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TV3’s The Apprentice, and model Pippa O’Connor, were two of an all-star judging panel on hand at the Wright Venue in Swords recently for the inaugural Wright Factor Grand Final. Howth heat winners Brian Sinnott and Jessica Smith (centre) were pipped at the post by eventual winner Julie Gallagher, who picked up a cheque for a cool €5,000. Full Gallery on Page 10

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St Patrick’s Day returns to Swords Festival parade to be held for the first time in years

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SWORDS will turn 40 shades of green this St Patrick’s Day following confirmation that a parade is to be held in the Fingal capital for the first time in several years. Swords will be covered with bunting, and it is anticipated

that there will be a huge festive atmosphere throughout the week. Swords Le Cheile and Fingal Dublin Chamber are urging all businesses in the town to make a special effort to create a week-long festival around St Patrick’s Day and to get customers and staff

involved in making it a memorable week for the people of Swords. “There will be something for everyone, young and old, and we look forward to seeing you there,” said Swords Le Chéile chairman, Joe Harford. Full Story on Page 4


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FastNews

Dog day afternoon: Charity walk

Fingal Library to waive late fines LIBR ARY fines will be waived in Fingal until March 14 in honour of Library Week. Fingal Libraries will clear all fines on overdue items throughout the week. “Due to a technical hitch, our dates are slightly different, therefore overdue items returned between Tuesday, March 8, and Monday, March 14, will not incur any fine,” the council said. “To get back into the routine of visiting the library and borrowing items, just return any overdue loans during this week, regardless of how long it has been since you originally borrowed them.”

FOLLOWING the success of Ireland’s first National Dog Walk, which raised €40,000 for The Carers’ Association last year, Petmania is again asking dog owners to join them on Easter Monday, April 25, for the second annual event. The National Dog Walk will see walks starting from 13 of Petmania’s stores nationwide to raise vital funds. Excellent prizes are on offer, with the dog that raises the most money at the Dublin walk receiving one year’s supply of Dog Food from Royal Canin, valued at up to €1,500. The dog that raises the most money will be able to whisk his or her family away for a five-night holiday, worth over €1,500, in the luxurious Harvey’s Point Hotel in Lough Eske, Co Donegal. Pictured are Sarah Caffrey, Andrew Beggs, Royal Canin; Michelle Kelly; Louise Deegan; Judith Walsh and Emma Murphy from the Carers Association and Carolyn Akintola.

Major prize up for grabs in retail park DONNELLON Home Improvements’ annual draw will see one lucky winner walk away with €10,000 in home improvements this spring. A one-stop-shop for all home improvements, and based in Northside Retail Park, Coolock, the company is running a competition to give away €10,000 for replacement windows and doors. Last year’s winner, Louise Kennedy, said she has saved a fortune on her heating bills since her new windows and doors were fitted last year. For more information log on to www.donnellon.ie or call the Showroom on 01 8678940.

Durkan request planning extenstion DURKAN residential have sought an extension to the duration of their planning permission for the construction of 162 residential units in Finglas. The lands are bounded by the M50 motorway to the north and St Margaret’s Road to the south. The application, which was submitted to Fingal County Council, is for the demolition of two existing dormer bungalow dwellings and the removal of existing trees and hedgerows. The application includes the constr uction of 162 residential units that will include 69 apartments, 44 duplexes and 49 terraced houses and one creche facility.

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Household waste down by 5.6% in Fingal area Q MIMI MURRAY

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HOUSEHOLD waste collected in Fingal has decreased by 5.6%, according to a new report by the Environmental Protection Agency. In the Fingal County Council area, 98,685 tonnes of household waste was collected in 2009 compared to 104,519 tonnes in 2008. While progress is being made in dealing with this waste, the national target is to divert 50% of all household waste from landfill by 2013. The mixed/residual collection (black bag) household waste collected in the area was 49,346 tonnes or 50% (compared to 55% for the country as a whole).

1,003 tonnes of waste has been home-composted in Fingal

Gerry Byrne, programme manager, EPA Office of Climate, Licensing and Resource Use said: “The new EU Waste Framework Directive, which came into effect in December 2010, will be a significant influence and driver of change in waste management

practices and governance in Ireland and elsewhere over the coming decade. “In line with EU objectives, the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme focuses on breaking the link between economic growth and waste. “Through this programme,

the EPA is developing waste prevention and resource efficiency capacity in the areas of waste and water in particular. “Such actions can assist everyone, in households and businesses alike, not only to improve resource efficiency, and protect their environment, but also to significantly cut household costs and bills.” For example, food waste can be reduced by households following a number of simple tips available at www. stopfoodwaste.ie. These include using and sticking to a shopping list, not purchasing more food than is needed, watching out for “useby” dates, not shopping when hungry and not preparing too

much food at home which is thrown out uneaten. “Organic waste may also be diverted from landfill by home composting. Whilst this is not an option for everyone, homes with the facilities to do so have contributed to the 1,003 tonnes of waste being home-composted in the Fingal County Council area. This has increased by 1.4% since last year.” The EPA funds lots of different waste management initiatives for households and businesses, including the www.greenhome.ie and www.greenbusiness.ie initiatives. For further ideas and suggestions on how to prevent and divert waste from landfill, visit www.nwpp.ie


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ENVIRONMENT Tree-planting day set for March 12 in local park

Cronan’s set to put on fiery fundraiser

IKEA branch out to local parks Q MIMI MURRAY swords@gazettegroup.com

IKEA has, once again, teamed up with the Tree Council of Ireland and Fingal County Council to help create two new woodland areas at Northwood Park, Santry, and Millennium Park, Blanchardstown. As part of the three-year project, IKEA has committed to donating a square foot of forest on behalf of its IKEA family members every time they swipe their family loyalty card in store. To date, the partnership has created five acres of woodland, an equivalent to the total floor space of the Dublin store. The land is managed by Fingal County Council, and the Tree Council of Ireland will assist in the planting of the trees which will be a mix of oak, birch, field maple and alder. IKEA Dublin kick-started the campaign on March 7 with

a week-long programme of nature-inspired in-store activity, which will culminate with a tree-planting day on Saturday, March 12, at Millennium Park, Blanchardstown, from 11am to 3pm. The aim of the initiative is to create native Irish woodlands which will encourage the local community to visit and enjoy nature. Planting at Northwood will focus on woodland restoration, whilst the Millennium Park site will be used to create new woodland. Other environmental benefits include the creation of a wildlife habitat, absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and enhanced local biodiversity. Eanna Ni Lamhna, vicepresident of the Tree Council of Ireland, said: “We are extremely grateful to IKEA for their continued support and commitment and we would

encourage people to visit the store during the campaign week and have some fun while also making an extremely positive gesture to the local environment. “In addition, we really hope to see even more people get planting at our official tree planting day on March 12 and help to create and maintain beautiful natural habitats.” Commenting on the project, Mark Finnegan, IKEA Dublin’s environment specialist, said: “As a local company we want to give something back to the environment. “Working together with the Tree Council of Ireland and our customers, this campaign can make a difference to the local landscape and to the local environment. “The programme forms part of IKEA’s social and environmental commitment to have a positive impact on the environment.”

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Five-year-old Daniel Greene and Mia Creighton, (4), get into the tree-planting spirit in Millennium Park in Blanchardstown

PETER Mark on Swords’ Main Street will be buzzing next Friday and Saturday when the team from St Cronan’s school dress in fiery red in order to raise funds. Money raised will fund speech and occupational therapy at the school, and the gang has already gathered a whopping €2,960. Instead of wearing their usual black, the gang will all wear red on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, and the salon will be decked out in red balloons and clients will arrive in on a red carpet. Lots of local businesses have donated prizes for a draw that will take place and prizes will include a Wii, a GHD, a h a i r d r y e r, a w a t c h , booze, chocolates and vouchers.


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ST PATRICK’S DAY Swords Le Cheile family event

Meeting to be held in estate A SITE meeting will be held in Holywell estate in order to discuss planting and landscaping. Labour Cllr Cian O’Callaghan asked Fingal County Council to commence planting and landscaping in the open spaces in Holywell which were due to commence in November. “A meeting was held in November whereby a list of objectives for the area were discussed and agreed. In particular tree planting was agreed beside the playground as part of the Winter Works Programme. Deficiencies in the landscaping were pointed out with residents association, with the view to agreeing a programme for works. This included the removal of inappropriate planting and the replacement with a more appropriate planting scheme with the residents following their agreement on this matter. The association have been contacted in order to arrange a site meeting on these issues,” the council said.

Parade to return to main street

The parade will return for the first time in many years

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‘We want to revive the tradition in Swords by giving the many sporting and community organisations in the area the opportunity to participate in the parade’

SWORDS will turn forty shades of green this St Patrick’s Day with a parade being held in the Fingal capital for the first time in many years. Swords Le Cheile has organised a very special day for families in the area and the Main Street and North Street will be closed from 11:00 am on Thursday, March 17 until mid-afternoon. The parade will start out from the Pavilions Shopping Centre car park at 12:30 and travel down Main Street and into North Street. There will be an official reviewing stand outside the Star Lounge. Confirmed participants include an FCA Colour Party, the Seamus Ennis Centre, Swords Boxing Club, Localise Swords, Swords Celtic FC, Swords Cricket Club and Swords Cycle Club. Other groups include Swo r d s - B a l d o y l e Yo u t h Service, Irish Girl Guides – Swords Branch, Kinsealy Boys’ FC, Civil Defence with eight vehicles, Sporting Fingal Powerchair Team, Swords Vintage Society, Airport Driving, Irish Military Vehicles, Fingal County Council. Performers will include

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Street Ahead 12 hip-hop dancers, Fingal Mummers, Street Performers and Stilt walkers/ balloon modellers/ Clowns, Fosset’s Circus with Clown car and Clowns. Sporting Fingal Power Chair Team – Disabled Sports, Association of Cameroonians in Ireland and Dogs Trust will also take part. Swords will be bedecked with bunting and it is anticipated that there will be a great festive atmosphere in the town centre during St Patrick’s week and particularly on St Patrick’s Day with many pubs and restaurants providing music sessions and special offerings for families. Swords le cheile and Fingal Dublin Chamber is asking all businesses in Swords to make a special effort to create a week-long festival around St Patrick’s Day and to get customers and staff involved in making it a memorable week for the people of Swords.

“Bringing people who live and/or work in Swords together is the main aim of Swords Le Cheile and we hope to generate a renewed sense of community for the many thousands of men and women living and working in the town. “The St Patrick’s Day Parade is a very special day to celebrate all that is best in Ireland – the food, the dancing, the people, the fun and craic. “We want to revive the tradition in Swords by giving the many sporting and community organisations in the area the opportunity to participate in the parade. “After the parade there will be a Cheile Mor on Main Street for everybody to join in the fun. “So everyone is invited to come along and get involved. There will be something for everyone young and old and we look forward to seeing you there,” said Swords Le Cheile chairman, Joe Harford.

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RPA

Determination on rail project to be made very quickly

Additional info sought from MKN properties

Metro North under the microscope Q MIMI MURRAY swords@gazettegroup.com

METRO North will be put “under the microscope very quickly” according to Brendan Howlin Labour TD and coalition negotiator for the Programme for Government. Deputy Howlin said a determination would be made on Metro North as well as other projects in the capital programme. There is no specific mention of the rail project in the Programme for Government but with regard to any big projects, the Labour deputy said they “didn’t tick them in or out”. “There’s an overarching commitment to do two things, one is to have a fundamental review of the capital programme to ensure we have

value for money and there’s a cost benefit analysis of all these projects. “I know there is an element in both parties who want the Metro North project to continue so that will be put under the microscope very quickly and (we will) make a determination on that and other projects,” he said. Tom Manning from RPA said: “We’re waiting for the new Government to come in but, from our point of view, we’re doing a huge amount of preparation. We’re going in for the next phase next month and we are ready to go with the enabling works as soon as. “We just have to wait and see. In the election, it was very much a priority among all parties. We would be hopeful this project will

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There is no specific mention of Metro North in the Programme for Government

go ahead given that it will employ 4,000 directly and 2,000 more.” Meanwhile, a recently prepared document for the outgoing Government said that if the project was cancelled, it would lead to a major credibility problem for Ireland. “There is a strong view that a further delay to Metro North is not an option,” the report says.

It would “undermine the credibility of the Irish Government as a counterparty to Public Private Partnership (PPP) deals,” the memorandum stated. “The PPP process commenced three years ago and the PPP bidders have invested substantial amounts in bidding for Metro North and continue to spend money keeping their teams mobilised.

“If the project does not proceed, based on this competition, it is highly unlikely that bidders with the requisite skills would invest the substantial sums required again to put another bid together,” it said. It states that any decision to cancel the project could also have a serious impact on other major infrastructure investment projects.

ADDITIONAL information has been sought from MKN properties for a residential development at Rathingle. The development consists of 53 two-storey houses on a site area of 1.54ha, which will form part of Phase 8 of an overall development known as Ridgewood. The proposed development consists of 12 four-bed semi-detached houses and 41 two- and three-bed terraced townhouses in 10 terraced blocks and includes for open spaces, car parking and for all associated site development works, which consist of surface water attenuation and foul effluent to existing public sewer (using some of the capacity available from a previously permitted development for 161 units.) Access to the development is via Ridgewood Avenue through the Ridgewood Estate from Forrest Road.


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FastNews

Bubblin in Dublin: Top night for star

Macra fundraiser for the CRC DUBLIN North County Macra is organising a St Patrick’s Day fundraiser in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic. It will be held on Wednesday, March 16, at the Green Isle Hotel, Newlands Cross. Dancing will commence at 9pm in true Macra style to the well-known Evergreen band and finger food will be served around 11pm followed by DJ. Tickets costing €20 can be purchased by contacting Anne O’Reilly on 087 6526239 and Kelly Morris on 086 3967265. For hotel bookings contact Gillian O’Keefe at the Green Isle Hotel on 01 4593406 and quote Macra to avail of a discounted rate. Fancy Dress is optional but the theme is “Be Green Be Seen”. Spot prizes and a raffle will take place on the night.

R&B star Usher was in town recently when he played two sell-out gigs on his OMG Tour at the O2 arena. The award-winning star chose Sword’s The Wright Venue for his official after-show party, and was so impressed the first night he returned for a second night of celebrations at the popular venue, which is no stranger to major stars turning up to its doors, with fellow R&B star Rihanna partying in a similar fashion last year. The Usher group partied in the main club with the regular club-goers ( about 2,500 crowd), enjoying some Dom Perignon …..and a huge cake laid on by the club owner for one of his female dancers called Jamie, who was celebrating her birthday. Usher tweeted later that night, “I’m Bubblin in Dublin” and loved the WV so much he plans “the biggest after show has ever seen” on his next visit to the capital. Pictured with Usher is Wright Venue owner Michael Wright

Volunteers sought for fundraising CONSOLE is appealing to all individuals, local groups, sports team, school and social clubs to help raise much-needed funds for Console’s Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Services. Console is a national charity for suicide bereavement and prevention. The charity is asking anyone in Dublin who can spare one to three hours to help raise funds. Console is planning a National Bag Pack Day with Dunnes Stores on Saturday March 12. All the funds that are raised will go to the 24 hour Suicide Prevention Helpline, for people in crisis and those who have been devastatingly affected by suicide.

Counselling Console provides oneto-one bereavement counselling and supports children who are at risk nationally. If you are interested in volunteering you can contact Console at 01-6102638. By giving an hour of your day to Console you will help reduce the devastation of suicide in Ireland.

HERITAGE: LARGE CROWD ATTENDS DR PETER HARBISON’S LECTURE

Celtic Revival of Ireland talk goes down a treat Q MIMI MURRAY

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THERE was a large attendance for Dr Peter Harbison’s talk on the Celtic Revival of Ireland last week. On Wednesday, March 2, Dr Harbinson gave an entertaining and informative talk in Fingal Local Studies and Archives in Swords. Acknowledged as the leading authority on Irish antiquities, Dr Harbison’s presentation explored the Celtic Revival in Ireland and the emergence of Celtic cross tombstones in Glasnevin Cemetery. The Celtic Revival is associated with the increasing

sense of Irish nationalism which grew from the 1850s onwards. During this time a new sense of Irish identity found expression in literature and art and a growing appreciation of our national heritage.

Lecture Dr Harbison’s lecture concentrated in particular on the Celtic cross which, during the revival became an emblem, or symbol, of Celtic or Irish identity. “In 1853, casts of several historical high crosses were exhibited to interested crowds at the Dublin Industrial Exhibition.

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“A few years later, Henry O’Neill published a book featuring illustrations of the most interesting and beautiful of the crosses. “Both these events stimulated renewed interest in these beautiful works of art so long a part of traditional religious symbolism in Ireland. “New versions of the high

cross were designed and began to appear as fashionable cemetery monuments and these enduring symbols can still be appreciated and admired in Glasnevin Cemetery today,” librarian Jacinta Judge said. “Dr Harbison introduced his audience to the beauty of these crosses through a series of photographs he had

taken himself in Glasnevin. “ H i s k n ow l e d g e a n d appreciation of these works of art was inspiring and led to a greater understanding and awareness of the wonderful heritage that exits everywhere in our beautiful country,” Judge said. Dr Harbison is Honorary Academic Editor at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. His presentation is part of a series of lectures organised by local studies librarian Jacinta that will take place during the year in Fingal County Council’s reference and research library in Clonmel House, Forster Way in Swords.


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EVENT Candidates learn their fate at the count centre

Michael Murphy and Clare Daly

Waiting in the wings FTER the weeks of canvassing and debates and after all the votes were cast the big day finally arrived when local candidates, along with their supporters, packed into The National Exhibition Centre for the results of General Election 2011. Tension was high as everybody waited for the returning officer to announce who had been elected and who not. In the end voters decided to punish the former Government of Fianna Fail and The Greens with only former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan holding on to his seat. Fine Gael, Labour and Independents were the big winners, to the joy of their supporters who hoisted newly elected TDs on their shoulders in celebration.

Andrew Phelan, Joe Higgins and Alan Buckley

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Paul Moreland

Janette, Ruth, Elaine Ryan with mum Margie and dad Brendan

Amandine O’Leary, Derek O’Leary, Suling and Kai O’Leary

Elizabeth Monks, Patricia Langan and Peggy Ryan

Darragh and Adam Butler

Tom Kelleher and his daughter, Aoife

Noel, Megan, Dr James, Jamie, Tiernan and Conan Reilly. Pictures: Conor O Mearain


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EVENT The Wright Venue hosts finals of competition

Alan Hughes with finalists Hot Feet at the final of The Wright Factor

Who has the Wright Factor?

FTER months of heats and semi-finals, The Wright Venue Airside Swords hosted the inaugural Wright Factor Grand Final. The competition has been run in all Wright Group Bars throughout Dublin and 1,500 people turned out to support their favourites on the night. The Talent was truly amazing and they came together to sing their hearts out for the 1st prize of €5,000 – recording time in Salt Studio’s and PR consultancy. Brian Ormond, of RTE fame, presented the show. The celebrity judging panel of Alan Hughes TV3 – Models Pippa O’Connor and Vogue Williams – breffney of The Apprentice fame and Damien Farrelly of 2fm and Karen Murphy of Carlsberg were very impressed by the superb talent on show. After an incredibly difficult and close call, The Anglers Rest contestant, Julie Gallagher, emerged as the deserving winner on the night.

Nathalia Frattezi and Michele Marques

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Claire Malone and Anamaria Ilies

Alan Hughes and Vogue Williams, with finalist Andrew Bennett

Sadhbh Peat and Brian Brenda Crea and Edel Ennis

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THEATRE An unmissable production of Chess

‘Check’ out latest legendary musical A STUNNING new production of the legendary West End and Broadway musical, Chess, is coming to Dublin this month. Written by Tim Rice and world famous songwriters, Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, this show has one of the greatest musical theatre scores, with songs including One Night In Bangkok, Pity The Child, Anthem, You And I and, of course, I Know Him So Well, which became a number one hit for Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson. Not only has it familiar faces in music, but Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood is also part of show, directing the amazing company of actors and musicians in this great new staging of the classic musical. The cast of 30 actors and musicians in this production with West End sensations, including James Fox (Fame Academy, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shona White (Wicked), Daniel Koek (West Side Story), Poppy Tierney (Mary Poppins, Aspects of Love, The Witches of Eastwick), James Graeme (The Phantom of the Opera), David Erik (Dirty Dancing,The

Phantom of the Opera) and Steve Varnom (The Woman in White). The story sees two of the world’s greatest chess masters battle it out at the world chess championships, but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Amidst political intrigue and international conspiracies, the American and the Russian fight to win the heart of Florence Vassy in a romantic triangle that mirrors the heightened passions of the Cold War, all set to an explosive score by the composers of Mamma Mia and the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar. Craig Revel Horwood has previously won huge critical acclaim for his thrilling productions of Boublil and Schönberg’s Martin Guerre, Spend Spend Spend, Hot Mikado and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, Sunset Boulevard, which transferred to the West End. This show takes place at the Grand Canal Theatre from Tuesday, March 22-26. Tickets, priced from €20, are on sale now through Ticketmaster. For further information, log onto www.grandcanaltheatre.ie

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SPOTLIGHT Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Celebrating the world of cinema Q SHANE O’REILLY

CELEBRATING its ninth birthday, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has become the Irish cinefile’s high point of the year. This year it showcased over 120 films from around the world, spread throughout the six city-centre cinemas. Public attention was overwhelming, with the seating full to capacity in sold-out venues and many of the films having to be moved to larger theatres due to high demand. With so much attention this year, and many of the films continuing on with further viewings in the IFI, what were the highlights to look out for? It was unfortunate that both Anh Hung Tran’s adaptation of Murakami’s much-lauded novel, Norwegian Wood, was on at the same time as another literary film, William S Burroughs; A Man Within. However, anyone who has read one of Burroughs’ books will know all too well of both the man and the myth, and just what he did for the post-modernist novel and the counter-culture that followed him. For everyone else, this documentary is the perfect festival opener, a fascinating and frank way to fully discover a man who was, at one time, considered “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius” (Norman Mailer). Between 1953-1959, he published three works of seminal semi-autobiographic work (Queer, Junkie and Naked Lunch). Yony Leyy ser spent five years creating this in-depth cut-and-paste film, replete with interviews from all the necessary figureheads that his writing was influenced by (Jack Keroauc, Allen Ginsberg) and influenced (Patti Smith, Iggy y Pop). In 1998, the Danish h

director Thomas Vinterberg created one of the films of the year in Festen – a film exploring the implosion of a family centred around the birthday celebration of the family patriarch. Submarino, in a similar vein, it explores the pitfalls of family ties with equally explosive consequences. Following the path of two ill-fated brothers into adulthood, this is a rewarding yet challenging film to watch. Superbly acted by its two leads, as they struggle with the ghosts of their younger selves, this is a truly staggering film of filial complexity that warrants wider attention. From Ireland comes Congo – An Irish Affair, an archival documentary retelling the seeminly forgotten story of the first UN-backed Irish peacekeepers that went to Africa in 1961, amidst the chaos of a tumbling regime. Intertwined in this wellresearched film are various up- to-date interviews with the surviving soldiers themselves. It is these endearing interviews 50 years later that finally allow the Irish men to discuss the fragility of war, that bring with their words moments of happiness and sadness, wit and anger. Though the political side of things is never too far from centre stage, it is a documentary pared down to make way for the men themselves to discuss the harsh treatment they suffered on and off the battlefield. A grand film overall and one that will continue on the nationwide festival circuit for

the rest of the year and later again on TG4. An Australian film about the popularity-hierarchy system in a private school might not sound intriguing but Ben C Lucas’ debut, Wasted on the Young, deserves closer attention. Similar in tone with the dark Japanese drama, Confessions, an earlier JDIFF entry, this is a visually and orally stunning film. This non-typical teen drama thriller set in the modern age comes resplendent with every aspect of technology that enshrouds youth – the social sites, the mobile and camera technology, the cars. After an incident at a party, the lines are drawn and the goodies and baddies are firmly established. Strong performances all around from a very young and inexperienced cast. School has never quite been depicted like this before. A must see for DVD. The JDIFF wrapped up with it’s Irish premiere of Denis Villeneuve’s, Incendies. A critics’ favourite since his earlier work, Polytechnic, Villeneuve, has been hailed as one to watch in the coming years, earning a spot in Variety magazine’s top 10 young directors. Incendies, his fourth feature, is a taut and devastating film of two twins and their attempts to fulfil their dead mother’s last wishes in a search that takes us from modern day Quebec to the Middle East, past and present. It is a dark, brooding film that flows beautifully.This is powerful, adult story-telling at its very best.

The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival showcased over 120 films from around the world


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WALKING

Getting your joints in motion SENATOR David Norris will be amongst those putting their best foot forward for charity when they take part in the Arthritis Ireland Get Your Joints in Motion Walking Challenge on Saturday, May 7. The walk will take place in the Phoenix Park and was developed by Arthritis Ireland following studies that demonstrated the many benefits of walking as a therapeutic exercise for people with arthritis. It is now part of a nationwide movement led by Arthritis Ireland to get people walking to prevent the onset of arthritis, or to actually treat some of the symptoms of arthritis, whilst raising money to control and cure arthritis through the provision of courses and investment in research. Getting Your Joints in Motion couldn’t be easier – just contact Louise on 01 6470209 or email fundraising@arthritisireland or visit www.arthritisireland.ie for more information.

FUNDRAISER Call for participants to run, swim and

A challenge adolescent

Breda Cahill, manager, and Caitriona Drennan, the Aislinn Centre, had help from Kilkenny hurling stars, Jackie Tyrrell and Tommy Walsh when the centre announced the upcoming fundraising TriGrandPrix Ireland – the Kilkenny Triathlon – which will take place on Saturday, July 23

AISLINN Adolescent Centre, a Kilkenny-based charity, has been selected as the charity of choice for the upcoming TriGrandPrix Ireland – the Kilkenny Triathlon – which will take place on Saturday, July 23. The Kilkenny Triathlon, the only Irish triathlon to be selected as part of the TriGrandPrix Championships, will attract Europe’s top professional triathletes who, along with Ireland’s premier athletes, will compete for a €10,000 prize. It is a major triumph for Aislinn, as all competitors will be encouraged to raise funds by the event organisers for the charity. TriGrandPrix’s main focus is to attract athletes of all lev-

els of fitness to participate. With relay options, and an event designed for first-time triathletes, there’s a place for everyone to take part, and there is even a children’s event on the day. The Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre offers skilled and extensive drug counselling and treatments to young people aged from 15 to 21 years old, whose lives have been affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling. The centre is unique in that it is the only one of its type, not only in Ireland but in Europe. Along with delivering a service to the young people and their families, Aislinn also offers a family respite programme, called Croi Nua,

which is for individuals who have been affected by addiction or who are working in that field. This programme was developed by parents and concerned persons for assistance in their lives, dealing with life issues and living with chemical abuse within the family. D u r i n g 2 010 , A i s l i n n achieved accreditation status with CHKS, the leading British provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services. This is a huge achievement for the Aislinn addiction centre, making it a centre of excellence. During 2011, Aislinn will continue to adapt its range of support and therapeutic therapies to meet the needs


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cycle in triathlon in aid of a Kilkenny-based facility

to help centre of adolescents and their families. Aislinn envisages extending the pre-admission programme to a residential setting, to cater for those people who require help prior to being admitted to the residential programme. This project will require substantial financial support.

Involvement Breda Cahill, general manager, is excited that Aislinn is the chosen charity of the Triathlon. She said: “Being involved with TriGrandPrix Ireland, the Kilkenny Triathlon will encourage the young people who seek our programme to get involved in everyday sport. “This will help them to change their life and, in doing so, empower them to develop their full potential. This will also help generate muchneeded funds for Aislinn.” Meanwhile, Jim Breen, CEO of TriGrandPrix, said: “We are excited and honoured, on behalf of the professional and age group athletes participating in the TriGrandPrix Ireland, to be partnered with Aislinn and

their fantastic efforts to help young people. “We believe that the community of athletes will rise to the challenge of collecting sponsorship to help the facility in Ballyragget.” TriGrandPrix is all about athlete care, and the main focus will be on the age group and first-time triathletes. The TriGrandPrix experience will include the following events, all to be held on the same day: Olympic distance, Olympic distance relay, sprint distance, sprint distance relay and kid’s event. TriGrandPrix Ireland, the Kilkenny Triathlon, will be held on Saturday, July 23 at Kilkenny Castle. If you would like to register, visit www.TriGrandPrix.com. For inquiries about the Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre, contact 056 883 3777, email info@aislinncentre.com or visit www.aislinn. ie. You can also donate on MyCharity.ie. For inquiries about the TriGrandPrix Championship, contact Jim Breen on 087 418 0565, email jim.breen@trigrandprix.com, or visit www. trigrandprix.com.

Caitriona Drennan, the Aislinn Centre, was happy to promote the swimming aspect of the centre’s upcoming triathlon

Kilkenny hurling stars, Jackie Tyrrell and Tommy Walsh, pictured with Justin Campbell, Caitriona Drennan, and Raymond McKenna, of the Aislinn Centre

CHARITY

Tea with Clelia CASTLEKNOCK actress Clelia Murphy, who plays Niamh in RTE’s Fair City, will help launch Headway’s Brain Awareness Week at an afternoon tea event in the Ashling Hotel on Sunday, March 6. The event is for anyone who has been affected by a stroke, head injury or other brain injury and will run from 2.30 until 4pm. Headway is a charity that provides brain injury rehabilitation services, and support, in their five centres in Dublin, which are in Stoneybatter, Clontarf, Finglas, Ringsend and Lucan.


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SNAPSHOT The big stories of the day GAZETTE COMMENT

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tradition of the Trocaire box is as important as ever OV E R a l m o s t four decades, people from Dublin have transformed the lives of thousands of the world’s poorest people by contributing through the Trocaire box. Dublin has joined people from across Ireland in donating some €250 million through the Trocaire box since the Lenten campaign began. Through recession and bad times, Dublin has stood by people in the developing world and you are still doing so today. There’s been a real sense of despondency and low morale in Ireland since the collapse of the banks and the EU/IMF bailout. Ireland’s reputation has suffered across the world. In contrast, Trocaire’s work is something for which we rightly have a good reputation and the Lenten campaign is an example of that. It turns despair into hope all over the world and it’s something of which everyone in Dublin can be proud. Every penny, shilling, pound and Euro you have put into our box over the last 38 years has trav-

elled the world giving the poor a voice and a new lease on life. ----------------------------

‘Because of people from Dublin, farmers’ crops are flourishing in tiny, forgotten communities, and children have a bright future to enjoy

The MS Society of Ireland would like to invite Dublin women to have fun, get fit and make a real difference in the lives of local Dublin people with Multiple Sclerosis by joining the MS Team in this year’s Mini Marathon on Monday, June 6. Your support will help them

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raise over €50,000 to provide vital services for people with MS, their families and carers. As a thank you, all participants will receive

Because of people from Dublin, farmers’ crops are flourishing in tiny, forgotten communities, parents now earn a dignified living, the potential of women is being unlocked and children have a bright future to enjoy. You’ve given people freedom from hunger, from want, from injustice, and you’ve given them hope. Everyone who takes a Trocaire box into their home this Lent is helping to change things for the better and we thank you for it.

a token gift from Nivea and will also be entered into a draw for a fabulous weekend break in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford.

Yours sincerely, Justin Kilcullen Director of Trocaire

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Get running - a mini effort can play a major part in the lives of those with MS To get your sponsorship pack, please call 01 6781600 or e-mail walks@ms-society.ie

Shoulder pads and big hair at the ready IS IT true that we all turn into our parents? Try suggesting that to a room full of teenagers! You can guess what they’ll tell you. And yet, as St Peter’s College, Dunboyne, opens its annual Transition Year musical, The Wedding Singer, the place is overrun with girls in shoulder pads, legwarmers, and fingerless gloves, and lads moonwalking in parachute pants with multi-story Flock-of-Seagulls bouffants. And, hey, all that gear came from boxes in somebody’s attic, boxes that archive the style and memories of the 1980s, the Madonna-Dynasty-Reagan-Flashdance era during which Transition Years’ parents met and fell in love, Dad sporting a Miami Vice jacket , Mum with huge hair. For St Peter’s TYs, the horror of turning into their parents certainly doesn’t appear to be dampening their enthusiasm for dressing up like them. And that same enthusiastic energy translates brilliantly to the stage with a flamboyant, hilarious all-singing-all-dancing show that pokes affectionate fun at the music and fashion of the 1980s. The stage-musical version of The Wedding Singer is still quite young, premiered only in 2006, following on from the massive success of the original 1998 film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

DIARY Mindful of maintaining the tradition of success, St Peter’s felt that 2011 was the year for a comedy, something light and fun. And free tissues for parents, to catch that nostalgic tear. God be with the days… St Peter’s College production of The Wedding Singer runs from Tuesday, March 8, to Friday, March 11, in Dunboyne Community Centre. Tickets are €10 (Family ticket for two adults and two kids, €25) available from the Community Centre or at the door. NB – Show starts 7.30pm.

50 years of drama in Dun Laoghaire THE Dun Laoghaire Musical & Dramatic Society will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a performance of the classic musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, in the Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre from Tuesday, March 29, to Saturday, April 2. The musical is also celebrating its 40th

year and is an opportunity to see Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first professional stage play performed by the awardwinning Dun Laoghaire Musical & Dramatic Society. For the fifth successive year, the Society has won the Best Choral Group competition run by the Association of Irish Musical Societies. The director of Jesus Christ Superstar in the Pavilion Theatre is Norman McCausland with Dermot O’ Callaghan as musical director and Deirdre Nolan choreographing the musical. Tickets will cost €20 and are available at the pavilion theatre on (01) 2312929.

And finally... ANDREW McFadden, a graduate of IT Tallaght’s Culinary Arts course, has been named the new head chef of the Michelin Star restaurant, L’Autre Pied, a sister restaurant of Pied A Terre, in London. Andrew will take over from Marcus Eaves, under whom he served as sous chef, having previously worked in the three-Michelin-starred Oud Sluis in Holland. The chef started his career in Pied A Terre, spending four years there following his graduation from Tallaght.


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TECHNOLOGY Redesigned tech for long-running Nintendo war

A new front in Sony’s gaming battle ADAM MAGUIRE

THE hand-held console war is over, and Nintendo have won. In a head-on battle between the Playstation Portable (PSP) and Nintendo’s DS range, the latter has shifted twice as many units worldwide, and significantly more games. However, bar a few minor tweaks – such as the DS getting sleeker, and the PSP getting smaller – both devices have been around for some time now. In fact, 2011 will see successors to both – Nintendo’s 3DS is due out in a matter of weeks, and Sony has now given details of how its new portable device will look. So, how does it measure up?

Specs The next Sony hand-held – currently codenamed the Next Generation Portable (NGP)

– promises to be a significant step-up on the existing PSP, which was quite powerful in its own right. The portable device will have

added touch-sensitivity to the device. Interestingly, not only will the screen be touch-sensitive, but the back will be, too. This means users will be able to control parts of a game with all of their fingers, and not just their thumbs. All in all, Sony promise their device will deliver Playstation 3-quality graphics, which is quite a boast to make.

Looks

a 5”, highresolution display, twin cameras, GPS, 3G and WiFi connections, a powerful processor and additional control options. However, as the DS proved, an impressive spec is not everything, and Sony has now

Going by the images Sony has released so far, t h e device l o o k s much like the existing PSP, albeit being a far curvier version. The addition of an extra control stick, and a few other things, obviously changes the look slightly but, for the most part, the device will be fairly familiar.

Perhaps one major design change is the removal of the disc slot at the back, which is how games, and films, were mostly loaded in the PSP. Rumours were that the new device would be a downloadonly device, but the reality is that games will come on small cards, much like those made for Nintendo’s DS.

Price and availability Sony is still quite sketchy on this. They have promised that European countries, like Ireland, will see the NGP in time for Christmas. This most likely means that the company will aim for a late November, early December launch, to maximise its “must-have” status. What it will cost is up in the air, too, but Sony will obviously have to compete with Nintendo’s 3DS if it wants to do well. In the past, Sony has made the mistake of selling devices at a much dearer price than Nintendo, and suffered as a result; rumours are that they plan to sell the NGP at a loss in order to avoid that fate, here.

Iomega Superhero The Iomega Superhero is ideal for forgetful iPhone owners who want to be sure they have everything safe, no matter what happens. The modern smartphone is, effectively, a computer all to itself, and it certainly stores just about as much important information. From contacts to pictures to e-mails, there is a lot of content on there that people would rather not lose but, of course, a phone going missing is not uncommon. As any iPhone user will know, connecting it to your computer – with the right settings – will allow you to back up everything in case you lose it. However, no one wants to

connect their phone to a PC every other day, so there is a real chance that your last backup, and what is on your phone, are two very different things. Enter the Iomega Superhero – a slick little charging dock that also backs up your contacts and photos. It is unobtrusive and, most importantly, it is easy to use – you just plug it in, and sit your phone into the cradle. This makes it as easy as possible to keep those important details safe, just in case – if you want to retrieve your info, you can just slot an SD card in to the back. The Iomega Superhero can be bought online for around €70. Visit teic.ie for the latest tech news, reviews and views.


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XCCELERATE IS BACK ON TV3: THIS week,

Ireland’s only TV motor show, Xccelerate, on TV3 gets into gear for its third series. There are three new presenters, Paddy Comyn, Kirsteen O’Sullivan and Alan Ennis. Xccelerate roared onto Irish screens on Tuesday night at 10.30pm on TV3. It is the only motoring programme on Irish television. It is produced in Ireland, with Irish cars, Irish locations and Irish presenters – while keeping the Irish road user firmly in mind. Presented by Irish Times motoring journalist, Paddy Comyn, alongside well-known TV3 sports broadcaster Kirsteen O’Sullivan and broadcaster Alan Ennis, Xccelerate will deal with all types of vehicles, from the affordable and practical, to the most desirable models to hit the Irish streets in 2011. The new series will feature an action-packed challenge with the Irish Naval Service, a look into the underworld of stolen cars in Ireland and a trip to Sweden for the MX5 ice race.

The BMW X3 comes with an economical 2.0d-turbo-diesel engine that delivers impressive power and economy to give the lowest running costs in the sector

BMW X3 tops for economy The new X3 has got more style and efficiency, coupled with solid driving features, as MICHAEL MORONEY found out during a recent test drive MW has improved its mid-range SUV, the X3 to make it a more economical car to own and to drive. This X3 is a solid SUV to drive, loaded with sensible economy and safety features and it was great to drive. From the moment that I got behind the wheel I was comfortable. I knew that this was a car that could deliver real driving comfort and performance. Was I just in awe of the BMW badge? No, this is a very solid SUV to drive and the X3 feels a little bigger and more spacious, making me wonder why one would opt for the BMW X5 any more. The BMW X3 is relatively new in the range and, at this stage, there is only one model offered, the X3 with a 2.0d turbo-diesel engine. On first impressions you might consider this to be a small engine for a SUV that weighs in at almost 1.8 tonnes. The engine is very impressive with a mix of high performance with economy

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SPECS: BMW X3 Top speed: 210 km/hr 0 – 100km/hr: 8.5 sec Economy: 5.6 l/100km (50mpg) CO2 emissions: 149g/km Road Tax Band: C (€302) Scrappage Eligible: No Euro NCAP Rating: 4-Star (2008) Towing rating: 2,000kg Entry Price: €45,810

using the now well-known BMW EfficientDynamics system. Despite its compact size it delivers 184bhp with 380Nm of torque. That’s a significant power boost over the previous X3 model. Add to that the fact that this model is faster in terms of acceleration at 8.5 seconds in a 0 to 100km/hr dash and the upgrade in performance is very noticeable

on the road. BMW has taken a lead in terms of fuel economy across many sectors of the market, and that includes the midrange SUV sector where the new X3 has some class-leading features. The economy figures are very impressive. The X3 comes with a rated level of 5.6 l/100km (50mpg), which is well ahead of its nearest rival, the BMW X1. Across the competition there is a growing gap of almost 30% between the X3 and the average of the competition. That speaks volumes in terms of the X3 running costs. Relative to the competition, the engine power and economy figures are way ahead. This new X3 is the fastest, most powerful and leanest SUV in the segment. The X3 economy rating gives a low CO2 rating of 149g/km. This, in turn, translates into a tax band rating of Band C, a huge drop in emissions over the model that it replaces. The net effect is that the road tax rate is now €302, making it the lowest in the

segment of the market. This comes with a SUV that uses the BMW xDrive permanent four-wheel drive technology. This is an electronically controlled system that ensures variable distribution of drive to the front and rear axles. And it gives the X3 a very confident driving feel. The system is linked to DSC, Dynamic Stability Control, and allows the xDrive system to counteract over-steer or under-steer at an early stage. This helps to control the car through bends by sending more drive to the rear wheels while, if needed, braking the inside rear wheel to increase the car’s mid-bend agility and traction. The X3 has a towing rating of two tonnes with a braked trailer. That’s comparable with the competition. Add the benefit of Hill Descent Control (HDC), as standard and you have a medium-sized towing vehicle that’s easy to manage on the hills. At this stage you can tell that I was impressed with the X3. But is it affordable?

Land Rover’s Freelander and the Audi Q5 are considered to be the competition. The X3 is ahead on all measurable counts, power, economy and performance. And there is little to separate them in terms of value for money, except that the X3 will have lower running costs and be at least as good, if not better, in terms of resale values. There is a 10% fuel economy advantage for the X3 over these others, along with a lower tax band, giving an annual saving of €145. The entry price for the X3 is €45,810, which is almost €4,000 lower than the price of the car that it replaces. Relative to the Audi Q5 and Land Rover Freelander options, the X3 has similar pricing for the specification offered; that’s what makes it value in relative terms. After almost a week behind the wheel, I came away reluctant to give it back. I’m convinced that its impressive economy will keep its value for money and retain a strong resale value.


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RoadSigns Road Signs Fiat has lowest CO2 emissions in Europe For the fourth year running, Fiat is the brand that has recorded the lowest level of CO2 emissions by vehicles sold in Europe in 2010. The average measurement was 123.1g/km (4.7g/ km less than the 2009 average). Fiat also ranked first as Group, with 125.9g/km, an improvement of 5g/km on last year. The record is certified by JATO Dynamics, the world’s leading automotive consultancy and research firm. Fiat has reduced its average emissions by 10%, from 137.3 to 123.1g/km of CO2, significantly lower than the target of 130g/km by the European Union for 2015. Fiat’s commitment is further seen in the ingenious TwinAir engine, claimed to be the world’s most “ecological” turbo petrol engine. Fiat vehicles widely use alternative fuels such as Methane/LPG, a sector in which the brand is the European leader. And Fiat’s eco:Drive system, which encourages a driving style which is more responsible and eco-compatible, has allowed a large number of drivers who use it regularly to achieve emissions that are even less than the typeapproval levels.

NEW ANTARA DESIGN AT OPEL’S HQ: OPEL is moving the design and development of the next generation Opel Antara from South Korea to its German headquarters in Ruesselsheim. The company is also considering building the new Antara in Germany instead of South Korea where it is currently built alongside the Chevrolet Captiva. Opel has made the move so as to insure that the Antara successor in 2014 will be a very true Opel.

VW COULD QUADRUPLE ALFA SALES: THE war of words over the future of Alfa Romeo brand goes on. Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech said Europe’s largest carmaker could nearly quadruple the annual sales of Alfa Romeo, if current owner Fiat sold the brand. He said at the Geneva Motor Show that, within five years, the German company could bring sales of the Italian premium automaker to nearly 400,000 cars. So far though, Fiat has refused to sell Alfa. Alfa

Romeo may have celebrated its centennial anniversary last year with a 10% increase in volumes, but it still only managed to sell about 112,000 cars.

WATCH FOR OUTSTANDING FINANCE ON USED CAR DEALS: RECENT television programmes highlighted the problems where unwitting used car buyers are being chased for large sums of money, owed on loans taken out by previous owners. Car buyers are warned to be vigilant on the risks of finance fraud and get protection with a finance check before buying a used car privately. The reports suggests that some unscrupulous car owners who have raised finance with logbook loans secured on their vehicles are selling the vehicles before settling their accounts, which is leaving buyers at risk of losing their cash - and the car. The law is clear in that if a vehicle is sold on, still with outstanding finance, the finance company has every right to repossess the vehicle.

The new Volkswagen Jetta is on the way for a May arrival in Ireland with prices starting at €21,985 before delivery charges

The new Volkswagen Jetta on the way here THE new Volkswagen Jetta has made its European debut and the car will be launched on the Irish market in May. Vo l k s w a g e n has announced that Jetta prices will start at €21,985 before delivery charges. Every panel, both inside and out, is new to the Jetta. At the front, a grille similar to the new Passat features horizontal fins creating the impression that the vehicle is lower and wider than it actually is. The clean, simple lines are complemented with intri-

cately styled light units both at the front and rear. Styling changes continue inside the cabin bringing the design in line with the Golf. There is a new centre console, entertainment and climate control system and steering wheel among the updates. The new Jetta has grown in length by 90mm to measure 4,644mm with its wheelbase extended by 70mm to 2,648mm. T he result is a 67mm increase in rear legroom over the outgoing car. A firm favourite with the

Irish motorist, the Jetta’s reputation is that of wellbuilt, reliable and consistent, and there is a strong loyalty to the Jetta among Irish drivers. The new Jetta continues to combine the practicality of being able to seat five adults with a large, 510-litre loadspace and a comprehensive range of standard safety features, including six airbags, ABS and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP). Volkswagen claims that the sixth-generation Jetta offers greater efficiency and

fewer emissions. Powered by a range of more fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, from a 1.2-litre TSI 105bhp to a 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp, both within VRT band B. Its most fuel-efficient e n g i n e (1. 6 - l i t r e T D I 105bhp) produces a noteworthy 4.5/100km and sits within VRT band A with only 119g/km of C02. Available in three trim levels, Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, entry prices for the 1.2-litre TSI start from €21,985, with diesel starting from €23,725.

Audi Ireland offers free NCT AUDI Ireland is offering to pay the €50 fee for all customers due an NCT during March and April, provided they have their car prepared in advance by their local Audi Service Partner. Designed to make life easier for Audi Ireland customers and provide unrivalled customer service, this initiative guarantees that the car will pass the NCT. NCT statistics show that only 51.7% of cars passed the test in 2010. The five main failure items were: brake lines/hoses, tyre condition, tyre specification, indicators/tell tales and headlamp condition.

Audi Ireland customers can bring their car to their local Audi Service Partner who will give a free estimate after reviewing the servicing required in order for the car to pass the NCT. Once the customer has the work completed with their Audi Service Partner, Audi Ireland will pay for the NCT and will also guarantee that the car passes. This offer applies to anybody who owns an Audi less than 10 years old that is due for NCT between February and March of this year. NCT records show that 5,702 Audis in Ireland are due for NCT during this two-month period.


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CLONSKEAGH: LIVING THE HIGH LIFE FOR €495,000

Penthouse pleasure at Roebuck Hill

SAVILLS estate agents are bringing No 52, Roebuck Hill, Clonskeagh, a beautifully presented three-bedroom penthouse apartment to the market for the asking price of €495,000. The accommodation comprises hallway with a skylight and hotpress, a living area, a bright room with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, remote operated blinds, solid beech floors, gas-fired marble fireplace. The dining area has solid beechwood floors and access to the balcony. The kitchen features tiled floors, and is a German-made Leicht kitchen, large range of wall and floor units, skylight, full range of mainly Neff-integrated appliances, including a gas hob and built-in microwave oven. The master bedroom, which is ensuite, is a large room with floor-to-ceiling windows, built-in wardrobes, and a fitted carpet. Wired for tv and phone. The en suite has tiled walls and floors, a skylight, a pumped Shires power shower, and a heated towel rail. There are two additional bedrooms, and the main bath-

The final properties at Air Park are up for sale

Air Park flies for the final few places Number 52, Roebuck Hill is on the market for the asking price of €495,000

room also comprises skylight, a pumped Shires power shower, and a heated towel rail. Outside of the property, there are manicured gardens and lawns. The accomodation features security keypads at every entrance, both internally and externally. The property has an underground car park with two designated spaces. Located on the third floor, the property enjoys privacy and security in this much-

sought after development. Roebuck Hill gives easy reach to UCD as well as many quality schools (Blackrock College, Mount Anville, Colaiste Eoin and Iosagain to name a few), shops, hotels, restaurants, transport facilities and lesiure amenities. Being located in Clonskeagh, one of Dublin’s most prestigious and best established addresses, means that every amenity, throughout the years has been developed

in the immediate and surrounding area. The accommodation consists of an open plan living dining room, separate galley kitchen, three double bedrooms, master ensuite, main bathroom and two balconies. There are two designated car spaces. Viewing can be arranged by appointment with Savills Blackrock on (01) 288 5011 or email blackrock@savills.ie

PERRYSTOWN: ASKING PRICE OF €520,000

Six-bedroom luxury in Dublin 12 MCGUIRK Beggan are bringing No 13B, Hillsbrook Crescent, Perrystown, Dublin 12 to the market for an asking price of €520,000. This six-bedroom family home, located in a sleepy culde-sac and overlooking a treelined green, was built approximately 10 years ago with spacious accommodation the main feature. There is plenty of room for any growing family with two reception rooms and a large extended kitchen/dining room, and a large utility room. Upstairs the property consists of six bedrooms, five of

which feature fully tiled ensuite bathrooms. All rooms are bright and spacious and have built-in wardrobes. The family bathroom is fully tiled and has a free-standing shower. The rear garden is cobblelocked for low maintenance and benefits from the evening sun. A nice feature of the property is that it is tucked away in the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac and overlooks a mature green with some stunning oak trees. For more information, contact McGuirk Beggan on 01 4190600, or see www.mcguirkbeggan.ie.

Number 13B, Perrystown is on the market for €520,000

D OUGL A S N e w m a n Good in Ranelagh are bringing the last threeand four-bedroom houses, and a large two-bedroom penthouse apartment at Air Park, Stocking Lane in Rathfarnham to the market as the final properties in the estate come up for fast purchasers to take advantage of their appealing offering. The last two-bed large penthouse apar tment with large terrace (c. 914 sq ft) costs €220,000; the last two three-bed semidetached houses (c. 9811,012 sq ft) are on offer from €320,000, and the last four-bedroom, threestorey detached house (c. 1,589 sq ft) is €399,950. Air Park is a select modern development with just 20 apartments and 82 houses consisting of two-, three- and four-bedroom in a delightful mix of terraced, semi detached and detached styles. Air Park has an unique charm of its own with its distinctive coloured use of brickwork throughout the development. The properties in the development have all sizable homes in a variety of different layouts, all finished to a very high standard and offering an intelligent use of space, a keen eye for style and a

true commitment to quality. There is good natural light from large, Nordic Pine double glazed windows and double doors onto all rear gardens. There are custom designed luxurious fitted kitchens with under-thecounter lighting, and bathroom ware by Shires with chrome mixers. There is a generous fireplace and tiling allowance for your own personal choice. All houses have good sized living rooms and the master bedrooms are en-suite and all bedrooms include good quality wardrobes. All houses are wired for surround sound, with alarms fitted as standard and have accessible attics with stairs and lights fitted as standard. All houses come with two car parking spaces. Air Park is located just nine kilometres from the city centre, a desirable location minutes from the recently extended M50 motorway and national road network, which proves optimum access to all parts of Dublin and surrounding areas. Viewings can be arranged by contacting Douglas Newman Good on (01) 4912606, or see w w w.dng.ie for more information.


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Interview: Jillian McGuirk and Sinead Beggan, McGuirk Beggan Property

ANSWERS TO YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE QUESTIONS WELFARE ENTITLEMENTS Q - I am single and due my baby in five months. Can you confirm exactly my welfare entitlements, as there seems to be some confusion. I am also unemployed being made redundant six months ago – it was my first job and I was only there 10 months. Jenny - Crumlin A - Congratulations on your baby first of all. Some of the benefits payable by the State are based on the PRSI contributions you have made, so some of these you will be ineligible to claim. You presumably are still claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance or unemployment assistance. However, there are currently three main payments due to you : 1. You are entitled to € 140 per month in Child Benefit, as you satisfy a habitual residency test and have dependent children that meet the criteria. 2. Early Childcare Supplement is a payment to families with children under five years of age. This was € 41.50 per month up to December 2009. But, from January 2010, ECS will be replaced with a free pre-school year of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) for all children between the ages of three years three months and four years six months. Contact the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on Lo call 1890 30 30 39. 3. One-Parent Family Payment (OPF) is paid to those bringing children up without a partner. You must satisfy a means test and a habitual residence test. Currently this is € 188 per week. If you are working you can also get a One Parent Family Tax Credit; you do not have to get OPF to claim this tax credit. Talk to your local social welfare office for definitive answers - their web site www.welfare.ie/EN/Pages/default.aspx. Best of luck.

BUYING PROPERTY NOW Q - With property prices in Dublin down, in some cases over 50%, is it a good time to buy or will it go down further ? John – Blackrock A - Four years ago, sellers would not sell because they believed prices were still rising, today the buyers will not buy because they believe prices are still falling. The one common denominator is greed. Yes, property prices have come down and only those who have to sell their property will accept even lower bids so, it is currently a buyers’ market. However, do not let the greed set in – if you are in the home-buyer market, remember it is a home first and foremost, and if you have a good deal, don’t be greedy – buy it. All lending is based on the ability to repay, and with lower prices, it means lower mortgages and, therefore, less income is required to justify the mortgage. Also, bear in mind that interest rates are at an all-time low and can only go one way – up. Lenders stress-test mortgage applicants and I would recommend adding on another 2% to your quotation to see how you fare. Contact John with your money questions at jlowe@moneydoctor.ie or visit his website at www.moneydoctor.ie. John Lowe, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, is founder and managing director of Money Doctor

Bucking the trend TWO young Dublin estate agents have challenged the negativity of the Irish property market by recently opening up their own estate agent practice - McGuirk Beggan Property. Situated in Terenure the company is ideally placed to service the south city centre and south county Dublin. McGuirk Beggan property is co-owned by two dynamic young women - Jillian McGuirk and Sinead Beggan - who worked together for over nine years in one of the Ireland’s biggest property firms. Both are still in their early thirties and tehy left their associate directorship positions to cut their teeth in one of Ireland’s most competitive and difficult property markets. Speaking about their new business venture, director Jillian McGuirk said: “We are under no illusions of the task ahead of us in the current economic climate but people move on and you have to adapt. There is a new generation of first-time buyers out there that can expect exceptional value in south Dublin that was unattainable a couple of years ago. The change in stamp duty to 1% is also an encouraging sign for the industry.” While the good times are long gone, fellow director Sinead Beggan is confident about the new venture’s approach: “In times of recession you re-evaluate and look at ways of how you can improve your offer-

Jillian McGuirk and Sinead Beggan of McGuirk Beggan Property

ing. McGuirk Beggan’s vision is a superior quality of service. We aim to offer a more personal level of service to all our customers. In the good times most estate agents did not have to seek new business, it came to them. Today, we are in a completely different environment and McGuirk Beggan will strive to build relationships with our clients alongside a dedicated and personal professional service.”

Understanding customer demands and property availability will be not an issue for the new business owners as they both grew up in close proximity to their new premises and both live locally. McGuirk Beggan, while focusing on customer attention, also aims to be highly competitive in the market by charging just 1% commission on all sales. For more information on McGuirk Beggan Property, visit www.mcguirkbeggan.ie

Q&A Q:

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

Sinead: Marine biologist because I always thought it sounded so exciting Jillian: I always wanted to be an actress, I was always performing or onstage for anyone who would listen!

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What was your first job?

to our clients, following up leads and keeping in touch with our colleagues in the industry

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At what time does your working day begin and end?

A: Our office hours are 9 – 6pm Mon – Fri and we view all day Saturdays

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What is the greatest thrill of your working week?

S: I worked as a sales assistant in a male boutique on commission only so it was a constant battle to makes sales J: When I was 14 I worked in my uncle’s shop in Kimmage making tea and chatting to all the ladies so that I could earn enough to buy a pair of shoes I had spotted

A: Securing a good offer and

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job is when a sale falls through, it’s never nice news to deliver to your client

And your first pay cheque?

A: S: £100 pw J - £30 pw Q: When did you start your

opening serious negotiations between the vendor and the buyer, it’s always great to be involved in the biggest decision of someone’s life and have a happy ending

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And what part of your job do you dislike the most?

A: The unfortunate part of our

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What car do you drive?

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S: Black BMW J: Black BMW - this, honestly, wasn’t planned!

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How many people do you have to talk with every day?

Q: Can you swim? A: Yes x 2 Q: Would you ever bungee

A: As a people-orientated busi-

jump?

present job? We opened McGuirk Beggan Property for business on September 27, 2010

ness we are constantly talking

A:

No x 2

Q: Do you play any sport? A: Does bootcamp count? Q: What is your favourite food and drink? S: Phad thai chicken and prawn with a cold glass of prosecco J: Fillet beef, cooked medium with potato gratin and sauteed carrots with lots of red wine

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Who would you like to have dinner with – Brian O’Driscoll or Brian Cowen?

A: A unanimous Brian O’Driscoll

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What is the name of your favourite shop?

holiday destination? S: I went to South Africa on honeymoon, the safari we did nothing could compare J: A few years ago I went to the Maldives and fell in love with the island, when I’ll ever get back who knows

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How many pairs of shoes do you own?

A: Dangerous question! Answer cannot be revealed as husbands will be reading this

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What other job in the whole world would you really like to have?

A:

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Honestly, there’s not another job either of us would love to do, selling houses is a real passion of ours, maybe a nicer climate would be a bonus

A: Starting a new business

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S: House of Fraser, Dundrum J: Divine Boutique, Malahide

How many times each week do you go to the ‘hole in the wall’?

has taught us how to be very conservative with our money so we both tend to go once a week and leave it at that

When do you wish to retire?

A: Having just opened our company it’s hard to see that far down the road

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Q:

A: Not to be revealed as our

S: I would travel more and I would love to design and build my own home J: Go to the Maldives and count my shoes!

How many times each year do you shop for clothes?

husbands will read this!

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Where is your favourite

What will you do then?


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Familiar sights of an invasion Poor LA comes under attack from aliens – yes, again – in this week’s new movie ... KATE CROWLEY

UNLIKE Pope Benedict and my benign, avuncular, twinklyeyed Gazette editor, I am not infallible – something which my daughter, whom I shall call Crowleyetta, reminds me of at regular intervals. Never underestimate a teen’s unfortunate ability to say: “Mammy, you suck ...” when it comes to writing film reviews which, in retrospect, were not just wide of the mark, but practically skimmed off the

Film of the Week: Battle Los Angeles (12A) 116 mins Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan

OUR VERDICT: PRESENTED as a downbeat invasion movie, Battle Los Angeles is full of familiar sights, and feels familiar – still, it’s presented in style, and is worth invading cinemas over ...

surface of the planet altogether – with my fallible nature showing through with my unusually

generous review of Skyline some months ago. Now that I think of it – and with the help of the scorn heaped upon my Skyline review from a post-viewing Crowleyetta – I made a stellar mistake in giving that film an unusually decent rating, for what, in hindsight, was quite a clunker. However, given a broadly similar film – ordinary people try to get by and survive as a vastly superior alien invasion force smashes its way through

Awful volcanoes, earthquakes with aliens making yet another

Los Angeles (and, I’m sorry, folks, but “Battle Bundoran” seems unlikely), can I guide Gazette readers off to invade their nearest cinema outlet? Well, let’s see, with a particularly revelatory review...

1GoingOUT THE HELIX 01 700 7000 Sharon Shannon As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, The Helix is delighted to welcome legendary accordionist Sharon Shannon. Monday, March 7 at 8.30pm. Tickets: €15

MILL THEATRE 01 296 9340 Brendan Grace Brendan’s material owes more to the best of the traditional standup-comics than it does to modern alternative humour and his show is very much a show for all the family. March 6 at 8pm. Admission: €30

DRAIOCHT 01 885 2622 Maria Tecce Maria’s new show sees influences from Eartha Kitt and Nina Simone with sizzling Argentinean tango music and Spanish spice, all served up with Tecce’s fiery, passionate style. March 4 at 8.15pm. Tickets: €18.

PAVILION 01 231 2929 Spike Milligan’s, Puckoon Big Telly’s smash-hit stage production of Spike Milligan’s, Puckoon, returns for an all-Ireland tour prior to a run in London’s West End. March 3 at 8pm. Tickets €12/€16/€18.40/€20/€23.

SEAMUS ENNIS CULTURAL CENTRE 01 802 0898 Kevin McAleer Kevin’s new show is already being hailed as his most original and most hilarious ever. March 5 at 8:30pm. Admission: €20.

CIVIC THEATRE 01 462 7477 The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams’ classic play about dreams, responsibility, memory and escape. Until March 5 at 8pm. Admission: €22 and €18 concession


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and invading aliens ... Los Angeles sure has a lot to put up with, stab at taking over in the blockbuster, Battle Los Angeles

Largely set amongst soldiers and military types, Battle Los Angeles tells of a full-scale alien invasion, with aliens showing up at Hollywoodland (courtesy of one of those convenient, mysterious approaching aster-

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oid showers that movie boffins seem to love), ready to see the sights, visit Sunset Boulevard, saunter down Rodeo Drive, and – oh, yeah! – launch a fullscale annihilation of the pesky ants currently in charge of

the planet, and using all of its delicious resources and fresh water. (Yes, that’s us.) Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) leads a group of panicky grunts and soldiers (including Michelle Rodriguez in yet another one of her overly-familiar Tough Gal With A Gun roles), as they, and a bunch of civvies, try to stay alive and keep one foot ahead of the intergalactic pestbusters keen on making a clean sweep of the planet, starting with the likes of LA, Paris, Hong Kong and – no, sorry, still no sign of Fundoran featuring in their priorities. The film neatly reveals that many mysterious sightings around the globe during the past several decades – including a real-life incident surrounding a panic-driven air raid over LA back in World War 2 – were all, obviously, connected to recon visits by the aliens, preparing to let rip across the planet in modern times. And let rip they do, with some spectacular fireworks, explosions and setpieces, as

Earth’s finest get squashed in no short order, and all presented in a pretty gritty, as-it-happens style by some energetic camerawork and editing. So, it’s an invasion with plenty of bang for your buck, as everyone scurries around like, err, ants in the face of an overwhelming attack from above. However, perhaps the soldiers and helpless humans should also be wondering what threats may lie below, and not just in the skies above ... Well, I think that even Crowleyetta will be impressed by this one – assuming that she does her homework first to be allowed out to the cinema with her friends, of course (hint, hint, dear Crowleyetta). After all, presented in a grittier style than the aforementioned Skyline, and with a more downbeat fashion throughout, it certainly delivers as a spring blockbuster. Although I can’t quite muster up an enormous score for it, as it all feels a little too familiar, it’s certainly better than a wet weekend in Fundo– well, you-know-where ...


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HOCKEY: FINGAL MISS OUT ON CHANCE TO GET CLOSER TO IHL COMPETITION

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MONKSTOWN fought back twice to salvage a point from their trip to ALSAA when Fingal blew a two-goal firsthalf lead, which would have given their Irish Hockey League hopes a huge shot in the arm. Fingal started in complete control, Chris Neville getting

in front of Dave Fitzgerald to guide home a shot-comecross for 1-0, before Adrian Sweeney got his first, when Tom Manning went down the baseline and found the striker unmarked at the back post. Fran Lee picked up a lifeline just before the break, mopping up a R ichard Sykes’ rebound and, 15 minutes into the second half, Gareth Watkins earned parity when he smartly rounded

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Chris Neville scores for Fingal against Monkstown in last season’s fixture

on a breaking ball to snapshoot into the goal. He subsequently rattled a post with an effort so fast it was initially awarded as a goal before common sense prevailed. David Bane created Fingal’s third, though, from s we e p e r w h e n h e w a s able to simply push the ball 70-metres to find an

unmarked Sweeney on the 25. He initially seemed to be driven well wide, but he shot brilliantly from a narrow angle. Monkstow n piled forward in the closing phases, and got their reward when David Cole turned on a ball and scored. Another corner rebound struck Bane on

the body but the shot was deemed dangerous and wide rather than the claims for a penalty stroke to be upheld. Fingal lie eighth in the standings but require a couple of favours from elsewhere if they are to close the gap on Corinthian in fifth to qualify for the highest level of club competition in the country.

FINGAL Community College’s Michael Barker lined out at right back for the Republic of Ireland schools’ team when they opened their Centenary Shield defence with a 2-2 draw against Wales in Killarney on Friday night. Ireland fell behind early on but turned the game around to lead at the break. However, a gritty Welsh side claimed a deserved point by equalising in the second half. Northern Ireland’s victory over England places more importance on Ireland’s next match in the series, which is against their cross-border rivals in Belfast on St. Patrick’s Day.


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Six of the best: BOD hails Ireland’s big hitters in cricket IRELAND and Leinster’s Brian O’Driscoll showed his prowess with a bat last week when he praised the national cricket team’s success in beating England, as he prepared for a clash with the same opposition in the Six Nations at Carton House. “When you see the Irish team doing well like you guys did it doesn’t matter what the sport is. It was compelling viewing. I was stuck to my seat here as most of the squad were. To beat the team that made the game makes it all the more sweet.”

TENNIS: DAVIS CUP TIE ENDS IN DISAPPOINTMENT

GazetteSport competition for SPAR Great Ireland Run THE SPAR Great Ireland Run 2011 will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, April 10. This is the ninth running of the event in Dublin which has grown rapidly in popularity since it was first staged in 2003. GazetteSport are delighted to announce that we have teamed up again this year with the event to recognise runners in all eight of our title areas. We will reward the fastest man and woman from Dundrum, Dun Laoghaire, Clondalkin, Castleknock, Lucan, Malahide, Swords and Blanchardstown with a specially designed plaque, as well as prizes of Nike sports gear. The Run is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k road race and is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities. Participants are being encouraged to raise funds for good causes and the event’s nominated charities are Our Lady’s Hospice, the Marie Keating Foundation and The 3Ts - Turn the Tide of Suicide. The Jack and Jill Foundation are the nominated charity for the JuniorRun. Prospective runners can enter online at www.greatirelandrun. org, or by calling the SPAR Great Ireland Run Hotline on 1890 930 139.

Brave Force offer Dublin camogie testing challenge inters denied cup INTREPID adventure challenges await those who sign up for this year’s Brave Force contest, which will take place at Puddenhill Activity Centre on June 11. The 7.5 km assault course, including 15 obstacles, has been put together by an expert panel who called upon all their experience and energy to develop the design of a challenging, fun and strong obstacle course for this event. To check out all obstacles and event information for Brave Force, please check the events website www. braveforce.ie

Dublin’s intermediate camogie team were denied victory in the delayed Leinster final against Kilkenny at Pairc de Burca, Kilmacud, last weekend on a scoreline 2-7 to 3-10. In a terrific game, Dublin had much the better of the opening exchanges and put huge pressure on the Kilkenny backs. Unfortunately for the girls in blue, they failed to register scores from the many chances they created. Kilkenny got more into the game and scored three goals early in the second half that turned the tie in their favour.

Ireland’s James Cluskey and James McGee were squeezed out in the doubles match against Luxembourg last weekend

Ireland run out of Lux DUBLINERS Barry King, James Cluskey and James McGee missed out on a eyecatching tie with Britain when they were denied by a Gilles-Muller inspired Luxembourg team in the opening round of the Davis Cup last weekend at the David Lloyd Centre at Riverview. T he British side beat Tunisia to put a lucrative prize on the table, with the potential of world number five Andy Murray coming to Dublin had Ireland been successful. But Muller won all three of the legs he was involved in, winning two singles matches and lifting teammate Laurent Bram’s game to edge out McGee and Cluskey in

the doubles. On Friday, Rathfarnham’s King was a surprise singles pick in place of Castleknock man McGee, and he drew the short straw against world number 90 Muller, losing out in three sets. Conor Niland’s comfortable three-set win over Mike Vermeer left the tie all square going into day two, and the vital doubles match. McGee and Swords’ man Cluskey renewed their partnership from last week’s friendly match with Sweden in the absence of Malahide’s Colin O’Brien, but they were unable to snatch the key points in a very tight encounter. Muller and Laurent Brum

claimed the leg 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over the Irish duo to give the away country a 2-1 lead in the overall tie. No breaks of serve in the first set were the order of the day but Ireland missed out on a set point on the Luxembourg serve. The second set followed a similar pattern and just one break was enough in the third as Muller was the game’s key man. It left Ireland needing to win both their singles games on Sunday but, in the much anticipated face-off between the visitor’s leading light and Niland, Ireland’s number one, Muller picked off a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory. He had initially opened

up with a 4-1 lead but the aggressive lefty steadied the ship and reeled off five games in a row. From there, with an unerring serve, he got ahead in the ninth game of the second set for the sole break and followed up with an early charge in the third to get over the line. It left King’s tie with Vermeer as a dead-rubber but the Dubliner produced a comfortable performance to beat Vermeer 6-2, 6-2. Ireland will now face Tunisia in the relegation games, though the venue remains to be known as the country is currently reeling from the recent Jasmine Revolution in the Middle East.


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Palmerstown’s Conor Clifford has been making a name for himself at Chelsea and beyond. NATHAN KELLY spoke to him about the next big steps AS ONE of Ireland’s, and Chelsea’s, hottest prospects this season, Conor Clifford has concentrated on setting League 1 alight with his hardworking midfield performances. Having spent two months on loan at Plymouth Argyle before Christmas, he is now on short-term loan at Paul Ince’s Notts County side. The former Crumlin United star moved to Chelsea in 2007 as a member of their academy, before signing full-time in 2008. He made 25 appearances for Chelsea’s youth side in the 2009-10 season and captained the side to the FA Youth Cup, scoring the winner in the dying minutes with the type of long-range strike that is quickly becoming his trademark. That same season saw the Palmerstown lad make ten appearances for the Chelsea reserves, bagging two goals along the way. In October 2010, the strong midfielder moved to League 1 side Plymouth Argyle for a month loan, and made his debut the next day. “I’m still learning the game,

and it’s all good experience for me playing in front of big crowds and with these lads,” he said. “I just want to keep myself in the team and keep playing well for Plymouth,” Clifford said after his debut.

tremendous character.” In February, he signed for Notts County on a one-month loan, and has been a regular for Paul Ince’s side since the move, and is expected to extend the loan further.

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He won Argyle fans over immediately with his attitude and ability and was rewarded with the loan being extended by another month. He returned to Chelsea in December, however, as Plymouth’s financial trouble stopped him further extending the loan. Plymouth manager Peter Reid was full of praise for the 19-year-old after the loan, “I’ve got to say that he’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s enthusiastic, presses the ball, and has been our leader for such a young man while Fletcher has been out injured; he is a

On being at a club like Chelsea, Clifford said: “It’s a dream come true, obviously. I’m out on loan now but when I’m there, training alongside the likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry, it’s a great experience.” Having been signed by former Premiership midfielder Paul Ince, for Notts County, the midfielder said: “The gaffer’s been great to me, he’s given me the opportunity to show what I can do so I’m working hard to turn in the performances.” Asked whether Ince has developed his game, Clifford admitted,

Conor Clifford in training action with Ashley Cole at Chelsea’s Cobham base

“He gives me advice on the odd thing, and I’ve got to take it on board, as he was a top player himself”. It’s true that Clifford may not be at County if things behind the scenes at Plymouth had been different, but he feels the financial trouble at Argyle didn’t affect his game. “When I was at Plymouth, I really enjoyed it and, as a player, you can’t allow yourself to think too much about behind the scenes. But I focus on my game at Notts County, the same as I did at Plymouth and as I would at Chelsea.” He returned the praise Argyle manager Peter Reid gave him by saying: “He’s an excellent manager; he’s been in the game so long and knows it inside out. I feel I’ve grown a lot because of my time at Plymouth.” On that goal in the FA Youth Cup final in the 87th minute, the Ireland U-21 international said the feeling was unbelievable. “It was great to get the winner, it was a great game and it finished 3-2 on aggregate, and to score in front of a packed Stamford Bridge was unbelievable and something I hope to do many times.” The midfielder was captain that night and became the first Chelsea player to lift the trophy since 1961. The man who has been tipped on many Chelsea fan sites as the next Frank Lampard, is ambitious about his future at Chelsea, “Next season I’ll be hoping to make my debut but I know, with the quality at Chelsea it will be difficult, I just have to keep working hard.” On the international front, the midfielder has captained Ireland’s U-17s and U-19s, and is now a regular member of the U-21 team, and it seems Irish fans won’t be waiting too long to see this young man in the senior set-up.

Vote for your Gazette Sport Unsung Heroes IT has been a short month since the GazetteSport Awards took place at the Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley, and it noticeable that there was a theme that ran through the night. The thread that most of the speakers picked up on was that there were more people to thank than was possible in the evening, over and above the sports stars and teams who deservedly received their awards. Those who do sterling work behind the scenes, who are the backbone of clubs, who train in all conditions and who make the successes of their teams and the individuals that they support possible, are those we want to celebrate and honour in 2012, alongside those who achieve greatness in their individual sports. To do that, we will be holding a bi-monthly competition, open to everyone involved in Dublin sport, to nominate their backroom heroes and heroines. All you need to do to nominate your hero is to send us an e-mail to sport@gazettegroup.com, with “Unsung Hero” in the subject line, telling us in under 250 words why your nominee deserves the title of Dublin Sports Awards Unsung Hero award, which will be presented at the GazetteSport awards ceremony in early 2012. January and February’s window for nominations is open now, and we welcome your entries. You can also enter by sending us a message through our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gazettesport.

Charity golf days coming up in May THERE will be a charity golf classic in aid of the Cormac Trust Fund and Pieta House on Friday, May 13 at South County Golf Club and on Saturday, May 14, at Tulfarris Golf Club. The event has been organised in recognition of Tyrone’s Cormac McAnallen and Round Towers’ and Dublin footballer Tomas Mulligan.

The cost of entry is only €50 per player per day if you play both courses on sucesssive days, or €50 for Friday only at South County, and €60 for Saturday only at Tulfarris. Teebox sponsorship is also available. Tee times begin at 7.30am sharp on Friday, with Conal Keaney in attendance. Both days golf will be four-ball team events. Registration and more information is available from avonrigolf.com.


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St Margaret’s players at O Se’s Kerry weekend

Aer Lingus fly to help charity: at NAC McSwim AER Lingus Swim Club turned out in force recently to support the NAC McSwim in aid of Ronald McDonald House. For some swimmers it was their first taste of swimming in a demanding 200 metre event. They rose to the challenge, showing determination and a great competitive attitude. Bursting with team spirit and energy the club continues to lead the way in North Dublin swimming. For more information on Aer Lingus Swim Club, see www.alswimclub.com.

RUGBY: LEAGUE WIN SEES LEAD EXTENDED TO TEN POINTS

PLAYERS from St Margaret’s of Swords were among over 500 participants who took part in the Tayto Topaz Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé Tournament in west Kerry last weekend. The dry mild spring weather ensured the spirits of all 16 teams were high throughout the tournament. St Margaret’s were beaten by Dingle in the first round early on Saturday leaving the Swords team free to use the weekend as a bonding session as they head into GAA season. Fellow Dubliners, St Anne’s, fared a little better, going out in the semi-final to Louth’s Cooley Kickhams. Paidi O’Se commented, “The Gods were kind to us with the weather and all teams seemed to get a kick out of the weekend. We had over 500 players in West Kerry from as far away as London which is great for local businesses.”

Kickstart for girls hosted in the AUL THE FAI is to host a Kickstart 1 coaching course for girls only in this month. The course will take place in the AUL complex on Saturday, March 26 from 9.30am to 5pm. The course, which will cost €40, is designed to assist parent and coaches, to introduce children aged five to nine years to fun soccer games and basic skills. Last year was a successful one for women’s football in Ireland with the U-17s reaching the European Cup Final and the World Cup quarter-finals. To book your place on the course, contact DWSL Secretary, Mal O’Reilly, on 01-6270715.

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Under-17 girls came undone in their cup final against Templeogue last Sunday in Oblate Hall. Templeogue got off to strong start and settled into the game quicker than Swords. Swords were left chasing the game from the off, and it looked as if nerves had got to them and prevented them playing to their full potential. Swords battled to the final whistle but couldn’t catch a very strong Templeogue side in what is an extremely tough age-group.

Helix to host world snooker finals FROM March 16 to 20, the Helix in DCU will play host to the grand final of the World Snooker Player’s Tour Championship. The event will feature 24 of the best players on the planet, including former UK and World Champion Shaun Murphy.

Swords RFC’s Ben Moriarty leads the charge against Rathdrum

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SWORDS RFC followed up their impressive 13-0 victory over Birr with another decisive victory over Rathdrum that sees them stretch their lead at the top of the table. The Swords side that travelled to Rathdrum featured eight changes from the side that made their previous outing away to Birr. A cool, dry day allowed for some good flowing rugby and Swords did not disappoint, opening the scoring in the third minute when number 7 Jonathon Gaule broke through the home defence to race 25 metres before he off-loaded

to centre Ben Moriarty, who easily touched down under the posts. Full back, Matty O’Reilly, slotted over the conversion. Unfortunately, it proved to be Gaule’s only major contribution to the game, as he was helped off the field in the 10th minute with an injured ankle, to be replaced by Shane Walsh. Rathdrum opened their account not long after, when they were awarded a penalty in front of the Swords’ posts, which their influential out-half converted to bring the score to 3-7 for Swords. Five minutes later, O’Reilly replied in kind with a brilliant penalty kick from just inside the Rathdrum half. But the home side retaliated

soon after when their scrumhalf exploited some sloppy defending around the ruck to run in unopposed for a soft try. Five minutes later, Rathdrum gave away another kickable penalty, which O’Reilly slotted over with ease, which saw the visitors leading at the break, 13 - 8. Rathdrum restarted into a slight breeze, which Swords’ second row Adrian McLoughlan collected and took into contact. This began a phase of play which resulted in Ben Moriarty crossing the line right of the posts in the 44th minute for his second try. Swords kept up the pressure and had another scoring opportunity three minutes later, but the ball was knocked on five metres from the line.

Soon after, the hard work paid off when Moriarty again dived over the line in the right corner to cap off a fantastic hat-trick. Rathdrum stepped up a gear and put Swords on the back foot for the next five minutes, which resulted in their number 10 touching down in the left corner. A hard-fought battle ensued, with both teams upping their game and having periods of dominance, but Swords broke the deadlock when second row Connor Linihan barrelled over the line after a great break from centre Killian Kennedy. Rathdrum fought back hard in the last five minutes but, despite some heroic efforts, could not break the Swords’ defence.


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UNDER-21: RAVENS CLAIM THE COUNTY CROWN

Fingal’s successful battle with ’Boughal U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP Fingal Ravens Ballyboughal NATHAN KELLY

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FINGAL Ravens were celebrating this week after they were victorious in their U-21 championship final against Ballyboughal in Garristown last Saturday. Ravens looked to be cruising to victory at half time, holding a seven-point lead over their rivals, but had to resist a strong second-half

comeback. It was a very complete performance from David Mitchell’s side as the players gave their all, from full back to full forward. In the middle of the park, Luke Griffin was instrumental in pulling the strings, although he was helped by his Ballyboughal counterpart, Richie Downey, playing with flu. Derek Daly, who was arguably man of the match, got the ball rolling for the Farmers with some early scores in

the opening exchanges. Another Fingal man, Alan Casey, was the chief scorer for Ravens, helping them to establish a 1-7 to 0-3 lead at the break.

Swept away If the second half was to continue as the first, Boughal’s hopes of glory would have been very quickly swept aside. But they fought back after the break and narrowed the scoreline to a slim four points in the last ten minutes.

Fingal Ravens celebrate their Under-21 championship success at Garristown

If it not for Ravens’ impressive backline, in particular full-back Ronan Gly nn, who was another contender for man of the match, the championship title may well have headed home with Ballyboughal. With the score at 1-11 to 1-6 with nine minutes to go, Boughal’s top scorer, Gerry Seaver, added a free, leaving the game in the balance once again. However, Ravens soon took control, with Ross McCarthy adding a point, along with Casey and Muiris O’Scanaill, with Daly wrapping things with a late penalty to decide the destination of the cup. T he scoreline did not really reflect on the game entirely, as Boughal’s second half display did not merit the nine-point defeat, but it was Ravens’ dominance in the first half which really gave Ballyboughal an uphill struggle for the second half. Fingal’s success at Garristown continued a weekend filled with celebration, as their Under-16s had more championship success in Parnell Park. Scorers: Fingal Ravens: A Casey 1-5, D Daly 1-3, R McCarthy 0-4, Cian O’ Scanaill 0-1, Muiris O’Scanaill 0-1. Ballyboughal: G Seaver 0-7, E McPhilbin 1-0, R Downey 0-1.

Fins clip Peregrine’s wings AIB CUP GROUP 2 St Peregrine’s Fingallians NATHAN KELLY

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FINGALLIANS’ senior footballers kickstarted their season with a fine win over St Peregrine’s in Blakestown in the AIB Cup Group 2 on Sunday. The away side overturned a one-point deficit at half time to finish the game with a six-point lead. The first half was a fairly even affair with Brendan Quigley taking points, along with Donal Farrell and Ciaran Mcloughlin. It

was Quigley’s first game for Fingallians after his transfer from Laois side, Timahoe. Despite a lot of good play in the first half, the Swords’ side found themselves trailing 1-3 to 5 at half time. It was their secondhalf performance, however, which would settle the match. Fins came out all guns blazing and completely controlled the second half. Goals from Quigley and Farrell overturned the score line and gave Fins the lead, which they further increased, thanks to a couple of frees from McLoughlin and points from Dave Sinnot and Dave Cleary as the game drew to a close.

Fins could have had the game wrapped up within ten minutes of the second half beginning if it were not for some brilliant goalkeeping from the Penguins’ shot-stopper. The home side attempted to claw back the deficit midway through the second half when they grabbed a couple of points, but it still wasn’t enough, even after a number of changes by Fingallians upset their rhythm. After the game, Hanrahan picked out centre back Martin Daley as his man of the match. The Fins coach also praised Quigley and Paul Flynn on their first games for the club.

Club Noticeboard FINGAL RAVENS WELL done to the U-21s who won their championship final on Saturday in Garristown against Ballyboughal; congratulation to Shaper and all the lads on this great achievement, hard luck to Ballyboughal gave us a great game. Also good wins for our U-14s, U-14s and U-12s girls and junior B team away to Parnells in the cup at the weekend. The club are holding a Scrap Saturday, an opportunity to get rid of all your household or farm/business unwanted scrap metal, on the weekend of April 15, 16 and 17, delivery point will be Northlands Farm, for more information, contact is Mick Foley 086-8148464. Poker Classic: Thursday, March 31 in Kettle’s Hotel, €50 per ticket, contact Declan 086-2673830 or Desy 087-9957429 to order your ticket. 2011 Provincial Predictions Forms are now out, please support; only €5 per entry. There was no winner of lotto jackpot; numbers drawn were 7, 32, 35 and 40; €20 to Trudy O’Brien, Nigel Duffy and Ann Fox. Next week’s jackpot is now worth €1,566.

FINGALLIANS T HE senior footballers kick-started their season with a fine win over St Peregrine’s. On Saturday afternoon, the team spirit of the juvenile section was in evidence at Balheary. Having just finished playing in a tough encounter against St Olaf’s, a number of the U-13A footballers went straight back out to help the U-14Bs secure a victory 11-14 to 3-9. Pictures from both games are now on the club’s Facebook page. T here were w i ns also at U-8, U-13B, U-15 and U-16. Tickets for the awards night on April 9 will be ava i lable nex t week at €35 each (subsidised by the club). Members will have the option this year of reserving a table of ten. Nominations for Club Person of the Year can be made in writing to the secretary or by email to fingallians@gmail.com. The club golf society now have a full list of fixtures for 2011 posted on the website, www.fingallians. ie The latest lotto numbers drawn were 2, 18, 21,32 and 34. This week’s jackpot is €2,176.

ST FINIAN’S THE executive committee are seeking nominations for Club Person of the Year

2010. Nomination for ms are available to Club Members in the Club House and must be returned by 8pm on Monday, March 14. Well done to the U-9s who are playing very well at both hurling and football. They were also runners-up at the recent indoor hurling tournament in Gormanstown. Just a reminder to all that membership is due. If club membership is not paid, players will not be covered under the players’ injur y scheme. Don’t forget if you are not a player you can always become a general member of the Club. This w ill financially help the club and also allow you to put your name dow n for tickets for Croke Park. You can download a membership form from our website - www.stfinians.com The DVD recording of the fashion show is available to buy for €10 from the club shop. Please send an email to donalohagan@ireland. com if you would like to book a copy. P ick a w inner: Fantasy Cheltenham tickets are now on sale in the club house at €20. A not her date for you r diary, the Wine and Cheese Night takes place in the clubhou se on Sat u rday, March 26. Places are limited and tickets are on sale this week. Lotto: Numbers draw n were 1, 14, 15 and 17. There was no w inner. T he €50 winners were Jim Sullivan a nd Ha r r y Ha i ns wor t h. Next week, the jackpot will be €2,100. Support the club and buy a €2 lotto ticket. Every little helps!

WILD GEESE JUNIOR footballers play Portobello at home in AFL8 at 11am on Sunday. Training is on Tuesdays a nd T hu r sday n ig ht s at 7.30pm. Juvenile hurlers training Wednesday, March 2 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm (time w ill change, as daylight extends) U11s hu rler s na r rowly defeated at home to Crumlin last Saturday. The best for the Geese were Ben O’Brien and Niamh Sweetman. U-12s hurlers go top of their group, with a walkover from St Peregrine’s. U-14 hurlers play St Peregrine’s at home on Saturday, throw-in at 2.30pm. Junior hurlers training on Wednesdays from 8.30pm at Ward Astro. Golden Goose lotto: numbers drawn were 15, 19 and 40. There was no winner; €20 to P Hynes, H Campbell, S Mulvaney. Next week’s jackpot is €500. Wild Geese ladies football team training is on Monday and Wednesday; anyone interested in joining please call Tom Smyth at 087 670 9119.


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Barry Murphy posted a stunning 1:00.77 in Indianapolis, the fastest time in the world this year and achieved qualification for the world championships

Murphy fastest in the world in ’11

Former Aer Lingus swimmer posts record time and qualifies for worlds at Indianapolis Grand Prix AER Lingus swimmer Barry Murphy last week took the first step on his road to London 2012 when he won the gold medal in the final of the 100m breaststroke at the Long Course Indianapolis Grand Prix, achieving the qualifying time for this year’s World Swimming Championships. Representing his university swim team, Wolverine Michigan, the Belvedere man took first place, touching first in a time of 1:00.77 to break the Irish senior record by almost a second. Breaking the international qualifying standard for the world championships, due to take place in Shanghai in July, by two ten-hundredths of a second is a huge achievement for the swimmer, who missed out on a place in the Irish swimming team that took part in the 2008 Olympics. Unfortunately, however, the qualifying standard for Irish swimmers is not likely to kick in

until the world championships themselves, in which case Murphy will need to perform as well again, if not better, to seal his place for Swim Ireland in 2012. Murphy’s swim was the second fastest time over the distance in the event this year, and saw him beat Japanese Olympic champion, Kosuke Katijima, into fourth place, with American record holder Mark Gangloff in third.

In shock Speaking after the race, Murphy said: “I really was surprised at that performance. After the first 50, I felt good, and I felt strong the whole way. “But I am just in shock after this. Before this, my best time was 1.01.7 in a suit, which was huge. “I wasn’t expecting this, I rested on Monday (before the race) in preparation. Fastest in the

world this year is pretty crazy.” The result comes as part of a massive improvement in Murphy’s times since switching to Michigan from the University of Tennessee in the aftermath of the World Championships in Rome, a year after coming agonisingly close to qualifying for Team Ireland at the Beijing Olympics. There, at Michigan, he trains under world renowned sprint coach, Mike Bottom, and swims for the prestigious Wolverines with whom he trains as a part of the international elite team. After just a couple of month’s under Bottom’s tutelage, Murphy produced a personal beat at the European swimming championships in Budapest in 2010 and became the first Irishman to qualify for a sprint final at this level of competition, getting as high as sixth in the world rankings.


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