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Credit where it’s due: Workers gain new qualifications workers of Swords Credit Union Michael


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McKenna and Joan Barker (centre) are pictured with Credit Union registrar at the Central Bank of Ireland Sharon Donnery, LIA president Eleanor Hendy, and manager of Swords Credit Union Fiona Cunningham at the fourth annual LIA Credit Union Awards ceremony in Dublin. LIA is the professional education and development association for those who work across all areas of the financial services industry. Over 250 successful credit union students attained the qualifications.

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Train linking Swords to Malahide proposed

Tourist initiative could boost visitor numbers to the benefit of towns

 Natalie Burke

SWORDS and Malahide could be set to benefit from a brand new tourist initiative next year. Following the success of Toots: The Malahide Road

Train, which was launched earlier this year, a new electric train could be on the cards. The train would travel between Malahide and Swords transporting tourists and linking the two towns together.

The initiative is being proposed by Swords resident Michael Place, founder of Toots: The Malahide Road Train. “The whole idea of Toots was that it was an affordable day out for families. I want

it to be a similar idea for the electric train,” he said. Chief executive of Fingal Dublin Chamber, Tony Lambert, has said he is “very keen” to see the project advance to further stages. Full Story on Page 4

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Michael Place (left) with Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF) and the original Toots which proved a huge success in the summer

Train proposal could be a boost to tourism

The local towns of Malahide and Swords could be set to benefit from a new tourist initiative next year. Following the success of Toots: The Malahide Road Train, which was launched earlier this year, a new electric train could be on the cards. The train would travel between both Malahide and Swords, linking the two towns together. The train would be aimed at transporting tourists between the two north Dublin towns and could be set to increase the level of tourists visiting the north side of Dublin. The proposed tourism initiative is being proposed by local Swords resident Michael Place, who first introduced Toots: The Malahide Road Train to north Dublin in June 2013.

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A spokesperson from Fingal County Council said they have yet to be approached about the plan. Speaking to the Gazette, Michael says he has high hopes for his newest venture, the Toots “E” train. “Toots E will be a brand new, electric and modern train which wo u l d t a ke p e o p l e between Malahide and Swords,” he said. “The whole idea of Toots was that it was an affordable day out for families and I want it to be a similar idea for the electric train.

“ T h e r e a r e m a ny expensive activities for people out there nowadays and to have something that would be only a few euro for a trip on the train would be great for local families as well as those visiting the area. I believe in doing things cheaply and economically.” When the Metro North project was shelved, Michael said he saw the niche for a train between the two towns straight away and made the decision to go for it. “The train would just have one or two stops in Malahide when it is coming from Swords and it is hoped that it would travel alongside the road by the Estuary. It would be a great way of selling both towns.” While promoting north Dublin as a tourist

destination is one of the main aims of launching the new train, Michael says he also hopes to bring Swords closer to Malahide. “Will it work? You better believe it,” he said. “I hope to have a trial period during the summer; it would last three m o n t h s a n d wo u l d begin in June. Then I’d let the people assess the impact,” he explained. In recent weeks, a presentation of the proposed train and its route was made to the chief executive of the Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Tony Lambert. Speaking to the Gazette following the presentation, Tony has said he is very keen to see the project advance to further stages. “In January, I will be

looking to have a special presentation made to the local business people in Swords, to show them that it would be an encouraging project and would encourage new business for tourism in the area,” he said. Lambert said he believes the project would be beneficial to both Swords and Malahide and would succeed in bringing the two towns closer together. “It is a great idea and it would connect Swords and Malahide on a tourist trail. It would link Malahide Castle to Swords Castle, and it would also incorporate other tourist attractions including the round tower in Swords. “The Fingal Dublin Chamber is very excited about the idea and we will want to see it succeed,” Tony said.

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internet: new page is a one-stopshop for everyone in north dublin

Council urges recycling

Facebook goes to work for business A Facebook page set to benefit local businesses, services and members of the community has been set up for north Dublin in recent weeks. North Dublin Services Page is a non-profit interactive business directory available through Facebook, which acts as a one-stop-shop for everybody living and doing business in the Malahide and Swords area. The group was set up just three weeks ago by north Dublin native William Royal, who has experience working in social media and digital marketing. Speaking to the Gazette, he said that the inspiration behind the page came after he saw a

gap in the market. “There are a huge number of group pages on Facebook that are focusing on different interests or buying and selling products, and there are thousands of people using them. I noticed that often someone would ask for a recommendation for a service or for advice and then realised that there was no place that combined all of that. That’s where it stemmed from,” he said. On the new services page, local businesses can advertise their services while people are free to ask questions, offer advice and recommend businesses they have tried themselves in the area. With over 700 members

already, William said the new directory service has gained positive feedback from its users. “I’ve 130 businesses on board and there are more people joining every day. If someone posts up a question asking for recommendations on a particular service, the businesses in the group can see their request and contact the potential customer directly,” Will said. “Or alternatively, other members can offer them advice or recommend someone they have tried themselves. It’s a directory that I believe will really benefit north Dublin and it will continue to grow. It’s a handy pocket guide to have on your smart phone,” he said.

It’s a lockout: Keep burglars at bay by properly securing your home THE Lock Burglars Out campaign is asking homeowners to lock up before heading out - especially during this festive period. The campaign was launched by the Joint Policing Committees from Fingal last week to remind residents across Fingal to keep their properties locked up properly to target the one third of preventable burglaries that occur as a result of residents leaving their home in a rush, without locking up properly. Swords community policing Sergeant Kevin Toner, Garda Pat Egan, Caroline Mills of Swords Local Policing Forum, Philip Jennings of Safer Blanchardstown, and Inspector John Kelly of Blanchardstown Garda Station launched the campaign.

Locals are being reminded to dispose of their Christmas trees properly by using dedicated recycling facilities across Fingal. The council will provide free recycling for thousands of trees at the usual locations across the county from January 2, 2014. Not only will this reduce the number of abandoned Christmas trees around footpaths and greens, it will also help Fingal’s Operations Department maintain local amenities for the coming year as all recycled trees are chipped and used for mulch around Fingal’s many parks and heritage properties. Check or or follow us on Twitter @ fingalcoco

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app Helping to get cyclists from A to B

NTA introduces cycle planner An easy-to-use app for cyclists to plan routes across Dublin, including routes from north Dublin, has been launched. T h e N a t i o n a l Tr a n s p o r t Authority has launched its new online cycle planner which helps people to map out different cycle routes, whether it’s from Swords to Blanchardstown or Malahide to the Docklands, it offers the

best route. People can see what routes are available and how long it will take. Routes can then be stored on smartphones to use offline. Cyclists looking for inspiration for new and exciting routes can use the planner’s pre-set maps for some of the more popular themed leisure routes in the

region – including the Dodder River Cycle Way, the Dublin Bay Coastal Route and the Canal Cycle Ways. The cycle planner app is available online now at: www.journeyplanner.transportforireland. ie/cp and in the Google Play Store as a free app for Android devices and on Apple Store, which is also free.

Gertie Shields pictured with her family and RSA chairman Gay Byrne

awards: decades of campaigning recognised

Gertie honoured for making roads safer

 Natalie Burke

A north Dublin lady was honoured with a Supreme Road Safety Award recently. Gertie Shields, a native of Balbriggan and founder of Mothers Against Drink Driving (MADD), was recognised for decades of road safety campaigning when she was honoured at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards. A total of 29 awards was presented at the recent awards ceremony by RSA chairman and broadcaster Gay Byrne and Gertie was among three Dublin winners on

the day. The awards celebrate the outstanding efforts of individuals and groups throughout the country who help promote road safety in their communities. Out of all the winners, Gertie was chosen as the Supreme Winner for her commitment and contribution to road safety in Ireland. Gertie lost her daughter in a road traffic collision in 1983 when the vehicle she was travelling in was hit by a drunk driver. Since then, Gertie has campaigned for legislative and social change in relation to drink driving. Hers was a lone voice in road

safety at a time when over 400 people were dying annually on our roads each year. Speaking about her award, Gay Byrne said Gertie had given over much of her life to making Irish roads a safer place. “Her work has contributed to the sea change in attitudes towards drink driving in Ireland, as well as changes in the legislation on blood alcohol levels and dangerous driving. “For the past two decades, driven by the personal tragedy of the loss of her 19-year-old daughter Paula, Gertie has unrelentingly campaigned to

rid this country of the scourge of drunk driving. “Gertie first came to my attention when she made an appearance on the Late Late Show in the 80s, and since then has become one of the most recognised and admired campaigning names against drink driving as she took her message to the airwaves and print media across the country and across generations,” Gay said. “To look back now on her ideas and recommendations in the early years of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to see many of the measures that have, at last, been introduced in recent years.”

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Little Christmas puddings smile All smiles: Archie McGrath, Eli Power and Edward Ragonesi Browne


HE Malahide Breastfeeding Group recently celebrated their Christmas party at the St Sylvester’s Parish Centre in Malahide. The mothers dressed their tiny tots in Christmas themed outfits, including

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, his helper elves and Christmas turkeys. Even though it’s the babies’ first Christmas, they were in true Christmas spirit in their festive outfits at the party, with smiles all round.

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A night of fashion Anya May, owner of Sans Souci Boutique Anne McGrath, and Joanne Daly. Pictures: David O’Shea


ANS Souci Boutique in Malahide recently hosted a special evening for its customers. Local shoppers were treated to a special

viewing of the store’s winter collection, and got useful tips of how to dress during the festive season’s party nights.

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RTE host of Room to Improve Dermot Bannon (centre) with Stillorgan couple Rory Kelly and Clare Hennon

television: pair praise participation in popular rte property show

Stillorgan couple happy to have Room to Improve  ian begley

A YOUNG couple from Stillorgan recently featured in the final episode of RTE’s Room to Improve. Clare Heenan and Rory Kelly live in a compact 1950s bungalow in the south Dublin suburb of Stillorgan and, being long-time renters, the couple had struggled for years to be able to afford a home. The couple have an extensive “wish list”, and despite a limited budget of €90,000, they were determined to

make the most of it. They love to entertain, and along with some much-needed space and reorganisation of the house’s cramped layout, former chef Rory had his heart set on a bespoke kitchen to match his culinary aspirations. After a series of re-adjustments to match the budget, architect Dermot Bannon proposed an angled extension to the rear of the bungalow, and took his new clients to meet food critic and former chef Paolo Tullio for a master class in kitchen design and the effi-

cient use of space. A regular feature throughout the series saw unforeseen costs putting constant pressure on the budget, a legacy of structural problems with the house, and design tweaks by the homrowners adding to the complexity of the build. Speaking to The Gazette, Clare said that she and her partner were really excited to be part of the show and to have architect Bannon redesign their home. She said: “We thought that being

selected for the show would be a great opportunity for us to have our house turned into something special. “The reason why we applied for Room to Improve is because we believed Bannon is the type of person who has the ability to turn something fairly boring into something exciting. “A kitchen is our big priority, because my husband is an avid cook and once upon a time worked as a professional chef, so getting a space where we can cook and entertain guests was very important to us,” she said.

IF YOU fancy doing something a bit different on this New Year’s Eve, the National Wax Museum Plus experience could be just the ticket. Located at Foster Place in Temple Bar, the wax museum is throwing a New Year’s family party in its Grande Hall of Fame this December 31. On offer will be a children’s disco, party games, face painting and plenty of 1970s fancy dress, so you can ring in 2014 in the worst possible style.

Encouraging The wax museum is tempting visitors in by encouraging them to wear 1970s gear and fancy dress to be in with a chance to win a host of prizes on the night. Families are invited along to the special New Year party, where children will get the chance to meet their favourite cartoon and fairytale characters, frozen in place ... If you would like more information on the party, call the museum at on 01 671 8367.


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feature a day in the life: alan hughes on his starring role

Full of beans and all set for the panto  laura webb

As Sammy Sausages in this year’s Cheerio’s panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, TV3 star Alan Hughes says: “every show is completely different from the last”

LIVING the life of a pantomime star can take its toll on some people, but for TV3 presenter, Alan Hughes, it’s the best part of the year. Starring in this year’s Cheerio’s panto at the Tivoli Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk, as Sammy Sausages, Hughes is already in full theatre swing and has only taken two days off – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Gazette caught up with the star in between shows to tell us about a

day in the life of a panto star. With a matinee show for schoolgoers at 11am, it’s an early enough rise for the star, who has to be in the theatre by 10am. As for breakfast, he says that it’s nothing too heavy. “You wouldn’t want to be too full – just a cup of tea or a sausage roll; you wouldn’t eat much. It would be more after the show that you would have the downtime to grab a sandwich or something.” Unlike his job at TV3,

where he goes into make-up and sits back for someone else to do it, he has to do his own make up for the show, so the cast have an hour to get ready. “It is the 11am school s how and then the evening show at 6.30pm, so we have about an hour to get ready,” he says. There is a big difference in the shows, says Hughes, with 450 screaming kids in the morning, and then a mixture that night – a great variety. “They are long days!

We don’t just go off [between shows]; we are getting things organised. I would be going off to production meetings, to help make sure that everything is coming together, [and help with] getting the show right. They are hectic days. “When I am finished a show, I would go home and unwind by watching some TV. I watch comedy and whatever is on TV, because you really do need some downtime. “When you are in the theatre from 10 that morning and not leaving until 10 that night, it is a long day. “We spend the whole day with everyone in the theatre; that is why we call it ‘the Panto Family’. They are the people you are with all the time; they do become your family for Christmas.” Hu g h e s , w h o h a s being doing panto for the past 17 years, says every show is completely different from the last, which makes the days even better. “You get different kids shouting things up, different responses from the audience – every day is different. “The other morning, a little girl got so excited she was shouting up to me telling me not to go with the wizard, so I got her up on the stage and she was telling the audience the story and the audience were in hysterics. That is what makes panto life so brilliant,” he says. The Cheerio’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Tivoli Theatre until January 12. For further information, see

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What do you Want for Christmas? It’s been a roller coaster month for The Wanted singer and Blanchardstown heart-throb Siva Kaneswaran. One week he is on cloud nine after announcing his engagement to long-term girlfriend Nareesha McCaffrey and the next it’s rumours the band’s record company are to drop the boy-band because of poor album sales. Their European tour has also been cancelled, but thankfully their UK and Ireland leg of the tour will not be affected, much to the delight of their Irish fans, many of whom were seen at their recent appearance at the HMV store in Dundrum.

Let’s hope these vicious rumours aren’t true and everyone will buy their album as Christmas gifts to help boost sales for the boyband, especially Siva now that he has a wedding to pay for. Speaking of weddings, The Diary is delighted to see that Castleknock beauty Glenda Gilson will also be busy preparing a wedding after her, now fiance, Rob Macnaughton, popped the question while in New York earlier this month. Congratulations!

Campaigning for Irish books An innovative new online social media campaign aiming to promote the reading of Irish language

books is celebrating its launch this Christmas by offering people the chance to win a big prize. Foras na Gaeilge, the body that promotes Irish language on the whole island of Ireland, launched its new website last week. The site focuses on Irish language books for children and adults available today. The site also has a facility which allows the user to find booksellers near where you live that stock Irish language books. To mark the Irish reading campaign’s launch, Foras na Gaeilge is giving people the chance to win an overnight stay in Dublin and a €1,000 shopping spree during

the Christmas holidays. Anyone who is interested can enter through the Facebook link on www. where all you have to do is like the page and post the name of your favourite Irish language book.

bosco’s appeal for batteries Boys and girls all over Dublin are being asked by none other than TV puppet Bosco, to help the children of LauraLynn by recycling their spent batteries this Christmas after they are all used up from playing with the new toys they receive this Christmas. WEEE Ireland and Bosco are advising people to remember that every

There have been rumours recently that The Wanted will be dropped by their label

battery counts when it comes to raising much needed funds for LauraLynn. Look out for the special blue WEEE Ireland (Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment) battery boxes that are

now dotted around Dublin shops this Christmas so that youngsters can deposit their old batteries. Bosco said: “I want everyone to make a special effort this Christmas and remember when

you are playing with all of your new toys and gadgets to bring any waste batteries back to your local shop and pop them into the blue WEEE Ireland battery boxes for the children at LauraLynn.”

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Wrap up for eBay and clear seasonal clutter  Laura Webb

Christmas has come and gone, leaving many with gifts that were most definitely not on top of their wish list, but fear not, as eBay has the facility to make things better. A hoover, a drill or a pair of socks that you know you will never wear, may be feeling a little unwanted, but for someone else that so called “junk” is their treasure so why not try to make everyone happy by selling it online. Online auction site eBay is into its busiest time of year with people buying presents before

Christmas and people auctioning presents afterwards, while others skim the net for bargains. One trend coming up after Christmas is wrapped presents online – meaning the buyer does not know what they are getting. “We have seen some sales of wrapped gifts on eBay. My personal advice is that it’s not something I would recommend people to go for,” Steve Heywood of eBay said. “I think there are much better bargains to find on eBay. Look at people who have a good selling history, look at their feedback and you can see

the item they are selling – that would always be my recommendations. “The wrap gifts are a bit of a quirky trend, something that has caught people’s imagination but for me, after Christmas, eBay if you have got something you don’t want. “Last year we found that one of the gifts selling at the highest price and was the most unwanted, but is coveted by other people was drills and other DIY things like that. Something you maybe don’t want for yourself but if you want one, you want a new one and one with a guarantee

is a great one to find – for me that is the unwanted gifts that I will be looking out for on eBay after Christmas. “EBay is becoming a destination for people to buy the things that they love and the things that they need. “That is the thing I love about eBay, it’s the great selection it has, you can really get everything you need in the one place.” The online traffic in the lead up to Christmas on eBay is mostly for new goods at fixed prices, but once Christmas is finished there are still some fantastic offers and people are looking to sell



Steve Heywood of eBay: “That is the thing I love about eBay, you can really get everything you need in the one place.”

their unwanted goods. “This year about 30% of Irish people are expected to receive an unwanted gift. The worst offenders are your extended family and in-laws and also sadly one-in-five Irish people expect to receive the same gift they as they

received the year previously. “The top three unwanted gifts for the man in your life are socks, blenders and things to do with DIY. They are things people do really like but really make sure you know

who you are buying for. “If you do want the blenders, or any of the other unwanted gifts, what better place to look than eBay? You might be able to get a real bargain,” he added. See for unwanted gift bargains.

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A new store offering unique fashion brands is adding some sparkle to north Dublin with its fabulously glam collections. Lily Ella Boutique, owned by siblings Lynda and Declan Condon, opened its doors just a few months ago, in October, and already it is making a name for itself among fashionistas for its variety of collections. The boutique is offering fashion followers brands that you will not find on the high street. With a career in fashion retail under his belt, there is no better man to run a fashion boutique. Declan, who has a unique eye for key pieces, also has an honest opinion, so customers feel better in the knowledge they are walking away with an outfit that suits them. “The boutique is based in Swords Town Mall and we think it’s just what is needed in the area,” said

Declan. “We have a lot of high-street brands in the Pavilions but we think they lack that warm welcoming feeling you get when you enter Lily Ella Boutique. A smile and a nice welcome for everyone is what our customers get every time they come in to our store”.

quickly m o v e towards its sparkling accessories. “We have unique pieces that you don’t find on the high street and offer a somewhat personal feel to fashion. Another reason why to shop at Lily Ella boutique is that you will always find some-


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The decor of the boutique makes customers feel like they are stepping into a store that could be located on Fifth Avenue, with a stunning chandelier taking centre stage in the shop. Once eyes divert from that, attention is quickly drawn to the stunning dresses hanging on the racks throughout the store and inner magpies

thing different to wear to a wedding or an event and you feel slightly reassured that everyone at the event won’t be wearing the same clothing. “If you are looking for all these characteristics in a boutique Lily Ella Boutique Swords should be your haven,” he added. Some of the brands stocked at Lily Ella Boutique include Hybrid,

Diva Dresses, Little Mistress, as well as some of the most sought after celebrity collections from reality stars such as Jessica Wright of The Only Way is Essex and Vesper from Lucy Watson of Made in Chelsea. With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, looking for that one dress to impress will be made that little easier thanks to the collection at this store. And, what’s even better is that they are offering some fantastic discounts. “With 20% off our party dresses you are sure to ring in the bells in style with all the glamour style we have in store,” she added. Lily Ella Boutique is now open at Unit 6 Town Mall, Main Street, Swords. For further information, call the boutique team on 01 8135008 or find them on Facebook by searching Lily Ella Boutique.

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DELIGHTFUL DUO REALLY DESERVE A LOVING NEW HOME THE Gazette Newspaper has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for unwanted and abandoned dogs. Our Dogs of the Week are Blake and Holly, who are approximately eight and six years old. Blake relies heavily on his confident little lady Holly to help him feel more relaxed in his environment, and because of this, we are going to rehome them as a pair. Blake is really adoring and loving and Holly is really a sweet girl. They are very clever and know “sit” and “paw” already. We are looking for an active, loving home for this pair, if there are children in the family, they would have to be 12+. If you think you could give this fabulous duo their perfect forever home, please contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off Exit 5 on the M50, and directions can be found on www. You can also find them on Facebook at dogstrustireland or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE

Fireworks and the Procession of Light helped mark last year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city centre, with much the same set to delight revellers this December 31. MKS (inset, formerly known as the Sugababes) will play at the party at College Green.


Gathering one last time ...  NATALIE BURKE

A CROWD of more than 50,000 people flocked to the streets of Dublin on 2012’s NewYear’s Eve for the highly-anticipated 3 NYE Festival. With the event also being the launch of The Gathering 2013, it was one of the many reasons that contributed to Dublin being nominated as one of Lonely Planet’s top-five New Year’s Eve destinations in the world last year. However, this year’s festival is set to be bigger and better than ever. It will be the “ultimate Gathering” event – the official closing event for The Gathering 2013 – and will also be the third anniversary for the popular festival. Starting on December 29, the four-day festival will host a range of free events for

the whole family. On December 29, The Gathering at Leopardstown will see the home of Christmas racing celebrate The Gathering with special performances from Mary Black and Finbar Furey, and a percentage of funds from the ticket sales is going to the London Irish Centre, and The Forgotten Irish charity, also in London. On December 30, Love Dublin Day will celebrate the city’s flair for music and literature with a number of free pop-up events across quirky venues. Starting the New Year’s Eve events on December 31 is The Procession of Light, officially marking the beginning of the end of The Gathering 2013. Up to 1,000 people will parade through the city’s streets holding lanterns made at free family workshops. The procession

will be joined by street artists and musicians, and will conclude with an acrobatic finale at St Stephen’s Green. Registration is free, but places are limited. The Countdown Concert will ring in 2014 with the help of Ska band Madness, singer-songwriter Ryan Sheridan, pop sensations MKS (formerly known as the Sugababes), and retro rockers The Strypes, who will provide entertainment throughout the night at College Green. Tickets for the concert, which is for over18s only, cost €25. To finish the celebrations, pop along to The Big Brunch on New Year’s Day, which will feature a special children’s programme of face painting and balloon modelling, plus a kids’ disco and children’s choir. Grown-ups can browse the market

stalls, enjoy the vintage tea dance and Electric Ceili, and hang their New Year’s resolutions on The Resolution Tree! Details of this year’s events were announced at a recent launch in the Mansion House, where the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, said this year is set to be “extra special”. He said: “Dubliners have played a huge role in The Gathering, so I am delighted that our beautiful city will play host to the ultimate Gathering.” The NYE Dublin Festival is a joint initiative of Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council, and is produced by Davis Events. The festival was established in 2011 to drive tourism to Dublin over the New Year’s period. For further information, see www.

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Trouble in the Kingdom of Enchantasia WITH a title that just rolls off the tongue, this familyfriendly production takes a look at sneaky goings-on in Enchantasia, where Prince Archibald has plopped himself on the throne. But what has happened to the rightful ruler, the Crown Princess? Can Tristan, a young knight, help the princess back to her rightful place, or will he end up in the Dungeons of Darkly Drear? Running until January 5 (bar New Year’s Day) you can see this enjoyable Trouble at 2.30pm, with admission €12.50 for adults, €10 for children, or €50 for a family of five.

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Kathy Herbert

ARTIST in residence Kathy Herbert is nearing the end of her residency, with her work’s focus on art and ecology, using natural materials, having fascinated people since the start of July. With a strong focus on sculpture and drawing, Kathy’s work has featured strong audience interaction, with her carved, cast and drawn works examining our relationship with the world. Kathy’s residency concludes on December 31.

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RED’S still in a whole lot of trouble out in the woods, where there has been nothing but a ditzy, badly-dressed lady to help protect her across the Christmas period, in true and memorable panto style. And did somebody mention a wolf? Luckily, Red’s guardian angel – or clumsy protector, winging it as they venture along through the forest – is on hand to help keep Red safe. For the full list of Christmas times at this popular, energetic panto, see, with tickets priced €10, or €5 conc for babes in arms (aged two and under).

Just three of the books that have been a hit with readers: Eamon Dunphy’s The Rocky Road, Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, and Max Hastings’s Catastrophe


Book your festive reads THE Christmas break is still in full swing, so why not take time out to enjoy some of the quieter moments as the madness of Christmas days starts to settle? Offering a little advice on what to read is Mulhuddart councillor Michael O’Donovan (Lab). THERE are usually a few quiet moments over the Christmas, so there is time to catch up on a book or two, if only to avoid the 16th re-run of The Sound of Music. One unusual book I recently enjoyed is Colm Tobin’s Testament of Mary – the only Irishauthored book to be shortlisted for the Man


‘We still regard Maeve Binchy as the veteran writer, and Cecelia Ahern as the new kid on the block, but at this stage Cecelia has 10 bestsellers under her belt’


Booker Prize. T h e “ s p e a ke r ” i n the book is the Virgin Mary in her later years; a woman haunted by memories of the awful death of her son. It’s a short book, but well written. Staying with fiction, but on a lighter note, I see two of our women writers, the late Maeve Binchy and Cecelia Ahern, are in the best-

seller lists in both Ireland and Britain. We still regard Maeve as the veteran writer, and Cecelia as the new kid on the block, but at this stage she has 10 bestsellers under her belt. In her latest offering, the heroine saves a man from suicide, and then has to show him that life is worth living. For good, light Christmas reading, a collection of Maeve’s

writing in The Irish Times is also in the shop. This time last year, I recommended that history buffs might look at All Hell Broke Loose, by Max Hastings; a history of World War 2 told from the view point of ordinary men and women. This year, Max has released Catastrophe – the story of Europe’s slide into war in 1914. From my own point of view, the amount of detail in the book was a bit overwhelming, and I would far more readily recommend Lockout by Padraig Yeates; a superb history of the 1913 strike. There is renewed inter-

est in the lock-out, as this year was its 100th anniversary, and Padraig tells the story really well. There is a huge range of sports books. Alex Ferguson’s sometimes spiteful autobiography got great attention, but I think I’ll go for Eamon Dunphy’s latest effort. I still remember reading his first book, Only a Game, the story of his time at Milwall, in the mid-1970s. Dunphy has a lively writing style. The Rocky Road is the first part of his autobiography, and his account of his Dublin childhood is very memorable. He has a lively and witty writing style. The celebrity chefs

are on the shelves as well, and the bestsellers are the books behind the current, various TV series. Again, some of our Irish writers, such as Darina Allen, are doing really well, and I see that Jamie Oliver has a book with tips on using leftovers – signs of the recession, perhaps. Finally, can I ask Gazette readers to shop local? Recently, I couldn’t find a particular book on the shelf, and one of our local bookshops got it for me in three days – faster than I’d have got it from Amazon! MICHAEL O’DONOVAN Councillor (Lab), Mulhuddart

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Snow budging this hit FROZEN (Cert G, 108 mins) sees Disney keeping its place at the top of the Christmas charts with, err ... an icy grip, its crowdpleasing mix of catchy songs, likeable characters and top-notch animation. Sibling rivalries (and love) are to the fore, with plenty of magic, feisty leads and a quest to save the land all adding up to Disney’s coolest film (and hottest ticket) for ages.

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) finds himself very far from home as the mild-mannered office worker tries to live up to the more exciting life of his confident daydreams. It’s a handsomely shot film, to be sure, that shows a step up in Stiller’s skills – however, on its own merits as a comedy, it falls just a little short of the mark.

film of the week: the secret life of walter mitty is good, not great GRAVITY

Worth falling for SURELY about to hit the end of its distribution run, Gravity (Cert 12A, 91 mins) is still pulling in audiences for an unexpectedly thoughtful film, sneakily hidden behind some truly spectacular visuals. Sandra Bullock delivers a compelling, moving turn at the heart of the film, which has plenty to say about love, life and loss – as well as the plight of an astronaut in big trouble ...


Take a bite at it WHAT we’re calling The Hunger Games 2 (Cert 12A, 160 mins) is a big improvement on the hit original, with tighter focus and more story, less exposition to fit in. Following their win at the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta have a Victor’s Tour to undertake – but it’s soon clear that a rebellion may be brewing ...

You’ve Ben entertained by better films from Stiller

BASED on the James Thurber famous short story of the same name, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty tells the tale of a man who escapes the mundanity of his existence through adventurous and heroic daydreams. This version, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, places Mitty as an introverted and socially awkward worker at LIFE magazine, where he is set apart from any of the media glamour in a monochrome basement, handling negatives and photographs. Derided by his snazzier colleagues, Mitty secretly yearns for his co-worker, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), but can only muster the courage to talk to her in the fantastical daydreams

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he is prone to lapse into. When the cover shot for the final print issue of LIFE goes missing, he sets out on an extraordinary journey to track it down. This version of the Walter Mitty story has apparently been on the cards for the past two decades; at one point, Spielberg was set to direct with the post-Mask Jim Carrey in the title role. Since then, several big names have almost been Mitty, including Mike Myers, Owen Wilson, and

Sacha Baron Cohen, but the role eventually found its way to Stiller, who has used the opportunity to step up his game as both actor and director. There’s a movement away from the straight-up comedy we associate with Stiller; instead, here, the film plays out as a comic-drama, dealing with existential themes, and deeply embedded with a life-affirming message. Mitty is directionless, and at times helpless, seemingly equipped with an integrity but devoid of any ability to enact his will. He is a kind of human flotsam that uses his imagination as a surrogate space to live out his desires. The LIFE magazine motto appears through-

out the film as a haunting reminder of his unlived life: “To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, that is the purpose of life.” Unfor tunately for what is essentially a onecharacter piece, Mitty is not particularly easy to attach to – a problem that stems from the fact that he is not particularly believable. Like the negatives he processes, he is black and white, and while the most interesting characters tend to occupy the grey area between, Mitty only exists at the extremes. His oscilla-

tion between the implausibly inept and the astonishingly adept proves jarring, and not relatable. The lack of character connection leaves an uncomfortable space in a film that otherwise has all the hallmarks of greatness. Visually beautiful, at times the film reverberates with an almost Middle Earth-feel, taking in some incredible panning shots of Icelandic scenery as we follow Mitty on his quest.

The plot never lacks momentum, which keeps things engaging, although the comedic writing is hit and miss. These elements try to fill the void left by the lack of character, but it’s an impossible task, relying on them to provide emotional connection is like relying on a key change in a song to do the same. It’s a film that admirably reaches out to touch our hearts, but finds itself a few inches short. Without a doubt, you’ll enjoy watching Mitty travel around the world on his adventure, but it’s unlikely you’ll experience any movement yourself.

Verdict: 6/10

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Cruise off to learn all about wine  natalie burke

FOR those of us who fancy themselves as a bit of a wine connoisseur, Thomas Cook Cruise has created the perfect trip to combine sightseeing, good food and wine tasting. Join expert winemakers and culinary specialists for a 14-night Caribbean and The Azores cruise in April. The Wine Immersions cruise, on board the Adventure of the Seas, sets sail on April 20 next from Miami, with visits to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Philipsburg, St Maarten, and Ponta Delgada, Azores. The ship then sails across the Atlantic Ocean and on to its final destination of Southampton in England. The cruise is priced at €599 per person (cruise only). Expert winemakers are on hand during the cruise to provide wine-tasting classes and to educate guests on the different grape varieties of the regions. To make a booking, or for further information, contact Thomas Cook Cruise at 01 514 0336, or see

Located in Slane, Tankardstown House is a country manor house hotel with particularly noteworthy features – not least its charming atmosphere throughout

meath: feel like a downton abbey star with a Tankardstown House welcome

Be to the manor borne ...  natalie burke

WHILE I love the months of anticipation leading up to a long overdue holiday, I have to admit it’s the occasional mini-break in Ireland that really makes my heart lift. Working in Dublin means it’s a treat when I get the chance to take a skip down the country, even when it’s only for an overnight stay. It’s the perfect way to get away from the bustling rush-hour traffic, take a breath of fresh air, and be back before you’re ever missed. Tankardstown House is located in Slane, Co Meath – less than an hour’s drive from Dublin – and I was delighted to finally gain an excuse to pay a proper visit. Arriving in the early evening, my partner and I were just in time to take in the sweeping grounds and long driveway before darkness fell. With walled gardens, an orangery and expansive lawns, Tankardstown has all the features you

could wish for in a country manor house. The comforting wintery smell of turf greeted me as I pushed the front door open, along with – to my great pleasure – a roaring fire in the small, intimate lobby. The house is beautiful, with old period features, characteristic decor and furniture that you’re sure could tell a story or two. We stayed in the Library Suite, which we later learned was one of the most recent rooms to be made into a guest suite. It had, until recently, been the reading room for guests staying at the house. Its wide windows were draped with heavy curtains and the room’s main feature was easily the four-poster bed. However, it wasn’t the huge gold plated mirror or the marble fireplace that took my breath away, but the stunning bathroom adjoining the room. With a “his and hers” sink, a large open shower and a vintage-style standalone bathtub, we could

easily have stepped right into an episode of Downton Abbey. Other rooms in the main house were magnificent, combining all the charms you’d expect of a Georgian period house. It was full of old-fashioned charm, leather chairs and warm welcomes – the ideal place to curl up with a good book and a china teacup in front of the fire. However, that will have to wait until next time however, because before I knew it, it was time for dinner at Brabazon restaurant. Just a short walk from the main house, the restaurant is tucked neatly in the Garden Village, which also offers guests the chance of enjoying a drink or – if you arrive early enough – afternoon tea in The Cellar. Brabazon has been busy building a reputation for its delicious dishes, which use home-grown and locally-sourced ingredients. With head chef Richard Luckey at the helm, we made the most

Classic design staples add to the hotel’s sheer comfort and style

of the menu selection, opting for the Ardsallagh goat’s cheese mousse for starter. For our main course, we enjoyed a fillet of hake with quinoa, apple and walnut, as well as a breast of duck with Morteau sausage. The food was tasty and fulfilling and was topped off nicely by a glass of good wine, great company and a pleasant atmosphere.

We finished our evening with a choice of two desserts – a banana souffle with salted caramel sauce and, a particular favourite, mango and coconut panna cotta. After a relaxing slumber, I was reluctant to get out of the comfortable bed and even more sorry to say goodbye to the room. I’ll be returning for my dose of fresh air before

too long, only this time I’ll stay that bit longer. Oh, and I’ll bring that book ... Tankardstown was named AA Ireland Guest Accommodation of the Year for 2013/2014 in the recent AA Hospitality Awards. For further information, or to book your break away, see www., or call Tankardstown House at 041 982 4621.

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Racing fans will be in for a treat at the Leopardstown Christmas festival which sees four days of top class equine endeavour. PIcture: Peter Mooney

horse racing: christmas festival sees array of top-flight grade 1 races

Leopardstown brings a festive season to the track T h e a n n ua l L e o p a r d s t ow n Christmas Festival runs this year from December 26 to 29 and promises to be another four fine days of racing to round up the calendar year. The event is one of the highlights of the Irish racing calendar and features seven Grade 1 races over the course of the festival. The festival kicks off on St Stephen’s Day with the Racing Post day, where the highlight race will be the Racing Post Novice Handicap. The following day, sponsored by

Paddy Power, features the highlyanticipated Paddy Power Chase, Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase, and the Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle, which are all Grade 1 races. The penultimate day, Saturday, December 28, is no doubt the most glamorous of the festival as it is Ladies Day, with Lisa Cannon from Xpose as the judge for the best dressed prize, which this year comprises a luxury break at Mount Juliet and a €5,000 voucher for beauticians Brown Cow.

Big races to look out for on the Saturday are the Lexus Steeplechase and the Christmas Hurdle. The final day of this year’s festival is unique to those of previous years as it is the NYE Gathering Day. The day has been arranged to provide any Irish who have move abroad to come celebrate a day of fine food, drink, entertainment and of course racing before the year is finished. The big race on the last day is the prestigious Ryanair Hurdle, which has been won in the past

by champions such as Istabraq, Hurricane Fly, Moscow Flyer and Brave Inca. This race is often looked on as an early indicator to who might contest the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham a couple of months later. With top jockeys such as Ruby Walsh, AP McCoy and Barry Geraghty likely to feature, a trip to Leopardstown looks like it could be a great day out over the festive period. Admission tickets for the festival are available from €20 online at www., or €25 at the gate.

Applications are being welcomed for the 2014 Macron Kits Basketball Ireland National Camp at Gormanston which will take place over two weeks from July 6. The camp is the longest running basketball camp in Ireland and has seen some of the country’s best ever players come through its ranks. This coming summer will mark its 42nd year with the best coaches from home and abroad attending to divulge their knowledge to hundreds of young hoopsters. The first 50 campers to submit a completed application form along with their deposit get a GM Molten Basketball free. Log on to www. to download an application form.

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DublinGazetteNewspapers 2013 dublin sports awards DECember nominees

ANOTHER year over and a new one almost begun... It has been another wonderful month for sport in Dublin and the choice between the candidates to come up with the six stars and teams seen below has been one of the hardest of the year. But with achievements on world stages to the fore, as well as personal and group achievements in the face of adversity and overturning the tide of time, there were undeniable champions in every sense who could not be ignored in the shortlist that we have come up with. The best of the best once again rise to the top - the hard part will be choosing the actual winners!


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GARDA cycling club’s Ryan produced a controlled and gutsy performance in the women’s individual pursuit to win a bronze medal at the Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Ireland’s first women’s World Cup medal at the elite level.

Irish jiu jitsu ace Chris Bowe, head coach of Gracie Barra Dublin in Dundrum, won gold at the Abu Dhabi Pro Trials in Lisbon, a success that takes him to the United Arab Emirates for the world cup next April.

AFTER a year of disappointment due to his absence through injury from the Dublin senior side who claimed the All-Ireland title, Brogan got his hands on silverware when he starred for St Oliver Plunkett’s in the Senior B championship final.

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A fine year for Irish cricket came to an end when the Ireland team claimed an historic treble of trophies in 2013 when they won their fourth Intercontinental Cup against Afghanistan in Dubai, with the team containing an array of local talent.

The Irish Over-40s soccer team capped their first year as an official entity by defeating Dutch legends Ajax, having previously faced sides including the Wales and Czech Republic national sides, and establishing a platform for the future.

LUCAN’S camogie section continued their stellar 2013 wihen they annexed the Leinster senior Division 1 title this month following an emphatic and stylish victory over Camross in Ballykelly, after wins over St Ibar’s and AllIreland intemediate champions Myshall


Leinster adds additional week to summer school 

The Leinster school of excellence has been a fixture of the summer for 16 years

The 16th year of the Leinster Rugby School of Excellence has for the first time added a fourth week of coaching due to demand for places at the camp which takes place at King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown. Players will develop core rugby skills and learn to perform under challenging conditions through high class coaching in a professional environment. Camp goers will also participate in clinics from

guest coaches and Leinster Rugby Academy players who will provide an insight into the specific requirements needed for each area of the game. The camp provides players aged 12 to 16 years (born between 1998 and 2002) the opportunity to play the Leinster way as they will gain greater understanding of the game while learning about values such as team work, commitment, integrity and communication. The camp was originally started by former Leinster

Academy manager and now IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee. The content of the camp has been developed with the game in recent years and as a result has become the highlight of the summer calendar for many players. The school provides excellent facilities both on and off the pitch to allow the players get the most from their experience. The School of Excellence takes place over July and August. Each camp is a week

in duration with the option of residential accommodation offered. The camp runs in 2014 for the weeks commencing July 21, July 28, August 4 and August 11, and online booking is open now. Each place on the Leinster Rugby School of Excellence costs €275 for a non-residential place and €375 for a residential place at King’s Hospital. For more information, log on to domestic/home.php

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Gregory’s girls set for hard work ahead Former Monaghan manager McGonigle was not looking for a job straight away after stepping down after last year’s All-Ireland final, but the Dublin job was too good to ignore  rob heigh

Christmas came early for the Dublin ladies footballers last week when it was announced that Gregor y McGonigle was announced as the managerial replacement for Paul Gilheaney, who stepped down as the Jackies bainisteoir having been appointed last February. McGoniglke has been given a two-year contract in the role to attempt to establish a continuity in the senior side and bring the Jackies back to the

heights they reached in previous years, and graduate from their position as the preeminent side in ladies football in Leinster to attempt to match the achievements of the men’s senior footballers at All-Ireland level. Speaking to Gazette Sport after the announcement of his appointment, McGonigle explained that his appointment was not something he sought out after leaving his role as manager of the Monaghan ladies after their 2013 All-Ireland final defeat to Cork.

Gregory McGonigle in his previous role as manager of the Monaghan ladies has taken the reins at Dublin

“I hadn’t planned when I stepped down from Monaghan to be back in management so quickly, but it was mentioned to me that the role with the Dublin ladies was available. “I was weighing it up, but having the training base at DCU meant that I wouldn’t be trying to get to the southside or trying to get pitches, the involvement of AIG in the sponsorship of all Gaelic games in Dublin was a big thing, and having spoken to other people involved in the team before like Gerry McGill and others, it became something that I was very interested in. Having taken Monaghan to numerous provincial titles as well as the All-Ireland final in 2011 and 2013, McGonigile has a strong track record in guiding his teams to the heights of the game, and something that he intends to repeat with his new charges. “I don’t doubt that the talent is there in Dublin to be challenging for AllIreland honours, but is just about getting down to serious hard work quickly. There’s no magic wand getting the best players, keeping the best players fit and focused, and making sure we get the best players in Dublin out playing for the team is the key.” McGonigle is also keen to ensure that the focus is on every single game - “I have the philosophy that

I want to win every game I am involved in, whether it be a challenge game, or even in training. That’s the mindset I want to send out” - and he specifically wants the side to build in an area they have previously not flourished. “Dublin have not been in a national league final,

construct the best side possible. “My first opportunity to cast an eye over the team will be some time this weekend, and before we hit NewYear’s Day, I want to have had the side on the pitch at least twice, to get them used to me and to get to know some of the


‘I don’t doubt that the talent is there for Dublin to challenge for All-Ireland honours, but it is all about serious hard work’ – Gregory McGonigle


which I was surprised by. That is definitely something that I want to focus on as well as developing players. You get a settled team [by playing in the league], and last year, Dublin did not have a settled team. “When you get to the championship, you need to know your best players and how the player plays in front of you. Some managers would use the league as somewhere to test players out, but I would see that training is a place where players fight for their place and earn their place in the side that plays in the league.” McGonigle is already primed as the new manager, a list of phone numbers for all the squad in hand ready to call them to action, and ready to examine every avenue to

younger players joining up with the team. I will then try to arrange a meeting with the club managers to talk about potential players from within their setups. If there was a Division 3 or 4 player who is good enough to play for the county, I want to have them available.” While McGonigle is sure that there will be tough matches ahead in the league, with the opening games against Monaghan away, Kerry at home and Mayo away, he is determined to convey his mindset to his new team. “We would like to hit the ground running, it’s not as easy as just turning up. The ability is there, but it’s getting the extra wee bits in and taking the project across the line. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck as well.”


GIFT will return to Dublin for an AFL celebration The Global Ireland Football Tournament - GIFT 2014 - will make a welcome return to Ireland next summer in partnership with the Croke Park Classic and the GAA. Organised by Global Football, GIFT 2014 will again bring top high school and youth American football teams from across the United States and Canada to venues in and around Dublin. The visiting teams will play their first competitive games of the regular season overseas on Friday, August 30, on the eve of the Croke Park Classic college football game between University of Central Florida and Penn State. Global Football president Patrick Steenberge was the catalyst for the idea behind the Croke Park Classic and is serving as a consultant to the event for the GAA. “The welcome we received from the people of Ireland and the many individuals and organisations who made the first GIFT event possible is in itself the perfect reason to return next August,” said Steenberge. “We have already received great interest from schools in North America wanting to kick off their seasons in Ireland. The first GIFT event was declared an unprecedented success with more than 13,000 spectators visiting the venues to enjoy the AFL spectacle as well as a special Dublin Friday Night Lights event. American football fans attended from 15 different countries and 35 US states and along with curious locals, brought Dublin city centre to a Thursday night rush hour standstill at a unique parade and pep rally. GIFT 2014 will again feature educational tours of various Dublin and County Meath sites for the participating student-athletes, practices at venues throughout the region, and interaction with local sports teams leading to friendships that will last a lifetime. For more information about the Global Football franchise and to keep up to date with which teams will be attending next year, log on to

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Team Ryano fighter John Redmond takes the decision at the Cage Warriors 55 event in June against Marc Allen. Picture: Dolly Clew/Cage Warriors

New Year’s fight night Local trio set to take to the octagon at The Helix on December 31, with European Cage Warriors 63 event to host the best in MMA  peter carroll

North County trio Paul Redmond, Myles Price and John Redmond are preparing for their upcoming bouts at Cage Warriors 63, getting valuable training sessions in ahead of the marquee mixed martial event that will take place on New Year’s Eve in The Helix. Currently on a five-fight winning streak, Team Ryano’s Paul Redmond will look to make it a winning end to 2013 when he faces Mateusz Teodorczuk. Redmond, who has shown serious title credentials at lightweight, praised his camp ahead of his next test. “Training has gone great,” said Redmond.

“I’ve got great guys to spar with like world champion Neil Seery, John Donnelly and Myles Price – that’s definitely brought my game on. I’m excited to get back in there again, especially to round off a great year, for both myself and the coaches at Team Ryano.” Also in action from the Baldoyle club on the night will be Price, a veteran campaigner on the Irish MMA scene despite his young age, who will take on former lightweight title contender Sean Carter. Price, who switched to the Andy Ryan club after years of training with Straight Blast Gym, put in an impressive performance against Kieran Davern last month at

Battlezone 10 on his way to a third-round submission win and will look to keep the momentum going when he faces Carter. A man who watched Price’s last contest very closely was John Redmond. A fan favourite, the Rush Fight Academy man will get his chance at settling a score with Kieran Davern when they meet in the New Year’s Eve show. When an Irish promotion failed to pay Redmond, various other fighters and other parties, an internet thread was started for those who wanted to highlight their outstanding issues. Redmond was in favour of boycotting the franchise until people were paid. Davern,

however, disagreed and made comments that didn’t go down well with the Malahide man looking to do his talking in the ring. “People were talking about not supporting this show and not fighting on it anymore – it was being done for professionals, people like Kieran. “I was fairly riled up at the time. That’s why I’ve called him out and went looking for it, it’s a perfect fight for me. I’d like to bring him back to that particular thread on Cage Warriors New Year’s Eve show and right some wrongs,” said Redmond. Cage Warriors 63 will take place in the Helix on Tuesday, December 31, and can be streamed live in Ireland via