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Wine to suit any occasion Three Bottles of Chardonnay

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48 Hours in Milan

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The Real Madrid The nerve centre of Spain

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Food glorious Food Irelands Artisan food culture

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Lifes a beach in Fuengirola Spanish authenticity like nowhere else

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Tiger The second coming

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The Company Office Leader in the irish corporate services industry

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Bmw & Audi lead the way

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Kenny Egan 'Safe side of the ropes'

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London is calling Girls Hidden gems

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Inspector Gadget Boys toys

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A word to the Wise Women only network launched

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One mans Trash Got it? Flog it!

Published by: Blackhall Media Ltd Editor: Seamus Morris Contributors: Sally Harding, Gerry Hand Design: GGDesign 6/9 Trinity St, Dublin 2 (Reg Office) The Loft, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 Titanic Quarter, Belfast.NI T: +353 896078371 E: info@barristermagazine.ie W: www.barristermagazine.ie Twitter: @BarristerMagIre

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THREE BOTTLES OF CHARDONNAY

to suit any occasion.

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omaine des Nugues, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc 2016, 13%, €20 Beaujolais Region is fantastic alternative to famous and more expensive neighbour - Burgundy. Gilles and Magali Gelin are purists when it comes to their vineyard and winemaking practices. They own 33 hectares in the northern part of Beaujolais including young vines of Chardonnay thriving on limestone-clay plots. The grapes are hand harvested and fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks at low temperature for one month. As a result, the wines are expressing delicate pure Chardonnay fruits. This Beaujolais has an attractive, gently fruity nose that carries through to the palate - lively and fruitforward unoaked wine with a lovely texture as well as balancing crisp acidity.

Domaine Chavy-Chouet, Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères 2016, Puligny-Montrachet is undoubdetly the most famous appellation for Chardonnay grapes. With only 250 hectares in total, including 100 hectares for the 24 different 1er Crus, one can understand why these wines are really sought after. Father and Son, Hubert and Romaric Chavy-Chouet farm 1 hectare of 60 years-old vine in the renowned climat "Les enseignères” with a respect of the terroir. This Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères opens with natural tension, power and depth, followed by notes of white peach and pear over a long, clean and intense finish. This is a great choice for a pairing with white fish.

A delight to enjoy with salmon. Domaine des Chenevières, Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume 2015, 12.5%, €40 Chablis Region is the northenmost vineyard of the Burgundy appellation with a very distinctive soil. The region is basically an old seafloor with a cool climate, which explains the special character of the wines - flint-like minerality. Frédéric Guéguen and his wife Céline Brocard are running a 12 hectares estate with Chardonnay plantations in Village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru appellations. The production is Organic and the wines are aged without oak barrels to preserve freshness and minerality. This Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume comes from a vineyard which faces south-west – the wine is round, yet crisp and fruity. Very smooth and mineral finsih. One to try with grilled fish.

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48 hours in Milan Milan is the powerhouse of Northern Italy. It provides a mix of culture and cutting edge modernity. Here, we outline the main attractions if you visit. By Seamus Morris

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ot as popular for a city break as the likes of Rome and Venice, Milan is still one of the great Italian destinations. Situated in the North of Italy, Milan lies close to the border with Switzerland. Milan is situated in the Northern Lombardy region. With a population of 1.3 million, it is a large city, but not on a massive scale, so a weekend could reveal a lot of the city’s treasures. Traditionally known as major world fashion capital, the city is also home to two of the biggest football clubs in Europe, AC and Inter.

So apart from fashion or football, what else is there to do in Milan? Well, in common with all Italian cities, the architecture is stunning and of a very high quality. In the centre of the city, lies Piazza Del Duomo. The busy square features the gothic cathedral, one of the largest in Europe. This being Milan, the Piazza also features an array of designer shops and plenty of people watching! The Piazza is merely a taster for the many cultural delights on offer in the city. The Santa Marie delle Grazie Convent houses Da Vinci’s mural ‘The Last Supper.’ For opera lovers, a visit to the La Scala is essential. Dating from 1778, La Scala houses the famous Teatro alla Scala Orchestra. 135 strong, the orchestra is considered one of the best in the world for opera productions.

a huge Medieval-Renaissance fortress which houses historical museums and art by Michelangelo and Da Vinci. The modernity of Milan is encapsulated by the magnificent Galleria Vittorio Emanuele 11. Italy’s oldest shopping mall is a prime example of Renaissance Revival Architecture. Many designer labels such as Prada and Louis Vuitton are available in this jaw dropping centre. If your shopping needs are not met here, then there is always the Via Monte Napoleone. This street has been described as Europe’s most expensive street. No trip to an Italian city is complete without a visit to an authentic pizzeria.

Also well worth a visit is Sforza Castle. The castle is

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Berbere, located in Porta Garibaldi and Isola, certainly ticks this box. Located in an atmospheric 1950’s co-operative, booking is advised! Also located in Porta Garibaldi and Isola is the Michelin starred Alice Ristorante. With views over Piazza XXV Aprile, the food is superior. For a unique way to see the city, there is no better option than the Vintage Fiat 500 Tour! This promises a city tour in a restored Fiat 500, an iconic Italian car. This tour allows you to zip through the streets like a local, but with an expert driver with local knowledge at the wheel. For a bit of romance, why not try the night tour experience! A trip to I Navigli won’t break the bank. This area contains reasonably priced restaurants and hip nightclubs. If you are a science buff, you have to visit the science museum, located in Corso Magenta and Sant’Ambrogio. The largest of its kind in Italy, it is fitting that it is situated in Milan, as Da Vinci did a lot of his visionary work in the city. Located in a 16th century monastery, it features more than 10,000 items. There are three transport options to help you get around in Milan – Metro, Bus and Tram. Of these, bus can get you further than the others. Alternately, the city centre area can be covered on foot quite easily. Hotels in the city vary in price, but a search online revealed rooms starting at just 50 Euros! Something for everyone in the powerhouse of Northern Italy.

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The Real Madrid The nerve centre of Spain, both physically and culturally, Madrid is short of nothing. What it lacks in beaches and coasts it makes up for in stunning architecture, art galleries, streets lined with Spain’s best tapas bars and a city atmosphere that never diminishes. No place in the world in more alive than Madrid! By Sally Harding

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papers in the shade. The Metro Retiro stop takes you right into the park. The Royal Palace is a must see. It is stunningly beautiful with a breathtaking view overlooking the city. The grounds of the Palace are a grand majestic area and superbly conserved. The interior is visually magnificent and each and every room looks like a masterpiece.

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have always wanted to go to Madrid. Many years ago on a family holiday in the Algarve we took a day trip to the Andalusian city of Seville and I’ll always remember the copious fields of orange orchards on the train journey into the city, the awe inspiring Moorish architecture of the royal palace and the character of the amazingly beautiful Spanish city. But would Spain’s capital live up to my expectations? It certainly did, and in abundance. The Sights

Madrid is the third most populous city in the European Union. But it feels intimate and genteel with an old-world elegance that is mostly gone from this earth. Every place you visit, from the gardens— one several times the size of Central Park—to the museums you can practically hear the whispers of kings and queens long gone. El Retiro Park is a 350-acre spread of gardens, fountains and buildings located at the edge of the city centre. You can relax, take a boat ride or enjoy the buskers, sidewalk artists and all kind of street performers that take residence here daily. I was lucky enough to witness an amazing acrobatic troupe entertaining the crowds of onlookers one Saturday afternoon! The park also features a large pond where people can rents kayaks and canoes. A boat dock rents small easy to use rowboats for 4.55€ for 45 minutes. We did like others and rowed out to the middle and then lay down and basked in the hot sun! This is a great opportunity to see locals from all across the city gather to stroll, jog, have picnics or read the Sunday

You can view the armoury and some interior sections of the palace including the lavish throne room exhibiting walls covered by wonderful deep-red tapestries and mirrors. Another highlight is the still used grand banquet dining room with its impressive amount of chandeliers! An unusual room showcased beautifully intricate porcelain all over the walls and ceiling. I loved stepping into the history here and every regal piece and space is fascinating! Museums aren’t always high on my list when visiting a country BUT the Reina Sofia was a bit of a surprise. I went to see Guernica by Picasso like everybody else and figured it would be a bit disappointing but something you have to do when given the opportunity. I was so wrong! Firstly, because it's so huge, you're already better off than most normal sized masterpieces that are the centre of a collection or a museum. The curator did an amazing job to tell the story of Spain's tumultuous history. It's a modern art museum, and it has works from all the usual suspects, but in the context of Spain's wars and conflict, I found the commentary that it created captivating! The preparatory sketches are also on view so it is possible to see how Picasso developed his ideas for this huge painting. Seeing a painting, so famous, so political, in person was a tremendous experience. Culture doesn’t have to break the bank, as the Reina Sofia Museum is free five nights per week. Shopping Vintage scene - As a vintage and antique addict I always give myself the invariably mammoth task of August 2018 | The Barrister Magazine

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trying to locate these markets and retro havens that are usually always off the beaten track. Barrio Malasaña, the colourful, cultural neighborhood a short walk from the heart of downtown Sol is Madrid’s bohemian hub. It hosts the city’s best cultural and

Another gem I discovered was a charming little market in a nearby park. From handmade jewellery, vintage magazines, antiques and old toys to sewing machines and curios of all sorts. This entire area is brimming with character and you’ll find yourself not wanting to leave! Markets - Madrid’s - argest open-air flea market, "El Rastro" is held from 9am to 3pm in the historic centre of Madrid every Sunday offering a variety of products both new and old. Said to be the largest flea market in Europe with up to 3500 different stalls, it extends through several streets in one of the city's oldest working-class neighbourhoods. The hustle, bustle and excitement of El Rastro visitors buying and bargaining with traders is something you need to experience once in your life. There are bargains in everything from furniture to clothing. A myriad of leather stalls run through the street and I came away with a stunning real Spanish leather fringed bag for a steal price of 25 euros. Antique and curios shops line the surrounding streets and remain open on Sundays to take advantage of the market's lively crowds and wonderful atmosphere. Get here early though – battling the crowds in the afternoon is no mean feat! Eating out/ Nightlife

alternative venues for shopping and socialising. This area exudes the more authentic side to Madrid and I was delighted to stumble across a small local eco market on my quest. I felt like I really had struck gold. No crowds, queues or dodgy souvenirs – it seemed like just a local neighbourhood concept by and for Madrilenians. Here lay a selection of homemade organic soaps and skincare, artisan food and Spanish wine. As I was browsing the delicious wares on offer I spotted what looked to be a make shift bar in the corner of my eye. It was wooden beach hut style clad with retro and ethnic designs where the residents were enjoying a Saturday afternoon beverage in the sun. These types of moments make my crusades completely worthwhile! As I made my way further into the cobbled streets of the neighbourhood I discovered an array of vintage boutiques and antique shops crammed with amazing clothing from the 1930s to the 1990s. Stores with 1950s fur coats, 60s shift dresses, 90s Levis jacket and much more lined the narrow streets of this barrio. I’m convinced the term Aladdin’s cave had to be created for an unusual little store I came across called 8 Pulgas. The name translates as “8 Fleas” and everything about it is suggestive of a flea market! The long and narrow physical space of the shop also gives the feel of by-lane shopping. What stands out though is their fur products, some of which are from the early 20th century. These truly vintage ensembles, fur coats especially are a collectible and can be bought from here at some throw away prices. As go further into this awe -inspiring cavern all sorts of little peculiar props and nick knacks on display. This is not a shop it’s an experience!

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Eating out in Madrid is a joy. Fill your boots in the back-to-back tapas restaurants with exquisite traditional dishes like chorizo sausage cooked in cider, gambas pil pil, patatas bravas, meatballs and croquettes. On my last day I found the star of the show - The La Mar del Alabardero (Plaza de Oriente 6 - Metro: Ópera) offers a great view with its terrace being located on a square looking out at the royal palace and next door to the opera house. We tucked into a feast of mouthwatering calamari in a gorgeous light batter served with fresh tar tar sauce. The main dish was good old seafood Paella and it was amazing! We stayed at Hotel Santo Domingo in the centre of the city. The rooftop bar with its stunning view of Madrid and exciting cocktail menu is the perfect location to unwind after a busy day in the Spanish capital. The pool is open on this rooftop until 8pm daily and is an ideal place to stay combining rest and relaxation with discovering the city! For a live show in Madrid, you must see Flamenco at least once. The best place to do this is at Cafe Chinitas (Calle Torija, 7 – Metro Santo Domingo). Madrid is truly the beating heart of Spain and whatever you are looking for in a honeymoon you can be sure you’ll find it here.


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Food, glorious FOOD Ireland’s artisan food culture has grown massively in recent years. Here, we talk to one of the organisers of the many food festivals held throughout the country.

Food products of the highest quality are now Dingle Food Festival and Kinsale Gourmet Festival. available at affordable prices.

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he Irish food land landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade. As well as boasting world class restaurants, the standard of food being produced by smaller scale Irish companies is of the highest quality. Irish companies have developed niches in the food market.

With an entry fee of just five euros, the festival also provides musical entertainment and family centred activities.

An important showcase for these companies is All regions of the country now have their own the numerous food festivals that have sprung food events. One of these events is the Laura Killeen of Sheridan’s spoke to The Barrister about the festival. Sheridan’s Irish Food Festival. up around the country. The festivals promote the best of locally The festival, which has run for the past nine produced food and they have added to Ireland’s years, is located in Co. Meath, at the headquarters of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers. tourist offering. Sheridan’s Cheesemongers began in 1995 and The Wild Atlantic Way has been a major has grown to four premises. marketing success for Irish tourism in recent years. Along the entire route of the Wild Many of the company’s farmhouse cheeses and foods are handmade in Ireland and Sheridan’s Atlantic Way, there are food festivals. also stock a wide range of artisan produce from all over Europe. The festival is a one day event, These include which this year was held at the end of May. A Taste of Donegal,

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‘The festival only contains produce from Ireland. This year, there were over 100 artisan producers featured at the festival,’ Laura explained. ‘This included a wide variety of produce and there was also fresh food made to order available,’ she added. The festival is part of the Boyne Valley Food series, which is run in conjunction with Meath

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County Council. Ireland’s leading cheese retailer, Sheridan’s has dedicated shops in Food festivals have grown in popularity in recent years and Laura feels Dublin and Galway City Centres. They also have a shop in Ardkeen, Waterford. Sheridan’s produce is also available in market stalls in the that people are focused on preserving Ireland’s food traditions. ‘People want to preserve their heritage. The festivals support local companies Dublin area and also in Galway. and provide a great showcase for their produce,’ she explained. In addition, their warehouse shop in Co. Meath is open to the public. Laura has seen a rise in tourists visiting the festival. ‘When people land Sheridan’s produce is also available countrywide in selected retail in Dublin from abroad, many of them are keen to sample Irish food outlets. culture. On their way down the country, they stop into our festival,’ she Food festivals in Ireland range from the Galway International Oyster stated. and Seafood Festival to Dublin VegFest, which is a celebration of vegan The cheese market in Ireland is competitive, but supportive, according living. to Laura. Another important showcase for small food producers are farmers ‘It’s not a cut throat market!’ she explained. ‘People are supportive of each markets. These take place on a weekly basis countrywide. other. There are differences in the offerings provided by different companies in The website of Bord Bia (The Irish food board) has a comprehensive list the cheese market,’ Laura commented. of farmers markets. It is a very good time to be an artisan food producer ‘We import European cheeses and our produce is available in all counties,’ she in Ireland. added.

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Life’s a beach in

Fu e n g i ro l a Fuengirola is famous for its 5 km stretch of sandy, well-kept beaches, myriads of seafood eateries and a stunning mountain village. Whilst this town is every sun worshiper’s paradise it also exudes a unique Spanish authenticity like nowhere else on the Costa Del Sol. By Sally Harding

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have to start this off by being honest and saying that Fuengirola would not have been my first choice for a holiday destination. Having visited nearby Marbella on a number of occasions, I had my heart set on booking the more upscale city for our family getaway. My bank balance, however, had other ideas as we had left it until the last minute to book a holiday in peak season. When Fuengirola was suggested as another option I didn’t exactly jump for joy. Images of loud boozed up hen and stag parties, hooligans causing chaos in hotel rooms and thugs being a menace to tourists and locals alike raced through my mind. I tarred this Costa town with the same bad reputation that Torremolimos up the road gained in the late 80s for rowdy drunken behaviour and cheap and tacky venues. I am delighted to say that Fuengirola proved me wrong and did it in style. We stayed in Los Boliches, a quiet and beautiful area on the beach, a handy 15minute drive from the airport. Due to some bad experiences in Spanish hotels, my expectation of The Ilunion Hotel being remotely reminiscent of the 4 star it claimed to be was low, however I was about to get the first pleasant surprise of many on this trip. Our room was modern, clean and spacious with had a spectacular sea view and a large balcony. And a big deal breaker of modern life – free, fast unlimited Wi-Fi was available! Local Life Los Boliches is ideally located beside some outstanding restaurants, tapas bars and shops. The area has retained much of its original charm as a fishing

village and is not dominated by high apartment blocks, as in some other parts of Fuengirola and the coast. It has one of the cleanest beaches and is a lot less crowded than its counterparts. It costs €5 for a sunbed for the day and service to your bed is available. Between the main street and the sea there are lovely little narrow streets buzzing with the lively Andalusian atmosphere and with wonderful local seafood and fresh fish dishes to choose from. There is nothing more symbolic of a Spanish summer than the smell of sardines being slowly grilled over an open wood fire on the beach. Maybe it’s the novelty of watching freshly caught fish, grilled in front of your eyes on an old fishing boat berthed in the sand that is so appealing. Whatever the reason, I made the most of being on the Mediterranean coastline and tucked into this delicacy and lots of other seafood on more than one occasion at a nearby restaurant. The Parish Church of Carmen y Santa Fé is the centre of the neighbourhood in Los Boliches. It lies on a quaint and pretty little square surrounded by orange trees and the whole place has a unique village feel unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited in Spain. We arrived late on a Friday night and having done my research I was eyeing up the possibility of visiting the local flea market only five minutes from our hotel. I have quite the reputation for shopping and could foresee the instant eye rolling that announcing my plans for bargain hunting would result in with my family especially given that it would be in the first few hours of landing on Spanish soil. But I did manage to steal some time to view and barter. To market, to market As I got out of the taxi at the town fairground home to the collection of stalls I came face to face with a giant of a market. It was hard to know where to look or where to go to first as I got to grip with the huge array of sprawling stalls offering many weird and wonderful goods. Being a magnet for anything old or interesting one of the first vendors to catch my eye was a vintage stall owned by a very glamorous and eccentric Italian lady who was giving a fellow traveler a very theatrical account of the story behind a necklace his wife was admiring.

Her wares included a snakeskin 1950s handbag, pearls, antique brooches, 19th century perfume bottles and a stunning intricately designed jewelry box. I felt like child left in my granny’s attic to look through all of the memories she had collected throughout the years. This place was the stuff that dreams are made of, for me anyway. Staying with the vintage theme and further into this little world was a collection of fascinating Spanish fashion magazines from the 1960s. I got two for an unbelievable price of £3 as well as a collection of specialist boxing newspapers from the 1960s/1970s (my dad is a big boxing fan) Other stalls included Moroccan leather bags and shoes, antiques, vinyl, old radios, cameras and local produce. Some of the more unusual items for sale included army helmets, mannequins and eerie old collectable dolls! If you’ve ever heard the term, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure then this place is the living, breathing form of the phrase. As I made my way through the copious stalls I stumbled upon an elderly lady selling the most amazing antique Spanish lace scarf. It was out of my price range but even if you don’t buy, this flea market is just as much a cultural experience as much as a retail one. The electric atmosphere and buzz is palpable as vendors bargain with punters all trying to do a deal and go home happy. The weekly Saturday market from 9am – 2pm is immense and walking around in the heat of the midday sun is not for the faint hearted as most of the stalls are uncovered. Thankfully, there were vendors walking around selling cold drinks to keep you cool. Also adorning the eclectic mix of goods on offer was the noisy hustle and bustle of marketers with wheelbarrows full of The Barrister Magazine | August 2018

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delicious fresh cherries, watermelons, asparagus and avocados all trying to outdo each other on price and get rid of the stock before the market came to an end. Along the way I spotted an original 1970s Spanish football bag and bargained down the price from €30 to €10. And so I made my way back to the hotel with a mix of goods I could never have predicted I’d find when I walked in and that’s what is so magical about flea markets. A real Spanish experience My parents had holidayed in nearby Torre Blanca just the week before we set off and recommended a visit to Mijas Pueblo, a mountain top village over looking the Mediterranean Sea about 7km from Los Boliches. As we travelled up the steep and winding roads we started to get a glimpse of this typically Moorish and exceptionally beautiful white-washed village. The vibrant plant pots brimming with bougainvillea, lavender and jasmine all added an extra dash of colour to the enchanting scene of Mijas. Although only five minutes away, this was like a different world, leaving a tourist hub for a real Spanish town or at least that’s how it felt. We got dropped off at the main square where a host of horse and carriages surrounding a beautiful cultivated green area welcomed us. My son Caleb quickly spotted a group of Donkeys dressed ornately in colourful garments on the other side of the road offering the same service but perhaps offering a little more novelty and intrigue. The donkey taxis are a popular aspect of local life that has its origins in the early 60s, when tourists arriving in Mijas felt so drawn to these animals that transported the “Mijeños”, that they would ask to have their picture taken on the donkeys. The locals decided to make donkeys their new business, which is why they have become one of the town’s main tourist attractions today. Travelling through the meandering cobbled streets of this quaint white village we became mesmerized as we veered in and out of the narrow winding shopping streets leading to more narrow streets and I began to lose hope that I’d ever grasp my bearings to return to the abundance of local handmade craft, art galleries, boutiques, wine bars and all sorts of artisan stores nestled along the way. The alluring smell of handmade leather was pungent from the boutiques stationed between the shabby white buildings, and the exquisite architecture and blaze of colours from the wide variety of plants that trailed from the flower filled patios over the streets added to the awe of the experience. All roads seemed to lead back to the main square no matter what route you took and after a captivating tour of the town we returned to our starting point. As well as

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catching ride on horse or donkey you could also avail of a photo opportunity on top of a bull, albeit a metal sculpture! A huge tourist attraction is the Mijas bullring made famous because of of its unusual oval shape rather than the normal circle making it unique in Spain. If you want breath-taking views over the Costa del Sol, there’s no better spot than the Mijas Pueblo viewpoint close by, called The Mirador. Definitely one for the photo album Another site grabbing attention was what looked like an old ruin or cave. It was actually the Sanctuary of the Virgin of the rock, a chapel excavated out of rock by a Carmelita monk in the 17th century. The interior is very small but is so interesting as it is carved in the dirt and rocks of a hillside. It is beautifully maintained with gilded metal pews. Also on view is the image of the Virgin of the Rock, Patron Saint of Mijas. According to the legend, she was discovered in 1586 by two child shepherds who were guided to the place by a dove. The outside has fabulous views of the ocean, beaches, and city of Mijas. During festivals, the whole town gathers in this mystical place. The grub We dined in a little bistro called Alboka Gastro Tapas in the town centre. Its style, contemporary décor and a showcase of local art on the walls instantly made it feel very different to any other restaurant we had been to on our stay. Alboka offer a quirky and unique selection of tapas as well as a carefully curated wine menu with many organic and unique bottles on offer. We tucked into mini burgers in tomato bread with sweet onion and wasabi, patata bravas, homemade meatballs and octopus in honey sauce.

water park in Fuengirola. We had been to the same park three years previously and I admit the thoughts of crowds, queues and nowhere to sit didn’t thrill me. Thankfully travelling in May, we didn’t have to worry and enjoyed the day in comfort. Mijas Water Park is a great way to spend a day in the sun. With many water rides, slides and pools for every age it will keep the smallies entertained while you catch some rays on a sun lounger (or if you are like me recover on it after the trauma of a water ride I reluctantly agreed to go on due to intense nagging from my 9-year-old). You can partake in a fun aqua Zumba class or even sip a cocktail by the water. Make sure you book online for a considerable discount. A family pass will cost you €54.40 and note that lockers and sunbeds are extra. I’d recommend that you come armed with snacks and drinks otherwise it could turn into an expensive day! Another exciting discovery for me on this trip was The Organic Cafe, quirky little eatery on the main strip offering a clean, healthy menu consisting of cold pressed juices, vegan dishes, salads and basically anything that is good for you! The trendy décor has a hippie/Moroccan style vibe and it is a breath of fresh air to the area. I made a quick pit stop for one of their delicious smoothies before returning the next day for breakfast. I opted for their version of eggs benedict consisting of two poached eggs with smoked salmon on squid ink brioche and an unusual curry type sauce! Caleb had vegan pancakes, well everything is going to taste good covered in syrup right? As our wonderful week came to an end, Marbella was a distant memory and stood firmly in the ha’penny place as Fuengirola

I can take or leave high street shops and commercial centres, trawling through local craft and independent stores is the real shopping experience for me and I couldn’t leave without browsing in a couple of local stores. Hidden at the back of one selling all sorts of souvenirs and curios was a nook filled with handmade wicker and linen goods, traditional Spanish lace, as well as a selection of vintage clothing and leather bags. I was glad that I hadn’t spend money on mass produced tat in the many beachside shops now and came away with some beautiful rare finds.

proved to be a perfect holiday destination no matter what type of break you desire. We will definitely be back.

Later in the week my son, Caleb, a keen swimmer had his sights set on going to a

We booked our trip with Clickandgo.ie which included flights, hotel and transfers.


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TIGER – THE SECOND COMING Tiger Woods dominated golf for over a decade, winning 14 majors in the process. Then, personal issues and injury shook him to the core. Now, he is back as a real major contender once more. By Seamus Morris

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t has been a very busy summer in sport. The World Cup in Russia turned out to be one of the most memorable tournaments in history. In tennis, Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth men’s singles title. At home, the GAA Championships have been very entertaining, with changes introduced to both the football and hurling championships.

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For golf fans, the comeback of Tiger Woods surely ranks as highly as anything else that has happened. In July, Woods played his first Open Championship since 2015. At Carnoustie, regarded as the toughest course on the Open roster, the American finished tied for sixth place, finishing five under par, just three shots off the winner, Francesco Molinari. This was a remarkable finish for Woods. If it

wasn’t for a double bogey on the 11th in the final round, he could have been a lot closer. Woods was forced out of golf for ten months in 2017 (he underwent spinal fusion surgery in April of last year). His golf has been steadily improving this year. However, his performance in Carnoustie announced his status as a major contender once more. Pinpoint accuracy off the tee and some sublime putting were


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features of his play during the Open week. There were also signs of a changed man. In his prime, Tiger cut an aloof figure. He was frequently dour and sometimes surly in his dealings with the media. He comes across as much more relaxed now. When one of his more wayward shots landed in the crowd, he could be seen signing a glove for a spectator and apologising. The new generation of elite golfers, including Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and the young Spaniard Jon Rahm now know what it is like to have Tiger breathing down their necks. The 42 year old won the last of his majors in 2008. The following year, his world came crashing down spectacularly. His serial infidelity was exposed following a bizarre late night incident outside his house in which he crashed his car. He subsequently spent time in a treatment centre for sex addiction. At least 14 women

were revealed to have been involved in sexual liaisons with him.

grown massively since Tiger won his first major in 1997.

His marriage to Swede Elin Nordegren ended. His woes were compounded by frequent injuries (mainly back related) that saw him having to pull out of tournaments. It looked likely that we had seen the end of Tiger as a major force in the sport.

Woods attracted a new audience to the game. He is one of the truly iconic sports stars of our time, in select company which also includes Ronaldo, Messi and Federer. Speaking after his final round in Carnoustie, Woods was reflective about his family life and showed further signs of being a humbler man.

However, showing tremendous character, Woods has come roaring back and at the age of 42, he is teeing it up with golfers half his age. Woods brought physical fitness to a new level in golf when he was in his prime, including a weights regime which was described as being at Olympic level at one stage. However, there are still a number of other golfers in their 40’s competing for majors, including his great rival Phil Mickelson. US PGA Tour golfers are now far richer now thanks to Woods. The purses available have

‘Given where I was to where I am now, I feel blessed. When I met my two children after my round, I told them that I tried. I said to them, ‘hopefully you are proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,’ he stated. ‘The only thing that they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain that I was going through. Now, they just want to go play soccer with me. ‘Man, it’s such a great feeling,’ he added. Sounds like a man happy with his lot.

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THE COMPANY OFFICE – A new approach to Corporate Services.

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stablished in late 2017 and based in the heart of Dublin’s Silicon Docks, The Company Office is an emerging corporate service provider which is seeking to establish itself as a leader in the Irish corporate services industry.

The four main services offered by The Company Office are:

“While there are many similar entities operating in this space, we believe that the services that we provide allow our clients to concentrate on the development of their business safe in the knowledge that all their corporate compliance obligations are being met to the highest possible standards” explains Matthew Carolan, managing director of The Company Office. “Our business is founded on three core principles, legislative knowledge, availability and the ability to adapt in line with market changes”.

• International Corporate and Branch Services;

Matthew started The Company Office to provide premium corporate services at costs that are not prohibitive to start-ups and well established entities alike. “Many people looking to start out use their accountants to incorporate and maintain their companies. While this may have the initial bonus as being less costly than going to a solicitor or dedicated service provider, this can often lead to issues down the line as the company grows and develops. We have numerous cases where companies have been forced to pay expensive legal fees in order to bring their corporate records, public records and statutory books and registers in line with the relevant legislative provisions”. Thus The Company Office offers a full range of corporate services to cover every aspect of a company’s operation.

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• Company Formation Services; • Company Secretarial and Registered Office Services;

• Ongoing corporate services such as rectification of registers, AGM facilitation, corporate governance etc. Staffed by an experienced team with industry specific experience, The Company Office prides itself on its knowledge of the relevant legislative requirements and procedural nuances explains Matthew, “Forensic knowledge of the legislation in this area allows us to provide our clients with the information that they require when they require it.” The Company Office also ensures that its clients are prepared for any impending legislative obligations will form part of the landscape of corporate compliance in this country “the changes brought in with the Fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive (EU 2015/849), will require that corporate entities are fully aware of their ultimate beneficial owners or at least have taken adequate steps to identify same and we have endeavoured to ensure that all our clients are aware of and have taken steps to be complicit with these requirements”. The impact of Brexit and the uncertainty that has permeated the European corporate landscape is also something that has been felt by The Company Office “Companies that were previously

looking at London are now looking at setting up in Dublin. There is no doubt that Brexit is providing an opportunity for companies such as ours and it is abundantly clear that corporates view Dublin once of the most desirable locations to ensure certainty and continued access to the European markets regardless of the industry.” While Dublin can has become one of the most business friendly and desirable locations to operate in Europe, companies must ensure that they ensure that their corporate compliance obligations are being met. “Companies need to ensure that compliance regulations do not slow them down. There is an increasing requirement to be complicit and there are serious consequences if you are in contravention of the legislation” Matthew adds. The Company Office is an authorised trust and corporate service provider based in Grand Canal Dock. For further information visit their website at www.thecompanyoffice.ie or contact them by phone at 01 6855155.


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Audi Q3

BMW AND AUDI LEAD THE WAY BMW provides compact I series, while Audi update Q3 SUV BMW

stability are maximised.

BMW are renowned for luxury, stylish saloons. However, since 2004, the 1 Series has provided that BMW style in the form of a 3 door car. (It is also available as a 5 door). Built for the modern urban driver, the 1 series has been an exciting addition to the BMW range.

Both oversteer and understeer on bends is avoided, thus ensuring excellent directional stability. Another feature of the 1 Series is the Full White Led Headlights.

BMW 1 Series

Handy in town, this car is also built for the open road and a superior experience. With a large number of powerful engines and an optional all-wheel drive, the I series perform expertly. An array of optional components also adds to this powerful performance. These include adaptive suspension, variable sport steering and a Turbo inline 6 cylinder petrol engine. The latter component is unique in this class of car. The All-Wheel Drive is ideal for difficult driving conditions on the road. Safety and

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These headlights give the impression of daylight at both low and high beam. The dynamic wheels offer excellent road holding. Rapid and safe acceleration is guaranteed, even in wet conditions. Uniquely in its class, the 1 Series is available in rear wheel drive.

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BMW Efficient Dynamics is standard with every BMW. It is a strategy to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, while also delivering driving performance.


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Audi In the SUV class, the second generation of the Audi Q3 will be available in Ireland from November. The Q3 is a great family SUV. This Q3 offers far greater utility, thanks to abundant space, comprehensive adaptability and other practical details. In common with other Audi top of the line models, it features a digital cockpit. New assist systems support the driver in parking, in towns and in long journeys. The new Audi Q3 boasts a sportier presence than previous models. There are many options for customising your Q3. 11 paint colours are available. The interior offers a choice of three equipment lines, which can be combined freely with three exterior packages. Audi has developed a new concept for the colours and materials. There are three choices – the basic version, the Audi design and the S line interior package.

The navigation recognizes the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys. The Audi Connect portfolio – included as standard with the top of the line infotainment system – supplements the navigation in an ideal way. The Bang & Olsen Premium Sound System with virtual 3D sound provides threedimensional audio. The Audi Q3 is top of its class when it comes to assist systems. The highlight is the adaptive cruise assist, which is available optionally in conjunction with S tonic. Park Assist steers the SUV automatically in and out of parking spaces. The new generation Q3 offers agility both on and off

road. All engines are powerful, refined and efficient. The suspension on the Q3 adapts to different driving environments. As standard, the compact SUV is fitted with the digital equipment cluster, MMI radio including Bluetooth, multi-function leather steering wheel, and air conditioning and LED headlights. For the market launch, Audi will unveil a special edition model, which combines numerous extras. The S Line Exterior package, which includes colour highlighting for many details, makes for a sporty look.

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The new Q3 has grown in all dimensions and offers increased space. The luggage and storage compartment package is offered as an option. This provides extra comfort on long journeys. The operating and display concept of the family SUV has been overhauled from the ground up. As a result of this, Audi has done away with the analogy instruments. The Audi Q3 with MMI Navigation plus also comes with natural language voice control. The MMI Navigation in the Audi Q3 offers the same technical functions as in the higher segments.

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OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST KEN EGAN Olympic silver medallist Ken Egan has returned to boxing but this time around he will be on the safe side of the ropes.

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gan who collected his medal in the light heavyweight division at the Beijing games, a decade ago, has begun coaching Kildare featherweight Erc Donovan and was in the Athy mans corner for his points win over Bulgarian boxer Samuil Dimitrov in Dublin in the middle of July.

Egan revealed, ' I know Eric from our time together on the Irish amateur scene, I've

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been around the block a little bit more than he has so possibly know how things operate a little bit better than he does. 'My role is primarily about constructing a game plan for each fight and working on Eric's technique, I'm a southpaw so I know what it takes to beat a southpaw, little things like that can add up giving a guy an edge in a fight. 'In my opinion Eric can win a European title,

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fights like Dimitrov are a case of ticking the boxes required to allow you fight a twelve rounder, which si the title distance. 'I was pleased enough with the win, he boxed within himself and did what he had to do.' Egan says he doesn't see his time with Donovan as a stepping stone in the coaching game, rather as an end in itself.


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'There's no hidden agenda around my involvement, I don't want anything out of this, I am helping a mate out, myself and Eric go back a long way on the Irish amateur scene, the good thing is we have a mutual trust, Eric knows well enough I don't want anything. 'For a long period after the Olympics I fell out of love with boxing but this has

rekindled the flame, I have other things in my life as well so I don't have the time to devote to a string of boxers.' Egan is certain of one thing though that while Donovan has title potential he will soon be faced with a big decision career wise. 'We'll soon see how much he wants it, at the

moment he is doing his training in and around his day job, which kind of suits me as we can arrange training times that suit both of us, but sooner rather than later he will be faced with going into a 8 to 12 week training camp when it comes to a really big fight. 'It's his choice all I can say is he has the talent to be a champ.'

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CALLING GIRLS!

London is the largest metropolitan city in the world with just New York and Paris on par with its buzzing atmosphere, word class shopping, top night life and dynamic restaurant scene. The London Eye, Buckingham Palace and Westminster are iconic landmarks synomonous with this British capital but when I spent time in this dazzling city recently I discovered a London experience less travelled, some hidden gems and a perfect get away for a girly weekend! By Sally Harding

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ondon is massively under rated. Unlike its rivals the flight is ridiculously short, low cost and convenient, freeing up your purse for some serious spending! It oozes an understated coolness, sophistication and unmistakable atmosphere that could only be that palpable in one of the world’s finest urban capitals. If you’re still unconvinced that London is the place to go here are some reasons to grab the girls and discover this fabulous boom town. Calling all fashionistas EVER wanted to see fashion's most important sites but didn't know where to start? A group of qualified tour guides have come up with a new London tour that maps the industry's key points of interest from Savile Row to Selfridges to the recently opened Louis Vuitton store. The walk features a trip to the studio that belonged to the Queen's dressmaker and a stop-off at Vogue headquarters in Hanover Square. Visit the world wide famous Harrods and stop by the London School of Fashion! As one of the world's most fashion forward cities, London's street style, wealth, and laid back attitude make it a city rich with fashion finds. Located off the beaten track this gives you the knowledge normally reserved for insiders. End the day at Selfridges, every fashion lover's dream! Treats Hidden in one of London’s most hip areas is Soho’s Secret Tea Rooms. This charming bygone themed establishment invites you to indulge in sumptuous 1950’s style afternoon tea. Choose from delicious homemade cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream and other delectable delights! Soothed by the sounds of original 1940’s jazz on the gramophone records this is an ideal way to spend an elegant afternoon with your friends. Dress up in your finest lace blouse, gloves and pearls and enter another era! For all you ladies with a sweet tooth the Chocolate Ecstasy Tour shows you the best chocolate in London as you will be guided around the exclusive Knightsbridge district by a

certified chocoholic guide who will escort you all to some of London’s finest and most exclusive chocolateries together with collecting little bits of history of the area, too. Most importantly you get to taste lots of chocolate and any you want to buy to take with you, you get a discount on! You honestly haven’t tasted chocolate until you do this tour! Night life With film premieres, concerts, fashion shows and football matches galore, London is a great place to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous. Whether you want a riotous night with the Royals, White Russians with the Wags, or a secret speakeasy experience, there's a perfect style bar somewhere in London! A classic celeb haunt, The Ivy is the first place that springs to mind for star spotting in London. Located in Theatre land, not only does it serve up traditional British dishes in cosy surroundings, but it does so with style. No wonder celebrities flock here in droves. Mahiki is known as much for its celebrity crowd as its fabulous cocktail menu. Popular among London's rich and famous, this Tiki bar brings a little touch of the Pacific to Mayfair. Try the Coconut Grenade, Honolulu Honey, Bikini Blast or the notorious Treasure Chest, a mixture of spirits and champagne served in a wooden chest! Shopping Oxford Street is Europe’s largest high street and one of the world’s most famous shopping streets brimming with prestigious British brands and trademark stores. A trip to this fashion epicentre is a must, but for me, there is nothing more exciting than the London markets. Here you will find something truly special with amazing vintage stores offering stunning one off pieces, exotic food, modern art, antiques and trendy cafes. These August 2018 | The Barrister Magazine

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called the Fashion Exchange where you can buy, sell or trade your modern, designer and vintage clothing. I scored a genuine cream leather 80’s coat for just £15. London created vintage and if you love it you’ll adore Brick Lane. sprawling markets capture the essence of modern London and are a magnet for budding artists, designers and would be stars. Camden Town Market is an inspirational area and has to be at the top ranking of London’s eclectic markets. You can’t go to London and not visit Portobello Road in Notting Hill if to simply just enjoy a day exploring and people watching the many tourists, locals and travellers of all origins that all seem to have a story about why they came to London.

Another one not to miss is the £1.8 billion Westfield Stratford City retail project in the east of the city that will be the gateway to the London 2012 Olympic Park and is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe with 300 shops ranging from Primark to Prada within 1.9million sq ft. You have to see this! This just scratches the surface of the weird and wonderful activities that London has to offer. Whatever your criteria for a hen weekend, London has it in abundance.and it was amazing! Tips

A lesser known place in the city a little off the beaten track is Brick Lane situated in pure east end London in the heart of the cities Bengali community. This little area is full of character, charm and diversity. The best day to visit Brick Lane Market is on Sunday when the bustling artistic hub comes alive with an array of quirky offerings. The great thing about Brick Lane is that you never know what you’ll find from cheap leather clothes, kitsch collectables and art deco furniture.

DO stay off the beaten track – Apart from the huge price difference in accommodation prices, this will allow you to get a taste of real London life and you’ll be surprised at the interesting stores and places of interest you will find. The K West in Shepherd’s Bush is an amazing but affordable hotel located in a smart residential area just a few stops from Oxford Circus but just out of the rat race.

I came across the best vintage stores in London here and a fantastic boutique

DON’T get caught commuting in outrageously priced London Cabs. The

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Underground is a superb and reasonable way of getting around the city with trains at the platforms literally every few seconds. The bus is also another fantastic way to see the city. DO book flights well in advance. I paid just €80 for two flights taxes and charges included and if you’re very clever, pack so you won’t have to book a bag on the plane. Of course, if you’re anything like me there might be need for one coming back!


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INSPECTOR GADGET Boy’s toys never go out of fashion. Here, we look at some of the latest gadgets and devices on the market. They range from sports accessories to the ultimate remote control.

Fitbit Charge 2 The Fitbit Charge 2 is a fitness and heart rate wristband. It is able to provide users with continual measuring of the heart rate. This monitoring is based on sensor readings on the radial pulse of the wrist. This information is then processed to give you an idea of the amount of calories that you have already burned. Information provided includes fat burn percentage, peak cardiac functioning and cardiovascular status. The Fitbit helps you to monitor your health better.

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Philips Wake Up Light Are you getting annoyed waking up to the sound of a loud alarm? Well, an alternative is the Philips Wake Up Light. Using a combination of light and sound, this wake up light stimulates the sunrise. This helps you to wake up more naturally and comfortably. The light contains ten different light settings, allowing you to wake up to your specific needs. You have the option of waking up to either two natural sounds or FM radio.

3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter The 3DR Solo Drone Quadcopter provides the ultimate drone experience. Even if you have never flown a drone before, this device will be very easy to use. With a single touch, you can take off, pause or even land your flight in mid-air. It is also easy to adjust the camera angle as you fly. You can also connect the device to practically any screen.

Coolest Cooler The Coolest Cooler provides everything you need for the ultimate road trip. It features a built in blender with rechargeable battery, Bluetooth speaker, USB charger, LED light and bottle opener. The cooler contains a built in ice crushing blender and a loud Bluetooth speaker for hours of music.

Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Headphones This latest headphone from Bose ensures no interruptions to your listening pleasure. The headphones feature noise cancelling technology. Noise cancelling headphones are high tech devices containing microphones. The microphones sample outside noise, analyse its qualities and produce a counter signal that effectively neutralise incoming noise. You can connect this headphone easily to your devices.

Wireless Bluetooth Car Kit Receiver This gadget is the perfect way to get Bluetooth signal in your car. Once you connect to your smartphone, it is easy to listen to your favourite tunes and take hands free calls. The receiver offers many additional features. You can connect two Bluetooth devices at once. It is easy to control the device, with the freedom to control the volume and the music you listen to. August 2018 | The Barrister Magazine

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Sunnto Core Hiking has become a popular sport in recent years. The perfect accessory for hiking is the Sunnto Core. This timepiece boasts a number of cutting edge features. These include a storm alarm, which helps hikers up to date with weather conditions. The robust design of the Sunnto Core ensures that it will cope with extreme weather conditions. The timepiece contains a compass, barometer and altimeter functions. These all help the hiker to stay safe and plan their adventure.

Logitech All-In-One Remote This gadget is truly a remote control. It allows you to control up to 15 entertainment devices in your home with a simple click or swipe. It also works with an Alexa device for voice control. It can perform activities such as lowering the blinds and dimming the lights, with a tap of your finger. Once you install the relevant app, you can use your smartphone or the included Harmony Remote for one touch control of your entertainment system. You can also use either of these devices for home automation devices. The remote works with over 270,000 devices!

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Jane Jackson UHY Farrelly Dawe White Limited WISE

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A Word to the

WISE

The number of small and medium sized businesses run by women, or with women leaders is rapidly increasing. In addition, there are women with strong entrepreneurial ideas who need support to help set up and progress their businesses.

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s a result of this we’re delighted to announce that we have launched a new women only network called WISE – Women Inspiring Strength in Enterprise. The aim of WISE is to support all women in business or enterprise, whether that be business owners, leaders, employees, professionals, sole traders or women wishing to start up in business.

Our goal is to bring together women of all industries and business categories to support each other, share information

and resources and collaborate with other women from different sectors/industries. We are encouraging all WISE members to be actively involved in the group by engaging, networking with fellow members and inviting others to the network Our intention is that our Network will be active in the following areas:

Business Support: As the founder members of WISE are from accountancy and tax backgrounds, we are perfectly placed to assist with business support for both starting and growing your business. However, our focus will be on assisting women in business to succeed at all stages of a business, not just pre-start up and start-up.

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Build your Network: We intend to hold regular networking events, such as breakfast clubs, so that our members can meet, talk to and share information and resources with other like-minded women. Build Your Business / Customer Base: We would like to offer our members the opportunity to put forward their business ideas or to present pitches for their businesses in front of other women in the network, with the aim of receiving support, advice and possibly winning new business or customers. Benefit of Local Knowledge: Women can work in many different business sectors, but our day to day lives and issues can be very similar. A further aim would be to allow our members to ask for advice, introductions or suggestions on local services, covering anything from car servicing to architecture, or fitness to finance. We hope that our network can promote a confidence in referrals and advice amongst our members.

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UHY Farrelly Dawe White Ltd will be hosting an event for women in business in the coming months, with some wellknown guest speakers. If you would like to be kept informed join our social media groups at: LinkedIn group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8622478 Twitter @UHYFDW Facebook @UHYFDW For more information on WISE contact Jane Jackson at UHY Farrelly Dawe White Limited on 042 933 9955 or email: janejackson@fdw.ie Visit: www.fdw.ie


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One Man’s Tr a s h . . Got it and don't need it? Flog it! Yet to really get the eBay cash rolling in, you need to know the etiquette and shortcuts.

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oney Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis gives his tips on how to get rid of your old clobber whilst making a few quid to boot! As well as bringing in extra cash, eBay can help declutter your home and is environmentally friendly too. After all, people are re-using your goods, rather than flinging them into the tip, so everyone gains.

“Most people don't realise their home has hidden value tucked away in it, and there's serious money to be had. This isn't just from the first flushes of a major declutter either – continuing to get rid of things you no longer use can provide ready money.” “Don't be quick to cry "that's rubbish". Sell everything. When it comes to eBay, one man's junk is another's dream, and it's astounding what people will fight for. Faulty electrical items, for example, shift well, as clever bods fix or use them for spares. Of course, always be upfront about an item's condition,” says Martin.

Buy to build your profile Before flogging cast-offs on eBay, buy a few small items you need. You can buy everything from tights and toothpaste on eBay. This gives you an insight into how the site works and builds up your feedback rating. Few buyers will do business with zero feedback sellers according to Martin. “The worst mistake you can make is logging on for the first time to sell a pricey item, such as an iPhone, when you've no feedback. The joy of eBay is you can see exactly how much other items have sold for, and how other

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sellers have described their wares. Ensure your item's title is searchable. When buyers search, eBay automatically searches for words in the item's title only so every word counts.”

It’s all in the description “Imagine what you would search for. Take "stylish plunging neckline plum dress". No one's going to search for "stylish", "plunging" or "plum". Instead, try “new size 10 purple silk Whistles dress”, and you'll cram in tons more search terms. Alternatively, “driving video game, not had it long” isn't going to come up as often as “New Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (COD) for PS3”. To write a good description, think about what you‘d like to know if you were buying the product. Include information such as brand name, condition (new or used), item specifics, model numbers, size, precise dimensions, style and colour. “While you want to big up the product, ensure the description's accurate. It might be tempting to describe a shirt as like new. But if it turns up with kebab stains down the front, the buyer will leave bad feedback. Plus if it's not as described, they may have recourse to action. A decent picture's paramount. You might get away with not including a Harry Potter DVD's image, but no one pays good cash for a painting they've never laid eyes on,” comments Martin. When deciding on a price, don’t set the start price too high or no one will bid, set it low and there's a risk it will sell for the knock-down price. As described above,

searching completed items gives a list of prices similar auctions have already fetched - a useful guide to how much you're likely to make. “Avoid ending auctions at 4am, when nobody's about. Often bidders prefer to swoop in the last few minutes, hoping others won't fight back.” “The key is to put yourself in the buyers' shoes – how would you like to be treated? Describe the item accurately, reply to questions promptly and try to dispatch within 48 hours. Let the buyer know when you've dispatched, email them the postal tracking number and include an invoice in the package.” Selling online can be an enjoyable, beneficial and profitable experience for all once you follow this advice. Happy selling!


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