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Dundrum ISSUE 9: March - April 2010

ENTERPRISE WEEK - How to Start or Expand your Business SPRING CLEANING - Top Tips for a Spring Clean Home WIN A FREE Night Out with your MUM! LOCAL FUNDRAISER - Support the Sam McMahon Trust

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


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Contents About Reiki - Heal Mind, Body & Spirit.............................................6

About Kids - Fantastic Puzzle Page........................................................26

About Employment - Tailor My CV........................................................8

About Competition - giddyup for Mother’s Day!..................28

About Seasonal Recipe - Spiced Rhubarb Cake....................10

About Life Coaching - Be A Participant in Life............................30

About Local Fundraising - The Sam McMahon Trust........12

About Local Events - Dundrum Diary.....................................32-35

About Legal Matters - Making A Will..............................................14

About Computers - Facebook for Business................................38

About Crossword - Careers Theme......................................................16

About Wordsearch - Daffodils................................................................40

About Gardening - Marching On!........................................................20

Tarot-scopes for March by Mags..........................................................43

About Style - Springclean Your Thinking......................................22

About Education - South Dublin Adult Learning.................44

About Spring Cleaning - Top Tips!........................................................24

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

Welcome to the March/April issue of About Dundrum Spring has Sprung! So, let’s open the windows and spring into action! A whole issue filled with great features which I hope will inspire and motivate you for the weeks ahead. Juliette from Dundrum Acupuncture tell us how you can heal your Mind, Body & Spirit with Reiki (page 6); Ed Hurrell of Tailormycv.ie has some great advice for job hunters on how to Update Your CV (page 8); Style guru Janice Coyne wants you to Spring Clean Your Wardrobe (pg 22); Kevin Mills of ChemDry Express has some sound advice to help with the Spring Cleaning (pg 24); Life Coach Ita Breagy tells us how to be Participants in Life! (page 30) and IT Trainer Paula Flanagan tells us more about Using Facebook for Business (page 38). DLR Enterprise Week takes place from 22nd March. There are free seminars and networking events available throughout the week for all aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners, so do check out what’s on offer (page 36). We also find out more about the fantastic FREE courses on offer in the South Dublin Adult Learning Centre, it’s never too late to learn (page 44). Our Highlighting article features the Sam McMahon Trust. Local family the McMahons, whose son Sam has been diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, are looking for your support. They have arranged a culinary fundraising event on 8th March, with funds going to the Sam McMahon Trust. Find out how you can get involved and buy tickets on page 12. Finally, don’t forget your Mum on Sunday 14th March - you can both win a great night out at giddy studios in our competition (page 28). Until our next issue, I hope you enjoy our issue of About Dundrum and have a very Happy Easter! Best Regards,

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ABOUT HEALING REIKI

Heal Your Mind, Body & Spirit by Juliette O’Grady, Dundrum Acupuncture Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy”. This energy is believed to reside in all matter: animal, vegetable and mineral. In a nutshell, everything living both contains this energy and radiates it.

The practitioner will be laying her hands on the different chakras of your body. You will feel a warm, soothing flow of energy going through you. Most people fall in a deep meditative state. After an hour, you will feel as though you have had ‘your batteries topped’.

Reiki practitioners have their body tuned to become a channel for this energy and therefore have unlimited access to it; for their own healing and so that they can transmit it to others.

What is Reiki for? Reiki has the power to reunite the Mind-Body-Spirit to create harmony. As you become a ‘whole’ being, you will become well. It is a holistic tool for your body to help heal itself from within. Reiki does not aim to replace orthodox medicine or cure diseases.

When this life force energy is channeled through a practitioner’s hands to the recipient, the body’s natural ability to heal itself is activated. Reiki goes wherever it is needed and aims at balancing the whole body by clearing blocked energies. What happens during a Reiki session? After a chat with your practitioner, you’ll be lying fully dressed on a treatment bed, with a cosy cover. Relaxing music is played in the background and then it is time to close your eyes and chill out!

It is however a wonderful way for dealing with emotional states such as grief or depression. Juliette trained with Dr Vincent Carroll (western medical doctor) at Lansdowne College of Acupuncture and Complementary Medicine. In addition to holding a diploma in Acupuncture and Certification in Clinical Medicine, Juliette is also a Reiki Master and an ITEC qualified massage therapist.

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ABOUT EMPLOYMENT

Stand Out From the Crowd by Ed Hurrell of TailorMyCV.ie When applying for jobs, careful preparation is essential - especially in today's uncertain economy and fiercely competitive job market. Many job vacancies are now flooded with applicants and a CV may only get a quick glance from recruiters. Therefore, it has never been more important to have a CV and an interview etiquette that makes you stand out from the crowd. Firstly you must ensure that your CV demonstrates your strongest selling points upon first glance, which in turn will entice whoever opens your CV to read it more thoroughly and then subsequently invite you for that all important job interview. That’s the first hurdle cleared. Now the real hard work begins: preparation for the interview!

multitasking, give evidence of this by using examples of when you have applied those skills in the past. You should also conduct a mock interview with an experienced interview coaching expert, as they will be most familiar with typical interviewing styles and techniques and will be able to help you improve your overall interview etiquette and increase your chances of securing the post and/or subsequent interviews. Ed Hurrell is the founder of TailorMyCV.ie TailorMyCV.ie offers CV Writing, Interview Coaching and Job Search Advice services. For more information visit www.tailormycv.ie, call 444 6787 or email info@tailormycv.ie

Whatever you do, do not fool yourself into thinking that a quick run through the job specification the night before the interview and practising a few interview question and answer scenarios will hold you in good stead; interview preparation should be extremely thorough. If possible, I recommend spending at least one week, or certainly as much time as possible, preparing for an interview. You will need to make sure that you are fully aware of what the job that you are interviewing for entails. You can do this by studying the job specification in-depth and comparing it to your own CV so that you know what skills and experience you will need to demonstrate to the interviewers. Furthermore, you should get in touch with somebody you know who is already in a similar role or industry in order to gain some insight and knowledge into the company or the job. Rehearse no less than twenty interview questions and remember to give evidence with each of your answers, don’t just state facts. For instance, if you are telling the interviewers that you are good at 8 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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ABOUT RECIPE

Spiced Rhubarb Cake & Borscht (Beetroot Soup) SPICED RHUBARB CAKE

Clean the beetroot, top and tail, being careful not to cut too far into the flesh. Do not peel. Simmer whole in unsalted water until tender (from 30 - 50 mins, depending on size). Drain, cool and remove the skin by rubbing. Chop or grate the cooked beetroot into a large saucepan. Add the stock, carrots, onions and celery. Bring to the boil and add the peppercorns, lemon zest, salt and bouquet garni. Cover and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, then add salt to taste. Strain the resulting broth through a fine sieve into a serving bowl, squeeze the pulp gently to get all the liquid, then stir in the lemon juice.

Rhubarb is just coming into season now so make the most of the early crop with this delicious and moist rhubarb cake.

To serve, put the cream or yoghurt into the centre of the bowl, pour in the soup and give it a couple of swirls. Sprinkle a little chopped parsley on top.

1.5lb / 600g Fresh Rhubarb 4oz / 100g Butter 3oz / 75g Sugar plus extra for sprinkling 2 eggs 4oz / 100g Self Raising Flour 1 tsp Mixed Spice 0.5-1 tsp Ground Ginger For the topping: 3oz / 75g Butter 4oz / 100g Flour 2oz / 50g Demerara Sugar Rinse and chop the rhubarb into 1in / 2cm chunks. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well to avoid curdling. Fold in the flour and the spices. Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 8in / 20cm cake tin. Level out the mixture and cover with the prepared rhubarb and sprinkle with sugar. Make the topping by rubbing the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs and stirring in the sugar. Spoon over the rhubarb. Bake for 45 - 50 mins at 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4 until firm and springy to the touch.

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ABOUT LOCAL FUNDRAISING

Highlighting - Cooking up a Storm for Sam by Sandra McKenna Sam McMahon was born on 16th February, 2001 at The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. He arrived 12 days early and barely tipped the scales at 5 pounds. He lives in Knocklyon with his Mum (Caroline), Dad (Brian) and older brother Ben.

from his new culinary guide and cookbook, “Home Chef”, at 8pm. Determined to raise the standards of home cooking, Neven Maguire will demonstrate how to transfer his expertise from the restaurant to the domestic kitchen, offering expert advice to both the novice and experienced cook. Sam is bright, out-going and fun to be with. He loves reading, playing PS3 and watching TV. He likes to swim and wants to learn to play the drums. His favourite colour is red.

On 14th November, 2008 he was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA). Although there were many small hints that there was something different about Sam, it took many years of doctors’ visits and tests to establish that he has FA. Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.

Why not support The Sam McMahon Trust and Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance by buy a pair of tickets for this fantastic event? Tickets, would make an ideal gift for a foodie, are priced at just €25 each. Tickets are available from www.menupages.ie/sam or call 086 819 3321. You can also learn more about Friedreich’s Ataxia and the Sam McMahon Trust on www.sammcmahontrust.ie

Onset of symptoms can vary from childhood to adulthood and can include loss of coordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs; energy deprivation and muscle loss; vision impairment, hearing loss, slurred speech; aggressive scoliosis (curvature of the spine); diabetes mellitus; and a serious heart condition. While the mental capabilities of people with FA remain completely intact, the progressive loss of coordination and muscle strength caused by FA leads to motor incapacitation and the full-time use of a wheelchair. There is currently no treatment or cure for it.

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ABOUT LEGAL MATTERS

Did you know? Focus on Wills by Brendan Dillon, Dillon Solicitors If you die leaving behind a spouse and children, your children will be automatically entitled to share one third of what you own. This may not be what you intend. Brendan Dillon

If you separate or divorce having previously made a will, the provisions of this will remain valid until you make a new will. If you die leaving a will your spouse has a legal right. This will vary. If you have no children your spouse will be entitled to one half of your estate. If you have children, your spouse will be entitled to one third of your estate.

Dillon Solicitors are donating €25.00 for each will made as a result of this article to the Haiti Disaster Fund. Please phone our office at 296 0666 today to make an appointment.

When someone dies having made a will, there is a process which follows which involves proving that the will was valid. This is commonly referred to as taking out probate. If there is no will, the deceased’s next of kin can apply to take out a grant of administration in relation to the estate? So, why is it so important to make a will? • You get to decide who benefits from your estate. • You can minimise the tax paid by your next of kin on your death. • You can set up a trust for any minor children. • You can appoint guardians for your children. • You can make gifts to charity or non family members if you wish. • You can make provision for a child or relation with special needs. 14 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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ABOUT GARDENING

Round the Garden: Marching On! by Tom Percy Prepare March is the first month when the lawn starts demanding attention. Feed the areas where the grass is thin, or re-seed if the grass has been worn away. If the soil is inhibiting growth, or the grass is discoloured, then it is best to replace that section. Remove over wintered greens and set out new asparagus beds. Mint beds should be renewed by lifting and replanting. To prevent the mint spreading round the garden it is advisable to plant in below ground containers. Give long lasting feed to established plants and trees. Scatter three or four handfuls of blood, fish and bone in a circle around the base of fruit trees, then gently trowel in. Raspberries, currants, blackberries and gooseberries could also use a sprinkling of gently dug in blood, fish and bone.

Now is the time to graft onto stock, apples, cherries, pears and plums the scions that were cut four weeks earlier. Prune Tidy up any creepers that need pruning and be ruthless with old and leggy growth. Box, holly, laurel, bay, rhododendrons and conifers can be moved or trimmed. Replace any damaged plants. Cuttings can be taken of aburilons, acacias, carnations, single flowering late chrysanthemums, fuchsias, gardenias, geraniums and petunias.

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ABOUT STYLE

Spring Clean Your Thinking! by Janice Coyne, Style Consultant Isn’t it good to see the stretch in the day and realise that spring really is around the corner? At this time of year we often think about a spring clean: the house, the garden, the wardrobe, etc. But, how about a spring clean of our thinking? How challenging would it be to re-think how we felt about ourselves - especially our bodies when we look in the mirror? Imagine that when you get up and have that first bleary-eyed look at yourself in the morning you were pleased with what you saw? This is not a pipe dream or wishful thinking. We are all too ready to be self critical. How much better would it be to be self praising – or at the very least selfaccepting?

what are the best clothes for our body shape, colour and lifestyle. Everyone has positive and attractive features and we could all benefit from focussing on those for a while, making an effort to ignore the inner critic and working at enhancing those attributes that others might wish were theirs. Take a little time out this season to re-think yourself into a positive frame of mind ladies, and remember that the wardrobe spring clean can also be part or this year’s therapy to a new you. Janice Coyne is a locally based Style Coach advising on personal style including body shape, colour analysis and wardrobe.

Studies have shown that there is a direct link between our appearance and our self esteem. When we are feeling down or low about ourselves we are most likely to dress in dark colours and not to make an effort with our hair and makeup. What’s more, our body language will send a very clear “I’m unhappy” message to anyone around even if we don’t shuffle about with hands in pockets looking at the ground! If, on the other hand, at the start of a ‘feeling low” day we took the time to do both hair and face and wore the clothes we knew worked the positive effect on ourselves when we looked in the mirror would begin to change our mood. This can be easier to achieve if we’ve already sorted through our wardrobe and identified 22 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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ABOUT SPRING CLEANING

Spring into Action! by Kevin Mills, Chem Dry Express Yes, it is that time again - Spring Cleaning! As the weather gets milder, flinging open the windows to the fresh air and attacking the house is something which many find very therapeutic! To help make things easier we’ve got some great tips from a local professional – Kevin Mills at Chem-Dry Express.

“With anything you must prepare in the right way. You want to get the job done fast but not cut corners. You want to use safe products but they have to be effective. Most importantly you don’t want to take on a job that is meant for a professional, as you’re only wasting your time and energy! The good news is I have enough tips for you to get through everything and have your house like new again! 1. Planning Don’t take on more than one task at a time. This will enable you to work efficiently and effectively. When items are found that belong in another area, place them in a basket and take the time later to return each item to its rightful place. 2. Clutter This is a great time to simplify and de-clutter your home. Recycle old books, magazines and clothes which you no longer wear. Replace with candles and flowers. 3. Fridges Springtime brings a change in diet, so this is a great opportunity to clean the refrigerator. Use a chemical free combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combined with the abrasive texture of the salt works great as a cleaner. 24 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

4. Kitchens and Bathrooms (We can help here!) There may be a build up of limescale around your taps. The best way to get rid of it is to lay paper towels over the fixture and soak it with vinegar, letting it set for one hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove. The same applies for shower heads in hard water areas. In the bathroom, pop any mildewed or scummy plastic shower curtains into the washing machine on a warm wash - say 40°C. Don't spin - remove and hang back up straight away so that the creases fall away! Use old toothbrushes to clean awkward nooks and crannies - like plug-holes and drains. If you find that the bottom of your shower tray or shower doors have watermarks which are difficult to remove - get a nylon scouring pad and water, it works wonders! Want an eco friendly way of removing stains from the toilet? Just pour some cola down, flat or fizzy, it works a treat (honest!) If the grouting around your tiles is looking mouldy, you can get it professionally cleaned – which will save you money and make your tiling look like new! 5. Carpets & Upholstery (We can help here too!) Invest in a good vacuum cleaner! Vacuum your carpet twice a week. This will help keep dirt from settling to the bottom of the carpet. If you have pets, try to vacuum three times a week especially in the areas where your pet lies on the carpet. For fresh stains, carbonated water works well. Just pour a generous amount to the soiled area and gently blot the area with a typical white towel. Avoid cheap carpet cleaning products, they leave behind a soapy residue and the carpets will get worse over time! I can guarantee when it comes to fully cleaning a carpet or suite Chem-Dry Express can provide a very competitive price, with the highest quality cleaning system available! Don’t destroy your carpets or upholstery with inferior products. Trust Chem-Dry Express for Drier, Cleaner, Healthier® Carpets and Upholstery!”

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ABOUT KIDS

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Local Athlete qualifies for IAAF World Indoor Championships Local athletics club, the Dundrum South Dublin Athletics Club, had great success at the recent UK Championship Trials in Sheffield. The stand out performance was by Hazel Murphy, who had a fantastic run in the 3,000m, smashing her personal best. She ran 9:02.6 and in the process, dipping below the 9:03 qualifying mark for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar later this month!

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Head coach Lucy Moore said “This will be Hazel's first major games as a Senior. However, she showed great promise as a Junior and did compete in the World Youth Championships in Debrecen, Hungary when she was just 17 years old.” “She went onto college and really gave up running, while she studied Commerce and enjoyed TO ADVERTISE TELEPHONE 49 9 3022

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Be a Participant in Life not a Spectator! by Ita Breagy, Alive & Kicking Are you guilty of procrastination? Does the expression - 'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today', ring a bell? Most of us have a never ending list of things we 'Must Do'. We are full of good intentions but never actually get around to doing most of the things we either want to or need to do. Why is this? We know it makes sense to 'just do it' and be finished with it. So what is stopping us? Is it laziness or tiredness or are you just not very interested in the task? The simple answer is we procrastinate. We intend doing it but not right now. So how do we stop procrastinating? Ita Breagy The easiest and most effective way to stop procrastination is to take action. Pretty obvious you may say, but how? First things first, make a 'To Do' list instead of a 'Must Do' list. Start by doing the things you least like to do first. Do them early in the day if you can and give yourself a reward for completing them. Set out a time frame within which you would like to get things done. Be realistic. Take one task at a time. Work your way down the list, crossing off the tasks you have completed. You will get great satisfaction from this and it will spur you on to do more. Imagine how relieved and satisfied you will feel when you get the tasks done - whether it is tidying your office desk, making some necessary calls, tidying your bedroom or decluttering your wardrobe. Picture how it will look when you are finished. 30 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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On 11 February we celebrated the Feast of St Bridget. We had a fundraising event where members purchased "eco bricks" to help towards building Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages in Co. Kildare. Luka Bloom entertained us on the evening. A most enjoyable time was had by all. We are looking forward to a visit from authors Marita Conlon -Mc Kenna and Lorcan Collins. Join the guild anytime by phoning us at 087 953 2352. New members welcome. You can boast that you joined in Centenary Year! 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. CoCo MARKETS Every Saturday Marlay Park, 10am - 4pm Whether food is a passion or just a flirtation, food lovers visit the markets each week to collect tasty treats, store cupboard necessities or simply wander around with a raw juice and a falafel in hand to peruse the colourful tapestry of farmers fare, crafts and cooking.

Cookery demonstration by award-winning chef and restaurateur Neven Maguire in the D4 Berkeley Hotel on 8th March 2010. Tickets are available from www.menupages.ie/sam or call 086 819 3321. THE MARLAY ICA GUILD In 2010, the ICA is celebrating its Centenary Year and to celebrate we have many exciting celebrations organised. A centenary Gala Dinner will be held in Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford in May and the highlight of the year will be a Centenary Garden Party in An Grianan in July. Each guild will mark the year in a special way. Marlay Guild ICA will produce a Centenary Cookbook to mark the occasion.

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LOCAL SOCIAL GROUP 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 086 369 8931 or Steve on 086 887 3644 BALLINTEER ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP We meet each Wednesday in Ballinteer St. John's GAA Pavilion from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Ongoing activities include skittles, bridge, scrabble and indoor bowling. We go on regular outings in the Dublin area. On 11th April approx. 40 of our members are going on a 3 Check out www.aboutmagazines.ie


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Dundrum Diary with night Spring Break to Cork. We are going to Lake Como for 7 nights on 2nd June. New members, aged 55+, are very welcome.

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Dundrum Library Tel: 298 5000. Ongoing Events For Dundrum Library: Cupla Focal/Irish Language Group Every Monday at 10 am. Parent and Toddler Group Friday Mornings 10am - 12 pm.

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March To celebrate National Tree Week, Airfield’s gardeners will take you on a tour of some of our most interesting trees. 14th: National Tree Week: Explore Airfield’s trees creating bark rubbings, charcoal sketches and more. 21st: Let our farmer Eamon introduce you to our new lambs and other animals. 28th: Chicken or egg - which comes first? Everything you need to know about chickens!

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Young Farmers For young people with a love of animals, learn what it takes to be a farmer, Sat mornings 10-12 noon. Feb-June, Price €15 per session. For 11-14 year olds.

April ‘Bee a Nature Detective’ – trails throughout the afternoon. 11th: Come and help the Airfield gardeners sow our Wildflower Meadow. 18th: ‘Meet the animals’. Tours throughout the afternoon with our guides. 25th: Create an origami Spring bloom. 4th:

Airfield Gift Shop 296 4425 Airfield Gift Shop is brimming over with treats and great gift ideas for all price ranges! Every Saturday you can find Louise Lennox from the Afternoon Show at her Cupcake Cottage where you can buy a variety of cakes and treats. Airfield shop endeavours to provide fair-trade, organic stock where is possible. Now open 7 days a week 10am-5pm

THE MILL GALLERY Tel: 296 9340 Eve Parnell - Grasshopper Saturday 20th February to Thursday 25th March The resilient delicacy of natural structures is the focus of these images. They convey the wonderful strangeness of those tiny worlds so close to us and so much a part of the earth’s life and yet, so alien. 34 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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Last Train from Holyhead Mon 15th - Sat 20th March 8pm €17/€13 Two men discover more than they bargained for as they while away the night on a train to nowhere. With the help of drink, poker & a beguiling Gipsy, they encounter the void within through the lives of each other. COMEDY & MUSIC Sue Collins Fri 19th March 8pm €15/€12 Sue Collins wows the crowd in the guise of here alter ego Carmel, Sue Collins is one unstoppable fox lady. Celine Carroll Sat 20th March 8pm €12 Celine is a songwriter and performer with a rare talent, a fresh perspective, a guitar, a piano and a pocketful of songs and she has just released her third album “Such A Beautiful Light” a collection of 12 original personal songs written from the heart. LOCAL ARTS - THEATRE & DANCE

Little Shop Of Horrors Tues 9th - Sat 13th March 8pm €12/€10 Oatlands College in association with Sion Hill present this rock musical featuring a cast of 70 transition year students from both schools. The Legend Of Zocorro Thurs 11th - Sat 13th March 8pm €12 The Mill is delighted to present this sell-out hit from the 2009 Absolut Fringe Festival. Zocorro is a Spanish testosterone-fuelled Nanny who dreams of becoming the next Rose of Tralee. She will sacrifice love and bare whatever is necessary to achieve her goal, this is definitely not to be missed!!

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My Fair Lady Tues 23rd - Sat 27th March 8pm Sat Matinee 2pm €20/€17 Matinee (children €10) Following their sell out musicals “Scrooge” and “Oliver” Glencullen Musical & Dramatic Society are proud to present “My Fair Lady”. Ruth Shine School of Dance Sunday 28th March 2.30pm & 7.30pm €12 The Ruth Shine School of Dance presents their debut show, Cinderella. Join us for a night of fairies, mice, glass slippers and dancing. Will Cinderella find her Prince Charming? Or will the Ugly Sisters find some way to make that shoe fit?! ABOUT DUNDRUM | 35


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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (DLR) Enterprise Week by Michael Hayden, DLRCEB Are you thinking of starting a business? Are you in business and looking to expand? Make a date in your diary for the upcoming Dún LaoghaireRathdown Enterprise Week, running from Monday, March 22nd to Friday, March 26th 2010!

Now in its third year, DLR Enterprise Week features five days of public events each designed to support the ambitions of aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Get tips from a selection of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs, find out what help is available to businesses, exchange ideas with small business owners and attend business Incubation open days. All events are open to the public and venues include Dún Laoghaire, Dundrum, Stillorgan, Blackrock, Belfield and Killiney. The initiative is promoted by the local County Enterprise Board and Council Council as well as Enterprise Ireland and Bank of Ireland Business Banking. The week will be launched at a lunch organised by DLR Chamber in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire on Monday, March 22nd. Nicola Byrne, Managing Director of 11890, is the guest speaker.

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Places can be booked by contacting DLR Chamber on (01) 284 5066. On Wednesday, March 24th, the same hotel plays host to two half-day seminars delivered by expert speakers on ‘Bringing your Business Idea to Market’ (Innovator) and ‘Winning eBusiness Strategies for Micro-enterprises’ (Irish Internet Association). In the evening, Marc Coleman of Newstalk 106-108FM will chair a discussion panel on entrepreneurship at the IADT campus. Panelists include Dr. Chris Horn (Iona Technologies founder) and Bobby Kerr (CEO of Insomnia Coffee and star of RTE’s Dragons’ Den series). The rest of the week features the County Final of the County & City Enterprise Boards’ Student Enterprise Awards competition in Dún Laoghaire; a speed networking event for small business owners in Killiney Castle Hotel and a lunchtime lecture by successful entrepreneur Ray Nolan in NovaUCD Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre. There will also be the chance to catch the Enterprise Bus, a fully customised mobile information unit packed with advice on how to get your business up and running, which will travel throughout the county during the week. For full event scheduling and details on how you and your business can fly higher in DLR Enterprise Week, visit www.dlrenterpriseweek.ie

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7 Reasons Your Business Should Use Facebook by Paula Flanagan, IT Trainer

We all have friends who use Facebook to keep in touch, but did you know that there are huge benefits to the business community as well? Facebook is now the number one location online and businesses are beginning to see the value of this. There are 7 very good reasons why YOUR business should be on Facebook! 1. Upwards of 350 Million Users Worldwide If it was a country, Facebook would be the 3rd largest in the world, amazing isn’t it? Yes, they recently announced that they now have in excess of 350 million users worldwide. 2. Average Facebook User Spends 55 Minutes per Day on the Site That’s a lot of time online, and shouldn’t your business be looking at ways to grab a little of that time? 3. Average Facebook User Has 130 Friends Facebook at the moment generally revolves around relationships with people you “actually” know. But Facebook may in time make the leap to tie people together more casually (like Twitter), in which case the average number of “friends” on Facebook could rise dramatically. 4. Average Facebook User “Fans” 2 Pages per Month The average Facebook user “fans” only 2 new pages per month. So, if you’re going to make growth of your Facebook fan base, a key part of your social media strategy, you must give consumers a reason why they should participate with you. You need to come up with inventive and imaginative ways to promote your fan page and engage with your audience, not just collect fans like football cards.

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5. Wall Posts Don’t Impact Popularity Studies have shown that the frequency of Facebook page Wall posts has little relationship to the total number of fans. However - and this is important - there is a strong correlation between amount of other content (notes, links, photos, videos) and number of fans. So, if you want to grow your Facebook fan base, move beyond simple Wall posts and add photos, videos, links and other interesting and engaging content. 6. Customised News Feed Facebook’s news feed means that just because someone is your fan does not mean he will see your Wall posts or status updates. Instead, the default news feed is comprised of content that Facebook thinks you’ll like, based on your interactions with content from that author in the past, and interactions by your friends with that content. So test content type regularly, and pay attention to what works best for your brand. 7. Real-time Search Changes the Game Facebook is now making most content available publicly, unless you tell them not to via your privacy settings. This means that a negative status update about your brand might now show up on the first page of Google search results for your company name (at least temporarily). You need to be on top of realtime search. Today. Some brands are concentrating all their efforts and placing all their eggs in the one Facebook basket. Given the facts above, that can be justified. However, Facebook is only one of a number of strategies that could work for you, depending on the nature of your business. If you are interested in exploring the available options, give me a call, I can help you out. Paula Flanagan, Mobile: 086 896 1721.

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Bytes & Pieces Printing The majority of documents you send to your printer don't need to be high quality. If you are just printing an email to read off line or to show to someone else for example, printing at the standard setting will use more ink than necessary. Although you can select the printer options to go to draft just before you print, it's easy to forget about doing this. A more efficient way is to set the default to always print in 'draft' or 'fast' mode, then if you need a high quality select that before printing instead. Go to Start on the desktop and then select Control Panel and find the option for Printers and other hardware or Printers and Faxes. When you see the icon for your printer, right click over it and select Properties. Find the fast or draft mode option and then just click the button to close the window.

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LIBRA

As news of the new arrival warms your heart, you cannot help but be apprehensive about your own issues. Turning to the one person you trust is the way to go now Aries. Stop worrying about finances and get working on improving your circumstances. You may well cross the sea to be with the one you truly love.

One church wedding, two civil weddings and more than one christening is featured in this spread. You may yearn for the home comforts a loving relationship brings, these celebrations are the forerunner to your own loving settlement. A house in the immediate countryside beckons and you just know this is where your heart lies. Your friend needs you now.

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SCORPIO

Being generous to a fault is your trait Taurus. Karma and a good smattering of luck is long overdue and on its way to you now. This time, Taurus, you must show more bravery and say yes to love on a commitment level. You are not mistaken when it come to feelings and for once trust your inner self. Your soul will never let you down.

A charitable organisation needs your talents now. As you give, so shall you receive. Karma is set to play a huge role in your life and you can be sure of a good fortune coming your way. A set up at the local hall is the time and place for you to find luck and maybe even love? The universe hates a vacuum and so fills a void up with all the good things you wish for.

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SAGITTARIUS

Your signs are coming. Roses and music are what to look out for. These are the omens to be aware of when seeking the answer to your prayers. Love is very precious and is a guarantee to you. A well deserved windfall is wending its way to you now. Do the course. Do the exams and you are the ultimate winner and master of your own destiny.

Don’t look to the past with anger, rather to look to the future with a deeper understanding thanks to the unique learning experiences. You a have a good brain and seldom give in to nonsense. Take a chance on your artistic talents and see this side of you blossom to fruition. Unattached? The gallery beside a wee church is your lucky time and place.

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Taking a little retreat to the countryside is medicine for the tired psyche. Time on your own shows you just who and what means most in your life. A filing system for personal expenses is imperative to getting straight with those bills now. Plans put into play now reap so many rewards at a later date. Don’t talk too much about love. Its private and about you two.

Catering, with a different twist, is the way to go now. Do the paperwork and see your world change to a more fun challenge. A connection to a “W ”place name is so good for you. Taking up the challenge offered to you cannot be for anything but the good, foreseeable future. A lady from your past re-enters your circle and changes your life.

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AQUARIUS

Its your call, whether you wish to move house or stay put. Heaven is with you in all your decision making. Unattached? A second time around romance is well starred for you and yes! this time all is set to go the way you want it to. Three friends book a holiday to the Turkish coast, make sure you are one of the three.

A new mode of transport is on the cards for you. A social life that involves a form of drama/charity fundraising etc. is a feel good factor that is so good for romance. A trip organised with a group is just the first of many. Never be tempted to break from the committee. You earned your status and with the due respect to all, you will do much good for all concerned.

VIRGO You may feel a little on edge lately. You are right to be a wee bit apprehensive, but may be overreaching to minimal discord. Getting healthy and eating properly now is the plan for the summer. You are on the move in so many areas of your life you are so determined to get it right this year. Yes! Marriage and children go hand in hand for you.

PISCES You have done much learning, and with a little more classes you are ready to embark on a teaching course. The trip to the Aegean coast is well needed and sees you in good stead. Love is your divine right and you are right to go with it. You, being psychic and wise with it, can trust the feelings and go where your heart sends you. Angels go with you.

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Highlighting the Work of the South Dublin Adult Learning Centre South Dublin Adult Learning Centre (SDALC) was established over 20 years ago to deliver basic education courses. Located on the Main Street, Dundrum, SDALC provides services to meet the needs of adult learners through a range of programmes, free of charge, from one-to-one courses to accredited courses. These courses are run periodically throughout the year. The SDALC supports adult learners and encourages them to identify their educational needs. Our classes concentrate on: • • • •

Improving Reading skills Improving Writing and Spelling skills Brushing up on Maths Introduction to I.T. for people with basic education

In addition to FETAC, Junior Certificate courses in English and Maths are also available to students. Many of our students have also had great success with Leaving Certificate English. All of our classes are organised to meet local demand. We offer a wide range of classes to assist students to improve their skills and we take into account their special interests. A highlight of the SDALC year, is the publication of the students’ writings. SDALC provide a professional, confidential, free service to local people aged 18 years and over. We strive to make all of our classes welcoming and learner-centred. If you want to find out more about our courses, do not hesitate to contact us. Tel: 296 4321 for more information and take the first step towards improving your skills.

All courses are available on a part time basis during the day or evenings. One of the programmes we currently offer is the ITABE (Intensive Training in Adult Basic Education). This course helps students improve their general communication skills, including reading and writing. Revising and improving numeracy and Maths for Life is also available to students, as well as an Introduction to Computer Skills. The ITABE is a 14 week intensive course, which students attend for 6 hours a week. Former students have gone on to take certification courses, such as FETAC. SDALC is part of the County Dublin VEC, so it is approved to deliver courses accredited by FETAC at Levels 2, 3 and 4. The FETAC certification is recognised both nationally and internationally. Some of the courses accredited by FETAC and delivered by the Centre include Communications, Maths, Computer Literacy and Personal Effectiveness. 44 | ABOUT DUNDRUM

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Greenshoots Landscape Services................................................................20 Noonan Construction.............................................................................................31 Graphic Design Butcher BlueOrange Design Services............................................................................42 Flemings...........................................................................................................................11 Hair & Beauty John Meats & Co (online orders).................................................................3 Patricia’s Nails................................................................................................................29 Bridal Gowns/Bridesmaid/Mother of the Bride Total Hair Care...............................................................................................................23 Kolidi......................................................................................................................................23 Health & Fitness Cleaning Dundrum Acupuncture............................................................................................6

Chem Dry (Carpets/Upholstery)....................................................................25 Orwell Medical Centre...............................................................................................2 Oven Blitz (Oven Cleaning).............................................................................10 Pilates - Anne Sexton...............................................................................................5 Oven Clean (Oven Cleaning)............................................................................25 Pilates - with Amelia..................................................................................................7 Pristine.ie (House Cleaning)............................................................................21 Smartfitness.ie..................................................................................................................9 Time for You (House Cleaning).......................................................................25 Yoga - Sibylla Dallmann............................................................................................6 Computers/IT Solutions Home Insulation Laser Computer Sales...............................................................................................39 BER Essentials..................................................................................................................15 Learning at Home (Training)............................................................................17 Life Coaching/Training/Back to Work Micropro Computers (Sales & Service)....................................................19 Paula Flanagan (One-To-One Training).................................................39 Counselling/Hypnotherapy Ian Epstein.........................................................................................................................3 Dog Grooming/Walking Clip n’ Tails.....................................................................................................................18 Double Glazing/Glass Churchtown Glass....................................................................................................13 Malplas Windows & Doors................................................................................11 Education DLRCC - National Spring Clean..................................................................19 Enterprise Week.........................................................................................................37 South Dublin Adult Literacy............................................................................45 Electrician Churchtown Electrical.............................................................................................31 Oliver Brady...................................................................................................................21

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Alive & Kicking...............................................................................................................30 Nursing Home The Marlay.....................................................................................................................15 Office Supplies/Stationery Terenure Office Supplies.....................................................................................32 Painter/Decorator Dave Verdon..................................................................................................................47 Plasterer Paul Furney.....................................................................................................................31 Plumber Brian McGarry...............................................................................................................21 Solicitors Dillon Solicitors..........................................................................................................14 Joe Clancy Solicitors...............................................................................................41 Style Consultant/Personal Shopper Janice Coyne..................................................................................................................22 Tiling Weber Tiling..................................................................................................................37 Work from Home Opportunity Organic Health Products.......................................................................................7

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