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Issue #68 May 2012


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Childrens hospital location for Coombe?

by: Michael Twamley

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A proposal to build the new National Paediatric Hospital on a site near the Coombe Hospital has been sent to the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly. The Coombe Woman and Infants University Hospital (CWIUH), situated within the heart of the Liberties, submitted the proposal following the decision by An Bord Pleanla to deny planning permission for the project to go ahead on the site of the Mater Hospital. Crumlin hospital recommended St. James as a site. The hospital, if approved and built, would be located on the former Bailey Gibson and John

Player grounds, along with the Boys Brigade old playing fields beside the Coombe hospital itself. According to the proposal, which has been sent to the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board as well as the Minister for Health, the new hospital would only be seven storeys high, while also incorporating two basement levels. This is in stark contrast to the proposed hospital at the Mater which was planned as being 16 storeys high. This proposed height was the main reason that planning permission was rejected for that site. The submission proposes that this new hospital could be built

within 42 months. The proposed hospital has a key edge over its competitors in that planning permission for educational, residential or commercial development has already been granted for the site, which is owned by the Coombe, Dublin City Council and Player Square Ltd. The National Childrens Hospital idea has been around since 2006, when a report by international consultants McKinsey recommended that the three childrens hospitals located within Dublin-Crumlin, Tallaght and Temple Street be amalgamated
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Former TD Ardagh criticised for inappropriate fundraising requests

Ardagh unavailable for comment after being implicated in planning payments in Mahon Tribunalby: Barry Lennon
The final report of the Mahon Tribunal has described fundraising requests made to former Dublin South Central TD Sen Ardagh as inappropriate. Mr Ardagh received the two payments of 250 each from developers Frank Dunlop and Owen OCallaghan between 1996 and 1998 at campaign fundraising events. At that time, the developers lobbied several Dublin politicians to lift planning restrictions on the Quarryvale project in South Dublin. When the Fianna Fil politician appeared before tribunal in 2000 he accepted that he had probably been lobbied. Although he willingly produced documents to the Tribunal, the final report criticised Ardaghs description of his relationship with Mr Dunlop and Mr OCallaghan as less than frank. When he spoke to the tribunal he failed to recall correspondence with the developers and to explain how Mr OCallaghan was on an invitations list for a fundraising lunch. Mr Ardagh retired from public office last year, deciding not to contest the general election. He was first elected to Dil ireann in 1997, having spent several years as a Dublin County Councillor. The Liberty was unable to reach Mr Ardagh for comment on the Mahon tribunals findings. The reports publication s h o o k many of Mr Ardaghs Fianna Fil colleagues in the partys national executive, who recommended the resignations of high ranking members, such as Bertie Ahern and Padraig Flynn. Earlier last month Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that An Garda Sochna would take action if it was believed that offences have been committed following both the Mahon and Moriarty tribunal reports. The Garda Commissioner is consulting with the Director of Public Prosecutions before a decision will be made. The Minister defended the criticism



Sean Ardagh was described as being less than frank

Former local TD Sean Ardagh appeard before the Mahon Tribunal in 2000.
he received over the delay in the garda investigation of the findings. What was exposed in Mahon and Moriarty is completely unacceptable, and I agree with my colleague Brendan Howlin that there ought to be consequences, The Mahon tribunal had investigated political corruption in the planning process since it began in 1997. The number of private households increased by 12.6% since 2006 and there is now an average of 2.73 persons in each household. 32% of occupied housing units in Dublin city were flats or apartments. The percentage of people who were married remains stable at 37%, although there are more people married now than in 2006. The majority of marriages in Ireland are between people aged under 40 (93%). An interesting fact is 25.2% males and 23.4% females aged 40-49 living in urban areas are single. The number of divorced people has increased by 150.3% since 2002 to 87, 770 in the latest census.

Divorce and babies go up according to census

Dublins population has increased by 7%, from 1.18m to 1.27m, representing an increase of more than 83,000, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released in April. This represents an increase of more than 83,000 in the local population in the second census report that outlined population distribution and movements and the population by area. There are now 3,498 persons per square kilometre in Dublin city and

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suburbs with 15,373 people moving to Dublin from another county in the year to April 2011. The population of Dublin South Central constituency is 127,223 with 62,319 females and 64,904 males it is the second lowest populated constituency after Dublin North central. The combined populations of the Dublin SouthCentral and Dublin SouthEast constituencies are equivalent to 7.9 Dil seats based on the 2011 census figures. The population of Dublin South-Central is too

small for it to remain as a 5-seat constituency. It has a population per TD ratio that is 13.5% lower than the state average. The first summary report of Census 2011 was published on 29th March, 2012, less than one year after Census Day, 10th April, 2011 and covered the overall population change by county in addition to examining age, marriage,

Dublin South Central likely to lose Dil seat

household and families. In that report, Dublin city was found to have one of the lowest dependency ratios at 38.4%. Dependency ratios are used to give an indication of an age structure of a population with young and old shown as a percentage of the population of working age (15-64). Leinster saw the biggest increase in population at 9%. Irelands population grew by 8.2% (348,404) since 2006, increasing the population to 4,588, 252. All age groups increased except for those aged 1529; this decrease was due to the decline in births in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Civic Trust report reveals Thomas St. potential

Ambitious but possible rejuvenation of local area outlined in Dublin plan
by: JJ Carolan The importance of the historical buildings in the Liberties Thomas Street area will be recognised in a new plan announced by the Dublin Civic Trust. The Improving the Public Face of an Historic City Centre Street plan was launched in the National College of Art and Design on April 17th. Geraldine Walsh of the Dublin Civic Trust said, This is not about a big money spend but about recognising what you have and showing the potential behind that. Walsh drew attention to the vibrancy of the Liberties and noted that people here love the idea of improvement without huge change or dislocation occurring. Lord Mayor of Dublin Andrew Montague also spoke at the launch and drew attention to other city projects that can be learned from in order to help improve the overall look of the Thomas Street area. The Mayor did however warn of a lack of funding for large-scale works but he is confident that cooperation between all members of civil society can help bring about real change. According to public bodies such as DCC and Brd Filte, many vacant and dilapidated buildings on Thomas Street are damaging the appeal of the area for tourists from Ireland and abroad but the Civic Trust plan highlights how simple maintenance can improve how buildings look. In her presentation Geraldine Walsh told of how other European cities have brought colour and charm to their city centres by making them more accessible to people. Giving people a reason to stop and enjoy areas like Thomas Street instead of just passing through on the way to somewhere else will be an essential aspect of this. By improving building facades and adding in trees along with wider footpaths, tourists and Dubliners alike are more likely to shop or dine in the area. Local business owners can be funded through once-off lottery grants to strip back their shop fronts to the original stone work, as is illustrated opposite. By just adding in a little colour like this Walsh is convinced the street can be an even more welcoming place.




Corner of Meath Street before and artists impression after. Photos: Dublin Civic Trust, designed by Peter Keenahan

The people of the Liberties love the idea of improvement without huge change


Pictured at the Civic Trust Press Conference at NCAD Jack Roche, Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and Sean Foley Photo: JJ Carolan

Uncovering the hidden beauty

by: JJ Carolan

The potential for improving the facades of Thomas Streets many historic buildings is highlighted in the Dublin Civic Trust report. The report reveals that Thomas Streets old beauty is hidden beneath its existing facades and can be easily resurrected with just a little money and a lot of enthusiasm. An architect has done mock-ups of what the street could look like if the modern shop-fronts were stripped back to reveal their original architecture. Pictured on this page, and page one, are some examples of what this may look like. Particularly striking is the Carpet Mills building on the corner of Meath and Thomas Street. According to the Dublin Civic Trust by just stripping back the paint the original red brick will be revealed. Along with this the original shop-

front is still visible on the building, by just restoring this to its former glory a fantastic dash of colour is added to this already colourful junction. Thomas Street also boasts a number of architectural styles known as Dutch Billys which date from the 18th century. As can be seen in the mocked-up pictures of numbers 20 and 21 Thomas Street, one page one of this newspaper, restoring these buildings lifts the entire aesthetic of the street. Thomas Street and the Liberties have 1500 years of architectural history just hidden below the surface, if the entire community and businesses in the area get involved the street can become a new vibrant centre for Dublin. The Dublin Civic Trust plan for Thomas Street is available online at thomas_street_study_master.

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Is the Liberties is no place to be foaling around?

DSPCA and Irish Horse Welfare Trust spark debate about horses in the Liberties area
by: Mira Sobcakova Representatives of two animal welfare organisations said that Dublin City Centre is not a suitable environment for horses, but the Liberties local councillors and a youth worker disagree. Miriam Kerins of the DSPCA and Sharon Newsome of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust both expressed concern about whether the horses that are stabled in the South Inner City also get to graze in the fields where they should normally be kept. But Niall Mooney of the Dublin City Councils Horse Welfare Section said: We permit the keeping of horses in the Citys Control Area where owners are in a position to comply with the standards set out in the legislation. The Control of Horses Act 1996 and our bye laws are designed to ameliorate the negative effects which may be associated with the keeping of horses in urban areas, and to ensure that animal welfare is protected, he added. According to the local councillor Crona N Dhlaigh (Sinn Fin), Horses, once properly stabled and cared for, can be kept in any part of the city and can add to city life. And one also has to bear in mind that the tradition of horsemanship which originated from the Guinness Stables, has always greatly benefited the area in employment and tourism, she said. The councillor John Gallagher (Labour) also considers the presence of horses in the South Inner City positive. The fact that local



One of the horses seen outside of Vicar Street Lane

Photo: Mira Sobcakova

The fact that local young people own horses is a good thing, but I would encourage them to also persue education
young people own horses is a good thing. But I would encourage them to also pursue education, not just spend all day in the stables and on the streets. And Id advise them not to trot horses too fast across the City because it poses danger to the passers-by, said Mr Gallagher. Liz OConnor, the youth worker in the St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Centre on Francis Street, thinks that looking after the animals keeps the young men occupied and that it gives them a sense of responsibility. She said: The horses should stay in the Liberties

Local horse owners at their Vicar Street Lane stables, Mark (39), Dessie (21), Brian (20) and Sean (14) Photo: Mira SobcakovaMibecause they are part of our heritage. And due to the lack of amenities for young kids in this area, its either horses or the anti-social when it comes to the choices they have. So, I think they definitely are a better option. A local man said: I used to take drugs years ago and horses definitely helped me get back on track. And Dessie (21), a young horse-owner, said: I love being around horses because it entails sports, leisure and pleasure, all three in one. Their welfare is also very important to me. But its a pity that there arent enough facilities to keep them in the City Centre. People who own the yards and stables around the area just wont rent them out to us for some reason, he said.

Bags of Manure kept outside the Vicar Street Stables Photo: Mira SobcakovaMira

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by: Jonathan Crean


Dublins wealth is its people

Dublin has the best human capital in the world according to a recent report completed by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The city in the quality of the educational systems and the entrepreneurial mindset of the citizens - the two largest indicators in the human capital category. Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan said the quality of education in the Liberties area has indeed increased in recent years. The quality of education is very high since DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), I think things have come on significantly, she said. The Government has recently rolled back plans to cut the number of teaching posts in DEIS schools. Last year saw the launch of Fumbally Exchange, a non-profit design and innovation hub just off Clanbrassil Street which is now home to more than 40 small businesses. The entrepreneurial hub offers lowcost office space for small businesses and seeks to encourage members to collaborate on new projects. Since its establishment in 2001, Dublin Institute of Technologys Hothouse support programme has created 179

Liberties to be integrated into Dublin bike system Photo: Claire McQuaid

Dublin rivals New York Photo: Tim Bech

sustainable businesses, attracting over 90 million in equity investment and generating 1,055 new knowledge intensive jobs. The report analysed the competitiveness of 120 cities based on their ability to attract capital, business, talent and tourists. European and American cities dominate the human capital category of the Index. As well as education and entrepreneurship, the human capital category takes into account the size of the citys working-age population and the ease in hiring foreign nationals. Dublin ranked 27th overall in a list of the most competitive cities in the world. New York was ranked as the most competitive city in the world, with London being the most competitive city in Europe.

Weve got a ticket to ride

by: Claire McQuaid Dublin City Council has said that it plans to add a number of Dublin bike stations to the Liberties when the scheme undergoes expansion between 2011 and 2016. Currently, the nearest bike station to the Liberties is situated at the bottom of Thomas Street, close to the High Street Junction. Speaking about the planned expansion, a spokesman for Dublin city council, David Malone said, there is a longterm 5-year plan to significantly expand the Dublin Bikes scheme across the city. This will see the number of bikes go from the present 550 to 5,000 and the number of stations go from the present 44 to 300. According to the council, the expansion will be completed in 14 phases beginning with Phase 2A and 2B, which will see Dublin Bikes expanded to the Heuston and Docklands areas later this year. The Liberties area is included in Phase 3, which will see the scheme expanded through the Liberties and Cork Street area and as far as the Grand Canal by the end of 2012. The exact locations of the Liberties bike stations are not known as Dublin City Council has yet to finalise the details of the expansion. Between the beginning of 2008 and September 2011, there have been 808 recorded incidents of bike theft in the Dublin 8 areas of Kevin Street and Kilmainham alone. Despite these figures, the Council has dismissed claims that the Liberties high levels of bike theft are the reason for the absence of bike stations in the area. The Council said that the levels of theft and vandalism predicted during the schemes introduction have not yet materialised. The Council also added that they have taken lessons from other cities across Europe that have previously implemented bike rental schemes and plan to apply the same methology to the new bike stations.

The Liberties is placed in the best human capital in the world according to a new economic report file photo
the grounds since January 2012, saying that it wishes to promote the quitting of smoking and to provide a smoke free entrance for all visitors of the hospital. Referring to the issue on their website, St. Jamess says, The Hospital recognizes that this change will be difficult for those who smoke, we are prepared as a hospital to work together to help ease the transition for smokers. These changes have been welcomed by antitobacco campaigners, but have stirred some controversy over forcing sick or elderly patients to leave the grounds to smoke.

Smoking outside hospitals to be banned following worldwide trend

Recent worldwide trends of banning smoking

by: Hilary Cole-Pigeon from outside hospitals are beginning to hit Ireland. In Dublin, hospitals such as St Vincents University Hospital have banned smoking from the grounds, forcing smokers to walk outside the gates to light a cigarette. The Coombe is one of the few hospitals left that permit smoking on its grounds. Although there are designated smoking areas, there has been uproar about the sight of smokers at the entrance to the maternity hospital. St Jamess Hospital has banned smoking from

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by: Louisa McGrath Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has urged councils to collect the outstanding household tax payments. Tina MacVeigh, co-ordinator of the No to the Household Tax Campaign for the Liberties, said debt collectors are supposed to have a licence, so the council cannot ask their workers to collect the tax. They cannot ask ordinary people to knock on the doors of other ordinary people - it would be horrendous. It would also bring up a series of health and safety issues. Employers have a duty of care to their workers. There are already scams to collect the charge going around, so I cannot see it happening, she added. An emergency motion calling on Dublin City Council to reject efforts made by the Government to use council workers to collect the household tax was brought forward by councillors at a recent Dublin City Council meeting. However, Lord Mayor Andrew Montague did not allow the motion to be debated. Dublin City Council has said that no direction has been issued to it to instruct council workers to collect the tax. Mick OReilly, Vice President of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, commented: this is not part of a council workers contract and, if they say they are not collecting it, they should be supported by their colleagues and by their unions. The Dublin Council of Trade Unions supported the non-payment of the tax. An estimated 880,433 households have registered for the household tax according to the latest figures from the Local Government Management Agency, the agency in charge of collecting the tax. This figure includes properties with waivers and the postal applications waiting to be processed.

House charge eagerly fought



Joan Collins TD addresses angry protestors who gathered at the National Stadium and the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, an example of some of the protestors placards at the convention centre on the left. Photos: Louisa McGrath

The number of households eligible to pay the tax is unclear. The Government says it is 1.6 In an April interim statement, Bank of Ireland stated that Irish mortgage arrears were rising due to the difficult economic environment. While housing prices continue to plummet, the rental sector has been stable for almost two years. Nominal rents in 2012 have been unchanged since 2010. House prices should usually be 12 to 15 times the annual rent of a property. House prices are almost always linked to and controlled by bank lending, but they always retain their fundamental value which cannot be ignored. Estate agent group Sherry Fitzgerald revealed that house prices had fallen in real terms by 64.2% since the beginning of the year. The consensus among retail agents is that the damage done to the housing market is quite severe throughout the industry. In an article published on, UCC Economics

million, while campaigners against the tax say the figure is closer to 1.8 million. lecturer Seamus Coffey places the blame purely on the shoulders of Irish bankers. Just as the banks are almost certain to cause an undershooting of property prices relative to their fundamental value, they must accept the responsibility for the market bubble that peaked almost five years ago, said Mr Coffey. The banks based their lending model on the prices that people were willing to pay for properties, but seemed to ignore the fact that the price someone was willing to pay was based on how much a bank was willing to lend to them, he also added. The biggest problem facing the housing industry is that thousands of people simply cannot pay off the huge loans that they owe to Irish banks. The Irish property market remains severely damaged, and shows no signs of improving anytime soon for property agents, lenders and homeowners alike.

Property prices continue to slide

by: Diarmaid Murray House prices show no signs of stabilising in the Liberties or the wider Dublin area in the near future. Research from top Dublin property agents Goodbody Stockbrokers, Davy Stockbrokers and Sherry Fitzgerald have all reported a fall of at least 70% to be expected. Regions of the country outside Dublin have only seen a 45% drop in house prices. It was found that constraints by banks on credit and a significantly less amount of first-time buyers were affecting sustainability levels.

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There has been much debate surrounding the treaty in recent months. Now it is our countrys turn to decide whether to ratify the pact. Ireland is the only country that will be holding a referendum regarding support of the treaty. It will be held on May 31st. A recent poll conducted by the Sunday Business Post on which way the country would be voting in the referendum showed that the people of Ireland were still largely undecided on the matter. However I feel we have little choice but to


by: Megan Naughton Rebecca Moynihan, a Labour city councillor for the South West Inner City speaking some weeks ago, voiced her indecision on the EU fiscal compact treaty. To be honest, I havent made up my mind on the treaty yet. The treaty is not an ideal contract. Theres not a lot in the treaty that wasnt in the growth and stability pact. The treaty, which calls for tighter fiscal discipline and deeper economic integration, involves every EU member state except Britain and the Czech Republic.

EU Fiscal Compact referendum on May 31st

sign up to the treaty, because if we dont it could be detrimental to our country. I think its a bit like being forced to hand over your wallet with a gun to your head. Crona Ni Dhlaigh, a Sinn Fin councillor for the South West Inner city, holds firm in her stance. I believe the EUs fiscal compact treaty, or Austerity Treaty, will be of severe detriment to the Irish people. said Ni Dhlaigh. I believe there is nothing contained within the EU treaty that will help the plight of those in the Liberties and South West Inner City Dublin she also said.

Megan Naughton visited the streets of the Liberties to find out some thoughts on the EUs fiscal compact treaty

Kevin OKelly, The Liberties: I dont know enough about the treaty yet, I still havent decided how Ill vote.

Oliver Higgins, Robinson Court: Im 50/50, but Im leaning towards yes because of the repercussions if we dont sign up for it, we may get excluded from the Euro Zone.

Mick Doyle, Balgaddy: Im voting no because I think we need to stay independent, the EU has enough control over this country as it is.

Simone Black, The Coombe: I think Ill vote yes. I think that signing up to the pact would be more beneficial to the state than not signing up.

Colum McMahon, St. Theresas Gardens: Im voting no, the EU has enough power already, I think Irelands almost out of the recession so we dont need the help of the EU.

Poor finances of no surprise to Sinn Fein councillor

by: Alan Condon Up to 47% of adults in Ireland have less than 100 to spend per month after their bills are paid. Almost two-thirds have less money to spend than they did this time last year, according to the latest income tracking survey released by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). This is the first Whats Left tracker index released by the ILCU this year, and is a continuation from four similar surveys published in 2011. The survey records household expenditure; how much disposable income people have; where they are spending their income; and also the financial hardships they face. iReach, a market research firm, carried out the survey in March. It featured responses from 1,000 adults. The ILCU stated that 47% of consumers are now struggling to pay their bills on time. This can result in delayed payments of bills such as TV licences, bin charges and TV/telecoms. A 42% of households surveyed stated they had no intention of paying the household charge, with nearly one in three homeowners stating that they simply could not afford it. A surprising 8% of people claimed they would wait until they were threatened with legal action before paying. As grim as the statistics are theyre not a surprise. Our constituency clinics are filled with people struggling to deal with making the rent or mortgage payments, or just general household debt, said Councillor Crona N Dhlaigh.

The Government says it is not raising income taxes, but instead it is hitting people with new taxes like the household charge and now the payments for installing water meters. These hit low and middle income families the hardest. Councillor N Dhlaigh also added: Its easy for Labour and Fine Gael ministers on massive six figure salaries to suggest the household charge is only a hundred euro, but as this survey proves, for many families, especially those I deal with in the Liberties and the inner city, thats a big hit. Instead of more cuts and passing the Austerity Treaty in May, we need investment in our domestic economy to get things going again. Families cant spend money to stimulate local businesses if theyre being hit by new taxes.

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Liberties Festival 2012 will have something for everyone

Aimee McCarthy takes a look ahead at what the Liberties festival has to offer for tourists and locals alike in 2012
by: Amie McCarthy
The Liberties Festival is improving year by year and now celebrating its 42nd year this year. The team of people who work on the festival are committed to make 2012 its best year yet. It will take place on the 18th 22nd of July. This is the first year the festival has happened in July due to heavy rain in previous years. Michael Conlon, the director of the festival, is keen to spread its main aim: It was started a long time ago by a group of local people who just wanted to bring some light-hearted fun into the community, particularly So this was used as a way to bring the community together and to provide entertainment for the kids during the summer. This is Conlons second year involved with the festival, and he is enthusiastic to make it better than even before. What we decided to do was to look at the festival and to see how we could improve it and make it better and also use it as a tool to welcome other people into the Liberties. For a while it was purely only focused on the local community. What was tried to do last year and this year is to encourage more tourists to come into the Liberties because there was lots of tourists going up to The Storehouse, but very few happened to stay in and around the Liberties. We wanted to show some of the living talents that are living in the community all year round and just encourage people to spend time in the local community. This year the festival is aiming to include more tourists in the area and hopes to attract more people to the community. Mr. Conlon explained: Last year there was an increase in tourists and it was great to be able to give them not only an Irish welcome but a Liberties welcome. He continued, Last year we had a limited number of tourists involved, but this year weve already

Last year there was an increase in tourists and it was great to be able to give them, not only an Irish welcome, but a Liberties welcome
in an area where there is high levels of poverty and lack of social inclusion.

Cellist Vyvienne Long who performed at last years festival Photos: Liberties Festival Committe
been approached by an Italian tour guide who wants to bring more Italians into the area. She will provide tours of the Liberties and its surrounding areas purely in Italian. That alone will bring the tourists in. Mr. Conlon and his team are hoping to attract more people to the festival this year with an interesting new project theyre working on. Were working on a project with a Dublin street artist called Maser. Hes been transforming walls around Dublin with different forms of street art. Its a project that were currently taking up with him is focusing around the Liberty Belles. Were going to focus on women in the Liberties. Its currently in its development, but its something that will be unveiled slowly over a period of time rather than just on a specific day. People should be watching around for things happening in the Liberties that might be the Maser project. He explained. The Nighthawks event is one of the main events of the festival. It is one of the few events that has a cost attached to it, but dont let that put you off. Conlon recommends that anyone interested should buy their tickets early as it sold out last year. It takes place in The Guinness Storehouse and is a night full of comedy, music and poetry. Acts from last year include The Flaws, Vyvienne Long, Fiach Moriarty, and many more. The Liberties festival website informs people to keep up to date with the facebook page for more information on the

Barren Carrousel will perform acrobatics at the Liberties festival

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George IV, said, I am glad to meet the best man in Ireland. To this Donnelly replied, Im not your royal highness, but Im the best in England. It is said that after this encounter the boxer was knighted Sir Dan. Despite his enormous strength, sickness overcame Donnelly, and he died in 1820 at the young age of 32. Tens of thousands of mourners filled the streets of Dublin to attend his funeral. Donnelly was buried in Bullys Acre in Kilmainham, which was Dublins only free graveyard. At this time grave robbers were hired by doctors and teachers to steal bodies for medical research. Because of the lack of security in Bullys Acre body snatchers from York Street managed to steal Donnellys body. This caused national outcry, and after some minor incidents the police prioritised the search for the body. Eventually, it was found in possession of a surgeon named Hall; he gave back the body, but the right arm was missing. Donnellys body was once again laid to rest, but his arm on the other hand was set to travel more than Donnelly himself did. The limb was preserved with lead paint and sent to Scotland. It was examined by medical students in Edinburgh University for


A look back at Irelands first fighting legend

Dan Donnelly was Irelands first prize-fighting champion; Louisa McGrath explores his history, his links with the Liberties and the fate of his right arm, which was pulling pints in Fallons Capstan Bar way back in 1818.
On 13 December 1815, heavy rain fell on the Curragh, Co Kildare, but this did not stop the crowds of people on their way to watch a bare-knuckle boxing match. The Dublin boxer Dan Donnelly fought the English champion George Cooper in front of 20,000 spectators. Despite the long odds on Donnelly, after 11 rounds and 22 minutes he won the fight with a final punch that broke his opponents jaw. The natural amphitheatre where the fight took place was renamed Donnellys Hollow after the victory. This was Donnellys second time to defeat a renowned English fighter. His victories were celebrated nationwide, at a time when Irish people were frustrated with their English rulers. The boxer soon became a symbol of Irish nationalism and power. However, after this fight Donnelly decided he wanted a steady job and he became a publican. He managed three pubs in his lifetime, but ran them all into the ground. Only one of his pubs still exists today and it is the well-known Fallons Capstan Bar on New Row South. He was there in 1818 pulling pints, as well as knocking them back. He also lived on the corner of Francis Street at this time to. It is believed by some that during his peak Donnelly became the first ever fighter to be knighted. Reportedly on meeting Donnelly the Prince Regent, who later became King

A potrait of Dan Donnelly

many years. It was then passed on to the owner of a Victorian travelling show, who profited for many years from exhibiting Dans arm around Britain. In 1904, the arm returned to Ireland; it was put on display in a glass case in a pub in Belfast, coincidentally called the Duncairn Arms. Here they claimed that the arm was the longest in history. Later it was displayed in a Kildare pub near Donnellys

Hollow, before going on tour around the world with the The Fighting Irishmen exhibition in 2006. The exhibition was in Ireland for almost two years, 20092011. Almost 200 years after the death of the Irish boxing legend, Donnellys muscular right arm continues to travel the world and surprise people, just as it did when he used it to knock out Englishman George Cooper in 1815.

A portrait of George Cooper, the boxer Donnelly defeated to earn national fame.

The Flora Womens Mini Marathon will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June at 3:00pm. 40,000 women will run, jog or walk 10 kilometres to raise money for their chosen charity. Starting in Fitzwilliam Square and ending at St. Stephens Green, the 30th annual Womens Mini Marathon

Mini-marathon to raise funds for many charities

by: Conor Lennon aims to raise as much money as possible for a variety of worthy causes. The MiniMarathon is the largest all-womens event of its kind in the world and caters to all calibres of runners. Participants are divided into Elite Runners, Runners, Fast Joggers, Joggers or Walkers. Those who wish to qualify as an Elite Runner must produce official results from a race in the last two years stating they are capable of finishing a 10k race in 45 minutes or less. Runners must prove they are able to finish the 10k in less than 60 minutes, with Fast Joggers having to beat a

time of 75 minutes. Every year Flora helps women raise thousands of euros for worthy causes through sponsors and donations. Last year the marathon helped raise money for charities such as Suicide or Survive, CASA and Action Breast Cancer. Flora also provides training sessions for participants, allowing groups or individuals to prepare for their race. Anybody with questions can contact the organisers at Womens Mini Marathon Office, 27 Sandyford Office Park, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18. Interested parties can also phone 01 2930 984 or e-mail

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by: Amy Lewis
determination or energy. Instructors help to promote this enthusiasm. In every session, the relationship that the instructor has with their group is remarkable. As a result, the atmosphere is always very relaxed and positive. Everybody has to smile, one of the instructors tells her youngest group. Like any typical class, the young majorettes listen to their teacher and do what theyre told. But this certainly isnt a one-sided classroom; the teachers give their students just as much respect in return, often allowing them to take the lead and recite their routines themselves. Many people associate majorettes with the dramatic and colourful performances that are still a traditional part of the St. Patricks Day Parade. Others may liken it to cheerleading. However, theres a lot more to being a majorette than sparkles and leotards. Behind the glamour exists hours of practice, plenty of dedication and some good old-fashioned hard work. This work is of no hardship to the Rialto Twirlers, who evidently get great pride and enjoyment out of what they do. Three of the majorettes, Nadine, Kirsty and Chardonnay were eager to perform their fast-paced routine for any spectators, and why wouldnt they be?


The magic of the Rialto Twirlers

Mesmerising Thats the best way to describe the experience of watching The Rialto Twirlers in training on a Saturday afternoon. As they twirl and toss their batons up high, the girls perform their lively synchronised routines, all while the pumping beat of pop music echoes around Donore Community Centre. Its virtually impossible not to get sucked in by such an energetic and exciting display. Baton twirling or majorette clubs are no new phenomenon. The sport can be described as a mix between synchronised dancing and gymnastics, with the addition of baton twirls, tricks and throws. Baton twirling originated in the late 19th century as a form of rhythmic gymnastics, later becoming associated with marching bands during parades. However, since becoming a recognised Irish sport, baton twirling here has gained a modern twist, or should I say modern twirl. What was once a skill solely seen in parades has evolved into a competitive sport, with more and more majorette clubs springing up in Ireland and across the globe. Today, the sight of young majorettes practicing their tossing and twirling on the street is familiar to many. It is particularly common in inner-city Dublin where there are several majorette clubs, including the Liberties own Rialto Twirlers. The Rialto Twirlers began training ten years ago, taking over from the Fatima Majorettes. The club is run by Caroline Hollywood. Her involvement in the former club, the Liberettes, led her to where she is today. She runs the club alongside several other instructors, one of whom is her daughter Melissa McCoy. The club train four days a week, with different sessions for different age groups. We even have a Mammies group on Thursday, says Caroline. The Saturday session runs from 12pm to 5pm, with ages ranging from three to fourteen years. The class commences with the under fours. Their routines

A group of under 6 Rialto Twirlers practice. Photo: Amy Lewis

They have every reason to be proud of themselves, having spent many tiring Saturdays perfecting their moves. While the majorettes get to showcase their talent to the occasional spectator during their practice sessions, the competitions give them a real chance to shine. We perform better at the competitions than at training, says Hoolywoods daughter Kerri, who has been a majorette since she was four. Were not as tired and we get to wear our costumes, she adds. The competitions are open to majorette clubs of all ages. In order to enter the competitions, a club must be a member of an association. The Rialto Twirlers are members of the Irish Majorette Association (I.M.A), an association that was set up by Councillor John Gallagher. We enter four competitions a year, two baton ones and two pompom ones, says Caroline. The club has been very successful in them over the years. The Twirlers need only take a look at their trophy cabinet as a reminder that all of their training is worthwhile; it is bustling with shiny trophies, cups and medals. The thoughts of possible success are certainly an encouragement for all of the Rialto Twirlers, both young and old. Toward the end of their session, the under 6s begin to get weary. I cant wait to go home to hibernate, says one little girl with a cheeky smile. However, when the instructor reminds them of the looming competition, all tiredness is forgotten; the dainty dancers give a final performance of their routine, with more passion and energy than ever. Being a member of the Rialto Twirlers is about more than just winning. Much more. What is striking about the club is the sense of community that exists within it. The training sessions are a medley of family and friends where batons, skills and stories are shared. The Rialto Twirlers boast a kind of community spirit like no other and this has been the key to their previous string of successes. Regardless of future wins or losses, this community spirit will continue to be their number one prize, one that makes every member proud be a Rialto Twirler.

We perform better at competitions

are simple enough but nevertheless, performed to perfection. Although theyre of a young age, the sense of dedication and enthusiasm that the tiny twirlers have for the sport is incredible. As the day moves on, the older groups take to the floor. Each groups routine is more advanced than the last, with more flips, more twirls, and more flamboyant moves but certainly no less

The Majorettes go practice their routine

Photo By Amy Lewis

Issue #68 May 2012



Guinness Storehouse stalwart

Guinness worker shares his memories of years working in St James Gate with Cliona Byrne
The smell of Guinness is a familiar scent in the Liberties. Filling the streets and the pubs every year, the Guinness Storehouse attracts an endless amount of tourists. For Patrick Flemming, Guinness has been a large part of his life - in fact Patrick spent 40 years working for Guinness in the brewery. Patrick Flemming lives in Glasnevin with his wife Lousia and is now reaching the age of 85. For almost 25 years, Patrick has been retired from Guinness. Patrick speaks fondly of his past career for the brewery that began at an early age. My fate was from boy messenger in the brew house, number taker, engineers department machinery, fermentation department of process and finally in the personnel department. I worked right around the brewery, says Patrick. Patrick first began working in the brewery at an early age. Well, I started in the brewery; I was not quite 15 at the time. I was a boy messenger and I first did a boy messenger examination. You had to be 13 and 11 months and 15 to do the exam. I was successful in that, and thats how I entered the brewery in 1943 during the war. AI was a boy messenger in number one Thomas Street, the original home of Arthur Guinness were the offices were, explains Patrick. Working for Guinness had many advantages as the employees were well cared for by the brewery. Employees were cared for medically and women were happy to marry a Guinness man as widows were given a pension by the brewery. As a boy messenger we had a uniform there was brass buttons and a red stripe in your trousers and a pillbox hat like the French had we also had our meals supplied and baths. Many houses didnt have baths in those days, but at Guinness they had baths and it was a novelty, they would give you a towel and soap. The brewery really catered for every need you had, says Patrick. The brewery even supplied a yearly get together with an annual concert. There was the annual Guinness concert; they used to have a concert every year with some good artists and performers. Tickets were valuable enough every employee would get a couple of tickets. But in all my years in the brewery I never attended the Guinness concert, I always gave the tickets away; they were premium, everyone was always really happy to get them, says Patrick. After all the basic needs were cared for, Guinness also supplied a weekly allowance of the brewery. In those days when you reached 21 you would get two free pints, and if you didnt want them you got script money instead at the end of the month as part of you pay pact. They had taps back then, and there was several taps where you got your allowance; it was like a pub but you could only get Guinness in it, there was only one product. Then they got rid of the taps; they were uneconomic, so they started to give you two big bottles and you could do what you like with them, says Patrick. Once Patrick reached the

Patrick Fleming (left) with Michael Dowling (right) toasting his retirement Photo: Ted Byrne
age of 21, he was placed onto the laborers list and worked as a plumbers assistant. During Patricks life within and outside of the brewery, he always had an intellectual thirst that aided him through his career. At that time firms employed accountants that dealt with internal workings of the brewery or the firm. I got interested and was advised to study for this qualification, which meant going to night school of course. There were a lot of young men, most I reckon worked in banks and other firms. Although I was a plumbers mate, I got the first place in that examination, says Patrick. Later in his career, Patrick was promoted to machinery. He worked in this position performing engineers work for 28 years, although this position paid better, it was shift work which made any type of schooling impossible. For my first few years there I was termed the machinery man, I was mainly doing plant operation, oiling , greasing and general engineering type of work. In the course of that I was transferred into the fermentation department and, then for my last few years in Guinness I worked regular hours in the personnel department, says Patrick It was only after 40 years of working for Guinness when Patrick finally got to achieve his lifelong dream of being a student. You could stay until 65, but I retired at 60. For the first year of retirement I had a bit of work to do around the house. Then I decided to enroll in All Hollows College I did a four-year full time course there in theology and psychology. I used to attend the lectures in the morning and study in the afternoon. Even as a young person, I envied the student life, being interested in the theater, politics, religion, history and other things, you come across students and I envied it. But all good things come to those who wait. The aim wasnt for another job or anything, it was just a pursuit of knowledge, says Patrick. Over the past 25 years, Patrick, or Paddy as he was known in the brewery, has remained close friends with some of his old colleagues. Many of my close colleges have passed on, believe it or not. There were seven or eight of us we met once a month in various pubs and we would reminisce and talk about the brewery mainly I suppose. But now over the years there are only three of us left. We meet from time to time, have lunch and drinks, says Patrick. One would wonder if Patrick is tired of Guinness, after working with it for such a long time Once you get the taste of Guinness, it is a lifelong romance, you never fall out, and you never have any rows with Guinness not like a woman, laughs Patrick.

Fleming (second from right) with colleagues in the Guinness Storehouse Photo: Ted Byrne

LIBERTY Take a look at the short, but colourful rainbow that is the Irish LGBTQ history
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Ireland has had a short LGBTQ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer - history compared to many other countries. The first Gay Pride march in America occurred in 1970, in France in 1971 and over the pond in the UK in that same year. The first LGBTQ march held in Ireland didnt strike off until the evening of March 8th, 1983. Followed by the official Dublin Pride a few months later, it was an incredibly significant moment in time. Parading from the city centre of Dublin to Fairview Park, it marked a protest against the levels of violence against gay men and women at work. Earlier that day, in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Mr Justice Sean Gannon had given suspended sentences on charges of manslaughter to members of a gang found guilty of the 1982 killing of Declan Flynn, a 31-year old


by: Sophie Cairns

gay man from Fairview. Chris Robson was one of the main organisers and stewards of the march. Drawing an estimated 900 people on to the streets of north Dublin city, he was one of the first gay rights movement of Ireland. A few weeks later, the NLGF - National Lesbian and Gay Federation - took the initiative to instigate the first ever Dublin Pride march. The precession, an incredible display of LGBTQ culture, followed a route through the city centre of Dublin, from St Stephens Green to the GPO on OConnell Street. What once was established by a one-day event of LGBTQ culture has now blossomed into a 10-day extravaganza. But what of the last 3 prides, the more recent history of Irelands gay rights activism? 2009 gave us the festival of Pride and Prejudice?, held from June 19th to June

28th. It celebrated pride in the LGBTQ communities while questioning society in general on attitudes and prejudices. That year introduced Dublin Prides new Arts and Cultural committee to the festival, with turnout figures to the parade at an estimated record of 12,500. Performers

at the traditional post-parade show at the Civic Offices, hosted by Panti, included Black Daisy (Irelands 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entrant), Michele Ann Kelly, Laura Steele, the Kylie Experience, and Katherine Lynch.

We Are Family Too was the theme of the 2010 Dublin Pride. Almost doubling turnout figures, an estimated 22,000 people hit the streets on 26th June. Doctor Lydia Foy led the procession as grand marshal, following her successful battle to have her birth certificate altered to match her newly assigned gender identity. Performers at the Party in the Park at the Civic Offices included DJ Jules in a Lady Gaga tribute act and Niamh Kavanagh, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest of 1993 - a representative of Ireland in 2010. An estimated 100,000 people participated in the 2010 ten-day Pride festival. Last years Dublin Pride theme was Its a Human Thing. The phrase gave Dublin a reminder that LGBTQ people are human beings first and foremost and should be valued and treated equally. 25,000 people joined the march

of solidarity, making it the second-biggest parade in Ireland, after the Dublin St. Patricks Day Festival. After the parade, around 5,000 people attended the Post Parade Party where Senator David Norrisand Festival Grand Marshall Michael Barron gave inspirational words with Crystal Swing and Niamh Kavanagh being among the musical performers. Over 50 events touching on LGBTQ culture took place over the 10-day festival, with approximately 188,000 participants overall. This was easily the largest Pride held in Dublin - making great history. Organisers say this year s festival, running from 22nd June to 1st July, is to set a new precedent. The Post Parade Party is to move to Merrion Square, a larger venue, in preparation for a bidding in EuroPride 2016 and the Parade itself is to be more digitised in its approach. Itll be interesting to see the history left from

Sheila OFlanagan shares her memories of a Liberties childhood

Sheila O Flanagan, well-known Irish author and journalist, recalls fond memories of her fathers shop in the heart of one of the Liberties most renowned markets during the sixties and seventies. My dad grew up in Park terrace and had a green grocers in the Iveagh markets during most of my childhood. His mother had a vegetable stall in the market and informed him that there was a spot available for a shop so he took the opportunity and opened the only grocers there in the early fifties, says Sheila. Growing up in Walkinstown, the Liberties were a home away from home for young Sheila. She spent most of her childhood soaking up the vibrant market atmosphere while her father made a living for the family. I used to love being in the market with my dad,

by: Heather Harte

running around and talking to all the locals and getting to know some very memorable characters. Once I turned 13 I worked in the shop every summer, so I was always involved in some way. Even when we sold the shop in 1977 it was always a big part of my life and who I am, and now I find myself writing a lot about communities and how people relate to one another in my books. Sheila describes the Liberties during the sixties and seventies as a very close knit community, who always helped each other out when needed, and this created a great sense of togetherness and camaraderie. It was like one support system where

It was heartwarming to be part of a locality like this

everybody chipped in and gave a hand to benefit the community as a whole, she explains. Unlike Dublin today where multinational supermarkets and larger shops dominate over smaller grocers and corner shops, Sheila remembers how there was a real local ethos in the sixties and seventies and people did their whole weeks shopping in the butchers, dairy shop and green grocers, all under one roof. It was heart-warming to be part of a locality like this. It is no surprise that the closure of the Iveagh markets in the early eighties and the inevitable neglect of the building is a tender issue for Sheila. Its absolutely tragic to see such a beautiful building go to waste. It has so much potential and its just been abandoned and left to fall apart. Im grateful though that my last memories of the market are of a bustling and animated setting where I had an exciting and memorable upbringing. The only thing, though, it was always very cold in there, even when it was warm.

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Habitats for Humanity gets Presidential seal

President Michael D. Higgins unveils new housing project in Inchicore
by: Heather Harte Two Inchicore families became first time homeowners last month when President Micheal D. Higgins gave the seal of approval to their new Humanity homes. Numbers 85 and 87 Emmet Road in Inchicore, Dublin 8 have been transformed from properties left derelict from the wrath of the building boom to bright and contemporary homes. This is thanks to collaboration between Habitat for Humanity (HFH) which is an international housing organisation, and Dublin City Council (DCC). The Clail/Greene family and Corcoran family were selected from the DCC housing list according to their level of need, their ability to repay a small mortgage and their willingness to work on-site. While he celebrated with the new homeowners, President Higgins said in his speech: Real engagement and meaningful participation by each and every citizen in building community and strengthening civil society is not just a hollow aspiration. He also criticised the actions taken during the building boom and said that there was something not just artificial, but morally questionable about the notion that one would be making speculative profit out of housing shortages. Mr Higgins explained how those times had left the State with an enormous problem of people trapped in mortgage difficulties and inequity. However, Keith Greene, who is to move into number 87 with his partner Jennifer Clail and son Nathan (3), from a one-bedroom flat in the inner city, said that having a home to call their own would make a huge difference. Were going to be homeowners. Its something we couldnt see happening two years ago, he said. Our living situation at the moment is cramped and a bit stressful, Jennifer added. Its going to make such a difference having a house. The kids will have their space and well have a garden and those kind of things. It took 2,500 hours of hard work and dedication from volunteers at HFH to convert the decrepit houses

Michael D. Higgins hands over the keys to new homeowners the Greene family. Photo: Habitats for Humanity
to their current liveable state. Karen Kennedy, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Ireland, explained how their approach is a based on a hand up and not a hand out, and these two families have been actively involved in the renovation of their new homes. Following this hand up method, both families will have to repay the mortgage on the houses and are expected to put in 500 hours of what Habitat for Humanity calls sweat equity work in and around the house to meet the arrangement. in Europe who do not have water charges. Tina MacVeigh, the Dublin 8 campaign co-ordinator for the No Household tax campaign said, From the beginning the campaign was against the household tax, water charges and the septic tank tax. We will protest these charges with the full force of the campaign behind us. Talking to our members they are already up in arms over the water charges. However Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned that peoples water will be cut off if they do not pay the charge. A spokesperson for the Department of the Environment said, The Tnaiste has said there is no question of Irish Water being privatised. Bord Gis has a number of different things going, so not all of it will be sold. The semi state body, Bord Gis ireann, is to set up Irish Water and install water meters around the country. Households will begin to pay water charges in 2015 after meters are installed, according to the Government.

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into one world class hospital. The report also recommended that this new childrens hospital be located beside an adult hospital. The favoured site was the Mater Hospital in the north inner city. It was selected as the best site by a Health Service Executive (HSE) taskforce in June 2006 and was immediately endorsed by the government. In 2009, Brian Cowen pledged that the new childrens hospital would be open by 2014. The project ran into trouble when successive chairmen of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board resigned, with the question of the suitability of the Mater at the heart of the projects problems. When Fine Gael came into power, an independent review was undertaken of the sites suitability and was approved, with official planning permission sought from

An Bord Pleanla. When planning permission was refused, there was lengthy criticism of the selection process. Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, Master of the Coombe, said that the new hospital, can be built economically, and at seven storeys and with two basement levels it does not require complicated building methodology. He also said that existing technical information and specifications can be adapted and reused to facilitate the hospital design at this location, but that, it is expected that some of the money spent to date on design, workforce planning and modes of care is transferable. In recent weeks, there have also been proposals from the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght, along with an offer of a greenfield site in Swords. There has also been a proposal from the Mater,

Houses not suitable for water meters

by: Louisa McGrath The Executive Manager of Dublin City Council, Tom Leahy, was quoted by the Irish Times saying around one-third of houses in Dublin are unsuitable to have a water meter installed. This means these households will have to pay a standing charge, which is not related to the amount of water used. According to the newspaper, Mr Leahy said this is due to houses sharing supply pipes with neighbours, and pipes entering houses under their back gardens and apartments. However, the Department of the Environment rejected these figures. Local Fine Gael Councillor, Clare Byrne, said, I am in favour of a reasonable charge. I believe we have to pay for our services. We are one of the few countries

Issue #68 May 2012



Prisoners art displayed in Kilmainham Gaol

Louise McLoughlin visited Kilmainham Gaol to view The Crushed Ball art exhibition
The National Prison Art Exhibition The Crushed Bull is currently on display in the Kilmainham Gaol Museum. The exhibition shares its name with one of the pieces on display. The piece depicts a crushed Red Bull can in such detail that, from a distance, the work could almost be mistaken for a photograph. The exhibition has been running since 1996 and changes every two years. It aims to benefit the prisoners by allowing them to use their own initiative, work as a team, and improve patience and understanding. What makes this exhibition different from others is the artists themselves. They are not professionals, they do not get paid for their work and their participation is voluntary. They are prisoners from fourteen prisons around the country, and also two post-release centers. There are over 145 works on display created from materials supplied by the Irish Prison Service. Prisoners working in the framing workshop in Wheatfield Prison have framed the majority of the work. There are also pieces of jewelry from the womens prison in Mountjoy. As you enter the first of the four rooms it is hard not to be impressed. Many of the works could be hanging in any well-established art gallery. Although a few seem as though they have been done simply to pass time, many are pure expression. Regardless of what you may expect of the exhibition the gentleness and delicacy of the works takes you be surprise. The work of Eamon Lillis, who was convicted of his wifes manslaughter in 2008, hangs in the first room of the exhibition, there aretwo pictures, Dragonfly, and Hummingbird, two penciled drawings so fragile that a child could have sketched them. Most of the works are untitled, and bear only the prisoners first name, and current prison. When asked about this Ciaron McAuley of the Irish Prison Service said, If the pieces were named then the attention would focus on who the prisoners were and what they did that led them to being imprisoned. This could lead to unnecessary distress being caused to victims and their families and the Prison Service is conscious of our need to avoid that happening. Many of the works depict the view from a window or looking out from behind bars, but many also depict images of children smiling, or of families. Women are also portrayed in a straightforward, smiling and nonsexual manner. A few prisoners have chosen to create self-portraits, most of which are distorted with the use of colour or are purposely out of proportion.

Reaching Out by Peri from Portlaoise Prison

They seem to give off an aura of despair, or of failure to recognize oneself. Death is also a common motif throughout the exhibition, as seen specifically in the untitled work by Patrick Loughan. The contrast between the darker pieces and the other prisoners work is stark. The painting Reaching Out, which depicts two hands clasping one another, seems to send a message of hope. Many works are labeled as group pieces, reinforcing the goals of the project to allow the inmates to work as a team. Understandably, the exhibition has received mixed reviews. In general the reception is very positive. Clara McCann from Wexford commends the very high standard but also comments that, Paintings and crafts should be on sale and proceeds to a victims rehabilitation fund. Val ODonohoe from Dublin 15 describes the exhibition as very expressive and Sheila R. from Galway states that there is great talent and hope for the future. Yet, others are not so positive. E. Fairclough states that the artwork is very disturbing, with their strong request of please do not release them. The Crushed Can is a fascinating exhibition based on a beautiful piece, but a seemingly odd choice of work to carry the exhibition through. The image is viewed as a contemporary equivalent of Andy Warhols Campbell Soup Cans and symbolizes the fall of capitlism versus the greed of consumerism. The exhibition runs until April 15th 2012 when it will move down to the Raggle Taggle Gallery in Limerick from April 26th May 10th.

Butterfly by Brian of Limerick Prison

Elephant in the Room. Midlands Prison

Photos: Louise Mcloughlin

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Dear Aggy, Im in a bit of a situation. I got chatting to a girl in the computer lab in college, an Erasmus student from Scotland. She admitted that it was her first day and she knew nobody so I asked her if shed like to grab a coffee at lunch. I was trying to be nice and extend Loveshy, the hand of friendship. It appears to me you are more of a confrontation-shy type of However, I think weve gal! Man up woman and tell it to her straight (excuse the pun). got our wires crossed. My mates in college have Explain she misread the signals and you dont want more than a friendship with her. If you are too nervous for this ballsy act, said she talks about me non-stop; Ive blocked her the only other option is to quit being the good Samaritan, ask her on a night out, throw a couple of jagerbombs into you and calls and have resorted snog the face off some Lothario in front of her. She will soon to fleeing in the opposite direction if I see someone get the message. On a side note, I have found that taking the tall, dark and definitively male Erasmus students under your who looks remotely wing always yields more pleasing results. like her. Its clear she is Aggy. thinking more DTF than BFF. How do I shake off this stage- five clinger? Loveshyshy.



A Wee Bit Of A Joke

An Irishman was ashamed of his accent, and decided to go to elocution lessons in London. Three years later he was speaking perfect BBC English, and he decided to return home and celebrate with a drink. He caught the Boat back to Ireland, got a taxi into the city and walked into the first establishment he came to. I say, old chap, he said to the proprietor, perhaps you could furnish me with a large gin and tonic and one of your finest Havana cigars. Youre from around these parts, arent you? said the proprietor. Good grief, said the stunned Irishman. How did you know that? Well, you see, said the proprietor, this is a butchers.



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by: Saoirse Ivory I approached it all wrong. I knew it from the second I stepped into Tesco with my ingredients list in hand and realised that not only have I never heard of bicarbonate of soda, but I felt I should be looking for it in a lab and not a supermarket. I ignored my gut instinct, which was to just a buy a Black Forest gateau and save myself the emotional turmoil, and gathered my wares. Back in the kitchen, the cook book I had chosen to use (The Essential Baking Cookbook by Murdoch Books. Lay awaiting my perusal. Having sat on my bookshelf unnoticed for years, it was only now that I noticed the star rating on each of the recipes. Its a simple system, but one that succeeded in squashing out any optimism I had held about my baking endeavours. My Black Forest gateau had been awarded three stars, or, been deemed very difficult to make. I pretended I hadnt noticed and began step one. Preparing the baking tin was a full-scale project in itself. Once that was out of the way, I began measuring out the ingredients, and mad-scientist mode was fully engaged. I tipped the flour, both self-raising and plain, into the scales and held my breath so as not to choke as the cloud of airborne powder that engulfed the kitchen. Next came the cocoa powder and the vanilla essence, neither of which - I was disappointed to learn - taste as good as they smell. After resisting the temptation to hoover up the entire tub of whipped cream with a spoon, I set about mixing. Here I found that in the littleunderstood world of bakery the word

The fine art of cuisine is not a piece of cake

mix ceases to exist and is replaced with the word cream. Unfazed by this momentary confusion, I proceeded to cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and so on with a fork. It turns out take-away menus

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are more commonly found in my family kitchen that electric beaters or even an unassuming whisk. I battled on, furiously rotating my mixing fork with one hand and clutching a glass of Merlot in the other. Im not sure which came first, my arm wearing out or the mixture becoming well-combined and smooth as the book dictated. Either way I was ready to move on. The next step was ridiculously longwinded and confusing, but I caught the words flours and cocoa, so into the bowl they went. At this point I was impatient, hungry and losing the will to bake, so I tipped the sticky mixture into the tin and lashed it into the awaiting warmth of the oven. Ahh. I sat down and relaxed. Just me, a spoon and the delicious leftover cake mix. Gazing proudly into the kitchen at my hand-crafted mess, I spotted a small red tin sitting on the counter. Unable to

Images: Saoirse Ivory

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and Malteasers (my alternative to cherries) in the middle and the chocolate on top. I turned my back to get my camera so I could capture the moment like a proud parent. The pride was short lived. I turned around and was faced with some sort of demonic melty disaster of a cake. The cream and Malteasers were pouring out the sides like entrails, and the chocolate topping had all but dissolved. Unperturbed, I conducted a little cake makeover and by the time I was serving it up it looked almost presentable. The general consensus from friends and relatives brave enough to taste my gateau was that what it lacked in appearance, it made up for in taste and character. Although Im counting that as a success, I fear my fleeting dream of becoming a cake connoisseur may never come to fruition.

remember what it was, I went to investigate, and thats when I realised Id forgotten the baking soda. I contemplated opening the oven and sprinkling some on top of the cake in the hopes that it might absorb somehow, but then decided against it. How important could it be? Beyond caring, I poured another glass of wine and set about making my chocolate topping. Strangely, this involved no icing sugar, only melted chocolate and margarine. I whipped this up like a pro, and settled down to watch the oven timer. Ping. I felt genuinely nervous and I tentatively opened the oven door and pulled out the tin. In disbelief I saw that the cake had, against all odds, risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Eager to complete my masterpiece, I cut the cake in half horizontally, layered on the cream

Top 5 Upcoming Summer Films

Momentum Pictures presents Safe, an actionpacked thriller set in New York, starring Jason Statham as a former elite agent. A 12-year-old Chinese girl is abducted by Triads and Stathams character takes on a two-tier mission to rescue the girl and use a safe combination to outwit the Triads.

by: Laura Meehan

The Lucky One is a Warner Bros movie starring Zach Efron as a Marine serving in Iraq. He discovers a photograph of a woman which he believes to be a lucky charm. After surviving deadly combat, he returns home to go and search for the woman in the photograph. Irish release date 4 May 2012.

The Lucky One

Caf de Flore
Caf de Flore is a French film by Momentum Pictures featuring two love stories; one between a mother and son, and the other between a man and woman. The stories are set in different cities and different decades and how they are linked is kept a mystery until the shocking reveal. Irish release date 11 May 2012.

Irish release date is 4 May 2012.

Universal Pictures has a stellar cast involved in this quirky film set in the 1960s about two young children who fall in love and run away together. This prompts a search party in the small town. Irish release date 25 May 2012.

Moonrise Kingdom

Dakota Fanning stars as a 17-year-old leukaemia patient who has compiled a list of everything she wants to do before she dies. One wish is to lose her virginity and when she finds herself falling in love, she may get her wish. Irish release date 25 May 2012.

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Best face forward with our essential style guide

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Sarah Lavelle examines the advantages to using less make up for a subtle and more attractive look
As we age, we see changes all over our body. Our shapes change and our skin visibly matures. For women, its important to embrace these changes and adapt our styles as we grow older. Ironically, as many women try to do this, they achieve the opposite. You see it every day - women obviously trying to look younger but failing miserably. Its time to ditch the outrageous make up and young style ladies. The key to looking good over 50 is effortless. Just keep it simple. Follow these dos and donts and youll be on your way. Make sure not to wear too much foundation lightly apply make up to necessary areas such as around the nose. Also avoid using pearl or shimmery makeup as this exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Its important to use makeup to enhance your features, not to cover them up. Choose natural colours to suit your skin tone. Cream-based eye shadows and subtle rose or coral tones lipsticks are great for highlighting your best features. When applying eye makeup, avoid the lower eye area. Make-up will inevitably travel downward, creating a panda eye effect which will make you look older than you are. When it comes to clothing, keep things simple. Avoid in-your-face items and stick to neutral, sophisticated colours. Be sure to stay away from baggy, shapeless clothes know your body shape and learn what fit suits you. So keep things simple and welcome the changes that age brings. Tone down your style and leave the outrageous fashion fads to the teens. by: Hilary Cole Pidgeon ity and play writing. The plays also help us with acceptance of others. Its not about whether youre gay, straight or bisexual; its a festival for everyone, which people can enjoy together. It is a huge leap that we have made, and being able to celebrate Wilde, one of the greatest writers of all time, in his native country is an honour. So no matter your preferences, come on down for a day of fun and celebration that is for everyone. For more information on the Festival, plays and ticket bookings, go to www.

Dublin Gay Theatre festival comes back for its 9th outing this May
The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is nearly here, and there is a lot to look forward to in its 9th year of running. Taking place in different locations around Dublin, such as the Teachers Club and Cobalt Cafe, the Festival will be running from May 7th to May 20th. The Festival first began in 2004, to mark the 150th birthday of Oscar Wilde. The plays are both Irish and international in origin and are new works. The theme is mainly focused on homosexuality or

Dublin Gay Theatre Festival celebrates Oscar Wildes Birthday Image: Napoleon Sarony

the works have been contributed by a gay person. It is one of the biggest events of the Dublin Calendar for LGBT groups, both Irish and around the world. It promotes awareness and encourages youth participation. It has been a huge success so far, and hopefully it stays that way. It is not just about the awareness but also about beautiful writing that may not get recognition in other places. The Festival is a celebration of both sexual-


Relegation P irrelevant for S Dubs in SHC run-in

that, we can get through anything. But it wasnt to be. Despite the unhappy end to the league campaign Sutcliffe isnt seeing the teams relegation as a hindrance in the summers Championship. Indeed, the St. Judes man believes their relegation may serve to help them. Were back under the radar now. Theres no hype about us. Obviously, last year we had won the National League and were on a high, and some people said maybe we peaked early. This year we want to be peaking come summer time for the Championship. Sutcliffe, who studies BESS in Trinity, broke into the team midway through last years Championship coming on in the quarter final win over Limerick, but he found settling into the team easier this year. Last year was tough, trying to break into a team that had just won the National League. However, he credits his integration into the team to the help from his team mates. One person who definitely guided me and gave me their years of experience was Liam Ryan. He helped me out with small bits in training, but more importanly with bits off the training pitch that I could improve on. He wasnt fazed by the step up to senior level but relished the opportunity. Having watched people like John Gardiner and Tommy Walsh for years on television it felt great to finally pit myself against them. He now looks forward to a summer battling for Dublin for both the senior team and the U21s. Weve got a good squad, and hopefully we can win Leinster and then go on and challenge for the All Ireland because Leinster isnt enough anymore.


Cian McKiernan talks to 20-year-old Dublin senior hurler Danny Sutcliffe about the coming season
Danny Sutcliffe is hoping to put the disappointment of Dublins relegation behind him as he looks forward to what is sure to be an eventful summer for the 20-year-old. The Dublin hurlers were demoted from the Division 1A after losing a relegation play-off against Galway (4-21 to 0-19), but Sutcliffe isnt dwelling on what many see as an unlucky campaign. In one way, we could have been in a league semi-final if results had gone our way. We lost two games by a point and found ourselves in a relegation play-off. The three matches in Croke Park, even though the results didnt go our way you cant fault our performance. It could have gone either way. On Saturday (against Galway) we thought we had the momentum, after getting two men sent off the week before we felt if we got through

Dublin footballers hope to put their shaky league form behind them as they start their defense of Sam Maguire
Dublins footballers managed to mix the good with the bad during this years league campaign. Despite comprehensive victories over Armagh, Donegal and Laois, surprise loses to both Down and Mayo meant they missed out on a League semi-final spot. Dublin were also undermined by indiscipline throughout the campaign, with four players sent off in their first six games and Bryan Cullen retrospectively red-carded. This lack of discipline was most obvious against Mayo, when Paul Flynn and Dairmaud Connolly were both sent off as Dublin succumbed to a 12-point loss. One good point from the league campaign was the emergence of several young by: Conor Lennon players who will be fighting for selection later in the year. These included Craig Dias, who impressed at half-back with some composed displays and Johnny Cooper, who showed promise as both a corner-back and attacking half-back. Paul Brogan has also continued to develop at halfforward. Despite being without Bernard Brogan for most of the league, Dublin never lacked for scoring options. Dairmaud Connolly hit a hat-trick against Armagh and 5 points from play against Laois, with Eoghan OGara kicking 1-5 in the same match.

Alan Brogan came back from injury to make a telling impact and Paddy Andrews, returning to the panel after his spectacular year with St Brigids in the club championships last year, laid down a marker for the rest of the season. Dublin will open their defence of the Sam Maguire against the winners of either Louth or Westmeath in Croke Park, and while the champions will be hot favourites, their manager knows not to take either team for granted. Westmeath will be buoyed by their Garrycastle contingent, as well as John Heslins return from Australia. Louth, meanwhile, finished their league campaign with a 9 point win over Meath and so are coming into form at the right time of the year.

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Pats and Rovers looking set to contest for title

by: Ciarn DArcy With the 2012 League of Ireland season now well underway, both Saint Patricks Athletic and Shamrock Rovers have registered promising starts as the league begins to take shape. With nine games now elapsed, Pats are currently sitting pretty in third place having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season. However, Liam Buckleys side may be left to rue a lack of potency in front of goal come seasons end. Despite registering impressive results, including a 2-0 away win in Dundalk and, most notably, their 5-1 demolition of Shamrock Rovers in Inchicore on Good Friday, the Saints have drawn five games so far this season. Indeed, if that superlative result against the defending league champions is discounted, the Dublin 8 outfit have averaged only one goal per game for the other eight matches, which hardly constitutes league-winning form. One of the real talking points of the Saints surge up the league table has been the form of promising youngster Chris Forrester. The former Bohemians youth has produced some sparkling performances in the red shirt so far this season, and his stunning lobbed effort on match day six will surely be in the reckoning for goal of the season. Stephen Kennys side may have secured some spectacular results, such as the 4-0 win over Shelbourne on March 23 and the 6-0 drubbing of Dundalk. But the Hoops form has been stunted by recent draws against eminently beatable teams such as Bray Wanderers and Derry City. These, coupled with their annihilation at Richmond Park on April 6, means that the Tallaght outfit lie second in the table, a point ahead of Pats, but three off the pace set by table-topping Sligo.

City Racing to attract Formula Ones biggest names to Dublin

by: Eoin Harmon Dublin City is to be transformed into a rubber-burning and pulsating racing circuit on Sunday, June 3rd. The Bavaria City Racing motorsports exhibition will see many types of racing cars and bikes drive laps around the city streets. Starting from OConnell Bridge and Aston Quay, the route passes through College Green, DOlier Street, Burgh Quay and Custom House before finishing at the North Wall Quay. According to Linda McGarry, the Marketing Director of Bavaria City Racing Dublin, the capital has several merits for hosing such an event. Its been held in two other cities, and Dublin will be the third. It originated in Rotterdam, and then it moved to Moscow, she said. The layout of Dublin city is very suitable to the track, she continued. It also doesnt have a Formula One

Jenson Button gives the thumbs up in anticipation of his Dublin visit image courtesy of ph-stop
event, so the impact will be good and people will enjoy it. While the Formula One cars will be the primary attraction, including McLarens drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, there are many other vehicles and personalities
The track starts at OConnell bridge and ends at North Wall Quay

hoping to impress. We have Le Mans cars, WRC cars, Superbikes, Pro Drift cars, and of course, we have the Supercars the Ferraris, the Spykers, the Koenigseggs etc, McGarry said. The organisers are also seeking volunteers using an online form to help the day run as smoothly and as safely as possible. Bavaria are planning to run three more City Racing events, so everyone involved will hope for a successful day out. It is possible to view the exhibition from a free spectator viewing area, but tickets for Grandstand seating at Custom House (OConnell Bridge is sold out) cost 75.90. Grandstand and F1 Paddock tickets cost 163.90. Road closures will be in place on the day from College Green to Aston Quay, and from Burgh Quay along Custom House Quay to North Wall Quay. years. Ulster goes into this match as underdogs based on their less than spectacular semi final win over Edinburgh in the Aviva. But nothing is ever that easy when it comes to a Heineken Cup final, if Leinsters first-half performance against Northampton in the 2011 final is anything to go by. If Ulster want to be in with a chance to beat the Leinster, then they will have to target the blues lineout, which was misfiring against Clermont. It is still a huge ask for the Ulstermen as Leinster are playing some of the best rugby in the world at the moment.

Leinster win sets-up all-Irish European final

by: Hannah Tuthill-Hogan Leinster look set to become the most successful team in the history of the Heineken Cup if they beat Ulster at the first All-Irish final in Twickenham on the 19th of May writes Hannah Tuthill-Hogan Leinster secured their place in the final with a gutsy 19-15 win over Clermont Auvergne in Bordeaux on Sunday. The boys in blue held on by the skin of their teeth after a 78-minute try by Clermonts, Wesley Fofana was disallowed which would have sent the Irish team packing. The match was neck and neck for most of the first half, and Clermont led the blues by 12-6 at half time thanks to the boot of Brock James. Leinster clawed their way back into the game early in the second half with a well taken try by Cian Healy and an impressive 45 metre drop goal by Leinster player of the season Rob Kearney. The second half remained tight with outhalves

First ever allIrish Heineken Cup Final

Jonny Sexton and Brock James exchanging penalties. Leinster held their nerve and defended their line ferociously until they won a penalty that cinched a successive Heineken Cup Final appearance for the Irish team. All eyes are on Twickenham for the final, when the two Irish teams battle it out for the title. Leinster, who will go into the final as favourites, will be hoping to be the first ever team to win the Heineken Cup three times in four

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All roads lead to Poland and

A walk through the Euros from 1960 to present
by: Ciaran DArcy
Originally greeted with indifference by many of the powerhouses of European football, the European Championships has gradually blossomed into one of the worlds elite sporting competitions. The inaugural tournament was held in 1960, with the Soviet Union emerging victorious, however the tournament was overshadowed by political strife and mass withdrawals. Then called the European Nations Cup, hosts Spain defeated the holders in the 1964 final. By the 1970s, the simmering political tensions in Europe had calmed somewhat, and most nations had agreed to participate in qualifying. In 1980 the momentous step was taken to double the number of competing nations from four to eight, and from there the tournaments popularity skyrocketed. Germany lifted the Henri Delaunay cup that year, and eight years later heralded one of the great Euro finals, as Marco Van Bastens stunning volley helped the Dutch to the 1988 title. A Peter Schmeichel-inspired Denmark caused one of the biggest international upsets of all time when they emerged victorious in the 1992 competition, and it wasnt until 1996 that the tournament reached its current 16-team format. Gareth Southgates penalty miss will have been indelibly imprinted in every English fans mind as Germany progressed to the final at the host teams expense, eventually winning against the Czech Republic in their first participation as a sovereign nation. Another upset was on the cards in 2004 as Otto Rehhegals regime of substance over style saw his unfancied Greece team trump hosts and hot favourites Portugal in the final, and 2008 saw the dawn of Spanish dominance as La Roja strolled to victory in Vienna. The history of the European Championships has become a rich tapestry over the last 52 years. In that time, nine different teams have secured the coveted trophy. It is a truly priceless addition to the folklore of world football, and the eagerly anticipated Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine are bound to produce yet more epic matches and classic goals in keeping with the 13 Championships to date.

FIFA ranking: 75 Euro 2008: Group stages Key players: Wojciech Szczesny, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Robert Lewandowski Player for the future: Marcin Kaminski Team overview: Qualified automatically as hosts, but friendly form has been patchy in a team that promises to thoroughly underwhelm come June. Prediction: Group stage elimination.

Group A Poland Greece

FIFA ranking: 13 Euro 2008: Group stages Key players: Avraam Papadopoulos, Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis Player for the future: Sotiris Ninis Team overview: Topped their qualifying group, and recent tournament pedigree may see them squeeze through the poorest group of the tournament to the last 16. Prediction: Quarter finals.

FIFA ranking: 12 Euro 2008: Semi-finals Key players: Igor Akinfeev, Andrei Arshavin, Yuri Zhirkov Player for the future: Alan Dzagoev Team overview: May be a big fish in a small pond in Group A. However they should be disposed of easily enough by winner/runner-up of Group B. Prediction: Quarter finals.


FIFA ranking: 2 Euro 2008: Quarter-finals Key players: Wesley Sneijder, Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben Player for the future: Tim Krul Team overview: Topped their qualifying group, and with many of their top players in the form of their career the Oranje are looking ominously good. Prediction: Runners-up.

Group B Holland Denmark

FIFA ranking: 29 Euro 2008: Group stages Key players: Tomas Rosicky, Michal Kadlec, Petr Cech Player for the future: Tomas Necid Team overview: Finished a long way behind Spain in qualifying. A lack of firepower up front and in the midfield may well cost them against tight defences. Prediction: Group stage elimination.

Czech Rep.

FIFA ranking: 11 Euro 2008: Failed to qualify Key players: Nicklas Bendtner, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Agger Player for the future: Simon Kjaer Team overview: Pipped Portugal in their qualifying group, but the group of death looks likely to send the Danes packing at the first hurdle. Prediction: Group stage elimination.

FIFA ranking: 3 Euro 2008: Runners-up Key players: Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Philip Lahm Player for the future: Toni Kroos Team overview: Walked qualification with a 100% record, Spains injury worries means Joachim Lows side may well go all the way this time. Prediction: Champions.


FIFA ranking: 7 Euro 2008: Quarter-finals Key players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Pepe Player for the future: Nlson Oliveira Team overview: Portugal finished second to Denmark in the European Championship qualifying group. They will be relying heavily on Ronaldos goals in order to make any impact on the competition. Prediction: Group stage elimination.


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Ukraine: Euro 2012 preview

FIFA ranking: 19 Euro 2008: DNQ Key players: Robbie Keane, Damien Duff & Richard Dunne Player for the future: James McClean Team overview: Second in qualifying group, and with many of our top players in good form plus the youth and Trapattonis tactics we wont be far away. Prediction: Quarter final.

Group C Italy Ireland

The Green Armys chances of silver

by: Ciaran Ward
So after 24 years the Republic of Ireland are finally going back to the European Championships. The last time the boys in green sat at European footballs top table the Berlin Wall was still standing and Celine Dion was singing for Switzerland in the Eurovision in the RDS. Since Joxer went to Stuttgart and Irelands debut at a major championship .soccer in Ireland has grown dramatically and qualification for Italia 90, USA 94 and Japan/Korea 02 has transformed this wee island into one of the best football nations in world football. Irelands 24-year absence from the European Championships was officially ended on 15th November last year after a 1-1 draw in the Aviva Stadium gave Ireland a 5-1 aggregate win over Estonia in a playoff. The team reached the playoffs by beating Andorra, Macedonia, Slovakia and Armenia and despite coming close to complete annihilation in a freezing Luzhniki Stadium; Richard Dunne almost singlehandedly managed to get us a famous draw in Moscow which ultimately meant a play off place. Then when you think youve the hard work done, qualifying via the playoffs, we were drawn in a group with Spain, Italy and Croatia. Spain are defending European and World champions, Italy won the 2006 World Cup and Croatia have qualified for World Cup 2006 and reached the Knock Out stages of Euro 2008. So what are Irelands chances in Poland? Well should we have a full squad, one would have to say three draws would be a fantastic performance considering just how difficult group C looks from the outset.

FIFA ranking: 9 Euro 2008: Quarter Finals Key players: Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi Player for the future: Fabio Borini Team overview: Struggled in qualification and their main players are now at the end of their careers, but are also solid at the back and hard to break down Prediction: Group stage elimination.

FIFA ranking: 1 Euro 2008: Winners Key players: Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa Player for the future: Iker Muniain Team overview: Reigning World and European Champions, topped group in qualification & La Liga is getting stronger by the season. May struggle for talent up front but their midfield core should help them go deep. Prediction: Runners Up


FIFA ranking: 49 Euro 2008: DNQ Key players: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Andriy Voronin & Andriy Nesmachniy Player for the future: Denys Harmash Team overview: Qualified automatically as hosts. A lack of firepower, a single topclass player may well cost them against tight defences. Prediction: Group stage elimination.

Group D Ukraine France

FIFA ranking: 10 Euro 2008: Quarter Finals Key players: Luca Modric, Ivan Klasnic & Ivica Olic Player for the future: Ivan Rakitic Team overview: Came second to Greece in qualification group. Have lots of latent talent but a FIFA ranking inside the top ten flattered the Croatians. Prediction: Group stage elimination.


FIFA ranking: 16 Euro 2008: Group stage elimination. Key players: Patrice Evra, Karim Benzema & Franck Ribery Player for the future: Hatem Ben Arfa Team overview: Topped their qualifying group. Will want to forget their last two tournaments. If they start off with a strong performance against England they could go far. Prediction: Quarter finals.

FIFA ranking: 17 Euro 2008: Group stage elimination Key players: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Johan Elmander & Kim Kallstrom Player for the future: John Guidetti Team overview: Have some quality in their team, along with two strikers who know how to score. Hard to see them getting by France or England and will most likely go home early. Prediction: Group stage elimination.


FIFA ranking: 6 Euro 2008: DNQ Key players: Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard & Joe Hart Player for the future: Phil Jones Team overview: Qualified easily enough. With the pressure of a new manager and the loss of Wayne Rooney for the start of the group stages may be too much to overcome. Prediction: Semi finals.


Where to put your money?

by: Graham Barry
Spain as 5/2 favourites with Germany second favourites at 9/2. With both these sides playing strong football at Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010, as well as competing in the final of the last Euros, its no surprise this is how they stack up in the pre-tournament odds. If they play strong football and things go their way, Holland (7/1), England (10/1), or France (12/1) could be worth a bet.

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as fellow choice nominees And So I Watch You From Afar. The two day music marathon takes place in the heart of the city with an easily budgeted 40 price tag for the two days. The Meteor Dublin Camden Crawl has the makings of a great new annual festival, with this being the first ever sister event to the successful London Camden Crawl thats been running since 1995. Weekend tickets are exchanged for a wristband on the day, which allows the owner unlimited access to all venues, stages and after-parties over the two days with a complimentary programme and album.


by: Greg Synnott Every venue from Camden Street to Temple Bar will be packed with gig-goers and musicians this May. More than 100 Irish and international acts are performing in fifteen venues as part of The Meteor Dublin Camden Crawl from May 11th12th. The line-up includes a lot of Irelands best live acts with a mix of new discoveries including Meteor Choice Music Prize winner Jape as well

Lets get crawling to Camden Street

The line-up of artists is available right now but individual venue line-ups and stage times remain a complete mystery until the show day in an attempt to add to the exploratory vibe of the event. Gig-goers should arrive early as surprise guests are expected to appear at any time in any venue and for those of you only drawn in by one day there are one day tickets for just 25.

Camden Crawl Headliners Left - We Are Scientists Photo: Micheal Baldwin Right - Mystery Jets Photo: Man Alive


Jape, And So I Watch You From Afar. We Are Scientists, Sway, Rubberbandits, Bastille, DELS, Dutch Uncles, Lets Buy Happiness, Trophy Wife, Clock Opera, D/R/U/G/S, Becoming Real, Blacklisters, Polarbear, Alpines, Dam Mantle, Duke Special, Girls Names, Morning Claws, SertOne, Verse Corus Verse, Iceage, Daith, Elaine Mai, Angkorwat, Come On Live Long, Funeral Suits, Jogging, Last Days Of 1984, Le Galaxie, Lethal Dialect, Little xs for Eyes, Logikparty, The Ambience Affair and Wounds.

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Gaz Coombes, Tieranniesaur, Cashier No. 9, Mystery Jets, Ghost Poet, My Best Fiend, Kwes, Deaf Joe, Katie Kim, Bantum, Axis Of, Alarmist, Girl Band, We Are Losers, Sleep Thieves, Toby Kaar, Laura Sheeran, Melodica Deathship, Hands Up Who Wants To Die, La Faro, Alpines, Dutch Uncles, Lets Buy Happiness, Trophy Wife, Clock Opera, D/R/ U/G/S, Dam Mantle, Becoming Real, DELS, Polarbear, Blacklisters and Iceage. Venues for the festival are Grand Social, Whelans, Button Factory, Workmans Club, Upstairs at Whelans, Twisted Pepper, The Village and Speak Easy, and more. Tickets are available from the Ticketmaster desk in the Dublin Discover Ireland Centre, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2, online, or ticketmaster outlets throughout the city.

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by: Sara Dalton Eimear Crehin, or Fox.E as she prefers to be called, is the talented singer of soul band Fox.E and the Good Hands. Her loud pink hair is a direct indicator of her bright and bubbly personality and infectious bark of a laugh. Within minutes of talking to her it is not hard to imagine how she would acquire a name like Fox.E. She explains: When I originally started performing years ago I needed a stage name because my music was far too sexy. I was teaching music to small kids at the time. Anyway, someone who knew my style came up with Fox.E and it just stuck. The tale of double identity is like a watered down version of Sister Act Two: the caring and attentive Miss Crehin of the classroom versus sassy and seductive Miss Fox on stage. Fox.E acquired the rest of her six-piece band (the Good Hands) two years ago in order to enter the Rising Stars competition in May 2010. I had entered a song that I had recorded with my sister, Fox.E recalls and the rest is kind of history.

Fox.E lady talks music

Fox.E certainly is in good hands, accompanied by an assortment of trained and talented musicians. Their style is a healthy mix of funk, soul and rap with elements of blues and cabaret thrown in for good measure. They have been influenced by artists as diverse as Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Eminem and Notorious B.I.G. Their members have oodles of experience. The electric guitarist David McDonald is studying modern music at DITs new rock course and drummer Phillip Donnery studies at Ballyfermot Rock School. Fox.E herself has a degree in music under her belt; the bass player Gordon Dunning comes from a family of musicians and cabaret-style backup singer Paula Size sings in Maynooth Gospel Choir. Fox.E explains that the drummers Robert Pattinson-esque good looks earned him the sex appeal title. He has gotten in trouble many times with girls, she chuckles. There was one very scary situation when he went home with someone and ended up getting locked into her apartment, she had Robert Pattinson posters everywhere! The bands newest member is the rapper Barry

O Farrell. Fox.E gushes He is the best addition we have ever had. He really adds dynamic to the group. I dont consider myself the main anymore, we both lead. Despite what the name suggests It is not just one person and a band. Everyone has equal say and we write all our music together, I am told. Fox.E explains that the band was named accidentally when they were supporting Republic of Loose. We were asked for a name on the spot and one of the lads suggested Fox.E and the Sex Starved Blood Hounds and I misheard him, she laughs. This is the third consecutive year the band is taking part in Dublin City Soul Festival and it is clear that they are behind the cause. Fox.E works hard to promote music working with charities and teaching children. I dont believe in classical training though, she says. I do a lot of work with psychology and singing. It is about passion, using the voice you have and getting over your fear. Last year Fox.E and the Good Hands opened the new band Stage at Oxegen and their festival fever is set to return this year where after the Dublin City Festival Soul they will play Electric Picnic and Knockanstockin.

LIBERTY The many hidden gems of The Liberties

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by: Laura Meehan Hidden gems in a community are those rare finds, often undiscovered by many. The Liberties is home to many gems, if one only knows where to find them. A true treasure is Djinn Jewellery on Wexford street. Owner Simon Phelan has trained in India and Ireland, working with metal smiths, gem-designers and enamelists to perfect his craft. On the subject of gems, Simon is a trained gemologist and sources rare gems for his pieces. He works with Spanish and Irish designers too, to create fascinatingly beautiful jewellery. The shop is filled with a of range of handcrafted and vintage jewellery and textiles. Importantly, Djinn Jewellery support ethical and CoOperative mining. A hidden gem, that is definitely on the way to discovery, is Liberty Florist who recently featured on Feargal Quinns Retail Therapy. Liberty florist is a family business which is now being run by Kim Buckley, the great granddaughter of the original Liberty Florist owner, Biddy McGrail. Biddy started this business by selling beautiful floral arrangements from her pram. The business has totally transformed since then and was continued to do so since July 2009 when retail guru Feargal Quinn discovered this gem. The colorful shop is filled with that beautiful fresh flower smell and is a cheerful setting against the dull city centre. Kim organises flowers for all occasions from weddings, to birthdays to the popular bouquets, pot arrangements, baskets and vases. A hidden gem with a foreign flare is Cathedral Cafe on Dean Street. The Spanish staff are warm and friendly, ready to tell you all you need to know about the cafes Tapas Espanolas and Sangria served on the weekends. The cafe has a homey, cosy feel like you could hide out there for hours undiscovered. The food is delicious and its no surprise that the Spanish omelette is to die for. The Cathedral Cafe can be hired out for private parties of 10 to 20 people where you can party all night.


An inside view of Djinn Jewellery, one of the many great gems the liberties has to offer Images: Laura Meehan

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Young athletes at risk of CRY

The on-field collapse of Bolton Wanderers Fabrice Muamba, followed by the death of an Italian Serie B player has led to increased awareness on the strain of sport on the heart
by: Ciarn DArcy
The recent difficulties encountered by Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba have been well publicised and serve as a timely reminder of the ever-present danger lurking below the surface for sports people of all ages. The images of Muamba collapsed and struggling for his life on the pitch during Boltons FA Cup meeting with Tottenham are now indelibly imprinted in the minds of British and Irish sports fans. Thankfully, the combative central midfielder is now well on the road to recovery, and for that he can thank the quick thinking and fast actions of cardiologist Dr. Andrew Deaner, who was in attendance and rushed to the 24-year-olds aid, performing life-saving CPR before Muamba was quickly taken away to Londons specialist Chest Hospital to receive specialist treatment. Muamba was one of the lucky ones. Who could ever forget the tragedy of Mark Vivien Foes death under similar circumstances in 2003, or those of Motherwell midfielder Phil ODonnell and Sevillas Antonio Puerta, all struck down by previously unidentified heart defects in the prime of their lives. Indeed, it is estimated by CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) that around 10,000 Irish people carry similarly defective genes are responsible for sudden sportspeople who had died from such undiagnosed conditions to help raise funds for the National Screening Centre located in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Tallaght. Due to the efforts of CRY there is now a clinic available in St. James Hospital offers heart screenings to people of all ages free of charge, in order to identify any such defects that may exist and have gone undetected. In the wake of the Muamba incident, the Irish Heart Foundation issued a press release urging all sporting clubs and associations to ensure the presence of both a working defibrillator and someone who is competent in CPR wherever matches are taking place. According to the foundation, between 70 to 100 people under the age of 35 die in Ireland each year due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Brigid Sinnott, Irish Heart Foundation resuscitation expert, highlights the difference such measures can make in an emergency situation. For every minute a person is collapsed without receiving CPR or defibrillation, their chance of survival decreases by between 7 and 10 per cent per minute, says Brigid. After five minutes, their chance of survival may be reduced by as much as 50 per cent. But with bystander CPR and the availability of a defibrillator within minutes, their chances can greatly improve. I have no doubt that the immediate use of CPR and a defibrillator is the reason Fabrice Muamba has survived. These steps are there not only to potentially save the lives of players but also of spectators. CPR is a simple skill and the measures clubs can take are not about a fancy set up, just hard and fast chest compressions. The emergence of such well documented cases have prompted much needed action from major Irish sporting organisations in recent years. The League of Ireland introduced mandatory ECG screening for players in 2007, and the Healthy Hearts Healthy Lives campaign set up by former Armagh footballers Tony and John McEntee in the wake of Tyrone gaelic footballer Cormac McAnallens untimely death in 2003 - visits GAA clubs around the island offering free heart screening clinics. Attitudes in relation to sudden cardiac arrest in this country have changed for the better in recent years, that much is evident. Ultimately, it is athletes themselves who are responsible for their own wellbeing, and with the abundance of resources now at our disposal, there is no excuse not to avail of the free screening clinics in hospitals around the city.

After five minutes a persons chances of survival can be reduced by 50%

cardiac arrest at any age. The organisation was set up in 2002 by parents of young

Fans pay their tributes to Fabrice Muamba following his on field cardiac arrest Inset Image: Alex Livesey/Getty images - Background image: Matthew Chadwick

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