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Lack of autism units in Lucan blasted MARK O’BRIEN
A LACK of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) units in Lucan schools is leading to local parents having to travel across the city to secure suitable education placements. The Lucan area has seen an unprecedented demand for ASD Units within national schools in recent years. Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF) said the situation was “shocking”.
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Leon Griffin is pictured with Ireland legend Packie Bonner at the family fun day at Liffey Valley Retail Park Lucan last week. See gallery page 6. Picture: Simon Peare
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“This has to be recognised as the denial of a child to access an appropriate education within their local community,” said Cllr O’Brien. “This is shameful and unacceptable. After all, this is where our children make friends, make their mark and find their place within their community. “This is especially important to a child who has special needs. Full Story on Page 4
Making the most of life in war-torn Syria
THE reality on the ground isn’t quite as many of us may have seen it portrayed, writes Deputy Clare Daly, based on her travels across the truly devastated landscape. P15
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‘ABSTENTIONS FACILITATED ELECTION OF SF MAYOR’
Councillors slammed for abstaining on vote for a new Mayor MARK O’BRIEN
FIANNA Fail councillors have defended their decision to abstain on the vote to elect a new mayor, saying other groups failed to give them assurances about the future running of the council. Sinn Fein councillor Mark Ward was elected as Mayor of South Dublin County Council by one vote, ahead of Cllr Vicki Casserly, with four Fianna Fail councillors abstaining. Fine Gael councillors were critical of the abstentions, saying they facilitated the election of a Sinn Fein mayor. Speaking after the vote, Fine Gael group leader on SDCC Emer Higgins said: “Today four FF councillors elected an SF Mayor in South Dublin County Council. “Our candidate Cllr Vicki Casserly lost by one vote, while four Fianna Fail councillors abstained on the vote. “The sole Green councillor, Cllr Francis Noel Duffy voted SF. I guess a vote for FF or the Greens is a vote for SF.” Cllr Higgins thanked Cllr Trevor Gilligan (FF) who voted for Cllr Casserly and conveyed her best wishes to Mayor Ward during his term. Cllr Casserly said she was disappointed with the outcome of the vote, but “honoured” to have been nominated. She said: “We demonstrated our ability to work cross party with common goals and support my agenda of an Inclusive Accessible County where equality was to the forefront. “Hugely disappointed to not have support from my friend and colleague, Fianna Fail Cllr Ed O’Brien and Cllr Charlie O’Connor, but we gave it our best and demonstrated democracy in action. “Congratulations to Cllr Mark Ward and wish you well in the year ahead.” In response to these comments, Cllr
O’Brien said Fine Gael was playing politics with the position as they had failed to do what was necessary to ensure the election of Viki Casserly. He said: “It’s disappointing to hear what I would class as disingenuous claims that we had facilitated Sinn Fein.
Mark Ward was elected Mayor of South Dublin County Council
“We asked both groups to put proposals to us which we would consider and make a decision on as a group. “Whilst we received such a proposal from Sinn Fein, it fell short of what we felt we could agree to, however Fine Gael refused pointedly to give us a proposal which left the group with no choice but to abstain.” Cllr O’Brien added that Fianna Fail felt Fine Gael had not taken their request for a budget proposal seriously and had “instead concerned themselves with positions rather than policy”. “The decision of the Fine Gael group not to put a proposal for a budget to us highlights a key difference between the groups,” he said. “We were concerned to get assur-
ances in relation to housing in particular and public realm issues such as grass cutting and tree pruning and footpath improvements. “These are issues which we are challenged on by residents on a daily basis and, instead of making this a contest for one position, we wanted to ensure that we could deliver those services for the next 12 months. “This was clearly highlighted as a red line issue for us and if Fine Gael are looking for someone to blame, they should look no further than themselves and their failure to give us those assurances.” People Before Profit were critical of both groups, saying neither had properly addressed the housing crisis. In a statement released following the vote, Cllrs Madeleine Johansson and Emma Hendrick said: “The Progressive Alliance which has been the ruling coalition in South Dublin County Council has, so far, failed to substantially address the housing crisis. “Unfortunately there seems to be no difference in terms of actions if there is a centre-left Progressive Alliance Mayor or a right wing Fine Gael/ Fianna Fail Mayor. “We have been proactively looking for a new approach and a commitment to stop the selling off of public land. “We would have voted for any progressive nominee willing to make such a commitment. “Unfortunately no group or party made such a commitment and hence we put forward our own candidate for Mayor, Cllr Madeleine Johansson and for Deputy Mayor Cllr Mick Murphy (Solidarity). “Our nominees were unsuccessful, but we will continue to campaign for and organise our local communities to demand public housing.”
Pictured at the opening were David Brown, CEO of The GoAhead Group (UK); Minister Shane Ross, Anne Graham, CEO of National Transport Authority and Ed Wills, managing director, Go-Ahead Ireland. Picture: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography
Go-Ahead opens depot in Ballymount GO-AHEAD Ireland officially opened their new bus depot in Ballymount on Monday. The company take over the operation of 24 existing bus routes - 10% of the capital’s network - from early September. Speaking at the official opening, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “The opening of the new bus depot today marks the next step in the bus market opening process. “Introducing competitive tendering into the market encourages everybody to focus on their customer’s needs and we must place passengers at the centre of our public transport policy. “It also encourages innovation and improvements to service quality. I am therefore delighted to welcome Go Ahead into the Irish market and the creation of 425 local jobs and an €8.5 million investment in its operation.” Ed Wills, managing director, Go-Ahead Ireland added: “We are creating new jobs, investing in developing new skills and with the interest we have already received we are confident that there is a lot of interest in our company. “We believe in working closely with the communities we serve and wish to provide a friendly service that our customers can rely upon.”
Country fans are in for a real treat this weekend
FOR those looking for a city ‘Country market’, food and centre alternative to Longiactivities for kids, as well as tude this weekend, a number a human rodeo, pony rides of Country music-themed and square-dancing lessons. events are coming to the That night will also see capital. Dublin Goes Country some great Country acts at will run across a number of the Grand Social and the venues – including the Grand Underground once again. Social, the Underground and For further information, see Smithfield Square – form July Dublin Goes Country on 14-15. Facebook. Saturday will see the Grand Social and the Underground transformed into an authentic ‘honkytonk’ as some of the best musicians Ireland has to offer, and some country stars from abroad, will take to the stage. On Sunday, Smithfield Square will play Jamie Stanton - just one of the great acts taking part in Dublin host to live music, a Goes Country at several venues
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SOUTH COUNTY DUBLIN: 13 INCIDENTS REPORTED TO ROAD SAFETY OFFICER
Number of incidents at school crossings ‘quite high' MARK O’BRIEN
SOUTH Dublin County Council (SDCC) have described the number of incidents that occurred at school crossings in the last school term as “quite high”. During the school term, 13 incidents were reported to the road safety officer. These included collisions at crossings, near misses and drivers failing to stop for the warden. Council road safety officer Declan Keogh said: “The number of incidents occurring at school crossings is quite high and although drivers are aware of the rules when approaching a school warden crossing, some drivers still fail to stop for the warden, which puts people at risk of being knocked down. “The number of students crossing alone at school warden crossings is relatively high and those who are crossing with an adult is even higher again which is good, because the higher the number of students and adults walking to school means the number of people driving to school is reduced.” A report released by SDCC showed that school wardens in South County Dublin crossed an aver-
age of 6,005 students and adults at school crossings on a daily basis during the school term. The crossing counts were recorded over a sixweek period between March and April. During this period, a total of 8,177 primary school students crossed alone while 10,501 students crossed with an adult or guardian, while 321 students crossed at a school crossing on a bicycle. The report also shows that weather condition can dictate whether people walk or drive to school. During wet conditions, the numbers of students walking to school dropped while the number of vehicles on the ‘school-run’ increased, which can have a negative effect for local traffic and a knock-on effect on artillery routes. With the schools and the school warden service finished for the summer holidays, drivers along school routes should notice reduced journey times and less congestion. “When the schools reopen in late August or September, drivers should bear this in mind and be aware of the extended journey times and the return of traffic congestion around schools and school crossings,” said Mr Keogh.
School wardens crossed an average of 6,005 students and adults at school crossings on a daily basis during the school term
Call to resist rise in Local Property Tax A LOCAL councillor has called on council residents to oppose any increase to the Local Property Tax (LPT). Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) said: ‘’I am opposed to any increase in the LPT for South Dublin County Council and feel strongly that the tax should remain at the 15% reduction for 2019, the same as previous years when it was reduced by 15% for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. “In my view the LPT is an unfair and unjust tax. I would encourage people to make a submission and have their views considered and recorded.” To make your submission you can write to: LPT, Finance Department, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 or email: LPT@sdublincoco.ie.
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LUCAN: LOCAL PARENTS HAVING TO TRAVEL ACROSS CITY FOR SUITABLE EDUCATION PLACEMENTS
Lack of autism units in Lucan area ‘shocking’ MARK O’BRIEN
A LACK of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) units in Lucan schools is leading to local parents having to travel across the city to secure suitable education placements The Lucan area has seen an unprecedented demand for ASD Units within national schools in recent years. Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF) said the situation was “shocking”. He said: “Due to the lack of ASD units and, therefore lack of available places, parents are finding themselves in the frustrating and often traumatic situation of trying to find a suitable place for their child, who requires a spe-
cial needs setting to support and provide the best option in assisting them on the road of progression. “Families are now having to travel ever further across and around Dublin in their attempt to secure a placement for their child in a suitable educational setting. I find this situation absolutely shocking.” If a child secures a place in an appropriate ASD unit, their parents often have to travel across the city or allow their child to travel for long periods in assisted transport. “This has to be recognised as the denial of a child to access an appropriate education within their local community,” said Cllr O’Brien. “This is shameful and
Cllr Danny O’Brien (SF) said the situation was “shocking”
unacceptable. After all, this is where our children make friends, make their mark and find their place within their community. “This is espec ially important to a child who has special needs.
“How can a child who requires special support become part of their own community if they do not attend school within that community?” Cllr O’Brien added that many of these families have to struggle to access the support they currently receive.
“The least that a child with special needs deserves, is an opportunity to go to their local school and become part of where they live,” he said. Cllr O’Brien has raised a motion at today’s Lucan Area Committee meeting of South Dublin County Council, calling on Minister for Education Richard Bruton to put a plan in place to provide more ASD Units in the national schools in Lucan. A spokesperson for the Department of Education said it will invest €1.75 billion into educating children with special needs – an increase of 43% from 2011. She added: “The greater proportion of children with Autism attend mainstream classes, but some students may find it difficult to manage full-time
placement there and will require the environment of an ASD special class for some or all of their time in school and for a minority of children with Special Educational Needs including Autism, placements in a Special School may be required.” The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is a separate independent statutory body that plans and co-ordinates education and supports services for children with special needs. The Department of Education said the NCSE is aware of a growing demand for special needs education in Dublin. The NCSE has informed the Department that they have sanctioned 19 new special classes in Dublin for the 2018/19 school as part of an ongoing process.
Lucan and Clondalkin schools to take part in pilot programme FORTY schools across Clondalkin and Lucan will participate in a pilot scheme, bringing speech and language therapists and occupational therapists into schools and pre-schools. The schools were chosen as part of 150 schools and pre-schools selected located within HSE Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Region 7 which includes West Dublin, Kildare, and West Wicklow. The schools and pre-schools were chosen to be representative of the overall educational system and include settings in disadvantaged areas, large, small, urban and rural schools and pre-schools as well as those with differing special educational needs. Speaking at the announcement last week, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said: “I am delighted to work in partnership with Government colleagues to deliver speech and language as well as occupation therapists in preschools and schools through this pilot. “It is crucial that such access happens as early as possible, which is why the involvement of pre-schools is key. “It is my hope it will be a success and improve the lives of children, parents and families. We can then work to ensure it
becomes the model for every school and preschool throughout the country.” Phase one of the project will focus on early intervention and tailored supports, bringing specialised therapists into schools and pre-schools to provide tailored support to children. The scheme will also provide professional training and guidance for school and pre-school staff and parents in supporting children’s therapy and developmental needs. Local Fine Gael TD Frances Fitzgerald welcomed the announcement. She said: “This pilot has the potential to change a child’s entire education. “By placing such an emphasis locally on our pre-schools in particular, this pilot will ensure that issues can be identified and addressed before they become a barrier to a child’s learning. “It will also build on the work already undertaken by schools to accommodate various levels of educational need. “For example, participating schools such as Phobailscoil Iosolde, St Peter’s Apostle, Lucan Educate Together and Our Lady Queen of Apostles all have ASD Units on site and are experienced with how to integrate children who may have additional needs with their peers.”
FASTNews Changes to supports for lone parents ‘a hindrance’ FIANNA Fail chairperson for the Employment Affairs and Social Protection Committee John Curran TD, has said that changes introduced by Fine Gael and Labour during the last Government hindered rather than helped lone parents. Deputy Curran made his comments on foot of a report from the ESRI, which showed that changes to the One Parent Family Payment resulted in small income losses of between 1 and 2 per cent for employed lone parents compared to the benefits previously available. “The reality is that it was the wrong policy at the wrong time and it was introduced when there were insufficient childcare supports in place,” he said. “Lone parents and their children continue to be particularly vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion; 24.6 % of lone parents are in consistent poverty, whilst 50.1% of lone parent households are experiencing deprivation.” Deputy Curran called on the Government to learn from the report and introduce changes and increase supports that will have a positive impact on lone parents and their children.
Shots fired at men sitting in van in Lucan GARDAI are investigating a firearms incident which occurred in the Earlsfort area of Lucan last Thursday (July 5) The incident occurred at approximately 5:15pm. Two males attended Clondalkin Garda station reporting that shots had been fired at them from a car while they were inside their van. A car was later found burnt out on the Nangor Road. No injuries were sustained in this incident. Gardai say investigations in to the incident are ongoing.
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GALLERIES OF THE WEEK
Little Rosie Fay (standing front). Pictures: Rose Comiskey
Charity run in Corkagh Park
FAMILY fun run was held in Clondalkin’s Corkagh Park last week in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland. The Marathon Man to Ironman run gave participants the option of either doing a 2.5k or a 5k circuit of the park, and there was chip timing for all runners. Everyone who completed the run got a medal, and children got goodie bags.
Packie Bonner with Patrick Martin
Packie with Fionn Teeling Packie with Niamh and Ivan Wall. Pictures: Simon Peare
Football Mania at The Retail Park Liffey Valley P
Packie with Eric Byrne
ACKIE Bonner was in high spirits meeting fans young and old at The Retail Park Liffey Valley Football Mania eventlast week. With many fans showing up fully kitted in their favorite football jerseys, Packie was more than happy to sign their jerseys
and take photos. He even made sure to step into goal against some challenging competition and tried his hand at saving goals just like he did at the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he famously saved a goal against Romania at knock-out stages.
Cayden Killeen helps Rosie Fay over the finish line
Third place male winner Allan Ronan receiving his prize from race organiser, Stephen Martin
Peter Martin with his children Emily and Sophie
Second place male winner Mark Doyle
Marie Scanlan, her daughter Sadie Scanlan, and Christine Fitzpatrick Packie with Joe and Erin Gill
Packie with Trevor, Lisa, Luke and Abbie Smithers
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COURTS : VIOLENT ROW IN CLONDALKIN FEATURED SLASH HOOKS, AXE AND METAL BAR
Suspended sentences for eight relatives in inter-family brawl EIGHT members of a family have each received a suspended four-year sentence for taking part in a violent brawl. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the inter-family row at Oldcastle Park Green, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin involved the use of slash hooks, an axe and a bar. John Stokes Snr (60) and his three sons, John (25), Edward (28) and Martin (31), all with addresses at 1 Oldcastle Park and Edward Stokes
Snr (44) and his three sons Edward (23), Martin (25) and Joseph (19), all of 8 Oldcastle Park all pleaded guilty to committing violent disorder on January 22, 2017. The court heard that John Stokes Snr and Edward Stokes Snr were brothers and their sons were cousins. The men from number 1 went to the home of the men in number 8. Garda Niamh Connaughton said that two of the men were armed with large, wooden-handled
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court
slash hooks about 5ft in length, and another man was armed with a bar. B o t h g ro u p s we re threatening to kill each
other and to burn caravans out. She said the cause of the fight was unknown and remains unknown. One man had his ear partially severed, while
another suffered a stab wound to his hand. John Stokes Snr, who had armed himself with a slash hook, suffered a head injury and was treated in hospital for a suspected bleed to his brain. Gardaí had to deploy pepper spray on some of the men and maintained a presence at the scene after breaking the fight up. Luigi Rea BL, defending, said that the men had lost control of themselves on the day and said there were children present at the scene. He said in the 18 months since, there have been no
incidents. Judge Martin Nolan complimented the garda who investigated the case. He said all families had their problems but that the men had behaved disgracefully and had let themselves down by resorting to “savagery”. “Can this court trust that when a problem arises again you won’t
resort to this behaviour again?” he said. He said they all knew each other and probably grew up together. “ Yo u a l l b e h av e d equally as badly, but you all appear to be civilised men,” he said. He said they had all expressed remorse and there was no great purpose to be served in imprisoning them all.
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RATHFARNHAM: ANYONE WHO SEES A HORSE IN DISTRESS URGED TO REPORT IT
Horse found with spinal damage from ill treatment put down MARK O’BRIEN
A MISTREATED horse had to be euthanised after it was found with its hind quarters paralysed last week in Rathfarnham. The mare was discovered near Stocking Lane by a volunteer from the My Lovely Horse Rescue Group (MLHR). MLHR contacted gardai and a vet and volunteers stayed with the mare for more than six hours until a vet arrived to examine her. The mare was diagnosed with spinal damage, associated with being ridden badly, and her hind quarters were paralysed. She was euthanised on the spot. MLHR volunteers also tended to horses that had been badly treated
in other areas across Dublin. Fortunately, these animals survived and are currently being cared for by MLHR. The group say they have also been bringing water to horses left to fend for themselves on public lands without food, water, or shelter from the sun. The drop off areas included locations in Clondalkin. A spokesperson for MLHR said: “Volunteers often walk several hundred metres across public land carrying five-litre water bottles and buckets for the horses to drink
from. “Horses are frequently moved around by their owners or wander across large open areas, and MLHR volunteers often have to scout the area every day to find the horses. “Volunteers are often required to be creative when it comes to watering and feeding horses. “In one l o ca t i o n , for instance, volunteers placed an old bath in a field and filled it with 160 litres of water for the five horses located in that area. Volunteers refill the bath every evening.” Following an appeal for help
Volunteers are often required to be creative when it comes to watering and feeding horses
by MLHR, members of the public have also started bringing water to horses in similar situations throughout the country. The group advise anyone who sees a horse in distress to take a photo, make a video and record the time and location of the incident. People are then advised to call the Department of Agriculture animal welfare hotline: Call Save: 0761 064408 / Phone: 01 6072379 / email@example.com. ie and leave a voicemail if the call is not answered. Also contact the DSPCA: 01- 499 4700 and your local Garda station to report the incident. My Lovely Horse Rescue can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some amazing shots from Noleen Kavanagh
Having a hoot of a time at Lough Owel PALMERSTOWN Camera Club started their annual outings last Wednesday to Lough Owel in Mullingar. Taking advantage of the beautiful summer evenings we have been having of late, the club planned to take in some scenery images and to catch the sunset. The club does not meet in the Parish hall during the summer months and we return in September. Anyone with an interest in photography and would like to further their skills is welcome to join one of the outings. The club meet every Wednesday between 7pm and 7.30pm outside the Ulster Bank Palmerstown. More details can be found at www.palmerstowncameraclub.com or the Facebook page.
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Mary Derham and Tommy
Then Mayor of South Dublin County Council Paul Gogarty and wife Heidi
Helen and Mary Walsh Frank and Mary Donnelly
PJ and Bridget Kinsella. Pictures: Trendphotography
Celebrating 50 Years for Lucan Credit Union
T Michael and Marie Gannon
Christy Kane with his daughter
Tom and Barbara Bradley
HIS week we are bringing your some more pictures from the recent celebrations as LucanDistrict Credit Union marked their 50th anniversary. They held a midsummer ball in the Lucan Spa hotel on Saturday 23rd June. It was great to see so many of the ex-Board members, founding members, children of founding members, long time suppliers, staff and current serving Board members at the event. A fun evening was had by all. Here’s to the next 50. Lucan District Credit Union would like to thank all of their members who have supported them over the years. They would not be here today without that support.
Matt McManus, June McGivern and Mary Whelan
Mary McCarthy, Ann Byrne, Patricia and Shay McCormack
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Zoe Bakenga, Mirabel Ojienor and Victoria Kanu. Picture: Simon Peare
Doris Obialor and Dina Ndukwe Brooklyn Obijiaku and Jamal Akanbi
Jessica & Anita Nwachukwu with Uche Osakwa
Celebrating Igbo culture T
HE Igbo Community turned out together with their friends and well wishers last weekend for the 2018 Ada & Okpara Igbo cultural pageant at Westmanstown Sports & Leisure Centre Lucan. It was a night of song, dance, debates,
pageants, native wrestling, masquerades and other cultural activities. The aim of the event was to create awareness of the rich Igbo culture to the Irish public thereby promoting positive integration for the common good of all.
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LOVE YOUR DUBLIN: THE BREAKDOWN OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THE PHOENIX PARK
AS WELL AS BEING A FUN DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY, DUBLIN ZOO IS A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN ABOUT WILD ANIMALS
DUBLIN MADE EASY AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT SOME OF THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN PHOENIX PARK
HE Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe. It was originally formed as a royal hunting Park in the 1660s and opened to the public in 1747. A large herd of fallow deer still remain to this day. The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, the President who lives in Aras an Uachtarain, the Victorian flower gardens as well as An Garda Siochana HQ. It is in a prime location in the city, being only and a half miles from O’Connell Street. Many Dubs and tourists enjoy walking, running, polo, cricket, hurling, and many more activities in the park. The Phoenix Park is open 24 hrs a day, seven days a week, all year round. You won’t be short of things to see in the Phoenix Park. It boasts of spots like, The Magazine Fort, The Phoenix Monument, Prehistoric Burial Chamber, The Wellington Testimonial, The Papal Cross, The People’s Gardens, Ashtown Castle and Demesne and the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. We took a deeper look at some of the best things about the Phoenix Park.
DUBLIN ZOO HIGHLIGHT: Check out the three new
THE WELLINGTON TESTIMONIAL
California sea lion pups
HIGHLIGHT: Great fun for kids to climb
DUBLIN Zoo is one of Ireland’s most popular family attraction and welcomed over one million visitors last year. The Zoo was opened in 1831, making it the fourth oldest zoo in Europe. There are around 400 animals from almost 100 different species living in the zoo. The 28-hectare park in the heart of Dublin is home to around 400 animals from almost 100 different species! As well as being a fun day out for all the family, it’s a great place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is also a registered charity that contributes to conservation programmes. Dublin Zoo recently announced the birth of three California sea lion pups over the course of two weeks!
and you can bring a picnic THE Wellington Testimonial was designed by Robert Smirke as a testimonial to Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, who is reputed to have been born in Dublin. It was completed in 1861 and is the tallest obelisk in Europe at just over 62 metres tall. There are four bronze plaques cast from cannons captured at Waterloo; three of which have pictorial representations of his career while the fourth has an inscription at the base of the obelisk. It’s a great place to visit with the family, with the kids having fun climbing the monument. If it’s nice out why not bring a picnic or a Frisbee and make the most of the green space.
FARMLEIGH HOUSE HIGHLIGHT: Farmers Market FARMLEIGH House is an estate of 78 acres situated to the north-west of Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family and was purchased by the Government in 1999. A historic house holding important collections, an art gallery, a working farm, and the official Irish State guest house, Farmleigh House and Estate is open seven days a week, all year round. It also provides accommodation for visiting dignitaries and guests of the nation. Farmleigh is also known for their Farmers Market which is located in the Farmyard behind the Farmleigh Gallery. The market offers its visitors a wide variety of products like award winning cheeses, organic vegetables, meats, fish, and more.
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A little perambulating has Davy in a pickle
I’VE seen a fair few summers in me “Davy, Janey Macs doesn’t have a know we’re mates and all but I’m not time and I have to say, I can’t remem- beer garden,” I says. “Two stools in a into that sort of thing like.” ber one as good as this. I know there’s yard isn’t a bleedin’ beer garden. It’s “I said perambulate, ye eejit,” I bark hosepipe bans and whatnot and some not even a beer patio.” at him. “It means walking. Get your of the auld horses are struggling in the “We could have gone somewhere mind outta the gutter and read a book heat but I refuse to complain about it. else,” he says. “Or gone out in the from time to time for God sake.” What’s seldom is wonderful as the evening so ye could have enjoyed the “Ah right, yeah,” he says. “I thought fella says. weather too.” ye meant..” Speaking of which, I’ve not seen Davy knows I don’t like going out in “I know what ye thought,” I snap much of Davy lately and that is quite the evening when the pubs are packed back at him. “Now we’ll say no more wonderful. And you’d think that the and if I do go for a jar, I like to go to the about it. Look there’s Michael D’s gaff chances of running into him in the local, even if it’s just so I can wind Pas- there now.” biggest bloody park in the city would chal up a bit. “Will it be his gaff for much longer, be fairly remote, yet who should I But I figured there was no point in do ye think?” he asks me. bump in to only himself when I decid- arguing the point. “Ah yeah,” I says. “Sure everyone ed to take a ramble through there ear“Sure look, I’m here now,” I says to loves him. He’ll get in no bother. Unoplier this week. him. “And it’s a lovely day. Let’s per- posed I reckon.” “Is your phone broken or some- ambulate together.” “Nah, yer man Gallagher is going up thing,” he roars at me as soon as he “Wha’!” he shrieks. “Ah here Gaz, I against him,” says Davy. sees me. “Gallagher?” I says. “Hello to you too,” I says. “Where has he been hiding Ah here Gaz, I know we’re “I was ringing ye all weekthe past seven years?” end. Dying to get out for a jar, mates and all but I’m not into that “I dunno,” says Davy. I was,” he says to me with a sort of thing like “These people just seem to wounded puppy expression pop up out of nowhere to get on his face. a bit of attention at election “Davy, as much as I’m time.” fond of a pint from time to “Jaysus does that mean time, I don’t like spending all we’ll have to endure Dana me time in the boozer,” I says again?” I says. with an air of exacerbation “We might well do,” the in me voice. hangdog expression is back “Especially when the on his face again at the mere weather is like this. Sure ye’d thought of it. be wasting the whole day.” “That’s the drawback “We coulda sat in the beer to democracy,” I says. “It garden,” he says to me, lookallows for All Kinds of Eveing all hurt. rything.”
Dressed to impress for launch of a campaign
Elaine Kenton and Fionnuala Moran at the launch of Three’s ‘Made By Music’ campaign, a celebration of the power of music to unite people and create lasting connections at Opium Garden, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy See Gallery on Pages 22-23
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Legal advice is a necessity if your marriage breaks WHEN a marriage breaks down, there are a number of legal options that can be considered, such as separation agreements, judicial separation, divorce, custody and access to children and maintenance. Persons who are not married but qualify as cohabitants now also have legal rights under The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010. The law in relation to family law and divorce in Ireland is predominantly contained in the Judicial Separation and Family Law Reform Act, 1989; the Family Law Act, 1995; and the Family Law (Divorce) Act, 1996. A separation agreement is where both parties reach a formal agreement in relation to matters such as maintenance, access to children, the family home, farm and division of the assets without issuing court proceedings. Where spouses cannot agree the terms of the separation, or where only one spouse seeks a separation, an application for a Decree of Judicial Separation can be made to court. A Decree of Divorce dissolves a marriage and allows both parties to remarry, but in order to qualify for this at the date of the institution of the proceedings, the spouses must have lived apart for
four years during the previous five years. Judicial Separation only requires one year living apart. One of the key issues the parties have to consider when entering into a separation or divorce is the division of assets. The most common asset normally is the family home, defined under the Family Home Protection Act, 1976 as “primarily, a dwelling in which a married couple ordinarily reside”, and the family home cannot be sold without the consent of both spouses. Even if the family home is in the name of one spouse, the consent of the non-owning spouse is still required for a sale. The court has the power to transfer or sell assets under a Judicial Separation or Divorce. This is known as a Property Adjustment Order. The court, when making such an order, must ensure that proper provision is made for both parties and children. In order for “proper provision” to be made for a spouse and children, the only option may be that the assets are sold in order to raise capital for the purchase of an alternative home for the spouse and children. Proper provision will vary from case to case and the court will take into consideration a number of factors, such as both parties’ financial
means and the needs of the children. The children’s needs will only be considered whilst they are classified as a ‘dependent’ (under the age of 18, or 23 if in full-time education). The court will normally consider all assets of the parties when making proper provision for the parties by making a property adjustment order. Before considering to make an order for sale or division of assets, a court would have to be aware of a number of factors, such as: • Succession rights may need to be considered and whether the dependent children are interested in assets being transferred to them. • Have both parties contributed to acquiring the assets, such as contributing to mortgage payments. • The value of the asset is usually significant, and sometimes an order for division of an asset such as a family home or land may be unfeasible. • Is there a family business with assets attached to it, and have both parties contributed to the running of this, and are their incomes primarily dependent on this? It is important that you are aware of your legal rights in the event of marital or relationship breakdown – in either event, it is highly advisable to seek legal advice early on, considering the high stakes.
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The exuberant cast are ready to welcome everyone to Dublin’s legendary culchie-ral heart: Copper Face Jacks
NEW MUSICAL KNOWS WE’VE ALL BEEN TO FAMOUS NIGHTCLUB
Coppers – a feel for culchie love MARK O’BRIEN
IT’S something of a rite of passage to have had a night out in Copper Face Jacks. While the famous nightclub is maybe best known as the place to head to for those up from the country, there aren’t many Dubliners who haven’t been through its doors either. Now, a new musical – appropriately enough entitled Copper Face Jacks: The Musical – has hit the stage of The Olympia Theatre, promising to be packed full of craic, huge laughs, culchies, Dubs and plenty of (ahem) shifting. New York had Studio 54, and Manchester had The Hacienda, but all of Ireland has Copper Face Jacks, and now this club of clubs has been given its very own all-singing, alldancing musical from the pen of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard. Running until August 12, Copper Face Jacks: The Musical is a celebration of a club that started out life as something of a culchie embassy in Dublin, but has since been embraced by its home city. Regardless of your county colours, you’ll always find a welcome (and a slow-set, plus a nurse, and if
The show is a love story set on the eve of a Dublin-Kerry All Ireland final, when a sweet Kerry girl, who’s moved to the big smoke, ends up falling head over her flat-shoes with a true-blue Dublin team member you’re lucky, both together) in the club that has become synonymous with having a good time for three generations of Irish nightclubbers. The show is a love story set on the eve of a Dublin-Kerry All Ireland final, when a sweet Kerry girl, who’s moved to the big smoke for her dream job in The VHI, ends up falling head over her flat-shoes with a true-blue Dublin team member. Copper Face Jacks: The Musical stars Johnny Ward (Fair City, Love/ Hate) as Gino Wildes; Roseanna Purcell (Red Rock) as Noeleen Ni Gearailt, and Michele McGrath (The Tudors, Damo and Ivor) as Gretchen Ackerman. Can love conquer all as these two young sweethearts face massive
cultural and linguistic hurdles on their road to happiness/Croker? Only time, some great tunes and a bunch of cloakroom tickets will tell as Paul Howard uses his mighty comedy pen to see the musical celebrate the nightclub that has become so much more than just a club, and instead is home to millions of love stories and countless lost mobiles. Tickets for Copper Face Jacks: The Musical range from €26 plus booking free (and €1 restoration levy), and are available online from Ticketmaster.ie. In person bookings can be made at Ticketmaster outlets nationwide, or the Olympia’s box office, or call 0818 719 330; for group bookings of 10 or more, call 01) 646 8687.
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PEOPLE DEPUTY CLARE DALY TALKS TO DUBLIN GAZETTE ABOUT THE CONTINUING HUMAN CRISIS
‘What you see in Syria is absolutely awful – and not how it’s shown in the West’ REBECCA RYAN
FRESH home from her trip to Syria, Dublin Gazette caught up with Independent Socialist TD for Dublin Fingal, Clare Daly, about what she saw there. After visiting Syria last year, Deputy Daly went back to Syria for a week with other Independent TDS – Mick Wallace, Maureen O’Sullivan and Catherine Connolly – along with around 15 other people, including some who had been involved in the Irish Palestine Solidarity campaign. They visited Damascus, Maaloula and Aleppo. Deputy Daly said what she saw there is quite different to what is sometimes reported in the media. She said: “It’s hard to tell the story to people from Europe when we get a slanted view of what is going on. The people there are very conscious of the one-dimensional coverage that’s given to Syria, which completely [different] to the reality on the ground. “They feel that they are the victims primarily of Israeli, Saudi, American and Turkish interference. They feel everybody is using Syria as a ground to fight their own issues and that the people of Syria in the middle are forgotten. “They feel the war is portrayed as a civil war, but they just want to rebuild their country and they want the war stopped. “The narrative that’s told in the West is very much base d aro u nd
Devastation in every direction as far as the eye can see, and beyond ... Deputy Daly (at right) in Syria
[Bashar al] Assad. The West is obsessed with regime change, but on the ground in Syria that’s not where people are at. “What most Syrians want is to rebuild their society and get back to the way things were.” Deputy Daly said the destruction she witnessed over there is “appalling” and that it will take “decades to rebuild”. One of the highlights of her trip was meeting a group of businessmen in Aleppo and hearing their stories. She said: “Life in Aleppo is very much getting back to normal” and it is “rebuilding”. “What the people told us that was in the early
years when the movements erupted against Assad, a lot of Aleppo was just getting on with things. “There were outbreaks of war in different parts of Syria. Aleppo wasn’t really involved; they were just getting on with it. “But then, there were some incursions, some rebel activity, leaflets were given to the factory owners saying, ‘Close your factory or die’. Nobody really believed it, they just kept on going on making money. “Then suddenly in 2012, almost overnight, there was a frustration from the rebels saying ‘Why wasn’t Aleppo against Assad?’. Business men were being
kidnapped and given back for money. “In a 48-hour period, the city was basically taken over by about 5,000 rebels. There was no Syrian army there or anything. Almost overnight, a million people from the east ended up in the west and the city was closed off. It was obviously liberated years later by the army, but the destruction is just unbelievable.” Deputy Daly said one businessman brought them to his factory “in the middle of this desert of other bombed-out factories, as much as the eye could see”. She said the man had restored the first floor of the factory and there were
15 people back working. “People there are trying to reopen the factories. It was one million people working in factories in Aleppo, and they’re beginning to rebuild that and that’s the attitude of everybody you meet. It’s about rebuilding.” Deputy Daly believes Ireland has a responsibility in international issues and believes we should keep a “neutral role”. “We’d be very concerned about our responsibility, in terms of our contribution to destabilising the Middle East by allowing the US military primarily to use Shannon [Airport] to refuel, [which] has been a contributing factor to the
Top: Deputy Daly meets an Aleppo family; above: a boy in Yarmouk camp tries to play amidst the rubble
destabilisation of Afghanistan, and Iraq, and all the refugees that have flown from that. “We know the invasion in Iraq was the bones that developed ISIS, and now ISIS is unleashed throughout Europe. So, we don’t think that Shannon should be used at all by the US military.” As well as her passion for international matters, however, Deputy Daly has matters at home very much on her mind. Her focus is on pushing legislation, and she
believes that if the focus was on legislating such as mandatory open disclosure, it would have had an impact on issues such as the ongoing cervical screening scandal. She said: “Too many politicians in here are too fond of dealing with parish-pump issues, acting like glorified councillors, just doing the stuff in the constituency that really isn’t their business rather than legislating. “We’re paying a price for that, because they haven’t been on the ball,” she said.
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Rose Festival: The annual St Anne’s Park Rose Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday,
July 14-15 from 10am to 6pm each day. Don’t miss the chance to spend a weekend during full summer enjoying the atmosphere, taking the time to visit the Rose garden and enjoying all that the Park has to offer. Admission to the Rose Festival is free and car parking within the park is €3. Pictured is Sadhbh Breen (age 5) from Marino at the launch. Photo: Chris Bellew
The bear essentials for a healthy, bear life HAS Mr Teddy had a lifetime of cuddles and in need of a bear check-up? Elastoplast is asking children to bring their beloved teddies to the Teddy Bear Clinic at this year’s Festival of Curiosity, taking place from July 19 – 22, and receive some TLC from the Elastoplast Bear Doctors. The Clinic will allow children to get familiar with some of the weird and wonderful technologies at the festival, as they take their bear through three unique health checks. Children can take a peek at their teddy’s heart through a VR X-ray machine, and also get the chance to perform their very own sur-
gery with the wacky Animoodles at the festival. Once the Elastoplast Bear Doctors have performed their assessment, each child will be presented with their very own Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic Certificate and goodie bag filled with Elastoplast treats, including the brand new 1-2-3 Wound Care Kit. The Elastoplast Teddy Bear Clinic will take place at the Festival of Curiosity’s, Curiosity Carnival, in Smock Alley from July 19 to 22. Tickets are available for the at festivalofcuriosity.ie.
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Raft race for homeless hoped to be a splashing success ON Saturday, September 8, homelessness charity Depaul’s annual Raft Race Against Homelessness event will be taking place. Corporate teams will be taking to the water to power their rafts around a course in Grand Canal Dock in a series of 500m races to become the winners of this charity challenge. No skill required, just plenty of energy. Entry per team of four for the Raft Race is €400, it is the biggest fundraising
event of the year for Depaul, all funds raised go towards supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The event promises to be a great day out in the heart of the city, with entertainment, giant football shoot-out, a children’s play area, face painting, a DJ, food and prizes in a festive atmosphere for colleagues, supporters and family. Interested parties need to sign up by August 17 at ie.depaulcharity.org/ RaftRaceSignUp.
Coca-Cola Thank You fund opens for applications
Good Causes Awards
THE National Lottery is reminding people across Dublin to get their applications in on behalf of their local sports club, project or organisation in their community for the inaugural National Lottery Good Causes Awards. The deadline for entries for this competition, which has a total prize pool of €95,000, closes on Friday (July 13). The new initiative will celebrate the extraordinary work being carried out by individuals, organisations and clubs which are making a big difference in communities all over Ireland in recent years. Each category winner will receive €10,000 and the overall Good Cause of the Year will receive an additional €25,000.
THE Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has put out a final call for applications for this year’s fund which seeks to give €100,000 to non-profit organisations supporting and inspiring young people. The final call comes as 2017 winner, All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland, launched their ‘Ireland, I Have a Dream’ book last Friday. The group received €5,000 from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund last year and launched their project in February.
The ‘Ireland, I Have a Dream’ project has provided a new space for young people in Ireland, aged between 16 and 25, to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own
lives by writing a speech inspired by Martin Luther King’s legacy. Ronan Farren, director
of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola Ireland said: “Today we are making a final call for applications for the 2018 Fund. “We are looking for groups working with communities in Ireland and Northern Ireland who are empowering young people. “I encourage all suitable organisations to apply before midnight on July 13.” For more information and to apply for the CocaCola Thank You Fund, visit www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou.
DOG OF THE WEEK
DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers have teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Pippa is a sensitive, 5 year old Lurcher lady who hasn’t had much luck finding her forever family yet. Pippa is quite a shy girl, so her potential adopters would need to commit to getting to know her slowly and allow her the space to gain trust and feel secure. Pippa would love to find a quiet home with adults who understand that she is a sensitive soul and will give her the love she needs to feel safe and comfortable. She has lived in a home previously, so she is house trained and should settle into the home environment over time. Pippa has so much love to give; she is just waiting on the right person to share it with. If you have a Pippa-shaped space on your sofa and think you could just be the special someone this handsome hound has been waiting for, contact Dogs Trust at 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website, www.dogstrust.ie. You can also find them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/dogstrustirelandonline, or Twitter, @DogsTrust.
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GOINGOUTOUT Legendary group has seen and played it all, yet stay focused
The Family Stone – happy to roll along
PICKWEEK OF THE
JULY 13 (FRIDAY)
Paul Simon @ RDS, €100+ WE’VE been in danger of crashing into Dad Rock territory lately, as we’ve been picking out all kinds of (ahem) classic crooners for our pick of the week. Still, when you have the likes of Paul Simon in town, who can blame us? With an absolutely dizzying output down the decades to draw upon, the legendary pop songwriter plays Leinster Rugby Club as part of his farewell tour; fans and music lovers should expect an extended set of familiar classics from the man that some people call ‘Al’.
JULY 12 (THURSDAY) Bruno Mars @ Marlay Park, €80 Bulmers Carnival Night with Booka Brass Band @ Leopardstown Racecourse, €17 The summer racecourse gig series takes on a new twist with a carnival of events around this show from talented locals Booka Brass Band, as well as the usual racing/gig combo. Parallel Society + Aoife Doyle Band @ Wood Quay, free (lunchtime concert) Rob Walsh & The Panic Attacks + Deep Sky Objects + Proper Micro NV @ Workman’s Club, €8 Aleigh + Grainne Hunt @ Whelan’s, €8
JULY 13 (FRIDAY) Longitude Festival - J.Cole, Migos, Post Malone @ Marlay Park, €70 (€190 weekend) Robocobra Quartet + Just Mustard + The Felonies @ Workman’s Club, €8 Gavin Glass @ Whelan’s, €15 Alabama 3 @ The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire, €25 The Innocent Bystander @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €11
JULY 14 (SATURDAY) Longitude Festival - Travis Scott, Tyler The Creator @ Marlay Park, €70 (€190 weekend) Damien Dempsey @ Iveagh Gardens, €40 Seo Linn @ Whelan’s, €16 Doyle @ The Bowery, €20 Punch Face Champions @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €7
JULY 16 (MONDAY) Longitude Festival - Solange, Sampha, Anderson.Paak @ Marlay Park, €€70 (€190 weekend)
JULY 17 (TUESDAY) The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, €7 Sofi Tukker @ Whelan’s, €22
JULY 18 (WEDNESDAY) Sara Ryan + Dan Elliot @ Whelan’s (upstairs), €8
‘I’ve never had a real job. The only other thing I’ve ever done is spent a bit of time as a booking agent, but this really keeps me happy.’ SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE one of the iconic bands of the ‘f lower power’ era. With tracks such as Family Affair, Dance To The Music, and iconic political track, Stand!, their Funk, Rock and Soul helped forge a scene. Today, some of the m e m b e r s s t i l l p l ay together, minus frontman Sly, as The Family Stone. Jerry Martini, who’s been on brass with the band since the very start back in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, is very much in reflective mode when we ask him to tell us about The Family Stone today. “I’ve never had a real job,” the 74-year-old explains. “The only other thing I’ve ever done is spent a bit of time as a booking agent, but this really keeps me happy. “It’s amazing to get the chance to do what you love all your life.
“ I s t i l l re m e m b e r Woodstock, which was a real mess,” Martini recalls, picking out the legendary American cultural turning point as a highlight. “We played Glastonbury a few years ago, and in a way it was quite similar – 200,000 people in front of us while we played. “They don’t arrest people who try to jump the fence, they just drive them a few miles away and release them. “It reminded me a lot of the Woodstock, love thing.” Martini plays saxophone, and says that at 74, he’s still very much in performance mode. “I still jump around
a lot on stage. I think it keeps me young,” he says. “I’m always writing, too. We don’t really perform new songs, though. Sly wrote so many great things. “He’s been one of my best friends for 50 years. I like to write my own songs, but Sly’s songs are so good, those are the ones we play. Good songs don’t get old.” “We’re still adding songs that are not on the greatest hits, songs that haven’t been played live before. “We would be open to new ones, but they’d have to be as good as the ones we’re already playing, and that’s a difficult thing to do.” The band are still very much a family act, though former frontman Sly hasn’t been a part of the band in their original sense since he departed due to reliability problems associated
with drug use way back in 1975. Sylvette Robinson, daughter of Cynthia, now takes Cynthia’s role. “I still struggle with her loss, it hit me really hard,” Martini says of the founder member’s death in 2015. ”Sylvette’s great, just like having her mum there, and I think her being in the band is what Cynthia would have wanted.” In fact, Martini feels the band are now as good as they’ve ever been. “There were a couple of times in the past when maybe we appointed people as singers because they looked or felt like Sly,” he recalls. “The guy we have at the moment, Swang Stewart, is just a really great vocalist. He nails it, and that was the important thing. “Things are going really well. I feel in great
shape, too. As good as ever. At the moment,I’m just really, really enjoying it.” So any regrets from it all? “I just wish out first album had gone over better,” Martini says. “It was loved by Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. It was a real diverse, underdog album and I think it was us at our best, before albums had to be similar for commercial reasons. “ It wa s d i f fe re n t, because it had all four singers on lead in different songs and really showcased us. But it’s been an amazing ride.” The Family Stone play Beatyard Festival in Dun Laoghaire on August 3. They’ll be joined across the weekend by The Jacksons, Kamasi Washington, Orbital, The Wailers and Little Dragon. Tickets are €59 (per day) or €150 (for the weekend).
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Eurovision contestant even more dedicated to music and charity work RACHEL D’ARCY
AFTER the whirlwind of Eurovision, this year’s Irish contestant Ryan O’Shaughnessy took a bit of time to himself – as could only be deserved. “I took a few weeks off after the madness of Eurovision, but now I’m back in the studio. I just finished up a writing camp with some talented songwriters in Cavan, and around 10 or 15 new songs were born. It’s all systems go again,” he laughed, speaking to
Dublin Gazette. Having finished 16th after a promising performance in the so-called musical World Cup, it’s clear that Ryan is just as dedicated to his music now more than ever, as well as his charity work. He’s partnered up with the #YouthEmpowered initiative, which aims to help young people aged from 18 to 30, who are not in education, employment or training, to make the ir goals a reality through workshops and digital training.
The programme was launched by the CocaCola Hellenic Bottling Company, and will provide training to 750 young people across Ireland to help them find ‘meaningful’ employment. Now in its second year, Ryan signed on as the initiative’s ambassador this year, and has already hit the ground running in his new role. “I met a good few of the people from last year’s programme, and they’re all settled in jobs and everything now. It’s great to
This year’s Irish Eurovision singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy at the Youth Empowered launch in Temple Bar. Picture: Photo: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland
see. Employment among the younger age group is still low, despite what people are saying about a recession being over, so it’s good to have an initiative like [#YouthEmpowered] that’s helping fix that issue,” Ryan said. Spreading the word As far as his role as an ambassador goes, Ryan said that he wants to help as much as he can.
“I’m attempting to make myself available to offer any advice, or anything I can help with that’s needed. I’m hoping that my spreading the word and helping more people know about the programme will help those involved too.” Ryan is also gearing up to release new music, and is set to tour across the country before the year is out. “We have eight dates
booked right now for later on this year. Nothing international yet, just around Ireland, but I’m excited to get out on the road,” he said. “I’m also going to be releasing a new single, hopefully in August. It’s called ‘War Zone’. “It’s about the wars we have with ourselves, within our relationships, but it can also be applied to the wars going on
in countries across the world. There’s so much going on in the world at the minute. Refugees are still struggling to settle into new countries, and I’m hoping I might be able to partner with Amnesty International soon [on the single].” For more on Ryan, check out ryanosmusic. com, and for more on #YouthEmpowered, visit youthempowered.ie.
Get ready to Vamp it up for Four Corners Tour RACHEL D’ARCY
The Vamps are set to hit Dublin nerxt May for their Four Corners 2019 Tour
FRESH off a Summer promotion tour for their latest album Day and Night, British quartet The Vamps have announced a headline gig at the 3Arena next May. The Dublin date on May 29th is part of their ‘Four Corners 2019 Tour’, which will see the band play several dates across the UK and Ireland over five weeks. No stranger to our shores, The Vamps will be returning to the Docklands’ venue for the fifth time with the new show alongside rising star HRVY (who’s slated to play The Academy next week) and pop-rock
trio New Hope Club. The band – comprised of vocalist and guitarist Brad Simpson, bassist Connor Ball, drummer Tristan Evans and guitarist James McVey – release their new album ‘Night & Day (Day Edition)’ tomorrow. It’ll feature 10 new songs from the band, including recent single ‘Personal’ featuring vocalist Maggie Lindemann, and ‘Too Good To Be True’ featuring rapper Machine Gun Kelly and producer Danny Avila. The Vamps are said to be one of most successful bands to emerge from the UK in recent years, achieving success across the glove. They have over 2 billion streams globally,
with 8.4 million monthly listeners as well. Their most recent album ‘Night & Day (Night Edition)’ scored the top spot in the UK, and also stormed into the Top 10 on iTunes in over 20 countries including Argentina, Philippines, India and Australia. Their most recent tour saw them sell over 100,000 tickets, and they’ve also sold out London’s prestigious O2 Arena multiple times. A limited amount of tickets will go on sale for just €17.50 (excluding booking fee), which are sure to be snapped up in seconds. Tickets for the gig go on sale on Saturday, July 28 at 10am.
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CINEMA | THE FIRST PURGE OFFERS SOME TIMELY SATIRE
Decadently dystopian drama has some bite
TURNING on the news over the past year and a bit has felt a little like wandering into an alternate reality, given the sights and sounds coming from the far West, where elements of the far Right have shocking-
ly become embraced and normalised.
It’s not a very pleasant reality to be living with – but then, this level of uncomfortable actuality has given The First Purge (Cert 18, 97 mins) an underlying subtext and energy that one can only imagine was fully
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Mines the failing war on drugs for dramatic tension WE RETURN to the ongoing ‘war against drugs’ with Sicario 2 (Cert 15A, 122 mins) picking up more or less after where the first film had left off. Once again, ‘the good guys’ aren’t very good, in character or ability, as they try to disrupt drug cartels along the southern US border, as a drug kingpin’s daughter gets kidnapped and matters spiral out of control. It’s an interesting film, but a wholly unecessary sequel that’s just not as good as the starkly great first film.
Not making many waves in the crime caper genre GEORGE Clooney and pals are well and truly out of the picture in this one – suave heistmeister Danny Ocean is dead, for starters, but his jailbird sister Debbie has plans for her own big score to pull off – if she can get the right crew together ... It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good heist movie, and it looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer, as Ocean’s 8 (Cert 12A, 110 mins) is fine, rather than fresh. Still, it’s all female-lead cast are decent enough, despite one rather unfortunate Oirish accent ...
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
Still stomping over all and sundry at the box office AS WE all know by now, it’s hard to go wrong with dinosaurs – as movie stars, that is, as the dinos at the heart of Jurassic World (Cert 12A, 128 mins) soon go very, very wrong indeed once they’ve been rescued from their exploding island home. Shrieking sidekicks aside, the leads are likeable enough, but at this stage it’s hard not to feel that we’ve finally seen pretty much everything dinosaurs can do in this franchise. Maybe the inevitable next Jurassic film can give them guns. In space.
Another great addition to the modern social horror genre GIVEN the trials and tribulations visited upon Toni Collette in Hereditary (Cert 16, 127mins), it’s no wonder her character looks so upset here. She’s an artist mum trying to mourn her recently deceased, difficult mum – but grandma’s death seems to trigger all kinds of trauma for the fracturing family. Lob in some supernatural elements, and you’re in store for a fraught horror that’s laced with psychological trauma that keeps pace with some of the ghastlier goings-on in this well-received film.
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intentioned. To date, the Purge franchise has provided a mixed bag of middling films, with their shared central premise (that of The Purge: an annual 12-hour period of nationwide chaos, murder and mayhem when anything is legal and no police will respond) providing some snide social commentary. However, The First Purge, while far from the first Purge film, cuts the closest to the bone yet as it delivers an inevitable origins story, explaining how The Purge and Purging became an ordinary, normal part of American life. In doing so, this prequel also taps into the current dark undercurrents swirling through public and political discourse across the pond, gaining a frisson of focus that adds an additional layer of context to dig through. E ve r y t h i n g h a s a beginning, and Staten Island proves to be the acorn for a particularly twisted tree that soon envelops America, with its rulers – The New Founding Fathers of America – choosing the island as the base for a new social experiment. People are offered $5,000 to stay on, or go to, the island for a night of mayhem, during which observers will watch and record what happens
when there are no laws, and no consequences, for everyone who chooses to stay put. Handy retina cams (available in this near f u t u re s e t t i n g ) a n d tracking devices provide an up close and personal view of everything that’s going on during this mass social experiment - which is anything but social for the increasingly desperate people caught up in a night of escalating terror. Throw in drug addicts and dealers, hookers, turf wars, shady operatives and nefarious goings on, and you’re firmly embedded in classic Purge lore, with this film firmly following the bottom of American society. At this stage, if you’ve seen any of the previous Purge films, you’ll be very familiar with how The First Purge plays out, as it begins to simultaneously set up and tap into the lore and beats that are part of the rest of the franchise. Stylistically, director Gerard McMurray does a good job of maintaining the look and feel of classic Purge tropes, with everything from visually striking face masks and an almost riotous use of moody colour palettes to the emotionally detached security camera footage of violent Purging all helping to tick the right boxes.
The cast, too (with a welcome supporting turn by Marisa Times) do a decent job of conveying their characters’ descent into hunter and hunted roles, as Staten Island plummets into lawlessness as the night wears on. H o weve r, i t ’s t h e underlying tone that potentially elevates The First Purge beyond its B-movie schlock status. Not for nothing are some of the poorest people in America chosen to be the fodder for the experiment, with money dangled like bait to lure and keep desperate people somewhere where their violent death or torture could be seconds away. Indeed, this becomes a more overt story thread later in the film, when a secondary storyline gains a tighter focus on the rich versus the poor, basically establishing The Purge’s potential ‘usefulness’ for socioeconomic cleansing to whittle down ‘the undesirables’ at the bottom of society. Given current American events and attitudes over the past 18 months, Purging feels like it’s taken a couple of determined steps towards reality, which earns The First Purge at least one extra point in its final score. Which is... Verdict: 7/10
Every day on my run, I pass an older ladies house. She waves, and has recently started to blow me kisses. I noticed she is homebound. Today, I bought her flowers and introduced myself and we had tea. I will be having tea with her once a week from now on. @CaoimhePhotos A free lesson on how to be a lovely, thoughtful human being, courtesy of Caoimhe
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J/broadcaster Edith Bowman came to Dublin last week to launch Made By Music. The campaign is the latest innovation by Three Ireland and aims to bring people together through the power of music. The launch was hosted at Dublin venue Opium, and saw three rising Irish artists; Jafaris, Saint Sister and Kormac come together to produce a series of new music videos. Clare Aughney
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OCAL man and Press Photographer of the Year 2018, Cyril Byrne of The Irish Times, was in attendance as the Press Photographer of the Year Exhibition arrived at dlrLexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, last week. The exhibition features 107 winning and shortlisted images from the annual awards of the PPAI, , encapsulating the many highs Louise Murphy, Iveta Idanova and Georgie Bates
and lows of the year gone by. This year’s judging panel was chaired by Dermot O’Shea and the judges were internationally renowned photographers Tom Stoddart and Eamonn McCabe. The multimedia award was judged by Michael Lee, RTE cameraman and Philip Bromwell, RTE News video and mobile journalist.
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Travel Editor WITH Wimbledon in full swing tennis fever is tangible. Thankfully, wellness holiday specialists Health and Fitness Travel has the cure, sharing their top tennis training holidays and tips guaranteed to inspire you. Gain the advantage with an epic sporting holiday with a morning on the court followed by rejuvenating spa treatments. A n d eve n t h o u g h you’re bound to be served up some great coaching tips, any of these holidays will also make you feel like a champ. Sounds like game, set and match! Cyprus: Tennis at Aphrodite Hills Do you fancy yourself as the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer? Aphrodite Hills is the perfect place for tennis enthusiasts of every age to achieve all their sporting goals. After powering yourself out on the high-quality courts, unwind and
soothe your muscles by paying the retreat spa a visit to enjoy a hot stone, Swedish or therapeutic massage to make you feel relaxed and restored. Seven nights from €1,339. Spain: Marbella Club Tennis Located just a ball toss away from the luxurious Mediterranean hideaway that is Marbella Club, follow in the footsteps of Boris Becker at Puente Romano Tennis Club. With ten well-equipped courts and a talented team of professional coaches waiting to ‘serve’ you, there’s no better place to perfect your tennis technique. After a day of serveand-volley, wind down with a personalised massage and relax in the beachfront Thalasso Spa with breath-taking views across the Med. Seven nights at Marbella Club from €3,099. Portugal: Annabel Croft Tennis at Pine Cliffs Resort With a philosophy of ‘movement and repetition’, take your tennis
to new heights on this one-week tennis coaching retreat developed by former British champion Annabel Croft. The academy suits all skill levels and the programme includes highlypaced drills and exercises with top facilities and qualified trainers. Seven nights at Pine Cliffs from €2,079. St Lucia: BodyHoliday Tennis Gain the advantage over your tennis game and your fitness levels on this active tennis holiday at BodyHoliday in St Lucia. Set upon the secluded bay of Cariblue, hit the courts for private coaching and group tennis lessons, before testing what you’ve learnt with a tennis competition between fellow guests. Round out your allinclusive tennis holiday with a wide range of group fitness classes,
land and water sports, including yoga, Box Fit, mountain biking and kayaking. After an active day, relax at the luxury spa with a choice of daily treatments, including massages, body scrubs and facials. Seven nights from €1,679. Antigua: Carlisle Bay Tennis Add some Vitamin-D to your game as you soak up the sun training in the tropics at Carlisle Bay in the Caribbean. Beneath tropical palm trees, all nine courts are a stone’s throw away from the turquoise waters edge, including four floodlit courts for cooler evening games. Between games explore on a rainforest hike or take to the tropical waters paddle boarding, before rejuvenating with a deep tissue massage at the award-winning Blue Spa. (Prices on enquiry).
For advice, guidance and booking, see the site at www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0044 203 397 8891. Flights can be arranged from Dublin and other Irish airports.
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A GUIDE TO TEMPTING FOOD AND LOCATIONS
You knead to get to grips with making these tasty piadina TV CHEF and busy mother of three Rachel Allen has teamed up with pioneers of pesto, Sacla, to compile a new book, La Famiglia – The Family Book of Pesto (inset below). It features everything from quick piadinas by Rachel and pesto fish fingers by Sacla, baked pasta, a hearty lamb ragu or pesto roast chicken. We all know kids have a gra for Pesto and there’re heaps of opportunities for kids to get involved. Here’s a sneak peak of one of the recipes from the book for all the family – Rachel Allen’s Piadina (which makes six piadina), a play on the classic piadina that hail from the Romagna region of Italy. Children love them and they can create their own toppings and make them with you, serving up an alternative to Mexican fajitas any time. For the Piadina • 250g plain flour • 1 tsp baking powder • Three-quarter tsp salt • 2 tbsp olive oil • 65ml warm milk • 65ml warm water
For the topping • 3 tbsp mayonnaise • Quarter jar Sacla classic
basil pesto • Handful of rocket leaves • 25g cheddar, grated • 200g cooked chicken breast, shredded into long, thin strips • 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt • Half a lime
Preparation: • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and mix until evenly crumbly. • Make a well in the centre and pour in the warm milk and water. Mix with your hands (or with a wooden spoon) until the dough become soft, but not sticky. • Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until it is soft and smooth. • Divide into six pieces, each about 60g in weight. Roll each piece into a ball
and place the balls on a flour-dusted surface. Cover with a damp tea towel or cling film for 30 minutes, or they can go into the fridge overnight. • When you’re ready to cook the piadina, heat a frying pan or grill-pan over a medium-to-high heat. • Working with one ball at a time, roll the dough into a disc approximately 12cm/4.5in in diameter and about 2mm thick. Gently place the dough into the hot pan – no oil is needed. • Cook each piadina over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side, until lightly golden but still pliable, then wrap in a clean tea towel immediately to trap the steam and prevent the piadina from getting brittle while cooling. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough. • Mix the mayonnaise with the basil pesto in a bowl. Place each piadina on a plate or worktop and spread half the surface with the basil mayonnaise. • Arrange rocket leaves on top, then scatter each with grated cheese, shredded chicken and a dollop of yoghurt, followed by a squeeze of lime juice. • Fold in half, serve, and tuck in ...
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The Ivy could grow on diners DUBLINERS spotted an unusual vehicle out and about in the centre streets over the past week or so – an ‘overgrown’ bus trundling about, helping to promote the opening of a long-awaited new restaurant at Dawson Street – The Ivy. The Ivy Dawson Street is the first international brasserie from The Ivy Collection, and is located in the heart of the capital at a new landmark building, One Molesworth. The bus took in several landmarks all around town, helping to promote the upcoming opening on Tuesday, July 24, and to announce the opening of its reservation line. The brasserie-style restaurant and bar will accommodate up to 200 guests and feature an allencompassing menu complete with breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks and dinner, incorporating a selection of classics including shepherd’s
pie, crispy duck salad, alongside a selection of locally inspired dishes such as Dungarvan oysters. Tantalising cocktails will be available to enjoy in the restaurant or at the brasserie’s striking central onyx bar, which will also be serving Irish staples such as Guinness and a selection of Irish whiskeys. The Ivy Dawson Street’s artwork has been carefully curated, featuring a colourful mixture of old and new with pieces include topographical prints and plans of Dublin and Dublin Bay from 1850, as well as artwork inspired by Ireland and Dublin, and pieces depicting music, Trinity College, horse racing and brewing. For further information, or for reservations, call 01 695 0744, or see the site at theivydublin.ie.
E.Coli infections soar in heat REBECCA RYAN
Food Editor THE public have been advised to take extra care when handling and preparing food during this hot spell, after an increase in the number of E.Coli infections. The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre said there have been 96 cases reported in Ireland in recent weeks, some three times higher than the same period last year. The HSE has advised to always wash your hands before and after handling food, wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly before eat-
ing them, and always ensure that minced meats are cooked all the way through. On the spike in cases, Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director, Public Health, said: “While investigations haven’t identified a specific reason for the increase in cases we would like to remind people to be careful about food safety during this heatwave to protect themselves against food poisoning. “This hot weather provides the right conditions for bacteria such as VTEC to grow and multiply on foods, which can lead to high numbers of cases of food poisoning in adults and children.”
Such common causes of food poisoning can lead to serious complications. For example, the symptoms of VTEC infection vary but often include bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Symptoms usually pass within five to ten days; however, VTEC infection can also cause a more serious complication called Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) in up to 10% of cases, which can lead to kidney failure, and occasionally even death. HUS is more common in children under five and the elderly. It is important to visit your doctor if you develop bloody diarrhoea.
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WITH a nationwide hosepipe ban recently announced, we need to be very selective about how and when we use water in the garden. Even if it rains soon, it will take weeks if not months for reservoir levels to get back to normal and at the time of writing the ban is expected to be in place until at least the end of July. Right now gardens have to contend with unprecedentedly high temperatures, drying winds and plants and trees in full leaf – all things that make them need water more than ever. Garden lovers have difficult decisions to make – which areas need water the most - as there simply isn’t enough to go around. You may be able to eke out supplies by re-using “grey” water, and here are a few tips to help you use any water to best advantage: Don’t worry about the lawn. Although they’re turning brown all over the country, when the rain returns, as it surely will, the grass will recover and return to its usual lush green. It’s best not to cut the grass in these conditions so enjoy the break! Mulch as much as you can. Home made compost, well rotted manure or chipped bark can all be used, but you can get creative if you’re stuck – thick cardboard from boxes or layers
of newspaper, weighed down, are better than nothing and you can always remove them when normal (rain) service is resumed. Mulching helps slow down the evaporation of water from the soil but do remember to soak the ground well before you apply it. You can mulch containers too, particularly if there’s a lot of exposed compost – rounded beach cobbles and pebbles are ideal for this. Give priority to the plants that need water most – anything newly planted, as they won’t have developed strong roots to seek out water for themselves yet – and anything in containers, as they are likely to dry out quickest. When watering from a can, remove the rose and aim the spout close to the base of the plant so that the water is getting into the soil and to the roots, where it’s needed. These polished cobbles from Galway Stone make a smart mulch for containers.
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FRESH IDEAS FOR YOUR HOME AND WARDROBE
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WITH a prime, marketdominating position that sees Netflix keeping a foot firmly planted in both media and technology worlds, it’s been interesting to note that the streaming titan has gone decidedly old-skool with a significant investment it’s expected to close this month. Netflix is splashing out a whopping $150,000,000 on buying just a few dozen billboards in Hollywood – a sum that’s not exactly spare change to most of us, but is just a small part of the whopping $2bn it’s spending on marketing alone this year. Tech and media analysts have been quick to praise the deal, however, as the $150m investment in buying some 35 billboards scattered around the Sunset Strip in Hollywood
is potentially a very shrewd, canny move by Netflix which could impact on its fortunes – quite literally. For starters, there’s an immediate financial gain for the company. Yes, $150m is a huge upfront investment to make, and is a significant expense to incur on some distinctly oldfashioned advertising tech – today’s billboards are virtually identical to those from back in the day, advertising then the finest moustache wax for your great-greatgrandfather. However, with advertising rates of about $25,000 a month for billboards along the area, buying a whole lot of them outright and then just facing a low maintenance cost presents Netflix with an advertising investment that will have paid for itself in a comparatively short time.
More than that, acquiring the billboards immediately hurts any rivals advertising in the area, firmly preventing rival shows and streaming services from advertising in the key creative hub at the heart of Hollywood. Apart from the calculated financial aspects of the deal, there’s also a less tangible – but no less valuable – intellectual aspect to the billboards deal. The past 18 months or so have seen Netflix substantially up its production game, in terms of seizing control of the streaming market as it seeks to present an alternative to the main, traditional cinema-going and TV-viewing market. Netflix now funds and creates a huge amount of original TV shows, as well as having ramped up production of movies as well – and nowhere
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else on earth dominates television and movie production on earth like a comparatively small part of Los Angeles. The kind of place where, say, 35 billboards advertising Netflix’s wares, shows and business deals might catch the eye of leading creative and industry figures in ‘the biz’, thus attracting even more acting, producting and other talents to join the Netflix stable. With Netflix firmly focused on expanding its market share and drawing ever more creative talents to its side, the decidedly old-fashioned marketing ‘technology’ it’s buying – little more than slapping glued-on sheets of laminated paper on wood and metal – shows that sometimes the best way to move forward with technology is sometimes to just look backwards ...
Summit for everyone interested in taking EU rejects a serious look at Ireland’s gaming future copyright Hotel, Dublin 2, will see DUBLIN is soon playing to proposals a huge number of intera major gaming summit, set to bring an international panel of several leading figures and companies together for a key networking and industry event in the heart of the capital. Many people don’t know that Ireland is home to a number of key tech companies providing tech and industry-leading skills at the heart of the gaming sector, with a number of small but vital companies quietly keeping Ireland firmly involved in the global market. The likes of Google and Facebook tend to dominate the headlines when it comes to tech stories, but several other companies in Ireland, such as Havoc, are fundamentally Irish success stories in gaming. As such, given our geographically small but sectorally significant role, the upcoming Dublin Games Summit on July 19 at the Alex
national industry speakers, company founders, researchers and many more coming to Dublin to share insights on gaming today, where it’s going and being developed into, new tech and market trends beginning to shape gaming and creative industries and, of course, also examining Ireland’s role in the ever growing sector. It all promises to be a fascinating summit with an awful lot to take in, but for anyone who’s serious about gaming, and especially for those working in tech and gaming in Ireland, it sounds like an unmissable event. Summit tickets cost €185 (with a Lillies Bordello after-summit bash costing €10). For further information on the full line-up of the summit’s guests and topics, see the site at dublingamessummit.ie.
LAST but not least, social media giants must have breathed a sigh of relief after EU lawmakers rejected copyright proposals that would have made them responsible for content on their sites. There were some excellent arguments on both sides of the proposals – many artists earn pitiful royalty payments, if anything at all, from work which may have a vast reach from being shared online, while data protection and citizen surveillance fears were raised by how companies might track who’s sharing what. This particular battle is over, but the issue of copyright protection is bound to return to the courts again.
Ford tops Focus with latest sporty ST-Line Ford has more options for the Focus range than most would think about, topped off by the sporty ST-Line models with a hint of more performance. Michael Moroney took the latest Focus St-Line on the road where he was impressed while he hankered for more power. WITH the current Ford Focus generation getting ready for a revamp, it was opportune to get a recent drive in the Focus ST, the blue oval brand’s sporty take on the popular Ford Focus car. Ford has offered four styling and specification pack options for the Focus and the ST Line offers most in terms of performance and style. The Focus ST-Line models clearly stand out from the basic Focus in having ST-inspired styling features that include a honeycomb design for the trapezoidal front grille. The car has unique front fog lamps with dark surrounds and a unique front bumper insert. At the rear there is an ST-Line diffuser element and large rear roof spoiler. The ST-Line versions come with deep side-skirts
Ford Focus ST 1.5 TDCi Engine Engine power 0 – 100km/hr Economy Fuel Tank Capacity CO2 emissions Road Tax Band Main Service Euro NCAP Rating Warranty Entry Price and ST-Line exterior badging on the front wings. The exterior sport effect is topped off with unique 17in alloy wheels in Rock Metallic Grey and LED daytime running lights. On the inside, the STLine special features include sport seats with red stitching and a perforated leather ST-style steering
1.5 litre 120hp 10.6 seconds 26km/litre (3.8/100km or 74mpg) 53 litres 98g/km A2 €180 20,000km/12 months 5 star (2012) 5 years €26,220 wheel with grey stitching. There is an ST style gear knob, a dark woven headliner, and you’re greeted by ST-Line scuff plates as you open the doors. The ST Line image is one of power for Focus drivers who want more. Ford in Ireland offers three engine options for the Focus STLine, an entry level 1.0 litre
The Nissan Qashqai was Dublin’s and Ireland’s best-selling car for the first six months of 2018
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WHAT’S NEW IN TECHNOLOGY AND ON WHEELS
TECH & MOTORS
Is hay fever pollen causing you problems? A RUNNY nose, headache and constant sneezing, are just a few of the symptoms hay fever sufferers deal with during the summer. These symptoms can affect motorists in a number of ways. Here’s some advice on how to cope with it before taking to the road. Ensure your car is clean and dust free and that you operate the air conditioning or ventilation to your advantage, making use of air recirculation where
The Ford Focus ST Line comes with unique exterior sporty styling in Frozen White colour that it makes it stand out from the other Focus models and entry prices start at €26,220 plus delivery charges.
possible. It’s also important that you change your pollen filter regularly For anyone who hasn’t been diagnosed with hay fever and is feeling under the weather, avoid driving or riding and arrange to see your GP as soon as
Ecoboost petrol engine, a mid-range 1.5 litre TDCi diesel engine and the top performing 2.0 litre TDCi diesel engine. The midrange 1.5 litre TDCi engine was the Ford Focus ST Line version that I drove recently combines the performance and style feel that you expect from an ST Line with an improved economy result. With this car is aiming to appeal to drivers who like the style and driving feel of the Focus ST Line and also want the opportunity for more economical driving, when needed. This 1.5 litres turbo-diesel engine is lively, while naturally more sluggish than the top performing 2.0 litre version. I hankered for more power, because the car’s styling want to perform even better. For those making an ST-Line choice, the question will be how important
is the car’s actual performance or is the perception of performance even more important? This ST Line will give the desired effect with a great styling and a rated economy figure of 26km/litre (3.8/100km or 74mpg), that suitably impressive. Out on the road, you’ll still get the ST-Line sporty driving feel with the noticeably harder suspension. This actual economy performance will be difficult to achieve, because as Oscar Wilde once said, “I can resist anything but
temptation” and that’s what the ST-Line will do to you. Succumbing to STLine temptation meant that I achieved a range of almost 900km from the car’s 53 litre capacity fuel tank, and that added more than 30% from the official economy rating. Opting for the higher performance diesel engine version won’t impact too much on your economy levels, while it will boost acceleration performance by more than 20%. I think that if I was a Ford Focus ST-Line buyer I would
The dash styling on the Ford Focus ST Line
also be tempted on the engine choice and opt for the bigger engine version, to complete the ST line effect. On the inside the STLine feeling is less obvious. The styling is similar to Zetec models while I had expected a more dynamic looking steering wheel, even though it is a flat bottom steering wheel with perforated leather differs from the standard models. The ST-Line seat stitching and the sports pedals gave a more lasting
The test car came with the mid-range 1.5 litre Ford diesel engine
impression. Seat adjustment and comfort are good so it’s easy to feel in control in the car. While the clutch pedal was a shade on the heavy side, this is a car that drives very well. The car comes with a host of safety features while the useful Parking Park is optional, the city Active City Spot and Cross Traffic Alert systems are also on the options listing, which will add to the entry price figure of €26,220 before delivery charges. As these current generation models run out in the next short months, there will be value for Focus STLine buyers. That value is topped off by the Ford Clean Up for 182 with up to €4,700 off a new Focus ST-Line when you take their 4.9% car finance deal. That’s topped with a new 7 year warranty offer on the car.
June shows lift in Dublin new car sales New car sales in the capital rose in June this year compared with June 2017, while the overall market for the year to date was down marginally by 3.65%, according to the latest figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). The latest figures show that 35,747 new cars were registered in Dublin for the first six months of 2018. The drop in new car sales in the Dublin region was less than that across all of Ireland, with Dublin now accounting for 41% of all new car sales in Ireland, up marginally from last year. This once again confirms the region
as the most important new car sales area in Ireland. Nissan’s popular Qashqai SUV took the Dublin new car sales honours and was also Ireland’s best-selling car so far this year. The Nissan Qashqai topped popular models such as the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Tucson and Nissan Micra among the five top-selling cars in Dublin, giving Nissan two models in the top five ranking. Sales of diesel powered sales are continuing to fall in Ireland’s capital, and the SIMI figures showed a 20% drop in new diesel car registra-
tions this year. Sales of hybrid petrol electric cars are taking up the slack to some extent (up 65% on this time last year), while sales of petrol cars are making a comeback in the city, rising by 19% for the first six months of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017. Car buyers have a huge preference for grey coloured cars, according to the SIMI statistics, and it’s interesting that orange coloured cars showed a 250% increase this year, no doubted boosted by the success of the new Nissan Micra, which uniquely looks good in orange livery.
possible. What you might think is just a slight cold can become a major distraction, so get it checked before it gets worse While over-the-counter medicines will help with a runny nose and sneezing symptoms, they can also blur vision and make you feel drowsy, check with your GP to decide what the best course of action is.
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Subaru congratulates Leinster Champions SUBARU Ireland has congratulated Dublin GAA following the crowning of their Senior Footballers as Leinster Champions for the eight-successive year. As proud vehicle sponsor to Dublin GAA, Subaru provides vehicles to some of the players and management of the Dublin senior football and hurling teams. The football and hurling teams, including the Dublin Ladies, are benefiting from a Subaru Forester van to oversee the transportation of team kits around the country for the All Ireland Championships and National League games. Summer 2018 is shaping up to be one of great excitement, with the introduction of the new Super 8’s in the football championship. The Dublin footballers continue to inspire and entertain their dedicated supporters. The Subaru tagline ‘Confidence in Motion’ describes them perfectly.
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THE BEST IN DUBLIN
LATE LATE SHOW: SOCCER: THERE will be no question
of split loyalties when Inchicore Athletic player/assistant manager Stephen Quigley faces his former side St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup first round next month. The two clubs have been drawn against each other in the most local of local derbies with plenty of allegiances being put to the test.
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Morton mile the highlight of top meet JAMES HENDICOTT
SANTRY’s Morton Stadium is set for its namesake Morton Games to come to town for arguably Ireland’s most high-profile track athletic’s event. It is set to feature a selection of highlevel stars from abroad, and provide a great test for the stars of the local track and field scene. The Games are a single evening event taking place on July 19 and have grown in stature in recent years. The races, taking in 100 metres to 5,000 metres distances, will also include a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Herb Elliott’s World Mile in the stadium back in 1958 (and a mile distance in its honour). Javelin and high-jump will take place on the field. Brendan Griffin TD launched the event last week, saying: “This year’s Morton Games promises to be another
wonderful night of athletics and a fantastic opportunity for the Irish public to see some top class athletes in action. “It is also a great chance for our athletes to test themselves against international opposition in preparation for the European Athletics Championships in Berlin in August. “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in organising this prestigious event on the Irish sporting calendar and I hope everyone has an exciting and enjoyable evening.” The Morton Games is now in its eighth year as an annual international track and field meet, and will feature many of Ireland’s top athletes. It will feature Ireland’s fastest woman Phil Healy, Sean Tobin in the Morton Mile, 400m Brian Gregan, John Travers and Stephen Scullion in the 5000 metres, as well as Dundrum South Dublin’s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner, who’s a rising star of the American
Clonliffe Harriers’ Brian Gregan, Deputy Mayor of Fingal Grainne Maguire, DSD’s Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner and Brendan Griffin TD at the launch
university track scene, racing at middle distance. Confirmed international athletes participating in the Meet include 2016 world indoor 800 metre champion Boris Berian (USA) and Crystal Emmanuel (CAN), a two time Olympian and finalist in the 2017 world championships. Olympic high jump finalist Alyx
Treasure (CAN), and Ryan Gregson (AUS) a 2016 Olympic 1500 metre finalist, will also compete. Events get underway on July 19 at 6.30pm (including qualifiers, junior and wheelchair events), with international-level races from 7.30pm. Entry is €10 for adults, and free for Under16s.
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BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S CONGRATULATIONS to our minor footballers on their win over Lucan Sarsfields in the league with a scoreline of 5-09 to 1-14. Well done to our senior hurlers who overcame Crumlin GAA with a scoreline of 10-24 to 0-08. Are you signed up to our Summer Camp - it’s not too late - log onto www.bodengaa.ie for more details. It’s been a busy few weeks in the Ballyboden St Enda’s Lotto, club member Vivian Ruddy won €5,500 on June 27. Congrats Vivian! This week’s Lotto was also won - Patrick Lehane won €1,000 while Conor Dolan and Francis Coughlan matched 3 numbers and won €100. If you are not subscribed yet - it’s not too late log onto https://ballyboden.club/ Dance classes are back in Ballyboden St Enda’s every Thursday from 8.30-10.30.. If you fancy some jiving , waltzing, a bit of foxtrot or quickstep then pop along to the club house. It’s €10 pay as you go. For more information on Ballyboden St Enda’s log onto www,bodengaa,ie or follow us on Facebook and Twitter by searching Bodengaa.
FAUGHS MINORS were unlucky to be beaten by Crumlin on Wednesday last. Our U-15s welcomed Buffers Alley from Wexford on Sunday, a great game of hurling was had. Next Irish music session in the Members’ bar on Thursday, August 2. Club Lotto – Jackpot – €5,100 Numbers 4, 8, 9 and 13 No winner. Three ‘Match 3’ winners (share €200) Noel Murphy, Michael Heavey and Richie Hogan. Next week’s jackpot will be €5,200. Don’t forget to book your tickets by the end of
July, either individual tickets or tables for our night at Leopardstown Races on August 16. Contact secretary.faughshurling.dublin@ gaa.ie or Eoin Reynolds or any of the Team Champions. Deepest Sympathy to Richie Ryan on the death of his brother Jimmy. May he Rest in Peace. Kelloggs Cul Camp is on next week from July 16 to 20 and Faughs Club Camp takes place from August 28 to 30. Contact Tommy O’Mahony, Team Champions or anyone in the bar to book a place.
BOXING: USA TEAM WIN BIG AFTER SERIES OF THRILLING BOUTS
World’s biggest Box Cup comes to Dublin Loughlinstown leisure centre sees an incredible 840 boxers, 2,500 fans and a wealth of volunteers come to south Dublin from all around the world to make the International Cup a monumental success
MONKSTOWN Boxing Club hosted what has now become the biggest boxing tournament in the world earlier this month with an incredible 840 boxer weighing in at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre to take part in the Monkstown International Box Cup. The contest is aimed at boxers aged between ten and 19, and run entirely by volunteers. It continues to attract competitors from across the globe: while planned attendance by teams from India and Sierra Leone didn’t materialise in 2018 for visa and financial reasons, strong teams from the US, Russia, Ukraine and plenty of other European neighbours gave the cup serious international weight. “The overall quality of boxing was the best we’ve ever seen,”
Monkstown Boxing Club’s JP Kinsella said after the weekend. “People were calling it the ‘mini World Championships’. 17 countries were represented, and Loughlinstown was just packed. We had more than 2,500 people watching the five rings at any one time.” The American team came out on top, taking 11 titles, and also the overall club winners title in the process. They faced fierce competition from local boxers from Crumlin Boxing Club (who took nine titles), and Blackpool’s visiting Sharpstyle Boxing Club (who took seven). Monkstown Boxing Club took six titles of their own, despite the absence of four Irish Champions from the host’s team. There were also overall awards given to boxers across various categories. Jack Turner of Crossfit Liverpool took the men’s overall title having beaten English and Irish champions and then a fantastic
American boxer to win his age/ weight-based category. The junior men’s title was taken by thirteen-year-old Thomas
It’s just a huge collaboration, everyone is contributing and no big egos
Varey, from Sharpstyle Blackpool, whose outstanding skill particularly impressed judges as he saw off two opponents comfortably. In the women’s tournament, Abbey McKay from Salisbury Boxing Club in Liverpool took the senior overall award, having beaten an English and an Irish Champion on the way to winning her weight
ST MARK’S MEMBERSHIP is overdue, please pay ASAP. Well done to all the volunteers who made the bag pack a huge success. Thanks to you all and to Dunnes Stores of Kilnamanagh. All juvenile section training has returned to date, contact the relevant mentors for info. The adult section train Tuesday and Thursdays. Music every Saturday in the club. Music this Saturday by Marcus Prounce. Live sport every weekend. Set dancing classes every Monday from 8pm. The Summer Monster Bingo takes place this Thursday, details on Facebook page. Bingo Thursday night, starts at 8.45pm, open to everyone. Slimming World every Tuesday at 5pm and 7pm and Wednesday morning at 9am in the main lounge. Weight Watchers every Tuesday morning. Please continue to support the club lotto. Tickets €2 each or three for €5, Jackpot €7,100 not won. Numbers drawn 7, 12, 19, 23. €50 winners 1. Zoe c/o Mr H 2. Alex c/o Eileen 3. Val Bryan c/o Tony Bryan 4. Emma Gallagher c/o Bingo.
The scene in Loughlinstown Leisure Centre as the crowds flocked to the venue for the Monkstown International Box Cup.
category. The junior women’s overall title was taken by Monkstown’s own Aliyah Flood, whose no-nonsense, action-packed style lead to two powerful first round stoppages. “She hits so hard for her size,” Kinsella explained. The competition was an impressive feat of organisation, which saw all 840 boxers weighed in within half an hour of showing up at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre on the Friday, and hours of consecutive bouts running to plan. A number of fantastic side stories have grown out of the competition: Ballybrack Boxing Club, for example, hosted three international teams for free, sleeping on the floor of their clubhouse. Young boxers, aged nine and ten, also took part in highly-popular ‘skills bouts’, contests that had no official victor (official decisions come from age eleven up), but helped prepare the various youngsters for future years. “If we had the space, we could easily go to eight rings,” Kinsella tells us. “You’d be looking at the RDS or somewhere like that, and we’ll just about break even for it this year. “Last year, we made a bit of money and subsidised a trip for our boxers, but it’s become more expensive to run, and we want to keep the entry fee down. “It was an amazing experience. Very tough, but amazing. The volunteers, 40 odd of them, really care about what’s going on. “The judges and referees were incredible. It’s just a huge collaboration, everyone contributing and no big egos. “Global Medics, the Lock Inn Pub, who provided lots of the food and an affordable menu, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the Irish Amataur Boxing Association were all vital to what we did over the weekend. If you get something like this wrong, it could be a nightmare, but it was just amazing,” Kinsella concludes.
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SOCCER: ST PAT’S FACE LSL SENIOR 1A SIDE IN FAI CUP
WNL ROUND-UP Shels keep up the chase
Inchicore Athletic’s LSL Sunday Senior 1A side have the absolute dream match-up in the FAI Cup
Inchicore and Quigley’s perfect FAI Cup draw DAVE DONNELLY
THERE’LL be no question of split loyalties when Inchicore Athletic player/ assistant manager Stephen Quigley faces his former side St Patrick’s Athletic in the FAI Cup first round next month. The defender spent four-and-a-half years at Richmond Park during a player career that took in spells with Dundalk, Shelbourne and, most recently, Athlone Town. For the past couple of years, he’s played with his local Leinster Senior League club while assistant manager David Hyland on the coaching side. Hyland’s young, mostly local-based side surprised many by dumping their Pearse Park tenants Crumlin United out on qualifying in the previous round. Club officials had longed in the lead-up to last week’s draw to see their
local League of Ireland club come out of the hat – and that’s exactly what happened as they were picked out alongside the Saints. It sets up what promises to be a huge game for the Inchicore area, where planners are currently mulling over a proposal from the Saints to build a new stadium and shopping complex. First, though, the club will have to get the job done on the pitch against an amateur side from whom nothing is expected – which is the perfect setup for an upset. “I’ve been winding him up about it all week,” Hyland told the Dublin Gazette. “My assistant Stephen Quigley spent nearly five years at Pats. I keep winding him up telling him it’s his testimonial out there. He’s looking forward to it.” Hyland’s young side narrowly missed out on promotion from Sunday Senior 1A last season as
their challenge tapered off in the final months. T h ey h a d a l re a d y exceeded the expectations of many to even challenge as an inexperienced, but talented and committed, side put in a big challenge. They took that attitude into the Crumlin clash, and will do so again when they take on the 2014 FAI Cup winners. The tie is set to be moved to Richmond Park as Pearse Park, which Inchicore rent, wasn’t deemed suitable when Crumlin faced Dundalk in last season’s competition. It could turn out to be the ideal arrangement for all involved, however, as the tie has the potential to catch the imagination of the whole community, with the threat of a giantkilling to spice things up. “It’s going to be extremely difficult. You’ve a fulltime professional football club against an amateur team. I do believe we’ll be
fearless. “We’re going to have to have an extremely lucky night and they’ll have to have an off-night, but I wouldn’t be fearing it in any way.” Un fo r t u n a te l y fo r Hyland, he’ll have to leave the running of the side to Quigley as he had booked time away for a family wedding when an FAI Cup spot was a remote possibil-
ity. “I’m not around for it, believe it or not. I’m on my holidays. “I’ve a family wedding thing on, and my holiday has been booked for the past year. “We were weighing up could I come home on the Friday, but it would mean I’m coming home after nearly three or four days, so I’m going to miss it.”
St Pat’s Athletic will hope for no slip ups in the most local of local derbies. Picture: Martin Doherty
SHELBOURNE kept within touching distance of Women’s National League leaders Wexford Youths after they cruised to a 3-0 win over UCD Waves at the AUL Complex on Saturday afternoon. Republic of Ireland international defender Niamh Prior scored twice either side of Jamie Finn’s strike as he Reds posted their third win on the spin. With top scorer Leanne Kiernan still out injured, Shels started with the newly-capped Isibeal Atkinson in the central striker role. It was the more unlikely source of left-back Prior who provided the first goal, however, as she beat Aisling Dunbar and sent a shot looping over Erica Turner Picture: Martin Doherty in the UCD goal. A rare chance for the Students saw a free kick routine fall to Dearbhaile Beirne, but the forward couldn’t connect with her shot. They were made to pay a minute before the break as right-back Seana Cooke swung in a cross for Finn to head home from six yards, her second in two games. And the former UCD defender Prior wrapped up the win on the hour mark as she met Alannah McEvoy’s right-wing cross at the back post and turned the ball past Turner. Shels remain six points behind unbeaten Wexford and four points ahead of Dublin rivals Peamount in the table. Danny Crowley’s side host struggling Limerick on Saturday, when they’ll look for a repeat of their 5-1 triumph last time out.
PEAS’ O’GORMAN ON FIRE REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Áine O’Gorman scored a hattrick and laid on four more as Peamount United recorded the biggest win of the Women’s National League so far this season over Limerick. O’Gorman provided a trio of assists as her Ireland strike partner Amber Barrett also registered a hat-trick in a 9-1 win for the Peas, as well as forcing an own goal. Megan Smith-Lynch and Louise Masterson also scored, while Rebecca Horgan scored a consolation for Limerick, as Peamount kept in touch with league leaders Wexford Youths. 100-cap Ireland star O’Gorman broke the deadlock after 15 minutes before her cross led to an own goal
for number two. O’Gorman provided the cross for Barrett to get on the scoresheet soon after before Smith-Lynch, an early injury replacement for Heather Payne, made it 4-0. O’Gorman added a fifth before the break, and she laid on two early in the second half as Barrett completed her hat-trick. O’Gorman got her deserved hat-trick before Rebecca Horgan slotted home a consolation for the Blues. Louise Masterson ensured Peamount had the last laugh, however, with the post-match discussion revolving around which of O’Gorman and Barrett would take the match ball back to Greenogue.
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A SUPER win for our Senior hurlers in the league vs Kilmacud Crokes, 8pts down at half time a remarkable second half performance to win by 4, 3-20 to 1-22. Senior footballers also had a good win last week vs NaFianna. Not so good result for juniors and inter footballers during the week, junior Bs went down in a hard fought game to Trinity Gaels, the late night training session unfortunately didn’t pay dividend. Junior Ladies footballers lost out in the league to Castleknock. Two good wins for the U15 football teams with the A team very much in contention for league honours. 2 out of 3 wins for the U14 football teams with the U14A remaining in the top spot of the league. Also with Dublin playing Saturday Senior footballers are due to play Olafs on Saturday morning at 10:30 up the club, also Inters have an important fixture at home to O’Dwyers on Sunday. Both Junior football teams are away on Sunday. Well done to Mark Lavin, Matt Dunne and Jake Rooney, part Dublin minor footballers who have qualified for the Leinster Shield final. Also to Ali Twomey, Mairi Moynihan, Emma Flanagan and Orla Beagan who got back to winning ways with Dublin Senior Camogie team. Commiserations to CJ Smith part of the Dublin U-20 footballers who lost the Leinster Final on Friday. Well done to Aoife Byrne, Danni O’Connor and Chloe O’Connor who beat Kildare with the Dublin minor B camogie team. Golf Society: Our next outing will take place at Castleknock Golf Club on Saturday, July 21 from 1.30pm to 2.50pm. To request a tee time, please text Seamus Fagan at 086 8168984 as soon as possible but no later than 9.00pm on Sunday, July 15. New members are always very welcome. There was no winner of the €20,000 lotto on July 5; the numbers were 6, 10, 11 and 20. Next draw will be managed by Edel Mooney and is sponsored by O’Grady Hearing Care Services. Play Online or Tickets can be purchased online, at the Club, in Carey’s Newsagents, in Vesey Arms or Kenny’s Bar. Lucky Dip Winners €30 –Kathleen Rigney, Mary Ryan, M&M Mockler, Ciara O’Connor and Mick Mulhall. Summer Camps 2018: Don’t miss out; details and registration can be completed on the club website. Football - Monday, August 13 - Friday, August 17 Hurling/Camogie - Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 25. Club Shop: due to open again on Saturday, July 14. Bingo is on Wednesdays 8:30pm.
ST MARY’S, SAGGART ADULT league matches next weekend sees Seniors playing O’Toole’s in Saggart on Sunday morning at 10.30am with juniors immediately after at noon against Garristown. This is because of the Dublin game on Saturday evening. Minor match against St Marks last Sunday was called off. Monthly Ceili takes place on Saturday in club hall from 830pm. Music will be from the Glenside Ceili Band.
ULTRA-RUNNING: BAWNOGUE MAN HOPES ATTENTION DRAWN
Conlon’s marathon challenge breaks 33-day record MARATHON CHALLENGE JAMES HENDICOTT
M A R K CO N LO N h a s completed his epic quest to break the Irish record for consecutive daily marathons, finishing his 33rd marathon in 33 days. As well as breaking the record, the Bawnogue man’s main aim was to raise awareness of Dublin’s homeless crisis and money for the Peter McVerry Trust. The Dubliner set off aiming to complete an unspecified number of the 26 mile runs. He had, however, always had the Irish record of 32 in mind as he looked at how his challenge might conclude. His plan to reach the 33 leaked around day 18, and, surprisingly, the
former soldier found life easier as he went on. Conlon is hoping – with the help of Eoin Ó Broin – to bring a message to the Dail in the coming weeks, ideally before the break, and present his thoughts on the homeless crisis. He has already raised over €2,000 in sponsorship, an amount he’s slightly disappointed with, but plans to leave sponsorship open for at least another month. “It was getting easier every day. I had a bit of a thigh strain that needed three days of physio to get over, but then I was fine,” Conlon explained. “It was actually getting easier every day. It felt amazing to finish.” “I literally slept for two days,” he said of the marathons finally finishing up. “My legs were okay, to be honest. I felt
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like I could have done 100. I could do more but the record is enough for now, I need to get back to work! “The 32nd was really special as I ran it with Dublin Bay Running Club and the East of Ireland Marathon people [both of whom have helped in Conlon’s efforts], as well as my family, and that was the one to equal the
record. “I ran the last one with just one friend, but my family came down and there was champagne at the end. I’m recovered now. I’m going to be releasing a video of me running in the next few days, which shows a bit more of what went on.” Of course, things aren’t over. They never are for a distance enthusiastic of
Conlon’s nature. “I’ll be running the Longwood Marathon in Meath in two weeks,” he tells us. “Then in the Dublin Marathon, I’ll be going for a personal best. These runs are about time, not like the ones I just did. Then I’m planning something really big for next year. Bigger than this.” Our legs ache just at the thought.
Tyrrell in World Cup side
Clondalkin’s Hannah Tyrrell. Picture: Inpho
CLONDALKIN’S Hannah Tyrrell has both been named in the Irish women’s sevens team for the rugby World Cup at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The tournament features the world’s top 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams and will be played on July 20 and 21 in the Bay Area. The tournament format is a knock-out style draw, meaning teams will have to win every match to be crowned World Cup winners. Ireland face England in the opening Round of 16 match, with the winner pro-
gressing to the Championship quarterfinal against either Mexico or New Zealand, while the loser will go into the quarter-finals of the challenge competition. For Tyrrell, who previously played for the Dublin senior footballers, it will be her second World Cup in the last 12 months having been part of the Irish 15s squad last August. Ireland come into the tournament off the back of a decent showing in the European Grand Prix in France but have their work cut out for them against a fancied English side.
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TO HOMELESS CRISIS Ultra-runner Mark Conlon during his latest challenge
ATHLETICS: TALLAGHT AC RUNNER PRODUCES PERFECT BEND
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AMERICAN FOOTBALL Panthers roar to tame the Louth Mavericks THE SOUTH Dublin Panthers ran up a 32-0 win over the Louth Mavericks, their third success in eight outings this year. The Westmanstown-based club look set to finish third in Irish American Football’s Shamrock Bowl south conference with the Cork Admirals and the Dublin Rebels advancing to the playoff places. The Panthers finish out their regular season against the Dublin Rebels at the National Sports Campus on Sunday at 2pm. Picture: Martin Doherty
TALLAGHT AC’S Rhasidat Adeleke stormed to gold in the 200m at the European Athletics Under-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary as part of a glorious weekend of action for the Irish team. Adeleke blitzed the bend and gave her rivals a clean pair of heels as she won the gold in 23.52 - a new personal best that sparked a tearful and jubilant celebration. She had earlier won her semi-final in a personal best of 23.77 before beating that mark by a quarter of a second. Speaking after the final Adeleke said: “I’m lost for words. I wasn’t expecting it. I knew I was in form and that I could go fast but not that fast! I can’t believe it. “You work all year; there are doubts, there are things that bring you down and so coming out with the gold is just crazy!” She said that keeping her cool and focusing on her technique was the crucial part of her success. “It’s just surreal. I tried so hard to keep my form because I know when I am under pressure, I can lose that and slow down but I think I got it right in the race. “You have to get a good bend and then drive on into the straight. I still haven’t taken it all in.” Elsewhere, Clondalkin’s Louis O’Loughlin (Donore Harriers) finished sixth in his semifinal of the 800m in 1.55.22 and will now look to finish his season on a high at an international schools event. Reflecting on his performance, he said: “I gave it a lash in the belly but it just wasn’t enough on the day. I am happy though because it’s a big experience and that’s what it’s all about. “When people are faster than you out there, you just have to learn how to deal with it. More training now. I still have the SIABS
Rhadisat Adeleke with her gold medal on her return to Dublin Airport on Monday. Picture: Piaras O Midheach
in Scotland in a couple of weeks so hopefully I can take home the gold for Ireland.” In Gyor, Sarah Healy added to the medal haul with gold medals in both the 1,500 and 3,000m, racing away from the field on both occasions to record championship records. She said there were few nerves due to the team spirit abounding in the Irish setup with
plenty of other medals. “ R h a s i d a t [Ad e l e ke] a n d S o p h i e [O’Sullivan] kind of spurred me on and got me excited. Today was tough and it was a long time waiting for the race. I just tried to relax at the hotel and chat with everyone there, watching some Love Island to take my mind off things. It was pretty relaxed.”
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THE first of the SSE Airtricity Race Series will start with the South Dublin 10K on Sunday, July 22 with over 2,500 competitors set to line-up. The race will start and finish at Grange Castle Business Park in Clondalkin and will take in Corkagh Park and the Grand Canal Walkway. Olympic Marathon runner, Lizzie Lee is set to line up as part of her final preparations towards
the European Athletics Championships which take place in Berlin this August. She has had a great season after returning to running following the birth of her second child last winter. Lee has clocked her two fastest half-marathons; 73 minutes and 24 seconds in February and 73:19 six weeks later. Recently she won the Neenan 5-Mile in Millstreet, Cork in 27:42. Next in the SSE Airtricity Race Series is the Frank Duffy 10 Mile, set for Fingal on Sunday, September 2 with the Dublin Half Mara-
thon returning to the Phoenix Park on Saturday, September 22. The finale in the series, the Dublin Marathon, will take place on Sunday, October 28 which is sold out since June. In 2018, the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon will mark and celebrate female participation, linking with the nationwide commemoration of Vótáil 100. Constance Markievicz, a key campaigner for Irish women’s voting rights, will appear on the SCE Airtricity Dublin Marathon finishers Lizzie Lee at the Race Series medal.
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38 DUBLIN GAZETTE WEST 12 July 2018
ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN A BUS will travel to Croke Park from the club this coming Saturday evening for the Dublin v Donegal clash. It will leave at 5.30pm and also make the journey post-match. The excellent price is €5 return. Anyone interested in travelling must book in advance and can contact Michelle at 087 9604596. Our senior hurlers are hosting a Golf Classic in Citywest on Saturday, August 4. The four-man team scramble will cost €200, with food included. If interested in playing or sponsoring contact Conán at 086 1089857 or John at 087 2639981. There are adult hurling fixtures midweek week. See the website for details. Last week, our senior footballers lost last week to Raheny in the league and our Junior A’s were beaten by Clontarf. Thank you to all who attended our annual club Mass last week and to Tommy Keogh for organising. Over 200 children participated in our Kelloggs Cúl Camp last week and we wish those participating in our own Camp the very best this week. Round Tower Lotto (July 2): Jackpot: €4,000. Numbers drawn 9,10,12,14 bonus ball 13. No overall winner. One bonus ball winner: Carole Scott. 3 x €100 winners: Mary Dardis, John Clarke, Leona Goff. Thanks to all who support the Lotto. Bingo continues every Tuesday in the club, with first call at 8.30pm and a jackpot of €1,000 on offer if checked within 53 numbers. All welcome. Round Tower, Clondalkin’s Joe Murray and Alex O’Neill brought the Leinster minor hurling trophy back to the club last weekend
SOCCER : FAI CUP DRAW DRIVES TICKET SALES
CIE on track to leap at transport derby DAVE DONNELLY
AS FAR as the FAI Cup goes, derbies are a lot like buses – you wait forever for one and all of a sudden two come a long at once. CIE Ranch manager Keith Cronin has heard all the jokes at this stage after his side were drawn against Leinster Senior League rivals Dublin Bus in the first round of the FAI Cup. If the bounce of a ball had gone another way, CIE and Dublin Bus would be preparing to face each other in the same division when LSL Sunday Senior 1 kicks off. As it happened, the Bus avoided relegation on the final day while CIE were promoted from Senior 1A as champions, and instead they’ll renew acquaintances in the first round of the cup. The two clubs, based less than five kilometres apart in west Dublin, make up one local derby in the area as Inchicore Athletic were also drawn against League of Ireland side St Patrick’s Athletic. “I’ve heard them all – it’s good craic,” Cronin told the Dublin Gazette. “I heard one there last
CIE Ranch enjoyed a cracking 2017/18 season with LSL Sunday Senior 1B glory
week about if you can’t get into the CIE Ranch and Dublin Bus game with a leap card then there’s something wrong! “Obviously we would have liked a big Dublin club, for the financial side of it, but we’ll go and give it everything. I’m sure Dublin Bus will be quietly confident of beating us.” For the 12 non-league clubs to have made it to the final 32 of Ireland’s premier cup competition, drawing a heavy hitter like Shamrock Rovers or Dundalk is always the ideal outcome. As far as consolation prizes go, facing another amateur side and a realis-
KELLY’S HEROES THOMAS DAVIS WELL done to the senior footballers who had a great win over Castleknock in the league. The intermediates and junior teams both lost out while the junior B team had a very good win. The minor footballers fell to a one point loss away to Skerries and put in an excellent performance. The U-16 footballers had a superb win against St Catherines in the league to reach the league play-off for second place. The team were a point down at half time but rallied in the second half to win
well. The U-13 footballers had another win in Division 1 and are top of the league. Well done to the senior ladies who had a great win against Clanna Gael in the league. Well done to Emma Kennedy, Jade Riordan and Aimee Collins who represented Dublin in a Leinster Blitz. Hard luck to the Dublin U-20s who were beaten by Kildare in the Leinster Final. Food is served 4-9pm Thursday and Friday, 12-9pm Saturday in the upstairs bar with a full bar menu and full carvery menu available Sundays from 12.30 to 7pm.
Oldchurch bid farewell and thank you to Bren JULY 6, 2018 will go down as a special date for Oldchurch Utd as they bid farewell to club legend Brendan Kelly who has retired from the local game. Kelly (61) has been involved with Oldchurch for over 34 years. In those three and a half decades, the Clondalkin local has gone from player to coach, manager to secretary, and just about every other role inbetween. The club marked his retirement in style last Friday night. A friendly game was played out in Clondalkin Community Centre which saw current Oldchurch players joined by a host of club legends for an entertaining tie in front of a large crowd in the village.
tic chance of progression to the last 16 ranks right up there, though the Bus are rightly considered slight favourites. That’s on the backburner for Ranch for the timebeing, as they prepare to host a team of League of Ireland legends in a fundraising game at the CIE Works on Saturday. Former internationals Damien Duff, Stephen McPhail and Graham Barrett have already signed up as part of a team organised by Cronin’s brother, Rovers assistant boss Glen Cronin. “There’s a massive game we’re playing down in the grounds. We’ve got
Damien Duff, Stephen McPhail, Glen Cronin and that, so after that we’re going to start marketing the FAI Cup game. “Glen put their team together, and it’s getting massive attention – we’ve already sold 400 tickets.” With Inchicore’s tie with Pats likely to switch to Richmond Park, the common sense solution would be a double header at the Saints’ ground in Inchicore. More likely is that the Bus will host the firstround game, possibly at their all-weather pitch on Coldcut Road, but either way the buzz around the area is tangible.
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LADIES FOOTBALL: WESTMANSTOWN GIRLS BATTLE WAY TO NATIONAL FINAL
Boden smash 10 goals by hapless Crumlin
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WESTMANSTOWN Gaels stormed to the Division 4 national Feile shield final with a series of heroic performances in Louth. It followed their Division 5 success in Dublin in April, representing the county in a group alongside St Patrick’s Stamullen, St Brigids Longford and St Fechin’s of Termonfeckin. Following their trip to Stamullen on the Friday evening, things got off to a bad start as the Gaels were soundly beaten by a dynamic and skilful St Patrick’s team who had a great eye for goal. The final score was 7-3 to 1-3 but that did not reflect the competitive Westmanstown performance. The second game also went badly in the first half with St Brigid’s ahead by 2-6 to 0-1. However a strong sec-
ond half defensive performance kept the potent St Brigid’s attack scoreless and the game finished on the same score. Despite the results, the Westmanstown side held their heads high for day two. They played off against the home team in a far more evenly matched contest and came out narrow winners 1-4 to 1-2. The two defeats on the previous evening consigned them to the shield competition and thus Westmanstown were drawn against Shane O’Neill’s of Armagh in the quarter final on Saturday afternoon. After a trip to Termonfeckin beach for a communal swim, they came back refreshed for the new challenge. The quarter final match proved an epic contest and Westmanstown produced a strong performance to triumph 2-7 to 2-1. A semi-final on the Sunday in Navan followed against local team Simonstown
Ladies. Another match of equals produced a Westmanstown win, 2-3 to 2-1, and a final in Pairc Tailteann against Kinawley Brian Boru of Fermanagh. The final was an entertaining epic game of contrasting fortunes. Westmanstown played with a deceptively strong breeze in the first half which gave a great advantage. They capitalised but crucially leaked 2 girls to a strong Kinawley full forward, leading 3-3 to 2-0. Predictably, Kinawley came back with the strong wind at their backs and, with two minutes to go, the score was 3-5 to 2-6 to Westmanstown. Then, the Kinawley captain full forward struck with a third goal to take them into a one point lead. In the last minute, the Gaels determinedly worked their way up the field where captain Zeta Hemeryck was dragged down about 30 metres out.
She took the resulting free kick herself and against the breeze agonisingly struck the post and then the full time whistle was blown giving victory to Kinawley. It was a devastating end to a wonderful weekend of Gaelic football played in fabulous sunshine. They were ably lead by captain Hemeryck and co-captain Emma Lyons on her return from injury. All the squad made significant contributions and all the players played in as many games as possible. Lia Cronin, Caoimhe Howard, Katie Murphy and the coaches player of the tournament Béibhinn Forker played almost every minute of every one of the six games in very hot conditions. The side have elements in place to go again next season with five of the squad still Under-12 and 18 of this squad of 24 eligible for Under-14 Féile again next year.
BALLYBODEN St Enda’s moved two points clear at the top of the Adult Hurling League Division One table with a comprehensive victory over Crumlin at Pairc Ui Murchu on Saturday evening, recording an emphatic 10-24 to 0-8 victory. Conor McCormack chipped in with a goal in each half, while Conal Keaney also impressed after entering the fray as a halftime substitute. The veteran dual star contributed 2-3 in a dominant second half performance and is set to be a major addition for the Firhouse Road club for the remainder of the season. Adam McGreal contributed six points for Crumlin over the course of the hour, but the Pearse Park men ultimately succumbed to their third league defeat of 2018. When the sides met in last year’s senior hurling championship - a group stage meeting at O’Toole Park - it was Crumlin who came out on the right side of the result. But this tie was a complete mismatch despite both sides having eight players from last year’s encounter still in their respective line-ups.
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Butler looking to follow the family rowing dream JAMES HENDICOTT
JACK BUTLER, a 15-year-old rower from Neptune Rowing Club in Islandbridge, is set to don the green vest and compete in the prestigious Coupe de la Jeunesse, an international team rowing event that’s taken place annually since 1985. This year’s event features a team of 32 rowers (16 boys and 16 girls) from our shores, and will be hosted in Cork. It will see teams from Austria, Belgium, Czech Re p u b l i c , D e n m a r k , France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland compete for the overall title. Races run from July 27 to July 29 at the National Rowing Centre at Inniscarra Lake, and are open to rowers aged under 18. The location of the competition changes year on year, and having the event at home is a huge boost to the Irish team, who are looking to overturn the longstanding dominance of Great Britain, Italy and France. The only three past winners have between 14 and 8 overall wins each. Butler, from Celbridge, has been rowing since he turned nine, but only started to take an international call up seriously around the turn of the year, as he began to impress at the highly competitive Ireland tri-
Jack Butler and his Neptune rowing team at the Henley Regatte earlier this year
“OI’d love to emulate by dad and go to the
World Championships. Obviously the Olympics would be an unbelievable dream.” als. “About 60 people were there to start with, and I was finishing about 12th,” Butler recalls. “They moved on to invite-only trials for the top twenty, at 6,000 metre and 2,000 metre distances in the single sculls. I kept at it and qualified for the fours.”
Butler also has a background in rugby and hurling but has quit both now in favour of pursuing the rowing more seriously. He is coached by his dad, Colm Butler, with a love for the sport clearly running in the family. Colm is a former World Championship competi-
tor, representing Ireland in the 80s, while Jack’s older brother is a key member at Trinity College’s rowing club. Butler junior has hefty ambitions of his own, pointing to Cork’s Olympic medalists the O’Donovan brothers as proof of how far Irish rowers can go.
“I’m light for rowing, and that’s something I’ll have to work on. I’m probably one of the lightest on the team,” B u t l e r s a y s. “ T h a t means I’m better at sprinting. “I’d love to emulate by dad and go to the World Championships. Obviously the Olympics
would be an unbelievable dream.” “A lot of rowing is about mental strength,” he explains. “My dad tells me when you’re side by side with s o m e o n e, i t ’s a b o u t keeping your hand in the fire longer than anyone else. That’s what I plan to do.”
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