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NEWSLETTER Rock of Cashel


Erin go Bragh! Learn the Irish lingo.

With St Patrick's Day coming soon it is time to get yourself acquainted with some typical Irish phrases, Irish words, and Irish slang. "The Jacks"


If you arrive in Ireland and ask someone for the restroom, it is social suicide. It's either called "the toilet," or even more commonly "the jacks." In pubs, the sexes are often written in Irish on toilet doors. So you have the "fir jacks" and the "ban jacks." Not to be confused with "banjaxed," which means something is broken. You'll learn soon enough.

This is what we call soft drinks. Beware if you're visiting old people: they'll automatically assume you love a mineral called 7Up and will force feed you with it.

In use: "Tell ye what, you get in another round, while I head to the jacks."

"The Press" A press is what we call a cupboard in Ireland. However, the "hotpress"... Well, that's a different matter altogether! In use: "Hold on now till I get the biscuits from the press."

In use: "You can't drink because you driving? Well sure you'll have a mineral instead!"

"The Messages" You will hear about people going out to do the messages, or going into town for the messages. Alas, middle-aged Irish women are not part of some secret government organization; they're just referring to the shopping. The messages are what some Irish people call the groceries. In use: "Anyone want anything I'm heading into town to do the messages."

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"Naggins" and "shoulders" Naggins and shoulders refer to the sizes of bottles of spirits. A shoulder will get you a good way to being happy out, but a naggin is perfect for smuggling (or "gooching") into a pub. However, we're not endorsing such scurrilous actions. In use: "Get me a shoulder of Captain Morgan, and Aisling wants a naggin of vodka." See our Grey Nomads article for travel details to Ireland.ď‚&#x;


FROM THE GM Welcome to the March, and very Irish inspired edition of the Club Orianna newsletter.

A WORD FROM PRUE Welcome back to the New Year! We had a yummy Christmas lunch at Charlies with Secret Santa presents gifted between residents and I believe a great time was had by all! While the time between Christmas and New Year’s was quiet around the resort it gave us all a chance to unwind and get ready for the new year. Most of you were back from your breaks by New Year’s Eve and got to head over and check out the fireworks at Sandstone Point Hotel! It’s great living so close to a major entertainment venue and being able to experience the live music like the recent Bryan Adams concert. Over the next month we are back to trivia and instead of Wednesday Wanderers (too hot), we will be doing Wednesday Boaties (weather permitting) to make the most of the pontoon boat. I am looking forward to an exciting year at Orianna.

Prue Sara QUIRKY ST PATRICK'S DAY FACTS! Dyeing the Chicago River green is a favorite tradition in Chicago starting in 1962 with the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local. This tradition continues each year by the Plumbers Local. The dyeing process begins at 9:15 am on the morning of the parade. It takes roughly 45 minutes to dye the entire river and only lasts around five hours. The exact formula for the orange powder (yes, it's orange until it's mixed with water) is kept top-secret.

This is my first column and one I’m certainly excited to write and share with you all. As the General Manager I’ve had the pleasure of being part of a growing Orianna, from what was first an exciting new business idea, to what is now a flourishing residential community. In the early days we commented on how exciting it would be to build a living and breathing community powered by people. Where new stories were created and new friendships blossomed…and I feel were starting to get there now. Yes, we were certainly new to this Lifestyle Resort space and have made a few mistakes along the way, but we have certainly learned and improved as we have progressed. The patience and feedback from our early residents have help us scope out what Orianna really is becoming… a community truly created by the very people within. To date some of my fondest stories are that of the song written for the site – the Orianna Ditti, and of course the launching of the pontoon boat and the beginning of Club Orianna. Not a day goes by where I don’t see a resident in some of our exclusive resort gear. So much has happened, our first stage is almost complete, the final homes are being built and many new residents are moving in. Welcome to all! What’s around the corner, of course the opening on our recreation centre is on the radar now. The main building is almost complete with the resort pool and bowling green starting construction in the coming weeks. It wont be long before the centre will be it will filled with chatter and a touch of BBQ smoke. For now that’s all the news I have. I look forward to sharing more stories and updates in the next edition.

Brett Robinson


Pics of the Month 1. Boat trip around Sandstone Point.


2. Lynne Murphy and Robynne Britt enjoy boating life. 3. Ross and Janelle Brazier enjoy a boat trip out. 4. Valentine's Movie at Spinnaker Sound.






Cancer Awareness

It is vitally important to take care of your skin the same way you would feed your body the right foods and exercise.

Skin cancers are diagnosed in Australia more than all other types of cancers combined, and over 2000 people die each year from them. Australia’s rate of skin cancer is around 10 times the average in the rest of the world. It is our national cancer. Queensland’s rate is even higher than the rest of Australia. The people most likely to be affected are those born in or before the 1960s, who did not benefit from the widespread health campaign to “Slip Slop Slap”, which started in the early 1980s. High levels of sun exposure in childhood, teenage and early adulthood is the best predictor of future skin cancers. Those who migrated to Australia (or Queensland, from a cooler part or Australia), after the age of 30 are much less likely to have problems with this disease. Those who worked outdoors for a major part of their working life are highly likely to be affected. People of Scottish, Irish, Dutch and English heritage are

much more likely to have problems with lower levels of exposure, while those with darker skin are relatively unscathed despite higher doses of sunlight. The second most common cause for skin cancer is exposure to arsenic (especially in sheep dip), which gives sheep farmers even more problems than the rest of the population. Melanoma is the most dangerous of the common types of skin cancer, accounting for most of the 2000 deaths each year in this country. Early detection is the most important factor in improving the survival rate of this type of cancer, as the depth of the melanoma when removed determines its future potential for harm. Over recent years doctors have become more adept at diagnosing these cancers at an earlier stage and people are more aware of new or changing moles on their bodies, so at least 90% of people have no further problems with their melanoma once removed.

At Bribie Island Skin Cancer Clinic, over 700 cancers are removed per month, with around 10 of these being melanomas. We have seen over 20,000 people since opening in 2004. Many of the local doctors send people to us when they are uncertain about a possible cancer on the skin, or when more difficult surgery is required. Over 98% of cancers are able to be treated in the clinic without need for further travel. If you are over 50, have celtic ancestry, had an outdoor occupation, or have previously had a skin cancer removed, or have something on your skin which concerns you, I would recommend your visiting the clinic. It is open 8am-4.30pm Monday to Friday and is located at 9/19 Benabrow Avenue, on the first roundabout after crossing the bridge to the island.  Please phone 3408 6699. Peter Norton




For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17. (The one exception went to beer vendors at the big national dog show, which was always held on Saint Patrick’s Day.) In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADO OIL Eating one avocado per week is said to have multiple health benefits, including reducing arthritis symptoms, improving digestion and maintaining a healthy heart.

Maintain a healthy heart

INTRODUCING OUR RESIDENT JEWELLERY MAKERS! Looking for a gift for that special someone or just want to spoil yourself? Our residents Rob and Marg are talented jewellery makers and had a great viewing of their collection last month. For more info, contact RO-MA Designs on the details below!

RO-MA Designs Orders taken for faceting and setting, bead restringing and mending, silverwork. Rob M 0409 264 404 E Marg M 0400 774 624

The ‘good’ fats found in avocado oil are monounsaturated oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid), which is also found in olive oil (also known to be fantastic for your health). Oleic acid has several health benefits including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing the risk of cancer. Avocado oil is also anti-inflammatory, meaning it can help to prevent damage to arterial walls (the walls of blood vessels), a change that may lower the risk of heart disease.

Improve digestion Do you suffer from heart burn, gas or bloating? Try adding a splash of avocado oil to your food daily. Why? The vitamins, minerals and fatty acids found in avocado oil help you to digest food more easily. While this won’t fix the problem immediately, you might be surprised at how much better you’ll begin to feel.

Strengthen your skin Avocado oil is a fantastic cooking tool, but have you ever considered using the oil as a body moisturiser? The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in avocado oil keeps your skin feeling and looking smooth and supple. The protein, fatty acids and minerals also found in avocado oil moisturise the skin and help protect it from the damage done by UV rays.

Maintain a healthy weight Did you know that avocado oil can actually help you loose weight? The oleic acid found in avocado oil can prevent weight gain, especially when combined with a healthy diet and weekly exercise. As avocado oil is filled with plenty of nutrients, it will also help you feel fuller and satisfied for much longer, reducing those midafternoon cravings.

Reduce arthritis symptoms Arthritis is a painful condition that affects over three million Australians, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. To alleviate symptoms, sufferers may want to consider adding avocado oil to their diets. Why? Researchers have conducted several studies on the health benefits of avocado oil, and have found that it can reduce the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

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WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? (ORIANNA STYLE) 1. A rare example of a word that rhymes with orange, Blorenge is a what?


a. Mountain in Wales b. Volcano in Bali

To the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

c. The name of a hotel in Dubai d. Famous markets in India 2. Which of these is a weight category in professional boxing? a. Welterweight b. Swelterweight c. Slaughterweight d. Daughterweight 3. Which of these is a term for a typically average man? a. Joe Cole

SO WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS? Queensland is set to be transformed by the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with the tourism industry set to get the biggest boost. The Games, to be held from 4-15 April will be host to more than 6,600 athletes with events to be held not only on the coast but in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville as well. The first release of tickets for the event sold out extremely quickly with a number of Gold Coast residents remaining unhappy with the ticketing process after not receiving a ticket to some of the much sought-after event such as the opening ceremony and the netball grand final. Here is a list of the events that still have tickets available!

b. Joe Bloggs

Closing Ceremony

Lawn Bowls

c. Joe Bugner



d. Joe Strummer




Table Tennis



Answers to these questions will be revealed in the next edition of Club Orianna Newsletter.

Last issue's 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' answers revealed! 1. Which of these ships was not one of the three taken over by colonists during the (William) 2. A rare example of a word that rhymes with ‘ orange’, the Blorenge is a what? (Mountain in Wales) 3. The most-watched TV episode of all time, the final episode of M*A*S*H aired at 8.30pm on February 28, 1983, following what sitcom? (Newhart) How many did you get right?! 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' Franchise © Sony Pictures Television

For those who decided to submit their volunteer applications for the games mid-last year when over 150,000 volunteers were needed they have now received their rosters and the roles they will be filling during the games. The 4,000 private security officers that will be required in addition to military and police are currently finalising their training requirements with a number of these people previously unemployed. The Games is providing employment opportunities for those long-term unemployed or who have little or no experience in the workforce which will hopefully have a flow on effect to our economy post-games. Interested in attending one of the events at the Commonwealth Games? Get your tickets online now at This is one task you don’t want to put off doing as you may just be too late! Don’t forget to send photos of you attending through to so you can be featured in one of our newsletters!


St Patrick's Day Crossword Puzzle 2

1 3


5 6

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

14 15





Saint Patrick is the patron saint of this country.

12. The capital of the Republic of Ireland


The leprechaun's pot of gold is at the end of one.


Lively Irish folk dance

13. Both an Irish Setter and a rose are this color


Do this to the Blarney Stone to get the gift of gab

15. "May the road rise to meet ___." - an Irish blessing


What everybody is on St. Patrick's Day

5. According to legend, St. Patrick drove these legless reptiles out of Ireland.

16. He's a saint and March 17 7. The three-leaf clover that's a is his day. symbol for Ireland

6. _______ Isle - Ireland's nickname, due to its lush green landscape



Somebody who herds sheep, as Saint Patrick did in his youth


Kiss this Stone to get the gift of gab

It's what's in the pot at the end of the rainbow.

10. A blight destroyed this very important crop resulting in the Great Famine.

11. A shamrock is the three-leaf type of this plant, the four-leaf type is lucky, they say 14. They pour it in the Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day



BOOK WORK Recommended reading for 2018!


Autumn by Ali Smith This best-selling, Man Bookershortlisted, rave-reviewed tale of an extraordinary friendship between an elderly songwriter and a precocious child is the first of a four volume seasonal series.

ANNETTE'S HAZELNUT PLUM & SOUR CHERRY CAKE A delicious cake that is hard to stop at just one piece by resident Annette Lane.


Prisoner B-3087 Based on a true story this book follows the life of a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland as World War II rages all around him.

Serves 10 · Preparation 1½ hours



…… 125g butter softened

Step 1 Preheat oven to moderately

…… 1 tsp vanilla extract …… 1¼ cups brown sugar …… 3 eggs …… 3/4 cup plain flour …… 3/4 cup S.R. flour …… 1/2 cup milk …… 1/2 cup hazelnut meal …… 6 small plums, halved (stones removed)

slow 160° – Grease 20cm x 30cm lamington pan then line base and sides with baking paper

Step 2 In mixing bowl, combine basic butter cake on low speed with electric mixer until just combined. Increase speed to medium and beat mixture till smooth and pale in colour (1-2 mins)

…… 1/4 cup drained morello pitted cherries

Step 3 Spread mixture into prepared

…… 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts

bake for 1 hour, cool in pan.

tin, top with plums, cherry nuts then



Our Lady of the Prairie A funny novel about a college professor whose normally calm life is upended all at once, and how the tornado set to touch down at her daughter’s wedding turns out to be the least of her problems.



The Grey Nomads Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure.



BRIBIE ISLAND BUTTERFLY HOUSE WITHIN 1 HOUR Wednesdays & Sundays 10am - 4pm 208 First Avenue, Bongaree


RSPCA MOTORHOME PROGRAM WITHIN 1 DAY Monday to Thursday 10am - 3pm 139 Wacol Station Rd, Wacol

Bribie Island Butterfly House is a local volunteer project aimed at bringing the community together and to promote the butterfly population on Bribie Island and beyond. The butterflies you will see are all bred in the state-of-the-art Breeding Laboratory which you will visit on-site. Bribie Island Butterfly House is currently only open 2 days a week but there is an opportunity for you to volunteer at this awesome tourist attraction also!

If you have a caravan or motorhome and are looking for a truly unique experience, the Grey Nomads & Motorhome site located at the Brisbane RSPCA Animal Care Campus could be for you! Their Grey Nomads program has been designed to allow travellers access to a very unique experience. In return for low cost accommodation (donation), they ask that all campers take part in their volunteering program which will give a great insight into the life changing work that they do.

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CONTRIBUTING THE PROCEEDS OF DOWNSIZING TO SUPERANNUATION Article Taken from the ATO Website On 9 May 2017 the Government announced that from 1 July 2018, individuals aged 65 or over will be able to make a contribution to super of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home.

These contributions will not count towards the concessional or nonconcessional contribution caps and the individual making the contribution will not need to meet the existing maximum age, work or $1.6m

ENJOY A GUINNESS ON ST PATRICK'S DAY IN IRELAND WITHIN A LIFETIME Best time: March Ireland Drop in on the Emerald Isle during one of the most festive times of year, exploring its vibrant cities and breathtaking countryside. Start in Galway, making your way to Cork and the Blarney Castle before settling in for the celebrations in Dublin. Don some green, grab a pint, and join the locals for the city’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade. For more information:

balance tests for contributing to super. The home sold must have been owned by the individual for the past ten or more years and have been the principal residence of the individual. Both members of a couple can contribute to super under this policy from the proceeds of the sale. For more information head to: 



Meet your neighbours

Warren (Wazza) & Desley McDougall We were both born in Gympie but we met in Brisbane. Wazza came from a family of six children and I was the youngest of four. Wazza completed his National Service in 1972 spending some time in Sydney but mostly in Brisbane or at the Tin Can Bay Training Camp. He then took up his trade of an air-conditioning technician working for various companies until he retired in 2004. I was a book-keeper and my last job of fifteen years was in a hardware store which was more interesting and varied than the usual book-keeping job! I retired from there in 2015 and then did voluntary work until July 2017 at the Ferny Grove Bowls Club where I did some office work, bar work and cleaning – Jill of all as they say!

We lived in Ferny Hills for a total of 41 years where we raised our two children. We now have five grand-children and two great-grandchildren. We have both kept ourselves fairly active all our lives being involved in a variety of sports such as darts, ten-pin bowling, golf (which we were both pretty crap at) and for the past twenty years – lawn bowls. We have both progressed from novices to winning several club and district championships. We have both represented our District and Wazza has travelled to all Australian States as he has been selected for the past ten years to represent Queensland in the RSL Bowls Association. Apart from the competitive side of Bowls it is a great sport where we have made lots of friends and always have lots of laughs.



Favourite Food


Sweet & Sour Pork

Favourite Fruit



Favourite Alcohol Drink



Favourite Color





Someone pulling my hair!

Many years ago, we talked of our plans for retirement and always agreed we would move to a retirement village at the Sunshine Coast. However, when we started looking around Caloundra, Maroochydore etc we were left disappointed with either the geography or terrain of the sites. Then we found Orianna! No hills! Near the water! Close to a great Bowls Club! TICK, TICK, TICK! We are both very happy to be here and enjoy meeting our new neighbours. Even our moggy, Cheyanne, has settled nicely into her new home. We are looking forward to the completion of the rec centre in the New Year and also getting out more on the Pontoon Boat to do a bit of fishing! 



St Patrick’s Day Quiz


APP CORNER 1. Words with Friends

Answer the questions by picking an answer from the selections!


How long is the lease on the Guinness brewery in Dublin for? a. 9 years b. 90 years


Muckanaghederdauhaulia is the name of what? a. The name of a mean and nasty leprechaun b. The longest name of a town in Ireland


2. Emergency Plus The Australian government’s Triple Zero Awareness Working Group has a smartphone app that provides callers with the right emergency number to call depending on the context. Other emergency-friendly features include displaying the GPS coordinates of the caller so the information can be told to the emergency operator.

c. Drambuie d. Irish Mist

Is the potato native to Ireland? a. True


c. Put hand-fulls of shamrock into the river to spread around Ireland d. The sound of an Irish crying

With this app, you can stay entertained and keep your mind busy whether you’re on the train, waiting for an appointment, or just relaxing at home.

What Irish liqueur is the most popular in the world? a. Dooley’s Toffee Cream Liqueur b. Bailey’s Irish Cream


b. False

What does it mean to “drown the shamrock”? a. To put shamrocks into your glass and drown them with whisky b. Down with the IRA


c. Montreal 1735 d. Boston 1737

The Irish birthday tradition is to turn a child upside-down and bump their head on the floor for the number of years they are. a. True


b. False

Where was the very first St Patrick’s Day parade held? a. New York 1721 b. Sydney 1798


c. The longest river in Ireland d. A pray you say before getting into a bar fight

The Irish think it’s tradition to wear green on St Patrick's Day? a. True


c. 900 years d. 9000 years

Words with Friends is a popular mobile word game that you can play with your Facebook friends, or with new friends you’ve matched with through the Smart Match or Community Match feature. There is a solo play mode, an in-game chat function, and performance tracking features.

b. False

Approximately how many pubs per person are there said to be to in Ireland a. 1 to every 100 b. 1 to every 350

c. 1 to every 750 d. 1 to every 1000

10 Where did the term “Paddy Wagon” come from? a. If the drunk Irish were arrested, c. Was named after the first police they’d all say their names were Paddy commissioner of Ireland b. Coined from a famous Irish school yard rhyme


3. Park n Forget This app helps you remember where you parked your car and even monitors the amount of time spent in metered parking spots. When leaving your car in a parking deck, pick the color or number associated with the deck level to pinpoint your location.

Q1. D; Q2. C; Q3. False - The traditional color was blue in St Patrick’s time. Then it changed to green, but most people don’t wear green and only pin a shamrock to their coat; Q4. D; Q5. True – Plus one more for good luck!; Q6. A; Q7. B; Q8. False – Sir Walter Raleigh, a British explorer, brought the potato to Ireland in 1589; Q9. B – 1 pub for every 350 people; Q10. A





Harbour Master Golf Competition Friday 16th · 12pm Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Bellara



St Patrick's Day



By the Bay Country Music Festival Sunday 25th · 2pm Sandstone Point Hotel

Saturday 17th · 12pm Blue Pacific Hotel – Bribie Island

The Master Back Tee challenge returns. Played in a Stableford format, be challenged by the Pacific Harbour layout and win some great prizes.

Jack James live from 2pm in the Beer Garden, Guinness and Kilkenny available all day. Green beer and prizes for best dressed!

Billy Ray Cyrus, Kasey Chambers, O’Shea, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Hurricane Fall feature in the very first By The Bay Country Music Festival!

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Wineskins – Open Golf Competition Happy Hour 5




Trivia at Bribie Bowls Club

Wednesday Wanderers



Trivia at Bribie Bowls Club

Wednesday Wanderers




Rotary’s International Women’s Day High Tea 10





 Harbour Master Golf Competition

 St Patrick's Day

Happy Hour


Happy Hour 19




Trivia at Bribie Bowls Club

Wednesday Wanderers



Trivia at Bribie Bowls Club

Wednesday Wanderers




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 By the Bay Country Music Festival

Happy Hour





Club Orianna Newsletter March 2018 Edition  
Club Orianna Newsletter March 2018 Edition