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ISSUE 48: February - March 2011

ABOUT VALENTINES Where did all this Love come from‌



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Based B d iin R Rathfarnham, thf h T Talking lki H Heads d iis a sophisticated, state of the art hair salon. Having recently opened a second branch in Templeogue, it is fast becoming one of South Dublin’s hottest salons, with clients coming from all over Dublin to have their own Talking Heads experience! Having recently been featured on RTE’S make-over show “Off The Rails” and working closely with TV3’s “Expose” and “The Apprentice”, not to mention being named the winner of multiple categories of “The Irish Hairdressing Federation Championships in 2007,2008 and 2009.We can guarantee that your Talking Heads experience is one not to be forgotten. Talking Heads Rathfarnham, 3 St Endas Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. Tel: 01 493 2987

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Contents About Valentines Day. ............................................Page 8 About Dating, Meet someone new this Valentines Page 10 About Valentines Flowers. ....................................Page 11 About the Garden. ................................................Page 12 About Property, Thinking of Emigrating.................Page 13 About Recipe. ........................................................Page 14 About Computers. ................................................Page 16 About Health, Put a little Zest in your life...............Page 18 About Motoring, Skoda’s new Hot Hatch. ............Page 20 About Wordsearch, Win some goodies. ................Page 22

About a Hospice, Laura Lynn project. ....................Page 26 About Injury Claims, know your rights...................Page 28 About Eurovision, vote for the locals. ....................Page 30 About Drama, The award winning Ballaly Players...Page 32 About Events, Mill Theatre and Airfield. ................Page 34 About a Change, Want to do something new. ......Page 38 About Crossword, This is easy, promise. ................Page 42 About Tarotscopes, Is Mags right again? ..............Page 44 About Index, Find it here. ......................................Page 46

Welcome to the February/March issue of About Ballinteer Hello and welcome to our first edition of About Ballinteer for 2011. This month we highlight the current plight of some local charities still trying to raise much needed funds, I wrote about their plight very briefly in the last edition and I have been made aware of how desperate they are to keep their essential projects going. As we all find things a little tighter in the pocket, worthwhile local projects like this tend to lose out to much larger scale global fundraising. If like Saplings School or the LauraLynn Project you are involved in a local charity or community group we would love to hear from you to highlight your program. Are you struggling and need to lose a few pounds we have some excellent advice and solutions from renowned South Dublin Nutritionist Anne Owens. The Mill Theatre’s new full program of great nights out at the theatre for February/ March and we also highlight one of their popular Drama groups, the award winning Balally Players. If you are looking to open up your own set of lung’s and set the music free, CORus are looking for budding singers all over South Dublin to join in their new no audition choirs, so look for them. As always there is plenty for everyone Events, News, Advice and Competitions, if you have any interest in writing a piece on your local area, event or something that you think our readers might be interested in then please contact us we would be happy to discuss developing it. You will also be glad to hear that even though an election has been called we are a politic free zone this issue but we would urge all our readers to ensure they get out and vote on 25th February. Take care everyone and God Bless.



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History of Valentines The Valentine's Day History is shrouded in mystery and there is lot of confusion regarding the Saint. We can be sure though that February is the month of romance. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest. He served in Rome during the third century and at this time Emperor Claudius II decided that unmarried soldiers were better than the married ones. Thus he outlawed marriage for young soldiers. Valentine realized this injustice and performed marriages in secret for the young lovers. When Claudius found out, Valentine was put to death. Another legend suggests that the first 'valentine' greeting was sent by Valentine. It is a common belief that when Valentine was in prison, he fell in love with a girl. This girl was the daughter of the jailor who visited Valentine during his days of confinement. He wrote a letter to her just before his death and signed as 'From your Valentine'. An expression still used today of course. The real truth behind the legends of Valentine is still murky but the stories reflect his heroic, sympathetic and romantic personality and appeal. Valentine was one of the more popular saints in France and England in the Middle Ages. There is some opinion that Valentine's Day is celebrated in mid February to commemorate Valentine's death which was around 270 A.D. Others believe that Valentine's feast was organized in mid February in order to Christianise the pagan Lupercalia festival. Lupercalia dedicated to the Roman God of Agriculture, Faunus, is a fertility festival. In this festival, the members of the Luperci would come together at the sacred cave where the infants Remus and Romulus were said to be cared for by a lupa or a she-wolf. The gathered priests would sacrifice a Dog for purification and a Goat for fertility. Then the Goat hide strips would be taken around the streets and women gently slapped with them. It was believed that the strips would make the women more fertile. Later, the women had to place their


names in a huge urn. The bachelors of the city had to choose individual names of the women from the urn and then they were paired for at least one year. These pairs were thought to often resulted in marriages. Around 498 A.D, February 14th was declared as Saint Valentine's Day by Pope Gelasius. In France and England, it was a common belief that Valentine's Day is the mating season of the birds. The oldest Valentine which exists today is a poem written by the Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was in prison of Tower of London. Valentine's Day started to be celebrated around the seventeenth century in Great Britain then Ireland. Friends and lovers exchanged tokens of gifts and love. At present, Valentine's Day ranks second among the largest cardsending holidays after Christmas.

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Dine to Meet We are looking for single men! In the last few months we have successfully advertised in About Magazines and have received many applications from lovely ladies who would like to meet single men – we now want more men to sign up! Instead of us telling you how good we are – we will get our male clients to do the talking for us! “It was a great night and there was no pressure. I'd welcome an invite to another table” - Pierre (Dublin) “Had a fantastic night. Everyone was friendly and good fun. The restaurant was wonderful. Will definitely be doing Dine to Meet again!” - Jack (Dublin)

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Valentine’s Day.... A Florist’s Perspective! The idea of buying “over-priced” Roses on Valentine’s Day annoys a lot people. The romantics among us don’t need a particular day in the year to express their love, yet the pressure is great to make the gesture and so men feel forced to make that purchase.

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Florists get a lot of criticism as people feel they are being ripped off. In fact florists pay inflated prices for flowers. Our benefit is in increased sales, not increased margins! It’s all about supply and demand; the demand is high so prices increase. Each year we hear the adverts for dozen red roses for €5!! However it’s like all things, you get what you pay for. People don’t understand why they should pay €70-€80 for a dozen roses when they can get them for €5! It’s all down to quality. Rose quality is based on: Length & strength of stem, shelf life, size of head, and in the case of red roses how well it opens up into velvety petals. In the shop this year we are doing a gorgeous dozen with Kenyan roses for €50 and dozen high end Dutch roses for €70 and lots of prices in between. Roses shine brightly but for a short time (7-10 days).



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Round the Garden in February by Tom Percy There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the February thaw, the other is the seed catalogues. Hal Borland. What can be more relaxing than using this quiet, dark and cold time of year as an opportunity to look through pages of the seed and shrub catalogues? You can spend plenty of time browsing pages of perfect flowers and shrubs, planning where they will fit into your garden.

Plug-plants are a great way of buying a considerable number of plants, usually annuals, to create large swathes of colour later in the year. However remember they are tiny seedlings that need to be grown on in a greenhouse before planting out. If you don’t have a greenhouse then pay a little more and buy plants that are larger.

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Thinking of Emigrating An innovative concept has been developed to solve a major recessionary challenge. As more of our younger people seek out new opportunities overseas they are having to leave behind their much loved homes which then becomes their investment in their future. As emigration increases, many of Ireland’s emigrants are young professionals in negative equity who want to safeguard their main asset. Ali Mehmet, landlord & property expert, has set up a new company called Non Resident Non Resident is a one-stop shop, providing services for property owners who are forced to emigrate from Ireland. The challenge for Landlords who live abroad, is that they do not know how long they will be away for or if they are ever coming back. Non Resident Landlord offers multiples services tailored to each homeowner who rents out their property or needs their property taken care of: e.g advertising your property, providing reference checks, carrying out property maintenance, arranging BER certification, accounts & tax preparation.

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Lemon Chicken with a Cashew Crunch With Christmas gone and the new year started with healthy intentions, we didn’t think it fair to tempt hungry readers with something cream-filled or chocolate-dipped. But healthy doesn’t have to mean boring, so here’s a little something for those cold January nights that’s packed with colourful vegetables and full of flavour. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon of olive oil 2 chicken breasts, sliced 1 clove of garlic, peeled and diced 1 onion, sliced 150g broccoli 1 large carrot, cut into sticks 1 red or yellow pepper, cut into strips 200ml chicken stock 1 tbsp cornflour 2 tbsp honey 1 lemon, grated rind and juice 75g cashew nuts A handful of beansprouts or white cabbage Chilli flakes (for an optional kick!) Brown rice or noodles to serve. Serves: 2 Method: 1. Heat the oil in a large pan or wok and add the chicken. Stir fry for a few minutes until the chicken begins to turn gold, then set aside. 2. In the same pan, cook the onion and garlic until they begin to brown, then add the broccoli and carrot and cook for about a minute. 3. In a jug mix the stock, honey and cornflour together and pour into the pan. Return the chicken to the heat and stir until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. 4. Tip in the lemon rind, juice, cashews and a sprinkle of chilli flakes if desired and serve with brown rice or noodles - and a healthy conscience. 14 | ABOUT BALLINTEER

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Lose Weight and Feel Great Have you been gaining weight over the last few years? Do you find it increasingly difficult to lose weight? Do you crave particular foods? Do you feel tired all the time? Have you been yo-yo dieting? If the answer to any of above is yes then your blood sugar is probably out of balance. Keeping your blood sugar stable is the secret to losing weight. You may be familiar with the Glycemic Index (GI) of foods, however the Glycemic Load (GL) is a better way of gauging the effect of foods on your blood sugar levels, and thus your energy, wellbeing and weight. GL is a measure of the quantity and quality of carbohydrate in any given food. It shows us the effect each type of food has on our blood sugar. Foods with a high GL rating encourage the body to "store" fat. Foods with a low GL rating enourage the body to "burn" fat.

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Coffee Break Quiz Choosing from the mixed up list at the top, can you identify the correct type of animal for each of the Disney characters on the right, below? 1. Bagheera in The Jungle Book 2. Flower in Bambi 3. Shenzi in The Lion King 4. Frou-Frou in The Aristocats 5. Diablo in Sleeping Beauty 6. Timothy in Dumbo 7. Archimedes in The Sword And The Stone 8. Abu in Aladdin 9. Figaro in Pinocchio 10. Friar Tuck in Robin Hood

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Staff Nurses Required The Marlay Nursing Home is a modern 124 bed, purpose built Nursing Home located beside the M50 at Kellystown Rd, Rathfarnham, D16, Tel: 00353 1 4994444, We are currently recruiting staff nurses for full-time, part-time and flexible hours positions. To arrange a tour or to request a brochure, please contact: Sue Cameron, Director of Operations, The Marlay, Kellystown Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.

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Sing Your Way Through Up-lifting, therapeutic and great fun! These are the promises from Mary and Yvonne at CORus, the company that has taken off since it began in October 2010. CORus is a new type of choir (with no auditions and no need to read music) which is open to everyone who loves to sing pop, rock, country, Irish and gospel music. The first CORus choir began in St.Tiernan's Community School, Dundrum in October 2010 and already has over 50 members and still growing! Due to the phenomonal success and interest shown in being a member of the choir, CORus is setting up two new choirs in January 2011, in RETNS Rathfarnham and CYM Hall in Terenure.

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Ireland's First Hospice for Children and their Families It is hoped that Ireland's first Children's Hospice called LauraLynn House will be able to support over 300 families across Ireland a year when it opens its doors very soon in Sandyford. The LauraLynn House Paediatric Palliative Care unit will provide eight bedrooms along with living facilities as well as four family apartments, to enable relatives to be close to their children. These units will be an essential component of the Palliative Care Programme so desperately needed. Until now, Ireland has never had a dedicated hospice for children. As families face the most difficult moment imaginable, they have traditionally had two options: for a child to spend their last days in a hospital or at home. The LauraLynn House will be the realization of the shared vision of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Foundation and The Children's Sunshine Home. Born out of the tragedy of the McKenna family who lost their only two daughters, Laura and Lynn, to unrelated illnesses in the span of two years, the hospice will be a “home from home” for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. A place where children can receive dignified care and families can receive ongoing support from a team of dedicated professionals. When it is known that life is short, two things become very important to the family; the quality of life and the enjoyment of the time that is left. Caring for a seriously ill child puts an immense physical and emotional strain on the whole family. The demands absorb the very time and energy that is needed to enjoy life. As part of their community fund project EBS Beacon manager, Dairmuid Boyle donated his branches €500 to the project to help with their much needed funding, again as local community projects and charities struggle to ensure continuity in their funding a lot more help is needed.


A residential children's hospice is a family’s last option but a real option for some—offering a place where they can relax, recharge their batteries, share the care and have fun with their children. Expert care is on hand to help them make the most of each day and live life to the full. Philomena Dunne CEO of The Children’s Sunshine Home

“After Lynn’s death I got to thinking about the lack of options, other than a hospital, for families with children who are dying. In the UK they had dozens of hospice facilities for children, in Northern Ireland there was one, but in Ireland there were none. That was the beginning of our work to establish the first hospice for children in Ireland. A lot of people are uncomfortable talking about death or children being sick or dying, especially here in Ireland and I think it’s much better to talk about it and be open. Share. Talk. Cry. This is not a road I ever thought I would be on. I’m not an organizer, I’m not a public speaker and it just isn’t my nature but this project is so important. People have been incredibly supportive and kind and they believe in what we are building. My children had a beautiful life, though brief. On my worst days, Laura and Lynn’s courage is with me.” Jane McKenna

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Legal Considerations For Motor Accidents by Dillon Solicitors At Dillon Solicitors we sincerely hope that you are never involved in a motor accident. However, in the unfortunate event that you are we wish to provide you with some practical legal advice. Ten legal considerations when involved in an accident: 1. Stop. Keep your vehicle at or near the scene of the accident for a reasonable amount of time. 2. Ring 999 or 112 for emergency services if anyone is injured. 3. Note the make, colour and registration of the other car. 4. Exchange details of names, addresses of all parties involved in the accident. Take insurance details of other cars from the insurance disk of vehicle. 5. Take note of the injuries complained of by you and by others. 6. Take photos of scene if possible. Use the phone in your camera if necessary. 7. Do not admit liability or state who was right or wrong. 8. Get witness details, addresses and phone numbers. 9. Ring 999 for the local Garda Station. Take note of Garda on duty to whom the report is made. 10. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.

What if I do not know the identity of the other driver? Sometimes it is impossible to obtain the details of the other driver at the scene of an accident. However, you can still pursue a claim even if you do not know the identity of the party at fault. If the Gardai have attended the accident scene your Solicitor can and pay a small fee for the details of the other driver and request the relevant Gardai report. If one has been the victim of what is known as a ‘hit and run’ incident or have later discovered that the driver of the other vehicle was uninsured a legal remedy is still available. In such circumstances your Solicitor can refer the matter to the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland which exists to protect the victims of car accidents when the party at fault is unidentified or uninsured. The MIBI effectively acts as the ‘insurer’ of the unknown or untraced driver . Talk to us today if you have had an accident and you wish to discuss a possible claim or to obtain a copy of our accident assist brochure that comes with a free insurance disk holder.

If you have a motor accident the law says you must stop. If you drive away, you could be charged with hit and run even if the accident was not your fault. You should give reasonable assistance to anyone who is injured. For example, you may need to call an ambulance, take the injured person to a doctor or hospital, or give first aid— only if you know how.

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The Vard Sisters - Vote For Locals The Vard Sisters are natives of Sandyford and still live locally in South Dublin. Cathy, Wendy and Lisa, all sisters, have been singing together for over twenty years. They had Sony Ireland’s biggest selling Irish album in 1997 titled Heavenly with sales in excess of 180,000 to date and still rising. The girls have been singing at weddings, funerals and corporate events releasing lots more singles over the years. On the 11th of February they are appearing on the Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy for the chance to represent Ireland at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany. They will sing live along with 4 other acts competing for a 50% Public and 50% Judges vote. This is not their first attempt at the song contest they were narrowly beaten by Dawn Martin in 1998 who went onto finish 9th for Ireland that year.

they bid to win the competition for Ireland for an eighth time. The girls have sang for many famous people but they say the pinnacle of careers so far was singing for US President Bill Clinton at an event celebrating the signing of the North’s peace process, their singing has taken them all over the world and they are relishing this opportunity to represent their country in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. Dustin the Turkey admitted he just couldn’t reach the high c`s required in his attempt in 2008 and wishes the girls all the best with their entry for this year’s event. The Vard Sisters would like to thank About Magazines for the opportunity to appeal to the people of South Dublin for their votes and support on the night if they could find the time to vote for their entry it would be very much appreciated by the girls. We at About Magazines wish the girls all the best in their entry and know they would do South Dublin proud if they were represent us in Dusseldorf.

They will face stiff opposition from the other contestants namely Jedward who would have a huge younger following, though their manager Louis Walsh has vowed to resurrect their careers by pushing their entry with all his connections but has conceded there lack of vocal capabilities may go against them. It is in the vocal department that the Vard Sisters hope to have the advantage as they renowned for their beautiful harmonies. This year the girls have commissioned Irish Composer Liam Lawton to compose their entry for this year’s event, Liam has worked with such artists as Brian Kennedy, The Celtic Tenors, Eimear Quinn, and Moya Brennan and they hope this experience might help as


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Jelly Tots Montessori Sonia Jacobs was born in London, but has lived most of her life in Dublin. Sonia holds a teaching diploma from Portobello College. She graduated in 2008, and opened her own school in September 2009. Sonia has a warm and candid style, and believes that the creativity of a child is best fostered in a small class size. Jelly Tots is a unique school in a nurturing environment, and it caters to the individual needs of the child through a personal and specialized Montessori approach.

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Levis Art Classes Local artist Caroline Levis was educated at Trinity College and the National College of Art and Design. She is a fulltime artist and divides her time between her Dublin studio, the family home in West Cork, and summer workshops in Ireland. Caroline gives regular courses on water-colour art, for beginners upwards, both in her private Churchtown studio. Class sizes are small, with a maximum number of 8 students per class. Classes are available in the mornings 10 – 12 and Afternoons 2 - 4. Next term commences 10 January 2011, but you can join at any stage.

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Highlighting - The Balally Players Founded in 1982, Balally Players has welcomed everyone interested in sharing and enjoying theatre from within the local community and farther afield. The company has been successful in building up a faithful group of committed and dedicated members over the succeeding years and is now one of the success stories of the drama movement in this south city suburb of our capital city. Competing in the All Ireland One-Act Finals from the mid nineties, Balally reached the Finals in 1997 with five wins and Vinegar Tom –no luck then - and has had to be content with second place for Aristophanes’ Women in the Assembly in 1999 and a 3rd place for The Hunger March and Under The Stars until in 2006, our first win came with Melody by Deirdre Kinahan and a second consecutive win with Riders to the Sea the following year, 2007. Balally likes to travel and has represented Ireland at the Bi Centennial of the French Revolution in Paris in 1989, at the Mondial du Theatre - the Amateur World Conference in Monaco in 2009 and at various festivals in the US, Britain, Denmark and France. Highlight of this decade must be appearing on the stage of the National Theatre during the centenary celebration in 2004 with the WB Yeats On Baile’s Strand a once in a lifetime achievement – or perhaps it is the opening of our own Mill Theatre in 2006, donated to five local drama groups by developer Joe Reilly. The company has built a solid programme of events and now produce several full length productions annually for performance here in the Mill Theatre and on the full

Gary Wall, Balally Players presented with the All Ireland Open Trophy by Cllr.Sean Begley, Chairman of Omagh Distrcit Council

length festival circuit as well as one act plays, workshops covering all aspects of theatre and the very successful open air Shakespeare productions in Airfield and the Christmas show at the same venue. The variety offered to members ensures that all needs are catered for both on and off stage. Our upcoming production in The Mill Theatre Dundrum is Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons’ it’s the story of war profiteering and its tragic consequences on family life. Set in a small town in America, this is a story of moral obligation and …retribution. Although written over 60 years ago, its theme is particularly relevant today in light of the financial scandals both home and abroad. For details on the company, please see the website:

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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 All’s Fair in Love & War Date: Mon 7th – Fri 11th February Time: 1.10pm Price: €14/€12 ‘thelatinsphere theatre’ presents two short one – act plays dealing with and relationships… Face to Face with the Enemy written by Judy Klass starring Gina Costigan & Eimear Kenny. Deirdre arranges a meeting to confront Kristine who is having an affair with her husband, a series of truths are uncovered that change the course of their meeting. The Sexes written by the renowned Dorothy Parker is a short story in which a couple comes together and the battle of the sexes begins, Dáithí insists on knowing why Donnacha is giving him the silent treatment. Could the seductive Gráinne be to blame. SILENT Date: Wednesday 9th February Time: 8pm Price: €16/€12 The Mill Theatre is truly delighted to host the premiere of this new work featuring Pat Kinnevane, beautifully written and vivid this is a unique piece of theatre to savor. Homeless McGoldrig once had splendid things but he lost it all – including his mind. According To Sydney Date: Mon 14th – Sat 25th February Time: 1.10pm lunch included Price: €14 Lynart Productions in association with The Mill Theatre is proud to present ‘According to Sydney# a bitter sweet new play by Gerry Lynch, featuring Rose Henderson (Sister Assumpta from Fr Ted)


Order Online Today! Mick Flavin Big Band Date: Thursday 10th February Time: 8pm Price: €25 The King of Country, Mick Flavin was nominated for the Coluntry Music Association Global Artist Award in 2005, the first time an Irish artist was nominated for such a prestigious award. Mick has shared the stage with such legends as Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings and Boxcar Will to name but a few, so you are in for a great night at The Mill. Caruso & The Quake Date: Friday 11th February Time: 8pm Price: €16/€12 The famous Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso was trapped in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. In order to return home to the country and family he loved, he had to escape his crumbling hotel room, cross a city swept by fire and fight his way past the soldiers to board the only ferry leaving the city. This is joy for all those who love both theatre and music. Gerry Creen Date: Thursday 10th February Time: 8pm Price: €10 Gerry Creen is acknowledged as one of Belfast’s finest singer/songwriters, his songs address real life issues with poignant lyrics and dynamic melodies which stand the test of time and are delivered with sensitivity, power and passion. Footloose – The Musical Date: Wed 16th – Sun 20th February Time: 8pm / 2.30pm Price: €20/€18/€16 This high energy musical comedy drama follows the jounrney of a young man who goes in search of love, life and acceptance. Encompassing the traditional musical theatre format, as well as street, modern and jazz dance, this dramatic coming of age story takes us on a journey of emotion as a group of youngsters fight against the odds to win the respect of their peers.

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Ballinteer Banter with Viennese Strauss Gala Date: Wednesday 23rd February Time: 8pm Price: €35 Now in it’s 8th year StrauGala Productions bring you this brand new production of the ever popular Show recreating the romance and reminding you of a bygone age of glamorous soirees and Strauss waltzes. The European Orchestral Ensemble will accompany four soloists from British opera companies including, Opera North, Englist National Opera and D’Oyly Carte. Brendan Grace Date: Thursday 24th February Time: 8pm Price: €30 Brendan is one of the greatest family comediens and we are delighted to welcome him back to The Mill Theatre where his show features some brand new material and some of the old favourites. His off stage persona is very much a man of the people as he makes himself available after each show for a photo and a meet and greet. Stones in His Pockets Date: Fri 25th & Sat 26th February Time: 8pm Price: €15/€13 C.A.S Productions present ‘Stones in His Pockets’ by Marie Jones, 15 Characters, 2 Actors, I Hilarious show. A pair of extras, Charlie & Jake tell the story by taking on all the roles themselves. A guaranteed good laugh!! Ghost Stories Date: Mon 28th Feb – Sat 12th March Time: 1.10pm lunch included Price: €14 Returning by popular demand, Ghost Stories written by Isobel Mahon and directed by Caroline FitzGerald. Two wonderful pieces of theatre ‘Listen with Mother’ featuring Geraldine Plunkett. In the second ‘ Ghost Stories’ Sandra (Gina Costigan) prides herself on living by ‘The Rules’. OKLAHOMA Date: Tues 1st – Sat 5th March Time: 8pm Matinee Sat 5th March 2pm Price: €18/€15 Matinee €10 This will be a good old fashioned “Yee – Haw” cowboy


Order Online Today! and, of course, cowgirl fun night out for all the family. The Kilmacud Musical Society is delighted to be staging this hit musical at the Mill Theatre, so ye all grab a Stetson and come along!! Sandra Verdres Cellist Date: Thursday 3rd March Time: 1.10pm Price: €10.50/€8.50 Sandra is currently principal cellist in the Dublin Baroque Players and performs frequently with her family string quartet, she also enjoys teaching cello and is a string tutor in Dublin Youth Orchestra. The programme will include Bach, Faure and Bartok, a wonderful afternoon treat. Lambert Puppet Theatre & Cinderella Date: Sunday 6th March Time: 2pm & 4pm Price: €10 The Lambert Puppet Theatre is now widely recognised as the Premier Puppet Theatre Company in Ireland and is also internationally renowned for its many fine productions. For generations they have been entertaining children, who can forget Wanderly Wagon, and of course the infamous ‘Bosco’ still a firm favourite with little people. Bosco will make a nostalgic appearance in the opening part of this beautifully produced show. Dominic Kirwan with Louise Morrissey Date: Thursday 10th March Time: 8pm Price: €25 To coincide with the release of his new album Dominic Kirwan and his excellent band are embarking on a nationwide tour. His dynamic stage shows create a wonderful atmosphere amongst his audience, Dominic performs his favourite songs from his many hit albums featuring both Country and Pop. His very Special Guest is highly renowned singer Louise Morrissey. Johnny McEvoy Date: Friday 11th March Time: 8pm Price: €25 Enjoy an evening of nostalgia with Johnny McEvoy, his songs are haunting, evocative and beautifully presented in his unique folk and ballad style. Johnny will also include songs from his new album ‘The Definitive Collection’ which contains some songs that had been long lost and forgotten. Join him for a real feel good night of music and fun.

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Order Online Today! Airfield Vintage and Craft Market Saturday 26th February from 11am till 5pm Airfield's Vintage and Craft Market Spring’s back into life this February after a brief hibernation for winter. The market is held on the last Saturday of the month in the beautiful surroundings of Airfield Farm in Dundrum. We had a very successful first season of the market and are delighted to welcome many of regular traders back along with some new faces.

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Tickets: (01) 298 4301 Email: Web: Airfield is at its most beautiful and atmospheric at Christmas - breathe in the crisp air and take time out to enjoy some tranquility and peace from the retail madness that surrounds you.

Selling an eclectic mix of hand crafted and costume jewellery, vintage clothing, beautifully made home wares, Children’s clothes, vinyl records, and original artwork. While you are browsing you might like to enjoy a delicious cupcake or scone from Louise Lennox. Airfield Vintage and Craft Market is the perfect place to pick up an exquisite gift for someone special - or even a little present for yourself!

Visit our live Crib and make sure to look out for a special weekend of Festive events on the 11th and 12th. Don’t forget you can also select the perfect Christmas Tree for your home whilst enjoying Airfield’s seasonal atmosphere.

The Airfield Vintage and Craft Market is held in the farm yard of our 35acre farm located on the Upper Kilmacud Road in Dundrum, it’s a 20 minute Luas ride from Stephen’s Green or a fifteen minute car journey from the city centre.

Caroline Moreau Saturday 12th Feb 8pm €22.50/€22.00 Get in the mood for St Valentine's night with our French chanteuse, Caroline Moreau and her musicians, Claire Crehan (Keyboards), Fintan Gilligan (guitar) and Airfield veteran, Oleg Ponomarev (Violin). Always a unique theatrical prescence, Caroline Moreau applies powerful vocals to fascinating and diverse material-some new some familiar, sung in both English and French, with traditional French folk songs from the rawer side of the French tradition.

Print workshops Make your own botanical print Dates: Thursday 10th March or Saturday 9th April Time: 10.00 to 1.00 Cost: €3 These one-off workshops will appeal both to those interested in gardening and art. The morning begins with our Head Gardener Emer O’Reilly who will lead the group on an exploratory walk and talk through the emerging spring garden. Having selected some natural materials, artist printmaker Louise Meade will guide you through an introductory printmaking session. Each participant leaves with their very own etching. A relaxed and stimulating workshop accessing two of Airfield’s unique resources - its garden and printing studio. Suitable for complete beginners



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Training To Become An Amatsu Practitioner “Necessity is the mother of all invention” - this rings true for many in today’s economic climate, especially for those who have lost their job or are looking for a new career with a good work/life balance. An independent career in Complementary Healthcare has recently enjoyed a surge in interest and in particular training as an Amatsu Practitioner.

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Amatsu is Japanese Osteopathy and as a unique health system, it combines the best of East and West. Working directly with issues like pain, injury and mobility it treats the whole body with proven results. The Amatsu Institute of Natural Health ( is currently enrolling for its next practitioner training course which commences on Saturday 19th of March in Dun Laoghaire. This part-time, fully accredited two year course enables graduates to start and run their own business as qualified Amatsu Practitioners and works towards achieving that elusive work/life balance.

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Tarotscopes by Mags ARIES You may have to cut through the untruths of a jealous rival to achieve the dream you want. The next few weeks sees you thinking of how happy you were in the past. This happiness is yours when you are honest about your feelings and go for it. Love is in the air and your name is written in the stars. You need to get fit and healthy for the summer now. TAURUS Nothing less than the best for our Taurus now. The winds of positive change are upon you now; make the wishes, send them out to the universe and wait for the results to come back in your favour. A new love, which may have a significant age gap is wending its way to the unattached. You will settle for nothing less than the best: why should you? GEMINI Getting your paperwork in order is a priority now Gemini. An offer you cannot refuse is on the cards. The purchase of a property requires meticulous care and consideration, but pays huge dividends. A marriage proposal is on the cards for you and you appear hesitant. The passing of a few days clears up any doubts you may have of settling down.

LIBRA A trip over to the west; Galway perhaps? Is a sure winner. You need to be outside your situation to see perspective. Unattached? Love can approach you in a most unexpected place. Do not be surprised if your future love has an unusual accent. A broken relationship from the past may have an influence on your thinking: get rid of it and progress. SCORPIO Scotland, even for a daytrip is very much on the cards. You are greatly admired by the one just returned from overseas; the choice is yours. Although you may have had a broken heart in the past, the learning experience has held you in good stead for your future. Your best friend needs you now. Tell this friend the love will come back. A lucky numbers win for you both. SAGITTARIUS An ‘E’ name is so lucky for you at this time. A legacy is for you to claim. Taking someone in to live with you temporarily is a financial gain and for reasons of mutual respect, you must take the money. A sporting event, a twenty first and an engagement are three functions you are required to attend. A wonderful gathering attends a christening.

CANCER You apply formally for the position you seek and you are accepted. A new life awaits you and you are very excited about the opportunities which lay ahead. The drama club could do with your input and the friends you make for life. A romantic link with your workplace is forecast and this takes shape at the local work canteen. You are blessed with a windfall.

AQUARIUS It is just and proper for you to be happy, so therefore, it is okay for you to say yes to a proposal that you have been anticipating. You are worrying unnecessarily about finances. The answer to stresses in this area is to put pen to paper and re-work the spending. You risk allowing jealousy ruin friendship: don’t! you never had a valid need to be envious.

LEO As you avidly explore the world of psychic phenomena, you are ever more drawn into the world of angels. Rest assured that they are around you at all times. The next few weeks sees you travel with like-minded folk to places of esoteric interest. You feel now that you are carving out a new beginning for yourself and your loved ones. Join the walking club.

CAPRICORN You are required to pause your schedule and recoup your energies. Someone cares for you and prays that you will be the happy camper. The clue to your dreams coming through are the roses presented to you. A second chance to accept rings of love. A legal dilemma may require compromise to reach early conclusion. The lovers card assures success for all.

VIRGO You must keep personal stuff to yourself now. Going abroad to work is a viable option for you Virgo, but you will not stay away. A chain of events set in motion leads you towards your destiny. A group of people who read together is a luck maker for you. A wedding outside the city limits is the time and place for the changes of destiny to begin its work.

PISCES Make the call and get in touch with the past. A trip overseas is the incentive you need to get into shape. Angel cards advise that you eat healthily. The decisions you make now are very guided by the heavens. Giving of yourself to charity has a positive effect on your karma. You two spend hours talking and it feels like minutes. What does that tell you?


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Index - Where it’s at! Accountants Mary O’Brien Associates..................................................29 Activities Amelia Pilates ................................................................41 CORus ............................................................................25 Levis Art..........................................................................31 Auctioneer Des Lalor ..........................................................Back Cover Blinds & Curtains Ballinteer Blinds ..............................................................23 Butchers John’s Meat Co ..............................................................15 Cleaning Chem Dry (Carpets/Upholstery/Tiles) ..............................5 Oven Blitz (Oven Cleaning) ............................................14 Pristine ............................................................................5 Coach Hire Executive Express............................................................35 Computers MicroPro - Laptop Sales/Computer repairs......................17 Paula Flanagan (One-to-One Training) ............................17 Credit Union Rathfarnham Credit Union ..............................................39 Dating Service Dine to Meet ..................................................................10 Dental Care Woodstown Dental ........................................................41 Dog Grooming Clip n’ Tails ....................................................................46 Double Glazing/Glass/Windows Malplas ..........................................................................23 Churchtown Glass ..........................................................47 Driving School Ballinteer School of Motoring ........................................33 Electrical Churchtown Electrical ....................................................23 Oliver Brady....................................................................21 Employment Opportunities Comfort Keeper HR ........................................................43 The Marlay Nursing Home..............................................25 Amatsu Ireland ..............................................................39 Fishmongers Feeney Fish ....................................................................15 Florist Dundrum Blooms ..........................................................11 Funerals Masseys Templeogue ......................................................29 McCluskey Memorials ....................................................29 Gas Boiler Servicing Clare Mechanical ............................................................21 RediHeat Heating & Plumbing ........................................40 Gardening Greenshoots Maintenance Services ................................12 Hair & Beauty Patricia’s Nails ..................................................................9 Talking Heads ..................................................................3

Health Care Grange Road Family Practice ............................................9 Mount Carmel Maternity ..................................................7 Mount Carmel Bowel Cancer Care..................................27 Health & Fitness Zest 4 Life ......................................................................19 Amelia Pilates ................................................................41 Danu Yoga......................................................................41 Hotels & Public Bar The Coach House ..........................................................32 Bewleys Sandyford ..........................................................2 Montessori JellyTots ..........................................................................31 Nursing Home & Caregivers The Marlay ....................................................................25 Comfort Keepers ............................................................19 Office Supplies/Stationery Terenure Office Supplies ................................................37 Painter/Decorator Dave Verdon ..................................................................45 Plumbing Clare Mechanical ............................................................21 RediHeat ........................................................................40 Property Services Non Resident Public House The Coach House, Ballinteer ..........................................32 Solicitors Dillon Solicitors ..............................................................28 Joe Clancy ......................................................................33 Restaurants The Brasserie at Bewley’s ..................................................2 Taxis Network Taxis ................................................................33 Tiling & Fitter Colgan Tiling ..................................................................21 Wedding Dress Designs By Denise ..........................................................45 Wine Merchants Marlay Wine Shop ..........................................................43




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