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Blow as upgrade to running track is put on hold


BOXING: St Mary’s

BC’s Kellie Harrington makes big breakthrough with Euro bronze medal in Bulgaria SEE P37


ROCKING THE COURTYARD Lauren Connolly and Jill Owens are pictured at the Rock the Yard festival at the Courtyard Hotel, Leixlip on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4. Picture: Simon Peare

MEMBERS of Lucan Harriers running club turned out in force last Thursday to highlight the delays in completing the long-awaited refurbishment of their running track. The club’s hopes for a new tartan track by the summer were thrown into disarray when Crawfords, the contractor tasked with completing the work, went in to administration. The site is owned by the council,

which now has to re-tender for the work to be completed. The club – which has 300 members - has asked the council to temporarily tarmac the track so that it can be used but say that there has been little progress in negotiations. The council say they considered the option of having an interim tender process for a tarmac base but this was considered counterproductive in terms of overall project completion. SEE FULL STORY ON PAGE 3

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Wait for a Home Care Package sees huge jump  MARK O’BRIEN

THE number of older people waiting for a Home Care Package from the HSE in Dublin Mid-West increased by 12% between February and March this year. The HSE confirmed that at the end of March 2018, there were 724 older people in the Dublin Mid-West area waiting on a home care package, an increase

of 74 people from February’s figures. The information was obtained through Parliamentary Question from local TD John Curran (FF). He said it is deeply frustrating to see such an increase in such a short period of time. He said: “This is a staggering number of people, vulnerable people I may add, waiting for support that the HSE has already been deemed to be necessary. “It is clear from these figures that the Government is failing to grasp the issue of Home Care Packages.

“I am deeply concerned that these numbers continue to rise. In one month, my area has seen a 12% increase in the number of older people waiting for Home Supports.

surrounded by family or friends, or living in a nursing home or other assisted living centre.” Deputy Curran added that there are better outcomes for older people

“Home Care Packages are not optional extras in the lives of these people and their families. “They are, in many cases, the difference between an older people staying in their home,

when they can stay in their own home. “The HSE needs to get its act together,” he said. “Speed up the processing of funding applications to ensure that delays are kept to the absolute

Government is failing to grasp the issue of Home Care Packages

Local TD John Curran (FF)

minimum, and if there isn’t enough funding, make the case to Government that additional funding is required.” In response, the HSE said: “While the resources for the provision of home support are substantial, they are finite. “The aim of these services is to be as responsive as possible to all applications; however, given the changing demographics and limitation of the resource, delays can occur. “In this context, those clients who are assessed and approved for home care and who are not being

provided immediately with a service, are risk assessed and placed on a waiting list for a resource as it becomes available. “In addition, people being discharged from acute hospitals, who are in a position to return home with supports, are prioritised. “ E a c h Co m m u n i t y Healthcare Organisation working within the available resources and demands for services operate a waiting list for home support when clients are not provided with a new or additional service immediately.”

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Lucan club’s frustration as track refurb delayed RACHEL D’ARCY

MEMBERS of Lucan Harriers running club turned out in force last Thursday to highlight the delays in completing the longawaited refurbishment of their running track. The club’s hopes for a new tartan track by the summer were thrown into disarray when Crawfords, the contractor tasked with completing the work, went in to administration. The site is owned by the council, which now has to re-tender for the work to be completed. The club – which has 300 members has asked the council to temporarily tarmac the track so that it can be used, but say that there has been little progress in negotiations. The club say the delays in completing the track are having a financial impact on the club, as they have to hire alternative premises for their Juvenile section to train on. Juvenile Coach Eoin Fitzgerald said: “We

are just about managing at the moment renting the hockey pitch from Weston on Tuesdays as well as using the park on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “What happens come October and the dark evenings? “Where are we meant to coach the kids for the cross-country season? There are no lights in the park. Meanwhile, the council are forking out for 24x7 security at the track. If the tender process is going to take up to six months, there will be a large security cost. “Why can’t the council use this money to be used to lay tarmac on the track now which is the next stage of the project anyway? This means we have somewhere to train for the winter and removes the need for security at the track.” The delays are also causing problems for adult members of the club. Sprinter Carol Kearney said: “As a sprinter it is very difficult to train without a track. We are in the outdoor season for track events so we need to work on technique, pace, speed; all of which we cannot

Frustrated Lucan Harriers club members can only look on as track refurbishment is put on hold due to contractor going into administration

do without a track. “We cannot practice block starts or train against other sprinters.” In response to the club’s concerns, a council spokesperson said: “The main construction works for the athletics track commenced on site on the 19th of February 2018. “On the 18th of April 2018, an administrator was appointed to Crawford Contracts Group Ltd, the main contractor for the works. South Dublin County Council

have since terminated the contract with Crawfords’ Contract Group (in administration) in line with the provisions of the works contract. The council considered the option of having an interim tender process for a tarmac base however this was considered counterproductive in terms of overall project completion. “South Dublin now intend to re-tender for the completion of the track; these works will be re-tendered in line with public procurement requirements.”


Launch of exciting craft show THE official launch of Clondalkin Handcraft & Horticultural Show took place last week in Aras Chronain. The show is now in its fourth year, with interest continuing to grow. This year, the event will coincide with Clondalkin Festival Inclondalkin 2018, running for two days (June 30 and July 31) during the Village Festival. The event is open to all, with people from outside Clondalkin encouraged to participate. The main aim of the Clondalkin Handcraft & Horticultural show is to promote intercultural awareness of the diversity of the arts, craft and horticulture of the community. So if you can make, bake, sew, grow, photograph, draw or brew, the organisers would love to hear from you.

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Clondalkin public have their say on €300k initiative MARK O’BRIEN

THE winning projects in the €300k Have Your Say initiative for Clondalkin were announced at the Round Tower Visitor Centre last week. The 15 winning projects were announced by Mayor of South Dublin Paul Gogarty. Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Gogarty said: “Participatory budgeting allows local people to have a direct say in the running of their local communities, putting them at the heart

of how decisions are made. “This initiative is about enabling people to have a greater voice on local priorities. “We want to give local people the opportunity to vote on investment in their area, to shape the services they use and address the issues that are important to them in their community. “I am delighted to say that the people of the Clondalkin Electoral Area responded to this initiative with some fantastic ideas for their community.”

There were 230 submissions received during the consultation process, with 24 projects shortlisted for the public vote. The voting took place between May 15 and 17, with over 1,500 digital and paper ballot votes were cast. Cllr Emer Higgins congratulated the winning projects. She said: “There were some really innovative ideas submitted and it was brilliant to see groups like the Clondalkin Mens’ Shed win public support.

“A really interesting idea, championed by students at Colaiste Bride, was amongst the projects funded and will help make Clondalkin more tourist friendly. “It was great to see so many sustainable ideas su p p o r t i n g c yc l i s t s, encouraging walking and recycling, planting of flowers and signage to bring to life our Irish heritage, amongst the winning projects. “Funding was also awarded to provide Christmas lights for the village. “Rathcoole had three successful nominations and will receive an acoustic piano and gym equipment for the community centre as well as a playground at Forest Hills.” Cllr Higgins said that her only regret was that no ideas from Newcastle were shortlisted. “Unfortunately, none

John Curran TD, Mayor Paul Gogarty and Thyes Kavanagh

of the proposals made in relation to Newcastle were eligible under the criteria of nominations. “The good news for Newcastle is that we’ll shortly be progressing to public consultation for a playspace, which I know was one of the most popular ideas put forward there.” Participatory Budgeting is a now annual initiative run by South Dublin County Council following a successful pilot in Lucan last year. The successful projects chosen for Clondalkin and Rathcoole will be completed by the council in 2019.

WINNING PROJECTS Renovate Porto cabin for the Clondalkin Men Shed (Votes 556) Pedestrian Link between the Round Tower and Corkagh Park (Votes 567) Restoration of Old Nangor Road Water Pump (Votes 518) New Christmas Lights for Clondalkin Village (Votes 511) A Community Orchard, Clondalkin Electoral Area (Votes 483) Planting Flowers across the Bawnogue Area (Votes 418) Irish Signs for Clondalkin (Votes 474) Safety and Inclusivity Study of Clondalkin© s Public Spaces (Votes 417) On-Street Bicycle Pump, Clondalkin Village (Votes 395) Bottle banks and recycling facilities for Cherrywood (Votes 364) Acoustic Piano for the Rathcoole Community Centre (Votes 347) New Play Ground, Forest Hill Estate, Rathcoole (Votes 351) WiFi Activated Self-Guided Walk of Historical Trail of Clondalkin Village (Votes 357) Gym Equipment and Activities for Rathcoole Community Centre (Votes 345) Welcome to Clondalkin Hedge Signage (Votes 343)

Free upskilling courses announced at IT Tallaght

IT Tallaght has been successful in its application to the Higher Education Authority to offer 10 free upskilling courses under the recently announced Springboard+ 2018 programme. The upskilling initiative in higher education offers free courses at Certificate, Degree and Masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. The majority of courses are part-time for a maximum of 12 months and are open to all eligible applicants regardless of their employment status. All courses lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors, which are growing and need skilled personnel. For more information, please visit the IT Tallaght campus during their Open Evening on Monday, June 18 from 4pm to 8pm, or log onto All applications are made through the Springboard+ website, which also has detailed information on eligibility. Applications for Springboard+ courses starting in September 2018 are now open at

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Injury fears following scrambler incident MARK O’BRIEN

CLONDALKIN residents say they fear that it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured due to the improper use of scramblers and quad bikes in the area. On Saturday, a man was seriously injured in Darndale Park when a scrambler landed on his head while he was sunbathing. The issue was discussed on 98FM’s Dublin Talks show on Monday, with several Clondalkin residents contacting the show to say that scramblers and quad bikes were causing huge problems in the area. One caller, Nathan, told host Jeremy Dixon that improper scrambler use was a daily occurrence in the area. He said: “There’s kids going over to the shops and you’re fearing for your life then when

you hear the scramblers.” Lisa from Bawnogue, said that the use of these vehicles is having a detrimental effect on the whole community. She said: “There are people there that are trying to get some of the parks back up and running. Getting football clubs back into parks but the pitches in the parks are destroyed. So, you have to look into getting the pitches redone and then it’s stopping the lads coming in on the bikes again so that you can actually get football clubs up and running in the local parks. The parks are supposed to be there for everyone.” Lisa said those using the scramblers are driving in a dangerous manner and fears there could be a serious accident. “You want people to slow

down. You want them to realise that somebody’s life is going to be taken. That’s the main issue. And they are going in to parks. They’re destroying any green space that there is.” In April, a cross-agency

meeting was held to tackle the issues with scramblers and quad bikes. John Curran TD said it was frustrating that there had been little progress made. He said: “Despite existing by-laws in place that prohibit the illegal use of mechanically

propelled vehicles, the gardai have some difficulty enforcing these laws. Gardai policing on the ground say their hands are tied in pursuing those that use quads and scramblers because of the degree of danger that a chase would involve, often in residential areas and public space.” Deputy Curran said he feared there would be more accidents unless there was legislative change to help tackle the issue. “As far as I am concerned the only meaningful solution would be to adopt a co-ordinate approach between gardai, the local authority and the wider community to clamp down on the improper use of scramblers and quads and the anti-social behaviour linked to it,” he said “We need to act now before more lives are adversely impacted.”


Pedestrian crossing rejected

SOUTH Dublin County Council’s decision not to build a pedestrian crossing near the Clondalkin Equine Club has been described as “frustrating”. Cllr Mark Ward made the comments following a motion he brought before the Clondalkin Area Committee last month. He said: “The Clondalkin Equine Club is a wonderful addition to North Clondalkin and really brings a bit of light and colour to our area. “The club is used by young people of the area on a daily basis, so they can care for their horses that are stabled there. “They learn proper and correct horse ownership skills. Right beside the equine club is the Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme, which supports people and their families throughout their journeys through addiction. This service is another vital service to our area” Cllr Ward said both organisations have been Cllr Mark Ward at Clondalkin Equine calling for a pedestrian Club crossing. “Both these services have heavy footfall at different times during the day and would not necessarily have a constant flow of people, but this should not exclude them from getting a crossing. “I also called for the council to provide a Zebra crossing instead but was informed that the Fonthill Road was too wide for this.” In response to Cllr Ward’s motion, the council said the Fonthill Road, due to its width and the number of lanes is not suitable for a zebra crossing.

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Lavina Coyle and Carina Anderson

Cher Blaszak and Paul Donohoe

Aoife Hennigan, Niamh McGrane and Sophie O’Brien. Pictures: SIMON PEARE

Shona Breaw, Eve Tuohy and Holly Valentine

Rockin’ in the Court Yard Hotel T

HE Court Yard Hotel was packed to the brim with people as they enjoyed the annual Rock the Yard Festival last week. Kormac’s Big Band were one of the highlights of this year’s event as well as folk rock duo Hudson Taylor followed by Lucan locals, The Riptide Movement.

Katie Kearney, Caoimhe Marshall and Orla O’Connor

Alex Maycock and Michelle Smith

Tiffany McDonnell, Ciara Crowe, Frankie P Yu and Antonio Soda.

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Gardens to go in new Dublin bus corridor plan RACHEL D’ARCY AND MARK O’BRIEN

WEST Dublin is to get six new high-speed bus corridors, but it may not be good news for some residents of the city. Over 1,300 people citywide may lose their front gardens as part of the Bus Connects plan that was unveiled by the National Transport Authority

(NTA) this week. It is believed that the NTA will try to acquire these gardens through a compulsory purchase order, as part of new core bus corridor routes that were revealed in a report last Tuesday. Under the plans, there will be 16 new ‘high speed’ bus routes created across the city, with 230km of bus lanes and 200km of cycle

lanes to be built over the course of a decade. The 16 routes will include Lucan to the city centre, Liffey Valley to the city centre, Clondalkin to Drimnagh, Greenhills to the city centre, Rathfarnham to the city centre and Tallaght to Terenure. There will also be a new ‘simpler’ fare structure for bus users, with a new ticketing system set to be

introduced, as well as the ability for passengers to pay with credit cards and mobile phones for more convenient payment. The NTA warned that because there is ‘so little unused space’ along some of the desired routes, that it will ‘often not be possible’ for the new bus and cycle lanes to be constructed in the ‘width available’, suggesting that extra land will need to be purchased. Fianna Fail councillor for Lucan Ed O’Brien has called on the NTA to provide clarity on its plans to roll out the Bus Connects project. While welcoming the fact that Lucan has been included in the plan, Cllr O’Brien expressed reservations about suggestions residents may lose part of their gardens or parking spaces. He said: “This is a welcome plan if it’s operated properly and should see an increase in the number of buses servicing Lucan as the turnaround time will be reduced; however the NTA have given very little detail about the routes in Lucan affected and whether there will be an impact on the gardens and parking spaces of residents of Lucan. “It has been suggested

The ‘Bus Connects’ plan aims to slash public transport journey times in half

that up to 1,300 houses in Dublin will be impacted by the transport plan but the NTA have not identified where these homes are located.” Cllr O’Brien has been critical of the lack of a coherent plan from the NTA and government to tackle chronic traffic congestion in Lucan and said the plan will receive a cautious welcome from him.

“The plan could be terrific for those commuters working in the city centre; however it still does nothing to deal with the thousands of residents in Lucan working anywhere other than the city centre who must rely on their cars.” Minister Shane Ross told Dublin Gazette: “The bus is the workhorse of this sustain-

able transport system. Congestion will be dramatically reduced. Yes, there will be disruption to some areas, but it will be well worth the effort in the long run. “I strongly urge people to check out the Bus Connects website for yourself and join the discussion. This is your city, we need your help to develop it.”

Vandalism of local playground blasted

THE vandalism of a local playground has been slammed as “vile thuggery”. Cllr Vicki Casserly made the comments after vandals struck at Griffeen Valley playground on Sunday night. She said: “Playgrounds are community assets. Vile thuggery like this is an attack on not just the amenity but our community spirit. “We shouldn’t need to create playgrounds in Fort Knox in order to protect them from the public. This is my local playground where I play with my kids just like so many of my neighbours. It’s soul destroying to think that others want to take Vicki Casserly at Griffeen Valley playground that away from our children.”

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Man jailed for drugfuelled rampage A DUBLIN man who we n t o n a c o c a i n e fuelled driving rampage armed with a submachine gun has been jailed for nine years. Joseph Rafferty (38) seized multiple vehicles from their owners at gunpoint and led gardai on a dangerous high speed chase because he believed his wife was having an affair, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told. His crimes over the eight hour spree include fa l s e i m p r i s o n m e n t, aggravated burglary, threats with a machine gun and reckless endangerment. The area he covered from start to finish was 45km. Chief Superintendent

Brian Sutton revealed tha t 50 ga rda i were deployed in Rafferty’s pursuit throughout the day, including air support and members of the Garda Dog Unit. Judge Martin Nolan noted that “hardened criminals could go through the ir entire career and not commit this number of serious offences”. The judge said is was an “incredible litany of frightening crimes” and that “people had every right to believe they would be killed”. He noted that “thankfully” nobody was seriously injured, apart from a head laceration one man sustained when Rafferty broke into his

Joseph Rafferty

home to get his car keys. Rafferty, of Brookview Lawns, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at Watergate Estate, Tallaght and assaulting the homeowner on October 10,

2017. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage, two counts of carjacking, t h re e o f p o s s e s s i n g a su b - m a c h i n e g u n , unlawful possession of 9mm Luger ammunition and reckless endangerment in south west locations in the city on the same date. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle from Carroll and Roche Subaru dealership, Newlands Cross, Clondalkin. The father-of-four has 34 previous convictions, and has received lengthy sentences here and in the UK for robbery and burglaries. He got an eight year jail term in 2010 with the final four suspended for robbery.

Father’s Day gifts made EZ AT EZ Living Furniture, they are celebrating all those wonderful dads and making sure they spend this special Sunday with their feet up! If you’re still stuck for that special gift for an important dad, EZ Living Furniture have made things a little simpler and have come up with some gift ideas depending on what type of dad you’re buying for! Business Dad Whether this dad is an entrepreneur or likes to take his work home at night, they have many smart ideas to add a little cheer to a Business Dad’s life! They suggest looking for something for his office, maybe an office plant or picture frame for his desk. If he works from home, maybe a new comfortable Astoria armchair would do the trick. Relaxed Dad You may hear this dad say something like: “I’m not lazy I’m in power saving mode.” A dad who likes nothing more than to spend this Sunday, comfortable with a cold drink and the match on. We believe that this dad may enjoy something like an exciting bean bag or maybe a footstool to put their feet up. The range of Bahama bean bags are the perfect gift to awaken that inner child in a dad. Fancy Dad As Orlando Bloom says: “Being a gentleman is a worthy goal,” and this dad will agree. Something old-fashioned in style, but modern in its function would be perfect for this dad. A pocket watch, Homburg hat or whatever you can find at your local vintage store. At EZ Living Furniture they have a Gentleman’s Valet stand which would complement a stylish man, and adds a little elegance to EZ Living Astoria Chair and Gentlesman's Valet your living space.

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Jens Burgess, Rita Tooher, Terry Kelly, Siobhan Wright and Claire Burke. Pictures: Rhona Darcy and Dolores Collopy

Simon Peare

Mayor Paul Gogarty with Judges Laura Doran and Michelle Flynn

Seeking oneball wonders

Margaret McGarry and Pauline Mary Seery and Pauline O’Keeffe



O celebrate World Wide Knit in Public day on June 9, Tallaght Library hosted a fantastic knitting and crochet challenge. Entrants could only use one ball of the specified wool to create whatever they could and see if they were a one-ball wonder?

Ursla McManus and Jacinta Casey

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Emma Mae West and Matthew Carpenter Sharon Osborne and Derek Collins

The HXT Boys. Pictures: Simon Peare

Frank Beadle and Garrett Rodgers

Eoin Salley

HXT and Friends Gala Concert raises the roof T HE HXT and Friends Gala Concert was a night not to be missed as past and present members, as well as some special guests took to the stage. Some of the amazing

performances included, I Wish I May, Halleluiah, What a Game and the show was closed with a fabulous number from the Greatest Showman, From Now On.

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EING careful not to jinx it, the weather in Dublin has been absolutely glorious. When the sun’s out and it’s warm, usually two things spring to mind: beer gardens or where to get a good icecream. It’s far too warm to do the extra thinking so to save you swanning around in the heat, we’ve saved you the hassle. Whether it’s a classic 99’s, gelato, handmade sorbet or even trying something a little whackier like Smoked Salmon Ice Cream, here are some top ice-cream spots in Dublin.

TEDDY’S LOCATION: 1a Windsor Terrace, Dun Laoghaire HIGHLIGHT: Classic whipped vanilla 99 HAVING a walk along Dun Laoghaire Pier and a Teddy’s ice-cream goes hand in hand. It’s been a tradition since the much-loved ice cream joint was established in 1950 by Teddy himself (real name Edward Jacob). With the old-fashioned charm, many opt for that classic, creamy vanilla 99 topped with a crumbly flake. They also have other flavours of ice-cream on offer as well as handmade sweets, boiled sweets, iced caramels, candyfloss and coffee. Queues are quite common at Teddy’s, but no one minds the wait. Once you get the top and your delicious ice-cream is handed out to you, the only thing that matters is getting stuck into that delicious ice-cream. You can now buy a Teddy’s cone at the end of Dun Laoghaire Pier too, or Bray Seafront.

MURPHY’S LOCATION: 27 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 HIGHLIGHT: Whacky flavours available SINCE 2000, brothers Sean and Kieran Murphy have been making their own ice-cream, which all began in Dingle. They don’t use colourings, flavourings or powdered milk, their brand is all about keeping it fresh from the farm milk, local cream, free range eggs and organic sugar. The brothers are quite fussy when it comes to quality ingredients and even make their own sea salt from Dingle sea water and distil Dingle rain to make their sorbets. They also temper chocolate, infuse alcohol and scrape vanilla beans by hand. Serving 16 flavours, 12 regular plus four special flavours, Murphy’s is also known for it’s quirky flavours. The staff are very friendly and will let you try samples until you decide on the right one.

GINO’S GELATO LOCATION: Grafton Street, Henry Street, George’s Street, and Blanchardstown, Liffey Valley and Jervis Street Shopping Centres HIGHLIGHT: Known brands like Ferrero Rocher or Toblerone being made into a Gelato GINO’S offers the best in authentic Italian gelato. The product is made fresh in each of their premises daily using quality ingredients, including their own organic milk from cows who graze on a farm by the Atlantic Ocean. They use no additives or preservatives. There is gluten-free flavours on the menu and it is suitable for vegetarians. It’s also low in fat, 5-6% compared to 10% plus in ice-creams and the flavours range from chocolate mixes to traditional fruits. It’s hard to walk by Gino’s without getting the sweet waft of their Belgian waffles and crepes also on offer.

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HOME & STYLE FORMER X-Factor judge and current Love Island host, Caroline Flack, has just launched her debut collaboration collection with high-street favourite, River Island.








The brother’s not quite a Ray of sunshine “WOULD ye look at the heads on the pair of them. “I wouldn’t trust either of them to run a bath, never mind run a bleedin’ country.” The brother has staged his own silent coup since he came over and has managed to commandeer the remote control. For some reason, he uses a different mug for every cup of tea he has. I’m fairly certain that reason is that he doesn’t know how to wash a cup because there was a line of used ones lined up beside his booted feet on the coffee table. Now, I’m not exactly Mr Homemaker or anything but I like a degree of tidiness around the place but that’s gone out the window since Ray arrived over. I wandered into the kitchen while

he was still roaring at the telly and found a stack of teabags sitting in the sink, dirty plates stacked high bedside the sink and three knives slathered with jam and butter wedged to the kitchen counter. “Any chance you could bring your butler over with ye next time, Ray?” I roar at him from the kitchen. “Wha’?” he says. “I can’t hear ye.” It’s difficult to hear anyone talking to you when you’ve got the volume of the telly up full whack. “I was asking if ye could bring your butler over with ye next time ye come over,” I says, walking back into the living room. “So he can take care of the trail of mess you leave in your wake.” “Ah lay off me Gaz,” he says, throwing his eyes up to Heav-

en. “I’m on me holidays. Herself is forever on me case at home to clean up after me. I just need to let loose a bit.”

I wouldn’t trust either of them to run a bath, never mind run a bleedin’ country

“There’s other reasons to tidy up after yourself apart from people getting on at you to do it, Ray,” I says to him. “Ye know, like not wanting to live in filth. That sort of thing.” At this, he bristles and purses his lips and narrows his eyes like he’d do when we were young fellas. “Would ye give over,” he exhales the words more than says them, all exasperated as if I’m asking him to give me a kidney or something. “I’ll sort it all out in a few minutes. I’ve been watching these pair of head the balls on the news here. “I can’t work out which one of them is worse. I can’t even work out which haircut is worse. How could either of them be in charge of country, never mind the two of them.” “Well one lost a popular vote but

got in because of a mad voting system that no one really understands and the other fella is basically there because of a serious case of nepotism,” I says to him. “Jaysus,” he says. “I still can’t get me head around it. They were saying Trump has a fella going round taping all his memos back together because he keeps ripping them up even though he’s not supposed to. “That’s hardly a job for someone to be doing. “It must be like picking up after a child.” “You’re not familiar with irony, are ye Ray?” I says to him. “Ah here, now you’re going too far,” he bellows at me. “I said I’d wash me dishes but I’m not doing your ironing.” I give up.

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It can be tricky to seek redress for any injuries IN IRELAND, if you have been involved in an accident, or subject to conditions that led to your injury/ailment, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim, which most often requires legal expertise, knowledge and experience. All personal injury claims in Ireland must be assessed by an independent body known as The Injuries Board. Claims to the board and courts are both assessed on the medical evidence you provide from your doctor, and in some circumstances from an independent doctor appointed by the board. The award of compensation will be based on an assessment of damages due with regard to the extent of your injuries/ illness, and the circumstances leading to your illness/injuries. Where the respondent does not agree to the assessment by the board, or where either party rejects the board’s award, your case can then be referred to the courts. Applications for compensation cannot be made directly to the courts without the consent of the Injuries Board. Pe r s o n a l i n j u r i e s claims include road traffic accidents, with such accidents here being too commonplace. The primary causes of road traffic accidents

leading to deaths and injuries are: • Speed inappropriate for, or inconsistent with, the prevailing circumstances or driving conditions; • Impaired driving through alcohol, drugs (prescription or nonprescription), or fatigue; • A failure to use or properly use seatbelts and child safety restraints; • Unsafe behaviour towards/by vulnerable road users (such as pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, young children, older people). As such, the Injuries Board in Ireland sees thousands of road traffic accident claims each year. Accidents in Public Places In order to make a public liability compensation claim in Ireland, you must have sustained an injury due to the negligence of an individual or entity that owed you a duty of care, such as a premises owner. Accidents that occur in public places, bars, restaurants and result in injury may be resolved by making a public liability claim against the insurers of the premises. Such claims can be complicated, often require much legal assistance and input. Here is a step-by-step process to making a personal injury claim: 1. Get in touch with your solicitor to gain a

clear understanding of the claims process and your entitlements. 2. Request assistance in filling in a claim application form and compiling necessary documentation such as a medical report, images of injuries, accident report etc. This is a crucial and often determining factor in the board’s decision to accept or reject a claim. 3. Forward your application form to the Injuries Board of Ireland within three months of the incident leading to your injury/illness. 4. The Respondent (person who you are making a claim against) should receive notification of your claim from the board. 5. The Respondent, usually represented by an insurance company, agrees to the assessment of your claim by 6. You may need to attend a medical assessment carried out by an independent medical representative for the board. 7. assess the amount of compensation (the monetary value of your claim). 8. The Claimant and Respondent both accept the amount of compensation. If the Respondent does not agree to an assessment by, or if either side rejects the board’s award, the matter can then be referred to the courts.

WALSH & PARTNERS SOLICITORS specialise in litigation, personal injuries, probate, conveyancing, employment law and family law. Their offices are located at Unit 7E, Nutgrove Office Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. For further information, please call 01 291 0300, email, or else visit the site at DISCLAIMER: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Walsh & Partners Solicitors do not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Dr Sinead Kane with helpers Saorlaith Quinn, Senan Quinn and Lily Smullen. Pictures: Sasko Lazarov


Help stop blindness with a bit of yellow MARK O’BRIEN

INSPIRATIONAL blind sporting hero and marathon runner Dr Sinead Kane joined some little pals decked out in their sunniest yellow to launch Sightsavers’ Bright for Sight campaign recently. Taking place on Friday, June 22, the charity is asking people from across Ireland to go Bright for Sight for the day, by wearing something yellow and making a donation to Sightsavers. The colour yellow has been chosen because it is the colour that stands out most to people with visual impairments. Dublin businesses taking part in Bright for Sight include Reddy Charlton Solicitors, The National Wax Museum, Like Charity and the International School of English, Harcourt Street. Laoise Keaveney, of The Wax Museum, said: “The National Wax Museum is delighted to be partnering with Sightsavers for the Bright For Sight campaign. To celebrate, the museum will be dressing some of our waxworks in bright yellow.” Sinead, who has only 5% vision and is registered as legally blind,

Lily Smullen and Senan Quinn

is the holder of a Guinness World Record for being the first blind person to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents. She completed the feat in less than seven days in January, 2017. She also made sporting history when she became the first visually-impaired Irish person to run an ultra-marathon in Ireland in 2015. Speaking about the campaign, she said: “Bright for Sight is such a fun and easy fundraiser to host. “Make sure to ask your friends, family and colleagues to get their

workplace involved and wear something yellow on June 22 and make a donation. “I’ll be wearing yellow proudly on the day and helping Sightsavers work to rid the world of avoidable blindness.” A staggering 285 million people around the world are visually impaired, of which 36 million are living with blindness. It’s a sad and startling fact that 75% of this is avoidable. A little donation can go a long way in a developing country. Just 17 cent can protect someone against the blinding disease, trachoma, while less than €2 provides a pair of glasses; €3 pays for a lens for a child’s cataract operation; €32 pays for a sight-restoring cataract operation for an adult; €104 can restore a child’s sight through a cataract operation; €530 can purchase the equipment to perform the surgery; and €1,745 can purchase a motorbike, helping Sightsavers’ surgeons save sight in poorest and most remote places. For further information about Bright for Sight, and to download a fundraising pack, see

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TODDLE WITH YOUR TEDDY AT BARNARDOS FAMILY FUN DAY IF you go down to the woods on June 24 - you’re sure of a big surprise. Barnardos children’s charity invites families to join them in Airfield Estate for an exciting Teddy Bear themed family fun day to celebrate the 15th Year of the Big Toddle for Barnardos sponsored by The event will be packed with outdoor fun for young children and all are encouraged to bring their teddies so they can Toddle with Teddy and join in at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Pictured are Lauren O’Brien from Drumcondra, Eddie Song from Cabra, Daisy Blue O’Leary from Glasnevin and Dawson Mooney from Drimnagh. Picture: Patrick Bolger

Toots & The Maytals ready for Dublin date

REGGAE legends Toots and the Maytals are coming to Dublin for what will be their first headline Irish show in eight years. Currently on an US Summer Tour, Toots and the Maytals European tour will arrive in The Tivoli on October 23. Toots is one of the true architects of reggae, so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs, written and recorded

by Toots and the Maytals, have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event “The Harder They Come”, the 1972 film that became an international sensation. A five-time Grammy nominee, Toots and The Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with “True Love”. Tickets priced €36 plus booking fee from https://events.ticketbooth. eu/event/toots-the-maytals


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SOME OF THE LATEST EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN DUBLIN Karen Kelly and Rory Dignam in Meet Me In The Gardens. Photo by Lorna Fitzsimons

Unique theatre at Botanic Gardens

Lord Mayor’s Coach comes into Bloom

AS part of the Bloomsday events that are taking place in the City, the Lord Mayor’s Coach or ‘Lord Mayor’s Gingerbread Coach’ as it is referred to in James Joyce’s Ulysses will be on display on the forecourt of the Mansion House on June 16. The Mansion House will also be open for members of the public to walk through. There will also be some Bloomsday-related music and readings going on throughout the day including Caintairi Avondale performing ‘Singing Blooms song’ and Sinead Murphy and Darina Gallagher There are a number of other events being organised by local community groups in partnership with Dublin City Council – for details, please go to Bloomsday.

A UNIQUE theatrical experience comes to the National Botanic Gardens this summer. Shiva Productions, in association with the OPW and Dublin City Council, are bringing to life a new site-specific theatrical experience, digging up the ghosts of the gardens’ riveting past. Based on true events and real-life characters, spanning the cholera epidemic to the onset of World War II, audiences will be taken on a thrilling ride through time before being jolted back to our technology-drenched present. Meet Me In The Gardens, a series of four short plays, will be performed in various locations within the picturesque grounds of the Glasnevin venue. Performances take place on June 24 at 2pm and 4pm, July 1 at 2pm & 4pm, July 7 at 2pm & 4pm and July 14 at 2pm & 4pm. Audience numbers are limited - Book early to avoid disappointment. Car park and amenities are on site. Tickets priced €11.40 are available via Eventbrite: The performance is not seated. Portable chairs are allowed, rugs to sit on are welcome, and umbrellas are advised. The venue is also wheelchair accessible.

Become a master at mobile photography

BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey has launched the #BlackBushStories collaboration series, showcasing and celebrating those who have gone against the grain to follow their passion and become champions in their chosen field. A collaboration with Dublin street photographer Freddy Kelly, a.k.a. Raw Dublin, will see the talented documentarian host a photography masterclass at Drury Buildings on Wednesday, June 30 in association with #BlackBushStories ambassador and acclaimed bartender Paul Rocks, who will offer a tasting session on some of Bushmills’ best loved whiskeys. Freddy is Dublin’s most talked about Instagram photographer of 2018, capturing visual stories from around his city that attract thousands of likes, comments and followers. The ‘Black Bush and Photography’ interactive event will see Freddy teaching attendees how to take great photos on their smartphones and cameras, sharing tips and tricks that can be applied straight away. To register for ‘Black Bush and Photography’ and for more information on the photography competition visit



DUBLIN Gazette Newspaper have teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Bran is a distinguished 10 year old Collie. Bran is a real foodie who adores his grub so getting to know him shouldn’t take too long. He seeks affection and attention but prefers a hands off approach, so he would be happiest snuggling at your side rather than being petted and fussed. He’s adorably handsome and a firm favourite with the staff in Dogs Trust, so if you’re looking for a gentleman to stick to your side like glue,

Bran could be the one for you. Bran may be an older chap but that doesn’t stop him! He absolutely adores his walks and is an agile chap who would love long rambles with his new family. If you think you can offer Bran a loving home, then p l e a se co n ta c t Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook w w w. fa ce b o o k . com/dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE.

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GOINGOUTOUT Jazz was just a starting point for BARQ’s eclectic sound

Fusion music for the masses




WE DON’T normally pick out a best ‘Night of the week’ – in fact, we’ve never done this before – but good Lord, talk about a fab four for Friday! You’re unusually spoiled for choice tonight, with your musical allegiances ready to be tested as four very different gigs look set to tear up the town with an unusually strong lineup, all in one memorable night. In no particular order ... The National will seize control of Donnybrook Stadium (tickets from €76), ready to briefly rule their own fake empire as they bring their Grammy-earning hits to town. Liam Gallagher will no doubt be at his chirpy, cheerful, cuddly best over at Malahide Castle (tickets from €50), with the mighty Mancunian, our kid – if anyone’s called him that in years – bringing his distinctive voice to town. Flight of the Conchords land at the 3Arena (tickets from €86), bringing their dynamic duo styliings to a stadium setting, where they’ll no doubt treat Dubs to one of their famous live, comedy-strewn performances. Taylor Swift holds court over at Croke Park (tickets from €74.50). One of the biggest stars in pop comes to town for two nights, bringing all the stadium-ready hits at the heart of ‘big gig’ season; let her shake off your stress.

JUNE 14 (THURSDAY) Paddy Casey @ Leopardstown Racecourse, €17 Skyfever @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), , €15 Dan Elliott @ Whelan’s, €10

JUNE 15 (FRIDAY) Bad Manners @ The Academy, €25 Let’s Set Sail + Carriages @ Whelan’s, €10

JUNE 16 (SATURDAY) Taylor Swift @ Croke Park, €74.50 Michael Malarkey @ Whelan’s, €18.50 The National @ Donnybrook Stadium, €76 Flight of the Conchords @ 3Arena, €86 Nile Rodgers and Chic @ Malahide Castle, €49.50 John Cale (Velvet Underground) @ National Concert Hall, €30

JUNE 17 (SUNDAY) Future Islands @ Donnybrook Stadium, €63 The Beach Boys @ Bord Gais Energy Theatre, €55 The Bionic Rats @ The Foggy Dew, Free

JUNE 19 (TUESDAY) The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, €7

JUNE 20 (WEDNESDAY) Angie McMahon @ Whelan’s, €12

A PRODUCT of both a topclass education in jazz, and the inventive expansion of the Irish music scene in recent years, BARQ – a soulful, imaginative and lively Dublin act with a boisterous stage presence – are on a fast-rising path. Having featured on the cover of Hot Press and made the Irish Times’ list of 50 People To Watch in 2017, frontwoman Jess Kavanagh – who’s also worked with Hozier and Lethal Dialect – sees the band’s music very much as a fusion of its members’ varied influences. “The scene today comes from easy access to music all over the world,” she says. “When I grew up, you had a musical identity, like ‘I’m a rocker’, and you went to whatever section in Tower Records was selling the rock music. It was part of who you were. “People don’t consume music like that any more, it comes from a multitude of places now. Now, Ireland also has all these music and cultures that didn’t exist here ten years ago,” Stephen McHale adds.

Pictures: Dara Munnis


“As soon as people had MP3 players, I remember people started talking about different things – my friends listened to Malian bands, classical music, orchestral tracks, stuff like that. Odd tracks here and there. “It wasn’t so ‘vertical’; not the whole catalogue from one band, but a really wide range of genres. That was a big shift, and it affected everything. “We spent four years playing jazz, and that feeds into what we do, too. I don’t think we feature anything we don’t have some background in, so it feels authentic and natural to us, even if it does sound a little bit like ‘What is that?’ to outsiders. “It’s a combination of what we all listen to: jazz, Kendrick Lamar, stuff like that.” Of the early days, Kavanagh recalls: “Tommy

[Gray], drummer, was living in what we called ‘the jazz house’, and we spent a lot of time messing around with music. “We were listening to music around the kitchen table and drinking wine. There was a jazz quartet, a Motown group and then a hip-hop covers group before we got to BARQ. “We settled into a sound in the hip-hop covers band, and so when we started writing our own songs, the overall sound was already there. “I think we finished off the bat as a kind of ready, finished product with a sheen because of that background playing music for so long. “There was a concept to

begin with, and that’s really helped. The material is there to do an album; we’ll be sticking to one song at a time for now, though. “Hopefully, when we put out something big, they’ll be a larger audience there ready to hear it.” The process has been challenging, at times, and BARQ are careful about what they release. Kavanagh says: “With this generation, more than any other, your creative process is in the public eye in a way it hasn’t been before. “Every single, every part of our creative process is out there on Spotify. We need to take our time to make sure our style is right, and the songs are class.

“Essentially, we want every track on the album, when it does come, to be as good as the singles. “We had three songs recorded and ready to be released before we played our first gig. It was ready, and so was the full set, for festivals and stuff. “What we do is unashamedly, unavoidably political. There’s so much going on now, and I’m a very political person,” Kavanagh adds. “Like the style of our music, it feels completely natural to me. This is just who we are.” BARQ play the main stage on June 23 at Body and Soul, which takes place June 22-24 in Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath.

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Gregor’s all set for epic 30,000 MILE global race REBECCA RYAN

DUBLINER Gregor McGuckin is gearing up to set sail in an ambitious 30,000-mile global challenge. The 31-year-old will attempt to become the first Irish person to sail a non-stop, unassisted solo circumnavigation of the world by completing the prestigious Golden Globe 50th Anniversary Race 2018. Robin Knox-Johnston is the only person that has ever completed this epic race, covering approximately 30,000 miles, which has only been run once before, in 1968. Gregor is the only Irish sailor taking part, and is the second-youngest of the 19 sailors attempting the challenging race. Sailing from Les

Sables-d’Olonne, France on July 1, the solo sailors face a non-stop trip around the world, via the three Great Capes and returning to Les Sablesd’Olonne. The sail is expected to take approximately eight months to complete. Each sailor will be navigating with a traditional sextant and paper charts, without any electronic instruments or autopilots. They will hand-write their logs and determine the weather for themselves. All food to be used on the trip has to be carried on board to complete the 30,000-mile-long voyage. Ever thirsty for adventure, Gregor has been involved in the outdoors from an early age. Starting out climbing the hills and mountains

around Ireland, he soon discovered the sea and windsurfing and surfing became a daily part of his life. He chose sailing as his profession, starting as a dinghy coach, delivery skipper and in recent times, was the skipper of a 62ft yacht based in The Caribbean. He has logged more than 45,000 miles crossing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and many other passages around the world. Speaking of his participation in the Golden Globe Race, he said: “The excitement is really building. It will be tough having to cope with almost eight months of solitude and the challenges of the sea in all conditions. However, he said he has received an incredible

It looks ‘easy’ from this angle, but Gregor faces a gruelling solo sailing challenge in the Golden Globe race. Main picture: Peter Houlihan

amount of support: “None of this would be possible without the excellent support I have been getting from some truly inspirational people such as businessmen and sailors Enda O’Coineen and

Ulick McEvaddy, and my set of sponsors including Arkphire, who have been incredibly supportive of me from an early stage in this venture. “This is a dream come true for me and I hope I

can now push on and do everyone proud.” Support is also being provided by the Marine Institute, and throughout his journey, Gregor will be gathering data on the content of microplastic

pollution in the oceans he crosses. Sandyford-based and Irish-owned IT services and networking company, Arkphire, have also announced its support and sponsorship. Arkphire chief executive Paschal Naylor said: “We are delighted to support Gregor in this exciting endeavour, which will require tremendous sailing skills in addition to great qualities of preparation, planning and perseverance.”

Show your specs appeal MARK O’BRIEN

STEPS superstar Claire Richards (left) is encouraging glasses wearers across Dublin to submit their entries for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards before the deadline of Sunday, July 1 to be in with a chance of winning €12,000 cash. To enter Specsavers’ annual competition, simply wear your glasses with pride and share your best selfie via the Spectacle Wearer of the Year website, and you could be mingling with celebrities at the star-studded awards evening in London. Having picked up the Specs Appeal gong at last year’s awards, pop star

Claire (40) said: “I’ve been a glasses wearer for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I love to mix things up and try a geek-chic frame one day, and then a sexy cat’s eye frame the next. “Winning the Specs Appeal award last year was incredibly flattering and it was an honour to share a room with so many proud and fabulous glasses wearers. “I can’t wait to see all the nominees this year – I’m sure there’s going to be some real corkers.” Seamus Breslin, store director at a number of Specsavers stores across Dublin, said: “This is the last chance for people in Dublin to showcase their specs appeal to the whole country.

“We’re encouraging glasses wearers to upload a selfie at today. It couldn’t be easier.” The competition has five age categories (16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59, and over-60s) plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. A winner from each category will win a VIP makeover and mingle with celebrities at the awards in London in October. For each entry made, €1 will be donated to the National Council for the Blind, in Ireland. To be in with a chance of scooping the biggest accolade in the specs-wearing world, glasses wearers can enter the competition online at https://

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John McColgan and Pauraic Moyles

Marty and Maria Whelan

Claire Whelan

Internationally renowned musician Sting. Pictures: Brian McEvoy

Denise Leavy and Anne Claffey

Cera Ward and Caitriona Perry

Sting’s musical The Last Ship docks in Dublin I

Cliondhna Denny, Aoife Kelly and Maria McDonnell

Oonagh Treble, Mary Ryan, Linda MacWilliams and Louise Fitzsimons

NTERNATIONALLY renowned musician Sting, along with other familiar faces, came to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre for the opening night of the singer’s stage hit. Sting’s The Last Ship is an emotional musical, written by The Police frontman, and was partly inspired by his hometown of Newcastle. It tells the story of the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard in Newcastle in the 1980s at the height of Thatcherism and how the local community dealt with losing the main source of their livelihoods.

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Reese Elliot, Ali Keating, Yvonne Keating and Ciara Elliot

Croia Fitzpatrick, Terrie McEvoy and Chrissie Fitzpatrick. Pictures: Andres Poveda

Premiere of Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom A HOST of well-known faces gathered for an evening of dinosaur discovery and excitement including a guided tour of Zoorassic World, Dublin Zoo’s home to reptiles past and present, followed by an exclusive screening of the second chapter of the Jurassic World film series. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, sees the return of favourite characters and dinosaurs – along with new breeds more awe-inspiring than ever before.

Kelsey Daly and Lola Rose Bathe Kevin Sexton and Anna Geary

Amanda, Cillian, Brendan and Peter McCormack

Lynn and Zoe Humphreys

Ali and Robert O’Leary

Darren William and Kieran Doyle

Carly jones and Simon Collins

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Nothing new in latest dinosaur blockbuster

REMEMBER the very first Jurassic Park? At this stage, that was released so many years ago, it feels like a relic from another time. It’s more or less sitting on the same groundbreaking cinema shelf as L’Arrivee d’un Train en Gare de La Ciota (1896), a film which reportedly saw great alarm from panicked audiences watching a steam locomotive hurtling straight at them on the screen. Run! That feeling of genuine shock and awe would resurface many decades


later with Stephen Spielberg’s masterful, and first, Jurassic Park film. Although modern audiences aren’t quite as easy to manipulate as people confronted with steam trains, there was something of the early, heady days of genuine cinema magic about the first Jurassic Park film, which still holds up as an absolute

classic all this time later. Time, however, has not been kind to the franchise, with diminishing creative returns at least greeting subsequent additions to the series. At this stage, we’ve seen parks open, close, and open again, breeding an air of familiarity that’s stomped right alongside each new variation on a theme. The previous addition to the franchise was another underwhelming tale, adding in kids in peril (again), warnings about tinkering with science being ignored


@KevinDublin Hopefully it’ll be Kev to the rescue when we can’t open any damn jam jars

I got carded at the liquor store. While getting my ID out my Blockbuster card fell out. He laughed and said “Never mind.”

Jurassic World roared in to cinemas this summer.


Comes with 50 shades of excrutiating gags SOME glamorous grannies start reading the 50 Shades books, and decide they’d like some of the sexy, sexy times too with the silver-haired foxes in their lives. Yeesh. That’s the premise of Book Club (Cert 15A, 104 mins), which digs up a whole bunch of (ahem) mature actors and actresses, uses every bit of lighting and camera trickery known to man to de-age them, and starts lobbing in predictable gags about seniors’ sex drives. It’s all as wonderful and entertaining as that all sounds.


Not the most stellar of origins stories WIDELY regarded as the Star Wars film that nobody was asking for, Solo: A Star Wars Story (Cert 12A, 135 mins) is already officially a flop, barely a wet weekend since its release. If you’ve ever wanted to see all about the misadventures of a young Han Solo (how he got his name and reputation, how he won the Millennium Falcon etc), you’re in luck. However, it lacks classic Star Wars magic, its lead looks nothing like Harrison Ford, and it just feels like a cynical cash-in on the august franchise’s name.


Not quite a comedy masterclass, but still gets a pass YOU pretty much know what you’re getting with a Melissa McCarthy film, but her latest character, Deanna, patently clearly doesn’t know what she’s in for when she decides to go back to college in Life of the Party (Cert 15A, 105 mins). It’s the kind of lovable-underdog-triumphs role that McCarthy can trot out in her sleep, but still, this tale of a dumped mom trying to better herself – at the same college as her initially mortified daughter – has some okay laughs in store.


It’s utter gnome-sense (and that’s funnier than the film) FOLLOWING a forgettable film that barely anybody noticed on its release, the announcement of a sequel, Sherlock Gnomes (Cert G, 86 mins), was a surprise move. As with the film it’s the sequel to, Sherlock comes with a high-profile cast of voice actors, but fails to charm. Here, a brilliant detective has to work out what has happened to a whole garden-worth of missing gnomes, but soon finds an even bigger mystery afoot. Very small kids may like this, but it’s distinctly sub-par work.

Just put together an Ikea flatpack and only cursed twice. I am available for any other manly jobs you may have.

(again), and the likes of T-Rexes and Velociraptors taking key roles (again). At this stage, you could be in danger of feeling we’ve seen more dinosaur shenanigans than the Jurassic period itself, and some of those recurring themes pop up yet again in this latest iteration. Still, at least this addition spices things up a little, with an air of creepiness and occasional suspense that adds a frisson of fear to some key moments. Long story short, in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Cert 12A, 128 mins), Isla Nubla the island home for the doomed parks and crazy critters - is about to go spectacularly boom, with a massive volcanic eruption spelling fiery extinction for the dinosaurs. Cue a rescue mission to save loads of them, with Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) reuniting from the previous film to reprise their roles as a dino handler and uneasy partner, respectively.

Owen’s on a personal mission to find and save his beloved Blue - his hand-trained ‘raptor while Claire’s ditched her frosty manager mindset to become a much more rounded dino activist, giving the two a snappy rapport together. Naturally, with an exploding island and a race against time, it’s not long before things take a twist - although not a shocking twist, as yet again it turns out that there are less than altruistic reasons to save the doomed dinos. Some entirely predictable shifty corporate plottings, weaponised beasties plans, and genetic manipulation plots all conspire to make the dinosaurs’ rescue and escape the least of Owen and Claire’s problems... So far, so... fine, as much of this latest addition just ticks off some familiar franchise tropes and arcs, right down to Jess Goldblum’s brief cameo (more or less as ‘a Jeff Goldblum character’) to yet again warn everyone of the


dangers of tinkering with evolution. Still, even if much of the film retreads some overly familiar ground, there’re some elements which elevate it from some rather formulaic previous entries. Apart from some reliable character support turns from the likes of old hands Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Geraldine Chaplin (daughter of Charlie), director J A Bayona (A Monster Calls) adds some undeniably creepy sequences and his signature tension to the film, mostly courtesy of this film’s new beastie. Ultimately, however, despite some admittedly frenetic set pieces, and a darker second half, it’s hard not to feel that maybe, much like the train at La Ciota, maybe this franchise has just run out of steam and has reached the end of the track. At this stage, perhaps the next film needs to have dinosaurs in space. With lasers. Now that would be an evolution for the franchise... Verdict: 6/10

“What’s ‘Blockbuster’?”, we hear a hundred innocent millennials ask. “YouTube’s grandad,” we reply

How the Irish Times haven’t yet suggested becoming President as a way getting a rented accommodation in Dublin is beyond me. @Ciaraioch Ciara may have rumbled the set-up for the beloved fella in the Phoenix Park

Picked up a hitchhiker last night. He said thanks how do you know I’m not a serial killer? I replied the chances of two serial killers being in the same car are astronomical. @gonzotrucker And that’s why we prefer taxis

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The Castlerosse Hotel boasts stunning views of Killarney’s Lakes and Magillicuddy Reeks, as well as an array of great activities that can be enjoyed including cycling, hiking and fishing.


Feeling like a king after a trip down south to The Kingdom ALEN MCMAHON

THE chance to pack up the car and take advantage of a wellearned break from The Big Smoke is always one that is far too good to pass up, so when the opportunity to take a trip to the Castlerosse Hotel and Holiday Homes in the heart of Killarney came about, my wife and I were all too eager to say farewell to Dublin’s fair city. With splendid views of lakes and mountains, the hotel is situated in its own parklands with a lakeside setting, two km away from Killarney town. Castlerosse guests have direct access to the walks and cycle paths of the National Park and its many attractions. The property offers a range of accommodation to suit all visitors, ranging between traditional hotel and self-catering. Guests in Woodland Cottages and Golf Lodges have access to all the hotel’s facilities including the

Health & Leisure Club with 20 larney than in any other town of metre swimming pool, offering its size in Ireland. families residing in Self Catering Entertainment venues abound accommodation to experience a for young and old and there is a greater sense of flexibility during magical atmosphere, especially their stay. in the evenings, when pubs, resWe were spoilt with immedi- taurants and cafes are teeming ate access to trails for walks and with visitors from Ireland and hikes, and took advantage of the world. the hotel’s on-site bike The next morning we rental service. headed of on the For those feelspectacular Ring ing adventurof Kerry and ous, canoes Dingle Penina n d k aysula, both are aks can be within a one rented to hour drive explore the of Killarney sparkling which makes waters of the it a perfect Lakes, with base for explorqualified guides ing this magnifito ensure a safe and cent coastal scenThe Castlerosse Golf fun trip. ery. On our first night Club is a 9 hole, par We also made 36 parkland course we took a 30 minute visits to Knockreer stroll through majesHouse, Deenagh tic scenery to Killarney town. Lodge, Killarney House and GarThere is more happening in Kil- dens and St Mary’s Cathedral

which are nearby Castlerosse. A bit further on is 14th century Ross Castle, one of Killarney’s major attractions. Overall, we had a really nice time at Castlerosse Hotel, and will surely return for a visit at some stage in the near future. There are a wide variety of excellent summer holiday packages available including the Golden Breaks 55s +. This three night programme, with an option to extend to four nights, includes dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation, welcome drinks, complimentary tea/coffee, lake boat trip and sightseeing drive and a range of activities. Daytime activities include a guided walk, aqua aerobics and gardening talk while evening entertainment consists of traditional music, dancing and table quiz. For detailed information on all of the resort’s packages, see www. or call 064 6631144.

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Yum! These tasty squares are berry easy to rustle up WITH summer finally well under way – at last, at last – our tums turn to any tasty fare that’s perfect for a light snack as we soak up some long overdue sun. Siucra and Catherine Fulvio have prepared a handy recipe for Lemon Coconut Strawberry Squares (for 18 pieces), which are bursting with flavour (including some subtle hints of lemon and fresh strawberries). Whether you’re wolfing these down in a city park, noisy back garden or a postage stamp-sized apartment balcony, you’ll find these squares perfect by themselves or served with some afternoon tea, with the lemon glaze drizzle and shredded coconut making them distinctly delish.

Ingredients: • 200g strawberries, hulled and sliced • Toasted coconut flakes, to decorate For the squares • 200g softened butter • 200g Siucra light brown sugar • 1 lemon, zest only • 2 eggs • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut • 300g self-raising flour • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 80ml milk

For the top • 200g strawberries, hulled and sliced

• 2 lemons, zest only • 100g granulated sugar

For the drizzle • 100g Siucra icing sugar • 2 to 3 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation: For the cake Preheat the oven to 180C/ fan 160C/gas 4. Line 18cm x 32cm rectangle tin with baking parchment. Arrange the strawberry slices on the base of the baking paper. Cream together the butter and Siucra Light Brown Sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest and eggs and whisk after each addition. Fold in the desiccated coconut, flour and vanilla extract. Add enough milk to form a soft cake batter, then spread the cake batter over the strawberries in the baking tin. Arrange the strawberry halves on top. Sprinkle over the lemon zest and sugar over the top and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes until cooked, or when a skewer is inserted and it comes out clean. Leave on a cooling rack to set before taking it out of the tin. For the drizzle Place the Siucra Icing Sugar into a bowl and add just enough lemon juice to make a paste. Cut into squares. Drizzle the icing over and sprinkle over the coconut flakes.

Tuck in to Taste

Tuck in ... Candice Brown, Adrian Martin and Sharon Hearne-Smith help to serve up taste of Dublin 2018 at the Iveagh Gardens


Food Editor TASTE of Dublin 2018 is now under way, running until June 17. The fourday festival showcasing the very best in Irish food and drinks drawing foodies to the stunning Iveagh Gardens, off Harcourt Street, where this year’s theme is, Food Lover’s Playground. From enjoying a cocktail on the top floor of a wooden tram, to an entire menu comprising food in various shades of pink, Taste of Dublin 2018 promises to be unique and appealing to all the senses.

Amongst its attractions is World Class, a prestigious and respected mixology programme committed to celebrating and elevating the craft of bartending. Visitors will be invited to explore fresh and innovative cocktails and masterclasses by Ireland’s leading bartending talent. T h i s ye a r, S i m o n Lamont is hosting a brand-new experience, The Lazy Basics, where he will teach visitors handy ‘cookery hacks’ in 20 mins to help them impress friends and family at their next dinner party. Other highlights

include The Neff Taste Kitchen, where there’s a special line-up of celebrity chefs with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of River Cottage; Candice Brown, of the Great British BakeOff; Rachel Allen, of Ballymaloe; Robin Gill of The Dairy, and a Masterchef judge; Adrian Martin, food writer and TV chef; executive chef Anna Haugh, and Aoife Noonan of Glovers Alley. In the line-up of restaurants, the food lovers’ theme will be showcased by the likes of Greene’s of Cork, Roly’s Bistro, China Sichuan, The Port House, Saba, Suesey Street, Pickle and Jaipur.

Top returning attractions at this year’s Taste of Dublin include daily specials, giving visitors the chance to enjoy signature dishes from one restaurant each day. O’Brien’s Wines also return with their tasting experience; Style Afternoon takes place on Friday, June 15, and Destination Thailand will once again allow visitors to transport themselves to Thailand through cuisine and cocktails. If you’re a coffee or chocolate lover there is something for you, too. Applegreen will have latte art competitions, tastings, workshops and

demonstrations, and Lindt will have a brandnew feature stand where you can both immerse yourself in chocolate demonstrations and sample some of your favourite chocolates. With Father’s Day falling on June 17, take daddy along too, with lots to do for families including storytelling, face-painting fun, and special film characters to be found about the gardens, with a bonus that kids under 10 go free. Tickets for Taste of Dublin 2018 are on sale, from €15. For further information about, just see

The Ivy hopes to grow on Dublin diners ONE of the world’s most famous restaurants, The Ivy (in the heart of London), is hoping to grow on Dubliners when it opens its first international brasserie here later this summer. Located in the middle of Dawson Street, the brasserie (inset) is situated in the new landmark building, One Molesworth, with work well under way on fitting the premises out. The Ivy Dawson Street will

be overseen by Jamie Belton as general manager, and head chef Nick Lentini. Positioned on one of Dublin’s

most fashionable streets, the brasserie-style restaurant and bar will accommodate approximately 200 guests and feature

an all-encompassing menu complete with breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks and dinner. The brasserie will also feature a private dining room – The Jonathan Swift Room – seating up to 36 guests and offering an ideal space for events, birthdays or stylish working lunches. For further information, follow @theivydublin or see

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Printed Ruffle Neck Blouse €45

Ladybird larvae will hoover up greenflies

A wide variety of blooms encourages bio-diversity, as seen in this image

It’s bloomin’

NICE Anne Byrne Garden Design provides easy to follow garden plans that you can implement right away or in stages. Her design flair and passion for plants brings a touch of magic to gardens of all sizes. Anne Byrne Garden Design – Creative Ideas  ANNE BYRNE – Practical Solutions – Stunning Gardens.

MY GARDEN design clients are often nervous about growing roses in their gardens as there’s a perception that they take a lot of maintenance and “you have to spray them a lot”. This is really not so. Certainly if you want a really, really low maintenance garden, there’s a host of other shrubs you can use to give you structure, colour and interest all year round. To get the best from roses, an occasional prune and feed does make a difference – although those are easier to do than you might think. If you have your heart set on growing the queen of flowers, though, here are some things that will help. Firstly, choose the right varieties and improve the soil before you plant. Modern varieties are selected and bred for disease resistance, as well as repeat flowering and scent, but decent soil below and a good mulch on top makes for a healthier plant, much better able to withstand attacks from pests and diseases. Your garden designer can advise you on suitable varieties as well as good companion plants.

Secondly, grow a wide variety of plants in your garden – this won’t just make it look better, it will encourage biodiversity, attracting beneficial insects – the “goodies” – who are the natural predators of the “baddies” such as aphids. Aphids – such as greenfly, whitefly and blackfly – suck the sap from new shoots and leaves, weakening the plant and leaving a sticky residue that can turn mouldy. I’ve been growing roses for many years and never spray them with chemicals, and honestly don’t find greenfly to be a problem. Which brings me to the third thing – a handy trick for getting rid of greenfly is to simply spray them with a powerful jet of water from your garden hose. Use a gun attachment and spray as closely as you can – at this time of year you’ll find aphids clustered around buds, shoot tips and under the new leaves. Neutralising them now nips them in the bud, so to speak,so if you’re thorough, you’ll only have the odd straggler to deal with as summer progresses, and you can have fragrant roses all summer without any unnecessary chemicals.

FOR further information on Anne Byrne Garden Design, call 086 683 8098, or see

Flack of

 Rachel D’Arcy


FORMER X-Factor judge and current Love Island

host, Caroline Flack, has just launched her debut collaboration collection with high-street favourite, River Island. Inspired by summery prints, designed to be fun and flirty, the 19 piece capsule collection was designed with a holiday wardrobe in mind. From beachwear dresses for day-time adventures, to some more sultry pieces to take you into night, Flack’s collection truly has something to cater to each individual style and occasion. Speaking on her River Island collection, Flack said: “I’ve always been a River Island fan. One of my favourite outfits from last year’s [Love Island] series was a River Island dress I wore on Aftersun. I love their fit and style, so we got together and started collaborating on my very first collection as soon as Love Island finished last year. It’s been a thrilling process and I couldn’t be happier. Prices for Flack’s collection start at €17, and go up to €113. For more information, visit

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JUNE is recognised globally as ‘Pride’ month, a celebration of the LGBT+ community world wide. Pride parades across the world are held in a celebration of equality, and the recently found

freedoms of the LGBT+ community. They’re intended to allow the community express themselves in whichever way they see fit. Now, brands such as H&M have released ‘ P r i d e ’ co l l e c t i o n s,

intended to celebrate the colourful personalities and multiple different invididuals in the LGBT community. For H&M, 10% of sales from their ‘Love For All’ collection will benefit UN Free & Equal, an

organisation dedicated to ‘standing up for’ Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Intersex individuals across the globe. The collection is available in H&M stores across Dublin now, with all pieces limited edition.

Jervis Street Style  Rachel D’Arcy JERVIS Street Shopping Centre are celebrating Summer, teaming up with some of the centre’s best and biggest stores to deliver some stunning Summer looks. With new additions like a flagship Topshop, as well as main-stays like Bershka and New Look, there’s something for everyone in Jervis Street this season at multiple price points. Jervis has over 50 stores, and has been long known as one of Dublin’s most iconic retail outlets. It originally opened in 1996, and has seen some of the capital’s biggest and best brands take pride of place over it’s three floors.

Suit, €280, shirt, €79.90, runners, €100, all Best Menswear

Hat, €34, dress, €40, M&S; shoes, Sunglasses, €260, Tiffany & co, Sunglasses Hut; cami, €12,99, Stradivrius, skirt, €42, M&S; shoes, €19.99, Berksha €35.99, Stradivarius

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TECH TIME It’s hard to Trump internet mockery


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AFTER a few weeks of rather serious


tech news and features, let’s look at some of the lighter stuff going on at the moment – and who knew that a bunch of stuffy old G7 heads would provide some of the year’s most popular memes? At this stage, there are loads of modified pics of that shot of US President Donald Trump looking wholly at odds with his stony-faced peers at their meeting in Canada when the ‘G6 plus one’ heads met – with hilarity following the frosty photo’s release. Here are a couple of versions ...

Pic: Jesco Denze

Above: having a bearable time, Pic: @HecklerForever; right: dinner time, @KermodeMovie

f o n o i t a r b e l e t r c a A g n i d n a t s t u o Industry insight

Grab a new phone from Vodafone for just one quid I DON’T normally nod at phone offers, as they tend to be as complicated as the back roads of Donegal, but who can say no to getting a new phone for just a quid – well, €1 – if you’re looking for a new or second handset? With Nokia rebounding back with some new models lately, Vodafone have cannily dialled up a winner with the Nokia 2 – a budget phone that’s on offer for just €1 if you switch over to Vodafone.

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Golf retains performance and style in hybrid savings PLUG-IN hybrid car sales in the Dublin region have increased by 150% so far this year, as the hybrid awareness puts a significant dint into the diesel car market. MICHAEL MORONEY reports on his recent test drive of the latest Volkswagen Golf GTE hybrid car where the economy savings can be only truly appreciated in commuter traffic, while the performance remains intact. THE diesel engine dilemma, whether it’s for reasons of economy or environmental awareness, is having a noticeable impact on the Irish car market. While we all jumped headlong into diesel car ownership in 2008, following a significant Budget change, the numbers are beginning to be different now with petrol and hybrid power coming back into prominence. There has been lots of talk and heavy advertising spending on hybrid power, the important message coming through is that diesel engine advantages only come into their own for those with longer drives and higher annual use levels. The diesel advantages were somewhat clouded in the economy figures, rather than the ownership costs. The former are so linked to annual use levels in terms of kilometres on the clock, rather than the spot economy numbers. There are now two hybrid power options as a counterbalance to diesel and modern petrol engines. There is the hybrid and the plug-in hybrid option. Toyota offers both in the Prius, while Volkswagen now offers the plug-in hybrid version in the latest generation Golf. Volkswagen’s plug-in

hybrid comes in the guise of the GTE version, so there is a more than a hint of performance in the new car. This car has some subtle styling features to give identity to its clean credentials, with the emphasis on the colour blue. From a distance you’ll notice the blue brake calipers, the subtle badging both front and back. On the inside there is a level of blue stitching on the steering wheel and around the DSG automatic lever to add to the special hybrid cleaner look.

linked a 1.4 litre TSI turbopetrol engine with a plugin hybrid drive system that delivers in terms of power, performance and economy. Plug-in hybrids have their rightful place under the ownership of short run commuter drivers. This new Golf GTE has a 50km range on pure electric power from the plugin hybrid system, which should suit many Dublinbased drivers who are on a relatively short daily commute. Within that 50km range there is impressive power,

Volkswagen Golf GTE Hybrid Drive Engine Engine power 0 – 100km/hr Economy Fuel Tank Capacity CO2 emissions Road Tax Band Main Service Euro NCAP Rating Warranty Entry Price The electronic dials include a hybrid information feature for driver awareness. In every other sense, this car is a Volkswagen Golf and that makes it one of the most popular new cars in Dublin. For the new Golf GTE Volkswagen, has

1.4 litre 204hp 7.6 seconds 55km/litre

(1.8l/100km or 156mpg)

45 litres 40g/km A1 €170 20,000km/12 months 5 star 2012 3 years €40,050 the system delivers good acceleration with a lively 0 to 100km/hr rating of just 7.6 seconds. Out on longer runs, the TSI petrol engine kicks in effortlessly and the 204bhp from the combined power sources is equally impressive, but it will be

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Subaru announces pricing for 2018 Outback SUBARU Ireland has introduced a revamped 2018 2.5i Subaru Outback Lineartronic in time for the ‘182’ plate change with entry prices starting

Volkswagen now offers a plug-in hybrid version of the popular Golf and it comes in GTE format

at €46,995. The 2018 model claims a significant upgrade in technology and trim. Among the most significant changes to the exterior design for Outback are the redesigned front grille, bumper, door mirrors and headlights.

short lived. Over these longer runs, the hybrid drive will be redundant, while the lively petrol engine is both smooth and responsive. I had the car for a period that included a long weekend drive to Westport. I found that the rated range of 550km on a full 45 litre petrol tank was almost achievable. My hybrid use levels were to be a minimum and I knew it there was little point in seeking out a plug-in charging system in the popular Mayo tourist town.

This meant that I had all of the pleasure of an impressive Volkswagen 1.4 litre TSI engine along with the knowledge that for short Dublin commutes the hybrid drive was on hand to deliver a cleaner driving phase. It also meant that I became almost unaware of the switch from hybrid to petrol and vice versa, which is very much part of the success of the car design. It was clear that the hybrid savings message can only be really achieved on short run city com-

mutes. Low speed commuter traffic situations will deliver the hybrid savings. And yes, the environmental conscience will be truly satisfied. Dublin drivers have already got that message. The latest new car market figures show that plug-in hybrid car sales in Dublin accounted from more than half of these cars sold in Ireland in the first five months of 2018. And while the numbers are still relatively small, they have grown by 150% to more than 250 new plugin hybrids in the Dublin

region so far this year. The more standard hybrid cars remain the most popular mainly thanks the huge effort being made by Toyota. Dublin accounts of almost half of all hybrid car sales in Ireland with the numbers sold in 2018 up from 1,118 to 1,846, a massive 65% increase. Diesel engine sales have been the ones taking the hit, and dropped by 20%, slightly higher than the national fall in diesel car sales. Volkswagen’s GTE Golf hybrid is one of the first

entries from the Volkswagen Group to this hybrid segment of the market. The car is priced competitively at €40,050 given its impressive specification. That makes comparisons more valid with the GTD diesel version or the iconic GTI Golf and that’s why it’s seen to be competitive. This car has all of the image style and power credentials of the other more conventional GT Golf models, and the larger wheels on the test car added to its attractiveness.

Citroen reveals European C5 Aircross SUV

CITROEN has revealed the European version of its flagship new C5 Aircross SUV as the brand continues its international SUV offensive. The new-generation SUV features an allnew personalisation offering with 30 exterior colour combinations. The car is claimed to be the most comfortable model in its segment, thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension and Advanced Comfort seats. It also claims unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and reclining rear seats, and best-in-class boot space. The high-tech New C5 Aircross is equipped with 20 driver assistance systems (incl. Highway Driver Assist and Grip Control) and six connectivity technologies (incl. Wireless Smartphone Charging). The car will be launched in Europe at the end of 2018 and will be the first Citroën with a plug-in hybrid powertrain at the end of 2019. Inspired by customers who do not want to

The hexagonal grille redesign gives hints of a sharper, more defined shape and incorporates the distinctive Subaru wing design. The car comes with a new front view camera, which has been positioned below the brand badge. This new front view camera can monitor a 180°degree area in front of the car that would normally be in the driver’s blind spot. These images, as well as visible guidelines, are displayed on the touchscreen to aide drivers in gauging potential hazards in front of the car and improve overall manoeuvring. Another new addition to the Outback is the inclusion of Lane Keep Assist, which completes the EyeSight driver assistance safety technology suite, included as standard on all 2018 Outback models. Lane Keep Assist offers gentle steering control if the vehicle is about to deviate from its lane at approximately 65kph or above. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology suite includes: Adaptive Cruise Control, Lead Vehicle Start Alert, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Pre-collision Braking System and Pre-collision Throttle Management. Interior changes include new decorative gloss black panels and silver surrounds.

Duty applied on imported Chinese truck tyres will increase costs THE Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) claims that EU anti-dumping legislation, whilst necessary to ensure the sustainability of the European tyre manufacturing industry, is causing difficulty for many small Irish wholesalers and retailers, some who indeed buy directly from China. The ITIA claims that the regulation has imposed an upcharge of between €52,85 to €82.17 per tyre for all Chinese imports (depending on

sacrifice practicality and comfort, Citroën is actively moving into the C-SUV segment – a growing market sector in Europe, and one that already accounts for a quarter of car sales worldwide. Following the resounding sales success of the

new Citroën C3 Aircross in the B-SUV segment, which has already sold more than 80,000 units since its launch late last year, Citroën is continuing its SUV offensive with the European reveal of New C5 Aircross. The new C5 Aircross has already sold over 40,000 units in China.

the individual brand) from May 7, 2018 for six months until a final decision is taken by the Commission’s Anti- Dumping Committee as to the final costs and timing of implementation. The charges have resulted in claims of increases for some companies of between 80-100%.

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CRUISE CONTROL: SOCCER: SHAMROCK Rovers got back to winning ways in spectacular fashion as they dismantled Bray Wanderers 5-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday night. Graham Burke scored in either half, while Sam Bone, Dan Carr and Dave McAllister also scored in a game moved back 24 hours to accommodate the women’s international against Norway.





Orwell show top form at home event  STEPHEN FINDLATER

CONN McDunphy of Holdsworth Racing took the overall win and the Noel Hammond Trophy – hosted by Scott Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club – with a blistering time of 45.38. Indeed, it could possibly have been a bit faster but for getting caught behind a tractor for a few seconds. Hot on the heels of McDunphy was Neill Delahaye of Fixx Rouleurs (46.09) who continued his fine form from the Orwell Stage Race into this weekend. Rounding off the podium in his rainbow stripped skin suit was Greg Swinand of Viner Caemark Pactimo in 47.40 In the junior race, Scott Orwell Wheeler’s Dmitri Griffin took home the Kieran Hammond Trophy setting a new personal best of 55.47. That is the fifth win in a row for the club now,

following in the footsteps of Conor and Sean Murnane. In the women’s race, Eve McCrystal of Garda CC set a new course record of 51.05 to take first place from Jennifer Bates of Team Gerard-DHL (56.33). McCrystal, a regular Irish representative, also took second place in the A2 race so good was her time. The home club had great results across the board with Eoin Byrne fourth, Balazs Galambos fifth and Eoin Ahern sixth overall. Byrne was also 1st in the A2 category, Galambos was first in A3 and Barry Greene was second in A4. In the youth races, Scott Orwell had took first and second in the Under-16 with Conor Murphy Rodgers beating Ronan O’Conor by a few seconds. In the Under-14 race, Katie O’Reilly came home in first place in a great time of 20.11. Next on the agenda for the club is

Dmitri Griffin, left, and Conn McDunphy, right, with their Hammond memorial Trophies following their rides last weekend

the Stephen Roche GP which takes place in the Meadowmount estate in Ballinteer on June 20 with races rolling from 6.30pm for the youths up to 7.20pm for the women and 8pm for the men. The Stephen Roche GP is Ireland’s most prestigious criterium race, running annually since 1995. The chal-

lenging but spectator-friendly circuit invariably produces great racing action for the crowd lining the roadsides and congregated in the central green area. The 1.3km loop is located in the housing estate where no less than three of the Roche family took their first tentative pedal strokes on the road to Tour de France glory.


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BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S WELL done to the Dublin footballers and our Boden players on their win over Longford in the Leinster Championship. They now advance to the Leinster Final against Laois. Hard luck to the Dublin hurlers and our Boden players on their loss against Galway. Have you signed up to the Summer Camp yet? The Ballyboden St Enda’s Summer Camp returns in July and August - for more information log onto www. Well done to the Dublin camogie team , our Boden girls and David Curtin who is on the management team who were victorious against Offaly in the championship. Well done to the U-12 footballers who were shield winners of the Cooley Kickhams tournament in Carlingford. Congrats to all.

FAUGHS A HUGE well done to all our boys and girls who competed in the Cuman na mBun Scoil finals in Croke Park last week. It was great to see so many Faughs players featuring in the various victorious schools teams. U-8 camogie team had a most enjoyable trip to Portlaoise on Sunday. Well done also to Catherine Costello and the Dublin senior camogie team on their five-point win over Offaly on Saturday night There are still some tickets available for the Night at the Races in Leopardstown on Thursday, August 16. Please contact Eoin Reynolds or any team mentor. Faughs Golf Classic this year in Grange GC, Rathfarnham on Thursday, June 28.

Our major fundraising initiative is now in full swing. We need to raise €100,000 to complete levelling and resurfacing of our main pitch in Tymon North. Your contribution would be greatly appreciated. Fun table quiz in the members’ bar every Wednesday night. No cover charge. All welcome. Cul Camp this year takes place on July 16-20 and the club camp is August 27-31; register online at or contact Tommy O’Mahony – 086 811 4643. Club Lotto – jackpot €4,700 – numbers 4, 12, 13 and 19; no winner. One ‘Match 3’ Winner Sean Flood & Aoife Spellman. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,800.


ParaHockey ID set for Barcelona Euros

Fledgling sport for people with intellectual disabilities gets major support for next two events with Off The Ball coming on board, taking in this year’s event in Spain and next year in Belgium  STEPHEN FINDLATER

TWENTY Dubliners will jet out to Barcelona next week to take part in the European ParaHockey ID championships as the version of the sport continues to grow at a rapid pace. Players from Three Rock Rovers, Railway Union and Monkstown will form part of the squad to take part in the variation of the sport for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Three Rock introduced the sport in 2016 for the first time, leading into the 2017 European championships in 2017 in Amsterdam. They were quickly followed by the other two clubs, playing their first blitzes in close alignment with the EY Hockey League at the three Dublin venues. More recently, Loreto in Beaufort started up their own section and a first club in Ulster

has recently completed an introductory series of sessions at Lisnagarvey in Co Down. And the group got a further boost with news that Off The Ball – the sports media company – has teamed up with Irish ParaHockey ID as its new sponsor. This partnership will see the Irish ParaHockey ID team wearing Off The Ball sponsored shirts at the next two European ParaHockey ID events. The first of these will take place later this month in Barcelona from June 22 to 24. The partnership will run through until the next Euro ParaHockey Championships that will be held in Antwerp, August 2019. Siobhan Madeley, spokesperson for the Irish ParaHockey ID team, thanked Off The Ball for their support, pointing out the importance of the support. “We are delighted to have such a perfect partner in Off

The Ball. The enthusiasm of the Off The Ball team is incredible. “ParaHockey ID is a new sport in Ireland. We have three hockey clubs represented in the team travelling to Barcelona in June and we are working hard with our athletes to prepare them for the games against Spain, England, The Netherlands and Germany. “We have 20 players, a mixed team of men and women, travelling, some have only just started playing hockey in the past year and the level of skill that they have developed has blown us away to be honest.” Talking more generally about ParaHockey ID, Siobhán said “ParaHockey ID is for people who want to play hockey and have an intellectual disability. “Mostly the players are starting with us at about 14 and there is no upper age limit. We are working hard to encourage more people with intellectual disabilities to try hockey.

GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN INTERMEDIATES and juniors were both out in league action last week, losing away in both fixtures at Erin’s Isle and Kilmacud Crokes respectively. Ladies next fixture on July 4 in the League away at Skerries Harps. U-10 boys hosted St Patrick’s,Liffey Gaels and Ballyboden St Enda’s at a hurling blitz on Saturday morning.Our boys showed off their improving skills and teamwork in three very challenging matches. Despite the heat, both teams showed great tenacity and spirit whether winning or losing-well done to all. Thanks to all who supported our annual

Golf Classic last Thursday, especially Ken Murray and his company Finance Solutions who sponsored the event. All monies raised go towards improving the facilities at Westmanstown so that all our teams from juvenile to adult can enjoy continued success. Saturday, June 23 is the club family fun day and Annual BBQ. The juvenile section will also be holding their sponsored walk in Westmanstown and sponsorship cards will be distributed to all teams during the week. The club summer camp takes place from August 20-24 from 10am to 2.30pm each day.

The Irish ParaHockey ID team at their sponsorship launch this week. Picture: Harry Murphy.Sportsfile

“Having a media partner is vital as showcasing what our players can do rather than what they can’t. “We are very grateful to Off The Ball for giving our players a platform and a voice which we hope will encourage more people to join the hockey family.” Commenting on the partnership, managing director of Off The Ball, Ger Gilroy, said: “These athletes are an inspiration and we are delighted to announce our association with them, as they prepare for their upcoming European events and European Championships, next year. “It’s only right that the Irish ParaHockey ID team receive the exposure they deserve, for their ongoing dedication and passion for the game. “We are very happy to play our role in supporting their campaign and we wish them every success, over the coming months.”

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QUICK QUIPS ABOUT SPORT Knight’s Cabo honour

Shamrock Rovers’ Sam Bone shoots at goal. Picture: Martin Doherty

Rovers punish former skipper’s early red card LOI PREMIER DIVISION Shamrock Rovers Bray Wanderers  DAVE DONNELLY

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SHAMROCK Rovers got back to winning ways in spectacular fashion as they dismantled Bray Wanderers 5-0 at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday night. Graham Burke scored in either half, while Sam Bone, Dan Carr and Dave McAllister also scored in a game moved back 24 hours to accommodate the women’s international against Norway. The Hoops led from the fourth minute after the one-time Rovers captain Conor Kenna was dismissed for a desperate and, in its own way stunning, handball on the line. The veteran defender denied 17-year-old playmaker Brandon Kavanagh a dream first goal for the club on the occasion of his first league start. There’s not likely to

be many more impressive saves at the World Cup this summer as Kenna showed remarkable reflexes to punch the ball over the bar, Gordon Banks-style. Referee Anthony Buttimer wasn’t so taken with the acrobatic performance, however, and issued a straight red card, and Burke coolly slotted home the penalty. Bray had goalkeeper Evan Moran to thank for them taking it to half time just one goal in arrears, as he made top-class stops from Burke, Carr and Kavanagh. The dam burst after the break, however, Bone lashing home from the edge of the box before Kavanagh teed up Burke for the easiest of finishes for his 12th of the season. Carr tapped into an empty net after he was picked out by substitute Sean Boyd, on his return form injury, before Dave McAllister scored the pick of the bunch with a pile-

driver from 30 yards. “We started bright, got a penalty and we knew they’d sit in,” manager Stephen Bradley told the Dublin Gazette. “We just had to keep moving them, wear them down and we thought if we did that, second half they’d open up. “And that was the case. We dominated the ball but I think if we don’t do that in the first half we don’t open them up like we did in the second. They got tired. “When they go down to ten men, you just need to keep moving them because you know eventually it takes its toll.” Bradley reserved special comment for the two teenage debutants, Brandon Kavanagh and 16-yearold Firhouse native Gavin Bazunu, who had a quiet night in goal on his first senior start. “He has really good ability, Brandon, he just needs to keep his head down, keep working hard

and learn from the players around him. If he does that, he’ll be a top player. On Bazunu: “At 16, especially goalkeepers, you don’t want to throw them in that early but sometimes you just can’t hold them back. Sometimes they’re ready and he’s ready.” On the subject of Burke, Bradley insisted the striker is no closer to his Tallaght exit, despite media

reports suggesting Preston North End were close to sealing a €300,000 deal. “Graham is here. There’s a lot of interest, but unless the deal is right for everyone, Graham is a Shamrock Rovers player. “There’s a lot of offers, a lot of talk, but nothing done. It has to be fair. Graham has 18 months on his contract and we’re more than happy with where we are with him.”

CABINTEELY put back-to-back wins together for the first time as they emerged 1-0 winners from an arm wrestle with Longford Town at Stradbrook Park. The club’s longest-serving player, Kevin Knight, fittingly scored the only goal in the club’s 100th game since joining the League of Ireland more than three years ago. Longford arrived in Stradbrook in a rich vein of form, unbeaten in five and with impressive wins Picture: Paul over pre-season Lundy favourites Galway United and Finn Harps in their last two games. Captain Knight had other ideas, however, as he netted his second in as many games – he was on target in last Monday’s 4-0 win over Athlone – just past the half-hour. The defender prodded the ball home from close range after the visitors had failed to deal adequately with a free kick delivery into the box. Luke Clucas had a chance to double the lead as he raced through on goal, but his final touch let him down, and Cabo survived a scare on the stroke of half time when a shot was cleared off the line. Clucas and Jack Watson went close with shots in the second half as Cabo looked to put the result beyond doubt, while Longford struggled to turn their possession into clear chances. Former Cabo winger Evan Galvin received a straight red card in stoppage time to compound Longford’s misery as the gap between the sides shrank to five points. Pat Devlin’s side remain the only team in either division who are yet to draw a game, having won seven and lost nine of their encounters to date.

SHELS CRUSH ATHLONE SHELBOURNE swept to a 5-0 win over Athlone Town in the First Division with a run of goals early in the second half. The Dubliners never eased up once midfielder Cian Kavanagh opened the scoring on 33 minutes as they chased an away win. Athlone held on up to half-

time, only conceding that one goal, but Shels were able to shift up another gear in the second period and display their awesome firepower. David O’Sullivan got things started with two goals inside three minutes, before Dayle Rooney added his own brace to finish off the job.

Three Dublin-based players up for awards

Shamrock Rovers’ Greg Bolger and Bray Wanderers’ Gary McCabe. Picture: Martin Doherty

BOHEMIANS Keith Ward, Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke and St Patrick’s Athletic’s Thomas Byrne have all been named on the six player shortlist for the SSE Airtricity/SWAI player of the month for May. Ward provided a goal and two assists for Bohs, helping win seven points from nine from the games he played. Burke was called into the Republic of Ireland squad, making his formal debut against USA while Byrne led the Saints, chipping in with a couple of goals.

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LUCAN SARSFIELDS IT WAS all action in Galway over the weekend with our U14 hurlers representing the club marvellously. They went out at the Quarter final stage at the hands of beaten finalists Durlas Óg in the national Féile. A brilliant weekend was had and the players, management and supporters did the club proud. Well done to Kelly Cup winners Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada. A great turnout with eight teams putting on fine performances, where the final was contested by Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada and last years’ winner Scoil Aine. Well done to all involved. A great one point win for our senior footballers vs Ballyboden and it was fantastic to see the U-12 boys up supporting the team and warming up with them, some say it was the extra kick the lads needed!. Thanks to Robbie O’Connell and his management team for organising this week’s event. A fantastic initiative and well done to all for making it happen. Unfortunately our junior A ladies footballers lost away to Raheny in championship, 4-9 to 3-14. Two out of three isn’t bad. A great start for Dublin senior camogie in their championship, beating Offaly at home, well done to Mairi, Emma, Orla and Ali. Well done also to Ciaran Dowling, Paul Crummey and Fintan Clandillon with Dublin U-21 hurlers that beat Carlow and now advance to Leinster quarter-final vs Westmeath. Well done to Ciaran Smith who lined out at corner back for the Dublin U-20s that beat Westmeath in the second round of Leinster round robin. Congratulations to Ella Lacey from who came third in the Féile skills competition. Hard luck to Chris and Johnny who lost out to Galway by a point.

ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN CLUB Members are asked to attend an EGM that will take place in the clubrooms on Monday, June 18 at 8pm. The meeting will have a single item on the agenda: the proposed build of a multiuse modular structure on Monastery Road. Only fully paid up Members are entitled to attend and only ‘A’ Members are entitled to vote on the night. Queries can be directed to Padraig McCarthy, Club Secretary, at 087 9067924 or Niall Connaughton, Assistant Secretary at 087 6290870. Round Tower Golf Classic will be hosted Friday, June 29 at Newlands Golf Club. We are urging all our teams to be represented. A team of three costs €350 and this includes a meal in the clubhouse. Tee times available from midmorning to mid afternoon. Further details on our website and you can contact Brendan 087 9083980, John 087 2172051 or Tony 086 6040613. Bookings are being accepted for Round Tower GAA Club Summer Camp. It

will take place on July 9-13, 10am to 2pm at Monastery Road. Boys and girls aged four to 12 years of age are welcome to attend. The fee is €60 - €55 if booked in advance. Book at Towers Óg 10am to 11.30am Saturday morning or by calling into the club Monday evening 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Furthermore, we will host the Kellogg’s Cúl Camp on July 2-6, also at Monastery Road 10am to 2pm. It is again for children four to 12 years of age. The fee is €60 and register online at Round Tower Lotto (June 4): Jackpot €3,700, numbers drawn were 2, 4,8, 13, bonus ball 27. No overall winner and no bonus ball winner. Three €100 winners: Richie Harney, Liz Carroll, Trish McGuire Thanks to all who support the lotto. Bingo continues every Tuesday in the club, with first call at 8.30pm and a jackpot of €1,000 on offer if checked within 51 numbers. All welcome.


Murphy’s law sees Dodder men end campaign on a roll LSL SUNDAY MAJOR 1 Doddervale/Orwell Ayrfield United  DAVE DONNELLY

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DODDERVALE/Orwell United finished a frustrating LSL Sunday Major 1 season on a high with a 2-1 win over champions Ayrfield United at Dartry Park on Sunday. The win meant Shane Gutkin’s side finished with six wins from their last seven and unbeaten at home – with just the one draw in February sullying a near-perfect record. Goals in either half from brothers Eamonn and Karl Murphy were enough to see Doddervale to victory after Ayrfield had levelled from the spot just before the break. “There wasn’t much between the sides – it was a tight game,” Gutkin told the Dublin Gazette. “We were glad to get

the win against the champions. Very good game, very competitive game – two good sides. “[Ayrfield] certainly gave it a go – they threw bodies forward to try get the equaliser. They certainly didn’t want to lose the game. It was a tough, physical game with some good football by both sides. “We were delighted to get the win because it made us unbeaten all season at home. It’s been known in the league as it’s gone on that going to Dartry Park to play against us is a tough fixture.” It brought to a close a season of change for the club as former Postal United, Sacred Heart and Knocklyon manager Gutkin took over during the off-season. Despite the club playing in Darty Park in Milltown, the squad themselves are mostly

drawn from Firhouse and the wider Tallaght area, including captain Eamonn Murphy. Last year saw the club narrowly avoid relegation in a ten-team league, but the introduction of four AUL defectors this season presented an even tougher challenge. S o, h av i n g go t te n themselves to the top of the table over the Christmas break, it’s a source of frustration for Gutkin that they couldn’t at least

hang onto a promotion spot. “At Christmas we were actually top of the table, so we’ve mixed emotions. The lads did really well, but I feel we had a chance to finish in the top three, but maybe lacked experience. “The league was was tough this year. “I’m around the Leinster Senior League a long time, and, for Major 1 Sunday, it was very strong because of the

likes of Ayrfield and Trinity Donaghmede. “If they hadn’t come over, I think we’d have had a good chance of winning it, but the league table never lies. “We’ve made progressions, but there were some very good football sides in the league. “We’ve proven to ourselves and everybody else we can compete with the top sides in this league, so we’re optimistic.”

Collinstown Park plans approved

Collinstown’s young stars will hope to reap the benefits of their new developments

COLLINSTOWN received a big boost this week with the news they are set to receive €30,000 from South Dublin County Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund 2018 to start the process of developing much needed club facilities at Collinstown Park. Welcoming the announcement, the club stated: “We welcome John Curran’s support, over the last 18 months huge strides has been made to achieve our first significant funding. “This is only the first step in the process but it is vital as SDCC have welcomed our

business plan and long term vision for our members to give them the best they deserve. “Both SDCC and John Curran have advised and steered the club in a forward direction and we look forward to continuing this partnership.” The club currently serves over 400 children from the local area as well as running senior teams since their establishment in 2007. On the field, the LSL Sunday Major side beat Corduff 5-3 on Tuesday to finish runners-up in the division.

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FIFTH PLACE FINISH The Doddervale/Orwell side that closed out their campaign last weekend.


Harrington fights her way to Euro bronze EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Kellie Harrington in action against Iulia Tsyplakova en route to her European bronze medal



Adeleke the national inter double champion RHASIDAT Adeleke, of Presentation Terenure, is pictured on her way to winning the intermediate girls 100 metres, ahead of Patience Jumbo-Gula of St Vincent’s Dundalk during the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools Track and Field Championships in Tullamore. It completed a double for the sprinter as she also claimed the 200 metres in a time of 24.05. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

TALLAGHT’S St Mary’s Boxing Club had another elite medal to celebrate this week as Kellie Harrington won bronze at the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Portland Row woman fought her way to the semi-finals before suffering a heart-breaking 4-1 split decision defeat to Mira Potkonen. Harrington was part of a three-woman Irish team competing at Europe’s top women’s boxing event under team manager Bernard Dunne and head coach Zaur Antia. Former Shamrock Rovers footballer-turnedboxing talent Gráinne Walsh fell short in the 69kg category, while Michaela Walsh of Belfast brought home a second bronze at 57kg. Harrington’s opponent Potkonen was a bronze medallist at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and presented a daunting challenge to the Irish amateur star in the 60kg category. The pair met in the final of the 2017 Europeans, which Potkonen won, and the rangey Finn again managed to present a better picture to the judges. Potkonen beat Katie Taylor on the way to the semi-finals in Rio and again came out on top against Taylor’s successor as Ireland’s newest amateur superstar. It was a tight contest throughout, with Harrington switching between southpaw and orthodox stance in search of scoring shots, but Potkonen was deemed the more efficient by the judges. Harrington’s best spell came during the second round, when she landed a straight left down the middle to rock the Finn, but her opponent continued to land a greater volume of shots. While Harrington’s varied attack ensured she landed good punches in all three rounds, Potkonen’s more orthodox style meant she was able to put together more eye-catching combi-

nations. It brought a frustrating end to an impressive competition by Harrington, who is on course to peak in time for the Tokyo Olympics in two years’ time. She was a 5-0 winner over Katerina Humlova of the Czech Republic in the round of 16 and followed that up with an impressive 4-1 win over Ukraine’s Iulia Tsyplakova in the quarters. “Huge congratulations to St Mary’s boxer Kellie Harrington on winning European Bronze

today,” St Mary’s Boxing Club wrote on Facebook. “Kellie was very unlucky to be beaten on a split decision yesterday in the semi-finals. Kellie’s performances over the tournament were excellent and we feel she’s not too far away from gold. “She is excellent with the kids in the club and a true role model for up and coming boxers. Keep the head up, we at the club are so proud of what you’ve achieved.”

Templeogue trio in Ireland line-up BASKETBALL 

BLACK Amber Templeogue’s Jason Killeen, Lorcan Murphy and Michael Bonaparte have all been named in the Irish senior men’s basketball squad of 12 players named by head coach Pete Strickland and his assistant coach, Ioannis Liapakis. They will go on to represent their country at this summer’s FIBA European Championship for Small Countries in San

Marino. The squad is a strong mixture of youth and experience, and has been announced following a three-day training camp in Dublin at the weekend. Speaking about the announcement, Coach Strickland stated: “The devoted commitment shown this spring from each of our team members towards playing for Ireland has been complete and consistent. Ioannis and I look forward to coaching these uni-

fied players in tough international competition in the coming weeks.” The team will now begin final preparations for the championships in San Marino, which will take place from June 26 to July 1. They will play two international friendly games against Luxembourg in Cork as part of these preparations. The twogame series will tip off at the Mardyke Arena UCC, Cork on Friday, June 22 at 7pm and on Black Amber Templeogue’s Michael Bonaparte. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile Saturday, June 23 at 4pm.

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WELL done to our senior footballers who had a fine win over Clontarf. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the team. Congratulations to Denise Mullins, winner of our Facebook and Twitter competition for two premium tickets to Croke Park. Thanks to John Maguire & Co for donating the prize. Well done to our U-11 hurlers who played Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday morning. A special mention for Lorcan Murphy playing his first hurling game for the club. Well done also to the U-11 girls who played a tough match against Kilmacud Crokes. A special well done to Caoimhe Moroney and Roisín Parker. Congrats to Chris Mooney who refereed the Nicky Rackard semi-final between Donegal and Monaghan on Saturday. Details on all fixtures will be published later in the week on our website and Facebook page. Gaelic4mothers continues on Thursday from 7-8 pm. All newcomers welcome. Contact Gill Pickett on 087 2269059 for further details. St Patricks GAA Cúl Camp runs from July 9-13. Booking can be made on-line at Our Summer Camp will run from July 16-20, and can also be booked on-line. A 10% discount if booked before midnight July 11. Our Lotto numbers this week were 3, 5, 7, and 27 in the first draw; and 7, 12, 25 and 26 in the second draw. There was no winner. There were four Lucky Dip winners – A C and N O’Leary, John Keaney, Jim Kelly, and Seán O’Brien. The jackpot next week will be €10,000 plus a second jackpot of €2,400. One ticket gets you entry into both draws. The draws take place on Sunday night in the Palmerstown House at 10pm. Tickets are available from SuperValu, Palmerstown House, Manor Hair Studios, Mullingar House, and Chapelizod Post Office. Many thanks to all our ticket sellers and everyone for supporting this important fundraiser.

ST MARK’S MEMBERSHIP is overdue, please pay ASAP. Congratulations to all the our teams last weekend, great performances and great wins. Special mention to our Under 8 Lady Footballers. Longford Slashers draw is back. Tickets €60 for three draws. Please support! All Juvenile section training has returned to date, contact the relevant mentors for info. The Adult section has returned to training, Tuesday and Thursdays. Music every Saturday in the club. Music this Saturday by Doc Savage Show and music on Fathers Day. Live sport every weekend. Monthly Ceili this Saturday,

music by The Foot Tappers - 8 till late. Set dancing classes every Monday from 8pm. Bingo Thursday night, starts at 8.45, open to everyone. Slimming World every Tuesday at 5pm and 7pm and Wednesday morning at 9am in the main lounge. Weight Watchers every Tuesday morning. Please continue to support the club lotto. Tickets €2 each or three for €5, Jackpot €6,700 - not won. Numbers Drawn 1, 10, 23, 27. €50 winners 1. Conor Casey 2. Ned Ryan 3. Emma Hamilton 4. Square & BOC 5. Peter Malone c/o Sandra Malone 6. Grainne Green c/o JQ

ST MARY’S RESULTS from last week: seniors lost to Na Fianna and juniors beat St Anne’s. Congratulations to our neighbours Commercials U-14 team on becoming 2018 Feile champions and their ladies camogie team on winning their league unbeaten! Annual golf classic for the Jim Byrne Memorial Cup takes place in Citywest Hotel and Golf on Friday, June 29. Team of four costs €260, includes meal in Anvil Restaurant after your match, and presentation of prizes in club lounge at 10pm. Tee Box or Green Sponsorship costs €100. All teams and sponsors will have their names displayed. Contact Brendan Murray 086 0401169 , Gary Fitzgerald 085 1252716 or Pat Farrelly 086 0454434 for further details. St Marys are hosting the annual Kellogg’s Cul Camp from July 9-13 in Saggart. You can get details and register your child/children online by following this link Lotto numbers were 4, 11, 12 and 22. There was no winner so next week’s jackpot remains capped at €8,000 with a €3,700 roll-over. There were two Match 3 winners of €100 each, Edel Darley Kilnamanagh and Evelyn Paton Blessington. This week’s Match 3 will be worth €100 win/ share. You can now follow the LocalLotto link on our Facebook page and website to play Lotto online.


Herity thrilled as Dublin flying in opening Offaly tie  DARRAGH O CONCHUIR

DUBLIN manager David Herity was full of beans after seeing his team get their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship campaign off to a 3-14 to 3-9 start against Offaly at Parnell Park. The side featured a strong west Dublin contingent with Naomh Jude’s Faye McCarthy, Hannah Hegarty; Ballyboden St Enda’s Martha O’Donoghue and Doireaan Mullany and Lucan Sarsfields’ Orla Beagan and Emma Flanagan all involved. Herity led the Dubs to the last four in 2017 but with All-Star Aisling Maher and brilliant defender Eve Marie Elliott among those unavailable this year, there were question marks surrounding their ability to continue the progress. Some observers felt the National League campaign might have suggested a regression but Herity offered a con-

vincing rebuttal after Saturday’s win. “ We ’re a b s o l u t e l y thrilled” said Herity. “The girls have been playing extremely well in training. We knew Offaly were going to be a difficult match so we’re delighted to get off to a good start. “Their fitness levels are excellent. The girls were mad hungry for this… They did exactly today what we’ve been training on for the last seven months so please God it’ll keep going well. “We always expected Offaly to come back at us. They’ve Mick Wall there, a great Kilkenny man, and [Herity’s former Kilkenny hurling teammate] Richie Power is with them now as well and they’re doing excellent work. “We got two wins and a draw from five games in the League. It was progress again with a young team, a new team again. This victory will bring on the team massively heading into Cork in two weeks.”

FEILE FEVER Sars Under-14 reach national quarter-final LUCAN Sarsfields Under-14

hurlers reached the quarterfinal of the national Feile na nGael last weekend in Galway. They opened up with a 5-7 to 0-1 win over hosts Castlegar before losing to Turloughmore and beating Limerick’s Monaleen by nine points. It set up a quarter-final date with Durlas Og, falling 1-8 to 2-3 in a lively affair.

Lucan Sarsfields’ Orla Beagan on the attack against Offaly. Picture:

Goals from Gráinne Quinn and Siobhán Kehoe gave Dublin a 2-11 to 1-6 lead, with Sarah Harding finding the net for Offaly. The margin grew to 10 after Róisín Baker

goaled but Offaly kept plugging away and a Siobhán Flannery goal from a penalty brought them within touching distance, but they had given themselves too much to do.

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Golden greats get AIG backing

Thomas Davis celebrate their victory

Davis make massive senior breakthrough NEW IRELAND SFC QUARTER-FINAL Thaoms Davis Na Fianna  JAMES HENDICOTT

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THOMAS Davis held their nerve to see off Na Fianna and progress to their first ever Dublin senior ladies football semifinal on Saturday night, as an injurytime point proved the difference in the tightest of contests. Na Fianna had been on top early on as the game ebbed and flowed, with Westmeath county player Laura Walsh doing the damage for the Glasnevin club in the opening exchanges as they scored the first three points. Thomas Davis hit back still harder, scoring the next five points, including a goal from Sinead Egan, to lead 1-2 to 0-3, before things were leveled up before half time, with Na Fianna finishing the half strongly. Davis pushed on again in a frantic,

pacey second half, but Na Fianna leveled up before a very late point saw the Tallaght side come out on top by a single point margin at 2-11 to 1-13. Manager Liam McGuigan admits his side are big underdogs going into the last four, as they await a draw that will see them face serious opposition no matter what the outcome. “We’d prefer to avoid Foxrock Cabinteely, who are obviously the standard bearer for ladies football in Dublin at the moment,” McGuigan said of the semi-final, which will take place only once the Dublin senior ladies’ campaign to maintain their All Ireland is over. “We’d be underdogs against St Brigid’s or Crokes, too, though. We’ve been building our youth section for the last few years, and this is the result of that. “It’s really starting to pay off. A lot of our young players are still playing minors, and maybe eight of them will be next year, too.

“This is a side for the future, one that’s been sat just outside the top few in Dublin. We’ll see what we can do this year, but we’re looking to the the long term. This is just our first time in the quarter finals” McGuigan’s side will be joined by Kilmacud Crokes in the county semi-final, with the Stillorgan side also considered a strong, rising, youth-led outfit. They saw off regular finalists Bally-

boden St Enda’s by a surprisingly comfortable 1-16 to 0-10 that bodes well for their title challenge. Other possible opponents for the Tallaght side are the two Dublin ladies’ football big guns of recent years, threetimes consecutive title winners Foxrock Cabinteely, and their traditionally strongest challengers (and ferociously on-form) St Brigid’s. The draw will take place in the coming week.

FORMER Dublin footballers and current Masters players, Peadar Andrews, Ray Cosgrove and Shane Ryan were on hand to assist AIG with the announcement of their new partnership with the Dublin Masters Football Team this week. After a five-year absence, Dublin have re-entered the Masters competition; an over 40s football competition that provides an opportunity for former intercounty players and active club players to represent their county once again or for the first time. The 2018 Dublin Masters side is managed and coached by former Dublin Junior, Cavan and Louth boss Val Andrews with the assistance of Gary O’Connell and Keith Crossan from Erin’s Isle. The team have had a successful start to their season, beating Westmeath in their opening game and will have their second outing this coming Saturday when they face Galway in Parnell’s GAA Club. For more information on the Dublin Masters side, follow their dedicated Facebook page: dublingaelicmasters.

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O’Gorman hits century as WC dream disappears  DAVE DONNELLY

PEAMOUNT United’s Áine O’Gorman reached a remarkable milestone i n h e r i n te r n a t i o n a l career on Tuesday as she picked up her 100th cap for Ireland against Norway. There was disappointment for the Irish team as they were beaten 1-0 in Stavanager – a result that ended their interest in qualifying for next summer’s World Cup in France. It was sadness laced with pride for O’Gorman, however, as she took to the field for her centenary game in an Irish shirt. T h e h o n o u r wo u l d have come sooner for the Peamount striker but for a medial knee ligament injury sustained in the opening game of qualifying against Northern Ireland. Damage sustained in a 50/50 challenge would u l t i m a te l y ke e p t h e then-UCD Waves player out for the remainder of the season – including an FAI Cup final date with Cork City. The last two internationals have seen her pressed into action in the unfamiliar position of left back, due to the absence of Manchester City’s Megan Campbell and player of the year Harriet Scott. O’Gorman – who is one of the senior players in the squad despite only having just turned 29 – took up the position with

Aine O’Gorman prior to the first meeting with Norway this week. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“Hopefully in my career, we can make that step into a major tournament.” minimal fuss despite being more comfortable in the attacking third. She was substituted late on as Ireland manager Colin Bell opted to go for break with a third pair of fresh legs up front, but the Girls in Green fell just short. After the game, she was presented with a golden cap by Bell, who spoke about the qualities he feels she embodies. He said: “We had a player coming on, mak-

ing her first appearance [Isibeal Atkinson], replacing a player that is receiving her 100th cap. “You can be really proud of that, Áine. Not many players, male or female, can actually say they’ve achieved such a fantastic thing, to represent your country on some many occasions. “You typify the typical Irish mentality. You never give up, you work as hard as you can, you’d run yourself into the

ground if need. You’d run through a brick wall if asked to.” O ’G o r m a n a d d e d : “There are probably loads of girls in this room who are going to get 100 caps, like Dee [O ’ S u l l i v a n ] , Ty l e r [Toland]. Hopefully in my career we can make that step into a major tournament.” The fitness instructor has been in fine form for Peamount in the Women’s National League as

she comfortably settled back into a second spell in west Dublin. Seven goals in eight games – including a double in the opening day win over Shelbourne and a hat-trick against Cork – saw the Peas race into an early-season lead. Ireland have one more match to come in their group – a dead rubber against Northern Ireland in Tallaght in September – but it’s been a campaign full of positivity

for Ireland. Three wins from their opening three games was followed up by a battling scoreless draw away to the European champions the Netherlands in Eindhoven. Ireland went into their April meeting with the Dutch in Tallaght level on points at the top of the group but defeat there and back-to-back losses to Norway have seen the campaign tail off.

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