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Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine

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This Month in E Social

19 Get Shorty! E’s favourite playsuits

6-8 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures

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22 Body Beautiful How to get the beach babe look

20, 24-25, 30, 36 Not-to-be missed events

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E Interiors 27 How to maximise your space

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4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without… 9 E Happenings We spread the word on your behalf 10 Ones to watch 13 Pack Up Your Troubles! Your favourite destinations to get away from it all 14-15 Future Proof Local psychic medium Sapphire Rose does a tarot reading for Essential readers

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ow! The style that presented itself at the Essential Drogheda Ladies Day last month was impressive to say the least. Celebrity judge Lisa Cannon had her work cut out for her in choosing a winner but it was art teacher Lynn Keeley’s creativity that stole the show on the day! To see the fashionistas and fine fillies on parade at Bellewstown Races turn to pages 24 & 25. And doesn’t Lynn look fab as our cover girl this month? Life on Planet Jedward has never been better – they’re new album is No.1 in the charts and they’re about to embark on a UK and Irish tour. For the full interview with the X-Factor duo, see page 11. Whether you’re a sceptic or a believer, most of us would love a glimpse of our future at some stage or another! Having grown up with ‘the gift’, local psychic Sapphire Rose does a tarot reading for Essential readers on pages 14 & 15. For a step-by-step guide on designing your own website, see page 29 where local web designer Jonathan Callan begins a three-part series... Enjoy your read!

42 What’s on in town 44-45 Event Guide Dates for your diary

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E feature 16 Here Come the Girls - 10 tips to stand out from the crowd 46 The Best of Everything with local boxer Damien McKenna

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18 Boutique Critique E visits Lanidor in the Laurence Town Centre

E travel 28 Swing Into Action Golfing holidays in Ireland

E Tech 29 The DIY Website Part 1 of the ‘Design your own Website’ series 35 Go Gadgets

E Weddings 31-33 Local couples say ‘I do’ 34 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque

E Food 38-39 The Right Destination Tempting dishes from Harry’s Bistro Bar, Mell

E Business 40 Small talk with Drogheda Borough Councillor Dom Wilton

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Anglo House, Mell Industrial Estate, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Tel: 041 9830297. Fax: 041 9835485. e: info@essentialdrogheda.com Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment, and Lifestyle Magazine Published Monthly and Distributed Free to over 18,000 Homes and Businesses in Drogheda Managing Director: Padraic Kierans e: padraic@essentialdrogheda.com Editor: Carmel Riggs Mob: 087 2248845 e: editor@essentialdrogheda.com Administration: Wendy Smith Tel: 041 9830297 e: info@essentialdrogheda.com Advertising Sales: Derek Moroney Mob: 086 3536139 e: ads@essentialdrogheda.com Design & Layout: Aisling Murphy, Anglo Printers Photographer: Jimmy Weldon Mob: 086 8339022 Photo Contributors: Tony Campbell, Claire Maloney, Gabriel & Patrick Byrne Contributors: Beauty: Emma Woods 087-9186198 Interiors: Niamh Carter 087-6445050 Horoscopes: Sapphire Rose 085-1618254 Tech: Jonathan Callan 087 2020420 Published by: Essential Drogheda Publications Ltd. Printed by: Anglo Printers Ltd. Lo-Call 1890 624 624 The paper used in the production of Essential Drogheda comes from sustainable, managed sources and has been PEFC certified. Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to present all information accurately, however no liability is accepted for any articles or opinions offered, or advice given, or for omissions from the publication.

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Can’t get through the month without . . . Carmel Riggs selects the best of what August has to offer

The A-Team’s Back Following the exciting and daring exploits of The A-Team! Based on the popular ‘80s TV show this 21stcentury offering sees the former Special Forces soldiers utilizing their unique talents to try and clear their names from a crime they didn’t commit. Starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, mixed martial arts champ Quinton ‘Rampage ’ Jackson, and Sharlto Copley, The A-Team is now showing at Drogheda Omniplex.

Food Festival

Savouring the special menu offers at Drogheda’s top restaurants during the Drogheda Food Festival on August 14th and 15th. Scotch Hall is where most of the action will happen including mouth-watering cookery demonstrations by local chefs, local artisan and farmers markets, craft butcher demonstrations, ‘Grow your Own’ food, a waiter’s race and much more!

Beach Camp Waving goodbye to post-holiday flab by enrolling in Beach Camp! You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to participate in this five-day programme as it suits all levels. The camp takes place at Seapoint on August 23rd to 27th and lasts an hour each day. It’s just a matter of deciding whether you want to hit the sand in the morning or evening! Call Labfitness at 087-6314752 for more info.

Lady Well Fete Enjoying a family day out at Slane Castle. The Lady Well Fete takes place on August 15th and while it’s not quite in the same league as a Slane rock concert, the day features a variety of fun events and activities for all of the family. Expect to see a ‘masters’ game of Gaelic football, Irish dancing, pony and trap rides, a duck derby next to the Boyne as well as a variety of fine food stalls. www.ladywellfete.com

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The Party: D’Vine Re-Opening Night The Place: D’Vine, Dyer St. The People: 1 Damien and Sonia

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The Party: Grangerath Comedy Night The Place: Boyne Valley Hotel The People: 1 Alice Sheridan, Grainne Downey and Maria Lee

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The Party: Padraic Kierans’ 40th The Place: El Arenal, Marbella, Spain The People: 1 Padraic Kierans with his wife Jean and family

Killian, Aimee and Emma 2 Pat O’Donohoe and Mark Briscoe 3 Jill McDonald and Jean Kierans 4 Debbie Kierans and Geraldine Grimes 5 Sandra Finegan with Katie and Karen Kierans

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Spreading the word... Heritage Walk!

Fuschia Make-up Courses Ever want to be able to apply your own lashes or be able to achieve red carpet flawlessness at home? Well, now you can with Fuschia`s summer make-up courses. The ‘Know Your Own Face’ one-day course – which takes place on August 8th, 15th and September 5th – will show you how to do smokey eyes, apply fake lashes and how to achieve both a natural and glitter look. The cost is €100 and includes 25% off all purchases on the day. You will also receive a loyalty card that will entitle you to a 15% discount. Anyone who has previously taken a course like this can move straight on to module two, ‘Advanced Make up Artistry’. This course covers high fashion make-up, bridal make-up and also the theory and technique of make-up. This course costs €125 and also has 25% off purchases on the day and a free loyalty card. For more information visit www.fuschia.ie

Now’s your chance to put your best foot forward and explore the history and heritage of Drogheda! Walking Tours are continuing to depart daily at 2pm Monday to Friday until September from Drogheda Tourist Office on Mayoralty St. The tour visits St Laurence Gate, The old town walls at Featherbed Lane, Whitworth Hall, Old Drogheda Grammar School, Highlanes Gallery, St Peter’s Church of Ireland Churchyard, St John’s, The Tholsel, St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and St Oliver Plunkett’s Shrine, The Boyne Viaduct and Millmount. Adults €3.

County Craft & Food Fair Ardee will be the place to be on the August Bank Holiday Monday when the County Craft and Food Fair returns, as part of the town’s annual Turfman Festival. The fair will take place from 11am until 6pm at the Ardee Parish Hall. Two children’s entertainers will be running a kids corner with free face painting, yoga and craft activities to

Boyne RFC Summer Camp The Boyne RFC summer camp will take place on August 16th-20th from 9:30am to 1:30pm and will be held at Shamrock Lodge, Ballymakenny Rd. Run by the Boyne Senior Coach, Craig McGrath, the emphasis will be on ball skill and enjoyment! Any queries can be emailed to SummerCamp@

BoyneRFC.ie or call 0419837103. The cost for attending the camp is €100 per child, with additional siblings €50 each.

keep the wee ones happy! There will be more than 35 stalls of the very best locally made crafts, gifts and foods from Louth, Meath and beyond. Entry is €3 for adults and children under 16 are free.

Scarecrow Day Wanted! Scarecrows to protect Farmer Bill’s crop on Newgrange Farm! Children throughout the north east are invited to the Farm on August 21st for Scarecrow Day and they are encouraged to bring along a scarecrow they made at home for judging. Entries will be judged by visitors and Farmer Bill between 2.30pm and 4.30pm when the winner will be announced. Every child who enters a scarecrow will receive a toy prize with the winner also receiving €50. Admission is €8 per person. Family tickets are also available, visit www.newgrangefarm.com

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DSDYF Fundraising BBQ

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The weather might have been gloomy but the guests at the Des Smyth Drogheda Youth Foundation fundraising BBQ were full of laughter! The event was held on Thursday, July 8th in the Boyne Valley Hotel to launch the new ‘Friends of DSDYF’ scheme which encourages local people and business owners to support the work being done by DSDYF here in the local community. The Foundation gives kids across the local community access to high quality sports facilities, equipment and coaches. Their aim is to build their confidence and support their development. To find out more about their work visit www.dsdyf.ie

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Ones to watch... The Entertainment Gurus Brothers Sean and Martin McHugh set up their entertainment guide website, mydrogheda.net at the end of April. What started out as a hobby has now taken on a life of its own…

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e just love Drogheda – it’s in the blood! So myself and Martin decided to set up a one-stop shop for everything for the Drogheda people. We wanted to create a site that would also tie in with social network sites Facebook and Twitter and create a whole community for Drogheda. For us it’s been an instant hit. Within four weeks it became so popular that we had to upgrade our services to cater for the amount of hits each day. Martin works on the technical side of things while I work on the design element. Because this started out as a hobby I suppose the big surprise for us was the amount of work actually involved! We never realised the amount of things going

on in the town, especially live music! We get such a thrill every morning when we see the number of visitors to the page and our hope going forward is that it will grow into something even bigger. Our aim is to make mydrogheda.net Drogheda’s number one website within the year. We want Droghedeans to make it their homepage, their favourite website. We want to become one of those pages that locals will look at first before any other. We feature anything that is going on in the town, from eating out, places to stay, arts, cinema, gigs, clubs etc. Basically whatever’s happening we’ll promote it for free!


Interview Congratulations on the release of your new album Planet Jedward – it must be a dream come true? Yeah, it’s really cool. Like this time last year we didn’t have an album and now we’ve done two singles (Ice Ice Baby and All The Small Things), and we’re going on tour in August!

it healing? I’m having key-hole surgery on it next week – I’ve never had surgery so I don’t know what to expect. But me and John are fine; we’re still getting everything done. What do your friends make of your success? Our friends are really cool; they’re tormented by our fans who want our autographs all the time! We got to hang out with them last week which was cool.

twins peak With a no.1 album in the charts. the Jedward phenomenon has reached even greater heights since the x factor. Carmel Riggs talks to Did it feel John & Edward Grimes weird seeing

Jedward Easter our autographs too. We’re constantly going eggs? Oh yeah, to different places and staying in hotels – but they were in shops for some reason we never get room service! everywhere. We don’t really eat Your most memorable gig so far this year? chocolate but we The National TV Awards in the O2 was How long did it take to record the album ate those. All our and what was the highlight? It took about a brilliant but Croke Park was the best! We friends and family bought week to record – we were in a big studio and supported Westlife… they’re so cool, we them – I don’t know why because we could were always fans of theirs and now we it was loads of fun. have got them for free! Next year’s Easter both have the same manager! Whenever What can we expect from your Drogheda eggs will have white chocolate for our hair we bump into them we’re like, ‘hey it’s gig? We’ve never performed in Drogheda so and milk chocolate for our faces! Westlife!’ we can’t wait. There’ll be loads of fire, loads Do you argue much? We don’t really argue of dance routines and all the songs from our What’s your greatest X Factor moment? but we try to better each other all the time. Meeting Whitney Heuston and performing album. Say if John wasn’t doing something right, I’d Britney Spears’ song, Oops I Did It Again! You’ve met many celebrities over the last encourage him to do better. Everyone thought we’d be gone after that year – who’s your favourite and why? Miley song but the following week we were like, What music is on your iPod? Kesha, Katy Cyrus… she’s like really cool! We met her at ‘Oops We Did It Again!’ Perry, Justin Timberlake, Michael the O2 Arena in London. We also really like Jackson, Backstreet Boys, Pink... Will you be watching the Jonas Brothers. the show this year? Where’s your favourite place to shop? In less than a year you’ve both become We probably won’t We don’t really go shopping these days – household names – how have you adapted have the time because we’re just kind of given clothes to wear. to life on the road? It’s crazy! we’re so busy – but We buy a lot of stuff from eBay though. All weekend we’ve been it’d be cool to go over doing signings all over What other projects do you have coming there and meet all the the country and our fans up? We have two shows coming out, one famous were going ballistic. It on RTE and the other on ITV. The ITV people. was so weird… they all show is a full series and we get to do lots You knew who we of cool things. It will be shown in August. recently tore were! Our Jedward are performing at the TL T parents are ligaments in Concert Hall & Theatre on Friday constantly your knee 6th & Saturday 7th August. Tickets Edward being e27.50, visit www.thetlt.ie asked for – how is

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Michelle Casquejo, South Quay ‘I went to Thailand last year; it’s a great place with lovely people. It was a brilliant holiday and so much fun. I’d love to go to Galway because I haven’t been and I heard it’s really good. I’d go anywhere in South East Asia if I’d the chance. I love it there, it’s sunny and it’s near my home.’

Real Life Robin Matthews, Julianstown ‘I went Inter-Railing two years ago – and it was the best holiday ever! We went to Amsterdam, Switzerland and Italy... it was class. It was like my first proper holiday with the lads. I’d love to go to India or if I was staying in Ireland I’d be off to Donegal.’

Diane Molloy, Termonfeckin ‘I went to Chicago and that was by far the best holiday I’ve ever been on. It’s a lovely city; everything about that holiday was amazing. If I won the Lotto I’d be off to Australia to visit my cousin and some of my friends. It’s the one place in the world that I really want to go to.’

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Edel Roche, Bettystown

‘I went to Holland with 34 other people on holiday and it was just mental, everything from the drink to the culture and scenery. It was definitely the best holiday I’ve ever been on. I have to say I’d love to go to Las Vegas because I’m a big kid and I’d love to go to Disneyland also.’

Paula Stanislawska, Duleek ‘I love travelling, I’ve been travelling for the last five years and I’ve been nearly everywhere. I have to say that the best place I’ve been to so far is New Zealand. It’s so beautiful, the scenery is amazing. We visited the glaciers and hiked there for eight hours, it was unbelievable. Thailand is next on my list...’

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Stuart Roberts, Ardee

‘I’m lucky enough to have been to Bora Bora in the South Pacific. It’s a tropical island in the middle of the ocean. It’s proper crazy... there are white sandy beaches, clear blue water and palm trees. It was picture perfect – everything I expected it to be and more!’

Jenny Eccles, Slane

‘Believe it or not the best holiday I’ve ever had was when I went to Galway. Honestly! It was a girls’ weekend full of drink and shopping – I’d the time of my life! If I could go anywhere in the world, all-expenses paid I’d still just want to go to Galway. The people are really nice, it’s relaxed and chilled and it’s gorgeous.’

Niall Keegan, Bettystown ‘If I’d the money I’d be off to Australia on holiday. I’ve never been and I’d love to go. I’ve only opened corner of Shop the on p The Old Sweet Sho exactly jet t can’ I so St and Laurence St going on was I If ! off and leave the shop o. The May to go I’d holidays in Ireland, be no e’d ther and e people are lovely ther ss!’ nne Gui shortage of craic and

Michael McKiernan, Meadow View ‘The best holiday I’ve had was when I went to Ibiza two years ago. It was mental, there was such a great atmosphere. I went with my brother and we’d a deadly time. The weather was class and we got to relax. I really want to go to Egypt because it would be an entirely new experience.’

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rom the age of four, psychic medium and clairaudient Sapphire Rose knew that she was ‘different’. The mum-of-four recalls playing a game of Guess Who with her friend and instinctively knowing the image on the card her competitor was holding. ‘When I was very small I predicted things before they happened to my mum, Maggie,’ she says. ‘Like someone ringing or a person calling to our door – I’d tell Mum it was going to happen and then seconds later it would. ‘After a while this pattern became normal to me but it was never encouraged at home. It was something I had to discover for myself.’ After the birth of her first child, Amber, at 18 Sapphire Rose’s psychic ability became much more obvious. An accidental brush with someone while out for a walk could lead to ‘a little message from the spirit world’. However, her fear of being ridiculed meant she didn’t explore the messages further. ‘A lot of my mum’s family are Jehovah’s Witnesses so my psychic abilities went totally against their religious beliefs,’ she says. ‘I didn’t want to be an outcast so over the years I kept a lot of stuff to myself.’ It was a tarot card reading with another psychic just over a year ago that gave her the confidence to accept ‘the gift’ fully. ‘The lady told me that I was more gifted than her – and that people were waiting from all over the world to hear my message,’ she says. ‘I didn’t believe her at first but now I do, as I’ve since had people from America and Canada get off their plane and come straight to my door.’ The psychic is no longer ashamed of her ability and is delighted when she’s able to give spiritual guidance and relief to others. ‘I really enjoy being able to connect with people,’ she adds. ‘Only last week a lady whose sister had died three weeks previously came to see me. She never told me of her bereavement but I knew immediately. As it turned out the spirit was in shock and couldn’t believe she had died. She passed on a couple of messages and then left – it was a very nice feeling.’

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As Co. Louth psychic Sapphire Rose chats to Carmel Riggs about growing up with ‘the gift’, she also reads your horoscope’s tarot cards to reveal what the future holds for you… LEO JULY 24-AUG 23 THE EMPEROR+card 4 The Emperor suggests that you have the ability to use rational thought and direct action to achieve your goals. Re-evaluate your self worth, new job or promotion? THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE -card 10 Push yourself as the reversed Wheel of Fortune may indicate a decline in good luck; things may slip into a downward cycle mid-month so remain strong and focused. 4 OF CUPS+ The 4 of Cups is a warning not to become withdrawn or bored; keep positive and remain balanced. Lucky number 18

VIRGO AUG 24-SEPT 23 THE CHARIOT +card 7 Avoid driving yourself too hard, the best course of action is to go with the flow of forces you have set in motion. Try to remain calm and in control. 9 OF CUPS- The reversed 9 of Cups comes as a warning to be careful what you wish for as sometimes it’s not really what’s best for you! Try to be humble. THE HANGED MAN +card 12 The Hanged Man suggests it’s time to make a sacrifice! Spend time in contemplation, in other words rest, relax and reflect! Other people are

unlikely to understand where you’re coming from. Lucky number 28

LIBRA SEPT 24-OCT 23 2 OF CUPS- An atmosphere of disharmony surrounds you. Perhaps a partnership has not lived up to expectations? 8 OF PENTACLES- Are you making good use of your skills and talents? It’s time to consider the work you do. QUEEN OF SWORDS+ The Queen of Swords suggests now is the time to stand up for yourself and be clear about your wants and needs. Communication, sharp wit and your strong will help you this month. Lucky number 11

SCORPIO OCT 24-NOV 22 5 OF WANDS- Have you been scattering your energies in too many directions? Now is the time to set your priorities and deal more effectively with stress in your life. Relief is in sight. 10 OF PENTACLES- The 10 of pentacles advises to restructure your finances. Money may be tight for a while so do not take any financial risks this month.


opportunities surround you. Lucky number 39

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KNIGHT OF CUPS+ Your greatest assets at this time are your gentleness, AQUARIUS JAN 21sensitivity and idealism. FEB 19 8 OF WANDS- You may be feeling THE FOOL+card 0 The overwhelmed by recent fast-paced Fool appears when you events. Just remember, it’s ok to trust in are about to embark on yourself. a new phase in your life. 10 OF SWORDS- You are emerging This new beginning could from a period of emotional turmoil, hurt lead anywhere so prepare to go with the flow. and sadness. Breathe a sigh of relief as the 4 OF CUPS- You will be feeling energized so worst is over and something of value will accept social invitations. Just don’t overdo it emerge. as balance is essential. Lucky number 19 QUEEN OF SWORDSGEMINI MAY 22- JUNE 21 The reversed Queen of Swords advises THE MOON +card 18 You can make good you must not allow hard times to leave you use of your creative talents this month. The embittered and devoid of tender emotions. Moon suggests some sort of secret is about to Watch your words. surface. Lucky number 5 THE QUEEN OF Psychic medium and PISCES FEB 20-MARCH 20 WANDS- The reversed clairaudient Sapphire Rose 3 OF CUPS- It is possible to have too much Queen of Wands warns not of a good thing; there is a price to pay for to stick your nose in where it doesn’t belong. Try to be THE DEVIL +card 15 The Devil represents your over-indulgence! KING OF SWORDS+ The King of a good friend to yourself as your feelings of entrapment and being Swords will show himself as an intelligent well as others. imprisoned; it’s all in your mind so release professional who will be in the position to THE KING OF yourself and free your fears. Take a good give you sound business or legal advice. PENTACLES- The look at reality. QUEEN OF PENTACLES- The reversed reversed King of Pentacles Lucky number 30 Queen of Pentacles represents your own fears reminds you that in your life you should be careful SAGITTARIUS NOV 23-DEC 21 and self doubts that can lead to a sense of insecurity and hinder your progress. Nurture not to measure success 10 OF WANDS+ Your ambition to succeed yourself. Take care of your physical and solely in terms of money. Your talents this month drives you onward. Learn to emotional needs. may bring much more than financial gain. delegate responsibility and do not take on Lucky number 3 Lucky number 16 more than you can handle. THE EMPEROR -card 4 The reversed CANCER JUNE 22-JULY 23 Emperor suggests something is hampering ARIES MARCH 21-APRIL 20 QUEEN OF PENTACLESMoney is very THE KING OF CUPS+ You are involved your progress this month. Is your head much at the forefront of your mind this in a situation this month which requires your ruling over your heart? month. Perhaps you don’t have care and empathic assistance. Don’t 9 OF SWORDS- The reversed 9 of enough money to achieve worry as you will offer sound advice. Swords is a hopeful card, counselling faith your goals? 2 OF SWORDS+ The 2 of Swords in the future and the promise of better 3 OF WANDSSetting suggest the stalemate is over and days ahead. your goals too high is not changes are on the way. A settlement Lucky number 23 in your best interest either. will occur between feuding parties Take a step back and you allowing your life to go forward. CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 20 will reap the rewards. THE HIEROPHANT +card 5 4 OF CUPS + Are you feeling dissatisfied? THE HIEROPHANT+ The Hierophant’s appearance yields Then you must re-evaluate matters. card 5 well for a traditional or platonic THE MOON-card 18 Your confusion is The Hierophant may relationship to flourish. A marriage coming to an end; by the end of next month indicate a spiritual search could be on the cards. the darkness will have lifted and in the light for meaning. Material things Lucky number 7 of the day you shall see clearly. don’t matter; focus on moral THE STAR-card 17 The reversed Star development instead. Now is indicates a pessimistic attitude or lack of For a private tarot card reading with the time to heed conventional wisdom. confidence. You may be having a hard time Sapphire Rose call 085-1618254 Lucky number 9 accepting the help being offered. Promising

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Feature

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Top 10 tips to make a fashion statement at Littlewoods Ireland Ladies Day

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adies throughout the north east are preparing to do battle for a €2,000 shopping spree at Littlewoods Ireland. The online department store is sponsoring the Best Dressed Lady Competition at Bellewstown Races this August. Each of the 15 finalists will

Forget colour blocking, it’s all about the nudes and candy coloured palettes this season.

Wear a hat, hair-piece, fascinator or something creative. It completes a race day outfit!

Grooming is important – don’t forget the manicure and pedicure.

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Keep your make-up day appropriate and carry powder for touchups in the heat.

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also receive a €100 shopping spree along with a bottle of Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rosé. Beauty expert Triona McCarthy is judging the competition on Thursday, August 26th and to help you stand out from the crowd, here are her top 10 tips…

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Mix your investment buys with your high street and vintage to create a unique look.

Keep it simple, choose a one statement piece and let everything else just complement it.

Display your individual style with unusual accessories such as a parasol or tribal inspired pieces.

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Choose a wedge to elongate the leg while being comfortable enough to wear all day.

Bring a wrap or light jacket to protect you from sun showers or breezes.

Smile – it’s goes with everything and is never goes out of style!

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Fashion

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all feature in the new collection with lots of texture and luxurious fabrics too. Browse through the rails at Lanidor and you will notice a wide selection of choice from working girl twin sets and suits to casual combats and jeans for the mum about town! The selection of knitwear is very popular too, with prices starting at just €40. It’s very easy to mix and match items at Lanidor as the same colour thread runs through each season collection. The same applies to its selection of footwear, handbags, belts and jewellery. Style gurus wanting to make a statement this autumn are advised to lean towards rich colours and rich fabrics. ‘Velvet is big this season and there will be lots of printed fabrics around also,’ adds Bernadette.

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Fashion

Floral playsuit €45, Dorothy Perkins, Scotch Hall Penelope playsuit €78, Monsoon, Scotch Hall

Pink ruffle playsuit €30, A-Wear, Scotch Hall

Printed playsuit €43.75, www.asos.com

Linen playsuit €26, M&S, Laurence Town Centre

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Dungaree playsuit €15, Penneys, West St

Floral print playsuit €19, Penneys, West St

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Spot playsuit €35, A-Wear, Scotch Hall Button shoulder striped playsuit €27, River Island, Scotch Hall

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Out & about

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Beauty

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Celebrity make-up artist Emma Woods shows how to get the beach babe look 1

FACE - As always, start with a clean moisturized face. Before applying my 7 make-up I always apply sunscreen; there are wonderful tinted moisturizers out there that 2 contain sunscreen for added protection. I particularly like using La Roche-Posay 6 Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 50 €19.99, Superpharm Chemist, West St (1). 8 Once the moisturizer has absorbed into the skin, dab on concealer, using a synthetic brush on the areas where you 3 need coverage, and blend the edges into 9 your skin. Make sure you use a colour 5 that is the same as your skin tone. And remember, as your skin darkens so 4 should your concealer; a good tip is to purchase a concealer one shade darker EYES - Personally, if I than your natural skin tone and then mix this have nothing on my eyes I feel naked! So before darker concealer to your own colour. I even set foot on a plane I make sure I get my eyelashes tinted. This really brings out the CHEEKS - Your blush should be light and volume and length of your own eyelashes even transparent. Try using Clinique Blushwear without mascara. Before hitting the beach apply Cream Stick, €26, Meaghers, Town Centre one or two coats of your favourite waterproof Pharmacy, Drogheda (2) for an instant warm complexion. This blush is non-greasy and doesn’t mascara, making sure to press at the root of blotch or streak. You can dab a small amount on the lashes and wiggle up and out. I like using clean, well-moisturized skin and either blend it XXL Pro Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline €12.99, Hickeys Pharmacy, West St (4) as it with your fingertips or with a sponge. You can doesn’t smear or smudge and always stays put! also layer it for more colour. Then lightly dust your face with translucent powder, concentrating If your eyelashes have lost their length and lustre fear not as Catz Hair & Beauty, Rathmullen mostly on your t-zone using a big powder Rd is offering natural and enhancing eyelash brush. This will set your blush and will make extensions at incredible prices starting at just it look like it’s coming from within, which will €30. look more natural. For the beach, try using Fuschia’s Mineral Powder (3) which guarantee’s LIPS - Use a sheer colour that looks more the perfect finish every time for €26. natural.  I like using any lip conditioner,

Linda Crosby of La Spa Therapie answers your questions

usually in a compact swivel-action stick, and it must have a minimum SPF15 as the lips can burn if not protected. Of course, you can always wear your favourite colour lip-gloss on top of your lip conditioner; corals or any warm golden hues look stunning on the beach!

BRONZER - For a sun-kissed look, take your big brush and place bronzer where the sun would normally hit the face such as your nose, the centre of your forehead, your chin and the sides of your face and neck.  Make sure to blend well so there are no obvious lines. I love Egypt Wonder, Earthpot, e26.95 from Superpharm Chemist, West St (5). It really finishes the whole look beautifully. SUNSCREEN - While we all know that sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 is the most essential item on the beach to block off the harmful UV rays from the sun and prevent skin cancer, it’s worth mentioning that taking care of your skin after a day in the sun is just as important. So remember to soothe, cool and moisturize your skin every evening. Organic Aloe-vera After-sun Lotion from Aloe Pura, €7.70 (6) is quite good as is Clarins Oil-free Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Moisturiser, €28 (7), both available from Hickeys Pharmacy, West St. HAIR - It’s just as important to protect your hair from the summer sun as it is to guard your skin. Chlorine used in the pool may give a greenish tinge to your hair while salt can dry it up. Wind and humidity on the beach are known to frizz up your hair too, and may cause your hair colour to fade. To avoid all this and more, shampoo your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner before going to the beach for a swim. A clarifying shampoo will get rid of the chemical and mineral build-up in your hair. I like Kerastase Bain Apres-Soleil Shampoo, €19 (8) and Kerastase Masque UV Defense Active, €33.30 (9), both available at Kazoo Hair Salon, Drogheda.

Got a beauty dilemma?

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I am in my last trimester of my pregnancy and I am finding my feet and lower legs swollen. Is there anything that I can do to help this? Jane, Drogheda

I have always had normal to oily skin but I have recently noticed my skin changing and becoming quite dry – what should I do? Susan, Collon

You could try a foot treatment in your local spa which are designed for pregnancy and help to reduce swelling and stimulate circulation. I can guarantee that after just one treatment your feet and legs will feel great!

The best thing that you can do is exfoliate the skin 2-3 times a week using a gentle exfoliating scrub. Also, invest in a good moisturiser which will sooth dry skin instantly. Regular facials to keep your skin looking and feeling good would also be very beneficial.

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Out & about

Sharon Nolan, Catherine and Trish Connolly and Leslie Donohoe

Lisa Cannon with finalist Camilla Griffin and Eva Finnegan Ray Moore and Lisa Cannon Shirley Nally, Lisa Cannon and Leanne Murphy

Finalist Rachel Barrett

Lisa Cannon, Ava Moore and finalist Anna Moore

Victoria Thornton and Ruth Murphy

Jockey Christopher Hayes with Lisa Cannon

Lisa Cannon with Best Dressed Lady Lynn Keeley and Best Dressed Gent runner-up Ken Browne

Niamh Cassidy, Jane Nevin and Ann-Marie Byrne

Finalist Roisin Hughes

Lisa with finalist Jenny Byrne

Aisling Murphy, Essential Magazine, Gemma McGuinness of Jacqui’s Boutique, Judge Lisa Cannon, Best Dressed Lady Lynn Keeley, runner-up Maggie Conran (2nd), runner-up Emily Meade (3rd) and Jenny O’Brien of Globe Travel Rachel and John Hanratty

Lisa Cannon with Best Dressed Gent David Daly


Maggie Conran, Best Dressed Lady runner-up with Bianca Conran and Miss Teen Bellewstown runner-up Amber Conran

Lisa Cannon with finalist Veronica Walsh

Best Dressed Gent runner-up Jim Flanagen

Katie Byrne and Donal Watters

Mayor of Drogheda, Paul Bell, Meath Rose Sarah McCann, Gavin Duffy and Bernadette McCann

Lisa with finalist Pamela Branigan

Essential Drogheda’s Best Dressed Competitions at Bellewstown Races Finalist Emily Murphy

Finalist Ramona Ní Chuinn

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n abundance of glitz and glamour turned out for the Essential Drogheda Best Dressed Competitions at Bellewstown recently. But it was the lady in red who stole the show on the day with art teacher Lynn Keeley, from Clogherhead, bagging the title of Best Dressed Lady! Lynn walked away with a Globe Travel holiday voucher as well as €500 spending money. The runners-up Maggie Conran (2nd) and Emily Meade (3rd) received a €500 voucher for Jacqui’s Boutique, Drogheda and a weekend away for two at Dromhall Hotel in Killarney. Judge for the day was Xpose presenter Lisa Cannon who could not get over the amount of hats and feathers on display! ‘I was looking for someone unique and who could add their own personal touches to their outfit. I’m amazed at how well people made their outfits look with clever accessories,’

Lisa with finalist Frances Murray

Miss Teen Bellewstown Mairead Lynch with Maura Lynch

she said. Lynn’s outfit consisted of a red dress that she bought in a vintage shop a couple of years ago, cream, red and navy shoes, a navy belt that belonged to her mother, her sister’s First Communion gloves, a navy umbrella and a red fascinator which she made herself that morning! She said: ‘It was a brilliant experience and I was completely shocked when I won. I felt like a model for the day with all the photographs that were taken and everyone commenting on how well I looked! Congratulations also go out to the Best Dressed Gent David Daly, Collon who said his €500 Chris Curtis voucher ‘will come in very handy as he is getting married in September’. Scotch Hall vouchers were also presented to Mairead Lynch, this year’s Miss Teen Bellewstown and the runner-up Amber Conran.

Lisa with finalist Breige Downey

Finalist Veronica Ní Chuinn

Lisa with Emily Meade who came third

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Interiors

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he first step in choosing the furniture is to ‘survey’ the room. You should pay attention to the colour of the walls, the width of rooms, the height of ceilings, room accessories and other matters pertaining to the selected theme, such as the classic theme, minimalist, traditional, contemporary or transitional. This theme should reflect the personality of the owner. Blended together these rooms can create maximum impact and are visually pleasing.

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Choosing the right pieces for your home can be costly and, if unplanned, can make the space feel cluttered. Interior designer Niamh Carter shows how a balance of furniture with colours and accessories can make your home feel inviting and comforting... What’s your budget? Maintenance

Finding furniture that fits your budget can help to increase your satisfaction with your purchase. Setting a budget for your furniture expenses will allow you to focus on finding furniture that will fit your needs and your finances. The Pinetum Furniture can be bedroom range, the ‘Carly quite expensive, Elizabeth’ Suite (below) and so you want to be the ‘Selena’ dining range sure that you set (right) all available at Wogan Interiors, Drogheda a budget that you can afford. Investment How long you plan to use a Make choices that will last you for years. piece of furniture determines how Don’t choose trendy furniture that you’ll much you should spend on it, or be tired of in six months. Furniture is a big whether you’d be satisfied making investment, so keep your tastes in check and choose furniture that will look and feel good a compromise. If you plan to use for years to come. Don’t be afraid to dream something for just a couple of big even if your budget is small. Find ways years or like to change your surroundings of creating the home you want, for example frequently then it might not be a good idea keep magazine cuttings to start your own to buy very expensive furniture. However, story board. This is a great way of delivering when you want something to last it makes sense to look for quality. a look that will impress.

Size matters Taking the size of your room into consideration is an important step. The pieces that you choose should fit the proportions of your room to make the most of the function of the room. The size and number of pieces that you choose should fit in your room without overcrowding it to ensure that the room still feels inviting and open.

What are your needs? Do you have children or pets? If so, you will want to make sure that the furniture that you choose is easy to clean and take care of. There are fabrics that are easier to clean and keep free from stains, so if you have pets or children, you want to be sure that you choose one of these fabrics to keep your furniture looking beautiful.

Accessorise To add glamour your use of accessories is important! Add cushions and throws to enhance your bedroom furniture, put a bit of sparkle into your dining table by dressing your table in the latest trends. Restore old furniture by painting it. If you have a tired looking suite recover it. Use furniture which gives a statement. And in smaller spaces use furniture that is smaller scaled so that you don’t overwhelm the room. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Find what works best for you in your present situation. If you’ve selected items with versatility in mind, you’ll end up with an arrangement that’s just right! For more information on interiors or to arrange a consultation, contact Niamh on 087-6445050. Niamh provides the complete spectrum of interior design services, visit www.niamhcarterdesigns.ie to see her work.

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g n i w action Sinto

With golfing holidays abroad on the rise, Carmel Riggs shows why playing away can be just as challenging at home…

Druid’s Glen Golf Resort,

Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow STAY: Druids Glen Resort Hotel complements the two championship golf courses, Druids Glen and Druids Heath. Nestled between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea there is stunning scenery at every hole. PLAY: Home to the Irish Open 1996-1999 and the Seve Trophy 2002, the sensational Druid’s Heath is internationally renowned as a golfing challenge and a stateof-the-art Golf Academy with resident teacher Pro George Henry. It was also named European Golf Resort of the year 2005 (IAGTO). PAY: €250pps for two nights B&B in a deluxe room, including one round of golf on Druids Glen and one round on Druids Heath. www.druidsglen.ie

Mount Wolseley Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort,

Tullow, Co. Carlow             STAY: Set STAY: With superb views of the surrounding in opulent woodlands, this five-star resort is famed for its Golf surroundings Mount Academy and world-class spa. It’s hard to believe it’s Wolseley boasts an just 15 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cork city. 18-hole championship PLAY: Get some handy golf tips during a 30-minute golf golf course and features lesson at the Golf Academy and try them out with a round of golf on a spa, leisure club facilities one of the three championship-standard golf courses. including a 20m indoor pool. PAY:€190 per adult per night, including full Irish breakfast, golf PLAY: According to Christy lesson and one round of golf. www.fotaisland.ie O’Connor Junior the course designer; ‘Mount Wolseley is a fair but testing 18 holes of Mount Juliet Hotel, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny Championship Golf, none of STAY: Only 20 minutes from Kilkenny you can also enjoy the history of Mount Juliet, woodland walks, fishing, spa and much more. This five-star which will disappoint even hotel boasts three restaurants to satisfy those hunger pangs after a day on the most discerning player’. Mount Wolseley has played host the golf course! to a number of national and PLAY: Set close by the River Nore with water in play on six of its holes, international golf competitions this internationally famous course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It hosted the American Express World Golf Championships and is one of the top 25 courses in Ireland as voted by ‘Golfing in September 2002 and again in September 2004. Ireland’. PAY: A room costs €434 midweek and includes breakfast, a round of golf on the championship course PAY: €209pps for 2 nights B&B, one dinner and one round of and complimentary use of the putting green. www. golf. www.mountwolseley.ie mountjuliet.ie

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In the first of a three-part series local web designer Jonathan Callan guides you through the process of creating a professional website from scratch without forking out a lot of money

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hen you think of getting a website for your business, most people presume they must go directly to the professionals and pay a lot of money. However, over the next three issues I will show you how to create a professional looking website yourself and explore some ways to promote it. This month I’ll get you thinking about what your website can do for you, where to host it and what software to use. So why get a website at all? If someone wanted to find out about your business the chances are they will use Google to find out about you. This may be the first and only time they will get a sense of what your business is about and how professional you are. People’s attention span and patience is amazingly short when they’re online. If they don’t find what they’re looking for quickly they’ll just click through to another website, probably a competitor. The thing to note here is that you need to have a web presence in the first place. A recent survey showed that only 30% of local businesses have a website. The first thing you need to ask yourself is: ‘What do I want a website to do for my business?’ There’s no point in having one just for the sake of it. It could be used to save time on repetitive tasks, for example you could publish a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page about your products or services so you don’t have to spend hours on the phone answering the same questions every day. Or you could write a business blog that keeps visitors coming back to your site. The idea here is to think about ways to save time and promote

your business. I go into more depth about immediately available but if you want a ‘.ie’ this in my third article. No matter what you you will need to submit a few additional bits decide the website is going to be about, it of documentation. Nothing crazy but it will should have a Content Management System take a few days to process. (CMS). A CMS is an application that allows So what you should have now is a domain you to make changes to your website (similar name registered and your hosting package to the way Microsoft Word allows you to set up with WordPress ready to go. edit your documents). The beauty of a CMS Next month, I’ll talk about the design is that you can easily edit or even add pages of your website and where to go to get to the website without having to go back to professional designs. Some are so good a web designer. One of the most popular that even us designers have been known to CMS applications is WordPress. It’s hugely use them for inspiration! customisable, secure and easy to use. It’s so good that many bigname brands use te We wro is it including Sony, th MTV and Xerox. article too! For less than €50 per year you can purchase a hosting package that comes FOLLOW US ON TWITTER with WordPress. There’s no messing around with databases or downloading files We are passionate about creating from the internet. great web sites, providing brilliant I’ve put a shortlist of service and being honest. hosting companies Let's work together. that provide this Web design option on my website, Web application development www.100paces.com. Web site management When purchasing Fanatical support your hosting you can include a domain Phone 087 2020 420 name (the ‘www. Email jonathan@100paces.com companyname.com’ Visit www.100paces.com bit). A ‘.com’ is easy to set up and

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O’ Raghallaighs GFC Race Night

Out & about

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Weddings

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Laurence Barkey weds Frances Daly Frances Daly and Laurence Barkey were married on June 15th last after seven years together. They chose to have an intimate Civil Ceremony and reception in Darver Castle. Laurence’s brother Francis Barkey and his wife Winifred were witnesses for the bride and groom. The weather on the day couldn’t have been more glorious and Frances looked radiant in her gown from Edel Tuite Bridal Design. Entertainment was provided by Tropical Storm – a three-piece band from the Philippines – who performed for three hours outside in the open air. The celebrations were carried on by musician friends of Laurence’s who very kindly took to the stage for the remainder of the night. The newlyweds honeymooned in Sorrento for one week. Photos by Gabriel & Patrick Byrne

Johnny Carter weds Linda Delaney Childhood sweethearts Linda Delaney and Johnny Carter said those two all important words ‘I do’ in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda on April 9th last. Linda had three bridesmaids in total, two of which were her sisters Karen and Denise Delaney and her best friend Lyndsey Bohan. Johnny’s bestman was Gary O’Hare and his two groomsmen were his brothers Aidan and Barry Carter. Linda’s nephew TJ Delaney and Johnny’s niece Lily Carter did superb as pageboy and flowergirl. Their reception was held in Darver Castle where the guests were entertained by a group of Irish dancers and a band specially put together by Johnny’s good friend Shane Brannigan of Clockwise. A very memorable day was had by all! For their honeymoon, the happy couple went to Cancun in Mexico for seven days, New York for three days and also to Galway for three days with friends. Photos by Claire Maloney

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Paul Ellis weds Charlene Tyrrell Charlene Tyrrell and Paul Ellis might have waited 12 years before they tied the knot but it was well worth the wait! On June 5th they had the time of their lives when they married in St Patrick’s Church, Skerries surrounded by their many friends and family. Charlene’s three bridesmaids were Rebecca Tyrrell, Debbie Ellis and Gina Mellows. The bestman was Harry O’Toole and the two groomsmen were Derek Trumper and Damien Doolan. The newlyweds’ two sons also had roles to play on the day – Glen was the ring bearer and Paul brought up the lucky horseshoe. The reception was held in the Glenside Hotel where DJ Robbie Corr entertained the guests. For their honeymoon, the couple spent a week in Santa Ponsa. Photos by Jimmy Weldon

Declan Dunne weds Caroline Campbell

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Irish dance teacher Caroline Campbell put her best foot forward for her wedding day recently! The Ballsgrove girl wed Declan Dunne from Clogherhead on April 10th in St Mary’s Church, Drogheda, and was thrilled when the girls from her dancing academy lined up for a guard of honour at the church. They also entertained the guests later at the couple’s reception in the Boyne Valley Hotel. The bridesmaids included Catherine Campbell, Mary Lesley and Anne O’Shaunessy, who were accompanied by Alan Fitzpatrick, Simon Nugent and Thomas Campbell. Flowergirl Moira Russell also stood out on the day as did the ring bearer Liam Campbell. Singing duo Linda & Paul took to the stage later in the evening and a great time was had by all. The happy couple jetted off to Hawaii and Los Angeles on a two-and-a-half week honeymoon. Photos by Tony Campbell


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Alan McArdle weds Terri Fitzmaurice After seven years together, Terri Fitzmaurice and Alan McArdle finally tied the knot on Saturday, July 3rd. It was a wonderful day with the ceremony taking place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Termonfeckin. Terri had four bridesmaids – Gayle Fitzmaurice, Erika Fitzmaurice, Christine Cumiskey and Megan Millar, while the honour of bestman went to Andrew McArdle and the groomsmen were Paul McArdle, Stephen McArdle and John Cumiskey. The bride and groom’s pretty daughter Robyn did a wonderful job as flowergirl. The reception was held in the d Hotel where The Sopranos entertained the guests into the small hours. Terri and Alan just took a few days out in Donegal afterwards to ease themselves into married life! Photos by Jimmy Weldon

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Drive

Behind The Wheel with rally driver Make: Honda Civic Shane Carberry, Engine: 1600 Vtech from Collon

How long do you have it? Three years – I built it from scratch in 2007. It took about a year to get it on the road and I haven’t looked back. It’s reliable and very cheap to run. What was your first car and how old were you? A Ford Fiesta and I was 17. It came along at the right price and I couldn’t pass it. How old were you when you passed your driving test? I passed the test first time when I was 17. I did it in Navan and I took to it like a duck to water! What’s your dream drive and why? One of the new Audi F8’s. I’ve always loved Audi and during the day I drive an Audi A4.

What was your first bike and when did you start riding? Like half the country, a Honda 50 that belonged to a friend’s elder sister, I was about 12 at the time, but that was the start of a lifetime enjoying motorcycling. What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? A two-year-old Triumph Bonneville bought new from Kennedy’s in Dyer Street. All my life I longed for a Bonnie and when I finally got a secure workshop finished I ordered one straight away off Jimmy. What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? I’d have a Hyde Harrier, Yamaha RD400E, Bultaco Sherpa trials bike, Honda CB350K4, Honda RC45, a late model Yamaha TZ350 production racer, a nicely restored Honda CB500 and a ‘Noddy’ CD175 for old times. What protective gear do you wear? Shoei Multitec helmet, Wolf textile jacket, leather jeans, Sidi black rain boots and Wolf gloves – all bought locally.

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What’s the best car you ever drove? The Mitsubishi Evo X – it’s my father’s car! It has great power and road handling. How often do you change your car? Every five years. But I always shop around and whatever deal I get dictates the type of car I buy. Who is your insurer and why? Axa, I started off with them and I’ve never changed. I find their prices are very competitive. What’s on your CD player? Stereophonics. Do you use a Sat Nav? No, it’s maps all the way! I’d know most places where I’m going so I’ve no need for a Sat Nav.

going to ‘Mandella Park’ in the late ’70s, a friend and I ventured out to the Skerries 100 in 1980; that magical experience of being so close to the sights, smells and sounds of the ‘roads’ started a lifetime of following the sport. What is your favourite race meet? It has to be Kells for the Nationals and the Ulster Grand Prix for the Internationals. Who is your favourite racer of all time? That’s a tough one! There’s been so many great racers over the years, but top spot on the podium would go to Joey Dunlop, in 2nd is Martin Finnegan [for all out action and that unique style that we’ll probably never ever see again] and in 3rd place is William Dunlop. Moto GP’s Rossi also gets a look in!

If you could choose one motorcycle racer to spend a day with who would it be? Surprisingly, short circuit specialist and good all round guy, Mark ‘Big Man’ Kelly, a What type of motorcycle racing do you prefer? Road racing first and foremost! After university of talent and tutor. 34

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What habits of other road users do find most annoying/dangerous? Inconsiderate drivers who disregard others on either two or four wheels, 4x4 vehicles and anyone who’s on mobile phones. Would you have any suggestions for the RSA to improve safety for bikers? What more can be done? Except for the RSA to seriously lobby the Dept of Finance to drop the 21% VAT rate on safety equipment so riders can afford the best quality helmets/ boots/ gloves/ back protectors/ jackets and pants.


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Ion iProfile USB Turntable This turntable converts music from vinyl to MP3 so you can go through your retro collection, play it and at the same time make it digital. The great thing about the iProfile is that it has an iPod dock so the music is loaded straight onto your iPod while you play records. €149, www.pixmania.ie

Apple iPad After months of anticipation, Apple’s tablet device, the iPad, has finally arrived here. For anyone who already owns an iPhone the iPad will feel very familiar as they share the same user interface and operating system. However, as well as all the brilliant new apps, the iPad boasts a beautiful 9.7-inch touchscreen, 1.5 pound weight, and extremely long battery life. Browsing the internet has all of a sudden become more addictive! A 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi starts at €499, Briscoes Expert Megastore, Newgrange Business Park, Donore Rd

Bladefish 3000 Whether your sport is scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming or just having fun in the pool you’ll have a blast with the Bladefish underwater scooter. Uniquely powered by Lithium-ion, the Bladefish 3000 is powerful, compact, lightweight and very manoeuvrable. It comes equipped with computer controlled circuitry, double seals and a battery life meter. €499, www.thegadgetstore.ie

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Essential Guide Drogheda

Drogheda’s to Best Restaurants

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Summer BBQ at Scholars Every Saturday, 3 - 7pm (weather permitting)

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Authentic Italian Pizzeria ~ Wine License ~ Open 6pm - 10.30pm. Closed Wednesday 38 Peter Street, Drogheda.

Telephone: 041-9834208 For Reservations Please Phone after 5pm (except Wednesday)

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Cured Meat Platter (Serves 2)

Overlooking the River Boyne, Harry’s Bistro Bar in Mell prides itself as being the ultimate chilled-out destination for locals. Here, executive chef Alan Clarke provides real food for thought in the kitchen with these locally-sourced recipes

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e only took over the reigns of Harry’s Bistro Bar in Mell late last year but already proprietor Stephen O’Donoghue has drawn a loyal customer base. Having previously worked closely with U2 and actor Aidan Quinn, Stephen brings a wealth of experience to Harry’s. Together with executive chef Alan Clarke he has established ‘a local hang-out where everyone knows your name!’ ‘Harry’s is the complete destination for the people of Drogheda and comprises of a 100-seater restaurant, a chilled-out local bar and a cocktail bar. Our two function rooms cater for 100 and 200 persons and we always offer exceptional value to all our guests,’ says Stephen. The restaurateur contributes the success of Harry’s to understanding and listening to people’s needs and it’s as a result of this that

he also set up The Right Catering Company, a bespoke catering and events firm. ‘We cater for private and corporate events offering unrivalled standards of customer service and high-quality, value-conscious menus. Our events include private canape events, launches, weddings, client evenings and house parties. ‘Some of our most recent events include the Sex and the City Premiere in London, Artist Catering in Oxigen, John Rocha Clothing Launch and U2 Catering. ‘All of our menus have been sourced locally and organically where possible and we only use the freshest of produce,’ adds Stephen. Harry’s is open 12noon till late every day, with the Early Bird menu starting at €15.95 per person. Lunch starts at €8.95 per person and for those in a real hurry, a quick bite starts at €5 per person.

Rack of Lamb with Red Wine and Redcurrant Jus (Serves 1) Ingredients 1 rack young lamb (3 chops per person) Large bunches of rosemary, thyme, flat leaf parsley and bay leaves 1 whole head of garlic, coarsely chopped 5-6 tbsp olive oil Juice of 1 lemon Season to taste For the Jus: Lamb trimmings 1-2 tbsp plain flour 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 38

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the rib bones. Cut between each of the ribs, taking out the tiny amount of meat found there. Scrape away the bones until they are clean and white. Lay the rack down, back uppermost, Method: 1. Trim the lamb. A butcher and make shallow crisscross incisions in the fat. will do this for you, or 2. Place the chopped herbs you can do this yourself. in a bowl with the garlic Simply cut along the back of the rack, above where the and lemon juice and meaty part is. Turning the season with plenty of salt and freshly ground black knife upwards, scrape the pepper. Pour this mixture gristly meat off to expose

250ml red wine 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly 1 sprig rosemary 2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 tsp marmite

Cured meats are a wonderfully tasty, and excellent way to begin a meal or enjoy a sandwich. This platter is designed to please both kids and adults, so every member of the family will be satisfied! Camembert Ingredients Method: Serrano Ham or Place all of the Prosciutto ingredients Chorizo decoratively on a peppers Roasted e platter and serve with Marinaded artichok a selection of freshlySweet tomato relish baked homemade Rocket leaves bread. Cheese of your choice such as Gubeen or

all over the lamb, cover and leave to marinate for 1 hour. 3. Set the oven to 220C/gas 7. Lay the lamb racks in a roasting pan and pour over the marinade. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, keep warm and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Cut into individual pieces and arrange with the rib bones uppermost. 4. Meanwhile, for the jus, simply fry the bits of meat from the trimming process

in a dry frying pan until blackened. Shake in the flour to coat the meat. 5. Deglaze the pan with the balsamic vinegar and add the red wine (don’t forget to pour a glass for yourself!). 6. Add the redcurrant jelly and rosemary. Stir in the ketchup and marmite and bubble over a medium heat until reduced and thickened. 7. To serve, place lamb on a bed of champ.


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Chocolate Fondant (Serves 1) Ingredients 50g unsalted butter & extra to grease 2 tsp cocoa powder, to dust 50g good quality bitter chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) 1 free range egg 1 free range egg yolk 60g caster sugar 2 tbsp Tia Maria liqueur 50g plain flour, sifted Icing sugar, to dust Strawberry ice cream to serve

Method: 1. Preheat oven to 160C/gas 3. 2. Butter four ramekins (about 7.5cm in diameter), then dust liberally with cocoa, shaking out any excess. 3. Slowly melt the chocolate and butter in a small bowl set over a pan of hot water, then take off the heat, stir until smooth. Leave to cool for 10 minutes. 4.Using an electric whisk, whisk the whole egg, egg yolk and sugar

together until pale and thick, then incorporate the chocolate mixture. Fold in the liqueur, followed by the flour. Divide the chocolate mixture between the ramekins and bake for 12 min. 5. Turn the chocolate fondants out on to warmed plates. Dust the tops with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or a scoop of strawberry ice cream.

Thai Sea Bass with Prawns in Banana Leaves

(Serves 1)

Ingredients 1 whole sea bass 1 lemongrass 30g coriander 2 red or green chillies 2 cloves of garlic 10 tiger prawns 2 banana leaves 1 white onion A couple of lemon wedges A few slices of butter

Method: Ask your local fishmonger to gut and scale your sea bass. 1. Preheat the oven at 200C/gas mark 5. 2. Simply stuff the cavity of the sea bass with the prawns and the combined chopped lemongrass, garlic, onions, chillies and herbs. Add some butter

and seasoning to the skin of the sea bass. 3. Wrap in banana leaves (available at your local Asian market) before baking in the oven for 20 minutes. 4. Garnish with some Crab Claws Oysters or a fish of your choice to make an interesting platter.

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Business

Small Talk Dom Wilton

with Drogheda Borough Councillor

proprietor of The Green Man Barber Shop on Peter Street

I’m very proud of the fact that I opened my own business and employ locally. I’ve a staff Describe your day to day role? I walk my of six and when they started they didn’t have five-year-old daughter Solablue to school and families, now they have though and I’m on the way she always has to walk the small delighted that we can keep afloat in these brick wall at Broad Meadows! I head straight times. to the Barber Shop but along the way I could What is the strangest business proposal you answer about 11 calls re the Council. ever had? In the late ’90s I did the Full Monty How long are you a barber and what do in the Earth for charity. There were six of us you most like about the job? About 25 years and we raised £3,500 at the time. Afterwards now and I’ve loved every minute of it. The we were approached by an entertainment banter and craic with the lads in the shop is company who wanted to go on the road with brilliant – we should be on YouTube live! us, but I couldn’t be pimped out! The customers get involved too. If it was Describe your work style? All over the place broadcast live we’d be worth a fortune! – but the lads love me! I can cut someone’s What was your first job – and how much hair and chat to about six different people at did you earn? When I was 12 I got a job as a the same time! It’s non-stop... milkman. I used to get up at 4am to deliver Any pet hates? People not picking up the milk three or four mornings a week. I dog litter really annoys me – I just don’t got paid £3 which was actually a fortune to understand it! Also, the election of the mayor me at the time. I used to get free cartons of is a complete sham. Everyone knows that it’s milk as well which I loved as I came from a already agreed beforehand so why pretend big family. It never bothered me getting up otherwise? It should be up to the public to so early as I got a whole different look at the vote on the mayor. town at that time of the morning. Who do you most admire? Any young kid What would be your dream job? I’d love to who goes out and actively carves a road for be a fireman – I think it’d be deadly! themselves. I’ve teenage kids and when I Your greatest achievement? Being a dad to watch them go out, play in bands, sit the five kids is huge and holding onto my wife Leaving Cert, choose college courses etc, you Joanna for so long! We’re married 19 years. have to give them credit.

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Drogheda Business Excellence Awards

The most valuable lesson you have learnt over the years? I’m still learning it which is to stop and listen. It’s dead hard!

Has the current economic climate changed your spending habits? No, I was always of the opinion that if you don’t have it don’t spend it, and if you can’t see it don’t buy it. I’ve always been that little bit careful so I guess I’m still a mean git! If you could change anything in the town what would it be? The way the Council meetings are run and the ridiculous expansion of the town which was too fast and too quick, both from the shopping element and the housing. What was the last thing you googled? Electric Picnic – it’s the ultimate festival and I go every year! I wanted to see had the line-up changed. What mobile phone do you use and what network are you with? I have an iPhone and I’m with Vodafone. Is there any technology you refuse to use? Aeroplanes! I’m terrified of them and it’s got to the stage where I can’t even watch Lost without feeling sick. I haven’t flown in years which means I can’t do Council junkets and I’ll never be Minister for Foreign Affairs! Favourite sayings? I’ve three – shop local; keep it in the family and get your hair cut! Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully visiting my kids in foreign places so I’ll have to get on a plane! We’re always telling them to go out, have an adventure and explore the world. So it’d be nice to have an adventure of my own!

Networking anyone? White Collar Boxing

The highlight of the events calendar is the Drogheda Business Excellence Awards. Taking place on November 13th, keep an eye on the Chamber website, www.droghedachamber. com, for updates and application forms as this event is a must for the business community. The Chamber will launch this exciting event in early September with the announcement of all categories available to enter.

As an alternative to our Connect 4 Lunch meetings we will also be holding a ‘Business After Hours’ networking event. This will allow attendees to network outside business hours over some nibbles and a drink after work. More updates will follow shortly!

To end the year on a lighter note, strap on your gloves and prepare for some White Collar Boxing in December! The Chamber will be announcing details closer to the event date but this is guaranteed to be a great night to tie into the festive celebrations.

To join the Chamber contact 041 9833544 or visit www.droghedachamber.com.


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Arts & Culture

What’s on in town

Highlanes Gallery Workshop, (An expl , August 3rd, ow), Tuesday world around us through light and shad oration of the

t consider the current 11am-1pm Declan Kelly and Els Borghar g some blind drawing exhibition The Marienbad Palace usin techniques, and looking at exercises, demonstrating some drawing essions apply for Friends tone and shadow. Tickets €15, 10% conc . www.highlanes.ie of Highlanes Gallery, materials supplied

Talk on the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, Highlanes Gallery, Tuesday, August 10th,

1pm Join Brendan Matthews, community historian and archivist at Millmount Museum, author of a History of Stamullen, the Burning of Balbriggan by the Black & Tans in 1920 and Tower of Strength ‘The History of Millmount’. Admission free (donation of €2 encouraged)

Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience, The TLT, Friday, August 13th, 8pm Country singer Trevor Smith is continuing to thrill audiences all over Ireland with this Garth Brooks tribute show. The biggest selling solo artist of the 20th century, Garth Brooks is renowned for putting on an electrifying show – and the Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience is no differen t. Expect to hear all the classic hits of the American country music legend, including ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’, ‘Friends In Low Places’, ‘The Dance’, ‘Unanswered Prayer’, ‘Baton Rouge’, ‘Shameless’ and many more. This show is a must see, and is promised to offer you the next best thing to the man himself! Tickets €23 including booking fee, www.thetlt.ie

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For your chance to win two tickets to the Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience at The TLT, simply answer the following question: Garth Brooks was the biggest selling solo artist of… A. The 21st century B. The 20th century Email your answer with contact details to conor@thetlt.ie before 6pm, Wednesday, August 11th.

Heritage Week at Highlanes Gallery Gallery

Reading, Thursday, August 26th, 12pm Artist Amanda Coogan reads the short sto ry The Enormous Space by J.G. Ballard. The story is the starting po int of the current exhibition The Ma rienbad Palace, curated by Jacqui McIntosh. Admission free (donation of €2 encouraged) Gallery Talk, Thursday, Augu

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John Spillane, Boyle’s Pub, Slane, Thursday, August 19th, 8pm Two-time Meteor award winner, John Spillane is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today. Among those who have covered his songs are Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Pauline Scanlon, Cathy Ryan, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane, George Murphy, to name a few. He performs to audiences large and small everywhere and this time it’s the turn of Boyle’s Pub in Slane. Vocally, the Cork man is quite unique with an almost sean nóslike element in his singing and he is said to have a voice ‘full of honesty, commitment and sensitivity’. Tickets €15, call 041-9820729 (limited tickets available)

Little Big Club, TL T Sunday, August 22nd, 1pm

& 4pm Now’s your chance for your little ones to see all their favourite TV characters on stage at the one time! The 90-minute show sees Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Fifi and the Flowertots and Fireman Sam come together for the first time. With beautifully written and choreographed shows, The Little Big Club Live in Concert has something for the whole family! Tickets €22, including booking fee, www.thetlt.ie

Southern Tenant Folk Union Workshop & Concert, Droichead Arts Centre, Saturday, September 4th, 3.30pm (workshop), 9pm (concert), Formed by Belfast-born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey, this seven-piece all-acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals have just released their third album, ‘The New Farming Scene’. They are the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass band in the UK today, and since starting out in 2006 they’ve toured their exciting live show all over England, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany. But it’s they’re amazing musicianship, heartfelt storytelling, acappella singing and their special brand of honest and intelligent music that makes this show so special. A workshop with the band earlier in the day will feature the banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, double bass, fiddle, cajon (box drum) and harmonica. Refreshments will be served also. Tickets cost €25 for the concert and workshop. For the concert only, €18 (advance booking) €22 (pay at the door), €16 (OAPs, students). 15 seats are available @ €5 for the unemployed. For the workshop only tickets cost €10. www.droichead.com


Entertainment

the

punt

BAR & FOOD

51 Fair Street, Drogheda Phone: 041-9847868

Live Music Every Saturday Night Seisiún Every Monday Night Function Room Available Pints Best Party Deals €3.50 Available ‘til 8pm everyday

Food like your Mother used to make!

Lunch Served 12-3pm Mon. - Sun. Evening Menu - Sat. & Sun. 5-8.30pm. Traditional Music Every Tuesday Night. Outside catering for Parties. NEW

for the month of August

NOW AT FOLEY’S

48 Trinity Street, Drogheda. Tel: 041 9834891

Mullen’s @ Boyne Valley Hotel Drogheda TUESDAYS Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm THURSDAYS Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates : 9-10pm FREE Salsa Club: 10pm PAY AS YOU GO CLASS Only E10/Class

Private classes on request Contact Frank: 087 0613590 Email: salsa.sensation@hotmail.com Website: www.salsasensation.ie

COACH AND MINI BUS HIRE Our Fleet: 57, 41, 33, 18, 14 Seaters Specialising in: Corporate Travel Group Tours and Day Excursions Primary and Nursery School Trips Corporate events (multiple coaches) Hen & Stag Parties Concert and sporting events and more!

www.mullen.ie 087 2902669

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Dates for your diary EVENTS Thurs 29th July

McPhails: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. Drogheda Leisure Park: Family Fun Day from 2pm6pm. FREE face painting, kids disco, finger food, giveaways and more! d Hotel: Ben (DJ)

Fri 30th July

Tues 3rd Aug

Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street: 10 Dates with Mad Mary – Calipo Theatre Company @ 8.30pm. Tickets: €15 /€12 The Punt: Purple Sessions. FREE. Doors open 9pm The Purple Room: Heat 4 of the Ticket to the Picnic band competition. Doors open 11am. Admission €6. Redz: Comedy Club from 8pm d Hotel: Roy Taylor McPhails: Mattey Wailer Bru: DJ Dave

Sat 31st July

The Punt: Live Music d Hotel: Roy Taylor Scotch Hall: Circus Skills Bru: DJ Dave Fusion Nightclub: Beach party of the Summer with 20 tonnes of sand, a pool, and €3 a drink promotion. Wet t-shirt contest, great prizes including best dressed. All welcome.

Sun 1st Aug

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. The Purple Room: Huey and the Hobgoblins Single ‘Mood Elevator’ Launch. Doors 11pm. Scotch Hall: Magician d Hotel: Gonzo Bru: DJ Dave Fusion Nightclub: Beach party

Mon 2nd Aug

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Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/ Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Thurs 5th Aug

McPhails: The Enemies The Elbow Room at the Laurence Inn: Huey and the Hobgoblins @ 9pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. Scotch Hall: Circus Skills Fuschia: ‘Know Your Own Face’ – one day make-up course

Mon 9th Aug

McPhails: The Monday Club

Tues 10th Aug

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Thurs 12th Aug

McPhails: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Fri 13th Aug

Scotch Hall: Drogheda Food Festival 4pm: Artisan Market on the Waterfront; 5-8pm: Live Music on the Waterfront; 6pm: Official Launch; 6.30pm: TL T Concert Hall & Theatre: Live Cooking Demonstration Jedward @ 8pm. Tickets: €27.50 by World Master Chef George d Hotel: Roy Taylor Smith of Scholars Townhouse Bru: DJ Dave Hotel; 7pm: Cocktail making demonstration in the d Hotel d Hotel: The Enemies Battle of the Boyne, d Hotel: Fortune telling with Oldbridge: Living History local psychic medium Sapphire Displays every hour from 11am Rose, 10.30am - 9pm to 5pm. Bru: DJ Dave The Punt: Live Music Scotch Hall: Punch & Judy TL T Concert Hall & Theatre: TL T Concert Hall & Theatre: Jedward. Tickets: €27.50 Ultimate Garth Brooks d Hotel: The Enemies Experience. Show 8pm. Tickets: Bru: DJ Dave €23

Fri 6th Aug

Sat 7th Aug

Sat 14th Aug

Sun 8th Aug

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm.

Scotch Hall: Karaoke Scotch Hall: Drogheda Food Festival 11am-4pm: Live Cooking Demonstrations by local Chefs; 10am-6pm: Drogheda Artisan Market on the Waterfront; 4.30pm: Wine Tasting at the d Restaurant; 5pm: Judging of the Cookery Competition Boyne Valley Hotel: The Hilton’s Got Talent in association with Hilton Foods. Admission €10. Doors 9pm. d Hotel: Taboo Bru: DJ Dave

Sun 15th Aug

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. Scotch Hall: Arts & Crafts Scotch Hall: Drogheda Food Festival Fuschia: ‘Know Your Own Face’ – one day make-up course

Mon 16th Aug

McPhails: The Monday Club Westcourt Hotel: Country Show – Country Legend Show, Frank McCaffrey, Matt Leavy, Charlie Arkins, the Old Stagecoach and many more.......

Tues 17th Aug

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Thurs 19th Aug

McPhails: The Enemies The Gallops, Julianstown: Charity Pub Crawl (bookings essential) d Hotel: Mick Flannery Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE

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All entries correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change. Every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this listing, however no liability can be accepted for errors or omissions. Check with venues.

Salsa Club: 10pm Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Fri 20th Aug

Boyles of Slane: Huey and the Hobgoblins d Hotel: Roy Taylor Bru: DJ Dave

Sat 21st Aug

Newgrange Farm: Scarecrow Day. Normal admission rates apply. Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. Huey and the Hobgoblins: Secret location garden party. Keep an eye on the Hobgoblins Facebook and Myspace for more info. Scotch Hall: Juggling Skills d Hotel: Roy Taylor Bru: DJ Dave

Sun 22nd Aug

TL T Concert Hall & Theatre:Little Big Club. Shows 1pm & 4pm. Tickets €22 Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. Scotch Hall: Magician

Mon 23rd Aug

McPhails: The Monday Club

Tues 24th Aug

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Wed 25th Aug

Bellewstown Races: First race at 4.35pm

Are You In It?

Thurs 26th Aug

McPhails: The Enemies Bellewstown Races: Littlewoods Ireland Ladies Day. First race at 4.45pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Improvers: 8-9pm Salsa Intermediates: 9-10pm. FREE Salsa Club: 10pm Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 087-0613590

EVENT GUIDE Au g 6t h & 7t h Jedward

Show @ 7.30pm, Tickets `27.50

Sat Aug 14th

Fri 27th Aug

Redz: Comedy Club from 8pm d Hotel: The Enemies d Hotel: Fortune telling with local psychic medium Sapphire Rose, 10.30am - 9pm Bru: DJ Dave

Sat 28th Aug

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. The Gallops, Julianstown: Charity Abba Night Scotch Hall: Punch & Judy d Hotel: Roy Taylor Bru: DJ Dave

Sun 29th Aug

Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge: Living History Displays every hour from 11am to 5pm. Barroco Bar: Rapscallion (Free Entry) Scotch Hall: Circus Skills

Mon 30th Aug

McPhails: The Monday Club

Tues 31st Aug

Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation Classes: Salsa Total Beginners: 8-9pm Bachata/Zouk Kizomba: 9-10pm. Pay as you go only €10. Private classes on request. Contact Frank: 0870613590

Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience Show @ 8pm, Tickets `23.00

Sun Aug 22nd Little Big Club

Shows @ 1pm & 4pm Tickets `22, Family Ticket (4) `75

Fr i S e p t 1 0 t h

RTE Concert Orchestra

“East To West” Featuring Edward Hol Shows @ 8pm, Tickets `25.00

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Also coming soon;

TLT Anniversary Concert Feat. RTE Concert Orchestra Sept 24th, Mary Black Sept 25th, Dublin Gospel Choir Oct 2nd, Maise McDaniels Tribute Show Oct 6th, Joe Dolan Reunion Oct 7th, Wrestling Live Oct 13th, Rebecca Storm Oct 16th, Naked Truth Oct 18th & 19th, Strictly Come Boxing Oct 22nd, Frank Mc Namara & Family Oct 30th, Mario Lanza Show Nov 6th, Christy Moore Nov 19th, Goldfrapp Nov 25th, High Kings Dec 9th, Christmas Crooners Dec 13th, Daniel O’Donnell Dec 15th, Phil Coulter Dec 16th, Smokie Dec 17th, Mary Simpson Dance Show Dec 18th & 19th, Brendan Grace Dec 28th, Three Irish Tenors Dec 29th and many more.....

Book online at www.theTLT.ie or phone the box office on 041 9878560 East Coast Business Park, Matthews Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth Ph: +353 (0)41 9878560 Fax: +353 (0)41 6849906 Email: info@theTLT.ie Web: www.theTLT.ie SAT NAV Coordinates: for TLT Concert Hall N53° 41.970 W006° 22.301 Other ticket destinations: Sound shop 041 9831078 Cdworld Drogheda 041 9833879 Cdworld Dundalk 042 9352529 Musicman Cavan 049 4332131 Finlays Ardee 041 6856505 D Hotel 041 9877700 A `2 service charge may apply

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interview

The Best of

Everything with Former Bantamweight Boxer

Damien McKenna

who now coaches at Holy Family Boxing Club Best fight: It was a European Qualifier Semi-Final against Carmine Molaro (Italy) and I won 10-4. Best opponent: Istvan Kovacs (Hungary), Olympic Champion 1996, and who later went on to be a World Amateur and Professional Champion. Best training tip: Fail to prepare – prepare to fail! Best boxer of all time: Sugar Ray Leonard. After being retired for five years he came back to win the World Middleweight Title from Marvin Hagler. Best career advice: Be prepared to put in what you aim to get out of your sporting goals. Best achievement: Representing Ireland at three World Senior Championships and winning four National Senior Titles. Also, having three young kids Dillon (9), Adam (5), Kyle (1) is something to be very proud of. Best thing about representing your country: Listening to the National Anthem before fighting in the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin. Best way to unwind after a fight: A visit to The Monasterboice Inn for their famous steak! Best thing about being a coach: Helping others to achieve their goals. I’m currently coaching all levels, from lads of nine years 46

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old up to senior level. The club is open for the children every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and I coach the senior boxers about four or five times a week.

Best restaurant: Monasterboice Inn – they have the best steaks in town!

Best hideaway: La Pineda in Spain – it’s a quiet family resort beside the beach. Port Best thing about being married: Having the Aventura Park in Spain (which is also most understanding wife ever! known as Universal Studios) is also a good spot. Best childhood memory: Spending Easter holidays every year in the National Boxing Best hobby: Golf – I try to play once or Stadium in Dublin. twice a week in Ardee Golf Club where I’m a member. Best snack: A bag of wine gums and a bottle of diet coke. Best read: Roy Keane (Autobiography). It’s a brutally honest read that recounts Keane’s Best drink: Lucozade Sport. life in football. I couldn’t put it down after I started it… Best film: I love action films especially Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. It’s good to watch an action film like this prior to a fight as it really gets you going.


August 2010  

August 2010 issue of Essential Drogheda Magazine.

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