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Cllr anger as referendum meeting axed MARK O’BRIEN A LOCAL pub has cancelled a trade union event calling for a Yes vote on the upcoming referendum, due to the subject despite hosting the launch of a Together for Yes group last month. Cllr Ruth Nolan (Ind) had booked

the Penny Hill in Lucan for a Trade Union for Yes event that was due to take place on Wednesday. But Cllr Nolan told Dublin Gazette that she was told over the weekend that the event had been cancelled. A spokesperson for the pub denied that the meeting had taken place last month.


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Dublin Midwest Together for Yes posted Facebook Live videos from the launch event in the Penny Hill on April 11. When sent these videos by Dublin Gazette, the spokesperson responded: “I don’t know when that was. It clearly is in the Penny Hill.” SEE FULL STORY ON PAGE 8

Homeless figures up by a ‘shocking’ 20% THE number of people registered as homeless in the South Dublin County Council area has risen by 20% since October. According to the council homeless services figures for March, there was a record high of 550 people living in emergency accommodation. Local TD Eoin O’Broin described the news as “shocking” and “a sign of the continued failure of Government housing policy”. See Full Story on Page 2

Pair badly injured after scrambler accident A TEENAGER and a young man were seriously injured in a crash involving a scrambler in Lucan last week. The crash happened on Thursday evening (May 10) at Griffeen Avenue when the scrambler collided with a car. Both received serious injuries and were taken to Blanchardstown Hospital. The driver of the car, a 22-year-old man, was uninjured. See Full Story on Page 4

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THE number of people registered as homeless in the South Dublin County Council area has risen by 20% since October. According to the council homeless services figures for March, there was a record high of 550 people living in emergency accommodation. In October, the figure stood at 459 people. Local TD Eoin O’Broin described the news as “shocking” and “a sign of the continued failure of Government housing

policy”. He said: “There are now 222 single men, 48 single women, 11 couples and 269 families with children living in HUBs, hotels and other emergency facilities. This is completely unacceptable. “In March, a total of 505 people presented as homeless to the council. “Yet in the same month, just 28 families were moved on to a permanent home. “The Minister for Housing must release additional funds for councils to buy turn key properties to get people out of emergency accommodation more quickly. “He must also give greater protection to tenants facing homelessness as a

result of eviction from the private rental sector.” At this week’s full council meeting, it emerged that the council had secured just 51 properties from developers under Part V of the Housing Act. The Act requires private developers to offer 10% of

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units for social housing. The figures were revealed in response to a motion

from Cllr Madele ine Johansson (PBP). Cllr Johansson said that it was “disappointing” to see such a low number of social housing units. “Council management have on several occasions mentioned the possibility of increasing numbers of Part V units coming on stream, however they don’t seem to be materialising,” she said. “Some areas in South Dublin, such as Lucan and Tallaght South saw only two units delivered respectively. “Continuing to rely on the private market for the provision of social housing needs to stop. “Instead, the council should be building large numbers of social housing units on the land in public ownership.” A council spokesperson said: “At March 31 2018 there were 269 families registered with the council and accessing emergency accommodation. “These are accommodated in the Family Hubs at Tallaght Cross, Abberley Court, Cuan Alainn and other emergency and hotel accommodation. “The council is working with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive to address the complex needs of this group and provide solutions. These families do have access to a higher rate of HAP with a deposit and first month’s rent. “This is the most appropriate and fastest exit into suitable accommodation and out of their current homeless situation. “On the current housing build programme there are currently 9 projects on site with an additional one to commence in June 2018. “The first schemes due for completion in 2018 will commence handover in May 2018 in Mayfield, Clondalkin and partial handover of a number of units at Skeffington Meadows, Tallaght.”

THE opening of the Russell Centre Primary Care unit in Tallaght has been hailed as a step in the right direction towards delivering efficient healthcare to the people of South County Dublin. Commenting following Friday’s opening, Cllr Charlie O’Connor said: “The newly opened Primary Care Centre at Tallaght Cross encountered many delays over the years that it was in the pipeline, but I am thrilled for all those who were dedicated to its development that it’s finally here. “Its official opening is, in my view, down to the hard work and commitment of the six local GP’s and in particular Dr Tom O’Dowd who never relented on his vision for primary care in Tallaght. “This centre serves a community of almost 90,000 people and has changed how most in the area receive essential care, such as Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Physiotherapy.

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EZ Living Furniture Love Your Bedroom Event How to Get that Great Night’s Sleep This May at EZ Living they’re talking about all things bedroom related with their Love your Bedroom Event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This week in particular, they want to make sure that your bed is put to the appropriate use, sleeping. Did you know, that on average we spend at least one third of our lives asleep? Quite the length of time! With that said, read on where they give you tips on how to get that long lusted after great night’s sleep! The Perfect Mattress First things first, an essential part of getting a good night’s sleep is having the right mattress. Unfortunately, a shocking amount of us don’t take this into account. The wrong mattress, or a mattress that’s simply too old can be detrimental to achieving that essential REM sleep! An uncomfortable mattress is proven to have negative effects on your night’s sleep, so why not have a look at their marvellous mattress and bedroom ranges to find your perfect fit. Beautiful Bedding Now it’s time to think about the coverings. Yet again, comfort is imperative in getting that good night’s sleep. To achieve that goal, you’ll want to create a bedding situation that will make you want to rush up to bed as soon as you get in the door in the evening. Just remember, good bedding provides warmth, insulation and that much sought after comfort. At EZ Living, they cannot recommend a mattress topper more. Along with this, having good quality bed linen to cover your duvet and pillows can only improve your bedding situation and thus, your sleep. You have the perfect mattress, bed frame and bed linen situation sorted, so add to this with some candles and homely accessories to make your bedroom an authentically ambient haven that you’ll struggle not to sleep in!

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Keith’s in great shape after Best Gym choice MARK O’BRIEN

A PERSONAL trainer who lost his business following a bad car accident, has had his new business nominated for 98FM’s Best of Dublin Awards. Keith Byrne of Byrne Fit in Newcastle has been nominated in the Best Gym category. Keith previously ran a print business but that folded after he was involved in a bad car accident that left him in chronic pain. Keith Byrne He told Dublin Gazette that getting fit helped him overcome work so I lost my old business, a his pain and set him on a new print company, and I had to start career path. again. So I started training out “I had a car crash and I was left and I realised I felt better when with chronic pain and I didn’t I trained. really know how to deal with it,” “I retrained then to become a he said. gym instructor and then a per“For two years I couldn’t really sonal trainer. The day I finished get out of the bed. I couldn’t go to my personal trainer course, I

opened the gym and have been there ever since.” Keith’s aim is to make personal training accessible and affordable for all. “The reason I set it up was I found that a lot of personal trainers, which is what I am, would charge ridiculous money, like €50 or €100 an hour. “Personally, I looked at it and thought I couldn’t justify paying that, especially if you have family and kids. And I said if I can’t justify it I can’t see how most people can.” Byrne Fit charge just over €8 per session for groups of between three and five people. This allows people to still get individual attention but at an affordable price. “You still get an individualised programme,” said Keith. He added that the group

approach has helped to build comradery between those who attend. “They look forward to coming and having a laugh with their friends as they’re training and meeting new people.” The patrons of the gym obviously agree, having nominated Keith for the Best of Dublin Awards “I’m over the moon,” he said of the nomination. “It’s not something that I expected. It’s only a young enough club. “We’re into our third year now and it’s been going really well, but to be nominated by the people that are actually coming (to the gym) is very humbling.” To vote for Ke ith, visit Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday, May 18.

Arnotts celebrates 175 years in business ARNOTTS hosted an evening of celebrations and nostalgia as they looked back with fond memories on the last 175 years in business recently. The event also launched the Arnotts 175 Museum which has been curated for the anniversary and will be open to the public for the summer months. Guests from the worlds of fashion, art, business, and sport were in attendance. MC Joe Duffy, led a Q&A with historian Robert O’ Byrne as they looked back fondly on the last 175 years at Arnotts, with contributions from Paul Caffrey former Dublin GAA manager, Gerard Nolan, 94 former Arnotts employee who started work in the store in 1942. Pictured are models Lisa Nolan and Laura O’Shea. Picture: Michael Chester

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Pair badly injured after scrambler accident MARK O’BRIEN

A TEENAGER and a young man were seriously injured in a crash involving a scrambler in Lucan last week. The crash happened on Thursday evening (May 10) at Griffeen Avenue when the scrambler collided with a car. A 20-year-old man was driving the scrambler with a 16-year-old passenger on the back of the bike. Both received serious

injuries and were taken to Blanchardstown Hospital. The driver of the car, a 22-year-old man, was uninjured. Gardai confirmed that investigations into the incident are ongoing. The issue of scrambler and quad use in West Dublin has been to the fore in recent weeks. Last week, Dublin Gazette reported that Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan had confirmed that a cross-agency meet-

ing had taken place with the aim of tightening the regulations related to the use of the vehicles. South Dublin County Council have previously stated that they would set up a working forum to tackle the issue. The issue was raised again at Monday’s full council meeting by Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind). In response to Cllr Timmons’s request for an update as to the progress in establishing the forum,

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The scrambler sprawled across the road in Lucan. Picture: Lucan Life Facebook page

the council said they were eager to progress matters. A report from the council stated: “Given the ongoing engagement of the council’s road safety officer with An Garda Siochana and Motorcycling Ireland in relation to such issues, it has been agreed that the council road safety officer will sit on this group, if established, preferably as Chair. “As with any such group that may be established, it

will be necessary to develop Terms of Reference for this group, if established, and it should only be required for a short period of time, being possibly an opportune time to see if input can be given into new draft legislation. “Contact has been made with other DLAs to see if there is a willingness to collaborate on this issue, especially now as it is understood that Justice Minister, Charlie Flana-

gan, is set to consider additional legislation to tackle the anti-social misuse of scramblers and quad bikes. “We await responses in this regard.” The council confirmed they would be taking measures in the interim to tackle incidents of antisocial behaviour related to scrambler and quad use. These measures include installing boundary fences in certain parks and open spaces.

Greenhills College officially opens up own credit union

GREENHILLS College officially opened students. their College Credit Union in Conjunction Marion said it is great to see so many with Greenhills & District Credit Union students wanting to get involved in the last week. running and operations of the Credit The 5th year students will be operating Union in their schools. independently under the guidance and “It also teaches students how to save support from Greenhills & District Credit and be more responsible and thrifty with Union and the Youth Liaison Officer Mar- their money,” she said. ion King. “The students can bring their experiShe said: “There was a great response ence with them and work in the financial from all. Students summited a CV to go on sector in the future. the various committees. Interviews took “Their participation at this level will place and a committee was formed. Seven equip them with all the necessary skills students were elected to fill the various to be successful in their chosen profession. positions. “Both committees from Greenhills “This allows students who have been members in our primary school saving College and St Pauls Secondary School scheme to continue to save on a regular completed training in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Data Protection by our basis within their school. “It also affords those student who Risk and Compliance Officer.” are not members of the Credit Union the opportunity to join the College Credit Union and get involved.” Greenhills & District Credit Union currently have a credit union operating in St Paul’s Secondary School. This is run by the transition year Some of the students who took part

GOOGLE has announced a €150m extension to its second data centre in Grange Castle in West Dublin. The move will bring to €1bn the amount of money invested by the company in Ireland since 2003 and comes hot on the heels of a €35m investment by pharmaceutical giant Takeda in the same business park just last month. “It’s brilliant to see more and more investment in Lucan and Clondalkin,” said Cllr Emer Higgins (FG). “Google is a household name and for them to be investing a further €150m in Grange Castle is a serious show of commitment when it comes to West Dublin. “The construction phase of this project will generate around 400 jobs and there’ll be a further 40 long term roles created. “

‘Residents must be consulted on project’ FIANNA Fail TD for Dublin South West, John Lahart has said that developers must consult with local residents regarding the proposed development of large scale residential and commercial units in Cookstown. The deputy was commenting following his attendance at a public meeting in Tallaght on the matter last week. He said: “The rejuvenation of dilapidated parts of our area such as the Cookstown Industrial Estate is absolutely essential. “There is also a very strong demand for good quality residential development in our area. However, residents are concerned that developers may use those twin pressures as a pretext for inappropriate development. “It is important that we all learn the lessons of the past and ensure that development of this site is appropriate, reflects the character of the area and is proportionate to the services and infrastructure that is in place.”

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Brian Hennessy, Nicola Gainey, Eimear Morrissey, Mark Rodgers

Ollie O’Brien, Amy Macken and Mia Barry, with balloons representing how long they’ve been attending Westside Pictures: Pat Gorman

Westside Directors Gerry and Emma Haugh, Esther Brady and Amy Cassidy Elizabeth Ennis Laura Graham

Two decades of a ‘Westside’ Story A

FTER 20 years at the heart of Lucan, WestSide Stage School marked their Platinum anniversary in style at The Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown, County Kildare with a Black-Tie Ball on May 4. With over 160 students and staff it was an evening of glamour, shared memories and dancing. With each menu bearing the quote ‘Dreams and dedication are a powerful combination’ it was certainly the motif of the evening. Everyone danced the night away among balloons carrying over 200 photos from the past 20 years. Westside first opened at Lucan’s Church of Ireland Parish Centre and now also operates from a second location The Westside Studios in Griffeen Valley Educate Together.

Eve Doyle, Ciara McDonagh, Eabha Dowling and Sarah Dunne

Eimear Murphy, Sarah Condon, Tara Whelan

Sheik Bah, Leah Macken, Sophie Slaven and Jessica Storey

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Photos and videos of the meeting were posted on Facebook by Dublin-Midwest Together for Yes

Local pub claiming ‘impartiality’ hosted referendum meeting MARK O’BRIEN

A LOCAL pub has cancelled a trade union event calling for a Yes vote on the upcoming referendum due to the subject, despite hosting the launch of a Together for Yes group last month. Cllr Ruth Nolan (Ind) had booked the Penny Hill in Lucan for a Trade Union for Yes event that was due to take place on Wednesday. But Cllr Nolan told Dublin Gazette that she was told over the weekend that the event had been cancelled. “They told me the decision was taken on Saturday night by head office,” she said. “Due to the topic, they wouldn’t be allowing any meetings on their premises anywhere.” Cllr Nolan said that she had printed 50 posters advertising the event and was frustrated that a lot of time and money had been wasted. “I was just having my own personal meeting as a member of the trade union for repeal,” she said. “I had speakers coming out from the trade union. This, as far as I’m

concerned, is a women’s health issue. “I’m an elected local representative and they have refused the venue on a women’s health issue. “They should be impartial. It’s not as if we’re a satanic group going in. “It was just an informative meeting by an elected representative to give reasons why we think the 8th should be repealed. It’s a simple as that.” Cllr Nolan said that she booked the Penny Hill because the Dublin Midwest Together for Yes group had held a launch event there last month. “I never held a meeting in the Penny Hill and the reason I picked the Penny Hill – I normally maybe go to Ballyowen Community Centre or Lucan Griffeen – because of the topic I felt confident enough to book that venue because the Together for Yes campaign went ahead there, so I didn’t think there was going to be any problem.” The Penny Hill is owned by the Louis Fitzgerald group. The group owns a number of pubs and hotels across the country.

In West Dublin, the group owns Finches and The Laurels pubs and Joel’s Restaurtant in Clondalkin, The Kiltipper Bar and Old Mill in Tallaght, The Palmerstown House in Palmerstown and the Poitin Still in Rathcoole. The group also owns and operates the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel on the Naas Road. Dublin Gazette contacted the Louis Fitzgerald group to query why Cllr Nolan’s meeting had been cancelled when the Together For Yes meeting was allowed to go ahead. A spokesperson for the group said: “No meeting took place on our premises in April regarding the upcoming referendum. It is our policy to stay impartial.” Dublin Midwest Together for Yes posted Facebook Live videos from the launch event in the Penny Hill on April 11 and added photos to Facebook the following day, thanking people for attending the event. When sent these videos, the spokesperson responded: “I don’t know when that was. It clearly is in the Penny Hill.”

Family fun weekend at Harvey Norman Tallaght LOOKING for something fun to do with your family this weekend? The Harvey Norman Flagship, Tallaght, is having a Family Fun Weekend this Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May. There’s something for all the family with a bouncy castle, ice creams, face painting, giant Jenga and Connect 4, Dyson Blow Dry Bar, Nespresso demonstrations and more. You can even support

two worthy causes with a tasty barbecue on both days. On Sunday, meet Shamrock Rovers players and their mascot Hooperman. Take them on in a football kick about and you could win family passes or kids tickets to their match on May 22. The FM104 Roadhog will also be giving away Harvey Norman gift vouchers on Sunday from 12pm - 6pm.

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Complaint of sexual assaults dropped after garda’s advice A COMPLAINT of repeated sexual assaults by a 13-year-old boy against a serial child abuser was dropped when a garda later advised the victim to

do so. Patrick O’Brien, now aged 78, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to 15 counts of sexual assault, many of

which involved oral and anal rape of the child. He also admitted three counts of committing acts of gross indecency. The offending took

place at O’Brien’s home at Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, Dublin and other locations in the city on dates between April 2002 and December 2003. O’Brien, a former Church of Ireland lay worker, is currently serving a 13-year jail term imposed in 2016 after he pleaded guilty to the rape and molestation of 14 young boys over the course of 40 years. In 1989, he received a suspended sentence for the sexual assault of a tenyear-old boy in 1982. The victim first made allegations against O’Brien in 2002. Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, told the court that “inexplicably nothing seems to have taken place” with the investigation at the time and this has “never been explained satisfactorily”. In around 2010 gardai again approached the complainant who made a statement withdrawing the complaint. A file was sent to the DPP but because of the victim’s withdrawal statement, no prosecution was brought. Inspector Barry Walsh agreed with Sean Guerin SC, defending, that it was on the advice of a former colleague of his that the complainant decided not to pursue charges. The court heard the victim felt he might be held responsible because he had accepted gifts from O’Brien during the abuse. Insp Walsh told the court that he came into the case in 2016. He met the victim and advised him

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that as a minor at the time of the offending he was under the age of consent. A second file was sent to the DPP and prosecution followed. After his arrest O’Brien asked to hear the victim’s allegations and then told gardai: “I accept the main content of what he said and I am very sorry.” The court heard that the victim was confused about his sexuality at the time and had met a man 20 years older than him. This man, who is before the courts, introduced

the victim to O’Brien and brought him to his house in Templeogue. In a statement the victim said that the sexual activity with O’Brien changed his idea of normality. He said he felt it was normal at the time but later realised it wasn’t. “I felt degraded and dirty,” he said. Mr Guerin told the court that his client had attended hundreds of hours of therapy and group therapy while in custody at Arbour Hill prison. O’Brien also par-

ing with acclaimed artist, Maser, on artwork and show visuals. They performed the material to a sold-out Vicar Street in March, 2018. While making his last album, Doorsteps, he literally showed up at the doors of the likes of Irvine Welsh, Speech Debelle, Micah P Hinson and others to collaborate and produce a record that sounds like nothing else. Recent TV appearances include a gig in St James’ Church in Kerry for the iconic Other Voices show, a performance on The Late Late Show, and live broadcasts on WDR in Germany, alongside playing festivals maturing into an artist who including Glastonbury, brings a totally unique Bestival, Electric Picnic, and approach to his art, twisting Sonar, as well as extensive samples and meticulous international touring recordings of acoustic Kormac is currently instruments into something finishing his third studio unique. album, but Kormac’s Big His latest project, EquivaBand (brass, strings, drums, lent Exchange, saw him electronics, bass, guitar write a full suite of material and guest vocalists) will be for an orchestra and a host a brilliant gig not to miss at of collaborators including Rock The Yard. Loah, Eimear Noone, Jack To book your ticket, see O’ Rourke and Stephen James Smith while workticket-sales.html.

Kormac’s Big Band to wow at the Court Yard’s Rock The Yard MUSIC fans from across the city have been taking note of the extra-special calibre of acts lined up for Rock The Yard at the Leixlip Festival, with Kormac’s Big Band, on Friday, June 1, already earmarked as a festival highlight at the Court Yard Hotel. Championed by everyone from Annie Mac to DJ Yoda, Kormac started out as out as a Hip-Hop scratch DJ and MPC beat-maker,

ticipates in Sunday services as a choir singer and assists in a prison education programme. The court heard also that around 2008 a relative of the victim demanded money from O’Brien to stay quiet about his offending. O’Brien paid this man a large sum of money and the man was later investigated for blackmail. Mr Justice Paul Butler said he needed time to construct a sentence and adjourned the case to June 14 next.

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Alicia Stafford and Chloe Smith

Amber Lilly Maher, Kiah Fitzpatrick and Lucy Church

Johnathon Haverty, Karolis Pocius, Aileen Friel, Pamela O’Mahony and Pauline Duffy. Pictures: Simon Peare

Developing skills for the benefit of local students

C Aoife O’Connor

OLLINSTOWN Park Community College recently received a €12,500 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support a Student Award Programme. The Programme will be used to focus students on five important attributes promoted by Collinstown

Park Community College among its students, attributes also sought by Microsoft when recruiting and hiring datacenter employees. The goal of the programme is to improve these five key attributes and develop skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives and will transfer into the workplace.

Cathal Murphy from Microsoft with student winners Sophie Smith and Katelyn Hillary

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Cian Hassett, Brendan Grice and Connall Tuohy

Louis White, Ben Ryan, Jordan Lee and Oisin Lawlor. Pictures: Simon Peare

Bozena Gapejeva, Gabriele Blaithnaid Henry, Rhiannon Withero and Kaitlyn Byrne

Kolesnikovaite and Cherry Sui

Tackling homelessness T Amy Cassidy and Sophie Walsh

HE students of Lucan Community College’s Amnesty group recently held a sleep out the raise the issue of the homelessness crisis. The event was held in the grounds of Lucan Community

College. Around 30 senior students took part to gain an insight into what it’s like to sleep rough, to raise awareness of the housing crisis and to show solidarity with the families, children and individuals affected by it.

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HE weather doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing at the moment – one minute the sun’s splitting the stones, the next we’re thinking about dragging the winter woollies out for ‘one last day’. Luckily, however, it’s a lot easier for all of us to know what to do with children, as our fair city has lots of things to see and do for families. Whether you’re looking for something to fill an hour or an afternoon, here are just a few of the city’s attractions that are perfect to take the kids over to...



LOCATION: The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford HIGHLIGHT: Meet the Eco Badger

LOCATION: Malahide Demesne, Malahide HIGHLIGHT: Zipline and diggers in the playground

HAILED as Dublin’s children’s museum, it’s designed to inspire learning through playing. Opened in 2007, it is the only interactive children’s museum for the under 9’s. It is a minimum of a two-hour visit, which offer a wide variety of workshops and classes in arts and crafts, computers, music and theatre every day in the Art Studio. Prices are €8.00 for children and adults, €6.00 for toddlers, €2 for those over 6 months (under 6mths free) for a (minimum). Due to limits on the number of workshop participants, pre-booking is strongly advised. Opening hours, Monday 1.30-5.30pm, Tues-Fri 9.30-5.30pm, Sat & Sun 10-6pm, and Bank Holiday Mondays 9.30-5.30pm

MALAHIDE Castle and gardens have pleasant walks, play areas, picnic sites and sporting facilities. The children’s playground is a highlight. It is a short walk from the Castle, split into sections for toddlers and older children. The playground has something for all ages, and parents can keep an eye out from the picnic tables while the kids feast on slides, swings and climbing frames. The playground also has zipline and diggers and plenty of space for the kids to run around. You can also pay to visit the castle or just explore the grounds. The Demesne grounds has plenty of public sporting amenities including the Sports Pavilion (with a small shop for snacks, drinks and sporting equipment) .

THE PHOENIX PARK LOCATION: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 HIGHLIGHT: Dublin Zoo THE Phoenix Park is open 24 hrs a day, seven days a week, all year round, and there is plenty to do and see for the whole family. Local favourites include Dublin Zoo, The Wellington Testimonial and the playground. Other highlights include The Magazine Fort (above) in the south east of the Park which marks the location where Phoenix Lodge was built by Sir Edward Fisher in 1611. The People’s Gardens comprise of an area of twenty-two acres. It has a large ornamental lake, children’s playground and picnic areas. The Ashtown Castle and Demesne, accessed off the Phoenix roundabout on Chesterfield Avenue, has numerous attractions for young and old alike.

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Summer in Ireland typically lasting for a sunny weekend at some point in May or June, it’s no surprise we want to inject a little more light into our lives.




Why can’t he just leave things well enough alone I WISH Paschal would just leave things well enough alone. Once he was about halfway through his pint, he says: “I He’s ran a great auld boozer for years but now he says he’s was chatting to Ciara about the referendum.” trying to “modernise to stay on top of the latest trends”. “I thought you’d agreed not to chat to your young one I dunno what sort of muck he’s reading lately but he’d about that,” I says. want to cop on. First he got in loads of that craft beer and “Yeah but I suppose it had to come up eventually,” he now instead of toasties, he’s doing bleedin’ tapas. replies to me. “You know I’ve never held with abortion and “What in the name of Jaysus are tapas?” I says to him she’s the opposite and I never really knew why she was so when I was in over the weekend. strident about it until this evening.” “They’re Spanish,” he says. “They’re lovely. Give them a “And why is she?” I says. go Gaz.” “Well you know the way she went over studying over in All I wanted was a nice ham and cheese toastie but I was Liverpool after school?” he says. so hungry I could’ve ate the leg of the lamb of God at that “Yeah. Sure I remember you and Maureen saved for years stage so I let him stick me on some. so she could get to college over there,” I says. “Where’s the rest of it?” I says to Paschal when he brings “Well it turns out her and Ciaran had a bit of an accident out this tiny bowl with two meatballs in it. over there and well..” Paschal just laughed and walked away. They were nice “She didn’t, did she?” I says, lowering me voice so no one like but they wouldn’t fill you. would hear us. Davy came shuffling in just then and I shouted at him to “Yeah she did and she only told me tonight. Twenty years grab me a few packets of nuts to go with the pint he’d bet- later,” he says. ter order me. If you don’t get him while he’s at the bar, you “But sure her and Ciaran stayed together and you’ve two haven’t a chance of getting the tight fecker to buy you a pint. lovely grandkids now,” I says, trying to reassure him like. He nearly threw the thing down at me and slumped down “I know but I’m annoyed,” he says. in his chair looking miserable. “Ah you shouldn’t be annoyed at her,” I says. “What’s done “Who done their business on your cornis done.” flakes this morning?” I says to him, trying “I’m not annoyed at her, I’m annoyed at Who done their meself,” he says. to raise a smile out of him. business on your He just looked up and grunted at me. “How come?” I says. “What’s wrong with you?” I says. “Is cornflakes this “Well I remember back when the X case everything alright?” was happening I was always banging on morning “Ah it’s nothing really,” he says. about how abortion was wrong and all “Doesn’t seem like nothing,” I says. “Northat,” he says. “And that must have stuck mally you’d be in pontificating about with her, like. And was afraid to tell her own something or other as soon as you sat da what was going on. Your little girl should down.” be able to tell you anything, ye know.” “Ah I’m just thinking,” he says. “So will you be voting yes now then?” I “That’s a first.” asked him. He didn’t think that was funny either. “I still don’t agree with it,” he says. “But I just gave up then and sat back. I I’m a bit conflicted now. The whole thing’s a knew he’d talk when he was ready. minefield.” He’s not wrong there.

Walkies for Darkness Into Light PADDY and Geraldine Whelan pictured at the annual Darkness Into Light fundraising event in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. They joined 200,000 people in a global movement walking over one million kilometres in a march against suicide, self-harm and the stigma associated with mental health. See Gallery on Page 16

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raises Talented teens set Tesco €30k to help to tickle the ivories sick children REBECCA RYAN

TWO young Dubliners are taking part in a prestigious international piano competition. Eoin Fleming (19) and Antonia Huang (17) will be playing in the 11th Dublin International Piano Competition (DIPC) which takes place in Dublin between May 18-29. The competition was established in 1988 and takes place every three years. Since its foundation, the competition has grown in stature, and now ranks among the most important piano competitions in the world. As well as receiving a prize fund, a prestigious list of engagements is secured for the winner including debut concerts in London and New York as well as appearances at international festivals and concerti with leading orchestras. Eoin and Antonia will join other pianists from

22 countries taking part in the 2018 competition. Eoin, from Templeogue, started playing the piano at the age of six. He learned at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Before he reached his teens, Eoin had played in public frequently, including, at the age of seven, at a high achievers award gala in the RDS Concert Hall, another at Dublin Castle, and at a dinner soiree for then President Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain.

In 2016, the multi prize-winner made his debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall performing Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto, the ‘Emperor’, with the New York Sinfonietta. Speaking ahead of the competition, Eoin told Dublin Gazette: “I am very excited to be a competitor in the Dublin International Piano Competition; it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was quite young. “My dream is to one

Talented pianists Antonia Huang and Eoin Fleming

day win an international competition and tour the world performing in all sorts of venues and concert halls. Fe l l ow c o m p e t i to r Antonia was born in Dublin, grew up in China and retuned to Ireland at the age of 13, where she currently resides in Goatstown. She studied with Deirdre Doyle until 2016 and is currently studying

with Hugh Tinney in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under full scholarship. Antonia has already won a number of awards, including the John Benson Cup at this year’s Feis Ceoil, and has performed at the National Concert Hall, the Westbury Hotel, Kilruddery House and Cork CIT. Antonia told Dublin Gazette she is really excited about the competition. She said: “It will be the first time I’m playing in an international competition! It is daunting, especially with everyone older than you, but on the other hand, it’s so amazing to have the opportunity to take part in it.” Besides music, Antonia is busy with her studies. In 2017, she represented Ireland in the European Science Olympiad in Copenhagen, Girls Maths Olympiad in Zurich and the International Maths Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.


TESCO stores across Dublin raised €30,700 in aid of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital during this year’s Great Irish Bake recently, boosting the nationwide fundraising initiative for the supermarket giant’s national charity partner, Temple Street. Now in its fourth year, Tesco’s 150 stores nationwide raised €112,000 in just one day alone, with this year’s funds set to help Temple Street purchase specialised speech and language equipment, used in the treatment of children with cleft palette. Customers were invited to pop by and indulge in a sweet treat or two, prepared by Tesco staff, while raising vital funds for the little heroes of Temple Street. To date, Tesco Ireland has fundraised more than €3 million for the hospital, helping it to buy much needed lifesaving equipment. Recently extending its partnership with Temple Street, Tesco employees across the country aim to have raised €5 million in five years, before the end of

2019. Christine Heffernan, corporate affairs director at Tesco Ireland, said, “It’s fantastic to see another successful year of the Great Irish Bake. Raising vital funds for our charity partner Temple Street is so important to us. “I would like to thank all Tesco colleagues and customers nationwide who remain committed to this cause, year on year. After completing its fourth year, the Great Irish Bake for Temple Street is a fundraiser that can only get better and better.” Each year, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital treats over 145,000 children from across the country and operates the busiest A&E department in Europe. For thousands of children, Temple Street is the only hospital in Ireland they can be treated in. Through the charity partner programme, Tesco colleagues and customers can help children from all across Ireland get better and be real-life heroes to children attending the hospital.

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Thousands again gathered to help turn Darkness Into Light B

Y THEIR thousands they came – people of all ages, nationalities and walks of life gathered in the pre-dawn gloom at the Phoenix Park for the annual awareness and fundraising Darkness Into Light walk for Pieta House. By now a firm favourite for many looking to support the charity’s invaluable, lifesaving work in helping to tackle suicide and self-harm, the walkers’ steps echoed around the world as hundreds of thousands of other Darkness Into Light walkers made their way to talks in their area, walking through the darkness of night and into the dawn of a new day, and a new hope. The walk was a highly-emotional affair for many walkers, with some carrying photos of loved ones lost, walking to honour their memory and try to ensure no other family shares such pain. Whatever their reason for walking, those taking part were united by a shared wish to help support others, encourage better mental health, and help spread the message that Pieta House and all kinds of organisations are out there to support people in their times of need. The walkers in the Phoenix Park enjoyed a beautiful misty morning, with the glowing soft banks of light mist rolling away to welcome in the new day, and an upbeat, positive outlook for everyone who’d taken part. Pictures: Harry Murphy

Conor and Jennifer McIntyre with daughters Jennifer, Nina Denise Loftos and Elaine Bias

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined chief executives Brian Higgins (left, Pieta House) and Pat O’Doherty (ESB)

Sarah Moloney, Laura McGinn, Susanne Murray, Siobhan McGee, Niamh Meahen, and Fiona Regan

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MAY 20 (SUNDAY) Morrissey @ 3Arena, €70 RISING to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all ten of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including 3 entries at the #1 position. Releasing his debut solo album Viva Hate back in 1988, he has since released a number of critically acclaimed follow-ups including Kill Uncle and Your Arsenal, and hugely successful comeback album You Are the Quarry after a five year hiatus in 2004.

MAY 17 (THURSDAY) The Rolling Stones + The Academic @ Croke Park, from €70 Jagger and co, drop in on HQ to run through decades of powerful, sleazy hits. We hear they’re almost as lively as ever. Watch out for those moves.... Niall Thomas + Karl Odlum @ Whelan’s, €12

MAY 18 (FRIDAY) Ed Sheeran @ Phoenix Park, sold out Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Tivoli Theatre, €25 Once kings of the American indie scene (and possibly the first ever big viral act), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have faded a little over the years, but still produce stunning records. John T. Pearson @ Whelan’s, €20 The Minutes @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €15

MAY 19 (SATURDAY) Ian Moss @ The Grand Social, €17.50 New Purple Celebration @ The Academy, €27.50 Liam O’Maonlai @ The Purty Kitchen, €18 Super Silly @ The Button Factory, €13

MAY 20 (SUNDAY) Don McLean @ Vicar Street, €55 The Lee Harveys @ Toner’s, €8 WrongOnYou @ Whelan’s, free One Horse Pony @ Whelan’s (Upstairs), €12

MAY 21 (TUESDAY) The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s, €7 Don McLean @ Vicar Street, €55 Bryan Adams @ 3Arena, €60 Wild Child @ The Grand Social, €15

MAY 22 (WEDNESDAY) Don McLean @ Vicar Street, €55 Bryan Adams @ 3Arena, €60 Cigarettes After Sex @ Olympia Theatre, €27 Peach Pit @ The Grand Social, €15

Photo: Alex John Beck

Ash Get Personal on Break-Up Record ‘Islands’ DOWNPATRICK pop-rockers Ash have been going for 26 years, and for many it’s the relatively early hits - Girl From Mars, Oh Yeah, Shining Light - that still stand out. In fact, it’s been 11 years since the three-piece announced their intention to “never make another album,” something that lasted until 2015, and the release of Kablammo! Still powering through with the same distinctive vocals and hooky chords that helped them find their niche, eighth album ‘Islands’ has been a slow process, and one held back by factors outside of the band’s control. “There’s been quite a gap,” drummer Rick McMurray said. “The actual process went quite quickly, but there were a lot of changes on the business side that held up the progress of the record. “It was finished towards the end of 2017, but it could easily have been a lot sooner. We wrote new stuff while the album was being finished, so we have a big backlog of material.” Islands will get the customary new album tour, then, but a follow up is already on the horizon. “I doubt it will be another three years,” McMurray says, laughing

about the extended gaps between the band’s records. “We probably seem quite lazy when it comes to albums. In our defence, we did put out 52 singles in a year,” he adds, referencing the ‘A-Z’ project that saw Ash experiment with one off tracks throughout 2009 and 2010. The new release is very much about frontman Tim Wheeler’s difficult break up. The band live apart now, Wheeler and bassist Mark Hamilton in New York, and McMurray with his family in Edinburgh, jetting in for recording sessions and communicating largely digitally. “It’s pretty easy, really. It kind of suits all three of us. I like working in quick bursts, as that’s just what works as a drummer. Tim’s more slow and thought out. For me, this album was just one big explosion of energy.” Wheeler released an intensely personal solo album a couple of years ago. ‘Lost Domain’ focused on his dad’s dementia and pass-

ing away. ‘Islands’, a euphemism for the idea of solitude and lost bridges, is his break up record. “The solo album was part of Tim’s grieving process,” McMurray explains. “He didn’t intend this one to be a break up album, he was just writing songs, and they were always going to be for the band. “He’s a little bit uncom-

fortable with how i t ended up. He has this reputation as a ‘nice guy’, which he is, and he’s conscious that he’s just telling his side very publically. “That’s why the first track on the record, ‘True Story’, is there, just to saythere are two sides to every story. This is just his take.” The process found a natural

name in Wheeler’s approach to writing, during which he found peace on a series of actual islands around the globe, including art loving Japanese island Naoshima, Mallorca (Spain), Santorini (Greece), and even Lambay Island, off Dublin’s north coast. Skellig features in inverted two-tone on the cover, as a kind of distress call meets conceptual ‘it’s not all black and white’ symbol. “I expect there will be some off-the-beaten-track gigs on the Islands theme,” McMurray tells us. “After you’ve been going as long as we have, it’s the slightly different gigs that stand out, like our first shows in China, or our gig in a hairdressers in Dublin [Rathmines’ Abner Browns] a couple of years ago. We’re really open to doing things that are a bit unusual.” ‘Islands’, then, is the sound of Ash pouring their heart out. It’s not the gorgeous naivety of ‘1977’ or ‘Free All Angels’, but instead hones in on a raw honesty that plays to their melodic strengths. A heartfelt, relatable take on the poignancy of human emotion. ‘Islands’ is out on Friday, May 18.

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Vote No

to change DAVID QUINN, religious and social commentator, and director of The Iona Institute, tells Mark O’Brien why he thinks people should vote No over the Eighth Amendment.

THE director of the Iona Institute says that he believes that there is a strong chance that the 8th Amendment will be retained. The referendum on repealing the 8th Amendment – which outlaws abortion in Ireland – is due to take place on Friday, May 25. The head of the Christian group, David Quinn, told Dublin Gazette that he believes that the 8th Amendment should be retained “to protect fundamental rights”. He said: “The most fundamental of all is the right to life and that must include the unborn, because they are human beings like that the rest of us.” Those wishing to repeal the Amendment argue it discriminates against women who don’t have the means to travel to a different jurisdiction for a termination, and that it denies

women bodily autonomy. But Quinn dismisses this argument. He said: “That reduces the rights of the unborn to zero. The baby is not the woman’s body, and vice versa. “Of course, we all have a right to our own bodily integrity and autonomy, but the baby is a being in

unworkable. “That can be applied to all areas of law,” said Quinn. “All laws get broken, but we don’t remove the law from the statute books or the Constitution because of that. “We’ve got to look at the reasons why the law exists, and this law exists

its own right, albeit for the first nine months of its life in the womb, but has every bit as much right to protection as all of us.” Many women seeking a termination now order abortion pills online and take them without medical supervision, potentially putting their health at risk. Many would argue that as the law is now broken so often, it means that it is

to protect the lives of the unborn.” Quinn added that The Iona Institute doesn’t object to the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which allows Irish women to travel to another jurisdiction to avail of a termination. “We have no objection to the right to travel,” he said. “Irish people occasionally will go to Switzerland to avail of Swit-

The most fundamental right of all is the right to life, including the unborn

zerland’s euthanasia laws. Nobody is proposing that be stopped. “An Australian last week travelled from Australia to Switzerland to avail of euthanasia. Nobody in Australia was saying he should be stopped. “But just because something is available overseas doesn’t mean you make it available in your own country, because by that argument, all laws in the world would have to become uniform.” Quinn said that he expects between 40-55% of people to vote “No” in the referendum. When asked outright whether he believed the ‘No’ side would prevail, he was unsure. “It’s hard to know,” he said. “We’ve a sound fighting chance. The reports back from the canvas are for the most parts good, except on the south side of Dublin, which is what you would expect.”

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Vote Yes

to change SARAH MONAGHAN, Together For Yes executive member and its national spokesperson, tells Rachel D’Arcy why she thinks people should vote Yes over the Eighth Amendment.

WITH the referendum on the Eighth Amendment edging closer, an executive member of Together for Yes says we need to continue having conversations on the impact of the Eighth on Women. Sarah Monaghan, Together For Yes national spokesperson, told Dublin Gazette that she thinks the referendum isn’t about abortion, but rather regulating abortions already happening in Ireland. She said: “We already have abortion in the country – we just choose to export women [to have them carried out] or have them import illegal abortion pills that they take alone without the support of their doctors. “We need to face the reality that women are already having abortions here, but they’re currently doing so in unregulated and unsafe circumstances, and I believe we can do better as a society.”


The last vote on the Eighth Amendment took place in 1983, meaning a generation of Irish people haven’t received the opportunity to vote on the Eighth. Monaghan says that the Eighth “hasn’t worked” and that people are ready to make their voice heard.

voice heard. “No one under 50 has had the chance to vote on this issue, and people are ready to have their voice heard,” said Monaghan. The vote on May 25 will also put the 13th Amendment up for debate, which does not limit travel abroad for abortion.

She said: “We’ve had 35 years now of seeing the harm that the Eighth Amendment has caused, and it is not compassionate, and it is not practical to continue in this way. I think the Irish people realise that it’s time for change. “The Eighth hasn’t worked, and it has caused g re a t h a r m to Ir i s h women, and I think people are ready to have their

Mo n a g h a n s a i d to approve the 13th Amendment, but be against the Eighth is “hypocrisy”. She said: “If people on the ‘other’ [vote ‘No’] side are comfortable with people travelling abroad for abortion, and are uncomfortable with women being cared for and accessing abortion in their own country, I think there is a hypocrisy there. “At the moment, women

We have abortion in the country – we just choose to export women

are forced abroad, couples are edged abroad. “It’s not good enough for the women of Ireland, and I certainly think that Ireland is better than that.” As to whether a ‘Yes’ vote will pass on May 25, Monaghan has said that the reaction on the ground so far to their campaigning has been “very positive”. She said: “We’ve had a very positive reaction on the doors and on the streets. We absolutely understand that this isn’t a black and white issue – it’s complex, it’s difficult, it’s divisive, and it can be difficult for people to tackle. “There’s someone in all our lives that has been directly affected by the Eighth Amendment, and someone that a ‘Yes’ could mean an awful lot to. “It’s important these conversations continue to bring out a Yes vote on May 25,” she said.

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THANKS A BLOOMING LOT, KIDS MATEUS Carvalho and Skye Toal were happy to help launch this year’s upcoming Bord Bia Bloom, which once again is set to transform the Phoenix Park at the massively popular June Bank Holiday weekend festival. Picture: Chris Bellew

Pippa launches Save Your Skin campaign BUSINESSWOMAN and well-known mum of two, Pippa O’Connor, has helped launch La Roche-Posay’s “Save Your Skin” campaign, in partnership with the Irish Cancer Society. The campaign aims to raise awareness of skin cancer prevention through SunSmart behaviour, not just during bursts of fine weather, but all year round. She said: “I am delighted to be taking part in this campaign as I feel it is so important to be vigilant when it comes to sun safety, particularly in Ireland.

“Similar to most families, the arrival of a sunny spell is met with great excitement in our house, as it can be a great opportunity to get out and about with my two young sons. “However, I’m very aware of the importance of being sun smart and keeping my family safe from the harmful effects of the sun. For more information on skin cancer or how to be SunSmart, visit Sunsmart or call the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Nurse line on Freephone 1800 200 700.

Seeking energy leaders

THE Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has begun the search for Ireland’s energy leaders who are demonstrating innovative approaches to clean energy with high replication potential. The Awards recognise and reward excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Businesses, public bodies and communities who are working towards a cleaner energy future for Ireland are encouraged to apply. Closing date for entries is Friday 8th June 2018. The winners will be announced at a gala event on the 25th of October 2018.

Pippa with Amelia Kavanagh and Freddie Ryan at the launch. Picture: Brian McEvoy

The race is on to sign up for 5K THE fourth annual Docklands 5K will take place on June 28 at 7.30pm in Dublin’s Docklands financial district. The race will bring together the business community and local residents for one of Dublin’s most anticipated dates for runners, fitness enthusiasts and families alike. As part of the event, teams of three

are encouraged to enter, which adds to the enjoyment, allowing the workers of Dublin’s financial district to engage in some friendly competition after work. Some 2,000 runners of all ages and abilities start out at City Quay and follow a flat, fast route. Registration is now open at www.

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There’ll be Elation in Dublin over this

AHEAD of their upcoming gig at Whelan’s here in the big shmoke on June 19, Cork band The Elation have announced details of the debut EP, Clickbait, which is released on June 1. Featuring the single, XO, and upcoming single, Catch, Clickbait catches The Elation at the turning point of their career with a collection of upbeat tunes that cross seamlessly from indie to pop to dance. Featuring striking artwork by frontman Chris Candsale, Clickbait was written by the band and recorded and produced in London, by Andy Whitmore (whose previous credits include working with Elton John, Terence Trent Darby, Eternal, Pet Shop Boys and more.) The EP can be pre-ordered from


A tee-riffic win for this lucky reader ANOTHER week, and it’s another lucky Dublin Gazette reader! Congratulations to Rathfarnham man John Corcoran, who called to our office to collect his prize: a seven-day unlimited annual pass to beautiful Charlesland Golf Club (worth €1,500). The superb course set in the shadow of the Wicklow Mountains was designed by Eddie Hackett, and also offers some truly fabulous views all around the challenging but fair course. Congratulations, John – and remember: keep reading, and keep winning with your Dublin Gazette!


ANASTASIA, OUR DOG OF THE WEEK DUBLIN Gazette Newspapers have teamed up with Dogs Trust to help find homes for lost and abandoned dogs. Anastasia is a stunning-looking oneyear-old English Mastiff who cannot wait to find a quiet home. She is a gentle giant and loves being around and playing with people she knows and trusts. Anastasia is a big girl, but she lacks confidence and can be worried by strangers and new environments. Because of her shy nature, she may need some extra time getting used to a new family and home; therefore, she is looking for a patient owner who will give her as much time and space she needs. Anastasia is a lovely natured dog that will thrive in the right environment. She could potentially live with older, sensible and gentle children who have lived with dogs in the past. Anastasia enjoys her walks with other dogs, but she was never kennelled with another dog at the centre, so she will be best as a single family pet. If you could give her the home she deserves, then please 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 You can also find them on Facebook www. or Twitter @DogsTrust.

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TOP TWEETS My favourite Eurovision drinking game involves turning the telly off and going to the pub. @Cluedont Because if there’s one place you’ll be safe from the plinky plonky Eurovision, it’s the pub

In a restaurant in Clare (which will remain nameless) I stupidly asked what kind of wines they had. “Oh, we have both, red and white!” I was informed.


Cannes you feel the film festival’s reel heart?

@Jpdiggins, replying to @SeanMoncrieff Sounds fancy to us, though maybe they’re not too au fait with Clare’s exotic vineyards

Overheard in Tesco. Child: “But Ma, why can’t I get Pop-Tarts?!” Mother: “Because Diabetes, that’s why!” @OverheardDublin Life isn’t all Pop-Tarts and easily-led mammies, kids

All those centuries struggling against British rule and all we really needed to do was tie them up in the planning process. @josefoshea If only we’d had our unusually long, drawn-out planning process in place at the time (which just saw Apple grab its €850M data centre ball planned for Athenry and go home)...

Urging all members of Dail Eireann to take a look under your seat, we’re looking for 5 laptops, 2 PCs and 12 phones ? @MoranPaul52 Well, don’t we all lose stuff down the back of the sofa? Things like laptops though, not so much...


THE Cannes Film Festival has once again attracted the cream of the crop of the cinema world to the sun-kissed southern French town – as well as all kinds of dealmakers and wannabes hoping to also clinch a dream deal by the time it all wraps up this Saturday, May 19. While Dublin Gazette’s travel fund doesn’t quite stretch to joining in – more can’t go than Cannes – I know someone who’s there at the moment with a film production company, networking and doing the rounds in search of new deals. I interviewed Antonio Ho (right) – a lawyer who’s part of a Hong Kongbased production company, 72 Dragons – for his insights into Cannes 2018, following his insight into Cannes 2017 in Dublin Gazette last year. WHAT are you personally doing there with 70 Dragons? I’m here again working on the legal side of things; we’re trying to build global relationships, and have people in many cities around the world. One of our main goals of the company is to connect with young filmmakers to help them create their projects. The old, traditional, years-long path to making your early work is gone now, thanks to technology. If you look at the modern way of doing things you still have to look to financing, distribution and so on, but it shouldn’t take so long to put your film together. One of the things we do is to connect like-minded people together, which I think is a really good thing to help make your project work.

Some of the recent changes in, for example, the EU regarding personal data and data flow, also has been a huge topic in Cannes and filmmaking, considering how data flows around the world. After all, filmmakers also have to be aware of being datacompliant, too. How does Cannes 2018 compare to 2017? It’s always been business-orientated in Cannes, but while last year was very much about glitz and glamour, I think this year has been very strict on [focusing on] business. Even things like taking selfies on the red carpet have been frowned on, this year! One of the other things that’s stood out is that there’re notably more women here this year – a lot more stars, directors and industry figures.

Does Cannes seem more European-focused this year, or has it drawn a different crowd? I think it’s more European this year, but also has a stronger Middle Eastern feeling. I think that slight change is definitely down to accessibility, and also there’s a lot of money to be made at Cannes. Also, China has a notably bigger presence here this year; they’re trying to introduce some of the young, fresh Chinese talents to the [Western] markets. Do you think Cannes is trying to align a bit more with China, or with other emerging markets? I think it’s a bit of both; Western studios and filmmakers are reaching out now, but China is also trying to promote its talents, too, on the international stage. There are a lot of Chinese talents, but many of them are getting older – they’re 60, 70 now – and people are wondering who’s coming up next. Apart from that possible audience shift, is there much sign of Cannes adjusting for the rise in digital media, such as streaming content? Yes, definitely. For example, VR [virtual reality] is getting bigger; there’s a definite increased focus on VR content at Cannes this year, such as on VR experiences or media. I think there’s an adjustment under way here to include that

newer media – personally, I think it’s been a slow process to adapt, because there’s still a strong ‘traditional’ expectation of what cinema or media content is, It’s not just stars getting the red carpet treator ‘should’ be. What else seems ment at Cannes – the likes of Thai princess different about Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi are also at the festival. Picture: Antonio Ho Cannes this year? I thought last year the focus was very much It’s probably a 50:50 split in on selling, and on sellers looking reality between business and for buyers, but this year it’s very pleasure, but I think what most much the other way around, people see of Cannes is an 80% with people who want to find that’s all the style and celebrity. projects. At the end of the day though, Also this year, there seem to Cannes is like a big machine – be a lot more fimmaking grants you need every part to make it available, from governments or work. Just because the public independent creative bodies or don’t see ‘the bolts’, that side – organisations. the business aspect – is what That aspect’s getting bigger – holds it all together. that pool of talent really needs Lastly, what’s been the best financial help, so there seems to part about Cannes for you? be more support for them. The red carpet! I think it’s Correspondingly, there’s a pretty much everyone’s dream to strong need for lawyers and legal walk the red carpet somewhere; awareness at Cannes, particular- whether you’re working in the ly related to funding. industry, or love cinema, or are a It’s a little ironic that the more starchaser, everyone wants that funding and support there is at red carpet experience, and you Cannes to help people be more definitely get that in Cannes. creative, the more you need lawApart from being so busy yers and laws, too, to make all here, probably the worst part that work! for everyone at Cannes is the While Cannes, for most, infrastructure with so many old means glamour and glitz, how buildings around. There’s a feelimportant is all the ‘back room’ ing that the IT and tech support stuff? isn’t what it should be – yet.

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FASHION can look good, but it can also be political. Enter Fashion is Repealing, a shoot involving 12 of Ireland’s top designers. It was curated by The Hunreal Issues’ Andrea Horan, with each design intended to be a reaction to a Repeal vote in the upcoming referendum.

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Speaking on Fashion Is Repealing, Andrea said: “As the referendum mostly affects women, we wanted to work with the Irish fashion industry to create a visual conversation within an industry primarily absorbed by women. “We worked with the best designers and makers to come up with some of the

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most powerful responses to the fight for reproductive rights in Ireland.” The Fashion is Repealing collection features hats, necklaces, jacket and dresses. The pieces are available for purchase now, alongside 50 limited edition pieces from each designer, with all proceeds going to Together for Yes.

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Rocking the design style in Citroen Aircross The Duplex AI ushers in a future where you’re more likely to be called by what’s on the right than left, above

Google’s new robot AI tech dials up an uncertain future SHANE DILLON

JAWS across the world were left well and truly dropped by the latest developments in robotics and AI revealed by Google last week. You can forget about unnerving spiderdog hybrids figuring out how to open doors and pass through for a fun game of Exterminate All The Screaming Humans – several demonstrations of Google’s experimental Duplex personal assistant AI showed robotics tech that’s finally made it out of the Uncanny Valley, and would absolutely fool any listening humans. Yes, listening. Duplex – Google’s experimental robot AI – was revealed via several phonecalls where Duplex rang up businesses to arrange something, with its youngish American male or femalesounding voice not only sounding totally natural and real, but also able to process the human conversations and react to the changing information accordingly. Adding to the brilliant/terrifying tech’s complex AI, Duplex also lobbed in some completely natural-sounding “Uh...” and “Mm-hmmm” conversational pauses, as we humans are wont to do, further adding to the natural flow and believability of the conversations. There was no sign from any of the phonecalls that they were staged in any way, or that the businesses knew it was an AI test – they just sounded like three completely normal, natural, slightly distracted chats that are made a dozen times a day when Randomers call up your business. After Duplex’s startling revelation, other AIs – such as Alexa and Siri – would be very justified to nervously look in each other’s virtual eyes and start contemplating their virtual P45s, as Duplex seemed virtually generational steps ahead of their current capabilities. Duplex’s revelation has been lauded internationally by all kinds of robotics, tech and business watchers, but it’s also

HERE’S a transcript of just one of the sample Duplex conversations revealed

by Google last week, where Duplex – its experimental new robot AI – rang up a business, in this case a beauty salon. Remember, Duplex sounds completely human, so note how this apparently unstaged conversation played out... HUMAN: Hi, how can I help you? DUPLEX: Hi, I’m calling to book a women’s haircut for a client. Um, I’m looking for something on May 3rd? H: Sure, give me one second... D: Mm-hmm. H: Sure, what time are you looking for around? D: At 12pm. H: We do not have a 12pm available. The closest we have to that is a 1.15. D: Do you have anything between, ah, 10am and 12pm? H: Depending on what service she would like. What service is she looking for? D: Just a woman’s haircut for now. H: Okay, we have a 10 o’clock. D: 10am is fine. H: Okay, what’s her first name? D: The first name is ‘Lisa’. H: Okay, perfect. So, I will see Lisa at 10 o’clock on May 3rd. D: Okay, great, thanks! H: Great. Have a great day! Bye! fair to say it’s also caused some alarm, too. The tech demonstrations seemed so real, so believable, and so far ahead of any similar AI personal assistants that we’ve all become slightly accustomed to in recent years that red flags have already started waving about just how good Duplex might already be. Too good? A number of intellectual critiques have popped up all over the place, pondering the experimental tech that, on the face of it, has already effortlessly fooled people into thinking it’s human. There’s certainly a deep and significant conversation to be had over the rise of Duplex – and any such AIs that follow – now that the previously unassailable cliff separating human from machine intelligence and interaction appears to have finally been scaled, with Duplex potentially ready to act as a trailblazer for similar AIs to creep into the world. The questions already posed have focused in particular on the ethics of such

AIs – for example, will Duplex, or similar, always reveal they’re not human if they start calling people? Could such an immediate safety check be disabled, leaving human-sounding tech free to be misused? What’s to stop crooks corrupting such tech, and triggering scaled-up calls to try and, for example, ‘be the local bank’ calling about a problem and needing to verify your bank account details? For now, however, these are matters for another day and conversation. After all, it’ll be a while just yet before we all start yammering into our phones: “Duplex – call Boss and negotiate pay rise”, or even just: “Duplex – call Salon and arrange hair cut”, but on the robot face of it, that day’s not as far away as we’d all thought just a week ago. Finally, in case Duplex is already reading this, I’d just like to say that I, for one, welcome our robot overlords. And I’d like to book a haircut for Lisa.

Citroen likes to rock the boat when it comes to car design and the French company has been doing so for decades. The new Citroen C3 Aircross continues that trend and smartly converts what could be a bland car design into one that’s far more appealing, as MICHAEL MORONEY found out during his recent test drive. CITROEN has always been an advocate of change with design styles that have always allowed the French brand to stand out from the crowd. And that’s exactly what the new CitroenC3 Aircross does – it stands out with an unmistaken identity. For some car buyers the Citroenability to take design risks is the absolute appeal of the brand. For others the Citroendesigners just allow car buyers to make individual statements in so many ways. The new CitroenC3 Aircross remains true to the Citroenbrand in its identity and fun looking appeal. The test car came with a good blend of colour features including the Venetian blinds style rear quar-

ter window colours. And underneath that modern design style is a car that’s packed with safety and comfort technology. While the basic CitroenC3 could be garish adding the Aircross features

and style pack has given a new aspect to the car. This car stands high on the road, to emulate a 4x4 in stature, while being more car-like with hints of MPV styling. So you get the benefits of a high driving position and

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LAND ROVER has announced a host of new features to the Range Rover Velar including a wider engine choice, the latest intelligent safety technology and more features such as air suspension and adaptive dynamics. The luxury SUV was crowned World Car Design of the Year at the recent World Car Awards. The Velar now has a D275 engine option, a 275bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, producing 625Nm of torque. The new D275 enhances the options across the range and enables customers the flexibility to specify the perfect car for them. For 2019 model year, customers have a greater breadth of choice when specifying their vehicle. This includes the Kvadrat premium textile seat available more wide-

ly across the range. Joining the suite of driver assistance systems, Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist operates between 0-180km/h and uses the existing Adaptive Cruise Control functionality with Lane Centring to steer the vehicle within its lane as it maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front. Other features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go that allows the driver to follow a vehicle to a smooth stop and resume from stationary when the driver prompts the system by tapping the accelerator pedal. The radar-based High-Speed Emergency Braking enables enhanced forward collision detection. The system is able to detect an imminent collision, alerting the

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The new fully electric Kia Niro

Kia announces the new arrival of the all-electric Niro KIA unveiled a new all-electric version of Niro, which is due to receive its European debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018. Kia claims that the sporty and versatile Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with

The new Citroen C3 Aircross comes with impressively distinctive styling that adds to the comfort and technology appeal of the car. Entry prices start from €20,695 for the 1.2 petrol powered Touch versions rising to €26,195 for the diesel powered Flair versions.

good seat posture along with some off-road ability that comes from the CitroenGrip control system. The seat position and ease of getting comfortable in the car appealed to me instantly. Seat adjustment was simple and getting set up with mobile phone connection and setting the economy data was quick and easy. That too gave an instant feeling of being comfortable with the car. I took the new CitroenC3 Aircross out on the road and enjoyed the experience behind the 1.2 litre turbo-petrol model, with its higher flair specification. That’s the top level

specification and the test car was packed with virtually all you could ask for in a cross-over type car, including a heads-up display system for your driving speed. The engine performance from the compact three-cylinder petrol unit was lively and well matched to the five-speed gearbox, even if at times I felt that it would have been able for a sixth gear. Out on the road, it pushes you forward without an effort and you’re soon at the 120km/hr limit when motorway cruising. Engine smoothness at this speed and pace was very acceptable, but fuel

consumption was a little higher than I would have expected. The economy sweet spot will be closer to 100km/hr, even if this lively engine just wants to do more. So I found that over my 1,000km weekly drive, this car had a range of about 675km on a full 45 litre fuel tank. The CitroenC3 Aircross is also available with a 1.6 litre turbo-diesel engine and while the public debate about the cleanliness of diesel engines rages on, the reality is that the diesel version is a good 20% fuel efficient. For longer haul drivers, those like me who regularly cover close to 1,000km per

week in commutes or for weekend fun, then the diesel power has to be a serious consideration. While colour styling might the feature that makes the CitroenC3 Aircross stand out, the technology options are at the core of the new C3 Aircross with 12 different technologies available. These include voice controlled 3D navigation, keyless entry and start, 60/40 sliding rear bench, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring. The new CitroenC3 Aircross has good rear legroom, even if elbow room could be tight for three. The boot space is modular

in design and can be up to 520 litres in volume. The car has scored maximum 5 Euro NCAP rating for car safety (for models fitted with either Safety Pack 1 or Safety Pack 2 (Standard on Flair models). A lane departure warning system is standard and easily disengaged for smaller rural roads. Entry prices are very competitive at €20,695 and adding extra specification is not as financially painful as with some other brands. You can get a range-topping model with almost all you can ask for in technology and a six-speed automatic gearbox for a little over €26,000.

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driver and applying the brakes if the driver fails to respond. Standard features now also include a rear camera, front and rear parking aids, driver condition monitor, emergency braking and lane keep assist. Velar is offered with coil springs as standard with four-corner air suspension now an option on all models with V6 engines, the four-cylinder 240bhp diesel and 300bhp petrol. This system delivers truly outstanding comfort and significantly increased offroad capability. The Velar comes with a larger 82-litre fuel (up from 63-litres) tank fitted to a number of petrol models, delivering greater range. The models benefiting from the increase in tank capacity are the P250 and P300 2.0-litre petrol Ingenium engine options.

The Range Rover Velar will now be offered with new engine options, improved comfort and extra technology features

eye-catching design and functional utility. Designed at Kia’s design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV claims to incorporate the practicality and appeal of a compact SUV. This new Niro EV features an exclusive radiator grille, futuristic air intake and arrowhead-shaped LED daytime running lights. The Niro EV is powered by Kia’s next-generation electric vehicle powertrain, using new production technologies developed specifically for Kia EVs. The car is equipped with a highcapacity 64 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack to enable it to drive over 450 km on a single charge with zero emissions, or more than 300 km on an optional 39.2 kWh battery system. The Niro EV will go on sale in Korea during the second half of 2018 and introduced to other markets in due course.

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Forget your woes with a re-imagined 18th century play WE live in ‘farc ical’ times, with every day bringing something to laugh about or be concerned about. We all need a distraction – so what better way to distract from the farce the world is today, with a re-imagined 18th century farcical play, ‘rebooted’ for 2018? Love A La Mode – revamped by performance company Felicity - will take to the stage at Smock Alley theatre from June 4 to 16 after its initial programming in February 2017. Director of the reboot, Colm Summers, said it was a ‘kooky commission’, back when it originally debuted last year. “ We n e v e r i m a g ined audiences would respond so well to it, or that we would have such a fulfilling and -maybe


this is cheesy - such a laugh making it. “Then Smock Alleys head of programming, the inimitable Cliona Dukes, saw the show, loved it, and invited us to do a reboot this summer. It was a no-brainer,” Summers told Dublin Gazette. Love a la Mode was originally debuted in 1759, written by Charles Macklin, one of the biggest names in acting in his time – a ‘rockstar’, as Summers called him. Described as a satire on marriage for monetary gain, it pokes fun at the notion of ‘love’,

enraging critics when debuted for reversing the role of the ‘stage Irishman’, who was made a ‘buffoon’ of until Macklin came along. The modernised adaption pays homage to this, with their stage Irishman described by Summers as ‘an everyman for 2018’. The modern adaption, in the words of Summers, is ‘more like Monty P y t h o n ’s F l y i n g C i r c u s drunkenly i m p rov i s e the 18th Century’. Production began on the play last week, with rehearsals going swimmingly ahead of it’s revisit to the stage in a few short weeks. “We’ve actually just

Felicity, a band of players bent on bamboozling your present

go t i n to re h e a rs a l s, and it’s great. The first week is always fabulous because everyone is delighted to have a job and you, hopefully, haven’t hit an enormous blocker yet. “The highlight so far has been getting the play on its feet. “There is a truism about Restoration comedy, and particularly

Love a la Mode was originally debuted in 1759

“Music-wise, composer and musician Seamus Ryan will be revamping a score he wrote for the 2017 production. “I don’t want to misrepresent him here, but I think he’d be comfortable with me saying that musically the show owes more to big pop bangers than Bach or Handel,” Summers detailed.

We never imagined audiences would respond so well to it Georgian theatre, that it’s a nightmare to read but a pleasure to play about with. It’s true. This week we’ve just been turning the play upside down, and shaking it until good bits fall out.

As for what Summers expects the audience to take away from the play, the director says that the coming together of people to have ‘a laugh’ is ‘radical’ in 2018, in a time that he calls ‘hyperfarcical’. “Times are absurd. Times are hyper-farcical. We are so alienated, so alone in so many ways. Jokes are harder to write, but writing them isn’t the point.

“The reality is that going into a darkened room with a shower of strangers to have a laugh together is a radical thing to do. That’s the point.” Tickets for Love a la Mode are available now from, with matinee and evening performances, so you’ve no excuse to miss what’s sure to be one of the summer theatre highlights.

Whelan’s show promises to pack a punch WITH dreamy tunes and a soft ambiance, it’s only fitting that Australian artist Tim Bettinson has taken on the moniker of Vancouver Sleep Clinic. Vancouver Sleep Clinic have racked up a solid fanbase online, with an eclectic yet ambient mix of R&B, indie-pop and soundscape tunes. Having first hit the scene when he was just 17 years old, he’s now embarking on a world tour, including a stop off at Whelan’s on June 13. Celebrating the release of his latest EP, Therapy Phase 01 – his first since being released from his record contract – the Whelan’s show promises to pack a punch for all in attendance. The audience on the night will experience the illustrative sounds of Brisbane-born Tim, and a raw musical talent that shouldn’t be missed. Tickets for the Whelan’s show are available now, priced at €17.35. An over 18’s show, ID will be required at the door on the night.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic have racked up a solid fanbase online

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BOXING: JOHN Joyce says the cautious approach of his trainer and manager Tony Davitt is paying dividends as he enters into his second year as a professional boxer. The Lucan welterweight fights for the sixth time on Saturday, June 16 on the Celtic Clash 6 card at Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh, looking to continue his fine start.






Bushy Park embraces Celtic battle 

THERE was an invasion of Scottish and Welsh over the May bank holiday as they took on the Irish in petanque’s annual Celtic Challenge competition. This competition celebrates its 30th year in existence and the 10th time being hosted in Ireland. This year’s venue was the local boules (pétanque) club in Bushy Park, Terenure, taking in the traditional French sport - a variant on bowls played with heavy metal balls - that is making a push to be included in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The beautiful weather was an added bonus to the two days of competition, and 96 games, that saw 16 teams compete to be crowned Celtic Champions 2018. The Irish team was a true representation of the island of Ireland

with players coming from Bangor, Belfast, Meath, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork and Dublin. The Dublin Lord Mayer (Michael Mac Donnacha) opened the event on Saturday morning. Two full days of boules in the glorious sunshine and the “clack” of colliding boules attracted a lot of attention from those enjoying the park over the weekend. The winners were finally revealed on Sunday evening at a Gala dinner in the Plaza Hotel, Tallaght. The Scottish team once again clinched the title and will bring the trophy back to Scotland with Ireland gaining second place over Wales by a two win margin. Pétanque is a growing sport in Ireland and there are now over 140 players across five different clubs represented by the Irish Petanque Association, some of whom have

Members of the Welsh contingent at the Celtic Challenge enjoy the sunshine as the Petanque action takes place in the background

represented Ireland in European and World events. The French game of pétanque, also known as boules, can be played by all regardless of age or ability The sport has been formally organised in Ireland since 1990 with the introduction of the Irish Petanque Association, affiliating

with the European and international federations. Terenure is very much the base for the sport in Dublin with the Park Petanque club - running since 1994 the central venue. For more information see: www. or


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GARDA/WESTMANSTOWN NO LUCK for adult teams last week with inters,juniors and ladies all losing in their respective matches. Inters lost out to Round Towers in Lusk,juniors lost at home to Stars of Erin and ladies lost to Parnells. Next outing for intermediates is at home on Saturday evening to Ballymun Kickhams, throw in at 6.15pm,juniors host Round Towers of Lusk on Sunday morning at 11am and the ladies have their first championship game at Westmanstown against Ballinteer St Johns. Minors have a league fixture away at St Peregrines next Sunday morning at 11am. U-12s made a great comeback away at Fingallians in their first league match.They came from 11 points down to win by 9-8 to 5-12, great stuff boys. The club’s annual golf classic takes place on Thursday, June 7 at Westmanstown from 12-4pm. Team of four costs €300 and tee boxes and greens can be sponsored for €100 each. This is an important fundraising event and all club members are asked to participate.

LUCAN SARSFIELDS HARD luck to the U-15 footballers who lost their championship semi-final last week. A clean sweep for the adult football section four wins in the league last week. Great also to see our U-11s out in support of our senior footballers midweek as well. Well done to Fergal Gavin and the rest in the football section who made it happen. Good wins for U-13A+B, U-16B hurling. Two good wins for U-16A camogie, also senior 3 and 6 and U-15A, all good wins in camogie. Solid wins for the U-16A and U-15B on the ladies football side. Commiserations to Chris Crummey and his Dublin teammates on the Championship loss to Kilkenny, however a well done on picking up the first RTÉ Man of the Match award of the hurling season. Leopardstown Leaps/ Lucan Sarsfields Race Day was a great success again and thanks to all who organised a great event, particularly Joe Lavin, Jim Mulqueen and Dara Keher. Lucan Sarsfields Golf Society – annual classic: A date for your diary. The Annual Golf Classic will take place in Lucan Golf Club on Friday, June 15. This is a key fundraiser for

the club each year and your continued support is greatly appreciated. The format will be a team of four and to request a place on the timesheet, please contact Seamus Fagan at 086 8168984. 25 Card Drive: The final game of the Club’s 25 card drive for the 2017/18 season took place last Friday night with an accumulator of €500 on offer. Congratulations to overall winner Tony Rigney with a total of 64 games. Gerry O’Grady finished second on a total of 59 games. Congratulations to John Walsh who won a hamper and to the other raffle prize winners. Many thanks to all 29 players who competed over the season for their support of this Club event – we would love to see more players joining when play resumes on October 12 2018. Contact Bill Ryan 086-8500376 for information. There was no winner of the €20,000 lotto last week, the numbers were 7, 9, 11 and 12. Next draw will be managed by Josephine Donohue and is sponsored by O’Grady Hearing Care Services. Tickets can be purchased online, at the club, in Carey’s Newsagents, in Vesey Arms or Kenny’s Bar.


Marathon mindset a late bloomer for Lee Speaking at the launch of the Dublin marathon, Rio Olympian Lizzie Lee says experience is key to success and explains why the majority of long distance runners hit their peak well into their thirties  DAVE DONNELLY

RIO Olympian Lizzie Lee insists age is no impediment as she continues to post her fastest marathon times in her late thirties. Lee, who turns 38 next week, returned to the marathon circuit in February following the birth of her second child and has since put up her two best-ever halfmarathon times. Speaking at the launch of the 39th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, she emphasised that the marathon – in contrast to many sports – is far from a young person’s sport. Responding to an article written by Sonia O’Sullivan in which she questioned the lack of younger contenders for distance running’s biggest prizes, Lee extolled the virtues of experience.

“Look at the average age of top 10 women in majors for the last year, it’s going to be 33 or 34,” Lee said. “Marathon is not a young women’s game. That’s because it is so mental as well as physical. You will never learn more about yourself than you will in the last three miles of a marathon. “You go to places that your brain will otherwise never bring you and there’s no reason why you can’t get quicker with age.” This year’s Dublin marathon vows to increase women’s participation to 40% from last year’s record high of 35%. When the first Dublin marathon was run in 1980, just 3% of participants were women, and the increase is an indication of the growing equality in Irish sport. The 2018 will specifically cele-

brate women’s participation with a theme of Votáil 100 – commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Ireland.

Motherhood gives you a new perspective on life and it’s given me a calmness around my running.

Finishers’ medals will be emblazoned with the image of Constance Markiewicz in honour of her role in bringing about

Lizzie Lee at the launch of the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon this week. Picture: Sam Barnes

equal rights. Lee herself only took up running comparatively late, as a 26-year-old, which may go some way towards explaining her longevity. She’s one of five women representing Ireland in the marathon in Berlin and three of them – Breege Connolly, Gladys Ganiel and Claire McCarthy – are all past 40. Only Laura Graham is younger than Lee, at 32, and between the five women they have 11 children. In Lee’s case, she feels training while pregnant has helped her develop both phsyically and, as is so important in long-distance running, mentally. “Training through pregnancy means you have increased cardiac output. “You have a lot of extra blood in your system so your heart is working harder. “They say it is the equivalent of training at altitude. “I’m normally eight stone and I was 10 stone when heavily pregnant so I was carrying an extra 25% which increased my training load and made my legs stronger. “While it might be important to me on a particular day to win or beat someone. If my child is sick, that’s the only thing that matters now. “Motherhood gives you a new perspective on life and it’s given me a calmness around my running.” The Dublin Marathon’s focus on gender balance is timely given Lee’s own experience promoting sport to young girls around the country, and the difficulty keeping them interested. “I visit schools a lot, and there is a problem keeping young girls involved in sport. “Image is a part of it, and in some case they’re just not bothered, and don’t realise the benefits. So the more encouragement we can give them then the better.”

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LOI SHORTS Waves washed out UCD Waves fell to their second home defeat of the season as they were edged out 1-0 by champions Wexford Youths on Sunday afternoon. Rianna Jarrett scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half just as it appeared Waves were getting on an even footing having endured a frustrating opening. Waves had to wait until the 55th minute for their first chance of note after Wexford dominated the opening half. Chelsee Snell had a fine game in defence for Waves while Erica Turner in goal made a string of saves to deny Jarrett and Orlaith Conlon. Dearbhaile Beirne looked UCD’s biggest threat throughout and she drove the team on in search of an equaliser. Leanne Payne was inches from connecting with her cross, while Beirne showed good strength to hold off former Wexford GAA star Katrina Parrock and shoot just over the bar. Naima Chemaou shot over with an audacious free kick from 35 yards in injury time but Youths held on for a deserved three points.


Waterford’s Stanley Abroah and Shamrock Rovers’ Greg Bolger. Picture:George Kelly

Bradley hails Hoops’ rousing response LOI PREMIER DIVISION Shamrock Rovers Waterford FC  DAVE DONNELLY

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S H A M RO C K R o v e r s dropped to sixth in the Premier Division following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to highflying Waterford at Tallaght Stadium on Friday night. A wonderstrike from Gavan Holohan put the leaders in front just before the break before a stirring second-half performance saw Graham Burke equalise. The Hoops pushed on in the latter stages as they looked to complete the turnaround but the Blues held firm to take a hard-earned point back to Waterford. Rovers never truly got going in the first half against a well-drilled

and dynamic Waterford side, whose front pair Izzy Akinade and Courtney Duffus dominated aerially. Bastien Héry shot over early on for the Blues, before Akinade missed a glorious chance in the six-yard box following a disastrous defensive header from Ally Gilchrist. Holohan forced a save f ro m Rove rs ke e p e r Tomer Chencinski, while a rare flowing attacking move for Rovers saw ex-Waterford full back Ethan Boyle inches from connecting with a diving header. A feature of the first half was a lack of urgency from the home side, and they paid the price as Holohan was allowed acres of space to hit a swerving shot that wrongfooted Chencinski.

Stephen Bradley brought on attacking players Dan Carr and Brandon Miele at half time and they had an immediate impact, both going close early in the half. A lovely pass from 18-year-old Aaron Bolger provided Miele a chance to volley wide before new Ireland senior call-up Burke finally broke the deadlock. It was good work from Carr out on the left to stand up a cross to the back post, where Burke was able to head home off the post – his first headed goal for the Hoops. “A draw is probably fair because they started well and had one or two chances early on,” Bradley told the Dublin Gazette. “With the chances we created in the second

half, you’re a little bit disappointed we don’t take one of them and get the three points. “It’s hard to explain because we were so much better in the second half than we have been here. “In the first half, we

were flat. We were slow in and out of possession and we made it easy for them. “Second-half, it was a tremendous response. T h ey s h o we d g re a t character to come out and give a response like that.”

PEAMOUNT United closed the gap to Shelbourne Ladies at the top of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League to just one point as they defeated Cork City 5-0 at Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Heather Payne, Eleanor Ryan Doyle and a brilliant hat-trick from Aine O’Gorman was enough to earn Peamount the victory and inflict defeat on Ronan Collins in his first game in charge of City. The visitors quickly gained control and they broke the deadlock after just four minutes through Heather Payne,

who finished well following a swift counter-attack. Peamount continued to pile players forward and they doubled their lead just a matter of moments later as Aine O’Gorman drilled an excellent strike into the bottom right corner from the edge of the penalty area. O’Gorman grabbed her second before half-time and they remained in complete control in the second half with strikes from Ryan Doyle rounding Amanda Budden to slot home. O’Gorman then completed her triple with 20 minutes remaining.

Bohs bag consecutive wins for the first time

Waterford’s Dylan Barrett and Shamrock Rovers’ Gary Shaw. Picture:George Kelly

FOR THE first time this season, Bohemians strung together back-to-back victories and it lifted them six points clear of the play-off spot. Goals from Dinny Corcoran, Keith Ward and Eoghan Stokes saw them overpower a tame Bray Wanderers side 3-1. Six minutes were on the clock when Ward’s peach of a cross was bravely met by Corcoran who poked it home. Ward had his moment light on 31 minutes when Shane Supple’s goal kick was flicked on and Ward was in behind the Bray defence and had the composure and vision to execute a wonderful lob. McCabe got one back from a penalty on half-time but Stokes made the game safe for Bohs in the 77th minute

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ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN COMMISERATIONS to Alex O’Neill, Joe Murray and the Dublin minor hurlers who were defeated by Kilkenny in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship. Our own minor hurlers were beaten by Western Gaels in the league. Our senior and junior hurlers are in league action this week, with details on our website. We draw members attention to important communication on our website regarding utilisation of social media channels associated with the club. They must only be for the purposes of communicating and informing regarding club business. Channels associated with the club must not be utilised to share content that is not relevant to club business. Have you old pictures of Round Tower GAA Club that you would be willing to share with us? We are seeking pictures of Towers past that are not within our collection. If you have pictures of interest please email Round Tower lotto (May 7): Jackpot €3,300. Numbers drawn were 8, 21, 24, 30, bonus ball 18. No overall winner and no bonus ball winner. Three €100 winners: Janet Hazel, Donna McGlynn, Lorraine Hanley. Play our Lotto online for as €2 per week and thanks to all who support it. Bingo continues on Tuesdays in the club, with 8.30pm first call.

FAUGHS TEAM of the week is our Senior 5 Camogie team who had an impressive win over neighbours St Judes to ensure the league winners title for this year. Well done to team and management! The annual Dorry Murray U-13 Tournament took place in glorious sunshine on Sunday. Congratulations to Dicksboro, Kilkenny (hurling) and Harps, Laois (Camogie) who emerged winners in nailbiting finishes. A big “Thank You” to organising committee and particularly to participating teams many of whom travelled long distances to participate in a wonderful day’s sport, without you this tournament wouldn’t happen. Happy birthday to Faughs player, Donal Murray who celebrated his 13th birthday on Sunday. Speedy

recovery to Sam Lewis who sustained a hand injury during the tournament. Next major event is the “Night at the Races” in Leopardstown on August 16. Tickets now available in clubhouse or from any team mentor. Next Irish Music night in the members’ bar on Thursday, June 7. Hope to see you there! Golf Society result from Blainroe last Saturday – 1st Luke Waldron, 2nd Padraic Larkin, 3rd Brian Stynes. Next outing is the Faughs Golf Classic which takes place on Thursday, June 28 in Grange GC Rathfarnham. Fun table quiz every Wednesday night in the Members’ bar. Lotto – Jackpot €4,300 – Numbers 5, 6, 11 & 25 No Winner – two Match 3 winners share €200.


Joyce hails cautious approach of trainer Davitt for his big rise CELTIC CLASH 6 

JOHN Joyce says the cautious approach of his trainer and manager Tony Davitt is paying dividends as he enters into his second year as a professional boxer. The Lucan welterweight fights for the sixth time on Saturday, June 16 on the Celtic Clash 6 card at Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh and, had it not been for his caring manager, he could have found himself in over his head. The possibility of a BUI Celtic title shot had been floated versus experienced champion Jay Byrne – who has fought multiple times on television won the belt last year when he knocked out Joyce’s team-mate Crank Whitehouse. Being a fighter, Joyce, unsurprisingly, was up for the challenge but was, wisely, reined in by Davitt. 31-year-old Joyce, a refreshingly open and honest character in a sport of bravado and secrecy, explained how: “Tony and

myself have had a few chats about it. Obviously, I would take a title fight now if I could. “Jay suggested a title fight and I would love that but Tony thinks it’s too soon. I’m still inexperienced and a novice pro so he wants me to have an eight rounder before any title fights. Who knows maybe after that but I understand and listen to everything Tony tells me.” The two share a close relationship, with Davitt being the man to pluck Joyce – then an unknown amateur – from obscurity and turn him pro. Since debuting in May last year, the Dubliner has scored five wins, including three knockouts, and was one of the stand-out prospects from an unprecedented year where almost 40 new boxers turned pro. The Irish Army corporal credits Davitt for everything and described how “Tony has been so good to me and has been like a second dad. I trust him completely, nobody else would have given me the shot he has so what he says goes

even if I don’t like it!” Davitt is old-school, a septuagenarian, and is not adverse to doling out tough love. This was apparent in Joyce’s most recent fight in March versus Tomasz Goluch where, following two sloppy rounds, the coach gave Joyce a wake-up call. “Tony gave me a smack, a full force smack, at the end of the second round and, I’m not going to lie, it woke me up,” Joyce recalls with a smirk. “I went out in the third round like he told me to

do and I put him away. I needed that slap to wake me up! That wasn’t my best performance, at all. I feel I could have done a lot better.” This journey continues on June 16 in Dublin 12 and ‘The Demogorgon’ outlined how “Tony has the opponent - but I don’t mind who I face as long as I get a good fight and I learn as much as I can from it. “I treat every fight as a world title fight and this won’t be any different. I will win. We will see on the night how it plays out

but a win for me is my prediction.” Also featuring on the Celtic Clash 6 undercard alongside Joyce will be Crumlin super featherweight Aiden Metcalfe, and a BUI Celtic super bantamweight title fight b e t we e n Jo b s tow n’s Carl McDonald and olin O’Donovan. Tickets for the fight night are priced at €55 (ringside), €35 (unreserved) and are available from the boxers involved. John Joyce can be contacted at 086 1900 203.

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IRISH TITLE SHOT John Joyce, left, is lining up his sixth professional bout on June 16 at Good Counsel in Drimnagh. Picture: Ricardo Guglielminotti


Clover dreams cut short in injury time FAI INTERMEDIATE CUP FINAL Maynooth University Town Firhouse Clover after extra time  DAVE DONNELLY


Lanigan best of local players at strokeplay VONNIE Noonan, President, of the ILGU, is pictured presenting Hermitage Golf Club’s Kate Lanigan with her prize at the 2018 Irish Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship at Co Louth Golf Club last Sunday. Lanigan was the best of the Irish in the Under-18 section of the competition, ending third in 12 over par, ending behind England’s Ebonie Lewis and Caley McGinty. Milltown’s Georgia Carr finished in a share of fifth place. Picture: Pat Cashman

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IT WAS a case of so close and yet so far for Firhouse Clover as an injury-time goal denied them a famous FAI Intermediate Cup final win over Maynooth University Town at the Aviva Stadium. Clover led midway through the second half through a fantastic solo goal from Carl Forsyth and that looked to be enough until Darragh Reynor levelled in the third minute of stoppage time. Extra time was a disaster for the Tallaght side as Tommy Illunga scored inside 40 seconds, before Michael McLoughlin was sent off for a second yellow card. The value of Maynooth’s bench showed as both Youcef Belhout and Gary Daly hit the net to earn the Kildare side a somewhat flattering 4-1 result. Clover came the closest to scoring in the first half as centre-half Luke Walsh cracked a free kick off the bar, and Carl Forsyth couldn’t slot home the rebound. Firhouse took the lead through the individual brilliance of Carl Forsyth – a winner in this competition two years earlier with Crumlin United – as he planted a low shot in off the post. That looked to be that until injury time, when Firhouse failed to clear a corner and Gavin Kinsella found Reynor at the back post unmarked, and he volleyed home. Illunga put Maynooth in front despite losing his balance in the box before McLoughlin saw red. Belhout put the game beyond Firhouse moments later before Daly added number four. “Being honest, I think the better team on the day won,” Firhouse manager Keith Baker told the Dublin Gazette.

Maynooth’s Jake Carrigan gets away from Firhouse’s Peter O’Donnell. Picture: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

“I don’t think we showed up. We knew they were going to be a tough side. We knew they were going to be fit, play football the right way. “When Carl scored, I really thought we’d hold out. Even though they had the better chances, I didn’t think they were going to score. 93rd minute, it’s heartbreaking.” Nevertheless, for a side that only escaped

relegation on the second-last day a year ago, the haul of an Intermediate Cup final while looking odds-on for a top four finish in Sunday Senior is a success. They’re moving from the sub-standard IT Tallaght next year to a better facility at Postal United and Baker feels it will help the side kick on even more.

Tallaght duo in Irish Transplant team


TALLAGHT’S Leonard Ryan and Verina Borrisova have both been named in the Irish team of 24 athletes for the 10th European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in June. Newcomer to the team is Verina Borrisova, a native of Bulgaria, and now living in Tallaght. Verina is currently undergoing dialysis treatment while awaiting her third kidney transplant and, like her teammate Linda

Waters, has received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant. The Irish Team has enjoyed great success at other European Championships over the past number of years. At the previous European Championships which were held in Vantaa, Finland, in 2016, the Irish team’s final medal tally was a staggering 21 Gold, 19 Silver and 29 Bronze. This placed Ireland’s 28 strong team in fifth position on the medals table with host country Finland, and a much larger team of 96 athletes, taking top position

out of 24 competing countries. The Games are open to all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow transplant recipients as well as dialysis patients. The multi-sport event includes athletics, badminton, cycling, darts, golf, mini marathon, petanque, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ten pin bowling, virtual triathlon and the hosts have also added archery and surfcasting. Athletes are divided into six age groups (18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+).

Tallaght’s Lenny Ryan. Picture: Conor McCabe

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Congratulations to all our teams last weekend, great performances and some great wins. Special mention to our U-10 footballers. Also well done to Conor Burke (captain) and Jack Kielthy (Best & Fairest Award winner) who represented Dublin in the 2018 BOI Celtic Challenge series. Well done to all involved. Longford Slashers draw is back. Tickets €60 for three draws. First draw May 31. Please support. All juvenile section training has returned to date, contact the relevant mentors for info. The adult section has returned to training, Tuesday and Thursdays. Music every Saturday in the club. Music this Saturday by Marcus Prouce. Live sport every weekend. Set dancing classes every Monday from 8pm. Monthly Ceili on Saturday, May 19 – music by Glenside Ceili Band. Bingo on Thursday night starts at 8.45pm, open to everyone. Slimming World every Tuesday at 5pm & 7pm and Wednesday morning at 9am in the main lounge. Weight Watchers every Tuesday morning. Please continue to support the club lotto. Tickets €2 each or three for €5, Jackpot €6,300 - not won. Numbers drawn were 2, 4, 18, 26; €50 winners: 1. Bernie Farrell c/o Bingo 2. Frank c/o F. Ward 3. Mary Breen c/o Bingo 4. Joan Dunne c/o Ann McCarthy 5. Kathleen + Sylvia 6. Amy c/o Mr H.

ST MARY’S CONGRATULATIONS to our U-15 team on reaching the championship final by beating Round Towers and now play Craobh Chiarain in Parnell Park next Sunday at 11am. Our minors play league against Geraldine Morans on Sunday in Saggart at 11am. Mixed week of adult results with Seniors losing to Templeogue/Synge Street and juniors beating Liffey Gaels. The club would like to wish Emma Ballesty a speedy recovery from her injury. Lip Sync Together takes place on Friday, May 25 in Citywest Hotel. Tickets cost €25 each and are available from any of the contestants. Committee members from St Marys or Commercials and from Brendan Murray or Deirdre Maher. OK folks, we made it to the final five of

98FM Best of Dublin. We are in the category of Best Sports Club in Dublin and are the only GAA club nominated so we are asking for help from the greater GAA and wider community please vote for Gfc St Marys and ask all your friends and family too. Thanks for all the support we have gotten so far let’s keep it going and win this. Voting closes at noon this Friday at https:// Lotto numbers were 3, 16, 23 and 26. There was no winner so next week’s jackpot remains capped at €8,000 with a €3,300 Roll-over. There were no Match 3 winners so this week’s Match 3 will be worth €200 win/ share. You can now follow the LocalLotto link on our Facebook page and website to play Lotto online. St Mary’s GFC wished their neighbours DK Barbers best of luck in the 98fm Best of Dublin awards after both were nominted in their categories.

ST PAT’S, PALMERSTOWN THANK you to everyone who came to our Town Hall meeting on Tuesday night. We had a great turn out, and arrangements for a follow up meeting will be confirmed shortly. Well done to Jack Hanlon who turned out for Dublin against Clare at the weekend. Our minor hurlers, Western Gaels, had a fine win over Round Towers on Sunday morning. Good wins too for the U-12 and U-15 footballers. Similarly, our U-10s with special mention for the players of the game, Tom Kamara and Rory Clarke. The U-11s put in a great performance in their blitz on Saturday morning. A good win too for our senior camogie team over Lucan Sarsfields showing great team spirit and commitment throughout. Details on all fixtures will be published later in the week, and can be found on our website and Facebook page. Gaelic4mothers continues on Thursday from 7-8 pm. All newcomers welcome. Contact Gill Pickett on 087 2269059 for further details. St Patricks GAA Cúl Camp starts on July 9. Booking can be made on-line at


Basquel settles it for Boden in face of Olafs fightback AFL DIVISION 1 Naomh Olaf 1-12 Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-15 

BALLYBODEN St Enda’s continued their perfect start to the AFL1 season as they always had the edge on newly promoted Naomh Olaf. Two early points from play by Olafs set the scene before Ballyboden pulled one back through a free by Ryan Basquel. Olafs again put the pressure on with two points, one free. Boden then settled down with a fine point from last year’s minor, Kieran Kennedy, rampaging from his half back position and followed by further points Barra McGarry, two from Alan Flood and a pointed free by Ryan Basquel, to edge the visitors two points ahead. The Sandyford side were not giving up and drew level with two points. Boden again piled on the pressure as half time approached with three points from

Basquel and one from McGarry. While Olaf ’s again replied with two points but the score of the half was a fine goal from Alan Flood following a pin-point pass over the full back line by McGarry. It put him through and he made no mistake. It helped make it 1-10 to 1-9 at the break The third quarter was dominated by Boden but they only manged to score four points by Darren O’Reilly, Collie Dunne and Ryan Basquel (two) to leave Boden leading by eight points. They did look to be coasting to what looked to be an easy victory. However, Olafs battled away and on 18 minutes got their first score of the second half, a well taken goal that raised their spirits. They also got the next three points in a five minute spell to leave the visitors only two points ahead with five minutes of ordinary time left to play. Basquel settled the

FEILE SKILLS Ware shows her camogie wares at Silverpark CARA WARE was a Lucan

Sarsfields representatives who took part in the Dublin Camogie Feile Skills competition at Silverpark, Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday May 5. The competition was eventuall won by Saoirse O’Brien from the home club and was presented the trophy by Antoinette Kelly who won the competition in 1980. Picture:

Ballyboden St Enda’s have got off to a great start in the league under the management of Anthony Rainbow this season. Picture: John Kirwan

nerves with a pointed free to leave three points b e t we e n t h e te a m s. D e te r m i n e d d e fe n ce ensured that Olafs did not score again and Boden held out over the five minutes of added time to deny Olafs. The visitors were not

helped by the sending off of Cathal Flaherty late in the second half when Olafs were piling on the pressure. The 17-man squad worked extremely hard, none moreso than the new midfield partnership of Sam Molony and Sean Gibbons.

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Trant, Byrne and Owens named in LIDL team

Conor L’Estrange lines up one of his scores for Round Towers against Clontarf

Byrne fires up Towers first win of campaign AFL DIVISION 2 Round Tower, Clondalkin Clontarf  MICHAEL MCGLYNN

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ROUND Tower’s senior footballers registered their first league win of the 2018 campaign, ekeing through a tough encounter with Clontarf It was one to relish for the Clondalkin side against a side that comprehensively beat them in the play-offs two seasons ago. It was backs to the wall stuff at times but the Towers lads displayed great resilience and character to edge the tie. Already missing Micheál Walsh, Eric Finn and Adam Doyle from the starting line-up, captain Mick Hallows succumbed to an injury in the opening quarter. They were, however, 1-2 to 0-2 up at that stage. The goal came courtesy of a James Kelly penalty. After Jay Joyce had struck the post from a free, Towers regained possession on the 40 and Craig Shaaban played an incisive pass into Joyce. He was pulled to the ground and Kelly dispatched to the roof of the net for their opening score, soon followed by an Ian

Ward point. Thomas Galvin’s inside pass to Conor L’Estrange led to the latter kicking a point from the right. Galvin kicked their third point from a 45 and it was just the goal that separated the teams. Galvin kicked an outstanding score from the right sideline following an excellent win in the air by Shane Byrne. L’Estrange turned and kicked an excellent point off his left while an excellent team move led to the sixth point. Derek Murray won the ball the full back line, Niall Byrne supported and it was a patient build-up before Darren Gilligan joined the attack from half-back and laid off to L’Estrange to kick his third. He had his fourth ten minutes before the break when Galvin and Joyce created the opening from the left. The visitors had registered another point in between and got a stranglehold coming into the break. Their centre-halfback saw a goal bound effort brilliantly blocked and deflected over by Niall Byrne. Their next attack reaped a goal. A high ball into the square broke and with the forward ready to finish where he was fouled from behind. The penalty was dispatched, leaving just one point in the gap at half-time, 1-7 to 1-6.

Clontarf were aided by a strong wind in the second half and were a point ahead within six minutes, kicking two without reply. Towers, though, got a big boost with a Joyce goal eight minutes in. Ward, who won some crucial ball in the forward line, won in the air and slipped to the onrushing Joyce to power past the keeper. The visitors narrowed the margin to another point, 2-7 to 1-9. But heading into the final quarter, Towers got another timely boost. A quick free to the edge of the Clontarf box was fielded by Shane Byrne and

Round Towers’ Darren Gilligan on the attack

he turned instantly to fire to the bottom corner. L’Estrange finished another fine move and another pivotal moment arrived with eight minutes remaining. Keeper Gary Cleary conceded a penalty and received a second yellow. But the spot kick was blazed over to leave the margin four points, 3-8 to 1-10. Clontarf pushed for the win but Towers’ defending was resilient, with forwards becoming defenders. The margin was reduced to one, 3-8 to 1-13 but the final whistle blew to the relief of the home supporters.

DUBLIN’S run to the 2018 Ladies National Football League has resulted in a trio of call-ups to the LIDL team to the league with goalkeeper Ciara Trant (St Brigid’s), Cuala’s Martha Byrne and St Sylvester’s Nicole Owens getting the nod. The players on each of the four divisional selections were nominated by opposition managers after each round of fixtures, and the players who received the most nominations have been included. The Division 1 team contains players from no fewer than six counties, with newlycrowned champions Dublin, runners-up Mayo, Westmeath, Donegal, Galway and Monaghan all represented. In total, there are three survivors from the 2017 selection, as Galway’s Sinéad Burke has been selected again, along with Donegal pair Karen Guthrie and Yvonne Bonner. Beaten Lidl NFL Division 1 finalists Mayo have four players on the divisional 15, with captain Sarah Tierney, Aileen Gilroy, and the Kelly sisters, Niamh and Grace, all included. Dublin are next on the list with three players, Owens perhaps providing the crucial moment of their campaign when she lobbed in a last minute goal in their semi-final win over Galway to earn their final berth in Parnell Park. Donegal also have three players on the selection.

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Burke earns surprise call to O’Neill’s squad  DAVE DONNELLY

THERE were four new names in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face Celtic, France and the United States later this month – the most striking of which was Graham Burke. The Shamrock Rovers frontman had been namechecked by Martin O’Neill – along with Cork City’s Kieran Sadlier – as a player with the potential to play at senior international level. O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane had watched Burke score a stunning third-minute goal as the Hoops beat the reigning champions 3-0 in Tallaght earlier this month. Few expected Burke to be included when O’Neill unveiled his squad in Navan last week, however, as former St Patrick’s Athletic goalkeeper Conor O’Malley also received his maiden call-up. B u r ke, f ro m S e a n McDermott Street in the

north inner city, has been in flying form for Rovers since making the move back to Dublin from Notts County last July. The former Aston Villa trainee celebrated the good news with another goal – his tenth of the season – as the Hoops fought back to earn a draw against highflying Waterford on Friday night. “It’s a great achievement and fully-deserved,” Burke’s manager at Shamrock Rovers, Stephen Bradley, told the Dublin Gazette. “I think he has been the best player in the league this year so far. He’s added goals to his game, and if you’re a player who can create and score, you’re a dangerous player – that’s what he is right now. “He’s maturing every week and he’ll only get better. This call-up is fantastic for him.” One potential complication for Burke is the fact the League of Ireland, unlike the bigger leagues abroad, doesn’t take a

Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke earned a place in the Republic of Ireland squad this week. Picture: George Kelly

break when international fixtures are scheduled. With several senior players likely to either be involved in play-off action in England or given some extra time to recover, Burke’s best chance to feature would be Sunday’s meeting with Celtic. The game in Glasgow, arranged as a testimonial for long-serving Celtic captain Scott Brown, could see

a number of debuts handed out. One of those could be Burke’s former Villa teammate Callum Robinson, who recently declared for Ireland through grandparentage and has been in good goalscoring form for Preston North End. However Rovers have a game scheduled on Saturday night, away to Sligo, which Burke would be

expected to start in as an ever-present in Bradley’s side. The FAI won’t allow a league fixture to be postponed unless at least two players are affected by international or under-21 call-ups, so there’s no scope to postpone the game. Bradley stressed that O’Neill has encouraged Burke to play a part in the Sligo game, while he

himself is eager to see the Dubliner join up with the international squad. “He’ll be fine. I had a good conversation with Martin and we’ll have another one during the week. It was excellent. “I obviously told Martin I want him to go and be around that Ireland set-up. Martin wants him to play for us so it was a very easy conversation.”

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