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Editor’s letter There’s been more ruckus at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, but in contrast to last year, when residents staged a protest, this week it was the turn of staff. Allegations have been made of threatening behaviour against staff by the centre’s residents, and as odious as that may be, some of the responses from the people of Cork concerning the centre’s population have been just as bad. A tiny, tiny minority of Cork people are content to make racial slurs about the men, women and children who live at the centre. Hopefully, nobody is listening to that sort of ignorant nonsense. A few more people, though, are under misapprehensions about what exactly passes for “a day in the life” of the people there, or the conditions they’re living in. I’d like to dispel some of the stories about life at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre, because unlike most of you, I’ve been there. I’ve seen it. Take it from me: it’s very, very far from being a holiday camp. Late last year, when the resident staged their protests, I spent a few hours being shown around the living quarters there. It was harrowing. I wrote a long, long piece about it but as it happens it was never published, because before we went to print that week the dispute was resolved. Here are a few of the highlights: “It is, and I write this without hyperbole, one of the worst places I have ever seen in Ireland…Counted, herded, regulated and controlled, the people here live their lives with no freedom, no self determination, no privacy, no hint of normality. They are afforded no dignity, indeed they are denigrated, but yet they remain dignified. I don’t think I would have the fortitude. They will show me the tiny, garishly-lit bedrooms and the long lists of rules and regulations. They will tell me a little about their lives before they fled Africa in the hopes of something more. They will show me the disgusting, stark, bare, dirty room where a tiny fridge and a dented microwave are set aside for the communal use of 24 people. I’m struck by the grim, angular horror of the rooms. Hard lino, straight edges, low ceilings and the unrelenting white blast of flourescent lights. Three single beds almost atop one another. Small plywood lockers for clothes, a little extra space under and around the beds for whatever the inmates accrue over the course of their long years here. Small, cramped and chaotic. The long, shiny corridors are full of doors to rooms like these.” I could (and did) go on, and I’m glad to report that as you can read in our pages, conditions for the inmates have improved measurably since then. But please, don’t believe anyone who tells you that it’s a laugh riot in the lap of luxury from one end of the day to the next. I couldn’t stomach more than a few hours in that place, and some of the residents have been there for more than seven years. On to happier things though, and this week’s super–duper extended version of our Family section! You’ll find a wealth of family–friendly stuff, covering everything from parenting to pets to family activities, fitness, coping with stress and more. In Play, Maria Tracey talks to French cinema legend Mathieu Almaric and Daytripper is a special treat for fans of The Voice! Biz visits the wonderful world of chocolate, and of course we have news and comment from all over County Cork. Enjoy!

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A long list of international and Irish music success stories share a common bond, and that is the college which they graduated from in Cork. Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa will celebrate 25 years of the Music, Management and Sound course with a special alumni gathering on March 5th in Cork. Pictured ahead of the 25 year celebrations of the Music, Management and Sound course, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa are, (l-r) acclaimed singer–songwriter and CSN past pupil Mick Flannery with his sound engineer and course teacher at CSN Chloe Nagle, course director, Chris Ahern and CSN student Kate Cosgrove. See more inside. Picture by: Darragh Kane

CIT merger may prompt national strike continued from page 1 of other institutes of technology across the country could now be balloted over the merger. TUI branches in CIT and ITT are currently balloting members on industrial action — ranging in severity from simple non–cooperation right up to full–fledged strike action — relating to the proposal to merge the  two institutes, the result of which will be known next week. Mr Kenny added that a one–day petition opposing the merger was also signed by over 50% of their members at CIT this week, which was handed to the governing bodies, while a formal dispute has also been lodged with the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) in relation to the  proposed merger process. Mr Kenny told The Cork News the concerns of  TUI members — academic and research staff — across both institutes are two–fold, that the “rationalisation  agenda will not serve the best interests” of

the regions, along with concern over what’s being perceived as a “forced merger”. He added that the TUI will be meeting with the  HEA  and “will be seeking additional  funding”, saying it’s “the merger that’s the issue” and not the “notion” of a  Technical University. “Our problem lies with the forced merger and that’s where it’s always been,” said Mr Kenny, adding that if an  institute wants to apply for TU status it should be allowed to do so without having to merge with another institute. The union is  calling on Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to remove the requirement from the draft legislation on technological universities to merge first before applying for university status.  Mr Kenny added: “We are engaged with our members, who are engaging with politicians and local representatives.”  In a joint statement, CIT and ITT acknowledged that considering the “nature and scale of the proposal” to es-

tablish the MTU, it is “inevitable” that there are “some concerns” from staff. “To help address these concerns we pledge that thorough and inclusive consultation will continue to take place throughout the merger process,” it read. “Furthermore we would like to reassure our staff that the MTU will continue to honour nationally negotiated contracts and national agreements with respect to the terms and conditions of staff.” The institutes stated that the achievement of TU designation “promises a broad range of benefits and opportunities” for students, staff and other stakeholders. “Our students will be able to avail of enhanced study options and our staff will be provided with career and professional development opportunities,” they said, adding that 12,323 students attend the two institutes which also employ 1,282 staff and currently contribute an estimated €200m to the region. The statement added the Economic Impact Study, carried out as part of

the MTU submission, predicts that these figures will increase and conservatively estimates that the MTU will result in an additional annual contribution of €58m to the regional economy. “The success of our two institutions has been achieved due to the talent, commitment and hard work of our employees, both past and present. It is through their efforts over many years that we are now in a position to seek Technological University designation,” read the statement, before going on to say that “The governing bodies of CIT  and ITT are very confident that we will meet the criteria and achieve TU designation. Both institutes remain fully committed to the national process of higher education reform, in partnership with the HEA, the Department of Education and Skills and our internal and external stakeholders. We will continue to engage meaningfully with all our stakeholders and work together with them towards this goal.”

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Call for empathy after KRAC worker protests The Cork–based Irish Immigrant Support Centre (NASC) has called for empathy with residents of the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre (KRAC), where this week staff protested working conditions. Jennifer DeWan, NASC, noted the potential for living conditions at the centre to exacerbate tensions there: “It’s a volatile situation between staff and residents. It’s a fraught environment, as any direct provision centre in the country can be. “Institutionalised living for long periods, with no idea how long it will last, isn’t suitable for anyone. “It only serves to create tensions that wouldn’t otherwise be there,” she said. A representative of the workers at KRAC has criticised their employer’s handling of the dispute. Wednesday’s walkout was caused by working conditions “bordering on social unrest,” according to information relayed to Gerry Browne, SIPTU. “They feel that they’re being intimidated in their place of work. If a fraction of what I hear is true, it is unacceptable,” he told The Cork News.

“I’m seeing things like ‘Stuff them in a crate and ship them back.’”

SIPTU official Gerry Browne speaking to staff members outside the Kinsale Road Cork refugee/asylum centre. Picture by: Billy MacGIll

The direct provision centre is operated by Aramark Ireland, a catering company which runs three centres around the country. “I understand that it’s not a nice place to live, the staff however are not responsible for that,” said Mr Browne. Following Wednesday’s walkout strike, their case has

been referred to the Labour Relations Committee, and has prompted a “troubling” reaction on social media: “Some of the comments on social media have been absolutely horrific,” said Jennifer DeWan. “I’m seeing things like ‘Stuff them in a crate and ship them back.’” “These aren’t people looking

to ‘scam the system;’ these are people fleeing for their lives. “We as a country have a legal and moral obligation to provide for those fleeing persecution and conflict,” she continued; “it’s hard to see this lack of empathy.” Calling on those offended by racist comments on social media to send their concerns

to reportracism@nascireland.org, Ms DeWan asked Irish people to avoid blaming migrants for the country’s troubles: “Our dysfunctional asylum process has become another symbol of a government gone wrong. Pitting one group of suffering people against another however, is not the an-

swer,” she said. Those housed at KRAC are provided with room and board and some additional services, including a Sky Sports package and recreation room. “I can obviously accept that many Irish people are really struggling to make ends meet. “Having a Sky Sports package provided for you in no way compares to having your own house, own kitchen, and the ability to provide for your children,” Jennifer concluded. Residents at the centre undertook a well–publicised ‘lock out’ protest at the centre last Autumn to highlight their stark living conditions. When contacted by The Cork News, resident Lucky Khambule noted a “number of satisfactory changes” since then “The general living conditions are gradually improving,” he said, referring to management’s decision to begin housing residents two to a room, rather than three. When contacted, the centre’s operators, Aramark Ireland, stated that all employees have returned to work, and declined to comment further.

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‘Cork University Hospital saved her life’ A Cork toddler who was born with a rare — if not unique — form of diabetes is “thriving” thanks to the team at Cork University Hospital, according to her mother. Ava Joyce from Douglas was diagnosed with permanent neonatal diabetes at birth in August 2013. Although well recognised and increasingly researched worldwide, the genetic cause for the condition has never been determined. Following treatment from a team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, biochemists and social workers at CUH however, Ava is growing and developing as she should for her age. “The entire team treating Ava made huge efforts with her care, and portering and housekeeping staff would ask about her on a daily basis,” said Ava’s mother, Maeve. “CUH saved her life,” she

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added. Ava tested positive for diabetes four days after her birth, and Dr Susan O’Connell, CUH, recognised the condition as a rare, genetic form. Test results confirmed a

form of diabetes which had never before been diagnosed, making it impossible to predict how Ava would respond to treatment. Having trialled different diabetic medications and a diabetic insulin pump in an attempt to wean Ava off insulin for the best part of a year, CUH staff found the winning formulation in May 2014. With her condition under control, Ava was discharged from hospital permanently two months later, and has not been admitted since. “Due to recent improvements in paediatric diabetes services at Cork University Hospital, we successfully treated Ava, despite her having an extremely rare and challenging condition. “Fortunately we were in a position to provide all her treatment in Cork so she didn’t have to travel elsewhere,” says Dr. O’Connell.


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Serious assault in Douglas, witnesses sought Gardaí in Douglas are investigating a serious assault which occurred last Sunday morning, February 22nd between the hours of 1.30am and 1.50am. A 23–year–old man was assaulted in the laneway between the areas of Grange Road and Grange Heights. He was taken to the Cork University  Hospital with serious injuries. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the vicinity of Grange Road between the hours of 1.30am and 2am on Sunday morning, or anyone with information to contact them at Togher Garda Station on 021 4947120, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

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Major EU funding agreed for Cork area The expansion of high–speed broadband services in the Southern and Eastern regions of Ireland, targeting 164,300 households, is among the priorities of a €498.2m EU funding programme. The programme — the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) — was signed in Brussels by Cork County Councillor Kevin O’Keefe of the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly, and is expected to create 17,000 new jobs in small companies by targeting specific sectors including digital, food, and energy. It will also improve commercialisation for Irish small and

medium enterprises. It is hoped the funding programme will improve energy efficiency in southern and eastern houses, leading to warmer homes, cheaper energy bills and reduced CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it is expected the programme will revitalise urban areas and encourage an increase in public transport for urban journeys. Cllr O’Keefe, who was joined by Minister Brendan Howlin TD in Brussels, welcomed the signing of the agreement: “‘The signing of this operational programme allows my region to continue to invest heavily in research

and development and innovation, including next–generation broadband rollout,’’ he said. European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crescu, speaking at the signing, spoke of the need to encourage the establishment of small businesses: “We need to empower citizens with the skills and knowledge they need to set up small companies. “We need to facilitate the access of these businesses to financial support, and most importantly, we need to enable them to create jobs. “Today’s investment programmes set all Irish regions on this path,” he said.

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The Ballyvolane firefighters with Gerry the resuced horse (above) and with Gerry in the water (right). Picture by: ISPCA.

Cork firefighters recognised for ‘heroic’ rescue of horse Cork firefighters who last week rescued a trapped horse from a muddy river have been honoured for their “heroic compassion.” Firefighters from the Bally-

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The group received framed certificates from ARAN, and were further honoured with the news that the horse has been named Gerry, after one of his rescuers.

To commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania off the Cork coast a century ago, Cork’s Rising Sons brewery has collaborated with the US–based Beara Brewing Company, creating a new beer to honour the survivors of the disaster. “Survivor” will be launched next week at the brewery in Cork City Centre, presided over by Declan Keegan, grandson of Lusitania survivor May Barrett. As he pulls the first pint in Ireland, Rising Sons owners Cliona and Benny McCabe will symbolically pull another pint of pale ale in New Hampshire on the other side of the Atlantic, to mark the other end of Lusitania’s doomed voyage. The sinking of the Lusitania was one of the prime factors in drawing the USA into World War I. May Barrett had been on the ship returning from New York to see her family and was rescued by ‘Joe’, a mysterious stranger who saved her life and for whom she searched for decades, to no avail.

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Cork music school celebrates milestone The Cork alma mater of musicians Mick Flannery, The Frank and Walters, and Áine Whelan is set to celebrate the a significant anniversary with an evening for past pupils. Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (CSN) will host an alumni gathering at Jacobs on the Mall on Thursday, March 5th in recognition of 25 years of its Sound and Management course. CSN graduates have gone on to work with Metallica, Bryan Adams and Michael Bolton, and the school also counts members of the High Kings and Walking on Cars among its graduates. “It will be a very special event at Jacobs on the Mall, and we welcome music professionals from all over the world back to Cork and the CSN community, where it all started for them,” said Vivienne MacSweeney, CSN Principal.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter and CSN past pupil Mick Flannery with his sound engineer and course teacher at CSN Chloe Nagle and course director, Chris Ahern. Picture by: Darragh Kane.

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Cork housing market continues to recover, claims new report Although the average price of a residence in Cork sits below the national average, the county’s housing market continues to show signs of recovery, according to a recently– published report. The average price for a residence in Cork in 2014 was €182,792 — the fifth–highest in the country — while the national average was €213,947. Cork’s figure — considered on–par with the three preceeding years — sees the county placed behind Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare in the national standings.

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“There are really two tiers of these averages, and Cork would be at the top of the second tier.

Two Centra stores in Cork are celebrating after taking the top spots at the ‘Store Of The Year’ awards. O’ Leary’s Centra in Tower won the coveted Centra ‘Store of the Year Award 2015’ and Lee’s Centra in Charleville scooped Centra’s ‘Best High Convenience Store of the Year Award 2015’, each having fought off stiff competition from Centra retailers around the country. All 463 Centra stores throughout the Republic of Ireland are audited by an independent retail consultant for the award, which focuses on value, fresh food, quality, product range, hygiene, customer service and local community involvement.

“When you consider the lowest county average is Longford at €74,154, you can see that the Cork market is performing reasonably well…the Cork housing market would appear to be healthy,” said Dara Keogh, GeoDirectory CEO. The report further found that Cork accounts for 12 percent of the 3,731 buildings currently under construction in the country, a national high, beating out Dublin and Donegal at 11.8 percent.

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Land for protected species questioned Fine Gael TD for Cork North West Áine Collins has questioned the constitutionality of the failure to compensate farmers affected by the designation of land for the protection of the hen harrier. Currently, 80,000 hecares of Irish land is designated, affecting 3,054 farmers who are limited in their capacity to farm their land, according to Ms Collins. Ms Collins, speaking in Dáil Éireann last week, said that these farmers are not permited to build build wind farms or develop forestry, and as a con-

sequence some feel their land is of no value. Of the farmers affected, approximately 400 have received compensation, while the remainder — including farmers in Rockchapel, Newmarket and Ballydesmond — have not been compensated.  During the Dáil debate, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys confirmed that a farmer with lands designated as a special protection area for the hen harrier will be appointed to a consultative committee on the issue, which is set to convene

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All about Youghal One of the jewels in east Cork’s crown will be the focal point of a special edition of RTÉ’s Nationwide tonight, Friday 27th. A full episode of the show will be dedicated to the ancient seaside town of Youghal, highlighting positive developments in the historic resort in recent years, ranging from the renovation of the Clock Gate, one of County Cork’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, to fascinating archaeological works at the 1000–year–old St Mary’s Collegiate Church and the redevelopment of the

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Campaign to get little Kate home By Maria Tracey maria@thecorknews.ie

A campaign is mounting to help a little Cobh girl, who has lived in hospital all her life, rejoin her family at home. Twenty–month–old Kate Flynn, who has a tracheostomy and requires a ventilator to help her breathe at night, is currently at Cork University Hospital but has been approved for a home care package. It’s anticipated that Kate, who has never slept a night in her own home, could be back with her family — mother Lisa, father Mark and brothers Adam (6) and Alex (4) — in Cobh by April or May. Lisa told The Cork News the search is now on for nurses to help look after their daughter. “For us to take Kate home, we need nursing support. We actually wouldn’t be allowed to take her out overnight, because Kate needs 24–hour constant supervision. We are fully trained in Kate’s care, both Mark and I, but one of us needs to work, and one of us needs to care for Kate but one person can’t stay up 24

“It’s devastating for us really that she is not home already.”

hours. We need a night–time nurse so we are able to rest to be able to care for her the next day, and also day–time nursing hours as some of her care does involve two people,” outlined Lisa. Fundraisers are also ongoing to help the Flynns with the expense involved when

Kate does return home. A coffee morning is to be held on Wednesday, March 25th by Averil Sheehan of Care Alot Childcare at Upton, Innishannon between 11am and 5pm, while a benefit night will be held at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium on Friday, March 20th.

Since Kate was born, Lisa has not been able to work. Kate is currently at Cork University Hospital, but previously she had been at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, which Lisa revealed “ate up any savings” the family may have had with accommodation and travelling expenses.

However, the Flynns have managed some quality time with Kate in recent weeks, with the youngster spending three days at home in Cobh, and one day with her grandparents in Clonakilty. Kate’s brothers are “devoted to her”, says Lisa: “Every night when I come home

after spending the day with Kate, they are asking about her, and before I go in the morning, they say to me ‘tell Kate I love her’ or ‘give her a kiss from me’. She used the standing machine the other day and they were so proud of her. It’s devastating for us really that she is not home already. “Hopefully now as Kate is so much stronger, she’ll get home. She’s not going to grow out of her breathing condition, as it is life long. We have come to terms with that and we want Kate home as we feel we could care for her better there. In the evenings I have to go home to the boys, and it’s hard work going out the door and leaving Kate behind. I really would love to give her a summer where she would be out in her buggy, watching the boys playing around, or be out in the back on the swing. Her birthday is June 19th and ideally we would love her home then…I’d be devastated if she was still in hospital.”

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Cork teachers honoured with EU prize Cllr. Mary Shields, Lord Mayor of Cork; UCC SU President. Mark Stanton; UCC President Dr Michael Murphy and Sandra Coughlan, Interim Health Promotion Manager HSE South. Picture by:Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

UCC recognised as a ‘Health Promoting University’ University College Cork is to become the first third level institution in the country to be formally recognised as a “Health Promoting University,” the HSE has confirmed. The accolade is the result of several years’ work under the umbrella of the UCC Health Matters initiative, which included the provision of alcohol–free campus accommodation. The recognition formally

acknowledges that health has been meaningfully integrated into the culture, processes and policies of UCC. “While many third level institutions are committed to health and wellbeing, UCC can take pride in being the first third level institution to have followed the HSE South’s Framework for Health Promoting Universities and to gain formal recognition,” said a spokesperson for HSE South.

19 Cork teachers are among the Irish national school teachers who will be collectively awarded the prestigious EU Citizen’s Prize for their efforts in teaching children about Europe under the Blue Star Programme following their nomination by Seán Kelly MEP. The Citizen’s Prize medal is awarded to individuals or groups in recognition of exceptional achievements in promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between EU citizens, andthe teachers were nominated by MEP Seán Kelly. The Ireland South MEP has visited many of the schools involved in the Blue Star Programme, and paid tribute to the work of the teachers involved: “The great work teachers do is often taken for granted and seldom officially recognised. Not so now, as Europe honours our great primary teachers for the amazing work they are doing edu-

MEP Seán Kelly with some of Munster’s Blue Star pupils

cating their pupils about the cultures, traditions, history and geography of their fellow members of the EU.” The Cork winners come from all over the county, from

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Mercy University Hospital hit by winter vomiting bug Patients with flu–like symptoms have been advised to visit their GP rather than to present at Cork’s Mercy University Hospital, following another outbreak of the winter vomiting bug there. The announcement follows the introduction of visiting restrictions due to an increase in influenza cases at the hospital last week. The restrictions — introduced in an effort to safeguard patients during a four–year high of cases of the winter vomiting bug — will be reviewed regularly. The Outpatient Department, children’s ward, critical care areas and the Mercy Urgent Care Centre are unaffected by the restrictions.

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Christians calling on contestants for €1000 charity game show Christian Brothers College Cork are offering the chance to win €1000 as part of their fundraising drive for their Total Immersion Zambia Project. The school is set to bring “Who wants to be a Thousandaire” to the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday, March 5th, with contestants drawn from ticket sales. The show — one

of the most popular means of fundraising in Ireland — is fully computerised, and features elements such as a video–link “Phone a Friend.” “We are all looking forward to a great night as the show is really hi–tech and offers a superb night’s entertainment,” said Steven Lynch, a teacher at the school.

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National recognition for young Cork artist Picture by Gerard McCarthy

Cork gears up for Paddy’s Day Over 80,000 people are expected to gather in the city centre for the upcoming St Patrick’s Festival. The event  kicks off on Saturday, March 14th  and Sunday, March 15th  with free family entertainment including music, street theatre and a market on Patrick’s Street. The festival market and music moves to Grand Parade on Tuesday, March 17th, as the parade takes over the city, beginning at 1pm on South Mall before traveling onto Grand Parade, St Patrick’s Street and finishing at Merchant’s Quay.  Throughout the festival, there will be extensive series of traditional Irish music sessions with the Lee Sessions,

culminating in the newest addition to their festival programme, the Paddy’s Night Fleadh, which takes place on Tuesday, March 17th at 8pm in the Opera House featuring John Spillane, Jimmy  Crowley, Karen Casey, Niall Vallely, Pulses of Tradition and Anna Mitchell.   Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Shields said: “The Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2015 once again focuses on free family entertainment and offers a fresh alternative to the other festivals. By emphasising the family aspect of this celebration,  we are nurturing the Festival for future generations and renewing the reputation of St Patrick’s Day.”

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Revenue seizes illegal cigarettes Revenue has seized 44,500 illegal cigarettes and tobacco in Cork.  In an intelligence– led operation, officers from Revenue’s Customs Service seized the Black Mount cigarettes and Flandria and Golden Virginia tobacco on Wednesday, February 25th. It had an estimated retail value of approximately €26,100.

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Alliance will tackle inequality in Cork The Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has launched the Cork Equality and Sustainable Communities Alliance’s (CESCA) new community leadership training initiative.   CESCA is a coalition of community and voluntary groups in Cork who have joined forces to address the issue of disadvantage in the city. The alliance comprises 14 diverse groups in Cork who share the common goals of social inclusion and social justice, working together as part

of this new partnership. Speaking at the launch, Commissioner Emily Logan said she hopes the alliance will encourage equality in the city:  “I am delighted to support this new alliance in Cork city which will enhance social inclusion services in the city and which supports social justice and equality.” The community leadership training  initiative aims to help both new and experienced volunteers and staff to understand the principles underpinning equality, social

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important role that this sector has to play in promoting health and social gain across all communities,” said Ger Reaney, HSE at the launch. Dave Roche, Cork Gay Project member and CESCA spokesperson hopes the alliance will prove stronger than the sum of its parts: “By pooling our resources and sharing expertise and ideas we can be more effective and extend our reach,” he said. The alliance’s website cesca. ie includes details of all CESCA activity and the alliance’s constituent members.


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Cork North Central TD and Minister for Europe Dara Murphy congratulates Veronica Kenneally, founder of Veronica’s Snacks, a Bishopstown based company specialising in lower–fat, gluten–free snacks. The company recently secured €465,000 equity investment for market expansion and product development. Also included is Frank Walsh, partner in Enterprise Equity (Manager AIB Seed Capital Fund). Picture: Billy macGill

Snacktacular cash boost for Cork company Bishopstown–based ‘healthier for you’ food company Veronica’s Snacks is starting Spring with a bang, having secured almost half a million euro in funding to develop its gluten–free snack brands. The company, set up in 2012, now employes three people and makes and distributes lower fat, gluten-free crisps under the ‘Veronica’s’ and ‘Crunchy Creatures’ brands. Now, a €465,000 equity investment from AIB, Enterprise Ireland, the Boole Investment Syndicate and

Brian McCann will allow the company to break into new markets and continue product developement, expanding their range. Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland said: “It is very encouraging to see an Irish company developing a world-class product. Veronica’s Snacks is an example of the creative and entrepreneurial companies Enterprise Ireland is keen to support, and we look forward to continuing to work with Veronica’s Snacks to further develop their international business.”

The brand is already benefitting from the rising demand for healthier snacking alternatives, according to its health–conscious founder, Veronica Kenneally: “The snacks and crisps category is continuing to expand in all our main markets, with healthier brands leading the way in the battle against the growing obesity problem. Thanks to this game-changing equity investment, Veronica’s Snacks will be seen by more consumers, in more markets and across more sales channels than ever before,” she said.

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Daytripper The Voice UK contestant and sixth year student at Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane Claudia Rose Long (17) lives in Pouladuff with her parents Rosarie and Gerard.

My mum wakes me at 7.30am, and then I go back to sleep for 15 minutes, until she wakes me again and asks what I want for breakfast! I’m babied! Normally, I’ve porridge with strawberries or toast and a boiled egg. Then it’s onto school at Presentation Secondary, with nine classes a day, and choir during lunch. I love business, and maths, but have fallen behind… Maths is a class that you need to be there everyday for.  It’s been hard missing so much because of the auditions for  The Voice UK  but my teachers are great and my principal said to me: ‘Claudia, this is your moment’, and that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  And it is a fantastic opportunity. You’ve to be 18 to audition for The Voice of Ireland, but just 16 for the UK, so I thought, ‘as I’m young, why don’t I travel and take the risk.’ I went for the first audition and was on our family holiday in America, lounging by the pool, when my dad got a phone call inviting me to the call–back auditions. I had to pick nine songs from a pre– selected list beforehand, and one that I picked, Jennifer Hudson’s Love You I Do, they thought may be too grown up and asked me would I sing one of Rita Ora’s songs instead. That was that until a week before the blind auditions and they asked me to sing Love You I Do after all! I got to rehearse in front of the chairs beforehand, and my vocal coach said she wanted me scared for those times, almost crying with nerves, so I wouldn’t be so bad for my blind audition. I was still nervous though on the day, walking out to silence, as the crowd can’t make a noise. A ‘woo’ or a clap would  have helped! I did overhear someone say: ‘Awww she’s so cute’, which didn’t help as I was about to sing this big woman song!

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“Being on stage has always been a passion of mine.”

However, as soon as the music started, I relaxed. There are three big parts to the song, and no one turned for the first part but I could see Rita’s hands going, and then Ricky (Wilson) turned… And I gave him a wink! So embarrassing! Tom Jones turned, who I’m obsessed with, and I got a standing ovation! I did almost go for Ricky as my mentor but said I’d go with my gut and Tom it was.  He’s lovely. We were out the other night, and when he walked in, I had this whole ‘wow, it’s Tom Jones’ moment. I said to him: ‘You’ve curly hair like me Tom’. He said ‘I do’. I was so nervous, I popped an olive into my mouth, which I’ve never eaten before but thought it can’t be that bad. It was. I didn’t know what to do with it, and Rosa, my friend  over there, was keeling over with the laughter.  I’m actually battling Rosa this weekend. That’s really hard, having to battle one of my closest friends. We’ve said that if I go home, and she stays, she’ll represent me; and if I stay and she goes home, I’ll represent her. It’s the two ‘babies’ battling, as Rosa is just 16, and while battles can

be uncomfortable to watch because the singers are trying to show off, Tom said he didn’t want us to ‘battle’ but for it to be a duet. So we’re singing Halo by Beyoncé, but not her version; an acoustic one instead. Being on stage has always been a passion of mine. When I was four, our school put on  The Little Red Hen and I got the part of the mother.

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what I wanted to do.   I started in the  Montforts at five and at 10, went to the  Cork Arts Studio. I’m still there, and  go dancing at 6pm, four times a week. Then I go home and try and do my homework. The dream is to go to London, and study somewhere like  the Urdang Academy. Then go onto America - New York or LA. Part of me wants to go to Broadway and

part of me wants to make an album and get it out there. I want to do it all, not just one thing.  My role model is Beyoncé. She’s not just a singer or a dancer, she’s everything. I’ve five of her DVDs at home and every word, dance, and facial movement I know. I’m obsessed. I’m also going to grinds at Hewitt, and had to give up the violin this year. I’ve been practising since I was seven but I had to think what was the most important thing to fit in this year and musical theatre is the most important. I try and meet friends before dance class on Friday, which starts at 8pm, or at weekends. This might sound strange but we just like driving around. Well, my friend can drive, I can’t yet! We never actually go anywhere, just get lost, but it’s fun and time to catch up. My best friend does the same class as me, so that’s our hangout time. My friends are great and I thought they’d be annoyed I didn’t tell them about the auditions, but when they found out, they were so excited. You swear they were on the show! They were trying to predict who’d turn for me, and all of them love Tom Jones. So when they Ricky turned, they went ‘woo’, but when Tom turned, my 17–year–old friends erupted! The audition has been the best thing ever to happen to me, and hopefully there’s more to come. Even if I was to get no further in the competition, I’ve opened doors now.  I just want to grow and grow. I auditioned for The X Factor last year and Simon Cowell didn’t like me. He said I was ‘sweet sixteen’ and he ‘didn’t want that’. I don’t want to sound cocky, but I’m more than that and I vowed to myself then I was going to make it happen... And then The Voice came up. To hear Tom Jones, who has the voice he has, say I’m a ‘powerhouse’ is unbelievable.

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New pastoral care centre for Christ King school A new pastoral care centre is to be opened at Christ King. The new centre at the South Douglas Road secondary school will be called Sunview, the name of the suburban house where Christ King was founded 50 years ago. The centre, to be officially opened on  Monday, March 2nd, by Sr Sheila Kelleher, provincial leader of the Presentation Sisters, will house  the school’s seedling programme, which has been running in the school for a number of years providing solace for loss or bereavement. It  will also house an art therapy room, a communal meeting room and it is planned to incorporate a communal garden.

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Oireachtas Committee, chaired by Cork TD, begins work on migrant law overhaul An Oireachtas Committee chaired by Cork East TD David Stanton is expected to begin work on overhauling Ireland’s treatment of undocumented migrants. The committee this week heard proposals from the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) that could result in a €180 million boost to the national exchequer, comprising taxes and registration fees for the scheme. Under MRCI’s proposals those who have been in the country for more than four years — three for those here with children — would be facilitated in registering with a State authority. This would allow those who have registered to travel to their home countries without fear of being refused re-entry into Ireland.

“These are hard–working people who live with the fear of deportation.”

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CIT student takes first at London healthcare technology awards A CIT student has this week taken first place at a major London healthcare technology awards show, beating off competitors from Oxford University and Imperial College London. James Fogarty — a CIT Biomedical Engineering graduate from Waterford — was the sole Irish representative in the Best Medical Engineering Undergraduate Project category at the Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards. His project, “The Design and Development of an Assistive Technology Music System for Sufferers of Cerebral Palsy”, deals with improving access to music making for cerebral palsy patients. “I am absolutely over the moon with the award and it is a fantastic honour to receive,” said Mr Fogarty, speaking at the event in Westminster on Wednesday. The project has previously ranked in the top ten percent of submissions to the Undergraduate Awards, a competition that attracted over 4,000

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international entries. Mr Fogarty and fellow CIT student Nicola O’ Mahony developed “Musicability” in collaboration with SoundOUT, a community music education initiative in partnership with Music Generation Cork City. SoundOUT is a Cork–based initiative that runs ongoing music education programmes in schools and community settings. Established in 2011, SoundOUT works to provide access

to inclusive and progressive music making and learning opportunities for adults, children and young people with and without disabilities. Music Generation Cork City is a branch is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, supported by CIT. Mr Fogarty has commenced a graduate internship with Abbott Vascular in Clonmel and plans to continue development of his Musicability system.

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Cork study suggests 9–5 office day is dead More than seven in ten Irish professionals are regularly required to work outside office hours, research from Regus, a Cork–based business, has found. The report — which canvassed the opinions of business people from across Ireland on their attitudes and approaches to work — found that 71 percent of workers feel they are required to do more after–hours work than five years ago. With the global average standing at 66 percent, there have been calls for Irish businesses to adapt to changing work practices: “These findings clearly show that Irish working practices continue to evolve. “The fact that so many workers are finding that ‘regular’ hours no longer suit their roles, should prompt companies to embrace flexible working practices,” said Karen Lawlor of Regus. Nearly two thirds of workers (66 percent) say that fixed hours are no longer

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Keep it in the Family There have been big changes to how we define “families” lately, and perhaps there are more to come, but no matter what our families are, they are precious, precious things. Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and grandparents — they’re all a huge part

of our lives and help to make us who we are. That’s why we’re proud to celebrate Cork families of all shapes and sizes with this week’s issue of The Cork News. Taking a close look at everything from health to muddy boots to stress to stress–busting

holidays, fun family activities, the bright glow of golden oldies and more, this is our celebration of all things familial and familiar, made with generations in mind. Enjoy!

Iron out the kinks College of Naturopathic Medicine graduate and nutritional therapist Sinead Loughnane explains why it is crucial to be aware of our iron levels…

New Baby? Cura Cork offers free support Being the parent of a new baby can be challenging, and may leave you feeling stressed, exhausted, and alone. Cura Cork is now offering free support and practical information to parents in Cork during their baby’s first year. “There’s definitely a need out there for this kind of service,” Cura says. “You may be a couple dealing with stress from sleepless nights, a mother with a baby who won’t stop crying, or a father who isn’t allowed to see his baby. Maybe you just want to talk. We’re here to listen.”

Counsellors in Cura’s Cork centre provide information on rights and entitlements, as well as support and counselling. The service is free of charge. Cura also provides support for anyone dealing with a crisis or unplanned pregnancy, and counselling after an abortion. All Cura services are free, confidential and non–judgemental, and are available to all. Find Cura at 34 Paul Street or at the outreach centre in Mahon. To contact Cura, phone 021 4277544, or visit cura.ie.

Iron is critical to life. Without it to make haemoglobin we couldn’t transport oxygen from the lungs to the body’s tissues. It is also needed for energy production and metabolism. There are certain groups who are at the highest risk

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One of the best places in Cork for an active family outing is Millstreet Country Park; not just because it features some of

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Get to grips with nature Getting and staying active as a family is one of the best things you can do, not just for the present, but as an investment in all your health — mammy’s, daddy’s and all the kids’ — into the future. Outdoor activities are also one of the best ways to broaden a child’s horizons and inspire a wonder about and a respect for nature that can last

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The human touch Baby massage is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give. Touch is human instinct; it’s important to us all to feel, to hold, to love and be loved, and never more so than when we’re tiny, helpless infants with no other way of communicating. Massage provides a wonderful opportunity in which you can show your baby how much you love them and allows the relationship between mother and baby, as well as father and baby, to strengthen. As well as deepening the relationship between parent and baby

subject to outrageous emotional blackmail advertising, and you will succumb. Whatever you buy will last about a week, and your child will play with the box. Fact. Yes; they can be great vanity projects as you can teach them to say stuff like “Barbie is a poor role model” and “I’m against gender stereotyping” but the reality is that you are responsible for the care, feeding and development of an actual human being, and it’s a massive responsibility. Then there’s the treacherous waters of Montessori and Crèche: “That boy bites me”…. “Teacher says if you really loved me you wouldn’t give me chocolate cereal” and school, where in Ireland you must pin your colours to the mast on the ‘Religion’ line in the application form. (TIP: ‘Snake-handler’ does not go over well.) Children. They’re not just for Christmas. Good luck.

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baby massage has other benfits, such as relief from gassiness, constipation, colic and reflux. Áine Ryle found this out to her advantage; the mother of three is a physiotherapist and a certified Infant Massage Instructor, who initially learned this ancient art to relieve her second child’s severe colic, finding it the most effecive remedy out of any that she’d tried. It’s also beneficial to baby’s immune system and improves sleeping patterns, leading to a happier and calmer baby and parents, as osteopath Debbie

McCann can demonstrate in her group or one–on–one classes. Both Áine and Debbie agree too that massage classes are a special time for you and your new baby, and a lovely way to connect with other moms, sharing experiences and supFor more information about baby massage courses contact Debbie McCann at Debbie’s Mother & Baby Massage Clases in the Cork Osteopath Clinic right in the city centre on 086 065 7791 or Áine Ryle Nurture and Baby Massage in Ballincollig, on 087 271 8110.

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27 February 2015

Head Start Créche and Montessori

Active across the generations! More and more emphasis is being placed on physical fitness these days as our lifestyles become increasingly sedentary. That’s not just true of mammies and daddies, either, or even teenagers; younger children in Cork are very much in need of increased physical activity. It’s often said that “the family that plays together stays together”, and at Kinderama at

Women’s Fitness on the South Ring Road in Cork that idea is definitely put into practice; and then some. While mum hits the gym for some much needed exercise, the kids can now feel the benefits of exercise, combined with fun activities for mental stimulation, too. Stef McSherry of Kinderama is behind the classes, which got off the ground in Janu-

ary and have proven to be a bit hit. Like all Kinderama instructors, she’s fully qualified in first aid and Garda vetted, which is great for mum’s peace of mind. “We’re normally an activity programme for pre–school children and we go in to pre schools and creches and nurseries,” she says, “Anything can happen! There’s fun and lots of exerise, and plenty of dress-

ing up like fairies and wizards and pirates and mermaids!” Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9.30 at the moment, though demand is enough that Stef is already glad that the space and time exists for to expand if necessary. To find out more about getting your little darlings literally up and running, visit kinderama.com or womensfitness.ie.

rooms are specialised to suit the needs of the children: for instance child in the Crawford Childcare creche has a dedicated care giver who liaises

with parents on a regular basis. Or may you’d prefer something a little more rural, like Ballyhass Childcare? Their facility is located in a beautiful setting adjacent to Ballyhass National School — they even offer a drop and collection service for children attending there! Ballyhass Childcare also has a large outdoor play area which includes an outdoor soft surface playground with a jungle gym, swings and more and a large garden surrounding the glasshouse where children grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. They also get their own cook who provides them with nutritious snacks and meals throughout the day!

Who cares? The demands of modern life can sometimes making balancing the pressures of work with the joy of parenting a little difficult. Every parent wants the best for their child, and to know that they’re safe, happy and well looked after even when they’re not with them. Crawford Childcare in Glanmire, open daily from 7.30am to 6.30pm, has a large se-

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Family

27 February 2015

Ooh La La! Maternity and Baby Style The French seem to be born with style running through their veins, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by Laura Tenison, founder of JoJo Maman Bébé, while she lived in Brittany. It was 1993: fashion choices for expectant mothers were limited, and Laura was inspired by the simple elegance of Breton style, so she decided a revolution was in order – a revolution in maternity fashion. Laura worked tirelessly to bring her vision for a boutique selling effortless elegance, JoJo Maman Bébé, to life. 22 years later, there are now 66 JoJo stores across Ireland and the UK. In store you’ll find everything you’ll need to take you right through from pregnancy to pre–school; from an adorable sleep suit your little darling can wear home from

the hospital to a swimsuit to wear on their first holiday. The JoJo maternity collection is stylish yet affordable and the nursery products, gifts and toys will ensure that the boutique is a terrific one– stop–shop for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. JoJo has recently opened a vibrant new boutique at 11 Princes Street, so Cork folks can pop in to check out the fantastic stock and great customer service. JoJo offers invaluable services for mums–to–be like free maternity and nursing bra fittings; advice on products to help with weaning; potty training; travel and sleep from friendly, fully-trained staff. You can also visit their website, which has free standard delivery to Ireland. Call 021 480 6682 or visit jojjomamanbebe.ie.

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27 February 2015

Take a break without the hassle

Holidays together are a big part of family life, but sometimes organising them can seem like a lot of unwanted stress and hassle. With over 40 years of experience in providing top–quality camping holidays, Vacansoleil can help you plan your family holiday this summer, avoiding the organisational pitfalls that can go hand– in–hand with getting it all prepared. The Vacansoleil website, vacansoleil. ie, features 430 sites in 16 European countries at fantastic prices starting

from just €525 for a family of six. Family Holiday Centre, the Vacansoleil agents for Ireland and the UK, will help you plan the perfect family adventure this summer. Vacansoleil has some particularly noteworthy savings lined up for 2015, including free nights — how does 14 for the price of ten sound? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to special offers! Visit vacansoleil.ie or call the Family Holiday Centre on 021 4272527 to find out more.

Old favourites The 9th Annual Active Over 50’s Show returns to the City Hall Cork on March 7th and 8th. The lifestyle event is designed to show people who have retired — or are about to retire — what’s out there for them in terms of taking up a new hobby or pastime while keeping themselves healthy and active. Over 5,000 people are expected to attend the two–day event. Admission to the show is €5 but free tickets are available via seniortimes.ie or picking up a copy of SeniorTimes in your local newsagents.

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Celebrating our 20th Anniversary in 2015! Millstreet Park is a leading Educational, Cultural and Eco-Tourist destination with a Cafe & Restaurant. Our 500 acre park is divided into 3 zones Leisure, Active & Wilderness. Discover the features of each zone depending on how adventurous you feel on the day. No matter which zone you choose, get ready to explore!

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27 February 2015

Paws for thought

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Every week, Cork's animal shelters are called upon to take care of our city's injured, abandoned and unwanted animals. After veterinary treatment and plenty of TLC, these rescued cats and dogs are ready to start a new life with a loving owner. If you have the budget, time, space and commitment to welcome an animal into your home, adopting a rescue animal might be the right option for you. There are literally hundreds of dogs waiting to find their new families. Meet this week's furry friends of The Cork News...

We want to hear from you! Email your thoughts, comments, reactions and announcements to editor@thecorknews.ie

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a special prize for the best dressed lady. Entry is free and it’s sure to be a great night out. Tell your friends, who knows, they might thank you if they pick up a few winners for Cheltenham! All welcome on the night and once the races finish there will be musical entertainment afterwards. Thank you, Rory Noonan

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Pictured in an inflatable alimentary tract at the Mallow I Wish event hosted by Dairygold are Gillian Foley, Marketing Manager Dairygold; student Laren Curtis from St Mary’s Mallow; Denis Collins, Smarter Dynamics, and Minister Sean Sherlock TD. More than 1,000 female students from allover Cork attended the I Wish events to understand the opportunities in the STEM sector. Picture by Daragh McSweeney/Provision.

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Patricia Arquette talks about wage equality in her Oscar’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, much to the approval of audience members Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez. 

“This Oscar belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family. I will be its custodian and I will promise you I will look after him.” Winner of Best Actor at the Academy Awards for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne went for an emotive angle, dedicating the award to those living with Motor Neurone Disease. 

“I hear people in the Dáil talking about JobBridge and I sometimes wonder have some of them ever worked in a job — other than politics of course.” Tánaiste Joan Burton responds to criticism of the internship scheme.

“I wish he would stop pretending that he is presenting some new crusade to address an issue that no one before he came along was interested in addressing.” In an expected turn, former justice minister Alan Shatter accuses Minister for Health Leo Varadkar of being “misleading” on his proposals for surrogacy legislation.

“We are obviously happy to get the wins, but I don’t think we have been overly happy with the performances.” Munster captain and Irish back–row Peter O’Mahony admits Ireland’s form in the 6 Nations has been unsatisfying so far.


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Pet Feature

27 February 2015

Pet power!

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ll pet owners know the joy and comfort an animal can provide; there’s nothing like getting home after a crummy day to a wagging tail or a purred greeting. Your doggie thinks the sun shines out of your nether regions, as does your cat, though felines are far more laconic in expressing it. There are a slew of studies documenting the positive effects of pet ownership; from lowering blood pressure and aiding recovery from trauma, to child development and rehabilitation of incarcerated youths and adults. Pets can provide a range of benefits, from stress reduction and playfulness, to loy-

alty, affection, security, and unconditional love. We have a duty of care to look after them properly, as most companion pets are pack animals and need to be part of a family and not locked outside the back door in the rain. Looking after an animal is a terrific way to teach children about responsibility; they learn kindness and respect so you’re halfway towards creating a decent human. Elderly people who live

alone find the presence of another living being sharing their space very comforting, and shelters are full of animals at this time of year, as brainless, soulless cretins thoughtlessly buy a pet for Christmas and dump them when they are unwilling to provide training or food. See Talk To Us to meet some. Give an animal a good home, and you’ll always have a furry friend who adores you.

Yes, we all know pets are for life and that they need feeding and exercise and love and attention and fun, but before you get a pup or a kitty, bear some other things in mind too. Neutering and spaying is a vital but often overlooked part of owning a cat or dog: it’s good for their health, and best for your peace of mind too. It can even lengthen a pet’s life, in addition to guaranteeing that you won’t have to worry about taking care of an unexpected litter. Likewise, you have to watch their diet! Being overweight is just as bad for them as it is for us, and can cause all the same problems too, including heart disease and diabetes. And did you know that some pedigree cats and dogs can be very susceptible to allergies and

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Cork Biz The sweet taste of success

27 February 2015

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any entrepreneurs, when setting their own company, are quick to say it is the culmination of a lifelong dream, but for Allison Roberts this truly is a reality. The Clonakilty–based Canadian has been working with chocolate since she was nine and set up her first business selling her products when she was twelve. “At Christmas and Easter I used to send around a little book to my parents’ work and people would order things from that, and at school I set up a little canteen,” laughs

Roberts. “I’ve always been interested in crafts like crochet or working with stained glass and chocolate kind of fits into that, and I really enjoy cooking so I love being able to bring those two things together.” Roberts now operates her business out of her home in west Cork after converting the back of her house into a chocolate factory, “I really couldn’t imagine doing this anywhere else but Clonakilty, it’s such a great town” says Roberts; “the people here are so encouraging and are really interested in how things are going for you, and they tell you they like what you’re doing.”

Picture by Dermot Sullivan.

West Cork chocolatier Allison Roberts talks to Róisín Thornhill about her life–long love of chocolate and her dedication to ensuring that her suppliers are paid a fair price for a great product.

So what brought Roberts to west Cork in the first place? “Well my husband and I initially travelled here from Australia, never intending to stay more than six months. We were staying in a friend’s cottage in Inchydoney when the recession hit, so we decided to do the Christmas markets with the chocolate, and we ended up staying and began to slowly grow the business” she says. But there is quite a big difference between Clonakilty

Chocolate and the chocolate you’ll find on the shelf of your local shop. Roberts exclusively uses Fairtrade cocoa beans in her chocolate production and it’s a subject she’s very passionate about: “In November 2013 Clonakilty was named Fairtrade town of the year, and as I’m treasurer of the local Fairtrade group, I and our group’s secretary, travelled to Ghana to meet some of the farmers benefitting from the movement first hand.”

“We understand business people’s needs and treat them like you would family.”

But what exactly does Fairtrade mean? Beginning in the 1950’s, humanitarian groups established Alternative Trade Organisations (ATO’s) to help alleviate poverty in developing nations. They did this by cutting the middleman out of trade between small producers in the Northern Hemisphere and businesses in the Southern Hemisphere. This meant more direct profits for workers in developing nations, thus launching the Fairtrade Movement.

Cutting out the middleman, Roberts says, is “incredibly important: Fairtrade provides the farmer with a living wage. In places like West Africa, where so many governments are corrupt, it is very hard for small producers to link up with businesses like ours in the West and work together. There’s a lot of red tape.” continued on page 50

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What happens when you are bankrupt? Mark Ryan of Quintas answers your finance questions in this special report: continued from page 49 Kuapa Kokoo is a cocoa– growing co-operative set up in 1993 by a number of leading cocoa farmers in Ghana, who recognised the opportunity to organise farmers and found a company to market their own cocoa. It guarantees the cocoa producer a specific price per kilo of beans; out on the open market there are no such guarantees. Farmers are at the mercy of greedy local buyers who often tamper with scales and cheat their neighbours out of a rightful price for their product. Kuapa Kokoo receives the Fairtrade Minimum Price or the auction price, if higher. It also receives the Fairtrade Premium of $200 US per tonne to invest in providing schools, clean sanitation and developing industries in local communities. “It’s really empowering for the farmers, they are taking control of their own lives and investing their own money in the local community, which makes it very different from a charitable situation. They are making their own decisions and planning for their own future” says Roberts. “The world isn’t perfect and of course it would be better if Fairtrade didn’t have to exist but it does, and I like to support the organisations that are opposing corruption.” Such a high quality beans deserve to be incorporated into a top quality product, and

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“I really couldn’t imagine doing this anywhere else but Clonakilty, it’s such a great town.” by buying the beans directly from the producer, Roberts has complete control over the end result, something she clearly relishes. She’s working with ingredients she’s never used before and reinterpreting what chocolate is. Some of her new products include, ‘Milky Milk’ — goat’s milk with coconut sugar — ‘Decadent Dark’, which is 72% sweetened with Xylitol and Peruvian lucuma fruit; ‘Totally Minted’, also 72% sweetened with Xylitol and Peruvian lucuma fruit, ‘Hot Chilli’ — 75%, sweetened with Low-GI (diabetic friendly) coconut sugar — and ‘Wild West’ with a pinch of Irish salt and seaweed. As the Irish palate is more attuned to the taste of milk chocolate, Roberts is utilising all her chocolate know how to create new and diverse flavours that will appeal

to the taste buds and go easy on the waistline. “The new range is gluten free and diabetic friendly but still 100% tasty and we are really proud to bring them to market” she says of the products, which will be officially launched in March during Fairtrade Fortnight. Another passion for Alison is giving back to the local community which has embraced her wholeheartedly, through providing employment for local people: “I’m working from home so I can create flexible working hours for people. I’m trying to develop an interesting employment model alongside growing the business.” Roberts took on her first employee in June last year and admits it was an interesting learning curve; she now has three employees working from her home chocolate fac-

tory and readily concedes that having the back up of other people and the support of the community allows her to be more creative with the chocolate. “I like the challenges involved in growing the business and this takes a bit of the pressure off ” she highlights. Speaking of growing the business, the next few weeks are busy ones for Roberts and her team. As well as launching the new products, February 28th sees her open the doors to the chocolate factory where all are welcome to book in for a peek into the new garden workshop. She will also be hosting a special ‘Tasting and Tapas’ evening on March 5th in Molly’s Wine Bar in Clonakilty. Sounds like a must for all chocolate lovers. For more information visit clonakiltychocolate.com.

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ankruptcy sees an insolvent person’s assets transfer to an Official Assignee (OA) to be sold for the benefit of those to whom the individual owes debt. The OA’s role is to dispose of assets and share the proceeds out fairly among their creditors, after which any outstanding debt remaining will be written off. In most cases this would involve the bankrupt person losing their family home. Bankruptcy proceedings are brought in the High Court. The application for a Bankruptcy Order is filed in the Office of the High Court. An individual cannot apply for bankruptcy without meeting with a Personal Insolvency Practitioner to ascertain whether they could resolve their debts through one of the new personal insolvency arrangements — Debt Settlement Arrangement or Personal Insolvency Arrangement. The total value of the individual’s debts must be in excess of €20,000 to apply for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy normally lasts three years, and the bankrupt person will be under the supervision of office of the OA. There are restrictions during this period as regards access to credit, acting in certain roles and more. The OA also has the option of imposing an income payments order on the bankrupt for a period of five years. The amount due to be paid under an income protection or-

der is based on the individual’s income less their reasonable living expenses, which the OA will deduct to cover family/household living expenses, mortgage/ rent, childcare and other expenses.

Bankruptcy means: • Your property transfers to the Official Assignee • You have a duty to contribute from surplus income (income less reasonable expenses) towards your debts for up to five years • You are discharged from bankruptcy after three years • All your debts are written off • In most cases you can continue in employment • You can continue to operate a bank account • You can travel outside the State once the OA’s office is informed • Notification of your bankruptcy will appear in Iris Oifigiúil or on the ISI website • Your name will remain on the list of bankruptcies Bankruptcy is the nuclear option for personal debt. Explore all the other options first.

Quintas are currently running open information evenings on debt resolution. If you would like to avail of a free appointment with Mark Ryan contact 021 4641400 or email info@ quintas.ie.

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Chicken soup for the soul…

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here are a few nasty bugs going around Cork at the moment, and some of them have been making themselves at home here at The Cork News, so naturally a recipe for chicken soup is timely! This soup is based on a rich, dark stock, and will help soothe those shivers and sniffles. Ingredients Serves: 8 Dark Chicken Stock • 1 leek • Stems from ½ bunch parsley

• 6 sprigs thyme • 2 bay leaves • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 3lb chicken wings • 1 onion, unpeeled, quartered • 3 carrots, peeled • 2 celery stalks • 2 cloves of garlic • 1 tablespoon tomato puree • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns Assembly • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2½ pounds chicken thighs, with bones and skin removed • 8 oz carrots, peeled, sliced ½” thick

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• 8 oz pearl onions, peeled, halved through the root • 8 oz egg noodles or pasta • Fresh chervil (French parsley) for garnish Method Trim dark green leaves from the leek; discard all but two of them. Slice the leek in half lengthwise and set it aside. Tuck the parsley, thyme, and bay leaves inside the leek leaves and tie it closed with kitchen twine. • Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium. Working in batches, cook the wings, turning often, until well browned

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all over; this will take 15–20 minutes in total. Transfer them to a plate. • Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and reserved leek to the pot. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned, which will take 10–12 minutes. • Add tomato and tomato puree and cook, stirring, until slightly darkened (roughly three minutes). Add ½ cup of water, making sure not to let browning stick to the bottom of the pot. You’ll need to keep scraping! Add the wings, the leek bundle, the peppercorns, and 12 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat

and simmer, skimming the fat from the top occasionally, until your stock is deep amber and the chicken is falling off the bone. This will take up to two hours. Remove the chicken and vegetables and strain your stock into a clean large heavy pot. • The next step is the assembly, where you bring it all together: Bring the stock to a simmer over medium–high heat and season well with salt and pepper. Add the thighs, cover, and simmer for about ten minutes until cooked through. Transfer the thighs to a plate and allow them to

cool slightly, then shred the meat and discard the bones. • Add the carrots and onions to the pot; simmer for about five minutes until tender and add the thigh meat. • Meanwhile, cook the noodles in a pot of boiling salted water until just al dente. Drain them and rinse under cold water, then add to your soup. Serve topped with chervil. • This soup can be made two days ahead (or two months if frozen) as long as the noodles haven’t been added. Make sure it’s completely cooled before you transfer to airtight containers and chill or freeze.

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What is gluten, and does it want to kill me? Some people really do have problems — potentially very big problems — with gluten. People with coeliac disease have to avoid it assiduously, and lot of people who suffer from IBS can have their symptoms worsened by it. Gluten is a protein found in processed wheat, barley and rye flour, made of two smaller proteins squashed together. It’s the substance that gives dough its elasticity: without gluten it’s hard to get bread to rise well, and actions like throwing a pizza base are impossible. We’ve been eating it for thousands of years. The problem lately may be that intensive farming and selective breeding have amped up the amounts of gluten in cheaper, highly processed flours, leading some people to have a bad reaction to low–quality cereal products. They drop it from their diets completely — not entirely a bad idea, as we could all do with fewer processed carbs — but can subsequently lose their ability to process it well, mak-

ing the problem worse in the long run. The first thing to do if you think you may have a gluten problem is to cut down, not cut out, cereals and cereal products. Next, fork out a little more for better qual-

ity products: they’re probably still cheaper than the gluten–free alternatives. If your problems persist, consider seering a doctor but bear in mind; when it comes to gluten you’re more than likely going to be just fine.

Put your Munier where your mouth is

Choc it down

In last week’s Menu we noted that we’re in the odd ‘in between’ phase, when it’s winter one moment and spring the next, and that this can leave our bodies a little confused and prone to coming down with sniffles and sneezes. The section featured a selection of highly recommended foods to see you through the last harrowing weeks of winter, when our reserves are lowest but, as has been pointed out on more than one occasion, one miracle food has been overlooked: chocolate.

Like just about everything else, it’s bad for you in excess, but a little high–quality dark chocolate every day isn’t just good for your soul, it’s good for your body and mind too, especially at this time of year. Chocolate is an exceptionally complex food, packed with a whole range of interesting chemicals which, between them, can tackle cholesterol, lower blood pressure, help with recovery from infections or injuries, lower blood pressure and reduce clotting, keep your joints supple and, espe-

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cially relevant after a week of unsettled February weather, stock your brain up with vital ‘good mood’ neurotransmitters like serotonin which, as you may have heard, is also associated with good moods, relaxation and even being in love. So, the message is clear: a little dark chocolate every day will not only improve your physical health, but will boost your brain to get it over this last wintery hump. We recommend you start treatment immediately!

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Renowned restaurateur Nick Munier is to bring a foretaste of his new venture to Munster’s gourmands on March 7th. The TV chef will be at Muckross Park Hotel and Spa to share dishes from his upcoming restaurant Avenue by Nick Munier, which is set to open later in the month. The once–off event will see guests treated to a prosecco reception before sitting down to a six–course tasting menu created by the famous foodie, who will be on hand to meet guests and talk about their impressions of his menu. Tickets can be purchased for the evening for €55 per person and are available by calling 064 662 3400. Muckross Hotel is also of-

fering a one–night package for Munier fans in a deluxe room, including full break-

fast, for just €130 per person sharing, or €195 per person sharing for two nights.

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Cork Homes 27 February 2015

French Connection Paris Fashion Week is about to delight and surprise next week. Be inspired by the French capital’s fashion showcase, and consider recreating some chic Parisian style in your own home. Le Petite Maison tin sign, Penneys, €1.50

The occasional sofa, from the Shimmer collection, is €519 from DFS.

Paris double robe, Caseys, €1,415

Damask applique cushion, Marks & Spencer, €40

Laurence Llewelyn–Bowen Bonjour Boudoir mirror, littlewoodsireland.ie, €149

5kw Boyne Stove €299

Radiator Covers 10% off ALL sizes

Nest of two circle tables, Meadows & Byrne, €98

Laminate Flooring from €4.99 per sq.yd

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Paws for a minute … and take in these great finds for animal lovers! Rachinee Pink Elephant by Elephant Parade, with part of all proceeds donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation. Carraig Donn, €39

Get planting These great handmade concrete planters from ail+el are designed for succulents or any small plant. For indoor

use, with no drainage holes, they are available for €32 from giveirishcraft.com and ailandel.com.

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Cat mug, moss.ie, €12.50

Framed Dolittle print by Eoin Whelehan designist.ie, €30

Give your indoor succulents as much natural light as possible. Water your succulents sparingly, allowing the soil to completely dry out between waterings. Make your little green friend feel at home, and sing to it on dull days!

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An easy way to shred, slice, grate and dice fruit and vegetables fast, it’s the Tefal Fresh Express Chopper. Preparing healthy and delicious food has never been easier! It’s €59 from Harvey Norman.

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Style 27 February 2015

Khaki

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The culotte is back and khaki is the new neutral. Oasis is nailing both trends, with their khaki collection instores during March. This safari duster coat is €75; white camisole €28; beige culottes €56; and necklace €15, all which are modelled by Krystal Mahon — originally from Cork — at the Oasis SS15 press preview.

Jewel of a site Our Carey’s Lane neighbours, Azure have just launched their new website, azurejewellery.ie, which includes this little gem, the Georgia bracelet, for €120.

Giving it socks

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A Cork duo have launched an online sock heaven for fashion conscious men. Socktrepreneurs Olan Ahern and Eoin O’Brien have set up sockjunky.com, after they saw a gap in the market for cool and stylish socks. Thery even have a sock club, which will see you receive a pair of Sock Junky’s finest socks to your door every month. What’s not to love?

Pictured: Loren Pey What I’m wearing: Jacket: Penneys Cardigan: Vero Moda Scarf: H&M Jeans: Miss Selfridge Bag: Ted Baker Boots: Penneys

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Broderie dot top (€199), broderie dot skirt (€275) and brogues (€225), part of the Karen Millen SS15 Phase One collection. Snap them up at Brown Thomas. 

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Accessorise the look

Yellow leather high–heeled sandals with bow, Zara, €69.95

Miami graffiti dress, French Connection, €215

Victoria Beckham red silk and wool blend dress, Brown Thomas, €1685

Play peek-a-boo Cut–out creations have returned and are the current fashion forward trend of the season. Channel the alluring look with these finds…

Johnny Loves Rosie cut-out detail bag, asos.com, €78.38

Shell pink cut–out v–neck bodycon dress, New Look, €22.99

Myleene Klass strappy swimsuit, littlewoodsireland.ie, €37 Black compact cut–out top, Next, €41

Peach stone cuff, Penneys, €5

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Beauty 27 February 2015

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, Debenhams, €19

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer, Boots, €13.99

Glitter Bug For many, sparkle and glitter adorned eyes bring back memories of disastrous beauty adventures from the teen years. However, with the tend now back — seen on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week — here’s how to create it in a whimsical, not gaudy, way. 

Too Faced Glamour Dust in Nude Beam, Boots, €20

BareMinerals high shine eyecolour in Gold Medal, Brown Thomas, €18

MAC pigment in Old Gold, Brown Thomas, €24.50

Urban Decay Perversion Glitter Dipped False Lashes, Debenhams, €16

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Be blown away This hero product is designed to reduce blow–drying time by up to a half! The Oil Wonders Flash Blow Dry Oil from Matrix also enhances softness and shine, and leaves hair feeling supple. It’s available in salons, priced €16.30.

Berry power We’re loving the humble blueberry and all its superfood goodness at the moment. Packed with antioxidants, it protects against premature ageing, which is, well, just super!

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Spring scent The new limited edition Chanel Coco Mademoiselle collection includes a new purse spray with three refills and the iconic Eau de Parfum bottle. The vibrant, sparkling freshness of orange immediately awakens the senses, before giving way to a clear and transparent heart with an unexpectedly delicate floral bouquet of rose and jasmine. It’s out next Friday, March 6th and priced €130.

Something extraordinary An 18–day beauty bonanza has kicked off at Brown Thomas, running until Sunday, March 15th. The Extraordinary Beauty Event will see an array of visiting make-up artists from leading beauty brands on hand to make customers look and feel magnificent. Tom Ford will host Spring colour full makeovers, mini eye-makeovers and fragrance consultation throughout the beauty event, while Cesar Santos, international artist for Giorgio Armani, visits on Wednesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 5th. National artist for Laura Mercier, Sasha Ghodstinat, will be available from Wednesday, March 5th to Saturday, March 7th; while visiting artist for Bobbi Brown, Stephanie Burgess, is in store on Thursday, March 12th while Jo Malone London will host an engraving event on Saturday, March 14th. 

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Body Boost Fancy a tanned body all year round? It’s now possible with Clarins new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body. The self tanner is designed to add a tanning benefit to any moisturising or firming body care, by simply mixing four to six drops of it with a small amount of your regular Clarins body care. It’s available from the end of March, RRP €36.

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Loving Lisbon By Lizann Peppard in association with Hotels.com I am hoping to go to Portugal over Easter. Any recommendations?

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hy not visit the capital? Lisbon is a culturally rich, beautiful city encompassing everything one would want from a city break; fine restaurants, an abundance of culture to experience, beautiful scenery and great shopping. Spring is an ideal time to visit Lisbon, as the weather is more comfortable for sight– seeing than at the height of summer. The city of Lisbon is slightly smaller than Dublin and most city centre areas can be

reached on foot or by using the public transport system, which is excellent and easy to navigate, consisting of trams, buses, metro and trains. If you do plan on walking in the city, be prepared for the hills that await you. Built on seven hills, Lisbon is cobbled with stoned pavements and narrow streets full of Art Nouveau cafés. The downtown districts of Baixa and Rossio are the commercial areas where you will find the government ministries and the Praça do Comércio. The traditional quarter of Bairro Alto has a labyrinth of streets for visitors to explore and is by far the most retro and unique area in the city. Lisbon hosts a great number of remarkable art museums exhibiting ancient and modern art. These include the Carmo Archeological Museum, National Museum of

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Contemporary Art and the Calouste Gulbeinkian Museum. Belem is Lisbon’s most monumental and historical area. Lisbon is a city steeped in exploration history, and it was from Belem that many of the great Portuguese explorers such as Vasco de Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator embarked on their voyages of discovery. During this

time Lisbon flourished, with riches pouring into the country. This was the period which saw the construction of great monuments such as Monasterio des Jeronimos — a former monastery — and the Tower of Belem. Today these monuments are two of the city’s most popular attractions. The Monasterio des Jeronimos is famed for more than just exquisite architecture

and design but also because it serves some of the best Pastis de Nata, Portugal’s native custard tarts, you can find. Make sure to get there early and get in line for these sumptuous treats as they often sell out before lunchtime on a busy day. If you like the idea of getting out of the city for the day, the towns of Sintra and Cascais are well worth a visit. Estoril is a beautiful seaside

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village situated half an hour outside Lisbon. Once an attraction for spies, authors and exiled royals during World War II, today Estoril is less pretentious but still has a good selection of luxury hotels dotted along the seafront. The area is surrounded by an exotic park and is home to many great–value seafood restaurants for visitors to choose from. Once the summer residence of the Kings of Portugal and Moorish Lords of Lisbon before them, Sintra is a romantic town and used as a getaway for Lisbon locals. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sintra is dominated by steep mountains and lush forests as well as Disneyland–like palaces and towers. The peaks of the Moorish Castle and Pena Palace provide spectacular views over the entire area extending as far as the sea.


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Drive 27 February 2015

Focus on the future

With a facelift and a more modern interior, Ford’s new Focus is ready for road, says Seán Creedon

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ord has given their best–selling Focus a mid–life makeover and it’s now on sale at Ford’s 55 dealers countrywide. Ciaran McMahon, the new MD at Ford’s Irish headquarters on Boreenmanna Road, is confident that the arrival of the Focus and a few new models later this year will push the blue oval brand to the top of

the Irish car sales chart by the end of 2015. Speaking at the Irish launch, Ciaran said: ‘‘At the end of 2014 Ford were third in the sales chart behind VW and Toyota. But with the introduction of the face–lifted Focus and new versions of the Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy later this year we are hopeful that the top three will be reversed in our favour by

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December 2015. Also in the fourth quarter of the year Irish drivers will be able to purchase the exciting Mustang for the first time.” With a price tag of over €50,000 the Mustang might be outside of many Irish drivers’ budget, but it’s an iconic car and it will be interesting just to see it. So Ford will rely on the popular Focus for volume sales and Ciaran says they

expect to sell approximately 4,500 units of the Focus in Ireland this year. I drove the car in Spain a few months back, but with a left hand drive on unfamiliar roads, you don’t get a proper feel for it. So it was more relaxing last week as I got to appreciate on Irish roads the luxury that the revamped Focus now offers. Externally the main change is to the front grille, which now looks very neat and is similar to the one used in the Fiesta. There is also a new bonnet and front fascia. Overall it’s a bolder looking vehicle with a longer look and wider stance to it. Inside, the controls on the dash have changed slightly,

Combining elegance with sporty dynamism, the IS offers the perfect balance of comfort and performance. Take a closer look now at Lexus Cork, South Douglas Road. T: 021 4817750 www.lexuscork.ie

depending on the version you drive. It’s a really sturdy car to travel in. I drove a red diesel version with lots of extras and it was a real head turner. Prices start at €20,695, but as with most new cars when you go into a garage to buy a new Focus you will find that there are various options, with Style, Zetec and Titanium all offering different extras. I reckon the five–door Style with a 1.0 Eco Boost petrol engine will be the most popular at €22,345. Naturally it’s also available in 1.6 and 2.0–litre diesel. There are lots of extras and safety items like Cross Traffic alert, which warns drivers reversing out of a parking space

of approaching traffic. Since the Focus was introduced to Ireland in 1999, over 115,000 units have been sold: that equates to one in every 20 cars sold in Ireland over the past 16 years. Pope Francis also invested in a second hand Focus shortly after he got the top job in the Vatican two years ago. Now there’s a sensible man, who leads by example! Cork is synonymous with Ford, and has eight dealerships: Kellehers of Macroom, Abernethys in Midleton, Bandon Motors, Cork City Ford Centre, Cavanaghs of Fermoy, CAB Motor Company, O’Briens in Mallow and Cavanaghs of Charleville.

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Drive a new ŠKODA from as little as €129† per month including servicing. From the luxurious Superb to the fuel efficient Octavia, the city-smart Citigo to the rugged Yeti, with ŠKODA PCP Solutions, our versatile ŠKODA range is always within your range. Our competitive finance rates start from just 3.9%APR with repayments from €129† per month, including the cost of routine servicing. In addition to excellent trade-in allowances, you can also avail of product upgrades such as Free Leather interior and Satellite Navigation with selected models*. To find out more, call into your local ŠKODA Dealer during our Open Event from 8th November.

ŠKODA OpEn EvEnT from november 8th.

E Tarrant & Sons, The Square, Banteer, Co. Cork. T. 029 56014. W. www.etarrant.ie Terms and conditions apply. *Available with Superb Ambition and Elegance models only. Images used for illustrative purposes only. †Finance example quoted is not model shown. Finance example: Typical Finance example: Citigo OTRP €11,365. Deposit / Part Exchange €3,389.33. 36 monthly payments of €129 (including Service Plan). Optional Final Payment €4,306. Total hire purchase price €12,093.69 including acceptance fee (€75) and completion fee (€75). Minimum deposit is 10%. Subject to lending criteria. This offer is made under a hire purchase agreement. ŠKODA Finance is a trading style of Volkswagen Bank GmbH Branch Ireland, authorised by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority in Germany and regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland for conduct of business rules.

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Call us today on 021 4916300 www.jpdouglas.ie Terms & conditions apply. Scrappage applies to new Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokka retail passenger cars ordered between 16th – 28th February 2015. Trade-in vehicles must be registered in name of purchasing customer for a minimum of 6 months and have a valid NCT. Johnson & Perrott reserve the right to refuse a vehicle if it is not roadworthy. Insignia scrappage allowance of €4,500, Astra scrappage allowance of €3,500, Mokka and Corsa scrappage allowance of €3,000. Models shown for illustrative purposes only. This offer is available on all new Corsa, Astra, Insignia and Mokkas ordered from 16th February to 28th February 2015 & registered before 31st March 2015.

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DEFY CONVENTION

O’BRIENS GARAGE • MIDLETON

UNLIMITED APPEAL MAZDA6 EXECUTIVE DIESEL ONLY €29,900* PLUS FREE SAT NAV OR €500 UPGRADE^ The multi award-winning Mazda6 Executive 2.2 Diesel is here. Featuring our pioneering SKYACTIV Technology and KODO Design, the Mazda6 Executive achieves 3.9l/100km with emissions of only 104g/km (€190 annual road tax). • Air conditioning • Cruise control • 5.8" touchscreen

• 17" alloys • Front fog lights • Integrated Bluetooth®

*Prices from €29,900, emissions from 104g/km, combined fuel consumption from 3.9l/100km, annual road tax from €190 ( Tax Band A3). Model shown is for illustration purposes only. Model shown may not be to Ireland specification. Colours and some exterior and/or interior elements may differ from the actual model. Mazda6 2.2 150PS Diesel Saloon (6 speed manual). ^Offer only available on all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5 models registered in 2015 by 31 March. Offer only available on retail sales. Free Sat Nav comprises of an integrated Mazda Satellite Navigation system. No aftermarket or stand-alone Satellite Navigation systems will be supported. €500 upgrade allowance can be put towards cost of any additional specification placed on the vehicle. This should be decided with your local retailer prior to order being placed. If no upgrade or additional accessories selected, €500 can be set against the overall cost of the vehicle. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. SatNav may not be provided on the day of collection but will be fitted on a subsequent date by your retailer. Please note that this may take up to 4 weeks after you have collected your new Mazda. Test drives subject to applicant status and availability.

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Take a 24 hour test drive in the Volvo S60 SE, and discover true driving pleasure and legendary Swedish comfort.

CALL US TODAY ON 021 4615220 TO ARRANGE A TEST DRIVE. *Delivery and related charges included. Terms and conditions apply. Model shown is the Volvo S60 SE. Manual priced at €34,845. Fuel consumption for the Volvo Range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 26.9 (10.5) – 68.9 (4.1), Extra Urban 41.5 (6.8) – 83.8 (3.4), Combined 34.4 (8.2) – 76.3 (3.7). CO2 Emissions 215 – 96 g/km. All new Volvo cars come with a 3 year warranty and 2 years’ roadside assistance.

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And if you place an order before the end of February, we’ll upgrade you to a full leather interior and an exterior style pack – worth over €2000 – for FREE. The Volvo S60 SE, from €34,845*

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TOYOTA IN THE CITY

ORDER A NEW

TOYOTA at Lehane Motors

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Design and performance Geraldine Fitzgerald flexes her muscles in a Mazda 6 Executive Saloon from O’Brien’s Motors

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he 2014 Mazda 6 SE Executive Saloon automatic waiting for me at O’Brien’s of Midleton has got to be the newest ‘used’ car I’ve ever driven for this review. It’s had one careful owner who didn’t get out much, as there’s less than 19 thousand miles on the clock. Having won accolades from every quarter as one of the best family saloons on the market, today the Mazda 6 will be tested by my trusty posse of Post – Pregnancy Pilates Mums. Why do they go to Pilates? I asked them. “Same reason a car requires periodic tinkering under the hood to keep everything at optimal level. We’ve just given birth, so…” ‘Nuff said. Soul Red is the colour of our vehicular baby, and the styling is sporty; after a redesign in 2013 this model has a nice

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arc to its line; the bonnet swoops pleasingly and a high tail end makes it look very dynamic. The yummy mummies give it several thumbs up. The materials are plush; the ladies tell me they’re very comfy with plenty of legroom, and as the driver I must say the 2.2 handles beautifully. It’s light but strong, making the very most of 148hp and 420Nm of torque as we zip towards the Pilates studio – very relaxing at motorway speeds, and quiet enough to listen intently to back seat gossip. Parents will be pleased with the five star NCAP safety rating — six airbags and smart braking are standard — and although the boot is a bit more shallow than the older model, it doesn’t make much of a discernible difference and you can always fold down the seats. Mazda’s SkyActiv technology means the 2.2–litre diesel

This week saw the first installment of our epic Cork News Karting League at Kartworld in Watergrasshill. The results were as follows: 1st position: Team Chuppa Chupp (Drivers: Ian Farrell, Jamie O’Rourke and Nathan Cashman) 2nd position: Team Flaming Moe’s (Drivers: Dave Daly, Alan O’Neill and John Galvin)

engine doesn’t compromise on economy: it emits just 104g/ km of CO2 and does a very respectable 67.3mpg. It’s a genuinely lovely drive, and is the ideal family car without having to sacrifice anything to design or performance. I’m not alone in my Mazda fancying; my brother drives one for work, to Dublin three times a week, and he adores it. His

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company (a large telecom business) has a fleet of Mazda 6 cars, and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive. He assures me he is not alone in listening to tales of pelvic floor muscles at weekends. “Don’t go there. Please. I’m begging you; or we’ll all be one–child families.” So, how good a buy is this Mazda 2014? It’s €31,500, but I must say this car will serve you

very well indeed. Like many stunning women who have done their bit for prosperity; the Mazda 6 offers enduring brilliance; reliability and only needs the odd sympathetic retool for dedicated focus. At only €280 Road Tax, you too can get that new car smell at O’Brien’s of Midleton by calling 021 4631904 or visiting obriensgarage.ie.

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Platin Grey Skoda Octavia Eleg 1.2 TSI 105 HP

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€ 14,750.00

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€ 18,500.00

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Skoda Octavia Elegance 2.0 TDI 140 HP DSG

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€ 22,950.00

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€ 29,950.00

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Skoda Superb Ambition 1.6 TDI 105 HP

50K

€ 19,950.00

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34K

€ 24,950.00

Skoda Rapid Limo Ambition 1.6TDI 90 HP

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€ 19,950.00

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Skoda Yeti Ambition 2.0 Tdi 110HP

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€ 18,500.00

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Skoda Yeti Urban 2Lt TDI 110HP

20K

€ 23,950.00

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Seat Ibiza ST 1.2 Reference SE

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€ 11,950.00

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Skoda Yeti Elegance 2 Lt TDI 4 x 4 110 HP

1K

€ 28,950.00

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Hyundai IX 20 CRDI 1.4

35K

€ 13,950.00

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V/W Polo 1.0 60HP 5DR

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€ 14,500.00

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V/W Passat Highline 1.6 TDI 105 HP

145K

€ 16,500.00

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V/W Golf Comfortline 1.6 TDI 105 5DR

6k

€ 23,950.00

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Citroen DS4 2.0 TDI 160 HP

61K

€ 16,950.00

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Kia Venga 1.4 TDI 5 Dr

30K

€ 15,950.00

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Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.6 TDI 75 HP

33K

€ 11,950.00

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RaceBlue

Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.2 60 HP Sport/PK

15K

€ 12,950.00

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Skoda Fabia Amb 1.2 HTP 60 HP

23K

€ 10,500.00

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Blue/Silver Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.2 TSI 86 HP

10K

€ 13,500.00

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83K

€ 12,950.00

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Lava Blue

Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.2 HTP 60HP

21K

€ 12,500.00

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Skoda Octavia Ambition 1.2 TSI 105 HP

79K

€ 12,500.00

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Platin Grey Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.2 HTP 60HP

23k

€ 12,500.00

2011

Satin Grey Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.6 TDI 105HP

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€ 15,950.00

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Rosso Brunello Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.2 60HP C/P

13K

€ 13,250.00

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Skoda Octavia Ambition 1.6 TDI 105 HP

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€ 16,500.00

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Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo 1.2HTP 60 HP

26K

€ 13,750.00

2011

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€ 16,500.00

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43K

€ 26,500.00

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€ 9,950.00

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Skoda Yeti Ambition 4x4 2.0 TDI 170 HP

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€ 26,500.00

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54K

€ 10,750.00

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Citroen C4 Connected 1.6 TDI 5 Dr

32K

€ 15,500.00

2011

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40K

€ 15,500.00

2012

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Skoda Fabia Ambition 1.2 TSI 86 HP 30K

€ 11,500.00

2011

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56K

€ 10,500.00

Skoda Octavia Ambition 1.6 TDI 105HP

142

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5th position: Team Scuderia Corse ( Drivers: Stefan Hanotin, Nevin Power and Cathal Power)

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KEARYS NISSAN €4,000 SCRAPPAGE Due to phenomenal demand, you can still trade in your old car with Nissan and get a guaranteed minimum trade-in value of €4,000* to go towards a brand new Nissan Qashqai, Pulsar, Juke, Micra, Note or Leaf.

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HURRY! OFFER ENDS FEBUARY 28TH For more details visit kearys.ie *Terms and conditions apply see Nissan.ie. Offer available on Qashqai, Pulsar, Juke, Micra, Note and Leaf models only at participating dealers. Qualifying trade-in vehicles must be registered in the Republic of Ireland for at least 6 months previous to the date of trade-in and have a valid NCT and Road Tax certificate. Must be insured for use on the road for at least three months in the 18 months prior to trade-in. The offer is limited. Check with your local Nissan dealer for details. This is a mutually exclusive offer no other offers apply.


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A whole new meaning to “car ads” As our cars become more and more tecnologically advanced, pairing up with everything from our tablets to our smartphones to GPS to WiFi or 4G, the next step in the evolution of the “integrated car” may be inevitable. Eyeing a potential market of almost €40 billion by 2020, adaptive dashboards (think iPad with a speedometer) and cabin displays could soon feature one of the most irritating innovations of the 21st century: pop–up and personalised advertising. A lot of newer high–end cars already integrate entertainment platforms, with Spotify for music, for instance, or

even Netflix and YouTube. At the moment, a lot of drivers haven’t even heard of connected cars. That’ll change, with more than a quarter of new car buyers in the US indicating that they’d be willing to allow ads in their cars in order

to avail of free online services. Manufacturers already working on connected cars include Ford, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda and others, while Apple, Google, Spotify and other Internet big players are developing car software.

Deals of the week We asked some of Cork's most trusted car dealers to recommend their top picks in three price brackets:

Under €15,000

A sporting chance with Kearys

Brendan Keary, Sales Director, Kearys Hyundai Cork; Brendan Keary, Dealer principal of Kearys Renault Cork; Joe Schmidt, Irish Rugby Coach and James McCarthy, CEO, Nissan Ireland; celebrating rugby and motoring at Musgrave Park. Picture by Declan Forrest

€15,000 to €20,000

Skoda Octavia Price: €15,950 Engine: 1.6 Diesel Transmission: Manual Year: 2011 Mileage: 49,200 miles Colour: Blue Dealer: Noel Deasy Cars, New Mallow Road, Blackpool Tel: 021 439 7658

Nissan Qashqai Price: €18,500 Engine: 1.5 Diesel Transmission: Manual Year: 2013 (131) Mileage: 52,000 miles Colour: Red Dealer: Finbarr Galvin Motors, Clonakilty Road, Bandon Tel: 023 882 0555

Ford Kuga Price: €18,950 Engine: 2.0 Diesel Transmission: Manual Year: 2010 Mileage: 35,418 miles Colour: Grey Dealer: F.M. Autos, Five Mile Bridge, Kinsale Road, Kinsale Tel: 021 4888 775

€20,000 to €25,000

Ssangyong Kyron Price: €4,400 Engine: 2.0 Petrol Transmission: Manual Year: 2007 Mileage: 122,000 miles Colour: Grey

Ford Fiesta Price: €10,500 Engine: 1.2 Petrol Transmission: Manual Year: 2010 Mileage: 36,957 miles Colour: Metallic Magenta Red

Toyota Corolla Price: €13,900 Engine: 1.3 Diesel Transmission: Manual Year: 2011 Mileage: 45,360 Colour: Ash Grey

Dealer: Mallow Road Motors, Kinap, Mallow Road Cork Tel: 021 439 2066

Dealer: Nyhan Motors, Cork Road, Bandon Tel: 023 882 0000

Dealer: Lehane Motors, South Douglas Road, Cork Tel: 021 481 7700

Audi A1 Sportsback Price: €20,950 Engine: 1.2 Petrol Transmission: Manual Year: 2014 (141) Mileage: 19,263 miles Colour: Metallic Black Dealer: Great Island Motors, Rushbrooke, Cobh Tel: 021 481 1609

“We listen to you, we research the market, we advise and we recommend the best.”

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Price: €23,950 Engine: 1.6 Diesel Transmission: Manual Year: 2014 (142) Mileage: 1,491 miles Colour: White Dealer: Dan Seaman Motors, Forge Hill, Kinsale Road, Cork Tel: 021 432 0266

Hyundai i40 Executive Price: €24,495 Engine: 1.7 Diesel Transmission: Manual Year: 2014 (142) Mileage: 6,707 miles Colour: Blue Dealer: Kearys of Cork, Kinsale Road Roundabout, Cork Tel: 021 492 9800

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ENJOY LOWER MONTHLY REPAYMENTS WITH ŠKODA PCP SOLUTIONS

Fabia from €159 per month.

Octavia from €179 per month.

Yeti from €269 per month.

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Including three years servicing.

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C&S UCC Demons have been crowned Basketball Ireland Men’s Premier League Champions following a 122–81 win over UCD Marian. Breaking the 100–point mark for the seventh time this season, the win stretches the Demons’ winning streak to 51 weeks and sees their unbeaten-season continue. “It was another good win but the title was earned with the hard yards over the season. “It was nice to take it with a bit of style at home,” said Player-Coach Colin O’Reilly. The title makes it a league and cup double for the Cork side, having won the 2015 Men’s National trophy earlier this year. “We’ve won four of the last five trophies so it’s good recognition for the work that goes on here. “We’ll take a week off now and they’ll we’ll come together to realign our goals and focus on the Champion’s Trophy,” said O’Reilly.

Picture by INPHO/Billy Stickland

C&S UCC Demons complete League and Cup double

Munster looking to top PRO12 table

Kyle Hosford. Picture by Sportfile.

Munster have the chance to overtake Guinness Pro12 leaders Glasgow Warriors this Saturday when they face the Scottish side in Independent Park at7.15pm. Sitting third in the PRO12 table and four points behind the Warriors, Munster will top the table on points difference with a bonus point win.

Having lost their three previous meetings with the Warriors, Munster’s last victory over the side came in October 2013 away in Scotstown. Second row Dave Foley’s wrist injury is expected to rule him out for the remainder of the season, while fellow injured lock Donnacha Ryan (above) returned to training this week.

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Allez Les Bleus! Famed French actor, director and writer, Mathieu Amalric will open the Cork French Film Festival this weekend. He tells Play’s Maria Tracey about his love of west Cork, and of filming his latest film The Blue Room. 

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or acclaimed French star Mathieu Amalric, opening the 26th Cork French Film Festival is doubly joyful. On one hand, the amiable actor and director outlines how “moved” he is that the festival’s director, Paul Bloom, is showing a selection of films from a variety of friends of his, while on the other hand, coming to Cork is also an opportunity for  Amalric to return to a much loved part of the world that he visited  25 years ago. “I wanted to get lost somewhere,” he reveals about the time he spent near Bantry. “I didn’t know I was going

to stay there, but the people grabbed me.” Indeed, similar to the open and welcoming nature long associated with west Cork, Amalric is inviting too, with his alluring accent and laid– back  demeanour. To quote the French phrase, there is a certain ‘joie de vivre’ about the man, with a ready joy for what he does. And what he does, he does a lot. Best known for his star roles in Oscar  nominated  The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon);  Steven Spielberg’s  Munich;  Wes Anderson’s  The Grand  Budapest  Hotel;  and  as  ruthless businessman Dominic

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Mathieu Amalric calling the shots on the set of La Chambre Bleue, based on a book by Georges Simenon

Greene in the  James Bond film Quantum of Solace, he will open the Cork French Film Festival with his latest film La Chambre Bleue  (The  Blue Room)  this Sunday,  March 1st at 7pm at the Gate Cinema. Other  Amalric films are  also included in the festival programme, including On Tour, which he also directed, and Jimmy P, both screening on Monday, March 2nd in the Gate Cinema at 6.30pm and 9pm respectively; and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Love is the Perfect  Crime (L’Amour est un crime parfait) on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6.30pm and 9pm respectively. Venus in Fur  (La Vénus à la fourrure) and Chicken with Plums (Le poulet aux prunes) will be screened Wednesday, March 4th, at 6.30pm and 9pm It’s a vast array of films, and his latest,  The Blue Room, brings the Frenchman’s artistic genius in yet another direction. The thriller  follows an adulterous tryst, after which the man (played by Amalric) finds himself under investigation for an unknown crime. Drawing some parallels to the Hollywood blockbust-

er Gone Girl, the film is based on the 60s novel by legendary crime writer Georges Simenon.  Amalric explains that having read the book, he never felt that he would make a film out of it. “Simenon  wrote so many novels, that any house in France or Belgium, in stacks of books in the toilet or under the stairs, you’ll find one of his books,” says the 49 year old.  “Everyone says ‘my favourite  Simenon  is this one or that one,’ but to read all his books is impossible. So you almost fall on your favourite by chance.” Amalric highlights that it was his producer that told him to “stop writing” and do a film “right now”,  and so, his partner Stéphanie Cléau and he co–wrote The Blue Room in six weeks. Just under two months later, they were shooting it. It was then filmed in just five weeks.  “Simenon  would write his books in 11 days, so we almost  put the same intense energy into the film,” explains  Amalric, adding the way Simenon describes details such as a “bee on the belly, the sound of the cars outside when they are making love” are all things “that make you want to

“We are made of different pieces, and some days you just see disaster and other days it’s more to be like a little child.” shoot”, to “feel something”. This intensity certainly shines through in the film, further heightened by the fact that  Amalric’s  partner Cléau, who helped co–write the movie, also appears as the mistress. “To  play this   woman, who is so mysterious that you can’t tell exactly if did she kill or not, meant it was good

to have an unknown face. I would call her the threat of the unknown,” he smiles. “It works because  Léa Drucker, who plays my wife in the film, is very famous in France and people recognise her as an actress.” He adds the intimacy of the film is further strengthened by the cast, with the  sound engineer playing the husband in the film, while the  makeup artist’s daughter plays his child. Flitting between being a director and actor is something Amalric appears to love.  “We are made of different pieces, and some days you just see disaster and other days it’s more to be like a little child in the breast of an amazing woman,” he says. He adds that with movies, he “fell” into them, “wanting to fabricate” his own films. “I did lots of  jobs in movies, and love all those jobs that make a set up…acting is just another for me, another manual job in films,” he adds. For more on the Cork French Film Festival, organised by the Alliance Française de Cork and running from Sunday,  March 1st to Sunday, March 8th see corkfrenchfilmfestival.com.


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Trainspotting returns L-R Karol Mann O’Connor (Begbie),Angelina Ryle (Alison), Aron Hegerty (Renton), Eamonn Doyle (Sick Boy), Dominic MacHale (Tommy).

Trainspotting returns Take a trip through the grim, dank recesses of Edinburgh in Irvine Welsh’s darkly comic and often-heartbreaking Trainspotting. The modern British cult

classic — whose trailblazing film adaptation will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year —  is a tale of drugs, sex and subculture. The  Cork Arts Theatre

Repertory Company will now present  the classic novel on stage at the Cork Arts Theatre from Wednesday, March 11th to  Saturday, March 21st (excluding Sunday, March

15th) at 8pm. Tickets for opening week are €10, and €15 for the remainder of the run. See corkartstheatre.com for more information. 

Oscar winner comes to Cork The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film is to be screened in Cork next week. Ida, the  first Polish film to receive an Oscar, will be shown on  Thursday, March 5th at 8pm in St John’s Central College by  Cork Cine Club. From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love), the drama is about a young novitiate nun in 1962 Poland who, on the  verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past. Accepting the Academy Award, Pawlikowski said: “We make a film about silence and withdrawing from the world and

the need for contemplation — and here we are, at the epicentre of world noise and attention. Fantastic! Life is full of surprises.” Tickets are €8.50/€7  which includes a nightly Cine Club membership fee.

A Cork artist is to “take over” the Cork Community Print Shop.  John Flynn is to have a solo exhibition  at  the Oliver Plunkett Street venue on Friday, March 6th, entitled Takeover. The night will be a showcase of art, music and food. Along with a display of  Flynn’s work,  Shookrah and  Liquid Emotion will

both be performing, while food will be provided by Cool Beans: a restaurant based in the  print shop  that specialises in vegan, gluten–free meals  and is run solely on donations.  The exhibition is part of a new monthly  exhibition in the printshop called Exile, which will feature a new artist every month. 

CORK ARTS THEATRE Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th March @ 8.00pm

A scene from Ida, the first Polish film to receive an Oscar.

Music at the Market The Mother Jones Flea Market is to throw open its doors for a night of entertainment. The market, at the corner of McCurtain Street and York Street, will host Dublin three–piece Sissy on Saturday, March 14th. The band, whose  sound is influenced by  Wire, Au Pairs, and Siouxsie, have  finished a short tour of the UK and released their debut EP, simply titled Sissy. Doors are 9pm, and pre– sale tickets are €6 or €7 on the door.

Flynn makes plans for solo Takeover

Cork Arts Theatre presents

Ten short plays, many of which are Irish premieres, that all take place around a park bench. Stories full of comedy and drama; love stories and stories of love lost. There is something for everyone in this very entertaining evening.

Featuring a wealth of Cork theatre talent.

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VIEWS FROM A BENCH

Wednesday 11th to Saturday 21st March @ 8.00pm Cork Arts Theatre Repertory Company presents

TRAINSPOTTING

by Irvine Welsh. Adapted by Harry Gibson.

Take a trip through the grim, dank recesses of Edinburgh in Irvine Welsh’s darkly comic, oft heart-breaking Trainspotting. This modern British classic is a tale of drugs, sex and subculture. Opening Week 11th - 14th: Tickets €10 16th - 21st March - Tickets €15/€12 (conc)

Caroline Moreau. Picture by: Ger Staunton.

Moreau to serenade Irish–based French chanteuse Caroline Moreau will return to Cork next week. The singer is at On The Pig’s Back, in St Patrick’s Mills, Douglas, on Friday, March 6th, where she will perform both old and new material including songs from her ac-

claimed second album Amour Toujours etc…  which she launched to widespread praise in 2013. A  French gastronomic menu is available beforehand at 6pm, while the show itself takes place at 8pm. Tickets €15 from 021 4617832.  

Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th April @ 8.00pm Tangled Stars Theatre Company presents

ARTHUR & ESTHER

by Ross Howard

An elemental and affecting play of two worlds. This exceptional two-hander explores love, its loss, and the lives we inherit and impose on others. With Kieran O’Leary and Gemma Collins. Tickets €10 Opening Night; €12, €10 conc.

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As Eoin McLove on Father Ted and a host of hilarious characters on Naked Camera and Irish Pictorial Weekly, Patrick McDonnell is no stranger to Irish television screens. He’s also well used to getting up on stage and regaling audiences with his stand–up routine and there’s a chance to see this side of the comedian at City Limits Comedy Club at 9.30pm. Admission is €15.

Cork author Sara Baume, who released her much anticipated debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither earlier this month, will participate in a ‘listening event’ at Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh. Kicking off at 7pm to accompany the ongoing Lie of the Land exhibition the night will also feature Berlin–based artist and writer Adrian Duncan and radio producers Kevin Brew (RTÉ Radio 1) and Luke Clancy (RTÉ Lyric FM’s Culture File). The suggested donation on the night is €5.

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Four standout films close out another year of the Twisted Celluloid film festival. Celebrating both new and classic horror movies, the last day of the event at the Triskel Arts Centre will see the screening of two Irish premieres Queen of Blood (4.30pm); and The Badger Game (6.30pm) along with showings of The Horror of Dracula (2.15pm) and Spring (8.45pm). For tickets see triskelartscentre.ie.

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Following on from their most successful year to date, the Joey Ryan Trio will be kicking off an equally promising 2015 with a short Irish run of dates in March to road test some new music. To experience the new sounds and songs in a live environment before they record at some of Ireland’s best original music venues, head along to the Crane Lane Theatre at 11.30pm.

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It’s opening night for Views from a Bench, a fundraiser for the Cork Arts Theatre that will see 10 short plays performed over the course of the evening. All of the plays take place in a public park setting, where the only stage furniture is a park bench, and as the various stories are played out and people come and go. The show, which runs until Saturday, March 7th, is at 8pm and tickets are €12 from corkartstheatre.com.

Wednesday

A double headline tour for Dylan Tighe and Brian Mooney kicks off in De Barra’s Clonakilty tonight at 9pm. Singer and songwriter Tighe received widespread acclaim for his debut album Record last year and is currently working on material for his second album, while Mooney has recorded with The Idiots, Jape, Si Schroeder, David Kitt and Beautiful Unit. Tickets are €5 from debarra.ie.

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It’s a Bowie bash at the Crane Lane Theatre with tribute act Rebel Rebel. Expect great anthems such as Space Oddity, Life on Mars?, and Heroes when the band hits the stage at 9pm.


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