very proud and delighted to have the ambassador visit our European Service Centre and to celebrate the success of the Campaign for Croatia with her.”

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Pageant Team Ireland are Malta bound

Theatre: acting troupe touring around Dublin

Malahide teen in Miss Leaving on a Magic European 2013 show Carpet ride  Natalie Burke

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Shauna Doyle on the far left with the other girls representing Ireland in the Miss European 2013 pageant and reigning European Princess of Ireland Abigail Little (wearing the blue sash)

competition in November, which will take place over the space of a week, the team will gather together to take part in a number of different fundraisers, pageants and events, and continue to work and communicate as a team. In Malta, all the contestants will meet each other and take part in gala dinners, a fancy dress competition, photo shoots, trips around the beautiful Island of Malta, dance competitions and finally the Grand finale, where Miss European 2013 will be chosen along with a European Princess of Ireland and two deputy Princesses. “Words can’t explain what it would mean to me to be named Miss European 2013,” said Shauna. “But just to have made it this far and to be part of the team has made me the happiest person. I was the last name to be called out on the selection night so was very emotional.”

Speaking ahead of the competition, Team Ireland manager Marion Little said she has high hopes for Ireland in this year’s competition.

“This year Ireland has a very strong team. Miss European is unlike any other pageant held in Europe and Shauna is sure to have a fantastic

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time. I’m sure everyone will wish Shauna and the team the very best and who knows, Ireland may well have the next Miss European 2013!”

This summer, the Magic Carpet Theatre Company from Skerries will take to the road on what will be their most ambitious project to date. After 10 years of staging shows, the theatre group will embark on a t hr e e - mont h t our with children’s show Jake and the Sleeping Beauty. The show tells the tale of Prince Jake’s journey through the enchanted forest as he battles to save his princess from the clutches of the wicked Queen Evilena. Described by the theatre group as “magical, enthralling and hilarious”, Jake and the Sleeping Beauty is the perfect family show

for the summer. Opening Thursday, July 4 in Balscadden Community Centre, the show will then move to Garristown Community Centre on Friday, July 5. Other venues set to host the show include Skerries Mills on Sunday, July 7, Ballyboughal Community Centre on Thursday, July 11, The Viking Theatre in Clontarf, on Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 and finally, Ardgillan Castle on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. The show will then finish off in a number of Dublin City libraries for the week commencing July 22. For information on bookings, dates and show times contact Magic Carpet on 086 2355107 or email

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A local Malahide teen will be representing the local area at the Miss European 2013 competition later this year, when she travels to Malta as part of Team Ireland. Shauna Doyle, an 18 year old from Malahide, was recently selected as part of Team Ireland at a selection evening held at The Green Isle Hotel. She will be one of 10 girls on the team who will represent her country in Malta at the prestigious competition. The 10 girls come from all corners of Ireland and will compete against 10 other countries for the title of Miss European in Malta in November. “I was doing some charity fashion shows for my friend and came across the competition on Facebook and that’s how I became involved,” Shauna explained. “For me, taking part in the competition is about building your confidence, getting experience and making a lot of friends. I wouldn’t have had that much c o n f i d e n c e b u t i t ’s really helping me build that and I’ve met some really nice people. The other girls on the team are great.” Shauna has recently completed her leaving certificate and hopes to start college in September to become a social wo r ke r. U l t i m a t e l y, Shauna says she would like to become a model. “I want to get into modelling and I think taking part in the competition is great experience for me.” In the run up to the

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Claiming the prize: winners Fiona Hudson and Mark Gibson Inclined to dance: Danny Mahon and Karen Hudson

Step up: Fingallians get their dancing shoes on

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Hop, skip, jump: Declan Brady and Donna Gallagher

ingalLians GAA club rocked and rolled their way through a fundraising Strictly Come Dancing night recently with the participants out on the dancefloor, strutting their stuff. The event took place on June 22 at a special marquee in the club.

Saturday night fever: Derek McKittrick and Becky Howard

Dancers took time out of their normal routines to fit in some hectic training sessions in the weeks leading up to the big event. It all looked well worth it. The initiative packed out the venue and helped to support the Fingallians.


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Lucy Kennedy and Ailbhe Stephens

Norma Sheahan with Capall the Horse and her children Isabelle, Jessica and Jodi

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HE 140th Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show had its dates announced recently. The announcement event, hosted by the Royal Dublin Society, was held at The Champagne Bar in the RDS overlooking ring 2 where an incredible side saddle show jumping demonstration

by Susan Oakes took place, as well as pony rides for children who attended. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is the largest summer event in Dublin, attracting tens of thousands of people and 1,500 horses and ponies to the RDS annually.

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centenary: shedding light on the 1913 Lockout

Exhibition puts day-to-day tenement living in spotlight n e w ly- e l e c t e d Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn (Lab) last week launched a new look at the 1913 Lockout. The innovative Dublin Tenement Experience: Living the Lockout is a performance and interpretation-based exhibition on the 1913 Lockout. Living the Lockout will be the first in a series of activities to mark the centenary of the historic

1913 Lockout and is part of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. D u b l i n Te n e m e n t Experience: Living the Lockout will make use of the ground floor of a former tenement house – 14 Henrietta Street – to tell the story of the Lockout as well as portraying what day-to-day life was like in Dublin’s tenements 100 years ago. The exhibition will tell the story of the times through the use

of drama, audio-visual presentation and exhibition materials including archival records, photographs and personal testimonies. As well as the formal launch by the Lord Mayor, the event included a ten-minute excerpt from the Living the Lockout’s drama, a tour of 14 Henrietta Street’s groundfloor and short presentations from each of the partners in the project.

This unique project – which is a joint initiative of Dublin City Council, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Heritage Trust – will be open to the public for two months only from July 4 to August 31, 2013, six days per week and it will be closed on Wednesdays. Tickets are priced at €5.50 and can be bought for any admission from 10am to 5pm.

Some scenes from the Dublin Tenement Experience: Living the Lockout which opens this week


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Avoid mugging by staying alert - and using Krav Maga  Natalie Burke

A lot of people have a tendency to be distracted when out and about, either because they are looking at their phones while walking or listening to music. But it’s this distraction that can result in you becoming a victim of mugging, according to Matt Comerford, an Israeli-trained instructor with the International Krav Maga Federation. Matt, who teaches Krav Maga, a form of selfdefence, in Celbridge, Co Kildare, says that when it

comes to muggers choosing their opportunities, it is believed they will choose a target who is distracted and likely to be surprised. W hen it comes to being prepared for any situation, Matt says prevention is the best medicine. “Being able to prevent an attack/mugging is preferable to being able to physically deal with it. If we can successfully prevent an attack, then we have exposed ourselves to considerably less risk, even if you are trained in what to

do, prevention is always best!” he said. To prevent a potential attack, Matt says people need to be more aware of their surroundings, take in what is going on around them, and stay alert. Having practised Krav Maga for over six years, Matt has more than 10 years of experience participating in physical training and fitness. In 2012, he travelled to Israel for intensive training with some of the top Krav Maga experts from around the world. Phoenix Krav Maga

is running self-defence classes in Celbridge using Krav Maga; one of the world’s most renowned self-defence systems. It is used by military and police units globally because of its effectiveness and simplicity. In classes, par ticipants learn to deal with a wide range of confrontations, either by de-escalating and avoiding potential attacks completely, or by disabling the attacker if necessary. For further info, visit www.phoenixkravmaga. ie, or e-mail:

Matt Comerford Phoenix Krav Maga Instructor

awards Women in business Network Dublin, an organisation for women in business, hosted its annual Businesswomen of the Year awards. The luncheon took place at the Dylan Hotel recently, presented by AIB, to a crowd of high achieving businesswomen, and a few men too. President of Network Dublin, Kate Fox, said a record number of nominations were made this year and she was delighted at the high level of interest. Winners of the three categories for the 2013 awards were: Ruth Savill - Paris Bakery and Pastry Ltd - Businesswoman of the Year (self employed), Kate Mullahy – Ormsby & Rhodes - Businesswoman of the Year (employee) and Aileen Rogers – Ready Girls - New Business of the Year.

Ruth Savill, Kate Fox, Network president Dublin and Aileen Rogers

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Promoting our city for Italians BUZZ-Y SPELLING BEE CHALLENGE A STILLORGAN boy was crowned the best speller in Leinster recently, taking the title of Eason’s Leinster Spelling Bee winner . Niall Meagher, from St Laurence’s BNS, went on to represent the province at the Eason Spelling Bee All-Ireland Final in RTE. Niall started his Spelling Bee journey in January and soared through the Dublin County Bee. The Eason Spelling Bee, in association with RTE 2FM’s Tubridy, is now in its third year

All aboard The Gathering bus at Dublin Airport ... Calogero Urruso, Roberto Rambaldelli, Valentina Salaris (of Tourism Ireland), Giovanni Carlo Rossi Barilli, Ivan Pertusi and Paolo Giovanni Bianco

and is Ireland’s ultimate spelling contest, with all four provincial finals and the All-Ireland Final broadcast live on 2FM’s Tubridy. Although Niall lost on the day to a Galway girl, his spelling success was deservedly congratulated by Tubridy at the event.

CELEBRATING THE ICONIC HILL 16 DUBLIN Fringe Festival is calling on all GAA fans, actors, volunteers and sports fans to get involved in a project about Dublin GAA and the iconic Hill 16 stand, which will take place as part of the festival in

September. The project is being put together in association with Belgian theatre company CAMPO/hetKIP, which previously created a piece about local football fans in Ghent in Belgium. This September, their local version of the

show will be all about Dublin’s GAA fans and Hill 16. With a large ensemble cast, the production team is hoping to get fans on board with the project. To find out more, or to get involved, email or call 01 670 6106.




Bar, their action-packed itinerary included traditional “iconic” attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and Dublin Castle, as well as some of the city’s clubs and bars, including The George, The Dragon Bar and PantiBar. Designed by Failte Ireland, their itinerary also included visits to St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Hugh Lane Gallery, while they enjoyed some of our world-class cuisine at Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, as well as visiting the Winding Stair on Ormond Quay.


MORE than two million Italians will be reading about Dublin in the coming weeks, after a group of journalists set their sights on Dublin for the gay travel market in Italy. The Italian journalists, who write for a variety of print and online publications, arrived in Dublin recently on a three-day fact-finding visit here to check out some of the many things to see and do around the city, as well as visiting some of the city’s gay-friendly venues. While staying at The Morgan Hotel in Temple

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Homeward bound for O’Sullivan


A R ATHFARNHAM woman recently got the chance of a lifetime when she was one of the lucky ones chosen to work on gender and equality issues in Brussels, during the six months of Ireland’s EU Presidency. Fiona O’Sullivan is packing her bags to leave the EU headquarters in Brussels on June 30 as Ireland’s presidential tenure expires and Lithuania prepares to take up the position until the end of the year. Department of Justice and Equality attache Fiona spoke to The Gazette about her time spent in Brussels working on gender and equality issues.

“I have been here in Brussels as part of the Irish Presidency dealing with equality issues relating to a few different legislative proposals on gender balance on company boards and such. “The Commission is trying to get 40% women on non-executive corporate boards but there is a lot of controversy over it from member states. “A lot of them think the matter should be a national issue and should be achieved through voluntary approaches. “We had working groups set up last year on the gender balance proposal and since then the proposal has been redrafted for the council. “We have just finished the first reading of it to all

the member states. The Lithuanian Presidency will continue to work with it from [this month] on, when they take over.” “It’s difficult to progress the proposal when lots of the Member-States are against it. Gender balance is an important goal. We have made progress though; and on a national level in Ireland, for instance, the female quota for the election of a political candidate is now 30% or else the parties will not get State funding. On State bodies the targets are also 30% in Ireland. “We are concentrating now on the private sector and companies listed on the stock exchange in Europe; so these are big companies. “Ireland opened the

Fiona O’Sullivan, Department of Justice and Equality: “The whole Irish Presidency has been seen as a great

negotiations on this in the [European] council and now the report on it is due.” Fiona, who comes from Rathfarnham, started off doing a business and politics degree in Trinity College. It is not the first time she has made Brussels, the base of the EU Parliament, her home. As an undergraduate, she discovered that she had a greater interest in the EU side of her degree, so she went on to read European studies for her MA before going to Brussels as an intern after her graduation. “After that internship I spent six years working in

Ireland as a civil servant but I always said I’d love to go back to Brussels. “This presidency has been great for me and was a way of putting forward Ireland’s position in Europe. I’ve chaired many meetings here because we had all the power due to the presidency. There is a lot of behind the scenes work here too and I’ve worked with many NGOs and lobbyists too over my term here. “Some of the most popular gender and equality issues I came across here were to do with

equal treatment, maternity rights and the free movement of immigrant workers. Women in the media is a big issue too as, although there are a lot of women working in this field, they are not in decision-making roles and the percentages of women at the top level are much lower. Although they are not binding, we (as part of the Irish Presidency), made recommendations on all of this.” Although she is looking forward to coming home to Ireland, Fiona is also wistful about leaving

Brussels. “I can’t believe it’s coming to an end. The whole Irish Presidency has been seen as a great success and we’ve achieved a lot during the six months. “Personally, it’s been a great opportunity and is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because there are a lot more states in the EU, with the number reaching 28 as of July 1, it now takes 14 years for your turn at the presidency to come around. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to come back then but we’ll see.”


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More ways to save money THIS week, the money doctor continues his series on saving cash. With more than 100 top tips to dip into, he’s sure to have plenty of ideas you haven’t thought of. However, if you have any cash-saving suggestions of your own that you’d like to share, please send them to

Neill Callan, Harvey Norman

Plugged in to provide the best shopping experience Neill Callan has worked with one of Ireland’s leading retailers for over nine years. Neill began working in Harvey Norman, Dundalk, while in college, before moving to the Tralee store for three years. He is now the manager of the electrical department in Harvey Norman’s flagship store in Blanchardstown Retail Park, at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. He says: “Harvey Norman has made a sizeable investment into revamping the Blanchardstown store. “The focus of the renovation was

to heighten the customer’s shopping experience within the store. Customer interaction and technology are at the forefront of the design. We have introduced a lot of new live demonstration areas so customers can experience new technologies from laptops to cameras, from TVs to docking stations and from ovens to vacuum cleaners. We have almost everything plugged in so you can try before you buy; our technology showroom is now easily the most innovative showroom in Ireland”.

How long have you been in business?

our competitors who often try to compete on price alone.

Harvey Norman has been trading in Ireland since 2003. The Blanchardstown store opened in 2006 when we took over the old ESB unit. In November 2012 we expanded the store into the old Reids and Clerys units to create one big Harvey Norman superstore.

What makes your business successful?

There are many factors that contribute to the success of the Harvey Norman Blanchardstown store. We only stock the best quality brands, our prices are always competitive, our staff are highly trained and we aim to be first to the market with new technology. All of which has helped us to build up a fantastic loyal customer base.

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

Our biggest asset is our staff. We invest heavily in training our staff to become specialists in their relevant departments. Our staff focus on passing the relevant information on to our customers, allowing the customer to make an informed decision. We aim to find the best product to suit the customer’s needs at the best price; this differentiates us from

How has the recession affected your business?

The recession has, in a way, been a good thing for Harvey Norman. It has made us refocus on the core values of our business. Customer service is king. We have introduced initiatives to heighten every customer’s before and after sales experience. As stated previously, investing in our staff continues to be at the core of our success and combined with a customer orientated marketing strategy is driving more people through our doors, growing our sales and increasing our market share.

What is your ambition for the business?

For the Blanchardstown store to be the number one store in the Harvey Norman group and the number one retail destination for customers looking for electrical, computers, furniture or bedding. With our newly renovated store, I believe that we can achieve this.

What was the worst job you’ve had?

I worked for my uncle for the summer when I was 15 in his sawmill dipping boards to make garden sheds… never work for family!

4. Check your mortgage and loan interest rates Sometimes we go to great lengths at the initial stages of obtaining a mortgage or loan trying to ensure we get the most competitive interest rate at the time. Once taken out, there is a tendency to overlook the maintenance of that loan. You could very easily find out that your lender’s original rate, or current advertised interest rate, bears no resemblance to your own. This is also a time to check if currently on a variable rate and your lender is uncompetitive, to see whether you should switch to another lender. 5. Avail of your annual capital gains tax (CGT) exemptions The first €1,270 of chargeable gains to an individual arising from the disposal of a capital asset (eg shares) is exempt. This is allowable for each tax year, but is not transferable between spouses. The rate payable on capi-

tal gains tax is 33% over the threshold. For capital acquisition taxes (CAT), remember the threshold from parent to child (Group A of three groups) is currently €225,000 for each child. The tax rate for CAT is also 33% over the thresholds.

6. Check your life and health cover You could be over insured. Do a review on all your insurances. Are you getting the best value ? What happens if you or your spouse die or become permanently incapacitated? If you took out life cover ( with home mortgages it is mandatory ) you may have been a smoker at the time. Once you are smoke free for 12 months, you could save yourself over 50% of the annual premiums. Worth checking out.  Contact John with your money questions at or visit his website at John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

funding: boost for start-up business

Government announces new €21m commercialisation fund  Bairbre Ni Bhraonain

FUNDING worth €21 million is to be made available for start-up business in Ireland, Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton (FG) announced recently. The new funding will be delivered through Enterprise Ireland’s commercialisation fund and will be targeted to make innovative, new products by technology start-ups commercially viable. Commercialisation fund projects must fill a gap or market need and include developing innovations which will be ready to be launched as start-up companies in two to five years. Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “Over the past decade, Ireland has built a system of research and innovation that ranks

extremely well internationally – the challenge now at a time of jobs crisis is to put in place measures that will turn these achievements into economic growth and jobs. “Through the Action Plan for Jobs we have implemented a range of changes aimed at turning good ideas into good jobs, including the research prioritisation exercise, the creation of a central technology transfer office, a onestop-shop for commercialising research out of universities, and the establishment of new technology centres.” So far this year, Enterprise Ireland has funded 24 commercialisation projects which have been valued at €5.3 million in a wide range of areas including ICT (information computer technology), lifesciences, food, manufacturing, engineer-

Minister Richard Bruton:

ing and energy. Director of ICT commercialisation Gearoid Mooney said: “The [current] commercialisation fund is making a real difference in terms of business growth and competitiveness in Ireland. “The breadth of projects targeting new market opportunities is remarkable. Projects funded so far this year

range from a vaccine to protect against harmful bacteria commonly affecting cystic fibrosis patients to the development of a fuel cell power module which will turn hydrogen into electricity in a more cost effective and efficient way.” Enterprise Ireland is seeking applications for the new funding and the closing date is August 28.

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Frances has been busy splitting her time between a number of musical performances across the country and the work of the charity she set up in 2008


Big heart, stronger voice


IT has been over four years since wellknown singer Frances Black set up the Rise Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping families understand the nature of addiction. With her time split between her dedication to a cause so close to her heart, and furthering her career as one of Ireland’s most well-loved singers, Frances is feeling “stronger” than ever. And it’s no coincidence that her recently released album has been named just that. Stronger, a compilation of cover songs, was released just two months ago. “It is an album of cover version songs

that I have a very strong connection with. They are all songs that mean something special to me and it was just one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had. So far we have got great reviews and a great reaction,” she said. Following the release of her album, Frances has been busy splitting her time between a number of musical performances across the country and the work of the charity she set up in 2008. “I’m constantly working and constantly gigging. I’m hoping to go to America at the end of the year, so it’s very busy. It’s hard sometimes to manage both, but you just get through the days, you get through the hours. It keeps me going, that’s for sure.” Frances has previously dealt with

alcoholism and now in recovery, has dedicated her time to helping the families of those who have yet to take the same route. The charity is so close to her heart, she went back to study as an addiction counsellor and says it helps when it comes to battling her own demons. “Giving back is a very important part of my life. So I certainly feel very happy around the work that I do. I love working with the families and it’s very rewarding and very fulfilling, particularly when you see family members getting the support and the help that they need.” The RISE (Recovery In a Safe Environment) foundation runs 10-week family programmes to help educate families about addiction.

With funding an ongoing problem for the charity, Frances will be taking part in a family fun day, in Baldoyle, in aid of the charity this weekend. “I want to raise awareness about the work that we do but also to help raise much-needed funds.” The family fun day and sale of work will take place on Sunday, July 7 at Baldoyle Community Hall on Main Street, Baldoyle. The event will see face-painting, balloon making, angel card reading and a wheel of fortune, as well as an appearance by Frances herself, who will be saying a few words about the important foundation. The event will be held from 11am until 5pm. For more information about the charity, visit www.

THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog Of The Week is Adele. She is a threeyear-old old Rottweiler. With her super sweet adorable nature, Adele has really captured the hearts of her canine carers, and just wants cuddles at every available opportunity! She is an incredibly sociable lady who loves meeting new people, playing and chasing her toys. She would really enjoy some basic training as she is just so eager to please. If you think you could give beautiful Adele the home she so badly needs, please contact Dogs Trust on 01-879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www. You can also find them on Facebook dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.


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tech review: a microspeaker with a loud punch

A little speaker that whips up a big e-Storm Britain’s Bitmore have been earning a reputation over the last few years of being manufacturers of genuinely solid state technology, and Gazette Music were intrigued when we heard about their new e-Storm Superbass Speaker. Having been awarded the RedDot design award in 2012, the reviews and word of mouth about this speaker stopped us in our tracks. But that was the last time the tracks stopped since our

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e-Storm arrived, as it has been wall-to-wall music as we tested its capabilities with everything we could think to throw at it. From its Apple-esque unboxing experience, the e-Storm surprises and

delights. It is a deliciously compact and surprising piece of bluetooth audio tech. At a teeny six by six by five cm in size, its silver and black frame packs a surprising weight which gives a vivid hint that it packs a punch well above its division. Having purchased a similarly-sized speaker as a birthday present recently, the e-Storm knocked it out clean, with its crisp clarity and deep bass capability.

Simply and quickly connected via Bluetooth and charged via USB connection, the e-Storm was up and running in seconds. It also has an SD slot for cards up to 8GB, and a headphone jack connection if bluetooth is not available. But how does the speaker perform under laboratory conditions? Well, last week’s immense, complex Kanye West album Yeezus was first up to the plate, and the e-Storm

Easily sync’d with your device, the e-Storm speaker is the ideal microspeaker

more than coped with its complexities and low frequencies. More nuanced works like Bon Iver and The Blue Nile hold all of their gentle majesty. Being a podcast afficionado, Gazette Music’s shower listening tends to

mean taking tech into the bathroom, which has its own dangers. This makes the e-Storm a waterproof joy, as no longer do we need to worry about condensation damaging built-in speakers. This is genuinely an alloccasions microspeaker.

It makes no sense that such a small speaker at its very affordable price point could be this good, but it is, and that makes it a solid recommendation for music lovers. The e-Storm is available from for £49.99 plus shipping.

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THE pavilioN THEATRE 01 231 2929 Paperbelle

PAPERBELLE’S world is black and white and she likes it that way. She’s heard of colour; but would prefer things to stay as they are. The colours, on the other hand, want to play games and they want Paperbelle to join in. Paperbelle’s world is changing – will she try to stop it or might she find it’s not as bad as it first seemed…? July 6, tickets €10/8.

Draiocht 01 885 2622 Aidan Bishop

NATIVE New Yorker Aidan Bishop began his comedy career in his hometown and since moving to Dublin he has become one of the top comics working today, best known as resident MC of the International Comedy Club in Dublin for the past 10 years. July 6, tickets €12/€10.

Mill THEATRE Dundrum 01 296 9340 Ferguson & Barwick

KATHY Barwick is a household name in folk and bluegrass music circles in Northern California. An acclaimed master of guitar, banjo, mandolin bass, and dobro she currently performs with The Mountain Laurel Bluegrass Band and The Mike Justis Band. For this tour she teams up with singer songwriter Gary Ferguson who hails from Baltimore, USA. July 16, tickets €12.


review: Gru is back

Your minions will love this one THE discussion about the pantheon of animated films is usually along the lines of “best non-Pixar movie”. Such is Lu xo Jr ’s dominance of the field, others can barely get a look in, which at times just feels unfair. At Dreamworks, they produced the Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar franchises, as well as the excellent Croods among others. Un i ve r s a l S t u d i o s have had their own successes, most notably a few years ago when a super-villain adopted three kids to live with him and his little yellow minions. Given the success of its predecessor, it was to be expected that Despicable Me 2 wasn’t far away. T h e o r i g i n a l g ave Universal the animation franchise it craved, a veritable money printing machine with its quotable leads (“It’s so f luffy!”) and toy-bait minions. Indeed, the film joined the bona-fide Universal cash cows last year when it got its own ride at Universal Studios in Orlando, joining such luminaries as Twister and The Mummy. O k ay, s o m ay b e

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Things have really loosened up at Gru’s place (above and below)

that isn’t the ringing endorsement I made it sound like, but the ride is excellent and is proving to be one of the most popular in the park (for the record, The Mummy ride is excellent, too. The movies were not). So, with the sequel and blockbuster season well under way, comes the first big animated feature of the summer. With Pixar having sent Mike and Sully back to University last weekend in the States, opening on an incredible $82 million, the bar has been set pretty high. This time around, the script is f lipped and Gru is looking to get out of the super-villain game altogether, turning his one-time weapons of mass destruction into food processing machines and taking care of the three sisters he adopted first time around. It is a difficult transition for Gru, with the girls growing up and

Film of the Week: Despicable Me 2 hhh (U) 98 mins Directors: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin Starring: Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell, Russell Brand, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Benjamin Bratt


SOME tremendously funny bits, some great visual gags and the presence of minions willl make this a thoroughly worthwhile trip to the cinema. Kids will love the slapstick provided by the minions, while Gru is a phenomenal character for adults. It’s just a shame the plot is a bit all over the place.

beginning to date. All in all, it is a rough transition for the onetime super-villain. That is until a shadowy organisation called the Anti Villain League ask for his help in recovering an entire lab that is making a serum that can turn people into monsters.

So, yes, the storyline is weak, but when a man in lycra is dominating the box office, is too much to ask for a bit of suspension of disbelief for a kids’ film? In fact, the film doesn’t necessarily suffer that much from a lack of storyline, it suffers because it tries to

shoehorn a storyline in. I would have been h a p py e n o u g h w i t h some kind of retread of the last film with new jokes, so winsome are the characters. Kristen Wiig’s addit i o n a s G r u ’s l ove interest is particularly pleasing, but isn’t Wiig always great? The neglect of two of the three daughters leaves the youngest, Agnes, to shine once more and the minions, who are set to get a spin-off film, get plenty of screen time, which is excellent. All in all, it’s a very enjoyable and funny 90 minutes.

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A challenging game to master

IT’S been ages since I featured any PC games – apologies for that, as PC games (and gamers) are often overlooked for console games instead. As, err, I prove about 97.3% of the time ... Of course, PC gamers continue to enjoy terrific games in many genres, with the platform proving perfect for a tactical title like Company of Heroes 2, the long-awaited sequel to the hit 2006 game that’s out now. Simply put, it’s a real-time strategy (RTS) game, based on the particularly bloody conflict along the Eastern Front around 1945. History records how the Communists eventually crushed the Nazis with a brutal war machine from the East – under your control, however, things could go very dif-


ferently. CoH2’s meaty singleplayer campaign takes in a significant chunk of the period, from the chaotic siege of Stalingrad through to the final march on Berlin, with you directing your troops on the field through a number of historically accurate theatres of war. At first glance, Relic’s title looks pretty similar to a hundred similar strategy games beforehand – albeit a very pretty and detailed one, at that – but a number of interesting management options,

coupled with challenging line-of-sight rules that affect what you see (and what the enemy sees), can quickly seize defeat from the jaws of victory – or vice versa. Throw in some quirky, but slightly gimmicky, weather conditions that can affect the flow of battle, and it’s another memorable touch to have added on the sequel. Ultima tely, CoH2 hasn’t tinkered with the winning RTS formula of its predecessor too much – but then, when you’ve crafted such an enjoyable, challenging title, why would you? And all that is before you even try multiplayer matches to really test your armchair general skills ... Company of Heroes 2 is available now; prices vary at retail.

The intricately-designed troops and machinery in the Eastern Front-based environments in Call of Heroes 2 will push your tactical skills to the limit


Photo-sharing app adds video capability JUST in case you missed the recent news (or haven’t been updating your apps), Instagram, the popular photo-sharing and editing application, can now also shoot (up to) 15 seconds of video clips, too. While most users will just use Instagram to take photos, there’s no doubt millions will shoot video clips to share. So, if you have any great clips from your area, feel free to let me know by emailing its link to: sdillon@, for possible inclusion in a future best-of gallery for readers. Happy shooting!

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TRAVEL Castlemartyr, Co Cork

Enjoy 20% off a great weekend retreat  NATALIE BURKE

A SPECIALIST for luxury self-catering breaks and holidays, Natural Retreats is offering 20% off on all stays until July 19 to guests visiting its Irish and British properties. This is a saving of up to €340. This exclusive offer applies to the last remaining holidays in Castlemartyr, Co Cork, and The Heritage, Co Laois, as well as Natural Retreats locations across Britain – John O’Groats and West Highlands in Scotland, the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales, Trewhiddle and Fistral Beach in Cornwall, and the Yorkshire Dales. Guests receive a complimentary welcome hamper filled with local produce such as bread, cheese and wine, and are granted full access to the five-star hotel facilities, including spa, restaurants and championship golf courses. The Natural Retreats concierge team can discuss available dates with you, as well as offering further information. For further information, call 01 685 3013. Terms and conditions apply, and offers are subject to availability.

The Spa Salveo at the four-star Knockranny House Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo, offers a range of indulgent treatments to leave you feeling refreshed


West is best for a break  NATALIE BURKE

THERE are plenty of reasons why we are all so tempted to flock to the west of Ireland when we get the opportunity to take a few days off. For some of us, it’s the scenery. For others, the adventure sports on offer along the west coast. More often, it’s the ideal destination for avid golfers, surfers and anglers. But, when it comes to treating yourself to a relaxing, rejuvenating getaway, it seems that the west of Ireland is just the place to make your escape. Knockranny House Hotel and Spa is a fourstar hotel in Westport, Co Mayo. Perched on the outskirts of the bustling town, the hotel is located just far enough away to feel secluded, but close enough to walk into town. With bedroom views facing the magnificent

Croagh Patrick, it was tempting to leave the mountain trekking to the more adventurous and instead soak up the intimate and cosy atmosphere of the hotel. A handsome Victorianstyle manor, Knockranny is vast with numerous rooms, yet still manages to feel intimate and capture a warm atmosphere, which was well-promoted by the friendly staff. The log fires, vintagestyle furniture and oldfashioned charm add to the hotel’s general sense of a traditional Irish welcome.

Comforts And it was the extra comforts that helped the huge bedrooms feel like a home away from home – the choice of old paperbacks on the book shelf in the bedroom, the reading chair in the corner, and the wide windows with mountain views. However, it was the Spa Salveo that I was mak-

ing a beeline for; in my books, the most essential ingredient to any “relaxing” weekend away. The award-winning spa encompasses a vitality pool with hydrotherapy stations, an expansive thermal spa suite, various relaxation areas and 12 spacious treatment rooms. With a range of spa treatments offered, Spa Salveo has a huge array of tempting treats to choose from, with everything from facials and body wraps to manicures and massages. I opted for the spa’s newest signature treatment – the Wellness and Radiance Ritual, which incorporates a two-hour treatment using luxury products from the Kerstin Florian range. The ritual includes a deluxe foot soak and destressing foot massage, a full-body salt scrub, a wellness back massage and a pro-radiance facial.

Knockranny House Hotel: ideal for a romantic getaway or a weekend with the girls

To say that I felt rejuvenated afterwards would be a slight understatement. And, since no pampering weekend is complete without feeding the soul, it was imperative that we made the most of the culinary wonders that were offered by the hotel’s impressive La Fougere restaurant. With chef Seamus Commons – twice named Best Chef in Connacht by the Food & Wine Maga-

zine Awards – the restaurant itself has earned the title Best Restaurant in Connaught 2011, along with two AA Rosettes, making it worth the road trip purely for the food itself. Starters ranged from goat cheese parfait to beef carpaccio, while mains included pan-fried seabass, baked Atlantic cod and parmesan gnocchi. Grapefruit parfait, bitter chocolate tart and Carrowholly cheeses

were just some of the desserts to top it all off. Ideal for a romantic weekend away or a getaway with the girls, Knockranny House Hotel and Spa offer a range of deals for your next ramble to the west. The two-hour Wellness and Radiance Ritual costs €105 per person, and includes a light lunch. For further information, see or call 098 28600.

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Lots to see, and so much more to do  MIMI MURRAY

DRIVING past Castlebar with Croagh Patrick looming in the distance, we knew we had almost reached our destination – the pretty town of Westport. It’s a hotspot for hen and stag parties, but also a place filled with outdoorsy things to do and lots to keep young folk entertained. We stayed in the heart of the town, in the Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel. We were per fectly positioned for all the activities we intended to partake in that weekend. Westport Plaza is a friendly, family-run hotel that has a courtyard linking it to the Castlecourt Hotel. Rooms are extremely spacious, and ours had plenty of room for our inquisitive 11-month-old to roam around in. Beds are big and bathrooms feature sleek, black marble. One of the big draws

to the Westport region is the Great Western Greenway – a traffic-free cycling and walking trail that follows the route of the old Westport to Achill railway. At 42km, this is the longest offroad walking and cycling trail in Ireland. After conferring with the very friendly and knowledgeable people --------------------------

‘Westport Plaza is a friendly, family-run hotel. Rooms are extremely spacious’ --------------------------

at Clew Bay bike hire, and deciding not to have the stamina for the full trip, my husband started his journey at the second leg, from the picturesque town of Newport, and on to Mulranny. The journey is probably the most scenic leg of the trail, taking in the spectacular views of the

rugged Nephin mountain range on one side, and Clew Bay on the other. This trail will really appeal to the leisurely cyclist as the gradient is pretty flat. There is also plenty of wildlife to see, including the odd stag and hen. With a headwind coming in from the Atlantic, the journey to Mulranny offered a bit of a challenge in places; however, there are plenty of viewing platforms for a wellearned rest and most bike hire companies will pick you up at different points on the trail. Myself, my mum and my little boy headed for Westport House, which is an amazing place for children, with lots to do including zorbing, archery, bouncy castles, playgrounds, a mini train ride and swan boats on a very pretty lake. My 11-month-old was too young for many of the things on offer, but his eyes lit up, after a little trepidation, at the



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If you can tear yourself away from the comfort of Westport Plaza and Castlecourt Hotel (right, below), there are many activities to see and enjoy around Westport, including the 42km Great Western Greenway (main)

sight of the soft ball and activity area. He climbed and tumbled and had a fantastic time playing, making sure mammy was always a short distance away. The train ride, which circumnavigates the lake, extracted squeals of delight. Before we took our leave, we toured the magnificent house, which hosts the Westport Festival. Westport is also a great food destination. On our first night we ate in the hotel, and our meal was prepared to a really high standard. My husband went for sea trout, whilst I went for sirloin steak – something I never usually order, but which was a delicious cut of meat.

My mum loved her salmon starter, which was infused with lots of coriander. On the second night, we ate in an exceptional restaurant – An Port Mor. Our starters of crab cake and scallops were devoured with gusto, and mains included hake, blue sea trout and crab tagliatelle. Desserts were summer y and light, and included a marshmal-

low-textured raspberry meringue. To top it all off, we had delicious homemade limoncello, which was on the house and extremely potent! After a hearty breakfast the following morning, we packed our bags and departed for home, with a promise to return to the West for further adventures. For details on Westport Plaza, see www.

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The Citroen DS range is touring the country

Citroen roadshow to highlight the DS range LAST year, I was nothing short of bowing before the Citroen DS5, such was my love for the unique design of the car. Thankfully, Citroen is taking the DS range on a tour of Ireland to let potential buyers get up close and personal with the award-winning models from the distinctively-styled DS line – DS3, DS4, DS5 and the new DS3 Cabrio. The DS Tour launched in Drogheda in May and will travel the country until August, visiting most major cities and towns. Those interested in checking it out should visit their nearest DS Discovery Tour location over the coming weeks, and get behind the wheel of one of Citroen’s most exclusive and stylish cars. For further information, you can see

Weathered logos can be replaced, free

Ford owners can avail of a logo replacement OVER time, the iconic blue oval on all Ford vehicles can become faded or damaged, but Ford Ireland has just announced a free replacement programme for the logo at participating Ford dealerships. The replacement offer is open to anyone with a Ford vehicle that is up to 10 years old. First introduced on the 1928 Model A car, the Ford blue oval was devised by Ford’s first chief engineer and designer, Childe Harold Wills. Today, it is one of the most recognisable brands in the world. Like any part of a motor vehicle, it is liable to corrosion and accidental damage. Ford drivers can get more information on the blue oval replacement programme at www., or by contacting their local Ford dealer.

The V40-R Design: unbelievable presence, with a visual personality that is so understated it is almost sinister

V40 R-design: volvo deliver an impressive piece of kit

Hats off to the surprising motor that oozes coolness n Cormac Curtis

PRETTY much every car company out there is trying their best to appeal to new buyers – the kind of buyer that wouldn’t have necessarily been attracted to them in the past. Some of the larger, premium brands are making some big noises about their new models, fresh designs and outside-thebox thinking – but along comes Volvo. They’re a conservative bunch, and they tend not to get involved in extravagant fanfare – they just do things right. So, when it came to the new V40, I nearly fell out of my cot when I saw it. If there is one car that has taken me by complete surprise in 2013, then this is it. In a shade that Volvo calls Rebel Blue, this little rocket looked unlike any Volvo I had ever seen. Unlike so many cars in this segment, it’s so much more than a boy racer’s fantasy hot hatch.

It has unbelievable presence, with a visual personality that is so understated that it is almost sinister – think Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, and you’ll get the picture. It has a low stance, without any dramatic, over-the-top or aggressive lines, and features a purposeful front end, without resorting to wildly-angled headlights or a massive front grille. The look is determined, purposeful, strong, and really attractive.

Highlights The lines of the car flow nicely toward the rear, with some very pleasing chrome highlights drawing the eye across the body, tapering toward the boot – and the rear end doesn’t disappoint, either. The rear lights are a beautifully-designed, boomerang shape, and they dictate the unusual shape of the boot. I was expecting a bit of

a sheep in wolf’s clothing, to be honest, but the V40 R design does even more on the inside than it does on the outside. The V40 R-Design that I tested was priced at €30,865 – about €3,000 over the entry-level price, but for that you get an impressive list of kit. In terms of visual appeal, I can’t compare it to the ES or SE specs, but this a very special car on the inside. At this level, the interior is treated to sports floor mats, aluminium sports pedals, sports upholstery with R-design logo, aluminium trim and an incredibly cool active TFT screen with blue instrument dials. There is a leather sports steering wheel, with a shape unlike any other I have driven, that is a delight to touch. Front sports seats with side support were incredibly comfortable under all the conditions I drove it – including some of the nastiest speed bumps in

Unlike so many cars in its segment, this V40 is so much more than a boy racer’s fantasy hot hatch

north County Dublin – striking 17” IXON-alloy wheels, and lots of special R-Design silver pieces, including lower front nose and grille, matt grille with logo, twin exhaust pipes, an ironstone rear diffuser and the all-important lowered chassis for rear sports performance. The controls were pretty intuitive, if not the greatest I’ve ever used, but within a day or two I could control all the important stuff without looking – which is a plus! Despite being completely blind-sided by this car, it was truly reassur-

ing to see that Volvo were at pains to point out the extensive safety features at the top of the standard features specifications list for this car. The first 13 features mentioned were airbag and safety features to protect both occupants and pedestrians. Simply put – my hat is off to Volvo for the V40 R-Design. It oozes coolness, it drives and handles like a proper driver’s car – and even the guys who run the car park next to my office stopped me to talk about it for a good 10 minutes, so it’s got to be good!

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FastSport Win a place on dublin ladies summer camp:

Ireland Under-18 internationals Jessica McGirr and Hannah Grieve, Sean Walsh, Electric Ireland and Ireland senior international Nikki Symmons at the launch

hockey: gathering event set to bring cream of european sport to UCD

International championship graces Dublin later in month THE Irish Hockey Association launched the Electric Ireland U-18 Women’s EuroHockey Championships this week, starting the countdown for the event which will take place in UCD from July 29 to August 4. The tournament, running as part of The Gathering, will feature the cream of European underage hockey with Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, England, Russia, France and Wales joining the hosts for six days of competition. Having finished fourth two summers ago in Utrecht, Ireland have good pedi-

gree at this age group and will be hopeful in a group that features Celtic rivals France and Wales. The Dutch, however, are an imposing force at underage level and they make up the other component of the initial four-team group with the top two teams going on to play in the semi-finals and the other sides contesting the relegation battle. Irish Under-18 players Jessica McGirr – a Loreto Beaufort student – and Hannah Grieve were on hand to launch the event in Dublin along with senior inter-

national Nikki Symmons. Symmons spoke of her pride in playing underage hockey for Ireland and the spur it gave her to push for the senior setup: “I know how special it is to pull on the green shirt for Ireland having just received my 200th cap for the senior team last weekend and these girls will be bursting with pride when they get to do this in front of our home support at UCD in a major tournament. “There is a great opportunity for the Irish public to see the future stars of Irish hockey in action up close and many of

these players will be knocking down the door of the senior team in the very near future. I’m looking forward to getting out and supporting them myself.” The IHA have launched an early bird season ticket offer for the tournament to allow fans to watch the six full days of action including the finals day at a fraction of the cost of individual tickets for the tournament. Supporters can avail of the early bird six-day ticket for €30 up until Friday, July 19. Early bird tickets will be available on

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athletics: stadium will greet internationals

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Action from last year’s thrilling Morton Games

dean carpenter Collinstown FC player Carpenter has had an impressive month, with his club side achieving a double after securing the Myles O’Neill Cup, and capped it with a call-up and appearance for the Ireland amateur side against Northern Ireland

Morton Games set to host fine field 

TEAMof the MONTH H holy family national school THE St Finian’s feeder school side have had a fine year, with eight teams representing the school, six of whom reached finals, and four of those sides taking title honours in boys and girls GAA codes, including the Cumann na mBunscol crown

FastSport Ipswich Town continue Shels’ Festival of Football Mick McCarthy’s Championship representatives Ipswich Town are the latest side to take part in the Macron Festival Of Football running through July at Shelbourne’s Tolka Park. The second match in the four game series takes place this Saturday, July 6 at 5pm, to be followed later in the month with games against SPL side Aberdeen on Saturday, July 20 at 3pm and a Leeds United XI on Monday, July 29 at 7.45pm. Tickets for each game cost €10 for adults, €7 for students and €5 for children and OAPs, and are available from or from Tolka Park on 01 837 5536.-

Athletics fans from all over the city will be converging on Morton Stadium in Santry on Wednesday, July 17 for the 2013 Morton Games, which promises to be a cavalcade of international track and field, and include the classic Morton Mile and a Ladies Mile in a total of 26 events. Fifteen London 2012 Olympians participated in last year’s event, and this year’s event will be another celebration of the sport.

Last year, the 2012 Morton Mile was won by the USA’s Will Leer in 3.56.39. A total of 10 athletes broke the fourminute barrier in a thrilling finish which had the crowd on their feet and was too close for the TV commentators to call. The ladies’ mile saw Nicole Schappert of the USA set a new stadium record for the distance, coming home first in a time of 4.30.69. Confirmed for the 2013 Morton Mile are regular visitors to Santry, Americans Jack Bolas and Craig

Bringing big smiles Graeme McDowell chips in at Our Lady’s Crumlin golf star Graeme McDowell took time

out before the Irish Open to make children feel way above par when he visited the Cardiac Unit at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, where he met Holly and Carol Gorey. His recent visit allowed him to see the building changes that will transform children’s time in hospital if the urgent Fix Crumlin Appeal reaches its fundraising goal. McDowell’s G-Mac Foundation donated a further $200,000 to the rebuild campaign.

Miller will be appearing in their fourth Morton Mile. They will be joined by Paul Robinson (St Coca’s) and recently confirmed Riley Master (USA). Ireland’s two-time European Cross Country Champion and European 3000m indoor bronze medallist in the ladies event, confirmed for the Mile, is Fionnuala Britton. She will lead a strong home charge against Laura Crowe and Kerry Harty while Scot Lennie Waite will look to take the title though US athletes Brie Felnagle and Debo-

rah Maier will have a say in matters. Brian Gregan, fresh from victory in the European Team Championship 1st League 400m with Irish team mates Ailis McSweeney, Amy Foster, Shauna Cannon, Kelly Proper, Jason Harvey, Anto Lieghio and Eoin Everard will all be in action for the build up to the main event, The Morton Mile. The event website will provide regular news updates and tickets for the 2013 Morton Games.

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Creating ability and strengthening ties


St Peregrine’s GAA club’s athletic development programme St Matthew’s movie now aims to set up players with a base ability that will last them a lifetime, according to games promotions officer Gordon Ward available to view online

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A windy and grey afternoon at St Peregrine’s GA A club saw their Under-16s go through an extensive training programme. To the untrained eye, it may look like a fairly routine process, but underlining the session is a strong commitment to the ongoing athletic development of their young players, a commitment that starts at a very young age level at the club. The session is being run by St Peregrine’s games promotions officer Gordon Ward, whose background and study of physical fitness and development at Setanta College have informed a programme at the club that has positive implications for their young

players, and the club as a whole. “The two big things we concentrate on in Peregrine’s is retaining players in the club and their ongoing improvement in fitness. With athletic development, the children do not tend to get injured as much, and the skills they are being asked to perform in the sport, if their physical literacy is fluent, are not going to result in injuries. “Athletic development begins at a young age with children at the club, so they have history with it when they come to a stage, around 14 or 15, when they can begin strength work in the gym,” said Gordon. “It’s something that is ongoing, starting with children in the nursery, from four years of age, right up to 16 years old. It’s

a progressive programme that has been running for around four years now.” Gordon says that the programmes that he has helped to introduce are part of an ethos that runs through the sport in the capital. “The Dublin County Board would be very encouraging in terms of physical conditioning and for GPOs to start programmes in their various clubs. As part of my studies, I’ve had to develop programmes, and encouraged the club to adopt those programmes. “I could definitely see other clubs picking up on this type of programme. If a parent sees their child getting this kind of care and attention, it is only going to encourage more children into sport, not only the club.” There is also a wider

thinking behind the athletic development programme. “At a younger age, children are not as active as they used to be. PE programmes in schools are limited. A child lunging or squatting or having lateral movement is not a given any more, and those

there was some opposition, but with some education and presentation to the parents and players, they bought into the idea, and they love it. “It definitely improves the players’ performance - I’m not saying that they will play for Dublin, but they will enjoy their sport


‘They may not play for Dublin, but they will enjoy their sport more’ - Gordon Ward


movements and skills need to be taught before they can get out on the pitch to play a game. “ The athletic development programme was not immediately accepted at the club, but Gordon has seen a buy-in to his way of thinking, which has beneficial effects. “Definitely at the start

The St Peregrine’s players in action in their training session, and, inset, GPO Gordon Ward

more because they will not pick up so many injuries. The kind of injuries that occur, like hamstring and groin injuries, can cost up to €500 to deal with, and most players will end up paying for that themselves.” There is also a positive impact beyond the GAA, according to Gordon. “There is a big crossover here. The kind of skills we teach in athletic development are generic - so if you play rugby or basketball or tennis, the skills are applicable there, too. Though we would love them to stay in GAA! “If you can get a child active at four or five, that makes a difference, and the chances of them staying involved in the club remain very high. As they get older, those starting the sport are few and far between. There is a level here for everyone, and for everyone to remain involved.”

After proving a knockout with a packed audience at the Fingal Film Festival earlier this year, Boxing Clever, a documentary about St Matthews boxing club has now been released to pay per view, with the proceeds going toward the building of a ladies’ changing room at the club. The club is currently restricted from offering membership to the growing number of women interested in the sport as they have no facilities for them. The documentary shows the positive impact the club has had on Ballyfermot since it opened its doors in 1979 and how the club continues to prove an asset to the local and wider community. Steven Murray, the award winning screen writer and director of the documentary, believes the story of the men behind the boxing club, past and present, is inspirational, and the film was described by Dave Byrne of the Fingal Film Festival as: “A great watch, insightful, funny and compelling.” The film can be seen if you go to the club website and click the Boxing Clever documentary link.

Dun Laoghaire set to host 2013 regatta event Watersports lovers from all over Dublin are gearing up to attend the 2013 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta which runs this year on Dublin Bay from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14. 350 boats, including 112 visiting boats, across 25 classes and 2,500 sailors will compete in the biennial regatta event that is a celebration of sailing in the city and internationally.

In addition to the events on the water, the organisers and Dun Laoghaire town’s waterfront yacht clubs have put together an on shore programme combining the excitement of world class sailing, great food, and entertainment for all sailors, visiting and local, their families and friends and members, which can be downloaded from DownLoads/414.pdf For more information, log on to www. and www.facebook. com/dlregatta


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golf: local goes from leaving cert to carton house

Local quartet help Jackies to Leinster final place A Fingallians quartet of Sinead Finnegan, Amy McGuinness, Laura McGahan and Denise McKenna were key parts of the Dublin ladies football set up last weekend when the Jackies eased into the Leinster final with a comfortable victory against Kildare at Naomh Mearnog’s ground at Portmarnock. The match saw a quick start from the home side with a point from Fingallians’ Amy McGuinness that gave Dublin the opening score within the first 30 seconds. This was quickly followed up by another point from Aherne at full forward. In a close opening quarter, scores were levelled again before Dublin went ahead with a brace from Lyndsey Davey and one score from Noelle Healy. Dublin then secured a further beachhead when Sinead Goldrick scoring the first goal of the day after a strong midfield performance from the home side kept the possession high, and Davey wasted no time in bringing up Dublin’s second goal straight after, further widening the gap between the two sides before half-time. In spite of Kildare claiming a goal just before the break, at half time, the score stood at 2-10 to 1-5. Kildare came back strongly at the start of the second half with the wind at their backs, but were repelled by a strong Dublin back line and the efforts of keeper O’Connor, who combined to keep the comeback at bay. A barrage of points from the Dublin forwards propelled the home side closer to victory, but the closer came when a goal from Hyland extended the lead beyond Kildare, and the final score of 3-17 to 1-12 reflected Dublin’s dominance. Speaking after the game, Dublin manager Paul Gilheaney said: “We are absolutely very happy to have scored 3-17, but there’s still some work to be done. [Kildare] came back very strongly at the start of the second half, so there’s definitely still some work to do, but it is great to win. “To be honest, we are going to have to improve [ahead of the Leinster final]. It’ll be a tougher team that we play against, but we are looking forward to it. It’s a Leinster final and you always look forward to big games like these.” Report: Sinead Farrelly, Picture:

The Island Golf Club’s Gavin Moynihan missed the cut by only one shot at the Irish Open

Moynihan makes Open debut  stephen findlater

THE Island’s Gavin Moynihan showed he has plenty of talent for future challenges after he put in an assured pair of rounds at the Irish Open on debut on the European Tour. T he Malahide CS student had only just finished his Leaving Certificate a week earlier but his credentials as a rising star had already been bolstered by his victory at the Irish Amateur Open in 2012 while he followed up with a runners-up

place in the same event this year. Due to his exams, his competitive golf had been reined in a little but he nonetheless produced some strong work at Carton House last week when many of the game’s big names faltered. Moynihan ended up tied on one over after his two rounds along with a glittering list of Irish stars including major winners Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington while also finishing a shot ahead of Rory McIlroy. After beginning the

brennan boost Dublin star becomes ambassador for SEAT DUBLIN centre-back Ger Brennan, picked up the keys to his all new SEAT Leon from Michael Barrable Motors in Swords on Tuesday. Michael Barrable of Michael Barrable Motors said: “We are very proud to have Ger as a brand ambassador. He is one of the county’s greatest sports stars and we look forward to working with him throughout the year. We hope he enjoys driving the stylish new SEAT Leon, which is a very important car for us.”

competition with three straight pars, his sole blip on the opening nine holes was a double bogey seven at the fourth that saw him turn at two over. A further dropped shot at 11 threatened to scupper a reasonably consistent round, but he landed a pair of birdies at the p a r- t h r e e 1 2 t h a n d 17th as well as earning another shot back on the 18th to end day one on one over.

Assured And he showed a similarly assured hand on Friday to both go

out and come home in 36 with three birdies and three bogeys pockmarking his card. It left him one shot outside the cut line in the final reckoning but the finish to his round on the 18th was greeted by a healthy reception from the grandstand w i t h m a ny s t ay i n g around for the four groups after the marquee trio of McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Thomas Bjorn. One over was not enough to see Moynihan make the cut but did see him end in a share of the top ama-

teur slot with Kevin Phelan. Englishman Paul Casey was the overall winner last Sunday when he finished with a five under par 67 in strong wind, heavy rain and finally sunshine to finish 14 under for the week. That was three better than overnight leader Joost Luiten, who went round in 74, and England’s Rober t Rock – whose 71 saw him finish as a runner-up for the second time in this event after he was beaten in a play-off by Shane Lowry in 2009.

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Fingallians win local derby with Finian’s  

FINGALLIANS claimed the local bragging rights last Wednesday night in AFL division two as they got one over on St Finian’s 2-15 to 1-9 in Lawless memorial park as vital goals from Paul Quinn and Eamonn Creamer proved critical.

St Finian’s made a decent start, building a 0-5 to 0-3 lead with James Shelly, Scott Brennan and Glen Lacey chipping in. Fins, though, hit back with an unanswered bout of 1-5 before half-time to take a six-point lead with Quinn’s goal giving them a healthy margin. And that dominance

continued into the second period, especially when Creamer powered his way forward to net the second goal in the 35th minute. That made it 2-9 to 0-6 but the response was immediate from Finian’s who replied with a Shelly goal to reel the gap in to six points. But another burst of

four unanswered scores allowed the hosts to close out the win with something to spare despite a couple more good scores from Brennan and Shelly. Fingallians followed up on Sunday with a 2-16 to 0-16 defeat to St Pat’s Palmerstown while Finian’s defeated Cuala.

Club Noticeboard fingallians The adult footballers had a great

the summer every Wednesday at 9pm

week with championship wins for both

in the clubhouse. The group welcome

junior teams and our senior football-

all levels including beginners. Com-

ers beating St Finian’s in the Swords

pletely free and fun. Contact Liam O


Culbaird at 086 3814422 for further

Our first Summer football camp

A big thank-you to Ballinasloe in

10am. Applications can be left at the

Galway who played host to our U-11

bar each evening, or please contact

squad over the weekend. for further information.

football: saints take valuable points in AFL 2


will start next week, from July 8 at

Fingallians Athletic Club throwing sensations Anne Marie Torsney and

A review of the juvenile/senior hurl-

Fiona Tuite qualified to represent Ire-

ing initiative is rescheduled for Friday

land at the weekend in the upcoming

July 5, at 8.30pm on the main pitch.

Celtic Games on August 2. Fiona also

Willie Coogan will be running through

qualified for the World Youth Champi-

a number of hurling drills with men-

onships in Donetsk, Ukraine from July

tors and senior volunteers. A handout

10 to 14.

of drills will be made available on the

The Fingal 10K will take place again

night. All hurling and camogie men-

in Swords on Sunday, July 21 at 10am.

tors are encouraged to attend.

You can view the route at the following

The club golf classic will take on the

link (as there will be traffic disruption

July 5 in Balbriggan. The time sheet is

on the day) or sign up to run or walk:

close to full with three tee slots still

available. Please contact the club bar


if you wish to take part. Our Cuinne na Gaeilge Irish conversation group will be continuing over

Diary date: The bloodbank will be in the club on Wednesday and Thursday, July 10 and 11.

st finian’s

Scott O’Brien and Scott Brennan contest for the ball at Rivervalley last week

Finian’s edge Cuala in Rivervalley tie afl division 2

St Finian’s 0-7 Cuala 0-6  stephen findlater

AIDAN Morrissey’s injury-time point earned St Finian’s an invaluable second win of the AFL2 campaign, keeping their hopes alive of avoiding the drop after they shaded Cuala at Rivervalley Park. It was the first time they had led since the second minute of a game riddled with errors and wayward shooting. But the Swords club ground out a result that lifts them level with rivals Fingallians – who

beat them 2-15 to 1-9 four days earlier – while Cuala are right back in trouble. T hey had star ted decently enough, their more youthful side showing some nice interchanges, with Conor O’Brien often the pivot off which John Sheanon, Ryan Scollard and Paul James worked. Indeed, Scollard drew the best of goalkeeper Stephen McNally very early on after sharp handpasses between Adam Hudson and O’Brien left him free six yards out. McNally dove well at his feet to clear the danger but Cuala built a lead of 0-5 to

0-2 by the 26th minute. Just one more score thereafter, though, meant they were back-pedalling from that point. Finian’s approach was less intricate but they hung tough, drawing a number of frees with Scott Brennan obliging, using the hefty wind well to land three from the ground. He also scored his side’s fourth point from play with Finian’s most flowing move of the half just on the half hour to make 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. Brennan thought he had levelled moments after the restart from a narrow angle but he was

contentiously deemed to have stepped over the endline before scoring. Finian’s were lording the play, though, and despite kicking nine second-half wides, they looked the more likely. Glen Lacey’s fine score levelled but a mammoth 20 minutes passed of error-strewn ball with no further advance on the 0-5 deadlock. Sheanon eventually broke that chain but Finian’s replied instantly from a Brennan free. Then, Morrissey was passed the ball after Karl Kiernan’s lengthy run to pop over the winner from distance.

A busy week of fixtures finished off

Tickets for our 30th anniver-

on Saturday night with a crucial win

sary function can now be bought

for our first team footballers over

either through our website or by

Cuala by a single point.

contacting our clubhouse office at

Our ladies football team had a

01-8132656. Tickets are only €20

great win midweek, as did our Gaelic

each, for what promises to be a

for Mothers team.

memorable night.

The summer camps will be held

There will be a clothing collection

from August 13 to 28 for boys and

on Saturday, July 13 to raise funds

girls aged four to 13. Application

for our club. Please donate all your

forms can be found in the Down-

clean unwanted clothes (in any con-

loads section of our website, www.

dition). Clothes in good condition go You can also register

to charity and the rest are recycled

on-line on our homepage.

for industry.

fingal ravens Well done to Darren and the Dublin


team on reaching another Leinster

The Over-40s game will now take

final and also to the Dublin hurlers on

place on Friday, July 12. For more

their great win over Killkenny. Tickets

information, please contact Willie on

for the Leinster football final against

086-8533855, this is part of the Lord

Meath must be ordered no later than

Mayor of Rolestown fundraising cam-

8pm on this Thursday, July 4, by tex-

paign, candidate: Willie Bell.

ting Declan O’Brien on 086-2673830.

Willie is also holding a table quiz on

Our U-14 team won all their games

this Friday night in the Star Pub in

on Saturday in the Leinster Feile, well

Swords at 9pm. Table of four costs

done to all the lads and to David,Joe

€40. Willie is also presenting George

and Brian.

Michael (Norris Stephens) in the Pound

Bernadette Kavanagh has arranged a Gathering of Fingal Ravens. It will

in Swords on Saturday, July 27. Tickets only €10.

take place on Saturday, July 13 in Ket-

Best of luck to al the kids and the

tle’s Country House. For more details,

coaches that are doing the summer

contact Bernadette directly on 087-

camp this week.

9397642. These are part of the Lord Mayor of Rolestown fundraising cam-

Well done to our U-16 team that had two great wins last week.

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

late drama: St Finian’s claim victory over Cuala with an injury time point getting them over line P31

july 4, 2013

athletic revolution St Peregrine’s plan a fitter future for all members P29

Finnegan focus on title Dublin ladies footballer Sinead Finnegan at Croke Park last week when Fighting Blindness was announced as one of the five official GAA charities for 2013

Fingallians star relishing her vice-captaincy role with Dublin ladies footballers and is targeting Leinster championship final success  stephen findlater

SINEAD Finnegan says a new level of responsibility is spurring her on after the county’s ladies footballers contributed to an incredible weekend for sky-blue supporters. Their 3-17 to 1-12 victory over Kildare on Saturday afternoon in Portmarnock saw them through to the Leinster senior championship final, a feat emulated later that day by Dubs hurlers and then, a day later, by the men’s footballers. For the Fingallians woman, she is now nervous but excited by the prospect of meeting Meath on July 13 in Dr Cullen Park (5pm). “It was brilliant; I was nervous enough before the game but we prepared really well and were

delighted to get the win,” she told GazetteSport while at the launch of Fighting Blindness as the GAA’s charity of the year. This year, she has become an integral part of the side under new manager Paul Gilheaney, something that took her by complete surprise. “To be honest, I was totally shocked when Pablo [Gilheaney] told myself and Sinead Goldrick that she was going to be captain and I was going to be vice-captain. It is a huge honour; I think it was something to do with our very first training session when I pushed myself so hard that I got sick and I think that impressed him. It was the very first one of the whole year in January in Clontarf. “If anything, though, the position motivates me more because I feel there is a greater responsibility to perform. You have to be a leader to

the other players. All of a sudden, I’m a ‘more experienced’ player – that’s usually codeword for an older player who has to help the younger players along.” She is no stranger to extra responsibility having captained her club side in 2010 as well as at underage level. Finnegan has also been vice-captain for Fingallians this year during their impressive run thus far in the club championship, eliminating reigning champions Foxrock Cabinteely. “We were in the group of death but did really well. It was really tough even though we beat teams by large scorelines. The first game against Foxrock, I couldn’t believe there was such a difference in the scores. I never felt like we weren’t under pressure.” But thoughts of the semi-final are currently

on hold as the mind is focused solely on July 13 and getting one over on Meath. She missed their league meeting in February, a 2-6 to 0-10 win, due to sprained ankle ligaments, but is raring to go for the final. “There’s so much rivalry between the two teams; it doesn’t matter what age or if it’s girls, men whatever. It will always be a tough game. “Pablo always says ‘no one gets injured for championship’. Everyone wants to play. There are still a few niggles and Elaine Kelly and Denise McKenna have a few weeks more left but, all in all, people are fit and excited to play.” Fighting Blindness celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has invested more than €10 million in over 40 research projects in Irish and international institutions since its inception in 1983.