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welcome With such amazing feedback from our first ever issue of COVERwest, we have put together yet another great issue to feast your eyes on over the Christmas season and well into the New Year. We feature the fabulous Bronagh Gallagher, who has been greatly involved with the Derry City of Culture 2013 project. She chats about her career to date, and why she’ll always love Derry. We also meet one of Ireland’s best known professional golfers, Lynn McCool, who’s had numerous brushes with big name celebs on the prestigious Lough Erne Resort. Tis the season to look your absolute best, and with that in mind, we’ve set about sourcing the most glamorous party outfits around, and give you our pick of the best make-up on the market to ensure you’re dazzling when you hit the town. With the new year come resolutions to live a healthier life...find out how our travel writer took her bad habits to task with her trip to one of Europe’s best known health spas. January brings its own delight - and dilemma. We all love the sales, but often we end up with useless bits that will never see the light of day. We bring you some top tips on shopping in the sales, ensuring you get a bargain that you’ll actually use. Hope you enjoy our Christmas/New Year Special. Enjoy

Patrick Conlon

Managing Director, COVERwest If you would like to feature your business in the magazine, contact me on or 0044 (0) 28 66328157. Been to any glitzy social events recently? Send your pics to to have the event featured in the magazine. Winner of The Killyhevlin Hotel & Spa Fermanagh Competition: Lucy Flanagan, Mullingar Co Westmeath

THIS MONTH’S COMPETITIONS ROSE HOTEL & SPA Win a luxury spa break at the 4-star Villa Rose Hotel & Spa, Ballybofey, County Donegal. Treat yourself to pure indulgence in a sanctuary of peace and tranquillity and surrender your mind, body and soul to a deep sense of well being. Visit to view the full range of natural beauty and holistic therapies. Prize includes two night's B&B and one evening meal in Fara’s award-winning restaurant, together with an Indulgent Spa Package consisting of a one-hour session in the Spa Thermal Suite, a Beauty Flash Facial, a Swedish Back Massage and Scalp Massage. To enter, answer the following question: What is the name of the Spa at the Villa Rose Hotel? Send your answer to COVERwest magazine, Villa Rose Hotel & Spa Competition, Unit 4-6 Lackaghboy Industrial Estate, Tempo Road Enniskillen. BT74 4RL.

WATERMILL RESTAURANT Win one dinner for two, plus B&B for two nights at The New Watermill Restaurant in Lisnaskea Co Fermanagh on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. Just answer the question: Where is the Watermill Restaurant located. Is it A. Beside the Lough Erne, B. Beside Lough Ness, C. Beside Lough Neagh? Send your answer to COVERwest magazine, Watermill Restaurant Competition, Unit 4-6 Lackaghboy Industrial Estate, Tempo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 4RL.



Cover Photographer: Gail McGowen Model: Zara Shaw Stylist: Delilah Hair: Clive Johnston Make-up: Keri Mc Kenna Dress and Necklace from Style Boutique, Omagh Location: Blessingbourne Country Estate


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golden egg PRODUCTIONS LTD GOLDENEGG PRODUCTIONS MANAGING DIRECTOR Patricia McCrossan EDITOR Jo Lavelle ART DIRECTOR Linda Galvin CONTRIBUTORS Emer Donlon, Diane Day, Nuala Lilley, Gordon Annan, Eamonn Campbell, Delilah, Aoibheann McNamara PHOTOGRAPHY Gail McGowen, Fiona McGuire Upscale Marketing & Golden Egg Productions Ltd will not be responsible for, nor will it return, unsolicited manuscripts. Transparencies or prints submitted for publication are sent at the owner’s risk and, while every care is taken, Upscale Marketing and Golden Egg Productions Ltd cannot accept any liability for loss or damage. The views expressed in the magazine are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Upscale Marketing and Golden Egg Productions Ltd. The entire contents of the magazine are the copyright of Golden Egg Productions Ltd and may not be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of Golden Egg Productions Ltd.


contents DEC/JAN 2011

FEATURES & FASHION 6 What’s New the latest from around the North West

12 Fashion Fix local fashion news for her

16 Man, oh man up your man’s style 18 Style Spotting we take to the streets 20 Coat Covet snap that perfect coat up 22 Booty Call it’s all about cosy comfort 24 Gifts Glorious Gifts our pick of the best 27 Bronagh Gallagher on her love for Derry 30 Culture Central Derry City of Culture 2013 32 The Definitive Guide to Sales Shopping top tips 34 Having a Ball Lynn McCool 38 Shimmer & Shine hot embellished looks 40 Magical Mercers stunning jewellery 42 Dedicated Follower of Fashion fashion shoot 53 How to Survive Christmas our advice 64 The Healthy Holiday the Viva Mayr Clinic


55 Go for Gold glistening beauty


56 Beauty Ed’s Choice overhaul your dresser 58 Party Perfect sparkle and shine

INTERIORS 70 What’s New stunning interior ideas

72 Domestic Goddess delightful kitchen accessories

74 Illuminate Your Imagination


Gordon Annan



talk turkey 62 Festive Wine Eamonn Campbells’s top tips 78 Motoring top tips & best buys 84 Out & About social scene 92 Tie the Knot who walked down the aisle lately


CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP On Saturday 11 December, head to Bear Essentials in county Cavan for a family friendly day out. Spend three hours decorating your very own gingerbread house with sweets, chocolates and biscuits at the Gingerbread House Christmas Workshop and then bring it home to enjoy. For more information on this workshop and other party packages and gift ideas available at Bear Essentials go to

What’s New and The latest news gossip from around the North West

Watch this space…

Beautiful Bling

The Goldmine Jewellers have just added a fabulous new line of jewellery to their already extensive collection. ‘The Real Effect’ is a stunning range of sterling silver pieces set with high quality cut cubic stones in a variety of ring, pendant, earring and cuff-link styles that are not only exquisite, but also very affordable. The Goldmine Jewellers, 22 New Street, Enniskillen 028 66329008 and 9 Prospect Court, Omagh 028 82247746

19-year-old designer Oliver Doherty, a finalist this year at the Goldenegg Fashion Innovation Awards, is already making waves stateside. The Donegal teenager was shortlisted in a US magazine competition that offered designers from across the world the opportunity to submit their design for a dress that will be worn by musician Florence Welch. His stunning Grecian-inspired black gown landed him a position in the top five, which means that his design will be showcased in several US magazines. Only in his first year of a textiles course at the North West Regional College in Derry, Oliver is certainly one to watch.


Tierra Spa & Beauty Treatments in Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, is a natural and organic salon offering top quality natural and organic treatments and luxurious spa rituals for men and women. The service they provide is globally inspired with products and treatments from places such as Morocco, Tiahiti, Bali, Japan and the Brazilian Rainforest. At Tierra they have a strong environmental ethos and only supply the best natural and organic products available to their clients. Relax, unwind and rejuvenate in the tranquil setting of their spa away from the hassle and stress of every day life. For more information or to book an appointment call Tanya on 028 68628884 and find them on Facebook.



what’s new


Pascal Brissaud and partner Valerie Smyth recently opened the doors of the Watermill Restaurant with Rooms in Fermanagh. This is the first phase in the development of Kilmore Quay that will turn the area into an angler’s dream, a foodie’s delight and a wonderful holiday destination for all. Approaching the restaurant you can’t help but wonder at the beauty of Lough Erne and find yourself enamoured with its tranquillity. The restaurant’s décor has a distinct French feel with an open fireplace that helps to create the perfectly welcoming ambiance. The open plan kitchen allows you to see the chefs at their best as they prepare your meal, while you sit back and enjoy a cool beer or a chilled glass of wine. Diners at the Watermill can expect top quality food from the restaurant, with locally-sourced produce being used wherever possible. After your meal, enjoy a leisurely stroll around the mature water gardens on the banks of Lough Erne and watch the sun go down with an after-dinner digestif. Watermill Restaurant with Rooms, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh 028 67724369. For more information on the restaurant and the angling packages available go to

Craft Trail


The Linen Green complex now boasts a new contemporary furniture and accessories store - Á La Mode. Stocking artwork from Zenith Arts, Nadia Sparhan, Shira, Libra, Coach House and Karlsson, this luxurious furniture store is stocked full of quirky items. A La Mode, Unit 5 a The Dye House, Linen Green, Moygashel 075 25536538



The innovative new craft brand ‘Made in Sligo’ not only makes it easier to buy the wonderful products of Sligo craft businesses, but it also allows you, the customer, to see how these items are made. Twelve Sligo businesses have come together to showcase their work and to help promote tourism in the region with the fascinating Craft Trail. Studios where goods such as jewellery, handbags and ceramics are produced are now open for you to witness the skill involved in these crafts, meet the designers, share their stories and view their latest collections. Keep an eye out for ‘Made in Sligo’ products available for purchase in hospitality and retail locations all over the Northwest.

FASHION FIX Local fashion news from around the North West

Colour Me Happy The autumn/winter collection from St Martins is a fun range of colourful bright patterned pieces mixed with rich autumnal browns and greys. Get this Rizzo tunic (£54) from Walker Clothing, Main Street, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh 028 68628707

Modern Style Modissima Ladies Fashion is a long established fashion boutique were you will get expert advice and personal service when shopping for that special occasion, mother of the bride/groom, guest and casual wear. Matching shoes, bags and accessories available in store, hat hire also available. Private appointments can be arranged. Modissima 55 main street, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone 028 89521684

Stunning Accessories The perfect accessory to that party dress - Ted Baker satin shoes (£89) and a matching clutch bag (£59). Available exclusively at Graham Womenswear, High Street Enniskillen 028 66322317

Little Black Dress The LBD is a wardrobe essential that will get you out of many a fashion dilemma. This ruffled number from Tia (€152) has just enough detail to make it stand out but it’s still so versatile you can wear it over and over again! Sally West, Main Street, Cavan Town 049 4373022

fashion fix

The WOW Factor When you’re looking for a dress that will stand out in a crowd, Coco is the place to go. Specialising in weddings, race wear, debs dresses and party wear, Coco has an amazing selection of dresses in all sizes, as well as matching shoes and accessories. Coco, 39 Belmore Street, Enniskillen, 028 66325589

Most Wanted The new Monte dress from iBLUES captures the embellished trend perfectly. Sparkle your way through the party season in this royal blue sequinned beauty – a guaranteed head-turner. Vanilla Boutique, 33-35 Church Street, Cavan 049 4372641 and Enniskillen 028 66327179

Lovely Leather Couture at Style Couture at Style is the new first floor studio offering outfits for special occasions in a private area where you will get expert advice and personal service. An exciting collection of exclusive fashions of high quality that will satisfy even the most discerning tastes. In this department, you will find their spring/summer stock 2011 with exclusive brands such as Gina Bacconi, Gold, John Charles, Kate Cooper, Michel Ambers and Vera Mont. To add to the exciting 2011 collection, Style are now stocking Ispirato and Presen. Style Omagh, 028 82247808

Pure Glamour A dress from City Lady is the embodiment of glamour and sophistication. See the latest collections in store at City Lady, Enniskillen 028 66322353 and Newry 028 302520726

Alex Curran has just started designing for funky clothing label Forever Unique and this red ruffled number is ticking all the style boxes for Christmas party wear. Available now at Cuba Clothing, Omagh 028 82251211

For a winter accessories fix, head to Footsteps in Derry where they have a fabulous selection of leather boots and bags in stock. Footsteps, 45 Strand Road, Derry 028 71369276

mens fashion fix John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £44.95 Ted Baker at £85

Man, oh man It’s time to head to the shops and get yourself this season’s must-have accessory…a well dressed man.

Full Circle at Cuba Clothing, Dungannon, Cookstown and Omagh £220

River Island €87/£64.99

Mulberry at Graham Menswear, Enniskillen £525

Suit £450, Hold-all from £159 Hugo Boss Black at Graham Menswear, Enniskillen

Full Circle at Cuba Clothing, Dungannon, Cookstown and Omagh £60

John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £95

Next €80/£61 A/W 2010 GANT collection available at Armstrong & Kingston, Enniskillen

River Island €29.95

Natasha Daly Carrick-on-Shannon Coat - New Look Dress – New Look Tights – Top Shop Bag - Coast

Loretta Mylott Cloone, Co Leitrim Dressm, Belt and Bag – New Look Jacket - Dorothy Perkins Bow - Penneys

COVERwest takes to the streets to check out the style on our streets

Style Spotting Photos by Fiona McGuire

Martina McKeon Leitrim. Coat – Asda Dress – Oasis Boots - Paul Byrons Bag – Jewel Scarf - Dunnes Stores

Jenny Janiskova Carrick-on-Shannon Jacket - Penneys Jeans - Crescendo Bag - Mulveys

Araceli Sulaj Carrick-on-Shannon. Jacket – Image Top & Leggings - Tesco Shoes - Striking Shoes Scarf - H+M Bracelets - A/wear

fashion by Delilah

New Look €55/£54.99

M&S €130/£99

Next €61/£45

The pretty faux fur detail ensures an instant style update

Coat Covet Dorothy Perkins €95/£60

Easily the most important part of your winter wardrobe, the time is right to snap yours up Jane Norman €97/£85

Warehouse has some of the best choice of coats on the High Street this season. Warehouse £117/ £90

French Connection €192/£160

Create an hourglass silhouette with a waist-cinching shape

Inject a dash of colour this winter

Delilah is a qualified Fashion Stylist and Personal Shopper. She advises individuals to choose looks which flatter each individual's colouring and figure and help them to look their best day after day, irrespective of their age or body shape. You can hire Delilah for a wardrobe makeover, personal shopping, shape and colour analysis. Delilah has established a reputation of excellent customer service at a price way below expectations. Ask Delilah Hi Delilah I've just had my third baby a couple of months ago and am having difficulty finding a pair of jeans that hide it. Please help! Anne Why don't you try the tummy tuck jeans; they're quite high on the waist so they give you great support on the tummy area helping to make it look slimmer. They come in bootleg, straight leg and skinnies. Delilah If you have a style question you'd like Delilah to answer, email her on

Monsoon Fusion €250/£160

087 6391956

Shoe boots are the perfectly stylish addition to your wardrobe this season

River Island €127.50/ £89.99

€136/£120 by Faith at Debenhams

Fur boots are making a hit this winter. We love the Next and Debenhams versions

M&S €96/£85

€85/£65 Next

Booty Call Searching for the perfect winter boot? From chunky heels and fur to lace-ups and flats, it’s all about cosy, comfortable and fierce this season.

River Island €127.50/ £89.99

Go for a chunky heel for day-to-day comfort M&S €79/£69

New Look €64.99/ £49.99

Lace-up boots. Wear with your favourite skinnies or a dress. The ultimate stylish and comfy boot French Connection €250/£220

Schuh €110/ £84.99

Next €56/£50

Too Cool

Funky Kids retails a wide range of fun, funky and fashionable clothes and accessories for children from newborn to 12 years old. With lots of new stock arriving weekly for Christmas, you’re sure to find the ideal presents to help the little ones in looking cool and original! Stockists of the ‘name it’ range of clothing. Funky Kids, Dungannon 028 87725961 and Cookstown 028 86769903

gifts glorious gifts

Stuck for ideas for gifts for your loved ones? We’ve taken the work out of gift buying...


Carino is best known for its selection of divine footwear but the store also stocks a range of statement jewellery pieces. This Grecian-inspired neckpiece (£38) will jazz up any party dress. Of course, now you need to decide whether to give it away or keep it for yourself! Carino, Market House, 1C Market Road, Omagh, Co Tyrone 028 82252838



For the silver lover…

Treat your loved ones to an exquisite keepsake from the Newbridge Silverware collection – guaranteed to go down a treat on Christmas morning. Newbridge Silverware, Linen Green, Moygashel, Dungannon, Co Tyrone 028 87729770

Something Different

Specially trained staff make & paint by hand each individual piece of the Forms of Life collection, ensuring that no two are alike and that every one is imbued with a sense of life. Over 40 different forms make up the complete range of birds, fish and new quadrupeds in these beautiful glazes from Belfast-born artist Raymond Kinghan. Available at The Cat and the Moon, 4 Castle Street, Sligo 071 9143686


Clearly Chic

How many times have you been blinded by the winter sun when driving at this time of year? If you want the best clarity and protection on the planet, nothing comes close to Oakley’s High Definition Optics. Some sunglasses protect your eyes, others protect your image, but the Oakley sunglasses protect both all year round. Starting at £65, this is a perfect stocking filler for those who deserve to be spoilt. Oakley sunglasses range is stocked in D McGovern Opticians at 17 High Street, Enniskillen, 028 66322550 and 38 William Street, Cookstown, 028 86766696

gifts glorious gifts

Wine & Dine at Greens

An ideal gift for the food and wine connoisseur is a gift voucher for Greens, the vibrant new restaurant and wine bar in the Linen Green retail outlet. Set in a stunning glass clad building, the restaurant serves up a delicious menu of chicken, meat and pasta dishes accompanied with a varied selection of wines from around the world. A perfect gift and a perfect night out! Greens Restaurant & Wine Bar, The Dye House, Linen Green, Dungannon, Co Tyrone 028 87722070

Stack ‘em up!

Daisy Jewellery stackable rings are at the forefront of this year’s personalised jewellery trend and have already proved a big hit with celebrities such as Sienna Miller and Ke$ha. There’s a huge selection of styles available – anything from thin bands with cute flowers to chunky rings that boast titles like ‘Harley Dangerous’. Mix and match to suit your own personal style and wear as many or as few as you like! Center Jewellers, Erneside Shopping Centre, The Point, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh 028 66327121

Absolutely Stunning

The Absolute Jewellery Design range is sure to add some sparkle to your Christmas. For the full range visit Dowlers The Jewellers, Main Street, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh 028 66721308

Pure Luxury

Give the gift of luxury this Christmas. Graham Menswear stocks Mulberry’s finest quality vegetable tanned leather briefcases, belts and wallets alongside their exceptionally durable scotchgrain weekend bags and wash bags. Mulberry scotchgrain holdall £450 & washbag £99. Graham Enniskillen, 14 High Street, Enniskillen 028 66322317



Bronagh Gallagher D

erry has always been home for Bronagh and acting and music has been in her blood since childhood. The setting is Nazareth House Primary School in the Creggan area of Derry. A five-year-old girl takes to the stage in the lead role of the Gingerbread Queen. She looks out nervously at the audience and arrives at a life-defining moment. “Even now I remember the reaction I got,” Bronagh recalls. “I always loved to sing and dance and I was overwhelmed by that feeling of everyone looking at me. I was completely hooked.” That sheer enjoyment of performance, ignited that day in 1977, allied to her talent in both acting and singing, has taken Bronagh on an incredible journey from her teenage debut in the Commitments to films like Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes, and most recently Tamara Drewe - to be released later this year. In between, Bronagh has won acclaim for theatre work at the National Theatre in London where she now lives, and the groundbreaking Théâtre de Complicité, released an album of self-penned songs and appeared in a myriad of other films and television drama. But the seeds for her future career were undoubtedly sown in Derry.

Derry, UK City of Culture 2012...Many great and wonderful things have come from Derry throughout the years. One of its brightest stars, Bronagh Gallagher, being one of them. Despite all the success that has come to Bronagh through movies like Pulp Fiction, Star Wars, and Sherlock Holmes, her affection for her hometown remains undimmed. Photos by Lorcan Doherty COVERwest


interview Bronagh’s was a typical Derry upbringing with a house full of music. “My parents had a huge record collection they were always playing so we were brought up listening to classic soul and Motown and country music like Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris,” Bronagh says. “I’ve always loved that music and in a way, that’s been a template for everything that’s followed.” Despite not having the patience to follow up her piano and violin lessons (she learned to play the drums in her twenties), Bronagh’s commitment to singing and dancing was unquestioned and found a natural home in the Oakgrove Theatre Company in the Long Tower area of Derry, where inspirational people like Tony O’Donnell nurtured young talent in a variety of musical shows. “There’s a huge history of performing arts in Derry,” Bronagh says, “particularly of local music shows which are of great quality. They might be deemed amateur but the talent in the city is of the highest level, so many people who could have gone on but just didn’t want to leave Derry. It’s a hard wee place to leave. The education I got from people like Tony, who created so many great shows, has stayed with me all my life. I’d go along after school or at weekends and we’d rehearse at local community centres and perform in local halls and schools. There was so much happening and it was supported right through the community. I remember we did a great production of Grease with Nadine Coyle’s father as Danny!” Bronagh’s first break came out of the blue. Within two weeks of taking a place at the National Youth Theatre in London to study drama, she got a call offering her the lead part in a television film. Still only 18, she had been babysitting for Margo Harkin who ran Derry Film and Video, a Channel 4 franchised workshop. When Margo was contacted by Michael Winterbottom who was making his first drama for Channel Four, Strangers, about young people in Derry and Donegal, she suggested her young babysitter would be ideal. When the role in the Commitments came up, Bronagh wasn’t particularily interested. “I told them I was about to do this drama course in London, but people told me I was mad to turn it down and I’m glad I changed my mind.” Having made an




“Guy Ritchie was great to work with and Robert Downey Jr. was a lot of fun too”

impact with her first appearance, Bronagh was able to get an agent who brought her to the attention of the company about to film a Roddy Doyle book for the big screen, ‘The Commitments’. The story of impoverished young North Dubliners who get together to form a soul band, the music - the kind of soul and Motown classics Bronagh had absorbed through her childhood – couldn’t have been more apt. Today ‘The Commitments’, filmed at the dawn of the Celtic Tiger era, seems to depict a bygone Ireland. A huge success around the world, it was both a breakthrough for Ireland – helping to initiate the subsequent global fascination

in the country and its culture – and its talented young cast. “We were surprised by its impact,” says Bronagh, who played one of the three backing singers, “but people identified with the story. It’s a universal theme - people struggling against the odds to make a dream happen. In those days it was much harder to get anything to happen in Ireland. It was an exciting time, to be only acting a year and to be in this amazing film. And the music was perfect for me. We actually played as a band at the three premieres and we were responsible for all the music in the film”. Much more recently, Bronagh played for 16 months in the acclaimed ‘War

Horse’ at the National, but she has also appeared in several high-profile films too, beginning with Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film noir classic, ‘Pulp Fiction’. “I knew it would be special as soon as I met Quentin,” Bronagh says. “He was so charismatic, animated and passionate and you could tell just from the way he orchestrated things, and from the constant flow of ideas, he was going to be a remarkable director. It was a brilliant script too. People forget this was his breakthrough movie and very low budget. Even John Travolta wasn’t seen as a big star at the time, though he had been in the seventies with ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and ‘Grease’. It’s hard to believe now, but he was a controversial choice at the time, and Quentin wasn’t allowed to choose him until he had a big name in place”. In 1999, Bronagh would be part of an even bigger film, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’, where she played Captain Maoi Madakor. That appearance came from a casual request to her agent, saying she’d like to be in it. “I got a call back saying go along to casting on Friday. It was

that simple,” Bronagh laughs. “They were casting in this big aircraft hangar miles away on the outskirts of London. As usual I was late, missing my train, but I redeemed myself by bringing a big bag of the best Columbian coffee, because I reckoned the American casting agent was a long way from the nearest Starbucks. I got the part so it must have worked!” Among many other films, Bronagh was in Guy Ritchie’s award-winning ‘Sherlock Holmes’ last year. “It was great craic,” she says, “and the period sets were unbelievable. It was recreated in the market area of Manchester and had been meticulously built down to the last detail for authenticity with over 500 extras in Victorian dress. I play an Irish fortune teller who tries to convince Jude Law that his girlfriend is no good. It was a really enjoyable experience. Guy Ritchie was great to work with and Robert Downey Junior was a lot of fun too”. Bronagh’s most recent big screen appearance was in ‘Tamara Drewe’. Based on the Guardian cartoon strip by Posy Simmonds, it’s directed by Stephen Frears,

who Bronagh had worked with on ‘Mary Reilly. “It’s about a crazy bunch of people who descend on a writers’ centre in the English countryside”, she says. “It’s hysterical, a very funny film. I play a lesbian crime writer who isn’t very good. The cast are superb. Tamsin Greig is fantastic as are the lovely Gemma Arterton, who plays the lead, and a brilliant American actor, Bill Camp, who’s making his debut.” With happy memories of growing up in Derry’s vibrant cultural scene, she believes her home town will make the most of its remarkable triumph in being named UK City of Culture 2013. “It will be fantastic for Derry, to have money pumped into the arts and cultural projects for young people getting more support,” she says. “There’s so much talent and activity here, so many ideas buzzing around, but we need more resources. We should ask people which leaders in their field they want to come in and do master-classes and workshops. The creativity is there, we just need to support the incredible artistic expression there is in the city”. Courtesy of Derry City Council



After months and months of hard work and effort, Derry/Londonderry was chosen to become the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013 this year.

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he city won the judging panel’s vote, over the three other short listed cities Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield to take the prestigious title. The momentous win means that in 2013 Derry/Londonderry will play host to a year-long celebration of culture in the city, opening its doors to visitors from across the world. It is anticipated that people will come in their thousands to experience the cultural life that has been at Derry’s heart for generations and this will in turn have an impact on the whole island of Ireland. The people of the city and the surrounding areas are still, and always have been, at the heart of this campaign. That ethos is



continuing with a series of “cultural connections” information meetings arranged for local communities to find out more about the city’s year of culture 2013. Winning the bid will obviously dramatically impact the City of Derry but also the surrounding areas throughout the country from Fermanagh and Tyrone to Donegal and Sligo. There will be something for everyone to come and enjoy as the City of Culture will see a cultural programme of joyous celebration leading up to and including 2013. The year will open with a spectacular Sons and Daughters event, a contemporary music and dance festival, an interna-

tional festival of contemporary visual art events, cultural embassies programme, verbal arts programmes, and an out-door water based spectacular pageant on the River Foyle celebrating the return of Colmcille. The cultural programme will be finalised by November 2011. The city’s promise for 2013 is to connect and reconnect people through culture. There are four core programmes within the city’s ambitious 2013 programme which aim to deliver significant change: • Unlocking Creativity focusing on children and young people • Digital Dialogue as the UK Digital Cultural Champion • Creative Connections offering an international cultural programme of events • Telling a New Story which will create a cultural platform to explore issues of identity.

Mayor of Derry, Cllr Colum Eastwood, says that the city’s success will make an impact on the region and further afield that will reverberate positively for decades to come. There is no doubt that the city is on the cusp of change with a new emerging confidence and belief in its ability to transform. “City of Culture 2013 will increase investment in the city and region to enable culturally led regeneration to gather momentum. Derry-Londonderry has plans to invest more than £200m in its infrastructure to create a national cultural treasure at Ebrington and pursue World Heritage Status for the City Walls.” “As far as job creation is concerned we expect to create 1,300 net new jobs in the creative industries by 2013 as a result of the designation. It will generate international appeal and the boost in tourism/economy terms will mean that for every £1 invested

we will lever at least £5. The economic regeneration will mean 3,000 new jobs – 2,000 at local level and 700 in deprived neighbourhoods. By 2020 the city will see doubling of bed nights and GVA of £100m. “A wave of euphoria has already spread across the city and surrounding region following the outstanding achievement but is just the beginning in the telling of a new tale for the region. The chapter in Derry-Londonderry’s history that will be written over the next three and half years will provide glorious embellishment to an already fascinating story,” added Cllr Eastwood. A good way to get a feel for the experi-

ence is to check out the short film ‘City Voices’, which was part of the bid. The moving six-minute film encapsulates the campaign and the community involvement that was so vital to the city’s success. It is available to view on the City of Culture website – It features people of all ages, colours, creeds and cultures from throughout the city, telling the story of Derry in their own voices – hence the very appropriate name ‘City Voices’. Throughout the film, the song ‘Just Say Yes’ – which was donated to the bid by the fantastically talented Snow Patrol – is playing, with some different interpretations of what is sure to be a modern classic.






THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SALES SHOPPING It’s that time if the year again – in fact we’ve had an extra month to get in our training for the January Sales this year, we’ve seen plummeting prices in the shops since December!


o now that we’re in the thick of it – faced with rails of choices and shopping centres full of potential mistakes – how can we reduce the waste and increase the taste? How do we know when a bargain is really a bargain? The first and most important rule is that a bargain is only a bargain if you actually wear it. The floral cardi that would go with the perfect pencil skirt you don’t yet have, the sky high stilettos that Kate Moss rocked down the red carpet have yet to be rocked outside your front door, or remember those black leggings – the two pairs you bought to go with your new stylish casual winter ensembles only to pile them into an already overcrowded mixed up jumble of mistakes. When you’re braving the shops, think about it logically. What were you looking for before the sales? What did you try on in November, love and didn’t buy because it was too expensive? This is always a good starting point. One of the biggest mistakes women make is purchasing an item just because it’s reduced by a huge amount; we somehow feel an overwhelming allegiance to the item purely based on the fact that we’ve discovered it. If you do find something you truly love only to find it’s not left in your size, don’t fret. It wasn’t meant to be. In fashion, just like in life – something’s are better left to chance. Unless it’s easy to alter and you know you won’t just leave it hanging in your wardrobe, leave it back. Most things we buy with the intention of

“If it doesn’t fit, move on and find something that does!”



altering rarely see the light of day again. And even if you do bring it to the tailor, more often than not, the rejigged version is never like it was on the mannequin – so think twice. If it doesn’t fit, move on and find something that does! It’s like trying to change a man – it just can’t be done and usually isn’t worth the effort. Really start to think about the reasons we buy our clothes. We buy them because we love them! They make us feel good and allow us to tell a little part of ourselves to the world – they allow us to express ourselves. So we should expect each and every item we buy to fulfil its duty no matter how much it cost. Why then does this part tend to go flying out the window at the sight of a big red tag with the magic words ‘marked down’ emblazoned across it? When we start buying clothes because they’re cheap, we need to step away from the counter and start evaluating our wardrobes… closely. We’ve all made mistakes and impulse purchases; it’s sometimes part of the fun, but when our wardrobes are ruled by a red tag rather than by a real reason, we need to stop. So to make the sales really work for you, start looking at your basics – your jeans, your day dresses, your coats, your good boots etc. Sometimes if we’re not happy with this section of our wardrobe, the sales can be a good opportunity to fine-tune these more expensive items. It’s only when you’ve got the basics right that you can comfortably have fun with the fun element of the sales – buying something we wouldn’t normally touch, just because it is marked down!

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HAVING A BALL Diane Day visited one of Ireland’s best known professional golfers, Lynn McCool, Director of Golf and Head Professional at the prestigious Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh.


s a highly successful amateur golfer and professional competitor on the European, Asian and South African circuit, 37-year-old Lynn McCool has played with top golfers and celebrities from around the world. But one playing partner was particularly notable – and not for his winning shots, recalled Lynn. “We were supposed to be playing 18 holes but we were still only on the third tee by the time the others had finished,” she admitted. “I was playing with the comedian Norman Wisdom, who sadly passed away recently, and he made me laugh so badly we just couldn’t get on with the game. It was a very special day and one I’ll always remember.” One celeb able to give her a run for her money however was Justin Timberlake – although playing off a very creditable three handicap, he seemed to impress Lynn more with his golfing skills than his hunky good looks. “At the end of the day, these are just ordinary people when they get out on a golf course,” was her verdict (and it’s not often you hear ‘Justin Timberlake’ and ‘ordinary’ in the same sentence!). Lynn, however, is so far from being star struck that she has, on occasion, not recognised some



of the celebs she was playing with. “So many times I have walked up and introduced myself to the wrong person - it seems to have happened a lot with footballers!” Amongst the famous visitors Lynn has played with in her current role as golf pro at the Lough Erne Resort was ‘Lord of the Dance’ Michael Flatley. “When people like this come to play golf they want to relax and chill out. On the course, he talked to me about his career and experiences and his story was amazing,” said Lynn. As for golfers, Lynn has played with many of the top names. “My favourite is probably Arnold Palmer. I met him at his golf resort in Florida and he has real charisma and an aura. He invited me back to play again and I hope to go in January.” There are definitely perks with the job then, but for Lynn, it’s very much the game of golf that comes first. No stranger to success herself, her opponents have included golfers such as Sweden’s former world number one Annika Sorenstam.

Early start

Born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Lynn discovered golf at an early age, jumping over the fence at her parent’s home to play with her friends and brothers on the adjoining golf course. By the age of eight her parents decided to ‘legitimise’ the


“I won my first tournament at the age of nine and that’s when I got really hooked”

arrangement by signing her up as a member, and with a strong club focus on junior golf, it wasn’t long before Lynn’s natural talent was spotted. “I won my first tournament at the age of nine and that’s when I got really hooked,” said Lynn. Spending summer holidays in Donegal, she was more often to be found on the golf course at Narin & Portnoo than on the beach and at the age of 12, was spotted at Royal Portrush Golf Club and joined the under 18 Ulster team. From then on her life centred around competitive golf, playing at Ulster and Irish team level. “I was always very sure that playing golf was what I wanted to do in life and remember waving to my friends at the school gate telling them I was going off to become a professional golfer. Luckily my careers teacher saw it all and convinced me to go back and study for my exams first.” It turned out to be sound advice and Lynn was later rewarded with a golf scholarship at the University of Hawaii. “It was the best experience of my life. One week I was flying to Vegas to play golf the next week it was Washington or Arizona. I also learned a lot of life skills,” she said.



“I embraced the Hawaiian people and their way of life, finding it very similar to back home in terms of family values and a love of music.” As a subsequent competitor on the European, Asian and South African tours, Lynn finally made the decision to train as a qualified professional and with her aptitude for the business and development side of golfing, soon found work at the Hilton, Templepatrick Hotel & Golf Club and the world famous K Club in Kildare before being asked to join the Lough Erne Resort as Director of Golf and Head Professional in March. “Nick Faldo has designed an amazing golf course here and although it’s quite new, it has already been rated highly in the UK and Ireland. Everyone talks about having spectacular courses but we actually do have that here. “We’re also proud to have Rory McIlroy as our Touring Professional. He’s a great ambassador for the Lough Erne Resort and has bought one of the holiday homes here. The resort owner, Jim Treacy, had a great vision and it’s wonderful to see it all come to fruition. “I have been overwhelmed by the beauty of Fermanagh and I’m very passionate about promoting

it to the world. For non-golfing partners, there’s still so much to see and do too – castles, the Lough Erne waterways, Lough Navar Forest - the scenery is just beautiful and it brings great joy to me when I hear guests commenting on it.”

Lynn’s top tips

I couldn’t let Lynn go without getting a few insider tips on the course at Lough Erne Resort...” Be careful which tee box you choose,” advised Lynn. “There are five sets from which to choose your level of difficulty and you should look at the score card before deciding which one is for you. Also, pay attention to your clubs selection – some of the shorter holes aren’t necessarily the easiest.” And finally, as one who knows from experience, and whose complexion is a super soft creamy, despite being exposed to the elements on a regular basis, Lynn strongly advises some extra skin care to offer protection against sun, wind and rain. “You mightn’t see any damage for years to come, but to help prevent it you do need a good moisturiser, preferably one with a good SPF factor, and some skin barrier repair cream. Regular facials are good for a golfer’s skin too.”

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Dress by Full Circle from Cuba in Dungannon £140 Black ankle shoes by Ted Baker from Grahams, Enniskillen £109 Faux fur coat by Armani from Grahams Boutique, Enniskillen £479 Earrings from Carino Boutique, Omagh

Cream and black lace dress by Sousourada from Coco Boutique, Enniskillen £300 Feather shawl from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £185 Diamante bracelet from Carino Boutique, Omagh

Dress by Snub from Walkers Clothing, Irvinstown £65 Ring from Carino Boutique, Omagh

Royal blue dress from Style Boutique, Omagh £209.95 Bracelet from Carino Boutique, Omagh Necklace from Style Boutique, Omagh £24.95

Black and cream dress by Elabou from Sally West Boutique, Cavan €210 Bracelet from Carino Boutique, Omagh Bag From Carino Boutique, Omagh Cream dress by John Charles from Modissima, Fivemiletown Pearl necklaces from Style Boutique, Omagh £29.95 each Black Platform shoes from Carino Boutique, Omagh Flower brooches from Sally West Boutique, Cavan €5 each

Dress by Nougat from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £218 Tights from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £20 Neckpiece from Carino Boutique, Omagh Grey faux fur shrug from Style Boutique, Omagh £35.95 Black gloves by Ted Baker from Grahams Boutique, Enniskillen £49 Shoes by Anne Michelle from Sloans Boutique, Enniskillen £39.50 Headpice from Carino Boutique, Omagh

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Surviving Christmas

While Christmas is considered to be one of the most fun, happy and joyous times of the year, it can also be one of the most stressful. So while for some, the biggest worry is about how to find the time to attend every party they are invited to, for others, Christmas can be the most dreaded time of the year. Be realistic…


Don’t focus on the unattainable. Chances are, things are not going to go completely to plan over the festive season, so just deal with things as they come. And be positive – a burnt turkey is not the end of the world. If you stress and fret over it though, it might monopolise the day, so take a deep breath, and have an alternative in place if all else fails.


here might be financial worries and tensions within a family or some people are just too busy to even think about the festive season. So while stress might be unavoidable for some, there are definitely some things that you can do now to ease the pain…

Be organised…

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Start thinking about presents now. While you might be trying to put the thought of the silly season off for as long as possible, before you know it, every shop will be thronged with stressed shoppers – so now is the time. Make a list of what you plan to buy for all your loved ones and attempt to purchase them as soon as you can. Also, the earlier you shop, the less inclined you will be to impulse buy. Suggest among your siblings and friends that you do Kris Kringle… this is a great stress buster in itself. Buying online is also another way of cutting back on stress. If you buy early and the item is not suitable, you can return it in time for Christmas.

Set aside one day to do your Christmas food shopping, stick to it. There’s no need to bulk buy either – you will more than likely end up eating all the leftovers yourself. Now is also the time to start organising Christmas outfits – there’s nothing more stressful than realising on the evening of your Christmas party that you have nothing to wear, and you proceed to tear around the shops picking up something which is more than likely unsuitable, and a total waste of money. Think about nights out – your Christmas party, drinks in town on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day dinner, a night out on St Stephen’s night, New Year’s Eve. For a lot of us, there will also be drinks out in between so see what you can salvage from your wardrobe now and if necessary, start shopping for a couple of party outfits. If you can’t really afford to buy more clothes, take what’s in your wardrobe and be creative – accessories can turn a blah outfit into wow in seconds.

Managing your finances…..

Christmas is that time of year when most of us let our hair down, and blow a lot of cash in the process. So, in order not to wake up on 1 January 2008 with a splitting headache and an overdraft from hell, plan your finances ahead of Christmas. Firstly, keep a note of everything you need to buy and do up a budget. Do up a realistic plan of what you will spend on partying…Chances are you’ll get a bit of a shock at just how much you will spend, but you can then choose where exactly you want to spend your money. Don’t shop on Christmas Eve – you’ll more than likely impulse buy. Instead, spend the day chilling out and enjoying yourself.

Ease the hangover….

For those of you who enjoy a tipple or two, there’s undoubtedly going to be some over-indulgence throughout Christmas but there are steps you can take to ease the pain (literally). To state the obvious, drink heaps of water for the whole day before your night out. It’s easy to suggest drinking water while out but that doesn’t always happen – so prepare for this beforehand. Have your dinner before you go out and if there are some low fat munchies around – tuck in. It will keep you from getting overly merry and will also prevent you from munching into a McDonalds at 3am, which is much more damaging. The morning after, drink a smoothie, fresh fruit or vegetable juice to stock up on vitamins. Go for a walk, which will help rev your metabolism up to burn off the alcohol. A glass of apple juice will give you an instant hit of glucose to up your blood sugar levels and is easier on your stomach than orange juice.

Avoid family feuds….

Take time out for you…

For some, the thoughts of spending Christmas with family is enough to put a complete dampner on the holiday period. Clashing personalities, bossy in-laws and conflicting ideas on how to spend the holidays can end up in a disaster for all the family. Unfortunatley, you can’t control others’ actions – you can’t make your mother-inlaw stop interfering, you can’t stop your brother having one too many and telling your partner what he thinks of him. What you can do though is limit the effect it all has on you. Just make the decision to detach yourself from any negative situations and refuse to be involved – you’ll be glad you did when the holidays have passed and your relationships with loved ones and not so loved ones are still intact.

The great thing about Christmas is that for a day or two, everything slows down… shops close, businesses close, there’s little or no traffic on the roads. For one time in the year, the whole country comes to a standstill. Take this time to relax and unwind. Go for long leisurely walks in the woods or by the sea, take long baths, eat great food and above all… Enjoy yourself!


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Matis Climatic Protection Balm helps to restore the skin’s protective film and acts like a real barrier against cold, wind, dryness and bad weather. Ideal for this time of year. 50ml Jar €49/£36.30

Soaps are back again! After years of the liquid soap obsession, we’ve begun to miss the simple pleasure of using a beautifully scented soap. These decadent 100% natural soaps from The Handmade Soap Company are our favourite. €4.50

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Aromatherapy Associates new Indulgence Candle will see you through the cool autumn evenings and dark winter months. €32/£24

Suffer from sensitive skin? La RochePosay’s new Toleriane Teint Mineral Compact (€21.50/£18) could be your best buy this winter.

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An intoxicating, seductive and balmy scent - Space NK Laughter Nuit EDT 50ml £45/€50

ARTDECO Glam Art Ceramic Nail Lacquer €10.90/£7.35

‘Pamper Me’ gift set from Vani-t €45 L’Occitane Lipstick 3.5g €18.50 Clarins Barocco Range Prodige No. 100 €20/£16 Erne Pharmacy, Enniskillen

Max Factor Masterpiece Glide & Define Liquid Eyeliner €8.88/£6.99 Boots

Body Shop Eye Palettes €22.50 Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Duo €23/£18 Debenhams

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Talk Turkey Christmas is not the time to experiment says Anne Kennedy from Play safe with the turkey and add a twist to the side dishes instead. Ask your butcher for a hen – the flesh is softer – and it has a nice plump breast so you have lots to go around. A 10lb turkey is sufficient for six people when you are serving it with ham. You still have the legs left for turkey curry and sandwiches. Save space and waste! You can always buy a boned, rolled and roast turkey. You need to baste it more often so it doesn’t dry out. Buy your fresh turkey as close to Christmas as possible and put it in the fridge immediately. Transfer a frozen turkey to the freezer as soon as you get it home. Defrost it thoroughly on the bottom shelf of the fridge and put paper towel and a bowl underneath to catch the drips. Never cook from frozen! Don’t wash the turkey – you will spread bacteria. Instead let the oven heat kill everything. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling any poultry. If you are using a temperature probe to check that your turkey is cooked, it’s a good idea to clean it with antibacterial wipes before you put it back into the tube. You can get them in a chemist or use antibacterial spray to clean it (away from the food please!). When the turkey is cooked, the juices will run clear from the inside of the leg - there will be no pink or bloody juices coming out. If you are in doubt, it is better to over cook the bird than to poison the family.

Turkey cooking times

The following are approximate cooking times for turkeys in an oven which is at 180ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Size of turkey Stuffed turkey Unstuffed turkey 8-12lbs/3.5-5.5kg 3 hrs 20 mins to 4 hrs 40 mins 3 hrs to 4 hrs 20 mins 12-14lbs/5.5-6.5kg 4 hrs 40 mins to 5 hrs 20 mins 4 hrs 20 mins to 5 hrs 14-18lbs/6.5-8kg 5 hrs 20 mins to 6 hrs 40 mins 5 hrs to 6 hrs 20 mins 18-20lbs/8-9kg 6 hrs 40 mins to 7 hrs 20 mins 6 hrs 20 mins to 7 hrs 20-24lbs/9-11kg 7 hrs 20 mins to 8 hrs 40 mins 7 hrs to 8 hrs 20 mins






Festive Wines When guests or family arrive, stay away from the gin’s, vodka and beers. Instead, try a Cava. Bubbles always go down well and get the party started. A well-chilled, fresh vibrant Cava with a complex lemony Chardonnay flavour is ideal!

Main Course - Turkey & Ham

If you like red wine, it must be a Pinot Noir from New Zealand. The cherry and red berry fruit of the wine, along with vanilla and smoky hints of oak, are beautifully soft on the palate. Should you prefer white, go for an oaked Chardonnay. A wine like this will have great length, allowing peachy and melon characters to come across with a little surprise of citrus. An Australian variety will have the oak barrel, adding that little sense of wood.

Main Course – Goose

For white lovers, here again go for an oak Chardonnay. A big Merlot will be perfect for the red wine drinker.

Main Course – Duck

This must be accompanied by a red. Try a Pinotage from South Africa which will off-set the high quality dark meat flavours. Another suggestion would be a French ‘Burgundy’ big full bodied red using Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Flavours of black berries and ripe plums, great length which complements duck excellently.


Golden rule here…the sweeter the pudding, the sweeter the desert wine! As an alternative, try a wine called San Valentine or Esmeralda from Torres in Spain. Both have hints of passion fruit, banana and roses.

Cheese Board

A good Port will go along way here. My suggestion would be Fonseca - late bottled vintage if possible. The port is blended from a single year and spends more time in wood. After all of the above, you may want to sip on a little Cognac. After all the eating, I personally enjoy a wee glass of Benedictine while kicking back on the recliner - heaven! All suggested wines should be easily purchased at well under the £10 a bottle price range .

Eamonn Campbell on what wines to choose for Christmas dinner.



Healthy Holiday

Feeling slightly uncomfortable in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland to do the ‘spa’ thing, I came across Viva Mayr, a ‘medical hotel’ that offers the chance to become as physically well as one could on a weeklong break in Europe.

Holidays can sometimes leave you feeling worse than when you left home. Over-indulging in bread and wine, and overeating every day for two weeks can have you coming home needing another holiday. Aoibheann McNamara visits the Viva Mayr Clinic in Klagfurt, Austria to find out just how a healthy break away can have you feeling like new within days.


fter a busy summer working and having just come too after 18 months of breast-feeding, I felt like I needed a recharge. Feeling slightly uncomfortable in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland to do the ‘spa’ thing, I came across Viva Mayr, a ‘medical hotel’ that offers the chance to become as physically well as one could on a weeklong break in Europe. Viva Mayr was established by Dr Harald Stossier, with its background rooted in medicine and science. It’s ideally seen as a weight loss centre, but it’s so much more then that. The clinic’s ethos is focusing on the whole body, using a symbiosis of natural healing methods with medical diagnostics and Applied Kinesiology, to create an enjoyable and completely individual treatment plan. The overall aim of the clinic is to help people achieve improved and lasting health.



The clinic itself is stunningly situated on the shores of Lake Worthersee, a picture perfect Austrian Lake, which makes for breath-taking surrounds. All accommodation rooms look out onto the lake and offer superb attention to detail and simple modernity. The most marked feature of the hotel is a sense of space and privacy; there was rarely anyone in

the pool or solar rooms on my regular visits, so you get a great sense of peace and quiet. It is also state-of-the-art in terms of treatments and facilities. Upon arrival, you’re medically evaluated and prescribed an itinerary for the week, alongside a supplement menu for any mineral or vitamin deficiencies you may have. You

then have an initial kinesiology test for food intolerances (I discovered I was lactose-intolerant after a lifetime of yogurt addiction), followed by abdominal massage to ease the digestive tract, full body massages and skin brushes to remove toxins. Dips in the ice cold lake, followed by intensive sauna visits also act to cleanse the body beautifully.



Festive Feel-good Stay on top this season with Nuala Lilley’s top health tips AVENA SATIVA FOR CHRISTMAS STRESS Avena Sativa, an extract of oats, is a strengthening tonic for the nervous system and it can help provide almost immediate relief at times of tension and stress in our lives. This plant may just provide the perfect antidote for an overwrought mind in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas. So if you feel yourself becoming frazzled around the edges at the thought of preparing for Christmas, Avena Sativa might just be the friend you need! Avena Sativa is free from side effects and contra-indications and can be taken by all age groups.

At Viva Mayr, they say it is much better to chew a hamburger well then wolf down a salad!

Supplementing all that is the morning drink of Epson salts; very unpleasant, but a great facility to clean out. This is not a health farm, so there were three meals a day. I was one of the lucky ones and got a bump-me-up diet. For me, the food was wonderful as I was able to eat more extensively then the others who were there to lose weight. My diet included delicious avocado mousse with caviar, steamed monkfish and Soya desserts, all impeccably presented with the finest organic biodynamic ingredients and supplemented with the all-essential omega 3 and 6 oils. The essence of the Viva Mayr experience happens in the dinning room where you have to chew every mouthful 40 times and are given rye bread at most meals so that you can learn this chewing process. At Viva Mayr, they say it is much better to chew a hamburger well then wolf down a salad! Over the course of the week, you learn to chew slowly and thoughtfully, learning to stop before you are full and be conscious of what you put in your body. The usual principals also apply - no tea or coffee, no drinking with meals, no raw food after 5pm. Breakfast is your biggest meal, working down to eating very little later



in the day and nothing after 6pm and… chew chew chew. The clientele were also very interesting, with the odd celebrity appearing, spicing up the some times mundane 40 chew lunchtime period. This is where people go to recharge, to re-wire. We are all stressed to a degree, most of us don’t eat at the optimal level we can and have adopted practices that are damaging us the results of which only become visible later in life when it’s almost too late. Viva Mayr is not the whole answer, but Dr Stossier works from sound principals on life and wellness that I believe could benefit us all. In conjunction with the writer, Helena Frith Powell he has written the book the ‘Viva Mayr Diet’ which is not about a diet per se, but a change in eating patterns that will, in turn, reduce stress, increase well being and help you achieve your correct weight. We should try to see travel and holidays as a way of pushing ourselves beyond the comfort zones of the bottle of Rioja on our Spanish holiday, to a holiday experience that leaves us feeling revived and healthy. Viva Mayr achieves this and very much extends that wellness into your life in the long-term. Standard rooms from €160 a night,

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A STOMACH BITTER FOR CHRISTMAS BLOAT Eating too much has become almost part and parcel of the modern Christmas experience but it comes at a price for many of us. The good news is that Christmas does not have to feel like this! A stomach bitter such as centurium, dandelion, or yarrow will stimulate the flow of digestive juice into your intestines and enable digestion to take place much more efficiently. Taking a stomach bitter before meals, especially those that include rich and plentiful food, will help relieve most of the symptoms of festive over indulgence. Meanwhile, we can get on with the business of enjoying the lovely foods of Christmas in peace and harmony! MILK THISTLE FOR THE CHRISTMAS HANGOVER Most of us who drink consume more alcohol over Christmas time than at any other time of year. Needless to say, increased alcohol can take its toll – especially on the poor liver! Milk Thistle is well documented for its beneficial effect on the liver. This herb helps the liver to regenerate itself by stimulating the production of new liver cells. It is also a potent antioxidant which helps to protect the liver from the free radical damage caused by toxins such as alcohol. Milk Thistle may have a mild laxative effect in some people but this usually only lasts for 2-3 days. People on drug medication, which requires careful blood level monitoring, are best to avoid milk thistle. This includes warfarin and other anticoagulant medication, epilepsy and anticonvulsive medication. Milk Thistle is not recommended for long term use but should be taken instead in the short term over a couple of months. FRANKINCENSE-A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT The Bible tells us that frankincense was one of the gifts brought by the three kings to the stable in Bethlehem and it plays an important role in many church ceremonies. The fragrance of frankincense has a great space cleansing effect and it induces on the mind a sense of deep calm. Burning this oil in your home will help create a very welcoming and calming atmosphere for all your Christmas visitors. Nuala Lilley is a pharmacist who specialises in the field of natural health. Contact her at Nature’s Health Shop in Enniskillen

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Did you know that the Blackberry is now available on prepay from Vodafone? See in stores for details on the full range available.

The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D Camcorder is the world’s first consumer 3D camcorder. The camcorder’s 3D conversion lens enables users to shoot powerful and true-to-life 3D video content. It also features a Time Lapse Recording mode, which plays a scene such as a sunset or a blooming flower at an accelerated speed, similar to a fast-forward. A truly quality piece of technology.

Blackberry Curve 8250 €169/£160 Vodafone Creative Zen X-Fi 2 MP3 player €133.99/£99 Argos

WD My Passport external hard drive 320GB €80/£44.99 PC World

Tech- Tastic Christmas morning just wouldn’t be the same without a few new gadgets around the house for everyone to play with. Here’s our pic of the best new items available.

The newly released Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first computer tablet running on the mobile operating system Android to truly compete with Apple’s iPad. The Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter than the iPad, has a front and rear camera and also supports Adobe Flah Player. Samsung are pushing it as a mobile PC-browser come mobile phone with apps such as the ‘Reader’s Hub’ coming as standard and giving users access to a wealth of literature and reference material. Available now at The Carphone Warehouse from €299/£399.

DIVA LED lamp and combined docking station for iphone and ipod. Integral AM/FM radio. £380 Annan Interiors, Enniskillen 028 66 340055

Sony E-Reader Pocket Edition £199 McElwaine Elecrical, Enniskillen

Xbox 360 with Kinect and 2 free games €299.99/£249.99 GAME

Samsung Galaxy Tab from €299/£399 The Carphone Warehouse



TomTom GO LIVE 1000 ROI, UK & Europe €299/£279 Halfords

It’s a popular misconception that washing up by hand saves water. The Siemens dishwasher range uses an incredible 50 litres less on average per load than washing by hand and the energy required to heat all that washing up water is five times more than the Siemens dishwasher uses on an economy 50 degree wash programme. The entire Siemens appliance range is available at Mullen Domestic.

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The Carrraig Mor boiler models are available in 20kw and 30kw outputs with only 4kw and 5kw to the rooms respectively. The 20 kw heats up to 14 radiators and the 30kw heats 18 radiators. Both come with the usual Boru refinements such as a thermostatically controlled boiler, C02 burn technology and multi-fuel grate for wood and solid fuel. See in store at Mullen Domestic for the full Boru stove range.

The Carraig Beag is one of the biggest little stoves on the market. Big enough to heat a large room but small enough to sit on a standard hearth, this stove has a massive 8kw output that really energises even the coldest of rooms. As with all Boru stoves, it is fitted with an Airwash system for cleaner glass and C02 burn technology for a cleaner burn and it is also manufactured in Ireland. The full Boru stove range is available at Mullen Domestic.

Siemens range of A-rated condenser tumble dryers consume less energy than any other tumble dryer in the world and is also the first in the world to stay just as efficient for its entire working life. The tumble dryers come with sophisticated sensor technology, cutting edge engineering and a carefully designed range of programmes and options. A Siemens laundry appliance is designed from the ground up to help you manager the range and complexity of modern textiles. Check online at to see the full range of Siemens appliances.

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Gordon Annan looks at lighting and the key role it plays in creating ambience

Illuminate your imagination Our human need for lighting

As our awareness of the need for good lighting increases in the dark winter months, we may also in these times of austerity, have the basic desire to make our existing home and interiors more effective rather than re-locating or even extending. Lower energy consumption too might get more than a passive moral interest if we could claw back some of the expenditure on a lighting scheme by lower running costs post-scheme in the longer term. New builds with a clean slate approach have much less of an excuse for not getting it right, since advance detailed planning provides the ideal opportunity for a bespoke and well considered lighting scheme.

Approach and research

But how do we go about it in the existing home where physical disruption and cost need to be kept to a minimum? Well, the first part of the answer might sound like a cliché, but early and professional planning is key. Designers who only do lighting design are scarce, besides you might identify more with a design source which provides total interior advice of which lighting is a part of. It’s also a good idea to visit lighting showrooms and shops and talk to qualified electricians – not just to see what products are available, but to review first hand some of the techniques and effects.



However, not all interior design/décor outlets offer a lighting advisory facility. Many of the places where light fittings are on sale aren’t equipped to provide design or technical advice, so you will have to shop around. This experience will help you build up a picture of not only what is on the market now, but also how certain possibilities might work well for your home with its individual requirements.

The differing types of lighting

Before you try to comprehend what the many wall lights, pendants, ceiling lights etc can do for you, it would be a good idea to grasp the key differences between the various types of lighting or lamp sources to give the correct term. This appreciation is fundamental not only in building up one’s discernment, but sorting what would work where – so without blinding you with science, here goes:


This is the standard GLS ‘Bulb’ – twist or screw in. Does provide atmospheric warmth, but due to relative energy inefficiency, is no longer manufactured in the original standard form.

Low Voltage

(Not to be confused with low energy)

Usually 12V requiring transformer(s). Still a

interiors very effective mood setter since when used as ceiling down lights, the beam is narrow and punchy. Runs hot at source and requires quality product and good installer to minimise the likelihood of short lamp life.


Low energy and now made in a great variety of shapes and sizes, which in turn, enables them to fit into a huge range of light fittings both free-standing and wall or ceiling-mounted. Be aware though that most of these lamps are available in a choice of white, warm white or cool white in their rendering with corresponding obvious effect on any interior.


High in output but often high in energy use. One or two in a home used with a dimmer can be a great feature pendant in the stairwell and/or particularly over a dining table and will have an attractive warm appearance.


(Light emitting diode)

Newer technology, very low energy and cool to touch. It still can be relatively expensive and most of them tend to be very ‘cool’ in colour appearance – a bit like the Zenon headlamps in top of the range cars. They’re so white they appear blue and so are not everyone’s idea of atmospheric warmth. Great for feature lighting and denotation such as small ankle-level wall lights in a hall or within stair walls or stair risers. Their discretion can be good for middle of the night toilet visits!

down. Of course, not everyone is prepared to put up with the ‘surgical’ disruption of wall tracking, floorboard lifting, ceiling cutouts etc let alone the financial cost – but it is still possible to seriously improve your lighting with professional advice and well considered purchasing. Those of you embarking on a new build should consider it imperative to obtain a professional lighting design.


Without giving away all my trade secrets, the predictable centre lighting outlet operated by a switch at the door of most first floor bedrooms is easier to augment since there is usually access to the above ceiling roof void above where critically positioned down lights can be inserted. Other areas in the house need specific attention such as:

Lighting design and selection of Kitchen In this critical hub of the house, you need light fittings Having addressed some of the above pointers, you should feel more equipped to talk to a designer or lighting advisor. Early planning for lighting is imperative in the sequence of things. Your budget and subsequent extent of works will dictate whether or not drawings are needed, but try a ‘walk through’ your home and note where you would ideally like switches, such as at the bed head as well as the existing beside the room door and where you would like more than one circuit, dimming etc and write these things



to avoid ‘general’ boring solutions like a regular grid of down lights. With this, you could be preparing food in your own shadow if you don’t balance the main lighting with some lighting from the other side. If your kitchen is open plan to your living area, then the kitchen lighting needs to be planned to avoid looking like a disconnected black gloom when not in use. Islands in bigger kitchens often warrant their own highlighting and integral lighting within extractors needs to be taken into account.


Think about TV watching, reading and so on and you will soon realise you will certainly be looking for choice and mood settings, so a single centre light is unlikely to be sufficient here. Table and floor standing lamps are a quick fix but fumbling behind furniture to switch on and off every time is not so user friendly. It may be possible to provide power to wall lights through the wall from an adjacent room.


Light fittings here need to be of a specific moisture-proof design and don’t forget the shower cubicle as it also makes for an easier time during cleaning! The feasibility of carrying out any design proposals can be examined by a registered electrician. The guy you meet in the pub might well be capable, but may not have the accreditation (NICEIC in Northern Ireland or RECI in the Republic of Ireland) or appropriate insurances to do the work. We have only touched on the very vast topic of lighting in these pages but do shop around and seek professional guidance. In my 30-year career of changing trends, the one thing that has remained constant is the need for a lighting design both for new build or renovation. This is inexpensive and will prove to be money well spent. Lighting brings an interior to life if it provides flexible solutions for mood setting. Done correctly, it makes a good interior into a great interior.

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WINTER TYRE CARE There are three ways you can protect yourself from the elements this winter. Invest in a really good coat and some cosy winter accessories, change your moisturiser to suit the harsh weather, and last, but certainly not least, check that your tyres are safe!


t’s easy to overlook the fact that your tyres Stay safe and save money…it makes sense. The minimum legal tread depth for car tyres in are the only part of your car to touch the road and are therefore, critical to ensuring Ireland and the UK is 1.6mm, but most road safe motoring. So, together with Lakeland safety organisations recommend that motorists Tyres in Fermanagh, we’ve put together a change their tyres at a tread depth of 3mm. This short guide on how you can ensure your tyres are extra tread depth makes tyres preform 25% better than at the legal minimum in wet conditions. in good nick for driving this winter. When we hear the term ‘winter tyres’ many of That equates to an extra eight metres of breaking us are likely to think of snow ridden countries distance. Many tyres feature tyre wear indicators such as Norway and Canada, but winter tyres are within the main grooves of the tyre, indicating not just for snow. A normal tyre loses its elastici- when your tyres are approaching the legal limit, ty below seven degrees, so road holding is but if you’re concerned about your tread depth, then call into Lakeland Tyres reduced and braking distances and have one of their experts are greatly increased. Winter TOP TYRE CARE TIPS take a look for you. tyres on the other hand are  Consider investing in It is important for you to made of materials that work specialised winter tyres check the condition of your best in temperatures below  Check air pressure every tyres regularly as any damage seven degrees and this could two weeks or obstructions will greatly help save yours and your  Keep tread depth above affect the quality and safety of family’s lives this winter. The legal minimum your journey. Pay particular tread is deeper with grooves  Inspect tyres regularly attention to the sidewalls of that are wider and remove far  When in doubt, ask an your tyres and look for any more water than normal tyres, expert bulges or cuts in them; this meaning you’re at less risk of could be the result of striking losing control of your car in an object obscured by snow or wet weather conditions. Even without changing them, caring for your striking a kerb following a skid. You should also tyres correctly this winter will greatly improve check to make sure that there are no signs of cracks their performance and safety. The first thing you appearing, which indicate ageing. Finally, make can do is make sure that your air pressures are sure that all wheels have dust caps and are free correct. The recommended tyre pressure for your from dirt around the valves. If you have any car will be found on your door panel or in your doubts about the quality of your tyres then don’t vehicle handbook. You should always fill your hesitate to ask a technician at your local tyre centyres to the optimum inflation level and never be tre. Damaged tyres aren’t just unsafe, they’re illegal. Stay safe this Christmas by driving carefully tempted to reduce the tyre pressure for driving in snow. Incorrectly inflated tyres can reduce your and looking after your tyres. Lakeland Tyres, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh braking stability and grip, while correctly 028 67724291 inflated tyres will increase your fuel efficiency.

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The Lisnaskea Chamber of Commerce in the Donn Carragh Hotel

Noleen Conlon with her father and mother Brian and Ann Cosgrove

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It was all glitz and glamour recently for the Lisnaskea Chamber of Commerce annual dinner dance. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal followed by speeches from Fr Brian D'Arcy C.P and outgoing Chamber President Alma Kinnear. A night of fun and partying was then had till the wee hours.

Eddie and Mary Flynn

Father Brian D’Arcy C.P, Mary and Peter Quinn with Martin and Bernie Teague

Ruth and Sam Blair

Maria Flynn, Marie Brady, Janete Hetherington, Martina Lynch and Mary O Rourke

Ed Hoppitt, Jeff Hillis, Peter Ferris and Paul Gallagher

The team from McAleers in Dungannon who were awarded the Sunday Life Readers’ Choice Award at the Pub of the Year Awards 2010 Londonderry Chamber of Commerce President Jim Sammon

Aiden Breslin, Dave Donaghy and Cathy Moran

Pub of the Year Awards 2010 Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Annual 53rd Annual Dinner

Photos by Brian Thompson

The search to find Northern Ireland’s top pubs came to a dramatic conclusion recently with some of the country’s finest pubs going head to head at the annual Pub of the Year Gala Awards which were hosted at Belfast City Hall.

Oonagh McGirr from Sally’s of Omagh with Sorcha Wolsey and David Sterling

The event celebrated the best that the local pub trade has to offer and presented awards to the winning pubs in a range of categories, including the coveted Northern Ireland Pub of the Year Award which went to Sally’s of Omagh.

Helen O'Kane and Jane Quinn

Over 400 guests gathered for the annual Londonderry Chamber of Commerce dinner, which was held in The Everglades Hotel. The night began with a drinks reception with keynote speeches from Phil Redmond and Martin McGuinness followed by a sumptuous dinner. A glamorous affair, guests then enjoyed music from local legend Bronagh Gallagher. Photos by Martin McKeown

Phillip Gilliland and Northern Ireland Assembly Speaker, William Hay

Donal Martin from the Customs House Country Inn in Belcoo with Sorcha Wolsey

Donal Martin, Clara Martin, John Roche and Julie Anne Mullaly, Customs House Country Inn, Belcoo.

Garvin O'Doherty and Professor Dolores O'Reilly

Conor Gallagher and Clodagh Sammon

Councillor Helen Quigley, Kathleen Gormley, Principal of St. Cecilia's College and Councillor Gerard Diver

Susan Treacy and Nicola Doherty

Noel Cunningham from TV3 and Aoife Doherty

Villa Rose Hotel’s Annual Winter Beauty & Fashion Event

Katarzyna Wypych, Anna Marie O Rourke and Mark Burke

The Leitrim Design House: THE ART OF FASHION 2010

The Villa Rose Hotel’s Annual Winter Beauty & Fashion event took place recently and was attended by over 200 guests. The prestigious event raised funds for the Barretstown Children’s Charity and featured an Ultimate Makeover and Catwalk show from leading designers such as Edel McBride and the latest fashion lines from McElhinney’s Department Store, Ballybofey.

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The Leitrim Design House 4th “Art of Fashion” event took place recently to a full house at the Dock Arts Centre. This exclusive Irish fashion extravaganza showcased new collections from almost 30 top Irish designers.

Una Burke

Mariana McIntyre, Nicola Doherty, Noel Cunningham, Aoife Doherty and Niamhanne McGarvey

Sinead Flynn and John Bohan

Modelling from the Promise Boutique at McElhinneys Department Store, Ballybofey Design by Ruth Duignan

Marian Diffley and Marian Greene

Zoe and Kali Dunne

Claire and Don Macfarlane

Pascal Brissaud with Maurice Kettyle Kate Smith and Michael Dean

The WaterMill Photos by Shane Smith

The Watermill, Restaurant with Rooms, in Lisnaskea recently opened its doors to the public. Minister Arlene Foster, along with Chef Noel McMeel from Lough Erne Golf Resort were among the VIPs who attended. The restaurant is located on the shores of the upper lough, with stunning views from the dining room.

Terry and Mary McCarthney

Fiona and Charles Plunkett

Louise Ryan and Gavin Murphy

Rodney and Tess Dickson

Liz and Andy Moore

Pamela Ballintine, Chef Pascal Brissaud and Valerie Smyth

Emily Mell and Karen McKeon

Ciara Comerford and Karen Keville

Lisa Brady, Toni Brady and Elisa McGee

Samia Kamboua and Linda Kesraoui

Hazel McCullagh and Emma Conlon

Rachel Jones Evans, Emma Campbell and Geri Sheerin

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A group of fashionistas from I.T. Sligo held a fashion show in aid of the Irish Cancer Society recently. Guests arrived in style for the 'Turn Your Swag On' event, and enjoyed a night of talent and style, all in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

Jana Phelan, Aiana Picken and Moira McIntyre

Jackie Gallagher and Mary Gaffney

Alan Keane, Sligo Rovers, Lisa Brady I 102-104 M.C. and Matthew Blinkhorn, Sligo Rovers

Suzy Short

Clodagh Canlin, Karen Clancy and Joanne Sweeney

Stephanie Kelly and Lucyna Katarzynska

Michelle Moffitt, Orla Doran, Marguerite Jennings and Aoife O Beirn

Oonagh & Richard tie the knot Kim and Ross tie the knot Ross and Kim Burns were recently married in Corick House.

Oonagh & Richard Smith married in Rathmullen Co Donegal. They held their reception in the Kee's in Stanorlar. Photos by Conor Lunny

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Aideen and Sean tie the knot Lisa and Sean tie the knot Lisa & Sean on their wedding day at the Crover House Hotel, Cavan

Aideen & Sean were recently married in St Mary’s Church, Crosserlough.The reception was held in the Slieve Russel Hotel, Cavan.

Photographs by Finbarr O’Donoghue

Lily and Jonathan tie the knot Church Bells rang at the wedding of Lilly & Jonathan. They celebrated afterwards at the Slieve Russell Hotel.

Collette and James tie the knot Collette at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan. Photographs by Finbarr O’Donoghue

Paula and Mark tie the knot Paula & Mark, pictured here following their ceremony at The Church of the Assumption, Sooey.

Annabelle and Dave tie the knot Annabelle & Dave were recently married in St Aidan’s Church, Buttersbridge, Co Cavan. The reception was held at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan.



Natasha and Shaney tie the knot Natasha and Shaney were recently married at St Mary’s Church, Ballyhaise. Their reception followed in Ballyhaise House.

Collette and James tie the knot

Eric and Ann tie the knot

The girls take a quiet moment as the bride is photographed at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan.

Ann & Eric pictured following their wedding ceremony at Killeshandra Church of Ireland.



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