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AS part of an ongoing operation into organised crime, gardai carried out a search in the Rathcoole area last Friday (July 26th). Uniformed and detective gardai, accompanied by members from a variety of Garda National Units, searched 30 dwellings. SEE PAGE 4


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Group vows to fight plan to build on historic site


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Lisa Murphy, Ali Chawke and Clodagh Woulfe pictured at the launch of the newly renovated all-weather terrace The Wine and Tapas Bar at The Old Orchard in Rathfarnham. Picture: Conor McCabe

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Tesco maintain their stance on deliveries


TESCO is still refusing to deliver to parts of west Tallaght, because they are too dangerous for their drivers. Residents have been told they will continue to be inconvenienced until driver safety issues are addressed. Tesco stopped providing their house-

hold delivery service in the area in April after one of their drivers was shot at with a pellet gun. That was just one of several incidents reported in the first few months of the year, involving intimidation and robbery of Tesco delivery drivers. Recent requests to Tesco to resume delivering to homes in the area again have been unsuccessful.

Local Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe says he’s disappointed at a reply he received from Tesco Management, as their decision is causing hardship for elderly locals. “A horrific attack on a Tesco van driver back in April resulted in household grocery deliveries being suspended to number of estates in Tallaght,” he said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

A LOCAL group have vowed to fight controversial plans to build on an historic Clondalkin site. The Save Clondalkin Convent campaign was launched on Tuesday on Convent Road, outside the Presentation Convent. The campaign is a broad coalition of residents’ associations and community groups, with cross partypolitical support, that wants to save the historic Clondalkin Convent from a current development proposal from Bartra Property and the Presentation Sisters. In May, the Council gave Bartra the go-ahead to build a four storey 155 bed nursing home on the grounds of the SEE PAGE 3 Convent.

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“This action, while understandable following attacks, has caused huge difficulties for older or less physically able members of the community or residents without access to a car. “Having been approached recently by a number of these residents, I wrote to Tesco Management to see if they would consider resuming deliveries. “The reply was a negative which is extremely disappointing for residents. “ W h i l e I re co g n i se there is ongoing policing challenges in some areas this is, in my opinion, giving in to a minority of criminal elements and making the wider community and the most vulnerable suffer. “The residents impacted by this decis i o n d e se r ve b e t te r, as do delivery drivers going into any Tallaght estate.” Deputy Crowe said he had hoped Tesco would show f lexibility three months on from their suspension of deliveries. “I suggested that they might consider making

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Tesco is still refusing to deliver to parts of west Tallaght because its too dangerous

deliveries early in the morning or during daylight hours but this suggestion has also been ruled out by Tesco management,” he said. “There is clearly a lack of confidence by Tesco Management in the ability of Garda Authorities to police certain estates. “I am also concerned with the very real possibility that other suppliers will take a similar approach “In response to this, I have asked Senior Garda in Tallaght to liaise with them and see if can they be persuaded to return to carrying out deliveries in

safety to all areas of my constituency. “I believe a proven template does exist for tackling many of these incidents. “Local residents working together with youth groups the Local Authority, public representatives, local leaders and the Garda Authorities can reduce and resolve many of these incidents but needs imagination and a more proactive approach.” A spokesperson for Te s c o t o l d D u b l i n G a z e t te : “ In re c e n t months we took the decision to operate a

reduced delivery service in a very small number of areas in West Tallaght to protect the safety of our colleagues. “This decision is as a result of incidents of anti-social behaviour in these locations. “We understand that this may be inconvenient for some customers, but the safety of our colleagues is of paramount importance. “We continue to keep this decision under review and will advise of any further developments. “We are engaging with gardai in the area.”

Inspirational James to take part in 4th Dublin Marathon CHILDREN’S charity, Barretstown have announced that local 13-year-old James Casserly, will take part in the 2019 KBC Dublin Marathon in October on its behalf for the fourth consecutive year. James, son of Mayor of South Dublin County Council Vicki Casserly, has cerebral palsy and juvenile arthritis and has been a camper at Barretstown. He has led Team Barretstown in the race every year since he was just 10 years old. In 2018, he took part using an assisted chair, pushed by his Dad, Dan; this year his aunt, Alison Casserly will accompany James in his bid to reach a four in a row and to raise funds for Barretstown in the charity’s 25th anniversary year. Commenting on her son’s achievement, James’ mum Vicki Casserly said: “We are so proud of James for committing to take part in the Marathon again this year, and really excited that he’s teaming up with his aunt Alison this time around.

“James has never let his illness stop him from taking on big challenges. Barretstown is not only a special place to James, but it’s equally special for us as a family.”

Alison and James Casserly

SUBMISSIONS are now being accepted for the 2019 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition. Now in its seventh year, the prestigious competition attracts hundreds of entries from across the island of Ireland annually. The 2018 winner was Linda McKenna for her poem Unsettled. The winning poet will win a cash prize of €300. There is also a cash prize of €200 for second place and €100 for third place. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem as part of the 2019 Red Line Book Festival, which runs 7th - 13th October. This year, Red Line Book Festival are honoured to have Nell Regan (pictured), an award-winning poet, non-fiction writer and translator, to judge the competition entries. The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd August 2019 and entries will only be accepted by email. The shortlist will be announced on Friday 20th September 2019, with the winner announced during this year’s Red Line Book Festival.

Youth spend six or more hours on their phones YOUNG people in Ireland spend an average of four hours per day on their smartphone, with a high proportion spending six or more hours on their phone. That’s according to new research which was undertaken as part of the Young Social Innovators (“YSI”) / Amárach ’Gen Z Index.’ This year, Young Social Innovators, Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme, and Amarach Research, market research and data specialists, entered into a partnership to research and measure annually the sentiment of Generation Z young people aged 16 to 21 years. According to the YSI / Amarach ‘Gen Z Index,’ 25% of young people indicated they spend four hours a day on their phone, while 21% said they spend six hours or more on their phone per day. Only 3% spend one hour or less on their smartphone.

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Group vows to fight plans to build on historic site PADRAIG CONLON

A LOCAL group have vowed to fight controversial plans to build on an historic Clondalkin site. The Save Clondalkin Convent campaign was launched on Tuesday on Convent Road, outside the Presentation Convent. The campaign is a broad coalition of residents’ associations and community groups, with cross party-political support that wants to save the historic Clondalkin Convent from a current development proposal from Bartra Property and the Presentation Sisters. Back in May, South Dublin County Council gave Bartra the go-ahead to build a four storey 155 bed nursing home and a smaller 14-bed unit on the grounds of the Convent in Clondalkin village. Despite 50 objections to various aspects of the original proposal being lodged, the council granted the devel-

opers planning permission. Local campaigners say the planned d eve l o p m e n t wo u l d c o m p l e te l y obscure the Convent and undermine the important heritage of the village. They also argue that the proposal would have a very significant negative impact on adjoining schools, residential areas and Clondalkin village traffic. Breeda Bonner from Save Clondalkin Convent told Dublin Gazette what the group aims to achieve. “While the development proposal has been approved by the council, an appeal is currently with An Board Pleanala,” she said. “Notwithstanding the appeal process, Save Clondalkin Convent hopes to mobilise public opinion in opposition to the current proposal and to encourage the Presentation Sisters to meet with the group and discuss more appropriate plans for this site, that would meet the needs of both the Pre-

Presentation Convent in Clondalkin village

sentation Sisters and the wider community.” Local Independent Councillor Francis Timmons is also hoping the proposed development does not go ahead. “I am opposed to the scale of development in front of the Convent beside

Clondalkin Church,” he said. “The development does not enhance the area and will destroy one of our local historic sites. I plead with the presentation nuns to engage with elected representatives and the local community.”

New book from local writer LAST week, Tallaght writer Michael Noctor launched his latest book ‘Gaelic Screams’ to a capacity crowd at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Galway. It is Michael’s third book in recent years, but his first set in the distant past. At the launch, the manager of the Portumna Workhouse thanked Michael for honouring the centre with the launch and praised Michael for the research and dedication put into the book which is available through Michael’s website https://www. and goes on sale soon.

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Gardai discover stolen caravans during Rathcoole search

AS part of an ongoing operation into organised crime, gardai carried out a search in the Rathcoole area last Friday (July 26th). Uniformed and detective gardai in the “L” District (Rathcoole/Clondalkin/Ballyfermot), accompanied by members from a variety of Garda National Units, searched 30 dwellings in the Tootenhill area. During the course of the search, a large quantity of stolen property was recovered, including 12 caravans, three generators and a variety of power tools. An itinerary of all stolen property recovered is currently being compiled and the investigation is ongoing. A Garda spokesperson said: “As part of an ongoing

operation into organised crime, gardai with the assistance of Garda Armed Support Unit, Dog Unit, Aer Support Unit, Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), Stolen Vehicle Unit, Social Welfare, Customs and Revenue (officials), today, (Friday, 26th July), searched 30 dwellings, in the Tootenhill area, Dublin. “Twelve caravans, three generators and a variety of power tools, all believed to be stolen were recovered during the operation. “Gardai are currently in the process of itemising the property. “No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.”

Twelve caravans were found during the course of the search

Call made for immediate FASTNews review of role of Tusla Call for clear warnings


A LOCAL representative wants Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to immediately review the role of Tusla. Independent councillor, Francis Timmons was speaking following the recent broadcast of the RTE Investigates documentary Creches, Behind Closed Doors, which exposed alleged breaches at Hyde & Seek Childcare. The programme highlighted alarming standards and regulation breaches within three of the company’s Dublin branches at Shaw Street, Glasnevin, and Tolka Road.

Creche owner Anne Davy, has since stepped down as a result of findings. “I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Tusla are not fit for purpose,” Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette. “Maurice Mc Cabe, Grace, myself and now babies in a creche. “This follows a growing list of failures of this State to look after the most vulnerable, it is now way past time for a new approach, this one is letting down many innocent and vulnerable people.” Child and Family Agency Tusla is responsible for inspecting pre-schools, play groups, day

Councillor Francis Timmons

nursery, creches, day-care and similar services which cater for children aged 0-6 years. The Hyde & Seek creche chain is also facing a Garda investigation over an alleged assault on

a child, reported to them before Prime Time Investigates was broadcast. Tusla is likely to take further action against Hyde & Seek after they have viewed footage obtained from RTE last Friday. Cllr Timmons blasted the treatment of the most vulnerable in Ireland and called on Minister Zappone to intervene. “The State continues to ignore the care of our most vulnerable and not provide the watchdog services that are so obviously needed to ensure the welfare of the young, old, people with disability, people with mental health issues and those sexually and mentally abused,” he said.

“With all the talk and despite legislation, the State is still failing the most vulnerable. “It now falls to RTE investigates and other such programmes and media to uncover scandal after scandal and to act as the watchdog due to the failure of state interventions. “Despite promises and debates, vulnerable people are still being neglected and abused in this state. “I am calling on the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to immediately review the role of Tusla and investigate its continuing failure to protect the most vulnerable people in our State.”

Night Walks for Night Nurses BOOTS Ireland recently launched their annual Night Walks for Night Nurses campaign in association with the Irish Cancer Society to encourage people to take part in Night Walks. The 5km walks are happening in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Friday 16 August or Blackrock Castle car park, Cork on Friday 23 August and cost €15 per adult with under 16’s going free. Anyone wishing to join the public walks can do so by registering online on at and searching for Boots Night Walks for Night Nurses. Pictured are Averil Power, chief executive, Irish Cancer Society; Mary Attridge-Jones, Night Nurse; Teresa Mannion, Night Walks for Night Nurses Ambassador and Louise O’Brien, Boots Ireland holding the Honour Tags, which can be purchased in honour of someone who has survived or passed away from cancer. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

THE Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has called for all licensed moneylenders to carry a tobacco-style warning on their advertising and literature. The charity has made a submission to the Department of Finance, seeking the warning, as well as the provision of alternatives for customers on the advertisements. It says that “Warning: This is a high-cost loan” should feature on the ads, as well as advice for people to check their options before borrowing. SVP estimates that there are 330,000 customers of moneylenders in Ireland. In its submission, it said it was “astonishing” that there are no such warnings on ads for moneylenders. According to the Central Bank, while moneylenders are required to provide information about the high-cost nature of the loan to their customers, this is typically provided in the moneylending agreement, which must be signed by the customer, and is not a requirement for advertising the loans. SVP says that there should be a maximum cost of credit under law which can be charged by a moneylender, and that consumers should have better access to sources of low-cost credit. This could be achieved through the introduction of a statutory interest rate cap, the charity said.

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Diarmuid Kennedy, Liam Mulhall and Damien Cregg

Gerry McBride

Patser Murray and crowd. Pictures: EMILY GALLAGHER

Lucan Sarsfields Gaa Club hosts comedy night

Brien Mahon, PJ FInnity and Alan McCarthy

Jenny McGann, Moira O’Keeffe, Denise McAndrew

Stephen Kearney and Sean White

Geraldine and Joanne Fahey

Eileen Cregg with Ellen and Brian Kelly

Jennifer Whitefield, Penny Delmare and Amanda Lawless

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Evening to offer help and support

Lucan leader taking on the toughest challenge PADRAIG CONLON

A LUCAN Guide Leader is currently involved in Irish Girl Guides’ toughest challenge by hiking 180 kilometres over 10 days while carrying camping and cooking equipment,

clothes, food and water and surviving on just €3.25 a day. Sarah Kenny, who works as a dietitian in St James’s Hospital, will also have to complete a number of projects during the survival adventure.

These will involve completing a service for the local community and finding out about local history and culture. Participants take part in teams of two and Sarah’s team-mate is Sarah Canavan.

Sarah Kenny and Sarah Canavan

Both women are from Killarney and have been firm friends for the past 10 years, thanks to their shared interest in Guiding. Sarah Canavan is currently a Commerce student in NUI Galway. While the duo have trained for months by hiking and regular gym workouts, it has been impossible to prepare for the projects as they didn’t know where in Europe they were going until they arrived at Dublin Airport last Sunday! Not knowing certainly added to the excitement and anticipation! Even though both Sarahs looked forward to the challenge, there were still some nerves. “We are well used to working together as

we have been in Guides together since we were 13 and we have completed most of our Guiding challenges together,” Sarah Kenny told Dublin Gazette. Both girls successfully completed the Irish Girl Guides’ Chief Commissioner’s Award last year when, as a team, they hiked 60 kilometres over five days in Co Waterford and survived on €3.50 a day. Sarah Kenny thinks the weather might be the biggest challenge of Explorer Belt, but the skills they’ve gained through Guiding will no doubt help them complete the challenge. She said she had gained a lot of experience from her involvement in Guiding, including teamwork,

communication and leadership skills. “I have gained so many memories and life-long friends from Guides,” she added. On Sunday morning at 9am the ‘Big reveal’ took place at Dublin Airport when the 12 participants were presented with boarding passes for a flight to Brussels. From Brussels they took the train to Ostende where they spent the night in a hostel. On Monday they began their 180km hike in the Westhoek (West Flanders) region of Belgium, taking in many of the Flanders Fields historical battle sites, as well as lots of delightful towns and countryside, and maybe even a day on the beach!

MARYMOUNT Care Centre asked us to share with the wider community their initiative regarding Dementia information and support. The Lucan-based nursing home’s information evenings are held once a month and have a variety of speakers including Alzheimer’s Society, Fair Deal explained by Conor McNulty, Niamh Moran - Solicitor with advice on advance directives, including Power of Attorney and Marymount’s Dementia Team and clinical team offering support and advice. Their next upcoming evening is August 12, when they will have a guest speaker from the Alzheimer’s society giving details of help and support available to people. Marymount’s clinical team will also give advice on how everyday issues can affect people living with dementia. The evenings are very beneficial to people lacking information and support who are dealing with all the issues surrounding dementia constantly. They also help families not to feel alone and gain reassurance from speaking to others who are experiencing the same.

Citywest Hotel named Best Hotel Event Venue A LOCAL hotel was the proud winner of a top prize in a recent industry award competition. Citywest Hotel was awarded Best Hotel Event Venue for 2019 at the Event Industry Awards, which took place on the 19th July in Citywest Hotel. The Event Industry Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in all aspects of events and conferencing in Ireland. There are 27 categories, including a key award for this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the events industry, which went to Frankie Sheahan, founder of The Pendulum Summit. There were over 450 suppliers and colleagues in attendance for this successful event. Sean Reid, commercial director at the Citywest Hotel said: “We are genuinely thrilled that Citywest Hotel has been awarded Best Hotel Event Venue again this year at the Event Industry Awards. “I feel it’s an award that our hotel, venue and team thoroughly deserve. “Ireland is a high-quality destination and our events industry is filled with fantastic hotels, venues and sup-

pliers, so to be identified as the best in our category is a true privilege. “We are very proud of our team here in Citywest Hotel as it’s a reflection of their professionalism, flexibility and commitment to service that has won us this award two years running. The award also helps us to grow our business as prospective clients find confidence in award winning hotels and venues.”

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It’s business as usual in Clondalkin Village WITH SUMMER here, it is important to remember that you needn’t travel long distances for almost anything you could possibly need. In these times, it is important, now more than ever, that we support our local economy, with local spending sustaining local jobs. Simply put, shopping locally benefits the local area. By shopping locally, without any of the difficulties involved in travel across the city, we can support local business, enterprise and industry all of which play a far greater role in our life than one might imagine. The Factory Outlet on Orchard Road specialises in the supply and fitting of tiles, bathrooms, kitchens and wardrobes. One local business that has also survived the testament of time is Becker Tansey & Co Solicitors, which has been providing legal services in Clondalkin for more than 30 years. Mill Cabs, based in the Mill Shopping Centre, has been in operation for over 30 years and continues to serve the people of Clondalkin on a daily basis without any stop for rest. Property Partners O’Brien Swaine, Clondalkin and Dundrum are part of Property Partners real estate group, which is an independentlyowned auctioneering group with more than 25 offices nationwide. The local company specialises in sales, rentals, property management and valuation of all types of residential and commercial properties across all corners of Dublin City and further afield. Cash In Rags, based at Watery lane, are now going into their sixth year in business. Donna

who runs the company, says that there are a lot of people these days interested in recycling their old clothes with them. She added: “People like the idea of clearing out their house of old clothes and bringing it in to us in exchange for money.”

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Gary Murray and Darren Bowling

Sara Ryan and Orla Walsh

Sarah McDonnell and Siobhan McNevin

Owner Ali Chawke with her brother David. Pictures: Conor McCabe Photography and Simon Peare Amanda Cronin and Claire Rogers

Set for a sensational summer at The Wine & Tapas Bar

T Keith McGovern with Johnny McMorrow from Boutique Wines

HE Wine & Tapas Bar at The Old Orchard in Rathfarnham recently launched its brand new tapas menu and outdoor terrace, which is ideal for dining al fresco this summer. Created by experienced Head Chef Darren Raethorne using only the best in locally sourced produce, you’ll find plenty of tapas favourites on the new menu, from jamon iberico to gambas and calamari.

Owner Ali Chawke said: “We knew we wanted to do something different with the space available to us, so, a few months back we opened the new Wine & Tapas Bar, providing guests with that intimate, dining experience.” The Wine & Tapas Bar is open Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 11pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm to 11pm.

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Stephen and Claire Murphy Hana and Chris Bull

Mary Minnock and Sean Costello

Claire Murray, Hana Bull, Ciara Deans and Clodagh Woulfe

Mark McLaughlin and Orla Walsh

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Happy to enjoy the diverse melting pot of people and places in Ireland JULIANA REYES was an American Summer intern who spent a couple of months working at Dublin Gazette, writing content and assisting journalists in several areas. Here, she offers her thoughts on her time in Dublin and Ireland, and the differences she was struck by from her time travelling about the country and talking to people.

THIS Summer, I had the amazing opportunity to be able to live and intern in Dublin. I came here not knowing anything about Ireland, but am now leaving behind a piece of my heart here. I found an internship programme from my home university that would allow me to gain experience about my hoped-for future career while living in Dublin. I don’t know why, but living in Ireland for the Summer just felt like the right thing for me, and I had a positive gut feeling

about embracing it. As an American, I can say that I didn’t know much about Dublin (or even Ireland) before coming here, other than I knew there was a famine, and I have some family ties here. On top of that, all I knew of Irish culture was from St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and the Shepherd’s Pie my aunt would make me when I was a kid. While I was doing some last-minute research before coming over, one thing that kept coming up was how Irish people are very hospitable and are not

afraid to start a conversation at any time. At first, the thought of strangers just coming up to me and asking questions stressed me out, but this is now one of my favourite things about Dublin and Irish people! There have been many times when I was on the Luas when someone would just start talking to me or asking questions about where I am from, and why am I in Dublin? I loved hearing about the connections people have to the US, such as if they have visited before or if they have family there. I found it was mostly older people who asked questions and told their life stories, so the conversations have been pretty

fascinating, and I learnt more about Ireland. There was also much more diversity here than I was expecting. I grew up hearing that the US was the “great melting pot” of various cultures, but so is Ireland, and sometimes I think they are doing it better here. There is a reason that millions of people visit Dublin each year, and it’s because the people here make you feel welcome and excited that you are visiting. When I arrived in May, I did not know what to expect from Dublin, but it quickly became home to me and I fell in love with many parts of Ireland along the way.

From cheering on Dublin to exploring the countryside beyond The Pale, Juliana threw herself with enthusiasm into her Irish adventure

So, thank you to every person I have ever talked to or stood next to on the Luas every day, because it was the people here who made me feel comfortable and let me call it home for the Summer.

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COCA-COLA HBC Ireland has donated 5,000 bottles of its Deep RiverRock water to help alleviate some of the challenges currently being felt by those living without permanent accommodation during the Summer months. Led by the charity Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH), ‘Operation Hydration’ is supporting the charity’s appeal to businesses to provide supplies to help keep the homeless

safe from Summer-related illnesses and issues. Pictured helping to unload some of the supplies are Ciara Cashen, public affairs and communications manager and Oran O’Donoghue, operations team, both from Coca Cola HBC, with Brian Loughlin, Andy Murray and Andy O’Driscoll, all from Inner City Helping Homeless. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

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THE surprise return of pop sensation All Saints in recent years, has had a different pace to the mania that surrounded their early releases, as the multi-million-selling fourpiece continue their return from a decade-long hiatus. With the digitalisation of music, different styles topping the charts and an audience that have grown up with them, though, Nicole and Natalie Appleton, Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis are enjoying things just as much second time around. Of the return, Natalie says: “It’s funny because


we never got a chance to properly tour after our first album, so it’s so nice being able to perform live regularly and see our fans. “I feel like we’re closer to them now than ever before. We do have our families around at loads of shows now, which is amazing for us. “They’re all so supportive and we love seeing them out in the crowd.” Lewis, the group’s core


songwriter, sees huge changes in the industry since the band’s heyday with Pure Shores, Never Ever and Bootie Call in the late 1990s, changes that have been clear in the style of their return. “Everything in the industry’s changed this time around,” she says. “It’s all about streaming rather than CD sales. “As a band, though, we’re stronger than ever and loving being back together making music and doing shows.” Despite the changes, the process of putting together an album is still very much


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the same, with Red Flag (released in 2016) and Testament (in 2018) having emerged since the band’s reformation, accompanied by major tours with Take That. Nicole says: “I think the songs all mean different things to each of us, but then sometimes Shaz will play something for us and we won’t realise until the end that she’s based it on a story we’ve told her. “It all starts with Shaz writing in the studio and coming up with a vibe for the records, then getting to work writing songs with different producers and

collaborators. “Testament didn’t come out that long ago, so we’ve no plans to record right now, but watch this space.” Testament saw the band return to working with electronica legend William Orbit, who played a strong part in the early career of All Saints, and co-wrote After All with the band. Shaznay says: “We worked with William on two songs from Testament, and it was great. “It definitely brought some of the magic from our second album back. “Pure Shores, and Black Coffee, are such special

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‘Everything in the industry’s changed this time around’

songs to us and our fans, so it made sense to get back in the studio together.” Melanie says: “These last two albums are both on our own terms, and we’ve been able to call the shots in terms of music, videos and artwork. “We always wrote our own material from day one, but this time around we’ve been across every part of the process and that’s been great. “We definitely have a new appreciation for it. It’s been amazing, coming back and being accepted by both our original fans and a whole new

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generation who maybe didn’t follow us the first time around.” Despite the high-profile touring, the rebooted form of All Saints is one that moves entirely at its own pace, and makes its own calls, then. “We so don’t play that fame game,” says Melanie. “We just like to hang out with our families, friends and each other! We try to not get too caught up in what people say or write about us.” All Saints play Live at Leopardstown on Thursday, August 15; tickets start at €17.

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Spidey’s latest is well worth swinging into SHANE DILLON

WITH Dublin Gazette about to close down for two weeks for its staff – and yours truly – to head off on vay-kay, what better holiday film to focus on than Spider Man: Far From Home (Cert 12A, 129 mins)? After all, the latest outing for everyone’s favourite web slinger sees good old Spidey (or rather, young Peter Parker) also very much set in summer holidays mode. At its simplest level, the plot has Peter and pals heading off to tour around Europe for a well-deserved holiday with some teenage high-jinx thrown in. However, of course there’s much, much more than that going on, as not only does the film have its own core storyline – Peter reluctantly getting involved in trying to stop some mysterious attacks by elemental creatures – but it’s also weighed down by a lot of lore. And, lore blimey, there’s an awful lot of other stuff to take in here than just Spidey swinging about

Europe. Threats to the world, parallel Earths, Nick Fury shenanigans, the legacy of the late Tony Stark/Iron Man – spoiler – and much, much more... If you’ve been keeping up with the dizzying amount of Avengers-related films over the past several years, you’ll probably find this latest iteration of the overarching franchise to be pretty Marvel-ous. Personally, however, I’d have been happy with a less-is-more approach to Spidey’s latest outing.

The murderous replicant who was brilliant at selling Guinness WITH his piercing eyes and imposing character, the late Dutch actor Rutger Hauer made a small but respectable mark in Cinema. While never acclaimed as one of the greats, and without leaving a huge body of work, Hauer nevertheless made his mark with a number of character-driven roles, injecting even the trashiest of parts with a dash of his raw charisma. Closer to home, Irish audiences came to know him as ‘that Guinness guy’ across several years from the late 1980s into the

After all, just taking Spider Man out of his home turf and away from Manhattan’s canyons and towers could have worked very well by itself, as he tumbled around Ye Olde Europe for a change of scene. Instead, however, the film’s always weighed down a little by the bigger, more portentous plot that it’s grappling with, and while it’s great to see a film referencing and adding to established lore, something that was just a standalone product would have been a refreshing pal-

mid 1990s, with the actor’s physicality – topped off with his light hair – regarded as a great bit of branding as he plugged ‘the black stuff’ through several highly successful campaigns. However, away from being a staple of advertising campaigns, Hauer undertook one particular role that made his name, and earned him at least a footnote in the story of Cinema – that of Roy, the murderous but charismatic replicant on the run in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982). In peak physical form, Hauer was up against then rising star Harrison Ford, stealing scene after scene as he bested Ford’s dogged Blade Runner on the hunt for rogue replicants on the very mean streets of rain-lashed Los Angeles. Hauer’s semi-improvised monologue at the finale, as Roy accepts his death, is certainly in the list of top cinema quotes and speeches, directly thanks to Hauer’s

ate cleaner. That’s enough griping, however, as there’s plenty to like about this latest outing for Spidey. As the titular webslinger, Tom Holland is great again in the role, injecting his take on Peter Parker with a likable mix of teenage angst and eager excitement at his powers, making him easy to root for. There’s solid support from the rest of the cast, too, with Jake Gyllenhaal having fun with his shifty role as Mysterio, while there are enough nods at other Marvel- and Spideyrelated characters to help ground the film firmly within its established universe, even when transporting Spider Man over to a new continent. Ultimately, while there’s some serious stuff rumbling away in the background, it’s generally a zippy enough addition to the franchise, with Holland again charming. You could certainly do a lot worse than swinging into this film at your nearest cinema. Verdict: 7/10

The late Rutger Oelsen Hauer; January 23, 1944 - July 19, 2019.

truly magnetic delivery. Away from such a star-making performance, Hauer pitched up in a variety of other films and roles, but never quite capitalising on Blade Runner’s potential. Still, even in the trashiest of straightto-video fare, or in some of his high-art roles, Hauer was always an interesting actor to watch, and will be missed.


Business prospects beckons for some in Carrigstown – but the path to success faces some bickering ahead WHAT’S next for the residents of our favourite Dublin suburb? Our special preview will give you some of the highlights and low points that’ll hit Carrigstown this week ... CAROL gives Charlotte useful personal information about Ritchie. Decco suspects Charlotte’s not telling him the truth about her deal with Ritchie. Ray is ashamed when Leo reveals he was fighting his corner with Nora, who admits to Leo that she misses Ray. Nora offers Ray her friendship, but how will he react? Philip is guilt-ridden when he learns Darragh and Erica have split up and tells Darragh to give Erica another chance. Hayley has her doubts about Erica, but the rest of the family support Darragh’s decision. Missing their first repayment to the loan shark, Darragh wants to tell Sharon the truth, but Lee insists they keep quiet. Cristiano worries Will’s excluding him from his life and plans something to cheer him up. Phoebe comes to stay with Will and Cristiano for a week,

and Cristiano notices how well Aaron and Phoebe are getting on. However, she complains about Will’s controlling manner and asks Aaron out on a date. Orla wonders about Fiona Piggott as a potential investor for her new ‘Tiny Tours’ guided tours venture and impresses Fiona with her guided tours business pitch. Fiona digs into Orla’s background. Meanwhile, Renee organises a new festival ‘executive task force’ and asks a sceptical Dolores to get Pete on board. Hughie is enlisted in the task force as Pete is voted chairperson of the executive task force. Pete and Renee bicker over meeting protocol, resulting in an abandoned meeting. Pete is determined to be a successful Chair of the task force, despite clashing with Renee. Watch Fair City on RTE One on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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fails in crossChannel challenge A F R E NC H i nve n to r failed to cross the English Channel on a jetpowered hoverboard, when he was knocked into the water as he landed on a boat-mounted refuelling platform. Franky Zapata lifted off last Thursday (25th) near Calais with 42 litres of kerosene in his backpack, enough for 10 minutes flying. He planned to strap on a new backpack on a vessel waiting halfway across the 35-km wide Strait of Dover. He made his rendezvous with the refuelling boat, however the landing platform hit the flyboard, which threw him off balance and knocked him into the water. Zapata was unharmed and is set to make a new attempt as soon as possible. Last year Zapata received a €1.3 million grant from the French army to develop the hoverboard, which is powered by five small jet engines. He was making his attempt on the 110th anniversary of fellow Frenchman Louis Bleriot’s record-breaking flight. On 25th July 1909 Bleriot became the first man to fly across the Channel in an airplane.


GRAND Slam winner and Barnardos Ambassador Jenny Murphy recently launched their local call for volunteers in Dublin. Jenny had help from Rian Naughton, Tanisha Deborah Nyagwaya, Ethan Naughton and Tyrese Darius Nyagwaya. Barnardos are looking for volunteers to shake a bucket or join an in store bag pack for just two hours between 8am and 9pm. It’s part of their National Collection Day which takes place on the 13th of September. By doing this, each volunteer can raise up to €100 for vulnerable children in their community. To volunteer, please call 01-7080418. For more information, email Picture: Patrick Bolger

Dopey driver gives police easiest drug bust ever A DOPEY driver led police to a A$200 million drug bust in Australia after he crashed a van packed with 270 kg of methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in Sydney. The man, 28, smashed the drug-filled van into the empty police car at Eastwood in the suburbs of the city, crushing its bonnet, before speeding off. His spectacular smash was all captured on CCTV and he was caught by police an hour later. A search of the vehicle revealed 273kg of methamphetamines, said police who released footage of the drugs neatly packed in cardboard boxes and loaded into the back of the van. Sydney Police said in a statement the drugs had a street value of A$200 million. “This would be one of the easiest drug busts the NSW Police have ever made, incredible. “Absolutely incredible,” Detective Inspector Glyn Baker told local TV station 9News. The driver was arrested and charged with drug supply and negligent driving.

Thief steals coffin, bed of nails, electric chair from Circus

Earth has close encounter with asteroid

DOG OF THE WEEK DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. This week’s dog of the week is Esme, a lovely, sweet-natured two-year-old Pit Bull with lots of potential. Esme is super clever and knows more than 20 commands, including Sit, Down, Paw, Roll Over, Touch, Get Your Toy, and many more. She can sometimes get overwhelmed, so she is looking for an understanding and patient family which will continue her positive reward-based training. Esme can socialise with calm dogs, but she doesn’t like when a dog is fullon, as it gets to be too much for her, so she would suit living in a home with no

other dogs. She is a very affectionate dog, and a family that will shower Esme with love and which would be understanding and patient, allowing her to settle into home life at her own pace, would be the perfect home for her If you have room in your heart and home for Esme, then please contact Dogs Trust on 01 879 1000. They are based in Finglas, just off exit 5 on the M50. Map and directions can be found on their website You can also find them on Facebook or Twitter @DogsTrust_IE. (Remember: Always have your dog on a lead when in public.)


EARTH had a close encounter last week, when an asteroid flew past on Thursday. The rock, called Asteroid 2019 OK, sped by the planet at a speed of nearly 88,500 kms per hour. The closest it came to Earth was just under 72,500 km, a safe distance, but still much less than the distance between the Earth and Moon. Because astronomers only noticed the space rock a few days earlier they still aren’t sure of its orbit or size, which ranges from between 57 to 130 meters across. NASA and other space agencies keep close tabs on Near-Earth Objects, space rocks which come even remotely close to our planet’s orbit. The asteroid purported to have killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago was about 16 km across, if not larger. If 2019 OK had struck Earth, it could have delivered quite a blow but it would not have created a world-wide event. Experts say it would have hit with 30 times the power of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

A US-based circus said a trailer thief was probably stunned to find the robbed container was filled with performance items, including a bed of nails, a coffin and an electric chair. The Cincinnati Circus Company said the black Homesteader Challenger trailer was stolen from the company’s private lot on Saturday 20th July in Cincinnati. Officials said it was

filled with about $10,000 worth of circus items. Ringmaster, Dave Willacker posted a photo to Facebook showing a truck driving off with the trailer. The circus said it has been borrowing equipment from other c ircus companies to make scheduled performances, but have had to cut back shows and are hoping the thief will return the trailer.

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Brewing up the perfect business PADRAIG CONLON

A DUBLIN woman who used a serious accident as a catalyst to create a successful business, has come a long way in four years. In 2015, Dr Rosalind Beere was knocked down by a drunk driver while getting into her car. The impact caused four bulging discs in her back and a serious knee injury. Beere was fully aware of the importance of being healthy while on bed rest with her injuries. Being addicted to sugar free caffeinated beverages for over 20 years, she knew something had to change. While on bed rest and with her injuries, there wasn’t much she could do to start her health journey besides change her diet. She was aware green tea had a plethora of health benefits and would be a great way to kickstart her health journey, however she just couldn’t stand the taste.

No matter what kind of green tea she bought, there was no way she could see herself consistently drinking it to make a difference in her life. And that was when she got the idea to blend her own tea. Beere started blending different types of teas and herbs right in her kitchen until she “tasted perfection.” Research

Through extensive research and sampling of over 60 different teas, Beere found an organic producer in Yunnan, South West China that is family owned and sustainably sourced. With a focus on wellbeing and the environment, all Chi Fit tea bags are chemical free, biodegradable, and vegan friendly. In addition to this, all packaging is eco-friendly and fully recyclable. Beere started offering her tea blend to friends and family as an experiment and found everyone loved them! It was then she recognised her

blend’s true potential and uncovered a great opportunity to break into the Irish tea market. Beere established Chi Fit in January 2018 and since launching her completely bootstrapped company has been scaling her business from online orders to stockists around the country. Chi Fit has seen a dramatic increase between its first and second year in business, experiencing 400% growth from 2018 to 2019 and is now available in over 50 Boots stores nationwide, along with Meaghers Pharmacy, The Health Food Shop and Donnybrook Fair. Beere hopes to continue expansion of Chi Fit in the Irish market, while also breaking into the US retail market, and continuing to expand her range of wellness teas and products. Rosalind grew up in Rathgar and currently lives with her husband, and three children in Donnybrook, Dublin. The successful young mum operates Chi Fit from an office in her house.

Dr Rosalind Beere established Chi Fit in 2018

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Tee-off for a terrific golf retreat for ladies in Clare LADIES who love golf are invited to tee off at the five-star Dromoland Castle, which is offering a unique Autumn break at the luxury hotel and golf resort in Co Clare this October. Women are invited to enjoy two days of golfing activities and a lavish overnight stay in the stunning Dromoland Castle estate with the female-only golf retreat. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or just starting out, this retreat is suitable for all levels in a relaxed atmosphere with first-class facilities, at a venue voted Ireland’s Best Golf Hotel at the World Golf Awards 2018. Taking place on Sunday, October 20, you can settle in with a two-course lunch on arrival in the renowned Fig Tree Restaurant, followed by an afternoon golf clinic with head PGA professional Ian Kearney at the Dromoland Golf Academy. Enjoy an evening meal at the award-winning Earl of Thomond Restaurant – recently awarded AA Restaurant of the Year in the AA Hospitality Awards – where you can sample the finest artisan produce from outstanding local suppliers. Prizegiving After a relaxing overnight stay, wake up to a full Irish breakfast before the 18-hole Ladies competition on Monday, October 21, teeing off from 9-10:30am, followed by a prizegiving ceremony to finish off the retreat. From €295PPS, Dromoland Castle also offers full access to the stunning 450-acre estate, including self-guided woodland walks and full use of the leisure centre, swimming pool and Dromoland Golf Academy. Dromoland Castle is host to one of the finest parkland courses in Ireland, designed by internationally renowned Ron Kirby and JB Carr, as well as standout practice facilities and a welcoming clubhouse experience. It is the perfect location for both a two-day retreat and a chance to improve your swing in a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful, natural surroundings and state-of-the-art golfing facilities. To book your place in this unique golf retreat, see, or call 061 346 7007.

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Travel Editor WITH the terrific weather the country has been basking in lately – almost a little too terrific, at times – many of us are looking to escape the city’s heat and bustling streets for a relaxing rural retreat instead. However, if you’re looking to escape the city but still want to have a buzz about your break away, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa in Killarney’s magical National Park offers a perfect mix of a little bit of adrenalin with plenty of luxury, too. Enjoy the very best of adventure travel with all the added treats of a five-star stay inside Ireland’s oldest and most magnificent national park, where you can immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring setting, with an exceptional guide to personally introduce you to all the exhilarating activities possible in such a diverse landscape. Guided daily by Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland – a highly-qualified and experienced out-

door instructor who has worked as an instructor since 2001 throughout Ireland and Scotland – you will be introduced to exciting and adventurefilled days in the safest of hands. At the end of each adrenalin-fuelled day, you can unwind with some equally safe hands at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, with plenty of pampering, and muscle-relaxing hands giving expert massages, to help soothe your evening. You’ll be left in the perfect mood for the Yew Tree restaurant’s expert chefs, who’ll craft delicious four-course dinners from the finest Kerry ingredients for you. Adventure lovers and fans of Kerry’s great outdoors will be in their element, as they master and hone their adventure skills in the region. From rock climbing and abseiling in the spectacular Gap of Dunloe, or kayaking along the deep, glaciated, majestic lakes of Killarney and through open bays and past islands, limestone caves

and picturesque ruins, visitors to this rugged corner corner of the country will also enjoy all the treats and amenities of the luxurious Muckross Park Hotel & Spa. The two nights Extreme Luxury package at the hotel includes bed and breakfast with a four-course dinner on one night in the Yew Tree, a day’s adventures with Nathan Kingerlee, and access to the indulgent Vitality Suite in The Spa at Muckross (with its vitality pool, herbal sauna, salt chamber, steam room and tropical rain showers). Available for €492 per person based on two people sharing, a three-night Extreme Luxury stay is also available, featuring two days of guided adventures with Nathan, from €715PPS. For further information or to book, see www.muckrosspark. com,, or telephone 064 662 3400.

You can send your days trying out local adventure and exploring – then relax in utter luxury at the hotel and spa

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This spicy salmon dish should go swimmingly CREATE exciting summertime meal with Siucra and Catherine Fulvio’s flavoursome Spicy Salmon with Chilli Lime Sauce. Follow this simple recipe (to serve four) to give your salmon an extra kick, paired with a delicious chilli lime sauce. Whether you’re entertaining, or in the need to whip up something quick and tasty, this spicy salmon is the perfect summer meal.

OKTOBERFEST festival has announced it is cancelling its 2019 event in Dublin due to “unprecedented increases” in insurance premiums and the “claim culture” here. In a statement on its Facebook page, organisers said that the move was due to the “unprecedented increases in our insurance premium”, but asked fans to look forward to its return in 2020. The statement read: “It is with much disappointment that [we say]: Unfortunately, this year’s event will not be going ahead. “As much as we love coming to Dublin and doing our event with you guys, the 2019 event cannot go ahead due to unprecedented increases in


• 4 salmon darnes, score the skin • 1 lime, sliced, to serve • Coriander leaves, to garnish For the sauce

• 3 spring onions, chopped • 2 red chillies, finely chopped • 2 limes, zest of one and juice of two • 2 tbsp Siucra Caster Sugar • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil • 4 medium sprigs coriander, roughly chopped For the rub

• 3 tbsp Siucra Rich Dark Sugar • 1 tsp paprika • 2 tsp ground cumin • 2 tsp garlic powder • 4 tsp onion powder • Half tsp ground black pepper • 1 tsp salt Preparation

• Preheat the barbecue on medium heat (about 170C).

• To prepare the dipping sauce, chop the spring onions, add the red chillies, l i m e zest and

Oktoberfest cancelled over our ‘claim culture’ our insurance premium. “In Germany, we are not used to the claim culture that has developed in Ireland and therefore we have decided to take a break this year. “The belief that putting in an insurance claim doesn’t hurt anyone except the insurance company is incorrect; consequently, great, fun events like ours find it hard to go ahead when suspect insurance claims from a small minority of people can ruin it for everybody. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal patrons and Irish partners that have helped us with the event over the years, and ask you to look forward to Oktoberfest 2020.”

Award-winning ELY set to open branch at Dundrum juice, stir in the Siucra Caster Sugar, oil and add the chopped coriander. Mix well and set aside. • To prepare the salmon, combine all the ingredients for the rub in a bowl. • Brush the salmon with oil and coat with the spicy rub. Place the salmon in a fish basket which has been brushed with oil. If you haven’t one, ensure that the barbecue racks are very clean and place skin side down over indirect heat – not directly above

the hottest coals. • Check after about 4 to 5 minutes and then carefully turn over. Some of the skin may come away from the fish – place this on the side to crisp up. Barbecue for a further three to four minutes. • Transfer to a platter, serve the crispy skin as well and spoon over some of the sauce. • Garnish with lime slices, coriander leaves and serve with more sauce on the side.

ELY is bringing its multi award-winning wine list to Dundrum Town Centre, with a new branch set to open before Christmas. Dundrum Town Centre visitors will be able to enjoy the new offer at ELY as part of a regeneration of the Pembroke District, offering more dining choices than ever before. Established more than 20 years ago, ELY specialises in artisan wine and seasonal, Irish produce. The Dundrum branch will offer all of the signature dishes associated with the brand along with a choice of more than 1,200 wines, craft beers, specialist whiskeys, Irish gins and cocktails.

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The Act of Chewing – Imperial Stout

LOCATED up the hill coming out of Kimmage, the KCR House stands taller than most of the houses surrounding it, and is one of several pubs dotted in residential areas around where Dublin 6W meets Dublin 12. On the left as you enter, there is a small front bar, with the pub expanding into a much more spacious lounge at the back. This is a local’s boozer where one of the multiple TVs in the lounge will always be showing the horses. That’s not to say it is unwelcoming, with the staff and clientele as friendly as you would expect in an old-skool bar. The pub, like a number of similar establishments around the city, would be an ideal spot for those who want to watch sport without the screaming and shouting. The pint was not a bad one either, holding its own at the right temperature and flavour. Holding it back from a better score was the slight fading of the cream as the pint was finished, but there was a taste of more nonetheless. @guinnessadvisor

THERE is something wonderful about imperial stouts that all drinkers of the black stuff should try. This 10% ABVdelight is so smooth and silky and also so rich in flavour too. This stout is brewed with nitrogenated kegs rather then CO2, which creates a much creamer pint. Give your taste buds a treat and try and track this down at a specialist off-licence.

 PALE MAILE, Beer Aficionado

KCR House, 326 Kimmage Rd Lower, Kimmage, Dublin 6W

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Suzuki style impresses with the vibrant Vitara

Nissan drives on its Greener technologies NISSAN has called on Irish businesses to reassess their Green credentials after unveiling new technology which enables the drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) to use their cars to power their businesses and homes and to feed energy back to the power grid. The innovative Nissan X-Storage technology is a game-changer for Irish businesses which want to reduce their carbon footprint, to become more sustainable and to significantly reduce their operating costs by running a fleet of electric vehicles. Nissan is already using the new technology together with sustainable solar energy to power its new Dublin headquarters at Park West Business Park, which were


EVER since its launch in 1988, the various generations of the Suzuki Vitara have earned high acclaim for their stylish designs, compact and easy to manage dimensions, good onroad performance and genuine off-road ability. Over the years, the Vitara has evolved through changes in body size, engine technology, safety systems and chassis development. The new Suzuki Vitara is available in petrol engine guise only, but transmission choices consist of a five-speed manual, six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic – depending on the model chosen. There are two petrol (Boosterjet) engine options – a 1.0-litre, and a 1.4-litre, with annual road tax costing €270 and €280 respectively. Thanks to Suzuki’s new Boosterjet technology,

both engines offer low emissions and greatly enhanced fuel economy. T h e 1 . 0 - l i t re p e trol engine comes with 110bhp and 160Nm of torque, making this car so much fun to drive. This eager engine goes hand-in-hand with

a chassis that is equally enjoyable. Body control is excellent and engine responses are fluid and natural, giving the new Vitara a sporty and dynamic character. The 1.4-litre engine comes with 139bhp and 220Nm of torque – figures


1) Revised 5-seat SUV 2) Latest engine technology 3) 5-star NCAP safety rating 4) Manual or automatic 5) Priced from just €20,995 (ex-works)

which represent a 17% increase over the 1.6-litre engine it replaced back in 2015. Available in up to 11 different colours (singletone and two-tone paint) the new Vitara stands 1.61M tall, 4.175M long and 1.775M wide, and will fit comfortably into any car parking space, while turning heads with its stylish good looks. Thanks to these well thought-out proportions, the new Vitara looks great from every angle and offers excellent head and leg room inside too. The quality of the materials used in the cabin is impressive, while the infotainment system in my test car provided satellite navigation, Bluetooth, radio functions and images from the standard reverse camera all on one centrally located touch screen. There are three trim levels available in the new Suzuki Vitara – SZ4,

SZ-T, and SZ5, with even the entry-level SZ4 model equipped with a dizzying range of features. These include 16” alloy wheels, engine stop/ start, chrome front grille, LED daytime running lights, cruise control with speed limiter, CD/radio/ USB port, Bluetooth, auto climate control and a leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and much, much more. Review model My review car was a Suzuki Vitara SZ5 1.4litre Boosterjet AllGrip, 6-speed manual, and was finished in ever-popular Atlantis Turquoise metallic paint (a €370 cost option). Wi t h 1 4 0 b h p a n d 220Nm of torque available, its sweet-revving engine is a perfect match for the Vitara’s breadth of talents – both on, and offroad. Fu e l c o n s u m p t i o n as low as 5.5l/100km

(51.3mpg) is possible on a combined driving cycle, while annual road tax for this all-wheel-drive edition of the Vitara is just €280. Suzuki’s terrific ALLGRIP (4WD) system has four driver-selectable modes for safe, enjoyable driving on diverse surfaces. The system has a ‘feedforward function’ that allocates torque to the rear wheels before any slippage can occur. The four modes are auto, sport, snow and lock, and the system provides the reassurance of four-wheel-drive safety and stability, with the low running costs of a two-wheel-drive. The new Suzuki Vitara is very competitively priced, with the SZ4 model priced from just €20,995, SZ-T priced from €22,995, and SZ5 available from €26,495 (all prices are quoted exdelivery).

officially opened last week by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton (pictured with James McCarthy, chief executive, Nissan Ireland). Energy The Nissan X-Storage system – which was unveiled at Nissan’s newly refurbished headquarters – can also draw energy from the Nissan LEAF electric vehicles parked outside, thanks to their built-in bidirectional charging capacity which makes it possible to supply the energy stored in the car’s battery back to the three-storey building. Nissan is also driving Ireland’s green revolution by expanding its own fleet of electric vehicles. The Nissan LEAF and Nissan ENV200 now account for 60% of the cars that it has on the road.

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TEMPLEOGUE Swim Club’s Molly Mayne won a pair of bronze medal at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku following a couple of breathtaking days in Azerbaijan. “It feels great – I’m so happy; it’s all I wanted, so it’s the best,” an elated Mayne said.





Morton Mile’s magical allure


SPEED, agility and endurance: The qualities needed to be a top-class international athlete. On Wednesday, August 21, Dublin City will witness the excitement and spectacle of world class track and field athletes up close and personal. The Morton Games returns to the Morton Stadium, Santry for the annual International Athletics Meet hosted by northside club Clonliffe Harriers. In nine short years, the event has gone from a small meet, with half a dozen international athletes, to one of the biggest international athletics events, certainly if taking a count of the countries taking part this year. 2018 saw athletes from more than 25 countries taking part and the organisers of this year’s Meet believe that record number will be exceeded. Already athletes are confirmed from the United States, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Jamaica, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Holland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ireland and England. The format of Morton Games is for an action-packed, condensed Athlet-

ics Meet which will start from 7.30 p.m. There is a short pre-programme of qualifying races and junior races, before the main events kick off with the Loki Sports Men’s International 400m, with the concluding race, the Albie Thomas 5000m, scheduled for 9 pm. The highlight will be the storied Morton Mile. This is a race which has attracted some of the world’s best athletes since it was first run in 1970. It is a prolific producer of the magical subfour minute mile on these shores. To date, there have been in excess of 140 sub-four minute miles set in the Morton Mile with 11 last year in a field led home by Sam Prakel (USA) in a time of 3.55.80. The Irish challenge will be led by John Travers (Donore Harriers). In 2014, he ran his personal best in the Mile but this year comes looking not only for a personal best, but also for an elusive Irish win. It’s 15 years since James Nolan was the last Irish winner in this event. He will face stiff competition from 2016 Olympian Hamish Carson (six time New Zealand champion), Andy Bayer (USA, a 3.52 miler) the 2017

The women’s 800m proved a highlight last year at the Morton Games and anticipation is high for another big showdown on August 21.

Morton Mile winner Robert Domanic (USA) and, possibly the man to beat, Australia’s Morgan McDonald. An interesting Santry connection is that McDonald is coached by Mick Byrne, the head coach at Wisconsin University in the United States, a Clonliffe Harriers stalwart in the 1970s and 1980s. Another highlight race will be the

women’s 800m with Ciara Mageean, a European bronze medallist, and Siofra Clerigh-Buttner (Dundrum South Dublin AC). Their aim is to become the first Irish female athlete to break two minutes. Admission on the night is €10 with Under-16s going free. Further information on


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LUCAN SARSFIELDS WELL done WELL doneto tothe theJunior minorAfootballers la who secured the Division 1 league title with an impressive win away from home vs NaFianna, well done to Dave Cullen, Ollie Collins, Joe Lavin, Buddy O’Sullivan. The team have been very impressive throughout the campaign and we wish them the best as they prepare for what will be a very competitive Championship. Disappointment for the Senior Footballers on Wednesday, as they lost to St Vincents on a scoreline of 2.09 – 1.11. Inter Ladies secured a Cup semi-final spot with a good win on the same night against Skerries. Another Big league win for our Junior B hurlers on Thursday. Jnr B footballers drew on Sunday afternoon. Jnr As lost out to Geraldine P Moran’s, they did call on some experience from the bench but even he couldn’t make a difference. Senior Hurlers next game is away to St Brigids on the 10th August at 6.30pm. Also the Championship fixtures have been set. Sunday 8th September will be a busy day with Senior Hurlers taking on Whitehall in Parnell Park at 4:15pm, the Jnr As play earlier on in the day at 11am vs Commercials in Jnr A relegation match and the Jnr B hurlers play a home quarter-final at 3pm also on the 8th September. Senior Footballers vs Clontarf in the last group game is fixed for the 14th September in O’Toole Park at 3:15pm. Well done to Daire Newcombe, Harry Ladd, Mark Lavin and Emmet Allen who are part of the Dublin U20 footballers that beat Galway and have set up an All-Ireland Final vs Cork this weekend coming. We wish them well and hopefully they can bring home the Clarke Cup. Well done to Joey Dunne and Liam Garrigan who represented the club so well in the inaugural Jim Boggan Skills Competition in Crumlin GAA Club.

ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN AN INJURY time goal led to a one-point loss for our Senior Footballers against Round Tower Lusk in their Division 2 encounter FOLLOWING defeat toon Saturday Naomh Oevening. Our Junior A team defeated Thomas Davis in Division 5 but our second Junior Team were beaten by Trinity Gaels. The Dublin Senior Footballers will play in the All Ireland Football Semi-Final on Saturday 10th or Sunday 11th August in Croke Park. Ticket orders are now being accepted and will be up to 9pm Thursday 1st August. Orders are only being accepted from Members and must be paid in advance. Place your order in the club by leaving your payment in an envelope and specifying your ticket order. Please note, given the

expected high level of demand for tickets, we cannot guarantee all orders will be fulfilled. Congratulations to Mick Harney, winner of our British Open 2019 Predictor Competition on 139 points. Donal Ó hOgáin finished second and Eithne Harney third. Thank you to all who entered the competition. Round Tower Lotto 22nd July 2019. Jackpot: €9,400. Numbers drawn: 2,17,18, 22 bonus ball 16. No overall winner and no bonus ball winner. 3 x €100 winners: Gaa for ma’s, Karl Slattery, Eddie Hancock. Thanks to all who support our weekly Lotto. Bingo every Tuesday night in the club with first call at 8.30pm, with a jackpot of €1,000 up for grabs. €20 for a full house. All welcome.


Shamrock Rovers celebrate going ahead in the first leg. Picture: George Kelly

No holding back for Rovers on Europa trip to Limassol


STEPHEN Bradley insists Shamrock Rovers will go to Apollon Limassol looking to win on Thursday night despite the temptation to sit on their 2-1 lead from the first leg in Tallaght. Tallaght witnessed yet another famous European night on Thursday when the Hoops came from a goal down to take a deserved lead to Cyprus through Lee Grace and Roberto Lopes. Defender Grace chose an opportune time to head in his first of the season just eight minutes after Fotis Papoulis

had fired in a spectacular opener for the visitors. Lopes nodded home Jack Byrne’s free kick just before the hour and the Hoops could easily have had more, particularly after Esteban Sachetti was sent off for an ugly challenge on Byrne. Grace saw a second header bounce off the top of the crossbar while substitute Aaron Greene was unable to finish after rounding goalkeeper Joel Mall late on. Bradley acknowledged that conditions in Limassol will be much more challenging, despite the 8pm local time (6pm Irish time) kick-off, but their aim will remain the same. “We’ll go to win the

game,” Bradley said. “It might be a different tempo to the game with the heat and everything else. Our game management is going to have to be good at certain times, But we’ve shown we will create chances.” Rovers appeared to catch the Cypriots, who are Europa League group stage regulars and beat both Lazio and Marseilles last year, by surprise. The visitors made a dream start to the tie when captain Papoulis capitalised on some slack play to slam a spectacular half-volley into the top corner. The Hoops were the better team for much of the remainder and visibly

frustrated their vastly more wealthy opponents with intricate passing and the sublime skill of Byrne. Byrne’s corner led Grace to send his header crashing in off the post for the leveller, and he again set up Lopes for the glancing header that completed the turnaround. The midfielder was the target for Sachetti’s twofooted horror tackle late, the midfielder having been lucky to escape red earlier for an elbow to the back of Aaron McEneff’s head. If the Hoops’ slick passing and willingness to play the ball on the deck even in tight situations

took the visitors by surprise, Bradley insists they simply didn’t do their homework. “If anyone has watched us over the last 12 months, they shouldn’t be surprised at how we play. Whether it’s a big game or a not so big game, we always play in the same way. “In these games, your decisions have to be quicker as the press is quicker, but we don’t. I just thought it was our intensity caught them by surprise. “We felt they were there for the taking. When it was 2-1, we felt it was there to go and get one more, but it wasn’t to be.”

Fins’ Reihill’s national double

The Fingallians Under-17 relay team, left, with their silver medals

LUCAN girls Sophie Reihill took home a pair of medals from the national juvenile relay championships in Tullamore last week as her Fingallians team came second and third in their age groups. The Fingallians AC Under-17 relay team, comprising of Reihill, Laura Constantine, Jessica Afrakomaa and Ava Keogh placed second overall. Reihill, Keogh and Constantine were also involved in the Under-16 team along with

Liana Buckley battling it out in atrocious weather conditions to take the bronze. Elsewhere, plans are ongoing for the Lucan Harriers AC 5 Mile Road Race which will be held on Sunday, September 8 at 11am. The Harriers clubhouse on the Newcastle Road will be the Race HQ and the route will include one mile along the Grand Canal before finishing up with a lap of the club’s new track which will be officially opened that day.

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Molly the Mayne woman at European Youth Olympics EUROPEAN YOUTH OLYMPICS  STEPHEN FINDLATER

TEMPLEOGUE Swim Club’s Molly Mayne won a pair of bronze medal at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Baku following a couple of breathtaking days in Azerbaijan. First up, the 13-year-old qualified for the 200m breaststroke final with the third fastest time and held that position throughout the final. “It feels great – I’m so happy; it’s all I wanted, so it’s the best,” an elated Mayne said after the race. She hadn’t realised she won the bronze straightaway when she came up for air after touching the wall: “At first, I thought I was fourth. But then I looked again and saw that I got the bronze and I was just so happy!” Racing a controlled race, Mayne executed the perfect plan, “I went out efficiently and controlled trying to build into the wall a little bit.

“My coach said my turns were the quickest, so I tried to keep that, and I worked my pull outs on every turn. “The second 50 I built it a bit, third 50 I pushed it and had a hard build, and the last 50 I just rang it back and gave it my all. On the third 50, I saw the girl next to me in lane two, I knew she was on my feet, so I just tried to get power out of every kick and gave it my all.” Mayne doubled her medal tally on Friday when she won a bronze medal in the Girl’s 100m Breaststroke. This was added to the bronze she won in the Girl’s 200m Breaststroke earlier this week. This brings the Irish medal tally to four with the medal ceremony for Rhasidat Adeleke’s 200m gold medal also taking place on this penultimate day of action at the EYOF. Mayne qualified for the final as the fourth fastest swimmer in the semifinals but was determined to step onto the podium, knowing where she would make her improvements.

She immediately went into the third spot and held that position until she tipped the wall, securing her second medal of the Games. Swimming the 100m in a personal best time of 1.09.59, a delighted Mayne said: “It was really good. I wasn’t really expecting a 1.09, I was expecting a 1.10.0 or high 1.09. It was just amazing. “I felt really fresh in the water I think, and I just felt so good. In warm up, I felt a lot fresher because obviously I only raced one race today, whereas yesterday I had two. “But I just felt way more powerful in my stroke and my stroke rates were high. I spent a little more time focusing on my stroke rate and keeping it high.” Coming to Baku, Mayne was focusing on executing her best race, medals were a bonus: “It feels amazing – I wasn’t expecting it at all!! I came here just wanting PBs just racing my best, and I came home with two medals – it feels so good.”

Templeogue swimmer Molly Mayne with her 200m bronze. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

Ireland Under-19 star Jonathan Afolabi. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Afolabi named in UEFA team EURO UNDER-19S


TALLAGHT teenager Jonathan Afolabi has been rewarded for his star performances at the UEFA European Under19 Championships with a spot in the official team of the tournament. Afolabi, who is without a club following his release from Southampton in the summer,

is the only Irish player on a list dominated by champions Spain, who overcame Portugal in the final. Fo r m e r S h a m r o c k Rovers and St Joseph’s Boys goalscorer Afolabi missed Ireland’s 4-0 semi-final defeat to the Portuguese with suspension and he was a big loss for Tom Mohan’s side. The 19-year-old had been thrust into the

main striker role as a raft of withdrawals, including Spurs striker Troy Parrott and Southampton’s Michael Obafemi, left Mohan with a skeleton squad. Ireland, the only side to go through qualifying unbeaten, saw 13 of the 28 players used in qualifying as clubs refused to release them due to the games being outside the international window. Afolabi, who has

spent his summer training with Rovers, did his chances of finding a new club no harm with a wonderful solo goal in the final group game with the Czech Republic. Despite picking up the yellow card that would rule him out of the semis, Afolabi showed great strength and character to score Ireland’s first in a 2-1 win that guaranteed a final four spot.

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ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN WELL done to our senior footballers on a welldeserved league win over Naomh Fionnbarra on Saturday evening. The final score was 1-15 to 0-16. Our junior footballers drew away to Man O War on a score line of 3-11 to 2-14. Well done to Rachel Walsh who played for Dublin U15 Camogie, and Jack O’Leary who played for the Dublin U15 footballers at the weekend. The lotto numbers drawn this weekend were 4, 15, 20 and 24. No jackpot winner. We had 4 Lucky Dip winners - Madeleine Slater, P Cahill, Des c/o Noel, and Francesca Murray who won €50 each. The jackpot next weekend will be €4,400 with the draw taking place on Sunday night in the Palmerstown House at 10pm. Lotto tickets are available online at asp?ll_id=1483#Anchor and from SuperValu, Palmerstown House, and Manor Hair Studios. Many thanks for supporting this important club fundraiser.

Stars of Erin’s ladies footballers grab a selfie

ST MARY’S GFC THE Club extends its condolences to the Lilly McKane and Family, on the sad passing of her Husband Pat. And also to the Family of Finbarr Butler on the recent passing of his Father. Another proud day for our club, our U15 player Dairmaid O’Dulaing played for Dublin U15s against Tyrone in Garvaghy Centre of Excellence. Well Done Diarmuid. A Date for your Diary,


Saturday 9th Nov 2019. Club Race day at Naas Race Course. More info to follow as it draws nearer. Weekly Bingo every Wednesday Night at 8.30pm in club Hall, again all welcome, especially new players. Club Shop will be open on Wed and Thurs 7.30 to 8.30pm, contact Eileen. Set Dancing every Thursday at 8pm, again all welcome.

LOTTO: No winner of this weeks jackpot, numbers drawn were 7-12-36, €25 goes to Greg Waterhouse, Liz Power, Leo Heavey, Chris Mangan. Jackpot next week is €9,000. Our Lotto is now online through our Website or Facebook page. The club would like to pass on our condolences to the Carroll family on the passing of Joan who was the wife of the late Hughie from our 1968 Championship team. See our Facebook page for more information If you are interested in playing for our Adult Men’s teams this season please contact Dave on 0877256754. If you are interested in joining our Ladies team this season please contact Dionne on 0879315556 for more info. Our Juvenile training will return late August and is on Saturday mornings and Wed evenings along with the nursery on Saturday mornings, please contact Fergal on 0876213142 for more details, the club is looking for new members at all levels so please reach out as per above if interested. If you would like a Match Report or Photos submitted to the website or press please contact All items for the club notes must be submitted by Sunday evening to pro@

With the Claret Jug. Picture: Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Tourism NI’s Terence Brannigan, Fiona Cunningham and John McGrillen. Picture: Phillip McGowan / Press Eye.

King Shane of the Castle


HANE Lowry celebrated his Open Championship week in style, bringing the famed Claret Jug with him on a whistle-stop tour around the capital. The Castle Golf Club member’s first port of call saw him drop in to the Boar’s Head, before heading for the Dublin mountains and the Blue Light where he was joined by the Stars of Erin ladies football team among many others. Also on the agenda were trips to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where he showed off the Jug to staff, giving a boost to the

young children in situ. And he finally got to grace the hallowed Croke Park which his father, Brendan, graced with such distinction as an Offaly footballer. Shane was met with a standing ovation during half-time of Limerick and Kilkenny’s hurling semi-final. he Open itself was a particular triumph for golf on the island with Tourism Northern Ireland acting as wonderful hosts. The event showcased the majesty of Royal Portrush with a record-breaking crowd of over 237,000 enjoying a spectacular week.


Picture perfect Royal Portrush. Picture: Matt Mackey / Press Eye.

Meeting staff at Temple Street

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Archer produces yet another masterclass in semi-final victory ALL-IRELAND UNDER-20 SEMI-FINAL Dublin Galway  CÓILÍN DUFFY

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DUBLIN’S Under-20 footballers will contest their first ever Eirgrid All-Ireland Championship final this Saturday, when they take on Cork at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise (4pm). Tom Gray’s side booked their place in the decider following a 2-14 to 1-10 win over Galway at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford on Saturday last, and once again return to the Midlands for their final clash. St Maur’s clubman Ciarán Archer was once again in strong form, and after bagging a hat-trick in Dublin’s Leinster final win over Laois, he found the net twice against the Tribesmen. Archer grabbed two early goals to set Dublin up nicely for this tie, as they led by 2-1 to 0-0 after six minutes following a strong start. He accounted for all of their opening scores, including a third minute pointed free, with Galway’s defence under strong pressure from the off. Karl-Lynch Bissett and Brian O’Leary were involved in the build-up to Archer’s first goal, before he found the net for a second time inside two minutes. Galway fought back well with 1-2 unanswered, as Tony Gill and Padraig Costello

added points, before a Brian Harlowe goal. An Archer pointed free and a brace of Ross McGarry points cancelled out Harlowe’s goal. Dublin were stringing together some good team moves at this stage, with Neil Matthews, Niall O’Leary, Kieran Kennedy and James Doran impressing. O’Leary and Doran linked up before Brian O’Leary claimed a well-earned point to push Dublin to a double-scores lead in injury-time. However, Galway cut the gap at the break thanks to a Tony Gill effort, to ensure a 2-6 to 1-4 half-time score-line. The Tribesmen fired seven first-half wides, but were more resourceful on the restart, as they worked their way back into this tie to draw level. Liam Costello, Padraig Costello, Gill and Rory Cunningham were among those who impressed, with Cunningham’s firing over an equaliser on 42 minutes. But Dublin regained the lead as the game entered the final quarter, thanks to Archer landing their first point of the half from a free, before a David Lacey score pushed them two points clear. Dublin drove on, with Archer adding a score, before a Brian O’Leary effort helped open up a four-point gap. Liam Boyle grabbed a point back for Galway, but with Dublin keeper David O’Hanlon pulling off a fine save from a Matthew Tierney effort, and Dublin finished strongly with Archer bringing his

Super Sars storm to minor title

Donal Ryan of Dublin is presented with the Man of the Match award by Aidan Naughton, EirGrid. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

tally to 2-6 by the full-time whistle. Na Fianna’s Dónal Ryan claimed the Eirgrid Man of the Match award, after a solid performance in the midfield sector. “Galway got a huge amount of momentum at the start of the second-half, scored five points in a row,” said manager Tom Gray reflecting on the win. “It looked like we couldn’t do too much right at that time. To be fair to the players, I thought they gathered themselves really well, in a very mature way, and played themselves back into the game. “We were extremely happy with

that.” Cork reached the final after a strong comeback, before recording a 2-17 to 1-18 win over Tyrone in Tullamore on Sunday. The Rebels trailed by seven points early in the second half, but with Tyrone reduced to 14 men, Cork fought back to win by two. “We’ll be focused very much on ourselves,” Gray said of the Cork challenge. “There’s a few things that didn’t go well on Saturday, we’ll be aiming to work on those this week, to the extent that you can.”

Jackies ease into quarter-finals with massive win  CÓILÍN DUFFY

Noelle Healy scored a goal in Dublin’s defeat of Monaghan, topping their group with ease. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile


DUBLIN will meet Kerry in the TG4 AllIreland Senior Ladies Football Championship quarter-finals next Monday in Bord na Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore (4.45pm). Mick Bohan’s charges completed the group stages unbeaten last Saturday, with an impressive 3-20 to 0-4 win over Monaghan at Parnell Park. St Sylvesters’ Sinead Aherne registered 1-11 of Dublin’s tally, in a game where her side led by 1-12 to 0-2 at half-time, with Aherne netting a penalty goal. Louise Kerley grabbed the opening score of the second half for Monaghan, but Dublin continued to show strongly upfront, with Aherne and Sinéad Goldrick impressive, with half-time substitute Caoimhe O’Connor and Noelle Healy grabbing a goal each. Oonagh Whyte, Carla Rowe, Emma McDonagh, Lyndsay Davey and Aoife Kane were also among Dublin’s scorers.

Kerry had a much tighter encounter in their final group stages tie, claiming a 1-12 to 1-10 win over Westmeath in Killarney. They led by 1-6 to 1-4 at half-time, with the sides evenly matched on the restart, with Kerry just doing enough to hold out for a two-point win. The Kingdom had seven different scorers, with 1-10 of their tally coming from open play, including a first half goal from Hannah O’Donoghue. Dublin manager Mick Bohan believes the reigning champions still have room for improvement despite chalking up another comprehensive victory. “We were a little bit sloppy in the first half and probably took us 15 minutes to get a bit of rhythm. I thought it was a way better performance in the second half. “I thought they were more clinical, and just their movement got better, but that’s part of it. “It takes games to get that harmony of a team working together so we’re glad of this outing.”

LUCAN Sarsfields secured the Minor League Division 1 title with a comprehensive 2-18 to 0-3 victory away to Na Fianna in Mobhi Road. Lucan opened the scoring with two frees from Matt Dunne and lead by 0-6 to 0-1 midway through the first half. Further points from Dunne, Cian Buckley (0-2) and Alan Lynch extended an imposing 0-10 to 0-1 lead at half time. And the game was more less put to bed in the early stages of the second half. A well-worked move was finished by man of the match Buckley who would end the night with an impressive 1-6, 1-5 coming from play. Lucan added a second goal midway through the second half when impressive substitute Brian Treacy drove at the Na Fianna defence to finish low to the goalkeeper’s right. The game was over as a contest at this stage and both teams emptied their benches in the last 15 minutes. Lucan added a further six points in this period to run out easy winners. The 12th Lock side had impressive performances through the spine of the team with full-back Derek Cahill, centre-back Sean Casey and midfielders Henry Keogh and Colm Behan all playing major roles.

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Templeogue swimmer picks up pair of medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival. SEE P29


Dublin’s Under-20 men’s footballers and senior ladies footballers take big strides toward AllIreland titles. SEE P31


cal Morton Games gets set for another huge night on the Irish athletics scene with visitors from all corners of the globe expected. SEE P27

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Tallaght AC’s golden girl Rhasidat Adeleke  STEPHEN FINDLATER

TALLAGHT AC’s Rhasid a t Ad e l e ke w a s a hugely deserving Irish flagbearer at the closing ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Azerbaijan as she won the 100m and 200m sprint double. She stormed home in first place in the 100m in Baku, crossing the line comfortably in a time of 11.70 ahead of Johanna Klymanen (Finland) and Cheyenne Kuhn (Germany). A couple of days later, she added the 200m in a time of 23.92, going faster than the 24.36 she posted in the qualifying round and beating Hungary’s Mira Koszegi into silver, Serena Kouassi (France) rounded off the podium with bronze. Speaking about winning a double gold, she said: “I’m just so happy. It was kind of a late decision to do both events, I was only meant to do one event, so to come away with the two gold is so unexpected. I’m just so happy. I just tried to have a really good bend, really fast, and just hold it for the last 100m. And I kind of felt like I was clear, so I was delighted.” Re f l e c t i n g o n t h e ground-breaking week, she added: “I was just really satisfied to win both golds; to win both, the same colour medal, it is just such an accomplishment. It’s unreal and I am just so happy. After the 100m, it defi-

Rhasidat Adeleke celebrates. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

“It’s unreal. It was amazing to be able to see

them live and capture their emotions after the race after they travelled so far to see me race.“ nitely motivated me even more to go for the double. And doing it was a dream come true.” It continues her rapid rise since taking up the sport in her primary school days before joining an athletics club when she was in sixth class. “I did everything – dis-

tance and throws – but when I was 13, going on 14, I decided to stick m a i n l y to s p r i n t i n g while still doing a little distance and long jump. But winning that silver medal EYOF 2015, when I was 14 going on 15, I knew I needed to definitely stick to the sprinting. That kind of drew

the line under that! This is easier!” Nowadays, she trains pretty much everyday with gym sessions on Mondays and Fridays and track sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays with competition taking place most weekends. She said that silver medal in 2015 did create

a level of pressure on her to try and mount the top step of the podium. But it is a pressure that she relished when she hit the track. “I had pressure from the outside, but also from myself. I do feel like I need pressure to be able to perform and that’s what I needed.”

And it was made extra special as members of her family and teachers from her school made the trip to Azerbaijan to take in her success. “It’s unreal. It was amazing to be able to see them live and capture their emotions after the race after they travelled so far to see me race.”

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