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Sandyford Stillorgan ISSUE 03: December 2010 - January 2011

ABOUT

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ABOUT WEDDINGS Get Planning

ABOUT MOTORING The New Nissan Juke

ABOUT LOCAL TALENT Local Musical Society with real talent

ABOUT PRIZES

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Contents About Children ......................................................................Page 6

About Legal - Power of Attorney explained............................Page 28

About Beauty - Even though you look great anyway ..............Page 8

About Fertility - Achieving the ultimate Goal ........................Page 30

About Recipe - Ahhh leftovers!! ............................................Page 10

About Talent - Mary has it - so does Kilmacud ......................Page 32

About Motoring - New kid in town ......................................Page 12

About Local Events ........................................................Page 34 - 37

About Computer - Just be careful - be secure ........................Page 14

About Kids - Win something for a little one ..........................Page 38

About Crossword - This will keep you occupied ....................Page16

About Wordsearch - Need a Printer? ....................................Page 40

About Quiz and Soduko - They’re not that hard ..................Page 18

About Books - The Great Escap. ............................................Page 42

About the Garden - Its cold for plants too ............................Page 20

About Tarot - Tarotscopes ....................................................Page 44

About New Relationships - Don’t be lonely this Christmas .. Page 21

About Christmas - What does it mean to you? ......................Page 45

About Weddings - Get planning............................................Page 22

The Index - They’re all listed here ..........................................Page 46

About 40 Years - Rathfarnham Shopping Centre ..................Page 24

Welcome to the December/January issue of About Sandyford Hello everyone and welcome to another jam packed issue of About Ballinteer/Knocklyon/Sandyford. Well we are in the middle of a cold snap and with Christmas around the corner we really do have a lot going on this month. In this issue we cover and give advice on several subjects which affect a lot of people we know, whether you are into your late thirties or early forties and trying to have a child we have great piece on a group of clinicians who might be able to help. Maybe you are in the middle of your pregnancy, well we have a great piece on 3D or 4D scans. Are you looking to increase your social circle or looking for romance, well check out Dine to Meet, a dating agency that doesn’t charge the earth for getting you connected and in a very informal way. You might be planning a wedding come the warmer weather or even very soon, so you better be thinking about your dress and the other multitude of things to be organised, so again we’re here to help. As these times grip even harder and with “the pain” seemingly only around the corner, I think it is very important to not only support local businesses but to give and donate locally too, we must look after our communities and the people closest to us, well It is Christmas soon after all. Kilmacud Music Society have been treading the boards now since 1982 and we profile them in this issue along with South Dublin writer Donal Donnelly and his new award winning book. If you know of any other Charities or Community groups who would wish to be covered in the next issues please have them contact me, and if you use any of the advertisers please let them know where you found them. Well it wouldn’t be Christmas without a few Competitions, well in this month’s magazine we have over €1000 of prizes to be won, from Rathfarnham Shopping Centres €500 worth of Vouchers, Tickets to the Mill Theatre, A Child’s Aquarium to an Epson Printer/Scanner in our favourite Wordsearch Competitions, you never know your luck so have a go….. Until next time let me be one of the first in wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a great 2011.

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ABOUT CHILDREN

Baby Scan BabyScan have been responsible for positive news stories coming from the world of pregnancy ultrasound lately. Their founder, Paula Tunney DCR(D)DMU, was recently interviewed on TV3 with regard to best practice ultrasound guidelines, following recent scandals surrounding maternity ultrasound misdiagnoses. Their Cork clinic also played a small role in the amazing story of the conjoined Benhaffaf twins. BabyScan’s beautiful 3D picture of them holding hands in the womb was featured on RTE’s ‘Saturday Night with Miriam’. Established in 2004 by Paula Tunney DCR(D)DMU, BabyScan is the longest established and largest prenatal, non diagnostic, ultrasound provider in Ireland. BabyScan are based in the Orwell Clinic, on Orwell Road in Rathgar, just two doors up from Mount Carmel Hospital, and just a 5 minute drive from Dundrum.

Every moment with your baby is precious and at the BabyScan ultrasound clinic in Rathgar, you get an amazing chance to meet your little one up close and personal during your pregnancy.

BabyScan’s team of highly qualified and experienced ultrasound specialists use top of the range technology to provide early pregnancy scans, gender scans, and 3D/4D scans, with weekday and weekend appointments available. This incredible pre-birth bonding session is a fantastic way to start documenting your child's life. For more information, sample scan pictures and opening hours, check out www.babyscan.ie or call 492 3544.

Saplings School for Children with Autism When Luke Maiden started in Saplings School for Children with Autism aged 5, his language was so delayed that he could barely put three words together. After three years of special education and therapy at Saplings, Luke is a changed boy. “He now talks fluently,” says Luke’s mother, Rowena. “And he’s learnt how to read and write. Not only has Saplings taught him how to communicate, but it’s also given him the coping ability to attend the local national school for his second class every morning. He absolutely loves it and is making friends.” Recently Saplings had to let go of its Speech and Language Therapist because of funding problems.

challenging behaviours – such as tantrumming, aggression and self-injury – which often accompany autism. “Without the early intervention provided by their school,” adds Rowena, “many of the children who attend Saplings would face institutional care from an early age. The school is literally a lifeline for the kids and their families. We can’t afford to not keep it going.” Families of the 24 children who attend Saplings must fundraise at least €14,000 per month to cover basic costs. Saplings is a registered charity No. CHY 14453 Please support us. Thank you in advance.

Saplings School Rathfarnham provides one-to-one education to 24 children on the autism spectrum. It teaches everything from lifeskills – such as toileting and coping with visits to the dentist – to communication skills, reading and writing. Children who are non-verbal are taught to use sign language and to communicate with pictures. Most importantly for the children and their families, Saplings tackles the extremely 6 | ABOUT SANDYFORD

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ABOUT BEAUTY

Awaken the Senses this Christmas by Jennifer Greene Scents have the uncanny ability to conjure up memories and emotions in one single whiff. A waft of a certain perfume or aftershave can recall your first love; the scent of damp leaves brings childhood recollections of playing outside and Christmas has a set of aromas special to each person. The fragrances of the seaside, Play Doh, wood smoke, books, certain flowers and wet dog will produce different reminiscences for all of us. This is because our sense of smell is directly linked to a part of the brain that automatically creates emotional memories. The allure of perfume is thousands of years old and the first scents used deliberately were aromatic woods and resins that were burnt on fires. This method of scenting an area evolved into incense and, in fact, the word ‘perfume’ means ‘through smoke’. Frankincense and myrrh are both derived from tree sap and are naturally associated with Christmas, yet few of us know what they actually smell like. The power of the appropriate aroma has been recognised by many businesses; the scent of freshly baked bread and spiced buns is piped out in supermarkets to encourage us to buy more; estate agents recommend brewing coffee before showing prospective purchasers around the house you are trying to sell and, in some countries, revitalising scents are wafted into underground train stations to cheer up glum commuters. Although our sense of smell is considered insignificant compared to other animals, it is more important than most people realise. For example, how could you tell whether meat was rotten or milk had turned if you couldn’t smell the rancid odour? Although we still use oils and incense, most perfume is now packaged in bottles which are often a piece of art in

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their own right, something beautiful to adorn the dressing table and a wonderful gift. Many gorgeous perfumes enveloped in stunning containers will be given and received this Christmas. Christmas has its own set of smells that are forever embedded in our minds, Christmas dinner, plum pudding and brandy, cinnamon, oranges studded with cloves and pine needles add to the wonderful smell of nostalgia. Perfumed candles, scented hand and body lotion, drawer sachets to fragrance clothes, aromatherapy burners and diffusers are all ingenious ways to add some uplifting aroma to yourself and your home. Perhaps this year you can explore a little gift to enchant the sense of your loved one this Christmas?

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ABOUT RECIPE

Leftover Turkey, Mushroom and Red Pepper Pie Sick of turkey curry after the festivities? How about something a little different?

Ingredients: 2tbsp sunflower oil 450g/1lb leftover cooked British Turkey thigh meat, diced 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped 225g/8oz chestnut mushrooms, quartered 1tbsp cornflour 150ml/1/4pt chicken stock 250ml/9fl oz apple juice 2tbsp tomato puree Salt and pepper 250g/9oz chilled puff pastry Beaten egg, to glaze Serves: 4 Method: 1. Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan, add the pepper and mushrooms and fry for 5 minutes. Mix the cornflour with the stock until smooth and pour into the pan with the apple juice. Add the tomato puree and bring to the boil, stirring until thickened and smooth. 2. Stir the cooked turkey into the pan, season with salt and pepper, cover and .simmer gently for 10 minutes. Allow to cool. 3. Drain the turkey and vegetables from the pan, reserving the cooking sauce, and spoon into a 1.1 litre/2pt pie dish or individual pie dishes. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to cover the pie. Cut any pastry trimmings into leaves, dampen and press on top. Chill for 30 minutes. 4. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Brush the pastry with beaten egg to glaze and stand the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown (25 minutes for individual pies). Heat the remaining sauce. 5. Serve the pie hot with vegetables and the cooking sauce.

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ABOUT MOTORING

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The All New Nissan Juke The success of the Nissan Qashqai is welldocumented. It is credited with kick-starting the now highly lucrative crossover segment and Nissan admits that it was a lifeline at a time when several of its top sellers were due to expire. To this day there are long waiting lists for the Qashqai, despite the arrival of several new competitors. Nissan wants to repeat all that, but at a lower price point. Enter the Juke. Nissan Ireland offers three trim levels: XE, SV and Sport. The entry-level Juke is the 1.6 XE petrol model at €18,195. That features 16-inch alloys, CD stereo with aux-in, six airbags, electric windows all-round, ESP stability control and air conditioning. There's a €1,300 jump to SV spec, which includes 17inch alloys, front fog lights, Bluetooth, cruise control, a leather steering wheel with stereo controls, dualzone climate control, a USB port, SV upholstery and body-coloured door mirrors and handles. Top-of-the line Sport models get sportier 17-inch wheels, privacy glass, red interior trim and a bright red centre console. The premium is €500 over the SV. As both the 1.6-litre petrol engine and the 1.5-litre turbodiesel sit in Band B in terms of emissions and taxation, Nissan can offer the former for less. The diesel models attract a €2,000 premium. Four-wheel drive is offered under special order only, while the CVT automatic costs an additional €2,900.

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That all-important commanding driving position is present and correct, so the Juke immediately feels bigger than its rivals. However, on the road it proves quite agile and is keen to corner. The suspension is tauter than in the most comfortable of superminis, but in return there's not too much body roll. It doesn't engage in the same way the MINI and Fiesta do, but first impressions suggest that it's still quite good to drive. The steering and brakes are well-weighted and easy to modulate, though the five-speed manual gearbox in the example we drove seemed a little recalcitrant. Nissan's gearboxes are usually quite slick so we suspect this could be due to the low mileage on the test car. Nissan hit the nail on the head with its Qashqai. We'll shy away from predicting whether or not the same can be done with the supermini segment. We love the unique appeal of the Juke and it's bound to attract a bunch of potential MINI buyers into Nissan showrooms. Our short first drive suggests it's not as fun to drive as some rivals, but it is much more practical. It's on sale now. For all your new car news and reviews check out www.completecar.ie, there you can ask the experts anything from what they think of any particular model to any advice you might need concerning any motoring problems.

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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 14 | ABOUT SANDYFORD

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 When working in Microsoft Office documents one of the most used functions is copy and paste. Although these functions are available through the menu or toolbar, the keyboard shortcuts are quicker: CTRL-C to copy, CTRL-X to cut and then CTRL-V to paste. Although most people already know these shortcuts, most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realise that Office products can have up to 24 items on the clipboard. In most Office 2007 products this can be accessed by clicking on the home tab then selecting the clipboard dialog box launcher as seen below. In Microsoft Publisher this can be switched on by going to Edit, then selecting Office Clipboard.

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ABOUT PUZZLES

Coffee Break Quiz 1. If you were born on Christmas day, what would your star sign be? 2. In a famous novel set around Christmas time, who lives on Mount Crumpit with his dog Max? 3. If allowed, the name of which of Santa's reindeer would score the most points in a game of Scrabble? 4. What was Michael Jackson's only Christmas number one single in the UK? 5. Commonly used as part of Christmas celebrations, which items are called bon-bons in Australia? 6. In the film The Muppet Christmas Carol, Kermit The Frog took on the role of which character? 7. In the song I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, where did mommy tickle Santa Claus? 8. Who was the first British monarch to begin the tradition of delivering a Royal Christmas Message? 9. Who wrote the book The Snowman, which was turned into an animated film often shown around Christmas time? 10. Which famous annual sporting event did Santa Claus win in 1964 that he hadn't won before and hasn't won since?

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ABOUT GARDENING

Round The Garden in December by Tom Percy Vegetables Brussel sprouts should be available from now onwards and leeks will also be ready. This is often a period of hard frosts, so winter cabbages and cauliflowers should be harvested. It is also a good time to plant early peas and beans. Check any vegetables in store and remove those showing signs of rot; take particular care with potatoes because of the danger of emerging slugs. Flowers Michaelmas daisies can be planted for next year. Dahlia roots in store should be checked; any showing signs of degeneration should be discarded. December is a good period to dig over the ground reserved for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annuals.

exposure to frost before planting. Check that all young trees are adequately staked and tied. Take hardwood cuttings of gooseberries, red, white and black currants. Cut just below a bud and trim to just above a bud (blackcurrants 8-10 inches long, others 12-15 inches). Plant them to around half their length and remove buds, except in the case of blackcurrants where they should all be left. General As an antidote for bad weather, enjoy going through the latest seed catalogues, choose and schedule what you want to grow â&#x20AC;&#x201C; then reduce the list to what you have room for!

Fruit Any remaining pruning should be completed, not forgetting outside vines. Do not yet prune raspberries, but do remove any unwanted suckers. Bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes can be planted this month and it is also a good time to plant rhubarb crowns; these will benefit from

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ABOUT DATING

Dine to Meet We make the reservation, the restaurant serves the food . . . .the rest is up to you! 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! From a marketing point of view, we are always reminded to focus on similarities of different services in existence – however in our case we took the feedback of why people were disenchanted with the above services and produced a totally different option! Dinner dates in a small group. One of the major concerns about meeting new people is the safe environment & atmosphere of how and where the meeting takes place. We make the restaurant reservation & arrange one small table (and by small we mean 6 or 8 people in total) with same number of men & women. A generalisation is that men tend to be hesitant to try new options and we want to change this and encourage more

males as members! - so if you are a man or know any men over 30 who might be interested – check out or encourage them to check out our website www.dinetomeet.ie or call 087 7640 385 You never know . . . . ‘You might not be lonely this Christmas . . . . .’

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Dine to Meet make meeting new people a far more palatable experience. We arrange for groups of like minded individuals to go out and enjoy each others company in some of the city’s finest restaurants. So, whether you’re looking for love or would love to just widen your social circle, it’s all served up at www.dinetomeet.ie

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ABOUT WEDDINGS

Capturing Your Special Day Choosing a photographer can be a daunting task. To make matters worse, there are a lot of ‘photographers’ out there who think they have a “professional camera” and think, because of this, they can shoot weddings, or anything else professionally. This is totally not true. That’s like saying, I have paint and a paint brush, that means I can paint like Da Vinci. A true professional photographer has worked for years perfecting their craft to be able to shoot your wedding. Wedding photography has become a ‘buyer beware’ industry. Below are tips to help you find the best photographers, and avoid disappointment or worse. 1. Experience Ask the photographer how long he/she has been shooting weddings. Ask how many weddings they have shot by themselves. If they haven’t been shooting weddings for very long, or they don’t have at least 20 weddings under their belt, you should be cautious. 2. Their Work Web sites are great. The problem is photographers have had issues with people stealing their online images and posting them to their sites for years. The good news is, those online images will not print very well, so you can

validate a photographer’s work by looking at printed images. Make sure you meet with your potential photographer and view full albums of weddings. 3. Referrals Ask all of your potential photographers for referrals. If they hesitate, run. A real professional photographer will be happy to give you referrals. I typically give 3-4 referrals when asked. 4. Equipment Is very important. While just having a great camera will not make you a great photographer, a great photographer with poor equipment is limited as to what they can capture. A slow flash can miss split second moments. And if the camera breaks during the wedding, even the best photographer is out of luck. I hope these 4 points help you on your photographer search, and helps you avoid a very bad situation. Your wedding photos will be some of your most cherished possessions, and your wedding album will be your first family heirloom. Make sure you invest in the quality you and your wedding deserve. One more thing, ask how the photographer will dress. You would think this would be common sense, but I have heard of photographers showing up in jeans.

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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Designs By Denise, Specialist in Bridal and Evening Wear. Tel: 499 2219

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Denise is one of Irelands foremost award winning designers. A graduate of the renowed Grafton Academy of Dress Design with more than 15 Years experience in bridal wear. Commitment to excellence in design, beautiful fabrics and the perfect fit for each individual client is her guiding principle. Denise will always ensure that the fit and finish are the highest standard and Denise's studio is a very warm and welcoming place where you will feel completely at ease.

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ABOUT RATHFARNHAM SHOPPING CENTRE

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Rathfarnham was indeed a village at the foot of the Dublin Mountains when, in 1969 the new Shopping Centre was opened on Butterfield Avenue. Developed by PV Doyle owner of the Doyle Hotel Group the Centre came hot on the heels of Stillorgan Shopping Centre and was the second modern shopping centre to open its doors on the south side of Dublin. Some 42 years later, it remains an integral part of the Rathfarnham scene and continues to provide a wide range of shopping facilities to its loyal customer base. The Centre is a partly enclosed 7,432 sqm gross shopping complex, and is well located in a mature residential area. It is accessible from three sides via adjacent busy streetsButterfield Ave, Springfield Ave and the linking Fairways road. The No 15B and the No 75 bus routes provide regular and reliable public transport links to the Centre. There is an excellent mix of retail outlets and ancillary services at the centre. Over 50% of the lettable space is set in convenience goods and an additional 30% is comparison shopping. With approx 400 car spaces at ground level, and three hours free car parking per visit, the centre is ideal for the weekly shop and the last minute dash for essentials. Along with anchor tenants TESCO and PRIMARK/PENNEYS, one can comfortably do the Christmas shopping for menswear, ladies and children’s wear, footwear, books, Sports apparel and equipment. You can have lunch on the upper floor and visit one of a number of outlets dedicated to the art of pampering with hair, beauty, health treatments and products. There are also a number of facilities located at the centre which give it a real community feel – a crèche, Doctors Surgery and the Servite Oratory and it is very noticeable among shoppers that Rathfarnham Shopping Centre is truly a local neighbourhood centre. When you come this Christmas and we feel sure you will return again and again in 2011.

Upcoming Events The Irish red cross carol singers will sing in the centre on 16th & 17th Kidzone childrenswear are holding a communion fair in RSC on Dec 4th 5th 11th 12th a special discount of 20% will apply to all completed orders on the day

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Super Christmas Draw 1st Prize €200 Voucher 3 x 2nd Prizes of €100 Vouchers All Vouchers can be used among any of the outlets within the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre Complex. The winner may spend all in one outlet or you can spread across several shops….

Question: In which year was Rathfarnham Shopping Centre Built? Text RSC and Answer followed by your Name & Address to

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Draw will be made on 23 December 2010 and winner will be notified by Text.

Retailer Profiles FItzGibbon Jewellers is a family run business. They have been in the jewellery trade for over 65 years and in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre since 1993. They stock Diamond jewellery and also a large selection of Gold and Silver pieces. John Rocha, Paul Costelloe, Seiko, Trollbeads, and Newbridge Silverware are some of the well-known brands they carry. The Solas Medical Centre has a medical team of two female doctors, 1 male doctor and 2 Practice Nurses who cater for all aspects of primary care from infancy to old age. The Practice is equipped to provide a wide range of services. JustSplit.com is the local Travel Agent located on the first floor of RSC. They are experts in all areas of travel and provide a wide range of holidays to suit every budget and every season. They represent all the major tour operators and cruise companies and

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ABOUT RATHFARNHAM SHOPPING CENTRE

Rathfarnham Shopping Centre give an independent recommendation to customers, based on the best value at the time of booking Do you need a baby gift? Kidzone Children’s wear are situated on the 1st floor in Rathfarnham S.C. They cater for boys and girls from birth to 12 years in casualwear and a great range of dresses from the US by Kate Mack. They stock a fantastic collection of babywear, beautiful blankets, babygro’s in baby blue and palest pink and two and three piece sets from Emile et Rose, all beautifully gift wrapped. The Rathfarnham Bookshop will be running their highly successful Christmas Draw again this year and you can enter when you make a purchase over €10, there will be a prize for the Adults and one for the children again. So there is a lot more to this Bookstore than its superb range of Books for all the family. Topaz Beauty Salon is an exclusive suburban sanctuary, situated in the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre. The team at Topaz are all highly skilled, professional individuals, continuously striving to further their knowledge of both treatments and products and are always aiming to please each and every client. Pure Sport is the latest addition to Rathfamham Shopping Centre, it was set up to cater for the sports needs of the local community with its many fine Schools and Colleges, Sports clubs, swimming and running clubs in Rathfamham, Terenure, Templeogue, Knocklyon and Rathgar.

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ABOUT LEGAL MATTERS

An Enduring Power of Attorney – Providing Peace of Mind by Miriam Dillon, Dillon Solicitors `“My Mum cannot remember anything anymore and I have no access to her accounts.”

Miriam Dillon

“My Doctor says Dad has to go into a nursing home but the house may have to be mortgaged – Dad cannot sign the papers.”

“I always had a power of attorney for my Aunt’s accounts – the Bank says I cannot rely on it anymore.” Sound familiar?! These are some of the distressing tales from the families of people who have lost mental capacity. Losing one’s mental capacity means that you cannot make decisions in relation to the normal day to day things that we all take for granted. This can be very upsetting for the people involved and also for the family of the person who loses mental capacity. When this happens what traditionally happens if the family of the person affected will have to bring an application to Court to have the person made a Ward of Court. This means that somebody from the Wards of Courts Office will liaise with the family in relation to any decisions in relation to the effected person’s affairs. This application can take some time, is expensive and very upsetting for all concerned.

There are procedures which require the Attorney to register the document and where two notice parties have to be notified of the making of the application. This is to ensure that the Attorney does not abuse the power given to him/her under the Enduring Power of Attorney. Once the Enduring Power of Attorney is registered the Attorney can then make all decisions on behalf of the effected person such as where he or she should live, the care he or she should have, decisions in relation to the sale of property and other financial matters. The Donor, when making the Enduring Power of Attorney, can decide the extent of the power which the Attorney is to have. At all times medical evidence is required to confirm that the person has the capacity to understand the document in the first place and further medical evidence will be required in the event that the attorney wishes to register the document. There is no doubt that by signing an Enduring Power of Attorney can reduce the stress for the person affected and his or her family in the unfortunate event of somebody losing their mental capacity.

There is an alternative which many people are not aware of. It is called an Enduring Power of Attorney. An Enduring Power of Attorney is a document that is signed by somebody when in a state of full mental capacity (“the Donor”) appointing one or more persons to be their Attorney(s) in the event that at some stage in the future they lose mental capacity. It means that the person appointed as attorney can then step into their shoes and make decisions as if they were the Donor.

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McCluskey Memorials    

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ABOUT FERTILITY

Fertility can be child’s play with Achieve Fertility, Dublin’s first integrated fertility clinic by Dave Shipsey B.Sc, Grad Dip, C.Ac, A.Ac, M.A.F.P.A ,M.B.B.A. Fertility problems affect 1 in 6 couples in Ireland. There are a huge number of contributing factors that have led to the overall decrease in fertility. These include pollution, stress, diet, lifestyle and age, to name but a few. As a result of the increased need for choice amongst couples seeking help to conceive naturally or through artificial reproductive techniques (A.R.T.) such as I.V.F. (invitro fertilisation), Achieve Fertility was set up in 2009. It is made up of 7 practitioners from both complimentary and conventional medical backgrounds. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and expert advice on all aspects of fertility, pregnancy and post natal care. Through our affiliation to the Zita West fertility clinics and our special relationship with embryologist Dr. Declan Keane, Achieve Fertility has massive resources and expertise in all areas of fertility, gynaecology and obstetrics. With the increasing pace and demands of modern living, further exposure to various forms of everyday chemical pollutants fertility has decreased. • • •

Male factors account for 40% of fertility problems Female factor accounts for 40% of fertility problems 20% of problems are combined problems or are due to unexplained causes.

Couples marry later and due to financial constraints or career choices decide to start families in their mid thirties. At this time a woman’s chance of conceiving in any month has declined from 20% in her teens and 20’s to 3% in her 40’s. Incidence of miscarriage increases also with age, as does sperm quality. At achieve fertility we use an integrated approach to fertility, we encourage both partners to complete a detailed case history which looks at all relevant aspects of their life. From this information the team will work with the couple to decide on the best course of treatments to help realise the couples dream. Achieve fertility therapies include: A male and female acupuncturist, chiropractor, fertility nurse, hypnotherapist & psychotherapist, nutritional therapist and a reflexologist. Acupuncture has been shown to improve likelihood of IVF succeeding by 64%; it helps balance hormone levels, improves sperm quality and quantity and can regulate menstrual cycle and egg quality. It relieves stress and restores the body’s natural harmony. 30 | ABOUT SANDYFORD

Chiropractic therapy can help to correct any misalignments in the spinal column which may impede nerve transmissions to the vital organs and prevent normal function. Fertility Nurse will advise on any necessary medical tests and the results from such tests. She can also help with decisions on various clinic and options available. Hypnotherapy & counselling; as fertility is 90% subconscious it can address any blockages that may exist due to trauma guilt or fear. Nutritional therapy can help couples to tailor their diet for optimum health and therefore improve the chances of conception. Reflexology; can address any hormonal imbalance and help to regulate the cycle, it can also ease stress and help the body function at its optimum. Achieve fertility offers comprehensive, confidential, compassionate and expert fertility solutions tailored to a couples individual requirements. Please feel free to contact us at info@achievefertility.ie or 01 2937809.


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ABOUT KILMACUD MUSIC SOCIETY

Kilmacud has Talent Kilmacud Musical and Dramatic Society (KMDS) first tread the boards in 1982 with the play Big Maggie. Their first musical, Fiddler on the Roof was staged in 1984. Since then they have performed many more musicals, most of them very well known and loved such as Showboat, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Oklahoma and Anything Goes.

To celebrate their 21st birthday in 2003, KMDS decided to do something a bit special and performed The Magic of the Musicals, a compilation of songs from the shows, such as Oklahoma, Les Miserables, Chicago and Blood Brothers, to name but a few. In May of that year, KMDS staged two more performances of the Magic of the Musicals but this time for charity. In 2006 KMDS staged The Boyfriend - a jazzy, romantic spoof on the musical comedies of the 1920's. It was set in a fashionable finishing school on the sun-kissed French Riviera, where young ladies were schooled in the finer art of 'marrying well.

They have also staged some of the less well known but equally engaging musicals such as Carrie in 1995 written by Wesley Burrows of Glenroe fame. Carrie is set in Dublin around a window cleaner, a maid and an American actress. In 1998 they staged The Hired Man, the story of Melvyn Bragg's paternal grandparents set around the mines and lands of Cumbria. This was a show much loved by the cast and audience alike, and it won the society an AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) nomination for their choral singing. In 1999 they staged the Irish premiere of Meet Me in St Louis, the Judy Garland favourite. 2001 the society had a very successful show. With their production of Guys & Dolls came two AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) nominations. Tahlia Marvin for her portrayal of Sarah Browne and Marijka Walsh with her portrayal of Adelaide, the long suffering fiancee for which she won Best Comedienne.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary in 2007, KMDS performed the Lionel Bart classic Oliver. This show was a huge success with all performances sold out the week before the show opened!! Last year we staged The Best of Broadway and again a great success. The society performed songs from Broadway Smash Hits such as Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Joseph, Hello Dolly and Les Miserables to name a few. Kilmacud Musical & Dramatic Society have had many years of music, fun, friendship and entertainment which we hope will continue for the next 30 years...

Further details about the society are available here www.kilmacudmusicalsociety.ie

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ABOUT LOCAL EVENTS

Sandyford Soundings with Ballawley Lodge Wednesday 15th December Ballawley Lodge is pleased to announce a charity fund raiser on Wednesday 15th December in aid of Make a Wish Foundation. It will be an exciting night of a raffle, mulled wine, mince pies and discounted health vouchers available only on the night. Anna Perenna Clinic, Simply Bodywork, Nutrition Matters and Drake Chiropractic are looking forward to a festive night raising money for a worthwhile cause. For tickets please call Dr Ros Drake on 0868512910 or email ros@drakechiropractic.ie. Ballawley Lodge, Sandyford Road, Sandyford, D16. Irish Wildlife Trust Childrens Workshop 18 December Another month another adventure, this month on the 18 December the Irish Wildlife Trust are holding a craft workshop making creative gifts for Christmas out of natural/recycled materials in Bushy Park Terenure, Dublin, suitable for ages 6 and up. Begins at 11am -

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Sandyford Soundings with A Victorian Christmas Date: 15th December 16th December Time: 8pm In the Studio Price: €15/€12 Direct from Airfield House, join The Balally Players for some old- fashioned Christmas entertainment with song and laughter, a complimentary glass of mulled wine plus Mrs Overend’s famous mince pies! Book now. Sing-A-Long Sound of Music Date: Friday 31st Dec Time: 1pm Price: €17/€15 Family of 5 €60 For those not yet converted Sing-a-long-a Sound of music is a screening of the classic Julie Andeews film musical in glorious, fullscreen technicolour, complete withsubtitles sl that the whole audience can sing along. A fantastic afternoon for all the family! New Dublin Voices Date: Sunday 19th Dec Time: 8pm Price: €17/€15 (family of 5 €60) There’s nothing like a choir at Christmas! Whereever there are mince pies, mistletoe, excited children and Christmas trees, there’s always a choir singing that once-a-year music that everyone knows and loves so much. Come hear and sing along with New Dublin Voices in The Mill Theatre for the very first time where lyrics will be provided. The Three Tenors Date: Thurs 30th Dec Time: 8pm Price: €35 The trio John Scott, David Martin, Nigel Dugdale sing magical feel good songs their amazing voices and friendly approach bring a very warm atmosphere to their concert. They create a special rapport from the very start achieving standing ovations at the end of every concert.

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Tarotscopes by Mags ARIES The wonder of Christmas seems to go over your head. Preparations have taken precedence. Take time out to consider what means most to you. The heavens will assist you in your quest for happiness, but you must do the earthly necessities to bring about the desired outcome. Love says yes to a genuine proposal. Your heart has never been so happy. TAURUS Irrational fear may invoke you to say the opposite to what you really mean. Bringing light into the situation beforehand changes the mood. Unattached for the holidays? Fear not! Your inner self knows that this is universally corrected when the time is right. Your Christmas cheer reaches all. With roses, comes the gift of true love. Your business and house plans will come to fruition. Keep ploughing on: never giving up. GEMINI Taking the course towards higher management is the way to go now Gemini. Your business and personal ethics are impeccable and well recognised. A job which sees you travelling is on the table if you wish to pick up on it. This season sees you with the perfect gift of love. You accept without question. Your well deserved cash luck is wending its merry little way to you now. CANCER Someone who has passed on is with you in spirit at this happy, holy time. You are still so much loved. You are in the process of sorting finances and paperwork. All will come clear to you soon. An invitation to a seasonal party is not to be missed. This in turn leads to more. Unattached now? The universe is in the process of correcting that now. Sorting the Christmas for children is the catalyst to receiving your happiness. LEO Your world may have changed dramatically in the past year, but you are resilient and full of ideas to get you focussed again. Remember, necessity is the mother of invention and as such drives you to the ultimate goal. You are truly blessed this seasonal time. The yuletide celebrations have your name as a must attend. A second wedding of great importance is forecast. What you seem to have lost you will find. VIRGO The penny pinching may last a wee bit longer than you wish, but lessons are well learnt and serve you well into the future. It is okay to be ambitious, but be realistic as well. The future is based on the firm foundation stones you put down now. A short trip away sees you come back a lot more ready to get stuck into the festivities. Blasting the xmas music creates a wonderful, nostalgic ambience. News of a baby warms your heart.

LIBRA For the young at heart, the welcome onset of a new romance is to be cherished. Your friend needs you now as she feels very lonely. Assure her this is very temporary. This time of year puts you in a sentimental mood. Enjoy the memories as they are what makes you you1 you will be under pressure in business, but you need the time to get your ideas formulated. The business plan works all the better for taking time away from it. Happy Christmas! SCORPIO The important document you need is found and on its way to you now. You need to make a life changing decision as soon as possible. You fear too much and maybe need to lighten up a little. The season of hope and heart-warming sentiment is here and believe it or not, is yours to enjoy. Every blessed thing you do in life is a memory in the making. Your challenge is to make it a good one. Universal karma sends back what you sent out. A charity needs your help. SAGITTARIUS Heaven can help you with a legal matter if you ask. A younger suitor enters your life for good this time. Your are over the moon with happiness. This festive season is the time and the place to formulate your ideas of how you wish to spend your life: and get cracking on making that happen. You may have had your upsets in the past, but this is your future and needs careful nurturing to bring harmony and peace, coupled with success to full fruition. AQUARIUS Sending out a Christmas wish to all and sundry brings a special wish to you. An unexpected visitor warms your heart and you wish you had kept in touch. Your future plans to move house may be on the back boiler for now, but the future takes care of itself. All things come to you when you are ready to receive it. A love you thought gone may well return: be sure this is what you want, take time making decisions about who you want in your life for good. A choice is on the cards. CAPRICORN Your prayers are in the process of being answered. Your finances are nearing the end of a saga. Your love life is headed toward a satisfactory conclusion and your home situation is on the ladder to improvement. What more to do than revel in the wonders of the festive season. From the shops to the tree and the fireside: you have it all to look forward to. Making a to-do list puts more order into this demanding time. PISCES Visiting an old friend is on your list of festive treats. You have learnt much from your past experiences and they have made you who you are today. Bless and forgive the ones who hurt your feelings and truly move to your own way of living in accordance with your personal ethics. A job offer is on the cards and gives you hope for the foreseeable future. Its okay to love and be loved: stop looking for non-existent complications.

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The Meaning of Christmas by Margaret Noctor

Santa Clause is a magical delight for the children of the world and is eagerly awaited by the minions of innocents who believe without question that there is a wondrous benevolent and jolly being only waiting for sleep to overcome the excited expectation to expeditiously deposit an infinite abundance of toys to a world of eagerly awaiting children. The Christmas morning smiles on their faces shows us that the efforts we put in is more than worth it. It can take us back to our own childhood and invoke such memories of times gone by that it brings a nostalgic tear to the eye of the sentimental. The candles lit and the symbol of light and hope herald the Christmas day celebrations. This year of recession can bring stress and worry to an unprepared world, but the true meaning of hope can be echoed throughout the world in our thoughts and generosity towards those who are living with the shock of losing what wa s once thought of as secure employment. Christmas is a time, a place in the heart of all who love seasonal love and welcome abundance. Two thousand years ago, a child was born to the virgin Mary and thus history had its turning point, never to return to the desolate yearnings of salvation of a people awaiting the foretold messiah. Today, we the people of planet earth have the secure knowledge of salvation through the unconditional love of our saviour. Over the years, Christmas has become ever more commercialised and less meaningful. The Christmas tree, introduced into England by prince Albert, consort to Victoria, the then queen of England, has become worldwide, a must-have trend and has taken precedence over the crib, which is in effect the true reminder of what the birthday of the saviour should be; a celebration of love, hope and charity to all. In truth, the Christmas season is a time of brightening up a long and weary winter. What better way to cheer up the wintry weather than have heaven and its wondrous glories walk with us every step of the weary way?

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Article Title by Fiona Tuomey With the shops awash with special offers and the (early) start of the summer sales, I was reflecting on the wisdom of impulse shopping and bargain buying. When is a bargain not a bargain? When the garment is hanging in your wardrobe months later still with the tag on! With clothes shopping, as with any other purchases and especially in these cost conscious times, it is a good idea to pause before purchasing and consider how wearable the item is - how to decide? Cost per wear is a good way of determining whether something was a good buy or not. The outfits bought for special occasions such as the debs or a wedding are often in the category of worn once. The cost per wear for those garments is high unless another event allows for them to be worn and enjoyed again. By contrast, the new coat or dress that stretches the budget and has you pausing on your way to the till, may, if worn regularly, prove to be an inexpensive buy in the long run. The little cheap and cheerful tops and t-shirts that didn't cost much to start with but which don't survive more than 3 washes are probably relatively expensive if they have to be replaced regularly.

should have 4 tops, t-shirts or blouses to wear with it. Sound like a lot? Think of the number of t-shirts that you can probably throw on with your favourite jeans and you see the principle in operation. If you extend this principle to the rest of your wardrobe you see quite clearly what's missing that could be preventing you from getting the maximum wear out of your existing clothes. Sound complicated? Help is at hand. I specialise in assessing your personal style, taking into account your body shape, lifestyle and colour analysis. Wardrobe de-cluttering, where we identify new outfits from existing garments and personal shopping for the missing links are all part of the services. Getting the full use out of your wardrobe is my aim. Happy bargain hunting ladies!

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Dundrum Village Centre Main Street, Dundrum

PH: (01) 299 0092 We have another shop in Stepaside Village, Dublin 18

New Delicatessen opening end of November


About Sandyford Dec 2010