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Ballinteer ISSUE 40: October - November 2009

OCTOBER

Breast Cancer Awareness Month CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS A New Beginning Has Your Child Got the

‘XMAS FACTOR’? REDUCE YOUR TAX BILL

PLUS Local news, events, tarotscopes, recipes, special offers and much more!


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Red Wines California: Delicato Old Vine Zinfandel Tasmania, Australia: Devils Corner Pinot Noir France: Mitchells Claret Chateau De L’Engarran Cotes Du Rhone Belleruche Italy: Feudo Arancio Nero D’Avola, Sicily Feudo Arancio Syrah, Sicily Spain: Solar Samaniego Crianza Rioja

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Contents

Audrey and the Total Hair Care Team have RELOCATED to the

About Finances Tax Return Deadline Looms...................................8

Highlighting The Cell System of Parish Renewal..................22

About Recipe Mediterranean Fish Stew..........................................10

About Style Personal Style De-Mystified?.......................................26

About Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraising Events......12

About Relationships Finding Time for Romance..................30

About Massage Holistic Massage Therapy...................................13

About Local Events Ballinteer Banter.......................................34-37

About Legal Matters Civil Partnerships Bill...................................14

About Wordsearch Halloween Theme............................................40

About Crossword Very Bewitching!...................................................16

About Herbal Medicine Naturopath John Maher...............42

About Children’s Issues Eat Your Greens!....................................18

Tarot-scopes for October by Mags...................................................44

About Gardening Round the Garden in October................20

Index....................................................................................................................................46

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Welcome to the October/November issue of About Ballinteer I promise faithfully that this month’s magazine is guaranteed to be a ‘Nama, Referendum, Going Forward’ free zone! Instead, we have a magazine packed with Halloween Fun, Features and Special Offers!

Copy deadline for the Dec/Jan issue: 10th December 2009

Audrey and the Total Hair Care team have Half Price Blowdrys (Pg 5); John Meats & Co - online butcher - has fantastic online Meat/Poultry offers (pg 11); you can get a discounted Holistic Massage from Dundrum Acupuncture & Massage (pg 13); Al’s Fish Shop has 10% off Fresh Fish (pg 10) for you; Mitchell’s Wine Shop have Spooktacular Wine Offers (pg 2) and Harvey Nichols (pg 11) have fine dining from just €19.50!

Contact Us

There are plenty more offers inside. So remember, save time and money and support local business. As October heralds Tax Return Time, you can read local accountant John Bollard’s advice and make sure you are not paying too much tax (page 8)! Dillon Solicitors explain the new Civil Partnerships Bill (pg 14) and David Kavanagh of Avalon RC has top tips on Finding Time for Romance (pg 30). October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do what you can to support the fundraising events taking place, especially those being held in the Dundrum Town Centre (pg 12). Finally, there is no shortage on the number of FREE or low-cost Local Events listed in our Ballinteer Banter pages (34-37), so do check them out. You can also see if your child has the XMAS Factor on page 38. Remember, if you have an event coming up which you want listed for FREE, just email the details to fiona@aboutmagazines.ie Until next time, Happy Halloween and remember to ‘Fall Back’ on 25th October (clocks go back)! Best Regards,

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ABOUT FINANCES

Tax Return Deadline Looms! by John Bollard, Leonard & Company Tax Return fever will shortly begin, with the deadline of 31st October next looming even closer. If you file online you have until the 16th November to make your return. Under the self assessment system an individual with income apart from PAYE type income, should file a tax return every year. Many individuals do not realise that if they have PAYE income and rental income then they are obliged under the self assessment system to file a tax return even if they have no net rental income after taking all the outgoings into account. If they do not file they leave themselves open to penalties.

Commissioners have been writing recently to some tax payers asking them to clarify their position on mortgage interest. If you did not take out a new loan for a new house (not your first house) or top up a qualifying loan on your existing home since the 1st January 2003 you are not longer entitled to mortgage interest relief. It makes financial sense to bring your tax affairs up to date and it really is not that painful or expensive if you engage an experienced professional firm such as Leonard & Company. Leonard & Company file all their clients’ tax returns online, which ensures that any refunds due, are processed as speedily as possible.

Many people, including those with only PAYE income, have found that when they engaged Leonard & Company to file their tax returns a refund ensued after a claim was made for some of the following allowances:

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ABOUT RECIPE

Mediterranean Fish Stew with Rouille Croutons A quick and easy twist on a classic French recipe, this Mediterranean fish stew is full of the flavours of crab meat, Pernod and fennel. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Serves 6 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 large red chilli, finely chopped 2 bulbs fennel, quartered 2 tbsp Pernod 100ml (4fl oz) Noilly Prat or other dry vermouth 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato purée pinch saffron 1 dressed crab 250g (9oz) monkfish fillet, cubed 200g (7oz) roeless scallops 400g (14oz) raw, peeled king prawns 600g (1lb 5oz) mussels, scrubbed 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped

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For the rouille: 1 large garlic clove, crushed pinch saffron 1 large anchovy fillet 1 tsp harissa paste little lemon juice, to taste 125g (4.4oz) fresh mayonnaise For the croutons: 1 small baguette, diagonally sliced little olive oil 1. To make the rouille, pound down the garlic, saffron, anchovy, harissa and lemon juice in a mortar and pestle or mini chopper, then stir into the mayonnaise. 2. For the croutons, preheat the oven to 200°C, 180°C fan, 400°F, gas 6. Brush each side of the baguette slices with the oil then place on a wire rack in the oven for approx 10 minutes, until crisp. Dip the croutons into half of the parsley before serving. 3. Now make the stew. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Cook for a few minutes, then add the garlic, chilli and fennel. Stir well and cook for a minute, then add the alcohol. Bring to the boil for a few minutes, then add the tomatoes, tomato purée and saffron. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. 4. Simmer for ten minutes, then add all of the fish, ending with the mussels. Cover and allow to cook for about five minutes, until the mussels have opened and all the fish has cooked through. Scatter over the remaining parsley. Ladle into bowls, serving the rouille and croutons on the side, together with grated Gruyère, if you like. The rouille should be served on top of the croutons for dunking in the stew. 10 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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ABOUT MASSAGE

ABOUT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Dundrum Town Centre Joins Marie Keating Foundation in Raising Funds

A Massage Treatment that will Bring You Back to your Soul

by Fiona Tuomey

by Gisela Silva, Dundrum Acupuncture

Make your way to Dundrum Town Centre this

Back by popular demand, Movies @ Dundrum

Holistic bodywork is a unique massage treatment;

love. When you come for a holistic bodywork

October as the Centre dedicates the month

are planning on holding a charity much-loved

it incorporates acupressure, deep tissue work,

massage you are allowing yourself time and space

movie screening during October, with guests

stretching techniques, healing work and sound. Its

to release not only physical discomfort, you are also

intention is to bring the body back into alignment

clearing thoughts which are the generators of ones

by clearing any physical, emotional or mental

life and health.

to supporting the Marie Keating Foundation Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

enjoying a cocktail on arrival and pink themed goodie bag as a thank you for supporting the

Beauty pods will be stationed on the North Mall

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on Level 1 on Saturday, 17 October 9am-7pm

The intention of the treatment is to help achieve Imbalance can take any form; it can be felt in the

wholeness by gaining more energy, clarity, wellbeing

and Sunday, 18th October 10am-7pm, where a

Participating retailers will also donate a

body as discomfort, stiffness or pain. On the other

and inner harmony. A holistic bodywork treatment

host of the most luxurious treatments from a

percentage of proceeds from selected sales

hand it can also be expressed as mental confusion,

will bring you closer to the soul.

range of world-renowned beauty names will be

during the month to the Marie Keating

tiredness, difficulty in making decisions or even

available in 20 minute slots, all in return for a

Foundation.

negativity.

donation amount that will go straight to the

Gisela Silva trained in London and has over 10 years experience. She holds an M.T.I and I.T.E.C diploma

We need to nurture all aspects of ourselves in the

in massage. Gisela follows the holistic principle that

same way as we respond to our thirst or hunger.

body mind and spirit are integrated and need to be

Breast Bank Holiday and other planned activities

Nurturing means getting in touch with our deepest

balanced for vitality and health.

Appointments must be booked on the day you

in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation at

needs and emotions, allowing ourselves a space

wish to have the treatment, and are available on

Dundrum Town Centre log onto www.dundum.ie

where we can respond to them with awareness and

Marie Keating Foundation.

For further information regarding the October

Call 085 801 9865 for an appointment.

a first come, first served basis. A Marie Keating Foundation nurse will also be on hand at the Centre on Saturday, 17th October and Sunday, 18th October to facilitate questions and queries arising in relation to breast health and breast

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cancer. Harvey Nichols will host a special Ladies Luncheon, in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation at The First Floor Restaurant on Thursday, 16th October. A host of celebrities and well known faces have already confirmed their attendance, with proceeds of all ticket sales going to the charity. th

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The Holistic Approach to Better Health - Acupuncture - Holistic Massage - Moxibution (herbal heat therapy) - Cupping (deep muscle treatment) - Natural Face Lift (facial acupuncture) - Reiki Holistic Bodywork - Introdu ctory Offer - 20% discount for About Magazine readers un til 31st of October. Call Gisela on 085 801 9865

October, Harvey Nichols will host a Harvey

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ABOUT LEGAL MATTERS

Civil Partnership – A New Beginning by Brendan Dillion, Dillon Solicitors The purpose of the Civil Partnerships Bill 2009 is to establish a statutory civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples together with an extensive package of rights, obligations and protections for those who register under the scheme. The Bill also establishes a redress scheme for opposite-sex and same-sex couples, cohabiting couples who are not married or registered as civil partners. The Civil Partnerships Bill will have a significant impact on many areas of the law including family, probate and property law.

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Civil Partners • A statutory civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples. • The introduction of the concept of a ‘shared home’. Where civil partners share a home one partner will not be able to sell or mortgage the property without the prior written consent of the other civil partner. • A civil partner will have the legal right to claim from the estate of a deceased partner irrespective of whether or not their partner had made a will. • Pension schemes which include a spousal benefit will be deemed to also apply to civil partners. Cohabiting Couples • A redress scheme for opposite-sex and same-sex cohabiting couples. This scheme will allow a financially dependent cohabitant to apply to court for certain remedies 14 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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ABOUT CROSSWORD The Marlay is a modern purpose built facility, offering the highest standard of nursing home care at affordable prices

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ABOUT CHILDREN’S ISSUES

ART CLASSES

Eat Your Greens! by www.mychild.ie Healthy eating for children is one of the most important parenting topics, but what do you do if your child is a fussy or difficult eater? Mum, Hollie Smith, shares her top tips from her book, ‘Dealing with Difficult Eaters: Stop mealtimes becoming a battleground with fussy children’, co-written with Dr. Sandi Mann and Sally Child. 1. Be Cool Easier said than done, admittedly, but it’s true that attitude is everything when it comes to feeding children. Never let them see that their food issues are upsetting you – in some cases it will simply make things worse. 2. Be Resilient Whether you’re trying to expand the limited food horizons of a fussy eater, or overhaul the habits of a child with a weight problem, you’ll need to be consistent, firm and resolute. 3. Be A Foodie Get them in the kitchen, cooking their own food, and in the garden, growing it. Take them shopping, let them choose, allow them to prepare meals and snacks. Experiment, try something different every so often. 4. Be A Good Eater Yourself Sit at the table with them, eat your greens, keep your treat intake limited. You are the foremost influence on your children, in eating and everything else.

7. Be Well Informed Do your homework so you know what the basics of nutrition are – that way, you’ll know off the top of your head what healthy alternatives you can offer a child who is asking for junk food. There are many different foods out there… it’s just a matter of discovering them all.

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8. Be United Get everyone else involved on your side. There’s not much point in dealing with a difficult eater one way, if someone else is dealing with it a different way. 9. Be Reasonable Maybe your little difficult eater just doesn’t like certain foods, or maybe they have a perfectly understandable preference for white bread. Why not? A child should never be made to eat anything. 10. Be Moderate Don’t fret or obsess about food – apart from driving yourself insane, you may have the opposite effect to the one you were hoping for. What our kids eat is, and should be, something to care about and be concerned about. It’s all about balance. You can get your hands on a copy of Hollie's book at www.amazon.com

5. Be Careful Don’t offer food as a bribe or reward, however desperate you get, and keep praise low-key. Be sure not to ‘label’ them – you may well have a difficult eater on your hands, but don’t call them one to their face. 6. Be Sensitive Watch out for the difficult eater with an underlying emotional need, and always treat the issue with care and understanding. 18 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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ABOUT GARDENING

Round the Garden in October - Garden Bulbs

GARDEN FORCE

by Tom Percy

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Before the end of October, you should ensure that you have planted your spring bulbs. Tulip bulbs should wait a little longer until nearer the beginning of November however, as this reduces the risk of them developing virus. You should however aim to plant before any hard frosts occur.

drainage. Put some broken crockery in the bottom of the pot and add enough grit to leave an inch or two's layer beneath the soil. Whilst you don't want to overwater them, if your tubs are very sheltered or we have a particularly dry winter, a watering won't go amiss on a frost free day.

The range of bulbs available these days is immense. Miniature daffodils are very popular for small gardens, although you can't beat the standard ones for a big splash of colour. But think beyond daffodils to hyacinths, snowdrops, iris, allium and crocus bulbs to get a variety of colour. If you don't like seeing all the foliage left in your garden after the spring flowering, plant your bulbs in tubs. You must ensure that your pots have good

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ABOUT PARISH GROUPS



Highlighting - The Cell System of Parish Renewal: a Rich Harvest by MeidhbhĂ­n NĂ­ Ă&#x161;rdail The cell system of parish renewal evolved from a Lenten course held in the parish of St. John the Evangelist in Ballinteer in 1990. The curate at that time, Fr Michael Hurley, heard that in the St Eustorgio parish in Milan a European Workshop on the Parish Cell System of Evangelisation was being hosted by its parish priest, Don Pigi Perini. Together with three of his parishioners, Fr Hurley travelled to Milan to learn at first hand how the cell experience there could translate to a parish in Dublin 16. What those attending witnessed there turned out to be the catalyst for establishing a Cell Community in the parish of Ballinteer and elsewhere in Ireland. And so, from its inception nineteen years ago, the Cell Community in Ireland has steadily grown and multiplied, with members living today in almost forty parishes throughout the country.

Celebrating the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rich harvestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which is the Cell Community in Ireland, the 19th annual seminar will take place in the parish of St. John the Evangelist, Ballinteer, between the 9th and 11th October 2009. Down through the years, the seminar has always attracted those wishing to set up a network of faith groups in their respective parishes. It has enabled them to see at first hand an important support structure, while encouraging them also to set up their own groups. For anybody wishing to experience a more living faith within community, the seminar will undoubtedly offer valuable insights and encouragement. For further information contact: 085 778 8395 or email cellsec@yahoo.ie or visit www.ballinteer.dublindiocese.ie

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ABOUT HALLOWEEN

5 Ideas for a Stress Free Halloween by Fiona Tuomey As the years pass, we have become more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in our celebration of Halloween. Costumes have become more elaborate (fewer bin liners!) and Halloween decorations more elaborate. But if you're a working parent, you probably want ideas for making Halloween safe and fun for the kids and easy for you. 1. Keep the Costume Simple Devoted mums sewing her childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Halloween costume from scratch is a myth. The most elaborate costumes I see at Halloween are shop bought. Homemade costumes tend to be dress-up clothes or creative uses of polonecks and bedsheets. So, unless you adore crafts, keep it simple. Your little one will be delighted to wear their favourite tutu or fire fighter's helmet, with colour co-ordinated clothes you already own. If you or your child want something shop bought, check out eBay, dublinwaste.ie and your local charity shop for deals. You can find gorgeous costumes for under â&#x201A;Ź10 each. It's certainly easier than staying up all night making a monkey costume!

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4. Choose Sweet Free Treats I would never want to be the killjoy who gives apples to the children. But, there's something to be said for handing out treats that won't rot their teeth. Think about giving out fake tattoos or little toys that you'd put in a goodie bag. You can find them in the â&#x201A;Źuro discount shops, Pennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s etc.

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3. Make Safety the Priority Halloween should only be scary for fun - not for real. So keep safety above all else and make sure your children are aware of what they can do to stay safe. If you decide to let your older kids go out without an adult, give them a charged mobile phone to carry. Make sure you agree on the route they will take and when they should be home. They should carry a flashlight and promise to stay together. Other safety tips include: â&#x20AC;˘ Make sure any masks are easy to remove and leave room to breathe. â&#x20AC;˘ Choose costumes that are appropriate for the weather! Avoid purple legs and shivering children. 24 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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ABOUT STYLE

Personal Style De-Mystified by Janice Coyne, Style Consultant I was reflecting over the summer on what the recurring questions and issues were that I help clients with during the wardrobe de-cluttering and personal shopping times we have. Often it’s the personal style issue that concerns us most with the following questions coming up regularly:

On Tuesday the 3rd of November I will be hosting a personal style night in the Giddy Studios on Grange Road. We will consider the above questions and look at the importance of: body shape, clothing personality, colour, capsule wardrobe and using accessories to change outfits.

• Do I have a personal style and what is it?

The evening will begin at 7.30pm with a glass of wine and finish with tea/coffee around 9.30pm. The cost is €20 per person.

• How do I identify it? • How can I be age appropriate now that I’ve had that significant birthday? • I used to know what suited me but feel that I’ve lost my way somehow.

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If you are interested in attending please let me know by text or e-mail as places are limited. This should be a fun night ladies – let me de-mystify the style issue once and for all!

It is easy to become confused between fashion and style, however personal style is not about following fashion, it is about understanding what works for you, your body shape, your lifestyle, and how to express yourself effortlessly and comfortably by wearing your clothes confidently. We are surrounded by images of stick thin models wearing clothes that wouldn’t suit the lifestyle of most of the women who look at them. Finding out how to sift through the new seasons fashion to find the pieces that suit and fit you can be a daunting task for even the most dedicated shopper and I know that for many of us that is just too much like hard work: we don’t know where to begin or what to look for. When you understand what your personal style is, the hunt for the correct items becomes easier. Realising what trends in the current fashion won’t suit you and interpreting the parts that will, leave you free to be selective and confident. 26 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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Sudoku How to Play: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9, with no repetition! That’s all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up.

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ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

Finding Time for Romance by David Kavanagh, Avalon Finding time for romance often proves to be difficult if not impossible for most people these days. Hectic work schedules, household chores, taking care of your children’s endless demands usually leave you exhausted at the end of a long week. When you are juggling a busy lifestyle and a relationship, finding time to keep the candles (never mind the fires) of romance burning can be a huge struggle. But it doesn’t have to be. If you’re trying to regain some time for the love that you have, following these simple steps below should make your struggle to regain romance a whole lot easier. If your relationship is a priority to you, then you should be giving it all the attention it needs. • Create your own simple rituals that show you care for each other, such as leaving notes, a phone call or emailing each day.

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ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY

DLR Librariesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Local History Collection

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Dundrum Library has a small but growing collection of local history books, articles, periodicals and reference material. The focus of the material is Dundrum and the surrounding area. We have files and articles on historical buildings like Airfield, Marlay Park and Taney Parish, as well as events, festivals and local historical figures such as the Yeats Sisters and Padraig Pearse. The library keeps back issues of various history and local periodicals such as the Genealogical Society of Ireland Journal, History Ireland Magazine and Three Rock Panorama. A number of databases such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ask about Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are also available online from the Library website www.dlrcoco.ie/library Borrowers have online access to websites such as Ordnance Survey Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Digital Historical Map Viewer, Griffithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Valuation 1847 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1864 and the Irish Times Newspaper Archive on the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six internet access points, which are free to use. The collection is available for reference by borrowers of DLRCC Library Service and the general public. All are welcome to browse through the material and we provide a photocopy service in the branch. There are also local history collections in each of the other Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Public Libraries, the largest of which is located in Dun Laoghaire Library. As well the electronic resources mentioned above it also houses the 1901 and 1911 census for the county on microfilm, the Thomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 32 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

Directories in hard copy dating back to 1905 and on microfilm dating back to 1838, every electoral register as far back as 1948 and county council minutes going back to 1885. The library in Dun Laoghaire also a large collection of editions of the Irish Times on microfilm and a selection of other newspapers and periodicals on both microfilm and microfiche. It also houses historic maps of the county area dating back three centuries and a range of old photographs of people and places of interest. Their collection also includes an extensive collection of books and periodicals covering topics of national, regional and local interest and a collection of DVDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Tapes and CD-Româ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on historical, genealogical and cultural topics. Local History Librarians over the years have also compiled a collection of files on a wide range of local places and topics with a view to quick consultation for project and research purposes. We are always looking to add to our collection and are delighted to receive any suitable items: such as maps, letters, books, articles, photographs or any other items of interest. So, if you have any material you would like to donate to the collection or indeed are looking to gain information for a project please do not hesitate to drop by the libraries. The opening hours for Dundrum Library are: Monday, Friday and Saturday: 10am - 5pm (lunch 1pm - 2pm) and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10am - 8pm Tel: Geraldine Whyte and Maeve McElligott on 298 5000 or by email dundrumlib@dlrcoco.ie or at www.dlrcoco.ie/library Adam Byrne, Local History Librarian in Dun Laoghaire Library can be contacted on 280 1254 or at localhistory@dlrcoco.ie

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ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

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MS READaTHON 2009

We are back again for their new season, meeting the 2nd Monday of each month at Dundrum Athletic Clubhouse at 8.15pm, with guest speakers each night, all welcome.

We meet each Wednesday in Ballinteer St. John's GAA Pavilion from 10.30am-12.30pm. We organise talks, activities and outings. Full programme of events throughout the year. New members, aged 55+, are very welcome. Just come along to meet us.

The MS READaTHON is a sponsored read whereby children read their favourite books for a month and help raise money for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This year’s READaTHON will run from October 16th to November 16th. Entry forms will be available in book stores and libraries across the country and at www.msreadathon.ie

DUNDRUM FLOWER CLUB Our Autumn Flower Arranging Programme has started again. This year our first demonstration is Christine Hughes showing her ideas of 'Autumn Glory'. The club meets the second Tuesday every month at 7.45pm in Gort Mhuire, Ballinteer Rd and welcomes new members. Plenty of parking.

THE MARLAY ICA GUILD

DUNDRUM LIBRARY Tel: 298 5000 Cupla Focal/Irish Language group Every Monday at 10am Webwise/Basic Internet Training Every Monday 11am-1pm Parent and Toddler Group Friday Mornings 10am-12pm

The ladies of Marlay Guild ICA have a wonderful programme of talks, outings and events to look forward to in 2009-2010. Members will have talks on fashion, health issues, history and culture as well as the opportunity to engage in a range of classes (textiles, calligraphy, gardening, yoga etc.) We will also have outings to places of cultural and historical interest as well as shopping and fine dining! We meet at 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in Marlay Grange Parish Centre. New members are always welcome. Please contact us on 087 953 2352.

Book Club 3rd Tuesday of Every Month at 6.45pm Writers Group Alternate Wednesdays at 10am Scrabble Group Alternate Fridays at 2pm Story time for 3-6 year olds Tuesday at 3.30-4pm

HALLOWEEN AT DUNDRUM TOWN CENTRE WITH MID-TERM ACTIVITY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

From kids’ entertainment in the mall, to a spooky Halloween costume competition, as well as a search for the lucky kid to play a starring pantomime role, Dundrum Town Centre is the perfect place to keep you and your children delighted and excited this mid-term! Ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates will be welcomed to Dundrum Town Centre on Saturday, 31st October to take part in Dundrum Town Centre’s Halloween Costume Competition, where the scariest little monsters will be in with the chance to win 4 Hamleys Toy Store Gift Vouchers worth €100.

Death Defying Drama Workshop Saturday, 10th October from 11am-12.30pm.

7-12 year olds.

Halloween Children's Camps 26th-30th October (5 day camp) €120 10am-2pm daily (8-11 yrs) Artist Jane Groves, wire and textile artist, will help participants to create a magical mask inspired by the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and the ancient and mystical festival of Halloween.

(5-7 yrs) Artist Sarah Kernaghan leads you on a magical week of Halloween themed art making. You will also enjoy exploring Airfield’s farm and gardens. Bring a packed lunch and wellies and suitable clothing for the outdoors.

Saturday 31st October 12-4pm Adults €6, Children €3 Help to create Ireland’s biggest scarecrow installation at our annual Halloween celebration - an unmissable day of fun and spookiness. Come along to dress a scarecrow - bring clothes, hats, accessories and your imagination to make your scarecrow unique.

Masks from Japan Saturday, 17th October from 11am-12.30pm (5-8 years) Saturday, 17th October 2pm-4pm (9-12 years)

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Tickets: (01) 298 4301 Email: booking@airfield.ie Web: www.airfield.ie

Tuesday, 27th Oct to Sunday, 1st Nov 2009.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

Ballinteer based social group for unattached adults is looking for new members. Activities include live music, dining out, cinema, bowling, weekends away. Tel Deirdre on 86 369 8931 or Steve on 086 887 3644.

Airfield, Upper Kilmacud Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14.

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ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

Ballinteer Banter sponsored by

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Family Sundays

Saturdays 10am-12.30pm October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th €20 per session / all four sessions €70 (11-14 yrs)

Family Sundays in the Autumn take place each week between 12.30pm & 3pm

In four workshops across October you will create everything you need to celebrate the festival of ghoulies and ghosties including your own Halloween willow lantern, a willow flying creature sculpture and a mask.

THE MILL GALLERY Tel: 296 9340 Pop and Other Palindromes by Bonnie Jean Lawless 3rd October - 5th November 2009 Paintings exploring a world of surreal and dreamlike scenarios and the people within them.

OCTOBER LISTINGS The Lambert Puppet Theatre presents SNOW WHITE 4th October 2pm and 4pm €10

The Farm Green Wellies, Airfields’ Young Farmer’s Club Saturday Mornings 10am-12 noon October 10th, November 14th €15 per session (11-14yrs) Working with Farmer Eamon, gathering and storing the winter feeds and preparing housing for our animals for the winter months. This is also the time of year that we plant winter crops. Wellies and raingear are a must!

Smoke and Sound 4th October 8pm €20/€18

October - Harvest and Halloween 4th:

Haycock making demonstration and feeding the animals with Airfield’s farmer. 11th: Conkers bonkers: String up your conkers and get ready to go bonkers. 18th: Help to plant wild garlic to keep vampires away as Halloween approaches. 25th: Create a miniature ghost to decorate the Airfield estate and one to take home.

Sharon Neill (Psychic) 4th October 8pm €25/€22 Johnny McEvoy 9th October 8pm €25 What Men Marry 10th October 8pm €18/€15 The Bee Gees, in "Words" 14th October - 17th October 8pm €20/€18

Young Artists Saturdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November 10am-12.30pm €20 per session / all four sessions €70 (11-14 yrs)

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Flip Flop Children's Festival The Whalley Range Allstars: PIG 17th October 11am-1pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm €4 10 mins per show, 14 shows per day.

You will use recycled materials to create fantastical insects, blooms and a gardenscape and pathway inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy and the garden of artist Derek Jarman. You will also create pieces to bring home.

Flip Flop Children's Festival A Hedge Called Hog 20th October 10am and 11.15am €8.50/€7.50 (For School Bookings) Flip Flop Children's Festival Tall Stories "Something Else" 21st October - 22nd October 4pm Wednesday 9.30am and 11.30am Thursday €8.50/ €7.50 (For School Bookings) Flip Flop Children's Festival Circo Ridiculoso: Lighter Than Air 24th October 2pm and 4pm €8.50

Meet all your old favourites including Hammer and Dixie, our miniature ponies, donkeys Michael and Smokey Joe, and Betty and Prudence our saddle-back pigs.

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Call our Box Office on 01 296 9340 or call in to the Mill Theatre Box Office. We're open from Monday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm, and the theatre re-opens at 6.30pm when there is an evening performance. You can also book online at www.milltheatre.com

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ABOUT XMAS FACTOR

Have Your Kids got the Xmas Factor? A hunt to find 20 children to take part in the Mill Theatre Pantomime, “Fluffy’s Xmas Factor”, will take place in Dundrum over the mid-term period, between Tuesday, 27th and Thursday, 29th October.

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Theatre’s Christmas pantomime; Fluffy’s Xmas Factor! Auditions will take place from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th from 1pm-4pm daily. The final will take place on Friday, 30th October at 1pm.

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Herbalist and Naturopath by John Maher Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine, refers to the use of a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some aspect of their primary health care. Rathfarnham resident, John Maher, is a practicing Herbalist/Naturopath, with a lifelong interest it its benefits. He explained “My interest in herbs goes back to my childhood summers spent in Kerry with aunts who had remedies for all sorts of ailments. During a bad bout of colitis about six years ago, it was treatment with herbs and natural therapies which gave me the best results”. “My role as an Herbalist/Naturopath is to offer people a natural alternative of medicine to fit the health needs of the individual”. What kind of conditions can Herbal Medicine treat? Herbs are excellent for most acute conditions, for example respiratory - coughs, colds, sinusitis, digestive complaints - constipation, reflux, indigestion, insomnia, stress etc. but work equally well for long term complaints such as IBS, colitis, menstrual imbalances, arthritis, depression etc. (for more chronic conditions, longer treatment may be required). What can you expect from a consultation? The first consultation takes approximately 1 to 1½ hours as this allows me to build a complete picture of the individual’s symptoms and general state of health. Many aspects of their life will be asked about, such as diet, symptoms, sleep patterns, moods, current and past medication, and much more. Additional tools I use are tongue/pulse diagnosis and Iridology (the study of the coloured part of eye). Iridology, as a diagnostic tool, provides information on the patient’s constitution, inherited deficiencies, possible future health issues and also their strengths and adaptation mechanisms. Follow up consultations are normally shorter and occur 3-4 weeks from previous visit. 42 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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ARIES

LIBRA

Take a brake Aries and take good stock of the role you yourself play in the latest dilemma you find yourself in. The problem exists as you continue to do your thinking inside the proverbial box, instead of taking a good long look at the overall long picture. Love is good when you work a little more on the romantic side.

A late holiday, or cruise perhaps? Is well starred for the fortunate Libran. Go on, take a loved one on the bargain trip of a lifetime, you wont regret it. This recession has been the catalyst to your impending lifestyle change. Well done Libra, you finally got with the programme and are finding the true balance of mind, body, senses and spirit.

TAURUS

SCORPIO

Well! well! Taurus. You have so much on your plate and so many choices in all areas of your life. What to do? It’s simple! Do nil for now and wait your time to make decisions based on current need circumstance. Romance leads you to an evening of formal wear and is a time and place where love can blossom all the way to commitment.

The arts are calling you to perform your unique brand of entertainment for the avidly awaiting crowd. So, whether its your special brand of painting or treading the boards or maybe even ice dancing. You are at your happiest earning a living doing what you love. Do not fret about love, when it’s real, it stays.

GEMINI

This autumnal season can be so good for you when it comes to you rejuvenating your weary batteries. Walking among natures’ fragrant greenery is just the aromatherapy you need. Soul-mating on this level of grounded understanding is the most satisfying basis for a working relationship.

You may feel tired and poorly rewarded for your efforts. But, you must realise this is not a life and death situation, rather a passing phase which can give you the opportunity to show your strength and unique talents. An offer to jet away to a foreign space is one not to be missed. Plenty of laughter keeps romance near.

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

An elder can talk sense, its up to you to listen well and learn. Your love life is your business and nobody can tell you how to feel, so, getting the balance between what makes good sense and downright interference is important. A job offer which has the potential to take you abroad on a regular basis is not to be sneezed at.

A career in computer technology is forecast for the ambitious Capricorn. It’s no harm to know as much as you can about computers as the forthcoming trend will take on a deviant, although similarly conducive trail. The next few weeks sees you following the path of publishing. Your work is more than acceptable. A word of caution: yours is just one opinion. Allow others have theirs.

LEO

AQUARIUS

Life’s lottery is set to be good to you at this time Leo. As you begin to reap the rewards of your personal efforts, your positivity soars to an all time high. You become a very sharing person to those you hold dear. Your natural gift to organise a charitable event is needed now. You and a partner could do with a decent break - a Greek island perhaps?

Cards advise that you remove yourself from the equation and see things from a totally different perspective. Life has so much to offer you but, you can sometimes not see the woods because the trees are in the way. Avoid pushing things out of the way, rather allow these things show you an alternative tomorrow.

VIRGO

PISCES

A Taurus or Capricorn can influence your luck this month. So, whether it’s numbers or names, you are sure to be the overall winner. Unattached? A stranger speaking a foreign tongue is set to capture your heart. An idea to make extra cash is financially viable. Talk to the relative experts. Reconciliation with a loved one is forecast.

As you prepare to go all out holistic in your thinking, a like-minded individual is watching your every move with unbiased admiration. You were always a most psychic individual and will not allow any influence other than your gut (spirit) tell you what to do or how to think. Yes, you are so loved! You get what you deserve so, treat love well.

CANCER

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Index - Where it’s at! Accountant Leonard & Company.......................................................................................................8 Activities for Children/Teens Coláiste Naoimh Eoin (Halloween Camp)......................................................25 Dionysus Drama Classes.............................................................................................25 French College (Halloween Classes)...................................................................23 Giddy Studios (Halloween Camp).......................................................................19 Pine Forest (Halloween Camp)..............................................................................25 Wonderland Workshops (drama)..........................................................................29 Art Classes (adults) Levis Art..................................................................................................................................19 Blinds & Curtains Ballinteer Blinds.................................................................................................................31 Builders Attic Fanatic (attic conversions).............................................................................23 Mission Construction....................................................................................................41 Noonan Construction.....................................................................................................6 Butcher (online order & home delivery) John Meats & Co.............................................................................................................11 Cleaning Chem Dry (Carpets/Upholstery)...........................................................................33 Oven Blitz (Oven Cleaning).....................................................................................33 Pristine.ie (House Cleaning)....................................................................................38 Computers/IT Solutions Laser Computer Sales....................................................................................................41 MicroPro Computers (Sales & Service)............................................................39 Paula Flanagan (One-To-OneTraining).............................................................39 Counselling/Hypnotherapy Ian Epstein............................................................................................................................15 Dog Grooming/Walking Clip n’ Tails..........................................................................................................................46 Double Glazing/Glass/Windows Century Windows...........................................................................................................29 Malplas Windows & Doors.......................................................................................45 Driveways/Paving/Patios CityWide Paving...............................................................................................................28 Education DLRCC - Halloween Bonfires....................................................................................19 Parenting Courses...........................................................................................................33 www.mychild.ie (childcare resource site)......................................................18 Electrician Churchtown Electrical..................................................................................................41 Oliver Brady...........................................................................................................................6 Estate Agent Classic Home Sales - Philip Thompson.............................................................48 Fishmonger Al’s Fish Shop.....................................................................................................................10 Funerals Peter Massey - Sandyford.............................................................................................9 Gardens Greenshoots Landscape Services..........................................................................20 GardenForce - Garden Design & Landscaping............................................21 4Gardensales - Tools/Repairs...................................................................................31 Graphic Designer Blueorange Design Services....................................................................................43 Hair & Beauty Total Hair Care.................................................................................................................5

Health & Fitness Dundrum Acupuncture...............................................................................................13 Jivamukti Yoga - Sibylle Dallmann........................................................................23 Naturopath/Herbalist - John Maher....................................................................42 Pilates - Anne Sexton....................................................................................................27 Pilates - with Amelia......................................................................................................23 Insurance Broker Carron Insurance Ltd....................................................................................................17 Insulation - Home Energy Saving BER Essentials.....................................................................................................................17 Jewellers Fitzgibbon Jewellers..........................................................................................................3 Life Coaching/Training Alive & Kicking..................................................................................................................15 Lighting (Indoor & Outdoor) Fantasy Lights.....................................................................................................................21 Memorials/Headstones McCluskey Memorials.....................................................................................................9 Nursing Home The Marlay...........................................................................................................................17 Painter/Decorator Dave Verdon..........................................................................................................................7 Plumbing Brian McGarry.......................................................................................................................6 Pre-Marriage Courses Avalon RC.............................................................................................................................30 Restaurants Harvey Nichols..................................................................................................................11 Solicitors Dillon Solicitors................................................................................................................15 Joe Clancy Solicitors.........................................................................................................9 Style Consultant/Personal Shopper Janice Coyne.......................................................................................................................26 Tiling Weber Tiling........................................................................................................................28 Wine Merchants Mitchell & Son (Grange Rd).......................................................................................2

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