Essential Drogheda’s FREE Social, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine
Vol 2. Issue 2. - December 2010
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It’s Christmas! Festive fashion pg 16-17 Baking recipes pg 40-41 Gift set ideas pg 19 Decorating tips pg 26
Enter the Asylum with illusionist Keith Barry pg 12
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This Month in E Social
6-8 Drogheda’s nightlife in pictures
26 Deck The Halls Turn your home into a Christmas wonderland
E Out & About 14, 22, 24-25, 35 Not-to-be missed events
12 Just Magic - A chat with illusionist Keith Barry
E feature 36 Essential Stars by Sapphire Rose 46 The Best of Everything with St Peter’s Male Voice Choir Conductor Edward Holly
E Real Life 4 Can’t Get Through The Month Without… 10 E Happenings We spread the word on your behalf 15 Dear Santa? Readers reveal what’s on their Christmas wish list
E Fashion 6-17 It’s Party Time Make an impression in this season’s must-have dresses
E Beauty 19 Christmas Gift Ideas Emma Woods scours the shops for the hottest beauty buys
E Health & Fitness 23 Tips for a Good Nights Sleep, Move of the Month & Ask the Expert
28-29 Local couples say ‘I do’ 30 Flash Forward Getting the most from your camera 30 Web Watch A round-up of what’s happening on the Net 36 Essential Apps Geoff Fay reviews the latest iPhone applications
E Drive 32 Safe Winter Driving 34 Behind The Wheel & Bike Torque
E Business 38 Small talk with Katie Everitt, manager of La Spa Therapie
E Food & Wine 40-41 Festive Treats Local bakeries share their favourite recipes
E Arts & Culture 42 What’s on in town 44-45 Event Guide Dates for your diary
editor’s letter C
hristmas is almost upon us and while I’m a sucker for all things festive I’ll be the first to admit that in my home the lead-up to December 25th can sometimes be quite frantic. This month, as we deck the halls and turn our thoughts to family, food and festivities, E attempts to take the stress out of the holiday season. For head-turning party dresses see pages 16 & 17; for beauty gift set ideas see page 19; for decorating your home tips see page 26, and turn to pages 40 & 41 for festive baking recipes. Also this month E chats to award-winning illusionist Keith Barry (page 12), local classical pianist Edward Holly (page 46) and La Spa Therapie manager Katie Everitt (page 38). For the lowdown on Essential’s 1st birthday bash turn to pages 24 & 25 where the glamorous photos from the party tell their own story! Finally, I would like to thank you all for your support and loyalty in 2010. The aim of Essential was to bring some colour and fun into people’s lives during these dark times – and I hope we’ve achieved that! Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas & Prosperous New Year! Enjoy your read!
Carmel Riggs Editor
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Festive fundraiser Donning a Santa suit and taking part in the Slane All-Ireland Santa Dash! The festive fundraiser is in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and takes place on Sunday, December 19th at 12.30pm. All participants (including young children!) have to walk, run or jog 3km through Slane village. To enter phone Ronan on 086 3830144 or register online at www.allirelandsantadash.com
Stocking up with goodies, treats, presents and supplies at An Grianan’s first ever Christmas Market. The market takes place on Sunday, December 5th from 2-5pm and admission is free. You can browse through the stalls at your leisure and enjoy the impressive mix of crafts, flowers, decorations, candles, needlework, artwork and gift ideas on display.
Hosting a party with a difference for your nearest and dearest mums-to-be! New Drogheda company Heybaby.ie – which sells funky baby products and gifts – is now selling ‘Baby Shower Packs’ which contains everything from invites to tableware, decorations to party games. What better way to celebrate the pending new arrival!
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Rounding up the troops for the d hotel’s New Year’s Eve Gala Ball. The glitzy evening begins with a mulled wine reception followed by a sumptuous 5-course meal. A glass of bubbly at midnight to celebrate the New Year is made all the more pleasurable by the sounds of Roy Taylor and the Absolutelys! Tickets are €55 each, or €109 per person sharing a double room.
Securing a ring-side seat at the Battle in the Barbican! Drogheda’s first ever Whitecollar Boxing event takes place on Friday, December 3rd with men and women from all sectors of the local business community getting involved. There will be a fully licensed bar on the night so that guests can enjo y a festive drink with friends and colleagues, as well as free car parking until 12.30am. For tickets phone 041-9833544.
Making your list and checking it twice! Santa Claus’s sleigh will be docking into Scotch Hall on Friday, November 26th at 5.30pm. Meanwhile, the Man in Red arrives in the Laurence Town Centre on Sunday, December 5th at 2pm and while each visit to Santa’s Grotto costs €6, €1 from every visit will be donated to Drogheda Women’s & Children’s Refuge.
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Drogheda Homeless Aid Annual Sponsored Sleepout Drogheda Homeless Aid will hold their Annual Sponsored Sleepout from Friday, December 17th to Saturday, December 18th at 12noon. This year, there is an exciting twist to the sleepout, as at least 12 local politicians will be sleeping out for 24 hours, on the steps of St Peter’s Church in West St. So far, the following brave souls have signed up to do the sleepout: Mayor Paul Bell, Cllr Kevin Callan, Senator James Carroll, Deputy Mayor Ged Nash, Cllr Richie Culhane, Cllr Ken O’Heiligh, Cllr Paddy McQuillan, Cllr Colm Markey, Cllr Dom Wilton, Cllr Imelda Munster, Cllr Michael O’Dowd and Cllr Seamus O’Neill. ‘The sleepout is our main fundraising event of the year,’ said Karen Smyth, Director of Drogheda Homeless Aid. Cllr Richie Culhane, Cllr Ged Nash, Mayor of Drogheda Cllr ‘The funds we raise from Paul Bell, Karen Smith Director of DHA, Frances Regan and our sleepout go towards the Cllr Paddy McQuillan pictured at the launch of the Homless Aid substantial operating costs of St. Sleepover Joseph’s Hostel, our 22-unit hostel for homeless men on the North Strand in Drogheda.’ To make a donation, visit www.dha.ie, or mycharity.ie/charity/droghedahomelessaid.
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! c i g a m t s Ju Enter the Asylum with illusionist Keith Barry who returns to town with his hugely successful show
Keith, you’re back on the road with your show The Asylum – tell us about it? It’s based on research I did on Asylums in the 1800’s and what happened to people who were committed. I got a huge amount of inspiration from my research on lobotomies, savants, and electroshock therapy! The show is dark, twisted, but also designed to be hilariously funny.
When did your fascination with magic begin? Since I got a Paul Daniel’s magic set when I was about four or five for Christmas. I then bought a book called ‘The Klutz Book of Magic’ when I was 14 – that book changed my life. It’s by far the best beginners’ magic book with some great effects within its pages. How did you get your first big break? I guess my first big break would be my first TV series with RTE, Close Encounters with Keith Barry. I spent a lot of money making a promo video and then pitched the series to RTE… You have your own TV show in the States, you present Deal or No Deal for TV3, and now you’re touring with your live show. What’s next? I’m planning on going to Vegas again next year and performing a very long stint there! Do you prefer doing the live shows or the television work? I love the energy and excitement from the live shows – nothing beats the adrenaline rush from hearing 2,000 people laughing and going crazy.
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Why do you think you’re such a hit in the States? I guess it’s a mixture of hard work, dedication and hopefully talent! Who’s your favourite magician of all time? You’ve performed a I’d have to say Doc Shiels – he’s an amazing lot of tricks on many performer and great friend who has written celebrities including around 30 books on magic and related Justin Timberlake subjects. and Beyonce, which is What do you do to relax? Fishing is my thing most memorable and why? Probably driving – I love to fly fish and also sea fish when the weather is good. Nothing beats catching your Nicole Scherzinger own dinner! at 100mph whilst blindfolded. That was great fun! Has a trick/illusion ever gone wrong? Always – I had to go to hospital a few years back to get a blackeyed bean removed from my ear canal. It’s a long story! Who or what inspires you? I get inspiration from many different places – movies and
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utting together a fabulous outfit for the Christmas party season can be just as enjoyable as wearing it to the party itself. All you need to do is decide what works best for you? There are so many options this season that you are spoiled for choice. What’s the word that comes to mind at Christmas party season? It’s glamour, of course. Nothing says glamour like sequins. Sequins are adorning
all sorts of items – dresses, tops, shoes and bags. Choose them in metallics or colours, short or long dresses, nothing will guarantee a hit this Christmas more than sequins. If sequins aren’t your thing, why not try print? Go for something elegant in chiffon with a delicate colourful print. For those who are feeling bold, leopard print is perfect. Team your party dress with a blazer or
faux fur to add glamour and sophistication. For a subtler approach, pair a glitzy top with your favourite smart trousers, be they wide-legged or skinny fit. When it comes to footwear, statement shoes are a must. As for jewellery, a good rule of thumb is, if wearing a bold dress; keep your jewellery on the simple side and vice-versa. Enjoy!
Below: Top €100 by Pink Soda from Bella, Narrow West St. Trousers €195 by Les Petites, Kohl Boutique, Slane. Headpiece €20, River Island. Watch €90 by Newbridge Jewellery, The Design Centre, Laurence’s Gate. Shoes €182, TopShop
Above: Dress €195 by Pink Label, Kohl Boutique, Slane. Necklace €30 & bracelet €20, both from The Design Gallery, Laurence’s Gate. Tights €8, Marks & Spencer. Platforms €160 by Rockin’ Reptile, Sophia’s, Laurence St
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Katie Everitt of La Spa Therapie answers your questions I am 45 and have developed hormonal acne. How can I improve this condition? Angela, Drogheda Adult acne is quite common due to the change of hormones in the body. There are many treatments and products designed to help this condition, such as acne peels, glycolic treatments or specially designed facials to treat acne. Why not pop into your local spa to have a consultation with a therapist on the best treatment to have and what homecare will suit you best.
on sparkle and one of the most enviable creations this festive season is a great new product called Intense Lip Colour. Similar in packaging to Light ’n’ Shine lip-gloss, it’s halfway between a lipstick and a lip-gloss – fab! Also, new to the skincare range is Natural Touch Foundation, which is so flawless you would never even think you had foundation on. For all GOSH products and promotions for the festive season call into Cunningham Pharmacy, formerly McMahon’s, at 28 Shop St. I called into Health Express Pharmacy in Scotch Hall and I really feel they needed a mention for their fantastic choice of gift sets for both sexes. They offer collections from Garnier, Lancome, Smashbox and Clarins, and I have been told that although you can choose from one of their pre-made gift sets (which retail from €25 and go right up to €189) you can customise your set to suit your requirements. You can even include a snugly teddy bear, however this is while stocks last. Remember, you can’t put a price on love! I have discovered the most remarkable, wonderful gift for a friend who really cares about the environment. Green Angel is handmade in Ireland and is a fusion of natural essential oils and Irish seaweed. This skincare and haircare product can be found in Tullyallen Pharmacy and prices range from €15 to €25.
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Sleep is one of the three most important keys to a healthy lifestyle but unlike diet and exercise, we often overlook our poor sleeping habits not realising its impact on our overall health. Here, A.Vogel herbal advisor Nicola Murphy gives her top tips to help get a great night’s sleep as soon afternoon can help you sleep as your head hits the pillow… sounder and longer, Caffeine stimulates the nervous system so if you are having trouble dropping off at night, you should stay clear of caffeine throughout the day. People who are under stress or generally nervy should avoid coffee, tea and fizzy drinks. Avoid eating heavy, rich foods within two hours of going to bed. Eating late at night forces your body to digest when it should be sleeping. If you do crave supper, try a small bowl of oatmeal porridge with a little bit of honey. Make sure to get some physical exercise every day, even just 10 minutes of brisk walking will do the trick! Exercising in the morning or
making you feel more awake during the day. Getting into a relaxing bedtime routine will help you wind down and fall asleep easier. Don’t watch a nerve-wrecking movie or try to finish an essay just before bed! Winding down with a good book or a relaxing bath will make it easier to doze off. Also, try to go get into a routine of going to bed at the same time every night. This will help train your body to sleep better throughout the night. If you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, why not try herbal sleeping remedy A.Vogel Dormeasan (€10.50, available from Only Natural, Stockwell St, Drogheda).
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Donkey Kicks Everyone wants to have a perfect perky bum that
fits perfectly into those designer jeans. If you want to tone up your rear, you’ll need a combination of strength training, cardio and a healthy diet, but there are some great exercises that will help along the way. This month’s move is called ‘Donkey Kicks’ and uses mainly the gluteal muscles. • Get on all fours. Breath in and engage your core muscles. • As you breathe out and keeping your knee at a 90 degree angle, raise your right leg, keeping your weight on your left knee. • Keep your back straight and do not lean backward or forward. • Your heel is pointing towards the ceiling. • As you breathe in, lower your right leg back to the starting position. • Repeat this exercise with your left leg. • Do three sets of eight reps on each side. • For more resistance, strap ankle weights.
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rogheda’s partygoers hit the town with gusto recently to celebrate Essential’s 1st birthday! The bash was held in Bru Bar & Bistro on Friday, November 19th with more than 300 locals joining in the celebrations. It was a style savvy affair with guests treated to a wine reception as well as delicious canapés. The party really got started however when 80s tribute band, Relax, took to the stage. One girl in the party mood was Gillian Rogers who won E’s Facebook competition – VIP Limo transportation for four people with Champagne greeting. There were up to 20 spot prizes on the night too, generously donated by local businesses and supporters of Essential. Deirdre Bidwell from Platin scooped the top prize, a Top Flight Ski
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Lavish your home with stylish decorations for a magical interior this Christmas, says interior designer Niamh Carter
hristmas interior decorating comes only once a year so go ahead and decorate every room with style! And remember in most situations, less is more. Opt for elegance, rather than overkill and rethink the way you display classic Christmas tree decorations. If your home has warm colours, it would be best to choose golds and reds for decorations rather than icy white and silver. Keep with the feeling of your home for a harmonious interior.
Vintage & traditional decorations available from Dunnes Stores, Scotch Hall
To create a magical white scheme with a fairytale feel, use silver candlesticks, cutglass goblets and crystal animals. Make sure the table sparkles as much as the conversation by dotting it with twinkling silver confetti, or crystals. Go to crystal
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heaven with pretty hanging decorations in all shapes and sizes. Stick to silver and glass for a sophisticated look.
Make a wave of candlelight along the full length of your dining table using pillar candles in increasing sizes to form a crescendo of light. Pamper your scenes and get cosy with sweet smelling tea lights scattered around a seasonal room. Go all fruity and lavish your home with seasonal plants, red and Sophisticated Look from Dunnes Stores (above); orange berries, lime green and blue decor green foliage available in Next (top) and golden yellow petals. Carry on the same theme and buy fake fruit like red grapes, apples, fir cones, twigs of berries and red baubles. For a more modern look this Christmas theme your decorations with some key trends. Lime greens and deep blues create a cool but funky feel while opulent purples
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and silver create a relaxed feel. Choose decorations that will enhance your colour scheme and room setting. Set the festive scene with magical Christmas lights that’ll add a touch of sparkle to any room. Drape lights over your banister (pictured) to light up the stairway, or adorn the full set inside a large glass bowl for a spot of creativeness.
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For an alternative window decoration, hang a crystal drop curtain at the window or over the mantelpiece to bounce glittering light around the room. Turn Christmas cards into a stylish feature by suspending them on different lengths of silver twine, and weighing down each string with a sparkling decoration to reflect sunlight or candlelight. Buy large, oversized baubles and hang them outside for a bright welcoming touch. Hang smaller baubles around ceiling lights or display a selection in an interesting corner. Large amounts of baubles also look good in a reflective tray or glass bowls.
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Why not give your presents a unique touch this year? Wrap them in white doily paper laid over coloured paper, topped off with silver twine and a small Christmas decoration. Alternatively, wrap gifts in plain material and brown paper adorned with fabric flowers and pretty crystals beads. Call Niamh for a consultation on 087-6445050 or to find out what interior package special offers are available for 2011. Visit www.niamhcarterdesigns.ie or check out Niamh Carter Designs on
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Cheryl McMahon weds Patrick Dickson Cheryl McMahon and Patrick Dickson had been going out for six years when they said ‘I do’ on September 4th last in Laytown Church. Cheryl originally from Dublin and Patrick from Wexford have been residing in Bettystown for the last two years. There were five bridesmaids on the day, Mary McMahon, Catherine Carolan, Louise Dickson, Laura Wade and Jessica Browne who was a junior bridesmaid. Bestman was Damien Pollard and the groomsmen were Kenneth McMahon, Paul Reilly and Keith Allen. Jessica Dickson played a blinder as their pretty flowergirl. After the wedding ceremony they headed off to their reception in the Bettystown Court Hotel. Oldtown Country were the band of choice to entertain everyone for the night. The happy couple jetted off to Bulgaria on their much-anticipated honeymoon. Photos by Jimmy Weldon
Lisa Finnegan weds David Daly After four years together Lisa Finnegan from Collon finally married her Dublin fiance David Daly on September 10th. They said their wedding vows in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Collon followed by a reception in the Nuremore Hotel, Carrickmacross. Lisa’s two sisters Lorraine and Suzanne Finnegan were bridesmaids with Lorraine flying in from San Francisco for the special day. David’s two friends Edward O’Brien and Damien Whelan were the bestmen. Lisa is a daughter of Seamus and Joan Finnegan and David a son of Denis and Rose Daly. The opera singing waiters were a big hit at the reception (and are still being talked about to this day!), as were the Celtic Fusion Irish Dancers and Electric Avenue. The happy couple enjoyed a 10-night honeymoon in Dubai. Photos by Suzanne Collins
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Rachel Grant weds David Fennell When Rachel Grant from Scarlett Crescent and David Fennell from Moneymore went on a blind date eight years ago little did they know they were about to meet their soulmate. They met outside Mother Hughes Pub in February 2003 – and as they say the rest is history! They said their wedding vows in front of many family and friends in Our Lady of Lourdes Church on August 21st. Rachel had no less than five bridesmaids who were Marianne Fay, Claire Grant, Angie Everitt, Donna Branigan and Mary McGuirk. Bestman for David was his brother James Fennell and the groomsmen were John Paul Grant, Wayne Kelly, Peter Branigan and Keith Smith. The happy couple celebrated their nuptials with a reception in the Boyne Valley Hotel and local band Clockwise ensured the dancefloor was never empty! A great day and night was had by all. Photos by Suzanne Collins
Fiona Gilchrist weds Brian Halligan Fiona Gilchrist and Brian Halligan had been together six years to the day before tying the knot on July 31st last. The ceremony took place in Laytown Church. Fiona – who wore a gown by Edel Tuite – is the daughter of Maire and Percy Gilchrist and Brian the son of Eileen and Paddy Halligan. Her maid of honour on the day was her sister Laura Wilson and her bridesmaids were her three friends, Grace Garvey, Keava Tougher and Mairead Brogan. Brian’s bestman was his good friend JP Rooney and the groomsmen were Paddy Halligan, James Kennedy and Nicky McDonnell. Fiona’s niece and nephew Lauren and Calum Gilchrist did fantastic jobs as flowergirl and pageboy. Everyone headed off to Carton House, Maynooth for the reception where Irish trad band Celtic Music Agency entertained into the small hours. All of the guests had a very enjoyable day including Fiona’s grandmother who celebrated her 97th birthday in October. The newlyweds enjoyed a three-week honeymoon which included two weeks in Thailand and a week in the Maldives. Photos by Barry Regan – Icon Photography
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News Bite If you work at Google then you’re my new best friend! It was announced recently that every Google employee is to receive a salary increase of 10 per cent plus a cash bonus. The total cost to Google is estimated at $1 billion (plus taxes) per year. So why do it at all? The general belief is that they want to retain top employees who might otherwise be tempted to launch something of their own. But the guy who leaked the memo, before CEO Eric Schmidt publicly announced it, will not be getting anything because he was fired a few days later.
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Did you know?
- The average Irish Facebook user has 124 friends. - There are nearly 1.7 million active Facebook users in Ireland, about 36 per cent of the population. - Globally, people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook – that’s about 1.3 million years or 16, 636 lifetimes. Jonathan Callan is a blogger and designer at 100 Paces web design agency based in Drogheda. For related links to these articles please visit www.100paces.com/essential-drogheda
Forward Regardless of your photography skills here’s how to get professional results
By local photographer & lecturer Terry Collins
lmost every family has a designated photographer that is on hand to record the important occasions in our lives. The skills required to capture these moments are easily learned providing that people take the time to understand the basics of photography. A good starting point is your camera instruction book that will guide you through your camera features with examples and definitions designed for easy learning. Most camera manufacturers also give tips and instructions on their websites to help improve your photography techniques. The good news for those hoping to join the Digital Photography revolution is that Drogheda offers great choice for beginners through to budding enthusiasts. The Panasonic Lumix range is getting rave international reviews for quality images as well as its point and shoot technology, and if that’s what you’re after then the place to go is Briscoe’s Electrix at Newgrange Business Park, Drogheda who carry a good range. At entry level (point and shoot) I’m very impressed with both the Canon IXUX 105 and the Nikon Coolpix s300. The good news is that both are available locally at Maher’s Chemist on West Street and Harvey Norman’s, Drogheda Retail Park. Expect to pay between €130 and €160 and make sure you ask for a free case and memory card too! Tell them Essential Drogheda sent you! One of the more difficult skills to master at DSLR level is flash photography, and for those who hope to achieve professional results in this area you will have to add a Shoe Mount Flash like the Canon 430EX or the Nikon SB700. Both of these flash units marry perfectly to their respective camera bodies and will give you excellent results. The 430EX (€299) and the SB700 (€329) are both available from Maher’s Chemist. While in Maher’s photographic department recently I spotted a neat accessory for those of you that already own a flash gun. The Ezybox Hotshoe Kit by Lastolite is an amazing piece of kit that will allow you convert your battery operated flash gun from a harsh directional light to a softer diffused light. The Ezybox which costs €179 will help you produce professional studio-like results in your home. In fact, some professional photographers use this kit outside (See right) where they would backlight the subject and get a soft fill in light from the Ezybox. In addition to the Ezybox, I also tested the Hähnel Combi TF, €59.99, Maher’s Chemist. This excellent and innovative offering is aimed at all levels of DSLR enthusiasts and is ideal for those interested in wildlife photography.
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As we’re only too well aware Irish winter is unpredictable. Bad weather can strike suddenly so the best advice when severe weather hits is to stay off the road. However if you must drive, make sure you are prepared for the conditions. Paddy Comyn of CompleteCar.ie shares his top tips to help keep you safe on the road this winter. And with the bad weather we experienced last year catching everyone off guard, it pays to be prepared in case the worst happens again…
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· Ask yourself – is your journey absolutely essential? · Check the local and national weather forecasts. · Listen to local and national radio for travel information. · Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive. · Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and a torch. In snowy conditions, take a spade. · Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer.
The condition of your vehicle: · In winter it is even more important to check your vehicle is well maintained and serviced. · Keep the lights, windows and mirrors free from ice and snow. · Keep your battery fully charged. · Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer bottles. · Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order. · Check that tyres have plenty of thread depth and are maintained at the correct pressure.
If you get into trouble while driving: · Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask a passenger to make the call. · On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone, because the breakdown/ emergency services will be able to locate you easily. · If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder. · Abandoned vehicles can hold up rescue vehicles and snowploughs. To ensure that the road is cleared as quickly as possible, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. · If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you.
Adjust your driving to the conditions: · Stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow. · Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin. · When climbing a hill avoid having to stop by waiting until it is clear or by leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front. Try to maintain a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance. · When driving downhill, reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes.
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Behind The Wheel
Make: Megane RS Engine: 2L Petrol How much: €43,000 How long do you have it? Six months!
Zero emissions, the future of all cars. What’s your dream drive? Renault Dezir, sports car. It’s launching in two years and needless to say I can’t wait. It’s a lovely car.
What was your first car? It was a Renault Clio and I was 18 at the time. I was working a part- time job to save up for it. I was very proud of myself for saving so hard. The insurance worked out to be more than the price of the car but I was just so delighted to be the owner of my Who is your insurer? Aviva. I go through Kelleher Insurance Brokers and they get me very own first car. the best deal possible and that happens to be Did you pass your test first time? I did indeed, with Aviva. aged 18. It was the best £50 I ever spent! What’s on your CD player? Bon Jovi. How often do you change your car? It depends – Do you use Sat Nav? Yes. It’s very handy when mostly every three months. going on a long journey. On one particular Best car you ever drove? It was a Renault Fluence ZE, it was a fully electric prototype worth €1.5 million. It was on test for Renault.
Donal Watters of Blackstone Motors Nav and it took me about an hour longer than it should have to get to my destination. I was wrecked by the time I got there!
Your perfect Sunday drive? Glendalough. I’m a very keen walker and it’s such an idyllic journey though it wasn’t so handy – must admit it was my own fault really. I was going to destination. The drive there is well worth it. I Donegal and I hadn’t updated the card in the Sat love the narrow, winding roads.
Liam O’Keefe is a well-known doorman in Drogheda. He is an avid biker and has been from a young age
1100, a Virago 1100 and a 1984 Honda CB Nighthawk.
certain routes in the world made for bikers and I think this is one of them.
What bikes would be in your fantasy garage? Why do you think there are not more All of the bikes I already own and I would like people riding bikes? A lot of bikers would to get a chopper before I get too old! have started riding bikes because they were cheaper than cars but now cars are a lot more What protective gear do you wear? I only affordable than they were so a lot of people just wear the best of safety gear. A very good keep bikes for leisure, but I think there are is a friend of mine, the late Jessie Johnson from good amount of bikers in Ireland. Termonfeckin once told me, ‘If you’re gonna
What was your first bike and when did you start riding? I first started riding when I was about 15 and it was my father’s 78cc Natobi scooter – it was the only scooter that time that had motorcycle wheels. One of my earliest bikes was a Honda 175cc Mk1. What bike do you currently have and how long have you had it? I have five bikes. I have a Suzuki Bandit 1200 with a sidecar that has a new Lord of the Rings paint scheme. I have a GS1100 Trike, a Yamaha Dragstar 34
fall then fall with the best,’ so I always use this What habits of other road users do find most advise and only buy the best of protective wear. annoying/dangerous? I think that the standard of driving in Ireland is appalling. Take drivers Do you follow motorcycle racing? I go to the road races around the country and watch some at lights for example, a lot of people drive of it on TV but I am more into the social aspect through amber lights when they are turning of motorcycling like going on charity ride outs. red and some even drive through red lights. Some drivers treat bikers like they’re cyclists. What is your favourite road/route to take a ride on? I like taking the road from Skerries to Would you have any suggestions for the RSA Loughshinny and also riding from Dundalk to to improve safety for bikers? They should Drogheda along the coast and I also like taking make people wear proper safety gear because the Derry road back to Drogheda via Slane there is a lot of cheap clothing out there for etc… bikers. If you buy a helmet for €50 then that’s what kind of safety you will get. Buy the best If you could pick anywhere in the world to equipment and never wear jeans or anything take a trip on your bike where would it be? like that. I would love to ride on Route 66 – there are
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SAGITTARIUS NOV 22ND-DEC 21ST Get ready for lots of changes as you will discover an important truth about yourself. Avoid harsh words and impulsive decisions. A resolution of problems or reconciliation is possible.
CAPRICORN DEC 22ND-JAN 19TH This is a time of hope, joy, celebration, success, optimism, achievement, good fortune, health and happiness. You may need to compete to achieve all of this but it is yours for the taking!
AQUARIUS JAN 20TH-FEB 18TH A pessimistic attitude or lack of confidence may get in the way of happiness. This will block your creativity. Are you afraid to assert yourself regarding a matter you believe in?
PISCES FEB 19TH- MAR 20TH Be strong and decisive, and approach situations with a steel trap mind. You may need to let go of a relationship or situation that only brings anguish. You also need to be treated with the respect you deserve.
ARIES MAR 21ST-APR 20TH
You need to narrow your focus and concentrate on a single task at a time. Perhaps matters have not worked out the way you had planned? This month is about important choices but don’t let your health suffer, this time will pass.
TAURUS APR 21ST- MAY 21ST
You can triumph if you do not retreat from confrontation. A friendship will not develop into a love relationship as you will feel a need to keep a tight rein or your emotions. You must face what you really want or feel.
GEMINI MAY 22ND-JUNE 21ST
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CANCER JUNE 22ND-JULY 22ND
The stalemate is over and changes are on the way. Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is! You will need to expend more effort to achieve your desired goal.
LEO JULY 23RD-AUG 22ND
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Budget Breakfast On Wednesday, December 8th at 7.15am the Chamber will host probably the most important Budget Breakfast we have held this decade at the Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club. It is possibly the most important for several decades following Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan’s muchanticipated budget the previous day. This is a MUST ATTEND event bringing you the very best expert analysis and advice on
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Local bakeries provide a taste of Christmas with these yummy yuletide recipes
s the countdown to Christmas officially begins and the cash registers in the shops go into overdrive, now is the time to think about baking your own Christmas Cake. With a little care and attention you can create wonderful yuletide treats that will taste all the better knowing that you made them yourself! To enhance your baking experience Aoife Collins from Cake Couture, West St and Bernadette Black from Coulter & Black, Tullyallen, delve into their cookery books and share their favourite Christmas recipes...
Orange Spiced Cake Christmas Baubles (Makes 5)
For the Cake 4oz butter 4oz caster Sugar 2 eggs (medium) 6oz self-raising flour 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon mixed spice For the Buttercream 2oz butter 4oz sifted icing sugar Approx. 1 teaspoon orange juice
Rich Fruit Christmas Cake (20cm/8”rd) Ingredients: 275g currants 175g sultanas 75g raisins 75g mixed peel 74g glace cherries halved 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind Method: 1 Pre heat oven at 140oC (275oF, gas mark 1) and line a 8” round cake tin sides and bottom with double grease proof paper. 2 Put all the fruit into a large bowl, mix well, soak with ½ glass brandy, cover and leave overnight. 3 Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. 4 Gradually add whisked egg and brandy. 5 Fold in sift flour and spices, add ground almonds.
6 7 8
Add all soaked fruit. Place mixture in prepared tin and smooth over top. Bake in the centre of a preheated oven for 2.5-3hrs. 9 To check if baked thrust a skewer into cake. If it comes out clean the cake is done. 10 Leave cake to cool in the tin, when cold take out of tin and wrap in greaseproof paper until ready to ice.
175g butter 175g rich dark brown sugar 200g plain flour 1 teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon nutmeg 50g ground almonds 4 eggs 2 tablespoons brandy
1 Set your oven to 160°C (320°F, gas mark 3). 2 Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs (use a slow speed if you are using a mixer). Stir in the orange zest and juice. Sift together the flour and spices and fold into the wet mix, half at a time. 3 Grease small bowls (we love using the little metal bowls from IKEA for these cakes!) with Wilton Cake Release* and place them on a baking tray. 4 Put a teaspoonful of mix into each bowl and place the tray in the centre of the oven. TIP: Put a bowl of water on the floor of the oven for lovely moist cakes! 5 Bake for 15 minutes until golden and springy to the touch. 6 Cool in the tins for a few minutes before tipping the little cakes out onto a rack to cool completely. 7 To make the buttercream, beat the butter until smooth. Add ½ the sugar and beat. Add the remaining sugar and beat until light. Stir in
the juice until you have a spreadable soft consistency. To Decorate: 1 Spread a thin coating of buttercream onto the round side of each little cake. 2 Roll out sugarpaste* in your chosen colour to about 4mm thick and lay over a cake. 3 Use a round cookie cutter* (just a few millimeters bigger than the cakes) to trim excess paste from around the cake. Repeat for all of the cakes. 4 Cut strips of sugarpaste in a different colour. Paint on a thin coating of edible glue* and dip into food safe glitter*. 5 Sandwich two cakes together with buttercream and stick a glittered strip around the join. 6 Finish off by modelling a small hook for the top of your bauble from leftover paste. *Available from Cake Couture, West Street
For the Almond Paste: Ingredients: 500g ground almonds 500g caster sugar 4 egg yolks ½ teaspoon lemon juice Method: 1 Mix the ground almonds and caster sugar together. 2 Beat the egg yolks with the almond essence and lemon juice. 3 Stir in the almond mixture and mix to a form paste. 4 Dust the table with icing sugar and roll out almond paste and brush cake with boiled apricot jam. 5 Ice cake with almond paste and leave to dry for 2 days to prevent oils staining the royal icing.
For the Royal Icing: Ingredients: 500g icing sugar 2-3 egg whites 1 teaspoon glycerine
Method: 1 Whisk egg whites and glycerine lightly with a fork and add icing sugar gradually, then beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a firm peak on the spoon. 2 If using an electric mixer keep machine at a low speed. Cover bowl with a damp cloth and leave overnight before using. 3 Ice top and sides and decorate as you wish. To Decorate: 1 Snowman – Mould the head and body from white sugar paste. 2 Make the hat, eyes, mouth and buttons from black sugar paste. 3 Make the scarf from red sugar paste. 4 Mould the green sugar paste into a cone shape, snip with a scissors to make a Christmas tree.
THE WORLD WINE TOUR Christmas is a time for giving, for parties and celebrations as well as some serious eating! This month Seamus Daly from Quintessential Wines provides a few ideas for you to consider for various occasions. PARTY WINES Whether it’s for a drinks reception or house party, dinner party or an evening with finger food the choice of wine is important. For larger gatherings I favour wines that are unoaked, not too high in alcohol and most importantly are affordable. Australia and Chile both produce wines which tick all the boxes in this regard. We stock a Lantana Semillon / Chardonnay and Shiraz/ Cabernet blend from Anthony Murphy in Australia (yes he is Irish!), as well as the Montevista Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere from the leading organic producer in Chile. If you want wallet friendly bubbles to get your party started then ask about our range of Prosecco which is a super sparkler from Italy at a fraction of the price of Champagne or Cava. WINE GIFTS Wine gifts make a great present as they have a wider appeal than other drinks such as spirits. Choose carefully though as most unsold big brand Gift Boxes will be on Special Offer, or ½ price after Christmas which can lessen the perceived value of your present. We have a range of exclusive, made to order gift pack/ box options instore from €6.95. Inside your client, friend or loved one will find some cracking wines which are sure to impress. CHRISTMAS DAY A glass of Champagne or quality sparkling wine is a great way to kick off the day as you prepare the dinner. Try our fantastic organic Champagne from the small, award-winning house of Vilmart. Dry, crisp, intense, unoaked whites work well with starters such as smoked salmon where the zingy acidity cuts through the oily fish. We have an award-winning Sancerre Matthias Roblin or the organically produced Mahi Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Turkey and Ham works well with really good Pinot Noir or Syrah (Shiraz). For those who prefer white wine I advise a lightly oaked dry white wine such as Chablis 1er Cru Domaine Fevre. A robust Spanish Tempranillo will work well with Goose while other wines to consider included Chateauneuf du Pape or an elegant Aussie Shiraz or Pinot. Call in and see us at 9 Dublin Road and let us help you sort out your wine this Christmas, call 041 – 9830960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Preston Reed – Thursday, December
The Fourth Wise Man –
2nd, 8pm, The TL T Concert Hall and Theatre. US born Preston Reed has created a legacy by inventing an entirely new way of playing the guitar. The power and depth of Reed’s original compositions are unlike anything you’ve heard before. Each piece is a symphonic tidal wave, yet Reed needs only one guitar and 10 fingers to unleash it onto audiences across the planet. A show not to be missed. Tickets €15, www.thetlt.ie
Nearest The South Pole – Saturday, December 4th, 8:30pm, Droichead Arts Centre. A Christmas Special, this is the Drogheda premiere of the music-theatre piece ‘Where a single footprint lasts a thousand years’ composed by Michael Holohan. Powerful performances by Donal O’Kelly, Simon O’Dwyer, Michael Holohan and many more. Tickets €15, www.droichead.com
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Thursday, December 2nd, 10am & 11:45am, Droichead Arts Centre A great Christmas show based on the old Eastern legend that one of the Magi never made it to Bethlehem because he was either down the pub, washing the camel or generally too busy. It is a funny, moving tale of how one man finds his highway to heaven by setting off determinedly in the wrong direction. Tickets €8, children €6, special group ticket €20, www.droichead.com
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December 3rd, 8:30pm, Droichead Arts Centre Hot from the Belle of Burlesque, is another helping of delicious treats from Miss Bella a Go Go! Miss Bella is huge on the burlesque and cabaret scene in Ireland and in this show she continues to surprise and delight all audiences with her amazing repertoire of singing, dancing and performances! Expect a Christmas show with a twist! Tickets €22 adv. booking/ group of 6 €120, www.droichead.com
The High Kings – Thursday,
December 9th, 8pm, The TL T Concert Hall & Theatre 2010 has been a hectic and Monday, Dec successful year for the band voted Best 6th, 8pm, The Folk Band at Ireland’s Music Awards. TL T Concert The High Kings released Memory Lane, Hall & Theatre. their second album, in February of this Christmas year where it maintained its Top 5 chart Crooners is a wonderful trip down memory lane status for 10 weeks, and later achieved especially for the festive season. It features many platinum status. Due to very popular of the Christmas favourites with a fantastic cast demand they will close out the year with a performing over 30 hits. Staged in the style of the tour of Ireland. A show guaranteed not to famous Andy Williams Christmas Show, this is a disappoint. Tickets €25, www.thetlt.ie brilliant production. Tickets €25, www.thetlt.ie
Phil Coulter and Guests–
Thursday, December 16th, 8pm, The TL T Concert Hall & Theatre It’s now 20 years since the distinctive sound of Tranquility, featuring Phil’s orchestra, seduced Ireland with its melodic charm. With record sales now counted in millions and sold-out international tours, it’s been quite a ride. Now Phil has created another phenomenon, Celtic Thunder. Joined by Geraldine Branagan and ‘All Ireland Talent Show’ winner, Chloe Coyle, this show is a treat for the ears. Tickets €27.50, www.thetlt.ie
Smokie – Friday, December 17th, 8pm,
Working for you
By Laura Whelan Bella’s Christmas Cabaret – Friday,
The TL T Concert Hall & Theatre Smokie are at it again for ‘one night only’. The Irish Collection show will feature every hit record Smokie have had and will give you a sample of some current albums they’ve made. Tickets €30, www. thetlt.ie
Lourdes Brass Band – Thursday December 16th, 8pm, Droichead Arts Centre Based on Bachelors Lane, Drogheda, the Lourdes Band is a familiar sight around town, performing at concerts, festivals and processions. The band welcomes and teaches new members and are affiliated to the Associated Boards of the Royal School of Music. This show can only be described as phenomenal! Tickets €7, www.droichead.com Boyne Valley Honey Book of Kells National Art Competition – Running until January 12th, Highlanes Gallery An exhibition of winning entries from the Boyne Valley Honey Book of Kells National Art Competition are on display in the Irish Cement Room. The exhibition will also feature a rare fine art replica of the Book of Kells. The competition was developed and organised in 2009/10 by Boyne Valley Honey Company, which originated in Drogheda, and marks its 15th year. Free admission
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DROGHEDA TRADITIONAL MUSIC WEEKEND “A celebration of traditional Irish music and song Deireadh Seachtaine Amhránaíochta, Ceoil, agus Damhsa”
3rd December “PERFECT CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT”
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Christmas Cabaret Nearest the
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When: 8.30pm How much: `15
Christmas Film A NIGHT AT THE OPERA When: 2.00pm
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Dates for your diary EVENTS Thurs 25th Nov
d Hotel: John Spillane Boyne Valley Hotel: Boyne Plonkers Wine Club @ 8pm 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 TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Goldfrapp. FREE Harry’s Bistro Bar: 1st Anniversary Party Night @ 8pm sharp. Guest appearance from Geraldine O’Callaghan from The Apprentice, fashion evening hosted by Design D’Looks and sample some canapés with a glass of bubbly on the house. There will be a collection on the night for Temple Street Hospital.
Fri 26th Nov
Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: The Session Concert for Schools. Time: 11am Age: 7+ Bookings: Schools should contact Droichead Arts Centre on 041-9875140 Droichead Arts Centre Bar/Cafe: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Concert – In Memory of the late Caitlin Bean Ni Cairbre. Booking in advance is recommended. Time: 8.30pm. Adm: €15 d Hotel: Gonzo d Hotel: Fortune Telling with local psychic Sapphire Rose 10.30am-9pm The Barbican: Youth Variety Show @ 8pm Bru: DJ Dave Westcourt Hotel: Wheel of Fortune City North Hotel: Whitecross National School, Julianstown are holding a fundraising social 70/80’s night. It will feature a live Elvis band and disco. Please contact 087-2569603 for tickets €20 each. TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Choirs of Drogheda. Renditions of all your favourite Christmas hits performed by The Cecilian Singers, Sonata, The Treadagh Singers and Nota Bean. Tickets €20. Show 8pm. In aid of Alz’s Cruscade and Boyne View House.
Sat 27th Nov
Barroco Bar: X-Factor Central 2010 from 8pm d Hotel: The Enemies Boyne Valley Hotel: Singles Night. Doors open: 8.30pm Bru: DJ Dave Clarkes Bar, Peters St.: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Kevin Branigan (fiddle), Gary Matthews (Guitar and Tin Whistle) and friends @ 2pm Barlow House: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Tin Whistle Workshop for Intermediate-Advance with Mary Bergin, Fiddle Workshop for Intermediate-Advance with Tony Linnane. Tickets: €10 Time: 2pm D’Vine, Dyer Street: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Jim MacArdle (Concertina and Guitar, Mick Dunne (Banjo and Mandolin) and Ailish Quinn (Accordion). FREE Admission. Time: 4pm Droichead Arts Centre: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Intimate
Concert – Join Mary Bergin,Tony Linnane, Edel Fox, Liz and Yvonne Kane, Chris Miles and Barbara Dymock. Tickets: €15 Time: 8.30pm
Sun 28th Nov
Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St.: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: Andersons Cafe – Mary Bergin, Tony Linnane and Friends. Tickets: FREE Time: 12.30pm Droichead Arts Centre Bar/ Cafe: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: A Family Session – Edel Fox and Liz and Yvonne Kane. Tickets: FREE Time: 3pm Droichead Arts Centre Bar/Cafe: Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend: The Singing Session with special guests Phil Callery (Dublin), Aine McGeeney (Dundalk) and Aine Ni Fhlanagain (Carrickmacross). Tickets: €5 Time: 5pm d Hotel: National Novel Writing Month, write-in @ 8pm-10pm. FREE. Contact www. NaNoWriMo.org or Grace on 087-9074145 Parish Hall, Ardee: Ardee Christmas Craft and Food Fair @ 11am-5pm. Entry is FREE all day and Santa will be visiting during the day to bring some treats for all the good boys and girls. For more information about the fair contact Scott on 085-2828420 or at www. craftersireland.ie Sonairte – The National Ecology Centre, Laytown: Christmas Market.
Tues 30th Nov
Droichead Arts Centre: Seraphine – Film Club @ 8pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €8 per screening, Season Ticket €36 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: 087-0613590 Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music
Wed 1st Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Coca Cola School Stars Finals.
Thurs 2nd Dec
Droichead Arts Centre: The Fourth Wise Man @ 10am and 11.45am. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €8, Special Group Ticket €20, Children €6 Scholars Townhouse Hotel: Network Louth Business Awards and Christmas Party’ @ 7pm. Members: €39 Non Members / Guests: €49 Westcourt Hotel: Cookery Demonstration d Hotel: Neil Delamare plus support. Doors: 7.30pm, Show: 8.30pm. Free Finger Food after the show. Tickets: €18.50 TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Preston Reed @ 8pm. €15 TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Coca Cola School Stars Finals. Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation classes – Improvers 8-9pm; Intermediates 9-10pm. Free Salsa Club 10pm. Pay as you go classes only €10
Fri 3rd Dec
Droichead Arts Centre: Bella’s Christmas Cabaret @ 8.30pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €22 adv. booking, Group of 6 €120
The Barbican: Drogheda & District Chamber present the first ever White Collar Boxing event in Drogheda. Tickets now available for the Chamber Office: Standing: €30. To book email enquiries@ droghedachamber.com or call into the office on the Dublin Road. Black Bull: Huey and the Hobgoblins @ 9pm. FREE The Purple Room: The Microphone Fiends – A tribute to Rage Against the Machine, with support from Geriko. Doors open 11pm. Admission: €5 Boyne Valley Hotel: Friendly Family Friday. €12.95 per person. Children under 6 FREE. d Hotel: Christmas Party Night with Mickey Harte & The Enemies. Mulled wine reception, four course meal, live music and DJ till late. €55 per person. Bru: DJ Dave
Sat 4th Dec
Beaulieu House: Coffee Morning and Christmas Sale. 10am-1pm. Admission: €5 (includes tea/coffee and mince pies). Featuring Christmas cakes, puddings and home baking, Christmas craft items and second hand books plus carols round the fire with The Treadagh Singers Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Christmas Craft and Food Fair @ 11am-5pm. Shop for gifts from over 35 stalls of quality Irish crafts, foods and gifts. Westcourt Hotel: Christmas Party Night. Music by The Enemies. €45 per person Bru: DJ Dave
Sun 5th Dec
Collon National School: Christmas Fair from 2-6pm. Fun-filled day with lots of Christmas stalls! Santa will be there and the school choir will be singing carols. Games and entertainment on the day with some great prizes to be won. An Grianan, Termonfeckin: Christmas Market 2pm-5pm. FREE admission. Boyne Valley Hotel: Drogheda Christmas Craft and Food Fair @ 11am-5pm. Shop for gifts from over 35 stalls of quality Irish crafts, foods and gifts. FREE Kids face painting and giant games. For more information or to exhibit your goods please contact Stott on 0852828420 or at www.craftersireland.ie The Millhouse, Slane: Christmas Fair 126pm – all welcome. Candles, chocolates, gifts. Santas grotto with photo and present €10 The Barbican: Concert by Drogheda Brass Band @ 3pm followed by the official opening ceremony of their new bandrooms @ 5pm at 22 East Coast Business Park, Donore Road. Sonairte – The National Ecology Centre, Laytown: Christmas Market.
Mon 6th Dec
St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Christmas Crooners @ 8pm. €25
Tues 7th Dec
Droichead Arts Centre: A Night at the Opera – Film Club @ 2pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: FREE Droichead Arts Centre: Mother – Film
Club @ 8pm. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €6 per screening. Season Ticket: €30 St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir 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: 087-0613590 Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music
Wed 8th Dec
St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir
Thurs 9th Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: The High Kings @ 8pm. Tickets: €25 St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation classes – Improvers 8-9pm; Intermediates 9-10pm. Free Salsa Club 10pm. Pay as you go classes only €10
Fri 10th Dec
Harry’s Bistro Bar: Christmas Party Night @ 8pm – Sumptuous gourmet dining in the restaurant with live music and late DJ. €39.50 per person Westcourt Hotel: Christmas Party Night. Music by Tom Maguire & his band Deco5. €45 per person St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir The Barbican: All Seasons panto @ 7pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Friendly Family Friday. €12.95 per person. Children under 6 FREE. Boyne Valley Hotel: Christmas Party Night with music by The Soprano’s + DJ. €45 per person. d Hotel: Christmas Party Night with Mickey Harte & The Enemies. Mulled wine reception, four course meal, live music and DJ till late. €55 per person. Black Bull: Albaquirky Turkeys Bru: DJ Dave
Sat 11th Dec
Purple Room: Seven Days (Live) @ 11pm Harry’s Bistro Bar: Live at the marquee for large private bookings: 041-9838804 Westcourt Hotel: Christmas Party Night. Music by Tom Maguire & his band Deco5. €45 per person Boyne Valley Hotel: Christmas Party Night with music by The Soprano’s + DJ. €45 pp. Bru: DJ Dave
Sun 12th Dec
Sonairte – The National Ecology Centre, Laytown: Christmas Market. The Barbican: Collide Christmas Show @ 4pm
Mon 13th Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Christmas Crooners @ 8pm. Tickets: €20
Tues 14th Dec
Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music 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: 087-0613590
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Wed 15th Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Daniel O’Donnell Christmas 2010 @ 8pm
Thurs 16th Dec
Droichead Arts Centre: Lourdes Brass Band @ 10am and 11.45am. Stockwell Street Theatre. Tickets: €7 TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Phil Coulter with guests Geraldine Branagan and AllIrelands Talent Show winner Chloe Coyle @ 8pm. Tickets: €27.50 d Hotel: Neil Delamare plus support. Doors: 7.30pm, Show: 8.30pm. Free Finger Food after the show. Tickets: €18.50 Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation classes – Improvers 8-9pm; Intermediates 9-10pm. Free Salsa Club 10pm. Pay as you go classes only €10
Fri 17th Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Smokie @ 8pm. Tickets: €30 The Cellars: Huey and the Hobgoblins supporting an intimate night with Jerry Fish. Harry’s Bistro Bar: Christmas Party Night @ 8pm – Sumptuous gourmet dining in the restaurant with live music and late DJ. €39.50 per person Westcourt Hotel: Christmas Party Night. Music by Tom Maguire & his band Deco5. €45 per person The Barbican: Christmas Family Show @ 6pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Friendly Family Friday. €12.95 per person. Children under 6 FREE. Boyne Valley Hotel: Customer Appreciation Fancy Dress Night from 8.30pm. Mulled wine reception with complimentary finger food on the night. Music by The Soprano’s followed by DJ. d Hotel: Christmas Party Night with Mickey Harte & The Enemies. Mulled wine reception, four course meal, live music and DJ till late. €55 per person. Black Bull: Alan D Bru: DJ Dave
Sat 18th Dec
Purple Room: The Whatmans (Live), Moonface (Live) & DJ @ 11pm St. Peter’s Church of Ireland: The Irish Baroque Orchestra and the choral group Resurgam present Handel’s Messiah @ 7.30pm. Tickets: €20 Westcourt Hotel: Christmas Party Night. Music by Tom Maguire & his band Deco5. €45 per person The Barbican: Christmas Family Show @ 6pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Christmas Party Night with music by The Soprano’s + DJ. €45 per person. TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Simpson’s Stage School Christmas Extravaganza – ‘Beauty and the Beast’ @ 8pm. Tickets €12/€15 Bru: DJ Dave
Sun 19th Dec
Barroco Bar: Rapscallion Westcourt Hotel: Santa @ Westcourt Hotel. €7 visit Santa and Gift. €10 visit Santa, gift
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and lunch. Sonairte – The National Ecology Centre, Laytown: Christmas Market. The Barbican: Dayspring CD Launch @ 3pm
Tues 21st Dec
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: 087-0613590
Wed 22nd Dec
Westcourt Hotel: Electric Avenue. Tickets €15 per person available from Westcourt Hotel
Thurs 23rd Dec
Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation classes – Improvers 8-9pm; Intermediates 9-10pm. Free Salsa Club 10pm. Pay as you go classes only €10
Fri 24th Dec
Black Bull: Huey and the Hobgoblins Christmas Special. Doors 7pm. Free. Westcourt Hotel: Santa @ Westcourt Hotel 12.30-2.30pm. €7 visit Santa and Gift. €10 visit Santa, gift and lunch. Boyne Valley Hotel: Friendly Family Friday. €12.95 per person. Children under 6 FREE. Bru: DJ Dave
Sun 26th Dec
Black Bull: DJ Aidan – Garden Rooms / DJ Tayo - Lounge
Tues 28th Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: Brendan Grace @ 8pm. Tickets €30 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: 087-0613590 Foley’s Bar: Traditional Music
Wed 29th Dec
TLT Concert Hall & Theatre: The Three Tenors @ 8pm. Tickets €30
Thurs 30th Dec
Boyne Valley Hotel: Boyne Plonkers Wine Club @ 8pm Boyne Valley Hotel: Salsa Sensation classes – Improvers 8-9pm; Intermediates 9-10pm. Free Salsa Club 10pm. Pay as you go classes only €10
Fri 31st Dec
Harry’s Bistro Bar: New Year’s Eve Ball – from the moment you arrive you will be guaranteed a night of fun. Complimentary Champagne, 5 course meal and entertainment from Riverdance Celtic Fusion followed by a Rat Pack evening to ring in the New Year. €40 per person full package or €10 per person without champagne and dinner. Booking is essential: 041-9838804 Boyne Valley Hotel: Friendly Family Friday. €12.95 per person. Children under 6 FREE. Bru: DJ Dave d Hotel: New Years Eve Gala Ball, mulled wine reception, gourmet 5 course meal, music by Roy Taylor & The Absolutelys, glass of bubbly @ midnight - only €55 pp.
The Best of
with Edward Holly, classical pianist and conductor of St. Peter’s Male Voice Choir Best recital: I made my National Concert Hall début when I was 20 years of age. To play in this venue as a piano soloist had always been an ambition of mine. The concert was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 and was my radio début also.
Best achievement: Playing solo piano in the Rachmaninov Hall, Moscow in 1992. In that same year I performed three recitals in Russia and three in Ireland and received my first ever review in The Irish Times newspaper.
musical skills with me I try to share my knowledge with people I work with in the same way.
Best childhood memory: Every Christmas Day Best theatre: Drogheda is very lucky to have morning after Santa two new theatres, the TLT and the Barbican. arrived! I’m thankful that I had a fantastic childhood. I certainly I have had the pleasure of performing in would not have had such a wonderful both on more than one occasion. career in music if it were not for my family’s Best concert I’ve ever been to: The best encouragement. popular music concert has to be Simon and Best thing about working with St Peter’s Garfunkel’s ‘Old Friends’ tour appearance in Best night out: I’ve had some lovely meals in Male Voice Choir: I am very fortunate the RDS in 2004. Scholars restaurant. The setting is beautiful to work with a great team of dedicated Most remarkable and the staff are wonderful. singers and musicians. The choir has an classical concert Best read: ‘Recording the Beatles’ by Kevin excellent reputation locally, nationally and was a stunning Ryan and Brian Kehew. It is based on internationally. Highlights include recitals performance of interviews with the engineers who worked in New York, over 3,500 iTunes sales of Mahler’s Second on the recording sessions with the legendary ‘The Awakening’ and ‘So this is Christmas’, Symphony band. performing with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra by the Berlin and in particular the annual Christmas Best film: My first ever trip to the cinema Philharmonic Concerts in Drogheda supported by a Orchestra and conductor Simon Rattle in the was to see the original Star Wars. That has fantastic audience. to be on my list for Philharmonie Hall, Berlin. sentimental reasons. Best musician I’ve performed with: It Best advice I ever received: To listen! This There are too many was not just one musician but a collection is simple advice but to be a good musician modern films without of musicians. I performed Gershwin’s one has to listen critically during practice and quality scripts in my ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the RTÉ Concert performance. opinion. Orchestra in the TLT Drogheda last Best age: Six September. Without doubt it was a Best CD: Of course and a half. At personal career highlight to work with it has to be ‘So this is this age I began such a wonderful orchestra. piano lessons with Christmas’ by St Peter’s Male Voice Choir Best classical song: ‘L’invitation au Jim Walsh and which was released last Voyage’ by Henri Duparc. This is one eventually with December. We were very fortunate to work of the first songs I played in a recital. Ann Crilly at with Grammy award-winning producer the Crilly School Best pianist of all Brian Masterson and this resulted in a of Music in Fair Street. Without their time: The Russian recording that we are all extremely proud of. encouragement in my formative years I pianist Vladimir would never have had the same belief in my Best drink after coming Horovitz is widely abilities as a musician. off stage: A glass of considered one of red wine, preferably a Best way to unwind: Watching TV in a the greatest of the Merlot. comfortable armchair. I love good comedy 20th century. He programmes like Frasier and Blackadder. was a phenomenal Best snack: A large talent and a great quantity of Jaffa Cakes Best gift: I realise my musical talent is a communicator. with two mugs of tea! gift. Just as great teachers have shared their 46
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