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Dundrum ISSUE 14: January - February 2011

ABOUT HEALTH Healthy Healthy you, you, Healthy Healthy Bank Bank Balance Balance

ABOUT CHARITY EBS EBS Helps Helps Local Local ABA ABA School School


The The Award Award Winning Winning Balally Balally Players Players

ABOUT COMPETITIONS About About Magazines Magazines Facebook Facebook Competition Competition and and Wordsearch Wordsearch

PLUS Local News & Events, Tarot-Scopes, Recipes and much more!

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Contents About Mount Carmel – New rates available ..................6

About Charity – Saplings ABA School ............................24

About Health – and saving money ..................................8

About Drama – Award winning Balally Players ............26

About Recipe – Something nice ....................................10

About Talent – as seen on the Late Late Toy Show ....28

About Computers – Cyberbullying ................................12

About the Mill Theatre – New for January ............29/30

About Nutrition – Anne Owens of Zest 4 Life ............16

About Injury Claims – know your rights ......................32

About Wordsearch – Fancy winning a tipple ..............18

About Crossword ..............................................................34

About Garden – January Tips ..........................................20

About Tarotscopes ............................................................36

About Dating – find someone new in the new year ..21

Index ......................................................................................38

About Quiz – They’re getting easier ..............................22

Welcome to the January/February issue of About Dundrum Hello and welcome to our first edition of About Dundrum for 2011. This month we highlight the current plight of a local charity 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 project 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 you are involved in a local charity or community group we would love to hear from you to highlight your program. If like me you overdid the picking at the Turkey and stuffing this Christmas or just 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 January and February 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. Happy New Year to you all and here’s hoping for a great 2011.


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Dedicated People, Dedicated Care Stem Cell Collection Mount Carmel Hospital facilitates the collection of Stem Cells at delivery and can be discussed with your Consultant. Baby After your baby is born, you have the unique choice of having your baby stay with you in your room or you can avail of our 24 hours a day nursery services. You are free to choose either option or a combination of the two – whatever suits you and your baby best. Consultant Paediatricians are available: Mount Carmel Private Hospital offers expert, individual, Consultant-led maternity care, through an integrated team approach of Consultant obstetricians who work closely with our experienced midwifery team. Our aim is to deliver care in a way that suits parents and we offer a choice of consultants who provide a full range of care options. Your first step will be to choose one of our consultants who will personally oversee every aspect of your care throughout pregnancy, birth and afterwards. Ante-natal Care Ante-natal Care is the care provided to you during your pregnancy and our services include: • 24 Hour access to a consultant obstetrician, midwifery & medical advice • Dedicated obstetric physiotherapists • Dedicated nutritional pregnancy advice • State of the Art Ultrasound services, including instant access, early pregnancy scanning and 3D/4D scans • Personalised ante-natal classes Labour and Delivery The one to one personalised care you experience throughout your pregnancy continues when you come to deliver your baby. You and your partner will be cared for in a safe, private and calm environment, your dignity and privacy is paramount. Foremost in the provision of an optimum birthing experience is the continuity of expert care and the safety and comfort of mother and baby. In Ireland, 99% of babies are born after 32 weeks pregnancy* and Mount Carmel is equipped to deal with all eventualities within this group. If a problem arises prior to 32 weeks, your consultant will determine the appropriate facility for the delivery of your baby. Epidural Epidural is available to you 24 hours a day provided it is medically safe to do so and is administered by a Consultant Anaesthetist. 6 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

• 24 hours a day and will be at your delivery if required • To carry out a full physical examination of your baby post delivery • To review your baby’s progress each day during your stay • To carry out a physical examination at six weeks in consultation with you. • And is available during the first six weeks post delivery. Special Care Baby Unit Mount Carmel has a Special Care Baby Unit, it is managed by Consultant Paediatricians and is staffed 24 hours a day by our qualified personnel. Post-Natal Care Post-natal care is the care provided to you and your baby from the time of delivery to your discharge home. Postnatal care includes your healthcare and accommodation needs as well as support and advice from experienced midwives on how to care for yourself and your baby. The Maternity Unit is fitted with an integrated baby security system. Post-natal classes, physiotherapy and access to a team of lactation consultants are also available. Accommodation All rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities, telephone, television and bedside cot for your baby. Post-discharge Support Following your discharge home, access to expert support from a Mount Carmel midwife is available 24 hours a day. Commitment to Quality Mount Carmel is proud to hold the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation Standard and is also affiliated with University College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons

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Healthy you, healthy bank balance Healthy you, healthy bank balance: 7 top ways to save money while getting healthy. Whilst spending on your health is going to accelerate your return to fitness after the Christmas excesses, there are many things you can do which either cost very little or which will even save you money while improving your general well being. Go to bed. Late nights, rich food, alcohol – all very well when you can have a lay in the next day. But if you are

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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. 10 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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Cyberbullying and your teen by Paula Flanagan

I have spoken to a lot of parents of teens lately who are worried about cyberbullying, or bullying using technology. Who is doing it? It’s important to recognise that very often the cyber bully will be quite different to the traditional schoolyard bully. The cyber bully can sometimes be the schoolyard victim, looking to use their intellect or technological knowledge to get revenge. Sometimes it’s the small group of “Mean Girls” who get together to embarrass or intimidate for fun. What do they do? Victims of cyberbullying can have their personal information put up on chatrooms or websites by the bully in a bid to draw unwanted attention to them. They can have their accounts hacked and passwords stolen, so the bully can go online masquerading as the victim in order to say mean things about their friends to alienate them. These are just some of the ways the victim can be bullied. So what can we as parents and educators do to prevent it and to deal with it when it happens? First of all we need to be aware of the danger signs. Is your child spending considerably more or considerably less time on their computer than they used to? Has their behaviour changed? Has their mobile phone bill suddenly gone up? Remember that your child could be the bully just as easily as the victim. What can we do if we discover our child is a victim of 12 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

cyberbullying? A survey was done in the States recently which showed that less than 5% of teens would tell their parents if they were being bullied online. When asked why not, they said that they were afraid their parents would either overreact or under react, and not take it seriously. Engage with the child and educate yourself. I’ve often heard children say “I can do whatever I like on Facebook, my parents don’t even know what it is”. How about sitting down with the child and asking them to help you set up a Facebook page so you can keep in touch with old friends. That way you’ll learn how it works. Educate the child as well. Common sense would say you shouldn’t put personal information online, so learn about privacy settings, and teach your child to set everything to private, visible by invitation only. Many people think this is the default, but it isn’t. Teach them not to enter competitions online or to register for sites unless they check with you first. Keep the computer in a public space where you can look in on them regularly, and limit their time online. Work with the school, they may spot something you don’t. Teach them that everyone online is a stranger. That 12 year old girl online might be a 45 year old man. Lastly, don’t do it alone, talk to someone who can help. If you are worried about how to make your online experience more secure there are professionals that we have used and we are sure that if you ask for advice they will give as much information as possible.

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Bytes & Pieces Dealing with SPAM It’s almost impossible to avoid getting spam into your email account. However a bit of prevention and dealing with it when it arrives will minimise the quantity. Some spammers use software to randomly generate email addresses for popular email providers e.g. Commonly called dictionary attacks, the software will guess the first part of an email address – for example HYPERLINK "" So when creating your email address ensure you use special characters such as underscores or numbers. Some spammers use special software called email harvesters which scan webpages for email addresses. Common targets are message boards and social networking websites. So when including your email address on a webpage (for example when you use a message board) try to obscure it. For example, use john AT instead of using the @ symbol. SPAM emails will almost always invite you to unsubscribe from their mailing list. This is a way for them to confirm your email address is real. It will offer a link, or it will say something like 'Reply to this email with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject'. Only unsubscribe from mails you are certain you originally subscribed to.



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Choosing the Perfect Dress Planning your wedding, and especially choosing your wedding dress is a very special time. Before you visit any bridal shops it’s a good idea to hit the net and do some research on-line. Keep a scrapbook full of your favourite looks and designers and bring this with you when you start to shop. Try on different styles to see which ones suit you best. Generally its advisable to start looking for your dress about 6 months before your wedding. When you have chosen your dress it will be ordered in your size. However, you may have to think about having it altered to fit you perfectly. Subtle changes to a garment can make all the difference to how it looks and feels. Remember that even the most beautiful dress wont look the pert if it doesn’t fit you perfectly. It’s a good idea to plan your fittings so that a lot of the work is done well ahead of time. Choosing the right underwear is imperative. Not only will it affect your overall look but can make all the difference to your comfort. You may decide to combine design features from a number of dresses to create your own bespoke wedding dress. In that case give Denise a call and she will ensure that this is a happy experience from start to finish. Her dresses are renowned for their individuality and quality. Denise also caters for mother of the bride and mother of the groom.

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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.

A quarter of all people, and nine out of ten people with weight problems have difficulty keeping their blood sugar balanced. The result is exhaustion and weight gain. Obese people are 77 times more at risk of developing diabetes than non-obese people - a statistic that alone tells you how strongly linked weight gain is to blood sugar control. So, the best way to lose weight is to regain blood sugar control which heralds the return of your body's ability to burn fat. How to balance your blood sugar Avoid sugar and stimulants (coffee, tea, alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes ) Eat a low Glycemic Load diet. Eat protein with carbohydrates Drink plenty of water Exercise every day.

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Round the Garden in January by Tom Percy There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January 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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Dine to Meet We make the reservation, the restaurant serves the food . . . .the rest is up to you! The New Year is a great time to make promises to extend your social network etc. but how is the best wa to do this?? We all know somebody who has tried different ways to meet new people whether it is speed dating, blind dates, online dating etc. with mixed results. At Dine to Meet, we have a great insight into what can work for one person may not work for another - the saying that ‘one size fits all’ is not true!

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Saplings School - For Children with Autism by Stuart Ferguson Until relatively recently, Autism was considered a devastating diagnosis with grim prospects for the sufferer and their family. Now we know that people with autism can in fact be helped enormously towards independence, if they receive Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) intervention in their early childhoods. Through one-to-one education and therapy, students at Saplings learn how to learn. This is something that children with autism are unable to do to a greater or lesser degree in the natural environment. If children with autism are not taught the fundamental step of how to learn, many of them don’t learn – hence the potentially devastating nature of autism. ‘Learning’ at Saplings incorporates everything from eating, dressing and going to the toilet independently, to forming social relationships and making friends; from regulating one’s emotional responses and anxiety as a result of heightened senses, to academic subjects such as reading, writing and maths. Communication skills – using speech, sign language or pictures – is one of the most important subjects taught at Saplings. Much of the extremely challenging behaviour traditionally associated with autism – including tantrums, aggression, injury to self and others – is a result of the autistic person’s frustration and isolation. Saplings take these vulnerable children, who are at risk of social exclusion and institutionalisation, it gives them the chance to unlock and achieve their full potential. People with autism are fascinating and unusual. Their heightened sensitivity often provides them with exceptional gifts, high levels of creativity and artistry and a unique perspective on life, as well as many challenges that the ‘neurotypical’ population never face.

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The State currently provides our children with basic requirements. These are minimum service levels that provide basic care, but do not allow for higher level needs of these children to be satisfied. The parents of Saplings are constantly seeking to secure the funding for crucial projects. Every month they struggle to raise the €14,000 needed in which to teach their children daily living skills, engage in family life and educate themselves in the many extra skills that they need as parents of Autists. With the economic situation as it is, local groups such as Saplings are struggling even more to raise their much needed funds and are now running at a deficit which has led to them having to reduce the teaching staff, meaning that new children admitted to the school could be missing out on crucial progress in a child’s development. One local business has helped last December, EBS Rathfarnham donated €500 through the EBS Community fund which provides support to projects that benefit local communities around Ireland, with the intention that the money helps people to continue the great work that they do. To date over a quarter of a million euro has been donated under the EBS Community Fund and in the last round of the fund 21 South Dublin causes received funding from a special 75th Birthday round. If you wish to know more about Saplings School or how to help with their much needed fund raising you can contact Rowena Maiden on 087 6822363 or If you know of a charity or local group in South Dublin that would like to have their story told please contact us.


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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.

ART CLASSES Watercolour art classes for beginners and intermediate standard in private studio, Churchtown, Dublin 14. Class size is small. Maximum number per class is 8.

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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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Balally Players Theatre Company 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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Churchtown School Of Music Hits The Airwaves Martina is a seasoned performer at this stage having played solo flute at The School of Music’s End of Year Recitals in Marlay House in May, The Dundrum Festival in June and The Bank of Ireland, Dundrum in November.

Churchtown School of Music was recently given the thumbs up when Martina O’Connell was chosen to perform in The Late Late Toy show in November. Martina was one of only a few instrumentalists who were chosen from thousands of hopefuls who had sent in an application to perform. She successfully came through a rigorous audition process in RTE playing solo flute and was finally chosen as one of the performers in the dramatic Willy Wonka- style opening for the show.

Mini Music, the popular mother and toddler music curriculum, was recently featured on RTE Junior TV when Rebecca Maybin of Mini Music was invited on to the childrens’ programme Hubble where she demonstrated how to make simple musical instruments from everyday objects and was interviewed by a puppet from Cork!! Rebecca was also filmed teaching a Mini Music class in The National Concert Hall by TV3 for their Ireland AM show earlier in the year. This was aired as part of their Parenting slot and was given the seal of approval by their resident child pyschologist as an excellent way of improving your child’s development. Both the School of Music and Mini Music resume after the Christmas break on Monday 10th Jan. Mini Music can now be booked online at and instrumental classes at the school can be booked by calling Ann on 087 2471208 or email

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Dundrum Diary with THE MILL GALLERY Tel: 296 9340 Paintings by ANDREW CARROLL 8th January – 4th February 2011 The theatre of the Space Race – the proscenium of the television-set through which was viewed those worldaltering moments; that drama was used to win the hearts and minds of the viewers, to created investment in the hero-characters who represented an ideal, and ultimately the triumph of an ideology. Was this a type of mythic space that was perceived, a poetic and idealised space, as in the theatre - or has it become so over time, as we view it from the hindsight that might question man’s ability or need to explore the cosmos beyond a certain point?

Order Online Today! Psycho Spaghetti Date: Thursday 13th January Time: 11.20am Price: €10/€7.50 (schools) Ger Carey’s Psycho Spaghette 2 is a brilliant comedy stand up piece written especially for teenagers. This is 100 minutes of laugh out loud comedy getting teens to laugh at themselves and has been a huge hit with transition year students.. Isla Grant Date: Thursday 13th January Time: 8pm Price: €25 Scotlands most popular singersongwriter Isla Grant and her highly acclaimed band ‘Blue River’ have been coming to Ireland for many years but this is her first time to hold a concert in the intimate setting of the Mill Theatre Dundrum. Isla’s interaction with her audience is second to none therefore creating a very special atmosphere during her shows. Jarlath Regan Date: Saturday 15th January Time: 8pm Price: €15/€13 Jarlath wanted to be a comedian all his life and is the fastest rising star of Irish Comedy his original brand of observational humour and twisted greeting cards have made him a firm favourite. The critics have called his brand of on-the-money observational humour a form of “comedy genius”

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 Tomorrow’s Comedians Today! Date: Tues 11th & Wed 12th January Time: 8pm Price: €10/€5 Aidan Kilian, comedian and entrepreneur has trained a group of young people who he believes have the potential to be the great names in Irish Comedy in the future. So don’t miss this ‘coming out’ of the best in young Irish comedy talent.


The Wizard Of Oz Date: Tues 18th – Sat 22nd January Time: 7.30pm Price: €16 Put on your ruby slippers and follow Dorothy Over the Rainbow, as she makes her way through the weird and wonderful land of Oz. John Scottus school return to the Mill Theatre following the success of their ‘Oliver’ last year. With a live orchestra and a very talened cast, this show will surely be a treat for all the family this winter. All My Sons’ Date: Tues 25th – Sat 29th January Time: 8pm Price: €18/€15 Arthur Miller’s All My Sons is the story of war profiteering and its tragic consequences on family life, although written over 60 years ago its theme is still very relevant particularly in the current climate of financial scandals. Presented by Balally Players Theatre Group. ABOUT DUNDRUM | 29

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Anything Goes Date: Wed 2nd – Sat 5th February Time: 7.30pm Price: €18/€15 Alexandra College is delighted to be back in the Mill with their production of the musical “Anything Goes” music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The show is set on board a passenger liner travellin form New York to Southampton, with an unusual passenger list

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.

Grace Bermingham Soprano Date: Thursday 3rd February Time: 1.10pm Price: €10.50/€8.50 Grace Bermingham has recently completed her Diploma in Music teaching and Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Grace will perform a recital including works by Schubert, Strauss, Mozart and Poulenc.

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.

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. The Sixties Experience Date: Monday 7th February Time: 8pm Price: €20/€16 The Sixties Experience brings a taste of the 60s right into the 21st century. Performing all the hits from the best music decade with songs from The Beatles, Cliff & The Shadows, The Stones also honoring American bands and artists such as Elvis, The Drifters, Otis Redding and many more. A great rockin’ night out for music lovers of all ages!! 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.


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. 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. 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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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.

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Tarotscopes by Mags ARIES You welcome in the new year with an air of caution, Aries. Truly, the best way to come to terms with the future is to face the problems head on. A time of thought, reflection and holding back on wasteful spending. You are at last willing to accept that you have a choice of which role you play in the formation of your own happiness. TAURUS Your patience is about to pay dividends. You are an avid believer in karma, thus you tend to send out a more positive universal vibe, which in turn comes back to you in a positive way. Yes! You are so much loved, although this may not always be evident. You are determined this year to reach a new spiritual high and truly tune in harmoniously with the power of the heavens. GEMINI You want improvement so much. All you seek is on the way and the wheel of fortune spins out of control in your favour. In love, the cards are stacked in your favour, although you cannot see that now. Your friend, who has cried a lot in the recent past, is on the mend. He/she respectively will settle down to a wonderful, contented and harmonious life. CANCER The loneliness of the past make you appreciate the present. A word of caution; do not display possessiveness towards a loved one, you have no need. You are very much loved; just be yourself. Unattached? A past love wishes to re-enter your life. There is no winner or loser in this, only a pure and forgiving love. LEO Leo’s lot may not be as happy and harmonious as you would like. The next few weeks sees the love life in turmoil. This is probably caused by you over-reacting to what others see as normal. However, opening the doors of communication allows reconciliation. A re-birth of relationship is on the cards. VIRGO If you are not in a relationship, you will be agreeable and say yes to a romance that can only blossom as time goes on. You have choices, but you are quite content to muddle through for the time being. You seem to take sustenance from your religious beliefs and are much calmer as a result. A job offer from across the water is a decision only you can make.

LIBRA A “D” name can offer you so much support in all aspects of your life. If this is a romantic liaison, you are truly blessed. This may be the perfect time Libra, to take a long look at the past and begin forgiving all those who upset the balance in your life. Your friend announces her engagement and you are over the moon for her. SCORPIO Miracles do happen and you have no problem asking for and expecting to receive such. Your life and business may be put relatively on hold for a while. Being realistic is the key to success. A chain of events set in motion kick start a spate of travel that, over the next year will yield fruit. Cards advise that you look deeper into your own actions. SAGITTARIUS Right now, an authority figure is throwing his weight around you must override this in your brain. The overall picture is more important. A false power is worthless, but you are headed towards the real deal. You have known unhappiness in the past, but the contentment you desire is for the future; the past was just to get you ready for the due rewards. AQUARIUS A “W” name is a sure winner for you at this wondrous time. Your link with luck is snow, a gift and a key. You may have been in a crowd, but you can be a lonelier soul than most. Love from the distant past re-enters the scene at the same time you are ready to try the new courtier wishing to play a major role in your life.

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Index - Where it’s at! Activities Amelia Pilates ..................................................................8 CORus ............................................................................25 Churchtown School of Music..........................................27 Levis Art..........................................................................25 Blinds & Curtains Ballinteer Blinds ..............................................................33 Building Contractor John Cullen Construction................................................39 Cleaning Chem Dry (Carpets/Upholstery/Tiles) ............................11 Door2Door (Dry Cleaning) ............................................31 Oven Blitz (Oven Cleaning) ............................................10 Pristine ..........................................................................37 Child Health Mount Carmel Hospital ....................................................7 Coach Hire Executive Express............................................................28 Computers MicroPro - Laptop Sales/Computer repairs......................13 Paula Flanagan (One-to-One Training) ............................13 Dating Service Dine to Meet ..................................................................21 Dog Grooming Clip n’ Tails ....................................................................38 Double Glazing/Glass/Windows Malplas ..........................................................................39 Churchtown Glass ............................................................3 Electrical Churchtown Electrical ....................................................17 Oliver Brady....................................................................31 Employment Opportunities Comfort Keeper HR ........................................................23 The Marlay Nursing Home..............................................37 Fishmongers Feeney Fish ....................................................................11 Funerals McCluskey Memorials ....................................................33 Gas Boiler Servicing Clare Mechanical ............................................................19 RediHeat Heating & Plumbing ........................................17 Gardening Greenshoots Maintenance Services ................................21 Hair & Beauty Patricia’s Nails ..................................................................9 Nu U Beauty ....................................................................9 Semone’s Beauty ............................................................14 Health & Fitness

Zest 4 Life ......................................................................17 Amelia Pilates ..................................................................8 Hotels & Public Bar The Coach House ..........................................................26 Bewleys Sandyford ..........................................................2 Lighting (Indoor & Outdoor) Fantasy Lights ................................................................23 Nursing Home & Caregivers The Marlay ....................................................................37 Comfort Keepers ............................................................33 Office Supplies/Stationery Terenure Office Supplies............................................29/30 Painter/Decorator Dave Verdon ..................................................................39 Handyman & Plastering Dundrum Handyman......................................................11 Paul Furney Plasterer ......................................................31 Plumbing Clare Mechanical ............................................................19 RediHeat ........................................................................17 Public House The Coach House, Ballinteer ..........................................26 Solicitors Dillon Solicitors ..............................................................32 Joe Clancy ......................................................................19 Restaurants BD Spice ..........................................................................5 Taxis Network Taxis ................................................................37 Tiling & Fitter Colgan Tiling ..................................................................19 Wedding Services Designs By Denise ..........................................................15 Wine Merchants Marlay Wine Shop ..........................................................14




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ullen onstruction

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Speciality Stonework General Building New Build & Extensions Attic Conversions Home Renovations

Established in 1997, we deliver projects from single residential extensions/new builds to apartment blocks, aoffices and stone building restoration.

Past local projects include:

Wainsfort Manor (Terenure), Gillian’s Beauty Salon (Knocklyon), Harold’s Cross Memorial Cross (original stonework by J Cullen Snr)

John Cullen on 087 815 9525 or Donal Cullen on 087 640 3737 Email:

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Local About Dundrum Magazine for Jan 2011

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