Like magazine, October 2015

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October 2015


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Putting on a brave face. Why we need to shake the stigma around mental health.

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can’t be the only person wondering where this year has gone. It feels like only yesterday we were celebrating the first ever issue of Like magazine, and now here we are, pushing into autumn and approaching our first anniversary! The change in season is to be welcomed though, even if it feels like it can’t possibly be time to pull out the winter coat and start searching for the perfect boots (which, incidentally, I think we found! See page 21!). This is particularly true as we leave behind a summer that never quite felt like summer. Every season brings the excitement of new fashion and beauty trends to be explored, but with summers in Ireland tending to be something of a wash out (literally), autumn winter is one we can really enjoy, and here in Ireland it’s the fashion season we do best. The colours suit us, we love getting cosy, and even if it’s unseasonably mild, we can layer up or down, facing none of the sartorial dilemmas that a freezing, wet summer presents. So there’s no better time than October to start making those new season investments. While our hearts do skip a beat when the first autumn winter drops hit stores in August, our purse strings aren’t ready to be untied at that stage. But once we feel a crispness in the air and the crunch of leaves beneath our feet, we’re ready. This is why Cork Fashion Week is so perfectly timed, showcasing the best of Cork fashion each October. Our shoot this month was inspired by the amazing boutiques and designers who participated in Style Cork; an exciting and eclectic mix that shows the personality and passion that makes Cork fashion so unique. October also sees awareness raising around issues of mental health, culminating in World Mental Heath Day. In light of this we spoken to some Cork women who are actively seeking to shake the stigma around mental health by bravely speaking out about their own experiences. We also talk to Cork YouTube star Sinead Cady about her own rollercoaster 2015; we have 20 Questions with the inspirational Carmel O’Keeffe; and more great home and family features to give you something to curl up in front of the fire with. Go on. You know you want to!

SAY HELLO f Cover: Model: Kayleigh O’Sullivan at Lockdown Photographed by Miki Barlok Makeup by Rebecca O’Donovan and Niamh O’Leary for Inglot, Mahon Point Hair by Aoife O’Rourke for Peter Mark, official sponsors of Cork Fashion Week. Styled by Carolyn Moore

Special thanks this month to Vivienne McCarthy at Cork Fashion Week, Sarah Cummins at Inglot, and Yvonne O’Connor at Peter Mark. Creative contributors: Miki Barlok – Photographer Fiona Casey - Photographer Rebecca O’Donovan – Makeup artist Niamh O’Leary – Makeup artist Aoife O’Rourke – Hair stylist Editorial contributors: Aisling Ozdemir Marc Murphy Cormac Doherty

Kayleigh wears dress by Hazel Comyn, €795, and hand beaded collar from Isobella Ru, Drawbridge St, Cork.

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Like it? Love it! 1. MARSALA MAD: Marsala is the new black. Officially. Add a dash of Pantone’s rich and earthy colour of the year to your wardrobe with this Jenna shoulder bag from Fiorelli. €89, Homefront at Douglas Village Shopping Centre. 2. GO FISH: Konnichiwa! We’re turning Japanese as Sakura Sushi Bento opens on Anglesea St. Their chefs blend traditional methods with contemporary trends to make sushi, bento, sashimi, norimaki and noodles dishes… and we love it all. 3. WITCHY WOMAN: Cork writer and blogger Sarah Waldron is giving us something to wake up for on a Sunday with The Coven Newsletter, a weekly digest of the best content from her blog,, written by and for women. 4. MIRACLE WORKER: Is there anything that coconut oil can’t do? We’ve been using it on

our hair, using it to cook with, and now we’ve discovered it’s the most effective nail and cuticle treatment EVER. A true multi-tasking hero! 5. NETFLIX NATION: They won us over with quality programming like House of Cards; now Netflix have their first original movie. The Oscar–tipped Beasts of No Nation, about a young West African boy soldier, stars Idris Elba and drops on October 16th. 6. SPIDEY SENSE: Step up your lash game with Flormar’s collection of Spider Lash Mascaras. For lusher, plusher and bolder lashes, define with Deep Black, amplify with Volume or go 3-D with 3–in–1. €4.95 each at Aghada Pharmacy. 7. CRÈME DE LA ALDI: If you were lucky enough to get your mitts on Aldi’s limited edition caviar illumination skin care range, you’ll no doubt be joining the scores of

beauty writers singing its praises! From just €8.99, next time we’ll be stocking up! 8. PAINT IT PINK: Whatever your gettogether in October, “Paint it Pink” for the Irish Cancer Society. Register at paintitpink, and pick up a special pink pack of Cork’s fave, Barry’s Tea! They’ll donate 10c for every pink box they sell. 9. BARBIE WORLD: Instagram is abuzz with Socality Barbie (@socalitybarbie) at the moment, a tongue–in–cheek account showing just how cliched #liveauthentic really is. Catch her hiking, drinking coffee, and kayaking… it’s all kinds of brilliant. 10. FEAR FACTOR: The Nightmare Realm is back, journeying thorough a world of deeply unsettling horrors. We survived the opening night… but only just! It runs until November 1st at Albert Quay. Book now at


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uestions with… Carmel O’Keeffe

6) If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be? Any of my great friends who enjoy a glass of good red wine.

14) What’s your spirit animal? A Jack Russell. Small, full of personality, piercing eyes, attitude and loyalty.

7) What’s your definition of ‘strength’? Not caring what others think.

15) What was the last thing that made you cry? An unexpected, genuine compliment.

8) Who or what inspires you? Selflessness.

16) Tea or coffee? Neither.

1) What do you do? I am CEO/Founder of Dress for Success Cork.

9) What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever owned? I don’t get embarrassed.

17) Twitter or Facebook? Twitter.

2) Why do you do it? I am passionate about helping make a difference to the lives of women and their families.

10) What’s been your proudest moment? Celebrating the 2nd anniversary of Dress for Success Cork with all our volunteers, supporters and our global CEO, Joi Gordon and VP, Liz Carey last month.

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3) Where do you call home? The Lough. 4) What’s your favourite thing about Cork? Seeing the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral every morning on the way to work. 5) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Aruba.

11) Who’s the last person you texted? My goddaughter. 12) What’s the last book you read? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, by Marie Kondo. 13) What would you save if your house was on fire? Myself!

18) Chocolate or wine? Wine. 19) Ryan Tubridy or Graham Norton? Graham Norton. 20) Can I ask you one more question? Sure…. 21) What’s the best thing ever? Waking every morning realising… I made it! Carmel O’Keeffe is founder and CEO of Dress For Success Cork. To support their €2 phone text campaign, make a one off donation of €2 by texting DRESS to 50300. Donations go towards education and training in job preparation, employment retention and career development for Dress For Success clients. For more see

The Good Books In response to the largest refugee crisis in history, Waterstones have joined forces with Oxfam and some of the world’s best selling authors to launch the Buy Books For Syria campaign. While stocks last, 100% of the retail price of specially stickered books sold in Waterstones will go to Oxfam’s Syria crisis appeal, with publishers donating books for free, authors forgoing their royalties on donated stock, and warehouses shipping and processing the books without charge to allow Waterstones donate 100% of the retail price to Oxfam. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in history - 60m people, world-wide, are displaced, half of them

children,” explains author Caitlin Moran. “Whilst the governments of this world fail to come up with a solution, I am proud to do as millions of others have, and say ‘We see you, we hear you, we will not let you suffer this alone. We promise help is coming’.” So buy a book for Syria this month. From children’s books to classics to best sellers from authors like Marian Keyes, Jojo Moyes and Stieg Larsson, it’s a perfect opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas list or just treat yourself to something that’s been languishing on your mustread list, and the ultimate feel-good purchase. For a list of participating authors, see


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IN BLOOM While we often associate florals with summer, the new collection from Ted Baker proves that they can be a perennial favourite. The rich jewel tones in the brand’s autumn winter botanicals have been emblazoned across separates, occasion dresses and accessories, for elegant, timeless pieces with a modern, digital edge. We’ll be travelling in style with their Shaniya carry-on bag, €215, and aiming for best dressed wedding guest in the stunning Hounest dress, €235, both available from the newly reopened Itso Me in Douglas Village Shopping Centre. FASHION FORWARD Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney have become the latest Irish designers to join the prestigious Dunnes Stores designer family, and the first drop from their debut collection for the store has shown the pair will be embracing the opportunity to grow as a Dunnes brand, while staying true to the signature cuts and clever design details that have won them the breathless admiration of their loyal customers and their peers. The range of cool, contemporary wardrobe builders has a refined, sports luxe vibe, evident in the oversized tie belts and the clean, bold colour palette. Evie Top, €79, flared trousers, €99, and Phillipa dress, €119, all by Lennon Courtney at Dunnes Stores.

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TAKE A BOW As Cork Fashion Week shines a spotlight on our talented local designers, fabulous independent boutiques, and irresistible high street heroes, we play dress up with the best of Cork fashion for an exciting season ahead. L-R: Rachel wears jumpsuit by Traffic People, €120, Blush, Douglas Village Shopping Centre; necklace, €9.99, New Look; faux croc shoes, €22, Penneys; beaded hairband, €62, Isobella Ru, Drawbridge St. Kayleigh wears beaded dress by Virgos Lounge, €275, Verso, Douglas Court Shopping Centre, and earrings, €14.50, Isobella Ru. Beaded jacket and dress on wall from a selection at Miss Daisy Blue, Market Parade.


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L-R: Rachel wears skirt by Frnch, €79, Blush; vintage beaded top, €95, and fur stole from a selection, Miss Daisy Blue; ankle socks, €3.99, New Look; shoes by Savida, €30, Dunnes Stores; custom headpiece from a selection at Isobella Ru. Kayleigh wears cape top, €350, Phoenix V, Maylor St; skirt, €120, Miss Daisy Blue; ankle socks, €3.99, New Look; shoes, €22, Penneys; custom headpiece from a selection at Isobella Ru. Vintage marabou jacket on stairs, €270, Miss Daisy Blue.


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L-R: Kayleigh wears faux fur jacket by Silvian Heach, €215, Blush, and laser cut polo neck by Savida, €25, Dunnes Stores. Rachel wears vintage marabou jacket, €270, Miss Daisy Blue, and skirt by Hazel Comyn, €280.


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L-R: Kayleigh wears shift by Traffic People, €95, Blush; ankle socks, €3.99, New Look; shoes by Savida, €30, Dunnes Stores. Rachel wears two piece by Frnch, top €69 and skirt €79, from Blush; hand-beaded collar, €16, Isobella Ru; tights, €3, Penneys; shoes, €50, Oasis.


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STYLE L-R: Rachel wears lurex polo neck, €19.99, H&M; belt, €11.99, New Look; palazzo pants by Savida, €40, Dunnes Stores; shoes, €22, Penneys. Kayleigh wears lace dress, €52, Topshop; boots, €119, Oasis; jewelled headpiece by Elizabeth Christina Design, €110, Sheena’s boutique, Oliver Plunkett St; fur stole from a selection at Miss Daisy Blue.


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L-R: Rachel wears leotard, €30, River Island; fur collar, €22.50, Isobella Ru; skirt, €39.99, and velvet mask, €9.99, H&M; ankle socks, €3.99, New Look; shoes by Savida, €30, Dunnes Stores. Rachel holds fur jacket by Silvian Heach, €215, Blush. Kayleigh wears vintage sequin kimono, €140, Miss Daisy Blue; dress, €39.99, H&M; headpiece, €62, Isobella Ru; socks €3.99, and shoes, €39.99, New Look. Photographer: Miki Barlok Stylist: Carolyn Moore Models: Kayleigh O’Sullivan and Rachel Walsh at Lockdown Hair: Aoife O’Rourke for Peter Mark, official sponsors of Cork Fashion Week. Makeup: Rebecca O’Donovan and NiamhO’Leary for Inglot Shot backstage at the Cork Opera House, with thanks to Eibhlín Gleeson Special thanks to Vivienne McCarthy at Cork Fashion Week, Sarah Cummins at Inglot, and Yvonne O’Connor at Peter Mark.


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LIGHTS, CAMERA, MAKEUP There’s more to YouTube than talking cats, laughing babies and people having epic fails, and in the rapidly growing world of vlogging, one rising star is none other than Cork’s own Sinead Cady. The beauty guru behind The Makeup Chair chats to Maria Tracey about her tutorials, her new book and how she’s ok with being seen barefaced by millions.


eautiful and ridiculously skilled with a makeup brush… Sinead Cady is a force to be reckoned with. The 26–year–old beauty vlogger from Cork has amassed over 730,000 subscribers and 76 million views on her YouTube channel The Makeup Chair, and recently launched her debut book, but nonetheless admits her success is a “huge surprise”. “I am so ordinary and so shy,” she reveals. “I thought only confident people would make it on YouTube. Everyday I’m shocked at how far I’ve come but I have to thank my lovely followers for that. They’re so supportive of me. I never get abuse or hate — they’re more like friends and I love them all and everyday I get new followers. I’m so grateful to them for joining the #cadyfamily, as we like to call ourselves.” She pauses for a moment, and adds with a smile: “If I could tell my 17–year–old self where I

I thought only confident people would make it on YouTube. Everyday I’m shocked at how far I’ve come but I have to thank my lovely followers for that would be today, I don’t think she would believe it.” A professional make–up artist who teaches classes online through her video tutorials, the brunette vlogger — or video blogger — is part of an ever expanding group of online celebrities. The rise to online fame started for

Sinead in 2010, as she created videos to secure a placement on a beauty course. “I had applied for Cork College of Commerce but failed to secure a placement that year,” she reveals. “I was later told I needed to show more experience or interest in the beauty industry. I planned on reapplying the following year so I tried everything I could to get experience but couldn’t find anyone to take me on as an assistant or even find a job relating to beauty. “So I took it upon myself to show my interest and love of makeup in my own way and started creating videos on different makeup and beauty topics in the hopes that the following year I could secure my placement in college… and it worked!” Sinead outlines she has been studying makeup since she was 16–years–old, but has loved the world of beauty since she was a child. “I was always really


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Beauty guru: A makeup tutorial by Sinead Cady on YouTube

shy and quiet but I found wearing a little makeup or doing my hair gave me confidence and helped me come out of my shell more,” she says. “That’s when I knew I wanted to be a makeup artist because I wanted others to feel that same way.” While most of us would quake at the thought of going barefaced for all the world to see, for Sinead it isn’t a daunting experience. “I actually love the transformation. When I used to have acne, my skin was so bad and red but by the end of the video it was completely covered. It was like a makeover rather then a tutorial — but I’d take going barefaced on YouTube over going out barefaced any day,” she laughs. A time consuming career, Sinead shoots on average three videos a week, with each one taking up to 24 hours to complete with filming and editing. Then there is keeping up with social media and emailing in–between. “It’s worth every second,” she smiles. “I love it. Yes it’s hard work and it’s exhausting, especially doing three videos a week and only taking one day off. Sometimes I’m completely worn out but if I miss an upload I’m in a terrible mood. It’s just so much fun! I have a little filming room I use to create most of my videos but I change it by filming outside, in the kitchen or even in hotels.” These little videos, lasting just several minutes, give insight into how to actually put on makeup, which for most of us (let’s be honest) can often be a minefield of sponges, brushes, concealer and false eyelashes. From contouring to strobing, baking to cooking, it’s all covered… along with tutorials on how to apply eyeliner, achieve the perfect smoky eye or even how to hide facial hair with makeup. Sinead admits she’s currently

At the end of my live makeup demos, people would ask me to write things out or draw diagrams for them to take home and now they can take a full book with everything home “kind of obsessed” with the baking/ cooking technique. “A few of my subscribers asked me to create a Monday Makeup Lesson on it and since I started, I’m kind of hooked,” she says. “The technique comes from the drag community but of course the Kardashians have made it famous! Baking or cooking is the ‘joke’ term used to describe applying heavy liquids or powders onto the skin and allowing it to ‘bake’ or ‘cook’, basically allowing the makeup to come to skin temperature before blending. It will give you longer lasting fuller coverage, great for photographs.” She adds: “I love trying things out. I did a strobing tutorial a few months ago and every new technique you try you learn something different. I use a mixture of strobing and baking all the time now, just picking the parts I like, that’s why it’s so important to create lessons on these things for my channel so everyone can try it and discover something new and different.” Taking all she knows and putting it into her new book was a natural progression for Sinead, with The Makeup Chair Handbook packed with

everything from preparing the skin for makeup; tips and tricks on finding your skin’s undertone, face shape or eye shape, and the best application techniques for you. “At the end of my live makeup demos, people would ask me to write things out or draw diagrams for them to take home and now they can take a full book with everything home,” she enthuses. “Not only did I get to fulfil my dream of writing a makeup book but I also get to help people.” Looking to the future, Sinead wants to tour with the book, after which she looks forward to getting her “life back”. “It’s been so much work creating this book,” she says. “I haven’t had a holiday or real time off in ages so the plan is to find time to relax! I do have a plan for something really exciting in the future but I need to recharge for now.” The Makeup Chair Handbook is available for €14.95 from, or instore at Eason. Find The Makeup Chair on YouTube, or follow Sinead on Twitter @ SineadyCady, or

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LUSCIOUS LIPS It’s all about lips with attitude for autumn, as berry and wine hues take centre stage. It’s a ‘90s throwback, but this time the look is glam not gothy, with a touch of neo–grunge. Experiment with colours to find what works best for your complexion, like this warm berry Plum Fiction from Catrice, €4.49 at pharmacies and Penneys stores; or the Matte After Dark from Urban Decay, €19 from Debenhams.

IT’S A BEAUTÉ A cult favourite, YSL Beauté’s iconic Touche Éclat has been emblazoned with luscious lips as part of the limited edition Kiss & Love range. It’s a make– up bag essential, acting not just as a concealer, but also a highlighter. Apply in dots under the eyes, a stroke on each side of the nose and across the T-zone, and then blend with fingertips. It’s priced €35, and will be available exclusively at Brown Thomas in October and at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters from November 5th.

nail polish to include cosmetics that reflect her own beauty style— a variety of textures and shades used in the same way she mixes patterns, fabrics and accessories to style the perfect outfit. The fall collection includes gems like

EYE LOVE From classic chic to festive fancy, the Clarins Essentials eye make-up palette, €43 from Clarins stockists, will sort it. The must–have make-up product of the season, it features pink, beige, taupe, brown and grey, allowing looks from the very natural to the sophisticated ‘smoky eye’. The packaging is also eco–designed, part of Clarins’ commitment to responsible beauty.

the Cheekbone Cheat Blusher Bronzer Duo in Bluff Point, €28; and the deep dusky blue of the super glossy New England Fall nail varnish €17, giving a new season colour update to any outfit. All available from Brown Thomas.

BOLD BROWS Most of us mere mortals haven’t been blessed with naturally full brows, but envy the enviable Cara Delevingne no more, as Urban Decay’s Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Brow Gel will groom, define and set your brows for a fuller, more polished look. The precise, easy– to–use brush gives total control (making it easy to fill in sparse areas), and the lightweight formula provides a flexible, comfortable hold without getting stiff or sticky. With four tinted shades — Taupe, Neutral Brown, Warm Brown and Dark — to choose from, it’s simply browilliant!

SILK ROUTE Fifteen years ago Giorgio Armani launched its Luminous Silk foundation, and to celebrate its success, the cosmetic brand has now launched a dual–use compact powder. Perfect for flawless make–up on–the–go, the Luminous Silk Compact can be used to create a powdery finish ranging from translucency to higher coverage and it comes in eight shades, including half shades to adapt to any skin tone. The compact is €45, with refills €24, from Brown Thomas.


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BEAUTY GO NUDA Skincare innovation meets foundation technology with Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nuda, a treatment cream with a skin–perfecting tint. The little miracle pot not only delivers 12 hours of hydration, but also blurs imperfections and illuminates the complexion to reveal a fresh–faced finish that feels barely there. It’s now available at Brown Thomas Cork, priced €175; along with the amazing anti–ageing Crema Nera Extrema Supreme Reviving Cream (€395).

SCENTSATIONAL Touted as ‘sweet on the outside, fierce on the inside’, the new Black Musk fragrance from The Body Shop is just as described. Luscious notes of Bambinella pear are spiked with pink pepper and bergamot accords; sensual heliotrope — an intoxicating scent that oscillates between marzipan and almond — is intertwined with stimulating liquorice root and a trail of warm black vanilla, with magnetic black musk and chocolate–like vetiver notes. Black Musk Eau De Parfum, €37.50, The Body Shop, Oliver Plunkett Street.

PLANE GORGEOUS As CityJet launch a high– frequency service between Cork and London City airports, there’s never been a better time to visit the English capital, and now you don’t have to let the pain of carry– on packing cramp your style. Ziaja have a new carry–on travel range, featuring charming 50ml versions of their hero skin, hair and body care products. We love the mini Creamy Cashmere Shower Soap, €1.99 from independent pharmacies, which gently cleanses with an indulgent creamy foam, while cashmere proteins keep skin moisturised and soft.

SUPER SONIC It’s definitely too early to be mentioning the ‘C’ word but something that needs to be put on your Santa list is the new Smart Profile from Clarisonic. Cleansing, massaging, and exfoliating, the little device is a total face and body skin renewing experience. It automatically adjusts timing and power for a customised face and body cleanse at the push of a button, with a brush head that moves back and forth between 200–300 times a second. It’s priced €249 and is available from Brown Thomas and Debenhams.

FLOWER POWER To address what is fast becoming a big skin concern among women, NUXE have developed an innovative new skincare range targeting dark spot and pigmentation issues with the combined power of the White Crocus, Stargazer Lily and Porcelain Rose flowers. The Splendieuse – a combination of the French words for ‘splendid’ and ‘radiant’ – ritual uses three steps to activate the skin’s natural radiance and visibly reduce dark spots, with a serum and daily moisturiser to correct and protect against dark spots, and an intensive weekly mask to even the complexion. Priced from €30, the Splendieuse range is available from selected pharmacies and really hits the spot.

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THE THE MIDAS TOUCH CHANGING FACE OF BEAUTY From thegoldsmith field of fitness to the world ofjewellery beauty, owner of Tuula Award–winning and contemporary designer, Arasys O’Riordan has vision. From She talks to Like Harrington is Clinic intent Lorraine on promoting craftsmanship. the Designworks aboutabout the beauty of her business. Studio, she talks to Like the importance of embracing Irish design.

Goldsmith and contemporary jewellery designer, Tuula Harrington Photos: Miki Barlok respect and value forlife, time and workmanship, which course of Lorraine’s leading her in an entirely can so often be dismissed andInch by–passed. different direction. The Arasys Loss system was that machine, devised by Gerry Pollock, the co– “It has always been my dream to keep the trade inventor of Tuula. the pacemaker, increase circulation, alive,” says “There aretogreat designers and metabolism and lossisashidden well as craftspeople out promote there, butweight everyone away on their own, and no one ever sees them. My inch loss. goal was to develop a business model that would help support these designers, so that the industry “Beauty wasn’t my background,” explains Lorraine. wouldn’t die a death.” “My background was in fitness, but when I was in London doing my training, I came across the Arasys My goal was to develop a business machine, and it intrigued me.

model that would help support


ewellery a story of a person’s life. The ision, tells passion, resilience and management — engagement ring onin a an finger, the pendantspirit. all traits needed entrepreneurial around a neck, the engraved bracelet on a There is no innovation without daring, and wrist… invaluable keepsakes that represent love, Lorraine O’Riordan this, having thrown happiness, sincerity embodies and humility. For goldsmith and herself into theHarrington, beauty industry almost 20 years ago designer Tuula it goes one step further —with jewellery not only defiof nes her life, it has become the establishment Arasys Clinic. it. “I couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she says, gazing out at her stunning studio space on Cornmar“You really need to have vision,” says Lorraine. ket Street. “It’s simply part of me.” “I’m always looking ahead, and adapting with the Customer needs are important, and Tuula’s has brought the very beautiful ancient tradition of goldsmithery thehave modern day,good what people really want into — you to give creating contemporary jewellery at the Designworks customer service.” Studio. The space is innovative in that it strives to build a greater awareness of jewellery craftsmanOriginally working thethat fitness industry, was the ship, promoting thein skill goes into theitcreation discovery of onejewellery. revolutionary machine almost of contemporary There’s an artistry in each individual piece, and theultimately goal is tochanged create a culture of two decades ago that the

“Its purpose was to facilitate people who had these designers, so that the pacemakers and medical conditions, meaning they industry wouldn’t die a death. physically couldn’t work out. This was a device created to give the same effect of exercise.”

This unrelenting passion for the craft started for Getting the franchise for Ireland, Lorraine brought Tuula at the young age the of 16, after she spent the the machine back from UK, opening outlets summer in Assisi, Italy, living with a family where across 32 counties. However, over time, focus the wife was a goldsmith. Tuula laughs and explains shifted include beauty treatments, that shetoended upinnovative at the famed town of St Francis’ leading Lorraine to set up the flagship clinic birthplace because of her father. “He was at on some conference with work Looking — he makes friends over Oliver Plunkett Street. to the future,allit’s the world further — and he probably saidbe ‘I have a daughter expected clinics will soon rolled–out that can come out to you’. He wanted me to get across the country. some life experience,” smiles Tuula. This chance trip to Italy planted the seeds for Tuula’s future, and Living in an age where people are more conscious of she later became an apprentice to German master goldsmith Gabrielle Muller Hefter — more “she had such their appearance — and certainly men so than passion forbeauty her craft, it wasis infectious,” exclaims ever — the industry one that’s thriving. Tuula — and studied Metalwork and Jewellery at “Whether it’s the skin, or physique, people really Sheffield Hallam University. care about their appearance,” says Lorraine. “Ten years ago,when there itwas onetopounding theto roads However, wasnotime come back Ireland, Tuula admits it was a “shock”,trainers due to the little like there is now; or personal at gyms.


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The awareness is there“There now, about eating opportunities available. were fashion, no jobs left, no apprenticeships left… nothing,” healthily, and looking good. she says. “I started thinking, ‘I’ll have to do this myself. There is not much out there and no one else will do it for me’.” “There’s been a shift, it’s all about the ‘feel–good’ factor’ . If youwas lookthen good, you feel good forward — healthy The passion sparked to drive body, mind.” establishing herself in 2004. with herhealthy own business, However, it was the move to Cornmarket Street from her original home at the Winthrop Arcade in 2011 Helping tick the ‘looking good’ box is Arasys. Having that brought a different times, dimension to the survived recessionary the clinic is business. bouncing “We had this beautiful premises and I really wanted back stronger than ever. Lorraine explains adapting people to see it,” she states. “One person cannot treatments to give people they really want, cater for everyone’s tastes, what so I wanted to handpick helped the business. “We put the head the best cement of Irish talent and showcase them. down, and worked hard,” states Lorraine. “I think the “Competition is healthy. What we really need be secret to surviving is being good at what youto do. doing is being proud of each other and let other You need to be good and identify what people want people’s achievements spur us on.” and be realistic about expectations. The talented designers at Designworks Studio include renowned jeweller to the stars Sean Osbourne, who has created bespoke pieces for the

“On the aesthetic side Moritz of things, we have all non– likes of U2; along with Schurmann, a veteran in his craft. The work of contemporary designers surgical and safe procedures, with no downtime. Nicole Schuster, Eily O’Connell, They can be done after work or Hanna during Tommola, lunchtime, Helena Malone, Patricia Gurgel-Segrillo, Filip Vanas, making it more accessible. There is no downtime Paula O’ Callaghan and Ger Breslin are also showand that’s what people want.” cased at the studio, while two goldsmiths — Oliver Healy and the aforementioned Paula O’ Callaghan — work out adds: of the“Word space.of mouth is also the best form Lorraine of advertising and people can’t be fooled. Results “Everyone is used to trade and being able to go into speak for themselves.” a shop, try something on, and buy it off the shelf,” states Tuula. “That’s what we needed at DesignSpecialists all non–surgical face and body it all works. Frominpresentation to the affordability, treatments, there’s a huge emphasis on using has to be there.” only the very latest technology available at Arasys This evident commitment showcasing and of for such results. Lorraine istothe sole distributor promoting jewellery craftsmanship has heeded the Derma Genesis Medical Microdermabrasion, success, with a career highlight for Tuula being the ultimate which Amárach, theskin firstrejuvenation National Irishtreatment, Goldsmiths Exhibiremoves skin cells, clears pores, tion. Tuula,dead along with eight otherblocked acclaimed Irish goldsmiths, showcased an exhibition under the theme “Cultural Identity”, of high–end jewellery with

improves skinof circulation and smooths outthan fine the lines a dual sense value, emphasising more valuable materials used, but also skilled workmanand wrinkles. The microdermabrasion systems are ship and to creativity. “I never thought I’d see the day,” supplied both medical and aesthetic clinics. exclaims Tuula, adding that craftspeople are starting to realise how much their industry is being appreciArasys also the Irish for Cynosure, the ated asisbig names, likedistributor Brown Thomas start pushing world’s leading brand in lasers, has Irish design more. “When thingsand likethe thatclinic happen, you’d almost be thinking ‘see, this grade is whatCynosure we have the new state–of–the–art medical been talking about’,” laughs Tuula. Elite+, a high–powered, dual–wavelength system that removes hair, facial and leg veins, epidermal She pauses before adding with a smile: “Even when pigmented lesions, and reduces wrinkles on all skin times are tough and you’d wonder ‘what are we types. Micro-Needling, targeting doing?’DermaFrac you get one customer coming in whoageing says, skin, brown and pigmentation acne ‘oh my God,spots I didn’t know this place and existed’ and it opens up their for me, makes worth it scarring with noeyes. pain That, or downtime, is also itavailable. all worthwhile.” Facial fillers and injectables are delivered by expert in–house medical practitioners, these For more information on Designworks Studio,and Cornmarket scientifically enhanced medical provide Street see or calltreatments 021 4279420. a non–surgical solution to reducing fine lines, wrinkles, acne or other scars, remodelling the lips and enhancing facial contours. “You can have a very natural look without looking like you have had anything done,” says Lorraine. “There’s lots of different products out now, lots of different types of dermal fillers.” Lorraine adds that the latest generation are better quality, long lasting, very natural, and are hydrating on the lips, and skin. “You can get an injectable done that will give you the effect of a really soft youthful complexion,” she explains. “Our policy is less is more.”

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Botox is utilised on frown lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows, while for those pesky wrinkles on the lower half of the face, below the nose and around the mouth and chin, fillers are generally used. Popular options include Belotero and Belotero Volume – a new volumising filler for the restoration of facial volume — and the treatment takes as little as 20 minutes. “We have exclusivity for a lot of the high–end brands we deal with, who are at the top end of the aesthetic field,” says Lorraine. She adds that this commitment to innovation, along with emphasis on training, has allowed Arasys to stand out in the beauty field. “We are training continuously — re– training our own and those that use our systems in other outlets across the country.” With such ambition, vision, and dedication, Lorraine has and continues to be one of the driving forces changing the face of the country’s beauty industry.

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t feels almost more special right now to be on an exciting television show,” says Kirsten Dunst of her decision to become the latest Hollywood actress to make the switch to the small screen. Premiering on October 18th on Channel 4, season two of the acclaimed drama Fargo sees Dunst take on the role of Peggy Blomquist, a small town beautician with big city dreams who can’t help but think that there’s more to life than Luverne, Minnesota. “I only got to read two episodes before signing up for the series,” she adds, “but I knew that the trajectory of Peggy’s story was really something exciting. I knew that there was a lot in store for this character, and that she was very unique.” Starring opposite Ted Danson and Breaking Bad’s breakout star Jesse Plemons, taking on a TV role was not something Dunst had to think twice about. “The role was just fantastic,” she says, “and the first season was done so well and shot so beautifully. I knew that I was going in to something of which I could be confident in the quality.” Which seems to be a large part of the appeal for the growing number of bona fide movie stars who are now clamouring for space on a smaller screen. Though once the trajectory of stardom moved in the opposite direction, with TV stars viewing movie fame as the ultimate career goal, we are unquestionably in the midst of a “Golden Age of Television”, where prestige TV shows and mini-series now stand to garner more critical acclaim and accolades than even the most highbrow movie project. It’s also presenting, for women, an opportunity to explore characters infinitely more complex and layered than contemporary mainstream movies typically allow. “I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but this was one of the hardest roles I’ve ever played,” Dunst reveals. And she has much

to compare it to. As bona fide movie stars go, for an actress of her age Kirsten Dunst has exceptional credentials. At just 33, she has 26 years of acting experience under her belt and over 50 movie credits to her name, making her a veritable veteran of the industry. From an impactful debut aged 11 opposite Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt – “I

I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but this was one of the hardest roles I’ve ever played peaked early,” she has joked of sharing her first kiss on screen with Pitt – in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, she has gone on to star in everything from the blockbuster Spider-man franchise, to the quirky indie-hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, to the art-house masterpiece Melancholia. A teenage stint on ER and several madefor-TV movies mean Fargo is not her first foray into television, but it’s something she wouldn’t rule out repeating. “I’m not in a position right now where I would want to dedicate myself to a long-running series, but I would do another mini-series or a movie for television for sure,” she confirms. Shot in Calgary over five months, the new season of Fargo tells the story of the “Sioux Falls incident” alluded to in season one. While that season focused on the dogged detective Molly Solverson, season two rewinds to to 1979 and turns the focus on her


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father, Lou, played by Patrick Wilson; his sheriff father-in-law, played by Danson; and a couple – Dunst and Plemons – who find themselves, in typically Fargo-esque fashion, inadvertently implicated in a mob war. “It’s such a different universe to the first series. There are things that keep it Fargo – the way it’s shot and the music – but it definitely feels like its own, weird universe,” explains Dunst of the idiosyncratic world first crafted by the Coen brothers for their 1996 film of the same name. “I hadn’t seen the film in a very long time so I did rewatch that – just to have it back in my wheelhouse. It was more to get to grips with that “Minnesota Nice” veneer, that sense of nervousness of doing something wrong.” Coming from Swedish stock, Dunst admits that while she struggled to identify with the character of Peggy – “she’s a bit of a nut” – she does feel a certain affinity for “the whole Lutheran Minnesota vibe”. “I grew up

Kirsten Dunst reconnects with her Minnesotan roots in season two of Fargo.

with my grandmother, she lived with us,” she explains. “She had grown up the youngest of 10 children on a farm in Minnesota. She didn’t really have the Minnesota accent, but she

She’s with a lovely man who wants to have kids, but she’s just not committed to that yet herself had a real Midwestern mentality. So I understand the mentality - but not so much Peggy!” “She’s kind of stuck,” Dunst reveals of the character. “In reality, she’s quite delusional about what she hopes to

accomplish. What happens in the first episode, though, kind of spins her off a little bit. “She’s with a lovely man who wants to have kids, but she’s just not committed to that yet herself. She really wants this other life that she’s read about in magazines – her dream is to move to Los Angeles and become a celebrity hairdresser. She lives for her magazines where she reads about this other life she wants.” But when it comes to making her dreams come true, what is Peggy capable of? While the intricacies of the plot and characters remain shrouded in secrecy, the teaser trailer for season two shows Peggy frantically washing blood red hair dye from her hands, clearly haunted by something she has seen… or perhaps done. If the latter proves true, Fargo might be about to give us something so lacking from the current television landscape – a female antihero. In this golden age of television, showrunners


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F E AT U R E We just have a really different, more rigorous set of standards for female characters than we do for male characters

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like The Sopranos’ David Chase, Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner, and Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan have given us an aray of complex, violent, misogynistic, ruthless men; antiheroes we find ourselves rooting for despite their shortcomings. Female characters, meanwhile, seem to require an allimportant “likeability” factor in order for us to care about their stories – and it doesn’t take much for us to reject them as “unlikeable”. Unapologetic promiscuity? Unlikeable. Lack of maternal warmth? Unlikeable. Unsympathetic? Unlikeable. Unable to accept that your husband is a lying, murdering drug lord? Unlikeable. Recall the vitriol reserved for Skylar

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White as she tried to come to terms with the truth about her husband’s double life; the online abuse leveled at her by the same people who cheered as Walter left a trail of death and destruction in his wake. We have proven ourselves willing to accept despicable behaviour from our leading men – but only our leading men. The head of FX, the cable channel that produces Fargo, John Landgraf finds our gendered acceptance of unlikeable characters “fascinating”. “We just have a really different, more rigorous set of standards for female characters than we do for male characters in this society. It’s much harder to buy acceptance of a female antihero.” But there are signs that this is starting to change. House of Cards’ cunning Claire Underwood; Homeland’s troubled Carrie Mathison; Scandal’s compromised Olivia Pope - all characters who wield their power and influence in an unapologetically self serving way that makes for compelling viewing but pushes their “likeability factor” to its limits. And then there is Annalise Keating. Anyone who became addicted this year to the preposterous but

preposterously entertaining How to Get Away with Murder, carried away by the exploits and travails of criminal defense attorney and law professor Annalise, will recognise in her all of the trademarks of a classic antihero. Ruthless but charismatic, manipulative but sensitive; whether she is defending the guilty or framing the innocent, she has you rooting for her all the way. This is largely thanks to the casting of the superb – and now Emmy award winning - Viola Davis, who imbues Carrie Mathison is back in season 5 of Homeland, her with a humanity that keeps you Mondays at 9 on RTÉ 2 in the palm of her hand, just as Brian Photo: RTÉ Cranston once did with Walter White. So if you find yourself watching Fargo and wondering where have all the good girls gone? Maybe they’ve just decided it’s so much more entertaining to be bad. Season two of Fargo premieres on Channel 4 on Monday October 18th at 10pm.

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ilence. It’s a problem that still shrouds the issue of mental health. While celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Girls star Lena Dunham have shared their own experiences in the area, for many others it remains something that’s just not up for discussion. Statistics recently released by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services show stigma around mental health is rife in society. Nearly half of Irish people think those with mental health issues are untrustworthy, while two thirds agreed people view being treated for a mental health difficulties as a sign of personal failure. For things to change, conversation needs to happen. “The day when it isn’t a question as to whether you tell your employer about your mental health issues will be the day we talk about it enough, the day it’s normalised,” highlights Lisa Ryan, the Cork blogger behind Open about her own mental health experience, the mother–of–one went through a “bad patch” in college. In a course she hated; living in a new place; and then hit by a bereavement, Lisa was unable to cope. “Thankfully I was surrounded by the right people and was encouraged to get the help

I needed. I went to the psychiatrist and counselling service in the student health centre and was diagnosed with depression. Even being able to put a name on it made it seem like less of a burden,” she says. Several years later, when her son was five months old, Lisa was diagnosed with postnatal depression (PND). She outlines new mums are exhausted and overwhelmed — “like being hit by an assault course on two hours of sleep” — and it can be easy to push aside “uneasy feelings that something isn’t right”. “I felt like the worst mother in the world,” she remembers. “I was crying every time the baby cried, and then my partner left to go to work and ‘abandoned me’. Here I was, with a gorgeous little boy — well behaved, no colic but a little clingy — and I was wanting to walk away from it all and not look back. “I’d been told that given my mental health history I was more likely to be susceptible to PND, however the stubborn part of me said I’d beat the odds. I put it down to the ‘baby blues’ for far longer than I could get away with that excuse.” Lisa admits the last year has been “tough”, however she’s “lucky” to have an “incredibly supportive” partner, family and friends,

Breaking the silence

Comedian Kevin Breel said it best with: “We live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. But if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way.” With an urgent need for open conversation about mental health, Maria Tracey talks to four inspirational Cork women, each with their own strong message on the topic. 42

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along with help from professionals. “It’s taken a while to get the dosages of antidepressants right, as well as learning ways to reduce stress,” she highlights. “I’ve still got my down days and weeks but, for the most part, life is on the way up. I’m able to enjoy my son, and for that I’m truly grateful.” However, she adds there’s a “massive issue” with mental health not being taken seriously enough. “Part of our psyche in Ireland is ‘sure, it could be worse’,” says Lisa. “We need to be more open about what it is, the methods of making it better and what exactly the process is to help people feel less alienated.” Yoga teacher at Douglas Yoga Centre Louise George, who battled anorexia and bulimia in her teens and early 20s,

My boyfriend died six months later and it was then I decided I had to beat my illness, and that, when I was better, I’d use my experience to help others anorexia. “It was a difficult time,” she divulges. “My boyfriend died six months later and it was then I decided I had to beat my illness, and that, when

for the mind. Embarking on a teacher training course, Lorraine realised yoga IS therapy. She discovered the process of practising stretching and strength–building positions, along with mindfulness and breathing techniques, provided opportunities for a greater sense of inner peace. “Many eating disorders services now have yoga classes as an integral part of their out–patient treatment, providing a valuable addition to talking therapies. When you’ve an eating disorder, the body becomes the enemy. Yoga helps you to re–establish trust with your body,” she states. “Many studies have now proven yoga and meditation have a direct impact on reducing stress, improving the immune system, decreasing chronic pain, and lowering

I was better, I’d use my experience to help others.” After addressing her eating problems, Louise completed an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She spent 12 years working as a specialist counsellor in eating disorders units in Liverpool and as an in–house counsellor in GP surgeries. In her late 30s Louise entered another stressful period with her mother dying from cancer and her husband relocating to a job in Cork. Having first tried yoga in her 20s, Louise then found her way back to the discipline, this time seeing how powerful it can be

blood pressure. Students often tell me their doctor suggested they try yoga, or even their dentist, as a way of reducing pain caused by teeth clenching!” Music too can be a powerful tool in the healing process. During the summer, Cork songstress Stephanie Rainey addressed the importance of finding support after loss with her emotional song, Please Don’t Go. The music video showed nine people who lost a loved one, including Internet comedian Cian Twomey, whose father passed away in 2011. “I wrote Please Don’t Go after a visiting a friend in the hospital,” explains Stephanie. “There were so

Cork singer/ songwriter Stephanie Rainey.

is a strong advocate for the use of yoga in addition to talking therapies. “I was a first year at Liverpool University when my eating disorder started and it began as a way of coping with feelings of low self–esteem,” she reveals. “I had a sensitive nature and a tendency to be very self–critical, so dieting gave me a sense of being in control.” During her final year she got help and made progress in recovery, and at 22 embarked on a year of travelling with her boyfriend Michael in south east Asia – a trip that ended tragically after Michael was diagnosed with a brain tumour and Louise relapsed into


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There’s a period after someone dies where it’s totally normal to cry and talk openly about how you feel

many people who looked so sick and families surrounding them. A wave of empathy washed over me and it brought me back to the feeling I had when I lost my nephew. I knew some of those people were going to experience the pain of loss. I drove home and had the song written in no time.” Stephanie believes people hold back when it comes to loss, which can have implications on mental health. “There’s a period after someone dies where it’s totally normal to cry and talk openly

about how you feel. That can sometimes come to an end and you’re left to deal with things in isolation,” she says. “What’s important is the door is left open for people to speak freely and I think that’s why the video had such a profound effect on people. “After I uploaded it, it was like a floodgate opened. The conversations started between people who didn’t know each other but who had loss in common. The video showed people they’re far from alone in their experience.” Dr Karen McCarthy of the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at University College Cork reiterates mental health is important to talk about, as ebbs and flows in our mental well being are “something we all experience and it can unite us together”. “We’re all on a spectrum of mental health,” she says. “Sometimes we’ve positive mental health and sometimes we’ve more distress in our lives. I don’t view this as an illness, disease or something to be ‘fixed’ but more as part of the

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H E A LT H human condition. “By having people tell their story we debunk some of the myths that somehow mental health is outside us and persons who have mental health difficulties are an ‘other’. The best way to discuss mental health is through personal narratives and people sharing their lived experience. Having ‘professionals’ lead the discussion on mental health can sometimes cloud the issue with perceived authority and unfounded certainty.” As Dr McCarthy highlights, stigma thrives on “misinformation and lack of communication”. “The more people tell the truth about their experience and are seen as their own experts in recovery, the more we can break down stigma,” she says. “Historically Ireland has approached mental health as something to be labelled, linked to dangerousness, and therefore locked away in an institution in the guise of protecting society. “As Ireland deinstitutionalises and moves toward a community approach and recovery model, we make mental health more visible and give people back their autonomy and respect as human beings.”

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Changing language, Changing minds In light of this month’s World Mental Health Day, Cormac Doherty argues that we should be talking more about our mental health – in good times and in bad.


lthough we are constantly being informed that mental illness is on the increase with respect to diagnoses and self-diagnoses, how many of us take the time to question what is actually meant by mental illness? How do we and our medical professionals make such a determination, and when we ascribe the term “illness” or “disorder” to our state of mind, what is it that we are describing? As various international agencies come together this month to raise awareness around mental health issues, no one can disagree that it’s becoming increasingly vital for us as a society to engage in an open and honest discussion about mental health. Amongst the data and meta-data, there are individuals that have their own experiences to voice; and though we often seek re-assurance in this statistical data, we are less inclined to see how this draws our attention away from the individual. In real terms, depression, anxiety and stress are just some of the most

frequently deployed terms that we use to describe the spectrum of emotions and experiences we go through in our day-to-day lives. To call something a disorder or an illness, we must have an understanding of order, or a definition of wellness. Perhaps a good place to start would be to move away from using language like illness and disorder; terms that often do more harm than good, and contribute to stigmatisation. Health should be considered as the promotion of balance in all aspects of life, and historically, the word “health” is derived from the Greek concept of wholeness. For most people, life has many ups and downs: work pressures, family dynamics, economic and political forces, all of which affect us as individuals, and equally we respond to these events as individuals. In good times, and in bad, we cannot predict with any certainty how any one person will react to a life-altering event, be it the birth of a child, a bereavement, or winning the lottery. When it comes to times of emotional

turmoil, there can be little doubt that anti-depressants and bio-medical interventions have proven influential in restoring a sense of control over these darker moments of life, but we should also remember that our capacity to speak to each other and to express how we feel in an honest and open way can be just as valuable. Each person’s life story is unique, and each experience occurs in the context of that story. Experience cannot and should not be reduced to a statistic. One particular stance that was salient through the 1960s became known as the “anti-psychiatry” movement. Key figures like Thomas Szasz, R.D. Laing, Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault had differing opinions on the causes and treatments of mental health, but all were sceptical of how much we can actually know about another person without taking into consideration the entire constellation of events that have led them to their particular outlook on their life. In chairing a task force assigned with cataloguing mental disorders for


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the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, prominent psychiatrist Dr. Allen Frances has in more recent years criticised how human experiences such as grief are now being diagnosed as a form of depression – and by implication a mental disorder – simply because the criteria of diagnosis includes check-list items such as “depressed mood lasting more than 2 weeks”. This is where it becomes important to look at language itself - how we use it, and how it shapes and influences our perspectives on the world. In short, things are what we say they are, so if we change the use of words like “disorder” and “illness”, we change the way people think about their health and wellbeing. This is the value of being able to talk about your experiences to someone. Words shape human experience, and by our ability to express ourselves, we can convey and create different perspectives. For example, think about how you might watch a movie or TV show and think it is the best thing you have ever seen, but when you talk to your friend, family member or work colleague they think it is the worst thing they have ever seen. There is no absolute or final way of viewing the movie or TV show, because each person will have their own opinion of what it means to them. There is no right or wrong way of looking at it, there are just different perspectives.

By virtue of creating a definition of a mental state such as depression or stress, there is an implicit assumption that the definition holds true for all people; but in the lived world, we deal with individuals, and what makes one person feel depressed, does not necessarily make another person feel depressed. We must give people the opportunity to express themselves through their words, through their stories and experiences. To let them explore the idea that they can hold any number of perspectives about the nature of their experience, none of which are “right” or “wrong” in any final or absolute sense. Even as we seek to help people as they deal with mental health issues, we should be wary of rushing into a diagnosis, and instead encourage people to explore their way of being and the challenges they face. What we need as a society is compassion, not just a culturally homogenised response, and certainly not more stigmatising in the form of calling experiences of living “mental disorders”. We must instead listen to an individual’s outlook on life itself, what makes them happy or unhappy, what goals and desires they have. We need to ask what they are comfortable talking about, what they are uncomfortable talking about, and why this and not that? These questions would have to go on for a long time in order to get

a picture of that person’s outlook on their experience, and for some people, they may never have stopped to ask themselves such questions; they may never have thought about who they are, what their identity is, what they mean to other people, why they believe what they believe, why they love or hate certain objects, ideas or people so strongly. This is the value in learning to communicate openly and honestly our thoughts, fears, emotions and desires. There are no easy answers to life’s questions, and rather than seeking definite answers, we should ask ourselves about the usefulness of our responses. The idea that a medication is prescribed by matching an individual’s narrative to the definition of an illness becomes problematic when we consider that we do not encounter people who come off a conveyer belt. If we negate these existential questions, if we are never taught that self-reflection is part of the human experience, that there are different ways of looking at our experience and that we should be compassionate to one another, how much do we lose, and how little do we gain? Cormac holds a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology, and is currently studying towards a M.Sc. in Applied Psychology. He volunteered for over two years at mental wellbeing agency MyMind, working as an online therapist.


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USE YOUR MARBLES Traditionally confined to bathrooms, kitchens and fireplaces; marble is now taking hold elsewhere in the home and it’s a perfect accent for modern, minimalist interiors. Using it in small doses via statement accessories prevents the look from being “too cold”, and the neutral hue beautifully complements warmer tones like pink and copper. Marks & Spencer does this Nordic charger plate, €17, a perfect accessory on an elegant dinner table, while the Dubai lamp table from Casey’s Furniture, €399, bears all the glamour of its namesake city–state.


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Feeling blue Move over grey, there’s a new colour on the scene this autumn/winter. Taking inspiration from the blue of the Med, from gorgeous cornflower to deep turquoise; bright cobalts to perfect periwinkle; shades of all things blue are bringing richness and depth to interiors.

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Rectangular ceramic platter, €65,

It’s all about layering. Go for blue on blue, like this stunning look from Marks & Spencer with a Madeline chair in Lovari Floral, Midnight, €1199 and floral cross stitch cushion, €47.50 Azure blue chip & dip platter, €29.95, Carraig Donn

Orla Kiely Lavender Reed diffuser, €40.95, Kilkenny stores

Toronto table lamp, €550, Lightplan at Kinsale Rd Industrial Estate Newbury Windsor chair in indigo, €826, Finline Furniture at St Patrick’s Woollen Mills in Douglas

Habitat Kilo side table, €34, Argos There’s a charm in irregularities! This blue iron bucket, including the chipped off paint spots, can be used as a plant pot or ice bucket! €37, The Pavilion Garden Centre

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She’s Eclectic With an eye for detail, and a love of colour, Sharon Swanton has created a unique family home filled with upcycled gems. Maria Tracey steps inside her 100–year–old cottage, and discovers old things in a new light. Photographs by Fiona Casey

The wooden travel trunk in the living room with its exposed dovetail joints.


eathered kitchen cabinet doors and a broken chest of drawers — these are discarded objects that appear no longer special or efficient. However, for Sharon Swanton they have a function and a future, as she reinvents seemingly useless pieces through her upcycling business The Eclectic Attic . “When we were growing up, upcycling wasn’t called upcycling, it was just there,” she says. “You fixed something if it was broken. For years the bath taps at home were actually car door handles, which my dad screwed on after the taps broke! You improvised then and I suppose, we still improvise.” One look around her 100–year–old cottage, nestled in picturesque

Splashes of colour dot the kitchen like the mustardy yellow chalkboard and turquoise chest of drawers.

Lissarda, and this improvisation is evident. When Sharon and her husband Brian moved in 10 years ago, the house needed major renovation and extension. “It was barely habitable but we could live there and work away,” says Sharon. “By the time it came to furnishing the place after the work was finished, the budget was busted so I worked with what I had. I made the curtains — YouTube is great — and because I was making them, I was able to afford nicer fabrics. “When we first started buying furniture, pine was everywhere. However, I do love colour, and once I started painting and putting it into a house, I could never go back.” While the upstairs extension has a

vivid pop of colour, featuring Orla Kiely’s retro–chic wallpaper and a funky upcycled hall stand, it’s in the “action room” — the kitchen — that bright hues are most evident, inspired by a large abstract painting. “If the house was on fire, that’s the item I’d save,” Sharon laughs. “There’s a real energy about it. Also, as every colour is in it, I can get away with putting every colour in the kitchen.” A mustardy yellow adorns a chalkboard, formerly a kitchen cabinet door, while a chest of drawers in turquoise complements the soft dusky green of the dresser. “The colours look mismatched, but there’s a system… a bit of method in the madness,” she jokes.


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The cottage, over 100–years–old, is nestled in picturesque Lissarda.

Sharon with her favourite piece, a large abstract painting, in the backdrop.

The display cabinet in the living room is home to Sharon’s vintage teacups.


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HOMES The aforementioned dresser is her pride and joy, and an extension — nicknamed the “bit at the end of the kitchen” — was specially built to house the piece. “It’s the first piece I bought for our first house as I always wanted a dresser… my nana had one and everything important was on it,” reveals Sharon. “When we bought this house, there wasn’t room for it, so I asked the builders to make a space.” The dresser, like most pieces in this charming cottage, is a space–saving solution. “Furniture needs to earn its place, and everything has storage… an absolute must in an old house,” explains Sharon. In the sitting room, antique suitcases are treasure chests full of interior design magazines, and dotted throughout the house upcycled finds have become guardians of prized possessions. The children’s playroom

The large kitchen dresser was the first piece the couple bought for their first house.

is testament to storage ingenuity, with an upcycled wardrobe, painted in crisp white, a key piece. “I never buy things thinking ‘that’s going to work here or there’… it’s more ‘I like it and I’ll figure out how to fit it in afterwards’,” explains Sharon. “I’ve a wardrobe in the playroom and a chest of drawers in the kitchen, performing the function I want them to.” With four years between Sharon and Brian’s daughters — seven– year–old Emily and three–year–old Sophie — the couple wanted to keep toys unsuitable for the youngest out of reach, and also use the height of the wall. The wardrobe was the ideal solution, and, as it also has a top latch, Sharon can “police the one–in, one– out policy”. A quaint shelf, decorated with découpage, also occupies the space,

originally a drawer. “I had the dresser in my own bedroom for ages,” explains Sharon, “even though it never opened or closed properly. My neighbour made it years ago, and it had these little calculations on the side in pencil — somebody put a lot of work into it. I couldn’t get rid of it, so I took out the drawers, and made a shelf. The bottom drawer is quite deep so I think I’ll put wheels on it and turn it into a little toy trolley for the girls.” And the original frame? “That’s still in the shed. It has the makings to be a cool kitchen island,” enthuses Sharon. “I don’t throw anything out as while I may not have an idea now, I will someday.” Sharon highlights paint can help items fit into a space, as once the pieces are the “right size and shape and serve a function”, they can be

The children’s playroom has pastel accents and ingenious storage.


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HFOOM OEDS painted to either blend with existing furniture or stand out on their own. “I think feature furniture is far more interesting than the feature wall,” she enthuses. However, as much as she loves colour, Sharon is adamant she won’t paint something unless it’s going to benefit from it. “Sometimes I get painted things and strip them back… but maybe that’s being contrary,” she laughs. A shining example of an unpainted but upcycled piece is the wooden travel trunk that sits proudly in the centre of the family’s calm and inviting living room. With its exposed dovetail joints and warm patina, it’s a thing of great beauty, resilience and functionality. “We striped it back, sanded and stained it, and every now and again I use my little wood treatment trick — olive oil and vinegar,” reveals Sharon. The stature of the coffee table perfectly balances the delicate display cabinet in the room, home to Sharon’s vintage teacups. “The big challenge with this house and small rooms is proportion,” she says. However, it’s a challenge Sharon fully embraces, with an evident love of interiors. Having started upcycling just for herself — “I still do it primarily for myself,” she reveals — Sharon

The upstairs hallway has Orla Kiely’s retro–chic wallpaper and an upcycled hall stand. See The Eclectic Attic on Facebook.

Another space–saving solution is this bench, perfectly placed in the children’s playroom.

admits she’s now “hooked”. “With the washing, cleaning and cooking, you have to do it all again tomorrow, and by the time you tidy the house, it’s a mess again,” she smiles. “So

there’s great fulfilment turning around in the evening and seeing something you’ve upcycled — just the incredible difference you can make to something. That’s so satisfying.”


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HOMES Everything looks better by candlelight. For instant ambience you can’t beat the warmth of an open flame. Golden candleholder, €8, aprilandthebear. com.

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uxurious fabrics and warm hues epitomise this time of year, when darker evenings and a drop in temperatures stimulate our instinct to get cosy and ‘nest’. Taking a cue from Mother Nature, the splendour of autumn foliage is a perfect way to update your home this season, using a subtle blend of warm golds, coppers, and burnt oranges to add richness, cosiness and depth to a space. Team the shades with a mix of on–trend textures like luxurious leather, opulent velvets and fabulous fur, and you’ll harvest a look for your home that will be a sanctuary fit for hibernation.

Ornate gold picture frames, €5 for three, Penneys

Knitted pouffe in rust, €79.95, Harvey Norman

Dark wood, burnished gold, cosy textures – Autumnal perfection at Laura Ashley. The Balmoral chestnut side table is €525; large pineapple lamp, €180; Glencoe faux fur cushion, €83; Nigella square velvet cushion, €60; and Alexander vanity case, €48, all from Laura Ashley.


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HOMES Home Collection purple velvet throw, €180, Debenhams Copperfasten your seasonal style update with the warm tones of copper accessories. Copper clock, €35, Harvey Norman.

Elements small gold footed bowl, from a selection of home accessories at Caseys Furniture

Fur cushion, €30, Harvey Norman

Bog Standard Irish Orchard candle, €9.95, Kilkenny stores

For instant impact, there is no denying rugs are the interior design masters. Incorporate seasonal colours into a rug for a serious style update… in an instant. We love this collection at Marks & Spencer.

Patch jacquard cushion, €40, Marks & Spencer

Sheepskin wool rug, €110,

Parisse two-seater, reduced to €1,477 at Caseys Furniture

Monet brown leather footstool, €439 down from €699, EZ Living


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It’s Halloween… but not as we know it.

by Aisling Ozdemir


s a parent of three small boys, I couldn’t survive without a calendar. Not a digital one but an old fashioned paper one that hangs on the wall, with every hospital appointment, birthday party and extra curricular activity marked on it. Looming over this month is Halloween, which I would happily ignore but for school projects and euro shop window displays reminding my children, who in turn remind me. Hourly. Once upon a time in the ‘80s I loved this holiday and thought I was great in my black bin bag and sweaty plastic mask. After roaming the streets in the dark with my little gang, feeling like I was in the Goonies, I’d sift through the Quinnsworth bag that contained my bounty of grapes and monkey nuts to find the handful of sweets - which were *gasp* not hermetically sealed. But on a fateful day in 1988, as the kids in my estate were beginning bonfire preparations and lugging wooden crates up the street, I was petting a friend’s dog and the noise spooked him, prompting him to turn on me and take lumps out of my face. While it wasn’t on the scale of a Michael Myers attack, it scarred me, literally. I was at an age where dressing up seemed childish anyway, and my self-preservation instincts were strong when it came to bonfires and fireworks, so I steered clear.

I was done with Halloween. Forced to partake again as a parent, I note that Halloween has changed a lot since the ‘80s, and like most things has become completely Americanised. Instead of “help the Halloween party” it’s “trick or treat”. We are expected to decorate our houses as if it were Christmas - Halloween you are not and never will be Christmas! Pumpkins are now integral to the occasion, with pumpkin patches thriving and carving kits sold everywhere. I hate the bloody things. I spend ages gouging out the flesh, as the kids get bored and slope off and I’m left to lose a finger and my mind. After a few days the pumpkin starts to decompose and attract flies, an unwelcome addition to my Halloween decor. The costume wars kick off in September, when one of the kids tells me he wants the €50 Darth Vader outfit complete with lightsaber that he saw online, and I try desperately to sway him towards the €4 zombie costume in Aldi. No matter what they wear it’ll rain and they’ll need a big jacket over their precious costume anyway, concealing both time and money spent. If my kids get sugar, it ignites a Molotov cocktail of hyperactivity and they can appear rabid and incoherent with the strength of the Hulk and the ingenuity of Horrid Henry. In the evening I can do nothing but watch and wait as they gorge on the enormous

bag of E numbers they have procured. With fireworks comes the fear of someone getting hurt. My boys are young enough to be satisfied with sparklers and bangers, but I’m apprehensive of sparks combined with polyester costumes. If anyone gets burnt, it is usually me as I remove the skin on my thumbs with the heat of the lighter. If I ever embark on a life of crime, I am now finger-print proof! The kids do like to play games in the evening, but the games of my childhood haven’t dated well. I can’t dangle an apple from the light fitting as mine are fragile Ikea ones and not the sturdy brass fittings my parents had. I don’t do ducking for apples because in retrospect that is gross… a basin of saliva and apple bits. Instead I chase them with the lights out as revenge for the sugar mania I’ve endured, but this game can end with Exorcist-style projectile vomiting. Then there’s the terror of Halloween night, which belongs to actual zombie teenagers who year after year steal my green bin and set it on fire while cheating death with fireworks and cheap alcohol. It’s no wonder I’m relieved to get this scare-fest done with and move on to Christmas, a more refined and genteel holiday which I and my green bin can enjoy in peace! Aisling blogs at and is a contributor at


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Spooky Family Fun Looking to entertain the kids over the midterm break? From the frightful to the delightful, here’s our pick of the best Halloween happenings… THE “BOO” EXPERIENCE

Leahy’s Open Farm, Dungourney, Co. Cork Leahy’s Open Farm play host to The ‘Boo’ Experience this Halloween, a fun family day out where both kids and parents are encouraged to dress up. There’s a haunted hay ride through the working farm, and a spooky witch’s lair where little ones can help the witch weave a magic spell by gathering the special ingredients. There’s even a “witches wiggle” disco that the little ones will love.

The ‘Boo’ Experience takes place from 1.30pm to 4.30pm daily, from October 24th to November 1st. €3 per child, plus farm admission, advance booking required. Phone 021 4668461, email, or see for more information.

The Boo Experience

The Nightmare Realm


Strictly for big kids, this over 13s fright fest is without a doubt Ireland’s most horrifying Halloween attraction. Participants wind their way through the special effects laden “rotten village”, passing through such gruesome scenes as a Victorian morgue and a bloody abattoir, while a cast of 26 skilled actors create the illusion of menace and terror while trying to entice guests into interactive rooms

for ever more heart-stopping experiences. Unforgettably gruesome good fun! The Nightmare Realm is open daily from October 2nd to November 1st. From €13 students/€15 adults, advance booking is essential, group bookings are welcome. Phone 021 2339043, or see for bookings or more information.


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TIME FOR CHANGE For lovers of sleep, the clocks going back at the end of this month is a time to be savoured. However, for parents of young children it can be a more challenging experience. Paediatric sleep consultant Lucy Wolfe tells Maria Tracey how to help little ones adjust to the time change ahead.


he temperature is dropping, nights are drawing in and Halloween is just around the corner. That can only mean one thing — it’s time for the clocks to go back. For some that one hour shift on the last Sunday in October means little beyond the small pleasure of savouring that extra hour in bed. However, for babies and young children, the time change is not so straightforward, as normal scheduling is turned on its head, and that 7am start becomes 6am. It affects not only the child’s sleep but

that of the adults in the house too. As Cork paediatric sleep consultant, Lucy Wolfe of Sleep Matters explains, this particular time change has more impact on young children than its Spring counterpart — when the clocks go forward — as it’s inevitable that children will wake an hour earlier. She outlines that in advance of the clocks going back, parents of young children can make themselves aware of a few strategies they can employ so that their little sleepers continue to sleep well or, at the very least, that

their sleep is minimally disturbed. “It can take a few days or as long as a week for the body — both adults and children alike — to adjust to the different mood lighting caused by the change and the fact that our natural body clock is being challenged,” says Lucy. The first step, she explains, is ensuring that your child is well rested in the lead–up to the last weekend in October. This can be achieved through obtaining good naps, if age appropriate, and uninterrupted


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nighttime sleep wherever possible, to ensure the little one’s body is optimally rested in advance. “The more rested they are, the more adjustable they will be,” she explains. Parents can then consider a number of different approaches to ensure a smooth transition when the clocks fall back, keeping their little one snoozing soundly. “If you have a super adjustable child, and most parents know what their child is like, what you can do is not even think about it at all, and as soon as the time changes, change your clocks, change everything, and just pretend nothing is different,” she says, adding that this technique is also helpful for busy parents. “If your child historically wakes at 7am and goes to bed around 7pm, the day the clock changes will say 6am, but it is no different to the day before. Stick to the same schedule and put him to bed when the clock says 7pm, but that will really be 8pm. For babies and toddlers who are not sensitive to being over– tired and highly adaptable, they adjust within a few days and re–settle into the same schedule they have been on previous to the change.” The second option is to slowly change your child’s schedule over the course of a few days before the time change. For example, on Wednesday, October 21st, four days prior to the time change, will be the time to start putting your child to bed 15 minutes later than normal in the hope that they wake 15 minutes later in the morning. “This is determined by our internal clock, so may not always happen,” outlines Lucy. She adds that nap time and meal time can also be moved forward in tandem with bedtime. “For the next few days put him to bed 15 minutes later each night until the night of the time change and you will be back to your normal timetable and no further adjustment is required. “You will know your own child best and if typically they are ‘slow to adapt’ this gradual approach may be the preferred option for you,” she says. The third option is to consider sticking to a normal schedule up until the time change and once it kicks in be flexible and alter the schedule as much as your child can handle. “I often find that splitting the difference between the ‘old’ time and the ‘new’ time works well,” states Lucy. “On the first night they would go to bed at 7pm and this would have been 7.30pm on the day before, so 30 minutes beyond their typical bedtime and then adjust the

Paediatric sleep consultant, Lucy Wolfe

You will know your own child best and if typically they are ‘slow to adapt’ this gradual approach may be the preferred option for you

rest of the schedule accordingly. “By the end of that week, the idea is that you are in the new timeframe.” Lucy outlines one of the key things is to pay attention to a child’s tired signals and act accordingly — bringing an earlier bedtime if necessary. “You don’t want your child to be too overtired,” she says. “When we have a time change, we are challenging the biological clock further, so with children who aren’t adjustable, forget about the time and clock, and work off their body language. If you feel they are looking tired, even if it’s super early, then put them to bed. Don’t be worried about what time they may wake up at, worry more about whether they are getting overtired. If they are, then their young body will have a chemical response — releasing adrenaline and cortisol — and this causes frequent nighttime activity. “What you are really trying to do is avoid having your child become more overtired than they already are or than they need to be” Lucy states that she is a “big advocate” for early bedtimes. The greatest solve–all solution to a large percentage of sleep issues, she outlines, is to bring bedtime forward. To undo the overtired cycle significantly adjust the time the bedtime routine starts. Aim for your child to be asleep by 7pm and don’t be afraid to go even earlier if they seem visibly tired. Once, resolved bedtime can become later again. “There’s a big panic that if they go to bed at 6pm they will wake at 4am to start the day, when in actual fact, the reverse is generally the case because the more rested a child is, the longer and deeper they will actually sleep for you,” explains Lucy. “However, I’m never looking at the bedtime in isolation — I am looking at the dynamic of everything else involved, so if a child is looking visibly tired at 6pm, try closing the gap between the end of the daytime sleep and bedtime so that it never exceeds more than four to five hours once a child is in the 13/14 months–old age group.” With sleep, Lucy concludes, it’s about balance, about that “dynamic” between all the different sleep periods. “Whatever you decide to do, acknowledge that it can take about a week for the body to get used to any kind of change in sleeping habits and as a result you can expect your days and potentially your nights to be a little off,” she adds. For more sleep tips from Lucy see


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Shop better, eat better The food choices you make while doing the weekly shop can lead to healthier meals at home and boost nutrient levels too.

by Marc Murphy for Which Vit Nutrition


here are different food groups forming the basis of our meals, and our daily diet should consist of breakfast, a snack, lunch, another snack, and dinner. But with busy lives, work, and managing the home and children, it can be hard to have a structured day, food wise, and often we fall back on convenience foods to get us through. The way we shop has changed, and these days, more often than not we are drawn in by special offers and may even visit a few supermarkets in one week to avail of discount pricing. But eating healthily doesn’t mean spending more, and making a few simple changes to your trolley on shopping day can help set your family up for a healthier week ahead. When choosing carbohydrates go for wholegrain options. Not only do these take longer to be broken down by the body, therefore keeping us full for longer, they are also a great source of fibre which promotes a healthy G.I tract. Many supermarkets now have their own bakeries, offering wholegrain and seeded breads which are a great addition to the school lunchbox. Similarly, swap white rice and pasta for their less processed brown counterparts, and forgo your traditional spuds in favour of sweet potato wedges tossed in fresh rosemary and rapeseed oil and baked until golden. When it comes to protein - needed for the formation of skin, hair, nails, bones, and muscle – avoid saturated fat

by opting for lean cuts of meat. Turkey, now available in steaks or minced, is a great substitute for beef, and minced turkey makes a delicious lasagne. Eggs are also a good source of protein, and some stores now offer omega 3 eggs, rich in the essential fatty acids that we must get from our diet. To supplement your sources of animal protein, try enriching soups with lentils, or make hummus from chickpeas as a tasty and nutritious snack. For the adventurous, try introducing protein-rich quinoa (pronounced keenwah) in place of rice. The most confusing food group is fats. We all know that some fats are bad and some are good, but with omega this and monounsaturated that, it can be hard to know which is which. Saturated fat, and the high cholesterol associated with it, is the one that gets the bad press, as high cholesterol is a precursor to heart disease. Sources of this fat are fatty meats, butter, cheese, and processed foods, which contain solidified plant oils. Better fats are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, as these are chemically different in structure to saturated fat and our bodies handle them differently. And then there are the good fats, like the aforementioned omega 3, and omega 6, which we must get from our diet. These fats have positive health benefits such as improving blood cholesterol, so to get plenty of these into your diet be sure to buy nuts and seeds, as well as oily fish like salmon, mackerel or sardines. Our bodies also

need different vitamins and minerals in small amounts for various functions, like vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant, or magnesium, which aids muscle function. To incorporate a wide variety of fruits and vegetables into the weekly shop, head for the rainbow of colour that is the fruit and vegetable aisle, and choose as many colours as possible to ensure a spectrum of these micronutrients. Tick off the colours, going for dark leafy greens like spinach and kale for vitamins A and K; bright orange sweet potato, carrots or butternut squash for carotene; and strawberries, raspberries, plums or blueberries – all on the red to dark wine spectrum, and all rich in antioxidants and vitamins. While all of the above is solid advice, putting it into practice is the real work. It takes time and patience to incorporate healthy eating into your day, and dealing with fussy eaters can be challenging, but for all of us doing the weekly shop, keep in mind the nourishment we need throughout the week and make choices in the supermarket that will have health benefits for all the family. To shop well is to eat well, and to eat well is to be well. Marc Murphy is a graduate of The College of Naturopathic Medicine and works as a nutritional therapist in Glanmire, specialising in individual and family consultations and cookery classes. For more see Which Vit Nutrition on Facebook.


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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK Numerous culinary newbies have been popping up across Cork in recent months, further cementing Leeside as the culinary capital of Ireland. If you’re looking for something new to whet your appetite then sample these latest little gourmet gems.

SALT Everyday the chef at Salt heads off to the market in search of the best local produce, and this dedication to seasonality and passion for food shines through in all their dishes. A must–try at the Victoria Road wine bar and café is the amazing Amuse Bouche — two beef burgers, and red onion marmalade. To book call 021 2390430.

FEED YOUR SENSES Bienvenidos! We’ve come over all Spanish with the arrival of Feed Your Senses on Washington Street. The owners, chef and staff are all from Spain, and serve authentic, tasty fare like tantalising tapas of ham croquettes and red chorizo cooked in wine. There’s also an extensive wine list, available by glass, carafe or bottle. Delicioso! To book call 021 4274633.

WHITE RABBIT White Rabbit has fired up the smoker on McCurtain Street, offering melt– in–the–mouth beef brisket, pork belly, chicken thighs, and rack of ribs along with a range of delectable sides including corn–on–the–cob and BBQ beans. The courageous must try the Pickleback — a shot of whiskey chased with a shot of house pickle juice! For bookings phone 021 4552222.

SON OF A BUN One of the newest kids on the culinary scene has landed in the old Crowley’s Music Centre. The husband and wife team behind Son of a Bun, Niall and Amanda O’Regan, searched the world for the perfect burger, and have now brought Muhammad to the mountain. Expect Aberdeen Angus beef, minced daily and cooked to perfection at 29 McCurtain Street.

GLASS ACT While October begins with a beer-fuelled bang in Oktoberfest, for cider makers it means only one thing – harvest time. Cork’s craft cider producers will be racing to pick and press their apples for future stock, and here’s our pick of the crop. LONGUEVILLE HOUSE CIDER Using Dabinett and Michelin apples from the orchard planted by his father 20 years ago, William O’Callaghan produces a medium dry artisan cider free from artificial sweeteners, additives, colourings and preservatives. Apples are crushed and pressed on the farm, with the pressed juice naturally fermenting over time. Natural sugars in the juice and yeast on apples and in the atmosphere result in a rich amber coloured cider. STONEWELL IRISH CRAFT CIDER Now producing three types of cider using apples grown by the Traas family in Tipperary, Kinsale based Daniel and Geraldine Emerson created their first craft cider blend in 2010, and the award winning Stonewell Medium Dry was born. Inspired by the full bodied fruitiness Celtic ciders from Wales and Brittany, Stonewell Medium Dry combines Dabinett, Michelin and Falstaff apples, with the required tannins to give depth of flavor. The result is a strong golden hue, a delicious burst of flavor with floral and cut grass notes, and a smooth, sweet finish. LITTLE ISLAND IRISH CRAFT CIDER Launched last year by Little Island Brewing Company, this traditional cider is made from 100% freshly pressed Irish apples, giving it a smooth and mellow taste with a crisp, clean finish. Utterly drinkable and lightly carbonated, it has a medium body and an aroma of fresh apples and honey, with notes of both sweeter red apples and crisp green apples, with a woody finish.


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Eating in From the chef at the Fairbanks Restaurant at The Kingsley hotel, pan-fried fillet of John Dory with crushed sweet potatoes, white asparagus, and beetroot crab mayonnaise

Ingredients 6 fillets of John Dory 6 large sweet potatoes 12 white asparagus (prepared) 200g white fresh crabmeat 100ml good quality mayonnaise 30g chopped coriander Salt and pepper 100g butter Olive oil 3 large beetroot Salted butter Garnish: Watercress, pea shoots, broad beans and samphire Instructions: 1.. Wash sweet potatoes and wrap in tin foil. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes at 180°C. 2.. Follow the same steps for beetroot, allowing another 35 minutes in the oven. 3. In a plastic bowl, mix your mayonnaise, crabmeat, coriander, and salt and pepper to taste. You can make this a couple of hours in advance and put in a squeeze bottle.



4. When sweet potatoes are cooked, remove the tinfoil, cut the potatoes in half and scoop the potato out of the skin. Season, add some butter, and gently crush with a fork. 5. When the beetroot is cooked, remove from the tinfoil, peel the skin, and dice or cut into wedges. 6. Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for two minutes, then toss in olive oil. 7. Season the John Dory with salt and pepper and pan-fry on both sides for 2-3 minutes 8. To make the garnish, place all the ingredients in a bowl, add some sea salt and olive oil and mix together. To Serve: Place the sweet potato in the centre of the plate; arrange the John Dory on top; place beetroot and asparagus on either side of the plate; place garnish around plate; squeeze dots of crab mayonnaise around the plate. Enjoy!




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KILLER MOVIE Set yourself up nicely for Halloween with a screening of Silence of the Lambs on Friday, October 30th at the Opera House. Based on the novel by Thomas Harris, this thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all–out horror. Before meeting the psychopathic Dr Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter himself, perhaps calm the nerves with a drink at the bar before the screening… a nice glass of Chianti maybe? Doors are at 7pm and tickets are €10 from

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TALKING ADOPTION The love child of renowned comedian PJ Gallagher and rising star Joanne McNally is coming to the Everyman. Separated at Birth is a hilarious and moving look at how the pair have navigated the highs and lows of growing up adopted in Ireland. An original and fresh alternative to the traditional stand– up gig, catch it on Saturday, October 17th at 8pm, with admission €22 from FOLKSY FELICE There’s a back story to Simone Felice. At 12 he suffered an aneurysm, while five years ago he was diagnosed with a congenital disorder. Now with a mechanical heart–valve ticking away, the songwriter is creating something truly special. His latest album, From the Violent Banks of the Kaaterskill — backed by Cork’s own troubadour Anna Mitchell — includes raw ballads of squandered grace and transient lust, delivered with a haunting urgency. He plays Coughlans on Friday, October 30th at 9.30pm with tickets €15 from

ZESTY ZAÏDE Prepare to be blown away by the dazzling virtuosity of the Zaïde Quartet at the Triskel Christchurch. Fiery technical brilliance and bold musical imagination meets an exciting programme of Shostakovich, Mozart and Bartók with the show, taking place on Friday, October 16th, part of Music Network’s mission to make live music accessible to as many people as possible. Doors are at 8pm and tickets are €14/€12 from



t’s the time of year when Cork gets into its groove. The legendary Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will see tens of thousands of people from across the globe descend on the city to enjoy over 400 music sessions in over 60 venues. Hailed as one of Europe’s best jazz festivals, this year’s line–up includes an eclectic mix of artists including The Boomtown Rats, Gary Numan, The Drifters, The Darius Brubeck Quartet, Cassandra Wilson and Marcus Miller. A musical highlight will be the launch of the New Irish Jazz Orchestra, directed by Paul

Dunlea, on Friday, October 23rd — a double bill with sensational jazz sax star Grace Kelly and her quintet. There’s a top notch line–up for the Guinness Music Xtra Trail, with the likes of The Pearly Whites, The Busquitos, and The Jabronis playing in various pubs over the bank holiday weekend, and The Fringe will feature free attractions all over the city, including a food market at Emmet Place; Jazz Charity at The Metropole Hotel; open air jam sessions, and Europe’s top Street Bands performing on the main thoroughfares. The colour and vibrancy of the

festival takes to the streets with the Jazz Parade on the Sunday at 3pm. The festival runs from Thursday, October 22nd to Monday, October 26th. For full festival details and to purchase tickets see


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Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the Cork Film Festival continues to hold its own as one of the most exciting events on the arts calendar. One-time student volunteer at the festival, Eileen O’Shea has returned to Cork for 2015, this time as Festival Manager.

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s the team behind the Cork Film Festival gear up to bring us another exciting programme of events for 2015, they do so in the knowledge that this is a landmark for the event, as it celebrates its 60th year. With the tagline “Films. Music. Ideas”, this year’s festival will bring us the best of contemporary world cinema, alongside a lively and varied programme of music on film, and a series of events using film to explore some of the burning issues of our time. For Festival Manager Eileen O’Shea there couldn’t be a more exciting time to be involved in Ireland’s longest running film festival. Having volunteered with the festival as a theatre and drama student in UCC, Eileen’s burgeoning career then took her to London, where, for nine years, she worked in operations and event management within the film industry. “There’s something about this city that I really love,” she says of her decision to return to Cork. “It’s got great character and ambition.” When a position with the Cork Film Festival opened up, she jumped at the chance to return to the “quality arts scene here”, and on moving back to Cork she found herself “amazed by the durability of arts organisations here during the recession.” “It really shows there is a huge passion for the arts within the city, and this forms a big part of the profile of Cork. I was always impressed with what was going on in Cork culturally, but since being away for so long and

returning to see great events like Ignite at Culture Night, and the Midsummer Festival, I would say that in terms of quality and ambition it has gone from strength to strength. It really does feel like a great time to be in the city.” And equally it’s a great time for the Cork Film Festival, with several exciting additions like a Talent Development Campus, an award for Cinematic Documentary, and a partnership with RTÉ securing the Festival’s reputation as one of Ireland’s flagship cultural events; while accreditation from the Academy Awards — obtained in 2014 — has allowed the festival to take a place on the world stage as a significant international film event. “We secured the accreditation last November,” explains Eileen, “and since then we have seen a 30% increase in films submitted for selection. Both the quantity and quality of films have increased this year as the Academy Awards accreditation is a major step for filmmakers, attracting professional and emerging artists alike to submit their work to the Festival. “For Cork Film Festival to be a potential route to an Oscar nomination is an incredible honour.” In a vibrant and jam–packed cultural calendar, the Cork Film Festival has no difficulty staying relevant, because as Eileen points out, “the filmmakers keep the Festival fresh each year, with contemporary work being submitted and selected as it is released”. Technology too plays a part in keeping this 60–year–old event firmly in the 21st

century. “When I last volunteered at the Festival, the online activity was still in its early stages and digital cinema was a long way off,” says Eileen. “As is the way with technology, a lot has changed in a relatively short time.” “The move from 35mm print to digital makes it more feasible to get films from all over the world,” she points out. “We are always looking for ways to celebrate emerging ideas and work, and access to this is made all the easier now.” So what can film fans expect from this year’s programme? Eileen is somewhat coy, preferring to “leave some things to be discovered”, though she proudly reveals that Oscar winner Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs will premiere at the festival, “which should have a great Cork interest”. “Our Opening and Closing Galas are both big Irish premieres too, and we are very proud to be screening them for the first time at Cork Film Festival.” “As it’s our 60th edition we wanted to create a truly unforgettable experience in Cork. This year we announced RTÉ as a principal partner, and we’ll have a performance of Brief Encounter accompanied by RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the Cork Opera House. It should be an absolutely magical night.”

The Cork Film Festival runs from November 6th to 15th. For event listings and booking information see; follow @CorkFilmFest, and find them on Facebook at


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he great Tommy Tiernan once joked about Irish people skiing, remarking that we get panic attacks if we’re in a “house with more than one set of stairs”. However, the Irish have an insatiable appetite for the slopes, and as the season gets underway, we’re once again set to flock to ski resorts across the continent over the coming months. For most winter sports enthusiasts, Austria is the go–to Alpine Mecca with a wide variety of resorts to choose from. From the world–class skiing in panoramic Kitzbühel to the therapeutic thermal waters of Bad Gastein, it’s a fairytale destination in the Alps, with short airport transfers - many resorts are just 90 minutes from Salzburg making it ideal for families. However, the biggest draw to choose skiing or boarding in Austria is its value–for– money.


It’s all about the “glitz of Kitz”. One of the most popular, beautiful and glamorous ski resorts has 53 cable cars and lifts providing access to 170 km of prepared slopes. The region is steeped in skiing history and home to the legendary downhill course Die Strief where Hahnenkamm — the scariest race on the World Cup circuit — takes place every January. If such death–defying activities are too much, there are a variety of ski runs to suit everyone, both adrenaline junkies and novices alike. WHERE TO STAY: Once reserved for nobility, the beautiful Hotel Schloss Lebenberg dominates the rooftops of Kitzbühel and overlooks the impressive scenery of the Alps. This castle combines the magic of bygone days with the comfort and luxury of today’s world.

WHERE TO EAT: Located in a 200–year–old building surrounded by a picturesque view, Berggasthof Hagstein is a cosy traditional inn serving organic produce. From their famous strudel to their home–made apple schnapps, everything is delicious. See OFF PISTE: Take a stroll to the idyllic Schwarzsee Lake, which usually freezes during the winter months, transforming itself into a natural ice skating rink.


If you fancy unwinding after a long day on the slopes in a relaxing thermal bath or natural hot spring, Bad Hofgastein is the place for you. Set in the widest part of the Gastein Valley, this quiet village is part of a 220 km ski area that includes the Belle Époque spa towns of Bad Gastein and Dorfgastein. Suitable for both skiers and snowboarders alike, it’s nothing


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WHERE TO STAY: Surrounded by the beautiful mountain landscape of the Kitzbühel Alps, there is something very special about Schlosshotel Rosenegg. Its mighty walls, enchanted corners, hidden recesses and magical medieval feel make it an exceptional estate.

WHERE TO EAT: A super little vegetarian restaurant is Kraut & Rüben with delights like a delicious rösti with three different cheeses —Parmesan, Gouda and feta — and curry and garlic sour cream, and freshly baked hot waffles. See krautund-rü OFF PISTE: For a bit of après ski R&R, try the wonderful Alpentherme spa, with its spring–fed indoor and outdoor pools, steam baths, and rooftop terrace. Pure bliss. See


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The main town in the beautiful Ziller Valley, Mayrhofen has earned its place among the top ski and snowboard resorts in the world. There are two main ski areas — the Penken and the Ahorn — with the former operating a new state–of–the–art gondola lift from this coming winter season, and the latter having a challenging 5.5 kilometre long groomed downhill valley run to Mayrhofen. WHERE TO STAY: Originally built in the 17th century, the beautifully furnished Hotel Neuhaus Alpendomizil consists of four interconnecting buildings including the St Josef building located 30m from the main building. WHERE TO EAT: It’s not only the fascinating architecture and location that makes the 56–metre long, almost selfsupporting viewing platform of The Freiraum so unique. Inside, the

cosy Café-Bistro offers fascinating panoramas and delicious food. See OFF PISTE: The annual Snowbombing Festival, taking place from April 4th to April 9th 2016, is a week–long whirlwind of world class DJs and bands with cutting edge performances in unique venues. From a sky–high igloo to an enchanted forest clearing, it’s the greatest show on snow!


At a village height of nearly 1,750m, Obertauern is one of the most snow– safe resorts in Austria. From the start of November until the start of May there’s no need to worry about lack of the white stuff here, and there’s a full 100 kilometres of ski pistes and 26 kilometres of cross-country slopes to enjoy. WHERE TO STAY: The four star Apparthotel Samson is

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