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Tyrone Artist Gemma Daly on her busy year



Neven Maguire and Liz Moore



Northwest’s Seasonal Fashion Preview

Covering Fermanagh . Tyrone Derry/Londonderry . Donegal Sligo . Leitrim . Cavan . Monaghan

welcome Spring has at long last arrived, and with it we bring you an issue jam-packed with news and articles and all the latest seasonal style avaliable around the Northwest. This issue we feature up-and-coming Tyrone artist Gemma Daly who speaks to COVERwest about her new collection and the inspiration home has on her work. She also chats about her new exhibitions and trying to find time to plan her May wedding amid her hectic schedule. It may only be March but we’re already planning our holidays and getaways. With New York being a destination loved and longed for by many, our travel writer explores The Big Apple and gives her account on where to stop, shop and sight-see. Ever been friends with someone you’d rather not be friends with? It’s a awkward situation and the ‘break-up’ can be tricky. Should deleting someone on Facebook fail in being modern society’s biggest hint, read how Trish Holmes managed the dirty business of defriending. With every new season, comes a new wardrobe and we’ve got it COVERed. From the newest styles, colours and trends to hit the shops, feast your eyes on our fashion fix special. While we’re on the subject of feasting, check out our food special with recipes from Neven Maguire and Liz Moore from the Belle Isle School of Cookery. Try them all; and should trial and error mean making 6 chocolate fondants, so be it. Like I said, jam-packed. We hope we’ve given you plenty to keep you occupied for the coming weeks.

Patrick Conlon Managing Director, COVERwest

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Last issue’s competition winners:

Winner of Villa Rose Hotel & Spa competition: Katie Mitten, Bellanaleck, Co. Fermanagh Winner of Watermill Restaurant competition: Winnie Hamilton, Lisburn, Co. Antrim




Win a luxury weekend for two at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Treat yourself to two nights Bed and Super Buffet Breakfast including dinner one evening in the award-winning Brasserie TriBeCa with unlimited access to the leisure centre during your stay. To enter, answer the following question: In what town is Donegal’s Radisson Blu Hotel? Send your answer to COVERwest magazine, Radisson Blu Hotel competition, Unit 4-6 Lackaghboy Industrial Estate, Tempo Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 4RL.

MAKEOVER WORTH £500 Whether you’re a mother, working full-time or running a busy household, chances are you’re running on reserved energy and in dire need of a spot of pampering! Award-winning salon Clive Alexander, based in the Erneside Shopping Centre in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh is offering 1 lucky shopper the chance to win a head to toe makeover. Indulge in a Thalgo facial which incorporates active marine ingredients to refresh and replenish your skin, a fully body tanning spray to achieve a natural sunkissed glow, manicure and pedicure, wash, cut and volumising blow-dry, all worth £500! To enter, answer the following question: In which shopping centre is Clive Alexander’s salon? A) Foyleside B) Erneside C) Riverside Send your answer to COVERwest magazine, Clive Alexander Makeover competition, Unit 4-6 Lackaghboy Industrial Estate, Tempo Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 4RL. 2

COVER Photographer: Gail McGowan Model: Rebecca Taylor Hair: Clive Johnston Make-up: Caroline’s Refinery Nails: Day Spa at Clive Alexander Hair Cutters Dress:Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen Location: Clive Alexander Hair Cutters, Enniskillen COVERwest IS PUBLISHED BY

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CONTRIBUTORS Emer Donlon, Diane Day, Trish Homes Nuala Lilley, Gordan Annan, Mags Treanor, Sinead McEnhill, Aoibhean McNamara, Delilah, Jo Lavelle, Linda Galvin, Clive Johnston PHOTOGRAPHY Gail McGowan, Fiona McGuire, Conor Lunny, John Mc Vitty, Erica Irvine Upscale Marketing & Golden Egg Productions Ltd will not be held 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 Upscale Marketing and may not be reproduced in any form without the prior written consent of Upscale Marketing. Cover west ISSN 2045 - 3914




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What’s New the latest from around the North West Fashion Fix local fashion news for her Manly Must-haves up your man’s style Garden Party style by delilah Not Your Average ‘Daly’ Grind Interview with Gemma Daly Street Style we take to the streets The Book Club Bash Mags Treanor The Dirty Business Of Defriending The guide to defriending Hello Spring our spring photoshoot The Other side of New York Looking for something unique Dental Award and Tips tips from Belmore Dental Golf tips Learn about posture from Lynn McCool

BEAUTY 54 Foundations Let your inner beauty shine through 56 Beauty Ed’s Choice the latest from around the North West



68 Interior News stunning interior ideas 70 Furniture Planning and Selecting Gordon Annan’s top tips 74 Let There Be Light Brighten up your home





59 Keeping the Spring In Your Step Nuala Lilley talks about Vitamin D 60 Food Cooking with Neven Maguire and Liz moore 66 Wine Sam Brannigan talks about Gateway wines 76 Motoring top tips & best buys 88 Tie the Knot who walked down the aisle lately

Lough Erne Resort The Championship Faldo Course at the Lough Erne Resort has just added another award to its growing number with the plaudit coming from one of the USA’s most respected golf publications. Golfweek has voted Lough Erne Resort 7th in the category of Best of Great Britain and Ireland’s Modern Classic Courses for 2011. The spectacular Championship Faldo Course which opened just 18 months ago, eclipsed some of the most long established courses in the UK to enter the Top 10 for the first time. Lough Erne Lough Erne Resort, Belleek Road, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0) 28 6632 3230.

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

A Model Scouted COVERwest would like to congratulate Derry~Londonderry student Tabea Weyrauch on winning RTÉ’s reality TV show ‘The Model Scouts’. The 17-year-old beauty from Foyle and Londonderry College proved triumphant over finalists Ellen from Dublin and Aisling from Kerry to win an exclusive contract with the world’s biggest modelling agency; IMG Models. Tabea graced the cover of the first 2011 issue of the Sunday Independent’s Life magazine and is the Spring/Summer face of A wear.

Teenage Sensation!

The Year of Craft To celebrate 2011 as the ‘Year of Craft’, Leitrim Design House recently welcomed open submissions of craftwork from designers and makers in all disciplines. Wanting to expand their product range, the Design House welcomed everything from metalwork to knitwear as well as crafts from ceramic and glass artists, candle and soap makers, illustrators and painters. To check out the new range of products ideal for gifts, visit the Leitrim Design House at The Dock Arts Centre, St. George’s Terrace, Carrick-on-Shannon T: +353 (0) 71 965 0550

Congratulations to Cavan golfer Leona Maguire who clinched a remarkable 15-shot win at the Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open at the Aroeira Glub near Lisbon. The 16-year-old from the Slieve Russell club beat Germany’s Karolin Lampert and Holland’s Karlijn Zaanen – with her twin sister Lisa finishing respectively in 10th place. Leona’s victory - in which she simply outclassed most of the best female amateurs in Europe – only suggests she has a terrific season ahead of her.

What’s New

A new ‘source’ for Sligo

Shopping Encore!

Split over three levels of a landmark building, Source Sligo is the newest culinary enterprise consisting of a restaurant, a wine bar and a cookery school. The cookery school sits on the top floor and offers a variety of classes and night courses which cater for all tastes and everyone from Masterchef regulars to those who can’t boil an egg. The ethos is in the name and prides itself on sourcing everything locally. Whether you would like to learn to cook, indulge in a glass of wine or simply enjoy a meal, Source Sligo will provide the perfect environment in which to savour the experience. Source Sligo, ½ John Street, Sligo T: +353 71 9147605 or visit

Drawing inspiration from specialist New York, London and Belfast boutiques, consignment shopping has now come to Dungannon. Boasting an exciting fusion of high fashion and reasonable prices, Encore Boutique features an array of outfits and accessories from up-and-coming designers, as well as the more established labels for the fashion-forward customer! Unique to the boutique is the opportunity to sell your unwanted, new and gently used designer outfits on a consignment basis. Whether you’re buying or selling, Encore Boutique is the newest fashion hot-spot and one stop shop for fashionistas of the North West. Encore Boutique, 25 Irish Street, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone BT70 1DB T: +44 (0) 7407732933

Cooking up a Storm in Monaghan Tantalize your taste-buds with the ‘Taste of Monaghan Cook Book’. Compiled with an eclectic mix of over 70 recipes by 21 contributors such as Neven Maguire, the Farmers’ Market growers, the Western Hotel and Master Deery’s – this unique local cook book has become a national winner having won the Local Cook Book category at the prestigious World Gourmand Cookery Book competition. ‘The Taste of Monaghan’ will now go on to represent the best of Ireland in the All World Local Cook Book Competition this March in Paris. Cook Books are available to purchase in Easons and at the Monaghan Chamber Office, 87 Glaslough Street. For further information T: +353 (0) 47 75771 or E:

A Dragon’s Den As the guest speaker at the Adult Learner Fair recently hosted by the Donegal VEC in the Mount Errigal Hotel – RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ star Seán Gallagher spoke about success in business. The entrepreneur originally from County Cavan spoke to the crowd of up to 1,400 about achievement and its availability to anyone who chooses to work at it. The businessman whose background includes founding Ireland’s largest home technology company Smarthomes, now works closely with his ‘Dragons’ Den’ investments and thrives on helping people grow and achieve success in business and in their own lives.

FASHION FIX Local fashion news from around the North West

Flower Power Floral is back with a bang this season and with that in mind, KABUKI stocks this stunning floral print skirt which can also be worn as a dress. The full collection from this designer, as seen on Ireland AM, is exclusive to the North West and is available in store now. KABUKI, The Courtyard, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim T: +353 (0)71 9616505 or shop online at:

Spring Elegance Presen of Barcelona specialise in mother of the bride/groom and wedding guests. Check out the new spring collection arriving daily in sizes from 8-20 at Elegant Lady, 94 Main Street, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 6772 1399

Famous for Footwear These stunning nude patent wedge shoes by Pedro Anton are just one of the many new shoes available at John J. Sloan. Check out the new spring collections in a variety of colours and matching accessories in store now. John J. Sloan, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66322363

A-List Accessory The chic style of this Mischa Barton Bernie Tote bag is sure to get you noticed. See in store at Calle 33 for a range of The O.C. star turned designer’s products. Calle 33, Bank Brae, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 677 24278

WonderWeave Mixing imagination with vibrant colours, WonderWeave accessories come exclusive to Image Fashions in the area. Also stocking a range of wedding accessories and occasion-wear jewellery, there is something for everyone at Image, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim T: +353 (0)86 1758362 10

fashion fix Bronze Beauty These bronze peep toe Marian shoes (£115) and matching bag (£80) are the perfect accessories to compliment that party dress. Both available at Carino Boutique, Market Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone T: +44 (0)28 822 52838

A Touch of Klass Add a splash of Klass to your wardrobe this season courtesy of Klass Boutique. Celebrating its one year anniversary, the boutique owned by Alice McCloskey, a native from Dungiven, stocks an array of lines such as Sandwich, Mado, CoCoMenthe, Easy Comfort and Anna Scott. Klass Boutique, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim T: +353 (0)71 9671919

Killah Style at Cuba Clothing Fun, colourful and comfortable are just some of the words to describe the new S/S 2011 Killah collection at Cuba Clothing, Dungannon, Omagh, Cookstown Co. Tyrone T: +44 (0)28 8772 7575

New Collection With styles and cuts in a versatile range of prints and textures, Vanilla Boutique has welcomed new line; Fenn Wright Manson. See the spring collection consisting of beautiful feminine casual and occasion wear in store now. Vanilla Boutique, 33-35 Church Street, Cavan T: +353 (0) 49 4372641 and Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 327179

Dare to Denim Denim is truly back with a vengeance. Perfect for evening and party wear, this stone washed cocktail dress (£229) is available at Graham Womenswear, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 322317

fashion fix Rockin’ Reptile Stand out in style in these fabulous heels by Rockin’ Reptile stocked in store now at Carrie Bradshawe Designer Shoes, Sligo Road, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim T: +353 (0)71 9621758

City Chic

Sonia Pena thrives on dressing the sophisticated woman. This 100% silk dress with bolero is available at City Lady, Enniskillen T: +44 (0)28 66 322353 Newry T: +44 (0)28 3025 20726

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. Mix and match to suit your own personal style and wear as many or as few as you like. Now stocking Guess watches and jewellery. Center Jewellers, Erneside Shopping Centre, The Point, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 327121

Funky Kids Funky Kids retails a wide range of fun and fashionable clothes and accessories for children from newborn to 12 years old. As the main retailer in Mid Ulster of the ‘Name It’ range, Funky Kids can guarantee your kids will be setting trends. Check out the new spring stock in store now at Funky Kids, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone T: +44 (0)28 8772 5961 and Cookstown T: +44 (0)28 8676 9903

Bold Colour Luscious lime is a popular colour this spring season. This chic Tia jersey dress by Godske can be your way of being bang on trend without going overboard. Sally West, 34 Main Street, Cavan T: +44 (0)49 4373022 14

men’s fashion fix Dowel Wallet by Animal (£26.99) Classic Urban Wear, Omagh, Co. Tyrone T: +44 (0)28 8224 1233

Perfect for casual wear, this classic Hugo Boss Polo Shirt (£75) is available from Graham Menswear, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 322317

Brushed Check Shirt, Topman £30 Stone Blazer, River Island £59.99 Leather Briefcase, Topman £60

Manly Must-haves

Set of Ties, Burton £12

Get suited and booted this season with COVERwest’s best spring picks. Men, now there’s no excuse! John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £95

Mother of Pearl and Oynx Chequer Cufflinks, Next £15 Socks by Pringle, River Island £9.99

Cable Shawl Neck Jumper, Burton £25 Have your man stand out from the crowd in this suave 2 piece suit (£450) - part of the latest Hugo Boss Black Collection at Graham Menswear, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 322317 Leather belt by Firetrap, DV8 £14.99

fashion by Delilah

Margo wide belt €42/£29.99 River Island

Floral necklace from Accessories €25/£18

Suede gladiator sandals €13/£11 from Penneys

Marks and Spencer hat €36/£25, blouse €36/£25

For pretty glamour, mix florals with floppy hats and strappy sandals

Garden party

Fringe top from Next €37/£28

Graphic print skirt from New Look €64.99/£49.99

Warehouse floral dress €60/£45, floral jacket €72/£55

Breton stripe top €22/£16 Print chiffon trousers €40/£30 Navy tux jacket €45/£40


Cabana tunic dress by Fever €91/£64.99

fashion by Delilah Delilah is a qualified Fashion Stylist and Personal Shopper. She advises individuals to choose looks which flatter each individual's colouring and figure to help them 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.

Monochrome straw hat, New Look €9.99/£7.99

Red Herring lace prom dress with black belt €68/£45

French Connection striped top €30/£25 skirt €46/£35

Wedges from River Island €86.95/£69.95

Go chic this month with crisp whites mixed with black

Monochrome Spot top €30/£25 A|wear

Two-in-one midi dress, Asos €47/£36

Striped boxy jumper €46/£35 by Next

Cotton shorts, French Connection, €73/£57



Not your average ‘Daly’ grind... Hailed as one of Ireland’s most prestigious up and coming artists, Gemma Daly talks to Diane Day about what the future holds for 2011.


t’s going to be a hectic year for Gemma. In between creating new art, attending the Belfast Print Workshop, preparing for exhibitions and holding art workshops, Gemma is also busy organising her wedding in May to fiancé Barry Hutton. Life for the bubbly 25-year-old County Tyrone girl is good! You suspect she is one of those people for whom the cup looks half full rather than half empty and while, like all the rest of us, she probably has her share of ‘bad stuff ’ she keeps that to herself and concentrates on the positive things in life. Born in rural Ardboe, near Cookstown, Gemma still finds the attractions of living at home with her parents too good to resist and will only be moving out when she and her husband-to-be have built their dream home in nearby Tullyhogue. “I first got interested in art when I took it as a GCSE subject at St Pius X High School in Magherafelt,” she explained. “I loved the class and the teacher and always wanted to work at my art.” After graduating from the University of Ulster in 2008 with a degree in Fine and Applied Arts, Gemma won a prestigious residency with the Belfast Print Workshop where she works independently alongside other contemporary artists. “The experience has helped me to be more productive,” she said. “And as I specialise in printmaking, as well as painting in oils and acrylics, the facilities there have proved very helpful to me.”

Award-winning artist

Primarily working through printmaking, Gemma has now built up a large portfolio of work, for which she has already won numerous accolades.


Only a year after graduating, she was awarded the Hamilton Architects’ Fine Art Printmaking Prize from the Royal Ulster Academy. “It’s considered the top award for art in Northern Ireland and to even be accepted for entry in the first year of trying is a great honour - never mind winning the award,” explained a justifiably proud Gemma. In November she was presented with a Civic Award by Cookstown District Council for her contribution to arts and her work is held in a growing number of prestigious public and private collections including those of the University of Ulster, the Public Works Office in Dublin, Holy Trinity College and the Arts Council of Ireland. Celebrity clients to date include Irish singer Sharon Corr. Gemma’s work has been showcased throughout Ireland and she has also been feted in Europe where her work has been included in travelling exhibitions at a number of major cities. Some of her art has been sent for exhibition as far afield as Canada.

Outdoor girl

Heavily inspired by aspects of nature and our relationship with what is happening around us in the world now, Gemma’s art is described as “mixing together a unified interest in contemporary culture whilst retaining a desire to visually engage, challenge and inspire the viewer.” The colour and detail in her work opens up the viewer’s imagination, encouraging him or her to see into and to look beyond each piece. “I have always had a great connection with outdoor life, especially growing up in rural Co Tyrone and it has been the


feature source of much inspiration to me. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and Drum Manor Forest Park is a lovely place to walk.” In contrast, a trip abroad to New York also proved stimulating with her appreciation of the dramatic Manhatten city skyline, the origin for many of Gemma’s most dramatic black and white landscapes. “My art isn’t traditional though, it’s more contemporary...surreal,” explained Gemma. “It is characterised by a strong feeling of composition and the play of light on surfaces, working from direct observation and as such it can be viewed as a visual journal. It’s not designed to shock but rather to engage the viewer and to make you want to take your time and look further at the subject matter. “I love being in the zone. Some days I could just sit and paint all day,” said Gemma, whose latest collection ‘Shore to Shore’ focuses on the connection between New York City and the shores of Lough Neagh.


With a studio at home and another included in the plans for her new home, which her father is helping build, Gemma is appreciative of the support her family provides. “They have always been the first ones there at my exhibitions and my dad has been a great salesman on my behalf. Although my fiancé Barry was never interested in art before he met me (he’s a butcher by trade), he has been to so many galleries and exhibitions with me he now has a real appreciation for it. He always wants me to draw him but actually that’s good for me as figure drawing is one of the basic skills you learn at art school and it’s a good discipline for any artist to improve on it.” Gemma is keen to support others through art too and has recently been involved in art workshops with adults and primary school children around the province. “I absolutely love it,” she said. “We work in different mediums and the kids in particular get such a lot of enjoyment out of it.” Now she has a May wedding to organise, a busy work agenda and a growing demand for private commissions, Gemma has little time to sit still at present. “My motivation is probably ‘life in general’. I’m fit and able to get up and do things so I just get on with it – but I really am wondering how I’m going to be able to fit in all the bridal preparations!” You can see Gemma’s new collection ‘Shore to Shore’ in a solo exhibition at the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown from February 28 to March 25 and her ‘Between Dreams’ exhibition at the Strule Arts Centre Omagh, from April 1-13. 26

Chloe O’Neill Ballymote, Co Sligo Jacket – Dunnes Stores, Top – Jane Norman, Jeans – Pull and Bear, Shoes – Shoe Rack

Fiona McIntyre Sligo Outfit and accessories all from Vila

COVERwest takes to the streets to check out the style on our streets Photos by Fiona McGuire +353 87 9359927

Style Spotting Mags Kileen Sligo Bag – Elique Boutique, Boots – New Look, Dress – Dunnes Stores

Jennifer Gilligan Balllysadare, Co Sligo, Suit – Dunnes Stores, Bag – Guess

Mags Kileen Sligo Bag – Elique Boutique, Boots – New Look, Jacket – Dunnes Stores



ClubThe Book Club


r again, that is.

I’ve promised myself never to join a book club. Never again, that is. By Mags Treanor


ow this may joined a new book club. It seem odd was very progressive; a book coming from club frequented by both a person with sexes where members took an obsession turns to choose the book. reading. Some of the for choices wereThing not is though, bad, but I I’ve just discovered can’t help that book clubs how are internot really about myself. No matter reading books, are they? esting any book might have book club was on seemed, evenMy iffirst they’d a college proscribed foot the of most basic course. The courselove was story, coming to an end Mills & Boon so somebody thought a book once there was a rule that the wouldwithin be an alternative book had toclub be read to study for in touch whatever deadline, it keeping sudwith all and of the denly became a job the most recent idea! Problem fun went outgossip. of it. I Great began to was that of this feel guilty telling my the kidsmembers to book club do their homework now, were and all female feminist a slight not to rush and it just before with it reading books was due in, penchant because I for knew the plight of women, exactly how about they felt. women And thenespecially there was the in Muslim After dilemma ofcountries. what book to a couple of discussing novels suggest whensessions it was my turn on true stories about the plight of burka wearing women, u are supposed to based pick out a book I began look for acceptable excuses not to turn up. As long as h, everyone secretly likes totochoose I cameintellectual up with things like: ‘I’m too busy writing an essay about look like a highbrow human rights’, or ‘I have to discuss equality with my significant cal novels. There was always some other’,toI was excused. but I also didn’t want snooker I was free:clubs I visited my local book shop wearing a floppy hat t understand. After all, book andthe sunglasses, clever things about book youwhere I purchased a Cecilia Ahern novel and a copy of it. the Irish Times to wrap it in. I read it in one sitting with book, let alone enjoying a bottle wine ce’ but wanting ‘Lolita’. Inofthe endand chocolate that wasn’t Fair Trade. But not attending a book club poses a problem in itself, st to make it up to George Eliot for because face it, most book clubs are bitch clubs, and the ieces and throwing it like let’s confetti personschool who gets 46A bus once I finished and bitched about is the one who is not there. So I 28

joined a new book club. It was very progressive; a book club frequented by both sexes where members took turns to choose the book. Some of the choices were not bad, but I just can’t help myself. No matter how interesting any book might have seemed, even if they’d proscribed the most basic Mills & Boon love story, once there was a rule that the book had to be read within whatever deadline, it suddenly became a job and the fun went out of it. I began to feel guilty telling my kids to do their homework now, and not to rush it just before it was due in, because I knew exactly how they felt. And then there was the dilemma of what book to suggest when it was my turn to pick one. Theoretically, you are supposed to pick out a book that you like. In reality though, everyone secretly likes to choose something that makes them look like a highbrow intellectual who reads deeply philosophical novels. There was always some clever book on the market but I also didn’t want to snooker myself with a book I wouldn’t understand. After all, book clubs are much more about saying clever things about the book you read than actually reading the book, let alone enjoying it. I was thinking ‘War & Peace’ but wanting ‘Lolita’. In the end I suggested ‘Middlemarch’, just to make it up to George Eliot for it ripping ‘Silas Marner’ to pieces and throwing it like confetti out of the top window of the 46A bus once I finished school and

had become free of the book club otherwise called ‘Leaving Cert English’. After a while the book club became work. The two fun members had fallen in love and were too busy with their own story to bother coming back for more adventures in reading. The nerdy but cute guy talked too much and the young, successful GP had too good of a figure to be liked by anyone of the same sex. Worse than trying to read any of the books was listening to the clever and insightful comments which demonstrated one’s intellectual prowess. I realised that despite being a book addict when not forced to read a book; I don’t retain information for long, nor do I analyse any deeper meanings or allegories into books. I just read them and mostly forget them shortly after that. So my comments never amounted to anything more than ‘yeah, good book.’ So that was the end of book clubs for me. Or so I thought. It was like giving birth, once the horrendous experience was safely behind me, I re-offended. I’d forgotten the agony of book club membership when some neighbours suggested starting up a book club. The idea was to promote a nice community feel to the estate. Seeing as I already felt guilty about bringing down the tone of the neighbourhood after I’d let some friends camp in the front garden, I felt that this might just be my redemption. I agreed to join, especially as it sounded like a great idea. It was to be a non-fiction book club, covering themes such as gardening and DIY. And even more sobering than that, we didn’t meet in the local hotel, it moved from house to house. That meant that whenever it was my turn to host the damn thing, I’d have to take a few days off work to completely revamp the house. The hostess (and no, I’m not being sexist, it was always the ‘wife’ who hosted it) presented a marvellous spread of homemade cakes and pastries, and as a rule, I was the only person who seemed to actually eat any significant part of this feast, given that the rest of my neighbours seem to be on a permanent diet. But it wasn’t all simple. The problem with this book club was that they actually did know what they were talking about: raised beds, how to clean gutters or the pros and cons of halogen lighting. I was lost. As a seasoned book club girl I wanted to do what book clubbers are good at doing: drinking too much wine and finding a good balance between gossip and bitching. In the end I had to split. I’ve decided to go out on my own and set up an ‘Anti Book Club.’ You pick out a book that nobody wants to read. You spend a month making sure not to read it. Then you meet up, get slightly inebriated, say things you shouldn’t say, eat the food that the other women won’t touch and go home feeling totally justified on foot of your obnoxious behaviour, because after all, you are the height of respectability; part of the book club. 29


Dirty Business


When I was a teenager I had new friends, old friends, good friends, best friends, and on-the-cusp friends. Some of those friendships are still part of my life, others faded, and some of them imploded in tears and accusations. I thought then that when I grew up this kind of schoolgirl melodrama would be a thing of the past. How wrong I was. By Trish Holmes 29 Belmore Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 6AA MON - SAT 12 - 2pm Buffet lunch £6.50 pp All you can eat Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 11.30pm Friday - Saturday 5pm - 12 midnight Now serving excellent Early Bird Menu Mon - Thur 4.30pm - 7pm


eveloping and sustaining friendships has become harder with age and so too has ending them. Driver’s licence, marriage licence, fishing licence, whatever the signposts of adulthood are, it doesn’t matter; it still ain’t pretty when girls dump girls. I was reminded of how far I hadn’t come when I made a new friend—or so I thought. At first I was a little uncertain about becoming friends with her, but soon we were hanging out regularly and helping each other. She was funny, intelligent, self-aware and had great style and I enjoyed being around her. I listened to her struggle to move on from

heartbreak and she helped me find the confidence I needed to be more expressive. We made plans to go to festivals and on road trips together. It had been a while since I’d met a friend who I connected with instantly and, just like when I was younger, I was excited about it. The whole process of making friends is similar to a romantic relationship. Weigh up the pros and cons of spending time with the person and make the decision accordingly. It’s usually not even that conscious of a process until a disagreement, difference, or doubt surfaces. At this point in a romantic relationship 31



With friendships the end often arrives either via the holy show after a nightful of drink with people prying the girls apart and ankles twisting from the mismatch between high heels and cobblestones, or it’s by finding yourself suddenly mesmerised in the brickwork on the High Street when you see her up ahead coming towards you.

the kid gloves come on, in a friendship the gloves just come off. As my friend’s pain began to lift, a new side of her personality came out kicking and screaming. We were walking down the street when she broke into a fourletter expletive-ridden rant at someone she used to know who was passing by. Over the next few weeks she became increasingly intolerant and rude to people, other friends of mine included. I didn’t think too much of it. That is until all of this came around to me. When I break up a romantic relationship or when they break it off with me, I assume there’ll be a send off. Sorry I can’t see you anymore: you’re insane, you’re too intense, I don’t date bankers, you wear too much blue. Whatever it is, there’s usually an end. With friendships the end often arrives either via the holy show after a nightful of drink with people prying the girls apart and ankles twisting from the mismatch between high heels and cobblestones, or it’s by finding yourself suddenly mesmerised in the brickwork on High Street when you see her up ahead coming towards you. Of all the guerrilla tactics the most


severe is the shutout. This is essentially drawing a line in the sand. No more contact, no explanation, defriend on Facebook. It’s over. To use the shutout effectively, ignoring the person is crucial. You’d want to get very good at looking through people or else expand your avoidance strategies to include shop windows or doorways. This was not an option. Mostly because I’d like my maturity level to stay roughly equivalent to my age but also I didn’t hate her, she wasn’t Hitler. I’d definitely defriend Hitler on Facebook. There is a chance she has no idea how I feel. I considered telling her, but I asked some friends’ for advice first. One said to be honest and tell her. The other said to say nothing. Ever. Play it cool, go for a coffee or a drink if she asks and keep the conversation light. Then if she invites me out again I’d be free to make excuses. It’s called the gentle fade and I suspect it’s not great for either person. The dropper just wants to be done with it and the droppee just wants some illumination. Sometimes the gentle fade does work and the friend takes the hint. But look out if it’s three in the morning and you’ve been

drinking in the same pub since six. I toyed with the honesty approach for a while. It may be I’m just a huge scaredy cat, but if I sit down and drone on about my feelings I’m conveying I still want to be friends. It’s bizarre to think you can become so close to someone and when it all goes south that connection is left dangling in the wind. Maybe we weren’t friends per se, maybe I use that term too liberally. Maybe friendship is nurtured with time, like a good wine or love. There have been people in my life who are important to me at a particular time and later on invoke nothing more than interest based on my own historical sentiment or the kind of global compassion I have for whales. People come along at the time we need them. She needed someone to listen, I needed help with expression. I mistook that for friendship. I was wrong. So it looks like I’m going the route of the gentle fade without the demeaning once-off meeting. If she wants to know what’s going on I’ll be upfront, and if that happens all I can hope for now is that I’m sober, it’s the middle of the afternoon, and I’ve strong ankles.

November saw the launch of ‘City Lady High Class Fashion and Beauty Studio.’ Situated on Bridge Street in the heart of Cavan town, where a visit will relax your mind and spirit in its modern and contemporary surroundings.With many treatments available in the one salon, you are sure to be spoilt for choice. For an appointment call +353 (0) 49 432 6692

City Lady High Class Fashion and Beauty Studio


ity Lady Studio has the leading professional Decleor aromatherapy and phytotherapy natural skincare and beauty treatments, which is only available in the most exclusive salons and spas worldwide. Pamper your skin with Decleor’s luxurious range of skincare products and also available men’s Decleor grooming products, ideal for gifts. In addition, the studio uses the innovative and much sought after Karaja make-up, specialists in colour and ensures radiant skin every time for that special occasion. The studio also offers high qualified hair stylists and colour technician, giving free professional consultations. Specialising in bridal and occasion up styling, with home call out available. A pedicure at the studio is extra special as you can enjoy the very best in foot pampering in the Italian Nilo Foot Classic Pedicure Massage Chair -absolute bliss! This relaxing and pampering session is an experience you will want to repeat time and time again. Other treatments include Bio SculptureGel, Shellac and Jessica superior nail care. Specialised waxing, electrolysis, reflexology, sports massage, body therapies and He-Shi tanning to suit all clients needs. Exclusive to Ireland Megasun 7900 Alpha tanning sunbed with vitamin D, aqua and aromatherapy, and Megasun T200 Pure Energy tancab. The Megasun tanning range is a professional fast tanning unit featuring exceptional design. City Lady Unisex Studio is the ultimate Fashion and Beauty one-stop-shop. Consisting of five modern luxurious treatment rooms, aiming to satisfy all your pampering needs while offering a High Class professional service.

Hello Spring

Formal & casualwear come alive in our fabulous spring shoot

Dress by Gina Bacconi from Sally West, Cavan €320 Black shoes by Lunar from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £39.99 Bracelet from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £30

Dress by Gina Bacconi €320, Fascinator by Gina Bacconi €80, both from Sally West, Cavan Necklace from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £45 Bracelet from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £35

Ted Baker maxi dress from Graham Womenswear, Enniskillen £229 Shoes by Lunar from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £39.99

Jersey dress £99/€124 and Cropped Cardigan £69/€86 both by Fenn Wright Manson from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen Necklace from Center Jewellers, Enniskillen £160 Shoes by Pedro Anton from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £95

Tunic vest by Not The Same from Calle 33, Lisnaskea £69 Leggings by Not The Same from Calle 33, Lisnaskea £25 Shoes by Lotus from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £69.99 Necklace from City Lady (Set is £60)

Dress by Full Circle from Cuba, Dungannon, Omagh, Cookstown £120 Shoes by Lunar from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £35 Bag from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £25

Dress and bolero by Presen from Elegant Lady, Lisnaskea £799 Shoes by Gabor from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £85

Cocktail dress by Isabel De Pedro from Kabuki, Carrick-on-Shannon €435 Shoes by iBlues from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £175

Dress by Threenity from Image Fashions, Carrick-on-Shannon €85 Shoes by Gabor from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £85 Necklace from City Lady, Enniskillen (Set is £55)

Dress with pink bolero by Sonia Peña from City Lady, Enniskillen £215 Shoes from City Lady, Enniskillen £45

Dress by Nicchi from Klass Boutique, Carrick-on-Shannon €294 Shoes by Lunar from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £39.99

Jersey dress by Nougat from Vanilla Boutique, Enniskillen £180 Shoes by Lunar from John J. Sloan, Enniskillen £35


Photography: Gail McGowan Cloonaveel House, Letterbreen, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 9AZ T: +44 (0)28 66 341308 M: +447866554359 E: W: Hair: Clive Johnston Clive Alexander Hair Cutters, Erneside Shopping Centre, The Point, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 6JQ T: +44 (0)28 66 324999 W: Make-up Artist: Caroline’s Refinery, 30A East Bridge Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 7BT T: +44 (0)28 66 320717 E: W: Nails: Day Spa at Clive Alexander Hair Cutters, Erneside Shopping Centre, The Point, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 6JQ T: +44 (0)28 66 324999 W: Model: Rebecca Taylor Location: Special thanks to Clive Johnston at Clive Alexander Hair Cutters,Erneside Shopping Centre, The Point, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh BT74 6JQ T: +44 (0)28 66 324999 W: 46


The other side of

New York

Heading to New York this spring and looking for something unique? Brooklyn is a fantastically diverse area to explore and experience the relaxed vibe that can exist in New York. Try to make it your base from which to explore uptown and the east here is vintage, retro chic with cool children’s shops and small designer spaces. Aoibheann McNamara reports back from this ‘uber cool’ spot, and gives the low-down on the best eateries in the neighbourhood.


rooklyn is just over the bridge from Manhattan. Artists and creatives have moved here for cheaper rents and as a result, an interesting melting pot of humanity has emerged. Today, it is a hive of cool with an almost sleepy town feel. Here you’ll come across the most unusual stores, which have popped up throughout the neighbourhood... so different to the finish and polish of Manhattan. Brooklyn’s proximity to downtown is just a subway away or a $20 cab ride over the fantastic Brooklyn Bridge. All in all, Brooklyn is more affordable, easier and cooler


then uptown and its leafy residential streets lend a certain ease to your day. This will be my third time in New York, and my most foodie yet. The sole purpose of the trip was to eat great food, and to see the autumn leaves in New York City. This is a beautiful time of year to visit, with crisp, cold, bright days. I was staying with a friend in Brooklyn and delighted to be away from the Manhattan madness in favour of the neighbourhood feel of Brooklyn, which is a lot more relaxed with a two-year-old in tow. The neighbourhood restaurants and cafes are no-fuss and inexpensive - just the kind I love. 49

travel Having just arrived in New York on a November’s evening, I paid a trip to ‘Eat’ in Green Point. Eat is a simple, paired down place with an Amish-meets-Japanese feel and a sense of perfect organic minimalism. A simple black board lists everything that they picked up from the market that day. I started with chickpea and cabbage soup, which was so simple; I doubt even salt had been added. The flavour of the produce just shined though. A side salad of green leaves and daikon was simply dressed and the main dish of corn (aka polenta), red beans and soy was an exercise in minimalism and health. ‘Eat’ would not be for everyone, the seasoning is subtle to say the least, but epitomises the quiet food revolution underway in Green Point... it is as close to the farm as Brooklyn gets. It defines the type of restorative food a generation of Americans need. The following morning we went to ‘Five Leaves’, again in Green Point, and we were thrust headlong into cool Brooklyn. The place was awash with people in plaid shirts and Malcolm X glasses - uber boho! It defined the essence of the great New York brunch diner old school till and phone, pared-down wood and re-modelled lighting. It served the American breakfasts/brunch/lunch to perfection with classics like ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter and blueberries stacked five high. All the food that floated by looked super, as was the service. They open also for dinner, which I hear is more French-style. I have to admit; I went there every morning of my stay and felt like a Green Point regular as the days went by. I met the owner, who had a wonderful penchant for winking. He’s opening another place soon - the more the merrier I say! That evening we went to 'Marlow’s and Son', which is one of two restaurants with the same owner right beside each other. The second is called 'Diner' and is housed in what seems like an old American 1950s trailer with booths. This is where we started for dinner and moved onto Marlow’s for dessert so we could experience both places. There are no menus in either restaurant; the wait staff, who are fantastically informed, memorise the whole menu and write it out on the paper tablecloths. I opted for the all-American hamburger. I’m always in search of the perfect burger - so often bad


I was so taken with Brooklyn’s ease and style

” and so rarely exceptional. The Marlows burger and fries were perfect in every way. We drank Veneto Prosecco with beer bottle tops - very America-meets-Venice, and we were delighted by the apple turnovers with vanilla bean ice cream. It was contemporary American cooking at its best. The interior, clientele, merchandising and ethos were all pitch perfect, making it perhaps my best NYC dining experience. And from the chats I’ve had with other New York foodies, I’m not alone. In order to properly celebrate my birthday, which just happened to fall while I was visiting New York, I decided to lunch in Balthazar, an iconic restaurant. It was

packed, and completely abuzz when we arrived at 12.45pm. Brilliantly handled by the staff, we were seated to a table with a bottle of Alsace sparkling in front of us. Without dropping names, the restaurant began to fill to the brim with dark-glassed customers; it was like a Vogue Christmas party! But...Balthazar is about this kind of people watching - it certainly isn’t about the food - sun dried tomatoes in a salad, chocolate mousse with milk, not dark chocolate and airplane many culinary disasters in one sitting, it was too much to handle. But would I go back? In a flash...this place is all about the theatre, not the food.

Back to the bosom of Brooklyn and to a place called 'Egg', which I had been hearing so much about. The ethos of Egg is also very much rooted in the produce...and it shows. The interior is more industrial then other spaces, but very much with a heart. I had pancakes drowning in Vermont maple syrup with roasted autumn apples and a side of the classic 1980 gratin grapefruit, topped with cinnamon and brown sugar. This was life changingly good. I was so taken with Brooklyn’s ease and style. Towards the end of my stay, I felt a part of it all and was definitely sad to leave.


ENNISKILLEN DENTAL TEAM TAKE TOP UK AWARD Belmore Dental Clinic in Enniskillen has achieved outstanding success at the recent National Dentistry Awards – winning the overall best UK dental team. The family run dental practice was granted the coveted title at the awards which took place at the Athena Convention Centre in Leicester, England. On the night, the clinic’s Rory McEnhill also picked up the award for Best Young Dentist NI with the practice winning Northern Ireland Team of Year. On accepting the top UK award, practice Principal Sinead McEnhill said; “These awards are a wonderful reward for all the hard work and effort that has been undertaken over the years. The practice has an unyielding

commitment to providing high quality dentistry and maintaining clinical excellence. All team members strive to develop and extend their skills to allow our patients to receive the most up to date dentistry, and provide it in the most stress free and caring manner; client care is our priority.” “It is a massive achievement for a team in Northern Ireland to gain such an accolade and it is especially satisfying to know that we are being recognised by our peers for excellence in dentistry. This elevates Belmore Dental Clinic into the pantheon of high quality UK award winning establishments. I am also very proud for Rory to have been recognised for his active interest in staying at the top of the

profession.” Last year had been a monumental year for the practice. Whilst busy with daily workload, the team also undertook a hugely successful programme of charitable events, raising £55,000 for Horizon’s West Children’s Hospice and Children’s Heartbeat – with four of the team running the Paris marathon on the charities’ behalf. Belmore Dental Clinic specialises in oral surgery and dental implants, and offers both NHS and private treatment to their extensive list of patients from across Ireland. 16 Belmore Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 6632 9222

How Does Dentistry Affect Your General Health?

Oral Cancer

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There are many conditions and diseases which occur within the mouth that can affect your general health; indeed there are many general diseases which can be detected in the mouth by your dentist. Some of these are well known but there is ever more evidence linking certain oral conditions with less commonly considered diseases such as dementia! It is therefore a good idea to consider your dentist not only a tooth doctor but your oral health care professional. As for your mouth, your twice yearly check up can be a window of opportunity for you to invest in your long term health.

What can your dentist help prevent? Gum Disease May Now Be Linked To The Following Conditions: • • • • •

Heart disease Breast Cancer - as much as eleven times more likely Dementia Strokes Premature/Low birth weight babies - up to seven times more likely.

The theory is that the bacteria that cause gum disease are free to enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of the body causing damage to your general health. Gum disease is usually painless however so look out for inflamed bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth bad breath and recurrent infections. Remember that up to 95% of people will have some form of gum disease at some point in their life. 52

This cancer has increased by 40% in the last decade and is one of the UK’s fastest growing cancers. Your dentist has the opportunity to check for this providing you visit regularly. Early detection is so important with 9 out of 10 people surviving 5 years; compare this to a 50% survival with a late diagnosis. Your life could depend on your dental check up!

Altered heart rhythms Diabetes Fatigue related traffic accidents

Whilst there are many types of treatment, some dentists specialise in sleep disorders and fabricate an appliance which pushes your lower jaw forward thereby opening up the airway.

Cosmetic Dentistry Migraine/Facial Pain Have you ever suffered from migraine or tension headaches? How about chronic neck or shoulder pain? If you clench or grind your teeth and your jaws click or pop you may have occlusal disease. This disease is concerned with how the teeth meet and move across each other in addition to the jaw joints and the muscles of the head and neck. This is a very common problem and is often not diagnosed but it can have profound effects on your lifestyle. It can range from mild to severe symptoms yet the treatment may be as simple as wearing a bite guard.

Snoring Snoring is a sign of an obstruction in your upper airway and may be associated with a sleep disorder causing abnormal pauses in breathing. Those who are affected are not often aware of the problem but is usually noted by a sleeping partner. Symptoms include loud snoring, restless sleeping and daytime fatigue. This Sleep Apnoea Disorder may be associated with: • • •

Heart Disease Strokes High blood pressure

98% of 36-45 year olds see the smile as very important to a person’s attractiveness (British Dental Health Foundation) and naturally it is your dentist who you will approach to carry out a smile makeover. However it is also worth considering that it is your dentist you should consult in order to prevent the need for a smile makeover in the first place. Prevention of oral disease is so much less expensive than the restoration of a smile. The Dental Health Foundation has created seven tips for seven days: • • • • • • •

Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months Cut down on the frequency of sugary foods and drinks Visit your dentist regularly Use floss at least once daily Chew sugar free chewing gum after meals Be aware of your mouth

There is so much more to your mouth than teeth and gums and maintaining a high level of oral health will have positive knock on effects to your general health and even for your baby’s health. For an appointment call T: +44 (0)28 6632 9222

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No 7 Beautifully Matte Foundation SPF 15 Gives great coverage without feeling heavy perfect for oily, combination and blemished skin. €18.95


YSL Teint Radiance A light-diffusing fluid foundation with a satin texture for an ultra-natural summer look. €42/£ 29.50

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Estēe Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Liquid SPF 10 Makeup. Another great natural-looking beauty enhancer with a natural finish. €34/£25

foundations Let your inner beauty shine through with spring’s most flattering foundations Estee Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release Moisturizer SPF 15: This lightweight moisturizer transforms into an ultra sheer tint when applied, enhancing skintone with a healthy, even-toned glow. €44/£32

WE LOVE!!! MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation For ultra effective coverage, with a perfect natural finish and all-day wear. €33/£22

Lancôme Teint Miracle This natural light creator gives skin that hard to achieve bare-skin look, while also giving perfect coverage for a beautiful, luminous complexion €34.50/£30

Benefit Hello Flawless A silky powder cover-up which is naturally sheer and comes in a handy compact. €34/£24.50

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 A super hydrating, lightweight gel-cream that gives an even, pretty complexion without having to layer on. €28/£21

WE LOVE!!! Clarins Skin Illusion SPF10 is a beautiful, lightweight make-up that gives the impression of almost bare make-up. This mineral-based foundation gives a healthy-looking glow with a natural finish €29/£24

Nimue Colourscience Foundations A new generation of liquid make-up that feels like a second skin. Thin and lightweight, with great coverage and a natural finish €42.95/£36.50 Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation This award-winning foundation contains active fruit extracts to promote a healthy, radiant finish to the complexion €15.99/£10.99

Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation Great coverage, with a lightweight feel and a great price. €19.99/£12.99

THE FOOT YOGI Hitting the skies for fairer lands? A great new product inspired by yoga exercises for the feet will keep your toes in top nick so that you’ll be all set for fitting into your pretty summer shoes when you land. Pampered toes work by stretching your foot muscles apart from each other, extending tired tendons and strengthening foot muscles. €11.99/ £9.99 Available in Boots


ROSY CHEEKS For an ultra-natural blush, try the new YSL cream blush, Crème de Blush which gives a stunning healthy glow, and so dinky you can fit in your purse.

EAU SO YOU How better to welcome the flirtiest season of the year than by switching to a fresh new fragrance. See our pick of the top seasonal scents taking the beauty world by storm...

€42 For a fresh take on your scent this spring, try out the new Plum Blossom Eau De Toilette from L’Occitane. Sweet, fruity and delicate, this scent is irresistible. €43.95/ £34.85

Beauty Editor’s


Our top picks from this month’s new beauty buys

FLIRTY EYES Clinique bottom lash mascara - a micro mini brush to define lower lashes, which doesn smudge and is waterproof in cold water. €14/£10

A Bobbi Boost If you’re feeling in need of an ultra-moisturising boost to your skin try Bobbi Brown’s Extra Repair Serum. It goes on beautifully, helps smooth out ther appearance of lines, and gives skin a firmer appearance. €76/ £60


Time to start thinking bronze again! St. Tropez’s Dark Instant Glow Body Lotion gives a rich bronzed glow in seconds, and can be removed with soap and water at the end of the night. €17.40/ £12


Hold that hair Redken’s new Fashion Work 12 versatile working spray gives great root lift and adds volume and texture to the hair. It also contains antioxidants, vitamin C and E to protect hair from environmental aggressors, help reduce colour fade and defend against heat styling while providing optimal control. We love this! €16/£11.50

Spring welcomes a fragrance first from shoe-designer, Jimmy Choo. A fruity fusion of toxic ingredients - plus some toffee - makes it sweet, seductive and uber-fashionable. Jimmy Choo, Eau de Parfum, Erne Pharmacy, 12 Church Street, Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 322291

Fruit and flowers are major trends this season, so why not jump on board with Clinique’s latest instalment. Thanks to the waterside flowers and frozen fruity ingredients, this limited edition take on Clinique Happy is both springfresh and bloomin’ marvellous! Limited edition of Clinique Happy in Bloom, £23 (30ml),

Should the name not speak for itself, this flowerly perfume is a classic. Flora smells very-of-the-moment; it’s light, fresh, clean and pretty - and in essence, is spring in a bottle. Flora by Gucci, Erne Pharmacy, 12 Church Street, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh T: +44 (0)28 66 322291

Keeping the spring in your step Nuala Lilley talks about how you can help get keep the spring in your step with vitamin D VITAMIN D- THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN It has been known for a long time that vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining good bone health and in helping protect from developing osteoporosis. However the benefits of vitamin D are now believed to extend well beyond good bone health. Recent research has demonstrated an exciting role for vitamin D in helping protect against a feeling of low mood especially Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD) which many people suffer during the winter months. Our main source of vitamin D comes from exposure to the sun and that is in short supply during the long winter months. A lack of vitamin D may well prove to be a trigger for the occurrence of winter sadness. It may therefore be useful for SAD sufferers, and indeed for any of us who struggle to maintain happiness during winter to supplement with vitamin D. This may well provide a whole new reason to regard vitamin D as the sunshine vitamin! There are added suggestions that vitamin D may help slow the aging process of the brain and this may be of benefit in helping prevent memory loss in the elderly. There may be some merit in supplementing with vitamin D to help protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D has also been shown to have a beneficial effect on the immune system. It has useful antiviral properties and research has demonstrated that a vitamin D deficiency may trigger winter flu outbreaks. It is very difficult to obtain our vitamin D requirements from dietary sources alone. The foods that provide us with vitamin D do so in very small amounts. Vitamin D deficiencies are becoming increasingly common as many people get less sun exposure. Our increased awareness of the harmful effects of the sun’s rays has resulted in an increased use of sunscreens and protective clothing when out in the sun. Children play less and less in the sun and the elderly and infirm spend little time outdoors. All of this results in less and less vitamin D formation and concerns have been raised over deficiency of this vitamin especially among the young and the elderly, two groups for which healthy bone formation and good cognitive function is particularly important. Two forms of vitamin D supplement are available – Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the form produced in the skin on exposure to sunlight and is the form that is absorbed more readily into the bloodstream from the digestive system. If you decide to supplement with vitamin D take vitamin D3, as it will produce faster and more efficient results.

Nuala Lilley is a pharmacist who specialises in the field of natural health. Contact her at Nature’s Health Shop in Enniskillen



Tasty Temptations

Neven Maguire Award-winning chef Neven Maguire Began cooking at 12 years of age in the kitchen of the family restaurant. In 2003, Neven took over the business as Head Chef and Proprietor of MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan and undertook a major refurbishment of the restaurant and guesthouse.Recipes by Neven Maguire, taken from Home Chef, Available now from all good book stores. Neven Maguire’s Home Chef TV series is broadcast on RTÉ 1, Thursday evenings at 8.30 pm

Roast Pork Loin with Roasted Apples and Sage & Onion Stuffing Serves 6–8 The combination of pork, apples and sage is a trusted classic! For the best crispy crackling it is important not to baste the rind during cooking. Once the joint is cooked, if the crackling still isn’t crispy enough for you, snip it into strips with scissors and flash under the grill. For the roasted apples, do make sure to choose a variety that is in season.

Courgette & Parmesan Rostis with Tomato Dressing Serves 6

Courgettes have a naturally high water content, so in this recipe it is important that they are squeezed dry after grating. This will ensure that the rostis are lovely and crisp, as they should be. Ingredients Vegetarian 550g (1lb 3½oz) courgettes, trimmed and coarsely grated 100g (4oz) ground rice 3 tbsp shredded basil leaves, plus extra sprigs to serve 75g (3oz) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated 1 egg, lightly beaten 50g (2oz) pine nuts, lightly toasted 100ml (4fl oz) olive oil 1 ripe plum tomato, deseeded and finely diced 4 sun-dried tomatoes (preserved in oil), drained and finely chopped 1 small shallot, peeled and finely chopped 100g (4oz) wild rocket salt and freshly ground black pepper 60



Squeeze the grated courgette in a clean tea towel until it is as dry as possible and tip it into a large bowl. Mix in the ground rice, basil, Parmesan, egg and pine nuts and stir thoroughly to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and divide into 18 evenly sized balls, then flatten slightly into patties. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and carefully add half of the patties. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side or until cooked through, crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm, covered loosely with foil or in a low oven. Repeat with another tablespoon of olive oil and the remaining patties. To make the dressing, place the remaining olive oil in a bowl and add the diced plum tomato, chopped sun-dried tomatoes and shallot and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well combined. Place a few rocket leaves down one side of four serving plates, arrange three rostis in the centre of each plate and spoon a little of the tomato dressing next to the rostis to serve.

75g (3oz) butter 1 large red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 25g (1oz) pine nuts 125g (4½oz) white breadcrumbs (from a day-old loaf ) 2 tsp chopped sage 2 tsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 1.8kg (4lb) boneless pork loin, skin scored at 5mm (¼in) intervals 1 tbsp olive oil 3 eating apples Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Red Wine Sauce, to serve Melt the butter in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 3–4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, then remove from the heat. Meanwhile, heat a separate small frying pan over a medium heat and dry fry the pine nuts, tossing a little to ensure they brown evenly.

Stir the breadcrumbs into the onion mixture along with the sage and parsley. Tip in the toasted pine nuts and season with salt and pepper to taste, mixing to combine. Set aside to cool completely. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F), gas mark 6. Place the pork joint skin-side down on a board and run a sharp knife between the loin and the streaky part to separate them. Continue to cut under the loin part for about 2.5cm (1in), releasing it a little from the fat on the bottom. Press the cooled stuffing into a large sausage shape and insert it into the opened-up area of the pork joint, pressing it in to fit snugly. Close the opening and roll up the joint, tying it with string at 2.5cm (1in) intervals to secure. Place the joint, skin-side up, on a rack set in a large roasting tin and pat the skin dry with kitchen paper. Rub the olive oil into the skin with 1 tablespoon of sea salt. Cover with foil and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 180°C (350°F), gas mark 4 and roast the joint for another 15 minutes. Then remove the foil and cook for 1¼ hours or until the pork is tender and the crackling is crisp and golden. When the pork is cooked, transfer it to a warmed serving plate and allow the joint to rest, uncovered, for about 20 minutes. Remove the rack from the roasting tin. Quarter and core the apples, then cut into slices. Quickly toss the apple slices in the cooking juices and fat left in the roasting tin and return the tin to the oven. Roast the apples for 15–20 minutes until tender and lightly caramelised, tossing once or twice to ensure even cooking. Cut the string off the rested pork joint and carve the pork into thick slices. Arrange on warmed plates with the roasted apples and drizzle around the Red Wine Sauce to serve.



White Chocolate Tiramisu Serves 8 For a sophisticated touch, I like to serve this dessert in martini glasses, but you ccan always just layer it up in one large glass serving dish if you prefer. Mascarpone is a rich, creamy cheese originating from Lodi in the Lombardy region of Italy. It has a sweetened taste and is a classic ingredient in tiramisu. For the custard 5 egg yolks 1 tbsp cornflour 3 tbsp caster sugar seeds scraped from ½ vanilla pod 300ml (11fl oz) milk 100ml (3½fl oz) double cream For the poached raspberries 300ml (11fl oz) red wine 75g (3oz) caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick seeds scraped from ½ vanilla pod, pod also retained 350g (12oz) raspberries, plus extra to decorate cocoa powder and sprigs of mint, to decorate For the rest of the tiramisu 150ml (¼ pint) double cream 175g (6oz) white chocolate, grated 500g (1lb 2oz) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature 16 sponge fingers 62


To make the custard, place the egg yolks in a large bowl with the cornflour, sugar and vanilla seeds. Whisk with an electric beater for a few minutes until pale and thickened. Place the milk and cream in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Gradually whisk the hot milk and cream into the egg mixture until smooth, then pour back into the pan and place over a gentle heat. Cook gently for about 6–8 minutes on a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a wooden spoon. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool a little. Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of the double cream in a small saucepan with half of the white chocolate and stir over a low heat for 1–2 minutes until smooth. Remove from the heat and whisk into the cooled custard. Allow to cool completely, then place a fresh piece of cling film on the surface, again to prevent a skin from forming. To poach the raspberries, place the red wine in a medium-sized saucepan with the sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla seeds and pod and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until reduced by half and slightly thickened. Place the raspberries in a heatproof bowl and pour the wine mixture over them through a fine sieve, discarding the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod. Stir to combine and allow to cool. Whip the remaining cream in a bowl until it forms soft peaks. When the custard is cold, whisk in the mascarpone cheese until completely smooth and then fold in the remaining grated white chocolate and the whipped cream until evenly mixed. Spoon the poached raspberries, reserving the liquid, into the base of eight 200ml (7fl oz) martini glasses, then arrange two sponge fingers in each glass, breaking them up as necessary to fit. Pour the raspberry liquid over and then spoon the white chocolate mixture on top to cover completely. Chill for 1 hour until set. Dust each white chocolate tiramisu liberally with cocoa powder and serve decorated with the extra raspberries and sprigs of mint.

Gourmet goodness at home

Impress your friends and family with some top recipes from the Belle Isle School of Cookery

Pan seared Silverhill duck with beetroot & Madeira sauce Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 4 free range duck breasts, chilled Sea salt & black pepper 2 raw, medium beetroot For the Madeira sauce: Olive oil 2 shallots or one onion, finely sliced 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced 1 bay leaf 5 sprigs of thyme Sea salt & black pepper 100ml/3 ½ floz white wine 100ml/3 ½ floz Madeira 1 tbsp. honey 150ml/5 floz chicken stock 150ml/5 floz beef stock


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. 2. Start with the sauce, fry the shallots in a little olive oil for a few minutes and then add the garlic, bay leaf and thyme. Add the wine and Madeira and reduce down to a syrup. Add the honey and the stocks and reduce down to a thickness that you will be happy with - it should coat the back of a spoon. 3. Place the beetroot in a steamer and cook until tender or simmer in salted water. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Slice the beetroot as thinly as possible using a mandolin or sharp knife. 4. To cook the duck, score the skin with a knife and rub some sea salt into it. Put the cold duck breasts in a large unheated frying

pan skin side down and place over a medium heat. The pan will heat up slowly and the fat from the duck skin will melt away. Increase the heat after a few minutes and cook until the skin browns nicely. Turn the duck skin side up and place in the oven for about 6-8 minutes (for med- rare). Remove the duck from the oven and pour the fat into a bowl (this can used for cooking roast potatoes and will keep in the fridge, once covered, for up to three months) and if the skin needs to be crispier, fry skin side down once more on the heat. 5. Allow the duck to rest for five minutes before slicing and serving with the beetroot, hot Madeira sauce and roast potatoes.



Prawns sealed in shells with ginger Serves 6 as a starter Ingredients: 2 stems of sweet preserved ginger in syrup (from a jar), plus 2 tbsp. syrup 3-6 Dublin Bay prawns per person 4 handfuls of washed and dried spinach Olive oil or butter 2 cloves garlic, cut into thin “sticks” You will also need 6 complete scallops shells 2 tbsp. soy sauce Oats, salt or rice for baking on 1 red chilli, sliced 1 tbsp. sesame oil Juice of a lime Salt and pepper 1 packet puff pastry



Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Heat a little butter or olive oil and cook the spinach with the sliced garlic until just wilted. Season well and drain. Grate the ginger. Make 6 piles of oats, rice or salt well spaced out on a baking tray and place a curved, deep scallop shell resting on each pile. Add a little portion of spinach to each one and arrange three to six prawns on top. Season lightly and then add some of the sweet ginger and chilli to each one. Mix together a spoon of the ginger syrup with the soy

sauce and sesame oil. Drizzle over the prawns. Add a good squeeze of lime. Sprinkle over the chopped chilli and place a “lid” on top of each filled shell. Roll a long, thin piece of pastry out for each pair of shells. Pick the shells up one by one and seal shut using the dough, as neatly as you can, leaving no gaps. Bake for 9 minutes and serve one per person, to be opened at the table! N.B. Use ramekins on place of scallop shells and roll out a thin lid of pastry for the top.



Gateway Wines By Sam Brannigan The most important wines I stock are not the big brand names, nor even the great superstar wines like Petrus and Latour. No, by far the most important wines are what I like to call “gateway” wines. Perhaps you are reading this and would like to get into wine but find that you just can’t get one that you enjoy - something to kick start your interest so you can move on from West Coast Cooler, or you love red wine but can’t stomach white. It may even be that you love Australian wine but you just don’t like French, or vice versa. The gateway wines are always exciting – they change perceptions, attitudes and open whole new worlds of aromas and flavour to those who step through. If you want to start drinking wine, you will probably have an immediate preference for red or white – you’ll just know. There’s no point in starting with a bone dry wine like a Chablis – try something rich and ripe with perhaps a hint of sweetness - a cheap and cheerful German white should do, or a big, oaky Australian Chardonnay (more “seasoned” drinkers may turn their noses up, but the trick is to just get started!) If you love red but want to get in to white, once again don’t jump in at the deep end – treat yourself to a low acid white with a rich mouth feel like Viognier (the red wine drinker’s white). Trick yourself! If you want to move past Australian reds and explore French wines don’t go for challenging wines from, say, Burgundy at first – try wines with a more Mediterranean feel; there are some incredibly rich, vibrant, juicy reds to be found in the Languedoc, wines which will make your landing so much softer and surprisingly enjoyable. Once you feel confident and have created a kind of mental bridgehead, start to explore other wines similar in style and then edge yourself towards slightly drier, richer, or sweeter styles one wine at a time. Before you know it your whole experience of wine will have expanded greatly. Of course, your local supermarket won’t have someone to guide you to your own gateway wine, so be sure to put your trust in a good independent wine merchant. Happy drinking!


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at a time of growing property-based wealth. The discerning search was on. Maybe the climate or culture of example countries like Italy or Finland is more inspirational for their resident designers, but whatever the reason, Mainland Western Europe has and does lead the way in good furniture design and manufacture throughout the world.

Planning Your Furniture

A list is a wonderful thing… it only becomes problematic whenever you try to merge it with your available space in your home, along with its architectural features and limitations that begin to look endless; radiators in the way, dated pine architraves and skirting, particular floor tiling or anything that, when you begin to seek furniture you feel is trying to steer, limit or dictate your furniture style, size or type. We don’t all have the luxury of a fresh start new build or an open-ended budget, so we generally consider that we have to embark on ‘shopping’ with its multi-visits, high mileage and catalogue collecting. However, busy lifestyles and limited time could benefit from a bit of systematic thinking. If you own a scaled architect’s plan of your house buried in your solicitors/estate agency file, this would prove very useful in beginning to work it all out and would be welcomed in any reputable furniture outlet of the type who think before they try to sell. The basics of planning are not rocket science – is there enough room for two three-seaters or will one have to be a two-seater? Is there enough depth from the edge of the window (including curtain space) to the wall to allow a wardrobe full width or will it have to stop short? Will a rectangular table allow better circulation between dining and open plan kitchen than a round one? And so on. Planning what you need shouldn’t be clouded by style or finish since at this stage it’s all about getting that list of requirements integrated into your home. Professional interior designers (not so much interior decorators) earn their living perfecting this exercise along with applying their panache 71

for client–specific aesthetics into successful and very relevant schemes. This very service is often available as part of a home furnishing offer in design-led furnishing outlets where product knowledge is half the battle.

Systems Furniture – for Bedrooms and Living Rooms

Don’t be put off by what seems a technical term, after all kitchens are a clear example of systems furniture. Back in the early sixties a German Company called Interlubke invented the modular add-on wardrobe which from a standard set of components provided the most space-saving response for clothing storage. This revolution of course has been copied ever since and the thinking applied to living room or other bedroom storage which can be ordered in literally any width or height via a modular mentality. This concept then where people personalise their furniture yet from a standard system also makes much better use of space. Systems furniture in the form of living room units, such as shelving, drawers or even room dividers, as well as wardrobes and drawer units for bedrooms is now a big part of what is available to the home owner and all it takes is a little patience to sort out a bespoke solution.


No doubt about it – you might purchase a storage system from a catalogue/sample or recommendation but you will want to sit on a sofa prior to purchase. Supreme comfort doesn’t necessarily mean big – indeed avoiding vulgarity in design itself can help seating make a room look bigger. In that the furniture shop or showroom is bigger than your living room, remember to grasp the issue of scale and only really large living rooms can accommodate corner systems


since they tend to visually block a room down. Leather provides excellent wearability for young children and often looks better as it ages and the leather kings in fashion, car seating and furniture are the Germans. Wearability of fabric in the furniture industry is often rated by a Europe-wide system called the Martindale Test so don’t be afraid to ask, as samples are often marked accordingly.

Dining and Occasional

With the increasing popularity of open-plan kitchenliving-dining areas, choice becomes a more critical issue here since you have to take account of the overall look and merge with the other areas. As a surface, don’t rule out glass for a dining table since it does not have to be clear and to some extent ironically can be more durable than wood in everyday use. Note that some coffee tables have integrated slim storage drawers – useful for keeping the place tidy. If you are keen on entertaining then looking good must also be sitting good – your dining chairs need not to look like Cleopatra’s throne to be effective! GORDON ANNAN – Annan Interiors Ltd As Principal of Annan Interiors Ltd, Gordon Annan has some thirty years experience working as an interior designer since graduating from Belfast College of Art & Design. His flair for a very purist design attracts clients from all over Ireland and the Annan Interiors showroom in Enniskillen is a real appetite whetter for those inspired by good design. The clarity and strength of his work is at its best in the modern home, punctuated with his very established contacts with Europe’s top designer brands. Annan Interiors Ltd, 6 Portland Business Park, Tempo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 4 RH 028 66340055

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Bright oranges, plush pinks and luscious lime greens. These are the colours that are going to bring springtime and sunshine into your home…if you let them! Start off small with a non-commital floor or table lamp. Here are a few of our favourites. By Emer Donlon Ed Carpenter pigeon light, €70 at

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The all-new Ford Focus The dynamic all-new Ford Focus comes to the UK this month, with its exciting twomodel line-up of sporty 5-door hatchback and stylish 5-door estate. The all-new Focus offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, outstanding fuel economy, and takes the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level. Striking, Streamlined Design The Focus bodystyles share a sporty and dynamic character, which has contributed to the growing popularity of the company’s latest small and medium global cars. Stylish, Functional Interior The new Focus has a modern, cockpit-style interior incorporating Ford’s latest generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) system with

twin five-way toggle switches on the steering wheel controlling the two main vehicle displays located in the instrument cluster and high in the centre of the instrument panel. Unmatched Driving Quality When it was introduced in 1998, the original Ford Focus brought new levels of agility and responsiveness to the C segment and the nextgeneration Focus plans to raise the benchmark once more. An advanced Torque Vectoring Control system fitted as standard enhances cornering stability and agility and Ford engineers have also retuned and enhanced innovative suspension concepts. The chassis design incorporates a completely new Electric Power Assist Steering system.

Ford ECOnetic Technologies Minimise CO2 In addition to the highly efficient petrol and diesel powertrain offering, the new Focus range incorporates other features from the Ford ECOnetic Technologies programme to help minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The Focus is the first Ford model to standardise Auto-Start-Stop technology across a significant part of the range. John Armitage Monaghan Bros, Lisnakea, Co Fermanagh +44 (0) 2867 721354

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Toyota will return to the mini-MPV (B-MPV) market in 2011 with the new Verso-S, its first contender in a segment it created itself in 1999 with the launch of Yaris Verso. Design and packaging Small, spacious and smart, the Toyota Verso-S showcases efficient space management. Although it measures less than four metres long, clever packaging delivers remarkable room for both those on board and their luggage. It also features one-touch flat-folding 60:40 rear seats. 76

Powertrains Verso-S is available with the Toyota Optimal Drive 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine. Touch Screen Multimedia Interface Toyota marks a first in the mini-MPV segment by equipping Verso-S with a new colour Touch Screen Multimedia Interface. This gives clear and easy access to controls for the radio, CD/ MP3 player and Bluetooth. There is also a USB port for connecting portable music players, and the screen can display album cover artwork (with compatible music players) and present the real-time view from a rear parking camera.

At a later date, Toyota will introduce NaviBox as an option; a booster system that allows pictures to be viewed and music to be sorted from a USB-connected source. Safety Verso-S is equipped to high standards of active, passive and pedestrian impact safety with all versions equipped with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag. The active safety systems include ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).

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The most recent addition to the EXILIM Hi-Zoom range is the first digital camera to employ Casio’s unique Hybrid GPS system. This enables users to take a photo with position information no matter where they are, displaying the user’s location and the photos and movies taken at any place on a map on the screen. In addition to these features, the camera is pre-loaded with data and information on about 10,000 sightseeing spots around the globe, dramatically changing how people use their digital camera when travelling. Casio EXILIM EX-H20G £274.99

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Golf Tips By Lynn McCool

One Fundamental, providing many benefits to your game is Posture Providing you with Power and Accuracy.



olf can sometimes be interpreted as a complicated game and therefore many people avoid taking up the sport. If you enjoy long walks, the great outdoors, fresh air, networking, socialising and a challenge, then golf is the perfect sport for you. To get the most out of your game, the main thing that you should concentrate on is ensuring you have a good set up. Your posture is a very important part of your set up. If the set up is correct then a good swing will develop and you will enjoy taking your game to the fairways.



Let me share with you ONE basic fundamental, which promotes both accuracy and power.

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) has just awarded the North West Region the title of “European Golf Destination of the Year 2011


hile the North West has always been fondly known for its beautiful countryside, landscapes and subsequent exquisite golf courses, it has now become official. The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) has just awarded the North West Region the title of ‘European Golf Destination of the Year 2011’ following the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in Valencia, Spain. Over 1,200 industry professionals from 60 countries attended the gala dinner to recognise and reward the exceptional contributions to the world of golf travel which was voted for by IAGTO operators and the IGTWA’s golf travel writers. Hundreds of international golf tour operators from 52 countries across the world initially selected 20 European golfing regions eligible of the title before whittling down the competition to just 6 finalists which also included Tenerife,

the Czech Republic, Fife in Scotland, Murcia in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal. Celebrating golf across Europe, the coveted title comes as a particularly great reward for the North West by recognising the region as a serious destination among its global counterparts. With only the most high-profile destinations winning in recent years, the North West now joins destinations such as Provence & Cote D’Azur, the Algarve, Andalucia and Turkey as Europe’s very best. Making up the triumphant North West region are the North & West Coast Links which represent 12 of the finest courses in Ireland. These include Ardglass Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club, Ballyliffin Golf Club, Portsalon Golf Club, Rosapenna Golf Links, Narin & Portnoo Golf Club, Donegal Golf Club, Co. Sligo Golf Club, Enniscrone Golf Club, Carne Golf Links and Connemara Championship Links.

Boasting a world class links product, it’s no surprise a selection of the world’s top golfers champion the area. Rory McIlroy previously won back-to-back West of Ireland Championships at Co. Sligo Golf Club while Tom Watson has been known to occasionally stop by Connemara for a leisurely game with friends. Major Champion Graeme McDowell is also a keen ambassador for the region and enjoys returning home for a swing on Royal Portrush. With over one third of the world’s links courses in Ireland and with 12 in North & West Coast Links, golf holiday packages with IATGO are worth an estimated 1 billion annually with bookings at North & West Coast Links on the rise. For more information on the North & West Coast Links and golf tours, visit or T: +353 (0) 91 868642



Believe me, once you are aware and see results, you’ll get so used to doing it. You won’t have to think about it.

POSTURE - FULL SHOTS When addressing the golf ball, the angle of your back is important. The back needs to be relatively straight, tilted over from the hips with only a slight knee bend, bringing your body weight to the balls of your feet. Follow drill, (Picture A) From this position the body can now consistently deliver the clubhead to the ball during the swing. Most importantly, the body coils during the backswing which will provide energy and power to the shot. Follow photograph D and feel how the body winds up. If you reach picture E, the clubhead will have more chance of reaching the perfect connection with the ball, without you having a multitude of swing thoughts in your head.



F. For those starting out in golf or if you want to raise your game, The Faldo Academy provides state of the art practice and tuition facilities. Beginner and advanced classes are available from March 7th 2011.

Should you only reach halfway (Picture H), then I’m afraid it’s more than likely that you’re going to send the ball off to the left off target or you’ll get a very weak shot sliding to the right. POSTURE - ONE FUNDAMENTAL, taking those multiple swing thoughts out of your mind. Play the game, not the swing.



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Mangan Tours Staff

Shaunpaul Murphy & Lynne Patton - Models

Joseph & Katherine Mangan

Nora & Brid Doherty

Elaine Martin - Model

Radisson Blu Wedding Fayre 2011 The 6th Annual Mangan Tours Party A fantastic night was had by everyone at the annual Mangan Tours Party Nite. The night was hugely successful with a sold out crowd of over 320 people attending. The night also acts as the official launch of the new tour brochures. Event was held at the Radisson Blu, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

Annemarie Mangan, Michelle Curran, Karen Diver, Katherine Mangan, Louise Toye

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny who recently were awarded the AA Rosette Award for culinary excellence hosted their first Wedding Fayre for 2011. The day included a Fashion Show featuring 2011’s styles for both those attending weddings from Rosewoods in Donegal Town and Wisteria in Letterkenny, as well as bridal dresses from The Bridal Rooms in McElhinneys and grooms wear from Magees of Donegal.

Letterkenny’s Director of Sales Elaine McIntyre pictured with models Nuala McGroary and Elaine Martin

Jim McDermott & Caroline McConnell - Models

Nuala McGroary - Model

Katrina & James coll

Catherine and Declan Murphy

Herbert & Alexandra Elliott

Aubrey & Janet Murray

Brian McDonagh, Caroline Hall, Michel Audeban, Line Weil, Benedicte Bouckaert, Gordon Robinson, Isabelle Morlet and Monique Broussaud

Hunt Ball Friday 14 Jan saw another successful Hunt Ball in the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen. Happy not to have contend with any ice or snow, the ball was extemely well supported with over 250 guests. Johnny Vance (Joint master); Emma Vance, Rosemary Murphy and Patrick Murphy (Joint master)

Photos John McVitty and Gail McGowan

Glynn Moulton, Deborah Moulton, Sean McIntyre, Clare Vance, Andrew Vance and Ann Townsend

Michael Lrwin and Sheelagh Kennedy; Eric and Heather Smith; John and Kathryn O’Hagan

Cathy McGuigan, Claire McGuigan and Sonya Boyd

Chris Slater, Marie Tyrrell, Ruth O’Dowd and Michael Lyons

Ryan Treacy, Michaela Murphy, Samantha Trimble and Sean McAloon

Michaela, Patrick Rosemary Murphy

Seamie Bell, Christina Captieux & Clive Johnson

Shaun and Una Treacy

Graham Little, Geraldine Corrigan, Angela McCaffrey & Pamela Ballantine

Eileen Monaghan, Carmel Breen, Shirley Rowland, Heather Benson, Wendy McKeown, Beverley Smith, Gemma Ralph and Silke Hug

Action for Children’s event - Clickety Chicks

Graham Little with his mum Melanie Lisa McElwaine, Kerry McCarry, Caroline McCartney, Susan Doyle, Janice Murray, Mary McCartney and Laura Courtney

It was glamour galore at Action for Children’s posh bingo event ‘Clickety Chicks’ in the luxurious Killyhelvin Hotel last Thursday 25th November. Over 300 local fashionistas and bingo aficionados attended the fundraising bash raising over £14,000 for the children’s charity. Enniskillen’s own Graham Little joined fellow TV personality Pamela Ballantine in hosting the exciting event alongside Gala Bingo. Action for Children NI’s Bernie Tierney (left) Dawn Shaw (far right) with Sinead Keenan, Shauna Devenney and Caroline McCann

Stephanie Doherty, Clair Duffy-Regan, Laura Duffy and Wendy Graham

Pauline Sheridan, Aine Burns, Kaye Duffy & Anne Burns

Graham Little with his mum Melanie

Nicola Fitzpatrick, Action for Children NI fundraiser Patricia

Wilma & Darragh tie the knot Wilma & Darragh Roe got married recently at Sacred Heart Church, Clones, Co. Monaghan, Cavan Reception was in the Radisson Farnham Estate Co. Cavan Photography by Zanni photography -


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Barry & Geraldine tie the knot Barry & Geraldine Mc Elduff were married recently in St Michaels Enniskillen. The reception was at Lougherne Golf Resort, Co Fermanagh. Photos by Pat Lunny,


Judith & Gareth tie the knot Judith & Gareth Grey were married recently in Enniskillen Methodist Church The reception was at manor house hotel, Co Fermanagh. Photos by Erica Irvine,

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