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DUBLIN will paint Croke Park a special shade of blue this weekend, as both the men’s and ladies’s footballers take to headquarters in search of special pieces of history. On Saturday evening, Jim Gavin’s heroes are lining up a second shot at becoming the first county to complete the drive for five. Their first meeting with Kerry a fortnight ago was an epic for the ages; an injurytime equaliser keeping alive the metropolitan hopes of their place in the record books. Saturday’s replay at 6pm promises to be another monumental battle – one to bring the city to a standstill, with sky-blue adorning every corner inside and outside of Croker. A day later, Mick Bohan’s women’s team are gunning for their third All-Ireland win in succession, too, with a huge crowd also in the offing. Rare old times in the storied history of Dublin GAA! Read our ladies’s football All-Ireland final preview on PAGE 31; our men’s final preview is on PAGE 32.
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LOCAL TD has blasted Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, saying he is not capable of solving the homeless crisis. Dublin South West TD, Seán Crowe, also said children and families are suffering because of the Minister’s inability and inaction. The local Sinn Fein TD was commenting on the latest figures from the Department of Housing that, revealed there are over 10,000 people in Ire- Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy land homeless for the past everything we can to get children in emergency approach coming from six months in a row. July figures were up for people out of homeless- accommodation across the Minister and his govthe first time in recent ness but the increase the state has risen since ernment. months, with a total of in July, shows that this the last set of figures “Minister Murphy and 10,275 people in emer- remains a huge chal- were released,” Deputy his government are cleargency accommodation in lenge,” Crowe said. ly not up to the task of Ireland; 6,497 adults and “There are fewer fami“1,265 families in Dub- solving the housing and 3,778 children. lies and children in emer- lin, representing almost homelessness crisis. There was also an gency accommodation 2,800 children, are cur“Their devotion to the increase in the number today than this time last rently trapped in home- private market is shortof families, with 1,721 year,” he said. lessness and it’s innocent sighted and only leading recorded in July up 35 on Deputy Crowe, however children and their fami- to a greater problem, with the previous month. says that the disturbing lies who are suffering spiralling rents and a subIn a statement that homeless figures are evi- because of his inaction sequent lower standard of accompanied the figures, dence the Housing Minis- and inability to tackle living for families across Minister for Housing ter is not able for the job. the crisis. the state. “We know that once Eoghan Murphy said: “But there is no sense “Their rebuilding Ire“We continue to do again the number of of urgency and no new land plan is not deliver-
ing. “We need a different approach that will deliver more housing, deal with the chronic shortage of affordable and social housing, create security of tenure, and prioritise and end the housing and homeless crisis.” Crowe said the government’s treatment of children must also be looked at. “The government, we are informed, are ‘disappointed’ in the levels of homeless and the latest direct provision figures, but that will be cold comfort to these children and their families. “Children are suffering, and the government are doing absolutely nothing to dispel the lack of hope and the sense of hopelessness for those caught up in homelessness or socalled temporary accommodation.” Dublin Gazette contacted Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and the Department of Housing for a comment regarding Sean Crowe’s comments but hadn’t received a reply at the time of going to press.
Taskforces face financial struggle
FIANNA FÁIL’S Spokesperson on National Drugs Strategy, Dublin Mid West TD John Curran, raised the financial challenges facing local and regional drug and alcohol taskforces at his party’s annual Fianna Fáil Think-In this week. “Things have dramatically changed in the 22 years since the State acknowledged, that ‘Ireland’s drug problem is primarily an opiates problem - mainly heroin and is principally a Dublin phenomenon,” Deputy Curran said. “That is by no means an accurate reflection of the current situation. “Demand has soared, patterns in use have changed but the impact of drugs, including alcohol on problem users, their families and the communities they live in has never been more obvious. “We must radically change our approach and establish a national educational, awareness campaign in tandem with delivering on the recommendations set out in the National Drugs Strategy. “Not just in classrooms or lecture theatres but in workplaces, at the bus stop or while flicking through the TV channels,” he said.
Call to add litter warnings to cigarette packaging LITTER warnings on cigarette packages could help reduce the serious problem of cigarette waste which is destroying our environment believes local Fine Gael councillor, Emer Higgins. “We have seen welcome progress in driving down the number of smokers in Ireland” Cllr Higgins said. “Last year the Healthy Ireland Survey found that the prevalence of smoking had dropped to 20%. However, despite this success, cigarette waste still accounts for a massive proportion of litter nationally. “The 2018 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System Report showed that cigarette items make up 54.4% of all litter. “We can see it almost everywhere we go, on our streets and in our parks and playgrounds, and it is a major blight on our environment.” Cllr Higgins thinks the way to combat this particular waste crisis, is by looking at the approach taken to warn people of the
health risks of smoking. “It’s clear we need to reassess how we tackle this problem overall, and I believe we should examine the idea of adding compulsory litter warnings to cigarette packets,” she said. “We have seen the positive effects of the health warnings on cigarette packets and I believe there is scope for using this, approach to educate people about the harmful effects of their discarded cigarette ends on the environment. It is absolutely imperative that such a move would not in any way diminish the impact of the health warnings, but adding some impactful information about the harmful effects of cigarette waste to packaging could encourage smokers to think twice about discarding their butts. “As the public become more environmentally aware generally, I think now it’s time to tackle this problem head on,” Cllr Higgins concluded.
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TALLAGHT: CELEBRATING THE VERY BEST IN WRITING
Poet Laureate launches Red Line Book Fest PADRAIG CONLON
Kate Bagnall and Bobbi Beattie
Local students sweep the board at science competition TWO local students were judged best in the world at a recent science competition in Malaysia. Kate Bagnall and Bobbi Beattie from The King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown were victorious at the World Statistics Congress 2019, which was held in Kuala Lumpur. The girls claimed first prize in the junior category of the International Statistical Literacy Project Poster Competition, run by the International Association of Statistical Education (IASE) in collaboration with the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP). They won with their submission titled “Using Statistics to Investigate Changing Use of Language in Irish Primary students’ writing after 80 years”. Their teacher, Ciaran O’Connor, oversaw the project. Their victory at this very prestigious competition is a great achievement by these two brilliant young local students who took on the world and won. Bobbi and Kate’s project was created by using meticulous research on writings from Kate’s primary school, Kentstown National School in Kells, that has been archived for 80 years and compared to current primary school children’s. They found many fascinating differences in how children describe people in their community and the world around them, particularly around gender and occupation. Students from Bulgaria and South Korea placed second and third respectively, with an honourable mention going to the Spanish team for their entry. The poster competition attracted entries from around 15,000 students, from 37 different countries, across all continents, including Ireland, the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia and across Europe. Ireland also won the senior category, with Irish students from Bandon Grammar School, County Cork, with their poster titled “A Statistical Analysis of the Accuracy of 5-day Forecasts in Predicting Hot vs Cold Temperatures. This is the first year in which Irish entries have won both the junior and senior categories simultaneously, and it shows the high standard of work being produced by Irish students. Both the junior and senior winning entries receive a prize of €450. Bobbi and Kate previously took home two prizes in January for their BTYSE Entry, Category Winners Social & Behavioural Sciences and Irish Special Research Award, for the same project.
UK Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage launched the 2019 Red Line Book Festival with a special poetry reading at Rua Red, Tallaght on Wednesday. This year’s Festival will run from October 7 to 13 in venues across South County Dublin. Held in October each year, the festival celebrates the very best in local, national and international writing. An initiative of South Dublin Libraries and Arts, the Red Line Book Festival brings local, national and international authors, alongside talks, workshops, theatrical productions and creative writing competitions, to venues across South County Dublin.
Details of this year’s exciting programme have been announced, bringing together some of the greats of the literary world, as well as an array of exciting new voices. Some of those in the line-up include Irish Laureate for Fiction Sebastian Barry, Laureate na nOg Sarah Crossan, Kevin Barry, Sarah Webb, Alison Spittle, Joseph O’Connor, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Colm O’Regan and Laura Dodsworth. Speaking at the launch, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr Vicky Casserly said: “The Festival continues to enrich the literary and cultural life of South Dublin, by attracting both fresh new voices and household names and offering a programme
for readers of all interests and ages. “I invite everyone to participate in as many events as possible.” Highlights of the Festival’s Signature Series include Joseph O’Connor and Kevin Barry in conversation with Rick O’Shea, Laureate for Fiction Sebastian Barry in conversation with Dermot Bolger, as well as evenings with Hugo Hamilton and Christine Dwyer Hickey. The announcement of the winner of the 2019 TU Dublin Red Line Book Festival Short Story Competition, judged by June Caldwell, takes place as part of a dedicated Short
UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage
Story Night, which also includes a panel discussion of The Art of Brevity. There are lots of events for children to cater to budding bookworms. Moon + Sixpence Theatre’s Jacqueline & The Beanstalk is a retelling of the classic story that turns the gender stereotyping of traditional fairy tales on its head. Aga Grandowicz, the woman behind Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling
Compendium of Irish Animals, will host workshops in English and Polish, while Sarah Webb, Judi Curtin and Oisín McGann lead a fun-filled exploration of Irish history as part of Magical History Tour. Tickets for all festival events can be booked at redlinebookfestival.ie Join the conversation online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram using #RedLineBookFest
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MARKING SIX DECADES AS HUSBAND AND WIFE
Celebrating 60 years of marriage together PADRAIG CONLON
Doing their part to try to help businesses prepare for Brexit TANAISTE and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, was happy to join Minister of State for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, to launch the Getting Your Business Brexit Ready: Practical Steps publication at Enterprise Ireland’s International Markets Week recently. The publication is part of the Government’s push to try to help businesses
prepare for Brexit and the potential risk of a British No Deal exit from the EU on October 31. Covering several key areas, the publication examines the likely impact on Ireland in the event of a No Deal Brexit, and runs through the action that businesses can, and should, be taking now to attempt to mitigate the withdrawal’s impact. See the booklet at gov.ie/brexit for further information. Picture: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic
A LUCAN couple celebrating 60 years of marriage say the secret to wedded bliss is don’t take life too seriously. Last week, Peter Brady and Patty Dobbs of Dodsboro were joined by family and friends in Kenny’s of Lucan to celebrate their six decades as husband and wife. They were joined by the huge extended Dobbs and Brady family, as well as several of their many friends for a great afternoon of catching up, stories and laughter. Luckily, the sun came out in the afternoon and the party spilled out into Kenny’s courtyard where everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ. The party started at 3pm, and then moved into Kennys lounge where they partied until late in the evening. Peter and Patty met in the Premier Cinema Lucan (later the Grove) in October 1952 where Patty worked as an Usherette. Peter, a brilliant mimic, imitating Kevin Anderson (the boss) loudly complained on the balcony of the cinema “Young Lady, you are not doing that
right, check with the customers where they would like to be seated”. It was quite dark in the cinema and Patty thought it was her boss Kevin and got a bit of a fright. She soon found out it was Peter, when she heard everyone falling around laughing. She forgave him and they started dating. Patty and Peter both say, “don’t take life too seriously”. It certainly did the trick, they are together almost 70 years and married for 60. Peter’s family are many generations in Leixlip and Patty many generations in Lucan. Peter and Patty holi-
dayed for their honeymoon in Salthill and then moved home into Dodsboro Cot-
tages, Lucan where they have lived very happily for 60 years.
Peter Brady and Patty Dobbs on their Honeymoon and (inset) 60th wedding anniversary
Get up and get Inspired IF you’re looking for inspiration to live healthier, then check out a very special local event this weekend. Inspired@SouthDublin, which takes place in Corkagh Park this Saturday (14th) from 11 am to 4 pm, is a health and wellbeing event for all the community. Part of South Dublin County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Week 2019, the event will have three
separate themes – Inspire Us, Inspired Sport, and Inspired Wellness and will be packed with activities for people of all ages and abilities. Jo i n i n g In s p i re d @ SouthDublin for a series of sports talks will be a host of sports stars like World Champion Boxer Kellie Harrington, Olympic Silver medallist Kenneth Egan and Ireland’s European Youth Olympic Champion Rhasidat Adeleke. Dave and Steve Flynn from The Happy Pear will offer a food demonstration and talk while Kate McDaid, Nutritionist with Dublin GAA’s Senior Ladies and Longford Senior Men’s teams will offer her insights with a nutri-
tion talk. Visitors can also take part in various sport demos, mini-games or skills competitions to encourage active participation and interaction. Information will be provided on how various sports can be adapted to include the participation of people with disabilities. This event is accessible to all ages and abilities, with food stalls, play areas for children, face painters and balloon makers. The event will conclude with a FREE Colour Run at 4 pm. Inspired@SouthDublin Health and Wellness Festival is a ticketed event. Free tickets can be booked by visiting http:// inspiredsouthdublin.ie/
Cllr Kenneth Egan, Ian Farrell (SDCSP) Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr Vicki Casserly, Kellie Harrington (Boxing Champion), Thos McDermott (SDCSP) and Lorna Robinson (Dublin’s Outdoors)
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GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Kazbo Ouyang and Fiona Xzang
Robyn Tracy is delighted to be starting her first day. Pictures: Alison O’Hanldon
Some first-day fun at school A
Hassau and Yusra Haji
NY NERVES over the first day of school for Junior Infant pupils at Lucan Educate Together NS were soon forgotten once the little children began to settle in to ‘big school’. Many of the parents were much more
nervous and apprehensive about the big day than their kids, with the school at Ballyowen seeing emotions running high for some mums and dads and other grown-ups dropping off the kids. But for most people, whatever their
age, the day and the moment were full of fun and excitement, with most of the kids eager and happy to get on with school. Best of luck to all the fine young citizens of Lucan starting off on their great education journey ahead!
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BID TO RAISE €100,000 FOR CHARITY
It’s Good To Talk in aid of Pieta House! EVERY Friday for the month of September when you by a hot drink at Marks and Spencer cafes, one euro will be donated to Pieta House. Celebrating 40 years in Ireland this year, Marks and Spencer are hoping to raise €100,000 for the mental health charity. The retailer has been raising money since January through various in-store activities and has now started a major fundraising drive for the month of September to help achieve its goal.
All money raised through the fundraise will support the Pieta House Resilience Academy - a mental health programme offered to second year students in secondary schools nationwide. The money will enable Pieta House Resilience Academy facilitator teams to reach 30 extra schools and nearly 3,500 more students across the country. So why not pick a Friday in September, invite a friend and visit any of the M&S cafes throughout Ireland. It’s good to talk!
New Wolves in the Woods habitat opens in the zoo DUBLIN Zoo has opened “Wolves in the Woods”, a large and stimulating new habitat which will be home to the pack of seven grey wolves. Featuring a stunning water feature, a dedicated feeding area and three visitor observation points where visitors to the Zoo can observe the wolves, the space is over 4,000 metres squared in size and
was inspired by the natural habitat of the grey wolf. Dublin Zoo’s team leader, Ciara McMahon said: “I am delighted to say that the wolf pack have adapted to their new habitat very quickly. “They are very comfortable and confident in their new surroundings”. Pictures: Patrick Bolger
Irish rugby legend Paul O’Connell
Rugby legend is calling on everyone to join Big Brunch IRISH rugby legend, Paul O’Connell has joined up with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) to host a Big Brunch and is calling on others to join in, sign up and raise funds for a worthwhile cause. The Big Rugby Brunch campaign was created by the IHF to help support its end-of-life and bereavement care programmes and services. With the Rugby World Cup just around the corner (September 20 – November 2), the foundation is asking people to organise a brunch for family, friends or colleagues while watching the games. Irish and Munster legend, Paul O’Connell is looking for supporters
to answer the call, saying: “While you’re supporting our lads in Japan, you can also be doing your part to support end-of-life care in Ireland. “Pick any game and invite your friends, family or colleagues around for a tasty brunch and ask them to make a donation to a great cause.” Money raised will go towards the IHF’s work, including the Nurses for Night Care service for people with non-cancer related illnesses. The service provides nursing care, practical supports and reassurance for people and their families in the last days of their lives at home. Demand for Nurses for Night Care has already increased by 20%
in 2019. Director of Fundraising at the IHF, Helen McVeigh said the Nurses for Night Care is an invaluable service. “Through Nurses for Night Care, we are able to support over 600 families every year all over Ireland. “Our vital programme also support children, adults, families and staff in hospitals, nursing homes and residential care settings across the country. “By hosting an IHF Big Rugby Brunch, you will make such a difference to people approaching the end of their lives and those grieving their loss.”
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CLONDALKIN: SEAN BEING TRANSPORTED TO A SPECIALIST FACILITY IN ENGLAND RACE
Sean Cox begins next stage in rehabilitation journey PADRAIG CONLON
SEAN Cox, the Clondalkin man who suffered severe injuries in an unprovoked attack in Liverpool last year, begins the next stage in his rehabilitation journey this week. After almost eighteen months of treatment in Ireland, Sean is being transported to a specialist neurological facility in the north of England for an initial twelve week rehabilitation programme focussed on developing Seán’s speech and movement. Providing an update on Sean’s condition, his wife Martina Cox said: “Sean has made progress over the past eighteen months, but it is extremely slow. He finds it very difficult to express himself verbally and, while it seems he can hear and understand more, his speech remains very challenged. “It is unlikely that he will never walk again which is difficult to accept for someone as active as Seán used to be.” “On the positive side, he remains an avid sports fan and is always in a great mood when watching Dublin GAA or Liverpool on the television.
“We are about to start a renovation of our house in Dunboyne, which will hopefully be finished by Christmas, making it wheelchair accessible and installing specialist equipment, which will mean Sean can spend time in the family home rather than continually being in a hospital environment.” “Being able to bring Seán to England for rehabilitation and, in time, having him spend more time in our adapted home, is all privately funded and has been made possible by the generosity of so many people and organisations who took Seán into their hearts. “The Cox family remain hugely grateful on Sean’s behalf for the ongoing show of support.” This October, while in the UK, Sean and his family will make an emotional return to Anfield to watch his beloved Reds play, attending the game as a guest of Liverpool FC’s CEO Peter Moore. The Support Sean campaign is also delighted to announce that comedian John Bishop, a lifelong Liverpool fan, will host a show in January 2020 in the Three Arena, Dublin in order to raise much-needed funds for Sean’s future care.
Sean with wife Martina Cox
Get set for 60th Liffey Descent
THE Liffey Descent, Ireland’s iconic canoe marathon race, takes place this Saturday for the 60th time in its illustrious history. Started back in 1959 as an inter-club event, the race now attracts paddlers from all over of the world and is a major event on the international calendar. Paddlers will test their skills, as they negotiate 10 weirs and 1 portage along the 32 kilometre stretch of the Liffey from the starting point at the K Club in Kildare to the finish line at the Garda Rowing Club, Islandbridge. Premium spots are at the bridge in Straffan, just down from the start and at Lucan weir. Live streaming of the start and finish is on offer at www.facebook.com/ liffeydescent.
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GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Lauren, Tighe and Rosie Campbell with Oliver the Owl. Pictures: Simon Peare
Lucan festival leaves all with a big smile Niamh Honer and Conor O’Brien
HIS year’s Lucan Festival featured lots of new events including a Viking Village, bouncy castle, the Asgard stage in front of Carroll’s Pub, the Valhalla Stage in front of Jimmy Stagg Bike shop, craft stalls and food stalls, a garda display and a duck race.
Regina, Tom, Grace, Zoe and Lauren Birch
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Mantas Vencius and Max. Pictures: www.simonpearephotography.com Raymond Greaney, Adam McGarry, Steven Caswell, Aoife O’Regan and Daire O’Regan
Laurn O’Rourke and Jake
From right: Paul Byrne, Austin McGeough, Aidan Griffin, Maurice Dore, Yvonne O’Malley and Claire Griffin
Nuala Byrne, Mark Heaney, Ciara Pakenhan-Barry and Shane O’Neill
Shiela Prior and Joe Byrne
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WHEREVER YOUR INTERESTS LIE, THE CULTURE NIGHT PROGRAMME HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER
Captivating Culture Night to take over Dublin for one big night PADRAIG CONLON
CULTURE Night returns to Dublin this month when, once again, local venues will open their doors for loads of exciting free late-night entertainment. The theme for this year’s event is “Wrap Up in Culture” and tens of thousands are expected to attend on Friday September 20th. Now in its fourteenth year, Culture Night Dublin 2019 is the biggest programme to date with over 300 venues hosting over 500 events for both locals and visitors to enjoy. This year, festival goers can watch a film at an outdoor cinema in the Digital Hub, attend Dublin Flea Night Market or take in an exhibition
“Time As Form”, a collection of works by asylum seekers and refugee artists. I r e l a n d ’s n e w e s t museum, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), will also officially open its doors for the first time at 5pm on the day. The National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks will once more be hosting RTE’s flagship Culture Night event. Hosting Historic Clarke Square at Collins Barracks will light up as RTE presents an evening of free live family entertainment from 7.30pm to 10pm, featuring a mix of live music, spoken word, dance and performances. The line-up features
both established and emerging Irish artists, and special guests, in the company of the RTEConcert Orchestra. Singer Lisa Hannigan will be performing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art while Artistic Liberties will tell the story of the historic Liberties area through photographs. Events Irish language events will also take place which include tours of Conradh na Gaeilge and an evening of Irish set and Ceili dancing lessons and trad music at Aras Chronain Ionad Cultuir in Clondalkin. Complimentary Dublin Bus routes will also be provided to bring people to their cultural destination.
Over 4,000 free events will be taking place all over the country on the night, with everything from animation and light projections to readings and open-air concerts. Events will also be taking place in Abu Dhabi, Paris and Leeds. Organised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht along with arts offices, local authorities and cultural organisations, Culture Night has grown from a smallsca l e c u l t u ra l eve n t staged only in Dublin in 2006, to a massive national celebration which organisers say was attended by over 400,000 people last year. Advice Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Office, has the following advice to festival goers planning on attending Culture Night Dublin 2019. “Seek out the culture around every corner, as you chart your own path through the city’s different cultural quarters,” he said. “ E n c o u n t e r s h o wstopping spectacle, learn about hidden histories, dabble in different workshops and embark on thrilling tours. “Wherever your interests lie, the Culture Night programme has something to offer.” The full programme of events can be found on the Culture Night website.
GAA Museum & Croke Park Stadium. Picture: Allen Kiely
The Digital Hub, Arts and Crafts / Film
Following Her Path: A Walking Tour of Ireland’s Remarkable Women
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FOLLOW THE ERNE UP TO SOME STAYCATION BLISS: CONCLUDING
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BRAND-NEW RETRO: We take a look at the third collabora-
an unofficial trilogy focusing on staycation charms across or along the Border, this week we’re dipping a metaphorical toe in the waters of the Erne. Page 20
MAGAZINE tive collection from actress Zendaya and designer Tommy Hilfiger, that premiered at a stunning NYFW show last Sunday. P21
LET DUBLIN GAZETTE NEWSPAPERS TAKE YOU ON A TOUR OF THE NEWS AND EVENTS ACROSS THE CITY AND COUNTY
Sharing a giggle at a festival launch SIBLINGS Adrien and Jasmine Tessier shared a giggle as they helped launch the ninth edition of the Red Line Book Festival, which takes place from October 7-13. Taking place at County Library, Tallaght, the festival will bring local, national and international authors to venues across south Dublin, with a programme of talks, workshops, a writer in residence programme, creative writing
competitions and more. The line-up includes Irish Laureate for Fiction Sebastian Barry, Laureate na nOg Sarah Crossan, Kevin Barry, Sarah Webb, Alison Spittle, Joseph O’Connor, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Colm O’Regan and Laura Dodsworth, making it a must-go event for literary fans across the city. For further information, see redlinebookfestival.ie. Picture: Julien Behal Photography
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A voice of independence The uncompromising passion of Amanda Palmer
FROM years as a statuesque street performer handing flowers to passers by, to marrying famed author Ne il Gaiman, Amanda Palmer’s life has been almost as unconventional as her musical career. The latter, traversing theatrical duo The Dresden Dolls, and finding TED talk fame in talking about how she connects with audiences, has ultimately thrived on swimming upstream. For the past few years, Palmer’s solo work has taken some unconventional roads. She’s been accompanied on tour by an ever
changing cast of local musicians who she brings on stage for impromptu jams, replacing her backing band night after night. She plays guerilla gigs in parks and at roadsides for fans who can’t afford tickets, or simply want to see her twice. She’s spoken openly about empathy, and about her trio of abortions, then later explored the complexities of parenthood and raised money through a committed team of
15,000 personal backers. Being away from a label, she’s found, is a real route to independence and personal control. Of her current record, she says: “I’m really good at forgiving myself, which is the theme of the show. “I’ve been touring for so long that I’ve found an approach to stage work that involves never being bored. “If you’re going to do this job for decades, you’ve got to figure out a way to love getting on stage every night, or you just won’t last, or [you’ll] become really grumpy. “I like it too much to ever want to feel like I’m
SEPTEMBER 12 (THURSDAY)
Julia Michaels @ Olympia Theatre, €25 Zaska @ Whelan’s, €15 Fox Jaw @ The Workman’s Club, €5 Bonniesongs @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €11
SEPTEMBER 13 (FRIDAY)
Peter Hook & The Light @ The Academy, €28 FM104’s Big Gig @ Olympia Theatre, €40
just closing my eyes and doing a routine.” Of her deeply personal new album, There Will Be No Intermission, she says: “Some things haven’t changed since the early days of The Dresden Dolls. “My connection with the actual human beings who come to see me is a massive ingredient in my ability to get up there every night and tear my heart out of my chest. “I wouldn’t want to do it alone. “I know there’s a real element of catharsis in it, not just for me, but for everyone who’s watching. “The crowdfunding has really changed things.
This kind of thing is actually really hard to describe to people, because I think people think about crowdfunding, Kickstarter, Patreon – they think about the financial side of it all. “They don’t think about the vast emotional connection that it gradually fosters between me and all these people. “I try to write about this, and I also talk about it in the stage show. It’s really hard to explain what it does to an artist to be solely and unconditionally trusted and supported. “I didn’t even quite realise what I was getting into when I started using
Nerves @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €5 Aitch @ The Academy 2, SOLD OUT Chewing On Tinfoil @ The Grand Social, SOLD OUT
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Mary Black @ Olympia Theatre, SOLD OUT Katie Kim @ The Workman’s Club, €10 King Khan’s @ The Grand Social, FREE Edwyn Collins @ Liberty Hall
patronage; I just thought it would be a reliable way of gathering people together and getting paid regularly. “It turned the flame way up on my ability to be brave in my artwork. “I knew that I wasn’t going to have to run songs about abortion and miscarriage past guys at the boardroom table at a major label, who were just going to listen to this kind of material and roll their eyes, thinking: ‘What are we going to do with this? It won’t play well on radio’. “I sort of knew that intellectually, but making this record – knowing that I had 15,000
Theatre, €30 Fur @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €13
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Kojaque @ The Academy, SOLD OUT Ruairi De Leastar @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €11
SEPTEMBER 16 (MONDAY)
Off Book Podcast @ Whelan’s, €23 Steve Gunn @ Lost Lane, €18
SEPTEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY)
people unconditionally supporting it, no matter what was on it, and that it was already pre-sold, that I could say and write anything – was a level of artistic liberation that I’ve never felt before. “I’m getting older and less afraid in every department. But this has fast-tracked me to a place of really hardcore authenticity. “There’s no dude in Marketing to tell me that a ten-minute song to kick off a record is a bad idea.” Amanda Palmer plays the National Concert Hall on October 24, with tickets starting at €27.50.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ Olympia Theatre, €34 Mexican instrumental guitarists Rodrigo Y Gabriela made their name, in part, on the streets of Dublin busking, which promises to make their return on tour all the more special for fans, and newcomers too. Pat Silke @ The Sugar Cub, €10 Brand New Friend @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €12 Father! @ Workman’s Club, €5
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WHAT’S BIG IN MUSIC, CINEMA, TV AND ONLINE While some locals look to the future, others may not be able to shake off their troublesome pasts ... WHAT’S next for the residents of our favourite Dublin suburb? Our special preview will give you some of the highlights and low points that’ll hit Carrigstown this week ... AS FESTIVAL prep gets under way, Carol rallies the troops to get everything ready. She becomes irritated over a complaint that the King and Queen competition is not inclusive and renames the competition. Bob suggests Renee extend an olive branch to Dolores, and she tries to make peace by donating her wedding dress again, but the selling of the dress leaves a bad taste in Bob’s mouth. Sharon and Hayley bond over plans for Hayley’s 30th birthday. Sharon is shocked to see Ger in Phelan’s and makes a quick exit, but tries to cover her fear from her family. Sharon warns Ger to stay away from her family, but is left reeling from Ger’s unexpected reaction.
CINEMA | IT: CHAPTER TWO CONCLUDES THE
Killer clown’s return may make a box office killing SHANE DILLON
Barry O’Hanlon returns home, with him and Paul sharing a warm reunion where Barry tells Paul that he plans on living in Carrigstown. However, when someone brands him a murderer in the street and there’s an incident at the festival, Barry realises it won’t be easy settling back into Carrigstown. Will’s isolation escalates when Cristiano doesn’t answer his phone, and he’s then gutted to learn Phoebe is leaving to take up a hockey scholarship in France. Darragh is annoyed when Erica unwittingly makes him a laughing stock. Anto and Sharon find an unwanted guest has joined their family dinner. Watch Fair City on RTE One on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
WITH Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker kicking up one hell of a buzz ahead of its upcoming release, a very different joker – and arguably a much darker one – has scuttled back into cinemas in the form of It: Chapter Two (Cert 16, 169 mins). It’s the sequel and concluding part to the smashhit film from a couple of years ago, which much like Pennywise/It, the murderous clown at the heart of the film, has been a real box office attraction during its brief release, to date. However, while audiences have been rushing back to see what good ol’ child-killing Pennywise has been up to, reviews haven’t been quite as enamoured of It, second time round, with a more derivative tale at the film’s heart.
The grown-up surviving members of ‘The Losers’ Club’ – reunited again to tackle an ancient evil that’s resurfaced in their home town
As the direct sequel to the earlier film, It Two concerns itself with returning to the fictional town of Derry, Maine. That’s where Pennywise/It (the ancient creature that usually appears in the guise of a clown), has resurfaced to resume a brief but bloodthirsty rampage, as It does every quarter century or so before
hibernating again. Cue the return of ‘The Losers’ Club’ – the plucky kids at the heart of the first film, now grown up and scattered to the winds as a group of very different adults, summoned back to Derry by the lone member who never left town. It’s an impressive ensemble cast, including the likes of James McAvoy,
Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, who admittedly do indeed have something of a spark between them. These ‘Losers’ aren’t exactly a radical group of ghostbusters when they meet up; their memories are lost in a fugue of forgetfulness, with their literal life-or-death childhood encounters with It seeming the stuff of night-
mares, rather than a clear and present danger. However, with It back on the prowl and delighted to have lured its earlier targets back to town as adults, it’s not long before It starts a killing spree again, promoting the remaining Losers to try to stop It, once and for all ... It Two does a great job of reestablishing the feeling and lore of the first film, with a great cast, and Bill Skarsgard, as Pennywise/ It, revelling again in his sinister role. However, sometimes less is more, and in ramping up its occasional gore and monster quota, with just a dash of gratuitously distasteful cruelty, the end result is a generally satisfying conclusion, but not quite the more insidious fairground attraction it might have been. Verdict: 7/10
Inhaler show their Honest Face in candid interview GARY IBBOTSON
“YEAH, we’re looking forward to an incredibly gnarly Monday morning,” says Robert Keating, the bassist of Irish four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band, Inhaler. “We just flew in, we just got in today. This weekend is our only break before Christmas so we’re doing the whole festival experience,” added Eli Hewson, frontman and vocalist of the group. Inhaler were speaking at Electric Picnic prior to their Saturday afternoon gig at the Rankin’s Wood stage, a step up from their previous year’s performance at a much smaller tent. “It’s our second year playing and third year here as punters. We’re staying until Monday,” said Hewson. “Yeah, we’re going for it,” Keating confirmed. Settling on their current lineup in 2016 while still in school, the band’s other two members comprise Josh
Gary Ibbotson (second right) with Inhaler: Eli Hewson, Josh Jenkinson, Robert Keating and Ryan McMahon
Jenkinson on lead guitar and Ryan McMahon on drums. Gigging and recording guitar-driven Punk-Pop Rock ‘n’ Roll for a couple of years now, the band mates say the pursuit of a music career was partially driven by the desire to avoid the conventional adult lifestyle. “I think we wanted to be in a band
so we didn’t have to go to college, but evidently it seems like we’re doing five times the amount of work,” said Hewson, to a laugh from his fellow band members. “We’re not complaining, though – we enjoy it so much,” added Keating. Having only completed their Leaving Certificate in 2018, the band are
still very new to the constant pressures that the music business exerts. However, despite their relatively young age, they emanate composure and an assertiveness beyond their years – be that rooted in PR training or natural aplomb, however, is hard to tell. Telling me they were looking for-
ward to seeing acts such The Strokes, The 1975, Echo and The Bunnymen over the weekend, the conversation quickly turned to Otherkin and their decision to disband after seven years. “Yeah, it’s a sad day,” said drummer McMahon. “You could say they were the ones to kick this whole [recent Irish Rock music revival] thing off.” Speaking of the resurgence of Irish Rock ‘n’ Roll bands, Hewson, the son of U2’s Bono, said it’s a stimulating time. “It’s just really, really exciting to be a part of it. Everyone’s learning from each other, everyone’s friends, everyone’s really up for helping. “All the bands have a very different approach – you have When Young, The Academic, us [Inhaler], Murder Capital, Fontaines DC – Wild Youth, as well. “We want Rock ‘n’ Roll to be big because that’s the music we connect to the most.” Inhaler’s single, My Honest Face, is available on YouTube and Spotify.
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SOME OF THE THINGS THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE THIS WEEK...
Dawn delivery LAST Thursday morning, as the dawn was breaking, the city welcomed an unusual delivery – the 270-foot-long Tall Ship, Cuauhtemoc, one of the world’s tallest such ships. Thousands of people subsequently visited the Mexican ship at Sir John Robertson’s Quay over the following few days, ahead of her departure on Monday morning. Launched in 1982, the windjammer and her 257-strong crew were making their fifth visit to Irish waters, where their visit, and the magnificent ship, were given the warmest of Irish welcomes by fascinated Dubliners. Picture: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic.
Rapist tried to join Police POLICE in the American state of Georgia spent years on the hunt for a serial rapist - without realising they had recruited him as one of their force. Kenneth Thomas Bowen III was connected to seven rapes and one sexual battery through DNA over the course of more than four years. He was previously a Clayton County Police Academy Recruit in June 2018, but was ultimately fired from the force last September for repeatedly showing up late
to training, and lying about where he was. “Upon arriving, he gave multiple statements that differed as to where he was and who he was with. And I found that to be untruthful and a reason to remove him from our academy,” Clayton County Police Department Chief Kevin Roberts said last Wednesday. “In actuality, had he not attempted to join the ranks of the Clayton County Police Department, it’s questionable as to when we would have apprehended him.”
DOG OF THE WEEK DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. This week’s dog of the week is Sidney, a very affectionate and playful three-year-old pit bull terrier. His favourite thing in life is spending time with people and playing with his toys. Sidney loves his daily walks in the Rehoming Centre, but he is quite an adventurous spirit and also loves going on walks to places he’s never been before. Sidney loves seeing doggie friends when out and about, but his excitement can sometimes be a bit full-on, so his potential family will need to work on his impulse control. He is looking for a family who will
shower him with love and let him be the centre of attention! Sidney loves people so much that he would love a home with someone who spends a lot of time in the house, so he can be their sidekick. He is an amazing dog who has won the hearts of everyone in Dogs Trust, and he will be a great addition to his future family. If you have room in your heart and home for Sidney then please contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/dogstrustirelandonline or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. (Remember: Always have your dog on a lead when in public.)
Veteran (96) ‘breaks own diving record’
A 96-year-old celebrated his recent birthday by breaking his own record as the world’s oldest active scuba diver for the third year in a row. World War Two veteran, Ray Woolley dived to a depth of 42.4 metres for 48 minutes, the equivalent of a 15-storey building, to explore a shipwreck off Cyprus. He beat his own previous record of 40.6 meters for 44 minutes. “Its just unbelievable,” Wooley said following his epic dive. I’ve been diving now for 59 years and these are the sort of dives that you remember because there are so many divers with you. If I can still dive and my buddies are willing to dive with me, I hope I can do it again,” Woolley, who is a great grandfather, lives in Cyprus and was a radio operator in World War Two. He is originally from Port Sunlight in Merseyside and had broken two previous records he held in 2017 and 2018. The Zenobia, a c a rgo ve s s e l laden with trucks that sank off of Larnaca in 1980, is a popular dive site.
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Martha The fierce fashions of the 1980’s
MARTHA GILHEANEY I BEGAN compiling a list of the most feared fashion and beauty trends of all time and in the process realised that everything, with the exception of low rise jeans which merit their own article, came from the 1980s. This piqued my interest because so do I. It’s referred to as the decade fashion forgot, but let us not forget that fashion has never been about looking good. That’s where style comes in. Fashion is about living in the moment and having fun and few decades are as fun (or funny) as the 1980s. The recent popularity of ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Glow’ has finally allowed us to unapologetically and intensely celebrate the glittery, scrunchy glad, neon glory of this decade. But this appreciation need not be confined to your tv. These trends are back! 1. Shoulder pads - These have been slowly creeping back but are set to be big by 2020. They give fabulous proportions to those with narrow or naturally sloping shoulders and I’m a fan! 2. Shell suits - Visit any trendy thrift shop today and you’ll find a wealth of them, all in demand. I prefer them as diluted down separates. 3. Bum bags - These came back with a bang a couple of years ago and are holding strong, albeit with an updated over the shoulder rather than around the waist position. I think they’re perfectly practical. 4. Perms - I haven’t met anyone with a perm yet, but I’d love one myself. Mullets, however, are a whole different story. 5. Neon - Visit Pennys and you will see brightly that it’s back. I think it’s fun, in small doses. 6. Scrunchies - First slinked onto our wrists until we were brave enough to put them back on our heads. I love scrunchies because they are so gentle on hair. 7. Blue eyeshadow - Hasn’t quite hit but is all over the runways along with pink, orange, purple and frosted varieties. I love these swashes of bright colours which are much easier and faster to apply than layers of blended neutrals. With my green eyes, I like to wear pink or purple but blue is ideal for accenting blue-eyed beauties. Martha is a Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. To find out more visit www.marthaslookingglass.com or follow Martha on Facebook/Instagram @Martha’sLookingGlass
DENIM DISCO DIVA Rachel D’Arcy, Style Editor ONE OF the UK’s biggest pop sensations in recent years has been ‘New Rules’ hitmaker Dua Lipa. In addition to her stunning vocals, however, the songstress has become a key face on the fashion scene. Now, fans of Dua and style mavens alike can get their own taste of the ‘IDGAF’ singers’ wardrobe, as she teams up with Pepe Jeans for her first ever capsule collection. Taking inspiration from her childhood growing up in London, her family and the music scene, there’s something for everyone. “I love Kate Moss, Drew Barrymore and Naomi Campbell in the
90s. I was inspired by a mixture of the 1990s and early 2000s – off duty supermodels, grunge club scene and festival vibes,” Dua said. “I really loved delving into the archives of Pepe Jeans for inspiration and having the creative freedom to reinterpret what I consider to be wardrobe staples. Creating a really great shaped t-shirt and the perfect fit jean was so fun to work on.” Featuring a range of denim styles, including jean jackets, skirts, a denim corset and three different styles of jean, Dua says that denim – specifically a solid pair of jeans – is a wardrobe stable, in addition to a glitzy dress like those that feature in the Pepe Jeans collection.
“I love jeans in all different shapes & colours. A key piece for me is the metallic silver dress – it could be worn dressed down and grunge with heavy boots, or on a night out with heels and super glamourous. I love this versatility and day to night transition,” the pop princess explains. With prices for the collection ranging from €30 to €400, there’s a versatility to the collection that ensures your investment will be worthwhile. It’s not a collection focused on trend, but rather on personal style, ensuring something for everyone. The Dua Lipa x Pepe Jeans collection is available in River Island Grafton Street, and from RiverIsland. ie.
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STYLE AND BEAUTY FOR ALL
HOME & STYLE
FASHION | ZENDAYA X TOMMY AW 19
70s cool with a deluxe twist: Meet the AW19 Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya collaboration
firstname.lastname@example.org With Autumn / Winter showcases now in full swing, one of the highlights of the season so far is the impeccable new TommyXZendaya collection from Tommy Hilfiger. Created in collaboration with the Euphoria and Greatest Showman actress, this collection will be the third collab between Hilfiger and Zendaya, who is also the global brand ambassador for the company. In a release, the collection is defined as ‘power dressing for the modern woman, with each piece designed to evoke emotions of strength and confidence’. The collection debuted at a distinctive interactive show at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New
York last Sunday during the TOMMYNOW event, receiving acclaim from critics, as well as Tommy and Zendaya’s respective fans. T h e ve n u e s e l e c tion was no mistake – it has hosted some of the world’s most iconic entertainers including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LaBelle, and The Supremes, all of whom played a role in the inspiration of the Fall collection, helping to reimagine era-defining power dressing with a bold modern edge. Meshing 70s silhouettes with classic American cool, the AW19 collection takes on a monochrome vibe this season, compared to the graffiti inspired muted vibrancy of the SS19 designs. Melting in gorgeously with the monochrome
THIS IS ZENDAYA’S third collection each having a 70s inspired twist. Think bold patterns and tailoring with a modern edge, replicant of the actresses’ own style.
cool of the collection are a fusion of different burgundy tones and vibrant metallics, delivering an unexpected edge to traditional tailoring. Creamy leathers, divine faux furs and rich velvets enhanced by metal detailing and add a luxe touch to wardrobe staples. Houndstooth sartorial tailoring elevate the timeless trench coat, narrow-waist blazer and wide-legged pants. Fro m a p p a re l a n d accessories to swimwear and underwear, the Fall 2019 TommyXZendaya collection is strong and confident, reimagining era-defining styles with a bold edge. The TommyXZendaya collection is available in Tommy Hilfiger stores across Dublin now, and online at TommyHilfiger. com.
BEAUTY | LUXE FALSE LASHES AT A BARGAIN PRICE HAVING ONLY recently been converted to the glory of false lashes, suddenly I find myself unable to live without them. Thankfully, beautiful bargain brand Catrice have released new durable, stylish, vegan and most importantly affordable styles of their Lash Couture lashes for Autumn / Winter. With styles for day and night, they’re perfect for a more natural look or that little bit of dramatic flair.
The InstaExtreme Volume lashes provide full length volume with a natural feel, perfect for those starting out in the world of falsies. With a transparent band, application of these bad boys is an absolute breeze. €4.50
For a more smokey eye effect, the Dramatica Smokey lashes are the perfect compliment for an intense eye look. The outer lashes are thicker, giving a more dramatic effect, perfect for a night on the town. €4.50
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The latest industry figures reveal how Irish travel agents have kept an impressive market relevance
Irish travel agents record a bumper €1.1bn turnover SHANE DILLON
IRISH travel agents had a particularly busy 2018, according to reports by the licensing authority for travel agents, the Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR), which shows that they turned over a hefty €1.1bn turnover. Despite the oftmooted death of the traditional travel agent as many people now book their own holidays online, the impressive turnover shows that’s anything but the case with Ireland markets. Bucking international trends, the Irish travel agent sector has held its own, adapating well to keep pace with changing and emerging trends in the travel sector – with the new
figures, released as part of CAR’s 2018 annual report, showing an impressive retention of traditional clients, as well as securing new revenue streams. On the sector’s success, Pat Dawson, chief executive of The Irish Travel Agent’s Association, said: “The travel industry has seen a lot of change in the last ten years. Many agencies have home-workers, allowing employees to have a flexible working environment to suit their lifestyles.” Recent CSO figures also support a steady growth in travel from Ireland, citing a 7.3% increase in overseas travel from January – July 2019, compared to the same period last year.
New study shows costs of most expensive beaches A NEW study has revealed the most (and least) expensive beaches to visit based on a range of financial factors, calculating the cost of popular family beach activities and amenities per person and what that means for a family of four. The results of the study by parasol supplier, We Are Promotional (available at www.wearepromotionalproducts.co.uk/least-expensive-beachesaround-world/) should be taken with a pinch of salt (or a grain of sand), with TripAdvisor reviews heavily skewing the results. Fellow coastal culchies are probably thinking of deserted beaches and strands ‘up home’ which cost €0 to go to and use, yet also have zero facilities or other attractions– but the results should be interesting reading for anyone heading away on holiday. If you’re visiting any of the following top most expensive beaches to visit (based on associated costs, such as parking, luxury beach huts and other amenities), be sure to bring a bit of loose change... Renaissance Island, Aruba, £302.50pp (or €334, converted at time of editing); Coney Island, USA (€288); South Beach, USA (€193); Bournemouth Beach, UK (€185); Biarritz, France (€161); Whitehaven Beach, Australia - (€160); Brighton Beach, UK (€158); Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands (€131); Fistrel Beach, UK (€130); and Santa Monica Beach, USA (€111).
Follow the Erne up to some staycation bliss SHANE DILLON
Travel Editor CONCLUDING an unofficial trilogy focusing on staycation charms across or along the Border, this week we’re dipping a metaphorical toe in the calming waters of the Erne. As one of the island of Ireland’s most diverse waterways, the Erne makes its way across some of the most ruggedly ancient and beautiful scenery in the Republic and Northern Ireland alike. With its huge reach, the Erne provides contemporary inhabitants of the island with an alluring waterway that’s as relevant to modern living as it was to our long-gone ancestors. And it’s very much to the fore of contemporary tourism, too, with Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism announcing the imminent return of Festival Lough Erne, a two-day celebration of local food and the Fermanagh Lakelands. Taking place on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 in and around Enniskillen, it features a bumper schedule of events both on and off the water. The schedule includes a food village packed
with tasty treats; live cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs Paula McIntyre, Adrian Martin and Glen Wheeler; cocktail masterclasses from a converted horse-box bar; a walking food and drink tour; live music; and a raft of other activities designed to keep families and even the most discerning of foodies entertained. As part of the fun, the Enniskillen Taste Experience will be navigating through the best of artisanal culinary delights that Fermanagh has to offer. Children can enjoy cupcake decorating and crafting workshops from Lough Erne Cakes and The Party Bees, while live sets and a host of traditional Irish music, brass and accordian bands, will have hits and tracks to suit all interests. While there should be more than enough to keep happy foodies busy at the festival, Enniskillen itself is also a town with a lot to take in, dominated by its striking riverside castle. It’s also a perfect base from which to explore the Fermanagh Lakelands, home to more than 150 islands dotted along the Erne, with several boathire services in the area. And, if you’re thinking of heading north to the busy
The River Erne flows through counties Fermanagh (top) and Donegal (above), which both offer very different events to enjoy. Pic: (bottom) Martin Kalvaster
festival, why not hit up the road a little further along to County Donegal, where the Erne meets the sea? After all, there’s a growing amount of people who want adventure or active holidays, or to build a staycation around an invigorating event – in which case, Gaelforce North is for them (or for you). The rugged county to the northwest of the Erne will be home on Septem-
ber 21 to the ninth annual Gaelforce North, which will offer hardy staycationers the chance to take in a challenging 63km or 45km race, involving running, cycling and kayaking past some of the most dramatic scenery on the island. Taking in parts of Glenveagh National Park and Mount Errigal in the county’s north, it’s sure to be a staycation with a difference, offering particularly
fit Travel fans the chance to see Donegal from a whole new angle. And, as a perfect finish to that race, they’ll also be able to swing by the rest of Festival Lough Erne on their way back down to the big smoke. For further information, see www.festivallougherne.com/ and gaelforceevents.com/ en/gaelforce-north-gaelforce-north.
Good news for people flying to America WITH Ireland-America flights even busier than ever, news of extra preclearance services at Dublin Airport, and Shannon, will be welcome news for the thousands of Irish people hopping over the pond. The Tanaiste, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney joined Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to welcome the revised Ireland/United States Preclearance Agreement, which allows for additional and enhanced preclearance services
at the relevant airports. While US authorities will continue to fund a baseline level of service, the additional and enhanced preclearance services including the potential for additional staff numbers, with other issues, including the designation of preclearance areas and new signage, also provided for in the amended agreement. The changes mark the end of detailed negotiations between Irish officials and their US counterparts, and will act as a further support for our significant tour-
ism and trade interests. Praising the agreement, the Tanaiste said: “I welcome the final step in strengthening the support for preclearance facilities in Ireland. “This agreement, and the Government’s support for it, will directly and positively impact air travellers transiting through Dublin and Shannon airports. “As a result of this agreement, not only will it be easier than ever to travel to the US, it will also help grow passenger numbers and help support jobs in
Irish airports, as well as support important connectivity between Ireland and the US.” Minister Ross added: “Preclearance continues to be a huge success in Ireland and this is evidenced by the 1.9 million passengers who availed of the service last year. “It’s a very valuable asset for Ireland, allowing people move more easily between Ireland and the USA, and it is a testament to the long and unique relationship between the two countries.”
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TRAVEL & FOOD
Irish Food and Drink Business Awards winners revealed at Citywest ceremony
THE winners of the 2019 Irish Food and Drink Business Awards were announced at a ceremony last Thursday at Citywest Hotel. First introduced last year by Premier Publishing and Events, the awards were established to recognise innovation and excellence across the entire food and drink industry on the island of Ireland. As a whole, the awards are a part of the National Food and Drink Business Conference and Exhibition, and aim to promote
and celebrate the best of Irish food and drink products and manufacturing. The overall winner was selected from the winners of each of the 18 awards categories – which was claimed by Freshways Ireland. The company won the Food Service Company of the Year category before being named the Food and Drink Company of the Year. Freshways Ireland also took Silver in the Food and Drink Innovation of the Year category. Other award winners included
The protein shaker that attracted two Dragons to make an investment ONE of the products at the Irish Food and Drink Business Awards (above) which caught Dublin Gazette’s eye was the quirkily named ShakeSsphere, as featured and successfully back on British business show hit, Dragon’s Den. Described as the world’s best patented shaker, the ShakeSphere saw two ‘Dragons’ make a rare investment, with their interest sparked by its take on being a shaker for fitness enthusiasts. Zero protein wastage With a unique pitch that avoids protein powder gunk and similar unwanted mess, the ShakeSphere can ‘blend’ soft fruit (such as bananas and berries) without the use of blades, and due to its design, it also leaves zero protein wastage, with the side benefit of saving customers money. By shaking any mixture in the tumbler, it passes around the hemisphere base and lid at speed, with the centrifugal force pushing the mixture around the capsule shape, and inertia breaking down the powdered mix. Available in a variety of colour ways, the ShakesPhere retails from €24.95. For further information, see www.shakesphere.com.
Java Republic (Beverage Company of the Year), Kerrygold Butter Packaging (Dairy Manufacturing Company of the Year), Manor Farm (Meat/Poultry Company of the Year), Bretzel Trading Company (Bakery/Confectionery Company of the Year), and Great Northern Distillery (Spirits Company of the Year). A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Vincent Carton, head of Manor Farm, the largest chicken processor and market leader in the
Republic of Ireland. The business can trace its roots back to 1775 when it commenced trading in the Dublin markets area, before moving in 1970 to a custom-built factory at Shercock in County Cavan. Vincent, with his brother, Justin, are the eighth generation of the Carton family to run the business, which was acquired by Sweden-based Scandi Standard, the leading chicken producer in the Nordic region, in a €70 million cash and shares deal in 2017.
The 2019 Irish Food and Drink Business Awards served up a fasctinating overview of the contemporary sector
Rathmines restaurant grabs a pizza glory for Ireland on top EU list MANIFESTO Restaurant, in Rathmines, has been named one of the best pizzerias in Europe by the prestigious 50TopPizza online guide. The restaurant, which was ranked at number 35, is owned by Lucio Paduano and is the only Irish restaurant on the list. Taking the top three places were eateries in London, Paris and Copenhagen, respectively. An anonymous team of 150 inspectors visit many restaurants across Europe to compile the list, which is updated every year. Curators of the awards include gastro scientists, culinary masters and food journalists, and the list is highly respected within the pizza community. Manifesto has a history of winning awards, with its ‘Sofia Loren’ pizza being voted the best in the world in 2010, while it’s ‘Don Corleone’ pizza was voted best in Ireland in 2011. One of its eye-catching and renowned offerings is the ‘U2 ... The Irish Flag’,
Manifesto restaurant has been named as one of the best 50 pizzerias in Europe
which features gold organic cherry tomato, mozzarella, gorgonzola and friarielli or broccoli rabe – all organised to represent the tri-colour. Paduano, who comes from Southern Italy, is a proud third-generation pizza chef and his family has been making deli-
cious pizzas since 1929. Opened since 2009, Manifesto has been a staple for south Dublin pizza-eaters for just over a decade and its interior matches the quality of its pizzas. Furnished with wooden beams and exposed brick walls, the establishment is
stylish yet rustic, knowing what it is while also not making too much of a fuss about what essentially is a simple food. Speaking about the announcement, Paduano said: “To be listed among the top 50 pizzerias in Europe is a huge honour for us.
“At Manifesto, we work so hard, using premium ingredients in all our pizzas, and being Italian, authenticity is at the heart of everything we do. “This listing recognises our hard work and effort, and myself and the whole team are extremely grateful.”
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The VW Amarok – a pick-up for all seasons DECLAN GLYNN
IN the new VW Amarok, drivers will experience the pinnacle of exclusive driving comfort on almost any terrain. It combines high ground clearance with the best body stability, along with the proven 4 MOT I O N a l l -w h e e l drive system. This results in traction in virtually every situation, even with high tensile loads and payloads. The Amarok’s 3.0litre V6 TDI engines have more than enough power to tackle the most demanding terrain, with 204bhp or 258bhp available, depending on the model chosen. The new Amarok’s interior boasts plenty of space and numerous storage options, while the new Amarok is the only pick-up in its class
to come with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, 17-inch disc brakes at the front and 16-inch disc brakes in the rear as standard. Review Vehicle There are three well equipped trim levels in the new VW Amarok – entry level Comfortline, mid-spec Highline, and range-topping Aventura. My review vehicle was an Amarok V6 Aventura (258bhp), and it looked amazing in Ravenna Blue Matte body finish. Produc ing a whopping 580Nm of torque, the Aventura can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.4-seconds, achieve a top speed of 203km/h, and can consume as little as 8.5-litres of diesel for every 100km’s driven on a combined cycle. The towing capacity of the Aventura I drove
A NEW PEUGEOT 3008 SUV plug-in hybrid model has been unveiled. The most powerful road-going PEUGEOT ever, the new 3008 HYBRID4 boasts 4-wheel drive and a combined 300bhp, yet it emits just 29g CO2/km and consumes a meagre 1.3l / 100km of fuel under WLTP (Real World Driving) standards. The model, avail-
1) Spacious Double-Cab Pick-Up 2) Three Trim Levels 3) 3.0-litre V6 Diesel Engines 4) Manual or Automatic 5) Priced From €46,885 (inc VAT & VRT) is 3,500kg (braked) or 750kg (unbraked), while the generous proportions
of the load bay – 1,555mm in length, 1,620mm in width, and 508mm high
– allow a wide variety of items to be carried, with a 1,222mm clearance between the wheelarches for added practicality. The combination of a meaty 3.0-litre V6 engine, a slick eightspeed automatic gearbox with steering-wheel mounted paddles, and 4MOTION all-wheel-
drive go-anywhere ability, provides the Amarok Aventura driver with all the tools necessary for safe, practical, versatile, and fun driving ability. Pricing Inclusive of VAT and VRT, the VW Amarok is priced from €46,885, with the Aventura model starting from €61,830.
Another month of declining new car sales OFFICIAL statistics released today (September 1st 2019) by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of August are down 13.3% (5,131) when compared with August 2018 (5,921). New car registrations year to date are down 7.9% (110,572) on the same period last year (120,003). LCV’s & HGV’s New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are up 35.1% (1,880) on August 2018 (1,392), however registrations year to date are down -2.2% (21,906). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) decreased 20.7% (157) in comparison to August 2018 (198) and year to date are up 3.1% (2,207) Imports Imported Used Cars for August saw an increase of 10.2% (9,708) on the same month last year (8,812) and year to date imports are up 5% (72,211) ahead of 2018 (68,784). Electric New electric vehicle registrations
Peugeot unveils new 3008 SUV plug-in hybrid model
continue to grow month on month with 172 vehicles registered for the month of August, an increase of 4.2% on August 2018 (165) while a total of 2,860 EV cars were registered so far this year. Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General comments: “Despite the strong economic growth, the new car market continues to contract this year, with registrations for the month of August following this trend. “In this business context and with the increasing likelihood of a hard Brexit, SIMI is calling on the Minister for Finance not to increase taxes on new cars in Budget 2020. “It is important that our new car market is as strong as possible from both an environmental and employment view point. Instead, the current Brexit and taxation mix only encourages people to hold on to their older higher emitting cars for longer. “New car sales need to increase if Ireland is to see the real benefit of improvements in emissions from new technologies, and taxation systems should support not hinder this.”
able in the top-ofthe-range GT trim, will be launched across Europe from October 2019. Prices and final specifications will be announced closer to launch. With more than 700,000 vehicles sold since its launch in 2016, the success story of the PEUGEOT 3008 SUV, a former European and Irish Car of the Year winner, takes a new dimension with the powerful HYBRID4
192 NEW VEHICLE STATS New car sales total year to date: (2019) 1 1 0, 5 7 2 v ( 2 0 1 8 ) 120,003 -7.9%
Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales August: (2019) 157 v (2018) 198 -20.7%
5 Top Selling Car Brands year to date are: 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford 5. Skoda
version. Travelling up to 59km in 100% electric mode and going from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds (driver only), the 3008 HYBRID4 is fitted with a 200bhp (147kW) petrol
New Car sales total August: (2019) 5,131 v (2018) 5,921 -13.3%
Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date: (2019) 21,906 v (2018) 22,398 -2.2%
Light Commercial Vehicles sales total August: (2019) 1,880 v (2018) 1,392 +35.1%
Used Car Imports total year to date: (2019) 72,211 v (2018) 68,784 +5.0%
Used Car Imports total August: (2019) 9,708 v (2018) 8,812 +10.2%
New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date: (2019) 2,860 v (2018) 1,077 +165.6%
5 Top car model’s year to date: 1 Toyota Corolla 2. Hyundai Tucson 3. Nissan Qashqai 4. Skoda Octavia 5. Volkswagen Tiguan.
with two independent electric motors, altogether powering each of the four wheels; the electric unit at the front develops 110bhp (81kW) and is coupled to an eight-speed e-EAT8
To p S e l l i n g C a r August 2019: Hyundai Tucson.
automatic gearbox; a second electric motor with 112bhp (83kW), is fitted to the rear axle. The battery capacity is 13.2kWh and charging
Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date: (2019) 2,207 v (2018) 2,141 +3.1%
New Electric Vehicles sales total August: (2019) 172 v (2018) 165 +4.2%
is easy and fast; a full charge can be done in 1h 45m, when using a Wallbox (7.4kW).
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CHLOE Watkins hopes two painful near misses in her Olympic pursuit can be harnassed to propel her and the Irish women’s team to finally end their long wait and land a ticket to Tokyo 2020. The Monkstown woman has been part of the national side for almost a decade. It has encompassed a final qualifier loss in 2012 at the hands of Belgium and, in 2016, by the width of a post against China for a place in Rio. Now, the World Cup silver medalists are one big weekend away from reaching Tokyo. Canada are the opposition on November 2 and 3 in Dublin, two head to head matches with the best aggregate earning that Olympic spot. “We have turned that into motivation,” Watkins told the Dublin Gazette at the qualifiers draw this week. “There certainly were scars. It took us the guts of a year to get back to reality [after the China game].
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Chloe Watkins at the draw for the Olympic qualifiers in Belfield. Picture: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
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BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S LUCAN SARSFIELDS BEST of Luck to the Dublin Footballers and our own members Michael WELLclub done to the Junior A laDarragh MacAuley, Rob McDaid and Jim Gavin in this weekend’s All Ireland Football final replay against Kerry. Best of Luck to the Dublin Ladies and our own club members Rachel Ruddy, Sorcha Farrelly and Claire Butterly in the All Ireland Ladies Football final this Sunday against Galway. Well done to our Senior B Ladies Footballers on their Semi Final win against Ballyboughal. Championship Final is set for Sunday 22nd September at 4pm in Fingallians, Swords against Peregrines. Well done to our Senior Hurlers on their victory over Setanta during the week. The Quarter Final will be against St Vincents on Saturday 21st of September in Parnell Park at 4.45pm. Hard Luck to our Senior B Hurlers on their narrow defeat to Thomas Davis in the Quarter Final at the weekend. Well done to our Minor A Hurlers who beat Na Fianna on Saturday afternoon to make it 2 out 2 in the early stages of the championship . Well done to the Minor A Footballers who got the Championship off to a good start with a good win over Whitehall Colmcille.
LUCAN SARSFIELDS A VERY good weekend for our Adult Hurling section, Seniors had a good win vs Whitehall to secure a Qtr Final vs Croabh Chiarain in 2 weeks-time, Saturday 21st September at 3pm. Jnr Bs had a convincing win against the same opposition and will now have a home semi-final TBC but more than likely NaFianna at home on Sunday 22nd September. And the Jnr As had a superb away win vs Commercials to secure Jnr A Championship status for 2020, overall a good weekend and well done to all involved. Disappointment for the Senior Camogie team FOLLOWING defeat to on Saturday, Naomh O a very determined and spirited second half against the reigning Champions St Judes but ultimately came up short losing by 3 pts, 5-4 to 2-10. Our Inter team also suffered a loss on Thursday night, all 4 adult Camogie teams are back in action this week Jnr 3 are away tomorrow night 18.45pm Annes Park, then on Sunday it’ll be a busy day with Jnr Inter and Snr all playing, Snr in a must win game vs Faugh/Celtic at home 10am. Our 2 Minor footballers unfortunately opened their Championship campaign with losses, As home to Kilmacud Crokes and Bs
away to Raheny. Mixed results in the Juvenile section, a good win for U15A hurlers who now face Barrog in a semi-final this Sunday away 10.30am. 15B 16A and 16B all suffered Championship losses. In Ladies football with had good wins for 15A and 16B in Championship, but unfortunately 16A, 15B, 14A and 14B all lost. No Adult football Championship this coming weekend due to the All Ireland Football Final replay, however both Minor Hurling teams play the 2nd round robin game on Sunday morning, Minor A in a must win game vs Castleknock at 11am at home. Support very much required and appreciated for this vital game. Minor B are also at home vs Crumlin at 11am. And speaking of All Ireland Finals with wish, Darren Gavin (Dublin Senior Football) Abbey Shiel (Dublin Senior Ladies Football), Ken Robinson and Paul Casey (Dublin Senior Ladies Mgt team) the very best of luck as they prepare for the All Ireland Finals this weekend. As always representing the club so well and we are very proud of their achievements and hopefully both teams will be celebrating remarkable feats.
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Lucan United graduates Conor Masterson and Mark Travers
Travers earns Lucan their first ever Irish senior cap INTERNATIONAL CALL-UPS DAVE DONNELLY
IT WAS a proud day for Lucan United as Mark Travers became the club’s first senior men’s international while Conor Masterson helped the Under-21s to a big win in Sweden. Bournemouth goalkeeper Travers was handed his first international cap against Bulgaria, while Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne made a telling cameo from the bench in a 3-1 win. It was Byrne’s corner that led to Kevin Long putting the Boys in Green make in front, and his delicate chipped pass started
the move for James Collins’ clincher late on. Preston North End’s Alan Browne had put Ireland in front early in the second half before a penalty from Ivelin Popov levelled things up for the visitors, who had lost 4-0 to England on Saturday. Ireland manager Mick McCarthy made ten personnel changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Switzerland in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, while Conor Hourihane moved to leftback. The new-look side, featuring debutants Travers and Josh Cullen, imposed themselves from the start and controlled the ball in midfield without creating
much of note. Judge had a header just clear the crossbar and another shot from the edge of the box trickle wide, but it was the away side who looked the more threatening on the counter. After a dire first half, the second sprang to life as Ronan Curtis’ shot was spilled by Hristo Ivanov, Scott Hogan couldn’t only force the loose ball to Browne, who calmly backheeled into an empty net. Ireland looked certain to kick on from there but a mistake from Cyrus Christie allowed Bozhidar Kraev in and he was fouled by John Egan, and Popov blasted home an
emphatic penalty. The introduction of Byrne swung the momentum, however, as he teed up Long before picking out Stevens to steer the ball to Collins for a spectacular third. “It’s only starting to sink in now,” Travers told the Dublin Gazette. “You come out from the tunnel at the Aviva Stadium – it’s a bit surreal. You just focus on the game from then. Seeing my family in the crowd as well was another unbelievable memory for me. “If you’d told me this last January, I wouldn’t have believed you. The last six months have been great, making my Premier League debut and now
getting my first cap for Ireland. “It was disappointing to concede – you want that clean sheet on your debut – but it was a good penalty. I went the right way but didn’t manage to get there. “I didn’t realise [he was Lucan’s first senior cap], but that’s another proud moment. I was there for years as a young lad, so to have that and go down in their history as well is unbelievable.” Masterson’s late header gave Ireland the lead, bookended by a brace for Troy Parrott, as Stephen Kenny’s Under-21s made it three wins from three in their quest to reach the Euros in 2021.
O’Connor wins in Mid Leinster BRIAN O’Connor from Hermitage GC claimed the Leinster Mid Amateur Open Championship title at Headfort GC in a very exciting three-hole play-off against Rory Leonard (Banbridge). Both players finished, after 36 holes, on two over par 146 to force a play-off situation, but it was O’Connor who sealed the deal over the three holes. The Hermitage man hit back to back 73s, giving him a share of the lead after the first Hermitage’s Brian O’Connor with the trophy. Picture: Ronan Quinlan/Cashman Photography round alongside Portmarnock’s James Fox
and Lisburn’s Andrew Norrby. Two behind the leaders on 148 (+4), William Smith from Chambersburg Country Club, USA, took third place on countback from Lisburn’s Christopher Moulds who had to settle for fourth position. The Best Nett over 36 holes went to Norrby with a score of 143. Newlands GC’s Mark Dunne finished in a tie for 20th place, nine shots back after two consistent rounds, starting off with a 77 and finishing with a 78.
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TALLAGHT’S WSKF Ireland’s Chief Instructor Mark Sheridan led the Irish delegation who competed against representations from 31 other countries at the 14th World Shotokan Karate-do Federation World Championships in Budokan stadium in Tokyo. The event followed a three day seminar which was also utilised to grade candidates for Dan grade under a formidable panel of instructors, chaired by WSKF Chief Instructor, Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya. The Tallaght man was chosen by Japan’s Sensei Hitoshi Kasuya, 9th Dan, to be Ireland’s Chief Instructor in 2017. He has now been examined and successfully graded to attain Rku-dan (6th Dan) which not only requires examination of techniques and ability, but is predicated on a written thesis. At the opening ceremony, the Irish contingent were led into the arena by Deirdre Tapley, one of five members sharing their exciting inaugural visit to Japan, With the opening ceremony over, it was down to the business of competing. First medal success for Ireland went to local Tallaght man Mark Sheridan followed shortly after by his second, securing a double gold WSKF world champion titles in his kumite (fighting) and kata categories. Not to be outshone by his father, Lee Sheridan’s
strong round performances in kumite (fighting) led the younger Sheridan to gold and champion title. Exhibiting a very strong kumite performance was Sam Wheeldon who narrowly missed out on a medal position in this large category event. There was a well-deserved silver for Martin Wheeldon in a tough veteran kumite event, with a silver for Niamh Hogan’s performance in individual kata adding to the medals tally. Tom McMahon competed in individual kumite and kata and also performed in veteran mixed team kata alongside Deirdre Tapley and Martin Wheeldon. Other team events saw silver medal positions in senior mixed team kata for Mark Sheridan, Niamh Hogan and Sam Wheeldon and a further silver medal position in senior women’s team kumite for Niamh Hogan, Sorcha McCorry and Olga Gombosi, who also competed in individual kumite. Sorcha McCorry added a bronze in individual women’s kumite and a further silver in individual women’s jiyu kumite. Sensei Mark Sheridan 6th Dan and Chief Instructor of WSKF Ireland also holds the position of Karate Ireland’s national Kumite coach and teaches karate at Firhouse Community Centre, Tallaght and WSKF Senshi Karate, Unit 16, Cookstown Enterprise Park, Dublin 24. For further information on karate classes in the Tallaght area, contact Mark Sheridan at 087 360 4405.
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Lee and Matthew Sheridan in Japan last week
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opportunity to combine sporting and educational experiences as they get behind the wheel. Go Girls will be led by Ireland World Cup hockey star Nicci Daly who has also worked as a Data Engineer for Indycar Team, Juncos Racing. The programme will offer classroom workshops to demystify and align practical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects with motorsport, as well
as an introduction to kart driving on local tracks. Karting is the gateway to motorsport in Ireland. However, currently only 4.5% of Motorsport Ireland karting competitors are female. Motorsport Ireland, the governing body of motorsport in Ireland, is determined to increase this as part of its 2020 Women in Sport commitment. The Go Girls Initiative has received funding of €35,000 from Sport Ireland in year one of a two-year
programme. This funding will be matched by Team Ireland, a philanthropic organisation which supports Irish motorsport. Total investment in the initiative in 2019-2020 is expected to be up to €140,000. The Go Girls Karting Initiative is designed to drive visibility and active participation by highlighting positive female role models who are successful in motorsport, other sports, and related education.
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ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN REITERATING our best wishes to Jim, Frank and the Dubs ahead of the All Ireland Football Final. We will inform of club ticket allocation later in the week, with demand set to again far exceed supply. Championship semi-finals await our adult hurlers. Our Inter Hurlers are looking forward to a last four encounter after beating Naomh Mearnóg by a goal Saturday evening. Our Juniors were four point victors away to Cuala Sunday afternoon. It was disappointment though for our Minor Footballers. The A team were narrowly beaten by Na Fianna in their A Championship opener and B team lost to Trinity Gaels. This year’s Ciarán Carr Foundation Colour Run will take place Sunday 29th September at 12 noon, Corkagh Park. This year the run will be celebrating World Heart Day which is a global awareness day for cardiac health. We urge our supporters to support the Foundation. Visit its Facebook page to register. Wishing great enjoyment to the children from across Clondalkin participating in our Mini Leagues this week.
ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN ALL are welcome to our Show Your GAA Colours Night in the Palmerstown House on Friday next, 13 September. We would like to see as many members and friends as possible come along wearing your GAA jerseys. We will be launching our National Draw tickets on the night, with an opportunity to win All Ireland tickets for the replay on Saturday evening. Three extra free draws are also being included by the Club. Well done to our U15, U16, and junior hurlers who all won their matches in the championship over the weekend. There were wins too for our U10s who played St James Gaels An Caislean, and our U12’s over Castleknock (pictured) with many fine performances all
round. More details of the weekend’s action on our Facebook page. Training has now resumed for all teams, and new members always welcome. Contact details on our website at www.stpatricksgaa. ie. The Academy for children born in 2014/15 resumes in Pobalscoil Hall on Monday 9th September. We would ask everyone to spread the word and bring a friend. Details of all match fixtures will be posted on our website during the week. The lotto numbers this weekend were 1, 4, 21, and 26. No jackpot winner. We had two match 3 winners – Noel Sweeney and Derek O’Sullivan who each won €100. The next jackpot is €5,600.
THOMAS DAVIS LOTTO numbers 3,4,22 and 23. Not won. Next week’s Jackpot €10,000. Academy Blues day this Saturday. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Dublin gear to show support for the County ladies & mens football teams. Children born 2013, 2014, 2015 will be on the Astro 10.00 till 11.00; Children born 2012 will be in the hall 10.00 till 11.00. Senior Hurling Team defeated Ballyboden St Endas in the Senior B Championship on a 1.15 to 0.15 score line. Junior Hurling Team suffered a 0.15 to 1.11 defeat to Wild Geese. Senior Football Team suffered a defeat in AFL 1 during midweek. Minor Football Team were defeated by St Oliver Plunketts ER in the A Championship. Under 14 Football Team beat Castleknock and drew with Craobh Ciarain.Under 13 Football Team lost to Kilmacud Crokes, Under 12’s defeated Castleknock and lost to Ballyboden St Endas. Under 15 Hurling Team lost to Clontarf.Thanks to blessington who hosted our Under 9 Football Team in a blitz on Sunday last. Both Under 15 Ladies Football A & B teams, Under 14 and Under 13 Teams were defeated.Great turn out for our Blues night to wish Olwen, Siobhan and Ciara all the best in the All Ireland final Sympathies with the the Clarke Family Glenview on Michael’s passing and also with the Cassidy Family on Andy’s passing. All Ireland Football Final Replay Tickets will only be allocated to membership whose membership subscription is fully paid up. Only 1 ticket will be allocated per individual. Tickets will be distributed later this week. Best wishes to the Dublin Senior Football Team in the All Ireland Football Final Replay and also to the Dublin Ladies Football Team who play in their Final on Sunday next. Duffy’s Circus takes place in the Club Grounds from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd September 2019. Ticket offer for Members for performances on Monday 16th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th September for €6 each. Tickets available from the Club Shop.
CANOEING: LEGENDARY LIFFEY DESCENT RACE
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JENNY Egan and Jon Simmons of Salmon Leap Canoe Club defend their mixed K2 title at Saturday’s 60th anniversary Liffey Descent, which, as usual, starts from Straffan and finishes 32 kilometres later at the Garda Boat Club in Islandbridge (12 noon). Lucan’s Egan is going for a third consecutive victory in this category. In 2017, she paired up with brother Peter to win in a course record time of 1 hour 55 minutes. Also competing in this category are Deaglan O Drisceoil and Aisling Smith of Salmon Leap, who finished second in the world renowned Sella Marathon in Spain earlier this summer. Both are previous K1 winners. It will be an eleventh “Liffey” in a long and distinguished career for Egan who is attempting to win selection for the Tokyo Olympics and spent the summer competing at sprints races around Europe. Brother Peter, who finished second in men’s K2 last year, goes in K1 this year where the entry
Jenny Egan and Jon Symmonds on their way in the 2018 Liffey Descent. Picture: Mick Feeney
includes paddlers from the UK and Germany. In a race where familiarity with the course with its ten weirs, the stretch known as “The Jungle” and the portage at Leixlip lake, Tadhg de Barra and Donnacha Brennan, both from Thomastown Paddlers, look like the main Irish contenders. Barry Watkins, another Salmon Leap paddler, won his first K1 title last year, but reverts to K2 this time, where his partner is previous K1 winner Neil Fleming of Celbridge Paddlers. This could prove to be
HALF-MARATHON Brothers Pearse get golden glow OVER 30 Brothers Pearse athletes took Part in the Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon, incorporating the Leinster and Offaly halfmarathon championships. The ladies masters team of Janice Doyle, Dee O’Keefe and Christine Moncellet-Kinsella secured gold for the team while the men’s masters team of Padraig Fitzpatrick, Patrick Sneyd and Ray Cunningham. Individual silver medals were won by Sinead Tighe F45 and Ray Cunningham M40.
the most competitive class of the day with a number of strong Irish boats as well as at least four entries from the UK, two from Argentina, and one each from Spain, the Czech Republic and Germany. Among the local entries, former European junior marathon champion Ronan Foley teams up with Nikolai Thomsen of Denmark for his first attempt at senior K2, while Michael Brennan, winner of the open canoe singles last year, takes to the water this time with his Thomastown club mate Anthony
Forristal. After a long dry summer, last year’s Liffey Descent was the driest on record which meant times were slow and fewer recreational boats entered. This year, low waters won’t be a problem, thanks to plenty of rainfall in the past few months which means the ESB can release a small flood. It means that spectators on the banks of the Liffey are sure of good entertainment on Saturday. Premium spots are at the bridge in Straffan just down from the start and at Lucan weir.
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LADIES FOOTBALL: THOMAS DAVIS WOMAN THRILLED TO BE BACK ON CROKER
Sars on march to SHC quarter finals
Thomas Davis’s Siobhan McGrath tries to tackle Kerry’s Lorraine Scanlon in their AllIreland quarter-final. Picture: Piaras O Midheach
McGrath hungry for three in a row glory LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL FINAL PREVIEW CÓILÍN DUFFY
DUBLIN’S Ladies Footballers are gearing up for a three-in-a-row of All-Ireland Senior titles this Sunday, but Thomas Davis player Siobhan McGrath knows that Galway won’t make it easy at Croke Park (4pm). Four points separated the sides when they met in the group stages of the league back in March, with Dublin prevailing on a 2-8 to 1-7 score-line. “It’s always been ‘tit-for-tat’ with Galway, similar to the way it is with Cork,” McGrath told the Dublin Gazette. “They are a very, very good side who have had massive underage success. So that’s driving them on and they have confidence. “People say they might be inexperienced, but they actually aren’t. They are coming through as winners, so they are a good side.” The 31-year old picked up the TG4 ‘Player of the Match’ award last time out in the last-four win over Cork. McGrath says playing both semi-finals at Croke Park, has left a real level playing field heading into the final.
“Now everyone has the experience of playing there. It’s only three weeks ago so it’s not going to be unfamiliar to anybody. “I don’t think there can be any advantage or disadvantage to anyone playing in Croke Park. We’ve all had the experience now.” Midfielder McGrath missed out on Dublin’s All-Ireland success two years ago, but was back with a bang in 2018 refreshed after her travels abroad. “When I came back to Ireland, I missed this, I missed the competitiveness, the drive and the discipline and everything that this is,” she said. “Then I came back into the Dublin panel and it’s everything you love about playing football. You make great friends, you meet great people and it’s just a great environment to be a part of.” Success breeds success, and McGrath agrees that having that winning mentality can be an unstoppable force. “When you are winning it builds, and it keeps building,” she said. “Everyone is pushing each other and it’s so competitive in the pack. The more competitive it is you are pushing each other, and everyone is becoming better in themselves.” McGrath says one of the keys for
keeping things fresh is the addition of some different players each year, and she points to some strong young talent which has impressed this Summer. “The likes of Niamh Hetherton and Caoimhe O’Connor coming in have been brilliant. And then there’s been others like Oonagh Whyte who have been on the panel a while, and have really broken
through this year. “That’s great to see and it’s just constantly building. “It’s about being patient as well, and if you are patient you’ll get in there.” The Senior decider is preceded by the Junior (11.45am) and Intermediate (1.45pm) finals, on a busy day of action at GAA Headquarters.
Dublin boss Mick Bohan leads a team talk. Picture: Piaras O Midheach/Sportsfile
LUCAN Sarsfields put in a strong second half to defeat Whitehall Colmcille 2-20 to 1-15 In Group 4 and advance to meet Craobh Chiaráin in their last-eight encounter. Lucan got off to a flying start when Donal Flannery fired home a goal in the opening minute. This was followed by good points from Ben Coffey and Matt McCaffrey. Whitehall gradually got into the game and had levelled 1-2 to 0-5 by the 15th minute. Lucan then had a dominant spell and opened a nice lead through points from Coffey, Paul and Chris Crummey and Rob Ward. Whitehall narrowed the gap again but further points from Flannery, Johnny McCaffrey and Coffee again gave Lucan a 4 point lead at half time, 1-9 to 0-8. Lucan became more dominant in the second half, picking off a series of good scores, and lead by 1-16 to 0-12 by the 45th minute. Full back Peter Kelly got in on the scoring act from long range during this period. Coffey continued to punish the Whitehall defence and the game was well wrapped up before Flannery added a second goal in the 59th minute. Whitehall got a consolation goal in injury time but it wasn’t enough to stop Lucan running out comfortable eight point winners. Lucan now progress to a quarter-final clash with Craobh Chiaran, back at Parnell Park on Saturday, September 21.
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FORMER Dublin footballer Paul Casey is hoping that the men’s Footballers can finish the job against Kerry in Saturday’s AllIreland Final replay and complete the “five-in-arow” on a unique weekend in the capital Casey has a huge weekend ahead, switching between fan on Saturday, to key coach on Sunday for the ladies football final and their bid for a third successive crown. “It’s a Festival of Football in Dublin this weekend. You take the six teams involved on Ladies Finals Day on Sunday, and then Kerry and Dublin involved,” Casey said. “There’s so many people who will have an interest in both games.” Looking to the men’s game, he wasn’t surprised by Kerry’s strong showing in the drawn encounter, with strong underage pedigree beginning to show through. The Kingdom have claimed the previous five All-Ireland Minor Football titles. “That Kerry team have won five Minor titles in a row, and those players were eventually going to come through,” he told the Dublin Gazette. “They live and breathe their football down in Kerry. They showed during the league that they were able to go toe-to-toe with Dublin. “They got to the league final, and probably learned an awful lot from that
Paul Casey (inset) says Jack McCaffrey (main picture) will be pivotal once again for Dublin
“Hopefully, we can sit down in the middle of
Winter, watch both games and reflect on what has been a great weekend for Dublin!“ defeat to Mayo.” Casey says that Kerry have been continuing to impress as the Championship rolled on. “They have been coming good, and they are going to gain even more confidence knowing now that they can go toe-to-toe with Dublin on the biggest day of the year,” he said. “It’s going to be fascinating the next day to see what way the individual battles pan out, and we are in for a really good game.” Having soldiered for
Dublin in defence for over a decade, including as a 2011 All-Ireland winning panellist, Casey has a keen eye on what happens at the back. He’s been impressed with Jack McCaffrey’s effort and drive in recent years. “Jack could probably play in any position on the pitch,” Casey said. “I think he has been pound-for-pound the best footballer in Ireland in the last few years, and he’s having a superb run of
form at the moment. “Jack has worked really, really hard to get to the level he’s at. He also has his professional career, and he is a very driven guy and it’s great to watch him. “Croke Park - the biggest stage of all with 82,000 people, whether Dublin or Kerry; they have to enjoy watching Jack McCaffrey and, hopefully, he’ll have another big game on Saturday.” There was shades of the 2011 All-Ireland decider
against Kerry, as Dean Rock stepped over a late free in this year’s drawn decider. Stephen Cluxton landed a late winner back in 2011 against the Kingdom to ensure a first All-Ireland title since 1995 for the Dubs. “Dean could take 20 of those and score 18 of them,” Casey said. “I always remember Stephen Cluxton saying the comforting thing about standing up to take that kick in 2011 was, that
if he missed it we were going to get another shot at it anyway - if it goes over it’s a huge bonus. “I know Dean is probably the most reliable freetaker in the country, and I hope he’ll have another high-scoring ratio the next day again. “Hopefully, we can sit down in the middle of Winter and watch both [the men’s and women’s] games and reflect on what hopefully has been a great weekend for Dublin!,” he said.
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