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THE 11th Cow and Gate Big Toddle for Barnardos is calling on little superheroes across Ireland to toddle half a mile in May or June to help raise €200,000 for the charity. Kyle Doyle (Killester), Gemma Kane (Swords), Susan Henry (Malahide), Sam Morgan (Clontarf) and Ava O’Herlihy (Donaghmeade) helped launch the toddle, which aims to see toddlers across Ireland travel over 24,000 miles – the equivalent distance of the circumference of the earth. To register, see www.barnardos. ie/bigtoddle.

Council reacts to local playground concerns Issue of pedestrian safety for Swords Manor facility to be tackled with path


THE lack of a pedestrian crossing at Swords Manor playground, and the subsequent danger this presents, has been raised by concerned locals.

In response, Fingal County Council said that it intends to connect the playground and the multi-use games area to the path network in the park. In the meantime a connection to the pedestrian entrance at the pedestrian

crossing from the shopping centre will be provided by a chipped bark path. Residents also enquired when necessary repairs would be made to Rathingle playground, which had been damaged by vandals.

The council replied that while repairs had previously been carried out, repeated vandalism necessitated the removal of items, which cannot be replaced before the summer. Full Story on Page 5

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Housing fund viewed as both good and bad

 Keith Bellew

There has been a mixed reaction to a housing scheme announced for Fingal this week. Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan recently announced that 952 homes will be provided through a €15m national investment in social housing, a scheme which will bring long-term vacant local authority units back into use. “There is significant pressure on social housing supply and I am determined that no suitable home will be left empty when there are families in need of housing,” said Minister O’Sullivan. Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the announcement of the

scheme which will make 95 vacant houses available for use in Fingal. “T here is a housing shortage across the country. Families in Fingal are in need of homes. This significant investment will make a huge difference to people in the area,” he said. “Empty houses regularly attract anti-social behaviour; they are unsightly and negatively impact local areas. We want to bring new life into these properties and to turn them into homes once again. “This investment of €1,259,000 locally will not only benefit the individual families who are allocated a new property but it will enhance the community. It is good news for builders and good news for small businesses.

“This €15m national investment is just one of a number of measures being introduced by the Government to deal with public housing issues. €68m will be invested nationally to build 449 new homes for families and €30m will be spent in 2014 to upgrade the energy efficiency of the least well insulated local authority homes,” concluded Mr Farrell. However, not every local representative is applauding the initiative. Fianna Fail councillor David McGuinness, does not agree with the Fine Gael TD. “This smacks of electioneering by Fine Gael. We have around 10,000 families waiting for a home on Fingal’s wait-

ing list and this funding will get less than 100 homes ready. “Money has always been available from central Government to turn around boarded-homes,” said Cllr McGuinness. “The difficulty is that it can take seven to eight months to draw down the funding. If the Government were serious about addressing the housing crisis in Dublin then they should cut this red tape, reform the rent supplement situation and invest in procuring and building new local authority homes,” he added. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore also welcomed the funding saying it “will transform local authority units which have been out of use for long

periods into good quality homes for families in need. The additional units are being provided in areas which have a strong social housing demand. Not only will it see families being put in good homes, but it will also guarantee a rental income for local authorities”. “Long-term vacant housing units cause a variety of problems for local communities, often becoming targets for anti-social behaviour, litter or dumping. “Some communities have lived with these issues for far too long, and that is why it was imperative the Government take action by providing €15m to return these vacant properties into good use once again,” he added.

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heritage: fingal’s links to famous viking past to be commemorated

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€2,300 is raised for RNLI

Torchlit march for Brian Boru’s body  keith bellew

FINGAL County Council has organised a weekend of activities in Swords to commemorate the area’s connection with the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru, along with Fingal’s strong ties to the Norsemen. The itinerary includes a night-time parade by torchlight to mark the funeral procession, and the presenting of “Brian’s body” to re-enactors representing the delegation from Armagh who received Boru’s body in 1014, along with two days of fun for all the family with a Viking village in Swords Castle park. This will include battle

re-enactments, demonstrations of archery and falconry, an exhibition on The Vikings in Fingal, talks for children on the day-to-day lives of the Vikings, and hands-on activities that will enable participants to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist digging for ancient artefacts. A Fingal County Council spokesperson urged locals to “come join us for an exhilarating trip back through Fingal’s history. Get into the spirit of things by coming dressed as a Viking or an Irish warrior. All events are free”. The Friday night Fire and Torch Parade will take place on Swords Main Street from 8pm to 10pm on April 25, with re-

enactors marching down the street by torchlight, bearing the remains of “Brian Boru” to Swords Town Park The following day, Saturday April 26, the Viking village will be open from 11am to 5pm at Swords Castle park. A number of exhibitions are also on display, including From Raiders to Settlers: The Vikings and Fingal, which will be on display in Swords and Blanchardstown from April 26 to May 30. This exhibition will also be held in Swords Castle on April 26 and 27; in County Hall, Swords from April 28 to May 9, and at the council offices in Blanchardstown from May 12 to 30.

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Egg-cellent work: Chocolate prizes for lucky winners in an Easter hunt lucky bunny Casey Gibson was one of the winners of the Easter egg hunt held at the Swords Pavilions shopping centre last weekend, which saw lots of local boys and girls taking part in the seasonal fun. Casey was presented with a prize of a large Easter egg from Butler’s Chocolate Cafe.

SKERRIES RNLI emerged as the biggest winners at a recent race night fundraiser that was held in Skerries Rugby Club earlier this month. The event, which was held in aid of the local RNLI, saw €2,300 raised. A spokesperson for the entire team at Skerries RNLI said: “A big thankyou to everybody that was involved in making the night a success – particularly to Richie Browne and his team of fundraisers, who put a huge amount of work into organising the event.” The team have also thanked all those who attended on the night, and all local businesses and clubs who continue to support their lifeboat.

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community New facility is finally up and running despite all the delays

Donabate/Portrane library opening ‘is fantastic’  keith bellew

THE long-awaited Donabate/Portrane librar y opened last week. Last year, Fingal County Council met the board of the community centre to view and discuss the plans for the centre, and the library was due to be

opened at the end of last year. However, after changing the timeframe on numerous occasions, the date was finally set for this month. Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) hailed the library as “fantastic for the residents of Donabate and Portrane”.

He said: “This is great news for Donabate and Portrane, and it was great to see so many families and young children waiting outside to get in for the first time.” Cllr Butler attended the opening ceremony along with local election FG candidate Adrian Henchy.

Deputy Brendan Ryan (Lab) was also thrilled with the library’s opening. He said: “I am delighted to see Donabate Library open this week. Local residents and public representatives have fought long and hard for this amenity to be delivered for the communities

of Donabate and Portrane. The provision of a library will benefit the entire community.” Many residents of all ages have already visited the library, some of whom are pictured on the community centre’s Facebook page. One local resident said: “I paid a visit to the

new library on Monday. [It’s] smaller than most libraries, I suppose, but it’s excellently laid out and overall very impressive. My kids loved it anyway. “All very high-tech – not like libraries when I was a nipper! Hopefully, the community will use it,” said the resident.

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Support Oxfam at the Giro d’Italia  natalie burke

OXFAM Ireland is calling on the people of Swords and local north Dublin towns to volunteer at the Giro d’Italia this May. From May 9 to May 11, more than 200 of the world’s most elite cyclists will be taking part in the Giro d’Italia – one of the world’s largest cycling road races – which sets off from Belfast and stops off in Armagh, before a grand finale finish in Dublin. As the official charity partner of the Giro d’Italia, Oxfam Ireland is encouraging members of the local community to get on board and help break the cycle of poverty. People can get involved in a number of ways, including volunteering with Oxfam Ireland at locations along the route. The charity is calling on the people of Swords to give a couple of hours of their time to volunteer along the route on Sunday, May 11 and to help raise vital funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide. To get involved, email your name and contact details to volunteer@ Alternatively, call Marie-Louise at 01 635 0406, or Jenny at 01 635 4054.

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community Local residents urged to help thwart vandals

Call for unity to protect playground  keith bellew

FOLLOWING the success of the Swords Needs Playgrounds group and the two new playgrounds at Swords Manor and Thornleigh (Applewood), a number of residents and local representatives have expressed their concerns about the lack of a pedestrian crossing at the Swords Manor playground, and the resulting danger to the children who frequent it. This issue was raised at a recent area meeting and, following enquiries, residents were informed by Fingal County Council that the multi-use games area (MUGA) is expected

to be completed over the next few weeks. The council said that it is not intended to complete the roadside path at this location as the only pedestrian entrances to the park are at Park Avenue and the pedestrian crossing at the shopping centre. It is intended to connect the playground and the games area to the path network in the park, including the path that crosses the valley. The council said that the procurement process has already begun and in the meantime a chipped bark path will provide a clean connection to the pedestrian entrance at the

pedestrian crossing from the shopping centre. Many residents in the area were also interested to know whether repairs would be made to the Rathingle playground, which had been damaged by vandals. They directed their queries to Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) who contacted the local officials in charge to ask when the necessary repairs would be carried out. In response, the council told Cllr Butler: “Play items were removed from this playground due to vandalism. Repairs were carried out, but the repeated attacks ultimately resulted in play

items being removed when it was no longer possible to carry out effective repairs. “A small budget has been identified to install replacement play items and prices are being sought from suppliers at the moment. “Given the rigours of the public procurement process, it is not expected that the new equipment will be installed before the summer.” O n t h e c o u n c i l ’s reply, Cllr Butler said: “I expressed my disappointment that the repair would not take place before the summer. “Council officials did say that they would

Cllr Daragh Butler (FF): “As a community, we need to stand up to these thugs and to not allow any new playground items that go in to be repeatedly vandalised”

be eager to work with a community/parents group regarding this playground, who might be able to work with the council to ensure any new items put in are not vandalised.” He added that this sort

of relationship, which includes the community gardai, has been working with regard to the two new playgrounds, and asked that any local residents who are interested in taking part contact him and he would pass

on their details. He said: “I think this would be a really good idea. As a community, we need to stand up to these thugs and to not allow any new playground items that go in to be repeatedly vandalised.”

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COURTS Jury convicts Anglo Irish Bank director

Whelan convicted of illegal lending FORMER Anglo Irish Bank director Pat Whelan, who lives in Malahide, has been convicted of providing illegal lending to the Maple Ten for a share support scheme. The jury found that former director of finance Willie McAteer, and former head of Irish lending Whelan, were guilty of providing illegal loans to 10 individuals, known as the Maple Ten, to buy shares in the bank. The jury acquitted them of six charges each of lending money to the Quinn family. The jury returned the final verdicts after nearly 17 hours of deliberation over five days. Their co-accused, former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick, was acquitted on all 10 charges against him, on Wednesday. The men made no reaction as the verdicts were read out. All guilty verdicts were unanimous. The trial lasted 48 days and was a result of the biggest fraud investiga-

tion in Irish history. It was the first time anyone was tried for the offence, and the first time an enlarged jury of 15 was used. FitzPatrick and exdirectors McAteer and Whelan were charged at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court with breaching Section 60 of the Companies Act 1963 by lending money to investors to buy shares in Anglo. Accused

Whelan (52) of Malahide, and McAteer (63) of Rathgar, were accused of 16 counts of providing unlawful financial assistance to 16 individuals in July 2008 to buy shares in the bank. The 16 individuals are six members of the Quinn family, and the Maple Ten group of investors. FitzPatrick (65), of Greystones, Co Wicklow, was charged with 10 counts of lending money to the Maple Ten. All three denied the charges. Last week, the jur y was ordered to acquit Whelan and Fit-

Pat Whelan leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. A jury unanimously found him guilty of providing illegal loans at Anglo Irish Bank. Picture: Photocall Ireland

zPatrick of a series of related counts because of lack of evidence. The Maple Ten deal was designed to unwind the 29.4% control of the bank which businessman Sean Quinn had built up through investment tools known as contracts for

difference. The 10 investors were loaned a total of €450m by Anglo to buy around 10% of the shares that Quinn controlled. Quinn’s wife and five children were also lent €169m to buy nearly 15% of the stock.


Cliffhanger excitement  NATALIE BURKE

THE Irish Coast Guard helped reunite a family pet with its owners last week, after one-year-old Trixie became trapped on the side of a cliff at Howth Head. On Thursday, April 10, the Irish Coast Guard’s operations centre received an alert that the springer spaniel pup was trapped on the side of a cliff at Deer Park on Howth Head. While out walking,

Trixie had managed to run away from her owner and fell down about 10ft to a narrow ledge. Below the ledge was a further 30ft steep drop to the ground. T he coast guard’s cliff rescue team from Howth set up a cliff rescue and lowered one of the rescue climbers to the dog. Trixie had some initial concerns over this new arrival joining her on the ledge, but after some gentle persuading,

the skilled canine negotiator – with promises of doggy treats – helped Trixie warm up to her new coast guard friend. T he dog was then brought into the comfort of the coast guard’s “doggy bag” – a very low technical device to stop the dog and rescuer from getting too close on the descent. Trixie was reunited with her relieved owner once on solid ground, and the team then returned to the station.

Trixie trapped (top) and happily reunited with her owner (below)

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birthday bash: members celebrate


Girl in world dance test Rise in flights at Easter SWORDS girl Shauna Rock competed recently at the 2014 An Comhdhail World Irish Dance Championships, which took place recently at Killarney Convention Centre, Co Kerry. This year’s competition ran from April 12 to 19, and more than 5,000 competitors came from the island of Ireland, America, Scotland, England and Europe to compete for the world title. The eight-day highly-competitive championship, which took place in the centre’s auditorium, was officially opened by the mayor of Killarney, Paddy Courtney (Ind).

Broadcaster Ray Darcy joined 2,000 Brownies at Dublin Zoo to help mark the movement’s 100th birthday – with a giant cake, of course. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

Brownies mark centenary with Dublin Zoo trip  Keith Bellew

Girls from Swords, Portmarnock, Donabate and Corduff were among 3,000 Brownies from all over Ireland who joined in a centenary birthday bash in Dublin Zoo recently. They were also joined at the party by Today FM presenter, and Brownie father Ray D’Arcy. Brownies – the branch of Irish Girl Guides that caters for six to sevenand-a-half-year-olds to 10.5-year-olds – started in Newbridge, County Kildare, in 1914. The movement quickly spread throughout the country and today 4,000 girls in Ireland enjoy taking part in activities, games and challenges that help them to develop selfconfidence and a range of life skills. Taking as their motto, Lend a Hand, Brownies are encouraged to think of others and to contribute to their local communities. They can earn a wide

variety of badges in a non-competitive environment, including disability awareness, world cultures, crime prevention and science investigation. “I am delighted to join Brownies today as they celebrate their centenary. It is a momentous occasion and it is fantastic to see the Zoo awash with yellow Brownie uniforms. Our daughter, Kate, joined the Brownies last year and loves her weekly meetings. We’re delighted that she is part of such a wonderful organisation,” said Ray D’Arcy prior to cutting the spectacular celebration cake. One of the organisation’s oldest members, 93-year-old Hazel Shiel, was also thrilled to be able to join in the celebration. She has many happy memories of her time in Brownies, which she joined in 1928. “There was a great fellowship in Guiding – there still is – and that’s why I never left,” she said. “Trying to stay relevant

and in touch with each new generation of young girls can be a difficult task but it is one the Irish Girl Guides has excelled at. Tens of thousands of girls have benefited from their involvement and most have moved on to Guides (age 10 to 15) where they continue to grow and mature and are introduced to the international aspects of the Guiding movement,” said chief commissioner of the Irish Girl Guides Helen Concannon. “The significance of the centenary is that we were here for girls in 1914 and, though girls’ needs have developed and changed over the years, the core values they get in Guiding never change, which is why it will definitely exist in 2114. “Brownies were brilliant 100 years ago, Brownies are brilliant today and we know in 100 years’ time Brownies will still be brilliant!” added chair of Brownie Branch Martina Fox.

MORE than a quarter of a million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport this Easter bank holiday weekend – a 13% increase on last year’s figure. Dublin Airport Authority spokesperson Siobhan O’Donnell said: “The large increase in passengers travelling

from Good Friday until Easter Monday was due in part to 14 new services which started recently, as well as extra capacity on many existing routes from Dublin Airport.” The Canary Islands and Turkey were the popular sunshine destinations this Easter.

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Emma Tierney with Siobhan O’Donnell, DAA

Sean Duffy, Airport Police, and Garda Louise

John Buckley, Airport

Moran, Store Street

Police, does his bit

Mary McGuirk who is supported by Brendan Lavin, Airport Police; John Twomey, assistant garda commissioner; Mick Feehan, Dublin Airport Authority, and Yvonne Murphy, garda, Ballymun. Pictures: David O’Shea

Donuts help to raise much-needed dough


T WASN’T very difficult to spot gardai and airport police near lots of donuts recently – that’s because they were doing their best to sell them to everyone at the busy airport, where they were supporting the Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) charities. They were assisted by lots of Spe-

cial Olympians and supporters, who together helped them to hand out several thousand donuts at airport terminals. It marked the inaugural joining up of An Garda Siochana with Airport Police in such a fashion. The donuts were helping to raise some dough for Special Olympics

Ireland, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and the Jack and Jill Foundation. Siobhan O’Donnell, DAA charity chair, paid tribute to the police forces’ work, and the volunteer spirit of the Special Olympians, who she thanked for helping to raise almost €4,000 on the day.

Brian Leonard, Airport Police, with Patrica Carey

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Amelia June Gleeson with granny June Lafferty and mum Aoife Brady. Pictures: Geraldine Woods

Battle of Clontarf: historic clash is recreated

Vikings in Raheny T

ENS of thousands of people descended on St Anne’s Park, Raheny, this Easter weekend for the largest ever Irish battle re-enactment at the Battle of Clontarf Festival. Over 500 people recreated the historic clash. Visitors to the two-day event

were spoiled with sunny spring weather and a variety of events. Displays of Viking life included a complete medieval village with over 80 tents, skills and weapons demonstrations, a Viking longboat, falconry, archery, music and much more.

Simona Sechi, Esther Mas and Andres Villace from Spain

Mounted displays on horses were just one attraction

Alan Bilbert and Gordie McBride get into the spirit

Patricia Sandford in full regalia

Eoin Dowling is confronted by a Viking

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Actress Aoibhin Garrihy has a busy life, but is happy to help support the family business, Dublin Bay Cruises

a day in the life: Aoibhin Garrihy on juggling acting and the family business

Always ready to go with the flow  natalie burke

Castleknock native Aoibhin Garrihy has a lot on her plate career wise. Following her success from starring in RTE’s Fair City, she has managed to land herself a role in the second season of The Fall. The 26-year-old will star as Lyndsey Conklin in the popular Belfast-based thriller which is currently in production. When she isn’t reading her scripts and auditioning for new roles, Aoibhin is investing in the future of her family’s business. Dublin Bay Cruises was set up by her dad last year and Aoibhin jumped on board to help him with the mar-

keting side. “We’re doing five sailings a day, departing from Dun Laoghaire to Dublin City and out to Howth, and viceversa. It’s the first time the city has been linked with the two harbours. I really enjoy being a part of it!” she said. We can only imagine trying to juggle the different roles and Aoibhin says a typical day in her life is always exciting. “I always wake up early and this morning I went for a run in the Phoenix Park. When the weather is nice, it’s great to get fresh air. When you’re very busy it’s good to get some time out.” Afterwards, Aoibhin normally eats a bowl of porridge, disguising the “bland”

taste with honey, bananas or berries, before spending a couple of hours doing PR for her dad’s business. “Then I usually have a look at my scripts. We’re in production of The Fall at the moment. My sister is also an actress and we usually bounce ideas off each other. We work well together.” Aoibhin usually has an audition in the afternoon, or spends some time in Today FM doing voiceovers for the radio station. “I’ve my fingers in lots of different pies!” she said. “It’s a difficult business, so you have to work hard.” Admitting her lack of creativity in the kitchen, Aoibhin says she normally stops for lunch on the go, picking up

soup and brown bread or something simple. “When it comes to dinner, however, I like to have a stir fry, fish or steak. I try and avoid spuds!” At the end of a long day, Aoibhin says she likes to watch boxsets but finds it hard to switch off, quite literally. “I watch one episode after another, and suddenly it’s 4am.” Aoibhin is starring alongside Jamie Dornan in the upcoming series of The Fall, and says it is great fun to be part of. “I’m absolutely so excited to be a part of it. I am a huge fan of the show, I think it’s brilliant. To be a small part of it and to work with Jamie is really exciting.”

annual Art in Action festival takes place over the May bank holiday weekend in Farmleigh Estate. Over 100 working artists will be on hand to demonstrate their work and skills to the public throughout the three-day event. They will also hold a number of art classes for both adults and children to take part. Set on the scenic grounds of Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, there will be something for everyone including drama, dance, music and storytelling. Visitors can also enjoy the garden party atmosphere and see the everpopular brass band perform at the marquee. There will also be some delicious homemade and good value food to taste, as well as trying out some practical classes, or visitors can simply soak up the creative atmosphere. This event takes place from May 3 to May 5 and admission is free. For further information see:


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Junk Kouture goes from rags to riches Who knew clothes made out of junk could be so popular? Organisers of Junk Kouture have announced their sell-out event is moving to the O2 arena for the final on May 2. The event, which was set to be held in the Bord

Gais Energy Theatre, sold out in a record five hours leaving thousands more students and parents disappointed that they couldn’t get a ticket, so a move to the O2 was the solution. A further 2,000 tickets for the grand final are

now available through Ticketmaster. Organiser and founder Elizabeth Curran said: “We are astounded that there was still such a huge demand for tickets. This is obviously down to the increased participation this year and popu-

larity of the event. We are truly delighted that we will now be showcasing the finest young Irish designers in Ireland’s biggest venue.” All tickets purchased for the previous venue are still valid for the event.

TV presenter and father of one Brian Ormond

escape the mayhem: brian ormond

Different strokes for different folk IN THIS week’s Escape The Mayhem, The Gazette asked TV presenter Brian Ormond how his pastime of choice helps him get away from the hustle and bustle When The Gazette first got in touch with TV presenter Brian Ormond for Escape the Mayhem, he was a little busy playing a round of golf with some

friends – a subtle indication of what his escapism might be! Golf is the activity of choice that helps the father-of-one de-stress and get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life. Speaking to The Gazette he said summer is always the best time of the year to play. “In the

summertime I try to get out twice a week if I can. It is fantastic for networking and I made some great friends through golf. It is just the social element to it too,” he said. For Brian, golf is a great way to get away from it all and get out and about along the way. “I am going to Florida to play golf at the end of May, and we go to the Old Head of Kinsale. “We travel all over Ireland which is great. Ireland is amazing, when you get the weather, we have some of the best golf courses in the world – the views are just stunning. “You get to switch off. You shouldn’t answer your phone when you are on the golf course – it is the worst thing you can do. “So it is great when you can just switch the phone off and you are guaranteed four hours of just enjoying golf and enjoying the company you are with, not worrying about what is going on outside, it’s great,” he said.

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Niall Quinn conclusively proves to Orla Blake why he’s better known for his football skills than his musical ability. The pair were helping to promote this year’s Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. Picture: Fennells

Niall pipes up for FORMER Ireland international footballer Niall Quinn showed off his musical talent (or lack thereof) to help launch the tenth annual Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards. Members of the Dublin All Stars Marching Band kindly allowed Quinn to try out the tuba during the recent launch. The Diary thinks it’s safe to say he’s better on his feet than in a musical group. He joined members of the marching band to launch the awards, which provide groups across the greater Dublin area with support to develop new projects, enhance services and help raise community spirit in their local area.

Any voluntary group in the area Dublin Bus services operate in is eligible to apply for a grant of €1,000, €2,000 or €5,000. Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards application forms are available from The closing date for applications is June 20, and successful applicants will be notified by Dublin Bus from August onwards.

your bond-new neighbour? WOMEN from across the county will be flocking to Costa Dun Laoghaire this summer in the hope of catching sight of James Bond emerging fresh from the waves. Hollywood heartthrob

Craig has been sussing out the southside for a temporary home with his other half, actress Rachel Weisz. Only temporarily, mind you, in order to accommodate Weisz, who is starring in a film being made in Ireland, The Lobster, in which she will be starring alongside Colin Farrell. The couple are believed to have already been checking out properties in Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey. Rumour has it they want to be close to the coast (to accommodate Craig’s beach strut, no doubt) while also being close enough to Dublin Airport, should Hollywood come calling.

may love/hate this rumour

LOVE/HATE actor Killian Scott let the cat out of the bag last week when he said there could be a season six of the hit TV show. Scott, who plays braindamaged Tommy, is currently filming season five of the award-winning RTE show at several locations around Dublin. Season five was widely reported as being the final chapter in the gangster saga, but all that could change – according to Scott. who was baffled as to why people thought season five would be the last one. Season five will deal with the repercussions of crime; including court

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annual community spirit awards appearances and jail terms for the characters.

are you spec-sy enough to win? FORMER Girls Aloud singer turned West End actor Kimberley Walsh has teamed up with Specsavers in our very own town of Swords, along with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, to find the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2014. K imberley helped launch the competition recently in Swords, and is looking to find this year’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year. The winner will be presented with €12,000 in cash, as well as a holiday to the Bahamas at a star-

studded event hosted by stylist Gok Wan later this year. Kimberley is the face of Specsavers’ Love Glasses campaign, which sees €1 donated by Specsavers to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin for every entry. To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specswearing world, enter the competition online at, via Facebook, at specsaversireland, or pop into Specsavers Swords.

Savour some capital prawns SEAFOOD lovers are rejoicing in the knowledge that their favourite

food will be within easy reach this weekend when the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival returns. Menus have been prepped for the foodie festival, which takes place in Howth Harbour from April 25-27. Throughout the threeday festival, visitors are invited to savour a full programme of events, all aimed at demonstrating the many different ways the Dublin Bay Prawn can be enjoyed. Tasting sessions will be in full swing over the weekend, with top chefs and local fishermen offering cooking demonstrations and fish preparation sessions for all. The family event will also have a spectacu-

lar fireworks display on Saturday, April 26, as well as seaside activities including historical and cultural events. For further information, see, follow @DublinBayPrawnF on Twitter, or find the festival on Facebook. The Gazette, in association with the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, has dinner for two in El Paso restaurant in Howth to give away. To be in with a chance to win, simply email before 5pm on Sunday, April 27 with the answer to this question: On what date does the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival conclude?

Se Boyle seems unconvinced by Vogue Williams’s praise for Dublin Bay Prawns, but foodies will find plenty that is tasty at this year’s Dublin Bay Prawn Festival


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business going mobile: free download offers realtime info

Pigsback’s app is the business

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Paul Dromgoole, zeba hairdressing

Constant improvement is key to Zeba success ZEBA Hairdressing has three salons, with a flagship outlet in South William Street, in Maynooth (at the Manor Mills Shopping Centre), and in Sandymount. Zeba director Paul Dromgoole says that since opening its doors in 1993, the company has gone from strength to strength. Over the years, Zeba’s

highly-qualified team has been at the forefront of Irish hairdressing, competing both nationally and on the international stage. For further information, see www., find the Zeba Hairdressing page on Facebook or follow @ salonzeba on Twitter. To book an appointment, call 01 668 4045.

How long have you been in business?

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

Some 21 years ago, we opened our first salon, in 1993. Since then, we have expanded to Maynooth in 2005, and most recently, opened a fabulous new salon in Sandymount.

What makes your business successful?

CANI – constant and neverending improvement. We are very proud of the great team we have. They constantly keep up with the latest styles, colours and trends, delivered through our education team. What do you offer your clients that differs from your competitors?

Our salons have a friendly but professional atmosphere, and we strive for our customer service to exceed expectation. In our flagship salon on South William Street, we offer our clients not just great hairdressing services, but make-up, nails and all a girl needs in The Beauty Suite.

How do you use social media (Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin, etc) to help your business?

We mainly use Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to allow clients to get to know us. We use them to keep in touch, keep them up to date on salon events, offers and to get to know our team. It is important for clients, both new and existing, to be able to learn about us and our personality.

Anyone can set up and say they are a qualified hairdresser, because there is no regulation on hairdressing as regards qualification. It is very unfair on salons, and hairdressers who train hard and strive to be the best they can be.

What is your ambition for the business?

At the moment, to stay at the forefront of Irish hairdressing, after a tough six years in the recession. We are really looking forward to growing our business in 2014, especially with our new Sandymount salon.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received?

Take and listen to as much advice as you can – and then make up your own mind!

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

Getting to know the people, and a bit about the other businesses in the area. It gives everybody a great sense of community.

What living person do you most admire?

Brian O’Driscoll, of course!

What is your favourite Dublin restaurant?

There are so many great ones, but Aqua in Howth. Great food, coupled with great views..

Ireland’s leading supplier of premium short break and dining offers,, is moving with the times by launching a new app advertising its latest offers and competitions. The Pigsback Live App is the latest addition from The business, which has had an online presence for the past 14 years, recently introduced the new app. Free to download, this app features real time information on the latest offers, luxury competitions and exclusive reader content published directly onto a news feed. The one thing on many smart-phone users’ minds is simplicity and Pigsback. com says its new app does exactly that. The simple navigation showcases all offers in the short breaks, dining, beauty and leisure areas, plus competitions from leading consumer brands. The app also features direct links back to the other websites in the network:,; and Commenting on the latest addition to the family, founder and chief executive Michael Dwyer said: “Mobile sites and apps are the way forward, particularly apps. People are living in and on their mobile phones these days. People are consuming different types of media at the same time, in other words they could have their mobile phone beside them, a magazine open and they family, founder and chief executive Michael Dwyer: “Mobile sites and apps are the way forward, particularly apps”


‘We had an app but this is taking it to another level. The sharper new look Pigsback Live App enhances both the customer and brand experience’ --------------------------------------------------------

Michael Dwyer, founder and chief executive


might be watching TV, but the phone is a bigger part of that now. The amount of websites, news, advertising, transactions made over mobiles is vastly increasing. “We had an app but this is taking it to another level. The sharper new look Pigsback Live App enhances both the customer and brand experience. “Already, 60% of the actions with Pigsback. com are already on the mobile and it is grow-

ing rapidly. People are opening emails we send while commuting, they are looking up offers, whether they are thinking of taking a short break, maybe a night out so a restaurant deal, or maybe it’s a gift, whatever it is, we see them doing that type of surfing on the go and on the mobile.” With regards to the deals on their website he said: “People appreciate the value of their euro now. People have to keep the belt a little bit tighter but they want, and

deserve, the little luxuries in life and they would like to get their little luxuries for less and that is our job,” he added. already has more than 570,000 active users in Ireland. 100,000 app downloads are predicted in year one. is supporting the app launch with a fully integrated marketing campaign including press, magazine, airport signage as well as a significant digital advertising focus. is owned and operated by Empathy Marketing Ltd, an Irish company founded in 2000, employing 35 people in City West in Dublin. The Pigsback. com network includes, TheBeautyLounge,ie and

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roosevelt: one-woman show on final days of longest-serving First Lady


US politician an inspiration for playwright

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A new one-woman show depicting the dying days of former American first lady Eleanor Roosevelt comes to Draoiocht in Blanchardstown and The New Theatre on Essex Street in Dublin this month. The play, Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, was written by Alison Skilbeck, who also performs in it. The show is based on Eleanor’s wartime diary, newspaper columns and vast correspondence. The play is a look back at events in Roosevelt’s life from the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and a visit to war-torn England as Eleanor is on her death bed. The Gazette spoke to RADA teacher, writer, director and actress Alison Skilbeck ahead of the upcoming one-woman show.

“I’ve been an actress for over 30 years and six years ago I wrote a onewoman show completely out of my own head called Art There More of You? which I toured around Ireland. Admirable

“Then I wanted to write about a real person so I played around with a lot of ideas, like queens and realised that Eleanor Roosevelt had been someone that I’d thought was admirable and strong but I didn’t really know much about her. “So I started to read about her in the British Library and was absolutely fascinated by her life and everything she stood for: democracy and human rights which was absolutely up my street and it was such an enormous story both personally and publicly and triumph over adversity

and fortitude and all that and I couldn’t imagine how I was going to tell the story. “Then I was back in the library and realised she was talking about a trip to London in 1942 during the war when she came over for three weeks mainly to see what the Briti s h wo m e n were doing during the war. America had only just come in [to WWII]. “I discovered a reference to a diary which was in the FDR Library in America so I decided to go over to America and they were incredibly helpful, letting me photocopy the diary. “Then I asked who was the literary executor


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Young Daisy needs room to grow The Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dog of the Week is Daisy who is a oneyear-old Pitbull cross. Daisy is a clever young lady and has been doing a little bit of training here in the centre. She loves cuddles and being made a fuss of! Daisy would love a busy home, with a family who can take her out for long walks and then relax together afterward. For the right family, Daisy will be an amazing addition. If you think you could offer this gorgeous girl a loving home, please contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000 They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50 and would love to show you around. Map and directions can be found on their website

Alison Skilbeck who wrote and performs Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London, which is based on Eleanor’s wartime diary, newspaper columns and vast correspondence

and they put me onto Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter and I met her and told her this was my idea. “I started writing in January of last year and

by early February I had my second draft, which I sent to her and she said ‘great, could be wonderful, go ahead, you have permission to use her diary’.” Richard Ryan Promotions in association with Hint of Lime Company’s production of Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London

tours nationwide, stopping off at Draoicht on May 15 and at The New Theatre from May 19 until 31. Tickets for the Draiocht show cost €16 and are available online at www. and are on sale for The New Theatre show for €15 at www.

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Part of the Lagos course in beautiful Portugal

Strike out for these golf courses  NATALIE BURKE

THE Algarve has something new to offer golf enthusiasts travelling to Portugal this year. One of the area’s very first golf courses, Palmares, situated near the popular western tourist town of Lagos, has been transformed into a new 27-hole golf course by Onyria Golf Resorts. Designed by famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr, Onyria Palmares offers something a little different from other Algarve golf courses. T he course was designed with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind as well as being a pleasurable golf experience for both members and tourists alike. T he three loops of nine holes – the Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses – enjoy expansive panoramic views across the Bay of Lagos and Riade Alvor. But what really makes Onyria Palmares a special golf experience are the views of the Atlantic Ocean, the river in the Alvor estuary and the dramatic height changes, intimate valleys and picturesque sand-dunes. For further information, see

Hens and their friends can enjoy a boutique break at The Twelve hotel in Galway, or soothe away any pre-wedding stresses with the spa in Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Resort, Co Waterford (right)


Plenty of choice for hen parties looking to relax  NATALIE BURKE

WHEN it comes to planning the most important night in a woman’s life, bridesmaids have some important decisions to make to ensure the hen night is perfect for their bride-to-be. Whether she’s a pop star wannabe, or more of a pamper princess, there are plenty of ways to make her final single lady’s night one to remember. Already known for its quirky approach to the hospitality sector, The Twelve is a funky, awardwinning boutique hotel in Galway that is offering a brand-new Song Birds package. It’s designed especially for girls who fancy themselves a bit as pop stars.

For groups of 12 (surprise, surprise!) girls or more, the package includes a recording session in a professional recording studio, with each singer getting to take home their own CD. From just €199 per person sharing, the twonight Song Bird package includes breakfast each morning, dinner on one evening, an all-important cocktail lesson before the recording and, of course, the recording session. As this makes an ideal hen weekend, there is a complimentary upgrade to a suite for the bride-tobe. For bookings, contact The Twelve Hotel in Bearna Village, Galway, at 091 597 000, or see www.

If the bride-to-be would rather choose a micropeel over a microphone, The Spa Suite @ Johnstown House Hotel and Spa offers hens their very own private suite for a day of glorious pampering. Ideal for a gathering of six to 10 hens, they’ll have access to their suite from 10am until 3pm, where they can lounge around, change for the spa, and enjoy a host of sweet and savoury treats with afternoon tea. Each hen will enjoy a relaxing full body massage or Elemis facial in the spa, along with time in the thermal suite. To round it all up, they can retire to the spa suite after their treatments, and enjoy their favourite chick flick and popcorn.

The Spa Suite @Johnstown House Hotel & Spa is available from €85 per person. For further information, or to make a booking, call 046 954 0000, email or see www.johnstownhouse. com. For an alternative relaxing escape, gather the hens and head for another spa retreat at Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Resort in County Waterford. Treat the bride-to-be and the hard-working bridesmaids to a treatment in the Estuary Spa, where they can choose between an organic facial, a full-body exfoliation or a hands and feet treatment. Afterwards, they can enjoy afternoon tea by the open fire and have

the option of making it an overnight stay. The Afternoon Temptations package is available from 3pm until 5pm and costs €60 per person, while an overnight stay with B&B is priced at €98 for two people sharing midweek, or €178 at weekends. To make a booking, call 051 382 000, or see www.; the offer is valid until the end of June. Finally, if food is the way to the bride-to-be’s heart, she’ll enjoy nothing more than taking part in a sushi master class with the girls. It’s a hen bash with a little difference, but at RAW – Sushi in the Sky, at the Radisson Blu in Galway, sushi master classes are

held on the first Saturday of every month. Hens can learn the art of real sushi from the expert head chef at RAW, Hisashi Kumagai – a master craftsman and Japanese native. Hens can join in with helping to roll the sushi and, of course, sample some flavoursome morsels, and experience exactly how good expertly-made sushi can taste. The lesson also includes the opportunity to roll their own piece of sushi under the expert’s watchful eye. The master class costs just €25 per person, with 20 places available per week. To make a booking, contact RAW at raw@, or call 091 538 212.

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Cost-effective packages to help get easy access to your attic TAKE the stress out of accessing the attic with help from Access Attics and their cost effective packages that transform attic space. The final resting place for most house clutter such as books, toys, and fitness gear is more often than not – the attic. Unfortunately, this is not

always the most practical space as it’s generally not easy to get up to and while you are there you try to balance on the joists and hold the torch at the same time. If this all sounds too familiar, why not make the most of your attic space with Access Attics. No more gym-

nastics and balancing acts, their cost effective standard package offers 100 sq feet of flooring, a 4 ft flourescent light and a drop down ladder – for just €399. If you are using the attic on a more regular basis or store large items, a simple upgrade to the packet includes

an enlarged access opening, complete floor coverage, wooden drop-down stairs, insulation or even Velux windows to add light and ventilation. For further information, book a standard package for €399 or to discuss storage needs call Geoff on 085 718 5037.

Plenty of inspiration and plant information QUALIFIED horticulturalists are on hand to help out with any gardening questions or for inspiration at Plantagen Garden Centre. The Dunboyne-based garden centre has a complete assortment of plants, furniture, Weber barbecues and accessories at really competitive prices for gardens. Qualified horticulturalists are there to help any-

one interested in transforming or maintaining their garden. Customers can also get inspiration from their ever changing displays from garden to home. Not only is the centre packed to the brim with all your garden needs, it also offers a beautiful range in the food hall, interiors, books and pet supplies, all in store. With an Insomnia Cof-

fee House and Edinburgh Woolen Mills in store, as well as a playground for the children to enjoy, customers are spoilt for choice. For further information on the store including online shopping throughout Ireland, see the new website: www. and or find it on Facebook at: Irish-owned company Kingsbury Furniture boasts an easygoing and spacious showroom with friendly staff


The Plantagen Garden Centre in Dunboyne

Kingsbury celebrates 21 years in business IRISH-OWNED company Kingsbury Furniture is celebrating heading into its 21st year in business having successfully weathered two recessions over that time. Kingsbury employs 10 staff and is situated in Abberley Square, Tallaght Retail Centre with parking two minutes from the Square Shopping Centre and a three minute walk from the Luas terminal. Paul Nugent spoke about what he attributes to the furniture retailer’s success. “We try to have an easy-going friendly atmosphere in the shop

where the staff are never too pushy and the customer enjoys the experience. Their job is to help the customer get the right piece of furniture for their home, not chase them around the shop pushing for sales. All our staff have an avid interest and experience in interior design and there is always a bit of excitement when new collections arrive in store. “Really it comes down to two things: product and service. “We tr y to get an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories and will always have something unusual and different

for your home, if not the big ticket item then the mirror, lamp, wall art or ornament. Service

“Ser vice is really where we stepped up over the last couple of years and has paid off in spades. “Allied with trade ins, we assemble furniture on delivery, remove and dispose of all wrapping and even take away your old bed and mattress for a small charge. “Then there are many goodwill gestures that crop up from time to time that our customers really appreciate.”

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| new teabag technology from b&q |

Favourite beverage puts spring into our gardens With the sun making its first tentative appearance over Dublin last week, our thoughts naturally turn to the outdoors, nature and garden plants. This month B&Q is replacing all its polystyrene packaging across its range of bedding plants with a new concept called easyGrow which harnesses the nutrientboosting power of Teabag Technology. The concept is 100% recyclable and up to 95% peat-free. B&Q is expecting to sell around 2.4 million bedding plants in Ireland

between March and May. These plants have, up until now, been packaged in non-recyclable polystyrene trays which results in 280 cubic metres of polystyrene,(enough to fill over 2,700 wheelie bins) ending up as nondegradable waste in Irish landfills. The new greener move away from the old polystyrene system now being rolled out by B&Q is supported by long-term campaigners for peat-free gardening. With easyGrow and its Teabag Technology, each bedding plant is rooted

in up to 95% peat free compost which lifts the pressure from peat bog use. Most gardeners love nature and the wildlife that visits their garden and would like to do more for nature by going peat free. B&Q is leading the way in helping them do just that. Ben Smith, bedding plants buyer at B&Q, said: “There’s nothing more homely than a teabag, so it seems fitting that our latest innovation is inspired by our favourite beverage. With easyGrow with Teabag Tech-

nology, we’re able to offer our customers bedding plants which don’t create added waste, and make it easier to get planting just in time for the spring gardening season.” As well as being kinder to the environment, each “teabag” protects the plant roots and makes handling bedding plants easier with less chance of damage to fragile roots. EasyGrow with Teabag Technology makes planting easier too – all you have to do is simply remove the plant from the tray and pop the plant straight into the soil.

You could give your bedding plants a tea-mendous boost, thanks to B&Q utilising Teabag Technology, and moving away from using polystyrene trays


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Garden centre is going from strength to strength Windyridge Nurseries & Garden Centre has been providing Dubliners with all their garden needs since it opened over four decades ago. Established in 1962 by the current owners’ Gran Aunt Sheila Harvery, the centre has gone from strength to strength and now sits on 1.5 acres of land on Rochestown Avenue. Paul, a qualified accountant, and Justin a landscape designer are the third generation to manage this family business.

The impressive garden centre won an award with Bord Bia for Plant Garden of the year 2013. One winning the award, a spokesperson for Bord Bia commented: “Plants are central to what they do at Windyridge and they do them exceptionally well. They have breadth of range, exacting quality and housekeeping standards combined with strong retail presentation – well done.” For further information, see

Bamboo Suppliers of Ireland offers a variety of bamboo products for the home or office

| a refreshing alternative to wood |

Windyridge Nurseries & Garden Centre provides an extensive range of plants and garden supplies

Bamboo transforms an indoor or outdoor space Bamboo Suppliers of Ireland are transforming outdoor and indoor surroundings by offering an alternative to standard wood gardens, fencing, screens, bars and more. Since 2010, the company has been offering a variety of bamboo pole and bamboo screens to refresh and enhance surroundings. Offices, retail window displays, restaurants, home flooring and gardens are just a number of areas they cover. Speaking to The Gazette about their work, office manager Karen O’Reardon said: “We offer a range of bamboo products,

both raw materials and bespoke manufacturing services. Anyone and everyone, we don’t have a specific client. We do a lot of residential work and we do a lot of commercial work.” According to Karen, all projects are exciting for the team because “you never know what is going to come through the door”. Challenge

“Ever y client that comes in wants something different and it is up to us to give it to them exactly as they want. It is always a challenge for us and there is a lot of design work, which is fantastic. On

our website, we have a residential side and a commercial side so people can come and look at what we have done, what interests them, just come in and we can chat about it,” she said. Commenting on what makes bamboo different from standard wood she said: “Bamboo is just so nice. It is different, there is a different look, a different feel – it gives a real unique look to a garden or space. “More and more people are coming to us. People come once they have seen someone else’s garden, backdrop, screen, or whatever it is. Our business is building based on the work we

have done. It is word of mouth and people seeing our work – they are blown away with what we do”. Karen went on to say that budgets of all sizes can be tailored to. “We ask potential clients, what they want, then we ask how much they can spend and then we try to work within their budget – that is the best way. We work with our clients to provide them with what they want.” Anyone interested in finding out more about Bamboo Suppliers of Ireland can visit their showrooms at Peamount Road, Newcastle, Co Dublin or log onto: www.

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the amazing spider-man 2: this brash, confident spidey is ready for the world

Sequel spins an entertaining web INITIAL heckles raised against another string of Spider-Man films so soon after the Sam Raimi series were quickly silenced when Mark Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man hit the screens last year and showed that old arachnids can be taught new tricks. T h e s e q u e l – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – follows up on some loose threads, and sees a far more confident Peter Parker who has fully embraced his alter-ego, Spider-Man. Andrew Garfield proves more than capable of the job as a Spidey with swagger. With the soulsearching set aside, we

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have an edgy, energetic, and upbeat Spider-Man who whistles his own theme tune as he disarms crooks and isn’t averse to stopping for a selfie with fans afterwards. The action is brash, CGI-heavy, and not afraid to appear cartoonish. While there are inevitably darker undertones in this rebooted franchise, it is refreshing to see that Webb has kept a sense of

playful lightness, even if that same lightness causes friction when more sombre elements of the story are introduced. This outing sees SpiderMan contend with two sprouting super-villains, while trying to untangle his relationship with Gwen, who is ditching Manhattan to study at Oxford. Jamie Foxx enters as the mild-mannered Max – an obsessive Spidey-fan and bullied worker at Oscorp. A freak accident sees him evolve into Electro, a super-charged villain who alternates between vulnerability and megalomania. Foxx’s exaggerated

performance pre-transformation taps into his comedy roots, smoothly complementing Webb’s cartoonish vision. And, at the same time, Dane DeHaan steps into the story as Peter Parker’s friend from the other side of the tracks, Harry Osborn. The tightrope act of presenting and progressing multiple villains simultaneously is skilfully handled by Webb, who ensures that the story unfolds – for the most part – as smooth as silk. Spider-Man’s villains may be monsters, but they are also remarkably human – they never resort to being evil for

evil’s sake. Moral ambiguity reigns, rather than the black and white days of yore. And it is these shades of grey that can clash awkwardly with the colourful, lighthearted tone of the film. The story of SpiderMan is a difficult one to weave, and it seems that Peter Parker may not be the only one struggling with balancing two identities. Nonetheless, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a strong, entertaining film that compounds the validity of the rebooted franchise and sets things up for an interesting third instalment. Verdict: 7/10

Spidey tackles

mild-mannered Max – ahead

of his transformation into Electro; a super-charged villain that provides an interesting villain who’s not always unsympathetic, too


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Croque Monsieur with carrot and beetroot salad

A superior sandwich BORD Bia present an irresistible recipe for Croque Monsieur with carrot and beetroot salad – a sophisticated, toasted ham sandwich that is very popular in France. The cheesy topping is what makes this sandwich extra tasty, and when served alongside a carrot and beetroot salad, this dish is ideal for a casual lunch. This delicious recipe for Croque Monsieur with carrot and beetroot salad serves four people and takes just 15 minutes to prepare. Ingredients • 4-6 slices of cooked Bord Bia Quality Mark ham • 80g butter, at room temperature • 8 slices of white bread • 2 tbsps plain flour • 200ml milk • 150g good-quality hard cheese, grated • A little nutmeg • 2 tsps Dijon-style mustard


Steak and Seafood

Baggot Street Lower Brookwood offers a menu

The Picky Eater

Salad: 1 carrot, grated

• 1 small cooked beetroot, grated

• 4 cocktail gherkins, cut into thin strips

• 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

• 4 radishes, cut into thin strips • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds • Dressing • 3 dessert sps olive oil • 1 dessert sps lemon juice

Preparation • Preheat the grill to medium-high. Line the grill tray with foil; put the butter in a saucepan over a medium-low heat to melt it. Brush one side of each slice of bread liberally with melted butter, and put under the grill (butter-side uppermost) until golden and crisp, then set aside. • Stir the flour into the remaining butter to make a paste, cook for a minute, then gradually whisk in the milk (a little at a time) until smooth. Simmer for a few minutes until thickened, then take off the heat and stir in 60g cheese until melted. Grate in a little nutmeg, stir and season lightly. • Spread the untoasted sides of four slices of bread with mustard, then put the ham on top, followed by the cheese, and pop under the grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese has melted. • Top with the rest of the bread (with the toasted side uppermost), and push down, then put the sandwiches on to the grill tray and spoon on the bechamel sauce. Grill for about five minutes, until golden and bubbling. Serve immediately with the salad. • To make the salad: Combine the carrot, beetroot, gherkins, onion and radishes in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together to olive oil, lemon juice and season with salt and black pepper. Stir this through the vegetables. Sprinkle over the toasted sesame seeds.

with a number of steak and seafood options

My husband works close to Baggot Street and has been yacking on about a restaurant he passes and is full most days. I had a birthday coming up and even though my heart was set on an old favourite, I decided to relax and try out the newest kid on the block, Brookwood. I’m sorry to say, I wish I had stuck to my guns. Brookwood is the type of restaurant I refer to as a “bag of chips on the way home” establishment. In other words, you’re not going to leave with a full belly. We arrived at 8.15pm on a Wednesday night. I didn’t expect the place to be thronged but I didn’t expect it to be completely empty either, with the head chef languishing at one of the tables. We we r e o f f e r e d a table or one of the booths and we chose the latter. The interior is quite

art deco and I felt like I was about to take part in Murder on the Orient Express - no bad thing as I love a throwback to the 1930s. The staff were pleasant and casual and the menu in Brookwood offers steak and seafood mostly. Starters include things like pork belly and crackling (€10) which my other half went for while I plumped for the aubergine and tomato jar (€6.50). My starter was refreshing and tasty with lots of coriander and chilli and was served with a piece of toasted bread, slicked with olive oil. The pork belly and crackling was cooked in a soy and honey sauce. Pork belly or streaky bacon, as it was once known, has seen a resurgence in popularity on menus the world over as chefs seek to create interesting dishes with

cheaper cuts of meat that can offer more flavour when cooked right and with some imagination. What we got here was an undercooked piece of meat with a very fatty and grizzly texture. My hubby returned it to the kitchen for further cooking and on return, it had improved significantly. In fairness to the staff, they did offer another starter. At the price, however, the pork belly certainly did not represent value. For main course, I was super excited to see black sole on the bone on the menu. When I see this on a menu, I can’t but choose it. I was massively disappointed. Firstly, I can put my hand on my heart and say that this did not taste like black sole to me. It looked and tasted more like lemon sole. But having to pay €1.50 extra for a butter to go over the fish took my mind off that. I love

sole meuniere and asked if one of the butters on offer was similar to this. The chef did not seem to know but they let me choose from three on offer. For €34 for the fish plus €1.50 for the butter, well let’s just say I was feeling short changed. My husband ordered the fish in a bag (€20), which sounded interesting – a fillet of plaice marinated in lemon and seasoning cooked in a bag so that the flavours were infused by the fish. Whilst this method of cooking did add a nice subtle flavour, the minimal portion was very disappointing and left him wanting more.

We ordered two sides: a creamy mash (€4) and a creamed spinach (€4.50). Both were tasty but again, expensive for the size. Left with plenty of room for more after dinner, we had no choice but to order dessert and went for the sticky toffee pudding (€7.50). It cost €2 extra for a portion of ice cream on the side! The waitress raved about this dish but we found it just average. I also burnt my tongue as the sauce was heated to beyond searing. The wine was nice, a New Zealand Huia (€37) with other interesting vintages on the list.

Conclusion To sum up, Brookwood, (at 141 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2) needs a serious rethink on what it is trying to achieve. With plenty of style but little substance to the food, it was a disappointing and costly experience. Tel: 01 661 9366.

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interview: ‘It’s down to growing confidence and growing up’

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Next week sees the release of By the Rule, the most assured and accomplished record from the Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery, which is saying something considering the quality of his previous releases. Opening with lead track Get What You Give, By The Rule is an emotional waltz through the 13 tracks, with some gorgeous backing instrumentation supporting Flannery’s voice, which has tinges of the timbre of Eddie Vedder and Neil Young at times, but is most uniquely his own, especially on the achingly beautiful Even Now. GazetteMusic sat down with Mick in Dublin last week and we started by talking about the new record and how it differs from his previous work. “This is an exciting time for me, I’m looking forward to the record coming out. I like the way it was recorded, everyone playing together live. I like the feeling you get from that. Listening to things I have done in the past, tracks with overdubs, you can tell the difference.” Mick moved to Berlin for seven months last year, and it was as a result of being there that this set of songs emerged. “I had a few tracks


Boston’s Improv Asylum to take up residency at Tivoli Comedy fans across Dublin will be looking forward to the next eight months after it was announced that Improv Asylum, one of America’s most renowned improvisational and sketch comedy clubs originally based in Boston, will take up residency at the Tivoli Theatre until November. The club will perform on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the run, and their blend of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Saturday Night Live should prove a huge draw for humour connoisseurs. Improv Asylum co-founder Chet Harding said: “This is a great opportunity for us. Dublin reminds me quite a bit of where Boston was when we opened our doors almost 16 years ago. There are a lot of really funny, good improv comedians in Dublin, but there is not one dedicated place to see this kind of comedy.” If you fancy yourself as the next Jason Byrne or Dara O Briain, Improv Asylum will also be offering an improv training programme, where budding comedians can learn the tricks of the trade, as well as corporate training programmes in Dublin. Log onto for more information and to buy tickets. You can find it on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at @IADublin.

Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery to release his new album By the Rule next week

going to Berlin, but when I got back, they were all pretty much finished, lyrically at least. “I’m not good at setting myself the task of writing songs, if it doesn’t occur to me. I tinker around with the guitar every day, not with any set goals. I moved to Berlin, but I didn’t have a huge social scene, so I had more time to tinker around on my own in my flat, and that naturally produced more introspective thoughts. The new songs I had to work on a lot, but I was glad they all came in that time. It was a good time compared to my usual work rate, a compressed [period] of productivity for me.” The songs that

emerged from his Berlin days make up By The Rule, and they were given another dimension when Mick brought them to the band he brought together for this record. “Playing the songs with the band, there were a few structural things that needed help, but for the most part they stayed the same. I don’t dictate to the band, we pretty much do what we do. We had two days rehearsal time before going into the studio. It was nice that way. “The way the record has come out – I am pleased. The way it happened, having short rehearsal time and short studio time, could have backfired but it came

together really well. It’s a nice record; I enjoy the organic-ness of it.” Something else Mick is acclaimed for is his live show, which he is taking across the country throughout May. “I had a great experience playing with this new band, it’s exciting to play with new people, they give a different taste to things. That’s one of the privileges from my aspect of things, I get to pick and choose [the people I get to play with].” Mick has always had a love of music – “My family were all singers, and you had to have a song for a party piece” – and first picked up a guitar when he was 14. “If I was speaking to

that kid now, he wouldn’t believe where I am now. He wouldn’t believe I went to Australia last year and played my music to people out there.” The progression that has led him to this point in his career, releasing his fourth album, is something he puts down to finding belief in his own ability and talent throughout his journey in music so far. “It’s down to growing confidence and growing up. I made some mistakes but I learned and things became less intimidating and you start to believe in your own opinion, more comfortable in yourself. This is the happiest I have been with a record coming out.”



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Sailing fans of all ages are being encouraged to get involved in the events taking place on the May bank holiday weekend with Sail Spree

sailing: An array of events across the city to promote life on the waves

Set sail for new adventures as Sail Spree sets off in May As the May bank holiday approaches, watersports clubs across Dublin are offering a unique host of free activities for children, teenagers and adults alike. Sail Spree, an initiative developed by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) three years ago to encourage people of all ages out on to the water, will run from May 3 to 5, and on offer will be various free sailing, windsurfing and powerboating experiences. Many clubs will also provide plenty of entertainment back on dry land with barbecues, demonstrations and

talks across a range of different topics. On the southside of Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Harbour will be abuzz with Sail Spree events being run by the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, the Irish National Sailing School and the Royal St George Yacht Club. On offer will be various ways to enjoy yourself in or on the water, including sailing in a yacht, keelboat or dinghy, going for a ride in rigidinflatable powerboat (RIB), stand-up paddle boarding and skiff rowing. There will also be plenty of choice

on the city’s northside as clubs based there open their doors and invite the public to partake in the Sail Spree celebrations. Experience some of the many exciting facets of sailing and racing in Howth Yacht Club or Sutton Dinghy Club. Try different crew positions on their fleet of dinghies and keelboats and pick up some tips from the friendly folks at the clubs. Or why not see the city from a completely different perspective and take a sail, kayak or powerboat on the River Liffey with Adventure Training Ireland

operating from the Jeanie Johnston on the quays. Or if you fancy a bit more of an adventure, farmer David Ryan is looking for three enthusiastic individuals to join him and his crew on a Volvo 70 boat for the experience of a lifetime to compete in and hopefully win the Round Ireland Yacht Race 2014. The open selection trials will be held in Howth during their Sail Spree event. To book your free place or find out more about Sail Spree events in your area go to the Sail Spree website www.

THE Republic of Ireland Under-15 schoolgirls team came a gallant second in the Bob Docherty Cup last weekend following a 3-0 loss to hot favourites England in the final. The Republic of Ireland put in a solid display during the tournament with a nice 2-0 win against Northern Ireland last week, this was followed by a hard fought 2-1 win over newcomers Slovakia to take the team to the final. Included were Dubliners Chloe McNamee, from St Michael’s Finglas Colaiste de hIde’s Ciara Maher, St McDara’s Templeogue Lauryn O’Callaghan, Sutton Park’s Leah Reybet Degat and Niamh Farrelly from St Joseph’s College Lucan.

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THE arrival of Easter always brings with it the start of silverware season with many of rugby and soccer’s major awards being handed out along with many of the other winter sports. As such, it is no surprise to have seen a couple of rugby clubs appear on the list this month with next month likely to see the soccer leagues and cups coming to their denouement. On an individual level, stars abounded, as a result, in both club and representative mode. Ger Bambrick’s sensational hat trick means his eastern regional side will travel to represent Europe; Anna O’Flanagan is also bound for Europe with both club and country in the next two months but it is her club exploits that earn her the nod this time around while Siobhan Keogh’s performance for the Dublin camogie side was of the highest order, making for a highly competitive list of nominees.


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BLUEBELL United’s Ger Bambrick scored a stunning hat-trick for his Irish Eastern Region side last week in the East vs West Regions Cup. His goals in the 3-0 win mean the East will represent the FAI for the UEFA Regions Cup campaign.

THE UCD sharp-shooter was the stand-out player for the students as they completed an amazing hockey treble, winning the Irish Senior Cup, Irish Hockey League for the first time and Leinster Senior League for a third straight season.

NAOMH Fionnbarra’s Siobhan Keogh scored a superb 1-4 for the Dublin junior camogie side to help them power through to the National League Division 3 final with a late burst against Roscommon, running eight points clear in the last seven minutes.

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THE Gordon Park club were named the Leinster junior club of the year this month following an amazing season, succeeding in both men’s and women’s codes in their 40th season and are set to be formally honoured in early May.

THE fledgling Kilbogget Park club completed an incredible three Dublin ladies’ football Feile titles in succession last week in Blakestown as they saw off the challenge of near rivals Kilmacud Crokes in a thrilling end to a hectic weekend of action.

CLONTARF broke their Ulster Bank AllIreland league duck in thrilling fashion last weekend when they profited from Old Belvedere’s 23-18 loss to Garryowen. It meant their 27-13 win over Ballynahinch saw them top the table for the first time.


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Stephanie Roche and friends help to promote the FAI Projecxt Futsal initiative

The FAI adult education initiative Project Futsal (football used towards social advancement and learning) was recently declared the winner of the National Aontas Star Award in recognition of the achievements of the project in helping people who are unemployed to return to education and to gain accredited education in the area of sports and recreation. This is the second award the project has received hav-

ing been awarded a prestigious UEFA Grassroots Programme award in 2013. A Project Futsal hub has been running in Collinstown, Dublin and is in its second year with 40 students from south Dublin having participated in the programme to date. The programme is a result of cooperation between the FAI, South Dublin County Council and the County Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board and features a Fetac Level 5

sport and recreation major award curriculum delivered alongside a full range of FAI certified education courses. Students also have the opportunity to share their newly acquired skills on a voluntary basis within the local community by delivering coaching sessions in local schools and drop in centres in the south Dublin area. One of the graduates from Project Futsal is Stephanie Roche, who plays for the Irish national women’s team and Peamount United.

“Every module was sports related,” she said. “The course gave me great confidence and the qualifications to try and get work in the sports sector. “I really don’t think I would have got this from any other course.” Stephanie is now involved in developing football programmes for girls in Dublin and is also planning to further her education with a degree in sports at IT Carlow. For more information, see

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Historic Belvedere women on a mission The Anglesea Road club plays a leading part in pushing women’s rugby onto a larger stage, and recently claimed their first All-Ireland title, vindication of their hard work

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As the dust settles after this year’s 6 Nations campaign and the various leagues wind down across the nation, the business end of the season sees the best of the best battle it out for the top honours. The week before their men’s team went for AllIreland League glory themselves, Old Belvedere’s senior ladies team were crowned Women’s All-Ireland League Division 1 champions for the first time with an emphatic 39-5 win against Highfield in Naas. T he table toppers were the most impressive team throughout the whole league campaign with seven wins in a row, as well as knocking out last year’s champions UL Bohemians in the semi-finals before this strong performance in the decider. Belvo got to work quickly and prop Fiona

O’Brien crashed over from close range after great build-up play from Nora Stapleton and Jenny Murphy. There was no halting the lightning start and Emer McIlhinney went over at the end of another good move, allowing Stapleton to convert, and the kicker was key in creating the third try just 13 minutes in, when she assisted Ailis Egan post-splitting effort. Ireland international Lynch then won a lineout and finished off a strong drive for the Belvedere Ladies’ fourth try. Stapleton soon after added a penalty kick for 22-0 lead. Highfield eventually did get points on the board and their improvement continued in the early stages of the second half, but a try for the Dublin side against the run of play seemed to knock the wind out of the opposition’s sails. Stapleton converted for a 29-5 score-line but Belvedere were not fin-

ished. Coaches Yvonne Nolan and Colin Moran made the most of their substitutes and two more tries followed. Speaking to GazetteSport, team captain Sheena Moore said she and the team were delighted with the win. “It’s something we have worked towards for a number of years now, and it culminates in what has been a great season for us. We put in a lot of work and our coaches [Nolan and Moran] have put in a lot of time as well - it was great to get the result and win the league, and win it well.” Although their league campaign has been over for several months, the Old Belvedere ladies having ruled the division with seven wins from seven and a points differential of 206, almost double that of their nearest league rivals, Highfield, the play-off phase of the All-Ireland League Division 1 only took place this month, while in the

meantime the club have been focused on their other competitive concerns. Old Belvedere were involved in the AllIreland Cup, but were pipped to a place in the final against Galwegians Women’s Rugby club at the semi-final stage when the Galway club

finals and finals were played this month, so it’s a bit disjointed,” said Moore. With Belvedere running three women’s teams, giving the club the largest women’s section in the country, Moore is keen to promote the potential of women’s rugby and hopes the


‘There are opportunities for women at any age to take part in rugby’ - Old Belvedere’s women’s captain Sheena Moore


won 22-13 at the end of March, having crushed Portlaoise 41-0 in the quarter-final. “Our league started at the beginning of the 2013 season, and we finished it around November to allow the international players, including Ailish Egan, Nora Stapleton and Sarah Murphy, to take part in the 6 Nations - the final part of the league, the semi-

The Old Belvedere women’s team celebrate their All-Ireland League Division 1 success at Naas

increased prominence of the game in the public’s consciousness will continue to help it grow. “I would like to think that people will keep on joining the game and watching the game, and realise that they can participate in and see it as a sport that they can represent their country in, at 15s or sevens level, and even at Olympic level. There are opportunities for women at any age to come in and take part in the sport.” The club’s men’s side missed out on making it a national double last weekend as they fell to Garryowen 23-18 in Ulster Bank Division 1A. It opened the door for Clontarf who displayed great mental strength to eventually overcome the considerable challenge of Ballynahinch in a 27-13 victory at Castle Avenue.


Railway finish European competition on a high RAILWAY Union’s women finished a creditable seventh place in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup by virtue of a 5-2 win over Azerbaijan’s Atasport. It was the first time an Irish club had played at this level of the competition and they produced an incredible performance to draw in normal time with German third seeds Berliner 1-1. But a penalty shoot-out loss meant that the best Railway could finish was seventh having lost to the reigning champions Den Bosch in game one. Against Atasport, Sinead Dooley netted twice in addition to an effort from Kate Dillon for 3-0 before Kate Lloyd’s pair of second half goals closed out the win.

Dublin hospitals to benefit from charity match Two Dublin hospitals will be honoured through sport on May 5 through a charity GAA match in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. St Luke’s and St James’s hospitals will be the beneficiaries of the exciting event. The special game will be different to your regular football match as both teams will be made up of players who have received treatment for cancer. There will be some high-profile names involved however as the sides will be managed by inter-county legends Brian Cody and Mick

O’Dwyer. Cody, manager of the Luke’s team is one of the most successful hurling managers in GAA history but will now try his hand at football while O’Dwyer will be hoping to land the Professor Hollywood Memorial Cup in what will be his final game before retirement. Other GAA personalities will be present on the day too such as Ger Loughnane and Tomas Mulcahy, to provide a helping hand. All funds raised from the game will go directly to the cancer services in both hospitals. To buy tickets, make a donation, or to find out more information about the match, visit www.


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Swimming: best of 2013 celebrated at awards ceremony

Kinsealy Boys visited by special FAI guest THE children taking part in Kinsealy Boys Easter Soccer Camp got a huge surprise last week when they got a visit from a VIF – a very important fox. The 45 young soccer players were busy practising their newly learned skills in Holywell Community Centre when they were amazed to see an oversized fox showing off his football talents under the skilful eye of Mick Pender, Fingal development officer with the FAI and his coaching staff. Rua - mascot to the eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme - showed the boys how it was done and then posed for photos with the camp members. Like Rua did when he was a young cub, some of these youngsters will attend their first FAI summer soccer school this summer. Many have already signed up for Kinsealy Boys’ soccer camp which runs from Monday, June 30 to Friday, July 4 in Colaiste Choilm, Swords as they did not want to miss out on the early booking offer of two tickets to a senior international game at Aviva Stadium. That’s in addition to receiving a full kit, football and backpack included in the cost of the camp. To book a place at Kinsealy Boys’ FAI Summer Soccer School, go to For further details, contact Annamaria at 086 8166725 or at

Swords inch closer to Senior 1B promotion SWORDS Celtic went a point closer to their title dreams last Sunday with a 2-2 draw with rivals for promotion Templeogue United. The LSL side are currently fourth Senior Division 1B Sunday but will still fancy their

chances of promotion and even title success, as they have games in hand over the three teams above. Winning those games will see Swords rise to the top of the division. An advantage for Celtic will be that none of their remaining games is against title rivals. Next up is Lucan United, who sit 11th and who lost to Swords 5-2 at home back in October.

Portmarnock swimming club’s Fiona Doyle claimed a wealth of national titles and personal bests in 2013

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DESPITE being out of the country, Fiona Doyle made a huge splash at the Swim Ireland Awards last Saturday when she was named High Performance Athlete of the Year. T he Por tma rnock swimmer scooped the top award on a night which celebrated the work and achievements of Swim Ireland’s athletes, coaches, and volunteers were celebrated at the Strand Hotel in Limerick. Having working with Doyle at Portmarnock and at high performance

level, Swim Ireland coach Peter O’Brien spoke glowingly of her amazing year. He said: “I think it’s one of those years people have, it is kind of a breakthrough year when you are a particular level, no matter what it that is, and you really step-up. And I think in fairness to Fiona, last year was her step-up.” Now based in Calgary, Canada, she won a silver medal at the World University Games in last July and followed that up by making the semi-finals in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.

a great friday Malahide success at St Mochta’s Cup event malahide United’s Under-9 DDSL side enjoyed an Easter weekend to remember as they won the St Mochta’s Good Friday Cup. They went unbeaten throughout the tournament before going on to win the final on penalties after being 2-0 down after 10 minutes of a high octane affair for the small-sided games teams in Porterstown Park in Clonsilla with lots of good football on display.

Prior to those successes, national titles came last April in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke, along with smashing some Irish records throughout 2013. The cherry on top for the 22-year-old was being invited to represent Europe at the 2013 Duel in the Pool, a bi-annual event where Europe faces up against the USA in the pool. Coach O’Brien added: “The medals are one thing, and so are performances, but her times are also very good too. “In the space of a year her personal best has

improved significantly and she is now 1:07.66 from the University Games and she went under 1:08 twice at the World Championships. That is consistency of top performance at the important times of the year.” It has been a trophyfilled month who earlier on in April, was named one of the two University of Calgary athletes of the year. The award recognises excellence on the playing field during the varsity season and is awarded to an outstanding male and female athlete. On what the plans are for following up the

unbelievable past 12 months, and with the Rio Olympics on the horizon O’Brien stated: “This year’s focus is the European Championships; she qualified for that in the last few weeks, in multiple events. “She has started this year really well. She will be back in Dublin in two week’s time for the long course national event. Ultimately Rio is the goal. There are stepping stones along the way, this year with the Europeans, next year will be the World Championships and then Rio will be 2016 so that is the pathway.”

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late fireworks Premier Dubs storm clear of Roscommon

fingallians OUR camps are going from strength

against Roscommon on Saturday,

to strength. Last week saw the Easter

May 3.

Camp 2014 attract 220 kids.

DUBLIN’s Premier camogie side reached the final of the National Camogie League division three with a 2-12 to 2-4 victory over Roscommon last weekend, scoring the last eight points without response. The panel featured Naomh Mearnog’s Stephanie Carthy in their line-up Picture: Caroline Quinn

tion group is still going from strength

who took part and helped with the

to strength. Now in its fourth year,


we are always looking to attract

Our U-12 boys team travel to Brit-

new people. It is a fun and free way

tany, France next week to take part

to impove your cupla focail each

in a European football tournament,

Wednesday at 9pm in the clubhouse.

celebrating the 10th anniversary of

Failte is fiche roimh chach.

the GAA Club in Liffre called Entente

ladies football: magnificent seven for dublin

Our grupa comhra/Irish conversa-

The club wishes to thank all those

Gaeligue de Haute-Bretagne.

The academy will be back this Saturday, April 26 after the Easter break.

The very best of luck to the large

The national football league finals

traveling party of players, mentors

will be held on Sunday, April 27: Dub-

and parents. The group will depart

lin v Derry at 4pm and Monaghan will

on Friday, April 25 and return on April

play Donegal at 2pm.


Tickets are €20 for stand and ter-

Well done to the Dublin minor foot-

race and juveniles are €5 - stand only.

ballers who beat Longford in round

Adult tickets will increase by €5 if pur-

one of the championship and the U-21

chased on the day. Please order on

footballers who narrowly beat Cavan or from the GAA ticket

to reach the All-Ireland U-21 Final

office on Dorset St this week.

fingal ravens HARD luck to the U-15s who were defeated in a tournament semi-final in Cork at the weekend.

There is a committee meeting this Thursday in Kettle’s Hotel at 9pm. There was no winner of this week’s

The minors play Round Tower in Lusk

lotto; €20 to M Delaney, P McDonagh

on Wednesday evening at 7pm. All sup-

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st finian’s Rebecca McDonnell was in fine form for the Dublin minor footballers against Laois Picture:

Fingallians’ Brogan aids Jackies victory minor semi-final Dublin 7-12 Laois 2-9 

FINGALLIANS’ Rachel Brogan produced a fine performance in midfield to help Dublin ease through to the final of the Leinster Ladies Football Minor Championship Semi Final in St Margaret’s. Eabha Rutledge notched 1-5 while Kim Garth – also an Irish cricket international – added 2-1 to see the junior Jackies with plenty to spare. Laois had broken the

deadlock via Shannon Costello’s free but it was the last time they were to hold the lead as Garth dispatched a fourth minute penalty after Rutledge had been felled. From there, Rutledge landed two points while Holly Greer also chipped in to put five between the sides, opening out the tie in thrill-a-minute fashion with scores being landed left, right and centre. Laois replied from another Costello free but another three unanswered points meant it was only temporary respite. Katie Murphy’s point was quickly followed by

another goal from Garth. It came off the back of clever link-up play with Rebecca McDonnell and the ubiquitous Rutledge and helped Dublin build a 2-5 to 0-4 lead at halftime, Ciara Burke getting the replies. Any notions of a famous turnaround for Laois were knocked on the head in jig-time as Murphy, Rutledge and Garth all added to their personal tallies. Burke got a point back 12 minutes into the second half while Shauna Redmond and Orlaith Phelan’s points, in addition to a Phelan goal cut

the margin a bit. Leah Mullins, however, came to the fore with 1-2 in the closing stages while Rutledge also shot home a goal that her performance deserved. Amy Conroy added another goal for good measure as Dublin stormed to victory with 18-points to spare. Next on the agenda is a final date against Westmeath in the final which is set to take place on May 5. The lake county got the better of Wexford 2-10 to 0-7 points in a similarly comprehensive display to Dublin’s win four days earlier.

WE send huge congratulations to

timesheet or if you can get a sponsor

minor footballer Conor Lennon who

for a tee/green.

represented our club on the Dub-

Teams of four will cost €200 for 18

lin U-16 team in the Leinster football

holes of golf and a dinner afterwards.

blitz last Saturday. The Dublin team defeated Louth.

A clothing collection will take place on Saturday, April 26. Please donate

Tickets for next weekend’s Allianz

all your unwanted, clean clothes in

League final can be booked by send-

any condition - good clothes will go to

ing applications to stfiniansgaa-

charity, the rest will be recycled for or by ringing

industry. This can be a very lucrative

the office on 01 813 2656. Donegal vs

fundraiser for the club so we ask for a

Monaghan at 2pm followed by Dublin

special effort to support this. We also

against Derry at 4pm. Buy your ticket

take bed linen, duvets, pillows, towels,

in advance; adults €20 - stand and

shoes, bags and soft toys.

terrace; juveniles €5 - stand. Group

Your donations can be left in the

passes: juveniles €3. One adult will be

clubhouse on Thursday from 7-9pm

admitted free of charge with every 10

and on Saturday morning from 10am

juveniles. Each additional adult ticket

to 1pm.

is €15.

The lotto jackpot of €5,400 was not

The St Finian’s golf day is being held

won. The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 10

on Friday, May 9 in Forrest Little GC.

and 21. The €50 lucky dip winner were

Please contact Tony McDonagh on

Shay Collins and Wayne Clarke. Next

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week’s jackpot will be €5,500.

Naomh Mearnog WELL done to our senior camogie girls who recorded a hard earned league victory away to Erin’s Isle.

has been brilliant. The adult hurling championship begins at the weekend with our sen-

The team is managed by Tom

iors at home on Saturday evening

O’Sullivan and, after a difficult start to

while our juniors are at home on Sun-

the season, the response of the girls

day afternoon.

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Swords man Robert Barrable, left, with co-driver Stuart Loudon Picture: Catherine Barron

Barrable on the podium

Swords man caps incredible week on the European rally circuit with a first finish in the top three at the Circuit of Ireland rally event last week


SWORDS native Robert Barrable has scored his first FIA European Rally Championship podium result after finishing a career-best third overall on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally in his Tunnock’s World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5. Co-driven by Stuart Loudon, who was fighting off a sinus infection, the 26-year old Dublin driver pushed hard throughout the 18 stage, 143.17 mile (230.42km) event. In fact, Barrable split the two Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000s cars of Esapekka Lappi and Sepp Wiegand and was lying in second place entering the penultimate stage.

Unfortunately, an overshoot through an open gate and into a field on the second pass of the long Bronte Homeland test cost him a dozen seconds, dropping Robert behind Wiegand to third. Barrable’s previous best European result was fifth overall on the 2012 Barum Czech Rally Zlin in a Skoda Fabia S2000.

Enjoyable Speaking about the result, Barrable said: “This year’s Circuit of Ireland was a really enjoyable event and I’m delighted to have finished third. “An overshoot on the penultimate stage ultimately cost us second place, but it was

our drive through Hamilton’s Folly on Friday that cost us the most amount of time. “We just couldn’t find a rhythm in that stage and we lost 40 seconds over the two runs, which was a shame. “Saturday’s stages suited us a lot better. The pace was fairly hot, but we were able to keep Sepp Wiegand behind us until I just lost concentration for a split second, overshot a junction and lost around 12 seconds turning the car around in a field. Not to worry, we’ll get him next time. “Overall, it was a great event and we’re very pleased with our performance.” Loudon added: “It was pretty much a perfect weekend.

“The car was faultless, we’ve shown good pace and this is probably the hardest we’ve driven in the Fiesta R5 since we got it. Third place behind two works Skoda cars is just brilliant – more than we could have dreamed of. “The Skoda Fabia S2000 may be coming to the end of its life cycle, but the team is still developing the car and it is still a full factory effort. I’m really proud of the way Rob drove and what we achieved this weekend.” The result followed hot on the heels of Barrable’s strong points-scoring sixth place finish on the gruelling Rally Portugal, the event in which he made his debut on the world circuit a year earlier.