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welcome|resolution “A woman is like a tea bag—you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” ELEANOR ROOSEVELT October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962

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ELCOME TO THE SECOND ISSUE of ICA Home and Living magazine. We received a lot of positive feedback after the first issue last May and this one has been eagerly anticipated by Guilds and members around the country. I would like to thank former National President Liz Wall who helped to get the magazine off the ground earlier this year. I took up the role of National President after the AGM in May and I received many calls and cards wishing me well for my term of office. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for that support, it is greatly appreciated. I hit the ground running and I have been warmly received everywhere I go. It has been wonderful to have met so many of our members on the way. Being President of the Association is definitely a commitment of time and energy, but one that I am enjoying immensely. Being part of a team with Shirley Power, National Secretary; Mary MacNamara, National Treasurer and Susan Potts, Chair of the National Advisory Committee is the best way to ensure that we look after all of the different aspects of the largest national membership organisation of women in Ireland. In this issue readers will enjoy a stimulating mix of interesting features,

tasty recipes and fun competitions. You will enjoy a report on the second Brown Bread Baking competition which took place at the Ploughing in September. We have some great ideas for Christmas including fashion, baking, chutneys and some lovely crafts which are ideal for Christmas presents. There is a recipe for fruit soda as well as a very helpful article on warming dishes for the freezer. We’ve great interior’s ideas to warm up your living room, sort out your storage and refresh your kitchen. Our ICA news includes a focus on the Carlow Federation; a fun review of the origami craft class which took place in central office and a look at activities in An Grianán. ICA Home and Living is an excellent showcase of what we do best in ICA but it is also a lovely way of introducing our friends and family to the world of ICA and hopefully encouraging them to join our Association too. Please get in contact as we would love to hear your feedback, and happy reading!

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Being President of the Association is definitely a commitment of time and energy, but one that I am enjoying immensely.

Marie O’Toole National President

EDITOR Mary Connaughton CONTRIBUTORS Rachel Murray, Conor Forrest, Jane Quinn, Orla Connoly CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jane Matthews DESIGN Jennifer Reid PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE Nicole Ennis

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CHRISTMAS CRAFTERS

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PARTY WHERE?

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AERIAL VIEW

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Fabulous sugar craft and gorgeous glass in an amazing craft and laughter filled weekend at An Grianán

Get ready for fun with these showstopping party looks. From elegant evenings to a night on the tiles we’ve got you covered

Best selling author Patricia Scanlan shares insights into dealing with life’s challenges. Plus a chance to win a copy of her new book

Our tasty, warming dishes are ideal for weeknight feeds, scrumtious Sunday lunches and fantastic freezer fillers for a well fed winter

BAKING SPECIAL

COMPETITIONS!!

Sugar and spice and all things nice that’s what the delicious goodies in our festive baking special are made from. We’ve even got a couple of special treats for gluten free diets.

Win a two night stay in a superior room in the Croke Park Hotel in Dublin. A surefire winner for sports fans, shopping enthuasiats or culture vultures.

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FREEZER FILLERS

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WINTER 2015

FOOD 12

Fruit Soda Fresh from the oven of An Grianán’s Len Johnson

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Bottle It Great recipes for tasty chutneys and apricot mincemeat

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Spice Up Your Life Our guide to the best spices and their uses

30 Sunday Lunch Fill the kitchen with the aroma of mediteranean chicken and chorizo bake

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CRAFT

33 Craft Challenge How would our magazine writers fare at an ICA craft workshop? We sent two to give origami a go, what could possibly go wrong... 46 Staying on Course What’s happening in An Grianán in 2016?

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INTERIOR WORLD 71

Interior Desires Our best picks to give your home a warm, rosy glow

73 Kitchen Makeover Truly the heart of the home — isn’t it time to give your kitchen some TLC? 77 Storage Hacks Rein in the mess before the guests arrive (mayhem begins) with our great storage hacks

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FASHION & BEAUTY 53 Wooly Jumpers A fresh take on knitwear to keep you snuggley but stylish in chilly weather 57 Winter Warmers Great coats to put a smile on your faces whatever the weather 59 Height Required Stunning shoes to help you conqure the world 61

Long and Short Bossy boots to stomp around in all winter

67 Angel Face Look and smell divine with our inspiration for radiant beauty and heavenly scents

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ESCAPE

78 48 Hours in Galway Your guide to gallivanting in Galway and getting some culture in too! 80 12 Stays of Christmas Ditch the housework and wave goodbye to the pressure when you check in to our fabulous Christmas hideaways 86 Motoring Our resident petrolhead on his top models for 2016 and tips on trading-in your old wheels

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Welcome National President Marie O’Tooel welcomes you to the second issue of ICA Home & Living

Winter 2015

& Living

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PARTY POPPERS

FAB FASHION & BRILLIANT BEAUTY

FREEZER FRIENDLY DINNERS

CRAFT CRAZY

PAPER-GLASS-SUGAR

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GETTING CRAFTY BEHIND THE SCENES AT HANDCRAFT WEEK

Tea & Chat Grab a cuppa and settle down it’s time to relax Little Helpers Stay on track with smart buys and useful apps

10 Daily Disasters Clove love and Christmas diplomacy 49 Federation Focus What make’s the Carlow Federation so special? 93 Winter Wellbeing Great ideas for keeping in tip-top shape and rude health this winter

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2 NIGHTS IN DUBLIN

Chocolate &

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NAUGHTY BUT NICE FESTIVE BAKING

BETWEEN THE COVERS WITH PATRICIA SCANLAN

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On the Cover CHRISTMAS COOKIES

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Stir your senses This heart-warming meal is one that the entire family will enjoy, and the best bit is that it can be made ahead of time.

Catherine Fulvio

3 tbsp flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper 600g diced beef 100g diced pancetta 2 medium red onions, finely chopped 3 medium carrots, sliced 2 stalks celery, sliced 2 medium potatoes, diced 2 tbsp tomato puree 300ml good quality craft beer 500ml beef stock 2 medium bay leaves 3 medium sprigs rosemary ½ orange, peel only ½ tsp sugar Rapeseed oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Beef & Beer oven casserole Preheat the Whirlpool oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/gas 4. Place the flour, salt and freshly ground black pepper into a medium size plastic bag. Add the diced beef and shake until the meat is lightly coated with seasoned flour. Dust off the excess flour. Heat the oil a medium size oven proof casserole on the hob and add the meat in batches. Brown the beef on all sides before transferring to a clean plate. Then add the onions, carrots, celery, potatoes and stir in the tomato puree, cook for 2 minutes, stirring from time to time. Return the seared beef to the casserole, pour over the beer and stock. Add the bay leaf, sprigs of rosemary, sugar and orange peel. Bring to the boil. Check the seasoning, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper if required.Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and place the lid on the casserole, transfer to the preheated oven for 2 hours or until the beef is tender. Stir often and once the beef is tender, remove the bay leaves, orange peel and rosemary sprigs. Check the seasoning, adding salt and freshly ground black pepper if required. Allow to stand for about 5 to 6 minutes with the lid on before serving with garlic mashed potatoes. Tip: Add ½ tsp crushed cumin seeds and ½ tsp paprika for that extra warm flavour.

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chat|tea MULL IT OVER

OVERHEARD

Light the fire, draw the curtains and settle down for a relaxing evening with friends and a warming glass of mulled wine.

Some words of wisdom overheard at a recent ICA gathering. You know who you are! “Men – God made

750cl red wine 50g demerara sugar 1 orange, sliced 1 stick of cinnamon 2 cloves

Bake Off

Place all of the ingredients into a non-reactive saucepan and heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat before it boils. Pour into heat-resistant glasses and serve with ginger biscuits. See page 20.

them the way they are, they’re dodos, we just have to look after them as best we can.” SEND YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM TO: editor@icahomeandliving.ie

Light my Fire

Roscommon Win All Ireland This year’s search for Ireland’s best brown bread baker was more hotly contested than the All Ireland! By August the regional finalists were elbow-deep in wholemeal flour at An Grianán where eight finalists were selected to compete for the title and a plethora of great prizes, generously sponsored by Aldi, at the National Ploughing Championships in September. Margaret Sexton of Roscommon was the supreme winner and the judges praised the traditional appearance and perfect texture of her brown bread. The triumphant baker walked away with a €5,000 prize (€2,500 Aldi vouchers and €2,500 cash). Her brown bread will also be stocked in all Aldi stores in Ireland for a minimum of six months.

EVER TRIED? SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE Add a pinch of chili powder, a pinch of cinnamon and a couple of squares of your favourite chocolate to a cup with powdered chocolate. Pour over scalded milk and stir. Serve with whipped cream.

GET SEEN

If you’ve any great photos that you’d like included in futures issues of the magazine let us know we will arrange to get them from you and back to you unharmed!

CUTTING THE MUSTARD SPICED APPLE JUICE The perfect non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine. Simmer good quality apple juice with a cinnamon stick, a couple of cloves and finely sliced orange zest.

The Marshes Guild, Dundalk on their visit to Dáil Éireann this summer where they met local Senator Mary Moran.

Well our archive has thrown up a great photo taken in An Grianán, circa 1995. Those pictured are participants at classes sponsored by Calor Gas. If you can throw any further light on who is in the photo or have any memories about the classes please drop us an email.

SPICED CRANBERRY JUICE Crisp and sharply refreshing with a dry aftertaste, cranberry juice is perfect with sliced oranges and juniper berries. Serve alone over ice or with a dash of port or gin.

Add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with these hot numbers. Mustard is a vibrant and stylish way to lift black, teal, burgundy or dark brown winter outfits. WINTER WOOLIES To take care of your woolens hand wash when necessary and avoid dry cleaning. Brush over with a nail brush to remove piling and hang on padded hangers.

SEND THOSE NAMES TO: editor@ icahomeandliving.ie

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little helpers FOUR TIME SAVING GADGETS WE NEED THIS WINTER Cooking dinner for 12 and making cakes for half the town? The next few months are a busy time for many ICA ladies. We have four gagets guaranteed to save time without cutting corners. This good looking Kenwood 500 watt kmix stand mixer, €549, Littlewoods, comes with a 500 watt motor capable of tackling any job, including heavy dough loads. Its fold function ensures ingredients are perfectly incorporated. Stuck for a gift for your hostess? These gorgeous copper J by Jasper Conran measuring spoons, €12, Debenhams, are a kitchen essential. Takes the guesswork out of your baking process. This Cake Boss preparation mat, €16.80, Brown Thomas, features convenient measurement guides printed right on the mat Including 6, 8, 9 and 10 inch diameter guides, border ruled guides plus a dry and liquid measurement equivalents chart. The Joseph Joseph 9-piece nest, €59.95, Harvey Norman, has been designed to ensure maximum practicality and superb space saving. It comprises two mixing bowls, sieve, colander and measuring spoons. Each element can be stacked together in a nest form, taking up as little counter space as possible.

Eco-quandary I know Christmas lights waste electricity, but I just love them. My children tell me it’s time to switch over to LED. What do you think? Christmas in general is never eco-friendly. It is true however that incandescent lights use a pretty significant amount of electricity. LEDs use much less energy and last as much as 10 times longer. LED bulbs don’t pose the

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same fire risk as the incandescent kind. There are a couple of real problems with LED lights, of course. First, they can be more expensive although in the long term, they’re a money-saver. Second, LED bulbs may not burn quite as brightly as the old-style light. Scaling down your lights, both in the number of hours you keep them on and in the number of strings you put up, is also a good move.

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daily disasters

My daughter-in-law has invited us for Christmas but I just love having the whole family over. We’ve loads more room and the grandchildren have a ball. How can I tackle this tactfully!

Clove Love Heaven scent The gorgeous aroma of cloves is incredibly warming and soothing, but did you ever stop to wonder where they come from? The clove is the dried, unopened flower bud of the evergreen clove tree, native to the Moluccas (Spice) Islands. It now grows more widely in Asia, India and the Middle East and is a distinctive seasoning in each of their cuisines. So what can you get out of the jar of cloves lurking in your cupboard? Well you could kick things off with a hot toddy, stud a slice of lemon with a couple of cloves, add to a heat proof glass with a teaspoon of honey and a shot of whisky, top up with boiling water allow to infuse and enjoy. Make a pomander to fragrance your wardrobe or room by studding a fresh orange with cloves and tying with ribbon, leave in the hot press to dry. Pop a clove or two into your home made Bolognese sauce or beef stew and let it intensify the meaty flavour. Make a tea for a chest cold with one teabag, two cloves, a stick of cinnamon and a cardamom pod, infuse and drink. Clove oil is very potent so use sparingly — gargle with a few drops of clove oil in water to treat a sore throat and banish bad breath. The antibacterial properties of a tiny drop will ease a toothache or mouth ulcers. Add a teaspoon of clove oil to a litre of water to remove mould from window frames and walls. A couple of drops in tea will aid a dodgy digestion and reduce flatulence. And last but not least ladies, cloves are a powerful aphrodisiac.

I’m afraid you can’t tackle this tactfully but you might be able to reach a compromise that will give you the best of both worlds. You say you’ve always had the whole family for Christmas but if you think about it, when you were first married you probably spent alternating years with your parents and your husband’s. Probably, until you had children of your own and wanted to spend Christmas in your own home where your children could get up at the crack of dawn, enjoy the excitement of Santa Claus, play with their toys, and be put down for a nap if it all got too much. You see where I’m going with this don’t you? Your daughter-in-law just wants to create the same type of Christmas for her family. That’s not to say that you can’t host a special Christmas celebration that becomes a tradition of its own. There are ample opportunities to hold a fantastic late lunch on Christmas Eve when the adults can kick back and relax and the children will be on their best behaviour in excited anticipation of Santa’s arrival. Or have a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration with a buffet of fabulous food and great music. Just make it your own. You may also find that after one year of juggling Santa, exhausted kids, and the whole nine yards with the turkey, trimmings and general mayhem, she’ll be beating down your door next year!

My teenage grandsons tend to ask for money instead of a gift. I understand that they have their own taste in clothes and music but I hate giving money as a gift — it’s so impersonal. A gift of money does lack the personal touch yet it’s probably the most requested by this age group. Mainly because they don’t know what they want until they see it or because they’ve something in mind that they’re saving for. You could offer to take them shopping to their favourite shop but be prepared to be fleeced! Or you could suggest a birthday treat of a trip to see a match, visit a city or place they’re interested in, or head out and try a new experience together. Who knows, maybe you’ll both love kite-surfing or quad-biking. It’s certainly likely to provide more laughs and memories than the cash gift.

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THE ICA WAY

FRUIT SODA An GrianĂĄn chef, Len Johnson shares the recipe for his famous fruit soda.

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ot as ancient as you might think, soda bread only made it into the Irish kitchen around 1840 when bread soda was first introduced to Ireland. Before long it became a popular farmhouse staple due to the simplicity of its ingredients and the speed and ease of making it. Traditionally it would have been cooked on a griddle or in a cast iron pot on an open hearth. The soda bread would have been made several times a week and was generally eaten with the main meal. Different regions are associated with different shapes of soda bread, the round with the cross is associated with the more southern counties while the tradition of cutting the round into four triangles and cooking each separately on the griddle was method favoured by northern counties. Traditional soda bread is also eaten in Scotland and in Serbia where they hide a coin in the bread that is eaten at Christmas dinner – the finder is guaranteed great luck for the coming year!

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baking|skills FRUIT SODA Makes a 500g loaf

An Grianán chef, Len Johnson

340g plain flour 25g butter 15g caster sugar ½ tsp bread soda 1 small egg, beaten 500ml buttermilk* 75g sultanas

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Preheat oven to 165°C and prepare a loaf tin or baking tray depending on whether you want a loaf or a round. Rub the butter into the flour, sugar and bread soda. Add the egg, sultanas and buttermilk a little at a time and mix to make a moist dough that’s pliant but not too wet and sticky (*you may not need all of the buttermilk). Do not knead the dough. Place the dough in a tin, gently work it to fit or place as a round on a baking tray and cut a cross in the top. Place in the oven without delay. Cook for 35 minutes. Test by tapping the bottom of the loaf, it should sound hollow if cooked through. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cover the loaf with a clean tea towel while cooling to prevent the crust from hardening. Serve while still warm with fresh butter.

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Chutney Recipes

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The recipe above can be cooked without the sultanas or sugar for a plain soda.

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Give it a savoury twist by adding 50g of grated cheddar, half a finely chopped onion and a tsp of thyme to the plain soda mix.

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Bring some Mediterranean sunshine by adding 2 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tsp paprika and 1 tbs chopped sun dried tomatoes.

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Spice up your fruit soda. Top with 1 tbs caster sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice sprinkled over the top which has been brushed with milk before baking.

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Add 50g chopped dark chocolate and 15g chopped crystallised ginger to your plain soda for a special treat

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Bottle It Chutney conjures up a sensation of vibrant relishes, bursting with sharp flavours, yielding to the mellow, succulence and warmth of fruit and vegetables captured in their prime. RHUBARB CHUTNEY

BLACKCURRANT CHUTNEY

From

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Mairead O’Carroll, Cork Federation YIELDS 3-4 JARS

Marion Lyon, Cavan Federation YIELDS 2-3 JARS

1kg rhubarb 225g chopped onion 225g sultanas 750g sugar 2 tsp mustard powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp salt ½ tsp chilli flakes

450g blackcurrants 450g moist brown sugar 120g chopped seedless raisins 30g crushed mustard seeds 30g onion chopped 1 tbsp ground ginger 2 tsp salt 285ml distilled white vinegar

Prepare 3-4 sterilised jars for bottling. Cut rhubarb into 3cm pieces and place in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Add the other ingredients and stir to combine. Place on a medium heat, increasing gently as the fruit softens and the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Reduce to a simmer and cook for an hour to an hour and a half, stirring occasionally, until it is a golden brown colour and jam like consistency. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before potting into the sterile jars. Cover with wax discs and lits and store in a cool dark place for at least a week or two to allow the flavours to develop. Delicious with toasted cheese sandwiches or as a side dish with curry.

Prepare sterilised jars. Cover the currants with the vinegar and cook gently until they are tender. Let them cool. Then add all of the other ingredients, stir well to combine. Bring to the boil and continue to boil for about 10 minutes stirring gently. When the desired consistency is reached remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Bottle in sterillised jars and seal carefully when cold. Great with venison, game pie or roast duck.

ICA TIP The true flavours of a good chutney need a couple of weeks to fully develop. So make sure you make enough to store along with a batch to sample right away for those of you with no patience!

FIG CHUTNEY From

Mary Connaughton, Food Fanatic YIELD 4-5 JARS

250g soft, brown sugar 1kg fresh figs 130ml malt vinegar 130ml red wine vinegar 2 tbs balsamic vinegar 3 tbs port (optional) 250g onion, chopped 250g sultanas 1 orange, juice and zest 1tp fresh ginger, finely grated or chopped 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cumin ½ tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed ½ tsp cracked black pepper Prepare sterilised jars. Remove the tough stems from the figs and chop coarsely. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine all of the ingredients, apart from the figs, and stir well to combine. Place over a medium heat and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat and bring to the boil stirring occasionally. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes then add the figs and continue to cook for 10-15 minutes until the fruit has softened and it has reached a jam like consistency. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Spoon into sterillised jars and, when cool, cover with a wax disc and lid. Store in a cool, dark cupboard for 2-3 weeks to allow the flavours to develop. Use within six months. Great with hard, sharp cheese such as good cheddar or pecorino, baked ham, roast pork or black pudding.

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GET JARRED Chutneys make fantastic gifts so make sure to hoard any unusual or interesting jars you get during the year. Follow the usual instructions for potting the chutney and finish with home made labels and decorative ribbon or string and brown luggage labels for a more rustic charm.

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BE A GLUTTON

Don’t restrict your chutney making to the winter months. Plan to make seasonal chutneys whenever there is a glut of produce such as spring rhubarb or cauliflower, summer ripe tomatoes and aubergines, autumn plums or berries and winter pears or apples. You’ll have delicious seasonal produce for the table all year round.

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skills | preserves ICA TIP The mincemeat will need to stand for two days, being stirred occasionally, before being bottled.

APRICOT MINCEMEAT From

Marion Lyon, Cavan Federation YIELDS 4-5 JARS

FRUITY CHUTNEY From

Kay Brennan, Kilkenny Federation

BEETROOT CHUTNEY From

YIELD 4 JARS

YIELDS 4-5 JARS

1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped 850ml vinegar 1kg sugar 500g sultanas 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tbsp mustard 1 tsp salt 1 tbsp curry powder ½ tsp cayenne pepper Prepare sterilised jars. Place the apples and vinegar in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook until the apples are pulped. Add the sugar, sultanas, finely chopped onion and remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Test and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Remove from the heat and cool before pouring into sterilised jars. Cover with a wax disc and seal with a lid. Try with pork, good sausages or sausage rolls.

Mary Power, South Tipperary Federation

500g beetroot, cooked, peeled and cubed 250g cooking apples, peeled and chopped 250g onions, finely chopped 250g sugar 280ml white vinegar ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper Prepare sterilised jars. Place the apples, onion and vinegar in a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook for 15 minutes until the apples have collapsed. Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Add the beetroot and seasoning and continue to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool before potting in sterilised jars. Cover with wax disc and airtight lid. Store in a cool dark cupboard. Great with cooked ham, feta or goats cheese, or cold chicken.

ICA TIP When making chutney you can keep the fruit and vegetables slightly firmer and chunkier by heating the sugar in a stainless steel bowl in a low to moderate oven for 15 minutes before adding to the fruit or vegetables. This reduces the cooking time of the chutney, or jam and therefore more fruit and vegetables stay intact.

60g crystallized sugar 240g dried apricots 240g raisins 180g sultanas 180g currants 60g mixed peel 60g  balanced  almonds chopped 240g cooking apples, peeled, cored and grated 3 oranges, juice and zest 2 lemons, juice and zest 240g soft, light brown sugar 350g carrots, peeled and grated 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp ground mixed spice 150ml brandy 60ml rum or Madeira Prepare the sterilised jars. Finely chop ginger, apricots, raisins and sultanas and put them into a large bowl with the currants, mixed peel and almonds. Place the apples into a separate bowl and mix in the orange and lemon rinds and juices, then stir into the chopped fruit with the sugar. Next, add the carrots to the mix along with the spices, brandy and rum. When everything is evenly mixed, cover the bowl and leave the mincemeat to stand for 2 days, stirring it several times a day. Transfer the mincemeat to sterilised jars, cover with a disc of waxed paper, waxed side down, then top with an airtight lid. Label, store in a cool, dark place for 4 weeks before using. It will keep unopened for up to 6 months. Use to fill tarts and pies.

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n the tropical hillsides of Indonesia, life is sweet and deliciously slow. That’s why we give our laid back cinnamon trees up to 15 years to develop their warm, aromatic flavour. Only when they’re good and ready do we carefully select the very best. So the next time you’re busy whipping-up a festive treat, remember to take your time, slow it down, and add a flavoursome sprinkling of magical Christmas dust. That’s what we call, Schwartz Cinnamon.

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skills|spice

Spices Flavours and uses

Love the exotic flavours of spices but stumped when you see the array on sale? Our quick guide will set you straight and inspire you to spice things up.

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FLAVOUR: Also known as Jamaican pepper, it combines the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Great in both sweet and savoury cooking. USE IN: Apple dishes or combine with crushed garlic, salt, lemon and oil to make a marinade for roast chicken.

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FLAVOUR: The outer aril of the nutmeg, mace is a more concentrated, intense spice. It adds an amber colour and mellow warm flavour. USE IN: Sweet pastries with dried fruit and honey and in North African dishes like tagines and bean & vegetable stews.

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STAR ANISE

FLAVOUR: Highly fragrant with notes of anise and clove it’s the aroma associated with Chinese cooking and is one of the spices in Chinese five-spice. USE IN: Combine with soy, ginger and honey in stir-fries. Add to pickles and chutneys for fragrant warmth. See our chutney recipes on page 14.

WHERE TO BUY The main supermarkets all stock a good range of quality spices such as Schwartz. If you use large quantities or get through your supply quickly look for Asian food stores such as Asia Market in Drury Street, Dublin 2 or Pinoy stores in Turners Cross, Cork; Capel Street, Dublin 1 or Pinoy Sari Sari in Georges Street Upper, Dun Laoghaire. Try your local Irish Country Market or farmers market for spice sellers and the key city markets like Limerick Milk Market, English Market in Cork; and Galway Market. Good deli’s and health-food stores stock spices too. Buy whole spices or spice blends online at Cork based company greensaffron.com; Tiger stores around the country also have a range of spices.

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CLOVES

FLAVOUR: Zingy, fresh and hot. USE IN: Infuse in hot water with lemon and honey for colds, nausea or morning sickness. Add grated ginger and garlic to Indian or Asian dishes. Candied ginger is great in cakes and cookies and pickled ginger with sushi.

CARDAMOM PODS

FLAVOUR: Slightly camphorous, woody aroma, known for its uplifting qualities. Each pod contains pungent black seeds. USE IN: Use whole in Indian chicken masala or pulao rice. Infuse with ginger to make a tea or use the crushed seeds in ginger biscuits or macaroons.

FLAVOUR: Warm, woody and aromatically spicy. USE IN: Stud the scored fat of a joint of ham with whole cloves and brush with a honey and orange mix before baking. Infuse three whole cloves and half an onion with 500ml boiling milk before using to make béchamel or bread sauce. More about cloves on page 10.

CORIANDER SEEDS

FLAVOUR: Widely grown around the world, the seeds of this herb impart a woody, citrus aroma that becomes nutty when roasted and ground. USE IN: Either whole or ground in curries, chilies and stews. Ground coriander is great in marinade for lamb or chicken along with cumin, salt, lemon, garlic and oil.

BUYING & HANDLING Buy spices in shops with brisk trade, where the jars have not been sitting on the shelves for months. Store in airtight containers or glass jars in a cool dark cupboard away from direct sunlight. Whole spices last longer than ground spices and can be roasted before grinding to intensify their flavour. Grow your own mustard or IN ASSOCIATION WITH coriander and you’ll have the leaves as herbs and then the seeds once the plants have flowered.

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spice|skills

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food|baking

Chocolate &

Home baked cookies and brownies are year-round favourites in our household so we’ve given some of our all-time winners a seasonal makeover. The bonus is that with a bundle of clear cellophane and festive ribbons you’ve got some great Christmas gifts, just add a gift tag and you’re done. Don’t forget to leave some out for Santa!

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CHRISTMAS COOKIES There are a few optional elements that you can add to create different batches if you like variety – you can divide the main dough into four batches and add one additional element to each batch.

INGREDIENTS 60g oats 300g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 130g demerara sugar 130g butter, softened 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g hazelnuts, toasted and chopped 100g dark chocolate chips

OPTIONAL ELEMENTS 20g crystallised ginger, finely chopped 30g candied orange peel 1 tsp allspice 1 tbs fine powdered instant coffee

Preheat the oven to 165°C and line two or three baking trays with parchment or silicone paper. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large mixing bowl and combine well. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla to the mixture and beat in carefully. Stir in the flour to the mixture a tablespoon at a time until combined. Add the hazelnuts and chocolate chips and stir through until evenly distributed. At this point, if you are making different varieties divide the dough into batches and work in the other ingredient(s). Use a spoon to portion the dough into 48 evenly sized balls. Evenly space the cookies 2-3cm apart on the trays do not flatten them. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. When completely cool pack in an airtight container or wrap in cellophane. Makes 48

ICA TIP Make sure cookies are well baked and properly cooled before packing to ensure they stay crisp for longer.

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food|baking CHRISTMAS BROWNIES 250g unsalted butter, chopped into cubes 200g chocolate, broken into pieces 50g dried fruit, chopped (apricots, cranberries, cherries or figs) 50g toasted nuts, chopped (almonds, hazelnuts,

COCONUT HAY STACKS* walnuts or pistachios) 70g plain flour 70g cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 350g golden caster sugar 4 eggs, beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbs icing sugar

400g sweetened shredded coconut 400g sweetened condensed milk 2 large egg whites 1 tsp vanilla extract ¼ tsp salt 100g dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 160°C and prepare a 25cm square cake tin or a rectangular swiss- roll tin by lining with baking parchment or silicone paper. Break the chocolate into small pieces and chop the butter into cubes then place in a heat resistant bowl or pudding basin over a pan of simmering water. Ensure the water is not in contact with the bowl. Stir gently until all of the chocolate and butter are melted and combined. Now mix in the chopped dried fruit and nuts and stir until evenly dispersed. In a large bowl, sieve the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and add the sugar. Add this mix to the chocolate and stir well to combine. Beat the eggs and vanilla extract together then add to the mix. Stir in gently until well mixed and you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for 30 minutes until cooked but still springy to touch. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin before cutting. Dust with icing sugar and serve. Makes 24

Preheat the oven to 160°C. Thoroughly combine the shredded coconut, condensed milk and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat the egg whites and salt until they form stiff peaks. Fold the beaten egg whites into the coconut mix a spoonful at a time, taking care not to knock the air out of the mix. Line two backing sheets with parchment or silicone paper. Use two spoons to scoop small mounds of the mixture onto the baking sheets. Keep each one about 2-3cms apart and shape into a rough haystack. Bake for about 25 minutes until they are tinged golden brown. Check at about 15 or 20 minutes to ensure they are not over cooking. When ready remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a bowl and dip the base of each haystack in it to coat. Place back on the lined baking sheet and place in the fridge for 5 minutes to set. Makes 24

HONEY LOAF WITH ORANGE SYRUP AND WALNUTS

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CHOCOLATE SPICE CAKE*

1 orange zest and juice 1 lemon zest and juice 200g caster sugar 7 tbs honey 225g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing the tin 225g self-raising flour

4 large eggs, beaten 60g walnut halves 1 tsp lemon juice 2 star anise (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 8 x 21cm loaf tin with baking parchment or silicone paper. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs a little at a time until all combined with the butter and sugar mix. Add in 2tbs of the honey and half of the orange zest and 1tsp each of the lemon zest and lemon juice. Sieve in the flour and add half the orange zest. Chop the walnuts reserving 5 halves to decorate. Add the chopped walnuts to the cake batter and mix. Pour the batter into the loaf tin and level the surface with a spoon. Bake for 30 minutes then press the reserved walnuts into the top to decorate before returning to the oven for 15 minutes more or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and transfer the loaf from the tin to a wire rack to cook. To make the syrup; heat the 5tbs honey in a small pan with 2tbs orange juice 1tsp lemon juice and 1tsp orange zest along with the star anise if using. Simmer for two minutes then taste and adjust the amount of orange or lemon to taste and removing the star anise. Drizzle a little syrup over the cake before serving, pour the remainder into a jug and serve with the cake. Serves 8-10

150g dark chocolate, chopped 150g butter, cubed and at room temperature 6 eggs, room temperature 250g light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g ground almonds 1 tsp mixed spice

1 orange, zest and juice TO DECORATE 70g dark chocolate, chopped 70ml single cream knob of butter (optional) 1 tsp ground almonds 1 tsp icing sugar Star shaped sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Line a 23cm cake tin with baking parchment or silicone paper. To make the cake, melt the butter and chocolate together in a heat resistant bowl over a pot of boiling water and when completely melted and combined set aside. Use a mixer to beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla until pale, frothy and doubled in volume. Add the ground almonds, spice, orange zest and juice to the egg mixture and fold in gently to keep as much air in the mixture as possible. Add the melted chocolate and butter mixture and fold through until it’s a uniform colour. Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes – as it’s a flour-less cake it will not rise substantially but should have a firm surface and yielding centre. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. For the topping, heat the cream to boiling point and pour over the chopped chocolate, stir to create a smooth ganache, add a knob of butter to give it more of a sheen. Pour the ganache over the cooled cake and spread with a pallet knife. Mix the icing sugar and ground almonds in a saucer then sprinkle pinches over the top of the cake and decorate with the star shaped sprikles. Serves 8-10

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ICA TIP baking|food The coconut haystacks and chocolate spice cake are both gluten free.

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food|baking Sunday CHRISTMAS MUFFINS WITH BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE MUFFINS 250g plain flour 100g caster sugar 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp mixed spice or ground cinnamon 125ml milk 75ml vegetable oil 1 large egg Zest of one orange 50g dried cranberries 50g candied orange peel 100g toasted whole almonds, roughly chopped BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE 150ml cream 150g light brown sugar 50g salted butter, cubed 1 tsp vanilla extract

MILLIONAIRES SHORTBREAD SHORTBREAD 190g butter 80g caster sugar 250g plain flour

3 tbs golden syrup 300ml condensed milk DECORATION 100g dark chocolate, chopped

CARAMEL 180g butter 70g caster sugar Line a 22cm square cake tin with baking parchment or silicone paper. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C. For the shortbread beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Sieve in the flour, little by little, and stir to form a soft-dough. Roll lightly to the size of the cake tin and place inside, using your hands to spread the dough to edges. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until it’s a pale biscuit colour. Remove from the oven but leave in the tin. Make the caramel by placing the butter, sugar, golden syrup and condensed milk into a good sized saucepan. Heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has

dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to a rolling simmer, cook for 7 minutes, stirring to ensure it does not catch. The colour will change to a dark golden and it will have thickened when it is ready. Pour the caramel over the shortbread in the cake tin and allow it to set. Then melt the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave and drizzle over the surface of the caramel with a spoon to create criss-cross patterns. Allow the chocolate to set, carefully remove from the tin and slice into fingers or squares. Makes 12

fingers or 24 squares

Preheat the oven to 190°C and line a 12 large or 18 small muffin tin. Combine all of the dry ingredients, except the dried fruit and almonds, in a bowl along with the orange zest and mix well. Beat the milk, egg and oil together in a jug. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix lightly until barely combined. Add in the dried fruits and chopped almonds and stir through gently. Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place the muffins on a wire rack to cool. For the butterscotch sauce place all of the ingredients into a saucepan. Place on a medium heat and stir gently until combined and cook for 5 minutes, increase the heat and bring the sauce to boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and continue to cook, stirring frequently for 7 minutes until thickened. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature before pouring into a serving jug. Serve with the muffins or over vanilla ice-cream or Madeira cake! Makes 12 large or 18 small

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ICA TIP This sauce will keep for ten days in the fridge, so make double and have it on standby. Reheat in the microwave for a minute or in a small saucepan over a gentle heat.

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food|weeknights

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Chilled out mid-week meals

Dark and rain lashed winter evenings call for quick but satisfying dinners with flavours at full volume. Get ahead of the game by preparing double quantities and filling your freezer with oven ready dishes to see you through the week.

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he supermarket aisles may be chock a block with ready meals but they rarely deliver the satisfaction of a good home cooked dinner, not to mention the additives and cost. With home cooking you can be assured that the meals you feed your family are good and well balanced. You can balance the flavours to your taste and add more nutritious vegetables and pulses to your dishes than you’ll ever find in packaged alternatives. Many people choose the supermarket option for the convenience factor but with a little pre-planning you can have a your own selection of delicious ready meals to see you through those nights when you need dinner on the table pronto and it had better be good! Batch cook when you have a bit of time at the weekend or cook double and stock the freezer. See our freezer food tips on page 30.

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Baked seafood chowder

Beef and mushroom stew with cheese

Chicken Saltimbocca

Fish cakes with garlic and caper mayonnaise

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo

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Monday BAKED SEAFOOD CHOWDER 1 large onion, peeled and diced 2 sticks of celery, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 potatoes, peeled and diced 1 leek, washed and very finely sliced 1½ litres fish or vegetable stock 200ml fresh cream 300ml white wine 200g smoked haddock

200g fresh salmon 200g fresh cod or fresh haddock 50g smoked salmon (optional) 500g mussels, scrubbed 2 tbs fresh parsley, dill or tarragon, chopped 1 tsp black pepper, cracked 250g fresh white breadcrumbs 50g butter 3 tbs cooking oil

Place a large deep saucepan or wok on a moderate heat and add the cooking oil. Gently sweat the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes for about 10 minutes until soft but not coloured. Add half the white wine and cook down for two minutes then add the stock and cream and season with the black peeper. Allow to come to a strong simmer before adding the fish, skin side down, submerge in the liquid and cook for 5-10 minutes until just cooked and opaque. Remove the fish from the vegetable and sauce mix and set aside to cool. When cool remove the skin and flake the fish gently, removing any bones as you go. Continue cooking the sauce over a gentle heat. In a separate pan put the remaining white wine and the shredded leeks and bring to a quick boil, add the mussels and cover the pan, cook for 4 minutes shaking occasionally. Remove from the heat, allow them to cool and then remove most of the mussels from their shells. Add the mussel meat to the flaked fish along with some of the cooked shredded leeks. Reserve about 12 in their shells to garnish if using the chowder straight away. The sauce should have thickened to the consistency of single cream. Add the flaked fish and mussel meat and some of the shredded leeks to the sauce along with half of the herbs and stir gently to combine. Melt the butter in a microwaveable dish then add the breadcrumbs, pepper and the rest of the herbs. When the chowder is cold transfer to a freezer proof pyrex or ceramic dish and top with the breadcrumb mix. Cover and freeze until required. If using straight away pop the chowder with the breadcrumb topping into a preheated oven 170°C and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown on top and bubbling beneath, quickly heat the reserved mussels and use to garnish. Serve with home made brown bread or crusty baguette and a green salad. From frozen place in the fridge overnight to defrost thoroughly then cook as above adding 5-10 minutes to the cooking time if necessary. Serves 6

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food|weeknights Tuesday

Wednesday

BEEF AND MUSHROOM STEW WITH CHEDDAR MASH

SPANISH CHICKEN AND CHORIZO

1kg stewing beef, cubed 3 tbs plain flour 1 large onion, diced 2 sticks of celery, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 200g mushrooms, sliced 1 litres beef stock 2 tins of tomatoes 1 tbs fresh thyme

1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt 4-5 tbs vegetable oil 1kg potatoes, freshly cooked and mashed 50g butter 100g finely grated cheddar 100ml milk 1 egg, beaten

6-8 chicken thighs, skin removed 200g chorizo sausage 2 red peppers, sliced 1 red onion, sliced 300g cherry tomatoes, halved 500g baby potatoes, halved 2 cloves of garlic, sliced

1 tbs honey 2 tbs red wine vinegar 2 tsp smoked paprika 1tsp salt 3 tbs olive oil, plus extra for frying 500ml chicken stock 1 sprig of thyme or oregano,

Mix the red wine vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and paprika in a large dish, slash the chicken thighs two or three times and place in the marinade for 2 hours. Heat the oil in a casserole dish and fry the peppers and onions until soft. Remove and set aside. Slice the chorizo into 5mm discs and insert into the slashes in the chicken. Heat more oil in the casserole and fry the chicken for 5 minutes until lightly golden. Return the vegetables to the casserole with the tomatoes, potatoes, chicken stock and herbs. Boil then reduce to simmer and cover the casserole and place in a pre heated oven 170°C for an hour. Check that the potatoes and chicken are cooked fully, cook for a little longer if necessary. Check the seasoning and serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

Preaheat the oven to 160°C. Mix the flour with the salt and pepper coat the beef, shake off any excess flour and reserve. Put 2 tbs of oil in a large oven proof casserole dish and fry the beef in batches until golden brown. Remove all of the beef to a dish and add the remainder of the oil to the pan. Fry the onion, celery and carrots for 5 minutes until softened, then add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes more. Return the meat to the casserole dish with the vegetables and add the thyme, stock, tinned tomatoes and reserved flour. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer then cover and place in the oven for 2 hours stirring occasionally. Combine the milk, butter, cheddar cheese and egg with the mash. Remove the casserole from the oven, check the seasoning and top with the mash. Return to the oven for 30 minutes until golden. Serve with steamed greens of your choice. Serves 6-8 *To freeze see opposite.

Freeze when cold. To cook from frozen defrost completely in the fridge before heating in the oven at 160°C for 30-40 minutes until piping hot. Add a little more stock if necessary. Serves 6-8

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Friday

CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA

FISHCAKES WITH GARLIC AND CAPER MAYO

6 chicken fillets 6 thin slices of prosciutto ham 12 sage leaves 2 tins of chopped tomatoes 3 tbs olive oil

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped 1 tbs chopped basil plus leaves for garnishing 1 tsp sugar Salt, for seasoning

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Beat each chicken fillet to flatten slightly then place two sage leaves on top of each fillet and wrap in a slice of prosciutto. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and place in the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through and the ham is crisping slightly. In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a wide pan and gently fry the garlic but do not let it colour, add the tomatoes, salt and sugar. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes break down and it thickens slightly. Stir in the chopped basil. Remove the chicken from the oven, pour the juices into the tomato sauce and stir to combine, check for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Place the chicken on top of the sauce, garnish with basil and serve with crusty bread or roast potatoes and a green salad.

Freeze the chicken in a container just big enough to accommodate it and the sauce. To cook from frozen, defrost overnight, place the chicken and sauce in an oven proof dish with a lid and heat in a preheated oven at 170°C for 35 to 40 minutes until piping hot. Serves 6

1kg potato, boiled and mashed 250g flour, plus extra for coating 3 eggs beaten 2 tbs finely chopped parsley, chives or spring onions ½ tsp cayenne pepper 150g breadcrumbs 400g smoked haddock, poached in milk (milk reserved)

CAPER MAYO 6 tbs mayonnaise 1 lemon, juice and zest 1 tbs capers, roughly chopped 1 small gherkin or 4 cornichons, finely chopped ½ red onion chopped

Place the mashed potatoes into a large mixing bowl and flake in the cooked fish. Add the flour, cayenne pepper, herbs, lemon zest and half of the egg. Mix with your hands to form a stiff dough, but don’t overwork, if it’s too dry add a little more egg and some of the reserved milk. Form the dough into fishcakes about 2cm deep. Dust in the flour, dip in the egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the fishcakes over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. To make the caper mayo, combine the mayonnaise with a little of the lemon juice, cornichons/gherkins, chopped onion and capers. Freeze the fishcakes before frying. Place a sheet of baking parchment the base of a freezer box, add the fishcakes and if you are stacking them pace a sheet of baking parchment between each layer. To cook, defrost overnight in the fridge then fry as usual. You can finish them off in a hot oven for 5 minutes to ensure they’re piping hot right through. Serves 6

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ICA TIP Try with chicken breast on the bone or good pork chops on the bone, either would be delicious in place of chicken thighs.

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food|Sunday lunch Sunday PASTA WITH OSSO BUCCO RAGU

2kg veal shin (or oxtail), in 4cm pieces on the bone 3 tbs plain flour 1 large onion, peeled and diced 2 sticks of celery, diced 2 carrots, peeled and diced 2 red peppers, diced 1 litres veal or beef stock 1 litre tomato passata (or two tins of tomatoes) 200ml red wine 2 tbs fresh parsley 1tsp black pepper, cracked

Frozen Food Tips ✱ Cool food and wrap well before freezing ✱ Use foil or oven proof dishes that can go straight in the oven ✱ Divide food into portions for convenience ✱ Individual portions freeze and thaw more quickly ✱ Lable your dishes ✱ A full freezer is more economical to run ✱ All of our dishes, except the fishcakes, can be cooked from frozen but you will need to start with a cooler oven and increase the cooking time, cook at 150°C for the first 20 minutes then increase to 170°C for the time stated at the end of each recipe.

1 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning 3 cloves (optional) 2 bay leaves 5 tbs vegetable oil 800g penne or rigatoni or papardalle pasta 50g butter TO SERVE GREMOLATA AND BURATTA (OPTIONAL) 1 lemon, zest grated 1 clove of garlic, ground to a paste with a little salt 1 tbs finely chopped parsley 200g buratta or mozzarella cheese

Heat 1tbs of the oil in a deep casserole pan, add the chopped vegetables. Sauté for 5-10 minutes until soft, then remove to a dish and set aside. Mix the flour, salt and pepper in a dish and coat the veal or oxtail, shaking off any excess. Add the remainder of the oil to the pan and sear the meat for 3 minutes on each side until golden (cook in batches). Add the wine to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, scraping any caramelised meat juices from the base of the pan. Return the vegetables to the pan with the meat and add the stock, passata, cloves and bay leaves and stir until the meat is submerged. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally then reduce the heat and cover the pan. Let it cook over a gentle heat for 3 hours, stirring from time to time. When the meat has reached a point where it is falling off the bone remove it from the pan and allow it to cool a little before forking the meat and the marrow from the bone. Return the meat and marrow to the sauce along with the parsley. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta to your taste. Drain the pasta and toss in the pan with the butter and a little black pepper. Serve with the ragu. To make the gremolata, combine the lemon zest with the garlic and parsley. Serve as a condiment alongside the ragu. You can also offer a plate of buratta or mozzarella cheese for diners to add to their dish. Neither of them are essential but they do elevate the dish from a week night supper to a special occasion meal. The ragu keeps for a week in the fridge or you can freeze it (without the pasta). If frozen, place in the fridge overnight to defrost then heat gently in a pan for 10-15 minutes stirring regularly until piping hot, or see our tips opposite to cook straight from frozen. Serves 6

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WE’VE OFTEN MARVELED AT PEOPLES ABILITY TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL, DELICATE ORIGAMI CREATIONS. SO WE SENT TWO VOLUNTEERS WHO SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME SURROUNDED BY PAPER OFF TO THE ICA CRAFT CLASS TO MASTER THE ART OF ORIGAMI, AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED…. WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 33

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Rachel (left) displays imense pride in her work. The hoots of laughter from the participants above were meant to provide encouragement and support to a bewildered Rachel. The origami masters were not exactly quaking in their boots.

Studious Jane (left) looks totally absorbed, learning the ropes from tutor Marie Hoare. And just like in preschool the teacher ended up making most of it.

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e challenged two of the editorial team behind this magazine to shelve their proofreading, park their feature writing and get their manicured mitts over to ICA HQ for a craft challenge. And so it came to be that the lovely Rachel and Jane found themselves staring blankly at reams of paper on a Monday morning, probably not for the first time ever. Their initial relief that it wasn’t a foot massage class evaporated when they checked out the samples that tutor and origami expert, Marie Hoare, had brought to the class. This anxiety was ratcheted up to maximum levels by the terror that only Josephine Helly can bring to a craft class. They were certainly on the receiving end of a few eye-widening expressions. In fairness to Josephine,

Galway had just been beaten by Kilkenny in the All Ireland final so she was on top form! Determined not to let the side down they set about following the (very clear) instructions of the tutor. Rachel clearly thought this was a breeze and decided that multitasking was the way forward – texting with one hand and precision paper folding with the other. The results were decidedly more Venus flytrap than lotus blossom.

Caught! Phones on laps

ICA President Marie O’Toole (above) casts a watchfull eye over the origami enthusiasts. No pressure ladies! If Josephine Helly had laid eyes on the class chatterboxes (left) there would have been hell to pay.

Jane managed to remain relatively detached from her phone apart from the odd glance at the screen (spotted on her knees under the desk). She did however get the benefit of some “feedback” from Josephine – sharp and painful as a paper cut. But Jane’s from Donegal and her steely determination and obsession with detail was the perfect repost to Ms Helly – a flawlessly finished flower. So, how best to describe the results of our origami experiment? The Japanese have an expression for it – wabi sabi – perfect in its imperfection! I think Josephine will have her work cut out to sign this pair up, but then again she can be very persuasive… For the craft aficionados of the ICA the experience was somewhat different. The results were precise and well made as were the comments about the class and their enthusiasm for all kinds of crafts.

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Over to you .... ANNETTE LONG Castletroy Guild, Co. Limerick I’ve been coming to these sessions since they began and I love crafts. I enjoy all of them and this origami is good fun to do and not too difficult. I’m very involved in the ICA over the years — I used to be craft officer and I’m currently vice president of the Limerick Federation.

PHYLLIS O’HALLORAN Kildimo Guild, Co. Limerick I came along and tried Japanese folded flowers recently, which was my introduction to crafts. I enjoyed it thoroughly so I decided to come back today for the origami. I’ve been to An Grianán many times as I paint in watercolours and acrylics. I used to paint flowers but now I do abstract painting, which is very relaxing. I never know when I sit down what I’m going to paint, I have the sheet in front of me and I just love working with mixing and working with colours and it’s so relaxing.

Give it a go .... WHAT YOU NEED: 5 square pieces of paper (I used 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in, but you can use any size really, depending on how big a flower you want); Pritstick or glue or tape. Fold the paper in half, creating a triangle.

Take the left and right corners and fold them up to the middle.

Fold the same pieces down to the right and left outside edge of the square. They will line up with the edges.

MAURA DAVIS Delgany Guild, Co. Wicklow I go to many craft classes and I teach flower arranging and card making in An Grianán and in my Guild. I also love crochet and knitting. I’ve been crocheting since I was five and it really suits me as you can work things up really quickly – and I don’t have much patience — except when I’m teaching! I’m off to An Grianán shortly to give paper-weaving a go.

BREDA MCDONALD Mullinavat Guild, Co. Kilkenny I’m 22 years in the ICA and I love craft classes, for me they represent the heart and soul of the ICA. I have my City and Guilds awards in patchwork quilt making and crochet among other things. I really enjoy painting and card making too. I absolutely love going to An Grianán, it’s soothing and relaxing. I’ve gone recently and made two different types of fascinators. It’s a great skill to develop, you can up-cycle all sort of things from your wardrobe and around the house to make something new and interesting. I used to bake at all of the shows and I won a trophy for brown bread in the Kilkenny show and the Waterford Crystal trophy for soda bread in the Piltown show – but I’ve hung up my apron on the competition front at least!

Open up the pockets you’ve just created and press them down.

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Fold the triangle in half on each side, using the crease you made earlier.

Apply glue on the outside triangle, stick it to the other side. This is your first petal. To complete the flower, you need to make 4 more of these petals and glue them together.

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Meet the Makers & the educators An Grianรกn was thronged as usual with creative crafters getting to grips with the delicate art of sugar craft and sharpening their stained glass skills. The tutors for these workshops were the talented Aoife Collins and Bianca Divito.

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Aoife Collins We caught up with the ever-popular sugar craft tutor Aoife Collins following her fantastic class in An Grianán and grilled her on what inspires her and her top tips for novice icers! How did you become interested in sugar craft? My mother got a cake for my son’s first birthday. I thought it looked like a fun thing to do so I started making cakes for my friends. Where does your inspiration come from? Mostly from the customer and what they are looking for. Also, from current trends in fashion, home décor and trends in cake decorating itself. Do you look at international trends, if so where do you find out about them? Yes, there is a wealth of amazing things happening around the world in cakes. Facebook is a good source. So is Pinterest. What’s your favourite type of cake or occasion to decorate a cake for? I enjoy making carved cakes the most. Chocolate biscuit is my favourite to carve. I enjoy wedding cakes too. Only very occasionally do people look for something totally different for their wedding but I got to make my cousin and his wife a 3 tier carved elephant for their wedding, which was a lot of fun! Craziest or most elaborate cake you’ve created? There are many contenders for this one! The largest was a 21 tier wedding cake, including a bride and groom in cake too. I did a 17 tier cake with an inbuilt fountain, huge castles and a horse drawn carriage. My strangest request was probably the foot with a broken toe. Any tips for getting a professional finish - what should we avoid and what should we ensure we do? Well preparation is key, start with a good foundation. Then make sure you don’t roll the icing too thin. That’s the single most common beginners mistake. I’m an absolute beginner whose only iced a fairy cake. What can I try that won’t end in kitchen chaos? Keep it simple by covering Aoife’s tips for your cake in a single colour. Use shop bought decorations or cutters to make simple decorations of your own. Or get creative with printed edible images. Add a ribbon around 1 Put a wedge of marzipan in a the bottom of the cake, it hides ring around the top of the cake untidy bits and adds instant (to bring the edges level with the dome (if any). impact to a cake. How have you found tutoring the women 2 Turn the cake upside down and adjust marzipan wedge of the ICA? The ladies were a until you are happy the cake pleasure to work with! We had is level. varying levels of experience in the group but the thing 3 Paint the cake with apricot glaze. with cake decorating is, with enthusiasm and effort (which 4 Roll out marzipan to about 5mm thick and cover the cake they had in spades) and a few top and sides in one go. Trim hints and tips, it’s possible excess neatly away from the to get great results with cake bottom. decorating right from the start. 5 Paint the covered cake with Any cake-tastrophies you’d alcohol or cooled boiled water. care to share? We did have a 6 Roll out icing to about 5mm wedding cake fall over en route thick and cover the cake again. to the venue… but thankfully Trim away any excess. Use a apart from our own stress smoother to polish the icing. levels it was fixable! Add Christmas decorations.

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Carmel Kearney, Edenderry Guild, Offaly Federation “l joined the ICA 18 years ago after attending an open night. I love the social aspect and have found it a great way to make new friends and learn new crafts. These include knitting, card making, Christmas decorations and now sugar craft. Despite it being my first attempt at sugar craft, I found the class interesting and helpful. My advice would be to keep it simple and remember that practice makes perfect.” 40 | ICA HOME & LIVING | WINTER 2015

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Former President of the Moorings Guild, Kathleen O’Shea is dedicated to bringing fun back into the ICA by finding fresh experiences for her Guild. One such activity was a weekend away at An Grianán, learning how create stained glass. Kathleen explains: “We learned how to cut and solder the glass and we made angels and sun catchers, it was really wonderful.” She made “a beautiful angel with green wings and a gold head, which I gave to my cousin Annie, because she’s a true angel.” Kathleen feels the most important part of her An Grianán experience was her instructor: “The tutor gave us all one to one attention. We learned how to cut glass, solder and design our own piece. She was a wonderful and she deserves huge credit. It was best class I did in an Grianán in all my years.”

Kathleen O’Shea Moore Guild, Roscommon Federation

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Mary Melia, Portmarnock Guild and President of Dublin Federation “I retired from a corporate position with an American Company in the USA and returned home and was dared to join the ICA for a bet for St Vincent de Paul! The first night I joined ICA, I made a greeting card with some materials that I was kindly given by one of the members. I enjoy taking part in the craft classes as well as chair aerobics, line dancing, visits to museums, galleries, talks on various subjects from mindfulness to medical issues to art, literature and music. Portmarnock Guild has an awardwinning choir of which I am proud to be a member. We vote to fundraise for a different charity each year. The ICA is special as it is still the oldest and largest women’s organisation in Ireland and it is open to all women over 16 regardless of race or religion.  The sugar craft class was wonderful. I wasn’t making a cake for a particular occasion but I gave mine a love heart theme. In true ICA fashion, we ladies shared what we had with each other. One lady forgot her cake, but was duly given one. Others shared their decorations when they had them made. The tutor was so patient and kind to us all, even when we made a mess of what we were doing she came to the rescue. I had never done sugar craft before taking that class. It requires great patience and persistence, but the result is well worth the effort. I would recommend the class in An Grianán to others.”

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Maura Kenny Moore Guild, Roscommon Federation “I’d never attempted stained glass before I took this class and I have to say it was truly excellent — and I’m 89! The tutor could not have been better. I was amazed at the quality of the pieces we came away with — they were so good we had a display of them in our Guild the following week. It’s something I’d be keen to recommend to other people, as a skill it would be very useful for boys and girls. It’s something you could build a hobby or even a business out of. There is scope to develop it beyond the class; you can see how younger people could use it to create wonderful windows, garden decorations or jewellery. I’d certainly do it again.”

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Carmel McConigley, President of Rahan Guild, Offaly Federation “I enjoyed the sugar craft course as it is a different style of cake decoration than I’m used to. The course was perfect for a beginner or someone relatively new to this area. I’ve trained and worked as a pastry chef so I’m more familiar working with royal icing and piping technique than sugar craft. I worked in Bloomfield House Hotel and the Greville Arms in Mullingar over the years. My other craft interests include Mountmellick lace which I’m currently doing, crochet and a little bit of knitting!”

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Bianca Divito Master Crafter

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Tiffany Copper Foiling Developed in the US in the 1800’s as a more refined alternative to lead, the copper foil decoratively frames glass panels. Sticky on one side, the copper foil is applied and then soldered.

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Fusing This means heat bonding pieces of glass that have been pre-cut and laid out to create a design or object d’art. The pieces are fired in a kiln between 700-830°C to fuse them together.

Bianca Divito, the talented and much admired tutor of the recent stained glass workshop in An Grianán, trained in Architectural Glass in Wales, winning an Award of Excellence to develop her passion at the top architectural art glass and stained glass conservation studios in Europe. Her love of glass stems from her father as she explains, “I have always been fascinated by glass, particularly the wonderful reflections and colours it can cast with natural light. My father, a self taught glass artist, always involved us when he was working on projects at home so I suppose he passed on the love of glass to me.” She now runs her own studio, working on bespoke decorative glass for high profile clients including the Jesuit order in Milltown, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Wexford VEC. “When I’m working on a commission my inspiration comes from the client. I always try my best to achieve something really special and personal for them. I worked for nearly 6 months on site carrying out monitored cleaning and in situ repairs to 23 of the 25 windows in the Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Cathedral back in 2012. It was an amazing project to have worked on and it was such a pleasure to get a chance to view and photograph all of the windows at close range- some of the details are fascinating.” Following in our rich tradition of famous Irish glass artists such as Evie Hone and Manine Jellett, Bianca is a particular admirer of the artist Harry Clarke: “I don’t think there is anyone in the world who couldn’t admire the level of skill and artistry in his work. I am trained to use the same techniques as he would have used in his work so I understand technically how he created his windows but I’m still in awe of his genius! I also greatly admire the work of contemporary U.S based artist Judith Schaechter. I had a pleasure of participating in a master class with her recently. It was one of my bucket list entries so I was delighted with myself!” Having taught courses with the ICA for over four years she has noticed a pattern emerging, “My ICA ladies will often be hesitant to begin with and sometimes a few ladies will tell me outright that they won’t be able to cut glass. Within minutes, and often to their sheer surprise, they are all successfully cutting glass and doing it very well. I have actually banned the phrase “I can’t” during the class as everyone I’ve ever taught “can”! “As beginners I urge everyone to be kind to themselves and to enjoy the creative experience. We are not seeking perfection, stained glass making is supposed to be an enjoyable and creative experience which allows you to make a number of pieces you can enjoy every day and be proud of. As long as the basic safety guidelines are followed, there should be no mishaps.” Enthusiasts and those hoping to catch one of Bianca’s classes are in luck, “I plan to run more stained glass workshops in 2016 where we’ll be making totally new glass designs. I also have another exciting workshop in the pipeline “Micro Mosasic Jewellery & Art with Bianca Divito” where we’ll be creating beautiful jewellery and art using quick drying mosaics with glass. Watch this space!”

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Choose one; Coloured Glass Design, Dancing for Pleasure, Painting on Silk, Historic Homes or Ribbon Embroidery.

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I CARLOW Hertiage & Vision A COUNTY WITH A RICH ICA HERITAGE AND A STRONG VISION FOR SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE ICA AT NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEVEL

Carlow Federation celebrates its 60th birthday in 2016, having grown from six Guilds in 1956, the county is now home to twelve Guilds and continues gain new members. President Ainne Farrell, Secretary Tess Maher and Treasurer Loretta Byrne were the Federation pioneering leaders. The second smallest county in Ireland can also claim two superb National Presidents in Ina Broughall and Carmel Dawson.

PRESIDENTIAL Ina, who took the role in 1985, had the privilege of hosting the hugely successful Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) triennial conference in Killarney, opened by President Hilary. Brought to fruition as the ICA performed miracles on a shoestring budget in a period of economic recession and record emigration; a scenario that resonates today. The completion of the new wing at An Grianán, adding the much needed rooms and classrooms to our Adult Education College, was overseen by Ina. She also pushed international boundaries making a link with Chinese women. She formed friendships between ICA, ACWW and the All China Women’s Federation. ICA members visited China forming friendships that last to this day.

CARLOW

A charming inland county with picturesque towns and villages, pagan monuments, Christian settlements and imposing Georgian country estates and gardens. Carlow is bordered by five neighbouring counties and bisected by the rivers Barrow and Slaney. Visitors can explore the beautiful countryside and the county’s rich cultural history

In 2006 Carmel Dawson became National President, having proved herself a woman of determination with great powers of persuasion on national and Federation committees. In particular on the issue of women’s health with a focus on breast cancer detection and treatment. The ICA became very visible and vocal with the Minister for Health ensuring action was taken in the early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer. The ICA facilitated respite centres for the survivors which included the offer of a haven in An Grianán. Carmel had a comprehensive grasp of all ICA matters and particularly the almost 100 year old constitution which was updated and ratified to comply with the present day laws. With the preparations for the celebrations of the Association’s centenary celebrations in 2010 well in hand Carmel handed over to her successor in 2009, ensuring a fitting calendar of events to mark this momentous occasion.

BORRIS LACE Unique to Carlow, Borris Lace was introduced in 1857 by Lady Harriet McMurrough Kavanagh of Borris castle. Borris lace was taught and under her direction they became skilled lace makers. Their work became known as Borris Point. In the early days it was mostly lace WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 49

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(from left) Kathleen Kenny, Federation Secretary, Margot Hennessy, Federation President & Carmel Dawson, Treasurer

(from left) Breda McDonald, judge at Tullow, Margot Hennessy, Carlow Federation President, Marie O’Toole, National President and Edward Hayden, judge at Tullow.

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ICA having fun at Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Nicola Byrne, outgoing President & Margot Hennessy, new Carlow Federation President

by the yard which was produced and used for trimming underclothes, collars and cuffs. As fashions changed they started to make tablemats and other quality items. After the First World War the lace making went into decline as materials were costly, labour was harder to find and mass produced machine lace was cheaper. The ICA made it a mission to keep Borris lace alive and groups of lace makers formed in various areas of Carlow in an effort to secure the future of this important craft. There are some fine pieces of Borris Point still to be seen in Borris House.

OUTSTANDING TALENT The ICA members in Carlow are totally committed and exceptionally talented. Many will know Imelda Byrne from the ICA Boot camp and she has become the face of the older person’s forum in Carlow. Another notable member was the late Mary Landy who brought great honour to

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Carlow when she won the highly esteemed and coveted “California Gold Medal” award in the RDS crafts competition for bushcraft in 1982. Mary O’Neill from Ballyloughan Guild won Federation Brown Bread competition and went to An Grianán to represent Carlow where she got through to the semi finals at the National Ploughing Championships in Laois. With so many talented members its impossible to mention them all. Carlow Federation has had a long and happy association with the National Ploughing Association and frequently exhibit and demonstrate crafts and skills including butter making, lace making and flower arranging. It also has a great, longstanding relationship with the Tullow Show where this year a competition for “Afternoon Tea for Two”, was won by the Leighlinbridge Guild who were presented with the R.E. Fagan Trophy by National President Marie O’Toole.

FUTURE The future plans and aspirations of Carlow Federation are designed to accommodate all of our members. A major project for the 1916 Community Led Projects is being undertaken to create a wall hanging depicting the Proclamation and themes of Remembrance, Reconciliation, Imagination, Presence, and Celebration. A second sub committee is planning events that draw on all the talents of our Association to mark our 60th celebrations in 2016. The Carlow Federation is part of an outstanding organisation, involved in all aspects of life, our communities and helping those in need. Our activities have a great sense of friendship, companionship and enjoyment. So, if you want to learn something new, enjoy good company and have a say in issues that affect women you’ll find a warm welcome in any of the Carlow Guilds.

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wool|skills Wool is deeply rooted in Irish history since the 1600s. Fast forward to today and designers are using high quality wools to manipulate into feminine shapes,  luxurious coats, high waisted skirts, and stunning ribbed jumpers; entwined in beautiful shades.

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Black printed wool blanket poncho, €535, Kenzo at Brown Thomas

Grey boiled wool knitted coat, €425, Jaeger at Arnotts

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Blue wave drape wool skirt, €855, JW Anderson at Brown Thomas

Black wool blend gown, €2,912, Erdem at Harvey Nichols

Black buckled wool jacket, €1,095, JW Anderson at Brown Thomas

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round the world Irish style is defined by knitwear. Knitting has been part of Irish life since it was first introduced 400 hundred years ago. Knitting schools were established throughout the country; and it quickly became an industry and a source of income for many households in the 18th century. Today, Irish knitwear designers are making strides abroad. Knitwear designer Lucy Downes who started her label ‘Sphere One’ in 1999 continues to make waves in the fashion world. Famed for her long-line silk skirted knits, Lucy says: “Knitwear is in the blood of the Irish. It is my passion. My aim, in the Sphere One by Lucy Downes collection is to re-imagine all those beautiful stitches and techniques in the world’s very best cashmere, alpaca, silk; royal yarns; to make a new modern Irish design offering for a sophisticated audience.” Honor Fitzsimons another award-winning knitwear designer draws inspiration from the Galway castle she grew up in and uses only traditional textile techniques. Her collections are bursting with colourful creations and metallic threads.

Black wool blend gown, €2,912, Erdem at Harvey Nichols

The Aran Sweater is a symbol of Irish Clan heritage, intimately linked to clans and their identities. Patterns were highly guarded by family clans and passed down from generation to generation. Aran sweaters were often used to help identify bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea. Many of the stitches used in the Aran Sweater are reflective of Celtic Art, and comparisons have been drawn between the stitches and patterns found at Neolithic burial sites such as Newgrange in Co. Meath. Each stitch carries its own unique meaning. The Cable Stitch is a depiction of the fisherman’s ropes, and represents a wish for a fruitful day at sea. The Diamond Stitch reflects the small fields of the Aran islands. These diamonds are sometimes filled with Irish moss stitch, depicting the seaweed that was used to fertilise the barren fields and produce a good harvest and is a wish for success and wealth. The Zig Zag Stitch, a half diamond, is often used in the Aran Sweaters, and popularly represents the twisting cliff paths on the islands. The Tree of Life is one of the original stitches, and is unique to the earliest examples of the Aran knitwear. It reflects the importance of the clan, and is an expression of a desire for clan unity, with long-lived parents and strong children.

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Edel MacBride Doyenne of Design

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del MacBride is Ireland’s leading fashion knitwear designer. Edel’s designs are sought out by those who appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of her products, including Hilary Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Aiden Quinn to name but a few. Edel’s designs are glamorous high fashion pieces, but are also deeply rooted in the West of Ireland, where Edel was born. The Edel MacBride brand is about heritage, authenticity and style, her collections of dresses, sweaters, accessories and bespoke wedding gowns, are mostly in knit or crochet with a handmade emphasis. Edel is passionate about keeping textile art alive in its historic hinterland of Donegal, especially the craft of Aran knitting, and runs workshops in knitting and crochet on a regular basis. “When things are slow to make and need skill and love to bring about, the first thing to do is choose quality materials, just as a chef would,” advises Edel. Edel’s latest collection is called ‘Silver Bones’, a celebration of being in the wool business for 25 years. In this collection Edel used 100 per cent alpaca in a circular knit style with crochet insets, handknit high quality kid merino and pure merino wool and Donegal spun merino. Some of Edel’s designs have been made into patterns and kits, available from www.knitfield.com.

MY LOVE OF WOOL

SANDRA BOGAN, Maghera Guild, Co Cavan Winner of RTE’s 2012 Craftmaster

My introduction into the world of crafting began very early in my life. My mother loved to knit and embroider, a perfectionist who had no tolerance for knots or any imperfection in her work. Through the years I have developed my skills and learned lots of new techniques, some through trial and error other through books or YouTube. I joined the ICA six years ago knowing the great reputation ICA has for crafts, and through the ICA I recently learned to do hairpin crochet at a class in An Grianán with Nora

Keady. The best advice I was given was to use good quality materials, if you spend hours making something the quality of the yarn will reflect in the finished product; in how it washes, wears and holds its shape. I also think it is very important to choose a yarn that suits what you are making the colour and design of a yarn will greatly influence the appearance of the finished item. Small details like buttons can really complete a project. To see Sandra’s designs go to her Facebook page; Myrtle Designs.

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ABOVE: Wool hat with colour band detail, €22.95, Zara BELOW: Weekend Max Mara round neck coat, €360, Brown Thomas

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DURING THE WINTER A WARM COAT IS A NECCESSITY. IT’S IMPORTANT TO INVEST IN A COAT THAT WILL LAST ALL WINTER AND HOPEFULLY MANY MORE TO COME.

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Pink Aquazzura sandals, €637, Harvey Nichols

Pink jewel trim pointed court shoes, €51, Next

Leather slingback shoe in plum, navy, nude and black, €34.99, Heavenly Sole at Oxendales

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MARILYN MONROE ONCE SAID: ‘GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD’. WE COMPLETELY AGREE AND ARE IN SHOE HEAVEN WITH ALL OF THESE NEW SEASON STYLES.

Plum suede peep toe with crystal encrusted square buckle by Marian, €139, Fabucci

Nude pointed courts with black detail, €54, Ben de Lisi at Debenhams Salvatore Ferragamo glory sandal, €350, Brown Thomas

Navy pointed croc effect shoes, €93, Topshop

Black premium leather snakeskin high vamp court shoes, €63, New Look WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 59

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Buffalo miller tan leather boots, €185, Arnotts

Viva La Diva high leg stretch boots, €28.49, Oxendales

Black suede tassle boot, €25, Penneys

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FROM THE HIGHEST HIGHS TO THE LOWEST LOWS; CHOOSE A BOOT THAT WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH WINTER IN STYLE. Burgundy leather wedge boot by Marco Moreo, €134, Fabucci

Jigsaw agnes zip back silver boot, €199, Arnotts

Tod’s Chelsea boots, €420, Brown Thomas

Black butterfly Sophie Webster boots, €747, Harvey Nichols

Cushion walk touch closed boots, €41.99, Oxendales

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HOW TO WIN

To enter send your answer to the following question, along with your name and address or phone number to ICA Home & Living Magazine, c/o Ashville Media Group, Old Stone Building, Blackhall Green, Dublin 7 or email your answer to hello@icahomeandliving.ie

THE CROKE PARK IS LOCATED BESIDE WHAT ICONIC SPORTS STADIUM? Winner will be notified on February 29th, 2016 Terms & conditions: Prize includes 2BB1D for 2 adults sharing a room, non-transferable and not valid during Easter, Christmas or bank holidays. Closing date for all entries is the 28th of February 2016. Competition is not open to employees of Ashville Media Group or the The Croke Park /Doyle Collection. No cash or gift card will be awarded in lieu of prize. Winner will be selected at random from a draw and will be contacted by phone. Competition entrants must be resident in the island of Ireland. One entry per person. Competition is subject to all usual terms and conditions. 62 | ICA HOME & LIVING | AUTUMN 2015

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inspiration|style Per Una Speziale feather cape, €134, Marks & Spencer

Grace earrings, €40, Follie Follie

Debut metallic evening gown, €180, Debenhams

Silver clutch, €79, Dune London

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Vintage 1950s gold and pearl necklace, €129, Lulle and Belle

MAKE THE MOST OF THE PARTY SEASON AND BE THE BELL OF THE BALL IN THESE TIMELESS DRESSES AND STYLISH ACCESSORIES. FROM GOLDEN TONES TO MAGICAL MONOCHROME, WE’VE SELECTED THE BEST COLOUR COMBINATIONS TO STANDOUT FROM THE CROWD.

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Together jersey maxi dress, €119, Oxendales

Vince Camuto silver mid heel sandals, €120, Brown Thomas WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 63

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MAIN IMAGE: Didi devore kimono dress, €185, Phase Eight 1 Black Sapphire dress, €310, Monsoon 2 Flower & bug statement collar necklace, €34, Accessorize 3 Joanna Hope lace dress and jacket set, €77.50, Oxendales 4 Lace up point shoe, €18, Penneys 5 Earrings, €17, Next

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MAIN IMAGE: Simone black merino wool starburst encrusted knit, €795; Liana gold lurex skirt, €1295, Louise Kennedy 1 Hollywood glamour gold gown, €710, Brocade and Lime 2 Gold brooch necklace, €17.99, New Look 3 Beauty in the wild ring in citrine gold, €219, Chupi 4 Gold star clutch bag, €24.99, New Look 5 Nasia sequin top, €108, short sequin skirt, €120, both Phase Eight 6 Limited Edition gold brocade cross body clutch handbag, €16, Penneys 7 Sole diva strappy cocktail sandals wide fit, €49.99, Oxendales

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MAIN IMAGE: Jerera bardot top, €80; Cassie spot skirt €190; black textured bag, €55, Coast 1 Marilynn dress, €150, Coast 2 Mini bauble earrings, €4.99, New Look 3 Paloma pearl clutch, €78, Coast 4 Pom Pom shoes, €49, Next 5 White flower clutch bag, €24.99, New Look 6 Contrast stripe dress, €25, Heatons WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 65

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Browzing, €31, Benefit

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REAL ROMANTIC

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SOSU by Suzanne Jackson gel polish in poison apple, €7.99, Pharmacies nationwide

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Party season has arrived and with it comes a fun time to play around with your makeup look. Embrace bolder, warmer colours to complement your party attire and turn heads this winter. Get the stunning Karlie Kloss, winter make-up look with these dupes, including the very mascara she wears to attain those dark fluttery eyes. First step, foundation; try CHARLOTTE TILSBURY MAGIC FOUNDATION, the celebrity secret to flawless skin. Next, sculpt the face with some of RIMMEL’S NATURAL BRONZER for a shimmering glow. Achieve Karlie’s dark, long lashes with L’OREAL’S VOLUME MILLION LASHES FELINE and make your eyes smoulder with CLARINS ESSENTIALS EYE PALETTE. Add further definition with MAX FACTOR’S MASTERPIECE HIGH PRECISION LIQUID LINER and don’t forget the brows; frame your face with Benefit’s Browzing browset. Complete the look with MAX FACTOR COLOUR ELIXIR GLOSS in pristine nude and sprinkle a little festivity into your look with SOSU BY SUZANNE JACKSON gel polish in poison apple. Voila! WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 67

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beauty|face

Flawless Complexion In a perfect world, every woman should be treated to a facial and massage every month, but in the real world, we know, this is practically impossible. However, nobody can argue with the benefits of having a facial. Facials lift and firm the skin; reduce redness and even skin pigmentation; and nourish and rejuvenate the skin. We look at the beauty brands used in the top hotels in Ireland treat yourself, you know you’re worth it! ESPA Life Stage Facial ESPA Life Stage Facial is a 90 minute treatment that starts with a detailed analysis of your skin using a wood lamp to analyse what type of skin you have. The beautician will then use ESPA products that are best suited to your skin type and start with a brush cleanse and steam; then a double mask application; the first is a skin radiance mask combined with ESPA’s Age Defying Facial Massage using manual lifting and firming techniques. The second mask uses ESPA’s Ultimate Professional Lifting and Soothing Peel-Off Mask. Peel off masks are much softer on the skin then exfoliating masks. This facial increases the hydration and firmness of the skin; and targets age spots and pigmentation. The ESPA Life Stage Facial is recommended for women aged 45 years and over. Microdermabrasion If you ask any skin specialist what a celebrity’s secret to looking flawless is, they will tell you it’s

microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is one of the easiest and most effective anti-aging treatments you can get. Just some of the benefits of under-going this non-evasive procedure are: to smooth coarsely textured skin, decrease appearance of scarring and pore size; reduce age spots; and soften and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The beautician will use a powerful mechanical exfoliation machine with either crystal microdermabrasion technology or the newer diamond-tip microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells from the face. You will also find that your skincare will have a much better effect on your skin after having microdermabrasion.

Elemis Biotec Elemis is the leading luxury British spa and skincare brand. Elemis Biotec power-boosting facials combine the most potent actives available, for dramatic and visible results. Powerful plant actives work with the skin’s natural bio-electrical field and enhance the skin’s ability to rejuvenate, resurface and radiate. Delivered in 30 or 60 minutes, each Elemis Biotec facial combines a unique high-potency activator and specially designed Elemis skin lift touch. There are several types of Elemis Biotec facials to target your skin’s needs.

Best in-store

Using these off-the-shelf products may not be as relaxing as having a facial but they do give your skin a real boost and your complexion a youthful glow. Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Face Exfoliator, €15, No7 available at Boots Includes aluminium-oxide micro-crystals to smooth, refine and renew the skin; sweeping away any dull cells.

Net8 Serum, €140, ESPA available at selected beauticians This serum uses Natural Encapsulation Technology (NET) to deliver a unique blend of ten powerful natural active ingredients in their purest, most concentrated form, for up to eight hours.

Cleansing Cloths, €14, Elemis available at Harvey Nichols This cloth maintains heat efficiently when run under warm water, helping to deep cleanse and open pores more effectively.

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JUST ASK

There are hundreds of professional kitchen designers and planners employed by kitchen companies and their advice is free. As long as you keep your head on your shoulders you can make good use of their expertise. They have plenty of experience at providing clever workarounds for tricky problems. Just remember you don’t have to go for the million dollar worktops or the purple glitter cabinets.

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SIZE MATTERS

Think carefully about the shape and size of your room when planning a new kitchen. Wall height, windows and doors will all affect the layout. Whatever configuration you choose you need to have plenty of space to move around safely and presses and shelves will be an annoyance if you have to stand on a chair to reach anything.

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MOVING AND SHAKING

Allow enough room for storing all of the equipment and produce that you keep in your kitchen. Go for a mix of deep and shallow drawers on lower units to ensure you’ve space for appliances and larger items as well as cutlery and crockery. The more drawer and cupboard space you build in the better chance you have of keeping the work surfaces clear. Think about drawer tidies and organisers

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great kitchen makeover tips Given how much time we spend in our kitchens and how many memories are made there we should give them the care and attention they deserve. Here are our top ten tips from kitchen creators for making the most of your kitchen.

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POWER UP

You’ll need to work with your electrician and make sure you’re clear about where you need sockets – remember it’s you not the electrician who will be using the kitchen and it’s appliances. Work with you kitchen planner and electrician to ensure you get power where you need it and the correct place for your cooker switch and any hardwiring that’s required.

ICA BUDGETING TIP Pick a budget that’s realistic relative to the size of your kitchen and stick to it. Allow a contingency of about 10-15%, this should cover any minor fixes that you hadn’t anticipated – there’s always something. In the lucky event of there being no curved balls you can spend it on the gold plated taps or espresso machine!

45%

Fittings: cabinets, worktop, sink, taps.

25%

Labour: fitter, electrician, plumber, tiler, painter.

15%

Appliances: dishwasher, washing machine, fridgefreezer, cooker, hob, extractor fan, microwave.

15%

Floors & finishes: Tiles, flooring, paint, sockets, lights, grouting, pipes and adhesives.

15%

Contingency percentage of the total.

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There are many options for work surfaces and it depends on the look that you like and the practicality and cost. a Wood works well in most kitchens and can be surface sanded and polished every couple of years to refresh the look. It needs to be regularly oiled to maintain the finish and prevent staining and water warping around the sink area. Always use a chopping board and avoid placing hot pans directly onto hot surfaces. b Granite is hugely popular and looks stunning. Choose a shade you like and that works with your colour scheme. Dark granite can be very effective but it can also be visually overpowering if the kitchen is on the small side. c Corian is a man-made counter-top that is lighter than natural stone but durable and heat resistant. It can be cut to create fluid shapes and comes in a spectacular variety of colours. d Soapstone is super strong, elegant and natural. It does not stain and will resist hot pans and chemicals. The finish can be gloss or matt satin, which is a big trend right now. You can even get a soapstone sink and splash-back incorporated to keep the look throughout e Stainless steel. Give you kitchen a sleek, professional finish with stainless steel counter tops. They’re immensely practical but you need to embrace the surface scratches as part of the beauty of this material. f Formica or laminate. A good value counter-top with a medium lifespan and relatively durable finish.

KITCHEN CABINET

Copper Lights €169.95, Harvey Norman

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

Make a note of how the natural light fills your kitchen at different times of the day and plan your lighting accordingly. A mix of overhead lights and hidden LED lights under the overhead units is a good idea. That way you can avoid shadows on your worktop when you’re preparing food. Talk to your electrician along with your kitchen designer to find the best options. A dingy kitchen is not pleasant to work or eat in.

What style to choose depends on your personal taste but it’s pretty crucial to chose one that will withstand the test of time. Current trends are for doors with profiles instead of handles, hand painted finishes in muted shades and natural wood that’s been oiled as opposed to varnished while others prefer high gloss finishes and shiny surfaces. Think about integrating as many appliances as possible, particularly the fridge, dishwasher and washing machine as it makes the overall finish more streamlined and clean. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, so get on-line and compile a mood board of your favourite looks to focus you before you hit the showrooms.

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The practicalities of a kitchen will inform the type of floor you choose. It needs to feel good underfoot, be easy to clean and non-slip. a Carpet is not a good choice given the likelihood of spills and food debris. b Non-porous tiles work well and there are styles for every taste. They are easy to clean and maintain. c Encaustic tiles are beautiful with rich colours and gorgeous patterns. They are porous so will need to be sealed in a kitchen and use an experienced tiler to install them. d Natural stone is timeless and elegant. It must be sealed to avoid staining. e Hardwood flooring is lovely as it’s warm underfoot, easy to clean and can be run through from a living area, giving a seamless finish and making the space look bigger.

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COLOUR ME BEAUTIFUL

Get some paint swatches together at the same time that you are choosing cabinet and appliance colours. If you’re going for a wooden kitchen that’s going to be painted you can ask the kitchen designer to work with you on selecting complimentary paint colours for the walls. If your units are not painted you can get samples of the material in the colour you’ve chosen to take with you when you’re picking the paint. It might sound obvious but the lighter the shade of paint the brighter and bigger the room will feel. You don’t have to go for white there is a world of wonderful light, bright shades to choose from.

Once you’ve got the kitchen installed it’s time to sit back with a nice cup of tea while you choose the finishing touches. Well you’re going to want a new toaster and kettle at the very least…probably a few new mugs and those glasses are looking a bit passed their best too… a new canteen of cutlery wouldn’t go astray and while I’m at it that old chopping board and kitchen knives will surely have to go. Don’t even get me started on curtains and blinds. Well if something is worth doing it’s worth doing properly. Dear Santa…

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storage|home

STORAGE SOLUTIONS FROM VISITS AND FAMILY GATHERINGS TO GENERAL FESTIVE MAYHEM, THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR YOU WILL NEED YOUR HOME TO BE CLUTTERFREE AND ORGANISED TO MAKE USE OF THE SPACE YOU HAVE.

KITCHEN

Double sided hanging picture frame, from €18.30, Decorator’s Notebook

Party season is the best excuse to blow the cobwebs off your finest jewellery and dress up but usually jewellery is stored away, in the top drawer, all knotted together. Try this handy storage hack to store jewellery. Simply cover a small cork board in fabric, frame it in a pretty frame, and screw in some small hooks. Transform your frame with Annie Sloan chalk paints, from €8.50. Chalk paints are also great for up-cycling old storage units to suit the style of home interiors. Chalk paints work beautifully on furniture without having to prime or sand; they’re easy to use and quick to dry; and can be used for a number of different paint techniques. You can also use old material to cover storage units.

Chest on wheels, €399, Harvey Norman

Make the most of wall space by using a wall hook. Wall hooks come in all shapes and sizes; and beautiful designs. They can be used in every room in the house and are particularly handy to have in the hallway and kitchen; and are easy to fit too!

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Rustic boudoir double hooks, €18.63, Vintagist.com; Vintage multicolour four coat hook, €1.50, Dotcomgiftshop; Heritage Bird Hooks, €16.95, Dotcomgiftshop

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escape|cities

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Galway City Cathedral, O’Connells Christmas Market, Oscar’s Seafood Bistro

Located at the mouth of Galway Bay, Galway city is a beautiful and vibrant city full of culture, history, crafts, enticing food and great music. It’s a city built for exploration, large enough to contain many hidden treasures, yet compact enough to be discovered on foot. For more information on what to do and where to go when you arrive, head for the Galway city tourist office located on Forster Street. SIGHTS TO BE SEEN ... You’re standing in Eyre Square, in the very heart of Galway City, having stowed your bags at the hotel, slipped on your most comfortable walking shoes, and downloaded a handy map of the city (www.galwaytourism.ie). And there’s no time like the present to begin your exploration. From here it’s a short 4-minute walk along William Street to Lynch’s Castle, a 16th century stronghold that was converted into a bank in 1966, with the ground floor open for visitors to marvel at the architecture. Next up is a privately owned museum that was once home to Nora Barnacle, who married famed Irish writer James Joyce. Restored to its charming turn-of-the-century condition, it’s small but well worth a look. Heading south towards the city docklands, don’t forget to stop off at the well known Spanish Arch, which was originally built to protect the city’s quays. Nearby you’ll also find the Galway City Museum (open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5), a fascinating and free repository of treasures ranging from materials from the filming of The Quiet Man to British Army weapons from WWI. Head north along the river and you’ll find yourself at the Galway City Courthouse, built in 1818 and which now houses the Town Hall Theatre. And just across the river lies the National University of

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HOURS IN... GALWAY

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cities|escape SIGHTS TO BE SEEN ... Start the day off with a relaxing stroll around the Galway Market, open all year round on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 6pm (and a beautiful Christmas market running from December 14th – 24th). Or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not take a stroll on the ‘Long Walk’ along the Promenade on Galway Bay, crossing the river and winding your way down to The Claddagh which lies just across the River Corrib from the Spanish Arch. Once a fishing community, it has the distinction of being one of the oldest former fishing villages in the country, and is famous across the world for the Claddagh Ring.

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ABOVE: The Burren BELOW: The Dough Bros;

HOP ON THE BUS ... If the weather isn’t too horrible, it’s a 3-minute drive out to Salthill (or catch the 401 bus from outside Fr Griffin Park). The promenade offers beautiful views across the sea to the Aran Islands, the mountains of Connemara and the Burren in Co Clare just across the bay. If you’ve brought the kids then a trip to Leisure Land is a must, offering swimming, mini-golf and an outdoor fairground. And don’t forget the nearby Galway Atlantaquaria. Ireland’s largest aquarium, and home to more than 150 species of freshwater and marine life, it’s open seven days a week until 5pm (6pm at the weekend).

Ireland, Galway, an important part of cultural life in the city, featuring a quadrangle that dates to 1849 and which wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter film. To finish off your day of sightseeing, don’t forget to take in Galway’s magnificent cathedral on Gaol Road, one of Europe’s youngest but nonetheless impressive stone cathedrals. HOLIDAY FUEL ... With plenty of walking under your belt, you’ll no doubt be on the hunt for something to stop your stomach from rumbling. Thankfully you’re in Galway, which has quite the reputation for its food. Oscar’s Seafood Bistro on Dominick Street Lower – a short 8-minute walk from Eyre Square – is an award winning restaurant that comes highly recommended, offering fresh seafood caught off the coast of Galway. Or for something a little less fishy, why not try a delicious wood-fired pizza from The Dough Bros on Upper Abbeygate Street, washed down with a refreshing craft beer. GALWAY’S NIGHTLIFE... Apart from the historical tones and the wonderful food, Galway City is also well known for its nightlife, from old-style pubs to vibrant clubs where you can wash down your dinner with a delicious drink. If you’d prefer a more unusual atmosphere, O’Connells is the place to be. Situated in a beautiful old-fashioned building, you’ll discover antique lighting, stained glass windows, and an ornate pressed tin ceiling, and a warm and friendly atmosphere. And, if beer tasting is your passion, you won’t be disappointed with Bierhaus on Henry Street, which stock the best selection of beers in the city, including 60 craft beers.

RUMBLING STOMACHS ... Top up the tank in the Galleon Restaurant in Upper Salthill, a contemporary family restaurant with a mouthwatering menu – the Galleon Style Shepherd’s Pie is one to watch out for. Once you head back for your last night in the city, take a stroll towards Tigh Neachtains on Cross Street, where you’ll find all the ingredients necessary for a Sunday evening music session – a wide range of drinks from craft beers to 130 types of whiskeys, a mixed crowd, a location steeped in history, not to mention the talented musicians playing everything from jazz to traditional Irish music. You might just think twice about going home.

TOP TRAVELLER TIP If you’re bringing the car, don’t forget to feed the parking machines along Galway City’s streets. Alternatively, locate one of several offroad or multi storey pay-and-display car parks. If you’re out and about during rush hour, consider leaving the car behind completely. Traffic can be awful at peak times, and with so many sights, restaurants and pubs located within easy walking distance, you might as well choose the healthier option on foot (though there are plenty of taxis too). WINTER 2015 | ICA HOME & LIVING | 79

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LET SOMEONE ELSE DO THE WASHING UP THIS CHRISTMAS. PACK YOUR SANTA SACK AND HEAD TO ONE OF IRELAND’S MORE EXTRAORDINARY PLACES TO STAY.

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ired even at the thought of Christmas? Peeling, chopping and basting? Why not run away from home and spend Christmas in one of Ireland’s more unusual places. Because of Ireland’s colourful history, its landscape is a rich tapestry of architectural styles, with Norman castles and neo-classical mansions sitting side by side with cosy farmhouses and contemporary wonders. One thing’s for sure, all around the island you’ll find a warm welcome in interesting, charming accommodation that is packed with character, and characters! So in the spirit of turning your Ireland trip into a real journey, here are some of the most memorable places to stay along the way.

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DRENAGH FOR THE LUXURY SEEKERS

BLACKHEAD LIGHTHOUSE FOR SWITCHING OFF

GROUSE LODGE FOR THE MUSICIAN

Fancy a night or two spent in the lap of luxury this Christmas? Look no further than Drenagh House, a Georgian manor tucked away on 1,000 acres of private gardens and woods only a stone’s throw from Derry city – there’s plenty of space here for the kids to run amok. A host of features including a home cinema, indoor pool, and a chauffeur/staff members to look after your every need, means that it’s a Christmas present to yourself and the family in itself.

If you’re trying to get away from the incessant adverts and repetitive tunes this Christmas, Blackhead Lighthouse is the place for you. Built in 1902, it remains operational today, and provides a magical atmosphere for a family Christmas spent away from the crowds (and perhaps the rest of the family). With no internet and TV even the teenagers will be forced to spend valuable family time together, while the large kitchen table is perfect for sharing a warm Christmas dinner.

If music is your thing, you’re going to love Grouse Lodge, a residential recording facility in Co Westmeath, with two state-of-the-art recording studios that have welcomed Michael Jackson, R.E.M. and Paolo Nutini. You can also relax and enjoy the 15-metre indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym or sauna. The perfect spot for you to get in the festive spirit and conjure up the next Christmas No 1. Hopefully it’s more Merry X-Mas Everyone rather than All I Want For Christmas is my Two Front Teeth. No judgments here.

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MERRION HOTEL

Spending the holiday season at the Merrion Hotel sounds like an absolute dream, if we’re honest. Think luxurious bedrooms, and seasonal foods. Log fires in the drawing room, and relaxation time in the spa. Christmas carols in The Merrion Gardens, and a trip with the kids to see Santa around the Christmas tree in The Front Hall on Christmas Eve (with mulled wine and mince pies for the parents). Traditional Christmas dinner in The Cellar Restaurant, and more wine and mince pies for a relaxing Christmas Day evening. We’re getting itchy feet already.

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CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL

Clinging to the cliffs of Ardmore Bay, housing a Michelin-starred restaurant from Martijn Kajuiter, and close to a number of Championship golf courses – it’s not hard to see why this Waterford hotel is such a popular luxury destination. But what we really love is their intimate spa facility – The Well – the perfect place to ring in the holiday season in total tranquility. Inspired by the sea, treat yourself to a Christmas pampering session with seaweed facials, Irish peat baths and a calming view. Who said Christmas had to be stressful?

INSIDER TIPS Take a taste of the Cliff House Hotel’s Red Eye Rudolf cocktail, a delicious infused spirit comprised of Finlandia vodka, Cointreau liquor, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice and apple pie foam, garnished with a candy cane. Very festive!

6 CULLINTRA HOUSE FOR THE ANIMAL LOVERS For a festive break with a difference, take a trip to Cullintra House in Co Kilkenny, a 250 year old farmhouse and animal and bird sanctuary sitting in the middle of 230 acres of farm and woodland. Guests at Cullintra eat at the same table late in the evening, and you’ll enjoy delicious hearty food prepared by the owner, Patricia. Bring your jackets and enjoy scenic strolls through the woods and beautiful landscape, with a comfortable bed waiting for you at the end of the day.

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BLACKWATER CASTLE FOR THE UPWARDLY MOBILE

BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE FOR THE OUTDOORSY TYPES

MARTELLO TOWER FOR HISTORY BUFFS

Looking for a New Year’s party with a difference? Lord it over your guests at Blackwater Castle in Co Cork, which once played host to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, who had nothing but good things to say about his lodgings. There’s room for 23 (and a further 47 in the courtyard accommodation), a professional kitchen and fully equipped bar (though you’ll have to stock it). It’s quite the place, complete with a 15th century tower and walled gardens. Just remember – you have to give it back.

If you’re into the outdoor life, why not spend the holidays taking in the breathtaking scenery around Connemara’s Ballynahinch Castle. Spend Christmas Day enjoying drinks by the fire before tucking into a hearty feast, Christmas crackers and terrible jokes. On St Stephen’s Day, a walking guide and shooting instructor (not the same person) are on hand to make sure you make the most of the freshest of air, while maps and recommendations are also provided for the explorers.

For the history enthusiast, sometimes merely visiting a historical site isn’t enough to scratch that itch that demands to know all about our past. So shut yourself away from the world for a week at the restoredSutton Martello Tower, and travel back in time to an era when Napolean Bonaparte was wreaking havoc across Europe. Combining a historic atmosphere with modern comforts and breathtaking views across Dublin Bay, it’s perfect for a New Year’s party you will never forget.

An ideal sanctuary for a romantic trip for two during the holidays, with an open plan kitchen and living room, and a cosy bed. Mullarkey’s Chalet For a romantic break

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MULLARKEY’S CHALET FOR A ROMANTIC BREAK

INISTURKBEG FOR LONE WOLVES

These are certainly changing times, as climate change becomes more evident, and sustainable living is held aloft as the best way of saving our planet. So, for a more environmentally-friendly Christmas break, Sligo’s Gyreum Ecolodge offers an experience that will be difficult to replicate elsewhere. Think a location aligned to the winter solstices, which blends into the landscape, insulation partly provided by sheep’s wool, an open fire and a main hall heated by the wonders of geothermal energy. Don’t forget your sandals.

If romantic comedies such as Love Actually have taught us anything (and they have), Christmas is a time for proclaiming your fondness for loved ones and for kissing under the mistletoe (as well as overindulging). So take a trip to Mullarkey’s Chalet, a cosy clifftop cottage overlooking Ardmore Bay. An ideal sanctuary for a romantic trip for two during the holiday season, there’s an open plan kitchen and living room, a cosy bed, a wood burning stove to snuggle up in front of on cold winter nights, and a view you’re sure to remember.

Does your idea of the perfect Christmas involve very few people? Inish Turk Beg, a private island off the coast of Clew Bay, Co Mayo, offers an experience of privacy and isolation that is virtually unsurpassed. You don’t even have to worry about food – your very own private chef will prepare delicious locally sourced delicacies. And, aside from the benefits of a broadband connection, you can enjoy watersports along a private coastline, or the benefits of a private luxurious leisure centre. Whoever said money couldn’t buy happiness?

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tips for stealing me-time this Christmas We all love Christmas, we all love seeing our family gathered under the one roof, but truthfully, we all love to see them go again don’t we. Take back some time to enjoy yourself and your family this year - even if it does mean packing them off (sometimes).

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Unless you have invited the Irish army there is no need to begin peeling and chopping three days in advance. Wait till the in-laws arrive on Christmas Eve an give them an opportunity to impress ... 120 minutes.

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REMOTE CONTROL

You need to be quick on the draw with the remote at the best of times so avoid the Downton Vs Dr Who argument with a TV chart - win screen time points for assistance with prep, serving and cleaning. She who cooks wins. 90 minutes.

9 WALK OUT Stage a walk out - send them all out for a brisk walk on Stephen’s Day. If they object trace a route round several of their old haunts and throw in a hip flask. Nostalgia and a toddy can be a head mix. 60 minutes.

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Go online and get the big shop done and delivered. Then make the most of the festive atmosphere (bumping into neighbours on Chrismas Eve in SuperValu), as you swan around with a jar of goose fat in one hand sipping the free Baileys sample, and loudly wondering in which aisle can you find the Turkish Delight. 180 minutes.

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GET UP EARLY Yes, it sounds bonkers, but on Christmas morning creep out of bed before everyone is awake and enjoy the peace and quiet. Look round your lovely clean house and take a mental snapshot. Go to this happy place when your sitting room is buried under a tidal wave of wrapping paper. 30 minutes.

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THE RIGHT FORD MUSTANG.

OUT ON THE LAND

The Ford Mustang is a car that says several specific things about its owner. That you like to be noticed. That you enjoy a spot of drag racing, and leaving tyre tracks on the road. And that you are perfectly happy to spend the majority of your disposable income on fuel. Thankfully, we now have a right hand drive version of this iconic car. Due at the end of this year, there’s no doubt it’s a beast designed with fun in mind – Line Lock, for example, is a standard feature that allows you to spin the rear wheels for 15 seconds to increase traction and catapult you forward once the front wheels are released. The 2.3L EcoBoost version produces 310bhp and shoots forward from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds, the 5.0L V8 is another matter entirely. And it’s a beauty – a design that hearkens back to the Mustangs of the early days, not a copy but just enough inspiration to tug at your heartstrings. At the end of the day it’s not a car that you need – it’s bought with the heart rather than the head. So you might be a little daft to buy one. But you’d also be daft not to.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander has received quite a few tweaks for 2016, both inside and out. A more sharply styled model this time around, it’s available in 5-seat (2WD) and 7-seat (4WD) versions; the 2016 model also features an updated 2.2L Euro6 engine. The 4WD version is great for a school run, and is quite economical – 52mpg is easily attainable with a light foot. All models also come with towing capacity of 2,000kg, and have a 5 star EURO NCAP safety rating – you can now hit that tree safe in the knowledge that the car will take the blow for you. Hopefully. Better still, Mitsubishi also offer an 8 year, 150,000km passenger car warranty, which should give you some peace of mind.

ONE FOR THE FAMILY South Korean firms Hyundai and Kia have come on leaps and bounds in recent years (much like Skoda) – once derided brands that are increasingly producing cars that are both great to drive and look at. The Kia Optima is a great example. It’s a four door family saloon that competes with the likes of the Ford Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat, with the latest edition said to come equipped with better handling, better ride quality and a more refined experience. Having seen one in the flesh recently, it’s also almost surprising how good looking it is – a family car with a sporty side not too far from the surface. Due on sale across Europe from Q4 2015, it’s definitely once to watch out for.

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Have you ever found yourself offroading through a field, and wished you could better feel the wind blowing through your hair? If so, that oddly specific desire will be answered very soon, with the introduction of all new Range Rover Evoque Convertible. That’s right – an SUV convertible, quite similar to the much maligned Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, which suffered as much from its niche appeal as it did from its mouthful of a name and its fairly unappealing features. The new convertible Evoque will be on sale from spring 2016 and, while it may look a little delicate, it’s still a Land Rover, so at least off-roading will be embedded in its DNA. Somehow, though, we imagine this will be used on roads and driveways rather than grassy fields and mud tracks, but keep an eye out.

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motor|trade in TEST DRIVE That BMW might look tasty, but you’ve got no idea how well it runs until you take it for a spin – the longer the better. Try it out on a variety of road surfaces and conditions to get a feel for its capabilities, and immediately take note of the positives and negatives. Don’t be afraid to root around the switches and cubbyholes, try out the back seats for comfort and space, and stick your head in the boot to see how much you’ll fit inside.

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If you’re adamant about getting a brand new car, plan to hold onto it for several years. While it might be nice to be the first owner, new cars depreciate in value quickly, and you could save money by simply waiting for a year. Set a budget and stick to it – this should account for the price of the car, insurance, tax and fuel costs for the year. Next, you should determine a fair price. You don’t want to fork out over the market value, so check with a number of dealers to get an average price tag – don’t be afraid to use these comparisons to bargain. When you’ve found the perfect model and the topic of price has come up, try and get as many extras thrown in – it all adds up, and always let the dealer know that you’re shopping around.

It’s the age old question – should I get a diesel or a petrol powered car? Diesel cars have become very fashionable, but they’re not always the right option. For those who spend a lot of time on the road, diesel cars are cheaper to run, but cost more to maintain and are generally more expensive to purchase. Many newer petrol cars are far more environmentally-friendly and cheaper to run than their predecessors, particularly smaller cars. Don’t forget – fuel efficiency figures claimed by car companies are generally attained under very optimal circumstances. Visit websites like HonestJohn. co.uk to discover real world fuel economy statistics.

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If you plan on trading in your current car at the dealership, make sure to have your homework done. Firstly, research your make and model online to discover how much it is worth (always begin with the highest estimate when it comes to haggling on the price). Adverts.ie, BeepBeep.ie and CBG.ie all have free valuation tools. Just be careful when self-evaluating – we’re all inclined to value our vehicles at the higher end of the scale, and you could be disappointed when dealers offer a trade-in value that’s a lot less than anticipated, not least because they have to take into account their profit margins and any money spent fixing it up. Secondly, pick your time – you might be deeply in love with your convertible Ford Focus, but you probably won’t get as much for it in the depths of winter as you might in the middle of July. Thirdly, if you’re not happy with their offer, consider selling it for more on the open market – these days you can have a car for sale on the likes of DoneDeal in a matter of moments. Many people almost feel obliged to buy from the first dealership they walk into; instead visit a few different dealers and ask them to make a bid, or go the private route. Finally, make sure your old car is in decent condition, particularly for newer models. Set a small budget to correct any issues – like smaller scratches or dents, replacing a dead battery in the key fob, changing the bulbs or fixing unsightly scratches on the wheels. These small steps could go a long way in convincing the dealer that your car has been well maintained. Don’t forget to have it valeted as well – it’ll make for a better impression than a vehicle smelling of mildew with crisp crumbs everywhere. DRIVE AWAY ...

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inter brings with it a multitude of things – from colder weather and darker days to the frivolity of a season associated with festivity, but also the dreaded winter colds and flu. Don’t fret, there are lots of things you can do to prevent winter from getting to you. Banish winter illness, keep your body fit, skin protected and mind active with these simple tips.

DIET A good immune system relates to a balanced diet. Ditch the fatty foods, as they lead to lazy immune cells, and stock up on cabbage, strawberries, carrots and onions, which contain immune protecting chemicals. Soups, stews and smoothies are a perfect way to get your five-a-day and are easy to make and store. Add bananas and blueberries to sweeten your breakfast instead of sugar to keep your energy levels stabilized throughout the morning, so you can make the most of your day. Try the healing properties of herbal teas. Peppermint is great for digestion and bloating, its natural menthol acts as a muscle relaxant, green tea is loaded with antioxidants and camomile is a wonderful natural relaxant if you’re feeling stressed. Broths are a bril-

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WINTER The joy of a festive season lies ahead, but the darker and colder winter weather can take its toll on our well-being. Try these simple tips to keep you fit, active, happy and healthy this winter.

liant aid for colds and flus and are a handy way to use up any leftovers. This old-fashioned, rustic and hearty broth will do just the trick and makes good use of a cheaper cut like chicken legs and wings.

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MEDICINE & VACCINES Taking precautions with health during the winter is important. Anyone over the age of 65 or suffering with medical conditions is advised to get the flu vaccine as they are

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It’s equally important to keep your mind active during winter. Avoiding SAD by getting out in the daylight whenever possible. Walk the dog, walk the kids or grand-kids home from school and meet up with friends. Taking up an activity, or joining a club that meets weekly (like the ICA!), are great ways of keeping the brain active and giving it the exercise it needs. Games like chess and cards are great brain stimulation also if the weather is keeping you inside.

and zinc tablets are great flu fighters, echinacea is a proven cold and flu preventative and fish oils are also important – as the colder months can have an effect on our joints. Make sure to drink lots of fluids everyday, especially ginger and lemon tea for colds! Adding extra garlic and chili into your dinner is a fantastic way to purify the blood and also acts as an antiviral.

WRAP UP Winter is a great time for style so play around with your warmer clothes this season! Capes are a big trend at the moment and will make any outfit look pulled together, and are warm and easy to throw on for any occasion. Dig out the winter woollies to keep your body temperature stable when outside. Layering is also great for warmth, as you can easily remove or add on items depending on the weather. When buying shoes choose pairs that have good grip to avoid slipping on frosty ground and protect your skin from the elements with hats, gloves and scarves.

real TLC! An SPF day-cream is just as important in winter as the sun’s rays still shine through a cloudy sky. A rich moisturiser and lip balm are best for windier weather as the skin’s natural oil gets dried away by the elements. Aloe vera and almond oil will restore the skin’s natural oil and you can add a drop of vitamin E to your regular night-cream to let it work its magic while you sleep. Ultimately, hydration comes from within, so drink lots of H20!

KEEPING FIT It’s very easy to get into the habit of curling up on the couch on a dark evening and watching TV, but if we do this every single night our bodies will suffer. Keeping fit with light exercise is important for keeping

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REST & RELAXATION Good R&R is fuel for the body and brain, so getting your eight hours a night is essential. Apart from having a good sleep routine, having good bed hygiene (no, we don’t mean the sheets!) is important. Keep the bedroom a technology free zone and allow yourself the wind down time your mind needs before sleep. Read a book, take a bath and swap the night time cuppa for a camomile tea or warm malt drink to really aid a good snooze.

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your body strong and your immune system fighting fit. A short walk each day will keep you fit and keep your muscles toned and able. If the outdoors aren’t your thing a Pilates class or swimming are great ways of keeping fit and meeting new people.

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I WAS BORN TWO MONTHS EARLY in November, in Nurse Hickey’s Nursing Home in Cabra, Dublin. I have a twin brother. We were rushed off to incubators in Temple Street and were there for weeks before being allowed home. Our poor parents had to keep the fire lit 24 hours a day for weeks. (Central heating hadn’t been invented!) MY EARLIEST MEMORY IS being in my cot with my twin, and being admired by a friend of my parents. We weren’t yet walking, but I remember the woman saying, ‘Aren’t they beautiful.’ I FIRST GOT INTO WRITING because my creative side was bursting to be released, and I needed a new car as the one I had was covered in rust and I couldn’t afford

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BEING DIAGNOSED WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS was a relief as for ten years I had been sent from Billy to Jack and more or less told it was all in my head. WOMEN TODAY ARE PULLED in every direction, have less chance of making the choice to rear their children themselves or place them in crèches, but have much more choice in choosing careers than our mothers’ generation had. IN MY SPARE TIME I LIKE TO PAINT and I would love to get back to it. I’d also love to have hours on end to read. MY FAITH MEANS asking many questions, reading many books, thinking for myself and opening up to spiritual knowledge, which is very sustaining. MY FAVOURITE DISH to cook is cheesy potatoes. Tragically for my waistline I adore cheese and potatoes! MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN IRELAND is Wicklow. I have a mobile home that overlooks a magnificent field, and beyond the gentle, rolling hills. A blissful place to write and relax. MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT IS loving and being loved. I’m also happy to have inspired and developed the Open Door Literacy books with New Island and of course entertaining my loyal readers for twenty-five years. FORGIVENESS IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT, but imperative to live free from toxic energy. Self-forgiveness is the hardest of all. The most important piece of advice passed on to me by my mother was ‘Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.’ My mother was a wise and loving mother and I miss her every day of my life. BRAVERY IS ALWAYS WORTH IT. Taking a leap of faith can open so many doors. Standing up and being counted is good for the soul. MY FUTURE PLANS ARE to have more free time! Seriously, I don’t tend to make plans anymore having had two difficult years due to various family illnesses. Whatever good things come are welcome blessings. I would like to explore France more. I feel very at home there. Patrica Scanlan’s new book ‘A Gift for You’ (€15.99), is available in all good book stores now.

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Ask how today at any of our stores or ASK TODAY online HOW at www.did.ie/flexirent * Flexirent is a consumer hire agreement as defined by the Consumer Credit Act, 1995 (as amended) and is subject to credit approval. Payments are made monthly and prices shown are based on a 36 month term. Flexirent retains ownership of equipment throughout the agreement. Applicants must be 18 and over and minimum purchase price is €299. FlexiRent® is brought to you by FlexiGroup®

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