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Tragic Donna’s brother begs for safer bike lanes  SYLVIA POWNALL

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Neil Fox pleads with THE brother of a woman council to reconsider knocked down and killed off her bike has begged the council to reconsider its decision to reject decision not to provide safe routes to schools. school cycling plan cycling Fingal County Coun-

cil last week voted 19-16 against a proposal that cycle paths and walkways for new schools be written into the draft development plan. But Neil Fox from Balbriggan, whose 30-yearold sister Donna died after being hit by a truck as she

cycled to work last month, is calling for a rethink. He told The Gazette: “I would urge the council to perhaps meet with a family like ours to hear the effects of a cyclist being killed. “I think it is only when you experience such shock

and loss that the urgency to improve cycling conditions in Ireland really comes home.” Raymond Ryan, chairperson of Skerries Cycling Initiative, said: “Naturally we’re very disappointed.” Continued on Page 2

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‘Council should put lives over economics’ Continued from Page 1

Councillors who voted against writing the condition into the development plan for what is Ireland’s youngest and fastest growing population said they feared it could delay school building projects. Opposers – including Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and Renua en bloc – said compulsory purchase orders to acquire the additional land needed could prove tricky. But Neil Fox said the move should be “overwhelmingly endorsed”, adding: “I would be hopeful that this decision

will change. We can only hope that nobody loses their life awaiting it. “Anything that saves another family from going through the absolute trauma and utter devastation we are going through should be done. “Every effort to make our roads safer for children and adults alike should be a real priority. Lives should matter over economics. “We love and miss Donna beyond expression. I hope no family goes through this again.” Raymond Ryan said the practice of ferrying kids to school by car had to change, or traffic jams, accidents, pollution and

childhood obesity would continue. Mike McK illen, spokesperson for Dublin Cycling Campaign, told The Gazette: “They don’t know what they’re doing. They need to have regard for the national policy on childhood obesity. Children have got to get active. “Parents drive their kids to school even though they know it’s wrong, but they’re scared to let them walk or cycle to school. “You have to have segregated pathways so the children will be safe cycling to school. Anything else just doesn’t make sense.”

Cllr David Healy (GP) had proposed the motion committing to providing foot- and cycle paths when developing land for new schools. The council’s own planners warned against it on the grounds that it could delay school projects, and Mayor Cllr Butler (FF) expressed concern that it could “potentially hold us to hostage in terms of the price we pay [for land]”. The issue of safe school routes has been raised by Portmarnock Community Development Association and other community groups in Lusk and Rush. Cllr Natalie Treacy (SF)


Airport protests loom as runway opposition rises

The late Donna Fox, who was killed while cycling

said it was a “no-brainer”, adding: “Why would anyone vote against it? As a mother I would always put the safety of children first.”

PROTESTS are expected to be staged at Dublin Airport as the groundswell of support for groups opposed to the new runway gains momentum. Residents affected by the proposed €310 million Runway North want assurances that the Dublin Airport Authority (daa) will have to abide by planning conditions restricting night flights. The daa wants the restrictions lifted – but residents living beside the runway and along the flight path fear the noise disruption will severely impact their already diminished quality of life. Night flying restrictions – imposed by An Bord Pleanala – can now be potentially overturned by the Irish Aviation Authority after Transport Minister Shane Ross gave it new powers to manage noise control. Now, umbrella group FORUM (Fingal Organised Residents United Movement) is warning of protests after a public meeting attracted more than 400 people. Spokesman David Kelly said the meeting highlighted the fact that many residents were not aware of the potential lifting of conditions regulating the number of night flight movements. He said: “A lot of people felt that we should organise a protest. They don’t want to wait on the sidelines to see what happens next.” The daa argues that the restrictions would hamper operations and would have disastrous effects for growth and job creation. Another public meeting of FORUM is expected before Christmas.

A restored Bremore Castle could soon rival Bunratty

Malahide man is up to run Ogra FF MALAHIDE native James Doyle is throwing his hat into the ring for the presidency of Ogra Fianna Fail. Qualified financial adviser James first became active in politics as a teenager in Comhairle na nOg, and was elected chairperson of Dail na nOg in 2007. He told The Gazette: “It’s a great honour to be nominated for Uachtaran. I have received great support from members in Dublin Fingal Ogra, as well as around the country. I want Ogra to be active on a local level and focus on our core strengths – campaigning, community, and craic.” James is releasing his manifesto in the coming weeks, with the election set to take place on November 5 in Limerick.

ALMOST €2 million has been set aside to restore Bremore Castle in Balbriggan and turn it into the Bunratty of Fingal. The project – first mooted 20 years ago – will see the historic monument restored to its former glory and is expected to boost tourism in the area. Much of the preparation work for the restoration has been so far done by volunteers, but now Fingal County Council has put its money where its mouth is to drive the initiative forward. The funding was approved under the local authority’s three-year capital programme, which was debated last week at the October meeting of the full council. Plans aim to turn Bremore into a major visitor centre, with three floors of banqueting halls, complete with minstrels’ galleries. Dublin Gazette Newspapers, Second Floor, Heritage House, Dundrum Office Park, Dublin 14 Tel: 01 - 6010240. Email: web: twitter: @DublinGazette Visit us on Facebook at DublinGazetteNewspapers

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MEL GIBSON IS LOOKING FOR IRISH WOMEN TO STAR IN HIS NEW FILM  AISLING KENNEDY IN hit comedy What Women Want Mel Gibson played an advertising executive who starts a crash program to research being a woman. This leads him to experiment with lip gloss, eye shadow, pantyhose and defoliation. Now the Hollywood legend is looking for Irish women to come forward to join him on the set of his new movie, The Professor and the Madman, in Dublin.

The production company behind the movie, Icon Entertainment, is looking for ladies with specific qualities, or as they say in the movies, ‘a very particular set of skills,’ to take part as extras. They’re looking for women who are 5’35’8 in height with a waist size of 26-28’, a bust size of 34-36’ and a dress size between 8 and 10. So just about everyone then..? Fake tan is out, as are fake nails, and hair should be natural in colour and of medium

or long length – no shaved heads or undercuts. Plucked/shaved eyebrows are also not accepted, nor are obvious tattoos. If you’re a woman between the ages of 20 to 60 years old that fits the above description, then log onto for more information. The movie will begin shooting at the start of October in the Dublin/Wicklow areas and it will run right through to the end of November. Break a leg ladies!

What Mel wants NO SHAVED HEADS





4 Gender: Female 4 Height 5’3- 5’8 4 Dress size 8-10 4 Waist: 26-28

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Bust 34-36’ Age: 20 - 60 Ethnicity: Caucasian

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United against ‘butterfly skin’  SYLVIA POWNALL A SWORDS family whose young daughters have a rare and painful genetic skin condition want people to help by wearing a special butterfly tattoo this week. Erica Hyland (7) and her 12-year-old sister Alison, from Ridgewood, both have a severe form of the “butterfly skin” disease EB (epidermolysis bullosa). This incredibly painful condition causes the skin layers and internal body linings to blister and wound at the slightest touch.

Erica – one of only 300 people in Ireland with EB – has to wear protective pads on her arms, legs and feet to preserve her from everyday knocks and possible falls. Dad Mark told The Gazette: “If Erica has even a slight fall, she is guaranteed to cut and bleed and if that happens she can’t do anything for days. The girls do their best to get on with life but it can be difficult. They have lost their nails due to EB and they get constant wounds and blisters.” National EB Awareness week runs from October 24 to 29 and Debra

Mark Hyland with Erica – one of his two daughters who suffer from EB

Maria and Val Fynes are supporting the

(epidermolysis bullosa), a very painful and rare skin condition

butterfly fundraising initiative in memory of their son, Aason

Ireland, the charity that supports EB patients, is trying to raise vital funds for day-to-day family support and research to find a treatment for one of

EB’s most harrowing side effects – extreme itch. The Itch Project is being carried out at the Charles Institute of Dermatology at University College Dublin. The Hyland family, including mum Ger, are keen to ensure that life is as normal as possible for the girls despite their EB. Erica is in second class at Holy Family School in River Valley, and Alison has recently started secondary school at the

Loreto College in Swords. Another Fingal family, who lost their teenage son to the same rare condition, is also calling on people to highlight the issue and help raise funds. Val and Maria Fynes’ 16-year-old son Aaron suffered from a severe form of the “butterfly skin” disease and had to be bandaged from head to toe to protect him from everyday life. Dad Val, from Ballyboughal, said: “Aaron

was in severe pain before he died; 75% of his skin was missing, he was going blind, and he had to use a wheelchair.” In Aaron’s memory, the Fynes family – including his siblings, Rebecca, Keziah and Isaiah – are keen to raise awareness and help fund research. “When Aaron was born, the doctors had never seen EB before; they knew little or nothing about it or how to treat it,” said Val.

Debra Ireland EB

“We had to take control of his medical treatment, eventually finding help at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital. Research is the only hope we have to help end the suffering associated with EB.” You can help by picking up a Debra Ireland EB butterfly temporary tattoo at any Applegreen store, and sharing a selfie on social media. Just text BUTTERFLY to 50300 to make a €4 donation.

Thugs target Skerries ice cream shop again THUGS smashed up a popular ice cream shop in Skerries at the weekend, causing serious damage and forcing staff to serve customers from a caravan, pending repairs. Storm In A Teacup – beside the RNLI Lifeboat Station at the harbour – has been targeted several times and is still counting the cost from a breakin in March. In the latest incident, Halloween decorations and condiments were strewn across the floor of the shop and tables and other furniture were overturned and smashed up. The shop’s Facebook page posted pictures of the damage and said: “Very sorry everyone but unfortunately we won’t be open today. Broken into AGAIN!!” Gardai are investigating the incident.

A roaring success PICTURED is Sheila McGirl, president of the Malahide Lions Club, presenting a fundraising cheque to Mairead Dillon from The Alzheimer Society of Ireland with Malahide Lions Club members Brian Quinn, Paul Douglas and Alphonsus O’Dowd. The very generous cheque are the proceeds from The Malahide Lions Golf Classic at the Island Golf Club which has been one of the group’s major fundraisers since the 80s. Picture: ALISON O’HANLON

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Heidi Bedell wins for Best Presented Community Garden

Skerrie’s Town was the overall winner in the Cleaner Communities Awards 2016. Pictured is Gilbert Power, Director of Services Michael and Sarah Sweetman win for Best Presented Front

Environment & Water; Anne Doyle, Frances Owens and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Darragh Butler. Pictures: Kevin Mcfeely

It’s the double for super Garden, with The Country Garden, Lusk


KERRIES scooped its second award in a month last week with recognition from Fingal County Council backing up its national Tidy Towns win in September. The 2016 Fingal County Council Cleaner Community Awards – presented at a ceremony in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown – saw 39 prizes in 21 categories handed out including Overall Winner which went to Skerries Tidy Towns. Mayor Darragh Butler was happy to give out the prizes, assisted by director of services Gilbert Power. Cllr Butler said: This is a very special evening for all communities the length and breadth of Fingal. I congratulate all of this year’s entrants and sincerely thank all for their time and dedication. “This competition and tonight’s ceremony recognises not only the commitment and voluntary effort made by individuals and businesses in our towns and villages but also the pride that they all have in their local communities.” The winners for best pre-

sented front garden were Ramor Park, Blanchardstown; The Country Garden, Lusk and Island View, Malahide. Best presented community garden went to Baldoyle Community Garden while best presented thatched cottage was Anne Pegram, Yellow Walls Road. Ongar Green in Blanchardstown shared the honours for best presented large management company estate with Cityside, Meakstown and Robswall, Malahide. Best presented small management company estate went to Oaktree Property Management Ltd, Martello Towers, Portrane. The same award for a nonmanagement company estate was presented to St Patrick’s Park Residents’ Association, Woodland Park, Rush and The Moorings Resident’s Association. Woodvale Resident’s Association came out tops in the best presented large non-management company estate category, sharing the title with Rathbeale Resident’s Association, Swords and Ardilaun Resident’s Asso-

Best Adopt a Patch Project is Millview Resident’s

Best Example of Community Environmental Initiative is

Association: Paula Brennan and Carmel Halpin

Blakestown Drive Community Group: Maria Tormey and Jessie Lu

ciation. Best presented village was Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society, while best presented town went to Skerries Tidy Towns committee. Best presented community centre was shared by Parslickstown House and Garristown Community Centre. There were three winners in the best example of community environmental initiative category – Blakestown Drive Commu-

nity Group, Skerries Tidy Towns committee and Seabury Tidy District Group. Blakestown Drive Community Group was also merited with special example of community effort, along with Balbriggan Tidy Towns. Best biodiversity projects were NYP Blanchardstown and Swords Tidy Towns. Best presented apartment complex went to Castleland Court Management Company, while best example of business

waste management initiative was the Pavilions Shopping Centre. Other winners were: Fortlawn Development Group, Orlynn Park Resident’s Association and Millview Resident’s Association (best adopt a patch project); Powers Family Butchers and Kelly’s Garage (best presented business premises); Green Property Management and Pavilions SC (best shopping centre).

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Sighs of relief as works agreed to address sewage spills at beaches

South beach at Rush – one of the areas set to gain from the €9.7m works to address the longrunning issue of occasional wastewater overflow. Picture: Google Maps


On yer bike ... for a way to help others THE Dublin North SpinOff cycle event took place last weekend, seeing hordes of wheelie enthusiastic cyclists take to the streets for a 50km trip, starting off from Malahide. The cycle was part of the Cycle Against Suicide

SpinOff series, with the route departing from Malahide Community School, and then taking in Malahide Castle and Demesne, Swords, Dublin Airport, Ballymun and Portmarnock and other scenic spots. Many local and

national mental health organisations attended at the start and the finish to outline the services they provide to those in need, with the cyclists and all involved delighted to be supporting such a great cause. Picture: Alison O’Hanlon

WORKS to prevent raw sewage being pumped into the sea at Rush are due to get under way next month. Irish Water last week signed the contract for the €9.7 million Wastewater Collection Network Scheme to put an end to beach closures caused by an overflow of untreated waste. The scheme is expected to take two years, seeing three new pumping stations as well as infrastructure to collect and transfer wastewater to the treatment plant in Portrane. Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said the news would offer hope to long-suffering residents who’ve had to suffer problems with bathing water on the beach far too often. He told The Gazette: “This is particularly important to address the issues regarding the bathing water at south beach in Rush, which has adversely impacted local residents, and the town itself, for far too long.

“I hope that the fact that the contract has now been signed will provide members of the local community with peace of mind regarding the future of wastewater infrastructure to serve their needs.” The wastewater issue at Rush – which affects 9,000 residents – is part of a wider problem with

was going to be very hard to develop coastal walkways and promote tourism in the area with raw sewage continuing to be released on our coastline. “We’ve had major problems over the last two summers, with bathing not recommended on our beaches, so environmentally this is a great day


‘This is a great day for Rush. This project was long overdue and I am so happy to see the go-ahead finally being confirmed.’


Cllr Brian Dennehy (FF)


the water treatment network along Fingal’s coast, which also affects Skerries, Donabate, Portrane, Malahide, Portmarnock and Baldoyle. Rush resident Cllr Brian Dennehy (FF) said addressing the issue had been a priority for him since being elected two years ago. He told The Gazette: “This project was holding up the whole development of the town and it

for Rush. This project was long overdue and I am so happy to see the go-ahead finally being confirmed.” Deputy Farrell said: “The fact that sewage is being discharged untreated into the sea at Rush is, as I have said before, wholly unacceptable. “Not only would this affect the tourism potential of the town, but more importantly it poses a public health risk. Now at least the end is in sight.”

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Rush scout is honoured for rushing to save a boy’s life  SYLVIA POWNALL

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF), makes a presentation to Mollie Tamara Powell in recognition of her part in saving the life of a drowning boy in Turkey

HEROIC scout Mollie Tamara Powell has been given a special award for her part in the daring rescue of a drowning boy while on holidays in Turkey. The 16-year-old – a member of the 38th Dublin Rush Scouts – dived 20ft into the Dim Cay River in Mahmutlar together with fellow scout, Sean Thompson from Wexford, to save the stricken lad. They pulled him from the water and cleared his airways in preparation for CPR after they saw him sinking. The boy has since

made a full recovery. Presenting the award, Fingal Mayor Darragh Butler commended the courageous teen for her actions. Cllr Butler (FF) said: “Having been in the Scouts myself back in the 80s, I was trying to think how many of our group would have reacted as quickly. “It was a good-news story during the summer. I know from talking to people in Rush how proud they are of Mollie. “Her reaction was remarkable. Having the training is all very well, but having the bravery to act on it and jump into

action is something else altogether.” At the time of the rescue, a modest Mollie, from Lusk, said: “I was afraid to dive in but that feeling disappeared and my instinct kicked in when I realised what I had to do. “It was instinct to save the boy. I saw him and don’t know what went through my head apart from: ‘I have to get the child out of the water’. “I feel we did what any decent person would’ve done. If another scout was there, they’d have done it. My training definitely helped and I have to mention Rush Scouts for teaching me what to do.”

Mollie was accompanied by her family and members of the Rush scouts group, who gathered in the Fingal council chamber last week to hear councillors praise her heroic deed. Scout leader Dave Clarke thanked the mayor, the councillors and Fingal County Council for honouring Mollie and said that she was a credit to scouting. He presented Cllr Butler with a Scouts’ neckerchief. Cllr Butler joked: “I’m delighted to be made an honorary member of the 38th Rush Scouts, but I haven’t worn one of these in about 30 years.”

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

have a fangtastic time at the Bram Stoker Festival


GET ready to celebrate Dublin’s darker side this October Bank Holiday weekend as Bram Stoker Festival, October 28 to 31, returns with four days of living stories and four nights of deadly events. By day, the Bram Stoker Festival programme presents gothic intrigue at family-friendly events, talks and interactive experiences. At night, the city will embrace the darkness as a host of venues deliver deadly adventures for festival goers in search of macabre thrills and late-night parties. The festival programme includes theatre, spectacle, visual arts and music in haunting locations across the city celebrating Dublin’s gothic and supernatural traditions, the city itself and gothic architecture, and links

to Samhain festival. Thrill-seekers are invited to Glasnevin’s Botanic Gardens for Nightmare Plants (Fri 28), an immersive performance and after-dark experience like no other seen this year; master-storytellers and creators of stunning, brilliant chaos, and big, bold, visual spectacles. Macnas – Spectacle and Street Performance Company, will summon spirits and awaken the ghosts with Sleep No More (Mon 31), a new parade like no other on Henry St and Moore St; Bleedin’ Deadly (Oct 28 – 31) in the atmospheric Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital is a raucous celebration of a time when the Freak Show dominated in all its shocking glory. The culturally curious will enjoy Dracula Live (Sat 29) at National Concert Hall which sees leading Irish musicians

David Meyler, Daniel Moran, Lexie and Lily Barry behind the walls of a North Great Georges Street gothic pile to launch the programme for Bram Stoker Festival 2016. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

Matthew Nolan and Sean MacErlaine perform a specially created deathly new score for Todd Browning’s 1931 classic movie Dracula. Horror Expo (Sun 30) in the stunning surroundings of Freemasons Grand

Lodge will deliver a one of a kind event which promises to please the most ardent of horror fans. There’s lots of fun for families too. Stokerland (Oct 29 & 30) will see St Patrick’s Park transform into a pop-up gothic fun

park with the macabre talents of world class street-performers alongside rides and attractions to ensure a fangtastic time for all. The magnificent Marsh’s Library plays host to Tales From the Shadows: Gothic Tales (Sat 29), a beautiful shadow puppet show with devious devils, vengeful vampires, gloating goblins and sorrowful spectres to name but a few. While spooktacular events for kids at The Ark in Temple Bar include The Bram Jam (Oct 30 & 31), Dracula’s Spooky Underground Sound Lab (Sun 30)and Dracula’s Disco (Mon 31) where Dracula’s very own DJ Will Softly will be spinning the decks and scratching vinyl at an energetic set for young zombies, ghosts and musicloving monsters. For events information and tickets sink your teeth into



SIMPSON IS A DELIGHT THE Gazette has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Our dog of the week is Simpson, a five-year-old male Labrador crossbreed who has been at Dogs Trust for some time now, and really, really wants his new home! He is one of the brightest dogs in the rehoming centre, and is looking for an adult-only home with patient and loving adopters who will love and cherish him for the rest of his days. 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 at The new Dogs Trust campaign - See Page 20


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Get ready because MoRunning is back DON a tash and dash for charity – MoRunning returns to Dublin this November! Last year saw more than 1,000 runners from across Dublin and beyond donning fancy dress and digging deep to help raise awareness and funds for Movember. And it was such as success that MoRunning has announced it is back next month. Hosted at the Phoenix Park on Saturday, November 5, MoRunning is calling on Dublin to rock everything and anything from a flamboyant facial hair to a wacky wig and get involved with its 2016 fun run. With both 5k and 10k races on offer, and all ages and abilities welcome, participants will kick-start the race at 10:00am complete with moustaches, fancy dress and raise funds for the Movember Foundation. Now in its eighth year, MoRunning has also announced Mr Motivator as its 2016 Ambassador, who will help to motivate thousands of runners across Dublin ahead of the runs.

CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE TOUR MEMBERS of the public will have the opportunity to take a tour of the longest-running community-based cancer

ning from 11am on Friday, October 21. During the event the public can take a tour of Purple House and meet the centre’s staff, volunteers, counsellors and therapists. All are welcome to join Purple House for a tea or coffee and learn more about the cancer support services on offer. A dedicated website – – has been set up to allow everyone to upload and promote their event to a wide audience.


Mr Motivator will help to motivate thousands of runners across Dublin

support centre in Ireland as part of a range of events taking place across the country for Cancer Week Ireland 2016 (October 17 - 23). Purple House Cancer Support will give the public access to their centre in Aubrey Court, Parnell Road, Bray, in an Open Morning run-

NOW in its third year, Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare, is being rolled out to 197 Dublin schools with 43,547 Dublin students taking part. For the coming school year 1,250 primary schools and almost 200,000 children will complete the enhanced Super Troopers health homework programme which aims to encourage more physical activity and healthy eating in children, parents and teachers. Super Troopers encourages children and their families to have a positive attitude towards physical activity, wellbeing and nutrition and aims to change practical lifestyle habits to help children and families lead healthy lifestyles.

Visit for lots of ideas and tips on physical activity and wellbeing activities.

FESTIVAL A MUST FOR TECH LOVERS EUROPE’S biggest Start-Up/Tech Festival UPRISE is coming to Dublin’s RDS and will give tech lovers an opportunity to network. Taking place on Thursday, October 20 from 9am to 6.30pm, the unique festival will host 150 crazy start-ups, 15 workshops, buskers, games, music, DJ’s, entertainment, jobs and much more. Uprise also adds Irish buskers and food stalls to a relaxed environment of CEO’s and talent, helping to make new business ideas more approachable, investable and connected. An epic start-up Pitch Battle will see six international start-ups pit their strengths against six Irish based start-ups, after local heats were held in Europe and the USA in earlier this year. To a frenzy of audience questions, answers and reactions, the audience will decide which company wins (no judging panel required). Dublin City Local Enterprise Office will award a prize fund of €5,000 to the winning entrepreneur. Visit to book tickets.

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DON’S DUBLIN A pigeon that has left its mark on the city for centuries BY THE mid-1750s, entry to and from Dublin Bay was a hazardous operation and the city governors decided something drastic needed to be done to improve the situation. And so, a plan was drawn up to construct a wall into the bay that would stop the silting up of channels, and provide a safe place for passengers to board. This work to build the Great South Wall took over 30 years and was complete in 1795 with safer passage for travellers and an improvement in trade. During the lengthy construction, John Pidgeon was the caretaker of the storehouse for the equipment used during the building, and he began selling refreshments to travellers, who often waited for days until the weather improved to travel. As a smart businessman, he also offered trips around the long wall, which was one of the longest in the world when completed. Business improved, and Pidgeon (the ‘d’ in his name was dropped a long time ago) built a small hotel to



Minister Ross out for a constitutional in his constituency with fellow Independents – councillors Seamas O’Neill, Deirdre Donnelly and Kevin Daly



cater for the needs of the growing number of travel-

MINISTER for Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross has a particularly busy portfolio, which keeps him constantly moving across the city and country. However, EMMA NOLAN was able

lers. In 1793, years after John Pidgeon had died, a new building was erected and operated for many years. This building still stands, and lies in the shadow of the twin towers of the Poolbeg Power Station. Not long afterwards, with the whiff of revolution in the air (and the 1798 Rebellion a recent memory), a fort was

to shadow Minister Ross one day last week as he went about his official business, during which he gave her his unique insider views on a range of the main issues affecting the city and the country ...

Sharing a cuppa, an ear and a word with a constituent

constructed near the hotel. It became known as ‘the Pigeon House Fort’. Today, the canon guns outside the entrance to the ESB power station were originally facing out to sea anticipating a possible French invasion that never came. The place also made its literary mark on a young James Joyce. In his first great work, Dubliners, he tells of two boys playing truant (no doubt he was one of them) as they went to the exotic building and the long wall that stretched, seemingly forever into the bay, in his short story, An Encounter. “We arranged to go along the Wharf Road until we came to the ships, then to cross in the ferryboat and walk out to see the Pigeon House.”

Don Cameron

Pigeon House – a legacy of the canny business that grew up around the city’s Great South Wall



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On those Dublin Bus strikes ... “I wasn’t involved – that was the point.” Minister Ross defended his lack of involvement in the strikes which saw widespread disruption in the city for a number of days in September. The Dublin-Rathdown TD said that he was “firm in [his] resolve” and would not have backed down, even if the strikes had continued until Christmas. Minister Ross said that he wasn’t prepared to fund Dublin Bus management at the expense of the taxpayer – especially with the possibility of further potential strikes from Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. He said that when he made it clear he wasn’t going to just sign a cheque, that this comment wasn’t intended for

the workers. “T he people who annoyed me most were the Dublin Bus management – not the workers or the unions. “It was important that when the management went into negotiations that they got the message that they were on

every day, criticising us. “[Deputy] Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP), who is a friend of mine, was outside my office with a huge sign that said: ‘Where is the Minister?’, but I thought that was quite funny, actually!” However, Minister Ross said that the widespread


‘The Minister said that he was “firm in [his] resolve” and would not have backed down, even if the bus strikes had continued until Christmas’ --------------------------------------------------------

their own, and that the Department wasn’t just behind them waiting to sign a cheque. “It worked – we weren’t going to sign a cheque for them, and it was difficult not to, because we could have done it and both sides were annoying us

criticism didn’t bother him, and he is satisfied that he set a precedent for future industrial action in the transport sector. What did cause problems, though, was the bus lane issue, which Minister Ross says he wanted to keep open for use by

drivers, but he was prevented from doing so by the Road Safety Authority who ruled that it was “too dangerous”.

On Budget 2017 ... This was the first budget that Minister Ross had much involvement in at Cabinet level – an experience which he described as “a very interesting time”. “It was my first time involved at that level, and I think that was marked down as being a point of difficulty, but we came to an agreement and the Government worked well on the budget, actually.” Minister Ross said that he feels his Independent Alliance “got a lot into the Budget,” and cites the old age pension bonus as a particular success that

Minister for Sport Shane Ross hoists the mighty Sam Maguire trophy aloft during a visit to Stillorgan Shopping

Metro Nor th and Dart Underground to be completed until around 2025. “They’re being planned, but the funds aren’t there yet.”

Centre as part of its 50th birthday celebrations Pictures: Peter Cavanagh

they brought to the table. On parts of the Budget he was not happy with, Minister Ross said that he was annoyed with pension payments being delayed. “I would have liked to have given a bit more away in other areas, but we couldn’t do it – it was very thinly spread. We only had about €800 million, which seems like a lot – but it’s not – to spread around the different interest groups. “So yes, I was unhappy we couldn’t do more, but I hope we can do more next year. It all depends

on Brexit now, that could knock us for six.” On Brexit, he added: “things could really kick off”, and said: “It’ll affect our exports, and tourism could go down because of exchange rates. We’re in a precarious position.”

On repealing the Eighth Amendment ... Minister Ross is personally in favour of repealing it, and wants there to be a free vote on the matter in the Dail. “There should be a free vote on it,” he added, but stated that not all members of the Independent


‘[Enda Kenny and I] didn’t really see eye to eye, but now we have conversations. We have to talk and reach agreements, but we don’t have to go for a pint together or anything like that.’ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alliance are in favour of repealing it. “I’m in favour of repeal – absolutely, as is Finian McGrath and John Halligan.” However, the two rural TDs in the IA Cabinet, Kevin “Boxer” Moran and Sean Canney, are against such a move. “Our view has always been that it is a matter of conscience and up to the

individual – we’re going to have to sort out our differences at some stage.”

On Dublin’s key transport projects ... Minister Ross said that the Luas Cross City line will be completed next year. “It’s on target and it’s within budget,” he said, insisting that it will be up and running by next

Autumn. “I don’t think there will be any delay on it, it’s been on target the whole time, so there’s no reason why it should be.” He said that the Luas Cross City will be “a bit of a monument to transport in this country”, once completed. However, he confirmed that we can’t expect other major projects such as

On the Rio Olympics and Pat Hickey ... The minister, who also has Sport on his portfolio, says that the Olympics was “quite the event”. “We were meant to be going over to encourage the athletes and to be there as a presence and show support from the Government, and it was overshadowed by Pat Hickey. We were meant to be there for a fortnight and we came back after three days. It was very dramatic.” Minister Ross said that he has not spoken to Pat Hickey since Rio, adding: “We didn’t get on very well!” But he admitted that he feels sorry for the

former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland. “He’s only available on the phone anyway. I do feel terrible for him, stuck over there – he could be there for another 18 months or more. “On a personal level, we didn’t get on at all, but he’s not a young man; he’s stuck out there without his family. It’s tough for him.”

On his relationship with Enda Kenny ... “Relationships between the different people in government are actually rather good at the moment,” Minister Ross revealed, after a “catastrophic” first few months. “There’s no point in trying to pretend otherwise, they [the first few months of the new government this year] were incredible – we were working on completely different

agendas. “We [the IA] believe that we should have a free vote [in the Dail], and Fine Gael had never heard of free votes, so it was very difficult.” Minister Ross said that he and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, are now beginning to understand each other. “The relationships have improved – they were bad – Enda and I didn’t even have conversations. It was almost impossible; we didn’t really see eye to eye, but now we have conversations. “We have to talk and reach agreements, but we don’t have to go for a pint together or anything like that, but the relationships are getting better. “We’re getting on quite well now – as partners in government, we’re beginning to work better together.”

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WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN Spooktacular Gazette contest THE Gazette’s Halloween reader pix competition is up and running and we have some fire-cracking prizes to give away over the next five weeks. This week’s winners are the Egans from Blanchardstown, who sent us this cuter than cute pic of their little girls Alisha and Ayla (left) and another of their fangtastically ghostly garden. The adorable Disney princesses win a Swizzels Halloween Hamper choc-abloc with bewitching treats. A special

DUE to phenomenal public demand, Russia’s Ice Vision have announced extra dates for both Alice In Wonderland and the eagerly awaited Dracula On Ice, The Story Of Eternal Love at the National Show Centre in Swords next month. And to celebrate the extra dates, The Gazette has THREE family passes to give away for BOTH spectacular productions. To win a special day out for your family, all you have to do is visit The Gazette’s Facebook page at, Like and Share our Ice Vision competition post and write which of the two shows you’d prefer to see in the Comments section. So if you’d like to win four tickets to see Alice in Wonderland on November 24, just write “Alice” in the comments section, or if you’d prefer tickets to see Dracula on Ice the

mention also goes out to Oisin Murphy, who sent in a lovely photo (below) of his dog Coco, sitting next to the pumpkin he grew and carved himself. Keep those spooktacular snaps coming in folks – we have great prizes for the best decorated Halloween garden, and we’ll have more for the best – and worst – dressed trick-or-treaters. Just email or upload your pix to our Facebook page. Happy snapping!


following day, just write “Dracula”. Featuring top professional Russian skaters, the unique productions are sure to thrill audiences of both children and adults. The beloved tale of Alice in Wonderland is transformed in a new and amazing spectacle for all the family. Musical numbers in union with the art of dance on ice creates an unforgettable impression and enchanting show, permeating the soul of audiences of all ages. The performance takes place on large-scale video scenery that plunge the viewer into the picture so spectators can experience the effect of following Alice through the rabbit hole. Dracula On Ice retells Bram Alice in Wonderland Stoker’s classic novel featuring

Jonathan Harker, his beloved Mina, young Lucy, courageous and brave Van Helsing who devoted his life to fight dark forces; hungry and ruthless vampires and, of course, ominous Count Dracula. Dracula On Ice includes acrobatic elements, air gymnastics, fire juggling and much more. Visitors will see large scale video-installations, exquisite costumes, interactive decorations, lighting and mirror balls incorporating the entire venue. The mystical show features fog, red steam, flying vampires, fire on ice and extremely demanding ice skating elements: high support, death spirals, triple jumps – all complemented by charming music. Visit for full details on the productions.

Dracula on Ice

Seeking talented BASE tour guides BASE Entertainment Centre want to let parents know about the fun things kids can do at the centre so they are recording a series of videos (to be posted on Facebook) to showcase their themed party rooms and activity areas. They are seeking expert help from young people who can talk on camera about the fun that can be had at Base Enter tainment and show off the different rooms. If there is a young person in your life who is a natural in front of camera, a comedian or just an all-round show-off, they want to hear from you. To apply, please Facebook message them a clip of your child in action or email it to To record the guided tour video clips on-site at Base, each competition winner will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. And at the end of it all, they will invite your superstar back to Base Entertainment with nine friends for a party on them valued at €250. Entry deadline date Friday, November 4.

Swizzels launches spooky selection of sweet treats for Halloween Swizzels, has launched a variety of fun Halloween themed sweets that are perfect for Halloween sharing occasions, from ghoulish parties with friends and family to trick or treating.

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Let’s talk TTIP/ CETA SO what’s this TTIP/ CETA business that’s causing so such much concern to so many people across the EU? TTIP and CETA are two transatlantic trade deals. CETA is the trade deal between the EU and Canada and is fully negotiated. TTIP is a trade deal between the US and the EU and negotiations are still underway. Under the Lisbon Treaty, Ireland handed over trade negotiating rights to the EU Commission. TRANSPARENCY:

NOBODY can see the details of these negotiations. Whether you’re an MEP or a TD you can only read the details about the ongoing TTIP negotiations in special Reading Rooms in the European Parliament or Leinster House. ISDS MECHANISMS:

The information that we do have on what is up for negotiation is deeply concerning. PRIVATE COURTS:

UNDER both CETA and TTIP, there is a proposal for a mechanism called Investor State Dispute Settlement. Its name has changed over the course of the negotiations to make it more palatable but effectively it is a private court system that puts multi-national corporations’ rights before citizens. Multi-national corporations can and do sue governments for trying to pass laws that offer protection for citizens from harmful chemicals, laws that attempt to ban harmful products. Corporations can even sue governments for passing laws that might cause these corporations to make a bit less money such as laws that raise the minimum wage.


Following the nuclear disaster at Fukishima in Japan 2011, Germany decided that it wanted to end its use of nuclear energy, Vattenfall, the Swedish company operating two nuclear power plants in Germany decided to sue for €3.7 billion compensation. Ah that’s an extreme example you say? On the contrary, there are many examples of how insidious this investor dispute mechanism is. In June 2012, French company

Veolia sued Egypt. One of Veolia’s claims was that Egypt’s decision to introduce a national minimum wage harmed Veolia’s investments. In 2012 Ecuador was ordered to pay a petroleum company $1.77 billion in damages for terminating the oil giant’s contract when the company broke Ecuadorian law! That settlement amounted to the entire health budget for one year in Ecuador. Theses ‘special courts’ are so bad that one of their judges is quoted as saying: “When I wake up at night and think about arbitration, it never ceases to amaze me that sovereign states have agreed to investment arbitration at all.” Ireland is a small open economy that has traded with countries across the world including the US and Canada without the need for an Investor dispute settlement. Yet now, our Government under Fine Gael have, in fact become cheerleaders for these undemocratic courts. In a letter to the EU Commission in 2014, then Minister for Trade and Enterprise, Richard Bruton actually endorsed their inclusion!


THERE will be job losses or ‘job dislocation’. The European Commission itself has said that TTIP is likely to bring “prolonged and substantial” dislocation to European workers, as companies will be encouraged to source goods and services from US states where standards are lower and trade union rights are non-existent. HEALTH

THOSE in favour of TTIP and CETA constantly tell us to trust them that health and food regulations won’t drop, however, the evidence to date shows otherwise. Let’s take the example of Endocrine Disrupters, chemicals that have been proven to harm health and which the World Health Organisation refer to as a global threat. The EU Commission had an explicit deadline of December 2013 to regulate these chemicals. In June 2013 the American Chamber

MEPs Matt Carthy and Lynn Boylan (above) and all four Sinn Féin MEPs, Matt Carthy, Liadh Ní Ríada, Lynn Boylan and Martin Anderson protesting about TTIP in the European Parliament (below). food. Ractopamine is banned in 160 countries including the EU 28 due to impacts on human health. Concerned? Thought so and I have only touched on some of the risks of these trade deals. It is not too late to act though. Last week, the Seanad voted on a motion rejecting CETA. The message was clear – we don’t want CETA, just as we don’t want TTIP. But rejection by the Seanad is only a start. Both TTIP and CETA should be put to the people in a referendum. A referendum would put of Commerce met the EU Commis- faith before trade deal negotiations the decision on the future of our sion and requested that they wanted began with the US, giving a strong democracy in the hands of those the regulation of these chemicals indication that the EU is willing to that matter – the people. dropped. Lo and behold in July, the lower its food standards to accommoLET’S FIGHT TTIP & CETA EU Commission announced that they date these trade deals. In the US and Canada, ractopa- Contact Minister for Trade would carry out an impact assessment of the regulation plans thereby delay- mine, a growth stimulant, is used as & Enterprise Mary Mitchell ing the process by a further two years. a veterinary drug that is injected in O’Connor and your government When it comes to food, history cattle, swine and turkeys. The stimu- TDs and insist that CETA and TTIP shows that trade agreements put food lant is injected before slaughter result- be brought before the people of safety at risk by harmonizing stand- ing in residue levels remaining in the Ireland to decide. ards and reducing regulations to the lowest common denominator. In the EU there is a strict farm to fork policy, this is not the case in the US or Canada. Canadian and US regulations allow beef and chicken to be washed and Please feel free to processed with chlorinated water, a process that is banned in the EU. In contact me: 2013 the EU dropped its ban on beef rinsed in lactic acid as a sign of good

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DUBLINLIFE Rolling out the ‘yellow brick road’ to help rescue dogs

L AU N C H I N G t h e i r t h o u g h t p r o vo k i n g new campaign entitled There’s No Place Like Home, Dogs Trust hopes to highlight the plight of hundreds of rescue dogs currently in their care who need a new home. As part of the init i a t i ve , t h e c h a r i t y have transformed their rehoming centre in Finglas with a “yellow brick road” and have released a short video, filmed almost entirely from a dog’s point of view. The clip, which you can see by visiting The G a z e t t e ’s F a c e b o o k

page, shows one little pooch’s journey as she is rescued and makes her way along the “yellow brick road”, meeting the specialist carers who help her along the way. Irish rock band Kodaline have kindly lent their support with the track “The One” which plays beautifully as we observe the beginning of a new friendship between “Dorothy” and the little dog. Dogs Trust’s Suzie Carley said: “We believe there is the per fect home for every dog in our care, some of which have been overlooked

many times through no fault of their own since being rescued. “One particular dog, Buddy (pictured below), has been overlooked 26,000 times since being rescued which is so hard to believe as he is such an incredible dog. “We do our very best for each and every dog we save but really there is ‘No Place Like Home’ for these amazing dogs and it’s our mission to find their rainbow at the end of their yellow brick road, that they can call home.” Home Tweet Home is a digital element of


the campaign from Dogs Trust, where the charity are asking dog lovers to go on to their website’s rehoming gallery, choose a dog and click on the Twitter icon beside the dog to share him/her with their friends to highlight them even further. It’s a ‘pay it forward’ for the dogs, so to speak. The charity has also taken a stand at this y e a r s Id e a l Ho m e s exhibition at the RDS during the October bank holiday weekend, which they’ll transform into the Ideal Home for a dog. Grace Toohey, from Ashbourne, dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz to help launch “There’s No Place Like Home,” a new campaign by Dogs Trust. Picture: Fran Veale

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Bayin Tomato Salad

The new two-story restaurant features cream leather seating, a parquet floor, iroko wood and subtle accents of grey with bolts of red

Amazing sushi has arrived at the IFSC  EMMA NOLAN

DUBLIN sushi speciallists Michie have just opened a new restaurant at the IFSC. The Japanese eatery known for its fresh sushi opened first in Ranelagh in 2007 by proprietors Michel Piare and Anna van Exel. It initially opened as a small takeaway but has since expanded and they now have four restaurant loca-

tions in Ranelagh, Dun Laoghaire, Sandyford and IFSC and two Sushi Bars in Avoca Rathcoole and Avoca K ilmacanougue. The menu offers hand-rolled, quality sushi and fresh Japanese cuisine. The new menu for the IFSC has been expanded to include tempura, teppanyaki, and additional desserts. Michie IFSC is located at Unit 3, Georges Dock, Dublin.

PEANUT oil isn’t used that often at home but it has many health benefits and a high smoke point, meaning it’s great for cooking with. It’s also good for drizzling over salads. New Irish company Bayin has launched a range of oils including a peanut oil which is used in their recipe for tomato salad.

Ingredients l l l l l l l l

Two to three ripe tomatoes Two teaspoons Bayin Peanut oil One teaspoon fish sauce 1/2 red onion 1 garlic clove minced 1 lime (juice) Two tablespoons crushed peanuts bunch of coriander chopped

Method l Cut the tomatoes into slices and place in bowl. l In a jug mix the Bayin peanut oil, fish sauce, minced garlic and lime juice. Pour dressing over tomatoes. l Add crushed peanuts and chopped coriander and mix well. Available in Supervalu and independent retailers nationwide. RRP €4.99

Stopping heartburn before it hits

Dr Ciara Kelly

OVER half of Irish adults suffer from heartburn – so National Heartburn Awareness week is back this month to highlight the condition. Starting on October 24, the nation is being advised to be mindful of the condition and its lifestyle effects, and to seek more information from a pharmacist if suffering regularly with heartburn symptoms. With one in three Irish people suffering from heartburn more

than once a week, Dr Ciara Kelly is encouraging people to consult with their local pharmacist on how best to manage the ailment, reminding us that heartburn is something easily treated. The pharmacist should be the first choice for advice, as many heartburn cases can be solved over the counter without a visit to the GP required. In addition to speaking with phar-

macists, Dr Kelly advises those suffering with heartburn symptoms to: Keep a food diary and listen to your body. Pay heed to what causes your heartburn to flare up, monitor and avoid these foods. l Don’t eat late at night before you’re about to go to bed, having a full stomach before you lie down will increase acid backflow and put pressure on digestion. l Avoid spicy foods that effect

your stomach balance, especially anything with lots of chilli. l Consciously add acid neutralising foods to the diet, such as almond milk, bananas, ginger, porridge. l Keep your alcohol intake within recommended limits (17 units for a man, 11 units for a woman per week, or less!) l Reduce your tea and coffee intake, again especially before you go to bed.


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Massimo Dutti Bomber €129; Finders Keepers Harvey Nichols Dress €160; House of Fraser Bagpack €40; River Island Shoes €65

(Left:) Harvey Nichols DKNY blue jumper €420; LK Bennett Dress €795; River Island Boots €100; (Right:) House of Fraser Therapy Coat €220; BT2 DVF shirt dress €467; French Connection Boots €139; Accessorize Pop pom scarf €45.90

Gray and Willow House of Fraser Faux fur coat €219; River Island Top €55; Philip Lim BT2 Skirt €760; M&S Boots €82

Three Floor Dress €395; Accessorise Clutch €65; River Island Shoes €65

Turn over a new leaf in Dundrum Town Centre’s Autumn/Winter styles delight  EMMA NOLAN Style Editor

Acne BT2 Coat €950; Sandro BT2 Jumper €245; Selected Skirt €69.95; LK Bennett Trainers €200

(Left:) Biba House of Fraser Faux fur coat €229; DVF BT2 Polo neck €308; Karen Millen Skirt €160; (Right:) Alice & Olivia Harvey Nichols Dress €402; Accessorise Stole €37.90

DUNDRUM Town Centre has unveiled its Autumn/Winter 2016 ladies wear collections, showcasing some of this season’s popular trends available in the centre, from luxury to high-end brands. Curated by stylist Corina Gaffey, the presentation offers a look at what’s available in the 1,000 fashion brands found in the centre. Key trends of the colourful season include Shades of Pale: soft pinks, camels, creams; Renais-

sance: Victorian influences, frills and embroidery; Winter boho: maxi dresses, faux fur and chunky boots, and Tinsel: Sequins, metallics and velvet. Speaking at the shoot, Corina said: “Dundrum Town Centre is a stylist’s dream, and after pulling this collection together, I’m even more excited for the winter months ahead.”

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Pinko Harvey Nichols Military Jacket €678 and Dress €621



Nail the right make-up for winter with these nourishing products  EMMA NOLAN

AS THE winter chill creeps into the air, choosing products with nourishing properties becomes all the more important. This season, make sure your skin, lips and nails are ready to brace the winter months with cold weather essentials. Available in Penneys stores and pharmacies nationwide, Catrice has a range of inexpensive winter products to keep chapped lips and dry skin at bay ...

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Catrice Prime & Fine Beautifying Primer €4.95 KEEP make-up in place without drying out the skin with a nurturing primer. The product contains nourishing Vitamin E and light-reflecting pearl pigments that create a natural glow and soft shimmer on your skin while delivering long-lasting staying power for your make-up. Catrice Iron Strength Nail Hardener €3.50 A NEW arrival for Autumn/Winter, the Iron Strength Nail Hardener forms a protective barrier on the surface of the nails to make them more resistant. For best results, apply twice weekly to clean nails.

Pinko Harvey Nichols Military Coat €815 and Dress €413

Catrice Vitamin Lip Treatment €3.95 GIVE lips a vitamin boost with the Vitamin Lip Treatment from Catrice. Available in three shades, this lipgloss is enriched with Vitamin E and Q10, designed to pamper lips with their regenerative properties. The lipgloss also offers a fruity fragrance and beautifully shiny finish. Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster €3.95 FORMULATED with jojoba and almond oil, the Catrice Volumizing Lip Booster is a great all-round product. While helping to hide fine lines, the ingredients – including menthol – naturally plump up the lip, adding lusciousness with a rose finish while the oils soothe and nourish lips.

(Left:) Pinko Harvey Nichols Coat €413; River Island Dress €60; French Connection Boots €139; (Right:) River Island Jumper €45; Linea House of Fraser Skirt €89; River Island Boots €100

Catrice Wellnails Regenerating Care Pen €3.95 FOR fast and effective nail and cuticle care, look no further than the newWellnails Regenerating Care Pen. Enriched with caring ingredients such as olive and jojoba oil, shea butter, aloe vera, Vitamin E and bamboo extract, this pen provides targeted nourishment for dry and stressed nails and cuticles.


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CINEMA ReelReviews


It’s flaming awful TOM Hanks takes the money and runs, thanks to the hellishly bad Inferno (Cert 12A, 121 mins), the latest film based on Dan Brown’s clever-clever books. This time round, the globe-trotting academic is in a race against time to stop a plague wiping out half the world before you can shout: “Dante do it!” Any ‘Da Vinci Code’ and Tom Hanks fans may enjoy this, but everybody else ...

While the first film was a little different for the action genre, ‘Jack Reacher 2’ is a more conventional affair, and subsequently a much less interesting sequel


Passes by on Cruise control TOM Cruise returns to break limbs and bust heads as the world’s best-looking vagrant in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Cert 12A, 118 mins). Thanks to Christopher McQuarrie’s lean direction and Cruise’s undeniable magnetism, 2012’s original Reacher film was a surprisingly witty, straight-shooting action thriller with few pretensions. Never Go Back carries over much of the hardboiled, gritty action of the original, with each punch delivered with a signature Cruise wink and smile. Unfortunately, not even the superstar’s charm can save this sequel from the realms of mediocrity. Attempting to layer a little emotional depth


into the mix, Never Go Back overcomplicates and omits that which allowed Jack Reacher to lift its head above other average, contemporary action movies. Based on the bestselling books by Lee Child, the film starts four years after the first film. An ex-army investigator, Reacher has been awarded every military honour there is; in fact, he’s so good, “they ran out of medals to give him”. Our introduction to Reacher in the first film was a shameless delight:

he’s the kind of guy you don’t go looking for – “he finds you”. Stripped of this initial charm, Never Go Back fails to deliver on the introductory excitement of the original and lacks an instigating narrative punch. We’re not so much dropped into the action here, as slowly, laboriously eased into it. Having continued his vagrant lifestyle, moving from state to state, Reacher decides to meet up with Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) – an army officer at his old military unit who’s helped him to solve cases across the country. When he discovers that she’s been accused of treason, he sets out to prove her innocence, naturally unearthing the odd government conspiracy along the way.

The original’s most glaring fault was its alpha-male oriented narrative. This time around, that’s balanced out by the inclusion of Major Turner; a female co-lead just as fiercely capable in combat as Reacher. This is certainly a step up from the damsel in distress dynamic of the original. As a sequel, then, Never Go Back attempts to compensate for the originals’ o v e r whelmi n g machismo with a

few depthless dialogues on gender roles, particularly within the military. While this is a commendable effort, the theme is underdeveloped and ultimately proves a shallow attempt at progression. Further attempts to develop Reacher as a character are made with a subplot centring on his possible daughter, Samantha (Danika Yarosh). While watching Reacher struggle with responsibility and manners has a certain charm, this attempt at injecting some human emotion is a relatively drab affair, and slows the narrative down to a torpid pace around the halfway

mark. Of course, the action here is again expertly choreographed, maintaining a grounded realism; every punch is well and truly felt. The poorly developed plot, however, only really serves to tenuously link these action segments together. The only real compelling mystery here is how Cruise manages to disguise himself snugly in the uniform of a man twice his size. U l t i m a t e l y, J a c k Reacher: Never Go Back is a lifeless, mediocre retread of the original. Even the biggest action fans will find this one distinctly lacking in thrills.

There’s strong support from Cobie Smulders as Major Turner. However, the strong female lead doesn’t change the fact that this film is still very much an adventure for the boys.


House about a twist? FOR most of this film you’re never quite sure who to root for, as Don’t Breathe (Cert 16, 88 mins) ratchets up the tension when three teens decide to rob a blind man in his decrepit house. The wrong blind man, it turns out, as he’s anything but helpless, in this tensionfilled film that soon turns the tables on the young hoods. Shot and edited with skill, it’s a daft but deftly delivered tale.

GIRL WITH THE GIFTS Presents a decent film

TO USE its full title, The Girl With All The Gifts (Cert 15A, 111 mins) staggers into the zombie genre with something a little different. Glenn Close leads an evershrinking group of survivors in a near future world that’s been devastated by, in effect, a zombie plague – with one young infected girl the potential key to a cure. It’s an interesting film, bringing a little brains to the zombie genre.

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TECH WeeBytes

Would-be Cockney geezer types can have a go at criminal capers, with VR successfully planting you in the seat of a getaway van


Major move to get in on totally new consumer sector

Whether climbing through dusty desert tombs or gunning through abandoned Soviet strongholds, Lara Croft’s latest game delivers a worthy addition to the Tomb Raider series. Screengrabs: Shane Dillon


LARA-KING ABOUT IN SIBERIA YOU know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men and tech/games editors … I had a piece on virtual reality (VR) in the bag, but a last minute change of plans involving an upcoming extensive look at Sony’s new PlayStation VR headset (see preview, right) meant substituting another player onto the pitch – this review of Rise of the Tomb Raider

(PlayStation 4, Cert 18, c. €60). Eagle-eyed and sharpwitted Gazette readers will recall that this isn’t Lara Croft’s first outing with this game in the Gazette, as she and it previously graced our pages just over a year ago. However, following her year-long sojourn on Microsoft’s impressive XBox One console, that timed exclusivity has now expired, setting Ms Croft (right) free on the PS4.


Not only that, but she’s packed all kinds of extra goodies into her satchel, bringing with her all of the extra downloadable content, additional features and bonus items released on the XBO platform over the past year, creating an ultimate package. As before, the very successful reboot of what had become a tired, stale franchise sees a young Lara choosing to set off on her first proper adventure, with snowbound Siberia playing host to much of her adventure as she chases a McGuffin extraneous plot device, pitting her against Trinity – a group of religious fanatics try-

ing to complete a mission started centuries earlier. Lara runs, climbs, jumps and swims her way through one icy locale after another, constantly on the look-out for loot and items to gradually upgrade her abilities and weapons alike, such that it isn’t too long before she’s more like Rambo Croft, laying waste to the local wildlife and not-so-local bad guys with aplomb. It’s a very pretty game; not quite up there with Uncharted 4 – then again, what is – but it’s quite a looker in its own right, packed once again with the same gradual unlocking of skills and character/weapon upgrading which made her precious adventure so enjoyable. However, it’s the extra content that really puts the icing on this particular frosted cake, with a more than generous amount of features and extra story

beats bolted on to create a subtly different game than before. While these extra features don’t change the core essence of the game, having them all in one neat package elevates it substantially above the XBO original release, helping to validate a return to the game. In extra content, completionists will enjoy nosing around t h e somew h a t dilapidated Croft manor, while a de rigeur zombie mode, of sorts, further ups the ante for Lara’s action credentials as she zips about the family home-

stead, gunning down hordes of the undead. Not terribly ladylike behaviour, perhaps, but worthy of the Croft adventurer name. With its great mix of frantic action and quieter moments, a nicely scripted and believable Lara Croft (courtesy of Rihanna Pratchett’s, daughter of Terry, input as lead writer), great graphics and its comprehensive set of extra material, Lara’s latest has raised the bar yet again for the reinvigorated series.

I POPPED over to a pop-up unit (below) at Dame Lane last week, where Sony were giving punters a hands-on (or should I say, heads-on) look at the PlayStation VR (virtual reality) headset as it hit the retail market. The newly launched PS VR marks Sony’s entry into the burgeoning consumer VR market, which has finally become a tangible, physical reality after decades of delayed promise. I trialled a number of games and visual demos, and while the results were varying, the VR experience just worked, and worked well. Whether riding shotgun in a Cockney crime caper (top), looking all around as I flew a fighter through a debris-littered asteroid field, or ignoring my instinctive desire to grip the bars in a dive cage being attacked by a hungry shark, the PS VR, and unit, worked as well as I’d hoped. With the headset adjusting the image in time with my head movements as I looked about in 360 degrees, I didn’t notice any lag, or delay, in display or input reactions, and the tech was fine to wear and use. As with all early tech, it ain’t cheap – it’s still something of a rich man’s toy, running from €400 to €800, depending on whether you need the base PS4 as well. Still, dedicated gamers and media users are likely to lap it up, with a good year of development ahead sure to grow up some great titles and experiences as developers, and content creators, get to grips with its capabilities. Look out for my more in-depth exploration of the PS VR, and VR in general, soon – it’s virtually assured to go ahead ...


ESB event looking to create energy-efficient solutions CALLING all hackers – ESB is on the hunt for the best and brightest minds in the country to take part in Ireland’s first ever “hackathon”. The Big Eneregy Hack is bringing great minds together for over 48 hours to disrupt, invent and innovate, with the aim of developing solutions for a low-carbon future. Taking place from October 21 to 23 in Dogpatch Labs at Customs House Quay, organisers are on the look out for 150 of the best and brightest minds in Ireland. They are looking for hackers from a diverse range of fields, including IT, innovation, marketing, design, finance and entrepreneurship, to help unearth Smart ideas that could help lower carbon emissions and combat climate change through such initiatives as Smarter energy efficiency in the home, enhancing the eCar experience, and optimising the electricity network. Participants will be tasked with three energy-focused challenges, with cash prizes of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000 for the most innovative ideas. Hackers with the top ground-breaking creations and concepts will also have the opportunity to bring their ideas to the next level at ESB’s innovation hub, X_Site. Spaces are limited, so would-be hackers and winners should register today at

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FastSport WESLEY TO HOST CONCUSSION SEMINAR: LEINSTER Rugby, in conjunction with the IRFU, will be hosting a series of concussion awareness workshops throughout the coming weeks. All club and school coaches, players, parents and officials are encouraged to attend the workshops which are free of charge. Shane Mooney, the IRFU’s First Aid and Injury Prevention coordinator, hosts all of the workshops which include modules relating to concussion recognition, initial management and return to play protocols followed by a question and answer session. The content has been designed to educate coaches, parents, players and referees on the dangers of concussion and how to recognise it. Old Wesley will host one of the nights on November 30 at 7pm while Ashbourne RFC hosts another one on November 16 at 7.30pm.


Esker BC hail best ever Cup  KARL GRAHAM

ESKER Celtic Boxing Club enjoyed yet another hugely successful All Female Box Cup last week with 340 boxers from Ireland, Poland, Canada, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom registered to take part at Lucan CBS Sports Hall.

It makes the tournament the biggest femaleonly event in Europe and club secretary Ed Griffin told GazetteSport it was another triumph for the club. “It was brilliant,” he said. “The best one we’ve ever had because there were two international rings in operation. Every county in Ireland was represented and we have

The crowds flocked to Lucan CBS

already had inquiries from a team in South America and a team in Los Angeles about coming next year. “We had girls that have boxed twice at the World Championships for the seniors, European medallists and Irish medallists as well as three Canadian champions and a Swedish champion.” The tournament started four years ago and the rise in stature it has received in such a short space of time has been remarkable. “It is the biggest event in Europe but a guy who was over from Canada asked if it was the biggest in the world because he had never been at an event before where there

Winners in various categories, above, and a Dutch boxer, below, receives advice

were just all females boxing at it. “We started it up four years ago because there was no outlet for female boxing in Dublin whatsoever. You have to rely on Leinster and then go further afield. We set it up just for our own girls initially but then said we might as well grow it because it is a great for the profile of the club,” said Griffin. On a personal note for the club, there was success for both of their

fighters competing. Rebecca Toohey defeated her English opponent to win gold with Shannon Kelly also taking home a gold medal for Esker. Over 1,000 spectators turned up to produce a fantastic atmosphere and Griffin believes that the vast amount of support they have obtained has been invaluable. “We couldn’t have done it without South Dublin County Council, IPB Insurance, and Failte Ireland, as well as all our

other sponsors. I would also like to thank Mick Kelly, Eileen Toohey and Paschal Joyce, and everybody else who helps us out.” Despite this success for the club, they still have no permanent facilities to box out of but they are working closely with the council to remedy the situation as soon as possible so they can concentrate on taking their tournament – and their other training groups – to even loftier heights.

Railway men fluff their lines in EY Hockey League 

Railway Union’s Mark English tackles Cork C of I’s Alex Burns. Picture: Adrian Boehm

RAILWAY Union’s men’s and women’s hockey teams had wildly contrasting fortunes as the former fell 6-2 to Cork C of I in the EY Hockey League while the women advance with a massive 7-0 Irish Senior Cup win over reigning champions Ulster Elks. For the men, the Sandymount side had opened brightly forcing two short corners without success as they welcomed back Mark English, Kenny Carroll and Fergal Keaveney. But the in-form Cork outfit

soon got on top with Stephen Sweetnam banging home a corner shot. One became two in the second quarter from turnover ball with Stephen Parker slapping into the roof of the net. C of I were beginning to dominate in midfield and their pressure led to a penalty stroke, given for a deliberate back-stick in the circle, which Olympian John Jermyn put away. Railway did get one back with their first meaningful attack of the second quarter with English scoring a low drag-flick into the

corner for 3-1 at the break. They got further into the tie in the third quarter with Richard Forrest’s left post shot going across the face of goal before English scored again from a corner. But a second goal each from Jermyn and Sweetnam stretched out a 5-2 lead. Jermyn was subsequently given his marching orders for a second yellow card. Despite their numerical disadvantage, C of I continued to aggressively pounce on Railway loose ball, Julian Dale scoring on 66 minutes to complete the rout. On the women’s side, big

scores were the order of the day. For the Ulster Elks, their twoyear reign came to an end in ignominious fashion, falling 7-0 on home turf to Railway Union. Niamh Carey and Emma Smyth both scored doubles while Cecelia Joyce, Zara Delany and Sinead Dooley all on the mark. Hermes-Monkstown were 5-0 winners over Corinthian in a Dublin derby with Chloe Watkins scoring a brace. Loreto won 4-1 at Dungannon while Evie McCullough scored the only goal for Trinity as they saw off Lisnagarvey.

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Gavin’s 5,300-strong Ark brings hope to east Africa Dublin manager travels to Rwanda for a very special Bothar project just days after guiding Dublin to a third All-Ireland senior football championship title under his stewardship  JAMES HENDICOTT

FRESH from leading Dublin to their second consecutive All-Ireland title, manager Jim Gavin curtailed celebrations in order to accompany 5,300 farm animals to Rwanda on behalf of charity Bothar. It is part of the charity’s work in the country, particularly in helping the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide which still hovers over many aspects of life. Gavin left just 11 days after securing his third All-Ireland title in charge of the boys in blue, flying out of Shannon to the poverty-stricken, land-locked east African country after collecting the livestock in Tipperary and Clare.

T h e t r i p b r o ke a record as the largest delivery of multi-species cargo ever to take place. Gavin - who works in the aviation sector when he’s not working with the county side – said: “I’ve been fortunate to have flown around the world but this is a unique experience.” Bothar has long specialised in sending dairy cows, goats and other livestock out to some of the poorest parts of Africa in order to create sustainable farming conditions and help families out of poverty. “ Tr a n s p o r t i n g 41 tonnes of quality Irish livestock through the night from Ireland to deepest Africa, including a fuelling stop in Cairo, was unprecedented for me,” Gavin said of the

Jim Gavin with some of the pigs he transported to Rwanda

trip. “Most important was knowing at the end of it we were bringing this precious cargo, donated by Irish farmers and other Bothar supporters, to change the lives of almost 800 of the world’s poorest people.” Gavin told the charity’s blog of his experiences, explaining some of the mechanisms and going into details about the delivery. “The Bothar Ark carrying the animals is a very special 25th anniversary airlift of 37 incalf heifers, three bulls for the Rwandan government’s National Bovine Breeding Scheme, 260 pigs, 100 goats and 5,000 chicks,” he added. “Also on board were 5,000 doses of bovine semen for the Rwandan

Breeding Programme run by Bothar’s sister agency Heifer International.” Gavin went on to talk about his personal connections to the mission, including some of the farmers who have donated, before outlining the financial scale of the offering. “All in all, the cargo

explained. Rwanda suffered the worst genocide since the holocaust 22 years ago, when Gavin was still turning out for the boys in blue. The country’s population of 12 million was decimated, with the genocide having aimed to wipe out the Tutsis from the population. Many of the animals


‘There were many widows... one who only got her husband’s torso to bury’ Jim Gavin


is worth just short of €350,000,” he explained. “It’s essentially a donation by the people of Ireland to what are among the poorest people in the world, and most of them have been affected by genocide.” As well as delivering the thousands of animals to Rwanda, Gavin has also met with widows of the genocide during his trip. The Dublin boss had written to Bothar to offer his support earlier this year, and after being invited to join the 25th anniversary trip, said that the end of his journey was particularly important to him. “Local volunteers could be heard chopping up elephant grass for the animals when we arrived. I’m assured they’ll be treated like a family member,” he

delivered on the trip went directly to families impacted on by the events of 1994. “There were many genoicide victims, and one story was as tragic as the next,” Gavin said of the trip. “There were many widows, like a mother whose five children and her husband was butchered in the bloodlust. She only got her husband’s torso to bury, but none of her children’s remains were returned.” “We also heard stories of hope,” he continued, “thanks in no small part to NGOs like Bothar who have given these genocide widows hope and enabled them to put their lives back together as best they can in these tragic circumstances.” You can follow Gavin’s Rwandan experience online at


Parkrun going strong for runners of all ages FREE, volunteer-led and tailored to all comers, Marlay Park’s parkrun – and the broader parkrun concept – is going from strength to strength as it draws on its community and invites everyone to get involved. The weekly Saturday-morning jaunt is a timed run across five kilometres and typically attracts 450 to 500 runners, ranging from competitive club runners to joggers in their 80s and parents pushing buggys. “We’ll stay until the very last person crosses the line,” organiser Liam McCambridge explains of the concept. “It’s important that parkrun is a timed run, rather than a race. It’s about running against yourself. Of the people who turn up every Sunday, probably about one third are first timers. “Another third are occasional runners, and we have a final third who will be there at very nearly every run, and have made it a part of their weekend.” Originally from County Antrim, McCambridge helped set up the Marlay Park edition of parkrun – Ireland’s largest – after seeing the success of the concept in Malahide. Having originated in Bushy Park, London, the event has grown rapidly in Ireland, with 56 separate parkruns now taking place regularly in the Republic. In the early days, though, running the event on a weekly basis required plenty of persuasion. Runners are encouraged to volunteer at one of every 10 events, rather than actually run, though McCambridge says that some enjoy the volunteering aspect so much that they never actually run the route themselves. “It was a little difficult to set up,” McCambridge admits. “You need permission of the landlord and the set up costs are around €7,000; parkrun contributes half of that. “Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, who own Marlay Park, were a little apprehensive at first, and after a few discussions, gave us permission for a few months. They also gave us the half of the funds we had to raise. It proved popular, and the feedback was excellent, so it wasn’t difficult to extend the time after that.” If you’d like to take part in parkrun, you can find further information or sign up at marlay.


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Rivervalley’s 3A side provide star turn RIVERVALLEY Ranger’s AUL Division 3A side put in the club’s star turn of the weekend as they saw off Celtic Park 4-1 with an extremely solid performance. Jordan Curley and Adam Sheehy proved the inspirations in a pair of top notch performances that saw the Swords side in control from start to finish. Rivervalley were on top in defence for the vast majority of the tie with just a free kick sneaking in while their tireless midfield never stopped running in securing the chances. Danny Cowley, Andy Cooper and Tarik Enemawi were all on the mark as Rangers bounced back from a pair of defeats, setting them up nicely for a tie against SCV FC next weekend. The win moves RVR up into the top four of the table with 13 points from their seven outings to date this season. There was also a win for the club’s Saturday Division 1 side as they got the better of Finglas United 2-1. They took the lead Gary Weafer and Eoin Kestell combined to lay the ball to the win where an inch-perfect cross from Ross Hainsworth was subsequently nodded home by Jack Hargan. From there, Rivervalley missed a penalty, hit the post and crossbar before Finglas found a way back into the tie with a penalty of their own to set up an exciting finish. Hainsworth, though, sealed the deal when he drilled a free kick into the bottom corner late on to lift the club up to sixth place in a thirteen-team league with two games in hand on the top two. There was no such luck for Rivervalley’s first team who succumbed to an early Real Transilvania goal as the Swords’ club’s frustrations continued. Neither keeper had much to do in terms of saves for the rest of the first half and it was a cagey affair. The second half was a bit more open with five subs a piece been thrown on. Ian Doran was in fine form in nets while Rivervalley had a late goal disallowed as the wait for a first league win continues.

The Griffith Swords Thunder men’s Super League side made it three wins out of four

Thunder strike down Eagles MEN’S SUPER LEAGUE Swords Thunder UL Eagles 

88 53

G R I F F I T H S wo r d s T h u n d e r r e c ove r e d from a disappointing defeat last week to register an impressive 88-53 win over the Radisson Blu UL Eagles at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. After opening wins over Pyrobel Killester and Commercial. ie Eanna in the men’s Super League, Thunder fell to an away defeat to the UCC Demons. But they bounced

back and now join three other clubs in joint second place having all won three of their first four games, with Templeogue sitting on top with a 100% record. Thunders top scorer against UL was Justin Goldsborough with 16 points, while Charlie Coombes and Alex Calvexe both finished on 12 points. Coach Dave Baker spoke after the game about his side’s latest win, and this weekend’s tough game against the Irish TV Tralee Warriors in the Hula Hoops national cup.

HALF-TIME SHOW Malahide’s young stars meet Leinster heroes MALAHIDE RFC’s young stars of the future got to meet Leinster’s Tom Daly and Jonathan Sexton before their Bank of Ireland Minis games at half time during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 1 match between Leinster and Castres at the RDS Arena last Saturday. Malahide’s lions showed off their skills against Suttonians in a quick-fire game during the break before getting to enjoy Leinster’s handsome win. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“It was good to bounce back because we had a tough loss to the Demons last weekend where we didn’t play well,” he said. “On one hand, it was good to come out and score 88 points, but keeping a team of UL’s stature to 53 is great for us.” B a ke r a l s o s p o ke about the reasons behind their slump i n C o r k t h e we e kend before and what i m p r ove m e n t s we r e required against UL. “We weren’t focused going into the game last week with people com-

ing late to the game and other simple, silly things so that just put us out of sync. “For us, it was about coming in and not being complacent at all. “Two years ago, we only lost two games all season and didn’t win the league so we know another one [loss] would be very, very detrimental to us, so we need to win every game we can.” Tralee have also won three of their first four games so with that form and a boisterous crowd behind them, this weekend’s game will be tough

for Thunder. “I’ve watched them play twice now and they are a very, very talented squad. Coach Bernsen has done a great job with them. “For us, it is about how we play. We need to go down and be strong because obviously the Tralee crowd is going to be huge for them. “T hey seem to be packing out the gym which is great for basketball and it will be a great experience to have that noise, but for us we just need to stick to what we do well and hopefully get the win.”

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Sylvester supporting St Sylvester’s blitz team


ST SYLVESTER’S, with their mascot Syl-

vester the Cat, pictured at the Gaelic4Mothers and Others national blitz 2016 held jointly at their home ground in Malahide as well as at nearby Naomh Mearnog in Portmarnock last Saturday. The event saw over 1,000 players taking parts from teams all around the country in their annual blitz.

U13: Comhgairdeas leis na cailini

team in the Division 1 league final

faoi 13 who won their Division 3

in Swords. Congratulations to the

championship final on Saturday

management and panel on another

against Ballyboden St. Enda’s, (6-9,

successful year.

2-8). Our girls were able to extend

Inter championship: Our footballers beat local rivals St Finian’s to set up a semi-final meeting with Naomh Fionnbarra.

Picture: Peter Hickey/

The game will be played in St Mar-


garets this Sunday, October 30 at 3pm.

Fingallians6-9 Ballyboden St Enda’s 2-8 

FINGALLIANS Under13 girls won the Dublin county Division 3 championship last Saturday as they got the best of Ballyboden St Enda’s. Played at Scoil Ui Chonaill’s ground on a sun drenched October afternoon, the tie was contested in perfect conditions for playing football. After a good semi-final win over Beann Eadair, the Fingallians girls were looking forward to the final. The first half was

Walzer and Alannah Rose McKenna likewise were very effective in denying access to the blue and white southsiders. The duo of captain Ava Taylor and Abi Colclough at midfield were well able to intercept high balls and lead the attack. The half forward line was made up of Siobhan Sheppard, Jessica McCormack and Elena Clarke Diez who each were instrumental in feeding ball to the full forwards Nicole Carter, Ciara Markey and Sarah Smith. Second half substitutes

made a big impact. Siun O’Shea, Eve and Hollie Gibney, Fern Connolly and Caitlin O’Rourke. O’Rourke made numerous McManamon style attacks on the Ballyboden goal. The jubilant winners were gracious in victory and 13-year-old vicecaptain Walzer made a very eloquent speech, thanking the Ballyboden St.Enda girls for a great game. She acknowledged the Dublin LGFA board, the referee, Scoil Ui Chonaill for providing the venue, her management team and the supporters present.

annual blitz that was held in Portmarnock/Malahide at the weekend. Athletic news: Thank you to Deirgave her second workshop at Santry

club audio visual equipment. We

stadium on Saturday morning.

have great music lined up. Fingal

All-weather pitch: annual main-

Craft beer on draft and Fingallians

tenance will take place on Monday,


October 24. There will be no access to the pitch from 9am to 5pm on Monday. Lotto: numbers drawn were 14, 17,

Tickets include entry to the event

22, 33 and 36. There was three win-

plus entry into a draw. Menu, at €10,

ners, each getting €790. Next week’s

includes organic pork cooked by our

jackpot will be €2,260.

chef John Penrose, roasted hand-

Fingallians extends deepest sym-

picked Rodgers potatoes served

pathy to the family of John McGee on

with tossed salad, pasta and cole-

the death of his mother. Ar dheis De

slaw. Tickets available in the bar/

go raibh a hAnam dilis.


tit-for-tat, finishing with the Swords’ side up by only one point at 2-4 to 2-3. Midway through the second half, Fingallians started to stretch their lead with some powerful long range goals and accurate point-taking. The Fins goalkeeper Roisin Gallagher held the line steadfastly with some excellent saves and accurate, powerful kickouts. Full backs Ava Byrne, Roisin Byrne and Neamh Le Blanc kept the Boden girls at bay via dogged marking. Half backs Leah Brophy, Orlagh

Gaelic for Mothers: Well done to the group who participated in the

from the night will go towards new

October 29.


13-point win.

dre Ryan (Olympic high jumper) who

memorable club night on Saturday,

Flying Fins waltz to U-13 championship

a one-point lead at half time to a

Oktoberfest 2016: All proceeds

All promising ingredients for a

Fingallians celebrate their Under-13 success. Picture: Kyran O’Brien


girls overcame a strong Ballyboden

HARD Luck to the intermediate foot-

Well done to the U-12 camogie team

ballers who were narrowly beaten by

who finished off their season, winning

neighbours Fingallians in the cham-

all three matches in their away blitz

pionship quarter final in Balgriffin,

on Saturday.

pushing all the way to the end with

AIB will donate €50 to St Finian’s

a late penalty only to lose by two

GAA Club for all new home insurance

points, despite being six points down

customers. When you get your policy

with 20 minutes to go. The focus now

number, click on the link on the club

switches to the league playoff and

Facebook page to fill in the online

getting Division 3 status.


Huge congratulations to Sean,

Reminder that the club AGM will

Conor and all the U-13 girls on their

take place on Thursday, October 27

league win – Division 1 football in 2016.

at 9pm in the clubhouse.

Best of luck to Sean Clifford from

It is important to have as many

the U-14 hurling team who will line out

members as possible in attendance

for the Dublin hurlers versus Cork on

in order to have your say in how the

Sunday, October 23 in the National

club is run and managed.

Sports Campus, Abbotstown.

The club shop is open every Thurs-

It was a big occasion for the 2009

day evening from 7pm to 9.30pm and

boys who played their first match

every Saturday from 10am to 1pm for

against Erin Go Bragh in River Valley

tracksuits, tops, hoodies, shorts etc.

on Saturday.

The club lotto jackpot was €1,900

All of the boys have come through

and the numbers drawn were 8, 11, 14

the nursery and academy and are

and 23. There was no winner. Lucky

looking forward to starting the U-8

dip winners of €25 were Brenda

league in early 2017.

Green, Edel Dunne, Margaret Ward

Well done to out Gaelic4Mothers and others team who took part in

and Mary McGill. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,000.

the All-Ireland national blitz held in

The club bingo takes place this and

Naomh Mearnog on Saturday. The

every Friday upstairs in Peacocks at

ladies competed well, winning three

8.30pm. This week’s jackpot is €1,500.

of their five games. A special word of

The clubhouse coffee shop is now

thanks to their manager Anto Gray

open every Saturday from 10am to

for his dedication and belief in these

1pm; all are welcome for a cuppa and


a chat.


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Florida’s flying Finn Roma McLaughlin, Amanda McQuillan and Jamie Finn of Republic of Ireland during an Under-19 squad portrait session at the Maldron Airport Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Swords native jets back to Europe to shine for Republic of Ireland’s Under-19 side following impressive performances with Gulf Coast


FORMER St Finian’s student Jamie Finn jetted back to Europe this week from Florida to make her mark for the Republic of Ireland Under19 side as they beat hosts Macedonia 10-0 in Skopje. Leanne Kiernan netted four times, while Niamh Prior and Alex Kavanagh got two apiece, and Finn and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle scored one each on a hot Tuesday afternoon. The side go on to meet Wales before completing their initial group of the European championships qualifying campaign, looking to breach the top two to advance. For Finn, she recently began a sports schol-

arship in the US with the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, playing five times already with them, scoring once and notching an assist. And head coach at the university, Jim Blankenship, has been happy with how she has settled in: “Jamie is an excellent ball-winner and her ability to play along the backline and in midfield will be a great asset to us. Her experience at the international levels, with the Under19s and at the Euros with the Under-17s will help us as we look to tackle our challenging 2016 schedule.” In Skopje, with 23 attempts on target, Ireland completely dominated their first game in Group 2, where they occupy top spot alongside Italy who overcame Wales 6-0, and the perfor-

mance pleased head coach Dave Connell. Yet, the experienced Connell is not one to get carried away after one result as he knows there is still room for improvement and that momentum will be crucial ahead of Thursday’s clash with Wales. “We were expected to win by some onlookers but the manner in which we went about our performance was particularly pleasing. The aim was to come away the three points and we did that in a convincing manner,” said Connell. “We’ll now work on our recovery and look ahead to the Wales game which is coming up very quickly.” Connell paid tribute to the development of the Continental Tyres Women’s National

League with nine of the 10 goals coming from players currently playing in the League, while Finn previously lined out for Raheny United and Shelbourne Ladies. “The Women’s National League has been a huge help to myself and to the players. I deal with the coaches and clubs across the country on a regular basis and the culmination of the girls playing tougher games on a regular basis is the improvement in the standard,” he said. “We still have a long way to go but the progression has been encouraging.” Leading 4-0 at half-time, Ireland were never going to loosen their grip on this game and they continually cut open the opposition’s backline through slick passing and clever movement.