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FOOTBALL: Dublin Ladies Footballers aiming for League final SEE P27
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CIARAN Collins EUROSPAR Lucan was presented with a Top of the Tree Awards, giving special recognition for outstanding retail practice across EUROSPAR’s six pillar Retail Strategy of Value, Freshness, Rewards, Choice, Service and Experience that has been unanimously endorsed by their retailers. Ciaran is pictured with Leo Crawford, group chief executive BWG Group and Malachy Hanberry, managing director, EUROSPAR Picture: Naoise Culhane
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Relief as Weston plans fail to take off PADRAIG CONLON
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A PLANNING decision ruling against Weston Airport has brought noise relief to Lucan residents. The local airport, which is located in both South Dublin and Kildare County Council areas, had applied to An Bord Pleanála requesting permission to extend
their runway. Last August they asked the planning authority to decide whether “revision of the position of visual navigational aids (runway markings) and the decommissioning of part of a parallel taxiway is or is not development or is or is not exempted development.” The airports owner, Brian Conneely,
told APB in planning filing that he had received offers from “executive jet operators” who wanted to use Weston Airport as an alternative to Dublin Airport. To take them up on their offer, and accommodate the extra aircraft, he would however have to realign the runway markings he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Could the Clondalkin Pool saga be at an end? THE long running Clondalkin Swimming Pool saga may be about to come to an end. Since opening in 2008 there have been several different issues with the pool in Clondalkin Leisure Centre. The latest problems occurred in May 2017 when a problem with the boom used to divide the pool into the shallow and deep areas prevented local swimming clubs from training.
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‘FINDINGS OF ABP ARE A RELIEF TO WORRIED RESIDENTS’
Weston Airport ruling brings noise relief to local residents FROM PAGE 1
He also told APB that opening up the airport to aircraft from exclusive jet operators like HewlettPackard, Netjets and Intel had the potential to create 200 jobs for the area. Many locals living close to the airport were concerned about the plans and the potential detrimental effect on the area. M a ny re s i d e n t s i n Weston Park, Cooldrinagh and Kew have complained for years about noise from jets flying over their homes. Any increase in air traffic has the potential, they argued, to increase their noise pollution problems. So there was relief last week when An Bord
Pleanála ruled against the airport. Their reasons for denying permission were because by changing its markings the runway would “come significantly closer to adjoining properties than is currently the case”, They also said that “the change of use would result in portion of the authorised runway within the South County Dublin becoming a stopway/clearway, which use would be different from use as a runway, and would also involve the incorporation, as part of the runway, of an area within South Dublin which does not appear to have any planning permission as a runway. “This change of use would raise material
planning issues, including impacts on adjoining properties by reason of increased noise, nuisance and general disturbance.” Caitríona McClean, a Fianna Fail local election candi-
date who lives beside the airport, says the findings of ABP are a relief to worried residents. “It became apparent throughout the public consultation process held by the council in relation to the project plans, that local residents were fearful of the potential impact on their area,” she told Dublin Gazette. “Particularly regarding any additional commercial passenger or cargo flights in and out of the airport and which would lead to more disturbance and more potential risk. “Those living in Weston Park, Kew Park, Cooldrinagh and close to Celbridge already deal with noise levels and the prospect of extending the runway would inevitably worsen that. “As detailed in my own submission to An Bord Pleanála, planning permission should certainly have
been required to develop an extension of the existing runway. “Furthermore, the EU regulations c ited by Weston as a purpose for exemption are not relevant as the volume of traffic is well below the limit that applies. “I received a letter from the Board this week outlining the decision and confirming that those arguments stood. “The local community in the immediate vicinity of the runway will be relieved to learn of this decision reached by the planning authority. “We must be conscious that an appeal to the decision reached by An Bord Pleanála is possible and so it’s important that as residents we continue to be aware of any attempts to extend the use of the airport. I fully intend on continuing my work on the matter.”
FASTNews Climate-focused campaign for O’Connell A COUNCILLOR running in next months Local Elections says climate is the focus of his campaign. Independent Cllr Guss O’Connell, who is running in the new Palmerstown Fonthill Election Area, says environmental issues have always been close to his heart. “I got interested in local government due to concern for the environment and sustainable planning and have campaigned for them since first elected in 1991,” he told Dublin Gazette. “So, it’s no surprise that climate is the focus of my election campaign and that I signed up as a climate ambassador. “Climate is what convinced me to run again. “We have only a brief window to really take action. “Listen to the young people, they are quite rightly scared about the future. “They have the weight of practically the whole scientific world behind them. “As a practical step towards climate change, I am not putting up any posters. The material and process involved uses up scarce resources and will take years to disintegrate. Inequality “Having worked in the developing world I am also conscious of the fact that we are using up the earth’s resources and increasing global inequality.”
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ISSUES: ‘POOL ANTICIPATED TO BE AT FULL CAPACITY WITHIN WEEKS’
New maintenance contract hoped to end Clondalkin Pool saga PADRAIG CONLON
THE long running Clondalkin Swimming Pool saga may be about to come to an end. Since opening in 2008 there have been several different issues with the pool in Clondalkin Leisure Centre. The latest problems occurred in May 2017 when a problem with the boom used to divide the pool into the shallow and deep areas prevented local swimming clubs from training. The clubs require a pool length of 25m and as the boom was stuck at 17m they had to find alternative pools
outside the local area. Following extensive work the pool reopened in March 2018 after being closed for ten months. Repairs Despite the repairs the mechanical boom is again not working and once more the pool is not fully operational. At the latest Clondalkin Area Committee Meeting on Wednesday (17th) Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) asked the chief executive to repair the pool and enquired how much has been spent on repairs over the past 11 years. “ Fo l l ow i n g o n s eve ra l
motions and questions from my colleagues, I am glad to announce that the swimming pool will be in full use shortly,” Cllr Gilligan told Dublin Gazette. “A new annual maintenance contract has been entered into by the council. “It is anticipated the pool will be operating at full capacity within a matter of weeks. “This has been an on-going issue for a long, long time.” Cllr Gilligan said it was about time the problems with the pool were sorted out. “This comes at a critical time when many swimmers were
getting fed up and considering going elsewhere,” he said. “However, I’m happy now that these issues are laid to rest and hopefully the maintenance contract will mean should there be future issues, they will be rectified most urgently. “I would like to thank the management for their help in sorting the issues out. “To date, €238,952 has been spent on repairs to the Clondalkin Leisure Centre since the facility opened in 2008. “It is estimated that the cost to repair the pool is €10,000,” Cllr Gilligan concluded.
Community bids farewell to legendary entertainer ONE of Tallaght’s greatest characters Paddy Finlay, or Paddy Drac as he was known to generations of Dubliners, was fondly remembered at his funeral this week. The popular and much-loved Dracula impersonator sadly died last Saturday aged 74 after a short battle with cancer. His family and friends gathered in a packed St Dominic’s Church in Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght on Tuesday to bid him a final goodbye. Paddy, who worked as an undertaker at Rom Masseys, marched in the Dublin St Patricks Day Parade for 49 years in a row but was unable to attend this year’s parade. He was also just as well known for his years of charity work and picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tallaght Person of the Year Awards in 2016. Fr Larry Collins, who officiated, spoke of Paddy’s kindness. “He would help the children with special needs, he had a great heart, that was a lovely side of him,” he said. “Paddy was never in bad humour even though he had many crosses to carry. He was always available and gave his time and energy for no fee.” Paddy is survived by his wife Breda, son Graham, and granddaughter Ruby.
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TEDX: INSPIRED THINKERS COME TOGETHER TO SPARK DEEP DISCUSSION
An evening of thought provoking talks coming to Ballyroan PADRAIG CONLON
APPLICATIONS are now open for TEDxBallyroanLibrary 2019: Chain Reaction, which takes place in Ballyroan Library on Friday 6th September. Have you a great idea worth spreading? An idea that you’ve been looking at differently? Then TEDxBallyroanLibrary want to hear from you.
It’s the second time Ballyroan Library will host TEDx, following a sold out event in September 2018. This time, the theme is Chain Reaction, with prospective speakers being asked to consider what has led us here, what comes next, and what can we learn from it all? Applicants are asked to submit a video of 120 seconds or less to introduce themselves and their idea worth sharing.
If selected, they’ll expand this idea to a TEDx talk, running for 8 - 12 minutes, which they’ll deliver in September. Following the event, video clips of each talk will be shared with a global audience through the TEDx website. The deadline for applications is Monday 10th of June. For full info and application details, please visit www.tedxballyroanlibrary.com.
Oh brother – it’s time for a charity cycle event
FASTNews What did the Vikings do for us?
LUCAN Local History presents “What did the Vikings do for us?!” Niamh and Patrick from Dublinia (Dublin’s major historical recreation museum and visitor attraction) will conduct two fascinating talks on Vikings in Ireland in Lucan Library answering that age old question, what did the Vikings do for us? Patrick will be exploring the history of Vikings in Ireland from 795 to 1014 AD and Niamh will be looking at Viking Archaeology. The talks will be on Thursday the 9th May from 6pm-8pm. There will be a fifteen-minute break halfway through with refreshments provided. Just ask a staff member or ring the Library to book a place at 01 6216422.
Vote now in Best of Dublin 98FM’S Best of Dublin Awards are returning for their sixth year to celebrate all that is great about our capital city. From Best Barber to Best Butcher, 98FM is calling on Dubliners to nominate their favourites in the hunt for the 2019 award winners. Award nominations are open on 98FM.com until April 21 before nominees in each of the 16 award categories will be shortlisted and announced on April 22. Nominate your Best of Dublin favourites at www.98FM.com/BestofDublin and stay tuned to 98FM for updates on this year’s Best of Dublin Awards.
BROTHER Kevin Crowley, who founded the Capuchin Day Centre Dublin, is pictured with Nicholas Tarrant, executive director, Engineering and Major Projects, ESB; Bernard Brogan, Dublin Senior Footballer and Joyce Farrell, Senior HR Manager, Engineering & Major Projects, ESB at an ESB charity event for the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless. The event was to raise funds for the centre and to raise awareness of the Cycle for Brother Kevin, a charity fundraiser in which more than 100 cyclists will cycle from Dublin to Mayo on June 7th and 8th. Register for the cycle or find out more at cycleforbrotherkevin.org. Picture: Andres Poveda
‘Injury fears stop cyclists getting back on the saddle’ PADRAIG CONLON
A LOCAL TD says fear of injury is making Dublin cyclists think twice about getting back in the saddle. Figures recently obtained by Fianna Fail reveal that over 300 Dubliners were hospitalised in 2017 for injuries inflicted while cycling in the city. 58 of those cases were for head injuries, 66 for injuries to the elbow and forearm and 52 for the shoulder and upper arm. Commenting on these figures Dublin South West TD John Lahart, who is also FF spokesperson on Dublin, said issues about cycling are what he’s most contacted about by constituents.
“Despite the fact that the number of cyclists commuting in Dublin has dropped for the first time in ten years according to the National Transport Authority, cycling remains a hugely popular means of navigating through our city,” Deputy Lahart told Dublin Gazette. “In fact, over 15 million trips have been taken on Dublin Bikes since the scheme began operating in 2009. “The lack of safety for cyclists and the city’s poor cycling infrastructure are two of the issues I am contacted about most often as a Dublin based TD. “A very slight 2% decrease in the number of people using bikes to commute at rush hour is no excuse for
this Government to maintain such under investment in providing safe road conditions and accessible cycling lanes. “ Yo u c o u l d even argue that it’s the prospect of injury that’s m a d e c yc l i s t s think twice about getting back up on their bike in the city. “Yes, there is an element of personal responsibility involved and of course cyclists need to be just as vigilant when using roads as drivers and pedes-
trians, but we must push to enhance safety for cyclists and protect them on our urban roads. “When there were 300 odd cyclists sent to hospital following incidents in 201. “An increase in capital investment is urgently required the tackle the existing dangers for those on bikes or these most recently available figures will rise,” Deputy Lahart concluded. For more information see the final part in our series on cycling safety on page 14.
An increase in capital investment is urgently required the tackle the existing dangers
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GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Val Kearney and Niamh Oman Janine Moran and Trish Maher
Sheila Devaney and Elaine Hynes
Ailish Hudson and Janice Doyle
Volunteers Carmel Ui Baireid and Suzanne Redmond at the weekly Tymon Park Run which takes place every Saturday at 9:30am. Pictures: SIMON PEARE
Candi and Bronwen O’Reilly, Sinead, Keith and Daniel Tighe and John and Jack Creaby
Eamon Walsh and Padraig Mahony
Taking time out to enjoy weekly Tymon Park Run
Vanessa Hughes and Garry and Arlene Herron
Mark Weddick, Michael Walsh and Johnnie Finn
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TALLAGHT: ANGLERS ENCOURAGED TO BECOME CITIZEN SCIENTISTS FOR UNIQUE PROJECT
Locals urged to get hooked on conservation PADRAIG CONLON
AN angler from Tallaght hopes to net some fellow enthusiasts for a fish stock conservation project. The local fisherman, Shane O’Reilly, is helping spread the word about the National Salmon Scale Project among other anglers in the area. Shane was joined at the
launch of the new initiative by Minister Sean Canney, as they urged locals to become citizen scientists for this unique project. “As we celebrate International Year of the Salmon, this project will help researchers understand the challenges which salmon are facing today,” Minister Canney said. “The project, which has
been initiated by Inland Fisheries Ireland aims to collect vital information through scales taken from salmon and sea trout which are caught in Irish rivers and lakes and will contribute to international efforts to conserve wild salmon”. Fish scales record the life history of a salmon and one scale can reveal
a lot about the lifestyle and behaviour of the fish. Scales can tell scientists what age the fish is, how many winters it spent at sea, how many times it spawned, how slow or fast it grew, what it ate and how long it spent in the river before it went out to sea. Scales can also reveal the general feeding area where the salmon travelled to in the ocean, whether it went to the Faroe Islands, the Norwegian Sea or all the way to West Greenland. Scales help scientists to understand the biology and ecology of Irish salmon and sea trout. As part of the project, anglers in Dublin are asked to take a scale sample from a salmon or sea trout by gently scraping and removing approximately 20 fish scales using a clean
Angler Shane O’Reilly pictured helping launch the project. Picture: Andres Poveda
knife. A n g l e r s a re t h e n requested to post their samples to Inland Fisheries Ireland using the sample envelopes which will be made available to them. Scales can be removed from both harvested and catch and release fish. Sampling of fish for release should be handled carefully and fish should be only briefly removed from the water with every effort made to avoid injury or stress while weight should be estimated. Information from salm-
on scales is used in setting conservation limits for Irish rivers. Conservation limits for each river are set based on the proportion of salmon who have spent one winter at sea and those that have spent multiple winters at sea. The ‘conservation limit’ for a river represents the number of spawning salmon required to produce the next generation of salmon and this information helps inform angling regulations and management. All scales collected
through the National Salmon Scale Project will be added to the National Salmon Scale Archive which is managed by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The National Salmon Scale Project aims to increase the scale resource available to scientists for ongoing and future research. For more information on the National Salmon Scale Project, including how to take a sample safely and to request sample envelopes, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/salmonscales.
Leading Irish fashion designer opens 350th Anniversary Art Exhibition
THE King’s Hospital School in Palmerstown has launched an art exhibition as part of its 350th anniversary events. The expo, featuring exhibits from past parents and past and current pupils, was officially opened by the acclaimed haute couture fashion designer and past pupil Ib Jorgensen. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Ib was one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers, building up a clientele of the wealthiest and most stylish women in the country. A graduate of Dublin’s Grafton Academy of Dress Designing, Ib was only twenty-two when he launched his own salon and his name was to become synonymous with elegant, glamorous clothing. “There are some really great works here and it’s great to see such an emphasis on art at the school,” he told guests as he officially opened the exhibition. He spoke about his time as a fashion designer and later as an owner of an art gallery and said he hoped many students would follow the artistic path but warned that becoming an artist can be a struggle. “It can take some time to find your own niche, but it is worth it when you get there.”
The wide-ranging expo runs at the school’s newly refurbished Mahony Room Gallery, complete with spot lighting and dado rails, until May 31. The display features work from well-known contemporary artists including past pupils Fergus A Ryan and Adrienne Symes as well as from KH students and members of the wider KH community.
Ib Jorgensen speaks with students at the Art expo
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SHOP LOCAL: THE GAZETTE FOCUSES ON INDEPENDENT AND FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES
It’s business as usual in Clondalkin Village WITH the summer almost upon us, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to travel long distances to get what you need – unless of course it’s a holiday you’re after! Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area – and sure when the weather is behaving itself, why spends hours in traffic or in a stuffy bus when you can stay in sunny Clondalkin and stroll around the village at your leisure? By shopping locally, without any of the difficulties involved in travelling across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and industry, all of which play a far greater role in our lives than one might imagine. Broe Auctioneers, a family-run business based in the heart of Clondalkin village, has been running for over 40 years. Founded in
1975, they are a longestablished professional auctioneering company and pride themselves on experience, professionalism, work commitment and an excellent local knowledge of the property market. Clondalkin Nurseries, premium horticultural specialists in Dublin, is conveniently located at Green Isle Road near
Corkage Park, caters for trade and lands c a p e con tr ac tor s from Dublin and the surrounding counties. One local business that has also survived the testament of time is Becker Tansey & Co Solicitors, which has been providing legal services in Clondalkin for more than 30 years. Mill Cabs, based in the Mill Shopping Centre,
has been in operation for over 30 years and continues to serve the people of Clondalkin on a daily basis without any stop for rest. Cash In Rags, based at Watery Lane, are now going into their sixth year in business. Donna, who runs the
company, says that there are a lot of people these days interested in recycling their old clothes with them. She added: “People like the idea of clearing out their house of old clothes and bringing it in to us in exchange for money.”
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YOUTH MUSIC AWARDS: FOCUS ON THE UP AND COMING STARS AND TALENTS OF TOMORROW
Young musicians from all across Dublin and beyond are expected to attend the upcoming event at Croke Park, which will help celebrate and nuture young musicians’ talents. Pictures: Ruth Medjber
A noteworthy event for young musicians RACHEL D’ARCY
ONE of Ireland’s leading youth events is set to return to Croke Park on May 11, which also celebrates the launch of Youth Work Ireland Week. The Irish Youth Music Awards, also known as the IYMAs, will see performances from several young musicians aged from 12 to 19, performing across two stages on
the day in what promises to be a highlight of the year for those involved in Youth Work Ireland. The winner of the Irish Youth Music Awards will win recording time in a professional recording studio, a recording session in RTE 2FM’s legendary Studio 8 and a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin. They will also produce an album of their own original tracks released
on physical CD with a professional design. Last year’s IYMAs album stormed the Irish c o m p i l a t i o n c h a r t s, entering at Number 3. Education hub On the day, there will also be an education hub, featuring workshops and master classes from a wide range of Irish musical experts. Award-winning director Lochlainn McKenna
will be teaming up with music producer Daithi to look at how to make a music video, whilst RTE 2FM’s Mo K and MathMan will host a scratch and DJ workshop. BIMM Institute Dublin will host workshops around performance and songwriting with members of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Heathers, plus much more. The Riptide Movement
and The Academic will both also perform some exclusive tracks on the day in Croker. Barry Lennon, director of the Irish Youth Music awards, said: “We are super excited to announce our education hub line-up for 2019 and to create a space for young people to get hands-on advice, skills and knowledge about the creative and music industries by some of Ireland’s
best acts. “We believe it’s so important to support and develop the music and creative industries in Ireland and provide pathways for our future cultural entrepreneurs to develop. “We are honoured to be a part of this through the work we do in our IYMAs hubs across the island of Ireland and at our national day in Croke Park. Tickets for the Irish
Youth Music Awards National Day are available from Eventbrite for €20. The event is an allages, alcohol- and drugsfree event. Group tickets are also available for youth clubs, projects or schools priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for five young people and two youth leaders or adults on the day. Group tickets must be booked by April 29.
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GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Paul Clarke and Jules Cantwell
Enda Mullaney and Daniel Kennedy
Neil O’Flynn and Ben Kidd Liam Daniels and John Fogerty Gerard Argue, Sarah Argue and Aisling MacNamara. Pictures: SIMON PEARE
Golf Classic raises funds to fight cancer
Ben O’Connor and Anthony Slein
N Friday 12th April, the very first 5 For The Fight Golf Classic took place in Luttrellstown Castle Resort. The event was a huge success. Over 120 participants competed in the event and raised almost €20,000 for the 5 For The Fight initiative. The event concluded with The Masters. Qualtrics hosted an evening event for all participants in their offices beside
Mark Ryan, Lee Roche, Adam McCormack and Stephen Chambers
Stephen’s Green. On the night there was a golf simulator, crazy golf course and silent auction. A heap of professional golf memorabilia was donated by McGuirks Golf Shop from the likes of Harrington, McIlroy, Lowry, Cabrera-Bello. One lucky guest walked away with a hat signed by Tiger Woods. Given how the weekend panned out and Tiger’s win we suspect a whole lot of people are jealous of this one.
Mike O’Brien and Rob Catterson
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GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Johnny Hearns and Iarfhlaith O’Raghaill
Paul, Anna Marie, Martin and Joanne Dufficy
Paul Daly and Rob Pearcy
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THE FINAL PART IN OUR SERIES ON CYCLING SAFETY
While high-vis clothing and cycling helmets are absolute must-haves to maximise safety and visibility, another key aspect of cycling safely is infrastructure. For example, Utrecht, in the Netherlands (right), is one of the busiest places in Europe for cyclists, yet thanks to responsible cyclists, coupled with many cycle lanes and extensive cyclist-focused infrastructure, the city is far safer to cycle in than Dublin.
Cycling is safe in many other countries – so why not here? NIALL SWEENEY
IN LAST week’s second part of this series, we highlighted the Department of Transport’s stance on helmet laws – namely, that there are no immediate plans for the implementation of helmet laws here. T h e D e p a r t m e n t ’s stance lies in stark contrast with the attitudes of some other countries. In the likes of Australia, Argentina and Canada, cycling without a helmet will incur a fine. However, only two countries – Australia and New Zealand – currently require and enforce universal use of helmets by cyclists. In some other jurisdictions, partial rules apply – for children, in certain states or sub-national areas, or under other limited conditions. Deputy John Lahart (FF) drew comparisons of cultural cycling norms
between Ireland and The Netherlands. He said: “I’m in two minds about it. About 99 times out of 100, I wear a helmet when cycling. I think it’s prudent. “But I was abroad in Utrecht on a cycle study, where cycling is embedded in the culture, and I noticed that nobody wore a cycling jacket or helmet. “They’ve very much got to a place where cyclists are a recognised part of the public realm. “Then you look at us here, where cycling [safety] equipment is very much part of [the cycling experience]. “In an ideal world, nobody would have to wear hi-vis [clothing] or helmets because road users would be aware of others. “We all share the road space, so we need to be on the lookout for each other – we’re a billion miles from that. “I was struck in Utrecht
Whilst the wearing of helmets does not have universal approval, there is a huge responsibility on cyclists to look after their own personal safety by how safe they felt on the roads to not wear the protective gear. The study recorded a sufficient amount of space given to them. “Of the thousands of people I saw, not one had a crash. Here, particularly in city areas, it’s prudent to take precautions when cycling.” On matters closer to home, Deputy Lahart said: “There’s a couple of issues. In the city bike scheme, a lot of the users don’t wear helmets, yet those who own their own bikes do. “I’d love us to get to where Utrecht is, but now people need to exercise judgement, particularly in city traffic.
“In using the city bike scheme, cyclists may feel that because they’re using the likes of the tracks across the canal, they’ll be safer. Personal responsibility is key.” Dublin Gazette also contacted St James’s Hospital where frontline staff witness some of the horrendous injuries suffered by cyclists in accidents. A hospital spokesperson said: “In general, the wearing or non-wearing of a helmet would be recorded on an individual basis; however, getting the data would not be easily accessible and would require a lot of work. “There is currently an on-going audit in the
department on cyclingrelated presentations and in particular those caused by the Luas track lines.” Whilst the wearing of helmets does not have universal approval, there is undoubtedly a huge responsibility on cyclists to look after their own personal safety. This is not helped by some cyclists who show scant respect for the rules of the road. Motorists often complain about cyclists flaunting the rules by breaking traffic lights. Pedestrians who have the green crossing light in their favour are often in grave danger of being mown down by cyclists who seem hell-bent on breaking the law to get to their destinations, with scant respect for other people. The consequences of a collision between a cyclist and a motor vehicle, be it a car, bus or truck, is completely predictable.
They always result in major injuries and, tragically, can occur in death, but almost always only for the cyclist in either event. When a cyclist is thrown from their bike, the risks of catastrophic head injuries are very high. Imagine slamming into a lamp post or a tree head-first. At least wearing a helmet offers some chance of avoiding serious head injuries. In a 2015 UCD paper by Michael Gilchrist, forwarded to Dublin Gazette by the RSA, it was found that helmets offer “significant” protection against collisions up to 50kph. It concluded that head injuries, regardless of velocity, were always greater without helmets. That’s something to remember the next time – and every time – you decide to take to two wheels without wearing your potentially life-saving helmet ...
Let’s create a safety legacy THIS series started with a focus on cyclist Donna Fox, and it’s appropriate to come full circle and to finish with her, too. While Donna’s death was a terrible tragedy, movingly voiced by her brother, Neil, we must not forget that there’s a Donna Fox in every community in Dublin and all over Ireland, with cyclists of all ages continuing to be killed or seriously injured on our roads. It’s long overdue that we all create a lasting legacy of cyclist safety. Working together, we can achieve this for them – and for Donna ...
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A JEWEL IN THE KINGDOM’S CROWN P20
Better the devil we knew... P19
LET DUBLIN GAZETTE NEWSPAPERS TAKE YOU ON A TOUR OF THE NEWS AND EVENTS ACROSS THE CITY AND COUNTY
TAKING THE LEAD TO ANNOUNCE GUIDE DOG DAY ON MAY 10 TAKING the lead to announce Guide Dog Day on Friday, May 10, are puppy raiser Patricia Lee with 12-week-old Puppy-in-Training, Oonagh; Guide Dog Owner and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind board member Martin Gordon and 3-year-old Guide Dog Juno with Laura Curtin and 1-year old Puppy-in-Training Gaston. Guide Dog Day will focus on the organisation’s clients, their families and volunteers sharing their stories about the diﬀerence Guide and Assistance Dogs have had in their lives and community. The public can help by giving 2 hours of their time on May 10th, buy a Guide Dog Day pin or donate online at www.guidedogs.ie/donate. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography
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Man caught driving with huge pig… on his lap A MINNESOTA sheriff’s office encountered a couple of true road hogs earlier this month. A driver who was pulled over for having trouble staying in his lane turned out to be operating the vehicle with a 250pound pig on his lap, Sgt Jason Foster told Minneapolis news station KMSPTV. He also had a smaller pig with him. Both pigs can be seen in a photo posted to social media by the Chisago County
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egg-citing DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Bliss is a stunning seven-year-old Greyhound with a heart of gold. He is a chilled-out and calm boy who loves cuddles, meeting new people, food and a comfy bed to snooze on. Bliss is looking for a family who can give him all the rubs and cuddles he deserves. He is such a gentle dog that can live with young children and doesn’t mind sharing his castle with another dog. Bliss has partially impaired vision, but our Training and Behaviour advisors will be happy to assist his new family with training or concerns they may have about this. If you’re looking for a relaxed couch potato, Bliss is the right dog for you! If you have room in your heart and home for Bliss 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.)
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Sheriff’s Office. The smaller pig appears to be standing next to the driver’s seat, behind the larger pig’s leg. The man’s erratic driving was apparently caused by the larger pig leaning against the steering wheel. Foster told the TV station that the man had his pigs on his lap because he was moving to another part of the state and didn’t want the pigs to get cold on the journey. The sergeant let the driver off with a warning.
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D QUIRKY THINGS THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE THIS WEEK...
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PICTURED is Ella May (8) from Kinsealy as Tayto Park has now reopened for the season and the team have put together some egg-citing activities for the little ones and the family to enjoy! Visit Tayto Park on Easter Sunday, for the ultimate egg hunt with the whole family while enjoying Easter themed arts and crafts and enjoy complimentary face painting, before taking in all of the attractions and zoo! In a first, returning customers in 2019 will receive 25% off their second visit. For more see www.taytopark.ie Pictures: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
activities this easter
The woman who doesn’t feel pain
A 71-year-old Scottish woman has recently found out she in incapable of feeling pain – physical or emotional. When Jo Cameron went in for a double-hand operation a few years ago, she left her doctor baffled as to why the normally excruciating surgery didn’t seem to affect her at all. Knowing something wasn’t quite right, Dr Devjit Srivastava had Cameron’s DNA checked. Sure enough, it was found that due to a gene mutation, she is practically unable to feel any sort of distress or pain. A paper published in The British Journal of Anaesthesia, announced the discovery of the previously unidentified mutation.
If a church burned down in Dublin you’d probably wake up the next day to see a hotel being built. @PrayForPatrick
Trying to stay off Twitter because I want to avoid FAI statement spoilers til I’m home from work.
Man accused of shoplifting days after buying island for $8m A FLORIDA man who purchased an island for $8m earlier this month, is accused of stealing $300 worth of goods from a Kmart the very next week. Officers at the Key West Police Department arrested Andrew Lippi, 59, after he bought the items but tried to return the original boxes with different items inside. For instance, one box that was supposed to hold a $165 Keurig coffeemaker had a basketball inside, while a used coffee maker replaced a new Hamilton Beach model in another box, according to The Smoking Gun. Lippi denied the allegations and blamed the incident on a “commercial dispute.” The arrest came a week after Lippi purchased Thompson Island off Key West for $8m.
Imagine if one of Dublin’s great landmarks burnt down like Notre Dame, we’d be lost as a city, our identity gone ... We must protect Dr Quirkey’s at all costs.
Who needs Coachella when you have the ploughing [championships]. @Marthaoreillyx
Yabba dabba don’t NEARLY 20,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to save a “Flintstone” home at the centre of a planning row. The house, an architectural homage to 1960s cartoon The Flintstones, has been a landmark in Hillsborough, California, since it was built in 1976. However, the addition of colourful mushroom ornaments and dinosaur sculptures by new owner Florence Fang last year irked planning officials, who say the property is a public nuisance and landscaping was added without permits. NBC Bay Area reported that a lawsuit had been filed “because the landscaping improvements create a highly visible eyesore and are out of keeping with community standards” and that an order “required that they be removed”. “Removing the statues would devastate many of our childhood memories we have of this beautiful home,” says Helen Garcia, the woman who started the petition.
There ought to be a special place in heaven for cafés that give you a little helping of crinkled crisps with your sandwich. @amyohconnor
Just remembered the time my da sent me a card thanking me ‘for attending Anne’s funeral’ ... Anne being my granny. @Eoin_OF
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GOINGOUTOUT WHAT’S BIG IN MUSIC, CINEMA AND TV Camille O’Sullivan
Pushing Irish radio to play ‘our’ music
PICK WEEK OF THE
APRIL 23 (TUESDAY)
Rock Against Homelessness @ Olympia Theatre, €35 A COLLECTION of Irish stars (including some secret guests) play a charity show in the beautiful Olympia. Camille O’Sullivan, Jerry Fish and Aidan Gillen already confirmed..
APRIL 18 (THURSDAY)
Dropkick Murphys @ Vicar Street, €40 Mark Geary @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €15 Gavin James @ Olympia Theatre, SOLD OUT Brian Deady @ The Sugar Club, €19
APRIL 19 (FRIDAY)
Gavin James @ Olympia Theatre, SOLD OUT Chewing On Tinfoil @ The Workman’s Club, €10 Jamie Adam @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €10
APRIL 20 (SATURDAY)
Vulpynes @ The Academy 2, €14 One of Ireland’s fastest-rising Heavy Rock bands play their biggest headline show, to date. A real ‘I was there’ for five years down the line... E.B The Younger @ Whelan’s, €20 Kean Kavanagh @ The Workman’s Club, SOLD OUT Liam Geddes @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €12 Ali Shaheed Muhammad + Adrian Younge @ The Sugar Club, €23 (late show)
APRIL 21 (SUNDAY)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ Olympia Theatre, SOLD OUT Hoodman Blind @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €10
APRIL 23 (TUESDAY)
Kryan @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €8
APRIL 24 (WEDNESDAY)
Belo @ Vicar Street, €34 Haley Heynderickx @ Whelan’s, €14 Paul McKenna Band @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €12 Mark Guiliana @ The Sugar Club, €23
Vulpynes! See more about their April 20 gig, above
IRISH musicians are arguably as successful today as they’ve ever been. Hozier recently topped the Billboard Top 100 in the US – only the fourth Irish act ever to do so. Duo Picture This, a homegrown pop-rock act, headlined an incredible five consecutive nights at the 3Arena earlier this month, in front of nearly 70,000 punters. A stunning and internationally acclaimed HipHop scene has emerged, seemingly from nowhere. From an industry perspective, though, Ireland does still struggle. There’s a lack of joined-up thinking. Irish radio plays a disappointingly small amount of homegrown tracks, and even the PR link-ups between musicians and journalists are convoluted and could use some simplicity, joined-up thinking, and targeting. Sinead Troy, one of the founders of PlayIrish, knows all about the issues. Troy runs the Irish arm of Yangaroo, a PR concept aimed at delivering new music digitally. She manages singersongwriter Cathy Davey, and also manages IASCA, an organisation focused on increasing Irish radio play. PlayIrish is her team’s attempt to push the radio-
play agenda forward. “There’s a bottleneck in artists getting out there,” the extremely enthusiastic Troy tells Dublin Gazette over the phone. Her passion for her work immediately jumps out: the names of Irish acts to explore drip from the conversation, from the obvious – Kodaline, and Picture This – to lesser-known acts such as Nina Hynes and Conor Walsh. “We’ll be playing the big acts and the little acts. The playlist is very much dictated by quality,” Troy tells us. “We love seeing anyone doing well. A lot of thwe big acts bring Irish support acts on tour, and that really helps everyone along. “One of the tracks we have on the current playlist is a debut single. I think it says a lot about the quality of the scene that we can have a really varied playlist. “I was listening earlier and I Shazamed a couple of tracks as I just had to know who they were. “I hope that’s the effect we’ll have – the quality is really high.” The primary issues with
Guilt and blame strike at the heart of Carrigstown
THERE’S some heavy tension between Doug and Sean this week, with Ray feeling a little compromised over Sean asserting his role. Will the pair pull together and cooperate for Wayne’s sake? As Orla and Sash get ready to head to Prague, Orla struggles with the thought of being away from Junior, with the pair sharing an emotional farewell at the airport. However, Decco’s words of encouragement as Sash leaves for Prague leave her feeling guilty. Sharon invests her money in cryptocurrency, with her investment soon paying off lucratively. Anto urges caution but it falls on stunned Sharon’s deaf ears. This week, there’s talk of rezoning the local
The Picture This lads – just one small part of our modern, diverse Irish music scene that’s long since left ‘the usual suspects’ behind. Picture: Caroline Torri
the industry Troy identifies are largely financial, but PlayIrish is part of an attempt to find solutions, rather than dwell too much on the problems. “Take managers,” she says, “not many bands have the money to pay them, and it’s a lot of work. “Nobody is going to work for years for no money, so you don’t have the quality of managers you might find in the UK, for example. “Then there are issues such as DJs receiving tracks in the wrong format, so they can’t play them. “It’s hard to get a spot on
Radio Player, and we have been offered that to do this with PlayIrish. “It has to be managed well. We’ll really be focusing on just the music, not on mixing it with talk or anything else. “I hope, down the line, we’ll have shows for different genres, for example. We’d love to have a classical hour highlighting Irish classical music. There are a lot of possibilities. “We’re at the point where we really need to push ourselves forward. “I won’t name the station, but we’ve already had another Irish station
Junior and Wayne
park for development. Tessa reveals to Eoghan she’s had an offer on the flat but is worried about Melanie, leading to some inner conflict over telling her about her plans for the flat. Decco buys Charlotte an expensive gift in return for help minding Samantha, leading to a jealous Melanie. However, it isn’t long before someone in
put a couple of tracks from the PlayIrish playlist onto their playlist. “That’s the kind of thing that matters, and a great result when we’ve only been streaming a couple of weeks. It shows people are listening. “We’ve been making a point of saying to the artists that if they aren’t tuning in, why would anyone else? “For the Irish music scene, this is about taking our power back. It could be something really special.” To listen to PlayIrish, visit the website at playIrish.ie.
the village damages Charlotte’s car, leaving her adamant to find out who the culprit is, with someone innocent eventually taking the blame. The stress of lying is getting to Wayne and his heart breaks when Junior tells him what he wants to be when he grows up. Tommy and Wayne attempt to keep the peace as Zak clashes with Decco and Charlotte. Tommy fails to stop Zak rubbing Decco up the wrong way but Charlotte is warming to him. Anto and Sharon prevent Lee from backing out of his new job, but Anto is left fuming when he discovers that he may have been too late. Fair City fans take note – there’s no broadcast on RTE One this Easter Sunday
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Daniel Dae Kim, David Harbour and Sasha Lane go looking for trouble in Hellboy’s underwhelming 2019 reboot
CINEMA | REBOOT BEGS THE SIMPLE QUESTION: WHY?
Better the devil we knew in the earlier films about Hellboy SHANE DILLON
I CAN’T call myself a Hellboy expert, but I’d liked the relatively recent films (2004, 2008), as well as being vaguely familiar with the character even before director Guillermo del Toro brought his singular touch to Hellboy’s universe back then. So the news that Hellboy was getting a total reboot, sans del Toro or Ron Perlman back as ‘Big Red’ again, promoted a “Hell, no!” response from lots of Hellboy fans, including me. In loosely adapting a number of the cult comic’s base stories and characters, stirring in lots of Arthurian legend and then ramping up gory elements, the end result is something of a hellish mess. In this Hellboy (Cert 16, 121 mins), the titular character (gamely played by Stranger Things’ David Harbour) is a grumpy but very powerful supernatural asset at a secret agency that itself fights paranormal beings and events. Hellboy has a poor relationship with
his human ‘dad’, agency leader Bruttenholm (Ian McShane, in a largely thankless expositiondump role), with his own origins and life as a demon raised by humans who slaughters other demons putting Hellboy in an uncomfortable zone. However, Hellboy has to set aside his own inner demons to help tackle the film’s ‘big bad’: Nimue, an ancient witch that the film sets up early on as a supremely powerful, evil being. Thanks to a whole mishmash of Arthurian legend bits and bobs, Nimue was defeated back then, then dismembered and her bits and bobs scattered across England before she could succeed at her game of kill-all-thehumans. In the present wo r l d
however, with the news that someone’s been gathering Nimue’s remains, the race is on to find and stop them before Nimue is resurrected and literal Hell is unleashed on earth. Now, if only Hellboy wasn’t torn between his feelings of saving all the humans, or feeling “To hell with them all” – a feeling that Nimue’s keen to exploit ... There’s a lot more than that going on here, with the film throwing everything but the blood-soaked kitchen sink into this frequently gory reboot. It’s also saddled with a busy plot – so much so that Hellboy’s supporting characters and actors d o n ’ t quite get the attention they should. How-
ever, there are more pressing, issues that hamper the film throughout, such as occasionally ropey effects, clumsy editing and an underwhelming script and muddled plot. To be fair, there are things to like here, too. Some of the monster designs and settings are great, some of the gorier moments are very effective, there’s good support from Milla Jovovich as Nimue and Daniel Dae Kim as Hellboy’s M11 agent partner, and Harbour – while no Perlman – is okay as everyone’s favourite grumpy demon hero. However, damning Hellboy with faint praise just can’t save this reboot, and it’s hard not to think “What a bloody mess” after seeing this. Maybe Hellboy should just have stayed in production hell... Verdict: 3/10
“Whaddya mean, Ron Perlman was better in the other Hellboy films?” As the titular Big Red himself, David Harbour gamely does his best, but the film fizzes rather than pops
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The Rose Hotel offers a relaxing respite from the hussle and bussle of the capital
KERRY | RELAX AND UNWIND IN THE BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS OF TERRIFIC TRALEE
A jewel in the kingdom’s crown RACHEL D’ARCY
SELF-CARE is one of the most important things you can do for your health, in addition to taking a break from the stresses of daily life. So why not combine the two? The Rose Hotel in Tralee have recently introduced a new boosting facial at their Serenity Spa, which promises to leave you brighter, lighter and glowing – so naturally, we had to try it out for ourselves. Upon arrival at the fourstar Rose Hotel, the welcoming surrounds immediately felt like home. Modern, but with the right hint of comfort, a double room at the hotel is packed with all the amenities needed for two people, delivered with a luxury that’s second to none. Luxurious furniture in divine fabrics and a bed like a cloud were two of the perks to our room for the weekend, alongside complimentary wifi and
parking. Location-wise, the hotel is perfect for those on a quick trip to the Kingdom, or for families looking for a slightly longer break as it’s located just beside the Aquadome. The hotel is located near the Tralee Golf Club too, complete with Arnold Palmer-designed course, so it’s also a great spot for golf enthusiasts looking to unwind after a round or two. The hotel promises easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry and more. T h e s u r ro u n d s o f the hotel are gorgeous, too – we took a walk through the wilds of the south-west around the unspoilt, natural beauty of the locality that would be enough to encourage a return visit. After a rejuvenating hike through some of the best scenery the country has to offer, a trip to the spa to relax, and to experience The Elemis Super-
The hotel promises easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry and more
food Pro Radiance Facial (€85). The facial is packed full of essential minerals and superfoods, applied with a gentle care and light touch. It’s such a delectable, relaxing experience, that you must be careful not to succumb to sleep
whilst being pampered! It leaves the skin feeling supple and refined for days after, delivering a glow as if one had just returned from a week in the sun. Delivered in the surrounds of the beautifully designed Serenity Spa, each room at the
spa has several features intended to help create the most tranquil experience possible. Incredible design features – such as a mix of colours and soft textures teamed with mood lighting – provide a sanctuary, that allows you to forget the woes of a
busy, daily life. To round off a perfect, relaxing day, the newly renovated Rose Room delivers an á la carte menu with a difference, with Vegan and Vegetarian menus also on offer. Subtle flavours pack a punch, in a surrounding that puts you totally at
ease, the best finale to a relaxing break from the city. The Rose Hotel offers a relaxing respite from the hussle and bussle of the capital, with reasonable rates. For more, be sure to check out therosehotel. com.
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A GUIDE TO TEMPTING FOOD AND LOCATIONS RECIPE | THIS VARIATION ON TRADITIONAL LAMB WILL GO DOWN A TREAT
Capture a taste of Easter with lamb GARY IBBOTSON
FOR those of you looking to celebrate Easter with a wonderful lamb recipe, you’re in luck! This Bord Bia recipe for Roast Spiced Leg of Lamb with Coriander Yogurt dish serves 8-10 people, takes about one and three-quarter hours to cook, and is ideally served with sauteed spinach and potatoes roasted with ground coriander. Enjoy! Ingredients • 1 leg of lamb, approx. 2.5kgs • Salt and freshly ground black pepper Spice Mix • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground coriander • 1 tsp ras-el-hanout paste • 1 tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp salt • 2 tbs tomato puree • Zest and juice of two
To make the coriander yoghurt: • While the lamb is cooking, combine all the ingredients for the coriander yoghurt. Taste and season with a little salt and black pepper.
lemons • 2 tbs rapeseed oil
Coriander Yogurt • 150ml natural/Greekstyle yogurt • 1 tbs tahini • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 1 tbs lemon juice • 2 tbs fresh coriander leaves, chopped
To serve: • Boil up the juices in the roasting tin along with a little water or wine, the reserved spice mix and a squeeze of lemon juice. • Slice the lamb and serve with the strained pan juices, the coriander yoghurt, sauteed spinach and some spicy potatoes.
Preparation There’s a bit of work to get through here, but tackle these parts in order and you’ll have a delish lamb dish before you know it. To prepare the spice mix: • Mix together all the ingredients. • Set aside 1 tbs of the mix to add to the gravy, then rub the remainder all over the lamb. (If possible, do this the day before and leave the lamb in the fridge overnight.)
To cook the lamb: • Heat the oven to Gas Mark 5, 190°C (375°F). • Take the lamb out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking to allow it to get to room temperature. • Place the lamb in a roasting tin and place in
the oven, uncovered, for one and a quarter hours. (The lamb will be cooked to medium at this stage.) • Remove from the oven, cover loosely in foil and allow to rest for up to 30 minutes. Reserve the juices in the pan.
To cook the potatoes: • Toss some parboiled chopped potatoes in a little oil and a mixture of finely chopped onion which has been sauteed along with chopped garlic, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a quarter tsp ground coriander. • Roast in the oven with the lamb for 20 minutes. • Just before serving, stir through a handful of chopped coriander leaves and the juice of half a lime. • Tuck in, and enjoy!
Cross town to an old bar
with many names and fans
BANG in the middle of Harold’s Cross is a pub that has a host of different owners and names. On the site where there has always been a bar, what is now McGarry’s was previously the CrossBar; before that, it was Quinns, sold by the now Notorious Sean Quinn in 2005; before that, it was The Leinster; and, before all that, it was Healy’s. Having been through so many incarnations, McGarry’s has surprisingly kept an old-skool feel, with small coves opposite a long bar all built around a large fire. The space in the pub means it’s a fine place to watch matches, and next door in the lounge/restaurant is the home of the Liverpool supporters’ club in Dublin. It’s also a place where you can get a good pizza and play pool. Arguably the best part of McGarry’s though is its beer garden. The pint in McGarry’s doesn’t do too much wrong. Could definitely have held the cream longer, but the taste and temperature were just about right. The pint itself was fine, served in an engaging venue @guinnessadvisor
FOOD & TRAVEL CRAFTBEERCORNER Go To IPA - Stone Brewing Session IPA 4.5% ABV PALE MAILE, Beer Aficionado THIS BEER originates from one of the forefathers of craft beer in the US but now can be found on our shores. A nice session IPA which will allow you to enjoy that great hoppy flavour and still be able to walk afterwards. This IPA does have a more piney, fruity flavour than others, but you will certainly notice the hops. There are a range of US beers appearing on our supermarket shelves but this would be a good place to start for those wanting to try that Californian West Coast IPA taste.
Lindt campaign your support for Temple St
LINDT Chocolate Ireland are once again planning to “Make Easter Sweet for Temple Street”. This year, they are spreading the magic of Easter to the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords as well as to Dundrum Town Centre, which has been home to the initiative for the past two years. The Lindt Gold Bunny Personalisation Station is setting up at both locations this year, with something extra special in store for customers. Running until this Saturday, April 20, customers at both centres can personalise their very own Lindt Gold Bunny (200g) for just €6, with funds raised going to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital Top comic Jason Byrne was a real sweetie when he popped over to Temple Street to help launch the initiative, where staff Edel Farrell, Ciara O’Reilly and Heather Lehane were happy to help.
Changing culture hits Easter traditional fare
A SURVEY conducted by JustEat.ie has found that while publicans celebrated the opening of their premises on Good Friday last year, more people than ever chose to uphold Easter tradition and order in, with the demand for fish and chips up by 67% in 2018. The study also predicts a further order increase in 2019, as 50% of people asked plan on hosting the obligatory house party. Unlike the main event at Christmas, the traditional Easter Sunday roast continues to lose momentum, with customers in Dublin and Cork city in particular now more likely to feast on a spice bag than a roast lamb. Promising a four-day weekend for many, 20% of customers on Good Friday will be stuck in the office but 30% of these unlucky souls will head to the local pub “for the novelty factor”.
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THIRD TIME LUCKY BASKETBALL: IT PROVED to be third time lucky for Templeogue as they got their hands on the Champions Trophy for the first time at DCU Sport on Sunday . The Dubliners had lost this final on three of the last four occasions and they were determined not to do so again. In their way was a depleted Belfast Star team who were without the services of All-Star Mike Davis.
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Dublin look for revenge against Cork CÓILÍN DUFFY
A LITTLE over 120 minutes of football could see Dublin retain the Lidl Division 1 Ladies Football League title for the first time in their history, but before then a stiff test awaits against Cork in the semi-final this Sunday at 2pm in Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Mick Bohan’s side captured Division 1 league silverware for the first time last May, with a 3-15 to 1-10 win over Mayo in the decider. Leinster and All-Ireland success followed - the latter following victory over Cork in the decider to take a two in a row of Brendan Martin Cup successes. Five points separated the sides last September, and just short of a fortnight ago in the final Round of the group stages the margin was similar - but this time the swing was in Cork’s favour in Mallow. Both sides already advanced to the last-four, but semi-final placings were
still at stake. That 2-13 to 2-8 win will give Cork huge confidence ahead of Sunday’s battle according to Dublin manager Mick Bohan. “It was a good chance for some of our players to test themselves against one of the top sides in the country,” he said. “We don’t like to lose any game and it always hurts when you do so yea we are hurting a bit now.” It was just Dublin’s second loss of the league, after an opening day defeat to Donegal they recorded five wins on the bounce. Goals from Niamh Cotter and Marie O’Callaghan were key as Cork gained some revenge for their All-Ireland final loss to Dublin. After the game Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald urged caution. “They were missing a number of players, but I am delighted with the performance of our younger girls and this league has been very good for us in finding a number of new players. We
Castleknock’s Rachel Fleming made her Senior Dublin debut between the posts against Tipperary, and featured strongly against Cork last time out. Picture: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
know the semi-final will be a totally different affair and they will be far stronger next day out.” Five points separated the sides last time, but Cork have delivered some big wins in the group stages, and prior to beating Dublin they accounted for Donegal (21) and Mayo (16). Dublin’s previous two games saw a
10-point win over Monaghan, followed up with a four-point win over Galway. The Westerners subsequently finished on top of the group with six wins - their only loss coming against the Metropolitans. There’s no doubt a tight encounter is in prospect again this weekend, with the winners to face Donegal or Galway.
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SOCCER: MOCHTA’S ANOTHER STEP ON THE ROAD
LUCAN SARSFIELDS LUCAN SARSFIELDS ANOTHER fabulous Féile has passed, with both
teams playing with greatAheart, spirit and deterWELL done to the Junior la mination; culminating with our Division 1 side bringing home the Cup to take a two-in-a-row. It was great to see the teams mix with our Senior hurlers during the week as well, giving them that added inspiration and our Senior hurlers have a massive week themselves this week, they play the second round of Championship this Friday (Good Friday) at 6:30pm vs Setanta in O’Toole Park, Crumlin. Your Support can really make a difference and it is very welcome and appreciated. 3 out of the 4 Adult Football teams claimed Championship wins. Our Senior footballers unbeaten all year, dispatched Skerries Harps on Friday. Thanks to all who travelled to Garristown, next up for them is Ballyboden on Thursday 25th April at 7:30pm in Monastery Road, Clondalkin. Support welcome. On Good Friday, there is a Club Clean up; this of course takes of elbow grease and of course we need YOU, the club members, the volunteers to give whatever time you can, we are particularly looking for those with specialised skills such as landscaping, electricians, carpenters etc. etc. but all forms of help as always is welcome. 10am start. Well done Millie, Lily, Lauren (c), Phoebe and Sinead who were part of the Dublin U16 camogie team who beat Wexford to qualify for the Leinster Final. Also to Emma O’Brien who had a big win v Kildare with the Dublin U16 LF team. Also a good win for the Dublin Minor Ladies footballerswith Katie, Laura and Abbey involved. Lotto: No winner on 11th April, Numbers: 2, 10, 11 and 18 . Next weeks’ jackpot €4,200. Lucky Dips Winners: Kevin Fitzgerald, Mick Casey, Patrick O’Loughlin, Hannah Kelly, Gerry McDermott. Easter Eggs: Gabriel, Seagan+Sinead, Keith Hannon, Grainne Burke, JMcGivney, Pat Glover, Orna Thompson, Oliver Mann, Che McGann, Cormac Gordon. Play Online, or tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms. Senior Hurlers have a social night planned for Saturday 27th April, Dionse will play in the clubhouse. Tickets are €10 each and can be got from any of the senior hurlers or Kathleen Roche.
ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN FOLLOWING defeat to Naomh O FootballOUR Senior ers lost their Senior 2 Football Championship opener against St Maurs. Disappointment also in the Championship for our Junior A Footballers who were beaten by Clontarf and Junior B’s who lost to Ballyboden St Enda. Our Minor A Hurlers lost their league clash against Na Fianna but the B Hurlers beat St Kevin’s. Well done to our Under 14 Boys who reached their Féile semi-final but were beaten by Naomh Mearnog. We’re hosting Oíche le cúpla focail on Saturday 27th April in the club. We’re encouraging Members and the wider Clondalkin com-
munity to join us for cúpla focail. It will all be a bit of fun for people who want to have light conversation in Irish. It begins at 8.30pm and all welcome to join us. Round Tower Lotto 8th April 2019. Jackpot: €7,900. Numbers drawn: 6,12,17,18 bonus ball 19. No overall winner and no bonus ball winner. 3 x €100 winners: Leona Clarke, Gaa for Ma’s, Martina Lyons. Thank you to all who support our weekly Lotto. Bingo every Tuesday night in the club with first call at 8.30pm. This week’s jackpot €1,000 for a full house if checked within 52 numbers. Otherwise €20 for a full house. All welcome.
The All-Weather pitches which were reopened recently at Collinstown Park Community School.
Giant Cup killers await biggest test in FAI Cup FAI CUP DAVE DONNELLY
COLLINSTOWN face arguably the biggest game of their short existence on Friday night when they travel to face St Mochta’s in the first round of the FAI Cup. The Neilstown club, formed in 2007 have forged something of a reputation as cup giantkillers during their rapid ascent up the leagues, first in the AUL and now in the Leinster Senior League. A Leinster Senior Cup run in 2016 saw Kevin Carroll’s side see off League of Ireland sides Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers before
being edged out by Wexford Youths in the semifinals. Since switching from the AUL to LSL two years ago, Collinstown have achieved successive promotions to gain intermediate status. They remain in the hunt for another prom o t i o n , s i t t i n g fo u r points off the promotion places in Sunday Senior 1B with a game in hand. T h ey re a c h e d t h e quarter-finals this year in their first ever appearance in the FAI Intermediate Cup, bowing out with a narrow defeat away to Rockmount. That run earned them a place in the first round of FAI Senior Cup but they could hardly have
drawn tougher opponents in the form of St Mochta’s. The 2016/17 LSL Sunday Senior champions endured a tough year last year but have bounced back this season with a number of eye-catching signings including Craig Hyland and Mick Daly. Un b e a te n C r u m l i n United are all but confirmed champions but Mochta’s remain in the frame for second place despite losing out 3-2 at home to Cherry Orchard on Sunday. Hyland, coincidentally, was the man between the sticks for Shamrock Rovers when a brace from Dean Ebbe earned the then AUL side a 2-0 win over the Hoops at
Tallaght Stadium. E l s e w h e r e, L u c a n United welcome Limerick side Ashling Annacotty, who will face Sheriff YC in the semifinals of the FAI Junior Cup next week, to west Dublin. John Doyle’s side have been in flying form this season and look set to gain promotion from LSL Sunday Senior 1A as they lead the table by four points with seven games to go. Lucan were stunned by local rivals Collinstown in the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup as Carroll’s side ran out 6-1 winners at the SDFL Complex, and will be unlikely to u n d e re s t i m a te t h e i r opponents. Newtown Rangers also
made it to the last 16 of the Intermediate Cup this season, where they were knocked out in a 3-2 thriller against UCC. Glenn Madden’s side had twice equalised on their home pitch but were stunned when a last-minute strike from Matthew McKevitt stole victory for the college. They’ve been drawn against Cork opposition once more in the FAI Cup, however, and will again face home advantage when Avondale United arrive in Tallaght on Saturday. Avondale have made it all the way to the final of the Intermediate Cup, having seen off Cork sides Cobh Wanderers, Midleton and Rockmount on the way.
Chance to train with Kearney
To celebrate Irish Rugby International Rob Kearney’s partnership with the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the European Milk Forum’s “Everything starts with milk”, aspiring young rugby stars can win a training session with Rob for their school or club team. The competition is open to all teams with
players from 12 to 18 years old from schools and clubs. To enter send a short, creative video explaining why you and your team would love to train with Rob, and how you incorporate milk into your everyday diet. Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm May 10th. See www.ndc.ie for more.
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BASKETBALL: CLONDALKIN CLUB CONTINUE THEIR EPIC RISE TO THE TOP TABLE
Lions roar into Super League SUPER LEAGUE PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAYOFF Abbey Seals Dublin Lions C and S Neptune email@example.com
ABBEY Seals Dublin Lions will play their 2019/2020 season in the Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League thanks to a 79-70 point win over C and S Neptune in the relegation/promotion battle held at IT Carlow this week. Stunning performances from young stars Finn Hughes and Igor Markiewicz, coupled with a rebounding masterclass from Lions’ American, Conroy Baltimore, saw the Clondalkin club in the lead from the word go. A fast-paced opening quarter saw Muhamed Sabic get Lions’ off the mark early with a big three-pointer that set the tone for Lions’ offense for the game. Scores from David Murray, Lehmon Colbert and Cian Heaphy kept Neptune’s scoring ticking over, but a spread of scores from Sabic, Baltimore, Igor Markiewicz and Hughes saw Lions into a 25-19 lead at the end of the first. The second quarter followed in the same vein, with an Adam Heaphy basket and a run of scores from Ger Noonan keeping the pressure on Lions inside, but again, sharpshooting from Baltimore, Markiewicz and Hughes saw Lions keep their noses in front at the half time break, 44-33. A much tighter third quarter followed, with Neptune
finding their rhythm inside and Colbert beginning to punish for defensive lapses, while Roy Downey hit a big three to keep the game in the melting pot. Again, Hughes stepped up with a huge three for Lions at the other end, and he added two more in the quarter to see the Dubliners lead 59-52 going into the last. A nervy fourth quarter followed as momentum began to edge in Neptune’s favour, with Cian Heaphy and Colbert dominating on offense and, as the clock began to tick down, they brought the game back within three points – a huge three pointer from Darragh O’Sullivan leaving the scoreboard at 73-70. That was to be Neptune’s last score of the game though, as big defensive boards from Baltimore helped to stem the tide once more, and scores from Sabic, coupled with free throws from Maguire and Sabic again saw Lions safely home to victory and officially promoted. “This is massive for everyone, we’re so happy,” said Lions’ boss, Rob White afterwards. “You’ve got to feel sorry for Neptune, they came out to play, and haven’t played a game in a few weeks and yet had us on the ropes in the fourth quarter. “As competitors we just want to play, we’re a young team, we’re energetic and we’ll run all day. “When you consider we had four Under 20s and Conroy on the floor for a large percentage of the game tonight, it just shows that there’s a big future here – the fact that they could all step up and do that this evening was incredible.”
Abbey Seal Dublin Lions’ Finn Hughes was in sparkling form. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile
The Templeogue Under-14 side
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TEMPLEOGUE’S Under14s completed an incredible season when they won the Basketball Ireland All-Ireland Championship in Gormanston last week, backing up their Dublin league and cup success. With two groups of four teams going head to head the boys knew they had to get off to a good start and finish first or second in the group to go
through to Sundays semifinals. First up, they saw off Ballincollig from Cork 47-26 with Daniel Carbery taking 22 of those points. They followed up with a 55-27 win over Mucko Lakers from Carrickmacross with Jack Finn top scoring. Wi t h a se m i - f i n a l assured, they lost their third group game 48-37 to Galway’s Corrib. It left them the night to regroup and get some rest before facing anoth-
er Galway side, Titans, the winners of the other group. Head coach, Jay Fazande had spent Saturday night working on tactics for the semi-final and they were ready for the task in hand and stormed into a 32-15 lead by half time and maintained that pace to win out 46-30. It set up a rematch against Corrib. Like the first match, the westerners were quicker out of the blocks and ended the first quarter up 12-7.
Team captains Jacob Fazande and Jack Finn started the second quarter and immediately began to cut the deficit, levelling at 19 points each. The third quarter was all Templeogue with back to back threes from Finn along with baskets from Jacob Fazande and Carberry drove Templeogue to open a 13 point lead. They never looked back and won the title 45-29, closing out a brilliant season in memorable style.
30 DUBLIN GAZETTE WEST 18 April 2019
ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN ALL are welcome to our annual Féile Quiz this coming Thursday 18 April at 9pm in the Palmerstown House. Another date for your diary is Friday night 31 May when we will be holding a dinner dance and award ceremony in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. More details to follow, all are welcome. Lots of juvenile matches in football, hurling and camogie. More information on our Facebook page and weekly report during the week. Well done to the senior camogie team on their win last weekend. Unfortunately, the senior footballers lost out to Round Towers of Lusk in the championship on Saturday. However, the junior footballers came out on top against St Sylvester’s. Fixture details will be posted for all matches during the week. Hurling skills for our younger players on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Two Lotto jackpots again this weekend - €10,000 and €1,200. The numbers in the first draw were 1, 7, 8 and 17; and 4, 16, 22 and 30 in the second. There were three match 3 winners – Gerry Cahill, Pat McDermott and Mary Flood who won €70 each. The jackpots next week will be €10,000 and €1,400. The draw takes place on Sunday night in the Palmerstown House at 10pm. Lotto tickets are available online at and from SuperValu, Palmerstown House, and Manor Hair Studios. Thank you again for all your support.
GAA : LOCAL STARS FEATURE AT GAA HQ
Stars of the future shine at Croke Park
THOMAS DAVIS SENIOR Football team drew 0-10 to 1-7 with Raheny in Senior Football Championship, Intermediate and Junior 4 teams suffered defeats in their Championships.Junior 2 Team had a 1-10 to 0-7 win over Fingal Ravens. Junior 2 championship result: Fingal ravens 0-7 TD 1-10. Minor Hurling Team were defeated 3-8 to 0-7 by St Vincent’s. A huge congratulations to Olwen Carey (pictured) who has been named WGPA Ladies Footballer of the Month for March. Due to a very high volume of interest in this years Easter Camp we have almost reached capacity. Anyone who has not yet registered and wishes to do so should text Stephen ASAP (087 679 5720) as places will be limited. The Senior Camogie team were nar-
rowly beaten by Ballyboden St Endas last Thursday.Next up is Peregrines at home this Thursday through in is at 7.15 all support is welcome. U12’s beat Emmets last Saturday, U13’s beat Ballyboden St Endas on Sunday. U-8s and U-9s were also in action with some fantastic displays. With the numbers constantly growing across all teams now is a great time to get involved in Camogie with Thomas Davis. Ladies Minor Football Team had a League win at the weekend, junior ladies lost their match. Congrats to Old Bawn Community School senior ladies football team on winning a Leinster title, well done to Orlagh Mc Guigan on receiving player of the match award. Lotto numbers 6, 8, 19, 20. No winners jackpot next week €6,250
WANDERERS LOTTO: No winner of this weeks jackpot, numbers drawn were 30-31-36. €25 goes to Ruby Clarke, Noel Mooney, Aidan Murtagh, Damien Gallagher. Jackpot next week is €7,500. Our Lotto is now online through our Website or Facebook page. Our Easter Table Quiz is this holy Thursday the 18th of April in the Merry Ploughboy. Congratulation to our Men’s Junior A side who beats Stars in the Championship. Congratulations also to our U8’s who competed in the go games in Croke park on Sunday. If you are interested in playing for our Adult Men’s teams this season please contact Dave on 0877256754. If you are interested in joining our Ladies team this season please contact Dionne on 0879315556 for more info. Our Juvenile training has now returned on Saturday mornings and Wed evenings along with the nursery on Saturday mornings, please contact Fergal on 0876213142 for more details, the club is looking for new members at all levels so please reach out as per above if interested. If you would like a Match Report or Photos submitted to the website or press please contact email@example.com. All items for the club notes must be submitted by Sunday evening to pro@ wanderersgaa.ie.
The Round Towers Clondalkin team who were in action at the Littlewoods Ireland Go Games at Croke Park.
OVER 6,000 children from across the country, and many from local Dublin clubs got their chance to line out in Croke Park in the last few days as part of the Littlewoods Go Games Activity Days and the Ladies Gaelic Football Associations Under 10 Blitz. Young players from Round Towers Clondalkin; Ballyboden Wanderers, St. Peters’ in Phibsboro; Skerries Harps, Pa r n e l l s, K i l m a c u d Crokes, Naomh Mearnóg, St Sylvesters, Howth and Clontarf were involved. Across the weekend,
Croke Park hosted Phase Two of the Littlewoods Ireland GAA Go Games Provincial Days. with Littlewoods Ireland proud to sponsor such a fantastic initiative, where every child gets a go to play in Croke Park. Dublin clubs joined their counterparts from all over Connacht, Ulster Leinster and Munster for the blitzes. This unique occasion is something that all young GAA players dream of, from the moment a child watches an All-Ireland Final on the television or picks up their first hurl. As well as getting the chance to play on the hallowed turf of Croke
STEPHEN TOPS Brothers Pearse Athlete wins in Connemara ATHLETICS: Stephen Connon,
runner with Brothers Pearse in Knockyon took the top position in the Connemara Ultra Marathon on Sunday last. In what were described as ‘very tough conditions’ of wind and rain, Stephen had seven minutes to spare over second place. Other club performances included Damian Kelly (4th-Ultra), Christine Moncelet-Kinsella (2nd) & Karen Clarke (5th).
Park, we brought along the GAA comedians The 2 Johnnies! They took over Instagram stories as well which provided you at home a chance to see all the action. There were plenty of laughs had by all and the 2 Johnnies even took to the pitch to referee. On Monday, 62 clubs, representing 31 counties, lined out at Croke Park in the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s Activity Day for Under 10’s. Every year the LGFA is assigned one activity day in Croke Park. This has been used for Gaelic4Girls, Gaelic4Teens, schools and clubs in the past few years. This year,
Croke Park staged an Under 10 Go Games Blitz. Clubs from all over the country were selected to partic ipate in the blitz, and there will be a maximum of 15 players on each panel, with two mentors per team. Go Games blitzes were held across the country in March. At the county designated U10 blitzes, all participating teams were entered into a draw and the lucky teams were picked to participate in the Croke Park Activity Day. Go Games promote full participation and fair play while catering for the developmental needs of the participants.
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GAELIC FOOTBALL: GREAT CHAMPIONSHIP START FOR LUCAN SARSFIELDS
Sars’ win as Thomas Davis draw in SFC
Crummey scoops National gong with DCU
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LUCAN Sarsfields began their Dublin Senior Football campaign in Group 2 last Friday with an impressive 3-14 to 1-10 win over Skerries Harps in Garristown. Brendan Gallagher fired an impressive 2-9 - seven of which came from placed balls, with Gallagher twice finding the net in the closing 10 minutes of normal time. Lucan corner-back Alan Murphy had an impressive game, given the difficult man-marking assignment of curtailing Skerries’ dangerous inside forward Stephen Smith, he emerged with much credit. However, it was Harps who made the better start and hit two early points inside the opening three minutes before Brian Collopy’s 11th minute goal ignited the Lucan challenge.
Sarsfields hit the next six points without reply with Gallagher, from frees and play, contributed four as they opened up a 1-6 to 0-2 lead by the 17th minute. Skerries battled back with scores from Collie Daly, Kevin Gilmore and Mark Boylan and by the break Lucan held a 1-8 to 0-5 lead. Midway through the second period sub Ciarán Murphy grabbed the Skerries goal to make it 1-12 to 1-7. But Lucan fended off any chance of a late Skerries resurgence with goals from Gallagher in the 52nd and 60th minutes to run out 10-point victors. Eoin Keogh grabbed the games only goal for Raheny in their 1-7 to 0-10 draw with Thomas Davis. Meanwhile in the Dublin Senior Football Championship 2, last year’s beaten
finalists St Mary’s Saggart, opened their Dublin SFC2 Group 4 with a thoroughly deserved 1-15 to 1-6 victory over Parnell’s at Parnell Park on Thursday night. The Saggart/ Rathcoole men showed intent from the first whistle and quickly moved into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead inside 13 minutes with scores from James Ti m m o n s ( f re e) , Karl Finn and two from the impressive Blaine Kelly. Mary’s looked well organised at the back with Ciarán Dunne emerging from defence in possession on several occasions. However, Parnell’s best move of the game resulted in a brilliantly taken Darragh Joyce goal in the 14th minute fol-
Brendan Gallagher fired an impressive 2-9 for Lucan Sarsfields against Skerries Harps in their SFC opener in Garristown
lowing a pacey run by centre-forward John Dignam. Joyce added two frees to edge the Coolock side in front, 1-2 to 0-4, with a little under ten minutes remaining in the half. Mary’s, though, finished the half in style with two points from Blaine Kelly - one a free and the second a fine score off his left side and just before the break Alex Darcy and Peter Doyle combined to release Ciarán Howard at pace and he set up Timmons for a goal to give his side a four-point advantage, 1-6 to 1-2, at the interval. Early points on the resumption from Alex Darcy and Peter Doyle moved Mary’s further clear. Mary’s looked certain to score a second goal following slick interplay between Rhys Butler, Blaine Kelly and Howard but the wing-forward’s effort was parried and scrambled clear by Parnell’s. Fittingly Kelly concluded the scoring on the night to bring his tally to 0-7.
The Ballyboden Wanderers team who were in action at the Littlewoods Ireland Go Games at Croke Park.
DCU student Chris Crummey capped a strong showing for his college throughout the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup, with the Lucan Sarsfields club among two from the Glasnevin University honoured on Monday night with an Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA Rising Star award at University College Cork. Along with fellow DCU student, Kilkenny man James Bergin, the duo were honoured with prestigious awards. UCC dominated the hurling selection as Fitzgibbon Cup champions with eight recipients, with Lucan Sarsfields man Chris Crummey and fellow DCU student James Bergin also picking up accolades. Mary Immaculate College Limerick had three representatives on the hurling selection, with NUI Galway and GMIT taking one award each. Kilmacud Crokes clubman Cillian O’Shea was one of two UCD footballers honoured, with Laois’s Evan O’Carroll also honoured. The selection is dominated by players from Sigerson winners UCC, who have six players. St Mary’s College Belfast have four, with two for UCD and NUI Galway, and one from Letterkenny IT. Also named this year were the Electric Ireland Hurler of the Year, Shane Conway from UCC and the Electric Ireland Footballer of the Year, Sean O’Shea also from UCC.
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ABBEY Seals Dublin Lions will play in the Men’s Super League next season after beating C&S Neptune in Cork SEE P29
BIG TEST FOR COLLINSTOWN
SOCCER: COLLINSTOWN face arguably the biggest game on Friday night against St Mochta’s SEE P28
DUBS AIM FOR LEAGUE FINAL
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Third time lucky for Superb Templeogue MENS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS TROPHY FINAL TEMPLEOGUE BELFAST STAR email@example.com
IT PROVED to be third time lucky for Templeogue as they got their hands on the Champions Trophy for the first time at DCU Sport on Sunday . The Dubliners had lost this final on three of the last four occasions and they were determined not to do so again. In their way was a depleted Belfast Star team who were without the services of American All-Star Mike Davis. The opening quarter was scrappy as both teams tried to get a stranglehold on the game. Matthew Jackson and Sergio Vidal both scored early as Belfast showed that despite missing the league’s leading scorer, they were still a force to be reckoned with. On the other end Lorcan Murphy showed his high flying flair with an early dunk and American Dee Proby had some tough scores inside. At the end of ten minutes neither team had executed particularly well and Templeogue held the narrowest lead 17-16. In the opening half of the second quarter Star suddenly faced a seven point deficit as Templeogue went on a 11-5 run. Puff Summers was causing issues and Jean Francois Basileu added six big points off the bench.
Templeogue Basketball Club’s Men’s Super League team celebrates after winning the Champions Trophy in DCU Sports Arena on Sunday.
Despite Templeogue’s superior depth Belfast continued to attack and had joy through Conor Quinn and CJ Fulton. Fulton created the biggest talking point of the first half as he penetrated into the key finding his seven foot big man Mike Thiep under the basket for a thunderous dunk that brought the basket down temporarily. Thiep was having his best game of the year to date as he constantly altered shots as well as blocking an incredible five shots. As the halftime buzzer sounded Templeogue led by five 34-29. The second half started slowly offensively for both teams but then
great work from Neil Randolph and Lorcan Murphy saw Templeogue race out to a ten point lead at the end of the third. Mike Thiep had picked up his fourth foul and things were in danger of getting out of control for the Northern men. The neutrals feared that without the high scoring Davis avail able that Belfast Star could struggle but they showed incredible character again at the start of the fourth. Facing into a double digit deficit the team again stood up to the test. CJ Fulton who is still U17, again showed his amazing talent as he came up with a number
of huge plays. He made it to the free throw line to shoot three, before knocking down a step back three pointer to bring Star within two. A steal a=by Fulton leading to a layup by McGaharan brought the roof off as the game was suddenly tied with just five minutes to go. Rather than worry the 2018 Cup Champions the run by Belfast Star seemed to wake the sleeping giant in Templeogue as they responded with a game defining 16-2 run. Neil Randolph and Lorcan Murphy both came up with huge scores, while Stephen James and Jason Killeen also added
in big moments. The core that had won the league two years ago and the cup last season were there to be counted on as things got tight. Un fo r t u n a te l y fo r Belfast they didn’t have a response against the o n s l a u g h t a n d t h ey eventually fell away losing out on a scoreline of 77-62. The scoreline not fully showing the closeness of the contest and the battling performance by the Belfast men. In the end though it was Jason Killeen of Templeogue who had the honour of lifting the Champions Trophy while Ne il Randolph picked up the MVP honours.
BELFAST STAR: Sean Quinn, Conor Quinn (9) , CJ Fulton (16), Matthew Jackson (2), Paddy McGaharan (2), Dominic Lynn (8), Conor Johnston (6), Conor Ryan, Sergio Vidal Baldovi (10), Joe Burns, Liam Pettigrew (2), Mike Thiep (4) TEMPLEOGUE: Sam Walsh, Luke Thompson (4), Padraig Burke, Stephen James (6), Puff Summers (4), Kris Arcilla, Jean Francois Basilieu (6), Dee Proby (11), Iarla McKeon, Jason Killeen (9), Neil Randolph (19), Lorcan Murphy (18). MVP: Ne il Randolph (Templeogue)
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